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4chan, Bad, and Creepy: GOP Lawmaker Just Got Outed As The Founder Of Popular Pro-Rape Group by Bruce White Apr 25, 2017 Bonnie Bacarisse of The Daily Beast made a recent discovery that Republican Rep. Robert Fisher (R-NH) is in fact the founder of the "Red Pill" a men's rights misogyny group based on the online forums Reddit and 4chan 13 Fisher wrote, under the username FredFredrickson, "I'm going to say it-Rape isn't an absolute bad, because the rapist I think probably likes it a lot. I think he'd say it's quite good, really." Fisher was asked if he thought it was creepy for a 40-year-old man check-out a 15-year- old's breast. He responded by saying: "In my opinion, no. It's evolutionarily advantageous and perfectly natural." The Republican Congressman has also said that women have "sub-par intelligence," that their personalities are "lackluster and boring, serving little purpose in day to day life.," and that "lt is literally the [female] body that makes enduring these things worth it." The lawmaker stated, "l cannot be honest about my accomplishments or ambitions without ridicule. I am running for a state political position, I'm a high level exec in a franchising company, and I own two business locations in state. I found that stating it simply... nets me negativity on dates if l'm honest." nevertrustamanwho: femmebosskoopa: imamisfittoy: sardonicblisters: yayfeminism: A New Hampshire Republican State Representative anonymously created the “Red Pill” subreddit. Wow. these aren’t just bullshitter dweebs in their mom’s basements trolling the internet, these are men who formulate the way we implement laws and who govern the way we live our lives. ^^^ Hello, yes, everyone needs to see this. It’s not always a bunch of nobodies trolling around on 4chan. It’s, doctors, lawyers, judges, businessmen, bankers, law enforcement, etc. People who have pulls on society. They literally don’t see other groups besides themselves as human or equal …holy shit like this is bad really really bad but so much clearly so if you’ve ever read the scum that floats to the top of the Red Pill. Like basically he was just outed as the creator of a neo-nazi misogynist pro-rape forum explicitly to recruit online loners and groom them like it’s EVERYTHING we’ve been saying these people do but this is like, the hive. For the anon asking why not trust red pill guys
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9/11, Arthur, and Club: Remembering the 49 people who lost their lives as a result of the Pulse Massacre. Stanley Almodovar III, 23 Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 Amanda L. Alvear, 25 Brenda Marquez McCool, 49 Oscar A. Aracena Montero, 26 Gilberto R. Silva Menendez, 25 Rodolfo Ayala Ayala, 33 Kimberly Jean Morris, 37 Antonio Davon Bron, 29 Akyra Monet Murray, 18 Darryl Roman Burt lI, 29 Luis Omar Ocasio Capo, 20 Angel Candelario-Padro, 28 Geraldo A. Ortiz Jimenez, 25 Juan Chavez Martinez, 25 Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 Luis Daniel Conde, 39 Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 Cory James Connell, 21 Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 Jean Carlos Nieves Rodríguez, 27 Simón Adrian Carrillo Fernández, 31 Xavier Emmanuel Serrano-Rosado, 35 Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 Yilmary Rodríguez Solivan, 24 Peter Ommy Gonzalez Cruz, 22 Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 Paul Terrell Henry, 41 Martin Benitez Torres, 33 Frank Hernandez, 27 Jonathan A. Camuy Vega, 24 Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 Juan Pablo Rivera Velázquez, 37 Javier Jorge Reyes, 40 Luis Sergio Vielma, 22 Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 Franky Jimmy DeJesus Velázquez, 50 Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25 Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 peachtipple: gaytimesmag On June 12 2016, Pulse Nightclub in Orlando was the scene of one of the deadliest mass shootings by a single assailant in the history of the United States. At the time, it marked the deadliest terrorist attack on US soil since the tragedy of 9/11. Today we remember the 49 people who lost their lives that night. 🖤 Head to gaytimes.co.uk to read our interview with the team behind Pulse on what this anniversary means to them, and how the club has become an enduring reminder of how far we’ve left to go. 🏳️‍🌈

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Music, The Beatles, and Beatles: The photograph of The Beatles walking across a zebra crossing on Abbey Road, London is one of music historys most famous and enduring images. (Abbey Road, London 1969)

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Batman, Blockbuster, and Broomstick: TOMATOMETER All Critics | Top Critic:s WANT TO SEE O っ 1 6 0% Critics Consensus: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies distills the enduring appeal of its colorful characters into a charmingly light-hearted adventure whose wacky humor fuels its infectious fun - and belies a surprising level of intelligence. want to see Average Rating: 7.2/10 Reviews Counted: 31 User Ratings: 1,032 Fresh: 28 Rotten: 3 ADD YOUR RATING +WANT TO SEE Add a Comment (Optional) Post TOMATOMETERO All Critics Top Critics AUDIENCE SCORE ? 