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Not again.

Overheard two blue collar guys talking about how they and their republican cohorts found a loophole in the constitution saying it’s completely illegal for the US to institute taxes. Sorry guys but I like having police officers, firefighters, paramedics, soldiers, navy, airforce, nasa, public schools, decent roads to drive on, state jobs, amongst many other services our government provides. Sure I don’t care (much) that you insist everyone has to watch the Ron Paul DVD you have. Just don’t believe everything you hear.

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"When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. “This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar” she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote this down. ‘My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.’

It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions?"

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You want to say Hi to the cute girl on the subway. How will she react? Fortunately, I can tell you with some certainty, because she’s already sending messages to you. Looking out the window, reading a book, working on a computer, arms folded across chest, body away from you = do not disturb. So, y’know, don’t disturb her. Really. Even to say that you like her hair, shoes, or book. A compliment is not always a reason for women to smile and say thank you. You are a threat, remember? You are Schrödinger’s Rapist. Don’t assume that whatever you have to say will win her over with charm or flattery. Believe what she’s signaling, and back off.

If you speak, and she responds in a monosyllabic way without looking at you, she’s saying, “I don’t want to be rude, but please leave me alone.” You don’t know why. It could be “Please leave me alone because I am trying to memorize Beowulf.” It could be “Please leave me alone because you are a scary, scary man with breath like a water buffalo.” It could be “Please leave me alone because I am planning my assassination of a major geopolitical figure and I will have to kill you if you are able to recognize me and blow my cover.”

On the other hand, if she is turned towards you, making eye contact, and she responds in a friendly and talkative manner when you speak to her, you are getting a green light. You can continue the conversation until you start getting signals to back off.

The fourth point: If you fail to respect what women say, you label yourself a problem.

There’s a man with whom I went out on a single date—afternoon coffee, for one hour by the clock—on July 25th. In the two days after the date, he sent me about fifteen e-mails, scolding me for non-responsiveness. I e-mailed him back, saying, “Look, this is a disproportionate response to a single date. You are making me uncomfortable. Do not contact me again.” It is now October 7th. Does he still e-mail?

Yeah. He does. About every two weeks.

This man scores higher on the threat level scale than Man with the Cockroach Tattoos. (Who, after all, is guilty of nothing more than terrifying bad taste.) You see, Mr. E-mail has made it clear that he ignores what I say when he wants something from me. Now, I don’t know if he is an actual rapist, and I sincerely hope he’s not. But he is certainly Schrödinger’s Rapist, and this particular Schrödinger’s Rapist has a probability ratio greater than one in sixty. Because a man who ignores a woman’s NO in a non-sexual setting is more likely to ignore NO in a sexual setting, as well.

So if you speak to a woman who is otherwise occupied, you’re sending a subtle message. It is that your desire to interact trumps her right to be left alone. If you pursue a conversation when she’s tried to cut it off, you send a message. It is that your desire to speak trumps her right to be left alone. And each of those messages indicates that you believe your desires are a legitimate reason to override her rights.

For women, who are watching you very closely to determine how much of a threat you are, this is an important piece of data.

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an excerpt from Phaedra Starling’s “Schrödinger’s Rapist: or a guy’s guide to approaching strange women without being maced” (via lostgrrrls)

HOLY FUCK THE TRUTH.

Can every one of my male followers read this? And please, before you get defensive (“I would never rape anyone!”) keep in mind, women being afraid of Shrodinger’s Rapists (oh my god i still can’t get over the encompassing brilliance of this phrase) is a conditioned, learned response from being immersed in rape culture and the evolution of sexism and sexual violence in our society from the day we’re born. And unfortunately, it’s very difficult to unlearn without the efforts of all genders to dismantle it. Which is where you come in.

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It’s also just rude and disrespectful to patently ignore what someone has told you regarding their personal space, body, and time. Get a clue.

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I will always reblog this. Always.

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Now I know why women don’t pay any attention to me at all. So I don’t think they are rapists. Aw thanks ladies.

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caresscoffee:

rivaisexual:

spindlebug:

prpltnkr:

This is too important for me not to mention.
This “Christian” child-rearing manual has led to at least three known deaths through child-abuse.
The book states: "Give 10 licks at a time, more if the child resists. Be careful about using it in front of others — even at church; nosy neighbors might call social workers."
This is literally a how-to manual on how to abuse and beat your children.
Sign this petition to have Amazon stop selling this hideous thing.

what????

OH MY GOD.  Okay stop scrolling and look at me.  My mother actually used this book.  I am a victim of this piece of literary evil, and let me tell you, it has left me with some seriously deep scars.  It got to the point that  my brother and I couldn’t even laugh.  Laughter was considered “foolishness” and we would literally be struck ten times for it if she heard it.  Let me reiterate that. 
We could not enjoy ourselves or even be happy without being beaten.
One of the “Christian” cult families introduced this to her and yes, it is basically condoning serious child abuse.  I actually personally believe in corporal punishment and let me tell you, THIS IS NOT CORPORAL PUNISHMENT.  It is heavy abuse and it’s evil, evil, evil.  I’m going to go sign that petition, and so help me, if you know of someone using this book, call Child Protective services immediately.  The children of that cult family are now actually being rehabilitated because they grew up like robots.  It’s a sick fucking book, okay? Sick.  Let’s get this thing banned before it ruins anymore lives. 
I am the way I am today because of this hideous thing.  I cry every time someone even gently reprimands me.  I’m afraid of cutting up in public because I think someone is going to hit me.  Worst of all: It taught me to tolerate abuse, that I deserved abuse, and that if someone abused me, I was clearly in the wrong.  I can’t possibly begin to tell you how dangerous it has been for me.  Thanks to people around me who were raised right, I am only now starting to learn to stand up for myself and that, no, I am not an idiot who deserves verbal, physical, emotional, or mental abuse.  I am not just a child who will forever be subject to her power-hungry mother.  
Most of all…  Children are not animals.  And really, who the fuck even treats an animal like that???  Please, if you reblog one thing from me, please let it be this.  I don’t want anyone else to go through what I did. 

what the actual fuck?

caresscoffee:

rivaisexual:

spindlebug:

prpltnkr:

This is too important for me not to mention.

This “Christian” child-rearing manual has led to at least three known deaths through child-abuse.

The book states: "Give 10 licks at a time, more if the child resists. Be careful about using it in front of others — even at church; nosy neighbors might call social workers."

This is literally a how-to manual on how to abuse and beat your children.

Sign this petition to have Amazon stop selling this hideous thing.

what????

OH MY GOD.  Okay stop scrolling and look at me.  My mother actually used this book.  I am a victim of this piece of literary evil, and let me tell you, it has left me with some seriously deep scars.  It got to the point that  my brother and I couldn’t even laugh.  Laughter was considered “foolishness” and we would literally be struck ten times for it if she heard it.  Let me reiterate that. 

We could not enjoy ourselves or even be happy without being beaten.

One of the “Christian” cult families introduced this to her and yes, it is basically condoning serious child abuse.  I actually personally believe in corporal punishment and let me tell you, THIS IS NOT CORPORAL PUNISHMENT.  It is heavy abuse and it’s evil, evil, evil.  I’m going to go sign that petition, and so help me, if you know of someone using this book, call Child Protective services immediately.  The children of that cult family are now actually being rehabilitated because they grew up like robots.  It’s a sick fucking book, okay? Sick.  Let’s get this thing banned before it ruins anymore lives. 

I am the way I am today because of this hideous thing.  I cry every time someone even gently reprimands me.  I’m afraid of cutting up in public because I think someone is going to hit me.  Worst of all: It taught me to tolerate abuse, that I deserved abuse, and that if someone abused me, I was clearly in the wrong.  I can’t possibly begin to tell you how dangerous it has been for me.  Thanks to people around me who were raised right, I am only now starting to learn to stand up for myself and that, no, I am not an idiot who deserves verbal, physical, emotional, or mental abuse.  I am not just a child who will forever be subject to her power-hungry mother.  

Most of all…  Children are not animals.  And really, who the fuck even treats an animal like that???  Please, if you reblog one thing from me, please let it be this.  I don’t want anyone else to go through what I did. 

what the actual fuck?

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"The private law firm that conducted an internal review of Gov. Chris Christie’s office in response to the George Washington Bridge scandal raked in $3.1 million from state taxpayers last year to represent the administration in its uphill battle to legalize sports betting, records obtained by The Star-Ledger show. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher was the second-highest paid law firm by the Attorney General’s Office in 2013, according to the records. Topping the list was Jackson, Gilmour & Dobbs, of Houston, which took home $6.1 million for its work on the Passaic River cleanup. The Los-Angeles-based Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, which on Thursday cleared Christie of wrongdoing in the bridge scandal and has reportedly been paid more than $1 million for that review, was among several law firms with ties to the governor that have thrived under his administration, the records show."

Bridge scandal firm hired by Christie paid $3.1M by NJ in sports betting case | NJ.com

So they had even more incentive to clear Christie.

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If I am ten minutes late to class with Starbucks it would be a funny but benignly sexist joke if I was a white girl, but because I’m a Black girl then it means that I don’t take my education seriously and maybe do not deserve my academic scholarship.

If my grammar in a paper is not impeccable then it’s because I can’t speak “proper” English and maybe I should be in a remedial class and not an English major. If I am struggling in a class then instead of being directed towards a tutor, I will be encouraged to drop the course.

