....double snap

apoplecticskeptic:


Sadly, the backlash to the band’s creative statement has already begun, as music festivals across Canada have reportedly been flooded by emails calling for A Tribe Called Red’s removal from the lineup. In an ironic twist, many of these critics claim that the t-shirt is “racist” against white people. 
Let’s be very clear. Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as “reverse” racism. 
A Tribe Called Red, a band that has made headlines recently for its energetic anthems, is also made up completely of Aboriginal Canadians known as the First Nations people. The innovative group’s shirt makes a satirical yet incisive statement about the ridiculous idea that it’s OK for non-white cultures to be mocked via mascots and team names that culturally appropriate customs and images held dear — and even sacred — to the originators. Although Dan Snyder and his supporters have attempted to argue to the contrary, even the Oxford English Dictionary entry for “redskin” even notes that it’s a dated, derogatory term.

What’s in a T-Shirt? Turns out, quite a lot. View Larger

apoplecticskeptic:

Sadly, the backlash to the band’s creative statement has already begun, as music festivals across Canada have reportedly been flooded by emails calling for A Tribe Called Red’s removal from the lineup. In an ironic twist, many of these critics claim that the t-shirt is “racist” against white people. 

Let’s be very clear. Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as “reverse” racism. 

A Tribe Called Red, a band that has made headlines recently for its energetic anthems, is also made up completely of Aboriginal Canadians known as the First Nations people. The innovative group’s shirt makes a satirical yet incisive statement about the ridiculous idea that it’s OK for non-white cultures to be mocked via mascots and team names that culturally appropriate customs and images held dear — and even sacred — to the originators. Although Dan Snyder and his supporters have attempted to argue to the contrary, even the Oxford English Dictionary entry for “redskin” even notes that it’s a dated, derogatory term.

What’s in a T-Shirt? Turns out, quite a lot.


Sonic Boom!  I swear, I was about to grab bkfst here but forgot to pull the trash bins at the house, came back 15 min later!! (at SONIC Drive In) View Larger

Sonic Boom! I swear, I was about to grab bkfst here but forgot to pull the trash bins at the house, came back 15 min later!! (at SONIC Drive In)


Billion-dollar climate denial network exposed →

apoplecticskeptic:

An extensive study into the financial networks that support groups denying the science behind climate change and opposing political action has found a vast, secretive web of think tanks and industry associations, bankrolled by conservative billionaires.

"I call it the climate-change counter movement," study author Robert Brulle, who published his results in the journal Climatic Change, told the Guardian. “It is not just a couple of rogue individuals doing this. This is a large-scale political effort.”

His work, which is focused on the United States, shows how a network of 91 think tanks and industry groups are primarily responsible for conservative opposition to climate policy. Almost 80 percent of these groups are registered as charitable organizations for tax purposes and collectively received more than seven billion dollars between 2003 and 2010.

Among those named as key nodes of the network were the American Enterprise Institute, which claims to have no institutional position on climate change, and the Heritage Foundation, which campaigns on a number of issues.

You don’t say.

(Source: azspot)