September 27th, 2011

The 1% do not care about you. Or anyone. CORRECTED TWICE: troll...?

Mods: I got this via the lovely synesis and have been hesitant to post the possibly-blog source so I just followed it to YouTube and felt like it was seriously worth the entire community seeing as-is. It's a piece of BBC reporting, anyway.

I can't seem to find a transcript, but if anyone would like one, I will try to write one up later, I just had to submit this before going to bed. The gist is that this independent trader is telling it like it is— he and his ilk do not give a shit about governments fixing their economies or creating jobs. In many ways, they stand to profit from the opposite, and I shit you not, this man is almost chortling with glee.


EDIT: Some signs point to this being a FANTASTIC troll. I apologize for the head-explosions it may have caused (it certainly did that to me), but I for one am seeing the silver lining, which is that this is a hilarious piece of work. It might also NOT be a troll because the group maybe-responsible has denied it, so honestly who even knows at this point.
Warm tone butterfly (by fruitpunch_it)

16 year old Rory Weal pulls A Hague at Labour Party Conference; Balls sets out five point plan

A 16-year-old from Maidstone stole the show at the Labour party conference, eclipsing what many shadow cabinet ministers could have hoped for and winning a standing ovation from activists.

In scenes reminiscent of a teenage William Hague addressing the Conservative party conference in front of Margaret Thatcher in 1977, Rory Weal wowed delegates with an impassioned speech that had Ed Miliband jumping to his feet to shake his hand

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Tony Benn thanks you for your time!
(clicking on link to read about his thoughts on Margaret Thatcher and the Welfare State)


Black President to Steal Our Guns! Who Will Protect us From the Sekret Pastafarian?

Socialist Sekret Kenyan Mooslim Refuses to Prove that He Wont Kill Us in Our Sleep.

Paranoid NRA Chief: Obama Leaving Gun Owners Alone Is ‘Conspiracy’ To Take Away Guns

Paranoid and baseless accusations that Democrats are trying to destroy the Second Amendment is nothing new for Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association. This is the man who, after the January Tuscon shooting claimed six lives, rejected President Obama’s offer to come to the White House for a closed door meeting to discuss solutions to gun violence in America.

“Why should I or the N.R.A. go sit down with a group of people that have spent a lifetime trying to destroy the Second Amendment in the United States?” he asked. LaPierre conveniently ignores the fact Obama is a supporter of the Second Amendment who, much to the chagrin  of his liberal base, has actually expanded gun rights.

But as Crooks and Liars points out, you just can’t please some people. Last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida, LaPierre took his paranoia about the president to new heights, claiming that the fact that Obama has not pursued gun control actually proves he’s orchestrated a “massive  conspiracy” to take away guns:

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Gryffindor corgi
  • jettakd

One of the most disgusting anti-choice campaigns ever

The Most Radical Anti-Abortion Measure in America

Due to the handiwork of a fringe religious activist, Mississippians will soon vote on a ballot initiative that would ban abortion in cases of rape and incest. —By Tim Murphy

Tue Sep. 27, 2011 3:00 AM PDT

The most controversial item on the Mississippi ballot this fall is not a politician but rather an idea. In November, Mississippians will vote on an amendment to change the meaning of the word "person" in the state constitution. Under the new language, human life would begin not at birth but at the moment of fertilization. If the amendment passes, it will outlaw abortion in the state entirely, even in cases of rape or incest. It might even leave some forms of contraception, and procedures such as in vitro fertilization, on life support.
Ballot Question 26, the "Personhood Amendment," has drawn the endorsement of celebrities including Mike Huckabee and Brett Favre's wife, Deanna. The Tupelo-based American Family Association (AFA), one of the nation's leading social-conservative organizations, is teaming up with the Republican gubernatorial nominee, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, to secure its passage. In mid-September, Mississippi's attorney general, Jim Hood, announced his support for the measure.

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This is disgusting beyond words. Even many friends I have who are pro-life are frightened by the implications of such a bill passing. If you live in Mississippi, please contact your reps to protest this being on the ballot.

Gryffindor corgi
  • jettakd

Herman Cain on Healthcare: Think happy thoughts and clap your hands if you believe in Tinkerbell!

Herman Cain's Health Care Plan: Think Happy Thoughts

The GOP presidential candidate's big plan to fix the health care system? Copy a '60s-era anti-littering campaign.

