…[some] may not remember what made Iran-Contra such an extraordinary scandal. The Reagan administration “raised money privately” by selling weapons to a sworn enemy of the United States. Why? Because it wanted to fund an illegal war in Nicaragua. And when I say “illegal war,” I mean that quite literally—Congress told the Reagan administration, in no uncertain terms, that Reagan could not send money to the Contras. Period. The Reagan administration, unrestrained by laws and the Constitution, did so anyway, and much of the president’s national security team ended up under indictment.
Reagan knew everything. However, I bet this Time magazine piece doesn’t get into the juiciest part of Iran-Contra, which is that in the 1980s the CIA put into operation a crack cocaine pipeline to import narcotics from Central and South America and distribute it in US inner cities. This is not a “conspiracy theory”, this is a documented conspiracy, most rigorously researched and reported by Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Gary Webb, whose series in the San Jose Mercury News and subsequent book “Dark Alliance” literally got him killed. To me, that’s the story of Iran-Contra: not that Reagan sold weapons to Iran, but that the US government imported and sold crack to Black America, as part of an arms and drugs trade which funded war in the Third World and which devastated lives and filled prisons in the USA.
I’m old enough to remember this and it’s depressing that everyone forgot.
This conflicts with the neo-con narrative fiction that Reagan was the best president ever…so of course its been filed out of sight and mind. If a democrat had done it though, the outrage would be heard to the high heavens…
Q:WOW, I just lost a bunch of weight using the OFFICIAL TUMBLR DIET!! Are u using it as well?
Boy, do you suck at spam. Not even an dubious link typed out as bit [dot] ly [slash] computervirus or anything!
(I couldn’t decide between that response or “nice to meet you, Marissa Mayer!”)
I’m crying and laughing so hard because I made this post to point out how fucking moronic everyone is being about Yahoo! and people are GETTING ANGRY ABOUT A FAKE YAHOO! TWITTER POST ON A POST I MADE TO SHOW HOW STUPID PEOPLE GETTING ANGRY ABOUT A FAKE YAHOO! TWITTER POST WAS
I’ve seen several fake Yahoo tweets tonight, and it just makes me think…like, people know how to go to twitter.com/yahoo, right? Like they could just take a look and see that it isn’t true. But instead they panic and start making idiots of themselves.
And suddenly I understand why so many people actually voted for Romney.
I can fully attest that working for Disney is nothing like thinothing like thinothing like thinothing like this.*
*ahem* No, I’m not a robot repeating myself, why do you ask?
*There, I told them…will you let my family go now, Eisner?
Q:Thats actually a good way of putting it. I mean, maybe this is a good thing, maybe it could be worse than tumblrs video player, but hey im open to it for the most part. Its when it will start implementing things and parts of yahoo and sharing information for stuff thats when i'll draw the line
I kinda want to answer this publicly just so I can put my thoughts out there, so I’m going to tell everyone that this ask was in response to a reply I left for Nick (aka lodeman) where I called myself “cautiously pessimistic” about Yahoo’s purchase of tumblr.
Dude, nothing could be worse than tumblr’s video player.
But people are worried about ads…they know tumblr started showing ads a while ago, right? And I don’t know if this is a thing for people on mobile devices, but I’ve got an ad blocker. Even when I check the old Yahoo mail just in case someone actually used that old address, I don’t see ads there.
I did just see a post that said that “Yahoo explicitly forbids pornography and sexually suggestive material on their websites and all affiliates” so that may cause some headaches for some people, but we’ll see…I’ll just have to go elsewhere on those occasions when I want to look at boobies.
I’m not considering Yahoo to be tumblr’s savior (not to be confused with the actual Tumblr Savior extension), but I’m not expecting them to be the ultimate downfall either. Some things will probably change over time, and either we’ll adjust or someone will start another site that doesn’t have a crappy video player and we’ll go there (and then in five to ten years they’ll sell out for $1.1 billion and get rich and we’ll complain about it). Or maybe we’ll migrate to Blogger or Google+ or WordPress (wait, not WordPress — they’re too hard to work with).
It’s not the end of civilization as we know it. When the 2014 midterm elections come around, I’ll be arguing for/against candidates like I did for the Presidential election last year. I’ll still talk about Disney somewhere. I’ll still post random things that I found on the internet somewhere. And if I have anything to say about it, friends I’ve made here will still be my friends if/when tumblr stops being a viable option.
I don’t want tumblr to change much. I have really grown to love this site over the past three years that I’ve been here. I’ve forged friendships that have, in all honesty, probably saved my life. I’ve also learned a lot here, about the world and about myself. Tumblr has been an amazing place to be, and I hope it will continue to be.
So if it changes, I’ll do my best to adapt. If it’s too much, and Yahoo does somehow completely destroy it (which I do sort of doubt, but I also tend to anticipate the worst in all things so I’m open to the possibility), then I’ll still be around somewhere, and I’ll hope that people will still care about me when I’m not in a timeline on a dark blue background.