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"I can't believe how easy it is to get cigarettes in this country."

Posted by Gravitycollapse | Thu Jul 4, 2013, 05:43 PM (5 replies)

I love watching conservatives try to initiate debate on things like abortion and gay marriage...

In the beginning, when they held power, there was no room for debate. If you were gay, you were abject and deserved to be beaten to within an inch of your life and then thrown in jail. If you wanted reproductive rights, you were a communist lesbian provocateur and deserved to be thrown in jail or killed.

Now that the power is switching to our side, it's all about the debate, isn't it? At a time where the debate is finally over, when it has become clear that we are the future and we were correct the entire time, we are being reminded by conservatives that we cannot deny them a debate. We cannot deny them the ability to appeal legally or socially to some non-existent enterprise that might validate their vitriol.

To conservatives: The philosophical wrangling is over, ladies and gentlemen. It's been over for quite some time. If you wanted to debate the issue, you should have done so when we were at all interested in what you had to say. You are now so immediately and transparently irrelevant that your cries for a rehash fall on completely unsympathetic ears.

So kindly fuck off.

Posted by Gravitycollapse | Sun Jun 30, 2013, 11:07 PM (2 replies)

In honor of Australia, I will be opening an all male strip club called Hung Parliament.

Thank you. Thank you and goodnight.

Posted by Gravitycollapse | Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:52 AM (0 replies)

Surveillance is necessary precisely because we say it is necessary.

The Cold War nuclear buildup was a positive feedback cycle driven by paranoia and thirst for conquest. It escalated logarithmically precisely because it had escalated before. It was endeavored to expand principally because the inertia was towards expansion. If you think that sounds like insanity, that's likely because it was insane.

Arguing over the formation of government surveillance or the proliferation of nuclear weapons is a bit like asking whether the chicken or the egg came first. The Bush administration merely reignited an American tradition of government sponsored witch hunts. That is not to say that responsibility has been diminished for the Bush administration. It's casting doubt on the surprisingly popular principle that the wrongs of America began and ended with the inauguration and final exit of Bushco.

So when we consider these surveillance programs under the Obama administration, it is not the same as claiming that Obama started the surveillance or even that he is necessarily a staunch supporter. Nonetheless, the programs continue. To be aware and to do nothing is to be complicit. That goes for every branch of the government.

I am angry with President Obama. Not that my anger is singular. I am angry at the entire system. Admitting the latter does nothing to diminish the former and visa versa. People will say, and have said, that there is a targeted attack on the Obama administration. I don't believe that's true. As a public figure, possibly the most important public figure in the entire government, President Obama becomes a natural target for criticism of the federal government. I am not going to argue whether or not it's fair to place such a burden at his feet because I'm really not sure of the answer.

What's important now is that he knows. They all know now. What's important is how they react and what they do to meet the demands of the electorate and the general principle of justice and transparency.

Proponents of surveillance programs often point out the fact that we are attempting to stay a step ahead of national and foreign aggressors, be they nation states or stateless entities. This feeds into the perpetuation of the myth that we must diminish our already diminished rights in order to protect the rights that have been diminished. That's truly insane. It's insane and antithetical to the maintenance of a disturbingly and unnecessarily tenuous fabric of humanity. That fabric is the belief in weak and strong bonds of affection for our fellow (wo)man brought about by the reality that, as President Kennedy put it so beautifully, "we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal."

Take a moment. Step outside the bounds of nationalism and self-defeating thought. Take a deep breath of that fresh air. Let the brotherhood and sisterhood fill your lungs.

We are building a bulky police state upon a crumbling foundation of ethics and human identity. If we keep building, there will be a collapse and we all will fall. At what point will we realize just how much we control our fate? As we build? As we start to feel the floor wobbling? Or through bright flashes of enlightenment and regret as we plummet back to Earth?



