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Stop shopping at Urban Outfitters.

bathsabbath:

myfloralmind:

overtheunderpass:

honeybeeprofessor:

DOnt shop at urban outfitters 

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they literally sold a blood-stained-looking sweatshirt with the name of a college that there was a school shooting at 

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they sold prescription-drug related accessories trying to make it cute

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they sold a board game entitled “gettopoly” i should not have to explain why this is bad

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they sold a super cissexist card with the T slur on it 

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they literally sold this shirt

PLEASE STOP SHOPPING AT URBAN OUTFITTERS

WOW, Ew

Fuck them

Agreed, but I keep seeing people refer to the Kent State massacre as a ‘school shooting.’ To be clear, on May 4th 1970, the Ohio National Guard opened fire (67 rounds) on a  group of students who were peacefully protesting the Cambodia Incursion that was announced by President Nixon 4 days prior. Nixon was elected largely because he promised to put an end to the Vietnam War, so this announcement was a pretty big slap in the face. The Cambodia Incursion lasted 2 months and resulted in the deaths of over 300 US soldiers, and over 800 Vietnamese soldiers.

The Kent State Massacre resulted in the deaths of 4 students, all under the age of 21, two of which weren’t even protesting, and 9 more were injured. One of whom, Dean Kahler, was left paralyzed, and he actually commented on Urban Outfitter’s here.

Why is this important? Because Urban Outfitters (and its sister stores Anthropologie and Free People) peddle this faux-Hippie-only-ironic-conservatism-bullshit, when in fact their money is supporting right-wing agendas and going directly into the pockets of conservative politicians like Rick Santorum.

And if the above controversies aren’t horrid enough: they have stolen work from independent artisans, they have been sued by the Navajo Nation, they printed a shirt that featured a sexualized image of a 15 year old, they have been called out by the Anti-defamation League multiple times. They are the epitome of Hipster Racism.

I’ll get off my soap box, but please. Please just go to a fucking thrift store instead.

Doubt is a horrible, toxic, crippling thing.

stardust-rain:

stardust-rain:

sometimes tumblr’s US-centric social justice makes me so fucking frustrated. Right now sweden’s third biggest party are literally neo-nazis and our elections couldn’t even get onto trending tags today, goddamit.

Okay, so the post is gaining notes and people are confused, so to explain what the hell is going on: 

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Swedish elections held were on last Sunday, 14th September. We’ve had a right-leaning government the past eight years and after this there will be a change of power. The new party, Socialdemocrats (S) gained a total of 31% percent. The old party, Moderaterna (M) gained 21%. 

Sverigedemokraterna (SD) gained a total of 12.9%. Their policy is racist, Islamophobic, anti-immigration, anti-refugee, anti-diversity, anti-LGBT+, and anti-feminist. Basically, they tick every box on the douchebag lottery.

If you’re here to argue that they’re ~not actually~ Nazis: 1) Fuck you. 2) Fuck the horse the you rode in on. 3) I hope you get stepped on by a moose, you ignorant asswipe. 

  1.  they literally started as neo nazis. They have used a Neo-Nazi movement as campaign slogans,
  2. party members have assaulted immigrants with iron pipes (tw for racialised violence),
  3. worn Nazi symbols 
  4. supported and helped build Neo-Nazi group SvP.

There’s probably more, but I don’t have links on hand. 

They’ve been having rallies and demonstrations all over Sweden, and people have shown up just to turn their back on them and protest (this post explains it better). 

In the 2010 elections, SD were pretty much considered no better than neo-Nazis and only got 5.7% votes - it put them in 6th place and was just enough to get them into parliament. In the elections before that, they got about 2.9%. In the past four years, they’ve grown exponentially in Sweden.

They’ve also run extremely extensive PR campaigns, appealing to the youth, kicking out members “exposed” of being racist, (note: these members often end up in SvP) and picking up buzzwords from the Socialdemocrats’ ideology. 

29% of votes they gained this year were from swing voters who previously voted M,  and the biggest gain have been in the south, in small towns and the countryside:

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This is not something that’s just going on in Sweden. Europe has seen an influx of extreme-right parties over the last decade or so, often thinly disguised as a party that puts ‘traditional values’ and ‘national interest’ first.

In Greece and Hungary they’ve already been in power. In Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Finland France and UK, extreme-right-wing parties have been voted into the EU. 

Because here’s the thing: we’ve forgotten what it looks like. We’ve gotten to the point where we’ve turned Nazism into a cartoonish lampoon of goose-stepping, uniforms and moral lessons that “we’ll never be like them~”, ignoring the fact nationalism is not as cut-and-dry two ends of an extreme but exists on a scale.

People have been apologising for SD’s actions for a while now because they’re not considered “extremist enough” to be neo-Nazis, because they don’t share the same beliefs, because they’ve “publicly denounced” SvP. 

But the same people still get hurt. Still SD has the institutional and systematic power and privilege to oppress, degrade and humiliate people of colour, which they already have done. Stop making excuses for them. Stop making leeways for right-wing-extremists because that is how they gain tract. 

Please spread this. 

Why do people post things on Tumblr and add “Please don’t reblog this”?

Like, do you not understand how this site works?

This morning I successfully defended my graduate thesis.

In fact, I aced the defence.

One member of the examining committee called it “a masterful performance.”

Everything you believe is a myth, says Sagen. “A meaningless Universe – has generated fear” he says, and has led humans throughout the past to creating myths to squelch their fear, “yet I will tell you that a meaningless universe shouldn’t make you afraid, but rather it will make you happy” he infers. Throughout the book Sagen reassures the reader that the meaningless of the universe is exciting and beautiful and he then sets forth his own “history” of the universe and of humanity, a history that he has extrapolated by looking at the various evidences in the cosmos.

Is this where scientists are taking us? Wanting to teach our children that their lives are meaningless?

I thought science was all about observation and not about philosophy; yet every scientist who infers that the life is meaningless has gone beyond the reaches of observation and has now inferred their philosophy.

That then is my objection; scientists have overreached their bounds. Too many scientists are masking their own personal philosophies under the cloak of ‘science’.

Alternatively, all of this is bullshit

me, when describing my religious and spiritual beliefs

duder-reese:

duder-reese:

people are trying to phase out roman numerals… not on my watch

oh come on guys, this joke was grVIII

(Source: samjulianbramham)