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“I’m a feminist, and God knows I’m loyal to my sex, and you must remember that from my very early days, when this city was scarcely safe from buffaloes, I was in the struggle for equal rights for women. But when we paraded through the catcalls of men and when we chained ourselves to lampposts to try to get our equality — dear child, we didn’t foresee those female writers.”
DISNEY HAVE STOLEN MY ARTWORK
I don’t know what to do. I am so upset. Can anyone help me?
My painting was created back in 2010, (see it HERE) and since then so many people have expressed their love for it, not just on tumblr, but in many places. At least 9 people had it tattooed on their bodies. It’s one of my favourite images I created at University and I was proud of it in many ways.
I’m so mad because I have no chance at getting Disney to do anything about it. I had so much respect for the company and now I am just SO upset and disappointed.
Any help, advice or signal boosting would be amazing. And thank you so much to the kind person who messaged me about this.
Once again, the corporate behemoths rip off an independent artist, banking on 1) the artist is unlikely to discover the theft, or 2) once discovered, the corporation has exponentially superior resources for legal recourse than the artist does.
What’s the difference between this and music/movie piracy? On the one hand, you have a willfully ignorant consumerist population that wants stuff for free. On the other, you have a failing corporate mogul looking for discounts on creative production. Anyone who’s actually producing anything is grossly disincentivized to do so, on both sides.
I read a hilarious article today about someone who died of a heart attack, directly caused by regularly dining at the Heart Attack Grill. The owner, Jon Basso, claimed that he told this customer not to eat there so regularly. The guy defended himself by saying he liked the burgers. Oh, well. Good sound reasoning, there.
The Heart Attack Grill insists it will not change its policy of offering irresponsibly unhealthy food to paying customers. “People have got to live their lives,” says Basso. Even when… their choices are stupid… to a life-threatening degree? For example, John Alleman was the second unpaid spokesperson to die in two years.
Basso insists he warns people not to eat here regularly, despite the neon sign over the door that says people weighing over 350 lbs. can eat there for free. And look at the last picture in this montage: the menu comes with a commentary about sales tax the government will squander…
Now it falls into place. Basso must be a libertarian or maybe even a teabagger. Freedom of choice! Freedom for an entrepreneur to serve damaging food; freedom for customers to buy food that will kill them. Freedom for women with low self-esteem to dress in provocative outfits, marketing themselves as pieces of meat, just like the lumps on the grill.
Which is hilarious when you see what bigoted misogynists show up on the company’s website. A nurses group protested the misrepresentation and degradation of their uniforms for sexual titillation and exploitation. In response, both the customers and the management responded by calling “humorless,” “fat,” “ugly,” and worse than that. Which is really the pot calling the kettle black, if you look at the guys in these photos.
But what’s the alternative? A nanny-state which endeavors to protect the citizenry from itself? Because people do have a wicked self-destructive streak, from biking around at night in dark clothes with no reflectors, to racing at top speed, drunk, with no seat belts while updating their status to Facebook. Irresponsible behavior like this causes personal trauma to the people in their lives, as well as jacking up the costs of health care coverage, a financial burden protested by the very people who insist on leading a lifestyle that brings it into being.
Right-wingership, libertarianism and teabaggery are merely bastions of greed and ignorance. Consume more and more, don’t care where it comes from or what it does to us. Freedom to make terrible decisions, protest having to take responsibility for them. Lemme keep all my money, and I’ll need guns to protect it, and fuck everyone else.
“The best argument against democracy is to speak with a citizen for five minutes.” Benjamin Franklin didn’t say that, but I wish I knew who did.
Reluctant thief leaves Papa John’s with pizza for his hungry family instead of cash
man who apparently summoned the courage to rob a Montana pizza restaurant changed his mind as the clerk started to hand him money, broke down crying and ended up leaving with a pizza to feed his hungry family.
Helena Police Chief Troy McGee praised the clerk’s actions. “I’d say the clerk was pretty astute,” McGee said. “I mean, he knows how to talk to this person. Kind of commiserated with him a little. Talked to him about it and you know actually changed his mind about robbing the place. That was pretty good.” (Fotolia)
Pressed for comment, CEO John Schnatter blamed Obamacare amid some choice expletives. He emphatically assured the Montana community that the clerk would be dragged through town behind a pickup truck, per store policy, for violating the chain’s “no handouts to goddamned welfare cheats” code.
‘Not every opinion is valid:’ Carleton University free speech wall torn down within hours
Only hours after students installed a “Free Speech Wall” at Carleton University to prove that campus free speech was alive and well, it was torn down by an activist who claimed the wall was an “act of violence,” against the gay community.
“What we wanted to promote was competition of ideas, rather than ‘if I disagree with you I’ve got to censor you,’” said Ian CoKehyeng, founder of Carleton Students for Liberty, the creators of the wall.
Installed on Monday in the Unicentre Galleria, one of campus’ most high-traffic areas, the wall was really more of a 1.2 x 1.8 meter wooden plank wrapped in paper and equipped with felt markers.
