This posh school in NYC has created a guide of words to retire and the new inclusive substitute words their staff should use. Sounds like a decent idea, except that it’s just putting a bandaid on the issue. Some examples of the terms are below and the full guide can be found here: Grace Inclusive Language Guide
Being respectful and sensitive towards others is wonderful, but how is assuming someone has a mom and a dad disrespectful? It is not! You might say it’s presumptions. I make many assumptions as well and I’m not bothered by someone correcting me. Note that I said correcting me, and not attacking me because I have a different opinion. The lines have started to blur between those two things for a while, but I try to still make the distinction. Instead, of making a certain vocabulary taboo why don’t we teach the staff to listen more closely and pick up cues in the students. I think that most teachers have a good idea of who their student’s are. Teachers have to go by the information given to the schools administrator’s as well as their own observations. Instead of asking the staff to walk on egg shells why not educate the child to feel confident enough to correct a staff member about their home arrangement or their personal preferences and so on. Yearly tuition at this school costs about $46,000. At $46K a year this school should be focused on molding young minds into respectful and confident members of society.
Maybe this has all been a plot to create a brand new language. It seems like everywhere you turn words are being banished. Every term offends someone. That’s just basic math — remember probabilities? I’m not on board with the whole anti-cancel culture movement, but I do dislike the phrase cancel culture. In other words, I don’t want to be associated with either side of the spectrum. I don’t mind using language that is respectful and inclusive. After all, we should all grow and learn as time passes. That includes adapting to your surroundings, as well as adapting language to changing times. With that said, I do have a problem with “inclusive” language that is created out of the guilt of white middle-upper class liberals. Instead of asking, “Lisa with the blue sweater, what marginalized population do you identify with?” why doesn’t the staff get to know Lisa and encourage her to do her best in school. It really shows that the person who came up adding “marginalized population” to this guide has probably never been the only black or brown kid in class just trying to do their work, but instead gets put up on display for the whole class to learn from them.
The student body at these schools: elementary, middle and high school are mostly white.
An anti-abortion protestor in North Carolina accidentally shot himself in the leg during a protest outside an abortion clinic. So much for a peaceful protest. Every wonder how these pious conservatives are so pro-gun, most probably love their guns more than their significant other, but the gun just keeps turning against them. It’s like you took the gun in case that your “freedom was attacked” and you have a right to protect yourself yada yada yada, but then your armor ends up shooting you in the leg. Can you take a hint? Clearly not! That protestor probably blamed the wrath of God over the abortion clinic for the gun going off. I wish I could add emojis right now, but since I can’t I shall describe them: eye roll, face palm, tears coming out of side ways laughing face, tears rolling down from face* He only suffered minor injuries and was charged for having a firearm at a peaceful protest. Let me be clear when I say that even if he had been seriously injured by the gun shot I would still be laughing my ass off. We are not in the wild wild west, but if you plan to walk around like we are, I don’t think that doctors and nurses should drop everything to treat your stupid ass. They already have a lot on their plate since people keep coming to the ER and yeah because we’re technically still in a pandemic — Pandemic 2.0. So don’t be stupid.
According to the article, the woman brought the goat inside her house for her son to see and then they proceeded to paint the animal. When I first read this headline I immediately imagined that the goat looked fabulous when they were done painting him/her. Then I did a quick Google search and came saw this..Eeeeewhhh
It looks like they ran out of blue paint along the way, but they made an effort to at least finish what the started. I have to tell you that if I’m an animal living in this hell where humans rule the land I’d be very relieved if the worse that happens to me is being painted unevenly by possibly a drunk lady or not mentally stabled (just speculation) and her kid. By the way if the police or reporters did their job I wouldn’t have to speculate on the ladies mental status. I would be quoting instead.
Excuse my ignorance as I’ve only been driven through Alabama once, but are goats just wondering around the neighborhoods? They don’t stay in a barn or at least a fenced area? At least the person who wrote the article seem to think so. It did not state anywhere that this woman wondered into her neighbor’s property. But I’d did say that she grabbed the goat and brought it in. Maybe the goat was a latchey kid wondering around he porch in hope that someone would let him/her inside. Maybe check his/her goat homework to feel special.
The more I look at this photo the more I dig it. Goats are cute regardless… I wouldn’t want to be stuck in a closed room with one of those f****es, but from far away they’re adorable. This just gives the goat more character.
From this harmless prank that resulted in a felony charge and much paperwork, I can only assume that these two neighbors fill the hole in each other’s heart. Disclaimer: If you still experience shortness of breath, palpitations, fatigue, leg swellings, etc please visit a doctor. Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) can be treated successfully. Phew! Ok, you’ve been warned. Now back to our two besties: I’m giving the artist an 8 out of 10 for effor, and the owner also an 8 out of 10 for waiting until the goat was fully painted to realize the goat was missing and/or call the police.
The landlord showed up at their home with a gun, put zip ties into them, a pillow case over their head and dumped them in a rural cemetery 30 miles away. Here’s a link to the article. Daaaaaamn… I wonder if he came up with the plan over dinner.
Wife: Douglas, stop complaining about the state ban on evictions. If you want them out so bad then kidnap them or something. *laughs* But before you go take out the trash.
Douglas gets up and leaves.
Wife: Douglas, if you’re stepping out take the trash with you… Douglas?
That’s just one take, but I can spend the whole day coming up with scenerios. We don’t know the history between the tenants and this landlord. Maybe Douglas has been running this plan through his head for 10 years now. Maybe the tenants are not nice people, and they sure got a wake up call. Or maybe Douglas has been an asshole from the start. I doubt the Albany police can fill us in on those details, but we can all speculate.
Let this be a lesson to all tenants. Times are tough, but don’t be an asshole either. Landlords have bills to pay as well. They’re just the middle man or middle woman between tenants and the building’s owner. Those are most of the time the rich fuckers that you should be getting mad at if you don’t like something. So be nice and avoid a zip tie.
Being alone – Try the old boogeyman might come out if I’m alone excuse. Then leave him a voicemail every 30 minutes asking him when he’s coming home.
Opening anything – Start pouting when you come into contact with anything that needs to be opened and stomp your foot on the ground.
Eating by yourself – Actually you shouldn’t be eating much around a misogynist men because you’ll probably be eating away your feelings, which will be a lot of eating. He obviously won’t like to see you eat too much. So just refuse to eat anything until he sits with you, and when he sits pretend to take a bite of food when his head is down.
Getting wet – Refuse to step outside when it’s raining, hold a water hose or walk around sprinklers that are turned on.
Hair in the shower drain – Start screaming as soon as you step in the shower and notice hair clogging the drain. Refuse to shower until the hair is gone; pass out from the stress; and wake up at least 3 times that night with nightmares.
First pick the ethnic group within your test results that you want to identified with.
Adopt an ethnic middle name
Start dressing in ethnic attire at least three times per week
Start a video blog about cooking ethnic foods
Tell your black and brown friends childhood stories that prove your ethnic background
Adopt an ethnic first name as well
Move to a more ethnic neighborhood, and start a blog about your new life
Adopt an ethnic little sister/brother and remind her how you two are now the same
Become a fierce advocate for/against an issue that is plaguing your ethnic brothers/sisters
Adopt an ethnic last name
Write a memoir of your ethnic life
Notes: You must have proof of your Ancestry DNA results. 3 I recommend you practice cooking before trying to make a tutorial video. 7 You can become part of the little sister/ brother program. No need to attempt adopting a little brother or sister at an adoption agency.
I like researching murderers, but not because I’m obsessed with how they commit the murders. That’s just creepy and very disturbing. I’m obsessed with trying to understand why they murder. People all over the world have been subjected to horrible abuse, but they don’t all become murderers. My first person for this thread is Britain’s youngest female killer.
The Tyneside Strangler: 11-Year-Old Mary Flora Bell
In the spring of 1998, a fourteen-year-old girl and her mother were escorted from their seaside house with bed sheets over their heads to get away from a mob of reporters. The teenager found out that day that her mother’s birth name was Mary Flora Bell, who she was given a new identity after being released from HM Prison Askham Grange in 1980.
