“One U.S. Supreme Court justice referred to Netflix as “Netflick.” Another seemed not to know that HBO is a cable channel. A third appeared to think most software coding could be tossed off in a mere weekend.”
The people ultimately responsible for making legal rulings in the modern world are often dangerously out-of-touch with it. [via Lawrence Hurley @ Business Insider] (via huffpostpolitics)
what’s on the netflick tonight honey
We are absolutely fucked.
6:54 am • 16 May 2014 • 14,145 notes
“The best teacher is experience and not through someone’s distorted point of view”
— Jack Kerouac, On The Road (via just-a-scratch-just-a-scar)
9:56 pm • 13 May 2014 • 598 notes
I save my anger for our bankrupt liberal intelligentsia of which, sadly, I guess I am a member. Liberals are the defeated, self-absorbed Mouse Man in Dostoevsky’s “Notes From Underground.” They embrace cynicism, a cloak for their cowardice and impotence. They, like Dostoevsky’s depraved character, have come to believe that the “conscious inertia” of the underground surpasses all other forms of existence. They too use inaction and empty moral posturing, not to affect change but to engage in an orgy of self-adulation and self-pity. They too refuse to act or engage with anyone not cowering in the underground. This choice does not satisfy the Mouse Man, as it does not satisfy our liberal class, but neither has the strength to change. The gravest danger we face as a nation is not from the far right, although it may well inherit power, but from a bankrupt liberal class that has lost the will to fight and the moral courage to stand up for what it espouses.
Anyone who says he or she cares about the working class in this country should have walked out on the Democratic Party in 1994 with the passage of NAFTA. And it has only been downhill since. If welfare reform, the 1999 Financial Services Modernization Act, which gutted the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act—designed to prevent the kind of banking crisis we are now undergoing—and the craven decision by the Democratic Congress to continue to fund and expand our imperial wars were not enough to make you revolt, how about the refusal to restore habeas corpus, end torture in our offshore penal colonies, abolish George W. Bush’s secrecy laws or halt the warrantless wiretapping and monitoring of American citizens? The imperial projects and the corporate state have not altered under Obama. The state kills as ruthlessly and indiscriminately in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan as it did under Bush. It steals from the U.S. treasury as rapaciously to enrich the corporate elite. It, too, bows before the conservative Israel lobby, refuses to enact serious environmental or health care reform, regulate Wall Street, end our relationship with private mercenary contractors or stop handing obscene sums of money, some $1 trillion a year, to the military and arms industry. At what point do we stop being a doormat? At what point do we fight back? We may lose if we step outside the mainstream, but at least we will salvage our self-esteem and integrity.
— Chris Hedges: Liberals Are Useless - Chris Hedges - Truthdig (via guerrillamamamedicine)
12:36 pm • 10 May 2014 • 43 notes
“Walter Berbrick, a retired Navy officer and a professor of war games at the U.S. Naval War College, was conducting the Fleet Arctic Operations Game in 2011, simulating, among other things, how the Navy would respond to an oil spill in the Arctic, when he discovered there were no rules of engagement for polar bears. “You’ve really got to be mindful of where you’re at and where they’re at,” Berbrick says, pointing out that polar bears travel in open waters and on ice floes where naval units would have to operate. “Folks need to be trained and deployed understanding their interaction with polar bears. The Navy needs some kind of specialized force protection training, policies, rules of engagement.”
— As the World Warms, Navy Strategists Plan for an Arctic Rush (via iamdanw)
6:47 pm • 5 May 2014 • 20 notes
“If you kill a person, you’re a murderer. If you steal, no one would hesitate to call you a thief. But in America, when you force yourself on someone sexually, some people will jump through flaming hoops not to call you a rapist.”
— From my latest at the Guardian, When you call a rape anything but rape, you are just making excuses for rapists (via jessicavalenti)
Actually, many who kill are called “heroes” and many who steal are called “successful businesspeople”.
4:21 pm • 2 May 2014 • 46,882 notes
Hey Shark Week, sharks are cool, but they’re not even close to being the deadliest animal.
(Source: gatesnotes.com, via kenyatta)
7:49 am • 30 April 2014 • 13,798 notes
BREAKING LANDMARK LAWSUIT: UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST SUES FOR EQUAL MARRIAGE
The United Church of Christ is suing the US state of North Carolina, because its marriage ban, the notorious Amendment One, prevents UCC clergy from performing legal same gender marriages. They are the first denomination to sue for the freedom to marry. More here.
Proud to be raised in a UCC ONA church!
7:05 pm • 28 April 2014 • 1,040 notes
Kill net neutrality, turn the internet into television.
3:20 pm • 27 April 2014 • 34 notes