Posts tagged "politics"
  1. Notes: 1 / 2 months ago 

    So the governor of my state, Mike Pence, has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder basically saying that the bodies and minds of our prison inmates aren’t worth very much.

    Indiana is one of seven states to tell the Department of Justice that it will not follow federal guidelines designed to reduce prison rape and sexual abuse. The law was passed in 2003, and governors had a May 15 deadline to inform the Justice Department whether they were in compliance or planned to be.

    Indiana Department of Correction spokesman Doug Garrison said it would cost the state $15 million to $20 million a year to follow the guidelines, mostly because they require hiring more staff.

    Cut rape cases in prison AND create jobs? Oh, no no no no no. Not worth the money, apparently, for Indiana’s governor, who already has a job and is not in prison.

    [Garrison] said the DOC already has put many rape prevention measures in place on its own, including a rape complaint coordinator in every prison.

    So when an inmate is raped, they can, like, complain about it! Tattling on your fellow convicts never results in negative consequences or anything.

    The state stands to lose 5 percent in certain Justice grants, but Garrison said that adds up to $345,000 a year at most.

    "Certainly less than the overall cost to comply," he said in an email.

    I want to repeat a few relevant words from the first passage I quoted:

    The law was passed in 2003

    2003. This state, and the seven others who are letting down so many human beings, had eleven freakin’ years to work on this. It’s not like they were surprised by this law over the weekend. Actually they have had even more time to deal with the base issue, when you consider that a humane and sane approach to prison life could have saved untold numbers of inmates from sexual assault over decades. But the federal government had to tell states to do something, and eleven years later there are those who still don’t want to do anything actually helpful.

    Source: indystar.com

  2. Notes: 27 / 6 months ago  from jgthirlwell
    jgthirlwell:

New interview with JG Thirlwell is up at Paraphilia featuring unpublished pics of JG by legendary producer Tony Visconti.

[INTERVIEWER] Would you perhaps agree that as an individual it’s a question of balance and accepting the contradictions of existing in the modern world? For example, it’s all well and good to say you oppose capitalism, but it’s not really feasible to simply reject global society when there’s no alternative with any kind of take-up – especially if you’re an artist. Living in a cave isn’t going to achieve anything, is it?
[THIRLWELL] Unfortunately I have found that democracy isn’t always democratic when it comes to caring for its people. How can it be when favors can be bought by lobbyists and elections can be rigged? This is a non-humanistic society, and government, the corporations and the developers are going to do what they want whether you like it or not. They just pay lip-service by pretending to listen, be it about destroying the quality of communities, hydrofracking, wiretapping, Wall Street robber barons or invented wars and WMDs! Can’t be apathetic, tho. Personally I have no desire to go off the grid. I don’t even want to leave the city, let alone live in a cave!

    jgthirlwell:

    New interview with JG Thirlwell is up at Paraphilia featuring unpublished pics of JG by legendary producer Tony Visconti.

    [INTERVIEWER] Would you perhaps agree that as an individual it’s a question of balance and accepting the contradictions of existing in the modern world? For example, it’s all well and good to say you oppose capitalism, but it’s not really feasible to simply reject global society when there’s no alternative with any kind of take-up – especially if you’re an artist. Living in a cave isn’t going to achieve anything, is it?

    [THIRLWELL] Unfortunately I have found that democracy isn’t always democratic when it comes to caring for its people. How can it be when favors can be bought by lobbyists and elections can be rigged? This is a non-humanistic society, and government, the corporations and the developers are going to do what they want whether you like it or not. They just pay lip-service by pretending to listen, be it about destroying the quality of communities, hydrofracking, wiretapping, Wall Street robber barons or invented wars and WMDs! Can’t be apathetic, tho. Personally I have no desire to go off the grid. I don’t even want to leave the city, let alone live in a cave!

     
  3. Notes: 145 / 6 months ago  from liberalsarecool (originally from beingliberal)
    beingliberal:

Things worth fighting for.

    beingliberal:

    Things worth fighting for.

     
  4. Notes: 23 / 1 year ago 

    In August 2008, Orson Scott Card wrote:

    How long before married people answer the dictators thus: Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn.

