Sunday, September 8, 2013

dontbearuiner:

ratherastory:

alexdarke:

Because censorship is wrong…

Doonesbury cartoons by the brilliant Garry Trudeau

Oh, hey. I hadn’t yet come across something that I would always reblog, but here it is!

Garry Trudeau: Dropping truth since 1970.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
anarcho-queer:

seriouslyamerica:

globalmovement:

South Carolina approves plan to exile it’s homeless ::: We have officially entered the land of 1984 folks. I can’t even believe this is real. “Police officers will now be assigned to patrol the city center and keep homeless people out. They will also be instructed to strictly enforce the city’s “quality of life” laws, including bans on loitering, public urination, and other violations. And just to ensure that no one slips through, the city will set up a hotline so local businesses and residents can report the presence of a homeless person to police.” Homeless people can stay at the shelter, but they’re not permitted to walk off the premises. In fact, Columbia will even post a police officer on the road leading to the shelter to ensure that homeless people don’t walk towards downtown. If they want to leave, they need to set up an appointment and be shuttled by a van. You can shuttle them somewhere or you can go to jail. That’s, in fact, an abuse of power. This is disgusting, but not that surprising in a country that no longer respects individuals freedoms and rights. Homeless people are still people and the vast majority are citizens. Many are veterans. They are still entitled to the right to be in public spaces, and the streets, sidewalks and parks in a central city or an expensive neighborhood are still the property of all the public. In addition to ignoring individual rights, there is a move in this country to criminalize being poor. This is segregating the rich from the poor. That way, rich people don’t have to be bothered with seeing the impacts of their actions.
#homeless #classwar #occupy #ows #occupy99 #occupywallst #sc #truth #photooftheday #instagood #wow #Raleigh #iphonesia #tweegram #instamood #iphoneonly #jj #1984 #igers #igdaily #areyouserious #revolution #occupycongress #protest #southcarolina

Source.

City council members passed the law unanimously in Columbia, South Carolina’s capital.
The law gives the city’s homeless three options: Go to the city’s riverfront shelter (which will eventually be moved further from downtown; one councilman suggested a location 15 miles away), get out of town altogether, or go to jail.
The city even has a hotline where residents can report a homeless person for seeming…homeless.
Columbia has an estimated 1,621 homeless people living in the city, and the waterfront “shelter” these homeless people will be forced to live in (if they want to avoid jail/prison or leaving the city) only holds 240 beds.
And this gated, police guarded prison shelter does not allow the homeless to leave without permission. With permission, they can only leave through a shuttle bus.

anarcho-queer:

seriouslyamerica:

globalmovement:

South Carolina approves plan to exile it’s homeless ::: We have officially entered the land of 1984 folks. I can’t even believe this is real. “Police officers will now be assigned to patrol the city center and keep homeless people out. They will also be instructed to strictly enforce the city’s “quality of life” laws, including bans on loitering, public urination, and other violations. And just to ensure that no one slips through, the city will set up a hotline so local businesses and residents can report the presence of a homeless person to police.” Homeless people can stay at the shelter, but they’re not permitted to walk off the premises. In fact, Columbia will even post a police officer on the road leading to the shelter to ensure that homeless people don’t walk towards downtown. If they want to leave, they need to set up an appointment and be shuttled by a van. You can shuttle them somewhere or you can go to jail. That’s, in fact, an abuse of power. This is disgusting, but not that surprising in a country that no longer respects individuals freedoms and rights. Homeless people are still people and the vast majority are citizens. Many are veterans. They are still entitled to the right to be in public spaces, and the streets, sidewalks and parks in a central city or an expensive neighborhood are still the property of all the public. In addition to ignoring individual rights, there is a move in this country to criminalize being poor. This is segregating the rich from the poor. That way, rich people don’t have to be bothered with seeing the impacts of their actions.

#homeless #classwar #occupy #ows #occupy99 #occupywallst #sc #truth #photooftheday #instagood #wow #Raleigh #iphonesia #tweegram #instamood #iphoneonly #jj #1984 #igers #igdaily #areyouserious #revolution #occupycongress #protest #southcarolina

Source.

City council members passed the law unanimously in Columbia, South Carolina’s capital.

The law gives the city’s homeless three options: Go to the city’s riverfront shelter (which will eventually be moved further from downtown; one councilman suggested a location 15 miles away), get out of town altogether, or go to jail.

The city even has a hotline where residents can report a homeless person for seeming…homeless.

Columbia has an estimated 1,621 homeless people living in the city, and the waterfront “shelter” these homeless people will be forced to live in (if they want to avoid jail/prison or leaving the city) only holds 240 beds.

