Chinese and Russian officials are warning of a potential humanitarian crisis in the restive American province of Missouri, where ancient communal tensions have boiled over into full-blown violence.
"We must use all means at our disposal to end the violence and restore calm to the region," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in comments to an emergency United Nations Security Council session on the America crisis.
The crisis began a week ago in Ferguson, a remote Missouri village that has been a hotbed of sectarian tension. State security forces shot and killed an unarmed man, which regional analysts say has angered the local population by surfacing deep-seated sectarian grievances. Regime security forces cracked down brutally on largely peaceful protests, worsening the crisis.
America has been roiled by political instability and protests in recent years, which analysts warn can create fertile ground for extremists.
Missouri, far-removed from the glistening capital city of Washington, is ostensibly ruled by a charismatic but troubled official named Jay Nixon, who has appeared unable to successfully intervene and has resisted efforts at mediation from central government officials. Complicating matters, President Obama is himself a member of the minority sect protesting in Ferguson, which is ruled overwhelmingly by members of America’s majority “white people” sect.
Analysts who study the opaque American political system, in which all provinces are granted semi-autonomous self-rule, warned that Nixon may seize the opportunity to move against weakened municipal rulers in Ferguson. Missouri’s provincial legislature, a traditional “shura council,” is dominated by the opposition faction. Though fears of a military coup remain low, it is still unknown how Nixon’s allies within the capital will respond should the crisis continue.
Now, international leaders say they fear the crisis could spread.
Vox covers Ferguson as they would if it were in another country.
I lost it at Nixon, but in a sad teary way even while it got a giggle from me.
Does this count as Burn, Parody or Satire? Gallows Humor? No, I just recommend everyone read this.
Because this is how we’d report Ferguson if it happened in, say, North Korea.
What the fuck is wrong with this country
This is true.
Seriously, Ferguson is dangerously close to someone going down a checklist titled “”how to alienate a nation and incite widespread rebellion in the masses 101”“.
It’s almost like they’re trying to escalate the situation and rally the people into taking action against them and then the government.
Except, it really just feels like those in charge there are almost too stupid to live, let alone have access to munitions. I can’t assign malice to the entire governing body, just rampant stupidity and a lack of foresight/ proper training.
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my white protesters please remember that you’re rarely at the same risk we are when you stand up for what is right
On #Ferguson - I can only hope everyone that can do something safely, does, and that those who are in Ferguson don’t come to any more harm.
I personally can’t do anything to help, and it makes me twitchy to read about it all.
I really do care, I just also know I get very upset about the fact I can’t help. So I am not blogging about it, not because I don’t care, but for my own mental health.
This battle is not one I can fight, and I applaud everyone that does fight it. Every last person who stands up peacefully and civilly is a hero. Especially those civil and peaceful protesters of color who are standing up to both rioters and police at great personal risk.
sometimes it’s really hard not to hate this country.
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Fox News spent a segment mocking and laughing at Illinois State University’s decision to accommodate LGBT students with all-gender restroom signs, stating, “we’re all a little confused by it.”
Turns out, a lot of people don’t share Fox’s bewilderment.
The following day, host Steve Doocy conducted man-on-the-street interviews with the sign, asking random “Fox fans” what they thought it meant.
Much to Fox’s dismay, not a single fan (including a young boy) responded to the question with the confusion and outrage that Fox expected.
Does Fox REALLY have a whole segment called “The PC police”?
Who the fuck gave 4chan a TV station?
Also, OMG, awkward moments all around. It’s like halfway through the segment, everyone from Fox realized they were being clueless assholes, but they couldn’t back down.
Good lord, this is the most stark portrayal I’ve seen of this.
Holy crap, over nine years?
Fuck that. If your religious beliefs say you can’t preform a life-saving medical procedure, then you should not be a doctor.
If a Jew has a moral objection to organ donation/transplant he should not be a doctor.
If a Jehovah’s Witness has a moral objection to blood donation/transfusion she should not be a doctor.
If a Wiccan has a moral objection to using animal material in practice he should not be a doctor.
If a Scientologist has a moral objection to medication she should not be a doctor.
And if a fucking Christian/Catholic has a moral objection to preforming an abortion in a situation where it is necessary THEY SHOULD NOT BE A FUCKING DOCTOR.
We all have to do shit that goes against our morals/beliefs/opinions/etc so these ‘doctors’ should have no right to get out of doing something that is in the job description.
No one is making them be abortion providers, like the people at the clinics who do that as an active job. If a person comes in and needs a mothering fucking abortion to save their life, you fucking perform it. No if’s, and’s, or buts.
If a Dr has a private practice, then they have every right to choose what services to provide. And if you are a smart consumer/patient you will make sure you find a Dr who preforms what you want him/her to. And yes even if necessary to refer you to a Dr who would do a needed abortion. Every person with a differing religion has every right to not want to perform certain things. That doesn’t mean they can’t nor shouldn’t be a Dr. It simply means they would modify their practices.
