“IOTD” is image of the day, a concept I came up with. I teach visual meditative therapy – or in easy terms – a mini mental holiday. For some people it is very difficult for them to get their image right. I post an image a day for people to use in their mini mental vacay. Some are serious, some are silly, and some are just beautiful!”
This is another step down the road that leads to the broken shell of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City … There is a constituency for armed rebellion in this country that is larger than any of our respectable political and social institutions want to admit. It is fueled by reckless, ambitious people who engage in reckless, ambitious rhetoric ….
It does us no good to ignore what is going on in this obscure little corner of the Pacific Northwest. It does us no good to refuse to hold to account the politics that led to this, and the politicians who sought to profit from it.
It does us no good to deny that there is a substantial constituency for armed sedition in this country, and to deny the necessity of delegitimizing that constituency in our politics, and the first step in that process is to face it and to call it what it is.
TOP: Hedge fund CEO, Martin Shkreli, who bought the rights to a 62-year old AIDS and cancer treatment and jacked up the price to profit from misery. BOTTOM: Jonas Salk, who developed a cure to one of the world’s most debilitating illnesses and could’ve made millions … but he gave it away to help as many as possible.
Capitalism versus humanity.
Before people start saying Daraprim is not an AID’s drug, it is a immune infection fighting drug for AIDS patients who are not immune to fighting other bugs, so technically this is one of many drugs that AIDS patients do take to fight against their weak immune bodies.
Martin Shkreli, the controversial pharmaceutical CEO and former hedge fund manager, announced that he would reduce the price of the drug Daraprim to “a point that is more affordable.” Shkreli has been the subject of unrelenting criticism since he implemented a 5000% increase in the price of the drug — from $13.50 per pill to $750 — which is used to treat severe infections in AIDS patients and infants.
Shkreli, who talked to ABC News, declined to name the new price for the medicine, which has been on the market for 60 years. ABC described Shkreli as “the most hated man in America.”
While working at a company he founded called Retrophin, Shkreli had implemented a similar price hike on a kidney medicine. The Huffington Post reported that Shkeli “is part of a criminal investigation” involving Retrophin. He owes the company more than a half-million dollars.
“As it appears in … full read/full credit … watch video”
A flock of two dozen mad-as-hell supporters of Donald Trump agreed to assemble on Monday night in a political consultant’s office to explain their passion for the Republican front runner.
“I think America is pissed. Trump’s the first person that came out and voiced exactly what everybody’s been saying all along,” one man said. “When he talks, deep down somewhere you’re going, ‘Holy crap, someone is thinking the same way I am.’”
“When Trump talks, it may not be presented in a pristine, PC way, but we’ve been having that crap pushed to us for the past 40 years!” said another man. “He’s saying what needs to be said.”
“We know his goal is to make America great again,” a woman said. “It’s on his hat. And we see it every time it’s on TV. Everything that he’s doing, there’s no doubt why he’s doing it: it’s to make America great again.”
There’s a meme making the rounds that says something along the lines of “When people say Trump is saying the things nobody else is brave enough to say, what they really mean is that they’re as hateful and bigoted as he is.”
Cute sound bite.
But his popularity goes so much deeper, and this is one of the more disturbing articles I’ve read in a long time:
“The focus group watched taped instances on a television of Trump’s apparent misogyny, political flip flops and awe-inspiring braggadocio …. But the group — which included 23 white people, 3 African-Americans and 3 Hispanics and consisted of a plurality of college-educated, financially comfortably Donald devotees — was undeterred.
At the end of the session, the vast majority said they liked Trump more than when they walked in.”
It’s not Trump himself who scares me, of course: But what his popularity says about this country’s immediate future both horrifies and terrifies me.
“I’m the first to acknowledge that most people aren’t feeling the immediate benefits of the economic recovery, but it *is* real. The economic indicators *do* bring good news.
I am so tired of the negativity coming from the GOP. They refuse to acknowledge any of the good that has been achieved in the last 6 years. It was refreshing to hear the President call them out for it.”
Like a good white, middle-class American woman, I used to pride myself on trying to be “colorblind,” on saying to my friends of different ethnicities, “I don’t think of you as Black or White, as Hispanic or Asian. Heck, I don’t even *see* the color of your skin.”
Until the day my friend Isobel brought me up short. “What you are saying when you say that,” she said, “is that you don’t even see who I am. You are saying that you are choosing not to see a huge part of my identity, because who I am — the experiences I have had, the prevailing culture I grew up in — has been profoundly shaped by the color of my skin.” (Or words to that effect; I am taking some editorial license here.)
It was a slap across the face that opened my eyes and changed me. Because the harsh truth, once I admitted it, is that when I was saying, “I don’t see you as Black or Asian,” I was really saying, “I am pretending that you are just like me white.” The harsh truth is that I was projecting my own life experiences and expectations onto them. The harsh truth is that my nonwhite friends have been subjected to prejudices and humiliations and fears that I will never, ever experience. And those experiences are part of who they are as human beings.
Yes, we must treat all people the same, regardless of the color of their skin, but we — especially we white Americans — have to stop pretending that we don’t see the differences, have to stop pretending that we all have the same “American experience.” We must be willing to say that our society is NOT colorblind, that our society does not treat all people the same.
You can follow Isobel here on Facebook: What a Witch.
It’s worth noting that she wrote this in 2012, two years before the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, two years before he was blamed for his own death because his toy gun didn’t have a bright orange plastic piece at the end.
Officer Who Shot Tamir Rice Had ‘Dismal’ Handgun Performance
The Cleveland police officer who shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun last month had been judged not up to the job of police work two years earlier when he worked for a different force, according to internal memos published by Cleveland.com on Thursday.
On November 22, Officer Timothy Loehmann of the Cleveland Division of Police shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice within seconds after arriving at a Cleveland park where Rice was playing with the gun.