July232014
Landslide - RMNP 2014 on Flickr.Taken on the Fern Lake trail to the Pool in Rocky Mountain National Park. Shows the landslide caused by the rains that eventually flooded northern Colorado.

Landslide - RMNP 2014 on Flickr.

Taken on the Fern Lake trail to the Pool in Rocky Mountain National Park. Shows the landslide caused by the rains that eventually flooded northern Colorado.

July72014
June262014
June122014
“After a mass killing in 1996 at Port Arthur where 35 people died and 20 were injured, Australia passed a comprehensive firearms act that didn’t ban guns but placed logical restrictions on them. Despite having a strong frontier gun culture, Australia went from a firearms mortality rate of 2.6 in 100,000 (one-quarter the U.S. rate) in 1996 to under one in 100,000, less than a tenth of the U.S. rate.”

Australia eliminated gun massacres by doing what America doesn’t have the guts to do (via policymic)

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IMPORTANT TAG IS IMPORTANT

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Although sadly it is not just Republicans who refuse/oppose doing anything.

(Source: micdotcom, via laughterkey)

June112014

huffingtonpost:

President Obama came down hard on gun-control laws during today’s Tumblr Q&A. See the president’s full response on gun control here.

'Murica!

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June102014

How long can this go on? Will there ever be a tipping point?

4 multiple shootings in 6 days, 74 school shootings in 18 months since Newtown. Yet the discussion is about anything but guns. From the deep seated misogyny behind the Santa Barbara attack, to parental discipline behind school shootings, to bad teachers/administrators. The only non gun related issue that is being talked about less is that the Las Vegas shootings were effectively a politically motivated terror attack that no one references.

What is the last straw here? In my lifetime I have seen Big tobacco beaten down, big liquor hurt, equal rights for gays advanced well past the tipping point, and hell even big justice (in the form of the drug war) taking some body blows in the form of marijuana legalization. And yet the NRA has not suffered one major defeat, in fact it has reversed major laws passed in the past 2 decades. 

Watching the posts of the cowards carrying their rifles into Target and restaurants in Texas makes me really wonder when people are going to announce that enough is enough? Is it going to be when one of these groups triggers a gunfight in a public place? Will it be the first time some ‘heroic citizen’ kills several bystanders when attempting to stop a ‘bad guy with a gun’ (likely some person of color.)?

I truly despair that this violence will ever end.

June92014
June52014
wilwheaton:

If you read up from the bottom, you can see what happens when someone has been heavily propagandized by Fox News and the rest of the Right Wing Entertainment Complex.
I think it’s pretty sad, to be honest.

This is a perfect illustration of the Fox news mentality. It all boils down to: we will oppose whatever that black muslim President does/says, no matter what.
If you believe the man did something illegal, against the code whatever, let that be adjudicated in a court martial after he is returned. If it just the question of his signing papers that he should not have been fighting the Taliban, need I remind you that John McCain signed papers confessing his crimes while he was a POW also. 

wilwheaton:

If you read up from the bottom, you can see what happens when someone has been heavily propagandized by Fox News and the rest of the Right Wing Entertainment Complex.

I think it’s pretty sad, to be honest.

This is a perfect illustration of the Fox news mentality. It all boils down to: we will oppose whatever that black muslim President does/says, no matter what.

If you believe the man did something illegal, against the code whatever, let that be adjudicated in a court martial after he is returned. If it just the question of his signing papers that he should not have been fighting the Taliban, need I remind you that John McCain signed papers confessing his crimes while he was a POW also. 

(Source: twitter.com)

May292014

gynocraticgrrl:

Lundy Bancroft on Domestic Violence in Popular Culture, Part 2.

Lundy has twenty years of experience specializing in interventions for abusive men and their families. He has also authored many other book chapters and scholarly articles. Lundy is a former Co-Director of Emerge, the nation’s first counseling program for men who batter. He has worked with over a thousand abusers directly as an intervention counselor, and has served as clinical supervisor on another thousand cases. He has also served extensively as a custody evaluator, child abuse investigator, and expert witness in domestic violence and child abuse cases. Lundy appears across the United States as a presenter for judges and other court personnel, child protective workers, therapists, law enforcement officials, and other audiences.

Lundy Bancroft is an author, workshop leader, and consultant on domestic abuse and child maltreatment. His work focuses on three areas: 1) Training professionals on best practices for intervening with male perpetrators of violence against women, toward the goal of promoting accountability and requiring change, 2) Training professionals on the dynamics of emotional injury and recovery in children who are exposed to a man who abuses their mother, to prepare participants to offer the most effective and safe assistance possible to children and their mothers, and 3) Supporting healing and empowerment for abused women, with an emphasis on advocating for the human rights of mothers and their children.

Lundy is the author of four books in the field, including

Lundy is available as a public speaker and trainer for professionals, and offers weekend retreats for women who have experienced abuse. - (x)

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May222014
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