“Last November the Activist Post ran a story about the propensity of police officers killing civilians. Stated was the following:

"Since 9/11, and the subsequent militarization of the police by the Department of Homeland Security, about 5,000 Americans have been killed by US police officers. The civilian death rate is nearly equal to the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq. In fact, you are 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist.”

That statistic is alarming enough considering if the 4,489 American soldiers killed in combat in Iraq constitute a condition of war, then the killing of 5,000 American civilians by United States police departments ought to be viewed as a war on we the People by our very own government.

…[The fact is] a cop is far more likely… to kill you than you are to kill a cop. Stated another way, when an officer comes into contact with you, you are far less of a threat to them than the perception our culture proliferates. The police are, in fact, more of a threat to YOU.

The idea that police have an incredibly dangerous job is what we Southerners call a tall-tale, a stretch of the truth to bolster an ego unwilling to accept mediocrity. Not to take away from what many fair-minded officers do every day, but as those stubborn things called facts would have it, policing is less dangerous than farming, fishing, logging, and trash collecting, as well as six other professions.  

Now is the time to burst the cop myth and to stop giving them the deference to murder our friends and family in the street.”

— Cops: The Myth of the Most Dangerous Job | AmericaWakieWakie 

(Photo Credit: 08/20/14, Oakland marches in solidarity with Ferguson, MO after police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18 yr old Mike Brown | AmericaWakieWakie)

WINNER - Dazed Digital Magazine Interview!

Korea, like everywhere else, is no stranger to reality shows for unknown singers. Last year’s WIN (Who Is Next) was different. Unlike The X Factor or American Idol, where real talent is mixed in with amusingly-bad hopefuls, every contestant in WIN was destined for success. The show’s 11 male contestants were all signed to YG Entertainment, home to K-pop innovators such as 2NE1and BIGBANG and one of the most powerful record labels in Asia – arguably the world. Divided into Team A and Team B, they were set in ruthless competition.

The public eventually crowned Team A victorious, who were subsequently renamed WINNER after their success on the show. The five-piece went into their own reality show, scored a support slot with BIGBANG in Japan and begun work on their debut album alongside YG’s stellar stable of producers. Though the official debut of Tae-hyun, Mino, Seung-yoon, Seung-hoon and Jin-woo had been slated for spring, it wasn’t until the end of August that double lead singles, “Empty” and “Color Ring” arrived to lay waste to no less than nine South Korean charts, as well as finding success in China and Japan.

Anyone expecting the pounding beats and flashy videos that characteristics many boyband debuts may have been startled by WINNER’s gentle sound and their low-key, stylish approach to hip hop-inspired midtempo pop – but the five-piece aren’t your usual K-pop act. To boot, all members have writing credits on their debut album 2014 S/S – unheard of for a new Korean group – which combines sophisticated pop ballads like “Color Ring” with the genre-mashing “Don’t Flirt” and confident hip hop centerpiece “I’m Him”.

It’s been a long wait for the album. Were you impatient to release 2014 S/S or glad of the extra time to prepare?

Taehyun: I felt two different ways: I really wanted to meet our fans who’ve been waiting for us, but on the other hand I also felt a bit relieved because I wanted us to come out with a perfect album.

Mino: Until we as a group came out with music that we all felt proud of, I thought it was a no-brainer (to wait). I wanted us to deliver the best music possible, as well as the best performances we could give. When (our singles) ‘Empty’ and ‘Color Ring’ achieved an ‘all-kill’ on the charts I was floored and couldn’t believe it! I kept refreshing the chart website and took a screen shot.

You worked on “Empty” with B.I and Bobby from your past rivals Team B (now renamed iKON). What was it like working with them? And will you guys contribute to their music when the time comes for them to release?

Mino: Collaborating with them was so much fun. I’d love it if we could be of any help for when Team B debuts.

Tae-hyun, you have a solo song “Confession” on the album – what inspired that track?

