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2020-07-09 02:54:31

    this is an official whitehouse.gov petition - americans, PLEASE sign this and don't let our country's obsession with deportation ruin even more lives

    Hey so this is my job—I help international students who are at university. This is a fucking nightmare, on top of the normal nightmare this goddamn administration has been for my field. Please sign the petition

    And if you’re an international student!!! Reach out to your International Student Services Office for help!! My director is drafting statements to send out about this and we’re trying to talk to our SEVP reps to figure out what the fuck is going on (we found this out when the public did, no prior warnings, so we’re just as lost but we have direct access and are working to get answers) Don’t immediately panic, call or email to find out what steps happen next.

    LGBT activists have been vocal about intersex issues for several decades, because establishing the legal right to bodily autonomy for intersex persons is basically inseparable from establishing the right of trans persons to that same legal autonomy over their own bodies. many intersex persons prefer not to be grouped together with LGBT causes; however, the vast majority of LGBT activists would agree that performing "corrective" surgery on intersex infants - to force them to adhere to a largely fictional gender binary - is pretty fucking evil.

    stupid leftists and their belief in *checks notes* the intrinsic value of human life

    Reblog if you would burn down the statue of liberty to save a life

    Here’s the thing, though. If you asked a conservative “Would you let the statue of liberty burn to save one life?” they’d probably scoff and say no, it’s a national landmark, a treasure, a piece of too much historical importance to let it be destroyed for the sake of one measly life. 

    But if you asked, “Would you let the statue of liberty burn in order to save your child? your spouse? someone you loved a great deal?” the tune abruptly changes. At the very least, there’s a hesitation. Even if they deny it, I’m willing to bet that gun to their head, the answer would be “yes.”  

    The basic problem here is that people have a hard time seeing outside their own sphere of influence, and empathizing beyond the few people who are right in front of them. You’ve got your immediate family, whom you love; your friends, your acquaintances, maybe to a certain degree the people who share a status with you (your religion, your race, etc.)–but beyond that? People aren’t real. They’re theoretical. 

    But a national monument? That’s real. It stands for something. The value of a non-realized anonymous life that exists completely outside your sphere of influence is clearly worth less than something that represents freedom and prosperity to a whole nation, right?

    People who think like this lack the compassion to realize that everyone is in someone’s immediate sphere of influence–that everyone is someone’s lover, or brother, or parent. Everyone means the world to someone. And it’s the absolute height of selfishness to assume that their lives don’t have value just because they don’t mean the world to you. 

    P.S. I would let the statue of liberty burn to save a pigeon. 

    also, there is an extreme difference between what things or principles *i* personally am willing to die for, and what i would hazard others to die for. and this is a distinction i don’t think the conservative hard-right likes to face.

    an example: so, as the nazis began war against france, the staff of the louvre began crating up and shipping out the artworks. it was vital to them (for many reasons) that the nazis not get their hands on the collections, and hitler’s desire for them was known, so they dispersed the objects to the four winds; one of the curators personally traveled with la gioconda, mona lisa herself, in an unmarked crate, moving at least five times from location to location to avoid detection.

    they even removed and hid the nike of samothrace, “winged victory,” which is both delicate, having been pieced back together from fragments, and incredibly heavy, weighing over three metric tons.

    the curators who hid these artworks risked death to ensure that they wouldn’t fall into nazi hands. and yes, they are just paintings, just statues. but when i think about the idea of hitler capturing and standing smugly beside the nike of samothrace, a statue widely beloved as a symbol of liberty, i completely understand why someone would risk their life to prevent that. if my life was all that stood between a fascist dictator and a masterpiece that inspired millions, i would be willing to risk it. my belief in the power and necessity of art would demand i do so.

    if, however, a nazi held a gun to some kid’s head (any kid!) and asked me which crate the mona lisa was in, they could have it in a heartbeat. no problem! i wouldn’t even have to think about it. being willing to risk my own life on princi<>ple doesn’t mean i’m willing to see others endangered for those same principles.

