and the smell is such a bonus, too.
it seems to be a requirement. topical pain relief? Let’s make it extra-smelly.
One family’s long quest to adopt a baby.
An equally awful article about domestic adoption, where an adoptive family is frustrated that they can’t just take the baby and run.
How dare mothers go through nine months of pregnancy, give birth, hold their babies and decide they can’t give them up? That nice wealthy family was entitled to that baby. These low-income mothers are all liars and cheats. Their babies would obviously be better off somewhere else. Etc.
It must be very painful to want a child and be unable to have one, but the lack of empathy at work here is just staggering.
yeah, I’m really into graffiti and street art. banksy changed my life. what? who is Julio 204? *gets shown a picture of Julio 204’s tag* that’s not art. that’s just some letters on a wall. now let me show you this billboard banksy did of the pulp fiction guys with bananas in their hands instead of guns. makes u think
I have taken a whole lot of cold medicine and I apologize in advance for any poor decision-making that may result
—- how can this be allowed… what is next? Forming of group to stake carrots to their doors.
What would happen if meat eater did this? would we be arrested for hate? Think about it!
Totally Biased: Kamau Speaks with Tim Wise (Extended Interview)
One thing Tim said stuck out to me in particular:
"If you don’t like white allyship in general, that’s a problem. If you don’t like the fact that every now and then, those of us who are trying to be allies screw up, then you’re not really prepared for this work because that’s what people do. They make mistakes, they screw up, they don’t treat each other very kindly. We’ve got a lot bigger fish to fry than to sit and fight amongst each other about who has the best and most responsible Facebook page or the most responsible and respectful twitter feed. The history of white allyship is way too important for me or anyone else to sort of walk away from it because we get beef with somebody."
What the holy shit is that?! He just insinuated that if we don’t like white allies, we shouldn’t be doing anti-racist work. He just insinuated that if we don’t like the fact that white allies constantly fuck up, we’re not “ready” for this. He just insinuated that the criticism that white allies (namely himself) gets is based around Facebook pages and twitter feeds.
This is the man that people herald as some type of “savior” to the anti-racism movement! This man just went on national television and tone policed a massive swath of the movement, dismissed his most vocal critics (who just so happen to be WoC) as “trolls,” downplayed everything he’s done up to that point, and spewed out some of the most hypocritical statements I have ever heard come out of a human mouth. While he did this, Kamau sat there and ate that mess up like it was a three course meal from a five star restaurant.
In my very humble opinion, it is way past time for people to stop being lulled into a false sense of security by Tim Wise’s words and actually listen to what this fool is telling you. He’s shown us time and time again that he is no “ally” in the true sense of the word. What he’s telling us is that he is an attention loving white man who thinks that white “allies” like him are, and should be, front and center in the anti-racism movement. He thinks that white “allies” are so damn important that if you don’t like them or you have questions/comments about them, you need to get the hell out the movement. He does go on to say that white allies shouldn’t look at this as “missionary work,” and I do believe that he does think that’s true. He doesn’t look at this as “missionary work” at all. No! He’s here to get his name in the news and make some good ass money while he’s at it.
what the fuck…
white supremacy is when white people take over anti racism and tell poc they aren’t capable of ending their own oppression so they should just let the white people do the work (as whitey is obviously more qualified)
Exhibit A: White man tells us that if we are not ready to do “Anti-Racism” his way, then we — People of Color – are not ready for “this work.”
Exhibit B: White “Ally” will now please tell us how a Person of Color can NOT be ready for “this work” when “this work” most definitely and primarily means fighting for your own survival and dignity and life in a white supremacist culture.
Exhibit C: White man will now, based on the two prior exhibits, refute the obvious implication that without the white man’s approval, the person of color has no right to their own life—and finally, differentiate this attitude from the most violent and base of white supremacy’s standing dictates.
