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Something Good

It’s Palisade peach season in Colorado, y’all

1. This is an ongoing contemplation for me: The ‘King’ of Shambhala Buddhism Is Undone by Abuse Report from The New York Times. In related news, Matthew Remski and I talk about Shambhala, guru-culture, and my blind spots from Susan Piver (I haven’t had a chance to watch the video or read his article yet, but I plan to), and Confessions of a Dharma Sex Kitten.

2. A draft agenda for fat justice. This is such an important clarification and call to action.

3. Inside the Radical, Uncomfortable Movement to Reform White Supremacists. “As hate groups have surged, so has the number of extremists trying to escape.” In related news, from the same source (Mother Jones), Trump Says White Supremacist Terror Is Fake News. These Chilling Cases Prove Otherwise.

4. ICE Officers to Asylum Seekers: ‘Don’t You Know That We Hate You People?’ In related news, 22 people were rounded up in a two-day ICE raid in northern Kentucky (video).

5. ‘He loved them more than himself’: How a 25-year-old former monk kept the Thai soccer team alive.

6. Go with your hut from Alexandra Franzen.

This is the voice that, these days, I call my “hut,” which stands for “heart + gut.” Your hut is not the voice of reason, logic, or Excel spreadsheets. Your hut is the voice of instinct and intuition, that inexplicable feeling of what’s right for you and you alone. Your hut doesn’t always speak in words. Sometimes it speaks in feelings, tingles, an invisible hand on your shoulder, a fire in your belly, tears in your eyes that won’t stop.

7. A Buddhist Teacher’s 5 Ways to Resist on Lion’s Roar. “If the state of things sociopolitical has you downhearted, says Jan Willis, action is the only way to bring back hope. Here’s her advice for making the most of your bravery, your voice, and your vote.”

8. How Fat Shaming Leads To Eating Disorders.

9. Florida Police Chief Told Cops to Pin Crimes on Black Teens, Adults to Boost Crime Stats. In related news, Cop Fired For Calling Black People ‘Alabama Porch Monkeys’ … Then Re-Hired, and Man Who Drove Through Antwon Rose Protest, Ran Over Demonstrator, Only Charged With Misdemeanor, and A passenger racially abused this Muslim woman on a bus to Staten Island (video), and ‘Coupon Carl’ Calls Cops on Black Woman at CVS for Allegedly Using a Forged Coupon, But Was Busted Himself for … Forgery Less Than 2 Years Ago, and Woman Who Beat Elderly Mexican Man with a Brick on July 4 Charged With Attempted Murder, and Woman Studying Outside Grocery Store Attacked by Drunken Racist, and Papa John’s CEO Attempts Damage Control But Not An Apology, and These Two White Women Attacked Their Hispanic Neighbors And Called The Police On Themselves, and Puerto Rico Governor Wants Officer Fired Over Flag Incident Caught on Video on The New York Times, and California Prosecutor Suspended After Vile Attack On Maxine Waters, and Racist jerk attacks Latina for wearing a Puerto Rico shirt (video), and #SummerJobWhileBlack: Child Gets Cops Called on Him for Delivering Newspapers, and #NaptimeNancy Is The New #PermitPatty — And She Works For Harvard.

10. Chicago Neighborhood Explodes After Officer Kills Popular Black Barber; Police Say He Was ‘Exhibiting Characteristics’ of an Armed Person. In related news, any time there is a riot, it’s good to remember what Martin Luther King Jr. said,

And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? … It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.

11. An Open Letter to All White Women Seeking Redemption. In related news, The Most Dangerous Person in America Is The White Woman, and This Is the America White People Wished For. This Is the America White People Want.

12. #CaucasianCallingTax: White People Need to Be Taxed for Wasting Police Officers’ Time. Agreed. In related news, Racist Caucasian Crusaders, It’s a Thing (video), and After Calling 911 On Black Family, Subway Worker Placed On Leave. And the winner is this one, whose title makes you think it’s an article from The Onion, but it’s not, it’s real: White Woman Calls Cops on California Man Chilling in His Car Listening to Yoga CD.

13. ‘See Ya Later, Suckas!’ The Obituary of a 5-Year-Old Boy in His Own Words on The New York Times.

14. Chris and Donella lead their interracial, cross-cultural, and multi-lingual blended-family with play, hard work, and love as they navigate the triumphs and challenges of raising two sons. (video)

15. Don’t be a Bystander: 6 Tips for Responding to Racist Attacks (video).

16. A Nervous Cat Helped This Guy Feel Connected To The World (video). “When this guy’s friends asked him to help walk their nervous cat Sawyer, he was skeptical at first. But Nick was having trouble forming relationships, so he decided to give it a try. Today on Soulmates, watch how Nick and Sawyer formed a very special bond that helped them both put aside their anxieties and have beautiful adventures together.”

