Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Gif of the Day



You know when you can see something coming from a mile away but you're still not ready for how funny it is.

This is one of those times.

Alt-Right Watch: The Propaganda Machine

Hoo boy. Okay. Haha. Wow. Whew! Oh man. Okay. Hmm.




So. I just finished reading this article, which you may have already seem going around. It's been out for two days, and people were kinda freaking out about it, but it's pretty long and not even sectioned out so I didn't get around to reading it until today.

Um, here's the thing. It's a good read. It's fascinating, in fact. But it took me quite a while to get through due to the fact that with every paragraph I finished, the screaming in my head got louder.

Another problem is that providing a quick summary of what the article is about when you don't have any background in the shit they're talking about 100% sounds like an outlandish conspiracy theory on par with "the plastic lining on the inside of juice boxes makes you gay," only without the homophobia. And the author of this article hasn't been given high praise by Lord Dampnut.

Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media

The headline really doesn't do it justice. This is about more than the clear war being waged on news media and journalists by Dampnut and his sith army. Those guys have already outright declared "the media" to be the enemy. It's an organized effort to control how people think and how they view the world via wordplay, Twitter bots, and cheating the Google search engine algorithm to produce a terrifying psychological war machine.

I told you it sounded ridiculous. But these are all real things. Being an expert on words, I've explained many times how they're used to influence people's thinking. This is a well known fact among political pundits and strategists, including the people who came up with terms like "welfare queen" and "liberal media" to effectively demonize certain groups of people and turn public opinion against them. This is done deliberately, and it's not a secret.

We all know that Twitter bots are a thing. And that there are a lot of them. They're not hard to make and it's not hard to trick the average person into thinking they're real people.

As someone who was once in the business of digital marketing and SEO (search engine optimization), I am well aware of the battle between the makers of search engines (the primary one being Google) and people who seek to subvert their algorithms to artificially put their sites at the top of the list when certain terms or phrases are inputted into the search bar.

I always thought of that last group as doing it to make a quick buck. They make a quick, cheap website, pull a bunch of bullshit to get at the top of the list, and make some money before Google can figure it out and dropkick the site into the dumpster. It's a well-known problem among the SEO crowd. It's called "black hat" marketing or "black hat SEO" or whatever.

I've known of Twitter bots being used politically. Most of us have probably at least heard of the creation of bots used simply to harass certain people. Some heroes are even starting to create bots dedicated to good instead of evil.

Somehow it never quite clicked that all of this could be put in motion on a vast scale for political purposes. All it would need it a lot of funding. And who has a lot of money? Oh yeah, the billionaires who are often conservatives because god forbid they be made to share a tiny fraction of their obscene wealth.

All this knowledge combined with being a psych nerd who has some understanding of how the human mind works and how easy it can be manipulated and you have me, curled up in a ball on the floor, just trying to breathe.

Did you know that Breitbart has more views coming from the U.S. per year than PornHub? That's terrifying not just because it suggests a lot of people are viewing it. Those views could be faked. The problem is that popularity is one of the main ways that search engines and social media sites determine if a website is legitimate. So if you search for a phrase or term or question on a certain issue, Breitbart is all the more likely to come up. Recently, I noticed that a lot of the news on my Facebook news feed was coming directly from Breitbart. I assumed it must have been my fault. I must have looked at Breitbart recently because they had yet another shitty, bigoted article that I wanted to scowl at in disgust and/or laugh at before leaving, and therefore Facebook was like "hey you like this site, right?"

I manually told Facebook to stop showing Breitbart on my news feed, but now I wonder if it had nothing to do with my own activity. Maybe Breitbart has been gaming the system so well that it's getting into everyone's feeds with its misleading or outright ACTUALLY FAKE information and bigoted messages, including headlines that routinely demonize and blame Muslims, black people, and immigrants for every bad thing that happens, including when they're the victims of said bad thing.

Combine this with cheap websites that, instead of selling products, sell a message. Combine that with millions of Twitter bots also pushing that same message. All of this, according to this article in the Guardian, is being funded by ultra-conservative billionaires with programs being developed by conservative computer geniuses. And all of this is connected to Steve Bannon. Conservatives, fascists, white supremacists and neo-nazis are controlling the information. This effectively means that net neutrality is an illusion. They're already funneling us to the websites and messages that benefit them. And "they" are not Jewish people, by the way. They're people who hate Jews and want them to die.

This is why so many people are the way they are. The everyday conservatives robotically repeating lines from the mouth of Lord Dampnut live in a world where these are the only messages they get. They watch Fox News, they listen to Rush Limbaugh on the radio, and then they go online and see nothing but Breitbart-style messages, and all of this is now confirmed by the President of the United States. Those of us who have been inoculated against this propaganda machine can come to them with facts, but they've basically been programmed to scream "FAKE NEWS" at it until it goes away. And I do mean programmed. This is a large-scale brainwashing effort.

And if that sounds outlandish, you don't understand how easy it is to influence and brainwash the human mind. We're all susceptible to it. This is widely recognized by psychologists.

But perhaps more than anyone, Professor Rust understands how the kind of information people freely give up to social media sites could be used. 
“The danger of not having regulation around the sort of data you can get from Facebook and elsewhere is clear. With this, a computer can actually do psychology, it can predict and potentially control human behaviour. It’s what the scientologists try to do but much more powerful. It’s how you brainwash someone. It’s incredibly dangerous. 
“It’s no exaggeration to say that minds can be changed. Behaviour can be predicted and controlled. I find it incredibly scary. I really do. Because nobody has really followed through on the possible consequences of all this. People don’t know it’s happening to them. Their attitudes are being changed behind their backs.”

If this doesn't terrify you, then you might be in a state of hardcore denial that frankly, I can understand.

But people have been concerned for a while about what online advertising and data mining could be doing to the public. People are often unnerved when they find out how easily and readily websites collect their information and use it to target certain advertising at them, and for good reason. But it's so much worse if rather than trying to get you to buy a certain brand of toilet paper or tempt you with that shirt you were looking at earlier, they were trying to influence your view on political matters. On other human beings and what they deserve. On things that affect the future of the human race.

There's a specific term used in the "intelligence community" we've been hearing so much about lately. It's "psyops." It's simply short for "psychological operations." It's not only real, it's routine. Psychological warfare is routine, and now it's being used on all of us. I don't really care at this point how much it involves the Russians. What I care about is how to stop it.

I don't know how to stop it. At all. It's making me wish I had gone for a computer science degree. It's making me think I should focus all my energy on becoming a hacker so I can bring down bots where I see them, at least. I continue to struggle with feeling like I'm not making enough of a difference here. What good is my blog if too many people are just going to label anything I say "fake news" and go on their self-destructive way?

Somebody tell me. If the internet is compromised, now what?

Racists Can't Get Away With Anything Yet

Yet.

2 in Douglas County Confederate flag case sentenced to lengthy prison terms

"Confederate flag case" doesn't really do it justice.

As the defendants wept uncontrollably, a Douglas County judge on Monday sentenced two people to lengthy prison terms for their part in disrupting an African-American birthday party with Confederate flags, racial slurs and armed threats in 2015. 
Superior Court Judge William McClain castigated the two, Kayla Rae Norton, 25, and Jose Ismael Torres, 26, for perpetrating what he called a hate crime. 
He sentenced Torres to 20 years, with 13 to serve in prison; Norton was given 15 years, with six to serve. Upon their release, McClain ordered them to be permanently banished from Douglas County.

I like (read: don't like) how this article starts out with "the poor white racists were crying so hard." And then in the middle of it, there's the white woman's shit "apology."

Torres did not address the court during the proceedings, only crying when three of his family members took the stand to describe him as a hardworking plumber, volunteer football coach and devoted father of three. His children’s mother, Norton, however, addressed several people who’d attended the birthday party and had come to witness the sentencing. 
“I do accept responsibility for what I’ve done,” Norton said, often choking on her words as she spoke directly to the group. “What happened to you is absolutely awful. From mother to mother, I cannot imagine having to explain what that word means.”

Of course, let's be sure to take time to describe the lead terrorist as a hardworking, devoted volunteer! Is the media ever going to catch on to the fucked-upness of constantly describing white racist criminals as heroes while trotting out the criminal history of every black person who gets shot by the police? Hello? Is this thing on?

And Norton, shut the fuck up. You have NOT accepted responsibility for what you've done, clearly. It's in your language. "What happened to you is absolutely awful." No. That should be, "What I did to you is absolutely awful." That shit didn't just happen. You did it. You rode around terrorizing black communities and a black family during a child's birthday party, menacing them with guns and shouting racial slurs at them. You DID that.

Take your crocodile tears and go rot.

Reasons Why Not to Make Anti-Semitic Jokes

Remember before it was oh-so-cool to do that thing where you say something or do something as offensive as possible because you think it's funny that people get upset about it and you call that a joke? Remember when Jewish centers weren't getting bomb threats every week and we didn't have all these reports of Nazi propaganda being posted, swastikas being drawn all over everything with anti-Jewish imagery, and Jewish cemeteries being vandalized and graves being desecrated?

Remember when we spent years trying to convince professional assholes like PewDiePie that doing horrible anti-semitic shit and calling it a joke would eventually lead to an increase in anti-semitic hate crimes and embolden existing Nazis and create more bigots?

I fully expect to be an old woman and see this all happen again and I'll be like "I was there and these 'trolls' led us right into the fall of the U.S. into fascism and the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and anti-semitic holocaust of the 21st century" and everyone's gonna be like "shut up grandma."

Anyway, here's more reports of Nazi activity and anti-semitic hate crimes and terrorism:

‘Stand together against this bigotry’: Another Jewish cemetery vandalized and again Muslims reach out to help

“It’s the lowest of the low, the fact that someone can be that cowardly to bully dead people,” he said. “What really hurt me yesterday was there was a Jewish chaplain and he was really distraught and he just said, ‘I never imagined we could be hurt this way as a community. That this is the way they’d try to hurt us as Jews.'”

Nazis are the most cowardly and pathetic of bigots.

Close to home:

Police: Bomb threat evacuates Mercer Island Jewish community center

‘It’s terrifying’ - Anti-Semitic graffiti found on two Ballard buildings

Nazi groups are alive and well in Seattle. They need to be rooted out and put down.

And if you're looking at these reports and are still defending shitheads like PewDiePie, so do you.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Gif of the Day



I'm the guy on the left, trying to get people to wake up and do something.

I'm Still Freaked Out

So today I had to actually turn off Netflix and put down the Internet for a second so that I could do some soul searching to figure out why I've been sleeping fitfully every night to the point that by the end of the week I'm so exhausted that I'm convinced I'm coming down with the flu. It took about three seconds of clearing my mind to figure out that I'm still terrified.

Like I predicted, everybody including my brain is trying hard to get back to normal, but all my brain can really do is cover shit up by trying to keep occupied with constant distractions. But under the surface, I'm still scared shitless about the political situation in my country and what it's going to mean for the millions of immigrants and Muslims, for trans people, for my friends, for my future, for everybody.

Over the weekend, my dad made a post on Facebook linking to Dan Rather's statements about how extremely bad Lord Dampnut's attacks on the news media are, and one of his Facebook friends, who is a middle aged white man and business owner, said that Dampnut was only banning "fake news." Spurred on by an urgency that makes me want to never leave bullshit like this unchallenged, I argued with him for a while.

I was every bit as calm and "logical" and polite as people like him demand, at one point appealing to his humanity, basically begging him to JUST LISTEN. But in the end my links to direct evidence were met with nothing but "we'll have to agree to disagree." I didn't agree to that, but he remained stalwart in his refusal to consider real numbers and clear evidence that media outlets like CNN and BBC are real, trusted sources. He was 10,000% committed to ignoring anything that contradicted the beliefs that appealed to him and upheld his privilege.

It's not like this hasn't happened to me before (lmao). But it was still rather disappointing and disheartening that I tried so hard to be kind and say this wasn't about left vs. right and I wasn't arguing just to be right but was really afraid for the lives and safety of people and even say that I hope he comes out of all this okay (though that's not reaaaaally true), hoping I would get a bit of kindness and humanity in return.

Nope.

I posted my own thing on Facebook expressing my disappointment over this and saying this is why I no longer bother trying to be nice and calm in arguments like that, and I've got family members encouraging me to "take the high road." What does that mean? Besides keep doing the thing that has got the left or at least liberals/the Democrats in this hole in the first place, that's resulted in a bunch of fascists in the White House and all of our progress being stripped away. Keep playing the game by the rules while the right has already flipped over the board, stolen all the fake money and plastic houses, and set the house on fire.

This is why I'm freaked out. Despite everything horrible that's happening, for the most part, people haven't changed. Conservatives still insist on being brick walls and liberals still insist on playing the same rigged game. I feel like all there is to do is brace for impact. It's upsetting and scary and I feel pretty powerless. I'm gonna keep blogging and going to protests and putting up fliers and whatever else I can manage as one little person with relatively few resources, but I remain pessimistic about the future. And scared.

This sucks.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Gif of the Day



I cannot get over how cute this is.

Everybody Hates Richard Spencer

(Because he deserves it.)

