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“You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it."  - Robin Williams [July 29th 1951 - August 11th 2014]

You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it."
Robin Williams
[July 29th 1951 - August 11th 2014]

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ethiopienne:

Flier being distributed at the protest in Ferguson. Text reads as follows:
Ad Hoc Committee for Justice on Behalf of Michael BrownOUR DEMANDS:
The officer involved in the shooting death of Michael Brown be IMMEDIATELY identified.
The same officer should be immediately fired and charged with murder.
The Ferguson Police Department “Protocol Handbook” be distributed throughout the Ferguson community.
The racial composition of the Ferguson Police Department should reflect the racial demographics of the community.
Upcoming Action Items:
Keep calling the Ferguson Police Department demanding justice for Michael Brown at 314-522-3100
On Tuesday August 12th join us in front of St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch’s office located at 100 South Central Avenue, Clayton Missouri 63105
Supporting organizations:Tasheed Youth Organization, Organization for Black Struggle (OBS), New Black Panther Party (NBPP), Moorish Science Temple, Coalition Against Police Crimes & Repression, Nation of Islam - Mosque 28, Universal African Peoples Organization (UAPO) and more to follow!

ethiopienne:

Flier being distributed at the protest in Ferguson. Text reads as follows:

Ad Hoc Committee for Justice on Behalf of Michael Brown

OUR DEMANDS:

  1. The officer involved in the shooting death of Michael Brown be IMMEDIATELY identified.
  2. The same officer should be immediately fired and charged with murder.
  3. The Ferguson Police Department “Protocol Handbook” be distributed throughout the Ferguson community.
  4. The racial composition of the Ferguson Police Department should reflect the racial demographics of the community.

Upcoming Action Items:

  • Keep calling the Ferguson Police Department demanding justice for Michael Brown at 314-522-3100
  • On Tuesday August 12th join us in front of St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch’s office located at 100 South Central Avenue, Clayton Missouri 63105

Supporting organizations:
Tasheed Youth Organization, Organization for Black Struggle (OBS), New Black Panther Party (NBPP), Moorish Science Temple, Coalition Against Police Crimes & Repression, Nation of Islam - Mosque 28, Universal African Peoples Organization (UAPO) and more to follow!

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fadedhues:

the #IfTheyGunnedMeDown tag is so important

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benwinstagram:

robin williams was like that uncle you didn’t see often but when you did he’d always make you smile and you remembered nothing but good things… i didn’t expect to feel this one so much

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#very incredibly sad 

stele3:

Ferguson Police have dogs and shotguns. The unarmed crowd is raising their hands.

For anyone not following the Mike Brown story on Twitter: a 17 year old black boy named Mike Brown, who was supposed to start college tomorrow, was shot to death in Ferguson, Missouri by police while jaywalking. He was unarmed. He was shot 9 times.

Initial media reports claimed that an 18 year old black man had been shot and killed while fleeing police after shoplifting.

People in the neighborhood, including members of Mike Brown’s family, came out of their homes and began to protest, shouting “no justice, no peace,” and keeping their hands in the air.

Media reports claimed that a violent mob quickly formed around the shooting location shouting “kill the police.”

Spread this. Tell the truth about what happened to this boy. Tell the truth about what is happening NOW. The police and the mainstream media is painting him as a criminal, and his community as a violent mob.

SPREAD THIS. Don’t let them lie.

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america-wakiewakie:

Cops shoot and kill man holding toy gun in Walmart | MSNBC
A young man holding a toy rifle in a Walmart was shot and killed on Tuesday by police in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek, Ohio, according to Raw Story. John Crawford, 22, was carrying a toy gun he picked up in the store, alarming two other shoppers.
LeeCee Johnson, the mother of Crawford’s children, told the Dayton Daily News she was on the phone with him while he was browsing in the store. “We was just talking,” she told the Ohio newspaper. “He said he was at the video games playing videos and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were. And the next thing I know, he said ‘It’s not real,’ and the police start shooting and they said ‘Get on the ground,’ but he was already on the ground because they had shot him. And I could hear him just crying and screaming. I feel like they shot him down like he was not even human.”
CBS reports that two other Walmart customers, April and Ronald Ritchie, saw Crawford walking around the store with what appeared to be a gun and called the police. The police station reports that officers asked Crawford to put down the weapon, and opened fire when he did not comply. He later died of his gun shot wounds at a nearby hospital, where his death was ruled a homicide by the Montgomery County coroner’s office. A request for comment by msnbc to the Beavercreek police department was not immediately returned. 
The Ohio Attorney General’s office has said that the gun Crawford was carrying was an MK-177 BB/Pellet rifle, also known as a “variable pump air rifle.” Family members could not be reached for comment by msnbc.
Tasha Thomas, who identified herself as Crawford’s girlfriend, told the Dayton Daily News that she drove Crawford to the Walmart and was also in the store, but was in a different aisle from Crawford when the shooting happened. He was not armed when he entered the store, she said. “He did not have any type of gun on him. It’s not fair.”
A relative told the paper the family had contacted the NAACP and the National Action Network, a civil rights group led by MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton.

