Monthly Archives: March 2016

Trump punishment for abortion

Chris Matthews: “Do you believe in punishment for abortion, yes or no, as a principle?”

Donald Trump: “The answer is that there has to be some form of punishment.”

Chris Matthews: “For the woman?”

Donald Trump: “Yeah, there has to be some form.”

Chris Matthews: “Ten cents? Ten years? What?”

Donald Trump: “Let me just tell you—I don’t know. That I don’t know. That I don’t know.”

Chris Matthews: “Why not?”

Donald Trump: “I don’t know.”

Chris Matthews: “You take positions on everything else.”

Donald Trump: “Because I don’t want to—I—frankly, I do take positions on everything else. It’s a very complicated position.”


Later he said doctors should be punished

Donald Trump’s Machismo and Sexism

The 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump was the epitome of machismo toughness approached as a battle with insults, talking about how he would bomb and “beat the shit out of ISIS,” would use more extreme torture than water boarding, make Mexico pay for a border wall and China adjust its currency and be a winner. About ISIS, he said of himself, “I think we’re weak. No body would be tougher on ISIS than Donald Trump. I will find the right guy to make the military really work. Nobody will push us around.” He added in a Tweet, “I alone can solve this problem.” We’ve become weak, he said, “I love the old days — you know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks.” When some white supporters punched and attempted to choke a Black Lives Matter protester at a rally, Trump said, “Maybe he should have been roughed up.” At another rally he said, “I’d like to punch him in the face” and at another, if his supporters saw anybody with a tomato, “Knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. OK? Just knock the hell [out of them]. I promise you I will pay for the legal fees.” “We’ve gotta fight back,” he said about unruly protesters, and threatened to send his supporters to disrupt Bernie Sander’s speeches, charging that Sanders was the instigator of the protests at Trump events. He told Idaho potato growers, “As President, I will protect your market.” As the helpful father he told Michigan workers before their primary in February, “If you get laid off, I still want your vote. I’ll get you a new job; don’t worry about it.” He tells supporters he loves them and there are good people and bad people, and he’s the greatest at everything he mentions—the presidency, the military, building walls, making money.

Patriarchal dad called Fox News reporter Megyn Kelly a lightweight bimbo (she is trained as a lawyer) and implied her tough questions were due to menstruation. He insulted other women like Carly Fiorina and Rosie O’Donnell for their appearance, saying he is against “political correctness.” He allowed black women to be pushed and roughed up during his rallies. He told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice that it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees, implying a sexual act. He judges women by their appearance, as when he told Esquire Magazine, “You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.” [i]He called Rose O’Donnell a fat pig and condemned presidential candidate Carly Fiorina: “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?” About sexual assaults in the military he tweeted, “What did these geniuses expect when they put men and women together?” He even entered into a debate about the size of his hands and by implication genitals in a debate with Senator Marco Rubio. He doesn’t feel the need to research policies just make pronouncements about how great he is, commenting on climate change that weather changes and goes up and down and he thinks that “it’s very low on the list” of world problems.[ii] His approach to voters is compared to techniques used by fascists like Mussolini, who he quoted in a tweet.

[i] Alan Rappeport, “Donald Trump’s Trail of Comments About Women,” New York Times, March 25, 2016.

[ii] Philip Lewis, “Donald Trump on Climate Change,” Huffpost, September 22, 2015.

Alan Rappeport, “Donald Trump’s Trail of Comments About Women,” New York Times, March 25, 2016.

half the refugees are children

About half of the world’s refugees are under 18. Photographer Muhammed Muheisen wants to introduce us to the children who grow up fleeing war.


high school student critiques education

Campbell Erickson

Feb 24


What is wrong with American education

I’m in high school. I just made a 72 on a pretty important test.

It sucks. I feel defeated. The reasons for my low grade are pretty simple: I didn’t study, there was a party at my house the night before that my parents were throwing. I hadn’t read the book because I had been absolutely packed for the week prior with running a TEDxYouth event and a gallery show for A Youth Mind. Now, if your first inclination is that I’m unintelligent, incapable, or unable to prioritize, I feel you. I authentically feel that right now… and that is the problem.

In the American education system, where as a whole, great teachers and progressive schools are exceptions to the rule, with the tests, quizzes, grades at every corner, you don’t learn to prioritize, to live life, to be creative, to experience and meet people. You learn to keep your head down and study your ass off. And when you don’t? You’re defeated. Like I am now. You feel incapable for no reason other than prioritizing some unique interests over school. Now, if school was actual learning, it’d be different.