And this gated, police guarded prison shelter does not allow the homeless to leave without permission. With permission, they can only leave through a shuttle bus.

girlwithg0ldeyes:

qalbesaleem:

How quickly we forget – How Muslims Helped Ireland During The Great Famine
Ireland was ridden with famine and disease between 1845 and 1849. Also known as the Great Hunger, this famine had lasting effects: at least one million people died due to famine-related diseases and more than one million Irish fled, mainly to the United States, England, Canada, and Australia.
The Islamic State (Ottoman) ruler at that time Sultan Khaleefah Abdul-Majid declared his intention to send £10,000 sterling to Irish farmers but Queen Victoria requested that the Sultan send only £1,000 sterling, because she had sent only £2,000 sterling herself. The Sultan sent the £1,000 sterling but also secretly sent 3 ships full of food. The British administration tried to block the ships, but the food arrived secretly at Drogheda harbour.
This generous charity from a Muslim ruler to a Christian nation is also important, particularly in our time when Muslims are often unfairly accused of human rights violations. Likewise, the appreciative plaque and overall reaction of the Irish society in return for this charity deserves to be applauded. We hope that the Turkish-Irish friendship sets a model for peace among different nations.
In commemoration of the Ottoman aid, Drogheda added the Ottoman crescent and star to its coat of arms. Their football club’s emblem retains this design til this day.

Fun Fact, and one I learned in school: another great help during the famine were the Native American Choctaw tribe. They sent us cornmeal, which probably helped thousands of people survive, and $710 (althought some say it was $170. Either way, that was still a fuckton of money back then). Due to them only recently suffering the Trail of Tears, their hearts were open and sympathetic with the Irish peoples plight. To this day in Ireland, their kindness has not been forgotten.

girlwithg0ldeyes:

qalbesaleem:

How quickly we forget – How Muslims Helped Ireland During The Great Famine

Ireland was ridden with famine and disease between 1845 and 1849. Also known as the Great Hunger, this famine had lasting effects: at least one million people died due to famine-related diseases and more than one million Irish fled, mainly to the United States, England, Canada, and Australia.

The Islamic State (Ottoman) ruler at that time Sultan Khaleefah Abdul-Majid declared his intention to send £10,000 sterling to Irish farmers but Queen Victoria requested that the Sultan send only £1,000 sterling, because she had sent only £2,000 sterling herself. The Sultan sent the £1,000 sterling but also secretly sent 3 ships full of food. The British administration tried to block the ships, but the food arrived secretly at Drogheda harbour.

This generous charity from a Muslim ruler to a Christian nation is also important, particularly in our time when Muslims are often unfairly accused of human rights violations. Likewise, the appreciative plaque and overall reaction of the Irish society in return for this charity deserves to be applauded. We hope that the Turkish-Irish friendship sets a model for peace among different nations.

In commemoration of the Ottoman aid, Drogheda added the Ottoman crescent and star to its coat of arms. Their football club’s emblem retains this design til this day.

Fun Fact, and one I learned in school: another great help during the famine were the Native American Choctaw tribe. They sent us cornmeal, which probably helped thousands of people survive, and $710 (althought some say it was $170. Either way, that was still a fuckton of money back then). Due to them only recently suffering the Trail of Tears, their hearts were open and sympathetic with the Irish peoples plight. To this day in Ireland, their kindness has not been forgotten.

(Source: razormind.co.uk)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

So here’s what I’m getting from the Zimmerman Trial. Under normal circumstances, killing someone in self defense is a manslaughter charge, but in the state of Florida, there is the “Stand Your Ground” law that basically overturns that. However, that SYG law seems to be applied at the justice systems convenience. Considering that a black woman, in the same state, killed a white man who broke into her home, and attacked her, got hit with a manslaughter charge and a pretty heavy sentence. As it turns out, stand your ground only implies if the “your” in the situation is white enough, and who its being stood against isn’t white enough. 

Statistically, 79 percent of cases where the stand your ground law was invoked and the victim was black, lead to no charges. However, 59 percent of cases where the victim was white lead to no charges. The rates get even lower when the shooter is black. 

According to the Tampa Bay times, a third of the cases of Stand your ground involve the shooter initiating the incident, shot an unarmed victim or perused them, and walked free. 

So, if your white and shoot a black man in Florida, as long as he looks suspicious or yells at you, you probably get to walk. Some serious racist shit.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

thefemaletyrant:

justplainsomething:

scifantasy:

airagorncharda:

This hit me like a ton of bricks. I’m still feeling a little nauseous after this realization.