75% 0 Critics Consensus: Man of Steel's exhilarating action and spectacle can't fully overcome its detours into generic blockbuster territory liked it Average Rating: 6.2/10 Reviews Counted: 310 Average Rating:3.9/5 User Ratings: 446,377 Fresh: 171 Rotten: 139 MAN--O-Fİ STE E L ADD YOUR RATING NOT INTERESTED +WANT TO SEE Add a Review (Optional) Post TOMATOMETER All Critics Top Critics AUDIENCE SCORE 0 63% 0 Critics Consensus: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice smothers a potentially powerful story - and some of America's most iconic superheroes - in a grim whirlwind of effects-driven action. liked it Average Rating: 4.9/10 Reviews Counted: 380 Average Rating: 3.5/5 User Ratings: 231,323 Fresh: 103 Rotten: 277 ADD YOUR RATING NOT INTERESTED +WANT TO SEE BATMAN SUPERMAN Add a Review (Optional) 3.25.16 Post TOMATOMETER All Critics Top Critics AUDIENCE SCORE 74% 0 Critics Consensus: Justice League leaps over a number of DC movies, but its single bound isn't enough to shed the murky aesthetic, thin characters, and chaotic action that continue to dog the franchise liked it Average Rating: 5.3/10 Reviews Counted: 313 Average Rating: 3.9/5 User Ratings: 124,429 Fresh: 126 Rotten: 187 OLD ADD YOUR RATING DC JUSTICE LEAGUE NOT INTERESTED +WANT TO SEE ALL IN 1117 Add a Review (Optional) Post TOMATOMETER All Critics Top Critics AUDIENCE SCORE Critics Consensus: Suicide Squad boasts a talented cast and a little more humor than previous DCEU efforts, but they aren't enough to save the disappointing end result from a muddled plot, thinly written characters, and choppy directing. liked it SUICIDE Average Rating: 4.8/10 Reviews Counted: 330 Average Rating: 3.5/5 User Ratings: 143,259 Fresh: 89 Rotten: 241 ADD YOUR RATING NOT INTERESTED +WANT TO SEE Add a Review (Optional) Post lreynajr: The DCEU Is Saved! 

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Drinking, Energy, and Life: THE LAST STRAW TOSSEL on Reason <p><a href="http://redbloodedamerica.tumblr.com/post/176022832961/plastic-straw-myths-do-you-enjoy-sipping" class="tumblr_blog">redbloodedamerica</a>:</p> <blockquote><h2> Plastic Straw Myths </h2><blockquote><p> Do you enjoy sipping drinks through plastic straws?  Well, if activists get their way you won’t be allowed to anymore.  “These must be banned,” they say.  </p><p>Why?</p><p>When celebrities speak, politicians listen.  Seattle recently banned straws, and other places want to do the same.  “The idea that you’re going to ban straws and save the world is ridiculous.”  Angela Logomasini studies environmental issues at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.  What will banning plastic straws accomplish?  “Probably nothing at all.  It might make some people in Hollywood feel good.  It may make some politicians feel good, like they’re doing something.  It might sound good at parties, but it’s not going to solve any problems.” </p><p>Plastic pollution in the ocean <i>is</i> a real problem, but only about 1% of it comes from the United States.  Of that 1%, a tiny amount comes from plastic straws.  But what about that 500 million number?  Where do they all get that number?  They got it from this child’s school project.  He says he got the 500 million straws a day figure through a phone survey he conducted with straw manufacturers.  The media just accepts his 500 million number.  But the actual number is much lower according to the analysis firm Technomic.  </p><p>Okay, so activists and media exaggerate the problem.  Still they promised it would be easy to get rid of the straws. “If we can reduce something that is easy, that is polluting in the environment, that is getting stuck in turtles’ noses and causing damage to the environment, let’s do that,” says progressive talk show host Ethan Bearman.  “Sometimes we do need a little gentle guiding hand from government.”  <i>Governments gentle guiding hand</i> will either ban straws or order us to replace this cheap plastic straw with ones like these made of paper or bamboo.  “Plastic doesn’t actually biodegrade.  So unlike a lot of other things, paper, for example, actually breaks down into other components.”  </p><p>That’s not a good thing.  That means paper straws break down, even while you’re using them.  They get soggy, they leak.  “That’s the beauty of plastic, it’s enduring,” says Logomasini, “Paper straws are going to break down while you’re drinking with it.”  Paper and bamboo straws aren’t environmentally pristine either.  Paper products take more energy and more effort to produce.  You’re going to have a net negative environmental impact.  The paper doesn’t degrade in a landfill either.  Everything is essentially mummified.  <b>You’re replacing a superior product with an inferior one and you’re asking people to pay more for it.</b> It doesn’t make a lot of sense,” she says. </p><p>It doesn’t, and the higher price is the final result.  Paper straws are eight times more expensive to make than plastic straws.  Won’t this hurt businesses?  “I don’t think so.  Maybe people won’t use straws,” claims New York City Councilman Barry Grodenchik.   “If it’s a $1.79 to get the fountain drink at Joe’s corner deli that we’re talking about, and now it’s a $1.83, I don’t see that as being a huge difference in the price,” says Bearman.  </p><p>“This is what environmentalists will say about <i>every</i> policy they put out.  A few cents here, a few cents there eventually begins to become a burden,” explains Logomasini.  We don’t need straws.  “You know a lot of things in life are not <i>necessary</i>, but beneficial and enjoyable.  Banning straws isn’t going to do anything for the environment.  So what they’re just trying to do is take away my freedom for nothing in return.”  </p><p>As the environment has become cleaner, that’s become a specialty of the environmental movement: spend <i>your</i> money on feel-good policies that make no real difference.<br/></p></blockquote></blockquote>

