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Im so angry!

I’ve just spent nearly an hour trying to show my cousins how fucked up it is that Saudi men can do what they like, with little to no backlash from fellow citizens or the media, whereas Saudi women are treated like minors.

Hassan Jameel is out here dating Rihanna and having pics of them getting intimate in a pool in Spain. Where are the religious comments? Where are the fellow Saudi men who seem to be able to tell women to cover up and be/act modest and police their every move, but have nothing to say when its just another Saudi guy doing the whatever the fuck he wants!

I am SICK AND TIRED of fellow Saudi men thinking they can do whatever they feel like, but suddenly become the religious police when a Saudi woman dares to go against religion, culture or society. The level of hypocrisy is beyond words.


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No doubt when you saw the word ‘networking’ you also had a lot of connotations that went along with it. It has become synonymous with people meeting people above them in some way with the aim of improving their situation or getting something for themselves. Now please take this as a personal opinion from an introvert but this is always the view I have had of ‘networking’ and was only strengthened by my forray into MLM many years ago. But at the same time those who do network effectively can undeniably greatly increase their position and influence.

So then where does this leave us, either networking or not? I would like to propose a middle ground that I have recently discovered. When we started the Work Smart Show brand; podcast, radio show, site and blog, I started getting to know people on Twitter. This was to see what other people in our industry and niches were doing, what we could imitate, update or improve on. Whenever I found a blog, podcast, site or tool that I thought was valuable I would share this with my own followers. Every time I did this I found that the creators, artists or authors would like my comment or message me with thanks. Over time several of these relationships have grown closer, with the creators offering advice and help with a variety of things. Now these are people that I never would have walked up to in a meeting or conference but have ended up accidentally ‘networking’ with.

I propose that we act as good ‘social media citizens’ and let the relationships and networking fall out of this. This offers many advantages such as actually knowing the person you are talking with, a mutual trust and showing that you are humble and honest enough to promote their work and not just yourself.

I challenge you to try and approach people in this way, offer them honest support and encouragement, when and only if they deserve it. Honesty and humility need to form the basis of any interaction with others and the need for this is intensified in the social media world.

anonymous asked:

Is.. America becoming extremely unsafe and/or hostile to trans citizens? A few media sources have likened it to the persecution of the Jewish in Germany before and right up into WWII. Is it smart to leave as soon as possible..?

Lee says:

I don’t think leaving is a good idea, no. Where would you go? Moving to another country is a pretty darn big deal, and not super easy. If you don’t feel safe where you live you could move to a more liberal area on one of the coasts if you’re 18 or older and financially secure enough to be able to move. It’s also a good idea to secure a job before you move, if possible. 

I think the best thing to do is to fight for what’s right in whatever way you can. Being an activist is the most effective thing you can do if you want to make change and make it safer here. 

Also, I’d say that what happened to the Jewish people into World War Two was pretty much incomparable to anything else, and I truly don’t believe that trans people are being persecuted on the same scale at all. I’m a Black trans person living in America, I’m not pretending that everything is dandy and there aren’t neo-nazis out there, but I think that while the policy changes under Trump may be harmful they won’t last beyond his presidency, and I don’t think we’re headed for concentration camps.

If any of the other mods have something to add, feel free to weigh in.

swedish crime pt.2

the attack on stockholm 2017

On 7 april 2017 at about 14:30, a delivery truck for a brewery was hijacked. The driver allegedly tried to stop the hijacker by standing in front of the truck but failed and was slightly injured. The hijacker’s planned route failed as two lions in stone stopped the truck from passing, so he chose a different way to the planned road he would come to attack, drottninggatan one of the most popular shopping streets in stockholm, and only open for pedestrians. Here, the driver drove about 1600 feet at high speed, hitting pedestrian on the way. The first call of an attack was made at 14:53, and security footage reveals the horrible reality of the attack, as the hijacker attempted to hit as many as possible. The attack stopped as the perpetrator crashed into the åhléns city department store and the truck caught fire. The hijacker survived with some injuries and was able to run away.

Five people were killed in the attack: the british Chris Bevington, 41, the belgian Maïes Dereymaeker, 31, and the swedish Lena Wahlberg, 69, Ebba Åkerlund, 11, and Marie Kide, 66, who died at the hospital three weeks after the attack. In the aftermath, 11-year-old Ebba Åkerlund was at first reported missing, as she was believed to have been hiding away from the attack in fear, but was later revealed to have been one of the victims. 15 people were injured and treated at hospitals, and nine of them had serious injuries. A dog named Iggy was also killed.