    and <>that is <>exactly where the conservative hard-right falls right the fuck down. they are, typically, entirely willing to watch others suffer for their own principles. they are perfectly okay with seeing children in cages because of their supposed belief in law and order. they are perfectly willing to let women die from pregnancy complications because of their anti-abortion beliefs. they are alright with poverty and disease on general principle because they hold the free-market sacrosanct. and i guess from their own example they would save the statue of liberty and let human beings burn instead.

    but speaking as a leftist (i’m more comfortable with socialist tbh), my principles are not abstract things that i hold aside from life, apart or above my place as a human being in a society. my beliefs arise from being a person amidst people. i don’t love art for art’s sake alone, actually! i don’t love objects because they are objects: i love them because they are artifacts of our humanity, because they communicate and connect us, because they embody love and curiosity and fear and feeling. i love art because i love people. i want universal health care because i want to see people universally cared for. i want universal basic income because people’s safety and dignity should not be determined by their economic productivity to an employer. i am anti-war and pro-choice for the same reason: i value people’s lives but also their autonomy and right to self-determination. my beliefs are not abstractions. i could never value a type of economic system that i saw hurting people, no matter how much “growth” it produced. i could never love “law and order” more than i love a child, any child, i saw trapped in a cage.

    would i be willing to risk death, trying to save the statue of liberty? probably, yes. but there is no culture without people, and therefore i also believe there are no cultural treasures worth more than other people’s lives. and as far as i’m concerned the same goes for laws, or markets, or borders.

    Well said!

    This is an excellent ethical discussion.

    The first time I came across this post, randomslasher’s addition was life changing for me. I suddenly understood where the right was coming from, and I had never been angrier.

    This is also why so many people on the right fail to see the hypocrisy of trying to make abortion illegal when they themselves have had abortions. They can tally up their own life circumstances and conclude that it would be difficult or impossible to continue a pregnancy, but they’re completely mystified by the idea that women they don’t know are also human beings with complicated lives and limited spoon allocation.

    This is also why they think “get a job” is useful advice. In their heads they honestly do not understand why the NPCs who make up the majority of the human race can’t just flip a switch from “no job” to “job.” When they say “get a job” they’re filing a glitch report with God and they honestly think that’s all it takes.

    This is also why they tend to view demographics as individuals. They think that every single Muslim is just a different avatar for the same bit of programming.

    Borrowed observation from @innuendostudios​ here, but: there’s also a fundamental difference in how progressives view social problems versus how conservatives view them. That is, progressives view them as problems to be solved, whereas conservatives do not believe you can solve anything.

    Conservatives view social issues as universal constants that fundamentally are unable to be changed, like the weather. You can try to alter your own behavior to protect yourself (you can carry an umbrella), and you can commiserate about how bad the weather is, but you can’t stop it from raining. This is why conservatives blame victims of rape for dressing immodestly or for drinking or for going out at night: to them, those things are like going out without an umbrella when you know it’s going to rain. 

    “But then why do conservatives try to stop things they dislike by making them illegal, like drug use or immigration or abortion?” And the answer <>is: they’re not. They know perfectly well that those things will continue. No amount of studies showing that their methods are ineffective will matter to them b<>ecause effectiveness is not the point. The point is to punish people for doing bad things, because punishing people is how you show your disapproval of their actions; if you don’t punish them, then you’re condoning their behavior. 

    This is why they will never support rehabilitative prisons, even though they reduce crime. This is why they will never support free birth control for everyone, even though that would reduce abortions. This is why they will never support just giving homeless people houses, even though it’s proven to be cheaper and more effective at stopping homelessness than halfway houses and shelters. It’s not about stopping evil, because you can’t; it’s about saying definitively what is Bad and what is Good, and we as a society do that by punishing the people we’ve decided are bad. 

    This is why the conservative response to “holy fuck, they’re putting children in cages!” is typically something along the lines of “it’s their parents’ fault for trying to come here illegally; if they didn’t want to have their kids taken away, they shouldn’t have committed a crime.” It doesn’t matter that entering the US unlawfully is a misdemeanor and child kidnapping isn’t typically a criminal sentence. It does not matter that this has absolutely zero effect on people unlawfully entering the US. The point is that conservatives have decided that entering unlawfully is Bad, anything that is not punishing undocumented immigrants – due process of asylum and removal defense claims, for example – is supporting Badness, and kidnapping children is an appropriate punishment for being Bad.

