Anonymous said:  Can you please write a post about what exactly is going on im Venezuela? I'm interested.

kinggareth:

Oh boy, is going to be long but here we go. 

In the year 1999 Hugo Chavez was elected president of venezuela by fair elections. He was a military guy (that last of his class and was always known by his bad attitude and being lazy). He organized few years before 1999 a “Golpe de Estado” that’s when military tries to take over the government and try to make the president quit his job. 

They killed a lot of innocent people and it failed. So a lot of people were shocked he was elected as a nw president but he had great ideas and he was hiding by this socialism thing “everybody should be equal, he was going to work hard to make everybody have equal rights and equal payment” so it sounded nice. But oh it was so the opposite. 

Now is 2014. Venezuela is the country with the highest reserve of petroleum in the world. We once considerer the capital of modernism in Latin America, everybody wanted to come an live here. But he destroyed all that… he made us the country with more deaths, in 2013 at least 24.000 people died because of violence (robbery or kidnaps, not because of natural causes). In the 14 years of government at least 200.000 people have died, and just on last weekend 100 people were killed. 

At first his government wasn’t that bad but he was slowly taking a lot of things away from us. Chavez died last year and put Nicolas Maduro as his successor. He is a Colombian (he says he is Venezuelan but his birth certificate says the opposite) and he shouldn’t be president bc of that. He never graduated, he didn’t even finished middle school. 

Now we are a country were people need to be in line in the supermarket by 5 am just to buy to packages of corn meal or toilet paper. When you go to the supermarket is common to not find sugar, milk, eggs, flour, toilet paper, deodorant, rice, oil, you know basic stuff. 

Last year the opposition (people who are against the government) called for new elections (we had elections every year but because the government had taken over the Election Commission they won every time) so the government agreed to have the elections. Everybody went to vote, the opposition candidate had a lot of chances to win… they made walks every week and it was always packed but like always the Election Commission (CNE) said Nicolas Maduro won. So people decided to go to the streets…

And since then people have been on the streets. Mostly are students from all over the country. They don’t have any weapons, they make this bombs out of glass bottles and gasoline… and throw it to military that have gas bombs and guns and guns with rubber bullets. 

A lot of students are in jail, they have been torture, raped and some of them are still in jail since a long time. And many others have been killed by people who are with the government and go to the protests and start shooting them. 

This problem in my country is very long and very complex. So I let a lot of stuff outside because I don’t want this to be so long. I’m going to put a video that will explain this whole thing much better. And if you still have questions just ask me and I will try to answer. 

What’s going on in Venezuela?

and I also suggest to go to the tag  sos venezuela , some of the post are in spanish but a lot of them have articles in english so you can read them and some pictures so you can really see what’s going on. 

Please spread the word. We need help. 

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blackfeminism:

idontreallylikecandy:

geekygothgirl:

airyairyquitecontrary:

theuppitynegras:

whitegirlsaintshit:

america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 
The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.
An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.
For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.
It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.
That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.
This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…
(Read Full Text)

I said this when I was in fucking ninth grade and wrote a twelve paged paper on it and my teacher told me that I was a conspiracy theorist and that I needed a realistic topic. ok.

I highkey was saying this all along

seriously not news, but needs to be taken more seriously

And all the middle class, working poor, non-white, and non-male people in America say “no shit, Sherlock.”

and people tell me to vote, like it makes a difference.

and they just did this for people in the 50th percentile of income.
and they said “anymore” as if america was ever a democracy, as if slavery wasn’t an oligarchy

blackfeminism:

idontreallylikecandy:

geekygothgirl:

airyairyquitecontrary:

theuppitynegras:

whitegirlsaintshit:

america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 

The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.

An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.

For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.

It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.

That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.

This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…

(Read Full Text)

I said this when I was in fucking ninth grade and wrote a twelve paged paper on it and my teacher told me that I was a conspiracy theorist and that I needed a realistic topic. ok.

I highkey was saying this all along

seriously not news, but needs to be taken more seriously

And all the middle class, working poor, non-white, and non-male people in America say “no shit, Sherlock.”

and people tell me to vote, like it makes a difference.

and they just did this for people in the 50th percentile of income.

and they said “anymore” as if america was ever a democracy, as if slavery wasn’t an oligarchy

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firemen:

The Republican platform - the official Republican platform - has anti-choice and anti-LGBT planks, among a disaster of other political views. If you call yourself a Republican and vote for people who endorse those views, regardless of if you say you are pro-choice or anti-homophobia or anti-racism, you are supporting the intentional harming of people. There is no exception.

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jellyfishery:

Step 1: Take the Political Compass Test
Step 2: Reblog with
which political box your result falls in
what you consider your political beliefs to be
Step 3:???
Step 4: Profit!

jellyfishery:

Step 1: Take the Political Compass Test

Step 2: Reblog with

  • which political box your result falls in
  • what you consider your political beliefs to be

Step 3:???

Step 4: Profit!

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Democratic Senators Propose Lifetime Ban on Lobbying 

thebicker:

liberalsarecool:

Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Jon Tester (D-MT) “introduced legislation to prevent members of Congress from becoming lobbyists after they retire,” The Hill reports.

"Current law allows senators to become lobbyists two years after leaving office, while House members only have to wait for a year. But Bennet and Tester’s bill would institute a lifetime ban on lobbying for lawmakers."

Excellent idea.

That is an amazing idea. Unlikely to pass, but amazing. There are plenty of people who run for Congressional seats just so they can get in on that sweet lobbying money once their term is over.

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soradiesinkh3:

shewhoisnotnamed:

khaleesea:

sktagg23:

Dr. Seuss was not even in the general area of fucking around.

#everyone thinks of dr seuss as some sweet old guy who wrote kids books and made up cute words#little do they know he was the most hardcore political motherfucker to ever draw cartoons for newspapers of all time basically#he was of german and jewish descent and got bullied a lot as a kid#then he grew up and drew cartoons for the school paper#and when he got fired for being to fucking real for the paper to handle he made up a new name and KEPT SUBMITTING THEM ANYWAY#BECAUSE HE NEVER FUCKED AROUND FOR A SECOND#DID YOU KNOW DR SEUSS DID A FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY AFTER WWII ABOUT HOW WWII WASN’T ACTUALLY OVER AND THE NAZIS WERE STILL ALL AROUND#IT WAS CREEPY AS ALL FUCK AND MORE HARDCORE THAN YOU WILL EVER KNOW#IT WON A FUCKING OSCAR OR SOME SHIT#HE DID KIDS BOOKS ON A WHIM HIS REAL TALENT WAS DISMANTLING FASCIST REGIMES WITH ADORABLE BLACK AND WHITE SKETCHES OF TURTLES#OH YEAH AND YURTLE THE TURTLE WAS ABOUT HITLER#AND THE SNEECHES WERE ABOUT SEGREGATION#SO FUCK Y’ALL AND YOUR CANDY-ASS VISION OF DR SEUSS

I think almost all of his stories have a deeper meaning and Horton Hears a who was written as an apology to the Japanese after WWII

wow holy shit fuck WOW

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america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 
The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.
An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.
For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.
It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.
That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.
This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…
(Read Full Text)

america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 

The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.

An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.

For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.

It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.

That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.

This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…

(Read Full Text)

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sandandglass:

Joe Biden sitting behind President Obama during his State of the Union Address. 

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slightlybemused:

It’s really not that complicated.

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