The metro system and the central station, the closest station to drottninggatan, was immediatly locked down and the city was in chaos as citizens tried to make it home by foot, and the police worked hard to find the person behind the attack, at the same time of handling calls of shootings around the city that actually never happened. 

The perpetrator behind the attack was 39-year-old Rakhmat Akilov from Uzbekistan, and was apprehended at 19:55 the same day and was arrested at 01:15 the next day. He admitted to the terror attack and that he sympathies with isis.

Online, pictures of the wounded and killed spread, and are still available to anyone. This caused serious criticism for the websites that allowed them to stay up and has as well caused hurt for those who were there on that day.

The attack also showed love and compassion around the country, with the hashtag #openstockholm spreading on social media where citizens offered shelter, food and rides in and out of the city for anyone affected. The area of the attack turned into a place of love, with people leaving flowers, candles and teddy bears in memory for the victims.


this attack is the one that has affected me the most, as stockholm is where i live. i was only minutes away from being there. i was in the metro when the trains were stopped and searched. the young girl who was killed went to my school. but the love in the city showed that there’s still good people left, and we won’t let the ones who are against us win.

Olicity Moments of Truth (Part 2): When Anyone With Eyes Realizes Olicity is Endgame

As Olicity fans, we’ve all experienced a moment while watching Arrow in which a scene between Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak just clicked.  It’s the “aha” moment when we realize there is so much more going on between the tortured hero and quirky IT girl than what’s on the surface.

Even more interesting than our own moments of truth is watching other characters in the show realize it, too. In my last post, “Olicity Moments of Truth: When Love Interests Realize They Don’t Stand a Chance,” I focused on when the Olicity love interests first realized that our favorite couple had a deeper connection. This follow-up post will highlight moments that the rest of the characters on Arrow, both good and bad, came to the same realization.

John Diggle

As I mentioned in my first post, John Diggle was shipping Olicity right from the start. The moment he saw an adorably nerdy and quirky Felicity Smoak stand up to a growly, adrenaline-fueled Oliver Queen without batting an eyelash, he knew there was something special there.

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People wanted Trump, now they have him. Good luck about that! I can proudly say that I didn’t vote for the jerk, too bad that many did not take my lead; we wouldn’t be facing this catastrophe in waiting. This insensitive creep needs to be removed from civilised society. LeBron James caught hell last week for calling Trump a “bum”. IMO, the word bum is far too kind for this malicious, bloviating, nasty bag of flesh. Twit for brains is speaking to the world from his LUXURY GOLF RESORT, while the Puerto Ricans, 3.5 MILLION AMERICAN CITIZENS DIE! The corporate media will try to normalise Trump and the alt-right as they have other fringe elements such as the Christian-Right and the John Birch Society by making them appear mainstream, don’t fall for it. The good old shareholding corporate media.


The last roundup of Beta Stage Character Designs for ‘By Order of the Leader’ by Zeroth Entertainment.  Next round of designs will be the finals meaning they will be incorporated into the game itself. So exciting!

Not gonna bother with lengthy character descriptions at this point, but we have:
- The Lower Class: The strong, smelly backbone of your beloved country.
- The Upper Class: Sickeningly Opulent Citizens.
- The Media: Beloved whistleblowers who are fed up with their jobs.
- The Military: Trained Socio/Psycopathic Patriots with a ton of funding.
- Yakyakian Ambassador: Leader of the Yakyakian people, very serious.
- The Yakyakians: The sworn enemies of your country. Very friendly vikings.
- Bob: The sole member of your country’s middle class.
- The Puppet Leader: A puppet of your boss has gained sentience and now leads a splinter cell to overthrow the government.

ramseymac  asked:

What's wrong with society's perception of science?

quite a lot, unfortunately

the societal perception of science is complicated, but to the primary issues are that it’s seen as 1) inaccessible, 2) untrustworthy, and 3) dangerous

i place them in that order because they feed into each other (inaccessibility breeds mistrust which breeds speculation on danger) but to briefly touch on each as a separate entity, let’s start with inaccessibility. 

