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My name is Brad Shannon. This is my personal Tumblr. I post content I am curious about or find interesting or worth discussing. Also, cute animals and random funny or weird stuff. Generally not to be taken seriously.

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How Inequality Hollows Out the Soul

More recent studies have affirmed the pattern we found. One, looking at the 50 American states, discovered that after taking account of age, income and educational differences, depression was more common in states with greater income inequality. Another, which combined data from over 100 surveys in 26 countries, found that schizophrenia was about three times as common in more unequal societies as it was in more equal ones.

(Source: azspot, via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

I hated it from the beginning. It was a job that had me patting down the crotches of children, the elderly and even infants as part of the post-9/11 airport security show. I confiscated jars of homemade apple butter on the pretense that they could pose threats to national security. I was even required to confiscate nail clippers from airline pilots—the implied logic being that pilots could use the nail clippers to hijack the very planes they were flying… I quickly discovered I was working for an agency whose morale was among the lowest in the U.S. government. In private, most TSA officers I talked to told me they felt the agency’s day-to-day operations represented an abuse of public trust and funds.

If I put a gun to someone’s head, say, a 30-year-old healthy male, pull the trigger, and kill him, assuming an average life expectancy of, say, 84, you can argue that possibly 54 years of life [were] stolen from that person in a direct act of violence.

However, if a person is born into poverty in the midst of an abundant society where it is statistically proven that it would hurt no one to facilitate meeting the basic needs of that person and yet they die at the age of 30 due to heart disease, which has been found to statistically relate to those who endure the stress and effects of low socioeconomic status, is that death, the removal of those 54 years once again, an act of violence?

And the answer is ‘Yes, it is.’

You see, our legal system has conditioned us to think that violence is a direct behavioral act. The truth is that violence is a process, not an act, and it can take many forms.

You cannot separate any outcome from the system by which it is oriented.

Is Bristol Palin Asshole of the Day?

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Is Bristol Palin asshole of the day for calling Wendy Davis a bad parent and prostitute?

This comes from our friends over at Wonkette, who break it down quite well, but here’s a taste:

Take it away, Bristol!

Turns out, she lied about much of her “pulling herself up by her own…

NO, BRISTOL PALIN IS NOT ASSHOLE OF THE DAY, because that honor ought to be reserved for people who are relevant to society and/or politics and/or culture, as opposed to people of whom we are aware only because they share a name with someone previously relevant to society and/or politics and/or culture.