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A Tweet Or Two

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Our education continues 🙂

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This is the horror that occurs when you don’t view people as human beings because of the color of their skin

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James Jameson, heir to the Jameson Irish Whiskey company, once bought a 10-year-old slave girl for six handkerchiefs because he wanted to sketch the event as cannibals killed, mutilated, and finally, ate her According to a report from The New York Times, Jameson had a fascination with cannibalism and wanted to experience the act firsthand. Jameson was on a trip in Africa in 1890 when an opportunity to fulfill his sick fantasy presented itself because he and his translator happened upon a cannibalistic tribe. Jameson consulted the tribe’s chiefs who told him if he wanted to witness the event, he’d have to buy a slave girl to be killed. Jameson returned a few minutes later with a 10-year-old girl he bought from a nearby slave trader for six handkerchiefs. The translator then approached the chiefs and said, “This is a present from a white man who desires to see her eaten.” According to an eye witness report of the scene, the cannibals tied the girl to a tree and stabbed her twice in the belly. The natives then cut pieces off of her body as Jameson sat sketching in his notebook. Jameson and his translator then made their way to chief’s hut where Jameson finished his sketches in watercolor.

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The same holds true once again

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In 1919, in the wake of World War I, black sharecroppers unionized in Arkansas, unleashing a wave of white vigilantism and mass murder that left 237 people dead. The visits began in the fall of 1918, just as World War I ended. At his office in Little Rock, Arkansas, attorney Ulysses S. Bratton listened as African American sharecroppers from the Delta told stories of theft, exploitation, and endless debt. A man named Carter had tended 90 acres of cotton, only to have his landlord seize the entire crop and his possessions. From the town of Ratio, in Phillips County, Arkansas, a black farmer reported that a plantation manager refused to give sharecroppers an itemized account for their crop. Another sharecropper told of a landlord trying “to starve the people into selling the cotton at his own price. They ain’t allowing us down there room to move our feet except to go to the field.” No one could know it at the time, but within a year these inauspicious meetings would lead to one of the worst episodes of racial violence in U.S. history. Initiated by whites, the violence—by any measure, a massacre—claimed the lives of 237 African Americans, according to a just released report from the Equal Justice Initiative. The death toll was unusually high, but the use of racial violence to subjugate blacks during this time was not uncommon. As the Equal Justice Initiative observes, “Racial terror lynching was a tool used to enforce Jim Crow laws and racial segregation—a tactic for maintaining racial control by victimizing the entire African American community, not merely punishment of an alleged perpetrator for a crime.” This was certainly true of the massacre in Phillips County, Arkansas.

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*GROWL* Comic books come to life

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Never change, Canada

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135 Responses to “A Tweet Or Two”


  1. February 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Bigggg! Thank you Nerdy

  2. February 20, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    15,728 trabillion thank yous, another BRILLIANT round-up of the day!

    I never read that Jameson story before, good God almighty.

    • February 20, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      GAWD, all these tweets are incredibly informative but that one in particular is hugely gross and depressing. I mean, WTFH.

      • February 20, 2015 at 7:41 pm

        The thoughts of this even being done to an animal would push me over the edge, but a 10-year-old child? And it was 1890 – not friggin’ 1590. Jesus.

        • February 20, 2015 at 7:44 pm

          Well, I hope every whiskey drinker out there pays attention because that kind of sickness is beyond comprehension.

          • February 20, 2015 at 7:48 pm

            As an heir to the family business he was probably one of those repulsive creatures who swanned around Africa with his slaves, raping and hunting. What a truly horrific breed of people.

      • 13 globalcitizenlinda
        February 20, 2015 at 8:22 pm

        Two questions : (1) who is going to drive putin out of Ukraine? (2) how do Chancellor Merkel & President Hollande feel about being publicly made to look like fools by insisting on a push for a ceasefire that putin had no plans of honoring?

    • 15 Nerdy Wonka
      February 20, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      Thanks, Chiparoo.

      Yeah, the Jameson story left me horrified.

  3. February 20, 2015 at 7:39 pm

  4. 24 Dudette
    February 20, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    While I was being a bum on Hilton Head Island last Friday, my sister attended this event, got to shake President Carter’s hand and got him to sign her copy of his book.

    I’m a useless (and jealous) slug 😦

  5. 33 Nerdy Wonka
    February 20, 2015 at 7:43 pm

  6. February 20, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    NASCAR suspended Kurt Busch indefinitely Friday after a judge said the former champion almost surely choked and beat a former girlfriend last fall and there was a “substantial likelihood” of more domestic violence from him in the future.

    http://news.yahoo.com/nascar-suspends-driver-kurt-busch-just-daytona-500-231159793–spt.html;_ylt=AwrBT9Lb1udU4BYA_kql87UF;_ylu=X3oDMTEyYTlnNGYzBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDUTFNQzFfMQRzZWMDc2M-

    • 36 Nerdy Wonka
      February 20, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      What a scumbag.

      Weird how I haven’t seen this talked about much on TV as with the NFL case. One would hope the media would cover this domestic violence case and put a laser focused spotlight on how far the sports industry needs to go.

      • February 20, 2015 at 8:06 pm

        “Weird how I haven’t seen this talked about much on TV as with the NFL case”

        I read nothing about this before now Nerdy, nothing! I’m sure it was getting plenty of attention in some quarters, but damn right it wasn’t getting wall-to-wall national media coverage.

      • 38 Sandy1110
        February 20, 2015 at 8:48 pm

        Some of the comments are telling – they’re more pissed off that he won’t be able to race, and SHE could have avoided the situation, and SHE’S a gold digger, so on. Poor NASCAR fans. Not.

    • 39 Nena20409
      February 20, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      How much Media Coverage would this get?
      Weeks on Cable?
      Poster “Boy” for Domestic Violence?
      Kurt Busch is the scrum of NASCAR.

  7. 40 99ts
    February 20, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Dear Nerdy – I need a smile and that last tweet did it 🙂 🙂

  8. February 20, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    So sad & true:

    …and yet someone who has no skin in the game felt compelled to say this:

    “As an American, I find Rudy Giuliani’s vicious comments about President Obama ‘not loving America’ to be profoundly offensive to both the President and the Office,” Schultz said in a statement…..He called Giuliani’s remarks “yet another example of the extreme rhetoric that continues to divide our country rather than uniting us in common purpose.”

  9. February 20, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    #sorrynotsorry

  10. February 20, 2015 at 8:06 pm

  11. 53 globalcitizenlinda
    February 20, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Two questions : (1) who is going to drive putin out of Ukraine? (2) how do Chancellor Merkel & President Hollande feel about being publicly made to look like fools by insisting on a push for a ceasefire that putin had no plans of honoring?

  12. February 20, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Some random stuff:

    Julianna seemed objective while at Bloomberg, but she is vying to be the new Sheryl Atkinson

    She does a story on a glitch tonight, but neither her or CBS mentioned the 11.4 million sign-ups through the marketplace at any time this wee

  13. February 20, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Our breathtaking Sequoias!!

  14. 60 MightyPamela
    February 20, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    ❤ _^..^_ ❤

  15. February 20, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    This person is once again UNDERESTIMATING the importance of the man himself – Barack Obama. He is claiming that all Mitt needed to win 2012 was a “boots on the ground” operation similar that of PBO.

    The truth is, Romney had superior funding, and an entire RW AND “left” corporate media slavishly devoted to him and giving a pass on virtually every issue. Mitt Romney maxed out on the racist vote, the “I-don’t want-to-be-racist- but-i’m-still-not-voting-for-the-Black-guy” vote, and the 1% vote.

    Thank goodness, he happened to be running against Barack Obama.

