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14 July 2014 @ 11:43 am

Two more drilling sites found with Marcellus Shale sludge radioactivity in Washington County; DEP sees no threat
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/business/2014/05/27/Two-more-containers-found-with-Marcellus-Shale-sludge-radioactivity-in-Washington-County/stories/201405270162#ixzz37SQiCP9x

Shale well leaks during drilling process, forcing evacuations in Morgan County

Study Finds More Costs Than Benefits From Fracking
Though shale development has changed the county’s fortunes, the transformation from ghost town to boom town has been far from smooth, according to a study released in April by nonprofit research organization Policy Matters Ohio.

Straight From The Horse’s Mouth’: Former Oil Exec Says Fracking Not Safe
Retired Mobil VP confirms technology is dangerous and untested.
04 July 2014 @ 06:08 pm
Myth #1: Employers were being forced to pay for contraception, and people should pay for it themselves.

Let me show you how health insurance benefits work.

Let’s say a company has $100 dollars which they will use to compensate their employee in various ways. They’ll give $50 directly to the employee in cold, hard cash, $10 will go into a retirement or savings account, and $40 will go towards health insurance benefits (These numbers are made up to illustrate a point, so just work with me for a minute). It’s all part of an employee’s compensation. Employer provided healthcare is very common in the United States because consumers can usually get cheaper healthcare when they go into together in large groups, and so employers often group all of their employees together in a group, purchase a healthcare plan, and use the size of their group to negotiate better rates.

People use their health insurance benefits in many different ways. Some people need allergy medication, some people need hip-replacement surgery, and some people need insulin. The health insurance plans handle all of those individual transactions. But now, thanks to Hobby Lobby, closely held corporations can say, “Actually, we don’t want the insurer to provide these forms of birth control. So don’t pay for them.”

Sure, the employee has $50 in cold hard cash, but that cash is already being used to pay for rent, food, clothes, and health care (because you still have to pay a co-pay out of pocket for a lot of care). Many people simply can’t afford to buy that birth control out-of-pocket (that stuff is EXPENSIVE).

They were promised a health plan worth about 40% of their total compensation that would provide for their medical needs, including birth control. But those companies aren’t providing their employees with birth control or an extra bonus in cash now that they won’t provide those methods of birth control. Therefore, their employees are being unfairly denied their compensation.

This is not a person of faith being forced to pay for birth control. This is a company providing compensation to an employee, and the employee choosing to spend that compensation on their medical needs. If a company isn’t allowed to determine how I spend my paycheck, it shouldn’t be allowed to determine how I use my health insurance.

Myth #2: This decision only impacted a few forms of birth control. It’s not a big deal.

Nope, nope, nope. The Supreme Court didn’t just say that excluding those forms of birth control was okay. They established a legal precedent which could have devastating long term consequences.

First of all, this won’t just affect Hobby Lobby. 90% of all corporations in the U.S. are “closely held,” and they employ about 52% of the American workforce. Millions of Americans could be denied the birth control they need.

And we’re not just talking about a few forms of birth control. The Supreme Court has ordered several appeals courts to review cases in which employers object to all forms of birth control using the Hobby Lobby decision. Their legal precedent may allow some companies to refuse to provide all forms of birth control to their employees.

Furthermore, this decision could affect a myriad of things beyond birth control. The decision specifically says that their reasoning wouldn’t apply to things like blood transfusions and vaccinations, which some religious individuals oppose, but gave no particular reason why not. A future court could decide this distinction is arbitrary and allow employers to refuse to provide these services too.

The court also said this decision wouldn’t necessarily allow employers to discriminate against employees based on race, but what about sexual orientation or gender identity? The Hobby Lobby decision could provide the legal justification for 90% of corporations employing 52% of the workforce to request an exemption from non-discrimination protections by claiming those protections are against their religious beliefs.

I agree with Justice Ginsburg, the majority decision stepped into a legal minefield.

