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kellysue:

rainbowclutter:

These are the victims of the May 23, 2014 Isla Vista, CA killings. They’ll receive too little face time for their loss.

They’re babies. 

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theonion:

‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens

"…echoing sentiments expressed by tens of millions of individuals who reside in a nation where over half of the world’s deadliest mass shootings have occurred in the past 50 years and whose citizens are 20 times more likely to die of gun violence than those of other developed nations."

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[Redacted UCSB shooter]’s Internet History Reveals Something More Sinister Than Just Misogyny

Remember that while 4 of his victims were men, THREE of those men were Asian. That is not a coincidence. 

[Also: I’ve redacted the shooter’s name here. There is research to suggest that the more a shooter’s name and photo are shown, the higher the risk of copycat killers are. So, yeah.]

(via stormwise)

Sorry to keep reblogging about this but there’s been some A+ commentary, and this is a new angle on the story to me. My first boyfriend was Thai. He was sweet and smart, and it makes me deeply sad to think of him having to live his life wading through this bullshit, or even dying because of it.

kellysue:

equalitism:

The relationship between this week’s mass shooting and misogyny in tech, by Arthur Chu. HIGHLY recommended reading.

via Anil

The stories we tell ourselves matter. 

elara:

frogtype:

sickomobb:

historic-upstart:

Women don’t get to exist. Women don’t get to say no.

this is why yall need to quit the nice guy act

hes a self proclaimed Men’s Rights Activist too lmao http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/24/1301671/-Elliot-Roger-Gunman-in-California-Mass-Shooting-was-influenced-by-the-Men-s-Rights-Movement

here’s his twitter

@elliotrodgergod

Jesus Christ.

buckyybae:

i did not realize i was following this many europeans: an autobiography by every american on tumblr today

wearethestories:

This is pretty incredible.

Art as resistance to Christian privilege?

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Popular Satanism is just Ayn Rand’s Objectivism. 

Which is what almost literally what Anton LaVey and his followers have said:

"Since the Satanist understands that all Gods are fiction, instead of bending a knee in worship to—or seeking friendship or unity with—such mythical entities, he places himself at the center of his own subjective universe as his own highest value." (x)

THIS, on the other hand, is just secular humanism claiming the name of Satan in order to be ironic (?):

"There are seven fundamental tenets.

1. One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason.

2. The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.

3. One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.

4. The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forego your own.

5. Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.

6. People are fallible. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and resolve any harm that may have been caused.

7. Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.” (x)

I try to remain open minded about religions (and usually succeed because they’re so freaking interesting) but, man, LaVey’s bullshit always rubbed me the wrong way. I identified as Pagan at a young age so people would occasionally hassle me about being a Satanist and it made me so. mad. because it was like… the opposite of everything I believe and everything I’d read about Wicca, Hellenic Paganism and pretty every other Neo-Pagan sect. Aaaand now that you say it’s basically a repackaged Randian philosophy that makes so much sense. Epiphany! I will always love The Fountainhead as a piece of literature though.

This article is pretty interesting, as one would expect/hope from Vice.

bluecladhero:

neurolingual:

im praying for every gay and lesbian individual living in kansas. my heart goes out to all of you. and if you have no idea what i’m talking about, please read this.

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ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW!?!??

While the Kansas House passed it, it’ll never become law rephrase because never say never, but: it doesn’t seem like it will be law? Yesterday the Kansas GOP Senate President publicly spoke out against the bill, asking her fellows to follow:

With fewer than half the 32 Senate Republicans supporting the bill, it would need Democratic support to pass the 40-member chamber, an unlikely prospect since Democrats are lined up against it.”

And this is why bicameral legislatures are a good idea.

seagullsong:

anyone else feel hella uncomfortable about how self-rightous the US is being about Russia’s anti-gay policies during the olympics?

in my state its still perfectly legal to fire someone for their sexuality and the government basically doesn’t realize that trans people exist

shut the fuck up

1) If one would like to continue to generalize about entire populations or governments based on the actions of a few, the whole world is being self righteous about it. Athletes from multiple countries have flagrantly displayed rainbow gear to give Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law the public middle finger. Why are we complaining about this again? That’s a good thing. Just because our own countries aren’t perfect yet doesn’t mean we can’t critique a shitty policy and use this event as a policy mic. It’s like those people who try to derail feminist debates by saying “why are you worried about this when people are starving in Africa and we still have homeless on the streets in the US?” Because I’m capable of complex thought and holding multiple ideas in my mind simultaneously.

