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atchka:

suthrnblakbear:

Texas Rangers player Prince Fielder from ESPN’s upcoming 2014 Body Issue. Daaaaaamn!

Big men represent!

descentintotyranny:

Anyone could be a target
July 14 2014
THERE ARE stories of civilian families and babies being killed, homes being destroyed over the heads of people, and all you can hear is bombing in all directions. People here were living their “normal” lives, getting by with the minimum of the human needs, scarce fresh water, electricity outages and dwindling supplies of medicine until news of three missing Israeli settlers came from the West Bank.
Everyone in Gaza expected an escalation even though it happened in the West Bank. Indeed, what we expected came true, and the Zionist Israeli army started targeting Gaza. When the teenager Mohammed Abu Khadeir was killed and burned alive, the news of the uprising in the West Bank and 1948 areas started to get out. At that moment, we all felt the fear of what was to happen next—another attack on us.
Four days ago, the bombardments started, and it continues without pause as I am writing these words. All that we do as Gazans now is await our destiny, as anyone of us could be a target for Israeli warplanes or warships. All that we do now is searching the news for the numbers of victims and the stories behind each and every one of them.
Whole families killed in cold blood. Mothers and their little sons and daughters as well.
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descentintotyranny:

Anyone could be a target

July 14 2014

THERE ARE stories of civilian families and babies being killed, homes being destroyed over the heads of people, and all you can hear is bombing in all directions. People here were living their “normal” lives, getting by with the minimum of the human needs, scarce fresh water, electricity outages and dwindling supplies of medicine until news of three missing Israeli settlers came from the West Bank.

Everyone in Gaza expected an escalation even though it happened in the West Bank. Indeed, what we expected came true, and the Zionist Israeli army started targeting Gaza. When the teenager Mohammed Abu Khadeir was killed and burned alive, the news of the uprising in the West Bank and 1948 areas started to get out. At that moment, we all felt the fear of what was to happen next—another attack on us.

Four days ago, the bombardments started, and it continues without pause as I am writing these words. All that we do as Gazans now is await our destiny, as anyone of us could be a target for Israeli warplanes or warships. All that we do now is searching the news for the numbers of victims and the stories behind each and every one of them.

Whole families killed in cold blood. Mothers and their little sons and daughters as well.

Read More

Removed “user” from the writing, stonger?

"Net neutrality is the First Amendment of the Internet, the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) treat all data equally. As one who relies on the Internet, net neutrality is vitally important to me. The FCC should use its Title II authority to protect it.

Most Americans have only one choice for truly high speed Internet: their local cable company. This is a political failure, and it is an embarrassment. America deserves competition and choice.

Without net neutrality, a bad situation gets even worse. These ISPs will now be able to manipulate our Internet experience by speeding up some services and slowing down others. That kills choice, diversity, and quality.

It also causes tremendous economic harm. If ISPs can speed up favored services and slow others, new businesses will no longer be able to rely on a level playing field. When ISPs can slow your site and destroy your business at will, how can any startup attract investors?

My friends, family, and I use the Internet for conversation and fun, but also for work and business. When you let ISPs mess with our Internet experience, you are attacking our social lives, our entertainment, and our economic well being. We won’t stand for it.

ISPs are opposing Title II so that they can destroy the FCC’s net neutrality rules in court. This is the same trick they pulled last time. Please, let’s not be fooled again. Title II is the strong, legally sound way to enforce net neutrality. Use it.”

(source)

wretchedoftheearth:

sociolab:

ikaythegod:

The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that there are 939 hate groups operating in the U.S. — a nearly 60% increase since 2000. This reminded me of my favorite quote from Martin Luther King Jr.: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

These words are helpful to ponder in any situation, but especially when there are still so many people in need of love — both those who identify with a hate group and those who are on the receiving end of the hate.

I’m really interested to see this data presented relative to state population.

Also, for clarification, I don’t support the commentary stated above.

The Atlantic actually did an analysis of SPLC’s data in 2011 with data (and a map) on hate groups per million people (by state) included. The highest concentration of hate groups, in order:

  1. Montana (13.8 groups per million)
  2. Mississippi (13.7 groups per million)
  3. Arkansas (10.3 groups per million)
  4. Wyoming (9.7 groups per million)
  5. Idaho (8.9 groups per million)

New York and California have a lot of hate groups, but fewer than 2 hate groups per million people (putting them very low on the list if you’re looking at hate groups relative to state population)

(and god is that commentary awful)

xwarbrain:

nowavvves:

way disgusted and way sad, I can’t believe someone would actually pull this shit, totally horrifying. I feel so bad for Brianna and Britty. article here.

man this is fucked up

The challenge of modernity is to live without illusions and without becoming disillusioned.

Capitalism will behave antisocially if it is profitable for it to do so, and that can now mean human devastation on an unimaginable scale. What used to be apocalyptic fantasy is today no more than sober realism.

Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right (via ekaandhi)