    Queen Mami No Swami @myeshxa

    "Y'all notice a sharp decline in protest videos and content in the last couple of weeks?"

    Joshua Potash @JoshuaPotash

    "I don't think people understand.

    This is NYC right now. Day 30. In a row.

    The #BlackLivesMatter movement is just getting started."

    [Video Description: a very large parade of masked protesters changing and cheering. One of the more distinguishable chants from the crowd is "I believe that we are one!" End ID]

    The dwindling amount of videos and media coverage of protests is honestly worrying to me. In my opinion, protesters, especially Black protesters, are more at risk because of this. Cops tend to act up and hurt people less if they know they're being filmed and especially if they know that a lot of people are filiming. But I worry that as soon as they feel no one is looking/not enough people are looking, they'll start shooting us, and this time, it won't be with """rubber""" bullets and tear gas.

    <>Document everything, y'all. Don't let them think we aren't watching. Don't let them feel safe enough to kill us.

    As of today (7/7/2020) PromotePositivityMovement in Atlanta has been protesting for 40 straight days at the Olympic Rings in Centennial Park.

    On Saturday alone I attended 4 protests in a row. And that was 4 out of many.

    Protests are still happening, daily, but unless they're "exciting," they're not on the news.

    Secret Recipes To Try At Home


    Yes I needed these in my life thank you

    that recipe for Sonic Cherr yLimeade is Spot On. been making it the same way for decades

    Seems like a good time to be spreading this again.

    Marcus stopped abruptly in the middle of the grass. A woman in a blue dress was already sitting on the Crisis Bench. He didn’t recognize the dress. She looked up from where she was sitting.

    “Sorry,” he said, holding up his hands. “I didn’t think anyone would be over here.” He didn’t think he remembered an introduction to anyone in that dress. It was a memorable sort of a dress. “I believe I ran into your mother inside?” he ventured, because he ran into so many mothers.

    “She’s not here,” she said, which was not what he wanted to hear and which he absolutely could not handle at the moment.

    “Right,” he said, trying to recover, pretending as if he’d just remembered something. “Your father–”

    “We haven’t met,” she interrupted. “I’m not anyone.”

    “Oh thank god,” he said, abandoning propriety to collapse onto the bench, dropping his head between his knees. Thank you.”

    “Too many people?” she said sympathetically.

    “Im really bad with faces,” he admitted.

    “A lot of people are,” she assured him.

    He dragged his hands down his face. “I just confused a Duke with a waiter.”

    She bit her lip. “As long as you aren’t rude to waiters, you should be fine,” she said.

    “I wasnt rude,” he said. “I’m never rude. It would have been better if I was rude.” He buried his face in his hands. “I tipped him,” he said, anguished, muffled by his palms. Why had he been dressed like a waiter?

    She burst out laughing, loud and with her head tipped back, overwhelming the empty garden. He separated his fingers to stare at her.

    “Sorry,” she hiccuped, which immediately descended back into snorts. She laughed like she was hunting for truffles.

    “Thanks,” he said, though he almost did feel better. “I’m feeling very supported in my time of need.”

    “There’s only one thing you can do,” she said, wiping tears from her eyes, trying to dab at them to not destroy her makeup. Reflexively, he offered her a handkerchief, which she accepted. “You have to flee the country. It’s the only way.” She checked the handkerchief for signs of smeared eyeliner. “Leave your family. Change your name. Get a new family. Never tell them your dark secret.”

    “I think my old family might notice if I got a new family,” he said, now resting his chin in his hands, elbows balanced on his knees.

    “That’s why you have to burn your house down,” she said matter-of-factly, now holding his handkerchief in a neat fold in her lap. “Just burn the whole thing. Everything but your favorite hat. You leave the hat on top of the ashes for your family to find. ‘This must be him’ they’ll say. 'He would never have left his favorite hat’. It’s the perfect crime. Once it’s done, you become a pig farmer. Anyone comes around asking questions, you feed them to the pigs.”

    “You seem like you’ve put a lot of thought into this,” he observed. “How are your pigs?”

