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12:47 PM, June 21st, 2012
thedailywhat:

Follow-Up of the Day: Abused Bus Monitor Responds: Less than 24 hours after the horrific verbal abuse of Karen Huff Klein by a group of teens went viral, an online fundraiser to send the 68-year-old bus monitor on “the vacation of a lifetime” has raised $170,000 (and climbing).
What was Klein thinking as the juvenile delinquents berated her Monday?

Something about me being so fat and ugly your kids probably should commit suicide. I don’t think they knew my son had… I wanted to punch them is what I wanted to do. So that’s why I laid back, tried to ignore it. Because I really wanted to hurt them, you know? You can’t do that!

Klein said she doesn’t want the students to face criminal charges, but that she would like to see them “grounded all summer, or maybe all year.” She also would love an apology.
Meanwhile, the Greece Central School District has launched an investigation: “The first we learned of the incident was by email Wednesday morning,” said Deborah Hoeft, the district’s assistant superintendent. Two more videos of Klein being harassed have been found, and students are being questioned.
“This behavior is inexcusable and a clear violation of our code of conduct,” Hoeft said.
A news conference is planned for later today.
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If you need to catch up on this story, here’s a great Storify by Ben Doernberg. 

thedailywhat:

Follow-Up of the Day: Abused Bus Monitor Responds: Less than 24 hours after the horrific verbal abuse of Karen Huff Klein by a group of teens went viral, an online fundraiser to send the 68-year-old bus monitor on “the vacation of a lifetime” has raised $170,000 (and climbing).

What was Klein thinking as the juvenile delinquents berated her Monday?

Something about me being so fat and ugly your kids probably should commit suicide. I don’t think they knew my son had… I wanted to punch them is what I wanted to do. So that’s why I laid back, tried to ignore it. Because I really wanted to hurt them, you know? You can’t do that!

Klein said she doesn’t want the students to face criminal charges, but that she would like to see them “grounded all summer, or maybe all year.” She also would love an apology.

Meanwhile, the Greece Central School District has launched an investigation: “The first we learned of the incident was by email Wednesday morning,” said Deborah Hoeft, the district’s assistant superintendent. Two more videos of Klein being harassed have been found, and students are being questioned.

“This behavior is inexcusable and a clear violation of our code of conduct,” Hoeft said.

A news conference is planned for later today.

[shortformblog]

If you need to catch up on this story, here’s a great Storify by Ben Doernberg

(Source: thedailywhat)

Reblogged from DiscoveryNews
11:55 AM, March 22nd, 2012
Reblogged from I'm With Kanye
7:03 PM, March 15th, 2012

notsexistbut:

stfuhatemongers:

deathandcandy:

deliciouskaek:

str8nochaser:

keepyourboehneroutofmyuterus:

kfadich:

nefariousnewt:

rhrealitycheck:

It’s time for some online activism. Who’s with us? HELP US FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT!

Kansas, the home of Dr. Tiller, is trying to pass some of the most restrictive anti-choice legislation in the country with the bill, HB2598.

People have taken to FB and Twitter to let Governor Sam Brownback, a staunch no-exceptions-even-in-cases-of-rape anti-choicer, know that they are NOT happy about this. They are leaving messages asking questions about reproduction, giving statuses on their menstrual cycle, and making general inquiries about their bodies.

JOIN THIS FIGHT!

Brownback is scrubbing his FB page as quickly as he can but we can make that job nearly impossible. 

Brownback’s Facebook page.

Brownback’s Twitter: @GovSamBrownback. If you take the fight to Twitter, please use hashtag: #mybodyyourchoice so we can see all the responses (use that hashtag no matter which anti-choicer you are tweeting at, in fact).

You can also call Brownback’s office at 877-579-6757 or 785-296-3232. 

Or you can send him an official message through his contact page.

COME ON, TUMBLR! SIGNAL BOOST!

SIGNAL BOOST!!!

Let’s do this!

SIGNAL BOOST!

This is great and the questions are hilarious!!!

Do. It. 

I did. 

lol - i love it.

even if you don’t do it, go and look at the comments. fantastic.

This is amazing.

I love this kind of trolling. 

