Apr 1 xina commented on Is Dave Chappelle's Humor From a Time Before Black Lives Matter?.
I watched it (and FWIW, I'm a white CIS heterosexual liberal) and I laughed out loud. I disagree with this review, but does that matter? What's funny to one person is not funny to another, always, and for any, infinite number of reasons. Did I find some of the material not funny and uncomfortable, yes. So what? Why do we expect Dave Chappelle or anyone like him to speak for all black people and to perform in a way that is acceptable to you (the universal you).

Any number of white comedians, male and female, do not speak for me, do not represent my personal experience, and are downright offensive (to ME). Again, so what? Chappelle and his colleagues are comedians FFS, not the president of the United States. Why do we expect so much from our entertainers and hold them to a standard to uphold human decency (as WE, personally, define it) when the GD president of the United States gets a pass for mocking the disabled, viewing women as only f***able body parts, calling black people lazy and living in horrific conditions in inner cities with "nothing to lose," calling Hispanics and immigrants rapists, thieves, and murderers, and basically lying 100% of the time. So you don't like Chappelle, who cares? Fairly certain Chappelle doesn't. He got paid.

And FWIW, I fail to see how discussion of being called a N*****, being stopped by police while driving black, talking about Bill Cosby and how complicated and horrific it is that someone who was a hero to him, who did such incredible things for black American society, is also a rapist who committed literally a staggering amount of rape, how white people have thrown banana peels at him at shows, how white people have thrown snowballs at him from cars, and how white people in his Ohio community who witnessed the incident gathered not to lynch him, but support him, including the police who "put the fates of white children in his hands" is comedy that is from a pre-BlackLivesMatter reality.
Mar 30 xina commented on Mike Pence Cast the Tie-Breaking Senate Vote Against Planned Parenthood.
These a$$holes sure do love government when it comes to controlling women. Time for some legislation that requires every father financially supports every child born until the age of 25. No more single moms. They want to be forced birthers, they can finally be forced to take 100% financial responsibility for all of the children born who never see, know, or see a dime from their sperm donors. And with no place to obtain contraception or any sort of family planning or reproductive health care, expect the population to EXPLODE.
Mar 28 xina commented on New York Attorney General: If They Repeal the Clean Power Plan, They Have to Replace It.
Real important work they're doing, fucking over Americans with each and every action they take. #destroyeverything
Mar 28 xina commented on House Republicans Just Killed Your Internet Privacy Protections.
Real important work they're doing, fucking over Americans with each and every action they take. #destroyeverything
Mar 28 xina commented on Plans For a West Seattle Whole Foods Have Been Indefinitely Delayed.
West Seattle does not need a Whole Foods. It has a Metropolitan Market.
Mar 14 xina commented on I, Anonymous: Seattle's Tech-xism Problem.
@1 going to HR will get you fired. Period. Been there done that (more than once). HR exists to protect the company, period. Also, if you are going to file a lawsuit, be prepared to lose. Companies like this (let's use Amazon as a hypothetical example) have a FLANK of lawyers at their disposal and nothing but time to wait you out, wear you down, take you for everything you have, and in the end you will lose. I've witnessed it. As someone who as been bullied by a female manager, been fired by an employer for getting sick with a serious illness (even while having an outside advocate and knowing full well the company I worked for was violating the law when they fired me), and as a witness to other women being abused, harassed, intimidated, bullied, beaten down, and fired I say firmly that it is not as easy as you think to report these things. Should people speak up? Absolutely. When the ACLU asked for submissions about gender discrimination against Amazon.com I know personally people who told them their stories. Notice nothing has happened. Nothing has happened because not enough people were willing to go on record with regard to what happened to them at Amazon or what they witnessed happen to others at Amazon. Period.

Finally, how many stories by women do we have to hear from so-called progressive enclaves that tell the same story of sexism? San Francisco, Seattle, Portland (to only name three) claim to be so forward thinking, so post-everything (racial, feminist, classist, whatever) when in reality they harbor so much of the same deep and destructive violence of the body and spirit against women, people of color, non cis heterosexual males, poor people, etc. Every time I hear "bullshit" with regard to a story like this or "why didn't THEY do blah blah blah" it reminds me that our society is wholly complicit in not only perpetuating the white supremacist racist heterosexual patriarchy, but fabricating a mask to pretend that it doesn't exist because denial is so much easier than facing it, changing it, growing, evolving, adapting, and moving forward. Humanity is a lost cause. It's seriously time for our extinction event. How many thousands of years have had to get a clue? We are the only species that harms our own kind for pleasure and profit. We are the only species that fouls our nest (there is no planet B, people). I love Seattle (just like I love New York and I love Portland) but the prevalence of white supremacist racism, misogyny, and classism in these places is just as bad as it is in the flyover states, it's just dressed up differently and fiercely denied.
Mar 10 xina commented on Capitol Hill Synagogue Temple De Hirsch Sinai Vandalized with Holocaust-Denying Graffiti.
I really can't believe America in 2017 we're dealing with this s**t. Watch "Night Will Fall." Do we really want this to happen in our country? Every single hateful POS who commits a crime like this or any other hate crime in the name of (and because they've been emboldened by) 45 and his insane white supremacist clown posse of an administration needs to be harshly punished. NEVER AGAIN MEANS NEVER AGAIN. #ENOUGH
Mar 8 xina commented on The Poor In Seattle Are Taxed Like Hell.
The solution is simple. End the unmitigated greed. If the recommendation is that people spend 1/3 of their income on rent, when someone goes to see an available apartment that is what they should be charged in rent. Landlords bitch endlessly about property taxes and other costs when the reality is they are making hand over fist in profit. You have an apartment to rent, someone with a FT job and a need to rent an apartment comes to you, you get a 1/3 of their income as rent. We do not have housing problem in this country, we have a greed problem. The poor are paying between 60 and 80% of their income to rent and they are only able to afford the bottom of the market available rentals > owned by landlords who gladly bilk them for as much as they can get, never care for the units or do repairs or upgrades, evict the tenants, and bring in new ones to bilk at a higher rent. This is not only cruel and dehumanizing, it is so completely (as in100%) UNNECESSARY. People with stable places to live are better people, better parents, better workers, and better citizens. Period. Stop making a profit on other people's misery because you feel you deserve to do so and create places where not only can people afford to live, but where people want to live, too. My mother was a landlord for 13 years. It can be done. It is possible to be a decent human being and make a profit. Landlords are simply too greedy and like to blame everyone and everything else for why they choose to gouge people when it comes to rent. I mean, seriously, since when did having your own kitchen and bathroom in a apartment (and an apartment that is larger than 200 square feet) become a luxury? And why are people living in these dorm rooms and paying nearly $1000/mo to do so? Because Americans are greedy assholes that don't give a shit about anything except money. Read _Evicted_ by Matthew Desmond and then tell me landlords are the victims. Shitty people preying on desperate and poor people (while they rake in profits of half a million or a million or more NET, not GROSS) is symptomatic of America's insatiable desire for never ending increases in profit (while vilifying those who provide that profit and doing as little as possible to care for the property creating the profit, because they don't feel they should have to pay so much to be property owners). Just like everything in this country, privatization of profit, socialization of loss. And society is losing while a tiny percent get a bigger and bigger piece of the pie that they are literally ripping out of the hands of everyone else.
Feb 17 xina commented on Take Donald Trump's Not-At-All Slanted and Misleading "Mainstream Media Accountability Survey".
Hitler loved using the term lying press. The Nazis used it relentlessly in their propaganda. The press isn't lying. Don the Con is lying his crazy head off.