Fast food workers in NY just won a $15/hr wage.
I’m a paramedic. My job requires a broad set of skills: interpersonal, medical, and technical skills, as well as the crucial skill of performing under pressure. I often make decisions on my own, in seconds, under chaotic circumstances, that impact people’s health and lives. I make $15/hr.
And these burger flippers think they deserve as much as me?
Good for them.
Look, if any job is going to take up someone’s life, it deserves a living wage. If a job exists and you have to hire someone to do it, they deserve a living wage. End of story. There’s a lot of talk going around my workplace along the lines of, “These guys with no education and no skills think they deserve as much as us? Fuck those guys.” And elsewhere on FB: “I’m a licensed electrician, I make $13/hr, fuck these burger flippers.”
And that’s exactly what the bosses want! They want us fighting over who has the bigger pile of crumbs so we don’t realize they made off with almost the whole damn cake. Why are you angry about fast food workers making two bucks more an hour when your CEO makes four hundred TIMES what you do? It’s in the bosses’ interests to keep your anger directed downward, at the poor people who are just trying to get by, like you, rather than at the rich assholes who consume almost everything we produce and give next to nothing for it.
My company, as they’re so fond of telling us in boosterist emails, cleared 1.3 billion dollars last year. They expect guys supporting families on 26-27k/year to applaud that. And that’s to say nothing of the techs and janitors and cashiers and bed pushers who make even less than us, but are as absolutely crucial to making a hospital work as the fucking CEO or the neurosurgeons. Can they pay us more? Absolutely. But why would they? No one’s making them.
The workers in NY *made* them. They fought for and won a living wage. So how incredibly petty and counterproductive is it to fuss that their pile of crumbs is bigger than ours? Put that energy elsewhere. Organize. Fight. Win.”
So, that’s a hell of a magazine cover. As of this writing the New York magazine site itself is down because of a hacker attack; the hacker in question alleges this has nothing to do with Bill Cosby. Interesting timing nonetheless. Here’s the link to the story package when it goes back up. You should read it. If it’s still down, Vox has a write-up on it.
A friend of mine tweeted a comment last night that said “power corrupts” and I tweeted back something snarky about that; turns out she was tweeting about Bill Cosby and I missed the context, so I apologized and deleted my tweet. Turns out I am just as susceptible to the failure mode of clever as anyone else.
But I had additional thoughts on her comment. I think it’s true that power corrupts, or that it can. I also think it’s true that power reveals — which is to say, that with some men and women, it’s not that having power weakens their will or leads them into temptation, but rather that power allows them to indulge in the things that they’ve always wanted to do. They didn’t need to be corrupted. They needed only the means to do what they willed, which power provided.
Ultimately, however, it doesn’t matter if power corrupted or revealed Bill Cosby’s nature. I don’t imagine it matters to the women who were sexually assaulted whether Cosby gave into temptation or indulged in his will, or both. At the end of the day they were still raped by him. And at the end of the day, for decades, they were told there was no point in telling anyone about it because no one would believe them. Corrupted or revealed, Bill Cosby’s power protected him, until it didn’t. I am absolutely sure that the irony of what kicked the Fall of Cosby into high gear was Hannibal Buress, another man, calling Bill Cosby out on stage was not lost on these women, or women in general. The information was out there; women had been saying these things for years. They still needed a man to say it in order to have the world pay attention.
I’m not sad for Bill Cosby. He raped women, he did it for decades, and now everyone knows he did it. He deserves condemnation for it, and he deserves to see his reputation destroyed (he also deserves jail time, which at this point he is unlikely to receive. But I think for a person like Bill Cosby, the destruction of his reputation is probably no less painful than time in a cell). The man was and is a genius, and his comedy mattered to me; I remember being a kid listening to his comedy albums at the West Covina public library and trying (and failing) not to laugh out loud in a place where you weren’t supposed to make a lot of noise. Bill Cosby: Himself was one of my favorite comedy concert films. And by the time Himself was released, Cosby had assaulted 22 of the 35 women featured on that New York cover. Bill Cosby is a genius; Bill Cosby is a rapist of women. The former does not excuse the latter and never should have.
