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Rape threats happen. Death threats happen. People threaten friends, families, jobs, household pets. Stalkers go to considerable lengths to collect and exploit information. People who are open about this, who do talk about threats and stalking and danger, and they are out there, are punished for it. They get more abuse, they’re told that they’re making it all up, that it’s all in their heads, that they are exaggerating, entirely new hate sites spring up to speculate about them and talk about their ‘desperate ploys for attention.’ That’s what I have to look forward to for writing this piece, for laying out some of the costs of social participation for you, for openly discussing the thing which dare not speak its name, the brash, open hostility reserved for people who do not shut up.

This is a reality, and it doesn’t go away if we don’t talk about it.

S.E. Smith, "On Blogging, Threats, and Silence" 

If we don’t talk about it, it doesn’t go away. It just finds another target.

So yeah…

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There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all

Mario Savio on civil disobedience. Savio was a free speech crusader, activist, and teacher of mathematics and physics. As the NYPD brutally abuses protesters on Wall Street, I implore those standing strong to remember Savio’s words.

(via cognitivedissonance)

Reposting this for Dan Siegel today. He’s an inspiration. 

Filed under Mario Savio Civil Disobedience politics protest inequality injustice fear Occupy Wall Street Dan Siegel

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There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all

Mario Savio on civil disobedience. Savio was a free speech crusader, activist, and teacher of mathematics and physics. As the NYPD brutally abuses protesters on Wall Street, I implore those standing strong to remember Savio’s words.

Filed under Mario Savio Civil Disobedience politics protest inequality injustice fear Occupy Wall Street

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Feds: Zawahiri Launched Al Qaeda Terror Plot for 9/11 Anniversary

U.S. authorities are scrambling to sort through information that the CIA developed in the past 24 hours indicating that at least three individuals entered the U.S. in August by air with the intent to launch a vehicle-borne attack against Washington, D.C. or New York around the anniversary of 9/11, according to intelligence officials.

Officials say the alleged terror plot was initiated by new al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s successor, who had pledged to avenge bin Laden’s death earlier this year in a U.S. raid.

Intelligence and law enforcement officials told ABC News that at least one of the individuals is a U.S. citizen and one official said that two of the individuals may have had U.S. documentation — whether green cards or passports was unclear.

I believe it’s important to be aware, but it’s also important to remember the most powerful weapon terrorists possess is terror. Fear and panic are the desired outcomes of terrorism - besides the attacks themselves. Remember, the threat is specific, but it is also unconfirmed.

Filed under 9/11 terrorism al Qaeda September 11th politics fear New York City Washington D.C.

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The Anti-Choice Plot to Lure Desperate Women to Christian Pregnancy Centers

There’s one of these clinics in Laramie. When I called there to write an article about the center and its mission several months ago, they said they wouldn’t talk to me unless I was pregnant and in need of counseling. I called there a few weeks later, told the counselor who answered the phone that was pregnant (I am not) and that I was thinking about having the baby instead of getting an abortion. She invited me to participate in “Earn While You Learn,” their version of parenting classes. From their website:

This program allows you to earn points toward items you need while you learn about the following:

  • The basics of the Bible
  • Sexual integrity
  • Prenatal development
  • The ten basic needs for children to succeed
  • Balancing discipline and love with children

The counselor also said “millions of women” are “permanently damaged” by the “unnaturalness” that is abortion, and that further, if I wanted to seek an abortion, I was probably past the point I could get one. Never once did she ask how far along I was, and I didn’t volunteer that information. She asked if I wanted to come in, I declined, so she wanted to pray with me on the phone. Before I said yes or no, she began a rambling prayer for me and my “unborn heavenly child.” I hung up when she finished and felt slightly queasy.

I can only imagine what these places actually do to women, particularly when they are in a vulnerable position. Adding “basic” health care for free is only going to make this worse. I wonder if there’s an “Earn While You Learn” for that - basic Bible lessons in exchange for basic health care. To me, that’s akin emotional blackmail.

