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The Ouroboros or Uroboros is an extremely ancient symbol generally depicting as a serpent or dragon devouring its own tail, usually associated with some religious groups or old age practices such as alchemy. It was said the symbol was dicovered on the Silk Road and was named by Greek travelers. It was frequently used in alchemical illustrations to symbolize the circular nature of the alchemist’s opus. Often represents self-reflexitivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly recreating itself thus illustrating the Nietzschean concept of eternal recurrence*.

It is also often associated with Gnosticism and Hermaticism. Carl Jung interpreted the Ouroboros as having an archetypal significance to the human psyche. The Jungian psychologist Erich Neumann writes of it as a representation of the pre-ego “dawn state”, depicting the undifferentiated infancy experience of both mankind and the individual child.

*Eternal return (also known as “eternal recurrence”) is a concept that depict the universe has been recurring and thus will continue to recur, in a self-similar form an infinite number of times across infinite time or space.

N.J. School Reverses Position, Will Let Trans Teen Attend As Girl She Is


A middle school in New Jersey has reversed course after allegedly telling a 13-year-old transgender girl that she could only attend classes if she dressed and acted like a boy.

Monday evening, Rachel Pepe received news that Middletown, New Jersey’s Thorne Middle School will allow the teenager to attend school as herself.

In a blog posted yesterday evening, Garden State Equality announced it had been working with Pepe’s school to ensure that administrators and staff are able to provide a safe, welcoming educational environment. After speaking with Middletown Township Public Schools Superintendent William O. George III, GSE Executive Director Andrea Bowen announced that the district has agreed to work with the LGBT rights organization in an effort to make their schools welcoming to all students regardless of gender identity.


Rachel Pepe

“We applaud Superintendent George for taking the right steps to affirm the health and safety of students,” Bowen said in a statement. “This is a victory for transgender students everywhere. This Middletown student and students like her are heroes for standing up for their needs. We’re excited that the community came together in dialogue to bring this situation to a happy resolution.”

A number of legal experts have questioned the legality of the initial stance allegedly taken by the school, noting that both state and federal laws would seem to prohibit a school from forcing students to conform to a certain gender expression.

“Every student in New Jersey deserves equal educational opportunities free from harassment and bullying,” said Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, staff attorney for Lambda Legal, in the joint press release from Garden State Equality. “Students in New Jersey are protected from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying under Title IX as well as New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination and Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act. We are pleased that the Middletown Township Public Schools have recognized their responsibilities under such laws and have agreed to work with the student and her family to ensure a safe educational environment for her.”

Garden State Equality, Lambda Legal, and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network have pledged to continue working with Middletown Township Public Schools, providing staff members with the proper training to ensure that Pepe and other trans students will be able to receive an education free from discrimination.




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Thank fucking god

"please stay informed yet calm!", that’s very wise. 

Palestinians and Missourians find common cause amidst the tear gas

In Dellwood, Ferguson, basically, in North County, if you’re black, they’re going to stop you,” a resident said according to a new report on policing in the area.

For residents of Ferguson, Missouri, and surrounding municipalities in St. Louis County, it’s not surprising that racial tensions have boiled over. In a town of 21,000, two-thirds of the residents are African-American, and many reports have highlighted a fraught relationship between Ferguson’s residents and its mostly white police force. Only three people in the 53-member police department are black, according to the Washington Post, and the Ferguson Police Department disproportionately stops and arrests black drivers.

“Everybody in this city has been a victim of DWB, [driving while black],” Anthony Ross, 26, explained to the Post.

Despite Ferguson’s relative poverty, fines and court fees comprise the second largest source of revenue for the city, a total of $2,635,400, according to the ArchCity Defenders report. And in 2013, the Ferguson Municipal Court issued 24,532 arrest warrants and 12,018 cases, or about 3 warrants and 1.5 cases per household.

Racially profiled *for profit* in Ferguson. From dirty tricks by the local courts to bogus traffic stops by the police, in a city where two thirds of the residents are Black people, these residents don’t just feel that they are getting stopped because of the color of their skin. Rather, they feel like they are getting stopped because of the color of their skin so that the city of Ferguson can profit off of them—for traffic tickets.

A literal “Black tax”

Read The entire article.

(via thingspeopleasklibrarians)

Officer involved in Monday shooting had body cam turned off



welp there goes that idea

the cops shouldnt even have the option to fucking turn it off????????????????????????????????????? it should be remote operated why on earth would you entrust a cop with that

(Source: ethiopienne)



Here’s the shotguns used tonight. Lots of restraint shown:

Summary of the night (August 18th, 2014):

There were many arrests throughout the night. Water bottles and other objects were thrown at police, and after gunshots rang out near the QuikTrip, police began firing smoke and gas indiscriminately. There have been reports of white anarchist agitators from out of town, provoking police.

Many protesters ran, terrified, coughing. Journalists were caught in the gas: one canister rolled right under a photographer, who collapsed from it. Fires and bricks were used by residents to try and keep back police.

Police began clearing out the street, ordering anyone who wasn’t credentialed media to leave or be faced with arrest. When one reporter (who is livestreaming the events and has a camera on him) explained he lost his credentials while being fired at and showed his PRESS patch instead, officer told him “this doesn’t mean shit” while ripping the journalist’s PRESS patch off of his vest and throwing it to the ground.

Police formed two lines and began moving forward. A handful of protesters got caught between the lines, trapped but repeatedly told to get out. Among them, WaPo reporter Wesley Lowery reports that the entire neighbourhood has barriers and many people are unable to get home.

SWAT teams have begun doing tactical sweeps and media were ordered away.

Amnesty International was also on the ground tonight and were kicked out by police. Currently, AI is highly critical of the US.

There are still a few people trapped, it appears, including a few reporters, who are tweeting that they’re being mercilessly gassed:

And here’s an image of what it looks like when they fire gas:

Currently waiting for a presser from Captain Johnson, who was seen tonight attempting to keep peace with no helmet/mask/gear.

White out of towners seem to be coming to Ferguson in troves hoping to get their revolution fix while ruining shit for the rest.
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