Posted 10 seconds ago

Georgia’s new gun laws

corporationsarepeople:

Georgia just further relaxed its gun laws, paving the way to carry firearms in all kinds of places that no reasonably same person would want them to be.

College campuses, churches, bars, even airports.

Fail your first hijacking attempt? Now it’s not illegal to keep on trying!

Thanks to Georgia’s new law, if you attempt to sneak a gun through security (or are such a blatantly irresponsible and dangerous gun owner that you “forgot” it was on you) in the WORLD’S BUSIEST AIRPORT, you can no longer be arrested for it.

At least that’s the law’s intent. I guess we’ll see how it plays out when federal TSA agents find their next gun. I don’t know why, but I have a feeling race and ethnicity might play into the response just a bit.

Combined with the state’s “stand your ground” law, it’s not an exaggeration to say we now have the Pro-Stalker Act of 2014.

College campuses are now no longer the moderately safe places for students with obsessive stalkers to go. At least before this, despite the high rates of assaults against college-age women, a potential attacker could at least be arrested for carrying a gun to her school.

Now? Now, if he’s nervous that she’ll harm him in her defense (and he’s white), he can legally shoot her. Thanks, NRA.

Have you ever been threatened with violence by a random drunk in a bar? Usually they can be restrained until their friends or bouncers calm them down. After all, they’re drunk.

But hey! In the fun new Georgia of today, he’ll probably just kill you. Oh well, can I finish your beer?

Good thing that churchgoers aren’t like that. Passions never flare over religion. And people never seek out a church member on Sunday morning over jealousy or revenge.

Except that they do. Often. It’s no wonder that churchgoers overwhelmingly opposed this bill.

It’s no wonder that most Georgians opposed it, too. What’s hard to fathom is why Georgia legislators thought it was even necessary, much less a good idea.

Posted 2 minutes ago
Race matters. Race matters in part because of the long history of racial minorities’ being denied access to the political process.

Race matters to a young man’s view of society when he spends his teenage years watching others tense up as he passes, no matter what neighborhood he grew up. Race matters to a young woman’s sense of self when she states her hometown, and then is pressed, ‘No, where are you really from?’

The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race, and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination.
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I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…

When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.

Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.

Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.

…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.

So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.

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Posted 21 minutes ago

Wall Street's Newest Scam To Skim Profits

corporationsarepeople:

crooksandliars:

Wall Street's Newest Scam To Skim Profits

I am shocked — SHOCKED — to discover that Wall Street has hatched yet another scheme to shave off some profits for themselves and their billionaires while leaving the rest of us with the dregs, aren’t you?

This scam is called “high frequency trading” (HFT). As Chris Hayes explains, it benefits a few at the expense of many.

The best article I found on it is one from a year ago at Mother Jones. HFT is complex, and gleans profits from splitting seconds, which is why Wall Street would rather you just didn’t know about it.

[N]ew technologies have changed Wall Street beyond recognition. Despite efforts at reform, today’s markets are wilder, less transparent, and, most importantly, faster than ever before. Stock exchanges can now execute trades in less than a half a millionth of a second—more than a million times faster than the human mind can make a decision. Financial firms deploy sophisticated algorithms to battle for fractions of a cent. Designed by the physics nerds and math geniuses known as quants, these programs exploit minute movements and long-term patterns in the markets, buying a stock at $1.00 and selling it at $1.0001, for example. Do this 10,000 times a second and the proceeds add up. Constantly moving into and out of securities for those tiny slivers of profit—and ending the day owning nothing—is known as high-frequency trading.

read more

Nothing to see here, move along…

… except for the fact that protecting the software secrets underlying each company’s HFT system is now one of the financial industry’s highest priorities.

Posted 22 minutes ago

daniellecaliforniaa:

The primary teaching of every religion? Don’t be an asshole.

(Source: thecodeinecowboy)

Posted 24 minutes ago

corporationsarepeople:

I think we’ll look back at the Obama presidency as a period when necessary safety nets - for healthcare and health-related poverty - were put into place just before the middle class mostly disappeared.

America’s global power has been sliding for decades due to the shrinking economic power of most Americans. In hindsight, this will probably be obvious, and we may even wonder why nothing was done to address that problem.