—By Stephanie Mencimer

Herman Cain is on a hot streak. On Saturday, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO and current GOP presidential nomination hopeful won a Florida straw poll. A few days earlier, he put in a strong showing at the Fox-Google debate, claiming (misleadingly) the stage IV cancer he contracted in 2006 would have killed him had "Obamacare" been in place at the time.
Cain didn't get into specifics of how he might fix the health care system—and with answers limited to 60 seconds, he didn't have much of an opportunity to do so. But when Cain did go long on policy, in his 1997 book, Leadership Is Common Sense, he didn't propose changing the delivery of medical services or reforming the health insurance industry. Instead, his No. 1 prescriptionfor dealing with health care was for patients to adjust their attitudes. His model for doing this? An anti-littering campaign from the 1960s.

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Have you ever noticed that it's always the people with the most money and opportunities that think you can pray away your sickness?

Limbaugh: Herman Cain would be first "authentically" black president.

Fresh off his surprise victory in the Florida Republican Party’s “Presidency 5″ straw poll, Herman Cain took a media victory lap Monday.

But one Cain cheerleader offered his support in controversial form. Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show Monday that if the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO were to win the Republican nomination, and then go on to be elected president, “Herman Cain could be our first authentically black president.”

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Alabama Inmate Sues to Read Southern History Book

The past is never dead, though at the Kilby Correctional Facility outside of Montgomery, Ala., it seems it is not particularly welcome.

Last Friday, Mark Melvin, who is serving a life sentence at Kilby, filed suit in federal court against the prison’s officials and the state commissioner of corrections, claiming they have unjustly kept a book out of his hands.

The book, which was sent to him by his lawyer, is a work of history. More specifically, it is a Pulitzer Prize-winning work of Southern history, an investigation of the systematically heinous treatment of black prisoners in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Mr. Melvin, 33, alleges in his suit that prison officials deemed it “a security threat.”

The dispute began a year ago. Mr. Melvin was entering his 18th year in the state’s custody, having been charged at 14 with helping his older brother commit two murders. He was well-behaved enough to be granted parole in 2008, but after committing what his lawyer called “a technical violation” at a transition house, he was sent back.

So he has been reading novels and biographies, studies of World War II and Irish history, his lawyer, Bryan Stevenson, said. After his return to prison, Mr. Melvin was assigned by the warden to work in the prison’s law library.

Last September, Mr. Stevenson sent Mr. Melvin a couple of books, including “Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II,” by Douglas A. Blackmon, the senior national correspondent at The Wall Street Journal. It won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction in 2009.

The book chronicles the vast and brutal convict leasing system, which became nearly indistinguishable from antebellum slavery as it grew. In this system, people, in almost all cases black, were arrested by local law enforcement, often on the flimsiest of charges, and forced to labor on the cotton farms of wealthy planters or in the coal mines of corporations to pay off their criminal penalties. Though convict leasing occurred across the South, the book focuses on Alabama.

Mr. Melvin never received the book. According to his lawsuit, he was told by an official at Kilby that the book was “too incendiary” and “too provocative,” and was ordered to have it sent back at his own expense.


Read the rest at the NY Times.

(I've read the book in question, and highly recommend it)

Eric Cantor Tries "First Come, First Served" with FEMA while America Drowns.

Eric Cantor Pressed FEMA About Aid For His District As Agency Struggled For Funding

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have been busy convincing Congress to quickly fill its emergency aid coffers, as the agency finds its funds drained by the natural disasters that have hit the country in recent months. The insistence, led by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), that Congress should cut spending elsewhere to offset disaster relief funding, led to a partisan standoff and nearly shut down the government.

On Friday, however, FEMA officials found themselves busy answering to Cantor for another reason: He had requested a conference call to get updates on the disbursement of aid requested by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) for his district, which was affected by the Aug. 23 East Coast earthquake.

According to a read-out of the call from Cantor's office, as reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, "FEMA said they have received the Governor's request and sent it to the White House for a decision but could not provide any specific information on timing. Even when asked for an estimate based on past applications they were unable to do so."

A FEMA spokesperson confirmed that the call happened on Friday, and said Cantor's office had requested it on Sept. 22.

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FASH. Space dress.

Bachmann warns Hezbollah possibly installing missile sites in Cuba

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Monday floated the idea that a terrorist group based in Lebanon might be installing missiles in Cuba.

The Minnesota congresswoman said there was a possibility that Cuba was working with Hezbollah, and warned that the group could be installing missile or weapon caches on the island just off the shore of Florida. She made the point in arguing against softening trade and travel embargoes to Cuba.

