Gravity's Rainbow

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May 16, 2017
by sarcozona

Staking a claim

In Laurie Penny’s most excellent review of Ivanka Trump’s book, she includes the following excerpt:

Simply put, staking your claim means declaring something your own. Early in our country’s history, as new territories were acquired or opened—particularly during the gold rush—a citizen could literally put a stake in the ground and call the land theirs. The land itself, and everything on it, legally became that person’s property. Our Lady of Complicity | Laurie Penny

I believe the next round of protests needs to be “staking a claim” on Trump towers around the world.

April 1, 2017
by sarcozona

Diversity isn’t Justice

Someone told me that racism didn’t have a damn thing to do with Freddie Gray’s murder because the mayor of Baltimore was black. You’d guess right that kind of racist thinking came from someone who voted for Trump, but this idea that diversity protects you from racism/sexism/etc is prevalent across the board:

Tokenism can’t fix our problems. It’s not about getting a seat at the table, it’s about smashing the damn table.

February 9, 2017
by sarcozona

Don’t bite off your nose to spite your face

Republicans Scramble for a Plan. And a Clue.

Obama thinks we should let the Republicans hang on the repeal of the ACA. That’ll feel good as long as you don’t think of the tens of thousands dying without healthcare and the many Americans who are paying thousands of dollars a year for health insurance they can’t afford to use.

I’d rather be able to throw a successful, socialist healthcare bill in Republican’s faces whenever they call socialism on basic social welfare, wouldn’t you? Call your representatives and ask them to vote for this single payer program.