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Caine’s arcade

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This is the story of a nine year old boy named Caine who built an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his father’s used auto part store. A dollar gets you four plays, and two dollars gets you a five-hundred turn FUN PASS. Business was slow until independent filmmaker Nirvan Mullick spotted the arcade and plotted to change Caine’s life forever. Watch the short film and if you feel as weepy and joyous as I did, head over to his newly established scholarship fund. And can I just say, what an amazing dad to support, encourage, and allow his son to pretty much overtake his storefront for the sake of fun and creativity.

And to end on a wonderful note, people donated over $125,000 for Cole’s scholarship fund.

I have to thank Joe, my social network friend, that is mostly offends to me with his sexist posts, who is still is in a 8O’s style “hair band” to point out that this stupidity.

I have just learned that a “brown” googie that does not have a haircut is not just not acceptable.

Joe disagrees. In some ways I guess he is a feminist, or just a guy.

Here is the article from Jezebel.

Good news, ladies! Society has discovered another new thing that’s wrong with you, which means another opportunity for you to make yourself more attractive for your man. Score! Turns out, the color of your vagina is gross and everyone hates it. So bleach that motherfucker. Bleach it right now!

***Sigh***

Jessica’s daily affirmation

This is wonderful:

Alive again

by Susie

Via Boing Boing:

In this outtake from Alive Inside, we meet an elderly man who’s been in a nursing home for 10 years, and who is disengaged, listless and unresponsive to his environment. Then he is exposed to music from his earlier life, and is instantly transformed, engaging with the people around him. Oliver Sacks provides commentary in the clip, which is inspirational and amazing at the same time.

Unemployment numbers

Well, I figured it was still bad even though hiring is picking up a little bit, but I didn’t know it was this bad:

More people have jobs in America this month than they did last month, so says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

But the headline unemployment rate of 8.3% isn’t the whole story.

It’s not that there wasn’t positive news. The addition of 243,000 new jobs far exceeded economists’ expectations for an increase of 150,000. It was the seventh straight month of increases of 100,000 or more.

And yet buried in the BLS report are numbers that paint a different picture.

One of the main reasons the rate dropped, in fact, is because the BLS stopped counting nearly 1.2 million people as part of the labor force.

That’s a record. It puts the labor force participation rate at a 30-year low of 63.7%, significantly below the long-term average of 65.8%.

While it’s true the official number of unemployed fell from 13.1 million in December to 12.8 million, it helps when you simply don’t include 1.2 million in the equation.

“This is not a fundamentally positive way to see the unemployment rate fall,” Jason Schenker, president of Prestige Economics, said in an email to clients.

MPAA

This is what your “liberal” Chris Dodd is up to – lobbying to make it illegal to embed videos.

Electric band

by Susie
I just love these guys. Wild Flag:

The agonizing ecstasies

by Susie
Of male contraception!

Your turn, fellas.

Wells Fargo and their for-profit prisons

Wow. So this is what’s taken the place of mortgages as the banking cash cow? From Salon:

As Wells Fargo has grown over the years, using its bailout funds to gobble up rival Wachovia and expand to the East Coast, so has the U.S. prison population. By 2008, one in 100 American adults were either in jail or in prison – and one in nine black men between the ages of 20 and 34, many simply for non-violent offenses, justice not so much blind as bigoted. Overall, more than 2.3 million people are currently behind bars, up 50 percent in the last 15 years, the land of the free now accounting for a full quarter of the world’s prisoners.

These developments are not unrelated.

A driving force behind the push for ever-tougher sentences is the for-profit prison industry, in which Wells Fargo is a major investor. Flush with billions in bailout money and an economic system designed to siphon wealth from the working class to the idle rich, Wells Fargo has been busy expanding its stake in the GEO Group, the second largest private jailer in America. At the end of 2011, Wells Fargo was the company’s second-largest investor, holding 4.3 million shares valued at more than $72 million. By March 2012, its stake had grown to more than4.4 million shares worth $86.7 million.

Unfortunately, it’s a safe investment. While a 50 percent growth in the number of human beings our society cages in rape factories may sound impressive – or perhaps the word is “revolting” – a study released last year by the Justice Policy Institute found that the private prison industry grew by more than 350 percent over the last decade and a half. While other industries of course benefit from state-granted privileges, companies like GEO profit by the state literally kidnapping and handing them clientèle, particularly as of late about-to-be-deported immigrants, of which President Barack Obama has ensured there is a steady, record-breaking supply.

“All prisons are awful,” says Melanie Pinkert, an activist based in Washington, DC, who along with other members of Occupy DC’s “Criminal Injustice Committee” is helping lead a boycott of Wells Fargo, which just expanded to the nation’s capital. “But private prisons take it to the next level.” Indeed, a recent report from the U.S. Justice Department found that at one GEO-run juvenile facility in Mississippi, sexual abuse was endemic, “among the worst that we have seen in any facility anywhere in the nation.” According to the report, GEO staff demonstrated:
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‘Gateway sexual activity’

by Susie

Fundie Christians are, indeed, a bunch of control freaks. And much like their Middle Eastern sharia-loving counterparts, they won’t be happy until marriages are arranged by parents without the parties concerned actually even meeting before the ceremony. I suppose this law, if passed, will encourage hoards of flashlight-carrying volunteer Sex Police patrolling the local lovers’ lanes.

But really, it’s that they just can’t bear the thought of someone having unpunished fun somewhere:

MEMPHIS, TN – (WMC-TV) – Tennessee senators approved an update to the state’s abstinence-based sex education law that includes warnings against “gateway sexual activity.”

In a new family life instructions bill, holding hands and kissing could be considered gateways to sex. Planned Parenthood said that allowing state government to define local sex education curriculum could backfire.

According to a 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Study, 61 percent of Memphis City high school students and 27 percent of middle school students have had sex. That’s higher than the national average.

Planned Parenthood said these numbers are why a new sex education bill promoting abstinence is not realistic.

“If the state of Tennessee gets to create the curriculum, it has to create something that umbrella reflects everyone,” said Planned Parenthood Director of Education Elokin CaPese.

Tennessee House Bill 3621 and Senate Bill 3310 are currently up for debate.

In the bill, a uniformed policy on sex education is defined with terms like “gateway sexual activity.” Also listed are statewide instructions on how to teach family life curriculum.

[…] If an instructor goes beyond the curriculum, the bill gives parents more legal rights, stating, “The parent or legal guardian shall have a cause of action against the instructor or organization for actual damages.”

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