Friday, August 16, 2019

Gif of the Day

Okay I can see the appeal of having a pet lizard.

Mail Time

I was gonna skip blogging entirely today but then I got an email through the contact form from a highly racist asshole named Sarah Feldon. And here it is:

Subject: And fuck you back 
For putting the ideology of pre wheel, stone age tribalists over advancing the science which helps everyone, *even them*. I note neither they, nor you, have any problem with their cultural appropriation of math, medicine, physics, etc in order to live a modern life, none of which they would give up.  


Dear Sarah Feldon,

You really think that the Native Hawaiians were in the fucking STONE AGE when white people stumbled upon their island? You think they wouldn't have ever had any kind of math, medicine, or physics if it wasn't for white people? You think they didn't already have that shit, before white people came and forcibly overthrew their kingdom and abused their people and stole their resources??


Go shove your white savior bullshit directly up your ass. We aren't "helping" anyone by desecrating sacred land to look at outer space. Also, you apparently have no fucking clue what cultural appropriation is. Math and medicine and physics doesn't belong to white people and it never did. Fuck you in particular, you racist fucknugget.


Lindsey "Fuck Your Racism" Weedston

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Gif of the Day

Not long ago, I might have said that this cat glomped the tree. Oh fuck I just did.

Protect Mauna Kea, Fellow Feminists

I meant to post about this a while ago but apparently forgot. Mauna Kea is a mountain that is sacred to Native Hawaiians and we white people, who overthrew the Native Hawaiian government so we could have a military base in the Pacific, won't stop building fucking telescopes there because it's a good place to look at stars. And that's apparently so much more important than respecting the culture of the people we've already shat all over.

But don't take my word for it, fellow white feminists. Read this:

Decolonize Feminism: Why feminists should care about Mauna Kea

Some of our members have already been pushed out of their homelands permanently so that those lands could serve foreign military and corporate interests that benefit a thin layer of local powerbrokers. The bitter pain of this forced separation is beyond words. We will not bear witness to a similar process in Hawai‘i carried out against our Native sisters and brothers. We cannot accept the treatment of Native Hawaiians by the state. Kฤnaka สปลŒiwi should never be criminalized or vilified for protecting their land. 
Genocide is not just the gas chamber — it is also all the steps and actions that devalue a group of people to the point of disappearance. TMT is cultural genocide perpetrated in the name of science.

"TMT" refers to "thirty-meter telescope," which is yet another thing they're trying to build on top of the sacred mountain. Scientists have said that because of such and such whatever, the top of Mauna Kea is ideal for viewing space with this kind of telescope, and so they don't want to move construction. Now, I like astronomy. It's a really interesting field of science and it does have many important applications to improving life on Earth. But please explain to me what is so important about looking really far into space that you need to building something on the most sacred part of a sacred mountain and burial site for Native Hawaiians? It's not like they don't have other options. Mauna Kea just happens to be the best one. But it shouldn't be an option at all if it's destructive to an already devastated and oppressed culture.

Recently, these astronomers complained that they've missed over 2,000 hours of observation time due to those pesky protesters trying to protect their sacred land from desecration.

Asteroids, including those that might slam into Earth. Clouds of gas and dust on the verge of forming stars. Planets orbiting stars other than our own. 
This is some of the research astronomers say they have missed out on at 11 observatories on Hawaii's tallest mountain as a protest blocks the road to the summit, one of the world's premier sites for studying the skies.

That's how the article starts. Fantastic fearmongering there by AP. "We have to desecrate Native Hawaiian land or else WE COULD BE WIPED OUT BY AN ASTEROID LIKE IN THAT ONE MOVIE." Nevermind that it's extremely unlikely that an asteroid big enough to cause a problem would hit Earth - much less likely than us dying out because of climate change. But also they can't look as gas and dust and stuff! How awful!

But here's the real reason these scientists are upset:

Astronomers cancelled more than 2,000 hours of viewing at Mauna Kea's existing telescopes, work they estimate would have led to the publication of about 450 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. 
"Any one of them could have been spectacular, could have been Nobel Prize-winning science. We just now will never know," said Jessica Dempsey, deputy director of the East Asian Observatory, which operates one of Mauna Kea's telescopes.

Awwwww poor white lady denied a Nobel Prize by the mean protesters who want you to stop building more telescopes on top of the bodies of their ancestors.

Fuck this shit. Fuck every one of these asshole scientists. Fuck your entire careers if you would get to the top by stepping on the necks of oppressed indigenous peoples. Fuck the telescopes. Protect Mauna Kea.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Gif of the Day

Kinda mean to old people but also seeing Ramsey trying to keep in character as the very mean head chef but you can see he's not only trying not to laugh, he's so proud of this guy. It makes me smile.

Rep. Steve King: Definitely A Rapist


Steve King is really just a strong contender for worst person on the planet. First, he embraces white supremacy so hard even his fellow Republicans kick him off every committee, and now this:

The only people horrible enough to actually believe that rape is this common and normal are rapists themselves. Rapists believe this in order to justify their behavior to themselves. Steve King is definitely a rapist.

I'm struggling enough lately that I'm not going to say anything else on this, just imagine me screaming into the void until my eyeballs explode. DO IT.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

2020 Challenger Lineup: Bill de Blasio

Okay so somehow two more candidates popped up, one that launched his campaign in June and one in July. They're both white guys. Sigh.

At least this guy has a little bit of name recognition. Bill de Blasio. He seems pretty good on the issues yet people seem to hate him. Why is that? Is it because of the random Italian? The fact that he and his wife honeymooned in Cuba? I don't think so, that's just an interesting factoid I found on his Wikipedia page.

As a career politician and New York City mayor for several years now, Bill's political positions are well-documented. He pushed a plan for substantial affordable housing units in New York, however this plan has been accused of being gentrification in disguise. It seemed at one point like he was against charter schools but ended up approving space for a bunch of them. More recently, he was totally on board with bringing an Amazon headquarters to New York and complained when protesters caused Amazon to back out of the deal.

This is his problem. Though he's for universal pre-K, the Green New Deal, and legalized weed, he is absolutely a capitalist lapdog. He wanted so badly to sell his city out to Amazon despite all the warnings from us over here in Seattle about how the company made the entire area way shittier. He also says that people supporting the BDS movement to try and punish Israel for its systematic genocide of the Palestinian people are "affronting the right of Israel to exist."

There has been some general speculation as to why people dislike Bill so much, even progressives that should like the progressive policies he has admittedly helped put into place, but I think people can sense something disingenuous in him. It could really just be something about how he looks. But I think we all see a rich New York sleazeball in Bill de Blasio. If he were a woman or person of color, he would have already been eaten alive for what Vox calls as a "sanctimonious, arrogant, stubborn, and preachy" vibe about him.

Vox ultimately decided that Bill was a good guy, and that's the difference between them (or at least Emily Stewart) and me. I don't trust him.

Then again, maybe it's just New York.

I'm giving Bill de Blasio a C-. The C is for capitalism and the minus is also for capitalism because it's bad. Isn't this a useful blog post serious everyone?

