I have to say that the single most important lesson I learned in 25 years talking every single day to people was that there is a common denominator in our human experience. Most of us, I tell ya, we don’t want to be divided. What we want—the common denominator that I found in every single interview—is that we want to be validated. We want to be understood.
I’ve done over 35,000 interviews in my career, and as soon as that camera shuts off everyone always turns to me and inevitably in their own way ask this question: “was that ok?”
I heard it from President Bush. I heard it from President Obama. I’ve heard it from heroes and from housewives. I’ve heard it from victims and perpetrators of crime. I even heard it from BE-YON-CÉ in all of her Beyoncé-ness. She finishes performing, hands me the microphone, and says “was that ok?” [x]
In a nutshell, it allows the government to spy on any of your information. Video, images, calls on skype to landlines or from computer to computer, searches on google, your profiles on social media sites… etc. In addition to the requirement of Verizon to release all phone logs, this is a violation of privacy on an unprecedented scale. It is a further expansion of the unnecessary Patriot Act signed into congress during the Bush administration.
Of course, there isn’t much of an outcry against this. Our ubiquity of social media and sharing of personal information on, say, twitter, Facebook, Myspace, etc, has pretty much paved the way for this sort of act to be signed into place. What’s one more group looking at your site, even if it is the government, right?
Wrong. Given time, information that you may publish could be used against you by law enforcement and government agencies. Americans have been giving up civil rights regularly over the past fifty years, and it is getting to the point that we will have no rights left.
America will no longer will be “Home of the Free.” It is becoming “Home of the Observed, Controlled, and Wiretapped.”
Jacaranda :: They are native to Brazil, where they are deciduous; not because of cold winters, but because of the monsoonal wet and dry seasons. They briefly drop their leaves at the end of the dry season, then leaf up again when the rains come. The most common flower colour for jacarandas is the lovely purple-blue.
Job creation here in the United States would mean more people in the work force that would be taxed therefore your taxes wouldn’t be raised
A confused citizen
Everyday I wake up with the same dilemma…I’m starving and really want to eat, but this whole getting out of bed thing isn’t really working for me
Patricia Hill Collins (via sadbrownprincess)
I HATE the concept of community service that high schools and colleges use. For this exact reason. Real activism and service (that is primarily done by the oppressed out of necessity or in support of their own community) is never counted.
PoC, “third-world”/Global South people and poor people DON’T exist just so some pretentious little white/Western bourgeois fuck can improve their resume and boost their white savior ego. (via the-uncensored-she)
Starting late last week, with several small protests denouncing a hike in public transport fares, demonstrations flared up yesterday, encompassing larger public anger at poor public services, police violence and government corruption. More than 200,000 took to the streets of Brazil’s biggest cities yesterday, voicing frustration with the billions of dollars set aside for upcoming sports events like the World Cup and the 2014 Olympics, despite crushing levels of poverty in some places, and underfunded public education, health, security and transportation. Though the majority of the protests were peaceful, a few violent demonstrations were broken up by police in Rio de Janeiro.
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