As many as 100 passengers on board Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 were bound for the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, it emerged today. The disaster, which left 298 people dead, claimed the lives of some of the world’s leading experts in the battle against HIV and devastated their families, friends and colleagues. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, delegates arriving in Australia for the AIDS conference were told that 108 of their colleagues had perished.
Seven of the names of people on the flight verified as international AIDS conference delegates, although as many as 108 may have died in the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, according to Australian media reports
“I think the Israeli people understand now what I always say: that there cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan” ~ Netanyahu
As plain as day, what we have been saying for years, the two state solution isn’t just dead for good, it was never even alive to begin with. Israel has never had any intention of allowing a Palestinian state, or Palestinians any crumbs of sovereignty, rights or freedom
so I was a big dummy the other day while on a nature walk and left my book “wherever you go there you are” which I was reading it for my anxiety and on/off depression and I was already half way through it and getting much needed perspective. but now I’m like :/ cause I lost it and someone else took it. whoever it was I hope it helps em like it was helping me. any way I’m hella fuckin broke and can’t re-order it and if you guys can help, donating would be amazing, thank you <3 any amount you can donate helps!
Global Ocean Commission says rescue needed within five years
- Nadia Prupis, staff writer
(photo: epSos. de/Creative Commons/Flickr)The world’s oceans face irreparable damage from climate change and overfishing, with a five-year window for intervention, an environmental panel said Tuesday.
Neglecting the health of the oceans could have devastating effects on the world’s food supply, clean air, and climate stability, among other factors.
The Global Oceans Commission, an environmental group formed by the Pew Charitable Trust, released a report (PDF) addressing the declining marine ecosystems around the world and outlining an eight-step “rescue package” to restore growth and prevent future damage to the seas. The 18-month study proposes increased governance of the oceans, including limiting oil and gas exploration, capping subsidies for commercial fishing, and creating marine protected areas (MPAs) to guard against pollution, particularly from plastics.
"A healthy ocean is a key to our well-being," said Jose Maria Figueres, co-chair and former president of Costa Rica. "Unless we turn the tide on ocean decline within five years, the international community should consider turning the high seas into an off-limits regeneration zone until its condition is restored."
Government subsidies for high seas fishing total at least $30 billion a year and are carried out by just ten countries, the report said. About 60 percent of such subsidies encourage unsustainable practices like the fuel-hungry “bottom trawling” of ocean floors — funds that could be rerouted to conservation efforts or employment in coastal areas.
Meanwhile, environmental nonprofits and governmental bodies are starting to recognize the insufficient protections offered by systems like the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which aims to regulate portions of the ocean but cannot actually enforce any laws. The report includes a proposal to ratify the UNCLOS, increasing and extending its oversight to 64 percent of the ocean which is currently outside of national jurisdiction.
"Without proper governance, a minority will continue to abuse the freedom of the high seas, plunder the riches that lie beneath the waves, take more than a fair share, and benefit at the expense of the rest of us, especially the poorest," said Trevor Manuel, co-chair of the commission and former minister of finance of South Africa.
Failure to reverse the decline of the ocean’s ecosystems would be an “unforgivable betrayal of current and future generations,” said David Miliband, co-chair and former British foreign secretary.
Rising sea levels, extreme weather events and increasingly frequent flooding and drought events will leave the world’s energy systems struggling to cope, according to a new report from the World Energy Council.
Responsible for around 40% of greenhouse gas emissions globally, energy companies are most often cited as part of the problem of climate change.
But the new report, a collaboration with the University of Cambridge and the European Climate Foundation, warns that they will also suffer as climate change picks up pace, as all generators – from nuclear reactors, to coal-fired power stations – feel the brunt of the weather changes.
Reminder: I’m always on the lookout for poc + black people in Science/STEM articles, posts, or even well written pieces/ opinion pieces to feature on to #Science. So if you’ve seen such articles and think it’s not already featured please send me a link to it via fanmail so I can check it out and feature it if I have any features left or the article meets the guidelines. The importance of doing this is there are not a lot of editors in the Science section who are actively representing poc in science (many do it once in a blue moon to meet their representation quotas among their white supremacist science) so we can make a slight difference by pointing to the articles floating around that deserve some recognition in the science tag. You never know what article featuring a poc you shared was the one that incited some little kid who’s hardly represented the desire and passion to do the science necessary for a better future.
