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A Series of Bombings Have Killed 38 People Across Baghdad

A massive bombing by the Islamic State group outside a popular ice cream parlor in central Baghdad and a rush- hour car bomb in another downtown area killed at least 31 people Tuesday, Iraqi officials said. 

A closed-circuit camera captured the moment of the explosion, the video showing a busy downtown avenue with cars driving down the street when the blast strikes. A huge fireball engulfs a building, causing cars to scramble to get away. Other videos of the attack posted on social media show wounded and bloodied people crying for help on the sidewalk outside the ice cream parlor.

The attacks came just days into the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims fast during daylight hours. After sundown, families break their fast and Baghdad’s restaurants and cafes quickly fill up with people staying up long into the night.

Guys, that’s more than 30 people dead, 30 families torn apart. Yet no one gives a damn, because they’re not white lives, or first world lives. If people cannot be bothered to pray for Baghdad, the least they can do is care for Baghdad

Jess Rewatches the 100 in a Bellarke-y Way Part 3

EPISODE 4: Murphy’s Law

Wells is dead. Finn brings Clarke a pencil and Clarke decides to open up about Wells. Can you not?

Murphy needs to die. Peeing on a guy that just wants water?

What is Kane/Abby’s ship name? Yes I assume that makes me a masochist. I forgot how much I loved Jactavia. Seriously, they were so cute. He was the loveable nerd and she was the beautiful outlaw.

Another Bellarke fight. Seriously, you guys. Get a room.

I know Charlotte killed Wells, but who wouldn’t want to blame Murphy? Let’s be real. And Charlotte is just going to stand by and let him hang. Charming.

It says something that Bellamy is quick to believe Clarke against Murphy.

Bellamy is not the killer you are looking for.

Murphy hanging.

I guess Raven is supposed to be Glass from the books? Which makes Finn, Luke. Which means, meant to be. Charlotte slaying her demons like Bellamy told her.

Murphy wants to kill Charlotte. Who doesn’t Murphy want to kill? Bellamy won’t let him though.

Finn takes Clarke & Charlotte to a mysterious bunker that he hasn’t told anyone about. What could you want that for Finn? Back. UP. Though to endgame, you have to get the other line of the triangle out of the way. So by all means. It just means you guys will be over with faster. Kane’s mama is a super hippie. The barter queen telling Kane about Abby’s morphine trade.

Charlotte goes to turn herself in. Murphy wants to kills Clarke now. This guy needs another hobby.

Charlotte jumps off the cliff.

I can’t. Their faces. So Murphy not only almost killed Clarke, but Charlotte kills herself because of him. Bellamy then loses his mind. AND THIS IS WHERE THE BELLARKE PARTNERSHIP BEGINS>>>>

We know bb. NO one likes Murphy. We all love to hate him though.

Murphy is banished. I feel like that won’t last very long. He’s like a cockroach.

The Princess and The King are officially ruling.

Monty short circuits all of their bands. The Ark thinks they are all dead. Then Clarke and Finn are in the shady bunker. Finn freaking out (now I realize it’s because everyone, especially Raven, will think they are dead. In turn, that means they will all die because they will think Earth in uninhabitable.) FAVEN ftw.


I am going to try and wipe that from my brain. Jactavia to the rescue.

Aw. Sure you are bb. Man it is really going to suck for you when Lincoln shows up. Oh well! On to episode 5. Raven is on her way!!!! Finn is going to have some explaining to do.

I think about black children at times like this.

To see what could’ve been their older brother, (Michael Brown), or their father (Eric Garner) or even themselves (Tamir Rice) killed in state sanctioned terror and every apparatus, whether it be police or government officials or media circuits and even people who they probably befriended giving them excuse after excuse as to why it was not only justified, but morally sound to end the lives of these people.

People who look like them. People who existed in their communities. People who could have been someone they knew. People who were someone they knew. To have these images of premature and manufactured death flashing on their TV screens simultaneously, from all corners of the country. To live with the cognitive dissonance that they probably couldn’t even label of knowing that those who “protect and serve” take a vested interest in killing black people. What does that say to a young black child? That their existence is inherently antagonistic to the well being of the rest of the world?

The consequence and irony of black childhood is that innocence is never afforded and what ivory tower pundits have to learn through years of academic research about the prison industrial complex- how it both cages and terminates black life- is well known to those who its inaccessible to.

