Are you guys really that ignorant or just stupid? Federal background checks are already required whenever a gun is purchased from a dealer. I had to go through a federal background check for my concealed carry permit as well… Liberals have no clue of the firearms laws that exist already…
“From a dealer.” (But the answer to your first question is “no, although it’s all relative we suppose.”)
The DPLA is now real. Go forth and explore.
It’s not very often you get to build a new library. Together, that’s what we will begin to do today. Starting with over two million items, each with its own special story and significance, the Digital Public Library of America will now begin to assemble the riches of our country’s libraries, archives, and museums, and connect them with the public.
-Dan Cohen, Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America
‘DECAYING FLOWERS’ WAS SHOT BY BILLY KIDD
Billy Kidd (tumblr | facebook) extremely talented photographer based in New York. - “When i was 6 we sold everything in a garage sale.I made an impressive $20 selling my He-Man action figures, Castle of Grayskull, G.I. Joe’s and every little thing. I thought it would be fun to put my money in a small wooden box and bury it with a small white string tied to it coming out of the dirt. I never found the money. We weaved around the US from state to state in an RV. I slept above the driver seat in a loft style bed, It was the coolest thing. Towards the end of our journey we went through Death Valley. A bag of ice cost us $3.49 in 1987. We settled down in Scottsdale, AZ.”
Further, though, the TOMS campaign — like the million shirts — misses the fundamental point that not having a pair of shoes (or a shirt, christmas toy, etc.) is not a problem about not having shoes. It’s a problem of poverty. Shoelessness, such as it is, is a symptom of a much bigger and more complex problem. And while donating a pair of shoes helps shoelessness, it does not help poverty.
Things like jobs help poverty. Jobs making things like shoes, for example. But TOMS doesn’t make its shoes in Africa, it makes them in China where it’s presumably cheaper to make two pairs of shoes and give one away than it is to get people in a needier community to make one pair of shoes.
The result of this setup, as Zizek explains most succinctly, is that on a big-picture level, TOMS (and other buy-my-product-and-donate companies) are busy building the exploitative global structure that produces economic inequality, while on the other hand pretending that supporting them actually does something to fix it.
It doesn’t. It just gives people shoes.