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22 Nov 17:32

petermorwood: garrettbrobinson: margaretems: by Craig...




by Craig Davison

Oh my god I can’t take these.

Not just great artwork, but I’ve never seen “imagination in action” captured so well.

22 Nov 22:57

getinvolvedyoulivehere: A Couple Returning Home Startled Cops...


A Couple Returning Home Startled Cops in Stairwell, So a Cop Shot the Man in the Chest, Killing Him

“They didn’t present themselves or nothing and shot him. They didn’t identify themselves at all. They just shot.”
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23 Nov 00:26

bustamimes: Stop what you’re doing right now and watch Alex...


Stop what you’re doing right now and watch Alex Boye’s “Africanized” cover of Shake It Off.

23 Nov 02:54

iwriteaboutfeminism: CBS falsely reported that the FBI arrested...


CBS falsely reported that the FBI arrested two men for allegedly making a pipe bomb to be used during protests in Ferguson.

The truth is that they were arrested on firearms charges.

Saturday, November 22nd

Part 2 of 2

Part 1

23 Nov 03:41

oxboxer: When you get past the cultural quirks, they’re not so...


When you get past the cultural quirks, they’re not so different from us.

Also on Tapastic!

19 Nov 00:15


23 Nov 00:00

These LEGO Instructions from 1974 Are Awesome (And Yes, They're Real)

by Robbie Gonzalez

The heck happened to LEGO, man?
Oh. Right. The '80s. I knew that.

These LEGO Instructions from 1974 Are Awesome (And Yes, They're Real)

This photo of a note to parents, purportedly printed on a pamphlet included in a LEGO set from the 1970s, has been making laps around the Internet. The legitimacy of the note, which is noteworthy for its egalitarian tone, has been called into question – but there's good reason to believe it's 100% real.


08 Oct 12:53

Mama Paquita: “Why would a baby need a sombrero?” and other problematic questions.

by thebloggess

This isn’t a real post.  It was a rambling email I was writing to my sister and then it sort of got away from me and so I decided to flesh it out and share it here because maybe we weren’t the only ones who were taught this song in school.  You can ignore it if you want.

When I was little there was this song called “Mama Paquita” that we’d have to sing in music class.  According to our music books, it was a 1930’s Brazilian Carnivale song but it was kinda fucked up.  It was about some salesman trying to convince a mom to buy her baby a banana, a papaya, some pajamas and a sombrero, but she was like “Who has infant-sombrero money in this economy?  Let’s go dancing!” (I’m paraphrasing, but only slightly) and I remember thinking, “Why would a baby need a sombrero?

(Side-note: I just googled” “Why would you buy a baby a sombrero?” and I got a lot of vaguely racist pictures, and also a link to a poem, which includes the lines “He had heard stories of a baby sombrero wrestler who would one day rule the world, but he had never thought that it would be his son” and “Hey, do you want to go get some soup, and maybe have a baby?” {Which might be the best pick-up line ever.  Or worst.  Depends on who you’re trying to pick up, I guess.})

Anyway, when I was in third grade I asked the music teacher why we didn’t just  sing the original Brazilian song, Mamãe eu Quero, (which I’d memorized from Carmen Miranda movies and old Tom & Jerry cartoons) but she shook her head disdainfully, saying only that there were “too many nipples in that song”.

I was confused about that for years, but in high school I told a friend that I knew the words to a risqué Brazilian nipple song, which I then sang.  She knew a little Portuguese, and she told me my song was about breastfeeding and that my pronunciation was atrocious.  Then I said, “Oh wait.  It gets worse” and I sang her the bastardized English version from my childhood music classes, and she was like, “What kind of racist bullshit is that?” and I said, “The extremely problematic kind taught to small children in the 70’s?”

Then she looked at me in confused bewilderment and I nodded in embarrassed agreement and said, “Honestly, I don’t understand it either.  I apologize on the behalf of white people.”  (Which is a phrase I should just put on a t-shirt because that shit needs to be said A LOT).  She gracefully accepted my apology and offered to teach me how to curse convincingly in Spanish if I agreed to never sing that song again.  Our cultural bridge was built on a shared love of profanity, and although I never mastered the accent to her satisfaction, I will forever treasure the phrase: “I SHIT ON EVERYTHING THAT MOVES!” which is easily the best thing to scream when you are stuck in traffic, or when the copier eats your overdue report, or when life is just being an asshole in general.


This was all before the internet existed so I had to take my friend’s word on the translation, but then my sister reminded me of that song again and so I decided to go online to try to translate the Portuguese version.

And here is the (probably horribly butchered) translation:

Mommy I want, mommy I want,
Mommy I want to suckle!
Give the nipple, give the nipple, give the nipple
Give the nipple so your baby won’t cry!

