“The issues that upset the Tea Kettle movement — debt and bloated government — are actually symptoms of our real problem, not causes. They are symptoms of a country in a state of incremental decline and losing its competitive edge, because our politics has become just another form of sports entertainment, our Congress a forum for legalized bribery and our main lawmaking institutions divided by toxic partisanship to the point of paralysis.”—Tom Friedman - The Tea Kettle Movement (via buffleheadcabin)
Targeting: The Governor of NC, The NC State Senate, and The NC State House
Started by: Change.org
Under a 1979 Supreme Court decision, once someone has agreed to start having sex, at no time during that act of intercourse can she withdraw consent. She relinquishes the right to control her own body.
If her partner has to physically restrain her, causing injuries, to keep her from stopping the act? Nope, not rape.
In effect, this decision has legalized rape.
This disturbing policy came to light after a case in which a young woman was dropped under the argument that she’d been okay with having sex at first. The victim’s father is now asking legislators to make certain that other girls are not faced with the same denial of legal redress for what is certainly rape.
Help protect future women by asking North Carolina state legislators to pass legislation clarifying that rape occurs in any non-consensual situation, even if it happens after intercourse has started.
If you begin having sex in the great state of North Carolina, want to stop, and your partner forcibly restrains you to continue having intercourse, well, you should have made up your mind beforehand. Once you’ve initially consented to the act, you relinquish the right to your own body, according to a 1979 state Supreme Court ruling: “no rape has occurred though the victim later withdraws consent during the same act of intercourse.” If your partner ignores your pleas to get off you or causes physical injury to keep you from leaving, that’s still just not rape.
In effect, this is a court decision legalizing rape.
Using this ruling, a district attorney recently decided to drop a rape case against a high school football player, which brought this disturbing state of affairs to light. As Cara at The Curvature points out, there are additional issues with this particular failure to prosecute sexual assault charges, because the victim told reporters that she never agreed to have sex with her boyfriend in the first place. Regardless of this additional dimension of wrongfully ignoring the accusations of rape survivors (a not unusual practice in law enforcement), the rationale utilized to dismiss the case exposes a major legal problem. Even if you accept that the victim withdrew consent, the law says that’s just kosher.
This is some seriously fucked up stuff. I’m guessing that when you consent to one sexual act, you consent to everything else by default? Once you’ve said yes your partner can then do whatever they want to you with no consequences? This is really some scary shit!
I JUST posted about this because I saw it on the news. You want to know what’s even more fucked up? My step-dad agrees with this. Entitlement is awesome.
Just the other day, President Obama urged other countries to stop censoring the Internet. But now the United States Congress is trying to censor the Internet here at home. A new bill being debated this week would have the Attorney General create an Internet blacklist of sites that US Internet providers would be required to block.
This is the kind of heavy-handed censorship you’d expect from a dictatorship, where one man can decide what web sites you’re not allowed to visit. But the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to pass the bill this week — and Senators say they haven’t heard much in the way of objections! That’s why we need you to sign our urgent petition to Congress demanding they oppose the Internet blacklist.
“Now, should we treat women as independent agents, responsible for themselves? Of course. But being responsible has nothing to do with being raped. Women don’t get raped because they were drinking or took drugs. Women do not get raped because they weren’t careful enough. Women get raped because someone raped them.”—
Jessica Valenti quotes; The Purity Myth (via dearly)
this needs to be repeated again and again and again…
A mini episode of the podcast focused on the Colorado Amendment 62 that is on the ballot this fall. This second attempt by the Personhood USA proponents to get a damaging amendment to choice before the Colorado voters is in our crosshairs for this shortened cast. We pick apart the specifics of the amendment to help voters see the truth behind this fight.
