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Jamaal510

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Hometown: Oakland, CA
Member since: Thu Oct 6, 2011, 03:00 PM
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A Brief Wal-Mart Discussion I had with my Mom

Less than an hour ago, my mother was helping me move some boxed appliances to my bedroom in preparation of me moving out of town in less than 3 weeks. She had suggested that I go shopping at Wal-Mart for an alarm clock, and I told her that I would feel guilty about shopping there after hearing all the horror stories about how the owner underpays his employees and is hostile to unions. In my entire life, I have only shopped once or twice there, and the last time was maybe half a decade ago.
She told me I was crazy, and that the main thing that the employees are concerned about right now is that they at least have a job. She essentially went on to say that the workers there can't be held responsible for the foolishness of the owner, and are all working-class people like us.
So anyway, what are everyone's thoughts? As for me, I'm now sort of torn on this issue.

Edit to add: I already have an alarm clock on my iPod Touch, but my mother didn't know this, and I thought I'd share this discussion, anyway.

# of days in counting Ted Nugent is overdue on his "Dead or in Jail" promise

http://www.tednugentdeadorinjail.republicankryptonite.com

The world’s most and least ethnically diverse countries

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/05/16/a-revealing-map-of-the-worlds-most-and-least-ethnically-diverse-countries/


Ethnicity, like race, is a social construct, but it’s still a construct with significant implications for the world. How people perceive ethnicity, both their own and that of others, can be tough to measure, particularly given that it’s so subjective. So how do you study it?

When five economists and social scientists set out to measure ethnic diversity for a landmark 2002 paper for the Harvard Institute of Economic Research, they started by comparing data from an array of different sources: national censuses, Encyclopedia Brittanica, the CIA, Minority Rights Group International and a 1998 study called “Ethnic Groups Worldwide.” They looked for consistence and inconsistence in the reports to determine what data set would be most reliable and complete. Because data sources such as censuses or surveys are self-reported – in other words, people are classified how they ask to be classified – the ethnic group data reflects how people see themselves, not how they’re categorized by outsiders. Those results measured 650 ethnic groups in 190 countries.

One thing the Harvard Institute authors did with all that data was measure it for what they call ethnic fractionalization. Another word for it might be diversity. They gauged this by asking an elegantly simple question: If you called up two people at random in a particular country and ask them their ethnicity, what are the odds that they would give different answers? The higher the odds, the more ethnically “fractionalized” or diverse the country.

WTF has Obama done so far?

http://whatthefuckhasobamadonesofar.com
Enjoy.

P.S. Feel free to re-post in GD if you want.

Pointing out the co-relation of freedom and voting rights

I was thinking about the issue of voting rights, and started wondering...with Republicans and RW libertarians always talking about freedom and liberty, why isn't the Left nailing them down on their hypocrisy on this issue? The Right is always talking about those things when it comes to things such as guns, paying less taxes, and so-called "religious freedom", but they obviously don't apply on other issues. And whenever I hear Democrats discuss the voting issue, they mainly just talk about the equality and fairness aspects of it, but I believe that there is also an argument to be made in terms of freedom. By gutting the Voting Rights Act and passing numerous ID laws, conservatives are making it more difficult for Americans to exercise our Constitutional rights and basic freedoms.
What do you think?

SuddenLink or AT&T?

Late next month, I will be moving to Arcata, CA., and I heard that these are the two cable/Internet providers in the area. I looked up reviews for both online, and many say that the customer service of both companies is bad, and that AT&T's connection frequently acts up.
Out of these, which one would you recommend?

xPost-- Don't stop there: 9 other things we should have boycotted a while ago

Link: http://bossip.com/807280/other-people-and-places-we-should-boycott39204/

People are calling for a boycott of Florida and other states with Stand Your Ground laws and it’s about damn time. It’s time our stars and regular people put their money where they beliefs are. Florida is a good start, but let’s boycott these other entities:

Fox News - We basically don’t watch Fox News anyway, but it’s seriously about time we hit them with a boycott to make it official.

Disney World - Here’s why: Disney World controls Florida. If we boycott Disney World they could press Florida to repeal “Stand Your Ground.”

The NRA - They pushed the “Stand Your Ground” law, so it’s time to show them we’re serious. Cancel memberships and cost them money.

Abercrombie And Fitch - They don’t want Black people working the front of the store. It’s time to boycott their racism.

Cristal - They said they didn’t want Black people buying their stuff. Well, don’t worry we’re good.

Madea - SOME people think we should boycott Madea movies because they set us back. What say you?

Bleaching Covers - All these magazines that bleach the Black womens’ skin on the covers should abandon these practices.

College Sports - They exploit young athletes – mostly Black – and punish them if they get any perks. They should get boycotted until these athletes are allowed to get paid.

xPost--Don't stop there: 9 other things we should have boycotted a while ago

Link: http://bossip.com/807280/other-people-and-places-we-should-boycott39204/

People are calling for a boycott of Florida and other states with Stand Your Ground laws and it’s about damn time. It’s time our stars and regular people put their money where they beliefs are. Florida is a good start, but let’s boycott these other entities:

Fox News - We basically don’t watch Fox News anyway, but it’s seriously about time we hit them with a boycott to make it official.

Disney World - Here’s why: Disney World controls Florida. If we boycott Disney World they could press Florida to repeal “Stand Your Ground.”

The NRA - They pushed the “Stand Your Ground” law, so it’s time to show them we’re serious. Cancel memberships and cost them money.

Abercrombie And Fitch - They don’t want Black people working the front of the store. It’s time to boycott their racism.

Cristal - They said they didn’t want Black people buying their stuff. Well, don’t worry we’re good.

Madea - SOME people think we should boycott Madea movies because they set us back. What say you?

Bleaching Covers - All these magazines that bleach the Black womens’ skin on the covers should abandon these practices.

College Sports - They exploit young athletes – mostly Black – and punish them if they get any perks. They should get boycotted until these athletes are allowed to get paid.

Why does the MSNBC show "The Cycle" get a bad rap?

I see DUers saying essentially that it is a sub-par show, but I sometimes watch it and don't have a problem with it. Krystal Ball seems pretty knowledgeable, and I like Toure. I also understand that many DUers aren't too crazy about S.E. Cupp, but I find her tolerable compared to the rest of her RW brethren. While I rarely agree with her on anything except for her supporting gay rights, I will say that at least she doesn't interrupt people who she disagrees with for the most part, like Hannity and O'Reilly. Plus she is the only conservative co-host of the show, which means that she is outnumbered and is generally refuted on whatever falsities she may give.

Drinkify

Link: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2C2XnB/:6uqrZytH:eQS9$Q8z/drinkify.org/

Just enter the name of the musical artist you're listening to, and see what you should drink to that person's songs.
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