thinksquad:

Police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, have begun wearing body cameras after weeks of unrest over the shooting death of an unarmed black teen by a white officer and sharply differing accounts of the incident, officials said on Sunday.
Michael Brown, 18, was shot multiple times by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, sparking nearly three weeks of angry protests in the St. Louis suburb and drawing global attention to race relations in the United States.
Law enforcement and witnesses gave differing accounts of what transpired before Brown was shot, with police saying the teen had struggled with the officer. Witnesses say Brown held up his hands and was surrendering when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.
The discrepancy has revived calls for officers across the county to be outfitted with body cameras to help capture an accurate record of police-involved incidents.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/01/us-usa-missouri-shooting-idUSKBN0GW13M20140901

thinksquad:

Police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, have begun wearing body cameras after weeks of unrest over the shooting death of an unarmed black teen by a white officer and sharply differing accounts of the incident, officials said on Sunday.

Michael Brown, 18, was shot multiple times by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, sparking nearly three weeks of angry protests in the St. Louis suburb and drawing global attention to race relations in the United States.

Law enforcement and witnesses gave differing accounts of what transpired before Brown was shot, with police saying the teen had struggled with the officer. Witnesses say Brown held up his hands and was surrendering when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.

The discrepancy has revived calls for officers across the county to be outfitted with body cameras to help capture an accurate record of police-involved incidents.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/01/us-usa-missouri-shooting-idUSKBN0GW13M20140901

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insanefastone:

mare-of-night replied to your post “ashashi-corner reblogged your post and added: Woah hold up AND I’M NOT…”

The artist alley is actually gonna have room for everyone? o.O

probably? the field house is huge

you can fit like 3 brick city cafes in it and still have room for more - for scale, last year’s vendors all fit rather spaciously inside brick city

if anything it would be the same number of AA people as before just spread out a little better, since the cramped fucking classrooms we had last year nearly broke fire code because they had too many artists to cram into the last-minute room assignment RIT gave them

i mean, everyone’s imagineRIT booths fit in there fine and even have oceans of space left over for people flow - even club fair fits everyone with plenty of breathing room and that’s like 100+ tables or something crazy like that

if i had to make a guess i would say that we usually have somewhere between 50 and 75 artists and at least 10 vendors - people are guessing maybe 100 artists and 15 vendors for 2015, which will more than fit even with registration taking up a fair portion of the field house for lines

idk, it’s just hard to imagine that they wont have the space in the field house given what our numbers have been like in the past and an attendance that is unlikely to get much over 4k (given that 2014 is estimated around 3k, with a +400 over 2013) inside a space that holds seven thousand people

That sounds awesome. I’m interested to see how it goes; might have to come back to campus for Tora Con this year.


In 1979, when the minimum wage was $2.90, a hard-working student with a minimum-wage job could earn enough in one day (8.44 hours) to pay for one academic credit hour. If a standard course load for one semester consisted of maybe 12 credit hours, the semester’s tuition could be covered by just over two weeks of full-time minimum wage work—or a month of part-time work. A summer spent scooping ice cream or flipping burgers could pay for an MSU education. The cost of an MSU credit hour has multiplied since 1979. So has the federal minimum wage. But today, it takes 60 hours of minimum-wage work to pay off a single credit hour, which was priced at $428.75 for the fall semester.

iwriteaboutfeminism:

Saturday morning, over 1,000 people march for justice for Michael Brown. 

August 30th.

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Why not speak, if facts are sufficiently numerous and sufficiently clear, of a certain “spirit” of food, if I may be permitted to use this romantic term? By this I mean that a coherent set of food traits and habits can constitute a complex but homogenous dominant feature useful for defining a general system of tastes and habits. This “spirit” brings together diffent units (such as flavor and substance), forming a composite unit without a single signification. […] I should like to suggest here two very different examples. The ancient Greeks unified in a single (euphoric) notion the ideas of succulence, brightness, and moistness, and they called it yávos. Honey had yávos, and wine was the yávos of the vineyard. […] And here is another example, modern this time. In the United States, the Americans seem to oppose the category of sweet (and we have already seen to how many different varieties of foods this applies) with […] that of crisp or crispyCrisp designates everything that crunches, crackles, grates, sparkles, from potato chips to certain brands of beer; crisp […] may be applied to a product just because it is cold, to another because it is sour, to a third because it is brittle.

 - Contemporary Food Consumption, Roland Barthes

I’m not crazy. This is actually a thing!

I have a mental category of “acid foods”. I’ve been calling it that for lack of a better name because citrus juice is one of the most “central” things in the category. (To list off the common ones: orange or cranberry juice, lemonade, beer, sometimes dried and fresh fruit.) There’s also “savory food” (meat, nuts, cheese, cheese-flavored crackers, potato chips). When I’m making food for myself, I like to eat an acid food and a savory food together - it just tastes better that way for some reason. And I can’t figure out how to explain this to people because they aren’t actual food categories.

Actually, now that I list out all the “acid food”, it’s pretty much all fruit. But the point of pairing it with foods that have a lot of oil or protien in them isn’t that it’s “fruity”, it’s that it’s acid… Like, pears don’t count. But dark chocolate sometimes does, cola does, and alcoholic drinks might depending on what type.

