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Conservative opinions on what to do about Bowe Bergdahl sure have shifted!
Yes, the guy who used to run the cable industry’s lobbying arm is now running the agency tasked with regulating it. That is the equivalent of needing a babysitter, and hiring a dingo. —
John Oliver, Last Week Tonight
Get the facts on net neutrality, or as John Oliver puts it, “preventing cable company f**kery.”(via mediamattersforamerica)
In New York City, there are about 323,900 people who are out of work, labor statistics show, enough to populate a sizable metropolis. They are your neighbors, your fellow congregants, some of the men and women crammed beside you on the subway or bus. Day in and day out, they are coping with upended lives, struggling to squeeze back into a work force that has squeezed them out. — Nine Months Later, Still Working to Find a Job - NYTimes.com (via rubenfeld)
Tucker Carlson: It's A 'Racist Attack' To Point Out My 'White Privilege' -
Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Sunday said that liberals were making a “racist attack” by pointing out that “white privilege” exists in America.
During an interview on Fox News, Carlson noted that conservative columnist Kurt Schlichter had been criticized for a recent column claiming what people thought was white privilege was “just me being better than you.”
"I mean, it’s silly on its face," the Fox News host opined. "Some white people are privileged, some aren’t. Some black people are, some aren’t. It’s strikes me as, by definition, a racist attack in that it’s making a generalization — a negative one — based on skin color."
"Absolutely," Schlichter insisted. "Absolutely, it’s un-American and immoral. It makes you forever and forever stuck in one category."
"All of us have worked, all of us have achieved something," he continued. "That is how we measure character, that’s how we measure what the value of a person is, not some arbitrary category imposed by some ponytailed grad students who have taken too many gender study seminars."
"That is just so fantastic," Carlson smiled.
I think he’s trying to say that “white privilege” is not the only subcategory of “privilege.” But instead of saying that, he says a bunch of other things that reveal the scope and depth of his white privilege. Also his ignorance. Also his unselfconsciousness.
Note that “we measure character” based on someone’s achievements in life, not by simply putting a person into an arbitrary category based on how they look. That’s what ponytailed grad students do.
- a privileged white guy (which, btw, is the only kind)
An Afghan child amputee practices walking with his prosthetic leg at one of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) hospital for war victims and the disabled in Jalalabad on May 3, 2014. (Noorullah Shirzada/AFP)
Households headed by a young, college-educated adult without any student debt obligations have about seven times the typical net worth ($64,700) of households headed by a young, college-educated adult with student debt ($8,700). — Young adults, student loans and debt: the data. (via pewresearch)
An Oklahoma House of Representatives committee voted to reject a set of new science standards Monday, in part out of fear that the standards could lead young students to believe in climate change, reports suggest.
According to the Oklahoma Science Teachers Association, the Oklahoma House Administrative Rules and Government Oversight Committee rejected the proposed science standards, called the Oklahoma Academic Skills for Science, in a 10 to 1 vote. The science standards, which were previously approved by the state Board of Education in March, were developed by a committee of 60 members and designed to replace the state’s previous, outdated science criterions, according to The Oklahoman. — The state of Oklahoma decides to make sure their kids get stupid. Story by Rebecca Klein.