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.

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Tagged ?:

sangheliios:

ppl who always automatically assume every alien race is monogamous/heterosexual/has the same exact concept of gender

image

Sep 19
Sep 19

tycho-science:

rosetatroll:

tycho-science:

laliberty:

kv96ic28:

This is how the police in the USA handle someone who is “resisting”.  Notice his “resistance”.

The eagerness with which the rotund cop scampered in to tase the unarmed black man with his hands in the air further serves to demonstrate how so many cops join the force for power-tripping opportunities to dish out abuse just like this.

And that’s what it always is.

Ugh. I HATE always having to point this out. I’m not big into cops, never want to be one. However, having read a lot of books on law enforcement, and noticing that, like EVERY FUCKING POST LIKE THIS, the people who made it did no research on what happened. Here are some serious questions to ask and research before pulling the whole race card/power trip BS.

What was he being arrested for?

Did he have a weapon on hims (Remember, just because it isn’t in his hands doesn’t mean it’s not there)

Had he ‘decided to go in peacefully’ before only to run off, and is possibly trying to do it again.

What was his record?

people have posted this sort of crap before, and when i actually bother to research it, there is often a REAL reason they tazed a ‘unarmed man who doesn’t seem to be resisting arrest’.

The cop doing using the taser isn’t following any proper SOP. Furthermore, the burden of proof lies in defending breach of procedure or poorly written or designed procedures of operation. It’s not the other way around.

Second, police are not soldiers and not in a war zone. It is not their job to suspend judgement and fall on procedures or orders. It is their job to make a judgement call that a law has been violated, decide a course of action, and then bring the perpetrator to justice. They are not the jury, the judge, or the executioner. It is not their job to administer punishment.

Jan 17
tycho-science:

rosetatroll:

tycho-science:

laliberty:

kv96ic28:

This is how the police in the USA handle someone who is “resisting”.  Notice his “resistance”.

The eagerness with which the rotund cop scampered in to tase the unarmed black man with his hands in the air further serves to demonstrate how so many cops join the force for power-tripping opportunities to dish out abuse just like this.

And that’s what it always is.

Ugh. I HATE always having to point this out. I’m not big into cops, never want to be one. However, having read a lot of books on law enforcement, and noticing that, like EVERY FUCKING POST LIKE THIS, the people who made it did no research on what happened. Here are some serious questions to ask and research before pulling the whole race card/power trip BS.
What was he being arrested for?
Did he have a weapon on hims (Remember, just because it isn’t in his hands doesn’t mean it’s not there)
Had he ‘decided to go in peacefully’ before only to run off, and is possibly trying to do it again.
What was his record?
people have posted this sort of crap before, and when i actually bother to research it, there is often a REAL reason they tazed a ‘unarmed man who doesn’t seem to be resisting arrest’.

The cop doing using the taser isn’t following any proper SOP. Furthermore, the burden of proof lies in defending breach of procedure or poorly written or designed procedures of operation. It’s not the other way around.
Second, police are not soldiers and not in a war zone. It is not their job to suspend judgement and fall on procedures or orders. It is their job to make a judgement call that a law has been violated, decide a course of action, and then bring the perpetrator to justice. They are not the jury, the judge, or the executioner. It is not their job to administer punishment.

amazonpoodle:

theinfernalcakewalk:

combatbrodom:

sweaterkittensahoy:

The premise of the film project is simple: a woman is asked to read an excerpt from a personally elected body of literature. (x)

It’s called “Hysterical Literature,” and I have never seen a better example of questioning why it is that educated women (whether self or otherwise) always seem to be showcased as having no interest in sex. They all choose interesting books, and they all get off, and it’s fabulous.

It’s also brought forth a lot of comments (on youtube and otherwise) and WHY WOULD SOMEONE DO THIS. IT’S SO DIRTY, and I feel that’s part of the point: Why is this considered so scandalous? It’s just sex. In fact, we don’t even SEE the sex, so the only thing that could be making people uncomfortable while watching it seems to be watching a woman enjoying getting sexual pleasure.

