On the left we have the lyrics from Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines. On the right we have rape survivors participating in Project Unbreakable, showing the various things that were said to them by their rapist.
Uh oh, Fox News is turning against the Pope!
Just like President Obama loved apologizing for America, Pope Francis likes to apologize for the Catholic Church, thinking that the Church is at its best when it is passive and not offending anyone’s sensibilities.
Well, he sure as hell is offending YOURS. Which means he must doing something right.
Now what is particularly outrageous about the Wal-Mart business model is that the Walton family that owns Wal-Mart is the wealthiest family in this country … The six heirs of Sam Walton are worth about, I believe, over $100 billion. Which is more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of the American people, interestingly. And what is quite amazing is that one of the reasons this family has become so wealthy is that the taxpayers of the United States provide more welfare to the Walton family than any family in America. So that — when you have workers in Wal-Mart who in order to feed their families have got to go on food stamps, have got to go on Medicaid to get their healthcare, have got to live in government-subsidized affordable housing in order to have a roof over their heads — what that dynamic is, essentially, is that the United States, that the taxpayers of this country are in partnership with the Walton family. The Walton family makes all of the money – the wealthiest family in America – while the taxpayers have to subsidize the low-paid employees. And that to me is totally absurd.
When a frustrated college freshman wrote Einstein in 1951 to ask him what the point of living is if humanity is constantly waging wars, this is what Einstein sent her back.
Only two things scare me, and one is willful ignorance.
Incuriosity is most definitely not the ONLY reason people don’t know much. There are a myriad of reasons why most people CAN’T know much and aren’t driven to learn. Poverty is one of the single biggest threats to knowledge, not because there is no thirst for knowledge, but often times there is no opportunity for it. The severe increase in inequality in America has turned knowledge and education into an elite privilege, not a Right. But I guess it’s always been that way. And while we mistakenly think we’re getting better, in the last couple decades, with the eroding middle class, and the poverty cycle becoming more institutionalized than ever, it’s only gotten worse.
We’ve never really had a “Right to Knowledge.” The Declaration of Independence speaks of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” If I had written the document I would have replaced “Happiness” with “Knowledge.” Perhaps because I value the latter more. But I guess that’s what Fry is really talking about here: valuing knowledge. Many people, no matter their education or upbringing, value ignorant happiness over learning. And that IS odd. That’s something I just can’t understand. How can someone with complete access to almost all information that has ever existed in the world NOT want to learn EVERYTHING?
There are two types of people: Those who care about knowledge, and those who don’t. I’ve never met someone worth knowing who doesn’t.
The president who happens to be in office when [judicial] vacancies arise gets to name qualified replacements, which Obama has done. If Republicans want to appoint more judges, they should win more presidential elections.
The Senate was designed by the Founders to move slowly, not to be paralyzed. Republican obstruction of presidential appointments makes the government less able to do the people’s work — and less reflective of the people’s will. Elections are supposed to have consequences.
Pastor Caleb Kaltenbach made [a] shocking discovery last Friday as he was shopping for a present for his wife at a Costco in Simi Valley, Calif.“All the Bibles were labeled as fiction,” the pastor told me.
Vaginas are like "little Hoover vacuums," and other things abstinence lecturers get paid to tell teens
Meet five religious speakers who spread the message to teens that sex is bad and contraception doesn’t work. And they might be coming to a public school near you.
It’s true what he says though - there is no subject position from which it’s ok to talk about inequality - if you’re poor you are doing it out of jealously, if you’re not poor you’re doing it out of guilt/saviour complex, if you are young it’s just a phase, if you’re old you are hankering for times long gone and trying to recapture your youth, if you’re not well educated you just don’t understand the complexity of the situation, if you are well educated you’re in an academic bubble divorced from reality, if your politically apathetic you’re not allowed to complain, if you’re politically active you’re just trying to push your own sectarian agenda…
For every possible type of person there’s an established reason why your opinions on inequality are invalid. That’s not an accident.