March 29th, 2012

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Adrienne Rich, Dead at 82

A Poet of Unswerving Vision at the Forefront of Feminism
Published: March 28, 2012

Adrienne Rich, a poet of towering reputation and towering rage, whose work — distinguished by an unswerving progressive vision and a dazzling, empathic ferocity — brought the oppression of women and lesbians to the forefront of poetic discourse and kept it there for nearly a half-century, died on Tuesday at her home in Santa Cruz, Calif. She was 82.

The cause was complications of rheumatoid arthritis, with which she had lived for most of her adult life, her family said.

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30 Years of Climate Change Warnings

‘You Can’t Take Away My Hope’: Thirty Years Of Climate Scientists Helplessly Describing Our Dangerously Changing World
In a new video by Peter Sinclair, prominent climate scientist Michael MacCracken discusses how the last thirty years have confirmed the predictions he and others made in 1982 and earlier. The scientific understanding of how burning fossil fuels transforms the atmosphere was well established then, and predictions of warming and systemic changes in the world have come to pass. The scientists did underestimating how rapidly some of the most extreme consequences of global warming — such as Arctic sea ice melt and loss of the Greenland ice sheet — would come to pass. We are now on the pathway for rapid global sea level rise of several meters a century, having failed to reverse our carbon addiction when we were warned ahead of time.

The video concludes with Dr. MacCracken discussing the obligation we all hold towards young people:
I have a colleague who went home very discouraged to her 13-year-old daughter. And her daughter just heard this disappointment and all this stuff, and basically said to her mother, “You can’t take away my hope.” I think we have an obligation to try to find a path.

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Source is still fighting the good fight.

Crossposted to ontd_science
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18-year-old Student Shot by Police in Metro Atlanta

The naked man fatally shot by a Cobb County police officer Tuesday night has been identified as 18-year-old Tendai Nhekairo.

The incident happened at an apartment complex off of Shadowood Parkway around 7:40 p.m.

Police responded to a 911 call and a report of shots fired at the complex, police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce told the AJC.

When officers arrived on the scene, they encountered Nhekairo, who was nude and armed with two knives, Pierce said.

Nhekairo attempted to assault one of the officers in the breezeway of an apartment building, and that officer "defended himself by discharging his firearm at the suspect," Pierce said. Nhekairo died at the scene.

Channel 2 Action News reported that Nhekairo was a student at nearby Campbell High School, and classmates held a candlelight vigil for him outside the school Wednesday night.

His mother, Blessed Nhekairo, told Channel 2 that she had never seen her son behave violently and knew of no mental health problems he may have had.

The investigation is continuing, and the officer involved, whose name has not been released, has been placed on routine administrative leave, according to Pierce.

Source: Atlanta Urinal-Constipation

Other articles: ZimDiaspora | Nehanda Radio | Marietta Daily Journal

OP: One of my friends is currently a student teacher at Campbell High School, and said that the students were heartbroken and silent all day after the event, and that it was very upsetting for all. 

This apartment complex is located at a slightly run-down area that is surrounded by extremely wealthy communities mainly populated by white people or black celebrities/rich people, just for some local context.

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Women's HERstory Month Day 29: Women in Refrigerators

tw for mentions of sexual assault of fictional characters.

Women in Refrigerators is a trope identified by comic book fan (and now comic book writer) Gail Simone because she was sick of seeing ”superheroines who have been either depowered, assaulted, or cut up and stuck in the refrigerator.”


Today I'm starting a two day docent job for my school's comic book art show, and this trope came to mind. While it refers specifically to comic books, it is a theme that can depressingly be found across most media.
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Judge throws out proposed Missouri voter ID constitutional amendment

JEFFERSON CITY | A Cole County judge has struck down a proposed amendment to the state Constitution allowing lawmakers to require voters show photo identification at the polls, ruling the summary that would have appeared on the ballot was "insufficient and unfair."

Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce pointed to two reason for her ruling. First, the ballot summary includes the phrase "Voter Protection Act" even though the phrase never actually appears in the constitutional amendment.

Secondly, the summary says the amendment would allow the General Assembly establish an early voting period, when in fact the amendment would “restrict the time period during which advance voting may occur," Joyce said.

"Because significant change are required here and policy choices need to be made as to how to reallocate the words in a revised summary statement, the Court chooses to vacate the summary statement and to provide the General Assembly an opportunity to revise it," Joyce's ruling said.

The ballot title approved by the Legislature asks voters: "Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to adopt the Voter Protection Act and allow the General Assembly to provide by general law for advance voting prior to election day, voter photo identification requirements, and voter requirements based on whether one appears to vote in person or by absentee ballot?"

Tony Rothert, legal director ACLU of Eastern Missouri, praised the ruling.

"We did believe the summary statement as written was misleading to voters and are pleased the judge agreed," said Rothert, whose organization was among those who filed the lawsuit challenging the ballot summary.

The state had argued that the judge could simply rewrite the summary and it could still appear on the ballot later this year. But Rothert said that while the judge has the authority to "do some surgical rewriting, this would have taken a wrecking ball."

A spokesperson for the Attorney General's office could not be reached for comment about a possible appeal.

Lawmakers reached by the Star declined to comment early Thursday morning until they had an opportunity to see Joyce's ruling.

In 2006, Republican lawmakers passed a voter ID bill that was later struck down by the Missouri Supreme Court. The court said the law amounted to a "heavy and substantial burden on Missourians' free exercise of the right of suffrage."

In response to the court’s ruling, lawmakers last passed a proposed constitutional amendment allowing a photo ID requirement to vote. They also passed a companion bill that laid out the guidelines for implementing photo ID law, should voters approve it.

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the implementation bill.


Good news is good.
Bree Gun

o noes. not pink. on camera where other people can see!

Rick Santorum Gravely Warns Against Dangers of Pink Bowling Ball

At a campaign event in a Wisconsin bowling alley yesterday, projected GOP nomination silver medalist Rick Santorum told a boy that he shouldn't use a pink bowling ball on camera, telling him that "friends don't let friends use pink balls." Bowling with the pink ball, presumably, is an affront to Rick Santorum's rigid sensibilities, a bending of holy rules that declare that men should always have blue balls.

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Daily rage: Rush Limbaugh on Trayvon Martin.

Limbaugh: Trayvon Outrage Isn't Real

There is "no real outrage" over Trayvon Martin's death, Rush Limbaugh declared on his radio show Thursday, just like there was no real outrage over the time he called Sandra Fluke a "slut" and demanded to see sex tapes of the Georgetown law student. Some conservatives, unsettled by the Martin case, have tried to deny racism is a problem by defining it out of existence -- racism can't be a problem if so few white people murder black people, they reason. Limbaugh is going a step further, arguing that public outrage over racism is fake too.

[T]he next time the media and the Democrat Party get all exercised about something happening in our country or in our culture or in our media, and when they're all in unity on it, the reaction ought to be they're lying. They're making it up. There's a political agenda here. There is no real outrage, for example.

All these people supposedly calling advertisers of this program. There was no angry consumer outrage. It was all trumped up. The same thing was attempted with the Trayvon Martin case. To create a false reality, to make it look like the country is as agitated as the left is, but it never is. The country is never as roiled and as agitated as the left is. They can succeed in upsetting people. But the object lesson here is to, from this point forward, just don't believe them.

It is surprising Limbaugh compares his sexist comments about Fluke to George Zimmerman's shooting of Martin, but it's not surprising that he thinks outrage over that event is fake. Several surveys contradict Limbaugh, such as a Pew Research Center poll released Tuesday showing 25 percent of Americans are following the Martin story more closely than any other story -- making it the top news Americans were interested in last week. It was also the top story Americans followed at all. A CNN poll this week showed 73 percent of Americans think Zimmerman should be arrested.

