The people of Palau, Marshall Islands and Micronesia, through the Compact of Free Association, are able to travel freely between their island nations and the USA, are able to work and eligible to receive the same services and benefits as US citizens. In exchange, the US military has access to land and maintain a military presence in that part of the Pacific. What is not being said is that it is also a form of compensation for poisoning their islands when our government conducted 67 nuclear tests between 1946 and 1958, which resulted in a rise of birth abnormalities and various forms of cancer.
Because Congress has not funded COFA, the financial burden falls upon the state of Hawaii where over 10,000 Micronesians live, and the Circuit Court has just ruled that Hawaii is not obligated for the cost of COFA, leaving many of those people in peril.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the earth, our federal government is wasting BILLIONS of our tax payer dollars in Afghanistan, expenses our Congress justify in a heartbeat, because you know - terrorism. But when it comes to accountability, our government’s fingers point to corrupt leaders or a corrupt culture because it’s convenient - when they should really point their fingers at themselves!
And in Hawaii, the false promises of COFA has created tension and resentment between the people of Hawaii and Micronesians, our Moana siblings, a tension that is so ugly and not PONO, and we’ve taken our eyes off the true culprit, the source of the problem: American imperialism, which uproots, divides, discards and ultimately destroys people.
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A white supremacist charged with killing three people near two Jewish community facilities in suburban Kansas City this week posted more than 12,000 messages on a racist website which carries the slogan “No Jews, Just Right,” according to an organization that tracks hate groups.
The online activity by Frazier Glenn Cross follows a trend in which prolific posters on hate online forums are becoming “disproportionately responsible” for racist murders and mass killings, according to a report released on Thursday by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit civil rights organization.
The report said nearly 100 people in the last five years have been murdered by frequent users of one white supremacist website, Stormfront. The site describes itself as a community of “White Nationalists” and “the voice of the new, embattled White minority.”
“It has been a magnet for the deadly and deranged,” said Heidi Beirich, author of the report.
This is part of what gets me about the whole anti-SJW thing, because one of their big talking points is that “reverse racism is just as bad! heterophobia is just as bad!” etc. So if we’re supposedly as bad as literal Nazis, then why aren’t TumblrInAction et al antagonizing, say, Stormfront members? Because they realize on some level that an angry trans person saying “I hate cis people” poses 0 actual threat to them, whereas pissing off a neo-Nazi could get them killed.
Meanwhile, POC, Jewish people, and queer people piss off neo-Nazis just by existing. But “anti-SJWs” who are supposedly for “real justice” won’t stand up against that. Apparently “real justice” can be carried out without any risk of consequences to one’s self.
(via fyeahcracker)Source: ethiopienne
- 3 weeks ago
the new non-binary petition is almost halfway there [VIBRATES EXCITEDLY]
Hey guys! At the current rate, we are only gaining about 1,000 signatures a day after the initial surge of signatures. At this rate, we are not going to be able to obtain the 49,000 signatures we need in the next three weeks or so. Please, please, please continue to reblog this whenever you can, and for god’s sake SIGN IT if you haven’t yet!
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- 1 month ago
LGBTQ rights supporters rejoiced on Thursday with news that homosexuality is no longer illegal in Lebanon. A court ruling abolished a case against an unna
Western onlookers have a very firm notion of the trajectory along which LGBTQ rights should advance. That trajectory places trans rights as a clear “next step,” something that can only be achieved once the groundwork has been laid by the advancement of the “L,” “G,” and perhaps “B” contingencies (representing lesbian, gay, and bisexual, respectively). But the Lebanese courts are not following that trajectory. The same ruling that decriminalized homosexuality also formally recognized gender variation and codified principles of self-identification. This nuanced view of the interplay between sexuality and gender identification doesn’t fit with the traditional (Western) “gay rights” narrative, and has resulted in Western media coverage that almost completely silences the critical role a transwoman played in achieving this landmark ruling.
Proclaiming Lebanon’s ruling as merely a “victory for gays” is not only an insult to the trans issues underpinning the ruling, but also whitewashes the Lebanese LGBTQ movement, painting it with strokes more easily digestible by Western consumers. The Lebanese case was not and is not merely a “victories for gays” – it is a nuanced and praise-worthy assessment of gender variance. While critics have commented that the ruling falls short of tangible “rights” for gays, in many ways it also far surpasses mainstream Western understandings of gender identity. And this deserves some press.
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"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?’"
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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.
(via kingof40thieves)Source: kingjaffejoffer
- 1 month 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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