The whole “I support Palestinians but Hamas is an extremist/terrorist” yadda yadda yadda line is annoying. Occupied peoples have a right to resistance and armed struggle MUST be a part of any liberatory praxis when the oppressor has forgone consciousness and dehumanizes an entire people.

It has been ten months since I last
babysat this girl and I realize that her
face is a tomato: red and flushed and
round. Full cheeks. Wide eyes. Baby fat.

By instinct, my brain captures the picture
Nerves igniting: She’s gotten chubby
My wires have been programmed to
notice this first, it is embarrassing but

I cannot help it, at least she is cute
and funny, that mouth of hers!

Tomato-Faced Girl with an egg for a belly
is nine years old, sooner or later

she will notice these things for herself.
At lunch, she pushes her cupcake to me
I don’t want it, she tells me, eyes like a
basset hound, a flying saucer, you can eat it

I don’t want to touch it, it is my grandma’s
birthday and we will already be eating
cake in the afternoon. The cupcake sits
there dressed in its red velvet and cream

cheese ribbons, tantalizing. Mocking.
The kids these days all carry smart phones
and Tomato-Faced Girl is not an
exception. She is texting her best friend

inviting her over. The best friend wants
to know who else is there. Picky girl.
I have to take a picture of you, the
girl with the saucer eyes tells me

She holds up her phone, smile!
I know the right face to make, have
practiced it in front of the mirror,
when I was sure no one else was looking:

Mouth quirked into a smile; lower lip
hanging loosely (not too stiff now)
shows half a layer of teeth; raise the
eyebrows just a tad so no one makes

Asian jokes; ponytail swung over the
shoulder as a reminder I have hair;
I know this face so well, it is my best one,
the one that everyone else likes.

She’s coming over, the girl tells me and
I smile, knowing. Can I look at your
pictures?
I ask, arms outstretched
and she nods, eagerly handing me

her prized possession. I click Camera Roll:
Two thousand, six hundred and thirteen.
The photo of me is on the top. I squint,
wondering why my eyes are always uneven

why only one has an epicanthal fold, but
the rest of me looks fine. My fingers swipe
away into the past: two thousand, six hundred
and twelve. She is at the zoo, next to the zebras.

In the mirror of a dressing room, with her sister,
dressed as air hostesses. On the bus to school.
Swimming. Dancing. I stumble upon the
photo of her in bed, purple pajamas complimenting

her red face. From the corners of the frame
her arms are cable car lines connecting phone
to torso, camera to subject. She is smiling.
Swipe. Same place, same position, but

her tongue is sticking out. Swipe.
Saucer eyes become satellites, open
mouth becomes a train tunnel. The Scream.
Hey! Why are you looking at those?

She is behind me, tomato face blushing.
No reason, I shrug. Your selfies are cute.
Her face somehow softens more, becomes a blur
My brother says selfies are stupid.

When did it become so complicated?
When did not hating yourself become stupid?
He’s an idiot, I say, reaching for her hand.
Fingers that fill up all my empty spaces.

#selfie (via jemmatangerine)

sufferingsappho:

Like a good 80% of “social justice” posts basically boil down to “Please don’t do this because it hurts people” and motherfuckers still can’t handle that


empyrien:

alizabug:

I’ve posted this before but this gives me strength when I have none

IVE WATCHED THIS A MILLION TIMES AND ITS NEVER NOT FUNNY

(Source: videohall)


People play in the sandbox they’ve been given. The narratives of Sherlock, Supernatural, Teen Wolf and even One Direction are all dominated by male/male relationships already, with female characters either in the minority or in the background. The fact that there are only three female/female pairings on this list may not just be a comment on fandom itself, so much as a sign of how rare it is to see a television show or movie that focuses heavily on an intense relationship between two women.

'Sherlock,' 'Teen Wolf,' 'Supernatural' among top targets for fanfic writers

Just wanted to pullquote the most insightful part of that dailydot piece from earlier today.

(via stopitsgingertime)

And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard.

soyramen:

so theres this thing and i,

soyramen:

so theres this thing and i,


(Source: jchthys)


There are at least three ways in which [U.S. foreign] aid to Israel is different from that of any other country. First, since 1982, U.S. aid to Israel has been transferred in one lump sum at the beginning of each fiscal year, which immediately begins to collect interest in U.S. banks. Aid that goes to other countries is disbursed throughout the year in quarterly installments.

Second, Israel is not required to account for specific purchases. Most countries receive aid for very specific purposes and must account for how it is spent. Israel is allowed to place US aid into its general fund, effectively eliminating any distinctions between types of aid. Therefore, U.S. tax-payers are helping to fund an illegal occupation, the expansion of colonial-settlement projects, and gross human rights violations against the Palestinian civilian population.

A third difference is the sheer amount of aid the U.S. gives to Israel, unparalleled in the history of U.S. foreign policy. Israel usually receives roughly one third of the entire foreign aid budget, despite the fact that Israel comprises less than .001 of the world’s population and already has one of the world’s higher per capita incomes. In other words, Israel, a country of approximately 6 million people, is currently receiving more U.S. aid than all of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean combined when you take out Egypt and Colombia.

theanunnakiconnection:

lehaaz:

descentintotyranny:

A tweet from CNN reporter Diana Magnay, which was quickly deleted.

CNN accidentally hired someone who does actual reproting


make this huge

theanunnakiconnection:

lehaaz:

descentintotyranny:

A tweet from CNN reporter Diana Magnay, which was quickly deleted.

CNN accidentally hired someone who does actual reproting

make this huge