Posts tagged fucked up shit
Posts tagged fucked up shit
ELLE Cover Lightens The Most Beautiful Woman in the World
Leave it to ELLE Magazine to photochop the world’s most beautiful woman. Aishwarya Rai, the reigning queen of Indian cinema, model and classically trained dancer is currently on the cover of ELLE India—several shades lighter. Rai’s skin has been lightened and her dark brown hair appears to have a red tint to it.
The Times of India reported the former Miss World is “furious with the bleaching botch-up” and is considering taking legal action against ELLE.
France: Roma evicted from camp in Marseille
French police on Tuesday rounded up more than 160 Roma, including children and babies, from a camp in Marseille, in a move which a human rights activist labelled “aggressive”.
Bernard Eynau of the Human Rights League said “There are two Roma camps left in Marseille. This one, which is old, houses children at school. Once more they will be split up and the children will not be able to go to school today.”
About 150 police took part in the round-up, and there was no violence.
Last year, France was the subject of international criticism after the round-up of hundreds of Roma from illegal camps, many of whom were then sent back to their native countries of Romania and Bulgaria.
Some of the Roma evicted on Tuesday could be expelled to Romania or Bulgaria if they cannot show a means of supporting themselves in France, while others will be offered alternative housing. (via RFI)
18 Signs That Life In U.S. Public Schools Is Now Essentially Equivalent To Life In U.S. Prisons
#1 Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has announced that school officials can search the cell phones and laptops of public school students if there are “reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or the rules of the school.”
#2 It came out in court that one school district in Pennsylvania secretly recorded more than 66,000 images of students using webcams that were embedded in school-issued laptops that the students were using at home.
#3 If you can believe it, a “certified TSA official” was recently brought in to oversee student searches at the Santa Fe High School prom.
#4 A few years ago a class of 3rd grade students at one Kentucky elementary school were searched by a group of teachers after 5 dollars went missing. During the search the students were actually required to remove their shoes and their socks.
#5 At one public school in the Chicago area, children have been banned from bringing their lunches from home. Yes, you read that correctly. Students at that particular school are absolutely prohibited from bringing lunches from home. Instead, it is mandatory that they eat the food that the school cafeteria serves.
#6 The U.S. Department of Agriculture is spending huge amounts of money to install surveillance cameras in the cafeterias of public schools so that government control freaks can closely monitor what our children are eating.
#7 A teenager in suburban Dallas was recently forced to take on a part-time job after being ticketed for using bad language in one high school classroom. The original ticket was for $340, but additional fees have raised the total bill to $637.
#8 It is not just high school kids that are being ticketed by police. In Texas the crackdown extends all the way down to elementary school students. In fact, it has been reported that Texas police gave “1,000 tickets” to elementary school kids over a recent six year period.
#9 A few months ago, a 17 year-old honor student in North Carolina named Ashley Smithwick accidentally took her father’s lunch with her to school. It contained a small paring knife which he would use to slice up apples. So what happened to this standout student when the school discovered this? The school suspended her for the rest of the year and the police charged her with a misdemeanor.
#10 A little over a year ago, a 6 year old girl in Florida was handcuffed and sent to a mental facility after throwing temper tantrums at her elementary school.
#11 In early 2010, a 12 year old girl in New York was arrested by police and marched out of her school in handcuffs just because she doodled on her desk. “I love my friends Abby and Faith” was what she reportedly wrote on her desk.
#12 There are actually some public schools in the United States that are so paranoid that they have actually installed cameras in student bathrooms.
#13 Down in Florida, students have actually been arrested by police for bringing a plastic butter knife to school, for throwing an eraser, and for drawing a picture of a gun.
#14 The Florida State Department of Juvenile Justice has announced that it will begin using analysis software to predict crime by young delinquents and will place “potential offenders” in specific prevention and education programs.
#15 A group of high school students made national headlines a while back when they revealed that they were ordered by a security guard to stop singing the national anthem during a visit to the Lincoln Memorial.
#16 In some U.S. schools, armed cops accompanied by police dogs actually conduct surprise raids with their guns drawn. In this video, you can actually see police officers aiming their guns at school children as the students are lined up facing the wall.
