Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Literally "Happy chance," but it means "Nice to meet you" in Arabic. (I chose the name when I was living in Egypt.)

If you're looking for substance, there's a handy link called "Analysis" right down below, which I invite you to check out. The rest is shorter thoughts, humor, caps lock, and the occasional personal post. Ask me anything you like.

FYI, I co-blog a lot of pop culture, fangirly things with my dear CT over at 22drunkb. If you enjoy hilarity and flailing, head that way. ________

backpackersguidetoearth:

Sunday Song

To The Top - Twin Shadow

I haven’t been addicted like this to a song for a long time. I just can’t stop listening to it, on repeat, all day.

I’m not scared if you run to me
lost like when you were mine
and you can take what you want from me
just offer me your time

[Previous Sunday Songs]

Aug 30

kittydoom:

salon:

We dare you to say we don’t live in a rape culture.

Amazingly, not The Onion:

“[W]e now have young men telling Bloomberg News that they basically view their female peers as rape bombs just waiting to explode and ruin their lives.”

rape bombs just waiting to explode and ruin their lives 

REALLY. THAT SOUNDS SO ODDLY FAMILIAR.

Aug 30

kingjaffejoffer:

Michael Brown’s dad before the burial. 

The emotion and all of the sweat…. shit is hard to look at, even if its only a picture

Aug 30
kingjaffejoffer:

Michael Brown’s dad before the burial. 
The emotion and all of the sweat…. shit is hard to look at, even if its only a picture

darksilenceinsuburbia:

Olafur Eliasson

Riverbed

Photography by Anders Sune Berg

Aug 30

femburton:

Jeff “Vintage Dick” Goldblum in GQ Magazine, September 2014

Aug 29
Twin Shadow
—  To The Top

backpackersguidetoearth:

Sunday Song

To The Top - Twin Shadow

I haven’t been addicted like this to a song for a long time. I just can’t stop listening to it, on repeat, all day.

I’m not scared if you run to me
lost like when you were mine
and you can take what you want from me
just offer me your time

[Previous Sunday Songs]

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Saturday August 30th 2014 at 06:01pm. Its tags are listed below.

The real story behind the war over YA novels

tamorapierce:

erinburr:

curliestofcrowns:

angst-inmypants:

note-a-bear:

y’all should probably spend some time reading this

Oh my god this was supposed to be about books but it’s actually about my relationship with my parents I was unprepared for these feels

yep yep yep this

"The hot insistence on labeling YA as “trashy” and not fit for adult reading isn’t just about a visceral hatred of genre fiction. It’s also a form of denial from older adults who don’t want to engage with the issues faced by Millennials. If the validity of experiences underlying the desire to read YA can be eliminated, then older adults can feel less responsible for what they did to the generations that followed them"

This is a great, smart article, and well worth reading.  It’s also worth sharing around.

'Do you consider yourself a feminist?'
‘I don’t really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life.’

- Taylor Swift 2012

'As a teenager, I didn’t understand that saying you’re a feminist is just saying that you hope women and men will have equal rights and equal opportunities. What it seemed to me, the way it was phrased in culture, society, was that you hate men. And now, I think a lot of girls have had a feminist awakening because they understand what the word means.'

- Taylor Swift 2014

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Saturday August 30th 2014 at 05:00pm. Its tags are listed below.

kittydoom:

salon:

We dare you to say we don’t live in a rape culture.

Amazingly, not The Onion:

“[W]e now have young men telling Bloomberg News that they basically view their female peers as rape bombs just waiting to explode and ruin their lives.”

rape bombs just waiting to explode and ruin their lives 

REALLY. THAT SOUNDS SO ODDLY FAMILIAR.

kingjaffejoffer:

Michael Brown’s dad before the burial. 
The emotion and all of the sweat…. shit is hard to look at, even if its only a picture
kingjaffejoffer:

Michael Brown’s dad before the burial. 
The emotion and all of the sweat…. shit is hard to look at, even if its only a picture

kingjaffejoffer:

Michael Brown’s dad before the burial. 

The emotion and all of the sweat…. shit is hard to look at, even if its only a picture

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Friday August 29th 2014 at 06:30pm. Its tags are listed below.

The phrase “rubber bullets” is often used to describe what are more accurately termed “rubber-coated metal bullets”, heavy steel projectiles with a minimal coating of 1mm or 2mm of rubber, that are regularly used to lethal effect alongside — not instead of — live ammunition.

Rubber-coated metal bullets are fired from metal tubes placed on the end of high-velocity rifles such as the M-16s commonly used by Israeli troops. Tubes contain around 8 rubber-coated, cylindrical, steel projectiles, which are powered by blank rounds fired from the gun’s magazine.

[….]

Writing in the medical journal, The Lancet, [doctors] said firing the bullets at civilians made it “impossible to avoid severe injuries to vulnerable body regions such as the head, neck and upper torso, leading to substantial mortality, morbidity and disability.”

They added: “We reported a substantial number of severe injuries and fatalities inflicted by use of rubber bullets when vulnerable upper-body regions such as the head, neck and upper torso were struck.

“This type of ammunition should therefore not be considered a safe method of crowd control.”

femburton:

Jeff “Vintage Dick” Goldblum in GQ Magazine, September 2014