In the Company of Awesome Hats

Surely a +3 keen blog, at minimum.

16 Sep

iwriteaboutfeminism:

War on the poor. 

16 Sep

BREAKING: Grand jury now has until January to decide whether to charge Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson In Death of Michael Brown

fem-mew-nist:

thepoliticalfreakshow:

CLAYTON • The grand jury considering whether Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson should be criminally charged in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown now has until Jan. 7 to decide.

The extension of the grand jurors’ term of duty does not necessarily mean the job will take that long, officials said. But it could.

There is significant apprehension, especially along the West Florissant Avenue business strip hit by looting and rioting after the killing of Brown on Aug. 9, that violence might return if the grand jury does not send Wilson to trial for something. Some activists have threatened as much.

A St. Louis County grand jury usually sits for four months, a period that for the current panel expired last week. State law provides for a term of up to six months, which moves the date to November. On Wednesday, Circuit Judge Carolyn Whittington issued an order adding 60 days more.

“She extended it to the full amount allowed by law,” Court Administrator Paul Fox said Monday. But he added that the grand jury will keep meeting until Jan. 7 only if it needs to.

The panel is hearing evidence in the Michael Brown case exclusively, and can meet whenever it needs to, Fox said.

The grand jury is 12 people selected from the standard jury pool to meet in secret, usually weekly, to hear evidence and decide whether criminal charges are warranted. It takes nine votes to issue an indictment, which sends a defendant to a public trial.

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch can bypass a grand jury and take a case to trial by filing a complaint that goes first to a preliminary hearing, a public proceeding in which a judge decides if there should be a trial. Often, his office files a charge first and then obtains an indictment to replace it, avoiding the preliminary hearing.

McCulloch chose to take the full investigation of Wilson’s use of deadly force to the grand jury. He announced weeks ago that he would present all the evidence gathered, leaving to grand jurors the decision of what to do.

His spokesman, Ed Magee, said Monday it is a somewhat unusual circumstance in that the office is not asking the grand jury to endorse a charge already filed. He said prosecutors will help the grand jury navigate legal issues and draw its own conclusion about what to do with Wilson.

Wilson is entitled but not obligated to testify. If he does, he must leave his attorney at the door.

Source: Christine Byers for The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

they have until january, that’s a few months away

we cannot let this die, we have to remember what happened and keep spreading awareness. i hope it’s not appropriation for me to say it but STAY WOKE. don’t let them come to any bullshit decisions without us being right there to check them

16 Sep

cho-yu:

klefaeries:

green-witch-uprooted:

goingtonamek:

i got angry and made a thing.

Important

As a cashier who deals with this shit every day, it’s nice to see that some people actually care about us.

I had no idea about the speed score thing :O

But if I can add on about being a cashier for a Pharmacy:

1) We’re required to have your name and birthday every time you come up. Don’t roll your eyes and expect us to remember you

2) Don’t mumble your name and birthday. It might be obvious to you, but it’s our first time hearing it so please speak clearly

3) The computers we use at the cash register are very basic and only tell us what prescription you’re getting. If you want to know your insurance info or change your info, you have to go down to the other end

4) When you’re dropping off your prescription, STAY. THERE.

There’s a LOT of information we have to go through, including your insurance, and we don’t want you yelling at us later when you come to pick it up and it turns out your insurance didn’t cover it and we couldn’t tell you because you were gone

5) Just please be patient with us.

16 Sep

http://impuretale.tumblr.com/post/97670657448/stardust-rain-stardust-rain-sometimes

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…

16 Sep

exgynocraticgrrl:

Breaking The Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call To Action

Sports Editor at The Nation, Dave Zirin

12 Sep

I just want to say how lovely it is to see "Gamergate" backfiring so spectacularly on the men who instigated it in so many ways.

nickidawnwind:

arcaneloquence:

nickidawnwind:

arcaneloquence:

nickidawnwind:

Oh, yes, I’m sure they are reeling in pain every time more corruption and lies within the games industry are revealed, like Literally Who? pocketing money she claimed was going to depression related charities!

Funny how it keeps coming back to that, as if it justifies the…

A few twats send threats/harass anti GamerGate people?

GamerGate actually tries to police itself, I’ve seen a number of people asking harassed individuals for evidence, then report the offender when that evidence was provided.

