this is really terrifying
they’re growing. evolving.
This person just flipped over a table and put on a hat.
Fucking hell give them some credit; Colonel Sassacre is clapping in his grave.
That table’s top is made of glass probably. If he had fallen on it, it would surely have been damaged, along with his spine.
A version for tumblr that can be read without opening a new tab, since plenty of people would scroll past this story otherwise.
The bravest woman on Earth.
I love her. Forever reblog.
Her message is wonderful, and one that should be heard.
I dressed up yesterday like this
but I kept getting comments on how I looked exactly like Nicki Minaj in this picture all night
I WAS SUPPOSED TO BE HE-MAN!!
Everyone disregarded that and called me Nicki for the entire night.
What if Nicki Minaj was also dressing as he-man? What if we are all trying to be he-man?
The world is watching, White America.
FIGHT TERRORISM, STOP COPS.
I just wrote and mailed a four page letter to my senator explaining why, despite the understanding that the purpose of any form of technology is to augment the human experience, it is concerning that lawmakers are even considering the possibility of limiting access to the very thing that makes lives better.
Knowledge, yes, but more specifically the communication of thoughts and ideas beyond just one country like the United States. If a company can own a majority of the communication’s infrastructure and also control what is spread along that infrastructure, they can limit the spread of ideas. Even those ideas that are against such a company’s preferred connotation or opinion.
I almost don’t want to live here in the United States anymore, but where can I go if one country (or more pronounced, its businesses) can decide the availability of communication for everyone else as well?
The internet is the most brilliant and pronounced asset of the human existence because it arguably retains most of the human knowledge and experience. Yes, you may have had a conversation in the youtube comments section you would like to be forgotten, but overall it’s more important to have access to the truth and know that, ‘yes, i did say that.’
Wouldn’t you want to know the truth? It’s now the only way we can find the truth and act on it globally (within reasonable and actionable time, and yes I mean the entire world), and you are representing to me that we should limit it more than we already are so you can make a steeper profit?
Here’s an idea. How about instead of preaching about your willingness to deliver ‘transparency’ (and subsequent failure of said transparency), provide a web-based portal where we (the public, anyone in the public) can review the data on our own. All of the data. Imagine being able to look at the rate at which AT&T, Verizon or Sprint makes cell tower or even land-based cable repairs, for example. Maybe read the notes on each individual repair? (this is entirely for example, I am in no way representing that any of the companies above are malicious, I am simply offering a solution to a transparency problem that faces the entire public). I mean, the ability to retrieve and review any data about anything is one that overtly surpasses the need for companies to charge for streamlined access to a service (the internet) that has no means to become ‘streamlined’ as it is largely based on a backbone that has little room to expand.
It’s just a thought. Then again, I suppose I am glad I could communicate it to you.
Today’s interview is with Tim Arango, the Baghdad Bureau Chief for the New York Times. Arango has been reporting from Iraq for nearly five years, and has served as bureau chief since 2011, the year the U.S. completed its troop withdrawal from Iraq. He’s watched the rise of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, and the he’s covered the Iraqi government, which under the leadership of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, was seen as corrupt and sectarian, persecuting Sunnis.
TERRY GROSS: Do you think that ISIS would’ve existited if not for the American invasion of Iraq?
TIM ARANGO: No, absolutely not.
GROSS: How did the American invasion help create ISIS?
ARANGO: The Americans come to invade Iraq and I think it’s partly because the Sunnis are going to be out of power. The Americans come in and topple Saddam Hussein, who was Sunni, and there’s been a Sunni elite governing Iraq for centuries and they come in, the Sunnis realize they’re going to be left out of this, they’re not going to be running the country anymore, so resistance movements sprung up. The other thing the Americans did was disbanding the Iraqi army which created a whole group of would-be potential insurgents. So al-Qaida in Iraq is formed and many of the things that the Maliki government has done to alienate Sunnis they learned from the Americans. The Americans taught them how to exclude Sunnis from political life with de-Baathification and things like that. The other thing Maliki has done is these mass arrests of Sunni men and of suspected terrorists and that’s exactly what the Americans did. So as the Americans tried to fight these guys they would do these mass arrests and they could put them in places like [U.S. detention facility] Camp Bucca, most of the leaders of ISIS were in Camp Bucca and they got know each other, they got to plan, they got to hang out, and so every turn in the Iraq story now is the American legacy and the epic American failure in Iraq.
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Depends, do you own a dog?
His/her expression says quite a number of things, but my favorite?
YES, YOU CAN HAVE YOUR CEREAL MILK, BUT ONLY IF YOU CAN PRY IT FROM BENEATH ME! OR ALSO IF YOu get me down from here pLEASE
The awesome part is, When the king’s people saw what was happening, many of them said that that was not what had been meant and wanted to put a stop to it. But the king laughed and accepted the women’s clever trick. “A king” he said, “should always stand by his word.”