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"There is no war on drugs because you cannot have a war against inanimate objects. There is only war on drug addicts. Which means we are warring on the most abused and vulnerable segments of the population."

Israel apparently escalating attacks on Gaza

I feel rather sick from these images and stories of horror coming out of Palestine right now… I wish there was something I could do… I just hope at least my fellow Americans wake up to this insanely inhumane atrocity that Israel is committing right now… about 300 palestinians were confirmed killed as of yesterday, but I’m sure that number is quickly approaching the thousand mark now that IDF is launching a ground invasion 

miss-love:

rubee:

ilovemaydayparade69:

rubee:

"why dont you just give him a chance"

idk because im not physically or mentally attracted to him and ‘but he likes you’ or ‘but hes really nice’ isnt going to change the fact that im not interested

Damn, I don’t think women know how much that really hurts

you know what else hurts?????????? getting abused for being a ‘bad person’ because you didnt want to date somebody that you werent interested in

^^^^^^^^^^

It continually infuriates me that that anyone, let alone a large number of people, still think this is any bit okay. The whole give X a chance thing is so bullshit in general, like ‘fuck off’ if someone doesn’t want to do something you are a terrible person for forcing that on them… and this isn’t like a new flavor of ice cream or something it’s deciding the only person they will be allowed to be with (in this monogamous society we live in) meaning they aren’t allowed to pursue any of their own interests or preferences on top of the fact that this behavior lays down a precedent for not having any say in life decisions in the future. How this is not clear to everybody is fucked up, and it is even more disturbing that complete strangers to both parties will defend this kind of blatantly misogynistic crap or worse make it somehow about themselves in order to justify their approval of the abuse of others.

theyoungradical:

jahanzebjz:

Actually.

"Power is being able to say complete and utter nonsense and have it be believed"

Israeli casualties still at ZERO, Palestinians killed now in the range of SEVERAL HUNDRED. This is not a war of equal forces; this is genocide.

theyoungradical:

jahanzebjz:

Actually.

"Power is being able to say complete and utter nonsense and have it be believed"

Israeli casualties still at ZERO, Palestinians killed now in the range of SEVERAL HUNDRED. This is not a war of equal forces; this is genocide.

thecutestofthecute:

clementinemorrigan:

adoptpets:

thenagaqueen:

I have been a cat owner my whole life and I literally never knew that tiger lilies and stargazers were also highly toxic to cats.  Even drinking the water from the vase that lilies are in can kill the cat!  I brought in a tiger lily from our yard today and just thought to look it up and found out (and of course removed the lily from our house as soon as I saw).  How scary!

Other toxic flowers for cats:
Amaryllis (Amaryllis sp.)
Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
Azaleas and Rhododendrons (Rhododendron sp.)
Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)
Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum sp.)
Cyclamen (Cyclamen sp.)
English Ivy (Hedera helix)
Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe sp.)
Lilies (Lilium sp.)
Marijuana (Cannabis sativa)
Oleander (Nerium oleander)
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)
Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)
Spanish thyme (Coleus ampoinicus)
Tulip and Narcissus bulbs (Tulipa and Narcissus sp.)
Yew (Taxus sp.)

Important info for cat friends!!!

Wow… i really didn’t know there were that many thank you. This is important because my cat likes to chew random things for sometimes I have no idea why. Thank you. 

Important cat safety tips relating to toxic plants!

thecutestofthecute:

clementinemorrigan:

adoptpets:

thenagaqueen:

I have been a cat owner my whole life and I literally never knew that tiger lilies and stargazers were also highly toxic to cats.  Even drinking the water from the vase that lilies are in can kill the cat!  I brought in a tiger lily from our yard today and just thought to look it up and found out (and of course removed the lily from our house as soon as I saw).  How scary!

Other toxic flowers for cats:

  • Amaryllis (Amaryllis sp.)
  • Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
  • Azaleas and Rhododendrons (Rhododendron sp.)
  • Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)
  • Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum sp.)
  • Cyclamen (Cyclamen sp.)
  • English Ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe sp.)
  • Lilies (Lilium sp.)
  • Marijuana (Cannabis sativa)
  • Oleander (Nerium oleander)
  • Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)
  • Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
  • Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)
  • Spanish thyme (Coleus ampoinicus)
  • Tulip and Narcissus bulbs (Tulipa and Narcissus sp.)
  • Yew (Taxus sp.)

Important info for cat friends!!!

Wow… i really didn’t know there were that many thank you. This is important because my cat likes to chew random things for sometimes I have no idea why. Thank you. 

Important cat safety tips relating to toxic plants!

wildeir:

teenagedirtbagb4by:

reverzed:

0yster:

So why is one considered ‘inappropriate’ and the other accepted? Stop sexualising my body. 
I wonder this too. Why is it a man’s breast and nipple are okay to show but a woman’s breast and nipple isn’t.

fave wow

best thing to reblog yet

it’s funny because every time I reblog this I lose at least one follower who seems offended by a nipple

this is a really important message - There is nothing wrong with being sexual or being attracted to someone’s body but we have to address the hypocrisy of treating men and women so differently for literally the same body parts especially when it comes to non-sexual situations and contexts. Either both are not acceptable or neither is and to distinguish is by definition sexist.

wildeir:

teenagedirtbagb4by:

reverzed:

0yster:

So why is one considered ‘inappropriate’ and the other accepted? Stop sexualising my body. 

I wonder this too. Why is it a man’s breast and nipple are okay to show but a woman’s breast and nipple isn’t.

fave wow

best thing to reblog yet

it’s funny because every time I reblog this I lose at least one follower who seems offended by a nipple

this is a really important message - There is nothing wrong with being sexual or being attracted to someone’s body but we have to address the hypocrisy of treating men and women so differently for literally the same body parts especially when it comes to non-sexual situations and contexts. Either both are not acceptable or neither is and to distinguish is by definition sexist.

adoseofrevolution:

This is since the attacks started on Tuesday. Let it sink in. Via Al Jazeera.

An incredibly one-sided “conflict”. This needs to stop :(

Some Cool People & Blogs

So thanks to a recommendation by QueerVeganFeminist I had a spike in traffic recently and it got me thinking that I should return the favor and also pass along the love for some other people I follow who y’all might also enjoy:

http://queerveganfeminist.tumblr.com
http://commie-pinko-liberal.tumblr.com
http://thegreenurbanist.tumblr.com
http://socialjusticearcher.tumblr.com
http://ilovehomoeroticsubtext.tumblr.com
http://vegan-veins.tumblr.com
http://lgbtlaughs.tumblr.com
http://smitethepatriarchy.tumblr.com
http://vegancatinist.tumblr.com

blackgirlwhiteboylove:

You cannot say that you like Pocahontas. The genocide of my people is turned into a cartoon musical with a singing raccoon.

Then shown to children around the world. Thus ensuring the next generation remains relatively indifferent to the past and present conditions of indigenous people.

pro-choice-or-no-voice:

