Almost a third of America’s working families are now considered low-income, earning less than twice the official poverty threshold, according to a report released Tuesday by the Working Poor Families Project. The recession, which has incited layoffs and wage cuts, reversed a period of improvement: Between 2007 and 2009, as the recession set in, the percentage of U.S. working families classified as low-income grew from 28 percent to more than 30 percent.
So 1/3 just needs to pull themselves up by their bootstraps? Riiiiight….
This is so troubling.
|—||The fact that Haley Barbour’s racism can be accurately, and horrifically, described as “not a campaign-ender” makes me weep for this country. (via damekatharsis)|
[Picture: Background: 8 piece pie style color split with red and teal alternating. Foreground: White, cisgender guy with glasses and light shadow wearing a sweat shirt over a button down and short black hair. Has a smug, arrogant facial expression and crossed arms. Top text: “But I only said Merry Christmas!” Bottom text: “Your actual religion doesn’t matter.”]
I am fully aware that anyone may celebrate Christmas, but I’d rather people hoped I’d enjoy the festival I was actually going to celebrate…
Cat lady is an acceptable relationship status, according to Hallmark.
For the second day in a row now, Fox News’ Shepard Smith used his 3 p.m. show to publicly shame specific Republicans for blocking passage of the bill that would fund healthcare for ailing 9/11 first responders. Yesterday, Shep called out a dozen Senators who refused to come on his show and explain themselves. Today, Shep singled out Senator Tom Coburn, a conservative’s conservative, who is at this point the last Republican still willing to publicly block the bill from coming to the floor.
How the Global Food Market Starves the Poor
This is 9 mins long, and it goes by quickly. I suggest watching this for a quick primer (or refresher) on the global food situation, and there are even a few tidbits of advice on what we, the rich, can do to alleviate some of the horrid conditions elsewhere. However, I have one problem: the video mentions that humans have an old proverb that says ‘give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day, give him a fishing pole and he’ll eat for a lifetime’. This part sort of implies (maybe it doesn’t but it got me thinking so I wanted to share my thoughts) that countries who have starvation and undernourishment need to be taught how to be ”better” farmers. I agree that we need local communities and local farmers providing for one another but the reason that they can’t is because of rich corporations and governments have stolen the land that was once used by the locals so that we can have coffee any time we want, so that we can have pineapple year round, etc.
Homo sapiens all over the world know how to live, and know how to protect their land and how to rotate crops, we need to allow them and give them back what is theirs. They don’t need our wicked “education”, they need their rights and their power, and their land. This food, and water crisis, has been created by us.
So what can we do?
2. Support real fair-trade products as much as we can.
3. Alter our diet by eating less resource-demanding foods.
4. Learn and spread information; spread empathy, compassion, and humanity.
5. Learn about the corporations you support when you buy ANYTHING.
6. Erase all boundaries and differences (nationalism) in your heart and realize that we are all one race, and nobody deserves more than anyone else.
7. Whatever your heart tells you to do.
I guess this doesn’t count the white men who succeeded in attacking abortion providers or Holocaust museums.
When only Muslims count as terrorists, all terrorists are Muslim.
I see what you did there.
Lot of sites naming this as one of the top political comedy videos of the year, from Funny or Die : A re-union of all the SNL presidential impersonators (plus Jim Carrey)
this was only sort of funny.