September 14, 2014
My bananas are always talking.

My bananas are always talking.

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September 14, 2014
"Al Qaeda still wants to kill us but we’ve been pretty successful at keeping them from doing that. For some reason we needed a new boogeyman. I wonder why?
 
We’ve spent trillions on Homeland Security, outfitted every Barney Fife in the nation with robo-cop gear and allowed the government to spy on Americans at will. I don’t know about you but I kind of expect that all of that should actually be worth something. If we’re going to run around tearing our hair out every time somebody puts out a scary video maybe it’s time to re-evaluate that strategy.
 
This is not to say that there isn’t a threat for the people in the Middle East and there is a legitimate argument to be made that it requires intervention from outside the region lest the whole place blows up even further. (I’m not sure we won’t make things worse —- we usually do — but I understand the arguments for it.) What is galling is the fact that they continue to treat us like children and tell us spooky bedtime stories so they can scare us into supporting their commercial/geopolitical goals. Maybe those goals are worth pursuing but we’ll never know because we’re chasing evil Ninjas who are allegedly coming over the border to unleash mushroom clouds on American cities.
 
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Al Qaeda has a strategy to create dramatic terrorist attacks on the West. We’ve known this for a long, long time. That has not changed. ISIS is a different problem. The fact that the war hawks pimped this line about ISIS being worse than Al Qaeda should make everyone skeptical of what they are hearing about this whole thing —- and skeptical of the motivations behind it. How many times do we have to be lied to?"

So they aren’t more dangerous to us than al Qaeda after all? Why would they have said that?

When I suggested that the GOP was trying to make us really super afraid of ISIS because there’s an election coming up, and they do this before every election going back a decade, the stupidsphere lost its collective shit at me, and said that I believed — I am not making this up — that ISIS is “a Republican plot to win elections.” Of course, that’s not what I said, but boy when those idiots get stuck on a narrative, they *really* go all-in with it.

ISIS is bad news, and especially bad news to its region, but we don’t need to be wetting our pants about them here in America, because, in spite of what the GOP and the bedwetters in the stupidsphere want us to believe, the entire stupid homeland security apparatus has been pretty good at keeping the bad guys out of America (unless you count the handful of morons who were entrapped by FBI, posing as terrorists, who never would have gotten a single idea off the ground otherwise.)

The stupidsphere desperately wants to start dropping bombs all over the place, because they don’t know how to do anything else, and they really need to feel macho, facts be damned.

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September 14, 2014

"With few exceptions, the public school teachers I’ve known over the years are among the most committed people I know, working long hours for relatively little pay on one of the most important tasks of our society – educating our children. Yes, the tenure system has to be reformed, and a few teachers aren’t doing a good enough job. But these aren’t the real problem. Our public school teachers have become scapegoats for a system that’s underfunded, underequipped, underappreciated, and overwhelmed."- Robert Reich, economist

He’s one of my heroes. He never backs down.

"With few exceptions, the public school teachers I’ve known over the years are among the most committed people I know, working long hours for relatively little pay on one of the most important tasks of our society – educating our children. Yes, the tenure system has to be reformed, and a few teachers aren’t doing a good enough job. But these aren’t the real problem. Our public school teachers have become scapegoats for a system that’s underfunded, underequipped, underappreciated, and overwhelmed."

Robert Reich, economist

He’s one of my heroes. He never backs down.

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September 13, 2014

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September 12, 2014
jazzrelatedstuff:

Sade Adu.

Would still go see her sing anytime.

jazzrelatedstuff:

Sade Adu.

Would still go see her sing anytime.

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September 12, 2014

micdotcom:

1,200 aboriginal Canadian women have gone missing over the past 30 years. Hashtag asks #AmINext?

On Aug. 17, Winnipeg police pulled the body of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine out of the Red River near Alexander Docks.

The scope of the tragedy prompted Holly Jarret of Hamilton, Ont. — cousin to Loretta Saunders, an indigenous woman who was murdered in February at age 26 — to launch the #AmINext hashtag earlier this month.

So, what’s being done about it? | Follow micdotcom

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September 12, 2014

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September 12, 2014

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September 12, 2014
9th Graders

Mine all think they’re still in Middle school. They’re not. Detentions and calls home abound.  I’m not that guy. The moronic tighty-whitey from the suburbs that felt bad for you because you were a POC and let you run all over him. As a person of color, I reserve the right to call shenanigans on your manipulation of the system.

And quit blowing on my bald spot when I’m helping you focus a microscope.

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September 10, 2014
The Internet Slowdown is coming, and it's going to be huge.

fight4future:

Hey there,

Exciting news! The Internet Slowdown net neutrality protest planned for September 10th is really taking off. This morning, a dozen of the world’s largest websites announced that they’re joining in a big way. Sites you know and love like Etsy, Kickstarter, Wordpress, Vimeo,…

September 8, 2014
mobio:

So, the girls got these for Sarah for her birthday.

Sorry, this got lost. They are stainless steel ‘ice cubes’.  Diluted wine is evil wine…

mobio:

So, the girls got these for Sarah for her birthday.

Sorry, this got lost. They are stainless steel ‘ice cubes’.  Diluted wine is evil wine…

September 8, 2014
thinksquad:

If you see a spinning loading icon when you try to watch Netflix videos Wednesday, there isn’t a problem with your Internet connection. It’s part of a protest calling for stronger net-neutrality regulations.
Videos won’t actually load any slower. The symbolic icon is intended to be a warning of what the Internet would look like without net neutrality.
Dozens of other sites—including Reddit, Digg, Mozilla, Upworthy, Imgur, Etsy, and Foursquare—had already announced plans to display the loading icon as part of the “Internet Slowdown” protest. But the addition of Netflix, the 25th most popular site in the United States according to analytics site Alexa, provides a major boost to the effort.
Netflix spokeswoman Anne Marie Squeo confirmed that the site will display the spinning icon on its member and nonmember home pages on Wednesday. The icon won’t go on any specific videos, she said.
http://www.nationaljournal.com/tech/netflix-to-join-internet-slowdown-protest-over-net-neutrality-20140908

thinksquad:

If you see a spinning loading icon when you try to watch Netflix videos Wednesday, there isn’t a problem with your Internet connection. It’s part of a protest calling for stronger net-neutrality regulations.

Videos won’t actually load any slower. The symbolic icon is intended to be a warning of what the Internet would look like without net neutrality.

Dozens of other sites—including Reddit, Digg, Mozilla, Upworthy, Imgur, Etsy, and Foursquare—had already announced plans to display the loading icon as part of the “Internet Slowdown” protest. But the addition of Netflix, the 25th most popular site in the United States according to analytics site Alexa, provides a major boost to the effort.

Netflix spokeswoman Anne Marie Squeo confirmed that the site will display the spinning icon on its member and nonmember home pages on Wednesday. The icon won’t go on any specific videos, she said.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/tech/netflix-to-join-internet-slowdown-protest-over-net-neutrality-20140908

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September 8, 2014
I’m calling shenanigans.  This isn’t radical or even a clever play on words. What would be truly radical is if a woman was flying the plane or it was a woman doing the jump.  This is the hipster version of a double-entendre and deserves your scorn.

I’m calling shenanigans.  This isn’t radical or even a clever play on words. What would be truly radical is if a woman was flying the plane or it was a woman doing the jump.  This is the hipster version of a double-entendre and deserves your scorn.

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September 8, 2014
They can have my Oxford comma when they rip it from my dark, dank, putrescent, slimy grave!

They can have my Oxford comma when they rip it from my dark, dank, putrescent, slimy grave!

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September 8, 2014
nevver:

Things I WOULD Wish Upon My Enemies Part III

nevver:

Things I WOULD Wish Upon My Enemies Part III

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