On May 25, 1968, four year old Martin Brown was found asphyxiated. Four month’s later on July 31, Brian Howe was found strangled with small cuts on his body. The police questioned 1,200 children. The answers of two girls raised concerns. The girls were Mary Flora Bell and Norma Joyce Bell, eleven and thirteen years old respectively. Although the two friends seemed to have a lot in common they were not related to each other. It wasn’t long before the girls began accusing each other, and the two were arrested on August 5, 1968 and charged with murder. Mary’s epic reply to hearing the charges was “that’s all right by me.”
Mary was born to Betty Bell, a seventeen-year-old prostitute. For most of her life she believed Billy Bell, a robber and career criminal, to be her biological father. She was raised on the rough part of Scotswood, an area of Newcastle England filled with domestic violence and crime. Billy was often out of work and in trouble with the law. Her mother, mentally unstable herself, often left Mary with relatives or friends. She once left Mary with a woman she met outside an abortion clinic. Several family members have stated that Betty attempted several times to kill Mary and make her death look accidental. Her family grew suspicious when Mary once fell from a window, and on another occasion accidentally consumed sleeping pills. One witness has said that she saw Betty giving Mary the pills as sweets. Some suspect that Betty suffered from Munchausen’s syndrome by proxy, a condition where she sought attention by hurting Mary. Mary has also accused her mother of allowing men to engage in sexual acts with her daughter since the child was four.
The fall out of the window did cause brain damage to Mary’s prefrontal cortex, where decision making occurs. In school, Mary became a chronic liar and often voiced her desire to hurt people. She gained a reputation for being a show-off and proudly called herself a murderer, but nobody took her seriously.
On May 11,1968, Mary and Norma were playing with a three-year-old boy on top of a Newcastle air raid shelter when the boy fell and was severely injured. The incident was written off as an accident. The following day, the mothers of three young girls informed police that Mary had attacked and choked their children. The police interviewed and lectured Mary, but no charges were filed.
Two weeks later, two boys were playing in an abandoned house when they found the corpse of four- year-old Martin Brown in an upstairs room. With no obvious cause of death, the police ruled that Martin must have swallowed pills from a bottle of painkillers nearby his body. In the days to come Mary bragged to other children that she killed Martin, but her claims were dismissed. People thought she was just a troubled little girl desperate for attention.
The following day when a local nursery was vandalized police found four notes that made them think whoever broke in did it as a sick joke. The notes found read like this: “I murder SO THAT I may come back”, “Fuch off, we murder, watch out Fanny and Faggot”, “You are mice Y Becurse we murdered Martain Go Brown you Bete Look out there are Murders about by Fanny and auld Faggot you Screws” and “We did murder Martain Brown Fuckof you Bastard.” Later the girls revealed that Norma was “Fanny” and Mary “Faggot.” Four days later, the girls appeared at the Brown residence, asking to see Martin. When Martin’s mother reminded them of the tragedy, Mary replied, “Oh, I know he’s dead. I wanted to see him in his coffin.”
Two months later, three-year-old Brian Howe disappeared and an immediate search was mounted. The boy’s dead body was discovered at a vacant lot. His legs, stomach and genitals mutilated. On his stomach someone had tried to carve the letter “M”into his skin with a razor blade. A pair of broken scissors were found nearby.
The Medical Examiner suggested the killer might be a child, because of the little force used to strangulate him. Detectives soon began interviewing children and asking for their whereabouts the day Brian went missing. During the interviews Norma and Mary’s answers were inconsistent and raised flags. Norma kept smiling as she was questioned and appeared excited by the murder. Mary told detectives that she had seen an older boy abusing Brian, but the police placed that boy at the airport the afternoon Brian was strangled. She also said that she saw Brian playing with a pair of scissors. The scissors were confidential information the police had not released to the public. Hearing this they knew Mary had information about what had occurred. Norma was questioned a second time before Brian’s funeral, and she quickly broke down and told detectives that she saw Mary killing the boy.
