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BLACK MAN SHUTS DOWN THE POLICE

YouTube is full of videos where young white men, often times armed, stand up to police and force the officers to back down. With African-Americans, however, the rules are often different and knowing your rights will get you Tasered or worse. One African-American man recorded an encounter with police where he avoided getting arrested or shοt while preserving his rights.

When cops knocked on his door looking for a fugitive, Avel Amarel was determined to record the incident and not allow officers to illegally enter his home, according to a video posted on TheFreeThoughtProject.com.

Police told Amarel that they wanted to search his home because of an incident that occurred in the parking lot, but Amarel told the officers that the person they were looking for was not inside his home and he wasn’t allowing police to enter without a warrant.

Officer, I can’t let you inside without a search warrant,” he says.

Early in the encounter, an officer attempts to get Amarel to stop recording cell phone video, using the excuse that he didn’t know what the object was. Amarel informed the officer that the object in question was a cell phone and continued recording.

Throughout the video, Amarel refuses to let up, asking officers for three forms of identification. The officers never present any ID, but ask Amarel for ID, but he refuses. Amarel asks the officers whether he’s suspected of a crime and when the officers explain again about the fugitive, Amarel tells them that only he and his family are at the home.

When one officer asks for permission to search the home, Amarel tells him to come back with a warrant. Eventually the officers leave in frustration.

(h/t blacklikemoi.com)

Gohan is better as a Scholar

I am going to upset some people today. I loved Gohan during the Majin Buu arc, having his Ultimate Potential Unlocked so he could go toe to toe with Super Buu, he was truly epic. 

Although it sucks to see someone who in base form rivaled Goku’s strength fall so much in power, I dont really mind Gohan being the Scholarly Type. Gohan never wanted to be the Warrior that his father and Vegeta were. Before you Kamehameha me, just listen. 

Gohan from the beginning was pushed to academics by his mother. Yes, but he also showed CONSIDERABLE talent in academics from a young age. Much of that was being pushed, sure. 

Gohan never fought because he wanted to. 

In the Saiyan Saga he was Kidnapped (Twice). He was then forced by Piccolo to train to fight against Vegeta and Nappa. Once Piccolo died, Gohan decided to go to Namek with Bulma and Krillin, it was to pay back a debt to Piccolo.

During the Frieza Saga, Gohan was practically a cornered rat. He was forced into situation after situation where he would be forced to fight in order to survive.

When the Androids and Cell appeared, Gohan again had to set down what he wanted in order to make the world safe. Goku even told Gohan to defeat Cell so that he could become a Scholar. Goku knew his son had no desire to fight, despite his incredible ability to do so. 

After Cell was defeated, Gohan went to school, tried to become a normal “Human” child. It was here we begin to see Gohan at his happiest, when he is allowed to focus on his dreams. 

When Majin Buu came onto the scene, Gohan stepped up ONCE AGAIN to try to make it safe. 

In Dragonball Super, Gohan settled down to have a family of his own. Still finding himself having to step up to fight, but this time it was far beyond what he could have expected and he easily lost against the God of Destruction. 

With a loss like this, it is no wonder he did not train at all after the BOG. In fact, when Frieza appeared we see he has even lost his Gi. Afterwards he begins again to train with Piccolo, if only to keep his family safe. 

When the tournament happened between Universes 6 and 7, Gohan missed due to having an Academic Conference, despite his having been training with Piccolo.

By the time that the Future Trunks / Goku Black arc rolled around, Gohan is seen trying to balance his family and his studies. Trunks marvels at Gohan, unaware that Gohan could make a face that happy. Trunks leaves Gohan and his family out of the terrors that are plaguing his future, it isn’t until much later that Gohan finds out what has happened. Even then it is too late for him to help. 

In GT we see him as the Professor. Someone who has achieved what he wished. We see the happiness that this brings him, we also see him step up and fight when he is needed. 

All of this also makes sense if you take into consideration the Dragonball Online Lore:

After the demise of his father, Gohan reflects on the power he wields and so he devoted himself to scholarly research on the source of that strength, ki. Gohan begins researching the martial arts of the past, organizing them in his book Groundbreaking Science in Age 804. The book quietly gains popularity and one of the articles, “Katchin Can Be Cut!”, has an immense influence in the birth of the Swordsman class, as it leads to the creation of Trunks and Goten’s Kikoukenjutsu Sword School in the year following the book’s release. It also leads to Krillin and Tien Shinhan starting up their own training schools in Age 821, the New Turtle School and the New Crane School respectively. As a result, by Age 1000, many Earthlings have taken up advance martial arts and understand ki control. (FROM the Wikia)


If Gohan is really to make this large a contribution to the World of Dragonball, I see no problem in his wishing to be a scholar. Arguably this accomplishment above all others did more for the world than the accomplishments that others in the series have made.

Savoir c’est Pouvoir (Knowledge is Power), 1989 (Barbara Kruger)

One of twenty artworks commissioned by the French Government to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the French Revolution -

“Kruger brings the experiences of a woman in a male-dominated society, the sensitivity of a poet, and the training of a graphic designer to create her powerful photomontages that question power, sexual politics, and the hidden meaning of images. The chief designer of Mademoiselle in the early 1970s, she began to deconstruct mass-media images visually and verbally in the 1980s…” (Art Daily)

“When I was 12 years old, a missionary saw me and suggested that I learn how to do flower arrangements. I said, ‘Dudes don’t do things like flower arrangements’. The missionary then said, ‘In life, there’s a difference between choosing not to do something because you don’t know it and being knowledgeable about something and then choosing not to do it.’ My view completely changed after he said this. So I learned how to do flower arrangements as well as some other things, but in the end I ended up choosing to run my own flower shop. 30 years have passed since that moment.”

“제가 12살 때였는데, 선교사가 저보고 꽃을 배우라고 권하더라구요. 그래서 제가 ‘사내새끼가 무슨 꽃을 배워요.’라고 했어요. 그랬더니 선교사가 ‘살면서 모르고 안 하는 것과 알고 안 하는 것은 다르다’라고 말하더라구요. 그 말에 제가 완전히 넘어갔어요. 그래서 그 후 꽃을 배웠는데, 다른 것도 좀 하다가 결국 꽃집 운영을 선택했어요. 그렇게 30년이 흘렀죠.” 

People are so afraid of what they don’t know, but what’s worse is that they’re completely unwilling to do something about it, and learn, and understand.

If a medication scares you then why don’t you learn about the chemicals that are in it and how they affect your body.

Does high acid content scare you? Why don’t you study titrations and buffer systems? Why aren’t you learning about pH? Why aren’t you going online and watching chemistry videos on YouTube? Why aren’t you going to the library and checking out chemistry textbooks?

Oh, what’s that? You don’t have time for that? But you do have time to surf Facebook groups and read fearmongering blog entries by chemphobic nut jobs? Okay then.

Our current society is downright allergic to knowledge and it’s scary.

BEFORE the jewish holocaust, there was the Shark Island Concentration Camp located off the coast of Nambia. Over 10,000 african people from the herero and nanaqua tribe were killed between 1905 and 1907. This was omitted from our history books because these are things they DONT want us to know.