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In the old days, NFL owners were rich men who accepted the risk of losing money as the cost of doing business. Thanks to the popularity of the game, the NFL and its owners—with the collusion of politicians—have created what amounts to a risk-free business environment. According to Long’s data, a dozen teams received more public money than they needed to build their facilities. Rather than going into debt, they turned a profit.

The perfect example: Seven of every ten dollars spent to build CenturyLink Field in Seattle came from the taxpayers of Washington State, $390 million total. The owner, Paul Allen, pays the state $1 million per year in “rent” and collects most of the $200 million generated. If you are wondering how to become, like Allen, one of the richest humans on earth, negotiating such a lease would be a good start.

In New Orleans, taxpayers have bankrolled roughly a billion dollars to build then renovate the Superdome, which we are now supposed to call the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Guess who gets nearly all the revenues generated by Saints games played in this building? If you guessed all those hard-working stiffs who paid a billion dollars, you would be wrong. If you guessed billionaire owner Tom Benson, you would be right. He also receives $6 million per annum from the state as an “inducement payment” to keep him from moving the team.

That’s the same amount Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would pay each year in property taxes to Arlington, Texas, where his fancy new stadium is located. Except that Jones doesn’t pay property taxes because, like many of his fellow plutocrats, he’s cut a sweetheart deal with the local authorities.

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Why Being a Football Fan Is Indefensible (via kenyatta)

Public funding of stadiums and arenas makes me so goddamn angry.

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The Ramp and the Dome, man.

Or even better, an MLB example: the Cards.

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We paid for it. Why can’t we get into it for free?

Money over people.

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brownpeopleproblems:

Here is a difference. Black/Brown/Yellow face is used to humiliate. White face is packaged in a bottle, marketed as a key for success and labelled Fair and Lovely. And it sells.

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lifeoutsidethebinary:

hotguysandpizza:

jesuschrist-official:

THIS IS SEVERELY IMPORTANT

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FYI we have it since 2013
Can i get a hell yeah for germany ?

ok no guys this law is super fucked up tho??? also nice job at using the H-slur in an article about intersex people.

but seriously, people who are given the X marker are not allowed to marry in Germany. and, though i cant source this, I did read an article stating that by “the parents get to choose the gender marker” they mean “the parents get to choose whether or not to opt for genital surgery of the child, and then have a sex marker that matches”. parents do not get to choose to gender the child M or F unless the child undergoes non-consensual sex assignment surgery, which is highly traumatic and can cause long-lasting mental and physical health repercussions for the child.

People who are given the X marker will be opening themselves up to discrimination (which is why parents should be able to choose an M or F marker for their child without having to operate on them), so this new law pressures parents to make quick decisions about sex assignment surgery for their newborn babies.

I’m sorry to post negative stuff to this blog but people need to stop praising Germany and thinking this was somehow a compassionate move on their part. 

(via metapianycist)

amaditalks:

zorascreation:

gowns:

josé julio sarria, gay latino who ran for public office in 1961 - many many years before harvey milk

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he ran for the san francisco board of supervisors and almost won by default, until people noticed there was a gay man running and immediately submitted everyone possible for the position. he didn’t win, but he still got 6000 votes, which shocked conservatives

he was also a drag queen popular at many of the balls at the time…and he still does it today (lookin good for a guy in his late 80s)!

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It’s so funny how White “Queerstorians” conveniently never tell us about this beautiful querido right here. <3 

Know your full queer, not-whitewashed, history!

[Image description: Photo one is a black and white photo of Sarria that appears to be from the 1960s, he’s wearing a light-colored strapless gown, dangling earrings, a long necklace and gold bracelet, and is combing his hair while looking into a hand mirror. Photo two is a formal portrait of Sarria in dark suit and tie, as candidate for San Francisco Supervisor. Photo three is Sarria in the present, in a red updo wig, with a rhinestone tiara, and a red gown with matching embroidered jacket, long necklaces, one with an elaborate rhinestone pendant, long dangling earrings and a shade of red lipstick matching the gown flawlessly.]

(via nativenews)

amaditalks:

zorascreation:

gowns:

josé julio sarria, gay latino who ran for public office in 1961 - many many years before harvey milk

image

he ran for the san francisco board of supervisors and almost won by default, until people noticed there was a gay man running and immediately submitted everyone possible for the position. he didn’t win, but he still got 6000 votes, which shocked conservatives

he was also a drag queen popular at many of the balls at the time…and he still does it today (lookin good for a guy in his late 80s)!

image

It’s so funny how White “Queerstorians” conveniently never tell us about this beautiful querido right here. <3 

Know your full queer, not-whitewashed, history!

[Image description: Photo one is a black and white photo of Sarria that appears to be from the 1960s, he’s wearing a light-colored strapless gown, dangling earrings, a long necklace and gold bracelet, and is combing his hair while looking into a hand mirror. Photo two is a formal portrait of Sarria in dark suit and tie, as candidate for San Francisco Supervisor. Photo three is Sarria in the present, in a red updo wig, with a rhinestone tiara, and a red gown with matching embroidered jacket, long necklaces, one with an elaborate rhinestone pendant, long dangling earrings and a shade of red lipstick matching the gown flawlessly.]

(via nativenews)

americanguide:

THE HAMILTON RARE BREEDS FOUNDATION - HARTLAND, VERMONT

Editor’s note: Famous for Jersey cows, merino sheep, and the Morgan horse, Vermont is also home to 26 rare Poitou donkeys—the largest group outside of France. They reside at the 440-acre Hamilton Rare Breeds Foundation. The founder passed away in 2014 and is buried in the same spot as one of her beloved donkeys.

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Vermont State Guide Tara Wray was born and raised in Manhattan, Kansas, but now calls the Green Mountain State home. A photographer and award-winning documentary filmmaker, she is author of the photo book “Come Again When You Can’t Stay So Long,” which is about love, mortality, cat cheese, and the ambivalence of family ties. It’s 52 pages long, hand sewn, with a letterpress cover, and you can purchase a copy of it here.

micdotcom:

It’s official: Voter ID laws are definitely racist

Those who say that voter ID laws are motivated by racism now have some science to back them up.

A new study found that white participants were more likely to support voter ID laws after being shown a photo of minorities voting. The photos only affected the responses of white participants; Hispanic and black voters “were about equally likely to support or oppose the laws regardless of who was featured in the picture,” Vox reported.

Can this sway the law? | Follow micdotcom

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" Districts with more white teachers have a greater rate of minority enrollment in special education, especially among African-American students. "

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Special but Unequal: Race and Special Education 

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(Source: sustainableprosperity, via cultureofresistance)

itsliketheyknowus:

"Mine sweet babe remains ever docile throughout our portrait sittings. Though they last a fortnight, he doth not protest. He stands readily, as still as stone."