whykhan:

deerstalkingdeathfrisbee:

ben-walker:

I’m so thankful I had a childhood before technology took over

or you know maybe I just want my kids to know how to turn a real book page before they learn how to swipe an ipad because I know people whose 4 year olds can download app after app after app, who can browse for their favorite funny videos in 5 seconds flat, but have trouble holding crayons properly and just scribbling like any young kid should be able to.

CRAYONS

not to mention the constant visual stimulation coming off an ipad screen probably isn’t very healthy for a young child’s developing brain to be taking in every single day.

it’s one thing to sit kids down in front of a tv with no interaction and thus nothing pulling them back for more if they get bored.

it’s another to sit a kid down in front of an ipad that offers literally unlimited entertainment options.

I’m talking about basic motor skills and developmental issues here.

and playing with sticks? lol please. try building forts and houses in the woods with literally anything and everything, and sometimes the walls were just in our heads. try staging friendly coups for who rules the roost in said forts almost every day. try sitting up in trees and reading books while its literally the perfect autumn day. try riding bikes all over your local neighborhood to the point that your hands are blistered and you feel like you own the place. and that was before I was 10.

technology is fine and great and useful, but would you believe that there’s a whole wide fucking world out there that is ripe and ready for young kids to get out and explore? it’s what makes people who they are 10, 15, even 30 years later into their life. so excuse me if I’m on some high horse about how much better my childhood was, because if I can give what I had to my children one day, I sure fucking will.

There is a happy, healthy middle ground here. I am 21, and have been playing video games since before I was 2. But I ALSO went out into the little forested area on our property and climbed trees and pretended I was fighting dragons. The video games, actually, heavily influenced that. Video games are good for hand eye coordination and creativity. Activity outside in the sun is good for your health. The best thing would be to have a child do both! Reading actual books is fantastic and reading on a kindle or other e-reader/tablet is convenient (my kindle fits in my back pocket). The only real difference is that you’re turning pages on a book and you’re pressing buttons on a kindle (or swiping for a touch-screen device, which is also fine because it’s something they’ll need to know how to do in the future anyway since so much of their schooling will likely be done on touch screens by then).

Basically what I’m saying is that you need technology and also not technology, in tandem, for a child these days to learn the skills they will need to succeed in the future. If you raise a child on no technology, they will find themselves unable to keep up with their peers when they get into school. If you raise a child without making them go outside and run around and get some sun for about an hour every day, they will find themselves ill more often than those that do get outside as often as needed. Both are important. Please don’t say one is better than the other. Both are needed for healthy physical and psychological development in this day and age.

dancinbutterfly:

hereinlife13:

These are not mine but I wanted to bring them together!  

http://tohdaryl.tumblr.com/

I would read a novel about these two.

yes, please.

anexperimentallife:

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mixgoldenphoenix replied to your post: “When you hear someone criticize Obama for not closing Gitmo, you’re…”:
Yeah, whenever someone goes, “Why doesn’t the President just x, y, z?!” I’m like, “Because, contrary to what Republicans say, he’s not a dictator. So he can’t do whatever he fuckin’ wants. There’s this thing called checks and balances.”

Yeah, like when people were griping that he could have ended DADTwith just an executive order, I was like, “Oh, so you only wanted it to be temporary?” I had to explain that executive orders can be countermanded by the next president, whereas putting pressure on congress to actually change the law results in a long-term change that’s much harder to undo.

And even an executive order “in the meantime” means that pressure to change the law is removed, because since the average American idiot has no idea how EOs function, they just think, “Oh, problem solved, then.”

They also don’t seem to remember that among the first things he did in office was to tell the DOJ to stop enforcing the DOM act, thus paving the way for same-sex marriage, and changing WH policy so that same-sex partners of WH staff got the same benefits as opposite sex partners.

So yeah, when people criticize Obama for not doing things, it’s mostly stuff he didn’t have the power to do without making hella compromises with Republicans. And yet despite this, he has still signed more progressive legislation into law than any president since Johnson.

And this right here is why I don’t think Obama is the terrible president so many others think he is. He’s not the best, and he’s done some things wrong, but he’s changed some other things for the better. Which is a thing that can be said about pretty much every president.

silvermoon424:

THANK YOU, GOODREADS

goodreads wins

silvermoon424:

THANK YOU, GOODREADS

goodreads wins

youngblackandvegan:

thoughtsofablackgirl:

The charges against Shanesha Taylor has been dropped!! Taylor was arrested back in march for leaving her children in the car during a job interview. This morning a deal was reached, the deal will require Taylor to complete parenting and substance abuse classes as well a establishing an education and childcare trust fund for her three kids. With each education trust fund to have $10,000 in. The money will come the fundraisers that was set up on Taylor’s behalf to help with legal fees and other expenses. A total of $144,775 was raised. $144,775 from over four thousand donors.

