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United Nations officials described the killing of sleeping children as a disgrace to the world and accused Israel of a serious violation of international law after a school in Gaza being used to shelter Palestinian families was shelled on Wednesday. 
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HERE’S WHAT ‘YELLOW FEVER’ REALLY MEANS

"All my ex-girlfriends are Asian."

If you’ve ever come across this charming come-on, you’ve probably been exposed to yellow fever

For her full rant watch the video here.

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“I left because of fear, because of threats — threats to mothers, saying that if you don’t go along with [gang members] they’ll take your daughters from you.”
One family’s harrowing 1,500 mile journey to the U.S.-Mexico border.

think-progress:

“I left because of fear, because of threats — threats to mothers, saying that if you don’t go along with [gang members] they’ll take your daughters from you.”

One family’s harrowing 1,500 mile journey to the U.S.-Mexico border.

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The Rethink Homelessness campaign aims to dispel stereotypes and remind us that the circumstances which lead to living on the streets could happen to each and every one of us.

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YOU DEMANDED IT! Check out the full-length official trailer for Dear White People before it hits theaters this weekend. 

#HITSHARE #TURNUP #BELIEVETHEHYPE

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Talina, Archimedes & Megan - Seattle, WA

Beautiful. :) 

wearethe15percent:

Talina, Archimedes & Megan - Seattle, WA

Beautiful. :) 

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lunarobverse:

A brilliant metaphor

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photos by gerry ellis from the david sheldrick wildlife trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in kenya’s tsavo east national park. here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. the elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.

when elephants first arrive at the orphanage they are often traumatized from having witnessed the slaughter of their mothers and family by poachers. grieving can last several months, and they often lose the will to live. but as dame daphne sheldrick, founder of the orphanage, explains, a caretaker is charged with “persuading an elephant to live when it wants to die.”

approximately 35,000 elephants are killed by humans every year. with an estimated 350,000 elephants left in the whole continent of africa, they will be gone in the wild within ten years.

cbc’s the nature of things did a program on the elephants and their caretakers. you can foster an elephant with the david sheldrick wildlife trust online here. for more on the emotional lives of elephants, as well as the david sheldrick wildlife trust and other human efforts to save them, check out these posts

My heart…

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Israel, Palestine mark deadliest day so far in conflict

breakingnews:

New York TimesThe Israeli military says 13 soldiers were killed in Gaza fighting on Sunday, while the Palestinian Health Ministry reported 87 Palestinians died Sunday. The two reported death tolls mark the deadliest day so far.

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legally-bitchtastic:

dglsplsblg:

Staten Island man dies after NYPD cop puts him in chokehold — SEE THE VIDEO

A 400-pound asthmatic Staten Island dad died Thursday after a cop put him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against the sidewalk, video of the incident shows.
“I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Eric Garner, 43, repeatedly screamed after at least five NYPD officers took him down in front of a Tompkinsville beauty supply store when he balked at being handcuffed.
Within moments Garner, a married father of six children with two grandchildren, stopped struggling and appeared to be unconscious as police called paramedics to the scene. An angry crowd gathered, some recording with smartphones.
“When I kissed my husband this morning, I never thought it would be for the last time,” Garner’s wife, Esaw, told the Daily News.
She got no details from police until after she had gone to the hospital to identify his body, she said.
“I saw him with his eyes wide open and I said, ‘Babe, don’t leave me, I need you.’ But he was already gone,” she said.

and people wonder why black people don’t trust or have any love for cops. they murdered this man. this black man. and for what? fucking cigarettes. yea, WE’RE the fucking problem.
 






