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26 Aug 21:00

Exposing a new type of payday predator targeting inner cities

by rss@dailykos.com (Shaun King)
Freddie Gray being arrested by Baltimore Police
Freddie Gray...alive.
Terrence McCoy of the Washington Post has written one of the most important investigative journalism pieces of 2015. While I'd love to give you Cliff's Notes version of it, this is one of those times where you actually need to go read it, then come back and see my thoughts, or vice versa. Either way, please take some time out of your day to take a deep dive there.

Titled "How companies make millions off lead-poisoned, poor blacks," McCoy's article has unveiled a ugly part of America that most of us didn't know existed. I didn't and I make it my business to track racial injustice of every kind.

As you may know, I'm a Christian. In my faith, we say the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. I apply that idea to most of the injustice that I study and talk about. Faith aside, I believe that a money trail exists for nearly all injustice, so I regularly ask myself, "Who's profiting off of making this group of people, in this place, miserable?" An answer always exists.

McCoy found that in Baltimore and many other cities like it, poor African Americans are suffering from lead poisoning. Yeah, that's still a thing and it's not just making people cough here and there, it's causing permanent brain damage and ruining people's lives. For real.

So companies who are responsible for this, are having to pay people relatively small sums of money as a settlement for what the damage it's caused. For instance, some people with permanent damage are being award between $100,000 to $150,000, but here is where it gets nefarious.

Victims who receive the settlements are rarely given them in one lump sum, but must agree to receive it over a period of decades. They are then being tracked down by companies that are kind of like the cousins of predatory payday lenders that offer them paltry sums up front, like $10,000, in exchange for agreeing to give them all of their remaining checks in perpetuity.

If that's not crazy to you, then we can't be friends. It's absurd and shouldn't even be allowed, particularly since we are talking about women and men who are actually suffering from brain damage and long-term health deficiencies. The company behind this is named Access Funding and it's profited to the tune of millions and millions of dollars off of this.

The stories and the narratives that McCoy tells in his longer piece are heartbreaking and one of them that you will find in there is Freddie Gray—yeah, that Freddie Gray. Before he was killed by Baltimore police, he had suffered lead poisoning and received a settlement. Like many of his neighbors, he too, was preyed upon by Access Funding.

Sometimes we only know racial injustice that looks like a cross-burning in a front yard, but this, in my book, is just as nefarious, maybe even more so. It's legal and parades itself as a service to the community.

27 Aug 20:52

What do you think about Donald Trump?

He’s the monster that the GOP created, and the monster that the GOP deserves.

27 Aug 18:30

thesanityclause: damnitfeelsgoodtobeafangirl: A Death Metal...











thesanityclause:

damnitfeelsgoodtobeafangirl:

A Death Metal Magical girl to go along with my viking ladies [x] [x]

Despite the fact that my original viking magical girl was me sharing some personal feelings about how I feel about my favourite genre of music, I got of bizarre hate or at least a bunch of people getting super snotty at me about that Valkyrie Yuuki comic existing already. Because hoW DARE I do my own version dealing with my own personal feelings about how I feel. 

So since viking/pagan/folk metal is where I got when in a good mood, death metal is where I go when I’m pissed. So I like this idea of these magical girl being the cavalry that gets called in when she gets tough. She’s fly in when she hears someone talking shit, spit blood in their face and then deliver the heads of her enemies to the feet of all our lovely viking girls.

[tagging for blood and gore. Let me know if I need to cover any more tags] 

I’m just pointing with my mouth open in joy.

27 Aug 17:39

Source: The National Network to End Domestic Violence  

27 Aug 18:45

What the shit, me?

by thebloggess

I just ran all over my house trying to find my phone because I could hear it ringing, but no matter which room I ran into it sounded like it was right in the next room and I started to suspect that Victor had my phone and was running around with it just to fuck with me.  Then the phone stopped ringing so I asked Victor to call me so I could find it but it still sounded muffled like it was hidden under something big so I was lifting piles of books and looking under cats and then I noticed that Dorothy Barker was following me around and I was like “DID YOU EAT MY PHONE, DOG?” and she looked at me like this:

I'm judging you. And I eat my own poop, so...yeah.

I’m judging you. And I eat my own poop, so…yeah.

