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So this was circulating my Facebook feed...

It’s National Book Week. The rules are, grab the closest book to you, turn to page 56, post the 5th sentence as your status. Don’t mention the title. Copy the rules as part of your status.

So, just for funsies, I grabbed the closest book. It happened to be Drums of Autumn. Flipped to page 56… its that sweaty on a rock “I feel like Eve” sex scene… yeah, not posting the fifth sentence of THAT on facebook.

Originally posted by marvelandwhimsy

But, because it is just for funsies, here’s the fifth sentence plus seven thru nine.

“I can’t,” I assured him. “Oh!”

”Ah?” came the thick interrogative. I lay back on the rock, my back arching as the stars spun dizzily overhead.

Originally posted by moan-s

I did end up doing it, but with the book that was *next* to the closest book… which was Dragonfly in Amber and got this lovely random quote:

"The garage door creaked, groaned, then surrendered to the inevitable and surged suddenly upward, amid the twanging of springs and clouds of dust.”

Originally posted by dmjdenise

Anne Frank could be a 87-year-old woman living in Boston today. But was denied a US visa.

“As President Trump prepares orders to wall out Mexicans and shut out refugees from America, today marks one of the most hateful days in our nation’s history… Today the Statue of Liberty weeps over President Trump’s discrimination. President Trump is beyond the wrong side of history. He is driving our nation off a moral cliff. When President Trump uses national security as a guise for racism, he doesn’t strengthen our national security. He compromises our national security by engendering disrespect for America by people around the world. Make no mistake, suspending visas for citizens of Middle Eastern and African countries is not called national security. It’s called prejudice.

President Trump is now exacerbating the largest global refugee crisis in history. His slamming America’s doors on the starving, the wounded and the abused is a grotesque blot on our nation’s history of freedom. The President’s actions are an embarrassment to the timeless vision of America as inscribed by Emma Lazarus to “give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Demonizing refugees and immigrants, and spending billions of taxpayer dollars to keep them out of our nation, will go down in American history as one of the most tragic deviations from our national conscience.”

- Statement of Steven Goldstein, Executive Director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect

THIRTEEN’s The Talk – Race in America Tackles the Issue of Young People of Color and Their Uneasy Encounters With Law Enforcement. It premieres Monday, February 20, 9 p.m. on PBS. In anticipation of that premiere Tumblr and THIRTEEN  have convened officers, advocates and policy experts to discuss the state of community policing in the United States. 

Dr. Bryant T. Marks is a National Trainer on Implicit Bias and Community Policing. He has trained over 1,000 police chiefs via a series of White House briefings, and several thousand patrol officers through small group workshops in police departments across the country. He is a professor of psychology at Morehouse College and also serves as a Senior Research Fellow with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement.

John Matthews is the Executive Director of the Community Safety Institute (CSI) and a former Chief of Police. John developed and implemented community policing for the Dallas Police Department in the 1990’s and has worked nationally on scores of COPS Office initiatives over the past twenty years developing over 100 community policing training programs. John also serves as the Director of Federal Partnerships for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and was a member of the White House 21st Century Policing team.

Bakari Kitwana is the executive director of Rap Sessions, which is currently touring the nation leading town hall discussions on the theme “Run Toward Fear: Millennial Activists and Social Justice in the Trump Era” He is the author of The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African-American Culture the forthcoming Hip-Hop Activism in the Obama Era.

Trevena Garel is a retired New York City Police Sergeant. During her 21-year career Trevena served as both an undercover and an investigator in the NYPD’s Chief of Patrol’s Investigation and Evaluation Section, investigating allegations of misconduct involving both uniformed and/or civilian members of the NYPD. Trevena has had “The Talk” with her three children and her two oldest grandchildren.

Chief Michael Koval began his career with the Madison Police Department in 1983. Before becoming the Chief in 2014 he was the Sergeant of Recruitment and Training for 17 years. He has a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.

The Ask Box is now open.  Ask our panelists a question!

Our panelists will start responding on Saturday, February 18. 

White Nationalism, Take Four
  • Racist: All your scientific nonsense about genetic markers and objective measurements won't stop our white nation!
  • Antifa: So for the fourth time: how are you deciding who is and who isn't "white?"
  • Racist: Simple - if your ancestors are European, then you're white! Ta-dah! LONG LIVE THE WHITE RACE!
  • Antifa: So when you say "Europe," are you including countries that were part of the Ottoman Empire? You know like Serbia, Romania...
  • Racist: Sure
  • Antifa: ...Turkey...
  • Racist: Uh, ok
  • Antifa: ...Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Lybia, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia...
  • Racist: Whoa whoa whoa! Now hold on there!
  • Antifa: What's the matter? The Ottoman Empire extended over all these areas at one point or another, so if you're going to include Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, and Turkey in your "European ancestry" definition, then you're going to have to include these as well.
  • Racist: OK, we don't mean historical Europe. Just the parts of the Ottoman Empire that were in continental Europe are where white people are from.
  • Antifa: Oh, of course! Continental Europe! So we're still including Turkey, and all the Mediterranean as "white," right?
  • Racist: Yes.
  • German racist: Fuck no!
  • Antifa: Then there's Russia. It's split between Europe and Asia. So what do you want to do with Russians? Are they all "white," all "non-white," or does it depend on what side of the Ural Mountains one's ancestors come from, in which case two-thirds of Russia would be "non-white?"
  • Racist: They're white. No wait, some of them are white and some of them aren't.
  • Antifa: what if a person's Russian ancestors traveled from east to west 100 years ago, or 500 years ago, or 1000 years ago? Does that mean that the person today is "white" or "non-white?"
  • Antifa: And if we're going with "continental Europe" as the origin of all white people, what race have we decided the people of England, Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales are, given that none of those countries are part of continental Europe? And are people with origins in Kazakhstan "white?"
  • Antifa: And what do you mean by "ancestors?" Geneticists have demonstrated that humans first existed in Africa and then migrated from there - so what specific generation are you using to determine if someone's ancestors are European and what is your objective, scientifically-valid rationale for declaring that all non-European ancestors prior to the European ones don't count?
  • Racist: Oh look, it's getting dark out and my mom told me I had to come home by now for supper so bye-bye!
As Trump signs the revised Travel Ban, remember that it isn’t about National Security

It’s about using xenophobia, islamophobia and stoked fears of the “dangerous brown person” to codify steps towards racial & cultural homogeneity of the American population.

See also: Massive ICE raids and mass deportations across the country

See also: The prioritization of a massive, expensive and unnecessary wall across America’s southern border

okay so because situation with russia has been getting more frustrating over the last few days here’s a list of reasons why i love eurovision:

  • being introduced to some awesome artists you would never have heard of if it weren’t for the contest/national selections!
  • honestly the music is just so good????
  • yes i know it’s cheesy as hell but that’s why i love it
  • songs!!! in!!! other!!! languages!!! (this is especially fantastic for me cos i’m a brit and we barely get shown any non-english songs)
  • the songs that are true club bangers and you just need to dance to
  • while there is an overwhelming genre used in the contest there are songs of so many different genres!!
  • a lot of the artists over the years just seem so nice and so excited to be representing their country, even if they don’t do well they’re still happy to have taken part
  • the emotionally powerful ballads that just… really get the tears flowing (especially if it’s in a language you don’t speak)
  • the way the staging can just elevate a song
  • the feeling when your faves get through to the final!!
  • when the winner is announced and the artist(s) is so happy and/or overwhelmed with emotions!!!!!
  • the hosts/presenters!!
  • the shenanigans that sometimes occurs during the voting
  • hearing an incredible eurovision song for the first time!!!
  • the buzz of watching the live performances of your fave songs and it goes well!!!!
  • the postcards!!
  • songs that are not only good but also loads of fun!
  • the hilarious sketches (especially if it’s done by sweden)
  • breathtaking interval acts!!!
  • just………… i love eurovision
Defunding Planned Parenthood was a disaster in Texas. Congress shouldn’t do it nationally.
Women suffered after a 2011 state law.

Five years ago, we learned in Texas what can happen when efforts to defund Planned Parenthood are carried out: The network of health-care providers falls apart and women lose access to essential preventive services. Now Trump and his allies are poised to wreak the same havoc on the country that the 2011 Republican state legislature imposed on Texas.

The motivation for the Texas action was the same as the motivation for what Congress plans to do: appeasing groups opposed to legal abortion. But none of these family planning programs pay for abortion care, which the law already prohibits spending federal money on. Defunding Planned Parenthood only reduces access to contraception and other necessary health care. Indeed, by reducing unintended pregnancies, the programs Republicans want to cut Planned Parenthood out of actually reduce the number of abortions.

anonymous asked:

I'm just wondering, if Viktor is already taller than Yuuri, plus the added height from his skates, if Yuuri's wearing normal shoes, Viktor must have to bend down far to kiss him while Yuuri's on his toes and that is just so cute to me! Alternate theories: Viktor gets down on his knees to kiss him or Yuuri jumps up and kisses him with his legs wrapped around Viktor's waist ;)

Whenever Yuuri comes to watch Viktor at competitions that he isn’t in like the Nationals and Euros where Viktor is in his skates there is a combination of Viktor bending down to kiss Yuuri, Yuuri dipping Viktor a la the banquet of ep10 to kiss him and one memorable occasion when Yuuri jumped up to kiss Viktor with his legs wrapped around Viktor’s waist because they hadn’t seen each other in a few months and Yuuri’s flight had been delayed so he missed the start of the competition and jumped Viktor after he got off the ice and they finally reunited. They got a lot of cheers and applause and wolf whistles from the audience for that 

It certainly is a sign of how President Trump sees the world, that he sees the military as people who can get jobs done, who can follow orders, who are responsible, who can give him advice that he trusts. He talks about ‘the generals’ a lot, and his interaction with 'the generals’ so now he’s got a lot of generals who are advising him. It’s also I think a sign of the extent that he doesn’t trust the civilian national security establishment and they don’t trust him.
—  Mark Mazzetti with Terry Gross on President Trump’s appointment of three generals to serve as Secretary of Defense, Homeland Security Secretary and National Security Advisor