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|Pew Research study on public support for unions: More than one might think
One might think with all the union-bashing in corporate media, Faux News, multiple levels of government, and the general rhetoric, that unions are decidedly unpopular among Americans as a whole. ...
|On April Fool's, I let the climate change deniers hoist themselves by their own petard.
In honor of Earth Day today, I give you this April Fool's joke of mine from a few weeks ago. The punchline is on post #16. But since all the deniers are too thickheaded to get it, I lay down the ...
|John Oliver's epic takedown of the NCAA
If you haven't seen it, you need to watch this segment of Last Week Tonight to see John Oliver's epic takedown of the NCAA and its refusal to not let its players receive compensation of any kind. ...
| Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Seeks Limits on Payday Lenders
From The NYT Dealb%k : The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created after the 2008 financial crisis, will soon release the first draft of federal regulations to govern a wide range of short-...
|An Alabama county's solution to school shootings: Canned food!
And by that, I don't mean a canned food drive . You’ve likely heard of students bringing canned food to school for food drives, but have you ever heard of bringing a canned food item to school ...
|Irrefutable evidence that the man who plowed through the Minneapolis protesters deserves prison time
Thank God for cameras and live reporting. If it weren't, the racists might have been able to spin this latest incident of hate into more victim-blaming. Of course they will try, but there is nothing ...
|Fellow Millennials: We need to talk.
Any time we lose an election, there inevitably follows a lot of soul-searching. What did we do wrong? Was it the success of the other side, the failure of ours, or both? Many, many diaries here on ...
|A Bible verse that liberals need to repeat over, and over, and over
Many fundamentalist Americans claim to love their own personal hateful, warmongering, racist, misogynistic version of the Bible. They love to pick and choose which verses they like and shun the ones ...
|I do not "believe in" privilege.
I do not believe that whites are given inherent advantages over blacks and browns. I do not believe that men are given inherent privileges that women do not have. Ditto for straights over gays and ...
|Fiscal conservatives have no right to complain about their boss. None.
I find it fascinating when lovers of capitalism as the savior of mankind complain about their boss. They honestly believe that their boss is just a mean, incompetent, or somehow a bad person. What ...
|The notion that marriage is a refuge from rape is nothing new.
I'm not going to repost Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa's horrible comments from a few months ago about marrying rapists. Neither am I going to link to the Heritage Foundation's despicable ...
|The Georgia Senate Primary: Y'all Help Me Decide!
Alright, everyone, I need some helpful advice here. We Georgians have an important decision next week: Who will serve as the Republican candidate for the US Senate? As of now, the race between the ...
|Finally, a Perfect Term for When White People “Discover” Things
Finally, a Perfect Term for When White People “Discover” Things (includes a hilarious yet sad video from CollegeHumor) At some point in their adolescence, most people will come to learn that ...
|June 30, 2014: The day any faith I had in the Supreme Court died
It's done. It's over. My trust in that once great institution has been reduced to absolute zero as of yesterday. Time of death: Approximately 10:15 AM. I literally, honest to god, have more faith in ...
|Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is
Reposted by permission from the author, John Scalzi. Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is Dudes. Imagine life here in the US — or indeed, pretty much anywhere in the ...
|The Republicans are fighting a war on health.
The GOP's war on women, war on minorities, war on the poor--really, a war on anyone who isn't a rich white cisgendered male. They're also fighting the war on the ghey, but even they know that they'...
CNN.com posted an article over a year ago that, if you haven't read yet, I highly recommend. Yes, the Corporate News Network actually posted something that might be worth the time to read. They ...
|If revealing clothing causes rape, I guess this is the next logical extension
http://www.news.net/article/314708/india-city-to-ban-lingerie-mannequins-to-stop-rape City council member Ritu Tawde said she proposed the mannequin ban because such displays degrade women and ...
|Possible ways to put teacher-bashers on the defensive
Teacher-bashing is rampant in America today. It typically disguises as "keeping teachers accountable," "improving our schools," "getting our children ready for the 21st century," etc. The problem, ...
|"The Angry Eye" with Jane Elliott
Ever watched or heard something, only to have your jaw hit the floor and maybe, just maybe, close a couple hours later? That was me after the first time I watched this:
|If you see something, say something.
I have come to realize that being a white person does not in any way, shape or form excuse me from concerning myself with our society's epidemic of racism. For me to excuse, trivialize, or even ...
|If conservatism is so great, let's see an example of how well it works.
Let's see what happens when a place that is generally agreed to be one of the most conservative states in the nation, does what we expect for conservative states to do: Cut taxes (in theory) and cut ...
|For progressives who believe they have no other reason to vote, consider this:
One of the most maddening lines I hear from people who would otherwise vote Democratic is that "the two parties are too similar/corrupt/conservative/etc." To me, that's simply a denial of reality. I ...
|A killer that is rarely discussed in the political realm
33,883. 32,885. 32,367. 34,080. Those are a list of the number of deaths for the years 2009 through 2012, respectively, all caused by the same weapon. But this is weapon is not a gun: It is a motor ...
|The True Test of an Ideology
One of the great questions asked by Bill Nye in his debate against Ken Ham, and unanswered by Mr. Ham, was this: Can your model be used to predict that which you do not already know? Nye gave an ...
|On the Crisis in Ukraine
As we Americans consider how to react to the crisis in Ukraine, let us not forget some very important truths: Let us remember that we are still, by far, the most powerful nation on the planet, and ...
|You are an "Establishment Republican."
