The Gun Report: February 12, 2014 – NYTimes.com

Reginald Von Wright Jr., 18, was accidentally shot in the chest and killed by a close friend repairing an AR-15 in the living room of a home in Brevard County, Fla., Monday afternoon. Steven Donte Speed, 25, was a mentor and father figure to the victim. The State Attorney’s Office will determine if any charges will be filed.

—WESH.com

via The Gun Report: February 12, 2014 – NYTimes.com.

The Gun Report: February 12, 2014 – NYTimes.com

A 20-year-old man was killed and another man was wounded when someone opened fire outside a daycare center in the Mantua section of Philadelphia, Pa., Tuesday afternoon. Forty children were inside the center when gunfire erupted on the street. Police have no suspects or witnesses.

—WPVI-TV

via The Gun Report: February 12, 2014 – NYTimes.com.

A modest proposal

Fit and Feminist

The Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue is set to be released next week, marking fifty years of the nation’s premier sports magazine giving attention only to women when they are clad in little more than a thong and a prayer.  And because evidently they felt like they hadn’t pissed off feminists quite enough for their liking, they went full steam ahead and teamed up with Mattel to make Barbie the centerpiece of the celebration.

I imagine the team behind this peed themselves a little in excitement over all of the controversy sure to be generated by pairing up two of the most prehistoric relics of American femininity and branding it #unapologetic. How defiant of them!  Defending retrograde beauty standards in the face of a culture that has…continued to embrace said beauty standards.  What courage!

The only way this could have become an even bigger pile of rage catnip for…

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#StripForJackie Campaign Gains Momentum

Hummus For Thought

As part of the growing scandal surrounding Caretaker Youth and Sports Minister Faisal Karam’s call for an investigation over Lebanese Olympian Jackie Chamoun’s past photoshoot, Lebanese netizens have already come up with a creative way to support Jackie: Stripping.

The #StripForJackie campaign has just started and already features 10 models, men and women, who have stripped featuring a “I am Not Naked/I am a [Enter Job description]” tagline. Photographers Tarek Moukaddem and Carl Halal are the men behind the lenses (and in front of it) and they have called for everyone to join by sending them a message and booking an appointment.

Why are they doing this? Here’s the page’s description:

“Some women are beaten or killed, others are raped, and the media shifts their attention to a confident talented beautiful woman who represents her country at the Olympic games. This is about telling our “peers” to set…

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#StripForJackie: Why Jackie Chamoun Matters

Those who protest as Mr. Karami do so to build themselves or just want to be in the spotlight by downing others?

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

In certain ways, Faysal Karami is an interesting man. He’s the minister of sports and youth in our defunct government. He’s a parliament member representing the city of Tripoli. He’s also offended by the possible impact of Jackie Chamoun’s breasts on the reputation of his country and has asked the Olympic committee to launch an investigation into the incident, which has taken place about three years prior to current events.

Can Mr. Karami be outraged? Well, it’s his right I give him that. But Mr. Karami, don’t you have other things that require you to be infinitely more outraged about?

Lebanon’s sports have always been our pride and joy. We’re a small country with not much to give the world in many of the sectors that count but we did deliver, to the best of our financial capacities, in sports. But let’s forget about sports, of which Mr. Karami is…

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32 sexual assaults reported at Wright-Patt AFB in 4-year period | www.journal-news.com

1. 32? Or 32 reported and probably 64 not reported?

2. Why is noting that 26 cases involved alcohol useful? To excuse or accuse drinking caused rapes/assaults?

 

WPAFB sexual assault allegations

There were 32 sexual assault allegations reported at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base from 2010-13. A total of 26 involved alcohol and the location for 20 was listed as “off base.”

via 32 sexual assaults reported at Wright-Patt AFB in 4-year period | www.journal-news.com.

The Positive Futures Guide

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I have created the Positive Futures Guide to assist you in creating & sustaining a positive future for yourself, your family, organization, community, or the issue that fires your passion.

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via The Positive Futures Guide.