    She looked him over sidelong. Hungry,” she said primly.

    Keep reading

    He was an activist who inspired millions to fight for their rights. He knew what was wrong with our country and risked his life to help his people achieve equality.  In the society where black were treated like animal he did everything possible to change this. His brave soul, his will and courage changed the history of America , changed the people. He made us believe we can win this war. He payed for it with his life. He will always be remembered.


    Respecting his memory also means acknowledging that his fight is far from over, black people are facing the same issues that ha birth to the Black Panthers, and that the FBI is basically trying to launch COINTELPRO 2.0 against BLM and other black activists. Hampton should be more than a history lesson, he should be a rallying point.

    Um no wtf. Some people have pre-existing conditions that make it difficult to breathe with a mask on. E.g. anxiety, asthma, COPD. Mind your own business.

    Actually I have anxiety, claustrophobia, sensory issues, & severe asthma, <>yet I still wear at least one if not two masks in public.

    “mind your own business,” it becomes my business if it’s possibly harmful to me or the people around me

    Yes, some people have pre-existing conditions that can make wearing masks difficult, the solution is going out in public as little as possible or finding alternative face coverings. (I’m sure there’s more safe solutions out there that other people have figured out)

    I have no solutions for an alternative face covering that would work for someone w/copd, but someone with copd probably wouldn’t want to be in public rn b/c they’re very high risk?!? (Please someone correct me if I’m wrong on any of this I do not have copd)

    Also asthmatics and other high risk people should wear masks to protect ourselves if we can? Having a few asthma attacks or panic attacks is <>so much better than me or someone else dying from covid19.

    <>Stop using my conditions and disabilities as an excuse for pushing harmful ideology.

    first of all, anxiety is NOT a condition that necessitates not wearing a face mask, even the slightest bit. if you think it is, you’re an idiot.

    for people with actual breathing conditions (such as copd or severe asthma), or anyone else who doesn’t want to wear a mask, face shields exist and are extremely cheap (you can get a 6-pack for 5 bucks):

    the solution to “i can’t wear a mask because i have a breathing condition” is not “i can go out without a facial covering and endanger the lives of others”. it is either find an alternative face covering like a face shield, or don’t go out at all.

    this changes fucking everything

    Greg Fischer murdered Breonna Taylor. Gentrification murdered Breonna Taylor. Police murdered Breonna Taylor. And none of them have been arrested.


    You guys are dangerously close to realizing specifically what kinds of people they keep from voting and why.

    I want to drill this into everybody’s head:

  • The United States of America has the highest prison population in the world
  • Black Americans and Latin people make up the majority of this population (many of whom are non-violent offenders)
  • Federal Prisons in America require that their state keeps their prisons at a maximum occupancy at all times.
  • The 13th amendment did not entirely abolish slavery…just one form of it. It remains legal through industrial prison system
  • Oh and we have privatized prisons which allow companies to actually make money off of keeping people incarcerated 

    <>Here’s what’s really perverse: prisoners, who cannot vote, still get counted in the U.S. Census. The more prisoners a county has, the more representation it gets, even though the prisoners cannot vote. See how that works? The more black and brown people they lock up, the more government resources and political representation they get. Even though those prisoners have no say and cannot vote.

    If county-A has a population of 50 voters but no prisons, and county-B has a population of 50 voters and 50 prisoners, the county with the prisoners gets more government funding and more political represention. This is sometimes called prison gerrymandering” and it is used in redistrictring.

    <>Not so fun Fact: Southern states that reliably vote for Republicans also have the highest prison population in the United States. (source). So mass incarceration is a double whammy. It’s both a form of voter suppression and a tool to strengthen white people’s political power.

    From the somethingawful forums, the live thread when 9/11 happened


    This thread was wild, especially because the OP was posting webcam photos from nearby <>right after the first plane hit. Possibly before CNN even reported on it. 

    wow terrorists hijacking a plane that’s fucking rich, yo<>u idiot, y<>ou complete buffoon

    This poster might be one of the first dozen people in history to publicly accuse Osama Bin Laden, possibly before any news agencies, and their post has the words “ROTFL Owned” in it.



