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When she joined a “swim-in” in St. Augustine, Florida on June 18, 1964, then 17-year-old Mamie Nell Ford had little idea that her picture would soon be seen around the world – and help spur the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. On that day, seven civil rights activists, including Ford, jumped into the segregated pool at the Monson Motor Lodge to protest its ‘whites-only’ policy. As journalists looked on, the motel owner’s James Brock responded by dumping acid into the pool in an effort to drive them out. Ford recalls that her immediate reaction was “I couldn’t breathe,” and a photo of her with an alarmed expression as Brock pours acid nearby appeared in newspapers around the world. When people learn about the incident today, Ford says, “I’m often asked, ‘How could you have so much courage?’ Courage for me is not ‘the absence of fear,’ but what you do in the face of fear.”

The campaign to challenge segregation in St. Augustine in 1963 and 1964, known as the St. Augustine Movement, is considered one of the bloodiest of the Civil Rights Movement. Students staging “wade-ins” to challenge segregation on the beaches were violently beaten and, after several black children were admitted into white schools due to the Supreme Court’s decision outlawing school segregation, several of the children’s homes were burnt to the ground by local segregationists. Martin Luther King, Jr. was even arrested on the steps of this same motel only a week prior to the pool “swim-in,” after being charged with trespassing when he attempted to dine at the “whites-only” Monson Restaurant.

Prior to the pool “swim-in”, Ford was already an experienced civil rights activist in her hometown of Albany, Georgia. When Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference came to Albany to recruit activists to support the movement in St. Augustine, she immediately signed up. “When they asked for volunteers to participate in the swim-in demonstration, I said, yes, because, despite segregation, I knew how to swim,” she says. While they knew it was likely they would be arrested, no one expected the owner to pour acid into the pool. “It is as fresh in my mind as the morning dew, because when the acid was poured in the pool, the water began to bubble up,” Ford recalls. Although the group was arrested shortly thereafter, their protest had the intended effect: as it made headlines worldwide, President Johnson said in a recorded phone conservation: “Our whole foreign policy will go to hell over this!” Within 24 hours, the civil rights bill that had been introduced a year before and had been stalled in the Senate won approval, leading directly to the passage of the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964.

After being released from serving jail time for the swim-in, Ford made a powerful statement urging the people of St. Augustine to keep fighting: “Don’t lose heart now because you’re the ones on whom this movement rests. People will come and go because they live somewhere else, but you live here and you make this thing happen.” She returned home and went on to join five other black girls to lead the desegregation of the formerly all-white Albany High School, where she graduated with honors in 1965. Ford, who later changed her name to Mimi Jones, then went to college in Boston where she spent her career working in the Department of Education.

Although less well known than school segregation, the long legacy of segregation in swimming pools still lives on today. After legal challenges and actions like this one in St. Augustine forced the end of segregated pools, in many towns, especially in the South, ‘white flight’ from public pools to private clubs often led to their closure. The impact of first segregation and later pool closures over generations has led to a major gap between white and black Americans in swimming ability, with whites being twice as likely to know how to swim as blacks. This difference is also reflected in the CDC finding that black children are three times more likely die from drowning than white children. For these reasons and the long legacy of racism at swimming pools, Simone Manuel’s victory at the last Olympic Games took on special meaning for many African Americans – a significance the young swimmer alluded to after she became the first African-American woman to ever win an individual Olympic gold in swimming: “The gold medal wasn’t just for me,“ she said. "It’s for a lot of people who came before me.”

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Trump blames the ‘black President’.

Trump gets his agenda from Putin. Putin backs Assad. Therefore, Trump backs Assad. Russia controls our foreign policy.

Undermining the previous president is KGB 'active measures’ 100%. Erode public trust.

anonymous asked:

Is it possible for BTS to someday reach the level of popularity and status that groups like BigBang enjoy? What would the members and the company have to do to reach that level?

Not only is it possible, but all indications show that they’re well on their way to the top of the top.

For a while there were some minor concerns that BTS were struggling to connect with their domestic audience. They were considered “global” stars first, which is all well and good, but idols can’t really survive without home-ground interest and support. But the Wings album and YNWA has proven that BTS are a juggernaut both in Korea and overseas.