Happy Tuesday.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Gif of the Day

I feel like this cat is going to unironically call my outfit "groovy."

TERFs Ain't Got No Friends

So this news is actually kinda old now but I just heard about it yesterday and it's the most amazing thing.

Video game actor: 'TERFs ain't got no friends and trans people are people'

Voice actor Roger Clark, best known for playing lead character Arthur Morgan in the popular video game Red Dead Redemption 2, sent a message supporting transgender people to fans.

Apparently this guy from the cowboy video game that lets you massacre KKK meetings without incurring penalties like you would for killing, you know, innocent human beings, went to a convention and, in his cowboy voice, said the following:

"And don’t forget: TERFs ain’t got no friends, trans people are people, be beautiful to each other, you’ll be all right."

As far as I can tell, this is just some everyday video game/geek convention, not at like a pro-trans convention, and he just decided to take a minute to tell the world that TERFs don't have friends.

In case you aren't aware, TERF is an acronym for trans-exclusionary radical feminist, meaning a feminist that explicitly subscribes to radical feminist theory and excludes trans women from womanhood. They are the worst and I hate them.

Anyway here's the video:

I played Red Dead Revolver in high school and actually really liked it even though I've never been much into the whole cowboy thing, so basically I now absolutely have to buy the Red Dead Redemption games and play them, for Arthur Morgan.

You know, it's not often these days that I get to say anything positive about video games, and like I can't be fucked to defend them from the politicians afraid of the NRA and I would give up literally all video games if it meant we could have meaningful gun control, but it's nice to be reminded that they can be used for good as well as evil.

Anyway fuck TERFs.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Gif of the Day

I think this is pixel art? It's amazing what people can do with tiny dots.

I Cannot Stress Enough How Much Conservative Will Freak Out Over This Movie

I am currently way too fascinated by the details of the trailer for the upcoming film "The Hunt," coming to theaters September 27, which I just heard about today thanks to work and also Fox News.

So Fox News is upset because this movie is, in the most literal sense, about wealthy liberal "elites" and their habit of kidnapping "normal people" from all Southern or majority-conservative states like Florida, Wyoming, and Arkansas, putting them together in an undisclosed area and hunting them for sport. However, the "normal people" are clearly the protagonists and the liberal "elites" could not be depicted as more evil if they tried.

However, there's clearly layers of irony here. The depiction of the "elites" compared to the good-guy-ness of the "normals" (who some say are referred to "deplorables" but I'm not sure where), is so over-the-top that it's clearly satire. Also, it's made by the same studio that made Get Out.

Also, if you really pay attention to the trailer, details start to pop out that had me pausing and screenshotting so that I could zoom in and I'm just way too deep here, folks.

First, there's the reveal of the dirty pickup truck's REAL license plate under the fake Arkansas one to be EUROPEAN and for some reason from Croatia specifically? Yes, I looked it up.

Then there's the photos of the normals, shown very briefly and clearly taken by the elites to target them, but if you look closely, these "normals"  include a man posing next to a trophy kill a la Donald Trump Jr. (or was it Eric? who cares honestly); a woman at a rally with signs that say, I'm pretty sure, "God Hates Gender Politics," "Santa Is Not Real," and "Stop Being Gay"; a mugshot; someone just flipping off a random woman; an angry bearded man clearly in the middle of recording a ranty radio talk show or podcast; and last but not least, right in the middle, A MAN AT THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WHITE SUPREMACIST RALLY SURROUNDED BY TIKI TORCHES.

As a writer, I just really appreciate the attention to detail. And, being the vindictive little shit I am, I really appreciate how much this is going to fuck with and absolutely piss off conservatives who have told me countless times for many years that I have no sense of humor.

The world may be ending but at least we can have some fun on the way out, yeah?

My Brain Is Just Screaming All The Time Now

I haven't even gotten to the hundreds of kids left without parents after ICE arrested nearly 700 people in a single day, targetting a specific food processing company for reasons that they said was because the company employs undocumented people. But we all know that those horrible meat plants do that because citizens (especially white ones) won't do this kind of horrible, disgusting, exhausting, and incredibly dangerous and unhealthy work. This has been an open secret for a long time. Why this company, and why now?

Democracy Now is here with the turd cherry on top of the absolute shit sundae that is this story.

ICE Raids Targeted Company Whose Workers Won Discrimination Lawsuit

The arrests targeted chicken processing plants operated by Koch Foods, one of the largest poultry producers in the U.S. Last year, Koch Foods paid out $3.75 million to settle an Equal Employment Opportunities Commission class-action suit charging the company with sexual harassment, national origin and race discrimination, and retaliation against Latino workers at one of its Mississippi plants. Labor activists say it’s the latest raid to target factories where immigrant workers have organized unions, fought back against discrimination or challenged unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

Hold on.


Anyway, so to all the liberals asking why the owners/managers of the company weren't the ones arrested for hiring the undocumented migrants, you can print out a substantial stack of this article and just beat them over the head with it. Then remind them that migrants need jobs too, although better ones than this, obviously, and the owners should really be arrested for rank worker abuse.

Anyway I hate this fucking country.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Gif of the Day

I know this bird is called a "kiwi" but they look like furry pears on legs and I love them.

Also I'm loving the hand-operated treadmill they've got going here for this very important photoshoot.

Deportation Kills


A lot of fucking racist assholes will argue that anyone who commits a crime, no matter how small, deserves to be deported if they're undocumented (by which they mean undocumented and brown) because tHeY bRoKe ThE lAw. Ignoring the fact that nearly every one of us has broken a law at some point in our lives and have either not been caught or just been ignored or let go, they also ignore the fact that deportation can be a death sentence.

And while we're like one of the few countries that hasn't been fucked up by either us or Britain to still have the death penalty for anything, we don't use it for shit like DUIs, theft, and simple assault.

And yet a man who had never been to Iraq in his life and had paranoid schizophrenia and type 1 diabetes was sentenced to death by ICE because he had committed a home invasion once.

Jimmy Aldaoud didn't speak Arabic, was born in a refugee camp in Greece, taken to the U.S. at six months by his family, lived there for almost his entire life, then was suddenly deported to a country he'd never been to and where he couldn't get the insulin he needed to live.

Jimmy Aldaoud was murdered by ICE and by Trump and by every racist asshole supporting this deadly violence against people of color. Because white people don't get deported like this.

My anarcho-communist ass is totally for open borders and I'm not apologizing for that, obviously. But if you have a shred of a soul left, you should treat deportations like the death penalty. Reserve it only for the worst, most destructive people in our society. Of course, the death penalty is completely immoral and a waste of money and deporting the worst criminals only makes them the problem of another country probably less equipped to deal with them and also crime is a failure of society and we should take responsibility for our failures, but what I'm saying is that if you're not just a complete racist piece of shit, you should be against deportations except maybe in a few special cases.

Like if Boris Johnson tried to move here for some reason, yeah, deport that fucker back where he came from. We don't need less-orange-but-shittier-hair Trump while we have regular Trump right now.

