can we just appreciate how long my hair is
can we just appreciate how long my hair is
can we just appreciate how long my hair is

can we just appreciate how long my hair is

my brother bears
my brother bears

my brother bears

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What are your thoughts on taxidermy? For example when they are put in museums and such?

it depends on the cause of the animals death. If the animal died of natural causes or was roadkill ect. then I don’t have a problem with it, even less so if the above unintentionally killed animal is being used for educational reasons. If the animal was killed for the sole purpose of taxidermy, then I have a problem with it.

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Thoughts on Malala winning?
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conclusion: Malala is amazing and Western civilization has yet again proven to be hypercritical ignorant uncompromising and evil. how very fitting for columbus day.

have some of me & my favourite person ever why not

have some of me & my favourite person ever why not

"You are personally responsible for becoming more ethical than the society you grew up in."
Eliezer Yudkowsky (via whitegirlblog)
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Ladies of the MCU + Misogyny
"Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult." - Charlotte Whitton
glutenfreewaffles:


Ladies of the MCU + Misogyny
"Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult." - Charlotte Whitton
glutenfreewaffles:


Ladies of the MCU + Misogyny
"Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult." - Charlotte Whitton
glutenfreewaffles:


Ladies of the MCU + Misogyny
"Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult." - Charlotte Whitton
glutenfreewaffles:


Ladies of the MCU + Misogyny
"Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult." - Charlotte Whitton
glutenfreewaffles:


Ladies of the MCU + Misogyny
"Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult." - Charlotte Whitton
glutenfreewaffles:


Ladies of the MCU + Misogyny
"Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult." - Charlotte Whitton
glutenfreewaffles:


Ladies of the MCU + Misogyny
"Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult." - Charlotte Whitton

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Ladies of the MCU + Misogyny

"Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult." - Charlotte Whitton

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I think we would get along well irl

then you should probably come off anon so I can at least hang out w you online

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(1/2) Hey I'm going to a debate tournament about whether or not the south African truth and reconciliation commission is a desirable model for transitional justice next weekend. Do you have any thoughts? You don't have to share if you don't want to

“Transitional justice refers to the set of judicial and non-judicial measures that have been implemented by different countries in order to redress the legacies of massive human rights abuses. These measures include criminal prosecutions, truth commissions, reparations programs, and various kinds of institutional reforms.”

The TRC was based on the Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act, No 34 of 1995 with the main aim of investigating politically motivated human rights violations during the apartheid era. The purpose of this implementation was to uncover the truth about what had happened and to bring closure to the families of those who were murdered under the apartheid government’s previous rulings. The TRC also granted amnesty to perpetrators under certain conditions if they or their parties agreed to give full public testimonies to their actions.

Unlike the retributive justice held in Germany after WW2 in which people accused of war crimes were given prison sentences or sentenced to death, the TRC focused more on the principle of restorative justice with the emphasis being more on forgiveness and reconciliation. The fact that the first true commission took place only two years after our first democratic elections on further re-establishes the fact that there was still a large amount of tension between the national party and the GNU (Government of National Unity). When one takes into consideration the huge amount of hostility and attacks the GNU faced by the apartheid government and the militant wing of the AWB, it’s quite obvious to state that if the newly empowered majority of POC established a retributive form of justice, all hell would have broken loose and we would never have been able to effectively ensure a democratic society as we have in South Africa today.

In an interview with the Mail and Guardian Newspaper during the time, Archbishop Desmond explained why restorative justice is the most appropriate form in relation to the Apartheid context in which he states, “Ubuntu says I am human only because you are human. If I undermine you humanity, I dehumanise myself. You must do what you can to maintain this great harmony, which is perpetually undermined by resentment, anger, desire for vengeance. That is why Africa jurisprudence is restorative rather than retributive” Nelson Mandela also quoted similarly saying that “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” As well as “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” The philosophy of Ubuntu and it’s promotion by prominent anti-apartheid leaders also played a large role in the increasing support of POC in non-retributive justice and still plays a large role in our South African society today.

In terms of the Reconciliation act specifically in regards to Apartheid, I personally do believe that it was the best form of justice to be implemented during the time and that the TRC was a crucial component of the transition to full and free democracy in South Africa. Any other violent form of justice in our country so close to the official end of Apartheid itself would have only further contributed to increasing racial tensions. Of course there were and still are many who believe that some parts of the Commissions proceedings were not enough in relation to what they suffered through or loss at the hands of those on trial and they cannot be blamed for this view. Many POC believed that justice had not been served and that too many murderers were allowed to walk free. The family of murdered Black Consciousness leader, Steve Biko were one of these. Many wanted true justice rather than truths, which I agree with.

In regards some of the members of militant Afrikaner groups being granted amnesty via the Commission, I do believe that the act of allowing them a “free pass” for mass racial homicides should not have been allowed. If the TRC allowed stricter guidelines in regards to their granting of amnesty to such individuals and implemented an additional prison sentence in relation to their violations, I would agree that South African truth and reconciliation commission is a desirable model for transitional justice. If we are talking about the TRC as a global model, I feel that in conjunction with reconciliation, an aspect of retribution justice also needs to be implemented. Simply admitting to your previous injustices should not mean that you do not have to suffer some form of consequences for your actions. The TRC was definitely not without flaws, but in the big picture, if these minor flaws are addressed within the model of reconciliation justice, it has the potential to be a desirable global model for transitional justice.

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World’s youngest mayor: 15-year-old teenage girl in Palestine

15-year-old Palestinian girl took office as the mayor of a West Bank town and became the youngest person in the world to occupy this position.

As part of an initiative to empower youth and involve them in the decision-making process, Bashaer Othman will be the mayor of the town of Allar in the city of Tulkarm in the northwestern West Bank for two months.

Othman is in charge of all matters related to the municipality of Allar and which include supervising employees and signing all official documents with the exception of financial ones.

Othman is working under the supervision of elected mayor Sufian Shadid who expressed his enthusiasm for the teengar’s appointment as a step towards supporting youth.

“There are many ways of supporting youth other than financial means. First, we should make sure we remove obstacles that might stand in their way and with determination and perseverance we can do so,” he said. 
For Othman, the new position constitutes a major challenge that she is hoping she can be up to.

“I want to go through this experience in order to be able to share it with other youth so that they can be prepared for running state institutions in the future,” she said.