17. 60 Second Docs Presents Sidewalk Confessions (video).

18. CSU caught a professor forging an offer letter to boost his pay. They kept him another year. This is some serious bullshit.

19. 12 benefits of having a cat (video).

20. Black Culture Problem? (video)

21. United Shades of America: Native Hawai’i (video).

22. ‘It’s Not a New Story’: Family Separations Open Old Wounds.

23. Weird Things Couples Do With Their Dogs (video).

24. Stephen Miller threw $80 worth of sushi away to protest a protester.

25. Me when fav songs comes on in the car (video).

26. Congress is only 20% female. What if it were 50/50? (via America From Scratch • PBS) (video)

27. After the president spread a weird lie about the late-night host, Jimmy Kimmel countered with a totally true, 100 percent not-made-up story of his own. (video)

28. Confession: I’m an Introvert, and Sometimes I Lie to Avoid Socializing.

29. Lula gets a new puppy. (video)

30. Teacher Teaches Kids About Sex, Can’t Stop Laughing At Their Questions.

31. Gorilla encounter. (video)

Something Good

1. This amazing parkour teacher is giving both confidence and hope to street kids in Manila. (video)

2. Competitive Cheerleader and team USA Gymnast Angel Rice most known for breaking Guinness World record for the most double full twists, gets 1st place in Regionals in Daytona Beach. (video) I get dizzy just watching her!

3. Maxine Waters could be a serious problem for Trump if Democrats win the House.

4. We need to do better, do the work, because this nonsense keeps happening: California Prosecutor Wonders Why ‘Ghetto’ Maxine Waters Hasn’t Been Shot, and Gang of White Thugs Hurl Slurs at Black Mom, Smash Her Car Window, Yet Somehow No One Went to Jail or Even Had a Damn Mugshot Taken, and Latest ICE Data Details Increasingly Indiscriminate Arrests, and Vermont woman shown on video cutting cop’s throat with knife acquitted of attempted murder, and Adam Bloom doesn’t get it and his apology is bullshit (video), (if you don’t know who Adam Bloom is or what he did, watch this video), and Customs agents reportedly deleted records that could have been used to reunite hundreds of immigrant families, and This White Woman Probably Regrets Calling The Police On A Black Couple For Wearing Socks At The Pool, and Purdue Professor Proudly Posts Photo in Blackface But Faces No Consequences Because of Free ‘Speech’, and White Ohio family that called 911 on black boy mowing lawn calls police on him again July 4, and A drunk neighbor verbally attacked a Hispanic family over their music on Fourth of July (video), and Suspect In Charlottesville Car Attack Pleads Not Guilty To Hate Crimes Charges, and A migrant child was returned to his mother covered in lice, according to a new lawsuit, and Man Calls Skateboarding Teen ‘Mexican Piece Of S**t,’ Admits He’s Being Racist, and A Day After Report, Violent White Supremacist Loses Job With Defense Contractor, and This mother was separated from her children and detained more than 2,000 miles away — so volunteers banded together and drove cross-country to reunite them (video), and White Driver Who Fatally Struck Black Man, Called Him Racial Slur After Death, Cleared of All Fault in Collision, and President Trump attacked Sen. Elizabeth Warren with a racist joke that culminated with a punchline about sexual assault, and Racist idiot cuts in line in front of Arab American woman at supemarket, then tells her, “go back to your country” (video), and A tearful reunion for this mother and her 8-year-old daughter who were separated for 55 days after crossing the US border because they were fleeing Guatemala (video), and Police arrested a woman in NY for going on an aggressive, racist, anti-immigrant tirade on a bus (video), and ‘Newport Nancy’ Called The Cops On Her Black Neighbor For Smoking A Cigarette In The Parking Lot, and The way this couple reacted to this petty Patty on the shuttle bus is hilarious (video), and South Carolina police object to high-school reading list, and Black Oregon legislator says campaigning in own district triggered 911 call, and #MourningWhileBlack: Priest Calls Cops on Black Funeral-Goers, Tells Them to ‘Get the Hell Out’ of Church, and Self-described Nazis and white supremacists are running as Republicans across the country.

5. Therese “Patricia” Okoumou, the woman who climbed onto the Statue of Liberty on the 4th of July, spoke outside a New York City courthouse. (video) In related news, Black Women Are People. Expecting Them to Be Our Saviors and Superheroes Is Killing Them.