I have never taken Tim Wise seriously as an anti-racist thought-leader because it is incredibly difficult to critique a system that benefits you directly (see also: Hugo Schwyzer). There are excellent examples of people leveraging their privilege to support social justice movements (White freedom riders, Jews who place their bodies between IDF soldiers and Palestinians, etc.) Such people are notable and heroic but Tim Wise has never been one of them. Anti-racism is a business for him— Wise is an author and paid speaker. In other words he has made critiquing whiteness, which benefits him, into a business model, which benefits him. So I am not surprised that he reacts so badly to criticism from PoC, because it is an implicit attack on his brand. I am not suggesting that he is manipulating anti-racist rhetoric cynically to get paid— I have no way of knowing his heart. And I am not suggesting that PoC who were invested in Tim Wise and feel betrayed by his recent outbursts were wrong—I think he has said some good things over the years and it’s a compelling thing when a white person talks sense about racism. But, speaking for myself I never had any illusions that Tim Wise was a “cool white guy who gets it.” Because if he really “got it” his work would center on his own experience of whiteness (which would be a valuable contribution to a larger anti-racist discourse, I think) instead of lecturing PoC about our experience of his whiteness. He had an opportunity when all of this first happened to grow from it personally and model a kind of constructive engagement between white people and PoC, but instead he doubled down. That tells me everything I needed to know.
okay come on I don’t expect the Emmys to do the right thing or anything but JEFF DANIELS??? WHAt????
Uh, he doesn’t deserve to even carry the award for anyone else in that category, are you kidding me?
American Hero and seminal feminst, Susan B. Anthony (via thisiswhiteprivilege)
In 1940, the Saturday Evening Post reported that while the still new Superman was making millions, his creators, writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, were paid just $130 for Superman himself, and $210 per issue thereafter (the original cheque itself sold for $160,000 last year). The pair sued National Allied Publications (the predecessor of DC Comics) for ownership of Superman and Superboy, who was obviously a spin-off of their own character, but both were paid to drop all subsequent claims and their bylines were removed. In 1973 Siegel and Shuster again took up their case to claim ownership of Superman, and the battle rages to this day.
Both men died without ever reclaiming their creation, while DC continues to make millions from the superhero’s image. It was only in 1975, when Superman first hit the cinema screen, that a public outcry began. Joe Shuster was then blind, living in a shabby apartment and dependent on his brother; Jerry Siegel was recovering from a heart attack and working in a mail room. Their medical bills had driven them further into destitution. The pair, living in complete poverty despite several previous lawsuit payments, were awarded a small pension and health care from their previous employers. Their credit line on each appearance of Superman was restored, but any ownership of the hero was still denied.
Kirby, Siegel and Shuster are far from alone in their exploitation at the hands of their publishers. Back in the days when comics sold millions of copies, it was expected that work for hire artists and writers would simply be worked into the ground, with all profits going to the publisher. It has been argued that the ambitious creators knew what they were doing when they signed their contracts, yet it is hard to view the publishers as maligned innocents when those same iconic creations now pull in billions of dollars at the box office. Young artists, desperate for their big break, are not quite on a level playing field with experienced corporations and their binders full of laywers.
Go read the rest of the article, which is a good summary of what’s been going on. I just wanted to mention, since he’s not listed in the article, that we met the creator of Ghost Rider Gary Friedrich at New York Comic Con. When we asked him what he thought of the movies, he told us that not only did he not make a dime from the Ghost Rider movies, Marvel actually went after him for drawing pictures of the character he created at cons to try to make a living. The guy is 68 years old and broke, and just wanted a piece of the millions of dollars Marvel was making off a character he created before he even signed a contract with them, and they sued him. He ended up owing them $17000 in legal fees (which was recently overturned, after even more litigation).
Anyway: Marvel and DC are a bag of dicks, and copyright law is deeply stupid.
Weird Stats of the Day: Toddlers killed more Americans than terrorists did this year
Opposing Views brings some frightening (though obviously tongue-in-cheek) statistics about the future of America: more American lives have been claimed by gun fatalities involving American toddlers than terrorist attacks this year. In the past five months, a total of 11 people were killed by preschoolers with firearms compared to the four that perished in the Boston explosions — the only terrorist attack to occur this year. We can only hope the NSA will ramp up surveillance on children less than 5 years of age in order to counter this threat to national security.
And we don’t want to regulate gun control though recently a guy was killed by his four year old son who happened upon the gun in the house.
no of course there aren’t too many guns in america why do you ask?
I don’t care if you take down all the links on your stuff, Google, I’m going to keep on using Google Reader right up to the day you shut it down.
