WOULD ANY SANE PERSON think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons, or that dancing naked around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”?
Part of the problem is that we’ve been victims of a campaign of systematic misdirection. Consumer culture and the capitalist mindset have taught us to substitute acts of personal consumption (or enlightenment) for organized political resistance. An Inconvenient Truth helped raise consciousness about global warming. But did you notice that all of the solutions presented had to do with personal consumption—changing light bulbs, inflating tires, driving half as much—and had nothing to do with shifting power away from corporations, or stopping the growth economy that is destroying the planet? Even if every person in the United States did everything the movie suggested, U.S. carbon emissions would fall by only 22 percent. Scientific consensus is that emissions must be reduced by at least 75 percent worldwide.
Or let’s talk water. We so often hear that the world is running out of water. People are dying from lack of water. Rivers are dewatered from lack of water. Because of this we need to take shorter showers. See the disconnect? Because I take showers, I’m responsible for drawing down aquifers? Well, no. More than 90 percent of the water used by humans is used by agriculture and industry. The remaining 10 percent is split between municipalities and actual living breathing individual humans. Collectively, municipal golf courses use as much water as municipal human beings. People (both human people and fish people) aren’t dying because the world is running out of water. They’re dying because the water is being stolen.
…Personal change doesn’t equal social change.
Your Favorite Old And New Music Videos Are About To Get A Brand Makeover
"Universal Music Group, the world’s largest record label, advertising agency Havas, and ad tech company Mirriad have teamed up to weave advertising campaigns directly into streaming music videos, including ones from years ago."
This… is just awful. Yet somehow unsurprising. Just wait until it starts happening to your favorite movies. George Lucas messing with the original trilogy was just the beginning.
Teachers are among the most dedicated, passionate and hardworking professionals – a few of the qualities that make the best Uber partner drivers. Throughout the year, we’ll continue to invest in providing opportunities for educators in cities around the world – recognizing the need for more income options on their own terms.
By utilizing Uber, teachers are increasing their earnings while dedicating their lives to shaping students’ futures – cultivating a generation that is imaginative, determined and believes in extraordinary possibilities.
Protesters are angry about these strange negotiations to release protesters. What kind of practice is this?
When police start using terrorist hijacker tactics… WTF
Wow. The DoJ needs to come in and start that whole fucking police force all over again, from the ground up.
If people who weren’t wearing uniforms were doing this it would be criminal. It should be criminal. When bank robbers do this, it’s still criminal. WHAT THE FUCK IS THE WHITE HOUSE DOING ABOUT THIS?
Hostage negotiations with the police for the release of peaceful protesters?
Oh what the fuck. What the fuck. No.
How is this not dominating the news.
You can tell the size of a man by the size of the thing that makes him mad.
My homey, Adlai Stevenson — born about three miles from where I am sitting.
Something to remember while traversing the outrage engine that is the contemporary internet.
That’s the notion that the markets will solve everything. Leave me alone. I want maximum liberty, I want maximum freedom. Those words have such power in America. On the other hand ‘responsibility’ or ‘society’ or ‘community’ are words that are increasingly held in disfavour in the United States. And that’s a recipe for cooking up a second-rate society, one that does not engage with the notion of collective responsibility. We’re only as good a society as how we treat those who are most vulnerable and nobody’s more vulnerable than our poor. To be poor is not a crime, except in America.
Last Night in Ferguson (9.28-9.29): Last night’s protest was one of the in Ferguson this month, proving once again that the residents of Ferguson/STL County are some of the most resilient and inspiring in all the land. The police were literally holding peaceful protesters hostage late into the night (folks who were complying with all police requests) so they could negotiate with the remaining folks to leave, but the protesters didn’t back down. Eventually all arrestees were released, and many plan to be back out there tonight.
Injustice in Ferguson continues, but despite it, community now thrives too. This is still happening. Are you still paying attention? #staywoke #farfromover
You cannot jail the resistance!
In case anyone thought this wasn’t still going on…
“The most important chart about the American economy you’ll see this year”
The post WW2 economy was the most evenly distributed, fastest growing, and most stable economy that the United States has ever enjoyed and that is because income equality was relatively equal. Income equality is the single largest determining factor in the growth and stability of the economy. It’s not debt, it’s not private sector stimulus (which rarely if ever works), it’s income equality. For every 10th percentile increase in Economic Inequality, growth is slowed by 50%. Immagine where the country would be without Reagan’s brand of conservatism. The country would be trillions and trillions of dollars wealthier, poverty would be much lower, and we’d be much more advanced.
There is a reason why Democratic presidents have a statistically significant average economic growth increase that well exceeds that of republicans, and why democratic congresses have an average economic growth rate that also exceeds their republican counterparts. Liberal policies work. That’s settled fact.
Remember that your vote counts. The best thing that you can do for your country is get involved and vote blue.
This chart is a bit tough to read but once you get it, it’s a gut punch.