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My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you. I won’t stop; in fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my days that remain. For now, whether you’re young or young at heart, I do have one final ask of you as your President - the same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago.

I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change - but in yours. I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written: Yes We Can. Yes We Did. Yes We Can.

THANK YOU, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA FOR EIGHT AMAZING YEARS [2008-2016]

My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you. I won’t stop; in fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my days that remain. For now, whether you’re young or young at heart, I do have one final ask of you as your President - the same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago.

I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change - but in yours. I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written:

Yes We Can. Yes We Did. Yes We Can.

—  Barack Obama in his Farewell Address
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We can stand by and watch a genocide unfold on social media, or we can do something. Turn your prayers into action.

from The Syrian Civil Defense:
“The bombs are falling as we write this. For years our humanitarian volunteers have worked to save the lives of our people in Aleppo: operating in underground hospitals, rescuing entire families buried under the rubble and risking our lives to document what the daily war crimes committed by Assad regime and its ally Russia. We can do no more.
Now we are with 100,000 civilians trapped in an area of five square kilometres with non-stop bombs, shells and advancements on the ground. In one building more than 500 people are sheltering. People have been underground for days.
We are calling on the international community to provide a safe passage out of Aleppo for the remaining 100,000 people. We know that the UN has a plan to get us out across the four kilometres of Western Aleppo to safety: with a few dozen buses and lorries we could all be evacuated in twenty four hours. However, we need the international community to guarantee the safety of their workers and our own.
If we stay we fear for our lives. The women may be taken to camps, the men disappeared and anyone who is known to have supported civilians will face detention or execution. We’ve watched thousands of our boys and mens be detained. Countless White Helmets, doctors, nurses and humanitarians have been targeted and killed in the regime’s cruel assault on Aleppo. The regime has been trying to kill us for five years. Please don’t give them this chance.
We can not believe that the world’s most powerful countries cannot get 100,000 souls four kilometers to safety.
CALL THE STATE DEPARTMENT AND THE RUSSIAN EMBASSY RIGHT NOW TO DEMAND SAFE PASSAGE.
State Department: +1 202-647-9572 and Russian Embassy: +1-202-298-5700

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I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written:

Yes We Can.

Yes We Did.

Yes We Can.

Thank you.  God bless you.  And may God continue to bless the United States of America.

Whether you are young, or you are young at heart, I do have one final ask of you as your President – the same thing I asked of you when you took a chance on me eight years ago.  I am asking you to believe.  Not in my ability to bring about change, but in yours. I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents – an idea, whispered by slaves and abolitionists.  That spirit, sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who march for justice.  That creed, reaffirmed by those who planted flags, from foreign battlefields to the surface of the Moon.  A creed for every American whose story is not yet written: yes we can.  Yes, we did; yes, we can.
—  PRESIDENT OBAMA

As a studyblr, I procrastinate. I have weak subjects, and I get stressed easily. I lie to myself, “Yeah, this won’t be tested.” I quit my notes halfway because my motivation runs out, and when it returns, my forgetfulness and lack of organisation means that I don’t remember them. I scroll through my dash and think, “Wow. I’m so much less dedicated, hardworking, passionate than these people. I’m so much less than these people.”

I receive messages in my inbox that say, “Wow. You’re so inspiring.” And I can never fathom how someone could actually believe that. 

And then I do. Because the words we type, documenting our day, and the photos we post, perfectly arranged - they show an impossible, unreal version of ourselves. The best angle of ourselves - neat handwriting, brilliant modesty, impeccable focus, and enviable responsibility.

Just like how you shouldn’t unfairly compare yourselves to magazine covers, because they aren’t real, you shouldn’t compare your educational journeys to those of other studyblrs, because they aren’t a full and unbiased representation of how other people actually study (unglamorously).

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..I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change - but in yours. I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written: Yes We Can. Yes We Did. YES WE CAN.

I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written:


Yes We Can.
Yes We Did.
Yes We Can.

—  President Barack Obama, Farewell Address, January 10, 2017
My fellow Americans, it has been the honour of my life to serve you, I won’t stop. In fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my remaining days. But for now whether you are young or young at heart. I do have one final ask of you ask your president, the same thing i asked that you take a chance on me 8 years ago. I am asking you to believe not in my ability to bring about change, but in yours. I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who march for justice. That creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battle fields to the surface of the moon. A creed at the core of every American who’s story is not yet written. Yes, we can. Yes, we did! Yes, we can! Thank you! God bless you. May god continue to bless the United States of America.
—  President Obama’s Farewell Address

For those wondering:

SCP Foundation: “We’re a serious but morally gray clandestine organization dedicated to the containment of paranormal objects. Here are over 1000 highly scientific documents detailing our experimental and containment procedures. Violations to these procedures may or may not result in either pain or apocalyptic scenarios.”