Hi there! I’m the FB admin for the Pacific Coast Conservancy.
We’re a California based organization that organizes beach cleanups, fundraising events to benefit the creation of marine protected areas, and foster responsible use and stewardship of our coastline.
We just started our FB group, and are looking to spread the word about our conservation activities and get more people to participate in our upcoming beach cleanup events. Could you please help spread the word?
hollywood:here are some films of white people with varying hair types and colors
white people:JESUS CHRIST SO MUCH DIVERSITY!!!11
hollywood:jake gyllenhaal in a tan as a persian
hollywood:long haired rugged tom cruise as the last samurai
hollywood:airbender but with whites
hollywood:khan doesn't even sound white but fuck it lol
hollywood:white history year
white people:what a time to be alive!!
poc:is it cool if you guys started including us in movies and stories that don't misrepresent or erase us for a change? your obsession with white skin is getting out of hand..
white people:UMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM?????////? HELL O? I N A C C U R A TE. POC DIDN'T EXIST IN THE PAST PRESENT OR FUTURE DUH. MAYBE MAKE UR OWN, STUPID SJW!
poc:We're not... we just don't wanna be eras--
white people:IT IS NOT ABOUT THE COLOUR OF SSSSKIN
The Illinois Ag Dept. illegally seized privately owned bees from renowned naturalist, Terrence Ingram, without providing him with a search warrant and before the court hearing on the matter, reports Prairie Advocate News.
In a Miami auditorium less than three miles from where slain teen Trayvon Martin is buried, his friend Rachel Jeantel on Friday was presented her high school diploma, fulfilling the promise she said she made him.
The moment was even more poignant with Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, looking on.
“Her coming is like having Trayvon there saying, ‘You did it. You proved people wrong,’” Jeantel told Yahoo News.
Scientists at the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute recently made a potentially game-changing discovery: By genetically modifying the malaria parasite and removing the genes it needs to multiply, they can create a noninfectious GMO parasite. Published in ScienceDaily, the researchers found that when these innocuous parasites are introduced in people, the immune system is prompted to develop resistance against the disease. This could be the new, groundbreaking malaria vaccination.
Alyssa Funke was a straight A student majoring in biology before she took her own life.
Alyssa Funke, a 19-year-old who was earning straight As at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, committed suicide last month after her former high school classmates found out she appeared on an amateur porn site. Her parents believe that the online harassment she received over her porn shoot “played a significant role” in her decision to end her life.
When Funke was 18, she recorded a video for the amateur porn site Casting Couch X. According to a KMSP investigation, her high school classmates found the video and started sending her judgmental messages on Facebook and Twitter. Some of them called her a slut and a prostitute.
Funke initially appeared to be trying to brush aside the cyberbullying. “The people that envy & hate you the most, stalk you on social media the most so, hey hi hello how r u doing, this ones for you,” she posted on her Facebook page. Her last tweets before her death referenced how famous she had become for her “pornstar status.”
But on April 16, the college freshman bought a 12-gauge shotgun and killed herself on her family’s boat.
Funke’s family told KMSP that she had struggled with depression in the past. They believe that being subject to cyberbullying contributed to her suicide, and recently set up an “Alyssa Stop Bullying Fund” to raise awareness about the harmful effects of online harassment. Local police, on the other hand, say they don’t plan to press charges since the comments that Funke received on social media don’t fit their definition of criminal harassment.
Funke isn’t the first young college student to be outed for doing porn. Recent Huffington Post investigations have found that it’s hardly unusual for college students to choose to appear in adult videos, although young porn stars often struggle to protect their identities. Earlier this year, news about a Duke University freshman’s decision to appear in pornspread like wildfire after a fraternity brother leaked the information to the rest of the campus.
