september 13,2017 things

Kids are back in school. Let’s get back to this blog thing here.

mental wellness:  a Brazilian shaman reveals the dark side of positive thinking – The Law of Attraction and “just think positive!” solution is exhausting and mentally harmful, not to mention completely ineffective. Denying yourself normal emotions your feeling in challenging life situations isn’t going to fix anything or help you cope mentally. Be pissed off if you need to be. It’s healthy. 

But speaking of positivity….
activism: The Small Victories newsletter is a weekly roundup of all the progress made thanks to activism. I’m so glad this exists. It’s easy to lose track of these small victories when the big picture of work to do is so daunting.

podcast: Politically Reactive: Disaster Capitalism and How to Fight It with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Mustafa Santiago Ali  – this episode focuses on environmental and structural racism that influences economic inequality
(this episode also happens to be where I heard about the Small Victories newsletter)

another podcast: Fake the Nation: DACA and Disasters with Dean Obeidallah and Charlie Pickering – it’s a good discussion of what DACA is for anyone trying to fill in the blanks.

awesomeness:

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Winter compassion rack in Saranac, New York via Avantgardens

 

 


Was reading these links kind of a bummer? I do these nearly-daily link roundups at my other blog,too, and those are a lot happier and prettier.

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Healthcare: tweeted the other day about Senate quietly pushing for a change in the new bill that would allow states to eliminate Medicaid entirely. Read the whole thread here

basic income: Rutger Bregman’s TED talk “Poverty isn’t a lack of character;It’s a lack of cash”
There’s a lot in this TED talk that poor people already know (but no one listens to us). Like that poor people aren’t stupid but the stress and conditions of poverty make them do stupid things. Like that the best way out of poverty is to give people money, not for rich people to send them teddy bears and shoes. Unconditional basic income is how to end poverty.

 

 

wages: Missouri Republicans Lower St. Louis Minimum Wage From $10 To $7.70.  

LOWERED minimum wage. Those same Republicans probably won’t understand why more people will now be applying for assistance. “Get another job or two, slackers”

podcast: Radio Free Dystopia–  Dystopian fiction is my jam so of course I was going to love this podcast immediately.

A podcast about what we learn when facts and dystopian fiction start to look the same. Join dystopian novelist Toby Ball, journalist Meg Heckman and assorted guests as they talk about authoritarianism, free speech, environmental decay and what it means to commit acts of resistance. Also: Power, privilege, freedom and – perhaps most importantly of all – hope.

soundtrack: “Tin Foil Hat”, Todd Rundgren feat Donald Fagan

It’s about you-know-who

 

 


Was reading these links kind of a bummer? I do these nearly-daily link roundups at my other blog,too, and those are a lot happier and prettier.

Other places to find me:
Twitter
Instagram

If you like the work I do here at Poor as Folk, please considering being a supporter through Patreon. Your support will help keep the lights on and the content flowing, as well as help me develop printed publications such as cookbooks and zines designed to help low income folks. Even if you can only pledge $1 or $3 per month, that is SO appreciated! If even half the readers of this blog pledged that small amount, it would be significant enough to bring change and growth in my own life.
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Net Neutrality,DeVos confirmation, #NoDAPL

I had this conversation yesterday:
Me: Blogging is soooooo frickin’ depressing right now. If I’m not talking about how poor I am, I’m talking about the garbage fire America is. Or telling people how to try to put out the garbage fire.

Friend: Yeah…
*long pause*
I miss the days when you blogged about art involving clitorises. The Song of the Day was nice,too.

In honor of that conversation, here are a list of links about how America is a garbage fire and a song of the day. You can google clitoris art on your own.


This Sure Feels Like the End of Net Neutrality– The FCC took steps last week towards cutting the Lifeline program for low income folks that has helped tremendously in bridging the digital divide.

Check out: Pod Save America, a new podcast that tracks the misdeeds and nonsense of this new administration. (latest episode briefly also mentions the cutting of Lifeline programs)

Also, here’s an earlier post of mine that explains why it’s important for low income people to have access to the Internet. It isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity.

ICYMI: DeVos was confirmed for Sec of Education. Here are the Senators who voted for her who are up for re-election in 2018:

Flake AZ
Wicker MS
Fischer NE
Heller NV
Corker TN
Cruz TX
Hatch UT
Barrasso WY

Don’t let them keep their positions.

This piece written before DeVos’ confirmation is now a scary reality – 10 Public High School Teachers Explain Why They’re Worried…

I’m also urging everyone to take some time today to make a public declaration on your kids’ or local public school’s Facebook page (if they allow comments) to let them know how much you value their contribution and support the job they do. A lot of educators need to hear something good today.

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It turns out that the so-called president had no idea that an executive order he signed gave Steve Bannon a seat on the National Security Council and he’s mad about that. Also, no one can figure out how to work the light switches in The White House.

“We’ve Woken Up”: What It’s Like to be LGBTQ Under Trump – lordy

Read about all the new ways our food policy may change and regress now

On the #NoDAPL front, the Army Corp of Engineers granted an easement that allows pipeline construction to go forward. So-Called Pres said that the DAPL isn’t controversial and “he hasn’t had one call”  to which anyone opposing DAPL responded, “Uh,hey there,buddy…YOU SHUT THE COMMENT LINE DOWN SO WE COULDN’T CALL!”.

