I love this
I love this
When Strangers Click, a 2011 documentary about online dating.
It reminds me of that famous Margaret Atwood quote: “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” It also reminds me of something written by one of the mods of Sex Worker Problems: “Misandry irritates. Misogyny kills.”
This is when my social science PhD soul goes mad.
1. As I’ve addressed elsewhere, it’s not my job to support your argument on your behalf. If you think guns save lots of people every day, start a series of counterposts to my “Gunmerica” posts. (Good luck: you won’t find them.)
2. “Balance” in no way, shape or form depends on my presenting “facts” disconnected from the social and political contexts in which those “facts” exist. When the evidence is overwhelming one way, it is absurd to create a false balance by suggesting there is meaningful counterevidence to the predominant point of view. (See the global warming “controversy” for a prime example of how “balance” perverts insight.)
And the evidence regarding guns and gun ownership is overwhelming. You are vastly more likely to be hurt or killed by a firearm you, a family member or a friend owns than you are to be saved by one. A huge number of the weapons obtained illegally in this country are stolen from homes of people who worry more about quick access to a weapon should their home be robbed (which will likely happen when they’re not home), than they do about how easy it is for a thief to steal an unlocked weapon.
The list of evidence and facts about the ills of gun ownership —particularly handgun ownership — goes on and on. My Gunmerica posts stand as another form of evidence: the casual way lives get damaged and destroyed by easy access to guns.
Will this evidence matter to the gun people? Of course they won’t: such people are lost in the fantasy of the citizen militia(man) gunning down the bad guy like Dead Eye Dick. Evidence is irrelevant in such cases.
But don’t ask me to give up my analytic eye in the name of false “balance.” If you wish to make the case you want me to make, go make it.
I dare you. Heck, I double dawg dare you.
And good luck.
Out of the tragedy of the massive garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, workers have now won two major reforms:
1) A panel to raise the minimum wage in the garment industry and
2) The right to form trade unions without prior permission from factory owners.
Still, more pressure—and responsibility—need to be placed upon America’s big-brand companies to win further protections.
The three judge panel ruled that the 20-week ban violates the constitutional right to receive an abortion, as stipulated by Roe v. Wade — fetal viability (that is, a fetus’ ability to survive outside the womb) is generally considered to begin around 24 weeks into a typical 9 month pregnancy. Nine other states have similar (in some cases even more restrictive) bans in varying states of legal challenge.
Oklahoma residents will now turn to government assistance for emergency disaster aid after a tornado ripped through the state on Monday, leaving dozens dead and tearing apart hundreds of buildings. But the same night that many residents lost their homes, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) told CQ Roll Call insisted he would “absolutely” require any federal […]
Oklahoma residents will now turn to government assistance for emergency disaster aid after a tornado ripped through the state on Monday, leaving dozens dead and tearing apart hundreds of buildings. But the same night that many residents lost their homes, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) told CQ Roll Callinsisted he would “absolutely” require any federal disaster aid to be offset by other budget cuts. He later clarified on Tuesday, promising, “I can assure Oklahomans that any and all available aid will be delivered without delay.”
Both of the state’s senators, Sen. James Inhofe (R) and Coburn, however, have long worked to undermine the Federal Emergency Management Agency, even though their state heavily relies on disaster aid:
– In September 2011, Coburn offered an amendment to offset $6.9 billion in FEMA funding.
– Coburn voted in 2011 against funding FEMA after it ran out of money, because, in his words, funding FEMA would have been “unconscionable.” Inhofe did not vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fired back at Republicans blocking a bill for necessary funding to FEMA.
– Coburn criticized items in Sandy disaster relief such as $12.9 billion for disaster mitigiation and $366 million for Amtrak as “wasteful spending.”
– After Hurricane Sandy, Inhofe and Coburn voted against a bill for $50.5 billion in Hurrican Sandy disaster relief.
– Coburn demanded that $5.25 billion in FEMA grant funds be reallocated because of sequestration in April 2013.
A spokesman told the Huffington Post that Coburn has supported offsets for the Oklahoma City bombing recovery effort, which tapped funds not yet appropriated.
Oklahoma and Texas rank as the top two states in FEMA disaster declarations; combined, they account for more than a quarter of declared disasters since 2009. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that the senators have requested disaster aid for severe storms and drought, even though Coburn is willing to hold up relief with his demands.
The average citizen doesn’t realize how inconvenienced they are by the actions of our Congress. That the prices, the efficiency, the safety of transportation and other amenities has drastically changed since Sandy… and we just go on… which makes us resilient, but at the same time, our government failed us… aid was not provided quickly enough and we are divided country…. worried state by state about our own.
You know, the one that gives housewives/full-time mothers a pension— wages for housework?
It’s ONLY A HUGE VICTORY FOR FEMINISM, SOCIALISM, AND WOMEN OF COLOR. Not a big deal or anything. Tumblr is mysteriously silent about this.
The media fixates on the overall size of student debt. But where you go to school, whether you graduate, and what kind of job you get later may matter much more.
Read more. [Images: FRBNY Consumer Credit Panel]
The women in top grossing films hits a five-year low.
Sandy Hook happened six months ago today.