8/10 greatest Federer moments of the 2012 Tennis season

↳ Unbelievable shots: (left to right, top to bottom) World Tour Finals: Final against Djokovic, Australian Open: R4 against Tomic, Indian Wells: R2 against Kudla, Wimbledon: Final against Murray, US Open: QF against Berdych, Basel: SF against Mathieu

There is a 1000% chance I’m voting for Jill Stein (Green Party) in the 2016 presidential election

Jill Stein is the only currently declared candidate for the Green Party, and previously ran in 2012 with Cynthia McKinney. First, I strongly recommend you check out her OnTheIssues page (and that of every candidate) so you can see where she falls on a variety of issues.


Here’s a chart of her place on the “political spectrum,” along with a sampling of her quotes on different issues:

On Abortion

  • Healthcare is a right, including women’s reproductive rights. (Nov 2012)
  • Federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. (May 2012)
  • Maintain abortion rights & provide free birth control. (May 2012)

On the Economy

  • It’s un-American that top 1% own 90% of wealth. (Jan 2012)
  • Reduce spending via military cuts & preventive health. (Dec 2011)

On Civil Rights

  • Black Lives Matter: fix the system of racism. (Mar 2015)
  • Pay equity for women remains critical, despite some programs. (Oct 2012)
  • Economy that is not fully inclusive is inherently unstable. (Dec 2011)
  • Legalize gay marriage. (Nov 2001)

On Crime

  • Black Lives Matter: end racism & police militarization. (Feb 2015)
  • Incarcerating poor & minorities has become big business. (Jan 2012)
  • Mandatory sentencing: ineffective & racially discriminatory. (Dec 2011)

On Drugs

  • End the racist war on drugs and school-to-prison pipeline. (Feb 2015)
  • Transform from criminal drug system to public health system. (Nov 2012)
  • Marijuana is dangerous because it’s illegal, not vice-versa. (Dec 2011)

On Education

  • Bail out the students instead of bailing out the banks. (Oct 2012)
  • Establish basic right to free college education. (Jan 2012)
  • College loans trap students in financial prison of debt. (Jan 2012)

On Energy

  • Make wars for oil obsolete: 100% renewables by 2030. (Feb 2015)
  • We can’t wait 4 more years to address climate change. (Jan 2012)

On Foreign Policy

  • End Israeli apartheid occupations and illegal settlements. (Oct 2012)
  • End trade embargo and travel ban on Cuba. (May 2012)
  • Start holding all parties accountable in Israel/Palestine. (Jan 2012)
  • US should behave as member of world community, not world cop. (Dec 2011)

On Gun Control

  • More local regulations; more background checks. (Oct 2012)
  • Reduce culture of violence via mental health & legal drugs. (Oct 2012)

On Health Care

  • Right to quality health care: Medicare for All. (Jan 2012)
  • Implement universal health care. (Nov 2001)

On Homeland Security

  • Bush & Obama criminalized the right to protest. (Oct 2012)
  • Patriot Act ends the right to judicial review. (Jan 2012)
  • Bloated military budget enables knee-jerk military solutions. (Jan 2012)
  • Cut military 50%; spend that $500B on economy. (Dec 2011)

On Immigration

  • Extend DREAM Act beyond age 30. (Oct 2012)
  • Provide a legal path to citizenship for immigrant residents. (Feb 2012)
  • Undocumented immigrants are critical component of economy. (Dec 2011)

On Jobs

  • Directly create jobs, not via tax breaks. (Oct 2012)
  • Economic Bill of Rights: unionize; fair taxation; fair trade. (Jan 2012)
  • Require living wage. (Nov 2001)

On Technology

  • 4 million people wrote to FCC to preserve net neutrality. (Feb 2015)
  • No government policing of the internet. (May 2012)

I recommend you do your own research as well. I usually vote Green Party because I’ve found the Democrats don’t often represent my interests. Go with what you think is best; just know that there are alternatives to “the lesser of two evils.”


1/10 greatest Federer moments of the 2012 Tennis season

↳ Roger Federer wins Wimbledon for the 7th time (equalling Pete Sampras’ record) and claims his 17th grand slam title

“When it all happens, it crashes down on you and you’re exhausted and happy. It’s not just a great moment in my career, but life. As a parent and a father, it’s quite incredible.”  [x]

Justice Department Not Charging George Zimmerman In Death Of Trayvon Martin

The Justice Department said Tuesday that it will not bring federal charges against George Zimmerman for the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin:

“The death of Trayvon Martin was a devastating tragedy. It shook an entire community, drew the attention of millions across the nation, and sparked a painful but necessary dialogue throughout the country,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “Though a comprehensive investigation found that the high standard for a federal hate crime prosecution cannot be met under the circumstances here, this young man’s premature death necessitates that we continue the dialogue and be unafraid of confronting the issues and tensions his passing brought to the surface. We, as a nation, must take concrete steps to ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future.”

Following the shooting, a team of some of the department’s most experienced civil rights prosecutors and FBI agents conducted a comprehensive, independent investigation of the events of Feb. 26, 2012. The federal investigation was opened and conducted separately from the state of Florida’s investigation of the shooting under local laws. Once the state initiated the second-degree murder prosecution, federal investigators began monitoring the state’s case and halted active investigation in order not to interfere with the state’s trial. Federal investigators provided reports of interviews and other evidence they obtained to the state’s prosecution team.

(Click here for more info from BuzzFeed News)


Sometimes people think tennis life is only fun when you win, and when you lose clearly it’s a disaster, it’s all really bad. Yes, that’s disappointing and it’s not much fun. But at the same time, you can enjoy a tournament, enjoy a city, enjoy life while moving on with your career. If you have the big picture in mind, then you realise that missing a few too many forehands has zero impact on how I will actually sleep tonight.” [x]

Refugee health-care advocates criticize government inaction

The federal government hasn’t complied with a court ruling that reinstated health care for refugee claimants, advocates are set to argue in court next week, returning to a fight they thought they’d won last July.

Lorne Waldman, a lawyer for Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, will be back in Federal Court on Tuesday to try to force the government to comply with a July 2014 decision that reversed changes to refugee health care introduced two years earlier.

In 2012, the federal government decreased the level of health care to which refugee claimants were entitled, arguing the government shouldn’t pay for health care for “bogus” refugee claimants. 

Canadian doctors took issue with the government’s distinction between “bogus” and “genuine” refugees, arguing that the changes brought in 2012 also applied to those claimants whose applications are being processed and who are in the queue waiting for a hearing.​

The Federal Court found the move was “cruel and unusual” because it jeopardizes refugees’ health and shocks the conscience of Canadians.

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