1. hylianears:

    micdotcom:

    Canadian music festival takes huge step against Native appropriation

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    From their announcement:

    For various reasons, Bass Coast Festival is banning feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them, onsite. Our security team will be enforcing this policy.

    We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated.

    Bass Coast Festival takes place on indigenous land and we respect the dignity of aboriginal people. We have consulted with aboriginal people in British Columbia on this issue and we feel our policy aligns with their views and wishes regarding the subject. Their opinion is what matters to us.

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  2. allthecanadianpolitics:

This Harper fellow is quite something, eh?

It’s a bit early to declare a winner for the Most Inadvertently Hilarious Moment of the Summer in Canadian Politics, but I’m making the call anyway: Come fetch your prize, Stephen Harper!
The Prime Minister set the bar impossibly high when he took time out from his new hobby—distancing himself from Mike Duffy—to appear before party faithful in Calgary. During his speech, the PM prefaced an attack on Justin Trudeau by saying: “My people tell me I have to do this. We’re getting close enough to the next [election].”
Did you catch that? My people tell me I have to do this.
Voters of Canada, I ask you: Who among us has not grown weary of our notoriously weak-willed PM being manipulated by his backroom masters into saying mean things about his rivals? If only Harper had the gumption to exert some control over his government! Alas, the poor man is but a puppet of the 37 different communications directors he’s summarily fired.
Interestingly, despite this whole “going negative” thing being forced upon him in place of his unfailingly sunny disposition, Harper somehow managed to get into it. The attack reached its zenith when the PM painted a picture of what life would be like under a Trudeau government. It made The Purge seem like a romantic comedy. Economic collapse! Criminals running rampant across the land! Mandatory weed smoking by babies!
To be fair, much of the rest of Harper’s speech offered praise for those he deemed deserving. Here is an alphabetical list of those so deemed: Harper, Stephen.

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    allthecanadianpolitics:

    This Harper fellow is quite something, eh?

    It’s a bit early to declare a winner for the Most Inadvertently Hilarious Moment of the Summer in Canadian Politics, but I’m making the call anyway: Come fetch your prize, Stephen Harper!

    The Prime Minister set the bar impossibly high when he took time out from his new hobby—distancing himself from Mike Duffy—to appear before party faithful in Calgary. During his speech, the PM prefaced an attack on Justin Trudeau by saying: “My people tell me I have to do this. We’re getting close enough to the next [election].”

    Did you catch that? My people tell me I have to do this.

    Voters of Canada, I ask you: Who among us has not grown weary of our notoriously weak-willed PM being manipulated by his backroom masters into saying mean things about his rivals? If only Harper had the gumption to exert some control over his government! Alas, the poor man is but a puppet of the 37 different communications directors he’s summarily fired.

    Interestingly, despite this whole “going negative” thing being forced upon him in place of his unfailingly sunny disposition, Harper somehow managed to get into it. The attack reached its zenith when the PM painted a picture of what life would be like under a Trudeau government. It made The Purge seem like a romantic comedy. Economic collapse! Criminals running rampant across the land! Mandatory weed smoking by babies!

    To be fair, much of the rest of Harper’s speech offered praise for those he deemed deserving. Here is an alphabetical list of those so deemed: Harper, Stephen.

    Continue Reading.

     
  3. getrightdowntoit:

    The #TIMEtitles Twitter response to Time Magazine’s in depth look at the term (“of endearment”), “bae” has me rollin’…

    Sauce:
    http://time.com/3026192/this-is-what-bae-means/

    (via afternoonsnoozebutton)

     
  4. Tell us again how the Palestinians are supposed to act when they are, for all intents and purposes, being exterminated. Israel is doing to them exactly what America did to Native Americans. Bit by bit, parcel by parcel, village by village, they’re being exterminated and expunged.
     
  5. thepeoplesrecord:

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Remember that time the U.S. shot down an Iranian civilian airliner over Iranian airspace, killing all 290 on board, including 66 children, and then refused to apologize for doing it?
"I will never apologize for the United States. I don’t care what the facts are. I’m not an apologize-for-America kind of guy." — Vice President (and then-presidential candidate) George H.W. Bush, commenting on the downed airliner, 8/2/1988

That quote makes me sick.

    thepeoplesrecord:

    fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

    Remember that time the U.S. shot down an Iranian civilian airliner over Iranian airspace, killing all 290 on board, including 66 children, and then refused to apologize for doing it?

    "I will never apologize for the United States. I don’t care what the facts are. I’m not an apologize-for-America kind of guy." — Vice President (and then-presidential candidate) George H.W. Bush, commenting on the downed airliner, 8/2/1988

    That quote makes me sick.

