April 19, 2014






Bob Ross used to be a drill sergeant but quit because he hated having to shout at people. 

That at is why he always talked in such a calm voice.

Bob Ross is probably my favorite human being on television

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April 18, 2014
NJ High School Wrestlers Who Posed for Lynching Photo Won’t Face Criminal Charges


these are the future terrorists who will be shooting up Jewish centers, Sikh temples, and Black teens wearing hoodies. and our society abets and abides their development.

Edit: someone just commented with the following insight -

“they don’t even have to be violent extremists tbqh..

“white people like this will be the future bosses who won’t hire us, cops who hunt us, parents who tell their kids to watch out for us, scared idiots who call the cops on us, internet commenters that stalk and harass us, hr people who ignore us when we place complaints, teachers who gleefully punish and restrict our learning, coworkers that harass us, and people who will vote to displace us, people who will gentrify us and leave us homeless, people who do not care if we live or die.

“you don’t need to be in the kkk or a terrorist hate group to be a violent racist.”


April 18, 2014

The graph demonstrates the extreme selective enforcement of our drug laws ~ @alan_uplc


The graph demonstrates the extreme selective enforcement of our drug laws ~

April 17, 2014
Off-grid living: the emergence of a disconnected lifestyle - we are talking about electricity here...

A key piece of the jigsaw came in another statement last month: Tesla Motors are now committing to a huge increase in battery production, bringing down the cost of energy storage capacity by over 50%. The power grid is like a giant battery and up to £500 per year of our energy bills is paying for the maintenance of that battery. Morgan Stanley calculates that Tesla’s batteries will only cost an off-grid household £350 per year, rendering the Utility company business model obsolete. “Our analysis suggests utility customers may be positioned to eliminate their use of the power grid,” says the Morgan Stanley report, Clean Tech, Utilities and Autos. “We expect Tesla’s batteries to be cost competitive with the grid in many states, and think investors generally do not appreciate the potential size of the market.”

(Source: futuramb, via emergentfutures)

April 15, 2014
A Different Perspective On ‘One Boston’


April 15, 2014



It’s tax time again, April 15, when our minds turn toward paying the taxes we owe or possibly getting a tax refund. But what we don’t think about enough is whether our tax system is fair. The richest 1 percent of Americans are now getting the largest percent of total national income in almost a century. So you might think they’d pay a much higher tax rate than everyone else. 

But you’d be wrong. Many millionaires pay a lower federal tax rate than many middle-class Americans.

Some don’t pay any federal taxes at all. That’s because they‘re allowed to deduct from their taxable income such things as large interest payments on mortgages for huge homes, also the costs of business entertainment and conferences  (aka vacations at golf resorts), and gold plated health care plans.

Some also take advantage of tax loopholes that let them park some of their earnings in offshore tax havens like the Bahamas or the Netherlands Antilles.

And other loopholes that allow them to treat some income as capital gains – subject to a much lower tax rate than ordinary income. If you happen to be a hedge-fund or private-equity manager, there’s a capital gains loophole designed especially for you.

Consider the Social Security payroll tax and the situation is even more lopsided. That tax applies to every dollar of income up to a cap — which this year is $117,000. Anything earned above the cap is not subject to Social Security taxes at all – meaning anyone with a high income pays a much smaller percentage of it in Social Security taxes than most people do.

Put these all together and you see why Warren Buffet, the second richest person in America, pays a lower tax rate than his secretary, as he readily admits.

State and local taxes are even more regressive. The poorest fifth of Americans pay an average state and local tax rate of over 11 percent, while the richest fifth pay only 5.6 percent. This isn’t small change. State and local taxes account for about 40 percent of all government revenues. 

Believe it or not, Republicans want to make all this worse by cutting taxes on the wealthy even more. Paul Ryan’s new budget doesn’t just slice Medicare, education, and food stamps. It also lowers the top federal tax rate to 25 percent. 

When the rich are let off the hook in all these ways, the rest of America has to pay more in taxes to make up the difference – or have services cut because government doesn’t have the funds.

April 14, 2014
Growth for Growth's Sake Will Kill Us All?   


Thought provoking piece by Al Jazeera guest writer questions the limits of perpetual economic growth. What do you think?

Aggressive growth is impossible ecologically and implausible economically. We need economic strategies at the local, state and national levels that prioritize community benefit over corporate gain, and which presume a need for local resiliency instead of depending on uncontrolled growth. We also need to develop new strategies to democratize wealth in the face of extreme inequality.

Like the programs developed in “the state and local laboratories of democracy” that led to the New Deal, numerous experiments percolating across the country in the “new economy” — building cooperative and community-owned businesses, developing locally focused supply chains at a municipal and regional level, building new forms for public ownership of essential services like banking and power generation — may just point the way.

The end of growth poses a long-term systemic challenge, and such explorations suggest that a new direction may be quietly being explored in the midst of economic and ecological degradation. It is a direction that is likely to accelerate as economic and social pain of the decaying economic system continues to force Americans to explore solutions that take us beyond the tired nostrums of the past.”

Gar Alperovitz is a professor of political economy at the University of Maryland and a founder of the Democracy Collaborative. He is the author of “What Then Must We Do?: Straight Talk about the Next American Revolution.”

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April 13, 2014
Untaxed U.S. corporate profits held overseas top $2.1 trillion: study

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April 13, 2014

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April 11, 2014





No, this is animal torture and endangerment. Would you lock a cat, dog, or child in the case to startle someone? Insects are also living animals.

Are you fucking serious? This is a blog called “Musicians Against Humanity.” Do you…

The only brilliant stupid conversation I have ever read on the internet.

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