HERE’S A REAL PROBLEM – TOLEDO OHIO WATER SUPPLY IS CONTAMINATED-MEDIA WILL NOT REPORT THIS – WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!

FROM WEATHER.COM

WAKE THE FUCK UP AMERICA – THIS IS WHAT THE MEDIA IS TRYING TO DISTRACT YOU FROM KNOWING ABOUT

THIS IS WHAT THE MEDIA IS TRYING TO DISTRACT YOU FROM – INSTEAD THEY BOMBARD AMERICANS WITH BULLSHIT LIKE #FERGUSON!!! WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ALGAE!!! IT STINKS!

Toledo, Ohio Water Supply Contaminated by Algae From Lake Erie

By Eric Zerkel Published: Aug 3, 201

Toledo, Ohio city officials issued an urgent notice to residents to not drink or use the city’s tap water after harmful levels of algae-related toxins were discovered at one of the city’s water treatment plants.

A post to the city’s Facebook page urged the 400,000-plus residents of Ohio’s fourth largest city not to drink or boil the water until the city cleared the water for consumption. Some Toledo, Ohio, suburbs along with areas of southwestern Michigan were also affected by the water ban.

“Chemists testing water at Toledo’s Collins Park Water Treatment Plant had two sample readings for microcystin in excess of the recommended “DO NOT DRINK” 1 micro-gram per liter standard,” the post read in part.

The post went on to explain that consuming the water could lead to a series of health complications, including “abnormal liver function, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea numbness or dizziness.” Attempting to boil and drink the water would only worsen those health effects because it would “increase the concentration of the toxins.”

Those toxins are said to come from a growing algae bloom on Lake Erie. A recent bulletin issued by NOAA shows the harmful algae bloom growing in Maumee Bay near the mouth of the Maumee River, which runs through Toledo. Lake Erie provides water to more than 11 million people, including major cities like Toledo, Cleveland, Buffalo and Detroit.

The city issued the warning just after midnight, and with no official water source set up by the city, residents made a mad-dash to local stores to clear the shelves of bottled water, the Associated Press reports.

“It looked like Black Friday,” said Aundrea Simmons, who stood in a line of about 50 people at a pharmacy before buying four cases of water. “I have children and elderly parents. They take their medication with water.”

Officials said Saturday that they were working to set up water distribution centers around the metro area.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared a state of emergency Saturday with water in short supply around the Toledo area. The declaration will enable state government officials to activate infrastructure and ship in additional water resources for residents affected by the ban.

Kasich said it was too early to say how long the advisory will last or what caused toxins to spike suddenly in the drinking water. Officials were waiting on test results on water samples.

“We don’t really want to speculate on this,” he told The Associated Press. “When it comes to this water, we’ve got be very careful.”

Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins said it would probably be Sunday morning before all the results are in and officials could consider after that whether to lift the advisory.

Restaurants and other businesses closed-up shop due to the unstable water supply.

Harmful blooms on Lake Erie have become annual affairs, fueled by fertilizers and other run-off from industrial sources surrounding the lake. According to the Associated Press, the city of Toledo spent $4 million on resources to combat the toxins found in harmful algae blooms.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

MORE ON WEATHER.COM: Lake Erie Algae

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 Algae washes ashore from Lake Erie at Maumee Bay State Park August 4, 2014. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

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 Carol Snyder of Northwood, Ohio, holds up a jar with water collected from Lake Erie at Maumee Bay State Park August 4, 2014 in Oregon, Ohio, near Toledo. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images

Toledo, Ohio

Toledo, Ohio

 Algae washes ashore from Lake Erie at Maumee Bay State Park August 4, 2014. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

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 Carol Snyder of Northwood, Ohio, holds up a jar with water collected from Lake Erie at Maumee Bay State Park August 4, 2014 in Oregon, Ohio, near Toledo. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images

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Toledo, Ohio

 Algae washes ashore from Lake Erie at Maumee Bay State Park August 4, 2014. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

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The City of Toledo water intake crib is surrounded by algae, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Lake Erie, about 2.5 miles off the shore of Curtice, Ohio. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

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 Algae is seen near the City of Toledo water intake crib, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Lake Erie, about 2.5 miles off the shore of Curtice, Ohio. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

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 A detail photograph of the Lake Erie water near the City of Toledo water intake crib, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Lake Erie, about 2.5 miles off the shore of Curtice, Ohio. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Pelee Island, Ohio

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 A closer view of the algae bloom in Lake Erie in September 2009. (NOAA-GLERL/Flickr)

Lake Erie: October 2011

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 Satellite image from the fall of 2011 shows what researchers say was the worst bloom in recent years. (MERIS/ESA)

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 A view of the algae bloom in Lake Erie near Monroe, Michigan, during the summer of 2011. (NOAA-GLERL/Flickr)

Lake Erie: September 2012

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Satellite image from September 2012 shows a mild algae bloom that season. (MODIS/NASA)

Lake Erie: September 2013

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 A satellite image shows the intense algae bloom in the fall of 2013. (MODIS/NASA)

Lake Erie: October 2011

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 An image from NASA’s Earth Observatory clearly shows the algae in western Lake Erie in the fall of 2011. (NASA’s Earth Observatory)

Lake Erie: July 2011

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A view of the algae bloom in Lake Erie during the summer of 2011. (NOAA-GLERL/Flickr)

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 A view of the algae bloom in Lake Erie in September 2009. (NOAA-GLERL/Flickr)

Kelley’s Island, Ohio

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A view of the algae bloom in Lake Erie near Kelley’s Island, Ohio, during 2011. (T. Joyce/NOAA-GLERL/Flickr)

  • Diana Shugar · Top Commenter · Orange Coast College

    Euglena is a demonic microorganism. If you kill it violently it releases its toxins into the water before it dies. The only real solution is to introduce powerful beneficial biologicals to compete with it for the limited resources in the aquatic environment, and thereby force it to subside naturally. Unfortunately, the EPA s controlled by a special interest which is much more concerned with EUGENICS than euglena.I have some inside information on the Toledo, Ohio water crisis. I was told last year at this time that this would happen, not just in Toledo, but all over Ohio because of a highly toxic algae called euglena. Certain strains of euglena are responsible for turning water red like blood, and have been linked to cancer and other health issues. Both FEMA and the EPA have known about this problem for years—and the eventual See More

