Friday, September 19, 2014

bookpatrol:

Banned Books Week Warm Up: School Board in Oregon fighting over “Persepolis” 

Why wait until Banned Books Week starts next week to start celebrating the madness.

This time we go to Murphy, Oregon where things got a little heated at the Three Rivers School Board meeting.

At issue: Persepolis, an autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi about her experiences growing up during the Iranian revolution. 

The ‘problem’: the book contains some questionable language and depicts scenes of torture and some parents want to be able to sign off and give their approval before their kids can enjoy it.

Apparently, one school board member (a librarian) was a little zealous in defending the book, frequently interrupting a parent as he read from it - she wanted to know if he knew what the book was about or if he was just going to read the portions to the board to show where he was offended.

As for where the challenge stands - the parents need to go through the district’s chain of command for requesting a review of “Persepolis,” which involves contacting the superintendent and director of curriculum. Then, if nothing happens, the parents can return to the board for possible action.

Oh, and by the way, Persepolis is on the suggested reading list from the Oregon Department of Education.

The book; however, is currently banned in two places - Chicago public school schools (for seventh graders) and in Iran!

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More: Controversial book spurs battle at school board meeting Grants Pass Daily Courier:

anoia:

kyoufuu:

When everyone wants a good time

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When shit gets personal
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and the missing link between good time and personal

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notmusa:

how many of those have u had

I do not have to validate my own faith by belittling other people’s beliefs.

(Source: spooksayer)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

(Source: claudialala)

ted:

grofjardanhazy:

Evolution of the Desk (1980-2014)

gif: grofjardanhazy, original video via Best Reviews

It’s exciting to see how much technology has changed (and shrunk) in the last twenty-five years. But no app will ever replace adorable pictures of puppies…

This reminded us of Kevin Kelly’s talk about the evolution of technology»

Talking People Down From The Deep End

tonyburgess1969:

There are people who are anxious about a lot of things. One of the best things you can do is to be there for them and listen. When necessary you have to talk them down from going off the deep end. Everyone needs peace and comfort in life so be willing to give them a needed sense of security. Everyone has times in life where their emotions can get the best of them and they loose sight of a hopeful future. Fear not my friends.

khecks:

morgana-m-wallace:

My Queen of Hearts piece for the Curiouser show. 
https://www.facebook.com/events/241242349344026/

Wow!

khecks:

morgana-m-wallace:

My Queen of Hearts piece for the Curiouser show. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/241242349344026/

Wow!

postracialcomments:


breanna1227:

postracialcomments:


A Texas man is under arrest after gunning down a SWAT team member as the officer quietly tried to climb in through the apartment’s window during predawn hours.
Police State USAreports  that a resident fatally shot Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie as the officer climbed in through a ground level window as part of a “no knock” raid. The officers were there due to suspicion that residents were in possession of controlled substances.
Upon hearing a noise, resident Marvin Louis Guy, 50, opened fire on the unidentified officers, shooting three others as well, although only one fatally.
Guy is currently being held on capital murder charges in connection with Dinwiddie’s death, even though it’s unclear how Guy was supposed to know that the men crawling in through the window were police officers since they hadn’t identified themselves.
The evidence sheet lists a laptop, a safe, a pistol, and a glass pipe, but no drugs were found. Given the evidence, why did police deem it necessary to seek a “no knock” warrant and why did a judge sign off on it?
Very little is known about Mr. Guy, but Dinwiddie left behind two children, all because his SWAT team went creeping into a home where the residents didn’t even have any drugs. Is that the best use of law enforcement tax dollars?
Guy’s bond has been set at $3 million dollars.

Source
Thank you lieutenantnorals!

Where’s stand your ground now?????

Texas people!!
Isn’t there a law where it is legal to shoot to kill on your property if there’s a physical threat? Esp if they broke in your home?


wow.

postracialcomments:

breanna1227:

postracialcomments:

A Texas man is under arrest after gunning down a SWAT team member as the officer quietly tried to climb in through the apartment’s window during predawn hours.

Police State USAreports  that a resident fatally shot Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie as the officer climbed in through a ground level window as part of a “no knock” raid. The officers were there due to suspicion that residents were in possession of controlled substances.

Upon hearing a noise, resident Marvin Louis Guy, 50, opened fire on the unidentified officers, shooting three others as well, although only one fatally.

Guy is currently being held on capital murder charges in connection with Dinwiddie’s death, even though it’s unclear how Guy was supposed to know that the men crawling in through the window were police officers since they hadn’t identified themselves.

The evidence sheet lists a laptop, a safe, a pistol, and a glass pipe, but no drugs were found. Given the evidence, why did police deem it necessary to seek a “no knock” warrant and why did a judge sign off on it?

Very little is known about Mr. Guy, but Dinwiddie left behind two children, all because his SWAT team went creeping into a home where the residents didn’t even have any drugs. Is that the best use of law enforcement tax dollars?

Guy’s bond has been set at $3 million dollars.

Source

Thank you lieutenantnorals!

Where’s stand your ground now?????

Texas people!!

Isn’t there a law where it is legal to shoot to kill on your property if there’s a physical threat? Esp if they broke in your home?

wow.

eoliveson:

aziraphalesneakers:

Can’t go over it.

Can’t go under it.

Can’t go around it.

Gotta go through it.

Trying to explain depression or anxiety to someone who’s never experienced it.

This belongs here.