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theeconomist:

Chart: Violent civilian deaths are at a ten-year high in Iraq. The prime minister needs to widen his government’s sectarian make-up or face the prospect of isolation and defeat

theeconomist:

Chart: Violent civilian deaths are at a ten-year high in Iraq. The prime minister needs to widen his government’s sectarian make-up or face the prospect of isolation and defeat

Small and steady gains in the 1970s and ’80s were followed by rapid growth in the 1990s. Then we saw peaks around the 2000 dot-com bubble, leading to a decade of volatile ups and downs. It’s a reminder that the stock market is the main source of changes in wealth for America’s wealthiest citizens.
Businessweek looks at the changing criteria of “the 1% club” based on the research of Mark Rank and Thomas Hirschl, authors Chasing the American Dream: Understanding What Shapes Our Fortunes. (via oupacademic)
So what we end up doing, which seems to be not terribly bright, is spending perhaps $50,000 a year keeping people in jail because they dropped out of school. They never found a job. They got hooked on drugs or whatever. We pay to put them in jail rather than investing in childcare, in education, in sustaining their families.

Senator Bernie Sanders, The Speech (via justinacuff)

The truth huts.

(via iammyfather)

bauldoff:

Such absolutely stunning oil work by Baltimore surrealist, Jordan Kasey.

To everyone except a dedicated ideologue, it was pretty obvious that we invaded Iraq not because of our love of democracy but because it’s maybe the second- or third-largest source of oil in the world, and is right in the middle of the major energy-producing region. You’re not supposed to say this. It’s considered a conspiracy theory.
Noam Chomsky  (via cayso)
guardian:

Senate takes on gender pay gap bill
American women are paid, on average, between 64 to 90 cents for every dollar paid to men, according to a new state-by-state analysis by the National Partnership for Women and Families that comes as Congress and the White House take steps to address the gender pay gap.
Across the nation, women who work full time earn on average 77 cents for every dollar paid to men, an annual wage gap of $11,607 that is especially relevant to more than 15 million US households led by women, the study found. A third of households led by women live in poverty. Read more
Pictured: Senate majority leader Harry Reid urges passage of legislation that would establish ‘paycheck fairness’ in wages paid to women. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty

guardian:

Senate takes on gender pay gap bill

American women are paid, on average, between 64 to 90 cents for every dollar paid to men, according to a new state-by-state analysis by the National Partnership for Women and Families that comes as Congress and the White House take steps to address the gender pay gap.

Across the nation, women who work full time earn on average 77 cents for every dollar paid to men, an annual wage gap of $11,607 that is especially relevant to more than 15 million US households led by women, the study found. A third of households led by women live in poverty. Read more

Pictured: Senate majority leader Harry Reid urges passage of legislation that would establish ‘paycheck fairness’ in wages paid to women. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty

The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.
Scott Wood (X)
IN THE UNITED STATES

dannybriereisaliferuiner:

owning a gun

  • is a right

having healthcare

  • is a privilege

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todayinhistory:

February 24th 1803: Marbury v. Madison

On this day in 1803 in the case Marbury v. Madison the US Supreme Court established the principle of judicial review. The case arose when Secretary of State James Madison failed to deliver documents to Justice of the Peace for DC William Marbury which officially granted his title. The Court decided that the section of the 1789 Judiciary Act allowing Marbury to bring his claim to the Court was itself unconstitutional. On February 24th the Court ruled unanimously to this effect. The decision gave the Supreme Court the power to interpret the constitution and strike down laws as ‘unconstitutional’. Since then, the Court have made many high-profile rulings branding things unconstitutional. For example: school segregation in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954); school prayer in Engel v. Vitale (1962); teaching creationism in science lessons in Edwards v. Aguillard (1987) and the Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor (2013).

A trillion dollars in student loan debt right now. A trillion right. A TRILLION dollars. We are lending money that we don’t have to kids that will never be able to pay it back, to educate them for jobs that no longer exist.

Mike Rowe on Real Time with Bill Maher

One of the best explanations I’ve ever heard.

(via fangirling-so-hard-rn)

ourpresidents:

The “Court Packing” Plan — On This Day in 1937, FDR Proposes to Reorganize the Supreme Court

In November 1936, Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed to reorganize the federal judiciary by adding a new justice each time a justice reached age seventy and failed to retire. In this manner, the influence of older justices, including a number of conservatives, could be superseded by younger Roosevelt appointees supportive of the New Deal.

FDR’s “Court Packing Plan” was a response to a Supreme Court that was increasingly unwilling to support New Deal legislation.  Upon announcement, it was widely opposed by the public, the press, and Congress.  However,  the Supreme Court did reverse course and began to uphold New Deal legislation.  Read More at the Presidential Timeline

-from the FDR Library

Images: 1937 Supreme Court photo.  L to R Standing: Owen J. Roberts, Pierce Butler, Harlan Fiske Stone, Benjamin Cardozo; L to R Sitting: Louis D. Brandeis, Willis VanDevanter, Charles Evans Hughes, Hames McReynolds, George Sutherland.

A page from FDR’s reading copy of the Fireside Chat announcing the Supreme Court reorganization plan. 3/9/37.

The great enemy of the truth is not the lie deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the but the myth persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought…
John F. Kennedy (via rhamphotheca)
sagansense:

Tell Congress to Cut Wasteful Pentagon Spending 
It’s a rare occasion when analysts from across the political spectrum come together on an issue, but the Pentagon’s budget is so full of waste and excessive spending that groups from the left, right and center, can’t help but agree—something  has to be done.
That’s why POGO joined with 27 organizations to urge Congress to eliminate wasteful and ineffective spending in the bloated Pentagon budget.
 Will you join us by sending a similar letter to your member of Congress? 

Source: govtoversight

sagansense:

Tell Congress to Cut Wasteful Pentagon Spending

It’s a rare occasion when analysts from across the political spectrum come together on an issue, but the Pentagon’s budget is so full of waste and excessive spending that groups from the left, right and center, can’t help but agree—something  has to be done.

That’s why POGO joined with 27 organizations to urge Congress to eliminate wasteful and ineffective spending in the bloated Pentagon budget.

Will you join us by sending a similar letter to your member of Congress?

Source: govtoversight