“Say NO to paying for something that happened 100s of years ago,” screamed one meme that was doing the rounds on social media around the time tabloids began to claim that Caribbean nations were “suing” for reparations. They aren’t, strictly speaking, and nor can something which ended only in 1838 be compared, as it often is, with the Viking invasions or Roman conquest. The CARICOM group of nations, led by Barbados , is really calling for a wider dialogue about historical justice. Why should Britain – or any other former slave-trading nation – shy away from it?

After all, in almost any other sphere, historical continuities are acknowledged, even venerated – aren’t we told ad nauseum that the monarchy is important because it represents continuity? Even something like the “Commonwealth” – whose Games will be held in Glasgow this summer – celebrates the international “links” forged by Britain’s Empire and its apparent historical achievements. Britons are constantly reminded by politicians and some historians to take pride in having “given” former colonies those two old chestnuts, the railways and the English language. Seems a bit odd, if not thoroughly hypocritical, to then swiftly put distance between our “proud” present and the Empire’s rather less flattering legacies, which include gargantuan impoverishment and dislocation across swathes of the globe. How is it possible to keep up the endless national self-congratulation for the abolition of the slave trade while insisting that no one today has any connection to slavery itself?

Priyamvada Gopal for the New Statesman | brilliant piece on reparations that really opens out the discussion (via derica)

not sure what opening is going on here. its what people been saying for ages. 

(via talesofthestarshipregeneration)

(via internet-gaming-commissioner)

From The Desk Of

Coal Ash Wednesday: $10 billion in bad management from Duke Energy »

invisiblelad:

And they’ll be reaching into your wallet to fix their mistakes:

The largest U.S. utility owner told a North Carolina legislative commission that if it were required to excavate and relocate all its ash in the state and convert to an all-dry handling system, costs would reach $7 billion to $10 billion and take as long as three decades.

“The costs of cleaning up the waste from fuel from coal should be a ratepayer cost and not a shareholder cost,” said Kit Konolige, an analyst with BGC Partners LP in New York. “The traditional regulatory compact, the cost of fuel and cost of cleanup of fuel, should be passed through ratepayers. It really shouldn’t come out of shareholders pockets except to the extent that the company has done “something wrong”.

The company has done something wrong, or the toxic mess wouldn’t be leaking out of every coal ash pond in the state. Regardless of the Federal/State laws governing coal ash disposal, both the ratepayers and the shareholders have a certain expectation that Duke will stay on top of the science and take steps to avoid contaminating the ground and surface waters. That expectation was not remotely met, so the cost of cleanup needs to be borne by those who directly profited from Duke Energy’s mismanagement, the owners. They “shared” in the profits, now they need to “share” in the cleanup.

This has got to be one of the most vile responses to being responsible for pollution in the state that will require decades of clean up. Decades. As far as I can tell, the taxpayers and Duke Energy’s actual customers haven’t done “anything wrong” to have to be made to incur the costs. Why should these shareholders be spared aside from the typical arch-conservative expectation that the lower classes eat the costs? 

(via internet-gaming-commissioner)

timrous-beastie:

inlovewithjaymcguiness-tw:

am-buh:

tangerinewerewolves:

mancwanderer:

I can think of a tumblr that should really really RB

G’wan Ed.

#GO ON SON

For Politics we met with our MP Stephen Doughty (who’s one of the Labour Whip’s…he basically makes sure everyone in Labour doesn’t break rules and votes right and shii) and he actually told us how during Prime Minister Question Time (which is what’s happening here) back bench Conservative MP’s have a tendency to make very sexist actions when female MP’s try to talk because they know the cameras can’t see them.
These are grown men who we’ve entrusted to run our country and they make boob signs when women try to speak and actually do their job.

That last comment though…
timrous-beastie:

inlovewithjaymcguiness-tw:

am-buh:

tangerinewerewolves:

mancwanderer:

I can think of a tumblr that should really really RB

G’wan Ed.

#GO ON SON

For Politics we met with our MP Stephen Doughty (who’s one of the Labour Whip’s…he basically makes sure everyone in Labour doesn’t break rules and votes right and shii) and he actually told us how during Prime Minister Question Time (which is what’s happening here) back bench Conservative MP’s have a tendency to make very sexist actions when female MP’s try to talk because they know the cameras can’t see them.
These are grown men who we’ve entrusted to run our country and they make boob signs when women try to speak and actually do their job.

That last comment though…
timrous-beastie:

inlovewithjaymcguiness-tw:

am-buh:

tangerinewerewolves:

mancwanderer:

I can think of a tumblr that should really really RB

G’wan Ed.

