(TW: Rape) However, by the end of the 15th century, a counter-revolution was already under way at every level of social and political life. First, efforts were made by the political authorities to co-opt the youngest and most rebellious male workers, by means of a vicious sexual politics that gave them access to free sex, and turned class antagonism into an antagonism against proletarian women. As Jacques Rossiaud has shown in Medieval Prostitution (1988), in France, the municipal authorities practically decriminalized rape, provided the victims were women of the lower class. In 14th-century Venice, the rape of an unmarried proletarian woman rarely called for more than a slap on the wrist, even in the frequent case in which it involved a group assault (Ruggiero 1989: 91-108). The same was true in most French cities. Here, the gang-rape of proletarian women became a common practice which the perpetrators would carry out openly and loudly at night in groups of two to fifteen, breaking into their victims’ homes, or dragging their victims through the streets, without any attempt to hide or disguise themselves. Those who engaged in these “sports” were young journeymen or domestic servants, and the penniless sons of well-to-do families while the women targeted were poor girls, working as maids or washerwomen, of whom it was rumored that they were “kept” by their masters (Rossiaud 1988: 22). On average, half of the town male youth, at some point, engaged in these assaults, which Rossiaud describes as a form of class protest, a means for proletarian men - who were forced to postpone marriage for many years because of their economic conditions - to get back “their own,” and take revenge against the rich. But the results were destructive for all workers, as the state-backed raping of poor women undermined the class solidarity that had been achieved in the anti-feudal struggle. Not surprisingly, the authorities viewed the disturbances caused by such policy (the brawls, the presence of youth gangs roaming the streets at night in search of adventure and disturbing the public quiet) as a small price to pay in exchange for a lessening of social tensions, obsessed as they were with the fear of urban insurrections, and the belief that if the poor gained the upper hand they would take their wives and hold them in common (ibid.: 13).
afternoonsnoozebutton:

nomoretexasgovernorsforpresident:

Sgt. Adam Holcomb, who was found guilty of maltreatment and assault — but acquitted on charges of negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, communicating a threat and hazing — in the death of Pvt. Danny Chen, was sentenced to just 30 days in military jail: Jury Recommends 30-Day Sentence for Sergeant in Army Hazing Case. But he will remain in the service. A military jury recommended Holcomb should be reduced one rank, to specialist, and be fined $1,181.55. This is apparently the monetary cost of driving a Chinese American soldier to his death.

For those of you that are not familiar with this story:
“Holcomb called Chen “dragon lady,” “gook,” “egg roll” and “chink,” and called a young African-American soldier “black boy” and “niglet,” the prosecutor said.
Doughty said Holcomb admitted to grabbing Chen out of bed by the arm and dragging him across gravel after the lower-ranked soldier left a water pump on in a shower against orders.
“This conduct over time drove Private Danny Chen to take his own life,” Doughty said.
Chen killed himself in a guard tower on October 3, 2011. According to Doughty, Chen told at least two friends that suicide was the only way he could think of to stop the abuse.” (x)
Danny Chen was disowned by his parents for joining the Army, but he was willing to give up his family to serve his country. THIS is how he was repaid.
Not only did the military allow for continued racial abuse of Chen when he was alive, but they dishonor his memory by refusing to even discharge the man who drove Chen to his untimely death.
This is a fucking atrocity.

afternoonsnoozebutton:

nomoretexasgovernorsforpresident:

Sgt. Adam Holcomb, who was found guilty of maltreatment and assault — but acquitted on charges of negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, communicating a threat and hazing — in the death of Pvt. Danny Chen, was sentenced to just 30 days in military jail: Jury Recommends 30-Day Sentence for Sergeant in Army Hazing Case.

But he will remain in the service. A military jury recommended Holcomb should be reduced one rank, to specialist, and be fined $1,181.55. This is apparently the monetary cost of driving a Chinese American soldier to his death.

For those of you that are not familiar with this story:

Holcomb called Chen “dragon lady,” “gook,” “egg roll” and “chink,” and called a young African-American soldier “black boy” and “niglet,” the prosecutor said.

Doughty said Holcomb admitted to grabbing Chen out of bed by the arm and dragging him across gravel after the lower-ranked soldier left a water pump on in a shower against orders.

“This conduct over time drove Private Danny Chen to take his own life,” Doughty said.

Chen killed himself in a guard tower on October 3, 2011. According to Doughty, Chen told at least two friends that suicide was the only way he could think of to stop the abuse.” (x)

Danny Chen was disowned by his parents for joining the Army, but he was willing to give up his family to serve his country. THIS is how he was repaid.

