gomer21xx:

shelbyxbwns:

My Christian mom has a master’s degree and she could kick the literary shit out of you. 

My Christian girlfriend would like to have a word with you.

You know how if you can’t point to the lunatic in your own group its probably you? I’m pointing at Onision. That group being atheists, as I’m certainly not a vegan.
This sort of thought process isn’t helpful on multiple levels. It’s alienating and hateful on the one, but it also misunderstands the nature of religion and its ties to cognitive dissonance. Incredibly bright people routinely believe in very silly and nonsensical things: faeries, lucky charms, all manner of spiritualism and magic, conspiracy theories, religion, Ayn Rand, etc. 
To conflate it with a lack of intelligence is to willfully ignore much of its potency and power. 

gomer21xx:

shelbyxbwns:

My Christian mom has a master’s degree and she could kick the literary shit out of you. 

My Christian girlfriend would like to have a word with you.

You know how if you can’t point to the lunatic in your own group its probably you? I’m pointing at Onision. That group being atheists, as I’m certainly not a vegan.

This sort of thought process isn’t helpful on multiple levels. It’s alienating and hateful on the one, but it also misunderstands the nature of religion and its ties to cognitive dissonance. Incredibly bright people routinely believe in very silly and nonsensical things: faeries, lucky charms, all manner of spiritualism and magic, conspiracy theories, religion, Ayn Rand, etc. 

To conflate it with a lack of intelligence is to willfully ignore much of its potency and power. 

When The Media Treats White Suspects And Killers Better Than Black Victicms.

curvesincolor:

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via The Huffington Post.

The pattern is pretty clear because it’s the same impulse in each. The headlines are designed to soothe the worries of the public. The narritive reads like this:The school shooter, the white male on a rampage, is an aberration, something unpredictable and terrifying but ultimately unpreventable. “There’s no way we could have known, and certainly no way we could stop it, so why discuss policy changes around guns, early warnings, social attitudes, etc.”

The other side of the coin says “don’t worry about it, the victim wasn’t “innocent” or any such thing, so don’t discuss policy changes around institutional racism, police brutality, use of force and the exploitation of the poor and disenfranchised.” 

There’s one message here: It isn’t possible to change things for the better, just live with it. Accept it.

edwardspoonhands:

liamdryden:

ohitsjustkim:

swolemamba:

robregal:

white-people-be-like:

When will they learn

This shit ain’t funny at all. I don’t know why these white dudes think it’s okay to walk up to people, blatantly insult them, then think nothing should happen. Then people look at the Black folks in the vids like THEY’RE wrong.

I don’t see how this is a prank…if getting punched is a prank then Manny pacquiao is the funniest man on the planet

surely a prank is supposed to make everyone laugh when it’s over. even the victim? regardless of what these twats are labelling it as, these poor lads still go home having experienced yet another racist verbal attack on them when they were just innocently living their lives.

fuckin dickwads.

do we REALLY expect anything less idiotic from something called BROPRANKSTV though

You can flag their channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/BroPranksTV/about (you have to be logged in to YouTube.)

The little flag in the bottom left. Flag them for “hate speech against a protected group” and unfortunately not also “Just being a complete asshole.”

Also, please don’t watch any of their videos…that will just get them more views and revenue.

I’ve seen awesome pranks before.

I’ve seen a guy be given a car rigged out with bond-esq gadgets that started going off while going through German customs.

I’ve seen a team of people materialize a fancy dinner layout out of nowhere for people on the street. 

I’ve seen a guy get convinced that the Porche he just bought was made from paper mache’ and riding lawnmower parts.

I’ve heard William Shatner recount how he stole Deforest Kelly’s English muffin out of the toaster every day for the entire run of Star Trek

Every photo in the house replaced by Nicholas Cage? Prank. Everything in the apartment wrapped in tin-foil? Prank. Fucking Rick-Rolling? Prank. Come out of your house and there’s just a mime there for no reason? Prank. Come out of your house and Nicholas Cage is wrapped in tin foil there there for no reason? EPIC PRANK.

This is punks saying racist shit to people to make them angry and then screaming ‘it’s just a joke.’ Well, if it’s a joke, its a shitty joke. Every beating these assholes get is deserved. 

breenewsome:

Turning point in #Ferguson? Police drew guns on Hip Hop artist/activist Talib Kweli & others, threatened to shoot last night. (Above) Kweli observes police were in rush formation BEFORE the water bottle was thrown at them. Major questions being raised about identity of individual who threw water bottle— possibly an agent provocateur, someone working for police to either invite riot or provide “justification” for police to assault a peaceful protest. (Left) Activist Phil Agnew, who is in Ferguson, says protesters are being depicted inaccurately. (Below) Example of an agent provocateur: notice the protester being tackled to the ground by police is wearing the EXACT SAME SHOES the police in uniform are wearing (?!?!) #mikebrown 

breenewsome:

