The Smaller Seekings

Polytheist, witch, trans, gender variant, queer, white, ADHD, kinky, librarian, writer... and a whole lot more.
thisradicalchange:


We didn’t know that our activism and our peaceful displays would result in guns literally looking down our eyes. Literally looking down our eyes. Guns.
And I had young people who were willing to die. For justice. 
I had a young person — and he’s definitely the example of many young people that I represent who said "I didn’t think I would make it to twenty-one years old so I’m ready to die now. Let’s do it now."

State senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (@MariaChappelleN) speaks on the Senate floor about the events she witnessed in Ferguson, Missouri in the weeks following the execution of Mike Brown. Senator Chappelle-Nadal was one of many protesters tear gassed for three hours without reprieve by the Ferguson PD.
She has been consistent and unrelenting in her criticism of Governor Jay Nixon — to the point of tweeting him “FUCK you, Governor!” — for his lack of action over the violation of citizens’ constitutional right to peacefully protest, and passionately vocal about the violent ways in which protesters were abused by the police.
Full video of Senator Chappelle-Nadal’s speech is available for download here (.wmv format). 

thisradicalchange:

We didn’t know that our activism and our peaceful displays would result in guns literally looking down our eyes. Literally looking down our eyes. Guns.

And I had young people who were willing to die. For justice.

I had a young person — and he’s definitely the example of many young people that I represent who said "I didn’t think I would make it to twenty-one years old so I’m ready to die now. Let’s do it now."

State senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (@MariaChappelleN) speaks on the Senate floor about the events she witnessed in Ferguson, Missouri in the weeks following the execution of Mike Brown. Senator Chappelle-Nadal was one of many protesters tear gassed for three hours without reprieve by the Ferguson PD.

She has been consistent and unrelenting in her criticism of Governor Jay Nixonto the point of tweeting him “FUCK you, Governor!” — for his lack of action over the violation of citizens’ constitutional right to peacefully protest, and passionately vocal about the violent ways in which protesters were abused by the police.

Full video of Senator Chappelle-Nadal’s speech is available for download here (.wmv format). 

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kaukomieli:

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Of my favorite phenomena in the Finnish folklore is that of metsänpeitto. Literally it means “forest’s cover” (or blanket).

It’s something that can happen to people and farm animals alike - when they are walking in a familiar forest, even one in which it’s thought to be impossible to get lost, they suddenly cannot recognize anything around them, as if they’d come to a part of the forest they’ve never seen. It is said that sounds grow quiet or muffled, light and even the forest itself appear to change, even turn upside down. This is not all - it is also said that those concealed by the forest cannot be seen or heard by other people passing by (and may appear like stones or tree-stumps). Sometimes those in metsänpeitto never find their way out, but sometimes they may find themselves walking into their back yard or wherever they were headed, or end up kilometers away (but in a place they recognize).

Common ways to try to get out of metsänpeitto include turning one’s clothes inside out and looking through their own legs. Those looking for the lost may also turn their clothes inside out, look through tangled and knotted trees and roots, and pouring water into the tracks. Someone with the ability to find people or animals in metsänpeitto is called “päästäjä”, which could be translated as “releaser”.

In folklore metsänpeitto is said to be caused by forest spirits or hobgoblins. It is suggested that such symptoms may be caused by diabeted or other medical issues. (Many are quick to point out that it’s not contagious though, and therefore doesn’t explain why other people can’t see those in metsänpeitto.)

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libutron:

Guatemala Neckband Snake (Half Coral Snake) - Scaphiodontophis annulatus

Though characterized by a coloration and pattern similar to that of the venomous coral snakes (genus Micrurus) and by extremely long and fragile tails, Scaphiodontophis annulatus (Colubridae) is actually a harmless snake, but presumably, both the coloration and the tail structure are putative defense mechanisms that protect the snakes from predatory attack.

In this species the color is variable in the extent of banding pattern, with some individuals showing the brightly colored pattern only on the anterior third or less of their bodies. 

This snake is aglyphous (lacking grooves), which means that it has no specialized teeth and each tooth is similar in shape and often size. In Scaphiodontophis annulatus the maxillary teeth are peculiarly hinged and shovel-like, an adaptation for feeding on skinks.

The Guatemala Neckband Snake is a diurnal species that inhabits the leaflitter of mature wet forest in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Colombia.