Posted by Gravitycollapse | Mon Jun 24, 2013, 01:09 AM (2 replies)

For anyone who needs proof: "84% of Americans favor background checks..."

http://maristpoll.marist.edu/wp-content/misc/usapolls/us130304/guns/Complete%20March%2013,%202013%20USA%20McClatchy_Marist%20Poll%20Release%20and%20Tables.pdf

• 84% of Americans favor background checks for private gun sales and sales at gun
shows.
15% oppose the idea, and 2% are unsure. Even 81% of gun owners
nationally support such a measure. Registered voters mirror the overall population.
Regardless of political party, more than eight in ten favor background checks.


• A majority of Americans -- 55% -- favor a ban on assault weapons. 41% oppose
such a ban, and 3% are unsure. A majority of gun owners -- 55% -- are against such
a measure. On this question, registered voters also reflect the views of Americans,
overall. There are partisan differences. 70% of Democrats and 54% of independents
support a ban on assault weapons while a slim majority of Republicans -- 51% --
oppose it.

• When it comes to banning ammunition clips that hold more than ten bullets,
52% of adults nationally favor the measure.
45% oppose it, and 3% are unsure.
Looking at gun owners in the United States, nearly six in ten -- 59% -- are against the
proposal. Again, registered voters are in line with Americans, in general. When it
comes to party, 71% of Democrats favor such a measure. However, a majority of
Republicans -- 56% -- and 51% of independents oppose banning clips with more
than ten bullets.

• Overwhelmingly, Americans -- 78% -- oppose reducing regulations on gun
purchases to make it easier to buy and own a gun.
19% favor this action, and 3%
are unsure. Even 70% of gun owners nationally oppose this idea. Here, too,
registered voters reflect the views of Americans as a whole. Regardless of party,
more than seven in ten voters are against easing regulations to purchase a gun.




Save this thread for the times when people ask you where such figures came from. It's right there. It's not myth. Even if the NRA crowd want to believe otherwise.
Posted by Gravitycollapse | Wed Apr 17, 2013, 09:17 PM (17 replies)

It was 130 and a weeks supply.

They just needed to see the empty bottle.

Posted by Gravitycollapse | Mon Mar 18, 2013, 01:20 AM (1 replies)

15 in 11,000: That's the proportion of women who are Fortune 500 CEOs

If you do the math, that is...

.1364%

It is in fact the case that only 13% of all executives in Fortunate 500 companies are women.

These are absolutely horrendous figures to consider and it proves essentially that women have little or no place in the wealthy upper echelons of society. These upper echelons are much of the source of the "entrepreneurial" characters who eventually enter into state or national office. It’s a wonder that any women at all can make it into the national political landscape. And, as Anne-Marie Slaughter pointed out upon her departure from her position as the first woman director of policy planning at the State Department, the already few positions once held by women, that are now vacant or will become vacant soon, are being filled with more men. If we want women to be influential in politics, however unfortunate this may sound to those with anti-corporate sentiment (and I am one of those people), we have to figure out a way to make them more influential in the business realm.


In case you're wondering, the United States is ranked 85th in the entire world for the proportion of women in national legislatures with a mere 16.8%.

To put that into perspective, the highest country on the list, Rwanda, has a proportion of 56.3%.

These are the top 25 nations in order:

Rwanda (56%)
Sweden
South Africa
Cuba
Iceland
Finland
Netherlands
Argentina
Denmark
Angola
Costa Rica
Spain
Norway (37%)
Belgium
Mozambique
New Zealand
Nepal
Germany
Andorra
Belarus
Uganda
Burundi
Tanzania
Guyana
Timor-Leste (29%)




Statistics sourced from - It Still Takes A Candidate: Why Women Don't Run for Office (ISBN: 9780521179249)
Posted by Gravitycollapse | Sun Mar 17, 2013, 02:29 AM (0 replies)

After two and a half years, I finally paid off my ambulance ride.

My insurance left me with a 6000 dollar bill for an ambulance ride less than 1/2 a mile to a helicopter and a 25 mile helicopter ride.

Today I made the last payment and that means one last asshole debt collector calling me three times a day, five days a week.

It's hard to actualize the shittiness of the American health insurance system. But I hope this small story helps to paint a true picture.
Posted by Gravitycollapse | Tue Mar 12, 2013, 05:22 PM (5 replies)
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