I should clarify: when I talk about stop voting, how elections are a joke, how your voice is literally “statistically non-significant,” I am really talking about all elections at the Federal level; Congress and the Presidency.
By all means, vote for your local school board, vote in your mayoral election. The whole point of advocating non-voting behavior is to stress, above all else, action at the most local levels. That is grassroots activism. That is how you effect any meaningful and lasting change.
But for the love of God, please stop pretending that you have any impact on U.S. domestic and foreign policy by casting a ballot in federal elections.

Price of Liberty:  

The vicious cycle continues

priceofliberty:

Eight Civilians, Including Children, Killed in US Airstrike Against IS in Syria

MOSCOW, September 23 (RIA Novosti) – Airstrikes, carried out by Washington and its Arab allied forces against the Islamic State (IS), have killed eight civilians, three of them children, Reuters reported Tuesday.

The head of Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters that apart from civilian casualties, the attacks resulted in the deaths of about 30 fighters from the so-called Nusra Front jihadist group.

Earlier in the day, the Unites States carried out a number of airstrikes against IS positions in Syria, using aircraft, drones and Tomahawk missiles. Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates also reportedly took part in the attacks.

thinksquad:

Watch this man say “NO” to TSA agents trying to screen him after he gets off his flight

Several years ago Kahler Nygard posted on websites that could be described as anti-government. This earned him a low-level warning on a No Fly List, which requires passengers to undergo additional screening at the airport.
Last weekend, after flying without incident from Minneapolis to Denver, Nygard was approached by a group of TSA agents who demanded he participate in more thorough screening. He captured their conversation on video.
“If I traveled from point A to point B safely, why does there now need to be more screening before I am allowed to leave? That would lead me to believe that I’m being detained,” Nygard asks.
“I am not going to argue with you. Are you going to comply, or are you not?” the TSA agent asks while repeatedly saying that he would call the police if Nygard leaves the airport.
Confused over why he needed to be screened after already arriving at his destination, Nygard argued with the agents who he knew had no legal right to detain him.
Nygard then left the airport without intervention from the local police department.

Read more at http://rare.us/story/watch-this-man-say-no-to-tsa-agents-trying-to-screen-him-after-he-gets-off-his-flight/#6wQlXWl112kvu8yL.99

Fucking assholes!

Never, ever give up your rights, just because someone acts like they’re in authority over you, or are wearing a badge or a matching shirt with another dickhole.

PS  He left without incident or involvement from the PD.

Sept 22:  I’ve been living on,  and loving, these two records for weeks now.  No end in sight.
@beyonce @arianagrande 
#365in2014 #musicmonday #beyonce #arianagrande

Sept 22: I’ve been living on, and loving, these two records for weeks now. No end in sight.
@beyonce @arianagrande
#365in2014 #musicmonday #beyonce #arianagrande

theafrocentricasian:

World’s languages traced back to single African mother tongue: scientists.
New Zealand researchers have traced every human language — from English to Mandarin — back to an ancestral language spoken in Africa 50,000 to 70,000 years ago.
Scientists say they have traced the world’s 6,000 modern languages — from English to Mandarin — back to a single “mother tongue,” an ancestral language spoken in Africa 50,000 to 70,000 years ago.
New research, published in the journal Science, suggests this single ancient language resulted in human civilization — a Diaspora — as well as advances in art and hunting tool technology, and laid the groundwork for all the world’s cultures.
The research, by Quentin Atkinson from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, also found that speech evolved far earlier than previously thought. And the findings implied, though did not prove, that modern language originated only once, an issue of controversy among linguists, according to the New York Times.
Before Atkinson came up with the evidence for a single African origin of language, some scientists had argued that language evolved independently in different parts of the world.
Atkinson found that the first populations migrating from Africa laid the groundwork for all the world’s cultures by taking their single language with them. “It was the catalyst that spurred the human expansion that we all are a product of,” Atkinson said, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Atkinson traced the number distinct sounds, or phonemes — consonants, vowels and tones — in 504 world languages, finding compelling evidence that they can be traced back to a long-forgotten dialect spoken by our Stone Age ancestors, according to the Daily Mail.
Atkinson also hypothesized that languages with the most sounds would be the oldest, while those spoken by smaller breakaway groups would utilize fewer sounds as variation and complexity diminished.
The study found that some of the click-using languages of Africa have more than 100 phonemes, or sounds, whereas Hawaiian, toward the far end of the human migration route out of Africa, has only 13, the Times reported. English has about 45 phonemes.
The phoneme pattern mirrors the pattern of human genetic diversity as humans spread across the globe from sub-Saharan Africa around 70,000 years ago.
Source: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/science/110415/language-science-linguistics-mother-tongue-english-chinese-mandarin-africa

theafrocentricasian:

World’s languages traced back to single African mother tongue: scientists.

New Zealand researchers have traced every human language — from English to Mandarin — back to an ancestral language spoken in Africa 50,000 to 70,000 years ago.

Scientists say they have traced the world’s 6,000 modern languages — from English to Mandarin — back to a single “mother tongue,” an ancestral language spoken in Africa 50,000 to 70,000 years ago.

New research, published in the journal Science, suggests this single ancient language resulted in human civilization — a Diaspora — as well as advances in art and hunting tool technology, and laid the groundwork for all the world’s cultures.

The research, by Quentin Atkinson from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, also found that speech evolved far earlier than previously thought. And the findings implied, though did not prove, that modern language originated only once, an issue of controversy among linguists, according to the New York Times.

Before Atkinson came up with the evidence for a single African origin of language, some scientists had argued that language evolved independently in different parts of the world.

Atkinson found that the first populations migrating from Africa laid the groundwork for all the world’s cultures by taking their single language with them. “It was the catalyst that spurred the human expansion that we all are a product of,” Atkinson said, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Atkinson traced the number distinct sounds, or phonemes — consonants, vowels and tones — in 504 world languages, finding compelling evidence that they can be traced back to a long-forgotten dialect spoken by our Stone Age ancestors, according to the Daily Mail.

Atkinson also hypothesized that languages with the most sounds would be the oldest, while those spoken by smaller breakaway groups would utilize fewer sounds as variation and complexity diminished.

The study found that some of the click-using languages of Africa have more than 100 phonemes, or sounds, whereas Hawaiian, toward the far end of the human migration route out of Africa, has only 13, the Times reported. English has about 45 phonemes.

The phoneme pattern mirrors the pattern of human genetic diversity as humans spread across the globe from sub-Saharan Africa around 70,000 years ago.

Source: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/science/110415/language-science-linguistics-mother-tongue-english-chinese-mandarin-africa