Not so fast: Bette Midler thrilled Calif. ‘JUST BANNED PLASTIC BAGS!!’!/BetteMidler/status/505698043732451328

California has banned plastic bags? Count singer, actress and climate change alarmist Bette Midler among the giddy.

Not to remove any of the wind from beneath Midler’s wings, but her celebration is, for now, premature:!/MicheleBerkowi1/status/505698794508267520

It’s not quite there:!/CapitolAlert/status/505604096187826178

The bill could sit on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk for a while:

The measure could be politically difficult for Brown, a longtime champion of environmental causes but a relatively moderate Democrat, especially on issues of concern to business.
The plastic bag ban is one of hundreds of bills the governor will act on in coming weeks. His office typically does not comment on pending legislation, and it declined to comment Friday on the bag bill.

In other words, the science is not yet settled on Midler’s tweet.



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‘Land of the free': Michigan Gov signs ‘anti-Tesla’ bill!/michaellebowitz/status/524685865805955072

Sure, there are a lot of reasons to be dubious about whether electric cars are a technology that needs to be fast tracked to save the planet. That doesn’t mean the companies who make them shouldn’t have a chance to compete. Michigan’s Republican Governor Rick Snyder just signed a bill preventing Tesla Motors from using a different retail model for selling cars in Michigan. Seems like a pretty transparent political payoff to Detroit’s big automakers.

The Detroit Free Press reports: Gov. Snyder signs bill banning direct Tesla sales

Dealers have tolerated and learned to cooperate with online car shopping services such as and But a manufacturer who bypasses the traditional franchise system to sell directly, either in physical stores or online, is a threat, even a low-volume automaker like Tesla.

So if someone out-innovates your business, rather than adapting to compete, just get your government cronies to make the innovation illegal.

Earlier this week Tesla CEO Elon Musk called it “anti-consumer” legislation.

Crony “capitalism.”

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The Dark Sides Of 10 Beloved Historical Figures

It’s no secret that history books don’t get everything right, but you might be surprised to see the dark sides of these 10 beloved historical figures.

From civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to children’s author Sir Roald Dahl, each of these figures had a dark side that they kept hidden from followers, press, and fans. As you’ll learn, their lives, motives, and beliefs weren’t always savory.

1. Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson is remembered for penning the line that “all men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence, but that sentiment certainly didn’t extend to his hundreds of slaves.

However, Jefferson not only kept slaves at his Monticello estate. He also fathered six children with a slave woman named Sally Hemings. While Jeffferson later freed his children, he kept Sally in his possession until his death in 1826.

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2. Winston Churchill

The name Winston Churchill is synonymous with leadership, strength, and power, but did you know that the former Prime Minster was also an outspoken racist?

In regard to Native Americans he said, “I am strongly in favor of using poisoned gas against uncivilized tribes…[It] would spread a lively terror.” He was also known to refer to Africans and Indians as “beasts” and “savages.”

3. Mahatma Gandhi

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Mahatma Gandhi, otherwise known as the “Father of the Nation” in India, is a worldwide symbol for peace, love, and hope. Unfortunately, he had a disturbing sexual appetite behind closed doors.

According to numerous accounts, Gandhi forced female followers and his own grandnieces to sleep with him naked. Nightly, he would perform “celibacy tests,” a thin cover for molestation.

4. John Lennon

John Lennon wrote songs about love and peace, but his son Julian says that he was a very different man at home.

Julian Lennon, the son of John and his first wife Cynthia, doesn’t hold the same admiration for his father as the rest of the world does. In 1998 he said, “I felt he was a hypocrite. Dad could talk about peace and love out loud to the rest of the world, but he could never show it to the people who supposedly meant the most to him: his wife and son.” After a bitter divorce in 1968, John rarely visited or spoke to his son.

5. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered as one of the greatest orators of all time, but many say he was known plagiarizer.

When King’s wife donated his papers to Stanford University in 1985, staff noticed something fishy. King’s doctoral dissertation, written for Boston University, contained large plagiarized sections from another student, Jack Boozer. Indignantly, Boston conducted their own investigation, but soon found that the Stanford claims were true.

6. Sir Roald Dahl

Sir Roald Dahl is the author of beloved children’s classics like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Matilda.” However, those close to him remember him as a misogynist and Nazi sympathizer.

Dahl’s fiction is filled with whimsical flying fruit and children with special powers, but if you read deeper, you’ll also find hints of racism and misogyny. His own wife nicknamed him “Ronald the Rotten,” perhaps because of his numerous affairs.

In 1983, he defended Hitler by saying, “There is a trait in the Jewish character that does provoke animosity. I mean, there’s always a reason why anti-anything crops up anywhere; even a stinker like Hitler didn’t just pick on them for no reason.”