And Victor said, “The dog is smaller than your phone.  What is wrong with you?” and I was like “I’M BEING HAUNTED BY MY OWN PHONE.  THAT’S WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME” and then Victor sighed and got up to help and started picking up all the shit on my desk because it sounded close and then I bent over to look under my desk and it got louder and louder but nothing was there but the rug, so I pulled back the rug and slowly put my head down on the floorboards and I was all, “Uh.  I think it’s coming from under the house” and Victor shook his head at me and I may have screamed, “MY PHONE IS THE TALE-TELL HEART.  HOW IS THIS EVEN POSSIBLE?” and Victor was like, “It’s not possible” and I yelled: “TELL THAT TO MY UNDERGROUND PHONE, VICTOR” and that’s when I felt this buzzing on my leg and I thought it was a bee and I thought to myself, ‘First I lose my phone and now bees?  Is this a plague?’ Then I slapped at my leg to stun the bee and that’s when I realized that my phone was in my dress pocket and had been following me around while I looked for it, and when I pulled it out Victor was like “ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?” and no – no, I was not.  But then I was like, “Well at least it wasn’t bees, Victor” which probably would have made more sense had I explained that I was on the floor punching myself in the leg because I’d thought there were bees in my dress.  Or maybe not.  It’s hard to tell with Victor.

And that’s pretty much how my whole week has been.

27 Aug 18:00

The Weirdest Crime in History: "Looking Good While Poor"

by Esther Inglis-Arkell

Sumptuary laws are the quaint old laws which made it illegal for peasants to look, eat, or travel in more style than the upper classes. They make for very interesting reading. They’d probably be even more interesting if they were introduced today.

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27 Aug 03:03

soph-okonedo: Kravitz, now 26, doesn’t take any nonsense. She...





soph-okonedo:

Kravitz, now 26, doesn’t take any nonsense. She can’t afford to. If her celebrity parents (Lenny – Grammy award-winning musician and Hunger Games actor – and Lisa Bonet, film actor and former star of The Cosby Show) didn’t invite Hollywood bigwigs to make assumptions, her gender, heritage (African-American and Ashkenazi Jewish) or appearance (septum piercing, multiple tattoos: feather, anchor, hawk) would. In an industry that rarely shows black women as anything but, in her words, “best friend of the white girl”, Kravitz works hard to give weight to her flimsy blockbuster roles. There’s often not a lot to work with. In the Divergent series, she played Shailene Woodley’s plucky ally, Christina. In X-Men:First Class, she was Angel Salvadore, an insect-winged mutant who moonlights as a stripper. “I ask writers and producers: ‘Why don’t you have any black people in your film?’, ‘Why do stories happen to white people and everyone else is a punchline?’,” she says. “What I’m finding is that a lot of people don’t see it’s an issue because it’s not their story, unless they’re black or a minority.”[X]

27 Aug 03:02

naamahdarling: rockees: a ferocious beast i will reblog...

















naamahdarling:

rockees:

a ferocious beast

i will reblog these everytime i see them because she is just such a precious little ball of predatory fury

27 Aug 17:33

Trump claims ‘a great relationship with the blacks,’ but his appeals to nativism tell another story

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Donald Trump and Mike Tyson at the March of Dimes Gourmet Gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City in 1989. (Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage via Getty Images)

Over the years, though, some of his comments and business practices have raised questions about his, shall we say, commitment to equality. Early in his business career he was sued by the Justice Department, which charged that his company discriminated against minorities in the huge outer-borough real estate empire Trump inherited from his father; the case was settled with a consent decree in which Trump did not admit wrongdoing. One person who knew Trump well in the 1980s said he seemed to have no African-American business associates in those years — except for the boxer Mike Tyson — although that would not have been unusual in the context of the times. He hasn’t disputed a quote, attributed to him in a book by a former colleague, that he didn’t want “black guys counting my money.” He preferred, he said, “little short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.” African-Americans may not have been reassured by his remarks to a radio interviewer in 2011 that “I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks.” 

24 Aug 14:16

FBI Informant: Ray Bradbury's Sci-fi Written To Induce Communistic Mass Hysteria

by Soulskill
ThePrettiestOne

The sad puppies have always been with us.

v3rgEz writes: The FBI followed Ray Bradbury's career very closely, in part because an informant warned them that his writing was not enjoyable fantasy, but rather tantamount to psychological warfare. "The general aim of these science fiction writers is to frighten the people into a state of paralysis or psychological incompetence bordering on hysteria," the informant warned. "Which would make it very possible to conduct a Third World War in which the American people would believe could not be won since their morale had seriously been destroyed."

