Posts tagged the world is awful
Posts tagged the world is awful
So here’s a fun Capitalism at Work story:
In March, Anadarko Petroleum and its subsidiaries (all in the energy business) agreed to a $5.15 billion settlement to clean up areas across the US “polluted by nuclear fuel, wood creosote and rocket fuel waste that caused cancer and other health problems” over a period of decades. (Reuters)
Because there were fears the settlement could be even higher - the estimated range was from 5.15 to 14 billion - Anadarko’s stock went up by 14.5% after the decision. This added $6.3 billion to the company’s value, so in essence the lawsuit ended up winning them around a billion dollars.
17 out of 22 members of the larger committee either deny that climate change is happening or question that human activities are responsible for it; the chairman of the committee himself is skeptical about global warming. And of course, let’s not forget committee member Paul Brounwho thinks evolution is a “lie from the pit of hell”.
good luck everybody
george osborne saying he’ll bring full employment to the uk at the cost of forcing the disabled into work and cutting or destroying vital services like
don’t make me laugh, you clueless prick.
watching him run the economy is like watching a drunk man run with scissors
i saw him on tv the other day and if you look hard enough at his flabby neck you can see where the silver spoon is wedged after he swallowed it so the poor couldn’t take it from him to use to feed their children.
i bet his brain is run by a team of confused bees. if you get closer enough, you can just hear buzzing.
As Noam Chomsky once pointed out for Z Magazine, old media types from the institutional bodies like American Enterprise Institute tend to regurgitate the same ideas with a reliability that is equally impressive and infuriating. While assuring the public that rape is a terrible crime, writers like Caroline Kitchens and Heather McDonald of right-wing think tank The Manhattan Institute try to claim that feminists have blown this whole rape culture thing way out of proportion.
Apparently, many women disagree. On Tuesday there were more than 1 million responses on the #RapeCultureIsWhen hashtag started by a frustrated Zerlina Maxwell in response to these right-wing narratives.
Keep speaking up!!!!!
Lupita Nyong’o wins an Oscar for portraying a real life slave, and the first thing she did was thank Patsy for her inspiration.
Jared Leto wins an Oscar for portraying a trans woman, and doesn’t mention trans women at all.
I think the point makes itself.
Quebec filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée, who directed Dallas Buyers Club, spoke to CBC’s Jian Ghomeshi, who asked whether he ever considered casting a transgender actor."Never. [Are] there any transgender actors?" he said. "I’m not aiming for the real thing. I’m aiming for an experienced actor who wants to portray the thing." (x)by “the thing” of course he means someone who is transgender
This truly could not be any more patronizing. Good lord
My project is to capture the images and stories of the African people. Friends that have visited Africa have told me seeing such gratitude, love, and happiness in a world where at times there is not even enough food to fill your belly has changed their lives. These people have a beautiful message to share on happiness and this book will be a microphone to amplify their voices. I will tell their stories of hardship, triumph, gratitude, and relationships.
Anyone that has ever struggled with depression, self-doubt, had suicidal thoughts, or even got upsets over trivial matters would benefit greatly from a trip to Africa and see that even if you had nothing, you can still be happy. I am creating this book for those individuals that do not have the opportunity to experience this for themselves.
thanks for the link adam
john stewart 2016
Psst maybe the reason bi women end up with more straight men than with lesbians is because cishet men fetishize us and lesbian women vilify us.
What the fuck did I just read?
The reason why group A tends to date/marry/etc group B (rather than group C) is because both a very large subset of group B and group C are perceived as hostile to group A.
That doesn’t make sense as an argument, I’m sorry, I’m not going to carry water for an argument that works by alternating between equating and distinguishing groups that are distinct in sexuality and gender to make it convenient to call out one’s behavior but not the other one’s.
(And even then, there are legitimate analyses about coercive pressures that lead to bi/pan/etc people, especially women, ending up with men, but if you think it’s lesbians’ fault you are doing so much shit wrong what on earth.)
lesbians are not worse than straight men, what the fuck
but yeah i’m sure it has nothing to do with the pressures of compulsory heterosexuality and internalized homophobia, the much larger numbers of straight men that exist, and the relative ease of finding straight men to date, nah that’d be silly, it must just be that lesbians suck, that makes much more sense and isn’t lesbophobic at all
And This Is Why You Shouldn’t Get Sick In America
Many believe that the US healthcare system is the best in the world. Not so according to the World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems. The US doesn’t even rank in the top 25. It ranks 37th and is the most expensive in the world. I would argue that even if we had the best healthcare system in the world, what good is it, if no one can afford to access it.
Most companies are buying 60/40-policys for their employees these days, but even if you are lucky enough to have good insurance with 80/20-policy coverage, that 20 percent you’re responsible for can drive you right into bankruptcy as easily as the 60-40 policy given the cost of healthcare.
