1. Something happened on Fox News that I actually support 100%. No joke.


  2. "If we appeal to self-identified liberals in the establishment who have no capacity or desire to carry out the radical reforms, we will pour energy into a black hole. And this is what the corporate state seeks. It seeks to perpetuate the facade of democracy. It seeks to make us believe what is no longer real, that if we work within the system we can reform it. And it has put in place a terrifying superstructure to silence all who step outside the narrow parameters it defines as acceptable. The Democratic Party speaks to us “rationally.” The party says it seeks to protect civil liberties, regulate Wall Street, is concerned about the plight of the working class and wants to institute reforms to address climate change. But in all these areas, and many more, it has, like its Republican counterpart, repeatedly sold out the citizenry for corporate power and corporate profits—in much the same manner that Big Green environmental groups such as the Climate Group and the Environmental Defense Fund have sold out the environmental movement."
    — Chris Hedges 

    (via azspot)


  3. Whatever our individual belief systems, here is a cause that can unite us. Whatever our party affiliations, this can cause us to ‘reach across the aisle.’ Whether or not we are religious, or believe in this life only or the next, this is a cause we can agree on, here and now. Conservative or liberal, right or left, theist or atheist, libertarian or green, male, female, gay, straight, we must surely admit our common interest. American or Saudi, Indian or Russian, Nigerian or Liberian, how can we dissent? If there is anything about the Ebola Virus that is beneficial, it must surely be this.

    I saw the beginnings of this realization a few weeks ago, in an article in Slate magazine by writer Brian Palmer. Mr. Palmer there bemoaned the fact that so many of those treating Ebola victims in Africa were, to his admitted discomfort, Christian missionaries. He reported that he was glad they did it, but he was troubled by their motivations and wondered about their skill. He finally concluded that the world needed them and we might as well let them get on with it. In the comments, he was roundly condemned by believer and atheist alike. Perhaps he had never heard the maxim, ‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend.’ But ‘bless his heart,’ he at least conceded the point.

    Frankly, I don’t care what you believe when it comes to finding constructive solutions to this current epidemic. When we are faced with dangerous events in the world, we have to unite. Whoever ends up treating Ebola victims, I’m confident that they will happily use a drug developed by an atheist, or a vaccine discovered by a Hindu. We’ll all gladly work with side-by-side with Taoists or Bahai, with Sikhs or Yazidi. If things are bad enough, Communist and Libertarian might actually save lives, or do critical research, together. For all we know, Democrats and Republicans might even work hand in hand. (Hey, miracles happen you know!) And it is my hope that we’ll all be hoping, or praying, with the same fervor for the mess to be over.

    I hope that somewhere, Buddhist monks are praying for the suffering even as Catholic nuns do the same. I hope that in budget meetings worldwide, wise leaders of all races and nations are trying to figure out how much money they can commit to the fight, with the same fervor they would approach arms purchases. And I hope that Muslim scientists and physicians, and maybe even terrorists, are thinking that this might be a really, really good cause for Jihad. Jihad against Ebola! That’s a Jihad we can all agree on, can’t we? (What a PR opportunity for oil-rich nations Islamic nations, too!)

    Perhaps this has the potential to rally our common humanity. Maybe, if only for a while, an epidemic could make everyone think less of war, less of conquest and political maneuvering, and more about issues as fundamental as the health of their citizens, the futures of their children.

    Sadly, humans are humans. We are violent and we are greedy, and we care all too little about people who are different, people who believe or look differently from us. But now and then, in the midst of difficulty, we can rise above our darker natures. We can rescue those ravaged by storms. We can feed those crushed by famine. We can liberate those oppressed by the tyranny of wicked men; or deadly illnesses.

    It sure would be nice if we could see, in the misery and suffering of Ebola Virus Disease, a ray of light, shining out of our common cooperation and our shared humanity.

    If that happens, then maybe something magnificent will have been born out of so much misery.

    How ironic it would be if, in the face of so many problems the world faces, it finally took a bizarre virus from the edges of civilization to make us act as one.




  6. fuzzykitty01:







    What. Is. Her. Name.

    Thanks to a follower for finding this: Her name is Venus Green.

    From this article:

    In July 2009, Green’s grandson, Tallie, was shot and wounded. Tallie said he was shot at a convenience store, but police insisted it happened inside Green’s house and that the shooter was either Tallie or Green.

    "Police kept questioning him. They wouldn’t let the ambulance attendant treat him," Green said. "So, I got up and said, ‘Sir, would you please let the attendants treat him? He’s in pain,’" Green said.

    Green said the officer said to her, “Oh, you did it, come on, let’s go inside. I’ll prove where that blood is. You did it.”

    Police wanted to go the basement, where Tallie lived, but Green refused on the basis that the police did not have a warrant.

    "I said, ‘No, you don’t have a warrant. You don’t go down in my house like that. He wasn’t shot in here.’" Green said the officer replied, "I’m going to find that gun. I’m going to prove that you did it."

    A struggle ensued between a male officer and Green.

    "He dragged me, threw me across the chair, put handcuffs on me and just started calling me the ‘b’ name. He ridiculed me," Green said.

    An officer went into the basement and Green locked him inside.

    "She locked the door, the basement door. She basically took matters into her own hands," Nilson said.

    "This was my private home, and if I latched it, that was my prerogative because he had no search warrant to go in my basement. So, I had to right to latch it," Green said.

    Green said she suffered a separated shoulder in the scuffle, and she sued the Police Department for assault and violations of her rights.

    "I was once a block watcher, department head of a high school. (I’ve) been around education for over 50 years. (I’m a) law-abiding citizen, I’ve never been arrested, I paid my taxes, owned my home, my husband died 34 years ago. (I) raised my son and I have been brutally abused," Green said. "I feel like the Police Department needs to go back to school."

    *all the applause*

    (via suitep)


  7. But, Ebola requires Bio Safety Level 4 protocols be followed. In 2007, there were only 15 facilities in the USA that were geared to regularly handle bacteria and viruses that are of that level of danger. Nine of those facilities were government facilities. This means that almost none of the physicians, nurses, and clinical laboratory scientists in the USA are trained in Bio Safety Level 4 protocols. Our hospitals are not truly set up to handle Bio Safety Level 4 patients. Most of all, those who come into contact with the patient are not trained in how to properly follow that protocol. With Bio-Safety Level 3, you “gown up” and that is usually sufficient. But, Bio Safety Level 4 protocols require not simply that you “gown up,” but that you put on the protective clothing in a certain order so that when you remove them in a reverse order, there is almost no chance of your being accidentally contaminated.

    It is that protocol that was probably breached. Given that only 15 facilities in the USA (back in 2007) knew how to properly follow those protocols, it should not be surprising that a local nurse was not experienced in the protocol. Of course, some will say that CDC personnel should have been on hand and taken over the care of the patient. There is just one problem. Current law does not simply allow Federal personnel to walk into a private facility to take over, particularly in Texas. More than that, CDC personnel are researchers who do not currently practice in a hospital. Even if they had gone there, they would not have been able to function as nurses in a hospital whose procedures and protocols they did not know.

    Sadly, the news media will probably be more concerned with finding blame than with realizing the complexity of the problem that is being faced. The common USA attitude, that if anything goes wrong someone must be to blame, is the least helpful attitude that we could have at this time. We cannot afford to have top hospital administrators or top researchers or top government administrators being forced to resign in order to satisfy the American mistaken penchant of declaring that heads must roll even when the situation is so outside of what one can normally expect that it is unfair to blame someone in charge.

    (Source: azspot)


  8. pahnem:


    oh my god

    everyone needs to see this video at least once in their life

    (Source: videohall, via regaliciousss)


  9. "To get a gun in Japan, first, you have to attend an all-day class and pass a written test, which are held only once per month. You also must take and pass a shooting range class. Then, head over to a hospital for a mental test and drug test (Japan is unusual in that potential gun owners must affirmatively prove their mental fitness), which you’ll file with the police. Finally, pass a rigorous background check for any criminal record or association with criminal or extremist groups, and you will be the proud new owner of your shotgun or air rifle. Just don’t forget to provide police with documentation on the specific location of the gun in your home, as well as the ammo, both of which must be locked and stored separately. And remember to have the police inspect the gun once per year and to re-take the class and exam every three years."

    A Land Without Guns: How Japan Has Virtually Eliminated Shooting Deaths (via buttension)

    see, that’s gun control
    you don’t take away a person’s right to bear arms
    you take away a person’s ability to abuse their arms
    i mean it’s high maintenance but i really think it’d be worth it if it saves lives  

    (via vintagedressesandavocados)

    (Source: lauraolin, via shelbyjumper)


  10. "…if you look at almost all of the Congress and the media, there is no sense whatsoever that any of this is happening because we invaded an innocent country. Yes, it was a country innocent of the charges of having WMDs. The Iraq of back then was guilty of other things, but not of harboring WMDs to be used against the USA, not of supporting Al Qaida, not of exporting terrorism to other parts of the Western World. There is no sense that we could have, in any way, been one of the causes that triggered this horrific counter-reaction by the jihadists. No, there is only talk of how we should have stayed longer in Iraq, how we should have been militarily tougher, how we should have taken over Syria (and maybe even Saudi Arabia), how we should be wiling to put boots on the ground. There is no self-analysis; there is no concern for changing our interventionist national attitude; there is no sense of reevaluation. If anything, as parts of Islam have become jihadist, so have many of our countrymen (and Orthodox clergy) become jingoists. Violence seems to be the only answer increasingly given by both sides. Jihadist or Jingoist, what a choice this world has!"

  11. Just passing through.


  12. rainbowreverie21:


    America is some fucked up dystopian shit honestly like how are y’all even surviving? Paying for healthcare? $60,000 on tuition? POC getting shot in Wal-Marts? White men shooting up elementary schools? That’s terrifying I’m worried about all of you

    America doesn’t seem that terribly horrible when you live here day to day and you’ve known nothing else but when somebody says something like this it fucks you up really good.

    (via regaliciousss)


  13. shelbyjumper:


    "Cùte D’Ivoire". These useless goats at CNN.


    Just because it’s Côte D’Ivoire doesn’t mean it isn’t cute :) 


  14. "Wake Up" - Jenny Owen Youngs

    Good morning.


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