An Endless War

I am the One True Dave, your white friend. Now when you call white people out for something and one of us inevitably snivels about it you can just tell them "My white friend Dave says it's okay."

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Gunmen in Brazil Caught on Video Shooting at Indigenous Guarani

Hired gunmen firing at Guarani in Brazil were filmed recently by the indigenous people who are continuing their struggle to regain stolen territory.

We praise people for being “naturally” smart, too, “naturally” athletic, and etc. But studies continue to show, as they have for some time now, that it is generally healthier to praise schoolchildren for being hardworking, than for being naturally gifted. We know now that to emphasize a child’s inherent ability places pressure on that child to continue to be accidentally talented, which is something that is hard for anyone to control. When the children who are applauded for their natural skills fail, they are shown to take the failure very personally. After all, the process of their success has always seemed mysterious and basic and inseparable from the rest of their identity, so it must be they who are failing as whole people. When students are instead complimented and rewarded for their effort and improvement, they tend to not be so hard on themselves. When they fail, they reason, “Well, I’ll work harder next time.” They learn that they are capable of success, rather than constantly automatically deserving of it, and they learn simultaneously that they are bigger and more complex than their individual successes or failures.

Kate of Eat the Damn Cake, The Stupidity of “Natural” Beauty (via theimperfectascent)

I lost whole years of my life to self-loathing and self-sabotaging because I couldn’t sustain being ‘gifted’.  Don’t make the same mistake.

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Take the guesswork out of eating chocolate bunnies’ heads. Get the chocolate bunny guillotine.

"You have stolen painted eggs in a time of famine… Off with their head, Frank."

Happy Easter, folks.



This sign seems harmless enough. But it’s part of a scheme by an anti-choice crisis pregnancy center (CPC) to trick women seeking abortion services. Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) pose as legitimate reproductive health centers. They have a track record of outright lying to women and work to dissuade people from exercising the right to choose.

Here’s what happening: this particular CPC sits right next to a legitimate abortion clinic (called EMW). That’s one way they cause confusion. Check out the “parking permit” gimmick. That’s how the CPC is luring women to the parking lot and getting them to come inside for a parking permit. Once a woman goes into a CPC, an anti-choice volunteer may try to get the woman to miss her appointment or use shame or scare tactics to pressure the woman not to access abortion.

So wrong.

I have said it before and I will say it again: if you have to resort to deceit to fight for your cause, your cause is not worth fighting for.

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Fox News Host: Poor Neighborhoods Deserve Gentrification Because They Smell Bad

A Fox News guest host this week argued that it was good for rich people to gentrify poorer neighborhoods because they were “ratty” and smelled bad.

Tom Shillue, a comedian who was filling in for regular Red Eye host Greg Gutfeld on Tuesday, noted that New York City was “no longer the dangerous hell hole” because Chase Bank was able to replace a deli that opened in 1954, and a favorite family-owned pizzeria had been turned into a Verizon Wireless store.

"This thing with the gentrification, I’ve been hearing about this my whole life, you saw those pictures, those old places looked ratty and they stunk," Shillue told the panel. "Now, they made room for the new… Wouldn’t these mom & pop stores be around if these whiners would go buy the mom & pop merchandise?"

The host asked Miss New York USA 2013 Joanne Nosuchinsky if she agreed that New York’s strategy should be “out with the old, make way for the new.”

"I mean, you were Miss USA New York, right? And now they have a newer, younger prettier one," he pointed out.

Nosuchinsky speculated that younger Americans were to blame for gentrification because millennials only wanted to shop at chain stores.

"Isn’t it telling that the people who are against this kind gentrification, the ones who don’t want any change are often people on the left?" Shillue asked. "But right-wing people, who are supposed to be conservative — like, you know, they are resistant to change — we are the ones who are saying, let it change!"

It’s easy to say “let it change” when it’s not your culture, your community, your history being erased. The “culture” of wealthy, boring white men isn’t being deleted by gentrification. It’s people of color, poor and working class people, queer people, immigrants and the children and grandchildren of immigrants who are being erased. It’s our ways of life that are being repackaged and sold as overpriced trends to “New Urban” hipsters, not those of conservatives. The only time conservatives support change is when marginalized people are erased by it. This eagerness for gentrification is just further proof. 

And also using a little misogyny in his argument. I’m sure he’d throw some racism in the mix, too, if he could have done so subtly enough to later deny.

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Congratulations to Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy they are celebrating yet another year of extraordinary success.For the fifth year in a row, all 240 seniors at the all-African-American-male high school have earned acceptance letters into a four-year college or university!!!!!

On Tuesday, the Class of 2014 celebrated their  momentous occasion during a traditional ceremony where they exchanged their red uniform ties for a red-and-gold striped tie - a tradition done in observance of their achievement. 

“The tie represents to me moving on from a boy to becoming a young man and actually doing something with my life,” graduating senior Dumar Harris told NBC Chicago. The mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel attended the ceremony Tuesday to give the students a few encouraging words. Dwayne Wade has also donated $10,000 through his foundation, Wade’s World.

Yearly Chicago events I can’t wait for.

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An undeniably large part of what keeps poverty going is the fact that there are people who think that if they vote with the rich they’ll somehow magically become the rich. The trouble is, rich people don’t vote. They own.

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oh my fucking god

huge fucking trigger warning but oh my god

shots. fucking. fired.

this is brilliant. everyone needs to see this

Sadly, disgustingly realistic gameplay.