After all, if generous aid to the poor perpetuates poverty, the United States — which treats its poor far more harshly than other rich countries, and induces them to work much longer hours — should lead the West in social mobility, in the fraction of those born poor who work their way up the scale. In fact, it’s just the opposite: America has less social mobility than most other advanced countries.
And there’s no puzzle why: it’s hard for young people to get ahead when they suffer from poor nutrition, inadequate medical care, and lack of access to good education. The antipoverty programs that we have actually do a lot to help people rise. For example, Americans who received early access to food stamps were healthier and more productive in later life than those who didn’t. But we don’t do enough along these lines. The reason so many Americans remain trapped in poverty isn’t that the government helps them too much; it’s that it helps them too little.”
– http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/07/opinion/krugman-the-hammock-fallacy.html?ref=todayspaper (via shhaauun)
can’t this show just be nothing but data training cats
[I really need a day between Saturday and Sunday]
How I became “That Antisocial Girl” in my weekend letterpress class.
Comics are beautiful and intricate stories and artwork that you can HAVE so EASILY for way less than they’re worth, and if you’re going to steal them anyway, please just don’t talk to me about it or call yourself “into” them thanks.
(This guy was a “designer,” too. No excuse.)
But letterpress is really fun.
If you steal more than you support something, books, music, movies, comics, you aren’t in a position to call yourself a fan of something.
Feminism is having a wardrobe malfunction.
Does your brand of feminism remove barriers for women, or simply move them around? Does is expand options for women, or does it just shift them? You don’t liberate women by forcing them to choose option B instead of option A. What is comfortable for you might not be comfortable for someone else, and it’s entirely possible that what you see as oppressive, other women find comfortable or even downright liberating.
Before you think the girl in the middle is a strawman, let me tell you I used to be her, back in my misguided youth. I considered myself the standard to which other people should adhere. But that was stupid. It’s not up to me to tell people how to dress, and it’s much nicer to let everyone choose for themselves.
Some women would feel naked without a veil. Some women would find it restrictive. Some women would feel restricted by a bra. Some women would feel naked without one. Some women would feel restricted by a tight corset. Others love them. Some wear lots of clothes with a corset. Some only wear the corset and nothing else. What makes any article of clothing oppressive is someone forcing you to wear it. And it’s just as oppressive to force someone not to wear something that they want to wear.
Caregivers: America’s silent army
Before dying, Marina McClay’s mother asked her to promise one thing: “That you’ll take care of dad.”
“That was my mother’s only dying request of me,” McClay said. “And I said I would, of course.”
Her father, Robert, was more than a good provider; he was a renaissance man– a successful artist, jazz enthusiast and world traveler, who spent his 20s in Europe. Then, about five years ago, he started forgetting things.
“I discovered at some point that he hadn’t been opening his bank statements for more than a year,” she told America Tonight.
McClay is one of more than 40 million Americans who are considered informal caregivers – the silent army of family members who provide care to a skyrocketing number of aging adults.
(Photo: America Tonight)
Fun fact: the family leave law in the US, meager as it is, only recognizes family leave for caretaking for a parent, child or spouse. So if your aunt who raised you, or your oldest sibling, or your niece, if they need you, you either have to use up your vacation days/time off (if you have it) or forgo pay if you can do so and keep your job, etc.
…and the family leave law only covers you if you’re a full-time employee for some time. During the time I was actively caring for my father, I was working as a temp (no FMLA) or not yet an employee long enough to qualify.
Magellan has apparently decided to lay claim to the copy of Feed that’s been sitting on my bed.
( seananmcguire : I no longer have machetes, and he’s only about ten pounds, so he has much to learn from Alice )
apriltara, this reminded me of you! :)
wiggle-of-judas, this is for you.
February 25, 1870: America’s First Black Senator Is Sworn In
Hiram Rhodes Revels, the country’s first African American member of U.S. Congress, took his seat on this day in 1870, representing the state of Mississippi. Southern Democrats, who were for the most part supporters of segregation, tried to block his nomination.
From the U.S. House of Representatives Archives:
Just before the Senate agreed to admit a black man to its ranks on February 25, Republican Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts sized up the importance of the moment: “All men are created equal, says the great Declaration,” Sumner roared, “and now a great act attests this verity. Today we make the Declaration a reality…. The Declaration was only half established by Independence. The greatest duty remained behind. In assuring the equal rights of all we complete the work.”
Revel’s term lasted little more than a year. Hiram Rhodes Revels impressed many political observers with his oratorical gifts and moderate temperament.
Dive deeper into the story behind Revel’s election with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.
“Why do none of the people who say they care so much about theoretical “fetal pain” ever think that demonstrable maternal pain is worth mentioning?”
Reproductive Choice Is About More Than Getting “Fat” - It’s About Bodily and Economic Autonomy
I had to pull another quote from the same article because it’s just so good. Go read it. Do it.
[Businessman: “Raise the minimum wage and folks’ll only spend it on food’n’clothes’n’stuff. How are we employers in the food’n’clothes’n’stuff business supposed to make a prof….” Businessman appears to be thinking, with *click!* *whirr!* sound effects. Caption: “Give it a minute.”]
[Caption: Look how far we’ve come….
1st Gravestone: Emmett TILL, 1941-1955. Looked at a white girl the wrong way…while being black!
2nd Gravestone: Jordan DAVIS, 1995-2012: Played music too loud…while being black!]
"These people think Lincoln started the Civil War because the North was ready to kill to end slavery, when the truth was the South was ready to die to keep slavery. You’re welcome, libertarians: I just unfucked your facts." -Larry Wilmore