Friday, June 29, 2018

I Have No Headlines


So, yesterday was interesting. By which I mean it was mostly terrible. The entire week has been pretty terrible, what with the Supreme Court being Supremely Awful followed by the news that it's going to become much worse soon. Then today you had a mass shooting at a the Capital Gazette because pundits, douchefucks like Milo Youneedtostopolis, and the fucking president have been encouraging people to murder journalists, plus this fucking happened:

I still can't even fit that into my head. I know this is privilege at work but part of me is trying to believe that it was a terrible mistake.

I even managed to trip over my own shoes on a gravel road and scrape the fuck out of my knee.

And the cherry on top of this shit sundae was learning that the lead singer and songwriter of all three of my favorite bands, literally, is a fucking rapist.

I don't typically mention being a Tool fan because A) there were already persistent rumors that Maynard is a general dillweed and B) the vast majority of Tool fans are fucking embarrassing. But the truth is that Tool, A Perfect Circle, and later Puscifer have been very important to me. They have gotten me through several hard times in my life. So many hard times. They were basically my entire spiritual life. I was raised Christian but that was nothing compared to sitting back and listening to the softer and trippier songs from those bands and contemplating the meaning of life.

I believe everyone has a spiritual side that they develop through different activities, and mine has primarily been listening to music. There were periods where I considered and even tried to start a kind of spiritual practice that was just listening to certain Puscifer songs in the morning. And also, just the rage and pain of the earlier Tool and A Perfect Circle albums were such important parts of my adolescence. I felt connected to that man.

I'm not the first person who has felt this way. Who has had a role model or favorite singer or whoever turn out to be a horrible person. What's weird is that I'm not surprised. I was kind of waiting for news like this to come out. I don't know how, or why, but I just knew. But at least I could deny it. And part of me is glad that I got to see all three bands in concert before this happened, but also, those memories are tainted now.

The worst part is that I can never listen to any of that music again without being reminded of what he did. All that music is tainted now. It's not that I just won't listen to it out of principle. I don't even expect that from people. I just can't. I know if I try, every note will fill me with grief and anger and disgust. So many songs that were so important to me. I can't even have one last listen without the taint of that man's sins.

Fuck you, Maynard. Fuck you for hurting all those women so horribly, and fuck you for pretending not to be a complete piece of shit long enough to make your music important to so many fans who are now crushed. If hell is real, I hope you burn.

I can't put words to just how hurt I am right now. I feel a deep sense of grief. I want to share it with someone but I also don't want to subject any other Tool fans to how I feel right now. I don't even know how to tell my boyfriend, but it's going to come out soon because I am not okay.

And if you came here to defend that waste of oxygen, do not bother. Do not comment. Fuck off in advance. I don't care what you think. I will delete your comment without reading it and block you. Thanks.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Gif of the Day


Police Evict Protesters, I Languish in Tacoma

 I went to the protest at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma today to find it being packed up because the police have evicted the occupiers. I got to help clean up though!

Now I'm hanging out in a parking garage in Tacoma eating a late lunch and looking up Starbucks locations to hang out. There's still going to be a noise demo at the detention center tonight at 9. I'm disappointed that the Occupy Movement at the Detention Center was a bust but mostly I'm angry at the Tacoma Police Department for being a bunch of fucking jackboot shitheads.

They were evicted because something something citizens' right of way? As though the occupiers were blocking traffic in the middle of nowhere where no one ever goes except to protest the Detention Center. It's bullshit.

I was really hoping we could get a huge movement outside of the Detention Center going and actually get some momentum in the effort to close down all immigrant detention centers. But I doubt that will happen now. People didn't care about these imprisoned immigrants before and they won't going forward.

Anyway, I need to find a bathroom and maybe a coffee because this country makes me so, so tired.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Gif of the Day

This was such a good show.

There Goes The Judicial Branch

Hey, remember when we could have had a halfway reasonable human being on the Supreme Court to replace Scalia but Republicans were like "lol fuck Democracy" and refused to vote on him or any candidate President Obama put forward because he's a black man?

Now we've had a month of 5-4 votes upholding the worst shit in the country.

Gorsuch Casts Decisive Vote as Supreme Court Crushes Public Sector Unions

Supreme Court Upholds Texas Voting Maps That Were Called Discriminatory

Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban in 5-4 vote

Supreme Court Sides With California Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Centers

And if you think this shit is bad, it's about to get worse.

Justice Kennedy, US Supreme Court's pivotal vote, to retire

Kennedy is the guy who actually gives a fuck about the U.S. Constitution and the justice system, and has helped us gain equal rights for same sex couples and upheld Roe v. Wade time and time again. He's still a piece of shit, because he voted with conservatives on all the awful shit listed above, but we're about to get a second Trump Supreme Court Justice.

We're fucked. Bye bye abortion rights. RIP unions. True story, I just accidentally typed "RIP humans" there, and you know what? Also accurate.

I am extremely bummed out right now. At what point exactly would I be justified in fleeing this country? I know people say I should stay and fight but fuck, for what?

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Gif of the Day

There are like five adorable things about this 6-second gif oh my god.

Recommended Reading

Fuck civility, and fuck Democrats.

Shut the fuck up, Pelosi. Fuck your evoking of Trump's fucking campaign slogan and fuck your respectability politics.

Civility is a trap and a scam that helps keep the most marginalized and desperate of a society in their place. It's also pure bullshit, it's fake. There is no civility in a country run by a serial rapist, racist, fascist monster like Trump and there is no civility in a country that tears children from their parents and puts them in prisons. There is no civility in a country where police gun down people nearly every day and school shootings happen every week.

Also, this:

The Privilege Of ‘Civilized’ Political Discourse

Our government has been a lot of things over the years, but it has never been civilized. Yes, we are currently discussing the penis size of presidential candidates during debates, but nobody is being caned on the Senate floor. It’s also been a while since a senatorial fistfight broke out. The Tea Party members of the House of Representatives may seem pretty extreme, but they have yet to break out fireplace pokers and rumble in the halls. 
Beyond our esteemed elected representatives, the voting public has always been far from peaceful. Voting day in the 1800s reliably involved widespread brawls at voting stations, rampant voter intimidation, ballot-box stuffing, and other shenanigans. My point is, never in our history have we had “civilized political discourse.”

Ijeoma Oluo, once again.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Gif of the Day

This was the best part of the entire movie.

Airport Guard Calls Latino Man a Second Class Citizen

This story posted by Marcy Valle on Facebook is a perfect illustration of the U.S. in 2018, by which I mean it's horrifically racist in ways that are completely illegal and wrong but nothing will be done to right this injustice.

My dad flew back in from Mexico Friday night. Yesterday he came over for dinner and told me what happened McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas NV. As he deplaned and reached the checkpoint for U.S. Citizens, he was separated into a line of Hispanic/Latino looking people, let's call that line A; while white (Caucasian) people were sent to another line, let's call that Line B. The agent that was at the desk for Line A, left his desk as the line began forming and was gone for close to an hour while the line only got longer from more planes arriving. Line B continued to move fluidly. A guard was pacing his line chest out, smile wide. My father, irritated with the wait and the unfairness, asked why they were separated (segregated if you ask me) the agent told him "because you're a second class citizen." They also searched all his luggage and there was no courtesy note. 
That people, is the boldness of this racist movement. Feel free to share. This can not go on in silence.

"Because you're a second class citizen." That guard was smiling the whole time, completely gleeful to treat Latinx people like second-class citizens and let them know in every way that they were. He was probably bursting at the seams to say that to Valle's dad.

Meanwhile, yesterday Lord Dampnut said: "When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came."

As little sense as that makes, it's definitely shitting on the U.S. Constitution.

Will we ever stop being a racist country that loves flirting with fascism?

Friday, June 22, 2018

Gif of the Day

Pretty sure I already posted this one but it's just too fucking cute.

Here's What Happened


A post shared by Feminist Nerds does a really good job at summarizing the immigration issue from the past few years, including what happened during the latter part of the Obama presidency. I still do not approve of the increase in deportations that happened under Obama. In fact, I hate it. But it's important to understand our immigrant policy vs. our asylum seeker policy and how this all got so fucked up.

I'm going to highlight the parts important to a point I want to make, but I recommend reading the whole thing.

  1. Worsening conditions in Central and South American countries (quick aside, this was due to U.S. fuckery and climate change, which we also contributed plenty to) resulted in a spike in people coming to the U.S. to seek asylum. Obama took action to reduce this by sending money to the countries the asylum seekers were coming from.
  2. Trump cut this budget, once again increasing the number of asylum seekers.
  3. Before Trump and Sessions, people who came to seek asylum were not treated as criminals, because it's not a crime. They were given help and their kids were not taken from them. Teens who arrived alone would often be temporarily housed by the government, and this did cause problems, by which I mean abuse.
  4. Then Sessions came along and declared that any crossing of the U.S. border with the proper paperwork was a crime that required arrest and detainment. Then he started the child separation thing. Because 91% of the people who cross the border (and you have to cross the border to seek asylum) from Mexico are doing so to seek asylum, this caused a huge spike in detained children and the uproar of the past few days.
  5. Instead of being like "we're going back to not treating asylum seekers as criminals," Trump signed an executive order ending the policy of separating children and parents only, resulting in a situation where they can try and make it legal to detain people of all ages indefinitely.

There's your five-step program to shitting on the constitution and making it so you can put brown people in cages forever without having to do something like planting drugs on them or making their lives so miserable through poverty and shit education that crime is inevitable. 

On top of this, the awfulness of our government admitting that the child separation policy was supposed to be a "deterrent." When they knew all along that 91% of the people you're "deterring" are seeking asylum from places that they know full well are dangerous and awful because WE MADE THEM THAT WAY. Also, the currently caged children are now being held hostage for fucking wall money.

Is that enough to make you want to take to the streets? Go protest the closest ICE office on June 30 and/or July 1st.

There's more fucked up stuff in this Caer Jones' post, though, so really, go read the entire thing.

These Two

So news came out yesterday that, during a trip to visit the child prison camps on the border, she wore a jacket that literally said she doesn't care. Literally. Fucking. Literally.

Melania is really giving me mixed feelings. I'm not sure how much free will she had when it came to marrying Trump, like did she really have a say in it or? And I'm 10,000% sure that Trump abuses her in some fashion, being the absolute piece of shit he is. But then, she's also a racist fuck, and now this.

It does not matter one tiny bit if she "meant" to send a message by wearing the jacket. She did anyway. And at best, that message is "I don't care about other people's suffering enough to spare a moment of thought to whether I should wear a jacket that says I don't care to a prison camp full of babies."

But also, she's a fashion model with her own fashion lines. I have a hard time believing that she just threw that on without thinking about it, as bad as that already is. Callous asshole.

Also, earlier yesterday, I came across this headline:

Ian Bremmer: Trump Threw Starburst Candy at Angela Merkel at G7 When Asked to Sign Joint Communique

Worst. Presidential couple. EVER.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Gif of the Day

I don't know what this is from but someone captioned it "trying to fold my sheets" and I lost it.

Oh, Excuse Me, Now They're FAMILY Concentration Camps

So, we got the news that Trump signed an executive order ending the separation of kids from parents at the border like 20 minutes after I posted that masterpost. But it's not anywhere close to over, because all those kids already in the tent cities and abandoned warehouse stores are still there, and there are no plans to reunite them with their parents.

Oh, and also, what Lord Dampnut is really trying to do with this executive order is extend detention for all immigrant families including children to "indefinitely." So forever prisons for entire families including babies without trial. It's only a matter of time until they start making them work.