    (via randomactsofchaos)

     
  6. sinidentidades:

    Blackwater guards fired dozens of shots into cars and people, an FBI expert testified, in an example of the brutality of the 2007 killings that left 14 Iraqis dead in Baghdad.

    Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, Dustin Heard and Nicholas Slatten appeared dressed in suits and ties before a federal court in Washington as the second trial in the case entered its fifth week.

    Slatten, 32, is charged with the first degree murder of a civilian. He faces life in prison if convicted. Slough, Liberty and Heard are accused of voluntary manslaughter of the 13 other victims.

    All four have pleaded not guilty.

    The Blackwater employees were guarding a US diplomatic convoy when they opened fire, killing 17 unarmed Iraqi civilians according to an Iraqi investigation, or 14, according to the US count. The hail of gunfire also wounded 18 people.

    Six of the guards had started the shootings.

    FBI expert Douglas Murphy said he traveled to the site of the killings twice to examine the cars involved in the shootings.

    As photographs were projected in the courtroom, he spoke of “significant damage” to the 11 vehicles he observed in March 2008 and June 2009.

    Murphy pointed to a white KIA riddled with bullet holes, including 29 in the front alone. There was also a Volkswagen that had 13 bullet holes on the driver’s side alone.

    In other cases, there was nothing left to investigate because “the entire vehicle has been burnt, the seats are no longer there, the car has no window,” the expert added.

    Asked about the weapons and ammunition used by the four defendants that day, Marine expert Shelby Lasater stressed the grenades used are “designed to penetrate armor and to cause casualties or kill.”

    "It mushrooms out, it will blow up in a circle and back," he added, noting the grenades could explode across a 540-foot (165-meter) radius.

    $1 billion after threat

    The killings exacerbated Iraqi resentment toward the United States (and rightfully so), and were seen by critics as an example of the impunity enjoyed by private security firms on the US payroll in Iraq.

    Blackwater, whose license to work in Iraq was revoked by Baghdad, was renamed Xe Services in 2009 and then Academi in 2011.

    Upon President Barack Obama’s arrival in office in 2009, the State Department canceled its contract with the firm.

    Yet the State Department awarded more than a billion dollars in funding to Blackwater and its successor firms even after its top manager in Iraq allegedly threatened to kill a government investigator, The Huffington Post reported.

    Last week, The New York Times reported that lead State Department investigator Jean Richter detailed in a memo that the Blackwater official had threatened her for probing the company’s performance just weeks before the deadly shooting in Baghdad’s Nisour Square.

    The threat “sent a clear message that the Blackwater contractors saw themselves as ‘above the law’ and actually believed that ‘they ran the place’,” Richter said in a memo cited by the Times.

    (via atane)

     
  7. 
This British startup is building a super solar material Ucilia Wang, gigaom.com
Two years ago, British researcher and entre­pre­neur Henry Snaith, and his team at Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty, were exper­i­ment­ing with a new class of com­pounds and dis­cov­ered some­thing rather unusu­al. Using these new com­pounds called…

    This British startup is building a super solar material
    Ucilia Wang, gigaom.com

    Two years ago, British researcher and entre­pre­neur Henry Snaith, and his team at Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty, were exper­i­ment­ing with a new class of com­pounds and dis­cov­ered some­thing rather unusu­al. Using these new com­pounds called…

    (Source: smarterplanet)

     
  8. budacub:

    I LOVE SARAH’S BRAIN

    (Source: nsfwhumor, via savanna)

     
  9. Why Palestinians (sort of) Support Hamas

    letterstomycountry:

    Noam Sheizaf:

    Over 2,000 Palestinians were killed in all three military operations in Gaza, not including the Second Intifada. Most of them were civilians. I’ve exchanged emails with people in Gaza in the past few days. These are people who don’t care much for Hamas in their everyday lives, whether due to its fundamentalist ideology, political oppression or other aspects of its rule. But they do support Hamas in its war against Israel; for them, fighting the siege is their war of independence. Or at least one part of it.

    […]

    For the Palestinians, the choice is between occupation by proxy in the West Bank and a war in Gaza. Both offer no hope, and neither are forms of freedom. The Israeli promise — that an end to armed struggle will bring freedom — is not trustworthy, as the experiences of past years has shown. It simply never happens. The quiet years in the West Bank have not brought the Palestinians any closer to an independent state, while the truce in between wars in Gaza has not brought about a relief from the siege. One can debate the reasons for why this happened, but one cannot debate reality.

