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Aug 23, 2014 / 250,659 notes

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 2x09 - “Cased Up” (November 11, 1991)

NINETEEN

NINETY

ONE

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My life is a struggle between my need for acceptance, my fear of rejection, and a desire to not care at all.
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Aug 23, 2014 / 29,030 notes
Justice for Alex Nieto
Aug 22, 2014 / 3 notes

Justice for Alex Nieto

We were grabbing a bite of lunch at a small cafe, in a mall, right across from a booth that sold jewelry and where ears could be pierced for a fee. A mother approaches with a little girl of six or seven years old. The little girl is clearly stating that she doesn’t want her ears pierced, that’s she’s afraid of how much it will hurt, that she doesn’t like earrings much in the first place. Her protests, her clear ‘no’ is simply not heard. The mother and two other women, who work the booth, begin chatting and trying to engage the little girl in picking out a pair of earrings. She has to wear a particular kind when the piercing is first done but she could pick out a fun pair for later.

"I don’t want my ears pierced."

"I don’t want any earrings."

The three adults glance at each other conspiratorially and now the pressure really begins. She will look so nice, all the other girls she knows wear earrings, the pain isn’t bad.

She, the child, sees what’s coming and starts crying. As the adults up the volume so does she, she’s crying and emitting a low wail at the same time. “I DON’T WANT MY EARS PIERCED.”

Her mother leans down and speaks to her, quietly but strongly, the only words we could hear were ‘… embarrassing me.’

We heard, then, two small screams, when the ears were pierced.

Little children learn early and often that ‘no doesn’t mean no.’

Little children learn early that no one will stand with them, even the two old men looking horrified at the events from the cafeteria.

Little girls learn early and often that their will is not their own.

No means no, yeah, right.

Most often, for kids and others without power, ”no means force.”

from "No Means Force" at Dave Hingsburger’s blog.

This is important. It doesn’t just apply to little girls and other children, though it often begins there.

For the marginalized, our “no’s” are discounted as frivolous protests, rebelliousness, or anger issues, or we don’t know what we’re talking about, or we don’t understand what’s happening.

When “no means force” we become afraid to say no.

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Aug 21, 2014 / 68,359 notes
think-progress:

climateprogress:

Fighting the rules that say solar is too ugly to install.

Wow!
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catsuitmonarchy:

Parade’s End #swop #pride
Aug 21, 2014 / 1,621 notes

catsuitmonarchy:

Parade’s End #swop #pride

poopsapiens:


I had the opportunity to view ~30 minutes of the lovely documentary film Tejiendo Sabiduría (We Women Warriors) today.  You can find the trailer here on Vimeo.  Below is a brief description of the film from wewomenwarriors.com:
"In Colombia’s war-torn indigenous villages, three brave women from distinct tribes use nonviolent resistance to defend their peoples’ survival. Warfare between the guerrillas, paramilitary groups, and armed forces imperils Colombia’s 102 aboriginal groups, dozens of which face extinction because of the conflict. Trapped in a protracted predicament that is fueled by the drug trade, native women are resourcefully leading and creating transformation imbued with hope. We Women Warriors bears witness to neglected human rights catastrophes and interweaves character-driven stories about female empowerment, unshakable courage, and faith in the endurance of indigenous culture.”
Portions of the film were presented during a wonderful talk given by Dr. Diana Rodríguez Quevedo of the University of Evansville.  Dr. Quevedo spoke about the continuing conflict in her native Colombia, and the pervasive violence many indigenous peoples face.  A brief Q&A session was also held after Dr. Quevedo’s talk, and it was immensely enlightening.I’d like to pass along Dr. Quevedo’s urgings to contact your government representatives (particularly those of you in the United States, as the United States is one of the primary sources of funding in the Colombian conflict), and urge them to back peaceful measures of support.  Health and educational resources are much needed. 
Hopefully I’m able to find the time later to write a text post about how great the talk and Q&A were!  So many amazing topics were covered during the session that my mind is still a bit of a blur, trying to take all of it in and process it.  After the Q&A when I was speaking with Dr. Quevedo, she even showed me the handmade Colombian bag her mother had purchased for her as a graduation gift and it was breathtaking.  I wish I had an image of it, but truly that wouldn’t even begin to do it justice.
For now, I wanted to make sure that I at least passed on the info about Tejiendo Sabiduría (We Women Warriors).  I think a lot of you would really dig the doc.
Aug 21, 2014 / 197 notes

poopsapiens:

I had the opportunity to view ~30 minutes of the lovely documentary film Tejiendo Sabiduría (We Women Warriors) today.  You can find the trailer here on Vimeo.  Below is a brief description of the film from wewomenwarriors.com:

"In Colombia’s war-torn indigenous villages, three brave women from distinct tribes use nonviolent resistance to defend their peoples’ survival. Warfare between the guerrillas, paramilitary groups, and armed forces imperils Colombia’s 102 aboriginal groups, dozens of which face extinction because of the conflict. Trapped in a protracted predicament that is fueled by the drug trade, native women are resourcefully leading and creating transformation imbued with hope. We Women Warriors bears witness to neglected human rights catastrophes and interweaves character-driven stories about female empowerment, unshakable courage, and faith in the endurance of indigenous culture.”