the general perception of science is that it is something difficult, almost untouchable – something only certain people can participate in. and i won’t deny that there are barriers to getting involved in STEM fields (the gender inequality rampant in them comes to mind, as does the general inaccessibilty of research), but that is obviously something that should be remedied. in any case, science is built up as something only accessible to prodigies – a problem visible in places like the entertainment industry, where the “genius” trope pervades in portrayals of science, and mirrored by the rest of society. which is a major issue, since science should be something everyone can have an understanding of and participate in, be it through proper science reporting and media, citizen science programs and volunteer opportunities, or simply good communication to break down the walls between scientists and the public

it makes sense that this problem would fuel mistrust, because we have a natural tendency to be suspicious of what we don’t understand. because science is locked up behind walls, people start to question it. look at any highly contested area of scientific reseach (GMOs, climate change, vaccines, etc.) and you’ll see a huge gap between the public opinion and what scientists are actually saying. society viewing science as untrustworthy leads to the doubting of information directly from the people investigating it which, again, is a major problem

and then, of course, there’s the fact that this mistrust at its core comes from a fear that science is actually overall dangerous. that’s the “why” in why people don’t trust scientists. there’s a field of thought (which i subscribe to) that suggests the continuous portrayal of scientists as out-of-control and compromising their morals (look at where we get the term “faustian bargain”) in the public eye as contributing to this. as fun as fictional “mad scientists” can be, the extremely negative connotations the victor frankensteins among them contribute are very possibly dangerous towards societal perceptions of whether science can be trusted or not. and of course, science is not a morally flawless field and never has been – but when people begin to doubt the trustworthiness of genuinely helpful advances and imperative issues, despite the progress science has proven it can bring, something has gone wrong

needless to say, there’s fault to go around. scientists are definitely responsible for some of this image, the media for a significant portion as well, and the lack of research (which of course can be partially attributed to poor accessibility and reporting, tying back to the last two) done by the public another part. essentially everyone has a role in cultivating this poor image of science. i tend to fixate on the scientists’ role as a scientist (…in progress) myself, and am very passionate about trying to break down some of the walls discussed. but i hope i’ve answered your question sufficiently, and maybe even brought attention to one of the issues i’m most passionate about
Freeform Developing ‘Tapped’ Drama From ‘PLL’s Marlene King & ‘TVD’s Paul Wesley
Former The Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley has teamed with Pretty Little Liars developer/showrunner I. Marlene King for Tapped, a drama series project, which has been set up at Freeform. Written b…
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Former The Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley has teamed with Pretty Little Liars developer/showrunner I. Marlene King for Tapped, a drama series project, which has been set up at Freeform.

Written by Thomas Brandon based on the novel in progress by Andrew Shaffer (How To Survive A Sharknado), Tapped is described as The Social Network meets Pretty Little Liars. It centers around three grad students who create a hookup app called Tapped that goes viral and turns the students into overnight millionaires, but also unleashes unwitting dangers into the world that the creators must try to understand and control.

King executive produces through her Long Lake Media alongside Wesley and Bob Levy via Citizen Media. Brandon is co-executive producer. Warner Horizon Scripted Television, where both King and Wesley are under overall deals, is the studio.

King developed, executive produced and ran Freeform’s signature drama Pretty Little Liars which wrapped its seven-season run last spring. She’s currently shepherding the Pretty Little Liars’ spinoff The Perfectionists, which received a pilot order at the cable network, along with the Freeform series Famous In Love.

Brandon is an LA-based screenwriter and director who has done several short films, a produced playwright and former Nicholl Fellowship semi-finalist. He developed Transience at the CW last season.

Humorist and author Shaffer penned How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters and theFifty Shades of Grey parody, Fifty Shames of Earl Grey under the pen name Fanny Merkin.

Levy was an executive producer on The Vampire Diaries before teaming with Wesley at Citizen Media. Tapped reunites Levy with King as he also previously served as an executive producer on PLL.

Wesley starred as Stefan Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries. He began directing The Vampire Diaries in its fifth season and began produced the series at the start of season 8. He also directed an episode of Shadowhunters for Freeform.

This is Citizen Media’s second project at Freeform, along with a Shanghai drama written by Oanh Ly. The company is repped by ICM Partners, Management 360 and Jackoway Tyerman. Long Lake Media is repped by WME. Brandon is repped by Paradigm and Lee Stobby Entertainment.


I’m a student of Republic of Korea, which is well known as the South Korea.

I’m feeling really sorry to know the pitiful, terrible terror issue in Paris.

But I’m here to beg you to know the truth that the democracy in South Korea is about to be destroyed. In South Korea’s Gwanghwa-moon, there were citizens who were having a peaceful protest craving for their reasonable and deserved rights, but the government ordered the police to suppress it with force. The police is  blasting the demonstrators with water cannons with tear gas and capsaicin, and lots of protesters and innocent citizens passing by got fatal injuries. However the president is in overseas in name of international conference.  South Korean president, the daughter of the dictator, is now suppressing South Korean citizens. The press and medias are on government’s side and they are announcing completely nothing about this protest and the repression using force. I’ll make it clear once more;  SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT IS NOW SUPPRESSING SOUTH KOREAN CITIZENS. I want to keep Korea as a democratic country, all the more so because I love my country a lot. It doesn’t take more than a few seconds for reblogging. Please help us to keep Korea’s democracy. PLEASE pray for Korea.