    Hamas tells the Palestinians the simple truth: freedom comes at the cost of blood. The tragedy is that we usually provide the evidence. After all, the evacuation of settlements in Gaza came after the Second Intifada, not as a result of negotiations. The Oslo Accords came after the First Intifada; before that, Israel turned down even the convenient London Agreement between Shimon Peres and Jordan’s King Hussein.

    Israelis are convinced they are fighting a terror organization driven by a fundamentalist Islamic ideology. Palestinians are convinced Israelis are looking to enslave them, and that as soon as the war is over the siege will be reinforced. Since this is exactly what Israel intends to do, as our government has repeatedly stated, they have no reason to stop fighting.

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  10. so-treu:

    nezua:

    jhameia:

    downlo:

    This is a good explanation of how massively unethical this project was. And I’ll: creepy as fuck.

    this is not helping the case that i ought to be on facebook

    Creepy and right in line with why Facebook exists.

    OH. WELL THEN.

    (via bohemianarthouse)

     
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  13. anonymousmilitant:

    Israel targets journalist offices, then accuses Hamas of using journalists as human shields.

    Israel is trying desperately to get rid of international press covering its war crimes in Gaza.

    (via randomactsofchaos)

     
  14. vicemag:

Eric Garner and the Plague of Police Brutality Against Black Men
If you haven’t heard about Eric Garner yet, let me fill you in. He was a 43-year-old father of six who lived in Staten Island, and he died in the street on Thursday after as many as four New York police officers choked him and slammed his head on the ground. The NYPD told the Associated Press that they stopped Garner because he was selling untaxed cigarettes, something he’d been arrested for before. However, witnesses who spoke with local news website Staten Island Live have basically said that’s bullshit. Ramsey Orta, who was on the scene and shot a now infamous video that is making the rounds, can be heard in the clip saying that all Garner had done to get bothered by the police was break up a fight.
In the video, Garner denies any wrongdoing and asks why he’s being hassled. “Every time you see me you want to mess with me,” he says in an exasperated tone that most men of color across this country can relate to. Garner, who was 400 pounds and has been described by people who knew him as a “gentle giant,” suffered from chronic asthma and police claim his death was the result of a heart attack suffered during the arrest.
Police say that Garner made a “fighting stance” and resisted arrest. Which, based on the video clip, is complete nonsense, considering we can see him pleading to the officers, “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe!” before going completely silent as several officers pile on him.
The video of Garner’s death is disgusting, but I can’t say I was shocked or even outraged the first time I watched it. At this point, as someone who’s read and written about some of these stories time and time again—and who’s had firsthand experiences with the way cops treat black males—this kind of reprehensible shit is not surprising at all. After so many cases like Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell, you start to feel desensitized by the seemingly insurmountable injustice that plagues communities of color.
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    vicemag:

    Eric Garner and the Plague of Police Brutality Against Black Men

    If you haven’t heard about Eric Garner yet, let me fill you in. He was a 43-year-old father of six who lived in Staten Island, and he died in the street on Thursday after as many as four New York police officers choked him and slammed his head on the ground. The NYPD told the Associated Press that they stopped Garner because he was selling untaxed cigarettes, something he’d been arrested for before. However, witnesses who spoke with local news website Staten Island Live have basically said that’s bullshit. Ramsey Orta, who was on the scene and shot a now infamous video that is making the rounds, can be heard in the clip saying that all Garner had done to get bothered by the police was break up a fight.

    In the video, Garner denies any wrongdoing and asks why he’s being hassled. “Every time you see me you want to mess with me,” he says in an exasperated tone that most men of color across this country can relate to. Garner, who was 400 pounds and has been described by people who knew him as a “gentle giant,” suffered from chronic asthma and police claim his death was the result of a heart attack suffered during the arrest.

    Police say that Garner made a “fighting stance” and resisted arrest. Which, based on the video clip, is complete nonsense, considering we can see him pleading to the officers, “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe!” before going completely silent as several officers pile on him.

    The video of Garner’s death is disgusting, but I can’t say I was shocked or even outraged the first time I watched it. At this point, as someone who’s read and written about some of these stories time and time again—and who’s had firsthand experiences with the way cops treat black males—this kind of reprehensible shit is not surprising at all. After so many cases like Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell, you start to feel desensitized by the seemingly insurmountable injustice that plagues communities of color.

    Continue

    (via ghostsofrobespierre)

     
  15. reverseracism:

    postracialcomments:

    knowledgeequalsblackpower:

    IT HAPPENED AGAIN.. this time i wasnt even mad lmao im used to it.. #Wow #SheThinkImStealingPart2

    smh.

    I love this movement

    Look at this post racial society we live in today

    (Source: vine.co, via thecrushingblack)