#17 Back in 2009, one 8 year old boy in Massachusetts was sent home from school and was forced to undergo a psychological evaluation because he drew a picture of Jesus on the cross.
#18 This year, 13 parents in Duncan, South Carolina were actually ticketed for cheering during a high school graduation.
Let’s also make this clear. While this happens in some suburban, nice middle class schools, it’s not as likely. Let me guess how many of those school districts are mostly black and brown, low-income. And even the ones that aren’t, let me guess how many of those individual incidents involved black and brown students. This gross white supremacist, capitalist, patriarchal society has led us to criminalize and suspect and monitor children, attempting to herd them into a class of robots who cannot think for themselves or fear the consequences when they do. This is really fucking disturbing.
The Arizona legislature has passed legislation that will now allow prisons to charge $25 for people to visit their family and friends in prison. It is a remarkably cruel law since many of these visitors are coming from low income families and have to travel great distances. Yet, legislators are pointing out that they originally wanted to charge babies and children as well but decided to be nice guys.
The fee is being justified as a one-time “background check fee” for visitors, but staffers admit that it is an effort to increase revenue at the expense of these families. Wendy Baldo, chief of staff for the Arizona Senate, confirmed that they “were trying to cut the budget and think of ways that could help get some services for the Department of Corrections.”
Prison visitation has an extremely positive impact on inmates both psychologically and socially. It maintains and strengthens family bonds that will be needed to keep them from recidivism and can weaken the hold of gangs and other bad influences. Now the state is going to tell tell families on assistance that in order to see their loved ones, each adult will have to fork over $25. The article below also details how people have had difficulty paying the fee in advance. Visiting a loved one can be a terribly traumatic experience for a family. Yet, Arizona will now be there to get its cut.
As someone who has worked in prisons for decades, I find this absolutely appalling. From the beginning of correctional systems, the one right that virtually all societies have afforded inmates has been visitation. To now charge for the right to visit is gratuitous and cruel.
No gif can express my distaste.
WTF is going on with Arizona?
i dont why why im still shocked, but i am.
TO HELL WITH YOU, ARIZONA
The average college student in the USA is almost $25,000 in debt by senior year, a tenth of which borrowed $45,000+, and that’s just for undergrad work.
Those of us that want to go to graduate school? A Master’s Degree with set you in the red (on average) $30,000; a Doctorate : $52,000; and a Professorial Degree, on average will put you $80,000 in debt. At the 90th percentile (such as would be the case for those of us who are at extreme financial disadvantage) the costs are even greater, with a Masters accumulating $60,000 in debt, a Doctorate $123,000, and Professorial Degree accumulating almost $160,000 over the course of acquiring one’s education.
You can buy a handgun for less the $130 US.
And you can’t every get rid of educational loans! Even if you declare bankruptcy!
Ahh, the white-racist, patriarchal fear of strong, smart, WOC! Lord knows they could never acknowledge that we’re capable of doing anything they do, but better, with a smaller income and and a baby on our hip.
Can we talk about how fucking dangerous it is to get pregnant in certain places now? I mean, like, to have a planned pregnancy, a wanted fetus? Because if the fetus gets sick, or if it’s making you sick, under many circumstances there is nothing you are legally allowed to do about…
Because as everyone knows, the reason you take out student loans to pay for college is because you have loads of money just sitting around waiting to be spent.
Not to mention, this would not be feasible as most schools (when you have work-study) do/are not giving 20+ hours a week (I say 20+ because that’s the low end of the spectrum—often—for “part-time” work) for students because they have too many students. Not to mention that work-study doesn’t pay more than minimum wage (which would not come up to sufficient amounts for student loan payments and/or leave anything for living expenses). It also presumes, that students have access to higher wage jobs—by access I mean time, transportation, skill-set, etc. Also, just something I thought of, it threatens to divide (even more) the relationship between working students and locals. At least where I went to school, and in other places where my friends have gone to school, there can and often are tensions between locals being able to get jobs and earn a living wage and students who will often work for less-than-living wages.