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04 Sep 20:22

New York Times fights back after Republican lies about Black Lives Matter

by (Josie Duffy)
Demonstrators protest outside of the Baltimore Police Department's Western District police station during a rally for Freddie Gray, in Baltimore, April 21, 2015. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Baltimore on Tuesday to protest the death of the 27-yea
The editorial board of the New York Times fought back against racialized fear-mongering from the right on Friday, criticizing the way Republicans have characterized the Black Lives Matter movement. According to the Times:
The Republican Party and its acolytes in the news media are trying to demonize the protest movement that has sprung up in response to the all-too-common police killings of unarmed African-Americans across the country.

The intent of the campaign—evident in comments by politicians like Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky—is to cast the phrase "Black Lives Matter" as an inflammatory or even hateful anti-white expression that has no legitimate place in a civil rights campaign.

The editorial is a response to the attacks in recent weeks, in which Haley, Walker, and Paul, along with fellow Republican politicians Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, and Mike Huckabee, have spoken out against Black Lives Matter, essentially blaming the movement for racism in America. I've written about Paul, Cruz, and Haley, and the others are unfortunately employing the same painful narratives.

On Wednesday Scott Walker posted an article on conservative blog Hot Air, blaming Black Lives Matter and President Obama for racial tension.

"In the last six years under President Obama, we’ve seen a rise in anti-police rhetoric. Instead of hope and change, we’ve seen racial tensions worsen and a tendency to use law enforcement as a scapegoat. This kind of attitude has created a culture in which we all too often see demonstrations and chants where people describe police as 'pigs' and call for them to be 'fried like bacon.'"

This inflammatory and disgusting rhetoric has real consequences for the safety of officers who put their lives on the line for us […]

We need to change the tone in America from chants and rallies that fixate on racial division."

Christie also alluded to Obama and Black Lives Matter on Wednesday, associating the two with the (completely unrelated) recent death of a sheriff's deputy in Texas. Christie stated that Obama "needs to be standing up and saying to everyone in society . . . no matter your background or ethnicity, no matter what, that people in law enforcement deserve to be treated with respect." And Mike Huckabee recently stated that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would be "appalled" by the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Times editorial takes particular issue with Huckabee's assertion, as you can read below.  

04 Sep 23:59

I support Planned Parenthood.


Because without it, women all over the country would be left without basic healthcare… And basic bodily autonomy.

Let’s review PP’s services:

  • 38% - STD testing and treatment for all genders
  • 34% - Birth control (that’s where we prevent unintended pregnancies, valiant “pro-life” folks)
  • 15% - Cancer screenings/prevention
  • 9% - General women’s health and prenatal services
  • 3% - Abortion (which receives ZERO government funding)
  • 1% - Other health services (including adoption referrals and family practice services)

When someone votes to defund Planned Parenthood, they’re not actually defunding abortion. They’re fighting to end affordable healthcare for women across the board.

05 Sep 00:01

"Men choose Hamlet because every man sees himself as a disinherited monarch. Women choose Alice [in..."

“Men choose Hamlet because every man sees himself as a disinherited monarch. Women choose Alice [in Wonderland] because every woman sees herself as the only reasonable creature among crazy people who think they are disinherited monarchs.”


Adam Gopnik (via currentboat)

I swallowed a lung I laughed so hard. Oh dear god I can’t breathe well. I miss my lung.

(via atlinmerrick)

27 Aug 01:07

mediamattersforamerica: Thank you, Janet Mock. This is what we...


Thank you, Janet Mock. This is what we need to be seeing. Right now, aside from Mock’s segments, violence against trans women of color doesn’t exist on cable news. And that’s simply unacceptable.

04 Sep 21:15

collegehumor: How Men Think Women’s Bodies Work by Rebecca...

04 Sep 20:36

Nick Fury: This year I lost one of my best agents, Phil Coulson.

Nick Fury: This year I lost one of my best agents, Phil Coulson.
Phil Coulson: (from the other side of the Helicarrier) QUIT TELLING THE AVENGERS I'M DEAD!
Nick Fury: Sometimes I can still hear the motherfucker's voice.
04 Sep 20:29

kissnecks: my life, hah


my life, hah

02 Sep 13:43

I can’t belieeeeeeve how late I am to this party. This is the...

