This is a reminder that the Keystone XL pipeline violates treaties with multiple Native American tribes

wrench-wench:

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The Keystone XL oil pipeline would pass through multiple Indian reservations, which were formed under treaties that promised undisturbed lands.  As the nations residing in those reservations have not approved the construction of KXL, any attempt to proceed with construction would be a violation of these pre-existing treaties.

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thelandofmaps:

U.S. Imprisonment Rate Per 100,000 Residents, 1978-2012

The US incarcerates more people per capita than any other nation in the world: Approximately 1 in 100 adults or more than 2.2 million people are behind bars in the US, according to the Pew Center on the States. In addition, another 4.6 million (or a total of almost 7 million) people live under some form of correctional supervision. 
Mass incarceration is not a result of higher crime rates: The US has the highest incarceration rate in the world not because it has higher crime rates, but because it imprisons more types of criminal offenders, including non-violent and drug offenders, and keeps them in prison longer. With the exception of homicide, US crime rates are comparable to other European countries with much lower incarceration rates. 
Mass incarceration disproportionately impacts US racial minorities: Mass incarceration has had a devastating effect on blacks and Hispanics in the US. African Americans are six times more likely to be incarcerated than a white person and non-white Latinos are almost three times more likely to be incarcerated, according to the Pew Center on the States. 
Incarceration hits hardest at young black and Latino men without high school education. An astounding 11 percent of black men, aged between 20 and 34, are behind bars. Much of the racial disparity is a result of the US’ war on drugs - started by President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. By 1988, blacks were arrested on drug charges at five times the rate of whites. By 1996, the rate of drug admissions to state prison for black men was 13 times greater than the rate for white men. This is despite the fact that African Americans use drugs at roughly the same rate as white Americans. 
Mass incarceration is expensive: Imprisoning people is not cheap. The average cost of housing an inmate is approximately $20,000 to $30,000 per year. This price tag comes at the direct expense of public money that could be spent on public education, medical care and public assistance. And it is one reason why so many states face fiscal crises today. 
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thelandofmaps:

U.S. Imprisonment Rate Per 100,000 Residents, 1978-2012

The US incarcerates more people per capita than any other nation in the world: Approximately 1 in 100 adults or more than 2.2 million people are behind bars in the US, according to the Pew Center on the States. In addition, another 4.6 million (or a total of almost 7 million) people live under some form of correctional supervision. 

Mass incarceration is not a result of higher crime rates: The US has the highest incarceration rate in the world not because it has higher crime rates, but because it imprisons more types of criminal offenders, including non-violent and drug offenders, and keeps them in prison longer. With the exception of homicide, US crime rates are comparable to other European countries with much lower incarceration rates. 

Mass incarceration disproportionately impacts US racial minorities: Mass incarceration has had a devastating effect on blacks and Hispanics in the US. African Americans are six times more likely to be incarcerated than a white person and non-white Latinos are almost three times more likely to be incarcerated, according to the Pew Center on the States. 

Incarceration hits hardest at young black and Latino men without high school education. An astounding 11 percent of black men, aged between 20 and 34, are behind bars. Much of the racial disparity is a result of the US’ war on drugs - started by President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. By 1988, blacks were arrested on drug charges at five times the rate of whites. By 1996, the rate of drug admissions to state prison for black men was 13 times greater than the rate for white men. This is despite the fact that African Americans use drugs at roughly the same rate as white Americans. 

Mass incarceration is expensive: Imprisoning people is not cheap. The average cost of housing an inmate is approximately $20,000 to $30,000 per year. This price tag comes at the direct expense of public money that could be spent on public education, medical care and public assistance. And it is one reason why so many states face fiscal crises today. 

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Beer prices could go up under FDA rule that angers farmers, brewershttp://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2014/04/fda_rule_would_increase_cost_o.html

So this is a regulation being passed to “make the food supply safer” even though there are no recorded problems with the current safety levels of the food. Okay.



The NYPD tried to start a hashtag outpouring of positive memories with their police force. 



If this were ever a bad idea, it was probably the worst idea for arguably the most corrupt police force in America. 
via Vice:

What the person running the Twitter account probably failed to realize is that most people’s interactions with the cops fall into a few categories:

1. You are talking to them to get help after you or someone you knew was robbed, beaten, murdered, or sexually assaulted.
2. You are getting arrested. 
3. You are getting beaten by the police.

In category 1, you are probably not going to be like, “Oh, let me take a selfie with you fine officers so I can remember this moment,” and the other two categories are not things that the NYPD would like people on social media talking about. Additionally, the people who use Twitter a lot (and who aren’t Sonic the Hedgehog roleplayers) are the type who love fucking with authority figures. In any case, #myNYPD quickly became a trending topic in the United States, largely because people were tweeting and retweeting horrific images of police brutality perpetrated by New York City cops.
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The NYPD tried to start a hashtag outpouring of positive memories with their police force. 



If this were ever a bad idea, it was probably the worst idea for arguably the most corrupt police force in America. 
via Vice:

What the person running the Twitter account probably failed to realize is that most people’s interactions with the cops fall into a few categories:

1. You are talking to them to get help after you or someone you knew was robbed, beaten, murdered, or sexually assaulted.
2. You are getting arrested. 
3. You are getting beaten by the police.

In category 1, you are probably not going to be like, “Oh, let me take a selfie with you fine officers so I can remember this moment,” and the other two categories are not things that the NYPD would like people on social media talking about. Additionally, the people who use Twitter a lot (and who aren’t Sonic the Hedgehog roleplayers) are the type who love fucking with authority figures. In any case, #myNYPD quickly became a trending topic in the United States, largely because people were tweeting and retweeting horrific images of police brutality perpetrated by New York City cops.
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The NYPD tried to start a hashtag outpouring of positive memories with their police force. 



