bernie sanders for president is the dream tbh

- he voted against the shitty 1996 defense of marriage act passed under president bill clinton, which narrowly defined marriage as “between one man and one woman”

- he is one of only two independents remaining in the us senate

- he admires scandinavian-style government and wants to reform american capitalism

- he is highly critical of mass media, particularly news agencies, stating: “i think in a democratic society, you don’t want one or two institutions controlling the flow of information.”

- he attended the 1963 march on washington and organized support for the student nonviolence coordinating committee in the 1960s

- he is (and has been) pushing to raise awareness and pass legislation to address global warming

- he was willing to work across traditionally perceived party lines to pass legislation to reform the department of veteran’s affairs and also introduced legislation to increase disability compensation for veterans and their families, both of which passed congress

- he supported legislation to cut the cost of hiv and aids medications 

- he is a self-proclaimed democratic socialist

- i’m thrilled that he’s running because he wants to make sure that issues are seriously discussed before a democratic candidate is selected and he just has such a good track record and genuinely works to represent his constituents. basically he’s rad as hell and i have so much respect for him.


Celebrating World Turtle Day with @asenseofhuber and #turtletuesday

For more of Kyle and his turtles’ adventures, follow @asenseofhuber and his second account, @turtletuesday.

May 23 marks World Turtle Day, an annual observance started in 2000 by the American Tortoise Rescue to bring attention to protecting turtles, tortoises and their environments. Los Angeles graphic designer Kyle Huber (@asenseofhuber) has been highlighting his own turtles in creative ways every week for the past three years through his #turtletuesday series. While Kyle’s day-to-day shots include drone-captured aerial videos of the California coast and vibrant, colorful photos that experiment with perspective, each week without fail there will be a cameo appearance by at least one of his seven red-eared sliders: Shelly, Myrtle, Franklin, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo.

“I got my first baby turtle when I was 12 years old and have been obsessed with them ever since,” Kyle shares. “Coming up with a new and original turtle photo each week can be challenging, so occasionally I have to bring a couple with me on my adventures so I can photograph them in new places. So far, they’ve been all over LA and even road-tripped as far as San Francisco.”

Ben E. King, Soul Legend Dies at 76

Ben E. King, American soul and R&B singer died last Thursday on April 30, 2015. Recognized as possessing one of the most elegant baritone voices in music history, King was best known as the singer and composer of his 1961 single “Stand by Me.” Before he went solo, he recorded chart-topping hits with the Drifters in the 1950s. There more memorable songs, in which King sang the lead vocal on were ”There Goes My Baby,” “This Magic Moment” and “Save the Last Dance for Me,” 

 When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No I won’t be afraid
Oh, I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
So darling, darling
Stand by me, oh stand by me
Oh stand, stand by me
Stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
All the mountains should crumble to the sea
I won’t cry, I won’t cry
No, I won’t shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

There is no longer room for people to ‘be in the grey area’, if you aren’t helping you are only making things worse.

Ever heard of the saying ‘don’t be a bystander’?

There is no longer such a thing as ‘I don’t wanna get involve’, it has come down to you either are helping or hurting.

By saying that you don’t want to get involved you immediately invalidate everyone who is trying to help.

People don’t realize that not doing anything is actually still doing something.
—  And that something is just hurting everyone around you.
Responding to Ridiculous Thoughts About Baltimore

Police brutality is a serious issue plaguing our nation, but so is stupidity. Here are some of my responses to some of the stunningly stupid thoughts about Baltimore I’ve seen circulating the Internet

People are rioting because they’re fed up

Ok? Scream. Cry. Express your anger. But don’t try to climb to an ivory tower on the corpses of dead black people to justify this godless anarchy, or pretend that anyone lighting cop cars on fire or stealing cell phones is doing it for Freddie Gray or to end police brutality. You sound like those news anchors talking about kids who go on killing sprees, and how they were “bullied their whole lives.” Being “fed up” doesn’t absolve you of your responsibility to be a decent human being.

The police deserve it

Um, no. No they don’t. The ones that have acted outside of their duties and jurisdiction should lose their jobs and face prison sentences. They shouldn’t have to defend themselves from gullible high schoolers that are trying to reenact the 2nd Purge movie.

People care more about broken windows than an unarmed black man being killed by police

Maybe if there weren’t people throwing bricks at windows, lit torches at cop cars, and boulders at law enforcement, the media would be covering the actual issues, and not the savagery surrounding them. 

Violent protests are effective

Effective at what exactly? Yes, there was violence in the 60s as black Americans fought for equality. But I’m willing to bet every penny in my bank account that I don’t owe my rights to some vintage low life capitalizing on chaos so they could rob a store while the actual revolutionaries were protesting.