Anti-GamerGate? No policing. Literally Who? even linked to a web page that doxxed and OUTED a trans minor. The “journos” spout hatred at their audience with no regards for any of them, some sites even crush any attempt to discuss GamerGate…

Don’t dismiss GamerGate because arseholes are being arseholes. Start policing the antis if you are so adamant to stand by them.

Really? That’s odd, because every forum I’ve been to, every anti-Quinn or anti-Sarkeesian article I’ve read, every comment on Steam have all been “arseholes being arseholes,” and I haven’t seen much policing going on. Just a lot of name-calling and obviously biased muttering, really.

So, before you pass the buck: Those people sending the threats and enacting the harassment do matter, to the point that their actions and presence greatly inhibit the ability of outside parties like myself to even find real information about the whole situation or to form an objective opinion. It’s not “a few,” it’s most…or, at the very least, appears to be “most” from the outside. That makes it hard to sympathize.

I haven’t heard anything about minors being outed or anything else (though I admit that I’ve been out of touch for a few days and may have missed that headline, if it’s from within the last little while). If that’s true, then that was reprehensible and inarguably wrong, and the perpetrator should be punished. It still doesn’t mean the majority of shit that’s been heaped on Quinn or anyone else is justifiable, especially not retroactively. And if something wrong has been done, it’s hard to pinpoint what it was and decide how to feel about it thanks to all the inhuman vitriol swirling around the ordeal. There are so many unsubstantiated claims and cries of “Witch!” in the news that it’s next to impossible to figure out what’s even real, let alone indefensible. All I can hear is the attackers chanting slurs, and that makes it difficult to believe that any sort of cohesive, deliberate union of purpose exists beyond hurting the people involved, let alone any sort of policing.

Maybe, buried under there, somewhere, there are (or were, or still are) some good ideas or admirable motives. I hope so. But I can’t find them through the misogyny, sex shaming, and enthusiastic hate that’s clouding it all. So, if there’s any “policing” being done in the Gamergate community, it looks like they hired out of Ferguson, Missouri, because it’s not being done well, at all.

Oh yes, cite the steam forums! The most friendly and positive place on the internet, and expect people on twitter to police them.

This is the internet, you are going to get trolls. Go to twitter, see what is going on in the tag, go to the CORE of GamerGate. Look at what is really happening. Go to NotYourShield, educate yourself on the actual movement, not twats from other sites using it as an excuse to be twats.

The point you seem to be missing is that those other places are relevant. Even if there are people working to keep things under control or keep the goals of the movement positive, it doesn’t change the fact that those comments on Steam, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and elsewhere are real and that they have an impact. You can’t just handwave them away and arbitrarily decide that they don’t matter or don’t represent the community to those looking in from outside because you don’t fully agree with or support their content. That’s one of the issues that anyone doing any policing is responsible for addressing, and it’s a difficult one to control, because those kinds of discussions and comments have already ballooned up to such prevalence that they’re almost all I can find when I go looking to educate myself, just like you said.

Also, could you please stop using gendered slurs? I’m sure my followers, at least, would appreciate it.

12 Sep

frostbite883 said: How would you describe the whole GamerGate thing, arcanelo'?

I’ll be quite honest: I’ve been out of touch and not online a lot in the last few days, so I do not have all the facts. Unfortunately, it very much appears that almost no one has all the facts, regardless of their claims and what few there are, and it’s exceedingly and painfully difficult to dredge through the entire ordeal and find anything concrete.

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12 Sep

I just want to say how lovely it is to see "Gamergate" backfiring so spectacularly on the men who instigated it in so many ways.

nickidawnwind:

arcaneloquence:

nickidawnwind:

Oh, yes, I’m sure they are reeling in pain every time more corruption and lies within the games industry are revealed, like Literally Who? pocketing money she claimed was going to depression related charities!

Funny how it keeps coming back to that, as if it justifies the…

A few twats send threats/harass anti GamerGate people?

GamerGate actually tries to police itself, I’ve seen a number of people asking harassed individuals for evidence, then report the offender when that evidence was provided.

Anti-GamerGate? No policing. Literally Who? even linked to a web page that doxxed and OUTED a trans minor. The “journos” spout hatred at their audience with no regards for any of them, some sites even crush any attempt to discuss GamerGate…

Don’t dismiss GamerGate because arseholes are being arseholes. Start policing the antis if you are so adamant to stand by them.

