I am a Redwood City native and community activist. I ran for city council in 2013 as city's first openly gay candidate and the only candidate with a track record of advocating for affordable housing and environmental protection.

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Of course, dutiful, loyal supporters of the president and his polices, good citizens who do nothing to attract negative attention from the powerful, have no reason to fear the surveillance state. This is the case in every society: those who pose no challenge are rarely targeted by oppressive measures, and from their perspective, they can then convince themselves that oppression does not really exist. But the true measure of a society’s freedom is how it treats its dissidents and other marginalized groups, not how it treats good loyalists. … We shouldn’t have to be faithful loyalists of the powerful to feel safe from state surveillance. Nor should the price of immunity be refraining from controversial or provocative dissent. We shouldn’t want a society where the message is conveyed that you will be left alone only if you mimic the accommodating behavior and conventional wisdom of a Washington establishment columnist.

Glenn Greenwald (via citeworthy)

amodernmanifesto:

letyourselfbeworthy:

draumstafir:

iridessence:

exeggcute:

casualcissexism:

downtheupstairs:

queertactics:

popmychieri:

chuckstew:

John Green being fucking awesome

"read misogynistic gender dynamics into it" 

don’t need to read into things that are actually fucking there!!!! holy shit john green have you ever read twilight or are you pulling this statement out of your ass like you seem to do a bunch lately?

let’s count the ways twilight fucks up in terms of “gender dynamics” and other things, shall we?

  • a character is physically abused by her cousin’s boyfriend to the point of being scarred permanently, yet they still get together for “destiny” reasons
  • same character basically exists as a satellite planet to her bf and as an example of how every imprintee should act
  • imprinting as a whole: YOU GET NO CHOICE IN LOVE!! boy falls in love w/ u? u better just fucking accept it. don’t like him?? you’ll “grow to”, because of his “loving devoted attention”!!! it’s for the good of the pack!!!! fuck you if you want anything different
  • imprinting on babies, aka child grooming is totally okay as long as you don’t start the sexy stuff until 18!! (“mentally”- can’t forget bella’s daughter is allowed to get w/ jacob, her mom’s former friend, when she’s seven years old)
  • bella’s agency is completely taken away by edward (and jacob) in terms of her child (wanting her to get an abortion against her wishes, edward basically telling jacob he can have sex with her and give her children if she wants them)
  • edward sleeps with bella even though he KNOWS she will be harmed by it
  • leah clearwater is portrayed as an utter complete bitch for not following the pack rules, yet jacob is touted as a heroic leader for doing the same
  • and speaking of leah, how fucking dare she be upset her boyfriend broke it off with her to get into a “fairytale” relationship with her cousin!! (the same bf that later scarred her beloved cousin and friend FOR LIFE)
  • jacob and edward treat bella like a literal piece of meat and consistently ignore her wishes for “the greater good”
  • being a vampire makes u white!!!!!!
  • humans are trash. you’re a human? you’re trash
  • jacob violently kisses bella without her consent
  • bella is the classic definition of “not like other girls” and treats the girls who attempt to be friends with her as disposable
  • she also treats her father like trash and is dismissive of her mother
  • SEX IS BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SILLY BELLA 
  • special snowflake syndrome to the max (and u’d know about that right john? *flutters eyelashes*)
  • don’t forget the stalking!!! nothing says true love like stalking
  • Perhaps the creepiest part was the werewolf wife (who was human) who had the misfortune of being around her husband when he got angry & lashed out at her. It was a tacit endorsement of domestic violence. There was never any thought that the wife might leave her husband or that you maybe shouldn’t be around someone who will strike you when they are angry (especially someone with claws..) ” -ezra
  • Did anyone else also notice that the good guys in this series are white, and the bad guys are Native American?  Also ALL of the vampires in the book are white.” -diaryofacrazywoman
  • And don’t worry. If Edward ends up killing Bella, it will be her fault. That’s because she should know to stand perfectly still when he kisses her. Otherwise vampire passions are aroused and, well, murder happens.” -Elizabeth Esther (aka EMOTIONAL ABUSE WOOHOO)

you can read more here, here, here, and here

i agree that smeyer experiences sexism, misogyny, and fatphobia because of her books, and i agree that twilight fans do as well, and that’s terrible and wrong. but that in NO WAY excuses the fact that twilight is disgusting tripe. the movies were way, way toned down to a lot of these things, tbh, so i understand why you might see the issue as blown out of the water in those respects- but the books DO exist, they ARE there, and so is all the things they tout as romantic.