  • Mark Contorno · Kent State University

    Asian Carp and harmful algal blooms – they are going to keep us busy for decades. We are always posting articles about these two topics on our enviro ‘crowdfunding’ site:

    https://creeklife.com/blog/harmful-algal-blooms-in-lake-environments

  • Jane Williamson

    This has been an issue for years. Much is caused by golf courses, their man-made ponds full of herbicides/ pesticide chemicals that run-off into lakes. They are EXEMPT by the gov’t and permitted to use poisonous chemicals such as from Monsanto. It’s Summer, cottages/homes with septic tanks too close to the lakes esp. the ones with huge lawns… with rainfall, the septic tanks are leaching out. We have fewer farms now these days, so it’s not them. The majority of problems are from all the Golf courses and homes by the water who have NO regulations. It’s happening all over Canada too. Golf courses should be held accountable, as they got away with this for way too long with polluting the aquatic ecosystem. They earn billions in revenue and won’t change their ways for the environment. They can afford it.
  • Stephen Phillippo · Top Commenter

    It’s from runoff from using chemicals such as fertilizer feeding it. But also global warming. You don’t think it’s real because you can’t see it. They grow better in warmer water. The cold air at the poles get displaced with equalization more in winter causing colder winters as well. Because warm and cold water/air mix constantly on the Earth. Just like warm water from oceans get sucked up in hurricanes to the colder atmosphere causing spin. Or tornadoes in pockets of warm/ cold air.As the warm oceans flow north they now push more cold down until there isn’t any cold left. Hence glaciers melting at an extraordinary rate like big ice cubes making for colder winters. Millions of years of carbon being stored in the Earth in fossil fuels from plants breathing in carbon dioxide. It took millions of years to store drop by drop as plants decayed. We are releasing it in little over 100 years. It’s hard to fathom a million. You should try to count to it once. Then imagine it being years. It would take 12 days to count to a million with a fast speed by the way. Let alone millions of years of life evolving.

  • Clarke Owens · Attorney at Law at Self Employed Attorney at Law

    Algal blooms in Lake Erie, caused by fertilizer runoff and a change in rainfall patterns (additional runoff caused by more rain, which occur with warmer air) have led to a prohibition on drinking water in Toledo, Ohio, population over 400,000. Algal blooms are called ‘annual affairs’ in the news story.
  • Robert M Stanton · Top Commenter · Toledo, Ohio

    The source of the toxins from the run from animal and farm and others who east drain in rivers and local streams so this can touch the Detroit River also.
  • Patrick Snay · UConn

    Detroit does not get its water from Lake Erie; it comes from the Detroit River, upstream of Lake Erie.

MOVING FORWARD: RUSSIAN SOLDIERS ARE BUSTED IN THE UKRAINE

YEAH IT’S ABOUT TIME THESE RUSSIANS GOT LOST

NOW SOME OF THEM ARE CAPTIVE AND POW’S IN THE UKRAINE

THE UKRAINIANS ARE NOT GOING DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT

I STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THEM.

LET’S KICK THOSE RUSSIANS IN THEIR COSSACK!

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Ukraine Releases Footage Of Captured Russian Soldiers

Posted: 08/26/2014 8:03 am EDT Updated: 55 minutes ago

KIEV, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Ukraine said on Tuesday its forces had captured a group of Russian paratroopers who had crossed into Ukrainian territory on a “special mission” – but Moscow said they had ended up there by mistake.

The Ukrainian military meanwhile reported pro-Russian separatist forces were shelling the town of Novoazovsk and buildings there, including a hospital, were ablaze.

Twelve Ukrainian soldiers had been killed and 19 wounded in the past 24 hours, military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said.

 Earlier, the security services released video footage purporting to show testimonies from Russian paratroopers who were detained by Ukrainian government forces while fighting alongside pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine.

The videos, the strongest evidence yet to back up Kiev’s claims of Russian involvement in the conflict, and the intensified fighting in the east overshadowed a meeting between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russia’s Vladimir Putin in the Belarussian capital Minsk.

Russia denies giving military help to the separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine.

A Russian defense ministry source, quoted by RIA Novosti,

said the servicemen had strayed into Ukrainian territory by mistake during border patrol.

Ukraine rejected this.

“It wasn’t a mistake, but a special mission they were carrying out,” Lysenko said in a briefing.

In footage posted on Kiev’s Anti-Terrorist Operation Facebook page, one of the detained soldiers, who identified himself as Ivan Milchakov, listed his personal details, including the name of the paratroop regiment he said is based in the Russian town of Kostroma.

“I did not see where we crossed the border. They just told us we were going on a 70-kilometer march over three days,” he said.

“Everything is different here, not like they show it on television. We’ve come as cannon fodder,” he said in the video.

Another man in the footage, who gave his name as Sergeant Aleksei Generalov, said: “Stop sending in our boys. Why? This is not our war. And if we weren’t here, none of this would have happened. They would have sorted things out with the government themselves.”

ON ASSIGNMENT

Social networking pages appear to corroborate the men’s assertions they are actively serving in the Russian military.

Photographs posted by an Ivan Melchakov of himself on Russia social media site Vkontakte are recognizable as the same person who appears in the video released by Ukraine’s SBU under the name Milchakov. His page is filled with pictures of soldiers in camouflage.

Aleksei Generalov’s profile photo on the site Odnoklassniki shows him smiling into the camera in military fatigues, while the Vkontakte page of another detained soldier, named as Egor Pochtoev, shows him in paratrooper uniform and a post that he is “on assignment.”

The Russian soldiers were detained with their personal documents and weapons, near the small town of Amvrosiyivka in Donetsk region, the Ukrainian state security service said.

Lysenko also said Russian Mi-24 helicopters had fired on a border post on Monday, killing four border guards, while rebel attacks on Novoazovsk were happening “at this very minute.”

Rebel forces, backed by an armored column which the Ukrainian military said moved across the border from Russia, began attacking Novoazovsk on Monday aiming to open up a new front in the south.

Government forces in the five-month conflict have largely hemmed in separatist forces into the two main regional towns of Donetsk and Luhansk – a situation the separatist are trying to break out of.

Local resident Oleksiy said by phone on Sunday morning he saw a convoy of 18 armored vehicles without insignia on Ukrainian territory 15 km from the Russian border to the south of the village of Koloski, which is not far from where the paratroopers were detained.

This corresponds with the alleged route of the paratroopers captured in Ukraine. The soldiers departed from Russia’s Rostov region on Sunday at 3 a.m., the Ukrainian security service said.

“Officially they are on military exercises in various corners of Russia. In reality they are involved in military aggression against Ukraine,” Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey said in a Facebook post. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk in Kiev, Thomas Grove and Maria Tsvetkova in Moscow; Writing by Alessandra Prentice, Editing by Angus MacSwan)

OLIVIA A COLE – A WORD BULLY WITHOUT COMMON SENSE – SO SAD (

THESE GEMS ARE FROM HER OWN BLOG ON WORDPRESS – I FIND THEM NARCISSISTIC AND THE RAVINGS OF A LUNATIC.