    Posted not even 2 hours after the 9/11 attacks and this person predicted the next 2 decades of American public policy. Remarkable.

    this should be a lesson that the people you think are conspiracist naysayers or jumping the gun may in fact have a point. this seems relevant to the ongoing George Floyd protests* and the coming election. Obviously don’t blindly trust forum randos, but listen to the canaries in the coal mine.

    *are you still hearing about this? is your city or town still protesting strong? in my city federal agents were out last night on our ~39th straight night of protesting with possible live ammunition in rifles, in addition to their handguns at their hips. they boiled out and charged people because someone knocked on the plywood covering the federal courthouse.

    There’s a blockade in the Black Hills, up to Mt Rushmore, native people (Lakota) stopping everything up.

    Someone shared a video of military marching in on them.

    Can’t watch. Gonna have a full scale panic attack.

    Thank you for the update 💕

    Black Hills Legal Defense Fund: https://bhlegalfund.org/

    Thank you for adding this! Here’s a working link, tumblr didn’t seem to like the original:

    Defending the Black Hills, our demands. Close Mount Rushmore as a National Monument
    Return the land to the Lakota people whose land it is for them to decide what to do with it going forward. End white supremacy and systemic racism.
    Shift decision making power back into the hands of BIPOC people. Stop the Trump regime from continuing to tear apart this nation.
    Return the Black Hills back to the Lakota and Indigenous people of the region

    Someday a child will learn about this year and ask “but if there was an epidemic killing people, and crowded spaces made it spread faster, why didn’t they open the prisons and detention centers and let the people inside go home? why would they leave people in there to die?” and their teacher or parent will feel the way we do, when a child asks how slavery or the Holocaust was allowed to happen: unable to explain in any way that makes sense, and trapped in the knowledge that history cannot forgive us

    This is not normal. Mass captivity is not normal. A structure premised on the assumption that maintaining that captivity is more important than anything, more important than preserving life, is not normal. Writing people off in the millions is not normal. We’ve made it normal. We’ve suspended the basic human impulse for community and decency, but that suspension won’t last forever. The prison won’t exist forever, and when it’s gone, our grandchildren will not be able to understand how we could do this.

    70% of the inmates at Lompoc Federal Correctional Institute in California tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

    70%. Seventy. Percent. 


    I keep trying to write something here about the outbreak in San Quentin* and I keep having to stop because my heart is breaking. I can’t remember a time in my adult life when I have felt this afraid. Someone I love is in San Quentin. He hasn’t called in two weeks; we’re pretty sure the prison’s gone into lockdown. If he gets COVID and dies from it, it could be without us ever hearing his voice again. 

    Like I said, I’m finding it hard to write about this, so I’m just going to link the article above and say, if you’re in the United States, whatever state you’re in, call your governor right now and tell them “Let everyone out right now.” Use the Justice Collaborative’s resources.

    We have two choices: we release at least half of the 2.3 million people incarcerated in the United States right now, or we watch tens of thousands of them die, and then we watch hundreds of thousands more people die when the second wave of the epidemic strikes us from the prisons which it will do because that is how epidemiology works but I should not have to mention that because the people inside the prisons are people and their lives have fucking value whether they endanger the rest of us or not.

    And I will say this part again, because this is what a fucking death camp looks like when it happens in your backyard, and your great-granddaughter will know it even if you don’t: 


    *As of June 25 the number is up to 505 cases, not counting staff. The article linked is a couple days old but the more recent articles have paywalls. The case numbers are doubling every few days.

    It’s finally happening.

    chop was a bastion of safety and freedom. we cannot let them take this silently.

    i dont normally post about this shit mainly because tumblr was supposed to be a place for me to go to escape, but at this point i dont think i can keep that up.

    OP timestamped July 1st 2020, 02:54:43 pm

    It’s not really any consolation but remember that CHOP was not the point. NONE of the movement’s demands have been met; not even simple requests like the removal of “mourning bands” covering SPD badge numbers. SPD on the frontlines aren’t even wearing facemasks, despite it literally being the law in Seattle that you must wear facemask when in public.

    We need to keep the pressure up. We need SPD defunded, and those funds to be allocated to community services.

    Response posted July 2 2020, @ 1602