If you want more justice in the justice system, then we’ve all got to vote, not just for a president, but for mayors, and sheriffs, and state’s attorneys, and state legislators. That’s where the criminal law is made. And we’ve got to work with police and protestors until laws and practices are changed. That’s how democracy works.
—  Barack Obama
Transgender human rights bill passes, with some Liberal dissent
A new law to protect transgender rights in B.C.’s Human Rights Code passed into law Monday, despite opposition from at least one of the governing party’s own MLAs.

Laurie Throness, the Liberal MLA for Chilliwack-Hope, said his religious beliefs prevented him from supporting legislation to specifically enshrine protection for transgender people in the human rights law. He said he believes in a fixed-gender, which is decided at birth, and described the LGBTQ community as a powerful lobby group intolerant of himself and others who disagree that the law would add necessary protections. Though its rare for a Liberal MLA to criticize his own government’s legislation, Throness did not go so far as to vote against the bill. Instead, he abstained from voting at all. The bill passed unanimously.

The legislation was fast-tracked through the house in one day, during a special summer session of the legislature.

Attorney General Suzanne Anton said the legal change was necessary because many transgender people had clearly told government they did not feel the human rights code adequately protected them under the law. Vancouver West End NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert said he was pleased that governing B.C. Liberal Party finally enacted the legal change after several years of not enacting his private members’ bills on the subject.

wingswordswinds  asked:

I feel like feathers could easily take on different associations depending on what bird they come from! Like, song sparrow feathers would be great for music magic, robin feathers could be good for job or studying spells (early bird gets the worm!) and magpie feathers would make a great irritating curse (they're very loud and annoying)!

Good ideas!

I forgot to mention this in my last post, but it’s also important to check the laws in your area and make sure you’re not in possession of feathers that it’s illegal to own. Yes, that include feathers you’ve picked up off the ground. Apparently there are some species where you’re not allowed to have their feathers.

I don’t know what the precise legality is, probably to do with anti-poaching legislation, but it’s important to double-check so you don’t get yourself in trouble.

Mononokean Meta Notes

Notes I’m keeping for my own reference about the Fukigen na Mononokean universe. Always editing, and feel free to suggest anything interesting/corrections if I get something wrong!

If you reblogged it from somewhere else than me, check the original post if you’d like! I might’ve updated it since then.


  • The Mononokean has a feminine, refined speech style (emoticons aside).
  • Ashiya speaks to Abeno politely (desu/masu form). It’s weird for Ashiya to do this because they’re the same age, but in a volume extra Ashiya says it became a habit and can’t stop. This led to a humorous misunderstanding where a teacher thinks Abeno is blackmailing Ashiya.
  • Abeno’s very good at keigo. But he doesn’t speak formally to any of his superiors (Legislator, Justice, Executive).
  • There have only been two Mononokean masters (Aoi and Abeno).
  • Ashiya goes to the Mononokean even when there’s no work to do (ch20). He hangs out with Fushimi and Saga on other days.
  • Ashiya drinks coffee/(milk). (ch14, 24)
  • Fushimi likes to give nicknames? (Ashiyan, Abenon) Ashiya and Saga also call him “Fusshi”. He’s in the photography club.
  • Fuzzy lives in the Mononokean. He seems to be able to read!! (ch25)
  • The stink from the potatoes seemed to affect Abeno a bit more, since he seemed to be at the point of coughing and gagging. Does he have a strong sense of smell?
  • Abeno can forcibly exorcise demons against their will (Manjiro). (He probably didn’t do it for Nobou because the demon needed to come to terms/he couldn’t concentrate with the smell)
  • The list of people who’ve reacted weirdly to Ashiya’s name: Abeno, Legislator.
  • Both Ashiya and Abeno seem to have undefined powers of some sort that emanates as wisps from their hands. 
    • Ashiya’s seems to come out unconsciously when he’s angry (capybara incident) and makes demons freeze up. 
    • Abeno’s also come out when he’s angry (ch11) but also when he tries to subdue demons (Yahiko, the Executive) and he’s aware of them. He didn’t seem to notice when Ashiya was displaying the power with the capybara (although he might’ve just been too angry to notice). Are their powers the same? Are they just general “demon-subduing” powers?