6. Dad to orphaned wildlife from 60 Second Docs, (video).

7. Mr. Rogers used his show to fight racism in so many ways. (video)

8. This man successfully infiltrated white supremacist groups and caught it all on hidden camera — this is what he found. (video)

9. When the Fourth of July Was a Black Holiday. In related news, Responsibility Day.

10. Kids always have the funniest things to say. (video)

11. A one-year-old boy became the star of Jackson Square after he hopped into a French Quarter band’s performance. (video)

12. Cops were called on him — for mowing a lawn. Now his business is booming.

13. You’ve heard the one about the tortoise and the hare…BUT have you heard the one about the tortoise and the herd of cows? (video)

14. These adorable babies will make your day. In related news, Baby adorable reactions compilation. (videos)

15. These U.S. industries can’t work without illegal immigrants.

16. What is your dream? from Alexandra Franzen.

Something Good

Disclaimer: This list isn’t about making you feel good, but rather inspiring you to be good, do good, spread the good around.

1. A bunch of really good stuff from Rachel Cargle. In particular, the first link in the list, which gives you the option to buy and download her recent “Unpacking White Feminism” talk.

2. The Belly Love Podcast from Rachel Cole.

3. Can’t Stop Binge-Eating? Here’s WHY and how to stop from Isabel Foxen Duke.

4. The Four Noble Truths Of Love, a new book from Susan Piver. She’s been teaching this topic for a few years, and it suggests such an important shift in how we “do” love, so I’m really excited to read the book.

5. The jerk fallacy, wisdom from Seth Godin. More wisdom from Seth: The two simple secrets to good ideas.

6. Koko The Gorilla Dies; Redrew The Lines Of Animal-Human Communication. In related news, Koko The Gorilla Has Died And People Are Sharing Their Favorite Stories. I loved her kindness and sense of humor most.

7. Living Radical Dharma, a retreat at Shambhala Mountain Center that I might really need to attend.

8. 40 Summer Journaling Prompts from Marc and Angel Hack Life.

9. Should we expect more from health & wellness professionals? Wisdom from Melissa Toler.

10. Hannah Gadsby’s comedy special Nanette is streaming on Netflix. I finished watching this last night. It’s amazing — so heartbreaking and smart and raw and yes, funny.

Here’s her recent appearance on Late Night with Seth Myers.

11. Why Are Doctors Trying to Guess Fat Patients’ Weight? on Dances with Fat.

12. Red Table Talk. “Jada Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow, and mother Adrienne – three generations of women open their home for a series of candid conversations with family and friends. Follow Red Table Talk for new episodes, only on Facebook Watch.”

13. Sarah Sanders is upset because a restaurant wouldn’t serve her. She’s okay with it happening to gays.

14. This man with autism creates sculptures using Babybel cheese wax. (video)

15. More people should know about the awful bounty system that paid settlers to kill Native Americans. (video) This is who we are.

16. These activists blasted ICE on a billboard outside San Francisco. (video)

17. Melania Trump and everyone who claims there was no hidden message from her jacket can get the FOH. (video) In related news, Trump: Melania’s jacket ‘refers to the Fake News Media’ and Melania Trump, Agent of Coat Chaos on The New York Times, and A brief (fascist) history of ‘I don’t care’.

18. The Oppression of White America. In related news, White People Are Cowards, and 40 Ways White People Say ‘White People’ Without Actually Saying ‘White People’.

19. White Ohio Cop Fired for Detaining Daughter’s Black Boyfriend for No Reason: ‘We’ll Make Shit Up as We Go.’ In related news, A racist man just told a black doctor that she didn’t belong in her own community while blocking her from entering her home! (video)

20. Tiny dancer. (video)

21. I Transitioned From Female To Male In The Military. (video)

22. This Cherokee teen’s school would not allow him to wear official tribal attire at his graduation ceremony. (video)

23. Dogs on trampolines. (video)

24. Here’s What You Should Do If A Service Dog Approaches You Without Its Owner.

25. Free laundry day. (video) “Did you know having clean clothes has a major impact on how we feel? See how this 14-year-old is making a difference in her community.”

26. Trump Executive Order Makes Border Crisis Worse. In related news, This man begged ICE to stay in jail rather than be deported (video), and Fact-Checking Family Separation, and Immigration is being used as a tool to exert racism against those who want to come into the United States (video), and ‘Pro-Life,’ Pro-Family Groups Are MIA On Family Separations At The Border, and This is a devastated Rachel Maddow upon getting the breaking news that Trump has established detention centers for babies who’ve been forcefully taken from their parents (video), and The Outrage Over Family Separation Is Exactly What Stephen Miller Wants, and Stephen Miller was one of the main advocates for President Trump’s plan to separate immigrating children from their parents at the border — here’s how he seeped into the White House (video), and Hickenlooper signs executive action barring Colorado resources from being used to separate immigrant families, and ACLU Sues ICE For Allegedly Separating ‘Hundreds’ Of Migrant Families. Here’s another terrifying turn this has taken: Scanning immigrants’ old fingerprints, U.S. threatens to strip thousands of citizenship.

