STFU, Conservatives

Wow. He managed to get a DUI and injure seven people while driving a boat (which he had named, appallingly, “The Legislator”), and then another DUI driving a car. And then be blamed his fellow Republicans for betraying him on marriage equality by voting for it. He’s also feeling “a tremendous amount of pressure in (his) family.”

Finally! Republicans have an example of someone whose life was ruined by gay marriage!

Because it’s only socialism when a Democrat does it, I guess.

It’s incredible that in 2013 we’re really arguing about this, but from Henry Louis Gates to Travyon Martin — when the conservative media made George Zimmerman the Real Victim of the supposed anti-white lynch mob — we should expect nothing else. And it’s equally striking, yet also not particularly surprising, that Fox and Limbaugh and the rest really don’t seem to comprehend why the Trayvon Martin case became a thing.

It’s not that difficult to understand so we’ll spell it out: It was not only that a light-skinned Zimmerman killed an unarmed black teenager — but also that police didn’t do anything about it. The killing was horribly tragic, as is Lane’s senseless murder, but if Zimmerman had actually been arrested for the shooting, the sad reality is that far fewer Americans would know his name. But that’s not what happened. Instead, police let Zimmerman go under Florida’s “stand your ground” law. It smacked of institutional, state-sponsored racial favoritism of the worst kind. It was only after public outcry that state prosecutors took over the case and pressed charges. Some could argue that Zimmerman didn’t need to be convicted for justice to be done, but he did need to stand trial.

Likewise with Henry Louis Gates, the famed black professor who was arrested while he was trying to get into his own home in Cambridge, Mass., after he misplaced his keys. That’s not how police are supposed to operate, and that’s why Obama weighed in.

Lane’s murder is an entirely different matter. It’s disgusting, but the police did their job. They arrested three suspects, and vowed to try to throw the book at them. That’s how it’s supposed to go. Murder is sadly quotidian in a gun-soaked America, and this is, sadly, another, if particularly senseless, one.

This entire article - “No, Chris Lane Is Not Trayvon Martin” - is great and you should check it out.

“I just don’t see how non-white characters would fit into my book. All the characters in my head are white.”

I see this excuse as a crisis of imagination. Particularly if you’re writing SF, often set in a future when anything can change. When everything can be different than it is now. We’ve already seen our first black president. We’ve seen women in ever more powerful roles. Gays and lesbians are coming out in nearly every corner of society, and universal marriage equality is becoming more and more imaginable.

You can’t imagine a black genetic engineer as your main character? An Hispanic lesbian piloting a starship? Then your imagination needs some revamping. You need to start thinking outside the box. Open up your corner of the world to more possibilities.

Karen Sandler discusses Five Wrong-Headed Reasons for Not Writing Diverse Characters in Science Fiction at Rich in Color. (via richincolor)
Wonder why benefit spending is rising? Simple: corporations get away with crappy wages, so government has to make up the rest.

"How low can you get: the minimum wage scam"

Basically: All that evil spending on things like food stamps and welfare and Medicaid is increasing because we let corporations making record profits abuse the social safety net to their own economic benefit. And somehow, conservatives are still trying to blame poor people.

Bay area readers who are interested in becoming abortion doulas: check it out!

For private business prison labor is like a pot of gold. No strikes. No union organizing. No health benefits, unemployment insurance, or workers’ compensation to pay. No language barriers, as in foreign countries. New leviathan prisons are being built on thousands of eerie acres of factories inside the walls. Prisoners do data entry for Chevron, make telephone reservations for TWA, raise hogs, shovel manure, and make circuit boards, limosines, waterbeds, and lingerie for Victoria’s Secret, all at a fraction of the cost of ‘free labor’.
Linda Evans and Eve Goldberg, “The Prison Industrial Complex and the Global Economy” (via commiekinkshamer)


Janett Reyna, domestic violence services director for the Ponca tribe, was recently murdered by her partner (who she had filed a protective order against just 2 days prior to her death). She had three children and the memorial fund has been set up to ensure that they’re cared for; police are also…

Another school shooting. Thankfully, no injuries.


"Dear brothers and sisters, do remember one thing: Malala Day is not my day. Today is the day of every woman, every boy and every girl who have raised their voice for their rights.

Dear Friends, on the 9th of October 2012, the Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead. They shot my friends too. They thought that the bullets would silence us. But they failed. The terrorists thought that they would change our aims and stop our ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born.  I am the same Malala. My ambitions are the same. My hopes are the same. My dreams are the same.

The wise saying ‘the pen is mightier than sword’ was true. The extremists are afraid of books and pens. The power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women. The power of the voice of women frightens them. Through hate-filled actions, extremists have shown what frightens them the most: a girl with a book.

Peace is necessary for education. In many parts of the world, terrorism, wars and conflicts stop children to go to their schools. We are really tired of these wars. There was a time when women social activists asked men to stand up for their rights. But, this time, we will do it by ourselves. I am not telling men to step away from speaking for women’s rights. Rather, I am focusing on women to be independent to fight for themselves. 

Today we call upon all communities to be tolerant – to reject prejudice based on caste, creed, sect, religion or gender. We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.

We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave – to embrace the strength within themselves and realise their full potential. 

Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons. 

We must not forget that our sisters and brothers are waiting for a bright peaceful future.”

(Source: idiotsonfb)

(Source: drunkonstephen)

But hey, at least the fetuses are safe, right?




Signal boost.

For more information on the campaign for US ratification of the disabilities treaty (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD) check out some of these links:

In Twitter, follow some of these:  @USICD @DREDF @AShettle @EsmeVGrant @SteveRodrigz @IntlDisability @AuntPip @RhondaNeuhaus

So here’s the deal: there’s a UN treaty called the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Hundreds of countries around the world have ratified it. But even though it is based on the Americans with Disabilities Act and would not change a single U.S. law, the United States has yet to ratify the treaty.

Why? Well, last year when the treaty was up for ratification some politicians decided it was going to take away US sovereignty and would prevent parents from homeschooling their kids, even though it would do no such thing because IT DOESN’T CHANGE ANY LAWS. But the scare tactics worked, and the calls against the treaty last November and December outnumbered the calls in favor 50-1. The treaty failed 61-38, five votes short of the 66 needed to ratify. 

Luckily, it’s going to be up for a vote again soon, so there’s another chance to ratify the CRPD. However, unless the disability community and our allies mobilize, there’s a good chance it won’t pass.

So if this treaty doesn’t change any laws, what does it actually do?

  • It gives America a seat at the table during international disability rights conversations. While our attitudes on disability are certainly not the most progressive, America is still ahead of the pack on the physical accessibility front, and ratifying the CRPD would allow us to share ideas and expertise with other countries. We would in turn benefit from hearing the innovations of others.
  • It makes it easier for people to travel abroad. The more countries that ratify, the better global accessibility becomes. Everyone should have the freedom to move about as they please without having to take accessibility into account.
  • It demonstrates that the disability community can actually get things done. This is maybe the most important point. If we can’t get a treaty ratified that changes zero U.S. laws, how on earth are we going to get anything else passed? You know how employment laws for disabled people are really messed up? You know how budgets for medical research are constantly being cut? We’re not going to be able to fix problems like these unless we show that the disability community is a force to be reckoned with. If you want to be an ally to the disability community, we need you on this.

So, what do we do? We need to CALL OUR SENATORS. If your senators voted for the treaty last time, call to thank them. If your senators voted against the treaty, call with your support for its passage.

And no matter who your senators are, we need to get a ton of calls into the offices listed below, because these are the people who could go either way. These are the deciding votes. It doesn’t matter if you’re a constituent (although if you are be sure to mention it). 

It’ll be super quick: you call, they pick up, you say, “I’m calling in support of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,” they may take your name and zip code, and the call is over. Make as many calls as you can, and please signal boost! Last time some of the anti-treaty folks were making calls for hours and hours each week, so the more calls the better, obviously.

Here are the important senators to call (makes calls between 9am and 5pm EST) and the numbers for their DC offices:

1. Corker (TN) - 202-224-3344

2. Alexander (TN) - 202-224-4944

3. Kirk (IL) - 202-224-2854 

4. Flake (AZ) - 202-224-4521

5. Johanns (NE) - 202-224-4224

6. Fischer (NE) - 202-224-6551

7. Chambliss (GA) - 202-224-3521

8. Isakson (GA) - 202-224-3643

9. Cochran (MS) - 202-224-5054

10. Blunt (MO) - 202-224-5721

11. Portman (OH) - 202-224-3353

12. Coats (IN) - 202-224-56231

Important info here, people

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LifeStraw purifies water instantly and inexpensively: it is a solution that can provide millions of under-privileged people with safe drinking water.

reblogging again because science

Seriously, Science. Do your thing.

IT’S ONLY 20$.


I’ll always signal boost this because not only does this work for people in under privilege areas it’s also proof of human ingenuity.

Really, we kids that grew up in the early 90s were all told about how we had to conserve water because drinkable water was such a rare resource and people in foreign lands were basically fucked up the ass because there was no way for them to get drinking water. 20 years and 20 bucks later one of the biggest problems humanity faced is a non issue. THAT’S FUCKING CRAZY!

Somebody should start one of those online donate things where people can donate money to buy these to send to areas with unsafe drinking water. But somebody other than me should do it because I don’t know how to do that kind of thing or get the word out.

this is amazing


We still should be taking care of our water and improving polluted waters for many other reasons, but this is an awesome immediate solution for millions of people without drinkable water now.

Oh, so they actually made it! Last I looked at this site I think it said “subscribe to get notified when/if this product actually gets manufactured”. Awesome!

OK, I’m legally obligated to insert my feminist killjoy-ism here: these things are actually not all that great. Awesome idea! Noble cause! But not that great.