anonymous asked:

At what age can you say it changes from "just a child dressing up" to "cultural appropriation". Like to example a 3 year old dressing up like a American Indian, or shouldn't they be allowed to do that? Thank you for your answer!

If you aren’t sure of the tribal affiliation of a Native person, I believe it is more respectful to refer to them as Natives or Native Americans, rather than Indian/American Indian—the history of using “Indian” to refer to Natives stems primarily from Columbus thinking he was in India, and is frequently considered offensive.

Those costumes are still appropriative and racist whether the person is 3 or 30. The only difference is who you can hold accountable for it. A 3-year old has no understanding of race or racism, but their parents can be held accountable for putting them in an outfit like that because it is racist and appropriative, and that person should know better than to allow it.

You can think of it in terms of physical objects: if a 3-year old steals gum from a store because it was near the register and within reach, the item is still stolen and stealing is still wrong, even though the child isn’t aware of that. Their parents would be responsible for it because they are responsible for their child’s actions.

Similarly, if a 30-year old steals something from a store, the item is still stolen and stealing is still wrong. They would be held accountable of their own accord because they are responsible for their own actions at that point in their adulthood.

I hope that made sense!

Mod T

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If We Want to Ask Stephen Harper Questions, We Have to Give His Party $78,000 | VICE | Canada
We tried to question the prime minister, but were basically told to get stuffed.

Four of the five questions go to tour media—those journalists who are on the official Conservative campaign bus—and one goes to the local media.

To get on that bus, you’ll need to shell out $3,000 a day. Or, alternatively, you can get discounted long-term rates of $12,500 a week, or $78,000 for the entire two-and-a-half-month campaign.

Local reporters, on the other hand, have their questions vetted to ensure they’re “local” enough. Local reporters are not permitted to ask national questions. Teneycke vets their questions.

We national reporters—who are neither paying that huge sum of money, nor are local reporters—assumed that we’d still be able to ask questions. Turns out not. […]

This is where we’re at, folks. A half-dozen reporters, the ones that are willing to shell out the hefty sum of money, will be the only ones permitted to ask national questions of the prime minister. That’s the media strategy of the Conservative Party on this campaign.

Also a possibility: the prime minister didn’t want to answer my question, so he spiked it himself.

Either way, that fucking sucks.

On being a dopamine junkie and food addiction

I started smoking when I was 10 and drinking not long after that. My developing brain learned early to feed the dopamine reward loop. Thankfully, the older and wiser me was able to quit both habits – smoking around 2001 and drinking last year.

My brain is still an addict, though, and it is always on the hunt for more dopamine. It’s discovered a couple of methods to keep that feedback loop alive: tumblr and sugar.

For the past couple of years, I’ve spent many hours a day on tumblr. Over the past few months, I’ve backed off. It’s so easy to get sucked back in again (like I did for the past hour I see by my clock), though – I really have to be careful and set a timer so I don’t fall down the rabbit hole.

Sugar, though. Maaaaan, sugar. It lights my brain up like crazy. But just like nicotine, alcohol and other drugs – I’ve built up a tolerance. I can’t have just one. Not one bite, not one cookie, not one piece of chocolate. Could I have one cigarette? Absolutely not. Could I have one beer? Nope.

I’ve got alcohol in my house – there’s bourbon, beer, hard cider (leftover from when The Internet was here how long ago? Months?) But I don’t touch it. Why? Because I know I can’t have just one.

I need to treat junk food the same way I treat drugs & alcohol. There is no such thing as moderation for me. If I have one, I’m off the deep end for the rest of the day, and can pretty much guarantee the pattern will continue for days or weeks after that. When I look at a food with sugar in it, I have to equate it in my mind with a cigarette or a glass of wine.

I’ve also got to get past the withdrawl symptoms – I make it about 2-3 days every time and then the anxiety escalates, the cravings are intense, and I obsess about my next fix. It feels no different than quitting smoking. My brain is addicted to the dopamine loop. I need to push through the discomfort zone.

Some people can track their food or go for “moderation.” That absolutely will not work for me. Here’s how I know:

  • I can’t have just one
  • I go on multi-day binges and can’t stay off of it for more than 2-3 days
  • I frequently hide my eating
  • I  eat when I’m anxious (just like I’d go for a smoke break)
  • I make excuses to get food I know I don’t need (treats for the family)
  • I continue to shove junk in my face even when it no longer is satisfying
  • There is no off switch until all the junk is gone

So, today is day 1.

