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I never understood why I didn’t quit my job just so I could have those luxurious unemployment checks

Pull Those Bootstraps You Lazy Slackers
December 28, 2013 | Erik Loomis

Finally we are getting our lazy welfare recipients away from their t-bones and out of their Cadillacs. This will teach them:

Ellen Donlevy has worked more than 30 years in customer service and retail jobs.

She describes herself as a “people person” who likes the camaraderie of working with others, both colleagues and customers. At her last job, with Cox Communications, she says she was often the go-to employee who would be tapped to deal with an irate customer.

But it has been nearly a year since Donlevy has worked.

Her 26 weeks of state unemployment benefits — $411 a week before taxes — have expired, and she joins thousands of Rhode Islanders, considered the “long-term unemployed,” for whom additional, federal unemployment benefits end on Saturday.

“And yes, I’m scared,” says Donlevy.


$411 a week! I’m outraged by the government paying these people enough to pay their rent or mortgage. I for one can’t wait for the increase in the homeless population, foreclosures, domestic violence, suicides, and other social problems that result from lost income and poverty. True freedom of the New Gilded Age comes one step closer.


MORE:
http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20131227-about-5000-in-r.i.-stand-to-lose-jobless-benefits--one-says-yes-im-scared.ece

The New Gilded Age in One Christmas Card

The New Gilded Age in One Christmas Card
December 29, 2013 | Erik Loomis
Jamie Dimon’s Christmas card basically sums up the New Gilded Age.

You’d also think for all that money Dimon could at least afford the proper number of buttons on his shirt.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2530032/19m-year-JP-Morgan-boss-Jamie-Dimon-fire-tasteless-Christmas-card-shows-wealth.html

How To Drive Right Wing Racists Insane With One Simple Question



A question for anyone that claims to be a proud white person: What, exactly, are you proud of? I’ve asked this a few times and can’t seem to get a straight answer. Please don’t tell/ask me about black pride as it is not relevant to the question. I want to know why YOU are proud to be white. If the only way you can explain it is by comparing it to another ethnicity’s pride, you are not answering the question. Stay on topic and explain what it is about being white that fills you with pride.



MORE:
http://samuel-warde.com/2013/12/white-pride-right-wing/

ODD: “If you’re outraged, you must be mentally ill.”

Remember those bumper stickers that said,
"If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention"?
Well, now it seems that "If you're outraged, you must be mentally ill."



Nonconformity and Freethinking Now Considered Mental Illnesses

Is nonconformity and freethinking a mental illness? According to the newest addition of the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), it certainly is. The manual identifies a new mental illness called “oppositional defiant disorder” or ODD. Defined as an “ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior,” symptoms include questioning authority, negativity, defiance, argumentativeness, and being easily annoyed.

MORE:
http://theunboundedspirit.com/nonconformity-and-freethinking-now-considered-mental-illnesses/

Duck Dynasty Camouflage

Duck Dynasty Camouflage

http://www.truthdig.com/cartoon/item/duck_dynasty_camouflage_20131228

Emails Expose Christie Lies---show Port Authority officials warned of GWB lane closure hardships

Emails show Port Authority officials were warned of hardships brought on by GWB lane closures

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2013 LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY DECEMBER 29, 2013, 9:03 AM
BY SHAWN BOBURG
STAFF WRITER
THE RECORD


Hours after unannounced lane closures went into effect at the George Washington Bridge on a Monday morning in September, Governor Christie’s top two executives at the Port Authority received an email indicating that the resulting traffic jams were posing problems that carried potential life-and-death consequences.


Read the emails:
Email between Lisa Herrera and Robert Durando


Email between Tina Lado, Bill Baroni, David Wildstein and Cedrick Fulton


MUCH MORE:
http://www.northjersey.com/fortlee/wildstein_baroni_gwb_port_authority_christie_fort_lee.html?page=all

NY Times Benghazi Bombshell: Attack spurred by anti-Islam Video

SAT DEC 28, 2013 AT 12:09 PM PST
NY Times Benghazi Bombshell: Attack spurred by anti-Islam Video
by RfrancisR

Benghazi Truthers dealt a blow by months long investigation by NY Times as actual journalism rears its head.

