Jar of Awesome. The idea is you take a container and you fill it with papers detailing the awesome things that happen to you throughout the year. On New Year’s Eve, you open the jar and reflect on all those things. Think of it as the literal ‘counting of blessings’ in your past 365 days.
I want to call mine a Jar of Smiles, and here’s WHY.
(this is actually a great idea.)
I’ve created these flyers for a school activist project where I bring more attention to the women in history that have been forgotten or ignored. This blog will be an extension of those flyers where I post longer biographies of these women and other bad-ass women like them. Too often women’s achievements have been pushed aside, either by others in their lives, or else by the historians who choose to ignore them. This tumblr is dedicated to celebrating them and bringing their achievements to light!
Boston bombing illustrates how the NRA and Congress hamstring law enforcement.
MSNBC: One avenue of investigation is already closed off to forensic officials working the Boston Marathon bombing case due to efforts dating back decades by the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers.
The FBI said Tuesday that gunpowder, along with pieces of metal and ball bearings, were packed into at least one pressure cooker and another device to make the crude bombs that killed three people—including an 8-year-old boy—and wounded more than 170 more during the Boston Marathon Monday.
But a crucial piece of evidence called a taggant that could be used to trace the gunpowder used in the bombs to a buyer at a point of sale is not available to investigators.
“If you had a good taggant this would be a good thing for this kind of crime. It could help identify the point of manufacturer, and chain of custody,” Bob Morhard, an explosives consultant and chief executive officer of Zukovich, Morhard & Wade, LLC., in Pennsylvania, who has traced explosives and detonators in use in the United States and Saudi Arabia, told MSNBC.com. “The problem is nobody wants to know what the material is.”
Explosives manufacturers are required to place tracing elements known as identification taggants only in plastic explosives but not in gunpowder, thanks to lobbying efforts by the NRA and large gun manufacturing groups.
According to the report, the NRA did not respond to a request for comment.
Turns out the reason for this is predictably stupid; gunpowder manufacturers don’t want to risk liability lawsuits. If you don’t know where the gunpowder came from, you don’t know who to sue. For manufacturers, this ignorance is bliss. The NRA “has twice deployed its lobbyists to block the mandated use of identification taggants by gunpowder manufacturers.”
Once again, we see the NRA more concerned with protecting the interests of arms dealers than the safety of the American people. If there’s a buck to be made off bloodletting, the NRA is there to make sure you can make it.
Claflin University football team (circa 1899)
African American College Queen Contestants
Howard University queen contestants sitting on a couch. ca 1947.
Addison Scurlock, photographer.
Source: Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Robert Randolph and The Slide Brothers - Live
Club Helsinki Hudson, NY
bell hooks Pt 8 cultural criticism (rap music)
Something just doesn’t sit right with me about this baby shooting case in Brunswick. I don’t believe those two young men did that. This woman seemed way too quick to go to the media with this story.
I pray the real truth comes out for all parties involved. I would hate to see more people go to prison (or even worse, BE KILLED) for crimes they didn’t commit.
Black Panther Party Liberation School in Oakland, California, 1968.
Photo courtesy of Victor Houston
We asked teachers and parents across the province for their insights on how to enhance the school experience for both students and teachers. Here’s what they had to say.
There are plenty of courses, seminars, workshops and additional qualifications to upgrade…
The Move 9
1985. Philadelphia city police dropped a bomb on this block (Osage Avenue) and let it burn. Five children and six adults, members of a small radical collective called MOVE, died; 61 homes in a middle-class neighborhood were destroyed. As the nation watched, Philadelphia became the city that bombed its own people.
The firefighters were stopped from putting out the fires based on allegations that firefighters were being shot at, a claim that was contested by the lone adult survivor Ramona Africa, who says that the firefighters had earlier battered the house with two deluge pumps when there was no fire. Police shot at those trying to escape the house and acknowledge firing over 10,000 rounds.
Many younger philadelphian dont even know this happened SICK SHIT
At least, watch the beginning of this video, so that you can hear, and see, the beautiful Kathleen Battle singing.