The Icelandic police department said officers involved will go through grief counseling. And the police department has already apologized to the family of the man who died — though not necessarily because they did anything wrong.
"I think it’s respectful," Arnorsdottir says, "because no one wants to take another person’s life."
This is how a non desensitized people react to lethal violence. Just thought it was worth pointing out.
I can’t get this to load right now, so to read later, but man.
When a country founded by Vikings is profoundly less brutal, you know something’s gone horribly wrong with America.
Minimum wage should be linked to the poverty level.
This is basic economic fact.
A business that claims it can’t afford to pay a living wage to its workers is admitting that by definition it fails to meet its basic operating expenses. That major multinational corporations can be “successful” while failing to meet a basic operating expense is only possible because We The People pick up their greedy/lazy slack through taxes and charity.
And yet somehow it’s everybody else who’s a moocher and a looter…
And this corrosive greed is a big part of what’s slowly poisoning the U.S. economy. Money being hoarded at the top and put in “safe” investments and bank accounts is money that does nothing for no one. It’s just an elaborate means of keeping score. Money put into the hands of the workers does what money is meant to do: it circulates. It gets spent. The same dollar will go through dozens of sets of hands, touching dozens of lives, feeding dozens of people and sparking profits for dozens of businesses. The same dollar, in the hands of the rich, will generally do… nothing. It won’t create jobs. It won’t fund innovations. It won’t start businesses.
Less than 1% of corporate revenues become wages for workers. Less than 3% of the wealthy are actually entrepreneurs (people who risk their money on business ventures that create jobs).
But 100% of the working class spends their money. That money creates jobs. That money fuels innovations. That money becomes profits. That money keeps the economy ticking.
We have been lied to about who are the parasites and who are the drivers of the economy. We have largely accepted a view of money as a means of keeping score and the economy as something that must have winners and losers, rather than money being a proxy for barter and an economy being a way to divide the labor of society and distribute the load of living
"A business that claims it can’t afford to pay a living wage to its workers is admitting that by definition it fails to meet its basic operating expenses."
"Less than 1% of corporate revenues become wages for the workers."
When will we realize that supply-side doesn’t work?
This is what I mean when I say most poor people — at least those who know what it is to be hungry — will share their last can of beans with you if you’re starving, but so many middle-class and rich people won’t give you anything from their full cupboards, always finding excuses. Also, I’ve talked to delivery people and they say the people in my low-income housing project tip better than the rich people up the hill from us. This is a thing.
Yes it is.
Highlighting this bit: The rich gave to high-status institutions such as already well-endowed art galleries, museums and universities
When wealthy conservatives talk about how much money they give away, not only are they talking largely about what they do to get tax write-offs, but places that don’t actually serve those in need. Their money instead goes to private schools, well-heeled churches, corporate charities whose boards suck up cash, etc. The rare few actual charities they donate to are usually church-based, and deliver their aid with a side of proselytizing.
I admit that I don’t give as much as I should, given our household income, but I also don’t complain in the slightest about the rather large tax rate we pay. I do think some gov’t agencies could stand streamlining, but by and large, I prefer knowing that my money is going to a system that works nationwide, and doesn’t pressure the people getting its services into finding Jesus.
My parents have been involved in the “patriot” movement for 30+ years. While they personally aren’t so extreme, nor are a lot of casual Tea-Party adherents, I can confirm that a LOT of people within that culture have a terrorist mindset. Anyone who saw the recent Longmire episode with the cult-leader dude? That’s not a caricature. They sincerely believe that they will be called upon to defend themselves from the government and/or floods of brown people or communists, and many are just one bad day away from acting out offensively to protect their ideals of America.
It’s definitely true that there are people who twist Islam into a justification for violence against innocents, but that’s not the only religion that gets used that way, nor is religion itself even necessary; Some of the radical Randians are just as dangerous as anyone who thinks God will reward them for smiting enemies.
I’ve been close enough to these people that they genuinely scare the fuck out of me, and I only hope more reasonable folks eventually understand exactly how dangerous they really are, and take action to stop them. Sensible gun laws are a crucial first step.
This is not a “birth control” decision
It’s a “companies can now violate federal law in the name of religion” decision.
If that doesn’t scare the fuck out of you, you’re not paying attention.
The Pitchforks are Coming
In which a rich dude in my lovely city points out to his fellow plutocrats that they’re digging their own graves.
It’s all great, but here’s a particularly terrific quote:
Most of you probably think that the $15 minimum wage in Seattle is an insane departure from rational policy that puts our economy at great risk. But in Seattle, our current minimum wage of $9.32 is already nearly 30 percent higher than the federal minimum wage. And has it ruined our economy yet? Well, trickle-downers, look at the data here: The two cities in the nation with the highest rate of job growth by small businesses are San Francisco and Seattle. Guess which cities have the highest minimum wage? San Francisco and Seattle. The fastest-growing big city in America? Seattle. Fifteen dollars isn’t a risky untried policy for us. It’s doubling down on the strategy that’s already allowing our city to kick your city’s ass.
There was also a good point made in the comments (!): Conservatives talk about how liberals want to “take” what’s theirs and give it to someone else. They don’t realize that the people who are really taking their stuff (money, labor, health, etc.) and giving it to someone else are folks like the Walton family. Workers who aren’t being paid fairly for their labor are being stolen from way more than taxpayers who are “forced” to give a tiny percentage to social programs. And let’s also not kid ourselves that workers really have any choice to leave a company that treats them poorly and go somewhere else, thereby using free-market principles to correct employer misbehavior. Look up “monopsony” and understand that that’s really where we are.
