17 Sep 2016

Free Ivanka!

"Looking at the crowd of cretins encircling the Donald Trump campaign, the bigoted Republican presidential candidate, it’s hard to spot one who seems redeemable. But just outside the ring of riffraff, gleaming in a pinky-white haze like Glinda the Good Witch, is his daughter Ivanka, the lovely, polite, family-friendly, successful purveyor of tastefully designed, affordable attire for hard-working women.

It was Ivanka, by all accounts, who pushed her father to include a proposal for paid maternity leave and a tax deduction for child-care expenses in his campaign promises. Never mind that the plan is kind of crappy; Ivanka really seems to mean well. If only she weren’t supporting the presidential candidacy of a demonstrable misogynist and bigot, she’d be more believable.

Given the abusive nature of her father, you’d think Ivanka would have rebelled by now. Surely, it can’t be pleasant to be around the Donald as he hurls sexist invective at other successful women, such as Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and celebrity Rosie O'Donnell. Ivanka surely has the wherewithal to succeed without Daddy; he doesn’t own her brain, right?     ...   Or does he?"



14 Sep 2016

Murders of Trans Women Can't Be Separated from US Anti-Trans Laws


As many as 20 transgender women have been killed (in the US) so far this year, including 28-year-old Rae’Lynn Thomas, a black transgender woman who was fatally shot by her mother’s ex-boyfriend in Columbus, Ohio, last month. Family members say the shooter, James Allen Byrd, frequently made transphobic comments to Rae’Lynn and sometimes called her "the devil." There are now reports that another transgender woman may have been murdered over the weekend on the West Side of Chicago. The Chicago police have confirmed a body was found on Sunday, but have not released details. We discuss the escalation in violence against transgender women with Chase Strangio, staff attorney at the ACLU. http://democracynow.org

12 Sep 2016

I am the owl.



What is the ethicicy of groups such as the Bohemian Club? Considering such a sizable number of arms dealers and manufacturers make up their number that they have their own patrilineal housing on the encampment and the fact that both Skull and Bones and Bohemian Grove were both rumored to be discussion areas for the Manhattan Project (the eventual A-Bombing of Japan) during the mid-1940s demonstrates considerable ethical problems in the realm of violently taking life for business concerns.



Climate change and US politics

10 Sep 2016

Chelsea Manning goes on hunger strike 'until my permanent incapacitation or death'


Chelsea Manning has announced her decision to go on hunger strike in the Kansas military prison where she is currently being held.
The US whistleblower is serving a 35-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth prison for leaking classified documents.
In a statement released on the Free Chelsea Manning website, Manning, who is transgender, said she will refuse treatment until she receives help for gender dysphoria which she says led her to try to kill herself in July."

6 Sep 2016

Ball And Chain



Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company, Monterey Pop Festival 1967.