If I do not have a flawless transcript and academic record then I am unlikely to be encouraged to apply for prestigious fellowships and scholarships, even while non-Black classmates who have the same transcript will be funneled into these programs.

To a non-Black person all of this might sound highly improbable or exaggerated. And yet, this is my life. And it’s the life of many other Black students at PWI’s.

And so it’s no wonder that many Black students at PWI’s learn to over-compensate by attempting to excel beyond their classmates. It is no coincidence that many Black students cannot relate to the hegemonic narrative of college in which students party and occasionally attend class all while largely being protected from the “real world.”

College is a microcosm of the real world for Black students who deal with the omnipresent threat of being viewed as not good enough. And even when we excel beyond our classmates, at the end of the day we will be followed by police and harassed and questioned about whether we’re even students.

The scrutiny encourages unhealthy coping mechanisms. Tokenism after all is cumulative of what occurs when white supremacy, perfectionism, and capitalist notions of individualism and the need to be productive all collide and pressure Black folks to forget they’re human like everybody else.

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"Black Tokenism & The PWI Experience" @ One Black Girl. Many Words. (via daniellemertina)

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robertreich:

Despite the worst roll-out conceivable, the Affordable Care Act seems to be working. With less than two weeks remaining before the March 31 deadline for coverage this year, five million people have already signed up. After decades of rising percentages of Americans’ lacking health…

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iranianatheist:

justashleynicole:

iranianatheist:

- Iranian Atheist (http://iranianatheist.tumblr.com/)

I believe in God. I do not believe in conformed religion. I have faith but I do not believe in bashing other peoples beliefs because they do not view things the way I do. Whatever God we believe in we come from the same one. Along with most controversial topics I personally feel that people should worry about themselves and not be concerned with what other people choose to believe. Mind your business.

justashleynicole, you said, “I personally feel that people should worry about themselves and not be concerned with what other people choose to believe. Mind your business.”

How ignorant and naive of you to say something like that! If other people’s religious beliefs had absolutely no bearing on my life then yes, I would most certainly not consider it my business.

While we worry and concern ourselves about what our favourite celebrities are up to there are millions upon millions of women suffering around the world because of the torment of religion. They live in pain and are forced to submit to a faith that was imposed on them, and surrender to every command from a man that they had no choice in selecting as their husband. They are forced to swallow their misery, the physical pain from the beatings they receive in the hands of their husbands, and the humiliation they feel while stuck at the bottom of a hole that they will never have the chance to crawl out of. I met several men in Saudi Arabia who used the Quran, not any cultural principles, as their sole justification for beating their wives by citing the following verse:

“Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance - [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.” (Quran 4:34)

Minding our own business while men out there justify the beating of their wives based on religious scripture is not only dangerous but it is manifestly abhorrent. As these women suffer this torment most of us never spend a minute to think about it, instead we have other things to worry about such as what television show got cancelled or how our favourite sport teams are doing. What is most worrisome is that we take our freedom in the west for granted, we do not realize that this pain and misery is also occurring right here in the Western world, albeit to a lesser extent. Yet, we are told to respect all religions and consider it a taboo to take a critical approach whenever religious beliefs are at stake. George W. Bush, as the former president of the most powerful nation in the world for eight years, believed that god wanted him to be in power. His strong Christian faith had him believe that the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, which devastated Millions of people, was part of a biblical prophecy that needed to be fulfilled. President Bush, while speaking to former French President Jaques Chirac, said that the biblical creatures of Gog and Magog were at works in the Middle East and they needed to be defeated. Bush was quoted as saying “This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before a New Age begins”, referring to the book of Genesis and Ezekiel where Gog and Magog, are prophesised as the forces of apocalyptic forces that come out to destroy Israel unless they are stopped! This is what one of the most powerful men in the twenty first century held as a belief of his pretext to a war that devastated and entire nation and left masses of innocent people in ruins.