And maybe some of those people just aren’t into voyeurism  and that’s cool. But I’m betting a lot of them just don’t like to consider that maybe they think women having sexual pleasure is weird and that they think that you can’t have sexual pleasure as a woman and also have other facets and appreciation for “finer things.”

What I’m saying is, this whole series gives me a lot of thoughts.

Always reblog because Hysterical Literature is the sexiest thing I’ve seen in a long while. 

Pretty sure I’ll wanna watch this later soooo

I think some reasons for why the people who probably do watch porn are made so uncomfortable by Hysterical Literature are a little more involved, since there’s definitely a decent market for porn in which women masturbate solo. It’s not JUST that each woman is experiencing sexual pleasure, it’s the combination of a bunch of aspects that are specific to this series:

  • each woman is without a partner, so she’s not servicing anyone;
  • she’s without a partner, so her attention is focused inward — this is completely about her enjoyment only;
  • she’s without a partner, but she does have a vibrator and her own body, so she isn’t dependent on any other human for her orgasm;
  • she’s reading a selection of her own aloud with some serious dedication, demonstrating that there are things she finds just as interesting as sex;
  • we don’t get any of the visuals or the melodrama or the POV that are usually considered to be the point of porn, so we can’t be titillated by her body (or her partner’s body/actions, or her reactions to her partner’s body/actions) — we don’t get to see what’s causing her pleasure, we only see how it makes her feel.

The whole production is actually super-dismissive of mainstream (straight) porn and its primary audience (dudes), in that it’s not particularly staged for the viewer’s pleasure (there’s no pretense that there isn’t a viewer — it’s just not about them) unless the viewer happens to be a person who gets off on the idea of women having some fantastic selfish orgasms, even when the viewer is in no way invited to imagine themselves participating. :D

FANTASTIC.

Oct 10

posttragicmulatto:

Fears over Australian plan to sterilize Aboriginal children .

jess-curious:

toiletmagic:

THIS NEEDS AS MUCH ATTENTION AS POSSIBLE PLEASE READ

Children (of any age) able to consent to sterilisation and 12 year olds to consent to psychosurgery and electroshock without any parental consent in W.A. (this is link to quotes below)

PARENTS RIGHT TO VISIT & COMMUNICATE WITH THEIR CHILD CAN BE REMOVED: At any time a psychiatrist can decide it is not in the child’s best interest to see his or her parents. The psychiatrist can make an order which prohibits the right of a parent to visit or communicate with their child, and refuse the child access to the telephone or visits from friends. [Pages: 145, 146 of the Draft Mental Health Bill 2011]

KIDS PLACED IN PSYCHIATRIC WARDS WITH ADULTS:The draft bill does not rule out children being held in wards with adults if the mental health service considers it is appropriate for them to be there. Children should never be treated in a psychiatric ward with adults. To consider exposing children to such an environment shows pitiful respect for them and leaves them open to physical and sexual abuse in an environment where there is insufficient supervision. [Page 161 of the Draft Mental Health Bill 2011]

RESTRAINT AND SECLUSION OF CHILDREN: Children can be restrained in a psychiatric institution. Only the use of mechanical restraint (manacles, belts, straps etc.) and the use of bodily force by others are covered in the draft bill. Chemical restraint, the use of psychiatric drugs to subdue and control the person, is not covered in the draft bill, so there are no legal safeguards to prevent its application

INVOLUNTARY COMMITMENT OF CHILDREN: At any time or place, a medical practitioner or authorised mental health practitioner (the draft bill does not even define who this will be) who “suspects” a child of mental illness can make a legal order for them to be sent for psychiatric assessment. Even a child at a medical appointment or in a general hospital suspected of mental illness could be detained for up to 3 days while awaiting transport for assessment. Once the child is transported to the assessing psychiatrist (usually at a psychiatric hospital) the psychiatrist can involuntarily detain the child for up to 14 days. Parents will not be able to discharge their child and take them home; the psychiatrist has the power to prevent parents from seeing their child if they decide it is in the child’s best interest. A psychiatrist can then make a “continuation order” to continue the involuntary commitment for up to 3 months once the 14 days has expired. He or she can continue to do this in up to 3 month blocks each time. During detainment the child could be drugged, restrained, secluded, given electroshock (if 12 or over) and could be put into a ward with adults. Parental consent is not required to continue the detainment or for any treatment.

