The Portia of our Chambers

adding an imaginative tone to what would otherwise be a dusty, dreary little clerks' office full of barristers, biscuits, and briefs.

theredshoes:

akycha:

seekingwillow:

priceofliberty:

salon:

Is this a human rights violation?

They’re being forced to risk their lives, so yeah I would say this is a violation of their right to life.

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Everytime I look around, the US Govt, or some part there-of on  State or National level; is finding a way to reintroduce slavery.

They don’t need to reintroduce it, it’s never fully went away, 13th amendment:

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

EXCEPT AS PUNISHMENT FOR A CRIME.  We never outlawed slavery.  We moved it where it couldn’t be seen.

Quoted for truth. (Also inmates making fabric, and taking plane reservations, and other phone orders, and making furniture, and….)

As a criminal defense practitioner in California, allow me to throw yet another horrifying fact into this conversation.  People convicted of a crime and sentenced to prison often choose to be a part of the Fire Camp program because it is seen as a healthier and safer alternative to other California correctional institutions.  That’s right.  My clients beg me to get them Fire Camp recommendations instead of going to regular prison.  That’s how scary regular prison is — they would rather be fighting fires, for free, with very little training, subpar equipment, and all the inherent dangers to their health and safety, than be in the general population. 

yesscotland:

Add this as your own cover photo today and show your support for Scottish independence.
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Super-excited to see how the Scots vote tomorrow.  

yesscotland:

Add this as your own cover photo today and show your support for Scottish independence.

#VoteYes #indyref http://ift.tt/1qbnhby

Super-excited to see how the Scots vote tomorrow.  

theredshoes:

quietandsarcastic:

Read it again:  EVERY.  SINGLE.  REPUBLICAN.  Yes, that includes women. 

#i want to marry her #and vote for her #i’d happily do both tbh
me too altho I think we will have to STAND IN LINE

theredshoes:

quietandsarcastic:

Read it again:  EVERY.  SINGLE.  REPUBLICAN.  Yes, that includes women. 

#i want to marry her #and vote for her #i’d happily do both tbh

me too altho I think we will have to STAND IN LINE

Deathly Hallows book quotes

Yikes. Hermione casting shade.

(Source: harrypotterdailly, via magicformuggles)

Step 327: Sometimes, text before you call

adulting:

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This is a thoughtful thing to do for people who might be expecting bad or serious news. My family got in the habit when Grannybarb was really sick, and every time my phone rang I was terrified that it was a Serious Call.

So when we just wanted to chat, my mom and sisters and would text the other person ahead of time, so we knew that it wasn’t serious and we didn’t have to drop everything to take it/steel ourselves emotionally/get to a place where we could flip out if need be.

I would love it if this could just be standard operating procedure for all phone calls.  A quick text — “Hey we need to talk about tomorrow’s schedule” — from a colleague or friend just to put you in the right headspace to pick up their call and get down to business.  Otherwise you invariably end up falling into the call screening-voicemail-call back-voicemail-phone tag vortex and nothing ever gets accomplished.

It’s also a good idea because if you can resolve the question or issue via text message, that spares everyone a disruptive phone call.

Let’s make this a thing, people.  Text before you call.

theeconomist:

On social issues, Canadians remain deeply liberal.

Way to stay true to your Puritanical roots, America. 

theeconomist:

On social issues, Canadians remain deeply liberal.

Way to stay true to your Puritanical roots, America. 

Benjamin Crump, fighting the good fight.
"This is why you go to law school. To try to fight for people, to make sure your community gets justice."

Benjamin Crump, fighting the good fight.

"This is why you go to law school. To try to fight for people, to make sure your community gets justice."

“Every person of color in this country has faced an indignity, from the ridiculous, to the grotesque, to the sometimes fatal, at some point in—I’m gonna say the last couple of hours—because of their skin color. We live in New York City, a “liberal bastion.” Recently we sent a producer and a correspondent to a building in this liberal bastion. The producer—White—dressed in what can only be described as homeless elf attire, and a pretty strong 5 o’clock-from-the-previous-week shadow, strode confidently into the building, preceding our humble correspondent—a gentleman of color—dressed resplendently in a tailored suit. Who do you think was stopped? Let me give you a hint: the Black guy. And that shit happens all the time. All of it. Race is there, and it is constant. And you’re tired of hearing about it? Imagine how exhausting it must be living it.”

—   

Jon Stewart (via letterstomycountry)

I clicked through in the hopes of seeing an image of the “homeless elf attire” and was disappointed, however, the monologue is well worth watching in its entirety.

i-eat-men-like-air:

john oliver is really not fucking around 

Sesame Street is, as usual, right on top of the big issues that affect children in the United States and I think they are a credit to children’s entertainment for discussing the challenges and heartbreak of growing up with a parent who is incarcerated.

That having been said, John Oliver is so right.

(Source: sandandglass, via therumpus)

“I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man. I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding. Pulled over…. ‘Let me search your car.’ … Go through the trunk of my car, look under the seats and all this kind of stuff. I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me.”

—   Attorney General Eric Holder, to community college students during a visit to Ferguson, Mo. (via latimes)

(via latimes)

When Police Wear Cameras

"In the first year after the cameras’ introduction, the use of force by officers declined 60%, and citizen complaints against police fell 88%."

lindsaykatai:

iamnotmelcowansebsationalfotojournalismus:

Ferguson, Mo. | August 13, 2014

1. A protester throws back a smoke bomb while clashing with police. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

2. Riot police clear a street with smoke bombs. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

3. Police surround and detain two people in a car. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

4. Police officers work their way north on West Florissant Avenue, clearing the road with the use of tear gas and smoke bombs. (Robert Cohen/AP)

5. A police officer patrols a business district. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

6. A demonstrator, protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, stands his ground as police fire tear gas. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

7. An explosive device deployed by police flies in the air. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

8. A demonstrator holds up a Pan-African flag to protest the killing of Michael Brown. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

9. A device fired by police goes off in the street. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

10. A demonstrator throws back a tear gas container after tactical officers worked to break up a group of bystanders on Chambers Road and West Florissant in St. Louis. (Robert Cohen/AP)

(Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

(via cleolinda)

koercion:

A Washington Post reporter.

In America.

letterstomycountry:

thechanelmuse:

The police in Ferguson are spraying tear gas and arresting peaceful protesters and reporters (2 reporters so far). Christina Coleman is an NBC Channel 5 news anchor from St. Louis…Son.

LTMC: The first tweet.

Holy shit.