Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Gif of the Day

Don't fuck with mom.

Morning Announcements

I'm off to the Don't Punish Pain rally in Olympia today. It's a rally to protest the state's overreaction to the country's opioid crisis which is denying people in chronic pain the medication they need to function. These individuals have been saying that they would kill themselves without their pain management because being in intense pain all the time is too much to live through. I keep hearing stories about people being told to take Tylenol or aspirin after surgery or sustaining severe injuries.

It's so American to ignore a problem until it starts affecting people who aren't poor or homeless or brown and then, when the problem has grown into something massive and horrific, to freak out so bad about it that we do more harm than good in trying to solve it.

I know many people who deal with chronic or frequent pain. I don't want any of them to kill themselves.

Anyway, I might post video and/or photos later. Have a good day, maybe read up on the issue.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Gif of the Day


Now Here's Trump Jr. Being an Absolute Cockwaffle


If you want to know what a cockwaffle is, google "Donald Trump Jr."

So okay. There are mass amounts of fuckery going on with the GOP and their defenders right now over the whole "Brett Kavanaugh is a rapist piece of shit" thing, and there will almost certainly be more fuckery to come. One of the bits of said fuckery is the idea that because Kavanaugh's rape attempt happened in high school, it's absurd to even bring this up in relation to his SCOTUS nomination.

Here's the thing. You know how much I hate rapists. And yes, I am a completely unreasonable leftist SJW who is somehow simultaneously a witch and a witch hunter. But I am, in fact, open to forgiving people for bad things they did when they were minors. Perhaps even after. I'm not saying that Christine Blasey Ford has to forgive him. Far from it. And I think she's a hero for coming forward. However, I don't think that even as heinous and horrible a crime as sexual assault always must disqualify someone from public office.

There are some conditions to this forgiveness that I think are reasonable. First, you have admit that you did the thing. Kavanaugh denies it. You can't be forgiven for something you denied happened. And yes, I absolutely believe it happened, because who would make up something that would ruin your entire life? In this case, there's even strong evidence supporting Ford's claim. But even without that, I would 100% believe her.

Kavanaugh would have to admit that he did it. He's already fucked that up. Even if he were to turn around and admit it now, he already lied about it, so he's done. He would have needed to own up to it, apologize, denounce rape and rape culture, and then denounce all the millions of assholes calling Ford a liar and uplifting rape culture in the process. It would help a lot if he would commit to teaching his fellow men and underage boys about rape culture, consent, and why it's not okay to try and rape people. Basically, he has to demonstrate that he is no longer a rapist and will therefore not bring a rapist mindset to the Supreme Court of the United States.

None of that will happen, so fuck him.

Also, he was probably already disqualified from any kind of "it happened a long time ago" pass by being a lying, cheating, bootlicking toad who called birth control a form of abortion and is so clearly being paid off by Trump to get on the Supreme Court and make whatever ruling he's told to make. Putting him on the SCOTUS is the opposite of justice. It's corruption.

So anyway, Donald Trump Jr. posted this fake note on Instagram that says "Hi Cindy, will you be my boyfriend, yes/no" written in crayon. The implication here, I think (and I might be totally wrong because MAN right-wing bullshit is convoluted as fuck), is that Kavanaugh was so young when he attempted to rape Ford that he was practically writing in crayon at the time. Which is fucking ridiculous, because he was in high school. Pretty close to being an adult. As in if he had been a black man, he would have been tried as an adult and spent years in prison.

What Junior is also doing is comparing attempted rape (if you haven't read it, I can tell you that it is graphic, disturbing, and definitely still sexual assault which I somehow still have to constantly remind people IS A CRIME) to asking a girl out when you're nine years old. As though attempted rape is as cute and innocent as one of those "check the box if you like me" notes from elementary school.

Even fuckin' Kellyanne Conway supports Ford, you monumental cockwaffle. Why don't you go cannonball into a vat of acid?

Protect Christine Blasey Ford


If you don't know this name yet, Christine Blasey Ford is the woman who came forward with her story about how Kavanaugh, the current SCOTUS nominee, tried to rape her.

Ford had originally intended to remain anonymous, but in this world of assholes, she realized that somebody would eventually find her and publish her identity against her will. So she has gone public. Either way, she is a hero doing the country a great service, or at least attempting to. Unfortunately, our current government is such a fucking shit show that I don't think anything short of a meteor that directly strikes Washington D.C. will stop the confirmation of the human nightmare that is Brett Kavanaugh.

Regardless, Ford is making an incredible sacrifice and has succeeded in at least throwing some doubt into the mix and perhaps delaying the confirmation process. For this, she will inevitably be the victim of vicious attacks. I'm sure she's already being horrifically harassed. This is now going to define the rest of her life. I mean, the president of the fucking country is attacking this poor woman, and his minions are doing the same.

Four people close to the White House said they expected Republicans to question the accuser's vague memories and why Feinstein, up for reelection in November with Democratic base hungry for anti-Trump fodder, sat on the accusations for months. Three of them also said they expect the president to go after Kavanaugh's accuser rather than to turn on the judge. Those people noted that Trump has done so before, not just denouncing his own accusers but also attacking those of others, notably, failed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

What we should really do is start a crowdfunding campaign to just set her up for the rest of her life. She should be able to live in reasonable comfort and privacy. It's always a nightmare to come forward about sexual assault, but she's standing up to Lord Dampnut at the same time. Let's just hope she doesn't end up dead. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Gif of the Day

Yeah, this is the kind of thing that makes me think our reality is nothing more than a sophisticated alien computer program that some higher reality college student entity is testing out for shits and giggles.

Boiling and freezing simultaneously? That's a fucking gitch.

Trump Administration Attacking Freedom of Speech Again

Oh, is it a day that ends in Y?

But seriously, this is a pretty bad one.

Good question!

The headline is misleading, however. A tax suggests a small amount of money paid per protest. In reality, the Trump Administration wants to stick protest organizers with the entire bill for anything and everything the government might decide to do to protect, contain, or obstruct a protest, and anything they could imagine might be damaged by protests, including the grass people walked on.

