“The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Mr. Bloomberg was spotted on Sunday morning at a golf course in Bermuda, where he has a vacation home. The newspaper reported that he continued to play for several hours after the train derailed.”—
Yep. Called it.
This is why we shouldn’t let people become billionaires: living off all those capital gains handouts makes you lazy.
My 6th great grandfather Frederick was killed entertaining. According to the story, in 1763 he’d welcomed some Native Americans onto his property, and they ended up killing him and taking his family prisoner. Who knows if that’s how it really went down, but there you go. In all fairness, he probably should’ve staying in England. But then I wouldn’t exist, so. Later it became known that the British in Virginia had maybe been stoking the tensions between the native peoples and the settlers in the hopes that the fighting would make the Americans less inclined to rebel. It didn’t work.
His son, my 5th great grandfather, Michael, was killed by the Native Americans in 1791 near Point Pleasant. They took his slave prisoner (redundant much?). The slave became a chief. As a chief he ended up fighting alongside the Americans in the War of 1812 against the British. He fought alongside my 4th great grandfather, William, who had been born the same night his father Michael was killed. The chief told William he knew the man who’d killed his father, but that he was old and blind now. William wanted to meet the man, but the chief and pretty much everyone agreed William would probably kill him, so they just kind of dropped the subject and awkwardly shuffled away.
Then William moved to Iowa and 150 years later I was born in Omaha.
Just as the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say “thou shalt not” to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion. Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case of inequality. Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.
Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded. We have created a “disposable” culture which is now spreading. It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something new. Exclusion ultimately has to do with what it means to be a part of the society in which we live; those excluded are no longer society’s underside or its fringes or its disenfranchised – they are no longer even a part of it. The excluded are not the “exploited” but the outcast, the “leftovers”.
In this context, some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting. To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, or to sustain enthusiasm for that selfish ideal, a globalization of indifference has developed. Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own. The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase; and in the meantime all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us.
“The document suggests major changes are on the way, with Francis noting that the Church has to get over an attitude that says: “We have always done it this way,” the BBC’s David Willey reports from Rome.
However, the document reiterates the Church’s opposition to the ordination of female priests, saying this is “not a question open to discussion”.”—You had me at “Let’s talk about changes that are long overdue!” and lost me at “not a question open to discussion.”
They have 6,500 still unanswered letters! THAT IS HEARTBREAKING.
Most gifts are due to the charities by the 9th, so get on it! I mean, what else are you gonna buy with all your stupid money? Drugs? Booze? Make someone else’s day instead, ya jerk.
…Always keep Ithaca in your mind.
To arrive there is your final destination.
But do not hurry the voyage at all.
It is better for it to last many years,
and when old to rest in the island,
rich with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaca to offer you wealth.
Ithaca has given you the beautiful journey.
Without her you would not have set out on the road.
Nothing more does she have to give you.
And if you find her poor,
Ithaca has not deceived you.
Wise as you have become,
with so much experience,
you must already have understood what Ithacas mean.
Sen. Cameron Murphy, a graduate student in biochemistry and nutrition, said he did not agree with the resolution because he believed it would hinder free speech.
Murphy cited comedian Chris Rock as an example of why some words are not offensive. He recited one of Rock’s routines, which used the N-word.
“But what’s a n——-?” Murphy said after quoting Rock. “A n——- is black trash. There’s white trailer trash also.”
“What’s offensive to one person may be innocuous to a group of others,” Murphy said. “For example, the Mexican-American students complaining about (Homecoming Week) skits. They said they were offensive because they were wearing sombreros — really, that’s offensive?”
While giving an anecdote about being called a “cracker” in Cincinnati by a man asking for money, Murphy was interrupted by Sen. Annie Himes, a junior global studies, history and Russian major.
“It’s not OK for you to do this,” Himes said.
But Internal Vice President Kaitlin Coziahr, a senior economics, finance and management major, told Himes that she wasn’t allowed to interrupt another speaker during debate.
“Restricting speech is bad,” Murphy said. “It starts at phase one, and there’s no turning back from there. Calling a black person a Negro is a term of endearment — that didn’t used to mean anything wrong, it’s Spanish for black. To restrict speech is inherently evil.”
Murphy also attempted to amend the resolution to say senators will “attain” derogatory terms into their vocabulary, rather than “remove” them, as the resolution was originally written. His amendment did not receive a necessary second senator to move it to a vote.
Will I achieve my dreams of becoming what I’m passionate about which is being a Singer/Model/Dancer/Actor even tho I’m completely unsupported by my parents both morally and financially, because their totally against it should i give up is it worth carrying on and pursuing this dream or should i…
1.Being a guy is good. Dateable guys know they aren’t as sensitive as girls and that’s okay. They know they are stronger, more dangerous, and more adventurous and that’s okay. Dateable guys are real men who aren’t afraid to be guys.