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26 Aug 16:02

autism problem #276

when people say your accurate statements about people not liking you are low self-esteem or social anxiety

27 Aug 04:24

pugshrug: my favorite thing is when the same people who complain about “everyone is too easily...

pugshrug:

my favorite thing is when the same people who complain about “everyone is too easily offended!!” go into a raging tantrum over something as simple as Target deciding to remove gendered descriptions from their toy aisles

25 Aug 17:06

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ThePrettiestOne

Totally true. I once knew a Canadian and they swear this is gospel.









27 Aug 00:53

twotone: gehennasin: sushinfood: what are cats Precious...





















twotone:

gehennasin:

sushinfood:

what are cats

Precious perfect animals

so graceful and dignified

26 Aug 20:21

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26 Aug 19:30

"Conservative media and Fox News in particular have spent years - decades, if you count talk radio -..."

“Conservative media and Fox News in particular have spent years - decades, if you count talk radio - training their audiences to believe that exhortations against sexism and racism are nothing but the “political correctness” police trying to kill your good time. Indeed, one reason that Trump was able to get so much attention for his presidential run in the first place is that Fox has spent years building him up, knowing that their audience enjoys vicariously needling imagined liberals and feminists with his loud-mouthed insult comic act.
 
As Jill Filipovic as Cosmopolitan recently explained in a feature piece about the conservative website Twitchy, there are entire sectors of the conservative media dedicated to getting the audiences to spend all day and night trying to piss off liberals, believing themselves to be courageous freedom fighters against the P.C. police. Women, in particular, are favorite targets. There’s apparently no getting tired of the pleasure of feeling naughty because you say mean things about women and racial minorities for conservative audiences.
 
Well, conservative media built Twitchy Nation, and now it looks like they have to live in it. You can’t tell people, day in and day out, that nothing is more fun than putting some mouthy broad in her place and then get upset when they continue to think it’s fun, even when the mouthy broad is one of yours.”

- Why Fox News’ Defense Of Megyn Kelly Is Going To Backfire
25 Aug 22:04

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26 Aug 17:31

Some things you can do right now to help dismantle fatphobia-

ok2befat:

problematic-pussy:

ok2befat:

Don’t use fat as a negative word or thin as a good one.

Don’t engage in pro-diet talk. 

Don’t make assumptions about people based on their weight. 

Stop assuming fat people are unhealthy.

Don’t hold up “health” as the be all of everything- esp when it means “not fat”.

Stop using the word “obesity”- size is not a disease.

Don’t concern troll fat people.

Acknowledge that fat people get eating disorders too.

Demand an end the bullying of fat kids- which means an end to the fear mongering around “childhood obesity”.

Demand positive fat representation in media. 

Don’t tell fat jokes or laugh at them. 

Hold your faves responsible for their fatphobia. 

Boost the voices of fat activists. 

Support fat artists & creators.

Support & defend the fat women who speak out about fatphobia & get attacked ALL the time. 

BELIEVE FAT PEOPLE.

There are things EVERYONE can do to move the needle on fatphobia. You can start doing them NOW.

This is a slightly different thing, but I’d also like to add that we need to start celebrating fat bodies that aren’t cis, white, and femme because it seems that those are the loudest voices in the community. A body positive activist that is racist has failed. A body positive activist who is transphobic has failed. It is impossible to be truly body positive and deny individuals the right to exist in their bodies without fear. This means challenging “acceptable” fatness (often manifesting itself as cis, white, femme, and inexplicably, rockabilly) within the body positive community. We have to acknowledge that being black and fat or being Latinx and fat, for example, carry, for lack of a better word, different weight than being white and fat, even within the body positive community. It must be understood that failing to acknowledge these things, failing to turn a critical eye on the body positive community itself, results in a replication of the same oppressive beauty standards as well as oppressive standards of personhood that already exist on a broader societal level. 

Reblogged for really important commentary. 

“It must be understood that failing to acknowledge these things, failing to turn a critical eye on the body positive community itself, results in a replication of the same oppressive beauty standards as well as oppressive standards of personhood that already exist on a broader societal level.”

This is really REALLY important, y’all.  

26 Aug 15:56

yrbff: by booksofadam

ThePrettiestOne

Enthusiastically.

26 Aug 15:53

vaspider: theconcealedweapon: Autistic Person: (takes something literally, not realizing that...

vaspider:

theconcealedweapon:

Autistic Person: (takes something literally, not realizing that there was a hidden meaning)

Allistic People: “Quit being a smart aleck! You know that’s not what I meant!”

