Thursday, November 30, 2017

Gif of the Day


Same.

Major Media Outlet Trying to Make Feminists Look Terrible

[TRIGGER WARNING: MENTION OF SEXUAL ABUSE, ASSAULT, & HARASSMENT, RAPE CULTURE]

Apparently, some major national publication contacted Ijeoma Oluo to try and get her to say that she doesn't believe in due process. I'm kind of floored, like this is some Men's Rights Activist, alt-right bullshit where they find a woman willing to say exactly what they want for some money and pay her to say things that make women/feminists look bad.




They want a woman to write that she doesn't believe in due process.

Seriously it's like that white supremacist dude hiring a woman to lie about being sexually abused by Roy Moore. I mean, it's not that extreme, but seriously what the fuck, major nation publication?? They must know how bad it would make a person look to say "I don't believe in due process." You might as well say "I hate justice." I really hope they can't find a woman desperate enough for money to manipulate into saying that shit, because it would damage the entire feminist cause of supporting women and fighting rape culture.

You should look up Ijeoma's entire thread because she explains the real thought behind the "believe women" movement. It's a massive misconception that feminists don't want due process for men accused of sexual harassment/assault. The reality is that the entire world isn't a court of law, and believing and supporting women who come forward isn't a violation of legal due process. Treating everything with the coldness of a legal proceeding is incredibly harmful for victims of any and every crime, but there's only one kind of crime where the victims are widely disbelieved and treated like criminals themselves.

And like Ijeoma points out, if you're going to accuse someone of lying, they deserve due process just as much as those accused of any other crime. Since making a false report to police is in itself a crime. So.

I don't blame Ijeoma if she doesn't want to name the media outlet that fielded her this bullshit. But whoever they are, they should be fucking ashamed of themselves. And if the name of that company does come out, I am going to have some words for them. To under-exaggerate to the millionth degree.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Gif of the Day


I haven't seen any of the movies with this guy in it but I'm pretty sure this gif is better than all of them combined.

GOP So Transphobic They Circle Around to Supporting Non-Binary People

So you know how Danica Roem beat the proudly transphobic and homophobic incumbent to become the first trans congresswoman in Virginia's history? That was fucking awesome. But the Virginian GOP is so fucking transphobic that they're lashing out at Roem in particular by mandating that "gentleman" and "gentlewoman" be replaced by "delegate" when discussing shit on the congressional floor just so that they don't have to call her a woman.

To be clear, even though they played themselves by embracing a gender neutral honorific, this is not something to be celebrated by us cis folks. This was a massive transmisogynistic "fuck you" to Congresswoman Roem, an amazing woman who worked incredibly hard to overcome massive barriers and won her position fair and square. Republicans hate trans women that much.
Roem, of course, is being awesome about it.

Delegate-elect Roem said: “What matters the most is that I’m there. 
“What matters the most to the people of the 13th District is that the woman they elected to serve them will be working on their behalf. 
“I will be the delegate from Prince William, and I will conduct myself as the gentlewoman from Prince William while I’m in Richmond and in any other official capacity in which I serve.”

Basically, in your face, Republicans. You can deal with it or you can fuck off. Please do the latter, you're horrible people who should not be leaders of anything. 

White Supremacist Arrested After Woman Jacks His Racist Speech Notes

Okay this is one of the best things I've seen in a long time.

In a video circulating online, some douchfuck giving a speech actually titled "It's Okay to Be White" at the University of Connecticut got into an argument with some guy at his douchey podium, and while they're going at it, a young woman can be seen taking a piece of paper from the podium and trying to covertly walk away.

Unfortunately (or not), Douchfuck McNazi notices and pursues her, then grabs her backpack and starts scuffling with her in what probably looked to the cops like a completely unwarranted attack. Not that it was warranted, because if you want to be seen as a non-violent fascist (even though that's not a thing), you can't respond to a bit of petty theft with assault.

Because that'll get your ass arrested.


LOL.

Side note: Lucian is one of the douchiest names I've ever heard.

Anyway this young woman is my hero:


You got a white supremacist arrested! I'm several years out of college and I haven't accomplished anything close to that awesome. I'd like to buy her a drink. If she's not under age.

Here's the video of the fascist nerd getting arrested:


Not all cops will protect you, fascists.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Gif of the Day



Precious fluff butt wiggles ahhhhhhhhh

If You're Looking for False Accusations...

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

Hi I'm here to shove this in the face of all the dudes constantly fretting about false rape accusations even though they constitute at most 4-8% of all accusations and likely much less. Like a fraction of a percent.

How much of that fraction of a percent is made up of right-wing assholes hiring women to make false accusations for the purpose of attacking their enemies?

A woman approached The Post with dramatic — and false — tale about Roy Moore. She appears to be part of undercover sting operation.

One side note, I am uncomfortable with some of the language the Washington Post has used here. There is no excuse these days for being unaware that there are often inconsistencies in and confusing bits in the reports of rape and sexual assault victims because the intensity of the trauma basically scrambles the brain. The brain puts all of its power into attempting to keep you alive, and the extreme stress interferes with memory formation. It's not that inconsistencies shouldn't merit a follow-up, but inconsistencies in a survivor's story is not an indication that they're lying. It would actually be unusual if they appeared to remember everything perfectly.

What is a giant red flag is that this woman is clearly affiliated with this right-wing "sting" group that pulls shit like that ridiculous video that attempted to smear Planned Parenthood.

The Post did not publish an article based on her unsubstantiated account. When Post reporters confronted her with inconsistencies in her story and an Internet posting that raised doubts about her motivations, she insisted that she was not working with any organization that targets journalists. 
But on Monday morning, Post reporters saw her walking into the New York offices of Project Veritas, an organization that targets the mainstream news media and left-leaning groups. The organization sets up undercover “stings” that involve using false cover stories and covert video recordings meant to expose what the group says is media bias.

