Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist pop culture media critic (who produces an ongoing web series of video commentaries from a feminist/fangirl perspective), spoke recently at TEDxWomen about her simple project studying female characters in video games, and the chaos that ensued from game boys afraid that their games would change. The misogynistic comments and threats she received were so disturbing, and I am sure doubly hurtful to someone who had loved industry and been into gaming for so long. Especially since many were grown men, without youth as an excuse for stupidity. Continue reading
You may have noticed this past year, an unprecedented wave of legislation devoted to voting restrictions which appear aimed at keeping a whole demographic from voting. Oh, lord, save us from the scourge of voter fraud! For many Americans come upon hard times, the choice between paying for a photo ID so they can vote, or spending that $25 or more on a more immediate concern like food, would be no choice at all. Continue reading
Martin Bashir made a powerful point on his show tonight; How it’s ironic that GOP candidates who sneer at President Obama for following supposed European policies, when they are the ones proposing monster cuts to entitlement programs that are just austerity measures for Americans. Watch the news folks, the cuts in European countries are just making their economies worse. Spain for example, has wound up with crippling unemployment figures, the highest in 15 years! Fact is, poor and working class folks put every cent they earn back into the economy, and scaring them into hoarding what little resources they have hurts it. Big cuts in social programs to reduce the deficit….Sounds good to the conservative on the campaign trail, but common sense says it is not going to go over well with retirees on Medicare when push comes to shove.
In light of his recent success after his snow dancing ceremony in Vail, Colorado, perhaps Ed Boxer, Jr. could see fit to perform his magic dance in front of the US Treasury, maybe intercede with the money gods to bring prosperity to Americans. My idea is no more silly than thinking absurd tax cuts for billionaires leads to job creation and growing the economy, or that the old trickle down economic experiment would benefit the little guy. Just saying.
In the hours since President Barack Obama made his State of the Union address many great minds have been analyzing the president’s words line by line, trying to predict the tone and tactics he will employ in his 2012 campaign. The speech leaves much to consider. Not to mention the Republican response televised right after, delivered by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, which I thought started out admirably. Continue reading
It seems to me, the same old tired social issues that pop up during elections are harmful to our country in a number of ways. While we are busy wrestling with abortion rights (permitted in over 60% of the world), gay rights, and the right to have access to affordable healthcare(or lack thereof), our legislature should be tackling the current pressing issues. Issues like the corporate practice of patenting DNA of plant and animal lifeforms. Corporate ownership, particularly of human DNA, could cause all kinds of havoc, the least of which would be the increased cost of medical testing. Continue reading
Increasingly, main stream media has ignored Congressman Ron Paul as a serious candidate for the GOP nomination, often labeling the Congressman as “unelectable” in favor of Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. I have to disagree for the following reasons: Continue reading