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Why isn’t this federally funded?

Via U. S. Congressman Bill Huizenga’s newsletter:

“Yesterday, I joined my colleagues from across the nation in building care packages for our men and women in uniform.  These care packages contain toiletries and items that are not readily available while serving in combat zones across the globe. The USO has been a vital partner not only for our men and women in combat, but for the families of our soldiers here at home that need to make ends meet while their loved ones are in harms way.”

Why it is up to volunteers to ensure that servicemembers have basic goods available to them? Why have the extra niceties that care packages traditionally included been crowded out by basic needs items?

flummery:

mymodernmet:

Photographer Martin Klimas captured the exact moment of these kung-fu porcelain figurines shattering on the ground, resulting in chaotically beautiful images.

Shattered Kung-fu

Happy girl, happy boy. Pretty date, swoony boy. (at Blue Cow)

Happy girl, happy boy. Pretty date, swoony boy. (at Blue Cow)

The horizontal and the vertical (at Houseman’s Foods)

The horizontal and the vertical (at Houseman’s Foods)

Today’s Middle East is a slippery place where being afraid of the same monsters is the closest thing to friendship. Alliances tend to be pragmatic and short-lived, and yesterday’s despotic tyrant can quickly become today’s best hope for stability. (If you’re American, “stability” is the thing that keeps your local gas station flush with afortable gasoline; if you live in today’s Middle East, it’s the thing keeps fanatical thugs from burning your house down.)

Make no mistake, when school administrators patrol hallways checking out the legs, arms, shoulders and skin of 10- and 11-year-old girls, and micromanaging their appearance, they are objectifying them and encouraging them to self-objectify in the same way that popular media or purity cultures do.

Soraya Chemaly, School Dress Codes: The Funny-Not-Funny Video You Have to See

(Source: m.huffpost.com)

Since then, I’ve been wary of Esmee’s workload, and I’ve often suspected that teachers don’t have any idea about the cumulative amount of homework the kids are assigned when they are taking five academic classes. There is little to no coordination among teachers in most schools when it comes to assignments and test dates.

Karl Taro Greenfeld, My Daughter’s Homework Is Killing Me, The Atlantic

(Source: The Atlantic)

Will this ever change? Will the Internet ever be safe for women? That depends on whether or not the men who own and operate its most popular services would be willing to accept a decrease in engagement from some users in order to make women feel more comfortable. As it stands, companies like Twitter are testing the limits of their majority female user base, simultaneously relying on women to power their services while implicitly requesting that they bear the brunt of harassment in order to accommodate abusive users.

faboomama:

iwriteaboutfeminism:

A sample of tweets on #Ferguson tonight, 8/13/14

Now that this has happened, I hope that people are no longer entertaining the martyr-like blatherings of racist, white Republicans whining about their “freedoms” because those people watched this and were totally okay with all of these freedoms being squashed.

zoeschlanger:

The Earth is Moving, And It’s Our Fault
Oklahoma has had more earthquakes this year than California. States are rumbling that barely did before. It’s becoming clear that humans are causing quakes through fracking-related injection wells, but plenty of people aren’t convinced.
The Earth, and the science of how everything works, is so big. We are so minute,” one Oklahoma state representative tells me. “For us to think that we have so much to do with these things is almost ludicrous.
And yet, injection-induced quakes are real. Why are we—at the level of our politics and at the level of our individual imaginations—unable to face this? 
As one USGS scientist puts it, “We’re kind of doing an experiment that we’ve never done before.”

zoeschlanger:

The Earth is Moving, And It’s Our Fault

Oklahoma has had more earthquakes this year than California. States are rumbling that barely did before. It’s becoming clear that humans are causing quakes through fracking-related injection wells, but plenty of people aren’t convinced.

The Earth, and the science of how everything works, is so big. We are so minute,” one Oklahoma state representative tells me. “For us to think that we have so much to do with these things is almost ludicrous.

And yet, injection-induced quakes are real. Why are we—at the level of our politics and at the level of our individual imaginations—unable to face this? 

As one USGS scientist puts it, “We’re kind of doing an experiment that we’ve never done before.”