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9/11, Arthur, and Club: Remembering the 49 people who lost their lives as a result of the Pulse Massacre. Stanley Almodovar III, 23 Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 Amanda L. Alvear, 25 Brenda Marquez McCool, 49 Oscar A. Aracena Montero, 26 Gilberto R. Silva Menendez, 25 Rodolfo Ayala Ayala, 33 Kimberly Jean Morris, 37 Antonio Davon Bron, 29 Akyra Monet Murray, 18 Darryl Roman Burt lI, 29 Luis Omar Ocasio Capo, 20 Angel Candelario-Padro, 28 Geraldo A. Ortiz Jimenez, 25 Juan Chavez Martinez, 25 Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 Luis Daniel Conde, 39 Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 Cory James Connell, 21 Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 Jean Carlos Nieves Rodríguez, 27 Simón Adrian Carrillo Fernández, 31 Xavier Emmanuel Serrano-Rosado, 35 Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 Yilmary Rodríguez Solivan, 24 Peter Ommy Gonzalez Cruz, 22 Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 Paul Terrell Henry, 41 Martin Benitez Torres, 33 Frank Hernandez, 27 Jonathan A. Camuy Vega, 24 Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 Juan Pablo Rivera Velázquez, 37 Javier Jorge Reyes, 40 Luis Sergio Vielma, 22 Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 Franky Jimmy DeJesus Velázquez, 50 Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25 Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 peachtipple: gaytimesmag On June 12 2016, Pulse Nightclub in Orlando was the scene of one of the deadliest mass shootings by a single assailant in the history of the United States. At the time, it marked the deadliest terrorist attack on US soil since the tragedy of 9/11. Today we remember the 49 people who lost their lives that night. 🖤 Head to gaytimes.co.uk to read our interview with the team behind Pulse on what this anniversary means to them, and how the club has become an enduring reminder of how far we’ve left to go. 🏳️‍🌈

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Bad, College, and Driving: Michael Grant When I see my kids deal with school I really feel justified in dropping out myself. They come home depressed, angry and exhausted. And these are good schools, some of the best. And still there is something profoundly wrong with the way they work. That's not a knock on teachers, the teachers are the least of the problem. The regimentation, the testing obsession, the college application pressure, the dragging kids out of bed at 7 AM, high school kids working 10 hour days by the time they're done with homework, the fact that there isn't even any minimal co-ordination on homework to keep teachers from all piling on at once. It's deeply fucked up. Its wrong Things are much worse today than they were when Katherine and I were kids. Many days we feel sick to our stomachs dropping our kids off at school. I feel I'm betraying them. And when they come home at the end of another day of enduring this asinine, soul-crushing system, I feel like I should hand them a drink. I'd sure as hell be having one. Let me put it this way: I get paid to do what I do, and I control my own schedule, and I use cigars, caffeine and alcohol to take the edge off a work day that is shorter and easier than what my kids endure. I don't do half the work Jake does You want to know why kids use drugs? We're driving them to it, that's why. And we're doing it for reasons of status, for bullshit credentialing, for the sake of posturing politicians and reckless, stupid adults. Unlike Comment Share 12 hours ago allhailthemightyglowingcloud: dukeofbookingham: thepandanni: xbreezepleeze: goneseriesblog: kotten-not-cotton: Thank you Michael Grant for understanding Guys can we get this to 1500?  this man summed up everything i’ve been thinking for years I used to go to a school where the principal purposely made sure we were assigned more homework than normal so that we would be “learning” instead of “on the streets acting like hooligans”. And they wonder why that entire city is known for their drug addicted rich kids. This is so fucking important. “10 hour days” no. Its usually more. All 4 years of highschool I got up at 5:30am to catch the school bus at 6, get to school at 7, school started at 730, ended at like 230pm, wouldn’t get home till 4 or later, homework took sometimes hours upon hours, sometimes until midnight or later, plus you have to figure in eating and this is all with NO social interaction AT ALL. Its a fucked system. Dont miss it at all and feel bad for kids still there.
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4chan, Bad, and Creepy: GOP Lawmaker Just Got Outed As The Founder Of Popular Pro-Rape Group by Bruce White Apr 25, 2017 Bonnie Bacarisse of The Daily Beast made a recent discovery that Republican Rep. Robert Fisher (R-NH) is in fact the founder of the "Red Pill" a men's rights misogyny group based on the online forums Reddit and 4chan 13 Fisher wrote, under the username FredFredrickson, "I'm going to say it-Rape isn't an absolute bad, because the rapist I think probably likes it a lot. I think he'd say it's quite good, really." Fisher was asked if he thought it was creepy for a 40-year-old man check-out a 15-year- old's breast. He responded by saying: "In my opinion, no. It's evolutionarily advantageous and perfectly natural." The Republican Congressman has also said that women have "sub-par intelligence," that their personalities are "lackluster and boring, serving little purpose in day to day life.," and that "lt is literally the [female] body that makes enduring these things worth it." The lawmaker stated, "l cannot be honest about my accomplishments or ambitions without ridicule. I am running for a state political position, I'm a high level exec in a franchising company, and I own two business locations in state. I found that stating it simply... nets me negativity on dates if l'm honest." iammyfather: imamisfittoy: sardonicblisters: yayfeminism: A New Hampshire Republican State Representative anonymously created the “Red Pill” subreddit. Wow. these aren’t just bullshitter dweebs in their mom’s basements trolling the internet, these are men who formulate the way we implement laws and who govern the way we live our lives. ^^^ Hello, yes, everyone needs to see this. It’s not always a bunch of nobodies trolling around on 4chan. It’s, doctors, lawyers, judges, businessmen, bankers, law enforcement, etc. People who have pulls on society. They literally don’t see other groups besides themselves as human or equal No matter how much proof comes out people will refuse to believe.  How many pictures each week do you see of police officers at Klan meetings yet still people claiming it is a fluke.
