I love how beautiful and simple the exotic white dialect is. Because it has less words and lacks any logical grammar, it just sounds so peaceful, calming, and real. You can just feel the emotion when you listen to them speak. It varies from tribe to tribe, but throughout the white motherland is basically the same. I took a two-week service trip to build a McDonalds with authentic white food and lived with an authentic white family, so I know. It’s so sad that they’ve started using civilized words from modern languages, “cash” and “pajama.” It must be because there’s no concept of cash in white culture. Did you know they have twenty different words for “coffee” but no word for “self-aware?”
What do we know about abortion exceptions? We know that they make it harder for anyone to get an abortion, including each person who falls under exceptions such as rape, incest, or threat to the person’s life. Manyofus in the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements have written about and fought against the concept of “legitimate” or “acceptable” reasons to have an abortion. Of course we agree that no one should differentiate between an individual’s circumstances surrounding an abortion decision. But that doesn’t mean that we, and by extension, our movement, don’t also play into labelling some abortions as more necessary, important, or worthy of funding than others.
A mausoleum and park, dedicated to the memory of Fascist Field Marshall Rodolfo Graziani, has recently been opened in the Italian town of Affile. At a cost of €127,000 to local taxpayers, the mayor Ercole Viri has expressed hope that the site will become as ‘famous and as popular as Predappio’ – the burial place of Mussolini which has become a shrine to neo-Fascists.
Graziani was notorious as Benito Mussolini’s commander in colonial wars in Ethiopia and Libya where he carried out massacres and used chemical weapons against the native populations.
In the 1920s, Graziani was commander of the Italian forces in Libya where he became known as ‘the Butcher of Fezzan’. He was directly responsible for suppressing the Senussi uprisings and the construction of concentration and labour camps. He was also directly responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of Libyans including Omar Mukhtar in eastern Libya.
From 1935 to 1936, Graziani implemented the invasion of Ethiopia before becoming viceroy of Italian East Africa and governor-general of Addis Ababa in 1937. In an attempt to consolidate Italian control over the country, Graziani’s occupation army murdered up to 30,000 civilians in just three days in February 1937. Eyewitness accounts tell of how Italian soldiers doused houses with gasoline and set them on fire. Some even posed on the corpses of their victims to have their photographs taken. In the same month, Graziani ordered the massacre of the monks and pilgrims at the ancient monastery of Debre Libanos. In May, he was responsible for the assassination of up to 3,000 Ethiopian intellectuals. For these actions, Graziani earned his second title: ‘the Butcher of Ethiopia’.
Wait, for now.
Distrust everything, if you have to.
But trust the hours. Haven’t they
carried you everywhere, up to now?
Personal events will become interesting again.
Hair will become interesting.
Pain will become interesting.
Buds that open out of season will become lovely again.
Second-hand gloves will become lovely again,
their memories are what give them
the need for other hands. And the desolation
of lovers is the same: that enormous emptiness
carved out of such tiny beings as we are
asks to be filled; the need
for the new love is faithfulness to the old.
Don’t go too early.
You’re tired. But everyone’s tired.
But no one is tired enough.
Only wait a while and listen.
Music of hair,
Music of pain,
music of looms weaving all our loves again.
Be there to hear it, it will be the only time,
most of all to hear,
the flute of your whole existence,
rehearsed by the sorrows, play itself into total exhaustion.
Yesterday, Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, Republican Senate nominee and member of the House Science, Space and Technology committee, said pregnancy from rape was “really rare” because “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Akin quickly said that he “misspoke,” but he didn’t rescind his claims that women have magical sperm-defying ovaries — or that there’s a hierarchy when it comes to different “levels” of rape.
If you’re unfamiliar with the exciting concept that your uterus can pick and choose between various kinds of rape, don’t fret; we have just the guide for you!
“I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.”—Stephen Jay Gould (via feministpizza)
The first few weeks on campus with a new chronic illness (or new school) can be seriously daunting. It’s hard to keep track of all the new places, people, and rules, so here’s a quick cheat sheet to your first few weeks on campus and the most important things to accomplish:
Week 1 Priorities:
Get to know your surroundings.If you have a car, use it and drive around the campus. Take your schedule and drive past the buildings you have classes in. Get a feel for the distance you will have to travel and the amount of energy it will take you (and therefore how much time to give yourself to get to each class).
1. Things to learn the location of: your disability center, health clinic, pharmacy (on campus or off), bus stops if you are using provided transportation, your class buildings, elevators, and ramps if you’re using a wheelchair or avoiding stairs, your advisor’s office/building, dining halls/options.
