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I don’t have cable, so I’m forced to watch most of my favorite shows the day after they air once they hit the internets. This morning I sat down to watch TRMS, and omg I almost spilled my cheerios when I saw Jane Lynch sitting in the chair. Thank you for making my day!

oldenough2burmom:

Let’s make these photos viral. From the Atlantic: A police officer prepares to swing his baton at an unarmed protester. The bottom shows the enormous march in NYC yesterday from a movement that is supposedly in demise.

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/05/may-day-around-the-world/100289/

Two thirds of the arrests in Boston schools are black students… Even though they only make up one third of enrollment. 

Response from my original FOIA Request. While UMass can charge me a fee for reproducing the documents: Massachusetts State law clearly states that:

A records custodian may charge and recover a fee for the time he or she 

spends searching, redacting, photocopying and refiling a record.  The per hour 

charge for this process may not be greater than the prorated hourly wage of 

the lowest paid employee who is capable of performing the task.  Since a 

records custodian must maintain all records in an orderly fashion, a records 

custodian may not recover fees associated with record organization. 

If a requestor wishes to review records in the records custodian’s office but 

does not require copies of the records, a records custodian may charge and 

recover a fee for his or her time spent searching for and redacting the records.  

Access to records viewed in this manner should not be denied and only minor 

fees associated with securing the record should be charged. 

Fight for Transparency! Help me spread the word the UMass is trying to hinder access to its budgets and records. They don’t want you to see where your tuition is going! What are you REALLY paying for? Who is really seeing the benefits of all these fee increases?

Fight for Transparency in every part of government! What does your tuition pay for? Make them tell you in detail! 


Mr. Sean McInnis
Budget Director

The University of Massachusetts at Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, Massachusetts

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request

Dear Mr. McInnis:

        This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

        I request that a copy of the following documents [or documents

        containing the following information] be provided to me: 

(1)  FISCAL YEAR 2010 BUDGET INCLUDING ALL DEPARTMENTS. SPECIFICALLY ALL MATERIAL RELATING THE FUNDING OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AT BOSTON (GRANTS, STIPENDS, PUBLIC FUNDS, PRIVATE DONATIONS, TUITION AND FEES, ETC..)

(2)  A LIST OF ALL CORPORATIONS, BUSINESS, OR PRIVATE PERSONS WHO GAVE ANY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO THE UNIVERSITY BETWEEN FISCAL YEARS 2000 AND 2010.

(3)  A LIST OF ALL RESEARCH GRANTS THE UNIVERSITY HAS BEEN CONTRACTED WITH. ORGANIZED BY FEDERAL AGENCY/DEPARTMENT (WHERE APPLICABLE)

(4)  A LINE ITEM SUMMARY OF ALL PROJECTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ’25 YEAR CAMPUS MASTER PLAN’ TO DATE.

 

        In order to help to determine my status to assess fees, you should know 

        that I am A student at the University of Massachusetts at Boston who is seeking information that will aid in my research into the funding of higher education.

 

              

I request a waiver of all fees for this request.  Disclosure of the 

        requested information to me is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute

        significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government 

        and is not primarily in my commercial interest. 

 

        Thank you for your consideration of my request.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Timothy James Gallant  

 

Michigan Republican’s are trying to circumvent their own constitution… and their violating their OWN laws while doing it. Is this the America you were raised in?

mediaofthemovement:

“For decades, having a decent, safe place to call home has been a cornerstone of opportunity in America – a place where we can raise our families, connect to our communities, and pursue opportunities for a better life for ourselves and our children. But as the National Low Income Housing Coalition shows with this report, for too many Americans that opportunity is out of reach, as families confront a wide gap between the cost of housing and their ability to pay for it. 

And in the wake of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, that gap has only grown. We all know the devastating ef ect this crisis has had on our most vulnerable families and communities. h is was coni rmed by the results of HUD’s Worst Case Housing Needs Survey, which showed an increase of 20 percent in worst case needs between 2007 and 2009, the largest increase in the survey’s history.”

(via occupyonline)

This was a reaction paper written for a PoliSci Class. 

The American system of electoral democracy has been a beacon of stability and prosperity for over two-hundred years. The idea of a, ‘…Government of the people, by the people, for the people (1),’  has been spread around the world as the solution for peace and stability. Yet, here in America, we have allowed our electoral democracy to become nothing more than a market of power where our highest offices are sold off to the richest or most connected bidder. Money is the key player in politics, not the persons vote. 

With this knowledge of how politics is really played in the United States, I approached this paper with caution. How am I- an individual with an obvious disillusion with this countries political system- supposed to choose between a group of other individuals who’s ideals are totally alien to me but shockingly similar to each others? Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and the rest of the GOP field that has risen and fallen in the last year have all stood for things that I fundamentally cannot agree with. Their ideals of a small yet overly intrusive government churns my stomach, and it is my belief that not one single candidate in the current GOP field is fit to hold the office of President. 

Mitt Romney (2), Rick Santorum (3), and Newt Gingrich (4) all support putting American lives at risk to strike against Iran in a preemptive, unprovoked attack aimed at destroying their alleged military nuclear sites. Mitt Romney in particular believes in an American military, “….so powerful that no one would ever think of challenging it.(5)” All these candidates believe in increasing the military budget as well(6)(7)(8). As an American who supports peace and supports de-funding the military industrial complex in the United States, these statements make these men completely unelectable in my eyes. 

Furthermore, I am a supporter of free markets and prosperous business. I am also a supporter of progressive government regulation in business. Corporations are entities formed for profit, they are not people and they do not have a voice. They cannot be imprisoned, and they feel no pain. Yet, many in the GOP field feel that these entities should be free to do whatever they please, free of regulation or control(9). These types of policies have destroyed this country and brought about the largest financial crash since the 1930’s(10). As an American consumer, these men are unelectable in my eyes. 

Finally, on a social level, by voting for any GOP candidate would be a voluntary surrendering of my rights. Rick Santorum has compared my relationship with my partner to sex with animals, and he believes that I am sick(11). Not one candidate supports my right to marry the person I love(12)(13)(14). How could I possibly vote for a person who wants to make me less of a person? As a human being, these men are unelectable in my eyes. 

It is for these reasons and more that I cannot answer the question to this very paper. If the choices are just a group of white, middle aged, upper class, conservative base panderers then I choose not to participate in the process.

(1) Abraham Lincoln, “The Gettysburg Address” in The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Ed. Roy P. Basler, (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 1955), 234-238.

(2) Mitt Romney, “How I Would Check Iran’s Nuclear Ambition,” Washington Post Online, http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mitt-romney-how-i-would-check-irans-nuclear-ambition/2012/03/05/gIQAneYItR_story.html (accessed 17 March 2012)

(3) Huffington Post, “Rick Santorum: I Would Bomb Nuclear Sites in Iran,”  Associated Press, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/01/rick-santorum-iran-iowa-caucuses-2012-_n_1178483.html (accessed 17 March 2012)

More than 20 Tibetans have burned themselves to death in the past year…