|—||― C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology (Making of Modern Theology)|
"First, a bigger House would diminish the impact of malapportionment that comes with single-member states. A certain amount of malapportionment is inherent in House redistricting, but as the number of single-member states grows, this effect becomes more and more pronounced. The largest single-member state, Montana, requires a representative to take on over 1 million constituents. On the other hand, the smallest state, Wyoming, only has 582,000 constituents."
"Second, increasing the size of the House could diminish the impact of gerrymandering. While the commonly voiced concerns about the evils of gerrymandering are overstated, they aren’t entirely without basis. Moreover, the perception of impropriety is important, and there’s something inherently untoward surrounding legislators drawing districts that resemble Rorschach inkblots rather than compact units that draw together communities of interest."
Proportional representation addresses gerrymandering and the population trends where cities are being under represented while rural areas are over represented.
It would also make voting more meaningful and get Republicans to actually encourage people to vote. More votes would help third parties, too.
tumblr’s social justice bloggers have totally destroyed my ability to have fun ever
"i can’t have fun unless i’m actively harming and oppressing people"
"empathy is a total buzzkill”
Janae Fletcher, 30, told five members of Richmond’s City Council who’d gathered at the city’s Hacienda public housing complex that she lived with rampant bedbugs and flooding in her apartment.
It’s all after our investigation highlighted squalid living conditions for tenants of the Richmond Housing Authority, one of America’s worst housing agencies.
And every day at school, he would get a free lunch from a government program. He told Eloise he didn’t want a free lunch. He wanted his own lunch. One in a brown paper bag, just like the other kids.
He wanted one, he said, because he knew a kid with a brown paper bag had someone who cared for him. This is what the Left does not understand.
Paul Ryan shames kids from low-income families who get free lunches.by suggesting that their families don’t care for them.
Another made-up story as told by a lifelong government worker that the government is bad.(via liberalsarecool)
"When the people shall have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich" .. (Jean-Jacques Rousseau) … (cartoon refers to far-right Republican Paul Ryan’s recent ‘report’ on poverty .. story here)
new comic: Drow cat girl
|—||Daniell Koepke (via internal-acceptance-movement)|
I really wish people would stop doing this because of this.
[Image: A facebook status by Leah Scheunemann that reads “My father greeting me in the airport in disguise so they would let Odie in” followed by a picture of a man wearing glasses with a cane and a dog]
I was going to say this is why we can’t have nice things, but honestly, people like this are why we don’t have BASIC ACCESS.
(Also, thirty seconds of googling has led me to conclude that this guy is probably Randy Scheunemann, neoconservative lobbyist.)
You’re right, making it doubly terrible. Conservatives like him fight to eradicate laws attempting to guarantee disabled people access to businesses and public areas, but appear more than willing to take advantage of and break said laws so their sniveling brats don’t have to wait to see their dog.
when people wonder why I pin so much of ableism and other bigotry on conservatives? THIS SHIT IS WHY.
Measles has surged back in Europe, while whooping cough is has become a problem here in the U.S.
Childhood immunization rates plummeted in parts of Europe and the U.K. after a 1998 study falsely claimed that the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella was linked to autism.
That study has since been found to be fraudulent. But fears about vaccine safety have stuck around in Europe and here in the U.S.
NPR maps the resurgence of preventable diseases due to public ignorance and lamentable misinformation about vaccines.
Pair with Bill Gates on vaccines, animated.
this is such bullshit
VACCINATE YOUR FUCKING KIDS
Can we please bring back “Virus Squads?” http://radioboston.wbur.org/2011/06/01/smallpox-wars Was barely 100 years ago police could forcedly break into peoples’ houses and innoculate people.
herd immunity > autism “scare”
Refusal to vaccinate should be prosecuted as a hate-crime because it’s saying you’d rather have your child DIE than be autistic. That’s hatred and bigotry right there.
……OH MY GOD.
This is what ChaosCroc has dubbed “Penders Logic”.
"Coddling people with disabilities" is the biggest crock of bullshit I’ve ever heard. Disabled people are systematically abused and killed and somehow asking for basic human rights is wanting to be coddled.
I’m fucking done for tonight.
True. It’s not wanting to be coddled. Also, what the hell is wrong with coddling people? Maybe we should approve of coddling more and approve of being hateful douches (abusing, killing, etc) less.
Nah, this is my post. You can take your infantilizing and sympathy elsewhere.
As a disabled person, I don’t want to be coddled. I don’t want pity. What I want is to be treated like a human being. To not be considered broken or lesser.
I don’t need your coddling, I need my fucking human rights.
This. Also, I’ll mention a point that’s relevant.
Special needs left unmet are actually human rights being actively denied.