Friday, September 22, 2017

Gif of the Day


There's a person who makes gif art what are you doing to me.

Oh Yeah and This is Happening

[TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE CULTURE, CAMPUS ASSAULTS]

I'm literally at the point where the rape culture issues popping up are so infuriating and also just make me feel like basically "WHATEVER I GUESS WE'RE NEVER GOING TO BE ABLE TO HAVE ANYTHING NICE BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS EVERY TIME SO HOW ABOUT YOU JUST ALL GO DIE JUST DIE PLEASE JUMP OFF A CLIFF BECAUSE I'M TIRED OF IT."


Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Friday that she would rescind the Obama administration’s guidelines on campus sexual assault, part of an effort to strengthen protections for accused students. 
The department will replace the Obama-era directives with new standards that "emphasize the importance of fairness and impartiality," a senior department official told reporters Friday, echoing a common rallying cry of advocates for students who have been accused of assault. The department released interim guidance for schools Friday, while new regulations are in the works.

The thing that gets me here is that the Obama administration "guidelines" were really barely more than just that - guidelines. Like "hey if someone says they've been raped on your campus can you pleeeease listen and not just tell them to go fuck themselves?" I think maybe their funding could be threatened but you'd have to prove that they broke the meager guidelines set out, and they were not much. Since the guidelines were set, there have still been plenty of reports of sexual assault victims getting  screwed over by college administrations, which have continued to prioritize the safety and comfort of the "accused," and of course their precious, precious tuition money.

This is just a slap in the face to all survivors. All I can figure is that it's just another checkbox on the list of everything Obama did in his eight years as president that needs to be undone for political points or generally because Obama's black. And as always, sexual assault survivors are an easy target. I mean, Betsy doesn't have to worry about being accused of rape on campus, I'm assuming, and neither does Lord Dampnut, and they of course only care about themselves. The only other explanation I can think of is that they're under pressure by rich fucks to protect their rich rapist sons from any consequences.

I'm sick of having the same fight over and over. I'm sick to death of having to explain that "the accused" don't need additional advocacy because our entire culture already advocates for them. Universities are clearly, obviously financially motivated to take their side, and the rest of the population wants to pretend that the ridiculously and horrifyingly huge rape problem on campuses and the rest of the country doesn't exist.

I posted about this on Facebook and my anarchist friend pointed out that this is why the cycle of elections is pointless and results in no real progress ever being made because every time it inevitably cycles back to Republicans, they roll any progress right back! Even the shitty, ineffectual Democrat brand of "progress." And shit, man, he's making more and more sense as time goes along.

I'm honestly still pretty sure that it's not possible to stop this train we're on. Republicans may have already made it impossible for a real Democrat majority to happen, and even if it did, with the way Dems have been shifting right, big whoop. I don't know if a third, actually leftist party is possible without total political and social collapse so that we can rebuild from scratch. And that sucks because that's going to literally kill a lot of our most vulnerable people. But as the Russia investigation becomes a joke so obscene that none of us can even look at it anymore and we plunge toward economic and perhaps nuclear disaster, I remain very pessimistic that a better solution is possible.

Headline of the Century

I'm not kidding, I keep checking the URL over and over to make sure this is really HuffPo and not a trick.

‘Neo-Nazi’ Man Mauled By Lion At Barcelona Zoo


This happened in 2014, but is being spread around now I guess because of relevancy. Lmao.

A man - reported to be a neo-Nazi demonstrator - has been seriously injured after climbing into lion enclosure at Barcelona Zoo. 
Dressed in an army uniform, he scaled a security fence and stood in front of a lioness. 
He was promptly dragged into a tunnel and mauled.

I'm really hoping this is an omen.

The article does not explain what the fuck this guy was doing, but I'm going to assume that it was  some kind of fragile masculinity thing, like he was standing there and went "this lion is FEMALE? I'll show her" and then "promptly" gets mauled. I just love the use of the word "promptly." No time wasted there.

The article also mentions that they lioness was not trying to eat him but just wanted to "play with him." I prefer to believe that the lioness took one look at him and was like "is that a fucking swastika? Oh c'mere you little shit." But they get to play the innocent, of course, because they're lions.

The moral of the story is that lions hate nazis. Someone draw up an emblem of a lion mauling a guy with the "good night alt-right" slogan.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Gif of the Day


THE PUPPER VORTEX.

Dear Millennial Men

Hi there. How are you? Could we have a talk?

About this?

Researchers Discovered Something About Millennial Men

A majority of millennial men failed to see women as equals, according to the study, which looked at how college biology students viewed their classmates’ intelligence and achievements, the Harvard Business Review reported.


Among the findings: 
  • In every biology class surveyed, a man was seen as the most celebrated student, even in instances where women earned significantly better grades.
  • Men were also found to overestimate the intelligence of their male classmates over that of female ones.
  • Men continued exaggerating their assessments of the male peers, despite unequivocal evidence that their female peers were performing better.
  • Women, conversely, weren't found to display a bias: Their assessments of fellow classmates tended to be spot-on.

Nope, nuh-uh, I don't wanna hear that you're one of the good ones. Collect your own. Go.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Gif of the Day


I feel so threatened by this like holy shit Nintendo's gonna put a hit out on you if you talk shit about them.

Afternoon Announcements


I'm having trouble shaking this cold and now everybody decides they want me to write for them. Damn you for giving me money and furthering my career!

That's why the content has been sparse this week. It'll get back to normal soon.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Gif of the Day


Furry pancake stalks perplexed cat.

Violence, Cont.

I continue to see liberals, including highly visible celebrity liberals like Trevor Noah and Samantha Bee, push the idea that any kind of physical violence from leftists, no matter how minor in comparison to the nazi end-game (genocide), is bad.

Luckily Brittany Packnett, black activist and amazing human being, outlined it in an incredible Twitter thread.



There's more too it and you should read the entire thread.

The fact is that we white people have been bringing violence to largely peaceful civilizations for centuries. We come and we murder and we steal everything, and then claim it was always ours. That is our legacy going back many centuries. We stole most of the things we claim credit for, subjugated everyone who was not white, kept education and resources for ourselves, and now some of us have the audacity to claim that since we were the only ones inventing things during this time of mass subjugation, we are therefore the superior race.