During the nine days of trial court psychiatrists described Mary as “intelligent, manipulative, and dangerous.” Mary was defiant, cold, talked back to the prosecution and did not show a drop of remorse. Meanwhile, Norma presented herself as a fragile girl who tripped over her words, cried and appeared to be the slow-witted friend coerced by evil Mary. Despite the accusations they each made against one another during the trial, at times the girls would lock eyes devoid of emotions as if strengthening their bond. Eventually, the judge ordered that the girls could not have contact with each other. The dramatic spectacles of Mary’s mother disrupting the trial with sobbing and running out of the court room wailing did not help Mary’s case.
At the sentencing, the judge stated that Mary was a dangerous risk to herself and other children. Confident and self possessed Mary, based on diminished responsibility, was found guilty of the two charges of manslaughter and sentenced to life imprisonment at Her Majesty’s pleasure. Norma was acquitted. Prisons in England were not equipped to deal with a girl murderer. Everyone scrambled to find a suitable place where the dangerous girl could serve her time. Mary was first housed with all boys at the reform school Red Bank Special Unit.
Betty visited Mary often, but the visits appeared to be a detriment to her daughter who according to staff was aggressive and appeared disturbed after her mother’s visits. Betty played at being a mother. She didn’t miss the opportunities to remind Mary of how much she suffered as the mother of a juvenile murderer.“Jesus was only nailed to the cross, I’m being hammered,” she once complained to Mary. As expected, the attention starved mother also didn’t miss the opportunity to sell stories to the tabloids and even forge notes to prove Mary’s psychotic tendencies.
Mary went through many counselors while imprisoned, but none of them really got to know her. Red Bank’s philosophy was to focus on the present, because worrying about the past was seen as detrimental. Child psychiatrists have noted that Mary appeared to have blocked out her past rather than examine why she killed, with the help of professionals.
In 1977, Mary was transferred to Moor Court prison, where she escaped with two boys. They were caught three days later. It was enough time for narcissistic Mary to try to sell the story of how she lost her virginity, to the tabloids. In 1980, at the age of twenty three Mary Flora Bell was considered reformed by the legal system and was released with a new identity. Her daughter was born in 1984, and even though Mary was allowed to raise the child, the baby became a ward of the High Court until she turned 18.
A biography of Mary’s life, Cries Unheard: The Story of Mary Bell was released in 1998. The public was furious when they found out that the author paid for her story. It’s believed that the payment was tracked to Mary, and that’s how reporters found her and her daughter’s whereabouts. Other sources say that Mary’s partner was tracked until it led reporters to Mary.
In 2001, Mary won a battle in the High Court to keep her anonymity and her daughter’s anonymity for life. She became a grandmother in 2009, and the court order was updated to include her granddaughter. Mary, her daughter and her granddaughter’s whereabouts are unknown, as it should remain as long as they continue living as law-abiding citizens of England.
After hearing so many criticisms against the movie Mignonnes (Cuties) on Netflix, I decided to watch it. To my surprise the movie hooked me in the first 5 minutes. Spoiler The main character is an 11 yr old French-Senegalese girl growing up in a traditional Muslim house where every day she’s reminded that women are treated as second class citizen. With obvious anger and frustration she rebels and is immediately attracted to a group of girls in school who dress and dance too provocatively for their age. The more she feels things around her are spiting down – dad is about to marry his 2nd wife, mom is submissive, auntie can’t wait to teach the girl the woman’s role in their culture, etc. – she hangs on tighter to the group and being more provocative.
I’m aware that what I saw was clearly not what some people who want to boycott the movie and Netflix saw. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and believe that if they’re having a discussion on why the movie is trash then they did watch it. People do see what they want to see. You can very well say you that you didn’t find the movie to be what I described above, and that’s fine. What I will call out on people is hypocrisy. Sometimes I don’t know better, and yesterday I posted my views on the movie on social media and was immediately told that what this movie shows has never seen before and some more colorful comments. I had to read that posts several times, especially the ones about this never been seen before. Maybe I’ve been living on another dimension but this is not new to me. Hollywood and all the film industries worldwide have made billions on dollars on the exploitation of women and children. This is not a secret and the nit picking of what is considered exploitation and what is considered tasteful art is sick and damaging.
