"Last year, in total, British police officers actually fired their weapons three times. The number of people fatally shot was zero. In 2012 the figure was just one. Even after adjusting for the smaller size of Britain’s population, British citizens are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans. Between 2010 and 2014 the police force of one small American city, Albuquerque in New Mexico, shot and killed 23 civilians; seven times more than the number of Brits killed by all of England and Wales’s 43 forces during the same period.

The explanation for this gap is simple. In Britain, guns are rare. Only specialist firearms officers carry them; and criminals rarely have access to them. The last time a British police officer was killed by a firearm on duty was in 2012, in a brutal case in Manchester. The annual number of murders by shooting is typically less than 50. Police shootings are enormously controversial. The shooting of Mark Duggan, a known gangster, which in 2011 started riots across London, led to a fiercely debated inquest. Last month, a police officer was charged with murder over a shooting in 2005. The reputation of the Metropolitan Police’s armed officers is still barely recovering from the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, an innocent Brazilian, in the wake of the 7/7 terrorist bombings in London.

In America, by contrast, it is hardly surprising that cops resort to their weapons more frequently. In 2013, 30 cops were shot and killed—just a fraction of the 9,000 or so murders using guns that happen each year. Add to that a hyper-militarised police culture and a deep history of racial strife and you have the reason why so many civilians are shot by police officers. Unless America can either reduce its colossal gun ownership rates or fix its deep social problems, shootings of civilians by police—justified or not—seem sure to continue."

Good Parenting: Exhibit 1 (overheard at work today)

  • 6-year old: Mommy, why is that man dressed like a lady?
  • Mother: That is a lady. She was just born with the wrong body.
  • 6-year old: How did that happen?
  • Mother: Nobody really knows. But she's working to fix it, and that's what's important.
  • 6-year old: Okay! *runs up to obviously self-conscious woman*
  • 6-year old: Hey! Miss!
  • Lady: ...yes?
  • 6-year old: You look really pretty in your skirt!
  • Lady: Thank you!
  • *Kid skips back to her mom, and literally everyone in the vicinity smiles*
  • I'd just like to point out that it wasn't hard to explain this to a child at all...... Next excuse please?

The last words said by Black youth murdered by policemen. Rest in peace. 

therealultrabaguette:

essegigi:

daftwithoneshoe:

harleys-hyenas:

daftwithoneshoe:

Am I the only one really bothered by the fact that the strawberry and the blackberry are touching?

Let them touch, they don’t get to often because of their tragic forbidden love.
Long ago, two Elder berries got into a fight, the tribe split in two, the strawberries against the blackberries. Now, new passions arise between the new generation - could this be the end of the feud or will it just fan the flames? 

Two flavors, both alike in sweetness In fair Verona, where we lay our scene From ancient cold break new freezer burn Where civil juice makes civil fruits unclean


Did you just turn gelato into Shakespeare. 

therealultrabaguette:

essegigi:

daftwithoneshoe:

harleys-hyenas:

daftwithoneshoe:

Am I the only one really bothered by the fact that the strawberry and the blackberry are touching?

Let them touch, they don’t get to often because of their tragic forbidden love.

Long ago, two Elder berries got into a fight, the tribe split in two, the strawberries against the blackberries. Now, new passions arise between the new generation - could this be the end of the feud or will it just fan the flames? 

Two flavors, both alike in sweetness
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene
From ancient cold break new freezer burn
Where civil juice makes civil fruits unclean

Did you just turn gelato into Shakespeare.
 

laughslastforever:

we really don’t give google as much credit as it deserves

laughslastforever:

we really don’t give google as much credit as it deserves

joshpeck:

this is me in every way imaginable

 



thepandabaker:

adeyami:

Land of the free home of the rich

What really scares me is that they all have significantly cheaper health care AND education, which means Americans not only make the least, they pay the most.

 

thepandabaker:

adeyami:

Land of the free home of the rich

What really scares me is that they all have significantly cheaper health care AND education, which means Americans not only make the least, they pay the most.

help-me-yes:

white people talking about other ethnicities be like
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white people talking about themselves be like
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literategarbage:

girldwarf:

radicalrebellion:

feministcaptainmorgan:

baronsledjoys:

firecannotkillafitblr:

This drives me mad. I used to work in a bookstore, and was talking to my coworker and he just yelled out “stop flirting with me!” at this ridiculous volume and it was humiliating because
1. I wasn’t
2. I got in trouble for acting unprofessional
3. He embarrassed me in front of a line of people
4. And he only stopped insisting that I was flirting when my boyfriend (who is now my husband) said, “dude, trust me, she’s not flirting with you” to him

That asshole respected my BOYFRIEND saying I wasn’t flirting more than he respected me saying it and I was the one who was talking! The whole scene got me in trouble at work. And the most ridiculous part is we were talking about a fucking book. In a bookstore.

One time, my ex boyfriend had a crush on some girl, and said that he thought he might have “a chance” with her.

When I asked him what made him think that, he said “Well, she talks to me.”

And this is why it is so difficult to be a girl and be friends with men who are attracted to women.

Can we also add that this is why a lot of women do the resting bitch face when out in public. Cause dudes swear a glance or a smile is flirting.

Seriously, an ex of mine was convinced some fifteen year old was all about him so he kinda stalked her, and when asked why he thought she was into him, it was because she looked at him once when they walked by each other on the college. Really? She dared to have eyes and walk in a place you are also walking?

In high school a boy randomly walked me home from school and when we got to my house, he asked me to be his girlfriend. I was like wtf huhhh, and he said he knew I liked him because in anatomy class when he moved to the other side of the room, I followed him to the other side of the room. Like.. ??? Because I definitely could not have been traversing the room for any other reason except to be close to him. He proceeded to whine about me rejecting him to me and all my friends for like 3 months. The injustice of my refusal!!

80% of my friendships on tumblr

  • me: we should talk more!
  • them: yeah we should!
  • both: *never talks to each other again*

thesoftghetto:

Protesters upset about the smearing of Mike Brown converged at CNN headquarters.