WHAT THE FUCK

WHAT THE FUCK WHAT THE FUCK WHAT THE FUCK

this needs as much attention as possible

there was a petition but it has CLOSED, I can’t yet source the current status of the bill but here are relevant people to contact:

I am ashamed and disgusted at myself and the people of Perth, W.A and Australia for tallowing this to GET THIS FUCKING FAR

FOR FUCKS SAKE

This is actually the most terrifying thing in the world to me, because even though I have extreme respect for and interest in the psychological and psychiatric professions, I’ve had some seriously bad personal experiences with them that only serve to compound my phobia of mental hospitals, psychiatric drugs, and any form of restraint. The idea of this happening to children younger than me is sickening.

Sep 13
Sep 13

Happiness , Al Minya - Egypt 1997

Mar 20

Happiness , Al Minya - Egypt 1997

thepoliticalnotebook:

Fine art in Damascus… Digital artist Tammam Azzam created this work, superimposing Gustav Klimt’s famous painting “The Kiss” over a bullet-riddled building façade in Damascus. (This is not an actual mural there.)

According to the artist:

I want to discuss how the whole world could be interested in art and on the other hand two hundred people are killed every day in Syria. Goya created a work to immortalize [the] killing of hundreds of innocent Spanish citizens on May 3, 1808. How many May 3rds do we have in Syria today?

The other two images are similar works of Azzam’s… using Matisse’s “La Danse” and Gauguin’s “Tahitian Women on the Beach” on top of similar scenes from Syria.

Via The Huffington Post. (HT @sultanalqassemi)

Feb 06

sangheliios:

ppl who always automatically assume every alien race is monogamous/heterosexual/has the same exact concept of gender

image

tycho-science:

rosetatroll:

tycho-science:

laliberty:

kv96ic28:

This is how the police in the USA handle someone who is “resisting”.  Notice his “resistance”.

The eagerness with which the rotund cop scampered in to tase the unarmed black man with his hands in the air further serves to demonstrate how so many cops join the force for power-tripping opportunities to dish out abuse just like this.

And that’s what it always is.

Ugh. I HATE always having to point this out. I’m not big into cops, never want to be one. However, having read a lot of books on law enforcement, and noticing that, like EVERY FUCKING POST LIKE THIS, the people who made it did no research on what happened. Here are some serious questions to ask and research before pulling the whole race card/power trip BS.
What was he being arrested for?
Did he have a weapon on hims (Remember, just because it isn’t in his hands doesn’t mean it’s not there)
Had he ‘decided to go in peacefully’ before only to run off, and is possibly trying to do it again.
What was his record?
people have posted this sort of crap before, and when i actually bother to research it, there is often a REAL reason they tazed a ‘unarmed man who doesn’t seem to be resisting arrest’.

The cop doing using the taser isn’t following any proper SOP. Furthermore, the burden of proof lies in defending breach of procedure or poorly written or designed procedures of operation. It’s not the other way around.
Second, police are not soldiers and not in a war zone. It is not their job to suspend judgement and fall on procedures or orders. It is their job to make a judgement call that a law has been violated, decide a course of action, and then bring the perpetrator to justice. They are not the jury, the judge, or the executioner. It is not their job to administer punishment.

tycho-science:

rosetatroll:

tycho-science:

laliberty:

kv96ic28:

This is how the police in the USA handle someone who is “resisting”.  Notice his “resistance”.

The eagerness with which the rotund cop scampered in to tase the unarmed black man with his hands in the air further serves to demonstrate how so many cops join the force for power-tripping opportunities to dish out abuse just like this.

And that’s what it always is.

