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Unseen University had never admitted women, muttering something about problems with the plumbing, but the real reason was an unspoken dread that if women were allowed to mess around with magic they would probably be embarrassingly good at it…

Terry Pratchett, The Light Fantastic (via discworldquotes)

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I have been astonished by hearing individuals who inherited wealth in childhood warn against sharing resources because people needing help should work for money in order to appreciate its value. Inherited wealth and/or substantial material resources are rarely talked about in the mass media because those who receive it do not wish to validate the idea that money received that is not a reward for hard work is beneficial. Their acceptance and use of this money to strengthen their economic self-sufficiency exposes the reality that working hard is rarely the means by which enough of us can gain enough access to material resources to become wealthy. One of the ironies of the culture of greed is that the people who profit the most from earnings they have not worked to attain are the most eager to insist that the poor and working classes can only value material resources attained through hard work. Of course, they are merely establishing a belief system that protects their class interests and lessens their accountability to those who are without privilege.

bell hooks in All About Love: New Visions (via ethiopienne)

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90%

That’s how many of our wiretaps are for drugs, not terrorism (via anarcho-queer)

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The NYPD storming into people’s homes before dawn on June 4th wearing body armor and carrying assault weapons, with battering rams to break down doors while helicopters hovered overhead were the actions of an occupying army and not of an institution that serves the public. Was putting guns in the faces of small children and grandparents and forcing a young women to lay on the floor half naked while male officers ransacked her room a display of the Courtesy and Respect New York City officials claim their cops give to the citizenry?

Dr. Cornel West (via azspot)

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All but 3 of America’s 185 wealthiest families are white.

"American wealth" remains a gentle way of saying "white wealth" (via micdotcom)

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vfpalestine:

"If I die in this crisis, don’t anybody DARE blame Hamas. Israel and its allies and its ass-kissers will have my blood on their hands.”
To those Israel-supporters who pretend to know everything there is to know about the ongoing crisis, who act like their perspective is the only valid one, and who champion the Zionist cause no matter how many innocent people are killed in the name of the ideology’s preservation: This is for you.

vfpalestine:

"If I die in this crisis, don’t anybody DARE blame Hamas. Israel and its allies and its ass-kissers will have my blood on their hands.”

To those Israel-supporters who pretend to know everything there is to know about the ongoing crisis, who act like their perspective is the only valid one, and who champion the Zionist cause no matter how many innocent people are killed in the name of the ideology’s preservation: This is for you.

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stay-human:

France protests despite the French government’s ban :) :) :) [x]

"Those who do not respect the ban, in support of protests or against them, face the risk of being stopped, arrested and handed over to the courts," Paris police said in a statement.
However, large crowds defied the warning and gathered in the capital chanting “Israel, assassin” in front of police barricades. Rallies were also held in more than a dozen other cities, from Lille in the north to Marseille in the South.

stay-human:

France protests despite the French government’s ban :) :) :) [x]

"Those who do not respect the ban, in support of protests or against them, face the risk of being stopped, arrested and handed over to the courts," Paris police said in a statement.

However, large crowds defied the warning and gathered in the capital chanting “Israel, assassin” in front of police barricades. Rallies were also held in more than a dozen other cities, from Lille in the north to Marseille in the South.

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Those who say we are in a time where there are no heroes just don’t know where to look-Ronald Reagan

Those who say we are in a time where there are no heroes just don’t know where to look
-Ronald Reagan

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thepoliticalfreakshow:

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer involved in the arrest of a man who died in custody after being placed in an apparent chokehold has been stripped of his gun and badge and placed on desk duty, police said Saturday.

Officer Daniel Pantaleo, an eight-year NYPD veteran, and an officer who has been with the force for four years were both taken off the street after the death Thursday of 43-year-old Eric Garner on Staten Island, police said.

The department would not identify the second officer but said he would retain his gun and badge while on desk duty. The reassignment is effective immediately and will remain in effect while Garner’s death is being investigated, police said.

The president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the city’s largest police union, called Pantaleo’s reassignment a “completely unwarranted, knee-jerk reaction.”