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Well, it was only a matter of time, folks:

Alert: Terrorists look to implant bombs in humansBy EILEEN SULLIVAN  Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Airlines are being warned by the government that terrorists are considering surgically hiding bombs inside humans to evade airport security.
As a result, travelers may find themselves subjected to more scrutiny when flying in the heart of summer vacation season, especially to the U.S. from abroad.
The FBI and Homeland Security Department sent a memo to security officials around the country on Wednesday about “body packing,” describing it as a “criminal tactic with possible terrorist application.” …Bombs-in-the-body is not a new idea, but recent intelligence indicates a fresh interest in using this method. People-scanning machines in airports aren’t able to detect explosives hidden inside humans. 

Awesome. Every single time we come up with some new “security” idea, it’s only a matter of time before someone will figure out a way to beat it. The illustration I posted for this may be satirical, but at what point do we decide enough is enough? Are we going to see body checks to look for recent surgical scars? Strip searches? Cavity searches? 
Here’s some perspective:
Lifetime odds of causes of death
Heart Disease:  1-in-5
Cancer:  1-in-7
Stroke:  1-in-23
Accidental Injury:  1-in-36
Motor Vehicle Accident: 1-in-100
Intentional Self-harm (suicide): 1-in-121
Assault by Firearm:  1-in-325
Fire or Smoke:  1-in-1,116
Electrocution: 1-in-5,000
Drowning:  1-in-8,942
Falling off a ladder: 1-in-10,010
Air Travel Accident: 1-in-20,000
Flood: 1-in-30,000
Legal Execution:  1-in-58,618
Tornado: 1-in-60,000
Lightning Strike: 1-in-83,930
Terrorist Attack: 1-in-88,000
And skipping ahead:
Tsunami: 1-in-500,000
Fireworks Discharge:  1-in-615,488
So guns, cars, ladders, and the planes themselves are more likely to kill us than terrorists. Knowing that, how do we justify this:
  

Well, it was only a matter of time, folks:

Alert: Terrorists look to implant bombs in humans
By EILEEN SULLIVAN  
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Airlines are being warned by the government that terrorists are considering surgically hiding bombs inside humans to evade airport security.

As a result, travelers may find themselves subjected to more scrutiny when flying in the heart of summer vacation season, especially to the U.S. from abroad.

The FBI and Homeland Security Department sent a memo to security officials around the country on Wednesday about “body packing,” describing it as a “criminal tactic with possible terrorist application.” 

Bombs-in-the-body is not a new idea, but recent intelligence indicates a fresh interest in using this method. People-scanning machines in airports aren’t able to detect explosives hidden inside humans. 

Awesome. Every single time we come up with some new “security” idea, it’s only a matter of time before someone will figure out a way to beat it. The illustration I posted for this may be satirical, but at what point do we decide enough is enough? Are we going to see body checks to look for recent surgical scars? Strip searches? Cavity searches? 

Here’s some perspective:

Lifetime odds of causes of death

  • Heart Disease:  1-in-5
  • Cancer:  1-in-7
  • Stroke:  1-in-23
  • Accidental Injury:  1-in-36
  • Motor Vehicle Accident: 1-in-100
  • Intentional Self-harm (suicide): 1-in-121
  • Assault by Firearm:  1-in-325
  • Fire or Smoke:  1-in-1,116
  • Electrocution: 1-in-5,000
  • Drowning:  1-in-8,942
  • Falling off a ladder: 1-in-10,010
  • Air Travel Accident: 1-in-20,000
  • Flood: 1-in-30,000
  • Legal Execution:  1-in-58,618
  • Tornado: 1-in-60,000
  • Lightning Strike: 1-in-83,930
  • Terrorist Attack: 1-in-88,000

And skipping ahead:

  • Tsunami: 1-in-500,000
  • Fireworks Discharge:  1-in-615,488

So guns, cars, ladders, and the planes themselves are more likely to kill us than terrorists. Knowing that, how do we justify this:

  

Filed under TSA politics terrorism security fear fear mongering airport airport security civil liberties searches not cool fuckery government homeland security

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rankurusu:

narpoop:

cocokat:

cookymunster:

hazellwood:

judeamoriarty:

beeblez:

bereweillschmidt:

rivsky:

coreyhenderson nothingshortof:robots:epitomeofperfection:

“never had a ‘disco phase’” LMAO

these all seem like “reasons to move to Canada” to me

Jim Carrey and Rachel McAdams are from Canada...
THIS ALL OF THIS

I wish I was Canadian.

Reasons why you wish you were Canadian

someday i will visit canada 8I

 heheh

Damn you Tim Horton!


Jeebus. I had no idea.

rankurusu:

narpoop:

cocokat:

cookymunster:

hazellwood:

judeamoriarty:

beeblez:

bereweillschmidt:

rivsky:

coreyhenderson nothingshortof:robots:epitomeofperfection:

“never had a ‘disco phase’” LMAO

these all seem like “reasons to move to Canada” to me

Jim Carrey and Rachel McAdams are from Canada...

THIS ALL OF THIS

I wish I was Canadian.

Reasons why you wish you were Canadian

someday i will visit canada 8I

 heheh

Damn you Tim Horton!

Jeebus. I had no idea.

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Wyoming is a funny friend. If you get invited to supper at Wyoming’s house, you probably shouldn’t bring your same-sex spouse or your gay brother-in-law, or, perhaps, even yourself — but if you’d like to bring a firearm, that would be fine. Or at least that’s what I can discern from the legislative news this week, during which Wyoming lawmakers vigorously voted against same-sex marriage while also supporting the carrying of concealed weapons without permits. Apparently, Wyoming would rather have a shotgun go off during dessert than talk about anything too personal.


I realize, of course, that much of this legislation stems from collective fear and misunderstanding dating from the days on the high plains when rogue bands of gay couples terrorized frontier towns, opening independent bookstores and making snappy remarks about other settlers’ haircuts — no, wait, that’s not what happened. I don’t know why Wyoming continues to be so anxious about gay people and their families — who do they think invented fringed chaps and square-dancing, anyway?

Mary Kettl, "The Things We Conceal and Carry"

Filed under Wyoming GLBTQ Bands of rogue gay couples gay gay rights Wyoming legislature intolerance fear

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Roger Stockham Arrested With Explosives Outside Major U.S. Mosque

A 63-year-old Southern California man who was traveling with explosives in his vehicle with the intention of blowing up one of the nation’s largest mosques where mourners had gathered for a funeral was arrested in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Michigan authorities said Sunday.

Dearborn police said Roger Stockham was arraigned Wednesday on one count of making a false report or threat of terrorism and one count of possessing explosives with an unlawful intent. Stockham had a large but undisclosed quantity of class-C fireworks including M-80s, which are outlawed in Michigan, Chief Ronald Haddad said.

"I was comfortable with the fact that we had taken him off the street – he isn’t going anywhere," Haddad told The Associated Press Sunday afternoon. "I think the society he wanted to impact is safe."

Haddad said authorities believe Stockham was acting alone but still take him “very seriously.” He said Stockham has “a long history of anti-government activities,” though he declined to elaborate.

Well, then. Will this be covered extensively on Fox? Terrorism IS terrorism, right?

