"There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop." -Mario Savio
That was said during the free speech movement of the 1960's.
I recently got to meet Tom Hayden, also of the 60's student movement, who told me that "we won the sixties."

However, if you know your history, you know that the "sixties" and the movements of that era ended in 1776 with the bicentennial, and the rise of neo-Liberalism. Our champions for freedom were bought out by high paid professorships, speaking fees and politcal careers, or killed.
Sorry Mr. Hayden. I respect and admire you, but we didn't win. Well, in this mass information age, we have a chance to make things right. We have a chance to learn and heal.

I was given the MC name "The Weatherman" because I see in patterns and cycles, and you can't blame me for pointing them out.
I'm here to point out the cycles.
Enjoy.
Dr. Emote/ The Weatherman

staff:

Awesome. This happened last night. :)

Thanks for putting this together, Frankie!
You have an amazing collection of Jon Stewart GIFs.

And thank you, Daily Show!!

(Source: bettyfrancis)

They call themselves conservatives but that’s not it, either. They don’t want to conserve what we now have. They’d rather take the country backwards – before the 1960s and 1970s, and the Environmental Protection Act, Medicare, and Medicaid; before the New Deal, and its provision for Social Security, unemployment insurance, the forty-hour workweek, and official recognition of trade unions; even before the Progressive Era, and the first national income tax, antitrust laws, and Federal Reserve. They’re not conservatives. They’re regressives. And the America they seek is the one we had in the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century.

White Heterosexual Penis

This one is for the hypocrites.

The college students

The Trust fund hippies

Whose parents pay the rent.

The Ayn Rand hipsters

So cold and dollar bent

Who just had to ask

For every dollar you spent.

With your exaggerations

And implications

Of privilege

While you hold the reins

Of manipulation

And leverage.

And To those calling love

From God above

While spreading hate

 across the nation.

This land of the free

Burned and chopped for money

Whose real owners were shipped

off to a reservation.

And especially to all of you who think

While you read thoughts in printed ink

That my white Heterosexual penis

doesn’t deserve the chance to speak.

Because, a woman of color

With a rich father and mother

Will still see more privileges than me.

I’ve slept on the streets

Slanged to make ends meet

And sometimes, a stolen sandwich

is all I have to eat.

I gotten clothes out of trash cans

Begged for change selling wrist bands

And the truth is that these hands

Have both created and killed.

But while your hands are soft, judging

My hands are skilled, loving.

So it ills me

And chills me

That after all this

You still see

nothing

But my white heterosexual penis.

While you drive you’re nice truck

Paid for on daddy’s buck

You think you have the right to fuck

Me over for your gain?

Well your insane,

little brother

With with your gold digging mother

You see I come from that other

Side of the tracks.

I’ve strained my back

Had to fight

Yes I’ve sold

coke all night

And no not to party

Just to fucking survive.

See, I have to thank God for every day I’m alive!

So when I hear

You’re not queer

enough

Or dark enough

I’ve had enough

‘cause guess what?

My  uncle, Manuel De La Torre still fights in Juarez.

I don’t care what story you think my skin says.

And my uncle Grant  and Aunt Juanita

have to struggle every day on Ysletta Reservation.

Yeah, that’s the privilege I get from this nation.

So while you drink your Starbucks

And start sending me mad looks

Because I think I can school you

 on what  privilege really is

Well fuck.

You can suck

My White Heterosexual  Penis.

Dr. Emote’s Hystory of Everything: Ronald Fucking Reagan

 

             Hey there party people. I know that the past few years, all we’ve been hearing about is budget cuts. But, did you know where it all started? Why it all started? Why we as a country have moved to putting corporate interests ahead of the common welfare? (as in, that the “common” are “faring well”)
Well ghosts and ghouls, it’s because of a little thing called Neo-Liberalism (capital L, Locke style) and we have one person to thank for its sweeping popularity in the US: Ronald Reagan. And sadly, it all started right here in California. I don’t mean to speak ill of the dead, but seriously, f**k Ronald Reagan.

