“How many times do we expect black people to build our country for us?” Omfg that. There are probably SO MANY angry white people right now.
Jesus, that burn!!!!!
Shamokin Daily News, Pennsylvania, May 16, 1933
pruane2: puts clear scotched tape over my webcam to obscure my visage only slightly and give a warm...
puts clear scotched tape over my webcam to obscure my visage only slightly and give a warm glow to my face so the nsa man will fall in love with me
oh my goddd. I thought it was great from the beginning but it only gets better
When we had a pet one when I was a kid it would sit on the couch and eat potato chips/popcorn like that. We usually had a little tumbler glass of water wedged between the cushions for her, but if he wasn't watching, she would go for my brother's beer.
She is beautiful fuck off
gabriel lost then won
‘Herman The Sturgeon’ Survives Stabbing, Kidnapping, And Now Wildfire
by Amelia Templeton
The Eagle Creek Fire has burned more than 30,000 acres in the Columbia River Gorge, torching trees and threatening homes.
The fire forced the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to evacuate three fish hatcheries in the gorge, and to release thousands of juvenile salmon into the Columbia River ahead of schedule after ash and fire debris clogged hatchery intakes.
Despite all that, ‘Herman the sturgeon’ has survived.
“Right now, Herman the sturgeon — who is a very large sturgeon, almost 11 feet long — Herman is fine,” said Michelle Dennehy, a spokeswoman for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife…
“There was a moment about 10 years ago when I was walking to the subway on the Upper West Side. It was the Fourth of July, and I was wearing a red, white and blue dress. I was feeling very patriotic, and it was really tight.
I passed these two men. One appeared to be Latino, and the other appeared to be black. The Latin guy says “Yo, mama, can I holla at you?”
And the black guy said “Yo dude, that’s an n word.” Then, the Latin guy says “No, man, that’s a bitch.” The black guy said “No, that’s an n word.”
They began to argue about whether I was the b word or the n word. What lovely options.
I was just standing there at the light, waiting for it to change “Please let it change so I can cross the street”, ’cause I needed to cross the street. At one point the Latin guy turns to me and says “You ain’t an n word, are you?”
That moment is indicative of a lot of the street harassment that I have had to endure. Street harassment started first because these men found me attractive, because I’m a woman.
Then they realized that I was trans, and it became something else. It turned into something else. So many trans women have to experience this.
Just last month in New York City, a young girl named Islan Nettles was walking down the street in Harlem with her friend and she was catcalled by a few guys. They realized that she was trans, and then they beat her to death.
In 2001, a trans woman named Amanda Milan, who I knew but not very well, something similar happened to her in the Times Square area, and she was stabbed to death.
Our lives are often in danger, simply for being who we are, when we are trans women. There are a lot of intersecting identities and intersecting oppressions that make that happen.
That moment when I was called the b or the n word, it was a moment where misogyny was intersecting with trans-phobia, was intersecting with some racist stuff.
The racial piece is actually really important, because I’ve talked to a lot of white trans women who haven’t experienced quite the level of street harassment that I have.
I’ve gotten in trouble by saying this publicly, that most of the street harassment I’ve experienced has been from other black folks. That’s not to suggest that black folks are more homophobic or trans-phobic than everybody else, ’cause I don’t believe that. But there are some homophobic and trans-phobic black folks.
I think the reason for that is there a collective trauma that a lot of black folks are dealing with in this country that dates back to slavery and to the Jim Crow South.
Most of us know that during slavery and during Jim Crow, black bodies, usually black male bodies were often lynched. In these lynchings, the men’s genitals were cut off. Sometimes they were pickled and sometimes they were sold. There was this sort of historic fear and fascination with black male sexuality.
I believe that a lot of black folks feel that there is this historic emasculation that has been happening in white supremacy of black male bodies. I think a lot of black folks dealing with a lot of post-traumatic stress see trans, my trans woman’s body, and feel that I’m the embodiment of this historic emasculation come to life.
So often when I am called out of the street, it’s as if I am a disgrace to the race because I am trans.
I understand that as trauma. I have love. I have so much love for my black brothers and sisters who might call me out on the street, ’cause I get it. I understand. They’re in pain.
I feel so often our oppressors are in a lot of, lot of pain. I think whenever someone needs to call out someone else for who they are, and make fun of them, it’s because they don’t feel comfortable with who they are.
If anyone ever has a problem with someone else, I ask you to look at yourselves first. What is it about you that you have a problem with? What is it about you that you have a problem with? I also think it’s important that when we talk about bullying, we understand that when kids LGBT/QI kids are bullied, oftentimes it is because of their gender expression.
We hear the gay slurs, the anti-gay slurs, and it’s really about these kids not conforming to the sex that they were assigned at birth. Gender expression is not meeting the expectations of society, so we have to begin to create spaces where we can express our gender in ways that are true to ourselves.
The gender binary model, most of us don’t fit that, and that’s OK. I think too, the violence so many trans women experience, trans women of color are disproportionately victims of violence.
