- 4 days ago
"Did you know that during World War II, FDR actually proposed a cap on income that in today’s dollars would mean that no person could ever take home more than about $300,000? OK, that is a little low. (audience laughter) But wouldn’t it be great if there were Democrats out there like that now, who would say to billionaires, ‘Oh, you’re crying? We’ll give you something to cry about. You don’t want a minimum wage? How about we not only have a minimum wage, we have a maximum wage?’"
- 1 week ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has reached the breaking point, says Tim Draper. The Silicon Valley venture capitalist is pushing a proposal to crack the nation’s most populous state into smaller pieces — six of them.
California has grown so big, so inefficient, it’s essentially ungovernable, according to a ballot initiative that could reach voters as early as November.
It has to go, he says.
Draper, in documents he submitted to the Secretary of State’s Office, recommends dividing California regionally, including establishing a state called Silicon Valley, which would include San Francisco and nearby counties that are home to technology giants like Facebook and Apple.
Los Angeles would become part of the new state of West California, which also would include the coastal cities of Santa Barbara and Ventura. The state’s farming heartland would become Central California. San Diego would be the largest city in the new South California.
They’ll do this to Texas in 20 more years watch
DON’T OVERLOOK HOW THIS INSTALLS TIM DRAPER IN A BS POSITION OVER HIS OWN STATE IN SILICON VALLEY.
DON’T FORGET THAT CALIFORNIA IS PAYING OFF ITS DEBTS FINALLY BECAUSE WE FINALLY STARTED TAXING PEOPLE IN DRAPER’S INCOME BRACKET A REASONABLE AMOUNT.
This is explicitly about carving California up for bullshit reasons that have everything to do with classism.
I feel like this is also a transparent attempt at voting suppression, too. It would guarantee some of California’s 50 electoral votes to republicans, who NEED at least some of them to win any elections in the future.
All of the above commentary.
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- 1 week ago
See those states in red?
Those are states that currently don’t allow transgender people to change their legal sex.
Ohio, Idaho, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Tennessee.
The petition needs 100,000 signatures by March 22, 2014 to get an official response. Signing up is incredibly quick and only takes a moment, and you don’t even have to be a US citizen.
Please help transgender people complete this vital part of their transition all across America.
GUYS PLEASE SIGN THIS SO THAT MY TRANS SIBLINGS CAN DO THIS. IT IS VITAL TO OUR TRANSITION. THERE ARE A THOUSAND NOTES ON THIS POST AND BARELY 300 SIGNATURES. YOU GUYS CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS.
THERE ARE 626 SIGNATURES ON THIS PETITION NOW. THE PETITION CLOSES IN LESS THAN TWO DAYS.
I HAVE 2,155 FOLLOWERS, WHO LIKELY HAVE THEIR OWN SETS OF FOLLOWERS.
SIGN THE PETITION. SPREAD THIS LIKE WILDFIRE.
SNAP SNAP TIME’S A-WASTING WHEN WE COULD BE AFFECTING AN IMPORTANT GOOD. TRANS PEOPLE NEED SAFE LEGAL SPACES IN WHICH TO TRANSITION, SO MAKE IT HAPPEN, EVERYONE.
It actually doesn’t close until March 22, but yeah sign this!!
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- 1 week ago
If I put a gun to someone’s head, say, a 30-year-old healthy male, pull the trigger, and kill him, assuming an average life expectancy of, say, 84, you can argue that possibly 54 years of life [were] stolen from that person in a direct act of violence.
However, if a person is born into poverty in the midst of an abundant society where it is statistically proven that it would hurt no one to facilitate meeting the basic needs of that person and yet they die at the age of 30 due to heart disease, which has been found to statistically relate to those who endure the stress and effects of low socioeconomic status, is that death, the removal of those 54 years once again, an act of violence?
And the answer is ‘Yes, it is.’
You see, our legal system has conditioned us to think that violence is a direct behavioral act. The truth is that violence is a process, not an act, and it can take many forms.
You cannot separate any outcome from the system by which it is oriented."
- 1 week ago
"Bitcoin was, of course, created in part to cater to libertarian dreams – to provide a way to store your wealth where governments can’t steal it through taxation or currency debasement. And it’s true! Thanks to Bitcoin, you can instead have your wealth stolen by private hackers."