Big corporations have already made millions off of the construction and management of the child concentration camps. I'm estimating about a week before it comes out that these companies have close ties to Trump. How else can we profit off of mass human suffering?

I've read different opinions on whether the indefinite detention of minors will hold up in court. But there will definitely be lawsuits.

All this is really just so fucked up. And with the indefinite detention of entire families currently active policy, the government is "rushing" to build more of those tent cities where people will have no air conditioning in the Texas summer heat. We still have kids in concentration camps and they're actively building more and worse family concentration camps.

Meanwhile, I'm wondering if I should just take all the money I have, travel to the border, and protest these prison camps until I have to beg for bus money back home/my family drugs me and drags me back home.

Also this:

Asylum Seekers Do Not Harm a Host Country's Economy

Just more evidence to add to the pile. Honestly if this country's entire economy collapsed because of the lack of exploited migrants, I would smile in my own tent city because I'm guessing I would become homeless, but fuck WORTH IT.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Gif of the Day

Who did this????

Child Concentration Camps Masterpost


There's a headline I never thought I would have to write.

There's far too much horrifying shit involved with this issue to go over in regular blog posts. So I'm just going to list it all here so you can look at it and die inside.

Section 1: Fucked Up Shit Conservatives Have Said About It

Section 2: The Fucked Up Details About the Policy

Section 3: Concentration Camp Conditions and Abuse

Section 4: Republican Lies About the Issue

  • This Facebook post debunks the lies that separating children from parents is a Democrat/Obama policy, that this will deter immigrants from coming here, immigrants are coming to take our jobs, that this is about "respecting the rule of law," that this is better than keeping the children with their parents in adult detention centers, that there is rampant fraud in our asylum system, that this is a Democrat law and Democrats could change it with a snap of their fingers, that parents and children will be reunited quickly, and that the policy is legal at all.

Section 5: What You Can Do to Help

Section 6: Related Bullshit

Section 7: Times We Did the Same Thing in U.S. History

  • Slavery
  • Native American genocide
  • Japanese internment camps
  • Juvenile detention centers (see: slavery)

I'll be adding much more to this over time, I'm sure.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Gif of the Day

Happy Pride.

Excuse Me While I Smash Everything

Are you a woman? Need to break down a lot of boxes, or demolish a wall in your home to create a more open feel, and need some motivation to get started?

Read this:

How Hillary Clinton's Loss Hurt Women in the Workplace

While Clinton's failure "did not shift personal attitudes towards female leaders," it increased the belief that the deck was stacked in favor of men. Specifically, participants in two post-election studies were less likely to view female workers as having strong potential to rise in an organization. 
"This work finds evidence for a 'reverse Obama effect' that undermines perceived likelihood of advancement of underrepresented minorities," University of Queensland researchers Miriam Yates and Tyler Okimoto write in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. "Such high-profile failures may serve as a reminder that a glass ceiling still exists, particularly in the highest levels of power and influence in American society."

Now, you should know that I was and still am highly critical of neoliberal Hillary Clinton. However, I still (of course) wanted her over Trump, completely expected her to win, and was devastated when she didn't. Regardless, this is how I feel about the news that her loss now means women are less likely to get promoted:

And yes, it does mean that.

"Importantly, personal beliefs about the suitability of male and female leaders were not different following the election," the researchers note. "Nor were beliefs in the existence of the glass ceiling." Clinton's loss "appeared to serve as a reminder of gender bias in other people's decision-making, but did not change beliefs about its existence or legitimacy." 
For proponents of gender equality, that's a positive sign. But Yates and Okimoto point out that "perceptions of the likely actions of others can still shape individual behavior." 
For example, people may be less willing to mentor an employee who is seen as having little chance of making it up the ladder. And an individual's drive can be dampened if you feel you have little chance of achieving your goals.

So again,

Conservative Man Blocks Bill To Criminalize 'Upskirting'

A bill that would have made the act of deliberately photographing up a person's skirt without their consent a crime in England and Wales was derailed by a single man shouting "object" during the debate on the bill, which had widespread support in the British government. This man's name is  Christopher Chope, a conservative MP. No explanation could be found by me as to why Chope objects to criminalizing this disgusting and violating and objectifying act, other than it "wasn't debated."

Leave it to a man to derail everything because he hasn't seen an issue that doesn't affect him debated, and because he apparently thinks "let's not let gross dudes stick their cell phones up women's skirts and take photos without their consent" needs formal debate.

Oh, and he doesn't even know what the fuck upskirting is.

Sir Christopher has yet to speak out about why he blocked the bill but upskirting victim Gina Martin - who started the campaign for the new law - said he had told her he objected to it "on principle" because it "wasn't debated". 
She also told the BBC that he said he "wasn't really sure" what upskirting was.

Well, I'm sure you'll get a thorough education now, Chris. Also, everyone hates you now, and you deserve it.

The bill will get a second chance to pass, and hopefully this time, no clueless, jackass men will object to making something that is a hair away from sexual assault a crime.

Meanwhile, make sure to let everyone in the world know that Chope is a piece of shit.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Gif of the Day

Ahhhhhhh fuck I think this is a munchkin kitten.

So Are Republicans Cool With Trump Licking Un's Asshole Or?

I'm not even sorry for that image that I just put into your head.

It's just weird. Remember the W. Bush presidency when North Korea was part of the "axis of evil"? Now our president has nothing but good things to say about Kim Jong Un after people point out to him the horrible shit he does to his people.

Because he's "strong" and his people (seem to) love him? Because when he speaks people perk up and listen?

Yeah, they have to, or they'll be murdered.

It's yet another one of those things that I feel like we should all be completely losing our minds over, but we're not? Are we too busy losing our minds over the prison camps for children, including the tend city where some kids will die of heat stroke, like 100% chance that will happen, I would bet my entire savings account on it?

