1. stfurapeculture:





    Omar Khadr, a sixteen year old Guantanamo Bay detainee weeps uncontrollably, clutching at his face and hair as he calls out for his mother to save him from his torment. “Ya Ummi, Ya Ummi (Oh Mother, Oh Mother),” he wails repeatedly, hauntingly with each breath he takes.

    The surveillance tapes, released by Khadr’s defence, show him left alone in an interrogation room for a “break” after he tried complaining to CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) officers about his poor health due to insufficient medical attention. Ignoring his complaints and trying to get him to make false confessions, the officers get frustrated with the sixteen year old’s tears and tell him to get himself together by the time they come back from their break.

    “You don’t care about me. Nobody cares about me,” he sobs to them.

    The tapes show how the officers manipulated Khadr into thinking that they were helping him because they were also Canadian and how they taunted him with the prospect of home (Canada), (good) food, and familial reunion.

    Khadr, a Canadian, was taken into US custody at the age of fifteen, tortured and refused medical attention because he wouldn’t attest to being a member of Al Qaeda, even though he was shot three times in the chest and had shrapnel embedded in his eyes and right shoulder. As a result, Khadr’s left eye is now permanently blind, the vision in his right eye is deteriorating, he develops severe pain in his right shoulder when the temperature drops, and he suffers from extreme nightmares.

    He has been incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay since 2002, suffering extremely harsh interrogations and torture (methods), and is now 25 years old.

    27 now, and still imprisoned

    i’m in complete shock. i’m so nauseous right now. how is this possible? i don’t know what to do w/ this information. i share it because i can’t imagine that anyone else knows about this. the boy has been incarcerated, tortured, and basically maimed allll w/out a trial. my heart hurts :/


    Omar is no longer in Guantanamo. Left without options, he pled guilty to war crimes so that he’d be given an eight year sentence and be able to transfer to a prison in Canada. He remains in prison there. His story is absolutely heartbreaking. This was a 15 year old boy who has been described as crying out for his mother, who slept holding a Mickey Mouse book one of his captors gave him. A teenager taken from his family, tortured, humiliated, threatened with rape, and falsely imprisoned for 12 years now. You can help Omar by writing to him, donating for his defense, and signing petitions for him. Please visit http://freeomarakhadr.com to learn more.

    (via thisiswhiteprivilege)

  3. micdotcom:

    11 ways to solve rape better than nail polish

    The more we depend on women to prevent rape, the easier it is to blame them when it happens to them. Here’s a look at the well-documented ways we can actually stop rape. Maybe it’s time we invest a little more time and resources into implementing them before we send gallons of nail polish to colleges across the country.

    Read the full list | Follow micdotcom

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  4. Necklaces by RubyRobinBoutique.

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  5. "The less effort it takes to process a factual claim, the more accurate it seems. When we fluidly and frictionlessly absorb a piece of information, one that perhaps snaps neatly onto our existing belief structures, we are filled with a sense of comfort, familiarity, and trust. The information strikes us as credible, and we are more likely to affirm it – whether or not we should."
    — The science of truthiness, which also helps explain the psychology of why we have such a hard time changing our minds, also known as "the backfire effect." The best antidote? Carl Sagan’s timeless Baloney Detection Kit. (via explore-blog)
  6. ipayrenttothedunya:

    Because it needed to be said.

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  7. mylifemychoicesyolo:



    Hey guys,

    A racist exhibition is being shown in London on the 23rd to the 27th of September called “The Human Zoo”. Here’s a section written by the petition’s founder:

    "This piece of work by Brett Bailey has been toured around Europe sparking protests and outrage by anti-racism campaigners. Now it is coming to London, and I’m calling on the Barbican not to display it.

    I’m a Black African mother from Birmingham. I campaign and work with my community to try to breakdown the stereotypes that black people have to struggle against in society on a daily basis. I want my children to grow up in a world where the barbaric things that happened to their ancestors are a thing of the past. We have come a long way since the days of the grotesque human zoo - we should not be taking steps back now.

    If Brett Bailey is trying to make a point about slavery this is not the way to do it. The irony gets lost and it’s not long before the people behind the cage begin to feel like animals trapped in a zoo. One of the actors in his piece said “How do you know we are not entertaining people the same way the human zoos did?”

    Bailey himself sounds unsure as to the impact of this work. In an interview with the Guardian he says: “For all I know, I could look back at Exhibit B in 10 years and say, ‘Oh my God, I am doing exactly what they are accusing me of.”

    Please join me in calling on the Barbican to withdraw the racist Exhibition “Exhibit B- The Human Zoo” from showing at the Barbican”

    Please even if you live in another country please can you sign this petition and get rid of another branch of 21st century racism. Here’s the link to the petition: http://www.change.org/p/withdraw-the-racist-exhibition-exhibition-b-the-human-zoo

    It would be amazing if you all can put this onto Twitter and bring awareness with the hashtag #stopthehumanzoo or #boycottthehumanzoo

    As Martin Luther King Jr says “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”

    Breddrin & sistreen please sign that petition….

    Here are some links and videos for more information:

    Reparationist, Jurisconsult, dynamic community advocate and radio Broadcaster Esther Stanford-Xosei speaks about why this exhibition is inherently racist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PWjgsOU0JY

    The petition’s founder Sara Myers talks about why she started the petition in the first place and is planning a protest in front of the Barbican: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuQxdZy33oQ

    Here’s an informative article on the history of Human Zoos for a historical background: http://www.popularresistance.org/deep-racism-the-forgotten-history-of-human-zoos/

    (via wocinsolidarity)

  8. furything:


    This is my cat Smokey. Yesterday morning my boyfriends mom found her in the trash. When I saw her I thought she was dead. Her eye had been gauged out & she was bleeding from her mouth. She lay there motionless until I called her name & pet her. We rushed over to the animal emergency & she is suffering from head trauma, lung & spinal problems & a missing eye. She was beaten to near death by my boyfriend’s mom’s step brother. He has mental issues & we’ve tried for so long to get him out our home but never were successful due to another issue. I love Smokey so much, I’ve always viewed her as my child since I got her when she was a kitten. I went through very lonely times where I had no friends & she was always there for me & spending time with me. She’s been on my mind 24/7 since this tragedy occurred. All I want in my life more than anything is for her to live & be happy. She has such a unique personality & loves everything & everyone so much. I just can’t understand why anyone could do this to someone so innocent. I live with my boyfriend working full time & we’re getting evicted from my home because of this horrible monster who did this to my cat. Charges are currently pending & I will do everything in my willpower to make sure he gets what he deserves for what he’s done. Right now I need everyone’s help & support. Please reblog this so it can get around. To make donations & read more about what happened go to this link http://www.gofundme.com/e4lqbc

    If you can’t donate then at least reblog this!!!

    (via fuckyeahfatcats)


  9. "

    Forgive yourself for not being the richest, the thinnest, the tallest, the one with the best hair. Forgive yourself for not being the most successful, the cutest or the one with the fastest time. Forgive yourself for not winning every round.

    Forgive yourself for being afraid.

    But don’t let yourself off the hook, never forgive yourself, for not caring or not trying.


    Seth Godin, with his signature pithy wisdom, captures the crucial difference between not succumbing to the tyranny of perfectionism and not showing up – a difference perhaps best articulated by the Chinese concept of wu-wei. Werner Herzog put it even more unambiguously when he said that “there is nothing wrong with hardships and obstacles, but everything wrong with not trying.

    Also see Godin on how to dance with our fear of failure.

    More of Godin’s wisdom here.

    (via explore-blog)
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