Autistic Person: (assumes that there’s a hidden meaning)

Allistic People: “I told you exactly what I wanted you to do and you didn’t do it! You’re purposely being difficult!”

This is basically the entire summation of my history with online communication.

“You’re being mean and snarky and condescending!”

“… no, I was being… very thorough and clear and saying exactly what I meant, and covering all of the possibilities. But I’ll be more brief next time.”

“You were being short!”

“… you told me to say less???? I wasn’t rude???????”

26 Aug 05:15

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson for August 26, 2015
26 Aug 02:22

unite4humanity: He gets it.











unite4humanity:

He gets it.

24 Aug 14:39

shelomit-bat-dvorah: themarchrabbit: onsheka: thepioden: gess...













shelomit-bat-dvorah:

themarchrabbit:

onsheka:

thepioden:

gessorly:

tyrror:

ruingaraf:

themarchrabbit:

Seriously, it kills me when I see people hold scientists up as pinnacles of logic and reason.

Because one time the professor I was interning for got punched in the face by another professor, because mine got the funding, and told the other professor his theory was stupid.

This same professor told me to throw rocks to scare the “stupid fucking crabs” into moving so we could count them properly.

SCIENCE

thank you

this is one of the best comments this post has recieved

I have witnessed:

Two professors hiding around a corner and snickering, “Shhh, here she comes!” While a female professor approached and, when she finally found them, she proceeded to scream while pointing from one to the other, “You! I called your office but you weren’t there! So I tried to call YOUR office to figure out where HE was but YOU weren’t there!”

Two grad students standing outside a closed and locked door yelling, “Come out of the damn office. You haven’t left for days. If you didn’t have a couch in there I’d be concerned as to where you were sleeping!”

A religious studies professor apologizing for being late to class because, “security stopped me because I’m dressed like a hobbit”

Watched a professor snort the results of my experiment to determine if I had the right final compound.

Two archeology professors toss priceless fossilized teeth back and forth in an attempt to figure out who is smarter by “guessing the type of tooth and species of animal before it lands”

Multiple fully degreed individuals throw dry ice at one another in an attempt to be first to use the lab/get that piece of equipment/or change the iPod song.

A genetics professor build furniture out of stacks of paper and planks of wood because she is that far behind in grading papers/responding. One of the impromptu furniture pieces housed a fish tank.

I could go on but I think that covers the larger portion of the insanity…

Every time it comes around on my dash, it gets better.

- I have had a professor buy a huge fuckoff bottle of rum during fieldwork in Costa Rica and let the undergrads get wasted because “you’re not underage in Costa Rica and we’ll be up all night with the bats anyway!”

- Same professor hung a bat from her headlamp and wore it as a decoration for an entire night. 

- A whole swarm of older women - and these are women with PhDs and world-renown bat experts, the bigwigs - all, to a woman, go to the formal charity dinner at an international research symposium in Toronto in late October dressed in skimpy Batgirl costumes. Because Halloween was that weekend, you see.

- At a different conference, a professor get blackout drunk and pass out on the side of the road. 

- “Yeah, we have to say we did it properly for the grant but to be really honest, Miracle-gro works better.”

- Teaching lab: we had liquid nitrogen for a demo, and after class the professor, the other TA, and I spent a good two hours freezing and breaking things in it. 

a chemistry class begins with 30 students nine months later just six of us left sitting on tables dipping paper into contaminated chemicals to see what happens when we burn it teacher making idle suggestions while he marks our work

“go to the fume hood thing, yeah now put some potassium in chlorine” can i burn the results sir? “fuck it sure whatever its tainted anyway”

The prof I’m working for just asked me if I knew how to pick a lock, and when I responded “yes” she replied, “see, this is why I hire the former delinquents instead of the suck-ups. You’re actually useful.”

I then let her into her office.

“Security stopped me because I’m dressed like a hobbit.” I would bet anything this has happened to Dr. Medievalist.

Semi-related non-academic anecdote: The concert hall security guys tried to throw out our violone player in between performances this spring because they thought he was a homeless guy. Despite the fact that he was wearing concert black… and carrying a violone. There is no more obvious instrument.