Taehyun: While I was working on ‘Confession’ I was surfing the Internet and saw a short video clip of an advertisement. In that video I saw a female model that I couldn’t get out of my head. I tried to look her up and search her but never found her. If you look at it one way, it was love at first sight? I used that experience to write the lyrics and the melody.

What was the hardest thing for you in making this album? And do you feel changed as people having completed this long process?

Jinwoo: While going through this long process, we did our best to put out the best album possible. Personally, I practiced a lot during this time. I wanted to work even harder to really be recognized.

Mino: I would make so many edits and changes to one song that my judgement would get fuzzy. Will the fans and the public like it? Will it be able to connect? Also, I asked myself ‘will I have to compromise my bold style and image’? After dealing with that for a period of time, I was able find my sense of peace.

Unlike boybands such as EXO-K or B.A.P your debut singles were ballads. How did you feel about that?

Seungyoon: People expected us to be a performance-heavy group – but in order to change that image we needed some sort of unexpected surprise.

Mino: Although songs with a catchy hook and heavy beat aren’t bad, we didn’t want to follow trends.

Seunghoon: We want to have a place in your daily lives – one that is a familiar and close place – whether through the radio, your headphones, on the bus, or a in a café.

One of the groups’ early self-composed songs from WIN – “Smile Again” – was on your album, but you remade the gritty original into a song with a lighter style. What made you want to make that change?

Seungyoon: Personally, I do like the ‘Smile Again’ version from WIN, however as the actual group WINNER, I believe it was necessary to change up the arrangement in order to have a new start.

Mino: Because it was already released, we arranged it differently and raised the level of maturity. To us, it’s a special song with a lot of memories behind it; it’s the song of our lives.

The model concept in your album teaser looked great – were you confident when taking to the catwalk?

Seunghoon: Walking the runway confidently in the midst of flashing lights was one of my long-time dreams that I’ve had. To have been able to experience it was such a thrill. The others did a good job walking, but I was wearing a shoe with a higher heel so I felt a bit nervous. I was a bit unsatisfied with my performance.

Let’s play a game, I’ll give you a word and you attach it to a member.

Dignified: Tae-hyun, Seung-hoon

Stubborn: Tae-hyun, Seung-hoon

Moody: Tae-hyun

Patient: Jin-woo

Snores the loudest: Jin-woo

The one who finds weird things funny: Seung-yoon

Easily distracted: Mino

Generous: Seung-hoon, Seung-yoon

Most likely to say something embarrassing to a fan: Tae-hyun

Vain: Seung-yoon

Finally, what message do you have for your international fans?

Mino: Although physically we may be far apart, through our music we want to communicate with you and be close. And I want to see you anytime possible. Together let’s be true winners! I love you!

Seunghoon: Like our seniors, BIGBANG and 2NE1, I want to bring a lot of good music and go on a world tour, visiting each country to thank the fans, and let them hear our music.

Source: Dazed Digital

A Short List of Superstitions from Fellow Tumblrites!

After a post I’d made about superstitions went pretty far, I decided a list that everyone could add to would be far better for everyone wanting to share and learn! If I got anything wrong or you don’t want your name on the list next to the superstition, please don’t be afraid to remove it. I’d just wanted to give credit where credit was due. Please, have fun sharing!

Wishes

  • milkywitchguts - Holding your breath all the way from the beginning to the end of a long tunnel will grant you a wish.
  • @dontflaywithmyheart - Hold your breath AND repeatedly honk all the way through the tunnel to help your wish come true.
  • queenofchalices - If a friend wipes off a stray eyelash from your face, blow it off their finger and make a wish.
  • a-solitary-witch - When the clock says 11:11 make a wish.
  • @ravenwinged - If you’re wearing a necklace and the clasp is in the front, kiss it and make a wish as you turn it to the back again.
  • pirxnha - Swallow a chicken heart whole and make a will. It will come true.
  • pirxnha - With the wishbone of a chicken or a turkey, get another person, both of you holding a side of the wishbone. Make a wish, then break it. Whoever has the longer piece of the bone will have their wish come true. 

