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"The people in these stories -most people, really- are trusting and generous and crave to be understood. I hope these stories justify that trust and reflect some of that goodness." 

Eli Saslow’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “American Hunger" is available now as a $1.99 Vintage Short

Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow traveled across the country over the course of a year to examine the personal and political implications and repercussions of America’s growing food stamp program.
Saslow shows us the extraordinary impact the arrival of food stamps has each month on a small town’s struggling economy, the difficult choices our representatives face in implementing this $78-billion program affecting millions of Americans, and the challenges American families, senior citizens, and children encounter every day in ensuring they have enough, and sometimes even anything to eat. 


The unsung heroes.

That was one of the most horrifying, painful, beautiful parts of the movie.  So many of them weren’t prepared, so many were administrators who had no clue that the STRIKE teams had turned, let alone that a killing machine like the Winter Soldier was on the loose.  

So many of them died.

And yet none of them hesitated.  Despite the propaganda Pierce had unleashed, despite their orders, despite everything, they still responded.  Their sacrifice, their heroism - they gave the last full measure of devotion, and I can’t imagine that Steve wouldn’t attend the memorial service, even if he had to use a wheelchair or a cane because his own wounds hadn’t finished healing.

"Captain’s orders" indeed.

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As N.P.R. reported in May, services that “were once free, including those that are constitutionally required,” are now frequently billed to offenders: the cost of a public defender, room and board when jailed, probation and parole supervision, electronic monitoring devices, arrest warrants, drug and alcohol testing, and D.N.A. sampling. This can go to extraordinary lengths: in Washington state, N.P.R. found, offenders even “get charged a fee for a jury trial — with a 12-person jury costing $250, twice the fee for a six-person jury.”

The Expanding World of Poverty Capitalism (via disabilityhistory)

We in this country have a right to a fair trial by jury

You do not pay for rights

That is how they work

That is their basic function

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[on diversity in media] I think its social responsibility. I think it’s our responsibility to stand up and say what we want. It think if you look at television in the past two years, it’s becoming the decade of the female. Like, all these new shows with female leads. Even if you look at television, as well as cable, as well as films, there’s been a resurgence, as far as the leading woman in Hollywood, which is great. And I think we’re also at the point now…you know, it’s interesting…x

And then my heart grew, like, twelve million sizes or something.


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As most of you probably know, someone somewhere dumped a deluge of purported nude photographs of a number of female celebrities online yesterday. The victims include the likes of Kate Upton, Victoria Justice, Ariana Grande, Kirsten Dunst, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Krysten Ritter, Yvonne Strahovski, and Teresa Palmer. But the focal point for this story has been Hunger Games/American Hustle actress Jennifer Lawrence, since the Oscar winning actress is perhaps the most famous actress on the planet right now. Without going into sordid details ( Justice and Grande have claimed their respective photos are fake, others have confirmed they are real), I’d like to make two very specific points. Ms. Lawrence and the other victims have absolutely nothing to apologize for in terms of the contents of the photos or the nature in which they were leaked. The story itself should not be addressed as if it were a scandal, but rather what it is: A sex crime involving theft of personal property and the exploitation of the female body.

Outlets as mainstream as People and CNN are referring to the photo leak as a “scandal.” All due respect, it’s not a scandal. The actresses and musicians involved did nothing immoral or legally wrong by choosing to take nude pictures of themselves and put them on their personal cell phones. You may argue, without any intended malice, that it may be unwise in this day-and-age to put nude pictures of yourself on a cell phone which can be act and/or stolen. But without discounting that statement, the issue is that these women have the absolute right and privilege to put whatever they want on their cell phones with the expectation that said contents will remain private or exclusive to whomever is permitted to see them just like their male peers. The burden of moral guilt is on the people who stole said property and on those who chose to consume said stolen property for titillation and/or sexual gratification.

Scott Mendelson (  (via jlawandcompany)

Also, it doesn’t matter that they’re famous. Every. Single. Woman. Has. The. Right. To. Privacy.

Short version: contrary to what disgustingly entitled, predatory men may think, ALL OUR BOOBS BELONG TO *US,* not you.

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It is now 3 weeks since Michael Brown was murdered by Ferguson PD Officer Darren Wilson. Officer Darren Wilson still has not been arrested, charged, or even brought to prison or court for the murder of Michael Brown.



And anyone who starts talking about the grand jury: that’s not how it works. They can arrest and charge Darren Wilson without the grand jury.


Anonymous asked:

NOBODY IS SAYING THAT ITS THE VICTIMS FAULT. The nailpolish is a fucking great idea.

Um…why is it a great idea? I’m going to keep repeating this until people get it:

Even. If. It. Works. 100% of the time. For users. It won’t prevent. ONE. SINGLE. SOLITARY. RAPE.
The rapist will either:

A. Seek out another opportunity with a specific woman whom they’ve targeted.

B. Escalate to physical force.

C. Find another target.

Will these things happen anyway, whether someone uses the nail polish or not? Yes. But fostering both a false sense of security AND an attitude of, “Pick someone else,” is still not going to stop one single rape. It’s also aimed solely at women which ignores the 10% of male victims, regardless of the gender of the rapist.

We know what stops rapists, and it’s twofold: intervention by bystanders, but at its root level, creating large-scale disapproval for behaviors that violate boundaries. For any gender. It’s not enough to say, “Don’t rape,” we have to teach people what it *is*. Because it’s not just ignoring a, “No.” It’s not just violence. And it’s usually not a stranger.

If you trust someone, are you even going to check your drink?

"Don’t take a nude pic if you’re a famous woman and don’t want it leaked."


"Don’t wear a hoodie if you don’t want to be mistaken for a criminal and shot."

"Don’t get drunk at a party if you don’t want to be sexually assaulted."

"Don’t argue with a cop if you don’t want to get killed."

"Don’t walk home by yourself if you don’t want to get raped."

Victim blaming 101: Everyone should live in fear from ever doing anything.

Except, apparently: the people who are killing, raping, violating our privacy, and abusing us.







Ham and Bean Winchester in SUPERNATURAL

Featuring Birds!



I feel guilty for laughing as hard as I did

What is happening to this fandom?

something amazing.

I…oh, it’s Hellatus. Carry on.

(Source: raisehelia)





Supernatural: Come To The Dark Side, It’s Pretty Dark Actually But We Need The Emotional Support

PS: Gabriel Ate All Of The Cookies. Sorry.

(Gabriel Is Not Actually Sorry. He Would Totally Do It Again. They Were…

Supernatural: Where you will cry over an ipod and a memory foam mattress.

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