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Heartbroken.

9 Nov

(with respect and adoration for W.H. Auden and his Funeral Blues)

Stop all the clocks  Reverse all progress.
Forget our equality, this is a big fucking mess.
Silence all reason and show off your guns
Bring out our coffins, this air burns our lungs.

Let the victors gloat over our dead
Scribble on twitter “we jacked off big pharma who jacked up their meds”.
Ship away all of our friends who are brown
Let the unchecked police force shoot the rest down

She was my North, my South, my East, my West
Every day of my life, survival, advocacy, work and rare rest
Our health, our water, our families, and access to school.
I thought our liberty would last for ever, but someone shit in the pool.

We are not wanted now by those who have won
Pack up your dreams if you are not a straight, able, white, Christian son.
Pour away our meds and sweep up our bones
For they only care about money, exclusion, and gold plated thrones.

-Bek C. November 9, 2016

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The Trouble With Memes.

24 Feb
Not even her freaking Legos.  Nice try, Righty McMeme.

Not even her freaking Legos. Nice try, Righty McMeme.

Memes range from silly to satire to just plain dumb.  They do, though, convey a message and often spread it far and wide and sometimes they are clever and other times they blatantly disregard facts and add fuel to an already dangerous and raging fire.  

Of course, during President Obama’s time in office, we have seen so many of these spreading misinformation to the masses, not all of which are interested in truth or justice or even the grim reality of what their party has become.  

Nobody, no candidate, no government, no penner of memes is infallible.  

That being said, this popped up on my radar the other day (radar = Facebook news feed on that particular day)…

The friend who posted this gift as his status update had included a comment along the lines of “Ain’t that the truth!”

No. No. No. No. No. No. No.

Let’s break this one down, just for shits & giggles.

First of all, the kid building the tower doesn’t own and didn’t earn sole ownership of the legos.
The child who he is speaking to is hoarding all of the legos that are communal classroom property, as her own, for her own use. The child is being greedy.

The kids who are napping may be on a different schedule and need to sleep “all day” because they work the overnight shift.

We don’t know.

If that is not the case and they are just napping “all day” than it is an issue of teacher and curriculum availability and quality, and likely a classroom ratio issue.

It’s likely that the first girl lobbied hard for large budget cuts so that there would not be the usual degree of supervision and teacher oversight so she could do what she damn well pleases, whenever she wants, regardless of the impact on the classroom environment or on her fellow children.

If Obama took half of her legos and distributed them to the other children, that child would still have more legos than any other individual child (if she had 50 legos and was in a class with 25 other students, a division and redistribution of half of the legos would leave her with 25 legos to stack and the other children, as individuals, would have one lego each. It’s likely that due to unbalanced taxation laws, the kids who received the redistributed legos will have to give them all to pay their taxes, meanwhile paying their taxes means they will likely not be able to afford snacktime or lunch and the bank will take their cots. While the first kid (the greedy little hoarder who didn’t work for those legos and doesn’t actually own them) probably has a shitload of legos she has stolen from kind and honest children, in a tax-exempt offshore toy box and likely outsources all of her chores to children in different schools.

So no, the analogy doesn’t work as it is presented in the meme.

 

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