To start off Birth Control Appreciation Day, I decided to make an informative masterpost on contraceptives! I hope this helps anyone who may want more information on their birth control or someone trying to decide what kind of birth control is best for themselves! Happy (birth control) hunting! - Paige
DIFFERENT TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL:
Birth Control Pills - [x] [x]
Mini Pill (Progesterone-only Pill) -  [x]
The Patch (Ortho Evra) - [x] [x]
The Shot (Depo-Provera) - [x] [x]
Birth Control Sponge - [x] [x]
Vaginal Ring (Nuva Ring) - [x] [x]
Spermicide - [x] [x]
Implant (Implanon and Nexplanon) - [x] [x]
IUDs (Mirena, Skyla, and ParaGard) - [x] [x]
Condoms (Male and Female) - [x]
Withdrawal (Pullout Method) - [x] [x]
Diaphragm - [x] [x]
Breastfeeding - [x]
Cervical Cap - [x] [x]
Sterilization (Male and Female) - [x]
Abstinence - [x] [x]
Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FAMs) - [x] [x]
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL:
Do certain medications make my birth control less effective?
Can I delay or eliminate my period with my birth control?
Will my pregnancy tests come out with an accurate result while I’m on birth control?
Can I use several birth control pills at once in replace of an emergency contraceptive?
Does birth control cause weight gain?
What should I do if I miss a pill?
What should I do if the condom breaks or slips off inside of me?
If I’m on the ring or the patch and I forget to replace it on the right day, do I need to use backup?
I’ve heard that the birth control ring can pop out. What should I do if this happens?
Can birth control increase my risk of getting cancer?
Can you change your mind after having a tubal ligation or vasectomy?
Is it normal to spot or bleed in between periods while on birth control?
Does certain hormonal birth controls affect my blood pressure?
Can being overweight affect my birth control’s effectiveness?
Can certain birth controls lower my libido?
EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTIVES:
Types of EC: Plan B / Ella / ParaGard IUD - [x] [x]
What are emergency contraceptives?
How do they work?
How well does it work?
What are the side effects?
When should I take an emergency contraceptive?
Are emergency contraceptives less effective the heavier you are?
If I am under the age of 18 in the US, can I buy emergency contraceptives without my parent’s knowledge or consent?
If I take an emergency contraceptive today, am I covered if I have unprotected sex tomorrow?
Will taking emergency contraceptives too many times affect my fertility?
To find more questions and answers about emergency contraceptives, you can go here.
Información anticonceptivos de emergencia es disponible en Español, aquí.
OPTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES AND/OR CERTAIN PREFERENCES:
Condoms for people with latex allergies.
Condoms for vegans. [x] [x] [x]
Other vegan contraceptive options.
Different types of birth control without estrogen.
Contraceptives without any hormones.
Birth control methods that are useful to people with religious concerns. [x] [x]
OTHER BENEFITS OF TAKING BIRTH CONTROL:
Taking oral contraceptives can help lower the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer.
Using birth control helps treat acne.
Birth control can help treat the pain caused by Endomitriosis.
Contraceptives offer relief to people with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
Anemia can be avoided/treated by using birth control.
Irregular periods can become more regulated by using birth control.
The pill can lead to fewer ectopic pregnancies.
MYTHS ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL (All the myths below are dispelled through the links given):
Emergency contraceptives and birth control pills cause abortions.
Free contraceptives and/or condoms makes people participate in risky sexual behavior.
The pill makes you gain a lot of weight.
Douching after sex prevents pregnancy.
You have to start your birth control on a Sunday.
Taking the pill for a long time can make you infertile.
Hormonal contraceptives protect you from contracting STIs.
You don’t need to be on birth control while breastfeeding.
I won’t get pregnant my first time having sex.
The Pill is effective immediately after you take it.
I won’t get pregnant if I shower or pee after sex.
My body needs a rest from birth control at least once a year.
Emergency contraceptives are affected by alcohol.

pro-choice-or-no-voice:

To start off Birth Control Appreciation Day, I decided to make an informative masterpost on contraceptives! I hope this helps anyone who may want more information on their birth control or someone trying to decide what kind of birth control is best for themselves! Happy (birth control) hunting! - Paige

DIFFERENT TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL:
  • Birth Control Pills - [x] [x]
  • Mini Pill (Progesterone-only Pill) -  [x]
  • The Patch (Ortho Evra) - [x] [x]
  • The Shot (Depo-Provera) - [x] [x]
  • Birth Control Sponge - [x] [x]
  • Vaginal Ring (Nuva Ring) - [x] [x]
  • Spermicide - [x] [x]
  • Implant (Implanon and Nexplanon) - [x] [x]
  • IUDs (Mirena, Skyla, and ParaGard) - [x] [x]
  • Condoms (Male and Female) - [x]
  • Withdrawal (Pullout Method) - [x] [x]
  • Diaphragm - [x] [x]
  • Breastfeeding - [x]
  • Cervical Cap - [x] [x]
  • Sterilization (Male and Female) - [x]
  • Abstinence - [x] [x]
  • Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FAMs) - [x] [x]
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL:
EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTIVES:
OPTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES AND/OR CERTAIN 
PREFERENCES
:
OTHER BENEFITS OF TAKING BIRTH CONTROL:
MYTHS ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL (All the myths below are dispelled 
through the links given):

Some thoughts on the recent Israel-Palestine escalation

I’m kind of disturbed by the west’s overwhelming and unquestioning support of Israel to seemingly any end… I understand the historical sensitivity of “blaming jews” for things (and obviously agree that that is bad), but this conflict now has nothing to do with being jewish and everything to do with the specific modern-day heavily militarized government of the state of Israel waging war on innocent people. There is no justice in carpet bombing children and families because Israel feels threatened by a vastly outgunned group they’ve labeled “terrorists” because they don’t support Israelis taking their land and quite frankly conducting genocidal public policies aimed at literally wiping out the palestinians. ZERO Israelis were injured in this weeks attack by hamas; Hundreds of Palestinians were injured or killed in retaliation, and now there is threats of a full-scale invasion. I obviously don’t condone Hamas’s actions either, but this is such a blatantly one-sided conflict and it’s so infuriating that no one is acknowledging this. Just because someone was oppressed in the past doesn’t mean they get a free pass to oppress other people in the future.