    • February 20, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      GEEZE

    • February 20, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      With the stench of his brother still fresh in the air and minds Jebby has a whole lot to overcome. Who the hell is going to follow him like people followed PBO when all they do is lie, lie, lie and lie some more. Who the hell wants to go back to more wars and losing their wealth? Who the hell wants America to be like Texas? There is only ONE candidate like Barack H. Obama and unfortunately he can’t run again.

  16. February 20, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the way FLOTUS put Boehner on blast.

  17. 67 Nena20409
    February 20, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Fire Blazing in a 79 story building in Dubai.
    No one died. I wonder if it will collapse eventually?
    Good Luck People.

  18. 69 Dudette
    February 20, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Cha-ching!!!

    Yeh Baybeeee! 😀

  19. February 20, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Nerdy, you educated me today.

    I had NO idea of the Jameson story.

    Reading the story I felt a level of horror and disgust. And this happened in 1890, when, supposedly, slavery had been eliminated. Of course, even today we have stories of slavery still existing in the West, so it shouldn’t be surprising that Jameson could indulge his sick mania for a price.

    Until we all see each other as precious beings, stories like this will continue. At times I despair. But hope is more rewarding.

    • 73 Nerdy Wonka
      February 20, 2015 at 9:19 pm

      You’re welcome, LL.

      Yup. The 1890 date makes it even more horrific.

      • 74 jackiegrumbacher
        February 20, 2015 at 10:10 pm

        If you saw this Jameson story in a horror movie, you would think it was a disgusting, over-the-top figment of the writer’s imagination. That it happened to a living human being is beyond imagining. Jamison himself doesn’t even qualify as a human being. He was a fiend without a soul or a heart. I hope he had a miserable life.

  20. 75 Nena20409
    February 20, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Awesome Tweets, NW.
    Thank you.
    Congrats Vetivera for your Gold ⭐

  21. February 20, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    My day today: Fucking with my tablet; fucking with my wifi; fucking with chores. Day off my ASS.

  22. February 20, 2015 at 9:13 pm

  23. February 20, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Wow, this is huge. Sec Perez mediated a settlement!

  24. 104 Nena20409
    February 20, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Lovely.
    Wow.

  25. 105 Nena20409
    February 20, 2015 at 9:20 pm

  26. 106 amk for obama
    February 20, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    wets indies score 310. are pakis screwed?

  27. 113 Nerdy Wonka
    February 20, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Ava Duvernay, the amazing director of the wonderful Selma, favorited another one of my tweets.

    *RUNS AROUND SCREAMING*

    • 114 arapaho415
      February 20, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      Too cool for words, NW.

      Share with us, won’t you?

      The local @knx1070 news radio station hosted a panel discussion today on the Academy called “Fade to White.” They asked for a representative from the Academy, but were declined.

      TOD and twitter are much more informative on this (and many other) subject(s).

      There was some discussion about last year, but they failed to mention that most of the the Academy recognizes POC — are slaves, hired help (Gone with the Wind, Driving Miss Daisy, etc.), not for roles in which POC are on equal footing with the roles recognized for whites. They did make the point that the boxoffice revenue excuse (e.g., Sony) is baloney — that POC often enhance overseas revenue.

  28. 116 amk for obama
    February 20, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    question: why is the west wing shown under foxcrime?

  29. 117 amk for obama
    February 20, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    paks perfect start – 1 for 2 in 1.

  30. 118 Nena20409
    February 20, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    In_Deed

  31. 119 amk for obama
    February 20, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    wow, 1-3 for now. limeys can take heart now.

  32. February 20, 2015 at 9:34 pm

  33. 121 amk for obama
    February 20, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    jeebus, 1-4 now.

  34. February 20, 2015 at 9:36 pm

  35. February 20, 2015 at 9:38 pm

  36. February 20, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    News you won’t find anywhere on US media but you will find at TOD ….

    “Sources close to the government have said that the Taliban for the first time have shown a green signal to enter into peace negotiations with the Afghan government.

    The group would possibly attend talks without any conditions, the sources said, adding the parleys would begin likely in three weeks.