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Being Alone, Birthday, and Bones: THIS MOM'S SHARE HEARTBREAKING PHOTO OF HER SON'S BATTLE WITH CANCER IS GOING VIRAL MUST READ For anyone battling cancer or enduring chemotherapy. For anyone going through this horrible disease. It is about to get real, real hard and real quick. The picture I'm posting is from this morning, and before you scream and cry 'why would she post a picture of him in a pull up, the indecency', well 1. It doesnt show more than swimming jammers would and 2. Because life is not always politically correct and pretty, it is real Life isn't pretty, and cancer destroys a person This was this morning after carrying Drake to the bathroom. Yes, he is in a pull up because 75% of the time he can't control his bathroom habits. This is skin and bones, because I have to beg him to eat ONE green bean for supper, or drink a cup of water throughout the day This is having your son sleep with you at night because he is afraid of something happening and being alone, and by something I mean dying. This is having middle of the night conversations with a ten year old, asking if he dies will he go to heaven and will he see his dad there and be able to talk and play with him. This is him being too weak to get out of bed or walk and needing to be carried or in a wheelchair This is him falling asleep as someone is talking to him, because he is too exhausted. This is him, throwing up every medication I give him and him dry heaving because his stomach is empty except for the spoonful of yogurt I just gave him with his pills. This is having to take 44 chemo pills last week in a matter of 24 hou This is him telling me, 'mommy, I'm not going to make it.' This is him not wanting to be touched, because it hurts too much, and using morphine to get through his day. This is him telling me he is scared and thinks he won't see his 11th birthday This is him and me, telling him that I will continue to fight for him when he can't. This is him and me, and our world. This is him, Drake, Stinky Joe, my whole wor From the moment I found out I was pregnant till future forever, he has been my reason for life. He is my smile, my love, my heartbeat. He is also my tears, my heart ache, my frowns. He is my life." The family has also set up a Facebook page to keep people updated on Drake's treatment, and have also posted an address where people can send gifts and notes. We're sending all our best to Drake and his family. Pass it !! <p>This Mom’s Share Heartbreaking Photo Of Her Son’s Battle With Cancer Is Going Viral. Must Read.</p>

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Advice, America, and Children: Shakira 14 mins . The recent ban on Muslims entering the U.S. proposed by Donald Trump and currently being reviewed in courts has ignited cries of resistance from both within the U.S. and abroad. l'd like to take a minute, with your indulgence, to add my voice to the heap. Because this is not just a U.S. issue. This is a human issue that has implications for all of us; American and non-American citizens like myself. Persecution against any group for religious beliefs or race is illegal and unconstitutional in the U.S. Period This isn't just an attack on Muslims or refugees -this is an attack on all humans and in particular, the ones most in need of protection. Right now, worldwide, 28 million children have been uprooted by conflict, driven from their homes by violence and terror. Children know no nations and no borders; those who survive will grow up to follow the lead of those who take them in. Do we show them love and acceptance? Or allow them to fend for themselves, vulnerable to guerrilla groups that will only teach them to perpetuate this cycle of violence? We have to be vigilant about letting bigotry and hatred creep into the mainstream or be rationalized under the guise of "protecting our people." If we accept blanket targeting towards Muslims, we can all be sure that other minority groups won't be far behind, whether it's by closing borders to other supposed "dangerous" groups or trampling their human rights in other ways. Muslims are our people. They are human beings with children, needs and dreams like the rest of us. Not all Muslims are terrorists, and by the way, not all terrorists are Muslims. Latinos are our people. They don't come to "steal jobs" _ they come seeking an opportunity to build a better life for themselves and for their children, which is what the U.S. has always prided itself on representing: opportunities. They are a huge part of the workforce that has contributed to making America the great country it is today African Americans are our people. After enduring centuries of oppression and the countless human atrocities that were committed against them, after fighting for civil rights, it's devastating that racial profiling is still happening and their civil liberties are still being threatened. I could go on naming groups ad infinitum, but the point is, we shouldn't be singling out aroups and differentiating themm by race, class or religion, because according to the Constitution, all of that is irrelevant to their rights as a citizen. Anybody who goes to the U.S. and chooses to raise that flag and uphold those principles is "our people." Thanks to social networks, we all have a platform to use our voice today. For every post l see with hateful language, I see others that lift my spirits and reassure me that we haven't totally lost our way. Lawyers in airports offering free counsel to refugees, New Yorkers banding together on the subway to erase neo-Nazi vandalism, doctors volunteering their time to give free advice to women that need it, and citizen activists marching for equal rights for all. Let's keep tipping the scales in favor of "liberty and justice for all," keep using our voices to lift up others and speak out for those whose voices have been stripped from them. I applaud all of you who have spoken out against the ban keep up the good fight and never back down. shakisabell: Shakira’s article from TIME http://time.com/4665295/shakira-donald-trump-ban/ Shakira is so eloquent. An incomparable, caring star.
