Thursday, December 14, 2017

Gif of the Day

If you don't want to punch nazis, you could always...

(Note: As far as I know, the guy getting double-kicked in this gif is not a nazi)

Could the Problem Be....... Capitalism???

I came across this HuffPo article this morning and it looks like the kinda thing that's gonna go "viral" or whatever we silly millennials call it, what with all the flashy scroll effects and pixel art. It's a good compilation of the reasons why we millennials are screwed out of the lives we were promised if we just worked hard, and it aaalllllmost gets to the crux of the issue before pulling back as though the "c" word were as naughty as it sounds like it should be when you say "'c' word."

I guess it's called "Generation Screwed." There's not really a title at the top due to all the fanciness.

The decline of the job has its primary origins in the 1970s, with a million little changes the boomers barely noticed. The Federal Reserve cracked down on inflation. Companies started paying executives in stock options. Pension funds invested in riskier assets. The cumulative result was money pouring into the stock market like jet fuel. Between 1960 and 2013, the average time that investors held stocks before flipping them went from eight years to around four months. Over roughly the same period, the financial sector became a sarlacc pit encompassing around a quarter of all corporate profits and completely warping companies’ incentives. 
The pressure to deliver immediate returns became relentless. When stocks were long-term investments, shareholders let CEOs spend money on things like worker benefits because they contributed to the company’s long-term health. Once investors lost the ability to look beyond the next earnings report, however, any move that didn’t boost short-term profits was tantamount to treason. 
The new paradigm took over corporate America. Private equity firms and commercial banks took corporations off the market, laid off or outsourced workers, then sold the businesses back to investors. In the 1980s alone, a quarter of the companies in the Fortune 500 were restructured. Companies were no longer single entities with responsibilities to their workers, retirees or communities.

All true. Very true. At this point I'm waiting, just aching for that c-word to pop up, because it seems to be on the tip of the author's tongue. But then he goes on to talk about the rise of contract jobs and student loan debt, ending on some vague platitudes about how if we work together we can make some programs that will put some nice bandaids on the problems caused by the real culprit which is FUCKING CAPITALISM.

The author of this article talks a lot about how our financial system and economy and workplace norms have changed and says that we need to adjust with it. What he misses is the fact that the reason Wall Street went this way is because capitalism is spiraling out of control, as is inevitable. Capitalism couldn't be sated by real money. There's just not enough of it. In order to keep expanding and consuming ever more, we had to start dealing in imaginary money. That's what the stock market is. That's what it's for. The circulation of imaginary money is actually the final stage of capitalism. We've been in late-stage capitalism for a long time now, and we millennials are the lucky fuckers who get to deal with the worst of the consequences of it falling apart. Us and the generations that come after. Poor bastards.

Yes, there are ideas about new kinds of unions and new laws that could help the new class of contract workers so that companies can't just call us that in order to give us nothing. And yeah, they might temporarily help us. Until the rich find a new way to screw us over. That's how it goes. The rich invest a bunch of their mass amounts of money into screwing us, we get pissed and fight back, we gain a bit of ground back, and then get complacent while the ruling class plots how they can do a better job of screwing us. It's been happening for decades, and overall, things have gotten worse and worse over time since the 1950s.

Worker's rights haven't seen real gains since the 1930s. We got those because of strong union participation and willingness to fight against police and maybe use a little *gasp* violleeennnceee.

So the ruling class choked all the strength out of unions, gave immunity to the police and made it a death sentence to even look at the cops wrong in some cases, plus cultivated a culture where their form of violence is right and anything against them is the wrong kind of violence. Plus, as much power and wealth as the rich had over the working class back then, they have a shit load more now.

Sooooo what now? Can we really fight against them when they've spent all this time working on making us as powerless as possible while we've just been working to try and have a decent life? You think they're gonna let a couple new laws and weak unions stop them from taking everything from us? Capitalism will let them, until its inevitable collapse.

I just hope at that point people will finally realize that capitalism is the problem and needs to be replaced with something not destined to consume until it implodes. Though it would be nice if they realized it before that. Thanks.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Gif of the Day

They have a birb bowl oh my god.

Support Black Women

You've probably seen the graphic going around that shows the huge disparity between black and white voters in Alabama for yesterday's senate race. And if you haven't, what are you even doing?

Black individuals carried the Democrats last night, with black women pulling in the biggest majority for Doug Jones. My fellow white people (at least those who are opposed to having a child molester in the Senate) were grateful, and black women have some ideas about what we can do with that gratitude.

Black Women Do Not Exist To Save You -  Hannah Drake

Black Votes Matter: Why the African American Vote is So Crucial - Linda Lubi

Black Women Kept Roy Moore Out of Office. Here’s How to Actually Thank Them. - Brittany Packnett

If you do want to support black women, here are some great places to start:

Higher Heights

Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative

Reparations: Requests & Offerings

#GiveBackGiveBlack // Black Women Candidate Donate List

Safety Pin Box

You know what you need to do, fellow white people. If you're grateful, show it.

A Day of Victories!


UPDATE: Apparently this isn't real at all. It's a fake article meant to show us how easy it would be for this to happen, further illustrating how ridiculous it is that they won't just fucking change the team name. And also, apparently, I can't be bothered to read giant bolded disclaimers right at the beginning of articles. My bad.

Yes, Doug Jones beat Roy Moore for the Alabama Senate seat, yes it's amazing, yes it's a relief, yes also the fact that anybody voted for Roy Moore when he's so clearly a child molester makes me want to puke, and yes absolutely we have black people to thank but need to thank them with more than our words, more on that later.

But also, holy shit, I actually thought this would never happen:

Washington Football Ditches Controversial Name for Redhawks

No way!!!!

Wednesday morning the Washington football team franchise released a new name, logo, and mascot for the 2018 football season. The rebranded Washington logo features the head of their new mascot: the Redhawk. Washington fans will recognize the maroon and gold colors of their home team “kept to commemorate the enduring legacy of the Washington football team franchise.” 
The team’s statement reads, “In a time of deep divisions, football has always been and always will be a great unifier. Under the values of courage, commitment and achievement, the Washington football team is proud to announce the Washington Redhawks, a mascot everyone can cheer for.”

Oh shut the fuck up you took way too long to do this and have been fighting it for years and ignoring it for decades before that.

Way to go, Native Americans who got this done, and nobody else. You rule. Black people rule. We white people need to do soooooo much better.

Headline of the Month

Trump's getting desperate to the point that it's pretty pathetic and almost making me sad.

Trump's legal team wants a special counsel to investigate the investigators

The article spurred Trump attorney Jay Sekulow to tell Axios that "the Department of Justice and FBI cannot ignore the multiple problems that have been created by these obvious conflicts of interests. These new revelations require the appointment of a special counsel to investigate."

Mueller is a fucking Republican.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Gif of the Day

@ Roy Moore

Republicans: The Party of Pedophiles


This has been all over the news and really there isn't much more to say than "Alabama will probably elect as its senator a known pedophile who was so brazen about his sexual predation of young girls that he was banned from the mall and this fact has only made many Republicans more likely to vote for him and defend him harder." But there's one bit that seems to have slipped through the cracks a bit that really just blows my fucking mind, why are Republicans like this???

Former Breitbart reporters bring 12-year-old girl to interview Roy Moore for pro-Trump Super PAC ad

The preteen is Millie March, who became a conservative darling when she expressed her enthusiastic support for Trump at CPAC earlier this year. The project’s vice president Jennifer Lawrence (who is also a former Breitbart reporter) explained why they decided to bring the poor girl to interview a man with a long roster of women saying he preyed on them as teens in this video. She states: 
"We decided that we were going to bring Millie to Alabama, after everything that’s happened in this Alabama Senate race up until this point. We thought it was important to not only come here as Western PAC to support Roy Moore, but also to bring Millie here to show that there’s a wide range of people who support Roy Moore."

Okay. So because Roy Moore is "supported by" the one 12-year-old girl he didn't molest, and of course at age 12 there's no way she's been influenced by outside forces and she definitely has a fully developed brain and everything (soooo much sarcasm), this means that Moore didn't molest anybody and it's cool to vote for him?

Think a-fucking-gain, folks.

And what the fuck is this???

It's like they're trying to brand themselves as the Party of Pedophiles. Not that they need to convince the rest of us anymore.

At this point, you can't go lower. It doesn't get any lower than preying on children. If their god is real they're going to the deepest pits of hell, and the people who vote for them will be close behind. Please go soon.

