As Noam Chomsky once pointed out for Z Magazine, old media types from the institutional bodies like American Enterprise Institute tend to regurgitate the same ideas with a reliability that is equally impressive and infuriating. While assuring the public that rape is a terrible crime, writers like Caroline Kitchens and Heather McDonald of right-wing think tank The Manhattan Institute try to claim that feminists have blown this whole rape culture thing way out of proportion.
Apparently, many women disagree. On Tuesday there were more than 1 million responses on the #RapeCultureIsWhen hashtag started by a frustrated Zerlina Maxwell in response to these right-wing narratives.
Helen Keller (11 June 1916)
Source: Keller, Helen. “Woman Suffrage: An After-Dinner Speech made by Helen Keller in Chicago, June eleventh, 1916, to the delegates of the new Woman’s Party.” Chicago, 11 June 1916. Speech. Helen Keller Archives. Box 212. American Foundation for the Blind, New York.
Rebecca Watson expertly explains how huckster “psychics” work, to Ellen DeGeneres, who should really know better. After all, she’s not fucking Oprah or anything.
I hate being taxed as much as the next guy, but I’ve been seeing a lot of these misleading political memes lately, that go something like this: "Well If I had to pass a drug test to get a job. They should have to pass a drug test to get welfare."
We want to catch all the lazy moochers and drug addicted takers, that the news keeps telling us about These hooligans who are using up all of our hard earned tax dollars for drugs. So hey maybe we drug test the degenerates. It’s a popular opinion that, at first glance seems very reasonable, but at the end of the day, holds no weight and it’s just bad fucking policy that has yielded horrible results.
It’s infuriating how they use such false logic to prey on peoples fear. Poverty is real, and in a union such as ours, we should be helping the helpless, not arguing over whether they deserve it or not. It may be flawed but the SNAP program saves lives; plain and simple.
1. In 2009, Arizona became the first state to impose this type of law. They would test people if there was “reasonable cause" to suspect illicit drug use. Now, try and guess, out of the 87,000 people subjected to the program, how many do you think tested positive for drugs? 30% 20% 10%? Nope. 1, and I’m not talking 1%, I’m saying just 1 person failed the test.
"If savings are the goal, Arizona’s program is a bust. Disqualifying the single drug abuser saved the state $560 — out of the $200 million in benefits paid out since testing started. An additional $200,000, or one-tenth of 1%, was saved when 1,633 people failed to return their drug use questionnaires.” (Source)
2. This “Drug Testing Poverty” campaign also gained a lot of traction because of Rick Scott, the governor of Florida. Who just so happened to co-found the drug testing companies that the State decided to use for it’s welfare testing program.
Fucking shady, yes. Corrupt, totally. Illegal, ehhhh, not technically. But anyway, he used empty rhetoric to incite his case and went for the low hanging fruit like, “It’s for the children” and “trying to protect taxpayers from having to pay for somebody else’s drug habit.” but the reality is this…
“Because the Florida law requires that applicants who pass the test be reimbursed for the cost, an average of $30, the cost to the state was $118,140. This is more than would have been paid out in benefits to the people who failed the test, Mr. Newton said. As a result, the testing cost the government an extra $45,780, he said.” (Source)
3. Passing a drug test isn’t hard unless your a pot smoker, which unfortunately stays in your system MUCH longer than most drugs.Therefore you are alienating a whole group of people who are much less dangerous to themselves and others than your average alcohol or pill users; illegal drugs have just been stigmatized.
"In Florida only 2.6 percent of the state’s cash assistance applicants failed the drug test, or 108 of 4,086, according to the figures from the state obtained by the group. The most common reason was marijuana use.” (Source)
4. Do you know how much of your taxes actually goes to food stamps? If you are married with one child and make $50,000/yr it’s about 10 cents a day, or about $36.82 a year, big fucking woop. Check out our defense budget or how much taxes are fed into corporate subsidies.
5. In fact, a whole lot of people on food stamps also have full/part time jobs, about 30%. We now seem have a class called the “working poor” and that just seems insane. People work to pay bills with no money left over for basic needs.
6. The people who receive food stamps the most frequently are either disabled, senior citizens, or children. So while we are wasting time playing semantics the most vulnerable people are missing out.
STOP THE MYTH!
About 1 in 7 Americans, which is about 47 million people, are on food stamps, so have some compassion for your fellow countrymen. Just because a small group of people abuse a system doesn’t mean everyone should pay the price.
The national debt and budgets are high, and we do need to cut unnecessary programs but why are food stamps so stigmatized and always first to see the chopping block? They actually have been shown to help our economy. In a recent report it is said that, “For every $1 spent on that program (SNAP) $1.73 is generated throughout the economy”
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Q: What were you before you were an atheist?
A: I was wrong."
Anonymous asked: What do you do when you feel helpless? I feel helpless with the conflicts in Crimea and Syria, the LGBT ban in Russia, global warming. What can we do? It seems like a few people have so much power.
It’s overwhelming sometimes, isn’t it? There is so much bad in the world, so many people in need, so much suffering. It’s easy to feel helpless.
When you’re religious, you pray for <insert tragic thing> and feel like you’ve done some good. Atheists don’t have that; we know we have to actually do something (I wrote about that here, if you’re interested). But, like you said, what can we do?
The simplest answer is We Do What We Can. We help those around us. You and I aren’t going to be able to solve these massive conflicts, but we can be kind to the people we meet today. We can educate ourselves and spread knowledge. We can donate food or clothes or blood. We can affect change on a tiny scale.
Rather than focusing on the things I can’t possibly do, I focus on the things I can do. You and I can’t fix the big problems on our own, but we can help individual people. And that DOES make a difference. It helps. ~JJ
- $3.98 for natural disaster relief through FEMA
- $6.96 for welfare
- $22.88 for unemployment
- $36.82 for food stamps through SNAP
- $43.78 for retirement/disability for government workers (civilian/military)
- $235.81 for YOUR Medicare
- $247.75 for defense
- and $4,000.00 for corporate subsidies
Are you sure you are pissed off at the right people?
Marijuana is a cop’s friend. Pot makes scoring arrest points and getting career boosts absurdly easy for a cop. Pot makes people visible, smellable, arrestable, and easy to handle. It’s a cop’s dream.
When I look over my old arrest reports as a Miami cop, most of them are nearly identical: stopped car, smelled dope, found dope, arrested one and all.
The prohibition against marijuana, in practice, allows cops to vacuum up thousands of petty offenders. In every city, thousands of cops, corrections officers, and judges make their living arresting and processing petty offenders.
People with a joint in their pockets are arrested every hour of every day, all over America, by the tens of thousands… Half the criminal justice system would be out of business if dope were legalized. You’d see cops on strike holding signs saying, “Bring back our dope!"