tl;dr: you know nothing john green

"you can just ignore sexism and rape culture if you squint and not wanting to do that makes you the misogynist"

really like this guy needs to hire better PR people can someone hire John Green a PR guy for me

It was sort of mentioned in the list above but I want to make it EXPLICITLY CLEAR that Edward and Bella’s relationship IS CANONICALLY ABUSIVE. Here is a link explaining why, but if you don’t want to go all the way over there I’ll give you a short rundown. The National Domestic Violence Hotline has a list of fifteen signs you might be in an abusive relationship and says If you answered ‘yes’ to even one of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship.”  Edward and Bella’s relationship hits ALL FIFTEEN. 

So yes, John Green, tell me more about why it’s acceptable to teach teen girls (the biggest Twilight fanbase) to glamorize and aspire to a completely abusive relationship. We should most definitely say that there’s nothing wrong with that unless you want “to read into it.” 

After all, media doesn’t impact how people think at all does it? Especially not growing children! Now, I don’t advocate banning books ever, but people need to be made aware of problematic things in literature. It’s the same problem with romanticizing Romeo and Juliet, except Shakespeare never wanted that to happen. If nobody calls these works out on how problematic the relationsips in them are, you are passively enabling abusers and abusive relationship. So thanks John for doing that.

john green deciding to just “look past misogyny to be nice to authors” fucking gee whiz another white guy another day smh

how did he graduate from college with these analysis “skills”

I agree with most of the commentary but I thought that Laurent was black, and Senna and Zafrina were black or brown, and Benjamin and his people were brown…

Yeah there were brown vampires. Majority were white but there were brown ones, too. If you’re gonna call something out do it right yo

holy shit this guy is way stupider than i thought

Fuckin’ classic. Like, this is some big league post-modern bullshit “oh no guys you don’t have to read into something a certain way, all meaning is subjective and nothing exists in a context” no way fuck you Green and fuck your bullshit, zero grade analysis.

John Green remains ridiculous, the end.

maarnayeri:

Liberalism believes a Muslim woman’s biggest oppressor is her hijab and not military intervention, drone strikes, institutionalized sexism/misogyny, capitalism, imperialism, u.n. enforced sanctions, etc.

anarcho-queer:

NSA Uses 33 Countries To Spy Across The World – Snowden Files
Huge volumes of private emails, phone calls, and internet chats are being intercepted by the National Security Agency with the secret cooperation of more foreign governments than previously known, according to newly disclosed documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The classified files, revealed today by the Danish newspaper Dagbladet Information in a reporting collaboration with The Intercept, shed light on how the NSA’s surveillance of global communications has expanded under a clandestine program, known as RAMPART-A, that depends on the participation of a growing network of intelligence agencies.
It has already been widely reported that the NSA works closely with eavesdropping agencies in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia as part of the so-called Five Eyes surveillance alliance. But the latest Snowden documents show that a number of other countries, described by the NSA as “third-party partners,” are playing an increasingly important role – by secretly allowing the NSA to install surveillance equipment on their fiber-optic cables.
The NSA documents state that under RAMPART-A, foreign partners “provide access to cables and host U.S. equipment.” This allows the agency to covertly tap into “congestion points around the world” where it says it can intercept the content of phone calls, faxes, e-mails, internet chats, data from virtual private networks, and calls made using Voice over IP software like Skype.
The program, which the secret files show cost U.S. taxpayers about $170 million between 2011 and 2013, sweeps up a vast amount of communications at lightning speed. According to the intelligence community’s classified “Black Budget” for 2013, RAMPART-A enables the NSA to tap into three terabits of data every second as the data flows across the compromised cables – the equivalent of being able to download about 5,400 uncompressed high-definition movies every minute.
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anarcho-queer:

NSA Uses 33 Countries To Spy Across The World – Snowden Files

Huge volumes of private emails, phone calls, and internet chats are being intercepted by the National Security Agency with the secret cooperation of more foreign governments than previously known, according to newly disclosed documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The classified files, revealed today by the Danish newspaper Dagbladet Information in a reporting collaboration with The Intercept, shed light on how the NSA’s surveillance of global communications has expanded under a clandestine program, known as RAMPART-A, that depends on the participation of a growing network of intelligence agencies.

It has already been widely reported that the NSA works closely with eavesdropping agencies in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia as part of the so-called Five Eyes surveillance alliance. But the latest Snowden documents show that a number of other countries, described by the NSA as “third-party partners,” are playing an increasingly important role – by secretly allowing the NSA to install surveillance equipment on their fiber-optic cables.

The NSA documents state that under RAMPART-A, foreign partners “provide access to cables and host U.S. equipment.” This allows the agency to covertly tap into “congestion points around the world” where it says it can intercept the content of phone calls, faxes, e-mails, internet chats, data from virtual private networks, and calls made using Voice over IP software like Skype.

The program, which the secret files show cost U.S. taxpayers about $170 million between 2011 and 2013, sweeps up a vast amount of communications at lightning speed. According to the intelligence community’s classified “Black Budget” for 2013, RAMPART-A enables the NSA to tap into three terabits of data every second as the data flows across the compromised cables – the equivalent of being able to download about 5,400 uncompressed high-definition movies every minute.

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sensesfiannafail:

(◕‿◕✿) working class uprisings and revolts
(◕‿◕✿) workplace struggle and sabotage
(◕‿◕✿) strikes
(◕‿◕✿) inter-union solidarity
(◕‿◕✿) means of production owned by the workers directly
(◕‿◕✿) direct action
(◕‿◕✿) communism

(Source: voidlesscreams)

gavincastleton:

I paid a Turkish production crew called “Activedia” $5 on Fiverr.com to remix my hit song, Coffeelocks. This is what happened.

The LGBT community is vast and varies widely in their needs and struggles. I hope the nation does not think that instituting same-sex marriage means those struggles are over. The gravest violences queer and trans people face are not related to marriage. They’re related to health care, to housing, to police brutality and profiling, to prison, to detention, to employment, to poverty, to homelessness. Stonewall was a riot initiated by transgender people and poor folks in response to police brutality, not a marriage ceremony or pride parade. This is a legacy we have a responsibility to. Some folks told me ‘congratulations’ or ‘great news’ on the day the ruling happened. I don’t want congratulations. I want us to refocus our energy and attention to the most severe issues this community faces.

Janani Balasubramanian of DarkMatter & Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, LGBT struggles go beyond marriage equality (via thepeoplesrecord)

Shout out to all my Indigenous and/or disapora peoples that…

trollny-stark:

  • can’t speak their own language
  • can only speak some of their language
  • are trying to learn and reclaim their own language
  • learned a colonizer’s language as their first and/or only language

policymic:

Maps show what one product makes the most money for each nation

Predictably, oil is the most traded commodity in the global market. It is also the MVP of exportation, as the highest-valued product sold abroad in nearly 40 countries.

After mining data from the CIA’s World Factbook, the Global Post assembled a map illustrating each country’s top exports, according to their worth on the international market.

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(Source: micdotcom)

arialupo:

LGBT actually stands for “Lesbian, Gay, But you’re actually gay right, and Trying to look inclusive but really who cares

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Stonewall Riots, June 28, 1969 (and following days)

These are great, but the third photo from the bottom is actually the 1934 Minneapolis General Strike.

(Source: livefasttryingnottodieyoung)