References: [1] - [2] - [3] - [4]

Photo credit: ©Josiah Townsend | Locality: La Liberación, 1030 m, Reserva de Vida Silvestre Texiguat, Honduras (2010)

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kingerock288:

redriyo:

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bitteroreo:

dovah-sosa:

bitteroreo:

thinksquad:

Louisville Metro Police say they’ve arrested a man who terrorized his Hispanic neighbors.
According to an arrest warrant, the trouble started on Aug. 31, on Lipps Lane, off Preston Highway. Police say a Hispanic family was arriving home when they noticed that their neighbor, 51-year-old Douglas Poynter, had painted the words “KKK wants you to burn” on the side of his fence, facing their house.
Poynter also had erected a cross with the word “burn” written underneath it, police say.
According to the arrest warrant, he was still standing in his yard — covered in paint — when the family arrived. When they asked him why he would do this, Poynter allegedly swore at them yelling, “F____ you. F_____ all you immigrants.”
"He started threatening me and said the first chance I get, you’re mine. I’m gonna shoot you. Then he started pointing his shotgun out of the window," said Jesus Alamo.
Police say Poynter then swung his fist at Jesus Alamo, who pushed him back.
The victim’s 9-year-old step-daughter then said she was going to call the police.
Poynter them went inside his home and came out with a shotgun, police say, pointing at the Hispanic father, who was holding his 22-month-old son in his arms at the time, and telling him that he would shoot him the first chance he got, either in the front or the back.
When police arrived a short time later, they allegedly saw that Poynter was drunk.
The next day, on Sept. 1, the family came outside their home and immediately detected the stench of gasoline, according to the warrant, and noticed a puddle of gas on the porch. The father then told his family to go out the patio door, but they allegedly noticed gasoline on a rubber mat outside that door as well. When the family attempted to exit from a laundry room door, they found another puddle of gasoline, according to the warrant.
They decided to call the police.
While they were waiting for officers to arrive, Poynter allegedly walked out of his home with the shotgun and began waving it around, pointing it at the father and saying, “Sooner or later, you’re gonna die. You and your family.”
Police say they arrived a short time later, saw Poynter with the gun and drew their own weapons.
They ultimately advised the victim’s family to file a criminal complaint. According to the warrant, the victim claims to have had trouble with Poynter for several months, including one incident in which Poynter walked into his family’s home without being invited. Police say the man’s children — 12-year-old twins and a 22-month-old — are terrified of Poynter.
An arrest warrant was issued on Sept. 2, and Poynter was arrested later that afternoon. He was charged with criminal trespassing, attempted arson, terroristic threatening, wanton endangerment, harassment and menacing.
In court on Wednesday, Poynter shook his head as court officials described what he’s accused of doing.
By the afternoon, he was released from jail on a $10,000 bond.
http://www.wdrb.com/story/26436396/louisville-man-accused-of-racist-rant-attempted-arson-and-threatening-22-month-old

They gave his ass bail….fuck the US.

Oh my god. This is fuck unreal. They gave him bail. I’m mad af.

Why the fuck was he not charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, why was he not arrested on the spot, making treats to kill the family, waving around a shot gun, and wasn’t arrested on sight.

And why the hell aren’t hate crime charges being brought against this man???????

By the afternoon, he was released from jail on a $10,000 bond.
By the afternoon, he was released from jail on a $10,000 bond.
By the afternoon, he was released from jail on a $10,000 bond.
People of color get shot on their front porch. White people get slaps on the wrist. smfh.

They let him go the first time he waved his shotgun at them because he was drunk.
He damn near burned the house of a POC family down with them in it and uses the shotgun as a reason to keep them inside a house he intended to burn down
And they let him go on bail the second time

kingerock288:

redriyo:

sourcedumal:

bitteroreo:

dovah-sosa:

bitteroreo:

thinksquad:

Louisville Metro Police say they’ve arrested a man who terrorized his Hispanic neighbors.

According to an arrest warrant, the trouble started on Aug. 31, on Lipps Lane, off Preston Highway. Police say a Hispanic family was arriving home when they noticed that their neighbor, 51-year-old Douglas Poynter, had painted the words “KKK wants you to burn” on the side of his fence, facing their house.

Poynter also had erected a cross with the word “burn” written underneath it, police say.

According to the arrest warrant, he was still standing in his yard — covered in paint — when the family arrived. When they asked him why he would do this, Poynter allegedly swore at them yelling, “F____ you. F_____ all you immigrants.”

