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.)

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knowledgeequalsblackpower:

sweetsweetsweetdivinething:

uncle-toms-rib-shack:

thewhitemankilledthetruth:

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cessium:

acoolgeoduck:

azelbasil:

So this is one of the men involved in the raping in Ohio. His facebook even says “Head Rapist at Rape Crew.” He was not charged at all.

If only what he said here wasn’t true. 

WOW

CAN WE LIKE 

OH MY FUCK

THE PRIVILEGE HERE MAKES ME SICK.

I would actually strangle him if I had the misfortune of ever being near him.

“This country loves football more than its own daughters”

I want you all to think long and hard about that.

Just google bomb Michael Nodianos’ name yall

The boy ain’t lyin, doe.

Yeah, he’s right. This stupid, awful country loves damn near everything more than its daughters.

He’s correct.

This is so sickening.

Jan 08
porpoiselessness:

knowledgeequalsblackpower:

sweetsweetsweetdivinething:

uncle-toms-rib-shack:

thewhitemankilledthetruth:

vegetarianlyfe:

cessium:


acoolgeoduck:


azelbasil:


So this is one of the men involved in the raping in Ohio. His facebook even says “Head Rapist at Rape Crew.” He was not charged at all.
If only what he said here wasn’t true. 


WOW
CAN WE LIKE 
OH MY FUCK
THE PRIVILEGE HERE MAKES ME SICK.


I would actually strangle him if I had the misfortune of ever being near him.


“This country loves football more than its own daughters”
I want you all to think long and hard about that.

Just google bomb Michael Nodianos’ name yall

The boy ain’t lyin, doe.

Yeah, he’s right. This stupid, awful country loves damn near everything more than its daughters.

He’s correct.

This is so sickening.

songstersmiscellany replied to your post: I was just watching the season premiere of…

You mean it doesn’t praise the virtues of torture, er, I mean “enhanced coercive interrogation techniques”?

Okay, so I finished the episode of Homeland, and I was going to SCREAMING about it anyway, so why not make it a reply? Per my previous post, I love this show so much it’s a physical thing, I was shaking by the end. This is what television can do when it’s intelligent and nuanced. I just—the Arabic is so nice to hear when it’s not just ominous mutterings, and Beirut looks exactly like itself, and every important character is complex but believable and breathing and real, and I identify with Carrie probably a little too much. I’ll just leave it that I totally agree with this recap/review, and that that goes to show that this show works even for people who aren’t predisposed to respond to it like crack. (I am predisposed this way, can you tell?)

PEOPLE ARE BEING INTELLIGENT ABOUT THE NATIONAL SECURITY STATE AND THE MIDDLE EASTAND MOOD DISORDERS ON TV AND IT TURNS OUT I DON’T KNOW HOW TO HANDLE THAT

Okay but to actually answer your question, it does not. Torture from the American side hasn’t been dealt with so much (can’t go into detail without spoilers), but drones are a major concern on the show. We see Arab-American Muslims of a variety of allegiances, a white Muslim convert, veterans, CIA agents, government fuckwits (and while the show’s beautifully ambivalent about a lot of things, it’s pretty clear that the ones building their careers shortsightedly on violence overseas should get no sympathy from the audience), a former POW, military wives, some victims overseas, full-blown terrorists, Islam as a balm as well as a tool, and a deeply sensitive portrait of severe bipolar disorder. We do not get “and then Jack Bauer, our Lord and Savior, chopped off some guy’s fingers FOR AMERICA.”

EVERYONE JUST WATCH THE SHOW OKAY

Oct 03
Oct 03

gqgqqt:

daggerpen:

wishyouweremegan:

notasamalander:

garpusstuff:

TW for racism, homophobia, transphobia.  If you can read it, though, do, since his story needs to get out there.

qu33riousity:

In August I worked full time at a start up in San Francisco, a gaming company in the financial District.  For reasons I outline at the end of this recollection, I cannot name the company or use the real names of anyone in the office I discuss.  I can say that ironically, months before working there, I took a picture of one of their (MANY) ads plastered all over the downtown BART stations, as well as in the trains themselves:

Yeah, I worked for that misleading eyesore.  I was offered the job while I was at a coffee shop a few blocks from my new spot in Oakland, maybe not even a week after returning to The Bay from New Orleans.  I was approached by a person who runs a contracting “company,” hiring video game testers to work at various game companies.  Literally, he walked up to me as I was drinking coffee and doing computery things and asked “Excuse, do you play video games?” 

o.0

He gave me his contact info and walked away. I turned to Li like “was that for real or was he being an uber creep and hitting on me?” At this point I wish it was the latter and nothing more came of it.

Read More

This needs to get out more.  That shit isn’t remotely OK, and it’s endemic to the tech industry.  I hope they’re paying his kids’ college bills for eternity.

Read this, but be warned, the racism is thick and it hurts.

jesus fuck this isn’t okay at all

This article contains content warning for every fucking ism under the sun, and will completely ruin your day. Please know what you are getting into before you read it, but if you can read it, please get the story out there. This is just. Oh my god.

This kind of shit happens to people every day and it’s awful; I can’t even be shocked. Good for qu33riousity talking openly about it and taking action.

Oct 02
porpoiselessness:

knowledgeequalsblackpower:

sweetsweetsweetdivinething:

uncle-toms-rib-shack:

thewhitemankilledthetruth:

vegetarianlyfe:

cessium:


acoolgeoduck:


azelbasil:


So this is one of the men involved in the raping in Ohio. His facebook even says “Head Rapist at Rape Crew.” He was not charged at all.
If only what he said here wasn’t true. 


WOW
CAN WE LIKE 
OH MY FUCK
THE PRIVILEGE HERE MAKES ME SICK.


