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shadowspar: Picture of Kurama lashing out with a rose whip (kurama - rose whip)
Monday, December 30th, 2013 08:22

I am just now starting to come up to speed on the Ani DiFranco / plantation retreat thing, but...

If somebody says that a given person's slaves were "probably well treated for the time", and the insidious depravity of that statement doesn't immediately thump you on the head, perhaps this quote will help put it in perspective:

The cells of the Inquisition were, as a rule, large, airy, clean and with good windows admitting the sun. They were, in those respects, far superior to the civil prisons of that day.

That from the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica's article on Thomas Torquemada[trigger warning].

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shadowspar: Picture of Kurama lashing out with a rose whip (kurama - rose whip)
Thursday, July 19th, 2012 00:24

As if banks hadn't stooped low enough and done enough goddamn evil things
already, a US Senate investigation has revealed that HSBC has laundered billions of dollars for Mexican drug cartels.

A friend of mine is fond of saying, "When this kind of stuff happens in Africa, we call it corruption!" Funny how that epithet never seems to get applied to white-collar criminals over here, even when they steal more money than half the states in Africa could ever dream of having at their disposal, eh?

Signpost: cross-streets, Crooks Rd & Corporate Dr

shadowspar: An angry anime swordswoman, looking as though about to smash something (Default)
Friday, May 30th, 2008 12:54

...from the OMFG-please-give-me-a-fucking-break-dept.

Dunkin Donuts puts out an ad featuring Rachael Ray wearing a black paisley scarf. US neo-cons claim that said scarf is a keffiyeh and is Ray's clandestine way of expressing support for violent Palestinian extremists. Dunkin Donuts pulls the ad.

I told someone at work about this today and he thought that I was putting him on. Story from the CBC here; from Newsday with a side-by-side photo of Ray and Arafat here.

What a bunch of bullshit. I feel a sudden urge to go keffiyeh shopping.