"He started threatening me and said the first chance I get, you’re mine. I’m gonna shoot you. Then he started pointing his shotgun out of the window," said Jesus Alamo.

Police say Poynter then swung his fist at Jesus Alamo, who pushed him back.

The victim’s 9-year-old step-daughter then said she was going to call the police.

Poynter them went inside his home and came out with a shotgun, police say, pointing at the Hispanic father, who was holding his 22-month-old son in his arms at the time, and telling him that he would shoot him the first chance he got, either in the front or the back.

When police arrived a short time later, they allegedly saw that Poynter was drunk.

The next day, on Sept. 1, the family came outside their home and immediately detected the stench of gasoline, according to the warrant, and noticed a puddle of gas on the porch. The father then told his family to go out the patio door, but they allegedly noticed gasoline on a rubber mat outside that door as well. When the family attempted to exit from a laundry room door, they found another puddle of gasoline, according to the warrant.

They decided to call the police.

While they were waiting for officers to arrive, Poynter allegedly walked out of his home with the shotgun and began waving it around, pointing it at the father and saying, “Sooner or later, you’re gonna die. You and your family.”

Police say they arrived a short time later, saw Poynter with the gun and drew their own weapons.

They ultimately advised the victim’s family to file a criminal complaint. According to the warrant, the victim claims to have had trouble with Poynter for several months, including one incident in which Poynter walked into his family’s home without being invited. Police say the man’s children — 12-year-old twins and a 22-month-old — are terrified of Poynter.

An arrest warrant was issued on Sept. 2, and Poynter was arrested later that afternoon. He was charged with criminal trespassing, attempted arson, terroristic threatening, wanton endangerment, harassment and menacing.

In court on Wednesday, Poynter shook his head as court officials described what he’s accused of doing.

By the afternoon, he was released from jail on a $10,000 bond.

http://www.wdrb.com/story/26436396/louisville-man-accused-of-racist-rant-attempted-arson-and-threatening-22-month-old

They gave his ass bail….fuck the US.

Oh my god. This is fuck unreal. They gave him bail. I’m mad af.

Why the fuck was he not charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, why was he not arrested on the spot, making treats to kill the family, waving around a shot gun, and wasn’t arrested on sight.

And why the hell aren’t hate crime charges being brought against this man???????

By the afternoon, he was released from jail on a $10,000 bond.

By the afternoon, he was released from jail on a $10,000 bond.

By the afternoon, he was released from jail on a $10,000 bond.

People of color get shot on their front porch. White people get slaps on the wrist. smfh.

They let him go the first time he waved his shotgun at them because he was drunk.

He damn near burned the house of a POC family down with them in it and uses the shotgun as a reason to keep them inside a house he intended to burn down

And they let him go on bail the second time

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sourcedumal:

hobbitdragon:

crotchetybushtit:

usually unpopular opinion puffin pisses me off but this is so important

yes this

ALL OF THIS

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camaelczarka:

lunafeather:

barbie-shoes:

ifaithshere:

wondersnatch-hi-have-we-met:

battling-bard:

myaegishjalmur:

I wish the Xena tag was more than just people ‘shipping’ Gabrielle and Xena. Are you people seriously not capable of watching a TV show without creating fake scenarios in an already fictional show?

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bahaha i saw this after i already responded.

NICE.

Lucy Lawless disagrees with your assessment that it is a ‘fake scenario’.

The second I saw the OP’s comment, I thought… “You do know that the woman who PLAYED XENA has stated she considered her and Gabrielle to be married, right?”

this is just the PICTURES anyway, you wanna get super canon let’s just think about some of the crap these two say to each other in any random episode. how many people’s OTPs actually get MULTIPLE ‘i love you’s or ‘i’d die for you’s or literally blantantly get called soul mates over and over. LIKE NO ONE. it’s basically the OTP holy grail. ffs try to actually watch the show next time.

