Vote count begins in historic Pakistan poll
Pakistan’s landmark election winding down after millions turned up to vote despite violent attacks on polling day.
“Bob Marley’s extraordinary body of work spans the entire history of modern Jamaican music, from ska to rock steady to reggae. But he never lost sight of the emotional center of his art – his people, the sufferers of Trenchtown, of greater Kingston, of all the world’s ghettos. They placed their faith and hope in him, and he did not let them down.”
Bob Marley died 32 years ago today.
Take me, take me back to your bed
I love you so much that it hurts my head
Say I don’t mind you under my skin
I’ll let the bad parts in, the bad parts in
When we were made we were set apart
Life is a test and I get bad marks
Now some saint got the job of writing down my sins
The storm is coming, the storm is coming in
“I spent the entire day the building collapsed on the scene, watching as injured garment workers were being rescued from the rubble. I remember the frightened eyes of relatives — I was exhausted both mentally and physically.
“Around 2 a.m., I found a couple embracing each other in the rubble. The lower parts of their bodies were buried under the concrete. The blood from the eyes of the man ran like a tear.
“When I saw the couple, I couldn’t believe it. I felt like I knew them — they felt very close to me. I looked at who they were in their last moments as they stood together and tried to save each other — to save their beloved lives.
“…This photo is haunting me all the time. If the people responsible don’t receive the highest level of punishment, we will see this type of tragedy again. There will be no relief from these horrific feelings. I’ve felt a tremendous pressure and pain over the past two weeks surrounded by dead bodies. As a witness to this cruelty, I feel the urge to share this pain with everyone. That’s why I want this photo to be seen.”
— Photographer TASLIMA AKHTER, on his photo of man and a woman discovered in a final embrace amidst the rubble of a fatal building collapse in Savar, Bangladesh.
“Much remains to be done. The victory won in the West must now be won in the East.”
Men of the US Army’s 77th Infantry Division listen to news of Germany’s unconditional surrender behind the lines on Okinawa, 8 May 1945. Despite the end of the fighting in Europe, the war is far from over and these men, only minutes after hearing of VE Day, were back to fighting in the rain and mud. There were no celebrations for them on Okinawa.
Abercrombie and Fitch has decided that anyone over a size 10 jean isn’t sexy enough for their clothing line, and doesn’t want them shopping in their stores and sullying their clothes. They decided to only hire good looking people so that only good looking people will come into their store.
“It’s almost everything. That’s why we hire good-looking people in our stores. Because good-looking people attract other good-looking people, and we want to market to cool, good-looking people. We don’t market to anyone other than that,”
That is an actual quote from their CEO Mike Jeffries.
I know I don’t have a lot of followers but this is something that isn’t right. They’re excluding people from being able to buy their clothes and they make it seem like it isn’t okay for people to be slightly chubbier or bigger than the average “cool kid” to own their clothes. This is something that shouldn’t be allowed to happen.
I’ve seen tumblr do some amazing things, and this place would be even more amazing to me if we were somehow able to show the douchebag who runs this company that his elitist, skinny-people only attitude ISN’T okay, and that we won’t stand for it.
Another quote from the article by Jeffries:
“In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids. Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.”
And according to the source, Abercrombie & Fitch has no problem selling XL and XXL clothing to MEN. So this isn’t just body-shaming and dismissal of overweight people in general, but OVERWEIGHT WOMEN SPECIFICALLY, who are by Jeffries’ SUPREME judgment objectively incapable of being cool or attractive.
Bullying is already such a huge problem in our society. It creates a poisonous kind of hierarchy that leads kids into thinking their either superior or inferior based on shallow, meaningless things like how many pounds you weigh or what logo you have on your shirt. How the hell is this huge clothing line doing anything other than perpetuating this mindless nonsense that leads to horrendous things like violence and teen suicide? If the president of A&F doesn’t think he’s doing any harm by reinforcing this bullshit hierarchy among young, impressionable kids, he is either incredibly ignorant or a truly horrible person with no regard for the progression of society. I spit on this guy and I hope there will be enough pressure on him to change his tune. Because this is more than not okay— this is evil.
I’ll post this grim reminder from Slate regularly, going forward.
Because at some point this number will finally get to the gun nuts.
May is National Masturbation Month: Let’s do this people.
just doing my part
so beautiful and inspiring WHY DOESN’T THIS HAVE MORE NOTES
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.