Meanwhile, many of those who are not outright white supremacists still demand that those we oppressed only fight for the rights and status we stole from them and continue to withhold by our standards. Which, to many, means only protesting in ways that are so ineffective, we don't even notice it. No disruption. Not even doing a different thing during our shitty, violent national anthem.

How dare you. How dare we.

We have created so much violence. We do not deserve peace.

No justice, no peace.

Alt-Right Holds Mother of All Failures



Over the weekend, Trump supporters tried to create what they called the "Mother of All Rallies," I'm assuming after the Mother of All Bombs, which is appropriate considering the fact that the bomb containing the equivalent of 15,000 to 20,000 tons of TNT only killed a measly 94 "enemy combatants," allegedly. And the "Mother of All Rallies" fell well short of its goal of a million Trump supporters, instead attracting only a few hundred people, including blatant neo-nazis and various other white supremacists that the organizers of the rally said would not be allowed there. In fact, white supremacist militia was providing security.

The pro-Trump rally was eclipsed by a nearby Juggalo march, showing that there are more hardcore fans of the band Ins*ne Clown Posse in the area upset enough by their classification as a gang by the FBI to march than there are Trump fans.


Here's an aerial view of the pro-Trump rally:


Here's the Juggalos:


The alt-right continues to play itself.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Gif of the Day

[TRIGGER WARNING: BLOOD AND GORE]


This has got to be one of the funniest Bethesda glitches I've ever seen.

Predictable Ending to Man Wearing Nazi Armband Saga

Yesterday, an actual swastika armband-wearing nazi was spotted in Seattle, riding the light rail from Ballard to downtown. Someone snapped a photo:


How does a guy wear that in fucking Seattle without getting punched, you might ask. Well...


Goodnight, nazi fuck.

There's video of the guy getting punched but the puncher's (hero's) face isn't covered and he's black so I'm not about to spread that around. If he does get arrested, though, I will be donating to his legal team.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Gif of the Day


Oh my god this kitten is 90% eyes and toe beans.

What is Violence?

I've struggled with our societal concept of violence for quite a long time. As a child, I was verbally and emotionally abused. I had to deal with both that and the confusion over its effect on me due to the fact that to many people, if I wasn't physically hit, it wasn't abuse. Verbal and emotional violence isn't a thing. You can say the most horrific things to a person, systematically break down their self-esteem and/or make them fear for their safety every waking moment, but somehow this isn't as bad as one single smack to the face.

Our concept of self-defense is fucked as well. Is it violence if it's self-defense? At least from a legal standpoint, that answer is supposed to be no. Yet Marissa Alexander was sentenced to 20 years for shooting a warning shot to defend herself and her children from her ex, who was being verbally violent and threatening them with physical violence. At the same time, George Zimmerman.

Now, we have all kinds of both conservative and liberal media outlets condemning antifa because they don't subscribe to our odd, hypocritical, fucked up sense of non-violence fetishism. It blows my  mind, because we consume so much fiction, much of it containing clear allegories for fascists and nazis or straight up nazis, and we cheer for the rebels or the magical children or whoever as they engage in physical violence, very often killing enemies, to fight the threat of genocide or some other mass murder. But when the real thing comes along, suddenly some scuffles in the street and broken windows are not acceptable? Is it too real for you? Are you still riding that hope that the limo could one day be yours? What is it?


Then there's the fact that our nations engage in horrific violence on a mass scale and we sit back every day and tolerate it. Children starving when we have enough food to feed everyone is violence. Police clearing out homeless camps, stealing their meager possessions, roughing them up and forcing them to go somewhere else when they have nowhere to go, is violence. Us going into other, poorer countries to steal their resources until they're forced to take sweatshop jobs in polluted, unsafe conditions is violence. People die every day from shit like this. Where are all the thinkpieces about them?

Roughing a couple people up and making it clear that fascism and white supremacy will not be tolerated is, technically, violence. But it's nothing compared to what we tolerate every day so that we can have cheap clothes and phones and the rich of our country can make further billions that they don't need. And antifa is using violence to try and prevent fucking genocide. They've had to qualify it as preventive self-defense, and I'm not sure if that's really a thing. But it definitely doesn't need to be.

We tolerate violence. We cheer violence. All the time. Why is this one type of low-level violence unacceptable? Please explain.

Recommended Reading

I've had another piece published, this my first on Ravishly. I'm kinda getting awesome at this whole freelance thing so watch out, pretty soon you'll see my work everywhere.

How To Arm Your Fellow White Loved Ones Against White Nationalism

Required reading for my fellow white people and anybody who loves me.

First, you need to understand the seductive nature of the white supremacist message to white people. In reality, white people have privilege because of their race. It is therefore our responsibility to recognize that privilege within ourselves, lift up people of color, and tear down the system giving us an unfair advantage. That sounds like work, doesn’t it? And work is hard. The white supremacist’s message is that actually, you don’t need to do any of that work! Whether it’s because white privilege isn’t real; or it’s actually white people who are being persecuted right now; or, due to some twisted version of junk science that was thoroughly debunked many decades ago, white superiority is natural! So not only do you not have to do all that hard work to give up the unfair advantage you were handed, you can actually feel free to take even more from people of color and blame them for all of your problems!

I think this is really quite important. I recently spoke to a stranger on Tumblr who reached out to me because his brother marched with the nazis at Charlottesville and his family doesn't understand what the hell happened. I have a friend whose brother started going down that path, but luckily she was there to intervene. It can happened anywhere. Be vigilant.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Gif of the Day


I imagine this cat's name is Loraine and she's watching one of those shows where rich people go house hunting.

Prison Inmates Are Being Left in Flooded Cells to Die

You know how people who have committed and been convicted of crimes are still human beings? And maybe they still deserve to have their basic needs met so that they don't die horribly? Like maybe they still have some human rights and we have a Constitution that forbids cruel and unusual punishment? And also they're people?

At one point in this country Christians rallied together to demand better conditions for prisoners because they were being subjected to unimaginable suffering and dying horribly. Once that was exposed, we decided that prisoners are people and we came up with all kinds of laws protecting them and ensuring that they get to live in reasonable conditions while they're rehabilitated. Today, we've apparently entirely given up on the rehabilitation thing and are just letting guards kill inmates at random and leaving them to starve or die from drinking contaminated water or die of thirst or die of heat stroke or die from eating spoiled food, etc. etc.

Thousands of inmates are left in Miami’s Irma evacuation zone

What is happening to those inmates now that Irma has hit? Well, let's look at what Houston's prison inmates went/are going through.

Harvey’s Victims: Prisoners Drink Toilet Water in a Fight to Survive Under Lockdown

During Hurricane Harvey, Beaumont Federal Prison was put on lockdown. There are two people to a tank—it’s a small cell. There is flood water in their cells and they didn’t let them out. They were stuck in their cells for five days- cells that were flooded. They were on lockdown for five days. I spoke to my husband the very first time on September 2nd when he informed me of the conditions. August 27th was the last time I spoke to my husband before that. 
During that time, I watched the hurricane on TV. I would call the jail and say "Hey, are you moving them? Hurricane Harvey is hitting" and they would tell me they can’t give me that information. I would ask why they couldn’t tell me and then they would hang up on me. They did that about five times. 
On Saturday, they let out the inmates for an hour for the first time. After the guards found out that the inmates were contacting their families and loved ones to tell them about the conditions, they locked them all back up. When I spoke to my husband, he was angry and frustrated. There was still water in his cell. I don’t know some of the details because I didn’t want to frustrate him even more. I haven’t heard from him since.
...
After Hurricane Harvey, I was told they are very low on food and water. They are getting two sandwiches a day. These are grown men. They need more than two sandwiches. 
They are using the restroom in bags so they can save the toilet water. They all have been drinking the toilet water since they have been low on water supply. He said that even though the toilet water has bacteria, at this moment he didn’t care and the other prisoners didn’t care either. They are really thirsty. He said he would drink anything. He told me that if this water didn’t kill him, the conditions were going to kill him. That’s how bad it is. 
They have no air conditioning and they barely got the power back on three days ago. These prisoners haven’t even taken showers or had a hot meal since Sunday, August 27th. 
I have an email saying that two inmates in medium low have passed away because of this treatment. I found out because an inmate’s wife emailed me that. Her husband who is locked up told her. They need help.

Hey, that is horrifying!

These people are drinking toilet water and dying from these conditions and nobody's talking about it. They're human beings. The state is supposed to protect them. We're supposed to give a fuck about them. They're people. This is not acceptable.

Please care about this.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Gif of the Day


Amazing. Perfect. Beautiful.

Another White Supremacist Drives Into Crowd of Protesters

I haven't seen this pop up on national news, I guess because nobody died, but yeah, that happened again. This time in Vancouver, Washington thanks to yet another "free speech" rally put on by "Patriot Prayer," the group that insists its not about white supremacy but keeps inviting nazis and white supremacists to it rallies so????

This time, likely inspired by the Charlottesville murderer who has been celebrated and revered by the same white supremacists online, one of these assholes attempted to run over protesters multiple times, according to witnesses. He was arrested on the scene, and then police released him without charge because they thought he was so scared :( :( :( poor baby white supremacist got so scared awwwwwwwwwww fuck you.

Vancouver Police Say Officers Released Driver Who Nearly Ran Over Antifa Protesters Because “He Was Scared”

McNicholas says the driver claimed that the protesters on the street who yelled and banged on his doors scared him inside his vehicle. As he drove through the middle of the march, revving his engine and honking his horn repeatedly, he suddenly stopped and accelerated backwards. 
Because of his claims, the officers decided they could not be sure a crime happened, McNicholas says. 
After the car reversed out of the crowd, forcing people to jump out of the vehicle's path, the driver stopped at an intersection and revved his engine as counter-protesters scrambled to change their path and get out of the truck's way. He then went around the block and his path intersected with the protesters again—and that's when police pulled him over.

COULD NOT BE SURE A CRIME HAPPENED.

Remember when I said that cops support white supremacists? Can you imagine what would have happened if the driver had been black and the protesters had been white supremacists?

Headline of the Month

You've heard about Piano Man. Now get ready for:

Piano Man trying to win back girlfriend with public performance stops playing after being 'punched in the head'


It's unclear whether he got punched in the head because he was getting dragged so badly for being a controlling creep stalker fuck or because some homeless person was trying to fucking sleep, but whatever, he's stopped. I can only hope he leaves that poor woman alone but knowing men I'm not going to hold my breath.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Gif of the Day



Life goals honestly.

Is Your Political Stance Self-Serving?

Centrists, we need to talk. I need to you understand some things. And I need you to do engage in some honest self-examination. If you're capable of that.

Have you ever noticed that the position of "both sides are bad" and "violence is always wrong" and "everyone should be allowed to speak/march" are A) extremely simplistic to the point that they require little to no actual thought and B) don't require you to do anything?

Centrists/moderates/whatever tend to act like their position is so enlightened and rare and above everything and better than everyone. Fact is, their position is very common because it's extremely easy. All it requires you to do is spout off a couple useless platitudes that are too simplistic to apply to a complex world and then you get to feel morally superior while coasting on the fact that at least you're not in the side of eugenics and genocide.

You don't have to march. You don't have to organize. You don't have to fight. And so you have to ask yourself - are you only clinging to the middle because it's easy?

And if you're not willing to entertain that question, I'm going to press you further:

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality." Desmond Tutu.

Your centrist position serves the oppressor. Your centrist position supports fascist and white supremacists and Donald Trump. You think you haven't chosen a side, but you have.

And the rest of us know it.

Afternoon Announcements

Hello fellow feminists! This is a post to announce that I am planning to re-create this blog under a new name and URL. Not Sorry Feminism is okay but the fact is that there are good reasons to be sorry, regardless of gender. Apologizing isn't bad, even if women are generally taught to do so too much. And I thought of something better.

I've long been bitter that transphobes and racists have ruined the name of radical feminism. Aside from racist roots and TERFs, I believe in radical feminism. I believe that we need radical change, not just in terms of gender equity, but in terms of race, class, size, sexuality, ability, etc. Things need to change radically or they will not really change at all. In fact, I believe we are in need of a full-on revolution.

Introducing Revolutionary Feminism! It takes all the good parts of radical feminism and leaves behind the boring transphobia and racism, and acknowledges the need for greater change beyond just that of gender relations. All the oppressed need to be lifted up, and that means revolutionary change. Abolishing capitalism, for example.

Instead of radfems, we'll be revfems! Vroom vroom get in losers we're going to smash the patriarchy!

So that should all go down in the next couple months. I'm hoping to build a better site, by which I mean getting a professional to do it. All the old content will migrate over and I'll do the whole redirect thing to make it easy for my couple of regular readers. I've already bought the domain and I'm excited to spread the word of Revolutionary Feminism!

Recommended Reading

I know there's a lot to read on the ol' internet these days, but this recommended reading comes in comic form with a really beautiful art style, courtesy of Mike Dawson and The Nib.

Why Did The Immigrants Come?


Long comic but short read. And it really effectively gets at the root of anti-immigrant attitudes and why they're fucked up.

"They did what they had to to survive."

And we punish them for trying to survive.

Let's not forget that white people came here from Europe looking for a better life in the first place, and stole this land from the indigenous population. We came uninvited and put up fences when we had no right to. We have no right to tell anybody who can and can't live here.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Gif of the Day


It started out so majestic.

Morning Announcements

Hey, it's my birthday! So I'm fucking off today and tomorrow. I would have taken the entire week off but so much stuff has been happening. Fuck Donald Trump for ending DACA. Honestly he has no fucking soul.

Anyway see y'all next week if my entire state hasn't burned down.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Gif of the Day


God that is satisfying.

Deportation Kills

[TRIGGER WARNING: MENTION OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, ANTI-IMMIGRANT RACISM, GANG VIOLENCE, DEATH]

In the wake of the revocation of the DACA, a lot of people, including former President Obama, have been saying that this is wrong because dreamers have done nothing wrong. Meaning they didn't come to this country illegally, but were brought here by their parents when they were too young to make any kind of decision for themselves.

Here's the thing. It's true that canceling DACA is especially cruel and exposes Trump's absolute soullessness. But saying that undocumented immigrants did something wrong by coming here "illegally" is bullshit. Okay, sure, they technically did something the U.S. has made illegal. But this goes beyond the "is stealing bread for your starving family wrong" thing. This is "is fleeing to another country because that country ruined your country with a bullshit, completely political 'war on drugs' and general imperialism to the point that if you don't run your daughters will likely be sold into sex slavery and your sons will be forced to join a gang or die wrong?" I'm not exaggerating.

The gang violence in many parts of Latin America is horrifying and it's the U.S.'s fault. So people flee to the U.S. because it's the only decent option for their families. Or they just send fathers to work and send money back to their families who would face starvation without it. That's wrong?

That brings us to the title of this post. Deportation is not only cruel, it can and does lead to the deaths of the human beings deported. One of the reasons cancelling DACA is so cruel is that recipients are even less likely to have any family or contacts in whatever country they would be deported to. Imagine being deported to a country ravaged by violence and you don't know anyone there or have any place to stay. What the fuck would you even do? And for some people, actually those who were adults when they fled, they might have fled because they were being targeted by a gang for refusing to cooperate with them. Being sent back to that country is a fucking death sentence.

People are all shocked we have nazis in this country when we already demonize, scapegoat, round up, put in concentration camps, and then ship off to their deaths a specific and racialized group of people. If you're cool with this because some of them did something technically illegal out of utter desperation then honestly, you're terrible, don't talk to me.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Gif of the Day


THE EYES.

Mail Time!


Today's mail comes from somebody named "Mophat" to tell me that I'm wrong about antifa! Good stuff.

Antifa a short history:
The organization was initially part of the Soviet Union’s front operations to bring about communist dictatorship in Germany, and it worked to label all rival parties as “fascist.” 
The organization can be traced to the “united front” of the Soviet Union’s Communist International (Comintern) during the Third World Congress in Moscow in June and July 1921, according to the German booklet “80 Years of Anti-Fascist Action” by Bernd Langer, published by the Association for the Promotion of Anti-Fascist Culture. Langer is a former member of the Autonome Antifa, formerly one of Germany’s largest Antifa  
The Communist Origins of the Antifa Extremist Group 
Group promoted communist dictatorship in Germany on Soviet Union's behalf and labeled all ideologies other than communism as 'fascism' 
The extremist anarchist-communist group Antifa has been in the headlines because of recent violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. Yet while the organization has been applauded by some left-leaning news outlets for including white nationalists and neo-Nazis in its list of targets, the organization wasn’t always about targeting “fascism,” as it claims. 
The Soviet Union was among the world’s most violent dictatorships, killing an estimated 20 million people, according to “The Black Book of Communism,” published by Harvard University Press. The Soviet regime is second only to the Chinese Communist Party under Mao Zedong, which killed an estimated 65 million people. 
Anti-fascism is a strategy rather than an ideology. 
— Bernd Langer, former member, Autonome Antifa 
The idea of the united front strategy was to bring together left-wing organizations in order to incite communist revolution. The Soviets believed that following Russia’s revolution in 1917, communism would next spread to Germany, since Germany had the second-largest communist party, the KPD (Communist Party of Germany). 
It was at the Fourth World Congress of the Comintern in 1922 that the plan took shape. Moscow formed the slogan “To the Masses” for its united front strategy and sought to join together the various communist and workers’ parties of Germany under a single ideological banner that it controlled. 
“The ‘unified front’ thus did not mean an equal cooperation between different organizations, but the dominance of the workers’ movement by the communists,” Langer writes. 
Benito Mussolini, a Marxist and socialist who had been expelled from Italy’s Socialist Party in 1914 for his support for World War I, later founded the fascist movement as his own political party. He took power through his “March on Rome” in October 1922.
In Germany, Adolf Hitler became head of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi Party) in 1921 and mounted a coup attempt in 1923. 
The KPD decided to use the banner of anti-fascism to form a movement. Langer notes, though, that to the KPD, the ideas of “fascism” and “anti-fascism” were “undifferentiated,” and the term “fascism” served merely as rhetoric meant to support their aggressive opposition. 
Both the communist and fascist systems were based in collectivism and state-planned economies. Both also proposed systems wherein the individual was heavily controlled by a powerful state, and both were responsible for large-scale atrocities and genocide

Dear Mophat,

Thank you for copying and pasting this except of a post you found on Infowars that was cut from a much longer article by The Epoch Times, an anti-communist news media website. The entire basis for this history is a booklet in German that does not translate well with Google Translate. And I can't read German. So I can't verify what's in it. But I'm sure there's no chance of bias. Thank god you were here, to show me how wrong I am about antifa.