2.Believe in yourself. Dateable guys know they are men even if someone has tried to bring them down or make them less than men. They know that the past doesn’t define the future.
3.Control your mind. Dateable guys know that God demands self control. They learn ways to control their minds so they can control their bodies.
4.Don’t just want a win, want an adventure. Dateable guys know life is about danger. You might not win, but that’s not the point, doing it is. Dateable guys risk failure to live the adventure of life.
5.Face your Fears. Dateable guys will not be controlled by fear. Whatever controls you owns you. Fear is from the enemy and so the Dateable guy stands in the face of it and says, “ha!”
6.Men of God are wild, not domesticated. Dateable guys aren’t tamed. They don’t live by the rules of the opposite sex. They fight battles, conquer lands, and stand up for the oppressed.
7.Bring God into it. Dateable guys bring God into it. “What would He say if he was talking to me through this situation?” they ask.
8.Be honest with girls. Dateable guys don’t use the truth to their advantage. They know that girls read into things so they don’t use that for their good. They are honest and not manipulative.
9.Be a gentleman. Chivalry is not dead with the Dateable guy. Even if society thinks this is old fashioned he knows that it is God-fashioned. He keeps his gentleman side strong and considers all women important enough to care for.
10.Keep it covered up. Dateable guys know that porn is bad for the spirit and the mind. They keep women covered up.
”—I can’t decide if these are worse than the girl ones or not.
1.Accept your girly-ness. You’re a girl. Be proud of all that means. You are soft, you are gentle, you are a woman. Don’t try to be a guy. Guys like you because you are different from them. So let your girly-ness soar.
2.Tell it like it is. Dateable girls don’t lie to themselves. They don’t say stuff like, “His girlfriend just isn’t good to him, that’s why he’s seeing me on the side.” Or “She started it so I’m going to get even.” The Dateable girl let’s God run the world, and tells herself the truth–that all she can control is herself. She doesn’t imagine things to be more than they are.
3.The sexiest thing on a girl is happiness. Girls try so hard to add beauty and sexuality to themselves with clothes and make-up, but the truth is it’s your spirit that makes you hot. Your outlook on life, your happiness factor. Dateable girls aren’t downers, they love life.
4.Girls don’t fight girls, ever. Revenge belongs to God. Dateable girls know that when they fight other girls they look stupid and catty, and guys don’t like it any more than God does.
5.Believe in your beauty. Dateable girl learn how to overcome the sins of the past that have been perpetrated on them. They don’t let the enemy steal their beauty. God made them, so they know they are beautiful, even if they don’t feel like it sometimes.
6.Be mysterious. Dateable girls know how to shut up. They don’t monopolize the conversation. They don’t tell everyone everything about themselves. They save some for later. They listen more than they gab.
7.Act confident. Dateable girls know that confidence is hot. And the cool part is that no one knows if you are confident but you. Confidence isn’t how you feel, it’s how you act. Act confident and people will think you are.
8.Look ‘em in the eye. Part of being a Dateable girl means you really see people. They matter, and if you don’t look them in the eye then you will never see them and they will never know they matter to you. Look ‘em in the eye. They are valuable.
9.Let him lead. God made guys as leaders. Dateable girls get that and let him do guy things, get a door, open a ketchup bottle. They relax and let guys be guys. Which means they don’t ask him out!!!
10.Need him. Dateable girls know that guys need to be needed. A Dateable girl isn’t Miss Independent. She knows we are made for community. Needing each other is part of faith. She allows him to be needed at times, knowing he was called to serve just as much as she was.
People like this get paid to teach sex-ed in public school and are also what drive me to combat boots and black lipstick. RIOT!!!!
As Christmas 2011 approached, U.S. Army medic Shawn Aiken was once again locked in desperate battle with a formidable foe. Not insurgents in Iraq, or Taliban fighters in Afghanistan - enemies he had already encountered with distinguished bravery.
This time, he was up against the U.S. Defense Department.
Aiken, then 30 years old, was in his second month of physical and psychological reconstruction at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, after two tours of combat duty had left him shattered. His war-related afflictions included traumatic brain injury, severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), abnormal eye movements due to nerve damage, chronic pain, and a hip injury.
But the problem that loomed largest that holiday season was different. Aiken had no money. The Defense Department was withholding big chunks of his pay. It had started that October, when he received $2,337.56, instead of his normal monthly take-home pay of about $3,300. He quickly raised the issue with staff. It only got worse. For all of December, his pay came to $117.99.