I’m sure most of you have seen this already but if you haven’t go check it out. It’s hilarious AND a great idea. Get on it!

As you may suspect, there are a bunch more good ones

Reblogged from I'm not sexist but...
2:07 PM, March 15th, 2012

Can someone please Photoshop a huge fiery explosion behind Joe Biden in this picture? Thanks in advance. 

@andrewromano

We went ahead and weighed the pros and cons of good ole Joe hitting the campaign trail. (But seriously, if you photoshop this hit us up.) 

7:09 PM, February 15th, 2012

braiker:

This is the coolest thing anyone has ever done.

cajunboy:

Make this Alabama basketball fan a meme, internet.

Reblogged from braiker
4:25 PM, February 15th, 2012

iOS ‘86

I would download this in a heartbeat. A heartbeat. 

Reblogged from A/H
5:22 PM, February 1st, 2012

cjchivers:

The NYT’s At War blog has been trying to identify a type of cluster bomb found in Libya. A few of you asked for more photographs to help your efforts, so we have put three more here. These come from the Joint Mine Action Coordination Team in Libya, and are of submunitions that had not undergone the weathering of those we photographed in November in Mizdah. If they can help, we are happy to share them.

We’d like to think that there were readily accessible on-line resources to help civilians run down this kind of information when weapons like these turn up near their homes.  But though there are many resources, most have gaps. We (and several others who took this on) have looked at many of the available materials. None of us found a clear match.

That said, these weapons should be fairly easy to identify to specialists in government service, as there are governments that have built international munitions databases and restricted websites for their EOD techs and intelligence services. Unfortunately, though these materials are underwritten by taxpayers and contain information that could be vital to civilians working in conflicts or in post-conflict environments, these sites are largely walled off from civilians — and even from many members of government service who have security clearances. On Twitter, @brettfriedman, a U.S. Marine officer, seems to have bumped into a few of these walls this afternoon. A short while ago he tweeted: “Most of the websites I’m trying to access to research  mystery submunition are blocked by US Cyber Command. Thanks, dicks.”

Of course there are other ways. Before the post went live, I was talking with the blog’s editor, Jeff Delviscio, and we agreed that we might get lucky and have a reader solve this at a snap. Here is why: The specialists we showed the photographs to are just like anyone else — they are guided by their own experiences. What this means is that if these submunitions had not been seen, or at least seen widely, in the conflicts where they had worked then the pictures might not register with them. But there could well be a reader who has seen these same items repeatedly in other wars, or (just as likely) a reader who had attended the right arms shows over the years and would recognize the submunitions from the kiosks and displays. Such a reader might even have sales brochures.  

This was our hope. That, or that a determined Googler would find a site or a pdf document that we had missed or skimmed while working on this little side project and doing everything else, and would make us eat crow. That would be welcome, too.

This entry on the Internet’s to do list is pretty badass. Any experts out there?

Reblogged from THE GUN.
10:25 AM, January 20th, 2012
In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT I.P. Act.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday that the vote on PIPA (a controversial—and highly unpopular—online piracy bill) had been postponed. Talking Points Memo is reporting that SOPA, the House’s version of the bill, has likewise been postponed. (“Recent events.” LOL.)
2:10 PM, January 19th, 2012

urlesque:

rachelfershleiser:

newsweek:

Behold! What the Stop SOPA blackout managed to accomplish in 24 hours.

High five, internet.

Beautiful.

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6:51 PM, January 18th, 2012

soupsoup:

strle:

superamit:

Many of you have asked, so here’s what’s going on with me.

WHAT HAPPENED BEFORE

  • 8/1979: Born. Grew up in CT, built a killer eraser collection, fell in love with computers.
  • Left college to start a company. Fell hard. Fled to India for 3 months.
  • Started 2nd company. Learned to be an adult. Fell in love with NYC.
  • Moved to SF, discovered burritos & some of my fave people on Earth.
  • 9/2011: Got diagnosed with Leukemia!
  • Cried. Went through 3 cycles of chemo. Hurt. Thought hard about what I want out of life. Grew up a second time.