Last month, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the administration’s radical, anti-democratic rewriting of regulations governing free speech and demonstrations on public lands under federal jurisdiction in Washington. Under the proposal, which is open to public comment, the National Park Service (NPS) would charge protesters “event management” costs. This would include the cost of barricades and fencing erected at the discretion of police, the salaries of personnel deployed to monitor the protest, trash removal and sanitation charges, permit application charges and costs assessed on “harm to turf” — the effects of engaging in free speech on grass, as if our public green spaces are for ornamental viewing.

Keep in mind that we as the public already pay for all of these things. Public fencing and barricades, police, trash removal, maintaining public parks - those are all things that our tax dollars are meant to pay for. Protests are a part of any healthy society. We pay to make sure those can happen and for the cleanup via our tax dollars. Handing protest organizers a bill is just billing them twice in a clear and blatant attempt to stop protests before they begin. This could not be a more clear violation of the First Amendment right to protest.

And if they don't want to pay for police to be at a protest, that's fine by me, by the way. All cops do is impede and/or attack protesters, unless those protesters are white supremacists.

This will definitely be challenged in court, and I'd like to say it will definitely be struck down, but you never know. I'm also surprised that this happened last month and I'm only hearing about it now, but then again, almost anything could get buried under all the other shit this administration is trying to pull. Yet the very fact that they're trying to pull this should be enough to convince anyone that Trump and his lackeys are a bunch of fascists.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Gif of the Day

Add trolls in there and you got me.

Migrant Children Are Still Being Thrown in Cages

Remember when we all freaked out about this? Well we stopped freaking out, but the thing never actually stopped.

Detention of Migrant Children Has Skyrocketed to Highest Levels Ever

Even though hundreds of children separated from their families after crossing the border have been released under court order, the overall number of detained migrant children has exploded to the highest ever recorded — a significant counternarrative to the Trump administration’s efforts to reduce the number of undocumented families coming to the United States. 
Population levels at federally contracted shelters for migrant children have quietly shot up more than fivefold since last summer, according to data obtained by The New York Times, reaching a total of 12,800 this month. There were 2,400 such children in custody in May 2017.

I told you, they aren't going to stop unless we literally burn those prisons down.

The huge increases, which have placed the federal shelter system near capacity, are due not to an influx of children entering the country, but a reduction in the number being released to live with families and other sponsors, the data collected by the Department of Health and Human Services suggests. Some of those who work in the migrant shelter network say the bottleneck is straining both the children and the system that cares for them.


Oh but guess what. It's not just that they won't let these kids go. It's that they made it so their families are afraid to come pick them up.

The new data was reported to members of Congress, who shared it with The Times. It shows that despite the Trump administration’s efforts to discourage Central American migrants, roughly the same number of children are crossing the border as in years past. The big difference, said those familiar with the shelter system, is that red tape and fear brought on by stricter immigration enforcement have discouraged relatives and family friends from coming forward to sponsor children.

How's this for a negative attitude?

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Gif of the Day

This just never gets old.

Prisoners Are People and Thousands of Them Are Being Left in a Hurricane's Path


We really have been conditioned in this country to view prisoners as less than human. Despite Orange is the New Black, people still largely treat prisoners like they've forfeited all rights, including even the most rudimentary human rights, because a court decided that they did something the state decided is illegal.

In South Carolina, many of these prisoners are still sitting in the path of Hurricane Florence, currently a category 3 hurricane, and the worst hurricane to hit the area since uhhhhhhhh ever.

South Carolina won’t evacuate a prison in Hurricane Florence’s path

The National Hurricane Center has said that Hurricane Florence, which is currently expected to make landfall on Friday, could be “life-threatening.” In his response, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster claimed at a news conference, “We’re not going to gamble with the lives of the people of South Carolina. Not a one.” 
But South Carolina has not evacuated prisons in response to hurricanes since 1999, the Post and Courier reported last year. A prison spokesperson told the Post and Courier at the time, “In most cases, it is safer for the public, officers, and inmates for a SCDC facility to hold in place rather than transfer and hold in a secondary location.”

Is it, though? Is it safer for prisoners?

Because Louisiana prisons lost hundreds of inmates during Hurricane Katrina after they left prisoners locked up in their supposedly safe prisons during the storm. These prisoners later described standing in chest-high water contaminated with sewage, wondering if they were about to drown, in their "safe" prison cells. Thousands spent the entire weekend with no food, no clean water, and no ventilation.

As the prison flooded with storm water befouled by raw sewage the prisoners were herded into cells with mace, locked down, and abandoned. The men completely panicked. 
“They left us like dogs,” one prisoner would later recount in the BBC documentary, Prisoners of Katrina. “Eight men in a two man cell with no food and no water, covered with mace you couldn’t wash off. It was an experience I wouldn’t wish on nobody.” 
In some cases men broke out of their cells and rioted, viciously attacking each other. The official story from the Sheriff of Orleans Parish was that there was “no loss of life.” Those who were there claim to have seen dead bodies and furiously challenged the Sheriff’s account. Who do you believe when you later learn that 517 prisoners would eventually go “unaccounted for?“

Excuse me? 517 prisoners? Unaccounted for?

The above was originally published four years after Hurricane Katrina. Those prisoners were never found. If prisoners are "lost" from a prison, then they either escaped or they're fucking dead. Now, if a prison had 517 people escape, I'm assuming there would be some kind of mass panic. Prison escapes are big news, even when it's just one individual. But 517?

This is just speculation, but those people are definitely dead. There are surviving prisoners and former prisoners who said they saw bodies floating in the water during that horrific weekend. 517 people dead and nobody gives a fuck. Because they were prisoners. Worth less than stray cats and dogs. Deserved to die like that, even.

What is wrong with us? Protections against cruel and unusual punishment are coded into our constitution, yet someone commits any kind of crime that lands them a year or more sentence and they deserve to spend days standing in shit-streaked water, no food, no clean water, no ability to sleep, pissing themselves, wondering if they're just going to die there? That's a kind of torture I can't even comprehend.

People have been posting about this on social media and I see responses that are straight up "who cares, they deserve to die." One person was like "don't worry, prisons are fined for every inmate who died in their care, so they'll be held accountable." A) no they fucking won't, no amount of money paid can make up for a human life lost and B) how the fuck do actually convince yourself that people being left in cages to die is okay as long as someone is sued for it?? Those are people. They could die. Lawsuits won't mean shit to them WHEN THEY'RE DEAD.

