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Meet Biddy, The Travelling Hedgehog

Those of us who want to travel but do not have the time or the money finally have a solution – we can travel in spirit together with Biddy the hedgehog, a little guy on Instagram whose travel photos are becoming insanely popular.

Toni DeWeese and Tom Unterseher, Biddy’s two loving owners in Oregon, take him on adventures almost every week throughout the Pacific Northwest. He visits mountains, forests, waterfalls, and the occasional donut shop.

Via Bored Panda

This really does look like Triumphant Hedgehog, but it may well just be I can’t tell one hedgehog from another. In any case: Look! Hedgehog!

Why do white people own so many pets?
Because we’re not allowed to own people anymore.
What is the scariest thing about a white person in prison?
You know he did it.
how many Chicago cops does it take to change a light bulb? None, they just beat the room for being black.”
A good looking 50 year old white man is trying to get laid on reality TV. What show are you watching?
To catch a predator.
Why do white girls travel in groups of three or five?
They can’t even
What do you call 64 white people in a room? A full blooded Cherokee.

from various reddit threads

at dinner last night, a coworker was talking about hanging out with his white friends and getting fed up with the racist jokes, and asked them to tell a white people joke.  nobody had any, so he googled and found these. after a few of them, people were a lot less comfortable.

white folks, next time you hear a racist joke, maybe lead with one of these in response.  tag this “I’m white” when you reblog it, if you are.

(via cuterpillar)

I am completely serious—the next time someone tells a racist joke in my presence I’m going to fire back with that first one.

(That said, the last couple made me laugh out loud)

(Source: transascendant)

Victor White suicide ruling leads to public scrutiny







boosting this again. all this shit needs scrutiny. thats the only way we will get the reform we are literally dying to get.

Does anyone have additional news coverage of this? :(

The Prison Rape Trope (or, In Which I Do Not Care That It Is “Only a Show”)

So I’m watching a television show as research for a blog that I run, and the main character, who is an FBI agent, just used a threat of transfer to a state prison in order to get an incarcerated character to talk.  Here are her actual lines of dialogue:  ”You know what that place is like.  You know what they’re going to do to you?  What they’re going to do to you that first night?” [emphasis mine]

I just want to take a minute to unpack that trope, because it’s commonly understood but not commonly discussed. This agent is literally using threat of a particular facility, where it is common knowledge among inmates and, apparently, law enforcement that everyone is raped (or otherwise terrorized) upon arrival, to get information from a former agent who is already sentenced. In other words, the aggressor is aware that this particular facility has this issue, and is using this fact in an investigation.

Putting aside, for the moment, things like the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003, and also the complex system that decides things like what level of security a particular inmate merits, this trope is common because we all act like people do or don’t “belong” at these facilities—in other words, that the people create the environs, and thus some people are not appropriate for that environment. But it is my professional experience and understanding that actually, things work the other way round—the environs create the people, and repeated exposure to trauma makes people behave in more traumatizing ways. If a facility has a reputation for being utterly unsafe, whose fault is that, ultimately? Statistically speaking, the inmates are generally the same demographics in each jurisdiction; the thing that is different is the policy set and enforced by the facility itself.

This trope comes from an unspoken collective understanding that white, wealthy people never “belong” at these facilities, and that poor people and people of color do—it’s no coincidence that the former agent in this show is a wealthy white male. The trope comes from an understanding that some people are on the same side as law enforcement, despite being convicted of a crime, and some people are inherently on the other side, and usually the uniting or dividing line is related to some form of privilege which the system and individual defendants do or do not share. The trope also comes from an understanding that people who go to state prison are all little better than animals; that anyone who lands in that system must “belong” there and that no one who belongs there is worth much—not even worth an assurance that crimes will be noticed or prosecuted if they are victimized while in state custody. It’s a racist, classist trope designed to keep you from looking at the fact that the system is aware of itself and *intentionally looking the other way*; it’s designed to keep you from noticing that the system benefits from this structure.

This trope is important to discuss, even though it is being used in fiction, because it reflects real-life understanding of prisons and who populates them.  The show is just a funhouse mirror for actual prison policy—if prison rape weren’t something “everybody knows” happens in real life, the show wouldn’t have the fertile ground for the trope.  It’s playing on viewer assumptions, and that means it needs to be discussed even though the trope itself was used in fiction.  It’s not “just a show,” and we need to be talking about it more.


A Swedish woman hitting a neo-Nazi protester with her handbag. The woman was reportedly a concentration camp survivor. [1985]

Volunteers learn how to fight fires at Pearl Harbor [c. 1941 - 1945]

A 106-year old Armenian woman protecting her home with an AK-47. [1990]

Komako Kimura, a prominent Japanese suffragist at a march in New York. [October 23, 1917]

Erika, a 15-year-old Hungarian fighter who fought for freedom against the Soviet Union. [October 1956]

Sarla Thakral, 21 years old, the first Indian woman to earn a pilot license. [1936]

Voting activist Annie Lumpkins at the Little Rock city jail. [1961]  

(freakin’ immaculate)

Source with more wonderful photos

My friend made this post, which I somehow missed earlier this week, and all of these vintage photos are so great.  Then it went viral, which is also great. ;)


Anonymous asked:

For you, what is that spot in the middle of the day that makes you go, "Okay, let's do this!"? Is it always otters or sometimes other things?

I’m guessing this question is about what makes me ready to rock professionally and personally—if it is not, my apologies for the imprecise answer!

There are a lot of things that motivate me throughout the day, both large and small, and I try to keep my motivations linked to my specific drives.  So if I’m feeling worn down by how much suffering I see, that’s when I go for the baby otters.  If I’m just feeling physically tired or listless, I usually opt for coffee or tea.  But sometimes I feel motivated by my work itself; I just look at a stack of records or a report draft and think, “Yeah!  I’m a superhero!  Let’s do this!” because I’m excited about the idea of getting it done and potentially leading a client to a better outcome. :)

That anon sex meme

Out of curiosity, does anybody other than me have the problem where they know it would drive them bonkers not knowing who sent any of the asks?  Let’s be honest, if I actually participated I would drive my partners up the wall pestering them about whether they sent me anything. XD

"What if it’s someone I would want that attention from, and they don’t know it now cause I don’t know who they are?"

"What if it’s someone I DON’T want that attention from, and it’s awksauce because I thought it was hot?"

Man I am weird about this space. XD

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