Thursday, May 31, 2018

Gif of the Day


I love it when cats just look so caught.

Don't Stop Talking About Migrant Children Being Separated From Parents

Keep spreading the stories of the migrants and asylum seekers who are having their babies torn from their arms at the border by heartless ICE agents until it stops.

Asylum-seeker torn from her 18-month-old child: 'He was screaming as the car drove away'

When we woke up the next morning, immigration officers brought us outside where there were two government cars waiting. They said that I would be going to one place, and my son would go to another. I asked why repeatedly, but they didn't give me a reason. 
The officers forced me to strap my son into a car seat. As I looked for the buckles, my hands shook, and my son started to cry. Without giving me even a moment to comfort him, the officer shut the door. I could see my son through the window, looking back at me -- waiting for me to get in the car with him -- but I wasn't allowed to. He was screaming as the car drove away.

This will never not be evil, not matter how you try to spin it. And now we have detention centers filling up with children. We already know that prisons are terrible for kids and always cause psychological damage, and these detention centers are no different.

The Trump administration’s horrific policy has led to a surge in the number of separated children, with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) saying it had separated 10,773 children, up from 8,886 in late April. As a result, designated detention facilities for children are nearing-capacity.

That's some real good dystopian future shit right there.

Abolish ICE. Open the borders.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Gif of the Day


Have I posted this one yet?

Not the most pleasant way to wake up, but if you're sleeping through your alarms...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Gif of the Day


Holy crap. Ducks chase laser pointers, too.

Today in Post-Reality America

Now that enough people have come out against the evil new policy to separate all migrant children from their parents to be returned by ????????, Donald Trump is pretending that it's not a policy he championed and is saying that Democrats did it even though it is 100% a Republican policy to be enforced via ICE which was created during the George W. Bush era.


But who cares what's real? Lord Dampnut can say anything and get away with it. His followers will believe it and repeat it even though it completely contradicts things he just said like, a couple days ago.

Oh and also this thing he's said at pretty much the exact same time:

Trump on Abused Immigrant Children: "They're Not Innocent"

The context makes this one worse.

“We have the worst immigration laws of any country, anywhere in the world,” Trump said at the roundtable held at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center. “They exploited the loopholes in our laws to enter the country as unaccompanied alien minors.” 
Trump added: “They look so innocent. They’re not innocent.”

So little children are conspiring to enter the U.S. as little children so they can commit crimes later. That is what Trump is saying here. They're not little kids doing what their parents/other adults tell them to do or just fleeing for their lives to a place that we keep saying is the best country in the world. They're "exploiting loopholes." Like 5-year-old kids do. Exploit legal loopholes.

And because laws that protect people from being kicked out of the country when they were brought here as little kids, which Trump has been attacking, are "legal loopholes" and not the most basic level of human decency.

Fuck Trump and fuck everyone who voted for him.

Surprise! Racist White Woman Said Something Racist

Welp, Roseanne said a bunch of really racist and anti-semitic shit on Twitter and got her show reboot canceled, surprising exactly no one who had ever spent two minutes looking at her Twitter page.

ABC has canceled ‘Roseanne’ after its star, Roseanne Barr, went on a vitriolic and racist Twitter rampage

What the fuck were you expecting, ABC, honestly? You can't tell me you didn't know she was like this. She fucking spread that "pizzagate" shit before you hired her. Everyone knew.

I hope you lost a lot of money on this.

Anyway, Roseanne has been racist and anti-semitic and spreading nazi-approved dog whistles for years, this was bound to happen, but I'm glad it already did so she can die in obscurity and the rest of us can move on with our lives.

Request for Donations

Because of the lack of stability afforded to many of us in late-stage capitalism, it looks like I'm not going to be making very much money at all this week, which is not great. So I figured I'd ask for donations.

I promise not to freak out on anybody this time if you do donate any amount. If I ask for donations I should probably just accept them, right? Mmmmm guilt issues.

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.

At least I'll have plenty of time to blog this week? Hahaha just kidding I'll be putting all my energy into pitching articles to try and make up for the lack of paid work. Mmmm capitalism.

Thanks for donating/reading my bullshit.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Gif of the Day


Love love love love love.

ICE is Evil and So is This Country

[TRIGGER WARNING: CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, CONCENTRATION CAMPS, GENOCIDE]

Let's talk about the kids coming to the border between Mexico and the U.S., shall we?

First, let's address the kids who have been "lost" by immigration officials. A lawyer made a Twitter thread yesterday with some very important information that we should all understand about this particular issue.


Go ahead and click through to read the entire thread, but the short version is that these 1,500 kids are not so much "missing" as they are "the kids whose guardians did not answer the phone when a division of HHS called to check up on them after they were placed with a family."

These are the kids who arrived without a guardian, NOT the kids who are being separated from their parents at the border. They're usually placed with family and then the "Office of Refugee Resettlement" makes a call later to check up on the kids, and if they can't get on the phone with someone, they're labeled as something that could maybe be interpreted as "missing" but they are very likely not.

Ms. Rice's other point is that it's good that these kids are out of the ORR's reach because the ORR is now working directly with ICE. We don't want ANY government office to be in contact with these kids right now. We want them to be "missing" according to ICE. Hide these kids from the U.S. government.

Now let's talk about the kids who are being separated from their parents at the border as a "deterrent" to people coming to the U.S. to seek asylum or just immigrate very likely because the situation in their home country is intolerable but not something that our shit government would grant them asylum for.

It is evil to turn these people away. It is more evil to take their kids away from them and stick these kids in cages to be guarded by people who beat and sexually abuse them.