The juxtaposition of these headlines made my rather rocky morning:

Richard Spencer: ‘Depeche Mode is the official band of the alt-right’

Depeche Mode tells “lifelong fan” Richard Spencer to fuck off




Naturally, it was just a matter of hours before Richard Spencer’s favorite band also publicly declared it wanted nothing to do with him. In a blanket statement issued to any publication who asked for one, a Depeche Mode spokesman replied, “That’s pretty ridiculous. Depeche Mode has no ties to Richard Spencer or the alt right and does not support the alt right movement.” Unnecessary, perhaps: The band has made no secret of its liberal beliefs, beginning with its flirting with Marxist imagery on 1983’s Construction Time Again, and—while promoting its new, politically charged album Spirit—singer Dave Gahan recently compared Trump to Hitler.

I'm not personally a fan of Depeche Mode's music, but I'm now a fan of the individuals who make up the band. I'm a fan of anyone and everyone who shits on Spencer's dreams.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Gif of the Day



GET HIM.

Here Come Fa- Wait No I Think It's Here Already

Seriously I think we're past the point of "it's coming" now, tell me what you think:

Arizona Senate votes to seize assets of those who plan, participate in protests that turn violent




Claiming people are being paid to riot, Republican state senators voted Wednesday to give police new power to arrest anyone who is involved in a peaceful demonstration that may turn bad — even before anything actually happened. 
SB1142 expands the state’s racketeering laws, now aimed at organized crime, to also include rioting. And it redefines what constitutes rioting to include actions that result in damage to the property of others. 
But the real heart of the legislation is what Democrats say is the guilt by association — and giving the government the right to criminally prosecute and seize the assets of everyone who planned a protest and everyone who participated. And what’s worse, said Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, is that the person who may have broken a window, triggering the claim there was a riot, might actually not be a member of the group but someone from the other side.

Okay so spread the blatant lie that people are being paid to protest (and if it's not a lie can somebody from Professional Protesters Inc. please contact me, you owe me some back pay), check. Use that flimsy pretext to imprison, steal from, and ruin the lives of anybody who stands up to you, check.

Seriously, this sounds like some shit I'd heard of coming from blatantly dictatorial nations that barely bother to pretend they give a fuck about human rights. The bill still needs to be passed by the House but it's fucking Arizona so lol say goodbye to your right to protest, everyone who lives there. And then soon every other red state.

Withdrawing Federal Protections for Trans People Will Be Deadly

[TRIGGER WARNING: SUICIDE, TRANSPHOBIA]

If it hasn't been already.

Trans people are extremely vulnerable to mental illness and suicide due to the terrible way our society treats them. Offering a suicidal person some hope and then yanking it away is a pretty much guaranteed to make them more suicidal. If zero trans people had yet killed themselves over this, I'd be shocked. But I'll never know, because there are so many homeless, closeted, and otherwise overlooked trans people in this nation alone who would remain unnoticed even if they ended their own lives.

I don't know what else to say about this. I heard about it days ago and I could have blogged about it, but what do I say? There won't be the same response from people that there was over the Muslim ban because trans people are so marginalized in this country that many people still barely even recognize their existence. And plenty of others that adamantly deny it.

I really wish I had more pull. I'm going to keep working hard to reach as many people as possible with this message, and I beg all of my readers to do the same. Protect trans people. Protect trans kids. The fact that they don't have the right to use public restrooms safely is an attack on their civil rights, their humanity, and their existence. It makes it hard for them to have anything close to a normal life. It affects their education and their ability to work.

You might be able to find some local actions to protest transphobic bullshit. In Washington State, for example, transphobes are trying to get anti-trans legislation on the ballot. There's a rally planned for this Saturday at UW Tacoma to get people to pledge not to sign any petition to get that shit in front of voters. This petition of theirs is apparently gaining momentum, and there have been reports of increased transphobic harassment in Seattle. You can also sign a pledge online not to sign this petition.

But the best thing you can do is talk to your friends and family about the existence of trans people and why they have a right to exist in public spaces. A ton of people are still ignorant about even the most basic trans issues. It's up to us cis people to educate other cis people. The faster we do this, the fewer trans people have to die for no reason. Get on it.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Gif of the Day



Incredible.

Anti-Semites Commit Atrocity, Muslims Pick Up the Pieces

In yet another installment of "white supremacists commit horrible crimes upon oppressed community and other oppressed community swoops in to help because they get it":


"Vandalized" is putting it very lightly.

The effort organized by Muslim American activists Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi was launched this week to fund the repairs of nearly 200 headstones that were damaged and toppled in the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in the St. Louis suburb of University City in Missouri. 
The fundraiser exceeded its goal of $20,000 so fast, it has expanded into an effort to support Jewish community centers that have been targets of anti-Semitism. 
The vandal or vandals destroyed more that 170 headstones at the cemetery, according Anita Feigenbaum, the cemetery's executive director. 
Members of the community have been left rattled.

To be clear. 170 headstones in a Jewish cemetery were destroyed. The graves of the people's loved ones were desecrated, toppled, and broken. This happened at the same time as the fourth wave of coordinated bomb threats against multiple Jewish community organizations since the election of Lord Dampnut.

And while we white gentiles have sat around and done nothing about it, once again the Muslim community stepped up to help.

Sarsour of MPower Change and El-Messidi of CelebrateMercy organized the crowdfunding campaign to support the vandalized cemetery. 
Their goal of reaching $20,000 by the end of March was surpassed in three hours, with donations at nearly $60,000 and rising early Wednesday.

It's really fucking sad that this needs to be pointed out again and again due to the fact that people so readily demonize the Muslim community in this country. But Islam is one of the most peaceful religions around and it very much emphasizes the importance of charity and taking care of one's neighbors. No matter who they are. And Muslims largely do a LOT better than white Christians when it comes to following the actual tenets of their religion.

Both the news of the attack (the terrorist attack, let's be real) against Jewish people and the help from the Muslim community need to be spread. Jewish communities are under severe threat (once again) from the rise of white supremacists and neo-nazis in the U.S. and abroad, and of course we know how Muslims are being treated right now. We need to protect both of these communities at all costs.

Alt-Right Watch: The Real Issues

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Text by Eleanor Robertson: "thought I'd check in on /pol/ after milo's disgrace and I see they are, as always, focused on the issues that matter"
Screenshot of a 4chan or 8chan post with many replies that includes an image of one of those small shopping carts. 
Screenshot text: "Have you notices that these little cuck carts are starting to appear in stores across the US more now? I think that it is a sign that there are more single people shopping for themselves than shopping for a family. How can we stop the cuck cart phenomenon?"

CUCK CARTS.

It's like peering into an alien world on these forums. Being single makes you a cuck now? Because that means that a strong majority of the people who post there...

No use trying to make sense out of it. I'm just going to keep laughing. Cuck carts.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Gif of the Day



Not sure who actually made this but I found it here. Very awesome pixel gif.

Standing Rock Camps to Be "Evacuated" Tomorrow

In this case, "evacuated" means that the protesters there will be forcibly removed and likely harmed/arrested if they do not leave willingly.