We must not continue to take this disgusting approach with respect to the dangers of religion only for the sake of being politically correct. We are facing a global danger, in which every single one of us can make a difference. For us, as human beings, to say that since we do not acknowledge religion then we should not care about it, is no different than saying since I do not have a life threatening disease then I should not care about anyone who suffers from one. No disease or natural disaster has ever come anywhere close to destroying as many lives as religious extremism has. From the Crusades to the Inquisition, from the Salem Witch hunts to constant suicide bombings, the millions of deaths from conflicts between Protestants and the Catholics during the Thirty Years’ War, the Sudanese Civil war, Pakistani Muslims against Indian Hindus, Muslims vs. Christians in Nigeria, Sudan and other parts of Africa, Catholics vs. Protestants in Northern Ireland, the Lebanese Civil War, Shiites vs. Sunnis, Tamil Hindus against the Singhalese Buddhists in Sri Lanka, the on-going Arab-Israeli conflict, to the leaders of the most powerful nation in the world justifying terrible acts of violence based on religious scripture are just a very small list of atrocities inspired by religion. Then why must we go on and do nothing about it as individuals? Why do we keep ignoring one of the most dangerous threats to the future of humanity? I am not denying that faith in the unseen has brought tranquillity and comfort for many people across the world, nor am I arguing that science has all the answers. In fact science has led to significant dangers that threaten the existence of mankind, from nuclear weapons to global warming the evidence is quit prevalent. But I feel that denying reality and holding on to what you think is the “truth” will only create a setback, which can quickly turn into a threat. Opinions differ amongst people and because of this I do not claim to be right about everything. I accept that reality is never constant and believe that ignoring reason presents a huge danger. This book is based on my experiences and my opinions, the latter which I hold with great flexibility. These are opinions developed over a long period of time and as a result of meeting and talking to thousands upon thousands of different people across the world. Many who have influenced me held completely different views from mine and I never judged them for that. There are many who will be offended with what I have to say but I never intend on insulting anyone for what they believe as I not only consider it harmful and counterproductive but it would go against what I stand for. My intention is for people to use their freedom to put life in perspective and think about how different their beliefs could have been had they only been born somewhere else. We do not get to pick our place of birth, what we are taught at a young age, or the early childhood experiences we have, but we do have the freedom to assess them when we grow older and advance our understanding of what the “truth” is. Unfortunately, however, most people assume that those early experiences must form the foundation of the individual’s life and should determine who we are for as long as we live.

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Abled people complain about disabled people needing accommodations, because “in the real world there are no accommodations”.

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In a world-changing discovery, scientists have discovered the first direct physical evidence of the expansion of the universe in the microseconds following the birth of existence.

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txchnologist:

Origami Makes 50-Cent Paper Microscope That Magnifies 2,000 Times

Stanford University bioengineer Manu Prakash has developed a microscope made of paper that costs 50 cents to make. Using the magic of origami, the Foldscope device can focus through a sample mounted on a standard slide in micron-length steps. It can magnify objects 2,000 times with sub-micron resolution without needing any external power.

The instrument is part of Frugal Science for Public Health, an effort by Prakash’s team to democratize science. Healthcare workers can use it to diagnose infectious diseases like malaria and those caused by pathogenic bacteria, and it can also be used as a teaching aid.

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"People didn’t treat me as someone with science ambitions… They treated me as someone they thought was going to mug them, or who was a shoplifter. I’d be in a department store and security would follow me. Taxis wouldn’t stop for me. And I was just glad I had something to think about other than how society was treating me…
Teachers would say ‘You should join this or that team’, not the physics club. My fuel tank had been stoked since I was nine, but it took some energy to overcome this resistance. I wondered if there was a lost generation of people who succumbed because their fuel tanks were a little smaller than mine."

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bspolitics:

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I would like your thoughts on this.

I agree, to an extent.

Democrats used to support labor much more extensively than they do now. ‘Union’ has become a dirty word in the popular conscious as the corporate/owner class smears against them have worked.

It’s gotten to the point where the democrats are the party of, “We’ll support you as long as it doesn’t hurt our poll numbers.”

For example, the democratic party didn’t officially come out in support of gay marriage until popular opinion on it had swung far enough in favor to supporters.

Now, that’s not to say I don’t support democrats on social issues, because (most of the time) they will at least be against things that threaten separation of church and state, they don’t pander to religious extremists or actively try to deny one group rights, but I often feel they could be a little more aggressive with it.

The lack of aggression can be applied to their economic issues too when it comes to the middle and working class - they don’t actively push hard enough for the average laborer, and I feel they need to work closer with unions in pushing for labor rights, but they don’t, it again goes back to “We’ll support you when it doesn’t hurt our poll numbers too bad” - and I feel in our current environment, supporting labor unions is still seen as a bad move.

They really need to be more bold with their positions, they’ve been riding this wave of, “at least we’re not as bold faced pieces of shit as republicans” and that’s not a wave they are going to be able to ride forever. Especially if you consider how so much of the public will eat up the right wing’s rhetoric.

There are a few exceptions to this among the democrats, but generally, they seem to be a bit wishy-washy with their positions and seem to walk a line between trying not to appear as horrible as those in the GOP have become and not offending their contributors or corporate interests too much.

Now, that’s not to say that you shouldn’t vote for them - it sends a message to the opposition that their position is unacceptable and like I said earlier - democratic politicians will often get behind social issues and support them.

What needs to happen is that folks need to start realizing that social and economic issues are very much entwined.

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