Oh, and that girl? Millie March? Someone fucking rescue her from the awful adults exploiting her please for the love of god someone help that little child.

I've Always Been a Supporter of Faces

I don't know why we have to act this shit out for people like a puppet show explaining sex to 10-year-olds, but this is pretty hilarious anyway:

"Some of my best friends have faces."

Monday, December 11, 2017

Gif of the Day

Did I already post this one? Doesn't matter, cat loves baby and mama rhino. Holy fucking shit.

Rape Culture Strikes Back

Maybe this is why I couldn't get excited about sexual predators actually facing consequences for their actions. Because I knew they'd find a way to fight back. Predators, rapists, and abusers never give up on their quest to hide their crimes and crush their victims.

As More College Students Say “Me Too,” Accused Men Are Suing For Defamation

Victims of sexual harassment and assault are saying "Me Too" as the country goes through a culture shift following revelations about Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and other major celebrities accused of everything from crude comments to rape. On college campuses, that shift has been playing out for years, due in part to student activism and to increased attention to campus sexual violence from the Obama administration. But defamation lawsuits like the one Jane faces are a new tool in the battle over Title IX enforcement and are proving to be serious obstacles to students filing sexual misconduct complaints. Activists, college administrators, and lawyers say they've seen a spike in defamation lawsuits over the past couple of years as defenders of accused students say they're too often victims of overzealous school disciplinary panels — a view echoed by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

First of all, these lawyers raking in piles of cash by defending these "victims" of "false accusation" and lying by saying that false accusations are common when they're rare to incredibly rare are demons and I actually hope they all die. I don't automatically hate all lawyers because many lawyers are heroes who are an essential aspect of our justice system, fucked up as it may be. But these lawyers are the scummiest of the scum, the lowest bottom feeders, licking shit off of the boots of rapists for sustenance.

These lawsuits are going to grind our progress to a halt, and is already in the process of doing so. As they become more and more common, victims are going to have a new reason to fear coming forward.

Colby Bruno, a lawyer at the Victim Rights Law Center in Boston, said that a few years ago, about 5% of her cases arising from alleged campus sexual assaults involved an accuser facing a defamation suit; now a little more than half do. When attorney Laura Dunn started her victim advocacy nonprofit SurvJustice in 2014, she said she did not get any requests from students facing threats of defamation suits for reporting a sexual assault. Since last year, though, Dunn estimates five students have called asking for her help. Until a couple of years ago, Schneider had only seen one student who reported a sexual assault to their college get sued for defamation. Now, he said, it happens in around a quarter of cases he's involved in. "I think that percentage is going to rise."

Instead of fearing being dragged through the mud to ultimately be disbelieved and forced to share space with their rapists and deal with increased abuse from them, victims now have to fear financial ruin. Even if the lawsuit fails, defendants have to spend thousands of dollars to defend themselves.

The thing about rape culture is that rapists, assaulters, and abusers very often have power over their victims, including financial power. These people know that in order to get away with their disgusting crimes, they need to be in positions of power. They crave that power over people, and so they work and cheat and abuse their way to the top, ending up as managers and executives and producers and celebrities. They can then use this monetary advantage to sue or threaten to sue their victims, which they can and do target because of their vulnerable positions.

Maybe they'll think twice before abusing a rich actress, but the service workers, the house/hotel cleaners, the low-level office workers, the students, and all the other people struggling just to get by who couldn't dream of affording a decent lawyer? They're the ones who will continue to be victimized and silenced.

I was waiting for something like this to come out. This is why, although the progress made by #MeToo and the eventual refusal of companies and brands to tolerate sexual predators, we are far from ending rape culture. We need a revolution, a complete change of the culture from the bottom-up - meaning we need to start with properly educating children. Again, I think that all the powerful men being fired for being predators has helped. It's a step. But they're just going to get sneakier now. They're still out there, and so much of our society will still tolerate them.

Right now, we need some kind of charitable organization dedicated to paying lawyers and court fees for the victims of these bullshit lawsuits. And we need to work on legislation preventing bullshit defamation suits in general. We need to let judges know that these suits are designed to intimidate and silence victims and to throw them out quickly, and/or encourage counter-suits so victims are compensated.

In the long term, we need to keep teaching respect, consent, and bodily autonomy. We need to keep fighting rape culture, because it's still going strong despite the recent blow we dealt it.

I will fight it until I die.