The governor of North Dakota has once again issued an evacuation order, and with the lessened attention on Standing Rock and without even the tacit "support" of the Obama administration, it's very likely that they will go through with it. This could be the last stand of the Standing Rock water protectors. Many people left during the worst of the harsh winter and I don't know if enough veterans have returned to make any kind of a difference. With media attention being constantly wholly taken up by Lord Dampnut's unrelenting fuckery, I doubt even the help of veterans will be enough to stop this assault.

I don't know for sure what's going to happen. I don't know how many people are still there. All I've seen reported is that those left are currently surrounded by militarized police. I'm afraid for their safety and general well-being. I'm deeply saddened that their monumental efforts and months of sacrifice seem to have been for nothing. I hate that this will be yet another assault upon the people that we white invaders committed genocide upon, enslaved, and continually shat upon for centuries. 

All I can do now is remind every person who reads this to make sure to include Native Americans and all indigenous persons in their activism, in social justice, and in the fight against bigotry. They have suffered so much under us white people. I hope that some day we will give them back the land that is rightfully theirs and put them in charge of the fate of the nation. I consider that to be the only fair option.

You can see possibly the last pleading message of the water protectors here:


If you have the ability and wanted to stand with the water protectors against yet further invasion and imperialist violence, please go now. If you can make it by tomorrow, please go. Part of me wants to drop everything and go, but I just don't have the resources to make it in time.

My heart is with them. I'm sorry we failed you again.

*MUFFLED SCREAMING*

[TRIGGER WARNING: MENSTRUATION, CISSEXISM, BODY HORROR]

This may be the ultimate in cis dude fuckery. In cis dudes thinking they know everything about everything while demonstrating that they don't know shit and horrifying the fuck out of the rest of us. If you get a period, prepare for horror.

A Male Chiropractor Thinks Women Should Literally Glue Their Labia Closed With Special Lipstick





Anyway.

The best (worst?) part about this is that the inventor of the snatch glue stick had the fucking audacity to be like "why didn't women every think of this? Probs because they're too distracted by their periods."

Meanwhile, over on Facebook, women are (rightfully) furious over the idea of a man who doesn't have periods of his own telling them to glue their labia shut. Commenting from the Mensez account, Dopps addressed their concerns in a comment of his own on the ad captured by Butler (sic throughout): 
'Yes, I am a man and you as a woman, should have come up with a better solution than diapers and plugs, but you didn't. Reason being women are focused on and distracted by your period 25% of the time, making them far less productive than they could be. Women tend to me far more creative than men, but their periods that stifle them and play with their heads.'

Let's count up all the things about this that are fucking ridiculous.

  1. Cis dude thinks that people who have periods are thinking about being on their periods 24/7 while on them, including, apparently, while we're asleep.
  2. It doesn't occur to cis dude that we didn't think of the sticky beaver solution because the very idea is horrifying beyond all reason.
  3. It doesn't occur to cis dude that walking around with our labias glued together and our vajayjays full of blood sloshing around, squishing and squirshing every time we sit down might be extremely, intensely uncomfortable in a way that even the shittiest tampon would never be.
  4. Cis dude apparently doesn't realize that pee does not come out of the cooter and therefore could not act as an effective muff glue solvent.
  5. I am 100% convinced that blood absolutely would leak through this torture device because I'm familiar with the anatomy of my labia.
  6. Cis dude thinks he knows labias better than people who have them.
  7. It doesn't occur to cis dude that there are other symptoms that come with periods other than blood coming out the hoo-ha, some of which would not go well with having our hot pockets plugged up for hours.
  8. It doesn't occur to cis dude that all I and every other period-haver can think of is sneezing.
  9. "Mensez Technologies" sounds less like "menses" and more like "men says." 
  10. There is a thing called a menstrual cup that does essentially the same thing with none of the horror of having one's twat glued shut.

There may be more but I just ahhhhh I gotta go think about something else. 

The Proper Way to Handle Sexual Harassment

This is an extremely satisfying story that I sorely needed to hear.

Princess Nokia ‘punches’ audience member after ‘public display of sexism’ at Cambridge University

The New York rapper performed at a charity fashion show on 15 February but left the stage after three songs, according to a post on the university’s forum for women and non-binary people of colour, Fly, when a white male student “harassed her during her performance” and mouthed “dirty obscenities like, show me your tits.’” 
The rapper, real name Destiny Frasqueri, allegedly asked the audience member if he was being “disrespectful” before adding, “I’m so sorry, but when a white boy disrespects you, you punch him in the fucking face.”



Oh, Princess Nokia. Don't be sorry. Never be sorry for punching disrespectful white boys in the face.

The post on Fly, written by Richelle George and Jason Okundaye, described meeting Frasqueri after the event, who regretted that the set had ended abruptly but said the incident had put her in a position “where her safety and comfort were severely compromised”. The post added that she had a “‘zero tolerance’ stance towards ‘instances of sexism and sexual harassment’”, and called the incident “a disgraceful public display of sexism and misogynoir.”

This woman is now my favorite. Excuse me while I go listen to all of her songs on Spotify all day long.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Gif of the Day




Land dog playing with water dogs.

Haaaaahahahahahahahahahahahaha

[TRIGGER WARNING: PEDOPHILIA, CHILD RAPE, NAZI IDEOLOGY]

You've probably already heard, but in case you haven't and need a pick up, check out what's happening to Milo Youfuckeduphard:

Video of Milo Yiannopoulos passionately defending pedophilia resurfaces

CPAC boots Milo Yiannopoulos over pedophilia comments

Milo Yiannopoulos book deal cancelled by Simon & Schuster after 'pro-paedophilia' video controversy

Breitbart employees threaten exit over Yiannopoulos




This all happening after he already lost a deal with Disney and lost YouTube funding. His entire life is crumbling and it's magnificent. The only not magnificent thing is that it took him defending having sex with 13-year-olds to finally get the right to reject him. Horrible misogyny, racism, doxxing trans kids, rank anti-semitism, and generally being a nazi fuck was all fine. But at least we can finally see one of these fake jokesters who are really dedicated to spreading and normalizing nationalism and bigotry get what's been coming to him.

Wishes so rarely come true.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Gif of the Day



Wholesome activity.

A Perfect Example of How Much Men Hate Women Who Speak Up

Whoa, bro.

Texas Senator Shatters Table Trying to Silence Woman Testifying Against Anti-Abortion Bill

"Shatters" isn't the right word there. Here's a photo of the table:


Still, that's pretty well cracked. And if it's normally used to gavel on, I'm guessing that can't be easy to do.

Hennessy verbally shredded Sen. Huffines bill against second-trimester abortions. Her voice shook with anger as she scolded lawmakers for openly putting women in danger. 
"Ms. Hennessy —" Schwertner interrupted a minute into her testimony. "Your time is done." 
But Hennessy went on, saying, "I urge you to all stop playing with reproductive health care like it's your own political puppet." That's when Schwertner dropped the gavel — so hard that he shattered the glass table before him.  
"Your time is done," he repeated.

