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donrickles:

    • Donate money to have those arrested in Ferguson released on bail. These people belong on the streets, especially at a time like this.
    • Send a note of condolence to the family of Michael Brown.Let’s not forget the tragedy that started this.
    • Donate to the Michael Brown Memorial Fund. This is an official fundraiser run by the Brown family’s lawyers. They are going through so much, lets make sure at the very least it isn’t a financial burden.
    • Help get people on the ground. There are activists and reporters who want to do their part and get to Ferguson. Donate and get them there. I am so far aware of Zellie ImaniZak Jemmott, and JR Valrey (a reporter for SF Bay View).
    • Donate to the Ferguson Youth Initiative.The children of this community deserve better than to be gunned down. Make sure they get that in the future.
    • Feed the children of Ferguson. Many children in America rely on school to get their meals and thanks to the civil unrest caused by the police, the children of Ferguson have been without school since Monday. These people want to make sure that doesn’t mean anyone is going hungry.
    • Find a National Moment of Silence in your area. If one doesn’t exist, start one. Share this experience with others. Solidarity is important.
    • Keep awareness up. Not just among the like-minded people on tumblr, this is something everyone needs to be aware of.
    • Spread accurate information. There is a lot of distortion going on here and spreading every piece of information as it is reported only makes that worse. First and foremost make sure you are listening carefully, then share what is important and relevant.

If you are aware of any good causes or ways to help that I have missed, please reblog and add them.

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Disney Partners With the Black List to Find Undiscovered Writers - TheWrap
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Tanzanian model Herieth Paul photographed by Boe Marion for Tush Magazine

Fashion Editor: Wiebke Bredehorst

Hair: Dejan Cekanovic
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kaylapocalypse:

Recently, I’ve seen quite a few posts about Mary Sue characters cross my dash  that I don’t feel accurately deconstruct or understand the term. As someone who feels very strongly about the representation of women in media, (and as someone who has been reading fan fiction since the age of Yahoo emailing lists and live journal) I felt the need to write an article on the subject. Hopefully this will help inspire some writers and settle the concerns of others.

1. What Is a Mary Sue Character?:

The term “Mary Sue originates from the name of a character created by Paula Smith in 1973 for her parody story “A Trekkie’s Tale" published in her fanzine Menagerie The story starred Lieutenant Mary Sue ("the youngest Lieutenant in the fleet — only fifteen and a half years old"), and satirized unrealistic Star Trek fan fiction. The best fan written definition I have come across can be found: here

In essence: A Mary-sue character is a female character that shares three major characteristics:

  • They are poorly written and one dimensional with incredibly predictable personality traits.
  • They are the romantic interest of nearly all the male characters within the text.
  • They are infallible in many ways. Including but not limited to intelligence, battle prowess, wit, and the consequences  of their own actions.

What I believe most people who criticize the Mary Sue trope are missing, is that these characteristics all have different weights of importance to the development and identification of a Mary Sue character. 

       The most important characteristic of the three is the first listed: That Mary Sue characters are poorly written.

The reason that this is the most important characteristic is that without this aspect of the term, many of the strong amazing female characters who you would never even dream of considering “Mary Sue” characters would have to fall underneath the term.

It is the defining difference between characters of quality who happen to be strong and interesting and compelling, and characters who seem to have inherited these personality traits from osmosis. Meaning that the difference between a strong/diverse female character and a Mary Sue is the quality of character development and (in many cases) the understanding of well studied character design.

Without understanding the importance of this particular aspect of Mary Sue characters, the following characters would be considered Mary Sues: Xena, Martha Jones, Anne of Green Gables, Eowyn, Rose Tyler, Sailor Moon, Wonder Woman, Black Widow, Katniss Everdeen, Allison Argent,  Lisbeth Salander etc.

As you know,  these women are decidedly NOT Mary Sue characters.

The list above is designed to showcase how vital being “poorly written” is for a character to qualify as Mary Sue. There is a certain… laziness that is associated with the personality and character development arc of known Mary Sue characters (Like Bella Swan for example). And one cannot be defined as a Mary Sue character without it…

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Public Buses Across Country Quietly Adding Microphones to Record Passenger Conversations
Kim Zetter, wired.com

Transit authorities in cities across the country are quietly installing microphone-enabled surveillance systems on public buses that would give them the ability to record and store private conversations. The systems are raising a number of privacy…

Another step towards increased governmental control…

There are few legitimate reasons for this.

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futuramb:


Public Buses Across Country Quietly Adding Microphones to Record Passenger Conversations Kim Zetter, wired.com
Transit authorities in cities across the country are quietly installing microphone-enabled surveillance systems on public buses that would give them the ability to record and store private conversations. The systems are raising a number of privacy…

Another step towards increased governmental control…


There are few legitimate reasons for this.