- 1 month ago
- 1 month ago
You don’t get stopped and frisked for being profiled as a white supremacist. You’re more likely to get people defending your right to be a white supremacist than having your rights violated because of it.
Leftists really cheapen the phrase “white supremacist” when they use it to describe your average white American.
if the shoe fits
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- 1 month ago
*sheds single tear of happiness*
No but really, Germany has done a fantastic job with remembering and moving on from the holocaust. Sure they can’t ever make things right, but they are great at making sure no German ever forgets what happened in their country. They really do deserve some credit. I honestly can’t think of any other country that has acknowledged the stain of genocide in their history so well. I mean America pretty much denies that slavery and manifest destiny was genocide, and then Turkey calls the Armenian genocide a war, and Cambodia has members of the Khmer Rouge in their current government. So let’s give a hand to Germany.
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- 1 month ago
HEY IMPORTANT THING. I just got this email:
BIG NEWS: President Obama just announced that he is taking major action against sexual assault by creating a presidential task force to fight rape on college campuses.1
Having the President on our side is huge at a moment when sexual assault on college campuses has reached an epidemic level. Right now, 1 in 5 women will be assaulted or raped during college.2
For over a year now, the UltraViolet community—that’s you!—has been taking action together to tackle rape culture and stand up for survivors. Together with our allies, we’ve helped bring the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses into the spotlight and called on the Administration to address it.
That’s why the White House wants to know what solutions YOU want to see. As an advocate who has spoken out for survivors before, your input is valuable. This is a major opportunity to be heard by the President and White House.
Can you take 3 minutes to fill out a short, easy survey about what you think the Presidential Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault should do? We’ll deliver your response to the White House next week.
Presidential commissions have a mixed record—some have faded into historical footnotes, while others have changed the course of our country’s history. For example, President Reagan’s HIV/AIDS task force led to increased funding for drug trials and an end to federal discrimination against those who are HIV-positive.3
We know that searches for solutions to sexual assault and rape can end up victim-blaming instead of holding attackers accountable. It’s why we’re bombarded by media figures that blame alcohol, twerking, and teenage naivete for rape instead of the rapists.4 And just last year, campus after campus—from Yale to USC—was called out for mishandling rape cases.5
When colleges don’t take rape accusations seriously, it discourages survivors from reporting. Only 12% of survivors report the assault, and it’s more often the survivors rather than their attackers who drop out of school.6
A federal task force will create uniform guidelines that colleges should follow to stop sexual assault and punish rapists. Data and research is helpful, but input from citizens who care and know about the problem is critical to finding the right solutions.
Last year, Ultraviolet members spoke out and demanded the Department of Education start holding campuses accountable for failing to uphold Title IX—the federal law that bans sexual discrimination in education, including sexual assault. From Steubenville, Ohio, and Maryville, Missouri, to Yale University, you’ve spoken out time and again to demand justice for survivors who have been swept aside by school authorities, law enforcement, and their communities. Now the President himself is demanding more be done, and he wants to hear from you.
Thanks for speaking out.
—Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Malinda, Adam, and Gabriela, the UltraViolet team
This is super big!
Share any stories, even from friends or even if you haven’t actually been assaulted. Like I was actually stalked by and sent very vulgar and graphic messages from a male classmate more than twice my age when I was in college, and the school did nothing to protect me other than tell the man to stop talking to me, and it was the third time he’d done that to female classmates. I literally had to have someone chaperone me to and from my car because I was so scared of this guy.
1. Obama Targets College Sexual Assault Epidemic, ABC News, January 22, 2014
3. Bush Backs Protection Of AIDS Victim Rights, New York Times, June 29, 1988
4. College Women: Stop Getting Drunk, Slate, October 15, 2013
Miley Cyrus, Steubenville and teen culture run amok, Washington Post, September 2, 2013
Serena Williams: Steubenville Rape Victim ‘Shouldn’t Have Put Herself In That Position’, Huffington Post, June 18, 2013
5. Add USC to growing ‘Colleges Making Rapes Worse’ list, Washington Post, July 26, 2013
6. Obama Targets College Sexual Assault Epidemic, ABC News, January 22, 2014
A lack of consequences for sexual assault, Center for Public Integrity, January 28, 2013
HEY GUYS I HAD TO FIX THE LINK AND ALSO I ADDED SOURCES SO NO MORE PEOPLE CAN TRY TO SAY THAT RAPE CULTURE ISN’T REAL.
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