Sleep, son of my heart.
Take the bottle and join my dance party.
I have a sister, she’s called Anna.
She blinked so much she lost her eyelashes.

I look at the little ones, but this way
I’m sorry I’m not suckling.
I have a sister, she’s phenomenal.
She’s the boss and her husband’s an imbecile.

And now I’m even more confused, and I can’t get the fucked-up English version out of my head.  And (if you were also taught it as a small kid) it’s probably stuck in yours too now.


I am part of the problem.

PS.  Again, I would like to apologize on the behalf of white people.  Seriously.  White people fuck shit up for all of us.  Including white people.  It’s baffling.  I’m so sorry.  Let’s go get some soup and maybe have a baby.

22 Nov 21:26

Meet the Auburn Tigers, Australia’s first all Muslim Woman...

Meet the Auburn Tigers, Australia’s first all Muslim Woman Football Team! 

22 Nov 20:17

"I know a woman in her 30s: she’s married, she has a toddler, and she desperately wants a second..."

I know a woman in her 30s: she’s married, she has a toddler, and she desperately wants a second child – but a dangerous medical condition means that having another baby would be life-threatening. Despite being careful, she got pregnant. She had an abortion because she wasn’t willing to risk her life and leave her child motherless, but she still feels a deep sadness.

I know another woman, in her 20s, who had a shitty boyfriend (but no kids) when her birth control failed and she found herself with a pregnancy she knew she didn’t want – a pregnancy she wasn’t ready for. She was upset about the situation, but had no doubts about what she wanted to do and, after the abortion, no regrets. She rarely thinks about the pregnancy or the abortion anymore.

If you’re like a lot of people, you probably have much more sympathy for the first woman than the second. Though the majority of people in America and Northern Ireland and so many other places believe abortion should be legal, too many of us still think about reproductive rights as if there’s a hierarchy of good and bad abortions – the kind that women “deserve”, and the kind women should be ashamed of.

But those two women? They’re both me.


It’s OK to tell your abortion story, my contribution to #1in3speaks  (via jessicavalenti)

This is damn powerful.

(via katillacs)

21 Nov 14:00

Excluding Blacks From The National Collective

by Lisa Wade, PhD

"Add us to equations but they'll never make us equal."

Flashback Friday.

In a great book, The Averaged American, sociologist Sarah Igo uses case studies to tell the intellectual history of statistics, polling, and sampling. The premise is fascinating:  Today we’re bombarded with statistics about the U.S. population, but this is a new development.  Before the science developed, the concept was elusive and the knowledge was impossible. In other words, before statistics, there was no “average American.”

There are lots of fascinating insights in her book, but a post by Byron York brought one in particular to mind.  Here’s a screenshot of his opening lines (emphasis added by Jay Livingston):


The implication here is, of course, that Black Americans aren’t “real” Americans and that including them in opinion poll data is literally skewing the results.

Scientists designed the famous Middletown study with exactly this mentality.  Trying to determine who the average American was, scientists excluded Black Americans out of hand.  Of course, that was in the 1920s and ’30s.  How wild to see the same mentality in the 2000s.

Originally posted in 2009.

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

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22 Nov 07:12


22 Nov 09:23

sideniggasociety: ofmyheadandheart: Intrepid reporter Jessica...

nolan finley: you have a lot of these folks out there saying detroit shouldn't be charging people for water.

jessica williams: who have you heard literally ask for free water?

nf: if you don't pay your bills, you're assuming that you can get your water for free.

jw: so is it possible that the people that aren't paying don't want FREE water, they want a payment plan adjusted to their income?

nf: absolutely it's possible

jw: so, i have a question. (finley nods)

jw: by framing it as saying, "people just want free water," which no one has actually said, are you somewhat misleading this argument right now?

nf: in what — in what sense? (jess is stunned silent)



Intrepid reporter Jessica Williams of The Daily Show talks to columnist Nolan Finley of The Detroit News. [full segment]


She too real

22 Nov 09:43

upyourcactus: whenwilligetmyrights: “Every time someone says...



“Every time someone says we don’t need feminism anymore, things like this come to mind. Due to insufficient dowry this young girl’s husband lacerated her face with a razor blade.” (Gwalior - India) - ph. Adrian Fisk

if you say you don’t need feminism, you are selfish. selfish that you have not stop to think about the millions of girls and women and trans women who are either getting killed, mutilated, raped, or sold into sex slavery and child marriages. for fucks sake, the women’s right to vote in the US isnt even a hundred years old yet. women in the work force is still recent. the first american women to go into  space was in 1983. the firs women to be credited for a marvel movie just happened. like firsts are still happening. and women are still getting murdered for being women. WE NEED FEMINISM. 

22 Nov 10:29

""Why do men feel threatened by women?" I asked a male friend of mine. So this male friend of mine,..."

