The Inclined Mind

Site dedicated to my journey through the video game "Earth: Experience reality from a human."

"With the Americans who want to keep their old plans, it might be wise to avoid waiting for another apology from the president under realization that specific protections in place under the Affordable Care Act will no longer pertain.”
-My blog post on America’s impatience and obsession for apologies

"With the Americans who want to keep their old plans, it might be wise to avoid waiting for another apology from the president under realization that specific protections in place under the Affordable Care Act will no longer pertain.”

-My blog post on America’s impatience and obsession for apologies

Obama to continue U.S.-led torture and detention policies

Via the Huffington Post, “President Obama has utterly failed the first test of his second term, even before inauguration day,” according to ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero.

  • The NDAA gives the United States government the power to detain U.S. citizens militarily (with exceptions) without trial if suspected of “terrorist” activity.
  • The bill greenlights a $633 billion budget for the armed forces in the 2013 fiscal year.
  • Jan. 11 will mark the 11th anniversary of Guantanamo Bay which serves as a reminder of the U.S.’s willingness to torture and skirt international law.
  • Civil liberty groups attempted to reinstate an injunction against indefinite detention, but were denied by Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg. 

'NDAA signed into law by Obama despite Guantanamo veto threat, indefinite detention provision' by Matt Sledge and Ryan J. Reilly of the Huffington Post.

theatlantic:

Mapping the Census: A Dot for Every Person

Brandon Martin-Anderson, a graduate student at MIT’s Changing Places lab, was tired of seeing maps of U.S. population density cluttered by roads, bridges, county borders and other impediments.

Fortunately for us, he has the technological expertise to transform block data from the 2010 Census into points on a map. One point per person, and nothing else. 

Read more. [Images: Brandon Martin-Anderson]

Cool

anarcho-queer:

Typhoon Kills At Least 283, Hundreds Missing, In Philippines

Blocked roads and severed communications in the southern Philippines frustrated rescuers on Wednesday as teams searched for hundreds of people missing after the strongest typhoon this year killed at least 283 people.

Typhoon Bopha, with central winds of 120 kph (75 mph) and gusts of up to 150 kph (93 mph), battered beach resorts and dive spots on Palawan island on Wednesday but it was weakening as it moved west.

Hardest hit was the southern island of Mindanao, where Bopha made landfall on Tuesday. It triggered landslides and floods along the coast and in farming and mining towns inland.

Interior Minister Manuel Roxas said 300 people were missing.

Entire families were washed away,” Roxas, who inspected the disaster zone, told reporters.

Most affected areas were cut off by destroyed roads and collapsed bridges and army search-and-rescue teams were being flown in by helicopter.

The governor of the worst-hit province, Compostela Valley, in Mindanao said waves of water and mud came crashing down mountains and swept through schools, town halls and clinics where huddled residents had sought shelter.

The death toll in the province stood at 160. In nearby Davao Oriental province, where Bopha made landfall, 110 people were killed.

The waters came so suddenly and unexpectedly, and the winds were so fierce,” the Compostela Valley governor, Arthur Uy, told Reuters by telephone.

Damage to agriculture and infrastructure in the province was extensive, Uy said.

Way too sad…

(via psychedelicmandala)

“The House Republicans however are not as confident as they were after their elections in 2010, according to TheHill.com. With the 2012 Election still fresh and some Republicans in the party unsure if House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will remain firm on keeping tax rates the same or lower for the rich, fiscal cliff negotiations are something they are worried about.”

—   'A Fiscal Cliff Compromise' by Daniel Simon of The Huffington Post

“In light of today’s report, it appears that blaming the CIA operatives doesn’t make much sense at all given their repeated efforts to help out in the matter. What the Fox News report leaves out is who denied the requests to the CIA operatives. The only detail it mentions about the operatives’ communication is that they were “in constant radio contact with their headquarters.” Was the CIA denying those requests? Was the Pentagon? State Department? We’ve sent out questions to each agency and will update if we hear back.”

—   CIA Denies Calling Off Backup In Benghazi | The Atlantic Wire (via pieceinthepuzzlehumanity)

So many other questions we should be asking about this event that the fringe ignores. Of course.

(via thepoliticalfreakshow)

28 Good Questions the Media Should Be Asking

thevocalibertarian:

There certainly is no shortage of news, but instead of focusing on the terribly important issues that we are facing, the mainstream media feeds us an endless stream of fluff, scandals and celebrities.

Just check out some of the headlines that I found on the front pages of major mainstream news websites today….

“Man Dies After Roach-Eating Contest”

“Ex-NFL Cheerleader Admits To Sex With Minor”

“Facebook Rolls Out Pinterest-Like Tool For Buying Stuff”

“Grumpy Cat Becomes Internet Sensation”

So what should the mainstream media really be talking about today?

The following are 28 good questions that the mainstream media should be asking….

1. Why is the IMF warning that there is an “alarmingly high” risk of a deeper global economic slowdown?

2. Why is Switzerland preparing for “major civil unrest” throughout Europe?

3. If the Spanish financial system completely collapses, what is that going to mean for the rest of Europe and the rest of the globe?