7. Abraham Lincoln

Since the end of the Civil War, Lincoln has been known as the president who freed the slaves, but his personal letters tell a different story.

Despite popular opinion, Lincoln’s intention going into the Civil War was not to free slaves. It was to save the Union. In 1862, he wrote to Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune, saying, “If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it.”

8. Steve Jobs

Everyone knows that Steve Jobs had a bad temper, but that only scratches the surface of his dark side.

In addition to cheating his friend and business partner, Steve Wozniak, out of Apple profits, Jobs has been accused of illegally backdating stocks, investing in Chinese sweat shops, and holding long, spiteful grudges. He’ll always be remembered as the father of the iPhone, but those who knew him say he was a outright jerk.

9. Mother Teresa

On September 4, 2016, Mother Teresa was officially canonized as a Saint, causing many to call out her problematic history.

By all reports, Mother Teresa was no saint. Her worldwide fame was based on exploiting the very people she claimed to care for, and many say her medical practices were negligible at best. She’s even been accused of withholding funding for food and medicine, saying, “There is something beautiful in seeing the poor accept their lot, to suffer it like Christ’s Passion. The world gains much from their suffering.”

10. Walt Disney

I hate to burst your bubble, but Walt Disney wasn’t exactly the jovial, fun-loving guy that history’s made him out to be. In addition to creating some of our favorite movies, he was also a racist and a chauvinist.

Few people have heard of the Disney film “Song of the South.” That’s because it’s considered so offensive, it’s been removed from circulation. He was also heard referring to the dwarves in “Snow White” as an “n-word pile” and “pickaninnies,” and refused to hire female animators on the basis of their gender.

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Iran set to hang Reyhaneh Jabbari, woman who killed her alleged rapist!/AsallB/status/516729259348746240

It was just yesterday when Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, used the protests in Ferguson to lecture the United States on racial discrimination and justice.

If US govt has a power, then it should use it to solve its own problems& put an end to racial discrimination. #Ferguson #Syria #Iraq 4/13/94

— (@khamenei_ir) September 28, 2014

Khamenei today posted a YouTube video to prove his point, but somehow overlooked the impending execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, who is scheduled to be hanged tomorrow for killing her rapist in self-defense.

Shocking that an Iranian woman could be hanged tomorrow for killing her rapist in self-defence.

— Canada and Iran (@CanadaIran) September 29, 2014

@CanadaIran @HonJohnBaird they have no rights. Let's just destroy the Middle East. Case closed.

— Canadian Girl (@Trilliumgyal) September 29, 2014

The International Business Times reports:

Iran has upheld its decision to execute Rayhaneh Jabbari, charged with the murder of a man who allegedly attempted to rape her.

Jabbari, 26, spent seven years in prison and her execution by hanging could be carried out as early as tomorrow (Tuesday, 30 September), according to local reports.

Jabbari was arrested in 2007, after she had killed a member of the Iranian Intelligence Services, Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, who she said tried to rape her.

Crimes punishable with a death sentence [in Iran] include cursing the Prophet, drug offences, murder, adultery, incest, rape, fornication, drinking alcohol, “sodomy”, homosexual sex, “being at enmity with God” (mohareb), and “corruption on earth” (mofsed fil arz).

My fellow Iranians: Gather at the #Rajai_Shahr_Prison to protest and try to prevent the execution of #ReyhanehJabbari

— Reza Pahlavi (@PahlaviReza) September 29, 2014

@PahlaviReza What can we do for her? Unfortunately she is in the hands of mullas.

— Hamplus (@hamplus1) September 29, 2014

#ReyhanehJabbari is going to be executed! Her mother is in front of Rajai shahr prison!

— M Nasserchian (@SororIrani) September 29, 2014

#ReyhanehJabbari’s mother said today that prison authorities told her she would have to go to the facility to “collect the body” tomorrow PT

— Reinhard Lamsfuss (@rlamsfuss) September 29, 2014

#Iran: International call to stop execution of 26-year-old female prisoner #ReyhanehJabbari

— Iran Arab Spring (@IranArabSpring) September 29, 2014

Iran's "Hanging Machine" to Execute Reyhaneh Jabbari @UN Save #ReyhanehJabbari from being hanged @IranianWoman


#ReyhanehJabbari 's planned execution is a political act. Please Help to stop it Now in #Iran.