I love that he just repeats that instead of acknowledging the fact that he BROKE THE FUCKING TABLE.

Cis "pro-life" men have always been violently opposed to letting women and other people who can get pregnant speak on behalf of their own bodily autonomy. People go over their speaking time limits all the time, you don't need to break a fucking table about it, damn. For example, the "pro-life" speaker who had just been up went for double the amount of their allotted time, and nothing was broken over it!

I think this just shows that men, particularly cis "pro-life" men, are too emotional to be allowed into a leadership position. Also, if the table breaking was just a coincidence, I think that actually means that god is pro-choice.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Gif of the Day



What is she dreaming about?

Alt-Right Watch: Nazis Admit "Jokes" Normalize Bigotry

[TRIGGER WARNING: RANK ANTI-SEMITISM]

You may have heard that YouTube personality and professional piece of shit PewDiePie has been scorned by both Disney and YouTube, with Disney severing ties entirely and YouTube cancelled the second season of his show available on the paid YouTube Red program, plus took away his "Google preferred" advertising status - basically relegating him to the status of just another dude with a YouTube channel.

This reportedly went down because the asshole paid some guys to hold up a sign that said "Death to all Jews" and another guy to dress as Jesus and say that "Hitler did nothing wrong."

Horrible, yes, but not actually out of the norm for PewDiePie, who has been saying things like this on his YouTube shows for years. Neither YouTube nor Disney said why they suddenly care about anti-semitism now when they've both ignored (or worse) this problem in the past, but my guess is that it has something to do with the current political climate in the U.S.

Predictably, PewDiePie's millions (yes millions) of fans are very upset about this and using the classic "it's just a joke" mantra to excuse his behavior. I can't tell you how many times I've tried to explain how words have consequences and bigoted jokes aren't harmless, but why listen to me when the head of the online neo-Nazi base the Daily Stormer has explained it himself:

PewDiePie’s comments have made him popular with neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, which has run a series of articles about the YouTuber, describing him as “our guy”. 
“He could be doing all this only to cause a stir things up and get free publicity,” wrote the Daily Stormer. 
“Ultimately, it doesn’t matter, since the effect is the same; it normalizes Nazism, and marginalizes our enemies.” 
The site has even added a banner describing itself as “the world’s #1 PewDiePie fansite”.

And there you have it, straight from the Nazi's mouth. "Trolls" like PewDiePie normalize the horrible shit they "joke" about and work to marginalize the people they shit on, and no amount of "just kidding" stops that. Why do you think the same people who engage in this kind of "troll" activity almost inevitably end up becoming white nationalists/neo-Nazis? Why do you think Nazis have been encouraging this behavior all along? Why do you think the popularity of so-called "troll culture" has been so swiftly followed up by a drastic increase in white supremacist and neo-Nazi numbers?

You can deny it until you're blue in the face, but that's just gonna make me assume that you're already a Nazi.



How White Privilege is Coded Into Law

[TRIGGER WARNING: ISLAMOPHOBIA, DOMESTIC TERRORISM, ARSON]

You know how it's super weird that no matter how many times or how blatantly white U.S. citizens commit acts of domestic terrorism, they never get brought up on actual terrorism charges? "Pro-life" people who bomb reproductive health clinics to try and scare people out of performing abortions or going/working there at all. White supremacists who conduct organized terror campaigns against immigrants, people of color, Jewish communities, etc. Islamophobes trying to run Muslim people out of town by bombing/setting fire to their places of worship.

As it turned out, a lawyer working on a case of that last example has explained why these people are never charged with terrorism.

Tennessee man who plotted New York mosque attack won’t face terrorism charges

"There's a gap in the law," attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud told the Daily News on Monday evening. "Frankly, there is nothing on terrorism unless it's connected to a foreign element. You won't see the KKK charged with domestic terror even though that's what they do." 
According to the Patriot Act from 2001, prosecutors can only charge a defendant with domestic terrorism if he or she had the intension to "intimidate" or "coerce" a civilian population, or influence the "policy of a government" to affect the conduct of government by "mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping." 
Contrastingly, Amatul-Wadud claimed, the requirements are less stringent for pursuing terrorism charges if the alleged act has a foreign element to it, for example ties to international terror networks such as ISIS or al-Qaeda.

So because Tennessee man is white and because Islamophobia certainly isn't foreign to the U.S., he gets let off with a relative slap on the wrist instead of spending the rest of his life in prison. Even though he was literally plotting and gathering people together to burn down a mosque in a community that contained a high Muslim population, which he referred to as "Islamberg."

It's not just prosecutors being racist, though plenty of them surely are. Racism and Islamophobia are coded into our terrorism laws. Our laws are designed to make it easy to charge people of color and immigrants with terrorism and hard to charge white non-immigrants with the same. It was this way even before Trump signed an executive order to make the government's anti-terrorism efforts only focus on Muslims.

Fuck this country.

Women's Strike Has a Date and a Questionable Name

Okay so the Women's March people have released a date for the general strike. It's to take place on March 8th, which is International Women's Day. That gives us three weeks to spread the word and organize. It seems like not enough, and as I said before, I hope they're working with union leaders or anyone who knows how to organize an effective strike.

If this is about sending a message, the Women's March already did that. If this is about forcing real change by cutting off the capitalists' source of income, it requires more than one day, and it requires a huge amount of dedicated participation. This strike is only going to be for one day. I don't think it's going to be all that impressive. But I'm sure there will be more marches and demonstrations, which I will gladly participate in.

But there's another problem. Maybe you heard that the Women's March on Washington had issues initially because they appropriated the name of a black women's march from the Civil Rights era? And then changed it to another one that was still the same as the March on Washington that ended in MLK's famous "I have a dream" speech?

Well, this strike is called "A Day Without A Woman." That sounds awfully familiar.

'Day Without Immigrants' protests being held across US

I've been hearing about this at least since the beginning of the week, and now it comes out that the strike led by the Women's March people is called "A Day Without A Woman"? Are you kidding me?

I know that the leadership of the organization was passed largely to women of color, including a couple Latinx women. There's still not really any information about this strike or who is organizing it. I don't know if they're in collaboration with the leadership of those organizing the Day Without Immigrants or if Latinx women approved the name of the women's strike. But I think I'm right to be suspicious here. Can the Women's March people please release a statement or something about this? We already had so many failures during the Women's March in terms of alienating marginalized women. And with Latinx people in the U.S. currently facing the threat of mass imprisonment and deportations (even more than usual), we can't afford to let them down.

This gets worse when you consider the fact that many immigrants, particularly those who are women of color, cannot afford to take a day off work for anything. Many of them do not get paid days off and missing a day's pay is devastating for them. They also risk being fired for taking a day off for what will be called "political reasons." I'm still waiting for alternative participation options to be released.

As always, I remain critical and with high expectations for people and organizations whom I know can rise to meet them.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Gif of the Day



Whoa.

NOW Can We Investigate Trump's Ties to Russia?

Answer: Lol not likely.

Once again I'm kind of surprised that people are freaking out over the latest Russia-related scandal to come out of Lord Dampnut's House of Whites. I though we had established that absolutely he had ties to Russia all along and Russia did interfere with the election and we were all gonna treat this with a great big shrug.

But whatever.

Despite the freaking out, people are already saying that even an investigation isn't guaranteed, and with this administration, that tells me that it's not gonna happen. But here's something that does give me hope.

‘He will die in jail’: Intelligence community ready to ‘go nuclear’ on Trump, senior source says

Ohhhhhhh shit you went and pissed off the wrong people, Dampy.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday and Wednesday, Trump insisted that the “real scandal” was not that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied about his contact with Russia. Instead, the president blasted what he said were “un-American” leaks that led to Flynn’s ousting. 
On Wednesday, former NSA intelligence analyst John Schindler provided some insight into the reaction of national security officials. 
“Now we go nuclear,” he wrote on Twitter. “[Intelligence community] war going to new levels. Just got an [email from] senior [intelligence community] friend, it began: ‘He will die in jail.'” 
“US intelligence is not the problem here,” Schindler added in another tweet. “The President’s collusion with Russian intelligence is. Many details, but the essence is simple.”

OH SHIT THEY'RE GONNA FUCK YOU UP.

Now, I'm not exactly a fan of the "intelligence community," whatever that is. I've basically resigned myself to never being able to know just how out of control and evil the CIA is and just how much secret power they have over the world, and same goes for the FBI on a smaller scale. I just know that they kill people constantly and lie about it and I feel like ultimately they don't answer to anyone but themselves.

But the silver lining here is that if they decide to take Dampnut out for real, then they will. I feel pretty confident about that. I just hope they take Pence, Ryan, Bannon, and a whole lot of the rest of the top Imperials out with him.

Recommended Reading

A friend sent me something yesterday that rather lifted my spirits. Remember the situation in Whitefish, Montana, in which neo-Nazis were planning to converge on the town with guns to intimidate the people who lived there, particularly the Jewish community, for daring to refuse to do business with Richard Spencer and his white nationalist parents?

Well, that whole plan fell right on its face.

The Alt Right’s War on Whitefish, and the Growth of an Opposition

According to this long yet beautifully written essay, swift and widespread organization against the "alt-right" goons and their terrorism march resulted in barely any neo-Nazis showing up in Whitefish on the day of the planned march, likely because it looks like it wasn't fully authorized and they probably were unable to book a room anywhere within the city, what with antifascists calling local hotels to warn them.

Instead, Whitefish was full of community members and antifascist organizers on MLK Day, marching for unity, solidarity, and love. All thanks to people coming together to say "fuck off" to Nazis.

The adaptation the community made to the racist threat presents lessons for the ongoing confrontation with the white nationalism. The base building had been done not for months, but years, and the slow process helped to further radicalize a town that could barely pass an anti-hate resolution a couple of years before. Likewise, with two different approaches to the issue, with the softer community organizing from Love Lives Here on the one side and the direct confrontation presented by Antifa on the other, can have a synthesis. Without the long-term community engagement presented by the Montana Human Rights Network, there wouldn’t be a broadly unified community to resist the invasion, and without organizations willing to confront the protest directly, it could have still taken place.

Whitefish can be used as an example to communities all across the nation for how to stand against the Nazi threat. Nazis are still far outnumbered by people who hate Nazis, and they're easily intimidated by a show of solidarity against them. And, for all their big talk, the online "alt-right" shitlord crowd is clearly bad at any kind of real organizing.

This is what happens when you don't fall for the "Nazis deserve an unimpeded, unanswered platform because free speech" trap. Remember, you have equal right to counter-protest any coming together of Nazis, because FREE SPEECH. No community has any obligation to sit around and do nothing as violent, hateful assholes strut around trying to intimidate said community into silence. Fight back.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Gif of the Day



I went so many years having no idea how incredibly cute snakes could be.

Here Comes Fascism!

It gets scarier every time I have to write a post with that headline. Seriously, what the FUCSKHFK


This is a direct transcript from an interview:

Face the Nation host John Dickerson: When I talked to Republicans on The Hill, they wonder, what in the White House -- what have you all learned from this experience with the executive order? 
Miller: Well, I think that it’s been an important reminder to all Americans that we have a judiciary that has taken far too much power and become in many case a supreme branch of government. [...] 
The end result of this, though, is that our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.

First of all, I don't think the judicial branch of the U.S. government has ever done anything to take more power for itself. Maybe I'm wrong, but my understanding is that all the judicial branch can do is rule on constitutional issues, and I don't know how an issue of giving the judicial branch more power would ever come to the Supreme Court? Like? How would?

But mostly, "will not be questioned."

This is starting to go beyond your standard dictator posing as a democratically elected figure and into King territory. Like "King Donald has been chosen by the Lord and his will is the Will of God!" type of thing. Dickerson is like "so what have you learned about checks and balances?" and Miller is like "OFF WITH THEIR HEADS."

Time for a good ol' fashioned peasant revolt, I say.

American Horror Story: Pro-Lifers

[TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE CULTURE, BODY HORROR, CISSEXISM]

I know that's an old meme by now but good god fucking hell holy shit god damn, "pro-life" people. They just keep getting bolder with the horribleness.

First (rape culture trigger warning):

Arkansas passes law allowing rapists to sue victims who want an abortion

This must rank in the top 5 of most horrifying pieces of anti-abortion legislation ever dreamed up by Republicans. This law allows husbands to get an injunction to block the termination of their wives' pregnancy, making no exception for marital rape. Of course, since Republicans generally don't seem to believe that marital rape is a thing because women belong to their husbands, right? I guess the lesson is that if you're able to get pregnant and you live in Arkansas, for the love of fuck, don't get married to a cis man. Because he will then be granted control over your body should he pump a baby into you.

Not only that, but it gives cis men the right to sue abortion doctors for doing their jobs, which is clearly meant to scare the few abortion providers left in Arkansas away from... doing their jobs. Effectively making abortion inaccessible in the state. And it outlaws the safest method of abortion, because people who get abortions should die. Oh and if you're a minor, your parents are granted control over your body if you become pregnant.

FUCK YOU Arkansas Republicans.

But the horror doesn't end there, oh no!

