From their announcement:
For various reasons, Bass Coast Festival is banning feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them, onsite. Our security team will be enforcing this policy.
We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated.
Bass Coast Festival takes place on indigenous land and we respect the dignity of aboriginal people. We have consulted with aboriginal people in British Columbia on this issue and we feel our policy aligns with their views and wishes regarding the subject. Their opinion is what matters to us.
Repeal Prohibition, Again
By the Editorial Board of the New York Times
It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.
The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.
We reached that conclusion after a great deal of discussion among the members of The Times’s Editorial Board, inspired by a rapidly growing movement among the states to reform marijuana laws.
… We recognize that this Congress is as unlikely to take action on marijuana as it has been on other big issues. But it is long past time to repeal this version of Prohibition.
Also in the New York Times: What Science Says About Marijuana
Tim Torkildson, a former employee at the Nomen Global Language Center based in Utah, says he was removed from his role as head of social media because of the mistake.
His boss claimed his article, which explained homophones means words that sound the same but have different meanings (such as their and there), could give off the impression the school promoted homosexuality.
While they both come from the Greek word ‘homo’ – which means ‘same’ – they mean, like ‘homo sapien’ or ‘homophobia’, very different things.
Speaking to the Salt Lake City Tribune, Torkildson said after the post went public he was called into the office of the company’s owner Clarke Woodger.
Woodger then told him he was fired.
Torkildson posted the conversation between the two on Facebook, with Woodger saying the social media writer ‘could not be trusted’.
The explanation to homophones has now been removed from the language school’s website.
Torkildson said he thought the post was relatively straightforward, and something those in the early stages of learning English would find useful.
“But the worst, oh the fucking worst, making my kids go to a school with only one two other black children because you don’t want them to be improperly influenced. Well, guess what John? YOU’RE the motherfuckin’ improper influence! Get yo shit! Get yo shit! And, get out! ”
Anonymous said: As a hard working cop I accept you are entitled to your opinion but I got to ask one thing. How does it feel when a cop targets a teenager because of their clothes or because they simply are a different? Shit I assume? So what the hell gives you the right to make a generalisation like that? You are no better than the shit cops you are complaining about. Like it or not the majority of us do the job because we want to help. I'm hope if you ever need us we don't judge you the way you judge us!
Wow am I really getting #NotAllCops from a fucking cop right now??
Okay, if you don’t think police are an oppressive force you are sorely mistaken.
First of all, take a look at this infographic:
Law enforcement are in a position of power, obviously, but often from this position of power many of officers’ actions go unchecked, so you have shit like African Americans being killed by police officers every 28 hours the US for shit like “reaching for their waistband.” You get shit like police families being 2-4 times more likely than the general population to experience domestic violence. You get shit like this chief saying "If I see three or four young black men walking down the street, I have to stop them and check their names. I want them to be afraid every time they see the police that they might get arrested," and walking free after shooting and killing black 89-year-old man at a barbecue unprovoked. But go ahead and tell black parents trying to protect their children that they shouldn’t “make a generalization like that.”
Despite all the shit that we consistently see the police fucking up on, the average length of punishment for a crime by a police officer is a mere 14 months. You can pretend like this shit isn’t biased but you know it is.
The problem we see here with police is obviously the bad, ableist, racist, violent, ableist, racist, trigger-happy ones, but the reason this kind of stuff persists is the good cops who won’t speak up, because according to that infographic up there even 52% of you “good cops” will stay silent for your cop buddies.
So no, #NotAllCops are like that, but #AllCopsCan do something about it. And I know that speaking up against this rigged system rooted in privilege sometimes means being fired, but to serve and protect citizens means protecting us from the bad cops, too. You say majority of cops do the job because you want to help? Then help us.
High School Reading List
Back in May, the #weneeddiversebooks campaign lit a fire to fulfill the desperate need for diverse books in children’s literature. Behind the Book has always championed efforts to find diverse authors and protagonists that will appeal to students since we serve communities of color. For your enjoyment (and enrichment), we’ve created an epic list of diverse books to reflect the diversity in our city; here’s our list for high school students.
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The Doorway Effect: Why your brain won’t let you remember what you were doing before you came in here
I work in a lab, and the way our lab is set up, there are two adjacent rooms, connected by both an outer hallway and an inner doorway. I do most of my work on one side, but every time I walk over to the other side to grab a reagent or a box of tips, I completely forget what I was after. This leads to a lot of me standing with one hand on the freezer door and grumbling, “What the hell was I doing?” It got to where all I had to say was “Every damn time” and my labmate would laugh. Finally, when I explained to our new labmate why I was standing next to his bench with a glazed look in my eyes, he was able to shed some light. “Oh, yeah, that’s a well-documented phenomenon,” he said. “Doorways wipe your memory.”
Being the gung-ho new science blogger that I am, I decided to investigate. And it’s true! Well, doorways don’t literally wipe your memory. But they do encourage your brain to dump whatever it was working on before and get ready to do something new. In one study, participants played a video game in which they had to carry an object either across a room or into a new room. Then they were given a quiz. Participants who passed through a doorway had more trouble remembering what they were doing. It didn’t matter if the video game display was made smaller and less immersive, or if the participants performed the same task in an actual room—the results were similar. Returning to the room where they had begun the task didn’t help: even context didn’t serve to jog folks’ memories.
The researchers wrote that their results are consistent with what they call an “event model” of memory. They say the brain keeps some information ready to go at all times, but it can’t hold on to everything. So it takes advantage of what the researchers called an “event boundary,” like a doorway into a new room, to dump the old info and start over. Apparently my brain doesn’t care that my timer has seconds to go—if I have to go into the other room, I’m doing something new, and can’t remember that my previous task was antibody, idiot, you needed antibody.
I finally learned why I completely space when I cross to the other side of the lab, and that I’m apparently not alone.
this is actually kind of great and it’s nice to know there’s something behind that constant spacing out whenever i enter a different place
ooc: Reblogging because holy shit.
I aspire to be this woman when I’m older.
This woman was born before women were legally allowed to vote.
So don’t think for a second that she’s joking when she sees you trying to take that right away, Republicans.
"PALESTINIAN GIRL, YOUNGEST DOCTOR IN THE WORLD"
"When someone enrols in the medicine school that one of the longest schooling required profession, by the time they finish school they will be around 30-or at least on their late 20s. But not for this girl; Eqbal Asa’d is a Palestinian Muslim woman that started the Medicine school when she was just 14 years old, ‘myhijab.info’ reports. Asa’d got her Bachelor degree in Medicine with Honors and was set by the Guinness World Records as the youngest doctor in the World, according to the report. She has been signed to go to Ohio, U.S to continue her education even further and become a Pediatrician." - Source
YOU GUYS SHE IS THE YOUNGEST DOCTOR IN THE WORLD. SHE IS A FEMALE, A MUSLIM AND A MINORITY. AND SHE IS THE YOUNGEST DOCTOR IN THE WORLD.
WHY ARE WE NOT HEARING MORE ABOUT HER?
you know why.
Main!Kitty + Ultimate!Kitty on Mutant Pride
"Is your friendship with Robert Downey Jr. in real life as good as it is on the screen between your characters?" Better. We have a really good friendship. We’ve known each other since before Zodiac. And he’s kind of like an older brother that I wish I had. He sort of looks out for me, and I remember when the role came up in the movie, I reached out to him, I was nervous about it, I said “I don’t know if I can do this” and he said “It’s alright buddy, I gotcha.”
Probably the main reason why Science Boyfriends is so canon now lol.