the un are having a conference on gender equality and have only invited men like that was an actual joke on parks and recreation and now it has happened in real life
… The more extravagant the individual, the angrier is their response to criticism – from parliament, press or public. [Napster founder Sean] Parker lamented the “angry invective normally reserved for genocidal dictators”. Perhaps he had in mind Zaire’s President Mobutu Sese Seko, his marble folly in the jungle and his runway for his chartered Concordes to take him and wife shopping in Paris. In the height of the protests by the Occupy movement, Tom Perkins, a Californian tech venture capitalist, described the treatment of the 1% as akin to the Nazis’ treatment of the Jews. …
It still amazes me that I talk to guys who still think they get harassed just as much as women online. Like even from people who aren’t clearly and totally gross dumbasses. It kinda makes me think that, even in the best cases, it might be hard to really understand the sheer difference in frequency. You see a woman get harassed on a game and you go “Oh well I’ve been harassed” without understanding that there is seldom a session for her where that doesn’t happen or understanding what her inbox might look like…
That is a sort of stunning degree of difference.
"The data’s in! Women were lying about online harassment!”
"Aha! We knew it!"
“Yeah, they’ve been severely underreporting how bad things are for them, turns out.”
It’s astonishing and frightening that so many men think abuse is ok online and IRL. They should all be sterile.
Source - Deutsche Welle
DW: So that’s what it’s all about, expanding the budget for the intelligence community?
Binney : If you have a problem, you need money to solve it. But if you solve that problem, you no longer have the justification to get money. That’s the way they view it - keep the problem going, so the money keeps flowing. Once you build up this big empire, you have to sustain it. … Look at the influence and power the intelligence community has over the government. They [the government] are giving them everything they want, they’re trying to cover up all their tracks and their crimes. Look at the influence and power they’re gaining.
DW: As someone who was instrumental in designing the NSA’s programs, do you sometimes feel like the man who invented the atom bomb?
Binney : No, because I designed it to do a proper job. These people subverted it. They corrupted it to violate the law and the constitution. The design I did followed all that … and I was open with Congress about what I was doing. … These cowards downtown in DC are changing our constitution - they’re scrapping the First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments primarily. If you want to change the constitution, there’s a process to do that. That process means putting a proposal in Congress, get Congress to pass it and then you pass it around all the states, and if 75 percent of the states ratify it, then it’s a Constitutional Amendment. That’s the process. These cowards are doing it all in secret.
Capitalism is all about power and money: naturally all its trappings & tentacles are too.
Systematic injustice persists in Ferguson as police arrest protesters and then attempt to use them to coerce protesters.. As @caulkthewagon wrote: “If Ferguson PD is willing to exchange arrestees for crowd movement, then those people haven’t been arrested, they’ve been kidnapped.”
99 more days until Grand Jury deadline.
Wait, wait, wait, I have an amazing new idea. How about we fix the American school system.
The American School System is shit and it needs to be fixed.
Sadly, this is America and social/education issues will ever be fixed.
This sexism, racism, anti-special needs, hyper-micromanagement, and conform-or-we-crush-you-ism is nauseating.
On September 21, actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson stood up at the UN Headquarters in New York City and delivered a powerful speech condemning the harm that gender discrimination causes to both men and women, and inviting men to become active participants in the global struggle for equality. The next day, anonymous individuals set up a website targeting Watson with sexual threats, counting down the five days until, presumably, her private nude images will be made public. Users on the 4chan message board took credit for creating the site, which featured the 4chan logo.
In her famous 1996 commencement address, writer Nora Ephron warned the new graduates of Wellesley college that they were entering a world that was hostile to women’s achievements and begged them to “take it personally.”
"Understand," she said, "every attack on Hillary Clinton for not knowing her place is an attack on you." We must all take such attacks personally, she argued: "Underneath almost all those attacks are the words: Get back, get back to where you once belonged."
The threats against Watson are an attack on me — and I take them personally. We all need to.
The site threatening Watson was greeted with glee on 4chan and Reddit, where commenters explicitly stated their hope that the threats would force her to abandon her feminist campaigning. “If only her nudes got leaked and she had the load on her face. Her feminism kick would be over,” a commenter wrote. “If this is true her recent feminism rally is going to be shutdown hard,” wrote another. “Feminism,” one 4chan user opined, “is a growing cancer.”
Full article here.
I’m only sharing tweets for those who are not on twitter and can’t see how passionate and outraged journalists are as they tweet from #Ferguson.
If you are on Twitter, here’s a good roster of people to follow if you want to keep updated.
The Secrecy of the Legal Justifications for NSA Surveillance Violates International Human Rights Law
One of the many ways that the NSA’s mass surveillance violates the human rights of both Americans and others around the world is that it teeters on a huge pile of secret law.
Let’s be clear. Under international human rights law, secret “law” doesn’t even qualify as “law” at all.
This is a basic and old legal requirement: it can be found in all of the founding human rights documents. It allows people the fundamental fairness of understanding when they can expect privacy from the government and when they cannot. It avoids the Kafkaesque situations in which people, like Joseph K in The Trial and the thousands of people on the secret No Fly Lists, cannot figure out what they did that resulted in government scrutiny, much less clear their names. And it ensures that government officials have actual limits to their discretion and that when those limits are crossed, redress is possible.
since abercrombie an fitch destroys its unsold clothes and wont donate bc poor people wearing their clothes gives them a bad image i say everyone should donate as much abercrombie and fitch brand clothing that you have to homeless shelters so you can simultaneously piss off a shitty company and help those in need
"Consensual sex" is just sex. To say that implies that there is such a thing as "non consensual sex", which there isn’t. That’s rape. That is what it needs to be called. There is only sex or rape. Do not teach people that rape is just another type of sex. They are two very separate events. You wouldn’t say "breathing swimming" and "non breathing swimming", you say swimming and drowning.
This is a very good point.
Black children are denied their innocence and childhood, even in death.
At least 6 Ferguson officers apart from Brown shooter have been named in lawsuits.
Read this and decide for yourself if you can see a pattern.
You know, with all of the horribly racist comments I’ve seen about the ferguson situation by white men and women, and many of them likely conservative christians, I just have one question
Which side would Jesus be defending? The white, over-armed militarized police force using violence to assert their authority? or the low income black community fed up with how they are treated by society?
That is all