FCC trying to stop phone companies that rip off prisoners' families #1yrago

The private phone companies that charge prisoners’ families up to up to $12.95 for 15 minutes’ conversation are not the worst prison profiteers, but they’re pretty high up in the rogues’ gallery of greedy, immoral predators who view the poorest and most vulnerable Americans as penned-up wallets.

The prison privateers are abetted by the prisons themselves: they kick back a huge share of their loot to the prisons who employ them, putting the prisons in the morally hazardous position of making more money by interfering with inmates’ rehabilitation.

After 14 years of trying, the FCC has finally introduced a regulation capping the rates that prison phone companies can charge, but the fight’s not over yet. The Republican Commissioners have argued that this is outside of the FCC’s jurisdiction, which has opened the door to a challenge by Global Tel-Link and Securus, the two biggest leeches on prisoners’ families finances.

“But it is quite clear that if the current exponent of culture despises the religious instinct, sneers at popular sentiment, shrinks from the rude contact of humanity, he does all this, not because he is irreligious or immoral or egotistical, but simply because he is uncultured. If a man cannot enjoy a crowd eating oranges outside the gallery of a Surrey theatre, he is not a cultured man. If a poet living in the country saw no charms in the pig-sty, the farmer would be fully justified in lamenting his lack of culture. For if culture be self-development it must include the simpler as well as the subtler appetites and faculties, physical courage, family affection, political excitement, a capacity for romping, and a sympathy with the Salvation Army.”
— G.K. Chesterton


Manuscript Monday

This week’s Manuscript Monday comes in the form of a couple of lines of Latin verse promoting corporal punishment that someone has scrawled on to the front free endpaper of a 1520 edition of Ovid’s Fasti. The Latin reads as follows:

Qui parcit virgae, puerum non diligit ille,

Nam virga tactus, pravos exterminat actus.

In English, this comes out as: “He who spares the rod does not love the boy, for the boy, touched by the rod, banishes immoral behavior”.

These verses, which appear in published collections of Latin aphorisms, apparently take their inspiration from the Vulgate translation of Proverbs 13:24:

Qui parcit virgae suae odit filium suum, qui autem diligit illum instanter erudit.

Which means: “He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves his son vigorously instructs him”.

The connection to Ovid is not obvious!

- Tim

Ovid. Fastorum libri. Venetiis: Opera & imprensa I. Tacuini, 1520. MU Special Collections Vault PA6519 .F2 1520A

I think the worst of this discourse is it shows that the youth is just as corrupted by our worlds immoral and un-just ways as any other generation. There’s been hate and disgust throughout history and even amongst each other in simple mindless fantasy and cartoon there is all out war.

We need activism in this world…but not through hatred and cruelty like the antis are doing.

The only activism that has ever worked and ever helped society change is peaceful protest and calm debate. 

When your love the person you disagree with rather then hating them sometimes you can actually work it out.

The thing is antis are hateful and shun any backed up argument we might have. That’s not a debate, its literally the denial of free speech and a lack of listening. 

Despite what antis might say I do listen to them, I take their arguments into consideration and rather than just going ‘haha you’re stupid’ I try to give them a logical argument based on facts.

Antis may drive me crazy and as much as I say I hate them, I don’t. Frankly, I’m the worst kind of shipper for them because I treat them with respect, like human beings. I debate with them rather than argue. 

They choose to see it as arguing. They choose to see me as an enemy. I have done nothing to them except debate, post similar posts in their tag that they post in s//heith, and enjoyed something I enjoy regardless of their hate.

Sadly, at the end of the day, they are human. They’re the result of a chain of hate and its made them bitter and honestly? I feel sorry for them. It must be hard to have given up fighting back against all that bitterness. Hating is such an easy road to slip into but it’s a lonely one. People who bond over hate quickly fall apart.

fakepockets  asked:

its rly nasty to me how pearls are written as objectified by their women owners n a society of all women. ofc women can objectify others but having a whole society taught to be ~creepy lesbians~?? eyeball giggling over owning a pearl was one of the worst lines in the show- it wrote a black butch char expressing attraction over a girl in a creepy way, and a sign of her being bigoted and not listening to reason. so the biggest wlw attraction written in universe is a system of abuse. ok

su never sat right with me with how it handled wlw representation. fusion between two different gems was deemed as immoral (and was an allegory for homophobia/lesbophobia) and jasper felt that way. until she was forced to be fused and suddenly she’s cool with fusion! just!! what the fuck @su writers

Be the Most Beautiful Woman in the World

Dear sisters…

With your beauty, you are better than the sun; with your morals you are more sublime than musk; with your modesty you are nobler than the full moon; with your compassion you are more beneficial than rain. So, preserve your beauty with faith, your tranquility with contentment, your chastity with… HIJAB.

Remember that your adornment is not gold, silver or diamonds, rather it is two raka’ahs at Fajr, going thirsty when you fast for Allah (swt), concealed charity which no one knows except Him, hot tears that wash away sin, a lengthy prostration born of utter submission to Allah (swt), shyness before Allah (swt) when the inclination to do evil overwhelms you. Clothe yourself with garments of Taqwa (piety) for you are the most beautiful woman in the world, even if your clothes are shabby.

Beware of the life of bewitching immoral disbelieving women, for they are the fuel of the Fire of Hell.

Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
—  1 Corinthians 6

The Secrets of Food Marketing

An expert reveals the food marketing’s secret weapon in a short presentation.

The twist? The marketing speaker is an actress called Kate Miles, who worked along side Compassion in World Farming and Catsnake Film to produce this brilliant video. Even though it’s a set-up, the facts about produce and its marketing are completely true. And, the audience is 100% real.  

It’s a very important, must-watch video!

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So disheartening!  This brutality has BEEN out of control, and it just keeps getting worse! My heart aches every time news like this is reported, and even more for incidents that aren’t even captured and publicized.  I can’t even fathom how this rogue officer concluded in his mind that his actions were just.  What type of mental clearance do officers go through before they are able to tote a gun and pin on a badge?  Though these kids still have their lives, this terrible situation will never and cannot be erased from memory.  I need more details on how this unfolded, but either way there’s no excuse how it was poorly handled.  There’s a reason why we are SCREAMING Black Lives Matter.  If we don’t who will?!?!