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Beautiful, Cute, and Irish: sharontates: braaaaain: webofgoodnews: Irish town builds memorial to thank Native Americans who helped during Famine A sculpture of nine eagle feathers will be installed in Bailic Park, in Midleton, Co Cork to thank the Choctaw Indians for their kindness and support during the Great Irish Famine. Despite the oppression faced by the Choctaws in the years preceding the famine, on hearing of the plight and hunger of the Irish people in 1847, they raised $170 to send to the Irish people and ease their suffering. This figure is equivalent to tens of thousands of dollars in today’s currency. The sculpture, consisting of nine giant, stainless steel eagle feathers, is currently being completed by Cork sculptor Alex Pentek. Speaking to the Irish Examiner, Pentek says, “I wanted to show the courage, fragility and humanity that they displayed in my work.” Read more Webofgoodnews.com Okay, so I saw $170 and I thought that is was a cute but largely symbolic gesture of kindness but then i actually looked up the inflation from 1847 and it turns out that it is over $71 THOUSAND in today’s money, raised by a people who themselves were enduring economic oppression. As a descendant of Irish immigrants, I can’t tell you how much reverence and respect I have for the Choctaw people. And as an Irish person, born and bred, I cannot express how deeply touched and overwhelmed with gratitude and respect I have for the Choctaw people, and in general, the Native American people. Truly a beautiful gesture during a very difficult time for us in history. It’s nice to be reminded of good deeds that humanity is capable of carrying out. I’m very happy that my country created and dedicated this work of art to them. A very overdue ‘Thank You’ that will hopefully remain for all time.

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Animals, Facebook, and News: I BELIEVE THAT IF SOMEONE CHOOSES ART AS THEIR SUBJECT. BUT DO NOT CRITICISE THE ISSUES OF THEIR SOCIETY... THEY HAVE BETRAYED THEMSELVES, THEIR AND THEIR SOCIETY. -ATENA FARGHADANI SENTENCED TO OVER 12 YEARS IMPRISONMENT FOR DRAWING A CARTOON CRITICISING THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT #DRAw4ATENA zenpencils.com <p><a href="http://zenpencils.tumblr.com/post/121263966816/atena-farghadani-is-a-28-year-old-iranian-artist" class="tumblr_blog">zenpencils</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><b>Atena Farghadani </b>is a 28-year-old Iranian artist. She was recently sentenced to 12 years and 9 months in prison for drawing a cartoon.</p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/freeatenafarghadanii/photos/pb.394491777375958.-2207520000.1432135803./394637394028063/?type=3&amp;theater">This cartoon, that she posted on her Facebook page last year,</a> depicts members of the Iranian parliament as animals. It was drawn in protest of new legislature in Iran that will restrict access to contraception and criminalise voluntary sterilisation. Atena’s charges include ‘spreading propaganda against the system’ and ‘insulting members of parliament through paintings’.</p><p><a href="http://www.amnesty.org.uk/iran-atena-farghadani-prison-cartoon-womens-rights-activist#.VXlsMVWqpHz">Last August, 12 members of the elite Revolutionary Guard came to Atena’s house, blindfolded her and took her to the infamous Evin Prison in Tehran.</a> According to Amnesty International:</p><p><i>“While in prison last year, Atena flattened paper cups to use them as a surface to paint on. When the prison guards realised what she had been doing, they confiscated her paintings and stopped giving her paper cups. When Atena found some cups in the bathroom, she smuggled them into her cell. Soon after, she was beaten by prison guards, when she refused to strip naked for a full body search. Atena says that they knew about her taking the cups because they had installed cameras in the toilet and bathroom facilities – cameras detainees had been told were not operating.”</i></p><p>She was released in November and gave media interviews and posted a video on YouTube detailing her beatings, constant interrogations and humiliating body searches. She was then rearrested possibly in retaliation for speaking out and has been imprisoned ever since. In January, Atena went on a hunger strike to protest the horrible prison conditions. Her health suffered dramatically, and after losing consciousness and suffering a heart attack in February, she was forced to eat again.</p><p>The quote used in the comic is taken from the speech Atena gave at her trial. It has been translated into English by the Free Atena Facebook page. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/freeatenafarghadanii/posts/451783671646768:0">You can read the whole thing here.</a></p><p>Time is now against her, she has just two weeks to lodge an appeal. Michael Cavna, comic journalist for <i>The Washington Post</i>, has<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2015/06/10/open-call-to-artists-draw4atena-to-support-appeal-of-iranian-artists-12-year-sentence/"> launched a campaign</a> appealing to artists to help bring awareness to Atena’s case by creating their own artwork in support of Atena and using the hashtag <b>#Draw4Atena</b>. Can a bunch of artists and a hashtag really make a difference and put pressure on the Iranian Government to release Atena? Probably not. But just remember that Atena is currently in prison enduring horrible conditions, and if her appeal isn’t successful, she will be there for another twelve years. FOR DRAWING A CARTOON AND POSTING IT ON FACEBOOK. Don’t we owe it to her to at least try?</p></blockquote>

