"She ran the back of her hand along the first shelf, listening to the shuffle of her fingernails gliding across the spinal chord of each book. It sounded like an instrument, or the notes of running feet."

Markus Zusak, The Book Thief (via thebooker)

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Anonymous said: hi, i'm sorry if this has been asked but in your powerpoint you said that the tumblr sj community is guilty of antisemitism. what kind of things has it done? also, i love your blog!


I’ll take this one since I’m the blog’s resident Jew.  Oy vey, where do I start…

  • SJ community loves to police Jewish identity and silence actual Jews when they talk about their own identities.  This usually happens in context of either “Are Jews White?” or “Jewishness is just a religion” conversations.  In reality, Jews are an ethnoreligious group that ethnically originated in the middle east, and while some ethnic Jews have light skin, it’s actually due to centuries of forced assimilation in European and Slavic countries through rape, which is a big reason why Jewishness is matrilineal.  Furthermore, there exist Jews who do not look white at all.  There are black, brown, and asian Jews who are all ethnically Jewish, and these conversations erase them.
  • "Jewish privilege".  Fact: It’s not a thing.  It’s actually a very common anti-semitic trope that says that Jews run everything so they are not oppressed.  Jews are oppressed, and face anti-semitic violence.
  • "Anti-semitism is not just about Jews, there are other semitic people." While yea, there are other semitic people, the term "anti-semitism" was created by Germans in the 19th century to refer specifically to the hatred of Jews because it sounded more scientific.
  • Blaming anti-semitic violence in Europe on the actions of Israel.  I see this literally every single day on this site, and it’s very upsetting.  Jews that live in the diaspora are not responsible for Israel’s actions, and especially should not be suffering at the hands of white people in Europe under the guise of anti-zionism.  
  • Finally, and this is a big pet peeve of mine.  The only people I ever see reblogging posts about anti-semitism are other Jews.  Even a lot of my non-Jewish followers will reblog posts about racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. but ignore posts about anti-semitism, and that as a Jew makes me feel unsafe. 

That’s enough for now.  If you’re interested in learning more about Jewish identity and anti-semitism, you are welcome to check out my personal blog: yochevedke.  I discuss that stuff a lot.  



UN Condemns U.S. Police Brutality, Calls For ‘Stand Your Ground’ Review



* Panel issues recommendations after review of U.S. record

* Says killing of Michael Brown “not an isolated event”

* Decries racial bias of police, pervasive discrimination

* ACLU calls for addressing racial inequality in America

GENEVA, Aug 29 (Reuters) - The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri.

Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the U.S. record.

"Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing," Noureddine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman, told a news briefing.

Teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on Aug. 9, triggering violent protests that rocked Ferguson - a St. Louis suburb - and shone a global spotlight on the state of race relations in America.

"The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown," said Amir, an expert from Algeria.

"This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials."

The panel of 18 independent experts grilled a senior U.S. delegation on Aug. 13 about what they said was persistent racial discrimination against African-Americans and other minorities, including within the criminal justice system.

U.S. Ambassador Keith Harper told the panel that his nation had made “great strides toward eliminating racial discrimination” but conceded that “we have much left to do”.

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, has been put on paid leave and is in hiding. A St. Louis County grand jury has begun hearing evidence and the U.S. Justice Department has opened its own investigation.

Police have said Brown struggled with Wilson when shot. But some witnesses say Brown held up his hands and was surrendering when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.


In its conclusions issued on Friday, the U.N. panel said “Stand Your Ground” Laws, a controversial self-defense statute in 22 U.S. states, should be reviewed to “remove far-reaching immunity and ensure strict adherence to principles of necessity and proportionality when deadly force is used for self-defense”.

Ron Davis, father of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old shot dead in a car in Jacksonville, Florida during an argument over loud rap music in November 2012, attended the Geneva session. Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen killed in Miami, Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer, testified.

The U.N. panel monitors compliance with a treaty ratified by 177 countries including the United States.

"The Committee remains concerned at the practice of racial profiling of racial or ethnic minorities by law enforcement officials, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Transportation Security Administration, border enforcement officials and local police," it said, urging investigations.

The experts called for addressing obstacles faced by minorities and indigenous peoples to exercise their right to vote effectively. This was due to restrictive voter identification laws, district gerrymandering and state-level laws that disenfranchise people convicted of felonies, it said.

Jamil Dakwar of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the U.N. recommendations highlighted “shortcomings on racial equality that we are seeing play out today on our streets, at our borders and in the voting booth.

"When it comes to human rights, the United States must practice at home what it preaches abroad," he said.




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But you don’t want to do that. Or Afghanistan would all have been for naught.”
Siobhan Sadler, 2x06

"Special forces? JTF2?" 
"Boy scouts."
- Paul Dierden and Mark Rollins, 2x06

You asked me what happened in Afghanistan. I was a private contractor. I killed six marines. Friendly fire.”
- Paul Dierden, 1x10

When Sarah finally divulges the truth about her relationship with Beth, Paul very nonchalantly says, “You should have just told me that in the first place.” While Paul is known for his stoicism, excluding a few explosive moments, his reaction is unusual. The idea of genetic identicals does not seem to phase him in the slightest. 

What if the six marines Paul killed were clones from the Project Castor experiment? Furthermore, what if he was a private contractor for one of the groups we’ve already been introduced to, specifically Topside or one related to the Proletheans?

Either would be probable, as the three clones of Ari Millen we’ve seen so far are related to each of the three branches we know of: Mark Rollins was with the Proletheans, Miller was with the military, and the third (unknown name) was kept in Marion Bowles’ (affiliated with Topside) home, under lock down. 

With all of that being said, when Tony makes an appearance, his message is:
Keep the faith. Paul’s on it. He’s like me; he’s a ghost.” 

As far as the military goes, the Ghost Army was a tactical division used in World War II that mimicked earlier British operations. The Ghost Army impersonated other U.S. Army units to deceive their enemy. A few weeks after D-Day, while in France, the Ghost Army used inflatable tanks, sound trucks, and fake radio transmissions to confuse enemy forces.

If Paul is a ghost in that sense of the word, his involvement with the military could be for Project Leda’s benefit, given that the military abandoned that portion of the experiment in favor of Castor. Paul fits the general ideology of the Ghost Army, seeing as he has flawlessly moved through several different positions in the two seasons that have aired so far. He began in the military, moved into a lower, “entry level” if you will, position with DYAD, and was then promoted to be Rachel’s personal security guard and monitor. He then managed to disappear without any trace at all.

"No trace? No travel alerts, no digital trail, Paul’s disappeared? Keep looking."
- Rachel Duncan, 2x08 

After his impressive disappearance, he reappears in military uniform, though it’s unclear in what capacity, as it just as unclear what purpose Helena serves when she is taken into custody.

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The Hulk ain’t never lied.

I can’t even express how much respect I have for Mark Ruffalo.  The dude’s on the US terrorism watchlist for fuck’s sake.

Omg, it’s true

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spring!!!!!!! finally!!!!!!!!

spring!!!!!!! finally!!!!!!!!



I wish this had an image credit. I’m always so excited when I see fat dancers.

A dancer’s body is a body that dances.



I wish this had an image credit. I’m always so excited when I see fat dancers.

A dancer’s body is a body that dances.

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