THE REASON WOMEN DIDNT PAY FOR THEIR MEALS WAS BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T ALLOWED TO HAVE BANK ACCOUNTS AND WHEN WOMEN EARN THE SAME AS MEN THIS FORM OF “CHIVALRY” WILL MOST LIKELY END AS MANY COUPLES ALREADY SPLIT THE BILL OKAY CAN PEOPLE STOP USING THIS IN A DISCUSSION OF EQUALITY AND IM SORRY FOR CAPS LOCKS I WANTED TO STOP BUT IT WAS TOO LATE
I sorta feel like my life just ended. I honestly have no idea what I’m going to do.
The kids are ‘ok’ for now, but I question how long that’s going to last.
On top of being poor with overdue bills and no food, I now have to pay for a funeral service.
If anyone can please help, even a little, my paypal is email@example.com
I hope what I’ve sent will help even a little bit. I wish I could be there with you and help you out in any way I could. Keep going, Quinn. :( I care for you a lot. I wish I knew the right thing to say :(
Blake Fall-Conroy, “Minimum Wage Machine,” 2008-2010
This machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage for as long as they like. Turning the crank on the side releases one penny every 4.97 seconds, for a total of $7.25 per hour. This corresponds to minimum wage for a person in New York.
This piece is brilliant on multiple levels, particularly as social commentary. Without a doubt, most people who started operating the machine for fun would quickly grow disheartened and stop when realizing just how little they’re earning by turning this mindless crank. A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day…at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.
ah yes totally mentioning this in my paper
Turns out $7.25 USD = $8.63 New Zealand dollars. Our minimum wage (and the wage I am currently on) is $13.50 (USD$11.34). I never realized how low the US’s was in comparison.
I am all kinds of depressed now. :( Even though I’m glad the minimum wage exists, the whole concept of “this is the lowest amount we can pay you without getting into trouble with the law, the bare fucking minimum” is seriously messed up.
Barbara Ehrenreich, “Made to Order”
Relevant to an argument I just had on Twitter about “disruptive” protest at Walmart in supposed solidarity with the Black Friday strikes. Picket, protest, march and rally all you want, hold a sit-in, but please, before you do things like deliberately create a mess in the store or leave a full cart in the checkout line, consider who’s going to have to clean up the mess that you make. It’s not going to be Rob Walton or any of the other multibillionaires. It won’t even be the assistant manager. It’ll be the same low-wage worker who maybe wanted to go on strike but wasn’t quite convinced, or who was threatened by their boss, who’s working an extra-long shift on the worst shopping day of the year.
Solidarity doesn’t mean you decide for yourself what is best for the workers. It means showing up in the ways they need and want you to and letting them decide how to build worker power.
Earth’s richest 1,000 individuals now control as much wealth as the poorest 2.5 billion people on the planet. This super elite uses its vast wealth to control the media, influence politicians, and bend laws to their favor.
Read that again.
1,000 on this planet own as much wealth as the poorest 2,500,000,000 people.
On average, that’s 1 person owning as much as every 2,500,000 people within that poorest 2.5 billion.
0.000014% of the world’s population owns as much wealth as the *bottom* 36% of the world’s population.
… I can’t.
I keep thinking about how clear the connection between classism and racism is, and wondering why people don’t understand that poor is often equated with brown and THAT is what makes being poor bad.
And if you don’t believe that just think about the classist words we use at brown people and then think about the term ‘white trash’.
‘White’ is there as a modifier for ‘trash’ because ‘trashy’ people are assumed to be brown until proven otherwise.
15 Facts About Military Spending That Will Make Your Head Explode
1. America spends more on its military than the next 15 countries combined,
2. By 2033 the U.S. will be paying $59 billion a year to its veterans injured in the wars.
3. In 2007, the amount of money labeled ‘wasted’ or ‘lost’ in Iraq — $11 billion — could pay 220,000 teachers salaries.
4. America’s defense spending doubled in the same period that its economy shrunk from 32 to 23 percent of global output.
5. The yearly cost of stationing one soldier in Iraq could feed 60 American families.
6. Defense spending is higher today than at any time since the height of World War II.
7. The total known land area occupied by U.S. bases and facilities is 15,654 square miles — bigger than D.C., Massachusetts, and New Jersey combined.
8. Each day in Afghanistan costs the government more than it did to build the entire Pentagon.
9. In 2008, the Pentagon spent more money every five seconds in Iraq than the average American earned in a year.
10. The pentagon budget consumes 80% of individual income tax revenue.
11. Two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Defense Department still has more than 40 generals, admirals or civilian equivalents based in Europe.
12. The amount the government has spent compensating radiation victims of nuclear testing ($1.5 billion) could fully educate 13,000 American kids.
13. The Pentagon spends more on war than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare, and safety.
14. The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population — but almost 50% of the world’s total military expenditure.
15. The US. must spend a full 1 percent of its GDP just to maintain its arsenal.
Time to pay up.
Agreed. I’m not even sure why churches are tax exempt in the first place. I know they are considered a 501c3 but most churches don’t give away enough of their profit to qualify for this status and all of them discriminate based on their own religious bias. They should not be tax exempt.