Alabama city destroying ancient Indian mound for Sam's Club -
llamastash:City leaders in Oxford, Ala. have approved the destruction of a 1,500-year-old Native American ceremonial mound and are using the dirt as fill for a new Sam’s Club.
Oxford’s Mayor Leon Smith — whose campaign has financial connections to firms involved in the $2.6 million no-bid project — insists the mound is not man-made and was used only to “send smoke signals.”
A special place in hell.
tumblr? Meet Yahoo. Yahoo? Meet tumblr. — (via republicanidiots)
“Never become so enamored of your own smarts that you stop signing up for life’s hard classes. Keep your conclusions light and your curiosity ferocious. Keep groping in the darkness with ravenous desire to know more.” Melissa Harris-Perry outlines her life advice for graduates.
Today ‘human rights’ is much in fashion, which makes it the subject of a certain amount of humbug. In a world where virtue is no longer its own reward, there are plenty of human rights prizes, many funded by corporation exposed for exploiting the poor, awarded to well-paid lawyers, well-meaning journalists, well-photographed actresses and politicians who have never had to risk their careers in a cause perceived by national authorities as subversive. Ironies abound: the Simon Wiesenthal Center, celebrated for tracking down Nazi war criminals, today gives its peace prizes to supporters of the government of Israel. Self-promoting pop stars are prepared to promote politicians if they support the right to debt relief, but not the anti-war and anti-corruption measures without which there can be no relief for the poor in countries bankrupted by armed conflicts and the extravagance of their rulers. In 2005, the ‘Live 8’ campaign to ‘make poverty history’ made no mention of ending the impunity which in Africa makes poverty inevitable. It would be churlish to decry the fashionability of human rights, but premature to think that this means the struggle to have them enforced - the crucial ‘third phase’ of the human rights revolution - has yet been won. — Geoffrey Robertson QC, in Crimes Against Humanity: The struggle for Global Justice (via lametisse)
Christopher Bryant, editor of Polari magazine, and his partner Damon were walking home from Bryant’s birthday dinner through South London’s Betts Park when the couple was intercepted by a group of six men, who started speeding up and following the couple down the path. —
Polari magazine editor assaulted in South London | Gay Star News
TW: violence and graphic photo at the link.
My heart goes out to you and your partner Christopher. While I only know you/Polari through Tumblr this shit hits close to home. I wish you a speedy recovery and hope the assailants are caught and prosecuted.
this is the logic of colonialism summed up perfectly
(Source: lastrealindians, via lee-o-nardo)
“I, as the mother of a gay individual, say I am proud to be here,” one member of the Butterflies Trans Association said as she spoke to the crowd from the steps of the Puerto Rican Capitol. “We are fighting as a movement to tell (lawmakers) that we are in search of a place where [LGBT Puerto Ricans] can be successful, a place where we can take care of our people.”
Florida Teen Expelled, Charged With Felony For Lesbian Relationship -
From the article:
The family has started a petition calling on the state attorney to drop the charges against Kaitlyn.
By Nick Anderson