Is it just me or do many of the arguments regarding women's reproductive systems and the practices thereof involve this simple question: "Do their reproductive systems belong to them or to god?"... Society would never let god challenge private ownership when it comes to the free market, the buying and selling of labor, etc. But, for some reason women's bodies still belong to a feudalistic conception of property.
“In October, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte got its very own SWAT team, equipped with MP-15 rifles, M&P 40 sidearms, and Remington shotguns. “We have integrated SWAT officers into the squads that serve our campus day and night,” boasted UNC Charlotte Chief of Police Jeff Baker. The following month, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a SWAT team staged an armed raid on an occupied building, pointing assault rifles at the heads of activists, among them UNC students.”—
If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail; except in this case the hammer is a militarized police force and you, my friend, are the nail, or as it were, a potential national security threat.
Q: Do you think the ultrawealthy have an inordinate or inappropriate amount of influence on the political process?
Hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin: I think they actually have an insufficient influence. Those who have enjoyed the benefits of our system more than ever now owe a duty to protect the system that has created the greatest nation on this planet.
In an interview deserving of public scorn, the unemployed winner of a million-dollar lottery prize said she feels it’s her right to keep using food stamps, The Sideshow reports. Amanda Clayton claims she needs the approximate $500,000 in after-tax winnings to pay bills. She owns two homes and a new car.
Clayton’s airing of her overblown sense of entitlement provoked outrage. Her action prompted state Rep. Dale Zorn to propose a bill to stop lottery winners who take in more than $1,000 in earnings claiming state benefits.
Clayton follows in the dubious footsteps of Leroy Fick, a $2 million Michigan lottery winner who did the same thing a year ago. Fick’s hubris prompted a different legislator to pass a bill, which passed the Michigan Senate today, MLive reports.
How presumptuous can a public benefits recipient get? Why should people who are struggling to put food on their tables be taxed to spare Clayton the burden of dipping into her fat bank account to pay her expenses? Does she really believe she has a right to take advantage of her fellow citizens in this manner?
In October, Michigan adopted new assets tests barring applicants with $5,000 in liquid assets or vehicles valued at more than $15,000 from getting food stamps, according to the New American. The state identified 15,000 people like Clayton and Fick who maybe didn’t win lotteries but had sufficient assets for the state to question why they needed a public meal ticket.
Due to widespread objections, Michigan dropped the automobile rule. It’s unclear why the $5,000 liquid assets limit didn’t stop Clayton from using her Bridge card to buy food. According to The Sideshow, a state worker told her she was eligible despite her $500,000 new-found fortune.
With one-quarter of Michigan feeding itself at public expense, reforms like the one that passed the Senate today and the one introduced in the House are long overdue. A mandatory course in civic responsibility wouldn’t hurt either.
I am side eyeing the FUCK out of this.
The wording is seriously fucked up - down to the title.
“Millionaires on food stamps” - the woman they’re talking about is not a millionaire, guys. Also, “How presumptuous can a public benefits recipient get?” < what??
and “a bill to stop lottery winners who take in more than $1,000 in earnings claiming state benefits.” dude - a thousand dollars isn’t going to get you out of poverty. >:l
I thought I was the only one who found a lot of this article fucked up.
I posted it in hopes that someone would read it the way I was.
dude yeah that article is all kinds of fucked up…But leave it to the media to hate everyone on welfare.
I admittedly don’t know how I feel about someone who won, say, $500k staying on welfare. I know that generally, (poor) people who win the lottery go back to poverty almost immediately, but it does seem kind of wrong to have 500k in the bank and stay on welfare. I’m certain though that it’s more complicated than the article suggests.
But this article definitely hates people on welfare, even though they say “public benefits recepient”, which is fucking everyone (jeez have they heard of public education?)
There is something to owning two homes and having $500k, but lottery winners are taxed the hell out of for their winnings, and more often than not, they are usually impoverished to begin with. The article does leave out quite a bit, and it seems to just go after welfare in general. I’ve read some questionable shit on Yahoo News, but I didn’t realize it had gotten to this… Jesus.
It basically says that 1/4 of the people are on food stamps (i thought it was called snap now, anyway?) and the solution is to make it even harder for people to feed their families? because it’s all rich people who don’t even need it? open your fucking eyes. I’ll tell you what’s “long overdue,” a revolution.
Shaker Aamer has been detained in Guantanamo for the past ten years without committing a single offence. “Fears are growing for the welfare of Mr Aamer, from south London, who is now 45 and has a wife and four children. He has never met his youngest son. His lawyers are particularly concerned by the deterioration of his mental and physical state, which Mr Aamer describes vividly in his letters. He has lost 40 per cent of his body weight and is suffering from health problems, aggravated by long periods in solitary confinement.” In one of his letters, Shaker writes to his loved one:
You are the soul of my life. You are the best of my heart. You are the light of my eyes. You are the oxygen in my lungs, you are the sun on my back, the sweetest taste of my mouth you are everything you are everything I need to live, to love, to be… Do you know how much you are important for my life. If you break I will break, if you become weak I will become weak and if you go I will go. You are my soul twin. I need you to be strong.
Ten agonizing, brutal years without justice conveniently labelled as “interrogation” and “safety measures” by the government of USA. I’m speechless.
“Money, once again; all is money. All human relationships must be purchased with money. If you have no money, men won’t care for you, women won’t love you; won’t, that is, care for you or love you the last little bit that matters. And how right they are, after all! For, moneyless, you are unlovable.”—George Orwell (via agoodwomanis)
Over the winter, the social momentum that picked up with the occupation of Zuccotti Park has predictably cooled. We can be sure that conflict will intensify again soon, whether with the coming of spring or later; if overseas examples are any indication, we should…
What they heard:I want to bring back the Soviet Union. I approve of all of Stalin's, Mao's, and Pol Pot's policies. I hate free speech. I'm jealous of rich people and I think your grandparents from Russia deserved all the political repression or poverty they may have suffered. I am a complete psychopath.
A new bill proposed by Republican Glenn Grothman (and co-sponsored by Rep. Pridemore) would require the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to “emphasize that non-marital parenthood is a contributing factor to child abuse.”
Labor will never be pleasurable. That is just human nature. If people have to pick between working or leisure they will always pick the leisure with all things being equal.
It is human nature to work the least amount for the most amount.
I’d much rather work 4 hours a day and golf 6 hours a…
Obviously, the weak support socialism and left-wing policies, because they’re the ones that gain from it. They benefit by having resources forcibly taken away from the so-called “exploiters” and “privileged” of society (hence denoting that their sources of wealth were respectively gained from dishonest and unfair means), and redistributed in the name of fairness and equity.
“We were taken advantage of”
“The system’s unfair”
“We never had the chance”
Was it this defeatist mentality that made America the #1 nation in the world? Was this the mentality that created all of the great and amazing things we see in society today? Did this mentality build the skyscraper, invent the cellular phone, create roads, invent new cures?
You are not a slave to everyone else. You should not feel responsible for bearing the burdens of others. And no sane and competent mind should feel this way, either.
First off, thanks for not only calling everyone that doesn’t exactly agree with you mentally incompetent. Keep it classy.
I mean fucking seriously, “the weak support socialism and left-wing policies, because they’re the ones that gain from it. They benefit by having resources forcibly taken away from the so-called “exploiters” and “privileged” of society” Is this a fucking joke? It better be a fucking joke. So the poor are all weak? I dare you to tell that those “weak” construction workers.
Do you have any sense of history? Of the exploitation that has take place in the past and continues now? Are you aware of the viscous cycle that has been going on? The leeching of wealth to those too selfish to see that we can all have a place in the world? I mean seriously.
Asking that everyone not only has a fair chance, but that they also don’t have to starve out on the street by the millions while some hudgefund leeches sit back and drain the system, isn’t a defeatist attitude. Looking around and seeing that things are they way they are after generations of exploitation, discrimination, racism, sexism, and general jackassery isn’t a defeatist attitude. Seeing that the real “parasites” on society are the exploitative fucks that inherent power and wealth and make millions of dollars a year for doing nothing while contributing almost nothing (comparatively) back to the system that favored them so strongly isn’t a defeatist attitude. It’s called getting your head out of your own ass.
Take your entitled selfish attitude and GTFO.
Also, fuck your American Exceptionalism bullshit.
So what if we have skyscrapers and cell phones? You can only see one side of this. Your life may be made easier, but to make phones you need sweat shops. You need to force people (including children) overseas to work in factories 80 hours a week with no benefits and almost no pay. That’s not such a great thing. These “great and amazing things” only further the social inequality caused by global capitalism.
Also, “you should not feel responsible for bearing the burdens of others.” Oh really? If you saw someone starving, and you had food, a sane person wouldn’t feel responsible to help? I doubt that.
And as for what made the U.S. “#1”, it’s our militarism and willingness to exploit others (and most of the time, keep it secret from our own citizens.)