Friday, August 31, 2018

Gif of the Day


Stealth level: Novice

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

I Hate You, Louis C.K.




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Gif of the Day


Master and apprentice.

Seattle Police: Traffic More Important Than Rights

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

That's you. And we all know it.


That's a Lot of Overlooked Dead People

So holy shit, this UW study.

Police killings twice as common as reported, UW study finds

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

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

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

But also, holy shit.

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

How did this gap in data happen?

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

Oh yeah.

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

Abolish the police.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Gif of the Day



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

"Bring it in, big guy?"

WHUMP.

Aziz and Louis Are Back From Their Ruined Lives

Welp.


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

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

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

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

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



The French Open Might Want Serena Williams Dead

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

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

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

This is the outfit:




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

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

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




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




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

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

And they would rather she died from a blood clot?

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

Monday, August 27, 2018

Gif of the Day


All cats are nerds.

Headline of the Month

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

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

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

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

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



The Terrible Legacy of John McCain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Friday, August 24, 2018

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Gif of the Day


InFiNiTe CaTs.

I'm Going To Keep This Brief

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

Republicans: *crickets*

Feminists: Can we do something about this, please?

Republicans: THIS ISN'T A PROBLEM, SHUT UP YOU MAN HATERS!!!

One undocumented man: Murders a white woman.

Republicans:


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Gif of the Day



I aspire to enter every room in this manner.

White Tears Get Black Woman Fired Over White Tears Article

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

How white women use strategic tears to silence women of colour

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

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

Prisoners Are Striking Even Harder Today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Gif of the Day


STUBBY NUGGET.

The Goal Was Never To Reduce Crime

Today in "Water Is Wet":

The Militarization of Police Does Not Reduce Crime

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



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

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

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

Monday, August 20, 2018

Gif of the Day


Have a guy.

Voter Suppression In Full Swing

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

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

This online tool allows you to do so in seconds.

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

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

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

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

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

TL;DR: Because racism.

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

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

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



Yeah no shit it's suspicious.

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

White House Speech Writer Was a White Supremacist, Big Surprise

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

Trump speechwriter fired amid scrutiny of appearance with white nationalists

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

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

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

Stubborn vermin, those white supremacists.

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

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

Understatements of the fucking century, Beattie.

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

Friday, August 17, 2018

Gif of the Day



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

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Gif of the Day



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

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

[TRIGGER WARNING: POLICE BRUTALITY, ATTEMPTED MURDER, BLOOD]

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

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

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

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



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

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

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


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

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

ICE Only Cares About Deporting People, Not Morality

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

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

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

ICE agents set ‘trap’ for immigrants seeking legal residency

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

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

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

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

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

Note the dehumanizing language.

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

Fuck ICE and fuck this country.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Gif of the Day



Stealth level: Master.

School Literally Closed Down By Massive Transphobia

[TRIGGER WARNING: RANK TRANSMISOGYNY, MISGENDERING, DEATH THREATS]

A horrifically transphobic post "warning" parents of the kids going to a middle school in Oklahoma against a 12-year-old trans girl sparked a flood of even more horrifically and intensely violent comments AGAINST A 12-YEAR-OLD. It was so bad that the school closed for two days because the local police didn't want to deal with any "demonstrations" that might occur at this school for children.

This shit got national attention after the Oklahoma City chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays got involved, and then Free Mom Hugs.

The hatred from these people against a 12-year-old girl is just so intense. Multiple adult humans suggesting very specific transphobic violence against her. Physical violence. I don't recommend reading the comments if you're trans. Maybe not if you're cis, either, if you're triggered by violent threats. Or absolute dehumanization.

The FBI is investigating for hate crimes. I hope somebody gets charged with inciting violence/making violent threats against a trans child, but I'm not holding my breath. At least the school appears to be making efforts to educate staff on trans issues.