And it's good that we're losing our minds on the latter, but here's the thing.

You might have missed this among all the fuckery, but Fox News straight up referred to Donald Trump as a dictator while speculating on the meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un.

People referred to it as a "gaffe," but I saw one commenter point out the possibility that Fox News inserted that on purpose to get their viewers used to the idea of Trump as a dictator and prime them for when he becomes one.

I wasn't so sure at first, being the optimist I am, but now after the meeting, we have Donald Trump praising Un's dictator qualities and actions, and saying he wants to be like that. I mean, we all knew Trump wanted to be a dictator. I just wasn't sure if he actually had the nerve to go after that particular dream.

Of course, Trump excused this by calling some of his praise of Un a "joke," but we all know about the concept of Schroedinger's asshole, right? And after that he continued to praise him and say he has a "very good relationship" with the dictator, in tones that did not convey sarcasm at all. Also, I don't think it's a good idea to, as a president, use sarcasm that often and without making it very clear that it's a joke. Obama knew how to do it right, but Trump is clearly just lying, I doubt he even understands what sarcasm is.

I remember, not long ago, when I was freaked out about Trump licking Putin's asshole. Nothing really came of that, or hasn't yet, though I guess Trump's relationship with Putin has fizzled (if anything because Putin knows when to dump someone the moment they're no longer useful to him). But Trump has somehow found someone even worse to kiss up to.

Even Trump lovers must be taking a moment, right? I thought they hated Kim Jong Un, right? Just last year you were rooting for the total annihilation of the entire country of North Korea regardless of how many millions of innocents died. Are you now going to join in the licking of Kim Jong Un ass?

Midterm elections are approaching fast.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Gif of the Day

Nothing can distract me from how fucked the world is but this gif of a guy making an amazing save of his drone as it runs out of battery power does take the edge off for a moment.

What The Actual Fuck

I've been really busy this week and I need to get to bed before going to work today/Friday (it's currently 12:05 AM Friday morning) but I also need everyone to see this so real quick:

Please god okay someone for real answer me because I'm seriously asking. WHAT. THE FUCK.

The nickname Lord Dampnut never seemed more appropriate.

Back to Back Best Speech and Best Article Right Here

This didn't stop me from being pissed about the neoliberal circus act that was the implementation and subsequent repeal of a corporate head tax by the Seattle City Council. But it does make me feel a little better to know that A) someone gave those fucking cowardly shills hell and B) people like this are out fighting.

First, the article. Just, this headline. I could cry.

Please Stand For Our New National Anthem: ‘What’s Up, Bootlickers?’

How much is a good megaphone? All I want to do is pull up places where liberal shit is going on so I can shout "What's Up, Bootlickers?"

Also, maybe I've been too hard on HuffPo? I mean, if they're both willing to publish this article and generally employ a woman like Ashley Feinberg...

It was only a month ago that the council voted unanimously to pass an employee hours tax, which would have charged large corporations $275 per year for every worker in Seattle; the money would have been used to fund affordable housing and homeless services. Amazon, the largest employer in the city, decided it did not want to contribute to a fraction of the cost needed to help the city’s homeless population of 12,000. The Seattle City Council was happy to oblige. Boots, after all, will not lick themselves.

And now, for the speech.

It really starts with "what's up, bootlickers?"

The full transcript of the short, awesome speech where this man does not let anyone interrupt him to complain about the swearing is in the article. And the article ends with:

Is your city council also full of feckless shills? Then please respect our flag by stopping by to ask those bootlickers what’s up. 

Maybe the human race is worth saving.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Gif of the Day

If I watch this enough times maybe it will calm my anger around losing my city to Jeff Bezos.

Nope, it's not working.

Fuck Bezos, Fuck Amazon, and Fuck the Seattle City Council


You might have heard that the Seattle City Council repealed the corporate head tax they previously unanimously implemented in order to raise money for affordable housing and supporting homeless people. Well, they implemented a watered-down version that would have raised a lot less money for the homeless than was initially planned, but it was something. Then Amazon threatened to take their ball and go home, and some bootlickers made a ruckus, and they folded like laundry.

I fucking hate Amazon. I hate Bezos. He has such an obscene amount of money but he won't put a dime of it back into supporting the people who have become homeless because of Amazon.

People say that Amazon has helped Seattle, but I've lived in the Seattle area my entire life and here is what has happened. Rent and house prices have skyrocketed so that after working hard for several years, I still can't even come close to affording a two-bedroom apartment, let alone save up for a house. At this point I have given up hope of ever having either unless I move far away. My rent goes up every year.

Traffic has become monumentally worse. There is no such thing as a clear 405 anymore unless it's in the dead of night, and then only if they aren't doing yet more construction. This means shelling out more for gas. Public transit improvements and bike lanes are only made to benefit Amazon and other big tech company employees.

As for jobs, for the most part they're all garbage contract jobs if you happen to have the right skills. Otherwise you can feel free to work in one of Amazon's horrific warehouse hellholes and die. Oh also a contract tech/office job at Amazon will make you want to jump off the roof.

I'm still having people try to tell me that Amazon has improved the city. For who, you rich fuck? Not for me. Not for the many thousands who have become homeless here since the rise of Amazon.

Jeff Bezos has not helped the city. He has conducted a hostile takeover of the city and holds it hostage. People who call this "growing pains" have never felt hunger pains. Seattle might as well change its name to Amazon City and discard all pretense of freedom or progressive values. The only taxes they'll actually pass are on the poor, who don't have the power to fight back, and the revenue isn't enough to do anything to help the poor - after they've spent it all on helping the rich.

Meanwhile the rich, their bootlickers, and people with Amazon Brand Stockholm Syndrome (TM) will continue to spout any bullshit excuse they can pull out of the deepest depths of their asses to ensure that nothing is done to help the homeless, because in reality they just want them to die. Or at the very least, go away somehow. I've seen people declare that they should be forced onto a bus and driven to Idaho, where I guess Idaho residents can treat them like shit and also they can die in the Idaho winter cold.

