A wounded Iraqi girl is treated by U.S. marines in central Iraq, on March 29, 2003. The four-year old girl, blood streaming from an eye wound, was screaming for her dead mother, while her father, shot in a leg, begged to be freed from the plastic wrist cuffs slapped on him by U.S. marines, so he could hug his other terrified daughter.
A review by one of the folks sums it up perfectly:
“What worries me about Yahoo! buying Tumblr is how it would choose to incorporate the website into its email and homepage features. One of the reasons why Tumblr is so unique is because it’s a niche market. By adding more users who don’t fit into this niche, it would make it more difficult for communities to develop within Tumblr, and Tumblr would have to change to accommodate these new users. Tumblr as a website is not the kind that you can sign up for in a day and be on your way. It is a website crafted so that you can immediately post but must spend several weeks, sometimes even months, to build a community. With new users who would not be willing to spend time growing a community, Tumblr would have to be changed, which would alienate its current users. Those users have spent time and effort to make Tumblr what it is today, and they are the ones who spend time on the website daily. A user who is checking onto Tumblr because it’s attached to their homepage is not going to be as strong of a user nor as dedicated. By changing the website to suit this new user, you would lose the strong users while building an undedicated usership.
To any website that would think of buying Tumblr, they must understand that it is a website that cannot be changed to make it more user friendly to a casual blogger. I think that many Tumblr users would be less worried about a buy-out if they were promised that their communities and ways of using Tumblr would not be changed. No one is going to mind Yahoo! buying the website and gaining a few extra million dollars per year from the minimal advertising; what we will be upset with is if a company like Yahoo! then changes the website to increase casual users and decrease dedicated users. Yahoo! would gain nothing by losing this “cool” group of bloggers in an age group they so desperately want to reach, so they must cater to these individuals by leaving the website exactly as is.” - houseoftombombadil
As much as is does sound like a load of bullshit for someone to buy Tumblr, it’s a possibility. I Personally think it should stay independent and I hope David Karp keeps a hold of it like his own child. Or we make enough noise to where such major changes (if bought) will not happen. I would hate to see Tumblr turned into an advertising dump.
We’re not a ‘hip fad group’ to be marketed to. I hate the fact that’s all we look like to businesses in the end.
My family does not support my being in the LGBTQIA community. They actually are opposed to it. They tell me every day that its disgusting and that it’s sinful and I’ll go to hell for liking women. I moved out when I was seventeen, and in January I moved back in with them because I couldn’t handle everything that was going on. Every day one of my five siblings tells me to go back to Minnesota. My little brother Charlie (the black baby in the picture) is now 8 and he constantly physically attacks me and tells me that I’m not his sister and to leave. My other siblings make it very obvious and clear that they don’t want me here and my parents tell me constantly that they’re gonna kick me out soon. I’ve been saving every penny for a bus ticket to Oregon to stay with my best friend and today I found this picture in my sisters’ room ON DISPLAY. Not hidden. On display. They cut my face out of the picture.
And that… That was just the last straw. I don’t care if anyone reblogs this or whatever, I don’t wanna get popular, I just want people to know that this is not what a family looks like. This is not something people should have to go through.
I don’t know if you guys saw the episode of Kitchen Nightmares, or if you’ve seen anything from their facebook meltdowns. But Amy’s Baking Company in Scottsdale, Arizona openly admitted to stealing their servers tips! So if you could please publish this, it’s a link to a petition to get them investigated by the US Department of Labor, and hopefully the resulting legal action will ensure that everyone who worked there gets compensation for the lost tips.
Not only do they steal tips from the servers, they are verbally abusive to their staff and customers. This was all shown on the Kitchen Nightmares episode, as well as many reviews from people who’ve eaten there. I’m sorry that this isn’t exactly a Robin, but I’m hoping that if you guys publish it, it’ll get the remaining signatures it needs (which is about 800 more at the time of submitting).
Ramsay talked to a former waitress there, and the waitress said she’d seen 50 people come and go in her year and a half there. The husband admitted that it was more. So please, Robins, let’s help the Robins who suffered at the hands of Amy’s Baking Company hopefully get back the tips that are rightfully theirs!
Jorge was abandoned by his guide in the beginning of May while crossing north. He had been vomiting and had severe abdominal cramping. His full name is Jorge Humberto Menjivar Guardado. He is 40 years old.
He left El Salvador on April 5 and stayed in Reynosa until April 29. His family says he was headed to Houston, Texas.
No one has had word of him since he left Reynosa.
Please share this information with anyone who might be able to help, especially if you are near the border region.
If you see him or hear anything about him, please call:
The Mexican Consulate in Tucson (if found in AZ): @ 520-882-5595 or 520-623-7928
Consulate in Brownsville, Texas @ 512-882-3375
Consulate in Del Rio, Texas @ 830-775-2352
Consulate in El Paso @ 915-533-3644
I live in the border region near Brownsville. I’ll keep an eye out for ‘im.
A three-year-old Asiatic Black bear named Champa has just undergone successful surgery to remove a buildup of water in her brain. It marks the first time in medical history that a bear has been given such a procedure.
