I’m going to sleep
One last time, please, I place my trust in you one more time:
Venezuela is sinking. Tomorrow, cities will wake up fully militarized, and goodness only knows what will happen to anyone who dares to go out. Please, go through all the material in the #Venezuela tag or blogs such as mine — take a look at what’s been going on!
People are dying. Please stop and help us. Get the word out, make sure that the evidence is where it cannot be destroyed. Talk to people about this. Make it part of your day.
Don’t let us vanish into the night, forgotten. Too many have already died. One was more than enough, too many.
What’s going on:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNYhQ936MCg — “How do you sleep when your neighbors are dying outside?” (TW: graphic death, death.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0HF9WxQYCQ — Attack in Altamira
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYO9pE3A1ss — National Guard vandalizes and attacks houses
http://socialredemption.tumblr.com/post/77179818479/urb-el-bosque-en-valencia-algunas-personas — Wounded by collectives. TW Blood
PLEASE STOP AND REBLOG. Please help us!!
The Trayvon Martin rally in NYC marched 30 blocks to Times Square
Thousands have now shut down Time Square staging a massive sit-in. Traffic stopped; no arrests so far.
…up to 200,000 people angry with high costs and poor public services took to the streets. Protesters in Rio de Janeiro burned cars and looted buildings as police attempted to disperse them with teargas and rubber bullets. Aerial images showed thousands of people attempting to storm the congress building in Brasilia. The rallies…are some of the biggest ever seen in the country…
This is happening right now in my country Venezuela. All around the country Militaries are killing people just because we are defending what is Good. We want justice! We were doing a pacific protest and then they came and started to shoot and use gas against people and the government says that people need to show respect for the militaries. People are being seriously injured and murdered. Respect? Democracy? Peace? NICOLAS YOU ARE NOT MY PRESIDENT YOU COWARD.
GUYS PLEASE RB, I KNOW THAT EVERYONE IS WORRIED ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING IN BOSTON BUT WE ARE ABOUT TO GO ON A CIVIL WAR IN VENEZUELA!!
THEY JUST MADE MADURO TAKE THE OATH AS PRESIDENT, THEY’RE BURNING THE BALLOT BOXES, AND THEY’RE LEAVING THE COUNTRY WITH ALL THE PEOPLE’S MONEY
Let’s add to that that no International entity recognizes the election’s results and are asking for a recount, yet the CNE allowed Maduro to take the oath (wich was supposed to be on the 19th). The CNE’s president is leaving the country now.
We’re officially in a dictatorship.
- In Ethiopia, the Gibe III Dam is a proposed, gigantic hydroelectric dam that will flood the Lower Omo Valley area and displace thousands of indigenous groups, while destroying several unique cultures. This dam is funded by European companies and the Ethiopian government as well. Read more about it here and write an upset letter to the Ethiopian PM here
- On the 5th of March, members of the Oglala formed a human road block and refused to let trucks with material for the Canadian tar sands pass through their lands on the Pine Ridge Reserve, asking for the companies to respect the treaties and stop contaminating the planet. The protest was led by two Lakota grandmothers called Renabelle Bad Cob Standing Bear and Marie Randal. Read more about it here.
- Ranchers in Rondônia and other parts of the Amazon have used gunmen and still continue to use gunmen to attack indigenous peoples in the areas where they have their farms. Today, Brazil is home to the largest numbers of uncontacted tribes, many descendants of indigenous people who were enslaved and later escaped during the Brazilian rubber boom. Today these people risk being wiped out entirely as farmers use pesticides to kill the trees in the area and don’t mind attacking indigenous peoples and killing them in order to set an example. You can read more about a number of uncontacted indigenous groups here.
- Although India’s Supreme Court in 2002 ordered that the highway through the Jarawa’s reserve on the Andaman Isles should be closed, it remains open – and tourists use it for ‘human safaris’ to the Jarawa. Recently it was revealed that the local police accepted bribes and forced Jarawa women to dance seductively in front of tourists who treated them as little more than exotic animals. Poachers also enter the reserve. In 1999 and 2006, the Jarawa suffered outbreaks of measles – a disease that has wiped out many tribes worldwide following contact with outsiders. Read more here.
Summary: 31-year-old Alexander Aan faces up to fives years in prison after he declared himself an atheist on Facebook. The Indonesian man is in protective police custody because he fears physical assault.
From the link:
31-year-old Alexander Aan faces a maximum prison sentence of five years for posting “God does not exist” on Facebook. The civil servant was attacked and beaten by an angry mob of dozens who entered his government office at the Dharmasraya Development Planning Board on Wednesday.