These people are not just numbers. They're not insects. They're not a dollar value. They're not demons or pure evil beings. They're people. Every one of them. From the poor kid who was caught with just a bit too much weed to the serial rapist. You know I hate rapists, but I also know I don't get to decide that they deserve to die, even if I might wish death upon them in my dark moments.

Every moment you allow yourself to believe that prisoners are less than human, you feed into a system of for-profit slavery that allows corporations to make billions off of arresting as many people (usually people of color) as possible for whatever bullshit they can come up with, then dehumanizing, abusing, and enslaving them. And I'm going to have to call out my friends on Facebook, some of whom read this blog, because I posted about the 517 "missing" inmates from Hurrican Katrina on my Facebook account and I got nothing. Total crickets. Not even a like.

Prisoners are people. Prisoners Are People. How can I get this to sink into your brains and your souls? PRISONERS ARE PEOPLE.

Amazon is Making Whole Foods a Terrible Place to Work

So you all know how much I hate Amazon ever since they settled into Seattle, started shipping in techbros from all over the country and jacking up rent for everyone else, and continuing to foster work environments that make people want to jump off the room or just make them collapse in exhaustion and have to leave work in an ambulance, all while not paying employees anything close to what they're worth, and making obscene profits off of all that while the homeless population in the area has skyrocketed while they've been here.

Despite the above, people (mostly upper class white people) have continued to defend Amazon and Darth Bezos. Now, I've never bought anything at a Whole Foods and only actually been inside one once, because I think they only have them in Bellevue and yes, everything there is overpriced. Then Amazon took over, meaning I'm definitely not ever buying anything there, but also, conditions for workers have apparently tanked.

Whole Foods workers seek to unionize, citing worsening conditions and low morale under Amazon

“Over the past year, layoffs and the consolidation of store level positions at Whole Foods Market have upset the livelihood of team members, stirred anxiety,” and lowered morale within stores, the email said. It also alleged that Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods came with an agreement to trim hundreds of millions of dollars in labor costs from the chain’s stores.

I hope they successfully unionize, I hope they take Amazon to the cleaners, and I hope Bezos cries.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Gif of the Day

Okay 1) That was definitely going to happen when you put that cat tree next to the bookcase and 2) look at the content of that bookcase what a NERD I wish I was their friend.

Being Considerate Will Not Be the Thing That Kills Us

Don't get me wrong. I don't think the human race is going to make it. But I think it's going to be climate change caused by massive corporations spewing greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere and refusing to stop in spite of decades of warnings about how it's going to doom us all because nothing matters to the capitalist but short term profits.

Others apparently think that what will be our downfall is young people being like "um, hey, could you just... not be an asshole?"

Does Our Cultural Obsession With Safety Spell the Downfall of Democracy?

This headline. Look. There are some things to be said about our weird, selective cultural "obsession" with safety. It may be true that over-protective parenting by people who became parents in the 80s might have promoted anxiety disorders in kids who were accidentally taught that the world isn't safe. My anxiety disorder came from my dad having anger issues and screaming at his kids any time they dropped a glass or spilled something, or sometimes for things he just made up. But whatever.

But that's a small part of the article above.

“The Coddling of the American Mind,” by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, proceeds from many of the same premises and touchstones as “Splintering,” but makes a much more disturbing and comprehensive analysis of recent campus trends. The book, which expands on a widely circulated 2015 article in The Atlantic, identifies what the authors refer to as “the three Great Untruths” of the current moment: “what doesn’t kill you makes you weaker”; “always trust your feelings”; “life is a battle between good people and evil people.” It’s a moment profoundly reshaped in the sanitized image of the hyper-connected and -protected “iGen” generation (short for “internet generation”), which directly succeeds the millennials. Members of iGen, according to the psychologist Jean Twenge, who coined the term, are “obsessed with safety,” which they define to include expansive notions of “emotional safety.” They began arriving on college campuses in 2013. Rates of anxiety and depression soon skyrocketed, along with demands for trigger warnings, safe spaces and disinvitations to controversial speakers, as well as sometimes violent confrontations with such speakers when they did appear on campus.

Here's the thing. There are so many reasons why these kids might be anxious and depressed. An increasingly demanding education system paired with an uncertain-at-best future, for example. There are so many things wrong with the world right now and so many things in the U.S. that could be spelling the "downfall of democracy" here. And I just really think that young adults who are going into college and being like "can you just warn me if you're going to talk about rape and also maybe not invite neo nazis to speak here because that attracts more neo nazis and I'm Jewish/black/queer/disabled?" is pretty far down on the list of possibilities.

Things on my list of why our democracy is fucked that come before young adults asking for trigger warnings:

  • Our president acting like every dictator has ever acted before they seized total power.
  • The rising numbers of people in this country who think that fascism/dictatorship would be acceptable, desirable, or fucking awesome.
  • Increasing hate crimes coupled with segregation.
  • The rising costs of education coupled with decreased funding to public schools.
  • Every sign of the rapidly approaching genocide of Latinx people and other immigrants.
  • Chipping away of human rights.
  • Attacks on the free press.
  • Militarization of the police.
  • Foreign powers fucking with our elections and causing the people to lose faith in the legitimacy of our elections.
  • The collapse of the American economy due to Trump being a complete walnut.
  • Climate change coming in and just wiping human society off the map.

There's more but that's a good basic list of the top things that come to mind when I think about why our democracy might fall down.

It just blows my mind that all the above is going on and a couple of highly educated dudes decided to write an entire book on why the downfall of Ameican democracy will be due to young people asking for trigger warnings and protesting neo nazis on their campuses.

Yes. Sure. There are some examples of """SJWs""" or whatever you want to call them "going too far," maybe because they're going through some shit, maybe because that particular individual is just an asshole. I'm 100% certain that there are manipulative, abusive people out there who will jump on the most convenient movement in order to try and manipulate and abuse people. I've seen it. I've seen people obsessively dig through an individual's past, find one racist thing they said when they were 12, and demand that entire communities ostracize that person for that one thing they said where their brain was only half developed. There are always assholes within any movement.