27. A police officer ended this 17-year-old boy’s life by shooting him three times in the back, even though he was unarmed. (video) Officer Michael Rosfeld, who murdered Antwon Rose, was FIRED in January from the University of Pittsburgh Police Dept. He was repeatedly violent and falsified reports. He murdered Antwon Rose three hours after being sworn in at another department.

28. This device turns a wheelchair into a scooter. (video)

29. Gun Chick Posts Beach Selfie Praising Trump While Unknowingly Disrespecting The American Flag.

30. Juneteenth. (video) In related news, Here’s why we should make Juneteenth a national holiday. (video)

31. A homeless, dying man is separated from his only family member – when a paramedic finds out who it is, she takes matters into her own hands. (video)

32. U.S. Announces Its Withdrawal From U.N. Human Rights Council.

33. People won’t stop trashing Mount Everest. (video) This is why we can’t have nice things.

34. We can literally name at least 100 Americans who needed the compassion and patience shown to this man in Thailand. (video)

35. Researchers have ditched the autism-vaccine hypothesis. Here’s what they think actually causes it.

36. This CPR-performing puppy is the most adorable life saver ever. (video)

37. “Auntie Debra” doles out a heaping helping of hospitality even after lunch hour ends.

Something Good

1. This sprinter ran through a rainbow tunnel for Pride Month. (video) In related #BlackGirlMagic news, Not only is this young girl taking on the boys in motocross, she’s on her way to becoming the first-ever champ from Africa. (video)

2. Immigration horror stories: Reporters Visit Another Texas Facility Where Children Are Kept In Cages, and Worker at Migrant Kids Shelter Quits After Being Told to Enforce No Hugs Rule, and Texas now has a tent city for immigrant children separated from their families at the border (video), and ICE Plans to Start Destroying Records of Immigrant Abuse, Including Sexual Assault and Deaths in Custody, and Congresswoman: Migrant Mothers She Met In Detention ‘Have No Idea’ Where Kids Are, and Farmworkers In California Fearful After Immigrant Couple Dies While Fleeing ICE, and Trump keeps blaming Democrats for his own policy of family separation, and How Trump’s family separation policy became what it is today, and The Government Has No Plan for Reuniting the Immigrant Families It Is Tearing Apart.

In related news, Trump Administration Launches Effort to Strip Citizenship From Those Suspected of Naturalization Irregularities, and this related Twitter thread, and this video of a recent White House Press Conference, and America has a haunting history of tearing apart non-white families (video), and ‘Barbaric’: America’s cruel history of separating children from their parents.

If you are as outraged as me, Here’s How You Can Help Fight Family Separation at the Border, and How To Help Families Separated At The Border, and Here’s How You Can Help Fight Family Separation at the Border, and Hundreds of protesters gathered outside of a federal detention center to demand Trump stop separating immigrant families (video).

3. People being assholes to other people: ER Doctor Suspended After Mocking Patient Suffering From Anxiety Attack, and Florida Police Officer Resigns After Being Caught on Camera Calling Black Man a ‘Piece of Shit [N-Word],’ and This man harassed a Black mother vacationing with her 5-year-old daughter about hygiene because he was concerned about diseases in a hotel pool (video), and Video Shows Border Patrol SUV Hitting Native American Man, Then Driving Away on The New York Times, and Man harassing people in the Beacon Hill Community in Seattle (video), and White Man Who Trashed Homeless Black Man’s Belongings Arrested on Suspicion of 1st-Degree Robbery, and Florida (St. Petersburg) Republican Mayoral Candidate Paul Congemi just left his constituents speechless with this disgusting rant (video).

4. Why whyte women terrify me: Trumpism Finds a Safe Space at Conservative Women’s Conference on The New York Times, and Missouri Waitress Fired Over ‘N-Word Hunting’ Video Swears She Isn’t Racist, Claims to Have Black Friends.

5. Stephen Miller is the latest insufferable liar and bigot on Team Trump.

6. An Editorial Cartoonist Was Fired For His Anti-Trump Art, Here Are The Cartoons His Paper Refused To Publish.

7. Rose-Colored Glasses: A Confession.

8. In secret, an imposter signs up for Boston Marathon… when a race official finds out he immediately attacks. (video)

9. My friend Susie made this beautiful painting (video), “I woke up today completely despondent about our country, and the current situation at our border with Mexico. Families are being ripped apart. This is not the first time our country has perpetrated this kind of horror and harm on people who are ‘other’…other than white, other than affluent, other than privileged. And it offends me and breaks my heart and makes me feel completely impotent. So today I went to my easel to paint out my pain.”

10. Spiritual White People: Do we really want to help heal humanity? Or are we full of sh*t?

11. Watch Painfully Shy 13-Year-Old Singer Slay On ‘America’s Got Talent’. I’m such a sucker for these videos.

12. These kinetic wind sculptures will hypnotize you (video).

13. 35 LGBTQ Wedding Photos That Are The Definition Of Pure Joy.

14. Artist Searches For Her Childhood Bully On Facebook, Doesn’t Expect To Find This.

15. The Journey Through Loss and Grief, a TED Talk. “In her brutally honest, ironically funny and widely read meditation on death, “You May Want to Marry My Husband,” the late author and filmmaker Amy Krouse Rosenthal gave her husband Jason very public permission to move on and find happiness. A year after her death, Jason offers candid insights on the often excruciating process of moving through and with loss — as well as some quiet wisdom for anyone else experiencing life-changing grief.”

16. Someone Is Tweeting Hilariously Wrong “Wheel Of Fortune” Answers, And We Can’t Get Enough.

17. Summer recipe I want to try: Honey Mustard Chicken Salad.

18. Mother Dog Is So Happy To See Her Puppies All Grown Up. (video)

19. ‘Queer As Folk’ Cast Reunites For The First Time In 13 Years. cried so hard when this show ended, loved the British version too.

20. High school pitcher holds off celebrating so he can console childhood friend.

21. LISTEN to this 13 year old boy sing this song. (video)

22. Watch Cameron Esposito’s Rape Jokes. “Rape Jokes is a standup special about sexual assault from a survivor’s perspective. Proceeds benefit RAINN, the United States’ largest anti-sexual violence organization.”

23. Setting Free The Sacred Cows Of Writing Advice from Chuck Wendig.

24. 10,000 Buddhas and Counting on Lion’s Roar. “Inspired by ancient Buddhist artwork on cave walls, Amanda Giacomini set out on a mission to paint 10,000 Buddhas all over America. Lilly Greenblatt tells her story.”

25. How far behind? from Seth Godin.

26. 4 Powerful Strengths of the Introverted Teacher.

27. Wisdom from Pema Chödrön,

But it’s not impermanence per se, or even knowing we’re going to die, that is the cause of our suffering, the Buddha taught. Rather, it’s our resistance to the fundamental uncertainty of our situation. Our discomfort arises from all of our efforts to put ground under our feet, to realize our dream of constant okayness. When we resist change, it’s called suffering. But when we can completely let go and not struggle against it, when we can embrace the groundlessness of our situation and relax into its dynamic quality, that’s called enlightenment, or awakening to our true nature, to our fundamental goodness. Another word for this is freedom—freedom from struggling against the fundamental ambiguity of being human.

28. Wisdom from Francis Bacon, “Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake.”

29. Resisting Fatphobia (A Social Justice Perspective on Size) from Isabel Foxen Duke.

Something Good

Throwback to the year that robin made a nest in one of the trees in our backyard

1. RIP Anthony Bourdain. Anthony Bourdain, Renegade Chef Who Reported From the World’s Tables, Is Dead at 61 and Tony Was a Symphony’: Friends and Fans Remember Anthony Bourdain on The New York Times.

2. Stretching, wisdom from Seth Godin.

3. Listen to ‘Dear Sugars’: Trust Your Body — With Hilary Kinavey & Dana Sturtevant on The New York Times.

4. Why The Audacity of White Feminism Is The Core of White Supremacy.

5. A Life of Peacefulness on Zen Habits. Also, A Guide to a Life of Purpose.

6. Summer reading assignment from Austin Kleon.

7. 4 INFJ Needs That You Shouldn’t Ignore.

8. Is It Wrong To Shame Shamers? from Dances with Fat. Because this, “People are allowed to believe whatever they want. But when they try to turn their personal beliefs into actions that harm you and/or harm others, you have every right to speak up and fight back.”

9. 5 ways Buddhist communities can take part in social change on Lion’s Roar.

10. Morcheeba has a new album out, Blaze Away. Their album Big Calm is still one of my favorites.

11. People being racist assholes (and this was just this week, just a sampling): Racist Missouri Waitress Fired After ‘N——r Hunting’ Video, and Racist lady attacks Hispanic woman at the mall because she dared to have blonde hair (video), and Racist lady harasses Hispanic shoppers checking out at the supermarket (video), and Star Wars has a white male fandom problem, and Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran faced so much racism and sexism that she had to leave Instagram (video), and and Trump’s deportation force was just exposed using a trick right out of the Nazi playbook, and A family was separated at the border, and this distraught father took his own life, and Woman Describes Border Patrol Agents Abuse Of Power After Ugly Confrontation On A Bus, and UPS Employee Fired After Posting That Black ‘Thugs’ Deserve Police Violence, and Florida Man Sets Black Neighbor’s ‘Flashy’ Car on Fire, Calls Him Racial Slur: Report, and Student From Iowa Killed 3 Weeks After ICE Sent Him Back To Mexico, and Food Truck Worker Hurls Bottle, Racial Epithet at Black Woman After She Tries to Pay With Change, and Ben Carson Backs Off Newest HUD Plan, Which Would Raise Rent for Poor Households by 20 Percent, and Chicago Police Defend Handcuffing 10-Year-Old Boy Mistaken For Armed Teen, and When My Neighbors Called the Cops on Me, and White Teacher Makes Instagram Post Mocking Black Elementary Student’s Hair, and CrossFit’s Spokesman Fired After Saying LGBT Pride Is A “Sin”, and ICE agents went undercover and offered gardening workers doughnuts before arresting 114 people (video), and A Trump supporter spat racist vitriol at this Asian-American woman on the Metro (video).