I would actually strangle him if I had the misfortune of ever being near him.


“This country loves football more than its own daughters”
I want you all to think long and hard about that.

Just google bomb Michael Nodianos’ name yall

The boy ain’t lyin, doe.

Yeah, he’s right. This stupid, awful country loves damn near everything more than its daughters.

He’s correct.

This is so sickening.

porpoiselessness:

knowledgeequalsblackpower:

sweetsweetsweetdivinething:

uncle-toms-rib-shack:

thewhitemankilledthetruth:

vegetarianlyfe:

cessium:

acoolgeoduck:

azelbasil:

So this is one of the men involved in the raping in Ohio. His facebook even says “Head Rapist at Rape Crew.” He was not charged at all.

If only what he said here wasn’t true. 

WOW

CAN WE LIKE 

OH MY FUCK

THE PRIVILEGE HERE MAKES ME SICK.

I would actually strangle him if I had the misfortune of ever being near him.

“This country loves football more than its own daughters”

I want you all to think long and hard about that.

Just google bomb Michael Nodianos’ name yall

The boy ain’t lyin, doe.

Yeah, he’s right. This stupid, awful country loves damn near everything more than its daughters.

He’s correct.

This is so sickening.

Posted on Wednesday October 3rd 2012 at 04:35pm. Its tags are listed below.

songstersmiscellany replied to your post: I was just watching the season premiere of…

You mean it doesn’t praise the virtues of torture, er, I mean “enhanced coercive interrogation techniques”?

Okay, so I finished the episode of Homeland, and I was going to SCREAMING about it anyway, so why not make it a reply? Per my previous post, I love this show so much it’s a physical thing, I was shaking by the end. This is what television can do when it’s intelligent and nuanced. I just—the Arabic is so nice to hear when it’s not just ominous mutterings, and Beirut looks exactly like itself, and every important character is complex but believable and breathing and real, and I identify with Carrie probably a little too much. I’ll just leave it that I totally agree with this recap/review, and that that goes to show that this show works even for people who aren’t predisposed to respond to it like crack. (I am predisposed this way, can you tell?)

PEOPLE ARE BEING INTELLIGENT ABOUT THE NATIONAL SECURITY STATE AND THE MIDDLE EASTAND MOOD DISORDERS ON TV AND IT TURNS OUT I DON’T KNOW HOW TO HANDLE THAT

Okay but to actually answer your question, it does not. Torture from the American side hasn’t been dealt with so much (can’t go into detail without spoilers), but drones are a major concern on the show. We see Arab-American Muslims of a variety of allegiances, a white Muslim convert, veterans, CIA agents, government fuckwits (and while the show’s beautifully ambivalent about a lot of things, it’s pretty clear that the ones building their careers shortsightedly on violence overseas should get no sympathy from the audience), a former POW, military wives, some victims overseas, full-blown terrorists, Islam as a balm as well as a tool, and a deeply sensitive portrait of severe bipolar disorder. We do not get “and then Jack Bauer, our Lord and Savior, chopped off some guy’s fingers FOR AMERICA.”

EVERYONE JUST WATCH THE SHOW OKAY

Racist Moments of 2012, Pt.1 ~The Workplace~

gqgqqt:

daggerpen:

wishyouweremegan:

notasamalander:

garpusstuff:

TW for racism, homophobia, transphobia.  If you can read it, though, do, since his story needs to get out there.

qu33riousity:

In August I worked full time at a start up in San Francisco, a gaming company in the financial District.  For reasons I outline at the end of this recollection, I cannot name the company or use the real names of anyone in the office I discuss.  I can say that ironically, months before working there, I took a picture of one of their (MANY) ads plastered all over the downtown BART stations, as well as in the trains themselves:

Yeah, I worked for that misleading eyesore.  I was offered the job while I was at a coffee shop a few blocks from my new spot in Oakland, maybe not even a week after returning to The Bay from New Orleans.  I was approached by a person who runs a contracting “company,” hiring video game testers to work at various game companies.  Literally, he walked up to me as I was drinking coffee and doing computery things and asked “Excuse, do you play video games?” 

o.0

He gave me his contact info and walked away. I turned to Li like “was that for real or was he being an uber creep and hitting on me?” At this point I wish it was the latter and nothing more came of it.

Read More

This needs to get out more.  That shit isn’t remotely OK, and it’s endemic to the tech industry.  I hope they’re paying his kids’ college bills for eternity.

Read this, but be warned, the racism is thick and it hurts.

jesus fuck this isn’t okay at all

This article contains content warning for every fucking ism under the sun, and will completely ruin your day. Please know what you are getting into before you read it, but if you can read it, please get the story out there. This is just. Oh my god.

This kind of shit happens to people every day and it’s awful; I can’t even be shocked. Good for qu33riousity talking openly about it and taking action.

The worst thing you will read today

This is a brief report on Save The Children’s new report on the torture of children by the Syrian government and more generally during the uprising. Even this short reflection contains some graphic and detailed descriptions of imprisonment, torture and beatings of children. MASSIVE TRIGGER WARNING. Kenner observes (this part does not discuss torture directly) that such atrocities might, to some degree, underlie the extraordinary tenacity of the Syrian uprising:

These accounts are important to read. Many of the reasons given for the Syrian revolt—sectarian divisions, economic realities, and political mismanagement—are all true, but they tend to conceal an important reality: This uprising is an almost unfathomable venture. Why would a largely unarmed population initially attempt to resist an army supplied by one of the world’s major powers? What could compel Syrians to keep on resisting after tens of thousands had been killed, in the face of constant shelling and air bombardment?

Hopefully, these horror stories will provide a sense of why the Syrian revolt grinds on today, as it has every day now for 18 months.