Spinster Aunt on Komen Khaos
“Listen everyone, Komen doesn’t prevent cancer, and Komen doesn’t pay for breast cancer treatment. It “raises awareness” through “early detection” and funds “research” focused on pharmaceutical cures for cancers that many of Komen’s corporate sponsors might likely have a hand in causing in the first place.”
Return your pink Kitchen-Aids! Un-dye the City Hall foundation! Rouge pink nipples until they are as red as the necks and political beliefs of Komen’s CEO Nancy Brinker, Karen Handel and Jane Abraham!
Oh, boy, have I missed Twisty.
Her conclusion is killer:
“Komen is the most visible brand in the whole cancer industrial complex. It disguises itself as some big altruistic community effort for women’s health, but it’s really just another conservative, honky organization with a misogynist political agenda. A marketing juggernaut instrumental in raking in piles of cash for and cleansing the tarnished images of its evil corporate sponsors, Komen has successfully brainwashed millions to believe that the “problem” of women’s health can be solved by licking yogurt lids.”
This is from The Only Moral Abortion is My Abortion. If you haven’t read it already, READ IT RIGHT NOW.
Senate Votes To Stop Congressional Insider Trading
New York Times:
“In an effort to regain public trust, the Senate voted Monday to take up a bill that would prohibit members of Congress from trading stocks and other securities on the basis of confidential information they receive as lawmakers. The vote was 93 to 2.
This was in Obama’s SOTU. Pretty quick turnaround.
Congress was pissedddd when Obama mentioned that. It was one of the few times he was actually booed.
Alabama One Step From Reinstating Slavery
This article describes quite well how Alabama is going about this. Alabama, a few months back, got real scared of all them brown illegals crawling through the tall grass stealing jobs, so Alabama outlawed ‘em and sent their cops through the land, demanding to see everyone’s proof of citizenship.
So, all of Alabama’s migrant workers ran like hell. Even the ones that were there legally. That is wrong on so many levels, but Alabama’s lawmakers only recognize one problem with this: apparently, Alabama’s entire economy depends on picking things, and all the thing-picking jobs were held by Latino migrant workers who are gone now.
So, a bunch of policymakers, bureaucrats and genial Southern land-owners got together, and now they’re trying to hash out a plan whereby Alabama’s prison population will be put to work on private farms.
Private farms, for profit. This is worlds different than roadside clean-up, or prison farms, or stamping license plates. This is not public work for the public good, this is a new animal: Alabama is about to start taking its inmates and loaning them for a fee to private companies and businessmen. “Loaning for a fee” is a lot like “leasing”.
Alabama, good old Suthin-land-o-goshin, is about to start taking its (primarily black) prison population and auctioning them off to plantation owners. Really.
Now that #occupywallstreet has got its legs underneath it, and every major news distributor is trying to figure out what to make of it, I’d like to put in my own predictions. The spin factories of the right are going to present a new batch of cooked statistics and anecdotes to try to refute #OWS’s core assertions. Faux News is going to start running rock-the-clock bullshit from serious-looking men that Wall Street, and the top 1%, really are suffering as much or more than the rest of us. They’ll try different tactics, but it’ll mostly revolve around cup-and-ball tricks with numbers to try to change the argument, and personal stories from honest-looking men and attractive-looking women to try to convince viewers that the corpocrats and uber-rich are not profiting. The bestest trick that the right-wing has is playing the victim, and I expect them to make that their go-to strategy, but to do that they have to plead for pity for the wealthy. They’ll dummy up some proof that the super-rich are hurting SO BAD, and they’ll whine that the big bad protesters are slandering them and blaming them for stuff, and that if they could just get a few more tax breaks, a little less regulation, then everyone will be okay again and everything will be happy.
Let’s see if I’m right in the coming weeks.
Also, I predict a lot more hostility and violence towards protesters. This stage in the game has only just begun. The real opposition is yet to come.