12. The Night My Parents Had Me Kidnapped.

13. This 6-year-old helped over 1000 dogs to find a home. (video)

14. 13 Diverse Authors Nominated for PBS’s ‘The Great American Read’.

15. This is the moment a jogger dismantles and tosses the belongings of a homeless man into a lake. (video)

16. Cute babies. (video)

17. Restaurants Boycott Brooklyn, NY, Army Base After Guard Called ICE on Deliveryman. This is what resistance looks like.

18. 6 Things White People Can Do To Reach Friends and Family Members to End Racism.

19. Take a Peek Inside Neil Gaiman’s Library.

20. Roxane Gay: ‘No one is guaranteed love or affection.’ “The author of Bad Feminist and Hunger has strong words for ‘incels’, harassers in publishing and diet gurus.”

21. “Little girls don’t stay little forever…” (video)

22. Five Spills, Six Months in Operation: Dakota Access Track Record Highlights Unavoidable Reality — Pipelines Leak.

23. Metropolitan Museum Creates Residency Program for Artists Committed to Social Change.

24. Georgia Cop Fired for Ramming Fleeing Suspect With Patrol Car Gets New Job as Sheriff’s Deputy in Neighboring County. This is so disgusting, infuriating. The sheriff who hired him had “known him since he was a baby” and “In talking to Saulters the first question he asked was if our citizens supported law enforcement. Without hesitation I assured him they did and that we have excellent people that live in our county. I have no reservations about Dep. Saulters serving this community. As a citizen of Oglethorpe County you will find the wisdom of this decision in getting a deputy of this caliber. If you still have concerns I will discuss them with you if you contact me. If you are not an Oglethorpe County resident, I wouldn’t worry about it.” Fuck you, Sheriff David Gabriel.

25. Florida Stopped Background Checks On Concealed Weapon Permits For A Year. “The employee responsible said she couldn’t remember her information to log in to a national database that keeps track of criminals.”

26. Philadelphia Police Department Changes Trespassing Policy After Starbucks Incident.

27. Chelsea Manning’s tweets prompted police to perform a “wellness check” … with their guns drawn. (video)

28. Arizona Man Beaten By Mesa Police Makes Public Statement. (video)

29. For homeless people in Eugene, Oregon, these tiny homes can be the difference between life and death. (video)

30. These Tweets About Kids Renaming Random Things Prove That Kids Are Way Smarter Than Us.

31. This super dad-erina came to rescue his daughter when she broke in tears on stage. (video) My favorite part of this is when a guy comes from the side and offers to hold the baby, and the dad is like, “I’ve got this.”

32. Dambulla is home to Sri Lanka’s largest cave complex. But hidden inside these caves is a spectacular series of sprawling temples. (video)

33. A Thank-You Letter to Kim Kardashian for Proving White Privilege Is Real.

34. When a volunteer hunts for likes on social media. (video)

35. 4 Reasons People of Color Can’t Cater to White People’s Guilt – Or Their Tears.

36. Former Fox Analyst Calls Network “Propaganda Machine”. Things for me that are indicators we won’t agree about much of anything: you watch Fox News, you voted for Trump, and you don’t read books.

37. Body Positivity Is a Scam. “How a movement intended to lift up women really just limits their acceptable emotions. Again.”

38. Digital creator Dylan Marron has plenty of online haters, but he doesn’t consider them trolls. Instead, he started a podcast where he engages them in honest, offline conversations. (video)

39. Sleepy puppy. (video)

40. The government made an anti-fascism film in 1943 – and it’s horrifyingly relevant in 2017. (video)

41. Watch President Obama’s final White House remarks honoring Pride, since our current president still refuses to recognize it. (video)

42. How Current Eating Disorder Discourse Fails The LGBTQ Community. And How We Can Change That. “Treatment needs to be a gender diverse and an inclusive environment.”