I cannot tell you how long I’ve been meaning to do a post on this very subject - especially with the numerous posts I see on tumblr that address almost every other type of privilege (heterosexual, white, male, able-bodied, cis-gendered, wealthy, etc) but American and Western privilege. In some earlier posts of mine, I tried to combat this topic through the explanation of the horribly unfair and severly biased global visa application system that many people from non-Western countries are subject to. I’ve highlighted the ones that I can most relate to, not the ones I believe are most important - they all are. The only thing where this particular post fails is that it lacks to mention several other critical privileges. Here are a few of my own:
Being completely oblivious to the visa and travel restrictions that certain people, mainly from non-Western nations, face as you are exempt to them.
Having the privilege of being treated better than the locals in a foreign country simply based on your nationality
Not having to learn about other countries and their histories
Not necessarily having to adapt to life in foreign countries and immerse yourself in the local culture as US goods, ideologies and commodities are often exported, implemented or enforced in other countries
Knowing that if anything serious were to happen to you anywhere outside of US territories, your story would be more likely to make headlines and you’d also have full backing of your gov’t
Rarely having to question whether or not your nationality will count against you in an international setting because of the negative light in which your country is viewed by most people around the world
Being able to essentially ignore any issues that are occurring in another country because of your position on the power spectrum, unlike people from other countries who are constantly being bombarded with news about the US
Having everybody know general facts about your country such as who is the head of state, what your nation’s capital is, the national currency and other facts about contemporary culture in the US
If you need me to elaborate on any of these points/privileges, feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to.
This is a guest post by commenter Mira from Serbia. She does not hate the USA, especially not its people, but she does think it is unfair for any one culture to have most of the power and use it on others.
American privilege is not what many Americans often think it is. It is not about living in a great place full of opportunities and freedom instead of a horrible swamp. What is important to understand is that America, the USA, did not earn the good things it has through honest, hard work: specific historical conditions made the USA rich and powerful. It uses that power to work for its interests.
So having American privilege means being on the stronger side of the power struggle.
Here are some common ways of displaying American privilege (note that some of these apply to Western privilege in general):
Seeing your nation as “default” – it is normal, everybody else is “different”.
Assuming your cultural norms are universal.
Not knowing what is like to have war in your homeland.
Expecting people in other countries to speak your language when you travel abroad.
Assuming everybody knows, or should know, your culture (even things like the “American Idol” contestants).
Assuming nobody else has any of the technological advantages you have – like not knowing how to use a computer or even an oven.
Believing everything you see on the news, even though it is told from the American point of view and is not a universal truth.
Assuming everybody wants to live in America, since it is the best place to live (even without universal health care).
Seeing people from other countries as inferior to you, even if they are highly educated and successful.
Having plenty of movies and TV shows in your language, full of people from your country, showing your culture and way of life.
Becoming famous or successful much more easily even if you suck at what you do.
Assuming everyone on the Internet is American.
Believing everybody else wants to adopt the American way of life. If they do not, there is something wrong with them. If they do not, America is going make them.
You can take the liberty of shortening or changing people’s names if they are hard for you to pronounce.
Believing America is fair and free. Everybody else lives in a mess.
Assuming everybody wants the USA to help them.
Seeing the USA as the best nation there is and being confused when others feel the same about their own countries.
Being confused about people who do not like the USA or those who think it is not perfect. They must be jealous!
It is important to understand you have American privilege even if your life in America is not great; even if you belong to a discriminated group. Just as all whites have white privilege, even those who are poor, gay or non-Christian and therefore experience discrimination, so all Americans have American privilege.
As an American living abroad, I feel this. THIS.
Cannot be said often enough. Last time I dared to point out that something was not about the US, an American told me in seeming honesty that if I thought it was so bad to talk about the US (I didn’t, I just pointed out that the US is not the entire world), the US would invade my country, so I should just STFU.
Yeah. I was kinda :O about that one, too. Didn’t know random Americans could send in the troops at will.
