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Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.

Seneca [4 BC - AD 65]

Is it REALLY useful for corporations to interfere and deny health care to women? Or is it useful to divide people into two sides for political purposes? #hobbylobby #birthcontrol

(via liberalsarecool)

Special report: Taxpayers fund creationism in the classroom

“I would think most parents would use vouchers to choose better schools for their child,” Alexander said through a spokesperson. “There is no evidence that student achievement in Catholic schools, for example, is lower than that of public schools. In fact, the reverse is often true.”

Catholic school students do score significantly higher than public school students on national standardized tests in math and reading. But they are also far more likely than public school students to come from well-educated families, and they are far less likely to be poor, have disabilities or still be learning English, federal data show. A 2006 study by the U.S. Education Department found that controlling for those variables effectively wiped out the private school advantage.”

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If it were left to me to decide whether we should have a government without a free press or a free press without a government, I would prefer the latter.

—Thomas Jefferson

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want rain without thunder or lightning.

Frederick Douglass

Found in “The First Amendment On Campus” - Eds. L.E. Bird, M.B. Mackin, & S.K. Schuster - 2006




Mother Jones

LTMC: My roommate and I were talking about this the other day.  How on earth could they have spent so much money and still have so many horror stories about being ill-prepared with their accommodations? The answer is almost certainly “horrifying amounts of corruption.”  I suspect that a lot of that money simply went to line the pockets of contract beneficiaries than actually found its way into infrastructure improvements.

Jaw drop.

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)


Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man. -Thomas Paine

Because with the recent ruling, cable and phone companies like Verizon and AT&T now have the legal right to block any website, webpage, blog, video, web technology, app, cloud sync technology, or anything else running online through their pipes. Put another way, Comcast or Time Warner Cable can now block Netflix, BitTorrent, or even this article. They can choose to provide better service to some entities and not others, letting some websites load very, very slowly and others load instantly (for a fee!).