But if you pick through all the good a movement has done, find these odd couple of examples of people being assholes within the movement, and use that to declare that the movement will DESTROY DEMOCRACY while there are actual fascists in our federal government right now working specifically and intentionally to do that - you might be the real asshole.

And also, those kids putting their lives on the line to protest against nazis coming to their colleges to preach hate and promote genocide are the ones who just might save our democracy. You, meanwhile, will probably be crying for a safe space when the poor masses drag you out of your ugly giant house with its three car garage and judge you for having a million-dollar home while babies were starving in the streets.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Gif of the Day

Bye grandpa.

Transphobes Are Still Murdering Black Trans Women

This is one of those things I'm going to be reminding my fellow cis people of periodically.

Three Young, Transgender Women Were Killed In The Past Week

19 trans people have been murdered this year, and 13 of them have been black. Three of them have been in Jacksonville, Florida, so any black trans women in the area should be extremely cautious.

Last year, 21 trans people had been murdered by September 10. So we're actually doing slightly better, but any anti-trans hate crimes are unacceptable. It's also alarming that so many of these people are women and so many are black women.

We cis and white people need to be vigilant against any transphobia, and especially transmisogynoir, that we come across. Don't stop until the murders stop.

Welcome Back

Hey so a lot of intense stuff happened in the news right after I decided to take a break last week, of course. I did have a good week. Me and my significant other got a new/used car! And now every time I look at it I feel like such a capitalist. We bought one at a dealership instead of a private sale. And when I look at it I see $17,000 in debt. Also apparently on the new cars, the electronics control everything, die faster, and are more expensive to replace! Whee!

But damn it is nice to have two cars for two people. I won't be trapped at home anymore. And uhhhhh something something Bluetooth.

Anyway last week people in Iowa got robocalls calling for the death of all Latinx people from a neo-nazi group.

“She was stabbed in the back by an invader from Mexico,” the one-and-a-half minute call says, according to KCCI. The call begins with referencing Tibbetts’ death, allegedly at the hands of an undocumented immigrant. 
The call then takes a more disturbing turn, calling for the annihilation of all 58 million Latinos living in the United States. 
“Refound America as whites only and get rid of them now. Every last one,” the call says.

This news came to light right after this other news:

U.S. is denying passports to Americans along the border, throwing their citizenship into question

As he would later learn, Juan is one of a growing number of people whose official birth records show they were born in the United States but who are now being denied passports — their citizenship suddenly thrown into question. The Trump administration is accusing hundreds, and possibly thousands, of Hispanics along the border of using fraudulent birth certificates since they were babies, and it is undertaking a widespread crackdown.

By "Hispanics" they mean Latinx people.

Accusing thousands of people of using "fraudulent birth certificates." That sounds familiar. How long has Trump been planning this? Get racists into a frenzy about birth certificates during the Age of the Black President, then start accusing other brown people of having fake birth certificates. Meanwhile, in Iowa...

What I'm saying is that we're getting closer to full-on genocide every day.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Gif of the Day

Okay but if you look closely, Mario somehow ends up in the back on the little bus after the frog attempts to commit vehicular homicide.

Video games are getting weirder.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Gif of the Day

This is a great metaphor for trying to achieve everything in your 20s. Or me applying to art school.

Afternoon Announcements

So it's Labor Day, and I sincerely hope that means you're not working today. But there's a good chance that you are, especially if you work in an undervalued, underpaid position. As for me, being a freelancer, I have the privilege of being able to not work whenever I want, though it means I don't get paid.

It's also my birthday week. I turn 30 on Friday and I've got some wisdom for the youngsters out there still slogging through their 20s.

I started out college determined to become a graphic design major because it seemed like it would be lucrative in the future even though my true love was writing. I was rejected by the university's art school the first time I applied. I knew I could apply again, but it got me wondering if art was really my thing.

It's not. Look at this blog. I mean.

It was actually seeing Clerks 2 that made me realize that I should chase what I want instead of chasing what other people thought I should want. I switched my major to English with an emphasis on Creative Writing. Useless, right?

Fuckin' wrong, assholes.

But to be honest, I was just lucky. I've been lucky in a lot of ways. In other ways, not so much. I flailed about a lot in my 20s, trying to get into marketing, suffering from intense imposter syndrome, trying for years to break into video game journalism, failing, getting into social justice, pitching articles, getting rejected 90% of the time, working underpaid freelance writing job along with underpaid day jobs/part time jobs in food service and retail/cat boarding/cat grooming/cat adoption (yes that was all one job), battling increasing anxiety and depression in boring, unfulfilling desk jobs.

And I've come out the other end here. I have one freelance gig working with RockYou Media, which has become a lot of fluff and celebrity news but helps pay the bills. Then, very recently, I followed a gut feeling into applying for a research position for a foundation focused on providing information about opioids and addiction. It may go nowhere, or it may end up being a salaried position that could allow me to save up for a down payment on an actual house.

Then entire time, despite the fact that I had heard/read from multiple sources that your life won't really settle down until your 30s, I often felt inadequate. Everyone likes to think they're going to be better than most and figure everything out by 25. It's just unrealistic. After all that school, you need 8-12 years of flailing about to get settled into life. At least.

There really is no rush. There's no age at which you should have everything figured out. And with capitalism rapidly decaying, finding any kind of stability is getting more difficult every year. You cannot expect to figure anything out before your 30s. Really try not to. Relax a little. Spend some time partying and fucking up if you can.

But also know that you'll still struggle with the pressure to get all the stuff nailed down in your 20s. You'll still feel bad and get down on yourself. But try to know that it will get better. I'll be over here working hard to make sure that what I've said can be true for everybody, not just the privileged.

There have been many times through my 20s where I cried because I experienced a setback and felt like nothing would ever change. That I would always be in the same state of instability, precariousness, and struggle. But I kept going, because you just have to, and now I'm in a pretty good place that might become even better soon.

In my 30s, I expect to continue to struggle with setbacks, feeling inadequate, accepting my aging and fat body, making myself go outside sometimes, and the ever-present anxiety over everything. But I'll be okay, at least until the economy collapses.

