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"I am on the edge of 40 and such behavior is seen as a little extreme, but we are fighting an extreme system."

motherjones:

Priscilla Grim, one of the two editors of the awesome “We Are the 99 Percent” Tumblr.

The first full interview with both of ‘em is here.

austinstatesman:

The number of people at Occupy Austin have swelled significantly in the past few hours, and there are now about a thousand people at the plaza in front of City Hall downtown.

Our videographer Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon shot this video earlier of the rally.

breakingnews:

BREAKING NEWS: Steve Jobs has died, Apple reports.

breakingnews:

BREAKING NEWS: Steve Jobs has died, Apple reports.

austinstatesman:

Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign pushed back quickly and  forcefully Sunday against a Washington Post story that linked Perry to a  hunting camp known to some by a racially insensitive name.
The campaign said claims in the story were incorrect and pointed to the newspaper’s heavy reliance on unnamed sources.
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austinstatesman:

Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign pushed back quickly and forcefully Sunday against a Washington Post story that linked Perry to a hunting camp known to some by a racially insensitive name.

The campaign said claims in the story were incorrect and pointed to the newspaper’s heavy reliance on unnamed sources.

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thepoliticalnotebook:

Could you live on $8 or $9 dollars an hour? A new computer game made by the Urban Ministries of Durham in North Carolina and an advertising firm called McKinney lets you play out life with a low-wage job as a single mom. The objective is to make it a month, juggling getting a job, rent, a place to live, food and coping with the costs of repairs, things for your child, insurance, etc.. Actually a very hard game to play and full of reminders of the difficulties of life on that kind of salary.
Play the game.

thepoliticalnotebook:

Could you live on $8 or $9 dollars an hour? A new computer game made by the Urban Ministries of Durham in North Carolina and an advertising firm called McKinney lets you play out life with a low-wage job as a single mom. The objective is to make it a month, juggling getting a job, rent, a place to live, food and coping with the costs of repairs, things for your child, insurance, etc.. Actually a very hard game to play and full of reminders of the difficulties of life on that kind of salary.

Play the game.

Mother Jones magazine on Tumblr: We've noticed a trend.

At the Reagan Library debate in California, attendees memorably broke into a spontaneous round of applause in support of Rick Perry’s record on the death penalty. At last week’s debate in Tampa, a handful of audience members cheered the prospect of a man without health insurance being left to…

It’s almost refreshing that these people are being so openly vile.

csmonitor:

 
From the feature story: Unemployment, Inc.: Six reasons why America can’t create jobs.

gq:

Don’t Ask, Don’t TELL

With the formal end of DADT less than a month away, GQ’s Chris Heath spent six months assembling an oral-history-of-sorts about what it was like to be a gay man serving in the U.S. military. The resulting piece, which appears in our Sept 2011 issue and runs a bit longer at GQ.com, is funny, sad, horrifying and, above all, surprising. Life under DADT is both everything—and nothing—like one might expect. A brief sample below, from a heartbreaking section of the piece titled “Invisible Partners”:

Air Force #4 (senior airman, four years): “Right now our relationships don’t exist.”

Air Force #3: “I’ve had three deployments [while] with the same person. Every time it’s been ‘All right, see you later.’ All the spouses get together, do stuff. He’s just there by himself, fending for himself.”

Marines #2: “The relationship lasted for about four years, but I always felt like I was disrespecting him, to have to pretend he didn’t exist when I went to work. When I got deployed, he was there with my family when I left. It kind of sucked—to shake his hand and a little pat on the back and ‘I’ll see you when I see you’ kind of thing. And when you’re getting ready to come back, the spouses were getting classes—here’s how you welcome your Marine back into the family—and my boyfriend didn’t get any of that. I had a really hard time adjusting to being home. We tried to make it work for a year but he was getting more and more paranoid about people finding out about us. It killed me that he felt that way because of me. I don’t think we ever really had a chance, ultimately.”

Air Force #3: “When I was deployed, every Sunday we would sit down on opposite sides of the world and we would each order a pizza and we would watch a movie together over Skype. We weren’t doing anything bad except trying to spend some time together. But there was no ‘I love you.’ Certainly nothing sexual, or anything like what some straight guys do over Skype.”

Navy #2 (captain, twenty years): “Personally, I haven’t had a lot of struggles. The hardest thing that I faced was about eight years ago. I was dating somebody for about two years who had gotten out of the army. He was HIV positive, and I didn’t know that, and he ended up dying—it just happened very quickly. I am not positive, luckily. So I had a lot of difficulties grasping with that personally, dealing with his death, and I had to take time off work, but still not tell them. I couldn’t go to the doctor or the psychologist. There wasn’t really anybody to talk to.”

motherjones:

Texas Governor Rick Perry’s 2010 book Fed Up! has some pretty radical ideas: He calls Social Security unconstitutional, suggests the 16th and 17th Amendments should be repealed, and that states should be allowed to ban gay people from having sex. But he didn’t pull these ideas out of thin air; Perry’s controversial views on federalism and the nation’s Judeo-Christian roots come straight from the pages of one of his favorite books: The Five Thousand Years Leap, by W. Cleon Skousen. Here’s what else is on Rick Perry’s reading list, and why you should care.

motherjones:

Texas Governor Rick Perry’s 2010 book Fed Up! has some pretty radical ideas: He calls Social Security unconstitutional, suggests the 16th and 17th Amendments should be repealed, and that states should be allowed to ban gay people from having sex. But he didn’t pull these ideas out of thin air; Perry’s controversial views on federalism and the nation’s Judeo-Christian roots come straight from the pages of one of his favorite books: The Five Thousand Years Leap, by W. Cleon Skousen. Here’s what else is on Rick Perry’s reading list, and why you should care.

producermatthew:

BREAKING: Texas Governor Rick Perry is running for president, a spokesperson has told the Associated Press. [AP]

producermatthew:

BREAKING: Texas Governor Rick Perry is running for president, a spokesperson has told the Associated Press. [AP]

motherjones:

Last February Rick Perry told Texans the only the thing that could compel him to leave office would be an untimely death. On Saturday, he’ll kick off his presidential campaign in South Carolina.
The lesson, as always, is you should never trust anyone who  “goes jogging in the morning packing a Ruger .380 with laser sights and  loaded with hollow point bullets and shoots a coyote that is  threatening his daughter’s dog.”

To think we could’ve had Bill White.

motherjones:

Last February Rick Perry told Texans the only the thing that could compel him to leave office would be an untimely death. On Saturday, he’ll kick off his presidential campaign in South Carolina.

The lesson, as always, is you should never trust anyone who “goes jogging in the morning packing a Ruger .380 with laser sights and loaded with hollow point bullets and shoots a coyote that is threatening his daughter’s dog.”

To think we could’ve had Bill White.