Our homicide rate is the highest in the LGBT community. It went from 43% in 2011 to almost 54% of all LGBTQ homicides were trans women, and mostly trans women of color. There is a link between the bullying that we inflict on our LGBTQ youth, and the violence that so many trans women experience.
What are we going to do about that? I think love is the answer.
Cornell West reminds us that justice is what love looks like in public.
I love that, because I feel that love, if we can love trans people, that will be a revolutionary act.” - Laverne Cox
(Keepler Speakers, 2013)
(Photos are from 2009 Glaad Media Awards)
What. The. Actual. Fuck.
I don't know who this guy is, but he's good. This is not an official NWS presentation; he appears to be a well-informed enthusiast on tropical weather. His presentation is fast and concise.
That's in contrast to the national news media reporters who have to stand out in the wind and "fill airtime" with repetitive and worthless drivel. I was pleased to see a Hurricane Harvey victim talk back to a CNN reporter:
“Yeah, that’s a lot of shit. But y’all sitting here, y’all trying to interview people during their worst times. Like, that’s not the smartest thing to do.” (“Sorry,” began Flores.) “Like, people are really breaking down, and y’all sitting here with cameras and microphones trying to ask us, ‘What the fuck is wrong with us?’ (“I’m so sorry. . . . ”) And you’re really trying to understand with the microphone still in my face. When she’s shivering cold and my kid’s wet and you still putting a microphone in my face!”Then a day or two ago a CBS reporter on the nationally-broadcast evening news covering Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys asked a fisherman - and I quote -
"What would it do to your bottom line if you lost your boats?"What would it do to "your bottom line" if you didn't have boats??? She asked this question of a commercial fisherman, for fox ache.
I've given up on television coverage. I found the above video in this tropical weather live thread.
And here is the Tropical Tidbits blog by Levi, who produced the video summary I embedded above.
Addendum: If you have family or friends on the Florida coast (or other coastline anywhere in the world apparently), you can look up their height above sea level by plugging their address into ElevationMap.
itspforparkerOkay I don’t know how this got so popular all of a sudden, but I’ve gotten a lot of messages asking if I live in Nightvale or a supernatural episode and I feel the need to clarify that while some of this stuff is kinda freaky my town is actually a rather pleasant place to live. I mean, there’s the ocassional imploded fence and something in the forest that whistles back, but we get some lovely sunsets and the sheep don’t bite
1. When I was six, a mummified hairless cat just sort of appeared by the house. I had to jump over it whenever I went anywhere. Nobody moved it, it was just there for a few months and then it disappeared.
2. There was a cow head just laying out back for a while. I think my gramma was feeding it to the chickens. I fucking hate the chickens.
3. Every Halloween, my mom would send me to the dead pile to get bones to scatter around the yard for decorations. I never really realized it was weird that we had things called ‘dead piles’, but there you go
4. My brain went fuzzy during a family barbecue and I don’t know what to tell you but I left for twenty minutes and came back with four other girls wearing cow pelvises and tubing as armour and claiming myself to be the ‘mighty lord magnet-tron’.
5. I found a kayak in the forest once. I brought it home, but my gramma stole it.
6. Found a cracked fish tank buried under a tree once. I took it home, but my gramma stole it.
7. There’s a lot of bathtubs in the forest and I don’t know why
8. Someone left a deer head on the porch once. Not sure why. Just the whole head, cut off at the neck. That was odd.
9. There’s just these… Weird, powdery chunks of.. I dunno, something. Just buried all over. I don’t know if they’re soft rocks or what
10. Some friends and I found something big and dead inside a garbage bag under a log, once. We told an adult but they said not to worry about it so we sort of let it go. It’s been nine years and nobody’s questioned it
11. Our rooster killed itself. Not sure how, but it did.
12. A bird carried my cat away when I was 7 and nobody told me so I spent 6 weeks looking for it. I only found half.
13. There’s a lot of skulls
14. There’s a spot out back where kitchen appliances just show up. I found a wok, a toaster, a toaster oven, and two sinks so far.
15. A bunch of porn was just… In the woods. DVDs. And a couple bible-on-casette albums. 3 pairs of prescription glasses. Someone was into some weird shit, I guess.
16. Sometimes the air smells like death and my mom just goes, ‘think it was something big?’ And I have to go find it
17. My gramma keeps collecting toilets and 4 foot tall solid wooden lawn gnomes and decorating the driveway with them
18. Every once and a while the sky just doesn’t go all the way dark at night and I’ve stopped questioning it
What's the NRA byline? Something like an armed society is a polite society.
GOP Morals: blame victims, protect bullies.
I wonder what adding garlic to one's tea forebodes?
The superstitions revolving around teas and their rituals, along with certain aspects of cake are at times forgotten.
The supernatural use of tea:
- Protection - dry tea leaves were sometimes scattered on the front-door step of a new home to protect it from evil spirits.