READ IT ALL – IT’S JARRING AND INSANE – I BELIEVE SHE SHOULD BE IN AN ASYLUM AND NOT POSTING ON SOCIAL MEDIA. SHE HAS NOTHING CONSTRUCTIVE TO SAY.  PEOPLE LIKE HER WILL ARGUE THEMSELVES INTO A HEART ATTACK.

10 THINGS WHITE PRIVILEGE HAS DONE FOR ME IN 10 DAYS

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Some of the things I write most about are racism, sexism, misogynoir, and inequality in American media and pop culture, specifically the underrepresentation of women of color in the aforementioned. The reasons why are many and complicated. Almost all of my closest friendships throughout my life have been and continue to be with black and brown women, and I have been a sounding board for their pain and disenfranchisement since I was very young. I went to Columbia College Chicago, my friends struggled to find art (literature and film) where they were not only represented, but represented in nuanced and thoughtful ways that went deeper than tokenism. As a white woman, I often stood by feeling helpless, attempting to educate white people (family, classmates, Facebook) about white privilege and the consequences of underrepresentation, both for the self-esteem of children of color and for the perpetuation of white supremacist ideologies. I’m a writer, so awhile back I took to blogging as a means of communicating some of these ideas, hoping to use my white privilege to reach people and change some minds.

But something has been bugging me lately, and I haven’t been quite sure what it is, until last week when a blog I wrote about the movie Lucy reached something like 230k people and the emails started pouring in. Not all of it was “hate mail” (although some of it certainly was): a lot of it was people of color writing to say, “Cool blog. I’ve been saying this for years and no one listens.”

That’s when it hit me, and it should have hit me a lot sooner, but this white privilege shit can really make you an idiot sometimes: by talking about these issues and finding an audience, I am exercising white privilege, and while I do believe that writing about the lack of representation of people of color in Hollywood and media can have a positive effect, it occurred to me that I spend a lot of time talking about the problems with the white supremacist system we live in, but not as much time talking about the ways in which I operate in that system. I try to keep my privilege in check—I’m not always successful—but since last week, I have been actively monitoring my daily life and watching the ways in which that privilege has benefited me when it comes to the blogging and writing that I do. So here it is, 10 ways in 10 days. (Note: There are definitely more than 10, and they obviously extend beyond my writing. See Peggy MctIntosh’s work for a better and more extensive list.)

1. People read my blog about Lucy.

Re-stating this one for all the folks who skipped the intro. I wrote a blog about being tired of seeing white faces on the big screen, dissecting the movie Lucy, and (white) people actually read it. I am not saying anything new in this blog that people of color haven’t already said a thousand times, since before I was born. And this is not to say that white people never read work by non-white people. But the emails I received from white folks saying “Wow, you really opened my eyes!” is telling.

2. Even though I take issue with the underrepresentation of people of color, representation of myself is not a problem.

Despite my anger about Hollywood, media, and popular fiction (including young adult fiction) erasing black and brown protagonists, it doesn’t mean that I am not still represented everywhere. This is one I have found I need to be really careful with, as being a guest in a community isn’t the same as being part of that community. The fact that I write about underrepresentation of people of color doesn’t mean that I am underrepresented: I turn on the TV and I see white women with skin and hair like mine. I go the movie theater and I am bombarded with men and women who look like me, not relegated to the role of servant, slave, or token. (I’m looking at you, Exodus: Gods and Kings, and well, pretty much every movie ever. See this great infographic by Lee and Low Publishers about thediversity gap in sci-fi and fantasy films.)

3. Some white people think I’m brave and cool.

I have gotten emails from white folks telling me that they admire me, etc. and that what I’m doing is important. Although I appreciate these emails, I can’t help but wonder if they are sending the same emails to women like @TheTrudz and @FeministaJones, black women who daily do far more important work than I and receive 100x as much hate mail. They are brave and brilliant. And so, so cool.

4. White people don’t see me as an outsider.

Granted, I’ve gotten quite a bit of nasty email and I have not even bothered to read the comments on the last several blogs I’ve written. (Sorry, folks: self-care.) But my criticism of Hollywood (and white people) does not hurt me on a grand scale, nor does anyone assume I speak for the entire white race. No one is reading my blogs and saying, “She’s just angry because she’s a [insert marginalized group here]. That’s how they all think.” I’m given the benefit of validity because I’m white.

5. No one thinks I’m selfish.

When people of color write about issues (in whatever arena or industry) that affect people of color, they are often labeled as self-seeking or only interested in causes that affect them, rather than being seen as valid providers of lived experience. So while people may read my blogs and say I’m a dick or that I’m missing major aspects of the way racism operates—both of which might be true—it generally doesn’t include the idea that I’m only in it for myself.

6. I can make punctuation and grammatical mistakes without people chalking it up to my race.

Hey, I make typos. We all do. But when people who are reading work by people of color and looking for a reason to discredit them, punctuation and grammar are often attacked as a way of undermining the argument. I can spell “platypus” like “plattapuss,” and people will say, “She can’t spell platypus. She’s dumb.” Not, “She can’t spell platypus. She’s dumb because she’s [insert marginalized group here].”

7. I can reply angrily to nasty comments without people chalking it up to my race.

This is an extension of #6 but it deserves its own, because it’s something that I see women of color struggle with a lot, both in life and online/in social media. A troll leaves a nasty comment or sends a viciously racist tweet, and the woman in question will respond with something snappy, and the troll will then go on to say, “See, angry black woman. What do you expect?” I, on the other hand, can reply with all the nastiness in the world, and while my womanhood will likely be attacked (“bitch,” “cunt,” etc.), my race will not.

8. People buy my book.

I wrote a sci-fi novel for my two best friends (Hi Hope! Hi Tasha!) and so the heroine is a woman of color kicking ass in the apocalypse. People are buying it, excited about the prospect of a non-white character in this scenario. But many of them have never heard of Octavia Butler. Many of them have never heard of Nnedi Okorafor. My white privilege has made me and my work visible, and some folks wrongly think I am the first to do what I’ve done. I am not. I am not. Don’t get me wrong, I want people to buy my book. But what I cannot let happen is the erasure of women of color who have done what I’m doing first. (Note: this is not to say that I have sold even close to as many books asNnedi Okorafor, and especially not Octavia Butler. But when we’re talking about literary traditions, the fact that some of my white readers have read my book but not theirs is telling and problematic.)

9. My writing isn’t limited by the market to tales of slavery and servitude.

Although a lot of my subject matter confronts issues of race, my white privilege is a bubble around me when it comes to my future in writing and publishing. Too many of my author and poet friends have expressed frustration about approaching agents and publishers with their books, only to be told, “Well, maybe if you centered the story around slavery or racism.” My writing isn’t required to focus on aspects of my race and cultural experience, where people of color are often asked to act as a spokesperson or historian with their work. I pitched a young adult fantasy series, and all I was told is “Cool.”

