Friday, April 19, 2019

This Is Why No One Likes Establishment Democrats

[TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE, DRUG USE]

So, the Mueller report. Lots of opinions on it. I'm not a lawyer and I am not confident that if I did try to slog through the 400 pages, I would understand the implications of most of it. However, a lot of people are saying it's a roadmap to impeaching Trump, and it very clearly states that Trump is NOT exonerated. So he'll be indicted as soon as he leaves office. Oh fuck, that means he has all the more motivation to end free elections.

Okay well that makes me even angrier at the establishment Democrats who are saying that it's just not worth it to impeach Trump because the Republican-controlled Senate will never go for it!

Can I ask you something? Did you really think that you were the only ones who knew what actual impeachment is, or did you not know?

A lot of average Americans don't know this, but impeachment does not mean removal from office. In a presidential impeachment, the House alone votes to impeach. If they vote in favor of it, the decision of whether this means the President should be removed from office goes to the Senate. This is why Bill Clinton was indeed impeached but was still able to finish his second term as President.

That, of course, leads me to point out that Republicans had no problem impeaching Bill Clinton regardless of the fact that they did not have the necessary supermajority votes in the Senate to get him removed. And in their eyes, that was over him lying about a blowjob. (In my eyes, Bill Clinton should have been impeached, removed from office, and indicted for taking advantage of a young woman he had an incredible amount of power over in an act that is arguably rape. But that doesn't change the fact that Republicans would never consider that rape and so they impeached him for one single lie about a sex act and many of the same Republicans are now supporting a pathological liar who admitted to serial sexual assault on tape.)

Would Trump ever be removed from office without a Democratic supermajority in the Senate? Hell no. Republicans don't have values or souls or anything like that. But do these establishment Democrats really think there is no value in impeachment? Why are they so against it that they are willing to mislead the American public about what impeachment is? Do they really have no desire to put impeachment upon Trump's legacy, making him another Nixon?

What are they out for? Still hoping to hang on to some favor from Republicans?

Alex Pareen of the New Republican is of the opinion that they're gutless. And racist.

Democratic leadership seemingly believes that the party can’t let its candidates campaign on promises to materially improve the lives of voters while also letting its elected officials carry out the responsibilities of their offices. They also believe, deep in their bones, that the country is not on their side. They believe going after Trump too directly will stir his mighty base, rather than imagining that full and transparent investigations into his various fraudulent and corrupt activities may demoralize his staunchest supporters—just as Trump himself was demoralized at the prospect of Mueller’s investigation—while also persuading those people who aren’t already in the cult of MAGA that this administration, and the party that abets it, need to be soundly defeated. 
Once again, we can celebrate a modern example of bipartisanship: a deep conviction, on both sides, that the only legitimate force in American politics is white grievance.

Fuckin' HIT EM Alex.

Honestly, why do these centrist, establishment Democrats think they deserve a single vote from anyone? I cannot wait until Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar are old enough to run for President.

Anyway, I'm very tired and looking forward to a weekend of getting fuuuuuuuuuuuuucked up happy 4/20 blaze it get really high and contemplate how the Earth is only a tiny speck in a massive universe so it doesn't matter if you spend the whole day getting high.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Gif of the Day


The best part about Skyrim is that the game sometimes just straight up trolls you.

An Armed Militia Is Rounding Up Immigrants In The U.S. South

Antifa operatives have released a video of a large crowd of Latinx migrants being held at gunpoint by a U.S. militia group. The migrants can be seen nervously shuffling around with many children in the crowd. You can hear white voices order them about, first to stop and stay and then to move here and there in Spanish. It's dark and they're probably terrified. At one point the guy taking the video, presumably part of the militia, says "this is a brand new group invading the camp." At the end, the guy calls the "camp" "Camp Liberty," but it's hard to know if that is serious. He also tells someone to call "BP" and then says "there's no Border Patrol around here, it's just us."


Like Nikki says, the implications are terrifying. If we have fake border patrol militias running around, bold enough to do this, one of these days a similar situation will end in a bloodbath. They don't care about the humanity of the people they're condemning to indefinite incarceration and possibly family separation. They think of them as invaders.

Meanwhile, we're spending another $40 million for more "tent cities" (prison camps) as more migrants arrive and Border Patrol complains that their resources are "stretched thin."

Just let them come in and don't fucking arrest them then. Or process them and let them go because this country is absolutely not full, many communities are under-populated, and immigrants for the most part absolutely help our economy and make our country a better place. Have you noticed food prices going up again? I sure have.

Facebook Teams Up With Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller

[TRIGGER WARNING: MENTION OF CHILD RAPE, WHOREPHOBIA, ANTISEMITISM, WHITE SUPREMACY, MURDER, ANTI-MIGRANT RACISM]

Remember the news that Facebook was banning white supremacists? Well, as I thought, they're not banning all of them. Instead, they're partnering with the ones who are a little more subtle. Guess what for!

Facebook teams with rightwing Daily Caller in factchecking program

The social network said Wednesday it had added CheckYourFact.com, which is part of the Daily Caller, as one of its US media partners in an initiative that has faced growing backlash from journalists and internal problems. The collaboration was first reported by Axios. 
Factcheckers in the program are tasked with debunking potential false stories on Facebook to help stop their spread, but some journalists have said the effort hasn’t been effective, and one of its major American partners, Snopes.com, cut ties earlier this year.

The Daily Caller has brought us such hits as "this photo we stole from a sex worker is definitely Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez" and "George Soros controls all these voting machines but we're definitely not antisemitic," plus publishing multiple articles by the white supremacist behind the Charlottesville horror show that ended in the death of Heather Hayer. Not to mention selling its utterly gullible readers shit like a massage belt that promises to give you a six-pack.

They also publish every scare story about migrants that they can possibly dig up while ignoring the increasingly frequent stories about white domestic terrorists with plans to murder Democrats and people of color. And just the fact that Tucker "Defends Child Rape" Carlson is the founder and majority owner of the Daily Caller. Hey Facebook, are you also fans of child marriage and rape? Just wondering.

This is how white supremacy becomes mainstream. Fuckerberg will use CheckYourFact.com to spread right-wing propaganda, and my money's on him launching his presidential campaign when the next Democrat is in the White House and running on white supremacist fearmongering about the increase of brown people and a new Red Scare. It's going to be ugly.

I really should ditch Facebook but honestly so many of my friends and family still use it to plan events that I feel like I'll end up completely socially isolated if I do. And I don't need any help in that respect.

I'm going to have to think on this.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Gif of the Day


If you don't feel like getting up to join the fight, a tail nom works in a pinch.

2020 Challenger Lineup: Elizabeth Warren

What with the novocaine from my dentist appointment on Monday, I totally forgot about the weekly Democratic presidential candidate outline. And today's candidate is Elizabeth Warren!

Elizabeth Warren rose to fame after she took on the banks following the Great Recession and the bank bailouts that might have helped the economy from completely tanking but also sent the message that big banks can get away with anything if they're big enough. She became something of a progressive hero as she continued to go after Wall Street and demand regulations on the people responsible for the bubble bursts that led straight to the recession.