This one is going to get a lot of hate. I despise the Americans With disabilities Act (ADA) and not for usual reasons. In the US we have many historical buildings that are being forced to retrofit and honestly ruin their historic nature to install ramps, elevators, etc… Not okay with this. It…
FYI saying “Sorry if I offend” doesn’t make what you just said less disgustingly ableist.
I don’t have the energy to even begin to tell you everything wrong with what you just said and I’m really hoping someone else takes you up on it better than I can.
I’m not really sorry for what I said…at all. I could give less than a shit abt. the newest fad -ism that you just mentioned. Destroying buildings to make a few people happy is stupid. Period. ADA supporters are no better than the Taliban destroying the Buddha statues in Afghanistan.
Ho boy. Okay. I said I didn’t have the energy for this but I also don’t want to let this go. Please bear with me here, I’m trying really hard to be reasonable but I’m asking you to also understand that I’m a little foggy today so I need some patience!
The first thing I want to address is that ableism isn’t “the new fad -ism.” A lot of people don’t realize this, but we actually have a really long history of systematic oppression - systematic institutionalization and forced sterilization was the norm for many, many years and while we’ve obviously come to a time where that’s not the case, we do still face a lot of discrimination in a lot of different venues. Things don’t have to be as extreme as murder, although it does happen (police mistaking a diabetic seizure or autistic meltdown for resistance have absolutely happened.) Today we face the issues of a society on the whole that doesn’t really “get it” on a daily basis - and inaccessibility is one of those things.
Here’s some handy links!
Let me tell you a story about a friend of mine. A few weeks ago, she went out with her friends with the intent of going to a small art showing here in the heart of town. The building they were going to had three stairs. My friend uses a power chair due to a form of muscular dystrophy - and there were no ramps to allow her access to the building. Her friends had already committed to the show, and so my friend and one other sat outside, on the street, outside the building until it was over.
She didn’t want anything special. She didn’t want exclusive treatment, she didn’t want them to come out and carry her to the building on a throne. She simply wanted the same exact thing that every able-bodied person had - the ability to enjoy the art show.
I don’t think it makes her selfish to want the same thing that everyone else gets.
I live in a town surrounded by a couple of historic cities, and so I totally understand your desire to protect historic sites and buildings, but there IS a way to do that while also not excluding a massive subset of the population (just because you can’t see us doesn’t mean we’re not here - I’m a wheelchair user, but tons and tons of people with disabilities who need ramps and lifts aren’t immediately identifiable!) If you enjoy these sites enough to want to protect them, shouldn’t you want others to be able to enjoy their beauty and value, too?
There are better solutions to the problem of “destroying” historic sites in order to retrofit them to make them accessible to everybody, that aren’t “well, disabled people shouldn’t get to see these things.” It’s not about being selfish, it’s about equality. Part of the problem that so many retrofittings and remodelings of historic sites are done so poorly is because it’s really expensive and there’s no government assistance in order to make things accessible. When a business is faced with two options - either make the building accessible, or pay hefty fines - they inevitably go with the cheaper option, but that usually ends up in ugly, wooden ramps, poor design, the bare minimum. Bulky, out of place lifts, things that don’t match the feel or year of the place - perhaps if there were grants or assistance available to businesses in order to provide better solutions for accessibility, it would seem less like destroying the sites and more like enhancing them for everybody.This OP is actually saying that architecture is more important than human beings. I literally can not with this. Anyone few to do some collecting? I think I need to go be sick.
unsurprisingly the OP is 404’d; but really? An Historic building’s integrity is not diminished by accessibility retrofits, if anything it allows the site to be appreciated by more people.
I guess putting lights and electricity into historical buildings is ruining them too. Visitors should use gas lamps and candles!
I mean, that’s if the goal is to be historically accurate, rather than not giving a shit about access for disabled people.
Yeah, I got to the end.
And of course my renegade shephard had to pick the “these choices suck” dialogue option and it went straight to GAME OVER and I nearly threw my controller across the room.
Then I fumed my way through the last 20 minutes of the game again to pick a proper ending, which I might have enjoyed a little bit more if it hadn’t done that to me. As it was, I picked Destroy, got an okay ending with meh flashcards and it looks like my Shepard survived.
I was planning all along to play through a second time with my Paragon Shepard but I can’t quite get up the willpower to do it right now. :/ maybe I’ll do ME2 again instead.