07 3 / 2013

"The false linkage between violence and mental illness is damaging and stigmatizing for mentally ill people, in addition to being incorrect. And it’s troubling to see it coming up again and again with mass shootings, because it steps around the really serious issue here. Innocent people are dying in the United States not because the country is filled with crazed maniacs armed with automatic weapons, but because of the free and poorly regulated ability of very dangerous weapons. It is this we need to focus on, rather than the distancing tactic of pretending that no one “normal” could do something this awful."

07 3 / 2013

projectqueer:

The man’s story gained traction on Facebook and led to blowback for the Richland, Washington florist.

BY LUCAS GRINDLEY

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Robert Ingersoll, Barronelle Stuzman

A newly engaged man in Washington, where marriage equality is now law, just discovered his longtime florist refuses to supply flowers for his wedding. The owner of Arlene’s Flowers, Barronelle Stuzman, remembers how she broke the news to Robert Ingersoll, her customer of more than nine years.

“I just took his hands, and I said, I’m sorry, I can’t do your wedding because of my relationship with Jesus Christ,” she told NBC’s KNDU News.

Stuzman says some customers have refused to use her Richland, Washington shop in the future, while still others have thanked her and pledged to shop.

(via republicanidiots)

07 3 / 2013

basednkrumah:

If only…

basednkrumah:

If only…

07 3 / 2013

reclaimingthelatinatag:


Editorial design for a National Geographic article featuring Bolivian women who are challenging stereotypes and winning respect by taking on the men in the wrestling ring. (Credit: Sabrina Pfautz)

reclaimingthelatinatag:

Editorial design for a National Geographic article featuring Bolivian women who are challenging stereotypes and winning respect by taking on the men in the wrestling ring. (Credit: Sabrina Pfautz)

07 3 / 2013

justinspoliticalcorner:

Markos Moulitsas at Daily Kos has a handy chart on the various factions of Conservatism.

justinspoliticalcorner:

Markos Moulitsas at Daily Kos has a handy chart on the various factions of Conservatism.

07 3 / 2013

latimes:

Bad news for bacon lovers
Stow away that bacon and toss out your hot dogs - there’s a new study linking processed meat consumption and premature death, specifically at the hands of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
From Sabine Rohrmann of the University of Zurich:

“Overall, we estimate that 3% of premature deaths each year could be prevented if people ate less than 20 grams processed meat per day.”

Just to put those 20 grams in perspective, your average hot dog contains 50 to 70 grams depending on the brand. Yikes.
Read more on the study via Booster Shots.
Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

latimes:

Bad news for bacon lovers

Stow away that bacon and toss out your hot dogs - there’s a new study linking processed meat consumption and premature death, specifically at the hands of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

From Sabine Rohrmann of the University of Zurich:

“Overall, we estimate that 3% of premature deaths each year could be prevented if people ate less than 20 grams processed meat per day.”

Just to put those 20 grams in perspective, your average hot dog contains 50 to 70 grams depending on the brand. Yikes.

Read more on the study via Booster Shots.

Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

(via leftistnaija)

07 3 / 2013

"I don’t remember any of you fellow Republicans coming down here and saying President Bush was going to kill anyone with a drone. But we had a drone program back then … so what is it that’s got you so spun up now?"

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in response to Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) twelve hour talking filibuster regarding the use of drones to kill American citizens in the U.S. (via kileyrae)

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

07 3 / 2013

vicemag:

NYC Cops Will Arrest You for Carrying Condoms
The woman asked Officer Hill why he was stopping her. 
She wore jean shorts and a tight red shirt and had stood outdoors for half an hour. She’d had a conversation with a passing man. When Officer Hill searched her bag, he found a condom and $1.25.
He arrested her for “loitering for the purpose of prostitution.” On the supporting deposition, he filled in the blanks for what she was wearing and how many condoms she had.
When I read over the deposition in the PROS Network’s Public Health Crisis (PDF), a study of how the NYPD arrests folks for carrying condoms, I thought of all the tight shirts I’d worn while idling outside on delicious spring days. I thought, She sounds like me. She sounds like my friends.
The NYPD will arrest you for carrying condoms, but that depends entirely on who you are. If you’re a middle-class white girl like me, you’re probably safe. But say you’re a sex worker or a queer kid kicked out of your home. Say you’re a  trans woman out for dinner with your boyfriend. Maybe you’ve been arrested as a sex worker before. Maybe some quota-filling cop thinks you look like a whore.
Then you’re not safe at all.
Like most laughably cruel tricks of the justice system, you probably wouldn’t know that you could be arrested for carrying condoms until it happened to you. Monica Gonzalez is a nurse and a grandmother. In 2008, Officer Sean Spencer arrested her for prostitution while she was on the way to the ER with an asthma attack. The condom he found on her turned out to be imaginary. Gonzalez sued the city after the charges were dropped. But if the condom were real, why should she have even been arrested at all?
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vicemag:

NYC Cops Will Arrest You for Carrying Condoms

The woman asked Officer Hill why he was stopping her. 

She wore jean shorts and a tight red shirt and had stood outdoors for half an hour. She’d had a conversation with a passing man. When Officer Hill searched her bag, he found a condom and $1.25.

He arrested her for “loitering for the purpose of prostitution.” On the supporting deposition, he filled in the blanks for what she was wearing and how many condoms she had.

When I read over the deposition in the PROS Network’s Public Health Crisis (PDF), a study of how the NYPD arrests folks for carrying condoms, I thought of all the tight shirts I’d worn while idling outside on delicious spring days. I thought, She sounds like me. She sounds like my friends.

The NYPD will arrest you for carrying condoms, but that depends entirely on who you are. If you’re a middle-class white girl like me, you’re probably safe. But say you’re a sex worker or a queer kid kicked out of your home. Say you’re a  trans woman out for dinner with your boyfriend. Maybe you’ve been arrested as a sex worker before. Maybe some quota-filling cop thinks you look like a whore.

Then you’re not safe at all.

Like most laughably cruel tricks of the justice system, you probably wouldn’t know that you could be arrested for carrying condoms until it happened to you. Monica Gonzalez is a nurse and a grandmother. In 2008, Officer Sean Spencer arrested her for prostitution while she was on the way to the ER with an asthma attack. The condom he found on her turned out to be imaginary. Gonzalez sued the city after the charges were dropped. But if the condom were real, why should she have even been arrested at all?

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07 3 / 2013

Saint Reagan.

  • 1: Here in the U.S. we don't have the cult like following for political leaders to the degree you see with Chavez in Venezuela.
  • 2: You've never heard a Republican talk about Reagan, have you?

07 3 / 2013

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The United Nations Security Council approved a new regimen of sanctions on Thursday against North Korea for its underground nuclear test last month, imposing penalties on North Korean banking, travel and trade in a unanimous vote that reflected the country’s increased international isolation.

The resolution, which was drafted by the United States and China, was passed 15-0 in a speedy vote hours after North Korea threatened for the first time to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States and South Korea.

“The strength, breadth and severity of these sanctions will raise the cost to North Korea of its illicit nuclear program,” the United States ambassador to the United Nations, Susan E. Rice, told reporters after the vote. “Taken together, these sanctions will bite and bite hard.”

Li Baodong, the ambassador from China, whose support for the new sanctions angered the North Korean government, told reporters the resolution was aimed at the long-term goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

“This resolution is a very important step,” he told reporters. Mr. Li called passage of the resolution “a reflection of the view and determination of the international community.”

"

The New York Times, “New Sanctions Imposed on North Korea as it Threatens Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike.”

You’ll probably never hear “drafted by the United States and China” in re: U.N. sanctions ever again.

(via inothernews)

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)