For anybody else who might be reading, antifa is not actually an organization. It's short for anti-fascism. There are some tactics and principles generally shared by groups who are explicitly anti-fascist. This particular group talked about in the excerpt above may have come up with the logo still used, but that doesn't make them the original antifa. Antifa originated when fascism was born and regular people looked at it and were like "this is shit."

Here's a better history of antifa that still acknowledges that violence plays a role (and needs to):

Violence has always been part of the anti-fascist movement, a new history of Antifa shows

Thanks for everything, Mophat.

Sincerely,

Lindsey

Will Climate Deniers Drown Denying Climate Change?

Like I'm wondering, what will it take for these political climate change deniers to admit that something is wrong? I know their denial is politically motivated, at the very least like, "if I admit that liberals are right about one single thing my entire identity will be shattered." But like, do they have to be up to their necks in rising flood waters or staring down the flames raging toward their homes in the Pacific Northwest?

I ask because last night I had a fitful sleep because it never really cooled down and I woke up with a headache and just feeling shitty, then came out of my bedroom to find that the sunlight was a vivid orange-red. Then I went on Facebook to see reports from my local friends about ash all over their cars.


So the South is drowning, another, possibly worst hurricane ever is bearing down upon the Southeast and maybe also the entire East because it's getting that huge, and the entire Northwest is on fire.

Things are feeling a little apocalyptic here and it's got me in a mood. I might spend today writing in a new genre: apocalyptic creative non-fiction.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Gif of the Day


Happy Labor Day!

I'm not doing any labor today! Except this one short post to say that if you are an underpaid, undervalued worker forced to do labor today, I'm really sorry and I promise that you and your fellows will be the first to be liberated in the revolution while your bosses are made to answer for their crimes.

As for the rest of you, remember that this is not a day to celebrate "work ethic" but a day to celebrate the labor movement that organized the mass strikes that got us things like days off. And if you don't support that, you'll be answering!


Friday, September 1, 2017

Gif of the Day


Cats do not obey the laws of physics.

Police and Toxic Masculinity

[TRIGGER WARNING: POLICE BRUTALITY, ASSAULT, ABLEIST LANGUAGE]

You've likely already seen the video of the cop violently arresting a nurse for insisting that he not break the law by taking blood from an unconscious patient without consent and without a warrant. Be warned, if you haven't seen it, I found it a little triggering to see a woman violently arrested, screaming and sobbing "you're assaulting me." There's also ableist language in the video and at the link.

It's generally disturbing to see an innocent woman be arrested for doing her job. One thing I've yet to see pointed out in any of the articles I've read on this is that nursing is a very difficult job. It's physically and emotionally demanding, and for this woman, who is visibly uncomfortable and nervous before the arrest as she has her supervisor on speaker phone trying to defend her from this large male cop. Despite her fear, Nurse Alex Wubbels stands her ground to protect the rights of her patient. Basically, give this woman a raise and the nurse of the year award, because she is amazing at her job.

The details of this entire thing are confusing as hell. The patient was actually a truck driver who was the victim of a car crash caused by a suspect who had fled from police. The suspect died in the crash, and police claim they were trying to protect the truck driver by testing his blood for substances. Why? The suspect is dead, isn't that case closed? Who is going to accuse this victim of driving under the influence and why? And even if they did accuse him and it was too late to draw his blood for testing, wouldn't a lack of a positive test keep them from being able to successfully accuse him of that? And how could they know he wasn't? Given the conditions truck drivers are expected to work under, you know, you hear that they have to use stimulants to get through. And I don't fucking blame them. I blame capitalism and their bosses.

So I don't know what's really going on here or why this cop should be so eager to get blood from the victim. But regardless, the law was not on his side. It is explicitly illegal to draw blood from a person without consent, without a warrant, and if he's not under arrest. The fact that a nurse had to explain this to a cop is phenomenal. After the fact he claimed he thought there was implied consent, but implied consent in these cases was ruled Not A Thing last year. You'd think cops would keep up on what the fuck is and isn't legal but I dunno.

But I do know what is going on, at least partially, behind the cop's anger and sudden violent outburst. He's another entitled, power-hungry, toxic masculinity-fueled white male cop. Cops tend to become violently angry when defied, especially by those they consider to be below them. And you can bet he considered a nurse, even a head nurse, to be lesser. So when her supervisor warns him that he's making a mistake, he snaps. He grabs at her phone, and she pulls away, because what the fuck it's her phone not his. This makes him angrier, because how dare she not immediately submit to him and instead act like a human being!

Men who are most affected by toxic masculinity tend to go into policing. They loooove being given a gun and told that they're essentially above the law and get to bully people with impunity. Same thing with white supremacists. So this clearly unlawful and unnecessarily violent arrest was his toxic and fragile masculinity being triggered by a nurse telling him that he was wrong and he couldn't do the thing he wanted to do. So he punished her. That's what that arrest was. Punishing her for standing up to him.

She hasn't sued yet because she's hoping the cops will learn something from this, and I gotta tell you, Alex, they won't. Just sue them. Get yours.

Texans Don't Deserve This

There have been a number of individuals who have taken the opportunity presented by Hurricane Harvey, which is producing the most devastating floods seen in the U.S. since Katrina, to say that the entire state of Texas deserves this because the state went to Trump. This includes a Florida professor, who was recently fired for tweeting remarks expressing this sentiment.

Good. And I'm glad to see the right jumping on board the idea of firing toxic people, though I'm sure they'll go right back to wailing about free speech next time a white supremacist is fired for doing something incredibly racist.

But you know, what Professor Kenneth L. Storey said was racist as well. As with Katrina, and as with every disaster, it's the poor who will lose the most. It's the poor who live on the Texas coast where flood protections are completely inadequate. They are the ones who have already lost everything. And of course, the poorest among Texans are black and brown families. The ones who overwhelmingly voted against Trump. But Storey didn't think about that. In his white and middle class privilege, he never had to consider that the people who will be hurt most by Hurricane Harvey are the ones who can't afford to live on the hills, can't afford flood insurance, couldn't afford to flee.

