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.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by him between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles – including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Some of the juveniles he sentenced were as young as 10-years old.
Ciavarella was convicted of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also ordered to repay $1.2 million in restitution.
His “kids for cash” program has revealed that corruption is indeed within the prison system, mostly driven by the growth in private prisons seeking profits by any means necessary.
Why might this not be a HUGE national story and his name not household? I’ll give you one guess what color those kids were.
Stay FUCKING Woke.
We are not crazy. This shit is happening.
Remember when Charmo the Barbarian charismatically grunted his way across the wastes of Fallout?
I MISS CHARMO
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I’m really happy because I finally get to start taking a different medication. Switching from fluoxetine (aka Prozac) to sertraline (zoloft.) We’re tapering off of the old stuff and gradually ramping up the new stuff over four weeks.
I didn’t know you could do that. Anyway, we’ll see how I do with the side effects.
tumblingus said: I think it's more of a question of "if you put your gender, qualify it." I don't think it's necessary to do if you've chosen not to divulge your gender at all.
Huh. It didn’t occur to me that some people might actually not know my gender. It’s not in the sidebar at any rate. I guess that kinda reflects my attitude though.
To wit: your gender is none of my business. I am interested, insofar as I like knowing things about people I like, and telling me personal stuff is a much-appreciated gesture of trust.
Anonymous said: it's even more fun when you're a stealth trans man and you desperately just want to speak up to people about feminism and call people on their nasty misogynistic bs but you can't because as far as anyone else knows you're just a straight (but actually pan, but you can't tell people that because who knows what the fuck a pansexual is and who wants to spend two hours explaining the difference between pan and bi and why) white cis guy so nO YOU CAN'T bE A FeMiNiST U gRoSs PriVeLeGed NeCKBeArD hahah
And this is at least one good solid reason not to let that ‘cishets should only exist in a state of cringing apology!’ attitude go unchecked. Besides being shitty to cishets it puts everyone who isn’t totally out and obvious about being queer on notice that they’re going to have to show their papers before they’re allowed to be worthwhile people. Goddamn, I’m tired of this shit.
mentioning that you’re cis and putting your pronouns in your sidebar/about make you like 500% more trustworthy bc it means that you’re a) likely educated about trans issues and b) working to denormalize being cis [bc generally only trans people are expected to mention their pronouns and gender]
it’s also really helpful in terms of accessibility for disabled people like me and for folks on mobile
if you can then
maybe do that please
To my trans followers: does this make you feel more comfortable with a person? I have a kinda personal issue with profiling myself in my sidebar because it colors the way people interpret my words, but
if you guys think it would make my blog’s trans visitors feel more comfortable, I’ll do it.
If anyone says that horses aren’t smart creatures I will shove this video down your throat [x]
What I’m getting from this is that applebucking is a real thing
Esther Jones, known by her stage name, “Baby Esther,” was a singer and entertainer of the late 1920s. She performed regularly at The Cotton Club in Harlem. Helen Kane saw her act in 1928 and appropriated Jones’ ‘baby’ singing style for a recording of “I Wanna Be Loved By You.” Jones’ style went on to become the inspiration for the voice of Betty Boop.(What I Looked up)
Today in Black people invented everything you hold near and dear…
There are a few old Betty Boop cartoons on YouTube where she’s actually animated as Black. I’m both incredibly proud & disgusted to finally have names of all of the Black women who shaped so much of American culture after all of these years of being ignored.
A resurrection engine
“Moss grows where nothing else can grow. It grows on bricks. It grows on tree bark and roofing slate. It grows in the Arctic Circle and in the balmiest tropics; it also grows on the fur of sloths, on the back of snails, on decaying human bones. Moss, Alma learned, is the first sign of botanic life to reappear on land that has been burned or otherwise stripped down to barenness. Moss has the temerity to begin luring the forest back to life. It is a resurrection engine. A single clump of mosses can lie dormant and dry for forty years at a stretch, and then vault back again into life with a mere soaking of water.”
— from The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
I feel like shit. Our management company violated our lease and let painters and cleaners in our apartment and a bunch of stuff got stolen. Most importantly my laptop and backup hard drive with 6 years worth of drawings on it.
If anyone sees a 15” MacBook retina with 16GB of RAM on it for sale in or around NYC please email or message me.
My pal Randeep got screwed over! :( New Yorkers, it’s a big city, but give a glance over Craigslist if you have a moment this weekend. Buh!
Hey everyone! I want to spread the word because stuff like this sucks and I’m hoping everyone can give it a signal boost! This person’s work was stolen— the laptop, and hard-drive— the whole kaboodle! Maybe someone will see something somewhere! You never know!
If you see anything or know anything, contact: http://randeepk.tumblr.com
I hope he sues the shit out of that management company, goddamn. Wow.
I think that Demisexuality and polyamory/polysexuality fall more under sexual preference than sexual orientation, since you could be any orientation and still be demi/poly
ngl i’m always super suspicious when people, especially straight people, loudly identify themselves as demisexual. with straight people it always fees like they’re trying to hijack a queer identity for, basically, internet argument points,
it’s always nice to have a label you can slot yourself under for some solidarity, but please do not pretend that anyone ever fought for your right to use that particular label in safety. no one is going to fire you or deny you housing or systematically refuse you access to basic human rights solely because you take a little time with your relationships or because you want to be friends first…especially not if you’re otherwise completely heterosexual…
Yeah. I’m kinda afraid I’m gonna come off as a jerk for saying this, but I seriously don’t believe you should get to claim ‘oppressed’ status for, in particular, being demisexual.
I AM NOT SAYING demisexuality is not a thing. I am saying that using it to score points in the Oppression Olympics is bullshit.
petition to start referring to wildly OOC shit designed to make people cry as “weepypasta”
#finally a term to replace sadstuck
I like it.
anyone who’s been following this blog knows that we’re highly susceptible to popular memes
Reblogging for the monumental linguistic leap caused by the documentation of the word “y’all’d’ve.”
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Tuatha and Featherfluff’s training methods are harsh but effective
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