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You might think: who is this Harry Potter girl? What is she doing at the UN? I’ve been asking myself at the same thing. All I know is that I care about this problem and I want to make this better. And having seen what I’ve seen and given the chance, I feel my responsibility to say something.

It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. We should stop defining each other by what we are not, and start defining ourselves by who we are.

I want men to take up this mantle so their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human, too and in doing so, be a more true and complete version of themselves.
- Emma Watson in her gender equality speech at the UN this weekend (via micdotcom)
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Quiz many Americans on how the federal government works, and you might as well be asking them about rocket science. A recent poll of 1,416 adults from the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania released Wednesday shows that a grave number of Americans show “great uncertainty” on “basic questions” about how their government functions — including stuff that any middle schooler, let alone a voter entrusted with electing the most powerful people on the planet, should know. 

This is not good.

(Source: micdotcom)

2 weeks ago
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micdotcom:

A San Diego school district now has an armored truck, because America

This is an MRAP or mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle.
While you’d usually expect to see a vehicle like this in Afghanistan or Iraq, it’s about to become the newest addition to the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), reports NPR. The image above is a mock-up of what the MRAP will look like once it’s outfitted and repainted for SDUSD use. But there’s a problem. 
The community doesn’t want it | Follow micdotcom

micdotcom:

A San Diego school district now has an armored truck, because America

This is an MRAP or mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle.

While you’d usually expect to see a vehicle like this in Afghanistan or Iraq, it’s about to become the newest addition to the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), reports NPR. The image above is a mock-up of what the MRAP will look like once it’s outfitted and repainted for SDUSD use. But there’s a problem. 

The community doesn’t want it | Follow micdotcom