Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash. He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million.
And this why it’s called the prison-industrial complex — it’s an industry, making money by filling prison beds, in this case literally selling kids (let’s take a guess at the racial makeup of those kids, hmmm) directly to prison corporations.
The pipeline starts with cops, harvesting kids not only from the streets but through foster homes, juvenile centers, targeted schools and neighborhoods, then moving along through lawyers, judges (like this fucker in the linked article), politicians, social workers, government bureaucrats, county jails, detention centers, all the way to the prison corporations, probation officers, parole boards, election bureaus (prisoners increase a county’s electoral power). A sprawling complex which has become one of the USA’s big areas of capitalist growth aside from the machinery of war.
And remember, this one dude here got caught, but for every case of corruption that gets exposed, a similar scam is probably in operation through ten or a hundred other people who are getting away with it.
Yudy Sauw: Fascinating faces of bugs, bulging eyes to ants’ sensitive antennae
Insects may be small, but they have some of the most intricate faces in the animal kingdom.
Now a wildlife photographer has captured extreme close-ups of the creepy crawlies, revealing the complex compound eyes of flies, aggressive stance of ants and even water drops clinging onto one insect’s hairy face.
The striking images were shot by 33-year-old Yudy Sauw at his home studio in Tangerang, Indonesia.
His models included a soldier fly, red ant and a longhorn beetle, which he painstakingly watched to get the best shot.
While the creatures may not sound particularly exotic, they are interesting. Soldier flies mimic organ pipe mud dauber wasps and longhorn beetles make pests of themselves by boring into wood to damage trees and houses.
To take his photographs, Mr Sauw placed the insects between half an inch (2cm) and four inches (10cm) away from his camera.
He used specialist lighting and a macro lens on his camera to record the creatures’ portraits, before enhancing them on a computer.
Mr Sauw said: ‘I love macrography because I can see clearly what I cannot see with my normal eyes.
‘I can see the small world of insects, what they look like and what they do.’
Weezer – Undone (The Sweater Song)
buzzfeedlgbt reports on this amazing app:
Speech Pathologist Kathe Perez has been working with trans clients for years. She recalls one patient’s insightful remark: “It’s that when I talk, it really isn’t a reflection of my soul – it isn’t a reflection of who I am.”
Perez has now developed Eva, the first phone app designed to help transgender users change the pitch and tone of their voice to reflect their identity.
Eva (Exceptional Voice App) is an entire suite of voice training mobile app products for both trans men and women. The app guides users through various lessons and breathing exercises.
The app’s website states it will take at least 6 to 12 months to effectively alter one’s voice. This video clip features an example “before and after” segment, having a user sample her “original” and “altered” voice:
As one user of the app put it: “Voice can be a real liability. There are definitely large parts of this country, even this state, where it’s dangerous to be trans. It can be a matter of life or death.”
At just $4.99, this app is a far more affordable option for users than visiting a vocal coach or speech pathologist. What a great resource!
"Don’t believe everything you read on the internet" said the person that believes everything they see on television.
Claude Monet / Nymphéas / c 1915
Joyous Island - George Noyes
Science side of tumblr how do I become a jellyfish
Jellyfish have no brains. You’re already pretty close.
*ahem- 50 year old…
But also that awkward moment when the Forest of Cheem’s sacrifice is relegated to unimportance in Moffat’s world. Her bravery and kindness don’t matter, and she’s turned into yet another cheap joke about women being infatuated with the Doctor.
That she fancied the Doctor did not feature at all in the season 1 episode. She was curious about his origins, she had sympathy for him, and she gave her life so he could save the rest of the people aboard the base. I personally don’t see her fawning over him (like so many of Moffat’s women do). Thus, with no real evidence to draw this from, Moffat seems to be interpreting her sacrifice as “fancying” the Doctor, which is immensely problematic: It suggests that she did this only for him rather than to save everyone on the ship, and it shows yet another example of Moffat thinking that any woman who interacts with the Doctor must be infatuated with him.
Even if she did fancy him, the fact that Moffat considers her actions negligible in comparison to her “crush” is pretty gross, especially when the payoff from this line is so small. All it does in the context of the episode is set up the Doctor as an object of desire. But in the context of the show, it undermines the agency and power of women to act with bravery and integrity without it being all for the Doctor.
lmao i remember complaining about this exact same thing on this exact same gifset back in 2011
additionally THAT’S NOT EVEN HER NAME
her name was Jabe??? this is like saying ‘i met the human race once. they fancied me’
I think the tags should have been #that awkward moment when Moffat tries to reference his predecessor’s run and that’s what he comes up with
Moffat is personally responsible for my transformation from a massive sobbing mess of a Who fan to a person who has not watched a full episode in literally years