- Tea can be used to predict strangers - If a single stalk floats on top of a cup of tea, it means that a stranger is coming - a hard, woody stalk indicates a male visitor and a soft stalk, a female. The length of the stalk tells you whether he or she will be tall or short. To find out when they will come, lay the stalk on the back of the left hand and hit it with the right. However many hits it takes to knock it off tells the number of days before they will stand at your door.
- Fortune telling with tea leaves - To tell fortunes from tea cups, the tea must be brewed with loose leaf tea and poured into the cup without using a tea strainer. The person whose future is to be divined must turn his or her cup three times in an anticlockwise direction. To do this the cup should be held in the left hand and turned by the handle. Then it is tipped upside down to drain off the last few drops of tea. It is a bad sign if there are a lot of leaves left in the bottom of the cup. But it is a good sign if the leaves are scattered evenly over the bottom and sides. The fortune teller then analyses the pictures and images that are visible in the leaves in order to foretell the tea drinker’s fate. If the leaves are deposited in the bottom foretell the distant future. The sides of the cup represent the not-too-distant future, and leaves that lie near the rim predict imminent events.
Common tea herbs & their properties:
- Chamomile - It is connected to the element of water. It helps cleanse the throat chakra. It promotes calm and tranquil energies, as well as a peaceful sleep.
- Vanilla - It is connected to the element of fire. It is used for confidence, love, and prosperity.
- Thyme - It is connected to the element of air. It is thought to help evoke the ability of clairvoyance, as well as psychic development.
- It is a bad omen if boiling water was poured into an empty pot - that is, if the tea-maker forgot to put in any tea-leaves.
- If the tea was weaker than intended, a friend will turn away from you; but if it came out too strong, a new friendship was on the horizon.
- It is unlucky to stir the pot prior to pouring - it will result in a quarrel. It is also ominous to stir tea with anything other than a spoon.
- To spill a little tea while making it is a lucky omen.
- To put milk in your tea before sugar is to cross the path of love, perhaps never to marry.
- Tea spilling from the spout of the teapot while being carried indicates a secret will be revealed.
- Undissolved sugar in the bottom of your teacup means that there is someone sweet on you.
- If the tag falls off the teabag while it’s in your cup, you will lose something within a week.
- The Ancient Greeks were the first to write Happy Birthday on a cake in edible writing - relating to the worship of the moon goddess ‘Artemis.’ Her birthday was celebrated by eating moon-shaped honey cakes with candles on the top. It was said that bad spirits were attracted to celebrations so it was very important to wish a person a ‘happy birthday,’ blow out the candles and read any wishes inscribed on the cake as a kind of magical protection.
- Many believe that candles blown in order to make a wish are only fulfilled if they areblown in one breath. It is said by some, that the smoke from blown out candles carries their wishes to the Heavens.
- The tradition of a wedding cake comes from ancient Rome, where revelers broke a loaf of bread over a bride’s head to increase the chances of fertility.
- Legend says single women will dream of their future husbands if they sleep with a slice of groom’s cake under their pillows.
- Eating the crumbs of a wedding cake will bring you good luck.
- In the 18th century, newlywed couples would try to keep the cake until their first anniversary to prevent them from marriage problems in the future. This is one of the reasons why cakes in the 18th century were made of fruits and blended with wine.
- People tend to save a piece of Christmas cake for New Year because not doing so is said to bring bad luck in the subsequent year.
- Cutting a Christmas cakes before Christmas Eve is said to cause bad luck.
- The dumb-cake was made at midnight on Christmas Eve is prepared in complete silence by the bachelors and spinsters. One who made it left their initials on the upper surface of the cake. If the silence remained unbroken, the future partner was believed to come and leave their initials on the cake. If one walked backwards to bed after eating dumb-cake, a dream about a future spouse was sure to visit them.
Other cake superstitions:
- A Victorian superstition states that placing a piece of fruit cake under one’s pillow will cause a dream of their future spouse.
- If food is being served at tea-time, the person to take the last piece of cake from the plate will be the first to get married.
- Tipping over a slice of cake while serving a guest is said to bring bad luck.
- The ancients gave cakes away on days of new beginnings and celebrations, believing they had some magical way to guarantee fertility, good luck, riches and drive away evil.
i love old science fiction because it’s all like “IT’S THE DISTANT YEAR TWO THOUSAND AND THREE AND MAN IS EXPLORING THE DEEP CORNERS OF THE UNIVERSE” like god bless you old sci-fi you had such high hopes for us
And then there’s The Running Man which starts with:
I remember some psych eval thing where one of the questions was "Are you fascinated by fire?" -- wasn't quite sure how to answer....
this is terrifying and beautiful at the same time
a little comic about kisses and curses. happy halloween!
“We were never that close”
Yeah, I can see why.
I pity her daughter for the misfortune of being born to this piece of absolute shit.
I blacked out for a minute in a fit of rage
“You’re like a daughter to me!”
“But, you know, you have a limp and I dislike how it looks. So get the fuck outta the way.”