Neglect & Abuse of Unaccompanied Children by U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The things detailed in that report are utterly horrific. Like I'm considering whether I can call myself a good person if I don't genuinely work toward moving down South to the border so I can help smuggled people in past ICE and friends and actively impede ICE at every opportunity.

Our government is of course denying these "allegations," and at the same time they're literally like "we're just going to go ahead and destroy our records of immigrant abuse including sexual abuse lol."

ICE Plans to Start Destroying Records of Immigrant Abuse, Including Sexual Assault and Deaths in Custody

ICE has asked for permission to begin routinely destroying 11 kinds of records, including those related to sexual assaults, solitary confinement and even deaths of people in its custody. Other records subject to destruction include alternatives to detention programs, regular detention monitoring reports, logs about the people detained in ICE facilities, and communications from the public reporting detention abuses. ICE proposed various timelines for the destruction of these records ranging from 20 years for sexual assault and death records to three years for reports about solitary confinement.

If you think ICE won't get that permission because what the FUCK, well, I wish I had your kind of sunny outlook on the state of the nation.

If you need a photo to go with all of this horrific information to get it all to sink in, this is how we treated migrant children in our custody in 2014:



I'm going to go ahead and guess that this hasn't gotten better. Also, sending kids to "foster homes or whatever" is not an okay thing to do to the kids we take away from their parents. Like what the fuck, you're just going to permanently separate families to punish them for seeking asylum? And yes, our foster system is shit and also rife with abuse, so.

I also need to be clear about the fact that none of this is "un-American." We have been separating children from their parents to terrorize people of color and drive them to despair throughout our history. Starting with Native Americans, whose tribes we systematically wiped out in part by stealing their children, forcing them into horribly abusive "schools" designed to utterly cut those kids off from their culture and generally brainwash them.

Then, of course, you have the chattel slavery that routinely separated families in order to sow despair and obedience in African slaves.

Now we are doing it again with migrant, overwhelmingly Lantix families, sticking both adults and children into what can only be called concentration camps and justifying it by dehumanizing them via calling them "illegal," something that Nazis in Nazi Germany literally did to Jewish people, which is where/when the term "no human being is illegal" originated.

And still I see people online claiming that these PEOPLE, these HUMAN BEINGS deserve this unconscionable treatment because they did something that may or may not have been declared illegal by our government. As though that would mean anything to any parent trying desperately to get their children to somewhere safer, or somewhere they believe to be safer. Many of the people coming here now are seeking asylum, which is legal, but I don't give half a fuck if it's "legal" or not.

If you have kids, and you can't for a second put yourself in the place of a parent who lives in a nation plagued with war and/or horrific gang violence and/or intense poverty, and you still think they should stay and watch their kids starve/be murdered because coming to the U.S. without waiting 10 years and spending money they don't have to "legally" get a pass to come here is "illegal," you're a terrible person. You're evil. You're racist. And if humanity makes it long enough for this era to become history, then history will condemn you as accomplices to another evil regime that murdered countless people.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Gif of the Day


My question is how can that guy just walk away from that tum tum?

Human Nature

A lot of people like to talk about human nature. I've been reading essays on Anarchism by Emma Goldman because that's the kind of person I am now (not even I'm sure if I'm being self-deprecating right now) and she makes a couple good points. First, the people who know the least about things like psychology which might provide some insight into the nature of humanity seem to like to talk about human nature the most.

The best part about this is that these essays come from the early 1900s because she died in 1940. Humans really never change, we just do the same shit every decade with different hats.

Anyway, the other excellent point she makes is that, what the fuck do we know about human nature? What do we know about what humans should be doing if we had stayed in nature doing natural things when we've been rejecting and abusing nature for millennia? There are literally people out there who think we should destroy everything we've built in human "society" and go back to hunter-gatherer mode because everything went wrong after we figured out farming and started building our blocky houses and being weird about everything.

Of course I don't agree, because good lord, the billions of people who would die. But I can kind of see their point. We did yank ourselves out of nature, didn't we? We rejected everything that rules the lives of every other living being on this earth - the perfect balance of nature that makes life possible.

Emma Goldman points out that when you take a non-human animal out of its natural habitat and stick it in a cage and try to study its "natural" behavior, you're going to fail miserably, because non-human animals shoved into human-made cages do not behave normally. This is why we got the false idea of the "alpha wolf," because we took a bunch of unrelated wolves and shoved them together in a small space, which would never happen in nature, and then were like "oh how they're behaving now must be normal for wolves."

We don't always make the best decisions.

So why in the fuck do we think we know anything at all about human nature? That very phrase is utterly meaningless by now. We were never supposed to invent capitalism and work in offices or warehouses or any kind of building 8 hours per day, 40 hours a week (or more). Currency isn't natural. Fashion isn't natural. Guns aren't natural.

On the other hand, maybe we were always going to go down this road. Our brains developed to the point that we invented agriculture and cities and "society," for better or for worse. We couldn't not come up with ways to resist the most natural thing in the world - death.

What I'm getting to is the evils of the world are either entirely unnatural or perfectly natural, or maybe both. It's an entirely philosophical discussion that is already giving me a headache. And unless you understand and acknowledge all of that, I don't want to hear crap about human nature coming out of you, whether it's to defend rapists or spread bullshit about communism, or anything else. Thanks.

UPDATE:


Forced Patriotism is the Best Patriotism

Actually I think patriotism is generally a bad thing. It's just a step away from nationalism. I'd rather be extremely critical of the nation I live in, especially if it's one of the shittiest in things like education and deaths during childbirth and is constantly running around shitting on other nations and murdering people for more power and money. We really suck.

Anyway, did you head that the NFL decided they're going to fine players for kneeling during the national anthem? Nothing says freedom like fining people for political protest.

Hey remember when football players used to hang out in the locker room during the national anthem? But in 2009 the Department of Defense started paying NFL teams to "stage on-field patriotic ceremonies"? Great use of money while we have an obscenely high veteran suicide rate because the DoD won't use hardly any of the ridiculous amount of money it has to take care of the people it spends so many millions to recruit only to give them PTSD and then dump them on the streets.

But seriously, everyone should be able to recognize that forced patriotism isn't patriotism at all. Do we think the people of North Korea really love their country, or are they forced to pretend, and that's horrible? Even if you think patriotism is good, you should recognize that this is not patriotism, but fascism in the making. If we accept it for NFL players, how long before this is imposed on the rest of us? And you know, most of us can't afford to pay hefty fines for protesting. Don't you want to be able to protest the government next time a black person becomes president?

My point is that if you don't boycott the NFL this year, you're accepting fascism. Don't watch that bullshit until they reverse that rule.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Gif of the Day


Bye.

A Bit of Fun and Happy News This Thursday Morning

It's still morning where I am shut up.

Someone threw a drink at Tomi Lahren and restaurant patrons broke into applause as she stormed out


We’re told when Lahren got up to leave the restaurant, a woman sitting at Madison’s table threw a glass of water on the conservative mouthpiece. Madison claims that “literally the entire restaurant started cheering.” 
We spoke with the bouncer in the video, Jeremy Jackson (not that one), who said that Tomi claimed she saw the brunch group “scowling at her” on her way out of the eatery and said, “Just another day in the life” as she walked by them. That’s apparently when the drink was sent flying. 
Patrons immediately took out their cell phones to record the aftermath while a “F**k that bitch” chant erupted in the background.

What, does the special snowflake Tomi Lahren thing she's entitled to being dry? Or to not having things thrown at her? Maybe she should work harder at not being a racist piece of shit who attacks oppressed people for money.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Gif of the Day


Omg the firmness with which the bun lifts up and slams down the bowl at the end of the gif loop like "STOP THIS NONSENSE."

U.S. Gun Culture Summarized in 23 Seconds

And possibly the U.S. in general.

I'm so glad someone made a video of this part of the episode Homer the Vigilante.



Marge is every other country in the world.

Meghan Markle's Feminist Wedding Kicks Out the Homeless

So I got this article in an email this morning, lol.

Meghan Markle Makes Online Debut to Turn Feminism Into Front-Page News

For a few days last week, the world stood still — gazing in awe at the grandiose spectacle of fabulous dresses, vigorously waved flags, and, to be absolutely fair, military hats not too dissimilar to what Cheryl Tweedy wore in 2009’s “Fight For This Love” music video. 
But love it or loathe it, you cannot deny that royal fever has provoked a seismic shift. Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, has got the entire British press talking about something vital: feminism.

Oh how wonderful! This rich woman who threw a grandiose spectacle for her wedding is a feminist! And as we all know, wealthy, capitalist feminists make the best feminists. They care about all the women.

Just kidding.

These are the headlines I've been interested in about this latest royal wedding:

Windsor council leader calls for removal of homeless before royal wedding

Police in Windsor Are Seizing Homeless People’s Belongings Before the Royal Wedding

And then:

Fans camp out ahead of royal wedding

OH MY GOD so okay camping out on the streets is unseemly for tourists and the royal family but if they're tourists themselves then it's fine.

And finally:

Charity enraged after police impound rough sleepers' bus ahead of royal wedding

So a charity volunteered to take care of the homeless people displaced by this "grandiose spectacle" and police impound it. Police said it was because of an "issue with the driver's license" but why the fuck do you have to impound the entire bus for that?? Just call the charity and get someone over there with the proper license.

Stop fucking lying and just admit you don't want tourists to know you have a homelessness problem in your city, and you'd prefer it if homeless people just went off into the woods and died.

So please excuse me if I'm unimpressed by Meghan Markle's feminism after she and her new husband spend a shit ton of money on a "grandiose spectacle" while more and more people suffer homelessness in the city where your pointless fake monarchy still exists. I am glad to see a little color get into that very white royal blood, but call me when Markle starts doing anything to help poor women, including those that her goddamn wedding hurt.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Gif of the Day


WHO THE FUCK DID THIS?????

Things Are Better

So I was having some issues, financial worries, feeling very anxious and like a bad cat owner. But in a short space of time, some things fell into place and I got some good news, and things feel a lot better.

Sometimes a bunch of bad things happen at once and things seem awful. Then sometimes a bunch of good things happen at once and everything gets better. I need to remember this, and I'm saying these seemingly common sense statements here now because it's hard for anyone to remember that shit tends to turn out okay when things are bad.

Also, if your vet wants to charge you a lot of money for a procedure, it's okay to shop around.

Maybe even things in the world will get better, politically and culturally. I mean, sure, the Supreme Court just shat on unions and workers in general in the U.S., but maybe that will convince people that it would be easier to bypass corporate unions and just gather in mobs to drag their bosses out into the streets and take all their stuff.


We don't need a Supreme Court to tell us that we can organize. It doesn't need to be "legal." They can go ahead and try to stop us, because they can't stop us all.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Gif of the Day


What is this and why.

The Texas Shooter Was Not a Nice Guy

Another shooter, another guy associated with nazis and general fascists, and another guy who turned to deadly violence in response to being rejected by a girl.

Texas school shooter killed girl who turned down his advances and embarrassed him in class, her mother says

One of Pagourtzis' classmates who died in the attack, Shana Fisher, "had 4 months of problems from this boy," her mother, Sadie Rodriguez, wrote in a private message to the Los Angeles Times on Facebook. "He kept making advances on her and she repeatedly told him no." 
Pagourtzis continued to get more aggressive, and she finally stood up to him and embarrassed him in class, Rodriguez said. "A week later he opens fire on everyone he didn't like," she wrote. "Shana being the first one." 