#GO ON SON

For Politics we met with our MP Stephen Doughty (who’s one of the Labour Whip’s…he basically makes sure everyone in Labour doesn’t break rules and votes right and shii) and he actually told us how during Prime Minister Question Time (which is what’s happening here) back bench Conservative MP’s have a tendency to make very sexist actions when female MP’s try to talk because they know the cameras can’t see them.
These are grown men who we’ve entrusted to run our country and they make boob signs when women try to speak and actually do their job.

That last comment though…
timrous-beastie:

inlovewithjaymcguiness-tw:

am-buh:

tangerinewerewolves:

mancwanderer:

I can think of a tumblr that should really really RB

G’wan Ed.

#GO ON SON

For Politics we met with our MP Stephen Doughty (who’s one of the Labour Whip’s…he basically makes sure everyone in Labour doesn’t break rules and votes right and shii) and he actually told us how during Prime Minister Question Time (which is what’s happening here) back bench Conservative MP’s have a tendency to make very sexist actions when female MP’s try to talk because they know the cameras can’t see them.
These are grown men who we’ve entrusted to run our country and they make boob signs when women try to speak and actually do their job.

That last comment though…

    timrous-beastie:

    inlovewithjaymcguiness-tw:

    am-buh:

    tangerinewerewolves:

    mancwanderer:

    I can think of a tumblr that should really really RB

    G’wan Ed.

    For Politics we met with our MP Stephen Doughty (who’s one of the Labour Whip’s…he basically makes sure everyone in Labour doesn’t break rules and votes right and shii) and he actually told us how during Prime Minister Question Time (which is what’s happening here) back bench Conservative MP’s have a tendency to make very sexist actions when female MP’s try to talk because they know the cameras can’t see them.

    These are grown men who we’ve entrusted to run our country and they make boob signs when women try to speak and actually do their job.

    That last comment though…

    (via internet-gaming-commissioner)

    “Marissa Alexander did not get a chance to see her youngest daughter take her first step. She didn’t get a chance to hear her say her first word, or blow out the candles on her first birthday cake. These and many more memories that mothers are excited to photograph or catch on film weren’t possible for Alexander because she was living behind bars—all because she fired a warning shot in the air, harming no one, to ward off Rico Gray, her abusive estranged husband and the father of her youngest child.”
    From The Desk Of

    hybridthry:

    wearing all black today to mourn the death of my motivation

    (via collababortion)

    
Most people in America right now think of Iraq as a dangerous country. Now, if I were to stand up, I might get killed. But to us, behind this wheel it’s pretty safe. So to us, Iraq is a safe country. Right here, I feel pretty safe. Do you feel safe? 

Most people in America right now think of Iraq as a dangerous country. Now, if I were to stand up, I might get killed. But to us, behind this wheel it’s pretty safe. So to us, Iraq is a safe country. Right here, I feel pretty safe. Do you feel safe? 

Most people in America right now think of Iraq as a dangerous country. Now, if I were to stand up, I might get killed. But to us, behind this wheel it’s pretty safe. So to us, Iraq is a safe country. Right here, I feel pretty safe. Do you feel safe? 

Most people in America right now think of Iraq as a dangerous country. Now, if I were to stand up, I might get killed. But to us, behind this wheel it’s pretty safe. So to us, Iraq is a safe country. Right here, I feel pretty safe. Do you feel safe? 

Most people in America right now think of Iraq as a dangerous country. Now, if I were to stand up, I might get killed. But to us, behind this wheel it’s pretty safe. So to us, Iraq is a safe country. Right here, I feel pretty safe. Do you feel safe? 

Most people in America right now think of Iraq as a dangerous country. Now, if I were to stand up, I might get killed. But to us, behind this wheel it’s pretty safe. So to us, Iraq is a safe country. Right here, I feel pretty safe. Do you feel safe? 

Most people in America right now think of Iraq as a dangerous country. Now, if I were to stand up, I might get killed. But to us, behind this wheel it’s pretty safe. So to us, Iraq is a safe country. Right here, I feel pretty safe. Do you feel safe? 

Most people in America right now think of Iraq as a dangerous country. Now, if I were to stand up, I might get killed. But to us, behind this wheel it’s pretty safe. So to us, Iraq is a safe country. Right here, I feel pretty safe. Do you feel safe? 

      Most people in America right now think of Iraq as a dangerous country. Now, if I were to stand up, I might get killed. But to us, behind this wheel it’s pretty safe. So to us, Iraq is a safe country. Right here, I feel pretty safe. Do you feel safe? 

