You can watch Sen. Wendy Davis’s filibuster live here. She has been speaking since 11:18 CDT.
24th June 2013: Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews share a hug after Kane wins the Conn Smythe Trophy
I still think Toews shoulda won it, but you know he ain’t worried about it; these guys are pretty cute.
"Despite the amazing cynicism I saw down on the floor last night, I am still naive enough to believe that my visible and vocal support of women’s rights will make a difference. And so are the hundreds of other orange-shirted Texans—more than a thousand all told, both women and the men who support us because they understand that we are all people, goddammit it. We are incredibly naive. We are naive enough to believe that our presence mattered, that it filled the House Dems with spirit and pride and motivation to do the most thankless work imaginable on the House floor: taking an issue seriously that Republicans in our state honestly could give a flying fuck about, so long as they get reelected.
We who are the under-dogs can afford to be naive, because we’ve got nothing but our bodies to lose.”
Amy Gentry’s writing on SB5 is essential.
Well this basically sums it up.
2013 National Finals are cancelled in order to restructure RDAC
On Sep 13, 1944, a princess from India lay dead at Dachau concentration camp. She had been tortured by the Nazis, then shot in the head. Her name was Noor Inayat Khan. The Germans knew her only as Nora Baker, a British spy who had gone into occupied France using the code name Madeline. She carried her transmitter from safe house to safe house with the Gestapo trailing her, providing communications for her Resistance unit.
Oh my God, yes. Let’s talk about Noor Inayat Khan.
- Wireless operators in France had a life expectancy of six weeks. Noor was actively transmitting for over three times as long.
- While she was in France, every other wireless operator in her network was slowly picked off until she was the last radio link between London and Paris. It was “the most dangerous and important post in France”.
- She was offered a way back to Britain and refused.
- In fact, in her transmissions to London, she once said that she was having the time of her life, and thanked them for giving her the opportunity to do this.
- She was captured by the Gestapo, but never gave up: she made three attempt escapes. One involved asking to take a bath, insisting on being allowed to close the door to preserve her modesty, and then clambering onto the roof of the Gestapo HQ in Paris.
- Her last word before being shot was, “Liberté!”
The term BAMF was coined for such persons.
someone needs to make a movie about her
How is this not a movie?
One million Brazilians defy teargas, pepper spray and rubber bullets as protests hit new peak.
Daft Punk photographed by for L’Uomo Vogue, July/August 2013
cambridge university students were asked on campus why they needed feminism. here are 60 answers. click the link for over 600 more.
because we’re still having this conversation.
Çapulcular Korosu- Duyuyor musun Sesi
Do you hear the people sing?
Judith Butler - McGill 2013 Honourary Doctorate Address
“And now, most certainly, there are new voices of skepticism asking, what value does the Humanities have? Are they useful? Can we measure their impact, their output, their profits?”
“It may not be altogether clear that studying the humanities and critical thinking has something to do with becoming a citizen, or becoming publicly engaged, or learning how best to change and to preserve this world, yet these are precisely the immeasurable values that critical thinking brings to the university. We cannot quantify such knowledge without losing the very value that such knowledge has for us. Learning what it means to practice citizenship, and learning what it means to be without rights of citizenship, either having lost them, or never having been granted them in part or in full. Learning, in other words, what it means to live in the shadow world of non-recognition, and how best to counter it ethically, legally, and politically. As we know an active, and sensate democracy requires that we learn how to read well, not just texts, but images and sounds, to translate across languages, across forms of media, ways of performing, listening, acting, making art and theory.”
We have to continue to shake off what we sometimes think we know in order to lend our imaginations to vibrant and sometimes agonistic spectrums of experience. This is one part of the way toward understanding the global complexity of who we are.”