~Whovian feminism
02 July 2014 @ 07:10 pm
There was a time when sexist, racist, and queerantagonistic language was so normal that no one ever questioned its use. When some marginalized peoples and groups did begin to question it, those who used it cried foul and accused critics of being hypersensitive, looking for something to be offended about, "politically correct," haters of free speech, or failing to understand how language evolves in meaning or how words could have multiple meanings.
Strains of this battle remain with us, although we're now more likely to openly critique racist, sexist, and queerantagonistic language.
The irony, however, is that those of us who would criticize the use of racist, sexist, and queerantagonistic language, who feel marginalized by it, whatever the context, will readily use disableist language and use the same excuses/defenses as oppressors when confronted and critiqued by other marginalized peoples and groups.
And we do everything in our power to pretend that's not hypocrisy.

~ Son of Baldwin
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
25 May 2014 @ 09:51 am
Elliot Rodger has been recieving

may want to keep an eye on this guy..... just saying
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
25 May 2014 @ 09:29 am
Oh the poor boy, so misunderstood.... if only some beautiful woman would have given him a mercy fuck.... (sarcasm)

Right away he is labeled as mentally ill... and thus deserving of sympathy.
there is no evidence that he was mentally ill or undergoing any sort of therapy/ treatment.
THe Bell Jar has an excellent write up about this:
We don’t know whether Elliot Rodger was mentally ill. What we do know is that he was a Men’s Rights Activist, or MRA.
MRA teaches them that women, and especially feminist women, are to blame for their unhappiness. It teaches them that women lie, that they cheat, trick and manipulate. It teaches them that men as a social class are dominant over women and that they are entitled to women’s bodies. It teaches them that women who won’t give them what they want deserve some kind of punishment.
We live in a culture that constantly devalues women in a million little different ways, and that culture has evolved to include a vast online community of men who take that devaluation to its natural conclusion: brutal, violent hatred of women. And I don’t mean that all these men have been physically violent towards women, but rather that they use violent, degrading, dehumanizing language when discussing women. Whose bodies, just as a reminder, they feel completely entitled to.
Current Mood: angryangry
02 April 2014 @ 08:50 pm
Excuse me.

One of the first women to start her own independent production company.
Earned her way to stardom without sleeping with executives for roles.
Refused to date people for publicity just because 20th Century Fox wanted her to.
Left 20th Century Fox because she refused to let them get away with treating her badly and paying her a tiny wage, just because of her “dumb blonde” image.
Was only paid a fraction of her co-star’s wage even though she was the star of the movies and the biggest box office pull, but still went ahead with the movies because she was so passionate about acting.
Studied method acting at the Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg, who said that she was one of his best students along with Marlon Brando.
Had a personal library of over 500 books and rarely read fiction - she was desperate to learn and educate herself.
Was sexually abused as a child but then went on to encourage the sexual liberation of women in the 1950s.
One of the first people to speak openly about sexual abuse.
One of the first people to openly support gay rights.
Supported many charities such as the Milk Fund, March of Dimes, Arthritis and Rheumatism foundation.
Donated her time and money to these charities.
Visited orphanages and hospitals on her own time to surprise the people there.
Married one of the greatest literary minds of the 20th century
Suffered two miscarriages and one ectopic pregnancy and still put on a brave face for her fans.
Ella Fitzgerald was not allowed to play at the popular Mocambo, in Hollywood, because of her race. Marilyn, who loved her music and supported civil rights, called the owner of the Mocambo and told him that if he booked Ella immediately, she would take a front table every night. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. After that, Ella never had to play in a small jazz club again.

