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Ridiculum Sum Ergo Sum

It is commonplace, especially in the United States, to claim that the attacks of September 11, 2001, “changed everything.” This is, at best, a serious exaggeration. The human rights progress of the 1980s and 1990s has been maintained in mist countries. In many it has been extended… The “war on terror,” however, has often reduced international attention to human rights. In a number of countries, it has provided a widely accepted excuse for increased repression. And in some, including the United States, it has led to modest but significant restrictions on civil liberties. Furthermore, US abuses of (often illegally held) prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo, as well as the kidnapping and international transport (“extraordinary rendition”) of suspects, have provoked widespread national and international criticism. Unlike during the cold war, though, human rights have not been forced into the background, let alone systematically co-opted and corrupted by a combination of national interests and overriding ideological concerns. After a decade of “the war on terror” even American willingness to accept human rights abuses in the name of antiterrorism may be declining

—International Human Rights - Jack Donnelly

staff:

Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.

Ready? 

Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)

Curtesy of Planned Parenthood’s Facebook.

Curtesy of Planned Parenthood’s Facebook.

Etsy find of the day! By Artemer 
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Etsy find of the day! By Artemer 

Pear Diamond Engagement Ring with Pave Diamonds Crown - 0.3 Carat Pear Diamond - 18k Solid Gold