      (Source: liebg0tt, via quantumimmorality)

      deepblank:

odinsblog:

#MyNYPD (Part I)

there comes a point when the system satirises itself
deepblank:

odinsblog:

#MyNYPD (Part I)

there comes a point when the system satirises itself

        deepblank:

        odinsblog:

        #MyNYPD (Part I)

        there comes a point when the system satirises itself

        (via collababortion)

        From The Desk Of

        urbancatfitters:

        slytherin-starkid-of-tardis:

        urbancatfitters:

        everyone is embarrassed of their fourteen year old self trust me if you’re fourteen right now you will regret whatever it is that you are doing at this moment

        What, being a SuperWhoLockian, Tumblrian, and just being generally pretty good? I don’t think so.

        screenshot this and look at it in 3 years

        (Source: urbancatfitters, via det-katherine-beckett)

        
favorite characters → spike (btvs)     ”Blood is life, lackbrain. Why do you think we eat it? It’s what keeps you going, makes you warm, makes you hard, makes you other than dead.”

favorite characters → spike (btvs)     ”Blood is life, lackbrain. Why do you think we eat it? It’s what keeps you going, makes you warm, makes you hard, makes you other than dead.”

favorite characters → spike (btvs)     ”Blood is life, lackbrain. Why do you think we eat it? It’s what keeps you going, makes you warm, makes you hard, makes you other than dead.”

favorite characters → spike (btvs)     ”Blood is life, lackbrain. Why do you think we eat it? It’s what keeps you going, makes you warm, makes you hard, makes you other than dead.”

favorite characters → spike (btvs)     ”Blood is life, lackbrain. Why do you think we eat it? It’s what keeps you going, makes you warm, makes you hard, makes you other than dead.”

favorite characters → spike (btvs)     ”Blood is life, lackbrain. Why do you think we eat it? It’s what keeps you going, makes you warm, makes you hard, makes you other than dead.”

favorite characters → spike (btvs)     ”Blood is life, lackbrain. Why do you think we eat it? It’s what keeps you going, makes you warm, makes you hard, makes you other than dead.”

favorite characters → spike (btvs)     ”Blood is life, lackbrain. Why do you think we eat it? It’s what keeps you going, makes you warm, makes you hard, makes you other than dead.”

          favorite characters → spike (btvs)
               ”Blood is life, lackbrain. Why do you think we eat it? It’s what keeps you going, makes you warm, makes you hard, makes you other than dead.

          (via pagetvbrewster)

          (Source: harryandruth)

          sashastumbles:


Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD S01E19

I literally went from tearing up at Fitz’ answer to cackling at Simmons’.
sashastumbles:


Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD S01E19

I literally went from tearing up at Fitz’ answer to cackling at Simmons’.
sashastumbles:


Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD S01E19

I literally went from tearing up at Fitz’ answer to cackling at Simmons’.
sashastumbles:


Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD S01E19

I literally went from tearing up at Fitz’ answer to cackling at Simmons’.
sashastumbles:


Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD S01E19

I literally went from tearing up at Fitz’ answer to cackling at Simmons’.
sashastumbles:


Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD S01E19

I literally went from tearing up at Fitz’ answer to cackling at Simmons’.
sashastumbles:


Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD S01E19

I literally went from tearing up at Fitz’ answer to cackling at Simmons’.

            sashastumbles:

            Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD S01E19

            I literally went from tearing up at Fitz’ answer to cackling at Simmons’.

            (via lasciate-ogni-speranza)

            stronzadee:

I CAN’T EVEN PUT MY HAIR IN A FUCKING BUN
stronzadee:

I CAN’T EVEN PUT MY HAIR IN A FUCKING BUN
stronzadee:

I CAN’T EVEN PUT MY HAIR IN A FUCKING BUN
stronzadee:

I CAN’T EVEN PUT MY HAIR IN A FUCKING BUN
stronzadee:

I CAN’T EVEN PUT MY HAIR IN A FUCKING BUN
stronzadee:

I CAN’T EVEN PUT MY HAIR IN A FUCKING BUN
stronzadee:

I CAN’T EVEN PUT MY HAIR IN A FUCKING BUN
stronzadee:

I CAN’T EVEN PUT MY HAIR IN A FUCKING BUN
stronzadee:

I CAN’T EVEN PUT MY HAIR IN A FUCKING BUN

              stronzadee:

              I CAN’T EVEN PUT MY HAIR IN A FUCKING BUN

              (Source: michaelisqueen, via drugs-in-ur-coffee)

              From The Desk Of

              procrastinationsalvation:

              sscars:

              imagine if tumblr showed how many hours you spent on this website

              image

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