Atheism is illegal in Indonesia. THIS is what religious oppression looks like.
Judge Martin McKenna ruled that, as the closures would hurt disadvantaged groups such as the elderly and the disabled, which is contrary to the conditions laid down in equalities legislation, the councils would just have to scrap their plans and think again. And he also made it crystal clear – as he quashed the closure decisions and told the councils to pay campaigners’ legal costs – that he was sending a message to other local authorities intent on restructuring their library services.
The councils had claimed “hyperbole, exaggeration and hysteria” on the part of the campaigners. But Judge McKenna, reflecting on how the case had been conducted, described the campaigners’ approach as “perfectly reasonable” and “proportionate” even in the areas where their legal claim had not been successful.
And heeeeeere comes the tear gas #occupyoakland -@garonsen
screenshots from ABC 7 live helicopter coverage
i’m still not entirely sure of my stance on the extent this movement’s gone to, but the recent news from oakland chills me nonetheless. it’s sort of hard to believe, in all honesty: seriously, OPD? tear gas? rubber bullets? attempts of removal via violence will scare away some protesters, yes, but as far as i know, it’ll only provoke the more determined. and i know people use this in every civil rights argument, but for all that america advertises itself to be, this isn’t very reassuring.
Tottenham’s main shopping area, before and after London riots, from the guardian.
oh my god.
jesus christ people please be okay.
Spread widely: The Fuckin’ Loudest Asians’ statement on the anniversary of Vincent Chin’s murder. No justice 29 years later. Hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org for the pdf - print and post it at school, at work, and in the community.
pay attention. not just 29 years later, but even 3 weeks ago.
So much of this goes unheard because the institution of white supremacy in the U.S uses tactics like deeming Asians the “model minority” to erase the extremely oppressive experiences faced by Asian people.
One thing: collected, the two were made to pay millions, not 3k. But otherwise, crimes like this piss the fuck out of me. Ignorance is the worst thing in the world.
A new study from researchers at the University of California Academy of Science and the University of British Columbia indicates that global sea turtle populations are mistakenly ingesting fatal quantities of plastic debris.
Photos show plastic remnants found in the stomachs of young sea turtles on the coast of Argentina. The hundreds of colorful, ocean-weathered shards spread over a white backdrop are a killer in the guise of a beautiful mosaic.
Though only .025 percent of all plastic ends up in the ocean, that’s .025 percent of 260 million tons manufactured each year. One billion single-use plastic bags are distributed every day. Up to three in every 1,000 find a way to the ocean.
Seventy-five percent of green turtles examined had swallowed plastic, often bags which resemble jellyfish, a staple of turtle diets.
“Sea turtles have spent the past 100 million years roaming seas free of pollution and are now sadly the post animal for impacts of our throwaway society on endangered species,” says the report, which does not paint an optimistic future.
“A human being at rest runs on 90 watts,” he says. “That’s how much power you need just to lie down. And if you’re a hunter-gatherer and you live in the Amazon, you’ll need about 250 watts. That’s how much energy it takes to run about and find food. So how much energy does our lifestyle [in America] require? Well, when you add up all our calories and then you add up the energy needed to run the computer and the air-conditioner, you get an incredibly large number, somewhere around 11,000 watts. Now you can ask yourself: What kind of animal requires 11,000 watts to live? And what you find is that we have created a lifestyle where we need more watts than a blue whale. We require more energy than the biggest animal that has ever existed. That is why our lifestyle is unsustainable. We can’t have seven billion blue whales on this planet. It’s not even clear that we can afford to have 300 million blue whales.”
This is Hideaki Akaiwa. When the Tsunami hit his home town of Ishinomaki, Hideaki was at work. Realising his wife was trapped in their home, he ignored the advice of professionals, who told him to wait for the army to arrive to provide search and rescue.
Instead he found some scuba gear, jumped in the raging torrent - dodging cars, houses and other debris being dragged around by the powerful current, any of which could have killed him instantly - and navigated the now submerged streets in pitch dark, freezing water until he found his house. Swimming inside, he discovered his wife alive on the upper level with only a small amount of breathing room, and sharing his resperator, pulled her out to safety.
If he had waited for the army, his wife of 20 years would be dead.
Oh, and if that’s not enough badassery for one lifetime, Hideaki realised his mother was also unaccounted for, so jumped back in the water and managed to save her life also. Since then Hideaki enters the water everyday on a one man search and rescue mission, saving countless lives and proving that two natural disasters in a single day, and insurmountable odds can’t stand in the way of love. This man is my hero.
this is what love is
They deserve to be on the front page more than anybody.
True. They’re risking their lives to save the lives the others. ;_;
My god. Please be okay.