Kevin Bingham

Ramblings in a post-modern technological connection society

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Non-Believer and Chief: Will America Ever Have an Atheist President?

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I have nothing against religion. However, I’m right in there being tired of hypocrisy. I do hope that we are coming into a time of rationalism, equality, and freedom.

As the evangelical right wing of the Republican Party clings to their religion as tightly as they can, the American youth is gearing up to take part in its biggest rebellion. After years of hearing about sex scandals, abuses of power, hypocrisy, sexist policies and racist remarks the youth of America has absolutely no reason to fall in line with the thinking of the Christian Church. The Church represents superstition in the age of science. It preaches against women’s rights and the LGBT community in the age of equality. They represent oppression and control to a generation who has grown up with unrestricted knowledge from an unfiltered internet. Their parents may see kids who watch too many YouTube videos or spend too much time on their phones but I see a generation of hackers, web designers and computer virtuosos who are perfectly suited for the cyber-age. And unfortunately for the Christian monopoly on Presidential belief structure this generation seems to have no interest in the religions of the past and no time for those who do. This generation wants class equality and freedom of information, not stories about 4,000 year old floods or fables about slingshots and giants. We are witnessing the rise of a generation of non-believers, a generation whose singular political interest will be a secular democracy that truly represents the people. You know, the way America was meant to be. This generation may just become the fathers and mothers of a new age in America.

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You’ve got to embrace discomfort, it’s the only way you can put yourself in situations where you can learn, and the only way you can keep your senses fresh once you’re there.
Louis C.K. (via thoughtscreen)

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10 Poverty Myths, Busted | Mother Jones

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1. Single moms are the problem. Only 9 percent of low-income, urban moms have been single throughout their child’s first five years. Thirty-five percent were married to, or in a relationship with, the child’s father for that entire time.

2. Absent dads are the problem. Sixty percent of low-income dads see at least one of their children daily. Another 16 percent see their children weekly.

3. Black dads are the problem. Among men who don’t live with their children, black fathers are more likely than white or Hispanic dads to have a daily presence in their kids’ lives.

4. Poor people are lazy. In 2004, there was at least one adult with a job in 60 percent of families on food stamps that had both kids and a nondisabled, working-age adult.

5. If you’re not officially poor, you’re doing okay. The federal poverty line for a family of two parents and two children in 2012 was $23,283. Basic needs cost at least twice that in 615 of America’s cities and regions.

6. Go to college, get out of poverty. In 2012, about 1.1 million people who made less than $25,000 a year, worked full time, and were heads of household had a bachelor’s degree.

7. We’re winning the war on poverty. The number of households with children living on less than $2 a day per person has grown 160 percent since 1996, to 1.65 million families in 2011.

8. The days of old ladies eating cat food are over. The share of elderly single women living in extreme poverty jumped 31 percent from 2011 to 2012.

9. The homeless are drunk street people. One in 45 kids in the United States experiences homelessness each year. In New York City alone, 22,000 children are homeless.

10. Handouts are bankrupting us. In 2012, total welfare funding was 0.47 percent of the federal budget.

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deducecanoe:

That’s one of my problems with Elementary. i think it’s a brilliant show that has done a lot for diversity and representation, and treating addiction properly. But where are the latinos? I understand the precinct is divided firmly into “Bell” and “Not-Bell.” but still. There was that dude from the pilot, never to be seen again. And also, the more minorities you have in positive roles, the more white people you can kill off.

(Source: sassyfeminism, via dorkilybeautiful)

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fastcompany:

GIFs are old—the format was invented in 1987—and with age, comes a lot of baggage. Surely there are better options 27 years later—why haven’t they caught on? And what would it take for that to happen?
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fastcompany:

GIFs are old—the format was invented in 1987—and with age, comes a lot of baggage. Surely there are better options 27 years later—why haven’t they caught on? And what would it take for that to happen?

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