So if you also, at any point, suggested that all of Texas deserves what's happening, consider the following:

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Gif of the Day


Same bro.

The Right and Their Sudden Concern About Marxism

This is making me a little nervous. It was just a couple years ago that I started seeing the term "cultural Marxism" pop up, used as a derogatory term against feminism and "social justice warriors." It came from a certain type of anti-feminist, anti-sjw person, MRA, GamerGater or what have you - the super faux intellectual type that always started out using big words and kinda trying to seem reasonable but a little pushing and it quickly became clear that they held extreme views. Now I recognize that these individuals as closet white supremacists, now not so closeted. The future "alt-right."

In the wake of Charlottesville, I'm starting to see the word "Marxism" pop up in mainstream news headlines. Because white nationalists are claiming their hate rallies and marches to be against it. They're titling them "March Against Marxism" and other equally nonsensical things, because lol what Marxism? The U.S. is pretty much as anti-communist as it gets, and let's be real, most of us don't know much about the differences between communism and Marxism.

On the one hand, it's clearly a reactionary defense mechanism, just like always. People are marching against their ism so they'll find any ism they can find to pin on us (the non-nazis) and march against that. But I'm also concerned because scapegoating is pretty much the #1 way that fascists rise to power. The German Nazi Party did it pre-WWII, with Jewish people, and with communists.

Courtesy of Nova and the Decentral Department of Kitschy Propaganda

Don't get me wrong, our current nazi problem is attacking Jewish people to get support as well. It's just mostly through dog whistles about globalization and banker conspiracy theories that always include Jewish individuals in their list of boogeymen pulling all the strings behind the scenes.

But the combination of relentless attacks on the press and this sudden talk of Marxism as though it's always been a strong influencing force in this country all juxtaposed against that old newspaper clip up there - I'm a liiiiittle concerned.

Now, I'm sympathetic to communists. It sounds a hell of a lot better than capitalism. But the general public of this country isn't ready for that. I half expect some rando to find this post and start screaming about the mass murders of Joseph Stalin in the comments because people don't understand what communism is here, at all. I therefore think the best course of action is to start seriously studying communism and Marxism to make it easier to explain to the average person why these alt-right fucks are full of shit, while maybe planting the seed of "actually communism doesn't equal millions of dead people."

Maybe being armed with knowledge will actually help for once.

Mayor of Michigan Town Bans All Straight People

Lol yeah that headline is clickbait. It's technically true but straight people aren't actually banned. Anymore, at least. But it is a hilarious story and don't we need some of that?

Actually, this headline makes it even funnier:

'Mayor' of Hell bans all straight people from entering Michigan town

In a series of comical Tweets sent out on Wednesday, Aug. 30, comedian and internet personality Elijah Daniel explained that he was named the legal mayor of Hell, Michigan when he was presented a proclamation signed by former "mayor" Odum Plenty.

What happened is that the small unincorporated territory that is for some reason called Hell, Michigan has leaned into the name and created an attraction wherein you can be named mayor of Hell for a day for $100-110. So Daniel jumped on it and used his temporary power to ban all the straights.


"Growing up, I was always told that homosexuals would go to Hell," the notice reads. "Now, the heterosexuals are trying to take this from us, too."


Amazing.

Then, this national hero used the opportunity to make fun of Trump.



He was apparently impeached in under an hour, but he took it well.


These are the feel-good stories America needs right now. Thank you, Former Mayor Elijah Daniel.

Now THIS is comedy.

How Not to Be Funny

I know I'm the authoritarian overlord of destroying all humor or whatever but I think even a normal humor-appreciator would be able to tell you that this isn't fucking funny:

Officer to woman during traffic stop: 'We only kill black people, right?'

Yeah. Officer caught on tape, trying to get a female passenger of a pulled over car to do something with her phone (why?), and she's saying she doesn't want to put her hands down because she's seen too many videos of cops shooting people in similar situations. And she prefaces this by saying "I'm really sorry." It sounds like the woman, though I guess not black, was a woman of color. She was clearly terrified, not "non-compliant" as the police department describes her. The officer's response is less than comforting.

"But you're not black. Remember, we only kill black people. Yeah, we only kill black people, right? All the videos you've seen, have you seen the black people get killed?"

That's a fuller transcript of what the officer said, seen here:


And here's the officer's defense:
His comments must be observed in their totality to understand their context. He was attempting to de-escalate a situation involving an uncooperative passenger. In context, his comments were clearly aimed at attempting to gain compliance by using the passenger's own statements and reasoning to avoid making an arrest.
Yeah, I've seen plenty of context. She wasn't "uncooperative," she was terrified, and with good reason. Like, maybe there's a chance she was just trying to make a point, but not only do I highly doubt it, the cop should just go ahead and assume she's actually afraid. You know what you could do? Back the fuck up. Take out your gun and put it on the ground. Or just leave her the fuck alone, why do you need her to do anything with her phone? But do not make some snide, bitter remark saying you "only kill black people."

That's not reasoning. If the officer really thought that was going to gain her compliance, then he's a shit cop. But I don't buy that for a second. What I see here, clearly, is an officer who is offended by this woman saying she's afraid she's going to be killed if she puts her hands down and goes instantly into petty, bitter defensive mode. And knowing his whiteness and his being a cop would protect him from any real consequences, he doesn't care that he's being recorded. After all, the cops that actually do shoot people of color for any excuse they can possibly come up with almost always get off scot-free, so why not him?

I feel so bad for that woman. My heart rate jumped just listening to him say "but we only kill black people." That to me says this is a man who is utterly cavalier about the ending of lives, is more concerned about his hurt feelings than her safety, and is getting upset in the moment which is fucking terrifying. And that's the real horror. There's nothing this woman could have done to actually make herself safe, because officers will shoot at anything that could possibly be perceived as a threat, such as her reaching for something on her lap, and they will become violent and possibly shoot when they feel like they're being defied, when they're offended, angry, frustrated, whatever. She's lucky to be alive but also never should have been put in that impossible and likely traumatizing situation to begin with. I hope she's okay.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Gif of the Day


Thank you. Thank you so much.