 Meanwhile, news outlets keep saying shit like this:

"We are gratified by the public comments made by other Santa Fe High School students that show Dimitri as we know him: a smart, quiet, sweet boy," the family statement said.

He harassed a girl for four months.

"Never seen a problem out of that child," said Richard Wallace, recalling how Pagourtzis would come around every year for Halloween. 
Another neighbor, Bobbie Owen, said Pagourtzis and his younger sister helped her carry in Christmas packages last year.

He harassed a girl for four months.

Mr. Pagourtzis had no known confrontations with law enforcement, Mr. Abbott added. “As far as having a criminal history, he has none. His slate is pretty clean.” 
In many ways, Mr. Pagourtzis was a part of the Santa Fe community. 
He made the honor roll. He played defensive tackle on a school football team that was the pride of the town. His family was involved in the Greek Orthodox Church.

He harassed a girl for months. He wore the Iron Cross and was associated with neo-nazi shit. He brought a gun to school and murdered 10 people.

Stop talking about how he didn't seem like the kind of guy who would do this. White supremacy and toxic masculinity has combined in this country and escalated to the point that it could spark a murderous rampage in any white man or white teen boy at any time. That's what happens when you teach white boys and men that people of color and women owe them something they're not getting and/or are taking something from them that is naturally theirs, and teach them that committing violence is their right and anger is the only emotion they're allowed to express.

This will keep happening until these lessons stop.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Gif of the Day


A) Who did this, and B) how did they do this.

Here's Fascism!

[TRIGGER WARNING: ANTI-LATINX RACISM, DEHUMANIZATION, ABLEIST SLUR]

You've probably heard that Trump called Latinx immigrants "animals." Yes, he did. Now you need to brace yourself for Republicans to accuse all of us who are appalled and talking about it of taking his words out of context.

You can find the exact context on Politifact.

In Context: Donald Trump's comments about immigrants, ‘animals’

First, a county sheriff gives a short speech about how new laws are preventing them from treating immigrants like complete shit (like, perhaps, ANIMALS) and giving information to ICE. Trump calls it a disgrace, because of course. Then this:

Mims: "Thank you. There could be an MS-13 gang member I know about — if they don't reach a certain threshold, I cannot tell ICE about it." 
Trump: "We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we're stopping a lot of them — but we're taking people out of the country. You wouldn't believe how bad these people are. These aren't people. These are animals. And we're taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that's never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. It's crazy.

So, yes, it is very likely that when Trump said "these are animals," he was talking about MS-13 gang members.

Let's talk about that. First of all, you can say it's about "gang members," but we all know that is NOT who sparked this meeting. Trump is upset because of the "caravan" of people coming here to seek asylum. Gang members don't need to pretend to seek asylum to get here - they have the money and support to get here other ways.

At the same time, using the excuse of "I'm talking about gang members" opens you up to the ability to call every person who looks like they might be a Latinx immigrant "animals." And if they aren't gang members, you can just say you thought they were, right? But how do you determine whether someone is a gang member just by looking at them? Could this become a case of racial profiling?

I'm joking, of course. It already is a case of racial profiling. Racists will look for an excuse to dehumanize the people they hate as much as possible in order to spread their poisonous hate to others. It works. It's worked in every case of genocide there ever was.

On the other hand, are gang members animals? Or are they people forced into a situation because they have no other choice and have been raised in complete hell thinking this is their only option anyway so they pretend it's what they wanted all along?

Let's not forget that the horrific gang violence in certain areas of Latin America is the direct fault of the U.S. for starting a bullshit "War on Drugs" that created huge demand for drug production there.

Don't ever let anyone off the hook for dehumanizing Latinx migrants.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Gif of the Day


It's like the kitten is attacking the blep, it's too much.

Incels Are the Inevitable Conclusion of the Patriarchy

[TRIGGER WARNING: INTENSE MISOGYNY, RAPE THREATS, RACE FETISHISM]

I still get losers coming to me saying that the patriarchy isn't real and/or mocking me for talking about it. This has been happening for years, and during that same time, I have been aware of and periodically reading the horrific messages/forum posts of "incels."

I've already talked about the weirdness of having been aware of/sounding the alarm about these violently, intensely misogynistic men for years only to just now finally have everyone else pay attention. But others have made the very good and necessary point that the "incels" that have been spewing misogynistic hate online and more recently, going out and murdering women, are not involuntarily celibate like they claim and are not the only fucking adult virgins out there.

The Rage of the Incels

Some of the people I talked to were virgins by choice. Some were not, sometimes for complicated, overlapping reasons: disability, trauma, issues related to appearance, temperament, chance. “Embarrassed doesn’t even cover it,” a thirty-two-year-old woman who chose the pseudonym Bette told me. “Not having erotic capital, not being part of the sexual marketplace . . . that’s a serious thing in our world! I mean, practically everyone has sex, so what’s wrong with me?” A twenty-six-year-old man who was on the autism spectrum and had been molested as a child wondered, “If I get naked with someone, am I going to take to it like a duck to water, or am I going to start crying and lock myself in the bathroom?”

I too have known people who were adults well into adulthood or still are and wish not to be. They have mostly been women - some who were very attractive, some more "plain" according to our current cultural beauty standards. None of them have violently hated the men who wouldn't sleep with them.

Jia Tolentino rightly points out that the "incels" who have been murdering people could use the available services of sex workers if they want sex so badly, but they actually hate female sex workers with perhaps even more violent passion than those who won't have sex with them for free. Because this isn't about sex at all.

