<b><b></b> me:</b> I'm gonna get up at 7:30 so I can be out of the house by 8:30 and be super prepared for my first day of classes!<p>*alarm goes off at 730*<p><b>me:</b> *rolls over and looks directly at the camera like I'm on the Office*<p><p>
voiceover:This is a pleasant, intelligent person with a strong moral compass and remarkable capacity for empathizing with people different from themself. But can they see what's so goddamn funny about Helen Keller jokes?
The Ferguson police department was forced to release an incident report with the freedom of information act by the ACLU. When the ACLU gets the report it only has Michael Brown’s date of death and nothing about the incident and it was filed two days ago.
So that means that the Darren Wilson never filed an incident report on killing a young man and his superiors covered that up by approving and making up an incident report.
watched a fan-made music video on Youtube where the subject was an elderly gender-variant person, I thought perhaps a trans woman, perhaps a drag queen, perhaps both
one of the comments was ‘Are these people real, or is this make-up?’ given that there was only one person ever in the video’s frame (not counting the invisible, ever-present camera operator), I don’t know who ‘these people’ are… perhaps, because in one scene the person was wearing ‘masculine’ clothing (a hoodie, jeans), the commenter thought different clothes = different genders = different people and the two people just happened to look very similar.
so on one level I’m unsure of what the commenter meant, but on another level I know exactly what the comment meant. what a question! I was already a little sad because it’s a sad song, and because I was thinking about how rare it is to see any depiction of an elderly gender-variant person (much less a sympathetic depiction), but I’m sadder now
I made private all my original posts about FgsonMO because it was inappropriate of me to insert myself into a conversation in which I totally did and do not belong, I kept the reblogs because they’re useful information
I’m really shitty at passing information along, I always have to get my grubby little fingerprints/opinions/analysis all over it, but that’s an explanation and not an excuse and I will have to get better at it
whenever I take a Ritalin I always expect to notice the moment it kicks in, but every time it’s like I take it at midnight and the next time I look up it’s 2:30 and I have been focus itself for some indeterminate amount of time
in other news I installed Zotero and am currently going through the bibliographies of my sources for my independent study, citation by citation, and downloading all the ones that are freely available/recording all relevant and accessible information about all of them.
I yelled at the boy about why he’s wrong about Ancient Aliens and he was like ‘thank you for explaining that in a logical way, I respect that, I won’t bring it up anymore’ which isn’t unconditional ‘wow I’m an idiot I should be flogged in the street for entertaining this racist anti-historical fantasy please forgive me God’ but is WAY better than I was expecting, and I think it’s probably because he perceives me as male and (correctly) perceives me as white
everyone takes me so seriously and treats me with such respect and it’s terrifying and completely undeserved
I think I’m literally gonna stop flirting with this boy over his endorsement of the Ancient Aliens hypothesis and honestly I phrased that as if that’s unreasonable but it’s kind of the only course of action a good person can take in this situation
then again not believing in an inherent purpose or all-knowing moral authority gives me the freedom to keep all this shit in my head and focus on controlling my thoughts, words, and actions as opposed to dwelling on and repenting from them
wish I was religious so I could invest confession with the psychological power to cleanse my soul! but the clergyperson I confessed to would have to deal with having heard the shit that goes on in my head for the rest of their natural life so I don’t think that would be fair
This is a bail and legal fund set up to assist our brothers and sisters arrested last night for taking direct action against the murderous Ferguson Police Department. Two days ago, Michael “Mike Mike” Brown was gunned down by police after eyewitnesses stated he had thrown his hands in the air and was complying with police orders. Racial tension in Saint Louis has simmered for decades with some of the highest recorded levels of white flight in history, mass segregation and police violence directed primarily at people of color. The unjustified murder of Mike Mike by the state was the proverbial straw that broke the camels back. Hundreds came for a candlelight vigil held yesterday at the scene, vigil goers were met with riot cops armed with assault weapons and K-9 units. As people tried to leave the vigil they were forced back by a police line, who reportedly fired rubber bullets into the crowd. Things boiled over and the streets were taken, after tear gas and backup from surrounding areas proved no match for the crowd the police retreated. The unrest continues tonight with even greater response from heavily armed police, local media was ordered to leave the area or face arrest.