25 Aug 18:15

Planned Parenthood sues Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal over Medicaid defunding

by rss@dailykos.com (Joan McCarter)
Protesters against Susan G. Komen Foundation's undermining of Planned Parenthood

Gov. Bobby Jindal was the first among Republican governors to cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood after the latest attacks on the organization, the release of "sting" videos by anti-choice extremists posing as a medical research company. The organization filed suit Tuesday to stop the defunding effort.
Without a court injunction, more than 5,200 Planned Parenthood patients who rely on Medicaid for health care would have to find care elsewhere, the organization says.

"We're in court today to protect over 5,200 people's access to cancer screenings, well-woman exams, and basic health care in Louisiana," Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement. "Many of these folks would have nowhere else to turn for health care."

Richards slammed Jindal for attempting to cut Planned Parenthood funding "to score political points," charging that the governor's moves are putting women's health at risk.

Of course it's about scoring political points and trying desperately to gain an edge in the presidential campaign. Neither of Louisiana's two Planned Parenthood facilities even provides abortion services, so the cut-off of funds was absolutely baseless. But they provide a huge service—the East Baton Rouge clinic "served 60 percent of the female contraceptive clients served at publicly funded clinics in 2010."

The law is on Planned Parenthood's side, as the feds have reminded Jindal. Medicaid law specifically requires that recipients can choose whatever provider they want that accepts Medicaid patients. That includes Planned Parenthood, the medical home for millions of low income people. The only way a state can intervene and withdraw its portion of Medicaid funding is if the provider has committed fraud or certain other criminal acts. Which Planned Parenthood has not done, in Louisiana or anywhere else.

11 Aug 06:16

becausedragonage: makingfists: It’s like this… You’re fourteen and you’re reading Larry Niven’s...

becausedragonage:

makingfists:

It’s like this…

You’re fourteen and you’re reading Larry Niven’s “The Protector” because it’s your father’s favorite book and you like your father and you think he has good taste and the creature on the cover of the book looks interesting and you want to know what it’s about. And in it the female character does something better than the male character - because she’s been doing it her whole life and he’s only just learned - and he gets mad that she’s better at it than him. And you don’t understand why he would be mad about that, because, logically, she’d be better at it than him. She’s done it more. And he’s got a picture of a woman painted on the inside of his spacesuit, like a pinup girl, and it bothers you.

But you’re fourteen and you don’t know how to put this into words.

And then you’re fifteen and you’re reading “Orphans of the Sky” because it’s by a famous sci-fi author and it’s about a lost generation ship and how cool is that?!? but the women on the ship aren’t given a name until they’re married and you spend more time wondering what people call those women up until their marriage than you do focusing on the rest of the story. Even though this tidbit of information has nothing to do with the plot line of the story and is only brought up once in passing.

But it’s a random thing to get worked up about in an otherwise all right book.

Then you’re sixteen and you read “Dune” because your brother gave it to you for Christmas and it’s one of those books you have to read to earn your geek card. You spend an entire afternoon arguing over who is the main character - Paul or Jessica. And the more you contend Jessica, the more he says Paul, and you can’t make him see how the real hero is her. And you love Chani cause she’s tough and good with a knife, but at the end of the day, her killing Paul’s challengers is just a way to degrade them because those weenies lost to a girl.

Then you’re seventeen and you don’t want to read “Stranger in a Strange Land” after the first seventy pages because something about it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth. All of this talk of water-brothers. You can’t even pin it down.

And then you’re eighteen and you’ve given up on classic sci-fi, but that doesn’t stop your brother or your father from trying to get you to read more.

Even when you bring them the books and bring them the passages and show them how the authors didn’t treat women like people.

Your brother says, “Well, that was because of the time it was written in.”

You get all worked up because these men couldn’t imagine a world in which women were equal, in which women were empowered and intelligent and literate and capable. 

You tell him - this, this is science fiction. This is all about imagining the world that could be and they couldn’t stand back long enough and dare to imagine how, not only technology would grow in time, but society would grow. 

But he blows you off because he can’t understand how it feels to be fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen and desperately wanting to like the books your father likes, because your father has good taste, and being unable to, because most of those books tell you that you’re not a full person in ways that are too subtle to put into words. It’s all cognitive dissonance: a little like a song played a bit out of tempo - enough that you recognize it’s off, but not enough to pin down what exactly is wrong.

And then one day you’re twenty-two and studying sociology and some kind teacher finally gives you the words to explain all those little feelings that built and penned around inside of you for years.

It’s like the world clicking into place. 

And that’s something your brother never had to struggle with.

This is an excellent post to keep in mind when you see another recent post criticizing the current trend of dystopian sci-fi and going on about how sci-fi used to be about hope and wonder.

