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Raising Most People's Wages


I was in Seattle, Washington, recently, to congratulate union and community organizers who helped Seattle enact the first $15 per hour minimum wage in the country.

Other cities and states should follow Seattle’s example.

Contrary to the dire predictions of opponents, the hike won’t cost Seattle…









Well, this is embarrassing

Left: Adrianne Palicki promo shot for NBC’s Wonder Woman.

Right: Kimberly Kane promo shot for ‘Wonder Woman XXX: An Axel Braun Parody’.

….is it just me or does the porno version outfit not only look WAY BETTER crafted and prettier, the actress also has more muscles, a nicer fitting chest piece and a waaay more fitting body type and skin tone. 

Also the porno version doesn’t look more “feminine”/more sexy whatever.


the “official” one looks like a really bad Halloween costume

I mean fuck the porno one has bigger wrist cuff I REPEATE: BIGGER WRIST CUFFS PORNO WOMAN IS BETTER DRESSED TO KICK ASS *cries*

can someone contact the designer of the porno 

clearly he/she knows how a womans body works.

It’s embarrassing when the official looks a like a porn and the porn looks like the official thing.

The thing that makes me stunned the most is that even the boobs of the porn version are cupped and held in better by her clothing than those of the official thing…

The moment a porn movie treats the boobs of a woman with more subtlety than a big name production, some staff changes are in order.

What both fascinates and disturbs me the most about these is the body language and facial expression.

The “official” TV version looks passive, slightly confused, her pose is sort of ambiguous and floppy. She’s waiting for the viewer to do something before she reacts. The XXX version looks determined and fierce, and is taking literally 0% of your shit.

One of these Wonder Women looks like a sex toy, and it’s not the pornographic one.

The NBC one just looks so uncomfortable. This is sad.

I think the XXX version is suppose to be a dom, notice the whip

That’s a lasso. And Wonder Woman was always meant to be a domme.

The thermometer showed a 103.5-degree fever, and her 10-year-old’s asthma was flaring up. Mary Bolender, who lives in Las Vegas, needed to get her daughter to an emergency room, but her 2005 Chrysler van would not start.

The cause was not a mechanical problem — it was her lender.

Ms. Bolender was three days behind on her monthly car payment. Her lender, C.A.G. Acceptance of Mesa, Ariz., remotely activated a device in her car’s dashboard that prevented her car from starting. Before she could get back on the road, she had to pay more than $389, money she did not have that morning in March.

“I felt absolutely helpless,” said Ms. Bolender, a single mother who stopped working to care for her daughter. It was not the only time this happened: Her car was shut down that March, once in April and again in June.

This new technology is bringing auto loans — and Wall Street’s version of Big Brother — into the lives of people with credit scores battered by the financial downturn.

Miss a Payment? Good Luck Moving That Car - (via new-aesthetic)

Fucking sharks. Nobody should be put in a position where accepting one of these machines is a good idea.

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Instead of insane, say unreal.

Instead of crazy, say unbelievable.

Instead of calling someone a psycho, call them an asshole.

Instead of stupid, say awful.

Instead of dumb, say bad.

Taking ableist language out of your vocabulary is simple and will help widen your…

Saying “dumb” and “stupid” equates being “dumb” (mute) and “stupid” (low IQ) with being awful and shitty and bad.

This is not as big of a deal as some other issues regarding ableism. But it IS a microagression, and still harmful.

I’m abled and NT, so take this with a grain of salt.

no the language changed.  Those associations aren’t around anymore, back in the early 1900s yes you might have had a point but when people say dumb or stupid they don’t think about people who are mute or have a low IQ, they think of people doing things that are really really really well…stupid.  Also bad and stupid are terrible words to replace them with.  If I want to talk about how the Weimare Republic’s response to the debt was to print more money, my saying “This gusy were just fantastically bad” doesn’t have the same emotional effect as “these guys were just fantastically stupid”.  I mean if I want to talk about Louis the 16th, stupid is the best word to describe it.  Awful has entirely different implications. 

   Language changes and needlessly changing terms doesn’t actually address the main issues, Ie that people don’t see the mentally ill as people.   YOu aren’t going to change anybody’s mind this way or make the problem any better, you are just wasting time focusing on a non important issue rather than the real microaggressions, like the fact that our understanding of the mentally ill comes from Forest Gump.  

My favourite example of this is how the learning disability charity Scope keeps changing its name because, whatever it is, kids use it as an insult. Newsflash, everybody: this was never about words.

The sudden explosion of European sovereign debt is the direct and indisputable result of all our political parties deciding they would safeguard their mates’ and their own personal wealth (it is the top 10% who hold the bulk of their wealth in the financial products which would be destroyed in a bank collapse. NOT the rest of us!) by bailing out the private banks and piling their unpaid debts on to the public purse.

The Next Crisis - Part one » Golem XIV - Thoughts (via worsethandetroit)

A very interesting view on the future of government-corporate relations. Time for a change, I think.

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A Texas megachurch is preaching the gospel of drones

Just when you thought the God myth couldn’t get any more sinister.

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