Incels aren’t really looking for sex; they’re looking for absolute male supremacy. Sex, defined to them as dominion over female bodies, is just their preferred sort of proof.

Tolentino makes a lot of great points about how the steps toward women's sexual liberation have deprived misogynistic men whose only source of perceived power comes from oppressing women of that very power.

This is absolutely the endpoint of patriarchy. This is misogyny and toxic masculinity mixing in the worst possible way. Cultural misogyny blames women for everything. Toxic masculinity tells men they are nothing if they can't get sex with young, attractive women. This can't not end in a number of men who blame women for their intense feelings of worthlessness and violently hate them for it.

And this had to end in murder.

I knew it would. I knew it for all those years I got messages from men telling me that women are inferior beings, all those years prominent women in the media (the gaming community in particular) talked about receiving messages containing detailed descriptions of how the sender would rape them, the comments on this blog encouraging other men to reject American women for more "submissive" Eastern European or "Asian" women (because these men are always grossly racist as well). This will continue until the roots of the problem are uprooted. Patriarchy and capitalism and white supremacy have to go, or these so-called "incels" will keep killing. 

The Situation in Gaza

If you haven't been looking at the situation in Gaza because it's too horrific, I feel for you. But the Palestinians are on the verge of being extinguished from existence. The Israeli government is determined to just take more and more and more, squeezing the life out of these people until they no longer exist so that Israel can have all of the land that they think they're entitled to.

This is genocide unfolding before our very eyes. It's not just the land-taking (though that has been horrible, blatant, and deadly), but now they're trying to kill the Palestinians through illness, both physical and mental.

Want to see a completely awful infographic?

Click to Enlarge
Before you're all "no sources blerdibler," I already looked all of those up for you using the mighty power of quick Google searches.

Water

Electricity

Unemployement

Anemia

Freedom of movement

I couldn't find a source for 50% of kids expressing no will to live, but with all of the rest of the shit that's been happening to them, I find that statistic to be extremely believable.

This is genocide, pure and simple. Take away their clean water, make their kids sick and hopeless, leave them with no way to make a living and barely any electricity to do things like contact the outside world.

They'll all be dead or scattered without a homeland soon. That's what Israel wants and that's what the U.S. is helping them do.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Gif of the Day


Alright. Who put googly eyes on Venom?

Recommended Reading

Last night I read this great intro to anarcho-communism. It's a pamphlet by the Anarchist Federation, and I personally approve it from a feminist and general social justice standpoint.

Intro to Anarchist Communism

It's 44 pages, but if you're fairly interested in the subject, this is a great place to start. If you're only somewhat interested, you can try the AF's short intro on anarcho-communism.

I'm trying to work through some essential reading lists, but I'm getting closer to calling myself an anarcho-communist. It makes a lot of sense to me. And it appears to be catching on with a lot of other people my age, which makes me hopeful that something could change.

According to the pamphlet, it's impossible to predict when real revolution will be sparked. In the past, it's started from small uprisings that grew into something huge. What we need to try and avoid is getting co-opted by capitalists and statists (Democrats mostly) and keep our movements by the people and for the people.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Gif of the Day


This looks a little bit like me at my job at the cat cafe trying to carry an unwilling kitten back to its kennel.

Here's Fascism!

[TRIGGER WARNING: POLICE BRUTALITY, RACISM]

Welp. The first so-called "black identity extremist" was brutalized and arrested by police for nothing other than complaining about police brutality on Facebook.

Black activist jailed for his Facebook posts speaks out about secret FBI surveillance

The short version is that Rakem Balogun was identified in a fucking Infowars video at a Black Lives Matter rally by the FBI and put on their surveillance list for "black identity extremists," and I guess decided to have him arrested (in the middle of the night as FBI agents crashed through his door and dragged him and his 15-year-old son out into the cold in their underwear) because he participated in anti-police chants and ironically called a guy who killed a cop a hero on Facebook. He was, of course, making a point about how racist cop supporters express solidarity with murderous police.

Keighley, however, later admitted the FBI had no evidence of Balogun making any specific threats about harming police.

His crime? I don't even know. The article says the prosecutors' case "unraveled." What was he even charged for? Being mad on the internet? If so, I've got some screenshots the FBI should take a look at.

He was apparently indicted for "unlawful possession of a firearm," but why did the FBI knock down his door in the first place? I guess the FBI isn't saying.

All of this is extremely alarming. But it's also happened before. Which actually makes it more alarming. Will we learn from history? Or is it COINTELPRO all over again?

Balogun lost his job, his car, and his house while he was held in jail without bail for five fucking months. And the FBI does not have to get him a new house and car. He just has to deal with this massive disruption and setback to his life. How's he going to fight his own oppression with all this new stress in his life?

Wow This is Some Seriously Awful Racism, United Airlines

Airline companies in this country really just need to be scrapped so we can start over, like what the fuck. Close down United Airlines and replace it with a company that has no white people in it.

Nigerian woman ‘kicked off United Airlines flight after white man complained she was "pungent"’

You heard that right. A woman was kicked off of a flight because a white man didn't like the way she smelled.

But just after she sat down, a crew member told Obioma to go outside the aircraft, where another employee told her that she would be removed from the flight. The lawsuit says the pilot had personally requested that she be removed because the male passenger, who was not identified, had complained that her smell was “pungent,” and he was not comfortable flying with her. 
“At that point Ms Obioma was lost, confused and disoriented. Her mind went blank and she was utterly befuddled,” according to the complaint. 
Obioma explained that she was taking her children to school in Canada for the first time, and that they had appointments they could not miss. Despite her situation, crew members refused to let Obioma back onto the aircraft and removed the entire family from the flight. 
“Ms Obioma watched her minor children marched out of the aircraft like criminals, confused and perplexed... She sobbed uncontrollably for a long time,” the complaint says, adding that the children, who were seated in the economy cabin, were humiliated.