Ugh. I HATE always having to point this out. I’m not big into cops, never want to be one. However, having read a lot of books on law enforcement, and noticing that, like EVERY FUCKING POST LIKE THIS, the people who made it did no research on what happened. Here are some serious questions to ask and research before pulling the whole race card/power trip BS.

What was he being arrested for?

Did he have a weapon on hims (Remember, just because it isn’t in his hands doesn’t mean it’s not there)

Had he ‘decided to go in peacefully’ before only to run off, and is possibly trying to do it again.

What was his record?

people have posted this sort of crap before, and when i actually bother to research it, there is often a REAL reason they tazed a ‘unarmed man who doesn’t seem to be resisting arrest’.

The cop doing using the taser isn’t following any proper SOP. Furthermore, the burden of proof lies in defending breach of procedure or poorly written or designed procedures of operation. It’s not the other way around.

Second, police are not soldiers and not in a war zone. It is not their job to suspend judgement and fall on procedures or orders. It is their job to make a judgement call that a law has been violated, decide a course of action, and then bring the perpetrator to justice. They are not the jury, the judge, or the executioner. It is not their job to administer punishment.

amazonpoodle:

theinfernalcakewalk:

combatbrodom:

sweaterkittensahoy:

The premise of the film project is simple: a woman is asked to read an excerpt from a personally elected body of literature. (x)

It’s called “Hysterical Literature,” and I have never seen a better example of questioning why it is that educated women (whether self or otherwise) always seem to be showcased as having no interest in sex. They all choose interesting books, and they all get off, and it’s fabulous.

It’s also brought forth a lot of comments (on youtube and otherwise) and WHY WOULD SOMEONE DO THIS. IT’S SO DIRTY, and I feel that’s part of the point: Why is this considered so scandalous? It’s just sex. In fact, we don’t even SEE the sex, so the only thing that could be making people uncomfortable while watching it seems to be watching a woman enjoying getting sexual pleasure.

And maybe some of those people just aren’t into voyeurism  and that’s cool. But I’m betting a lot of them just don’t like to consider that maybe they think women having sexual pleasure is weird and that they think that you can’t have sexual pleasure as a woman and also have other facets and appreciation for “finer things.”

What I’m saying is, this whole series gives me a lot of thoughts.

Always reblog because Hysterical Literature is the sexiest thing I’ve seen in a long while. 

Pretty sure I’ll wanna watch this later soooo

I think some reasons for why the people who probably do watch porn are made so uncomfortable by Hysterical Literature are a little more involved, since there’s definitely a decent market for porn in which women masturbate solo. It’s not JUST that each woman is experiencing sexual pleasure, it’s the combination of a bunch of aspects that are specific to this series:

  • each woman is without a partner, so she’s not servicing anyone;
  • she’s without a partner, so her attention is focused inward — this is completely about her enjoyment only;
  • she’s without a partner, but she does have a vibrator and her own body, so she isn’t dependent on any other human for her orgasm;
  • she’s reading a selection of her own aloud with some serious dedication, demonstrating that there are things she finds just as interesting as sex;
  • we don’t get any of the visuals or the melodrama or the POV that are usually considered to be the point of porn, so we can’t be titillated by her body (or her partner’s body/actions, or her reactions to her partner’s body/actions) — we don’t get to see what’s causing her pleasure, we only see how it makes her feel.

The whole production is actually super-dismissive of mainstream (straight) porn and its primary audience (dudes), in that it’s not particularly staged for the viewer’s pleasure (there’s no pretense that there isn’t a viewer — it’s just not about them) unless the viewer happens to be a person who gets off on the idea of women having some fantastic selfish orgasms, even when the viewer is in no way invited to imagine themselves participating. :D

FANTASTIC.

posttragicmulatto:

Fears over Australian plan to sterilize Aboriginal children .

jess-curious:

toiletmagic:

THIS NEEDS AS MUCH ATTENTION AS POSSIBLE PLEASE READ

Children (of any age) able to consent to sterilisation and 12 year olds to consent to psychosurgery and electroshock without any parental consent in W.A. (this is link to quotes below)

