International Idealism

"Let us do something, while we have the chance!"

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If a female student got drunk and had her car stolen the university would call the police. If she got drunk and had her computer stolen, they would call the police. If she got drunk and had her phone stolen, they would call the police. The fact that she was drunk would not even be factored in when assessing if a crime had been committed. But if she gets drunk and has her body invaded and her humanity stolen, school administrations are perplexed about what to do.
International Human Rights Activist Michael Simmons offered these words (via Facebook) in response to the May 3, 2014 New York Times’ “Fight Against Sex Assaults Holds Colleges to Account” article. (via kenyabenyagurl)

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Kings Of Leon
Supersoaker

shot-well:

Cause I’m a Supersoaker red, white,
And blew em all away
With the kisses unclean
as the words that you say

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kohenari:


A new study shows that Americans feel warmer towards Jews than any other religion.

People keep sending this story to me because, after all, I’m Jewish and they feel warmly toward me. And it is heartwarming to learn that Americans think Jews are pretty ok.
But pretty ok needs some discussion.
Americans feel slightly more positive about Jews than they do about other religious minorities. But Jews scored a 63/100 in this survey. That doesn’t mean that Americans think really highly of Jews. a 50/100 means someone doesn’t feel either positively or negatively about the religious group. So, people feel slightly better than neutral about Jews.
I mean, that’s not nothing. I probably would have been happy with neutral, given the way Americans report feeling about Muslims.
But here’s the conclusion from a piece in the Atlantic that I think captures the results rightly:

looking too closely at this whole experiment is an invitation to feel uneasy about pluralism in America. It’s unsettling that “63” out of 100 was the mean rating for the most popular group in the survey (and I’ll say it again, just because it brings me pleasure: that would be the Jews). Americans from all groups, it seems, feel pretty lukewarm about anyone who isn’t like them.

kohenari:

A new study shows that Americans feel warmer towards Jews than any other religion.

People keep sending this story to me because, after all, I’m Jewish and they feel warmly toward me. And it is heartwarming to learn that Americans think Jews are pretty ok.

But pretty ok needs some discussion.

Americans feel slightly more positive about Jews than they do about other religious minorities. But Jews scored a 63/100 in this survey. That doesn’t mean that Americans think really highly of Jews. a 50/100 means someone doesn’t feel either positively or negatively about the religious group. So, people feel slightly better than neutral about Jews.

I mean, that’s not nothing. I probably would have been happy with neutral, given the way Americans report feeling about Muslims.

But here’s the conclusion from a piece in the Atlantic that I think captures the results rightly:

looking too closely at this whole experiment is an invitation to feel uneasy about pluralism in America. It’s unsettling that “63” out of 100 was the mean rating for the most popular group in the survey (and I’ll say it again, just because it brings me pleasure: that would be the Jews). Americans from all groups, it seems, feel pretty lukewarm about anyone who isn’t like them.

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I’ve been watching media coverage of angry Americans at our southern border waiving signs and yelling slogans, insisting that the children – most of whom are refugees of the drug war we’ve created — “go home” to the violence and death that war has created, and I wonder who these angry Americans are. I also wonder where their parents or grandparents or other ancestors came from, and what they were fleeing from or hoped for when they landed in America. I’m not suggesting we allow in anyone who wants to come here, but these are desperate children. Whatever happened to the generosity, decency, and big-heartedness of this country?
Robert Reich (via azspot)

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Here is how the internship scam works. It’s not about a “skills” gap. It’s about a morality gap.

1) Make higher education worthless by redefining “skill” as a specific corporate contribution. Tell young people they have no skills.

2) With “skill” irrelevant, require experience. Make internship sole path to experience. Make internships unpaid, locking out all but rich.

3) End on the job training for entry level jobs. Educated told skills are irrelevant. Uneducated told they have no way to obtain skills.

4) As wealthy progress on professional career path, middle and lower class youth take service jobs to pay off massive educational debt.

5) Make these part-time jobs not “count” on resume. Hire on prestige, not skill or education. Punish those who need to work to survive.

6) Punish young people who never found any kind of work the hardest. Make them untouchables — unhireable.

7) Tell wealthy people they are “privileged” to be working 40 hrs/week for free. Don’t tell them what kind of “privileged” it is.

8) Make status quo commentary written by unpaid interns or people hiring unpaid interns. They will tell you it’s your fault.

9) Young people, it is not your fault. Speak out. Fight back. Bankrupt the prestige economy.

The moral bankruptcy of the internship economy | Sarah Kendzior (via brutereason)

solarbird added: see also the intrinsic fraud of the prestigious internship. (via solarbird)

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In the two years that the democrats had the White House, the House, and the Senate, we got Wall Street reform, student loan reform, credit card reform, healthcare reform obviously, the fair pay act, expanding of the GI bill, they re-authorized the children’s health insurance program, expanded national service programs, fixed the sentencing disparity for crack versus powdered cocaine. We got the 9/11 first responders bill, we got the hate crimes act, they ratified the Start treaty between us and Russia on nuclear weapons, they repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, they did cash for clunkers, they did the stimulus which included the largest middle-class tax cuts ever. That was all done by the Congress that was elected at the same time as President Obama in 2008. They were elected in November 2008, sworn in January 2009 and over the next 2 years they got all of those things done. Then, the republicans did really well in the midterms, and republicans took control of the House for the first time in years and, John Boehner became Speaker. And since then, there has not been a single significant piece of legislation enacted into law.

Rachel Maddow, 9/30/13 (via alexaaact)

Worth repeating…

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Al Franken: Net neutrality is 'the First Amendment issue of our time'

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h/t: Joan McCarter at Daily Kos