I can’t belieeeeeeve how late I am to this party. This is the “Alternate Binary Sunset” music from Star Wars Episode IV (as we must now call it, fooey). I didn’t even know this existed until I got the album from iTunes this morning.

Listen to it. It’s truly dark and creepy. I think Lucas made the right call in asking Williams not to use this. The music that did get used speaks to longing and the hunger for adventure and finding your true place in the world. Whereas this sounds like LUKE, FFS GO BACK INSIDE AND FORGET ALL THESE WEIRD PEOPLE AND DROIDS AND WHATNOT, THIS IS NOT GOING TO TURN OUT WELL FOR YOU.

More info here.

04 Sep 20:07

toodrunktofindaurl: bpdbriony: shatterpath: capandcarter: Agent Director Peggy Carter in the...





Agent Director Peggy Carter in the 21st century AU where she’s living in Avengers tower and ‘Oh look, Thor’s left his hammer on top of those files I need. Silly bugger.’

Thor and Steve walk into the room as she picks it up, retrieves her stack from the coffee table, nonchalantly places mjolnir back down. “What are you two gaping at!?” Thor shakes Steve’s hand and proceeds to parade her around the tower on his shoulders, loudly declaring her worthiness.

why is this not on my feed????

When they ask why she’s unruffled, she responds with “I know my value.”

my hand slipped

04 Sep 19:55

mooseblogtimes: Shaun King making a good point


Police the police.
Watch the watchmen.


Shaun King making a good point

04 Sep 20:03

animatedamerican: mingsonjia: circetorilavalos: zooophagous: ...






Talking about cats, this one just got her koi for this year. I wish you every year to be like that cat 年年有鱼

Photography by 镜视眼88

That cat is a very skilled little fisher.

Btw that’s both a visual and a literal Chinese pun and I’m literally laughing so hard right now (my parents say this every year) and I want everyone to understand this.

Here’s the two phrases you’ll need to know:

年年有鱼 (nián nián you yú) - “(I wish you have) fish every year”

年年有余 (nián nián you yú) - “(I wish you have) extra every year”
- this is a common blessing used in China

Both the 鱼 and 余 characters sound exactly the same and here’s where the pun comes in.

Every Lunar New Year, as good luck, we eat “fish” so that we can “have fish every year”. In other words, we’re eating fish so that we can have extra every year.

Extra what, you ask? Extra everything! Extra money in the bank, extra food on our tables, extra happiness, etc, etc. It’s like an all-around blessing. Very kind and used often during Lunar New Year.

The cat has already gotten her “extra” (fish) for the year so the blogger is wishing you “fish” (extra) every year ^^

finally someone explained it, thank you

I am so delighted to learn that somebody else also has the tradition of eating puns for blessings on the New Year.

04 Sep 18:12

The Fight Didn't End with Marriage: How Religious Exemption Laws Endanger LGBT Americans

The Fight Didn't End with Marriage: How Religious Exemption Laws Endanger LGBT Americans:


“For people in the 21 states with broad religious exemptions, including 43% of LGBT Americans, they are at risk of being denied services and otherwise discriminated against if a business owner or organization claims providing those services will violate their closely-held religious beliefs.

“Non-tailored religious exemptions in general open a can of worms that raises serious concerns for not only LGBT folks but for women, for healthcare,” said report author Heron Greenesmith.

“We desperately need explicit statewide nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people, with the expectation, though not the certainty, that courts in the South and Midwest would follow the lead of the Supreme Court and other state courts in saying that nondiscrimination laws serve a compelling government interest and businesses cannot exempt themselves from those laws,” Mushovic said. “Secondly, we need to revise existing broad religious exemption laws to clarify that these laws should not be used to discriminate against or harm others.”

Read the full story here | Download the report here

2015 has been a great year for LGBTQIA+ rights, but we’ve still got a LONG way to go! Thanks to everyone who is out there fighting for equality!


Photo source

04 Sep 19:44

burningbrooklynbridges: sartorialbliss: Melissa McCarthy’s new...