Life is weird and choatic and uncertain. Nothing is guaranteed, everything can go wrong, and it's terrifying. Please keep going. I love all my friends and social media mutuals and people who read this blog who have never written a word to me. Go easy on yourself. Maybe one day I'll actually re-design this blog. You'll want to see that. It's gonna be great.

And that's a very long-winded way of saying I'm taking the week off from blogging, okay byeeeeee!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Gif of the Day

Stealth level: Novice

Seriously though, I love that guy and I hope he has a great career.

I Hate You, Louis C.K.

I mentioned the other day that both Aziz Ansari and Louis C.K. had returned to comedy after spending a little time in the corner pretending to think about what they did. But on Wednesday, this article came out in Vulture explaining just how Louis C.K., the grosser and shitter of the two in my opinion, returned to the stage.

Two Women Describe Louis C.K.’s ‘Uncomfortable’ Comedy Cellar Set

As the New York Times reported, when Louis C.K. took the stage for a surprise set at the Comedy Cellar Sunday night, he was met with applause. The short set was his first appearance after he released a statement in November admitting to sexually harassing five women following a New York Times exposé. Two women who sat through C.K.’s set told Vulture that though the small venue’s audience was overwhelmingly supportive of the comedian, one joke about rape whistles was “uncomfortable,” and that there seemed to be a divide between how men and women reacted to C.K.’s presence.

Two things about this infuriate me, and I bet you can guess what they are.

First, the asshole had the nerve to make a rape joke. I don't care if it was just a joke mentioning rape or whatever excuse you can pull out of your ass in his defense, I don't want to hear the word "rape" ever come out of that sexual predator's mouth again unless he's admitting that he raped someone and asking to be thrown in prison.

It just proves that he learned nothing. And that's because he had no intention of learning anything. I doubt he thinks he has anything to learn. I bet he thinks he did nothing wrong, or if he does, he doesn't give a fuck. He knows he can get back on stage after a couple months and continue his boring routine of "I'm a gross pathetic cishet white man and I can't do anything to improve myself at all, pity laugh at me."

And he's right. You know how I know he's right? Because of the second infuriating thing.

S.B. said the audience was mostly white, with lots of couples. Both women say the set was awkward, but the first woman was particularly upset by it. “It was an all-male set to begin with. Then, it’s sort of exacerbated by [C.K.’s] presence,” she said. “If someone had heckled him, I think they would’ve been heckled out. It felt like there were a lot of aggressive men in the audience and very quiet women. It’s the kind of vibe that doesn’t allow for a dissenting voice. You’re just expected to be a good audience member. You’re considered a bad sport if you speak out.”

The men in the audience totally supported him. They didn't care how the women of the audience would feel, and they certainly didn't care that he sexually assaulted at least five women. And why should they? Like I've said before, men don't understand rape. And they don't care about it, either.

All men do is confirm that statement in my mind over and over and over.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Gif of the Day

Master and apprentice.

Seattle Police: Traffic More Important Than Rights

Hi yes Pete Holmes is a narc and nobody likes him.

Facing ‘sleeping dragon,’ Seattle cracks down on protesters who block traffic

City Attorney Pete Holmes filed criminal charges this week against 15 people who blocked Second Avenue in May while protesting the construction of an oil pipeline. Holmes also plans to file charges against about a half-dozen immigrant-rights activists who were arrested in June who blocked the same street.

They blocked the street??? Oh heavens no, not the street!! WON'T SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE STREET.

Seriously, though, if you're more worried about the temporary, minor inconvenience of having to wait a while in traffic or find another way around a blocked road that human rights and lives, you're a complete bourgeois piece of shit who is the reason why the human race has like, 200 years left tops.

And this is your fault. The people arrested were protesting the youth jail because youth jails are notoriously racist and studies have shown that incarcerating youth does nothing but traumatize them. Others were protesting the oil pipelines that are contributing to that whole "the human race is doomed and we're taking like half or more of all animal species down with us" thing. You know, the things that middle class and above people like to pretend doesn't exist so they can feel good about buying a second SUV?

The decision comes after city police came under criticism from residents for not arresting demonstrators in March who closed off intersections downtown when they came out against the construction of a jail for youth. The Seattle Police Department, which says it handles about 300 protests per year, is having to contend with continuously evolving techniques used by demonstrators who make it harder to disperse them. 
Holmes said he could no longer “turn a blind eye.”

You mean like the blind eye people turn on the homeless population and the increasing segregation of Seattle schools? Or the school-to-prison pipeline?

People are actually complaining that the SPD isn't arresting enough protesters. Honestly, fuck you, Seattle. Fuck all the bougie white people living and working in their towers downtown who think that an interruption to their routine is oppression. Someday you'll be pulled down from your ivory towers and, if you're lucky, killed quickly.

Oh, I'm sorry, does that sound harsh? Well, it could have been avoided if you'd have let peaceful protests happen.

Also, quick question, what the fuck is going on here?:

“When expensive resources have to be deployed to clear them, protesters should expect me to file charges,” he said. “I do not want to tell anyone how to exercise their First Amendment rights. I respect them.”

Uhhhhhhhhh NO YOU DON'T, PETE.  You can't say you respect the right to protest while arrested protesters for blocking traffic.

People still don't seem to get that disruption is the entire point of protests. It's to get you to pay the fuck attention, because you fucks will ignore all the world's problems unless someone shoves them right in your face. By demanding that police arrest these protesters, you're sending a clear message to the world.

"Fuck the poor, fuck the oppressed, fuck the planet - all I care about is my personal comfort and convenience and if billions have to suffer so I can get it, good."

That's you. And we all know it.

That's a Lot of Overlooked Dead People

So holy shit, this UW study.

Police killings twice as common as reported, UW study finds

Yeah, quick question. How the fuck do you not report half of all people killed by police? HALF?

A new study has found that police kill twice as many people as reported in official statistics, and that black men are 3 1/2 times more likely to be killed by police than white men. 
The study, carried out by the University of Washington and Cornell University, used a variety of data sources and found that police officers are responsible for about 8 percent of all homicides of adult males in the United States - or about 2.8 homicides every day on average.

