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Six Philadelphia police officers were arrested Wednesday in a predawn roundup and charged with robbing, kidnapping, and extorting drug suspects over a nearly seven-year period.

The officers all were veterans of a narcotics squad that came under the scrutiny of a joint FBI-Police Department Internal Affairs investigation.

The officers charged in a federal indictment are Thomas Liciardello, 38; Perry Betts, 46; Brian Reynolds, 43; Michael Spicer, 46; John Speiser, 42; and Linwood Norman, 46.

The indictment alleges the officers falsified records, held people without arrest, stole drugs and shared in the proceeds.

Federal officials said they stole more than $500,000 from February 2006 to November 2012, including Rolex watches, electronics and a Calvin Klein suit.

According to a 42-page indictment, some of the officers allegedly took part in a game involving beating drug suspects for points. Others held one suspect from a balcony 30-feet above the ground and knocked out his teeth.

Prosecutors said the officers routinely filed false police reports to cover up their criminal behavior.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20140731_Sources__6_cops_arrested_in_federal_corruption_probe.html#HIp38s5yWjMa4tgK.99

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I can’t accept that. I can’t accept that there was only one black woman in the entire film, who delivered one line and who we never saw again. I can’t accept that the bad guys were Asian and that although in China, Lucy’s roommate says, “I mean, who speaks Chinese? I don’t speak Chinese!” I can’t accept that in Hercules, which I also saw this weekend, there were no people of color except for Dwayne Johnson himself and his mixed-race wife, whose skin was almost alabaster. I can’t accept that she got maybe two lines and was then murdered. I can’t accept that the “primitive tribe” in Hercules consisted of dark-haired men painted heavily, blackish green, to give their skin (head-to-toe) a darker appearance, so the audience could easily differentiate between good and bad guys by the white vs. dark skin. I can’t accept that during the previews, Exodus: Gods and Kings, a story about Moses leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt, where not a single person of color is represented, casts Sigourney Weaver and Joel Edgerton to play Egyptians. I can’t accept that in the preview for Kingsman: The Secret Service, which takes place in London, features a cast of white boys and not a single person of Indian descent, which make up the largest non-white ethnic group in London. I can’t accept that in stories about the end of the world and the apocalypse, that somehow only white people survive. I can’t accept that while my daily life is filled with black and brown women, they are completely absent, erased, when I look at a TV or movie screen.s





[TW: harassment, threats, stalking, violence, slurs, racism]

So, someone decided to post this submission with a link to medievalpoc to a subreddit called “Tumblr In Action” this morning.

I’ve posted about this before.

Let’s stop pretending we have no idea where this comes from:




And can we stop pretending as if these supposed “rules” actually mean anything, or are ever actually enforced:


Medievalpoc has received tens of thousands of hits from this particular subreddit from more than 60 separate threads, some of which have hundreds of derogatory comments, using slurs, threats, and racist ‘jokes’.


And it is somehow a “coincidence” that I have had to speak to police four times and make official reports due to threats, stalking, harassment, and other nastiness? That people have followed me around in person without my knowledge or consent because of this? People have circumvented the “ignore” function by creating accounts just to send racial slurs and threats.

The rest of this is going under a cut, because it is truly horrific. Please proceed with caution.

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I’m already a MedievalPOC patron, but I made an extra donation today. Nobody should have to go through this shit, and it’s incredibly unfair that your amazing work has made you a target for these bigoted asswipes. You are absolutely a hero.

This is important. What has MedievalPOC done to deserve all this hate? All this Tumblr does is post ACTUAL HISTORY showing that people of color were around in the Middle Ages. That’s it. 

It’s incredibly, incredibly important because the truth about this stuff gets lost otherwise. But it SHOULDN’T be controversial. And it shouldn’t be garnering the blogger death threats. 

If you like history, or art, or, y’know, truth (or, for that matter, fantasy set in a medieval-ish world), you should be following this blog. 

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The Clans of Tarkir: Mardu


I’ve covered Abzan, Jeskai, and Sultai a while ago. It’s Mardu this time.


The Mardu Horde embodies red, black, and white. They are led by the fearsome Khan Zurgo Helmsmasher. They value speed, and their symbol is the Wings of the Dragon.


Fearsome while sitting…


For the horde!

I know which faction I’m getting at the prerelease.