Oklahoma is engaging in its routine introduction of 10,000% unconstitutional anti-abortion bills, including one that is unlikely even to pass this state's committee that requires a pregnant person to obtain written permission from their spouse (presumed to be a cis man) to get an abortion. But we're not at the horror yet. Brace yourself. The author of the bill had this to say about it:

Ultimately, he said, his intent was to let men have a say. “I believe one of the breakdowns in our society is that we have excluded the man out of all of these types of decisions,” he said. “I understand that they feel like that is their body,” he said of women. “I feel like it is a separate — what I call them is, is you’re a ‘host.’ And you know when you enter into a relationship you’re going to be that host and so, you know, if you pre-know that then take all precautions and don’t get pregnant,” he explained. “So that’s where I’m at. I’m like, hey, your body is your body and be responsible with it. But after you’re irresponsible then don’t claim, well, I can just go and do this with another body, when you’re the host and you invited that in.”

Okay. Buddy. Pal. The use of the word "host" in this context is just... I mean, all I can think of is...





 You see what I'm saying.

And pro-lifers get mad at us for calling an embryo/fetus a parasite. Cripes.

And I'm all for being a good host but even if I invite a guest into my home, it doesn't mean I'm obligated to take care of all their needs for nine months, share my blood with them, and then push them out of my vagina. That's the most unreasonable guest ever.

The fact is that the fundamental disagreement that we pro-choicers have with the so-called "pro-life" crowd is that we think that people's bodies belong to them and them alone, and they don't. And they can make all the excuses they want but Representative Horror Movie's comments make their real beliefs on the matter very clear.

Fuck. You. My body. My choice.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Gif of the Day



Masterful.

The Concentration Camps Are Already Here

You know how we're supposed to be on the lookout for signs of Nazi Germany-style shit like the rounding up of "undesirables" to be put into concentration camps? We actually have already had that going on for a while. And it got worse under Obama. And now it's ramping up even more thanks to Lord Dampnut's executive orders.

Undocumented Immigrants Arrested Nationwide, Stoking Fears Of Trump’s ‘Deportation Force’

Immigrant rights advocates reported an uptick in Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests ― including the detention of people who were considered low priority for removal until Trump signed an order last month making nearly every undocumented immigrant an important target for deportation. 
ICE officials initially said that this week’s actions were “routine” and nothing outside the ordinary. But in a conference call with reporters Friday evening, an ICE official appeared to contradict that statement, saying that the agencies targeted several cities in an “enforcement surge.” 

Of course. Lying has become routine with this administration. It's when they start getting honest that we really need to be scared. Well, no, we need to be scared right now, but when they start telling the truth it means they think that there's no need to lie anymore because their power is so entrenched that it doesn't matter. Anyway.

Katie Klabusich was tweeting about this last Friday, posting photos and alerts about ICE agents in Austin, Texas at taco stands and elementary school bus stops where they were reportedly arresting people on the spot.


Make the Road New York reported that undocumented immigrants are being detained regardless of criminal record, and in some cases just for being in a community that contains a lot of undocumented immigrants, with some being immediately deported.


The random arrests, raids, rounding people up and detaining them WITH THEIR CHILDREN, no warrants, no probable cause - not that any of that would make a person deserving of being deported - to be packed into "detention centers" where conditions are terrible, kids are suicidal, where they can be held indefinitely until they're forced out of the country and back to the places they fled, or in some cases, places they've never been. Sometimes deportation is a death sentence, but it doesn't matter to the U.S. government. It didn't under Obama and it certainly doesn't now.

I'm hoping the many stark parallels between the Dampnut administration and Nazi Germany and other fascist regimes will finally scare people into real action of behalf of the undocumented immigrants who have been facing racist persecution for so many years. If you want to think of these as gestapo raids, if imagining the sound of jackboots gets you moving, then good. Do that. We should have stopped this long ago but at least we can stop it now, while the left has momentum and even people who consider themselves conservative are like "wtf."

Immigrants and Muslims are the first people that this administration has come for. If you don't want to end up like the dude in the poem who has no one left to speak for him, you need to act now. Not this time, asshole.

Alt-Right Watch: Nazis Totally "Not" Scared of Antifa

I visited the Daily Stormer last night for the first time in a while, and the top headline was about the imperial wizard of the KKK being found dead in a river with a bullet in his head. I understand if you're uncomfortable with the idea of being happy over anyone's death, but I, personally, feel as though it's a sign that order is going to be returned to the universe.

What's funny is that just below that Daily Stormer article on the dead KKK guy was a little sarcastic post about how they're soooo scaaaared of the antifascists who are coming to get them, oooooOOOOoooOOOoooo. But then their top headline is an article about how there's a good chance that an antifa or someone on the left was the one to kill the racist piece of shit (my description, not theirs) so they should all be on alert. This conclusion was based on the idea that it couldn't have been suicide because if there was any chance of that, the authorities would have called it a suicide (note: no they would not have) and that it was PROBABLY a family member who killed him, but if not, then it was a political killing.

At the end of the post, the author goes out of their way to note that it's the Nazis who are totes the good guys. I know it sounds utterly ridiculous, but don't forget that Nazis have always considered themselves to be the good guys, no matter how many people they've murdered.

Of course, odds are it is some personal thing. Those would be the odds. So I’m certainly not going to declare that it must be political. 
But if it is, the entire realm of politics just shifted. And it is going to be the SPLC getting investigated by the feds for stirring up hatred that leads to murder. 
Because as cliche as it is, they are the real haters. They are the ones who implicitly endorse racial violence. They are the ones who want to see people hurt. 
We are the good guys. 
We’ll be watching this story very closely.

An archived version of the post can be found here.

LOL sure. I mean, I guess it's not outside the realm of possibilities that the SPLC gets investigated for being "haters" by this administration, considering the fact that it's basically being run by Steve "Even Breitbart Himself Would Call Me Racist" Bannon. But it would be a bad move, and at this point they'd target the ACLU first. Which would also be a terrible move.

But the fact that the Daily Stormer dropped its thickly layered irony for a moment to declare who is "the real hater" and warn its followers about "racial violence" and murder shows just how badly the death of this KKK fuck has rattled them. And that's how you know that violence works against them. Nothing else gives them pause.

And if that's all that works, oh well, I guess more KKK leaders will have to die.



Thursday, February 9, 2017

Gif of the Day



Fantastic.

The Women's Liberation Front: A Front for Transmisogyny

See what I did there.

Pink News reported yesterday about the Women's Liberation Front or "WoLF," an organization that purports to be one of radical feminism, and how they've teamed up with ultra-conservative groups that want to keep women barefoot in the kitchen, take our birth control away, and make us subservient to men in every way, just to fuck over trans women.

The group, comprised of feminists who do not believe transgender women should be able to access female-only spaces, has got into bed with ultra-conservatives from the Family Policy Alliance and Focus on the Family, in order to challenge legal anti-discrimination protections for trans people. 
Activists from WoLF have filed a challenge to policies enacted under the Obama administration that extend existing anti-sexism laws to safeguard trans kids in schools from discrimination – and they seem only too happy to join up with their usual enemies to get it done.