That is so many fucking homicides and also I'm impressed that Komo News had the guts to call them homicides. Well done.

But also, holy shit.

It is incredible to me that people are still trying to claim that police killings aren't as bad as the media says it is AND that there isn't a racial element to these killings. They're twice as bad as the media was reporting. And god damn, 3.5 times more likely to be killed by a cop if you're black. That's huge. Just take a moment to think about that.

How did this gap in data happen?

Past research on police killings has been limited by the absence of systematic data, Edwards said. Such data, primarily collected through the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Arrest-Related Deaths program or the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Report, are widely acknowledged as unreliable due to limited scope and voluntary data reporting. 
“Police departments are not required by law to report deaths that occur due to officer action and may have strong incentives to be sensitive with data due to public affairs and community relations,” he said. “Effectively, we don’t know what’s happening if all we look at is the official data.”

Oh yeah.

Sometimes even I have moments where I think "maybe we're too hard on the police." Then I read shit like this. They really get to be a special class of people, don't they? A special, ultra-protected class of people who get to carry guns and basically have a license to kill.

Abolish the police.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Gif of the Day

I don't know why I find this so funny?

"Bring it in, big guy?"


Aziz and Louis Are Back From Their Ruined Lives


It must be so hard for famous men to have to slip out of the public eye for a few months, basically take an extended vacation, then quietly go back to exactly what they were doing before without any reduction in their fanbase.

It just makes me so angry. They don't have to go to jail or even court for committing the CRIME of sexual assault. At most they experience a hiccup in their careers. A brief pause, and then everything goes back to normal, all is forgiven, even though they never actually even apologized. Not that an apology is appropriate compensation for ASSAULTING MULTIPLE WOMEN.

I have to contend with the constant, unrelenting hand-wringing about men having their entire lives ruined by sexual assault/rape accusations. These men straight up admitted to their crimes, and their lives are far from ruined. Meanwhile poor black men have their entire lives ruined by being caught with a little weed. Or are murdered for looking at a cop wrong.

No. Louis C.K., who put a stop to many women's careers via sexual assault, gets to come back to his comedy career to a standing ovation. Aziz is back after raping a woman. The least they could do is make sure we never have to hear or see their fucking names ever again. They could just live off their wealth until they die in obscurity. But no.

Tell me about how ruined their lives are. Better yet, tell it to Ewan McGregor's deeply disappointed face.

The French Open Might Want Serena Williams Dead

I only say this because they banned the outfit she wore that helps her circulation and prevents blood clots, which she has been having trouble with, and can, obviously, kill you.

Honestly, though, it's some seriously racist and sexist bullshit. This is a prime example of misogynoir.

Last Friday, The Associated Press reported the French Tennis Federation president, Bernard Giudicelli, did not approve of the curve-hugging one-piece, saying "It will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and the place" in an interview with Tennis Magazine.  
A dress code will be implemented going forward because "I think that sometimes we’ve gone too far."

This is the outfit:

Wow. TOO FAR, Serena. How dare you wear an outfit that uhhhhhhhhhh what's the problem here again?

Entertainment Tonight seems to think it's because it's "form fitting," which makes no sense to me because in other sports, people fall all over themselves to defend mandatory skimpy outfits for women because they HAVE to be form fitting so no loose clothing gets in their way, right???

But in tennis, an outfit that mostly just shows off Serena's fucking holy shit muscles (god damn) is not okay because ????????

No, in tennis, it's gotta be this shit:

Somehow, the above is respecting the game. Could it have a little something to do with the color?

Because Serena has been calling her bodysuit "Wakanda inspired." Is it possible that my fellow white people have been afraid of Serena for years, and her coming out looking like a fucking superhero in an outfit that shows off her jacked muscles with no possibility of an upskirt shot made them feel all fragile and small inside?

And they would rather she died from a blood clot?

Dear fellow white people. Serena Williams is the best anyone has ever been at your weird snooty sport, and you look like nerds in your dorky little white skirts. She is better than you will ever be and nothing will ever change that. Get over it.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Gif of the Day

All cats are nerds.

Headline of the Month

Thank god Trump came along and saved freedom of speech, right?

New CNN contributor called out for contract legally forbidding any criticism of Trump

Also, for fuck's sake, CNN. Did your CEO make you hire this guy or what? Did you even glance at his LinkedIn profile?

Okay, I just need to know that you work on the Trump 2020 advisory committee, and therefore you have signed an NDA that includes a non-disparagement clause. So you can't really tell me, then—you really don't believe the president's own words, "he's a good guy"? about Paul Manafort.

Rob Astorino's speech is so free that he can't criticize Donald Trump ever or he could be sued for breaking the contract he signed forbidding him from criticizing Donald Trump. So much freedom.

The Terrible Legacy of John McCain

John McCain had like, two political positions that hit basic human decency levels, so liberals have spent the weekend talking about how great he was. He's dead, by the way, in case you missed the news.

In my junior year of high school, I had to make a persuasive speech for class. The position I took was "torture is bad and the U.S. shouldn't do it," and John McCain's experiences and words made up a large part of my argument. As a baby liberal, one of my points was "look, this guy's a Republican asshole, but he actually experienced torture so he's against it." Of course, now I know that Republicans have no qualms about ignoring people who actually have relevant experience on the issues, or anything else.

During my summer before college, I watched John McCain lean left to try and appeal to centrists rather than fascists, and had some respect for him before he announced his running mate.

Now, I'm well aware that the left-leaning was just a ploy to get votes. He's been happy to bank right in the current political climate. Also, if you look at his actual history and voting record, you'll see just the kind of person he really was.

You don't actually have to respect people who committed war crimes and spent their lives taking from the poor to give to the rich. Just because he had a tiny bit of integrity, enough to remain against torture after being tortured himself and enough to vote against killing Obamacare that one time, doesn't erase all the terrible things he's done.

I shouldn't have to say this, but apparently, I do.

If you're curious about the content of McCain's legacy, I invite you to Google it.

You can also take a look at this awful, horrifying gif I came across on Tumblr that made me laugh so hard I thought I'd cracked a rib.