"She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it." - Ella Fitzgerald about Marilyn Monroe
26 March 2014 @ 06:53 pm
There should be a White History Month in America. That way we can teach all about the things White Americans have done in history, like:

Cherokee Trail of Tears
Japanese American internment
Philippine-American War
Jim Crow
The genocide of Native Americans
Transatlantic slave trade
The Middle Passage
The history of White American racism
Black Codes
Slave patrols
Ku Klux Klan
The War on Drugs
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
How white racism grew out of slavery and genocide
How whites still benefit from slavery and genocide
White anti-racism
The Southern strategy
The rape of black slave women
Madison Grant
The Indian Wars
Human zoos
How the Jews became white
White flight
Proposition 14
Homestead Act
Tulsa Riots
Rosewood massacre
Tuskegee Experiment
Hollywood stereotypes
Indian Appropriations Acts
Immigration Act of 1924
Sundown towns
Chinese Exclusion Act
Emmett Till
Vincent Chin
Indian boarding schools
King Philip’s War
Bacon’s Rebellion
American slavery compared to Arab, Roman and Latin American slavery
History of the gun
History of the police
History of prisons
History of white suburbia
Lincoln’s racism and anti-racism
George Wallace
Fox News
Tea Party
Real estate steering
School tracking
Mass incarceration of black men
Boston school busing riots

And so on. No fear of running out of topics: there is more than one a day!

Current Mood: cynicalcynical
02 March 2014 @ 07:44 pm
Random drug testing is unfair and unnecessary. It is unfair to for workers who are not even suspected of intoxication or drug usage to "prove" their innocence through a degrading and uncertain procedure that violates personal privacy. Most tests cannot detect impairment and cannot predict job performance.

Drug testing allows employers to intrude upon your personal life. You have the right to be left alone. The actually peeing in a cup and is offensive and degrading. plus the urine analysis can reveal other things. Prescription medications, pregnancy, heart conditions, epilepsy, diabetes which SHOULD NOT be anyone else's business.

There are better ways to address substance abuse. Put the money into actual treatment. If you cannot do the work, you should be dismissed. Drug tests do not measure job performance. The tests are not reliable. False positives happen when using over-the counter pain relievers, herbal teas and poppy seeds.

Random drug tests are unconstitutional. 4th amendment states that you cannot search everyone to find the one guilty person. there must be a reason to suspect the person is guilty.

employers state that 10% of work place accidents involve an employee who tested positive for drugs.... this also means that 90% of workplace accidents involved employees NOT on drugs.... perhaps sobriety is the problem in work related accidents.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
19 February 2014 @ 02:48 pm
I noticed the "Festival of Colors" is coming to Pittsburgh.
The website makes absolutely NO mention of the origin or the religious significance of the festival and culture behind it. Once again it's just white people cherry-picking other cultures for "cool stuff" with out giving credit, paying dues, or taking any responsibility to who rightfully owns it....and selling it to other white people at $22+ a ticket.
For- profit entities re-branding another's sacred beliefs as something original, fun, and "artsy": like sweat lodges, yoga, & Dia De los Muertos.... pillaged from cultures that White Christian Europeans physically PILLAGED in years past.
It's not harmless fun. It's racist bullshit.
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
02 February 2014 @ 02:25 pm
“Within the bounds of mainstream society, I think feminism is needed to overcome the screaming domination that is global patriarchy. As for myself and other traditional Native women like me, being a woman is all the power we need. Feminism isn’t the answer; returning to traditional lifeways is. Our strength as women is within us, whether western colloquialisms apply or not. It doesn’t change who we are. We aren’t asking for your blessing, nor do we need it. We mean what we say, and our words lead to actions. We are causal agents who create movements. Look to the legacy of strong Native women who’ve not only birthed Nations, but fought for them. We lead in our own way. Our hearts beat strong and fierce. We will speak for ourselves and through those we’ve deemed worthy.”
Feminism From This Native Woman’s Perspective, by Ruth Hopkins

The F-word! Let's hide behind the banner of "Traditional" to bash Feminism.

I get it. Many white women calling themselves "feminist" have a racist and privilege streak. It's damaging. And they certainly need to be called out at every turn.

I've battled sexism from mainstream White culture, Arabic Culture and Indigenous culture. Sexism is sexism. If your "Traditions" tell me I'm NOT as good, or I need to be fenced in and controlled by the men "who know better", you're in for a sad surprise.
And I know that most traditions aren't originally sexist, they've been polluted by patriarchy over the years.... Like bad- mouthing a concept that tells us women are equal human beings and deserved to be treated as such.... then, i'm saying. Fuck tradition.