    It comes as these days President Ashraf Ghani continues his consultations regarding the peace talks with the religious scholars, civil society groups and the High Peace Council (HPC).

    HPC members, however, insists the reconciliation body would play a key role in these talks, hoping constructive outcomes of the negotiations.”

    • February 20, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      “Rula Ghani talked with Fortune’s Nina Easton at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Wednesday night.

      The discovery of heroes is rarely linear or obvious. They usually sneak up on you. Afghanistan’s new first lady, Rula Ghani, is that kind of woman.

      In an interview at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Wednesday night, this unassuming former stay-at-home mom courageously issued a series of “dares.”

      She dared Islamic fundamentalists to reach back in their own history to recall the role of strong, influential women. And she made those remarks even though, as a Lebanese-born Christian, she suffered vicious media attacks from Afghan conservatives during her husband’s presidential campaign.”

  37. 129 amk for obama
    February 20, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Total: 3-4 (5) | Curr. RR: 0.60 | Req. RR: 6.84

    sez it all. They are so screwed.

  38. 130 amk for obama
    February 20, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    How’s stat?

    Lowest total at fall of fourth wicket in ODIs:

    1 – Pakistan today

    4 – Canada v Zimbabwe, Port-of-Spain, 2006

  39. February 20, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed al-Dayri

    National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice met today at the White House with Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed al-Dayri. Ambassador Rice expressed the United States’ condolences for the horrific attacks and resulting deaths today in eastern Libya and all those who have been killed by terrorist groups in Libya. She reiterated strong U.S. support for the mediation efforts led by U.N. Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bernardino Leon and for a political resolution to the ongoing conflict in Libya. She urged the swift formation of a national unity government that can partner with the international community to fight terrorist groups and conclude Libya’s transition process, including the completion of a new constitution and holding elections for a new government under that constitution.

    Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura

    National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice met today with the United Nations’ Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. Mr. de Mistura updated Ambassador Rice on his efforts to achieve a freeze in Aleppo and expanded on his February 17 briefing to the UN Security Council. Ambassador Rice emphasized the United States’ support for a political solution to Syria’s civil war and for measures that would reduce the suffering of the Syrian people.

    Ambassador Rice thanked Mr. de Mistura for the renewed energy he has brought to international efforts to bring an end to the war in Syria and discussed measures that the United States and other partners could take to support his efforts.

  40. February 20, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Bill O’Reilly Responds. We Annotate.
    The Fox News host still hasn’t gotten back to us, but here’s his monologue—factchecked.

    —By David Corn
    | Fri Feb. 20, 2015 8:02 PM EST

    “On Thursday, Mother Jones published an article by Daniel Schulman and me documenting how Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has mischaracterized his wartime reporting experience. It noted that he has repeatedly stated that during his short stint as a CBS correspondent in the 1980s, he was in the “war zone” during the Falklands war between the United Kingdom and Argentina in 1982. He once claimed he had heroically rescued his cameraman in “a war zone in Argentina, in the Falklands,” while being chased by army soldiers. Yet no American journalist reached the war zone in the Falkland Islands during this conflict. O’Reilly and his colleagues covered the war from Buenos Aires, which was 1,200 miles from the fighting.

    O’Reilly responded to the story by launching a slew of personal invective. He did not respond to the details of the story. Instead, he called me a “liar,” a “left-wing assassin,” and a “despicable guttersnipe.” He said that I deserve “to be in the kill zone.” (You can read one of my responses here.) And in his show-opening “Talking Points memo” monologue on Friday evening, he continued the name-calling.

    In a way, it’s impossible to win a debate with O’Reilly because he is not bound by reality.”

    More at the link:

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/02/david-corn-response-oreilly-falklands

  41. February 20, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Great tweets Nerdy. It is so nice to know that no matter how long our day is, we can always come here and get everything we missed.

  42. 135 HZ
    February 20, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Nerdy W., thanks so much for all that you give to us. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Loving hugs to my Chips and all of her wonderful and gifted team.}}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ


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