The Blue Gaze of an Obscenely Wealthy Infant

buzzfeed:

Someone photoshopped Aziz Ansari’s face onto these classic rap albums and it’s absolutely glorious.

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yung-pali:

Portraits of Afro-Palestinians from Jerusalem and Jericho 

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rhrealitycheck:

A 7-year-old girl named Tiana Parker was recently sent home from Deborah Brown Community School, the charter school she attends in Tulsa, Oklahoma, because of her hair. Tiana has dreadlocks and dress code states that “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable.”Natural hair is not a fad.
Tell the school’s sponsor, Langston University, that the Deborah Brown Community School must apologize and change their dress code.

rhrealitycheck:

A 7-year-old girl named Tiana Parker was recently sent home from Deborah Brown Community School, the charter school she attends in Tulsa, Oklahoma, because of her hair. Tiana has dreadlocks and dress code states that “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable.”

Natural hair is not a fad.

Tell the school’s sponsor, Langston University, that the Deborah Brown Community School must apologize and change their dress code.

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Is it political if I tell you that if we burn coal, you’re going to warm the atmosphere? Or is that a statement of fact that you’ve made political? It’s a scientific statement. The fact that there are elements of society that have made it political, that’s a whole other thing.
- Neil deGrasse Tyson (via socio-logic)
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freshphotons:

Happy 420. Signal transduction involving endogenous cannabinoid neurotransmitter anandamide and the fatty acid amide hydrolase.

freshphotons:

Happy 420. Signal transduction involving endogenous cannabinoid neurotransmitter anandamide and the fatty acid amide hydrolase.

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hallowkorg:

WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS GIF IVE BEEN STARING AT IT FOR LIK E 10 MINUETS AND IT KEEPS SHOWING UP ON MY DASH. WHAT THE FUCK. HOW THE FUCK. THIS IUS FUCKED UP. THIS IS FUCKING ME UP

hallowkorg:

WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS GIF IVE BEEN STARING AT IT FOR LIK E 10 MINUETS AND IT KEEPS SHOWING UP ON MY DASH. WHAT THE FUCK. HOW THE FUCK. THIS IUS FUCKED UP. THIS IS FUCKING ME UP

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river-temz asked: No offense to the individual travelling to Nairobi, but those service trips to Africa, are not leaving any long-term benefits or sustainable attributes to a poverty stricken region. A school will not feed any child for 50+ years and bring economy and wealth to the area where it's needed. But go ahead and build your school,would look great on your Résumé. Because I've argued with an ignorant ass racist that told me he built a school in Ethiopia, so I had to give him a pat on the back.

rlossehelin:

whitepeoplesaidwhat:

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One could say something similar happens in Latin America, or at least Paraguay. I have to admit I met some nice people doing an exchange in the countryside that at least learned our local languages and stuff… but then I met others that only smoked pod all the time. And they have the tendency to make joke of completely inappropriate stuff. For example… whenever there is a blond child in the street, there are called Peace Corps’s kids. Because in some cases they are, because Peace Corp guys come, find a pretty girl and they have a short romance with an “exotic girl” and then they leave but they leave a “remembrance” behind. If I am not mistaken, single mothers are one of the most common form of families in this country, and guys abandoning their families is a national problem. This country is very chauvinistic still and a girl is usually blamed for “letting herself become pregnant” and weird shit like that. 

One day I remember hearing one Peace Corp guy saying that he wanted to “improve the race” by sleeping with a local girl. Sadly, I could only look at him disapprovingly and nothing useful came to mind. Then he said it was “just a joke”. No, dude, it is not a joke. The fact that he was white and thought that he could improve the other “race” was not something he came up on his own. Locally many people think that it is true, that one can improve by “mixing” with a wither person.

