Five workers from Belize, dreaming of a better life and of sending money back home to their families, went to Edmonton in September on a contract arranged by a third party. When they arrived, McDonald’s told them it had arranged housing for six months, and that rent would be deducted from each paycheck. What the workers didn’t know was that the mandatory apartments were high-rise penthouses in downtown Edmonton, an hour and a half by public transit from their work site.
Not only that, if the workers tried to move to closer and find more affordable housing, McDonald’s would continue to deduct rent from their paychecks. Because McDonald’s can break promises, but it sure can’t be expected to break a lease.
College may facilitate sex, but it depresses fertility. Whether by delaying marriage and childbirth or boosting the opportunity costs of having a child, the growing rate of college attendance among women is one of the reasons why the U.S. birth rate is at a record low. But there is one additional and increasingly significant way that college can discourage fertility: the exorbitant cost of sending a child to one in America. …
"When a Duke frat boy recognized a classmate in the porn clip he was watching, the gossip was just too good. He spread the news among some other bros on campus, and the rumor soon traveled from Duke’s campus to the blogosphere (including Playboy SFW). Belle Knox, as the student revealed her porn identity to be, was promptly called a slut and brutally harassed online. Many people encouraged her to drop out of Duke—"a huge fucking whore" like her didn’t belong among smart, educated elites."
“There’s nothing “normal” about having a middle class. Having a middle class is a choice that a society has to make, and it’s a choice we need to make again in this generation, if we want to stop the destruction of the remnants of the last generation’s middle class. Despite what you might read in the Wall Street Journal or see on Fox News, capitalism is not an economic system that produces a middle class. In fact, if left to its own devices, capitalism tends towards vast levels of inequality and monopoly. The natural and most stable state of capitalism actually looks a lot like the Victorian England depicted in Charles Dickens’ novels.”—The Middle Class Is Not ”Normal” (via azspot)
A descendant of the only black family on the Titanic said she is determined to keep the memory of her ancestors alive, giving them their rightful place in history. Marlie Alberts said she is a descendant of the Haitian-born, French-educated black man, Joseph Laroche, whose maiden voyage on the Titanic is well-documented but remains obscure to the general public. Louise Laroche was traveling with his pregnant wife, Juliette Lafargue, and their two young daughters, Simonne and Louise. His wife and chi…
A white supremacist charged with killing three people near two Jewish community facilities in suburban Kansas City this week posted more than 12,000 messages on a racist website which carries the slogan “No Jews, Just Right,” according to an organization that tracks hate groups.
The report said nearly 100 people in the last five years have been murdered by frequent users of one white supremacist website, Stormfront. The site describes itself as a community of “White Nationalists” and “the voice of the new, embattled White minority.”
“It has been a magnet for the deadly and deranged,” said Heidi Beirich, author of the report.
This is part of what gets me about the whole anti-SJW thing, because one of their big talking points is that “reverse racism is just as bad! heterophobia is just as bad!” etc. So if we’re supposedly as bad as literal Nazis, then why aren’t TumblrInAction et al antagonizing, say, Stormfront members? Because they realize on some level that an angry trans person saying “I hate cis people” poses 0 actual threat to them, whereas pissing off a neo-Nazi could get them killed.
Meanwhile, POC, Jewish people, and queer people piss off neo-Nazis just by existing. But “anti-SJWs” who are supposedly for “real justice” won’t stand up against that. Apparently “real justice” can be carried out without any risk of consequences to one’s self.
“I think Glenn had gone insane, completely insane in recent year. Probably because of the alcohol. But whatever it was, he did us a lot of damage this weekend. He killed Christians. The whole thing was completely insane. His brain has rotted.”—
-Don Black, former KKK member and founder of Stormfront speaking on the shooter of the Jewish Center in an interview with ABCNews.com (source)
Ah yes, he’s “insane” to this KKK member because he “killed christians” instead of us dirty jews. amirite?
why is the fucking media interviewing kkk members and the founder of stormfront? why are they perpetuating this narrative this guy was a “lone wolf” and stressing that he fell out of white supremacist circles? why are they buying white supremacists’ tripe about insanity being the reason behind Miller’s murders (instead of racism and white pride “activism”). and, worst yet posting this racist’s statements that, “tragically”, goyim were killed instead of the intended target. do they fucking hate us this much? that because dirty jews weren’t killed it’s making kkk “look bad”disgusting - at least at the end they have a statement from the Southern Poverty Law Center saying stormfront and white supremacist groups is the source of our country’s domestic terror
I’m so confused by the thing where the news media keeps sort of, just. Letting these people talk? As if they’re supporting the message that the great tragedy here, most of all, is that the shooter has made? the? kkk? and white supremacy? look bad??????????? I just. What country are you even living in? What kind of people are you????? The tragedy is that three people were murdered, people who would still be alive if this man wasn’t a piece of scum. The scary thing is that it could have been even worse, he could have killed more people. The only conclusion that you should be drawing about the fucking kkk here? Is that they are evil. Like. If you have a different takeaway on them here? You are a racist, antisemitic piece of garbage.
“Aside from the fact that Walmart is actually not “capitalism gone wrong” but “capitalism gone very well according to its own logic”, the answer to this article’s hypothetical question is actually quite simple: the people who shop at Walmart are by-and-large those people who can’t afford to shop at the supposedly “ethical” stores that charge prices beyond what most people cannot afford. Indeed, that offensive “People of Walmart” site (which I refuse to link on principle) is evidence of this fact since it is primarily a site devoted to mocking the poor.
Hence, anti-consumerist politics is a lifestyle politics that assumes the problem with capitalism lurks at the point of consumption rather than the point of production; it assumes that the solution to capitalism is based on our buying choices, on de-commodifying by refusing to buy from big corporations, and living as pure anti-capitalists in an individual sense. The fact that the vast majority of people, especially those with the power to change society, cannot opt out in this kind of way, or the fact that buying at ‘ethical’ sites of production does not at all escape commodification, eludes this simplistic and self-righteous politics. Nor do most of the people who push this anti-consumerism see any contradiction in wearing clothes, walking down sidewalks, or living at the centres of capitalism which is entirely dependent on the brutal system they claim they are fighting when they make fun of people buying Banksy prints at Walmart.”—“Argh! Lifestyle Consumerist Politics!" (M-L-M Mayhem!)
Walmart’s low-wage workers cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $6.2 billion in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing, according to a report published to coincide with Tax Day, April 15.
Last month, middle-school girls in Evanston, Ill., rebelled against their school dress code by showing up to class wearing leggings en mass. Administrators at Haven Middle School say that girls in leggings are “distracting to boys”; girls counter that they simply want to attend class in the comfort that leggings provide and don’t deserve to be penalized for how boys respond. I talked to Sophie Hasty, 13, one of the leaders of the protest, about the agony of getting “dress-coded” at school, the political power of Instagram, and the benefits of leggings.
But this year, teachers started to get stricter about it and giving stupid reasons for it. The reason was basically: “boys.” It’s a lot like saying that if guys do something to harass us, it’s our fault for that. We’re the ones being punished for what guys do.
I asked a teacher to tell us about an incident where a girl was wearing leggings and a guy was getting distracted. There hasn’t been one.
I’ve caught myself pulling down my shirt when I’m walking past teachers so they will notice the leggings a little less. But now I’ve caught myself in public doing that, too, and that’s making me annoyed. I don’t want to be in public and worry about people seeing me in leggings. It’s not a big deal to me, and the school is trying to make me feel bad about it.
[Boys] think the dress code is against them, too, because they don’t like having it blamed on them by teachers, being told that the dress code is their fault. They don’t think it’s fair to them or us.
After appearing on a panel, a male colleague and I were approached by a man we were talking to earlier at the conference. He’s complimentary as he tells me how much he enjoyed my participation on the panel. Despite what I am about to describe next, I know he meant this sincerely, and I take the compliment in that spirit. However, what happened next did take some of the shine off.
Because he then turns to my colleague and says: “I was watching, and just kept thinking, ‘How did you find her?’”
For the record, my male colleague and I had the same title on our current project, and I was aboard our previous project before he was. And to his credit, my colleague did not miss a beat before replying:
"I came into the room, and she was already there."
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Despite public outcry, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Wednesday he will move forward with the felony child abuse prosecution of Shanesha Taylor, the jobless mom whose Scottsdale arrest has drawn national attention and prompted calls for Taylor to receive assistance rather than punishment.
Attorney Bill Montgomery’s office received a petition on Tuesday with 12,000 signatures asking for Shanesha’s charges to be dropped. "First, they weren’t signatures; they were just a list of names," Montgomery said, referring to a printout from the website. "So I don’t know whether any of the individuals in their pajamas who logged on to the site and put their name on there really had a clue of all the circumstances involved in this particular case.
Apparently signatures aren’t good enough, let’s call County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s office & tell him to drop the charges against Shanesha Taylor —-> (602) 506-3411
“Criticisms about representations of gender (or race and other diversity) are often countered in fandom by sociological or scientific analyses attempting to explain why the inequality happens according to the internal logic of the fictional world. As though there is any real reason that anything happens in a story except that someone chose to write it that way.
Fiction is not Darwinian: It contains no impartial process of evolution that dispassionately produces the events of a fictional universe. Fiction is miraculously, fundamentally Creationist. When we make worlds, we become gods. And gods are responsible for the things they create, particularly when they create them in their own image.
"Science fiction in particular has always offered a vision of the world not myopically limited by the world as it exists, but liberated by the power of imagination. Perhaps more than any genre of storytelling, it has no excuse to exclude women for so-called practical reasons — especially when it has every reason to imagine a world where they are just as heroic, exceptional, and well-represented as men."
According to UNHCR, about 5 percent of the more than 10,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers in Indonesia are so-called unaccompanied minors - children who have made often long and perilous journeys without a parent or guardian to care for them. Indonesian law makes no provision for such children and although the country has ratified the UN Convention on Rights of the Child, which obliges it to assign guardians to unaccompanied children, it has not done so. …
It seems that every time there’s a rape/sex scandal for someone high-profile in the media, there’s some asshole in the comments bemoaning that those of us who are like, “this looks bad, I believe the victim” are “forming a lynch mob” against the accused. Last I checked, nobody was asking you to join any type of angry group headed to his house, or even suggesting such a thing should happen.
Protip: “lynch” is racially-loaded. It is inextricably tied to violence against black people by whites. Furthermore, people have been actually lynched in living memory.
It’s an absolutely horrific hate crime. It is not the same thing as being judged by internet commenters. It is not the same thing as having your past actions discussed, especially when they appear to paint the portrait of a pattern of abuse.
So if you’re using “lynched” to mean “this rich white dude lived, but his reputation was damaged, the poor dear” you’re an asshole. Full stop.
“Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential.”—
“They’re using [a] Peppermint Pattie to show that a girl is no longer clean or valuable after she’s had sex — that she’s been used,” one parent, Marie Barnard, was quoted as saying. “That shouldn’t be the lesson we send kids about sex.”
If there is one thing I am passionate about, it’s comprehensive sex education. This misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic, inaccurate “abstinence only” bullshit is just not cutting it.