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ghostkiwi:

thebicker:

workingamerica:

When you hear friends talk about “makers” and “takers,” who are they talking about?
Thanks Forward Progressives for the graphic. http://on.fb.me/16AKkTR

I fact-checked this. It’s not quite true. THE REALITY IS ACTUALLY WORSE. The US is missing between $410-$500 billion in tax dollars from 2010. In that same year, we spent roughly $64 billion on SNAP benefits. That means tax evasion is costing about six to eight times more than the food stamp program. So where are the laws to crack down on tax evasion to fix the deficit?

Fuck the rich.
I don’t understand why they need to evade taxes, of all people. 
Oh wait, because they’re greedy fucks who only care about themselves.

ghostkiwi:

thebicker:

workingamerica:

When you hear friends talk about “makers” and “takers,” who are they talking about?

Thanks Forward Progressives for the graphic. http://on.fb.me/16AKkTR

I fact-checked this. It’s not quite true. THE REALITY IS ACTUALLY WORSE. The US is missing between $410-$500 billion in tax dollars from 2010. In that same year, we spent roughly $64 billion on SNAP benefits. That means tax evasion is costing about six to eight times more than the food stamp program. So where are the laws to crack down on tax evasion to fix the deficit?

Fuck the rich.

I don’t understand why they need to evade taxes, of all people. 

Oh wait, because they’re greedy fucks who only care about themselves.

discourseontheotter:

~Richard Nixon

discourseontheotter:

~Richard Nixon

Oct 3
thetinynina:

leanin:

What would have once sounded like a far-fetched feminist fantasy – women forming the majority of a parliament – is a reality in one country in the world, Rwanda.
In fact, women are making gains throughout all of Africa, but these achievements have been met with a loud silence from the western feminist movement. 
African women are blazing a feminist trail - why don’t we hear their voices? (The Guardian) 

"why don’t we hear their voices?"
because white western feminism.

thetinynina:

leanin:

What would have once sounded like a far-fetched feminist fantasy – women forming the majority of a parliament – is a reality in one country in the world, Rwanda.

In fact, women are making gains throughout all of Africa, but these achievements have been met with a loud silence from the western feminist movement. 

African women are blazing a feminist trail - why don’t we hear their voices? (The Guardian) 

"why don’t we hear their voices?"

because white western feminism.

Russia’s Anti-Gay Crackdown - NYTimes.com

slipstreamborne:

brute-reason:

Earlier in June, Mr. Putin signed yet another antigay bill, classifying “homosexual propaganda” as pornography. The law is broad and vague, so that any teacher who tells students that homosexuality is not evil, any parents who tell their child that homosexuality is normal, or anyone who makes pro-gay statements deemed accessible to someone underage is now subject to arrest and fines. Even a judge, lawyer or lawmaker cannot publicly argue for tolerance without the threat of punishment.

Finally, it is rumored that Mr. Putin is about to sign an edict that would remove children from their own families if the parents are either gay or lesbian or suspected of being gay or lesbian. The police would have the authority to remove children from adoptive homes as well as from their own biological parents.


I wish people talked about this more. We talk a lot about anti-gay bigotry in Asian, African, and Middle Eastern countries, where it undoubtedly does exist, but I wonder how much of the focus on that is driven by the fact that we Other the people living there. Russia is much “closer to home” in many ways, and yet this is rarely talked about.

The author of this piece was on the Last Word talking about it in a bit more detail last night.  In addition to the immediate dangers and systemic government oppression faced by LGBTQ people in Russia, he mentions the arrest of four Dutch tourists/filmmakers under these laws as well as the danger they additionally pose to anyone traveling to the country for the 2014 Winter Olympics.  Because of the culture of the Olympics there’s a tendency and a temptation to gloss over human rights abuses in the host country because of how much of a “downer” it is in light of the glittering majesty of “sport”, but the looming closeness of the Olympics also has the potential (through increased media and public attention and boycotts by individual athletes, visiting nations, and tourists) to be used as a tool to pressure Putin and his government towards repealing these laws. 

(Source: brutereason)

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slipstreamborne:

“It don’t take a genius to know what this is all about,” said [Karen] Lewis, who is black. “They want our money and our land. No one cares about us. And we’re the ones who stuck around. Not the white folks.” (x)

With Detroit now under an emergency financial manager appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder (R), half of all African-Americans living in the state of Michigan no longer have democratically elected representation in their local government. 

Of all the communities taken over by the state, only one (Three Oaks, population ~1,600, 93% white, median income $41,338) has had any significant, long-term beneficial change to its finances or the quality of life of its citizens.  Among the other communities is Benton Harbor (population ~10,000, 7% white, median income $17,301) where historic Jean Lock Park—which was given to the city for public use in 1917 with the dedication “The beach is yours, the drive is yours, the dunes are yours, all yours. It is not so much a gift from my wife and myself, it’s a gift from a little child. See to it that the park is the children’s”—has now been converted into an extension of the neighboring, privately owned Golf Club at Harbor Shores.  It costs $40.00 for local residents to play a round of golf.  


 

jhermann:

Teju Cole continues to devastate in 140 characters or less.

ProPublica: Everything we know so far about drone strikes


Nov 7

Also important things that happened today with the US General Election:

crowry:

booandorange:

taleth:

taleth:

rknjl:

blaidddrewg:

- Maine and Maryland have voted for marriage equality
- Minnesota DID NOT vote for banning marriage equality
- Washington has it on the ballot as well, but it hasn’t come in yet


- The first openly gay senator was elected (Tammy Baldwin, in Wisconsin)
- The first disabled woman veteran was elected (Tammy Duckworth, in Illinois)
- Sens. Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin and Richard “Rape is a gift from God” Mourdock were ousted.

These are the important things.  Also, Colorado went from medical marijuana (blech) to recreational marijuana (yay).

Tammy Baldwin wanted trans protections removed from ENDA:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjlY_0bCyLw

So.

She may be openly gay, but she’s transphobic as hell.

Here’s another source on this bullshit she pulled:

http://www.transadvocate.com/enda-three-card-draw.htm

Oh.

Yes, let’s celebrate the transphobic lesbian. Please. I’ll be so happy for you.

gdit Tammy

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(Source: shorm)

Nov 7

It’s 2000 All Over Again.

v-lagopus:

Ohio is now contested and might swing Republican - CNN and the New York Times just changed it from blue to red.

I’m having flashbacks.

oh no.

Nov 6
msnbc:

A Pennsylvania electronic voting machine has been taken out of service after being captured on video changing a vote for President Obama into one for Mitt Romney, NBC News has confirmed.
http://tv.msnbc.com/2012/11/06/machine-turns-vote-for-obama-into-one-for-romney/
(Photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)

-_-
Disgusted, but not at all surprised.

msnbc:

A Pennsylvania electronic voting machine has been taken out of service after being captured on video changing a vote for President Obama into one for Mitt Romney, NBC News has confirmed.

http://tv.msnbc.com/2012/11/06/machine-turns-vote-for-obama-into-one-for-romney/

(Photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)

-_-

Disgusted, but not at all surprised.