If this movie had not been on Netflix; possibly been an indie film; or if politicians wouldn’t have been able to fit this in their agenda would they be demanding the Dept. of Justice to investigate Netflix? The same GOP that looks the other way at allegations that ICE staff is sexually abusing children at the detention centers. Why are these allegations any different? Is it because the kids detained were not on film or because they’re brown or both? If we’re going to call out child sexual abuse then let’s call out ALL child sexual abuse.
In a 1993 documentary from Nikita Mikhalkov, Anna from Six to Eighteen, Milhalkov secretly records her underage daughter for years, and in some of those scenes her daughter is completely naked. She’s gotten several awards for the films. This film should offend any decent person as much as Cuties.
It’s different if they do the same moves, but have clothes on
No, it’s not! That deserved many more exclamation marks. It’s still a child dancing provocatively. Don’t you think pedophiles have an imagination and use it to fulfill their sick fantasies. Maybe clothes make things better in your head, but at the root of the problem we have a child being sexualized. I was also told that at least the girls on Dance Mom have good choreography. Really? Abby once dressed up the girls as hookers and told them that their performance was all about boobs and ass. Just let that sink in. I’m not even going to dissect the other episodes. Let’s not forget 12 yr old Jodi Foster playing a prostitute in Taxi Driver or 11 yr old Brooke Shield in Pretty Baby – the bathtub scene. I didn’t see anything tasteful in that scene. Yes those films came out over 40 years ago, but they came out.
Yes, the director of Cuties, Maimouna Gueye, made some bold choices that I personally wouldn’t make. She still didn’t do anything worse than what white male directors have done? In 1999’s American Beauty 16 year old Thora Birch goes topless (with her parents approval of course) and I’m sure the director didn’t mind at all. In 1997’s Lolita a man is in obsessed with a 12 year old girl (the actress, Dominique Swain was 15 at the time). In Interview with the Vampire, 11 year old Kirsten Dunst kissed 27 years old Brad Pitt. How many people complained about this child kissing a man 16 years her senior? Even Kirsten has said that the scene really confused her since Pitt and Cruise were like her older brothers to her on set. Guess what? The director wanted his scene and he got it.
If you cannot see how much parents are to blame for their daughters dressing provocatively then you’re lying to yourself. These girls in Cuties didn’t just start dressing this way because they saw it in a video and thought ‘hey why not?’. That’s an oversimplification of the problem. Adults failed these girls, and probably their grandparents failed those parents as well and so on. Still, this is not just a movie of how easily girls can find sexual content on the web/TV/YouTube etc., but why the girls are attracted to that content. Growing up I saw as many girls in booty shorts as anyone else my age, but I didn’t have a desire to wear that type of clothes. I don’t mean to say that my childhood was just rainbows and ponies, but I found other (unhealthy a well) ways to release that anxiety and frustration. In order to really work on fixing a problem you have to look at all reasons for the problem. Nothing is a one sided argument.
Yes, pedophiles are lurking on the web. The sad truth is that they’re not going away. We all have a social responsibility to children, and we are all failing. We make children a target for pedophiles when we ignore their cries. One example from the movie is Angelica, when she tells Amy that her parents are usually away working and the few times they are home they call her a disappointment. It’s not hard to figure out why she would dress and act older in order to get attention.
Until people are able to cancel Woody Allen, Roman Polanski and all the other sickos out there running free, then their argument doesn’t hold much water with me.
59,00 buildings destroyed, at least 34 dead and 46 million acres burned. We should have gotten the hint that we’ve fucked up so much shit hit the fan.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit as royal “senior”members
They got tired of the bullshit and hypocrisy, and still got to keep the money. Good for them!
The WHO announces a virus emerged in China
Not many people in the U.S. paid attention because this virus was only affecting people very far away. Most Americans can only feel empathy for something that affects them directly. Sad truth, but it’s the truth. Dr. Li Wenliang warned hospitals and his colleagues of the SARs outbreak in a message sent on Dec.30, 2019. He was silenced. Collectively humans don’t like to learn by their mistakes. Life is more enjoyable when there’s pain and suffering that could have been avoided.