The decision, Patrick Lynch said in a statement, “effectively pre-judges” the case and denies Pantaleo the “very benefit of a doubt that has long been part of the social contract that allows police officers to face the risks of this difficult and complex job.”

Pantaleo did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

Partial video of the encounter obtained by the New York Daily News shows the 6-foot-3, 350-pound Garner becoming irate and refusing to be handcuffed as officers tried to arrest him on suspicion of selling untaxed, loose cigarettes on a sidewalk.

The video then shows one of the officers placing Garner in what Police Commissioner William Bratton said Friday appeared to be a chokehold. The tactic, which can be fatal, is prohibited by departmental policy.

The department disclosed Pantaleo’s reassignment hours after Garner’s wife, Esaw, burst into tears at a Harlem rally where Rev. Al Sharpton said his death could strain the black community’s relationship with the police department.

"This is going to be a real test to see where policies are in the city now and whether the change that we feel occurred has occurred," Sharpton said, referring to promises made by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Bratton to improve the relationship between officers and the city’s minority communities. "We are the only ones in the social setup that has to deal with fear of cops and robbers."

Another rally was held Saturday afternoon on Staten Island, near where Garner died. A funeral is scheduled for Wednesday at the Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn.

In the video of the arrest, Garner, who has been arrested for selling illegal cigarettes numerous times in recent years, says he hasn’t done anything wrong.

"Every time you see me, you want to mess with me. I’m tired of it. It stops today," Garner shouts. "I’m minding my business. Please just leave me alone."

As four officers bring him down, Garner is heard gasping, “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” The video shows one officer using his hands to push Garner’s face into the sidewalk.

Prosecutors and internal affairs detectives are investigating the death of the father of six and grandfather of two; authorities believe he suffered a heart attack. De Blasio has called the circumstances of his death “very troubling.”

More tests are needed to determine the exact cause and manner of Garner’s death, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office said.

The mayor’s commissioner for community affairs attended the rally and stressed the administration’s commitment to strengthening police and community relations.

"We’ve said from the beginning: Police work best when they have the respect from the community," Marco Carrion said, adding that it’s an ongoing process to try to improve the relationship between the NYPD and various communities.

Garner’s death evoked memories of a similar incident 20 years ago that likewise sparked outrage.

Police officer Francis Livoti was dismissed from the NYPD and convicted by a federal jury of violating the civil rights of a Bronx man who died after Livoti apparently used a chokehold on him in 1994. Livoti has denied he used a chokehold, insisting Anthony Baez died from an asthma attack. The case remains one of the most high-profile allegations of police brutality in city history.

Online:

New York Daily News video: http://nydn.us/1nh2KXr

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throughthewildblue:

You cannot buy electronics with food stamps. You cannot buy cigarettes with food stamps. You cannot buy pet food with food stamps. You cannot withdraw money with an EBT card (food stamps).

Do you know what else you can’t buy with food stamps? Shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, tinfoil, plastic sandwich bags, toothpaste, cleaning products, tampons, pads, over the counter medications (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.), and anything else you can think of that you cannot physically ingest for nutritional purposes.

Do you know what you can buy with food stamps? Food.

Do you know what it’s like to scrounge for change to buy non-edible necessities, use a credit card and EBT card (food stamps) during the same transaction, and then have the person in line behind you judge you for buying the ingredients to make a birthday cake?

People who disseminate false information about food stamps have never had to use food stamps.

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herpicusderpicus:

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raw-r-evolution:

sagansense:


“We live in a society exquisitely dependent upon science and technology, in which nobody understands science and technology…”
— Carl Sagan
Recommended: Carl Sagan’s CSICOP article “Why We Need To Understand Science”

Sagan was a true G. 

raw-r-evolution:

sagansense:

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We live in a society exquisitely dependent upon science and technology, in which nobody understands science and technology…

— Carl Sagan

Recommended: Carl Sagan’s CSICOP article “Why We Need To Understand Science

Sagan was a true G. 

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