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Fucking, Lol, and News: News > World Americas The first arrest has been made for manspreading Subway authorities have been trying to crack down on the space-hogging Two men from Brooklyn were arrested for 'manspreading', it has been revealed, after police found them taking up too much room on the subway The Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP) poured over court testimony, talked to lawyers and reviewed lawsuits and news reports to produce a PDE on NYPD practice in the past few years Most of the 117 vignettes it published are examples of what it sees as people "experiencing and enduring disrespect and abuse at the hands of NYPD officers", particularly with regards to race and class, but one bizarre anecdote picked out by Gothamist about men taking up too much room on transport (known as manspreading) was tucked away in there On a recent visit to the arraignment part in Brooklyn's criminal court, PROP volunteers observed that police officers had arrested two Latino men on the charge of "man spreading" on the subway, presumably because they were taking up more than one seat and therefore inconveniencing other riders. Before issuing an [adjournment contemplating dismissal]for both men, the judge expressed her skepticism about the charge because of the time of the arrests: "12:11AM, I can't believe there were many people on the subway". <p><a href="http://iamyoursassyangelofmusic.co.vu/post/120209152061/egalitarianqueen-the-eagle-atarian" class="tumblr_blog">iamyoursassyangelofmusic</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://egalitarianqueen.tumblr.com/post/120208727617/the-eagle-atarian-cishetwhiteoppressor" class="tumblr_blog">egalitarianqueen</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://the-eagle-atarian.tumblr.com/post/120208563333/cishetwhiteoppressor-fucking-hell-i-cant" class="tumblr_blog">the-eagle-atarian</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://cishetwhiteoppressor.tumblr.com/post/120208023136/fucking-hell-i-cant-fucking-believe-this-shit" class="tumblr_blog">cishetwhiteoppressor</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><b>FUCKING HELL</b></p><p>I can’t fucking believe this shit…</p><p><a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/the-first-arrest-has-been-made-for-manspreading-10285011.html">The independent</a>, <a href="http://gothamist.com/2015/05/28/manspreading_crackdown.php">Gothamist</a>, <a href="http://jezebel.com/at-least-two-subway-riders-have-been-arrested-for-man-s-1707543734">Jezebel</a>, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/28/manspreading-arrest-broken-windows-policing_n_7462944.html?">Huffington post</a></p></blockquote> <p>lol, even Jezebel are saying this is too far. <br/></p></blockquote> <p>Thats when you know something went too far</p></blockquote> <p>I’m fucking frightened for this country.</p></blockquote> <p>Someone tell me this is a joke.</p>
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Anal Sex, Bad, and Butt: <p><a href="http://diarrheaworldstarhiphop.tumblr.com/post/117361838178/thespectacularspider-girl-thinksquad-student" class="tumblr_blog">diarrheaworldstarhiphop</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://thespectacularspider-girl.tumblr.com/post/117354462184/thinksquad-student-accused-of-rape-by-mattress" class="tumblr_blog">thespectacularspider-girl</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://think-squad.com/post/117330685116/student-accused-of-rape-by-mattress-girl-sues" class="tumblr_blog">thinksquad</a>:</p> <blockquote><h2><b><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2015/04/24/student-accused-of-rape-by-mattress-girl">Student Accused of Rape By ‘Mattress Girl’ Sues Columbia U., Publishes Dozens of Damning Texts</a></b></h2><p>Paul Nungesser, the Columbia University student accused of raping fellow student Emma Sulkowicz, is now suing the university for doing nothing to stop Sulkowicz’s harassment campaign against him, which he claims “effectively destroyed” his college experience, reputation, and future career prospects.</p><p>His lawsuit contains a wealth of new information about the contested sexual assault, including dozens of messages establishing Sulkowicz’s sexual “yearning” for Nungesser, which she sent to him both before and after the alleged incident. (Full text of the lawsuit <a href="https://kcjohnson.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/nungesser-complaint.pdf">here</a>, courtesy of KC Johnson.)</p><p>Sulkowicz and Nungesser initially became friends at Columbia, developing an intimate relationship that involved several sexual encounters and frequent discussions of sex and relationships. Eventually, she accused him of choking, attacking, and anally raping her. Nungesser was cleared by Columbia’s sexual assault adjudication process (the police later declined to pursue charges, citing a lack of probable suspicion), which prompted Sulkowicz to go public with her claims and start carrying her mattress everywhere she went as a form of protest against what she viewed as a miscarriage of justice. She became something of a spokesperson for rape victims, and was even invited to attend the State of the Union address with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York).</p><p>There were reasons to doubt Sulkowicz’s claims. Reason contributor Cathy Young outlined some of them in a <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/03/columbia-student-i-didn-t-rape-her.html">detailed piece</a> for The Daily Beast. Perhaps most damning for Sulkowicz’s credibility are friendly messages she sent him, and continued to send, even after he allegedly raped her.</p><p>Now there are more reasons. Many more. The lawsuit contains additional correspondence unreported thus far—much of it crude, although relevant to the incident. Sulkowicz broached several sexual topics with Nungesser: she talked to him about whether her boyfriend was using protection (with her, and with the other women he was sleeping with at the time), she asked Nungesser whether he was dating or sleeping with anyone, and she implied an interest in anal sex (she texted him “fuck me in the butt”). After Nungesser and Sulkowicz began sleeping together, the lawsuit asserts that Sulkowicz “asked Paul to engage in anal sex with her.”</p><p>None of that proves one way or another whether Sulkowicz consented to sex on the evening that he allegedly raped her, of course. It’s possible that Sulkowicz withdrew her consent and Nungesser continued—in brutal, violent fashion. But taken together, the messages she continued to send him even after he allegedly attacked her—as well as some of her demonstrably false assertions, including that she never brought up anal sex with him—certainly look bad for her.