1 day ago on 30 September 2014 @ 2:36am + 316 notes
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Political Earthquake in Hong Kong

A political earthquake is underway now in Hong Kong. On the streets of Central over the last two days, the tectonic plate of pro-democracy protests has ground up against the plate of police in riot gear, rupturing what had been an uneasy calm in the wake of Beijing making clear its disdain for its treaty promise that Hong Kong would have a “high degree of autonomy.”

Some of the images of large numbers of students, assembled calmly, arguing for the merits of democracy and transparency, expressing fears of corruption and loss of political rights have been eerily reminiscent of Beijing in the spring 1989. But the hope in Hong Kong has been that a very different outcome can be accomplished: quite simply, to allow people in Hong Kong to retain control over most decisions affecting the territory. 

The proximate struggle now is for popular nomination for Hong Kong’s highest position, which Beijing has resisted because democrats and populists critical of the central government have always been among the most popular political figures in Hong Kong. Some protestors are now demanding the immediate resignation of Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung; others are sticking with their original demand for reform of the electoral and political systems.

But the jarring photos of police using tear gas and pepper spray on protestors, as well as the fact that Joshua Wong, a 17-year-old democracy supporter, has now been held by police for two days, suggest that authorities’ responses in the coming days and their larger consequences are far from clear. It is uncertain precisely what has been explicitly dictated by Beijing, but it is difficult to imagine mainland authorities giving in to this kind of public pressure.

They may now find themselves wishing they had accepted the prospect of a pro-democracy chief executive in Hong Kong as the lesser of two evils, but now the stakes are that much higher: is Beijing ready to let people across China see that large-scale demonstrations will elicit key political concessions? This seems inconceivable.

The tectonic plates aren’t done shifting yet, and protestors remain on the streets. Much in the longer-term will depend on police exercising restraint in the use of force, and refraining from detaining demonstrators who pose no real threat to public order. But even if that is achieved, the aftershocks are likely to hit—wave on wave, in Hong Kong and the mainland and beyond—for a long time to come. 

Photo: Riot police fire teargas to disperse protesters after thousands demonstrated in the main street to the financial Central district. © 2014 Reuters

1 day ago on 29 September 2014 @ 5:43pm + 21,488 notes
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…and you drink a little too much and try a little too hard. And you go home to a cold bed and think, ‘That was fine’. And your life is a long line of fine.
Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)
4 days ago on 26 September 2014 @ 10:13pm + 422 notes
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Zoe Kravitz for Vaga Magazine

5 days ago on 26 September 2014 @ 11:55am + 167 notes
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What the Mereling Queen of Braavos would wear, Julien Mcdonald

Details.

6 days ago on 24 September 2014 @ 9:27pm + 47 notes
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Take it from Bill O’Reilly and John Stossel: charity is for suckers.

Click here to watch.

1 week ago on 24 September 2014 @ 3:45am + 7,316 notes
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badass-bharat-deafmuslim-artista:

SHONDA RHIMES - SCREENWRITER, DIRECTOR, AND PRODUCER, creator of hit TV shows such as “Scandal” (ABC), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Private Practice” (ABC), and the forthcoming TV show “How to Get Away with Murder,” starring Viola Davis, which will premiere on ABC on September 25, 2014.

She also wrote screenplays for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999) starring Halle Berry, Crossroads (2001) starring Britney Spears, and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004) starring Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway.

In 2007, she was named by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 people who help shape the world. She has been nominated and/or won a few awards including Golden Globe, NAACP’s Image Award, Emmy, Black Reel Award, and WGA Award by the Writers Guild of America.

She also runs her own production company, ShondaLand, which produces the tv shows that ABC has picked up for airing rights.

The Los Angles Times just published a new article, hailing her for building a TV empire in spite of white men running Hollywood.

You Go Girl!

1 week ago on 23 September 2014 @ 4:19pm + 2,573 notes
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Leonardo DiCaprio Addresses UN Climate Summit: ‘You Can Make History… Or Be Vilified By It’

Leonardo DiCaprio addressed world leaders assembled for the United Nations Climate Summit early Tuesday morning, urging them to take action to address “the greatest challenge of our existence on this planet.”

See his full speech here.

1 week ago on 22 September 2014 @ 7:56pm + 1,872 notes
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1 week ago on 19 September 2014 @ 5:01pm + 772 notes
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A young Bill Clinton meets John F. Kennedy

1 week ago on 19 September 2014 @ 4:50pm + 28,119 notes
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langleav:

More poetry and prose by Lang Leav available here

1 week ago on 18 September 2014 @ 7:31pm + 128,176 notes
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this show never fails me

2 weeks ago on 16 September 2014 @ 2:47am + 21,675 notes
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9.9.14

It’s this idea of “Hey, dudes are dudes.”

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