PARENTS RIGHT TO VISIT & COMMUNICATE WITH THEIR CHILD CAN BE REMOVED: At any time a psychiatrist can decide it is not in the child’s best interest to see his or her parents. The psychiatrist can make an order which prohibits the right of a parent to visit or communicate with their child, and refuse the child access to the telephone or visits from friends. [Pages: 145, 146 of the Draft Mental Health Bill 2011]

KIDS PLACED IN PSYCHIATRIC WARDS WITH ADULTS:The draft bill does not rule out children being held in wards with adults if the mental health service considers it is appropriate for them to be there. Children should never be treated in a psychiatric ward with adults. To consider exposing children to such an environment shows pitiful respect for them and leaves them open to physical and sexual abuse in an environment where there is insufficient supervision. [Page 161 of the Draft Mental Health Bill 2011]

RESTRAINT AND SECLUSION OF CHILDREN: Children can be restrained in a psychiatric institution. Only the use of mechanical restraint (manacles, belts, straps etc.) and the use of bodily force by others are covered in the draft bill. Chemical restraint, the use of psychiatric drugs to subdue and control the person, is not covered in the draft bill, so there are no legal safeguards to prevent its application

INVOLUNTARY COMMITMENT OF CHILDREN: At any time or place, a medical practitioner or authorised mental health practitioner (the draft bill does not even define who this will be) who “suspects” a child of mental illness can make a legal order for them to be sent for psychiatric assessment. Even a child at a medical appointment or in a general hospital suspected of mental illness could be detained for up to 3 days while awaiting transport for assessment. Once the child is transported to the assessing psychiatrist (usually at a psychiatric hospital) the psychiatrist can involuntarily detain the child for up to 14 days. Parents will not be able to discharge their child and take them home; the psychiatrist has the power to prevent parents from seeing their child if they decide it is in the child’s best interest. A psychiatrist can then make a “continuation order” to continue the involuntary commitment for up to 3 months once the 14 days has expired. He or she can continue to do this in up to 3 month blocks each time. During detainment the child could be drugged, restrained, secluded, given electroshock (if 12 or over) and could be put into a ward with adults. Parental consent is not required to continue the detainment or for any treatment.

WHAT THE FUCK

WHAT THE FUCK WHAT THE FUCK WHAT THE FUCK

this needs as much attention as possible

there was a petition but it has CLOSED, I can’t yet source the current status of the bill but here are relevant people to contact:

I am ashamed and disgusted at myself and the people of Perth, W.A and Australia for tallowing this to GET THIS FUCKING FAR

FOR FUCKS SAKE

This is actually the most terrifying thing in the world to me, because even though I have extreme respect for and interest in the psychological and psychiatric professions, I’ve had some seriously bad personal experiences with them that only serve to compound my phobia of mental hospitals, psychiatric drugs, and any form of restraint. The idea of this happening to children younger than me is sickening.

Friend of Boston bombing suspect unarmed when killed by FBI — RT USA

priceofliberty:

so he DIDN’T HAVE A FUCKING KNIFE LIKE THEY SAID HE DID AND AS I KNEW WAS A FUCKING LIE?

i am so fucking sick of trigger-happy law enforcement i just

can’t summon up the energy to say anything about it anymore


Happiness , Al Minya - Egypt 1997

Happiness , Al Minya - Egypt 1997

Happiness , Al Minya - Egypt 1997

thepoliticalnotebook:

Fine art in Damascus… Digital artist Tammam Azzam created this work, superimposing Gustav Klimt’s famous painting “The Kiss” over a bullet-riddled building façade in Damascus. (This is not an actual mural there.)

According to the artist:

I want to discuss how the whole world could be interested in art and on the other hand two hundred people are killed every day in Syria. Goya created a work to immortalize [the] killing of hundreds of innocent Spanish citizens on May 3, 1808. How many May 3rds do we have in Syria today?

The other two images are similar works of Azzam’s… using Matisse’s “La Danse” and Gauguin’s “Tahitian Women on the Beach” on top of similar scenes from Syria.

Via The Huffington Post. (HT @sultanalqassemi)