Source if you hate yourself and want to read more of this bullshit.


Are my blockquote tags not working??? eta: okay, they look fine on my flist but not when viewed on the _p main page. Whatever, the italics (and the bullshit) make it clear when Rush is talking.

UK Fuel strike threat: Top-up advised when tank half-full.

UK Ministers have clarified advice to motorists ahead of a possible fuel drivers' strike -telling them to refill tanks when half-empty.

It came after government calls to "top up" tanks were blamed for panic-buying at petrol stations in some areas, with drivers ignoring calls not to queue.

Labour leader Ed Miliband called on the PM to apologise for the "shambles".

Some 90% of UK forecourts are supplied by about 2,000 tanker drivers in the Unite union, which is threatening a strike over their working conditions and pay.

Teresa Sayers, chief executive of the Downstream Fuel Association representing retailers, said increased demand had resulted in some garages running out of fuel.

But she added: "It is a temporary issue and we are replenishing the fuel as quickly as we can."


OP: They're panic buying even before a potential strike is called. If a strike is declared, presumably we can expect Mad Max-style mohawked road gangs patrolling the Home Counties in search of 'guzzoline'.
Billy Talent

Canadian Penny Killed in Canada

OTTAWA -- There may still be pennies from heaven, but they won't be coming from the mint much longer.

The humble one-cent piece is set to disappear from Canadian pockets, a victim of inflation.

Thursday's federal budget said the Royal Canadian Mint will strike the last of the little coins this fall.

The budget says the cost of minting a penny has risen to 1.6 cents or $11 million a year. Its purchasing power has fallen to a 20th of its original value.

"Some Canadians consider the penny more of a nuisance than a useful coin," the budget documents said.

And so the coin will go the way of the old 25-cent shinplaster.

"The penny is a currency without any currency in Canada,'' Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said at a news conference.

It's nothing but a nuisance for business, he added.

Pennies will still be legal tender, but as they slowly vanish from circulation, prices will have to be rounded up or down.

If the customer has the pennies, they can use them. Payments with debit or credit cards or cheques can also be to the penny. But if the customer is paying cash and doesn't have the pennies, the total will go up or down to the nearest nickel. For example, $1.02 will become $1 and $1.03 will be $1.05.

The budget said experience in other countries that have dropped low-denomination coins suggests that rounding will be fair and there will be no impact on inflation.

As for those jars, boxes and bags of pennies sitting in countless drawers across the country, the government suggests people donate them to charities.

The penny has been under fire for years. New Democrat MP Pat Martin has introduced private member's bills over the years to kill it.

The disappearing penny will likely have little economic impact, but it may require some cultural adjustments.

And some old adages will likely fade away, too. Penny candy? A relic of the past. The penny arcade? Already gone. What are people going to pinch? Will thoughts now cost a nickel? See a penny? Leave it. Penny-wise? Just foolish. Take care of the nickels and the dollars will take care of themselves? A penny saved is...not much.


First post, so if I missed/misused some tags forgive me. D:

A clinic’s landlord turns the tables on anti-abortion protesters

Regardless of how you feel about abortion, the way Todd Stave flipped the script on his bullies is pretty dang clever.

Stave is the landlord of a medical clinic in Germantown that offers abortions. Reproductive Health Services Clinic became a big focus of anti-abortion protesters when it was leased to LeRoy Carhart, one of the few doctors in the nation who acknowledges performing late-term abortions.

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The Accolade

House Republicans Vote Against Facebook Privacy

In a continued effort to work against the American people, House Republicans blocked a measure 236-184 (that’s every single voting House Republican) that would have allowed the Federal Communications Committee to prevent employers from asking for and obtaining Facebook passwords from workers. Democrats introduced the legislation as part of a bill adding new restrictions on the FCC as it’s being reported that an increasing number of employers are demanding access to social media.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo) argued “They have an expectation that their right to free speech or their right to free religion will be respected when they use these social media outlets.”