“"Why do men feel threatened by women?" I asked a male friend of mine. So this male friend of mine, who does by the way exist, conveniently entered into the following dialogue. "I mean," I said, "men are bigger, most of the time, they can run faster, strangle better, and they have on the average a lot more money and power." "They’re afraid women will laugh at them," he said. "Undercut their world view." Then I asked some women students in a quickie poetry seminar I was giving, "Why do women feel threatened by men?" "They’re afraid of being killed," they said.”

- Margaret Atwood, from Second Words: Selected Critical Prose, 1960-1982 (via booksmatter)
22 Nov 12:40

Finn Mackay speaks at Feminism in London, 2013

22 Nov 16:51

corvuscoronefashion-photography: Painting The Roses Red "The...


Painting The Roses Red 

"The Queen she likes ‘em red
If she saw white instead
She’d raise a fuss
And each of us
Would quickly lose his head”

Based around the idea of “painting the roses red” in the Alice in Wonderland book and have used fake blood on a white rose to point in the direction of beheading (as, of course, nothing I do is ever really “innocent”) - especially as the Queen of Hearts is very well known with the phrase “Off with his head!”

Model: Jade
Photo by:

22 Nov 16:53

"But the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people..."

But the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (the average office worker gets less than three hours of actual work done in 8 hours) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work.

We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing.


Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (via llleighsmith)

"the average office worker gets less than three hours of actual work done in 8 hour" Yeesh!

(via raelee)

22 Nov 16:50

darvinasafo: Boycott Wal-Mart Boycott Wal-Mart—support...


Boycott Wal-Mart

Boycott Wal-Mart—support the Black Friday Protestors and their demands for a $15 minimum wage.  Costco manages to afford it!

22 Nov 16:51

darvinasafo: Prison Industrial Complex is Real. Support prison...


Prison Industrial Complex is Real.

Support prison reform and protest unequal sentencing for PoC!

22 Nov 17:11

darvinasafo: Jim Crow 2.0 Amen.


Jim Crow 2.0


22 Nov 17:58

"The federal government until recently shielded big banks from criminal prosecution out of concern..."

“The federal government until recently shielded big banks from criminal prosecution out of concern that convictions may damage the financial system, a top Federal Reserve official said Friday, explicitly acknowledging a policy long denied by the Obama administration.
The admission came during a tense exchange between William Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) at a Senate Banking Committee hearing meant to explore the cozy relations between federal regulators and the banks they supervise.”

- The Fed Just Acknowledged Its Too Big To Jail Policy.
22 Nov 04:31

verysharpteeth: Bucky: “Let’s hear it for Captain America!….Who I told to stay home. Who let crazy...


Bucky: “Let’s hear it for Captain America!….Who I told to stay home. Who let crazy scientists experiment on him even when a stiff breeze could snap him in two. WHO I APPARENTLY NEED TO GET A BACKPACK LEASH FOR.”

21 Nov 11:00

Leftover Soup - 0627


Part of an ongoing story arc. But this one just makes me cry, so I'm sharing.


"Why haven't they killed me yet?" is one of my big ones. The fact that I live in a country with no death penalty seems not to be relevant.

When I'm counter-crazy-talking myself, the response that usually works is not "I'm not a bad person and I don't deserve to die", but rather "Somebody somewhere has made a mistake. I'm still getting away with it".

(Tuesday afternoon, INT: elevator)

MH (head in JH's lap): Why... why am I allowed to be alive? I'm so bad. Why hasn't anyone killed me yet?
JH: They can't kill you. You're indestructible.
MH (hugging herself): I'm destructible. Fragile. I'm so tiny.
JH: You've got as much life in you as a football stadium full of people. It's compressed down dense like a diamond. You're a pellet, a pellet of enriched uranium chi.
MH: Shouldn't I... explode? Explode everywhere?
JH: You do explode. You explode all the time, big giant turquoise bursts with yellow spots. It's awesome.
MH (caressing JH's face): You give good crazy talk.
JH: I learn from the best.

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22 Nov 04:43

So are you gonna help me sing this song or what?

So are you gonna help me sing this song or what?

22 Nov 00:30

alrights: Micro-photography of individual snowflakes by Alexey...


Micro-photography of individual snowflakes by Alexey Kljatov

fuckin WOW

21 Nov 10:00

When asked to solve a bug of a software that we do not know

by sharhalakis

by uaiHebert

18 Nov 22:39

mayormadeleinerobin: bottaslicious: Finnish language was...



Finnish language was originally a game where you take a word and then you try to add as much conjugations as possible. The game was born when  the winter was too fucking cold to do anything and people sat around a fire trying to stay warm and not die. Since Finnish winter is 8 months long people eventually got bored, and came up with this game.


19 Nov 04:51


19 Nov 05:23

We can rebuild him.

We can rebuild him.