In the middle of all this, I’d like to recommend Black Agenda Report. It’s a tremendous website, and they have got their shit together. It’s run partially by former Black Panthers. The distance between these, and the racists we so often see on here and otherwise, is tremendous.
Chapman University student Addie Vincent had hoped that she would be the first transgender woman to be initiated into a sorority within her college’s Greek system. But things changed after she was cut from the process after the second day of rush. With many friends involved in the Greek life at Chapman, Vincent felt confident about her chances. But when she learned she would be unable to fulfill her dream of joining a sisterhood, Vincent was crushed.
She now plans to start a chapter of Theta Pi Sigma: Chapman University’s first gender-neutral all-inclusive “frarority.” The frarority will be open to students of all background, including: gender, sex, gender expression, and sexual orientation, with a colonization goal of Spring 2014. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Theta Pi Sigma achieve its financial needs. Vincent has currently raised $470 of the $2,000 goal.
WASHINGTON — It was just Wednesday night that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) railed against the Affordable Care Act, calling it a “catastrophic failure” for people everywhere.
"This is beyond fixing. It needs to be pulled out root and branch and we need to start over," McConnell said during an interview on Fox’s "On The Record With Greta Van Susteren." "It’s been a catastrophe for health care and for the economy at large."
But the governor of McConnell’s home state came to Capitol Hill on Thursday with a vastly different message: the health care law is working, and people in Kentucky can’t get enough of it.
"I have a U.S. senator who keeps saying Kentuckians don’t want this. Well, the facts don’t prove that out," Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) told reporters.
Beshear said more than 550,000 people have visited the state’s Obamacare enrollment website since it launched on Oct. 1. More than 180,000 have called into the health care call center and about 69,000 people have signed up, or about 1,000 Kentuckians per day. Of those who have signed up, he said, 41 percent are under the age of 35.
"There is a tremendous pent-up demand in Kentucky for affordable health care," Beshear said. "People are hungry for it."
“The enormous gap between what US leaders do in the world and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments of the dominant political mythology.”—Michael Parenti (via propagandawar)
I am afraid of Thanksgiving. More accurately, I am afraid of what Thanksgiving tells us about both the dominant culture and much of the alleged counterculture.
Here’s what I think it tells us: As a society, the United States is intellectually dishonest, politically irresponsible, and morally bankrupt. This is a society in which even progressive people routinely allow national and family traditions to trump fundamental human decency. It’s a society in which, in the privileged sectors, getting along and not causing trouble are often valued above honesty and accountability. Though it’s painful to consider, it’s possible that such a society is beyond redemption. Such a consideration becomes frightening when we recognize that all this goes on in the most affluent and militarily powerful country in the history of the world, but a country that is falling apart — an empire in decline.
“There’s no question that the CIA and other arms of the federal government covered up a lot that was related to the assassination. Not a ‘cover up’ per se, but kept a lot of information from the public. The simplest answer is that there was just a lot of stuff that didn’t incriminate the government but which the public simply couldn’t be allowed to know - the attempts on Castro’s life, the connections with the mob and so much more. Mailor’s take was different and appropriately novelistic in its contingency. Mailer said the CIA in particular was so cagey and institutionally dishonest not because it had anything to do with Kennedy’s death but because the Agency had so many ties and operations and assets in and around so many people Oswald was connected to that they couldn’t be sure they didn’t have anything to do with it.”
It’s like the writer is trying to make the CIA into a bereavement counseling agecy. Some how the evil political- & military science that brought us parades of coups, destruction and death around the world was in fact not involved. Oswald fake-defected to Russia, and was brought back to work on other things when Russia did’t bite the bait.
“The Hunger Games” are real. If you’re familiar with the books and movies, or have at least heard of the “Hunger Games” phenomenon, you’re probably aware that the series tackles some pretty serious issues of poverty and economic inequality that hit way too close to home. If you’re not, here’s some background.
“The Hunger Games” takes place in the fictional world of Panem, which is a dystopian North America sometime in the far off future. All the wealth in the country is concentrated in the Capitol and people in the 12 districts are constantly in fear of starvation. Everything the people in the districts produce, whether it is coal, grain, machinery or clothing, is controlled by the Capitol. People are forbidden to hunt or grow their own food, thus relying on the Capitol’s meager grain and oil rations. To punish the people of Panem for District 13′s rebellion (the Capitol wiped out the region in a nuclear war), each year two teenage tributes from each of the 12 districts must sacrifice their lives in an arena where they fight to the death, with only one victor remaining.
While the story is fictional, it reminds us of a lot of the issues surrounding economic inequality we see today. Some sobering facts:
Nearly all—95%—of the income gains from 2009–2012 have been captured by the wealthiest 1%.
In recent years, the wealthiest 1% have gotten richer and richer, while the median household income is down 8% since 2000.
“The Hunger Games” bestseller books and blockbuster films represent a rare opportunity where these issues of social and economic justice are being widely discussed in pop culture and in homes across the United States.
Working families, union members and leaders are joining the online movement to lift up these issues of economic inequality and poverty using the “Hunger Games” as a jumping off point. Check out oddsinourfavor.org, where you can join the “resistance” and post a photo doing the “salute,” the symbol of solidarity of the working people.