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I try to let these go. I try to ignore them completely, because they’re so frustrating. But then I watched this entire video, and now I don’t know what bothers me more: the abuse of power displayed in the video, or the reactions of some commenters who defend them.

To recap: a black couple, fearful of mistreatment by police officers given many recent abuses of black people by police officers, are pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt. The passenger is asked for ID, and provides the legally-required name, as well as an explanation for why he does not have ID. When asked to exit the vehicle, he declines, and seems very reasonable about it. The driver is on the phone to 911, explaining the situation, and why they are scared to comply with the probably-unlawful demands.

So, of course, the cops use an axe to smash the passenger window, use a tazer to incapacitate the passenger, and drag him out of the car, later reaching in to remove the keys from the car.

This, despite the presence of children in the car. This, as a result of a failure to wear seatbelt citation. This, despite the driver already being in communication with 911. This, despite having heard from the occupants of the vehicle that they were scared of unprovoked police brutality.

Some days I don’t want to live in this country any more. I just don’t know where else I’d go.

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The auto-translation from this fun game’s “share” option says:

To see how much you color
I’m past the 33 off, beat 64 percent of the people! I was [goat lv33]! Satisfied to war!
Find a different color in all the colors of a!

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My buddy Sean McCoy set up a Fiverr shop, so now anybody can get him to whip up a logo for only $5!
Of course, for $5 you get a $5 logo, not his full several-hundred dollar logo treatment, or his even-more-expensive branding work, but I think it’s pretty neat. And hey, it was about time I spruced things up around here anyway.

My buddy Sean McCoy set up a Fiverr shop, so now anybody can get him to whip up a logo for only $5!

Of course, for $5 you get a $5 logo, not his full several-hundred dollar logo treatment, or his even-more-expensive branding work, but I think it’s pretty neat. And hey, it was about time I spruced things up around here anyway.

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tigg00bitties:

dynastylnoire:

tuejjlaz:

intoxicated-ambivalence:

downfalls:

Holy shit

holy shit

Holy shit.

tears

Relevant.

I’m not sure “oblivious” is the right word… but this is heartbreaking when it’s your own child reblogging it.

tigg00bitties:

dynastylnoire:

tuejjlaz:

intoxicated-ambivalence:

downfalls:

Holy shit

holy shit

Holy shit.

tears

Relevant.

I’m not sure “oblivious” is the right word… but this is heartbreaking when it’s your own child reblogging it.

(Source: wordsbyms)

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If more men said “don’t be that guy” to each other instead of “not all men” to women… what a wonderful world this could be.
JennyJo (via theremina)
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I am *so* very sick of this story happening again and again.

When a woman can’t express an opinion–even if it’s a flat-out stupidly wrong opinion–without being threatened with rape, there’s a very serious problem.

Forget everything else. Forget that she was right in the first place, or that your own life has been unfair at times. When a woman expressing her opinions on the internet is met with rape threats, something is terribly broken, and nothing else matters until that is fixed.

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AeroPress “Ritual” (by Sandwich Video)

I am clearly not a coffee connoisseur, because I watch this video about the delightful magic of using an Aeropress, and I just think: that’s way too much effort.

1. Heat water (optimally to 165-175ºF)
2. Grind beans (optional)
3. Pour hot water
4. Wet filter
5. Insert filter
6. Add coffee grounds
7. Pour hot water
8. Stir
9. Press
10. Pour more hot water
11. Discard coffee “disc”
12. Clean stirrer stick (not shown)

The bottom of the press looked like it needed at least a quick wipe-down as well.

It’s not any more difficult than a 12-cup coffeemaker, I suppose, but compare that to my Keurig:

1. Pour water into machine (any temperature)
2. Grind beans (optional)
3. Insert K-cup
4. Push a button
5. Wait 60 seconds
6. Discard K-cup

I don’t need a separate way to heat up water.

I’m sure freshly-ground coffee is better than the contents of my K-cup. If I cared, I could grind coffee and use my reusable K-cup filter, but even that isn’t worth the effort to me.

A more expensive Keurig has a water reservoir, eliminating my first step, but I have the cheapest option, which requires me to pour into the top exactly as much water as I want to end up in my cup. I drink my coffee black, so not having any stirrer involved is a plus. There’s no mess at all, even if I leave the K-cup in the machine for a day or two.

My Keurig is optimized for simplicity. About 80 seconds after I walk into the kitchen, I have a hot cup, and I’ve spent almost 60 of those seconds enjoying the view out the window. The AeroPress undoubtedly produces better coffee for cheaper, but half the time I’m using my Keurig to produce a Chai Latte anyway.

People often ask: I pay about 63 cents per cup.

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I stuck with Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD even when some friends gave up, because I know Joss Whedon often takes some time to get going, and I figured Jed might need the same.
Then it started to get pretty good.
Then Captain America: The Winter Soldier happened.
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is amazing, and I’m glad I stuck with it. No judgement on those who left: you can catch up pretty easily, and enjoy the show with me.

I stuck with Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD even when some friends gave up, because I know Joss Whedon often takes some time to get going, and I figured Jed might need the same.

Then it started to get pretty good.

Then Captain America: The Winter Soldier happened.

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is amazing, and I’m glad I stuck with it. No judgement on those who left: you can catch up pretty easily, and enjoy the show with me.

(Source: daricemoore)

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wilwheaton:


[I]f the Republicans want to spend the entire next six months or year talking about repealing a bill that provides millions of people health insurance without providing any meaningful alternative, instead of wanting to talk about jobs and the economic situation of families all across the country, that’s their prerogative. At some point I think they’ll make the transition. That’s my hope, anyway. If not, we’re just going to keep on doing what we’re doing, which is making it work for people all across the country.
I’m sorry, I’m going to say one last thing about this, just because this does frustrate me: States that have chosen not to expand Medicaid for no other reason than political spite. You’ve got 5 million people who could be having health insurance right now at no cost to these states—zero cost to these states—other than ideological reasons. They have chosen not to provide health insurance for their citizens. That’s wrong. It should stop. Those folks should be able to get health insurance like everybody else.
- President Obama

Most of the states with Republican governors who have opted out of the Medicaid expansion have very poor people living there, too. These governors are deliberately hurting their own citizens because they don’t like the president. That’s just wrong.

wilwheaton:

[I]f the Republicans want to spend the entire next six months or year talking about repealing a bill that provides millions of people health insurance without providing any meaningful alternative, instead of wanting to talk about jobs and the economic situation of families all across the country, that’s their prerogative. At some point I think they’ll make the transition. That’s my hope, anyway. If not, we’re just going to keep on doing what we’re doing, which is making it work for people all across the country.

I’m sorry, I’m going to say one last thing about this, just because this does frustrate me: States that have chosen not to expand Medicaid for no other reason than political spite. You’ve got 5 million people who could be having health insurance right now at no cost to these states—zero cost to these states—other than ideological reasons. They have chosen not to provide health insurance for their citizens. That’s wrong. It should stop. Those folks should be able to get health insurance like everybody else.

- President Obama

Most of the states with Republican governors who have opted out of the Medicaid expansion have very poor people living there, too. These governors are deliberately hurting their own citizens because they don’t like the president. That’s just wrong.

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What’s that? Movies featuring women don’t actually do worse than movies not featuring women? Even internationally? Those claims are based on faulty or circular reasoning? You don’t say.

The footnotes are interesting, too.