But in education, we unequivocally stand behind this concept of testing. We support and praise short-term memorization. The students who are thought of as most diligent are rarely the ones who I think will make an impact in the world; rather, they are the ones who can suppress their natural curiosity in exchange for bulldozing through the memorization of 100 terms all for the purpose of pasting them down the next day. Do they actually retain anything for more than two weeks? No. So, are they learning? No. Does it make them any happier? No.

We need to consider that we — the so-called “worst generation” of America — are not that way because of our own nature and distraction with media and the internet; instead, we are the “worst generation” because we have higher rates of stress-induced mental illness than ever before in the history of American youth. Plus, honestly, I think we are the best generation, even though we’ve been completely screwed over by our schooling, because we are the most accepting, progressive generation ever. So stop calling us the worst and do something about it.

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Iranian Phone App to Reveal Location of Morality Police

In 2016, anonymous developers created a crowdsourced Gershad phone app to pinpoint the location of the Ershad morality police vans on street so young people can avoid them. They asked on the Gershad webpage, “Why do we have to be humiliated for our most obvious right which is the right to where what we want? Social media …are full of footage and photos of innocent women who have been beaten up and dragged on the ground by Eershad patrol agents.” The app designers said that in 2014 18,000 people were prosecuted and about three million were issued official warnings.

Amir Azimi, “Iranian Youth Get App to Dodge Morality Police, BBC News, February 9, 2016.

Trump calls youth protesters thugs

Victoria Kaplan reported on youth protests against Donald Trump in a email 3-12-16, “Without consulting local police, Donald Trump abruptly cancelled a rally in Chicago in the face of massive and overwhelmingly peaceful student-led protests. Then he blamed MoveOn members for his decision, telling Fox News we must have “staged” the protests and that MoveOn is “not a good group of people.” This morning, he called protestors “thugs.” People for Bernie — an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement — sent a tweet warning that even bigger battles may be ahead.
Trump said in St. Louis there was an upside to getting heckled.
“Can I be honest with you? It adds to the flavor,” he told his cheering supporters. “It really does. It makes it more exciting. I mean, isn’t this better than listening to a long boring speech?”
Micahel Finnegan, “Donald Trump has a History of Endorsing Violence Against Protesters, Los Angeles Times, March 11, 2016.

Young people betrayed economically

The Guardian newspaper researched data about Generation Y in eight of the largest developed nations, concluding they were they didn’t delay adulthood because they were indulged by their parents—as often said about them, but because they are betrayed by the economic hardships they face. They did as they were told, obsessed with achievement, they went to university, but graduated burdened by student debt and unable to find well-paying jobs in their fields. Jane, 29, UK told The Guardian, “I did all the things we were told to do…but on a single income, housing is my nightmare.” Not being able to afford a house also makes it difficult to raise children. Lauren, 23, reported from Scotland that she has temporary jobs so she can’t sign a lease on a flat, living with her parents. “I yearn to escape and begin my adult life, but I feel like a reluctant Peter Pan.”

Carmen Fishwick, “Five Markers of Adulthood Millennials Have Had to Give Up,” The Guardian, March 10. 2016.

What names do you hear for Gen Y?

The Guardian reported on what different countries call people born after 1980.[i] European countries have different descriptors for what the US calls Millennials and the UK and Australia calls Gen Y: Sweden’s Generation Curling (for parents clearing all obstacles from their path like clearing an ice field), Norway’s Generation Serious, Poland’s Generation John Paul II (upset by the Polish pope’s death in 2005), Germany’s Generation Maybe (unable to commit faced by many options), Greece’s Generation of 500 euros (the government salary paid to young workers) and Spain’s Generation Ni-NI or Mileuristas (neither work or study or low salary). Chinese call them ken lao zu, “the generation that eats the old” for living off their parents, and Japanese call them nagara-zoku, “the people who are always doing two things at once” or the Relaxed Generation who live with their parents. Others call them Generation Terror because they grew up after 9// and the war of terror, Echo Boomers because they have some of the same values and large size of the Baby Boomers, or Generation Debt in the US and Generation [high] Rent in the UK and Australia where young adults fear they won’t be able to buy a house and have to pay high rents.

[i] Carmen Fishwick, “Five Markers of Adulthood Millennials Have Had to Give Up,” The Guardian, March 10. 2016.