I am sad we are still in a place where women aren’t believed when they come forward about sexual assault, and that it’s such a matter of fact of our culture that The Onion can satirize it. I’m sad and sorry for the women who had to wait until a man came forward to call out Cosby in order for the cultural tiller to shift in their direction. Anita Sarkeesian — who knows something about the bullshit women have to put up with in order to speak — and others have said that one the most radical things you can do is believe women when they talk about their experiences. It seems like a dramatic statement until you take a hard look at that New York magazine cover, and the thirty five women there, bearing witness to sexual assaults over four decades, finally being believed in some cases fifty years later. You realize it’s not dramatic at all.
The problem comes from people whose opinions are actually misconceptions. If you think vaccines cause autism you are expressing something factually wrong, not an opinion. The fact that you may still believe that vaccines cause autism does not move your misconception into the realm of valid opinion. Nor does the fact that many other share this opinion give it any more validity…
You can be wrong or ignorant. It will happen. Reality does not care about your feelings. Education does not exist to persecute you. The misinformed are not an ethnic minority being oppressed. What’s that? Planned Parenthood is chopping up dead babies and selling them for phat cash? No, that’s not what actually happened. No, it’s not your opinion. You’re just wrong.”
This whole article. Education does not exist to persecute you. (via redcloud)
“In other words, you can form an opinion in a bubble, and for the first couple of decades of our lives we all do. However, eventually you are going to venture out into the world and find that what you thought was an informed opinion was actually just a tiny thought based on little data and your feelings. Many, many, many of your opinions will turn out to be uninformed or just flat out wrong.“
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A new study published in PLOS ONE has found that 99% of women who have had abortions report that in retrospect, the abortion was the right decision for them at the time. 99%! This is only news because conservative Christian anti-choice advocates are constantly trying to convince women that they’re going to regret their decision, sometimes going even so far as to suggest that getting an abortion raises your chances of depression and suicide, which is simply not true.
It’s so stupid that we need this research to fight for women’s access to basic and necessary healthcare that demonstrably makes the world a better place. In countries where abortion is restricted or illegal, the same number of women get abortions, but more women die getting them. Blocking access to abortion saves no “unborn babies” and kills more “definitely-born” women.
I nearly said, “adult women,” right there, but let’s be honest: way too many of the people dying from lack of access to abortion aren’t even adults yet. They’re teens who were either raped or just didn’t get the sex education, and it’s funny how often those three statistics go together: rape, no sex education, and dying from lack of decent health care.
It’s so obvious that legal abortion is beneficial that it’s absurd we have to say, “Look! Science shows us women who have abortions don’t regret them!” What if we used that metric as a way to block access to other things?
Like tattoos! Some research suggests that as many as 37% of people regret getting tattooed. So obviously we should outlaw them. Or maybe even something more permanent, let’s see, like the everlasting vow of marriage! Some research suggests as many as 99% of people regret getting married, though only about 50% of them actually get divorced. Perhaps we should just do away with it altogether.
Wait, there must be something even more permanent to compare this to. I know: having a child! I can’t find any peer-reviewed research surveying parents about their regret, but according to Dr. David Bellhouse at Western University of Canada, the advice columnist Ann Landers once polled her large readership to find out “If you had it to do over again, would you have children?” 10,000 people responded and 70% of them said no.
To be fair, though, Good Housekeeping decided to poll their readers with the same question, and 95% of them said yes.
That’s a wide spread, but it means our lowest number of regretul parents is 5%. That’s not very much, but it’s still five times more than the number of regretful abortion patients. That’s it! Let’s outlaw childbirth. That should go well.
The Skysphere is a futuristic-looking living space created by designer and engineer Jono Williams. Its circular design features 270 square feet in the living area which includes a bed, custom couches, and even a “couch integrated beer dispenser.” The Skysphere is powered entirely by solar panels, and the electronics are controlled using a version of the Android operating system.
Williams regularly posts updates about the Skysphere’s progress on a Facebook page created for the project.
photos via Skysphere
My mother had three pregnancies, and two children. She had a miscarriage, between my brother and I, in that four year span between our births, there was another pregnancy, another child desperately wanted, who didn’t live to term.
My mother had her pre-natal care, and her post-miscarriage care, at Planned Parenthood.
Because it was the best place for her. Because at the time, she had a two year old child and a bike and they were living just around that nice little sweet spot between ‘desperately poor’ and ‘almost have enough to consider a savings account.‘ And when you are poor, and female, and need health services, Planned Parenthood is there.
And my mother walked past the protesters, walked past the people who screamed at her about not killing her baby, about how she was a whore, and she was going to hell. My mother, in mourning for a child that she had lost, blaming herself, hating herself for failing at this most feminine of things, walked through that, to care for herself, to get the medical care she needed. So that someday, two years later, she could have me.
I cannot speak to the courage that must have taken. But that path is walked by thousands of women. Every single day.
She donated to Planned Parenthood until her death. And she said to me, that the people who screamed at her saw her only as a vessel for a baby. They didn’t care about her, they didn’t care about her baby, either. They were pro-birth, not pro-life, because none of them would be there after her baby was born, to offer help and support and care.
The protesters didn’t care about her. And the medical professionals inside did. It is the right of every woman to have access to safe, affordable, quality health care, no matter where she comes from, what her income is, or what choices she makes with her life. And that is what these kind of bills are attempting to take away.
Baby owl faces off with sheriff in Boulder, Colorado. [video]
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Unless you're talking about that part of me that I hate.
When Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz wades into pop culture, it typically comes across as a discomfiting simulacrum of what a normal hu-man does with his leisure units. In a recent interview, however, The New York Times managed to tap into Cruz’s inner nerd and get him to detail an apparently sincere take on Star Trek. After also calling himself a “Han Solo [and] Spider-Man guy” and literally saying the words, “I have encouraged young people to become arsonists” (“spreading the fire of liberty,” he explains, rather like encouraging young people to become peeping toms, ogling the Constitution), Cruz explains that he vastly prefers Captain Kirk over Captain Picard because he believes Kirk is a Republican.
Cruz, a Princeton- and Harvard-educated lawyer who notes in the same interview that he spent “many years as a Supreme Court litigator,” says he likes Kirk because he’s working class, whereas Picard ...
“Signal lane change or sheriff may kill you”
(I work for a small shop in town. We get a few tourist high points a year. It’s a mountain town with a population of about 8,000. It’s only 20 minutes away from another town and about 45 minutes from a larger city.)
Customer: “How do you people live out here?”
Me: “What? What do you mean?”
Customer: “It’s so… remote.”
Me: “Oh, well, we have everything we need here. Also, there is larger city about 45 minutes away if we need something that we cannot find here. Besides, it’s beautiful here.”
Customer: “But… do you have electricity?”
Me: *looks at all the lights in the store, the electronic cash register and the neon sign outside, the lamp posts outside and the traffic lights* “Yes… yes, we do.”
Customer: “What about plumbing?”
Customer: “Are you sure?”
Customer: “What about [popular and huge hotel]? Do they have lights and toilets?”
Me: “Yes… everywhere here does. Literally, everywhere.”
Customer: “But… it’s so remote. How do they get the lights here?”
Me: “….wires and light poles?”
Customer: “But where do the wires come from?”
Me: “The nearest power station?”
Customer: “What about water?”
Me: “Pipes, and it would come from the nearest water treatment plant, which we have here.”
Customer: “I just don’t understand you people at all.”
Me: “Well, enjoy your stay…”
Customer: “Do the people here have cars?”
Me: “Have you seen cars since you have been here?”
Me: “There you go.”
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