43. Ann Widdecombe lashes out at transgender ‘lunacy’ in Express column.

44. This candidate for governor drove through a parade in an American flag Jeep with a fake machine gun mounted on top — and he called the negative backlash a ‘snowflake meltdown.’ (video)

45. Musician and political commentator Akala confronts three statements he says are used to ‘shut down’ discussions about race. (video)

46. We Can’t Wait to Read Fatventure Mag. “After a successful Kickstarter, the first issue will feature fat-identified women and nonbinary writers and artists.”

47. Texas Teen’s Story About Being Abducted and Assaulted by White Supremacists Was Not True, Police Say.

48. ‘My dog thinks he’s an opera singer.’ (video)

49. In case you need some encouragement today, here’s a video of a little girl jumping off the diving board for the first time as the entire pool cheers her on. (video)

50. She locked herself out of her house, but her dog was able to get her back in. (video) Good by, Sam!

Something Good

Peonies from our garden

Peonies from our garden

1. 5 Reasons Why INFJs Might Struggle With Depression. This is scarily accurate. Like so much so that the next time I feel depressed, I should read it to remind myself of the why — which sometimes helps. In related news, You Can’t ‘Fix’ Introverts Because We’re Not Broken.

2. 10 Truths to Keep You Going When Everything Goes Wrong.

3. Everything Is Awful and I’m Not Okay: questions to ask before giving up. I’ve posted this before, a few times, but it’s worth repeating.

4. Yes, Fat People Have the Right to Exist from Dances with Fat.

5. Understand Ramadan from Wall of Us.

6. The Bare Podcast with Susan Hyatt and guest Sonya Renee Taylor, the author of The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love.

7. My name is Wil Wheaton. I Live With Chronic Depression and Generalized Anxiety. I Am Not Ashamed.

8. Why Did We Ever Leave Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood?

9. Oldest European Tree Found—And It’s Having a Growth Spurt. “A Heldreich’s pine discovered in southern Italy has been thriving in a remote part of a national park for 1,230 years.”

10. When a whale swam up to this woman and wouldn’t leave her alone, she was freaked out — until she realized he was saving her life. (video)

11. Early ‘Nature’ Highlights of the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest. It’s a beautiful world.

12. Trump taps hate group fellow Ronald Mortensen for important post dealing with refugees. It fills me with a particular kind of rage knowing that there are still people who deny that our president is a white supremacist, a racist. Oh, and he’s also homophobic: Trump fails to mark Pride Month…again.

13. Moving Our Bodies From A Place of Joy, Or Not from Dances with Fat.

14. The Problematic Whitewashing of Eating Disorder Recovery.

15. Almost 40% of peer-reviewed dietary research turns out to be wrong. Here’s why.

16. A new Lucas The Spider video.

17. Racist people doing racist things: Drunk hipster fired after spewing racial slurs outside bar, and This woman who loses it in front of her kids (video), and ‘You don’t look like a legislator’: Security stops black, female lawmaker going to work in Ohio, and Georgia Teen With No Prior Record Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Stealing a Pair of Sneakers When He Was 15, and According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 8 white nationalists are currently running for federal office, more than ever before (video), and White Man, Furious That Jack in the Box Employee Wouldn’t Accept Coupon for Free Burger, Threatens to Send Her ‘Back to Mexico,’ and Professor targeted by right for teaching course on “white racism,” and Family of Black Man Killed by White Cop Awarded Just $4 By Florida Jury, and This man tormented his Black neighbors for years — now he’s facing 2-4 years in prison (video), and A teen killed a black man with his truck — then called him a racist slur online, police say.

18. Mind Your Own F**king Business! (video)

19. Why we must legalise cannabis now for the sake of public health.

20. Jimmy Fallon’s moving speech to Parkland’s graduating class. (video)

21. Three years ago, this beach was covered in trash. This year sea turtles were able to return to nest. (video)

22. Woman Tweets This Dog Owner’s Hilarious Reaction To Her Dog Escaping The Yard.

23. When Spiritual Bypassing Meets Racism Meets Gaslighting.

24. Curvy Yoga: A Sequence for Feeling at Home in Every Pose.

25. Beautiful LGBT Wedding Photos Showing That Love Knows No Boundaries.

26. The brilliant Robert Webb tells the Hay Festival audience why he has a problem with the traditional concept of masculinity. (video)

27. This fawn got so scared crossing the road it just lay down and wouldn’t move, but mom came to the rescue! (video) Reminds me of Ringo Blue at the vet! 🙂

28. Starbucks Anti-Bias Training “Missed the Mark Completely,” Say Two Philly Baristas. #notsurprised

29. BitchReads: 15 Books Feminists Should Read In June.

30. Congressional Candidate In Virginia Admits He’s A Pedophile. Welcome to America.

31. Watch this pastor put police officers in their place for unnecessarily taking a Black woman’s car. (video) Spoiler alert: they don’t arrest, harm, or kill him.

