August 19th, 2014

The historical record… suggests that taxing the wealthiest does have an important… consequence: Making the wealthy vested in the common good. In fact, taxing the wealthy was crucial for the emergence of representative government itself.

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Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?
Erich Fromm

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If an American, because his skin is dark, cannot eat lunch in a restaurant open to the public, if he cannot send his children to the best public school available, if he cannot vote for the public officials who represent him, if, in short, he cannot enjoy the full and free life which all of us want, then who among us would be content to have the color of his skin changed and stand in his place? Who among us would then be content with the counsels of patience and delay?

President John F. Kennedy, Address on Civil Rights, June 11, 1963

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Welcome to Ferguson, MO. Their delightful police officers were all trained in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. Of course, they’re a bit better armed now, thanks to the Yankee military.

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YOU are next.
Protester in ATL for #MikeBrown #Ferguson

YOU are next.

Protester in ATL for #MikeBrown #Ferguson

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The unsettling evidence remains that many voters are systematically misinformed on political issues, and those erroneous factual beliefs appear to influence how they mark their ballot on election day.

This is a disturbingly serious problem for a political system that purports to not only reflect the “will of the people,” but that also respects reality as a basic matter of course.

“Facts are stubborn things,” John Adams observed — a true man of the Enlightenment.

“Facts are stupid things,” Ronald Reagan famously misquoted him.

It’s painfully obvious whose world we’re living in now. It’s a good deal less obvious how to escape.

In 1980 SWAT teams across America were deployed around 3,000 times. Deployments are estimated to have risen nearly seventeen-fold since, to 50,000 a year. Tactical police units are not just common in big cities: though nearly 90% of American cities with populations above 50,000 have SWAT teams, so do more than 90% of police departments serving cities with 25,000 to 50,000 people—more than quadruple the level from the mid-1980s. This tremendous rise in paramilitary police forces has occurred as violent-crime levels have fallen. And while SWAT teams remain essential for high-risk and dangerous situations, most SWAT teams are deployed to serve routine drug-related warrants on private homes, often with disastrous consequences.
Last year, in total, British police officers actually fired their weapons three times. The number of people fatally shot was zero. In 2012 the figure was just one. Even after adjusting for the smaller size of Britain’s population, British citizens are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans. Between 2010 and 2014, the police force of one small American city, Albuquerque, in New Mexico, shot and killed 23 civilians; seven times more than the number of Brits killed by all of England and Wales’s 43 forces during the same period.

The explanation for this gap is simple. In Britain, guns are rare. Only specialist firearms officers carry them; and criminals rarely have access to them. The last time a British police officer was killed by a firearm while on duty was in 2012, in a brutal case in Manchester. The annual number of murders by shooting is typically less than 50. Police shootings are enormously controversial.

In America, by contrast, it is hardly surprising that cops resort to their weapons more frequently. In 2013, 30 cops were shot and killed — just a fraction of the 9,000 or so murders using guns that happen each year in the U.S. Add to that a hyper-militarised police culture, and a deep history of racial strife, and you have the reason why so many civilians are shot by police officers. Unless America can either reduce its colossal gun ownership rates, or fix its deep social problems, shootings of civilians by police — justified or not — seem sure to continue.
I’m opposed to all forms of lingualism. It’s not part of god’s plan.

I’m opposed to all forms of lingualism. It’s not part of god’s plan.

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“Missouri Schools Suffer due to Funding Shortfall”
Apparently, other segments of society are doing just fine.
Our budgets reflect our values.

Missouri Schools Suffer due to Funding Shortfall

Apparently, other segments of society are doing just fine.

Our budgets reflect our values.

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Are We in the Midst of a 6th Mass Extinction? 
Welcome to the Anthropocene!

(via New York Times: Bill Marsh)

Are We in the Midst of a 6th Mass Extinction? 

Welcome to the Anthropocene!

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cadof:

They’re a bunch of d*cks determined to f**k up this country.
- MK

cadof:

They’re a bunch of d*cks determined to f**k up this country.

- MK

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August 18th, 2014
How to Perform the Heimlich Maneuver on YOUR DOG

It’s bound to happen sometime. Your pooch swallows a bone and starts choking. Lucky for you the Heimlich maneuver works on dogs, and you can take action to save your best friend.

Make sure your dog is really choking. Dogs eat weird stuff all the time and get things caught in their throat. Usually with some coughing and hacking, they can dislodge the object themselves. If your dog can cough effectively, leave him alone and let him do his thing. When he hacks up whatever was bothering him, give him a reassuring pat on the head.

If your dog doesn’t cough, but is instead pawing at his face, throat, and generally acting panicked, he might need some help getting whatever is stuck in his gullet out.

Check the mouth. Look inside your dog’s mouth for the obstruction. If you can see it, try to pull it out with your fingers. Don’t confuse the small bones in a dog’s throat for the foreign object. Pulling those will injure your dog.

Give your dog back blows. Just as you would with a human, give your canine friend five sharp blows on the back between the shoulder blades. You can try raising his hind legs above his head while doing this in order to put gravity on your side.

Doggy Heimlich maneuver. The back blows didn’t work and Baxter is still choking. Time to begin the doggy Heimlich maneuver.

1. Stand behind your dog and grasp him around the waist.

2. Place your fist just below the ribcage and give five quick thrusts.

3. Take your dog to the vet even if you get the object out. He’ll need to be examined to see if there were any internal injuries.

How to Perform the Heimlich Maneuver on YOUR DOG

It’s bound to happen sometime. Your pooch swallows a bone and starts choking. Lucky for you the Heimlich maneuver works on dogs, and you can take action to save your best friend.

Make sure your dog is really choking. Dogs eat weird stuff all the time and get things caught in their throat. Usually with some coughing and hacking, they can dislodge the object themselves. If your dog can cough effectively, leave him alone and let him do his thing. When he hacks up whatever was bothering him, give him a reassuring pat on the head.

If your dog doesn’t cough, but is instead pawing at his face, throat, and generally acting panicked, he might need some help getting whatever is stuck in his gullet out.

Check the mouth. Look inside your dog’s mouth for the obstruction. If you can see it, try to pull it out with your fingers. Don’t confuse the small bones in a dog’s throat for the foreign object. Pulling those will injure your dog.

Give your dog back blows. Just as you would with a human, give your canine friend five sharp blows on the back between the shoulder blades. You can try raising his hind legs above his head while doing this in order to put gravity on your side.

Doggy Heimlich maneuver. The back blows didn’t work and Baxter is still choking. Time to begin the doggy Heimlich maneuver.

1. Stand behind your dog and grasp him around the waist.

2. Place your fist just below the ribcage and give five quick thrusts.

3. Take your dog to the vet even if you get the object out. He’ll need to be examined to see if there were any internal injuries.

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