SCP Foundation fandom: “lol what if we fired 682 at the sun”

SCP Foundation fandom: [anime gifs]

SCP Foundation fandom: “Here’s a list of things Dr. Bright is not allowed to fuck.”

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ONIBI - The sacred tree of Yahiko
All the places we drew in our graphic novel Onibi are real. We made many sketches on location when we lived in Niigata, Japan. Then we used them as our main documentation for Onibi, like this sacred tree in the small village called Yahiko.

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Tous les lieux dessinés dans notre BD Onibi sont réels. Nous avons fait de nombreuses aquarelles en extérieur lorsque nous vivions à Niigata, au Japon. Ces dessins nous ont ensuite servi de documentation pour Onibi, comme cet autel sacré niché dans un grand arbre à Yahiko.

My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you.  I won’t stop; in fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my days that remain.  For now, whether you’re young or young at heart, I do have one final ask of you as your President – the same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago.


I am asking you to believe.  Not in my ability to bring about change – but in yours.


I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written:


Yes We Can.


Yes We Did.


Yes We Can.

—  President Barack Obama’s Farewell Address

the “queer women’s community” is not a concrete thing, it is not a society people live their day to day lives in that has set dynamics and goals and hierarchy. 

Where is this community? 

is it our activist groups or organizations? our politics? the human rights campaign? outright? lgbt youth homeless shelters? is it our protests and lawsuits? 

Is it in our literature? our movies? the documentation of lesbian history?

is it in academic clubs or public organizations? your high school gsa? your universities pride alliance? your town’s kickball league? the gay bar a 3 hour drive from you? the loose network of gay and bi women you happen to know through exes or mutual friends?  

is it on the internet? your preferred dating app? sites like autostraddle? sites like reddit? sites like tumblr? even within these sites there are a variety of subgroups with different politics and backgrounds and goals and within those different cliques.

the vast majority of these things are elective and form temporary bubbles of inter-connectivity between women who actively create those spaces. I have no choice but to be a lesbian in greater society, the legal and interpersonal discrimination I face as a lesbian follows me wherever I go. As such I am part of the specifically lesbian and generally lgbt community bonded through common experience.

but which lgbt people I engage with, which lgbt spaces I engage with, the ones I establish and maintain - these are things I have the power to choose. Acting like you can concretely discuss power dynamics within something as amorphous and self selecting as the “queer women community” is patently untrue. 

Either “gay privilege” exists or it does not, everywhere or nowhere. If you are going to make the argument at least be honest about it.

We will be open tomorrow (Jan. 16) on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We celebrate his life and legacy, as well as the important and continued contributions of his fellow civil rights activists. Pictured here is a section of a 1958 NAACP news release from the papers of Los Angeles–based attorney and civil rights activist Loren Miller, which are part of our Library collections. The document describes King’s recent arrest and mistreatment by police, concluding with a quote from King that he will continue to “stand up for what I think is right, even if it means further arrest, or even physical death.” King would have turned 88 today.

See the full release here.

Banning destitute refugees in countries to which we contributed in their ruins is not protecting ourselves. In fact, it’s allowing our government to take away our freedom. You may not realize it, but the loss of freedom for some is the loss of freedom for all. The government does not have the privilege to do what Trump wants it to do, and our foundational documents outlining our nation’s existential purpose agree. We’re not protecting ourselves. Trump supporters have played themselves in arguing the pedantic technicality that everything Trump is doing with executive orders is legal. It has a macabre familiarity, and that Christian conservatives think the Bible doesn’t explicitly say this kind of anti-human and anti-universal thinking is wrong over and over is a doozy. But the legitimate amorality of Trump’s promises of bans, walls, torture, and bigotry has nothing to do with the Bible. This kind of purposefully hateful offense to the billion+ peaceful humans who practice Islam is going to create the problem it thinks it can solve. You want the rest of our generation’s lives to be filled with Muslim extremism and terror attacks? This blatant division cutting is how you start.
—  Levi Olson