There were some people hoping that Warren would run in 2016, but she declined, probably not wanting to get in the way of Hillary Clinton. I don't blame her for that. Now that she is running, enthusiasm for her seems to have waned a bit.

I was concerned about the rumors she had ended up taking corporate money. However, I have been unable to verify this. The only people reporting on it are right-wing rags like the Daily Caller and some websites no one has ever heard of but that seem mostly dedicated to (still) attacking Hillary Clinton (seriously get over it, she lost and has mostly disappeared, what is your deal).

According to OpenSecrets.org, which all the "sources" claiming she took corporate money end up back at, her top donors for 2018 include AT&T and Morgan Stanley. HOWEVER, if you look at total vs. individuals columns, you'll notice that all donation from these companies come from individuals. This suggests that, like with other Democrat candidates, these donations actually come from employees of these companies rather than the companies themselves.

Now, I don't personally know whether "individuals" or "employees" in a company can include high-up executives or even CEOs, which would still suggest to me that she is beholden to these corporations. And I don't really know how to find out. If anyone knows please comment with the answer.

As for her policy positions, she is definitely very progressive and her actions and voting record have reflected that. She's still working within capitalism but it's too much to ask for an anti-capitalist candidate at this time. Her ultra-millionaire tax is good, though it could tax more. She is still for having a "strong military" because something something terrorists, but wants to cut the defense budget and even calls out military contractors (a key part of the military industrial complex), which is something I've never seen before in a presidential candidate.

Warren's Native American thing was uhhhh suspect at least? Though I've seen opinions from actual Native Americans that are varied, from "it's good that she got the DNA test" to "who cares" to "she's hurting Native Americans." She did issue an apology, which seemed like a good one to me, but I'm white so my judgment on this issue is limited. Otherwise, she is pro-reparations, including for Native Americans, which is great, and seems pretty good on racial justice. She has called for the abolition of ICE.

I would list all of her major policy positions but it's quicker to just say that if you can think of an issue, she's on the right side of it, by which I mean to the left. She's great on abortion, women's rights, LGBTQ+ issues, environment and climate change, healthcare, and so on. She was for Medicare For All before it was cool and she has nothing but praise for the young diverse congresswomen making noise right now. My only concern is that she seems to have a worrying history of pandering to Israel and met with Netanyahu, though she has urged them to stop bombing Palestine and was against the anti-BDS bill.

I personally had no problem with that one video of her drinking a beer in her kitchen and think that people were pretty ridiculous about it.

Overall, Warren is a proponent of major reforms. She may be as good as it gets when it comes to reformists. I'd prefer revolution, meaning tearing it all down and starting again from the beginning, but no serious presidential candidate is going to be in favor of that. She's had some hiccups along the way and she's not above suspicion in some respects, but she may be about as good as it gets. She's also been a victim of the misogynistic "is she likable?" bullshit that only ever applies to female candidates, and that makes me want to vote for her and champion her all the more.

If you don't want to support Bernie Sanders but want to support a real progressive, I'm pretty sure that Elizabeth Warren is your best choice. I give her an A-, keeping in mind that I'm a tough grader. I'd be fine with ditching Bernie for Liz if that's how it has to be.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Gif of the Day


I'm not entirely sure what is going on here.

New Trump Policy Would Cut Disability Benefits If Disabled People Aren't Miserable

[TRIGGER WARNING: ABLEISM, GENOCIDE, EUGENICS]

Are you ready for some serious dystopian shit? Or if you're disabled, are you ready for a worsening of the dystopian shit you've already been experiencing but it wasn't explicitly coded into law?

How A Trump Proposal Could Reduce 'Happy' Disabled People

I have a feeling that the headline is the fault of an able-bodied editor. Because what this proposed policy would do would simply reduce disabled people. By which I mean kill them.

A new policy proposal by the Trump administration calls for the surveillance of disabled people’s social media profiles to determine the necessity of their disability benefits. The proposal, which reportedly aims to cut down on the number of fraudulent disability claims would, monitor the profiles of disabled people and flag content that shows them doing physical activities. When it comes down to it, the policy dictates that disabled people shouldn’t be seen living their lives for fear of losing vital financial aid and, possibly, medical care.

None of us like the idea of the government monitoring our social media, though we've mostly accepted that it happens. But imagine living with the knowledge that if you admit to having too much fun on social media, the government will take away your only possible source of income.

Disability fraud, by the way, is very rare. Incredibly rare. It's already very difficult to get these benefits. I know someone who was deeply depressed to the point that he couldn't hold a job and could barely get out of bed most days, but even though his own therapist basically gave up on him and suggested that he seek disability benefits, he was denied. It wasn't until after that we learned that you basically have to go in and act as though it's one of your worst days in order to get benefits, but if your worst days are when you can't get out of bed and you have to get out of bed to go to the interview, then ??????

Disabled people are already expected to be perpetually miserable. If they're ever happy, they're accused of faking it. They already have to put up with that kind of bullshit from culture and from the government, but this would take it to a whole new level.

The proposal, like many of its policies regarding disabled people, shows a fundamental misunderstanding of disability and takes advantage of how social media operates in order to cut them off from the support they need. Disabled people don’t all function in the same way, and disability is not a set of stereotypes like taking selfies staring longingly at the world. They live lives while managing their energy for the activities they can handle and trying to make those they cannot more accessible. 
Additionally, studies have shown that a majority of social media users show only the good in their lives, not the hardships or difficulties. Disabled people should be allowed to share the full scope of their existence without fear they’ll be accused of lying—and even fraud—by the United States Government which will likely reason that if a disabled person is seen going to the mall or taking time to swim or jog, they can be working.

If this policy is put into place, disabled people will either have to give up any authenticity in their social media activity and lean into the stereotypes forced upon them by us able-bodied people or risk losing their benefits, which can literally lead to an early death. It can end their ability to pay for the medical care they need.

There is zero chance that this would save the government money. I would bet money that they would spend more money on this social media monitoring than they would ever save on cutting disability benefits, especially if they only caught the tiny number of people faking it, which won't happen, they will definitely end up mostly cutting benefits from people who need it.

This is eugenics. This is a genocide tactic. Remember how the nazis wanted to exterminate disabled people as well as Jewish people and other ethnic minorities? Targeting disabled people is a common aspect of fascism and genocidal regimes.

They don't care about reducing fraud. Their goal isn't even to reduce disabled happiness. It's just to reduce the number of disabled people, period. Fuck Trump and fuck any person who would support this policy or anything like it.

This is Horrible in Like Eight Different Ways

[TRIGGER WARNING: TRANSPHOBIA, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, MISOGYNY, RAPE CULTURE, MISGENDERING]

This story manages to combine so many of the issues that face both trans kids and women/girls, it would be impressive if it wasn't so terrible.