10. I can stop writing/thinking about racism and my life will not change much.

One of the things about white privilege is that it’s like a steam bath. If you get tired of fighting or exhausted from battling against racist institutions, you can sink down into the bath, relax, and let the steam cloud your vision. I can sit down and watch a movie with a whitewashed cast, turn off my brain, and enjoy images of myself reflected back to me. If I stopped thinking and writing about racism, my life wouldn’t change, aside from a few less emails in my inbox calling me a “race traitor bitch,” my life would continue unaffected. Such is white privilege. The ability to not think, to not be constantly aware of your race, its presence and absence.

This article itself is a manifestation of white privilege. I will post it online and people will probably read it, and this list will start all over again. But I think I need to keep talking about this stuff, because writing a blog about whiteness in Hollywood is not enough. Writing 100 blogs about whiteness in Hollywood is not enough. I hope this time that the emails I get from white readers are more than “You’re right, there is an overrepresentation of white people in Hollywood!” and venture into “You’re right, our own whiteness is at work in intricate ways.” Change starts at home, and the real place I live is in my body.

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LUCY: WHY I’M TIRED OF SEEING WHITE PEOPLE ON THE BIG SCREEN

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I’m tired of seeing white people on the silver screen.

First, let me note that I am white. I am a white woman who goes to the theater to see probably a dozen films (if not more) in a given year, a white woman who readily consumes TV shows and series and often blogs/tweets about them. I love film. I love what Hollywood could be, but I must say that I don’t love what it is, and that is a machine generating story after story in which the audience is asked to root for a white (usually male) hero over and over and over (and over) again. I’m tired. I’m tired of directors pretending that white actors are the default and that people of color are a distractionwhen it comes to filmmaking. I’m tired of black women in Hollywood being relegated to roles of slaves and “the help” over and over again. I’m tired of films convincing themselves that they are taking on something fresh and new, the likes of which the world has never seen, but in actuality adhering to tired tropes and stereotypes.

One example that comes to mind is Avatar, a “groundbreaking” film about aliens and humanity, which, underneath it all, is the same old White Savior story. But more recently is Lucy, the film starring Scarlett Johansson in which a woman named Lucy evolves and is able to use 100% of her brain’s capacity after she unwittingly ingests a massive amount of drugs.

Lucy is about what humankind could be: it’s about possibilities. As Lucy’s brainpower grows stronger and the volume of knowledge she is able to access increases, she delivers monologues about how little humans understand about death, existence, and the universe, mediating on time and history. The film likes to think of itself as reimagining everything that we think we know about humanity, and presents to us their vision of what the most evolved woman on earth looks like:

A blonde white woman.

See, I just can’t get right with that.

You see, I was an anthropology major in high school and by the time I was 16 I’d learned all about Lucy (Australopithecus), the collection of bones found in Hadar and thought to have lived 3.2 million years ago, one of the oldest hominids we know of. Lucy the film doesn’t try to hide how cute they thought they were being by naming the supreme evolved being in their film “Lucy:” they show an ape-like creature crouched by a stream to illustrate just how far human beings have come, and say as much in the opening lines, depicting vast cities built up to show our progress. The original Lucy was not really an ape, though: she had small skull capacity like apes, but her skeleton shows she was bipedal and walked upright like humans. Hadar, by the way, is in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia.

So I guess what’s sticking in my craw is the assertion that while human life originated in Africa—a detail the film neatly skims over, placing the ape-like Lucy that Johansson sees in North America—somehow the way we imagine the most evolved human being is blonde and white. Even more, when Lucy gets surges of knowledge in the film, her eyes flash brightly blue. Because blue eyes, we all know, are the universal symbol of superiority, right?

How is it that in a film whose premise rests on the idea of reimagining the past, present, and future, we still end up with a blonde white woman with flashing blue eyes as the stand-in for what personifies evolution and supremely fulfilled human potential? At one point the Ape-like Lucy and Evolved Lucy meet face-to-face as Evolved Lucy does a bit of time-traveling. Their fingers touch, and we see them deliberately posed to mimic the famous Creation of Adam painting, and in that moment I saw what I suppose we were supposed to see: humanity at its beginning, and then humanity at its end, at its most perfect. Blonde, white, and blue-eyed.

I can’t accept that. I can’t accept that there was only one black woman in the entire film, who delivered one line and who we never saw again. I can’t accept that the bad guys were Asian and that although in China, Lucy’s roommate says, “I mean, who speaks Chinese? I don’t speak Chinese!” I can’t accept that in Hercules, which I also saw this weekend, there were no people of color except for Dwayne Johnson himself and his mixed-race wife, whose skin was almost alabaster. I can’t accept that she got maybe two lines and was then murdered. I can’t accept that the “primitive tribe” in Hercules consisted of dark-haired men painted heavily, blackish green, to give their skin (head-to-toe) a darker appearance, so the audience could easily differentiate between good and bad guys by the white vs. dark skin. I can’t accept that during the previews, Exodus: Gods and Kings, a story about Moses leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt, where not a single person of color is represented, casts Sigourney Weaver and Joel Edgerton to play Egyptians. I can’t accept that in the preview for Kingsman: The Secret Service, which takes place in London, features a cast of white boys and not a single person of Indian descent, which make up the largest non-white ethnic group in London. I can’t accept that in stories about the end of the world and the apocalypse, that somehow only white people survive. I can’t accept that while my daily life is filled with black and brown women, they are completely absent, erased, when I look at a TV or movie screen.

I can’t accept that. And I can’t accept that when we think about the potential of humankind and what our brains are capable of doing and thinking and feeling, that people of color would be absent from that imagining. I can’t accept that. And I won’t. I’m tired of seeing people that look like me crowding screens both big and small: I am not what the world looks like. Hollywood, stopwhitewashing characters. Give us more films like this year’s Annie. I’m no Lucy: like everyone else I’m only using a tiny amount of my brain’s capacity. But you don’t need to be a superhuman logic-machine to see that Hollywood has a major problem with depicting people of color, and it’s time toactually reimagine what the world can and should be.

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MORE ABOUT OLIVIA A COLE – HER WORDS “I’M A FAILED BLOGGER” – HA!

About the Author

Olivia A. Cole is an author, blogger, and poet. Her work has been published in such publications as The Oregon Literary Review, The Louisville Review, The Comstock Review, and others. She was a semi-finalist in the 2014 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards. She published her first novel, Panther in the Hive, in April 2014.