How To Stop Procrastinating And (Finally) Start Looking For A Job

So how can you finally muster up the determination to start looking for a new job? Try these tips:

1) Commit To A Little At A Time.

2) Remind Yourself of Your Desired Outcome.

3) Find Some Accountability.

More tips on how to stop procrastinating and star looking for a job.

I promised an example of an exception of cultural appropiation when it comes to native folk.

Here it is

So vice news did a special on the Alto Rio Guamá reserve in Brazil, the Tembe tribe has been battling for decades to save its land from illegal loggers and settlers. 

A white vice reporter had interviewed the natives on their experiences and issues they had and even went with the natives on a scouting mission to find ilegal loggers. I suggest yall watch the special, I´ll post it up.

Before going out to the scouting mission they put on red warrior paint.

The warrior paint has cultural significance and you can tell that these natives have risked their lives fighting against these ilegal loggers and settlers for years, so they have earn their respect.

Some have actually died because of those criminals.

The vice reporter has been respectful and listens to the native people´s experiences. He is actually helping people get to know the issues the natives of brazil are facing. And guess what? They encouraged the white guy to put on some of their red warrior paint.

His quote “So the tembe insisted that I get a bit of my own red war paint”

Do it right white folk, don´t use native american´s culture without their consent and do it with accountability. 

Insanity Day 1

Originally posted by sabrinavandemaas

Day 01 - Fit test.

Stats:

Height: 5′1
Weight: 180.4 lbs (size 14-15)

Workout:
I started with a headache but strong determination.
Duration: 20 minutes, my laptop died.

(Didn’t want to start the workout because I wanted accurate stats for the fit test)

Switch Kicks:   50 ish. I lost track          

Power Jacks:     40        

Power Knees:    50    

Power Jumps:    20 - I couldn’t jump really high and was already exhausted at that point.        

Globe Jumps:      5      

Suicide Jumps:   8        

Push-Up Jacks:   I had three when my laptop died :O        

L.plank Oblique: Couldn’t complete, laptop dead.

Even though i’m all sweaty, i’m excited for tommorow!


Also Thanks to fitchris25 and funeralformyfat for giving me the motivation to start insanity. Also thanks to veggiepatchkid for overall inspiration and motivation <3 You guys make me push myself further!

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Aboriginal affadavits disallowed in courtroom days after TRC report released
"Where’d you go to school? Asking any other Canadian this is the most casual and even entertaining way of entering a conversation. Ask a First Nations person my age or older and you’re opening up a Pandora’s box of pain.

…Somehow in the year 2015, just days after the TRC report was issued, this happened: a two-week trial centred around allegations of physical and emotional abuse of Indigenous children at a remote Catholic school in the 1960s was conducted entirely in the absence of First Nations complainants themselves.

Affidavits sworn by Furlong’s former students were flatly dismissed, in absentia, as lies and fabrications. In their absence, middle-aged claimants were infantilized, as the defence suggested they might have succumbed en masse to False Memory Syndrome upon the arrival of a reporter in their town in 2012. […]

Then, in the final coup-de grace, the Burns Lake witnesses were eliminated from their own narrative. […]

Courtrooms are, culturally and historically, where First Nations people go to lose.

In Courtroom 54, they just vanished.

Abolition is the beginning of a culture committed to true accountability which seeks the healing and transformation of brokenness and injury. Abolition results when we recognize that hurt people hurt people; and that physical violence is most often a symptom of economic deprivation, racism, prior abuse, and learned hopelessness. Abolition seeks to create communities without walls and borders; communities that recognize that no humans are illegal or irredeemable; communities that do not confuse accountability with permanent exile and warehousing.

Small-scale traders at traditional markets in Bucharest say they are being “eaten alive” by the expansion of Lidl and other Western European supermarket chains. Image by Claire Provost. Romania, 2015.

Should You Run an NGO Like a Business?

The reputation of the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) is on thin ice. Ever since journalist and aid worker Michael Maren skewered NGOs in his book The Road to Hell in 2002, arguing that they often do more harm than good, NGO skepticism has cropped up in popular discourse. Most recently, distrust of NGOs emerged in a Cambodian law passed July 13, 2015, that requires all Cambodia-based NGOs to report their activities and finances to the government, or else risk criminal charges. Do NGOs really pose such a threat?

Read the full story by Pulitzer Center intern Anna Ziv on our blog.

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