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Sharing someone’s nude pics without their consent is a crime and should be treated as such, whether the victim is Jennifer Lawrence, Paris Hilton, or an ex that some jerk wants to embarrass.

We should shame (and prosecute) those who betray the trust of their intimate partners or steal private photos. This is outright theft and an invasion of privacy.

How many people know who leaked Paris Hilton’s tapes? A man she was dating, a few years older than her, who profited handsomely off his betrayal before she was even of drinking age.

What kind of person does that? Is he in jail? Shunned? Of course not.

Pam Anderson? Some guy doing work on their house stole the tapes and sold them for a profit. A basic thief.

I wish there were two distinctly opposite things we did differently here as a society. First, such an act would automatically make the thief a social pariah that could be prosecuted for personal damages.

Second, I wish it didn’t have to matter to us men or to the victims themselves. The social constructs we’ve created—and continue to nurture—that private bodies and natural human acts of love or lust can be collected as well as used to shame are both damaging.

I can’t help but recall the painful “we saw your boobs” skit from the Academy Awards that disgustingly reinforced and promoted both of those constructs as good fun. Sadly, there’s probably a little schadenfreude toward Lawrence because of her participation in it. But it shouldn’t be that way; she’s a victim here.

Societal changes don’t happen overnight, if at all. So aside from treating these crimes for what they are, what else can we do today?

Not much. For one, don’t trust cloud backups with your most private info. It appears that the recent leaks were from iCloud. The most notorious “ex-girlfriend revenge porn” site got most of their images not via betrayal, but by hacking into women’s Gmail accounts and stealing photos from there.

As far as keeping exes from sharing private information, I don’t see how punishment for that should be any less severe than for sharing your credit card numbers. And focus on these assholes, not their victims.

For now and the foreseeable future, we have to remember what society we live in and lock our doors. But we still must push for change in how we treat the thieves as well as the victims, and not tolerate the perpetuation of shaming women for their humanity and private selves.

mysoulhasgrowndeep-liketherivers:

cracked:

sorenbowie:

codyjohnston:

shinji-kun69:

Don’t ever fucking try to tell me that white people aren’t targeted and discriminated against for the color of their skin. Don’t ever try to fucking say that ANYONE has never been discriminated against. If you want fucking justice, then ACT on that justice.

HI UM NOPE

This headline is the deformed offspring of lies, bad reporting, and a Getty Image from 2012 taken after a man was beaten by police at the Occupy Wall Street protests.

The article cites no sources and reads like a Facebook Aunt telling a story they heard from their son’s buddy Taylor, most likely because it’s a poorly-paraphrased version of this also false article that calls itself ”White Man Cold-Cocked By Vicious Ferguson Mob In Blatant Racist Attack.” Money quote from the article:

Most recently, a man was simply standing outside of a St. Louis McDonald’s where he was surrounded by a group of black man who punched the man in the face for no reason whatsoever. Seemingly unprovoked, the group intentionally targeted this man for nothing more than his skin color in a backwards attempt at justice for Mike Brown.”

Ah, yes, the classic “for no reason whatsoever” immediately followed by “for nothing more than his skin color in a backwards attempt at justice for Mike Brown” trick. That old reporting chestnut.

Anyway. The tale of an entire mob attacking this man was

followed up by showing these tweets, where the story originated:

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This is all from the same article, mind you. There’s a paragraph describing a mob of black men attacking this white guy, and then they show the actual source describing a single black man punching the guy in the face once. Also? The Knockout Game doesn’t exist.

ALSO also?

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So really, “Black Man Punches White Man In Face, Other Black Men Try To Apprehend Black Man Who Punched White Man In Face,” because Ferguson’s hero-to-asshole ratio is actually through the fucking roof.

And yet…

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Anyway. It sucks that the guy got punched a couple weeks ago, but if you’re going to lie about it, try being just so much better at lying.

Cracked shouldn’t be the “journalists” catching this kind of thing. If you read something that sounds outrageous but tickles that part of your brain that wants it to be true, there’s a good chance it’s made up specifically to do that tickling. Take twenty minutes to research it before sharing or you sound like an idiot.

We can de-bullshit you on this kind of stuff but honestly it’s getting exhausting.

Bitch you tried

Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?

LAPD officer Sunil Dutta, writing 100% seriously in a WaPo op-ed entitled (I kid you not) “I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me.” (via hipsterlibertarian)

The sense of entitled, sadistic, “moral disengagement” by the police is truly disheartening. How can they build trust in a community they are using for their role-playing FPS fantasies?

(via liberalsarecool)

I’m reading the article now and it’s frightening in its disconnect. We’re the good guys, “So know your place, don’t exercise rights you actually have and therefore I won’t be obliged to harm (and or kill) you.” 

What jars me about the stance is, if a person treated his neighbors or family this way without the backing of a badge, these same cops would be called within a instant because…he or she would have been using threats and force to bludgeon others into coercion.

This officer’s justification is more terrifying than fascinating because according to him, with great power comes the right to not have that power commented on, Or else. . 

(via invisiblelad)

This. This is the connection between Ferguson and Occupy.

The racial component of Mike Brown’s and so many other unarmed Americans’ deaths is very real, and I believe is the root cause of the aggressive treatment in the first place.

But this issue is a tremendous factor in its escalation, and why we see such incomprehension from authorities over citizens not obeying (even if they cannot respond), and why police overreact so violently.

Whether people are protesting for justice, arguing for Wall Street reform, or dancing on federal property, the idea that the police don’t have the legal authority to make us do whatever they feel like telling us to do appears to be something that has never occurred to the police themselves.

(Source: kohenari)

If you’re making the argument that the events in Ferguson are due to Southern culture (as opposed to broader US culture), as many have been doing, the you’re missing the point, have clearly not been paying attention to events of the past several years, and are a part of the problem.

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

How do you deal with anon hate?

officialunitedstates:

Imagine everyone who sends you anon hate as a 12 year old superwehrolock fan who didn’t get a good breakfast and can’t find any good apps for their phone.  The neighborhood kid across the street doesn’t like them as anything more than a friend, and they are anxious about the 7th grade and what new challenges it will bring.

Works for non-anon hate as well.

Especially when there’s a macho photo in their avi.

Jim Hoft’s Unsourced Claim That Officer Darren Wilson Had an “Orbital Blowout Fracture of the Eye Socket”

justinspoliticalcorner:

Also, no ambulance was called for Wilson, and no first aid was administered by other officers, which seems odd if he had indeed suffered this type of serious injury — or any injury at all.

And there’s more evidence that Hoft is trying to pull a fast one again; here is the original image posted at the AAPOS site, showing a CT scan of a blowout fracture (on the left), compared to the image posted at Gateway Pundit by Hoft (on the right):

Original example CT scan (L), compared to altered image posted by Jim Hoft (R)

Notice the difference? In the version posted by Jim Hoft, the text at bottom right that says “UNIV OF IOWA” has been crudely erased. Caught you, Jim.

Was Hoft trying to mislead his readers into thinking this was the actual X-ray (or CT scan) of Darren Wilson? His text does not make it clear it wasn’t Wilson’s CT scan — and the words “UNIV OF IOWA” have been blacked out, quite deliberately.

If Hoft’s intent was to mislead, it worked. All over Twitter and right wing blogs, the wingnuts are raving about “Darren Wilson’s X-ray” that shows a fractured eye socket — but this is just a generic example image of an unknown person’s CT scan.

Time will tell if Wilson is going to claim he had this type of injury, but nobody should take Jim Hoft’s word for it.

And one more point while I’m at it; Hoft writes:

This comes from a source within the Prosecuting Attorney’s office and confirmed by the St. Louis County Police.

If that’s true, it’s highly disturbing that the St. Louis prosecutor’s office and the St. Louis County police department are leaking information to a far right hateblogger known for his unrelenting dishonesty, who uses a white supremacist hate group as a source.

Jim Hoft caught lying as usual. 

h/t: Charles Johnson at Little Green Balls

Worth pointing out one more time that this isn’t a misunderstanding on Hoft’s part. It’s not a misreading or differing interpretation of the data. It’s an outright fabrication that is knowingly false. It’s a story based around a photoshop of something else entirely.

So of course it’s being used in stories now on FOX News, as “reports say…”

Don’t be distracted by slanderous stories of light fingers.

Whether true or not, it doesn’t justify shooting kids in the street.

Note who says it does however, remember exactly who simply doesn’t believe in following our system of justice, and who argues for death as righteous punishment for walking in the street or taking candy. Those people have a hatred against humanity, against due process, and against this country.

Remember them.

naturepunk:

Apparently, in an attempt to paint Michael Brown as anything less than innocent, people have been spreading an image of an armed 17-year-old Joda Cain around the web and claiming that it’s Michael Brown.

Joda Cain is accused of murder in my home state of Oregon, and has literally jack shit to do with the Michael Brown murder in Ferguson, Missouri. THESE ARE NOT THE SAME PEOPLE. Anyone using the above image as “proof” that Michael Brown “deserved” to be shot should be called out for defamation, and promptly thrown down a spiral staircase. 

The bottom photo is the real Michael Brown. He was called a “gentle giant” by friends and family. He was unarmed and innocent, and he was murdered by a police officer after being shot more than seven times at close range. Witnesses, including a friend who was with him at the time of the shooting, all agree that he was doing nothing deserving of such violent actions from the officer who gunned him down. 

iacknowledgebuttholesexist:

Did you know that in certain European countries it is illegal to display any sort of Nazi symbol? What the fascist white supremacist neo-Nazi scum of Germany, France, etc. have been doing is displaying the Confederate flag instead, because there is no ban on it.

So the next time someone tries to tell you that the flag of the Confederacy has nothing to do with racism, remember that actual Nazis are using it as their preferred symbol, and please remind them that they are actually pieces of literal shit.

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