4. Is Turkey about to drag the rest of NATO (including the United States) into a war with Syria?

5. Why aren’t people screaming in outrage about the fact that the U.S. national debt increased by more than a trillion dollars for the fourth straight year in 2012?

6. Should we be concerned that the U.S. government added more to the U.S. national debt on the first day of fiscal year 2013 than it did from 1776 to 1941 combined?

7. If temporary refinery problems can cause some gas stations to shut down and cause gas prices in California to skyrocket to all-time highs, what would a real crisis do?

8. Why are some analysts predicting that a “rapid collapse” is coming for the U.S. dollar?

9. Will the U.S. dollar soon lose its status as the primary reserve currency of the world?

10. Why is Marc Faber warning that the wealthy “may lose up to 50 percent of their total wealth“?

11. By keeping interest rates near zero, is the Federal Reserve crushing the retirement dreams of millions of elderly Americans?

12. Why do Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and most members of Congress continue to stand behind the TSA whennearly 400 TSA employees have been fired for stealing from travelers since 2003?

13. Why are nearly half a million employees of the federal government making over $100,000 a year?

14. How in the world can you have a debate about the economy that lasts for an hour and a half and never even mention Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve or quantitative easing?

15. Why are Romney campaign signs being smeared with excrement?

16. British taxpayers spent 57.8 million dollars on the royal family in 2011.  U.S. taxpayers spent 1.4 billion dollars on the Obamas that same year.  How in the world can this be justified?

17. Why does the U.S. government treat our military veterans like garbage?  Many of them have given everything for their country.  Shouldn’t we treat them with more respect?

18. Why is the mainstream media ignoring a warning that an international gang of cybercriminals plans “to steal money from the online accounts of thousands of consumers at 30 or more major U.S. banks“?

19. The New England Complex Systems Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts is warning that rapidly rising global food prices could soon lead to massive food riots all over the planet.  Is this something that we should be concerned about?

20. Why is the United Nations pushing to have the authority to impose “global taxes” on all of us?

21. How did we get to the point where sex trafficking is now at epidemic levels all over the United States?

22. Why are so many young people being arrested?  Should we be concerned that 41 percent of all Americans have been arrested by the time they reach the age of 23?

23. Why are most Americans either overweight or obese or severely obese?

24. How was one Baltimore woman able to accumulate 30 free cell phones all paid for by the federal government?

25. Why are nearly 30 percent of all young adults in the 25 to 34 year old age bracket living at home with their parents?

26. Why has the birth rate in the United States fallen to an all-time low?

27. With the race for president incredibly tight right now, will the side that loses end up accusing the other side of using voter fraud to steal the election?

28. Is the U.S. Supreme Court about to make it illegal to resell our own stuff at yard sales, in thrift stores and on eBay?

Questions we should all be concerned about.

(Source: thefreelioness, via thepoliticalfreakshow)

No freakin way.

(via knowledgeequalsblackpower)

An Open Letter to Ann Coulter

paxamericana:

Dear Ann Coulter,

Come on Ms. Coulter, you aren’t dumb and you aren’t shallow.  So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult?

I’m a 30 year old man with Down syndrome who has struggled with the public’s perception that an intellectual disability means that I am dumb and shallow.  I am not either of those things, but I do process information more slowly than the rest of you.  In fact it has taken me all day to figure out how to respond to your use of the R-word last night.

I thought first of asking whether you meant to describe the President as someone who was bullied as a child by people like you, but rose above it to find a way to succeed in life as many of my fellow Special Olympians have.

Then I wondered if you meant to describe him as someone who has to struggle to be thoughtful about everything he says, as everyone else races from one snarkey sound bite to the next.

Finally, I wondered if you meant to degrade him as someone who is likely to receive bad health care, live in low grade housing with very little income and still manages to see life as a wonderful gift.

Because, Ms. Coulter, that is who we are – and much, much more.

After I saw your tweet, I realized you just wanted to belittle the President by linking him to people like me.  You assumed that people would understand and accept that being linked to someone like me is an insult and you assumed you could get away with it and still appear on TV.

I have to wonder if you considered other hateful words but recoiled from the backlash.

Well, Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor.

No one overcomes more than we do and still loves life so much.

Come join us someday at Special Olympics.  See if you can walk away with your heart unchanged.

A friend you haven’t made yet,  

John Franklin Stephens

Global Messenger

Special Olympics Virginia

If this is true… My eyes!!

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

howtobeterrell:

This is a photograph from a book called ‘Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography ins America” (pub. 2004). The photo is called ‘The lynching of Frank Embree, July 22, 1899, Fayette, MO”

By all reckoning, that makes this barely 113 years old.

There are two other matching photos to the set. The one below, and the one of him hanging, which is too upsetting to post. You can see it (along with others from much later time periods here: http://chnm.gmu.edu/courses/omalley/race/four.html)

http://golden-zephyr.tumblr.com

So unreal.

(via knowledgeequalsblackpower)