LITERALLY how can this petition possibly still be struggling to break 70k signatures?? are you against more measures to keep cops from killing black people in the streets? in their own homes? please signal boost this petition to all your social media sites.
Alright, i’m gonna sit down and basically explain the situation in this ask so everyone of my followers knows why i’m so pissed.
Michael Brown, a 17 - 18 year old african american boy was unlawfully shot (8-10 times supposedly) by police in St Louis, Missouri on saturday, august 9th, 2014. He was unarmed, and had done nothing to attract suspicion other than the fact that he was black. His body was left in the street for 4 hours. (beware: somewhat graphic image linked)
There are several claims from witnesses (see: Dorian Johnson’s account and video [HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING UP ON HIS ACCOUNT, ITS VERY SPECIFIC] — Brown’s friend who experienced the situation first hand, La’Toya Cash and Phillip Walker— Ferguson residents nearby the incident), that fall together in generally close claims. However, the only one who’s claim seems out of place is the police officer’s who shot Brown. Who, by the way, is put off on paid administrative leave AND who’s name remained under anonymity for his safety (However, attorney Benjamin Crump is looking for a way to force release his name). He claims that Brown began to wrestle the officer for his gun and tried attacking him after he told Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson (22) to “get the f*ck on the sidewalk”.
According to Johnson, after a minor confrontation on the officer’s part where he grabbed Brown by the neck and then by the shirt, the officer pulled his gun on Brown and shot him at point blank range on the right side of his body. Brown and Johnson were able to get away briefly and started running. However, Brown was shot in the back, supposedly disabling him from getting very far. He turned around with his arms in the air and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” By this point, Brown and the officer were face to face as the cop shot him several times in the face and chest until he was finally dead. Johnson ran to his apartment and by the sound of his account, seemingly had some sort of panic attack. Later he emerged from his home to see Brown still laying in the streets. People were gathered with their cellphones, screaming at the police.
Numerous rumors are sweeping around such as Brown stealing candy from a QuickTrip, the store he emerged from calling the cops on him, Brown reaching for a gun, Brown attacking the cop first, ect. But these have all been debunked. (I know a lot of these have been debunked, but im having a hard time finding sources. if anyone could help out and link some legit ones id be SO grateful)
The event in and of itself was terrible, but now it has escalated beyond belief. Around 100 or more people, mostly black, went to the police station to protest peacefully. Things quickly turned bad as martial law got involved and authorities were bringing in K9s, tanks, heavy artillery, ect. The heavy police presence only made things worse as riots began to break out and looting and vandalism started. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]
Now, as of very recently, the media has been banned from Ferguson. There is also a No-Fly zone above Ferguson for the reason of “ TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ” as said on the Federal Aviation Commission’s website. Cop cars are lined up on the borders to prevent people from entering/leaving. Media outlets are being threatened with arrest. It completely violates our amendments and everything.
It’s becoming increasingly scary and difficult to find out whats going on over there. I’m afraid this is all the information I have, though. If anybody else knows anything about the situation, please feel free to add on or correct any mistakes i’ve made as i’m no expert on writing these things.
And as a personal favor, i’d really appreciate anyone to give this a reblog in order to spread the word. I think it’s a shame that this is going on in our own country yet so few people know about it. Help me make this topic huge and get this as much attention as possible.
I’ve been turning inward a lot recently which is usually a scary sign for my mental health but like… I feel pretty good? I think I’m just going through another spiritual molt, which is kinda scary because I’m already awesome and I don’t know how I can get any more next-level
Benny Southstreet from the Frank Sinatra/Marlon Brando version of Guys and Dolls had a remarkable influence on my young self’s sexuality, which I forgot all about because Marlon Brando left a much stronger impact thereupon
I handed in my two-weeks’ today, and my parents had me all psyched up for them to essentially say ‘fuck you’, but my boss was instead like ‘Oh, you don’t want to work even one day a week? Well, we’ll keep you on the schedule and you can call in a week ahead anytime you think you can work.’ Which is, wow, on a couple of levels: one, wow, that is so nice and so beyond what I was hoping for; two, wow, I’m a really good and valuable employee? Like, I’m so polite and nice and contrite when I’m wrong and accommodating and deferential and ? ? ? Of course they love me, I have like the world’s best attitude about employment