1. Depression is humiliating. It turns intelligent, kind people into zombies who can’t wash a dish or change their socks. It affects the ability to think clearly, to feel anything, to ascribe value to your children, your lifelong passions, your relative good fortune. It scoops out your normal healthy ability to cope with bad days and bad news, and replaces it with an unrecognizable sludge that finds no pleasure, no delight, no point in anything outside of bed. You alienate your friends because you can’t comport yourself socially, you risk your job because you can’t concentrate, you live in moderate squalor because you have no energy to stand up, let alone take out the garbage. You become pathetic and you know it. And you have no capacity to stop the downward plunge. You have no perspective, no emotional reserves, no faith that it will get better. So you feel guilty and ashamed of your inability to deal with life like a regular human, which exacerbates the depression and the isolation.
    Depression is humiliating.
    If you’ve never been depressed, thank your lucky stars and back off the folks who take a pill so they can make eye contact with the grocery store cashier. No one on earth would choose the nightmare of depression over an averagely turbulent normal life.
    It’s not an incapacity to cope with day to day living in the modern world. It’s an incapacity to function. At all. If you and your loved ones have been spared, every blessing to you. If depression has taken root in you or your loved ones, every blessing to you, too.
    Depression is humiliating.
    No one chooses it. No one deserves it. It runs in families, it ruins families. You cannot imagine what it takes to feign normalcy, to show up to work, to make a dentist appointment, to pay bills, to walk your dog, to return library books on time, to keep enough toilet paper on hand, when you are exerting most of your capacity on trying not to kill yourself. Depression is real. Just because you’ve never had it doesn’t make it imaginary. Compassion is also real. And a depressed person may cling desperately to it until they are out of the woods and they may remember your compassion for the rest of their lives as a force greater than their depression. Have a heart. Judge not lest ye be judged.
    — 

    This is seriously the most accurate description of depression. Wow.

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    (Source: psych-facts, via face-down-asgard-up)

     
  2. Anonymous said: Thoughts on Malala winning?

    thatsnotwatyourmomsaid:

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    conclusion: Malala is amazing and Western civilization has yet again proven to be hypercritical ignorant uncompromising and evil. how very fitting for columbus day.

     
  3. 
Israeli forces raided the West Bank village of Beit Laqiya on Thursday night and shot Bahaa Samir Badir, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy, 3 times in the chest. Badir died 2 hours later at the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. Ma’an reports the boy was shot at “close range” and suffered from “severe bleeding”. Haaretz reported the unit’s commander “open fired” killing the boy. 
Mondoweiss

    Israeli forces raided the West Bank village of Beit Laqiya on Thursday night and shot Bahaa Samir Badir, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy, 3 times in the chest. Badir died 2 hours later at the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. Ma’an reports the boy was shot at “close range” and suffered from “severe bleeding”. Haaretz reported the unit’s commander “open fired” killing the boy. 

    Mondoweiss

    (Source: stay-human, via lifeisliterallylimited)

     
  4. Oct. 16 8:11 pm

     
  5. animalcell:

recalled pencils from a 90’s anti drug campaign

    animalcell:

    recalled pencils from a 90’s anti drug campaign

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  6. allthecanadianpolitics:

