“Beware of Artists” - Actual poster issued by Senator Joseph McCarthy in 1950s, at height of the red scare.
Peter Joseph on structural violence, from this video.
A ridiculous “WTF” Cop moment was caught on camera during the filming of a documentary.
According to their website, Scrapped is a film that takes a journey into the world of the homeless and dehumanized, and the search for a way out.
The filmmakers were rolling a production camera when cops decided to approach and harass a homeless man for the dangerous crime of “sitting.” They cared not about being on film enforcing such a ludicrous piece of legislation.
The heroic cop informs the dangerous “sitter” that he cannot site in the alleys, nor in the streets, nor in the sidewalks in Denver.
When the cop is asked why people can’t sit, he replies, “Because everybody would be sitting around homeless.” “How about you let all the homeless sit in front of your house and see how you like it!”
Dear cop, at what level of stupidity, brutality, or dehumanization, would you refuse to enforce a law? Is there a cutoff? If tomorrow a law is passed that states anyone with brown hair is now illegal, would you be able to sleep at night, enforcing such an immoral decree handed to you from upon high?
Here is a tip cops, legality does not dictate morality. You’d do best to remember this truism in order to be on the right side of history.
Humans can survive weeks without food, but only days without water — in some conditions, only hours. It may sound clichéd, but it’s no hyperbole: Water is life. So what happens when private companies control the spigot? Evidence from water privatization projects around the world paints a pretty clear picture — public health is at stake.
In the run-up to its annual spring meeting this month, the World Bank Group, which offers loans, advice and other resources to developing countries, held four days of dialogues in Washington, D.C. Civil society groups from around the world and World Bank Group staff convened to discuss many topics. Water was high on the list.
It’s hard to think of a more important topic. We face a global water crisis, made worse by the warming temperatures of climate change. A quarter of the world’s people don’t have sufficient access to clean drinking water, and more people die every year from waterborne illnesses — such as cholera and typhoid fever — than from all forms of violence, including war, combined. Every hour, the United Nations estimates, 240 babies die from unsafe water.
The World Bank Group pushes privatization as a key solution to the water crisis. It is the largest funder of water management in the developing world, with loans and financing channeled through the group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC). Since the 1980s, the IFC has been promoting these water projects as part of a broader set of privatization policies, with loans and financing tied to enacting austerity measures designed to shrink the state, from the telecom industry to water utilities.
But international advocacy and civil society groups point to the pockmarked record of private-sector water projects and are calling on the World Bank Group to end support for private water.
In the decades since the IFC’s initial push, we have seen the results of water privatization: It doesn’t work. Water is not like telecommunications or transportation. You could tolerate crappy phone service, but have faulty pipes connecting to your municipal water and you’re in real trouble. Water is exceptional.
Joe Dorman, at Huffington Post: Why I Am Running for Governor of Oklahoma
One more Joe Dorman spam and then I’m done. Did not see this until today.
whoever wrote this line needs to receive a medal
I will reblog this until my fingers bleed
"The poor and the underclass are growing. Racial justice and human rights are non-existent. They have created a repressive society and we are their unwitting accomplices." - They Live (1988)
So can we talk about the absolutely stunning duplicity going on here?
ok, why the fuck is the graph upside down. that is incredibly misleading
Because its from the Florida Department of Justice, and they have a mandate here.
for those who have trouble inverting it in their head, ftfy:
this is some of the most blatant twisting of info i have ever seen holy shit
IT’S 2AM AND I’M LAUGHING WAY TOO LOUD HELP
WHOEVER MADE THIS PLEASE ACCEPT MY HAND IN MARRIAGE
This is all actually very simple; public schools don’t have to turn a profit. Many private scools do. For the record, cost + profit is greater than just cost. In order for a for-profit to compete with a nonprofit on a cost basis, the for-profit is going to have to cut corners — i.e., what conservatives spin as “efficiency.” Here we see the results of these efficiencies; a half-assed education program that’s the predictable outcome of taking money away from actual education to line the pockets of pointless middlemen and bean counters.
So the proper way to accept this news is, “Well duh, of course…” If you’re having a different reaction, maybe you didn’t go to public school.
I went to private school… My fucking ‘science’ books had Adam and Eve and scripture in them… We didn’t ‘learn’ we were trained…