If you supported the Bush tax cuts for the rich, you are probably an establishment Republican. If you support the power of states to deny gays the right to marry, you are probably an establishment ...
|Proposed: The Right to a Safe Commute Act
In my last diary , I discussed the recent blizzard two-inch snow that paralyzed metro Atlanta's roads and highways. Now, state and local officials have received a great deal of criticism for their ...
|The Snow Debacle in Atlanta
By now, you have probably heard about the latest snowstorm to hit the South and cause catastrophic, region-wide traffic jams in Atlanta, Georgia. What you may not know is just how quickly the ...
|An Illustration of Systematic Racism
Some of the cleverest puzzles that people have ever created tend to be the ones with the most counterintuitive solutions: You swear that the answer has to be X, but it turns out to be something very ...
|I troll the climate change deniers.
I offered an internet forum that is rife with climate change deniers an opportunity to put their money where their mouth is. The challenge to them was the following: If so many climate scientists ...
|Liberals, Conservatives, and the Bible
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. --John 10:10, NIV Does this Bible verse summarize many of the differences ...
|Illegal Abortions Have Returned to Texas
By now, many of you have probably seen the update about the abortion case fiasco in Texas. There are already a couple diaries discussing it, so I won't spend much time on the overall story. But one ...
|Fox News Interviewee: "We're gonna f--- s--- up!"
This is either a massive fail or an epic win. Maybe both. Fox News reporter Phil Keating was doing some live reporting from a party in Miami Beach and picked a nearby woman to briefly interview. ...
|"The War on Christmas": A Game
Do you have an obnoxious relative who joins Bill O'Reilly's fictitious "war on Christmas" this time of the year? Will they just not shut up about it at the dinner table, or at any table? Do you wish ...
|What Teabaggers really want
One of the Teabaggers' favorite buzzwords is "freedom," which they seem to generally define as having to follow as few regulations as possible. For all the noise they make about it, they seem to ...
|Inspiration for the day, from a song from yesterday||Risen Tree||10/14/2013||1||-||-||-|
|"Why don't more girls play video games?"
The online gaming community is overwhelmingly male. So much so that when playing against a human opponent who happens to be female, it's considered a big deal. Now why is this? One could go into a ...
|A list of all the good things that come from states' rights
I have spent a lot of time looking for all the advantages of states' rights--all the freedoms, liberties, and benefits to society as a whole. It has taken me quite some time, but I think I've ...
|"If My Vagina Was A Gun"
This was one of the testimonies given before the Texas senate, today. You can get the transcript and listen to it here (look for it at 3:56 p.m. It's only about a minute long). Katie Heim is the ...
|An Experiment on How Capitalism Affects Morals
A German economist has worked out how a cheap deal can make people ignore their personal convictions - and says his study debunks the idea that market forces can iron out unethical practices. Armin ...
|A Solution to the Voting Rights Setback
The lone grain of truth against Section 4 of the VRA was that the situation has changed from the time it was passed until today. BUT, this does NOT in any way, shape or form mean that racism and ...
|Characteristics of the Far Right
Numbing-Avoidance of Feeling—For those who tend toward conservatism, feeling makes them feel vulnerable and out of control. Most likely their family growing up didn’t allow for feelings and so ...
|Proof by Contradiction
In mathematics, claims must be supported by a process of deductive reasoning known as a proof. "This looks right" does not suffice as a proof; there needs to be a clear sequence, however long or ...
|A map of every fracking well in the US and the list of many of its chemicals
In my last entry, I asked whether anyone had seen a particular map that lets you search for any natural gas fracking well in the country, click on it, and see a partial list of all the chemicals ...
|Looking for a certain fracking well map
Hey guys, I don't usually make requests for external information, but there's a website I used to have bookmarked, and for the life of me I can't find it. It was one of those maps that lets you see ...
|This is the scariest national news story I have read this year.
Open Carry March In Washington Seeks To Put 'Government On Notice' With Loaded Rifles -- Huffington Post Pro-gun activists are planning to march from Virginia into Washington, D.C., on July 4 as ...
|What it would take for me to become a conservative
I believe that if one is to truly be able to hold onto a belief, or lack thereof, he or she should have some kind of "escape clause" which, if triggered, would invite that person to shift beliefs. ...
|Paul Broun: "I like being a boy."
"Brown Senate"? Isn't that racist, sir? I honestly can't decide whether to laugh or cry at this . I think I'll do both. Broun also criticized the ...
|A proposed redo of the Second Amendment
The current version says: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. I propose scrapping that ...
|Governance Lessons from SimCity 2000
Ah, the memories. Ah, Will Wright. He was the legendary genius that gave us the SimCity games, The Sims games, and Spore. The success of his work was unparalleled, as can be seen by the release of ...
|To anyone who believes that "guns don't kill people"
I have a little experiment I'd like you to try. You and a friend of mine are going to come to my backyard. You two are going to stand ten yards apart. Then, when I give the signal, he is going to ...
|Why marriage equality is going to win
(EDIT: Made several revisions based on the feedback. Perfection isn't possible, but I've cleaned up where I can. Thank you, everyone.) Two months ago, we witnessed something historic. And it kind ...
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