Olivia grew up in Louisville, KY and lived there until she moved to Chicago in 2007, where she attended Columbia College Chicago, earning a B.A. in Cultural Studies with a minor in Poetry. She fell in love with the city of Chicago–it later became the setting for Panther in the Hive– and decided to stay.

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Before she was a novelist, however, Olivia was a failed blogger, opening a blog called The Owl’s Nest or something stupid like that, where she ranted about various social issues before she shut the blog down upon realizing how pathetic it was. Shortly after, she began writing Panther in the Hive, and didn’t blog again until two or three years later, when she was finished with the novel and needed another medium to dedicate her energy to. Thuswww.oliviaacole.wordpress.comwas born, the blog that started small and grew into a somewhat decent rant-house, attracting thousands of readers–and sometimes hundreds of thousands. It was that blog that drew the attention of The Huffington Post, where Olivia is now a contributing blogger, and is the forum where many of her readers first discovered her.

On social media, Olivia is @RantingOwl, where she is often as thrilled with the existence of the Internet and as she is annoyed by it. She is currently writing the sequel to Panther in the Hive, a joint YA novella with two other authors, a YA fantasy series, and a literary novel whose plot is a secret.

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I have dated some beautiful women in my time – this one wouldn’t even make it to my doorstep. LOL – wow she’s fugly inside and 0ut. 

OLIVIA A COLE REDO – I WANT TO SEE YOU “TWIST” OLIVIA – CHECK OUT WHAT REAL BLOGGERS WRITE ABOUT!!!

THIS IS  IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER AND PLEASE READ THE COMMENTS.

This woman COLE is herself a TROLL & SO FAR OFF THE MARK – SHE’S NOT EVEN IN THE SAME TIME ZONE

IF YOU DON’T AGREE WITH HER – AKA – YOU ARE A TROLL – THAT IS THE MARK OF SOMEONE WHO IS NOT RATIONAL.

Posted: 08/19/2014 5:53 pm EDT Updated: 08/19/2014 11:59 pm EDTMICHAEL BROWN

If you’re paying attention to the events unfolding in Ferguson — and by God, you better be — then you probably already know there is a group of people in this country of ours who are determined to change the focus of the conversation about the killing of Mike Brown and the subsequent protests, attempting to shift the lens away from the Constitutional rights of U.S. citizens and the killing of a black teenager. If you’re reading this, you probably already know the folks I’m talking about. But here they are. #Staywoke.

The Full-Blown Racist Troll
Block on sight. Some of them are friends of your Facebook friends — block them. Some of them are your Facebook friends. Many of them are accounts like the one I have screenshotted below: anonymous and relying on blatantly racist language, such as blackface imagery, monkey references, use of the N-word, etc. These have exploded over the last week. We’re talking hundreds. I’ve been using Twitter avidly for years and I can’t recall ever seeing quite this much racist bile taking over an event-related hashtag (#Ferguson) as I have this week. Block them and report them for spam immediately.

The “Wait for Evidence” Troll
This troll may or may not be anonymous and pretends to be focused on respecting and upholding the law. “We don’t know what happened yet,” they say, “wait for evidence before you lambast an officer of the law.” They pretend that things like racism, police brutality, police corruption, etc. don’t exist and insist that if concrete evidence is released, they will be swayed to feel “sympathy” for Mike Brown. But they won’t. When evidence arises, they find objection to its relevance or veracity. They then transform into The “Mike Brown Shouldn’t Have [insert human action here]” Troll, to follow.

The “Mike Brown Shouldn’t Have [insert human action here]” Troll
This troll (and the others as well) will go great lengths to justify the taking of black life. “He shouldn’t have run,” “he shouldn’t have been sagging,” “he shouldn’t have been walking down the middle of the street,” “he shouldn’t have stolen something.” These trolls come in all races and will insist that when a police officer (or a homeowner, or a security guard) assaults a person of color, that person must have done something to deserve it. The fact that Mike Brown was shot at least 6 times doesn’t register as overkill, even when two of those shots were in the head. They will also extend effort to paint Ferguson as a ghetto, where this kind of thing happens all the time. Nope. Ferguson, Missouri had zero murders.

The “Police Are the Good Guys” Troll
These folks have a blissfully naïve version of police in their heads, the one fed to them since they were children that says police are the good guys and that no matter what they do, they must have had a reason. These people have no concept — or pretend to have no concept — of the depth of white supremacy and the way it is ingrained in every facet of our culture… even our police. Because they believe the police are always right — and usually because they also believe that groups of black people are inherently violent — they have no qualms about police dressed in military gear, sitting on tanks and tear-gassing American citizens. ‘Murica. You may also hear these trolls say, “What about due process?” Well… we would proceed with due process. If they would actually arrest Darren Wilson. Which they haven’t. So…

The “Violence Just Begets More Violence” Troll
These people are the riot-shamers. They roll out the word “looters!” at every chance and are not interested in the fact that only a small number of people at the protests have actively looted, or that Ferguson protestors actually locked arms to prevent said looting. These trolls hide behind anonymous accounts, they masquerade as sane coworkers, and they work for CNN and other major media outlets. They focus on the “unrest” in Ferguson and talk about it out of context in an attempt to 1) divert attention away from the killing of an unarmed black teenager and/or 2) disguise their lack of critical thought. As Mia McKenzie of Black Girl Dangerous said so well in thispost:

“a community pushing back against a murderous police force that is terrorizing them is not a ‘riot.’ It’s an uprising. It’s a rebellion. It’s a community saying We can’t take this anymore. We won’t take it. It’s people who have been dehumanized to the point of rightful rage. And it happens all over the world. Uprisings and rebellions are necessary and inevitable, locally and globally. This is not to say that actual riots don’t happen. White folks riot at sporting events, for example. Riots happen. But people rising up in righteous anger and rage in the face of oppression should not be dismissed as simply a ‘riot.'”

The Concern Troll
These are among the more passive aggressive trolls you will encounter. They not only target victims like Mike Brown with statements like “I wish he hadn’t stolen those cigars: he might be alive,” but target the community as well, saying things like “Should they really be out there protesting with little kids? I worry about that kind of parenting.”

Let me make one thing clear in case you weren’t sure: these people aren’t worried about the children of Ferguson. They’re not actually “concerned” at all,” despite their title. These people employ words like “worry” and “I wish” and “concern” to communicate their disapproval of black people doing anything besides playing theMartin Baker role. If they were actually concerned, they would see the images of police with hidden badge numbers, tear-gassing eight-year old girls, and be concerned about the escalation of violence police in Ferguson are responsible for.

