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A professor doing research stumbled onto the footage of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a situation the White House took great pains never to show the public.
By an Overwhelming Margin, Celebrities Who Tried It Don’t Like Being Tortured
The rapper known as Mos Def volunteered to be force-fed through the nose to bring attention to the force-feeding of 44 detainees on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, and he did not like it. In the video of the feeding, he begs the medical team to stop and cries. Yasiin Bey (Mos Def’s name) is one of many celebrities who have volunteered to be tortured, only to report to the world that being tortured is horrible. It both draws attention to the suffering of anonymous people and turns their suffering into a spectacle.
Is it torture? Bey seems to think so. “I really didn’t know what to expect,” he says. “When the tube went in—at first it’s not that bad, but then you get this burning… and it just starts to get really unbearable… like something’s going into my brain and it reaches the back of my throat and I really, I really… I really couldn’t take it.”
Does the world think it’s torture? The World Medical Association says it’s “unethical, and is never justified.”
Will it change anything? We’ll see. Bey’s video was released when Guantanamo is getting more attention after being mostly ignored for years. It’s only weeks after the massive hunger strike forced President Obama to address the problem. Obama will allow detainees from Yemen to return there if they’ve been cleared for release (86 prisoners were cleared for release three years ago, but can’t go home for bureaucratic reasons.)
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No matter who is in charge in Egypt, the nation of 85 million people remains a strategic concern for the United States. And although the U.S. has poured more than $70 billion in military and economic aid into Egypt since 1948, the U.S. government’s ability to influence outcomes there remains very limited.
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Wendy Davis, the Democratic state senator whose epic filibuster thrust her into the national spotlight, says she has not ruled out a challenge to longtime GOP governor Rick Perry.
They always warned us gay marriage was a slippery slope.
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Goldie Taylor, Real Time with Bill Maher (October 19, 2012)
Goldie, laying it down on Boris Epshteyn and John Fund over Voter ID laws.(via kzhang)
How will marriage defend itself without DOMA? Click here to watch Stephen Colbert’s reaction to yesterday’s historic Supreme Court decision.
One step forward. Two steps back.
regardless of how you personally feel on abortion, there are a few things you should acknowledge about what has happened
- voting AFTER MIDNIGHT in simplest terms, is against the rules. and not just the rules, but the Rules with a capital R. this is a very scary thing. this goes against the restrictions of how the state senate operates and has operated in Texas and, while I’m not very well-versed on political intricacies, that is a terrible thing
- my understanding is that this bill would not only close abortion clinics, but also health care facilities that offer abortion. meaning, abortion is not the only service that takes a blow because of this bill.
- closing abortion clinics is directly denying a woman the right to choose to have an abortion or not. it’s saying, “fine, if we can’t ban abortion, we’ll just make it almost impossible for you to have a safe, legal abortion!!!!” this fight was as much about autonomy as it was about abortion. this bill actively seeks to deny women a legally given right!!!!!
- cutting off access to abortion clinics will not keep women from having abortions. making abortions illegal will not keep women from having abortions. absolutely nothing will keep women from having abortions, if they’re desperate enough. it will only ensure that women will have to seek other ways to get it. if the women of texas are denied access to abortion clinics they will inevitably turn to unsafe, unclean methods. it will be a return to the days of the wire hanger when women died of complications and infections from back-alley abortions and that is terrible. that is horrible. that is scary. abortions occurred before Roe v. Wade. the only difference is that now that they’re legal, they’re being performed safely and women are no longer dying because of it the way they were before
- there are a lot of reasons to be anxious and uncomfortable and afraid because of what has happened. i am personally very anxious and uncomfortable and afraid right now.
The Connecticut state senate on Thursday narrowly approved a measure that will allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses. Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy has pledged to sign the bill, which passed the Senate by a 19-16 vote.
“This bill is first and foremost about public safety. It’s about knowing who is driving on our roads, and doing everything we can to make sure those drivers are safe and that they’re operating registered, insured vehicles,” Gov. Malloy said in a statement. “There’s a reason these measures have been supported by local police and city leaders, and that other states are taking similar common-sense steps. They’re changes that benefit everyone taking a car out onto our roads and highways.”
Malloy also called on the federal government to allow all immigrants to apply for driving licenses.
“It should also be noted that, like many issues, action on the federal level would address this problem in an even more comprehensive and sensible way. I continue to support those broader efforts at national reform, and urge Congress to follow the example being set by Connecticut and other states,” Malloy went on to say.
Immigrant rights advocates are also applauding the decision.
I know there are a lot of people who don’t think this makes sense but really it does benefit all of us in terms of reduced insurance premiums. The fact that you won’t have a bunch of uninsured drivers on the road, the fact they will be paying fee revenue to the state,” Angel Fernandez-Cavero of the immigrants right group CONNECT told WTNH.
The new law, which will make 54,000 undocumented immigrants eligible for a driving license, takes effect on January 1, 2015. (There are about 120,000 illegal immigrants in Connecticut, according to Reuters.)
Maryland, Illinois and Oregon adopted similar legislation that allows undocumented immigrants to apply for driving licenses this year. New Mexico, Washington and Utah have permitted undocumented immigrants to apply for drivers licenses for several years.
So, it’s alright for the NYPD to harass, threaten and annoy people on the street based on race, but don’t you dare flip them any shit in the process.
What the fuck ny
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President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform law remains unpopular with the American public just months before it fully goes into effect, according to the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.