Pepe the Frog Creator is the Hero We Need

You know that creepy frog thing used by alt-right trolls and neo-nazis so much that it, bizarrely, has been declared a hate symbol? It was originally just another bit of weird art created by comic artist Matt Furie that got turned into a meme. I used to see it all the time on Tumblr. I never really understood the comedic value of this particular meme, maybe because the frog always kind of unnerved me, but it was just another part of the younger generation's foray into absurdist, Dada-esque humor.

But I guess assholes on 4chan and actual neo-nazi sites loved it even more, and it became a hate symbol to the dismay of poor, poor Matt Furie. Seriously I feel so bad for that guy. He just likes to draw muscular armadillos and hamburger head people. He never asked for this.

Yet even though none of this is his fault, Matt's taking on these nazi fuckers anyway.

Pepe the Frog Creator Shuts Down Publication of Alt-Right Children's Book

Comic artist Matt Furie and a team of lawyers reached an out-of-court settlement on Monday with Eric Hauser, the author of the The Adventures of Pepe and Pede, which was self-published on August 1st but later picked up by conservative publishing house Post Hill Press. Furie claimed the new book was both racist and Islamaphobic.
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"Matt has really decided he wants to aggressively enforce his intellectual property against somebody who is using it in a racist way, or to promote white supremacy, or any kind of hate," Louis Tompros, one of Furie's attorneys, said on Monday. "This is a circumstance in which we have his creation being marketed in this children's book along with really horrible themes." 
Hauser and Furie's agreement requires Hauser to donate the book's $1,521.54 in profits to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, destroy all hard and electronic copies in his possession, and cease publication of the book. This is Furie's first legal action against a copyright infringement on the Pepe character, though Tompros suggested it wouldn't be the last.

This is the best example of getting lemons and making lemonade and then forcing the lemon-giver to donate the lemonade to the people the lemon-giver hates that I've ever seen. Thank you, Matt Furie, for being an amazing ray of sunshine in an ever-darkening world. I love you.

Police Support White Supremacists

I'm not talking about a theoretically, general sense in that their literal purpose is to protect the ruling class and the status quo. I mean that like a news headline. In Charlottesville, they supported white supremacists. In Seattle, they supported, protected, and defended white supremacists. And when those white supremacists attacked, police did little to nothing.

We all remember Ferguson, right? Have you forgotten? The tanks rolling through neighborhood streets, images of police aiming sniper rifles directly at protesters, reports of tear gas being thrown into people's backyards. Ferguson was turned into a war zone, or at least what it looks like when the U.S. goes and occupies Middle Eastern counties for years and years and years because we want their oil and general control over the region.

White supremacist marchers in Charlottesville? Different story. It recently came out that a white supremacist literally fired a gun in the middle of their march, could have easily hit someone, and police just stood there as he walked away. The video is kind of fucking horrifying. It shows a different perspective from that photo of the black dude spraying fire at white supremacists. Turns out this man, Corey Long, was using a can of spray paint a white supremacists had thrown at him to try and protect a frightened elderly man. In the video, you can see something being sprayed at or near the marching white supremacists, and then at one point one of them appears to strike out at someone. A second or two after, you can see the flame, but Long is obscured by people. The flame doesn't come close to touching anyone, appearing to just be a warning to back the fuck off.

Effective, safer than a gun.
Then a white man, clearly in view of the camera, can be clearly heard saying "hey [n-word]!" and he points a gun at head level and pulls the trigger. Thank fucking god, the gun doesn't fire. He then steps back, either turns off the safety or slides a bullet into the chamber, and he again points, this time low (still looks like he could have easily struck a leg) and fires. People are stunned and look around, and soon you can hear screaming about a gun going off. And in the background, there are the police, doing fucking nothing. I'm assuming cops are trained to recognize the sound of fucking gunfire??? But nothing. They act like they didn't even hear anything, but there's no way they're that close and don't hear a gun go off.

Remember what happened when there was supposedly gunfire at the anniversary rally for Mike Brown two years ago in Ferguson? Police hunted down and shot the suspect, a black man (barely, he was 18), and nearly killed him. His name was quickly released by the press and his name dragged through the mud in typical white press style. In the case of this white supremacist, he was peacefully arrested days later and only charged with discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school. Would he have been arrested at all if he hadn't been close to a school? Probs not.

The video clearly shows the attempted murder of a black man by a white supremacist RIGHT IN FRONT OF CHILDREN, and the police have the nerve to claim they didn't hear the shot. The charge is a felony and carries a sentence of up to 10 years, but I doubt he'll see much if any jail time.

And, as one man asked loudly during one of the horrific videos of the car barreling into counter-protesters and killing one, where the fuck were the police when that happened? Police were all over the fucking show at Ferguson. At BLM protests in Seattle, police constantly have us surrounded. They have every cop in the fucking city on us, which is why I don't bother to pay for parking during BLM protests and have never gotten a ticket.

What really shocks me in terms of police tolerating the actions of white supremacists are the videos of lines of these racists actually physically pushing against lines of police as hard as they can, digging in and just pushing. And the police just hold their line! No tear gas, no flash bangs, no pepper spray.


I've been in BLM protests, right up front, where when the line of protesters got too close to the line of police, that being within a couple feet of them, they respond violently. I have personally witnessed police randomly shoving their fucking bicycles at us, yelling "get back," hitting people, for no reason other than maybe I guess we inched a little too close to them. No touching from us. Violent shoving from them.

White supremacists trying to rescue Richard Spencer from police. Black people could never get away with having their hands on cops like that.

Same thing at our counter protest to the most recent white supremacist rally in Seattle. We didn't touch the police. And we got tear gassed anyway.

That's always how it is. The cops are facing us, protecting white supremacists. They'll peacefully tolerate white supremacists shoving against their line with all their might, but we get too close for their comfort and it's violence time.

Do you need any more evidence that police support white supremacists and white supremacy? If the answer is "yes," you're probably just racist.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Gif of the Day


Me searching for white dudes who understand good satire.

