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BakeThatLinguist: Scorpio. | Nov. 12. | 29. | Christian | From Las Vegas; currently in Japan. | Recovering from a very long stint with depression. | Lactose Intolerant. | Loves books. | Goofy. | Lack a BS tolerance. | Likes to learn from history instead of repeat it. | Really, really, really likes cake and cookies and ice cream and cake ( You don't even know!) even tho i'm not supposed to eat sweets due to health reasons...
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Trying to use Wikipedia for their homework—and failing to hit that “learn more” link.
These foolish children are the epitome of IRONY right now.
I don’t understand the angst from these people.
The majority of the internet is still working. Where do they think Wikipedia gets all their information?
There is this super cool place called the Library. It’s home to thousands upon thousands of things called books. Go there and read one so that you can write your papers. Also, these kids are on friggin Twitter. News about the blackout is all over Twitter! WTF?
(Chart) U.S. Wealth Distribution: Perception vs. Reality
The most interesting thing about this is that even with a completely underestimated perception of the actual wealth inequality in this country, most Americans still think the wealth should be redistributed more equally. If that’s not inchoate socialism, I don’t know what is.
xkcd did a great chart visualizing weal distribution in our country. The median US after-tax household income is just shy of $40,000 per year; for the top 10% of earners, median household income tops $200k per year. Five times the median. Does that seem like it encourages a healthy economy?
"I was hardly prepared for the profound emotional impact of The Slave Ship: A Human History. Reading it established a transformative and never to be severed bond with my African ancestors who were cargo in slave ships over a period of four centuries. Their courage, intelligence and self respect; their fierce efforts to free themselves (and, though cruelly bound, to create community) moved me so deeply that, for several days, I took to my bed. There I pondered the madness of greed, the sadism of wielding absolute power over any creature in chains, the violence of attempting to dominate and possess what is innately free. For all Americans and indeed all those who live in the Western world who have profited by, or suffered from, the endless brutality of the slave trade, during all its centuries and into the present, this book is homework of the most insistent order. There is no re-balancing of our wrecked planet without sitting with, and absorbing, the horrifying reality of what was done, by whites, by the West, by the wealthy, to our beloved ancestors, The Africans, who endured and sometimes survived ‘the middle passage’ to bring their radiance and their indomitable spirits into the New World. What, now, is to be done? That is the question that can only have a collective answer"
Alice Walker, author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, The Color Purple
[TW: rape] I asked the Congolese women; ‘give me the 5 major issues affecting Congolese women today’. Rape was number 4. Political participation was number 1. Economic empowerment was number 2. Domestic violence was number 3. And they qualified it; the rape you see is because we don’t have women in high places to effect the change that needs to be done. No.2, if we were economically empowered, we wouldn’t be in abusive relationships and will know how to handle ourselves.
But outsiders expected rape to be number 1 because that’s the global image of Congolese women. One Congolese woman asked where people got the idea that rape was their major problem. Someone answered her “if you don’t say so, the West won’t give you aid”.
Congolese women wanted to show their fellow sister how they’ve been sustaining their children and communities in midst of the violence they lived in. By the time the white people arrived, they changed their tune: ‘help, I’ve been raped. I’ve been abused’.
They’ve figured you all out. That’s the stories you white people want to hear. You travel to cry. So they will make you cry. The media never goes into any community to pick stories of how you survived and what positive things are happening. A pressman once asked me if I’ve been raped during the Liberian war and when I answered no, he passed the mike over my head. So the easiest thing for those who need media attention or aid is to talk about their personal history and say they were raped.
This is a similar situation across the globe for migrants who wanted papers after war; every time they went to the US consulate and told the truth, they were denied. When they went and told a sad story, the counselor cried and granted them their papers.
Mighty Be Our Powers with Leymah Gbowee (youtube)
Western media and charity need to portray AfricanS as helpless and meek because that is the global image of Africa they want to sustain.