I also feel like it's a little gross to be following around a possible rape survivor, WaPo. But there's no doubting that hiring a woman to make a false accusation to undermine media coverage and investigations into a repeated child rapist running for office is about a billion times grosser.

Anyway I expect false accusation hysterics to be turned onto this James O'Keefe guy, but of course it won't lol because these right-wing, often white supremacist, rapist-defending assholes are hypocrite pieces of shit who are probably rapists themselves.

This is Important and Relevant Again

I mean it's never not relevant in a rape culture lol but you know.

I wrote a long piece years ago on this blog called "Men Don't Understand Rape," and I still feel this way. I think it's important that people in general realize that men and women seem to have a very, very different view on rape and how horrible it would be to become a victim of such an awful thing. I still find the idea of rape to be viscerally horrifying beyond description in human language. But men, and teen boys, appear to often not feel the same way at all.

Gonna but a HUGE TRIGGER WARNING here for both the content of the post and the comments on the original. Then I'm just gonna repost the entire thing because it's all important and I can.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Gif of the Day


Me last night.

Afternoon Announcements

Okay, story time. Last night I took some random irregular produce I got from this Imperfect Produce service (which is kinda cool, discount fruit and veggies just because they're small or look weird) and leftover turkey and some kinda old chicken and vegetable stock and made turkey soup for the first time ever! And it turned out okay/edible! I was feeling pretty good about myself and eating a bowl while trying to get some work done and I slipped or something and spilled a bunch on my laptop! So now the keyboard is completely fucked.

Meaning this morning I had to go out to Office Max and get a cheap plug-in keyboard that I have put on top of my laptop keyboard, which is kinda weird but workable.

The point is I am kind of irritated and in no mood to deal with politics! Plus that work I was trying to get done last night needs to be done today. Plus I want to apply to some remote writing jobs because content mills can eat my entire ass. So tomorrow, content, maybe, I have to go into the De-Escalate office to intern. Have a better day than I had yesterday!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Gif of the Day


I love this because the tiger not only lets them pull the tooth but immediately gently test-bites the tiger dentist and like the trust here is phenomenal.

Morning Announcements

Hey Thanksgiving is a garbage holiday but I do have a lot to do this week so it's a good time to take some time off from blogging. Be back next Monday! Practice plenty of self care if you have to see shitty family members tomorrow or are reminded of a horrific genocide of your people!


That's to Thanksgiving and imperialist invaders. Not to. You know. Or that's representation of white imperialists/the entirety of non-native America to the Indigenous population.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Gif of the Day


I'm going to hell just for posting this.

Yes, Lena Dunham is Terrible

[TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE OF A MINOR]

Everybody already saying this but I feel I need to add my voice to the call as a white feminist. The fact that Lena Dunham calls herself a feminist and then calls a black woman a liar when she speaks out about being raped by Lena's friend at the age of 17 is the epitome of White Feminism (TM). #MeToo isn't just for white women. Solidarity shouldn't just be for white women. Black women and other women of color face racial stereotypes and general hateful racism as additional barriers when coming forward to report being victimized, and Lena Dunham leaned the fuck into that, hard. Then in her retraction, she didn't apologize, she didn't say she believes Aurora Perrineau, and in fact didn't retract anything. Lena instead claimed to be "naive" and said it was the "wrong time"...... to issue a statement calling Perrineau a liar and standing by her rapist friend.

There is no evidence out there to suggest that Perrineau's accusation is false. And I do not believe for a second that someone who has claimed to be a feminist for so many years and has made a career off of that feminism was "naive" just a couple days ago on a situation that is so common and so fucking basic in terms of feminism. You don't automatically side with someone accused of rape and call the victim a liar, even if that guy is your friend. And you being white while the victim is black makes that so much worse. Even baby feminists know that.

Anyway, read what some women of color have to say about Lena Dunham that we all should have been listening to years ago:


Lena Dunham's response to rape allegations against a "Girls" writer is a perfect example of white feminism

Lena Dunham Is Trash, Issues Apology for Defending Friend Against Rape Accusations

Exactly What I Was Hoping Would Happen

This is literally exactly what I'd hoped Ms. Fonesca would do after basically being arrested for saying "fuck Trump."

Sheriff arrests woman for anti-Trump decal on truck, she adds the sheriff to the decal


Fonesca also seems to think that the warrant for her arrest on some accusation of fraud is bullshit, and I'm inclined to agree. So she and her state representative are getting together for a press conference to speak out against this clear First Amendment violation.

Everything about this is fantastic.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Gif of the Day


Burrito mode, activate!

The Next Horrific Step of Our Capitalist Hell

I'm crying.

An 'Uber for buses' startup is launching an ICO to end tipping altogether — and it’s already raised $6 million

That headline can't even contain the amount of awful to be found in this one idea.

The "Kudos Project" will run on the Ethereum blockchain, allowing customers to rate any transaction they make, Skedaddle co-founder and CEO Adam Nestler told Business Insider. 
Those ratings, for anyone from your Uber driver to restaurant server to grocery supermarket cashier, are then instantly published to a decentralized database that allows anyone using the system to see the ratings that then follow an employee from one job to another throughout the full gig economy. 
They also function as a "reward" for the worker in lieu of a tip. Unfortunately, those rewards will only work within the Kudos system. So to completely replace tips, the project will have to reach meaningful scale, something Nestler is convinced is a very real possibility.





So instead of people tipping underpaid service workers who absolutely rely on tips to survive, entitled rich assholes are going to be given an out with the option of "tipping" them a "kudos."

This is a fucking hostage system. Customers already have an unreasonable amount of power over service workers. Now they have to worry about some dick giving them a bad review that will follow them the rest of their life?

Knowing what I do about the systems of professional trolls that exist in this world, this is an easy and permanent way to ruin a poor person's life. I can already see the white supremacists giving every person of color they encounter a bad review. I can already read the stories about men threatening female employees with bad reviews if they don't date them.

And this has already raised $6 million? Mostly funded by the backers of this "Skedaddle," which is a clear attempt to privatize the public bus system we already have, leaving poor individuals who take the bus utterly fucked?

I'm at the point right now where I'm ready for capitalism to go ahead and implode, even if it kills me. Or especially.

Request for Donations

Hey soooo doing this internship for the De-Escalate campaign is cool and I feel like I'm doing good work, but I only get a small stipend each month that doesn't even quite cover rent. I'm doing some writing on the side to try and make up the rest but it's gonna be a stretch. A lot of that money will have to come from a content mill, meaning I get paid a low fee per piece of content I produce, so I have to work intensely non-stop without breaks for things like blogging if I want to make a semi-decent wage.

The more I make from other sources, the less I have to subject myself to this product of a late-capitalist drunk shit. So if you were ever thinking of donating to my blog, now is a good time.

The best way to donate to me is through Paypal, and here is my Paypal.me link.

Otherwise you could donate through my Patreon which I still have for some reason.

Please only donate if you're not struggling yourself. I have options if I'm not able to make enough. I'll be perfectly fine, I just want to be able to spend more time writing cool stuff for awesome folks.

Have a bonus gif:


Wow that is precious.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Gif of the Day


Now that takes some real skill.

Hey Free Speech Warriors, Where Are You?

Houston police have threatened and are persecuting a woman because she has a truck decal that says "Fuck Trump and fuck you for voting for him."

Driver with the ‘F*CK TRUMP’ sticker on her truck has been arrested for an outstanding warrant

Yesterday, Fonseca’s sticker went viral after Fort Bend County’s Republican Sheriff made a since-deleted Facebook post calling for disorderly conduct charges against the driver of the truck.


And yes, the ACLU did jump on this, telling Fonseca to give them a call. Meanwhile, the cops did arrest her on some old fraud charges or something, but this is clearly about the fucking Trump  sticker. Was it even legal for the cops to publicly threaten her like that?

But anyway, as usual, I'm waiting for the free speech warriors who are always so very very concerned about the ability of dudes to harass women on college campuses and be racist without being told off. Here we have actual governmental law enforcement harassing a woman for expressing political  speech, so I expect a full campaign against the Houston police. I'll just hold my fucking breath until I die because lol you get it.

Over 33,000 Refugees Have Died Trying to Reach Europe

A German newspaper just released a report detailing the names of 33,293 refugees who have died on the journey from the homes they had to flee to the safety of a European country since 1993. That is a huge number of people in less than 25 years.

Most of these people were made refugees because of wars started by the U.S. and European allies to gain more wealth and power. You can add these people to the civilian death count. But they also died because of anti-refugee laws.

The newspaper said it wanted to document "the asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants who died since 1993 as a consequence of the restrictive policies of Europe on the continent's outer borders or inside Europe".  
The majority of the people on the newspaper's list drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. 
Last year was the deadliest for migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean, with at least 5,079 dying or going missing during their journey, according to the UN International Organisation for Migration (IOM). 
According to the body, a crackdown on the Western Balkan path and the EU-Turkey deal has forced refugees and migrants to choose more dangerous routes to Europe.

Remember that fucking white supremacist boat that literally went out and tried to disrupt rescue operations out in the Mediterranean to save refugees from drowning? I fucking hate them even more now. Not to mention all the continuing white supremacist efforts to keep refugees out of "their" counties. They're literally killing people. They are responsible for these 33,000+ deaths. White supremacy is murder.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Gif of the Day

God damn working for a campaign is just constant go-go-go. Not time to stop and post a gif.


This should make up for it.

Al Franken's Apology Isn't Enough

[TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL ASSAULT, TOXIC MASCULINITY]

So I just saw the news on Facebook about Al Franken's assault of a woman and his apology and request for a formal investigation into his actions. And the response I'm seeing from liberals is largely "look how much better this is than Roy Moore's response to the many accusations of preying on underage girls."

Yes, it is better. Obviously. Trying to be better than U.S. Republicans on pretty much anything is the world's lowest bar.

And when I first read Al Franken's statement, I was pleasantly surprised. I was happy with it. But then I read the whole story from his victim, and I realized that an apology and an investigation isn't nearly enough.

Her story was pretty triggering for me, because it's not your standard story of some drunk entitled rich white man grabbing a woman because male entitlement. He tried to manipulate this woman into kissing him by saying that they needed to rehearse it for a sketch. At first she was like "lol what no we don't" but he kept insisting and wouldn't let up so she eventually said ok to get him off her fucking back.

This is such a common tactic of men. This is the dude who keeps badgering a woman for sex, counting on the fact that women are raised not to say no. Saying "no" is literally stressful and difficult for us every single time, and I think on some level up to and including the 100% conscious level, men understand that. That's why so much of the awful men's "dating" (read: predator behavior) advice is "don't take no for an answer."

But it gets worse. After he first assaulted Leeann Tweeden, she shoved him off of her and told him off, later refusing to kiss him on the mouth in the sketch and generally giving him the cold shoulder, because he fucking sexually assaulted her. Later on this tour they were on, Al Franken assaulted her again, an action which was so clearly done to punish her for rejecting him and standing up for herself.

He touched her breasts while she was asleep and then had someone photograph it while he looks back at the camera, smiling. This was an act of deliberate humiliation. It's a perfect illustration of the fact that sexual assault is so often not about sex or sexual arousal at all. It's about men lording their power over women. Clearly he didn't think he was going to get into her pants, because she obviously hated him after the first assault. Nobody can attempt to brush this off as a moment of passion where he "lost control," which is bullshit 95% of the time anyway and also why can't men control themselves. He set up a pose in which he was assaulting a woman and had someone else photograph it, leaving actual photographic evidence of him committing sexual assault because he knew he would be immune from any consequences. Until now, when suddenly consequences are happening for some reason.

So no, an apology isn't enough. An apology to her isn't enough, and an apology to women as a whole isn't enough. Saying he's ashamed isn't enough and an investigation isn't enough.