</p><p>But Nungesser’s lawsuit isn’t against Sulkowicz—it’s against the university, for first failing to protect him from her smear campaign, and then turning “into an active supporter” of it. (The Washington Examiner’s Ashe Schow explains why Nungesser isn’t suing Sulkowicz <a href="http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/columbia-student-defamed-by-mattress-girl-is-suing/article/2563566">here</a>.) Of particular importance is the fact that Sulkowicz transformed her rape allegation and subsequent activist efforts into an art project for Columbia course credit. Jon Kessler, the university professor who signed off on the “Mattress Project,” is one of the defendants, along with Columbia President Lee Bollinger, the trustees, and the university itself.</p><p>According to the lawsuit:</p><p>As a result of Defendants’ actions, Paul’s entire social and academic experience at Columbia has suffered tremendously. In adherence to Columbia’s Confidentiality Policy, he did not discuss any of the investigations with any of his classmates. Yet Emma did the exact opposite, gaining support from classmates, professors, the administration, and President Bollinger. Emma has not faced any consequences for breaching the confidentiality policy.</p><p>Silenced, and also enduring suspensions and increasing ostracism from his two main social activities (ADP and the Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program (“COOP”)), Paul’s social life crumbled to the point of isolation. Even after being cleared of the outrageous allegation, no serious attempt was ever made by the university to rehabilitate him within those groups. Day-to-day life is unbearably stressful, as Emma and her mattress parade around campus each and every day.</p><p>Due to this ostracism, and threats to Paul’s physical safety, University resources such as dorms, libraries, dining halls, and the gym are not reasonably available for Paul’s access. Even attending classes has become problematic, as he has endured harassment and has had his photo taken against his will while in class.</p><p>The ordeal has certainly made life a living hell for Nungesser; whether that entitles him to any relief from Columbia, I can’t say.</p><p>I can say that those in the media who uncritically re-reported Sulkowicz’s claims and gave credence to her antics should be feeling rather ashamed of themselves. With each new development, this story begins to look more and more like a <a href="http://reason.com/blog/2015/04/05/columbias-uva-rape-report-jackie-lied-en">Rolling Stone job</a>.</p></blockquote> <p>I hope he wins and takes the university to the fucking cleaners.  I also hope evidence comes out on how truthful her statements were.  This entire fiasco smells of bullshit.</p></blockquote> <p><a href="https://kcjohnson.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/nungesser-complaint.pdf">Read the lawsuit</a>. There’s like half a page of some of the “I love youu, i loooooveee you i misss youuuuu“ messages Sulkowicz sent to her accused rapist before, during and after her alleged rape on August 27th 2012 that really makes things ??????? ??? ????? what?????</p><figure data-orig-width="841" data-orig-height="452" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/16345295d7c5eec96542cae34508a9bc/tumblr_inline_nndnd7OjwA1qg6gjx_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="841" data-orig-height="452"/></figure><p>As well as correspondence days after where the accused invites Sulkowicz to a party but insists she bring female friends because of how “bro“ the party looks. All while Sulkowicz whimsically asks for time to bond.</p><figure data-orig-width="862" data-orig-height="508" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/601fa75d6db07a2b6742f370cb613210/tumblr_inline_nndnirCZ0S1qg6gjx_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="862" data-orig-height="508"/></figure><p>Eventually Nungesser started distancing himself from her. The last message Sulkowicz sent to her alleged rapist weeks before was “I love you and miss you“</p><figure data-orig-width="824" data-orig-height="597" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/5d56d539634200897f7b00901a181639/tumblr_inline_nndnnbEZqX1qg6gjx_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="824" data-orig-height="597"/></figure><p>At which point, several months later, Emma filed her first gender-based misconduct incident report which included the following:<br/></p><blockquote><p> <i>“he began to choke her, slapped her face, pinned her arms ad-penetrated her anally. She said she had screamed for him to stop, but that he would not. She also stated that “It could take two minutes for it to stop, or he could have strangled me to death.“ </i><br/></p></blockquote><p>However in the course of the investigation, Nungesser was denied the ability to show the above facebook messages that cast her account into doubt. Even without these damning chatlogs, the case against Nungesser was dropped and both were to keep the transgressions of the case confidential, which Sulkowicz eventually disregarded as seen in the public campaign to expel Nungesser and her “Carry that weight” protest. From this is the basis of the lawsuit against the school as the school failed to defend Nungesser and keep up with it’s own rules, permitting Nungesser’s reputation to be destroyed in the process on an international scale.<br/></p><figure data-orig-width="824" data-orig-height="645" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/6d70da3bc1e9ec5f417192bdfecd61dd/tumblr_inline_nndnytm6K01qg6gjx_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="824" data-orig-height="645"/></figure><p>In subsequent rounds of complaint, Sulkowicz impressed two other students to file similar complaints to bolster her own, both of which being notably erroneous as the internal investigation found. Not to mention the privileges granted to Sulkowicz and the lack of access for support and isolation dealt to Nungesser.