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Genuine equality means not treating everyone the same, but attending equally to everyone’s different needs.

Eagleton, Terry, Why Marx Was Right (Yale University Press, 2011) p.5 (via fuckyeahdialectics)

And this is why I get pissed off when.. I talk about equality, and someone says “YOU WANT EVERYONE TO BE THE SAME”.  No, that’s not how it works, and I’m sick of explaining it.

(via cissexuals)


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Patriarchy stifles the confidence and personalities of women. As suffragist and socialist Helen Keller once put it, “The inferiority of women is man-made.”

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While law-abiding Muslims are forced to hide in their homes, and animal-rights activists are labeled as terrorists for undercover filming of abusive treatment at factory farms, right-wing hate groups are free to organize, parade, arm themselves to the hilt and murder with chilling regularity. It’s time for our society to confront this very real threat.
Amy Goodman, “The Grand American Tradition of Violent White Supremacy” | CommonDreams.org

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aside from human animals, in which science has long “discovered” the fact that some babies are born intersex, some males are born with vaginas, and some women are born with penises … still, though, pretty cool …

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http://truth-out.org/news/item/23138-want-to-see-where-your-taxes-go

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korbelpapi:

glad to see you enjoyed your birthday tom

This is what happens when you make the terrible mistake of using eggs when you bake a cake for a vegan dog …

korbelpapi:

glad to see you enjoyed your birthday tom

This is what happens when you make the terrible mistake of using eggs when you bake a cake for a vegan dog …


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i did not know that about him [vegan activism]

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post-racial America

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Shame on The Nation Magazine for publishing an article that begins this way:
"Unless you’re deaf, dumb and blind, it’s obvious that Vladimir Putin, Russia’s obstreperous president, is running a major covert operation in eastern Ukraine, including the dispatch of a limited number of Russian special forces and support for pro-Russian militias there.”
http://www.thenation.com/blog/179379/how-should-obama-respond-putins-ukraine-provocations

yeah, i totally agree with my friend’s comment (above) on this Nation article from yesterday. not only is this author totally deluded about the aspirations of the US government and Obama, viz., Ukraine and Eastern Europe (i.e., that the U.S. is somehow actually concerned about the principle of national sovereignty and self-determination and not just driven by inter-imperialist rivalry with Russia). but he is also clearly a total bigot on the topic of disability.
the other question is why in the world the editors of the Nation allowed such an obviously hateful and unnecessary sentiment to appear in their magazine.
Here is how the prolific author and socialist activist Helen Keller once put it:
"I must plead guilty to the charge that I am deaf and blind … but my blindness does not shut me out from a knowledge of what is happening about me. I have visited the sweatshops, factories, crowded slums of New York and Washington. Of course I could not see the squalor; but if I could not see it, I could smell it. With my own hands I could feel pinched, dwarfed children tending their younger brothers and sisters, while their mothers tended machines in nearby factories.
" … Yes, I am blind and deaf too, and I owe all I have, all that I am, to the generosity, kindness, patience, self-sacrifice of others; but I refuse to be regarded as an object of charity. There are none of us so blind as seeing people who will not see. But we whose eyes are closed to the light refuse to be led by those who, having their eyes open, yet see not. The blind person of spirit, whose lot it is to live in a just and intelligent community, stands up, undismayed by his limitations, and says, ‘I am a man … ‘."

Shame on The Nation Magazine for publishing an article that begins this way:

"Unless you’re deaf, dumb and blind, it’s obvious that Vladimir Putin, Russia’s obstreperous president, is running a major covert operation in eastern Ukraine, including the dispatch of a limited number of Russian special forces and support for pro-Russian militias there.”

http://www.thenation.com/blog/179379/how-should-obama-respond-putins-ukraine-provocations

yeah, i totally agree with my friend’s comment (above) on this Nation article from yesterday. not only is this author totally deluded about the aspirations of the US government and Obama, viz., Ukraine and Eastern Europe (i.e., that the U.S. is somehow actually concerned about the principle of national sovereignty and self-determination and not just driven by inter-imperialist rivalry with Russia). but he is also clearly a total bigot on the topic of disability.

the other question is why in the world the editors of the Nation allowed such an obviously hateful and unnecessary sentiment to appear in their magazine.

Here is how the prolific author and socialist activist Helen Keller once put it:

"I must plead guilty to the charge that I am deaf and blind … but my blindness does not shut me out from a knowledge of what is happening about me. I have visited the sweatshops, factories, crowded slums of New York and Washington. Of course I could not see the squalor; but if I could not see it, I could smell it. With my own hands I could feel pinched, dwarfed children tending their younger brothers and sisters, while their mothers tended machines in nearby factories.

" … Yes, I am blind and deaf too, and I owe all I have, all that I am, to the generosity, kindness, patience, self-sacrifice of others; but I refuse to be regarded as an object of charity. There are none of us so blind as seeing people who will not see. But we whose eyes are closed to the light refuse to be led by those who, having their eyes open, yet see not. The blind person of spirit, whose lot it is to live in a just and intelligent community, stands up, undismayed by his limitations, and says, ‘I am a man … ‘."


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A move to a managed-care system threatens to set back the struggle for disability rights in New York and damage lives.

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… BEYOND THE massive threats to quality and adequacy of services, there is a fundamental problem with treating disability as an illness—a construct that is inherent in the managed-care model. Managed care is based on measuring a person’s limitations and providing the minimum level of service required to fit within the capitation rate. A truly progressive system would look at a person’s strengths and aspirations, and tailor support and services accordingly.

More than 80 years ago, the Bolshevik pioneer of educational psychology Lev Vygotsky developed a concept of primary and secondary disability that remains revolutionary today.

Vygotsky maintained that the primary disability is the organic impairment—that which is physiologically different about the person. The secondary disability is social—deprivation and failure to develop because of society’s response to the person’s primary disability. Vygotsky believed that education should be focused on identifying the social disability and removing it with reconstructed and strengthened social relationships.

Vygotsky’s concept of secondary social disability and its implications for education can be extended to residential and day services, which should be geared toward support and enrichment to achieve a higher quality of social engagement based on the agenda of the individual.

It’s clear that the managed-care model, which will assess disability in terms of ability to live independently and meet the needs of employers, will never allow for supports and services to engage individuals with disabilities socially in order to pursue goals and interests of their own choosing.


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The same government locks up Muslims and Arabs as part of a “war on terror” allowed a real terrorist to roam the streets for the better part of four decades, writes Joe Allen.


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whoa. CNN? i am shocked.

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this is surely a crime against humanity that the u.s. government is engaged in.

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On the ground in a country where unmanned missile attacks are a terrifyingly regular occurrence.

Last year, London-based forensic psychologist Peter Schaapveld presented research he’d conducted on the psychological impact of drone strikes in Yemen to a British parliamentary sub-committee. He reported that 92 percent of the population sample he examined was found to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder – with children being the demographic most significantly affected. Women, he found, claimed to be miscarrying from their fear of drones. “This is a population that by any figure is hugely suffering,” Schaapveld said. The fear of drones, he added, “is traumatizing an entire generation.”

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