Quixotic
Gay people are born into and belong to every society in the world. They are all ages, all races, all faiths. They are doctors and teachers, farmers and bankers, soldiers and athletes. And whether we know it, or whether we acknowledge it, they are our family, our friends, and our neighbors. Being gay is not a western invention. It is a human reality.

Part of Hillary Clinton’s speech to the UN on LGBT rights ( gay .org.uk)

Nearly one in five women surveyed said they had been raped or had experienced an attempted rape at some point, and one in four reported being beaten by an intimate partner. One in six women have been stalked, according to the report. “That almost one in five women have been raped in their lifetime is very striking and, I think, will be surprising to a lot of people,” said Linda C. Degutis, director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which conducted the survey. “I don’t think we’ve really known that it was this prevalent in the population.”

The problem is that, for years, liberals coasted on the coattails of FDR, got very complacent and generated no new ideas. So, when the GOP came to the waterhole and stole their clothes, they didn’t know what to do; they thought they had hegemony. Group one retreated to the ivory tower: effete crybabies, they became useless politically. Group two, the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), became GOP-lite and a pure fundraising operation.

Mr Gingrich is mixing up nations and peoples. Nations are always “invented”. Peoples are not. The American revolutionaries who courageously shook off the yoke of British imperialism “invented” a nation with a flag, a progressive constitution and laws that govern the land. The “peoples” who made up those revolutionaries - the English, Swedes, Dutch, Germans, Scots-Irish, French and others - became overnight citizens of this new United States of America.

Speaking on Friday, Mr. Bevis noted that in 2010, the southern half of Greenland lost an extra 100 billion tons of ice under conditions that scientists would consider anomalously warm.

“Propaganda is to democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.”
~ Noam Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent (1988)

Consider this rather dramatic contrast: when 300 liberals are arrested during an anti-Putin protest in faraway Moscow, the New York Times splashes the news onto its front page. But when 700 radicals are arrested in an anti-Wall Street rally in New York itself, the Times systematically ignores them, pushing the news onto its obscure ‘City Room Blog’.

The difference in framing between these two items is particularly remarkable. First of all, there’s the title: “Moscow Moves to Quell Second Day of Anti-Putin Protests.” Compare the laden term “to quell”, which implies an authoritarian type of crackdown, with the following matter-of-fact statement: “Police Arrest More Than 700 Protesters on Brooklyn Bridge.”

Then compare the introductory paragraphs of the two articles: “Russian authorities acted decisively to quash a second day of anti-government protests,” versus “In a tense showdown above the East River, the police arrested more than 700 demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street protests who took to the roadway as they tried to cross the Brooklyn Bridge.”

great comparison!

newwavefeminism:

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newwavefeminism:

cre8ightzandthecity:

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anyone in Detroit??

mohandasgandhi:

The New York Times Asks “Where Did Global Warming Go?” While Ignoring Its Own Failed Coverage
The NYT coverage of climate change has been atrocious but, as pointed out in this article, the same can be said about other media sources. Unless one makes a conscious effort to seek out reliable scientific sources, it is unlikely one will be well-versed in current global warming news. How do we care to change this?

mohandasgandhi:

The New York Times Asks “Where Did Global Warming Go?” While Ignoring Its Own Failed Coverage

The NYT coverage of climate change has been atrocious but, as pointed out in this article, the same can be said about other media sources. Unless one makes a conscious effort to seek out reliable scientific sources, it is unlikely one will be well-versed in current global warming news. How do we care to change this?