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Taming the Mammoth: Why You Should Stop Caring What Other People Think - Wait But Why


How to stop giving a F@$% what people think.

*Takes detailed notes*


"Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die."


― Gautama Buddha

I am really trying to work on this.


Serotonin may not be a major factor in depression, study suggests

This actually makes a lot of sense. I’ve never been able to find a suitable SSRI. I’m on Sertraline right now, and frankly, I’m not noticing any difference. I hope they figure out the culprit soon.


UN Condemns U.S. Police Brutality, Calls For 'Stand Your Ground' Review



* Panel issues recommendations after review of U.S. record

* Says killing of Michael Brown “not an isolated event”

* Decries racial bias of police, pervasive discrimination

* ACLU calls for addressing racial inequality in America

GENEVA, Aug 29 (Reuters) - The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri.

Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the U.S. record.

"Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing," Noureddine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman, told a news briefing.

Teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on Aug. 9, triggering violent protests that rocked Ferguson - a St. Louis suburb - and shone a global spotlight on the state of race relations in America.

"The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown," said Amir, an expert from Algeria.

"This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials."

The panel of 18 independent experts grilled a senior U.S. delegation on Aug. 13 about what they said was persistent racial discrimination against African-Americans and other minorities, including within the criminal justice system.

U.S. Ambassador Keith Harper told the panel that his nation had made “great strides toward eliminating racial discrimination” but conceded that “we have much left to do”.

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, has been put on paid leave and is in hiding. A St. Louis County grand jury has begun hearing evidence and the U.S. Justice Department has opened its own investigation.

Police have said Brown struggled with Wilson when shot. But some witnesses say Brown held up his hands and was surrendering when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.


In its conclusions issued on Friday, the U.N. panel said “Stand Your Ground” Laws, a controversial self-defense statute in 22 U.S. states, should be reviewed to “remove far-reaching immunity and ensure strict adherence to principles of necessity and proportionality when deadly force is used for self-defense”.

Ron Davis, father of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old shot dead in a car in Jacksonville, Florida during an argument over loud rap music in November 2012, attended the Geneva session. Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen killed in Miami, Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer, testified.

The U.N. panel monitors compliance with a treaty ratified by 177 countries including the United States.

"The Committee remains concerned at the practice of racial profiling of racial or ethnic minorities by law enforcement officials, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Transportation Security Administration, border enforcement officials and local police," it said, urging investigations.

The experts called for addressing obstacles faced by minorities and indigenous peoples to exercise their right to vote effectively. This was due to restrictive voter identification laws, district gerrymandering and state-level laws that disenfranchise people convicted of felonies, it said.

Jamil Dakwar of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the U.N. recommendations highlighted “shortcomings on racial equality that we are seeing play out today on our streets, at our borders and in the voting booth.

"When it comes to human rights, the United States must practice at home what it preaches abroad," he said.



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Name: Brian
Nickname: BGB, Big Gay Bri, Bri, B
Birthday: August 5th
Gender: Male
Sexuality: Gay
Height: 6’6
Time Zone: EDT
What time and date is it there: 5:22 PM on 08/29/14
Average hours of sleep I get each night: Between 7-8
Last thing I googled: Cannot connect to database “.
Most used phrase(s): Whatever, GFY, Really?, I’m sorry.
First word that comes to mind: Zachary
Last thing I said to a family member: What are we doing tonight?

One place that makes me happy and why: Camping. The solitude of nature and living outside really does it for me.

Favorite beverages: Vodka Tonic with a splash of Cran, Unsweetened Iced Tea no Lemon
Last movie I watched in the cinema: I don’t even know
Three things I can’t live without: Air, Food, Water
Something I plan on learning: Raising chickens
A piece of advice for all my followers: It’s all just shit down the sewer pipe. 
You all have to listen to this song: Canned Heat, Jamiroquai

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Just because I’m gay…


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Jon Stewart Goes After Fox in Powerful Ferguson Monologue

I been waiting for the daily show to come back so they could cover this

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So, as most of my followers probably know, I went to Chicago Comic Con today and met Matt Smith.

What you probably don’t know, however, is that a couple of months ago I handmade an 11th Doctor Sock Monkey to give to him today. And by handmade I mean all of it- from actual socks, and I made the jacket and the fez and everything. I had almost no sewing experience beforehand so it was a long and frustrating process trying to make it look right. 

I also made a shoebox into a TARDIS to put it in, with scrapbooking paper, tissue paper and Mod Podge.

I was really nervous about his reaction- I wasn’t expecting much, but I hoped he would at least like it. I just figured he’d be like, “cool, thanks!” and move on to the next person in line.

But no. That’s not what happened.

He saw the box, and his eyes got all wide and he was like, “Is this a gift?” and I said yes.

So he opened it, saw the monkey, and said something along the lines of, “This is so fucking cool!”

Then he immediately slapped his hand over his mouth and apologized for dropping an F-bomb and laughed. He asked me a couple times if I was sure I wanted him to keep it, “Is this really for me?!”, etc, 

and after being assured that yes, indeed, I 100% wanted him to keep it, he starts playing with it. Putting it on his shoulders, making it dance, covering his eyes with its paws, etc.

As if that wasn’t enough to make my day, he gets serious and says, “I wish I had something to give you!”

I was like, “Matt, seriously, you’ve given me so much in so many ways. You don’t owe me anything.” I know it’s cheesy but I totally meant it. This man has brought so much joy into my life just by existing.

But he’s insisting that he does something for me in return, so he says, “Here. I’ll keep the monkey, and I’ll sign the box and you keep it. That way we both have part of it to remember each other by.”

Mind you, I’d only paid to have an 8x10 photo signed, which he’d already done, so I was like, “oh, no, that’s okay! Really, you don’t have to.” But he insisted.

I almost started crying right then and there, but I didn’t. I held myself together and thanked him profusely.

[In case you can’t read it- the inside lid of the box (second to last in the photoset) says, “Thanks! -Matt Smith, The Doctor”

The front of it has a cute little face doodle and says “Thanks you soo much!” And in case you’re wondering, the lighting is really bad- the TARDIS is actually different shades of blue, not purple and green]

I always have a little bit of apprehension when I meet celebrities, whether they’re band members or actors or whatever. There’s always the possibility that they won’t live up to the idea that you’ve built up in your head of them, that they won’t be as nice or as cool as you perceive them to be.

I’m really, really happy to say that Matt not only lived up to my expectations, he exceeded them by far. He was so kind, so humble, so patient and so giving. He always has and always will be “my Doctor,” but now I can say he is hands-down the nicest celebrity I’ve ever met.

Thanks for everything, Matt.

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Think about it….

If Earth had rings thousands of years ago, people would think they were only a line in the sky (Ecuador) or a weird sliver in the sky (U.S.) since they never traveled much nor could see them from space. 

There would be poems and drawings and superstitions based on the line or sliver, just like the moon.

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Episode 13: Unafraid of the Dark, Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey


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ok apparently if a duckling imprints on a human and doesn’t meet other ducklings he ends up believing he’s a human too. that’s unbelievable. what if im just a duckling with an overactive imagination. what if im just a sleeping duckling and this is all a dream

maybe we’re all ducklings



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If You're Tall, Consider this Tiny House Design

I’m really considering this sort of thing.


"It amazes me that we are all on Twitter and Facebook. By ‘we’ I mean adults. We’re adults, right? But emotionally we’re a culture of seven year olds. Have you ever had that moment when are you updating your status and you realize that every status update is just a variation on a single request: ‘Would someone please acknowledge me?’"

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