But the point is that we must not tolerate the idea that deportation is acceptable in the vast majority of cases because it can be a death sentence. One report identified at least 60 cases where deported individuals died shortly after being deported, and we currently have no idea how being deported shortens a person's lifespan because they're shipped to places with worse healthcare systems, more poverty, more violence, and with little or no social support.

Deportation kills. Abolish ICE.

The Dayton Shooter Was A Leftist. And A Misogynist.


We all know by now that the El Paso shooter is a white supremacist, and I say "is" because he was arrested alive, unlike many Black men who commit non-violent crimes or no crimes at all. The Dayton shooter was, as I understand it, a white man who in high school had a list of boys he wanted to kill and a list of girls he wanted to rape.

I read these things when they appeared in front of me on social media but did not specifically look into either of the shootings more than I had to for work, because I have limits to how much horror I can stare directly into. But last night I came across a post on Facebook that I needed to share.

As it turns out, the Dayton shooter identified as a leftist, attended protests against ICE and helped identify KKK members in his area. But, as an anonymous antifa comrade wrote, he also hated women and his shooting was motivated by his misogyny and inability to get a date (probably because he hated the people whom he wanted to date).

If you can't access the Facebook post because you quit Facebook (good for you):

"The Dayton shooter self-identified as a leftist. He went to anti-ICE actions and helped DOX KKK members in Dayton. Certain snapshots of his Twitter very well could be from mine if I had one. He also hated women. He wrote a hit list when he was in high school. He wrote lists of girls he knew and what sexual violence he wanted to enact on them. He was expelled from his high school for this behavior. His parents sent him to therapy. He enrolled in community college, and they thought he was OK. 
He was still sharing violent pornography (mostly hentai which is some of the most misogynistic content you can imagine), fetishizing guns, and listing to music with violently misogynistic lyrics [pornogrind]. 
He targeted a popular date spot on a Saturday night. The first couple he killed was his sister and her boyfriend. He then focused on other couples in line for the bar 
The problem wasn't his politics. It was his misogyny. Just like Elliot Rogers or the scores of other men who have committed mass acts of violence because they hate women. 
His activist circle was blindsided by him doing this. People he went to school with knew it was him before he was named on the news. 
I knew he hated women from a casual glance at his social media. But the men he organized with and did good community work with did not. 
Men. Do not give a pornography gif a pass bc someone has "good class politics". Don't allow men to use misogynistic language or talk about misogynistic media in your spaces. Your alienating women on the left and we're the ones who are going to be able to spot these mass shooters. 
Misogyny kills. Let the women in your circles lead discussions on the actions that make them uncomfortable. Take notes. Get better. Let us in bc without us, you're going to have more of these guys you call your comrades killing innocent people." 
— A Comrade

If we really want to be different from the right, we absolutely need to take responsibility for this. And I think we are, and I think we do, at least a lot lot lot more than the right. But we always need to be vigilant against hatred within our ranks. We still have plenty of misogyny, racism, antisemitism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, fat hatred, etc. within our movements, our comrades, and indeed in ourselves. Don't tolerate any of it. Because, in the U.S. especially, it can be extremely deadly.

Also, be prepared for the right to get wind of this and try to make us eat shit over it. All we can do is take responsibility to demonstrate how decent human beings should act. Then rub it in their face later when another white supremacist Trump fan inevitably shoots up another mall.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Gif of the Day

2000 was a weird year.


I've been thinking a lot lately about the idea of freedom. It's something we're supposed to be all about in the U.S. I also think it's something that I've craved for a long time. I think I was enchanted with it as a child, and I think a lot of kids are, which is probably why we're so interested in animals like wolves and dolphins and wild horses - they seem to represent freedom to us. Personally I was more of a wolf girl than anything, though I was never interested in werewolves, totally team Edward, just kidding I don't read Mormon porn.

Anyway, my feelings about the concept of freedom really hit me when, as an adult, I saw Carmen for the first time. Carmen sings a song about freedom, and even though I could only understand it by reading the subtitles, it really affected me. And I can't be the only one, because the number of my fellow white women who become enchanted with and basically fetishize a stereotype of the Romani, calling themselves the g-slur or using it to name pieces of their ugly fashion line, is astonishing. I think it affects all of us. If you consider the themes of some of our most popular pieces of fiction, it becomes clear.

So what is freedom? What does this concept mean? We call the U.S. a "free country," but what does that entail? We can say a lot of things without being arrested, though not all things, but more things than in some countries. We're free to travel and do a lot of fun things if we have the money for it.

Yes this is going to turn into a communist rant. Actually, more than that.

When I was first being introduced to anarchist ideas, it was posed to me that if we refused to pay taxes on the money we earn, the government can and will send a cop to our home to arrest us. And if we refuse to go, they can kill us. The might choose to incapacitate us instead, but, you know. The point is that we are forced to do these things under threat of violence and possibly death. Is that freedom?

And increasingly, even living off the grid has become impossible because both governments and private companies make it that way. Corporations are patenting fucking seeds.

Don't get me wrong, I believe people should pay taxes within this system we've created. Particularly rich people. And I don't believe that 100% free, unregulated "markets" will magically fix everything. Or anything. But I think it would do us some good to think about what freedom really is.

I don't feel free under capitalism. Capitalism makes me feel trapped. Capitalism gives you the choice of either selling your labor, energy, ideas, and/or body or death. Literally, even homeless people need money to survive and I'm pretty sure the vast majority of us would be dead within a couple of years if we didn't make any money.

Is that a choice? Is that freedom? I feel like I've had my heart broken through adulthood over and over again hoping that a better job/money-making situation would make me happy. It doesn't. I resent work no matter what it is. I resent being forced to make money to live. I resent having to worry about money all the time, because even when I'm making a good amount (for my situation) the total lack of job security and hole-filled safety net means that I don't even want to plan for the future anymore. I've had the rug pulled out from under me too many times and I'm only 30.

It's not just work. Insecurity about my weight and general appearance make me feel trapped inside my own home sometimes. Thanks a lot, beauty industry. I wish I could just leave the apartment on a whim without feeling like I need to put on makeup. I wish I could throw on a swimsuit and just run into the nearby lake without a care and have a swim but I never know when the city of Seattle has gone and dumped a bunch of sewage into it again because this place is fake progressive.

I wish we could create a world where people were just taken care of. We could be welcoming automation with open arms to do all of the hard and dirty jobs while we pursue our passions, but instead we fear it. Imagine if shelter was freely given and you could always count on food to be on the table. Imagine you didn't have to work. What would you do? Imagine a wonderful world where every artist could make all the art they wanted and every person interested in science could experiment and invent and add their own brand of genius to society. What incredible things could humanity do if only we were all free to do so? If we weren't bogged down and exhausted by work.

The U.S. is sick from work. We work too hard and too much, and we don't get vacations, and it's making us sick.

I was lucky enough to basically land my dream job and I still don't feel free. And it's not because I have to pay taxes so much as it is because money exists at all. Because we fell into this weird self-imposed trap where we decided that people need to earn a certain amount of human worth points to live and now we have people who are seriously gaming the system and we can't seem to stop them. Does it really have to be this way, or have we played ourselves?