Odd for a feminist group that supposedly fights for abortion rights to skip hand-in-hand with extreme anti-choice assholes. Not odd for a feminist group to turn out to be a front for militantly transmisogynistic white women, sadly. And yes, the entire board of directors for WoLF is white women.

I see a lot of TERFs and so-called "radical" feminists demand proof that they've ever hurt trans women. The proof can be found on WoLF's official website. If you go through their past actions, you can see that pretty much 100% of their concrete actions beyond going to protests or already pro-feminist conferences is about fucking over trans women and trans people in general. Not just their pending lawsuit against the U.S. government for expanding Title IX to include trans women, but their attempts to coerce the Midwives Association of North America into reversing recently-changed language in their core competencies document that now used gender-neutral language.

They base this transmisogyny on the idea that somehow, thinking of gender as an identity and allowing people to choose that for themselves instead of something determined by body parts because we said so erases the entire identity of "women" or "girl."

How? Why?


The irony of this in the face of the fact that WoLF's Statement of Principles includes "abolishing gender" and that they talk about how terrible it is that men reduce women to a set a body parts is palpable.

If you want to check out the official WoLF website, you can find an archived version here (so you don't give them traffic). Besides being transmisogynists, they're also SWERFs (sex worker exclusionary).

This is How You Fight

Deportations of undocumented immigrants ramped the hell up under the Obama administration, and many of us on the left did nothing. It went unreported in actual liberal media sources, it was ignored even when it was reported, and even those of us who acknowledge and spoke out about it didn't do much to actually fight it. It's easier to ignore when someone seemingly on your side is doing something wrong, isn't it?

We need to step up now. Use your hatred of Lord Dampnut and any number of the immigrant-hating white supremacists in his cabinet to fuel your desire to act. Then do this kind of shit:

Protesters rally to stop ICE officials from deporting Arizona woman who has lived in US for 21 years

Soon after, protesters gathered at the office and tried to block vehicles from leaving, the local news site AZCentral reported. They chanted, "justice!" and "Power to the people! No one is illegal!" as her husband and two children watched. Her husband, who asked not to be identified because of his own immigration status, said he and his wife were brought to the U.S. when they were teenagers. 
"Basically we are Americans," he said. "This is our country."

This is how you fight racist deportation policies. Don't let them take anyone away without a fight. We need to be ready to mobilize any time a community member is being arrested by ICE for deportation. Block their vehicles. Make it as difficult as possible.

This case was over a 35-year-old woman who has been living in the U.S. for 20 years, meaning she was brought into the country when she was 15. She can't even be held responsible for the decision to enter the U.S. without proper approval. But remember, this doesn't mean that anyone who entered the country recently while they were an adult deserves to be deported. We have to stand up for ALL undocumented immigrants. Don't get bogged down in who deserves it.

Transphobe Vampire Infiltrates Texas Congress

[TRIGGER WARNING: TRANSPHOBIC LANGUAGE, MISGENDERING, ANTI-TRANS HATE CRIME, HOMOPHOBIA]

Okay, look at this guy:



This guy, aside from looking like a total douchebag, looks like he's about 16, right?

Apparently, he's 31 or older (it was suspiciously difficult to find his age) and is a Texas state representative. The only logical explanation is that this is a vampire who was turned at 16 and lost all humanity over the centuries, allowing him to become a Tea Party candidate. And of course, the Tea Party is incompetent enough not to notice that their candidate didn't have a reflection.

Anyway, Junior here said in response to someone bringing up transphobic violence and hate crimes (homophobic propaganda at the link) that "dudes walking around in dresses getting beat up" wasn't a problem when he was younger. This is just further proof that he's a vampire, because transphobic assault and murder was indeed a problem in the late 2000's when he was in his 20's and in the late 90's when he was a teenager. And no real early-30-something talks seriously about problems when they were "younger." Before that, nobody knows what trans is, because the existence of trans people is considered somehow sexual and taboo. Because transphobia.

Seriously, though. This privileged white cis dude didn't know about these problems because he's a privileged cis dude and neither he nor his parents nor anyone in his circles gives or ever gave a single fuck about trans women. Now he's trying to use his privileged obliviousness to block basic protections for trans people, who are, of course, extremely vulnerable to hateful violence.

Fuck you, Briscoe.

If you live in Texas (or anywhere, really), this guy's contact information can be found at the bottom of the article linked above. Remember that feminism includes protecting trans women, always.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Gif of the Day




The horror.

She Persisted

Well, they confirmed Betsy "Fuck Education" DeVos as Secretary of Education, so it's time to move on to resisting Jeff Sessions. I'm hoping him being totally cool with the KKK as long as they don't smoke the marijuana will make it easier to stop him from being confirmed than the woman who has no experience in education and wants to destroy the department she was just put in charge of. (But Republicans in general want it destroyed, which is why they just introduced a bill to do just that, because fuck the children.)

The fight has already started in the Senate, with liberal warrior Elizabeth Warren taking the spotlight by trying to shame the shameless GOP with a letter from Loretta Scott King opposing Sessions' appointment to a federal judge position in 1986. Based on the fact that the guy is racist as all hell. The Republican senators found it to be too mean to poor Mr. Sessions, so they declared that Warren wasn't allowed to talk about him anymore by invoking an old, obscure, never-used-anymore rule. Mitch McTurtle barely tried to justify this by saying: "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted."

Again, it gives me hope that old fascist regimes (the ones that Republicans have been pulling plays from) never had to contend with always being watched by the common people. Or with Twitter.

#ShePersisted: social media erupts after Mitch McConnell silences Elizabeth Warren







Thanks for that rallying cry, Mitch. We will persist.

Activism Opportunity

Did you know that Miss Major, a black trans woman who was a key player at the Stonewall riots that sparked the gay pride movement, has a Go Fund Me operating because she recently retired and still needs food and shelter? A lifetime of activism doesn't give you a lot of spare money to save for your golden years, and social security is a fucking joke and is only getting more hilarious.

This woman gave her life to help people but gets very little credit for her work. She is rarely named among either black or LGBTQ+ activists. Why? Because she's a black trans woman, of course.

We can't fix the past, but we can help give her a decent retirement.

Miss Major's Monthly Giving Circle

Over $80,000 has been collected for her so far, but keep in mind that this was over the past 45 months. That's 1,800 per month, which is difficult for anyone to live on, let alone an aging black trans woman. Her expenses are actually laid out for each month, and if she lives in San Francisco, rent that low probably means she lives in a one bedroom apartment. She deserves so much better than that. So if you're white or cis or a person, consider donating a bit to her if you can. If you're white, you can think of it as a small contribution toward reparations during this Black History Month.