Turning point in #Ferguson? Police drew guns on Hip Hop artist/activist Talib Kweli & others, threatened to shoot last night. (Above) Kweli observes police were in rush formation BEFORE the water bottle was thrown at them. Major questions being raised about identity of individual who threw water bottle— possibly an agent provocateur, someone working for police to either invite riot or provide “justification” for police to assault a peaceful protest. (Left) Activist Phil Agnew, who is in Ferguson, says protesters are being depicted inaccurately. (Below) Example of an agent provocateur: notice the protester being tackled to the ground by police is wearing the EXACT SAME SHOES the police in uniform are wearing (?!?!) #mikebrown 

ethiopienne:

dragonheartedrabbit:

Going on right now in Ferguson: Police are raiding a church that has been stocked with medical supplies, food, and tear gas recovery kits for community members engaging in protests. This cannot be allowed to continue.

Stand up, speak out. 

This is real life. (x)

wilwheaton:

A police officer in Kansas City, Mo. is facing internal review after he reportedly posted an inflammatory message on Facebook about the slain Ferguson, Mo. teen whose death has led to mounting chaos.
Televison station KCTV reported on Monday that Kansas City Police Department Officer Marc Catron posted a picture to his Facebook page along with this caption: “I’m sure young Michael Brown is innocent and just misunderstood. I’m sure he is a pillar of the Ferguson community.”
The photo depicted a black man with a wad of money in his mouth, pointing a gun at the camera. But the photo wasn’t of Brown at all. It was of a man in Oregon accused of murder.
Catron also reportedly posted about the violence that has erupted in Ferguson since the fatal police shooting. “Remember how white people rioted after OJ’s acquittal? Me neither,” Catron wrote, according to the television station.
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"Facing internal review"? This officer needs to be fired, immediately. Someone who is clearly a racist has no business policing a community.

No, see, when white people riot its because a football program is being threatened by investigations into the rape of children. 

wilwheaton:

A police officer in Kansas City, Mo. is facing internal review after he reportedly posted an inflammatory message on Facebook about the slain Ferguson, Mo. teen whose death has led to mounting chaos.

Televison station KCTV reported on Monday that Kansas City Police Department Officer Marc Catron posted a picture to his Facebook page along with this caption: “I’m sure young Michael Brown is innocent and just misunderstood. I’m sure he is a pillar of the Ferguson community.”

The photo depicted a black man with a wad of money in his mouth, pointing a gun at the camera. But the photo wasn’t of Brown at all. It was of a man in Oregon accused of murder.

Catron also reportedly posted about the violence that has erupted in Ferguson since the fatal police shooting. “Remember how white people rioted after OJ’s acquittal? Me neither,” Catron wrote, according to the television station.

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"Facing internal review"? This officer needs to be fired, immediately. Someone who is clearly a racist has no business policing a community.

No, see, when white people riot its because a football program is being threatened by investigations into the rape of children. 

piddlebucket:

thisiswhiteprivilege:

softboycollective:

TUESDAY 8/19: Ferguson PD presented a table full of fabricated evidence at this morning’s press conference - allegedly seized from protestors and stopped cars. The Colt 45 Molotov with a white bandana was the crowning glory, turns out you can’t even buy glass 40’s in Missouri. Stay classy, FPD

I seriously think white supremacist are coming in the area to frame the protesters, but it could just be the cops

Nah I think that’s exactly what’s going on.

There’s been reports through twitter that white anarchists are using the protests as cover to get violent, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see white supremacists doing the same. 

Or the cops. Given what else has gone down.

The NSA has been forced to disclose previously secret passages in its own official four-volume history of its Cold War snooping activities. The newly-released material reveals the breathtaking – and probably illegal – lengths the agency went to in the late 1960s and 70s, in an attempt to try to hold back the rising tide of anti-Vietnam war sentiment.

That included tapping into the phone calls and cable communications of two serving senators – the Idaho Democrat Frank Church and Howard Baker, a Republican from Tennessee who, puzzlingly, was a firm supporter of the war effort in Vietnam. The NSA also intercepted the foreign communications of prominent journalists such as Tom Wicker of the New York Times and the popular satirical writer for the Washington Post, Art Buchwald.

Ed Pilkington in The Guardian. Declassified NSA files show agency spied on Muhammad Ali and MLK

Operation Minaret set up in 1960s to monitor anti-Vietnam critics, branded ‘disreputable if not outright illegal’ by NSA itself

(via protoslacker)

Ferguson from my TL- August 18th (1/3)

There are a lot of reasons people who aren’t in Ferguson should care about what’s going on there, but the core of it is this: a community is being held hostage at gunpoint for the crime of wanting their grievances to be heard.