The article is talking about a whole society giving a name to a set of qualities in food that cross boundaries between actual types of food items, and this is just me doing that on my own. But this framework works much better for explaining how I perceive which foods go together than any other I’ve heard of. 


I need to stop forgetting that lying to newcomers is the national sport of Australia. Just told a friend what the study abroad staff had told me about how Australian dollar bills shrink like shrinky dinks in the toaster oven. Then tried to look up pictures online to prove it, and found no trace of it on the internet. Apparently it’s not even a common joke.


In the North American food pattern, the father presides over meat and fish, the mother over milk, vegetables, fruit juices and liver, while adolescents tend to demonstrate their independence by refusing to eat what is good for them.

 - The Problem of Changing Food Habits, Margaret Mead


it is possible to identify various important social psychological characteristics of the American food pattern such as: the role of European peasant conceptions of status which have given an importance to white bread, much sugar, meat every day, and so on; the Puritan tradition of a connection between food which is healthful and food which is disliked, and a tendency in communities with a Puritan tradition to use food for purposes of reward and punishment and tho handle delicious food as the reward for eating healthful, but disliked food; the equally definite Southeastern food pattern in which the emphasis is not upon health and duty but on personal taste and a personal relationship between the eater and his food.

 - The Problem of Changing Food Habits, Margaret Mead

So that’s where the thing about kids thinking the foods they don’t like are the healthy ones comes from!


kilosophy:

huffingtonpost:

Matt Damon Does Ice Bucket Challenge With Toilet Water For 800 Million Without Clean H2O

Matt Damon was conflicted when friends Jimmy Kimmel and Ben Affleck called on him to complete the ALS ice bucket challenge.

Find out who Damon challenges here. 

Matt Damon. Very nice.



nateswinehart:

Being good to each other is so important, guys.

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aurasama:

I would just like to point out something about that Two Mothers photoset I reblogged just now, because the comments are apparently full of people yelling about racism. Yes. PoC representation is something that we definitely don’t have much in my country. This is a small place, our independent history is not even 100 years at this point, and we were very closed off from the rest of the world for a long time. New ideas and idealogies still do travel slowly here - we are slow to adapt to change as the result of our history. I’m not trying to make excuses for the apparent racism that exists in our society just like it exists in bigger countries like the US, but there are important differences you must recognize. First of all, the percentage of people of other than Finnish origin is relatively small. There are no official statistics of different ethnic groups in Finland, but Wikipedia yields some figures at least - there were some 200 000 people in 2008 who were born outside of Finland, and 190 000 people who spoke a language other than Finnish, Swedish or Sámi as their mother tongue. Out of these, a large majority comes from neighbouring countries - Sweden, Russia, Estonia, which means a great part of our non-native population comes from other “white” countries and consists of white people. Of course we have people of different colours and ethnicities here too, but the percentage is much lower than what it is in the US or the UK. Please consider that in your calculations; it’s also possible the photographer was simply not contacted by any non-white f/f couples. It’s also possible that she is just simply racist, that’s not impossible either.

But I do wish people would stop trying to apply American demographics to a country of only five million people. Minorities here are extremely small in comparison - just like everything else. So when people request for models to photograph, the answers might just not yield any results from underrepresented groups no matter how much the photographer might wish that. I’m not trying to defend the fact that we do not have more PoC represented here, it is a real problem that needs to be addressed and called out, but the PoC same-sex couples or mixed white/non-white couples might also not feel comfortable enough to take part in projects like these in a small, racist country and add homophobia to already existing oppression they meet here everyday. Thank you.

Thank you for making this very good point. It’s saddening how often social justice tumblr tries to apply US standards to other countries.

(I hope you don’t mind me linking the photoset that it’s about. Linked to the original in case OP didn’t link it to avoid getting replies on her blog.)


maryrobinette:

gehayi:

youmightbeamisogynist:

naamahdarling:

mythosidhe:

Although I have to point out that there was a piece of speculative science fiction called The Blazing World published by one Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1666, slightly predating Mary Shelley.

This is the thing. Women have been doing awesome shit since there was awesome shit to do, we’ve BEEN THERE, if anyone bothered to look.

Oh, they looked. And then maliciously and willfully erased us from the books to keep anyone else from “getting ideas.”

Hell, the first named author in history? Enheduanna, a Sumerian high priestess, poet and lyricist. She’s known as the Shakespeare of Sumerian literature.

The first American mystery novel was written by Metta Victoria Fuller Victor, as well as the first dime novel, and the first crime novel..

maryrobinette:

gehayi:

youmightbeamisogynist:

naamahdarling:

mythosidhe:

Although I have to point out that there was a piece of speculative science fiction called The Blazing World published by one Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1666, slightly predating Mary Shelley.

This is the thing. Women have been doing awesome shit since there was awesome shit to do, we’ve BEEN THERE, if anyone bothered to look.

Oh, they looked. And then maliciously and willfully erased us from the books to keep anyone else from “getting ideas.”

Hell, the first named author in history? Enheduanna, a Sumerian high priestess, poet and lyricist. She’s known as the Shakespeare of Sumerian literature.

The first American mystery novel was written by Metta Victoria Fuller Victor, as well as the first dime novel, and the first crime novel..

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kilosophy:

socialjusticekoolaid:

What they won’t show you on CNN tonight: Ferguson residents line a parade of roses down W Florissant, leading to where Mike Brown was taken from this world. #staywoke #powerful #insolidarity 

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