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2015-07-05 03:13:32 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-06 02:05:59 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

World Premiere of Somtow's Arrangement of the Star-Spangled Banner -- this is really a lovely rendition, and more amazing given that it was created quickly out of necessity.

World Premiere of Somtow's Arrangement of the Star-Spangled Banner -- this is really a lovely rendition, and more amazing given that it was created quickly out of necessity.___

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2015-07-06 01:41:35 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Outstanding tap jam session!
#Dancergy #dance

Outstanding tap jam session!
#Dancergy #dance___

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2015-07-05 22:45:03 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Please sign the petition. This is just rediculous of course authors network with eachother. Friends buy friends books. We beta read for each other help find other good vooks to read. And yes we also write reviews. I am hunting down review bloggers now for reviews. Things like this will just hurt everyone. Just.... ugh.

Please sign the petition. This is just rediculous of course authors network with eachother. Friends buy friends books. We beta read for each other help find other good vooks to read. And yes we also write reviews. I am hunting down review bloggers now for reviews. Things like this will just hurt everyone. Just.... ugh.___

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2015-07-05 22:42:46 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-05 22:41:01 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

I'm sure I can feel sorry for them if I try really hard...

...nope. I got nothing.

___I'm sure I can feel sorry for them if I try really hard...

...nope. I got nothing.

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2015-07-05 21:10:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The Surprisingly Imperfect Science of DNA Testing

>>“A mystical aura of definitiveness often surrounds the value of DNA evidence,” the studies’ authors wrote.

In many cases, this aura is deserved. The method is unequivocal when it tests a large quantity of one person’s well-preserved genes, when it’s clear how that evidence arrived at a crime scene, and when the lab makes no errors in its work.
But those are not circumstances enjoyed by every criminal investigation.

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The Surprisingly Imperfect Science of DNA Testing

>>“A mystical aura of definitiveness often surrounds the value of DNA evidence,” the studies’ authors wrote.

In many cases, this aura is deserved. The method is unequivocal when it tests a large quantity of one person’s well-preserved genes, when it’s clear how that evidence arrived at a crime scene, and when the lab makes no errors in its work.
But those are not circumstances enjoyed by every criminal investigation.

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2015-07-05 20:08:17 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

“These are blacks!” she said. “They don’t go on the internet.”

And surprise surprise, "Ole Miss" doesn't stand for "Old Mississippi".

People say that flying the confederate flag is about heritage and it is not racist. How is that possible given the war was about slavery?___“These are blacks!” she said. “They don’t go on the internet.”

And surprise surprise, "Ole Miss" doesn't stand for "Old Mississippi".

2015-07-05 19:06:24 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

#loopholes  

#loopholes  ___

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2015-07-05 18:30:38 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The making of Me and Bobby McGee

“The title came from [producer and Monument Records founder] Fred Foster. He called one night and said, ‘I’ve got a song title for you. It’s “Me and Bobby McKee.”’ I thought he said ‘McGee.’ Bobby McKee was the secretary of Boudleaux Bryant, who was in the same building with Fred.___The making of Me and Bobby McGee

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2015-07-05 17:58:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

An interesting look at the potential impact of major volcanic activity on our society.

A bit of a lengthy read, but interesting. ___An interesting look at the potential impact of major volcanic activity on our society.

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2015-07-05 15:11:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Place of Departure

Chajnantor means “place of departure,” or more poetically “place of ascension” in the Kunza language of the Atacama region. It is a plateau about 5000 meters (16,000 feet) above sea level. Its elevation and arid climate makes for extremely difficult working conditions, but it also makes it perfect for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, or ALMA.

ALMA is one of the first truly international astronomical endeavors. Rather than being spearheaded by a single nation with others lending primarily financial support, ALMA is a collaboration between the United States (NRAO), Europe (ESO), East Asia (NAOJ) and the Republic Chile. It’s coordination has been likened to the United Nations. Given ALMA’s 1.4 billion dollar price tag, international collaboration was the only way the project was feasible.

ALMA consists of more than 6012-meter an... more »

Place of Departure

Chajnantor means “place of departure,” or more poetically “place of ascension” in the Kunza language of the Atacama region. It is a plateau about 5000 meters (16,000 feet) above sea level. Its elevation and arid climate makes for extremely difficult working conditions, but it also makes it perfect for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, or ALMA.

ALMA is one of the first truly international astronomical endeavors. Rather than being spearheaded by a single nation with others lending primarily financial support, ALMA is a collaboration between the United States (NRAO), Europe (ESO), East Asia (NAOJ) and the Republic Chile. It’s coordination has been likened to the United Nations. Given ALMA’s 1.4 billion dollar price tag, international collaboration was the only way the project was feasible.