I have never seen a boy band outside of the Big 3 companies to become so huge and so loved in such a short amount of time. They are growing exponentially as they continue to sweep the charts, break records, freeze servers, and make more fans with each new comeback. It’s almost surreal how it’s all unfolding for them. But seriously, they’re legends in the making.

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AAAAAND we’re back, lovelies! As usual, if you’d like to be added to my master taglist, shoot me a message and I’ll stick you onto the next one!

It feels wrong for some reason not telling Castiel that Claire shows up on their case in Wisconsin, but he’s been swallowing that bullshit about “giving people space” for months now and he’s trying to do right by her at least. Let her make her own choices. Besides, it’s kind of nice having her tag along. She’s a pretty cool kid.

He should have called the minute he figured out what Mick was up to. He knows he should have. But it all happens so fast with the bite and the cure and he’s too busy blaming everyone in that room for what’s happening to his - to Claire. His hand, his hand shoved that poisonous needle into Claire’s skin, he as good as killed her himself. “I need some air.” He yanks on the doorknob like he wants to rip Mick’s head off his body and and steps out into the cold night air.

For a minute all he can do is stand on the threshold, chest heaving. He’s frozen to the front step, a terrible ringing in his ears.

And then he hears another high-pitched, agonized scream. It scares him into moving.

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El Secreto De Sus Ojos (The Secret In Their Eyes)

dir. Juan José Campanella - 2009

Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film

anonymous asked:

I'm boggling trying and failing to understand how it is that so many people (in this case, the advocates of violent anti-fascism sending you asks) don't have the idea that _political actions should have the consequence you want, not just be on the right side_. It feels like... not getting that trying to affect reality except in the simplest most local one-dimensional way is even a thing. Do you feel like you understand the mindset better?

One of my favorite articles by Bryan Caplan describes the concept of missing moods. 

Modern warfare almost always leads to killing lots of innocents; if governments were held to the same standards as individuals, these killings would be manslaughter, if not murder.  This doesn’t mean that war is never justified.  But the reasonable hawkish mood is sorrow - and constant yearning for a peaceful path.  The kind of emotions that flow out of, “We are in a tragic situation.  After painstaking research on all the available options, we regretfully conclude that we have to kill many thousands of innocent civilians in order to avoid even greater evils.  This is true even after adjusting for the inaccuracy of our past predictions about foreign policy.”  

I have never personally known a hawk who expresses such moods, and know of none in the public eye.  Instead, the standard hawk moods are anger and machismo.  Ted Cruz’s recent quip, “I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out” is typical.  Indeed, the hawks I personally know don’t just ignore civilian deaths.  When I raise the issue, they cavalierly appeal to the collective guilt of their enemies.  Sometimes they laugh.  As a result, I put little weight on what hawks say.  This doesn’t mean their view is false, but it is a strong reason to think it’s false.

2. The immigration restrictionist.  Immigration from the Third World to the First World is almost a fool-proof way to work your way out of poverty.  The mechanism: Labor is more productive in the First World than the Third, so migrants generally create the extra riches they consume.  This doesn’t mean that immigration restrictions are never justified.  But the reasonable restrictionist mood is anguish that a tremendous opportunity to enrich mankind and end poverty must go to waste - and pity for the billions punished for the “crime” of choosing the wrong parents.  The kind of emotions that flow out of, “The economic and humanitarian case for immigration is awesome.  Unfortunately, there are even larger offsetting costs.  These costs are hard to spot with the naked eye, but careful study confirms they are tragically real.  Trapping innocents in poverty because of the long-run costs of immigration seems unfair, but after exhaustive study we’ve found no other remedy.  Once you see this big picture, restriction is the lesser evil.  This is true even after adjusting for the inaccuracy of our past predictions about the long-run dangers of immigration.”

I have met a couple of restrictionists who privately express this mood, and read a few who hold it publicly.  But in percentage terms, they’re almost invisible.  Instead, the standard restrictionist moods are anger and xenophobia.  Mainstream restrictionists hunt for horrific immigrant outliers, then use these outliers to justify harsh treatment of immigrants in general.  

