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brandi-grahamHAPPENING NOW [VERY IMPORTANT]: Venezuela’s soldiers are killing their people. The Government is sending their armed gangs to kill them and they have censored all the media in their country, even blocking photos posted on social media sites. They shut down all the cable channels that broadcast news, so they can’t know what’s going on. The people have no source of protection at all. Students are protesting to save their country and their lives at this very moment. All they have are their social networks to get the word out so, PLEASE RE-BLOG THIS AND SPREAD THE WORD. VENEZUELA IS ON THE BRINK OF A CIVIL WAR  AND CLOSE TO BECOMING A FULL COMMUNIST DICTATORSHIP. THEIR PEOPLE NEED YOUR HELP. —— Please, this is very important to me, one of my closest friends went to visit family in Venezuela over winter break and they won’t let him come back to Florida. We’re graduating in a few months and it hurts me to know that his baseball career and all of his hard work and dedication to his grades here in the U.S. was all for nothing. Please.


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thinkmexican:

November 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Facts and Figures:

• Up to 70 per cent of women experience violence in their lifetime.

• Between 500,000 to 2 million people are trafficked annually into situations including prostitution, forced labour, slavery or servitude, according to estimates. Women and girls account for about 80 per cent of the detected victims.

• It is estimated that more than 130 million girls and women alive today have undergone FGM/C, mainly in Africa and some Middle Eastern countries.

• The cost of intimate partner violence in the United States alone exceeds $5.8 billion per year: $4.1 billion is for direct medical and health care services, while productivity losses account for nearly $1.8 billion.

Source: United Nations

thinkmexican:

November 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Facts and Figures:

• Up to 70 per cent of women experience violence in their lifetime.

• Between 500,000 to 2 million people are trafficked annually into situations including prostitution, forced labour, slavery or servitude, according to estimates. Women and girls account for about 80 per cent of the detected victims.

• It is estimated that more than 130 million girls and women alive today have undergone FGM/C, mainly in Africa and some Middle Eastern countries.

• The cost of intimate partner violence in the United States alone exceeds $5.8 billion per year: $4.1 billion is for direct medical and health care services, while productivity losses account for nearly $1.8 billion.

Source: United Nations

angelclark:

This is Jonathan Ferrell. He was in a car accident at 2:30 in the morning on Saturday. It was pretty bad, he was forced to climb out of the back window of his car to get out. He ran to the nearest home and knocked on the door. The woman who owned the home called the police. The police arrived and saw Jonathan nearby. Jonathan ran to them, unarmed. He was probably so happy to see someone that could help him. The police shot and killed him after they tazed him. 

Jonathan was 24-years-old and a football player at Florida A&M University. He had just gotten engaged. His friends described him as a loving, peaceful man with a bright future. 

The cop who shot him has now had voluntary manslaughter. We have to make sure that the cop, Randall Kerrick, does not get away with this. In most cases like this, the cop gets no jail time and no sentence, and in many cases, they’re let back onto the force afterwards. 

Jonathan was a good man with a clean record. He wasn’t known as being aggressive or violent. This should not have happened. 

 

Not again!

npr:

You’ve got a coffee maker? We’ve got dinner. 

So Cool!

npr:

You’ve got a coffee maker? We’ve got dinner. 

So Cool!

npr:

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woodieness:

Hahahaha this is the best one by far ! #ravens #ravensnation #funny #superbowl

woodieness:

Hahahaha this is the best one by far ! #ravens #ravensnation #funny #superbowl

washingtonpoststyle:

Madam Secretary gets a helmet on her first day back at work since suffering a concussion and blood clot.
More here.
Photo by the AP

washingtonpoststyle:

Madam Secretary gets a helmet on her first day back at work since suffering a concussion and blood clot.

More here.

Photo by the AP

We have grown accustomed to what will happen next. The President will likely visit a funeral or a memorial service and, at greater length, comfort the families of the victims, the community, and the nation. He will be eloquent. He will give voice to the common grief, the common confusion, the common outrage. But then what? A “conversation”? Let there be a conversation. But also let there be decisive action from a President who is determined not only to feel our pain but, calling on the powers of his office, feel the urge to prevent more suffering. His reading of the Constitution should no longer be constrained by a sense of what the conventional wisdom is in this precinct or that. Let him begin his campaign for a more secure and less violent America in the state of Connecticut.
David Remnick on Newtown and what Obama must do about guns: http://nyr.kr/UGJBMA (via newyorker)
Why does a tragedy like 9/11 change everything about air travel, but numerous gun massacres CHANGE NOTHING?
Justine Bateman, hitting the nail on the head. (via coketalk)