  • The Legislator’s place, Newt Lake, is ~an hour’s walk (by Abeno’s shortcut) from Koura’s medicine shop.
  • There’s a storage room in the Mononokean; Abeno doesn’t let anyone in. So far it seems to include: cushions, pillows, towels, Abeno’s clothes, an inflatable beach ball.
  • Near Zenko’s temple, there’s a farm and a large graveyard.
  • Ashiya/Abeno/Zenko’s high school has at least three floors. 
    • The nurse’s office is on the first floor, straight down a hallway from the lockers. 
    • There are at least two classes for the first years, 1-1 and 1-2. Ashiya and Abeno are in 1-2, Zenko is in 1-1.
    • Ashiya’s student number is 1. Abeno’s student number is presumably 2.
    • There’s a snack/lunch store in the school run by two old ladies. If when Ashiya went is any indication, the line always seems to be long. They sell rice balls, tea, and bread.
    • There’s a convenience store near the school? Since Ashiya considers running to it during lunch.
    • Clubs in the school include photography, broadcast, archery?, kendo?, soccer?, baseball?, tennis?, ping-pong?. (the ones in question marks are what Ashiya imagines in chapter 26, not confirmed if they actually exist)


  • Ashiya starts wearing his short sleeved uniform in chapter 26. So is it summer? For the sake of simplicity, if we say June is the start of summer, then by chapter 26 it’s been ~two months in-universe? (Japanese school years start in April)
  • In the mundane world at least, demons seem to “disappear” (Kinako) as their way of dying, rather than leaving a body. If they have certain conditions they must live under (Manjiro in the ring), their bodies become unstable and may lead to disappearing if they don’t follow those conditions.
  • Demons grow larger when they’re anxious about something.
  • The Mononokean says “unlike demons, there’s a limit to how long humans can live”, implying that other than from outside causes, demons are technically immortal?
  • The foxes on the gates to the Underworld are significant in some way (from vol 6.5). Related to Yahiko’s reason for not being able to go to the Underworld? Also the foxes on the gates usually have their eyes closed, but were creepily open after exorcising Kinako (ch32).
  • The gates to the underworld cannot let through demons larger than a certain size (as in they literally, physically can’t fit).

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A series of short documentaries produced by leading American independent filmmakers in a digital partnership between PBS’ Election 2016 initiative and @washingtonpost​.

“Postcards” Include:

  • MADISON, WI - Whatever Happened to Wisconsin nice? Two ex-legislators examine the ideological splits causing political strife in Wisconsin.
  • JEFFERSON COUNTY, CO - Million-Dollar School Board: A local school board election is a battleground for outside groups with lots of cash.
  • MINNEAPOLIS, MN - The Big Sort: A look at how people of similar political beliefs living near one another affect elections.
  • PASADENA, TX - The Giant Still Sleeps: A Mexican-American seeks to motivate voters in a Latino district outside Houston.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL - Post-Obama Drama: A film exploring the hesitation, perseverance, and enthusiasm of black voters in Florida.

Watch all 5 documentaries here.

AbeShiya in a Nutshell Part 5 (+The Legistative)

The Legislative: (I bet if Ashiya runs and leaps at Itsuki, he will most certainly catch him in his arms.)


Abeno: You are an idiot if you think I will drop everything to cat- *drops everything and catches Ashiya* -ch you…

The Legislative: *chuckles* (I knew it)

Research Paper

Hey guys!

So for my final project in Sociology, I’m doing a research paper on Hate Crimes against the LGBTQA+ community. Lately I’ve been trying to do a lot of research, but not really finding anything to go off of besides laws that should be in place and countries that allow same-sex marriage.

For the paper I’d like to keep it focused on incidents in the US, but at this point I’ll take any information I can get! So, I’d like to ask for your help.

If you’re willing, it would be really helpful if you could assist me in my research! Maybe a legislation that failed to pass, a hate crime gone unnoticed by major media outlets, anything!

If you do find anything you wish to share, whether you think it’ll help or not, please message me about it!! I could really use the help!

Superpod 5 video - complete

Here is a full list of video. This is meant for external links. It’s also linked on the header bar of this blog. (It doesn’t seem to work on mobile, fyi.)