Champa has lived most of her life at a northern Laos sanctuary run by Free the Bears, an Australian conservation group that protects bears from wildlife traffickers. Asiatic Black bears are hunted for their bile — a valuable ingredient in traditional Chinese and Korean medicine.
She was rescued when still a cub, but Champa’s handlers soon noticed she had a protruding forehead and had difficulty socializing with other bears. Eventually, the growth slowed, but her behavior became increasingly erratic and her vision faded.
Veterinarians diagnosed her as having hydrocephalus — water on the brain.
Because it’s against Buddhist tradition to euthanize animals, the sanctuary staff arranged for a specialist, Romain Pizzi, to perform a technique called “keyhole” or laparoscopic surgery in which a small incision is made with the help of a small camera.
And indeed, Champa was in good hands; Pizzi has performed similar surgeries on other nonhuman animals, including seals, reindeer, and jaguars. In preparation, Pizzi talked to pediatric surgeons, studied bear skulls and brains, and looked at the brains of a hydrocephalic otter and fox.
The procedure lasted six hours (details here). At one point a medical pump short-circuited on account of the high humidity, and Pizzi had to resort to a mattress pump to keep the bear’s abdomen inflated.
Soon after the surgery, Champa could finally raise her head to look directly at sanctuary staff. Though they can’t be entirely certain, the staff also suspects that her vision has improved. But her headaches appear to be gone, she’s gained weight, and she’s now more sociable with other bears.
It’s not slut shaming, it’s called self respect. You just don’t show your breasts all the time, they’re privates. Shut the fuck up.
why should anyone’s nipples be such a big deal though? it’s a bit weird to say that it’s okay for men to be shirtless and not women… I respect myself quite a bit and sometimes I’ve posed topless. it doesn’t make me a bad person and if someone loses respect over me showing a body part that literally everyone has, they’re regressive.
The reason breasts are considered “privates” is because misogynist culture oversexualizes the female breast despite it not being a sexual organ. The fact the males can go around shirtless in most public places (even if they are large enough to have breast-like pecs themselves) and females can’t is sexism, end of story.
Self respect isn’t about rather or not you show your breasts, it’s about being comfortable with your choices. If you want to pose topless, that’s okay. If you don’t, that’s okay too. What’s not okay is doing what the girls in the top picture are doing and saying you’re better than someone else because you choose one way and they chose another.
Telling women that they should be ashamed for choosing something that doesn’t hurt them or others (and by hurt them, I mean like choosing to do drugs or something like that), you are contributing to the patriarchy and oppression.
Just in case you didn’t catch last night’s mind-blowing Kitchen Nightmare’s season finale, you can watch it here in full.
This episode follows the lives and business habits of Samy and Amanda Bossingham and their failing restaurant, Amy’s Baking Company.
The spectacle includes the owner, Samy, shouting expletives at customers who dared to wonder where their food is after a two hour wait, Amanda firing a quiet waitress who dared to ask if a meal had been plated properly, and most shockingly the owners openly admitting they gave 0% of tips to the wait staff. They pocketed 100% of the tips, and had gone through over 100 service people in only a year.
The reason there is so much rage at this couple, at least for me, is not just that they run a bad business and treat their customers and employees with so much hostility one can barely stand to watch, but that these kind of businesses and people who run them flourish. Many of us have been afraid of our aggressive employers, unfairly blamed for our higher-ups mistakes. All of us bottom-feeders, we’ve been the butt at one point or another of rich entitled people trying to either sell us garbage or blame us for serving it.
Ladies and gentleman, meet the face of the Garbage-Makers. These are the people who feed you garbage, who pay you minimum wage without tips to sell their garbage, who threaten to call the police when you do not pay for their garbage.
And no, I don’t pity that they are the butt of nearly every social networking joke from now until they go under.
It’s this year’s Cook’s Source Magazine Scandal. Anyone remember them? Yeah that’s right. They wanted to fight every yelp review and nameless blogger and facebook user and redditor too.
And well, who the fuck has heard of them since? Judith Griggs, you have family.
please actually try to sue the internet, please oh please oh please
bullshit internet defamation suits are my FAVORITE THING
My favorite part of the episode is how you can tell Gordon Ramsay is trying to do his Ramsay-schtick for most of the episode but their reactions and general unhingedness just eclipses the show.
“Who wants to eat these frozen raviolis!? The diner deserves to know!”
“WELL GO FUCK YOURSELF YOU DON’T KNOW FOOD!!! EVERYONE’S ATTACKING ME! THE HATERS AND THE BLOGGERS!!! YOU’RE FIRED FOR YOUR ATTITUDE!!!”
“I… uh… well then.”
When Ramsay is the calmest and most reasonable person in the conversation, there’s a problem. Note how early on, both of them straight-up tell him that his job is to confirm that her food is good and make all the criticism go away.
Public Shaming is a website dedicated to posting screencaps of douchebags from Twitter. Their latest post is about Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy and the responses they’ve gathered have been rather horrifying.