Really? That’s odd, because every forum I’ve been to, every anti-Quinn or anti-Sarkeesian article I’ve read, every comment on Steam have all been “arseholes being arseholes,” and I haven’t seen much policing going on. Just a lot of name-calling and obviously biased muttering, really.

So, before you pass the buck: Those people sending the threats and enacting the harassment do matter, to the point that their actions and presence greatly inhibit the ability of outside parties like myself to even find real information about the whole situation or to form an objective opinion. It’s not “a few,” it’s most…or, at the very least, appears to be “most” from the outside. That makes it hard to sympathize.

I haven’t heard anything about minors being outed or anything else (though I admit that I’ve been out of touch for a few days and may have missed that headline, if it’s from within the last little while). If that’s true, then that was reprehensible and inarguably wrong, and the perpetrator should be punished. It still doesn’t mean the majority of shit that’s been heaped on Quinn or anyone else is justifiable, especially not retroactively. And if something wrong has been done, it’s hard to pinpoint what it was and decide how to feel about it thanks to all the inhuman vitriol swirling around the ordeal. There are so many unsubstantiated claims and cries of “Witch!” in the news that it’s next to impossible to figure out what’s even real, let alone indefensible. All I can hear is the attackers chanting slurs, and that makes it difficult to believe that any sort of cohesive, deliberate union of purpose exists beyond hurting the people involved, let alone any sort of policing.

Maybe, buried under there, somewhere, there are (or were, or still are) some good ideas or admirable motives. I hope so. But I can’t find them through the misogyny, sex shaming, and enthusiastic hate that’s clouding it all. So, if there’s any “policing” being done in the Gamergate community, it looks like they hired out of Ferguson, Missouri, because it’s not being done well, at all.

12 Sep

I just want to say how lovely it is to see “Gamergate” backfiring so spectacularly on the men who instigated it in so many ways.

nickidawnwind:

Oh, yes, I’m sure they are reeling in pain every time more corruption and lies within the games industry are revealed, like Literally Who? pocketing money she claimed was going to depression related charities!

Funny how it keeps coming back to that, as if it justifies the death threats, the threats of rape, the harassment, the doxxing, the exposure of personal data, the smear campaign, the lies that have come from Quinn’s and Sarkeesian’s attackers (completely apart from whether they, themselves, actually told any or not), and on and on and…

But it’s okay. She might have stolen some money, maybe, even though that’s still up in the air; there’s too many controversial and opposing claims and “proofs” and whatever else to have a clear, objective view of that particular battlefield, right now. And that clear, objective (unattainable, it seems) view is what’s also being discussed, which is what I’m most thankful for.

(Source: arcaneloquence)

12 Sep

dippityblagarg said: Er, how exactly is it backfiring? We've proven not only has Zoe Quinn been pocketing money that she said she donated, but that Anita has lied about contacting the police about harassment. Not only that, but we've raised 2000 dolalrs in less than two hours to make up for money that Zoe Quinn pocketed.

Oh, look: An untitled anti-SJ blog using the default theme. Surely not a troll, at all.

In response to this post, I’m sure. What “proof” there’s been (that I’ve seen) has been tenuous on all fronts, but more importantly—even assuming it’s true that Quinn stole some money, or slept around, or that Sarkeesian lied about anything at all (and I’m not supporting the idea that either woman is innocent or guilty of anything, because I don’t have all the facts)—raising a couple grand for charity, or even hypothetically providing proof that someone is a certifiably shitty person, does not excuse, justify, or legitimize the hell these women have been through during the past little while.

I’m glad to see a lot of people talking about that. I’m glad to see 2 stories about the harassment, the doxxing, the slurs, the hate, the death threats, the rape threats, and more for every one that’s got anything to do with fraud or falsehood. I’m glad to see all the talk that’s been spurred about how the insular (and mostly male) “real gamer” community has proven itself to be a load of awful people, no matter what Zoe Quinn or Anita Sarkeesian may or may not have done.

If Quinn or Sarkeesian are guilty of some crime, I hope they get punished for it…assuming it’s incontrovertibly true that they are. But I’m thrilled to see the discussion that’s grown far beyond forums full of misogynists, all feeding on one another’s hatred and entitlement in circular fashion, and into a broad conversation about non-traditional gaming, entitlement, the status quo, and why things oughtn’t stay as they are, because that’s progress—something those who set out to destroy these women, in the first place, were surely never interested in.