I don't know how people go about thinking they're decent human beings who deserve to be able to live and participate in society while wanting to main children and being willing to announce that on a community Facebook page. All this because the poor girl didn't know where the staff bathroom was in her new school (when she should be 100% allowed to use whatever bathroom she wants) so she used the girl's bathroom once because she had to fucking pee.

Try to tell me transphobia isn't a problem.

Guest Post: The Female Relationship with Addiction and How Feminism Can Help

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.



It’s impossible to portray all sides of substance abuse with a couple hundred words online or in a newspaper. As you can imagine, it’s a multilayered problem with a multitude of potential sources and solutions.
That is especially true for women who fall into using addictive substances. The relationship between the female population and drugs and alcohol is complex. It’s also a massive problem, since women are more susceptible to addiction than men. For that, there are plenty of explanations.
There’s also one potential source of inspiration that could be a guiding light for girls and women who have suffered in the past, and that’s feminism. But, before we touch on that, let’s uncover how this half of the population struggles with substance abuse.
On Pain Thresholds
Scientific evidence shows that across the board, women tend to experience pain more intensely and more frequently than men. Women are also more likely to report pain, since toxic masculinity culture holds that men aren’t supposed to show any supposed “weakness.”
To that end, a woman probably won’t ignore pain as easily. Instead, she will go to her doctor for help — relief tends to come in the form of a prescription painkiller. And it just so happens doctors typically prescribe higher doses of medication to women, which makes it that much easier to develop a dependency to it.
Women’s Mental Health Concerns
A staggering one in three Americans suffers from a mental health issue. Those odds are high, but the odds the sufferer will be a woman are even higher. Partially though, that’s because, again, women are more prone to reporting the issues they’re facing. This is another reason why we need to dispel of the toxic masculinity behind the popular sentiment that men are weak for experiencing or admitting to problems like depression.
Anxiety and depression can lead women to have substance abuse problems as they attempt to self-medicate. In fact, it has become such a problem in both sexes that doctors have started looking for co-occurring disorders — namely, mental health issues — when they try to treat substance abuse.
The Stigma Around Women Who Use
For men, drinking too much or using drugs has become part of the narrative, thanks to popular music and movies. As such, society punishes them less for substance use and abuse, because they’re just doing what they’re expected to do. They’re just “boys being boys.”
Women, on the other hand, are supposed to be feminine, and using drugs or alcohol doesn’t fit. On top of that, there is an expectation that they should all be motherly and round-the-clock nurturers. With these responsibilities upon them, substance use amongst women becomes stigmatized.
Women Experience — and Hide —Trauma
Substance abuse doesn’t necessarily play a factor in abusive situations — men who abuse women don’t always do so because of drugs or alcohol. But this type of trauma is one example of why women become susceptible to addictions of their own.
If a woman experiences any type of abuse — from sexual assault to domestic violence — she’s much more likely to suffer from mental health disorders. And, as we know, feelings of anxiety and depression are impetuses for an addiction to begin. With memories of untreated abuse, many women self-medicate to dull the pain rather than seeking help and treatment. Often, they also avoid seeking assistance out of fear their abuser will find out.
To that end, other difficulties that come with being a woman can also be contributing factors. Most of the female population can point to a time when they experienced discrimination or stress because of their gender. For example, workplace sexism or frequent catcalling can be distressing over time, thus leading to mental health and substance issues.
How Feminism Can Help
Feminism is making huge strides to ensure women don’t have to fall into substance abuse due to trauma. The #MeToo movement and general openness about these types of experiences — and reiterating that these experiences should not be considered OK or normal — can move the female population forward with more resilience.
On that note, propping women up and championing their successes is what feminism is all about. Of course, it might not be that simple when it comes to helping someone fight an addiction — but it’s a great place to start.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Gif of the Day



I might have already posted a gif like this or this exact gif but it just pairs so well with this one:


Child Immigrant Prisons Are Just Abuse Factories

[TRIGGER WARNING: CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, GENERAL ABUSE]

People have not stopped digging up horrible shit about these prison camps. It might not be on CNN anymore but that doesn't mean it's all better.

Employee at Phoenix migrant children's shelter charged with sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl

"Shelter" uh huh okay.

Also.

ICE Withheld Deported Parents’ Phone Numbers From Lawyers, ACLU Says

Also.

Migrant kids likely to be exposed to chemicals at military bases where gov't wants to detain them

AND MEANWHILE.

A State Report Says Severe Treatment of Teens at a Virginia Detention Center Was Not Abuse

A review issued by the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice on Monday found that the severe treatment of immigrant teenagers held in a Virginia detention center does not amount to abuse under Virginia law. 
The report, obtained by the Associated Press, concluded that the "restraint techniques" used by the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center "did not meet the legal definition of abuse or neglect."
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam ordered the review in June after the AP published first-hand accounts of teenagers describing being shackled, beaten, and stripped naked at the facility. In November of 2017, a class-action lawsuit brought by Latinx teenagers held in the facility included sworn statements that alleged that this treatment occurred between 2015 and 2018, under both the Trump and Obama administrations. Some of the children were as young as 14.

This is why we want to abolish prisons. And smash the state. This is "justice" in the great US of A.

Feminist Music

It's been a looooong time since I made one of these posts, but the series is back thanks to this AMAZING INCREDIBLE METAL BAND.

They're called Neckbeard Deathcamp. And their album is called White Nationalism is for Basement Dwelling Losers.

Are you ready for the track list? Get ready for the track list.

1. Cucked (Intro) 01:49 2. The Left Are the Real Fascists 02:55 3. Zyklon /b/ 04:53 4. XXXL Obersturmfuhrer Leather Duster 02:58 5. Incel Warfare 03:21 6. Please Respond (I Showed You My Penis) 04:18 7. The Fetishization ov Asian Women Despite a Demand for a Pure White Race (Outro) 03:24

I don't know about you, but I completely lost it at track 6. Then track 7 finished me off.

Did you click on the lyrics button?

HI FEW THINGS TO START OFF YES I ADDED YOU BECAUSE YOURE A FEMALE GAMER TIS AN AWESOME THING TO SEE IM BRIAN DONT BE INTIMIDATED IM NOT A STEREOTYPICAL GUY
IF ANYTHING ILL BE THE ONE IN THE KITCHEN PLEASE RESPOND PLEASE RESPOND PLEASE RESPOND PLEASE RESPOND PLEASE RESPOND PLEASE RESPOND PLEASE RESPOND PLEASE RESPOND PLEASE RESPOND PLEASE RESPOND PLEASE RESPOND PLEASE RESPOND PLEASE RESPOND PLEASE RESPOND PLEASE RESPOND

Stop the Grammies. This band wins all the awards.

You can listen to the tracks on Bandcamp for free or you can buy the digital album for $1.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Gif of the Day



Uhhhh imagine the cat is antifa and the stuffed thing is white nationalism.

I'm Back, and So Was 'Unite the Right'

But not in force.

Unite the Right 2018 was a pathetic failure

A couple of hours before the march was supposed to start, around 20 to 25 white nationalists, led by rally organizer Jason Kessler, had arrived at Foggy Bottom. Instead of waiting around, and swarmed by media, police, and a lot of counterprotesters, they had forged ahead on the march route hours earlier than scheduled. There, Kessler complained to reporters about the police in Charlottesville and counterprotesters, and then left.



As others have already pointed out, this is very likely to be a direct result of antifa efforts to stand up to these fascists. These fuckers spent the past year whining about having to fear being "outed," getting fired, getting doxxed, and generally being opposed.

On top of these problems, several Charlottesville attendees had their identities revealed — which resulted not just in public shaming but in some attendees getting fired from their jobs. That’s why neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin warned people to not go to this year’s rally, writing, “Getting doxed as a neo-Nazi street fighter will ruin your life, forever.”

Like antifa has been saying for many months/years/decades while liberals claim that we need to be nice to them, the key to defeating fascists and white supremacists is to make the consequences for open demonstration of said fascism and white supremacy too severe for them to want to do so.

And so, thank you once again, antifa, for protecting us and making the world a better place for non-fascists everywhere.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Gif of the Day



I don't know what the hell this even is but I'm feeling it anyway.

Afternoon Announcements

Hey folks. I'm going to be taking this week off from blogging. I'm having to quit a part time job I otherwise quite liked (and me liking a job is a very rare thing) because I realized I just can't be responsible for lives, even animal lives, at 50 cents over minimum wage. It's too fucked up. And now that this is in my head, I know I won't be able to get it out. I can see into my future if I try to stay, and it's easier just to quit now. Before I kill someone's cat.

But I'm attached to my coworkers and yes, I'm attached to several cats. It feels like a loss and I feel like I'm going through a mourning period. I gave two weeks of notice, not because capitalist bosses deserve it and not because I'm looking for a reference, but because I want time to say goodbye. I guess because if I quit without notice, I think they'll all hate me. I doubt they're all filthy commies like me.

Anyway, I didn't mean to write all that out, because what do I care if you know why I'm taking a break? But I guess I needed to.

I also need to take some time to think about what I've been doing in terms of my activism. I've been having a really hard time getting myself to go to any in-person events, meetings, rallies, or any of those very important aspects of social justice activism. I feel like I should be able to, but my mental resistance is intense. I need to admit to myself that I'm just spinning my wheels and exhausting myself while helping nobody. I need to address the mental block first. The question is how.

I'm also considering trying to get myself a corporate writing job, just so I can get some of the things I need. My significant other and I need a second car. We need to repair or replace our current car, soon, as well. I might need a new laptop soon. Our rent is going up again, but if we're going to move somewhere more affordable, we'll probably need first, last, and security deposits, because fucking landlords.

So that's everything that's stressing me the fuck out! That and the new rise of fascism. And then I'm like "why aren't I sleeping well?"




I'll be back next week, folks. Thanks for reading.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Gif of the Day


Have I mentioned that I love crows?

This Was Inevitable but Still Utterly Unacceptable

This was absolutely going to happen and someone has blood on their hands:

Child Dead After ICE Detention Center Stay Due To ‘Negligent Care’: Immigration Lawyer

An immigrant child died after being in custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Dilley, Texas, according to tweets from Houston immigration lawyer Mana Yegani on Tuesday. 
In one of the tweets, Yegani revealed a possible cause for the child’s death. 
“The child died following her stay at an ICE Detention Center, as a result of possible negligent care and a respiratory illness she contracted from one of the other children. The events took place in Dilley Family Detention Center in south Texas,” she wrote.

Frankly I'm surprised that there haven't been more deaths. For all we know, there have been.

Someone needs to be held accountable for this. Preferably the man who ordered the policy to separate children from their parents and is now trying to detain families, including children, indefinitely.

Not that he gives a SINGLE FUCK how many children die because of his general awfulness and being a blight on the human race.

He should be thrown into a cage and neglected to death.

""Proud Boy"" Violence This Weekend

If you're in Tacoma or Portland this weekend, be on the lookout for the so-called "Proud Boys" looking to cause violence.

One of these fascist thugs was encouraging his fellows to show up at the NWDC resistance/occupy camp, saying "we're coming for you."






It's possible that this will not happen because this Russell clown commented on his own most recent post threatening this specific violence claiming that the camp was cleared out by police. It hasn't, but hopefully he's using that as an excuse because local antifa caught wind of his little plan (because he posts everything on his public Facebook account like a doofus) and spread the word to come out to defend it. Some of these vessels of pure toxic masculinity might still show up and be in the area, however. Be careful.

On Saturday, they will be in Portland to doxx and likely attack protesters at the anti-Patriot Prayer rally. They plan to use cameras to photo/video faces, so plan to cover up your face or kick out anyone doing this - particularly white men. They claim they'll be recording "criminal activity" but we all know it's actually for doxxing. And the only criminal activity they're likely to find is that which they start themselves, because that's what they do.




It's generally a good idea not to take photos at rallies like this unless you're clearly avoiding catching faces. If you do get a face, blur it out before you post it. People's identities must be protected from both the police and fascists like the Proud Boys.

This is also just a general reminder that these self-described "Western chauvinists" are a bunch of violent thugs roaming around trying to start shit in a desperate attempt to convince themselves that their warped idea of masculinity makes up for the utter, endless empty void inside them that they might have to actually look into if they ever stopped swinging their dicks around for even a second.

It's also a little hilarious (and a little sad) that this Russell nerd thinks himself the hero in this little story he's concocted for himself.

Ah yes, because the rich, powerful, and privileged and those doing their dirty work are ALWAYS the good guys in all the best, most beloved stories.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Gif of the Day


That's cool.

Today's family lunch took up a lot more time than I thought. Especially with 2018 Seattle hell traffic.

Not that I owe you assholes an explanation.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Gif of the Day


ANGRY FRIENDS.

Wow, Okay, Just Straight Up Marines Posing With an SS Flag

Yeah, so that happened.

SIX YEARS AGO.

US marines in fresh controversy over sniper team photo with Nazi SS flag

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First of all, "resembling" my ass. That is a nazi SS flag.

Secondly, remind me why we're supposed to think that any part of the U.S. military is a good thing?

Nazi influence on Americans is not a new thing. And really, we were the ones who influenced the nazis in the first place. Always remember that.

Alex Jones Should Be Hung Up By His Hamstrings Over an Active Volcano

There are a lot of contenders for "worst human being on the planet" right now, but right up at the top of the pack is Alex fucking Jones.

Alex Jones tries to get $100K from parents of Sandy Hook victim who had to go into hiding over his conspiracy theories

Just a real quick look into your future, here, Alex:



Infowars founder Alex Jones is suing the parents of a boy who died at Sandy Hook for $100,000 after his false claims about them forced them into hiding. 
The New York Times reported that in a counter-suit filed after the parents of Sandy Hook victim Noah Pozner sued Jones for defamation, the far-right conspiracy theorist is seeking $100,000 in court costs under a Texas law intended to protect free speech from people “who aim to silence them through costly litigation.”

Oh, so rich people and governments can do it, but bereaved and mercilessly harassed parents can't?

Alex Jones, you get one of my favorite gifs.


 

Here's Fascism!

Hey, it wouldn't be fascism without some kind of religious persecution, right? Sometimes it's general anti-religious persecution with imposed atheism. In the case of the U.S., what else could it be but Christian supremacy and using that religion to oppress LGBTQ+ folks and basically everyone who isn't a cis straight male Christian?

Jeff Sessions announces a religious liberty task force to combat “dangerous” secularism

Gee, look at the time. Is it the 1700's already?

On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of a “Religious Liberty Task Force” that will enforce a 2017 DOJ memo ordering federal agencies to take the broadest possible interpretation of “religious liberty” when enforcing federal laws. That memo, for example, prohibits the IRS from threatening the tax-exempt status of any religious organization that actively lobbied on behalf of a political candidate, which is not allowed under the Johnson Amendment. 
In a bold speech delivered at the Justice Department’s Religious Liberty Summit, Sessions characterized the task force as a necessary step in facing down the prevailing forces of secularism. “A dangerous movement, undetected by many, is now challenging and eroding our great tradition of religious freedom,” he said, which “must be confronted and defeated.”

Sessions, if I'm not allowed to be secular, I'm joining the Temple of Satan.

So this is Mike Pence's America, huh? It's not enough to scapegoat and persecute black and Latinx immigrants. I guess if we impeach Trump it'll be full-on war against anyone who is not Christian. And of course, the gays and trans people. But also, allowing people to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people based on "religious freedom" opens the door to allow discrimination against other marginalized peoples, as we've seen with people claiming that religious freedom or some kind of "freedom of expression" allows them to decline to serve black people.

Anyway, see you at the forced conversion therapy camps, fellow queers.