^^That right there, is why is one of the reasons I hate my country. Just as I hate when others here in the US act like the US is the leader of the world. It really is an arrogant fucking way to pedestal your country over others. And near any time I share these sentiments with another citizen that is not my loving partner, I get told that if I don’t like the country I should fucking leave. (if only we fucking could!!) What they don’t seem to get is that if there weren’t so many asshats that believed and acted like them, I’d be able to have a little more national pride. You see, I don’t hate the country. Just the things it has done to so many, and the ways that we constantly deny them. Just the way that so many see any sort of valid critique of our country or our people, as an unwarranted attack on our way of life. (if your way of life is that oppressive and destructive to others, then you are bound to get some folks calling you out. just the way it works!)
Anyway, I guess it’s too early for me to control my rambling, so I am just going to stop now…
“In this follow-up to the last episode, Sinead and the Angry Hippie complete the two episode discussion on microbe matters. “Why?” you might ask? Because Microbes Still Matter! Sinead takes the dialog even further delving into the carbon cycles that naturally occur, and the unnatural ways that we are impacting this balance that life on the planet depends on. With tangents aplenty, this fun, somewhat unfocused episode had us laughing all the way through it. We hope it has the same effect on you!”—Ask Science Dude » Blog Archive » Podcast Episode 17 : Microbes Still Matter
Emphatically on 2. Its a huge pet peeve of mine when people cling to labels they’re not and I’ve argued with so many people before on this. “I only eat a little meat! I’m mostly vegan!” “Fish isn’t an animal so I’m a vegetarian.” “I don’t eat meat, stock or broth isn’t …
And there are also difficult choices you must make, for example, if you need medication that you know has been tested on animals and there is just no alternative, what do you do? For example, I am asthmatic and I really should get a flu shot. I avoided it the past two years but this year I’ve been very sick already with bronchitis and a bout of flu would knock me down, but vaccines are created with eggs. Also, in the skeptical community, there is a push for adults to have whooping cough boosters for herd immunity as there has been a rash of infants catching it and dying due to the fact that Jenny McCarthy and her ilk are pushing people into not getting vaccinations for their kids. You do what you can, in other words.
I have to take a thousand medications for various illnesses so for medications, I’m pretty flexible on that. If you need something to keep you healthy and functioning, you do what you have to do. You can’t very well help animals if you’re not in top shape yourself. Many medications are made with animal products but nearly all of them have been tested on animals so that’s just too insurmountable.
Jenny McCarthys a moron.
Totally! I personally do not have to take meds, but my wonderful partner does. It is a compromise that we have to make until the industries steer differently. Generally, an unhealthy, or worse, dead activist, helps no cause.
It’s a trigger. Pulled by stress, It reconfigures and we regress, Into an instinct Of baser sorts. We don’t think, We just resort To violence In explosive bursts, Making no sense Only things worse.
Welcome to ‘America’, Pick your weapon and proceed. The fore-fathers commanded This right a sacred need. And two hundred plus years later This protected and valued rule, Allows for the continued massacres Within our nations schools. But you can’t disarm the nation, That would undermine us all. Then communists would come in And bring about our fall! Our guns are necessary, We must all protect ourselves, From all the growing threats To our safety and our wealth! Then lets address the problem That causes all these kids to crack, Loose track of all that matters And go on a rampage to react! We’ve got a problem people, And it will no longer be silenced. It’s coming to the surface, In aggressive acts of violence!
Welcome to ‘America’, Pick your weapon and proceed. The fore-fathers commanded That this right be guaranteed. Two hundred plus years later, though What have we become? Could they have foreseen That we’d use this to come undone? That we’d turn on each other, In such cold and bitter ways? That this right meant to protect, Would ultimately betray, The very people it was designed To keep safely at peace, When the world around them burned And that sense of calm had ceased? So then let us focus on the roots, Of this violent infection. So that we can get results, And not just more shocked questions. We’ve got a problem people, And we’re all needed for the solution, For that disconnected feeling, Has become a US institution!
It’s a trigger That gets pressed, As we’re dejected, And depressed, By the cold That contorts Reason’s hold And we resort To violence And it’s tragic curse. Making no sense Only things worse!
Welcome to ‘America’, Pick your weapon and proceed, But I’ve chosen my weapon, Based on it’s power and it’s need! I’ve chosen to wield the pen, Because I know you can’t afford, To learn this lesson time and again, That it’s mightier than your sword! Words can offer understanding, Words can soothe the pain we feel! Let us know we’re not alone, And give us guidance so we can deal! Words can give us strength, Reverse damage that’s been done. Words can bring us more peace Then ever has come from a gun! Maybe that’s part of our problem, Our thinking has been a bit fucked up. We don’t even broach the issue Or ever bring the subject up. Until there has been a shooting Then we dance around the topic, But we quickly place the blame, Never discussing how we stop it!
It’s a trigger, And we pull it, And all’s refigured By the bullet, Adding fuel To an abused fire With this cruel Confused desire To use violence With heavy-handing To find some sense Of understanding!
Welcome to ‘America’, Pick your weapon and proceed, To finally make the masses Understand your pain or bleed! That’s one of the many messages We are overtly sending, With so much of our budget set On excessive defensive spending, And preemptive military strikes Set on foreign soil. Just to gain access or control Over assets, such as oil! It’s our culture of aggression, The new United States standard One which our government Has created and pandered! We should be in a discussion That’s how resolution’ll be reached The only way to fight this cold’s, Verbal revolution on the streets. This dilemma needs a dialogue An ongoing search for truth, Or we can just expect more of the same For our nation’s youth!
It’s a trigger And we pull it, And all’s refigured By the bullet!
“They say, “to err is human to forgive divine”…but is there some kind of middle ground? For those of us who don’t care about being all divine. Could we maybe land on Less than Splendid? That’s where we get to hold a grudge for a few months, maybe an ‘accidental’ shin kick or two before moving on?”—Not Quite Deep Thoughts from the Angry Hippie
I have seen people in the vegan community talking a lot about Bill Clinton and whether or not he is vegan, when he has admitted to eating a bit of fish still. (Just so you know where I stand, he is not a vegan) Some vegans think that those of us who oppose him using this label are being overly sensitive, but I ask you to consider this…
1) Veganism is not a diet. It is a way of living to avoid as much cruelty in your life as possible. Eating a vegan diet, is only half the recipe. Vegans commit to not wearing products derived from animal cruelty as well. So his diet has changed, his way of living has not. So that means he is not a vegan. It would be the same as someone calling themselves a feminist meanwhile actively partaking in the oppression of women by telling sexist jokes. It just doesn’t add up right.
2) As someone who worked for a decade in the food service industry I can attest to the fact that people making these ‘allowances’ really does confuse the issue within the industry as to what actually qualifies as ‘vegetarian’ or ‘vegan’ when labeling dishes. I have seen items containing fish and chicken (usually broth) labeled as vegetarian, and dishes with dairy or honey labeled as ‘vegan’. And this confusion is only fed by those claiming to be vegetarian or vegan while eating items that are not. So this makes things unnecessarily difficult, because someone wishes to call themselves something they are not. Which is something I also do not understand, but I won’t get into that now…
Now I understand this is only my opinion, but I thought since so many others were speaking up on this topic, I would add my two cents. Thanks for listening…or rather reading…
“Of the nearly 800 men who have been held at Guantanamo since it opened in 2002 - most for several years - only four have been convicted of crimes. Only about three dozen others are likely to be prosecuted. About a dozen of the 38 prisoners including Latif who have been ordered released by federal judges remain behind bars.”—Court Case Illustrates Gitmo’s Failure | Human Rights Watch (via whatwillsuffice)
S 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act, may be the most dangerous bill in the history of the US. It is to our food what the bailout was to our economy, only we can live without money.
“If accepted [S 510] would preclude the public’s right to grow, own, trade, transport, share, feed and eat each and every food that nature makes. It will become the most offensive authority against the cultivation, trade and consumption of food and agricultural products of one’s choice. It will be unconstitutional and contrary to natural law or, if you like, the will of God.” ~Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistleblower
It is similar to what India faced with imposition of the salt tax during British rule, only S 510 extends control over all food in the US, violating the fundamental human right to food.
Monsanto says it has no interest in the bill and would not benefit from it, but Monsanto’s Michael Taylor who gave us rBGH and unregulated genetically modified (GM) organisms, appears to have designed it and is waiting as an appointed Food Czar to the FDA (a position unapproved by Congress) to administer the agency it would create — without judicial review — if it passes. S 510 would give Monsanto unlimited power over all US seed, food supplements, food and farming.
The father of a 16-year-old girl who was gang-raped by as many as seven males at a Pitt Meadows party wants other teens to stop making his family’s suffering worse.
Police and parents have been powerless to stop the spread of graphic photos of the sexual assaults, which have gone viral on Facebook and on cell phones, while other teens continue to make vicious, untrue statements about the victim online, said the father.
“The rape continues with all the photos and comments on Facebook,” said the father, who CTV News has declined to name because that would identify the victim of a sexual assault. “It makes me sick.”
“I want to appeal to parents to look at their kids computers and cell phones. Delete these pictures if they have them, not for the fear of being arrested, but because it’s the moral and ethical thing to do,” he said.
He said his daughter went to the party at a residential acreage at 12993 Friday night with several hundred other people, both teens and adults. The father said her friends and had a safe meeting spot just in case anyone got lost.
Somehow his daughter was separated from the group, and when her friends met up at the meeting spot she wasn’t there.
Police say the girl had been drugged, taken to a nearby field, and repeatedly raped by as many as seven boys and men. Several people watched as the drugged girl was assaulted and took pictures.
Police were shocked by several posted comments that suggested the gang rape was consensual.
“I have never ever seen anything like it,” Cpl. Jennifer Hyland told a Thursday morning press conference. “It’s disgusting. I’m not saying it’s not happened before, but morally, in this community, the comments that are being said about his victim and the insinuations that are being made…when we have the physical and medical evidence about the injuries this girls suffered…it’s disgusting to read what these youth are posting and even more disgusting that the photos are being shared and put onto more sites. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
When I was in high school, many years ago, I wrote a poem called The Soul Room, only to lose it a couple of years later. In 2008 I sat down and re-imagined the poem based on the lines that I could remember. This is the end result.
This is the soul room, A place for the damned. Those here are lost, Beyond what was planned!
Prophets set forward The days yet to unfold, In the scrolls of the souls, Such tales were told. Pawns moved by guilt, And overshadowed with blame, Would unknowingly play, Into the prophet’s cold game. Following the paths, As the prophet’s pens told it, All standing back laughing As they would behold it. Till one day their laughter All at once, simply stopped. For several of the pawns began To turn away from the flock. With eyes and minds open, They’d stumbled onto the pages And altered all that’s to come For the rest of the ages!
This is the soul room, A place for the damned. Those here are lost, Both beaten and banned!
Pawns reset standards And lines were redrawn. As they turned from the scrolls To build a new dawn. The prophets grew angry At the pawn’s petulant defiance. Who refused to look again To their words for guidance. So in their burning anger For suffering such fools, The prophets came together And altered the rules. Pouring new volumes of text Each inked with malice, Onto the soul scrolls, To turn loyal pawns callous. They in turn, turned on those Who refused to conform, Trying to force them to follow The paths of the norm!
This is the soul room, A place for the damned. Those here sought refuge, From the hatred of man. Condemned by the callous, Fought by the frightened, And this was all they had left, As terror’s grip tightened!
Prophets set the tables, Knowing just how to turn them, And having built the bridges They knew when to burn them. So when the defiant pawns Met in their desperate helter-skelter, They would be forever trapped In the place they sought shelter. The prophets would leave nothing In this bitter plan to chance, Turning the pawns into victims Of this pompous circumstance. Punishing the willful For roles played, and rules defied, For it challenged the prophets’ Sense of control and their pride. The masses moved according To the will of the pages, And the defiant were damned To this chamber for ages!
This is the soul room, A place for the damned. Those here are lost, Just as I am. But the prophets all fear The day they can’t help but see, The day we all find our way, And fight to be free!
The report, presided over by the former deputy director of Britain’s foreign intelligence agency, MI-6, says the threat from al-Qaeda and Taliban has been “exaggerated” by the western powers. The US-led mission in Afghanistan has “ballooned” out of all proportion from its original aim of disrupting and defeating al-Qaeda. The US-led war in Afghanistan, says IISS, using uncharacteristically blunt language, is “a long-drawn-out disaster”.
Just recently, CIA chief Leon Panetta admitted there were no more than 50 members of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. Yet US President Barack Obama has tripled the number of US soldiers there to 120,000 to fight Al Qaeda.
The IISS report goes on to acknowledge the presence of western troops in Afghanistan is actually fuelling national resistance. I saw the same phenomena during the 1980’s Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
“The DEA has led an aggressive national law enforcement effort that results in a marijuana arrest every 38 seconds, propelling the U.S. to become the biggest incarcerator on the planet, housing one out of four of the world’s prisoners. Despite mass arrests, incarceration and the tearing apart of millions of families, the war rages on with no end in sight. … Is there any reason to think that millions more arrests - with costs running into the billions - will win the marijuana war? … Voters should ask themselves: Has the marijuana war, with more than 800,000 arrests each year, worked?”—Kevin Zeese, Time for California to End the Unwinnable Marijuana War (via fortuneandglory)
“How many more groups of people does the Republican Party have to hate before its members finally call for a new platform? Those signs they carry at their rallies are getting pretty full. The print will have to be pretty small at the next Beck rally to fit God Hates Gays, Jews, Blacks, Muslims, Clinton (him and her), the Liberal Media, Obama, Pelosi, French Fries, Activists Judges, Environmentalists, Feminists, Mexicans, and small puppies. Maybe they can just print up a sign that simply says God Hates Everyone Who Isn’t Like Me… If you vote Republican today, what exactly are you voting for? It’s certainly not smaller government. If you vote Republican today you are telling “Pastor” Terry Jones that fifty religious fanatics are more important than any chance for world peace. You are telling Sarah Palin that when it comes to the presidency - pretty is more important than smart. You are telling Glenn Beck that honesty isn’t really necessary if you have your own cable news show on Fox. Hell, if you vote Republican today you might as well just shove a few more dollars in Rush Limbaugh’s pockets and a few more pills in his mouth.”—God Loves A Good Book Burning « Margaret and Helen (via tart-tart)
San Diego radio station KFMB — which, like most talk radio stations in America, features only conservative hosts – had a survey on its home page (now removed), polling listeners with the question, “During a time of war should we register as many Muslims as we can find in a national database?”
The options to answer were (a) No – it’s an invasion of privacy and (b) Yes – gun owners have to, why not Muslims?
DID WE NOT LEARN ANYTHING FROM WWII?! first it starts with registering minority groups you don’t like, then you start moving them in to camps. That shit happened in Europe w/ reregistering jews and eventually putting them in camps; and it happened in the states with the japanese americans.
this is the reason why we write down history… so we learn from it.
although I guess if you don’t care to pick up a book (or internet page or w/e) to read it, it’s all mutt.
Um, if any gun owners answered ‘Yes’ to the poll, could the government please take their guns away? I would just feel safer if they weren’t armed.
Kidding, 2nd amendmentalists, I’m not trying to take your guns away…I’m just praying the people in charge to do it because you effectively are a threat to the rest of us ;) That’s different, right?