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April 7, 2014

#NotABugSplat: “A giant art installation project that targets predator drone operators sitting thousands of miles away who refer to kills as BugSplats. Now they’ll see a child’s face instead.”
… so who can get one of these installed on the ceiling of Obama’s bedroom?
(via wreckandsalvage:jomc)

#NotABugSplat: “A giant art installation project that targets predator drone operators sitting thousands of miles away who refer to kills as BugSplats. Now they’ll see a child’s face instead.”

… so who can get one of these installed on the ceiling of Obama’s bedroom?

(via wreckandsalvage:jomc)

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February 15, 2014

Ellen Page’s speech at HRCF’S Time to Thrive Conference (viabeenthinking:kaeandlucy)

You’ve already heard she came out, but you still need to watch her deliver this knockout speech. Tears.

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February 14, 2014

You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.

Angela Davis - from a lecture delivered at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. February 13th, 2014. (via ninjaruski)

Ms. Davis has been on my mind of late. 

(via wreckandsalvage)

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December 28, 2013

Hey, did you know Bill Clinton is swearing in de Blasio on Jan. 1st?

Pretty effin’ neat.

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December 20, 2013

What the Pentagon Bought in 2012 (via azspot)

$16 million on badges and insignia!

Badges are so hot right now.

What the Pentagon Bought in 2012 (via azspot)

$16 million on badges and insignia!

Badges are so hot right now.

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December 20, 2013

unforgettabledetritus:

In 1968, during the administration of US President Lyndon B. Johnson, Eartha Kitt encountered a substantial professional setback after she made anti-war statements during a White House luncheon. Kitt was invited to the White House luncheon and was asked by Lady Bird Johnson about the Vietnam War. She replied: “You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot.”

During a question and answer session, Kitt stated:

The children of America are not rebelling for no reason. They are not hippies for no reason at all. We don’t have what we have on Sunset Blvd. for no reason. They are rebelling against something. There are so many things burning the people of this country, particularly mothers. They feel they are going to raise sons — and I know what it’s like, and you have children of your own, Mrs. Johnson — we raise children and send them to war.

Her remarks reportedly caused Mrs. Johnson to burst into tears and led to a derailment in Kitt’s career

(Source: napoleon--in--rags)

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December 11, 2013

apsies:

Aboard Air Force One, former President Bush shows photos of his paintings to, from left, First Lady Michelle Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Valerie Jarrett, National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, Attorney General Eric Holder and former First Lady Laura Bush, Dec. 9, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Awww look how bashful and proud he is!
Pity he didn’t find his calling, I dunno, fourteen years ago.

apsies:

Aboard Air Force One, former President Bush shows photos of his paintings to, from left, First Lady Michelle Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Valerie Jarrett, National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, Attorney General Eric Holder and former First Lady Laura Bush, Dec. 9, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Awww look how bashful and proud he is!

Pity he didn’t find his calling, I dunno, fourteen years ago.

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December 6, 2013

Nobody needs my thoughts on Mandela’s passing but the political is personal and in this case, very much so.
I remember my dad sitting me in front of the TV to watch the news coverage of a smiling old African man being freed from prison amid a throng of a million more smiling people.
I didn’t connect him to the summer two years before, when I was seven and my dad went to Africa.
I didn’t connect him to Mavis Beacon, the fictional character who taught me typing.
I didn’t quite cotton to the fact that Mandela was a leader of the ANC, though I did know daddy was working for the ANC when he was in Africa (for some reason, for years and years, I thought he went to Zimbabwe, not South Africa Zambia. I think I just liked the word. EDIT: Shelley just reminded me it was Zambia, because they were in exile from South Africa. My legendary memory strikes again).
What I knew was that the men that daddy taught computer skills in Africa (somewhere in Africa) for the ANC liked Mavis Beacon because she was beautiful and black. I kind of hated her because I was terrible at typing and my windshield was immediately covered with bug-splats (please tell me you know what I’m talking about), but that really wasn’t Mavis Beacon’s fault.
And moreover, I just typed this in less than three minutes, probably 15 errors total (I’m fast with the backspace), and my colleagues constantly comment on how fast my little fingers fly over the keys. So thanks, Miss Mavis.
And moreover, I can listen to the coverage of his death and think about what it meant that my dad devoted a couple months of his life to the organization that was keeping Mandela’s flame alive all those terrible years.
Let us not forget. America considered the ANC a terrorist organization at the time. America — Saint Ronald in particular — was on the wrong side of history.
But thank god, most Americans weren’t. Thanks god, the arc of justice is as strong as it is. Thank god for people like those men, those women, my daddy, and, of course, Mandela.

Nobody needs my thoughts on Mandela’s passing but the political is personal and in this case, very much so.

I remember my dad sitting me in front of the TV to watch the news coverage of a smiling old African man being freed from prison amid a throng of a million more smiling people.

I didn’t connect him to the summer two years before, when I was seven and my dad went to Africa.

I didn’t connect him to Mavis Beacon, the fictional character who taught me typing.

I didn’t quite cotton to the fact that Mandela was a leader of the ANC, though I did know daddy was working for the ANC when he was in Africa (for some reason, for years and years, I thought he went to Zimbabwe, not South Africa Zambia. I think I just liked the word. EDIT: Shelley just reminded me it was Zambia, because they were in exile from South Africa. My legendary memory strikes again).

What I knew was that the men that daddy taught computer skills in Africa (somewhere in Africa) for the ANC liked Mavis Beacon because she was beautiful and black. I kind of hated her because I was terrible at typing and my windshield was immediately covered with bug-splats (please tell me you know what I’m talking about), but that really wasn’t Mavis Beacon’s fault.

And moreover, I just typed this in less than three minutes, probably 15 errors total (I’m fast with the backspace), and my colleagues constantly comment on how fast my little fingers fly over the keys. So thanks, Miss Mavis.

And moreover, I can listen to the coverage of his death and think about what it meant that my dad devoted a couple months of his life to the organization that was keeping Mandela’s flame alive all those terrible years.

Let us not forget. America considered the ANC a terrorist organization at the time. America — Saint Ronald in particular — was on the wrong side of history.

But thank god, most Americans weren’t. Thanks god, the arc of justice is as strong as it is. Thank god for people like those men, those women, my daddy, and, of course, Mandela.

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December 4, 2013

dncrapidresponse:

As of today, Obamacare has provided 105 million Americans with at least one preventive care service at no out of pocket cost. That is 105 million fathers, mothers, daughters, and sons who have received things like life-saving cancer and diabetes screenings, wellness exams and immunizations, helping to save lives and save families money in the long run.
And the Republicans’ healthcare plan?
Repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Republicans in Congress are so determined to see the Affordable Care Act fail that they are willing to go back to the broken health care system that allowed insurance companies to deny coverage based on preexisting conditions and take away preventive care. The American people have a clear choice between Democrats who are committed to making the law work and Republicans whose plan is to bring back the failed health care system that put insurers in the driver’s seat. 

I got me some free birth control! 

dncrapidresponse:

As of today, Obamacare has provided 105 million Americans with at least one preventive care service at no out of pocket cost. That is 105 million fathers, mothers, daughters, and sons who have received things like life-saving cancer and diabetes screenings, wellness exams and immunizations, helping to save lives and save families money in the long run.

And the Republicans’ healthcare plan?

Repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Republicans in Congress are so determined to see the Affordable Care Act fail that they are willing to go back to the broken health care system that allowed insurance companies to deny coverage based on preexisting conditions and take away preventive care. The American people have a clear choice between Democrats who are committed to making the law work and Republicans whose plan is to bring back the failed health care system that put insurers in the driver’s seat. 

I got me some free birth control! 

(via meredithbklyn)

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December 2, 2013

Today marks the start of fundraising for Uncoverage, a web platform which allows the public to fund investigative journalism, founded by my friends Asie and Israel. (Side note: people who are a) kickass party guests and b) changing the world are kinda my favorite people.)
"Patronage without the Medicis," as Jay Rosen put it. And they were also written up in the NY f’ing T….
Turning to Public to Back Investigative Journalism - NYTimes.com

If you suspect your local town government is corrupt, would you pay a journalist to investigate?
Uncoverage, a website that will be announced on Monday, will test whether the public cares enough about investigative journalism to pay for it. The site, to be at Uncoverage.com, will allow journalists and nonprofits to seek crowdsourced funding for both articles and topics like, for example, the Syrian war. Money for general topics will be split up among projects by the site’s editors.
The nonprofit investigative group the Center for Public Integrity has signed on as a partner whose projects will be featured on the site.
The commercial site is being founded by Israel Mirsky, an entrepreneur who said that the current model for financing investigative journalism was broken.
“I am passionate about depleted uranium” he said, “but if I want to see more on the topic, my only choice is to buy a paper where reporting on the topic has appeared before and watch for future articles. I can’t imagine a less effective and satisfying way to get journalism on a topic I care about.”

As Peter said, “Want good reporting? You have to pay for it. Support Uncoverage here.”

Today marks the start of fundraising for Uncoverage, a web platform which allows the public to fund investigative journalism, founded by my friends Asie and Israel. (Side note: people who are a) kickass party guests and b) changing the world are kinda my favorite people.)

"Patronage without the Medicis," as Jay Rosen put it. And they were also written up in the NY f’ing T….

Turning to Public to Back Investigative Journalism - NYTimes.com

If you suspect your local town government is corrupt, would you pay a journalist to investigate?

Uncoverage, a website that will be announced on Monday, will test whether the public cares enough about investigative journalism to pay for it. The site, to be at Uncoverage.com, will allow journalists and nonprofits to seek crowdsourced funding for both articles and topics like, for example, the Syrian war. Money for general topics will be split up among projects by the site’s editors.

The nonprofit investigative group the Center for Public Integrity has signed on as a partner whose projects will be featured on the site.

The commercial site is being founded by Israel Mirsky, an entrepreneur who said that the current model for financing investigative journalism was broken.

“I am passionate about depleted uranium” he said, “but if I want to see more on the topic, my only choice is to buy a paper where reporting on the topic has appeared before and watch for future articles. I can’t imagine a less effective and satisfying way to get journalism on a topic I care about.”

As Peter said, “Want good reporting? You have to pay for it. Support Uncoverage here.”

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