He added “If an employer wants to pose as or impersonate the individual who had to turn over their confidential password, that employer, I think, will be able to reach into personal, private information of the user, or of the person who’s communicating with them.”

Perlmutter also said “If you are a Facebook user, you should never have to share your password.”

The job market is slowly improving and this means more and more people will have to choose between releasing private, personal information in order to earn a living or shut down their social media accounts altogether. Even with an improving job market, employment opportunities are far and few between. Putting food on the table trumps playing on Facebook.

Where does this end? How long before we hand over a set of house keys to an employer so they can rummage through our belongings and barge in whenever they feel like it?

We have six more months before we can vote in a new House. Before you do, ask yourself ”What have the Republicans done to make your life better or easier?”

Suzumiya Haruhi

Slayings of 5 in S.F. cited to back immigrant detention bill

Lawmakers are using revelations about the suspect in the slaying of five San Francisco residents to push legislation that would allow lengthier detention of criminal immigrants who cannot be repatriated.

Binh Thai Luc, 35, of San Francisco was arrested Sunday in connection with the slayings of five people in a home in the Ingleside neighborhood. He had been taken into custody in August 2006 after serving time for assault and attempted robbery but had to be released six months later after Vietnamese authorities declined to provide appropriate travel documents for his deportation, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Supreme Court rulings hold that continued detention of an immigrant becomes unlawful after 180 days, when "no significant likelihood of removal exists in the reasonably foreseeable future."

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) released a statement Tuesday morning calling attention to a bill he introduced in May that aims to allow the Department of Homeland Security to detain "as long as necessary" immigrants deemed to be criminals who cannot be deported to their native countries.

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Kestutis Zadvydas was the opposite of what most people would envision as an ideal immigrant to the United States. He was a convicted thief and cocaine dealer, and U.S. officials ordered him deported in 1994 to his native Germany.

But Zadvydas was never sent home.

Neither were, by some counts, thousands of other convicted criminals marked for deportation to their countries of origin in the past decade - including Binh Thai Luc, 35, who is accused in last week's slayings of five people in a San Francisco row house.

The potential deportees were all held in prison for up to six months, then set free under a 2001 U.S. Supreme Court ruling barring immigrants from being locked up indefinitely while awaiting deportation. The trouble in all these instances was that their home countries would not take them back.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Sorry about all this Bay Area news spamming. But I find many of these stories point to larger issues worth discussing.
Suzumiya Haruhi

California state colleges weigh asking students about sexual orientation

California's state colleges and universities could ask students about their sexual orientation next year on application or enrollment forms, becoming the largest group of schools in the country to do so. The move, now under study, has raised the hopes of gay activists for recognition but the concerns of others about privacy.

The questions, which students could answer voluntarily, come in response to a little-known state law seeking such information. The law is aimed at gauging the size of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations on campuses and whether UC, Cal State and community colleges offer enough services, such as counseling, for those students.

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Los Angeles Times

I'm not in school anymore, but, as I told a friend, I bet that, much like my (multi)ethnicity, I doubt there would be a box for me to check that actually covered my sexuality.
That said, would I volunteer this information? I'm honestly not sure. The problem, as you probably know, is that you never really know if you're going to get an "oh, yeah, sure, no problem" or a "get the hell away from me you sick freak" response. It's like walking a minefield.
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Black Marine Veteran killed in own home after accidentally calling authorities

As the Trayvon Martin case draws national attention, we look at another fatal shooting of an African-American male that has received far less scrutiny. Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr., a 68-year-old African-American Marine veteran, was fatally shot in November by White Plains, NY, police who responded to a false alarm from his medical alert pendant. The officers broke down Chamberlain’s door, tasered him, and then shot him dead. Audio of the entire incident was recorded by the medical alert device in Chamberlain’s apartment. We’re joined by family attorneys and Chamberlain’s son, Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr., who struggles through tears to recount his father’s final moments, including the way police officers mocked his father’s past as a marine. "For them to look at my father that way, (with) no regard for his life, every morning I think about it," he says.