Actually, doctors open private practices so they can make their own prices, deny certain insurances, keep their own hours. They’re still subject to the rules and regulations set forth by the medical board. They aren’t exempt from malpractice.
If people have religious stands that would impede their ability to be a good doctor regardless, they should go into another field of specialty. Like.. manager of a McDonalds. If you put your religious nonsense ahead of the wellbeing of a patient, you are a shitty doctor and deserve that mark against you, lawsuits against you, and being removed from ability to practice. Would you be so understanding if a Jehovah’s Witness refused a patient a lifesaving blood transfusion because it went against THEIR beliefs? Or is this more sanctimonious Christian bullshit? :P
Simply put. If you can NOT focus on the well-being of your patients over your own religion and beliefs, go into another field. Do. Not. Go. Into. Medicine.
No, shut up. You do not get to push your damn religion and beliefs on your patients.
NO. Do not. I don’t give a flying frick what you believe. Be it Anti-choice for reproductive rights, or anti-stemcell research for saving lives, or anti cloning organs/cartilage using pigs and mice for life and mental health saving procedures.
No. Get your damned high horse out of the Doctor’s office.
I am sick of this bullshit.
I am sick of it being notable to have a supportive GP that talks over all the risks with me
and then agrees with my decision, especially after having discussed it thoroughly(Not the main point), only to have my Gyno, required by the insurance, tell me that the only way she would consider operating on me is with an order from an oncologist or a board of physicians that there was no “non-permanent” alternative allowable for my own damn reproductive organs.
When your damn religion trumps my right to have my tubes tied or my uterus removed, it may make you sleep better at night. But it could mean my actual DEATH if I get pregnant (or worse, get cancer like so many of my family). By my own hand, or by complications.
How fucking DARE you, or any person, decide that the ability to potentially become pregnant trumps neutralizing cancer risk, mental health and long term stability, free will, MY FRIGGING LIFE as a WHOLE, just so you can go to your church or temple or what the fuck ever with a clear self righteous conscious.
And don’t get me started on the harm religious to the point of malpractice “Psychiatrists and Psychologists” can cause.
Or fervent and fanatic Vegan nutritionists, or any of these other nutters that hold their OWN beliefs as more valuable than the lives and safety of others.
If you swear a hippocratic oath, of ANY sort, you also are swearing to put the PATIENT first. Not YOU.
If you follow the logic of the Advert and the second poster, it is totally fine for a woman dying of sepsis to be turned away from an ER or Hospital, to likely die in transit while trying to get to another hospital, where no one “objects” to abortion.
So, NO, I will NEVER support such an asinine and self centered law.
Obviously this is hyperbolic in order to make the joke, but to respond to the argument being put across: even “if McDonald’s were to double the salaries and benefits of all of its employees, from the CEO down to the minimum wage cashiers, it would still only cost an extra 68 cents [41p] for a Big Mac”.
shit like this is always real telling because it’s pretty dang obvious that the right wing values Cheap Burgers over Living Humans, lmao
I mean… if the minimum wage goes up wouldn’t you be able to afford that extra few cents anyway? So what does it matter? People are just afraid of change and are too comfortable with being taken advantage of/taking advantage of others.
Just gonna, quote that.
"“if McDonald’s were to double the salaries and benefits of all of its employees, from the CEO down to the minimum wage cashiers, it would still only cost an extra 68 cents [41p] for a Big Mac”.
WHOOMP THERE IT IS!
I just, find this really interesting. Seriously. Why the flying fuck isn’t this in the news? I mean -URK!
*gets gagged and bundled into a van for re-education by the Oil industry goons*
More seriously- we need you smart cookies and jammy bastards to invent a better battery/storage option to make it possible to replace the current power generators on a global scale.
Do that and between Solar, Hydro and Wind we might possibly be able to do true clean energy globally. Without, yanno, cold fusion.
When you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You didn’t place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.
In which Jimmy Fallon nails it.
Australia’s minister for women
- thinks that a woman’s virginity is her “greatest gift”
- thought people should vote for him because he has “not bad looking daughters”
- told the unmarried, former PM Julia Gillard to ‘make an honest woman of herself’
- stood in front of sexist signs calling Gillard a ‘witch’ and ‘bitch’
- said that a female MP was worth voting for because she ‘has sex appeal’
- met with a netball team full of teenage girls and said “I wish I was younger again.” and “a bit of full body contact never hurt anyone.”
- campaigned against women’s right to have an abortion
- said “the right of women to withold sex needs to be moderated.”
- included only one female minister out of 18 cabinet members
and today, when a pensioner called into a radio show that Mr Abbott was on, to tell him that she was worried about rising health care costs, as she had chronic illnesses and a low pension, and she had to work a phone sex line to make ends meet
and PM Tony Abbott, our esteemed minister for women, winked
So, I don’t advocate violence, but, yanno, if anyone ever deserved a case of sudden onset steel poisoning…
Heartbreaking Simpsons Moments 1/∞: Bart Gets an F
I never understood why it’s an F if he gets more than half out of 100? Unless it’s more than 100. If you get more than half the answers right how is it an F?