By Tuesday morning the wall was gone, destroyed in an act of “forceful resistance,” by seventh-year human rights student Arun Smith.
This is hilarious. A soi-disant human rights activists tears down a public-access “free speech” banner.
The best argument against democracy, of course, is to speak with the average-joe-on-the-street for ten minutes.
Haha, the pseudo-neutrality of geopolitical citizenship can't save you. It seems increasingly like there's no way out of this without sounding like a rube or a racist so take your pick: recant or just say "Those various brown people south of us are all horrible, violent monsters."
They may not be monsters, but everyone knows they eat dogs.
...and they do it for half the price an American does it for! Why, forty years ago, a fella could make a decent living eating dogs! It was a good, patriotic, American job. Most of our finest statesmen started out in dog-eating trades: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, MLK... If I'm not mistaken, Ward Cleaver, the father on Leave it to Beaver ate dogs for a living; it was that iconic!
Yes, it used to be, the big dog-eating firms downtown had to pay an honest wage with time off at Christmas and a company picnic every Independence Day just to attract the real craftsmen, you know. Nowadays, with all these illegals coming into our country, willing to eat dogs for next to nothing, it's turned into a numbers game where quantity is more important than artistry. There's no such thing as a dog-eating apprenticeship anymore. It's a shame too. A good apprenticeship could teach a boy the sort of discipline and integrity you just can't learn from a book. The devaluation of American craftsmanship and know-how is what's going to let the Chinese take over the world and you know whose fault it is—those godless, Central American, polytheist Mexicans!
Dog-eating has gotten really expensive, what with organically raised dogs and fair wages for their handlers. It's really hard to convince a struggling lower-class family to do the responsible thing and shop for locally sourced, humanely treated dogs when they're counting pennies and have to choose between that and anti-three-month-death medicine, every three months. But those cheap dogs they're getting from Shenzhen, dogs stuffed with lead-treated dogs, that's what's giving them those bad cases of death you read about. It's a vicious cycle, but the Republicans are having none of it. Import dog lobbyists have not only dismantled dog-rendering regulation but are working to block outside media investigation, so the already-biased domestic media is increasingly unwilling to run this kind of story.
And the GOP doesn't even eat dogs! They eat people who eat dogs, but the irony is that they won't eat the lower-class families getting sick off the Chinese tainted dogs whose import they're working so hard to defend. They only eat canid-vegetarians, people subsisting off the same high-quality dogs they're working to get shut down. The blatant hypocrisy drives me blind with madness.
I think it’s sad when all someone’s epitaph can say is “She loved Jesus and lived faithfully to God” or words to that effect. Summing up someone’s entire lifetime like that is like saying, “She hid under the bed and we never had to tell her to get a haircut.”
How is the world bettered for her presence? Did she hate gays? Was she the kind of Christian that pardoned murder as long as it furthered her political agenda? The kind of Christian who sang “let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me,” then voted for people who would dismantle the social support structure for immigrants and the homeless?
Did she tell good jokes? Did she cook well? Did she see any other countries? Was anyone on the planet happy to see her each day? None of this is transmitted. All we know, vaguely, to no certain extent, was that she was pretty much religious and that’s all.
I read an epitaph like that today and it made me very sad. Her God gave her the gift of life and she hid it in a shoebox and let it die in the dark, without having experienced any of her God’s Creation. AFAIK.
- Presidents who are not white that are born in the United States
- Poor people
- Uninsured or underinsured people
- Women’s reproductive rights
- Donald Trump’s nutbaggishness
- Corporations that are not people
- Sensible gun control laws to help stop people from getting murdered over stupid shit
- Tax breaks for anyone but the uber-rich
- Genuine compassion
Someone vandalized Spoonbridge and Cherry with “Kony.”
This is the biggest bunch of bullshit. I’ve been arguing against vandalism with my friends who are all “first amendment” and “artistic expression” and “graffiti isn’t vandalism,” and yet we all agree on this point. Plus, the #KONY2012 campaign was deceptive from the beginning (supporting militias that rape/murder their own tribes) and now it turns out the Ugandans themselves are upset at this “awareness” campaign and Invisible Children’s grandstanding, to say nothing of the public masturbation. So the uneducated asshole who did this piece of work has absolutely zero friends in Minneapolis. (Or if he has friends, they are also unlikable, valueless assholes anyone would be better off without.)
“Thanks, uh, thanks for helping, honey. Thanks. Thanks a lot. Stellar choice of words. Yeah, I think you got your point across. Yes, I understand what you were trying to say. I just also know how it came out, Baudelaire. How about you go back to your wheelhouse—peach cobbler—and leave the cameras and interviews to me?”
Does anyone else find it amusing that the Occupy movement and Anonymous have generated such tremendous revenue to Time-Warner for their copyrighted, mass-produced masks? This is the greatest punchline since the silk-screened “anarchy” t-shirts on sale at Target.