I'm not gonna lie, though. Laughing at this did make me feel like a bad person. But my god, the awful ragdoll physics.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Gif of the Day

InFiNiTe CaTs.

I'm Going To Keep This Brief

White men: Harass, assault, rape, stalk, abuse, and murder women at astonishing rates for centuries.

Republicans: *crickets*

Feminists: Can we do something about this, please?


One undocumented man: Murders a white woman.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Gif of the Day

I aspire to enter every room in this manner.

White Tears Get Black Woman Fired Over White Tears Article

In an amazing feat of Not Getting It, two white women got their black colleague fired over that article about white women weaponizing their white tears.

Black Journalist Fired After White Colleagues Complained About Her Sharing Article About White Women's Tears On Her Private Facebook Page

This bullshit was brought to everyone's attention by the author of the original white tears piece, Ruby Hamad.

Not a peep from the crowd that's constantly crying about white supremacists getting fired for being extremely racist in their personal time, by the way.

According to Hamad, Lisa Benson Cooper had filed a discrimination complaint against her workplace after being repeatedly passed over for promotion in favor of less experienced white coworkers. So this was likely an excuse to retaliate against her. Cooper is now suing the media company, as well she should.

And we can all help her by sharing her story. Especially us white women who are tired of seeing our fellow white women use their hurt feelings to attack, punish, and hold back black women.

And if you haven't read Hamad's article yet, please do so:

How white women use strategic tears to silence women of colour

“White women tears are especially potent … because they are attached to the symbol of femininity,” Ajayi explains. “These tears are pouring out from the eyes of the one chosen to be the prototype of womanhood; the woman who has been painted as helpless against the whims of the world. The one who gets the most protection in a world that does a shitty job overall of cherishing women.”

We white women need to be acutely aware of this and shut it down when we see it. Don't leave women of color to do all the work for us yet again.

Prisoners Are Striking Even Harder Today

Prison strikes have been going on for many years but tend to get very little coverage in the media. So this might be the first you're hearing of a 17-state-wide prisoner strike happening today to fight against slave labor.

America’s prisoners are going on strike in at least 17 states

The demonstrations are planned to take place from August 21 to September 9, which marks the anniversary of the bloody uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility in New York. During this time, inmates across the US plan to refuse to work and, in some cases, refuse to eat to draw attention to poor prison conditions and what many view as exploitative labor practices in American correctional facilities. 
“Prisoners want to be valued as contributors to our society,” Amani Sawari, a spokesperson for the protests, told me. “Every single field and industry is affected on some level by prisons, from our license plates to the fast food that we eat to the stores that we shop at. So we really need to recognize how we are supporting the prison industrial complex through the dollars that we spend.”

These demands represent the most basic human rights. It's messed up that they have to strike just to be "valued as contributors." By the by, you don't have to "contribute" to society in the form of capitalist exploitation in order to have value.

But at the very least, there should be no profit to be had in the act of imprisoning people. If we're going to believe that profit is the best/only motivator (capitalist bullshit but stay with me), then we could at least try to avoid motivating the rich to imprison and enslave the poor.

A big part of the problem is that we've been tricked into believing that prisoners are less than human. Being put into a jail or prison is automatic proof of guilt, we've come to believe. And committing any kind of crime is proof that you no longer deserve any rights, dignity, or even life.

People commit crimes because the society has failed them. Throwing them into cages where they're abused and exploited for years and then hobbled for the rest of their lives upon release does not discourage crime. It increases it.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Gif of the Day


The Goal Was Never To Reduce Crime

Today in "Water Is Wet":

The Militarization of Police Does Not Reduce Crime

New research provides evidence supporting such warnings. It finds the use of SWAT teams—perhaps the most common and visible form of militarized policing—neither reduces crime nor enhances public safety. 
It reports this aggressive approach to law enforcement is disproportionately used in minority communities. And finally, it finds portraying officers in military gear decreases public support for the police.

Don't get me wrong, it's good to conduct studies on these things and report on said studies and I like throwing facts into the faces of assholes as much as the next gal, but the Pacific Standard missed a key point.

Militarizing the police was never about reducing crime. The last thing those in power want is to reduce crime. Without crime, who are they going to throw in their for-profit prisons/slave factories?

If anything, it's about intimidating civilians into not fighting back. And, you know, getting people used to a fascist society where the military is the police and you can get your door smashed in for no reason and be dragged off/murdered by masked shock troops. You know.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Gif of the Day

Have a guy.

Voter Suppression In Full Swing

You probably know this already, but since the gutting of the Voting Rights Act, states have been going bananas with the purging of voter rolls, closing of poll locations, and everything else they can do to keep the poor, people of color, trans people, and various other disenfranchised populations from voting.

I am sympathetic to the view that voting is just the state's way of giving the people some feeling of control that is largely an illusion to keep them from using more violent and effective means of freeing themselves from state tyranny. But I am also a spiteful bitch, and if assholes are trying to keep me from voting, it makes me want to vote. If you're the same, you should make sure that you still can vote.

This online tool allows you to do so in seconds.

I'm not at all confident in a "blue wave," not am I actually a fan on Democrats. Maybe taking back the House and Senate will only delay the inevitable collapse of the country and resulting riots and chaos and suffering. Maybe it would buy us time to prepare. I really don't know. All I know is that I kind of live for seeing Republicans and white supremacists (tons of overlap there, I know) suffer and whine. It will also send the message that outward, open nazism is not going to be tolerated, at least. It could make a lot of people's lives safer for now.

Again, I don't really know. I'll decide in hindsight, I'm sure.

The point is that if you want to vote, I support that, and I can't not fight against voter suppression. It's just pure facism.

So check your status, and try to make arrangements beforehand to vote, because they're going to be making it as difficult as possible.

Why a Rural Georgia County Wants to Close Almost all its Polling Locations in a Majority Black County

TL;DR: Because racism.

During a “courtesy” meeting Thursday night, the Randolph County Board of Elections, a county located near the Georgia-Alabama border, informed residents of the possibility that seven of the nine voting locations would be eliminated since the county did not have time to make them wheelchair accessible before the midterms, according to local media reports.

Nothing like white, able-bodied people exploiting ableism in support of racism.