I also put it on DA

This is a wonderful presentation. I just had to add these:

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Don’t ever let anyone tell you that gender egalitarianism isn’t possible among humans, or that our species’ “natural” state is one of gender oppression.

^Let’s all remember this the next time someone tries to say that Africans are all a bunch of savages compared to us civilized folk.

Its funny, the stalkerish dude who used to read my blog and send me emails before I blocked him had really twisted ideas on  the link between agriculture and patriarchy. According to him women oppressed themselves by creating patriarchy because they were the ones who developed agriculture.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

neoliberalismkills:

gadaboutgreen:

wocinsolidarity:

And even a bonus slide for any remaining queries:

Share amongst your friends.

This has been a post.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

U.S. Senator Delivers Immigration Speech in Spanish, Is Labeled a Traitor to America

thenoobyorker:

publicshaming:

What happens when Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia makes a 13 minute speech in Spanish on the Senate floor in support of immigration reform? Why, he makes history as the first Senator in history to delivery an entire speech on the floor of the Senate in a language other than English! History! Historia! Tremendous! Tremendo!

Also, as you might have guessed if you read the last post on here, this happens:

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“Ur a disgusting fck” says this angry guy and a slew of other super-duper patriotic totally-not-bigots-we-swear American heroes who (barely) speak English!

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“Unbelievable!” says Conservative actor / Breitbart blogger Adam S. Baldwin! You may know Mr. Baldwin from his role as Major Mitchell in Independence Day or as Jane from the show Firefly or as a great big douchebag on Twitter.

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haha. “Speaking Spanish is offensive because people who speak Spanish tend to vote for the party I do not like.” I honestly don’t understand why Spanish speaking people won’t vote for your party, Jacque…

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lmao. Oh, the things said in these tweets must be why they won’t vote for you party. “Have we sold our souls to illegal Mexicans?” asks poor Bob. YES. BOB. AND THEY PAID IN PESOS TOO. And Capslock Vicky over here thinks the answer to her party losing the Latino vote isn’t to support policies that the Hispanics support…it’s to just keep ‘em all out and keep running business as usual!

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lmao. Look at all those Twitter avatar flags.

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Indignante!

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#Nice #use #of #hashtags. #Very #relevant.

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“Yeah. if *u* *cant* speak English, get out *AZZ* HOLE.”

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“TIM KAINE is the BIGOT for SPEAKING SPANISH.” What.

And, also, by the way, just a little note, to all these fine scholars. English is not “our language.” There is no official language in the United States of America.

With all that said, Tim Kaine explained that he felt it was important to explain the bill in Spanish because 40 MILLION people in the U.S. speak the language…

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…and with that they call him a TRAITOR!

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*insert midi version of the national anthem & GIF of American flag blowing in the wind*

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I feel it necessary to point out that at the federal level (and senate is federal), there is no official language. English not the official language. He could have delivered the speech in Sanskrit and it shouldn’t matter.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
anarcho-queer:

rohwyn:

anarcho-queer:

ridethe-spiral:

alittlelateforalot:

ihaveabsolutelynoidea:

godofman:

Because homeless people can’t afford property tax or house payments. I’m sorry but I really would rather a house be empty than just given away. It does need to be paid for by someone.

Are you fucking seriousI wanna see you be homeless and then tell me that empty houses should stay empty

BOOOOOOOOO, fuck that guy. When you were putting your head up your ass to type that did it occur to you that empty houses don’t generate any fucking revenue either? Property taxes and home payments ain’t getting made if the house is empty. fuck you so hard dude

Do we not take in to account that many of these homes are potential income makers for the owners? I’m sure these statistics are based off of homes for rent also, that if given to a homeless person to use, lose the potential income gained from either renting it or leaving it vacant. Because a homeless person cannot afford that bills or property taxes to begin with, the owner is losing income. Giving these homes away would result in an overall decrease of income for more people than it benefits, in plain terms. I’m not looking at this from any other viewpoint than economical though. I’m not saying that homeless people don’t deserve homes, just that they don’t deserve homes paid for by other people.

In other words: Wealth > Homelessness
Who gives a fuck about the owners? They’re the one’s contributing the most to homelessness by hoarding property for the purpose of profit. We could literally abolish homelessness if it wasn’t for them and the capitalist system that values private property over human lives.

Yes, because capitalism is the root cause of all evil in this world. *rolls eyes* There’s absolutely no irony in a person using an electronic device to criticize private property rights on a social networking site. None at all.