No. It used to be about men. And now it’s not.

25 Aug 21:50

zooophagous: an-ocean-in-my-soul: in 2006, the USA had its first death from a coral snake bite in...

zooophagous:

an-ocean-in-my-soul:

in 2006, the USA had its first death from a coral snake bite in almost 20 years. it actually bit two people… one, fatally… because… wait for it…

they were trying to kill it.

time and time again, we’re reminded that the safest thing to do when you encounter a venomous snake is simply to leave it the fuck alone.

Contrary to what any would be tough guys think, your odds of getting fatally hurt by a wild animal go way up when you get in its face and try to hurt it. Who would’ve guessed.

25 Aug 21:50

Cartoon: Jails

by rss@dailykos.com (keefknight)

Meet Keef @ the National Book Festival in D.C. Sept. 5-7th!

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25 Aug 18:18

unfortunately for your side, GRR Martin was caught handing out the real trophies to the people the SJWs unilaterally crowned winners after the ceremony where they gave out no award. Oops! your arrogance will always be your undoing

I tell you, it has been seriously amusing to watch the narrative take shape around this.

Background: George R. R. Martin has been attending WorldCon since 1971, I believe when he was up for a Campbell (new writer award). He did not win, but as no more than six people are considered finalists for this honor each year and each writer has at most two years of eligibility, he recognizes this as such a signal honor that he lists it on his website alongside his awards and other honors.

(Contrast this with Larry Correia, who seems to feel like his own Campbell nomination constituted a contract that was broken when he didn’t win it.)

A few years after that, Martin, being a frequent flyer on the Hugo ballot, instituted what he called the Losers’ Party, for all the nominees who don’t win. There are alcohol, and ribbons. It sounds like a lot of fun, and of course, it’s all in good spirit… it is an honor to be nominated, and the Losers’ Party just reinforces what rarefied air one breathes in making it to the ballot.

This year, Mr. Martin decided to hand out his own award, which he calls the Alfies, after Alfred Bester (the author, not the Babylon 5 character named after the author). 

He apparently made them out of hood ornaments, which award trophies are often mockingly compared to. That right there should tell you how serious this business was.

Now, Mr. Martin is not the president of science fiction and fantasy. He does not occupy a position of leadership or authority with WorldCon. He is not affiliated with the Hugos except insofar as they are occasionally affiliated with him. This party that he instituted is a Hugo tradition, but it’s not a Hugo institution. In short, the party is no more an official ceremony than a guy who looks like Drunk Scary Santa Claus is an official presenter, which he is no more than the hood ornaments he’s passing out are official trophies.

George R. R. Martin, in his private capacity as an individual human being, thought he would have some fun and recognize some individuals he thought could use some recognition/a laugh.

And a few Puppies “caught him” doing it, and immediately started casting around for “evidence” and wringing their hands with glee over the thought that they’d found proof that the Hugo award ceremony was a scam, that the fix was in, that the real awards were being handed out by Drunk Scary Santa Claus to the people ordained by the hive mind…

It’s funny, but you know, this is the difference between the Sad Puppies and everybody else. 

All along, people have been telling the Sad Puppies that if they don’t like the tastes of the broader fandom that selects the Hugo Awards or they don’t like how the awards are administered, they’re welcome to go make and give out their own awards.

The Puppies, meanwhile, not only demand complete control over these awards right here, they’re outraged at the idea that someone they disagree with can just up and decide to give out an award they don’t have any influence over.

If you want proof positive that the Puppies won’t be happy until everything is under their control, if you want the ultimate refutation of their cherished PR myth that they are anti-authoritarian, look no further than this: the epic tantrum they threw over a private individual taking it upon himself to hand out trophies he made as he saw fit.

25 Aug 18:22

House rules. #AfroPunk As seen on Chescaleigh’s Facebook page

ThePrettiestOne

For those that need something more explicit than "Don't be a dick"



House rules. #AfroPunk

As seen on Chescaleigh’s Facebook page

25 Aug 19:30

Former KKK grand wizard David Duke: Trump 'understands the real sentiment of America'

by rss@dailykos.com (Hunter)
Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump (C) heads to the stage between Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (L) and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) for the start of the first official Republican presidential candidates debate
And Donald Trump continues to rack up the endorsements.
David Duke, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and self-described “racial realist,” says Donald Trump is the best Republican candidate for president because he “understands the real sentiment of America.”
There sure seems to be a theme going on here.