Insurance cost have been going up dramatically in the last two decades, long before the new Affordable Healthcare Act has taken affect, in some cases as much as 35% per year.
But have you noticed the latest trick the insurance companies have roll out?
Yes, Higher Deductible… most averaging $5,000 per year, per person, but I have seen some as high as $10,000 per year. For those of you that are wondering, this tactic is specifically designed too stop you from using your insurance. It reduces the insurance companies out of pocket liability by shift costs onto consumers, especially those dealing with chronic illness such as diabetes and arthritis. Consequently, because consumers can’t afford the deductible they will avoid necessary care to save money.
Although insurance companies are a problem, the real crocks is the healthcare system it self. A corrupt and bloated system desperately in need of reform!
This is why I live in terror of getting in a car accident, or falling and breaking something. In my state, I am not eligible for subsidised health insurance (Medicaid) because I am over the age of 18 and not physically disabled. No-one is eligible in Virginia unless you are disabled, pregnant, or a minor. Additionally, I am barred from low-cost health services in my area because I am a student, and students are not allowed to utilise state clinics since we ought to have health coverage through our universities. (I don’t, since I’m on a distance program doing research currently.) And because of how the Supreme Court gutted the Affordable Care Act, I don’t make enough money to qualify for low-income health insurance subsidies. Let that one sink in. I don’t make enough money to qualify for low-income subsidies.
I have chronic illnesses out the wazoo, I haven’t been medicated for any of them for about three years, and I am counting the days until I can get back onto shitty student insurance so I can have something, anything. Because otherwise, this is the kind of bills I can look forward to. I wake up with night terrors about breaking a leg and getting a $80,000 medical bill. But this is the best health care system in the world, right?
And before people are like “lololol North Dakota who lives there anyway?”
You know what particular population North Dakota is higher than most in?
And Native women have astronomical rates of violence and rape against them.
So basically people who dismiss North Dakota don’t give a fuck about these women.
this is actually so unconstitutional like what???????????????????????????
“We don’t have time for this.”
That’s what a North Carolina police officer allegedly said before shooting 18-year-old schizophrenic Keith Vidal in his own Boiling Springs Lakes, N.C., home.
On Sunday, Vidal’s parents had sought police assistance after he entered a schizophrenic episode. Vidal had picked up a screwdriver — small enough that it couldn’t cause serious injury, but worrisome enough that his family decided they needed to call the police. Three separate departments sent officers; the first two managed to control the situation. It was after the third officer, Bryon Vassey from Southport, entered that the situation went sour.
The family told WECT that the two officers had their son on the ground after he was tased, when officer Vassey said, “I don’t have time for this. Tase him. Let’s get him out of here." The family says that’s when the officer shot their son.
Vidal’s parents said their son, who had just turned 18, weighed about 90 pounds.
According to CNN affiliate WECT, he was just shot 70 seconds after officer Vassey showed up at the Brunswick County home.
The officer who shot Keith first alleged that he feared for his life. Then, after the news became public, a police group speaking on his behalf, claimed he feared for another officer, whom was wearing a bullet-proof vest and didn’t call for help or showed any signs of distress.
Det. Byron Vassey was placed on paid administrative leave following the incident. The other two officers were immediately cleared of any wrong-doing.
A study by the Orlando Sentinel found that in Florida between 1999 and 2002, of 428 reported police killings, 30 followed after 911 calls by family members of someone who was suicidal. In an additional 12, the victim was known to be mentally ill. According to the Treatment Advocacy Center, “at least half of the people shot and killed by police each year in this country have mental health problems," but there’s no easy way for families or loved ones to reach mental health agencies to provide direct assistance.
A student studying Arabic was detained, arrested, and questioned for carrying ARABIC FLASHCARDS at the airport. He wanted to sue the TSA agents but the judge ruled that some of the words he was studying (like “bomb” and “target”) warranted “further investigation.” Whatever that means.
We still have government officials institutionally supporting Islamophobia and cultivating a fear of the middle east. Why criminalize a language? Associate language with violence, “do you know what language Bin Laden spoke?” Fuck that noise. American presidents, the elite in this country have slaughtered, killed, and supported the genocide of native americans, kidnapped and enslaved africans, stolen mexican land in the name of manifest destiny, put japanese and their descendants in concentration camps just because they looked asian and continue to institutionally oppress poc domestically and internationally. And they spoke english.
Dont come here telling me that arabic is a language of terrorists, because the biggest terrorists I know are english speaking white men. Goodbye.
W O W.
Not that I’m suprised, though. I wish I was surprised but the TSA are the people who literally questioned me for having Quran on my phone.