skunkbear:

The National Zoo has teamed up with the band Portugal. The Manto create an “endangered song" - a song "manufactured to go extinct unless it’s reproduced."

It currently exists on just 400 polycarbonate records — symbolizing the ~400 Sumatran tigers left in the world.  Those records will degrade every time they are played until the song can no longer be heard.

"The song will go extinct unless it’s digitally produced. The Sumatran tiger will go extinct unless we take action."

400 people have received records, and they plan to digitize and share the song (and their conservation message).  It’s a clever awareness campaign - and I’m looking forward to hearing the song!

dynastylnoire:

heterophobicgoat:

stupidandreckless:

NOOOO NO NO NONO FUCK FUCK  FUCKIG CBS IS TELLING WOMEN NOT TO REPORT SEXUAL HARASSMENT BECAUSE IT WILL “DAMAGE THEIR CAREERS” and “HARASSMENT IS AN UNFORTUNATE PART OF CLIMBING THE LADDER” I AM SO ANGRY THEY ARE LITERALLY TURNING SEXUAL HARASSMENT INTO A NORM THIS IS NOT OKAY

This is an actual article and I’m still having a hard time believing it’s real.

trigger warnings for everything. my God

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sailorfuckshit:

gloomyteens:

this is so sad

i don’t understand why the president is being blamed for gun violenceand not NRA lobbyists who block any attempt at firearms reform

sailorfuckshit:

gloomyteens:

this is so sad

i don’t understand why the president is being blamed for gun violence

and not NRA lobbyists who block any attempt at firearms reform

ninjaruski:

shadowbabble:

Idris Elba as Bruce Wayne/Batman.

The wonderful Combonight and I were actually talking about this, but the thing of it wasn’t that we just wanted a black actor playing Batman, we wanted a black batman. There’s a distinction between having a black actor portraying a character, and having that character actually be black.
Put another way, for Batman to be black would mean that the character simply did not replace a white man for a black man, but the origin story, the conditions that gave rise to the character within the narrative would be adjusted to reflect the different way in which a black person (man, in this instance) would occupy the social space that the character inhabited.
This is actually my problem with calls for representation within media: it is not enough to simply say “we need more black bodies in fiction,” but we need more black stories, more media that recognizes that being black in the world is to approach the world from a different perspective, and that being in the world as black would change how the character moved through a narrative world.
So yes, I would love to see Idris Elba as Batman, but only if the narrative of this black Batman reflected the way his blackness changes how he could and would move through the social space of the narrative. How much different would it be for a black man to be beating criminals to a pulp? How different would it be to have a black billionaire doing all the things that Bruce does to maintain his identity? Would the people of Gotham be so willing to accept their “Dark Knight” if he was black?
These are the kinds of things that I think any “racebending” of big properties would have to tackle. A property doesn’t just become “black” by inserting a black actor in the role: the narrative itself must acknowledge the blackness of the character in some meaningful way.

ninjaruski:

shadowbabble:

Idris Elba as Bruce Wayne/Batman.

The wonderful Combonight and I were actually talking about this, but the thing of it wasn’t that we just wanted a black actor playing Batman, we wanted a black batman. There’s a distinction between having a black actor portraying a character, and having that character actually be black.

Put another way, for Batman to be black would mean that the character simply did not replace a white man for a black man, but the origin story, the conditions that gave rise to the character within the narrative would be adjusted to reflect the different way in which a black person (man, in this instance) would occupy the social space that the character inhabited.

This is actually my problem with calls for representation within media: it is not enough to simply say “we need more black bodies in fiction,” but we need more black stories, more media that recognizes that being black in the world is to approach the world from a different perspective, and that being in the world as black would change how the character moved through a narrative world.

So yes, I would love to see Idris Elba as Batman, but only if the narrative of this black Batman reflected the way his blackness changes how he could and would move through the social space of the narrative. How much different would it be for a black man to be beating criminals to a pulp? How different would it be to have a black billionaire doing all the things that Bruce does to maintain his identity? Would the people of Gotham be so willing to accept their “Dark Knight” if he was black?

These are the kinds of things that I think any “racebending” of big properties would have to tackle. A property doesn’t just become “black” by inserting a black actor in the role: the narrative itself must acknowledge the blackness of the character in some meaningful way.

policymic:

Monica was arrested for “walking while trans” — and now her supporters are fighting back

In the Grand Canyon state, “walking while trans” may very well be a criminal act.
That was the message sent last Friday by the Phoenix judge who convicted transwoman Monica Jones of “manifesting prostitution” following her arrest by undercover police officers in May of 2013.
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policymic:

Monica was arrested for “walking while trans” — and now her supporters are fighting back

In the Grand Canyon state, “walking while trans” may very well be a criminal act.

That was the message sent last Friday by the Phoenix judge who convicted transwoman Monica Jones of “manifesting prostitution” following her arrest by undercover police officers in May of 2013.

Read moreFollow policymic

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In Western Australia, minerals are being dug up from Aboriginal land and shipped to China for a profit of a billion dollars a week. In this, the richest, “booming” state, the prisons bulge with stricken Aboriginal people, including juveniles whose mothers stand at the prison gates, pleading for their release. The incarceration of black Australians here is eight times that of black South Africans during the last decade of apartheid.

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   John Pilger, ‘Mandela is gone, but apartheid is alive and well in Australia’  (via pyrexia)

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