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living in trondheim is like a constant mood of wanting to fight the weather

Well, This Is Amazing: These City Buses Have Surprise Libraries

VHH, a bus company in Hamburg, Germany, decided to install shelves in some of their buses so that passengers can easily borrow books during their ride.

All passengers have to do is pick a book they like, and start reading. If they don’t finish their book during their bus ride, they can take it home and either bring it back to the bus or mail it to the store that provides the books.

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Canadian judge rules anti-abortion group’s ads risk “psychological harm” to women

  • A Canadian judge has ruled that an anti-abortion group cannot run its advertisements on the sides of city buses.
  • The judge cited the ads’ graphic imagery and message as a risk of doing psychological damage to women, the Canadian Press reported.
  • The Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform originally proposed an ad that depicted a gestating fetus with the words “Growing… Growing… Gone,” to run in the Alberta city of Grande Prairie.
  • “Abortion kills children,” the ad read. “End the killing.” Read more

I left the house before dawn to try to catch the morning light, but the dawn proved to be cloudy and I was unsatisfied with my results. I did make a stop to finally visit F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald’s grave in Rockville, Maryland. They rest in a small cemetery adjacent to an old Catholic church, just off of a busy intersection in the middle of the city. There are no tour buses, souvenir stands, or even signs pointing out the site. There is just a single mention, in the last line of an information plaque for the small church.

I never bothered to read “The Great Gatsby” until later in my life. When I finally did read the book, I loved the writing so much that as soon as I finished the final page, I turned back to the first and read the novel all over again. Discovering his writing was a pure delight, like hearing Charlie Parker, or Mozart for the first time. 

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December 1st 1955: Rosa Parks on the bus

On this day in 1955, Rosa Parks, a 42-year-old black seamstress from Alabama, refused to give up her seat on a bus for a white man. A member of the NAACP, Parks was returning home from a long day at work when the bus driver ordered her to give up her seat on the full bus for a white man. No stranger to civil rights activism, she was subsequently arrested for civil disobedience in defying the state’s Jim Crow racial segregation laws. Through this act of defiance, Parks sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, during which time African-Americans - under the leadership of a young, charismatic reverend called Martin Luther King Jr. - refused to use the city buses, arguing that they should be integrated per the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision. The boycott was successful in forcing Montgomery to end its discriminatory segregation laws, and marked the beginning of the main phase of what is now known as the Civil Rights Movement. From Montgomery, African-Americans across the United States went on to lead sit-ins, freedom rides, and political marches, in an attempt to bring an end to segregation laws which had oppressed their community for so long. These activists were all indebted to Rosa Parks - known as the ‘mother of the Civil Rights Movement’ - for her simple act of defiance, firmly asserting her humanity and her rights as an American citizen. As the movement grew, Parks remained an influential symbol and leader of the movement, which ultimately brought an end to legal segregation and forced Congress to pass the 1964 Civil Rights and 1965 Voting Rights Acts. As for Parks herself, the affair of her arrest and the subsequent boycott caused her to lose her job and made her a victim of harassment and threats. She moved to Detriot and in 1965 began to work in the office of Congressman John Conyers. In 1999, Rosa Parks was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for her role in transforming American race relations, and upon her death in 2005 she lay in state at the U.S. Capitol. Today, 60 years on, we remember Rosa Parks’s personal bravery, the successes of the movement she inspired, and the steps yet to be taken as the struggle against systemic racism continues.

“People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day…No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in”

60 years ago today

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MARTIN LUTHER KING and the MONTGOMERY STORY

Nearly sixty years after its creation, a little-known landmark of comic book history returns! This 16-page comic is a simple but revolutionary account of the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, in which Rosa Parks, Dr. King, and 50,000 others used the power of nonviolence to battle segregation on city buses – and win.

First published in December 1957 by the Fellowship of Reconciliation, it went unnoticed by the mainstream comic book industry but spread like wildfire among civil rights groups, churches, and schools, helping to mobilize a generation to join the global fight for equality – nonviolently.

Personally endorsed by Martin Luther King, Jr. himself, over time this comic book has reached beyond his time and place to inspire activists in Latin America, South Africa, Vietnam, Egypt, and beyond… as well as inspiring MARCH, the new graphic novel trilogy by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.