Girl expelled for kneeing boy in crotch during anti-trans Snapchat ‘protest’, family says

Okay so, a trans boy at a high school in Alaska took a selfie in the boys' locker room, where he belongs. Some transphobic cis boys from the same school saw the selfie online and got mad because transphobia and decided to stage a "protest" by invading the girls' locker room to take selfies. When the lead boy entered the girls' locker room, he immediately encountered a girl who, probably alarmed and outraged at the violation of privacy, kneed him right in the crotch in self-defense. Instead of punishing the mob of cis boys committing a deliberate act of sexual harassment in the name of transphobia, the school expelled the cis girl who defended herself.

Let's list all the things wrong here.

  1. General transphobia
  2. Misgendering
  3. Failure to protect a trans student via failure to punish a transphobic act (the boys were punished for trying to enter the girls' locker room but not for transphobia)
  4. Sexual harassment
  5. Punishing a girl for defending herself from boys - misogyny
  6. Showing boys that their victims punished if they commit acts of sexual violation - rape culture
  7. Miscarriage of justice
  8. Denying a girl an education

You can contact the North Pole High School at (907) 488-3761 and/or the school district on Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Gif of the Day


Amazing. Incredible. Perfect. Beautiful. 10/10. A+. I'm going to cry.

The State of Online Media: I Hate It

[TRIGGER WARNING: EXTREME PESSIMISM]

I'm a little loopy right now because I just had three cavities fixed this morning and my entire chin and lower lip and most of my tongue are completely numb. But I just found out that The Establishment is officially ending. The Establishment has been my favorite site for social justice-oriented culture articles and creative pieces, and it's where all of my own favorite pieces have been published. The South Park article. The one about laziness.

It makes me so sad. It makes me feel pessimistic about the chances of making anything out of this blog, even if I do pull the trigger on re-creating it into Revolutionary Feminism like I said I was going to over a year ago but that costs money. It makes me feel like no online publication run by women, including a number of amazing women of color, could last in the world as it is now.

In their farewell post, they talk about how they tried everything to make enough money to keep going. They didn't try ads, because they're awesome and ethical people. But if they can't survive without ads, what decent website could?

Making money on the internet is such a depressing affair. I'm currently writing for a website that makes money via ads and Facebook monetization, which means that I have to watch my language in ways that I do not like. I can't attack men or white people as a whole, because Facebook considers these to be protected groups in spite of the fact that they are already protected by privilege. Sometimes I end up writing about things I would rather ignore or posting under click bait-y headlines because we fucking need the clicks.

Meanwhile, publications that are neutral or centrist or even actually a little left-leaning keep trying to make me pay to access them after a paltry number of free article views while far-right publications like Breitbart and Fox News remain totally free to access.

The Notre Dame is on fire? Well, so is the entire internet, where most of us now go for our information and to find perspectives on issues that matter to us.

As usual, I don't know how to fix this other than abolishing capitalism. I'm afraid that this is an omen of things to come once the inevitable Trump recession hits. I'm just waiting for one or both of my main clients to drop me because they can't afford to pay me anymore. And let's not forget how things will go to hell once the real impact of climate change hits.

Do we really want to have to live under this shadow of catastrophe all the time? Because that's inevitable under capitalism. I just want to live in a world where I don't have to live with the constant background noise of anxiety about financial collapse, where I can count on having a place to live and access to food and basic healthcare. That should not be too much to ask in 2019.

I'm so tired of this.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Gif of the Day


I don't know if I want the person who made this to be praised or arrested.

Guest Post: How to Support a Friend Who Has Opened up to You About Being Abused

[TRIGGER WARNING: SUICIDAL IDEATION, SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE]

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.



I will always love my college bestie. Though distance now separates us, we maintain contact regularly. I also remain forever in her debt, for if it weren't for her patience, her willingness to listen without judgment and her hugs when I broke down in tears, I might have taken my own life years ago.


I am a survivor of physical abuse in a relationship. But I'm not here to focus on the past. What I want to share today is how my beautiful friend gave me the strength to move on and how you can likewise become an angel to other abuse survivors brave enough to share their stories with you.
The Stigma of Abuse
When those in the media speak about physical and sexual abuse, most viewers assume this is an issue that impacts only women. The #MeToo movement focuses primarily on women who have come together in record numbers to share their stories of harassment and assault. But predators attack men and women alike, and abuse can exist in LGBTQ relationships as well.
Women do fall prey more often due to multiple factors ranging from cultural conditioning to body size. Did you know one in four girls become the victim of sexual abuse before they reach their 18th birthday? Many victims of abuse never report what happened to them, whether the trauma occurred only once or continued for many years. When they do come forward, they often face immense shame and even public ridicule, much like Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford did.
When people like me do open up, we normally don't do so easily. We spill our secrets only to our most trusted friends.
Helping Friends Who Come Forward
Even if we hadn't met during freshman orientation, I believe my college bestie and I would have met eventually, anyway. Like me, she had fallen prey to a predator at an earlier point in her life. She asked me to accompany her to a group support session for survivors of abuse even though she didn't yet know my whole story.
As we were newbies, she said going with a friend would give her courage. Little did I expect to find myself running out of the meeting room bawling harder than I ever had. I ran blindly, slid on a muddy patch in the grass, put my head down between my knees and wept in the pouring rain until I felt an arm around me.
After we both dried ourselves off of raindrops and teardrops, we sat on the top bunk of her dorm room bed. For the first time ever, I shared my story with another human being. If she hadn't been so receptive and caring, I may not be writing this today.
Here's how she saved my life.
  1. She listened. My bestie never interrupted me. She let me go on, even when my emotional state made it difficult to follow my story from one point to another. She nodded. She held my hand. She let me know she cared and encouraged me to continue without saying a word.
  2. She skipped the blame game. She didn't need sensitivity training to know that we were both survivors who had journeyed through hell. My bestie knew perfectly well we didn't bring abuse on ourselves.
  3. She asked what I needed. My bestie didn't insist I begin therapy. She did give me the 411 about the free help available on campus. She didn't insist on going to the cops or telling anyone in authority. She simply told me to text her, regardless of the hour, if I felt close to the edge. I hadn't told her I had contemplated suicide. Fellow survivors just know.
  4. She believed me without question. My bestie never asked for the specifics on the abuse I experienced. She never asked why I didn't try telling another adult. She knew once someone is betrayed, especially by a person they trusted so much, they grow anxious about approaching others.
Supporting Survivors
Because many cases of sexual and physical abuse go unreported until physical evidence is lost, women reporting these crimes to law enforcement face heavy scrutiny about one of the most difficult events in their lives. Women who trust a friend enough to open up about such abuse deserve compassion, not cross-examination. During these difficult times where a lot of triggering and upsetting discussion is being thrown around about women in the media and political scene, we need to be there for each other now more than ever. Listening to an abuse survivor may just save a life.

Amazing Girls of Color

We've all seen the photo of the supermassive black hole by now, which exists because of Dr. Katie Bouman, the young woman who is a year younger than me. But have you heard about the eight-year-old Mexican girl who created a solar power panel using only recycled materials while living in an area with scarce resources?

8-year-old Mexican Girl Wins Nuclear Sciences Prize For Her Invention

At just 8 years old, Xóchitl has designed and constructed a solar-powered device to heat water, using only recycled materials, Cultura Colectiva reports. 
For many, this device may seem totally unnecessary.  But, in Xóchitl's community, where resources are scarce, "people don't have the money to buy heaters, so they chop down trees to get firewood [to heat the water]," says Xóchitl.

Could you imagine doing that at age eight? Can you imagine having to worry about hot water at age eight? So many of these stories are both heartwarming and sad, because clearly girls and women of color are brilliant and amazing, but it's also terrible that this little girl was so concerned about her family and neighbors being unable to get hot water and having to cut down trees because they're too poor to afford electric or gas heaters that she spent time she should have been spending playing and being a little girl inventing something that I would have zero clue how to go about putting together.

Anyway, Xóchitl Guadalupe Cruz is amazing, and my hero, and I hope the prize came with some money.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Gif of the Day


Damn right. I still have scars from the time I worked as a cat handler for a few months last year.

Women Are Leading a Sudan Uprising

I never get tired of pointing out that, while those of us raised in the U.S. were taught that we were exceptional and countries that weren't majority white or dominated by white people were behind us in every aspect of justice and human rights, that shit was a lie.

Also, if you want some positivity in your life today, go to Twitter and search "Sudan uprising."

Especially if you need a reminder that black women are incredible.




And the latest news is that the uprising has been successful. President al-Bashir has stepped down as demanded, according to government sources.

Mainstream media in the U.S., of course, has ignored this. Possibly because our own rulers (the rich) don't want us to see how successful these kinds of mass protests can be.

Meanwhile, people here are calling for an Occupy D.C. movement. Can we get tens of thousands of people to camp out outside of the White House and demand the end of Trump's reign? It won't be easy, but it's incredibly necessary.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Gif of the Day


Average U.S. citizens watching Trump do anything.

Eat the Rich

"Eat the rich" is such an amazing rallying cry. It's so simple, and a much better example of "is it a joke or isn't it" humor than being racist and pretending it's a joke when people get pissed. It's also kind of a threat, but more of a warning about the inevitable consequences of the rich hoarding more and more resources.

If the rest of us run out of food, we can always eat the rich. And they couldn't stop us. Is that what you want, rich people, or do you want to share?

Anyway, anti-poverty activists did this:

Activists crash luxury pop-up restaurant near former homeless camp in Toronto

For a minimum of $550, guests at “Dinner With A View” enjoy a three-course meal prepared by former “Top Chef Canada” winner Rene Rodriguez, while seated in terrarium-like domes. The event is located in an area under the city’s Gardiner Expressway known as the “Bentway,” close to where city officials removed a large homeless encampment on March 13. 
The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) says it’s opposed to the heated, terrarium-like domes placed for diners near the area where homeless people were evicted after struggling to survive all winter. That’s why activists staged a free counter-event Friday called “Dinner With A View Of The Rich.”

The kind of luxury that the rich live in is absolutely obscene. This "pop-up" under a bridge that homeless people were recently evicted from is a perfect representation of the different worlds the rich and poor live in. Also, "evicting" homeless people from the places they've chosen to sleep after society failed them is obscene in itself. Homeless people actually have to sleep somewhere. They have to exist somewhere. But rich, entitled, and heartless assholes don't care what happens to these human beings as long as they're out of sight of their privileged eyes. They'd probably rather homeless people be dead.

And they'd be happy to get their cops to pull the trigger.

The pop-up was prepared for the protest by having police present and putting a tarp on their fence to hide the domes. Protesters destroyed the fence around the pop-up in an effort to expose the diners. Police patrolled the barrier and stopped anyone from trying to pull down the tarp, climb in or throw things into the event. 
Protesters yelled “shame on you” at every guest walking in or out of the pop-up event. They were also chanting, “eat the rich, feed the poor” and holding up signs that said things like “build shelter and social housing.”

They put up a tarp to hide their precious domes from view? Sounds more like they were trying to hide the protesters from the rich diners.

As one Tumblr user put it: "Just a very normal scene of police erecting barricades so the rich can eat peacefully under a highway surrounded by the poor."

Headline of the Month

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...

Bald eagles are taking trash from a Seattle landfill and dumping it into suburban yards

It is raining trash in the suburbs of Seattle. Or, rather, bald eagles – around 200 of them – are dropping trash into people's yards every day, and the suburbanites are not happy.

The trash – including a blood-filled biohazard container that landed in one lucky resident's yard – is coming from a nearby landfill that takes in two tons of fresh trash a day. The bald eagles pick out the juicy morsels of food found in the landfill, and then discard the junk that they don't want in the nearby neighborhoods.

There is something so beautifully poetic about the symbol of freedom in our nation picking up trash from our giant human trash piles and dropping them into the yards of people rich enough to own houses in the city of Seattle.

The city is now trying to think of ways to keep the birds out of the trash with netting or something. It's also poetic, or maybe just fucked up, that the place viewed as being so liberal and so green has a giant landfill "filled to capacity" decades ago but not set to be closed until 2040, getting two tons of trash added to it every day, and now we want to disrupt what has become new bald eagle habitat because the birds are dropping garbage back on the humans.

Remember when China stopped taking most U.S. recyclables and now most of it is simply being dumped in landfills? Why are we allowed to have nukes again?

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Monday, April 8, 2019

Gif of the Day


Canada's far from perfect but the au revoir really makes this funny.

2020 Challenger Lineup: Cory Booker

Cory Booker is a serious runner for the presidency, but hasn't been in the spotlight a whole lot lately. He's basically Obama 2.0, farther to the left but will almost certainly continue drone bombing civilians in the Middle East. Still, a much better choice than Joe Biden, whom we should all just discard as a presidential possibility.

On paper, Booker looks like a great progressive candidate. He has self-identified as progressive and has a very progressive voting record in many ways. However, Booker has financial ties that point to him being another neo-liberal at heart, and it makes him hard to trust. He fell from grace back in 2017 when he helped kill a promising bill designed to lower prescription drug prices. He's taken $267,338 from pharmaceutical companies (possibly more since the publication of that article) and has raised the most money via Wall Street donation than any other Senator. He's worked with Mark Zuckerberg.

The excuse made for Booker is that he was trying to protect jobs in the state he was representing, but that's still a function of protecting the industry and Wall Street money always comes with strings. As president, all those strings would be pulled.

Because of his long history as a politician, he has a long voting record and a whole Wikipedia page on his political positions. In all the big ways, Booker is progressive, but reading through all of his positions paints a picture of a dedicated capitalist. He supports "market-based solutions" for climate change, though he has come out in support of the Green New Deal. He has built a reputation for being very concerned about deficits. He supports the privatization of education, including charter schools, voucher programs, and merit-based pay for teachers - all which have been shown to increase school racial and class segregation, making schools in poor areas even worse while rich schools suck up more of the money.

His education stance comes in conflict with his support for "baby-bonds" - low-risk savings account for every newborn managed by the federal government that "would be worth tens of thousands of dollars by the age of 18." Such a policy would likely significantly reduce the racial wealth gap and I'm all for it, though it seems like it would be a lot more effective if college didn't cost tens of thousands of dollars.

At the same time, Booker has pushed for capitalist deregulation in some alarming ways.

He also came out against what he considers needless government regulations that hamper technological development. He said that many of the advances in drone technology are coming out of Europe. "This country is being left behind," he said, a sentiment that went over well with the tech-happy crowd.

Well, we mostly use drones in this country for KILLING PEOPLE, so I'm pretty okay if we're falling behind in that respect.

He also supports lowering corporate taxes and once defended Bain Capital against Obama, leading to the Republican National Convention to create a petition called "I Stand With Cory Booker." Ew.

Booker's foreign policy is also worrying. He has supported stronger sanctions against Iran and sounds a lot like Hillary Clinton in his sentiments about the country being a threat, which sounds a lot like a precursor to yet another U.S. invasion. He also co-sponsored the anti-BDS (boycott, divestiture and sanctions) bill that prohibits U.S. companies from participating in boycotts against Israel until they stop their active genocide campaign against Palestinians. Which is fucked up. It's not only anti-Palestine, it's anti-freedom of speech.

At the same time, he's great on racial justice and was instrumental in the passing of the First Step Act to help prison inmates have a shot at a life after imprisonment and ends mandatory sentencing laws around non-violent drug charges. And he's had some serious guts in calling out Trump appointees like Kirstjen Nielsen for being horrible, awful monsters.

But does this matter much when he's clearly a capitalist, corporate shill? Will he really support Medicare for All if he becomes president and the corporations start calling?

I can't trust anyone who takes corporate money, and I'm far from alone in my generation. His supposed support of human rights becomes shakey with his opposition of BDS. Because of this, I can't give him higher than a C. Kamala Harris is better, honestly.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Gif of the Day


The thing about cats is that every once in a while they will bite your nose.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Gif of the Day



I finally understand fashion.

Whatever Happens With the Mueller Report, Don't Be a Dick

So like, I haven't talked much at all about the Mueller report because I personally did not expect it to be our saving grace, and I don't trust Mueller himself because he's still a Republican. However, it has annoyed the hell out of me how much mainstream media outlets and many people who should have known better have repeatedly declared the Mueller investigation to be over, repeated the line that no evidence of collusion was found, and acted like William Barr is anything but a tool designed to lie about the Muller report. Because all of that is inaccurate.

This report, which Democrats may or may not be able to obtain without all the important/incriminating bits redacted, might be something or might be nothing. I personally do hope that whatever's in there can be a stepping stone to nailing Trump to the fucking wall, but I'm not holding my breath.

But what I really want to talk about here is the leftists - the socialists, communists, anarchists, and general actual left-of-liberal leftists - being dicks about all this. I've seen them, too, acting as though the above inaccurate information is true. And they've used that to dump on the liberals who were hoping against hope that this would save us from Trump. I saw one person literally declare that everyone should go and laugh in a liberal's face.

That's just gross. Yes, liberals are naive and remain supporting a system that might just kill us all. But I dunno, I used to be one, so I get it. It's hard to break out of the mental mold we were all subjected to growing up. I'm not here to say that we have to treat every liberal with kid gloves, but why do you want to go and be a big dick to a bunch of people who felt dejected after William Barr released his tiny little lying summary? This isn't even about trying to get liberals onto our side by always being nice to them, because that argument makes me feel utterly exhausted every time.

Just, like, don't be a dick to people who have been tricked into thinking the system works for them? This is certainly a wonderful opportunity to point out that the system is evil to the core and won't save them. They're not actively being oppressive by believing in the propaganda we all had shoved down our throats as kids. They're just deeply disappointed when they're also believing something that we leftists should see as an obvious lie, that being the Barr summary.

Members of Mueller's team are now saying that the recently released report is much harder on Trump than Barr made it seem. So you can put away your self-righteousness either way.

Personally, I feel like being a true leftist means caring about people at the end of the day, being understanding and wanting to help people, not shit on them at every opportunity. Save that for the many white supremacists out there. There's no shortage of targets for your bitterness, as earned as it may be. You're not better than anyone else just because you've lost the capacity to hope.

I know I dump on liberals myself sometimes, but I'm not gonna go after them for having faith in the system. It sucks when you don't anymore, and it's honestly hard for me to wish that loss of faith on anyway, even if it's necessary. I still sometimes hope that I'm all wrong about everything and reform really can work. Sometimes imagining Trump getting arrested to be thrown in prison for life is all that keeps me going. At the end of the day I'm going to keep trying to push people father left, because yes that is absolutely what I'm doing, and I'm not always going to be nice about it. But I hope I never end up being an entirely self-righteous dick about it.

Charges Against L’Daijohnique Lee Dropped

How about some good news for a change? Organizing and protesting works.

Charges Dropped Against Black Woman Who Was Charged with Criminal Mischief After Being Brutally Assaulted

L’Daijohnique Lee is the black woman I talked about the other day as part of my bullshit roundup. As it turns out, she probably did break that white supremacist's truck windows, but it was in retaliation for the brutal assault against her, and also let's all be breaking white supremacist windows.

Dallas News reports that civil rights groups descended upon City Hall on Wednesday demanding that the charges be dropped prior to the district attorney office’s decision to do so.

The power of the people cannot be overstated. Keep fighting against white supremacy.

 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Gif of the Day


This goes so quickly from tiny angry cute to tiny sad cute that my brain can't even process it properly.

WHAT'S WRONG BB SOMEONE GET THIS KITTEN SOME MILK AND A HEATED BLANKET STAT.

Students Charged With Crimes For Protesting Border Agents

Free speech? What the FUCK is that?

2 Students Face Criminal Charges After Calling Border Agents ‘Murderers’

The two undergraduate students, Mariel Alexandra Bustamante, 22, and Denisse Moreno Melchor, 20, were charged with interfering with the peaceful conduct of an education institution, a misdemeanor. Melchor was also charged with issuing threats and intimidation, a campus spokesman said. Both were cited and released on Monday. 
The protest began on March 19 while two Border Patrol agents were speaking about career opportunities in criminal-law enforcement. They had been invited by the Criminal Justice Association, a student club. Outside the partly open door of the room where they were speaking, at least one protester recorded them, calling them "murderers" and other names. 
"This is supposed to be a safe space on campus," the female student said. "But they allow an extension of KKK on to campus." A member of the student group invited her to come in, but she said she didn't feel safe doing so.

They are murderers. But also, "interfering with the peaceful conduct of an education institution," really? So basically any campus protest can be called a crime? And yet somehow, the white supremacist "Patriot Prayer" rallies continue to be allowed on the University of Washington Seattle campus even though it means that peaceful education events including one to encourage and support black kids have to be canceled.

But god forbid we let students of color call Border Patrol what it is.

Also, I'm confused as fuck on this part:

The case is being closely watched by free-speech advocates who say it is unusual for arrests to follow a nonviolent campus protest. They say tougher crackdowns on student protests can be expected in light of President Trump's executive order threatening to withhold federal money from campuses that fail to protect free speech.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised that Trump's order to """"protect free speech"""" was actually an order to protect Border Patrol and other murderous government agencies against the free speech of marginalized students.

In all seriousness, freedom of speech is supposed to protect the common people, not government agencies spreading their bullshit propaganda to kids. The idea that any "disruption" to any presentation is a violation of free speech is dangerous. We can't even disrupt fascist and white supremacist gatherings now? Am I going to get arrested at the next counter-protest to Patriot Prayer fuckery because I participated in chants to try and drown out their hateful screaming? This seems like a serious step toward/into fascism and it's freaking me out a little.

Oh, and remember my ongoing and fairly one-sided feud with "FIRE"? Get ready for another chapter.

In an earlier statement Robbins touted the university's "green light" rating from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, the free-speech advocacy group. FIRE, in a statement issued Tuesday, called the incident "a close call between competing First Amendment interests." 
"Taken alone, the content of the speech at issue here — calling Border Patrol agents 'murder patrol' and 'an extension of the KKK,' for example — is plainly protected by the First Amendment," the statement reads. 
"Likewise, the call by a Border Patrol agent (with considerable political influence) to investigate and punish students for a letter criticizing the Border Patrol is a clear demand that the university violate the First Amendment." 
But FIRE's statement goes on to say that the First Amendment protects the right of public-college students to hear from the speakers free from what's called a heckler's veto: "However … isolated heckling, fleeting disruption, or other expressive activity that does not prevent audience members from seeing and hearing the speaker is generally permissible."

Ok, I get it. When it comes to a dude's ability to harass female students, he has absolute freedom of speech and the disruption to her education doesn't matter one tiny bit. But when Border Patrol, a government agency that is not a person, comes to campus to push their murderous and racist propaganda, it's time for a wishy-washy ehhhhhhhh *vague hand wiggle* "both sides are bad" back-and-forth mess.

Even if the charges can't possibly stick, and I seriously hope they can't but I'm not placing bets, this is a clear method of intimidation. Students of color can hardly afford the disruption to their lives that is arrest and then dealing with criminal charges. But hey it's not like they're doing something as important as trying to get their dicks wet so FUCK 'EM, right, FIRE?

Fuck the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and their misnomer of a name and their extremely white staff and their likely origins as right-wing hysterics over public universities being some kind of liberal brainwashing machine.

U.S. Border Patrol Accused of Torture This is Torture

Which step in the path to genocide is torturing your internment camp victims?

U.S. Border Patrol Accused of Forcing Migrant Families Sleeping Outside to Wake Up and Stand Every Three Hours

The complaint details a series of alleged abuses reported to ACLU lawyers by former detainees at the site, now shut down, including migrant families being forced to sleep on rocky terrain for up to four nights in temperatures that dropped into the 30s, with only Mylar sheets to protect them. It also alleges that asylum seekers were forced to wake up every three hours and stand in what Texas Monthly magazine called a "sleep deprivation tactic."

That is absolutely a sleep deprivation tactic commonly used as a part of "advanced interrogation techniques" which is another way to say TORTURE THIS IS TORTURE.

Wikipedia's entry on sleep deprivation, under its "uses" section, lists both "interrogation" and "abusive control." It's also definitely a standard brainwashing technique. As though it wasn't bad enough that they penned up hundreds of migrants under a fucking bridge, though after widespread outrage they've finally moved those poor people into a different pen full of overcrowded tents. But ummmm are they still torturing them or what?

Seriously, why are we allowing this? What type of distraction do we need and what caliber of wire cutters? Break them out. Stop the genocide.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Gif of the Day


Me being a dork in front of my beautiful and stylish friends.

Today's Bullshit Lineup

[TRIGGER WARNING: RACIST ASSAULT/BEATING, WHITE SUPREMACY, RAPE, KIDNAPPING, POLICE BRUTALITY, MURDER, WHOREPHOBIA]

I accidentally slept in way later than I intended to and am just now getting to the blog, as you can tell, so here are three things I've come across today alone that I fucking hate. Enjoy!

Dallas Charges Black Woman Beaten Unconscious By White Racist With A Felony, Lawyer Says

Did you see that horrific video of the white man brutally assaulting a black woman after she shoved him because he slapped the phone out of her hand and called her the n-word and wouldn't stop getting all up in her face? Well, it took mass protests to get the cops to charge that guy with more than a misdemeanor, and now the fucking city is trying to charge the victim with felony damage to a racist piece of shit's pickup truck.

They're accusing her of damaging the truck after the assault. When, exactly? When she was unconscious? There is no truck visible in the video. Do they think she tracked him down later and damaged his truck for revenge? Sounds like serious bullshit to me.

Next up:

Washington prisons ban donated books from nonprofits

If you're like me, your first reaction might have been to ask "FUCKING WHY??" The answer is something something contraband.

"The problem, according to the state’s policy memo, is that mail room staff don’t have time to properly inspect all the books for contraband."

Please explain to me what kind of contraband problems are coming from books donated by non-profits that can't be sorted out by taking the books by the spine and giving them a hearty shake.

Sounds like this is just another way to fuck over prisoners, who are, and I'm sick of feeling like I have to remind people of this, HUMAN BEINGS.

Oh, but you can just take books you want to donate directly to the prisons! Why are books taken to prisons by any random person less likely to have contraband in them? Also, no one is going to do that. Prisons are always out in the boonies. The closest prison to me is out in Monroe, and I'm lucky. There's also one in Aberdeen, one in someplace called Swede Hill, and one someone in the middle of the Capitol State Forest?

Or you can bring them to the Washington State Library headquarters! In fucking Tumwater. Literally the town I use when I'm complaining that rent is getting so high that I'm going to have to move out to the sticks.

But god forbid anyone try to get high (or worse, educated) in the worst kind of facility imaginable, right?

Lastly, and this one comes with a strong trigger warning for rape, police brutality, kidnapping, murder, and whorephobia:

Women Describe How A Columbus Vice Cop Pressured Them to Trade Sex for Rent

It's all horrible, and all I have to say about this is abolish the police. Because as long as you're giving guns and nearly unlimited power to any rando who goes through a bit of training and a clearly inadequate psych exam, you're going to get shit like this. All the time.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Gif of the Day


Don't fuck with moose, by the way.

2020 Challenger Lineup: Marianne Williamson

No, this is not an April Fool's joke. I was on the fence about profiling Marianne Williamson because she seems like she could be more of a fringe candidate than anyone serious, but it turns out that I really like her politics, and she's another woman running for president, so you know what, let's do this.

Marianne Williamson is described on Wikipedia as a "spiritual teacher, author, lecturer, entrepreneur, and activist." Her spiritual teachings are non-religious. She has no direct political experience other than an unsuccessful for a California state House of Representatives seat in 2014. She got into politics due to what she called a "toxic brew of shrinking civil liberties and expanded corporate influence are poisoning our democracy." One of her books was featured on Oprah. That last thing is not really good or bad to me but it's there.

Williamson is also Jewish and older than she looks. She is 66. Also not good or bad to me, but age can and does inform politics.

In some ways, Williamson is like the anti-Trump. She's not a "career politician" but instead of a legacy as an obnoxious, gross failed businessman, she has a legacy as a successful founder of multiple charities. Two of these were in response to the AIDS crisis of the 80s, providing food, refuge, support, and counseling to HIV/AIDS patients.

In 2004, she founded the Peace Alliance because she is an anti-war activist. The idea of an anti-war president is very interesting to me. My only concern is that it sounds like she might be too eager to get all up in people's business rather than letting the people in their own countries solve their own problems the way only they can know how. But I might be reading into her statements too much.

In 2010, she launched her Sister Giant conferences across the U.S. to encourage people (especially women) to get into activism and run for office. Issues discusses at these conferences have included "child poverty, low levels of female representation in office, campaign finance reform, high levels of mass incarceration," etc. Good shit, Williamson.

Where it really gets interesting is her political positions. She is definitely one of the farthest to the left of all the Democratic candidates, supporting Medicare for All, a national $15 minimum wage, and the Green New Deal. But what really made me decide to profile Williamson is the fact that her answer on the reparations question is an unequivocal "yes." Last April, she wrote this:

Why we need both a national apology and reparations to heal the wounds of racism

Now, some of it does get kind of weird. It makes me think that she could never in a million years get elected with these kind of, uh, let's say "unconventional" spiritual beliefs. But fuck, man, we have Donald fucking Trump as our president right now. If this is the timeline we're stuck in, why can't we have a new-age spiritual Jewish lady as president next?

Unlike some of the more mainstream candidates, Williamson has a campaign website that lists her main issues.

She advocates for policies around children that are on my own list of "if I were queen of the world" policies. Not only does she advocate for universal pre-natal healthcare, she acknowledges that poverty is traumatic, is in favor of universal pre-K schools, affordable childcare, better education all around, and amazingly, shit like mindfulness training, anti-trauma services, and confict resolution, restorative justice, peace-creation training in schools. Plus general mental health services for children.

Addressing mental health when kids are young and trauma affects them the most because their brains are still rapidly developing? Fucking wild. By which I mean I cannot believe this is not something we've been doing forever because it might be the only way we can fix humanity, we are fucked up, people!

Additionally, she is for rehabilitation rather than punishment for crime and acknowledges that poverty is a root cause of crime, plus that our criminal justice system is racist and an extension of the U.S. institution of slavery. These are the root philosophies of the prison abolitionist movement.

She is strongly against partisan gerrymandering and Citizens United and is in favor of automatic voter registration and a national holiday for Election Day.

She says she wants to "explore student loan forgiveness." I said just recently on Twitter that this would be a slam-dunk for any Democratic candidate. She's also into the idea of free college, although she frets a bit about how it might be paid for. Maybe like every other country will free college?

One of the few clear negatives of Williamson's positions is her talk about "obesity" in her food policy. Plus calling all GMOs "corruption" in our food, which is absurd and anti-science crap. But we really do need to address the amount of antibiotics fed to our cattle because I'm afraid of a mega death virus because my middle school thought showing kids "Outbreak" was an acceptable substitute for real education and I'm traumatized.

She is definitely pro-gun control.

On her immigration policy, she starts with the "we're a nation of immigrants line," which is not true, we're a nation of some immigrants, some Native Americans, the descendants of slaves taken here against their will, and the descendants of invaders who stole this land and wiped out countless Native tribes and are continuing genocidal practices against the survivors.

BUT Williamson is for closing private and family migrant detention centers. And she wants to remove immigration barriers. But mostly, closing those awful prisons, the very idea gives me heart eyes.

She gets an A+ on gay issues, but doesn't specifically mention issues faced by trans people.

Unfortunately, in spite of being anti-war, she's still pretty pro-military. But she acknowledges the existence of the military-industrial complex and wants to use the military to build infrastructure and mediate rather than going around shooting and bombing random brown people. So that's better than most.

She's into the idea of a year of mandatory "national service," with options other than military service. I'm not sure how I feel about this.

Despite her earlier "nation of immigrants" line, she has a shockingly strong pro-Native American policy lined out. It includes returning the Black Hills in South Dakota, better known as the location of Mount Rushmore, to the Sioux tribe. That is so beautiful I could cry.

She describes herself as "one hundred percent pro-choice."

She is for fully funding social security.

Looking into her economic plan, she has the same Universal Basic Income plan as Andrew Yang, but as far as I know, she has no fans among the alt-right. She's replacing Yang as my favorite.

In conclusion, Williamson's unconventional spiritual beliefs will keep her from having much of a chance as a candidate as it's an easy reason to dismiss her. But I'm about ready to say that she is the most leftist candidate and I'm glad I decided to profile her because after all I've learned, I am not a fan.

She's not perfect, and I am being picky. She gets an A-. I can't remember if anyone else has gotten a grade this high yet. Somebody might have but in light of recent revelations, I need to go back and update some of these profiles and lower some grades because SOMEONE has not denounced the alt-right yet in spite of the news that he's become their favorite Democratic candidate.

With some education, I think Williamson could get an A. Maybe even an A+. I want more attention on her right now. Immediately.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Gif of the Day


This is definitely going to end up in my regular reaction gif rotation.

Imagine A Better World

I spend a lot of time on this blog just reporting on horrible things. Ranting about horrible things. Horrible horrible horrible because all day I'm on social media and reading/watching the news and so much is horrible horrible horrible. Part of that is that my main freelance gig right now is to report on the horrible shit Republicans are doing, which is why I don't blog as much as I used to. I can only take so much.

It's so hard to see all this horrible day after day and not have it get to me. And clearly, I have a pretty grim view of the world and the future of humanity. Evil has so much power right now during such a dire time, when climate change literally threatens our entire species and most life on the planet. But what's also overwhelming is how much average people have unknowingly succumbed to some of the most rank propaganda that when you actually examine it, you tend to go, "why did I ever believe this to be true?"

One of the biggest lies is that this is how the world has to be. A big part of that is the idea that capitalism is the only system that works. It's not, and depending on your definition of "working," it might not be accurate to say it works now. If it's intended purpose is to concentrate all of the world's resources in the hands of the few while the rest of us struggle and suffer and die, then sure, it's working.

But is that how it has to be?

I still hear the lies of capitalism come out of the mouths of those close to me all the time. For example, the idea that human beings can only be motivated by money. Bullshit. Absolute bullshit. Bullshit that is refuted every day by all of the things we human beings do for free.

I write in this blog for free. I've been doing it for years and received very little in donations, not even close to enough to cover what I pay for that URL and basic security to guard against possible hate mobs. And this blog is work. It's hard for me to think of it as work because again, propaganda. I have to remind myself that yes, it is work. It's draining. But I keep doing for other rewards that are not money. I'm motivated by personal gratification, by the joys of having a space to write completely unhindered by anyone else's motivations, by the idea that there are some people who will find a blog post every now and then and feel comforted or inspired or enrage or validated, and yes, by spite.

And that's not all. I take care of a cat who needs more care than most. I give her medication and carefully prepare her wet food with added raw meat I cut up into little chunks for her and then add Miralax, fiber, and water. I scoop her poop. Willingly. I do that all the time, for nothing more than a little extra serotonin and because cute and soft and love.

There are countless examples of communities coming together to build something the community needed for free. People who don't need to work because they have rich spouses or are independently wealthy still seek out work, and many people volunteer to do all kinds of unpaid work. People also worked before money existed. Someone asked me recently how we could have doctors if they didn't get paid a lot of money to be doctors, and I was floored. There have always been healers. Long before money was a thing, people lived together in small communities and the people who wanted to be healers became healers and healed people for free. All the people in those communities did what they did without pay, and everyone got fed and got to see the healer when they were sick and homes were built for them by the community and everyone took care of everyone.

It can be like that again. It is not inevitable that people should have to fear homelessness, hunger, and an inability to see a doctor. We can have true community and the security that comes with that again, but with all the incredible technology we have now. We can have that if we want it.

But first, you have to reject the capitalist propaganda you've been fed since birth. You have to imagine a better world. Not just a world that is essentially the same but some things are reformed to make them a bit better for most people. Imagine a paradise. Imagine utopia. Why settle for less? Are you really happy with the way the world is? If you read this blog regularly, I'm guessing the answer is no. And I think for the vast majority of people, the answer is no. We're not even free. We are forced to work, to do things we'd rather not do or just would rather not be forced to do so in order to avoid homelessness, starvation, and early death. Are you really free if your only "choice" outside of the capitalist version of "work" is homelessness, hunger, and early death?

Imagine being truly free. Imagine a world where all people can be truly free to do what they want. And instead of asking "how will we pay for it," ask "why aren't we paying for it?" Money doesn't even need to exist. Imagine a world without it. John Lennon was an abusive misogynist but that one song was pretty good, although the ideas in it don't belong to him. You have always possessed the ability to imagine a better world. Ask yourself who are the people telling you that it's not possible, who are the people trying to get you NOT to imagine a better world, and why are they doing that?

Then do it. Do it out of spite, or because it feels good. If we can imagine it, we can make it happen. That is the truth.

You know one thing I really hate about capitalism? It's so pessimistic. It's all about "can't." It imagines the worst of humanity. I reject that. Socialism, communism, and anarchism, at their cores, imagine the best of humanity and work toward a global community where everyone is taken care of and suffering is fought against and solved rather than being called necessary. I may become pessimistic at times, or at a lot of times, but at heart, I'm a starry-eyed optimist and FUCK YOU if you try to tell me that humanity needs to be coerced, bribed, and threatened into doing anything good. It's a lie. A lie that is proven wrong every second of every day as people perform unpaid labor out of love.

It can be so much better. I truly believe that.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Gif of the Day


Pupper fur is great for nests.

ICE Admits They Don't Care About White Undocumented Immigrants

This is amazing/horrible.


Wait wait it gets better/worse.




No, I'm not surprised. I mean I'm a little surprised that they just straight up admitted it but I guess that's where we're at.

As a bonus, these tweets also revealed to me that there is a Twitter account you can call on to scream for you.


Same.

Alt-Right's "Baked Alaska" Quits The Alt-Right Over His Ruined Life

Some people are so strictly against doxxing and I do kind of understand, but on the other hand, how can you argue with these results?


Remember Baked Alaska, the alt-right memelord who got pepper-sprayed in Charlottesville and memorably cried out for milk? Now he tells me he’s ditching the alt-right, which he says has ruined his life.

Alaska — real name Timothy Gionet — called me last week from Phoenix, where he’s living after watching his internet fameball career crash and burn along with the rest of his racist movement.

“It’s been a pretty big disaster, to be honest,” Gionet said. “It’s been terrible for my employment opportunities, my reputation. It’s ruined lifelong friendships, it’s ruined relationships with family. It’s hurt my soul.”

You only have yourself to blame, Tim.

“I really thought this was just fun memes and jokes and edgy 4Chan posting and all this stuff, and then you get to the end of this rabbit hole and you realize these guys are serious,” Gionet said.

When did you realize this shit was serious, Tim? When you got pepper sprayed in the face for marching in a neo-nazi rally with a bunch of white dudes chanting "Jews will not replace us" with torches?

I don't believe for a second that this guy didn't know what he was getting into, but I do think that a lot of white dudes who are just everyday assholes do get sucked into the embarrassing 4chan edge meme fuck culture and are then indoctrinated into white nationalism because that's what that shit is for and people have been yelling about that for a long time.

Now Tim is "restyling" himself as an Andrew Yang supporter, so suffice it to say that Andrew Yang is canceled.

Keep ruining white supremacist lives, everybody!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Gif of the Day


Well, guy, choosing that particular hair stylist was clearly not the first mistake you ever made.

Talking about the facial hair.

RIP Amber Evans

[TRIGGER WARNING: POSSIBLE SUICIDES, POLICE BRUTALITY, MURDER]

It is truly terrifying how many black activists mysteriously turn up dead, and it goes without saying but obviously if these were white kids, people would be freaking out and demanding answers.'

Maybe you've heard that six young black men connected to the Ferguson protests have died under mysterious circumstances. Two were found burnt up in their cars with bullets in their heads. One was clearly lynched. Only one of them was probably a real suicide.

Now, a black Ohio-based social justice activist woman was found dead in a river after mysteriously disappearing in January.

Evans was a well-known community activist in the city, working with a variety of social justice organizations. Since 2015, she had worked with Juvenile Justice Coalition; she was promoted to executive director weeks before her disappearance. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Evans played a key role in organizing protests at Columbus City Hall; she was also “heavily involved” with the People’s Justice Project, a nonprofit dedicated to organizing working people and people of color across Columbus.

Police were treating her as a "distraught missing person" because of the domestic dispute, which sounds like a setup to declaring her death a suicide. But her mother is adamant that she was not distressed and would not have committed suicide. While I acknowledge that you never know a person's mind, this is all suspicious as fuck and it terrifies me.

Too many young black activists are dying. And if you know anything about the history of the assassination of black activists in the 60s, like for example how the U.S. government literally murdered Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and how the same government bombed entire buildings to get at other black activists, and how police used flimsy pretense to bust into the homes of Black Panthers and riddle everyone and everything they could with bullets, you should be terrified, too.

RIP Amber Evans. I hope your death was not for nothing.