In a letter sent to the Randolph County Board of Elections threatening legal action against the county, ACLU Georgia claimed the timing of the proposal was suspicious because the exact same polling locations were used in recent elections earlier this year and because the first black female gubernatorial nominee, Stacey Abrams, will be on the ballot in November.

Yeah no shit it's suspicious.

This shit and all the reports I'm hearing about tens of thousands of people being purged from voter rolls add up to someone reaaalllllyyyy doesn't want us to vote. And the best way to get back at evil assholes is to do the exact opposite of what they want. Just please, for the love of anything, please don't get complacent once the neoliberal Democrats are back in power.

White House Speech Writer Was a White Supremacist, Big Surprise

Someone in the White House was just fired for a good reason for once.

Trump speechwriter fired amid scrutiny of appearance with white nationalists

Darren Beattie, who was a visiting instructor at Duke University before he joined the White House speechwriting team, was fired Friday after a media inquiry about his appearance at the 2016 H.L. Mencken Club conference, where Beattie spoke on a panel alongside Peter Brimelow. 
Brimelow, founder of the anti-immigrant website, is a “white nationalist” and “regularly publishes works by white supremacists, anti-Semites, and others on the radical right,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an advocacy group that tracks extremists.

Good lord, if the next administration is going to want to get all the white nationalism out of the house, they're going to have to get a high quality bug bomb.

Once White House officials were informed about CNN’s pending report, Beattie reportedly was confronted and urged to step down immediately. But he apparently refused to resign, arguing that he was not racist and that he had made uncontroversial academic points at the Mencken gathering. When it became clear that Beattie would not resign, the people familiar with the matter said, the White House terminated him.

Stubborn vermin, those white supremacists.

And don't think this fuck's nazi leanings were a secret before he was hired.

Beattie wrote his doctoral thesis on Martin Heidegger, who was a member of the Nazi Party in Germany. Beattie has called Heidegger’s Nazi affiliation “highly troublesome” but maintained that his work is worthy of scholarly attention, according to a report by Forward magazine.

Understatements of the fucking century, Beattie.

Was this the guy who wrote "there are bad people on both sides"? Lol just kidding, that was clearly 100% Trump.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Gif of the Day

God I love black cats with big fangs that stick out of their beautiful little mouths.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Gif of the Day

Another great reaction gif. No idea where it's from but I like it.

Did You Hear About How Police Sided With Nazis In Portland?


I feel like this somehow slipped through the NSF cracks, partially because I took a break last week, but holy fucking hell the shit that went down the weekend before that in Portland, wow.

In Portland, the Police Played Into the Hands of the Fascists and Attacked Their Own Citizens

I cannot stress enough how much Portland police accommodated, sided with, and fought for nazis on August 4th when counter-protesters stood up to Patriot Prayer, the Proud Boys, and other fascists and white supremacist groups. The counter-protesters, by the way, were Portland citizens instead of assholes flown/bussed in from out of state with the help of Alex Fucking Jones.

Everything had remained more or less peaceful until the Portland cops suddenly and randomly charged the counter-protesters, haphazardly flash bang grenades into the fleeing, panicked crowd. including an unexploded flash bang grenade fired at such close range into the back of a fleeing protester's head that it pierced his helmet, which thank god he was wearing or he would be dead right now. As it is, the back of his head was still bloodied, at the very least.

The journalist in the article above reports being trapped by police in a crowd of other journalists as the cops beat them with clubs. Ah, yes, the Land of the Free.

He caught the charge on video. It's really terrifying. There's a large gap between him and the line of police and for no apparent reason there's a bang and they all charge down the street right at him, then hit and shove him with their batons shouting "move" as he tries to back up and get out of the way. I just do not understand why they did this. And they did so with the nazis cheering them on. I hope they feel super good about themselves.

Oh, and did you see the video of a woman simply walking down the street with the sign, minding her business, when a cop clearly reaches out and grabs the sign for no goddamn reason and tries to rip it from her. She then gets shoved to the ground, piled on, and arrested for I guess trying to hang onto the sign that the cop attempted to steal from her. It's fucking awful.

The cops have put out all sorts of bullshit reasons for this fascist behavior, because cops have always been honest about why they attack and assault peaceful protesters. An order to disperse that no one heard before they charged, supposed weapons spotted in the crowd of counter-protesters despite the nazi crowd carrying all kinds of weapons, "blocking traffic" as though that justifies attempted murder, and finally, a claim that some cops cars were in danger!

The actions of the Portland police are now "under review" by order of the Police Chief, but I feel like I can predict the outcome of that review.

ICE Only Cares About Deporting People, Not Morality

Hey everyone. ICE didn't want the media to get wind of this.

According to e-mails obtained by the Globe between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and employees of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), ICE asked government officials to space out the meetings so that the public wouldn’t catch on and draw “negative media interests.”

Gee, I wonder why they thought people would be upset.

ICE agents set ‘trap’ for immigrants seeking legal residency

Two federal immigration agencies worked together in a coordinated effort to set deportation traps for unsuspecting immigrants seeking legal status, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) alleged in a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen this week. 
According to the Boston Globe, the two agencies arranged meetings for the undocumented immigrants at government offices, where they were subsequently arrested, and in some cases deported.

So basically they were like "hey come meet us and we'll talk about getting you legal status" and then instead they just arrest them.

It's just so fucking disgusting. Dangling citizenship in front of their faces, the thing they need in order to stop living in fear and being completely exploited by employers, and getting access to government services and any kind of justice like human beings deserve, and it's a trick to arrest and deport them?

The goal of ICE or any U.S. government agency was never to get immigrants here legally. It's to deport people of color and keep people of color out. You can bet this little trap was never used on a white undocumented immigrant.

“In my opinion, it makes sense for us to arrest aliens with final removal orders as they represent the end of the line in the removal process,” Graham said in a separate email from January. “They are typically the easiest to remove…and at the end of the day we are in the removal business and it’s our job to locate and arrest them.”

Note the dehumanizing language.

This is all they care about. They just want to arrest and deport as many undocumented PEOPLE as they can. Who cares whether it's right or not, yeah? "It's our job" mmhmm the world has heard that before.

Fuck ICE and fuck this country.