Months of investigation by The New York Times, centered on extensive interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the attack there and its context, turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault. The attack was led, instead, by fighters who had benefited directly from NATO’s extensive air power and logistics support during the uprising against Colonel Qaddafi. And contrary to claims by some members of Congress, it was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.



MORE:
http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/benghazi/#/?chapt=0
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/12/28/1265761/-NY-Times-Benghazi-Bombshell-Attack-spurred-by-anti-Islam-Video

Two things to remember if you think this Duck Dynasty thing is about anything except bigotry



1. Conservatives have rallied to Phil Robertson's defense, arguing that employers should not be allowed to fire someone for making homophobic remarks.

2. Conservatives continue to oppose the passage of the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, because they believe employers should continue to be allowed to fire someone for being gay.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/11/07/1253913/-Senate-Republicans-vote-overwhelming-against-ENDA-but-that-s-not-enough-for-right-wing-freakshow

To recap: It's the gays who should be fired, not the people who make bigoted remarks about them.


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/12/28/1265724/-Two-things-to-remember-if-you-think-this-Duck-Dynasty-thing-was-about-anything-except-bigotry

a powerful nugget of truth which exposes that when the government says “trust us” we shouldn’t.

In Klayman v. Obama, federal judge Richard Leon debunks the biggest lie of all – that the NSA spy program effectively combats terror attacks. Buried deep in his ruling is a powerful nugget of truth which exposes that when the government says “trust us” we shouldn’t. Footnote 65, found at the bottom of page 62 of the 68-page ruling has received inadequate attention in the press. It reads:

The Government could have presented additional, potentially classified evidence in camera, but it chose not to do so. Although the Government has publicly asserted that the NSA’s surveillance programs have thwarted fifty-four terrorist attacks, no proof of that has been put before me.


The footnote then provides citations to propublica.org and The Washington Post, and statements by Senators Patrick Leahy and Ron Wyden to support Judge Leon’s skepticism. An in camera review is a secure proceeding whereby the judge reviews allegedly sensitive information in private. If there were evidence of the actual effectiveness of the spy program the government would have no reason not to present it to a judge in camera.

In other words, the Government lies, and we are foolish to accept self-serving claims made by those in power without proof.

http://cannonfire.blogspot.com/2013/12/hell-of-footnote.html

Many Of Us Are Severely Underpaid & Here Is PROOF:

You're Severely Underpaid, And Here's Proof
The Huffington Post | By Jillian Berman



Ordinary Americans are paid too little considering the value of their labor, while CEOs are mostly overpaid, according to recent research. That's unlikely to change in 2014.

........................................

Here are four charts that show the difference between what is and what "should" be.

(All charts and calculations created by Bivens and his team at EPI for The Huffington Post).

1. Minimum wage workers are severely underpaid:

What the federal minimum wage would be in 2014 if it kept up with productivity: $18.30.
What it actually will be: $7.25.



..........................

2. Even workers who are making more than the minimum wage are still getting stiffed:

What the average worker wage would be in 2014 if it kept up with productivity: $71,697.
What it actually will be (according to projections): $55,644.




3. At the same time, CEOs are way overpaid:

What average CEO pay would be in 2014 if it kept up with productivity: $6.6 million.
What it actually will be in 2014 (according to projections): $16.2 million.




4. The result of all of this is that the ratio of CEO-to-average worker pay is way higher than it should be:

Average CEO pay would be 104 times average worker pay if it tracked with productivity.
Average CEO pay will actually be 328 times average worker pay in 2014 (according to projections).



MORE:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/27/2014-minimum-wage_n_4501830.html


If you made $50,000 a year, the average salary of your boss would be:

Germany- $600,000
France- $750,000
Italy- $1,000,000
Canada- $1,000,000
Britain- $1,100,000

In the USA if your salary is $50,000 the average salary of your boss is: $23,750,000
28 DEC 5:26 AM


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