— Irans Spring (@IransSpring) September 29, 2014



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‘F*ck it, I quit!’ Alaska reporter quits on air to support legal marijuana!/lisapalaska/status/514040095335149568

Now, is this really the best way to quit a job? Stick around for the priceless look on the other anchor’s face:

O_O – @ktva reporter quits live on air (NSFW): @Independent

— Lizzuendo (@Lizzs_Lockeroom) September 22, 2014

Don’t worry, as Greene already has another gig. From the Alaska Dispatch News:

Reporter Charlo Greene quit on-air during KTVA-TV’s 10 p.m. newscast Sunday, revealing herself as the owner of the medical marijuana business Alaska Cannabis Club and telling viewers that she would be using all of her energy to fight for legalizing marijuana in Alaska.

Greene had reported on the Alaska Cannabis Club during Sunday night’s broadcast, without revealing her connection to it. At the end of the report, during a live shot, she announced that she was the club’s owner and would be quitting.

Verdict? A crass stunt as she knew her resignation would generate tons of free publicity for the Alaska Cannabis Club.

KTVA in Alaska has since apologized for the on-air f-bomb:

Viewers, we sincerely apologize for the inappropriate language used by a KTVA reporter on the air tonight. The employee has been terminated.

— KTVA 11 News (@ktva) September 22, 2014

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The Sly Capitalist Seduction Of “Fifty Shades Of Grey”

Beneath the BDSM trappings of Fifty Shades lies the fantasy that wealth will set us free. Warning: Spoilers!

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The most dramatic reveal of Fifty Shades of Grey isn’t the Red Room of Pain. It’s not Dakota Johnson’s pubic hair, or even Jamie Dornan’s abs. It’s Christian Grey’s penthouse: bathed in 50 shades of West Elm, with a panoramic view of Seattle. The proceeding scenes had functioned as capitalistic foreplay: We see his towering office buildings, with the crisp white and stainless steel that connote very important business going on here.

The women wear tight but super-formal suits with French twists, the actual embodiment of sexy fancy money. Grey’s suits are tightly fitted, and his repeated action of standing up, buttoning his suit jacket, and sitting down at his desk to unbutton is filmic shorthand for seven-figure income. Then there’s the matter of his driver and helicopter: two things that subtract all that’s unglamorous or uncomfortable about getting from one place to another. And more than fancy fabrics or expensive diamonds, that’s what signifies luxury today: freedom from inconvenience.

Grey’s apartment seems a natural extension of that luxury. He steps off the helicopter and directly into his home, where all manner of high-class goods — clothes, food, wine — magically appear. One look at the Focus Features website designed around it, complete with tours of each room, wine and food suggestions, and the opportunity to take a screenshot of the space and share it with your social network, and the actual fetish objects of the film become stunningly transparent.

In this way, the sexual fantasy that undergirds Fifty Shades of Grey is inextricable from the class fantasy: No one would be compelled by the fantasy of a man who gets off on restraining and whipping a woman in trailer park, or even a suburban split-level. The eroticism is rooted in desire, in lack, in curiosity: What would my life be like if I were sexually submissive? is just as a central question as What would my life be like if I never had to worry about money?

Christian even articulates as much. He conceives of control not as punishment, but the ultimate in liberation: to be oneself, to experience pleasure, to revel in the absence of choice.

In his “contract,” Grey outlines all the ways in which Ana must be submit to his demands: He’ll control her health, her drinking, her diet, her method of birth control; how many nights they’ll stay together; when and how she’ll respond to his sexual demands; how she’ll be treated if she disobeys him. We’re meant to understand that Ana doesn’t have taste (she can’t dress herself; she drinks cosmos) or means (she drives an old Volkswagen Beetle; her computer is dead), so someone controlling that taste and offering her means, however circumscribed, is something like freedom — freedom from thinking, from deciding, from choosing: all the things that characterize our exhausting and overstimulated existence within capitalism.

Here, Grey reproduces the rhetoric espoused by cultures past and present in which submission to patriarchy is figured as emancipation from vanity, worry, and self-consciousness. Every woman should be so lucky as to have someone to tell her how to live her life. It’s not difficult to see how this scenario, however seemingly regressive, morphs into fantasy: Sure, you surrender a modicum of free will, but free will is exhausting.

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And even though we never get the sense that Ana is a gold digger, she’s absolutely awed by Christian’s bounty. When we see the view from the penthouse, or the 360 of “her room,” or even a beautifully poured glass of wine, it’s all shot with the wonder and beguilement as seen through Ana’s eyes. And Ana, like Twilight’s Bella Swan character with whom she shares significant DNA, is a classic cipher: a fairly undeveloped character onto whom female readers of the book can map themselves and, by extension, surrender more fully in the fantasy scenario.

You can feel Ana’s desire and apprehension when Christian first climbs on the bed and eats a bite of her toast; you feel her writhing anticipation as he binds and blindfolds and slips an ice cube down her chest. But you also feel the glee at having a fashionable and expensive outfit waiting for you every morning, and the revelry in a massive, open-design kitchen fully stocked with infinite breakfast items and beautiful kitchenware. And no need to clean up! It’s like a scene straight out of a harried, working mother’s daydream.

