Posted 21 hours ago

A little perspective ...

politicalprof:

Sample population densities:

  • Gaza: 9713/sq.mi. (Only Macau, Monaco, Singapore, Hong Kong and Gibraltar are more dense — in that order.)
  • UK: 650/sq.mi
  • Afghanistan: 124/sq.mi
  • US: 84/sq.mi (Greenland is least dense at .4/sq.mi)

Posted 22 hours ago

apsies:

What the ACA has done to the uninsured rate in Kentucky. via @joesonka on Twitter.

Posted 22 hours ago

nprfreshair:

Art students turn an electrical tower into a stained glass lighthouse. via TIC

Posted 1 day ago

princessofbadassery:

hope-in-every-book:

svyalitchat:

The #SVYALit Project: Using YA Lit to talk about sexual violence and consent in the lives of teens. Here are a few book lists and book reviews.

Because No Always Mean No, a list of books dealing with sexual assault  
Take 5: Difficult books on an important topic (sexual violence)
Take 5: Sexual Violence in the Life of Boys  
Book Review: The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely 
Thinking About Boys, Sex, and Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian 
What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton 
Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
September Girls by Bennett Madison  
Discussing THE S WORD by Chelsea Pitcher, a guest post by Lourdes Keochgerien
5 Reasons I Loved Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
Charm and Strange by Stephanie Khuen
The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Uses for Boys by Erica Loraine Scheidt
Killer Instinct by S. E. Green

Live Through This by Mindi Scott

Sex/Consent Positive Titles: Karen’s List Christa’s List Carrie’s List

See the complete #SVYALit Project Index Here: http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com/2014/02/svyalit-project-index.html

This is important. Could very well help those struggling to read these books. Don’t leave anyone in the dark.

Speak by lauriehalseanderson is a good one for that too

Posted 1 day ago

Sext: Ah, would only a wish make it so you were here; if but each swirling thought of your countenance could sweep you ever closer, the distance between us would have already been winnowed to naught.

Posted 1 day ago

Fatherhood or: Parables Were Loved by the Torah

Temper thy temper, I must remind myself:
My arsenal can lay temples to dust.
The worst my sons can do is punch a hole
In an upstairs wall, throw a rock throw a window -
There is never a threat to my foundation,
Only pock marks unto beauty.
As the mightier, as the more destructive,
Is it not my duty to withstand and dismiss provocation?
To not crush the advances of the weak, my responsibility?

Great power is a light held, the tyrant extinguishes radiance
In his fist, needing the strength to punch lessons into recognition,
The philosopher leaves his palm open knowing
Truth can be shared but knowledge is only attained
When people are given the choice to let it resonate in their heart.

I don’t want to send my sons into enlightenment
I want them to have every chance to attain it.
I will not channel the power of armies
When those next to me need compassion.
It is not my strength which is tested, it is my will.

Posted 1 day ago

Crossing the Border into a Better Place

In 2013, U.S.-Mexico border areas saw 445 people lose their lives To an abusive relationship with their own birthplace.



The day you decide to leave your situation
Is the day you must resolve NEVER to go back.
When your country is quicksand and hopelessness
And you can no longer bear to wipe your tears
With the flag, do not blame yourself.
The only borders you have to concern yourself with
Are the cross-stitch lines that define where your body ends;
You are laced into armor, you are a soul: worth protecting.

There will be a night when you stare at the moon
And know you must depart; no luggage, no necessities,
Those are for people in stable enough homes
To be able to plan their escape.
Your home has long been lost.

Homelessness has always been a problem created by society.
Even a roof cannot always grant you protection.
There are millions of empty houses, hundreds of countries,
Billions of people with feelings adept enough to recognize suffering
But it doesn’t mean you can walk into a better life,
It doesn’t mean you can find a new family to help protect you.
When you court another person’s love they seize your hand
When you try to caress the soil’s cheek. When you lay down
Under the stars beware of those who love their stripes,
Their light is no beacon, is not of hope, their light
Is of torches and pitchforks.