Two child care plans — one for the rich, one for the rest

All of a sudden, it looks like the battle lines in the coming federal election may be less over whether to send our warplanes to Iraq and more over whether to send our children to day care.
With their announcement this week of plans for a national child care program, the NDP has not only proposed the beginnings of a solution to a gaping social need in Canada, it also has carved out territory where its contrast with the Harper Conservatives could not be starker.
Like the NDP, the Conservatives are planning to take a chunk of money from the surplus accumulating in Ottawa and spend it on a big initiative related to children. But that’s where the similarities end.
The NDP plan, which would provide subsidized child care at a cost to parents of $15 a day, is national in scope, based on a strong role for government, funded by taxes, and egalitarian — all things from which the Conservatives, as if by genetic disposition, recoil.
By contrast, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives want no national plan. They oppose a strong role for government — or any role — in meeting the needs of working parents with kids. Their answer is to give parents money in the form of tax cuts to spend as they want. But for the vast majority of Canadian parents, the Conservatives’ promised centerpiece — a tax break allowing income-splitting for parents with children under 18 — will offer virtually nothing, and that may be overstating its generosity.
But before we get to the latest Conservative plan, let’s recall what the Conservatives did in 2006, when Paul Martin’s Liberal government proposed a national child care plan but was toppled shortly after by the Conservatives and NDP. After winning the election, Harper scrapped the plan and instead announced that Ottawa would pay $100 a month per child to families with children under age six.
Not content to just discard a national child care plan, Harper, after winning a majority in 2011, became bolder in advancing two key prongs of his arch-conservative agenda: enriching the rich and encouraging women to stay home. Promising to introduce income-splitting offered him a splendid opportunity to do both, since the benefits of the costly $3 billion tax cut would go almost exclusively to rich families with stay-at-home mothers.
Tax breaks typically offer bigger benefits the higher you go up the income scale, but the imbalance in the case of income-splitting is so profound that the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) calls it “inequality by design.”
Neil Brooks, tax professor emeritus at Osgoode Hall Law School, calls it “immoral.”
As the CCPA notes, fully 86 per cent of Canadian families would receive no benefit whatsoever. Meanwhile, one per cent of all families (not hard to guess which one per cent) would get an average tax saving exceeding $6,500.
Imagine a cartload of federal surplus cash bypassing virtually every home in the country — before making a beeline for a few well-to-do enclaves and dropping thousands of dollars on doorsteps.
(The Harper government also announced last week that it was enriching the child fitness tax credit from $500 to $1,000 — another measure where the benefits are highly skewed to the rich, who are far more likely to have a spare $1,000 to spend on their children’s sailing or riding lessons.)
But back to income-splitting. Among the losers are working women. This is revealing, since governments typically use tax incentives to encourage certain kinds of behaviour. Harper’s message to women: marry rich and stay home. No longer barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen, today’s woman should be … in the kitchen, pregnant and wearing Guccis.
A national child care program, on the other hand, would make it easier for women to work. Quebec’s child care program has significantly increased female workforce participation. With more women working and paying taxes, the program has done “much better than pay for itself,” according to a study led by prominent Montreal economist Pierre Fortin.
The Conservatives’ income-tax splitting plan is so inequitable that even the late Conservative finance minister Jim Flaherty — perhaps suffering a twinge of conscience after a political career spent rewarding the rich — was moved to question its fairness.
That — and the fact that Conservatives continue to lag in the polls — may yet cause the government to retreat from their income-splitting promise.
But if they felt they could get away with it, this is what they’d really want to do with $3 billion of our hard-earned surplus: Hand $6,500 each to some of our richest, most ‘traditional’ families, and give most other Canadians precisely nothing.

    allthecanadianpolitics:

    Two child care plans — one for the rich, one for the rest

    All of a sudden, it looks like the battle lines in the coming federal election may be less over whether to send our warplanes to Iraq and more over whether to send our children to day care.

    With their announcement this week of plans for a national child care program, the NDP has not only proposed the beginnings of a solution to a gaping social need in Canada, it also has carved out territory where its contrast with the Harper Conservatives could not be starker.

    Like the NDP, the Conservatives are planning to take a chunk of money from the surplus accumulating in Ottawa and spend it on a big initiative related to children. But that’s where the similarities end.

    The NDP plan, which would provide subsidized child care at a cost to parents of $15 a day, is national in scope, based on a strong role for government, funded by taxes, and egalitarian — all things from which the Conservatives, as if by genetic disposition, recoil.

    By contrast, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives want no national plan. They oppose a strong role for government — or any role — in meeting the needs of working parents with kids. Their answer is to give parents money in the form of tax cuts to spend as they want. But for the vast majority of Canadian parents, the Conservatives’ promised centerpiece — a tax break allowing income-splitting for parents with children under 18 — will offer virtually nothing, and that may be overstating its generosity.

    But before we get to the latest Conservative plan, let’s recall what the Conservatives did in 2006, when Paul Martin’s Liberal government proposed a national child care plan but was toppled shortly after by the Conservatives and NDP. After winning the election, Harper scrapped the plan and instead announced that Ottawa would pay $100 a month per child to families with children under age six.

    Not content to just discard a national child care plan, Harper, after winning a majority in 2011, became bolder in advancing two key prongs of his arch-conservative agenda: enriching the rich and encouraging women to stay home. Promising to introduce income-splitting offered him a splendid opportunity to do both, since the benefits of the costly $3 billion tax cut would go almost exclusively to rich families with stay-at-home mothers.

    Tax breaks typically offer bigger benefits the higher you go up the income scale, but the imbalance in the case of income-splitting is so profound that the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) calls it “inequality by design.”

    Neil Brooks, tax professor emeritus at Osgoode Hall Law School, calls it “immoral.”