The “But What About Black on Black Crime!” Troll
Yes, 85 percent of violent crime against black people is perpetuated by other black people. But guess what? The exact same is true for violent crime committed against white people: the vast majority of those crimes are committed by other white people. People who use the term “black on black crime” either 1) work for Fox News, 2) are seeking to portray black people as violent and out of control, and/or 3) seek to portray black people as only caring about black lives when there is a way to blame white people. Let’s run that back: 1) If they work for Fox News…you already know. 2) If we’re going to make sweeping statements about people being violent and out of control, perhaps we should focus on young white males. 3) Anyone who would fit with #3 is not interested in facts, otherwise they would be aware of the vast number of organizations and movements to end gun violence in black neighborhoods… spearheaded by black people. The real motivation behind this troll (and all of them really) is to distract from the matter at hand, and that’s that an unarmed black teen is dead.

The “Don’t Make This A Racial Issue!” Troll
These are the pearl-clutchers. “This could have happened to anyone! Let’s not make this a racial issue and instead focus on getting this cop off the street!” Yes, we should focus on getting this cop off the street, but we must also focus on the conditions that made this killing possible, and that is one of racism, white supremacy, and police violence that has been being built and rebuilt since the birth of this country. No, this wouldn’t have just happened to anyone. A black male is killed by police every 28 hours in America. This is a racial issue.

These trolls will also accuse you of being racist for talking about racism and start quoting to you all the times black people perpetuated “reverse racism” against white people. Suggested action? Block and keep it moving.

The Misinformation Bots
These are particularly dangerous and I have seen a lot of them in the past week. I won’t speculate on where they come from — although I have a fairly good idea — but their sole purpose is to spread misinformation about Mike Brown and Darren Wilson, targeting people tweeting under the #Ferguson and #MikeBrown hashtags and sending them to false articles on homemade websites about alternate eyewitnesses that saw Brown attack Wilson, etc. Don’t engage with these people: they likely get paid for it. Report them as spam and, you guessed it: keep it moving.

The “I Wish We Could All Just Get Along” Troll
These trolls might mean well. They might. But that doesn’t mean they’re not trolls. You post/tweet an article and they tweet back, “This is all really bad, but I wish this wasn’t happening. Can’t we all just get along?” They’re trolling you. We all wish we could get along. But right now a boy is dead and is receiving no justice by the system that supposedly exists to protect him. Injecting Pollyanna-isms aren’t helping anyone. If you really want to help and the frontlines aren’t for you, just donate to the Michael Brown Memorial Fund. And stay out of the way.

This isn’t an exhaustive list. When a black person is killed in America, trolls come out of the woodwork in an attempt to justify or distract from the taking of that life. After finishing this post, I’m not even sure “troll” is the right word, but I’m not sure if I have a better one either. Weights, perhaps. Cinder blocks shackled to the rising tide of Americans who want better, believe in better; who see the killing of another black kid in America and say “enough.” These people are not merely trolls. “Troll” implies something harmless, a faceless entity in the underbelly of the Internet. These people are not harmless. They are part of the problem. Unfortunately I don’t have a solution for the problem they pose: they are not interested in self-education. They are not interested in empathy. They are not interested in challenging the worldview that has tucked them in at night and told them the police are here for our protection and that black people deserve what they get. They are interested only in standing very still, while the rest of us move forward. All I can say is this: move on without them. Block, report, and move on without them. Even when they’re friends.

 

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See Olivia we all can bend the truth to our point of view by just posting what we want others to see. I’m not being fair here but I’ve had enough of the one sided discussions and when people see I am looking at the whole issue – you then call me a “racist”. I’m not a racist – I’m a realist. I see the whole picture. You only see what you need to – so to fuel your hate of yourself. YOU ARE WHITE – sorry – it’s the truth. You’ll have to live within that boundary and other people will see you as WHITE, too. Your writing is biased and hateful. I feel sorry for you. Grow up now – Stop using the Owl’s to hide behind. You are not that smart and you’re always looking for the next WHO to assassinate. Maybe you should just stop ranting for a moment and read. Educate yourself. Stop being a troll. Be a real blogger with a cause; a purpose, a faith. Writing is a tool – being a TOOL does not a writer make.

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THE COMMENTS:

The Right Stuff.biz

Thank you for these valuable lessons in how to completely insulate myself from anything that may challenge my narrative and rationalize opposition to my point of view as nothing more than trolling. This will be sure to protect me from cognitive dissonance for years to come.
Chris Barron · Top Commenter

Have you any literature you wish to distribute to tell us exactly how we should think about the subject? because anyone who doesn’t agree with you exactly seems to be a troll.
Dan Evans · Vocal Music Teacher at Philadelphia School District

I think you forgot the classic “anyone who disagrees with my opinion is a troll” troll. This article demonstrates it wonderfully.
Colin D. Garland · · Top Commenter · Boston University

This list makes perfect sense. Because waiting for a full account and making judgement based on evidence is clearly code for racism in all cases. Trying to remain rational and not leaping to conclusions without all of the facts in evidence are clearly pigheaded, ignorant, racist behavior patterns.Come on, man. If we are going to pay lip service to rights and due process, we have to apply it even to those who we don’t personally feel deserve it. Be better than the bad guys or you have no position from which to judge.
Michele Washam · · Top Commenter · Radio Personality atSanity in the South

I know, right! Because wanting evidence vs, going by media reports and a totally out of control, emotionally fired up, populace is WAY better than say…reason…due process, or even plain ole’ DON’T CRUCIFY ANYONE until you know the facts…
Michele Washam · · Top Commenter · Radio Personality atSanity in the South

I know, right! Because wanting evidence vs, going by media reports and a totally out of control, emotionally fired up, populace is WAY better than say…reason…due process, or even plain ole’ DON’T CRUCIFY ANYONE until you know the facts…

Erin Williams · Top Commenter · Polk Community College

How are all these viewpoints trolling? Is there only one right way to feel, I’m guessing?

CONGRATS TO JESSICA LANGE & KATHY BATES FOR EMMY WINS IN COVEN/AMERICAN HORROR STORY

2ND WIN FOR JESS

1ST FOR KATHY BATES

ARE  THE EMMY AWARDS PEOPLE PREJUDICE AGAINST ANGELA BASSETT?

DON’T WORRY – I’M NOT GOING TO START A NEW THING!

I DIDN’T LIKE BASSETT IN THAT VOODOO WITCH ROLE

IT WAS RIDICULOUS

BUT THEN AGAIN

RYAN MURPHY IS NOT A GOOD WRITER

AND HE’S A JERK AS A PERSON

SO IT SEEMS.

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MOVIE/MINISERIES AWARDS

Outstanding Miniseries
“Fargo”

Outstanding Television Movie
“The Normal Heart”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch for “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Coven”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
“Sherlock: His Last Vow” (Steven Moffat)

Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
“Fargo” — “Buridan’s Ass” (Colin Bucksey)

FAT WILLIE IS OFF MASTERCHEF – NEXT STOP – THE BIGGEST LOSER!

