Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Gif of the Day



This is called a sea swiggle and no one can tell me otherwise.

Child Marriage Happens in Christian America All the Time

[TRIGGER WARNING: CHILD RAPE, CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE]

One of the many wonderful (read: terrible) things that anti-feminists like to do is exploit victims of child marriages in countries they don't live in by telling us feminists that we should be concerned about them only. They do this to silence us whenever we dare to have concerns about anything, particularly all the issues of rape culture and patriarchy in countries they do live in. They want to deny that there is any need for feminism in any countries except those they don't actually know anything about, only false stereotypes. And exist in vague regions and entire, huge, very diverse continents.

"There aren't any real sexism problems in the U.S. There are child marriages happening over in the Middle East!"

Yeah, they happen here, too, shithead.

11 Years Old, a Mom, and Pushed to Marry Her Rapist in Florida

That's just one story, but as it turns out, 167,000 marriages between an underage girl and an adult man happened from the years 2000-2010 in the United States. That's 16,700 child marriages every year. That's 45 every goddamn day. And that's just from data people chose to report. You can see a graph of the data at the link, which I can't save and post properly because the New York Times is a butthole company.

And in many states, this is completely legal. As long as there's parental consent, girls as young as 13 can marry in New Hampshire. When decent people tried to change this antiquated law, the Republican-controlled House voted to kill the bill and keep the minimum age of marriage at 13. The vast majority of kids who end up in marriages like this are girls. In Florida, there is no minimum age. Same in 24 other states in the nation.

The case of the 11-year-old victim in Florida is horrifying. Her parents made her marry her rapist to protect him and themselves from investigators. That's the entire reason.

This shit happens in the U.S., little girls are being made victims of horrific shit like this all the time here, and no one is talking about it. No one knows. Because people would rather pretend it only happens in "the Middle East" or "Africa" or "Asia." Those areas full of people of color and dominated by religions other than Christianity. But it happens here too, and in plenty of white, Christian families.

So shut the FUCK up.

The entire article is horrific and important. And gives you some more reasons to hate some key politicians. All Republican.

Another Deadly Racist Hate Crime

Just days after a white supremacist murdered two people for daring to defend the Muslim women he was screaming at, another murderous racist ran over multiple members of the Washington state Quinault Tribe in his ridiculous giant-tire pickup truck when they tried to get him to stop doing donuts on their campground. One man was killed and another hospitalized.

The assault was intentional. According to witnesses, the white guy screamed racial slurs and made "war whoops" out of his truck window as he ran them over.

I've seen multiple articles talking about just how white and white supremacist Portland actually is, and that applies to a lot of the more northern parts of the Pacific Northwest, including much of Washington state. As Seattle becomes more and more gentrified so rich white people can carve out ever more profits around the corporate entities taking over the city, areas outside of the city limits are starkly segregated. We have a lot of Native American reservations in the state and they often suffer from violence by the white people surrounding them.

This is going to keep happening. Even if Lord Dampnut is impeached, too much damage has been done already. Too many white supremacists were given a platform to preach their hate and they've converted too many people to their poisonous ideology, The rest of us white people need to be increasingly vigilant.

The men who stood up to the murderer in Portland are fine examples of what needs to be done. And yes, it could get you killed. Maybe consider carrying a self defense weapon about. But also, more people need to step up. It would be easier to intimidate a guy like that with an entire crowd of his fellow white people shouting him down, refusing to tolerate his hate speech.

I'd like to say that the men murdered in Portland were just doing their basic duty as human beings, but if thinking of them as heroes helps make you brave, then go ahead. Just please help stop these hate crimes and murders.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Gif of the Day



I'm the dog on the right.

People Are Starting to Attack the Press

I mean physically. And not just the journalist who got fucking choke slammed by a political candidate who won his election the very next day.

Windows shattered at Herald-Leader building; suspected bullet damage found

This is a local mainstream news outlet in Kentucky. And clearly I have my issues with mainstream news like this. But it's extremely alarming to see a place like this be subject to a clear terrorist attack in a time when the president has been so brazen in condemning and verbally attacking any press that doesn't 100% support him.

Exterior windows were damaged on the first-, second- and third-level banks of windows of the press room on the Midland Avenue side of the building. Three exterior windows were shattered, leaving broken glass on the sidewalk outside. Two windows on the upper level of the press room were damaged, but did not shatter. Those windows show small holes and cracks that appear consistent with small-caliber bullet damage. 
Lexington Police on Monday confirmed that they are investigating the incident as criminal mischief, and that investigators believe the damage is consistent with small-caliber gunfire.

Criminal mischief my bleach-white ass.

I'm scared for all the people working at all the smaller local press outlets out there, just trying to live, many just trying to tell the truth the best they can. And it's horrifying that our president gets up in front of people and says these things, and he doesn't even have to be the one to send troops to harass and intimidate the press. His civilian supporters will do it for him, for free, and Dampnut gets off scot free.

This is the world we live in.

Morning Announcements

Not even a gif yesterday, what gives?

Overwatch. Overwatch gives.





They had a free weekend so I was trying it. Pretty sure I'm going to end up buying it. I mean. I rule at it.

It is also wonderfully diverse. I love playing the Latina woman and having her speak Spanish. I hope it makes xenophobes and racists spit with rage when I waste them.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Gif of the Day



These new yoga poses are getting pretty intense.

Recommended Reading

If you ever needed a comprehensive takedown of far-right and "alt-right" bullshit that shows how they really hate free speech (except for a privileged few, but then you can't really call that free speech) and love fascism, anti-fascist publication It's Going Down has you covered.

And trust me, you need this.

Why the Far-Right Hates Freedom & Loves Bullshit

But moreover, you begin to understand that rational thought, logic, and facts don’t actually matter to the Far-Right. Instead, what the Right learned from liberals is that it can instead invert every criticism of itself back onto its enemies. “Antifa are the real fascists! They hate free speech!,” claims the Alt-Right, as they murder people of color and attack places of worship across the country. “Anarchists are the shock troops of the Communist, Democratic Party, and are funded by George Soros!,” proclaim the militias and right-wing biker groups, as they cozy up with billionaires and career politicians. “Feminism is a cancer! It oppresses men!,” write the Men’s Rights Activists and neo-reactionaries, who, in turn, promote everything from rape to pediofillia.

The piece goes on to explain how neoliberalism helped set us up for the current rise of fascism and neo-nazism and how the far-right has exploited the consequences as well as ongoing white supremacy and general ignorant fear of migrants and poor people of color to support their propaganda and further entrench us in fascist, capitalist hell.

But in recent history it was the passing of NAFTA, which both took communal lands out of the hands of peasants and farmers in Mexico and flooded the country with US products and companies, that forced many workers to look to the US to find work to feed their families. Soon after, the Clinton administration began to militarize the border; this militarization increased through Bush and Obama, while the economy continued to be dependent on immigrant labor. 
It goes without saying, but without immigrant workers, a huge section of the US economy running on lower paid, highly exploitable, and non-union labor would collapse. Furthermore, despite what the Far-Right says, immigrants aren’t basking in the glow of “free government money.” While they pay taxes through their wages and purchases, as non-US citizens, they can’t access various government programs that they pay into. 
At the end of the day, this system is highly profitable. ICE agents scare migrants away from organizing and asking for better conditions through threats of raids and deportations, while those who profit from paying immigrants low wages reap the financial rewards.

There's a lot of fantastic information in here. This is one for the bookmarks list so I can draw on these points and sources for future inevitable arguments, both with actual far-right fascists and the liberals who end up supporting them.

Rich People Live in Their Own World

It never ceases to amaze me just how intensely out of touch rich people are from the rest of us. This is from last year and for all I can remember maybe I wrote about it then but it's going around Tumblr now and it's still funny so.




[Image description: Tweet from Rafael Conzalez from 24 April 2016:

"Something to think about. #priorities"

Posted image reading:

"Nightclub Expenses:
$20 parking
$20 entry
$150 drinks (average)
$15 pre-drink bottle
$10 food

Subtotal:
$225
104 nights (saturdays and sundays)
Total: $23,400

5% down payment on a 500K house:
$25,000"]

This is apparently in response to the never-ending clueless thinkpieces pondering why millennials don't just BUY things like previous generations did. They can't seem to grasp that the median millennial salary is $23,000 per year while both the cost of living and the price of houses and average rent have skyrocketed. Because they're either so rich that they don't even have to think about how much something costs them ever or already own a house that they bought back when it was, you know, feasible for the average person, they keep coming up with reasons that it must be the fault of millennials rather than the fault of late-stage, terminal capitalism.

You may have heard about their latest desperate suggestion for how we can save up money for a house being to stop buying avocado toast.

Avocado toast.

I didn't even know this was a thing. Sounds like some yuppie shit I wouldn't spend money on already.

But as out of touch as previous generations are with the realities of the average millennial life, rich people live in an entirely different galaxy from us. The above tweet demonstrates that perfectly. Because that is not the weekend of any millennial I have ever met. That is the weekend of a rich person.

I have been to exactly one actual nightclub in my life. It was loud, overpriced, crowded, and ridiculous and I'll be glad never to return. I will occasionally go to a bar for a birthday party or to support my musical friends and their bands, for which I might pay a cover of around $10 after finding free parking or bussing into Seattle. I don't usually buy food. And I cannot possibly buy $165 on alcohol and then leave the bar alive. Probably the most I've ever spent on a single night on alcohol is $50, and that gets me trashed because I rarely let myself splurge like that and in fact probably drink any amount of alcohol on average maybe once per month, so my tolerance is low.

I cannot possibly imagine spending that much on alcohol both Saturday and Sunday night, especially because I actually have to work on Monday? Maybe the creator of that list meant Friday and Saturday but then again maybe not, because chances are that person doesn't even actually work.

That list is so out of the realm of reality for millennials. Even the 5% down payment sounds completely wrong. I mean, I've never even looked into buying a house because LOL yeah right, I don't think I'll ever buy a house unless it's tiny or made out of those big metal container things or something, but I feel like a 5% down payment is way low.

I don't know why I have to explain this, but let me see if I can get this through rich people's heads.

POOR PEOPLE ARE POOR. WE DON'T HAVE MONEY TO SPEND ON CLUBBING. WE CAN BARELY SAVE UP MONEY FOR ANYTHING AND EVEN IF WE DO MANAGE TO SAVE UP A LITTLE, SOME BEING-POOR-RELATED EMERGENCY WILL INEVITABLY EAT UP OUR SAVINGS ACCOUNT SO WE'RE BACK TO SQUARE ONE. WE CANNOT BUY A FUCKING HOUSE WITH AVOCADO MONEY AND WE DO NOT SPEND $550 EVERY WEEKEND ON CLUBBING. THANK YOU.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Gif of the Day


Fab.

Cop Arrests Black Woman for Ignoring His Road Rage

Nothing enrages power-hungry white men like women of color ignoring their entitled rages. Not even casually going around their car while it's being driven by a 14-year-old child in a four-lane-or-larger road.

Texas Police Chief Under Investigation for Arresting Black Pageant Winner and Calling Her ‘Black Bitch’

Carmen politely signaled and went around the sporadic driver. She found a parking space, gathered her belongings and prepared to make a quick run into Walmart but she was stopped. The same car found her in the parking lot and began berating her with profanity demanding to know why she maneuvered past the vehicle. The psychopath accosting her was police Chief Crews, who was (illegally) giving his 14 y/o driving lessons. Ever dignified and composed, Carmen ignored the tirade and continued into the store. Not use to being ignored, Crews continued “Whatever you Black Bitch!”
... 
Carmen went into Walmart, purchased her item and began to return to her car. Crews had called for back up. A plain clothes unidentified officer wielding a badge informed her highness that the man she had pissed off was the chief of police and she had better apologize! She declined and continued graciously toward her vehicle. The cop grabbed her and shouted you’re not going anywhere, you’re being detained. Carmen complied and used her cell phone to call the police. When they arrived (of course) they spoke with the other officers and was told Carmen was evading arrest (no idea for what) and she was handcuffed and taken into custody. Miss Black Texas spent the night in jail. Her only crime ... the color of her skin.

What an incredibly stark case of a racist white man abusing his power to put a black woman "in her place." White men are extremely prone to petulant rages when people they consider to be lesser than themselves don't act deferential enough. And the men most prone to this tend to become cops.

How dare Ponder not cower before him? 
How dare she not apologize and show him deference? 
How dare she embarrass him—by doing none of the above—in front of his white daughter, who is already being taught that white men can do whatever they want, that she is above the law and that black women are supposed to do what they’re told?

Thankfully, Crews has actually been put on administrative leave pending an investigation into the harassment, assault, and wrongful arrest of Carmen Ponder. I hate that anyone should have to feel thankful for this, but most of the time cops are only put on administrative leave after shooting/killing a black person. I hope he gets his ass extremely fired.

Especially Gross Reddit Sewer Reveres Misogynistic Murderer

In today's edition of "in case anyone tries to tell you that sexism isn't a problem anymore," We Hunted the Mammoth ventured into the slimiest depths of Reddit to the "incel" forum (short for "involuntarily celibate," which is fancy talk for dudes who can't get laid) to get a series of intensely disturbing screenshots. Of these pathetic little shits actually celebrating the anniversary of the 2014 Isla Vista mass shooting. The one where a racist and misogynistic waste of space decided to "punish" the women he wanted to fuck who wouldn't fuck him for existing by murdering a bunch of them.

Trigger warning for the screenshots of Reddit posts: Homophobic slurs, ableist slurs, gendered slurs, reverence of a serial killer (Ted Bundy), whorephobic slurs, and of course, rampant misogyny and advocacy of misogynistic violence.

Reddit Incels celebrate misogynist mass murderer Elliot Rodger on “Saint Elliot’s Day”

There is an entire section of Reddit dedicated to these horrible people. Who think that women who won't fuck them (and by the definition of their self-imposed labels, that's all women) deserve to die. For being women. Who won't fuck them. And these are the kinds of people who egged on Rodger's misogyny and the real force that drove him to mass murder.

So yeah. Tell me again.

Republicans Are Really Starting to Lose Their Cool

Either that or they're just not pretending at all to be decent human beings anymore?

Republican candidate charged with assault after 'body-slamming' Guardian reporter

The Republican candidate for Montana’s congressional seat has been charged with misdemeanor assault after he is alleged to have slammed a Guardian reporter to the floor on the eve of the state’s special election, breaking his glasses and shouting: “Get the hell out of here.” 
Ben Jacobs, a Guardian political reporter, was asking Greg Gianforte, a tech millionaire endorsed by Donald Trump, about the Republican healthcare plan when the candidate allegedly “body-slammed” the reporter.



Next week we'll hear about Paul Ryan straight up pulling a pile driver on a sweet old lady who asked him to help her cross the street. Because asking for handouts gets you THE PAIN. Only he probably won't even be charged with a crime because he's not just a candidate in a Montana election.

What the fuck kind of world are we living in right now lol?


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Gif of the Day



Spaaaaaaaaaaace.

Fascism Festering in Bellingham

Why do I care about Bellingham, Washington, you ask? Bellingham holds a special place in my heart. It's the place where I attended college and spent the happiest four years of my life, easily. It's where I met my life partner. In my good dreams, Bellingham is the place I move back to. I love Bellingham.

And now it's infested.

Proud Boys recruiting in B'ham, experts and community concerned

If you didn't know, the "Proud Boys" are white supremacists who say they aren't racist with a special affinity for misogyny.

“While [the Proud Boys’ ideology] is more diffused than the very narrowly defined brand of white nationalism that alt-right figures like Richard Spencer promote, it has, in many ways, been successful in tapping into a larger generation of disaffected white males,” he said. 
Burghart said the Proud Boys cater to white males by emulating fraternity culture’s initiation rituals and sense of brotherhood.
... 
The flier read: “The West is the best! We want you to be a Proud Boy. We are western chauvinists who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world. We glorify the entrepreneur. We venerate the housewife. We cherish free speech. We love our guns.”

Wow, it takes a special kind of misogynist these days to declare oneself a chauvinist as though it's a legitimate identity marker and not a pejorative term.

Oh sure, I get it, the technical dictionary definition for "chauvinist" is "a person displaying aggressive or exaggerated patriotism." So not TECHNICALLY relating to gender.

But it's still negative. Definitions that include terms like "aggressive" and "belligerent" do not paint the picture of something that is okay to be. And everybody who hears the term "chauvinist" is automatically going to think of a sexist asshole. And anyone who hears "aggressively patriotic" is going to think of a racist asshole. These are the great qualities that the "Proud Boys" decided to advertise on their recruitment fliers.

Now I have an entirely different reason to move back to Bellingham. All I want to do is walk the streets of Bellingham at night and tear down fliers and replace them with ones that say "Proud Boys Get Punched" and "Chauvinists Fuck Off," etc. And punch anyone I see putting up these fliers.

Bellinghamsters. Please. Do this for me. I can't move up to Bellingham right now. You folks need to get your shit together and kick these fuckers out of my town.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Gif of the Day



"I touch?'

"No."

Sniff sniff sniff

"I touch?"

"No."

"Yes?"

"No."

In Case You Didn't Hear

[TRIGGER WARNING: BOMBINGS, WARFARE, DEATH]

The bombing in Manchester was a terrible thing. I don't know why anyone would decide to target a concert very likely to be attended mostly by young girls. My heart goes out to their families.

But because this attack will dominate the news cycle, I want to dedicate my blog space to three other terrible incidents that happened on the same day around the world.

Philippines soldiers battle Isis-linked gunmen on Marawi city streets

I don't know why Isis is targeting the Philippines but that is pretty terrifying for a lot of people and I hope everyone in Marawi stays as safe as possible.

Five dead in IS attacks on Syrian minority neighbourhoods

As though Syria hasn't been through enough. It's so terrible that so many people were unable to escape the warfare that the U.S. is largely responsible for and still have to deal with things like this.

Bangkok Hospital Bombing Wounds 24 on Anniversary of Thai Coup

It doesn't look like there were any fatalities, thankfully, but it's still awful that someone would bomb a hospital. Authorities say that the bomb was designed to kill, and though the hospital was a military hospital, there were plenty of civilians there for various things such as simply picking up medication.

All of these attacks are terrible. The bombing in Manchester isn't more worthy of attention, but that's the one you'll be hearing about because it was in a white Western European country.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Gif of the Day



Me coming into the office in the morning.

UK Suppressing the Vote of Trans People

Voter suppression isn't just a thing that happens in the U.S. against people of color and the poors! The process to register to vote in the U.K. is preventing trans people from being able to represent their interests, and the deadline to vote in the upcoming general election is today.

Trans people are being blocked from registering to vote in the general election

The man, who preferred not to be identified, told Metro.co.uk: ‘You register to vote online – or at least I tried. When I put in my details and my new name that I changed a year ago, and when it got to the NI number part of the process every time I entered it, it said “this national insurance number has been protected”. 
‘So basically an error kept occurring where I needed to enter a different national insurance number, which I don’t have. When I think about it is funny – because I still get taxed.’ 
He added: ‘It feels like I’m not a person, it just feels like I’m less than everyone else.

This is some bullshit that shouldn't happen at all, but trans people aren't even being informed of a work-around that would allow them to vote.

An Electoral Commission spokesperson told us: ‘It is possible to register to vote without a National Insurance Number and the Electoral Commission provides local authorities with comprehensive guidance that outlines the processes they should follow if an applicant does not supply them with one.’ 
But, when the young trans guy we chatted with approached his council, he claims they were none the wiser. He said: ‘We’ve contacted our councils too, they just didn’t know what to do. I can’t register because I can’t “prove my identity”, even though I have documents. Because I don’t have a Gender Recognition Certificate it’s not enough.’ 
A GRC is a document that provides legal recognition of a person’s gender identity.

There's no reason why this should be a thing. I'm assuming voter fraud is the same level of problem in the U.K. as it is here, which is none. There are a million reasons to change one's name and it's fine for the form to ask but it should be as simple as putting in your previous name and then the government can do the work to verify it instead of making voting more difficult for trans people and other citizens. Get it together, U.K.

What is This?????

So lmao this happened apparently??????




You should have been here when I first saw this. I immediately showed it to my boyfriend, who knows a good deal about the occult, and demanded to know, with increasing intensity, what the FUCK was happening in this photo.

Because, just:




Funny side note, I'm not the first person to make this comparison, because when I just googled "saruman" to find the above photo, when I scrolled a decent amount I totally found the first image with Trump and friends. Anyway.

Yeah, they're at least pledging their allegiance to some kind of impossible evil, if not summoning it. But also just real quick.




Even Abdulaziz al-Saud doesn't think this is a good idea.

White Supremacist Murders Black Man

This is what white supremacy leads to. This is what Nazis do.

Member of online hate group accused of knifing young black soldier to death on campus

The “totally unprovoked” murder of a young black soldier was committed by a white man who was a member of a “despicable” Facebook group, police have said. 
Richard W Collins III, a newly commissioned Army officer, was allegedly stabbed to death by Sean Christopher Urbanski. Investigators are looking into whether it was a hate crime.

In case you were confused by the wishy washy language all over that, yes, the white supremacist did murder the black man, and yes, it was a hate crime.

The attack occurred in the early hours of Saturday when Mr Collins was waiting with friends for an Uber at the College Park campus just north of Washington DC. 
Mr Urbanski allegedly approached the group and said “Step left, step left if you know what’s best for you.” 
Mr Collins then replied “No,” police said, prompting Mr Urbanski to stab him in the chest and flee the scene. Mr Collins died in hospital. The attack was caught on CCTV, police said, and a knife was later found nearby.

So yeah, he's guilty, and he clearly did it because a black man said "no" to him.

This is why Nazis can't be tolerated in any capacity. The core of their ideology is about violence and murder and eugenics. The more they're tolerated the more people they'll attack and kill. And if that's how it's gonna be, yeah, I'd rather these murderous assholes be lined up and shot than let them run free to kill good, innocent people just because they have dark skin or other features they don't like.

Somehow wanting to stop murderers from murdering became a radical position. Now Richard W Collins III is dead.

My heart goes out to his family. I hope they get appropriate justice.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Gif of the Day



Gay bear is gay.

To the Nazis Whining About My Support of Assigned Male Comics

[TRIGGER WARNING: NAZI IMAGERY, BLOOD, GUN VIOLENCE]

Apparently the attack on Sophie and Assigned Male was in retaliation for her telling her followers to report a Nazi Facebook group called something something Kekistan or whatever, and the group was removed for violating Facebook's terms of service. This was explained to me by whiny Nazis whining in the comments of my post declaring solidarity with Sophie. I have an official message for them and all Nazis:

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW poor Nazi babies got their special snowflake safe space to be bigoted shits taken away for breaking the rules! Poor super sensitive Nazis who spend all their day harassing people and being terrible got so """""TRIGGERED"""""" that you attacked a member of one of the most vulnerable populations in human society lmao.







Thursday, May 18, 2017

Gif of the Day



Me trying to keep my life going.

Assigned Male Comics Hacked, Author Doxxed and Threatened

In yet another example of how intensely violent transmisogyny is in our world today, Assigned Male Comics, which is responsible for wonderful, hilarious, touching, and very educational webcomics about the experiences of a trans woman in a transmisogynistic society, was hacked. Author Sophie Labelle's website and Facebook page were hacked and her content was replaced with violent neo-Nazi imagery. She was then doxxed and sent thousands of death threats. She's safe with a friend and in the process of moving, something she never should have had to do because of violent transmisogynists threatening her safety.

You can see her official message here.

It's amazing that neo-Nazis can feel so threatened by a webcomic dedicated to educating people (quite gently) about issues faced by trans, non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming individuals that they have to launch a coordinated and ultimately fruitless attack on the author. But that's what these assholes do, because they're hateful, pathetic people.

The shittier parts of Reddit have already declared that she must have did it to herself while neo-Nazi "alt right" sites are claiming credit for doing it. I know because this is some of the first shit that comes up when you google "assigned male comic hacked." Perhaps because no credible news outlets have yet bothered to pick up this story. Hello? Are you out there? Violent transmisogyny forcing widely beloved artist and author to move to a new location over here. Anybody?

Hopefully at least a couple of those popular liberal sites notice. I might need to start sending out emails.

Anyway, I stand in solidarity with Sophie, and I want to encourage anyone who isn't already regularly reading her content to check her out in the next couple days as she gets everything back up and running. She is a treasure that no pathetic Nazi fuck can take away from us.

I mean, look how cute and awesome this is:




And that's just a tiny taste of the awesomeness. Go Sophie! We love you!

Here Comes Fascism!

[TRIGGER WARNING: TORTURE, DEATH, ANTI-BLACK RACISM, ISLAMOPHOBIA]

Or to be more precise, here comes a(nother) fascist! To the White House!

Trump Nominates Actual Fascist David Clarke for Department of Homeland Security

I know I call a lot of people fascists these days but David Clarke's beliefs about justice and homeland security tend to range anywhere from "what the hell" to "holy fucking goddamn shit."

He oversees a prison that is notoriously brutal. Four people have died of mistreatment and torture in his custody. One newborn baby died while its mother was shackled during childbirth; another prisoner died of dehydration, after the water in his cell was shut off for seven days. In 2013, one of his deputies ran a traffic light and T-boned the car of a civilian driver, who was badly injured. Clarke’s department charged the driver, who was actually sober, with drunk driving in order to cover up its own culpability.

God damn.

In his book, Clarke proposes that the Department of Homeland Security — the department that he has been nominated to serve — assume police-state powers to round up internal enemies. “I suggest that our commander in chief ought to utilize Article I, Section 9 and take all of these individuals that are suspected, these ones on the internet spewing jihadi rhetoric … to scoop them up, charge them with treason and, under habeas corpus, detain them indefinitely at Gitmo,” he writes. Clarke estimates that the number of people to be rounded up in such fashion runs into “hundreds of thousands,” or “maybe a million.”

What the actual fuck?

He has predicted that Black Lives Matter will “join forces with ISIS,” and on multiple occasions described the group as a terror organization. The protesters do not “care about black lives. They care about their own radical ideology of terrorism: anarchy.” Clarke insists Black Lives Matter “needs to be crushed.”

Holy shit dude.

This guy has a really unfortunate case of internalized racism as a black man and will therefore, unfortunately, be used as an excuse for the Dampnut administration to claim to totally not be racist while crushing the black population with police brutality and deep cuts to like every welfare program that benefits black communities. If he gets confirmed, that is. Republicans may be so strongly anti-black that they won't even confirm one that so ardently supports their fascist agenda.

Which isn't good, but, you know.... God damnit, fuck Republicans.

"Stealthing" is Rape

[TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE, RAPE CULTURE, RAPE APOLOGIA]

I shouldn't have to say this, but the practice that rapists and rape apologists call "stealthing" is rape. Taking off a condom and having sex with someone who only agreed to have sex with a condom is rape. Period. Full stop. End of story. And the fact that this is ever called something other than rape and that there is some kind of so-called "movement" of men who are secretly taking off their condoms in the middle of sex with their partners is rape culture.

And if I see one more fucking article by one more fucking so-called "news" outlet calling it "stealthing" rather than calling it was it is, which is rape, I'm going to lose my mind. And if I see one more article by one more fucking so called "news" outlet that gives a platform to a rapist calling himself a "stealther" and only calling it "sexual assault" rather than having the police come in to the interview room and haul him away for being a serial rapist I am going to make the editors wish either they or I was dead.

We already know why rapists rape. You don't need to interview another rapist and give him a platform as though he has some kind of point or his position has any kind of legitimacy rather than being 100% rape, period, full stop, end of story. The real story should be about a journalist who drew out a serial rapist with the promise of an interview and then had the police arrest him after taping the confession and took a plague of humanity off the streets and threw him into prison for life.

Or the story should be about a rape culture-upholding piece of shit "journalist" who was should be ostracized from society for not only giving a platform to a rapist, but letting that rapist go free to rape more people and traumatize more people and devastate more lives.

Way to go, Tom Tilley. You fucking rape-enabling piece of fucking shit.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Gif of the Day



Um.

Haaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahaha


'Red Pill' Founder Finally Resigns From the New Hampshire House of Representatives



New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper announced in a statement Wednesday that Rep. Robert Fisher, a slimy fuck who was recently found in a Daily Beast investigation to have founded the misogynist Reddit forum “The Red Pill,” has resigned. 
“I am not disappearing. I will continue to stand strong for men’s rights and the rights of all,” Fisher had previously announced in a statement to WMUR.

Oh, okay, Mr. Red Pill. You do that.



Chelsea Manning is Free!





There is still some good in this world. Happy Freedom Day, Chelsea Manning.

Texas Trying to Keep Trans Kids From Life

Remember when the trans boy Mack Beggs was barred from competing on the boys' team because he was born with a vagina and then everyone was upset that he beat all the girls? Well, now they're apparently trying to keep trans kids out of sports altogether.

Texas bill could keep transgender students out of high school sports.

Texas is proposing a bill that could keep transgender students out of high school sports. 
The stated focus of the bill, SB 2095, is steroid use. But because gender confirmation often includes the use of steroids, critics say the true purpose of the bill is to discriminate. 
"The real intent of the bill is to keep young transgender athletes from participating in sports," Sylvia Garcia of Houston, a Democrat, told CNN. "We need to make sure they're free to participate just like everybody else."

Steroids are already banned in the state of Texas but allow for exceptions if doctors prescribe them. Which is extremely necessary because steroids treat things like swelling. I was prescribed steroids when I had mono to reduce the swelling of the glands in my neck when they were in danger of cutting off my ability to breathe.

So there would be no other reason to pass a bill like this than fuck over trans people. Everybody talks about how important sports are for kids. So barring them from such an important aspect of childhood is utterly cruel. It's yet another way for these heartless transphobes to try and make sure trans people end up dead. Trans people already have incredibly high rates of suicide. This would only make them worse.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Gif of the Day



Batman is such a downer.

First Guy Ever Convicted of Anti-Trans Hate Crime

[TRIGGER WARNING: TRANSPHOBIA, TRANSMISOGYNY, MURDER, STABBING]

For years and years and years, I don't even know how many years, trans people, particularly trans women of color, have been murdered for being trans. And it took until year 2017 for anyone to be convicted of a hate crime against one of them.

Josh Vallum sentenced to prison for anti-transgender hate crime.

The following is very disturbing:

Vallum admitted, as part of his guilty plea, that on May 28, 2015, he decided to kill Williamson after learning that a friend had discovered Williamson was transgender. Vallum believed he would be in danger if other Latin Kings members found out that he had engaged in a consensual sexual relationship with a transgender woman. 
On May 29, 2015, Vallum found Williamson at her home in Alabama, lured her into his car, and drove her to his father’s home in Lucedale, Mississippi.  Vallum admitted that he then used a stun gun to shock Williamson in the chest, repeatedly stabbed her, and hit her with a hammer until she died.

I don't know if it's more horrible that this guy felt he was in danger because people hate trans women so much that they'll attack people who have relationships with them or that all those men who go into a homophobic and transphobic rage the moment they realize that a women they were attracted to was trans and murdered her right then and there weren't ever convicted of a hate crime.

Transphobia is that intense. If you're cis, please keep that in mind every fucking day.

White Supremacists Stage Creepy March on Virginia Town

This is horribly disturbing.


Several dozen torch-wielding protesters gathered in Charlottesville’s Lee Park just after 9 p.m. Saturday, chanting “You will not replace us,” “Russia is our friend” and “Blood and soil.” 
After about 10 minutes, Charlottesville police arrived at the scene following an altercation between protesters. The crowd quickly dispersed with no further incidents, according to police.

Literally, it was a crowd of white supremacists, many holding actual literal torches. At night. To protest the removal of a Confederate monument. Led by none other than Richard "Fist Magnet" Spencer.


Really? You didn't just show up in KKK robes and hoods? Big mistake in the era of the Internet.

What I'm saying is that every one of these disgusting white supremacists needs a punch in the face. Richard Spencer needs two. More.

The White House is Falling Apart

Yes, Lord Dampnut did spill highly classified information to Russians, and yes, he admitted it over fucking Twitter after his henchmen denied it, and yes, this is yet another thing that makes the email non-scandal absolutely hypocritical and ridiculous.

What I can't stop thinking about is the fact that the White House is in chaos and coming apart at the seams.




Staff hiding. Denying that they denied what they denied.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Gif of the Day


Sleepy sweetie.

What the Fuck

Literally all I can think to say about this article from Politico.

How Trump gets his fake news.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus issued a stern warning at a recent senior staff meeting: Quit trying to secretly slip stuff to President Donald Trump.

What the fuck?

While the information stream to past commanders in chief has been tightly monitored, Trump prefers an open Oval Office with a free flow of ideas and inputs from both official and unofficial channels. And he often does not differentiate between the two. Aides sometimes slip him stories to press their advantage on policy; other times they do so to gain an edge in the seemingly endless Game of Thrones inside the West Wing.

What the fuck???

The consequences can be tremendous, according to a half-dozen White House officials and others with direct interactions with the president. A news story tucked into Trump’s hands at the right moment can torpedo an appointment or redirect the president’s entire agenda. Current and former Trump officials say Trump can react volcanically to negative press clips, especially those with damaging leaks, becoming engrossed in finding out where they originated.

WhAt ThE fUcK?

When Trump bellows about this or that story, his aides often scramble in a game of cat-and-mouse to figure out who alerted the president to the piece in the first place given that he rarely browses the internet on his own. Some in the White House describe getting angry calls from the president and then hustling over to Trump’s personal secretary, Madeleine Westerhout, to ferret who exactly had just paid a visit to the Oval Office and possibly set Trump off.



The entire article is a roller coaster of people trying to manipulate, placate, rile up and/or control the president, who is apparently half toddler half active volcano. It continues to be mind-blowing that this man currently occupies arguably the most powerful position in the world when he doesn't have the ability to discern reality from fantasy. Our president in the year 2017 doesn't have the ability to google shit but instead just reacts to it as though he failed to develop any impulse control. And instead of being like "what the fuck, we gotta get this guy out of here," the White House staff is just scrambling to try and play this human disaster to their advantage.

It's Game of Thrones but with unattractive people and less hope that a badass dragon lady is going to come set the kingdom right again and save us from the white walkers, a.k.a. Putin.



Mail Time!

[TRIGGER WARNING: ABLEISM, ABLEIST SLUR]


It's been a bit since I published some hate mail. This comes from Robin:

Hello, I've read your blog in depth. I particularly enjoyed the part where you deem the word "idiot" to be an offfensive slur (perhaps to those with mental illness)but later on the same page you decide that calling someone worthless or fucked up is totally acceptable. Calling someone worthless who might suffer with depression is far worse than "idiot" which has lost much of its original meaning and hasn't been considered remotely offensive for some time, apart from, of course, upper middle class types like yourself who decide to be offended on the behalf of others. Can you see the hypocrisy here or are you too blinded by your own attempt at intellectualism. Ironic that you claim people could be too uneducated to read your blog, when you miss simple things like this.  
Love and empathy, Robin

Dear Robin,

I don't know why you have to lie and say you've read my blog in depth when you clearly haven't. I've written multiple blog posts on ableism which are tagged "ableism," and your message makes it obvious that all you did was read my commenting policy page and got mad about it for some reason. And you didn't even read that well. Words like "idiot" are about insulting intelligence, not about mental illness.

If you'd read my blog much at all, you'd also know that I have suffered from depression and occasionally still have depressive episodes. Now, if you'd come to me with a genuine concern about calling people worthless and how that might trigger people with depression, but instead you came here to shit on people with learning/intellectual disabilities and later people with visual impairments, so, no. Also what is it with trolls and accusing everyone they don't like of being "upper middle class." Do you not realize that it's a huge giveaway?

Me, sitting in my one-bedroom apartment behind a car dealership on a laptop missing the s key:


Nice try, but you, Robin, are worthless.

Yours Always,

Lindsey

Friday, May 12, 2017

Gif of the Day



Holy shit.

What It's Like to Be a Woman Playing Video Games

[TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL HARASSMENT, RAPE JOKES]

A player of Overwatch who also happens to be a woman recently posted a video of a 16-minute game, most of which is filled with her team of dudes (one dude in particular) saying horrific sexist shit including making rape jokes, which gets much worse the second she speaks up about it. None of the other players defend her. The closest she gets is one guy saying "careful she might be recording this."

I honestly couldn't watch the entire thing but what pissed me off the most is that they were shitty to her from the beginning, telling her how to play her character and being generally rude to a healer (which in my book is an invitation to let a player go the entire rest of the match without healing, don't be rude to healers), and it quickly becomes clear that they assume that the healer is a woman. There's long been a stereotype that women are more likely to take on "passive" roles like healer in these kinds of games, and statistically, we do. Because A) healer characters are very often female while damage-dealing (DPS) and damage-taking (tank) characters are very often male and B) because men refuse to play healers. Because it threatens their very fragile sense of masculinity.

And if you don't have a healer on your team, you're probably fucked. So as usual, we women have to do the jobs men refuse to do and pick up their slack. Honestly I wonder what would happen if we organized a strike among women gamers. Heal yourselves, shitheads. You probably suck at it since you have no practice and are selfish pricks.

Anyway. The video.

So they assume she's a woman, and then one whiny-voiced little shit on there starts whining that there's no team communication. So people start speaking up a little, including this woman. And right after her voice can be heard for the first time, the SAME FUCKING DUDE who JUST TOLD PEOPLE TO START SPEAKING UP has the fucking nerve to shout over her saying "ANYONE ELSE MUTE MERCY?? HAD TO MUTE HER." Mercy is the healing character in question.

Like, literally, she speaks up and he cuts off in the middle of his sentence to encourage people to mute the lone female player on the team.

This is why women are underrepresented in competitive gaming. This is why it's so much harder for us to be good and to compete. Because we have the extra hurdle of knowing that the moment we speak up, we risk harassment. Because there are so many male gamers out there who will hear a feminine voice and instantly start attacking the perceived woman. Makes it a little harder to want to engage in that "team communication." Many women who play video games and who actually bother to even own headsets that allow them to communicate directly with team members on games like Overwatch report often going silent through entire matches because they hear nothing but male voices and know what they risk if they speak.

This is a stark and troubling example of how women are silenced in every part of society. There seem to be so many men who will react as though bit by the asshole bug the moment they hear the voice of a woman speaking. This includes office environments. That is one of the various reasons we hesitate to speak up and why the gender wage gap persists. And the gap between the amount of money male and female professional competitive gamers make is pretty huge.

Because this:


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Gif of the Day



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Islamophobe Spews Hate, Cries When Arrested

You may have heard about the white asshole on a Texas beach who screamed Islamophobic bullshit at a Muslim family just trying to live their lives and have some wholesome fun, saying things like "Donald Trump will stop you." From what? Building sand castles?

As gross as this is, and despite the fact that this happened in Texas, there is good news. He was arrested by police for drunk and disorderly behavior in public (though it doesn't sound like he'll be charged with a hate crime, no surprise there). And also:


Sean Spicer Hiding in the Bushes is the Meme of the Century

Sean Spicer hiding in the fucking bushes to avoid talking to the press after Comey was fired right after asking for more resources for the investigation into Lord Dampnut's collusion with Russia is absolutely the funniest thing that has ever happened in the history of the universe, and it's allowed this to exist:




It's all downhill from here, people. Comedians might as well retire. All of them. This is the peak of human comedy.

And just

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Someday we're going to look back on this and wonder how it was ever real and not a Mel Brooks fever dream.

Cops Fight Bill Banning Them From Raping Sex Workers

[TRIGGER WARNING: WHOREPHOBIA, RAPE, SEXUAL ABUSE, HUMAN TRAFFICKING, POLICE BRUTALITY]

So a group in Alaska is trying to pass a bill banning police from having sexual contact with sex workers and it stalled because Alaskan cops, who initially said they would not stand against the bill, are now fighting it because they say they need to be able to have sexual contact with sex trafficking victims in order to “rescue” them.

It all comes down to touching, he said: Prostitutes have used a technique known as “cop checking” to immediately identify officers and shut down an investigation. 
“(In an undercover investigation) they ask one simple question: ‘Touch my breast.’ OK, I’m out of the car. Done. And the case is over,” said Case, offering a hypothetical example of what he thinks might happen if the law passed. “If we make that act (of touching) a misdemeanor we have absolutely no way of getting involved in that type of arrest.”

Wow so sex workers have figured out a way to protect themselves from being arrested by cops who have proven themselves to be intensely whorephobic and abusive. How dare they. [/sarcasm]

This comes after stories began breaking about cops having sex with full service sex workers before arresting them, even if it had nothing to do with their so-called "investigations." Police have a long and horrific history of taking advantage of, abusing, and outright raping sex workers, promising to not arrest them in exchange for sexual favors and then arresting them anyway. And said sex workers have basically zero protection or any way to seek justice for this appalling and criminal behavior.

The organization in Alaska that’s trying to pass this bill is trying to raise $10,000 so that they can try to get it through again and better protect full service sex workers from cops. If you can spare a few dollars, this is a great cause for an oppressed group of people who are so often overlooked.

CUSP, the Community United for Safety and Protection, has a website explaining their fight to protect sex workers and decriminalize all sex work. The group was made and is run by and for sex workers so you know your money is going directly to the people who actually need help. The page explains why decriminalization is necessary and contains several (very disturbing) accounts of police abuse.

This blog listens to and supports all sex workers and whatever they need. It's important to realize that many sex workers do not want to be "rescued," and many others who would want to do something else cannot survive without sex work due to the horrors of late stage capitalism, so we should be ending that rather than making life more difficult for sex workers in a misguided and whorephobic attempt to "rescue" them. This is what I have learned by listening to sex workers.

Spreading the word on this bill and the ridiculousness of police saying they need to sexually abuse sex workers in order to "rescue" them is also helpful. I didn't know about this particular bill until yesterday and national outrage could pressure these cops to back down and the legislators to pass it.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Gif of the Day



Men get the fuck out the way.

Anti-Depressants Help Me Be My True Self

Did I mention it's Mental Health Awareness Month? It's always something month and often multiple somethings month(s?) but this awareness is near and dear to me, because I am a mentally ill person.

I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder as a teen and more recently with complex PTSD. These anxiety disorders come on a spectrum and I would say that mine are perhaps on the less severe side, but I have a tendency to minimize my symptoms so honestly who knows. I have enough privilege to have been able to collect several years of therapy under my belt, with two of the therapists being very good and teaching me valuable skills to cope with my mental illness.

I've also been blessed with SSRIs. I take the generic version of Lexapro, the trendy new version of Zoloft. And there's something I NEED you to KNOW.

It doesn't make me a zombie. It doesn't change who I am. It doesn't take away my creativity and it doesn't make me less motivated.

In fact, it was the antidote to the zombie virus I had been afflicted with. It reduces the intensity of barriers to creativity and action and everything else. It didn't change my personality, it made me feel more safe to act like the real me instead of hiding myself out of the fear that people wouldn't like me, that they would be annoyed by my odd sense of humor or think me an asshole because I'm not naturally talkative. It made it easier to take creative risks.

And the fear that held me back from doing much of anything now only holds me back a little, but I can overpower that fear much more often. I sleep better and my mind isn't so clouded with anxiety that I can't talk myself down from panic or counter that unreasonable negative voice in my head that tells me that of course the most terrible outcome imaginable is the one that is going to take place.

I'm not saying anything new here. Plenty of mentally ill people before me have explained how medication is a tool, how anti-anxiety meds these days are not just sedatives, how anti-depressants don't numb you and if they do, then the medication just isn't right for you and you should try one of the many other options out there. But I want to add my voice to the chorus.

And yes, it's true that we don't know the long term effects of many of these newer medications. Lexapro may end up having long term negative effects on my memory or have any number of unforeseen effects, and I don't trust the pharmaceutical industry to test things as well as they should, because capitalism. But I'd rather take the risk of being kind of fucked up in my old age so that I can live closer to my full potential now, when I'm still young and can do my best work. And that's my risk to take, anyway. Telling me I should try any number of remedies that, trust me, I've already tried and didn't work because you're pretending to care about future old lady Lindsey is not helpful and not appreciated.

SSRIs have taken the ridiculously and unnecessarily high hurdles placed in my life path by my mental illnesses and lowered them to something I can handle without completely exhausting myself. That's all. And with that extra energy, I can be something closer to who I truly am, and I have more energy to find that person among the unending calamity of my society. I have a shot at figuring out how to be happy.

So thank you, drugs. And to everyone else, just say no to telling people they shouldn't be taking their medication. Mind your own goddamn business.

Kamala Harris Can't With This Shit

One of the most obvious things about me is that I have zero qualms about the use of swear words as long as they aren't oppressive slurs. But I do understand that there are people out there who are not supposed to say "fuck."

Kamala Harris on Republican health care remarks: "What the fuck is that?"




If you were stunned by Republican Rep. Raul Labrador's recent assertion that "Nobody dies because they don't have access to health care," you're not alone. 
Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris was also angered by the claim — and didn't hold back as she took Labrador and the GOP to task during an appearance on the Pod Save America podcast.  
"You might as well say, 'People don't starve because they don't have food,'" Harris said on the podcast, which is run by former members of President Barack Obama's staff. "What the fuck is that? What are you saying? How can you say that?"

I love Senator Kamala Harris.

By the way, if you haven't seen the video of the guy actually saying "nobody dies because they don't have access to health care," you should watch it for the way his constituents react and the "oh shit I fucked up" look on his face.

It's always funny when these evil fucks accidentally blurt out the truth about what they believe.

Here Comes Fascism!

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So we've all heard about Comey getting fired by now. And honestly my feeling around it is still "lol karma hurts, huh Comey?" But at the same time, wow, the president firing the head of the FBI during an investigation into something that could very well be actual fucking treason. It's like we've become one of the dictatorships we set up in the Middle East or South America so that we could have greater control of their resources!

But also, this:

Reporter arrested after repeatedly questioning Health secretary

Dan Heyman, a reporter for Public News Service, said he was arrested at the West Virginia State Capitol after trying to ask Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price a question about the House-passed healthcare bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare as the secretary was entering the building. 
In a press conference held shortly after posting bail, Heyman said he asked Price repeatedly about whether domestic violence is considered a pre-existing condition under the new GOP healthcare bill.

Good question! From what I've seen, the answer is "yes" but yeah, make him answer for it. Or don't, because apparently that's an arrestable offense now.

Of course, police argue that they were justified because Heyman was "aggressively breaching the secret service agents to the point where the agents were forced to remove him a couple of times from the area walking up the hallway in the main building of the Capitol." Sounds like standard journalist behavior to me but okay. And yet:

The officer who filed the report said he and another officer “were able to detain the defendant before he tried aggressively to breach the security of the secret service.” 

Which is it, officers? Why can't you ever keep your story straight? Did you arrest him because he was breaching security or did you arrest him because you thought he was going to?

Heyman has apparently been charged with "willful disruption of governmental processes." I guess that was the process of Tom Price walking into a building where there was supposed to be a press conference that Price didn't even attend?



Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Gif of the Day



This adorable high five and wave is for you.

This is Equal Parts Sad and Hilarious

‘Mail my body to Paul Ryan’: An extremely morbid way to protest the GOP health-care bill

Well, it's an extremely morbid world right now, Washington Post.


Obviously this is hilarious for reasons of revenge, and for the horror imposed upon Paul Ryan and other morbidly soulless Republicans. The sad thing is, would this even affect them? First of all, they're so rich they probably have a special butler just for picking up their mail from the mailbox right outside their golden gates. Second, even if they did see the ashes, would someone without a soul even give a fuck? They don't care that they're killing people so why would they care if they saw a dead person's ashes on their doorstep?

And of course, it's incredibly sad that people are so hopeless about their future that the only thing they can feel solace in is the idea of sending the ashes of their dead bodies to the people who killed them.

This is year 2017. Mail my body to Paul Ryan.

Puerto Rico

It's easy to forget about Puerto Rico, the U.S. "territory" that is still at the mercy of our shitty, racist government but can't vote in our presidential elections. If it could, maybe Lord Dampnut wouldn't be president. But that's not the point.

Our government's shittiness has driven Puerto Rico to an intense financial crisis and bankruptcy. It's so bad that they have to close 184 schools. This has been a long time coming as things have gotten worse and worse for the country over the decades. School attendance has been dropping. The U.S. government is trying to reduce the minimum wage in Puerto Rico. By a lot. Life is getting more and more terrible for the common residents of the territory.

I don't know a whole lot about the history of Puerto Rico. I just know that my country is horrible to this place full of Latinx people. I know that they're suffering because of my government. And I don't want to forget about them anymore, and I want my small number of readers to remember them. Because we forget about them. Our government forced them to be a part of us without the same rights, and it's wrong.

Let's pledge to keep the people of Puerto Rico in our minds as we fight against injustice in this world. Justice for Puerto Rico needs to be part of our social justice movement. They are another and very current result of U.S. colonialism. We need to fight for them.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Gif of the Day




Amazing.

Here Comes Fascism!

Yet another in this very special series of posts. Because hahahahahaha this keeps happening.

Oklahoma Governor Signs Anti-Protest Law Imposing Huge Fines on “Conspirator” Organizations

Under the newly signed trespassing law individuals will face a felony and a minimum $10,000 fine if a court determines they entered property intending to damage, vandalize, deface, “impede or inhibit operations of the facility.” Should the trespasser actually succeed in “tampering” with the infrastructure, they face a $100,000 fine or 10 years of imprisonment. 
Significantly, the statute also implicates any organization “found to be a conspirator” with the trespasser, threatening collaborator groups with a fine “ten times” that imposed on the intruder — as much as $1 million in cases involving damage.

Awesome, so all of these grassroots organizations popping up to resist fascism as well as any established organization currently resisting the rise of fascism in this country can be fined under this vaguely worded new law for having anything to do with a protest that inconveniences a corporation or rich person. Fantastic. What a great way to silence dissent and crush protesters under your boot.

Then there's this shit:

At FDA, TVs now turned to Fox News and can't be switched

CBS News has confirmed an email was sent to researchers at the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research responding to apparent efforts to change the channel on internal television screens. The email from "[White Oak] Digital Display" sent on Wednesday, May 3, was sent to inform the researchers of the "reason for the change from CNN to Fox." White Oak is the name of the FDA's campus. 
The email goes on to inform employees that the decision came from the Trump administration.  
"The reason for the change is that a decision from the current administration administrative officials has requested that all monitors, under our control, on the White Oak Campus, display FOX news," the email reads.

Never before have I identified so much with this reaction image:




Because that's exactly what I did upon reading that.

I don't know if you've ever watched Fox News before, but I can confirm that it's 100% propaganda designed to shift people's thinking to the far right. The fact that this will now be playing at all times on the screens in a department within the FDA is 100% "(laughing nervously) what the fuck?"

I've seen enough dystopian future movies to know that this is fucked and so are we.

Fascism, Eugenics, and Ableism

Probably the most difficult axis of oppression to get average people to take seriously is ableism. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense on the face of it, because obviously disabled, autistic, and mentally/chronically ill people have issues. Employers are allowed to pay disabled people almost nothing. It is legal in the U.S. to pay disabled employees less than a dollar per hour. People in wheelchairs don't have actual physical access to many basic places because companies don't want to build ramps. People openly discriminate against anyone with an intellectual disabilities.

The problem is, deep down, or not that deep down, people think that those affected by ableism deserve it. Companies would lose money on disabled employees. Creating accommodations for a small amount of people is hard and expensive. Mentally ill people, autistic people, and people with intellectual disabilities can't handle responsibilities. Employing them would just slow down the company. God forbid they be allowed in an important job like a doctor or police officer or congressperson. Could you imagine? Society is better off without people like those in important positions.

Or maybe just better off without them at all, right? Should they even be allowed to reproduce if their genes are going to hold back society?

And now you have eugenics.

Eugenics is an essential part of fascism. It's not just about white supremacy, where they think that the white race will be stronger if they don't mix genes with other races (the opposite is true but whatever). They think that they'll be stronger if they eliminate all the genes that cause illness and disability. Disabled people were among those brought to the Nazi concentrations camps. Imprisoning and sterilizing disabled, autistic, and mentally/chronically ill people is a common feature of fascist regimes. Also, the U.S. government participated in it in the 1910s-1920s. It involved a lot of involuntary sterilization. Tens of thousands of women. And again from the 1940s all the way to the 1970s on Puerto Rican woman.

Involuntary sterilization is probably no longer acceptable, and it's unlikely that you could again get away with tricking women into this with all the easy access to information we have now. So how to you keep sick people from reproducing?

Enter Trumpcare.

For many years, pre-existing conditions kept the sickest among us from gaining access to healthcare unless they had a good amount of money. And that amount of money got better as the years went on and healthcare became ever more ridiculously expensive in this country. Obamacare, as flawed as it was, at least got rid of this massive, disgusting injustice that killed people on a regular basis. Like, all the time.

And now they're not only trying to bring it back, they're trying to add all kinds of things to the list of pre-existing conditions, including things that fucking everyone has, like acne and anxiety. Oh and more and more people are getting asthma because of, surprise surprise, air pollution! And with the even sharper spikes in common, life-saving drugs like epi pens and insulin lately, this is going to kill so many more people than it ever killed before. The only people who will be safe are the rich and the healthy. Which basically means the lucky. People lucky enough to be born rich, people lucky enough to be born healthy and not get sick or injured later, or both.




The rest of us can die. Those of us who are not born into rich families can die if we are or get sick. And only the healthy will survive to pass on our genes. Great.

So at the same time I'm blown away by the fact that people don't take ableism seriously, but I can also get it. If it's been so easy to justify eugenics for all these years, honestly, how the fuck are we going to even get to a place where people will stop using ableist slurs that have been ingrained into their vocabulary for their entire lives?

But honestly. If you could at least realize what's happening here. That they're trying to start up eugenics again hardcore. And for the love of god, please, make it stop before my friends start dying?