BECAUSE A WHITE MAN DIDN'T LIKE THE WAY SHE SMELLED.

SUE THE FUCK OUT OF THEM.

She missed her appointments, by the way. Fuck United Airlines and fuck that racist piece of shit white man. I hope he somehow died of dysentery after that.

USA! USA! USA!

[TRIGGER WARNING: CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, CHILD MARRIAGE]

Every time people act like the U.S. is so much better than any place in the Middle East, I laugh until I die a little on the inside.

A little something I got in my inbox this morning:


If you can't read the details, these say:

Pakistan Is Stepping Up for Trans Rights: Pakistan’s parliament passed one of the world’s most progressive bills on transgender rights last week – a major milestone for the conservative South Asian country. 
This US State Just Became the First to Ban Child Marriage: One down, 49 to go. By raising the minimum marriage age to 18 without exceptions, the state became the first in the country to outlaw the harmful practice.

We really need to stop throwing stones.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Gif of the Day


I, for one, welcome our new furry overlord.

Good News!


This is one of those hooray but haha um oops it's a little late now, isn't it? moments.

In Victory for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Court Finds That Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline Violated the Law

I don't mean to dump on the victory of the Sioux Tribe, which has been fighting so hard for so long against this, standing up to powerful forces that we white people can never seem to stop.

A federal judge ruled that the federal permits authorizing the pipeline to cross the Missouri River just upstream of the Standing Rock reservation, which were hastily issued by the Trump administration just days after the inauguration, violated the law in certain critical respects.

The article doesn't say what this means for the pipeline itself, whether it has to be shut down or what. It already spilled oil like the Sioux Tribe said it would, but it would still be nice if it could be dismantled and banned forever so that no more oil can be spilled. And maybe like, the Trump administration could suffer some actual consequences? No?

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Where We're At

[TRIGGER WARNING: PESSIMISM, POLICE BRUTALITY, NAZIS]

I feel like it's about time to take stock of where we are as a country/society/planet. It's been over a year and three months of Lord Dampnut and we've had about 5,000, maybe 6,000 horrifying incidents since then? I think? They warned us early that the Dampnut administration would try to overwhelm us with awful to exhaust and confuse us? Well they did that, and uh, how were we supposed to defend against that again?

Okay. So. Immigration is a horror story. Education is a nightmare but at least the teachers are striking and winning. We're bombing more people than ever and declared another illegal war but nobody cares because did the last one even really end? Other countries have given up relying on us for anything, which is good. The environment is fucked and we might not be able to fix it. We keep hearing news about Trump getting deeper into shit but I'm not sure if any of it matters because it's taking so long and are we just getting too accustomed to this proto-fascist state that even if it is clear Trump committed crimes for which he should be impeached if anything will happen.

We still have nazis making trouble. They're still stuffing more people into prisons for the cheap/free labor. Police keep assaulting and murdering black and mentally ill people. Health care remains a disaster. Federal minimum wage is still $7.25 per hour.

What is this even?

Donald Trump gave a huge gift to Vladimir Putin, and may have saved the Russian government.

Also something about congressmen almost coming to blows, which, I mean, about time. Somebody punch someone. They do it in other countries.

Oh yeah and anti-choice nonsense is at an all-time high. Hate crimes, of course. Check this shit out:

Company that paid Trump lawyer $500,000 also bought up a host of white nationalist website names

Every two seconds I switch between wanting to protect the mainstream media and wanting to scream at it. What else? I don't get paid enough and rent keeps going up. It's going to be 96 degrees this weekend in fucking Seattle in MAY.

So what can I say? I think things are going to get even worse before they get better. Maybe they need to get bad enough that people finally reject capitalism or else we're just gonna go back to a Democrat majority where things get marginally better but Democrats have still shifted right again so they won't get back to how they used to be when things were kind of somewhere in the realm of being within sight of approaching acceptable, but we'll think everything's great because it's not utterly awful anymore and then before we know it we'll have another piece of shit Republican president with a Republican majority again and things will be even worse.

What is the point of telling you few people who read my blog sometimes about some of the choice awful things that happen each day? Sometimes I just want to put my head down and try to survive. I still think I should join some kind of community building organization but it's hard when I'm so tired all the time and right now basically only get one day off per week right now.

What is this social justice that was supposed to happen? Is this something we can ever have? Is it just another commodity now? I feel like I've learned so much, and now everything is just on repeat. How do I turn my knowledge into action when I can barely keep my stress levels manageable? It just seems impossible.

Maybe what I need is just a job that pays enough and some paid time off so that I can have a vacation every now and then GOD DAMNIT CAPITALISM YOU FUCK UP EVERYTHING.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Gif of the Day


Oooooooooooooo.

Headline of the Month

This is an opinion piece on WaPo but I appreciate a good headline.

Illinois police: Keep pot illegal — or we’ll kill the dog

That is not an inaccurate headline.

Police agencies spend thousands of dollars and months of training to teach  dogs how to sniff out and alert officers to the presence of marijuana, heroin, cocaine and other drugs. If pot use becomes legal, the dogs would likely either have to be retrained — which some handlers say is impossible or impractical — or retired.

Yeah, when weed was legalized here in Washington, we just had piles of dead dogs.

That's a joke. All the dogs are fine. There is no reason why it should be difficult to retrain pot sniffing dogs. The police dogs that are hard to retrain are the attack dogs, which are trained to maul people until they fucking die and are very difficult to rehabilitate after being retired and often have to be put down. Like if you're a dog lover you should hate police.