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I received this email this afternoon. Here’s the article referred to in the email above:
"In the movie “Minority Report,” people are arrested before they commit crimes. If we could go ahead and do this with the Obama regime, we will save American lives.
Hyperbole? No. Fact.
Recently, a book was found by agents of the border patrol in the Arizona desert, near the Mexican border.  The book was published in Iran and was a book praising and telling the biographies of suicide bombers.
This is not the first time something like this has been found. Previously, Iranian currency was found in Texas and a military jacket with a patch showing a plane crashing into a building was also found in Texas. Recently a radical Muslim cleric was caught being smuggled into the United States in the trunk of a car.
Have you not heard about any of these stories?
There is no big surprise here. The drive by media is in the pocket of the Obama regime and they are not going to talk about it. Fox News has reported it and it is being talked about in the conservative blogosphere.
Six years ago, FBI director Robert Muller testified about the number of people from countries that have Al-Qaeda connections who learn Spanish, use a Hispanic name and try to pass themselves off as Hispanic.
In case anyone has missed the point, we are going to be hit and we are going to be hit big. Americans are going to die because this administration is doing nothing. Do we have proof that terrorists have crossed our southern border illegally?Probably no concrete evidence, but it would simply be improbable, to the point of being impossible to believe that has not happened.
The American-Mexican border is a joke. There are a few places where there is a substantial fence. In most places there is either no fence or a fence that presents a minimal obstacle to anyone who wants to cross.
We can say anything we want to about the Islamists, who want to harm America, but they are neither stupid nor do they lack determination. Anyone who doubts that needs to go back and look at footage of the 9/11 attacks.
What is truly amazing is that we have not been hit the way we could have been. The Iranian book found in the Arizona desert praises suicide bombers. Just last week, a suicide bomber walked into Domodedevo Airport in Moscow and blew them self up. At least 31 died and over one hundred were hospitalized.
On our southern border, the Obama regime does nothing while illegal aliens and drugs are smuggled at a stunning rate. Is it hard to believe that Al-Qaeda has sent some terrorists that way? It is hard to believe they have not. If Al-Qaeda sends people through the border, is it hard to believe they would not also send through the parts to make suicide vests?
Given the regime’s lack of interest in enforcing border security, it is only a matter of time before we are hit. We will be hit and it will be bloody. Perhaps it will be an airport or maybe a mall or perhaps some other public gathering. The simple fact is Americans will die and it will all have been preventable.
Of course, the Obama regime does not care about that. Their only interest is power. America deserves better.”

So about the only things I got from this is “WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE” and “Them brown people’s evil.” This is authored by Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation.

I received this email this afternoon. Here’s the article referred to in the email above:

"In the movie “Minority Report,” people are arrested before they commit crimes. If we could go ahead and do this with the Obama regime, we will save American lives.

Hyperbole? No. Fact.

Recently, a book was found by agents of the border patrol in the Arizona desert, near the Mexican border.  The book was published in Iran and was a book praising and telling the biographies of suicide bombers.

This is not the first time something like this has been found. Previously, Iranian currency was found in Texas and a military jacket with a patch showing a plane crashing into a building was also found in Texas. Recently a radical Muslim cleric was caught being smuggled into the United States in the trunk of a car.

Have you not heard about any of these stories?

There is no big surprise here. The drive by media is in the pocket of the Obama regime and they are not going to talk about it. Fox News has reported it and it is being talked about in the conservative blogosphere.

Six years ago, FBI director Robert Muller testified about the number of people from countries that have Al-Qaeda connections who learn Spanish, use a Hispanic name and try to pass themselves off as Hispanic.

In case anyone has missed the point, we are going to be hit and we are going to be hit big. Americans are going to die because this administration is doing nothing. Do we have proof that terrorists have crossed our southern border illegally?Probably no concrete evidence, but it would simply be improbable, to the point of being impossible to believe that has not happened.

The American-Mexican border is a joke. There are a few places where there is a substantial fence. In most places there is either no fence or a fence that presents a minimal obstacle to anyone who wants to cross.

We can say anything we want to about the Islamists, who want to harm America, but they are neither stupid nor do they lack determination. Anyone who doubts that needs to go back and look at footage of the 9/11 attacks.

What is truly amazing is that we have not been hit the way we could have been. The Iranian book found in the Arizona desert praises suicide bombers. Just last week, a suicide bomber walked into Domodedevo Airport in Moscow and blew them self up. At least 31 died and over one hundred were hospitalized.