Should he step down? He could, but it isn't enough.

To me, what would be enough is Al Franken spending a good amount of time, at least a few weeks, probably months, contemplating why he did what he did and considering the toxic masculinity that led him to commit sexual assault twice, once as a deliberate attempt to humiliate and punish the woman he had already assaulted. I then want a 20-page essay minimum on the subject that shows he truly understands his actions and the harm he caused. Then he needs to commit the rest of his life to fighting toxic masculinity, talking to his fellow white men about the entitlement problems that make them think they're allowed to assault women and the toxic male rage that occurs when they're told they can't. That would be enough.

That probably means he would need to resign from his current post. Because nothing less would be acceptable. And he should also ensure that a liberal woman is set up to replace him.

If he's really ashamed of his actions and want to make up for it, this is what he needs to do. Anything less will tell me that he's yet another sexual predator who is not actually ashamed of committing  sexual assault because he is a sexual predator.

Stand by for more women to come forward with their stories of Al Franken assaulting them.

Justice for Charleena Lyles is Impossible

[TRIGGER WARNING: POLICE BRUTALITY, MURDER, VICTIM BLAMING]

This is exactly why I'm working on the De-Escalate campaign. Because police in Washington State have functional immunity. The "malicious intent" standard is combined with the "good faith"  standard here, meaning you have to prove both that an officer went against their training and consciously decided to murder someone out of pure malice. How the fuck do you prove that? You don't. Because you can't.

I-940 would also mandate independent investigations into incidents of force, because right now, the police just investigate themselves, and this happens:


YOU DON'T SAY.

The Seattle Police Department’s Force Review Board has found the fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles by two officers in June to be reasonable, proportional and within policy, according to sources familiar with the decision. 
The board’s unanimous vote occurred during a meeting Tuesday that began at 9 a.m. and lasted until about 5 p.m., said one source with direct knowledge of the proceeding.

The story the officer tells in the article, which I don't trust, still doesn't make sense.

McNew said he considered running out of the apartment, but he couldn’t because Lyles was visibly agitated, holding two knives, with her children at her feet.

?? What, are you suggesting you thought she was gonna stab her own children? I think it's clear that her problem was with cops, you asshole.

But it doesn't matter. Because police are trained to shoot anyone attacking them with a knife, no matter if she's a 90-pound tiny woman, no matter if there are "children at her feet" who could have been shot as well.

Honestly, even if I-940 had already passed, I think it's very unlikely that Charleena could have been saved or received justice. But it's a first step. Next step, stop training cops to bring a gun to a knife fight.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Gif of the Day


Excuse me I'm in love.

De-Escalate Washington



This is the campaign I’m working on. We’re trying to get an initiative on the ballot to reduce police brutality.

If you know me at all, you’d know I’d prefer there to be no police at all. But short term solutions are needed to stop deaths now. This is the most reasonable first step to address the police brutality problem in Washington State.

We have the worst laws in the country when in comes to justice for victims of police brutality. The “malicious intent” standard currently on the books makes it so you have to prove that the cop decided to kill a “suspect” or whoever else basically out of the evil of their heart. It’s impossible. I-940 would replace this with the much more common “good faith” standard where you only have to prove that the officer went against their training. Still difficult, but not impossible.

It also mandates state-wide training for all officers in de-escalation, with a focus on mental illness. Finally, cops trained to understand that some one who is not complying might be having an issue, not just being “disrespectful” or whatever. And it requires police to provide first aid on the scene if a person needs it and they are physically able to do so without putting themselves in danger. So cops can’t just stand by and let a “suspect” they shot bleed out on the pavement because they didn’t feel like saving that person’s life.

Reasonable, yeah? If you’re in Washington State, please look out for people with clipboards collecting signatures. We have until December 29 to get a crap load of signatures just to let people vote on this, because our legislators won’t pass anything like this themselves. You can also go to our website and request signature sheets be mailed to you so you can sign, and hopefully get others to sign. Each sheet has space for 20 signatures.

If you can’t sign or do not live in Washington, please still spread the word. Awareness is not where it needs to be right now. Donations are also always appreciated. Thanks for everything, besties.

Puerto Rico Still Fucked But We're Pulling Support Anyway

Remember Puerto Rico? Yeah, half of the people there still don't have power and 1 in 10 are still without running water. And we're leaving them like that.

US general leads troops out of Puerto Rico

Not just troops, though.

Troops are being pulled out, too, along with helicopters that have flown supplies and equipment to communities cut off by landslides and broken roads.

If it were just troops I might be like "okay fuck you, you always make things worse anyway" but the fucking helicopters? So the people still cut off can really just fucking die then, huh?

Puerto Rico is still highly fucked and I'm not even slightly convinced that now is the "right time to transition."

CNN research this month found entire communities still without electricity, and there are ongoing contract and technical problems with power restoration -- last week just one incident on a transmission line wiped out power in San Juan and elsewhere for several hours. There's not even a reliable number for how many people were killed in Hurricane Maria and its aftermath, and the island's director of emergency management resigned on Friday.

Things are so bad that people are being airlifted out to the mainland. How are you gonna say that helicopters aren't needed anymore?

This is just another "fuck you" from the federal government that never gave a shit about Puerto Rico outside of how it could exploit it. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Gif of the Day


10/10

Fuck Your Heroes

[TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL PREDATOR BEHAVIOR AND APOLOGIA]

As I've expressed on Twitter, trying to write about all of these sexual assault/harassment/abuse/rape accusations against powerful men has been exhausting even to think about. I spent years writing about how sexual predators are everywhere and begging people to take allegations seriously and  screaming about how none of these men ever face any consequences. Now they finally are, and I don't even feel good about it? I just feel tired. And honestly, there's some bitter anger under there.

I don't know why the correct results are finally happening. Why women and other victims are  suddenly being believed. But I'm pissed that it didn't happen sooner and I still ache for all the past victims who never got justice, or didn't get it when they really needed it. If it was this easy, why didn't you believe them years ago? Media companies, if it was this easy, why didn't you punish sexual predators that you've ALWAYS known were predators way back before they could victimize so many others?


