expect so much
Regarding the highway bill, I think the current tea party obstructionists and others who oppose it are freeloaders. That’s right. Republicans like Eisenhower knew public infrastructure is an investment in the future. For the past few decades we have been enjoying the benefits of that without properly maintaining. That is freeloading on the “Greatest Generation” with little regard for the next generation.

Scott Oakes (via moreleftthannot)

Yes we are living off the capital investment of the 50s and 60s.  Without this investment Reaganomics would have collapsed immediately.  The entire modern Conservative economic concept requires squeezing out all they can without reinvesting and then moving on to somewhere else without looking back.

(via iammyfather)

Most reasonable people would grant that privacy is a function of liberty. And if we get rid of privacy, we’re making ourselves less free. If we want to live in open and liberal societies, we need to have safe spaces where we can experiment with new thoughts, new ideas, and [where] we can discover what it is we really think and what we really believe in without being judged. If we can’t have the privacy of our bedrooms, if we can’t have the privacy of our notes on our computer, if we can’t have the privacy of our electronic diaries, we can’t have privacy at all.
Edward Snowden (via azspot)
The reason sickness is undesirable is not that it causes distress or discomfort but that it results in what is often called “lost productivity”. This is a sinister and absurd notion, predicated on the greedy fallacy of counting chickens before they have hatched. “Workplace absence through sickness was reported to cost British business £32bn a year,” the researcher claimed in Metro: a normal way of phrasing things today, but one with curious implications. The idea seems to be that business already has that money even though it hasn’t earned it yet and employees who fail to maintain “productivity” as a result of sickness or other reasons are, in effect, stealing this as yet entirely notional sum from their employers.

Steven Poole: Why the cult of hard work is counter-productive (via toffeemilkshake)

In the US there are companies that take sick days and personal time off from the same pool of days. I had fifteen total in a year, and that’s regarded as pretty generous. Of course, if I actually did have anything that didn’t physically stop me getting in to work, I’d do so - it’s better for me to sit at my desk unproductive (and possibly infecting co-workers) than lose a holiday day.

Well done for reverse incentives there, free market capitalism.

(via blech)

yewknee:

sElf - Runaway official video

first new Self video in ~4 years and it’s a real doozie

The internet is made of cats

ultimatemoviefanatic:

For the past 8 days, performance artist and parody king “Weird Al” Yankovic has released 8 consecutive music videos in 8 days. All for his 14th studio album ‘Mandatory Fun' which hit store shelves just last week. Each video went viral onto the net and skyroted to unprecedented levels.
Here at UMF, I am honored to be part of this event by joining “Weird Al” and hosting the eight hysterical videos. I have posted each one as they were released on this blog, but you can see them all below. Enjoy!
Tacky
Word Crimes
Foil
Sports Song
Handy
First Word Problems
Lame Claim to Fame
Mission Statement


These are all fabulous but Mission Statement may be my favorite. 

ultimatemoviefanatic:

For the past 8 days, performance artist and parody king “Weird Al” Yankovic has released 8 consecutive music videos in 8 days. All for his 14th studio album ‘Mandatory Fun' which hit store shelves just last week. Each video went viral onto the net and skyroted to unprecedented levels.

Here at UMF, I am honored to be part of this event by joining “Weird Al” and hosting the eight hysterical videos. I have posted each one as they were released on this blog, but you can see them all below. Enjoy!

  1. Tacky
  2. Word Crimes
  3. Foil
  4. Sports Song
  5. Handy
  6. First Word Problems
  7. Lame Claim to Fame
  8. Mission Statement

These are all fabulous but Mission Statement may be my favorite. 

kenyatta:


"No one ever said that the goal was full integration of these populations," said David Von Spreckelsen, senior vice president at Toll Brothers. "So now you have politicians talking about that, saying how horrible those back doors are. I think it’s unfair to expect very high-income homeowners who paid a fortune to live in their building to have to be in the same boat as low-income renters, who are very fortunate to live in a new building in a great neighborhood."

looooooooooooooooooooooool



Just… Wow.

kenyatta:

"No one ever said that the goal was full integration of these populations," said David Von Spreckelsen, senior vice president at Toll Brothers. "So now you have politicians talking about that, saying how horrible those back doors are. I think it’s unfair to expect very high-income homeowners who paid a fortune to live in their building to have to be in the same boat as low-income renters, who are very fortunate to live in a new building in a great neighborhood."

looooooooooooooooooooooool

Just… Wow.
truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

memegop:

Did you ever wonder why Republicans are purposely blocking jobs and subverting the economy?#MemeGOP #UniteBlue #FireBoehner

ARRA = American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

memegop:

Did you ever wonder why Republicans are purposely blocking jobs and subverting the economy?

#MemeGOP #UniteBlue #FireBoehner

ARRA = American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 

People don’t take hurricanes as seriously if they have a feminine name and the consequences are deadly, finds a new groundbreaking study.

Storms with female names have historically been significantly more deadly because people neither consider them as risky nor take the same precautions, the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concludes.

Researchers at the University of Illinois and Arizona State University examined six decades of hurricane death rates according to gender, spanning 1950 and 2012. Of the 47 most damaging hurricanes, the male-named hurricane produced an average of 23 deaths compared to 45 deaths for female-named hurricanes, or almost double the number of fatalities.

Female-named hurricanes kill more than male hurricanes because people don’t respect them, study finds

I can’t.

(via emchughes)

So, they’re dead for their own stupidity.  Sounds like natural selection to me. 

(via acceber74)

The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.
John Muir  (via thatkindofwoman)
Nothing.

Liz Cheney, quoted by the Huffington Post, when asked what the Republican Party should do to address climate change.

All Liz needs now is to blast her friend’s face at close range while drinking on a hunting trip and she has all the Cheney bona fides.

(via liberalsarecool)

Any American who denies global warming should automatically have to live in Florida for 50 years. As in, until it’s underwater. Then we’ll check in and see if they reevaluate their opinion.
Senate Republicans just FILIBUSTERED that bill that would have made clear that a woman’s health decision is not her boss’s business.

demnewswire:

Once again, Republicans are on the wrong side of equality and fairness. 

But both parties are TOTALLY the same.