Today’s Reads: Basically, a round-up of jerky people

I guess maybe it’s good to consolidate all the mean people into one post. Keep the hate contained a bit.

Yes, talk of Donald Sterling’s racism is totally relevant here. Long before the audio of his racist comments came to light, he was a racist who was sued by the federal government on more than one occasion for discriminating against blacks & latinos by refusing to rent housing to them. Structural racism like this contributes to inequality. I don’t want to rehash what happened and why it was wrong. I just have things to say to some of the reactions supporting Sterling.

Such as:  “No one should have their property stripped away and have to pay money because someone was offended by something they said!” – Stop acting like Sterling is the one being oppressed here. At the end of the day, he’s still a billionaire and a racist. He’s going to be fine but if not, I’m sure he can go work on Clive Bundy’s ranch.
My point is, this lifetime ban from the NBA, fines, and probably being forced to sell the Clippers is not going to impact this man in the same way he can impact others. The NBA held him accountable for racist words but who is going to hold him accountable for discriminatory practices in his other business ventures and daily life?

Apologists need to just stop worrying. That rich white dude is going to be ok.

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Paul Ryan won’t let poor people testify at hearing about poverty. This is a SSDD thing.
You can read Tianna Gaines-Turner’s testimony here , what she would have said if real live poor people could have said some words.

And again, can someone explain why PAUL RYAN is the one holding a hearing on poverty?

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We’ve probably all seen this meme floating around faceboob. The first time I saw it, it was posted by the dad of one of my kids’ classmates. I have no filter sometimes, so I left him a comment asking him, “Do you think of my family as wild animals? We get food stamps.”
His answer was… “Of course not YOU! I mean those other people.”
My answer to this is always,”If you can recognize that I’M not the stigma you have in your head representing food stamp recipients, then why is it so hard to imagine that your entire narrative about poor people on food stamps is wrong?”

All of this aside…. and not really looking to “debunk” the faults in this meme right now…
This screenshot is of a South Dakota GOP Senate candidate’s Facebook post.

SD peeps, do not let this person be voted into office.

 

Senate Doesn’t Pass Minimum Wage Raise

 

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 Senate GOP blocked a minimum wage hike today.

Even though raising the minimum wage would lift nearly 1 million Americans out of poverty

Even though $1BILLION of funding for  Food Stamps is spent helping just the workers in the fast-food industry. And that’s just the fast food industry, not corporate retail stores like Walmart. Raising the minimum wage would reduce the need for safety net programs.

I don’t get it.  The GOP hates “dependency” on food stamps, says people need to get a job. Most people on food stamps who are able bodied DO work and they still need food stamps. Logic defies here.

And no, raising the minimum wage does not mean hamburgers would cost $20 at McDonald’s winkprogress.com/teapartycat/29…

 

The good news is, Hawaii went ahead and raised their minimum wage to $10.10 anyway. Congress, hmmph.

 

I highly recommend Robert Reich’s documentary “Inequality For All” as a pretty complete info source and why we need to raise the wage.

An Underground Farm WWII Air Raid Shelter Raises Thoughts About Future Food Production

This Land Is Your Land features an underground farm in London and focuses on the concerns about land & food production for the future.

The underground farm is built within the shelter of a former air raid shelter from 1944. Using artificial lighting (obviously) powered by wind turbines, the growers,Steve Dring and Richard Ballard,  produce veggies with an aquaponic system using reclaimed water. No soil required.

These guys are growing salad greens and veggies for profit and not as a community endeavor to feed people with food insecurity but their underground farm gives food for thought as to what the future of food production could look like as population rises and land shortages increase.

 

There’s a video of what the underground farm looks like here (I could not figure out for the life of me how to embed it here this morning)

I do think it’s important to think about future food production solutions but priority should be placed on fixing the current system first. When nearly half the food grown is wasted, focus needs to be on better efficiency in the system. Corporate interests & politicians not interested in humanity need to be prohibited from making legislation that blocks food from getting to zero income and low income families. The article quotes Eric Holt Gimenez from The Institute of Food and Development Policy as saying, ““Hunger is caused by poverty and inequality, not scarcity.” , a totally true statement that makes me wonder why the goal isn’t first to balance equality (which will also help control population growth ) . There’s weird emphasis in the article  on what GMO-seed developers can do on a small amount of land as an incentive to get behind the idea of GMOS (but thanks, NG, for disclosing that Syngenta pays for your advertising) and there’s ideas that don’t quite fit together …

all that to say that I love the idea of people growing food in abandoned spaces to fill the need for local food  and that I do hope the future of farming looks a lot like this.

 

 

Today’s Reads: “”We have an image of hunger that comes from Africa, but this is America.And unless your belly is distended we don’t have an image of what hunger looks like here.”

All the read-worthy things for this evening.

Viola Davis talked to People Magazine about digging through trash and stealing food as a kid growing up with hunger.

Now partnering with the Safeway Foundationand the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Davis is spearheading the campaign forHunger Is to raise awareness and funds to fight childhood hunger. 

“We have an image of hunger that comes from Africa, but this is America,” Davis adds. “And unless your belly is distended we don’t have an image of what hunger looks like here.” 

Food programs like Hunger Is were instrumental in helping Davis achieve her dreams and goals. “I am the first generation of my family to go to college. Those programs made all the difference for me,” says the actress, who has five siblings. “It’s been cathartic for me because I always had a lot of shame with going in the garbage dumps that had maggots in it, too. It has brought healing in my life to be able to talk about it.” 
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If you are 35 or younger – and quite often, older – the advice of the old economy does not apply to you. You live in the post-employment economy, where corporations have decided not to pay people. Profits are still high. The money is still there. But not for you. You will work without a raise, benefits, or job security. Survival is now a laudable aspiration.
Quoted from Sarah Kendzior’s “Surviving the Post-Employment Economy

“In the United States, nine percent of computer science majors are unemployed, and 14.7 percent of those who hold degrees in information systems have no job. Graduates with degrees in STEM – science, technology, engineering and medicine – are facing record joblessness, with unemployment at more than twice pre-recession levels. The job market for law degree holders continues to erode, with only 55 percent of 2011 law graduates in full-time jobs. Even in the military, that behemoth of the national budget, positions are being eliminated or becoming contingent due to the sequester.