There are many people detained at the U.S. - Mexico border
Each bound by their pasts and the authorities. Each connected
By a new life they dreamed of when their homeland was no longer
Worth the paper its propaganda was printed on. Each a slave
To the fairy tale known as hope or America.
Every year there are around 450 people who die on their journey
Close to their worldly destination. They left untenable positions
To seek out a better place they could be proud to call home;
I hope they truly found a better place now that they’ve risked everything,
Including their life. I hope their efforts were not in vain.
I hope the family and dreamers they ran with are finding acceptance
In what they’ve lost and from the citizens of the country
They have endured so much to enter.

Each person who has ever called the United States the greatest
Should greet the immigrants who believed them with open arms.
Those who travel to find a home to be proud of, to maintain a relationship
With a country that accepts them for who they are, must be supported.

I want to welcome you, travelers, to the safe space you’ve always wanted.
I hope you cross over and find the salvation you have sought.

Posted 1 day ago

gradientlair:

I follow @KristyT on Twitter and she let me know about a project that she created with @tiffani (#DetroitWater) to help Detroit residents with their water costs. Their website is detroitwaterproject.org and there you can confidentially donate to cover a person’s bill. 

Detroit has the highest percentage of Black residents compared to any other major U.S. city, and as I wrote about in Black In The 99%, race is most certainly forever intertwined with class and poverty; these cannot be extracted from each other, especially in a country where its very financial system and imperialistic power would not exist without enslavement and genocide. There is no way to extract the economic violence being committed upon Detroit residents from racial histories. 

According to RH Reality Check, "in Detroit, the cost of water is nearly twice the national average, and approximately half of the city’s customers owe outstanding balances on their water bills. But let’s situate this against a broader historical and sociopolitical backdrop. By 2011, half of Detroit’s working-age population was unemployed, and only 27 percent had full-time work. Nearly one in five Detroit residents were below the poverty line. Approximately three in five children were living in households headed by single mothers (see Rose Brewer’s article on the prison industrial complex). Moreover, these statistics are significantly worse for the city’s Black and Latino residents.” 

People simply cannot go without water and while this entire situation is larger than just “unpaid bills” but are acts of violence against these residents amidst larger economic and racial disenfranchisement, with the recent 15 day suspension on the human-made drought, hopefully no other excuses can be used to harm these people if they’re able to pay the bills. This isn’t about lack of “personal responsibility” creating negligence over a “luxury” but about systemic poverty, capitalism, privatization and WATER. 

Again, if you want to support Detroit residents through a confidential donation via this fundraiser created by two thoughtful Black women, visit: detroitwaterproject.org.

Posted 1 day ago

sexologist:

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Posted 1 day ago

Tonight’s a perfect night to just post up in bed and read.

Fresh sheets, fresh story.

Posted 1 day ago

fandomsandfeminism:

oh-snap-pro-choice:

It’s almost like pro choicers were right all along about birth control being the best way to reduce abortion rates…. go figure.

-Lemon

It’s almost like if you make is really easy for people who don’t want to get pregnant to, in fact, not get pregnant, then you get fewer unwanted pregnancies and, thus, fewer people trying to end unwanted pregnancies.

Like god damn witchcraft.

(Source: feminist-sister)

Posted 3 days ago

usatoday:

Heat is the most deadly weather situation.

In the U.S., I imagine.

Posted 3 days ago
You should not
have to rip yourself
into pieces to keep
others whole.
i am seeing less and less of you (via pukin)

(Source: stolenwine)

Posted 4 days ago

theroyaltenenblarghs:

lipstickstainedlove:

descentintotyranny:

Israel begins its ground invasion of the Gaza Strip

Fucking signal boost this shit

This is one of the most horrific things happening in the world and yet I can’t seem to find out any news about it.

Ambulances are being shot by tanks. Doctors, civilians, children playing on the beach and everyone else are all being killed.

Posted 4 days ago

rip-homegirl:

let’s talk about the universe and make out