The news: All eyes are on eastern Ukraine as separatists demand to secede from the country and join Russia. But even as Russian President Vladimir Putin enjoys a tide of favorable opinion, he may have some trouble brewing closer to home.
On Sunday, 10,000 people took to the streets of Moscow to protest the state media’s coverage in eastern Ukraine. Waving the Ukrainian flag, protesters at the anti-Kremlin “March for Truth” demanded greater transparency and objectivity in Russian news, as well as protection for independent journalists who speak out against the state.
"Russia’s main problem at the moment is lying, a problem leading to war in Ukraine, (and) the isolation of Russia from the rest of the world," said Igor Yakovenko, the former head of Russia’s Union of Journalists.
The background: Both sides of the crisis in Ukraine have been accusing each other of spreading false information that is designed to inflame nationalist sentiments and overrepresent radical stances. Critics of the separatist movement in eastern Ukraine believe that the Russian media is overblowing the actions of a few hundred rebels, some of whom have been accused of being Russian agents provocateur.
Just in the past few weeks, the Russian government has also removed the editor of the popular news site Lenta.ru and forced an independent news channel to close. Last month, it blocked access to forums that voice opposition and to the blogs of famous dissidents such as Alexei Navalny and Garry Kasparov.
There’s some dissent in the ranks as well. In a high-profile act of protest, an anchor on the state-funded channel Russia Today quit on-air last month, after another anchor criticized the network’s coverage of the occupation of Crimea two days earlier.
In turn, Russia has accused the West of ”harsh, uncompromising information war.” After NATO released satellite images of 40,000 Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, the country’s foreign and defense ministries claimed the organization was trying to sabotage the peace process. ”We see what NATO is doing in Ukraine to prevent them from normalizing ties with us. Horror stories about the Russian armed forces are being spread,” said deputy defense minister Anatoly Antonov.
Russia has also claimed that Ukraine is responsible for inciting the violence in its eastern regions, with the cooperation of the CIA and other Western government agencies.
The issue of free speech is not a new one in Russia; this February, weeks before the Russian occupation of Crimea, Reporters Without Borders released its annualWorld Press Freedom Index. Out of 180 countries, Russia ranked in lowly 148th place — below countries such as Libya, Chad, Ethiopia and Myanmar.
Jayce Marcus is suing George Fox University in Oregon after the school denied him housing on the basis of his gender identity.
Marcus, a trans man, applied to live in one of the Christian university’s on-campus male residences. He received a letter from the dean of community life saying that his request was denied; the school is in the process of implementing a policy that requires students be assigned housing based on their sex assigned at birth, based on the school’s “theological and philosophical statement.”
George Fox University did offer Marcus a conditional one-year waiver from the school’s off-campus housing regulations. He was originally offered the ability to live off campus with other men provided that the school ensured that his potential roommates were briefed on Jayce’s trans history, and that he legally changed his name and gender on his driver’s license, Social Security card, and birth certificate by June 1.
Because Marcus was born in Tennessee, a state that prohibits a change of gender on birth certificates, he would not be able to comply with those restrictions. The school agreed to remove that requirement. At a later date, the school also offered Marcus the option to stay in a single dorm room on-campus, though that generated concerns that isolation from the rest of the student body would be a form of discrimination in itself.
This isn’t even a case of a school not knowing how to respond to a trans student — this school has recognized that trans students exist and is actively taking steps to discriminate against them. Please, administrators, tell me more about your school’s supposed morality.
If you claim to be okay with trans women but suddenly become freaked out when you see a trans woman with facial hair, broad shoulders, a visual bulge in her pants or a completely flat chest then guess what you aren’t okay with trans women.
“Tupac died at 25. If Malcolm X died at 25 he would have been a street hustler named Detroit Red. If Martin Luther King died at 25 he would’ve been known as a local baptist preacher. And if I had died at 25 I would’ve been known as a struggling musician. Only a sliver of my life’s potential.”—
He died when he was beginning to talk more and build something for black people. I mean he was the voice of a generation reaching millions of people. Imagine their fear seeing that man, son of a black panther woman, educated on his people who used his song as a media to TALK. If he would have gone in the political field, he would have been a force to be reckoned with. And they knew that. They fucking knew that. (via madmaudlingoes)
Rubeus Remus Potter. You were named after the only two people at Hogwarts who seemed to give shit about me, because come on who else would I name you after? A verbally abusive dickbag who was in love with my mum and gave me shit all my life and someone who convinced a bunch of children that they needed to be soldiers? What kind of awful aspirations would that make you end up having? Come on son I’m not an idiot…
tattoos of cats that wind around your ankles, birds that fly across your back when you move, a wand that moves when you move your own wand, a map on the back of your hand that shows your current location
butch vig is such a dick though. kurt never wanted all of those layered vocals. butch seriously would be like “hey we didn’t really get good sound on that take, do it again.” then he would layer everything.
Actually, in all the biographies I read (Heavier Than Heaven by Charles Cross being the main one I remember this anecdote from) the story more was like Kurt didn’t want the double tracking not because he didn’t like how it sounded, but because he was self conscious about not coming off as a legit musician (I believe his choice words were “it’s candy ass”) but then Butch told him John Lennon did double tracking and Kurt was totally on board. He had to trick him into doing multiple takes not to overdub, but to have enough raw material, and he had to trick him because Kurt Cobain was a notoriously surly and difficult to work with person, mainly because he wasn’t good with interacting with people outside of his main friend group. But hey, since neither of us were actually in Van Nuys, California in 1991 when this was being recorded, everything we say is all just hearsay.
During sex ed we really need pictures of real life vulvae. I wanna see vulvae of old people, young people, people of different races, people of different sizes, I wanna see vulvae with and without hair, big clits, little clits, lips that are wavy,…