On our southern border, the Obama regime does nothing while illegal aliens and drugs are smuggled at a stunning rate. Is it hard to believe that Al-Qaeda has sent some terrorists that way? It is hard to believe they have not. If Al-Qaeda sends people through the border, is it hard to believe they would not also send through the parts to make suicide vests?

Given the regime’s lack of interest in enforcing border security, it is only a matter of time before we are hit. We will be hit and it will be bloody. Perhaps it will be an airport or maybe a mall or perhaps some other public gathering. The simple fact is Americans will die and it will all have been preventable.

Of course, the Obama regime does not care about that. Their only interest is power. America deserves better.”

So about the only things I got from this is “WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE” and “Them brown people’s evil.” This is authored by Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation.

Filed under Judson Phillips Tea Party fear fear mongering Teabagger teabaggery islamophobia racism

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An American Demagogue: Examining Glenn Beck

I’m reposting this upon request. It’s video I made in December about Glenn Beck’s use of violent rhetoric for a presentation about political rhetoric I gave in my Frankfurt School Seminar. Today, a friend of mine emailed me and suggested I put this back up. She wrote that today Glenn Beck claimed he never used “violent language” or something to that effect.

I beg to differ.

Filed under Glenn Beck Violence Rhetoric political rhetoric fear Tea Party words have meaning

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Rep. Giffords on violent rhetoric

“Are you afraid? Are you fearful today?”

“You know, I’m not. We’ve had hundreds and hundreds of protesters over the course of the last several months. Our office corner has really become an area where the Tea Party movement congregates. And the rhetoric is incredibly heated. Not just the calls, but the emails, the slurs. So things have really gotten spun up. But you gotta think about it. Our democracy is a light, a beacon really around the world, because we effect change at the ballot box, and not because of these outbursts — of violence in certain cases, and the yelling, and it’s just … you know, change is important, it’s a part of our process, but it’s really important that we focus on the fact that we have a democratic process.”

“I think it’s important for all leaders, not just leaders of the Republican Party or the Democratic Party … community leaders, figures in our community to say, ‘Look, we can’t stand for this.’ I mean, this is a situation where people really need to realize that the rhetoric, and firing people up, and even things … For example, we’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list, but the thing is, the way she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gunsight over our district. And when people do that, they’ve gotta realize there’s consequences to that action.”

“In the years that some of my colleagues have served, twenty, thirty years, they’ve never seen it like this. We have to work out our problems by negotiating, working together, hopefully Democrats and Republicans.”

–Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, March 25, 2010.

(Source: studentactivism.net)

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NY Rep. King: I'll hold hearings on radical Islam

The incoming chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security said Sunday that he will hold hearings on the “radicalization of the American Muslim community.”

In an op-ed piece in Newsday, Rep. Peter King said such hearings are critical because al-Qaida “is recruiting Muslims living legally in the United States — homegrown terrorists who have managed to stay under the anti-terror radar screen.”

The Long Island Republican said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that the Muslim community “does not cooperate with law enforcement to anywhere near the extent that they should.”

A spokesman for the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations said he fears King’s hearings will become an anti-Muslim witch hunt.

"We’re concerned that it’ll become a new McCarthy-type hearing," said the spokesman, Ibrahim Hooper.

King, 66, is in line to chair the Homeland Security Committee with the Republican takeover of the House.

He vowed do all he can “to break down the wall of political correctness and drive the public debate on Islamic radicalization.”

This is a very, very dangerous road for this country to take if we want to believe we’re a country that believes in religious freedom. Fact: From 1980 to 2005, only 6% of terroristic acts in the United States were committed by Islamic extremists. Jewish extremists accounted for 7%. Is King going to call for a hearing on the Jewish community?

Filed under Peter King Homeland Security Islam islamophobia Extremism Joe McCarthy Joe McCarthy is jealous Hearing Fear fear mongering