But we’ll have our answer in the increased political power of the fabulously wealthy, the 21st century robber barons.

Despite its controversy now, Obamacare will eventually be seen as a logical effort to cushion the harsh landing that much of the nation is already experiencing. It will be hard to understand how anyone expected the nation’s basic economic health to survive without it.

Posted 25 minutes ago

NFL Schedule released last night.

Prediction: Bucs win 4 games this year.

Prediction 2: I find a new team to root for.

Posted 1 hour ago

thatssoproblematic:

pymparticles:

Scientists have discovered the animal kingdom first female penis.

They have also discovered a new way to make me say “Well, goddamn”.

Contrary to popular belief, the presence or absence of certain sex organs isn’t the determining factor when deciding which animal of a species is female and which is male.”

Contrary to popular belief, the presence or absence of certain sex organs isn’t the determining factor when deciding which animal of a species is female and which is male.”

"Contrary to popular belief, the presence or absence of certain sex organs isn’t the determining factor when deciding which animal of a species is female and which is male."

YO CISSEXISTS WHO LIKE SCIENCE SO MUCH. CHECK THIS OUT.

Posted 12 hours ago

some men just want to watch the world burn

(Source: lecrawleys)

Posted 14 hours ago

grungeisde4d:

this is really selfish but

why can’t mental illness be like any other kind of sickness where you go to hospital and your loved ones come and give you flowers and tell you that they love you and hold your hand and make sure you get better

why doesn’t that happen instead of awkward silences and embarrassing tears and messy bedsheets and a bunch of other stuff no one actually talks about

w h y

I can’t find a single selfish thing in that.

(Source: l1berum)

Posted 14 hours ago
You can’t say ‘I don’t do politics,’ because silence is a political statement.

Tariq Ramadan (via brooklynmutt)

(Source: uniteforpalestine)

Posted 14 hours ago
foxinu:

nsfwjynx:

the-pink-mist:

There was a split second there where his like, “wait, what? bro what are you doing?” 
On more serious note, PTSD dogs for veterans are so fucking therapeutic. They’re like the one person you can spill your guts to and never worry about ever being judged or have that secret divulged. There are times when I definitely prefer the company of a dog over a human. 

Therapy animals save lives.

These dogs are even still so much more amazing. They check rooms before their handler enters, so they can clear it to help the person feel safe. Like in the gif, they are there when panic attacks or nightmares occur, to be something for the person to help ground themselves on, or yes just to turn on the lights. Even more amazing, many people are able to reduce their medication when they have a PTSD service dog there to help them. These dogs are useful for not just veterans, but also victims of abuse, accident trauma, natural disasters, and others. Their training allows them to be useful in situations where medical assistance is needed, as well. Some PTSD dogs are trained to recognize repetitive behaviours in handlers, and signal the handler to break the repetition and stopping the behaviour and possibly injury. 
Service dogs in general are just awesome. Remember to respect any that you see out in public. They are not there for you to walk up to and play with, even the puppies!

foxinu:

nsfwjynx:

the-pink-mist:

There was a split second there where his like, “wait, what? bro what are you doing?” 

On more serious note, PTSD dogs for veterans are so fucking therapeutic. They’re like the one person you can spill your guts to and never worry about ever being judged or have that secret divulged. There are times when I definitely prefer the company of a dog over a human. 

Therapy animals save lives.

These dogs are even still so much more amazing. They check rooms before their handler enters, so they can clear it to help the person feel safe. Like in the gif, they are there when panic attacks or nightmares occur, to be something for the person to help ground themselves on, or yes just to turn on the lights. Even more amazing, many people are able to reduce their medication when they have a PTSD service dog there to help them. These dogs are useful for not just veterans, but also victims of abuse, accident trauma, natural disasters, and others. Their training allows them to be useful in situations where medical assistance is needed, as well. Some PTSD dogs are trained to recognize repetitive behaviours in handlers, and signal the handler to break the repetition and stopping the behaviour and possibly injury. 

Service dogs in general are just awesome. Remember to respect any that you see out in public. They are not there for you to walk up to and play with, even the puppies!

Posted 18 hours ago
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