You must not be from America. Here, grading is fucked up.
Average American Grading Scale:
A - 94-96
A- - 90-93
F- 59 and under
And in some places in America it goes by a 7 point scale, so it’d be
A - 100-93
B - 92-85
C - 84-78
D - 77-70
F - 69 and below
Now you understand why American kid’s feel like there’s no point to school. If you have a 100 question text, and get 79 of them correct, that’s a C. That mean’s your Average Intelligence on this particular subject. And it get’s even worse when you have only like… a 10 question quiz. If you get two wrong? that’s a B. 80 fucking %. Now tell me again why American school’s are easier?
No wait but whats the grading system in other countries?
UK Grading Scale
Below 40: F
next time you try to tell americans that we’re stupid
i’m gonna remind you
that our “average” is your “A”
#is that true?
Yep I was shocked when I heard this in a different post but a Google search pulls up a ton of sites backing this up.
Shit son I woulda passed College Algebra with an A in the UK. And I spent the end of the semester in perpetual fear that I would fail and have to retake the class.
And basically as an American you’re expected to get 80 or higher. Technically 70s are considered ‘average’ but there is such a level of pressure to get a B or higher, that Cs have become equal to Ds. Basically anything under 60 you might as well gotten a 0, and anything between 60-80 is considered practically failing. So basically schools have to be designed to make sure majority of students are getting 80s or higher on specific topics, which means you’re spending all your time going over a few choice facts a billion times and there is very little room to teach anything else. Which explains why American schools are of such low quality. The insane demand on the students ends up wrecking their education. Not only do you not have time to teach them anything, but they end up hating learning. Even outside of school your life is dedicated to memorizing these few dumb facts because your homework ends up taking hours of your time. A teacher from one subject says they expect you to spend 2 hours every night on their homework. And if you’re studying 5 subjects and they all demand that 2 hours? Good fucking luck, because if you don’t have straight all 80s or higher you’re not getting into a good college and college degrees have somehow become the minimum requirement for getting jobs.
I spent most of my junior year of high school in a state of constant panic that I was going to get a C in Honors Physics much less fail the class. If I got a C on my report card, I was grounded until the next one. I lost count of the times I’d wake up at five in the morning to take the early bus to go in for zero hour before school actually started for the day
File this under the exact reason so many Americans detest going to school.
Sorry but this is total BULLSHIT about the UK grading system.
1) Each subject has different grading systems. It fucking changes every single year based on how much students get. So some years the boundaries are much lower than others. UK students never know what the grade boundaries are until after we sit the test.
2) The grade boundaries are not that low. In most subjects we base the grades on:
50%- D (fail grade)
50% lower- U (ungraded)
Anything lower than a C doesn’t count as a pass. We have to get 5 GCSEs to get into college. If you don’t get those, you can’t go to that college. We also have higher and foundation courses where if you take foundation, 90% will get you a C. The grades do not go any higher.
In fucking art and DT subjects, 78/ 80 is an A*. And those are classified as fucking soft subjects.
3) Say a subject has course work, most of which do now, we are judged on a bunch of bullshit like how to use graphs, IT ect ect. If a moderator (examiners basically) take two papers and feel the original markers have been a mark or two generous on our papers, they can fucking move everyone’s grade down an entire fucking grade.
4) You fucking comment about comparing the two is probably done based on your end of high school. The GCSE kids are 16 and 15 years old. Of course we don’t know as fucking much. We have 1 and a half years at school for our GCSE topics, some schools have less than that. You have double that in high school.
5) Most college courses don’t accept you if you don’t have at least a B at GCSE levels and most good Universities refuse to let someone in if they don’t get an A or A*.
6) Last year, 21.3% of people got an A* or an A passed on the shitty high grade boundaries. Only 2/3 of every single exam got above a C. So a third of those exams were failed. All our course work has been fucking changed and altered, early exams and speaking and listening assessments have been removed by our new fucking secretary of state, Michael Gove. Which all benefited our schools and helped with our education.
7) Finally, the fucking content of our exams. In every. Single. Fucking. Exam were are awarded points for; spelling, punctuation, grammar and written communications. So fuck you if you have problems with any of those things because it will bring down your grade in every other fucking subject you take, even maths. Some people who have medical reasons for not being to do this get extra time but nothing additional.
I have had nine fucking GCSE exams in the past three days and I still have nine more to go. My exam timetable is light compared to others who have over twenty exams in a tiny space of time.
So yes, Americans, I feel so sorry for you. But do not think for a second that the UK have it easy when it comes to exams because I know people who’s entire future is resting on their exams in the next couple of weeks and so god fucking hell you if you tell them that it’s okay because we have it easy. School is fucking stupid no matter where you live.
Finally! I’ve seen this post going around and known that the uk grading was bullshit but I didn’t know how to say it so thank you
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