If this were ever a bad idea, it was probably the worst idea for arguably the most corrupt police force in America. 
via Vice:

What the person running the Twitter account probably failed to realize is that most people’s interactions with the cops fall into a few categories:

1. You are talking to them to get help after you or someone you knew was robbed, beaten, murdered, or sexually assaulted.
2. You are getting arrested. 
3. You are getting beaten by the police.

In category 1, you are probably not going to be like, “Oh, let me take a selfie with you fine officers so I can remember this moment,” and the other two categories are not things that the NYPD would like people on social media talking about. Additionally, the people who use Twitter a lot (and who aren’t Sonic the Hedgehog roleplayers) are the type who love fucking with authority figures. In any case, #myNYPD quickly became a trending topic in the United States, largely because people were tweeting and retweeting horrific images of police brutality perpetrated by New York City cops.
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The NYPD tried to start a hashtag outpouring of positive memories with their police force. 



If this were ever a bad idea, it was probably the worst idea for arguably the most corrupt police force in America. 
via Vice:

What the person running the Twitter account probably failed to realize is that most people’s interactions with the cops fall into a few categories:

1. You are talking to them to get help after you or someone you knew was robbed, beaten, murdered, or sexually assaulted.
2. You are getting arrested. 
3. You are getting beaten by the police.

In category 1, you are probably not going to be like, “Oh, let me take a selfie with you fine officers so I can remember this moment,” and the other two categories are not things that the NYPD would like people on social media talking about. Additionally, the people who use Twitter a lot (and who aren’t Sonic the Hedgehog roleplayers) are the type who love fucking with authority figures. In any case, #myNYPD quickly became a trending topic in the United States, largely because people were tweeting and retweeting horrific images of police brutality perpetrated by New York City cops.
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The NYPD tried to start a hashtag outpouring of positive memories with their police force. 

If this were ever a bad idea, it was probably the worst idea for arguably the most corrupt police force in America. 

via Vice:

What the person running the Twitter account probably failed to realize is that most people’s interactions with the cops fall into a few categories:

1. You are talking to them to get help after you or someone you knew was robbed, beaten, murdered, or sexually assaulted.

2. You are getting arrested. 

3. You are getting beaten by the police.

In category 1, you are probably not going to be like, “Oh, let me take a selfie with you fine officers so I can remember this moment,” and the other two categories are not things that the NYPD would like people on social media talking about. Additionally, the people who use Twitter a lot (and who aren’t Sonic the Hedgehog roleplayers) are the type who love fucking with authority figures. In any case, #myNYPD quickly became a trending topic in the United States, largely because people were tweeting and retweeting horrific images of police brutality perpetrated by New York City cops.

Anonymous asked

Do you have a plan or idea of what you would do in case of a dollar collapse, martial law, or whatever is soon to come? It's so distressing, I feel like a sitting duck & I want to be prepared in any way I can.

I get this question a lot. My advice to you is pretty simple and stating the obvious:

Do what you can, with what you have, wherever you are.

I feel like people prefer to spend time being distressed than actually doing what is within their power to be prepared for whatever may come. And by preparing, the things necessary are not that different from what rural families still do and have done for decades:

  • ensure you have access to basic survival necessities (food, water, warmth, shelter, first aid) 
  • ensure you have means to self-defense
  • diversify your wealth/property if possible (to attempt to retain some wealth and be able to barter with it)
  • develop contacts and friends you can potentially rely on
  • expand your knowledge of practical skills
  • know yourself

My final advice to you is to stop letting negativity and dread dominate your feelings. Yes, you are one small cog in a very large machine. You cannot stop the turning of history or determine what time you were born into. But you still have the right to self-determination and access to very basic, affordable measures for preparation. You can still decide how to act in the time that you are given.

avainguard asked

Hello! Lovely blog here. I was wondering if you had an opinion on Ayn Rand and her work.

Hi there, thank you! 

When I was eighteen, my dad gave me his copy of the Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. I had just started working full-time on minimum wage and supporting myself, and the combination of my own experiences and the economic commentary of Ayn Rand really affected me. I would consider it the beginning of my political thought. I went on to read all of her work.

I think I found Ayn Rand inspiring largely because she had a strong voice as a woman and she was providing me with commentary that was completely different from what I had heard in school, in the media, and among my friends. Her work encouraged me to think about economics and the government in a way I never had before. 

Since then I have continued to learn about politics, history, and economics. My impression of Ayn Rand now is one more that her perception of communism and capitalism, and human relationships, were polarized by her own experiences and personality. I do not agree with her interpretations of the relationships between big business and government, or her general description of people in the world and their relationships. I also don’t agree with her final conclusion that government was indeed still a necessary evil and should have a monopoly on law, and subsequently, violence. She was a capitalist and not a libertarian or anarchist, and she explicitly clarified this herself. I do not support American capitalism nor do I believe in the golden age of capitalism oft idolized by people like Rand. 

The Fountainhead is a beautiful piece of writing and I admire Rand for her skill in writing, and that is about as far as I consider her work now. I think Rand can be a great door-opener for minds of all ages, and if her work brings more people to supporting freedom over state violence, then by all means, read on. But I also hope they continue to expand their thought beyond just her work. Hopefully that answered your question! 

For over a decade, Americans have been told that terrorism poses a threat that cannot be addressed by the existing legal system; that a new domain of law must be constructed to handle this new threat. What has actually been created is a new domain of pseudo-law where the roles of law making, law enforcement, and judiciary, are rolled into a single political authority. Even if there has been no coup d’etat, nor extended imposition of martial law, this is nonetheless the dawning of an insidious and piecemeal form of fascism. It does not impose itself with an iron fist but grows upon us slowly, so that painlessly freedom can be lost as it is gradually forgotten.