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(Some months ago, before I was wrongfully terminated, I did research on the annual cost of welfare and compared it to what the criminal financial people cost taxpayers in 2008. This research was motivated by my old boss's frequent complaints about how much the "lazy welfare bums" are costing taxpayers. I observed that if he is so angry with those who receive welfare, he must be beyond furious with the criminal bankers, since their hubris cost taxpayers significantly more. I shared the numbers with him, and informed him that it would take over 550 years for welfare fraud to cost us what the criminal bankers cost us--and I didn't even break out the corporate welfare fraud that comprises a significant percentage of all welfare fraud. He had no response to this, and just walked away. Matters economic seem to be beyond the ken of those whose politics trend far right...)
Posted by chervilant | Sun Dec 28, 2014, 10:25 AM (10 replies)
The spouse of the national director of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Muriel Robb, wrote a letter to the editor of the Harrison Daily Times, excoriating members of the Harrison Task Force on Race Relations for rejecting a KKK "community award," given (allegedly) in response to the task force's Love Your Neighbor initiative.
Excerpts of her letter:
For those who don't know, the event which has prompted this brouhaha was the anonymously funded billboard which read “Anti-Racist is a Code Word for Anti-White.” The subsequent defacement of said billboard by an anti-racist individual ratcheted up the vitriol. This individual painted the word "love" over "Anti-White" and is currently facing a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge. He was released on a $2,500 bond.
Posted by chervilant | Fri Jan 17, 2014, 09:54 AM (8 replies)
Source: Takepart.com via Yahoo.News
Islan Nettles was out in New York City with friends when a group of young men approached her, learned she was a transgender woman and began taunting and maliciously beating her—right in front of a police precinct in Harlem.
The fashion design student with delicate features was punched in the face, knocked to the ground and beaten until she lost consciousness on the night of August 16.
“They were called f****, they were called he-she’s, she males, things of that nature,” Nettles’ mother told a local newscast.
Islan Nettles, born Vaughn Nettles, fell into a coma she would never awake from. She died Thursday after being taken off of life support. She was only 21.
Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/transgender-woman-dies-beating-front-nypd-precinct-201642369.html
No words...simply no words.
Posted by chervilant | Tue Aug 27, 2013, 09:59 AM (5 replies)
Does anyone else find it distressing that Reuters is posting news about contaminated water escaping into the ocean at Fukushima?
Posted by chervilant | Tue Aug 6, 2013, 09:12 AM (8 replies)
Are you currently unemployed? If so, how long have you been looking for a job?
Here's a good article about why we teach:
Posted by chervilant | Tue Jul 23, 2013, 06:08 PM (11 replies)
In this dire economy, in which so many are challenged to keep the wolf from the door, I have received some donations through Wishadoo! My spirit is lifted, and I am ever more hopeful that I'll get to stay in my house!
A great big and to the generous activists who are making such a difference in my life (and that includes the sweet DUers who gave me hearts last month!)!!!
Posted by chervilant | Mon Mar 4, 2013, 10:37 AM (15 replies)
I have relocated to the awesome Ozarks in Northwest Arkansas. Ever since the remnants of Isaac blew through last week, I have noted that the grasses and wildings along our roadways are finally lush, tall, and waving in unison as cars hurtle by. This put me in mind of recording evidence of global climate change that I have personally witnessed here in these beautiful mountains:
~ This spring, I saw forsythia, daffodils, grape hyacinth and other early flowers in full bloom at least a month earlier than normal. Queen Anne's Lace, wisteria, and countless other flowers made their appearance a month or more earlier this year.
~ Throughout the first half of this year, I've seen most flowers and species of wild roadside weeds come to maturity far earlier than is the norm. Because of the extreme to exceptional drought conditions, most of the roadside flowers and weeds have been stunted and sparse.
~ The drought has killed so many trees, particularly hardwoods, that the hills look like they have freckles--or a bad case of measles.
~ Crops are dry and appear to have very little 'produce' available that's fit for human consumption.
~ Animals are having a difficult time foraging for food. A black bear has raided the pear tree in my roommate's yard, not 200 feet from her back door. He seems unaffected by the humans who furtively took pictures of him with a half-eaten pear in his mouth.
~ Waterways are almost bone dry. Our public water supply is so low, we've been on 'extreme conservation measures' for most of the summer.
I could go on, but I am too sleepy. Instead, I implore you: record herein below your personal observances of global climate change. Please be sure to note your approximate location (general area in your state). I look forward to hearing from you all.
Posted by chervilant | Wed Sep 5, 2012, 12:08 AM (24 replies)
(Before we get started, go here and also here to see examples of the sexism in question.)
More than likely, we've all seen it, the unflattering picture of Ann Coulter beside an equally unflattering picture of an Afghan Hound, running full tilt toward the photographer, mouth gaping, teeth showing, tongue lolling...
Well, this last time, I took action, as we can here on DU:
REASON FOR ALERT:
Here are the results:
I wonder if this warrants a new acronym: "SIOKIYAD" (Sexism Is OK If You're A Democrat)?
Posted by chervilant | Thu Aug 9, 2012, 11:18 AM (21 replies)
Well, I have this huge thread started about Noam Chomsky's latest decimation of the Corporate Megalomaniacs, but this topic has superseded...
How many people do YOU know who are in such dire straits that they have mentioned suicide, or 'the Kevorkian Option'?
How likely do YOU think is the concept of the uber wealthy thinning the ranks of the Hoi Polloi by sustaining this global economic distress?
How likely are YOU to explore a Kevorkian Option, and what are your specific reasons for so choosing?
Please respond honestly to these questions. I am one of a growing number of unemployed elderly people who cannot see any other alternative, and I STILL will not go quietly into my coming night.
Posted by chervilant | Tue May 29, 2012, 10:00 AM (9 replies)
Following is my response to GliderGuider's "What If A Collapse Happened And Nobody Noticed?" (http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002639524); posted herewith per requests:
I am 56 years old. I read Rachel Carson's Silent Spring when I was 12 years old. When I finished her iconic treatise, I made two fundamental decisions: 1) I would not bear children, and 2) I would be an activist for the rest of my life. I am so glad that I achieved both those goals, especially considering where humanity finds itself at present...
Posted by chervilant | Thu May 3, 2012, 09:04 PM (87 replies)