BREAKING: Here’s The Map Of What Marriage Equality Looks Like In The US Today (UPDATED 10/21/14)

Same-sex couples can marry in a majority of states in the country — something that was not true until October 2014. Since the Supreme Court decided not to hear appeals of challenges to five states’ marriage bans on Oct. 6, the ground has been shifting quickly.

As the process continues to play out, BuzzFeed News will be updating this map and the descriptions below to keep tabs on what’s happening at any given moment in the many challenges to bans playing out across the country.

States With Full Marriage Equality:

In the less than 10-and-a-half years since same-sex couples began marrying in Massachusetts, 24 other states and Washington, D.C., have joined the ranks of states where same-sex couples can marry.

In 13 jurisdictions, lawmakers voted for marriage equality — although voters initially reversed that action in Maine and the legislation was vetoed in California. The other 11 jurisdictions: Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Washington, D.C.

Voters in three states approved marriage equality at the polls: Maine in an initiative the reversed voters’ earlier decision, as well as Maryland and Washington, where efforts to reverse marriage equality through a referendum were rebuffed.

State courts, considering state law, found a right to marriage equality in Hawaii, Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Iowa, New Jersey, and New Mexico — although constitutional amendments later reversed those decisions in Hawaii and California.

Finally, beginning with Utah, the final frontier of marriage equality — federal courts considering federal rights — led to marriage equality after courts found bans on same-sex couples’ marriages to be unconstitutional in 10 states: Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

States With Marriage Equality, But With Related Appeal Still Pending:

In this quickly changing environment, there are a growing number of states where same-sex couples are able to marry — but a related appeal, from some person or organization, is ongoing.

In Oregon, the National Organization for Marriage attempted to intervene in the case and was denied. They appealed that denial, were rejected, and have asked the full appeals court to rehear their appeal. In light of the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision that outside groups have no standing to appeal a marriage decision when state or local officials no longer are appealing the issue, NOM is unlikely to succeed in this appeal.

In Nevada, the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage has asked the full appeals court to rehear last week’s decision striking down Nevada’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages. For the same reason as with the Prop 8 case, the coalition here is unlikely to succeed in this appeal request.

In North Carolina, state lawmakers have attempted to intervene in marriage litigation and could attempt to appeal decisions ending the state’s marriage ban.

In Alaska and Idaho, officials have said they will be appealing the district court and appeals court decisions, respectively, further.

States With A Marriage Decision On Hold Pending Appeal:

Several decisions in favor of marriage equality or requiring recognition of same-sex couples’ marriages granted elsewhere are on hold, or stayed, while appeals are ongoing.

These include federal appeals in the 5th Circuit, 6th Circuit, and 11th Circuit courts of appeals, as well as some state courts.

In the 5th Circuit, appeals are pending from Texas, where the state’s ban was ruled to be unconstitutional, and Louisiana, where it was upheld.

In the 6th Circuit, arguments were held in early August regarding all four states’ bans. A decision is eagerly awaited, and it will address the marriage ban in Kentucky and Michigan and marriage recognition in Ohio and Tennessee. In all four states, the state lost at the trial court.

In the 11th Circuit, an appeal is pending from Florida, where the state’s ban was struck down in the trial court.

State court appeals are pending in three states, where trial courts struck down the bans in Arkansas, Florida, and Louisiana.

States With Marriage Recognition, But Not Full Marriage Equality:

After a Missouri state court ordered that out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples must be recognized in the state, Missouri’s attorney general announced the state would not be appealing the decision.

States Where Marriage Equality Is Expected To Follow In Short Order:

Because four federal appeals courts have decided that state bans on same-sex couples’ marriages are unconstitutional, that is the precedent in — or law of — those circuits. It is expected, therefore, that other states in those circuits with marriage bans will have those bans struck down in short order.

In the 4th Circuit, South Carolina officials continue to defend the ban and a federal case challenging the ban is pending.

In the 9th Circuit, Montana still bans same-sex couples from marrying and a federal case is pending.

In the 10th Circuit, Kansas officials continue to defend the ban. State court proceedings challenging the ban are pending the state, as is a federal challenge.

States Still Awaiting Action On Marriage Equality:

There are only six states without marriage equality or marriage recognition where marriage equality is not anticipated in short order due to circuit precedent and where no marriage decisions are on hold pending appeal.

They are Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

There are pending marriage, marriage recognition, or divorce cases pending in some of these states, but there have been no decisions in favor of same-sex couples there thus far.

Source: Chris Geidner for Buzzfeed News