2) I think one can acknowledge a few things here. First, that the United States Federal Government has no laws on the books banning the freedom of gay people to express themselves, no laws that literally put you away in federal prison (and if you followed the Pussy Riot jailings or know anything about the antibiotic resistant tuberculosis epidemic in Russian prisons, you know how sus they are). Second, in a survey from nov 2013 most Americans mistakenly believed we already had laws banning gay discrimination in the work place (assuming it would be covered under the federal law that bans other types of workplace discrimination), and most supported laws fixing the oversight in wording. At the end of 2013 Obama and his staff started bringing more awareness to the oversight, gaining public support from US companies to fix the federal law’s wording. This is set to be a major issue that gets addressed in the coming year.

I acknowledge the imperfection of my country, hell yes I do, but at least we have an environment where we can advocate and work to forward progress without fear of the federal government taking our lives from us. We’re not perfect but being imperfect doesn’t mean you don’t have a right to critique, or else we would all remain silent because there’ll always be something new to make progress on. The growing awareness of trans issues is already leading to positive policy change in places like Los Angeles school districts where trans students can use the bathroom of their gender identity. It’s coming. Equality marches closer. It takes blood sweat and tears as it always does, the slow lumbering bastard, but it’s coming. Our current government sees a gap of equality in federal law and is trying to close it. The Russian government saw a gap of equality in the law and spouted bullshit about how being gay makes you pedophilic and made policy to drive a wedge into and increase that equality gap and shut down free speech (using that in a general sense).

Idk, lgbt friends please tell me your thoughts? Sierra I’m especially interested in your input, because of how I covet your brain and all.

orangerful:

Heavy stuff but important stuff for everyone to read.  

This is a beautiful thing.

sandandglass:

Samantha Bee talks to Peter Schiff, financial commentator and CEO of Euro Pacific Capital Inc. 

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And can we please discuss how the part of this quote that is left out was him talking about increasing support for maternity AND paternity leave? Fuck yes.

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descentintotyranny:

Natasha Lennard — Cops who beat homeless man to death walk free

Kelly Thomas, schizophrenic and homeless, cried for his dad as he was beaten. His assaulters were found not guilty

Jan. 13 2014

Kelly Thomas, a homeless man who suffered from schizophrenia, died in hospital in 2011. He had beaten, tasered and kicked to death by cops from the Fullerton County Police Department while begging for mercy. The sickening incident of police brutality was caught by a surveillance camera.

On Monday, three former police officers (removed from the force following the incident) walked free: Two were found “not guilty” of murder by a jury while charges against a third officer were then dropped. Those familiar with the case have reacted with disgust at the impunity.

We know from surveillance footage that former Fullerton officers Manuel Ramos and Joseph Wolfe and former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli gave the 37-year-old, unarmed, mentally ill man confusing orders that he could not follow. We know that he tried. He cried out “I’m trying,” “I’m sorry.” We saw some of the six officers involved in the incident stretch Thomas’ arms behind him until he cried out in pain. We heard Thomas scream “Dad! Dad!” 30 times as he was lying on the ground gasping. We saw that the beating continued. Officer Ramos said to Thomas, “Now see my fists? They are getting ready to fuck you up.” A graphic (warning) image of Thomas’ face following the beating surfaced on line and can be seen here.

But a jury has ruled these men not guilty of murder.

As the verdict was read Monday, NBC reported, the victim’s father Ron (himself a former Fullerton PD deputy) “burst into tears, kicking or stomping his foot.”  ”Where do we really find justice any more in our justice system? It has been proven right here today that they will get away with it. They will get away with it,” Thomas’ father said.

And it indeed seems the courts will provide no justice here at all. And so what is left to say, except: No justice, no peace.