Apologies for the bad video quality, but the audio on this is what matters. Video at the source is better quality.

All the prayers for peace for the Chamberlain family.
van Gogh
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Geraldo, Your Apology Is Bullsh*t! by Russell Simmons

Geraldo, your apology is bullshit! Your apology is nothing but a defense of a racist, backward thing you already said. And I am a yogi, and I generally don't speak like this, but I have to say it like it is. It is a non-apology apology that continues to blame the victim for their appearance.

Although a black preacher may warn his congregation or a black father may tell his son that we live in a society where they can be singled out, where they're going to have to defend themselves against the racism that exists in America, it is not for you to go out on the most Conservative news network and say something insensitive and enabling on a show that you know promotes the most negative stereotypes. To go in front of them is dramatically different than a black or Latino father telling his son to "watch out, the world is still full of racism and you're at risk."

A lot of the prominent Fox contributors of color make people comfortable with their insensitive attitudes; don't be one of them. You're always playing your stripes of having been an activist, which has inspired me throughout the years, don't now try to play to cheap seats. It's like telling women not to wear skirts because they could get raped. That's what you just did. It's freaking horrible. It's inexcusable. And you're my friend, my friend for many years. I have a great amount of respect for you, but zero respect for your apology and for what you said.

Hoodies Up.

Justice For Trayvon!



The Good, The Bad and The Absurd of the Mexico Presidential Election

The Mexican Presidential Elections will be kicking into gear in the next few days. “So what?” you might ask.

Well, if history is any guide, the coming months will be filled with intrigue and scandal. The last election led to weeks-long protests by the losing candidate, who is running again, this time against a perfectly-coiffed ex-governor with a mysterious death in his past, and a woman who could round out the Latin American trifecta of female leaders (Brazil and Argentina being the other two countries led by women) if she were to win in Mexico.

But beyond the reality show drama, this year’s election will be particularly interesting because of what is at stake. Mexico’s young democracy is at an important crossroads.

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Nice lightweight reading
BTW does anyone know of a way to make a post and for it to actually look like the way you intended in edit mode?
Stevie J

Skittles Speaks Out On Trayvon Martin Tragedy

Trayvon Martin was carrying a bag of Skittles and a can of Arizona iced tea when he was brutally murdered by self-proclaimed neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman. Various sites and activists made a call to action to start sending empty Skittles packets to the police chief in Sanford, Bill Lee.

We all waited to see what Skittles would do because this case directly impacts their brand. And Skittles has spoken. In a statement, a spokeswoman for Skittles said:

“We are deeply saddened by the news of Trayvon Martin’s death and express our sincere condolences to his family and friends. We also respect their privacy and feel it inappropriate to get involved or comment further as we would never wish for our actions to be perceived as an attempt of commercial gain following this tragedy.” source

The War Against Youth

The recession didn't gut the prospects of American young people. The Baby Boomers took care of that.

By Stephen Marche

Twenty-five years ago young Americans had a chance.

In 1984, American breadwinners who were sixty-five and over made ten times as much as those under thirty-five. The year Obama took office, older Americans made almost forty-seven times as much as the younger generation.

This bleeding up of the national wealth is no accounting glitch, no anomalous negative bounce from the recent unemployment and mortgage crises, but rather the predictable outcome of thirty years of economic and social policy that has been rigged to serve the comfort and largesse of the old at the expense of the young.

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, human potential has been consistently growing, generating greater material wealth, more education, wider opportunities — a vast and glorious liberation of human potential. In all that time, everyone, even followers of the most corrupt or most evil of ideologies, believed they were working for a better tomorrow. Not now. The angel of progress has suddenly vanished from the scene. Or rather, the angel of progress has been sent away.

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Rick Santorum Catches Himself Midway Through Calling President Obama the N-Word

Transcript: “We know the candidate Barack Obama what he was like, the anti-war goverment nigg— uh, the uh… fffff... the uh... that America was a source for...”