Here is a Youtube playlist, arranged in order of presentation. 

Here’s the list for reblogs:

- Superpod 5 History and Introduction

- Corky’s Freedom Banner: the Power of Children’s Love for a Captive Orca
- Generation Change: Empty the Tanks Inc
- Scholar Advocacy Roundtable
- The Whale Sanctuary Project – the Future for Captive Cetaceans
- “I Am Not an Animal!”  
- Center for Conservation Biology’s SRKW Scat Study

- Empty the Tanks: A Campaign to End Captivity
- Closing the Wild Capture Loophole
-  Latest Campaign Update from the Dolphin Project
-  Alphabet Soup: Legislation, Regulation, and Agencies, oh my!
- Russian orca concerns/Q&A

- Loro Parque welfare concerns
- New Zealand orca studies
- The Ecosystem Approach: The Future of Endangered Species Recovery
-  Salmon, Orca, Taxes, Dams and YOU!
-  Dolphin and Whale Brains – More Evidence for Complexity
-  Navy Sonar & Marine Mammals: Potential Measures to Mitigate Harmful Effects
-  A Captive Orca and Her Natural History
-  CWR 40 years and Counting Shifting Baselines in the Salish Sea
- The Evolution of Menopause

Please let me know if anything’s not working right, etc (there’s one video on there that’s still processing but it will show up soon.) Enjoy, and please share with anyone who may be interested.

anonymous asked:

For a new controversial topic, how about, what's happening with the police force in the us?

it’s absolutely disgusting is what it is. we don’t need more militarization. we need actual effective gun legislation and an increased use of nonlethal force. not all police shootings are unjustified, but so many have been, and i’m so fucking tired of waking up and hearing another innocent (almost always black) person has been killed.


Clinton Delegate Explains How Democrats Will Ban All Guns

This is what “common sense gun legislation” is. They say they support the 2nd amendment but they are liars.

anonymous asked:

Upon what constitutional basis do I assert that immigration discrimination is indeed constitutional? Two quick ones, just due to space limitations. 1790 naturalization act, passed by people who were around when the constitution was written and ought to know its exact meaning. The act barred a large number of groups from immigrating. Two, the SCOTUS upheld the Chinese exclusion act in 1888, asserting that immigration restriction was within the legislative power of congress.

First of all, our argument isn’t about whether or not congress can discriminate in immigration and naturalization law. I never said they couldn’t, in fact I’ve repeatedly said the exact opposite. This is an argument about whether congress is free to violate the first amendment in its immigration law.  I never said that the government didn’t have the right to set naturalization or immigration law in general. I said that they can’t set immigration and naturalization law that is unconstitutional/violates the Bill of Rights. 

Your first example was from the year BEFORE the Bill of Rights was ratified, so clearly the first amendment wouldn’t apply as it does to my argument in the modern day. Not that, based on the content, it wouldn’t have been an issue anyway. 

Did you READ the 1790 Naturalization Act before using it as your argument? It doesn’t apply to the argument at hand at all, but thanks for the non sequitur. 

The second example was, again, not applicable the argument at hand.

I never claimed that Congress can’t restrict or make quotas based on nationality. That has nothing to do with the first amendment at all. 

At least TRY to make your examples applicable to the argument.

Also you neatly avoided the question I asked, which was in regards to your question about anarchists and communists being barred from coming into the country, not about immigration discrimination as a whole. You asserted that because the first amendment had been violated in the past, that it could be done again. I told you that was unconstitutional in the first place and didn’t make it a good argument and asked what your reasoning for thinking that form of discrimination in particular was constitutional other than “no one said it wasn’t”. 

Keep up. 

Lots of newspapers put Bill on covers after Hillary secured nomination, Mothers of the Movement, Charges dropped against remaining cops in Freddie Gray case
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After all, you will think, the American presidency is a strangely limited institution. It doesn’t give Trump that many ways to radically alter the everyday lives of Americans. But that is exactly the problem. President Trump will have to begin destroying the institutions of American democracy—not because they get in the way of anything specific he wants to do, like build the wall (though he will probably have moved on to something else by that point), but because they are an obstacle to the way he wants to do them. A fascist leader needs mobilization. The slow and deliberative passage of even the most heinous legislation is unlikely to supply that. Wars do, and there will be wars. These wars will occur both abroad and at home. They will make us wish that Trump really were Putin’s agent: at least then there would be no threat of nuclear war.

