05
Mar, 2013

Wealth Inequality in America

Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is.

References:

via Upworthy:

This pretty much speaks for itself. At 1:05, I get a rude awakening. At 1:41, he starts talking about you. At 2:24, he says a “bad” word. At 3:50, he kind of breaks my brain. At 4:50, he lets you know how broke you really are. At 5:20, he rubs it in. And at 5:50, he points out that reality isn’t close to what we think it is.

15
Nov, 2012

The latest Washington scandal features people determined to gain power, sycophants who worship them, social climbers who befriend them, and pairings of various members of these groups that occasionally led to the pantless interactions we were all warned about about in our junior high Biology class. Nothing about this sounds like much of a surprise, and yet much of the media has managed to work itself into a state of frenzied shock as they (once again) breathlessly cover humankind’s oldest and most consistent storyline. In an excellent piece, David Simon (of The Wire fame) reflects on the hypocrisy and silliness of the way these scandals are reported. “Anyone who looks at the history of mankind and argues that private sexual fidelity exists in direct proportion to political greatness or moral leadership is either a chump or a liar.”

23
Aug, 2012

I’m thinking worst case scenario now,” Head said during an appearance on FOX 34 in Lubbock. “Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war, maybe. And we’re not talking just a few riots here and demonstrations, we’re talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy.

Texas Judge Tom Head warns of ‘Civil War’ if Obama reelected – TPMMuckraker (via brooklynmutt)

So at what point do we start criminal proceedings for all these elected and otherwise public (and publicly culpable) persons for their implicit and explicit threats to the White House and the US?

(via note-a-bear)

reasons why i am not feeling safe living in the U.S. at all cause all this talk is code talk and calling out to all them neo-confederates, white supremacists and white nationalists as well as just non-identified hate groups against all poc to get their weapons and shit and organize.

(via strugglingtobeheard)

I find myself wondering what constitutes a “credible threat” against the president and the nation…

(via sex-edumacation)

I’ve come to believe that being able to openly talk about armed insurrection without fear of reprimand or retaliation is probably the most fundamental white privilege.

(via darkjez)

Yeah, this shit scares me too.

(via panasonicyouth)

“He said he feared Obama would hand over sovereignty of the United States to the United Nations”

That…. is probably the most asinine “prediction” ever.

(via holymotherofrowling)

30
Mar, 2012

realcleverscience:

climateadaptation:

This piece is worth reading in full:

My climate epiphany wasn’t overnight, and it had nothing to do with Al Gore.”

I’m going to tell you something that my Republican friends are loath to admit out loud: climate change is real. I’m a moderate Republican, fiscally conservative; a fan of small government, accountability, self-empowerment and sound science. I am not a climate scientist. I’m a Penn State meteorologist, and the weather maps I’m staring at are making me very uncomfortable. No, you’re not imagining it: we’ve clicked into a new and almost foreign weather pattern. To complicate matters I’m in a small, frustrated and endangered minority: a Republican deeply concerned about the environmental sacrifices some are asking us to make to keep our economy powered-up. It’s ironic. The root of the word conservative is “conserve”. A staunch Republican, Teddy Roosevelt, set aside vast swaths of America for our National Parks System, the envy of the world. Another Republican, Richard Nixon, launched the EPA. Now some in my party believe the EPA and all those silly “global warming alarmists” are going to get in the way of drilling and mining our way to prosperity. Well, we have good reason to be alarmed.”

A Message from a Republican Meteorologist on Climate Change

Great piece from an obviously committed and concerned Conservative. Highly recommended.

29
Jan, 2012

elledark:

Okay, forget about Republicans and Democrats, Left and Right. This has got nothing to do with those creaky old concepts. Lets try this from a different angle.

America is still a rich country, rich in skills and natural wealth and innovation. With proper management and a will to be fair there is no reason why everyone who lives there cannot enjoy equal opportunity and freedom from poverty. But that’s not happening now and it won’t unless there are radical changes. So stand up, please, any political party which is willing to :-

– drive money, lobbyists and corporate influence right out of politics
– ensure that everyone is taxed fairly according to their ability to pay
– drastically reduce the military budget and slash the 800 overseas military bases
– break the USAs toxic relationship with Israel and stop meddling in the middle-east
– operate an ethical foreign policy that relies on diplomacy rather than war
– invest in infrastructure projects to create jobs and prepare for the future
– invest in an excellent public school and higher education system free for all
– invest in a universal healthcare system free to all at the point of delivery
– ensure equality in the law for all, regardless of race, gender, or religion
– abandon the failed war on drugs and adopt an evidence-based approach
– abandon the failed war on terror and repeal the repressive ‘security’ laws
– roll back the excesses of the surveillance state and stop spying on Americans
– create strong, ethical consumer-protection regulation of all aspects of the market
– in all things, aim to run the USA to benefit all rather than just a privileged few.

Not hard. Not rocket science. Just some obvious, unremarkable things that America desperately needs to get done. Practical things that have nothing to do with political ideology and everything to do with creating a better and fairer society. Surely that is the most noble American Dream of all ?

So will any political party in America willing to deliver that agenda, or even to try, please stand up because your country desperately needs you. Anyone ? And will any party, whatever their political persuasion, NOT willing to deliver that agenda please just bugger off now because you’re part of the problem, not the solution.

Thank you ..

Link: Elle Dark: A Non-Partisan Political Post