It is not skills or majors that are being devalued. It is people.”

Her work is frank, speaking of a reality I hope that will never be mine. At the same time, it gives me a strange comfort to know that I am not alone.

(via sextus—empiricus)

 

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This is the worst city in America to be homeless.

A must read.

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Meanwhile….
Florida homeless center’s superior reason for growth- more medical care:
bit.ly/1nWCjn5#poverty (Op-Ed via @bradentonherald)

And you thought nothing good ever happened in Florida.

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Not only does capitalism depend on it, it treats it the shittiest. Domestic workers tend to be women and non-white, helping capitalism contribute to the marginalization of those people.

 

 

Lunchtime Links: 16 ways to eat dandelion greens, homemade ramen?, and impromptu meal “planning”

Everything food related for today…

 

Hell,yes, DANDELIONS. I may have mentioned this already(?) but I’ve been studying to become a certified herbalist. Herbalists love dandelions. They’re great for cleaning toxins from your system (good for your liver)  but also very handy for relieving pains, especially arthritic type. They’re an anti-inflammatory, a good astringent for your skin…. and they can actually be tasty.

My grandma used to just put them in a salad. That was about as fancy as she got but here are 16 Ways To Eat (or drink) Dandelions. Can’t wait to make the jelly. The dandelion root “coffee” is how you also would make a dandelion root tea but if it feels better to call it coffee, go for it .

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Ramen Made From Scratch

Make your own ramen for less than the cost of ramen - All  you need a pasta maker and 30 minutes ….plus the 2-5 waiting time while the dough rests.

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My Love for Local Food Is a Reasonable Defense for Not Planning Meals Ahead – I can relate to this and as someone who is low income, it’s the most practical , especially in the summer time. Garden shares, roadside stands, discounted produce at the grocery store because of abundance, farmer’s market deals… these are all things that I jump at the chance to score and whatever I score, that’s what’s on the menu.

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Today’s Reads- Transgender employment challenges…Poverty, Stigma, and Disease….

Some notable reads from around the web today…
The Challenges of Finding Employment as a 52-Year-Old Transgender Woman - Finding employment when you’re over 50 is really difficult but then add in being a transgender woman, it’s damned near impossible. Sometimes I wonder if the reason I get upset by the near daily articles I see about trans people facing job discrimination is because I know transgender people and they’re a part of my life? Not enough people seem to be that concerned about the discrimination that places trans people at a huge risk for being in poverty. This woman’s story isn’t unique and that makes it even more heartbreaking.

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“Poverty has been rebranded as personal failure.” theguardian.com/society/2014/a…

Unless it’s a poor kid, no one really cares about poor people. And then even then, it’s that lazy,irresponsible parent’s fault that the kid is poor. Poor is segmented into poor ,innocent babies and lazy slackers.

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Global poverty, stigma, and the spread of disease     socialjusticesolutions.org/2014/04/24/glo… -
“Blaming cultural practices or poverty-linked practices of living, such as the potential link between poor rural regions consuming bush meat which could be contaminated by the virus, stigmatizes those stricken by this rare virus or by curable illnesses such as malaria, or diarrhea. Even though it is often inappropriate and counterproductive to blame culture or practices of different populations, poverty and socioeconomically oppressive structures propel the spread of disease.

It is poverty that further stigmatizes those who have been infected with a virus that is largely misunderstood by rural communities and scientists alike. It is poverty that causes overcrowded health care clinics that are unable to maintain a standard of sanitation due to a lack of funds which allows for the spread of disease. It is poverty that stigmatizes culture to be part of the source of their suffering. Fighting poverty and fighting disease are inextricably mixed, and neither one should operate in an isolated silo.”

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Lunchtime Not-Links: Pictures of Things Growing

I barely touched my feedly this weekend, so this morning I had thousands of unread things. I clicked “Mark all as read”. Then groaned as I realized I’d have nothing to share for lunchtime links today. Der.
So, here’s some pictures of people growing things!  I hope it inspires those of you doing the gardening thing this year.

If any of you out there have gardens growing, I would LOVE to share your pictures. Send them to me at jupitersinclair@gmail.com

Maters in cartons via East Side Compost Pedallers

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“I love spring! The garden is looking good…we share the beets, lettuce, garlic and carrot tops with the chickens..they’re not huge fans of the carrots themselves but our horses love those.”

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via  …”40 students added soil and compost to our new school garden! Get’n dirty at school!”

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Jennydecki is getting chickens!  (Not her actual coop but she promises pictures soon)


Remember this family who was told they couldn’t have a veggie garden? They won the right to keep their garden.
If you hear of actions like this happening against people trying to grow gardens in their own yards or as a community, please support them w/ petitions, community meeting, and every possible way possible. Allowing people to grow their own food is crucial to food sovereignty.

 

Keep your chin up

via positive affirmations.

 

Also important to remember: lack of financial & career success and economic hardships don’t mean you’re a failure.  People use that amount in a bank account to determine wealth but don’t fall into that trap of aligning your value with a dollar. When you’re struggling financially, the whole world around you seems to be telling you that you’re a failure. It helps to remember the stuff you’re good at and the successes you’ve had in life . It also helps to keep hold of ideas and plans of where you want to go in life.