You can’t condemn looting when this country was built on stolen labor in stolen land and stolen resources

I think considering the fact that virtually every country has participated in slavery among other grievous crimes against humanity, and that while the British introduced slavery to what is now known as America, the United States abolished it relatively quickly in relation to its founding, and that despite its economic benefits most people were able to conclude that it was wrong… Yes you absolutely can condemn looting. And of course America was in the wrong concerning its treatment of Native Americans, but that that’s generally how territory was gained in the context of history. Almost every border in the world has been drawn by war. I won’t speak on the stolen resources aspect because I don’t know enough about it, but I’m guessing you’re still a dumb hippie.

A riot is the language of the unheard

So, instead of writing your local congressman, rob CVS. Makes sense. Now that the world is listening all you’re telling them with your actions is that you couldn’t give a rat’s ass about your community, so why should they?

Property can be rebuilt but no one can give back the black lives that have been lost

Tell that to the pastor of the church that was building a affordable housing for senior citizens that was burned down. And you’re right, no one can give back the black lives lost. Especially not a 17 year old on twitter.

When white people riot over sports games no one bats an eye but when black people riot over things that matter we’re demonized

Who do you know that thinks sports riots are acceptable? The difference between sports riots and these “social justice” riots is that the sports riots are incited by drunk fans and last for a night. These social justice riots last for days, sometimes weeks on end, and while the sports riots are transparent in their ridiculousness, the social justice riots try to claim moral high ground when in reality they are hiding behind a “cause” to indulge in their own selfish, criminal vices.

Josh Duggar accurately portrays how easy it is for a white cis male to cheat the system

[CN: police brutality/racist violence]

When I was 10, a group of thugs kicked in the door to my home, knocking it off the hinges, looking for drugs. They held my family and me at gunpoint for hours while they tore our house apart. When they left my mom called the cops; they arrived two hours later, treating us as if we were the crooks and complaining about writing the police reports.

When I was 12 I would play full-court basketball at Ellwood Park, on the city’s east side. One day the cops came through, saying they were looking for a robbery suspect. Suddenly about six officers entered the court from all four directions and made everyone lie on the ground, face down. A friend of mine, whom we called Fat Kevin, asked, “Why y’all treatin’ us like animals?” One of the cops shouted, “Because you are worthless!” though he also used a much more vulgar, and around here a much more common, term.

Then, when I was 14, a cop clothes-lined a kid named Rick off a moped. Rick hopped up, yelling, “What did I do?” and was instantly clubbed down by the cop and his partner. Rick’s face was badly bruised for weeks.

I can throw in stories from the years in between, or the years after, ranging from pre-K to graduate school. And whether they were marching, or torching a cop car, or cleaning up Tuesday morning, black Baltimoreans have almost all had similar stories.

In this installment of the Illipsis, Jay Smooth takes a hard look at the push to honor women’s contributions to society by putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. (Suck it Andrew Jackson!) While well-intentioned, our nation’s complicated history with slavery and the devaluation or black bodies taints the tribute. “What we are doing right now is honoring the work Harriet Tubman did to free us from slavery by putting her face on the reason we were in slavery,” he says, while raising a $20 bill to the camera. “The dollar is history’s measure of the distance between power and virtue, how far we will travel from our humanity in pursuit of this thing.”

(via Jay Smooth: The Problem with Honoring Harriet Tubman on the $20 - YouTube)

In prenatal surgery, babies recoil from sharp objects. At the same age, they can be aborted. #theyfeelpain

Anesthesia given to babies for fetal surgery. Yet at same stage, they can be killed in abortion. #theyfeelpain

Pass #HR36, pain-capable unborn babies deserve a chance at life. #theyfeelpain


Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. -Martin Luther King Jr.

Dramatic Photography of Mount Everest Avalanche by AFP's Roberto Schmidt

The massive magnitude 7.8 earthquake, which struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, triggered an avalanche, which injured and killed dozens of people. At the Everest basecamp, AFP’S South Asia photo chief Roberto Schmidt captured photographs of the dangerous moment, its survivors and its devastating aftermath. 

Singapore-based marine biologist George Foulsham on scene told the AFP

“I couldn’t breathe, I thought I was dead. When I finally stood up, I couldn’t believe it passed me over and I was almost untouched.“

While Lakpa Rita, a famous Nepalese mountaineer, who climbed Mount Evertest 17 times said: “Nothing like this has happened before at Everest base camp. This is a huge, huge avalanche.”

It has been reported that at least 18 people have been found dead, while over 60 were injured, which are predicted to be foreigners. Among one of the victims was google executive Daniel Fredinburg, who was visiting Mount Everest in an attempt to create a Google street map view of the Everest Base Camp. 

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