Apart from that… those who come with religion in their mind aren’t always bad… but the big issue is that if they go to the local indigenous communities then one can’t expect that these missionaries will respect the local belief and traditions of these communities.  A couple of years ago, a Spanish priest - that usually does a fantastic job taking care of ill and dying people - wrote in a newspaper about the guaranies and the “Land without evil”. The idea of the Land without evil is an utopia, a land the guaranies have been looking for ages and it is believed that is that what made them nomads. Well… this priest wrote that the guaranies found that land without evil the day they met the Spanish people, that brought Christ with them. The problem is, as you may know, that religion wasn’t the only thing the Spanish brought with them. Nope, they brought disease, slavery, torture, etc. I don’t need to expand on this, it is known.  I was not pleasantly surprised to find out that Spanish institution still send and support nouns and priest with the intention of convert indigenous people to a foreign religion. If someone wants to convert to a religion then it’s fine. The problem, I think, is that indigenous are still not respected or seen as capable and in some cases as people, at all. Their religion or traditions are not seen as valid. Therefore, I think that is not right to try and convert them if they have barely have time to recover their identities, specially after the dictatorship in the 70’s. I know that some priests have helped some indigenous people a great deal, by writing the language down and protecting them from Bandeirantes, but in many cases these interactions don’t seem to be so favorable for indigenous people. I mean, equating the Fire god to the devil…  what is that? I think it erases cultural diversity.

Also about projects and donations… there are so many machines that were donated to the University that only went there to rot. Because, surprise!, no one knew how to use them.  

Maybe it would be better to send locals to learn something outside, but maybe, just maybe, we should start looking at this South-South collaboration idea more seriously.

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thepeoplesrecord:

Gentrification report proposes bold solutions to stop displacement in OaklandApril 20, 2014
Last week Causa Justa::Just Cause (CJJC) released a report titled Development Without Displacement: Resisting Gentrification in the Bay Area. The 112-page document, prepared in collaboration with the Alameda County Public Health Department, goes beyond describing the public health implications of gentrification to proposing steps that cities like Oakland can take to stop displacement of historic residents.

Six key principles create a framework for the report’s policy recommendations:
Baseline protections for vulnerable residents
Production and preservation of affordable housing
Stabilization of existing communities
Non-market based approaches to housing and community development
Displacement prevention as a regional priority
Planning as a participatory process

“Because gentrification is an issue that crosses various different kinds of aspects, you actually do need a variety of policy strategies,” said Maria Zamudio, San Francisco Housing Rights Organizer with CJJC.  “There is no silver bullet to take on the housing crisis.”
The report classifies neighborhoods by their place on a spectrum of gentrification. “Gentrification in different neighborhoods is in different stages, so the need for policy interventions is different,” she said.
The report lays out proposed policies, including just cause eviction ordinances, proactive code enforcement to make sure current affordable housing stock is maintained, inclusive zoning that mandates affordable housing be part of development projects, and community trainings to encourage resident participation in planning processes. A proposed community health impact analysis of new projects would be designed to help cities like Oakland welcome much-needed development while mitigating displacement.
The report advocates against the market-driven planning process that is the norm in cities throughout the Bay Area. Instead, it suggests, cities should invest in affordable housing through Community Land Trusts and Limited Equity Housing Co-Ops and levy taxes aimed at making real estate speculation less attractive to investors.“Right of first refusal” and “reparation and return” policies would allow residents displaced by habitability issues or urban renewal the opportunity to return to their former homes. A “No Net Loss” policy would “require all affordable units lost through renovation, conversion, or demolition be replaced within the same neighborhood if possible and within the same city at a minimum.” Public data on civic investment and demographic changes by neighborhood would highlight areas of  neglect and displacement where resources are most needed.
“Policy fights need to be organizing opportunities,” said Zamudio, highlighting another recommendation:  to bring affected communities into the process of preventing their own displacement. “Our policies are never going to be visionary enough to take on the problem,” she said, without input from “the most impacted residents of neighborhoods” experiencing gentrification.
Some of the proposals in the report are already being implemented in other cities. San Francisco is listed as a model for a number of the proposals. Yet displacement is, if anything, a bigger problem in that city than in Oakland. “We’re seeing a compounding of impacts,” said Zamudio. “Planning by the city has been in line with changes that the speculative market wants.” She noted that demographic shifts, as working class residents are pushed out, compound the problem by raising the median income and, with it, the threshold for affordable housing. “The income of the city is unbalanced,” she said, which leads to increasing challenges in finding housing affordable to working class residents.
Full article

thepeoplesrecord:

Gentrification report proposes bold solutions to stop displacement in Oakland
April 20, 2014

Last week Causa Justa::Just Cause (CJJC) released a report titled Development Without Displacement: Resisting Gentrification in the Bay Area. The 112-page document, prepared in collaboration with the Alameda County Public Health Department, goes beyond describing the public health implications of gentrification to proposing steps that cities like Oakland can take to stop displacement of historic residents.

Six key principles create a framework for the report’s policy recommendations:

  1. Baseline protections for vulnerable residents
  2. Production and preservation of affordable housing
  3. Stabilization of existing communities
  4. Non-market based approaches to housing and community development
  5. Displacement prevention as a regional priority
  6. Planning as a participatory process

“Because gentrification is an issue that crosses various different kinds of aspects, you actually do need a variety of policy strategies,” said Maria Zamudio, San Francisco Housing Rights Organizer with CJJC.  “There is no silver bullet to take on the housing crisis.”

The report classifies neighborhoods by their place on a spectrum of gentrification. “Gentrification in different neighborhoods is in different stages, so the need for policy interventions is different,” she said.

The report lays out proposed policies, including just cause eviction ordinances, proactive code enforcement to make sure current affordable housing stock is maintained, inclusive zoning that mandates affordable housing be part of development projects, and community trainings to encourage resident participation in planning processes. A proposed community health impact analysis of new projects would be designed to help cities like Oakland welcome much-needed development while mitigating displacement.

The report advocates against the market-driven planning process that is the norm in cities throughout the Bay Area. Instead, it suggests, cities should invest in affordable housing through Community Land Trusts and Limited Equity Housing Co-Ops and levy taxes aimed at making real estate speculation less attractive to investors.“Right of first refusal” and “reparation and return” policies would allow residents displaced by habitability issues or urban renewal the opportunity to return to their former homes. A “No Net Loss” policy would “require all affordable units lost through renovation, conversion, or demolition be replaced within the same neighborhood if possible and within the same city at a minimum.” Public data on civic investment and demographic changes by neighborhood would highlight areas of  neglect and displacement where resources are most needed.

“Policy fights need to be organizing opportunities,” said Zamudio, highlighting another recommendation:  to bring affected communities into the process of preventing their own displacement. “Our policies are never going to be visionary enough to take on the problem,” she said, without input from “the most impacted residents of neighborhoods” experiencing gentrification.

Some of the proposals in the report are already being implemented in other cities. San Francisco is listed as a model for a number of the proposals. Yet displacement is, if anything, a bigger problem in that city than in Oakland. “We’re seeing a compounding of impacts,” said Zamudio. “Planning by the city has been in line with changes that the speculative market wants.” She noted that demographic shifts, as working class residents are pushed out, compound the problem by raising the median income and, with it, the threshold for affordable housing. “The income of the city is unbalanced,” she said, which leads to increasing challenges in finding housing affordable to working class residents.

Full article

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stillchrisbrownjet:

descentintotyranny:

LAPD Officers Removed Antennas from Police Cars in Black Areas to Disable Recording Devices
Apr. 8 2014
Los Angeles police officers removed antennas from police cars in several predominantly Black neighborhoods to disable the recording equipment and avoid being monitored while on duty, according to an inspection by LAPD investigators.
The department review found about half of the 80 cars in the Southeast division—which includes Watts and the Jordan Downs and Nickerson Gardens housing projects—were missing the antennas that help capture what officers say in the field. The review discovered at least 10 more cars in nearby divisions also had antennas removed.
Members of the Police Commission, which oversees the department, said they were alarmed by both the actions of the officers and the failure of the department to reveal their actions when they were first detected.
“On an issue like this, we need to be brought in right away,” commission President Steve Soboroff told the Los Angeles Times. “This equipment is for the protection of the public and of the officers. To have people who don’t like the rules to take it upon themselves to do something like this is very troubling.”
But LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the department did not purposely try to hide the matter from the commission and pointed out that he has always been a strong advocate of the recording devices. LAPD officials decided it would be futile to try to figure out which officers were responsible for removing the antennas, since so many of them use the cars during their shifts. Instead the department warned officers about removing the antennas and put checks in place to account for the equipment at the start and end of each patrol shift.
One of the main reasons a federal judge agreed to lift the Department of Justice’s oversight of the notoriously corrupt LAPD last year, after more than a decade, was because of safeguards such as the cameras.
The cameras turn on automatically whenever an officer activates the car’s emergency lights and sirens or can be activated manually. They are used to record traffic stops and other encounters that occur in front of the vehicle.
 In addition, officers wear small transmitters on their belts that relay their voices back to the antennas in the patrol car. Sgt. Dan Gomez, a department expert on recording devices, told the Times that regardless of whether they are in front of the camera, officers’ voices can be recorded hundreds of yards away from the car—but that distance is severely curtailed by as much as a third without the antennas.

and this is why the lapd is the most hated, they dirty.

Police Brutality is real, people. 

srirachaboune:

stillchrisbrownjet:

descentintotyranny:

LAPD Officers Removed Antennas from Police Cars in Black Areas to Disable Recording Devices

Apr. 8 2014

Los Angeles police officers removed antennas from police cars in several predominantly Black neighborhoods to disable the recording equipment and avoid being monitored while on duty, according to an inspection by LAPD investigators.

The department review found about half of the 80 cars in the Southeast division—which includes Watts and the Jordan Downs and Nickerson Gardens housing projects—were missing the antennas that help capture what officers say in the field. The review discovered at least 10 more cars in nearby divisions also had antennas removed.

Members of the Police Commission, which oversees the department, said they were alarmed by both the actions of the officers and the failure of the department to reveal their actions when they were first detected.

“On an issue like this, we need to be brought in right away,” commission President Steve Soboroff told the Los Angeles Times. “This equipment is for the protection of the public and of the officers. To have people who don’t like the rules to take it upon themselves to do something like this is very troubling.”

But LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the department did not purposely try to hide the matter from the commission and pointed out that he has always been a strong advocate of the recording devices. LAPD officials decided it would be futile to try to figure out which officers were responsible for removing the antennas, since so many of them use the cars during their shifts. Instead the department warned officers about removing the antennas and put checks in place to account for the equipment at the start and end of each patrol shift.

One of the main reasons a federal judge agreed to lift the Department of Justice’s oversight of the notoriously corrupt LAPD last year, after more than a decade, was because of safeguards such as the cameras.

The cameras turn on automatically whenever an officer activates the car’s emergency lights and sirens or can be activated manually. They are used to record traffic stops and other encounters that occur in front of the vehicle.

In addition, officers wear small transmitters on their belts that relay their voices back to the antennas in the patrol car. Sgt. Dan Gomez, a department expert on recording devices, told the Times that regardless of whether they are in front of the camera, officers’ voices can be recorded hundreds of yards away from the car—but that distance is severely curtailed by as much as a third without the antennas.

and this is why the lapd is the most hated, they dirty.

Police Brutality is real, people. 

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momo33me:

Allah Akbar (God is Great) is written inside the Aqsa Mosque using the tear gas and stun grenades that were shot at the Muslim worshippers this morning as the Christian World celebrated Easter Sunday!

momo33me:

Allah Akbar (God is Great) is written inside the Aqsa Mosque using the tear gas and stun grenades that were shot at the Muslim worshippers this morning as the Christian World celebrated Easter Sunday!

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