The moment you’ve all been waiting for is here! After months (days) of eager anticipation (quiet indifference), ThinkProgress is pleased to award our inaugural Golden Thinkrs to 10 tumblrs that have made us laugh, cry, think, sing, skip and—in one particular moment of weakness—drink heavily.
There are toomanyunique and worthyvoices on Tumblr to cram into one award ceremony, so instead we relied on a complicated, mathematical formula to whittle down our list to what you see here. We did not—repeat, DID NOT—throw darts at a board and choose the first 10 we hit.
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Hey Libertarians and Paul-fans, just so you know "End The Fed" is an awful slogan...
purely from a messaging perspective. It doesn’t mean anything to anyone who hasn’t already been indoctrinated. Heck most people don’t even know what the Federal Reserve Bank is (and that includes more than a few libertarians that I’ve met).
Just saying, it’s not much of a rallying cry when the only people you can rally with it are people you’ve already rallied.
Again, you guys simply need better marketers. What the fuck does this even mean? Okay so it’s stencil art, so you get this kinda underground feel, that’s fine. But what’s the deal with the EVOL? It’s mirrored, so what, was a guy painting on the other side of a glass window? Does LOVE have something to do with states rights?
Even if you have an explanation it just. doesn’t. read. If you want to play in the big leagues you need to have more vague, versatile, and coherent messaging. If you’re expecting to reach Americans you have to make some sort of effort to sell to them in a way they understand. I’m not totally sure how I’d market it but then, frankly, I don’t really care for the product.
“fuck society i’m not a barcode” says the angry blogger as they reblog an anti-consumerism post on their apple mac computer. later, using the tumblr app they downloaded on itunes, they check the number of notes on their iphone. “ugh yes! saving the world one post at a time” they pat themselves on the back.
Not a lot of people realize that no matter what you do, no matter how hard you try, you can never not be a part of society.
At what point do you allow society to dictate the direction it's culture progresses though? I dislike the ever consuming culture of materialism, and gluttony that we live in, and I admire efforts to change it by suggestion, but not by force I think that Aldous Huxley constructed this idea masterfully with his entire body of work. We can craft our own spheres of influence in the cultural and societal discourse, but it is up to the majority that can create some sort of cohesive force to determine
Sorry bro, the end of the Extra Movie Saver Size is not the end of independent thought or a free society.
I think one sentence "This product, due to the amount of sugar, could be harmful to your health" and a warning label on the cup is a better solution than dictating which sizes companies must sell their products in.
I think this is much more immediately effective at achieving the goal of curbing soda consumption and in general the culture of “do you want to make that a large?” which, you may have noticed, I fucking abhor.
I disagree. I think that, in this case, there's a solid case for self control. I think there needs to be confrontational transparency, a la the reforms I suggested in my previous message. After that information is passed on to the customer though, it's on them to make the rational choice for them. I want the option to be able to get my egregiously sized slushy from 7/11 at 3 AM. I want to be able to purchase a prodigious sprite so I don't have to be thirsty when bane breaks Batman's back.
You can always get more? And you’d honestly rather sit through a health spiel every time you buy a coke then just be told “nah, our largest size is this, you can get two, or you can come back later and get another if you want.”? Your solution sounds like it puts a much greater burden on the companies than not stocking certain cup sizes.
I think there's a substantive difference between requiring warning labels on things that are gratuitously fatty or sugary and bad for your health, which I definitely support, and forcing companies to take away an option. I would even go as far as requiring the cashier to inform you of your health risks, maybe, so that everyone knows the gambit they're taking before making that purchase.
Again I don’t mind them taking away that option. The only reason I’d even want it is because they offer it and 99 times out of 100 I’m not thinking that deliberately about my health when I’m getting fast food/out at the movies.
Guaranteed, if you’ve eaten fast food or gone to a movie in past 20 years you have probably made a poor decision because of feeling non-confrontational or simply not thinking and just said “Yeah, sure, whatever.” Really one of the only transactions out there I can think of where you can go from what you wanted to way more than you wanted without even realizing it happened.
I can't get too upset about the NYC 16oz soda thing...
If I’m out at the movies and I’m offered an extra 40% for only 5 cents more I don’t think I mind the government stepping in and saying “are you sure about that? you don’t need that.” and then he’ll look at the guy at the cash register “he doesn’t need that.”
Then I’ll buy my 16oz soda, watch Dark Knight Rises and not have my bladder explode by the end of it because my body didn’t have anywhere to put 102oz’s of Mr. Pibb. And let’s say I get thirsty, let’s say 16oz wasn’t enough, I can just go back and get another one. It is still my right to drink as much soda as I want, my right to have it all in one container at one time in certain places has been diminished but, frankly, that’s probably for the best.
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York authorized payments of as much as $20,000 to sexually abusive priests as an incentive for them to agree to dismissal from the priesthood when he was the archbishop of Milwaukee.
Questioned at the time about the news that one particularly notorious pedophile cleric had been given a “payoff” to leave the priesthood, Cardinal Dolan, then the archbishop, responded that such an inference was “false, preposterous and unjust.”
But a document unearthed during bankruptcy proceedings for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and made public by victims’ advocates reveals that the archdiocese did make such payments to multiple accused priests to encourage them to seek dismissal, thereby allowing the church to remove them from the payroll.
A spokesman for the archdiocese confirmed on Wednesday that payments of as much as $20,000 were made to “a handful” of accused priests “as a motivation” not to contest being defrocked. The process, known as “laicization,” is a formal church juridical procedure that requires Vatican approval, and can take far longer if the priest objects.
“It was a way to provide an incentive to go the voluntary route and make it happen quickly, and ultimately cost less,” said Jerry Topczewski, the spokesman for the archdiocese. “Their cooperation made the process a lot more expeditious.”
Cardinal Dolan, who is president of the national bishops’ conference and fast becoming the nation’s most high-profile Roman Catholic cleric, did not respond to several requests for comment.
A victims advocacy group, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, sent a letter of protest to the current archbishop of Milwaukee on Wednesday asking, “In what other occupation, especially one working with families and operating schools and youth programs, is an employee given a cash bonus for raping and sexually assaulting children?”
“Ten years ago, Mitt Romney told the people of Massachusetts that his experience in business uniquely qualified him to strengthen the state’s economy. Foreshadowing the message of his current campaign, Romney presented himself as a ‘job creator,’ whose experience as a corporate buyout specialist had given him special insight into how to grow the economy…. It was a false representation…. When he left office, however, state debt had increased, the size of government had grown, and over his four years, Massachusetts’ record of job creation was among the worst in the nation.” - David Axelrod
Romneyworld: up is down, small government means bigger government, and achievements you never made are the the ones you brag about accomplishing the most.
Whether or not he is directly responsible for the major downturn in Massachusetts is up for some debate. However he certainly can’t present anything he did there as a success… except for Romneycare, and I don’t think we’re going to be hearing a lot about that from him.
“Mitt Romney won the Texas Republican primary last night, crossing the crucial 1,144-delegate threshold! Yes, what a story! He came from never being behind to clinch the Republican nomination! They said it could be done, and against no odds, he achieved the possible!”—STEPHEN COLBERT, The Colbert Report (via inothernews)
“It somehow became an article of faith on the right that Obama is ‘the most extreme President in American history.’ Although when they say that, I think what they really mean is, ‘He’s black.’”—BILL MAHER, Real Time (via inothernews)
“The big difference between Bill Maher and Donald Trump, though, is that the president is not sharing a stage with Bill Maher.”—
MSNBC’s Chuck Todd responding to a Romney Spokesperson arguing that Obama has not renounced stuff that Bill Maher has said.
This is the biggest key of the whole Trump argument. I don’t expect you to stand behind or refute every single person who happens to be a supporter. But if you’re hosting a contest where the entry fee is a campaign donation to win a dinner with a celebrity, you should try and find someone who isn’t a noted racist.
“The American People will take Socialism, but they won’t take the label. I certainly proved it in the case of EPIC. Running on the Socialist ticket I got 60,000 votes, and running on the slogan to ‘End Poverty in California’ I got 879,000. I think we simply have to recognize the fact that our enemies have succeeded in spreading the Big Lie. There is no use attacking it by a front attack, it is much better to out-flank them.”—
For the vast majority of Americans “socialism = communism”. Even though they have absolutely nothing to do with each other it still dredges up people’s latent red scare knee-jerk emotions.
I’m probably best described as a socialist but I don’t know if we’ll ever get that word back. Once people get a word in their head that they label as bad (see also: Obamacare) it’s nigh impossible to come back from it.
“You know, I don’t agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don’t all agree with everything I believe in. But I need to get 50.1% or more and I’m appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.”—
Mitt Romney responds to why he won’t renounce noted racist Donald Trump
I don’t have a single doubt in my mind. Unless he’s caught in some massive MASSIVE scandal (like something that would make Cain blush) the Republican nomination is going to be him. It’s not too early to tell, all the handwriting is on the wall. The Obama campaign has already started production on Anti-Romney ads. Right now we’re just going through the motions to see who can fuck up their 2016 chances the worst.
If I’m wrong I’m going to be extremely surprised.
I posted this 6 months ago, way early in the primary cycle. And here we are.