ALMA consists of more than 60 12-meter antennas as well as 12 7-meter antennas. The 7-meter antennas are designed to be closely spaced, forming the Atacama Compact Array (ACA). Since the antennas use interferometry to create images of the sky, the ACA creates a wide sky view, while the larger array of 12-meter antennas allows us to focus in on particular objects. The antennas can be moved to different locations to allow for different scales and resolutions.

The engineering of ALMA is incredibly ambitious. In order to combine signals from the antennas, as supercomputing correlator had to be built on the plateau. It is the highest altitude supercomputer on the planet. The correlator not only has to account for the arrangement of the antennas, but also the orientation of the Earth relative to the target object. As the Earth rotates, the effective separation of the antennas change. While this gradual change is a computing challenge, it also allows us to create a more complete image of objects.

Because ALMA focuses on millimeter wavelengths, it is perfectly suited to image cold molecular clouds, both in interstellar regions and surrounding young stars. Since it can image these clouds with the resolution similar to that of the Hubble telescope, it’s able to provide an incredible view of things like planets forming around other stars.

ALMA has only begun what is intended to be a 30-year mission to study the universe. As the largest international astronomy collaboration, it is perhaps fitting that it resides at Chajnantor, as it will likely be a place of departure toward some incredible astronomical discoveries.

This post was made possible in part by the ACEAP project, funded by the National Science Foundation.___

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2015-07-05 14:04:53 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

quote: I have written in the past about how Iron Age chattel culture underlies Religious Right priorities that might otherwise seem at odds: Why do the same people who oppose abortion also oppose protections and rights for children once they are born? What do opposition to marriage equality and opposition to contraception have in common? Why is the line between marriage and slavery so blurry in the Bible? How was American slavery influenced by the Iron Age worldview? Why does biblical literalism so often incline people to embrace sexual and racial inequality?

From within Christianity, Episcopal theologian and author Kelly Brown Douglas has written extensively about some of these same questions, with a particular focus on sexuality and the Black body. After the Trayvon Martin killing, she channeled her grief into a book, Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God. In theinterview th... more »

quote: I have written in the past about how Iron Age chattel culture underlies Religious Right priorities that might otherwise seem at odds: Why do the same people who oppose abortion also oppose protections and rights for children once they are born? What do opposition to marriage equality and opposition to contraception have in common? Why is the line between marriage and slavery so blurry in the Bible? How was American slavery influenced by the Iron Age worldview? Why does biblical literalism so often incline people to embrace sexual and racial inequality?

From within Christianity, Episcopal theologian and author Kelly Brown Douglas has written extensively about some of these same questions, with a particular focus on sexuality and the Black body. After the Trayvon Martin killing, she channeled her grief into a book, Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God. In the interview that follows, Brown Douglas talks about the ancient concept of chattel, how it leads to the assumption that black bodies are “guilty, hypersexual, and dangerous,” and how it underlies the slaughter, from Florida to New York to Charleston, that has left America reeling.___

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2015-07-05 13:41:42 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

#asteroid #climate #change

#asteroid #climate #change___

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2015-07-05 12:44:52 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I am a citizen of a nation in which slavery is legal. 

That’s a very hard thing for me to say, and a harder thing still to hear. Hard for me to say, because I have lived my life fighting for the idea that all citizens of our country are equal. Of course, I’ve always had the privilege of having white skin to hide me from the truth. Harder still to hear, because in a nation where slavery is accepted, no one is ever truly a free citizen. 

But I can’t hide from the truth anymore. Even the UN Report on Human Rights in the United States pulled no punches when released last week. 

http://www.upr-info.org/sites/default/files/document/united_states/session_22_-_may_2015/a_hrc_wg.6_22_l.10.pdf

I’m a lifelong, passionate student of history, and dreamer of the future. The song Imagine was released just before my birth. Born to an anti-Vietnam War hippie mom, whosurely san... more »

I am a citizen of a nation in which slavery is legal. 

That’s a very hard thing for me to say, and a harder thing still to hear. Hard for me to say, because I have lived my life fighting for the idea that all citizens of our country are equal. Of course, I’ve always had the privilege of having white skin to hide me from the truth. Harder still to hear, because in a nation where slavery is accepted, no one is ever truly a free citizen. 

But I can’t hide from the truth anymore. Even the UN Report on Human Rights in the United States pulled no punches when released last week. 

http://www.upr-info.org/sites/default/files/document/united_states/session_22_-_may_2015/a_hrc_wg.6_22_l.10.pdf

I’m a lifelong, passionate student of history, and dreamer of the future. The song Imagine was released just before my birth. Born to an anti-Vietnam War hippie mom, who surely sang along to me in my crib the words of her favorite musician. I grew up listening to stories of those who had fought long and hard for equality. I read everything I could get my hands on about the struggles of this country to truly represent the freedom and rights enshrined in our laws. 

Slavery was stricken as constitutionally legal with the 13th Amendment. Yet the text itself left former slave owners with everything they needed to ensure they could continue prospering under the enforced labor of others. 

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

The system continued with Jim Crow laws. The “former” slaves were kept indebted to the land in the form of sharecropping. Requiring them to only get goods and seeds from the store associated with the landowner, and pay it off at the end of each growing season kept them too poor to leave. And if they did think about leaving, that’s when the laws against certain jobs, living in certain areas, shopping in certain places all applied. It was oh so easy to keep slavery going, because they had the force of law. A black man unknowingly breaking a Jim Crow law would find himself either lynched or imprisoned for a very long term. Almost certainly to work on a chain gang. 

And those prison jobs have always benefited the small local county sheriffs and police. They used the prisoners to staff their homes, care for their yards, and do labor for associates. While any profits were immediately pocketed by the police or sheriff. 

When Jim Crow officially ended, it was still decades before many could vote, or take any rights of citizens. 

But that pesky line in the 13th Amendment stayed there. 

The same sheriffs and police that fought to keep Jim Crow alive and well never left their cash cow behind. They stayed in office, and simply continued their normal practices. 

As a result, we now have a country that imprisons a far greater percent of our population than any other. That uses terms like “stop and frisk” as an acceptable practice to continue the enslavement and unfair imprisonment. 

You might say “Oh, what’s the harm in checking someone to see if they’re breaking the law?”. 

The harm comes in the violation of their 4th Amendment rights against illegal search and seizure. And in the overwhelmingly hard-handed use of these tactics against people of color. Even in “liberal” areas like the Bay Area.

http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_28084891/sjpd-data-show-san-jose-cops-detained-greater

A young white man is just as likely to be carrying marijuana as a young black man. Yet that young black man is many more times likely to be arrested for it. 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/06/04/the-blackwhite-marijuana-arrest-gap-in-nine-charts/

We’ve grown our prisons for many reasons. For profit prisons are thriving, and have created a huge lobby. That lobby does much to push for “mandatory sentencing”, to ensure that minor crimes or even victimless crimes are punished far longer--so there is more profit per prisoner to be had. 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/04/28/how-for-profit-prisons-have-become-the-biggest-lobby-no-one-is-talking-about/

Private prisons especially, but also many publicly run ones are continuing to be heavily used for their free/cheap labor. Your business have call center needs you don’t want to pay much for, or outsource overseas? Here’s the place for you! They even take the time to point out to racists that these prisoners speak English!! And their services include a great note Furthermore our agent turnover rate is less than half of the industry norm and the absenteeism rate is practically zero. Because there’s no such thing as a sick day or personal day in prison, and the average prison term is longer than most people can tolerate working in a call center environment outside the prison industry. 
http://www.convictionleads.com/services/

The Sheriff’s Union and Police Unions continue to rake in their profits, and have absolutely no incentive to hand over power. And since prosecutors depend on police cooperation to do their jobs, the police don’t get prosecuted for breaking the laws and violating civil rights of citizens. When citizens do try and speak up about the injustice, its easy to shut them down when you control all the power. 

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/05/06/3654931/sheriffs-threaten-cut-off-prisoner-phone-calls-cant-get-kickbacks

Slavery is, and always has been, a monetary system. There’s huge profit in enforced labor. Black lives in this country have only mattered as far as the monetary gain that can be stolen from their labor. 

And the answer to young black men and others of color is still the same as what it was for Jim in To Kill a Mockingbird. If you refuse to be stopped and imprisoned, if you refuse to be held any longer for crimes you haven’t committed, but merely for the color of your skin, that’s an immediate death penalty offense. 

Slavery or death. That’s the inevitable choice of people of color in the US. ___

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2015-07-05 03:13:32 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-05 02:49:36 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Everything you heard about the bizarre management experiment at Zappos is even worse than you thought.

I'm amazed Bezos is sitting by letting this happen.

Everything you heard about the bizarre management experiment at Zappos is even worse than you thought.

I'm amazed Bezos is sitting by letting this happen.___

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2015-07-05 01:36:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Rock Chicks

*SNORK!*___Rock Chicks

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2015-07-05 01:25:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Another misuse of the sex offender registry.

The monsters are these judges and prosecutors with attitudes out of the 19th century and no sense of proportion, and the politicians who created this entire mess while pandering for votes. Those are the monsters, not kids like this. They're the ones we should fear. They're the ones we should punish. Not him.___Another misuse of the sex offender registry.

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2015-07-05 00:27:24 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Interesting the impact that a simple Buddha statue can have on a neighborhood.

First, the dumping stopped, and citizens made an effort to clean up the junk that was present. Then peddlers stopped dealing drugs in the area and the prostitutes left; walls were no longer vandalized with graffiti.___Interesting the impact that a simple Buddha statue can have on a neighborhood.

2015-07-04 23:00:46 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The Harmful Consequences of Postel's Maxim. This will make sense to those who work in API and RFC land. 

The Harmful Consequences of Postel's Maxim. This will make sense to those who work in API and RFC land. ___

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2015-07-04 22:46:40 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

quote: And so now, Georgia’s open carry policy, the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and the whole foundation of America’s justice system works as it was always intended: allowing certain people to feel safe at the expense of others existing in fear. I was without arms and face-to-face with a man who may or may not have wanted to kill me—and a man who had the freedom to make that decision without repercussions.

quote: And so now, Georgia’s open carry policy, the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and the whole foundation of America’s justice system works as it was always intended: allowing certain people to feel safe at the expense of others existing in fear. I was without arms and face-to-face with a man who may or may not have wanted to kill me—and a man who had the freedom to make that decision without repercussions.___

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2015-07-04 22:43:10 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Awww, predators

Yes, they are cute, just as we could be... if we had to hunt to survive... 

Adorable Circle of Life, by Alex Solis (Alexmdc)

http://alexmdc.tumblr.com/

Also, #caturday

Awww, predators

Yes, they are cute, just as we could be... if we had to hunt to survive... 

Adorable Circle of Life, by Alex Solis (Alexmdc)

http://alexmdc.tumblr.com/

Also, #caturday___

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2015-07-04 20:32:53 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Bride trafficking: A nasty side effect of China's one-child policy combined with sex-selection of children (via a variety of techniques). India is going down this route too. Both countries anticipate a huge differential in the number of marriageable men and women in the coming years. And with that comes a market for brides from other countries.

❝ 70 percent of Myanmar’s reported trafficking cases in 2010 involved women and girls being sold as brides to Chinese men. More recent reports from Myanmar’s police force provide an even higher figure, at 80 percent of all trafficking cases. ❞

Bride trafficking: A nasty side effect of China's one-child policy combined with sex-selection of children (via a variety of techniques). India is going down this route too. Both countries anticipate a huge differential in the number of marriageable men and women in the coming years. And with that comes a market for brides from other countries.

❝ 70 percent of Myanmar’s reported trafficking cases in 2010 involved women and girls being sold as brides to Chinese men. More recent reports from Myanmar’s police force provide an even higher figure, at 80 percent of all trafficking cases. ❞___

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2015-07-04 20:11:27 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

On Independence Day, Remember That The Meta Data Matters.
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/7708396

On Independence Day, Remember That The Meta Data Matters.
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/7708396___

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2015-07-04 17:11:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

On the 4th of July, 1852, Frederick Douglas was asked to give a speech about American Independence.

Sadly too many of his words still ring painfully true today.


What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July

Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? and am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar, and to confess the benefits and express devout gratitude for the blessings resulting from your independence to us?

Would to God, both for your sakes and ours, that an affirmative answer could be truthfully returned to these questions! Then would my task be light, and my burden easy... more »

On the 4th of July, 1852, Frederick Douglas was asked to give a speech about American Independence.

Sadly too many of his words still ring painfully true today.


What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July

Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? and am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar, and to confess the benefits and express devout gratitude for the blessings resulting from your independence to us?

Would to God, both for your sakes and ours, that an affirmative answer could be truthfully returned to these questions! Then would my task be light, and my burden easy and delightful. For who is there so cold, that a nation’s sympathy could not warm him? Who so obdurate and dead to the claims of gratitude, that would not thankfully acknowledge such priceless benefits? Who so stolid and selfish, that would not give his voice to swell the hallelujahs of a nation’s jubilee, when the chains of servitude had been torn from his limbs? I am not that man. In a case like that, the dumb might eloquently speak, and the “lame man leap as an hart.”

But, such is not the state of the case. I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common.--The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought life and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth [of] July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day? If so, there is a parallel to your conduct. And let me warn you that it is dangerous to copy the example of a nation whose crimes, lowering up to heaven, were thrown down by the breath of the Almighty, burying that nation in irrecoverable ruin! I can to-day take up the plaintive lament of a peeled and woe-smitten people!

“By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down. Yea! we wept when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there, they that carried us away captive, required of us a song; and they who wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth.”

Fellow-citizens; above your national, tumultuous joy, I hear the mournful wail of millions! whose chains, heavy and grievous yesterday, are, to-day, rendered more intolerable by the jubilee shouts that reach them. If I do forget, if I do not faithfully remember those bleeding children of sorrow this day, “may my right hand forget her cunning, and may my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth!” To forget them, to pass lightly over their wrongs, and to chime in with the popular theme, would be treason most scandalous and shocking, and would make me a reproach before God and the world. My subject, then fellow-citizens, is AMERICAN SLAVERY. I shall see, this day, and its popular characteristics, from the slave’s point of view. Standing, there, identified with the American bondman, making his wrongs mine, I do not hesitate to declare, with all my soul, that the character and conduct of this nation never looked blacker to me than on this 4th of July! Whether we turn to the declarations of the past, or to the professions of the present, the conduct of the nation seems equally hideous and revolting. America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future. Standing with God and the crushed and bleeding slave on this occasion, I will, in the name of humanity which is outraged, in the name of liberty which is fettered, in the name of the constitution and the Bible, which are disregarded and trampled upon, dare to call in question and to denounce, with all the emphasis I can command, everything that serves to perpetuate slavery--the great sin and shame of America! “I will not equivocate; I will not excuse;” I will use the severest language I can command; and yet not one word shall escape me that any man, whose judgment is not blinded by prejudice, or who is not at heart a slaveholder, shall not confess to be right and just.

Thanks to my wonderful wife for the original link.___

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2015-07-04 17:06:03 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

❝ While anyone can be an asshole, though, the douchebag is always a white guy—and so much more than that. The douchebag is the demanding 1 percent, and the far more numerous class of white, heterosexist men who ape and aspire to be them. Wall Street guys are douchebags to be sure, but so is anyone looking to cash in on his own white male privilege. ❞

This article is about more than just douchebags, it also explains that complaint I see a lot, about how there are racial epithets against white too (so there!) and why that's not the same (and the effective ones are actually class-based, not race). With perhaps this one exception.

"Since the coming of colorblindness as the official ideology of neoliberal racism, we have needed a precise term with which to recognize and ridicule white privilege when we see it. So here it is."___❝ While anyone can be an asshole, though, the douchebag is always a white guy—and so much more than that. The douchebag is the demanding 1 percent, and the far more numerous class of white, heterosexist men who ape and aspire to be them. Wall Street guys are douchebags to be sure, but so is anyone looking to cash in on his own white male privilege. ❞

This article is about more than just douchebags, it also explains that complaint I see a lot, about how there are racial epithets against white too (so there!) and why that's not the same (and the effective ones are actually class-based, not race). With perhaps this one exception.

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2015-07-04 15:21:27 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Slavery In America, from the end of the Civil Rights Movement to Today

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. 13th Amendment to the Constitution

From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10 to 20 percent of the Negro vote and they don't need any more than that...but Republicans would be shortsighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. That's where the votes are. Without that prodding from the blacks, the whites will backslide into their old comfortable arrangement with the local Democrats.

This was how Kevin... more »

Slavery In America, from the end of the Civil Rights Movement to Today

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. 13th Amendment to the Constitution

From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10 to 20 percent of the Negro vote and they don't need any more than that...but Republicans would be shortsighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. That's where the votes are. Without that prodding from the blacks, the whites will backslide into their old comfortable arrangement with the local Democrats.

This was how Kevin Phillips, chief campaign strategist for Richard Nixon*, explained the "Southern Strategy" for taking over control of the white voting bloc of the deep South in 1970. (http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/books/phillips-southern.pdf )

In the late 60s, Nixon met with Senator Strom Thurmond and other "Dixiecrats", those formerly southern Democrats who had left the Democratic Party after the integration of both the military and the party national convention. Determined to capture the South as an entire voting bloc and capture the Presidency in a nation torn by the Vietnam War and racism, Nixon didn't hesitate to use the very same men who had defended Jim Crow through not even subtly coded dog whistles. 

Today we try and pretend it was a lot more subtle. It wasn't. Nixon didn't try and hide the Southern Strategy one iota. In fact, he depended on it. The more obviously his party abused people of color, especially African-Americans, the more traditional southern Democrats changed parties to follow their racist hearts. 

As payback for his election, Nixon rewarded the Southern Republicans with exactly what they wanted. A clear cut way to continue the economic benefits of their slave system. Civil Rights had made it hard to abuse people of color without good excuse. Nixon was about to give it to them. 

It only took him until June 17, 1971. On that day, Nixon began the ultimate war on people of color. The "War on Drugs". 

His special message to Congress in which he unveiled it started off with an obvious appeal to Southern racists. By identifying New York City (often seen and used as the antithesis of Southern identity) as the #1 problem city full of drug-addicted people (people of color goes quietly without saying), Nixon made it clear to Southerners that he was fully on their side. 

Now minor possessions of drugs of any sort were immediately criminalized, beginning (and continuing) with especially harsh and draconian punishments throughout the South. Possession of a a single "joint" of marijuana, which might get a white Vietnam veteran at most admonished by a policeman became an easy conviction for white prosecutors with black defendants. 

And the US prison slave system continued to grow. And grow. 

In the 80s, we became familiar with "crack". Crack became synonymous for many racists as the drug of choice for people of color. Punishments for possession of crack skyrocketed, while laws dealing with equal amounts of cocaine, seen as a wealthy white person drug of choice did not. 

Even after reform of the obviously racist drug penalties, we still can say today: 

Possession of 28 grams of crack cocaine yields a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for a first offense; it takes 500 grams of powder cocaine to prompt the same sentence.
( http://www.drugpolicy.org/drug-facts/cocaine-and-crack-facts )

President Reagan continued and heavily increased funding for the War on Drugs, still secretly and obviously a war on people of color. 

Then came the final demonization of black men by the GOP. Willie Horton. 

In 1986, a man who had been convicted of 1st degree murder and sentenced to life in 1974 (despite no evidence involving him in the actual murder) was given a weekend pass. Desperate for some freedom, he fled and did not return. Nearly a year later, he broke into a home. He tied up the white male occupant to a beam in the basement, and when his white fiancee returned home, raped her several times. 

Both victims were alive. But Horton had committed the single unthinkable crime in the South: a man of color raping a white woman. 

President George Herbert Walker Bush was Vice-President under Reagan when it occurred. The nation was at best very bored with him, and he trailed Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis in the 1988 election by a considerable margin. President Bush had as his political strategist a man named Lee Atwater.

You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger:. 
(http://www.thenation.com/article/exclusive-lee-atwaters-infamous-1981-interview-southern-strategy/)

Dukakis was leading by an astonishing 17 points early in the summer. Atwater held a series of focus groups in NJ, where he told the story of Willie Horton raping this white woman (and cutting her fiancee) to white voters. He found that not only did blaming Dukakis for the rape work, but that by making Horton look as dangerous as possible, he could turn around the entire election. 

Atwater told President Bush: We’re 17 points back and they’ll pick up 10 more points at their convention and we won’t win. Even with a good campaign, we won’t win. You can get so far behind that even a good campaign won’t win it for you. 
( http://scholar.aci.info/view/14b08ae055b00150009/14d6be6830800010006 )

President G H W Bush obviously agreed. He won the election after the Willie Horton ads turned it completely around for him. And the damage was permanently done. 

Now not only were black men to be seen as dangerous violent drug-fueled rapists/murderers, they could not even be trusted to be freed. So began mandatory sentencing for crimes, and "3 Strikes" laws. Of course the most lobby money towards those comes always from the prison lobby. Private prisons and slave labor contract companies like CCA and Unicor have too much money to ever see a reason to end racism and slavery. 

Its time. Its time to end the phony "War on Drugs", time to call it what it is: racism and hate that have no future in our nation. Stand up and demand that we end this here and now. 

Not one more generation of children in our prison slave system. Not one more. 

*One will note that while at all times I recognize the importance of the title of President, I refuse to apply it to a disgraced bigot like Nixon.


This is part 2 in a continuing series.
Part 1: https://plus.google.com/+RuggerDucky/posts/NZbf9pzXEtT

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2015-07-04 05:02:52 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Tahlequah, Oklahoma - Stop 141: Wilma Mankiller

In 1838, President Andrew Jackson had the Cherokee Nation rounded up and forcibly marched on the "Trail of Tears" to Indian Territory in Oklahoma under a law called the Indian Removal Act. Conditions were cruel, and an estimated 4,000 died from hunger, exposure, abuse and disease. One who survived was the great-grandfather of Wilma Mankiller born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the capital of the Cherokee Nation, on November 18, 1945.

Relocated in 1956, Wilma Mankiller spent much of her younger life in the San Francisco Bay Area where she was plunged into the civil and social movements of the late sixties, especially the movement to bring recognition to the mistreatment of Native Americans. In 1969, she and other activists occupied Alcatraz Island, a historic event that awakened her pride in her heritage and her passion and... more »

Tahlequah, Oklahoma - Stop 141: Wilma Mankiller

In 1838, President Andrew Jackson had the Cherokee Nation rounded up and forcibly marched on the "Trail of Tears" to Indian Territory in Oklahoma under a law called the Indian Removal Act. Conditions were cruel, and an estimated 4,000 died from hunger, exposure, abuse and disease. One who survived was the great-grandfather of Wilma Mankiller born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the capital of the Cherokee Nation, on November 18, 1945.

Relocated in 1956, Wilma Mankiller spent much of her younger life in the San Francisco Bay Area where she was plunged into the civil and social movements of the late sixties, especially the movement to bring recognition to the mistreatment of Native Americans. In 1969, she and other activists occupied Alcatraz Island, a historic event that awakened her pride in her heritage and her passion and commitment to better the lives of her people.

In 1976, Wilma Mankiller moved back to Oklahoma for good. She began an entry-level job for the Cherokee Nation and became active in the community and a fierce advocate for improved health care, government and education; an advocate the Cherokee community needed desperately. 

In the early eighties, the rural area occupied by the Cherokee community of Bell was impoverished and the people demoralized by generations of dispossession and dehumanization. Many of the ramshackle homes lacked running water and the government did nothing to help better their plight. Led by Wilma Mankiller and her future husband, Charlie Soap, they inspired and empowered the community to take charge of their own future. Together with a community of volunteers they built 16 miles of water pipeline to bring the bounty of fresh water to Bell.

The successful completion of the waterline led to Wilma’s election as the first woman Chief of the Cherokee Nation, which she proudly served from 1985 to 1995, and sparked a movement of similar self-help projects across the Cherokee nation and in Indian country that continues to this day. During her tenure, the Cherokee Nation tripled in population, employment doubled, and the communities rallied and thrived. She explains her example to the Cherokee youth, and especially the girls thusly, "Prior to my election," says Mankiller, "young Cherokee girls would never have thought that they might grow up and become chief."

Wilma Mankiller died in 2010 from pancreatic cancer at age 64. During her lifetime she became an author, a respected leader, and a feminist. She was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by Bill Clinton in 1998 and was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993. She is immortalized in film and the subject of numerous books and articles. Stop 141 had to be dedicated to this hero.

We are better people and a stronger tribal nation because of her example of Cherokee leadership, statesmanship, humility, grace, determination and decisiveness... Her gift to us is the lesson that our lives and future are for us to decide. We can carry on that Cherokee legacy by teaching our children that lesson.
~ Chad Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation after Wilma Mankiller 

Wilma Mankiller became the best kind of leader: one who creates independence, not dependence; who helps people go back to a collective broken place and begin to heal themselves. Though there is a long way to go before the Cherokee Nation restores in a new form the dignity and self-sufficiency it knew 500 years ago, before the terrible centuries of genocide and the banning of even the Cherokee language and religion, now there is a way of making progress that is their own.
~ Gloria Steinem, Revolution from Within, 1992 on her close friend and collaborator, Wilma Mankiller, legacy to the Cherokee Nation

Read more on Wilma Mankiller here: http://cojmc.unl.edu/nativedaughters2/?nd_profile=wilma-mankiller and here:http://www.notablebiographies.com/Lo-Ma/Mankiller-Wilma.html#ixzz3esZojHa6 

This post is inspired by the 1886 children's geographic game, Rambles Through Our Country. By the time the game was published in 1886, the once-proud Cherokee people were a decimated and conquered nation. Forced to move from place to place to give up land the government found attractive, they finally settled in Oklahoma. 

The RTOC game involves a gameboard, a book or key to the stops, and some kind of spinner. Find the gameboard here: http://goo.gl/7ORK1E  and the book here: https://goo.gl/u96JE3 To spin, use the random number generator at: https://www.random.org/ and set the maximum number to 4.

I rolled a 3 on the makeshift  teetotum and moved from The Colorado River - Stop 138: The Colorado River Delta to Tahlequah, Oklahoma - Stop 141: Wilma Mankiller. Reading the book that goes with RTOC, was uninspiring: "Tahlequah: Is the capital of this Territory and the seat of government of the Cherokees, where they have their council lodge. It is an average southwestern town, and has nothing special about it to indicate its Indian origin save its population." Pfffft. I hope you find Wilma Mankiller as inspiring as I do.

#ramblesthroughourcountry   #tahlequahoklahoma   #wilmamankiller  ___

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2015-07-04 04:43:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-04 04:19:19 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

How to dance goth, in four easy lessons involving webs, cappuccino, dead bodies, and bees.

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2015-07-04 03:17:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Binary gender rigidity in Southeast Asia was in fact a relatively new thing, and is now being reversed. But true equality has a long way to go. The case of a transgender heroine in Bangladesh, who helped capture terrorists, is helping awaken people to the discrimination.

❝ In a number of South Asian countries, hijras are now referred to as members of a third gender. Over the past decade, Nepal, India and Pakistan, as well as Bangladesh, have all granted them legal status. In Bangladesh, this means they may identify their gender as “hijra” in national documents like passports and ID cards.

Their “thirdness” alludes simultaneously to the social exclusion hijras still face and to their ability to transcend the traditional binary confines of gender. In ethnographic terms, hijras exemplify the sometimes surprising cultural accommodations made by otherwise traditional societies inSouth Asi... more »

Binary gender rigidity in Southeast Asia was in fact a relatively new thing, and is now being reversed. But true equality has a long way to go. The case of a transgender heroine in Bangladesh, who helped capture terrorists, is helping awaken people to the discrimination.

❝ In a number of South Asian countries, hijras are now referred to as members of a third gender. Over the past decade, Nepal, India and Pakistan, as well as Bangladesh, have all granted them legal status. In Bangladesh, this means they may identify their gender as “hijra” in national documents like passports and ID cards.

Their “thirdness” alludes simultaneously to the social exclusion hijras still face and to their ability to transcend the traditional binary confines of gender. In ethnographic terms, hijras exemplify the sometimes surprising cultural accommodations made by otherwise traditional societies in South Asia ❞___

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2015-07-04 03:04:19 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Seriously. Don't make the mistake I made. And trust me. The first note is not a fluke.

Seriously. Don't make the mistake I made. And trust me. The first note is not a fluke.___

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2015-07-04 01:21:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Flashmob singing "Do You Hear the People Sing?" from "Les Misérables" disrupts TTIP meeting:
http://bit.ly/1eqzWtd

Flashmob singing "Do You Hear the People Sing?" from "Les Misérables" disrupts TTIP meeting:
http://bit.ly/1eqzWtd___

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2015-07-04 01:06:02 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Cyntia: Why have I never heard of this band?!

Cyntia: Why have I never heard of this band?!___

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2015-07-04 00:59:25 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

they cannot afford to pay laborers the 3,600 kyats (US$3.24) per eight-hour day recommended by an expert committee.

Which makes me feel rather awkward about the custom fitted shirt I had made for $15.

they cannot afford to pay laborers the 3,600 kyats (US$3.24) per eight-hour day recommended by an expert committee.

Which makes me feel rather awkward about the custom fitted shirt I had made for $15.___

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2015-07-04 00:17:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

"The desert snail at once awoke and found himself famous. Nay, he actually sat for his portrait."

"The desert snail at once awoke and found himself famous. Nay, he actually sat for his portrait."___

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2015-07-04 00:06:53 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

We talk about a war on drugs, but ACA doesn't even cover enough treatment to help anyone. Here's a petition to change that.

We talk about a war on drugs, but ACA doesn't even cover enough treatment to help anyone. Here's a petition to change that.___

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2015-07-03 20:21:22 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

A pretty amazing story about deep cave divers. Where going down takes minutes, but coming back takes 9-12 hours. If you do.

No one left behind

<Deep-water divers have always been the daredevils of the diving community, pushing far into the dark labyrinths of water-filled holes and extreme ocean depths. It's a small global fraternity—there are no more than a dozen members—and in the history of recreational diving, only six people other than Shaw have ever pulled off successful dives below 820 feet. (More people have walked on the moon, Don Shirley likes to point out.) At least three ran into serious trouble in the process (including Nuno Gomes, who got stuck in the mud on the bottom of Bushman's Hole for two minutes before escaping). And two have since died: American Sheck Exley, who drowned while diving the world's deepest sinkhole, Mexico's 1,080-foot-deep Zacatón, in April 1994; and Britain's John Bennett, who disappeared while diving a wreck off the coast of South Korea in March 2004.>___A pretty amazing story about deep cave divers. Where going down takes minutes, but coming back takes 9-12 hours. If you do.

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2015-07-03 19:47:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-03 19:39:54 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-03 18:47:54 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Australian ISP service with built in geo-dodging, so customers can access media services elsewhere in the world.

h/t +steph wanamaker ___Australian ISP service with built in geo-dodging, so customers can access media services elsewhere in the world.

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2015-07-03 18:42:58 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Apparently the attempt to reduce the tolls levied by four armies on this Myanmar highway aren't going too well.

Apparently the attempt to reduce the tolls levied by four armies on this Myanmar highway aren't going too well.___

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2015-07-03 18:41:21 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The political and religious implications of analyzing Tutankhamun’s blood are surprisingly large. Everyone from the Jews to the Mormons have a stake.

The political and religious implications of analyzing Tutankhamun’s blood are surprisingly large. Everyone from the Jews to the Mormons have a stake.___

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