the council of 13


Refugees in the US are now fleeing to Canada

  • After escaping from their home countries, refugees in the U.S. are now fleeing to Canada to get away from Trump, and the country’s xenophobia, Al Jazeera reports.
  • Farhan Ahmed, 36, and Mohamed Mualim, 28, are both Somali refugees. On Feb. 3, after trekking through knee-deep snow fields of North Dakota for five hours to cross the Canadian border, the duo arrived in Canada and subsequently filed for asylum. 
  • Ahmed told Al Jazeera the impetus for flocking to Canada was mainly due to Trump and his executive order banning refugees for 120 days and visa holders from seven majority-Muslim countries, including Somalia.
  • Ahmed and Mualim are just two people out of dozens the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council have helped with resettling into Canada. Read more (2/13/17 2:03 PM)

Transformers faction propaganda posters!

The symbols on the Autobot poster are a font called “Ancient Autobot” and they read, “Freedom is the right of all sentient beings.”

The symbols on the Decepticon poster are a font called “Decepticon Graffiti” and they read, “Peace through tyranny.”

The Autobot Elite Guard poster also uses the Autobot symbols, and it reads “until all are one.”

The yellow and black is a poster for the Functionist Council. If you’re looking for the Prime continuity, then it could represent Sentinel Zeta’s High Council of 13. The symbols are a font called “Modern Iaconic” which doesn’t seem to be affiliated with ‘Bots or ‘Cons. It reads “Form is function.”

The black and white poster is, of course, the Wreckers. <3 The subtext is also in Iaconic, and it reads “Wreck and ruin” (because I couldn’t find another motto and the whole, “backup and clean-up” thing was too long).

More posters.

Saudi Arabia launches girls’ council - without any girls

It was an encouraging initiative for a country not known for giving women a platform in public life.

But when Saudi Arabia wanted to show off its inaugural girls’ council in al-Qassim province, they overlooked one thing: the women.

Pictures released to mark the first Qassim Girls Council meeting showed 13 men on stage, and not a single female.

  • What I say: I'm fine.
  • What I mean: The fact that Izuru didn't even technically kill those 13 student council members is gonna fuck me up for a while man can Junko just fuck off seriously also stay the fuck away from Ryouta too all my babies were fucked over by this bitch I can't wait until she dies
  • The Monarch (Watching a recording of a scene from his past): Wait, wait, did that video have a wipe?
  • Councilman: Councilman 3 got Adobe Premiere.
  • Councilman 3: Was it too showy? I thought it would make the scene more lively.
  • The Monarch: And why'd you change the music?
  • Councilman 3: Pardon?
  • The Monarch: Listen, a man remembers what's on his car radio the first time he taps his future wife. That was not the song.
  • Councilman 3: Oh, we couldn't afford the rights.
  • Councilman: Einar was ready to sign, but Bjorks' lawyers just would not budge.

Yet another big inspiration behind my Doc Scratch voice ^

Britain would rather have children remain orphans than have parents who smoke e-cigs

A loving couple, who met every adoption requirement, was recently prevented from adopting a child because the potential father was seen smoking crack, weed, a cigarette, a pipe, a cigar, huka an e-cig.

From the Daily Mail:

Social workers have barred a couple from adopting a child after the would-be father was seen smoking an e-cigarette.
The decision came after the pair had passed a long series of tests to qualify as parents, and had earlier paid for expensive fertility treatment, which failed.
They were told they could not adopt if either of them had used an e-cigarette in the past 12 months – despite experts saying that ‘vaping’ poses little or no threat to children in the home.
The decision by Staffordshire County Council is unlikely to be a one-off.
At least 13 councils in England ban e-cigarette users from fostering or adopting young children, The Mail on Sunday has found – and there could be more.
‘Abigail’ and ‘Brian’, who do not want to give their real names, approached the council in December 2013 after several failed IVF attempts costing over £20,000.
A social worker visited the following month, but made ‘no mention’ of restrictions on smokers or e-cigarette users adopting, they claim. At the time, Brian was a light smoker of normal cigarettes.
By last September, having undergone medicals and interviews, and having proved they were of sound character and financially capable of raising a child, the pair thought they were on track to adopt. But when a social worker saw Brian using an e-cigarette, everything changed.

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I don’t even know where to begin with this. Yes, I understand that we normally cover American politics and news but you know that there are many “progressive” Americans who would agree with this.

How much of a vile, selfish statist do you have to be to tell an orphan that he will have to remain such because one of his would-be parents likes to vape? Unbelievable.

Indianapolis’ Homeless Bill of Rights is Nice, But This is Why it Falls Short

On Monday, Indianapolis’ City-County Council voted 16 - 13 to approve a Homeless Bill of Rights as a way to ensure dignity and respect for the homeless. And while it’s a great first step, it could go a heck of a lot further to help these folks get back on their feet.

The bill does have its merits. Based on a similarly styled law in Rhode Island, Indianapolis’ Homeless Bill of Rights hopes to eradicate discrimination “against those who lack a permanent address,” enacting protections that would guarantee them fair treatment, the right to privacy, access to medical care in emergencies, and the ability to vote (amongst other things).