Unexpectedly, Fifty Shades, at least in its filmic version, does something fascinating with this fantasy space, examining just how hollow this vision really is once obtained. Christian, after all, is a hollow version of a capitalist: His wealth simply is; his “business” consists of one scene of yelling Get it done in 24 hours! into a phone. Only the appearance of business, no actual labor. And the capitalist fantasy — of the penthouse, of her own room — soon seems shabby, even seedy, once held up to closer scrutiny. It’s almost as if the last third of the film was shot through a different, darker lens as the luxuries reveal themselves, like Grey’s business, to be little more than a front to cover a gaping emotional and psychological abyss beneath.

Ana’s hesitancy to sign the contract — which would render her a component of his financial and emotional enterprise — signals her dubiousness toward the entire scenario. The fancy dresses are nice, and so are those early (assumed) orgasms, but she sees that even a fully furnished room of her designing is still a room in which she must spend her nights alone.

When Ana leaves Christian at film’s end, it’s ostensibly an indictment of his inability to open himself up to love and vulnerability. But she’s also grown disillusioned with the “freedom” of luxury: She returns the glossy MacBook he bought for her and asks him to return her VW, only to learn that it’s been sold. Instead of an actual mode of transportation, however old and clunky, she’ll be left with a barely enough to buy bus fare — literally stranded by her faith in the fantasy of wealth. Ana rejects Christian’s vision of control and subsequent liberation through sex, but she’s also saying fuck you to the theory that a life of luxury will inure a woman to the lack of true companionship, respect, communication.

For Fifty Shades to end as it does, with such a clear rejection of both Christian and the lifestyle he promises, is a radical act. The scene in which Christian whips Ana — and forces her to count along, complicit in her own abuse — is a searing commentary on what women are willing to endure for the promise of love. Ana is essentially rejecting the ideals (hot dudes, perfect body, endless privilege) to which popular culture has taught us to surrender and, in so doing, she explodes them. The hot dude is rotten inside; his version of BDSM isn’t about mutual pleasure, but using his capital to compel women to endure sex that they don’t like so that they can enjoy the lifestyle they do.

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That’s an uncharitable understanding of any man’s intention, but the text, with its flimsy characterization and hackneyed psychology (childhood abuse yields adult perversion) gives us little reason to believe otherwise. Yet fully drawn character and cohesive plot has never been the point. People didn’t buy this book or see this movie merely because it’s erotica. It can, in a spare number of scenes, genuinely arouse, but what’s really compelling about Fifty Shades is the way in which it negotiates the knife-edge between control and release, freedom and submission, both sexual and financial. BDSM simply becomes the taboo playground on which those larger, enduring, and never more essential ideas are set out.

Like all fantasy, it’s less about actually submitting or dominating and more about thinking about it. We’re not meant to treat Fifty Shades as a how-to book, which is why most (but not all) debates over the way in which it might inculcate domestic abuse lack nuance. Such thinking harkens back to old, thoroughly disabused theories that a film, book, or song is a hypodermic needle that, once injected in its viewer, reproduced its values in its new host. Instead, women — and some men — are watching Fifty Shades and processing how that vision of surrender, and Ana’s ultimate rejection of it, meshes with their own ideas of freedom. That’s how we consume media: We digest it.

The problem, of course, is that the full Fifty Shades narrative doesn’t end with Ana’s rejection. It’s a momentary pause before the pair are reconciled at the beginning of the second movie. Love and communication “fix” Christian’s perversions, leaving the pair to marry, have children, and live out the bourgeois fantasy that soured so effectively at the end of the first movie. Indeed, the biggest spoiler of the Fifty Shades trilogy is that a potential deviant text so thoroughly and unproblematically reifies the status quo. On its own, however, this first Fifty Shades might just be an indictment not only of capitalism, but the exploitative sexual contracts, formal or implicit, that women submit to in its service.

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Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray ‘deeply disappointed’ in Marion Barry’s comments!/mayorvincegray/status/187968204663029761

DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown also weighed in:

“I strongly disagree with the recent remarks made about Asian American business owners in the District.  Statements like that are divisive, destructive, and have absolutely no place in our city.  The District’s character is enriched by the wonderful diversity present throughout our communities. Our city takes great pride in the variety of people who live here; we value and regard all of our residents and welcome all visitors.  This respect includes recognition, consideration and incorporation of multiple voices and perspectives in our city’s policies and economy.  I remain committed to celebrating diversity, eliminating harassment, discrimination, and victimization, and promoting equality of opportunity for all people.”

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