This is who Seattle belongs to now. People who have benefited from the corporate takeover because they were well off to begin with and have no contact with the poor. Those who fret over empty apartment buildings when we have so many homeless people. Hey Ame! You can put homeless people in those apartments! But not as long as they're occupied by tech bros who flocked here from out of state to drive up housing costs and commit homophobic hate crimes.

By "hippie dippy," what Ame means is pre-gentrified, without a huge and growing homeless population, with a much smaller wealth gap. But instead of taking time to think for a second she compares me to fucking Donald Trump. Classy.

Seattle is neoliberalism central and I fucking hate it. I hope to god I get the chance to participate in burning down Amazon buildings, along with Google headquarters and Microsoft.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Gif of the Day


(Answer: This is a full-grown wild rusty-spotted cat.)

Amazing Women of Color

This sounds like the best thing to have happened to the U.S. justice system ever.

South Fulton, GA, makes history as its entire criminal justice system is led by black women

One down, the entire rest of the country to go.

I'm kidding, of course. We also need criminal justice systems led by Native American women and Latina women, and other women of color. But all-black-women criminal justice in Georgia? That's just right.

Six of those women hold the highest positions in the city's law enforcement arm: Chief of Police Sheila Rogers, Chief Judge Tiffany Carter Sellers, Court Administrator Lakesiya L. Cofield, Clerk of Court Ramona Howard, Solicitor LaDawn Jones and Public Defender Viveca Powell. 
“This is something that happened organically, but it’s a wonderful thing,” Chief Judge Tiffany Carter Sellers said. “We bring our experience as African-American women, mothers, and wives to the table every day. So when we’re making those decisions, we certainly don’t forget our experiences.”

Kick ass. I can't wait to hear about how much better criminal justice is run in South Fulton than anywhere else. I can't wait for all the racist cops to be purged and violent cops prosecuted.

It's not as good as police being abolished altogether, but this is way better than the norm, which is justice systems run entirely by white men.

Headline of the Month

Prepare for heavy, heavy sarcasm ahead.

Immigration Agencies Are Facing Accusations of Rampant Racial Profiling



Okay I'm done.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Gif of the Day

It's designed to stress us all out, Mark.

Don't Let Your Employer Trick You Into Doing All the Things

Something I've noticed about the post-Great Recession economy is that employers have jacked up the standards for their employees, and this has unfortunately stuck. I'm not just talking about the absurd "entry level position with 2-5 years of experience required" shit, though that is also still going on. I'm talking about the fact that employees now need to be experts in multiple completely different fields in order to get/maintain a job.

As a writer, I see more and more "writing" jobs that ask for (more like demand) completely different skills other than writing. As in, there are separate college degrees for these other skills. Like video editing, or graphic design. They want you to fill the roles of multiple employees. It's bullshit.

I've even seeing this bleed into those minimum or barely-above-minimum wage jobs that people like to say are easy so we don't deserve a living wage for them. I'm working a part time job now that I chose because it's working with cats, and I love cats, obviously. And when I was interviewing for the position, which is absolutely an entry-level kennel tech/retail position, the owner of the establishment said that employees do a little bit of everything. She made it seem like this was an equality thing, like we didn't really have "managers" because we all pitched in and worked as a team.

This appealed to me at first because I get bored doing the same thing over and over. No way did I want to get stuck on the retail floor all the time without opportunities to pet and care for kitties. But now I feel like I was tricked, and I feel a bit foolish, but mostly pissed. Because what's really happened is that I'm expected to be excellent in like five or more different jobs and I get shit if anything falls through the cracks or even falls to a lower priority level for a second.

Now, this particular company is all about doing "all things cat." So it does adoptions, boarding, grooming, and retail. We also put on events and give classes and are expected to be able to give expert advice for free when asked. This could be separated into different actual departments with dedicated employees for each. We do have trained groomers - not everyone is expected to be proficient in that on day one, at least. Still, there is a ton to do.

We have to be excellent cleaners. Not only do things need to be sanitized correctly, we're expected to keep the place looking practically spotless because god forbid a single customer comes in and sees a clump of cat hair on the floor of a place full of cats and decides that it means we can't care for their precious pets. We also need to respond immediately to any bodily fluids that end up on the floor of the boarding room or cafe, and are expected to respond immediately to ANY smelly poop because god forbid a place full of non-human animals smell like poop. Constantly keeping up with litter boxes, litter generally everywhere, oh my god the litter. It's a full-time job in and of itself.

We need to be able to handle money and work a register. If you haven't done it before, it might not sound hard, but it can be a lot of pressure, and in small businesses, everyone has a different weird register system you have to learn.

We're expected to be salespeople. Seriously, we have sales "goals" to meet in each store and are pressured to employ sales techniques we haven't been trained in to get people to buy more. I refuse to do this, and if the owner ever notices/realizes, I don't know how that will go down.

We're expected to be veterinary assistants. Seriously. We do things like syringe feed cats, administer medication of all kinds (not often easy with cats), and even give IV fluids. It seems like something you should need to go to school for, especially considering how much people these days freak out over their pets. If a customer's cat died in our care because of a mistake we made with their medication? Can you imagine? We also need to pay close attention to how the cats are eating because cats can rapidly descend into a dangerous medical condition if they go more than two days without eating or only eating a little.

We're expected to run the adoptions. Not only is this more cats to care for, it also means altering behavior of cats, many of whom come from a feral sanctuary and need to be socialized. We have to pay attention to how they're interacting with other cats and with people, make sure we know which cats to warn people about as they come into the "cafe" where they can interact with adoptable cats. We also need to maintain a baseline knowledge about every adoptable cat who comes through for people who ask questions.

We need to be proficient handlers. You don't have to be trained in grooming, but everyone is expected to be able to properly handle a cat and do so at a moment's notice. Whether a groomer needs help or a customer drops in with a cat who needs a nail trim, we need to be able to scruff and hold, or, in the case of violent cats who are very willing to scratch and bite, we need to be able to deal with it using towel wrapping, cone-ing, and any number of other techniques. Bottom line, we need to be willing to subdue and control what is basically a wild animal. Cats are not technically domesticated. They're also very fast, and their scratches and bites hurt a lot and are likely to become infected. It can be stressful as fuck but we're expected to deal with it. I have a lot of scratches on my hands and arms right now.

We need to be doing inventory and keeping the retail floor stocked and looking nice at all times. Traffic at the stores has increased steadily so it's become a daily job or even hourly job to keep the cans of food fully stocked and looking perfect as expected. We also need to make sure everything necessary for the retail store and the entire business is stocked and ordered when low.

Then there are all the necessary parts of running a business that have been foisted off onto individual employees, and I hope they're getting paid more to do these but I don't know. Graphic design. Marketing. Social media. PR. Information content. We have employees responsible for organizing, advertising, and throwing events that require partnering with sponsors, other retailers, and crafters, ensuring we have food and appropriate dishware and utensils for said food, special decorations, signs, etc. etc. We have employees responsible for screening and interviewing potential adopters, which includes educating them on what specific cats need and what they will need based on the adopter's home/life situation.

It's a huge job. Bigger for some employees than others. But huge for all of us.

If we were paid well and well-recognized for the huge job/collection of multiple jobs we do in each shift we do, it would be fine. But we're not. I was started at 50 cents over minimum wage because "it's a small business." Plus, and this is the reason I'm writing this entire blog post, we got an email from the owner of the business recently telling us outright that she is going to be doing some "heavy duty micro-managing" (direct quote from the email) because we are not paying enough "attention to detail" for her ridiculously high expectations. I don't want to out the business at this point (maybe after I quit) but you should see photos of this place. It is IMMACULATE.

Even worse, she said this: "We only do a limited number of things here, so it is reasonable to expect that we can achieve excellence at this few things."


Never at any other service/retail job have I expected to do so many things in one job. For fuck's sake, the very appeal of the business is that we don't just do one or even two things, but ALL OF THE THINGS aside from serious full vet services. And many of these things require razor sharp attention to detail because lives are at stake, and the human brain is only capable of so much. What she is asking of us is going to be physically impossible for most people.

Now I feel like I've let myself be tricked into doing All The Things for an employer who put on a big show of appreciating and valuing her employees when she doesn't at all.

Don't be like me. And we should all pledge to demand proper compensation for jobs that demand us to do extra work. If we're doing the work of five jobs, we should be paid a whole lot fucking more than minimum wage. If you want me to be a professional writer and a professional graphic designer, you'd better pay me two salaries. Otherwise, fuck you and your entire exploitative company and personal character.

For now, I have some thinking to do. I like my coworkers so I need to seriously consider whether I want to risk a good chunk of my income to distribute literature or even straight talking about unionizing. We deserve better. What's also interesting is that 100% of the employees at this place are women. Again, this at first seemed like a plus, but I wonder if men are reluctant to apply seeing that they'll be expected to do a bunch of jobs for low pay. Because men are taught that their work is valuable.

Just because the owner is a woman doesn't mean she isn't exploiting women.

I hope someday that "jobs" as we know them become an obsolete thing of the past. But for now we need to come together and reject these absurd new and exploitative standards. You should not have to do all of the things to be worthy of a pathetic minimum wage. You deserve so much more.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Gif of the Day


I love June could you tell.

Trump Should Have To Read This Tweet Over and Over Until He Dies


If hell were real, he would have to. In a just universe, everyone involved in ICE and border patrol and every one of Trump's allies would have to read this or have this read to them over and over and over for all of eternity.

And as for ICE's statement. Yes, ICE was so embarrassed by the accompanying article that they sent in a statement which I would not have even published but journalism is fucking gutless these days.

It's pure victim blaming. Apparently, you can lose your DREAMer status by committing non-violent misdemeanors that, let's be honest, almost all of us have committed. It's just that most of us haven't been caught. Or if we were, we were white at the time and the police let us off with a warning that  Manuel Antonio Cano Pacheco would not have been given.

According to ICE, because Manuel Antonio Cano Pacheco was caught with drugs a couple times and drunk driving once, he deserved to die. And if the "voluntary departure" bit is even true, I'm betting the full story is a bit more complicated than how it was presented. "Oh he just decided to go to the place where he knew he would die of his own free will!" If that's true then he was clearly suicidal, perhaps due to having his country try to basically murder him before he could even graduate high school.

Maybe all the shit about "we're going to go ahead and deport DREAMers" is what made him feel like he needed some kind of escape? Like into drugs and alcohol? Did you ever think about that?

But I'm guessing that it was something like "you can go voluntarily or we will drag you out of your house, hold you in detention for as long as we feel like, and then deposit you in some random part of the country." Or they promised him those "safeguards" if he left "voluntarily" because he thought they might give him a chance at surviving. Clearly, they did not.


So fuck you all the way up the ass, ICE. Fuck you and your statement. All you care about is your drastically collapsing reputation. You don't give a single fuck about the life you destroyed. I know Trump doesn't, because he's a demon.

Fuck all of you. Manuel Antonio Cano Pacheco's blood is on your hands.

Cop Executes 16-Year-Old In Courtroom, Police Union Still Lies About It


I don't think this could get much worse. People act like believing everything police say is a given even though they're caught lying constantly. People don't believe me when I say that police are above the law and know it. A police officer shot and killed an unarmed 16-year-old when the kid tried to stop the cop from assaulting his mother, in court, in front of the judge.

The video doesn't say if the cop will be prosecuted or if they're even to the point of trying to indict, but you can probably guess where my money is on the question of, "will the cop suffer consequences?"

As for the police union, here's how I know they're lying. The kid's mother and grandmother have nothing to gain out of lying. The entire court, including an actual judge, witnessed what happened. They can't lie and hope to gain anything. But the police? They know they can say whatever they want and get away with it. So they're going to stick to the script. It doesn't matter that a judge will know the truth.

These lawless murderers need to be done away with. But of course, many of the comments on the video are suggesting that children deserve to die for touching a cop. You can't defend your own mother when a cop attacks her. You have to let her be assaulted and abused or you're to be executed on the spot without trial.

There is no justice in this country.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Gif of the Day

This is a very powerful reaction gif. Use responsibly.

ICE Director Spoke At Racist Hate Group Event

No, I'm not surprised, but we should all know and spread this to people who might actually be surprised about this.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting director to speak at hate group event tomorrow

This was published on the 4th by the SPLC.

Homan’s participation comes just days after news that President Trump tapped a CIS fellow, Ronald Mortensen, to serve as assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. 
Unfortunately, Homan will be lending further credibility to a group that for over three decades has published a litany of reports and blog posts demonizing immigrants and blaming them for virtually all of the United States’ ills. Founded by white nationalist John Tanton, CIS has also circulated white nationalist content thousands of times.

Oh yeah and Mortensen being involved in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. That happened. I wonder what kind of policies he'll come up with?

Just more and more evidence that the entire White House, the entire executive branch of the U.S. government, is working for white supremacists, catering to white supremacists, staffed by white supremacists, and working diligently to turn this into a country that is blatantly nationalist, fascist, and generally a mirror image of Nazi Germany.

Abolish ICE. Burn down every immigrant detention center.

How To Ally

Everyone is talking about this guy:

First of all, nobody has been able to identify this guy so far, and if you do know who he is and by some wild coincidence also read this blog, keep that shit to yourself. Trump bootlickers will make this guy's life hell if they find out who he is.

Second, this is a great example of small but still very brave things you can do as an ally. There are rumors (or it might have been confirmed) that all the people who attended the petty Trump anti-Eagles whine-fest/patriotism wank were just White House staffers and interns. So this guy might have already been fired, or at the very least he risked being fired. But even if not, this is still great, especially now that everyone has seen it.

If my fellow white people want to ally, we should all be kneeling at every national anthem. I mean not at other nation's national anthems probably but any time the U.S. national anthem is played. I probably didn't need to clarify.

Well done random white guy. You made an already really funny and pathetic event even worse for Trump.

I mean seriously he's being such a baby about being snubbed by a football team. I still can't believe this fucking guy is our president ugh, the secondhand embarrassment is too much sometimes.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Gif of the Day

Someone got startled by the shedding of his own antlers.

Strike! Strike! Strike!

The UPS union of 280,000 workers has approved a labor strike! The biggest this country has had in decades!

I told you the teacher's strike was gonna start some shit. Striking works.

I am 100% in support of these brave UPS workers and will jump to a general labor strike as soon as they say the word. I'm already sick of my part time retail job with my boss expecting every employee to do ALL THE THINGS for a wage starting at 50 cents above minimum wage. Seriously we have people doing PR and graphic design and adoption coordination and they want me to do writing for them and I'm going to celebrate the start of this strike by failing to find time to do any on-the-clock writing for the shop as long as I need to put all my attention into making sure that everything else is completely perfect and also I'm paid shit.

Remember, anyone can unionize! There's even a nice Wikihow guide on how to unionize your workplace. I'm gonna go ahead and give that a deeper read myself.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Gif of the Day

Me during the entire month of June (minus the horse).


Today is a day for vague headlines.

But that is seriously the perfect headline for this revelation. Because it's one of those things that makes perfect sense and you can't believe you'd never even considered this as a possibility before but OF COURSE.

Seniors Are More Conservative Because the Poor Don’t Survive to Become Seniors

This makes so much sense because evidence strongly suggests that for the vast majority of people, their political positions don't change much over the course of their lives, and if they do then they just get more extreme rather than cross the line from left to right or right to left. As opposed to the myth that people tend to be liberal when they're young and then become conservative as they get older.

Some people do "switch sides" as they say, like in the case of my parents who have become liberals after starting out conservative. But as they show, it doesn't always go from left to right. So why ARE more old people conservative? Hahahahahahahahahaha.

Political participation of the poor is overall lower because of poverty, bad health and many other factors, but millions of impoverished Americans across the country also die prematurely. For instance, in 2015, research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Social Security Administration revealed that, since 1990, among the bottom quarter of Americans with the least education, life expectancy has either stagnated or decreased. That’s for well over 40 million people. 
Add to this negative trend the fact that mortality among the poor increases during middle age — which is when citizens generally get more involved in politics. The premature disappearance of the poor, then, occurs precisely at the moment when they would be expected to reach their “participatory peak” in society. But they don’t live long enough to achieve that milestone.

Of course. Of COURSE. Poor people are disproportionately liberal/leftist because the policies of the right fuck up their lives, whether because they keep them poor/make them poorer or because poverty disproportionately affects marginalized populations. And these are the same people who die early, while conservatives live forever because they can afford the best healthcare. Because they're rich. Because the right's policies are designed to benefit them.

That is fucked up and if possible just moved me farther to the left. This is why I keep saying that Republicans want poor people to die. Because the dead can't vote or revolt.

Ok So This Really Happened Then


You know how lately the news has just been constantly filled with shit so absurd that you kind of gloss over half or more of the most ridiculous headlines because your brain is overloaded? Well that is definitely what happened with this:

Germans Appalled by Threat From Trump’s Ambassador to Help Far-Right Nationalists Take Power Across Europe

Like I'm pretty sure somewhere in the back of my brain I was aware that this had happened but just couldn't handle it.

The German government demanded a formal explanation from the United States on Monday of what, exactly, the new U.S. ambassador in Berlin, Richard Grenell, meant when he promised to use his office to help far-right nationalists inspired by Donald Trump take power across Europe. 
In an interview with Breitbart News, published on Sunday, Grenell said he was “excited” by the rise of far-right parties on the continent and wanted “to empower other conservatives throughout Europe, other leaders.”

And yet again:

I know I've also seen headlines about Germany considering pulling their own ambassador from the U.S. or something like that, and I have to say, Germany - do it. Don't try to save us. Let the empire collapse. At least definitely close our embassy in your country. If this guy is outright saying he's going to do this, then he's going to do it. Clarifications be damned.

Germany is far from perfect and is still a very capitalist nation with a lot of white supremacy going on, but at least they still somewhat remember the past. You know exactly where the U.S. is going. Don't tolerate it.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Gif of the Day


Senator Denied Entry Into Migrant Children Holding Facility

So in Texas, they converted a former Walmart into a warehouse holding/detention center for the migrant/refugee children that border patrol/ICE are taking from their parents at the border. We've all seen the photos that are going around exposing the conditions that these kids are living in, but those are actually from 2014. Have things gotten better or worse? I know which option my money is on.

But how can we know? I ask because they're not letting people into these child warehouses to see what the fuck is going on. Senator Merkley of Oregon traveled to this former Walmart last week and they refused to let him in. This was after his team called to try and make an appointment to tour the place and they still said no.

I agree, Senator! We should not have secret child prisons that the public is not allowed to view in any way. That is exactly how you get the most heinous abusive situations, and this place is full of children!

Why is this allowed to exist? Why are we letting them do this to human beings? Abolish ICE and burn down all immigrant detention centers.

Here's Fascism!


I don't know if you've been paying attention, but the shit still going on in the White House is still utterly absurd and ridiculous beyond the most heavy-handed satire. Like, it's still pretty much at least once a week just... WHAT THE FUCK.

On Saturday, the New York Times published information from a letter that had been sent by Trump’s attorneys to the special counsel’s office. In the letter, Trump’s legal team asserted not just that Trump can’t be prosecuted for obstruction, but that it’s impossible for Trump to obstruct—because Trump has the ability to nip any investigation in the bud. And should Trump not act quickly enough to prevent the start of an investigation, he can always act retroactively by pardoning anyone caught up in its findings. 
Under this interpretation, Trump need not respond to a request for an interview by the special counsel. Or a subpoena from the grand jury. Or … anything at all. He is utterly exempt from legal actions.

I mean if this is the case, could anyone really be blamed for trying to assassinate this guy? He is so clearly trying to become Putin.

Like if he's just going to shit all over the rule of law then why do we have to follow it? If he pardons himself, are we just going to accept that? We've already accepted so much. Like obviously I'm not keeping up on the legal fuckery going on in the White House AT ALL. The vast majority of people have stopped paying attention because how else are you supposed to cope with your country becoming a fascist state?

I guess this is just going to happen. It's the ultimate confirmation that the U.S. is not and never has been better than any other country in the world. 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Gif of the Day


Republicans Get Accurately Trolled and Are Really Mad About It

This is just funny. Apparently someone changed the GOP Wikipedia page to say that one of their core values is nazism, and because this one old Republican doesn't have any clue how Google works, he freaked out on the company when nazism appeared in the party definition after a search.

The Real Reason Google Search Labeled the California GOP as Nazis

If you Googled the California Republican Party earlier this week, the so-called "knowledge panel" that's supposed to surface the most relevant results would have told you that the party's primary ideologies are conservatism, market liberalism, and, oh, Nazism. 
Conservatives have been quick to point fingers at Google and other tech giants, claiming another example of perceived liberal bias in Silicon Valley. In a tweet Thursday, House majority leader Kevin McCarthy posted a screenshot of the result—first reported by Vice—and called it a "disgrace." But in reality, the result in question has far less to do with any widespread scheme within Big Tech to defame the Republican party than it does with Google's imperfect reliance on Wikipedia and other easily manipulated open platforms to populate its search results. 
According to a Google spokesperson, the Wikipedia page for the California Republican Party was "vandalized" so that Nazism was listed as one of its core ideologies. Wikipedia's change logs confirm that assertion, and show that the edit was live from May 24 to May 30. Because Google scrapes Wikipedia to populate the knowledge panel, the short-lived change slipped into search results.

Well done, whoever changed that Wikipedia page. You made the news thanks to this ignorant and super mad Republican. Plus, let's be honest, you actually made that Wikipedia page more accurate. Keep up the good work.

Trump Doubles Down on Dehumanizing Rhetoric


Did you think that Trump calling MS-13 gang members "animals" was no big deal? Well, he's not only doing it again, but he's bringing his followers into it and mixing that rhetoric with things he recently said about little children coming into the country, so...

Trump Tests Midterm Message On Immigration, MS-13 'Animals' During Tenn. Rally

"What was the name?" the president prodded the crowd, who yelled back "Animals!" 
"They're not human beings," Trump added, saying that they use "glaring loopholes in our immigration laws" in order "to infiltrate our country" and rape, murder and "cut people up into little pieces."

Remember when Trump said that the little kids that border agents are ripping away from their parents and throwing into prison warehouses are conspiring to come here as little kids so that they can turn into gang members and murder people later, and because of this they're "not innocent"? Now he's saying that the people who are "not human beings" are the same as the ones using "loopholes" to "infiltrate" this shit country.

This isn't an accident. It's bad to dehumanize any human, but doing it to children is a whole new level of fucked. Yet millions of people are echoing his rhetoric. Millions of people are willing to call CHILDREN "not innocent" and "animals."

And as we all know, once you don't think of someone as human, it's real easy to let the government murder them. Or let them be sold into human trafficking.

I can't believe I have to be alive to witness our country become this.