Not only did the military allow for continued racial abuse of Chen when he was alive, but they dishonor his memory by refusing to even discharge the man who drove Chen to his untimely death.

This is a fucking atrocity.

mexicanfoodporn:

“Qué le vamos a dar?” 
“What are we going to give you tonight?” 
Photo: Image chaser

mexicanfoodporn:

“Qué le vamos a dar?” 

“What are we going to give you tonight?” 

Photo: Image chaser

What "mancession"?

Since the US economic recovery started in mid-2009, a whopping 97 percent of the new jobs — all but 43,000 of 1.4 million positions created — have gone to the guys, according to data released yesterday by the National Women’s Law Center, which analyzed jobs data between June 2009 and December 2011.

Flapjack State: More Deaths from Pharmaceutical Painkillers than Cocaine and Heroin Combined

adailyriot:

iambinarymind:

Anthony Gucciardi | Activist Post | Wednesday, November 2, 2011

More Americans died in 2008 from pharmaceutical painkiller overdose than fatalities from illegal drugs like cocaine and heroin combined. Responsible for nearly 15,000 deaths in 2008, prescription painkillers have become wildly popular among Americans. The news comes after a previous report found drugs to outnumber traffic accidents in fatalities.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics, as of last year more than 12 million were on prescription painkillers purely for the high they cause instead of their intended medical purpose.

Many of these individuals obtain the drugs by eliciting prescriptions from several doctors, known as ‘doctor shopping’ within the community. Others purchase them from underground drug rings and illegal online pharmacies, bringing the ingredients into question. It is no wonder that the amount of painkillers made available at pharmacies and even doctors’ offices has quadrupled from 1999 to 2010. In fact, the CDC has blamed irresponsible doctors for unnecessarily prescribing painkillers to patients who do not need them:

“More of a problem is now created by a few irresponsible doctors than drug pushers on street corners,” CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden told reporters in a phone briefing.

The issue is very similar to the current problems surrounding antipsychotic drugs. With 50% of all Americans to be diagnosed with a mental illness in their lifetime, antipsychotic drugs have become the most popular therapeutic class drug. Even as experts speak out against antipsychotics in a similar manner to how many are raising awareness against prescription pain medication, it seems that the medical establishment has ignored the evidence.

‘The system is awash with opioids, drugs that get people hooked and keep them hooked,’ Frieden said.
In 27 years, there have been 3 million deaths from prescription drugs, and 0 from vitamins. Prescription drugs come with up to 525 negative side effects, with around 70 being the average. Avoiding these drugs and utilizing high quality organic alternatives like whole food-based multivitamins and green superfoods will lead to a total health transformation without harsh side effects and an exponentially increased death risk.

Explore More:

1. 27 Years | No Deaths from Vitamins, 3 Million from Prescription Drugs 
2. Drug Labels Contain 70 Negative Side Effects on Average 
3. Prescription Painkiller Deaths on the Rise 
4. FDA Cracks Down on Over 500 Cold and Allergy Drugs 
5. Pharmaceutical Drug Poisoning in Children is Rising


VITAMINS. FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT. REALLY.

FUCK THESE SIMPLE WHOLE-FOODS HOMEOPATHIC REMEDY TWATS. VITAMINS DO NOT MAKE PAIN STOP. 

YOU WANT TO KNOW A NON-ADDICTIVE 100% NATURAL NO-LETHAL-DOSE-IS-KNOWN-TO-EXIST ACTUALLY FUCKING EFFECTIVE SOLUTION FOR MANY FORMS OF LONG-TERM PAIN THAT HAS BEEN USED BY ACTUAL DOCTORS TO WEAN PEOPLE FROM OPIOID ADDICTION AND TREAT PAIN?

MARIJUANA. NOT VITAMINS. MARIJUANA. 

YOU WANT LESS PAINKILLER ABUSE AND FEWER OVERDOSES? LEGALIZE.

**sorry for the screaming, I agree that a lot more caution and education should come with a prescription for painkillers but this “lalala if everyone worked out and ate whole foods and vitamins and simplified their lives and stopped stressing out they’d all be in perfect health” bullshit makes me stabby. For lots of reasons.

rationalityrules:

thebandplayson:

I will never forgive religion. 

 me either.