    As the CCPA notes, fully 86 per cent of Canadian families would receive no benefit whatsoever. Meanwhile, one per cent of all families (not hard to guess which one per cent) would get an average tax saving exceeding $6,500.

    Imagine a cartload of federal surplus cash bypassing virtually every home in the country — before making a beeline for a few well-to-do enclaves and dropping thousands of dollars on doorsteps.

    (The Harper government also announced last week that it was enriching the child fitness tax credit from $500 to $1,000 — another measure where the benefits are highly skewed to the rich, who are far more likely to have a spare $1,000 to spend on their children’s sailing or riding lessons.)

    But back to income-splitting. Among the losers are working women. This is revealing, since governments typically use tax incentives to encourage certain kinds of behaviour. Harper’s message to women: marry rich and stay home. No longer barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen, today’s woman should be … in the kitchen, pregnant and wearing Guccis.

    A national child care program, on the other hand, would make it easier for women to work. Quebec’s child care program has significantly increased female workforce participation. With more women working and paying taxes, the program has done “much better than pay for itself,” according to a study led by prominent Montreal economist Pierre Fortin.

    The Conservatives’ income-tax splitting plan is so inequitable that even the late Conservative finance minister Jim Flaherty — perhaps suffering a twinge of conscience after a political career spent rewarding the rich — was moved to question its fairness.

    That — and the fact that Conservatives continue to lag in the polls — may yet cause the government to retreat from their income-splitting promise.

    But if they felt they could get away with it, this is what they’d really want to do with $3 billion of our hard-earned surplus: Hand $6,500 each to some of our richest, most ‘traditional’ families, and give most other Canadians precisely nothing.

    (via shychemist)

     
  7. the-feature:

    Behind the largest undercover bribe the FBI ever paid to a public official is the story of how our whole consumer economy has been transformed, bringing lung-stunting pollution and, in some cases, political corruption.

     
  8. eineblassewascherin:

some quick sketches from my new masterpiece

    eineblassewascherin:

    some quick sketches from my new masterpiece

    (via afternoonsnoozebutton)

     
  9. Someone has made fake London Underground signs, and whoever did it is a ruddy genius.

     
  10. iwriteaboutfeminism:

    Ferguson Panel at the Missouri History Museum.

    Part One

    Wednesday, October 15th

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  11. paradoxical-mystery:

    veganrocket:

    DID YOU GUYS KNOW THERE IS A BIKER GANG CALLED RESCUE INK THAT BREAKS UP DOGFIGHTING RINGS, CONFRONTS ANIMAL ABUSERS, CONFISCATES NEGLECTED ANIMALS AND INVESTIGATES STOLEN ANIMALS

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    YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT THIS BADASSERY HERE

    GODS BLESS THIS BADASS AWESOME DUDES

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  12. Over 90 days have passed since the murder of Eric Garner

    atane:

    The NYPD killed Eric Garner in broad daylight on the sidewalk. We have seen the tape. NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo choked Garner. This was an unprovoked attack. In addition, choke holds are prohibited according to the NYPD’s own rules and regulations.

    Eric Garner’s murder at the hands of the NYPD happened on July 17th, 2014. Today is October 16th, 2014. 91 days have passed. The medical examiner ruled Eric Garner’s death a homicide. Officer Daniel Pantaleo is still a free man. Daniel Pantaleo has not been charged with anything. In fact, Daniel Pantaleo is still working for and getting paid by the NYPD. He’s on “desk duty”.

     
  13. Wim Delvoye’s Creepy Stained Glass Windows Are Made From Recycled X-Rays | Inhabitat
     
  14. thepoliticalfreakshow:

    LOS ANGELES, CA – Around the block from where Ezell Ford was killed by LAPD, officers from the Newton Division stopped, Brandon Dawson, 26, on Sunday evening. Dawson had just finished his shift as a dental assistant and was picking up his seven-month-old daughter from his grandmother’s house. He was strapping the baby’s carrier into the car when officers stopped Brandon asking why Brandon had parked in the private driveway. Brandon explained that there were no other spaces available and he had just pulled up to pick up his daughter. Photo via Linda WashingtonThe police asked for no papers, and told Brandon to put his hands up as they snatched the father’s baby. Soon after, Brandon would be tazered, beaten, and arrested by police on suspicion of assaulting a gang officer from LAPD’s Newton Division, according to Officer Lilliana Preciado. However, Officer Preciado claims not to have any details regarding what led to Dawson’s arrest.