Melissa McCarthy’s new Seven7 Collection

yo designers were like “we won’t dress you bc you’re fat” and melissa mccarthy was all “HOLD UP IT’S LIKE THAT??? LEMME JUST MAKE MY OWN GODDAMN LINE AND OUTSHINE YOU ALLLL THX BYEEE” 

04 Sep 18:06

notbecauseofvictories: also that whole tale of aragorn and arwen thing where he saw her in the...


OK, so, I hate romance stories, and Lord of the Rings SERIOUSLY puts me to sleep, but I would read the heck out of this.


also that whole tale of aragorn and arwen thing where he saw her in the woods at twenty and fell instantly in love and it’s very beren and luthien? lies.

aragorn decided he was going to marry arwen when he was like, six.

and everyone thought it was just the cutest thing, baby estel with his little crush on the great immortal evenstar, and everyone would tease him about it relentlessly and he would get so mad, and pout, because how dare they doubt his word.

(arwen spent a lot of time biting back smiles and nodding very seriously when aragorn brings this up with her. no, estel, I do not know why they are laughing perhaps they have remembered a particularly funny joke.)

and then aragorn grows into this gangly teen and oh my god can you imagine being a pimply greasy teenager around fucking elves it’s a wonder he has any self-image left. His voice breaks every other word and the laundresses are beginning to wonder if something is wrong with the sheets because estel keeps washing them himself and aragorn wants to die, god, arwen is never going to marry him if he stays all elbows and skinny knees and he can’t even look her in the eye anymore without blushing, eye contact is probably something to look for in a husband—

(arwen, who never had to go through puberty because elves don’t do anything so undignified, tries to comfort him by saying she likes his blemishes. aragorn gives her a look of such utter, miserable despair that she starts laughing.)

(this is a mistake. he spends the next three weeks nursing his wounded ego and refusing to see her.)

estel is twenty when he asks for her hand. he is lean, slender and fair as a new tree, and so arwen does not feel guilt in kissing his cheek and gently refusing. he is still green, he will weather greater storms than this—and he takes it as he should, clasping her hand and swearing to ever be her loyal friend.

they write to each other—when she is in lorien, when he wanders with the rangers of the north, fights alongside gondor, travels to distant lands. it is an inconstant tie—he is rarely afforded time enough to put pen to paper; she is reserved so as not to encourage what may not be. (she signs her letters always, your friend. She likes him too well to be cruel in this.)

the years pass. his weariness and strife creeps onto the page, and she sends him tokens to fend off the darkness—leaves from lothlorien, the ribbon from her hair, snippets of poems. it is not enough it is never enough I am sorry, she writes.

his reply is gentle: you are enough. do not stop writing.

(she carries that letter tucked inside her sleeve for a long while, like a talisman—though against what evil, she does not know.)

she is in the house of her grandmother when a familiar voice calls out to her: my lady luthien!

this is when arwen looks up, sees aragorn—broad of chest and rugged, still wearing his battered mail, with one hand balanced lazily on the pommel of his sword. All the trees of caras galadhon are gold but he is shadow and silver, kingliness resting lightly on his shoulders—

and arwen thinks, oh fuck

04 Sep 18:22

shadowwraiths: Spread this truth everywhere


Spread this truth everywhere

04 Sep 17:53

mens-rights-activia: averyroundbird: becausebirds: Someone...




Someone didn’t get the memo.


Local Goth Kid Emerges Out of Hiding For Family Gathering

04 Sep 16:52


04 Sep 16:41

kitrona: kiamatthews: I’m very embarrassed that I briefly...



I’m very embarrassed that I briefly dated this person a few years ago. But hey, they can’t all be winners.

I just… wow. Like, if disability and Section 8 and food stamps were that easy to get… I can’t even. And going to college for free for being a single mother?

“Sitting around letting the other half pay their way”? Have you MET any poor people? (Obviously not. Poor people work really fucking hard for very little pay.)

04 Sep 16:14


04 Sep 16:09

disgustinganimals: neolutionist: Fox kits annoying their...



Fox kits annoying their mother.

