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You’re about as sexually attractive to me as a turtle: Coming out as asexual in a hypersexual culture


I’m in Salon again. It’s pretty cool because I actually got to talk about some of our community’s political issues, though some stuff I said about intersectionality got chopped. As is predictable, the comments are already filling up with “lol mentally ill” and “this isn’t SCIENCE,” so tread carefully should you decide to look.


War in the Garden of Eden: Fearless tribal warriors forsaken by Brazilian government face off against illegal loggers to protect Amazon rain forest 

After spending years helplessly witnessing acre upon acre of the Amazon rain forest in Brazil mercilessly being chopped down by illegal loggers, a small band of indigenous warriors decided to take matters into their own hands.

A recent weeklong raid by the Ka’apor warriors resulted in the arrest of a dozen men, who were caught in the act in the Alto Turiacu Indian reserve in northeast Maranhao state.

'We got tired of waiting for the government,' Ka’apor leader Irakadju told Reuters photographer Lunae Parracho, who accompanied the small army on their mission into the depths of the Amazon.

Illegal logging has been a serious problem throughout the region, especially in Brazil and Peru, for many decades, turning hundreds of thousands of square miles of once-pristine forest into a wasteland dotted with stumps.

A study by a Brazilian commission, cited on WWF’s website, showed that 80 per cent of all logging in the Amazon was illegal during the late 1990s.

Indiscriminately chopping down valuable trees adversely affects species habitat and harms the environment, but reprobate loggers driven by a desire to make a quick profit also pose a serious danger to people who call the Amazon their home.

The Ka’apor tribe shared horror stories about greedy tree poachers who invaded the village of Gurupi last November, roughing up the community’s elders and shooting their animals.

Three months later, loggers shot three indigenous people, one of them nearly fatally.

But despite reports of illegal activities by rogue land grabbers, Brazil’s federal government has often proven unwilling to address the situation head on.

Being left to fend for themselves by the powers that be, Amazon warriors decided to protect their forest by taking on loggers in areas where they have been cutting down trees.

The Ka’apor tribe established ‘protected areas’ and set up permanent camps in each of them, manned by warriors ready to expel any unauthorized tree poacher.

During the August expedition, a band of tribesmen attacked a dozen loggers, stripped them naked, tied them up and beat those who tried to put up a fight as a way of teaching them a harsh lesson.

Before expelling them, one of the warriors told the vanquished loggers: ‘We’re doing this because you are stubborn. We told you not to come back, but you didn’t listen.’

To drive their message home, the warriors torched the unwelcome guests’ vehicles, including tractors used to fell and transport trees, and seized their tools and guns, which they carried back to their village as trophies.

‘Our forest was being taken away from us, but we woke up,’ Irakadju told Reuters. ‘Many whites feel that the standing forest is of no use. They cannot see that a living jungle is good for the entire world and helps the Earth to breathe.’

According to conservative estimates, during the past 40 years just under 20 per cent of the Amazon rain forest has been cut down, which is more than in the previous 450 years since European colonization began.

adoptpets: Thank you brave Ka’apor warriors! It’s sad that the Brazilian government isn’t doing anything to protect the Amazon and have put them in this position. The Brazilian government is too busy profiting from the destruction of the rainforest and then wasting more than $11 billion on the World Cup. The Ka’apor are putting their lives on the line fighting for their homes and the rainforest as recently 4 village leaders were killed by illegal loggers. I’m sure 100 years from now, our ancestors are going to shake their heads in dismay that the world allowed this limited and precious resource that is the Amazon rainforest and all the diverse wildlife that depends on it to be destroyed. 

Please do your part by buying recycled paper and buy wood for your furniture, floors, etc..from reputable companies that aren’t tied to the illegal logging trade. Research before you buy as some discount flooring has been tied to illegal logging.

Recently, Greenpeace called out Lumber Liquidators, the discount hardwood flooring company rapidly opening stores across America, for their part in contributing to illegal logging. Greenpeace says the corporation is knowingly buying illegal Brazilian rainforest wood. The company says it relies on its suppliers to abide by the law.

