Ant drinking water
Another species to be added to the ever-growing tick-list:
Africa’s Western Black Rhino has been officially declared EXTINCT. Poaching and lack of conservation have led the subspecies of black rhino to extermination, while the Northern White Rhino is ‘teetering on the brink of extinction’.
Way to go, humanity.
what’s sad is hardly anyone fucking cares or wants to hear about it let alone talk about it
John McCain recently appeared on the corporate news to discuss ISIS with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren. The words that came out of his mouth were so shocking, I had to hit play a dozen times for it to fully sink in. Watch the clip here.
“Hillary Clinton has described already the meeting in the White House over 2 years ago, everyone on the National Security Team recommended arming ISIS.”
Uhhh… Freudian slip? Wait, does this mean there is little difference between the Syrian rebels and ISIS in John McCain’s mind?
If you were one of the millions of Americans warning against the arming of Syrian rebels last year, then yes, there is little difference between the two, and you probably already blame the U.S. for creating this mess.
Did he mean to say Syrian rebels? Maybe he meant the Free Syrian Army? Either way, what McCain said next is where things got really weird. According to John McCain, what went wrong with the ‘plan to arm ISIS’ in Syria is that Obama turned it down.
So let’s assume McCain made an honest mistake and meant to say ‘Syrian rebels‘. Well, that statement would simply not be true. Obama is still funding, arming, and training the Syrian rebels. I mean come on now, what reality is John McCain living in? Is he really so detached, or is there more to this picture than meets the eye?
‘The President, by himself turned it down, just like by himself, he decided not to strike Syria after he said that they’d crossed the red line,” explained McCain.
Dick Cheney was also caught on Fox News accidentally admitting that “One of the things we have going for us now” is a 58% rise in Jihadist organizations.
Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney was recently on Fox News and point blank admitted, “We helped build ISIS.” The audience of Fox certainly doesn’t give a damn if we helped build or arm ISIS, so it’s interesting this has been the corporate media outlet of choice to let this information out. The only thing that matters to their audience, thanks to their exposure to more than a decade of war propaganda, is seeing the entire region bombed for peace until everyone who looks like a terrorist is eliminated.
1) Would ISIS be the military power that it is today without the U.S invasion of Iraq, toppling of Saddam’s government, and arming of the Iraqi military with weapons now in possession of ISIS?
2) Would ISIS be the military power that it is today without the U.S. funding, training, and arming the Syrian rebels with weapons now in possession of ISIS?
President Obama and John McCain are both guilty of associating with and arming Al Qaeda. The awful U.S. foreign policy decisions over the last decade in Iraq, Libya, and Syria have led to the creation of ISIS. Sure, they don’t like to come right out and admit it… But, it’s true.
It’s always nice when one of these sociopaths accidentally comes right out and says what many of us already believe to be the truth. Sorry America. More than any other country, the United States is responsible for the creation of ISIS.
Mistake or not, have fun with this one. The truth is stranger than fiction and somehow McCain just stated the U.S. wanted to arm ISIS.
in 2012, employers stole from their employees at least 3 times the amount of all reported robberies that year.
reported robberies (2012): less than $350 million
wage theft (2012): $933 million (the amount that was forced to be paid back, not the total amount that was actually stolen)
the national estimate for wage theft is around $50 billion a year.
yet raising the minimum wage is a problem. not only are people being paid less than what is necessary to keep up with the economic times, but they are being robbed from by their employers on top of it.
Here’s another thing that pisses me off about the whole minimum wage thing.
In 2012 alone over $900 million dollars were repaid in wage theft.
Let that sink in.
Were BACK PAID.
Due to their wages being LITERALLY STOLEN.
BY THEIR EMPLOYERS.
This can be cases of not paying overtime, making workers pay for various things on the job that the job should be supplying, docking pay, making them work off the clock and a variety of things to garnish already meager wages.
And these are JUST the cases that people got pissed off enough to finally report and take them to court, not counting those who don’t notice, can’t afford to lose their job so can’t complain, can’t afford to take the company to court in general, or just get such a run-around by the company that they’ll never see the conclusion of their case.
One of the reasons why we need to raise minimum wage isn’t just because people can’t afford to exist on it anymore, but these same people barely making it on minimum wage are STILL getting docked what pennies they have just so the company can rack up extra dollars on their backs.
Multi-billion dollar companies stealing from their own employees 3x more than all theft in the country combined.
Lets just think about that too.
If a minimum wage employee loses lets say 30 minutes a day of work due to theft that’s $600 per year that their company is stealing from them.
$600, that can be two months rent.
That could be food for 6 months.
That could be a bus pass for 2 years.
If you’re lucky $600 might not seem like much but for someone making $7.50/hr working 40hr/week an extra $600 could be the difference between living with your parents or getting your own place, between being able to pay a medical bill or going bankrupt, between having the power to quit that shitty job and take those community collage classes to get a better job or staying at that company that garnishes your wages because you have no other choice.
And why would a company do that?
Because stealing $600/year from every employee for a big company (say McDonalds?) can add up to over $240 million in bonus profits or stolen money off the books.
[Gifset: Wyatt Cenac, a brown comedian, speaks on a stage, he says “This happened when they were making The Hobbit. They needed to cast background actors, specifically background hobbits.
So they had an open casting call and this Indian woman showed up, and she wanted to be one of the background hobbits. Presumably because she was tiny with giant feet. She showed up to the casting call, and they turned her away. They said “No, you can’t be in this movie, because you are to brown to be a hobbit.”
Now I’m gonna repeat that for you. Somebody told a real-life woman that her skin was too brown to play an imaginary creature. That basically in the whole fictional world of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, where you have dragons, and trolls, and talking trees, where you draw the line, where imagination is capped out, is a brown hobbit.”]
Like fiery eyeball thing, no problem. But don’t even try to imagine a Samoan elf. (x)
"where imagination is capped out, is a brown hobbit."
Not to detract from Wyatt Cenac’s point, because it is definitely the most important issue at hand here, but shame on Peter Jackson even more because the Harfoot Hobbits were described by Tolkien as having brown skin:
“The Harfoots were browner of skin, smaller, and shorter, and they were beardless and bootless, their hands and feet were neat and nimble and they preferred highlands and hillsides.”
-J.R.R. Tolkien “Concerning Hobbits”
Reblogging for the original giftset, the transcription, and the subsequent commentary.
trucker’s hitch ~ ylvis
go ahead. tie the knot.