If you live in the United States, there is a good chance that you are now living in poverty or near poverty. Nearly 50 million Americans, (49.7 Million), are living below the poverty line, with 80% of the entire U.S. population living near poverty or below it.
That near poverty statistic is perhaps more startling than the 50 million Americans below the poverty line, because it translates to a full 80% of the population struggling with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on government assistance to help make ends meet.
In September, the Associated Press pointed to survey data that told of an increasingly widening gap between rich and poor, as well as the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs that used to provide opportunities for the “Working Class” to explain an increasing trend towards poverty in the U.S.
But the numbers of those below the poverty line does not merely reflect the number of jobless Americans. Instead, according to a revised census measure released Wednesday, the number – 3 million higher than what the official government numbers imagine – are also due to out-of-pocket medical costs and work-related expenses.
The new measure is generally “considered more reliable by social scientists because it factors in living expenses as well as the effects of government aid, such as food stamps and tax credits,” according to Hope Yen reporting for the Associated Press.
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Within a few years, Freud buckled under this heavy pressure and recanted his conclusions. In their place he proposed the “Oedipus complex,” which became the foundation of modern psychology… Freud used this construct to conclude that the episodes of abuse his clients had revealed to him had never taken place; they were simply fantasies of events the women had wished for… This construct started a hundred-year history in the mental health field of blaming victims for the abuse perpetrated on them and outright discrediting of women’s and children’s reports of mistreatment by men.
― Lundy Bancroft
read this carve it into your brains permanently etch it into your skulls r e a d t h i s
Halloween will be here before you know it and I can’t wait!
I made some 8-bit Breakfast Monsters for everyone to help us all get hype for the holiday!
What a hunk.
last gif: “hey bet i can fit all of ‘em”
Superman = Badass
*sigh* I know I should have just scrolled past instead of letting this bullshit pull my trigger, but…
I know everybody and everything everywhere has to pretend to be all thug-ass, “I’m a MAN.” “We’re coming for you,” gang-banger and shit or else it’s not “relatable to modern audiences,” but the whole fucking point of Superman is that, because nothing can hurt him, he gets to be better than all that.
Because he’s invulnerable, he alone is able to put the highest virtues of humanity into practice and not be chewed up and spit out by the weasels, opportunists, bullies and douche-bags that comprise 85-90 percent of human society. Because he’s all-powerful, he gets to be kind, to be deeply compassionate, to shrug off the slurs and the hate and do the right thing. The point of Superman is not that he’s a badass weapon of mass destruction, but that his innate decency keeps his awesome power in check. Jean-Luc Picard aside, what other character in popular culture has the mandate to embody restraint and provide example of the best we can be?
By Ymir’s beard, do we require that popular fiction debase our Wylies because the unabashed heroism of the perfect
manperson shames us when reflected against the reality of our scared, petty, craven and compromised “post-9/11” behavior? Can our homogenized and consolidated corporate marketplace even entertain the theoretical possibility of a noble idealist who doesn’t end up like Ned Stark or Bugs Raplin?
Whatever happened to the man of tomorrow?
The Man of Tomorrow got lost in a world that thinks wealth equals power and fear is a more powerful force than hope, which is why, for some odd reason, Batman is THE de facto hero of DC Comics and the template of the DC Entertainment empire. A cynical world needs a cynical hero.
I don’t believe that.
I never believed that.
A cynical world needs a hero who inspires us. One who sees value in all of its citizens and believes that the human spirit is not only stronger than people believe it is but is greater than anything that tries to defeat it.
The whole “nothing to fear but fear itself” attitudes of the FDR administration has been replaced by a “fear every thing and everyone that’s not like you” attitude. People would have brash, egotistical, self-obsessed characters who have their own agenda and a skewed, pessimistic view of humanity represent them. Broken folks nor people who truly see the good in others need not apply.
Superman could rule the world if he wanted to, but he doesn’t want that. It never crossed his mind.
I hear the “oh, he’s so overpowered” excuse too much when I try to defend Superman. Yes, he has a great list of abilities, but he’d trade them in in a heartbeat if he could. Instead, you have a powerful individual walking on eggshells and being careful around others.
It’s not easy.
I think the proof that Superman can keep his powers in check, still remain optimistic in a dark world where the antihero reigns is proof enough for me that Superman is indeed a badass. The other stuff is just cake.
My daughter got to meet the amazing msjayjustice at Dragon Con 2014 and these ladies could not have been more friendly to her. They were very kind and Ivy was super stoked to meet them.
Anyone who doesn’t love these photos has no heart.
Reblog if you’re part of the feminist illuminati here to take games away from pissbabies.
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Aug. 21 2014
Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, has once again blocked all computers from the U.S. House of Representatives in order to stop malicious edits to popular pages on the site.
According to The Hill, Wikipedia instituted the ban on Wednesday night after users operating from the House IP address made a series of anti-trans edits to the page for Netflix series Orange is the New Black.
Anonymous users operating from the Republican-led House were persistently re-editing the page to slur trans actress Laverne Cox by mis-gendering her mentions on the show’s page. For instance, they changed Cox’s description from “real transgender woman” to “real man pretending to be a woman.”
One user in particular went on an anti-trans editing spree this week, changing entries on multiple pages related to transgenderism until Wikipedia administrators were forced to step in.
“An obvious transphobe is using this IP to edit the article on transphobia,” the Hill quoted one Wikipedia user as saying.
“I have no problem with Congressional staffers editing Wikipedia,” said another user to the anti-trans editor. “I have a problem only with YOU vandalizing Wikipedia.”
The person using the IP address responded — without revealing their identity — that the malicious edits were in fact “official business” endorsed by a member of the House. Their changes, they said, were intended to bring “fairness” to the discussion.
and these are the fucking children that run our country. this is despicable.