It’s a story that has been rehashed many times, just with new players. Corporations believe that it’s not their responsibility to insure the foreign sub-contractors they buy from aren’t committing criminal acts in the process. De Beers was accused of buying blood diamonds from slavers in Africa. Wal-Mart buys billions worth of merchandise also allegedly made by slaves in China. Same for Nike in Indonesia. 

“The Amazon rainforest, home to a quarter of known land species on earth, is under siege,” said Greenpeace’s Daniel Brindis, “Illegal timber operations in Brazil are hacking apart this iconic forest. But to American companies that import and sell Amazon wood, this forest crime is out of sight, out of mind. American flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators even buys timber from a Brazilian state where 78% of the wood is illegally harvested.”

Brindis explains that it’s not just the jaguar, spider monkey and three-toed sloth that are being wiped out by logging in the Brazilian rainforest, but local residents are also facing death. Between corrupt politicians and greedy local contractors, the indigenous peoples and environmental activists there are routine recipients of death threats and acts of terror just to silence them. Profiting the most however are the multi-national corporations that buy the illegal Brazilian wood and then resell it in stores across countries like the United States.

“Illegal logging is possible because companies like Lumber Liquidators don’t really know where their lumber comes from,” the Greenpeace spokesman said, “Greenpeace’s investigation, published today, demonstrates how criminals are able to launder illegal timber and disguise it as legal for the market using official Brazilian government documents. To stop Amazon destruction, we must stop US companies from buying into Amazon crime. That begins with Lumber Liquidators - and your voice today.”

Back in May of 2014, Greenpeace members and supporters put themselves in harm’s way to shut down lumber manufacturing and bring a spotlight to their cause. In Brazil, the group’s members invaded one of Lumber Liquidator’s biggest suppliers there, a company already fined for illegal logging practices.

The demonstrators called on Lumber Liquidators to stop buying wood from companies like Pampa Exportacoes that have already been caught and fined for illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest. The last time the Brazilian government took action against the exporter, it cost the company $1 million in fines. But that’s a drop in the bucket compared to the global market for wood products. All together, the group says that Brazil has issued $80 million in fines over the past five years to such companies, with little or no results.




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Native Filmmakers Shoot Dystopian Drama on Pine Ridge Reservation

It’s 2085 on Pine Ridge. The reservation has been quarantined and borders guarded by the military for 30 years. Sparked by the ramifications of the Keystone XL pipeline, the war between the government and the insurgency lasted for eight years and resulted in the dystopian setting that provides the background for "The People," the inaugural project from Indigene Studios.

Based out of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Indigene Studios was co-founded in April 2014 by Willi White, Oglala Lakota, and Angel White Eyes, Oglala Lakota and Ojibwa.

“This is our way of giving back to our communities but also expressing ourselves,” White said. “Non-Natives always come here and sell the same narrative to the mainstream media. We want to change that narrative and give a voice to the stories that are already here.”

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Anonymous asked:

Everything is bright and I feel like I'm floating I want to throw up and cut myself at the same time and there are these fucking things coming back what am I supposed to do I just. I don't know what to do. I'm sorry for sending this.


Hey there friend

I hope you get this, and don’t be sorry for sending me your message.  I care about you. I don’t want you to go through this alone.

Here I am? See? Just another dishevelled spoonie dork face trying to survive, in her PJ’s at 3:51pm.

I don’t know the particulars of your situation, but I’m going to try my best to help. Forgive me if I get things wrong, and please write in again if you need more help.

It sounds like you might be going through a relapse of symptoms, and that’s really scary. I know it is.  

It can feel like you fight and fight to get some stability and then all the thoughts and feelings and urges come back and it’s overwhelming.

The first thing to do is to address that overwhelm and take care of you right now.  If you’re frightened and overwhelmed, thinking about the bigger picture is just going to make you more so.

So let’s try to make your world a bit more simple for now.  When we can’t do much about the internal — our minds working against us — adjusting the external world, or the things we can control, can help.  

