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Gaming In Color (TRAILER)

GAMING IN COLOR exists for anyone who believes that the pixelated world can be a better place for everyone, no matter who they are. It is not too uncommon a tale where a bullied, abused youth seeks solace in a video game, only to find that their one hope of sanctuary, their escape into a virtual universe, is plagued with floods of more vitriol and hatred. This exists doubly so for anyone who is a minority, including people of color, women, and members of the LGBTQ community. 

A lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or otherwise queer gamer has a higher chance of being mistreated in a social game. The power dynamic of a geek society tips against them. Diversive queer themes in storylines and characters are still mostly an anomaly in the mainstream video game industry. However, the gaming community is far more colorful than one may expect. Gaming In Color shows that there is a full spectrum of gamers picking up their controller to play. 

This feature length documentary explores the queer side of gaming culture and the game industry’s LGBTQ presence. The GaymerX convention that took place in 2013 was a huge step forward for the queer geek community being recognized on a worldwide industry scale. In the same year, more popular mainstream and indie games featured a greater amount of gay and lesbian characters than ever before, helping with visibility and acceptance. The video games universe will only continue to improve and diversify both in its community and industry if we elevate the conversation about inclusion and respecting one another - not in spite of our gay geekiness, but because of it!

New TED Talk: "The shocking move to criminalize nonviolent protest"

"It was less than a year after September 11, and I was at the Chicago Tribune writing about shootings and murders and it was leaving me feeling pretty dark and depressed. I had done some activism in college so I decided to help a local group hang door knockers against animal testing. I thought it would be a safe way to do something positive but of course I have the absolute worst luck ever and we were all arrested. Police took this blurry photo of me holding leaflets as evidence. My charges were dismissed, but a few weeks later two FBI agents knocked on my door and they told me that unless I helped them by spying on protest groups they would put me on a domestic terrorist list.”

Canada's second largest Douglas-fir discovered


Canada’s second largest Douglas-fir discovered #EB4K #forestconservation #clearcutting #conservancy

AFA Executive Director Ken Wu adds scale to “Big Lonely Doug”, Canada’s second largest Douglas-fir tree found recently near Port Renfrew, BC.

“This may very well be the most significant big tree discovery in Canada in decades. This is a tree with a trunk as wide as a living room and stands taller than downtown skyscrapers,” said TJ Watt…

These are the flyers for the July 23 Community Forum that the National Lawyers’ Guild is co-sponsoring with the ACLU and Women Occupy San Diego.  The purpose of the event is to allow the community to address the group that is “auditing” the San Diego Police Department (they are called PERF) and tell them our concerns about the SDPD.  I strongly urge people to attend, listen and participate. 

James Baldwin on Palestine

(Source: ethiopienne)

Ever eat a pie with strawberries and rhubarb that came right from the garden? Taste a cheese straight from a local dairy farm? That’s True Grub. As part of our drive to secure the right to know what’s in our food, we’re partnering with restaurants that serve delicious food you can trust…

Every True Grub participant has endorsed labeling. And when you dine and drink at these restaurants, they’ll donate a portion of sales to the campaign, so they’ll be putting their money where your mouth is.

Oregon’s farm-to-table food scene doesn’t just put the freshest and best local meats, fish and produce on our plates. It puts knowledge in our hands — information that connects us to the land and its people.

That’s True Grub. Want that with a little more eloquence? Take it from writer Wendell Berry: “A significant part of the pleasure of eating is in one’s accurate consciousness of the lives and the world from which the food comes.


Florida city police department embedded with KKK members
July 21, 2014

Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer’s home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, she says.

Last week, that initiation ceremony, which took place five years ago, stunned residents of the small town of Fruitland Park, who found out an investigative report linked two city officers with the secret hate society that once was violently active in the area. Ann Hunnewell’s ex-husband, George Hunnewell, was fired, and deputy chief David Borst resigned from the 13-member Fruitland Park Police Department. Borst has denied being a member.

James Elkins, a third officer who Ann Hunnewell says recruited her and her husband, resigned in 2010 after his Klan ties became public.

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Tony Dungy: I wouldn’t have taken Michael Sam




STFU, Tony Dungy! 

h/t: Michael David Smith at

Lost so much respect for him.

Dungy’s a good Xs and Os coach but his blatant hypocrisy is a massive character flaw.


"Saltwater" From North Dakota Fracking Spill Is Not What’s Found in the Ocean

Article can be read in Inside Climate News, here. Excerpt:

In early July, a million gallons of salty drilling waste spilled from a pipeline onto a steep hillside in western North Dakota’s Fort Berthold Reservation. The waste—a byproduct of oil and gas production—has now reached a tributary of Lake Sakakawea, which provides drinking water to the reservation.

The oil industry called the accident a “saltwater” spill. But the liquid that entered the lake bears little resemblance to what’s found in the ocean.

The industry’s wastewater is five to eight times saltier than seawater, said Bill Kappel, a hydrogeologist emeritus at the U.S. Geological Survey. It’s salty enough to sting the human tongue, and contains heavy metals in concentrations that might not meet drinking water standards. The briny mix can also include radioactive material. Heavy metals and radioactive materials are toxic at certain concentrations.

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