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doublejack:

azspot:

Trickle-up economics

And then you’ll pull your hair out for 30+ years as the rest of the country entirely fails to grasp this amazingly obvious fact.

"Voodoo economic policy" - George H. W. Bush, who knew it for a hustle as early as April 14th, 1980.

doublejack:

azspot:

Trickle-up economics

And then you’ll pull your hair out for 30+ years as the rest of the country entirely fails to grasp this amazingly obvious fact.

"Voodoo economic policy" - George H. W. Bush, who knew it for a hustle as early as April 14th, 1980.

I think being a liberal, in the true sense, is being non-doctrinaire, non-dogmatic, non-committed to a cause―but examining each case on its merits. Being left-of-center is another thing; it’s a political position. I think most newspapermen by definition have to be liberal; if they’re not liberal, by my definition of it, then they can hardly be good newspapermen. If they’re preordained dogmatists for a cause, then they can’t be very good journalists; that is, if they carry it into their journalism.

Walter Cronkite

mitchlvcker:

This is Ruthie. Ruthie was born without all the functions of her liver, and she’s having a rough time. When she was a baby, a doctor took part of her small intestine and made a little patch up for the missing parts of her liver. But this is only temporary. 

Ruthie needs an organ donor, and her operation will cost  around $500,000 dollars. Her family can’t pull that money, so all they’re asking for is $40,000 dollars.

With your help, Ruthie can have her surgery. Without her surgery, her body will soon outgrow the patch she has in place.

If you want to donate to Ruthie’s surgery, click here.

If you want to send a check, click here.

If you want to donate and find companies willing to match your donation, click here.

Ruthie and her family need all the help they can get, Ruthie already has hospital bills piling up, as every time she has a fever, she has to go to the hospital and get her blood checked for bacteria, then stay there for a few days.

Ruthie deserves a life outside of the hospital, and even if you can’t make a donation, it’d help so much just to signal boost this and reblog it, only the pictures of her show up on your blog.

hey maybe we should form a social contract where the United States isn’t a nation of foul dirtbag savages and operations like Ruthie’s are put on the public dime I dunno just a thought.

let me know, America.

(Source: stcneflowers)

This, um, bombshell from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ new exposé, DUTY:

"As I sat there, I thought: The President doesn’t trust his commander; can’t stand Karzai, doesn’t believe his own strategy and doesn’t consider the war to be his. For him, it’s all about getting out."

What I expect from a Commander in Chief during the longest war in American history.

This, um, bombshell from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ new exposé, DUTY:

"As I sat there, I thought: The President doesn’t trust his commander; can’t stand Karzai, doesn’t believe his own strategy and doesn’t consider the war to be his. For him, it’s all about getting out."

What I expect from a Commander in Chief during the longest war in American history.

Take away that pudding – it has no theme.

Winston Churchill

"I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness…"
-Carl Sagan, who saw it all coming.

"I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness…"

-Carl Sagan, who saw it all coming.

But the powers that be have found turning adults into debt slaves as early as possible to be a brilliant bit of social engineering, forcing the young to stay in line lest they mar their employment prospects. And as long as the powers that be continued to be successful in pitting the young against the old rather than against their common enemies, a predatory and extractive financial services industry and a super-wealthly class that prefers to mine rather than develop the countries in which they hold investments, it’s unlikely that either group will escape the grim future that the neofeudalists are in the process of creating.

Student Debt is Crushing the Economic Future of the Young (via azspot)

Highly recommended: David Graeber’s 'Debt: The First 1000 Years'

(via wilwheaton)

"Neofeudalists" is my second favorite new term of 2013. Following very closely on the heels of "analog fetishism."

What is the meaning of the line “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown”?

Something horrible happens, a great injustice is done, powerful people get away with abusing that power, corruption continues and the weaker people must suffer for it — and that’s the way of things. In Chinatown, in the country, in the world.
"Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown" means "you can’t change things, it’s the way things are and the way they will be, regardless of how much you tilt at windmills." The line is about the futility of fighting injustices and darkness in the world. It’s about giving up and looking away, because nothing can be done anyway lest you become another casualty of injustice.
Chinatown is the world. Jake is everyone. Forgetting about it is what we all do anyway, and so what we may as well keep doing.

What is the meaning of the line “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown”?

Something horrible happens, a great injustice is done, powerful people get away with abusing that power, corruption continues and the weaker people must suffer for it — and that’s the way of things. In Chinatown, in the country, in the world.

"Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown" means "you can’t change things, it’s the way things are and the way they will be, regardless of how much you tilt at windmills." The line is about the futility of fighting injustices and darkness in the world. It’s about giving up and looking away, because nothing can be done anyway lest you become another casualty of injustice.

Chinatown is the world. Jake is everyone. Forgetting about it is what we all do anyway, and so what we may as well keep doing.

The development, reported by Syrian state television and Russia’s Interfax news agency, came a day after the idea bubbled up in the wake of what appeared to be a gaffe by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

A stunning turn that could silence Syria war drums - CNN.com

Could we have a rule that says that if somebody says something that could keep the country out of a war, nobody is allowed to call it a gaffe?

(via squashed)

Sacramento legislators are about to the West Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown.
They need reminding of who this man actually is, and what his legacy means to people of the East Bay.

Sacramento legislators are about to the West Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown.

They need reminding of who this man actually is, and what his legacy means to people of the East Bay.