“As one archbishop told me, ‘You can’t pay bills with holy cards.’ Having an event to which hundreds of thousands of people attend, is expensive. Better to get some corporate sponsors than to take money out of the poor box for it.”
— Father Thomas Reese, a reporter with National Catholic Reporter • Discussing the Vatican’s decision to accept corporate sponsorship for this weekend’s canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Among the companies chipping in: Food mega-giant Nestlé and Italian bank Intesa SanPaolo. (via shortformblog)
annicka:

zdarsky:

"Applebee’s & Me" part nine in a series

No, Chip!

Cringe.

Signs of Right-conflationism can be seen in the common mainstream libertarian defensiveness at leftist criticism of income inequality, America’s corporate structure, high oil prices, or the healthcare system. If there’s no free market, why be defensive? You can usually make a nonleft-libertarian mad by comparing Western Europe favorably with the United States. To this, Carson writes, “[I]f you call yourself a libertarian, don’t try to kid anybody that the American system is less statist than the German one just because more of the welfare queens wear three-piece suits… . [I]f we’re choosing between equal levels of statism, of course I’ll take the one that weighs less heavily on my own neck.”

True to their heritage, left-libertarians champion other historically oppressed groups: the poor, women, people of color, gays, and immigrants, documented or not. Left-libertarians see the poor not as lazy opportunists but rather as victims of the state’s myriad barriers to self-help, mutual aid, and decent education. Left-libertarians of course oppose government oppression of women and minorities, but they wish to combat nonviolent forms of social oppression such as racism and sexism as well. Since these are not carried out by force, the measures used to oppose them also may not entail force or the state. Thus, sex and racial discrimination are to be fought through boycotts, publicity, and demonstrations, not violence or antidiscrimination laws. For left-libertarians, southern lunch-counter racism was better battled through peaceful sit-ins than with legislation in Washington, which merely ratified what direct action had been accomplishing without help from the white elite.

andrewadjei:

Between the SOPA bill and Defense Authorization Act…I have lost all faith in Congress.
I don’t want either of these bills to be something we look at after it’s passed, only to realize how horrible they are…
But I honestly don’t know what to do…
-XIII
andrewadjei:

Between the SOPA bill and Defense Authorization Act…I have lost all faith in Congress.
I don’t want either of these bills to be something we look at after it’s passed, only to realize how horrible they are…
But I honestly don’t know what to do…
-XIII
andrewadjei:

Between the SOPA bill and Defense Authorization Act…I have lost all faith in Congress.
I don’t want either of these bills to be something we look at after it’s passed, only to realize how horrible they are…
But I honestly don’t know what to do…
-XIII

andrewadjei:

Between the SOPA bill and Defense Authorization Act…I have lost all faith in Congress.

I don’t want either of these bills to be something we look at after it’s passed, only to realize how horrible they are…

But I honestly don’t know what to do…

-XIII

(via jonathan-cunningham)

“When the Chinese told Google that they had to block sites or they couldn’t do [business] in their country, they managed to figure out how to block sites.”
— Chris Dodd, former Democratic Senator from Connecticut and current head of the MPAA lobby. To be clear he is invoking the Great Chinese Firewall as a reason SOPA is a feasible and good idea.

reagan-was-a-horrible-president:

abaldwin360:

By Jason Easley | sodahead.com

In what amounts to a declaration of war against Occupy Wall Street, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has launched a misinformation assault on the 99% across multiple parts of his media empire.

News Corp owned Fox News used the quotes from the also News Corp owned Post to substantiate their claims that the people attending Occupy Wall Street are criminals, druggies, and hippies who are only there for the free food. The point of writing such stories and essentially reading them on Fox News is not only to smear Occupy Wall Street, but also to scare News Corp readers and viewers who might be having sympathetic feelings or even considering standing with the 99%.

[FULL STORY and VIDEO]

The Corporate Media Dismissal Machine® is warming up.

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prostheticknowledge:

THE CHILDREN OF THE CLONE by superbrothers
‘you will be incorporated!’

An award-winning portrait of corporate culture run amok in which a single executive recruits an army of clones to attack, behead and ‘incorporate’ an old money industrialist into their consumptive system. The film features an aggressive, stellar musical composition by Jim Guthrie. This is the first pixel film by SUPERBROTHERS.

holy hell. these guys are good.

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