“The rivalry isn’t between themselves. The beef and what no one is saying is that time moves people out of the way. If you accept that, you will have a much more enriched life. The truth is, in the music business you are marketing yourself to 11-year-olds to 25-year-olds. At some point in your marketing group, the people that bought you the first time, they stop buying records. So the next demographic of consumers want to buy someone new. The beef isn’t between each other, the beef is, on Kim’s point, someone else has moved into her job. And, someone else will move into Nicki’s position. And, someone else will move into their position. That is what the beef is. Again, looking under the hood of something, and this is what drag is about; things are never what they are on the surface. They are not at odds with each other. They are at odds with the natural evolution of the consumer.”—RuPaul [on Lil’ Kim and Nicki Minaj] (via femalerappers)
Undercover police officers routinely adopted a tactic of “promiscuity” with the blessing of senior commanders, according to a former agent who worked in a secretive unit of the Metropolitan police for four years.
The former undercover policeman claims that sexual relationships with activists were sanctioned for both men and women officers infiltrating anarchist, leftwing and environmental groups.
That is incredibly fucking creepy.
It’s rape, and possibly also entrapment depending on the situation.
“The former SDS officer, who has now left the Met, said one stipulation by senior commanders was that undercover officers should be married, so that they had something to return to.” So„, their “real” relationships were a part of the scheme as well.
Poster’s Note: Children are pathologized as readily and as dismissively as any other powerless group. Because children exist within all minority groups, I would submit that they are the MOST vulnerable to this treatment. Children who have witnessed domestic violence or other brutality, children who have survived abuse or disaster- they are almost always expected to wake up and go to school, to play soccer, to laugh at cartoons- because “children are so resilient.” Well, maybe they’re NOT so resilient. It’s high time that those who care about kids, who work with kids, who say they do it “for the kids” (whatever “it” may be) become aware of the psychological impact of trauma, and of the results of this impact- the symptoms of ADD.
While it is quite common for children to be misdiagnosed with ADD/ADHD, parents are often shocked at the number of conditions that display almost identical symptoms. Take for instance one of the latest discoveries… that hypervigilance caused by traumatic experiences can strongly resemble ADD/ADHD. For many this comes as a surprise, since most people may not even realize that their child has been exposed to a traumatic event. However, studies show that by age 16, nearly 70% of children have been exposed to at least one disturbing, traumatic experience such as a car accident, natural disaster, death of an immediate family member, or child abuse. Traumatic events greatly affect different parts of the brain, leading to a number of abnormal behaviors. While children may not suffer from full-blown post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of a traumatic experience, they may have attributable symptoms that may cause a “fight or flight” response of fear in association with movements, noises, or other stimuli—but which may appear to resemble ADD/ADHD symptoms such as distractibility, inattention, aggression, increased activity, or dissociate behavior. A study of preschoolers concluded that those who had suffered multiple traumatic events concluded they had 16 times the chance of displaying attention problems– in addition to an increased disposition to other emotional conditions such as depression and anxiety– compared to children who had not experienced traumatic events.
**BREAKING** Israeli warplanes have attacked Gaza in the past hour. At least 7 air strikes were reported across the Gaza, rocking the besiged strip, and causing wide spread panic. 8 people have been injured so far, many houses sustained damade, and fire is reported blazing in many shops...[via Gaza TV News]