Of course, that’s one of the reasons we feel like self harming, or controlling what we eat, or any number of intrusive and unhealthy things.

But that doesn’t mean it can’t be used in a good way. Let’s do that, okay?

First: find somewhere you feel safest  

Are you somewhere you can control your environment, like your own space?  If you can’t get to a space like this, of If you don’t have your own space, even somewhere you know and are comfortable with where there’s less stimulus is good.  Somewhere familiar where you feel least vulnerable.  if other people make you feel safer, then friends can be good too if they are gentle and kind.  

Second: adjust your environment to your needs

For instance, lets dim the lights if you can do that.  If you’re having sensory overload, you might want low light that’s easier on your eyes and mind.

If the thought and feelings you are having are causing you more and more distress, try to find something that will take you out of the spiral, even a bit.  

Focus on things that can distract you, and maybe even bring you back into yourself a bit.  Avoid things that will pull you down, or draw you back in to intrusive or out of control thinking.

Things that people find can help: listening to music, reading, chatting with friends (online or off), audio books, playing music, crafts, art, writing stories, computer games — anything that occupies and focuses your mind a bit, that can distract you in a pleasant way and help you ease yourself out of panic.

Third: Try to pay attention to what your body needs

If what you’re having is light sensitivity and dizziness, I’d encourage you to try to take care of your physical body as well as you can. I know that can be really hard, but just do what you can.

If it’s cold, you need to be snuggled up warm. Too hot?  Make sure you’re not overheating your body.  

Many of us find feelings of comfort and security in being wrapped up in a blanket or a nice floppy sweater, if possible. Sensations of gentle pressure and protection will help things stop feeling so out of control.  

Gently hugging or stroking your own skin can raise serotonin levels and re-connect you to yourself.  Touching yourself kindly can help ease the urges to self harm.

If you have injuries, try to take care of them.  Make sure your injuries are clean and protected. Forgive yourself. It’s not your fault.  

If you do not have any, but the urges to self harm are really hard to beat, try some of the alternatives — like squeezing ice blocks, or snapping a rubber band against your skin.  

If you can, please try to give yourself two things — hydration and sustenance.  Even a little bit, whatever you can manage, may help with the brightness, the floatiness and the nausea.  Even if all you can manage is water and dry toast, it will help.  Try to pay attention to what your physical body is saying it needs, and then try to provide it if you can. 

Fourth: give yourself time

These things are hard on us, body and mind. Give yourself time to rest.  If you’ve succeeded in driving the intrusive thoughts back, give yourself a while to relax both physically and mentally before trying to confront what’s occurring. As we in the chronic illness community so often say — go gently. It’s okay to rest.  It’s okay to take a break.  You dont have to deal with it right now. It’s okay to take time to recover.

I’m not a medical practitioner. When you’ve taken some time, I’d advise that you find some professional support if it’s a possibility for you.  

That said — these are some of my thoughts on relapses.  

A lot of us dealing with mental health issues get told that, if we try hard enough, or do enough, or somehow are ‘enough’ this stuff will be ‘fixed’ and will ‘go away’.

Although I know there are people who recover, and that that’s a possibility, I think it can be held out as this… expected goal or end point to a degree that’s not good for many of us.

For many many of us, the things we go through and the reasons we go through them are part of our life experience, part of who we are, and linked to how our brain itself functions.  That means that, even if we have recovery periods as long as years, something can still trigger a relapse of symptoms.

I have found it healthier, for me, to think about this less in terms of ‘how do I make it go away’ and more as ‘how do I deal with this as best I can’.

Doing that leaves me energy and headspace to try to enjoy the happy things, the pleasant things, the good things, without (to varying degrees) seeing relapses as horrible, terrifying failures. Instead, it means I can come to grip with ‘bad days’ as they come.  I know it will happen, I know I can do something about it when it does, and I know that a good day will come again.

Sometimes it feels overwhelming. Sometimes it feels dark for a long time.  Sometimes I feel like I’ll never be ‘out’ of it all again.  But you know what?  There’s always something, even something small and silly, that makes me smile again. Like a flower. Or a good cup of tea. Or the sounds of someone’s laugh.  