The idea is that, if you’re pushing for some policy that involves doing or ignoring great wrongs in the service of necessity, it should hurt. You should be agonizing over it. You should be desperate for alternatives, and you should be grieved you can’t find any. The point is not ‘your opinion is not valid if your feelings are not valid’, but when that feeling is absent, it’s incredibly hard to trust the opinion.

I think that to antifas and the people who gravitate towards them, the entirety of liberalism has a colossal missing mood. There are Nazis and white supremacists holding rallies and chanting in favor of unthinkable, colossal atrocities. Lots of people sympathize with them. Shouldn’t we be terrified? Shouldn’t we be angry? Shouldn’t we be desperate? Whatever you think of the merits of smashing unarmed Trump supporters in the head with metal bike locks and then running away, the proponents of doing so are vocally and demonstrably angry and terrified and desperate, and if the thing you’re looking for is people who are angry and terrified and desperate then you find them. And if all of the people who seem to grasp the magnitude of the threat are saying sickening street violence is the way to fix it -

- and all of the people observing that that doesn’t fix it, that it makes it worse, that our institutions suffice and have sufficed and that there are better avenues of resistance should they fail, seem to be insufficiently desperate and angry and frightened -

- then people believe the antifas, even though antifas constantly give incoherent or conflicting accounts of how their methods are supposed to help and threaten and alienate their allies and spend a lot of their time threatening to kill gay Jews on the internet because we disagree with them about how to fight fascists.


And to people who are not sympathetic to antifa, it seems obvious that they have a gaping missing mood: compassion, or concern, or awareness of collateral damage. And if you know anything about violent resistance, indifference to or denial about collateral damage is the most chilling blind spot imaginable. 

So both sides perceive missing moods, and it damages trust, and even though we both want to prevent the rise of fascism there’s basically no confidence that the other side actually wants to prevent the rise of fascism, and most efforts I’ve had to bridge that divide have sort of run aground on ‘I don’t think your evidence is very good and you don’t think my evidence is very good’, and so it’s really hard to fix.

This is a roundabout answer to your question: the straightforward answer is that I think they understand actions can have downstream effects and counterproductive effects, but don’t trust us about it and don’t trust anyone proposing alternative courses of action and were also drawn to antifa specifically by the desperate, angry dominant mood and it’s not a dominant mood conducive to realizing that doing nothing at all would be better than what you’re currently doing.

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With all the heavy stuff going on, I thought some humor would be uplifting.

My son finds great joy in tickling me. Today he told me that I am the only one that is ticklish…(I tried to have him tickle his dad…He said his dad and our two male foreign exchange students weren’t ticklish.)

Why am I the only one I asked…? His answer. Because I have BOOBS! LMAO!!!!

isn’t it just sad that music as a concept was foreign to our ears before the release of Pretty Odd™ (2008)? like what did we even do before then? we couldn’t even comprehend music ryan ross straight up invented it with Pretty Odd™ (2008)

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anonymous asked:

I like how everyone who is asking why we're concerned about the bombings like to forget the fact that this has been contradictory to the isolationist stance Donnie took during the election, still being done without congressional approval, is using extremely expensive equipment for what amounts to a dick swinging campaign against three different people, and the likely scenario that most of these strikes are simply to make us forget about the continuing investigation in our prez's foreign ties.

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anonymous asked:

I'm a bit upset that Hillary supports the assault on Syria..

She does favor taking action in Syria, she’s been vocal about that for a long time and likely would have done things Obama was reluctant to do (& I do agree with some criticisms on Obama’s foreign policy decisions on Syria), but I don’t think she wants to go to war in Syria or will take military action that would lead to war with Syria.

First off, if Hillary was president, I don’t think this would have happened, at least not this early in her presidency and not provoked by US. Trump coddles with Putin, wants to go to war with Iran, and a few days ago his Secretary of State and UN Ambassador publicly said that US don’t care anymore about taking out Assad or assisting Syrians to do so, and before that trump includes Syrian refugees in his ban. It’s not a huge leap to say that those actions and statements emboldened Assad to launch not just any attack, but a chemical attack, to his people. And NOW trump bombs Syria and he lets Russia know before hand but not people in our state department and our allies.