Hank, a well-loved family pet from Northern Ireland, has been seized after an anonymous member of the public reported him. Not for his behaviour, but for his appearance. He has been seized under the ridiculous law that is BSL. His owners are trying to raise enough money to prove that Hank is not a dangerous dog and should not be euthanised.


To whoever reported Hank to the council for “looking like a pitbull” - thank you so much for not even giving me the courtesy of speaking to me first. Your call has put my baby into the care of the council who took the time to explain to me that Hank will have his dietary needs met right up until they kill him for how he looks. And thanks to the dog warden herself who explained that although he isn’t dangerous he still has to die and that no, I cannot see him before they kill him. The only recourse I have is to take the council to court to fight the legally mandated destruction order. The real kick in the balls is that they will not allow me to see him, not once, not even to say goodbye.

On the 14th July 2016, Hank was taken from my home by 8 police officers and 4 dog wardens. He has been condemned to die because he looks like a pitbull. Our only legal recourse is to fight this in the courts. We will do anything to save Hank, he is a much loved part of our family. He is more than a pet. The best chance at returning Hank to his home is to prove that he is not dangerous, this is costly due to the need for professional opinion. Any help you can give will be warmly accepted. Joanne and I are forever indebted to the generosity we have been shown so far.


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Hundreds march in Montreal to protest pit bull ban
Protestors called for tougher penalties for irresponsible owners and enforcement of existing regulations.

Hundreds of two-and-four-legged Montrealers took part in a march on Saturday to protest bans on pit bulls and other legislation that targets specific dog breeds.

The event was part of a wider global day of action against breed-specific legislation, with events also planned in other cities across Canada and worldwide.

But event organizer Dana Hyde said this year’s march has special significance in Montreal because the city’s mayor has announced plans to ban pit bulls and other breeds deemed to be dangerous beginning in September.

Hyde believes breed bans are unfair and don’t reduce dog bites.

“You’re targeting the wrong end of the leash,” she said. “You have to go after the people, not the dog.”

Hyde and many of Saturday’s protesters called for tougher penalties for irresponsible owners and enforcement of existing regulations including leashing and licensing.

“If you look at any scientific studies, they show no dog is born inherently dangerous,” she said. “It’s the environment and upbringing that make the dog.”

Other marchers called for providing education and training for both dog owners and the public.

The issue of banning pit bulls in Quebec has raged as of late after several attacks, with one causing a fatality involving a 55-year-old Montreal woman.

Quebec City and Brossard announced municipal bans, and Premier Philippe Couillard has said his government is likely to follow Ontario’s example and take province-wide action.

Ontario banned the breed in 2005, but doesn’t know whether the ban has reduced dog bites because data isn’t collected at the provincial level.

Some other Canadian cities, including Winnipeg, have banned the breed.

Continue Reading.

You’re Likely Committing a Crime Right Now By Mark Nestmann
The Criminalization of Everything

Do you own a dog? You could face six months in federal prison If you walk it on federal lands on a leash longer than six feet in length.

Do you have a bank account? If you deposit or withdraw more than $10,000 in cash over multiple transactions, you could be imprisoned for up to five years. You could also lose every penny in the account, under the theory it “facilitated” your crime.

Do you have foreign investments? If you neglect to tell Uncle Sam about them, you could face draconian penalties. Forget to file just one form? You could face a $10,000 penalty per account per year.

There’s no requirement that you know any of these crimes exist for you to be found guilty of violating them. After all, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse.”

Given that fact, you might think that Uncle Sam would make it easy to understand exactly what’s legal and what’s not. Think again.

In 1790, the first set of federal criminal laws contained a grand total of 20 crimes. Since then, the number of federal crimes listed has grown like cancer. No one knows how many federal crimes exist, although a 1998 study from the American Bar Association concluded the total was likely “much higher” than 3,000.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a little-known and poorly understood process that federal agencies undertake to literally make law. In some cases, if you violate an “administrative law” a federal agency creates out of thin air, you can be imprisoned. Indeed, the number of federal regulations carrying criminal penalties may be as high as 300,000.