cartoonpolitics:

"Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape." ~ Pope Francis

cartoonpolitics:

"Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape." ~ Pope Francis

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democracynow:

What does the McCutcheon v. FEC Supreme Court ruling mean for the 2014 and 2016 elections? 

"It’s empowered this very tiny slice of wealthy Americans who are fired up about politics and want to throw their money around in a whole new way," explains Mother Jones reporter Andrew Kroll on Democracy Now! today.

(via keeping-sane)

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liberalsarecool:

April 3, 1968. Forty-six years ago today. On the eve of his assassination, Martin Luther King Jnr. delivers a speech that brings tears to my eyes with “what could have been” nostalgia, yet gives me the resolve and inspiration to walk through walls to get shit done.

My thoughts are with of my old friend, Martin.

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flommus:

Richard Serra, Dia:Beacon.

flommus:

Richard Serra, Dia:Beacon.

(Source: mattcrucius)

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beingliberal:

The same five conservative SCOTUS Justices: Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito,Chief Justice John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, and Anthony Kennedy voted again in favor of the rich and the corporations. Money is speech now too…  Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyervoted against it. "Taken together with Citizens United v. Federal Election Comm’n, today’s decision eviscerates our Nation’s campaign finance laws, leaving a remnant incapable of dealing with the grave problems of democratic legitimacy that those laws were intended to resolve."- Justice Breyer in his dissent

beingliberal:

The same five conservative SCOTUS Justices: Antonin ScaliaSamuel Alito,Chief Justice John RobertsClarence Thomas, and Anthony Kennedy voted again in favor of the rich and the corporations. Money is speech now too…  Justices Ruth Bader GinsburgElena KaganSonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyervoted against it. 

"Taken together with Citizens United v. Federal Election Comm’n, today’s decision eviscerates our Nation’s campaign finance laws, leaving a remnant incapable of dealing with the grave problems of democratic legitimacy that those laws were intended to resolve."
- Justice Breyer in his dissent

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Is Sugar a Diet Aid? The Answer Depends on the Decade

Yet, it now seems that people who followed the advice of nutritionists at the time — to eat less cheese, milk, and meat and more pasta, potatoes, and rice — were likely to get fatter, not skinnier. The closer a person stuck to the dietary guidelines, the more weight they would gain and, the more weight they gained, the more others would pressure them to stick to the dietary guidelines. The phrase “cruel irony” only begins to capture it.

(Source: azspot)

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Buying the Future

thenewinquiry:

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Financialization depends on a standardized product. What happens when it’s applied to people?

With the financialization of the economy has come a revolution in the ability to buy and sell the future. One of the most important instruments is called a “future” exactly for this reason. Futures allow people to buy and sell a specific quantity of a product now for cash, with the product delivered at some point in the future. Firms can lock in raw materials and mitigate the risk of unanticipated price rises (like airlines when they use futures to manage fuel purchases), while speculators can bet on the demand, supply, and price of everything from apples to wood.

Finance can go beyond bringing the future of raw commodities into cash value in the present. A wave of mathematical modeling and computer simulations allows investors to predict the likely value of everything from apartment rentals to sovereign crises to human beings, and a elaborate contractual infrastructure lets them lock down their bets. These fruits of financial engineering will increasingly play a role in our economic lives.

But are these fruits poison? Where will this sort of predictive financial engineering lead, and can anything be done to alter the path? This system of buying and selling the future requires a level of control over far beyond the normal standardization and commodification that comes with capitalist societies. To specify the future in the ways that futures contracts demand means locking down its forms in advance, with an abstract conception suitable to financial exchange positing what will become lived reality. Knowledge of the future breaks down, while financial markets overwhelms areas of everyday life once fully separate from what has been traditionally seen as finance. The consequences of this domination by finance have already begun to unfold and may only intensify as finance’s realms expand.

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Roundup: Numbers on today’s Fort Hood shooting (yes, another one; sigh :( )

shortformblog:

  • three the number of shootings that have taken place on U.S. military bases in the past six months alone; today’s shooting is still a fluid situation, with reports of at least one four killed and 14 11 injured
  • five the number of years since a similar shooting took place at Fort Hood in Texas, in which Army Maj. Nidal Hasan killed 13 and injured 32 source
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ericrohmer:

Breathe In (dir. Drake Doremus, 2013)

Don’t let fear become your profession.

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lonequixote:

On Points, 1928 ~ Wassily Kandinsky

lonequixote:

On Points, 1928 ~ Wassily Kandinsky

(via theartgeeks)

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532 Plays

dailyclassicalmusic:

Composer: Alban Berg (1885 - 1935)

Work: Marsch from Drei Orchesterstücke [Three Pieces for Orchestra] (1913 - 1916)

Performer: London Symphony Orchestra; conducted by Claudio Abbado

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"…if I am concerned about leaving it up to states to expand Medicaid … it may not simply be because I am this power-hungry guy in Washington who wants to crush states’ rights but, rather, because we are one country and I think it is going to be important for the entire country to make sure that poor folks in Mississippi and not just Massachusetts are healthy."

President Obama (via azspot)

(via azspot)

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Poverty and the ‘Tailspin of Culture’ | Jacobin

socialismartnature:

 … Today’s political realities stand in stark contrast to those years [the 1960s]. The black movement is in disarray, with a black man at the reigns of the most powerful country in the world and a black political elite that can barely see beyond its goal to curry favor with his administration. A generation of young African Americans is being disciplined not to dream, let alone have their dreams deferred.

In the city of Chicago, for example, not only have public officials closed the largest number of schools in the history of the nation, but also last fall there were genuine questions over whether the school district could provide toilet paper for all the district’s students. Third world conditions coexist with gentrification, corporate profligacy and a political leadership in this country that is so out of touch it can barely conceal its absolute contempt for the poor and the ordinary.

Paul Ryan’s calloused comments echoed this reality, but Obama has been just as quick to blame those same “inner city men.” While the liberal establishment relished the opportunity to pound on Ryan, Obama continues to get a pass for making the same point. The overlap of Republican and Democratic explanations for the persistence of poverty fifty years after the War on Poverty was declared demonstrates how much the two parties have in common on this question — not where they diverge.

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"In the calculus of western interests there is no suffering, whatever its scale, which cannot be justified. Chechens, Palestinians, Iraqis, Afghans, Pakistanis are of little importance. Nonetheless, the contrast between the west’s attitude to the Chechen war and Crimea is startling. The Crimean affair led to barely any loss of life, and the population clearly wanted to be part of Russia. The White House’s reaction has been the opposite of its reaction to Chechnya. Why? Because Putin, unlike Yeltsin, is refusing to play ball any more on the things that matter such as NATO expansion, sanctions on Iran, Syria etc. As a result, he has become evil incarnate. And all this because he has decided to contest US hegemony by using the methods often deployed by the west. (France’s repeated incursions in Africa are but one example.)"

How Vladimir Putin Became Evil (via azspot)

(via azspot)

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