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As Irene bears down on the East Coast, Fox calls for the abolition of the National Weather Service

stfuconservatives:

Whoa, this shit is perfect:

The weather might be the subject people care most about on a daily basis. There is a very successful private TV channel dedicated to it, 24 hours a day, as well as any number of phone and PC apps. Americans need not be forced to turn over part of their earnings to support weather reporting.

This right here is the key to the conservative thought process. Americans need not be forced to turn over part of their earnings to the government, if they want to survive then they should turn over part of their earnings to private industries like cable companies! Poor people who can’t afford cable tv or internet deserve to die from natural disasters, that is all this whole fucking article is saying.

The National Weather Service (same as many other government entities) does not exist to serve people who can afford to find out about natural disasters from The Weather Channel and the 24 news machine, it exists to serve those who cannot.

-Joe

(Source: bringtheruckuss)

Star Wars x Moleskine Limited Edition Notebook Collection

yitzytaughtme:

populationgo:

The pen is mightier than the… lightsaber. Moleskine and Star Wars have joined forces to produce limited edition notebooks, inspired by the original 1977 movie posters. The design of the notebooks feature two different design variants, silver and bronze, with ’the famous “jump into hyperspace” with the stretching stars, and the opening “title crawl”, with 3D words floating in outer space’. Both range in different notebook sizes celebrating the iconic visual design of the Star Wars Saga.

Plus, inside the pocket of each notebook will contain a reproduction of the original 1977 poster.

This limited edition notebook collection is scheduled to be released September 14, 2011. Visit moleskine.com for more information.

Hit the jump to check out the video.

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GIMME DAT GIMME DAT GIMME DAT GIMME DAT GIMME DAT

What? You can’t hear me squealing?

The UC Davis English department is calling for the disbanding of the UCPD

stfuconservatives:

This just erupted on my Twitter feed, but the site’s not working—I’m thinking because it’s getting tons of traffic. However, StudentActivism.net has posted a copy of the message:

The faculty of the UC Davis English Department supports the Board of the Davis Faculty Association in calling for Chancellor Katehi’s immediate resignation and for “a policy that will end the practice of forcibly removing non-violent student, faculty, staff, and community protesters by police on the UC Davis campus.” Further, given the demonstrable threat posed by the University of California Police Department and other law enforcement agencies to the safety of students, faculty, staff, and community members on our campus and others in the UC system, we propose that such a policy include the disbanding of the UCPD and the institution of an ordinance against the presence of police forces on the UC Davis campus, unless their presence is specifically requested by a member of the campus community. This will initiate a genuinely collective effort to determine how best to ensure the health and safety of the campus community at UC Davis.

Badass.

-R

inothernews:

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s opposition leader, in Yangon on Thursday; earlier, she met with president Thein Sein and announced the U.S. would loosen financial aid restrictions to the country.   “It is… encouraging that Aung San Suu Kyi is now free to take part in  the political process,” said Mrs. Clinton. “But that too will be insufficient  unless all political parties can open offices throughout the country and  compete in free, fair and credible elections.”  (Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP-Getty via the New York Times; caption and quote via the Times)

inothernews:

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s opposition leader, in Yangon on Thursday; earlier, she met with president Thein Sein and announced the U.S. would loosen financial aid restrictions to the country.   “It is… encouraging that Aung San Suu Kyi is now free to take part in the political process,” said Mrs. Clinton. “But that too will be insufficient unless all political parties can open offices throughout the country and compete in free, fair and credible elections.”  (Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP-Getty via the New York Times; caption and quote via the Times)

Facing economic gloom and competition from cheap e-readers, brick-and-mortar booksellers entered this holiday season with the humblest of expectations.

But the initial weeks of Christmas shopping, a boom time for the book business, have yielded surprisingly strong sales for many bookstores, which report that they have been lifted by an unusually vibrant selection; customers who seem undeterred by pricier titles; and new business from people who used to shop at Borders, the chain that went out of business this year.

Barnes & Noble, the nation’s largest bookstore chain, said that comparable store sales this Thanksgiving weekend increased 10.9 percent from that period last year. The American Booksellers Association, a trade group for independents, said last week that members saw a sales jump of 16 percent in the week including Thanksgiving, compared with the same period a year ago.

At the R. J. Julia bookstore in Madison, Conn., sales of adult trade books in November rose 30 percent over last year, said Roxanne J. Coady, the owner.

“Last year was just depressing,” Ms. Coady said by telephone. “It was the beginning of the e-reader, and we didn’t know what that meant. Somehow, this year, people are back to thinking of books as an appealing gift.” Considering the economy, she added, “Adult books being up right now feels crazy to me.”

herochan:

Joe Simon, co-creator of Captain America Dead at 98.
The man who gave life to the Marvel Universe natural leader, to The Avenger’s frontman, the man who created the star spangled super-hero, left us this past Wednesday after a brief battle with illness, his greatest contribution will live on forever on the pages of Marvel Comics, his talent will be missed.
(via:comicsforever)

herochan:

Joe Simon, co-creator of Captain America Dead at 98.

The man who gave life to the Marvel Universe natural leader, to The Avenger’s frontman, the man who created the star spangled super-hero, left us this past Wednesday after a brief battle with illness, his greatest contribution will live on forever on the pages of Marvel Comics, his talent will be missed.

(via:comicsforever)

In the last decade, Apple has become one of the mightiest, richest and most successful companies in the world, in part by mastering global manufacturing. Apple and its high-technology peers — as well as dozens of other American industries — have achieved a pace of innovation nearly unmatched in modern history.

However, the workers assembling iPhones, iPads and other devices often labor in harsh conditions, according to employees inside those plants, worker advocates and documents published by companies themselves. Problems are as varied as onerous work environments and serious — sometimes deadly — safety problems.

Employees work excessive overtime, in some cases seven days a week, and live in crowded dorms. Some say they stand so long that their legs swell until they can hardly walk. Under-age workers have helped build Apple’s products, and the company’s suppliers have improperly disposed of hazardous waste and falsified records, according to company reports and advocacy groups that, within China, are often considered reliable, independent monitors.

More troubling, the groups say, is some suppliers’ disregard for workers’ health. Two years ago, 137 workers at an Apple supplier in eastern China were injured after they were ordered to use a poisonous chemical to clean iPhone screens. Within seven months last year, two explosions at iPad factories, including in Chengdu, killed four people and injured 77. Before those blasts, Apple had been alerted to hazardous conditions inside the Chengdu plant, according to a Chinese group that published that warning.

“If Apple was warned, and didn’t act, that’s reprehensible,” said Nicholas Ashford, a former chairman of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, a group that advises the United States Labor Department. “But what’s morally repugnant in one country is accepted business practices in another, and companies take advantage of that.”

Apple is not the only electronics company doing business within a troubling supply system. Bleak working conditions have been documented at factories manufacturing products for Dell, Hewlett-Packard, I.B.M., Lenovo, Motorola, Nokia, Sony, Toshiba and others.

The New York Times, “In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad” (via inothernews)

While of course it is disgusting that these companies allow such conditions to exist in the factories which create and assemble their products, blame also lies with the PRC because of virtually nonexistent worker protection laws and lax enforcement.

I think (African-Americans) would have been happy to have a referendum on civil rights rather than fighting and dying in the streets in the South.

New Jersey governor and Republican darling CHRIS CHRISTIE, who is pushing for a voter referendum on marriage equality in his state rather than take up the issue in the Legislature. 

Yes, because in those good old days, a referendum was a realistic option for African-Americans.

(via WCBS 880 AM)

OH MY GOD. FUCK YOU, CHRIS CHRISTIE.

(Source: inothernews)

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been detained by French police investigating a prostitution ring, but don't worry, we're sure it's not some sort of pattern with this totally reputable, honorable guy.

(Source: inothernews)

Blind Human Rights Activist Chen Guangcheng Evades Over 90 Guards and Escapes Through 8 Security Checkpoints

brandx:

The blind Chinese rights activist, Chen Guangcheng has made a daring escape from his captors and put out a video exposing the abuse and beatings that his family suffered under house arrest.

Evading almost 100 guards who have surrounded his village home for more than a year, Chen is said to have found refuge in a “safe” location in Beijing.

Chen is one of China’s best known activists who exposed abuses under China’s one child policy, including thousands of forced abortions and sterilisations. Human rights campaigners expressed delight that Chen – whose protracted, illegal detention has drawn international attention – is no longer in the hands of the authorities[…]

Chen is believed to have used the cover of darkness in which his blindness – he lost his sight at the age of five – gave him an advantage over his captors.

It is not yet clear how Chen evaded the officials, police and plainclothes thugs who have been permanently camped in and around his home in Linyi since his release from prison in 2010. [It’s believed he scaled a high wall.] But activists said it was not an individual, opportunistic bid for freedom.

“This wasn’t a sudden thing. In order to escape from a place with so many guards must have taken a great deal of planning,” said Phelim Kine of Human Rights Watch.

Sources: The Guardian and Radio Australia

UM, #Professional BADASS.