September 19, 2014
– Libertarian ‘Utopia’ Styled After Ayn Rand Book Spectacularly Falls Apart Almost Immediately

philsandifer:

froborr:

Excuse me a moment.

*ahem*

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA *gasp, deep breaths* HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Oh, that’s beautiful.

I don’t want the Libertarian Utopia to fall apart because it’s a scam, though. That’s not satisfying. It doesn’t provide any sort of disproof of the concepts, it just means that the people trying to implement them were cheats. It’s no more a refutation of right-libertarianism than North Korea is of Marxism.

No, I want the Libertarian Utopia to die out in an epidemic caused by tainted meat that would have been prevented with proper agricultural regulations.

(Source: teal-deer)

September 19, 2014
fordlibrarymuseum:

Ahoy, mateys! ‘Tis Talk Like a Pirate Day. Here be President Gerald “Arrr” Ford talkin’ wit’ Al Oliver, a Pirate from t’ three rivers o’ Pittsburgh, before t’ Major League All-Starrr Game on July 13, 1976.

fordlibrarymuseum:

Ahoy, mateys! ‘Tis Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Here be President Gerald “Arrr” Ford talkin’ wit’ Al Oliver, a Pirate from t’ three rivers o’ Pittsburgh, before t’ Major League All-Starrr Game on July 13, 1976.

(via ourpresidents)

September 19, 2014

gailsimone:

iliaora:

exgynocraticgrrl:

Breaking The Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call To Action

Sports Editor at The Nation, Dave Zirin

Wow.

DAMN.

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

September 19, 2014
keithboykin:

When Utah residents saw 22-year-old Darrien Hunt carrying a toy sword, they called police who shot and killed him. But when 22-year-old Joseph Kelley carried an assault rifle to a JC Penney store in Utah, he walked out without a scratch on his body. They were both the same age. Both in the same state. But only one was considered “suspicious.” And you still believe America is color blind?

keithboykin:

When Utah residents saw 22-year-old Darrien Hunt carrying a toy sword, they called police who shot and killed him. But when 22-year-old Joseph Kelley carried an assault rifle to a JC Penney store in Utah, he walked out without a scratch on his body. They were both the same age. Both in the same state. But only one was considered “suspicious.” And you still believe America is color blind?

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

September 19, 2014
"Basically, reformers propose to raise test scores and radically improve graduation rates in urban school systems without doing anything to:
1. Reduce homelessness, residential instability and housing overcrowding as factors in student’s lives.
2. Deal with hunger, poor diet and obesity as factors impeding education performance.
3. Challenge racial profiling and police violence in student’s lives, not only in their neighborhoods, but in the schools.
4. Deal with unemployment, underemployment and wage compression as factors in the lives of students and their families.
5. Deal with the impact of the prison industrial complex on students and their families, particularly the psychic and economic stress of having close relatives in prison and having them be unemployable when they return.
6. Deal with the trauma of domestic violence and peer violence as it impacts students’ lives and their educational performance.
7. Deal with the way students are profiled by police, store owners, and ordinary citizens when they leave their neighborhoods and go into downtown business districts or middle-class neighborhoods.
Essentially, reformers are asking everyone involved with schools in underresourced communities, especially teachers and administrators, to block out all the conditions that Michelle Alexander has highlighted in her book The New Jim Crow. Not only will this approach fail miserably, it gives a free pass to economic and political elites whose policies helped create the very conditions that lock people into poverty."

Elite Attackers of Public Schools Don’t Admit the Impact of Economic Inequality, Racism on Education

September 19, 2014
"It’s not pessimistic, brother, because this is the blues. We are blues people. The blues aren’t pessimistic. We’re prisoners of hope but we tell the truth and the truth is dark. That’s different."

Cornel West: “He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency” - Salon.com

September 19, 2014
"I think Obama, his modus operandi going all the way back to when he was head of the [Harvard] Law Review, first editor of the Law Review and didn’t have a piece in the Law Review. He was chosen because he always occupied the middle ground. He doesn’t realize that a great leader, a statesperson, doesn’t just occupy middle ground. They occupy higher ground or the moral ground or even sometimes the holy ground. But the middle ground is not the place to go if you’re going to show courage and vision. And I think that’s his modus operandi. He always moves to the middle ground. It turned out that historically, this was not a moment for a middle-ground politician. We needed a high-ground statesperson and it’s clear now he’s not the one."

Cornel West: “He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency” - Salon.com

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September 19, 2014
Not a Tea Party, a Confederate Party | The Weekly Sift

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September 19, 2014

microaggressions:

When a financial institution asks me my “mother’s maiden name” as a security question. Because it’s assumed that I have at least one and no more than one mother in my life AND that she married AND that she gave up her own name AND that that part of her identity was erased enough from my public history so as to be a password to access my private information.

(via sonnetscrewdriver)

September 19, 2014

macadamiacunt:

america-wakiewakie:

Heartbreaking photos show the first day back to school in Gaza. Many students did not return.

(Photo Credit: Shehab News Agency)

I think our main concern should be that there are 8-year-old girls whose faces show just how traumatic and exhaustive this conflict is.

(via corporationsarepeople)

September 18, 2014
Libertarian 'Utopia' Styled After Ayn Rand Book Spectacularly Falls Apart Almost Immediately

agoutirex:

nickjbarlow:

Libertarians and Randroids learning the harsh consequences of their own dogma will always be funny. It does make me wonder if there is a stratum of con artists targeting them, having factored in that people who are distrustful of the state and unlikely to go to the police make brilliant marks.

Between this, the Republic of Minerva, and Freedom Ship, you would think that Libertarians would eventually catch on every purported Libertarian Utopia microstate is some sort of obvious scam, but I’ve noticed that most Libertarians are not very introspective. The guy selling lots could literally be wearing a pinstriped suit and a straw boater and be named “Slick Smitty from the Big City” and they wouldn’t catch on that it’s a colossal ruse.

I bet there was a huge fight regarding that bilingual sign as well.

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

September 18, 2014
cheshirelibrary:

They usually are . 😊

cheshirelibrary:

They usually are . 😊

(via eclecticlbrary)

September 18, 2014
newyorker:

Nessie weighs in on Scottish independence, in today’s daily cartoon.

See, I can be fun librarianpirate. :)

newyorker:

Nessie weighs in on Scottish independence, in today’s daily cartoon.

See, I can be fun librarianpirate. :)

(Source: newyorker.com)

September 18, 2014

gricken:

othemts:

RE: The referendum in Scotland. Everyone needs to take this oath.

"I solemnly swear that if Scotland votes in favor of independence, I will neither create nor share any Braveheart memes.

I didn’t even have this idea until after I saw this. Now the urge is real.

Oh no!  I planted the seed!

September 18, 2014

RE: The referendum in Scotland. Everyone needs to take this oath.

"I solemnly swear that if Scotland votes in favor of independence, I will neither create nor share any Braveheart memes.

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