Make an appointment ASAP with your disability student center.If you have the option, do this before the semester even starts. Appointments can be hard to get last minute when everyone is trying to get one. Make one ahead of time.The point of meeting with your disability union is to discuss how the university can accommodate you during your time on campus. The people here will be the ones working to help you deal with professors, labs, and any difficulties that come up while you’re enrolled.
- Make a list of questions you might have and accommodations you may need. Consider things like extended deadlines for assignments, no absence limits, transportation, note takers, books on tape, getting permission to use a computer in classes where professors forbid it, getting permission to leave class mid-lecture or eat where prohibited, getting access to a certain type of seating, etc.
- Print out any necessary paperwork and have it completed prior to your appointment(or request it to be scanned, mailed, or faxed when you call to make your appointment). This paperwork usually requires forms filled out by your doctor(s) so prepare for that accordingly.
See your advisor. Go over your schedule, introduce yourself, discuss your concerns/disability/limitations with the advisor. This is someone you want to establish contact and communicate with frequentlythroughout the next however many years at your school. Take note of names and write down contact information for any people that you meet with.
Textbooks. Those damn heavy things always pose a problem.Lugging textbooks from the bookstore to your dorm is just not practical for most people, let alone those of us with minimal spoons and painful bodies. If your parents/loved ones are bringing you to school and moving you in, ask them to accompany you to the store before they leave to help you with your books. If you have a car, use it. Buses are another option, but don’t struggle across campus with 8 heavy texts in your hands. It is not worth the spoons. A tip for all students: learn your store’s return/rental/book policies and save all receipts. It will become pretty obvious whether or not you really need a book for a class, or if your professor is just trying to make some money because they wrote the text.
Get your disability parking in order. On many campuses, the disabled parking spots are closed off in faculty lots and seeming inaccessible to students. What they don’t tell you is that you can gain access to these spots. Go to your parking/transportation office on campus and get any necessary decals you need in order to use handicapped spots on campus.
Week 2 Priorities:
Set boundaries with your roommate(s). This goes for roommates regardless of whether or not you have a chronic disease, but it’s especially important for those of us with medical issues. By week two, hopefully you’re getting a feel for the kind of person you are sharing your space with. It’s time to lay down some ground rules. If you are immunocompromised, discuss germs and how imperative it is that if your roommate is sick, they need to keep clean and keep their distance. If you have refrigeration medicine/syringes in a shared fridge, discuss it. If you are light sensitive/noise/chemical sensitive or have odd sleeping/bathroom habits related to your chronic illness, discuss it. Be honest and open about what you need in your space and ask them what they need from you as well. If you struggle with certain tasks (mopping floors, etc) come up with a way to divide the cleaning of your space that works for you (physically) and your roommate. This is also a good time to have a discussion (if you feel comfortable) about your disease/disability and what they might witness or see so that they understand.
Meet with your professors. By now, hopefully you are beginning to settle into your class routine. Now is the time to take your disability paperwork/letter from your Student Disability Union to your professors, meet with them, and make an impression. You do not have to disclose the nature of your condition(s), but discuss at length with them the accommodations and come to an understanding. Read up here onprofessor etiquette before you go. The goal is to get to know them and for you to be a familiar face, not a number on a roster sheet of 200+ students.
Consider meeting with your on-campus health clinic to discuss what to do in the event you need medical treatment. Find out what they can provide you with, if they are familiar with your condition(s), and what resources/referrals they can direct you towards. Also consider any physical therapy you’ll need and find out if your university offers it.
Find local specialists to continue your care. Finding a specialist to follow you (whether that be a rheumatologist, endocrinologist, etc) while you’re away at school is important. That doesn’t mean writing off your doctor back home, but having two physicians who work together on your care. You need a physician that knows your case and history in the event of an urgent medical event too complex for the on-campus health clinic. Research ahead of time and give their office a call, discuss what you’re looking for and schedule and appointment to see if the doctor is right for you. Think of it as an interview. More on how to find Dr. Righthere and 15 tips for seeing a new specialist
For those of you just heading off to school as freshman, take a deep breath and cross something off your to-do list each day— you’re going to be just fine.
In the latest issue of Environmental Health Perspectives, science writer Wendee Holtcamp highlights the manifold differences between unreasoned denial of scientific evidence and legitimate, rational controversy and debate.
I just turned 26. I will be graduating in December. I have nowhere to go. And I have no idea what I want to do after that. Yet, I still need to somewhere to go and something to do to pay bills & loans, and otherwise make life worthwhile. I know I want to go to grad school eventually, but I’m also painfully aware that I need a break from schooling. I’ve never lived outside of the state, having only left it maybe 5 or 6 times.
I’m 26 years old, I’m only just starting my life, I’m alone, and I’m fucking terrified.