Is this freedom?

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Gif of the Day


RIP Toni Morrison


Professor, author, and Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison has died at age 88. She was an incredible woman and a gift to mankind, writing on the Black experience and standing up against rape culture during her incredible life. She was reluctant to identify as a feminist, which is perfectly understandable considering how we white feminists have failed black women so often. She might have been better described as a womanist, which she described in a 2012 interview.

Either way, Morrison contributed so much to the fight for women's liberation and against rape culture. She is responsible for amazing quotes such as this one:

“Rape is a criminal act whatever the circumstances. A woman riding the subway nude may be guilty of indecency, but she may not be raped. If she invites or even sells sex at 10 and refuses it at 10:45, the partner who disregards her refusal and forces sex is guilty of rape. If she is drunk, asleep, mentally defective, paralyzed or dead, she must not be raped. Why? Because sexual congress must be by consent.”

Words like these became the basis for much of today's feminist view on consent and have helped promote an accurate definition of rape to the general public.

Toni Morrison deserves all the respect, and not bullshit like this, which I saw when I googled her name:

Conservatives have no decency.

But no amount of disgusting Wikipedia editing can overshadow the fact that Toni Morrison accomplished so much and contributed so much good to the world. The world is a little poorer without her, but she gave so much so us and lived a good long life. Celebrate her today by asking a friend for consent to hug them or maybe donating some money to young Black women who write, or do anything to make the world better.

Thank you for everything, Toni. Rest in power.

Headline of the Month


Headline of the United States of America. Headline of the fucking century.

FBI agents are reluctant to pursue white nationalist extremists because they don't want to target Trump's base, former counterterrorism official says

The former agent, Dave Gomez, said he believes that FBI Director Christopher Wray "is an honorable man, but I think in many ways the FBI is hamstrung in trying to investigate the white supremacist movement like the old FBI would." 
"There's some reluctance among agents to bring forth an investigation that targets what the president perceives as his base," Gomez said. "It's a no-win situation for the FBI agent or supervisor."

You want my opinion on this, FBI? People are dying so do your fucking jobs and be glad you're in a position to hurt the wannabe dictator in the Oval Office. I'll be over here ramming my head into the wall over and over.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Gif of the Day

This was part of a whole gif set, of course, but if you're gonna make a single dramatic gif for the word "the" you can bet I'm going to post it out of context because I find it funny for some reason.

Glendon Oakley Carried Kids Out Of El Paso Mall During Shooting

There are so many things I could potentially talk about today after a weekend of double severe mass shootings (I have to specify "severe" because we literally have mass shootings every day here in the U.S.), including how the Republican party has so much blood on their hands, how Donald Trump ran a Facebook ad today that echoes the language of the El Paso shooter's white supremacist manifesto, or how Mitch McConnell was at a campaign rally for himself that included little cardboard graves of his opponent and Merrick Garland, the Supreme Court nominee he blatantly and proudly obstructed because he was nominated by Obama.... this one sentence is already seven lines long.

How many more ways can it be said that white supremacy and toxic masculinity are causing mass shootings and Republicans are happily cashing in on that fact daily?

I don't want to sugar coat any of this, obviously, that is not my thing. But I do want to call attention to the fact that there is a hero in the El Paso shooting story, and that hero is a black man.

On his way out, however, the military veteran saw a group of panicking children who were running around inside the shopping plaza unsure of what to do. Their parents were nowhere in sight, he said. 
'I got my bag in my hand. I'm trying to pick them up, as many as I can, just run out,' Oakley said. 'But they're so anxious, they're, like, jumping out of my hands.' 
Oakley said he managed to shuffle at least a few of the children out of the shopping center. 

When he got out, after being maybe the only one who bothered to stop and try to get those kids out, cops thought he might be the shooter (of course), but thankfully didn't just kill him, and they let him go when they saw his license to carry a gun. Oakley was only concerned about the kids.

Oakley, who was visibly shaken while being interviewed in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, said his own life wasn't his main concern when gunshots rang out.  
'I was just so worried about those kids man. I'm just worried about those kids. I wasn't really worried about myself. I just hope those kids are alright.'

Oakley is a fairly dark-skinned black man and in one news interview is even wearing a do-rag, which has been aggressively associated with violent crime/gangs by white movie makes in the U.S. But here we are, recovering from a horrific mass shooting by a white supremacist while the black guys in do-rags are running around saving the children.

And people freaked out when Rep. Ilhan Omar said we should be afraid of white men. She. Was. Right.

Thank you, Glendon Oakley. You are a true hero.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Gif of the Day

Take daily with food.

Ah Fuck


It's been too hot this week and now here I am with this horrible news about the climate crisis.

And before you're like "but this happens every year," normal glacial melt is 60-70 billion tons per year. This was 12 billion tons of melt in ONE DAY. So far 197 billion tons have melted this summer alone, and melt season won't be over until the end of August.

The right will kill us all. And I mean ALL.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Gif of the Day

Does this really happen in a lightbulb or is this a special explodey smokey lightbulb? I dunno but it's kinda cool.

Have We Always Had Concentration Camps?

I've noticed a new phase in the conservative defense of the migrant concentration camps recently emerged. They've gone through several stages, which I'm just going to bullet list right here:

  • They're not separating kids from parents
  • They are separating kids from parents but it's a good thing
  • The conditions of the prisons the kids are kept in are like summer camp
  • Conditions are bad but they're totally not concentration camps
  • Okay they are basically concentration camps but they're Obama's fault

Yeah. We're at that last point now.

I've seen an increasing number of conservative Twitter accounts blaming Obama for our current concentration camp situation in which we have fucking concentration camps. At the same time, I've seen people on the left pointing out that the conditions in the migrant detention centers that absolutely did increase in number under Obama were much the same when he was President. Someone who worked with migrant children at the time say the kids described a lack of supplies, being unable to shower, and children having to look after other children.

I'm going to admit to something horrible here. The idea that we've had concentration camps the whole time and maybe we only do care now because we hate Trump was weirdly comforting. It somehow made it all seem less horrifying and made it seem like Trump's being elected to the office of President actually has some kind of meaning and could even be a good thing overall.

I'm not proud of feeling any of that, but I'd rather we all be aware of our feelings and impulses around all this shit. I couldn't help feeling that way but I can recognize that it's fucked up and analyze why I feel that way.

However, the horrific overcrowding problem is new, and that problem is uniquely Trump. Donald Trump attacked the former policy that he called "catch and release" because we used to arrest people caught crossing the border in a way we consider to be "illegal," give them a court date, and let them go. A really good way to avoid prison overcrowding is to not keep a shit ton of people whose crime is "walking across an invisible line we decided on after we stole Texas from Mexico" in prison.

But Trump told everyone that these people would never show up for their court dates and would run amok in the U.S. tying up women and killing white babies because racist fearmongering is great for votes. So despite the fact that over 99% of the migrants "caught and released" under the old policy did show up for their court date, especially after the Obama administration implemented a program that helped undocumented migrants get better legal council, Trump declared that they all have to be held in detention until they can see an overworked immigration judge.

And now, surprise! We have horrible overcrowding.

So as usual, when you look at the details, Obama was not just as bad, but yes, conservatives, I WAS critical of Obama's immigration policies and was one of the many leftists calling him the deporter-in-chief before your favorite racist fuckbucket took over and made things a thousand times worse. And I didn't even get into Trump's family separation policy, which is definitely still happening even though they said they stopped.

But if and when we can shut down the concentration camps, we are going to need to contend with the fact that we treated detained migrants very badly all along. We're also going to have to consider what the fuck our prisons are, seeing as they're overcrowded, unsanitary, and refuse to supply inmates with basics like underwear, menstrual pads, or decent fucking food, and we're increasingly incarcerating children. And we've accepted this under the excuse that "they committed a crime," which is the same excuse conservatives are making about undocumented migrants.

So even if you consider overcrowding to be necessary for something to be a concentration camp, we've still pretty much had them for people like 18-year-olds caught with some weed and Black people who encountered a cop at some point. 

Abolish prisons.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Gif of the Day

Have I mentioned that I love black kitties?

I also love the cat in the background being like "what is happening right now."

See Me Live-Tweet Tonight's Democratic Debate

Now that Twitter has FUCKING FINALLY made it so you can be logged into two accounts at a time and switch easily back and forth between them, I'm going to try and be more active on my Not Sorry Feminism Twitter account, because I love this blog and it wouldn't hurt to show it. So anyway, I'll be live-tweeting my random fucking thoughts on there tonight while I watch the first installment of round two of progressive vs. centrist Democrats. They start at 8 pm EDT and 5 pm PDT.

Tonight features all white candidates (as I understand it, the lineup for each night is randomized but this does illustrate how few candidates of color we have). On the plus side, we'll get to see Liz and Bernie, arguably the two leftiest candidates, on the stage at the same time. Will they square off or will they team up against the likes of Tim Ryan? Tune in to find out.

I know it's not as interesting this time around and I didn't even know about this debate until like two days ago but it's still important. Try to stay awake.

This is the Funniest Thing That's Ever Happened

I know, I know, I'm really setting the bar high here. I'm also aware that I've probably made this claim before. But however funny those past things may have been, this is funnier. This is The Funniest Thing.

That is all 100% real. That is Papa Roach's official band Twitter account, it's got the blue check and everything, and they are quoting Trump's real Twitter account that he regularly uses to tweet his real thoughts and opinions on things. That is a direct embed. You can click on the date and it will take you to the real tweet, because this is real.

Pack it all up, people. This is the peak of humor. Papa fucking Roach made fun of its own song, which is the epitome of ridiculous and cringey faux-metal, in order to diss the President, Donald Trump. And yes, I counted the syllables, and while they don't match perfectly between Trump's quote and the actual lyrics of the song, it's pretty fucking close.

Frame this quote and hang it up in the Smithsonian. Put a protected copy of it in a vault and bury that vault so that future humans, or maybe even future sentient species who rose millions of years after the extinction of humanity, can look upon it and be so fucking confused.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Gif of the Day

I don't watch hockey but clearly I need to start. The guy's face popping up at the end out of nowhere looking like he just took a hockey puck directly to the dick when he's nowhere near the action is hands down the funniest thing I've ever seen in gif form, and as you know, I've seen a LOT of funny gifs.

2020 Challenger Lineup: Steve Bullock

I didn't do one of these last week partially because I just didn't get around to it and partially because there's only two left. I guess the window has probably closed for new candidates to join the party, so this series is almost done. Unfortunately, neither of the two candidates left are interesting.

Steve Bullock is the current Governor of Montana. Not good enough to be in the first debates but good enough to be on Wikipedia's list of candidates who have some outside chance of being nominated. I like that his last name is almost the British word for testicle. He went to law school, became a lawyer, then Executive Assistant Attorney General and acting Chief Deputy Attorney General of Montana, then Montana's Attorney General, then governor.

Bullock already has a PAC raising money for his campaign, getting its biggest donations from Ziff Brothers Investments. The Ziff Brothers are billionaires who inherited their wealth from their father.

Pretty much everybody reports on Bullock as being a moderate or centrist Democrat, with On The Issues calling him a "Moderate Libertarian Liberal."

He is pro-choice and worked to protect Montanans from the worst of Republican anti-choice fervor/posturing, he's fought to maintain/restore transparency in election donations, says he believes climate change is real and human-made but "Montana became the first state to halt preparations for the Clean Power Plan when the United States Supreme Court announced a stay of the plan in February 2016."

He has been good on immigration issues, including opposing a voter-approved piece of legislation that would have barred undocumented migrants from accessing any state services if it hadn't been struck down as unconstitutional. He also supported allowing Syrian refugees to be resettled in Montana and refused to send his National Guard troops to the border when Trump ordered it. He said he was "disgusted" by family separation policy and called this treatment of migrants "atrocities."

He's good on same-sex marriage and has issued an executive order prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ+ government employees and contractors. He supports net neutrality and made Montana "the first state to implement and enforce net neutrality after the FCC repeal." He is a good supporter of unions and opposes so-called "right to work" laws.

The thing that sets him apart from most of the white male Democrats running for President? He supports the death penalty in the case of crimes like "terrorism."

His campaign website has exactly one position outlines, which is called "One Big Idea" and is centered on getting money out of politics. The idea that fixing the dark money and general "rich people can just buy elections and politicians" problem will fix all other problems is understandable, but I have serious doubts and I would like to know what he will do about shit like culturally-ingrained racism, sexism, and all other bigotries once money is out of our election process.

The thing that strikes me about Bullock is that he has the actions to back up his positions. That impresses me. But it's the only thing that impresses me. The fact that "This Guy Got Republicans to Vote for a Democrat," as is the headline for a New York Times opinion piece, does not impress me.

His is also not the voice of free college or canceling student debt. It is the voice of a Democrat who has shepherded several tuition freezes for residents at the state universities, thereby minimizing the need for loans in the first place. 

Oh boy, tuition freezes! So Montanans only have to pay the same amount of a lot of money just to go to college instead of increasingly more money. Exciting!

The bottom line is that Bullock is a centrist who would at best keep us where we are now. He may be genuine about his positions, which is nice, but it's not nearly enough to make up for wanting to maintain the status quo of bullshit in the vast majority of issues. If we really did have fair, representative elections that weren't influenced by money, he would never get elected.


All The Many Ways Ian Miles Cheong Is Wrong About Pansexuality


First of all, I really need to thank Ian Miles Cheong right now, because lately I've been having a bit of trouble finding the motivation to blog, but his load of absolute bullshit about pansexuality has given me such strong inspiration and motivation that I'm writing this up Friday evening even though this won't be posted until Monday because ho-ly shit he is full of it.

Even on Friday the 26th, this Twitter thread is two days old, but I don't care.

Ian, let me introduce you to Jeff Goldblum.

As your resident pansexual, I can tell you that the prefix "pan" does mean "all." However, just like with every other sexual orientation, that prefix applies to gender only. If our prefix applies to everything in the known universe, then so does your's, Ian.

So the prefix "hetero" means "other" or "different." Normal people know that, when added to "sexual," it means liking people of a different gender, typically the "opposite" gender in the male/female gender binary. Buuuuuuut if, as Ian seems to think, this applies to everything, that would mean that heterosexual people are only attracted to different genders, species, ages, races, hair colors, and states of matter. Can Ian explain why he is attracted to young or old female animals who exist in either a liquid or gaseous state? PRETTY FUCKED UP, IAN, YOU LIQUIFIED DONKEY FUCKER.

Next, let's talk about the term "bisexual." Because Ian is wrong about everything, I'm assuming be doesn't know or refuses to accept that the "bi" in "bisexual" means "two or more." In other words that contain the prefix "bi," it might simply mean "two." But in the English language, and many other languages, prefixes can change meaning depending on the rest of the word and what it actually means is generally decided by consensus. The definition of "two or more" for bisexual is decades old and has been agreed upon by the vast majority of the queer community. Therefore, Ian's suggestion that we pansexuals just "go back" to being bi (I was never bi, only pan) is completely useless, because that "more" encompasses everything, or "all." By Ian's definition, bisexuals are also pedos.

Ironically, the only sexualities who are not pedophiles are gay, lesbian, and ace. What a weird update to the bigoted idea that all gay men are pedophiles.

Now, considering the law of large numbers, there probably are child molesters and sexual predators who have claimed pansexuality as some sort of cover or excuse for their crimes. However, I am absolutely 100% sure that straight men make up the majority of both. I'm pretty sure Ian's straight, so why doesn't he just change his sexual orientation so he's not associated with so many pedos?

As for Ian's helpful Wikipedia screenshot, that definition clearly states that the prefix "pan" includes "'including all members' of a group." And all people not being a piece of shit troll fuck pretending to not understand the basics of his first language know that this group, in terms of sexual orientation, is "genders."

I don't know who Bella Thorne is or how she feels about her own, personal sexual identity. But, as a normal person, I would assume that when she said she's attracted to "beings," she meant human beings in an appropriate age range, just as we all assume that when straight dudes say they're attracted to "girls," they actually mean adult human women. Though maybe we shouldn't.

If Ian wants to attack pansexual people for some reason, he should just stick to the old "that's a made up identity that you use for attention" thing. It's still wrong but it takes less time to say and doesn't make you look like the biggest douchebag in the universe. Just a regular-level douchebag.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Gif of the Day

Accurate representation of my over-active startle response. Also really fucking cute.

Willem Van Spronsen’s Manifesto

CrimethInc has published a reaction to Willem Van Spronsen’s attempts to disable busses at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington and subsequent murder by police, along with his full manifesto which he posted before his sacrifice. I think it should be spread and read by as many people as possible. I find it moving, hopeful, and inspiring, and I intend to read it every time I feel dead tired from the fight.

Here is the full text:

There’s wrong and there’s right.
It’s time to take action against the forces of evil.

Evil says one life is worth less than another.
Evil says the flow of commerce is our purpose here.
Evil says concentration camps for folks deemed lesser are necessary.
The handmaid of evil says the concentration camps should be more humane.
Beware the centrist.

I have a father’s broken heart
I have a broken down body
And I have an unshakable abhorrence for injustice
That is what brings me here.
This is my clear opportunity to try to make a difference, I’d be an ingrate to be waiting for a more obvious invitation.

I follow three teachers:
Don Pritts, my spiritual guide. “Love without action is just a word.”
John Brown, my moral guide. “What is needed is action!”
Emma Goldman, my political guide. “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be in your revolution.”

I’m a head in the clouds dreamer, I believe in love and redemption.
I believe we’re going to win.
I’m joyfully revolutionary. (We all should have been reading Emma Goldman in school instead of the jingo drivel we were fed, but I digress.) (We should all be looking at the photos of the YPG heroes should we falter and think our dreams are impossible, but I double digress. Fight me.)

In these days of fascist hooligans preying on vulnerable people in our streets, in the name of the state or supported and defended by the state,

In these days of highly profitable detention/concentration camps and a battle over the semantics,

In these days of hopelessness, empty pursuit and empty yearning,

We are living in visible fascism ascendant. (I say visible, because those paying attention watched it survive and thrive under the protection of the state for decades. [See Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States.] Now it unabashedly follows its agenda with open and full cooperation from the government. From governments around the world.

Fascism serves the needs of the state serves the needs of business and at your expense. Who benefits? Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet, Elon Musk, Tim Cook, Bill Gates, Betsy de Vos, George Soros, Donald Trump, and need I go on? Let me say it again: rich guys (who think you’re not really all that good), really dig government (every government everywhere, including “communist” governments), because they make the rules that make rich guys richer.
Don’t overthink it.

(Are you patriots in the back paying attention?)

When I was a boy, in post-war Holland, later France, my head was filled with stories of the rise of fascism in the ’30s. I promised myself that I would not be one of those who stands by as neighbors are torn from their homes and imprisoned for somehow being perceived as lesser.
You don’t have to burn the motherfucker down, but are you going to just stand by?

This is the test of our fundamental belief in real freedom and our responsibility to each other.
This is a call to patriots, too, to stand against this travesty against everything that you hold sacred. I know you. I know that in your hearts, you see the dishonor in these camps. It’s time for you, too, to stand up to the money pulling the strings of every goddamn puppet pretending to represent us.

I’m a man who loves you all and this spinning ball so much that I’m going to fulfill my childhood promise to myself to be noble.

Here it is, in these corporate for profit concentration camps.
Here it is, in Brown and non-conforming folks afraid to show their faces for fear of the police/migra/Proud Boys/the boss/beckies…
Here it is, a planet almost used up by the market’s greed.

I’m a black and white thinker.
Detention camps are an abomination.
I’m not standing by.
I really shouldn’t have to say any more than this.

I set aside my broken heart and I heal the only way I know how—by being useful.
I efficiently compartmentalize my pain…
And I joyfully go about this work.
(To those burdened with the wreckage from my actions, I hope that you will make the best use of that burden.)

To my comrades:
I regret that I will miss the rest of the revolution.
Thank you for the honor of having me in your midst.

Giving me space to be useful, to feel that I was fulfilling my ideals, has been the spiritual pinnacle of my life.

Doing what I can to help defend my precious and wondrous people is an experience too rich to describe.

My trans comrades have transformed me, solidifying my conviction that we will be guided to a dreamed-of future by those most marginalized among us today. I have dreamed it so clearly that I have no regret for not seeing how it turns out. Thank you for bringing me so far along.

I am antifa. I stand with comrades around the world who act from the love of life in every permutation. Comrades who understand that freedom means real freedom for all and a life worth living.

Keep the faith!
All power to the people!
Bella ciao.

Bella ciao, Willem. Rest in peace.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Gif of the Day

Cats eating pancakes is the best anti-depressant.

How To Protect Your Undocumented Neighbors From ICE

This incredible story is going around about a community that came together and leaped into action to save their undocumented neighbor from ICE arrest and possible deportation. It looks like it was originally posted by Tumblr user "keplercryptids," who lives in the city where this happened. I'm going to post the whole story here but keplercryptids is also a non-binary person with a ko-fi account you can donate to if you enjoy it!

i wanna share with y'all a great thing that happened in my city yesterday. early in the morning, ICE tried to kidnap an undocumented man while he was leaving for work with his son in the car. this man had no warrant and no criminal record, and had lived in his home with his family for the past 14 years. these ICE agents, un-uniformed and in unmarked cars, blockaded this man’s driveway, while he and his child sat locked in their van, for 4 hours. (obviously this isn’t the good part.) 
the man’s neighbors were the first to gather and confront ICE. phone calls were made, and dozens of local organizers, lawyers and activists showed up, in addition to more neighbors. they bought gas and siphoned it into the man’s car so he could keep the AC going. they passed water and food through the car windows. the city government was flooded with calls, and a few city council folks showed up in support of the man.
and ICE left. 
the man’s neighbors & the activists formed a human chain around the car so the man and his son could get back into their house. and later, his whole family was escorted to a safer location. 
today, that man is still with his family. his children, though undoubtedly shaken and scared (especially the son who was with him the whole time, and was so frightened he threw up at one point) still have their father. one of the neighbors said: “they picked the wrong neighborhood on the wrong day” and “I know they’ll be back, and so will we.”
I know a ton of posts get shared about doing this exact thing, but i want you to know that IT WORKS. community works. so please, above anything else, get to know your neighbors. keep an eye out for each other. don’t let people disappear. keep each other close, keep each other safe.

This is basically a blueprint for how we can all fight this nazi-like shit when it happens in our cities. If you're worried that it might happen near you but you won't hear about it, you can sign up for local alerts about ICE activity and put the numbers for these alert networks in your phone so you can alert them yourself if you see ICE getting into some evil shit. There are also apps that alert people of upcoming ICE raids.

Washington State has the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network and their Deportation Defense Line. WAISN is a great all-around organization and I highly recommend looking through their Deportation Defense page, which includes multiple ways that anyone can help fight ICE and deportations. You can even sign up and get trained to be on their Rapid Response team, but anyone can show up for an undocumented neighbor to save them from being ripped away from their families. Do what you can. Fight for the oppressed.

Morning Feels Dump

I thought I would make this a morning announcement but it's really not an announcement so much as it is a sharing of feels. Part of what I'm feeling is that I shouldn't have to explain my absence yesterday, this is my blog and it's viewed daily on average less than 300 times, with maybe about 10 of those being real reads by real human beings, so really why am I even taking it so seriously, but also I'm not supposed to be sorry and I'm not saying I am-

This is what it's like in my brain all the time, by the way.

I was really depressed yesterday. A big part of that was feeling like I should be happy because honestly, my current money-making situation is pretty much one that I had been envisioning for years as a dream scenario that would just make my life wonderful. But yesterday I had a really strong feeling that I am just generally not happy. This led to a spiral that resulted in the conclusion that I have lost the ability to be happy or am at least losing the ability to feel joy. This is something I worry about sometimes, maybe even often. It's something I'm afraid of.

To some extent I have felt like my emotions have gradually become less intense. I don't know if this is an aging thing, maybe it is. I fear that it's a result of an awful tendency I have to repress my emotions without meaning to. It's something I did so often when I was a child/teen that it became like a reflex and I really don't know how to make it stop. All I'm able to attempt is to self-talk myself out of it, do some deep breathing and meditation. But I worry that I don't even notice I'm doing it and it's becoming worse over time. Is that weird?

Lately I have also gotten much more into smoking/ingesting cannabis, and the thing with that is it seems to intensify my emotions - both good and bad. If I get high enough, I can experience a kind of euphoria and I frequently, really constantly get a sense that there is another world/universe/dimension out there that is full of joy, and I can feel that happiness and contentment for a short time. Then it fades and sometimes - more often if I am getting high on a daily basis - this turns into a spiral where I feel like this world here is just so full of despair and awfulness, and I feel all of my struggling and the horrors of this world so intensely.

I'm not saying I even know what any of that means, but that's how I've been feeling.

Mostly, I fear that I'm reaching a point where I can only feel joy with drugs. Anhedonia, the inability to feel pleasure, is a real thing, often associated with depression, and it can be really difficult to treat. In past years, I've felt joy at the turning of the seasons. This spring, I felt that for maybe like an hour and then nothing. I don't seem to get much joy out of video games anymore, which is a real fucking bummer because even if that just means that I'm getting older and my tastes in recreation are changing, that's a huge part of my identity that I don't want to give up.

Is this that creeping depression that makes you lose interest in activities you once loved? If not, what does bring me joy? If it's depression, ugh, the whole idea of going back to therapy is a whole other thing that I really just don't want to deal with. But I know I probably should either way.

I'm 30 and I'm just so tired of struggling. I know happiness and contentment are possible because I felt that way through most of my time in college. But sometimes I wonder, even if fucking capitalism were abolished and we somehow implemented a system where everyone was just taken care of and I didn't have to work or worry, would I be able to be happy even then? Or would I keep avoiding my feelings by getting high and playing Sims 4 all day, even then?

Everything else just seems so hard. I'm tired.

I don't know that writing this down has made me feel any better, but maybe someone will be able to relate and feel a little better. Here's to you, random depressed stoner.

Monday, July 22, 2019

I'm About To Lose My Mind: Al Franken Edition


Al Franken is back in the fucking news again. Is it because he did something newsworthy? No! It's because some fucking liberal who writes for the New Yorker wrote a long thinkpiece claiming he was "railroaded" when he voluntarily decided to resign after a photo of him sexually assaulting a sleeping woman started circulating and seven other women came forward accusing him of sexual harassment and/or assault.

I haven't read the piece myself, because I don't think I'll be able to make it through the opening paragraph and just thinking about trying makes me want to cry.

Listen. This shit right here is more upsetting than yet another story of Donald Trump raping a woman. I'm not saying that what Al Franken did to Leeann Tweeden is worse than what Trump did to E. Jean Carroll, because it's not. But any woman who has ever had a male friend who turned out to be unsafe (or worse) will understand what I mean.

It's bad enough to have a fucking President who is a serial rapist and whose victims were sometimes underage, as young as 13. That's all horrible. Maybe the only reason I don't feel worse about it is because I can't even really allow it inside my head because if I did I would have a breakdown. All I know is how I feel, and this Al Franken shit is supremely upsetting. I and the rest of us shouldn't have to deal with liberals - people who claim to be on the side of women and survivors and everyone who is more likely than others to be sexually assaulted or raped - putting this much effort into upholding and contributing to rape culture.

It's a striking reminder that nobody is safe. Nothing is more horrifying than the reminder that your friends and family are the ones most likely to sexually assault you. Liberals go out of their way to remind me of this on a regular basis by doing shit like this, dragging up open-and-shut cases that should have been left in the grave as a reminder of how sexual assault allegations should be handled. Instead, they keep resurrecting the zombie that is this story to the point that now I have to know that Al Franken said he regrets resigning, making him just another sexual predator piece of shit and ruining the only thing that made this story not completely awful and triggering - the fact that Franken voluntarily resigned because he thought it was the right thing to do.

Thanks for that. Thanks for all of that. Thanks for ruining my day and the days of many survivors,  Jane Mayer and The New Yorker.

The Democrat who replaced Franken in the Senate is doing just fine, by the way. No harm done in that respect in spite of all the liberal handwringing that a Republican would replace him, which was never a serious possibility.

I don't understand why this piece needed to be written other than some assholes being like "do survivors feel bad enough right now? What can we do to make them feel completely unsafe in their everyday lives?"

Day successfully ruined, New Yorker liberals. Mission accomplished.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Gif of the Day

Ahhhhhh so pretty and hypnotic.

This is Some Heartless Bullshit


Okay back to your regularly scheduled awful. The Trump administration is making it so refugees can't come here to apply for asylum. Instead, they have to apply at the first "safe" country they enter and then wait for approval, which I'm assuming would take years, and also when and where and how will they appear in front of a judge to argue their case? Does that not happen? This is all just fucked.

Trump Administration Implementing '3rd Country' Rule On Migrants Seeking Asylum

The Trump administration is moving forward with a tough new asylum rule in its campaign to slow the flow of Central American migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Asylum-seeking immigrants who pass through a third country en route to the U.S. must first apply for refugee status in that country rather than at the U.S. border.

So, that "third country" is going to be Mexico for all the people fleeing Guatemala. Mexico is not considered to be a safe country by like, anybody, least of all the Trump administration or Trump supporters who call all Mexican men rapists and imply that Mexico is where all the drugs are coming. And sure, a lot of drugs do pass though Mexico via various and very violent drug cartels, which is why it's not considered a safe place to stay. Also, Mexico is where that horrific video of the woman pleading for help through a hole in a migrant prison camp while other prisoners rioted because they were starving and didn't have clean water came from.

But, and I can't stress this enough, Mexico's drug problem is largely a result of the U.S. bullshit "war on drugs." Same for Central America.

Anyway, that's just Guatemalan refugees. Those coming from El Salvador and Honduras? Will have to stay in Guatemala. Where many of the other asylum seekers are coming from because OBVIOUSLY IT'S NOT FUCKING SAFE. But the Trump administration is trying to magically say Guatemala is a safe country for the sake of this heartless policy that is just a giant "fuck you" to asylum seekers which the U.S. created.

This would be unlikely to slow the rate of asylum seekers coming to the U.S. because even if they hear about the new policy, they're not going to care. It's about getting to a safe place for them and their families and the U.S. has spent the past couple hundred years claiming to be the best country on the planet soooooo....

All it will do is officially criminalize all asylum seekers who make it here. They'll be able to throw them all in concentration camps indefinitely and won't have to deal with the rest of us constantly screaming SEEKING ASYLUM IS NOT A CRIME.

The policy will be challenged in court, but who the fuck knows what will happen anymore in this country? And even if it gets struck down, this is still such a massive dick move. The Trump Administration is completely devoid of humanity and I wish we could deport them all to the sun.

How the fuck are you going to accuse people who walk across the entirety of Mexico of abusing the system? Fuck off and die.

Some Heartwarming Stuff Because We Need It

It's been a little rough writing and reading about so much awful stuff every day as Lord Dampnut sounds more and more like the KKK/fucking Hitler while stadiums full of his supporters cheer him on. It's also been rough because I'm really trying to open myself up and let myself feel stuff instead of suppressing every emotion to cope. So I'm going to try and post some more positive stuff, and also it might help you feel better.

Firstly, this video of Ilhan Omar's supporters welcoming her home to Minnesota at the airport is really about to make me cry.

They're actually chanting "welcome home, Omar" in the most heartwarming defiance of a wannabe dictator fascist who told her to go back to where she came from. Because the U.S. and Minnesota are her home. She belongs here and I love her.

Then there's this ad for a Dublin-based bus company or Dublin's public transportation department or whatever showing young LGBTQ+ people inviting their senior counterparts to Pride because they had never been before. I was actually asked to write an article about this for a site you might want to bookmark called Tank's Good News. I don't know who Tank is but the website is just heartwarming stories.

Video Of Young People Inviting LGBT+ Seniors To Their First Pride Has Everyone Crying

You don't really need to read the article, just watch the video.

There are so many good people in the world. Evil people tend to hoard all the money and power so they're hard to fight, but no matter what it's a comfort to know that there are so many good people out there who are full of love and acceptance instead of judgment and hate.

What's also making me tear up is this quote from the Talmud, attributed to Rabbi Tarfon:

“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”

Thanks, man, I'll try.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Gif of the Day

No idea what this is from or why this man has mismatched shoes, but it's somehow compelling.

Don't Shop At Goodwill


Goodwill has already been on my shit list for paying its disabled workers less than minimum wage with the excuse of "it's either that or nothing" which is what they used to say about all workers before they fought and died for minimum wage jobs, but now they're actively and openly discriminating against disabled workers by saying that they will stop paying them entirely in the face of minimum wage increases.

Goodwill pulls paychecks from disabled workers

Sharon Durbin, President and Chief Executive Officer at Land of Lincoln Goodwill, told dozens of disabled thrift store workers they would no longer receive a paycheck as a result of the state’s new minimum wage increase, and she warns future job cuts could still be coming to the last 11 remaining disabled employees still on the payroll.

Welcome to another installment of "uhhhhhhmmmmm I thought you couldn't do that?"

I don't think non-profits are exempt from anti-discrimination laws, especially ones as big as Goodwill. But apparently they are when it comes to disability, because ableism is that bad.

Also, Goodwill should not be allowed to be a non-profit because they actually make a lot of profit and don't really help anybody.

Also, you currently only employ 11 disabled employees? Out of 450 total employees? Then that makes you a big ol' liar, doesn't it?

The loud speaker broadcasts a message that reminds shoppers, “At Goodwill, every item you buy, and every item you donate funds job training and so much more.” Literature hanging in the lobby announces that “we train and support over 1,000 people with developmental disabilities.”

Better take that shit down if you're gonna employ zero.

So what it sounds like is that they're not going to fire the disabled employees, they'll just make them work for free under the excuse/lie that they're giving them "job training." Bullshit. What you're doing is going from underpaying them to making them little more than slaves. And I don't want to hear thing one about minimum wage increases when you don't even pay all of your workers minimum wage and when all the evidence shows that minimum wage increases increase profits to businesses, especially ones that serve the people who get minimum wage like Goodwill because those people are able to buy more things.

But regardless, this is rank ableism, right out in the open. This is treating disabled people as less than people. This is pretending that disabled people don't need money to live like everyone else, or don't deserve to live because of their disability. And government disability payments are not enough for anyone to live on, which is why, as the article points out, many of them have to live in "group homes."

Fuck Goodwill all the way to the bank. If they won't pay their workers, I won't shop there ever again, and neither should you. Go to real thrift shops that actually use the money they receive to help people. Don't support ableism.