I find it even more ironic that a supporter or private property cannot recognize the difference between personal and private property.

I find it funny that someone that supports private property doesn’t realized the internet is common property not private. Of course, a core value that built America as we know it, is homesteading and stewardship. In other words, you don’t use it, it shouldn’t belong to you. Private ownership of land has been something common people have been fighting through out much of American history, like the tenant riots in new york, or enclosure movements (how barbed wire came to be) or the large conglomerate farms that started taking over homesteads in the mid-west. It’s pretty damn American to want things to be used, instead of sitting collecting dust for the sake of profit.
Also, keep in mind that a lot of these housing units never get their taxes paid on them, because they aren’t generating income for the owner, so why bother? As a result, these housing units end up in a sort of property law limbo, where they aren’t really owned by anyone anyway. Also, trespassing is a civil case, not criminal, so the owner has to call in and complain for the police to remove said trespassers (in theory, the police like to stick their noses where it doesn’t belong though) so, since no one really owns it, no one can call in a complaint, making squatting real easy. Organized squatting efforts across the country have proven to be a very effective way to house quite a few homeless people, such as Take back the land, and Organizing 4 Occupation.

anarcho-queer:

rohwyn:

anarcho-queer:

ridethe-spiral:

alittlelateforalot:

ihaveabsolutelynoidea:

godofman:

Because homeless people can’t afford property tax or house payments. I’m sorry but I really would rather a house be empty than just given away. It does need to be paid for by someone.

Are you fucking serious
I wanna see you be homeless and then tell me that empty houses should stay empty

BOOOOOOOOO, fuck that guy. When you were putting your head up your ass to type that did it occur to you that empty houses don’t generate any fucking revenue either? Property taxes and home payments ain’t getting made if the house is empty. fuck you so hard dude

Do we not take in to account that many of these homes are potential income makers for the owners? I’m sure these statistics are based off of homes for rent also, that if given to a homeless person to use, lose the potential income gained from either renting it or leaving it vacant. Because a homeless person cannot afford that bills or property taxes to begin with, the owner is losing income. Giving these homes away would result in an overall decrease of income for more people than it benefits, in plain terms. I’m not looking at this from any other viewpoint than economical though. I’m not saying that homeless people don’t deserve homes, just that they don’t deserve homes paid for by other people.

In other words: Wealth > Homelessness

Who gives a fuck about the owners? They’re the one’s contributing the most to homelessness by hoarding property for the purpose of profit. We could literally abolish homelessness if it wasn’t for them and the capitalist system that values private property over human lives.

Yes, because capitalism is the root cause of all evil in this world. *rolls eyes* There’s absolutely no irony in a person using an electronic device to criticize private property rights on a social networking site. None at all.

I find it even more ironic that a supporter or private property cannot recognize the difference between personal and private property.

I find it funny that someone that supports private property doesn’t realized the internet is common property not private. Of course, a core value that built America as we know it, is homesteading and stewardship. In other words, you don’t use it, it shouldn’t belong to you. Private ownership of land has been something common people have been fighting through out much of American history, like the tenant riots in new york, or enclosure movements (how barbed wire came to be) or the large conglomerate farms that started taking over homesteads in the mid-west. It’s pretty damn American to want things to be used, instead of sitting collecting dust for the sake of profit.


Also, keep in mind that a lot of these housing units never get their taxes paid on them, because they aren’t generating income for the owner, so why bother? As a result, these housing units end up in a sort of property law limbo, where they aren’t really owned by anyone anyway. Also, trespassing is a civil case, not criminal, so the owner has to call in and complain for the police to remove said trespassers (in theory, the police like to stick their noses where it doesn’t belong though) so, since no one really owns it, no one can call in a complaint, making squatting real easy. Organized squatting efforts across the country have proven to be a very effective way to house quite a few homeless people, such as Take back the land, and Organizing 4 Occupation.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
humanistpost:

A point that needs repeating.

although I agree with this, I feel it should be noted (since in it mentions Islamophobia in the caption) that Islamophobia is not exactly the fear of an idea, and is very much linked with racism. Islamophobia has lead to increased institutional level of discrimination of a variety of POC espeially arabs, such as at the airport.

humanistpost:

A point that needs repeating.

although I agree with this, I feel it should be noted (since in it mentions Islamophobia in the caption) that Islamophobia is not exactly the fear of an idea, and is very much linked with racism. Islamophobia has lead to increased institutional level of discrimination of a variety of POC espeially arabs, such as at the airport.

(Source: brains-in-vats)