"you can’t be a pansexual, you’ve only been in three relationships and they’ve all been with cis guys"
oh sorry i wasn’t aware i needed the eight pansexual badges before i was considered a pansexual master
You must travel across the land
Searching far and wide
Defeat the elite four to get the Quadgender badge and then defeat your rival the Bisexual
fuck out of here bitch unemployment is money they take OUT of CHECKS
that’s money people save up just in case they lose their job that’s WELFARE u talkin about
get it together
and wouldn’t giving people on welfare or unemployment work be the same thing as giving them a job. why not just offer them a job
Also, we’ve done this before.
We’ve done this on a massive scale.
And it worked. Our country still reaps the benefits of the “make work” programs that got us through and out of the Great Depression, because a lot of the things they produced are still around and still being used. The reason that electricity, roads, and plumbing are things we can think of as being mostly ubiquitous in the United States is because we used to think that paying people who don’t have a job to do stuff was a good use of the public money.
A whole generation of actors and directors got their start on public money, because they had no job and the WPA asked them “So, what can you do for us?”
Orson Welles was one of them.
Public works for public money gave us buildings, art, science… and it put food on people’s tables.
I’m not saying it was all buildings and art and science, though. Some people really were paid to clean up parks, or plant trees, or stuff like that. The kind of unskilled and low skill work that always needs doing but rarely gets done.
Do you know why we don’t do that anymore, OP?
Because of the same attitude that informs the macro.
Because once we start scowling at people “wanting something for nothing”, it never stops.
One of the reasons unemployment is so bad right now is because we have come to accept the lie that when unemployment is bad, the government should cut its budget. You know what that does? It puts people out of work. Not as a side effect. Not as an after effect. Every time the government cuts its budgets, jobs are destroyed. People aren’t fired. Their jobs no longer exist. Every job that no longer exists means one more person who’s competing in a market that has one fewer opening available.
The lie—it’s not even a myth at this point but a lie—that we’re told is that when we do this, the free market will somehow (possibly involving pixie dust) produce more jobs than were lost and we’ll all be winners.
That hasn’t happened yet.
In all of human history.
We’ve been trying it for the entirety of the 21st century at this point, and it hasn’t worked yet.
Cutting jobs makes unemployment worse, go figure.
If you want to see a world where people get paid to do things by the government, you call up your senators and congress people and you tell them in no uncertain terms that you’re fed up with austerity, that you want to see expanding government payrolls until unemployment is under control and you want to see it stay that way.
Because that’s what you’re talking about here. Government jobs for government paychecks. Public works for public money. (Funded, as someone points out above, by the efforts of the same labor pool that is now finding too many parts of itself out of work.)
On another point, though: you know what benefits communities? Giving the people in them money. Because people collecting unemployment or other forms of social assistance aren’t socking that money away under a mattress or sticking it in their 401K, they’re spending it. And even when they spend it in ways that might strike you as unwise, that money still benefits the business it passes to. And if they spent it locally at a small business or tipped it to a server or in some other way passed it directly to the hands of someone in their community, it will be spent again, thus benefiting more people.
This is the magic of giving people, especially the very poor people, money. It produces no losers and several winners.
Eventually and inevitably, because as you probably already know, capitalism, most of that money will come to rest exactly where it would be if we hadn’t taken it out of the cycle and given it to someone who needed it: lining some *illionare’s portfolio. The system is slanted in their direction, and water flows downhill. But the water that pools at the base of the hill is stagnant, to extend the metaphor. If we can establish a water source at the top of the hill… yes, it will run downhill, but it will provide water for plants all the way down.
Orienne Society (Herpetological Conservation):
"Coinciding with, finally, some milder south Georgia temperatures, this small Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) emerged from its mucky cocoon in a dry swamp and moved in search of water. (I do wish my colleagues cleaned up so well.) The kitten basket of small Spiny Softshells (Apalone spinifera), featuring both hatchlings and yearlings, were discovered buried in a sandbar of the Oconee River.”
- text and photos by Dirk Stevenson
Navajo Kindergartner Sent Home from School, Ordered to Cut His Hair
On Monday, a 5-year-old Native American boy was sent home on his first day of school and ordered to cut his hair short because it allegedly violated district policy, the boy’s mother said.
The child, Malachi Wilson, an enrolled citizen of the Navajo Nation, had been looking forward to his first day of kindergarten at F.J. Young Elementary in Seminole, Texas.
I AM SEETHING. FUCK THE CONTINUATION OF ASSIMILATION EFFORTS AND ASSAULT ON THE PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL, AND SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING OF NATIVE AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLE.
THIS COUNTRY HAS NO SHAME
NO HISTORICAL BEARING
HAS AMERICA FORGOTTEN SO SOON?
THE TRAGEDY OF NATIVE CHILDREN FORCED TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES FOR RACIST BOARDING SCHOOLS?
WHERE THEIR HAIR WAS CUT? WHERE CHILDREN WERE BEATEN FOR SPEAKING THEIR MOTHER TONGUES? WHERE THEY WERE ABUSED AND FORCED TO HIDE THEIR CULTURE AS A WAY TO SURVIVE?
NEVER FORGET. NEVER.