By entering into this agreement and program, Taylor avoided a potential two year probation or a possible eight year sentence. 

If Taylor fails to follow the conditions of the agreement, the criminal charges will be reinstated. 

amazing

good.

wilwheaton:

mjolnirismypenis:

imnothavinit:

Notice something in common in these photos?

It’s not what you think

I gave it away in the third pic

That’s right! None of these cops are wearing badges or name tags! I wonder why… seems like it’d be important to wear those, since it’s even illegal not to in other states…

This is actually illegal in all states. A police officer must be marked as such with name and badge at all times unless their jurisdiction states otherwise (such as an undercover officer), and even when not wearing a badge, the officer must have the badge accessible at all times and must show the badge in order to make an arrest. Name tags are not required as long as a badge is available because the badge has the officer number on it.

This has really been bothering me. The police in Ferguson are breaking the law by concealing their identities. Everyone knows this, it’s been going on for ten days, and it appears that nobody is doing anything about it.

The police are clearly and systematically violating the first amendment rights of the press, and they are getting away with it. This has been happening for days, and nobody appears to be doing anything about it.

A police officer pointed a rifle at a journalist and told him to fuck off *while he was being filmed, so he’s easily identifiable by his superiors*, and that police officer still has a job.

I know that not all cops are bad (or even most cops), but there are clearly bad cops in Ferguson, and they’re acting with complete impunity. I don’t understand why those cops aren’t being taken off the scene, and why a higher (possibly federal) authority isn’t coming in to address these things.

catsidylin:

#cassidylin #cute #model #blonde #neutralcolors #aspiringmodel #ejfstudios

pft, i nearly forgot i know a cutie who’s a really talented model.

phoneus:

you know what i totally forgot about

image

caramel transitioned

frenchtugboat:

palestinianliberator:

setfabulazerstomaximumcaptain:

sonic-hip-attack:

canikon-bokeh:

Exactly. 

Imagine a wall full of circular holes, that circles can keep walking in and out of with no difficulty.

Now imagine that the triangles manage to get the resources together, after years of not being able to fit through the circle’s holes, to drill a single triangle space into the wall.

Now imagine that the circle — who previously supported the triangle’s efforts because they are well-rounded (har) and value equality —  comes along and sees the construction project. But instead of being happy, they get angry.

“Well, I won’t be able to fit through your hole!!!!” the circle cries.

“I helped you get the drill!!!!” the circle shrieks.

“Make it fit me too!!!!” the circle demands.

The triangles, barely holding it together enough to get a triangle hole together, stare at the circle in confusion. 

“You have all the holes you need,” the triangles explain. “This is for us. You don’t need to fit through our hole, too.”

“YOU’RE BEING UNEQUAL AND HURTING MY FEELINGS!” the circle wails. “I DON’T SUPPORT YOUR HOLE IF IT DOESN’T FIT ME TOO. GIVE ME MY DRILL BACK.” 

“It’s not your drill, it’s our drill. You helped us get it, because you said you cared.”

“I ONLY CARED WHEN I THOUGHT YOU’D MAKE A HOLE EVERYONE COULD FIT THROUGH. YOU’RE PERPETUATING INEQUALITY!!!”

“Why is it up to us, the small group that has never been able to fit through the wall at all, to make a hole everyone can use? Why isn’t it up to you, the people who have been able to cross back and forth at will for years? We just want to see the other side; why are you yelling at us?”

“I DIDN’T ASK TO BE BORN A CIRCLE, OMG. I’VE HAD TO WORK HARD ALL MY LIFE TOO. YOU’RE JUST BEING BIGOTED AGAINST ME BECAUSE OF SOMETHING I CAN’T CONTROL, JUST LIKE EVERYONE IS AGAINST YOU.”

“You are interfering with our project and asking us to comfort you while we’re trying to make progress. Please leave.”

“I’m going to tell everyone about this,” the circle warns. “Nobody will support you now.”

“Apparently nobody ever did,” the triangles sigh, getting back to work.

It’s kind of sad

That we have to draw comics using colorful shapes

To explain systematic inequality to people

Reblogging again because yes good

can we knock the wall down

prettyboyshyflizzy:

darvinasafo:

What up Cuhz?!

What up Blood?!

We all Black.

I love us.

Damn if we could just get gang unity country wide white people would be beside themselves

there are more important things than gang rivalries, and when those more important things happen, even gangs recognize them. that should tell you something.