All Aiken knew was that the Defense Department was taking back money it claimed he owed. Beyond that, “they couldn’t even tell me what the debts were from,” he says.
At the time, Aiken was living off base with his fiancee, Monica, and her toddler daughter, while sharing custody of his two children with his ex-wife. As their money dwindled, the couple began hitting church-run food pantries. Aiken took out an Army Emergency Relief Loan to cover expenses of their December move into a new apartment. At Christmas, Operation Santa Claus provided the family with presents - one for each child, per the charity’s rules.
Just another lazy, entitled millenial. When will we learn?
“It starts with you forgiving yourself for not having traveled, for not being more charming, for not being gorgeous from every goddamn angle. It starts with you being chumpy and small and not all that good in bed. That’s so lovable, you don’t even know. You are not that experienced. You are not smooth and unstoppable and swaggery and special. You are thoughtful and easily upstaged and here’s the secret: When you are upstaged, the world loves you more.”—
Polly makes an awfully rough week just a little better.
Now all I need is a cigarette.
A group of Occupy Wall Street activists has bought almost $15m of Americans’ personal debt over the last year as part of the Rolling Jubilee project to help people pay off their outstanding credit.
Rolling Jubilee, set up by Occupy’s Strike Debt group following the street protests that swept the world in 2011, launched on 15 November 2012. The group purchases personal debt cheaply from banks before “abolishing” it, freeing individuals from their bills.
By purchasing the debt at knockdown prices the group has managed to free $14,734,569.87 of personal debt, mainly medical debt, spending only $400,000.
"We thought that the ratio would be about 20 to 1," said Andrew Ross, a member of Strike Debt and professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University. He said the team initially envisaged raising $50,000, which would have enabled it to buy $1m in debt.
"In fact we’ve been able to buy debt a lot more cheaply than that."
The group is able to buy debt so cheaply due to the nature of the “secondary debt market”. If individuals consistently fail to pay bills from credit cards, loans, or medical insurance the bank or lender that issued the funds will eventually cut its losses by selling that debt to a third party. These sales occur for a fraction of the debt’s true values – typically for five cents on the dollar – and debt-buying companies then attempt to recoup the debt from the individual debtor and thus make a profit.
The Rolling Jubilee project was mostly conceived as a “public education project”, Ross said.
"We’re under no illusions that $15m is just a tiny drop in the secondary debt market. It doesn’t make a dent in the amount of debt.
"Our purpose in doing this, aside from helping some people along the way – there’s certainly many, many people who are very thankful that their debts are abolished – our primary purpose was to spread information about the workings of this secondary debt market."
The group has focussed on buying medical debt, and has acquired the $14.7m in three separate purchases, most recently purchasing the value of $13.5m on medical debt owed by 2,693 people across 45 states and Puerto Rico, Rolling Jubilee said in a press release.
“No one should have to go into debt or bankruptcy because they get sick,” said Laura Hanna, an organiser with the group. Hanna said 62% of all personal bankruptcies have medical debt as a contributing factor.
Due to the nature of the debt market, the group is unable to specify whose debt it purchases, taking on the amounts before it discovers individuals’ identities. When Rolling Jubilee has bought the debt they send notes to their debtors “telling them they’re off the hook”, Ross said.
Ross, whose book, Creditocracy and the case for debt refusal, outlines the problems of the debt industry and calls for a “debtors’ movement” to resist credit, said the group had received letters from people whose debt they had lifted thanking them for the service. But the real victory was in spreading knowledge of the nature of the debt industry, he said.
"Very few people know how cheaply their debts have been bought by collectors. It changes the psychology of the debtor, knowing this.
“So when you get called up by the debt collector, and you’re being asked to pay the full amount of your debt, you now know that the debt collector has bought your debt very, very cheaply. As cheaply as we bought it. And that gives you moral ammunition to have a different conversation with the debt collector.”
(Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
God bless #occupy.
I used to work in collections. It’s basically like being a telemarketer except you’re supposed to make people feel like deadbeats (your job performance is judged by how much money you bring in.) I wasn’t mean enough for it, and I’m pretty mean.
Otherwise, what happens to towns like Lincoln will be just another episode in what he says is a major societal upheaval.
"I grew up in a middle-class America where we pretty much knew life was an escalator," he said. "You got on the bottom step, and if you behaved yourself, paid your dues, went to work, worked hard — you’d end up at the top of the escalator. And I think that escalator’s broken now. It’s a tougher scramble."
How to cover that upheaval, I ask?
"You’ve covered revolutions before," he said. "Treat it like just another damn revolution."
“The gun was legally purchased sometime before 2006 in a now-closed upstate store and was never reported stolen, said a police spokesman. Investigators were doing further checks of the weapon’s trail of ownership.”—