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Rudy Giuliani’s daughter arrested for shoplifting and is labelled ‘rebellious;’

Winona Ryder caught on camera shoplifting and found not-guilty.

Mike Brown ‘allegedly’ steals $.50 swisher and is executed for ‘robbery.’ 

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Trans 13-year-old banned from returning to school as herself

Rachel Pepe is a 13-year-old transgender girl from Middletown, NJ who’s gearing up to go back to school. The problem is that because she’s legally registered with the school as male, officials say she can only return to school if she “acts” and “dresses” as male.

Thorne Middle School says they won’t accommodate Rachel’s request to use women’s restrooms or even the single-stall bathroom in the nurse’s office, and they will refuse to call her by her name. No out-of-district educational opportunities will be made available, either.

“He was going to school last year as Brian,” said Angela Peters, Rachel’s mother, adding that her child developed stress-related seizures, depression and panic attacks. “How can I send her back as Rachel? And I am not sending her back as Brian because the depression will start again.”

Rachel remained deeply isolated from the rest of the student body but still, her mother said, the children would bully her because she was so quiet.

“She would get off the bus and just cry,” Peters said. “Then she would go to sleep for 17 or 20 hours and refuse to go back there.”

There is no reason in the universe to treat a child with such hostility and meanness. Rachel is incredibly brave for sharing her story on a national level when there’s so much hate brewing in her own community. School should be a safe place, but it so often isn’t; when a student has to fear mistreatment from teachers for being who she is, the school is failing her.

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Police defend tactics during Michael Brown unrest

CLAYTON, Mo. - St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar defended his department’s use of tear gas, smoke, batons, rifles and armored trucks in the days of civil unrest that followed the Michael Brown shooting, saying that the military equipment is sometimes necessary to patrol “very urban areas.”

“Very urban areas”? Ferguson is a fucking suburb, population 21,000. 

Translation: “Military equipment is sometimes necessary to patrol very black areas.”

Damn it Jim

An angry badass mix for Bones when he’s 1701% done with everyone’s shit. {listen}

01. lily allen - fuck you | 02. harry nilsson - you’re breaking my heart | 03. all american rejects - gives you hell | 04. nancy sinatra - these boots are made for walkin’ | 05. elbow - grounds for divorce | 06. cage the elephant - ain’t no rest for the wicked| 07. the white stripes - seven nation army |  08. the strokes - reptilia

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This hurts, but the pitch jump’s gonna start looking like this…

what’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

Today, 24/08/15, is national “knife day.”

I was once hired to be a knife salesperson. This is true. The pamphlets and the networking and the suitcase full of knives and everything. The qualifications for this job were: there aren’t any. We were screened pre-interview for our interpersonal skills and enthusiasm.

Enthusiasm. For knives.

The supervisor who did the product presentation during our interview laid out just literally dozens of serrated hunting knives on the table and started carving through soda cans leather satchels and a chair

I’m not going to name the company in case they come after me, you know, with knives.

I didn’t end up following through with the job and became a chocolatier instead. But I’ll always remember the fact that I cheated myself out of presumably a whole scale of perks proportionate to my success on the job, such as, I’m assuming, more, bigger, and better knives.

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Lawmaker wants Cajun Navy to train, pay fee before saving others
Without government, who would regulate Good Samaritans?

The Good Samaritans who rescued hundreds, maybe thousands of people during the “Great Flood of 2016” say they’re not happy after a state lawmaker announced that he wants government to regulate future actions by citizen heroes.

A loosely organized group called the “Cajun Navy,” took it upon themselves to save strangers, hundreds upon hundreds of them, by boat even when their own property was flooding.

“For the most part, these people are not going to wait for assistance. They’re doers,” said Cajun Navy member Dustin Clouatre of St. Amant.

He got in his pleasure skiff and with others, cleared out entire neighborhoods that were under water after historic rains triggered major flooding.

“At one time in my boat, I had a guy I dropped off at a Buddhist temple. I had a black guy, and I had a Mexican guy. And when we dropped them all off, everybody hugged, high-fived, loved on each other and sent them on their way,” remembers Clouatre.

He and members of the Cajun Navy say they’re against talk of government regulation.

Sen. Jonathan Perry of the Vermillion-Lafayette area, announced he is working on legislation that could require training, certificates and a permit fee to allow these volunteers to get past law enforcement into devastated areas.

“How can you regulate people helping people? That doesn’t make sense to me,” said Clouatre.