- 3:41 am - Sat, Aug 10, 2013
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‘Fat’ is usually the first insult a girl throws at another girl when she wants to hurt her.
I mean, is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’? Not to me; but then, you might retort, what do I know about the pressure to be skinny? I’m not in the business of being judged on my looks, what with being a writer and earning my living by using my brain…
I went to the British Book Awards that evening. After the award ceremony I bumped into a woman I hadn’t seen for nearly three years. The first thing she said to me? ‘You’ve lost a lot of weight since the last time I saw you!’
‘Well,’ I said, slightly nonplussed, ‘the last time you saw me I’d just had a baby.’
What I felt like saying was, ‘I’ve produced my third child and my sixth novel since I last saw you. Aren’t either of those things more important, more interesting, than my size?’ But no – my waist looked smaller! Forget the kid and the book: finally, something to celebrate!
I’ve got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don’t want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I’d rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny – a thousand things, before ‘thin’. And frankly, I’d rather they didn’t give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons.
- 3:25 am
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Virginia Authorities And The FBI Are Not Issuing An Amber Alert For The Disappearance Of Teenager Alexis Murphy, Claiming It’s Because Her Car Has Been Found…I Think There’s Another Reason
Virginia State Police say no Amber Alert will be issued in the search for Alexis Murphy. Murphy was last seen on Saturday at a Liberty gas station in Lovingston.
She left her home in Shipman on Saturday – reportedly headed to Lynchburg. Her car was found on Tuesday in Albemarle County at the Carmike 6 movie theaters.
A police spokesperson says that since Murphy’s car was located in Albemarle, the case no longer fits the criteria for an Amber Alert.
According to Virginia Amber Alert’s official website, activation of the Virginia Amber Alert plan requires five elements to be fulfilled:
1) The abducted child must be 17 years of age or younger or is currently enrolled in a secondary school in the Commonwealth, regardless of age, and the law enforcement agency believes the child has been abducted (unwillingly taken from their environment without permission from the child’s parent or legal guardian).
2) The law enforcement agency believes the missing child is in imminent danger of serious bodily harm or death.
3) A law enforcement investigation has taken place that verified the abduction or eliminated alternative explanations.
4) Sufficient information is available to disseminate to the public that could assist in locating the child, suspect, and/or the suspect’s vehicle.
5) The Child must be entered into the Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) missing person files as soon as practical.
If all of the criteria is not met, the Amber Alert plan won’t be activated.
To learn more about Virginia’s Amber Alert system, click here.
More info on Murphy’s disappearance:
Alexis Murphy, a 17-year-old Virginia girl, has been missing since Saturday after tweeting “Burg Bound” to her more than 11,000 followers, CBS affiliate WUSA reports.
"She was en route to go shopping in the Lynchburg area," said William Mays, a detective with the Nelson County Sheriff’s. "This was the last time she was seen by her family."
Deputies with the sheriff’s office, the Virginia State Police and agents working with the FBI are all working to locate Murphy, of Shipman, the station reports.
"Alexis is very close to her family," said Mays. "She has never disappeared in the past. In fact, she was looking forward to playing in volleyball tournaments later this week and excited to start her upcoming senior year in high school."
Worried family members gathered at a local elementary school Monday night, where investigators set up a command post and held a brief press conference asking for the public’s help.
"This includes anyone who may have seen Alexis in her white Nissan Maxima…or anyone who has had any contact with her after 6:00 PM on this past Saturday," Mays said.
Investigators spent Monday searching houses and wooded areas in Shipman, while two state police rescue helicopters searched by air. Detectives did not take questions during the press conference. Anyone with information is asked to call 434-263-7050.
WHAT? How is this happening? Girl goes missing, role of the Amber Alert (and the police) is to help find her. They clearly conducted a search, put some effort into it - this isn’t the kind of thing that’s done for show, without at least some suspicion that, indeed, the girl is legitimately missing. But not issuing an Amber Alert? What, Americans can’t handle keeping their beady little eyes open for 2 missing girls on the same weekend? And didn’t they find this girls’ car abandoned at the side of the road? Excuse my quoting Criminal Minds 101, but doesn’t that shit smell suspicious to you? Jesus. I hope she’s found and okay.
(Source: thepoliticalfreakshow, via thriftorama)
- 2:36 am - Fri, Aug 9, 2013
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Very interesting list.
Is this Chapters? Fascinating, because about 5 years ago, they were actually pulling a lot of these books from their shelves because they were supposedly being stolen all the time. I like this approach better. Carry on stealin’, angsty teenaged boys. Actually, I think everyone who’s ever owned one of their horrible paid rewards cards should just be able to waltz in and grab one of these for free.
(Source: joedoes, via hey--sah)
- 2:22 am
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This is Alexis Murphy, 17, of Nelson County, Virginia. She was last seen August 3, 2013 around 8p.m. at the Lovingston Liberty gas station.
Alexis was driving a white 2003 Nisan Maxima with the plates WYN3706.
PLEASE help us find her. Alexis is from small community that is very close and loves her very much. She is a good student, a star volleyball player, and a friend to many. Please, if you see her, or her car, contact the Nelson County Sheriff’s office immediately:
Address: 94 Courthouse Sq, Lovingston, VA 22949
Phone: (434) 263-7050
Some of you may even follow Alexis on Twitter @realfolarin_ (11.2K followers)
There will also be links to news sites to show that this is not in any way a scam.
If you are in the Central Virginia area, PLEASE keep a look out for Alexis. Her community, family, and friends miss her so much and would love to have her back for her first day of her senior year (August 12, 2013).
We appreciate your help and time.
Alexis’ car was just found at Albermale Square, Charlottesville, VA. PLEASE keep an eye out for her. She was last wearing leopard print capri pants (likely leggings) and a long sleeve burgundy shirt.
Please help us bring her home.
this has been on the news…BOOST!
Shit. Boosting this. And she looks super familiar.
Fuck, this is awful. Boosting in case anyone can help.
- 2:21 am
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i will love shitty screamo pop punk hardcore the rest of my life.
me too. suck it up, universe.