So, I did some googling and my word, this case is somehow even worse than this blurb makes it seem.
First of all, the crime Garner was supposedly being picked up for was selling single cigarettes on the street. This is a misdemeanor, not a felony. I had a little trouble figuring out what class of misdemeanor it is, but even if it was a Class A, it is only punishable by six months to a year in prison. Unregulated sales of cigarettes is basically the very definition of a petty crime. Yes, it is illegal but in the long scheme of things, it is hardly something that requires violence to subdue.
Note: while I could not find the exact penalty for selling loosies, in US Smokeless Tobacco Mfg. Co v. New York (2013) and its related National Association of Tobacco Outlets Inc v. City of Providence, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that New York’s ban on flavored tobacco products which carried a fine of no more than $2000 for for multiple violations was constitutional. It stands to reason that other violations of New York’s tobacco laws would be similarly punished.
Secondly, this was not Garner’s first violation. He had in fact been picked up for selling loosies before. Because I could not find any information about him being charged with resisting arrest or assaulting a police officer, it seems safe to presume that when he was arrested before Garner went peacefully. In the video, Garner says he has been harassed by the same officers before. Therefore, it stands to reason that these officers knew that Garner did not resort to violence when confronted by cops and yet they still felt that excessive force was needed.
Now, note that I said that Garner was supposedly picked up for selling single cigarettes. That is because Ramsey Orta, the witness who recorded the video, said both on the video and during an official police testimony that he was actually confronted for breaking up a fight. Which is kinda the exact opposite of a crime.
And then we have the fact that Garner was yelling that he couldn’t breathe due to the choke hold. The fact that choke holds cut off oxygen supply is not exactly new information. In fact, the NYPD is well aware of how dangerous choke holds are, which is why they were banned in most cases back in 1985 and then in all cases in 1993. So no matter what else happened, the officers were most definitely at fault for putting Garner in a choke hold and were probably well aware of the fact considering that this policy is twenty-nine years old
And then we have the issue of excessive force. Garner was tackled to the ground by no less than FIVE police officers while another three stood back. I find it hard to believe that any person is a physical threat when they are pinned on the ground and outnumbered eight to one.
Well, perhaps its just an unavoidable tragedy. After all, how could the NYPD know that their officers would react badly? Well, in the case of at least one of these officers, rather easily. Daniel Pantaleo, one of the two officers facing disciplinary action, has a history of improper conduct regarding arrests. Particularly the arrests of black men. Just over a year ago, two black men sued Pantaleo in a civil rights case and were awarded $15,000 each after Pantaleo strip searched them over a broken taillight.
Well, at least the NYPD is behaving appropriately over this, right? After all, the officers involved are being punished! Um, no, not really. Daniel Pantaleo and Justin Damico have been put on desk duty. That’s it. They aren’t even suspended. They are basically in glorified detention. And they are the only ones currently facing repercussions over this. The three other officers who attacked Garner as well as the three who observed without stepping in are presumably still on active duty. Eight officers contributed either directly or indirectly to Garner’s death and six of them seem to be walking away without any punishment at all.
So to recap:
Eric Garner was killed
After being stopped by police officers for a petty crime
Although an eye witness testified that he was actually apprehended for breaking up a fight.
He had no history of violent behavior.
Which the arresting officers likely knew
And while he was clearly angry, he never approached them or made any move to indicate that he would react violently
And yet, he was tackled to the ground
By five officers
While another three watched without stepping in
He was placed in a choke hold
Which is illegal
He yelled multiple times that he couldn’t breathe
And yet they did not remove the choke hold
Even though he was immobilized on the ground.
And outnumbered eight to one.
And then had his head bashed into the pavement
Because he wouldn’t stop squirming
He was squirming because he couldn’t breathe
One of the officers had previously been found guilty in a civil rights suit
Because he has wrongly profiled black men before
And reacted with improper conduct when he strip searched two black men he pulled over for a broken taillight
But the NYPD allowed him to continue patrolling in predominately black neighborhoods
In response to Garner’s death, the NYPD has put two of the officers on desk duty
But has not suspended them
While the other six officers involved have faced no repercussions at all.

Reblogging again, this time for the newly added commentary. 

legally-bitchtastic:

dglsplsblg:

Staten Island man dies after NYPD cop puts him in chokehold — SEE THE VIDEO

A 400-pound asthmatic Staten Island dad died Thursday after a cop put him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against the sidewalk, video of the incident shows.

“I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Eric Garner, 43, repeatedly screamed after at least five NYPD officers took him down in front of a Tompkinsville beauty supply store when he balked at being handcuffed.

Within moments Garner, a married father of six children with two grandchildren, stopped struggling and appeared to be unconscious as police called paramedics to the scene. An angry crowd gathered, some recording with smartphones.

“When I kissed my husband this morning, I never thought it would be for the last time,” Garner’s wife, Esaw, told the Daily News.

She got no details from police until after she had gone to the hospital to identify his body, she said.

“I saw him with his eyes wide open and I said, ‘Babe, don’t leave me, I need you.’ But he was already gone,” she said.

and people wonder why black people don’t trust or have any love for cops. they murdered this man. this black man. and for what? fucking cigarettes. yea, WE’RE the fucking problem.

 

So, I did some googling and my word, this case is somehow even worse than this blurb makes it seem.

First of all, the crime Garner was supposedly being picked up for was selling single cigarettes on the street. This is a misdemeanor, not a felony. I had a little trouble figuring out what class of misdemeanor it is, but even if it was a Class A, it is only punishable by six months to a year in prison. Unregulated sales of cigarettes is basically the very definition of a petty crime. Yes, it is illegal but in the long scheme of things, it is hardly something that requires violence to subdue.

Note: while I could not find the exact penalty for selling loosies, in US Smokeless Tobacco Mfg. Co v. New York (2013) and its related National Association of Tobacco Outlets Inc v. City of Providence, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that New York’s ban on flavored tobacco products which carried a fine of no more than $2000 for for multiple violations was constitutional. It stands to reason that other violations of New York’s tobacco laws would be similarly punished.

Secondly, this was not Garner’s first violation. He had in fact been picked up for selling loosies before. Because I could not find any information about him being charged with resisting arrest or assaulting a police officer, it seems safe to presume that when he was arrested before Garner went peacefully. In the video, Garner says he has been harassed by the same officers before. Therefore, it stands to reason that these officers knew that Garner did not resort to violence when confronted by cops and yet they still felt that excessive force was needed.

Now, note that I said that Garner was supposedly picked up for selling single cigarettes. That is because Ramsey Orta, the witness who recorded the video, said both on the video and during an official police testimony that he was actually confronted for breaking up a fight. Which is kinda the exact opposite of a crime.

And then we have the fact that Garner was yelling that he couldn’t breathe due to the choke hold. The fact that choke holds cut off oxygen supply is not exactly new information. In fact, the NYPD is well aware of how dangerous choke holds are, which is why they were banned in most cases back in 1985 and then in all cases in 1993. So no matter what else happened, the officers were most definitely at fault for putting Garner in a choke hold and were probably well aware of the fact considering that this policy is twenty-nine years old

And then we have the issue of excessive force. Garner was tackled to the ground by no less than FIVE police officers while another three stood back. I find it hard to believe that any person is a physical threat when they are pinned on the ground and outnumbered eight to one.

Well, perhaps its just an unavoidable tragedy. After all, how could the NYPD know that their officers would react badly? Well, in the case of at least one of these officers, rather easily. Daniel Pantaleo, one of the two officers facing disciplinary action, has a history of improper conduct regarding arrests. Particularly the arrests of black men. Just over a year ago, two black men sued Pantaleo in a civil rights case and were awarded $15,000 each after Pantaleo strip searched them over a broken taillight.

Well, at least the NYPD is behaving appropriately over this, right? After all, the officers involved are being punished! Um, no, not really. Daniel Pantaleo and Justin Damico have been put on desk duty. That’s it. They aren’t even suspended. They are basically in glorified detention. And they are the only ones currently facing repercussions over this. The three other officers who attacked Garner as well as the three who observed without stepping in are presumably still on active duty. Eight officers contributed either directly or indirectly to Garner’s death and six of them seem to be walking away without any punishment at all.

So to recap:

Eric Garner was killed

After being stopped by police officers for a petty crime

Although an eye witness testified that he was actually apprehended for breaking up a fight.

He had no history of violent behavior.

Which the arresting officers likely knew

And while he was clearly angry, he never approached them or made any move to indicate that he would react violently

And yet, he was tackled to the ground

By five officers

While another three watched without stepping in

He was placed in a choke hold

Which is illegal

He yelled multiple times that he couldn’t breathe

And yet they did not remove the choke hold

Even though he was immobilized on the ground.

And outnumbered eight to one.