    An eyewitness on the scene that asked not to be identified or recorded due to police terrorizing members of low income communities that call for police accountability, watches the confrontation between Daawson and LAPD. A witness who says that after LAPD snatched the baby from Brandon’s arms, an officer began violently shaking the seven-month-old back and forth as if they were intentionally trying to make the baby fly out of the carrier.

    “My baby! My baby!” screamed Brandon. LAPD then put the infant on the sidewalk. Alone.

    //

    A concerned woman tried to grab the baby, and a police officer slammed the door on her. Upset, Brandon’s grandmother came and took her grandchild from the sidewalk. Ten cop cars soon pulled up. Police officers piled on top of Brandon, tazering and beating him. A beating that was recorded on video that has yet to be released. Witnesses and angry community members surrounded the officers recording the police. Police told witnesses to stop recording, but community members continued to film the police anyway.  Police responded to by taking photos of those recording them. A tactic that police use to intimidate community members with threats of arrest and deportation according to the witness.

    Upset, community members gathered calling police out, “He did nothing to nobody.” “They (police) threw his baby.”

    The community response was caught on tape by Ceebo Tha Rapper. Ceebo has been organizing the neighborhood and recording music about police brutality ever since the same police department killed his cousin, Ezell Ford. However, as the community filmed, police swiftly formed a line. With hands resting on their guns, officers aggressively push the crowd back in the video as community members remind police, “We’re unarmed.” This incident which began as a traffic stop between 7-8 pm, had 65th & Broadway sealed off and occupied by a small army of LAPD until midnight.

    photo by Nash Baker from A Million Hits on YouTube

    photo by Nash Baker from A Million Hits on YouTube

    Following Brandon’s arrest, his mother, Linda Washington, was shocked when she received a call from her sister. She had just gotten off the phone with her son. He had called to say goodnight and ask how her day was. “(My) sister called saying I needed to come down because something happened with Brandon and the police.” Mrs. Washington didn’t believe her at first. After all, it was only minutes ago that Brandon was fine and now suddenly, her family was thrust into an emergency.

    Given the wrong information several times by police, Mrs. Washington says she had to do a lot of running around just to locate Brandon and his impounded vehicle. Out on $50,000 bail, Brandon is being treated at the hospital. He has injuries and scars on his neck, forehead, and wrist from being beaten by LAPD. To make matters worse, Brandon’s wallet containing $1200 for his rent, was inside his car. Both the wallet and his rent money are now gone. According to witnesses, Brandon’s vehicle was driven away by a police officer, not a tow truck.

    //

    This seems to be about more than a traffic stop, according to Mrs. Washington. One of the officer’s recognized Brandon from two years ago when they had stopped and arrested him in the very same place destroying his pending opportunity to join the marines as an officer on Monday night reminded Brandon: “You thought you were going to the Marines last time.”

    This is a young boy with a baby in the car. And it’s obvious, he’s got on work clothes. What harm is he doing?

    Washington asked regarding LAPD immediately using force on her son. Residents of Dawson’s grandmother’s building and his Mom all say Dawson is a sweet and hardworking young father. He has nothing to do with gangs or drugs. In fact, the only other problem Brandon has ever had with police, was in the very same place by 65th and Broadway two years ago with the very same notorious Shootin’ Newton Department.

    Concerned about the psychological affects police targeting may have, Mrs. Washington remains determined to support her son.

    What happens if every time you take two steps forward someone pushes you two steps backward? Once the police come at you, you’re almost tagged… It’s almost as if they intentionally want to get him to the point to get him locked up.

    Brandon Dawson & Mother Linda Washington Photo via Linda Washington

    Brandon Dawson & Linda Washington

    The eyewitness expressed similar sentiments about local police targeting the community:

    They’re racist against the black and latino community. They insult us. They humiliate us. They belittle us.

    Statistics back up their sentiments regarding police targeting and racist policing.

    According to the NAACP:

    • African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population
    • African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites
    • Together, African American and Hispanics comprised 58% of all prisoners in 2008, even though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately one quarter of the US population

    Save Black Boys SignThe Newton Police Department has been under fire from community members since August when officers from the department killed unarmed Ezell Ford nine days after they killed unarmed Omar Abrego. Regular demonstrations demanding justice for Ford and Abrego and an end to police brutality have been ongoing, but have yet to be met with any response other than force from the Newton Police Department. All of this of course occurring while those rallying for #FergusonOctober are making it look like there will either be justice against racist killer cops or revolution in America. One more family may be joining the efforts to stop killer cops and end police brutality. Mrs. Washington said her family hopes to attend the October 22nd day of national action against police brutality in Los Angeles.

    (via randomactsofchaos)

     
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