This new fully-authorized digital edition is published by the Fellowship of Reconciliation in partnership with Top Shelf Productions. All proceeds go to F.O.R.’s work promoting nonviolence around the world.

So my dad teaches at a SUPER liberal school, and he’s basically right smack dab in between being a republican and being a democrat. He’s just about the only employee who’s not a raging liberal. And there’s one teacher at this school who’s gay, and his car broke down and he couldn’t take the bus because our city’s buses suck.

NO ONE would drive him. Except for my white straight Christian dad, who picked him up for 2 weeks.

A few months later, all the teachers went on a retreat. NOT ONE of the male teachers would room with him because they didn’t want him to hit on them and they were afraid he would. Except my dad, who was his roommate the whole weekend, and he told me the guy’s really nice (and now they’re friends).

A few weeks ago, my dad told me that the school had hired a trans woman as their secretary, and he was upset because there were lots of other employees saying they didn’t want that kind of image for their school, and my dad was the person who told them that this woman deserved the same respect the rest of us do.

Let’s stop pretending that all liberals and democrats actually practice the social justice they preach, and let’s please stop pretending anyone who’s Christian is homophobic or transphobic, because as far as I can see nothing could be farther from the truth.

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I hate rain and I hate wind even more. I don’t quite understand how anyone can enjoy these unless your prepared and happy to be blown about and end up looking similar to a drowned rat. However, as much as I do really despise them, the aftermath of rainwater is something extraordinarily captivating.   

The raindrops appear so perfectly placed on surfaces, moving and connecting with others, whilst the city lights glisten in the reflections. It’s a photographers dream. As I explored London in the early evening yesterday I became significantly soaked and frustrated that I was unable to photograph anything outdoors. However once the rain had come to an end, I could fully appreciate my surroundings. There are very few sights that can compare to the beauty and calm of a city night after a downpour. 

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Hawaii is turning a fleet of old buses into mobile homeless shelters 

Honolulu is planning on turning five retired city buses into a fleet of mobile shelters for the homeless, potentially providing a stop-gap alternative to sleeping on the sidewalk and waiting in long lines for basic services. A service like this is desperately needed in Hawaii.

I’m seriously considering going to Ireland (Dublin) for five days next month. I’m having a hard time deciding. 

On the one hand: ADVENTURE! I’ve never taken a vacation by myself and the idea is really exciting. I could hike through the Wicklow Mountains and stay at hostels and drink Guinness and take beautiful photographs and generally have an awesome time. I’m really really good at planning vacation itineraries and my love for doing this means I already know things like which city buses to take to get to where I want to go and oh man do I ever love Ireland. This might be just the thing I need right now.

On the other: FEAR! I’ve never taken a vacation by myself and the idea is really terrifying. I could get lost or mugged or whatever. I could be absolutely miserable the entire time I’m there alone. I would miss my loved ones terribly, this I know from experience. This might be the last thing I need right now.

you will notice in my descriptions, i call them dumb and stupid a lot. i do that out of love. some of these are long, some are short. this isn’t a complete list. i might do another eventually. 

Marry Me A Little

This is the fic that started it all for me. One day I was roaming around the city and decided to read fic and see how stupid it was. This was what I started with. I just rode around the city on buses and trains and read. Then I came home and laid in bed for a few more hours and kept reading. I couldn’t stop. It was great and I was hooked.
Kane and Jonny get married so Patrick isn’t traded. Turns out they are dumb and actually love each other.

Chelsea, Chelsea, I Believe

I want this book printed and bound and put on my bookshelf for the rest of forever. It is hella long (300k) and full of every emotion you could ever have.
Turns out Pat has a kid. Jonny and him aren’t on good terms, but they somehow end up co-parenting. They are both idiots throughout. Bonus points for Q’s nickname.

Tympani

Pure porn. My favorite smutty fic. I love it.
Jonny discovered the wonders of his prostate. Also, they are both idiots.

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RTA revealed the new buses featuring Selena. The buses were designed by Selena’s sister Suzette.
“It was a no brainer,” said Suzette Quintanilla. “How could I not want to have Selena running around the city on some buses to represent our city.”
Along with the bus designs RTA will also place 14 benches featuring Selena along Weber Road. The buses will also be used for Fiesta De La Flor and one will be used during the illuminated Buc Days Parade.