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ghostflo:

suthrnblakbear:

Texas Rangers player Prince Fielder from ESPN’s upcoming 2014 Body Issue. Daaaaaamn!

damn i need to watch more baseball i guess

Let’s take this moment to talk about how you can be a professional athlete, at your physical prime, and still not look like the models. Oh, but you still look sexy and excellent. And that has nothing to do with weight, mass, or body type. 

america-wakiewakie:

"How large is America’s prison problem? More than 2.4 million people are behind bars in the United States today, either awaiting trial or serving a sentence. That’s more than the combined population of 15 states, all but three U.S. cities, and the U.S. armed forces. They’re scattered throughout a constellation of 102 federal prisons, 1,719 state prisons, 2,259 juvenile facilities, 3,283 local jails, and many more military, immigration, territorial, and Indian Countryfacilities.”
— The Leader of the Unfree World | The Atlantic 

That’s 2.4 million people in our country, people we need to care about RIGHT NOW.

america-wakiewakie:

"How large is America’s prison problem? More than 2.4 million people are behind bars in the United States today, either awaiting trial or serving a sentence. That’s more than the combined population of 15 states, all but three U.S. cities, and the U.S. armed forces. They’re scattered throughout a constellation of 102 federal prisons, 1,719 state prisons, 2,259 juvenile facilities, 3,283 local jails, and many more military, immigration, territorial, and Indian Countryfacilities.”

— The Leader of the Unfree World | The Atlantic 

That’s 2.4 million people in our country, people we need to care about RIGHT NOW.

whitehouse:

This week, President Obama signed an Executive Order that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against their employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Note:  In a historic first a bisexual community leader, Faith Cheltenham president of BiNet USA (right hand side, blue dress) was asked to stand with the president at the event.  You can read her personal story + watch a video of Workplace Discrimination Faced By Bisexual + Other LGBT Workers.  

On Friday, join a conversation on the new Executive Order and steps the President has taken to expand opportunity for the LGBT community. Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, will host for a Tumblr Q&A this Friday, July 25 at 1pm ET.
Right now, you can ask your questions here on the White House Tumblr, and Valerie Jarrett will answer a bunch on Friday, July 25 at 1pm ET.

Usually I am not a big fan of executive orders, but this one is actually great because
It protects human rights that Congress has not been able to. From the founding, Congress was seen as a fallible political group to at whim with tyranny of the majority. Normally such an argument would make me recoil, but I think that in this case (such as the case of freedom of speech, against searches, etc.) Congress has fallen too behind and it is necessary for action to be taken. Of course, it would have been much better for the Supreme Court to do this, not the president (as the executive branch has a history of human rights violations, and an executive order is a powerful tool only for the length of one’s presidency)
President Obama is totally in his right to make this law happen, though, as it applies to federal contractors, people the government employs. The government can set its own rules for whom they hire. That is reasonable.

whitehouse:

This week, President Obama signed an Executive Order that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against their employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Note:  In a historic first a bisexual community leader, Faith Cheltenham president of BiNet USA (right hand side, blue dress) was asked to stand with the president at the event.  You can read her personal story + watch a video of Workplace Discrimination Faced By Bisexual + Other LGBT Workers.  

On Friday, join a conversation on the new Executive Order and steps the President has taken to expand opportunity for the LGBT community. Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, will host for a Tumblr Q&A this Friday, July 25 at 1pm ET.

Right now, you can ask your questions here on the White House Tumblr, and Valerie Jarrett will answer a bunch on Friday, July 25 at 1pm ET.

Usually I am not a big fan of executive orders, but this one is actually great because

  1. It protects human rights that Congress has not been able to. From the founding, Congress was seen as a fallible political group to at whim with tyranny of the majority. Normally such an argument would make me recoil, but I think that in this case (such as the case of freedom of speech, against searches, etc.) Congress has fallen too behind and it is necessary for action to be taken. Of course, it would have been much better for the Supreme Court to do this, not the president (as the executive branch has a history of human rights violations, and an executive order is a powerful tool only for the length of one’s presidency)
  2. President Obama is totally in his right to make this law happen, though, as it applies to federal contractors, people the government employs. The government can set its own rules for whom they hire. That is reasonable.
mapsontheweb:

Legality of Marital Rape

A map should also be included with the year that marital rape was criminalized. For the US, it was 1993. Why? Why is the common sense idea that a wife does not deserve to be raped still not recognized in so many places, by roughly half the world’s population (and growing)? Because women are seen as men’s property. Still. And we cannot get away from that truth.

mapsontheweb:

Legality of Marital Rape

A map should also be included with the year that marital rape was criminalized. For the US, it was 1993.

Why? Why is the common sense idea that a wife does not deserve to be raped still not recognized in so many places, by roughly half the world’s population (and growing)? Because women are seen as men’s property. Still. And we cannot get away from that truth.

Chivalry is literally an idea that came out of knights in the middle ages looting, killing, and raping for their “lords” who were slavemasters of “their” particular lands

Chivalry is dead and it better stay that way

descentintotyranny:

UN shelter in Gaza ‘struck by Israeli shells’ 
Gaza health ministry says bombardment killed at least 15 people and injured 200 in a UN-run school in Beit Hanoun.
July 24 2014
At least 15 people have been reported killed and 150 injured in the bombardment of a UN school in northern Gaza used to shelter civilians from fierce clashes on the streets outside.
Al Jazeera’s correspondent Nicole Johnston, reporting from Gaza, said the school in Beit Hanoun came under fire on Thursday. 
The Gaza health ministry told the Reuters news agency that Israeli fire had killed at least 15, and 150 injured.
An Israeli military source however told Al Jazeera that Palestinian rocket fire had been detected in the area and that it might have fallen short and hit the shelter.
Al Jazeera’s correspondent Stefanie Dekker said that she was unable to reach the school after the attack due to heavy Israeli shelling. No one she had spoken to in Gaza believed the deaths were caused by a Palestinian rocket.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Chris Gunness, the spokesman for UNRWA, the UN’s humanitarian organisation in Gaza, said his organisation had been in contact with Israeli forces as fighting closed in on the shelter.
"We gave the Israelis the precise GPS coordinates of the Beit Hanoun shelter. We were trying to coordinate a window [for evacuation] and that was never granted,” he said.

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descentintotyranny:

UN shelter in Gaza ‘struck by Israeli shells’

Gaza health ministry says bombardment killed at least 15 people and injured 200 in a UN-run school in Beit Hanoun.

July 24 2014

At least 15 people have been reported killed and 150 injured in the bombardment of a UN school in northern Gaza used to shelter civilians from fierce clashes on the streets outside.

Al Jazeera’s correspondent Nicole Johnston, reporting from Gaza, said the school in Beit Hanoun came under fire on Thursday. 

The Gaza health ministry told the Reuters news agency that Israeli fire had killed at least 15, and 150 injured.

An Israeli military source however told Al Jazeera that Palestinian rocket fire had been detected in the area and that it might have fallen short and hit the shelter.

Al Jazeera’s correspondent Stefanie Dekker said that she was unable to reach the school after the attack due to heavy Israeli shelling. No one she had spoken to in Gaza believed the deaths were caused by a Palestinian rocket.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Chris Gunness, the spokesman for UNRWA, the UN’s humanitarian organisation in Gaza, said his organisation had been in contact with Israeli forces as fighting closed in on the shelter.

"We gave the Israelis the precise GPS coordinates of the Beit Hanoun shelter. We were trying to coordinate a window [for evacuation] and that was never granted,” he said.