Hillary put in the same situation wouldn’t have taken the same actions in the same way Trump did. I’ve no doubt she would have taken action in and maybe even take out air fields like she said today, but the process and timing wouldn’t be the same. She def wouldn’t have done it in her first 100 days. She would at least go to UN and Congress first. She would talk to our allies. She would think about not just a single military action but what are the consequences of that both in short and long term. She would study intelligence carefully and not just go with her emotions. She wouldnt make dumb statements on our foreign policy that has led us to this, and she wouldn’t have ban Syrian refugees then use Syrian children as props as an excuse to go to war.

I'd like to order the cold thing, please

If you ever go to a Japanese bar, 居酒屋「いざかや」 they will probably have cold tofu as a dish and it’s called 冷奴「ひややっこ」. However, the kanji for is made up from 冷 which means “cold” and has a kunyomi of つめたい and the other kanji 奴 which means “thing” has a kunyomi of やつ. So when I first saw this at the 居酒屋 with my friend, we couldn’t stop laughing because as foreigners our first guess was to read it as 冷たい奴「つめたいやつ」and just because why not, we ordered it that way. The server got a kick out of it! But yeah, if you go to an 居酒屋 and want to try the cold tofu, impress your server by calling it ひややっこ!

Even though Obama was our first foreign born secretly muslim gay prostitute antichrist president and this historic achievement was a source of hope, pride, and most importantly optimism for lots of citizens, many still felt let down when he failed to enact some of his popular proposals like white slavery, sharia law, and taking all the guns away

Japan→Me

America→Boyfriend 

Russia→Our neighbor Russian lady 

Well she is a very nice lady so I don’t mind what she did in the past, but I don’t like the idea of how those English classes(especially in East Asia) hire people. Sometime they have the slogan says “our teachers are foreigner!” But not all foreigner (for us) speaks English well. 

英会話教室の外国人講師,中には英語が下手な先生もたくさんいます。「講師は全員外国人」ではなく「講師は全員英語ネイティヴ」でないと…

Anon: Are you a boy? I always thought youre a girl :D i become confused with this “kook/min oppa” haha            

I only identify as Oppa. In all seriousness, I’m a girl and the oppa thing started out as a joke but I don’t find it offensive or uncomfortable - my real life Korean friends jokingly do it too. If that’s what you want to call me, whatever, knock yourself out.

You can call me Oppa, Hyung, Unnie, Nuna, Sajeon, Sajeon-nim, Yeonwoo.. It’s all okay: I don’t give a fuck. This is the internet and this is my blog - I feel more or less comfortable with my followers… Unless you’re Korean and/or very fluent in the language. (More on that later)

But more importantly, this brings up an interesting topic that I’ve seen and have been asked about:

Can or should foreigners say Korean words like Unnie and Oppa?

The short answer is: Sure, of course… but take some precautions.

Let me explain why it’s okay and also give you some tips on how to properly interact with other native Koreans.

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onyourleftbooob  asked:

dude did u see that shit where cevans excused tom brady for being a trump supporter

No I didn’t. I’m also at a point in my life where I’m just….completely over the tumblr call out culture. Chris Evans likes Tom Brady a fuck load, i as a Patriots supporter also like Tom Brady a fuck load bc he’s won us a lot of games and titles lmao. Am I going to lose sleep over the fact he’s friends with Trump? No! Chechnya are sending gay men to concentration camps like this is fucking world war 2, Syria are chemically attacking their own people, I’m living through fucking Brexit, there were 2 shootings in schools in the last 24 hours in the US, the UK High Court just ruled that a babies parents don’t have the right to decide what course of treatment to offer their baby, and doctors can now turn off life support against the parents wishes, Boris Johnson is our foreign secretary in the most unstable and trying of political times of the last 50 years.

I got a finite amount of energy to expend on negativity, I’m expending it on the actual important shit, and not the trivial stuff like an actor - who is very very vocally anti trump and everything he stands for - not condemning a man he’s admired for years bc of his friendships. There’s bigger stuff going on.