Taking many deep breaths right now.

Here is Dallas Goldtooth talking about what the next legal steps tribes might take from here

And on that note, here’s my song of the day. No significance or relevance to anything…it just happened to be the last song I heard.

podcast: Bad With Money with Gaby Dunn

Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn

Here’s the thing about being poor: it isn’t that you’re “bad with money”. It’s that you don’t have money. But the longer you’re poor , the weirder you get when you do have money, even if you’re “good with money”usually. Money decisions are hard. Then when you add the way you were raised into the mix, whether you were raised poor or rich or middle class or whatever…. that all effects how you are with money. There’s emotions and psychological stuff all wrapped up in there. Toss in class anxieties,marginalization,dealing with stigmas, assigning capatalistic values to self worth,not being educated about money and financial stuff….ugh. Money is huge and we don’t talk enough about how and why it is and what it does to our lives. Not openly,anyway.

So, here’s Gaby Dunn with a podcast that talks about all of these things and then some.
Is this podcast going to help you to not have money problems? Hell,no. For me, it’s helping  to gain insight into how I deal with my shitty economic existence and it’s always comforting to hear others talk about money issues you can relate to.

Some podcasts you can just pick up with the most current episode and be good but this one, go back to episode 1 and listen from the very beginning. Gaby’s personal background is essential and it’s one of those podcasts you get an evolved personal story with each episode.

Link→ Bad with Money

recent podcasts listened to

Well, I listen to a lot of podcasts but these particular ones/episodes felt relevant to share here.

Out of the Box podcast ep 105- Scott Santens on Universal Basic Income – Whenever I mention Basic Income, either here or elsewhere on social media, there are always questions. Most people have never heard of it and a lot of those who are in the know just have a lot of questions about how it would work. This episode is great because it covers just about everything about UBI you could possibly wonder. Universal Basic Income is how we can lift people out of poverty, reduce crime, boost the economy, improve health and well being, and create a much happier society.

In the Dark –  episode 6 – This may be a hard podcast to listen to, even if you’re a fan of true crime like I am. I had to take breaks to get through it sometimes and that’s undoubtedly in part because I have a 11 year old son and this podcast focuses on the 1989 abduction of 11 year old Jacob Wetterling. Yep, it’s a tough one. I know this doesn’t on the surface seem relevant here but episode 6 talks about the effects of legislation regarding sex offenders and the national registry. It was Jacob’s mom Patty who pioneered and pushed for a sex offender registry and now she’s not so fond of the monster it’s become. The overwhelming research on pedophiles and other sex offenders says that the lack of stable housing,jobs, and support after incarceration increases the chance of recidivism but because the consequences of being on the registry is so damaging to all of those things, that stability is impossible. The registry covers a broad range of offenses and there’s many people who really shouldn’t even be on it. The intention was to keep children safe and it hasn’t actually done that but it has pushed people into poverty.

On to happier things. Literally…

Happier with Gretchen Rubin – This is a super complicated podcast for me, even if I do love it. As someone who struggles with ADHD, I am constantly looking for strategies that help keep my mind and life better organized and aid in productivity and this really fills that need .I can’t say that it really makes me happier but at the present time, my mood is very influenced by my financial status, so I feel like all the little things suggested (sometimes they’re things I already do) don’t really make anything better but they may reduce some stress or help me embrace the things that are awesome in my life, which helps me get through the day . Poverty-induced depression isn’t a thing that I can fix by  making my bed every morning or taking photos of my everyday life but it can’t hurt either.

 

 

Recommend to me….

  
I do this every year as winter approaches on my personal social media but I thought I’d do a version of it here. I have a terrible time in the winter and having some new & different things help me get through.

This blog needs a little fluff sometimes. 

Recommend to me 1 or all of the following: 

  1. A book
  2. A movie or documentary
  3. An art or craft blog 
  4. A food blog…or maybe a specific recipe 
  5. A podcast 
  6. A song, album, or music artist
  7. A topic you’d like me to write about

Some things about me:

  • I read every type of genre. I often am reading a few books at once- usually something fiction, something non-fiction, and an assortment of others things like graphic novels/comics, cookbooks, young adult novels, etc
  • Same w/ movies… for the most part. Not a fan of gory horror. It’s hard to pick my favorite favorites.It might be Bladerunner. Or Arsenic and Old Lace,maybe. It’s hard to say.
  • I’m all about neat things to make and pretty things to look at. I’m a knitter, upcycler, sewer, general artsy person. I love stuff I can do with the kids  inside on school breaks and snow days. 
  • Ugh,to be poor and be a foodie, so I’m always looking for inspiration for low cost recipes. Or sometimes I just like to take a gourmet recipe and challenge myself to make it frugal.
  • My fave podcasts are bookish/writerish,current events, social commentary, music related, some pop culture. But I am certainly open to expanding into other topics.
  • I love music. All of it. 
  • And I always welcome input here!