TODAY

… After over 100 drives organized by friends, family, and strangers, celebrity call-outs, a bazillion reblogs (7000+!), tweets, and Facebook posts, press, fundraising and international drives organized by tireless friends, and a couple painful false starts, I’ve got a 10/10 matched donor!

You all literally helped save my life. (And the lives of many others.)

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

Tomorrow, I’ll be admitted to Dana Farber in Boston for 4-5 weeks.

First I’ll get a second Hickman line to allow direct access to my heart (for meds and for nutrients if I’m not able to eat). Over the next week, the docs blast my body with a stiff chemo cocktail to try and eradicate all traces of cancer cells. In the process, the immune system I was born with, and my body’s ability to make blood, are destroyed.

Next Friday, I get my donor’s stem cells by IV. I start on immunosuppressants to prevent my body from rejecting them (I’ll be on them for 12-18 months). For these weeks I’ve no immune system, so I’m severely vulnerable to viruses and bacteria. My hospital room and hallway become my world.

Meanwhile, the stem cells make their way to my bone marrow and, with some luck, start producing platelets, red blood cells, and white blood cells. At this point, my blood type changes to the blood type of my donor. And my blood will now have my donor’s DNA, not my own.

This is science fiction stuff. I can hardly believe it’s even possible, and there’s lots of chances for things to go wrong. It’s frightening.

AFTER THE TRANSPLANT

Recovery to a new state of “normal” takes about a year, but there’s a few storm clouds hovering:

  • My immune system is new, like a baby’s. I’m prone to getting sick.
  • Just as with any organ transplant, there’s a chance of rejection. Except in this case, it’s my blood that’s the foreign body, and it touches every organ. They call it graft-vs-host-disease and it can cause health issues and organ complications for the rest of my life.
  • Successful transplant or not, Leukemia can relapse. Stubborn mofo.

Overall, 75% of AML transplant patients survive year one, 50% make it through year five. My odds are a little better since I’m young.

THE GREAT NEWS

I’ve got a long road ahead. But I’ve got a donor & amazing family & friends. A few months ago I didn’t have many options. Today I have a plan.

I am alive. I start tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Thank you.

<3

I have tears in my eyes. Deliriously happy for Amit, now go kick cancer’s ass.
Reblogged from Soup
6:12 PM, January 18th, 2012

More Politicians Withdraw Support of PIPA and SOPA

More politicians have retracted their support of either or both the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) since Rep. Ben Quayle (R-AZ) and Rep. Lee Terry (R-NB NE), two co-sponsors of SOPA, did so yesterday and this morning

Also one of our intrepid Tumblrers went down to the offices of New York Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to report on the "emergency meet" of New York tech scene. They are both cosponsors of PIPA.

Talking Points Memo reports that Senator John Boozman (R-AK AR), an original cosponsor of the bill, has also withdrawn support for PIPA, posting a note to his Facebook page this afternoon, writing:

I can say, with all honesty, that the feedback I received from Arkansans has been overwhelmingly in opposition to the Senate bill (S.968, the PROTECT IP Act) in its current form. That is why I am announcing today that I intend to withdraw my support for the Protect IP Act.

Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Mark Rubio (R-FL), and Jerry Moran (R-KS), also cosponsors of PIPA, posted their withdrawals to either Facebook or Twitter today as well. Additionally Senators Jeff Markey (D-OR) and Allen West (R-FL) condemned the bill on Twitter. Not to be outdone, Representatives Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Mike Honda (D-CA) blacked out their websites in support.

[via TPM]

See also: Buzzfeed’s 50 Best Statements By Members Of Congress Against SOPA/PIPA

UPDATE: List of PIPA’s 40 cosponsors (guess where I found it)

5:48 PM, January 9th, 2012
The Internet is one of the most magnificent expressions of freedom and free enterprise in history. It should stay that way. While H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act, attempts to address a legitimate problem, I believe it creates the precedent and possibility for undue regulation, censorship and legal abuse. I do not support H.R. 3261 in its current form and will oppose the legislation should it come before the full House.
Rep. Paul Ryan has issued this official statement against SOPA today, thanks in part to a campaign led on Reddit called Operation Pull Ryan, which supported Ryan’s Democratic opponent Rob Zerban. (via CNET)
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