Fox mother imagining baby foxes being loaded onto a trebuchet.

04 Sep 16:10

aderryhomecompanion: riseofthecommonwoodpile: wyrdoldetippe: N...




New Boss on Construction Sites Is a Drone | MIT Technology Review

For some construction workers, any thoughts of slacking off could soon seem rather quaint. The drones will almost certainly notice.

The workers building a lavish new downtown stadium for the Sacramento Kings in California are being monitored by drones and software that can automatically flag slow progress.

Once per day, several drones automatically patrol the Sacramento work site, collecting video footage. That footage is then converted into a three-dimensional picture of the site, which is fed into software that compares it to computerized architectural plans as well as a the construction work plan showing when each element should be finished. The software can show managers how the project is progressing, and can automatically highlight parts that may be falling behind schedule.

Such additional scrutiny is controversial. It raises worries over worker privacy, for instance, and fears that people may be encouraged to work excessive hours.

Golparvar-Fard concedes that this could be an issue, but he defends the idea. “It’s not new to the construction industry that there would either be people standing and observing operations, or that there would be fixed cameras,” he says. “Yes, making this autonomous has a different feeling for the workers. But you have to keep in mind that it’s not really questioning the efficiency of the workers, it’s questioning what resources these guys need to be more efficient.”


Hell earth coming atcha

I’ll be ok with this when we get a webcam in the office of every fortune 500 CEO to account for just what exactly they’re doing to contribute 10,000x more to the economy than their entry level employees.

04 Sep 13:30

This comic will age well(Buy a print of this comic)

This comic will age well

(Buy a print of this comic)

04 Sep 14:00


03 Sep 23:45

Pretty accurate.

Brazil is actually: problem -> football -> even worse problem

02 Sep 19:30

How On Earth Can Pixar Make a Worthy Sequel to The Incredibles?

by Germain Lussier

Well, Ayn Rand has lots of books to choose a plot from. I'm sure they'll find something.

Ever since Disney and Pixar announced they’d be making The Incredibles 2, I’ve been obsessed with it. Partially that’s because I’m such a huge fan of Brad Bird’s original, pitch perfect superhero team/family film. But also it’s because I can’t figure out how the hell they’re going to make it work.


03 Sep 17:44

“Being Poor,” Ten Years On

by John Scalzi

Ten years ago today, I put the essay “Being Poor” on Whatever. I wrote the piece, as I explained later, in a rage at the after-events of Hurricane Katrina, when so many people asked, some genuinely and some less so, why many of the poor people didn’t “just leave” when the hurricane smashed into the Gulf Coast and New Orleans flooded. I wrote it not to offer a direct explanation but to make people understand what it was like to be poor, as I had been at various times in my life, and could therefore speak on with some knowledge. The piece wasn’t about how people became poor, or why there were poor — simply what it was like to be poor, and to then try to get through one’s life on a day-to-day basis.

I posted it because I had to. I was in a rage at what was happening in New Orleans in 2005, but I was also sick, literally physically sick about it, and for days I couldn’t understand why. I had no direct connection to New Orleans and there was no one there I considered a friend, and other, equally terrible disasters had hit the US before and had nowhere near the same effect on me. Ultimately I began to realize the difference this time was that I was aware how differently the disaster affected people along economic lines, and how the lack of useful planning and response to the disaster essentially punished New Orleans’ poor.

I was not of New Orleans and I was not of New Orleans’ poor. But having been poor in my life, I remembered the difficulties being poor imposes, the lack of options it offers, and circumstances it presents, when no way through is a good one. I had been there in my life, and the lack of understanding I saw radiating out from people about the situation made me sick almost to the point of vomiting. I had to do something or I felt like I would explode.

We had donated money, of course. But it wasn’t enough. So I sat down to write something, anything. What I came up with was a list of things from my personal experience and from the experience of people I knew in my life about poverty and what it was like to be in it. Later some people said the piece was a poem, and I can see that, and they might be right. At the time that wasn’t part of my thinking. I just wanted to get what was in my brain out into the world. I cried as I wrote it, putting the rage and sickness I felt into words. Then I posted it up on Whatever.