Anyway, it's a great article explaining all the reasons why this is bullshit. Police just want to be able to easily arrest people for bullshit and have something they can plant on people (especially black people) to fill the prisons with legal slaves. While taxpayers pay for the prisons, corporations make bank on unpaid labor or labor paid at pennies per hour.

US Immigration Policy Crosses the Line Into Utterly Inhumane

[TRIGGER WARNING: CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, RAPE, SLAVERY]

I dunno, it was probably over that line a long time ago. What line is this? Completely disgusting? Mind-blowingly awful? Not even most animals are treated this badly? What happened to your soul?

Children Will Now Be Separated From Their Parents at the U.S. Border

Sorry, kids, your parents took you across the border and you had no choice in the matter because you're children, but now we're not only going to cage you, we're going to separate you from your parents and leave you alone in the charge of people who are frequently accused of sexual abuse.

A new "zero tolerance" border enforcement policy will launch a crackdown on people crossing the border illegally: They'll be charged with a crime, and children and parents will be separated into juvenile and adult detention centers, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday. 
Until now, border agents had tried to keep families together at the same detention site, and people apprehended while crossing illegally were simply bused back over the border without any charges.

So, we're going to incarcerate a ton more people into our increasingly over-crowded prisons? Including their children? So you can put them to work, right? Great source of slaves there.

"If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law," Sessions said Monday in Scottsdale, Arizona. "If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border."

Smuggling a child. Parents fleeing horrible conditions in their countries (that we created) with their kids, usually because they have kids because they don't want their kids to fucking die, are "smuggling a child." And if you don't like that, don't come here! Just stay where you are and die. See your kids get murdered. Let your daughter get raped and your son forced into a murderous gang.

Sessions, I hope someone cuts off your face and sews it to a soccer ball.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Gif of the Day


When kittens get water on their tiny noses because their tiny tongues can't reach the water properly ahhhhhhhhhhhhh.

I Am So Sick of Worrying About Money

Let me tell you something. You can have a decent amount of money in savings, by which I mean like $3,000, but if you're like me, and you might be, it doesn't help. You still worry about every expense. You still know in the back of your mind that this money won't help you if you get sick or injured.

In my case, I fucked up my cat through ignorance that I could have remedied through like, reading some shit online and now she needs dental work plus I had to take her to the vet today because I think she's constipated again through me, again, fucking up.

At the same time, my car is 20 years old now and is doing some weird shit. I don't know how much longer it's going to last and me and my partner only have the one between us. I'm not looking forward to having to get a new/used one.

And, because I'm a freelancer because I swear to god in-office jobs make me want to kill myself (not an exaggeration), I have to worry about self-employment taxes. I have to save up because I'm going to owe a lot next year. Possibly over $1,000.

Not to mention last month I spent a bunch of money because, long story short, I don't know how our fucking tax system works.

Here's the thing. I make a small amount of money and luckily have few expenses. Then I know people who make a lot of money and have a lot of expenses to the point where they still live paycheck to paycheck. And are putting off badly needed medical care because of it.

I wish I could just stop giving a fuck. I wish I could just enjoy my life. I've been pretty stressed lately and haven't been keeping up well with this blog, and then I feel guilty about it. That's why I'm just thought-dumping on here, because I don't want to write about how fucked up the world is right now. I'm stressed enough.

I'm tired of it. I'm sick of seeing so much suffering in the world and watching the most powerful people on this Earth do NOTHING. Except make their suffering worse. Have you seen that shit about Jeff Bezos saying the only way he could possibly spend all of his obscene amounts of billions of dollars is by going into space? I actually tweeted at him this morning telling him that my sister needs surgery for endometriosis because she's always in pain but can't afford it and can't afford the childcare needed for her kid while she goes through the difficult and painful recovery.

He could toss me $15,000 for a new car and it would be nothing. Chump change. He could solve all the money problems of everyone I know and not even feel it. But instead of helping all the people who need it, he's dumping all his money into fucking space travel.

Travel to the sun and die, Bezos.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Gif of the Day


Pride Month is coming!

Guest Post: A Year Ago, House Republicans Voted to Repeal Obamacare. How Have Their Policies Affected Women Since?

Kate Harveston is a political writer from Pennsylvania. Her favorite topics are feminist-focused, but she writes on a wide variety of social and cultural issues. If you enjoy her work, you can follow her on Twitter or visit her blog, Only Slightly Biased.



Donald Trump made it clear on the campaign trail that one of his number one priorities was to throw people off of their health insurance, which many had for the first time in ages under the Affordable Care Act, as well as to make it next to impossible for women to access the critical reproductive health care they need. A year and a half later, Trump and his cronies have made good on their promise. Already, just months into 2018, 4 million Americans have lost their health insurance. And that's only the beginning if you happen to be female.

Sabotaging Birth Control and Maternity Care

To say that Trump, Pence and co. are anti-choice is perhaps the understatement of the year. Which makes their positions on birth control, as well as their attacks on maternity care, a study in hypocrisy: they're all for protecting the fetus, but couldn’t care less about the mother and child.

The United States already boasts the dubious distinction of having the highest maternal death rate among all the developed nations of the world. That's right: the nation that brags about being the richest in the world nevertheless leaves countless mothers to die. This is a national embarrassment, and anyone who truly espoused the values of being “pro-life” would take immediate action to reduce the numbers of moms dying giving birth, not increasing their chances of dying.

Yet, by stripping away the Essential Health Benefits (EFB) requirement of the ACA to cover things such as maternity care and mental health care, the Trump admin has made it possible for insurers and employers to decline maternity care. This comes at a time when the average birth in America costs more than it did the British Royal family to give birth to Prince Louis.