“Why would you normalize trading with a country that sponsors terror?,” Bachmann said at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “There’s reports that have come out that Cuba has been working with another terrorist organization called Hezbollah. And Hezbollah is potentially looking at wanting to be part of missile sites in Iran and, of course, when you’re 90 miles offshore from Florida, you don’t want to entertain the prospect of hosting bases or sites where Hezbollah could have training camps or perhaps have missile sites or weapons sites in Cuba. This would be foolish.”

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... sooooo yeah.
Not what you think I am

News Corp may face American class action suit

"The News Corp phone-hacking scandal is still generating headlines in the UK. (It is widely referred to as the "phone-hacking scandal," though it may more accurately be described as a "police bribery, voicemail-listening, privacy-invading, and lying-to-Parliament scandal.") The Guardian says today that it may soon spread to America. The lawyer representing the family of one of the murder victims whose voicemail was listened to by News of the World reporters is looking to launch a class action suit against Rupert and James Murdoch in the US.

News Corp is negotiating a settlement with the family of murdered teenager Milly Dowler which will likely cost News Corp and Rupert Murdoch millions of pounds. Even if the class action suit doesn't materialize, News Corp also has the Justice Department to worry about:

Separately, it emerged that this week US prosecutors at the Department of Justice have written to Murdoch's News Corporation requesting information on alleged payments made to the British police by the News of the World. The DoJ is looking into whether the company may have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Under FCPA laws, American companies are banned from paying representatives of a foreign government to gain a commercial advantage.

There has been a lot of bad news for the Murdoch's this month. News Corp is also facing a shareholder lawsuit. The House of Commons culture, media and sport select committee has recalled James Murdoch. News of the World's former legal manager basically accused James Murdoch of lying in his last appearance before the committee."


Mods, do we have any tags specifically for the Murdoch hacking scandel? I didn't see any looking through the tag list. 
No Enbridge
  • romp

It's Ok to Be Neither: Teaching that supports gender-variant children

Alie arrived at our 1st-grade classroom wearing a sweatshirt with a hood. I asked her to take off her hood, and she refused. I thought she was just being difficult and ignored it. After breakfast we got in line for art, and I noticed that she still had not removed her hood. When we arrived at the art room, I said: “Allie, I’m not playing. It’s time for art. The rule is no hoods or hats in school.”

She looked up with tears in her eyes and I realized there was something wrong. Her classmates went into the art room and we moved to the art storage area so her classmates wouldn’t hear our conversation. I softened my tone and asked her if she’d like to tell me what was wrong.

“My ponytail,” she cried.

“Can I see?” I asked.

She nodded and pulled down her hood. Allie’s braids had come undone overnight and there hadn’t been time to redo them in the morning, so they had to be put back in a ponytail. It was high up on the back of her head like those of many girls in our class, but I could see that to Allie it just felt wrong. With Allie’s permission, I took the elastic out and re-braided her hair so it could hang down.

“How’s that?” I asked.

She smiled. “Good,” she said and skipped off to join her friends in art.
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I wish every teacher could be like this. After much observation, I think little kids--2 to 4 roughly--are wired to seek absolute rules. They're trying to get a handle on this confusing place. It's not about lessons from parents. Once I saw a 4-year-old state that women have long hair and men have short hair even tho' he and his father had hair down their backs! Also, my own son once stated all doctors were men despite his only having seen a women pediatrician. So there's a lot to overcome.

William's Doll which I knew nothing about (thank you, rauduskoivu)
MISC - moustache

A call to restore public financing in Wisconsin

A state lawmaker is calling on Republicans to reinstate a public financing option for candidates running for the state Legislature. The Wisconsin Election Campaign Fund, and the income tax check-off that paid for it, were eliminated in the last state budget.

Even though it was only used by 11 lawmakers in recent elections, Jay Heck with Common Cause in Wisconsin says its existence was important. Heck says every dollar of public financing a candidate has access to means one less dollar of special interest funding they have to accept.

State Representative Andy Jorgensen (D-Fort Atkinson) is introducing a bill that would bring back the check-off, and also restore the $1.1 million taken out of the fund in the state budget. Jorgensen says that action was nothing more than a raid on money lawmakers had no right to spend and it should be used for its original purpose.

Money from the Wisconsin Election Campaign Fund was diverted to help fund implementation of the state’s new Voter ID requirement, which takes effect next year.

Advocates of restoring the fund admit the previous public financing system had flaws and was rarely used. However, Heck says it’s a good start to building a new version, which could be similar to more popular systems in place in other states.