I WAS AT SHOPRITE SHOPPING FOR FOOD WHEN I SAW A YOUNG MAN FATTER THAN 400 POUNDS – HE MUST HAVE BEEN IN HIS 30s – HE LOOKED OLDER – SITTING IN ONE OF THOSE SCOOTERS THAT FAT FUCKS USE TO SHOP. THE FOOD STORE IS THE

FUCKING LAST PLACE THESE FAT MORONS SHOULD BE

ESPECIALLY IN A ROLLING WHEELCHAIR.

THE MAN WITH HIM WAS A THIN FRAIL OLD MAN LIMPING ALONG BESIDE HIM PUSHING A LARGE CART STACKED WITH CRAP.

OH I’M SORRY – FOOD

I THINK HE WAS ON DISABILITY CAUSE THERE WAS A LOT OF CRAP FOOD IN THAT CART.

IT ANNOYED ME SO MUCH THAT HE WANTED RIGHT OF WAY – SO I WENT AROUND HIM AND DIDN’T GIVE HIM AN INCH

PEOPLE IN NJ DON’T KNOW HOW TO MERGE ON THE ROAD LET ALONE A FAT OVERWEIGHT FUCKER WHO SHOULDN’T BE SHOPPING ANYWHERE NEAR A SUPERMARKET FULL OF FOOD.

HE NEEDS TO GET UP AND LET THE OLD MAN SIT DOWN.

HE NEEDS TO STOP EATING CRAP AND GET A JOB

HE NEEDS TO STOP SHOPPING AND START COOKING HEALTHY FOOD.

AND THIS IDIOT HAD THE FUCKING NERVE TO GROWL AT ME

“YOU’RE A BITCH”

AND I SAID RIGHT TO HIS FAT OVAL FACE -

“YOU’RE A FAT SLOB. STOP EATING OR YOU’RE GOING TO DIE”

THE PROBLEM WITH FAT PEOPLE IS THAT THEY ARE BEING ENABLED BY THIN PEOPLE WHO SUPPOSEDLY LOVE THEM

IF THEY LOVE THEM THEY WOULD FORCE THEM TO RUN OUTSIDE THE CAR

THEY WOULDN’T LET THEM SIT IN A FOOD CART ROLLING AROUND WITH THEIR FAT ASSES IN A SEAT?

AMERICA ENABLES THE MOST FUCKED UP PEOPLE TO DO THE MOST FUCKED UP THINGS THAT THE REST OF US END UP PAYING FOR!

I’M TIRED OF IT

CHEF RAMSAY, THE FAMEWHORE, TOLD BIG WILLIE HE HAS PROMISE IN A KITCHEN AS A HOME COOK

YEAH – RAMSAY – BIG WILLIE WILL BE UNDER THE KITCHEN INSTEAD OF WORKING IN IT. COS NO ONE WILL BE ABLE TO WORK WITH HIM

NEXT STOP FOR BIG WILLIE

HOUSTON & THEN

THE BIGGEST LOSER

YOU CANNOT CUDDLE UP TO A PLATE OF SKETTIE EVERY NIGHT

YOU CANNOT FUCK A NOODLE!

and then WHO does BIG WALLEY SAY WHO’S GOING TO WIN?

THE ONLY OTHER BLACK PERSON ON THE SHOW – CHRISTIAN -

BIG WILLIE IS ALSO A RACIST.

BIG SURPRISE – ANOTHER BLACK MANNEQUIN FAT AND LAZY

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on the FB page of MASTERCHEF

I WROTE:

Big Willie is too fat – the only way he’s going to be in a kitchen is if he’s buried under it.

SHE WROTE:

 fugly is a word – MEANS BIG WILLIE – lost weight tubby before you die trying!

You can thank me later if you live!

THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES JUST HIRED A LAWYER TO SUE POTUS OBAMA

SERIOUSLY?

FIRE THEM ALL

JUST FUCKING FIRE THEM ALL

I’VE HAD ENOUGH OF THESE COCKTARDS

ENOUGH!

THIS YEAR IN FEB I TOOK MY TAXES TO A CPA I KNEW IN NJ. MY LUCK WITH CPA’S IN NJ HAS NOT BEEN THAT GOOD HOWEVER I HAD WORKED WITH HIM BEFORE SO I THOUGHT HE WAS OKAY

HE PUT ME ON EXTENSION IN APRIL BECAUSE HE WAS NOT DONE. IN FEB HE HAD PROMISED ME THAT I WOULD HAVE TO PAY HIM $350. ALL SUMMER LONG I ASKED HIM IF HE WAS DONE. HE KEPT BLOWING ME OFF. TODAY HE TOLD ME HE WANTED $400 BUCKS.

IF HE HAD ASKED ME FOR THAT IN APRIL I MIGHT HAVE PAID HIM HOWEVER I COULD HAVE HAD MY TAXES DONE BOTH YEARS FOR $250 BY SOMEONE I DIDN’T KNOW.

HE TOLD ME THAT THE $400 BUCKS WAS FOR “THE EXTENDED WORK HE HAD TO DO. HE HAD ALL SUMMER TO DO THIS WORK AND LAST WEEK HE TOLD ME THAT I GOT BUMPED FOR ANOTHER CLIENT WHO HADN’T DONE HIS TAXES IN 4 YEARS AND THE IRS WAS AFTER HIM?

HOW IS THAT MY FAULT? IT ISN’T.

THEN HE WANTS TO FILE ME AS “MARRIED” and I want to file as MARRIED FILING SEPARATELY BECAUSE MY PARTNER does not work and lives on SOCIAL SECURITY AS HER ONLY INCOME.

SERIOUSLY OUR HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ARE FULL OF FUCKING PROFESSIONAL THIEVES LIKE MY ACCOUNTANT.  IT’S TIME WE KICK THEM TO THE CURB.

I AM SET TO FIRE AND SUE THIS FUCKING JEW IF HE COMES BACK WITH ANYTHING LESS THAN AN APOLOGY AND A LOWER FEE.

I AM SERIOUSLY PISSED OFF AT THESE FUCKING PEOPLE – HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ARE SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT

WE, THE PEOPLE

BUT THEY ARE REPRESENTING ONLY THEMSELVES

THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS ARE DEAD SET AGAINST FILING A LAWSUIT AGAINST OBAMA.

IT IS THE MOST RIDICULOUS THING EVER

VOTE DEMOCRAT THIS NOVEMBER

IT IS IMPERATIVE WE GET THESE FUCKING ASSHOLES OUT OF CONGRESS.

