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i’ve seen a lot of people reblogging news from ferguson, wondering if the situation has changed at all. the answer is YES—massively! so i thought i would compile some updates, courtesy of alderman antonio french (who, less than 24 hours ago, was being [wrongfully] held in jail for alleged unlawful assembly). the time right now is 4:20AM CST, august 15th.

yesterday afternoon—thursday, august 14th—ferguson & stl police were taken out of control of ferguson and replaced with MO highway patrol, led by captain ron johnson, who grew up in the area. his first order of business was to order police to remove their masks and cease violent tactics.

orange cones replaced tanks, the police line vanished, not a drop of tear gas was in sight and families felt safe enough to have their young people out protesting with them. without the fear tactics and police intimidation, people came out in droves to support ferguson.

the discussion of mike brown cannot end here. the relief is palpable and the decrease of tension under johnson’s excellent leadership is a huge mercy, but justice has not been served yet. now, hopefully, citizens will get to work together with the legal system for swift and transparent justice for mike brown & the countless other black men & women across the nation who have been unlawfully treated, and in many cases died, at the hands of police. let all of us use the alleviated atmosphere to focus the conversation, focus the nation. #mikebrown 


Anonymous asked:

Random question time! :D What do you think is Starscream's approximate human age in Insatiable? And other main figures? ;)


I love random questions! :D This is a difficult random question, though, haha!

Age is such a finicky thing. Cybertronian age, compared to human age, is so different. For example, the majority of a TF’s life is fertile, as opposed to humans, where they lose that around halfway through their lives. Skyfire was already well into adulthood by the time he officially became Intended for a youngling Starscream, but when Starscream became of age, Skyfire was exactly the same as he was, physical and spark conditions wise. Bladeflight is amongst the oldest Cybertronians alive, but he remains every bit as strong as when he was a new recruit skipping military drills. All that’s grown weary is his mentality, which effects the spark the same way mood does for a human’s general well-being. He’s still at the prime if his life, capable and spark burning strong, and when he says he feels old, he’s just referring to the emotional strain that comes from a long life, which may influence how well he physically feels without causing any actual problem.

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