<br/></p><figure data-orig-width="890" data-orig-height="933" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/c341005983cb51e10f30598b42f1ca2c/tumblr_inline_nndo758vzF1qg6gjx_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="890" data-orig-height="933"/></figure><figure data-orig-width="858" data-orig-height="793" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/a0881b0bdd84e3d0ba4553664207250d/tumblr_inline_nndobz6BRD1qg6gjx_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="858" data-orig-height="793"/></figure><p>After which, it goes into detail about how evidence supporting Sulkowicz was just hearsay and the supposed choking and violence Sulkowicz experienced and testified would have been noticeable at social events and sports practice she engaged in days after the 27th. She never filed a police report, but did to get Nungesser’s name out in public, but retracted it once the police concluded there was nothing to suggest Nungesser was a rapist and when Nungesser started getting involved directly with police and other authorities.</p><p>Sulkowicz continued to publicize her accounts, culminating in her art project which lead to numerous publications all over the world publicizing the situation, and she seemed to relish in the threats people all over the world lobbied against Nungesser. Even so far as to facebook like them</p><figure data-orig-width="841" data-orig-height="782" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/1c2719ba6cfe06c5dd95b3640927f256/tumblr_inline_nndoyt3XJd1qg6gjx_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="841" data-orig-height="782"/></figure><p>All of which leads into the point of Nungesser suing the university for breaching it’s own misconduct policy</p><figure data-orig-width="847" data-orig-height="468" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/7eaabd1621fdec9e94a151bd2e186c6c/tumblr_inline_nndp47MX3h1qg6gjx_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="847" data-orig-height="468"/></figure><p>Which was reiterated in Columbia’s new 2014 Gender Based Misconduct Policy </p><blockquote><p><b>Anti-Retaliation/Anti-Intimidation Policy </b><br/>The University strictly prohibits retaliation against and intimidation of any person because of his or her reporting of an incident of gender-based misconduct or involvement in the University’s response. The University will take strong disciplinary action in response to any retaliation or intimidation. The University will pursue such discipline through the applicable student conduct policy or other disciplinary process and follow the applicable time frames within such policies or processes. </p></blockquote><p><br/>Which was posted in the midst of Sulkowicz’s ongoing protest, demonstrating the University’s disregard to follow it’s own policy guaranteeing safety of it’s students.<br/></p><p>This is a good read, and a damning one too. I suggest everyone goes through it.<br/></p></blockquote>
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Bad, Books, and Confused: amandaonwriting: Six Types of Courageous Characters by K.M. Weiland, author of Dreamlander 1. Heroic Bravery When we think of heroes these days, we generally think of those who qualify for heroic bravery. What is it? This is the kind of bravery that makes a character do crazy dangerous stuff, either to protect others or to advance a cause in which he passionately believes. He’s not a fool. He knows what he’s risking, but he believes the danger is worth it. 2. Steadfast Bravery Steadfast bravery isn’t as flashy as heroic bravery (although it exhibits bursts of heroism), but its patient doggedness challenges fate every single day. What is it? This is the kind of bravery we see from someone who is enduring a bad or dangerous situation day in and day out. A POW, a soldier in the trenches, or an informant in enemy territory will probably exhibit steadfast bravery. 3. Quiet Bravery This one is perhaps the least flashy of any type of bravery. It can even occasionally be confused with cowardice. What is it? Quiet bravery gives a character the courage needed to endure bad situations with grace and patience. It’s basically an offshoot of steadfast bravery, but it usually surfaces in situations that are less physically dangerous. Cancer patients, overworked single mothers, and trod-upon servants who maintain their sense of self-worth and hope all exhibit quiet bravery. 4. Personal Bravery Not all brave characters are going to face death or save the world. Sometimes the bravest thing a person can do is take a chance to advance his own lot in life. What is it? Personal bravery demands characters reach for the stars and chase their dreams. Instead of remaining in a bad situation and taking it and taking it, they risk everything for a chance at a better life. Personal bravery is perhaps the most common kind of bravery of all, since it’s something every single one of us chooses to exhibit at one point or another in our lives, whether it’s in dreaming of a better education, a better career, or just a life-changing trip around the world. 5. Devil-May-Care Bravery Here we find the domain of the anti-hero and the fatalist. What is it? Devil-may-care bravery isn’t bravery so much as a cynical realization that death (or whatever the worst-case scenario may be) will come no matter what we do, ergo let’s meet it with arms stretched wide. Characters who have nothing to live for can often exhibit insane courage, but they’re doing it from a place of negativity. 6. Frightened Bravery Finally, we have the most dichotomous, and often the most compelling, bravery of all. What is it? Frightened bravery finds the hero a knee-shaking, gut-churning, terrified mess. But he rises above it. He enters the fray in spite of his terror, and, in so doing, becomes the bravest of all characters. Frightened bravery can go hand in hand with any of the other types (save perhaps devil-may-care bravery), since the very act of overcoming fear is what makes a character brave. None of these categories are exclusive. A character may well exhibit all six types of bravery during the course of your story, and often you’ll find the categories overlapping. In creating a strong character, it’s important not only that he qualify for at least one of these types of bravery, but also that you identify which is the strongest category, so you can further strengthen it on the page. Once you’ve done that, it’s almost a cinch readers will find your character fascinating.  Source for Article by K.M. Weiland, author of Dreamlander

amandaonwriting: Six Types of Courageous Characters by K.M. Weiland, author of Dreamlander 1. Heroic Bravery When we think of heroes these ...

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