I mean. I'm glad. Or I'm trying to be. But also kind of highly suspicious. Like I'm waiting for popular opinion to turn the other way and media companies to go back with it. That's the shit thing about capitalism. Justice is a market thing. Media companies are only cancelling shows and firing people because they think that's the profitable thing to do. I don't believe for a second that they finally found their conscience.

I also feel betrayed every time some dude I know bemoans the falling of his "heroes" or some shit. Like man let's focus on the real victims here. They're the women and men who have been assaulted, not your "heroes," and not YOU for having to realize that the dudes you never met turned out to be predators. Just wait until you realize how many of your friends and family members are predators, too.

Do We Really Have a Nazi Problem?

If you're still in doubt that the world is seeing a resurgence in nazism, nationalism, fascism, or what have you, please bring your attention to these headlines:

60,000 people march in massive Nazi rally in Poland

Right-wing racists flew in from Slovakia, Hungary, and Spain to join tens of thousands of Poles at a white supremacist rally in Warsaw on Saturday where marchers bore signs with messages like “Europe Will Be White” and “Clean Blood.” 
Reporters on hand said the crowd numbered roughly 60,000, citing police estimates. A polish neo-Nazi group called The Radical Camp, borrowing its name from a 1930s fascist movement in the country, organized the march.

And

20,000 Nazis March in Kiev. The Western Media Somehow Fails to Notice.

On Saturday night, up to 20,000 far-right radicals honored the 75th anniversary of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) – a paramilitary group led by Stepan Bandera, which actively collaborated with Hitler’s Germany. They brandished lit torches, smoke pellets, and flares as they chanted fascist slogans. And some participants openly gave Nazi salutes during the rally.

That second one is from a few weeks ago, and let me tell you, it fucked me up when I read it. 20,000 nazis? 20,000? But fuck that, now we've got 60,000 in Poland! Hahahaha fuck!!!

If you think this isn't a problem because it's not in the U.S. or Canada or the U.K. or wherever you live that you think is special and immune to fascism, consider that A) technology has made the world much smaller than it used to be and ideas are spread easily across borders, and B) clearly being a nazi is no longer an unspeakable taboo anymore. If it's become okay in these countries, it's only a matter of time before it comes to yours.

P.S. It already has, did you forget about Charlottesville already? They're here and committing atrocities already, time to fight before you become one of those people who did nothing to stop it.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Gif of the Day


Brite color.

Has hole.

Wher nectar???

OH THANK GOD

[TRIGGER WARNING: PEDOPHILIA, CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, SEXUAL ASSAULT]

Oh my fucking god what a relief I can't believe this almost happened.

Louis C.K.’s ‘I Love You, Daddy’ Premiere Canceled, Colbert Spot Scrapped

The premiere of Louis C.K.’s new film I Love You, Daddy set for tonight in New York has been scrapped at the last minute, Deadline has confirmed. It comes as the comedian’s planned appearance on tonight’s Late Show With Stephen Colbert tonight was also nixed. However, Orchard is still planning a Nov. 17 release for the film.

"Last minute" why were you ever thinking about showing this film oh my fucking god. Then again Louis C.K. why did you even make this and why is anyone still releasing it are you kidding me.

I really shouldn't be surprised. The world is full to the brim of middle aged, ugly white men making self-indulgent "art" about how they want to bone young women/girls.

I can't remember if I blogged about this before or if it was one of those things that was just too horrifying to hold in my brain for more than a few seconds. Louis C.K., who has been accused by multiple female comedians of sexually predatory behavior up to an including assault, decided to make one of his boring "dark comedies," this time about pedophilia, which is not fucking funny.

CK plays Glen Topher and Moretz his daughter, who is seduced by a much older, notoriously creepy director and possible pedophile (Malkovich).

This was badly timed when it was announced and the timing has only gotten continually worse with the (wonderful) anti-sexual predator climate of the industry and media in general right now and the continuing flow of accusations against powerful white men, plus old accusations finally coming to mainstream attention. Yet Louis C.K., being the kind of powerful white man he is, has not stopped, and is insisting on giving the world something it extremely does not need right now or ever.

But at least some of the industry has come to its senses, albeit at the last minute.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Gif of the Day


I fucking love her trying to keep a straight face because she knows exactly what is about to happen.

Dear Men, You Are Not Entitled to My Time

In yet another demonstration of men thinking they're entitled to my time, attention, and energy, a man calling himself "liberal" sent me an entire essay on how wrong I am about South Park contributing to the rise of the "alt-right." As is typical for me these days, I refused to read it. Because I am 99% sure I already know what's in it, that being the same goddamn arguments used by other South Park fans over and over and over any time the show is criticized in any way. Maybe with a bonus "do you think [unrelated thing] led to Hitler then," which I've already heard multiple times.

One thing I need need need liberal men to realize in addition to the fact that you are NOT entitled to any aspect of me is that the thoughts that appear in your head are not original. A million other dudes have already thought the same thing and voiced said thought to some unfortunate woman.

You.

Are.

Not.

Special.

I took a screenshot of the essay, which could not fit entirely on my screen, but it was only a little longer than what is in the image.


If blowing the image up to its full size allows you to read all that, I still don't recommend doing so. I just want you to see how many fucking words he sent me.

Look. I've had to learn that my time and energy are valuable and I don't need to use them up on every fucker who demands it of me. I've also learned that I have a powerful tendency to engage in fruitless arguments with people online as trauma reenactment, which inevitably eats up several hours of my time and a ton of energy only to leave me angry and feeling as though humanity is irredeemable. It's not a good feeling.

So I've learned to exercise my ability to say "no." Of course, men don't respond well to that, do they?


That is hilarious because I did not stand over him with a gun forcing him to read my article. I never did that. Yet because he voluntarily read my article, he thinks he is now entitled to my time and attention on his unpublished screed.

