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Police Behaving Badly 4.21.15

Two police officers in Philadelphia challenged an African-American college student to a quick game of basketball.  2 days later, they tried to arrest him: Samir Hill, a 5-foot-7 point guard at Allegany College of Maryland, was playing against some neighborhood kids when the officers approached, reported Complex. The 21-year-old Hill said the officers joked that…

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More of that nonexistent racism in the U.S.

On a regular basis, conservatives (and liberals on occasion) claim that the United States is a post-racial country. In other words, racism, racial discrimination, and prejudice based on race are all things of the past. Leaving aside the fact that people who feel this way have an incomplete understanding of racism (seriously, they need a…

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Oh noez! Conservative Americans are losing their rights!

Conservative Christian business owner Brian Klawiter (pictured above) is irate. He’s not angry about the horrific levels of gun violence in the U.S. or wealth inequality. He’s not worried about Congress being incapable of doing their job or the President ordering drone strikes in other countries. Nor is he worried about cuts to government assistance…

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Empowering youth through skateboarding

No child should have to spend her days begging or working the streets to support her low-income family. Nor should he be denied access to education. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what Australian Oliver Percovich discovered in 2007 when he took to the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan on his skateboard. Surrounded by poverty-stricken children captivated by his skateboarding…

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I hope Aydian Dowling wins the ‘Ultimate Guy’ contest

Fitness magazine Men’s Health recently began this year’s ‘Ultimate Guy‘ contest. They’re looking for an active, well-rounded, health-conscious, and thoughtful man to appear on the cover of their November 2015 issue. Aydian Dowling (the sexy guy pictured above) is currently in the lead with slightly more than 20,000 votes, which is more than two and…

Feminist Link Round-Up 4.14.15

Swedish musician Robyn is hosting Tekla, a one-day festival aimed at girls 11 to 18 with an interest in tech. The festival will include workshops on game development, electronic music, programming, and more. As a bonus for visitors, the singer will also perform at the festival, which will be held April 18: The festival is being…

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It was the only way out

For many supporters of a woman’s right to an abortion, the issue is not “are fetuses sacred” or “do fetuses have a right to life”. Rather, it is about a woman having the right to decide whether or not she wants to continue her pregnancy. Her body, her choice. Bodily autonomy, in other words. The vast majority…

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Religion News 4.14.15

Charges against ‘Catholic Warrior’ dropped because she’s a Christian Back in December, Susan Hemeryck walked into the state capitol Christmas display area, pre-apologized to two Florida Department of Law Enforcement Capitol Police officers, and then proceeded to vandalize a display erected by the Satanic Temple featuring the angel Lucifer being cast down from the heavens into…

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I’m a bad, bad person

I woke up today and found out that I’m a bad person. I’m just as bad a rapist or murderer. Granted, I’ve never raped anyone, nor have I ever murdered anyone. Nor do I have thoughts about raping or murdering anyone. I’m deeply opposed to violence (though I do think there are cases where the…

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Pop Culture Link Round-Up 4.10.15

I have a fondness for Godzilla (thanks dad). A huge fondness (seriously, thanks dad). Toho Pictures’ 1954 film depicts the awakening-via nuclear testing-of a prehistoric creature that subsequently ravages Japan. Gojira (or Godzilla, as he is typically referred to in USAmerica) is a suspenseful film that invokes the horrors of nuclear testing, and serves as an…

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Once more, with feeling

In Season 6 of my favoritest tv show of all time-Buffy: The Vampire Slayer-the Scooby Gang faced an outbreak of…people breaking out into song and dance. Joss Whedon, creator of B:TVS, came up with a way to do this musical episode (titled ‘Once More, With Feeling’) that worked in the context of the fictional Buffyverse.…