Lest this seem like some sort of macabre Machavellian plot to make sure only the wealthiest Americans can afford to give birth, fear not. The Trump administration has been hard at work making it all but impossible for women to avoid getting pregnant in the first place by stripping away at the birth control protections enacted with the Affordable Care Act.

The Trump Administration created The Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom. Initially created to protect health care workers who refuse to perform abortions on religious grounds, the scope of this new division of the Department of Health and Human Services has expanded its scope greatly. Not only are physicians and hospitals protected from liability if they fail to perform even a medically necessary abortion to save a woman's life, the Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom has expanded this protection to health insurers and employers.

As a result, not only may a woman's employer refuse to cover her birth control, whether or not she is taking it to prevent pregnancy or for another health reasons. Her health insurance company has the same right to deny her access to birth control or to remove birth control products from prescription coverage so that women are once more forced to pay for them out of pocket. This has a devastating impact, especially among poor women, who can't afford to pay out of pocket for birth control.

In addition, the Trump administration, in its rush to repeal Obamacare without any sort of replacement, voted in the Senate to allow states to deny reimbursing Planned Parenthood with Medicaid funds. This further limits access to affordable birth control especially for poor and middle class women. Vice President Mike Pence himself cast the deciding vote. This would not only deny abortion care to women in need, it would keep them from accessing affordable birth control as well.

A Global Impact on Women

Sadly, the Trump administration's actions do not only affect women in the United States, but around the globe. The Trump administration has expanded the global gag rule preventing health care providers in other nations that receive any American funds from even discussing abortion as an option for women in need. With the arrival of Zika and other diseases that attack the fetus and lead to severe birth defects, this is unnecessarily cruel, not only to the women denied abortion services and forced to carry a non-viable fetus to term, but for the child, who may be born only to suffer and die.

In addition, the Trump administration ceased the donation of American funds to the United Nations Population Fund. This fund, which helps exploited women and also helps in areas of humanitarian crisis, has helped numerous women around the globe plan their families wisely and afford economic freedom. With the loss of US funds, fewer women will be helped, and more will be left to bear the burdens of large families they simply cannot support.

Through both word and deed, the Trump administration has spelled disaster for the health of women in the US and around the globe. Barring a drastic change, countless women will continue to suffer and die under this administration's antediluvian rules. It is imperative for all Americans eligible to vote to get registered and to show up en masse to vote in the midterm elections to voice our displeasure at the ballot box and to hopefully regain some sense of a true health policy for women everywhere.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Gif of the Day


Cats have an interesting relationship with shoes.

Video of the Year

I forgot to wish everybody a happy May Day/International Worker's Day yesterday, but I'll make up for it today by sharing the best video I've ever seen, if you haven't seen it yet because you're not following Not Sorry Feminism on Facebook like a BAD CONSUMER. Anyway.

This is a video of a Proud Boy/Patriot Prayer fuck trying really hard and failing to rip an anti-fascism sign in half.


This could not be funnier or more satisfying. He tries SO HARD but he's TOO WEAK LMAO.

Maybe ridiculous sexist toxic masculinity isn't the answer.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Gif of the Day


FATALITY.

Black Woman Died Because Pilot Refused To Divert Plane

This incident from 2016 is getting new attention as the family files a lawsuit against American Airlines for the death of a 25-year-old nurse who suffered an embolism in the middle of a flight.

Her family alleged in their complaint that Oswell began slurring her speech and fainted, later vomiting and defecating over herself. They claimed a doctor on the flight, also a passenger, treated Oswell and told flight attendants an emergency landing needed to be made in order for the nurse to receive medical attention. 
In the suit, the family alleges the doctor spoke to the plane’s pilot about Oswell’s symptoms, but he refused to land after speaking with another doctor on the ground.

I don't know about anybody else but if someone both vomits on and shits themselves on my flight, I'm landing at the closest place with a hospital and a strip of land. It's not perfectly clear from the article exactly when the decision was made, but I don't understand why another doctor "on the ground" was even necessary or why the pilot couldn't change his fucking mind when Brittany Oswell's heart stopped.

I can't imagine the pain Oswell's new husband and her family felt. I can't imagine being on that plane with Oswell and the panic, the rage, the helplessness and my loved one died before my eyes while the fucking pilot refused to divert the plane to save a life.

United Airlines recently diverted a flight because a dog was loaded onto the wrong plane. Nobody and no dog was in danger. The dog was just not where it was supposed to be.

This is why we say black lives matter. Because if you looked at these two stories side by side, you'd think that black lives in this country mattered less than that of dogs.

I Knew About Incels

[TRIGGER WARNING: MASS MURDER, INTENSE MISOGYNY]

I haven't yet written about the incel mass murderer in Toronto who ran over multiple people in his van because he was mad about not getting laid. I guess it's because I'm not at all surprised something like this happened. I predicted that one of these dudes would commit heinous acts of violence when I learned about their existence years ago.

It's weird being in the know about a culture that suddenly mainstream media outlets are interested in. I don't remember exactly where I first read the term incel but I think it might have been from an actual self-identifying incel and I had to look it up. Because I've argued with these gross fucks online. I've received comments on this very blog from men trying to advertise some women-rejecting philosophy.

Yes, they are intensely misogynistic. Yes, they are intensely entitled little shits. They are the inevitable result of a society that treats women like objects to be fucked, of rape culture, and of media that says men need to have a certain amount of notches on their bedposts or they're not men. This was going to happen.

Somebody has blood on their hands and it is not the women who didn't want anything to do with this violent, misogynistic, hateful and generally awful piece of shit in Toronto.

Today is the funeral of two grandmothers that he murdered. Good going, fucko. Killing those horrible grandmas who wouldn't fuck you, I guess. Rot in prison and die ugly.