And then had his head bashed into the pavement

Because he wouldn’t stop squirming

He was squirming because he couldn’t breathe

One of the officers had previously been found guilty in a civil rights suit

Because he has wrongly profiled black men before

And reacted with improper conduct when he strip searched two black men he pulled over for a broken taillight

But the NYPD allowed him to continue patrolling in predominately black neighborhoods

In response to Garner’s death, the NYPD has put two of the officers on desk duty

But has not suspended them

While the other six officers involved have faced no repercussions at all.

Reblogging again, this time for the newly added commentary. 

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dglsplsblg:

Staten Island man dies after NYPD cop puts him in chokehold — SEE THE VIDEO

A 400-pound asthmatic Staten Island dad died Thursday after a cop put him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against the sidewalk, video of the incident shows.
“I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Eric Garner, 43, repeatedly screamed after at least five NYPD officers took him down in front of a Tompkinsville beauty supply store when he balked at being handcuffed.
Within moments Garner, a married father of six children with two grandchildren, stopped struggling and appeared to be unconscious as police called paramedics to the scene. An angry crowd gathered, some recording with smartphones.
“When I kissed my husband this morning, I never thought it would be for the last time,” Garner’s wife, Esaw, told the Daily News.
She got no details from police until after she had gone to the hospital to identify his body, she said.
“I saw him with his eyes wide open and I said, ‘Babe, don’t leave me, I need you.’ But he was already gone,” she said.

and people wonder why black people don’t trust or have any love for cops. they murdered this man. this black man. and for what? fucking cigarettes. yea, WE’RE the fucking problem.

I am so fucking sick of needlessly aggressive cops. 

dglsplsblg:

Staten Island man dies after NYPD cop puts him in chokehold — SEE THE VIDEO

A 400-pound asthmatic Staten Island dad died Thursday after a cop put him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against the sidewalk, video of the incident shows.

“I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Eric Garner, 43, repeatedly screamed after at least five NYPD officers took him down in front of a Tompkinsville beauty supply store when he balked at being handcuffed.

Within moments Garner, a married father of six children with two grandchildren, stopped struggling and appeared to be unconscious as police called paramedics to the scene. An angry crowd gathered, some recording with smartphones.

“When I kissed my husband this morning, I never thought it would be for the last time,” Garner’s wife, Esaw, told the Daily News.

She got no details from police until after she had gone to the hospital to identify his body, she said.

“I saw him with his eyes wide open and I said, ‘Babe, don’t leave me, I need you.’ But he was already gone,” she said.

and people wonder why black people don’t trust or have any love for cops. they murdered this man. this black man. and for what? fucking cigarettes. yea, WE’RE the fucking problem.

I am so fucking sick of needlessly aggressive cops. 

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Nope!
Brain studies find that concern for justice and equality is linked to logic, not emotion.
By Lisa Wade, PhD
A new study finds that people with high “justice sensitivity” are using logic, not emotions.  Subjects were put in a fMRI machine, one that measures ongoing brain activity and shown videos of people acting kindly or cruelly toward a homeless person.
Some respondents reacted more strongly than others — hence the high versus low justice sensitivity — and an analysis of the high sensitivity individuals’ brain activity showed that they were processing the images in the parts of the brain where logic and rationality live.   “Individuals who are sensitive to justice and fairness do not seem to be emotionally driven,” explained one of the scientists, “Rather, they are cognitively driven.”
Activists aren’t angry, they reasonably object to unjust circumstances that they understand all too well.
Image borrowed from Jamie Keiles at Teenagerie, who is a high sensitivity individual.
Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, with Myra Marx Ferree. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

socimages:

Nope!

Brain studies find that concern for justice and equality is linked to logic, not emotion.

By Lisa Wade, PhD

A new study finds that people with high “justice sensitivity” are using logic, not emotions.  Subjects were put in a fMRI machine, one that measures ongoing brain activity and shown videos of people acting kindly or cruelly toward a homeless person.

Some respondents reacted more strongly than others — hence the high versus low justice sensitivity — and an analysis of the high sensitivity individuals’ brain activity showed that they were processing the images in the parts of the brain where logic and rationality live.   “Individuals who are sensitive to justice and fairness do not seem to be emotionally driven,” explained one of the scientists, “Rather, they are cognitively driven.”