Uhhhghggggggg

I had money-making stuff to do this morning so that's why I'm late posting, plus also some assholes being assholes all over my Twitter accounts, defending their asshole buddy Roger Dubar. They're more of the same kind of people, only one is a (supposedly/very white passing) Indian/Pakistani woman who claimed to have a PhD, so that's huge bummer. I hate it when people who should know better are Like That but what are you gonna do?

I wouldn't care so much, but I know that his Islamophobia is going to contribute to violence against Muslims, and I dread to even think about what will happen if a trans person has to lay their eyes upon the fucking awful fake magazine cover he did about trans people. Seriously, if you're trans, don't look.

I'm so unbelievably sick of having to deal with people who think that magical humor words can magic away harm. I don't even care what you say is the intent of the content. Only making fun of a certain kind of trans person? Still harmful. Making fun of the way liberals act about trans people? Still harmful. Making fun of the way right-wing assholes make fun of trans people? STILL HARMFUL. But there is no stated intent, and I'm pretty sure that's intentional so Roger can claim whatever intent he wants for whatever situation to avoid any accountability.

Guess what? Doesn't work. Still harms. And people are still gonna call you out. At least if they should have the misfortune of ever coming upon your pathetic website, which they probably won't unless you @ them with some bullshit like you did to me.

All this is just such old news. It's 2017. We've already has this discussion. Your bad humor is harmful, and you're free to still do it but you're not free from being called an asshole for it.

At least I got the chance to call a mediocre white dude mediocre. I bet no one has ever pointed that out to him before. It's part of the feminist job description to point out to white dudes that they're actually not at all remarkable or special, despite what they've been told all their lives. And whether they know it or not, that epiphany helps them, too, at least if they can on any level admit to themselves that it's true before they die in mediocrity.

Hopefully this will be the last of it. I don't need people personally coming to my Twitter pages to remind me that so many humans are massive disappointments living a life of denial and self-serving thinking.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Gif of the Day


Only one post today because that one was loooooong and also now I need a gif this cute.

Roger Dubar is a Mediocre Assbucket

Guess what IIIIIII diiiiiiid over the weekend and part of last week???

Yeah, I argued with some dude on Twitter. And said argument is a great addendum to my article, "How South Park Helped Empower the 'Alt-Right.'"

It started when I found this:


To be clear, the header image for my article is the classic South Park intro shot at the end of the song with all the characters, only Cartman isn't dressed as Hitler.

"Satiria," of course, posits itself to be "satire." Are you tired yet? Grab some coffee, because we've only just started.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Gif of the Day


I haven't been watching this but now is as good a time as any to remind you that dragons are feminist icons and if you're a feminist you're a dragon. Now go burn down the patriarchy.

We Were Always Suspicious of the New York Times

The recent attacks on the news media and journalism by the right including the president (for now) have been, frankly, fucking terrifying. But it's also goddamn bizarre and annoying to see them throw the entire idea of any journalism that isn't 100% and militantly right-wing be thrown into the category of 100% "fake news." And you know, they're not wrong to mistrust big corporate media companies like the New York Times or CNN. Before the whole "fake news" hysteria, I and people like me, those you might call "social justice warriors," had been critical of these capitalist money pits that had increasingly been only caring about the number of hits they could get off of their ridiculous headlines.

As a feminist, I'd also been mistrustful and highly critical of mainstream media for routinely supporting rape culture and engaging in victim blaming. Not to mention the way they would drag the name of every black person ever shot by police through the mud while publishing every good deed committed by horrible white criminals. And the mugshot thing? I've never considered these gutless, status-quo-loving, nothing-is-more-important-than-money fuckers to be at all trustworthy. Not because they're far left propagandists, because LOL. But because they're milquetoast centrists too scared to upset anybody in power to even stop shitting on the people without any.

And now I feel like I have to defend these corporations because these alt-right shitheads are threatening our entire freedom of the press by calling these money-fuckers "fake news." The news isn't fake. They don't have the guts to make up news to support any cause other than the one in their pockets. They just present the news in a way that supports the oppressors at the expense of the oppressed, which the alt-right actually loves. But the second the mainstream media starts to a little bit listen to our constant screaming complaints demanding that they present the facts fairly, in comes President Fake News.

Fuck you assholes. I hope you feel good when you're arrested for criticizing Lord Dampnut in your online sewers.

Direct Action

Don't want us to counter-protest white supremacists, neoliberals? Fine. We'll do something else.

Turd Reich: San Francisco dog owners lay minefield of poo for rightwing rally

When a group of far-right activists come to San Francisco to hold a rally this Saturday, they will be met by peace activists offering them flowers to wear in their hair. 
Also, dog shit. Lots and lots of dog shit.


Amazing.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Gif of the Day


The summoning of the birb.

The Left's Antisemitism

A lot of articles have come out recently on antisemitism in liberal and further-left circles, and I'm going to need my fellow gentiles to pay attention. I know it seems weird. I grew up in a Protestant Christian family without any Jewish people in my life. Some of my classmates might have been Jewish but I would not have known. I learned of course about WWII and global antisemitism, but our teachers and history books made it seem like antisemitism was a relic of the past.

It's not. And it's not only alive in extremist groups of white supremacists and nazis. It exists all over the political spectrum, though, as usual, we on the left might be less willing to admit to it.

Please read these articles uplifting Jewish voices:

We Need To Talk About The Left's Antisemitism

The Left’s Blind Spot: Anti-Semitism

It's important to be aware that to blatant anti-semites like neo-nazis, Jewish people are not really viewed as "white" despite often having light-toned skin. At the same time, Jewish people of color exist - that is, black Jewish people, Latinx Jewish people, Native Jewish people, East Asian Jewish people, etc. It's a little bit complicated, and being an absolutely white gentile (non-Jewish person), I am not to be a part of any discussion of the whiteness of Jewish individuals, if there is such a thing.

What I will say is that us leftist gentiles need to get over our bafflement at the stubborn existence of antisemitism (I know I know it doesn't make sense just shhhh) and just listen to Jewish people. We need to be more aware of the Jewish individuals in our communities and how they're being affected. We need to be aware that someone who appears white might not have all the privilege in a white supremacist society that we think they do. In these fucked up times, take some energy and dedicate it to reading the words and listening to the voices of Jewish people, and do it soon.