Kobe Bryant’s death
Our toxic society and rape culture made a comeback, because clearly women need frequent reminders. The issue here wasn’t ignoring his accomplishments as an athlete, but people trying to use those accomplishments to diminish the fact that he raped a woman.
Impeachment trial of 45
Out of all the shit he had done the evidence of him pressuring Ukraine was the best they could find. Don’t forget to note that Tulsi Gabbard was present.
Killing of Ahmaud Arbery
Ahmaud was jogging in a Georgia neighborhood when three armed men: Gregory McMichael, a former police officer and investigator,his son, Travis McMichael and William ‘Roddie’ Bryan pursued him in a pick up truck until Travis fatally shot Ahmaud. In May, the father and son were charged with aggravated assault and murder. Days later, Bryan was charged with murder and attempted false imprisonment.
Harvey Weinstein was convicted of rape and sexual abuse
Well, we got one rapist…57,778,383 more to go.
Stock market crash
I was broke before it crashed, after it crashed and I’m still broke.
Oh crap! Maybe we should have paid more attention. The virus is spreading across the globe…Oh shit we have an orange jackass for a president.
Breonna Taylor was killed at her home by police officers
Three plain clothed officers: Brett Hankinson, Miles Cosgrove, Jonathan Mattingly broke down Breonna’s door in the middle of the night to serve a no knock warrant, because they believed she had illegal drugs in the house. The police fired over 20 rounds hitting Breonna multiple times. She died on the floor of her hallway. Note that there were no illegal drugs in the house and nor Breonna or her boyfriend have a criminal record. Hankinson was fired. Cosgrove and Mattingly have been taken off the street. No charges have been filed.
Kim Jong Un death rumors
He’s never been the healthiest person alive, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he already kicked the bucket. In May, N. Korea released a photo of him at a plant opening, because who would ever fake a photo? Who knows how alive he is, but his double must be worried: first he’d be out of a job and then probably killed for looking like the dead leader and tarnishing his image, because how dare you pretend to look like a former leader? This logic works in N. Korea – RIP double. Jong Un’s sister who’s second in command is probably pulling the strings on everything that happens.
George Floyd was killed in police custody
Officers stopped Floyed because he allegedly used a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenient store. Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck for 7 minutes and 46 seconds, while Floyd was laying on the ground handcuffed. Floyd died an hour later.
Black Lives Matter protests
Protests didn’t start in 2020, but racist police officers keep killing black people for sport and get away with a slap on the wrist. So people went to the streets to express their first amendment right. Sadly, looters and people not associated with BLM took advantage of the situation to vandalize cities, and served it all to the media in a silver platter.
Ghislaine Maxwell arrest
A monster in heels was finally arrested. She should count not being suicided yet as the only mercy that she deserves.
Joe Biden becomes the Democratic presidential nominee
Let’s give literacy the props it deserves. He can at least speak in complete sentences, doesn’t brag about grabbing women by the pussy, and knows covid can kill.
Kamala Harris becomes the Democratic vice president nominee
Democratic National Convention
Thank God Biden remembered he’s running for president. I see you Michelle…telling it like it is!
Republican National Convention
If you’d ever wondered what you’d look like after a lobotomy and thousands of dollars in plastic surgery.
Jacob Blake was shot 7 timesby Officer Rusten Sheskey
An unarmed Blake was shot in the back by Offc. Rusten Sheskey as he got in his car and his three children sat in the back seat. Blake is paralyzed from the hip down. Sheskey is on paid administrative leave and still doesn’t face any charges.
Kyle Rittenhouse plays militia
17 year old Kyle traveled from Illinois to Wisconsin with an assault rifle in order to play militia an execute innocent people in cold blood, because being a decent human being was not in his deck of cards. He shot three people killing two. Kyle has been charged with five felonies and a misdemeanor.
White Jewish lady from Kansas pretending to be a black Latina realized that her ‘black latina’ ass can’t call the cops without the possibility of getting shot. So she came clean.
Since so many crazy, bad, funny, and semi good things have happened so far in 2020 I might just keep adding to this list.