POLITICAL, SOCIAL ISSUES

$2 trillion

That’s the gap between what the 25 largest public pensions in America are promising and what they can actually pay.

Basically, America’s public pensions are totally and utterly screwed

(via micdotcom)

Do you all realize how much of an illusion this whole system is yet??

(via elige)

chicagotribune:

Records detail U. of I. sex-assault settlement
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign paid more than $77,000 to a student who accused campus officials of minimizing her sexual assault and harassment complaints even after photographs and a video of the incident were passed around a fraternity house.

chicagotribune:

Records detail U. of I. sex-assault settlement

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign paid more than $77,000 to a student who accused campus officials of minimizing her sexual assault and harassment complaints even after photographs and a video of the incident were passed around a fraternity house.

peterpipedher:

Even though the memorial was burnt to a crisp for #MikeBrown, it’s BIGGER & BETTER ! #Ferguson #NoJusticeNoPeace

chicagotribune:

Saturday was Chicago’s first “slow roll," a growing biking movement in which groups of bicyclists leisurely coast through struggling communities before rallying to support a local business.

chicagotribune:

Saturday was Chicago’s first “slow roll," a growing biking movement in which groups of bicyclists leisurely coast through struggling communities before rallying to support a local business.

Out of 13 cities with the most “Bad Apple” gun dealers in the US.  “Bad apple” gun dealers supply guns to criminals by selling them to straw purchasers (people buying guns for others), gun traffickers (people buying guns to illegally resell), and other dangerous people. These bad apples skirt Brady background checks required by law, turn off video surveillance equipment, falsify sales records to cover their tracks, or many other illegal activities that make it much easier for criminals to get guns.


FACT: 60% of crime guns can be traced to just 1% of gun dealers.

Out of 13 cities with the most “Bad Apple” gun dealers in the US.  “Bad apple” gun dealers supply guns to criminals by selling them to straw purchasers (people buying guns for others), gun traffickers (people buying guns to illegally resell), and other dangerous people. These bad apples skirt Brady background checks required by law, turn off video surveillance equipment, falsify sales records to cover their tracks, or many other illegal activities that make it much easier for criminals to get guns.

FACT: 60% of crime guns can be traced to just 1% of gun dealers.

(Source: bradycampaign.org)

Student athletes from Stanford University make statement on sexual assault–Well done! 

Priscilla Yuki Wilson, a young biracial woman, sent an unaltered photo of herself to 30 Photoshop experts from more than 25 different countries around the world. Her request? “Make me beautiful.” Knowing that each artist would infuse their own cultural concepts of beauty into the final image, Wilson compiled the results to see how beauty is perceived from around the world.

Journalist arrested at Georgia GOP rally.

The arrest of Nydia Tisdale at a GOP rally at Burt’s Farm.

Gov. Nathan Deal sat in the front row with the journalist as a local deputy physically removed her. The man the journalist says is responsible for giving the word to eject her is Deal appointee Clint Bearden. Not only is Bearden a current political appointee of Deal, but he also served as an intern with Congressman Deal.

(Source: youtube.com)

yahoonewsphotos:

Photos of the day - September 2, 2014

Landscapers trim grass in front of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s latest creation, white rabbit in Taoyuan, Taiwan, a devotee daubed in colored powder prays as she takes part in the immersion of the idols of the Hindu god Ganesh in Mumbai and smiling and growling sculptures line the stairs leading into a shopping center in Bangkok are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Reuters)

The police can go to downtown Harlem and pick up a kid with a joint in the streets. But they can’t go into the elegant apartments and get a stockbroker who’s sniffing cocaine.

Noam Chomsky

I’ve seen more drugs behind the brick walls of my private college than I have ever even heard of back home in my hood.

(via newwavefeminism)

It’s a known fact that you will find more drugs,especially hard drugs, in the suburbs than in the hood

There are so many drug users & dealers at my job right now it isn’t even funny, & I’m not talking about (just) weed.

(via disrespectfuljezebel)

(Source: thoughtcatalog.com)

vicemag:

Leading Anti-Marijuana Academics Are Paid by Painkiller Drug Companies
As Americans continue to embrace pot—as medicine and for recreational use—opponents are turning to a set of academic researchers to claim that policymakers should avoid relaxing restrictions around marijuana. It’s too dangerous, risky, and untested, they say. Just as drug company-funded research has become incredibly controversial in recent years, forcing major medical schools and journals to institute strict disclosure requirements, could there be a conflict of interest issue in the pot debate?
VICE has found that many of the researchers who have advocated against legalizing pot have also been on the payroll of leading pharmaceutical firms with products that could be easily replaced by using marijuana. When these individuals have been quoted in the media, their drug-industry ties have not been revealed.
Take, for example, Dr. Herbert Kleber of Columbia University. Kleber has impeccable academic credentials, and has been quoted in the press and in academic publications warning against the use of marijuana, which he stresses may cause wide-ranging addiction and public health issues. But when he’s writing anti-pot opinion pieces for CBS News, or being quoted by NPR and CNBC, what’s left unsaid is that Kleber has served as a paid consultant to leading prescription drug companies, including Purdue Pharma (the maker of OxyContin), Reckitt Benckiser (the producer of a painkiller called Nurofen), and Alkermes (the producer of a powerful new opioid called Zohydro).
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vicemag:

Leading Anti-Marijuana Academics Are Paid by Painkiller Drug Companies

As Americans continue to embrace pot—as medicine and for recreational use—opponents are turning to a set of academic researchers to claim that policymakers should avoid relaxing restrictions around marijuana. It’s too dangerous, risky, and untested, they say. Just as drug company-funded research has become incredibly controversial in recent years, forcing major medical schools and journals to institute strict disclosure requirements, could there be a conflict of interest issue in the pot debate?

VICE has found that many of the researchers who have advocated against legalizing pot have also been on the payroll of leading pharmaceutical firms with products that could be easily replaced by using marijuana. When these individuals have been quoted in the media, their drug-industry ties have not been revealed.

Take, for example, Dr. Herbert Kleber of Columbia University. Kleber has impeccable academic credentials, and has been quoted in the press and in academic publications warning against the use of marijuana, which he stresses may cause wide-ranging addiction and public health issues. But when he’s writing anti-pot opinion pieces for CBS News, or being quoted by NPR and CNBC, what’s left unsaid is that Kleber has served as a paid consultant to leading prescription drug companies, including Purdue Pharma (the maker of OxyContin), Reckitt Benckiser (the producer of a painkiller called Nurofen), and Alkermes (the producer of a powerful new opioid called Zohydro).

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dynastylnoire:

jspark3000:

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Ryo Oyamada, a 24 year old student from Japan, was struck and killed by an NYPD vehicle in a hit & run.  Witnesses say the police car had no lights or sirens on and was going over 70 mph.  The released footage by NYPD was proven to be heavily altered in a cover-up, showing “lights” on the vehicle, when compared to footage from the NY Housing Authority on the same street with the same timestamp. 

On a personal note: I know that this will probably not be shared or reblogged very much, because Asians are not very prominent in American culture.  I understand this, because Asians (like me) are partially at fault for being so passive.  But I am begging you to please consider signing this petition out of human decency.  Ryo was just a student walking home, then struck by a nearly silent police cruiser going at excess speed, and the NYPD covered it up. 

Here is the side-by-side comparison of the released video footage, including updates from the case.  *Edit*  This article contains a link to a graphic video moments after the crash, showing the body of Ryo Oyamada and NY citizens yelling at the police.  Please advise, it is highly disturbing. 

And the following is an excerpt from the petition, which as of now only has 286 signatures.

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOST