Secret from PostSecret.com
Ruffle Necklace | Ruffles & Stuff
I adore soft frills. Ruffles and Stuff has beautiful crafts, and this is no exception. Easy to make, and with a t-shirt and jeans, or shorts and a summer shirt, this? Will add just the right touch of femininity. :)
(Lens cap cozy two ways) tutorial for 2 lens cap holders
I NEED to make one of these. What to do with the lens cap is always a problem.
let me crawl inside,
past the roots,
to the very core of you.
let me curl up
and fall asleep
the flutter of your lungs,
the trickle of your veins, and
the thunder of your heart;
so that i might
know the meaning
of a whisper, and
the rhythm of a song.
- the dust dances too
The Real Katie West: Neil Gaiman, I love you, and I'm not wearing any clothes. -
If you think seeing a naked woman
is a disappointment
because what you had imagined was so much
better than what was there, may I suggest looking at it in a new way.
Maybe instead of pondering
the tentacles and mouths beneath
you could ponder the bright things
that lurk beneath…
Ghosts and Onionskins: It’s creeping round the cornerlike a seasonal fashiondressed like a... -
It’s creeping round the corner
like a seasonal fashion
dressed like a bank loan
but bloody as the passion
and we ain’t figured out
what the mania is called
that’s got our heads in the clouds
but our backs against the wall
Listen when I tell you
it gets worse before it’s better
My Amethyst Heart: Sitting under the desk light -
Chin to chest
elbow digging into
varnished cherry wood
your eyes follow
precarious graphite lines
The desk light makes
a halo atop your
spine bowed into position
your dark mane glistening
Face carved with concentration
I happily watch you
I envy the muse that
Nancy Grace? Shame on you. -
Nancy Grace Ignores Trayvon Martin Case
Why has HLN host Nancy Grace basically ignored talking about the Trayvon Martin (the 17-year-old unarmed teen shot by the yet to be arrested George Zimmerman) case on her show? Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur discuss on The Young Turks.
*Why Has Nancy Grace Been Silent About Trayvon Martin On HLN?
I know that we’re talking about Nancy Grace here (and who really cares about that woman?) but her extreme lack of coverage in the murder of Trayvon Martin is reflective of something I talked about earlier: how we treat non-white, especially Black, victims and that is something that’s important to talk about. The amount of media coverage that Trayvon’s case is currently receiving is a fluke. I’m not sure I can even recall a single case involving a non-white child that received more than a 15 second mention in our media, which seems to always be consumed with missing white girl syndrome. How long did we hear about JonBenét Ramsey, Chandra Levy, Laci Peterson, Elizabeth Smart, Natalee Holloway, Caylee Anthony, etc.? How many individuals have even heard the names Brisenia Flores, Phoenix Coldon, Stacey English, Bianca Jones, Jahessye Shockley, or Lluvia McCraw?
Crimes such as what happened to Elizabeth Smart are much less rare than the violence which is committed against minorities, especially non-white women, but they still receive a disproportionate amount of coverage and attention, which often increases the levels of fear among white women. When it comes to missing children’s cases, Black children make up over 40% of the cases while only composing 13% of the U.S. population and boys make up a little over half of all cases, yet they don’t even receive a third of the media coverage. We focus on white victims far more than we do non-white victims and our media continues to demonize minorities as criminals instead.
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists found that, of 12,000 evening news stories aired annually by the 3 major American Networks, only 1% are about Latin@s or issues concerning Latin@s. When Latin@s are featured in news stories, they are portrayed negatively 80% of the time. Latin@s, especially Latin@ immigrants, are much more likely to be included in stories about crime even though immigrants are less likely to commit a crime than U.S. citizens. Because of the way our media demonizes immigrants, we think of them as criminals when, in actuality, they’re nothing of the sort and this unfair image is reflected by our domestic policies, which lead victims to be afraid of the police, unable to go to law enforcement for help, and the crimes committed against them go ignored.
Visible minorities are more likely to be victims of a violent crime than non-visible minorities and far more likely than non-minorities. Over 70% of racially-motivated hate crimes are committed against Black individuals. The disproportionate news coverage has a profound impact on the way we think about minorities and journalists tell us who is important, who isn’t, and who is creating the mess. Journalists write our villains for us and the fact that they almost always happen to be minorities isn’t exactly a coincidence when news organizations are vastly white. When a minority falls victim to a crime, they’re still partially written off as a villain and some of the responsibility is nearly always placed on them. This isn’t true when a white person is a victim. Minorities are devalued as human-beings and this is reflected in nearly every aspect of our society. It’s why perpetrators who committed crimes against white victims receive harsher and longer sentences than those who committed crimes against non-white victims. It’s why our media, except in rare circumstances, doesn’t pick up stories about minority victims despite minorities making up a disproportionate percentage of victims of crimes. It’s why Geraldo Rivera said Trayvon Martin’s hoodie was just as much to blame for Trayvon’s death as George Zimmerman and it’s why Nancy Grace doesn’t even care enough to pick up this explosive story.