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"Pumpkin Fest 2014 Riots: Police Ignore Massive Bottle Fight"

Note to the GOP: These are the traits of a real fiscal conservative

My response to "Why I Still Don't Vote 2014"

Here is a 21 minute video where a guy who calls himself "DaREVOLUTIONARYWitDaTattoos" is frustrated about politics and refuses to vote.

Before someone alerts this thread, this is the (lengthy) response I made in the comments:

I have a few points to make about this vid.
Even though the popular vote is all but irrelevant in determining who becomes president, I think it should be noted that Obama won the popular vote both times. He is the first president in decades to win the popular vote twice with over 50% of the vote, and he won the majority of the vote in every non-white group. It wasn't just one single group that put him over the top.
There have been quite a few elected officials with pro-people/populist agendas. There's Bernie Sanders, for starters. There's Elizabeth Warren, Sharrod Brown, and the list goes on. Even Obama's agenda has been fairly progressive (though I even have a few disagreements with him), doing things like pushing for an end to the Bush top tax cuts, and pushing for a jobs bill a few years ago that was eventually blocked by Republicans in Congress.
I agreed 100% about how more should be done with regards to the prison industrial complex and Wall Street. However, sitting out elections is clearly not going to solve those problems. If people want those problems fixed, they need to either find more candidates who care about those issues, or run themselves.
Outside of prisons and Wall Street, there are many other issues that face the country that our two major parties hold vastly different views on. For example, there is the fight for the right to vote PERIOD, the fight to get guns out the hands of criminals and lunatics, the fight for health care, education, taxation, women's rights, gay rights, a higher minimum wage, etc. Sitting out elections is EXACTLY what the money-grubbing elites and the bigots want the working class (and especially Black folks) to do. Why else have many states like Florida and North Carolina made voting more inconvenient for us during the past few years if voting doesn't change anything? In fact, there would be no Social Security, no Civil Rights Act, and no public highways if voting were supposedly so ineffective. California would still have the budget deficit leftover from the Schwarzenegger era if voting truly didn't make a difference.
Compared to other countries, voter turnout in the U.S. is atrocious. It's a shame that some people today seem to take for granted the rights that people died for in the past. There is no excuse for sitting out an election, and a person has no right to complain if he or she isn't politically-active.

I probably missed a few points and didn't touch base on everything, but I want to hear what the denizens of DU think about my response.

"People Behaving Badly: Tenderloin Pit Stop"


"Marshawn Lynch accuser charged with making false statement"

More: http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/lynch-accuser-charged-with-making-false-statement/ar-BB8KUhI

The woman who accused Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch of assault and property damage in August was charged with making a false statement to a public servant, according to the Seattle Times.

Jammie Lynn Ficarelli, 31, of Everett, Wash., was charged Thursday in King County District Court. Ficarelli claimed that Lynch assaulted her in a Bellevue apartment and damaged her purse on Aug. 10.

Bellevue police recommended that Ficarelli be charged with making a false or misleading statement after finding out that Lynch was at a hotel about a mile away from where the incident occurred.

Two witnesses also told investigators that Ficarelli's injuries were caused by a fall.

"Viacom Blocks SuddenLink Broadband Customers from Online TV Shows"

More: http://variety.com/2014/digital/news/viacom-blocks-suddenlink-broadband-customers-from-online-tv-shows-1201318647/

Viacom, engaged in a contract dispute with Suddenlink Communications, is preventing the midsize cable operator’s broadband customers from accessing its online properties — a tactic the programmer has used in past carriage fights.

As of midnight Tuesday, Suddenlink’s TV subscribers no longer had access to Viacom’s cable nets, including MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, after the parties were unable to reach terms on a new agreement.

Viacom subsequently blocked access for Suddenlink’s Internet customers to Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (pictured above), as well as episodes on MTV.com, Nick.com, CC.com and VH1.com. The blockade affects all of the MSO’s broadband customers, including those who don’t subscribe to TV service.

Similarly, in 2012, Viacom pulled dozens of free, full-length eps from its websites during a carriage battle with DirecTV, a move that affected all Internet users. Other programmers have done the same thing: During the war between CBS and Time Warner Cable last year, the Eye retaliated by blocking all TW Cable broadband customers from accessing full episodes of shows on CBS.com and mobile apps.

This is what happens when you let the market police itself. It's unfortunate from my POV as someone who has SuddenLink and has watched MTV and Comedy Central.

Be on the Lookout


"7 Things Americans Find Weird in Russia"

"The Nature of Ambition" comic

It's Rude to Stare

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