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I'm Todd. I'm nineteen. I'm straight edge. I'm a left market anarchist. I'm currently a global and international studies/Spanish double major at Western Michigan University. I love languages, politics, and bass guitar.



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Apr 20 2014 3:36 pm

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He even pulled his pants up so the bottoms wouldn’t get wet

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Apr 20 2014 3:34 pm

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are you guys really going to make me blacklist the word ‘metaphor’ are you really


i hate everything u choose to be

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Apr 20 2014 3:31 pm

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Women Prisoners Sterilized To Cut Welfare Cost In California

In California, prison doctors have sterilized at least 148 women, mainly Mexicans, from 2006 to 2010. Why? They don’t want to have to provide welfare funding for any children they may have in the future and to eliminate ‘defectives’ from the gene pool.

The sterilization procedures cost California taxpayers $147,460 between 1997 and 2010. The doctors at the prison argue it is money well-spent.

Dr. James Heinrich, an OB-GYN at Valley State Prison for Women, said, “Over a 10-year period, that isn’t a huge amount of money compared to what you save in welfare paying for these unwanted children – as they procreated more.

In 1909, California passed the country’s third sterilization law, authorizing reproductive surgeries of patients committed to state institutions for the “feebleminded” and “insane” that were deemed suffering from a “mental disease which may have been inherited and is likely to be transmitted to descendants.” Based on this eugenic logic, 20,000 patients in more than ten institutions were sterilized in California from 1909 to 1979. Worried about charges of “cruel and unusual punishment,” legislators attached significant provisions to sterilization in state prisons. Despite these restrictions, about 600 men received vasectomies at San Quentin in the 1930s when the superintendent flaunted the law.

Moreover, there was a discernible racial bias in the state’s sterilization and eugenics programs. Preliminary research on a subset of 15,000 sterilization orders in institutions (conducted by Stern and Natalie Lira) suggests that Spanish-surnamed patients, predominantly of Mexican origin, were sterilized at rates ranging from 20 to 30 percent from 1922 to 1952, far surpassing their proportion of the general population.

In her recent book, Miroslava Chávez-García shows, through exhaustively researched stories of youth of color who were institutionalized in state reformatories, and sometimes subsequently sterilized, how eugenic racism harmed California’s youngest generation in patterns all too reminiscent of detention and incarceration today.

California was the most zealous sterilizer, carrying out one-third of the approximately 60,000 operations performed in the 32 states that passed eugenic sterilization laws from 1907 to 1937.

Although such procedures may seem harsh, they are not illegal. The Supreme Court ruled in 1927 that women can be forcibly sterilized in jail in Buck vs Bell. Writing for the majority, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. said, “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.


This is fucked. Why are there people excusing fucking eugenics in the year 2014?

Here is one certain parallel to be drawn to the holocaust.

Are you fucking kidding me

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Apr 20 2014 3:21 pm

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Apr 20 2014 3:06 pm

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say it with me now kids

racism is natural

racism is healthy

racism is nothing to be ashamed of


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Apr 20 2014 2:41 pm

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Apr 20 2014 2:20 pm

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In honor of the two conflicting holidays.

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Apr 20 2014 2:10 pm

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Apr 20 2014 4:43 am

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good ol’ “mom and pop” anticapitalism

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Apr 20 2014 4:41 am

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bummer, all I got in my basket was some bitcoin. say, has the easter bunny always worn a bowtie like that?

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Apr 19 2014 10:55 pm

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citizen: it's a bird!
citizen: it's a plane!
superman: it's a metaphor

Apr 19 2014 8:44 pm

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On the coattails of the rise of intellectual property and economic monopolies, the Open Source movement is thriving, expanding public access to knowledge, culture and tools. Advocates have opened up everything from software to science, media to politics…and of course, data.

Here are some of the 10 most promising Open Source Hardware projects that might just save the world:

1. Agriculture: FarmBot

We live on a planet that is experiencing exponential population growth. Everybody needs to eat, so many companies are working to make agriculture as efficient as possible. Problem is, they’re all proprietary (or “closed source”). So Rory Aronson, founder of FarmBot, is taking on the challenge of opening up agricultural technologies so we can all start to grow our food as efficiently as possible.

2. Waste: Precious Plastics

Commercial recycling operations are great, but often the applications for recycled materials, especially plastics, are limited. So Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Dave Hakkens recently showcased a series of open source machines he’s developed for repurposing waste plastics into new and useful things. Now anyone can build a local micro-recycling centre to service their (and their communities?) needs.

3. Housing: WikiHouse

WikiHouse is an open source construction. Users can freely download a series of files, purchase a bunch of plywood, and cut the designs out using a CNC router. The pieces all snap together like a giant puzzle (with instructions) and you can even cut out wooden mallets to help knock the joints together. This project is lowering barriers of entry to house building, so almost anyone can do it.

4. Ecology: Open Source Beehives

Bee colony collapse is a crisis we’ve heard a lot about over the past several years. Many people are aware, but there are very few grassroots solutions on the table. The OSBH project is helping citizens prevent bee population decline by bringing sensor-enhanced bee conservation into their backyards. Confession: I’m one of the founders of this project, but I really believe in it’s significance, otherwise I wouldn’t be putting all my energy behind it. If you care about colony collapse, please  check out our Indiegogo!

5. Connectivity:

With all this talk of “The Internet of Things” there needs to be a piece of hardware that connects your technologies to the Internet, right? And it needs to be open source, so you can change it to suit your needs. Thats where comes in. This Arduino compatible board lets even non-programmers start to make their hardware smarter.

6. Environment: Public Lab

Since our Governments and Corporations have become as corrupted as they are powerful, and democratic process is in many ways broken, the time has come for citizens to look after our own environment. Public Lab is facilitating this movement by developing open source hardware tools to generate knowledge and share data about community environmental health.

7. Fabrication: Lasersaur / Blackfoot

In order to utilise some of the open hardware designs out there, we need reliable digital fabrication tools to bring them from the digital into reality. These two projects give us considerably cheaper access to these tools in the increasingly important areas of laser cutting and CNC milling.

8. Clean Energy 1: The Gasifier Experimenters Kit

Ever wonder if you could turn you compost (or biomass) into energy? With this open source gasifier kit from All Power Labs, you can. This kit, available at multiple levels of energy output, can help you to lower your carbon footprint, while lessening your waste output. As an Open Hardware company, APL offer their kit for sale, but give the plans to make it yourself for free!

9. Clean Energy 2: Zenman Energy

Since energy production is one of the major issues of our time, here’s another open source energy project coming at the solution from a different angle. Zenman Energy have been working tirelessly to develop a cheap solar concentrator for you to harness power from the mother of all energy resources, the sun. Check out what even a mall solar concentrator can do here.

10. Transport: The Tabby

The Tabby is an open source, electric car designed by the team at Open Source Vehicle. According to the team, the whole car (once you have the parts) can be assembled in only an hour. This is a relatively new project, and definitely one to keep an eye on.

Apr 19 2014 8:35 pm

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Apr 19 2014 8:28 pm

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