Thank you.

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저는 대한민국의 학생입니다.

오늘 일어난 파리 테러 사건은 정말 안타깝고 끔찍한 사건이었고, 저도 정말 마음이 아픕니다.

그러나 저는 여러분께 지금 한국의 민주주의가 파괴될 상황에 처해있다는것을 알려드리고자 합니다. 대한민국의 광화문에서는 자신들의 정당한 권리를 추구하는 시민들의 평화로운 시위가 일어나고 있었으나, 정부는 이를 무력으로 탄압했습니다. 정부의 지시를 받은 경찰들은 무고한 시민들에게 최루액과 캡사이신이 섞인 물대포를 쐈고, 이로 인해 많은 사람들이 치명적인 부상을 입었습니다. 하지만 대통령은 현재 회의를 명목으로 해외에 나가있는 상황입니다. 대한민국 대통령이 대한민국 국민을 탄압하고 있습니다. 정부의 편인 언론은 이 시위와 무력진압에 대해 일절 보도하고 있지 않고 있습니다. 다시한번 말합니다. 대한민국 대통령이 대한민국 국민을 탄압하고 있습니다. 저는 대한민국을 사랑하고, 그렇기 때문에 더욱 지켜내고 싶습니다. 대한민국의 민주주의를 지킬 수 있도록 도와주세요. 대한민국을 위해 기도해주세요.


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Tuning Out Blackness
Race and Nation in the History of Puerto Rican Television

Tuning Out Blackness fills a glaring omission in U.S. and Latin American television studies by looking at the history of Puerto Rican television. In exploring the political and cultural dynamics that have shaped racial representations in Puerto Rico’s commercial media from the late 1940s to the 1990s, Yeidy M. Rivero advances critical discussions about race, ethnicity, and the media. She shows that televisual representations of race have belied the racial egalitarianism that allegedly pervades Puerto Rico’s national culture. White performers in blackface have often portrayed “blackness” in local television productions, while black actors have been largely excluded.

Drawing on interviews, participant observation, archival research, and textual analysis, Rivero considers representations of race in Puerto Rico, taking into account how they are intertwined with the island’s status as a U.S. commonwealth, its national culture, its relationship with Cuba before the Cuban Revolution in 1959, and the massive influx of Cuban migrants after 1960. She focuses on locally produced radio and television shows, particular television events, and characters that became popular media icons—from the performer Ramón Rivero’s use of blackface and “black” voice in the 1940s and 1950s, to the battle between black actors and television industry officials over racism in the 1970s, to the creation, in the 1990s, of the first Puerto Rican situation comedy featuring a black family. As the twentieth century drew to a close, multinational corporations had purchased all Puerto Rican stations and threatened to wipe out locally produced programs. Tuning Out Blackness brings to the forefront the marginalization of nonwhite citizens in Puerto Rico’s media culture and raises important questions about the significance of local sites of television production.


Not all Muslims are comfortable with the fact they are somehow expected or pressured to apologize for crimes they have no hands in or on behalf of groups that commit atrocities in the name of their religion.

Should Muslims Apologize for ISIS’ Atrocities?

[Fic][Request] Save My Heart

Thank you for the prompt! This was the first thing I thought of… I hope this turned out okay for you.

Title: Save My Heart
Genre: Superhero AU, a bit of angst
Word Count: 2321
Warning: A couple instances of swearing.
Summary: Jungkook is a jaded superhero, and all his sidekick Jimin wanted to do was make things easier for him.

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This is a plot from a novel that I’ve spent months planning called: Operation Vanguard

Set in the 2050s, the world has advanced in terms of political/economic relations, technology, innovation, and most importantly, military weapons. Nations that make up our Earth harbour an uneasy peace, buzzing with tensions that are at an all-time high. Mariam Valentine, daughter to the Prime Minister of Canada, one of the strongest Nations in the world, suddenly finds herself thrust in the podium, addressing the worries of the Canadian media, and citizens. What they aren’t aware of is that her father is fighting a losing battle against depression, and alcohol addiction. Soon enough, he, and Mariam are forced to attend a week-long conference to discuss, and hopefully, lessen the tensions.

But, an insatiable curiously and an uncanny luck to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, Mariam comes across shadowed alliances, and plots that will promise the destruction of multiple countries.

Thrown into the seductive world of politics where a smile could mean dark things, and a simple handshake, could mean her death, Mariam has to find the way to ensure the survival of her family, citizens, and most importantly, her nation.