That student, who goes by her stage name, Belle Knox, was “mortified” about being exposed. Knox faced significant bullying from her peers. In a personal essay on xoJane, she criticized the culture of “slut shaming” that contributes to the harassment of women who are outwardly sexual. “I ask people to deconstruct why they treat female sexuality with such disdain. Why do we call women sluts and whores? Why do we use synonyms for prostitute as some of the worst insults in the English language?” Knox pointed out.
Indeed, this type of backlash is one of many ways that women are unfairly punished for their sexuality. Women are simultaneously encouraged to present themselves as objects of male desire and condemned for being too “slutty” if they don’t cover up their bodies. From ayoung age, they’re told that it’s their responsibility to prevent men from being too tempted by them. That dynamic ultimately fuels the concept at the heart of rape culture: the myth that women who get raped must have been “asking for it.”
Unfortunately, because of the link to rape culture, even young women who didn’t choose to engage in consensual sexual activity are still on the receiving end of this type of bullying and harassment. Over the past few years, several high school rape victims have been subject toslut-shaming cyberbullying — and in a few cases, it’s driven them to take their own lives, too.
“I truly believe that American culture prefers girls chaste and dead over slutty and alive,” Jessica Valenti, a feminist writer who has published a book about the damaging effects of our culture’s emphasis on purity, pointed out on Twitter.
"I have come to realize that I remain unsettled by his response to the Martin controversy because its audacity, whether it be Rinehartian or not, was perverse in its untimeliness. By this, I mean, that well before last year, Obama already had a chance to chasten the racial zealotry of the police, and do so in a way that may have saved Trayvon’s life. He elected not to, it seems, because it risked making him unpopular with some sectors of the electorate.”
"The end of de-facto segregation in the US has made the practice of racism much more difficult to discern, with the exception of the ease and pace with which black men and now black women become intimate with the extending embrace of the nation’s criminal justice system. In fact, an argument can be made that intensified policing and state surveillance has enabled the desegregation of US society (without the first, the second may not have been allowed or because the second was legally mandated, the first had to quickly follow behind it). In light of this, how the nation disciplines and punishes black people is the preeminent civil rights issue of the moment; it is the most profound symbolic shackle that restrains black freedom and citizenship. It is the unfeeling mechanism that can transform the casual aspects of someone’s every day life into a protracted ritual of slow death. “
"I make these claims fully aware that they may fall on deaf ears. It is likely that Obama is too symbolically important for African Americans to ever withdraw their support from him. He is particularly important to the black middle and upper classes that look at Obama as a sign of their own competence and readiness to be productive members of the US managerial elite. He is also a potent symbol for progressives of all shades in that he assures us that the nation has given up bigotry for good and has embraced a future in which human beings truly can be valued for being human. These constituencies must come to grips, however, with the reality of how much and how often this leader, by his silence, ties our human dreams to the certainty of nightsticks, squad cars, manhunts, and prison cells. We must admit that he underwrites the ability of some of us to walk freely in the streets with the certainty that others will not. We have to reckon with the fact that the man who we hoped would save our lives from civic despair and moral doom is merely a man in sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat who is all too willing to let his drones – those made of metal, and others, sentient and made of flesh – abide by their own deadly choreography.
He did not protect Trayvon.
He will not protect black people.
He will not protect any of us.”
With the understanding the president is not expected to champion activist causes, this article catalogs opportunities Obama had to send a message to the mechanisms of policing in our country, which could have saved many black and brown bodies from police departments across the country.
Because Obama did not take appropriate action, we must come to terms with the fact he is enabling the deaths of people like and including Trayvon Martin.
Brown v the Board of education: it was as recently as 60 years ago today I wouldn’t have been able to go to the school I wanted to due to my skin color. Fast forward to now and well, can’t say much has changed except at least they’re more covert and subtle about keeping non white children “where they belong”.
The NSA has been covertly implanting interception tools in US servers heading overseas – even though the US government has warned against using Chinese technology for the same reasons, says Glenn Greenwald, in an extract from his new book about the Snowden affair, No Place to Hide