Anne Scherbina

Wherein I share the things

20 Oct

trappedinsuburbanhell:

your-lies-ruin-lives:

accioculus:

the pro-life movement can be summed up by the fact that one of my friends who’s pregnant was taking the bus home from downtown when all the people from the March for Life were also leaving and she asked a young girl sitting in the priority seating if she could sit down because she’s pregnant and the girl replied, “well I’m really tired, i was at the march all day.”

Awkward.

Are you fucking joking

20 Oct

clockworkgate:

John Oliver Should Win a Pulitzer for This All-Dog SCOTUS Reenactment

The august fogies of the United States Supreme Court refuse to allow cameras in their hallowed chamber of justice. And so Americans must settle for mere audio clips, which are generally paired with weird, boring courtroom illustrations for snooze-worthy television coverage. Well, John Oliver and Last Week Tonight have suggested a fix: Let’s use costumed puppies with fake paws.

It’s really quite perfect, because Bulldog Antonin Scalia delivers stress-relieving cuteness to check your rage-induced blood-pressure spike! Do the House of Representatives with kittens next!

20 Oct

(Source: best-of-memes)

20 Oct

clockworkgate:

John Oliver: Shitty U.S. Visa Process Traps Translators in Afghanistan

The U.S. military relies on local interpreters in Afghanistan to do important, possibly life-saving things like translating warnings about IEDs. And, in return, the Afghan translators get targets on their backs and the chance to live in fear of the day NATO pulls out and insurgents capture and behead them. John Oliver broke down this not-so-sweet deal on the most recent Last Week Tonight.

The U.S. does issue visas to Afghans, but the process is a 14-step labyrinth of paperwork and medical exams, just to get a chance at making it to America.

"It’s next to impossible. It’s akin to literally winning the lottery," explains a U.S. veteran in one of Oliver’s clips.

He’s not exaggerating: Only 3 special immigrant visas were issued to Afghans in 2011.

And while the translators are waiting to get out, their lives are being torn apart. One of them, Mohamed, saw his father killed, and his beloved 3-year-old brother kidnapped for a $35,000 ransom. Mohamed spent his entire live savings to get his brother back.

After 3 and a half years, he’s finally made it to the U.S., where a clerical error changed his legal first name to “FNU”—short for First Name Unknown.

Thank you for your service, Fnu. We can do so much better.

But it remains to be seen if we will. Special visa applications from Afghanistan are scheduled to stop altogether on Dec. 31 unless Congress votes to extend the program.

20 Oct
Some days, it’s easy to see social media, perhaps most especially Twitter, as a giant Milgram experiment.

Warren Ellis (via clockworkgate)

20 Oct
It’s hard not to feel humorless as a woman and a feminist, to recognize misogyny in so many forms, some great and some small, and know you’re not imagining things. It’s hard to be told to lighten up because if you lighten up any more, you’re going to float the fuck away. The problem is not that one of these things is happening, it’s that they are all happening, concurrently and constantly.

These are just songs. They are just jokes. They are just movies. It’s just a hug. They’re just breasts. Smile, you’re beautiful. Can’t a man pay you a compliment? In truth, this is all a symptom of a much more virulent cultural sickness — one where women exist to satisfy the whims of men, one where a woman’s worth is consistently diminished or entirely ignored.

Roxane Gay, What Men Want, America Delivers (via sarahjeanalex)

(Source: lk-shaw)

20 Oct liberalpropagandagroup:

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A victim of the senseless gun violence promoted by the NRA and fostered by conservatives.

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20 Oct the-sweet-life-ja:

Jamaican Toni-Ann Miller, in a courageous act of selflessness, rushed into a burning building to save the lives of two children.
A year following the incident, Toni-Ann, now 11, is being recognized by the country for her bravery and is to be conferred with a Badge of Honour for Gallantry at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony, to be held on National Heroes Day, Monday, October 20, on the lawns of King’s House.
» Congratulations Toni-Ann sweetie!!! You are one very brave and blessed little girl!! «

the-sweet-life-ja:

Jamaican Toni-Ann Miller, in a courageous act of selflessness, rushed into a burning building to save the lives of two children.

A year following the incident, Toni-Ann, now 11, is being recognized by the country for her bravery and is to be conferred with a Badge of Honour for Gallantry at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony, to be held on National Heroes Day, Monday, October 20, on the lawns of King’s House.

» Congratulations Toni-Ann sweetie!!! You are one very brave and blessed little girl!! «

(Source: jis.gov.jm)

20 Oct dynastylnoire:

cublombianradfem:

cublombianradfem:

9929111:

TW:RAPE
The profile of the man above me is the profile of my rapist. He raped me (10-19-14), and I am sharing his OkCupid profile to reveal the details.
He’s from Miami, FL and he lies about his age online (in person he told me he was 27, he’s actually 31) and he led me on with food and drinks (I’m 18 and can’t drink in the first place) and later on raped me in his home.
His name is Kenneth. I don’t know his last name, I’m sorry.
I’m so shaken by this that I think this post is incomprehensible. I’m sorry. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Power to you all.

Hi sisters, this post is about MY RAPIST and this happened to me last night. Thank you for your time in signal boosting this.

THIS HAPPENED TO ME LAST NIGHT 
PLEASE REBLOG AND TAG WITH TAGS LIKE #MIAMI, #SOUTHFLORIDA, ETC

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOST

dynastylnoire:

cublombianradfem:

cublombianradfem:

9929111:

TW:RAPE

The profile of the man above me is the profile of my rapist. He raped me (10-19-14), and I am sharing his OkCupid profile to reveal the details.

He’s from Miami, FL and he lies about his age online (in person he told me he was 27, he’s actually 31) and he led me on with food and drinks (I’m 18 and can’t drink in the first place) and later on raped me in his home.

His name is Kenneth. I don’t know his last name, I’m sorry.

I’m so shaken by this that I think this post is incomprehensible. I’m sorry. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Power to you all.

Hi sisters, this post is about MY RAPIST and this happened to me last night. Thank you for your time in signal boosting this.

THIS HAPPENED TO ME LAST NIGHT

PLEASE REBLOG AND TAG WITH TAGS LIKE #MIAMI, #SOUTHFLORIDA, ETC

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOST

20 Oct

http://the-spooky-goddess-success.tumblr.com/post/100490537207/i-was-diagnosed-with-severe-depression-at-18-i

the-spooky-goddess-success:

I was diagnosed with severe depression at 18. I think I have bipolar disorder.
I don’t have the time or mental energy to seek counseling.
I am quite literally trembling at the thought of dragging myself out of bed and forcing myself to pretend to be okay for a whole work day.
They remodeled our…

I know these feelings well. I was diagnosed with depression at 16, didn’t get the bipolar II diagnosis until I was hospitalized at 31 for a suicide attempt.

While I am not you, in your place, I feel I must offer you what I have learned and hope it helps you, too.

The way you feel now is not who you are or who you are destined to be. It’s severe depression making you feel, and more importantly *think* this way. Your whole worldview is distorted by a thick layer of black fog. It’s so insidious that you can’t even imagine life without it.

A life exists without it. Your life. It’s the hardest thing you’re ever going to do, and it goes against everything you’re feeling, but you can find the strength to get help.

You can find help for what you’re going through. Medication and talk therapy saved and permanently changed my life. I strongly recommend taking the first step to getting help and talking to someone you trust about how bad things are.

You will be in my thoughts, and I love you.