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"We rolled lighter than that in an actual war zone."

— A Twitter user/former veteran quoted in Paul Szoldra’s fascinating Business Insider piece detailing the militarization of police in Ferguson, Missouri right now (emblematic of police militarization across the country) — MRAPs, and M4 carbine and MARPAT look-alikes. (via thepoliticalnotebook)

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"I know a lot of creative people and perhaps by correlation I know a lot of people who struggle with depression. They have told me (and they’ve told the world) how depression sits there, implacable, and drains the color out of the world until no success or joy matters. I believe them, and it becomes increasingly evident that no matter who you are or what you’ve achieved, that depression is a good liar and can make you believe none of it matters.
 
I know and love too many people with depression to believe that it’s something that’s shameful to talk about or to acknowledge. I want them alive and I want them here with us. If you have depression I want you alive and here with us. Don’t let the moment take you. Don’t be afraid to get help. The people who love you want you here. Believe it."

John Scalzi

No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

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skush-uk:

Paul Cummins | Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

The Tower Of London has marked the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War with a striking art installation. Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red by Paul Cummins features thousands of ceramic poppies pouring out of the tower flowing into the moat and will officially be unveiled on August 5. The final poppy will be planted on November 11. There will be a total of 888,246 poppies planted, with each flower representing a British military fatality from WWI.

Source - Paul Cummins - Purchase a Poppy

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joehillsthrills:

A dorky reminder for a guy who seems to need one now and then.

joehillsthrills:

A dorky reminder for a guy who seems to need one now and then.

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victoriousvocabulary:

**TLDR**

Today I am grateful that the word Grief exists. I extend my gratitude to the family of words surrounding though not necessarily directly related to Grief – sorrow, wellaway, lackaday, lamentation, sadness, tribulation, keening, anguish, misery, dolorous, atrabilious, mourning, lugubrious, wayment, heartbreak, wretchedness, tristifical…the list trundles on.

My 17 year old dog died this afternoon and in place of her mischievous eyes, tongue lolling and good natured tail wagging is a great intrusive emptiness.

Grief is hideous, like a relentless monster that threatens to crush your breath with its infernal weight and punishing claws, seeking to snuff out any Joy remaining in your heart and mind. After a few hungry bites and lacerations from the Grief Monster, all Hope flees your body and hides in some far off place, trembling with fear. When a loss is still fresh but you’re all cried out, sometimes one’s consciousness escapes into an Asphodelian numbness so that Grief is momentarily confused and frozen, unable to continue its chase because the Fog of Numb is its temporary blindfold.

But when one’s loss recedes, even if just a little, I can then reflect that despite all this sorrow, I can be glad that the word Grief exists to describe what Grief is. Though of course words can be dissatisfactory and not robust enough to represent the gamut of human experience, I am nonetheless grateful because it means countless people before me recognised the importance of having such a word which in turn means they too experienced a devastating and irrevocable loss thus in the end, this reminds me that we can only experience Grief, if we also feel Love and if we feel Love, it means there was a chance that Care and Kindness was involved too…and this is enough to entice Hope to return to me.

These sentences are quite choppy and I am not pleased with my botched attempt at explaining my thoughts as each word had to be dragged out through a haze of exhausted sadness so rather than razor sharp clarity, I have disjointed ideas pushing and shoving each other before collapsing in a heap but all I really wanted to point out in a rather roundabout way is that words represent our collective memories and serve as a reminder that we are not always alone in our experiences. Language is the rich canvas we are forced to paint.

GRIEF

[adjective]

1. deep mental anguish or sorrow, as that arising from bereavement.

2. a source of deep mental anguish.

3. annoyance or frustration.

4. trouble or difficulty.

5. Archaic: a grievance.

Etymology: Middle English gref, grief < Anglo-French gref; see grieve - Middle English greven, grieven < Old French grever < Latin gravāre, “to burden”, derivative of gravis, “heavy”.

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maxistentialist:

This is a blog post that’s incredibly confusing and painful for me to write.

Yesterday morning, Josh forwarded me a tweet that said:

TIL: Max Temkin, co-creator of Cards Against Humanity, raped a friend of my friend while attending Goucher College. I don’t support CAH.

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fearwontshutme:

Hey guys, how you all are doing? I know this is long, but I had to share the truth.
First of all, I would like to apologize about my poor English. I might have some grammar or spelling mistakes, but I had to write it because this shit pisses me off.

My name is Omer, I am 17 years old and I live

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explore-blog:

Fantastic New York Public Library conversation with Malcolm Gladwell on tolerance, criticism, and the importance of changing your mind on a regular basis

Preach!

flavorpill:

explore-blog:

Fantastic New York Public Library conversation with Malcolm Gladwell on tolerance, criticism, and the importance of changing your mind on a regular basis

Preach!

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