america-wakiewakie:

Cops shoot and kill man holding toy gun in Walmart | MSNBC

A young man holding a toy rifle in a Walmart was shot and killed on Tuesday by police in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek, Ohio, according to Raw Story. John Crawford, 22, was carrying a toy gun he picked up in the store, alarming two other shoppers.

LeeCee Johnson, the mother of Crawford’s children, told the Dayton Daily News she was on the phone with him while he was browsing in the store. “We was just talking,” she told the Ohio newspaper. “He said he was at the video games playing videos and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were. And the next thing I know, he said ‘It’s not real,’ and the police start shooting and they said ‘Get on the ground,’ but he was already on the ground because they had shot him. And I could hear him just crying and screaming. I feel like they shot him down like he was not even human.”

CBS reports that two other Walmart customers, April and Ronald Ritchie, saw Crawford walking around the store with what appeared to be a gun and called the police. The police station reports that officers asked Crawford to put down the weapon, and opened fire when he did not comply. He later died of his gun shot wounds at a nearby hospital, where his death was ruled a homicide by the Montgomery County coroner’s office. A request for comment by msnbc to the Beavercreek police department was not immediately returned. 

The Ohio Attorney General’s office has said that the gun Crawford was carrying was an MK-177 BB/Pellet rifle, also known as a “variable pump air rifle.” Family members could not be reached for comment by msnbc.

Tasha Thomas, who identified herself as Crawford’s girlfriend, told the Dayton Daily News that she drove Crawford to the Walmart and was also in the store, but was in a different aisle from Crawford when the shooting happened. He was not armed when he entered the store, she said. “He did not have any type of gun on him. It’s not fair.”

A relative told the paper the family had contacted the NAACP and the National Action Network, a civil rights group led by MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton.

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dendroica:

Tourist crashes drone into Yellowstone hot spring

A tourist flew a drone into a Yellowstone National Park hot spring despite a park ban on drones. Park spokesman Al Nash said the drone’s operator reported that the aircraft crashed into the picturesque Grand Prismatic Spring last weekend. Tourists witnessed the crash.
The drone is submerged in the spring’s 160-degree waters. Officials hope to remove it. “Our concern is about any potential impacts to the iconic Yellowstone thermal feature,” Nash said. Grand Prismatic is known for its vivid colors and measures 300 feet across. Nash says few details are being released because the incident is under investigation.
In July, a drone crashed into Yellowstone Lake near the Grant Village Marina. And officials in Grand Teton National Park issued one citation for flying a camera-carrying drone within park boundaries. That drone was trapped in a tree, and someone later stole it from the tree, said park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs.
She warned that park rangers will soon be less lenient with those who unknowingly violate the National Park Service ban. “Although we often try to educate people, at this point there is less discretion being used for issuing citations relating to drone use,” Skaggs said.

(via Missoulian.com)

dendroica:

Tourist crashes drone into Yellowstone hot spring

A tourist flew a drone into a Yellowstone National Park hot spring despite a park ban on drones. Park spokesman Al Nash said the drone’s operator reported that the aircraft crashed into the picturesque Grand Prismatic Spring last weekend. Tourists witnessed the crash.

The drone is submerged in the spring’s 160-degree waters. Officials hope to remove it. “Our concern is about any potential impacts to the iconic Yellowstone thermal feature,” Nash said. Grand Prismatic is known for its vivid colors and measures 300 feet across. Nash says few details are being released because the incident is under investigation.