As this guy points out, if people really do want smaller government, then industry has to step in and do its part to keep the consumer class functional. Allowing enormous profit margins that keep money from circulating in a larger group of people is quite literally drying up the customer base. Even if richer people spend more money on stuff, there’s only so much of it they can really put back into circulation. How many gallons of milk does one rich family actually need to buy? Why not take some of the cash that’s gathering dust in some offshore account and pay it to a few thousand workers so they can buy as many gallons of milk as they need and thereby keep dairies in business, yeah?
If I’m shopping at Target and I see this, I’m calling the cops.
Seriously. I don’t care about your fucking rights, I just want to buy some dad jeans and maybe a tub of frosted animal crackers without having to worry about your casually slung assault rifle going off and the bullet ricocheting off the price checker and right into my ass. Thanks but no thanks.
This can not be real
but think about it if it was armed black people or hispanic people. They would be considered “thugs” and “criminals”. If it was a group of people from the middle east they would be terrorists, But because it’s like 800 different shades of mayo they’re using their 2nd amendment rights…smdh.
rest assured that this rule is not for black people. they would freak out for sure if a black person came into the store carrying…let alone three or four
That’s because white people are automatically deemed “responsible” by default… even when they’re the majority of mass shooters in the US.
^^^^^^^ I was waiting for that
Not that racism is a good thing, but sometimes, if we gain enough followers to prey back on the fears of the oppressors with their racism… Well that can be a good day indeed. Maybe we as ‘A chunk of internet for Gun Control’ should do this.
Getting away from Racism and etc, who the heck looks terrified in the photos? I don’t see anyone looking so. The rifles look fake to me, not to mention that the only ones who seem terrified are all of you. SHUT UP an stop saying people are terrified. Don’t like it, LEAVE!
The picture is from Texas, on or around May 31. It is legal in Texas to openly carry a rifle.
That doesn’t mean it’s SMART.
Aside from there being no intelligent reason for anyone outside of tactical military or police units having assault rifles, there is no reason - NONE WHATSOEVER - to have them in a department store. NONE. This is a demonstration by scared neo-cons (yes, I am using the term correctly) protesting the movements in the rest of the country towards ideas they consider to be immoral (or just icky). These are the sort of ‘God Fearing Christians’ that want control of other women’s bodies, work aggresively to keep the status quo for the priviledged, be that money, race, gender, whatever, and care not one fuck about the people outside of their own little circle. If they did, they would not bring assault rifles to a department store.
No. I DO NOT LIKE IT.
But guess what? I ain’t leavin’.
I was born in the US. I’ve been paying taxes since I was 17 (almost 30 years now). I live by the laws even when they don’t make any sense to me but I HAVE THE RIGHT to be unhappy about laws passed in my own country. Not only the right, I have the responsiblity to speak up when my country does stupid shit.
This right here? This is stupid shit. There is no logical, sensible reason for it. It’s a collective temper tantrum thrown by stupid, spoiled children because everyone else is ready to grow up but they still have control of the playground.
And they’ll have no one else to bully around when everyone leaves them behind.
If people showed up at my local Target fully armed like that, I would grab my kid, hide, and call 911 immediately. I don’t feel safe around guns unless they’re carried by a trained member of law enforcement, who knows how to use them in a combat situation. The idea of untrained civilians having that much firepower absolutely scares the living shit out of me.
I say this, BTW, as someone who shot a gun at 3 and had her own .22 at 5. We had probably a dozen different guns in the house, and my dad made his own ammo. I had mountains of training and experience, yet when I actually needed to use my weapon (age 16, stalker ex cornered me in a parking lot) it was wrestled away from me, and I was nearly killed. If that can happen to me, it can happen to anyone who doesn’t have actual combat training.
People without that training, especially idiots like this who think firearms make them powerful or even invincible, have no business whatsoever having the means to kill dozens in an instant. Even if they themselves aren’t inclined to deliberately misuse the weapon, they’re usually incompetent enough that their weapon will be used against them. I do not, and will not ever feel safe around people like this.
I actually think the second amendment should be repealed entirely. It has long outlived its purpose.
(Source: Mother Jones)
That’s it. That’s the whole government.
I really want Hillary to run (and win!) but at the same time, I’m kind of dreading the inevitable orbital laser cannon of sexist shit that’s going to be sent up and used not just on her, but on every one of us who dares to support her—especially if we’re female and/or queer.
It was bad enough when she and Obama were in the primaries (and, to my permanent disgust, there was also racism coming from Hillary supporters toward Obama—godsdamned shitstain cocksnots), but if she ends up in the final race, we’re going to be fucking drowning in that.
But I’m still supporting her anyway.
Not only was she the first female writer to make the Forbes billionaires list, she then became one of the very few people to take herself off that list by giving so much to charity that it actually made a dent in her fortune.
And she gets it. There aren’t enough generous billionaires in the world who remember where they came from, therefore private charity isn’t the ultimate (only) answer to poverty like some politicians would have us believe. We are all interconnected, we all need each other, in democratic countries we are part of the government, and so keeping needy people from falling into complete destitution and despair is an important and worthy role for government to take. It benefits all of us in the long run. And nobody who feels comfortable and secure now (fewer and fewer of those people around these days) has any guarantee they won’t need help themselves someday.
JK Rowling…reason numbers 2.7 billion why I adore this woman.
This glorious woman right here.
She has the exact same attitude I do. My husband and I have used public funds in the past (food stamps, government food boxes, education grants, etc.) and have paid that back several times over by now. I’m plenty happy to pay taxes because I know that, even if there may be fraud or waste here and there, it’s still a fantastic investment in overall quality of life; not just for the direct beneficiaries, but for all of us who benefit from an educated, healthier, more content populace.
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