And it ended up going everywhere.

It was reprinted in the Chicago Tribune and the Dayton Daily News and dozens of other newspapers. It was linked to and pasted onto hundreds of Web sites. It was read out loud on the radio. It was shared in emails and mailing lists. Eventually it made its way into textbooks and other teaching materials. Churches and religious groups by the score asked permission to use it. In an age before Facebook and Twitter (and even MySpace, really), the piece went massively viral. I encouraged this, of course. As famously “pay me” as I am, “Being Poor” is one piece I have never taken money for. I allow it to be freely distributed and when people ask about payment, I tell them to donate to a local hunger or poverty charity. It’s meant to be shared and read, and read as widely as possible.

It continues to be read, a decade on. There hasn’t been a year since it was posted that it hasn’t been one of the most visited entries on Whatever; this year, it’s currently the third most-read piece on the whole site. Year in and year out, people find it, or come back to it. This makes me very happy.

Which is not to say that people didn’t find ways to try to pick it apart. When the piece came out, I didn’t go out of my way to note that the piece was based on my own experience, so a number of people questioned the veracity of the piece, and my right to write it. When I did make it clear that the piece was largely based on my own experience, some folks then wanted to maintain that I hadn’t really been poor, or that “American” poor is not really poor compared to the poverty elsewhere in the world, or they would focus on one particular bit in the piece and declaim how it was in some way inauthentic, therefore throwing out the whole piece. Others simply wanted to blame the poor for being poor in the first place.

There is of course not much to be done in those cases. I lived my poverty; I don’t need other people to decide whether I was poor enough for them. The American version of poverty may be “better” than poverty elsewhere, but it’s bad enough, both objectively and in context. And while I understand some people prefer to believe poor people deserve the poverty they’re in, I know it’s not true, or at the very least, is such a small part of why people are poor. I didn’t deserve to be poor when I was a child; I just was. The people I know now in poverty aren’t there because it’s some sort of cosmic or karmic justice; they work hard and try to better their lives. But the fact of poverty is: It’s a rough climb out, and a steep fall back, and it’s not as if everyone starts out in the same place.

That said, I admit to being an imperfect vessel to speak to poverty in America. I have been poor in my life. I am not now, nor have I been anything close to poor for my entire adult life. In fact I am on the opposite end of the spectrum. You can even say that in many ways my life encapsulates the Horatio Alger “rags to riches” American Dream narrative that we have embedded into our national DNA: Scrappy ambitious kid takes his chances and makes a few breaks for himself and comes out on top. It can happen to you too!

Except the thing I know that gets elided here is that I’m one of the very few “rags to riches” tales I know of. Anecdote is not data, and the data says that it’s tougher to move up the socio-economic ladder here in the US than it is in most other industrialized nations. Not impossible, and I am here to speak to that. But tougher. And I am here to speak to that too — because I know the breaks that I caught, including the fact that I got a scholarship to attend one of the best college preparatory high schools in the country, which I attended while simultaneously living in a trailer park. I was launched into the ranks of the socio-economic elite and I haven’t come back down. But I also know that not every kid in a trailer park gets the break I did, a break contingent on one school deciding to let me in, not a state or national will to make things better for poor children in general.

I have been poor, and am not. That makes me not the best spokesman for poverty. But I continue to see poverty, where I live and in the lives of people I know, and I am in a position where when I talk, people often listen. So this is a thing I will continue to speak on.

And it is a reason why I’m glad “Being Poor” continues to be part of the conversation on poverty. For what it’s done and what it continues to do, I’m proud to have written it. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever written.

04 Sep 03:54

chocolatecakesandthickmilkshakes: That statement wasn’t meant...


That statement wasn’t meant to be a knock against his white neighbor. It’s an example of the extra steps black Americans need to take in order to reach the same levels of success as their white counterparts.

04 Sep 05:24


04 Sep 10:52

dicaeopolis: when u cut a bad person out of ur life


when u cut a bad person out of ur life

04 Sep 09:19

minestuck: alternate title: young children gawk at flaming...


alternate title: young children gawk at flaming homosexuals