IT’S TIME TO SUE THE HOUSE WHO IS NOT REPRESENTING US

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House Hires Lawyer for Obama Lawsuit

Contract caps legal fees at $350,000.

John Boehner and his fellow House Republicans have picked a lawyer to lead their suit against the president.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

August 25, 2014 House Republicans have enlisted David Rivkin to shepherd their lawsuit against President Obama for alleged executive overreach, hiring one of the originators of the legal theory underpinning their action.

Speaker John Boehner had been consulting with Rivkin in the run-up to his announcement that he would sue the president for inflicting institutional injury against the House by acting unilaterally. Now, Rivkin, a partner at Baker Hostetler in Washington, will have a chance to test how receptive the courts will be to that theory he outlined with Florida International University College of Law professor Elizabeth Price Foley.

“No President is above nor should operate beyond the limits of the Constitution,” House Administration Committee Chairwoman Candice Miller said in a statement. “The House of Representatives, using regular order and the powers that the Constitution has provided, calls upon our government’s system of checks and balances and asks the judicial branch to examine the President’s failure to faithfully execute the law.”

The agreement caps payments at $350,000 through January 2015, and specifies an hourly rate of $500 for the legal work, according to the contract, signed by Rivkin, Miller, and House General Counsel Kerry Kircher.

Rivkin referred questions concerning the contract to the Administration Committee.

 House Democrats, meanwhile, wasted no time decrying the suit as a waste of time and money. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel said in a statement that the suit shows that Republicans have the wrong priorities.

“This outrageous waste of taxpayer dollars is yet another reminder of House Republicans’ misguided priorities,” Israel said. “Only in John Boehner’s world does it make sense to pay lawyers $500 per hour to work on a partisan lawsuit while refusing to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for hardworking Americans trying to feed their families.”

The next step will be filing the text of the lawsuit, which Boehner already has said will seek to paint Obama’s executive action delaying the mandate that all employers provide health insurance as a stipulation of the Affordable Care Act.

The biggest hurdle will be gaining standing before the court, according to several legal experts. The judiciary is often unwilling to jump into a dispute between the other branches of the government.

Several questions remain unanswered, including where the lawsuit will be filed. The United States District Court for the District of Columbia is the most obvious venue. But since the House voted to authorize the lawsuit, it could be argued that plaintiffs—in this case House members—reside in every district. It is possible, then, that the suit could be filed in a district perceived to be more amenable to a suit challenging Obama.

The conventional wisdom is that a more conservative area would be more willing to give standing to a suit against a Democratic president. However, Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, said that is not necessarily so. He said conservative judges are actually less inclined to grant standing because they believe in a limited role for the judiciary.

“In the past conservatives have been associated with more narrow standing decisions,” Turley said.

It also remains to be seen what kind of damages Boehner and the House will seek. Courts are unlikely to grant an injunction reversing Obama’s decision on the employer mandate or picking apart the ACA, Turley said.

At any rate, it is possible that the lawsuit may still be working its way through the appeals process when the mandate is finally allowed to go into effect, which would render any injunction moot.

In the end, the relief sought may be simply declaratory—that is, a statement from the court that the president’s action was unconstitutional.

 

 

OLIVIA COLE CAN DISH IT OUT BUT CANNOT TAKE THE HEAT

OLIVIA COLE LOOKS LIKE A BLACK WOMAN CAUSE SHE’S DYING TO BE A SISTAH

BUT SHE’S WHITE, POOR GIRL

FAILED AT RACE, BOOO HOOO!

HERE’S A LITTLE TAKE FROM WHAT I GOT FROM HER

VERY YOUNG/VERY CHILDISH/VERY FUNNY

STILL LAUGHING AT HER, SHE WANTS TO BE BLACK SO BAD

HERE’S HER FACEBOOK PAGE. OH AND SHE BLOCKED ME ON TWITTER

BECAUSE MY OPINION DIFFERS FROM HERS, SHE’S A TWINKIE

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  1. Yo . I’m a white woman. If I was unarmed and was shot 6 times by police tomorrow, no one would say . Fix your bias.

FRENCH PRESIDENT DISSOLVES THE GOVERNMENT – WHY CAN’T WE DO THIS IN AMERICA?

WE NEED TO GET RID OF UNCLE SAM. I’M TIRED OF PAYING HIM MONEY

WHEN HE DIDN’T DO A FUCKING THING TO DESERVE IT

HOW ABOUT YOU?

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French President Francois Hollande Dissolves Government After Cabinet Feud

Posted: 08/25/2014 4:18 am EDT Updated: 4 hours ago

PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande dissolved the government on Monday after open feuding among his Cabinet over the country’s stagnant economy.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls offered up his Socialist government’s resignation after accusing France’s outspoken economy minister of crossing a line with his blunt criticism of the government’s policies. Hollande accepted the resignation and ordered Valls to form a new government by Tuesday.

France has had effectively no economic growth this year, unemployment is hovering around 10 percent and Hollande’s approval ratings are sunk in the teens. The country is under pressure from the 28-nation European Union to get its finances in order, but Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg has questioned whether the austerity tack pressed by the EU will really kick start French growth.

Hollande’s promises to cut taxes and make it easier for businesses to open and operate have stalled, in large part because of the divisions among his Socialist party.

“A major change in our economy policy,” was what Montebourg had said was needed, just days after Hollande had expressly said there would be no change in the government’s economic direction.

The minister’s comments angered the Socialist leadership, which said Montebourg’s job was to support the government, not criticize it from within.

“He’s not there to start a debate but to put France back on the path of growth,” Carlos Da Silva, the Socialist Party spokesman, told the Le Figaro newspaper.

Montebourg represents the hard-left Socialist base, and his departure from the government is likely to anger many of the voters who brought Hollande to office in 2012. Since that time, France’s economy has only worsened, and the sense of impending crisis weighs heavily.

French officials have already made clear that the deficit will again surpass the EU’s 3 percent target and are negotiating a delay.

The new government is unlikely to include Montebourg or other left-wing Socialists and there will be no new election. Instead, led by Valls, the new Cabinet is expected to work toward smoother ties with the EU.

Montebourg’s criticism of austerity — and his pointed remarks about German Chancellor Angela Merkel — have rankled before.

In an interview last week after Germany’s economy also showed signs of stagnation, Montebourg said France’s neighbor had been “trapped by the policy of austerity.” He went on to say “when I say Germany, I mean the German right wing that supports Angela Merkel. It’s not France’s job to align itself to the ideological axioms of Germany’s right wing.”

Merkel on Monday declined to comment directly about France’s change in government but said she wishes “the French president success with his reform agenda.”

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Associated Press writer David Rising contributed from Berlin.

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