In July, a drone crashed into Yellowstone Lake near the Grant Village Marina. And officials in Grand Teton National Park issued one citation for flying a camera-carrying drone within park boundaries. That drone was trapped in a tree, and someone later stole it from the tree, said park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs.

She warned that park rangers will soon be less lenient with those who unknowingly violate the National Park Service ban. “Although we often try to educate people, at this point there is less discretion being used for issuing citations relating to drone use,” Skaggs said.

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bi-privilege:

if you think the dictionary is the end all be all of words and their definitions, then you have a fundamental misunderstanding of how language works

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thesocietypages-blog:

Out of the Next and into the Red

The Dynamics of Debt in Young Adulthood

In any newspaper or blog these days, you’re bound to find human interest stories of fresh-faced young adults, newly independent from their parents, and saddled by a mountain of debt they can’t even dream of repaying. The media narrative–think the white college student plagued by $120,000 of student loan and credit card debt—often borders on hyperbole. It skews the reality of how much debt the typical young adult owes.

And while youth indebtedness has received rampant media coverage, there’s been very little solid research tackling this emerging social problem. Evidence from a small group of researchers examining how youth debt has changed over time, how youth indebtedness is linked to social stratification and inequality, and the consequences of debt for young people as they advance through their adult lives can give us a glimpse. The research in this area is nascent, and some of it is contradictory, in large part because access to credit and debt carries an array of costs and benefits, and is influenced by social and structural factors, such as race, class, and education. Debt can surely open doors and create access, but it can also close doors by imposing a long-term burden for debtors and their families.

Three Genderations of Debt

Over the past fifty years, the period known as the “transition to adulthood” has changed dramatically. In the 1960s and ‘70s, young people left the parental home, completed education, got married, and had children, in a relatively quick and orderly fashion. Today’s transition to adulthood is much more complex. Young people are extending their education, delaying marriage and childbearing, and some return to live with relatives. They enter and exit college, cohabitate rather than marry, and take longer periods for “self-discovery” if they are able. While youth must now navigate this increasingly complex transition, they also take on unprecedented financial risk. Whether in the pursuit of a college degree, getting married, buying a home, or simply paying bills and making ends meet, young adults often assume great deal of debt as they leave the nest and set out on their own.

The rise of debt in young adulthood has been driven by a potent mix of policy changes, rising costs, and stagnating incomes. On the supply side, young adults have come of age in an era of easy access to credit. Financial deregulation in the 1970s and ‘80s increased the supply of credit and made debt an extremely profitable business for banks. It was aggressively marketed toward consumers—particularly young adults—which led to a massive increase in household debt and problems with repayment. On the demand side, rising costs—such as the skyrocketing price of college—make credit an appealing option. Since their parents already have debt, young people must take on debt of their own.

In a recent study for Social Problems, I used data from the National Longitudinal Surveys to show how debt has changed across three generations (what we demographers refer to as “cohorts”) of young adults. I focused on people in their mid-twenties—The Early Baby Boomers, who were young adults in the late 1970s; The Late Baby Boomers, who were young adults in the late 1980s; and Generation Y, who are currently in their twenties.

The [graphs] confirm what most laypersons and media reports have suggested—debt has risen. I show mean and median total debt across three cohorts of young adults, adjusted for inflation and basic sociodemographic factors such as socioeconomic status, race, and age. Total debt is the sum of everything from home mortgages, credit cards, and student loans to automobiles and personal loans. Comparing mean and median debt across cohorts, we notice the mean has increased much faster than the median. While the median gives us a good sense of debt in the middle of the distribution, the mean is far more sensitive to extremely high and extremely low debt loads. What this reveals is that much of the growth in debt across cohorts is being driven by an increase in the number of severely indebted young adults. In some ways, it seems the media imagery of the young person beleaguered by extremely high levels of debt is more commonplace today than it was thirty years ago.

To finish reading this special feature, see more graphics on generational debt, and view some suggestions to compliment this piece by Jason Houle, Click Here!

In honor of our upcoming debt series, here is a post on generational debt from last March. Click here for more information on the debt series.

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When contemplating a $15.00 purchase

10-year-old me:Wow idk that's a lot of money
15-year-old me:Kickass, that's so cheap
20-year-old me:Wow idk that's a lot of money
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