Category Archive: Living Below the Line

A few thoughts on food stamp challenges…. #SNAP #Poverty

In my drafts, I have a long and still unfinished piece devoted to the pros and cons of people taking food stamp challenges. I’ve touched on key points here before but the subject… Continue reading

Tipping perpetuates racism, classism, and poverty — let’s get rid of it! – Vox

The way we tip reflects our prejudices, argues Freakonomics’ Stephen Dubner. Here’s what he told Brian Lehrer: “The data show very clearly that African Americans receive less in tips than whites, and so there is a legal argument… Continue reading

John Oliver on Income Inequality & The Wealth Gap

John Oliver nails it here. He starts off with clips of Obama saying that income inequality will be a top priority and showing how quickly that topic was pushed under the rug thanks… Continue reading

Thoughts on “This is what happened when I drove my Mercedes to pick up food stamps”

The article  “This is what happened when I drove my Mercedes to pick up food stamps” was sent to me about a dozen times by mid-morning. I tweeted my thoughts about it and… Continue reading

Ithaca Mayor Myrick talks living wage, poverty on MSNBC and fast food workers strike globally

My local Mayor Svante Myrick was on MSNBC the other day talking  to Ronan Farrow about Ithaca’s Living Wage. The city minimum wage is now $12.62/hr. Couldn’t embed the video in this post… Continue reading

One Family’s Story Shows How The Cycle Of Poverty Is Hard To Break : NPR

Link : One Family’s Story Shows How The Cycle Of Poverty Is Hard To Break : NPR. via @nprnews@SocialWorkersRJ Well,goodness. I always stress than while personal narratives can share common threads, there are many ways… Continue reading

Lunchtime Links: Stamp Out Hunger, lots of lentil recipes, and another study confirms stuff we know

My laptop is back. Thank the techy gods for buyer’s protection plans. They replaced the screen and it’s as good as new now. So, back to things like Lunchtime Links! Tomorrow is the… Continue reading

Stupid tips on how to save money…

via Cynical As Hell, ambienne I had this discussion awhile back with a few people when I mentioned I was running out of actual tips for how to be poor. The “frugal tips that… Continue reading

Senate Doesn’t Pass Minimum Wage Raise

   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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading