Posts tagged politics.
2000 of our veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are homeless and 900,000 of them are unemployed.
35% experience significant mental illnesses.
War is bullshit.
There’s a viral video about Joseph Kony, a Ugandan rebel who committed a great deal atrocities, being shared like crazy. Small problem: Though sort of accurate, it’s kind of a scam.
Kony’s a bad dude, no question. But this write-up on The Daily What distills what the problem is with all of your friends and family sharing it is:
The United States is already plenty involved in helping rout Kony and his band of psycho sycophants. Kony is on the run, having been pushed out of Uganda, and it’s likely he will soon be caught, if he isn’t already dead. But killing Kony won’t fix anything, just as killing Osama bin Laden didn’t end terrorism. The LRA might collapse, but, as Foreign Affairs points out, it is “a relatively small player in all of this — as much a symptom as a cause of the endemic violence.”
There’s a lot more at The Daily What about the situation, specifically the EXTREMELY shady organization, Invisible Children Inc., who seeded this video. The short of it: They don’t allow their financials to be audited, they’re rated poorly by some major charity watchdog groups, and only 31% of their money actually goes to helping people according to one financial statement they did release. And Kony himself hasn’t been seen or active in any guerrilla organizations since 2006UPDATE: Or 2008, depending on the source. There are conflicting reports on this due to the lack of media in the region.
Point being, don’t just fall for for a well-produced video out of white guilt. K?
The video, for your reference, is below.
UPDATE: This Reddit comment, pointed out to us by someone on Facebook, is also a good source with, you know, facts and such.
UPDATE 2: For all the people who still want to believe this video below is legit, look at this quote from an article on the subject from The Globe and Mail. Does this sound like the way a credible and worthwhile social movement takes hold?
“According to YouTube’s own statistics, the video is most popular with girls and young women aged 13 to 24.
Musicians and celebrities were among the first to tweet about campaign to their followers, including Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, and Taylor Swift.”
If there’s one place I’m going for reliable social advocacy news, it’s Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber’s Twitter accounts. EDITOR’S NOTE: Taylor Swift has since deleted the tweet for reasons unknown.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Republican frontrunner…
And again, I point out that this is the same man who denied the existence of class at another debate.
He’s such a dumbass.
When you are a leader you are supposed to connect with your supporters, not alienate them.
“Financially you aren’t doing so well? Hope it stays that way, bitch. I’M doing well, thats all that matters”
Chris Weyant/The Hill (02/14/2012)
US admits Israel is arming and training terrorist groups to create terrorism
MSNBC too.. What in the fuck
If money is a form of free speech, lack of money has to be considered a lack of speech… When the federal government wants our tax dollars, I suggest we all write letters to Washington saying: to be perfectly honest, we’re speechless.
An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.
The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama’s plan”. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A…. (substituting grades for dollars - something closer to home and more readily understood by all).
After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little..
The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F. As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else. To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed. It could not be any simpler than that.
Remember, there IS a test coming up. The 2012 elections.
These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:
1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.
Censorship is advertising paid by the government.
The media/politicians on Occupy Wall Street.
…and the rich who profit.
Glad you asked because it’s super simple to put my answer into one sentence:
(Striving for) Separate but equal is for white supremacists and homophobes.
Any other questions?
A video of the exchange between Newt Gingrich and Juan Williams. The comment from the poster? “Sorry Juant [sic]. Race card denied.”
This was on Martin Luther King Day, adding to the stomach-twisting, rage-inducing awful of this whole video.
For defending his comments, Newt Gingrich received a standing ovation.