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Sean Spicer, December 2016“We have a respect for the press. When it comes to the government, that is something that you can’t ban an entity from. I think that’s what makes a democracy a democracy, versus a dictatorship.”

Sean Spicer, February 2017: CNN, New York Times, Politico, and other news outlets are banned from a White House press briefing. 

(original video source: Politico)

As the adults argued politics we kids went through a massive tonal shift when it came to our perspective on our culture and our security. And that is when I became paranoid. Because our parents had wars and we had Columbine.
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Me & Mass Shootings, Eugene Lee Yang

Okay so this video is hard to watch. It is 8 minutes of brutal honesty that needs to be seen. There is some perspective on mass shootings in there that is forgotten. But this line is something I hadn’t realised. And it does include us all know. Social media changed everything. My view has been changed and influenced by shootings as the previous generations were by war. Don’t tell us we’ve never seen violence. Ours is just different.

I, personally, no longer take part in the ecstatic public condemnation of people unless they’ve committed a transgression that has an actual victim, and even then not as much as I probably should. I miss the fun a little. But it feels like when I became a vegetarian. I missed the steak, although not as much as I’d anticipated, but I could no longer ignore the slaughterhouse.
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Jon Ronson, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.

I’ll never forget this story:

Context: It was simply a legal technicality. Something to do with homeowners and legal and medical insurance. The medical insurance wouldn’t pay the bills. So, she sued the nephew for, like, one dollar. The home owners insurance covered all the money.  

She’s still on great terms with her sister and nephew. They laughed about it. “Oh, you sued me. Lol.”

But she still got vilified world-wide because, well, no one bothered to check the real story.

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A Gay "Q&A;" Audience Member Challenged The Claim That A "No" Vote Isn't Judging His Relationship
"You voting 'no' is really a reflection of my relationship."
By Josh Taylor

“You voting ‘no’ is really a reflection of my relationship because what you’re saying is that I’m not allowed to have a relationship that is worthy of marriage because that is something only you can have, as a person in a relationship of opposite sex… So when you do go to cast your ballot of 'no’, you are saying that your relationship is worthy of marriage and mine is not." 

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One of the greatest videos @buzzfeed has ever made.

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BREAKING: Trump Has Pardoned [Criminal] Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio
By David Mack

President Donald Trump on Friday pardoned former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, rewarding a vocal political supporter who was convicted of contempt of court for refusing to halt a policing tactic to catch undocumented immigrants.

The controversial 85-year-old former Maricopa County sheriff, who lost re-election in 2016 after 23 years in office, was found guilty of criminal contempt in July for defying a federal judge’s order to stop detaining people based on suspicion of their immigration status when there was no evidence that they had broken a state law…

Though federal authorities are tasked with enforcing immigration laws, Arpaio ordered his deputies to check the legal status of people they encountered. Deputies were instructed to arrest undocumented individuals and turn them over to immigration authorities for deportation, even if they had committed no crime other than lacking documentation.

When the ACLU sued Arpaio, accusing him of conducting racial profiling and violating the constitution, a federal district judge ordered the sheriff in 2011 to halt the practice. When Arpaio publicly refused to do so, the judge found him to be in civil contempt of court and recommended the criminal charge.

In July, another federal judge convicted him of contempt of court, finding Arpaio had shown a “flagrant disregard” for the law and had “"willfully violated the [2011] order…”

“It seems as though [Republicans] say, ‘Rule of law for me, but not for you. Opportunity for us, but not for you. Amnesty for Arpaio, but not for the hard-working,’” Artemio Muniz, chair of the Texas Federation of Hispanic Republicans, told BuzzFeed News this week.

Feminism that is cute and mainstream and worthy of getting a mention on buzzfeed isn’t really feminism, though.

Scarlett mildly scolding a reporter for a sexist question or Jennifer Lawrance saying she likes pizza and smoking pot means fuck all, in the long run.

Let’s be honest. 

Personally, I’d like to hear more about Sandra Bland or Rekia Boyd or women in Indian sweatshops.