[image description: a line graph claiming to measure scientific activity over time. THERE ARE NO UNITS. The time period measured is between 1000 BCE and 2000 CE. During the time periods labeled Egyptian, Greek and Roman, the line describing the scientific advances curves up. In the next labeled period, the “Christian dark ages”, the line drops steeply and then is flat until we hit the next period. The line goes sharply upwards again through the periods labeled Renaissance, Age of Enlightenment and Modern Science. There is a dotted line, meant to imply the progress that could have occurred had the Christian dark ages not impeded scientific progress, from the highest point of scientific achievement in the Roman period extending upwards. The text under the graph reads “Christianity: Just think, we could have been exploring the galaxy by now.”]
This has to be the most bullshit graph I have ever seen in my life. ~All the science~ was done by Europeans! There were No Scientific Achievements At All during the 1000+ years we spent in the Dark Ages! NONE WHATSOEVER. We know nothing of the massive flourishing of mathematics and science during the “Christian Dark Ages” in the Middle East and especially Persia, let alone the steady millennia of progress in mathematics, astronomy, and medicine, and the inventions of gunpowder and paper and I could go on that came from China. There are more examples that I am excluding but those two are the most famous and obvious.
There’s no question that the Church fought scientific progress during the Renaissance and didn’t go out of its way to support it during the Medieval period but there’s a lot of other shit that went into the western decline in scientific progress, most notably the fall of the Roman empire, and with it a decline in a little thing called FUNDING, that contributed. Heavily. 
Also the “Christian dark ages” is not a thing; the term you are looking for is Medieval period. That is not what historians call it because IT IS NOT AN ACCURATE THING TO SAY.

rationalityrules:

thebandplayson:

I will never forgive religion. 

 me either.

[image description: a line graph claiming to measure scientific activity over time. THERE ARE NO UNITS. The time period measured is between 1000 BCE and 2000 CE. During the time periods labeled Egyptian, Greek and Roman, the line describing the scientific advances curves up. In the next labeled period, the “Christian dark ages”, the line drops steeply and then is flat until we hit the next period. The line goes sharply upwards again through the periods labeled Renaissance, Age of Enlightenment and Modern Science. There is a dotted line, meant to imply the progress that could have occurred had the Christian dark ages not impeded scientific progress, from the highest point of scientific achievement in the Roman period extending upwards. The text under the graph reads “Christianity: Just think, we could have been exploring the galaxy by now.”]

This has to be the most bullshit graph I have ever seen in my life. ~All the science~ was done by Europeans! There were No Scientific Achievements At All during the 1000+ years we spent in the Dark Ages! NONE WHATSOEVER. We know nothing of the massive flourishing of mathematics and science during the “Christian Dark Ages” in the Middle East and especially Persia, let alone the steady millennia of progress in mathematics, astronomy, and medicine, and the inventions of gunpowder and paper and I could go on that came from China. There are more examples that I am excluding but those two are the most famous and obvious.

There’s no question that the Church fought scientific progress during the Renaissance and didn’t go out of its way to support it during the Medieval period but there’s a lot of other shit that went into the western decline in scientific progress, most notably the fall of the Roman empire, and with it a decline in a little thing called FUNDING, that contributed. Heavily. 

Also the “Christian dark ages” is not a thing; the term you are looking for is Medieval period. That is not what historians call it because IT IS NOT AN ACCURATE THING TO SAY.

(Source: jesus-h-science)

I have a week to learn networking.

Lessons in how to not be an asshole.

1. If someone calls you out on something you should probably do a quick check to see if they’re right before you waste hours of time protesting that they’re wrong. 

2. Not intending to be hurtful is not the same thing as not being hurtful.

3. Don’t ever tell people to have a sense of humor about something they tell you was hurtful. Not intending to be hurtful is not the same thing as not being hurtful.

So when they flew me to that hospital in Abilene

detensified:

That 15 minute flight might cost my parents $24k. 

That’s more than a year of my tuition. It’s more than a year of sister’s tuition.

Because the ride would have taken upwards of 45 minutes over pretty bumpy roads, the hospital reasoned that a regular ambulance might not have been safe since they couldn’t, with their less able equipment, ascertain the extent of my spinal injuries.  So they decided to fly me in a small jet.

Which I’m grateful for, don’t get me wrong. I had surgery to move my vertebrae, which, while pressuring my spinal chord, did not sever or permanently damage it.  An ambulance ride might have done that.

Mind blowing.  Everything about this.

It should not cost $24,000 for a hospital to NOT PARALYZE MY SISTER.

I cannot even breathe I am so angry.