    Oh, how long? HOW LONG, O LORD?

    Now it is July 2013, and Orson Scott Card says:

    With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot…. Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute.

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    Seriously. HA.

    Watching the freakouts by anti-gay activists has been kind of a trip. They are terrified of intolerance and persecution.

    Intolerance and persecution.

    Yeah, these people may not be as dumb as we thought they were. They certainly understand the concept of karma.

    btw, I do not support intolerance and persecution of any kind.

    Besides, anti-gay activists will not suffer even a single percent of what they dished out, and we all know it. They won’t be kicked out of their homes at young ages, they won’t be beaten in the streets daily, they won’t be sexually assaulted by people trying to “convert” them, they won’t be pushed to suicide en masse.

    All they’ll have to deal with is knowing we rejected their hate.

    And maybe Ender’s Game will hit theaters and flop.

  5. Notes: 3 / 1 year ago 

    Last night demonstrated an interesting phenomenon. Public outrage against even something as immediately important as the denial of civil rights is directly proportional to the legality of the procedures involved. Generally speaking.

    When the Voting Rights Act was gutted by the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision on Tuesday morning, you could see that people were upset, but they were also thoughtful, saddened, and busy with considering the impact of the decision itself.

    When Texas’ lieutenant governor claimed that a vote had taken place before midnight when more than 150,000 viewers on YouTube knew better, the internet exploded.

    It wasn’t the abortion restrictions that infuriated people long into the wee hours. We have laws in this country right now that make life undeniably difficult for people to claim their constitutional right to make their own health-care choices. North Dakota has banned abortions at the six-week line, for God’s sake, and that state has been accused of trying to close its one abortion clinic. The internet isn’t threatening to clamor its way to North Dakota to tear down the patriarchy.

    But very, very early this morning, a good chunk of people who were still awake after midnight wanted to burn Texas to the ground.

    We can play spot-the-differences between the two pictures. Texas had a hero in Wendy Davis, and then a sharp spokesperson in Leticia Van De Putte. “At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues?” was the demand for an explanation that pushed an already jumpy gallery into action.

    All this activity meant more people watched things as they occurred, rather than reading about it the next day.

    There was also no lie that we know of to shove a vote through in North Dakota, complete with falsified timestamps.

    All these elements in Texas boiled together to create a furious public that demanded justice. I believe that the main issue was the clearly irregular procedure. If there were no question that Davis’ filibuster had been suspended honestly, that Van De Putte had been properly briefed as she requested, that the vote had been legally carried out, and that there had been no shenanigans after midnight, it is entirely possible that almost everyone would have already moved on from this thing. Oh, we would have been upset. Just as we were when we heard about the decision on the Voting Rights Act.

    But we wouldn’t have thrown a virtual riot. Just as we didn’t when we heard about the decision on the Voting Rights Act.

    My point in all this: People are not politically apathetic when they settle on grumbling over the changes to the VRA, nor are they merely acting in their own self interest when they do get angry, as they did last night. Public outrage is directly proportional to the legality of the procedures involved.

  6. 1 year ago 

    Saw on Twitter that SB5 has been declared dead. The president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America just tweeted:

    "The official vote was recorded at 12:03 a.m."

  7. Notes: 8 / 1 year ago 
    Via Martin Duggan. (CC 2.0 Attribution)

    Via Martin Duggan. (CC 2.0 Attribution)

     
  8. Notes: 5 / 1 year ago 
     
  9. Notes: 12 / 1 year ago 
    I hope Twitter is happy, LOOK WHAT THEY DROVE HIM TO DO.

    I hope Twitter is happy, LOOK WHAT THEY DROVE HIM TO DO.

     
  10. Notes: 1 / 1 year ago 
    It’s rude to send in your applications before the 28th.

    It’s rude to send in your applications before the 28th.

     
  11. Notes: 2 / 1 year ago 
    Paperback book, copyrighted 1976.

(Taken with my smartphone.)

    Paperback book, copyrighted 1976.

    (Taken with my smartphone.)

     
  12. Notes: 2 / 2 years ago 

    Him and him wedding cookies by Chromli, a bakery based in Zurich, Switzerland.

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