Activists aren’t angry, they reasonably object to unjust circumstances that they understand all too well.

Image borrowed from Jamie Keiles at Teenagerie, who is a high sensitivity individual.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, with Myra Marx Ferree. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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world-shaker:

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world-shaker:

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How Oakland’s public schools are fighting to save black boys

by Trymaine Lee [Photos: Balazs Gardi for MSNBC]

 

OAKLAND, CaliforniaThe bleak statistics for black boys here are like lyrics to a sad song that everyone’s tired of hearing but no one knows how to mute.

Too many live in poverty. Almost a third will drop out or be pushed out of school. And in recent years, black boys have been about as likely to be shot to death as they are to graduate from high school college-ready.

But there’s hope for boys in this beleaguered second-city by the bay: Many are beginning to stand up and fight for their futures. And they have a whole team of black men standing up and fighting with them.

Four years ago, the Oakland Unified School District launched the office of African American Male Achievement (AAMA) – the first and only school district in the country with an office explicitly dedicated to lifting the prospects of black boys.

Continue reading.

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Phil Gingrey, Asshole of the Day for July 15, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
Yesterday we featured Louie Gohmert weighing in on the immigration crisis with his suggestion that we just start shooting 10-year-old kids crossing the border.
And today we have another congressman taking a different angle— Rep. Phil Gingrey is worried about the diseases these kids are bringing in since they probably aren’t vaccinated:

"Reports of illegal immigrants carrying deadly diseases such as swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus and tuberculosis are particularly concerning," Gingrey wrote. "Many of the children who are coming across the border also lack basic vaccinations such as those to prevent chicken pox or measles.”

Sounds legit, but there is no evidence of children bringing in dangerous diseases; it’s just fear mongering. But that’s not the big problem with Gingrey railing about unvaccinated immigrant children, you see, because it turns out Gingrey has pushed to keep American children from getting vaccines:

Gingrey has long-standing ties to the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a far-right medical group that opposes all mandatory vaccines. The organization touts access to Gingrey as one of its membership perks. (The AAPS has, incidentally, taken the lead in pushing the idea that migrant children are disease carriers.) In 2007, he wrote an amendment that would allow parents to block their children from receiving HPV vaccines, which are designed to combat cervical cancer.

So he thinks it’s fine to let American children go without vaccines, but not refugee children. And for that, Phil Gingrey is Asshole of the Day.
It is Phil Gingrey's second time as Asshole of the Day. His previous time was for complaining that he’s “stuck making $172,000” in Congress.
Full story: Mother Jones

assholeofday:

Phil Gingrey, Asshole of the Day for July 15, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

Yesterday we featured Louie Gohmert weighing in on the immigration crisis with his suggestion that we just start shooting 10-year-old kids crossing the border.

And today we have another congressman taking a different angle— Rep. Phil Gingrey is worried about the diseases these kids are bringing in since they probably aren’t vaccinated:

"Reports of illegal immigrants carrying deadly diseases such as swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus and tuberculosis are particularly concerning," Gingrey wrote. "Many of the children who are coming across the border also lack basic vaccinations such as those to prevent chicken pox or measles.”

Sounds legit, but there is no evidence of children bringing in dangerous diseases; it’s just fear mongering. But that’s not the big problem with Gingrey railing about unvaccinated immigrant children, you see, because it turns out Gingrey has pushed to keep American children from getting vaccines:

Gingrey has long-standing ties to the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a far-right medical group that opposes all mandatory vaccines. The organization touts access to Gingrey as one of its membership perks. (The AAPS has, incidentally, taken the lead in pushing the idea that migrant children are disease carriers.) In 2007, he wrote an amendment that would allow parents to block their children from receiving HPV vaccines, which are designed to combat cervical cancer.

So he thinks it’s fine to let American children go without vaccines, but not refugee children. And for that, Phil Gingrey is Asshole of the Day.

It is Phil Gingrey's second time as Asshole of the Day. His previous time was for complaining that he’s “stuck making $172,000” in Congress.

Full story: Mother Jones

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