Happiness isn’t something we someday attain and just be happy forever — it’s the sum of all the small things and small moments you ever had of being happy.  So try to notice those things, even when it’s hard. Let them be your anchors to yourself. Let them tie you a bit more to the world. Learn what makes you happy, content, safe, peaceful, and even a bit well, and build yourself a fortress with them.

And, when things get hard, please don’t hesitate to come here <3




Omar Khadr, a sixteen year old Guantanamo Bay detainee weeps uncontrollably, clutching at his face and hair as he calls out for his mother to save him from his torment. “Ya Ummi, Ya Ummi (Oh Mother, Oh Mother),” he wails repeatedly, hauntingly with each breath he takes.

The surveillance tapes, released by Khadr’s defence, show him left alone in an interrogation room for a “break” after he tried complaining to CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) officers about his poor health due to insufficient medical attention. Ignoring his complaints and trying to get him to make false confessions, the officers get frustrated with the sixteen year old’s tears and tell him to get himself together by the time they come back from their break.

“You don’t care about me. Nobody cares about me,” he sobs to them.

The tapes show how the officers manipulated Khadr into thinking that they were helping him because they were also Canadian and how they taunted him with the prospect of home (Canada), (good) food, and familial reunion.

Khadr, a Canadian, was taken into US custody at the age of fifteen, tortured and refused medical attention because he wouldn’t attest to being a member of Al Qaeda, even though he was shot three times in the chest and had shrapnel embedded in his eyes and right shoulder. As a result, Khadr’s left eye is now permanently blind, the vision in his right eye is deteriorating, he develops severe pain in his right shoulder when the temperature drops, and he suffers from extreme nightmares.

He has been incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay since 2002, suffering extremely harsh interrogations and torture (methods), and is now 25 years old.

27 now, and still imprisoned

The US government is despicable.


By Blaine Zuckerman

It’s one of the final steps in her transition – from androgynous male model Andrej to the woman she has always wanted to be, Andreja.

In an clip exclusive to PEOPLE from Andrej(a) – The Documentary, Andreja Pejic is in her hospital bed, still recovering from sex reassignment surgery. Chatting on her cell phone, she tells a friend that she has been “optioned” – the fashion term for being put on hold – for a Donna Karan fashion show.

"I might [still] have a catheter," Pejic says. But having walked runways for Marc Jacobs and Jean-Paul Gaultier, the 23-year-old knows that when fashion calls, she’d better answer. Ever the optimist, Pejic says of her possible medical accessory, "That could be a look."

The film, which depicts Pejic’s physical, emotional and professional journey from man to woman, is directed by Eric Miclette and partially funded by a Kickstarter campaign which has raised more than $24,000 so far. Actor Jared Leto has also shown support for the film.

"I wanted to show the whole experience," explains Pejic, who says she not only hopes to demystify the trans process but also help "young kids out there who are going through similar struggles."

That’s why she gave filmmaker Miclette full access, allowing him to document nearly every aspect of her journey. “I was there the whole time,” says Miclette, who adds that there were moments when he struggled with not setting down his camera to comfort Pejic.

The film, which Miclette started as a passion project more than a year ago, shows some of those sad moments, but plenty of uplifting ones as well. Viewers eventually learn that Pejic did end up walking in the DKNY show, but she hasn’t yet had her first official post-op photo shoot.

"I still haven’t been shot as a woman," Pejic told PEOPLE exclusively. "With fashion, it’s all about timing and holding out for the right thing."

In the meantime, she’s busy going to castings and having meetings. When asked about her personal life and dating, she hesitates. “That’s the thing,” she says. “I haven’t really had the time.”

But the model has made time for her family since the surgery. In the past few months, she’s traveled to Europe to catch up with her mother and see her grandmother. “We had lots to talk about,” says Pejic of reuniting with her mom. “We had mother-daughter conversations for the first time. It was lovely.”



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