32. Supreme Court Sides With Colorado Baker Who Turned Away Gay Couple on The New York Times.

33. The Big Heart of America’s Smallest Pride Festivals.

Something Good

Even though they got beat down by the hailstorm last week, we have ripe strawberries today!

1. African Americans literally created Memorial Day. Here’s how it went down. (video) In related news, Forgetting Why We Remember on The New York Times, and The Untold Story Of Memorial Day: Former Slaves Honoring And Mourning The Dead, and A town of freed slaves — on Robert E. Lee’s old estate — was destroyed to make Arlington cemetery.

2. Rachel Dolezal facing 15 years in prison for her “white” lies.

3. How a dandelion transforms. (video)

4. Colin Kaepernick vs. Tim Tebow: A tale of two Christians on their knees. In related news, Police Killed At Least 378 Black Americans From The Moment Colin Kaepernick Protested, and The NFL Will Fine Players Who Protest During Anthem, Proving White Tears Matter More Than Black Lives, and Nate Boyer, military vet who convinced Colin Kaepernick to kneel for anthem, disses NFL’s new policy.

5. Federal officials have lost track of nearly 1,500 immigrant and refugee children. (video) This Twitter thread gives an important clarification about the issue. Also, in related news, Neglect & Abuse of Unaccompanied Children by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

6. Who’s Sorry This Week? Jason Bateman, Morgan Freeman, Milwaukee police and other public apologies. In related news, Women accuse Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior, harassment, and Jeffrey Tambor is Trash: Talent and Genius Doesn’t Justify Abuse.

7. Ireland has changed utterly: the cruel eighth amendment is history.

8. Sweet Potato And Chickpea Salad. I’m making this tomorrow.

9. Photographer Shoots Epic Battle Between Fox And Eagle Over Rabbit, And It Gets More And More Epic With Each Photo.

10. Meet Fred. He’s a 10-year-old labrador with an important job: He’s the adopted dad for nine orphaned ducklings! (video)

11. While Flint continues to struggle, Michigan is allowing Nestle to pump and sell millions of gallons of water for next to nothing. (video)

12. This Donald Trump subreddit has been fully taken over by Donald Glover fans.

13. A border patrol agent detained two women for speaking Spanish at the grocery store. In related news (i.e. cops or border control agents or ICE doing stupid, violent things), Indigenous Guatemalan woman shot dead by US Border Patrol, and New Jersey cop caught on camera punching 20-year-old woman drinking beer during beach arrest, and 2 Mississippi Police Officers Fired After Brutally Beating, Kicking Black Man.

14. Man Coping With Dementia Falls In Love With A Rescue Dog. (video) “When this neglected dog was rescued, he didn’t know how to act around people. All Louis needed was love, and so his foster mom got an idea — she introduced him to her dad, who suffers from dementia. Today on Soulmates, watch how Louis and his dad immediately clicked, helped each other cope and started loving every minute they get to spend together.”

15. Malian Migrant Gets French Citizenship After Saving Child Dangling From a Balcony.

16. Donald Trump Says ‘Our Ancestors Tamed a Continent’ and ‘We Are Not Going to Apologize for America.’ This is what white supremacy looks like.

17. Kalief Browder Took His Own Life, but the System Murdered Him.

18. White women are using the police to terrorize people of color. It’s got to stop. (video)

19. The recent mass shootings in the US all have one thing in common: misogyny. In related news, What is an ‘incel?’ A look at the anti-women movement behind multiple terror attacks.

20. You can’t please everyone, wisdom from Seth Godin. Also this, Does it help?

21. 3 thoughts on a decade of publishing books from Austin Kleon.

22. What advice do you wish you’d gotten when you graduated from college? 25 TED speakers answer.

23. Great Big Story’s YouTube page. “Great Big Story is a global media company devoted to cinematic storytelling. Headquartered in New York, with bureaus in London and Stockholm, our studios create and distribute micro docs and short films, as well as series for digital, social, TV and theatrical release. Since our launch in late 2015, our producers have traveled to more than 100 countries to discover the untold, the overlooked and the flat-out amazing.”

24. Disrupting Bail: An Innovative Criminal Justice Reform Idea Gains Momentum—And Funders.

25. How Trump’s nativist tweets overlap with anti-Muslim and anti-Latino hate crimes. “Words matter. Heated political rhetoric, especially derogatory language toward groups of people, can create all kinds of unintended consequences, including sometimes physical violence.”

26. The SPLC strongly opposes the suggestion this week by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that schools can report undocumented students to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Me too.

27. CrossFit Gym Confuses Fat Shaming With Advertising from Dances with Fat. In related news, Weight Bias is Not In Your Head…and that’s probably not a reason to diet from Isabel Foxen Duke.