“White American children in this country who become victims of gun violence are a sign of shattered innocence, an anomaly that must be analyzed and dissected to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. Black and Brown American children who become victims serve as an indictment of our communities, our homes and our parenting.”—
This UK doco put together by Jamie Oliver’s production company and presented by actor, DJ, MC and lifelong hip hop fan Idris Elba (The Wire) debuted on UK TV last year. Featuring stars from both sides of the Atlantic (Snoop Dogg, Mark Ronson, Nas, Rakim, Debbie Harry, Jessie J, Chipmunk,…
“Of all the measures of “real men”—length, girth, height, weight, stubble, testosterone, a helicopter pilot’s license—Cooper continually refers back to one: He is a man because he satisfies a woman as one.”—
Men talk like this, women talk like this: I reviewed T Cooper’s memoir, “Real Man Adventures,” for Slate. (via amandahess)
Democrats just published their platform and Kade Crockford points out the very questionable and anti-progressive planks included in the platform (my comments in parenthesis):
Also declares deadly Afghan surge a “success” (and makes no mention of record number of troop deaths).
Devotes paragraphs to the Second Amendment, but makes no mention of either First or Fourth Amendment.
Celebrates the summary execution of Osama Bin Laden (who was already injured and bleeding when killed—a clear violation of the Geneva Conventions).
Does not mention drones and the expansion of the program under the Obama administration.
A few of my observations:
Makes no mention of the NDAA or indefinite detentions.
Makes no mention of illegal spying or the promise to prosecute privacy violations by government.
Makes no mention of the Patriot Act.
There are some good things in it, of course. For example, Internet Freedom is now a bipartisan consensus, though I strongly suspect the Democratic version would be RIAA version of the “Internet Freedom.”
However, platform is significant not because of what it covers, but what it chooses to leave out.
"But beyond the food porn that regularly tops Instagram’s “most popular” list lurks an abundance of, well, porn porn.
Images tagged with terms such as “sextagram,” “instaporn,” and “handbra” summon up tens of thousands of images of genitalia and nude — or nearly naked — men and women posing provocatively in beds, in bathrooms, or with a partner in a similar state of undress.”