“Nearly two-thirds of Americans choose higher payroll taxes for Medicare and Social Security over reduced benefits in either program. And asked to choose among cuts to Medicare, Social Security and the nation’s third largest spending program — the military — a majority by a large margin said cut the Pentagon instead.”—Poll Finds Wariness About Cutting Entitlements (via shaneguiter)
“Once you accept that profit and greed as practiced on a mass scale create the greatest possible benefits for society, pretty much any act of personal enrichment can be justified as a contribution to the great creative cauldron of capitalism.”—Naomi Klein
Kay srsly. Gay marriage litigation takes forever. The California district court rules on it. Then stays its own ruling. Then puts a timetable on lifting the stay. Then the 9th Circuit stays the ruling. The 9th circuit hears the case, then says that it actually can’t decide anything until the California state supreme court rules on whether or not the plaintiffs have standing, but to do that the court must first decide whether or not it wants to rule on that. If the state court decides not to decide, it goes back to the 9th Circuit, who will decide whether or not the plaintiffs have standing. If the state court decides to decide, then it will make its decision and the battle goes back to the 9th Circuit. Thennnn the 9th Circuit will make a decision on the right to marriage and then the 9th Circuit will decide to rehear the case en banc. Then they will make another decision which will by stayed by the Supreme Court who will probably ruin everything. American court system, you are insane~
“It is better to stand for something, to be about something, to make a difference, than to just take your place in the global shopping mall. Your life will be infinitely richer if you make the choice to make a difference.”—Maude Barlow
According to NAF’s research, there have been 215 drone attacks since 2004 in the bad-guy tromping grounds of northwest Pakistan, killing between 1,372 and 2,125 people. (The wide variation in estimates shows how difficult it is to track these stats, even with press and government reports.) Of those, 1061 to 1584 were called militants “in reliable press accounts.” For those of you keeping score at home, that means that between 23 and 25 percent of all deaths from drone strikes are noncombatants. But here’s the worse news:
Of all those semi-confirmed deaths since 2004, only 36 have been “militant leaders,” like Al Qaeda’s third in command. (It goes without saying that we haven’t hit the terrorist group’s two really big fish, Osama bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahri.) That means that only about 2 percent of NATO’s drone kills were strategically important enemy personnel. If Meat Loaf were a US combatant commander in South Asia, he’d have to cut a new track: ”Two Out of 100 Ain’t Bad.”
So not only does it result in massive civilian casualties, but it doesn’t even work?! When evil meets incompetence.