Good Luck / Good Intentions

  • @welltheregoesyoursociallife - If a bird shits on you it’s good luck.
  • the-faerie-witch - When riding in a car, lift your feet off the floor when you go over train tracks for good luck.
  • @norvicensiandoran - Say “Hail Mary” when you see an ambulance to help them heal.
  • @norvicensiandoran - And say “Our Father” whenever a car cuts you off for the driver to become a better driver.
  • @norvicensiandoran - Kissing your fist and tapping it to the visor whenever a light turns yellow as you cross an intersection will grant you luck.

Bad Luck / Bad Intentions

  • witchyshelbe - Always pick up your feet when going over train tracks in a car to avoid bad luck.

The Dead

  • pirxnha - Crows carry the souls of the deceased. If you see one perch near you, it’s a chance to say goodbye to a loved one.
  • willowmoon92 - Hold your breath while passing a graveyard or you will breathe in the souls of those buried there.
  • milkywitchguts - Be careful of taking things from a graveyard or else something might just follow you home for it.
  • ioqayin - Hold your breath when crossing a graveyard out of respect for the dead.

Weather

  • utterlyimpossible - If you’re making a face when the wind changes it’ll stay like that
  • pirxnha - “Red sky in morning, sailors take warning. Red sky at night, sailors delight.” To tell the weather. 


Faeries, Mermaids, Vampires, and Other Creatures

  • ioqayin - Faery Steps. It is said that the stones change so that you can never count the same amount of stones, but also that it is bad luck to count them

anonymous said:

Okay, about the behavior thingy... this is a joke right? cause I mean... the unironic 2011 shit, wtf some fans are new and just discovering their videos we were like that when it happened... how would they know is overplayed? it may be annoying yes but c'mon, also the serious rendition thing, how does it affect you or them? as long as they don't tag it let the shippers think whatever they want, (1/3)

as long as they don’t pester them with those things then let them theorize whatever they want… again it’s annoying but as long as they dont harass the with PHAN!!11!! it’s okay, same with the eye contact, if they want to see it as something romantic they can! what’s the big deal?? as long as they don’t tag it other than with phan then ITS.HARMLESS (2/3)

and lastly… who do you think you are? seriously like… what right do you have to judge or say anything about other people behavior?… being respectful is important too then respect other people views on their ship/jokes as I said AS LONG AS THEY DON’T HARASS THEM WIT IT IT’S HARMLESS! I think the only point I agree is don’t tag phan shit on their official tags (3/3)

i realize that some of the things in that post were nit picky, and probably more just annoying than problematic, like you said. for example, bi erasure is a lot more important than making delia smith jokes, i get that. and newer members of the phandom probably dont get that those jokes are overused, like i said, so im not saying every single one of those things is a deadly sin. and i’m not trying to control how other people behave, nor am I trying to make people feel awful for doing those things. i’m just saying that a lot of that behavior is immature and we, as the community that supports dan and phil, can do better. and the only way to fix problems are to talk about them. if you don’t see any problems, then that’s your opinion and I respect that. but I do - and the only way to fix problems are to talk about them. 

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  • Love Stage !! ~ OVA 
  • Released - 22/11 

As you know this OVA it were the act 16 that it was the first date of Izumi and Ryouma but as our uke does not want pain for the last time! rei asks me to tell her brother Shougo haha … For the images we see can see Saotome sensei and kuroi kun (Good that we read the more nose if agreed but Eiki Eiki sensei put in that extra saotome kuroi liked kun no god as a short story i want them!) 

  • wait a few months and donot forget them coming already act 25 LOVE STAGE !! dying to see the act !!!!
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the dude I hung out with tonight said he was 5’11” on his profile which is shorter than I prefer but seeing him in person….he had to be my height (5’9”) or shorter 😕

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