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Hundreds of thousands of people have died — and are still dying in Iraq — because your bosses lied us into a war and then screwed it up beyond all repair. And, as I may have mentioned, thousands and thousands of people died in New Orleans because your bosses had a fundamental contempt for the notion that government exists to protect a viable political commonwealth for us all. You didn’t lose your credibility because Democrats viewed you as incompetent. You lost your credibility because you demonstrated, over and over again, a monstrous ignorance that got hundreds of thousands of people killed. If you want to compare the current situation to any of your multifarious other screw-ups, and to do so with a modicum of human decency, you might compare it to how you passed Medicare Part D with no earthly idea how we would pay for it. But that would require you actually to care about the people in New Orleans who, you know, died. You didn’t care about them then. You don’t care about them now. You’re digging up corpses and using them as a political truncheons. Decent people should spit when you pass by.

Comparing Obamacare to Hurricane Katrina - Nobody Drowned From Obamacare - Esquire

Awful, awful people, who keep getting returned to power so they can hurt the voters even more.

(via bookofdoomed)

(via bookofdoomed)

Stephen Fry: The Daily Mail and Lord Dacre appeasing again

stephen-fry-me:

DM can stand for Direct Messages in Twitter or the Daily Mail out there in the big bad world. I don’t read either, and all my friends know that I never read British newspapers of any kind.

Nonetheless there are always those that like to sympathise: today I’ve had plenty of, “Ooh you seem to have…

robertogreco {tumblr}: School for Poetic Computation

robertogreco:

My friend Jen Lowe recently announced the School for Poetic Computation.

Our motto is: more poems less demos.

While theirs is a specific craft, the mission statement of SfPC has wide applicability to all places of learning. For example, in the following paragraph, substitute writer with…

To reach puberty and find oneself falling in love with members of one’s own sex is to experience a mixture of self-discovery and self-disgust that never leaves a human consciousness. If the stigma is attached not simply to an obviously random characteristic, such as skin pigmentation, but to the deepest desires of the human heart, then it can eat away at a person’s sense of his own dignity with peculiar ferocity. When a young person confronts her sexuality, she is also completely alone. A young heterosexual black or Latino girl invariably has an existing network of people like her to interpret, support, and explain the emotions she feels when confronting racial prejudice for the first time. But a gay child generally has no one. The very people she would most naturally turn to — the family — may be the very people she is most ashamed in front of.

The stigma attached to sexuality is also different that that attached to race because it attacks the very heart of what makes a human being human: her ability to love and be loved. Even the most vicious persecution of racial minorities allowed, in many cases, for the integrity of the marital bond or the emotional core of a human being. When it did not, when Nazism split husbands from wives, children from parents, when apartheid or slavery broke up familial bonds, it was clear that a particularly noxious form of repression was taking place. But the stigma attached to homosexuality begins with such a repression. It forbids, at a child’s earliest stage of development, the possibility of the highest form of human happiness. It starts with emotional terror and ends with mild social disapproval. It’s no accident that later in life, when many gay people learn to reconnect the bonds of love and sex, they seek to do so in private, even protected from the knowledge of their family.

– In his seminal seminal essay published on May 10, 1993, Andrew Sullivan poignantly observes the difference between oppression based on sexual orientation and oppression based on skin color. (via explore-blog)

(Source: , via explore-blog)

It was not until Mr. Lucas was 24 — long after he knew the trust could finance his Ivy League education — that he understood its full monetary value; that was when the Carnation shares were converted into cash after Nestlé bought the company in 1985. It was a shock, suddenly “having a pile of cash that you have no experience in investing,” he said. “That’s a very scary and risk-fraught transition.”

For many American families with wealth, the moment when their children learn how much money they have at their disposal causes profound anxiety. They fear that their children will not know what to do with the money and either squander it or not work as hard as they might otherwise.

What an awful, terrible problem….

These people must be really suffering….

(via bookofdoomed)

(Source: The New York Times, via bookofdoomed)

bookofdoomed:

fuckyesoldhollywood:

Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and their son Stephen
OMG HOW PRECIOUS IS THIS I CANNOT EVEN

Beats Lindsay Lohan at the defendant’s table….

bookofdoomed:

fuckyesoldhollywood:

Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and their son Stephen

OMG HOW PRECIOUS IS THIS I CANNOT EVEN

Beats Lindsay Lohan at the defendant’s table….

explore-blog:

The great Nina Simone would’ve been 80 today. This quietly breathtaking photograph was taken at NYC’s Town Hall in 1959 and is part of William Gottlieb’s photos of jazz icons.
Celebrate Simone’s legacy with Francine Prose’s poignant meditation on the powerful political message in the singer’s “Strange Fruit.”

explore-blog:

The great Nina Simone would’ve been 80 today. This quietly breathtaking photograph was taken at NYC’s Town Hall in 1959 and is part of William Gottlieb’s photos of jazz icons.

Celebrate Simone’s legacy with Francine Prose’s poignant meditation on the powerful political message in the singer’s “Strange Fruit.”

(Source: , via explore-blog)

thepeoplesrecord:

Walmart protests gains momentum as hundreds of thousands demand action on the retail giant profiting from death
January 19, 2013

This week, thousands across the United States put pressure on retail giant Walmart to stop selling assault weapons and ammunition.

According to an earlier report by The Huffington Post, Walmart is facing “increased criticism for continuing to sell assault weapons” in the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last month.

On Jan. 15, dozens of activists and gun violence survivors gathered for a rally at a Walmart store in Danbury, Conn., and delivered four petitions. With a total of more than 300,000 signatures, the petitions called for the world’s largest retailer to stop selling and advertising assault weapons in stores.

“Walmart is making it easy and appealing to purchase an assault weapon. Assault weapons cause mass murder and should be left for law enforcement and military. Civilians do not need to have any assault weapons in their homes,” writes one Change.org petition. “Advertising is something that creates wants and needs. To create a want for such a weapon only promotes violence.”

More than 113,000 people have signed the Change.org petition so far.

According to a Friday news release, thousands more have stepped forward in the past few days to demand that Walmart pull assault weapons and ammunition from its shelves.

“Since the petition delivery on Tuesday, more then [sic] 10,000 people have taken to Walmart’s Facebook page to register their voices and urge Walmart executives to honor their 2004 pledge and stop selling assault weapons and ammunition,” the release said. “Additionally, organizers from SumofUs.org, MomsRising and Courage Campaign report that more than 2,500 Walmart customers have placed calls to Walmart corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas urging the company to stop selling assault weapons in all of their stores. More calls are expected today and throughout the weekend.”

In an earlier statement printed by Reuters, a Walmart spokesman said that the company has been “very purposeful about striking the right balance between serving… customers that are hunters and sportsmen and ensuring that [the retailer sells] firearms in the most responsible manner possible.” He added that assault weapons are sold only at “locations with a high concentration of hunters and sportsmen.”

After the Sandy Hook tragedy, Walmart reportedly pulled the Bushmaster Patrolman’s Carbine M4A3 Rifle from its website. The Bushmaster rifle, a military-style assault weapon, was one of the guns used by the Newtown school shooter.

But Walmart is said to sell “more firearms and ammunition than any national competitor,” and the retailer has continued to stock its shelves with other assault weapons.

A representative for Walmart declined to comment to HuffPost.

The National Rifle Association (NRA), the country’s largest gun rights group, has long been a vocal opponent of most gun control measures, including a ban on assault weapons. In December, the NRA responded to the Sandy Hook tragedy by suggesting that all schools in the U.S. should have armed guards. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” said NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre during the group’s post-Sandy Hook press conference.

Reactions to the NRA’s position have been mixed. Though many were critical of the gun lobby’s response, the group has reportedly welcomed more than 250,000 new members since the Newtown shooting.

“[Walmart should] stand up to the NRA and listen to their customers and stop selling these guns,” Kaytee Riek, campaign manager at SumofUs, which organized one of the four petitions delivered to Walmart, told The Huffington Post earlier this week.

Source

Hundreds of thousands of people have died — and are still dying in Iraq — because your bosses lied us into a war and then screwed it up beyond all repair. And, as I may have mentioned, thousands and thousands of people died in New Orleans because your bosses had a fundamental contempt for the notion that government exists to protect a viable political commonwealth for us all. You didn’t lose your credibility because Democrats viewed you as incompetent. You lost your credibility because you demonstrated, over and over again, a monstrous ignorance that got hundreds of thousands of people killed. If you want to compare the current situation to any of your multifarious other screw-ups, and to do so with a modicum of human decency, you might compare it to how you passed Medicare Part D with no earthly idea how we would pay for it. But that would require you actually to care about the people in New Orleans who, you know, died. You didn’t care about them then. You don’t care about them now. You’re digging up corpses and using them as a political truncheons. Decent people should spit when you pass by.

Comparing Obamacare to Hurricane Katrina - Nobody Drowned From Obamacare - Esquire

Awful, awful people, who keep getting returned to power so they can hurt the voters even more.

(via bookofdoomed)

(via bookofdoomed)

Stephen Fry: The Daily Mail and Lord Dacre appeasing again

stephen-fry-me:

DM can stand for Direct Messages in Twitter or the Daily Mail out there in the big bad world. I don’t read either, and all my friends know that I never read British newspapers of any kind.

Nonetheless there are always those that like to sympathise: today I’ve had plenty of, “Ooh you seem to have…

robertogreco {tumblr}: School for Poetic Computation

robertogreco:

My friend Jen Lowe recently announced the School for Poetic Computation.

Our motto is: more poems less demos.

While theirs is a specific craft, the mission statement of SfPC has wide applicability to all places of learning. For example, in the following paragraph, substitute writer with…

To reach puberty and find oneself falling in love with members of one’s own sex is to experience a mixture of self-discovery and self-disgust that never leaves a human consciousness. If the stigma is attached not simply to an obviously random characteristic, such as skin pigmentation, but to the deepest desires of the human heart, then it can eat away at a person’s sense of his own dignity with peculiar ferocity. When a young person confronts her sexuality, she is also completely alone. A young heterosexual black or Latino girl invariably has an existing network of people like her to interpret, support, and explain the emotions she feels when confronting racial prejudice for the first time. But a gay child generally has no one. The very people she would most naturally turn to — the family — may be the very people she is most ashamed in front of.

The stigma attached to sexuality is also different that that attached to race because it attacks the very heart of what makes a human being human: her ability to love and be loved. Even the most vicious persecution of racial minorities allowed, in many cases, for the integrity of the marital bond or the emotional core of a human being. When it did not, when Nazism split husbands from wives, children from parents, when apartheid or slavery broke up familial bonds, it was clear that a particularly noxious form of repression was taking place. But the stigma attached to homosexuality begins with such a repression. It forbids, at a child’s earliest stage of development, the possibility of the highest form of human happiness. It starts with emotional terror and ends with mild social disapproval. It’s no accident that later in life, when many gay people learn to reconnect the bonds of love and sex, they seek to do so in private, even protected from the knowledge of their family.

– In his seminal seminal essay published on May 10, 1993, Andrew Sullivan poignantly observes the difference between oppression based on sexual orientation and oppression based on skin color. (via explore-blog)

(Source: , via explore-blog)

It was not until Mr. Lucas was 24 — long after he knew the trust could finance his Ivy League education — that he understood its full monetary value; that was when the Carnation shares were converted into cash after Nestlé bought the company in 1985. It was a shock, suddenly “having a pile of cash that you have no experience in investing,” he said. “That’s a very scary and risk-fraught transition.”

For many American families with wealth, the moment when their children learn how much money they have at their disposal causes profound anxiety. They fear that their children will not know what to do with the money and either squander it or not work as hard as they might otherwise.

What an awful, terrible problem….

These people must be really suffering….

(via bookofdoomed)

(Source: The New York Times, via bookofdoomed)

bookofdoomed:

fuckyesoldhollywood:

Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and their son Stephen
OMG HOW PRECIOUS IS THIS I CANNOT EVEN

Beats Lindsay Lohan at the defendant’s table….

bookofdoomed:

fuckyesoldhollywood:

Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and their son Stephen

OMG HOW PRECIOUS IS THIS I CANNOT EVEN

Beats Lindsay Lohan at the defendant’s table….

explore-blog:

The great Nina Simone would’ve been 80 today. This quietly breathtaking photograph was taken at NYC’s Town Hall in 1959 and is part of William Gottlieb’s photos of jazz icons.
Celebrate Simone’s legacy with Francine Prose’s poignant meditation on the powerful political message in the singer’s “Strange Fruit.”

explore-blog:

The great Nina Simone would’ve been 80 today. This quietly breathtaking photograph was taken at NYC’s Town Hall in 1959 and is part of William Gottlieb’s photos of jazz icons.

Celebrate Simone’s legacy with Francine Prose’s poignant meditation on the powerful political message in the singer’s “Strange Fruit.”

(Source: , via explore-blog)

thepeoplesrecord:

Walmart protests gains momentum as hundreds of thousands demand action on the retail giant profiting from death
January 19, 2013

This week, thousands across the United States put pressure on retail giant Walmart to stop selling assault weapons and ammunition.

According to an earlier report by The Huffington Post, Walmart is facing “increased criticism for continuing to sell assault weapons” in the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last month.

On Jan. 15, dozens of activists and gun violence survivors gathered for a rally at a Walmart store in Danbury, Conn., and delivered four petitions. With a total of more than 300,000 signatures, the petitions called for the world’s largest retailer to stop selling and advertising assault weapons in stores.

“Walmart is making it easy and appealing to purchase an assault weapon. Assault weapons cause mass murder and should be left for law enforcement and military. Civilians do not need to have any assault weapons in their homes,” writes one Change.org petition. “Advertising is something that creates wants and needs. To create a want for such a weapon only promotes violence.”

More than 113,000 people have signed the Change.org petition so far.

According to a Friday news release, thousands more have stepped forward in the past few days to demand that Walmart pull assault weapons and ammunition from its shelves.

“Since the petition delivery on Tuesday, more then [sic] 10,000 people have taken to Walmart’s Facebook page to register their voices and urge Walmart executives to honor their 2004 pledge and stop selling assault weapons and ammunition,” the release said. “Additionally, organizers from SumofUs.org, MomsRising and Courage Campaign report that more than 2,500 Walmart customers have placed calls to Walmart corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas urging the company to stop selling assault weapons in all of their stores. More calls are expected today and throughout the weekend.”

In an earlier statement printed by Reuters, a Walmart spokesman said that the company has been “very purposeful about striking the right balance between serving… customers that are hunters and sportsmen and ensuring that [the retailer sells] firearms in the most responsible manner possible.” He added that assault weapons are sold only at “locations with a high concentration of hunters and sportsmen.”

After the Sandy Hook tragedy, Walmart reportedly pulled the Bushmaster Patrolman’s Carbine M4A3 Rifle from its website. The Bushmaster rifle, a military-style assault weapon, was one of the guns used by the Newtown school shooter.

But Walmart is said to sell “more firearms and ammunition than any national competitor,” and the retailer has continued to stock its shelves with other assault weapons.

A representative for Walmart declined to comment to HuffPost.

The National Rifle Association (NRA), the country’s largest gun rights group, has long been a vocal opponent of most gun control measures, including a ban on assault weapons. In December, the NRA responded to the Sandy Hook tragedy by suggesting that all schools in the U.S. should have armed guards. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” said NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre during the group’s post-Sandy Hook press conference.

Reactions to the NRA’s position have been mixed. Though many were critical of the gun lobby’s response, the group has reportedly welcomed more than 250,000 new members since the Newtown shooting.

“[Walmart should] stand up to the NRA and listen to their customers and stop selling these guns,” Kaytee Riek, campaign manager at SumofUs, which organized one of the four petitions delivered to Walmart, told The Huffington Post earlier this week.

Source

"Hundreds of thousands of people have died — and are still dying in Iraq — because your bosses lied us into a war and then screwed it up beyond all repair. And, as I may have mentioned, thousands and thousands of people died in New Orleans because your bosses had a fundamental contempt for the notion that government exists to protect a viable political commonwealth for us all. You didn’t lose your credibility because Democrats viewed you as incompetent. You lost your credibility because you demonstrated, over and over again, a monstrous ignorance that got hundreds of thousands of people killed. If you want to compare the current situation to any of your multifarious other screw-ups, and to do so with a modicum of human decency, you might compare it to how you passed Medicare Part D with no earthly idea how we would pay for it. But that would require you actually to care about the people in New Orleans who, you know, died. You didn’t care about them then. You don’t care about them now. You’re digging up corpses and using them as a political truncheons. Decent people should spit when you pass by."
"

To reach puberty and find oneself falling in love with members of one’s own sex is to experience a mixture of self-discovery and self-disgust that never leaves a human consciousness. If the stigma is attached not simply to an obviously random characteristic, such as skin pigmentation, but to the deepest desires of the human heart, then it can eat away at a person’s sense of his own dignity with peculiar ferocity. When a young person confronts her sexuality, she is also completely alone. A young heterosexual black or Latino girl invariably has an existing network of people like her to interpret, support, and explain the emotions she feels when confronting racial prejudice for the first time. But a gay child generally has no one. The very people she would most naturally turn to — the family — may be the very people she is most ashamed in front of.

The stigma attached to sexuality is also different that that attached to race because it attacks the very heart of what makes a human being human: her ability to love and be loved. Even the most vicious persecution of racial minorities allowed, in many cases, for the integrity of the marital bond or the emotional core of a human being. When it did not, when Nazism split husbands from wives, children from parents, when apartheid or slavery broke up familial bonds, it was clear that a particularly noxious form of repression was taking place. But the stigma attached to homosexuality begins with such a repression. It forbids, at a child’s earliest stage of development, the possibility of the highest form of human happiness. It starts with emotional terror and ends with mild social disapproval. It’s no accident that later in life, when many gay people learn to reconnect the bonds of love and sex, they seek to do so in private, even protected from the knowledge of their family.

"
"

It was not until Mr. Lucas was 24 — long after he knew the trust could finance his Ivy League education — that he understood its full monetary value; that was when the Carnation shares were converted into cash after Nestlé bought the company in 1985. It was a shock, suddenly “having a pile of cash that you have no experience in investing,” he said. “That’s a very scary and risk-fraught transition.”

For many American families with wealth, the moment when their children learn how much money they have at their disposal causes profound anxiety. They fear that their children will not know what to do with the money and either squander it or not work as hard as they might otherwise.

"

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