He followed up on that gem by trying to convince me of how very special he is.

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"You could learn a lot from my email" lmao oh Alex, my dude, you have no idea how boring you are. You are one of so many millions of identical "liberal" dudes who are into justice as long as it doesn't inconvenience you or make you feel bad in any way. As long as it doesn't make you think critically about your favorite cartoons. As long as it's not "in your face." It needs to be far away, tucked out of view where it can't bother you. Or be effective.

And again, nobody forced him to read this. The Establishment is a great site but it's not massively well-known. He had to seek it out and put it in his own face. And for some reason, because I dared  speak on the subject, I now owe him something.

Dude. No.

You don't have to agree with me about South Park and similar media. But if you're gonna claim to be liberal and into social justice, you need to get rid of those entitlement issues and learn that no means no, at the very, very least.

But he's probably already run off to join the "alt-right" because I hurt his feelings.

Holy Democratic Victories Batman

I'm not a Democrat and I'm highly critical of their neoliberal, capitalist, keep shifting right rather than trying to appeal to the growing numbers of poor and people of color tendencies, but I can't help but feel elated when Republicans lose.

Beyond that, the best part by far about yesterday was the multiple victories for trans women in government!!!!!

Danica Roem: Transgender heavy metal singer defeats man who wrote Virginia’s anti-trans bathroom bill in election


“To every person who’s ever been singled out, who’s ever been stigmatised, who’s ever been the misfit, whose ever been the kid in the corner, whose ever needed someone to stand up for them when they didn’t have a voice of their own … This one’s for you,” Ms Roem told a crowd of cheering supporters after clinching the vote.

I LOVE YOU DANICA.

But the good feelings keep going!

Meet Andrea Jenkins, the first openly transgender black woman elected to public office in the U.S.



I AM DELIRIOUS WITH HAPPY.

Jenkins, 56, said she believes her and Roem’s victories are proof many of the nation’s communities won’t succumb to hatred, bigotry or transphobia — and are willing to fight for social justice and equality for all minority groups. 
“Transgender people have been here forever, and black transgender people have been here forever,” Jenkins told The Post after her election night win. “I’m really proud to have achieved that status, and I look forward to more trans people joining me in elected office, and all other kinds of leadership roles in our society.”

Now, please, both of you, stay safe. And to all transphobes/transmisogynists out there: FUCK YOU HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Gif of the Day


The bottom right corner.

Recommended Reading

I was tired of the "white poor middle America is very sad" articles before Lord Dampnut was even elected, but this one is different. In this one, it's a black man touring "Maine to Mississippi" to talk to everyone from white liberals to white supremacists, including Richard Spencer and his glass of bourbon.

My travels in white America – a land of anxiety, division and pockets of pain

What I also like about this article, and undoubtedly this is because it was written by a black man, is that it tempers the straight descriptions of white sadness and quotes from disaffected white people with reality. It explains what white privilege actually is and that most of these sad middle America whites don't understand the concept. For example, on the opioid addiction problem:

“If you are white and middle class, it’s much easier to remove the negative consequences of a use disorder,” Kieszulas explained. “You’re less likely to go to jail, less likely to have any kind of negative criminal consequence. I myself don’t have a criminal record. I did some very interesting things to support my habit and to find relief. And transitioning out of that without a criminal record at all? I think it speaks for itself.”

It also explains perfectly how white privilege translated directly into white pain when that privilege failed to save so many from poverty, and how my fellow white people couldn't handle the myth of the "American dream" being taken away from them. Meanwhile, black Americans have always understood that even the myth was never meant to apply to them.

If there’s one thing that 200 years of slavery and 100 years of segregation did for African Americans, it was to temper their investment in the myth that the US is a meritocracy. The notion that if you worked hard and kept your nose clean, you would get on was always stymied by the grim realities of racial barriers. “America was never America to me,” wrote the Harlem renaissance poet Langston Hughes in 1935’s Let America Be America Again. “There’s never been equality for me / Nor freedom in this ‘homeland of the free’.”

Another thing that stood out to me is the idea that poor whites have nobody to advocate for us. Apparently, we don't have the same strong communities as, for example, black neighborhoods, and so we elected Donald Trump?

Whereas African Americans in the north-east of the city had strong churches and campaigning organisations, he explained, the poorer white areas had few champions. 
“Nobody speaks up for the poor,” said Jamie Walsh, a white working-class woman who grew up in Muncie, explaining Trump’s appeal to those she grew up with on Muncie’s Southside. “There is systemic racism, but black people have advocates. Poor white people don’t.

We do, actually. It's just that we don't have advocacy groups dedicated specifically to poor white people, because the white part of that is not a barrier. We need groups for poor people of color because the color part causes additional problems because of racism. We actually might have organizations that specifically help poor white people now, but these groups are (surprise!) white supremacist in nature.

There are advocacy groups for the poor in general. The issue is that many of these are quickly labeled "socialist" or whatever, and some of them are explicitly socialist, communist, or generally anti-capitalist. Because that's what the problem is. The root cause of general poverty in this society is capitalism. If you're black and poor, groups dedicated to fighting racism might improve your  situation. But racism isn't in the way of us white people, so the only real way to fight our poverty is to fight capitalism.

And if there legitimately are not any general anti-poverty groups in an area, then you know who can advocate for us, fellow whites? We can. I cannot possibly give a number of the times I've been told that if marginalized groups want X they should make it themselves. Can we not put our money where our mouth is? Work to create a general poor people advocacy group, and see how fast you realize that capitalism is indeed the problem, and rich white men like Donald Trump do not and never will be an advocate for us.

Hey Taylor Swift, Denounce White Supremacists

If this seems entirely random, I'm responding to this:

Taylor Swift Issues Defamation Threat Against Blogger Who Demanded She Denounce White Supremacy

Lol what?

Two weeks ago, Herning received a letter from William J. Briggs, II, an attorney representing Swift, demanding that she remove the story and issue a retraction. The letter labels Herning’s blog post as “provably false and defamatory” and threatens a lawsuit.

This was sent to the editor of a small pop culture blog called PopFront. I don't know if it's as small as this blog, though I doubt it is now. For better or worse.

What's weird is that this is far from the first time I've seen someone point out that Taylor Swift is a white supremacist darling, which should be horrifying to any decent person, and the only thing she needs to do to remedy this is to issue a strong and straightforward denouncement of these little shits. It's literally the easiest thing. Unless you don't want to. For some reason.

It's also not the first time someone's gone WTF about this "Look What You Made Me Do" song. I haven't listened to it but if it contains white supremacist dog whistles I'm not surprised at this point because she still hasn't fucking denounced white supremacists like um??? But she decided to threaten this little rando blog with a lawsuit?

Well I'm hoping to get on this publicity train (just kidding this is pure spite/solidarity with small political bloggers) so.

Taylor Swift, I demand you denounce white supremacists. Why haven't  you done it yet. Are you a white supremacist? Or do you just love their money? Or both? If you remain silent you're just telling us that you're on the side of nazis. And it's becoming clear that you know that.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Mentally Ill Women Everywhere Keep Not Committing Mass Shootings

JUST. SAYING.

I'm tired to death of the same narrative playing out over and over and over with mass shootings. You know the one. It's gotten to the point where I'd rather avoid reading about them, talking about them, or feeling about them. Not in the least because it seems like no matter what I say, and no matter what anyone else says, it doesn't change. At all.

Here are the things that are true:

1. Everything is already political.
2. Mass shootings happen nearly every day in the U.S.
3. No other country that is generally called "developed" or "first world" has anything even slightly kind of close to the same amount and scale of mass shootings as we do.
4. All of those countries have much more stringent gun control laws than we do.
5. The vast majority of the perpetrators of our mass shootings are men, with the strong majority of them being white Christian men.
6. Women have higher rates of mental illness than men.

I don't know what else leftists have to do to convince people that the mass shooting problem is A) a toxic masculinity problem and B) could be greatly remedied in the short term with reasonable gun control laws. I guess the truth is that the NRA and toxic white men are so entrenched in our society and our politics that it's going to be impossible to take them on without a ground-level revolution. We have to kill the roots because the weed is completely out of control, like an invasive species. It's going to be hard fucking work.

Part of me wonders if there is at least a way to effectively target the constant, exhausting hypocrisy from people on the right. Liberal comedy shows like The Daily Show constantly playing clips right next to each other of the same old rich white guy saying "politicizing this tragedy is disgusting" and then "we need to keep all the Muslims out of our country" right after an attack appearing to be in the name of ISIS has become predictable, tiresome, and boring. It's been done to death because that mockery apparently doesn't work at all. Is there a way to shame people who have no shame? Is there a way to get the people who only watch Fox News to realize, acknowledge, and/or care about the constant fucking hypocrisy from the people they support? To stop tolerating it, to vote them out?

Maybe I just need to accept that it doesn't bother other people like it bothers me. That many people are perfectly willing to ignore it if it serves their own racism and Islamophobia and political dogma.

Anyway. Mentally ill woman here. Still never committed a mass shooting.

American Hero Beats the Shit Out of Rand Paul

Okay that headline is a joke, this old white dude who must be a rich fucker if he lives next to Rand, is not a hero for tackling him over some kind of neighbor feud that probably has something to do with lawn care or another activity of capitalist assholes. But as a fun side effect, Rand's recovery may leave him unable to help Republicans rob more from the common people to give to the obscenely rich. So thanks, Rene.

Also, it's just generally funny.

Rand Paul's injuries are much worse than first thought after police say he was beaten by his next-door neighbor

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky was severely injured this weekend during an altercation with his next-door neighbor, a top aide said on Sunday in a statement reported by multiple outlets. 
Paul, who was a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, has five broken ribs and bruises to his lungs, and there is no timetable for his return to Washington, DC, said the aide, Doug Stafford. Police had originally characterized Paul's injuries as "minor," The Washington Post reported.

See, we can laugh about it because Rand Paul has the best healthcare money can buy. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

Of course, reports of a neighborly feud between Rand and Rene have not stopped the conspiracy theories that this retired doctor is a liberal communist antifa agent trying to start a civil war... wait, I thought that was their theory on the latest mass shooting. Ah fuck I think we can assume that this is their theory on anything bad that happens at this point.

But even if Rene did do this because he's a dirty liberal, and I dunno, maybe just seeing Rand's smug piece-of-shit face mowing his massive undeserved lawn in front of his massive undeserved house threw Rene into an understandable fit of rage. And we all know how unstable white men are. If he really attacked Rand because of politics, I'm totally on his side, and I'm gonna remind the fretting and wailing conservatives that a few broken ribs is nothing compared to what has happened to greedy dictators in the past.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Gif of the Day


Best buds.

What Kind of Halloween Scrooge Shit is This

Lord Dampnut Jr. decided to celebrate Halloween this year by taking a shot at "socialism," or what he thinks is socialism, and failed hard.


First of all, this poor child who has to pose for this sad photo on the best night of the year, like what did he tell her to make her face like that? Did he actually tell her he was going to take away half of her candy because socialism?

Second, no form of socialism I know about includes taxing little children for their candy.

Third, Halloween is already about people with money buying food to give away to people without any money. It's not about "WORK FOR YOUR SUGAR BITS, CHILDREN."

And last and most shameful at all, um, there are actually kids who can't go out on Halloween?


Donald Trump Jr. should be punished for this tweet by having to tour children's hospitals until he breaks down sobbing.

In a communist society, which is probably closer to what DTJ means when he says "socialism," sick and disabled kids would get all the food they need for free without having to walk door to door for the amusement of healthy adults. Because communists think leaving these kids out, let alone leaving them to die, is bad.

Good lord, fuckin' Scrooge McDuck Jr. I couldn't make you look worse than you make yourself look if my life depended on it.

Trump Pick for Women's Empowerment Hates Women

[TRIGGER WARNING: ANTI-CHOICE FUCKERY, TRANSPHOBIA, HOMOPHOBIA]

It's become entirely predictable for Lord Dampnut's pick to any department of the government being entirely against what that department is supposed to promote. So it's practically mundane yet still infuriating that this is happening:

Trump’s Likely Pick to Empower Women Is Mad That Disney Movies Don’t Feature Enough Strong Male Leads

Oh my god this lady are you serious but of course you are but seriously are you serious oh my god.

The position is tasked with overseeing State Department programs to end gender-based violence and empower women and girls around the world. So, naturally, President Donald Trump is reportedly considering Penny Young Nance, a far-right Christian activist who opposed reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act; recently cheered on an attempt to block a pregnant teen immigrant from an abortion; and has called on Hollywood to write more scripts featuring strong male leads.



But it just keeps getting worse!

At the CWA, Nance has called to defund Planned Parenthood and promoted the false idea that abortion is linked with breast cancer. Her organization argued that transgender kids shouldn’t have the right to use school bathrooms matching their gender identity, and it opposed a federal bill that would ban workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. 
Nance has even taken aim at the Disney mega-hit Frozen, which featured two strong female princesses. Nance went on television to criticize the film’s portrayal of men. “Hollywood in general has often sent the message that men are superfluous, that they’re stupid, that they’re in the way,” she said on Fox & Friends.

No way. Kinda like.......... the way women are treated in every other kind of movie?????

It's like they found one of those anti-feminist for money women who just lays into the internalized misogyny and repeats MRA talking points on YouTube to rake in the views, praise, and cash from misogynistic men. Only I'm sure Nance was born rich so what is her deal?? Oh right, rich people can never get enough money and will do anything to get it.

I also think it's kind of hilarious that her last name is like the nickname of the horrible rich soccer mom/neighborhood bully named Nancy in movies.

Fuck you, Nance.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Gif of the Day


Ready, set, HUG!

Amazing Women of Color

[TRIGGER WARNING: MEN'S VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN]

These ladies from Peru are fucking killing it.

These Beauty Pageant Contestants Gave Out Facts About Women's Rights As Their Measurements

First of all, they have to step up and give their measurements at these beauty pageants? Is that the same everywhere? Fucking gross. But this year, the contestants in Peru said "fuck that bullshit."

But in Peru, where women are getting killed in alarming numbers, aspiring beauty queens used their moment on the stage on Sunday to give a different kind of measurement: how many people have been affected by gender violence. 
“My name is Camila Canicoba and I represent the department of Lima. My measurements are: 2,202 cases of femicide reported in the last nine years in my country.”

Each contestant gave some number about men's violence against women, and then they displayed newspaper clippings of articles about high profile cases. The entire thing is incredible. I recommend watching the videos.

I still disagree with the idea that beauty pageants are good in general. Yes, women should be able to wear what they want. But until fat women get to be contestants, it's still a shit show. I do, however, appreciate that thin, conventionally attractive women used this platform for good.  Especially since women of color are even more prone to becoming victims of men's violence. Well done, and thank you.

Fuck Your Pizza, Papa John

What is the Papa John's dude blaming for the failure of his terrible pizza franchise now? Is it the bad press he's received for being a total asshole douchebag? Haha no, that would require some kind of self-reflection on his part.

Papa John is trying to blame falling pizza sales on black athletes protesting racial injustice


ESPN is reporting that during a shareholder conference call on Wednesday, Schnatter explained that the recent battle between NFL players and injustice has led to failing sales and falling patronage of Papa John’s franchises. 
"The NFL has hurt us," company founder and CEO John Schnatter said. "We are disappointed the NFL and its leadership did not resolve this." 
Executives said the company has pulled much of its NFL television advertising and that the NFL has responded by giving the company additional future spots. 
"Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership," Schnatter said, noting he thought the issue had been "nipped in the bud" a year and a half ago.

You mean when the NFL basically blacklisted Kaepernick for sitting during the national anthem in protest against police brutality against black people?

Fuck your nasty pizza, John. Go bankrupt and crawl into a gutter.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Gif of the Day


Wiggle-ears here hopes you had a fun Halloween!

Afternoon Announcements

So I am officially the new intern for the De-Escalate Washington campaign. It's pretty cool but it means my schedule is going to be pretty erratic, subject to the needs of the campaign. Posting might be less frequent at times, especially as we approach the December 31 deadline for signatures to get I-940 considered and potentially on the ballot for 2018.

The initiative is reasonable as fuck. It would increase the time that all police are trained in de-escalation, identifying and handling mentally ill individuals, require cops to provide first aid on the scene rather than letting people die in the street, and remove the ridiculous "malicious intent" language that makes Washington State the most difficult state to prosecute an officer for needlessly killing a suspect/civilian.

I'd prefer to abolish the police altogether, but I believe in short term solutions to save lives now while working toward long term goals.

Last night I helped collect signatures and was pleased by how many parents were happy to sign or at least listen to me talk about it. I was even more pleased by how many kids were interested, some even being disappointed when I told them that you had to be 18 or older to sign. One (white male) teen asked me two bizarre questions - do I believe in lethal force and do I believe in the second amendment. I just find this language odd. Do I believe they exist? Yeah. But that's the only way that's a straight yes or no answer. I said "it depends" for the first and "yes" for the second, and he seemed to be really happy with my second answer, then left.

If I'd had the time or energy to focus on a kid who couldn't sign anyway, I might have explained that while I think people should be allowed to own guns, that doesn't mean I don't think there should be any limits on the type and amount of guns they  should reasonably be allowed to own, but then again since we're clearly not going to get any kind of effective gun control in this country anyway, we might as well take advantage of it and stockpile guns for the revolution. I wonder how many other interesting interactions I'll have on this job.

Stay tuned!