To get this lesson started, let me take you way back to a simpler time. A time of Heineken and tight jeans. Led Zeppelin and the Muppets. A time known as the Bicentennial- 1976.
~~groovy psychedelic fade in~~
The bicentennial was a time of overwhelming “patriotism” celebrating the signing of the declaration of Independence 200 years prior in 1776. American flags were so prevalent that whole God damned country looked like a post 911 Fourth of July celebration. Even radical artists and activists like Bob Dylan and Abbie Hoffman got into the mix with American flag fashion. And it also inspired the biggest lie to be told to the American people in the past 50 years: Neo-Liberalism.
See, as we had just finished fighting the commies in Korea and Vietnam, the absolute least patriotic thing you could do was be a communist. So, some very sly and crafty politicians, like our good friend Mr. Reagan, flipped it around: the MOST patriotic thing you could be was an Extreme Capitalist!
F***ing brilliant right?! WRONG. You see, this mindset set the legislation in motion, that set the precedent and trend in legislation in motion, of systematically cutting from social and education services in order to lessen taxes for larger businesses. You following? Good. Let me break it down for you.
In his early days, Reagan actually started out as a liberal democrat and champion of the New Deal policies of Democrat president Franklin D. Roosevelt. He even helped out with the 1950 senate election of Helen Gahagan Douglas over Richard Nixon. However, when he got hired to host the General Electric Theater series in the mid 1950s, he started to adopt the very conservative views of the large corporation that employed him, endorsing conservative politicians as a registered Dem. Eventually, in 1966, he was nominated by the Republican Party for Governor, with the campaign promises of “Getting those welfare bums back to work” and “fixing that mess in Berkeley” (in response to the free speech movement of students like Mario Savio and Angela Davis) He was elected, and in his first term, still approved tax increases to balance the budget, as opposed to large program cuts. Walk with me.

Reagan was true to his word to stand up against the students. In May of 1969, he ordered CHP to break up the People’s Park protest of Berkeley in an event that would go down in Hystory as Bloody Thursday, as it led to the death of Student James Rector and the blinding of Alan Blanchard. After that, he ordered 2,200 national guard troops to occupy the city of Berkeley in order to prevent the student protest backlash. A year after “Bloody Thursday”, Reagan responded to questions about campus protest movements saying, “If it takes a bloodbath, let’s get it over with. No more appeasement.” When the Symbionese Liberation Army kidnapped Patty Hearst in Berkeley and demanded the distribution of food to the poor, Reagan joked, “It’s just too bad we can’t have an epidemic of botulism.”
 
In 1976 he decided to enter the presidential ring instead of seeking another term as governor, but the damage had already been done. While running, he was by far the biggest chamion of Neo-Liberalism, or what I like to call “Radical Capitalism,” Which largely follows Smithian Classical Economic Theory. (There’s a reason why we study Keynes) His presidential speeches on Trickle Down Economics still rang home to his California supporters, ( you know, the folk that cheered for his Berkeley bloodbath) and when in 1978, prop 13 came around requiring a 2/3 majority on creating revenues (something that would change how our state budget from then on) and also freezing corporate property taxes to the level at which they were purchased, all of the California Reaganites showed up to the polls in droves. To make up for this tax shortage, and in spirit of the continuing war on the public sector, especially public colleges, the Radical Right introduced the first ever “fees” to the University of California since the ratification of the Master Plan for Education in 1960.

Since Reagan took presidential office in 1982, where he was the champion of “trickle Down” economic theory, we have experienced more than a 1,100 percent increase in student fees, while simultaneously continuing to cut corporate taxes, through breaks, new loopholes, and flat out decreases, since we still only need a simple majority to cut taxes. Why is this? Because the majority of voters, whether they know it or not, are still brainwashed by that bicentennial bulls**t about extreme capitalism being the most patriotic thing we can do. To relate to popular current events: ITS THIS MINDSET THAT HAS LEDT THE RICHEST 1% OF OUR NATION TO PROCURE ENOUGH ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL POWER TO CONTINUOUSLY AND SYSTEMATICALLY F**K THE 99% OF US THAT HAVE TO WORK FOR A LIVING.
 
 
So anyway, FUCK RONALD REAGAN.

I love you,

Emote.