Author John Scalzi was on a roll this morning (currently 7:14 AM, 26 Sept. 2014) with a tweet he found from some guy sending out an “ultimatum” to women to “make a choice” between feminism and, well, men like him. So Scalzi launched into a truly magnificent set of scorchers, which I’m posting here for the delectation of people everywhere.

Also: I would like to thank that guy for setting the ultimatum. It makes finding a boyfriend so much easier when the undesirable ones wear a placard identifying themselves.

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A California-based group has distributed and trained some Ferguson residents on how to use body cameras to record police.

Copwatch raised more than $6,000 to purchase 110 of the small devices to give to residents over the weekend, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported (http://bit.ly/1uswQXx).

The organization joined Ferguson-based activists the Canfield Watchmen to meet with about two dozen residents near the site where Michael Brown was fatally shot last month by a Ferguson police officer.
David Whitt, a spokesman for the Canfield Watchmen, said that the body cameras offer people the ability to “challenge the police narrative.”
Ferguson’s police chief, Thomas Jackson, said residents are entitled to wear and use the small cameras. He also said the department’s officers have been told not to interfere with that right.
“And really, many members of the public have already been (taking videos of police) with cameras in their phones,” Jackson said.
Two companies last month donated 50 body cameras to the Ferguson Police Department. Last week, St. Louis County police began issuing cameras to officers, with the goal of equipping all patrol officers as soon as possible.
Jacob Crawford, a We Copwatch staff member, led Saturday’s training session with a presentation on a person’s rights during police interactions. Crawford, 36, works as an investigator for a San Francisco law firm and has traveled to U.S. cities where there have been protests over police shootings.
“Police are allowed to walk up to anyone they like and ask questions,” he said. “Police like consent. They can use your consent in court against you.”
He advised against consenting to a search, but cautioned that physically interfering with one would not stop it and could lead to an arrest.
Some in the Crawford’s audience interrupted him and called some of his instructions unrealistic.
“But, sir, in a real scenario, it doesn’t always happen like that,” said Ermon Trotter Jr., 46, a minister from Florissant. “If a black man starts to ask why he’s being detained, a cop will scream, ‘Shut up!’”
Crawford acknowledged some of his advice wouldn’t fit every police encounter.
“Sometimes the best thing to do is just stay calm,” he said.
To which Whitt added, “And turn on your camera.”

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Did you even read my entire post? 1. I’m more than positive he doesn’t color his face brown to mock black people, but to play the part of someone that is black when he doesn’t have a black person available to do the acting. Blackface is racist mockery, and I don’t think Shane Dawson is doing that. I do think he should stop what he’s doing, but I seriously doubt what he’s doing is what you’re convinced it is.

If you’re so worried about kids being corrupted, then there are bigger problems at hand than one youtube channel.

Now try to stay on topic and not go off the rails. 

So for SOME MYSTERIOUS REASON, Shane made his “addicted to twerking” video private in the past 24 hours….but here are a few choice gifs from the video where his mother was “addicted to trying to be black”. She spent her day smoking weed, twerking, talking about sex, not going to work and not feeding Shane because….LOL black people right?! Let’s just pretend that these stereotypes don’t exist outside of YouTube or have any consequences cause it’s just comedy! Please, tell me more about how Shane isn’t mocking black people? I’ll wait. 

Stay on topic and don’t go off the rails? Mam. I’m grown. I’m not one of these children on Tumblr that you’re used to interacting with, so don’t try me and don’t tell me what I should and shouldn’t do with my time, my voice or my platform. If you wanna co-sign this racist bullshit that’s your business. But don’t you dare tell me what I should and shouldn’t be offended by. 

You can miss me me with your racist apologizing bullshit and attempts to tone police me because you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about. As a black woman these are the types of racist stereotypes that I have to deal with on a DAILY BASIS. These are the racist stereotypes that are used to justify our mistreatment and many times the MURDER of innocent black women and men. And when assholes like this perpetuate them for over 10 MILLION young children he says that this is truthful and ok. These children will absolutely grow into adults who believe that black people are less than and worthy of mistreatment because of these “jokes”.

Please don’t try me again because next time I won’t be as nice. 

these gender rolls taste disgusting

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Yvette Nicole Brown Responds to the NY Times’s portrayal of Shonda Rhimes as an “Angry Black Woman”

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Spending time with my niece, the tiniest John Coltrane fan and record lover I know. Here’s how it went down.

Pic 1 - She pulls out a record. (A Love Supreme by John Coltrane)

Pic 2 - She studies the cover.

Pic 3 - She smiles.

Pic 4 - She glances over at other records.

Pic 5 - She looks at the back cover.

Pic 6 - She looks at the front cover again smiling.

Pic 7 - She realizes the front and back have identical images. She gets excited.

Pic 8 - She glances at snacks. (She chose the record over the snacks btw)

Kids are awesome.

The babies love John Coltrane too.

Too cute!

"Realize that anyone who tries to put you down about your appearance is assuming that it is your job to please them visually. Once you realize that it isn’t your job to be visually pleasing to anyone, ever, it becomes very hard for anyone to make you feel bad about yourself."

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Do authors cry when they kill the best character or do they smile, laugh and have a cup of tea with satan

the difference between jk rowling and george rr martin 

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What You Crave vs What You Need

  • Chocolate: Raw nuts/seeds.
  • Oily/Fatty Snacks: Kale, leafy greens.
  • Soda/Carbonated Drinks: Actual, literal bubbles.
  • Chips/Salty Food: Topsoil.
  • Cookies: Freudian psychology.
  • Sweet Tea: A strong Southern gentleman to take care of you.
  • Pasta/Carbs: Pasta/Carbs.
  • Ice: The sweet release of death.




I’ve spent the past couple of days asking several hundred Grindr users in Edinburgh whether they believe Scotland should be an independent country. Replies were of variable quality. Here is a representative sample: