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"Are YOU a DUer?"

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Madness is when the voices in your head become so loud that you can't afford to not answer them. nt

Get Shaved In The Face!

I just wanted to say...

That the one person that I expected to toss his two cents into my "Managing Privilege" thread, showed up and tossed in a $1.15.

Just like clockwork, baby. Just like clockwork.

8 Sneaky Racial Code Words and Why Politicians Love Them

When Paul Ryan talked about a "real culture problem" in "our inner cities in particular" this week, he wasn't the first American politician to be slammed for using racially coded language to get a point across. Far from it.

Ian Haney López, author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, says it's not just the promotion of old-fashioned racial stereotypes that we need to worry about. Rather, he argues, it's the manipulation of racism in service of very specific goals.

López's book focuses on elected officials' ability to tap into bias without being explicit about it, all to gain support for what he calls "regressive policies," which, ironically, hurt working-class white people as much as people of color.

"This sort of coded speech operates on two levels," he says. "It triggers racial anxiety and it allows plausible deniability by crafting language that lets the speaker deny that he's even thinking about race."

The Rest: http://www.theroot.com/articles/politics/2014/03/_racial_code_words_8_term_politicians_love.html

There's only one legit way to "make" if you're not the government...

Own a bank.

Bad Cop, No Donut - 16 Mar 2014: The Tear Gas Meme Sunday Edition

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Don't Be Fooled

The Dignity Of Work...

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