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genderoftheday:

Today’s Gender of the day is: Meh

genderoftheday:

Today’s Gender of the day is: Meh

wertheyouth:

When an undercover officer saw Monica Jones, a black transgender woman, walking down the street just a few blocks from her house, in an area that the officer described as being “known for prostitution,” that was enough to convince him that she intended to engage in prostitution. It was on that basis that he approached and stopped her.
In April of this year, Monica was convicted of violating this overbroad and vague law. Today she appeals that conviction, and the ACLU, along with other advocacy and civil rights organizations, filed a brief in support of her appeal.
We #StandWithMonica because transgender women of color should be able to walk down the street in their neighborhoods without being arrested, or worse, for simply being themselves.
When Walking Down the Street is a Crime. Chase Strangio, ACLU

wertheyouth:

When an undercover officer saw Monica Jones, a black transgender woman, walking down the street just a few blocks from her house, in an area that the officer described as being “known for prostitution,” that was enough to convince him that she intended to engage in prostitution. It was on that basis that he approached and stopped her.

In April of this year, Monica was convicted of violating this overbroad and vague law. Today she appeals that conviction, and the ACLU, along with other advocacy and civil rights organizations, filed a brief in support of her appeal.

We #StandWithMonica because transgender women of color should be able to walk down the street in their neighborhoods without being arrested, or worse, for simply being themselves.

When Walking Down the Street is a Crime. Chase Strangio, ACLU

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potootagath:

wingleader:

wakeupslaves:

the-goddamazon:

LOL man.

never forget white people did nothing first neither the best, they sleep and eat false propaganda,

Ugh, why the shit does that have to turn into a race thing? Why does EVERYTHING have to turn into a race thing?

because white people have made sure that everything is about race

as proved by the fact that when you say explorer, you think of a bunch of white guys walking the world and discovering it ~exotic wonders~ even though Zheng He travelled through Asia, to the Middle East, and even East Africa. But you’d likely never heard of him before.

Same reason you never heard of Ahmad Ibn Fadlan, an Arab traveller who, as early as the 10th century, went to the Volga area for diplomatic reasons. He wrote about it, much as Marco Polo would do later for his own travels, and is one of our sources on what viking were like (and by all accounts, he wrote about them more accurately than western scholars of the same period did)

Oh, or Ibn Battuta who travelled throughout Africa long before europeans did, and even went to Europe himself.

And that’s just some example of Muslim medieval travel writers

Everything is about race because white people keep telling everyone that their race is the only one who every got anything done.

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I’ll never punish my daughter for saying no.

The first time it comes out of her mouth, I’ll smile gleefully. As she repeats “No! No! No!” I’ll laugh, overjoyed. At a young age, she’ll have mastered a wonderful skill. A skill I’m still trying to learn. I know I’ll have to teach her that she has to eat her vegetables, and she has to take a nap. But “No” is not wrong. It is not disobedience.

1. She will know her feelings are valid.
2. She will know that when I no longer guide her, she still has a right to refuse.

The first time a boy pulls her hair after she says no, and the teacher tells her “boys will be boys,” we will go to her together, and explain that my daughter’s body is not a public amenity. That boy isn’t teasing her because he likes her, he is harassing her because it is allowed. I will not reinforce that opinion. If my son can understand that “no means no” so can everyone else’s.

3. She owes no one her silence, her time, or her cooperation.

The first time she tells a teacher, “No, that is wrong,” and proceeds to correct his public school, biased rhetoric, I’ll revel in the fact that she knows her history; that she knows our history. The first time she tells me “No” with the purpose and authority that each adult is entitled, I will stop. I will apologize. I will listen.

4. She is entitled to her feelings and her space. I, even a a parent, have no right to violate them.
5. No one has a right to violate them.

The first time my mother questions why I won’t make her kiss my great aunt at Christmas, I’ll explain that her space isn’t mine to control. That she gains nothing but self doubt when she is forced into unwanted affection. I’ll explain that “no” is a complete sentence. When the rest of my family questions why she is not made to wear a dress to our reunion dinner. I will explain that her expression is her own. It provides no growth to force her into unnecessary and unwanted situation.

6. She is entitled to her expression.

When my daughter leaves my home, and learns that the world is not as open, caring, and supportive as her mother, she will be prepared. She will know that she can return if she wishes, that the real world can wait. She will not want to. She will not need to. I will have prepared her, as much as I can, for a world that will try to push her down at every turn.

7. She is her own person. She is complete as she is.

I will never punish my daughter for saying no. I want “No” to be a familiar friend. I never want her to feel that she cannot say it. She will know how to call on “No” whenever it is needed, or wanted.

Lessons I Will Teach, Because the World Will Not — Y.S. (via poetryinspiredbyyou)

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