Portions of the film were presented during a wonderful talk given by Dr. Diana Rodríguez Quevedo of the University of Evansville.  Dr. Quevedo spoke about the continuing conflict in her native Colombia, and the pervasive violence many indigenous peoples face.  A brief Q&A session was also held after Dr. Quevedo’s talk, and it was immensely enlightening.

I’d like to pass along Dr. Quevedo’s urgings to contact your government representatives (particularly those of you in the United States, as the United States is one of the primary sources of funding in the Colombian conflict), and urge them to back peaceful measures of support.  Health and educational resources are much needed. 

Hopefully I’m able to find the time later to write a text post about how great the talk and Q&A were!  So many amazing topics were covered during the session that my mind is still a bit of a blur, trying to take all of it in and process it.  After the Q&A when I was speaking with Dr. Quevedo, she even showed me the handmade Colombian bag her mother had purchased for her as a graduation gift and it was breathtaking.  I wish I had an image of it, but truly that wouldn’t even begin to do it justice.

For now, I wanted to make sure that I at least passed on the info about Tejiendo Sabiduría (We Women Warriors).  I think a lot of you would really dig the doc.

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savethewailes:

sharkhugger:

Petition: Hong Kong Government: Legislate a ban on the sale and possession of shark fin in Hong Kong.

From Honduras to New Caledonia, from the Bahamas to the Maldives, the people have spoken. And governments have listened. Now is the time for Hong Kong to wake up! The public is ready. The business sector is behind us. Now is the time for a total sale and possession ban on shark fin in Hong Kong. By doing so, Hong Kong will take a giant step to join the conservation efforts of numerous countries around the world who have enacted shark protection legislation. In Latin America it will join Honduras. In the United States it will join California, New York, Hawaii, Washington, Maryland, Delaware and Oregon. In the Pacific region it will join Palau, Tokelau, Marshall Islands, French Polynesia, Cook Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and New Caledonia. Even China has agreed to stop serving shark fin soup at official banquets, to take effect in the next year or two.

Banning shark fin from the streets of Hong Kong will be the single most important marine conservation achievement of the year. It will be an important step towards protecting the health of our oceans. It will also remove the stain on Hong Kong’s reputation as a world-class tourism hub.

This petition is endorsed by: Shark Rescue

BALLSIEST. PETITION. EVER.

IF THERE WAS EVER A HEAD TO THIS DRAGON - THERE IT IS.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT A HUGE DIFFERENCE THIS WOULD MAKE??? WITHOUT THE ISSUE OF SHARK FIN SOUP WE COULD CONCENTRATE ON THE ISSUE OF BYCATCH AND SOLVE THIS ISSUE PERMANENTLY.

Save sharks! They are so important.

please sign the petition guys

Its a fucking blood bath! Sign this petition you guys!

I’m crying……..SAVE THE SHARKS PLEASE. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.

FUCK THIS. Please sign this. :’(

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The Major Arcana in One to Two Sentences

  • The Fool: Now what?
  • The Magician: You should really do the Thing
  • The High Priestess: You should think about what happens when you do the Thing
  • The Empress: Here are the means for you to do the Thing
  • The Emperor: Here are the rules you need to follow to do the Thing
  • The Hierophant: You probably shouldn't do the Thing
  • The Lovers: I'm going to decide for myself if I should do the Thing or not
  • The Chariot: I'm gOING TO DO THE THING
  • Strength: Whoa there friend have some self-control while you try to do the thing
  • The Hermit: Observe how other people do the Thing and learn from this
  • Wheel of Fortune: HAAAHAAHA THIS SETBACK IS KEEPING YOU FROM DOING THE THING HA HAAAA
  • Justice: Maybe I deserved that for trying to do the Thing
  • The Hanged Man: Trying to do the Thing has fucked my life over what the shit
  • Death: Trying to do the Thing has changed me beyond all comprehension. I DON'T LIKE CHANGE
  • Temperance: I'm trying to get back how I used to be before I tried to do the Thing
  • The Devil: I DON'T WANNA DO THE THING I WANNA STAY HOME AND DRINK AND EAT TEN CHEESEBURGER WAAAH
  • The Tower: Everything I knew before I tried to do the Thing was a lie. I am completely changed
  • The Star: Maybe there's hope for me to actually do the Thing
  • The Moon: I'M NOT SURE IF I'M MAKING PROGRESS WITH DOING THE THING YET????
  • The Sun: Wow I may actually be able to do the Thing
  • Judgment: Looks back fondly on the Journey that I took in order to do the Thing
  • The World: I did the Thing
  • The Fool: Now what?
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