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In Regards to Twinkies

maliciousdick:

If you have been reading some of my posts or keeping up on the current news, most of you by now know about the breaking news story that Hostess is going out of business.

Quite frankly, I think the news coverage of this is bullshit. There are more important things going on in the world, such as: the missile strikes on Gaza, IKEA using prisoners for forced labor, another oil rig off the U.S. coast blowing up, The E.U. halting judicial aid over corruption, JP Morgan Chase and Credit Suisse paying $417 million due to them fucking over the housing market, air-borne Ebola, and the U.K. threatening companies to release personal data.

Instead, we’re hoarding them as though the world is going to end and that last Twinkie or fruit pie might be our last. Considering the rate of Diabetes in the U.S., that actually might not be far from the truth.

I personally can’t stand the things made by Hostess; they always leave my mouth feeling gritty. Still, the miniature Donettes were probably my favorite, but I would not go as far as to hoard them. I stopped eating them due to them using animal shortening (FYI-vegetarian), as well as them being, well, unhealthy. Considering that each Twinkie is almost half sugar/corn syrup (19g out of 42g total, or almost 5 teaspoons of sugar), I can actually see why the diabetes has gone up as high as it has.

Even so, there are healthier alternatives than entertaining a corporate giant’s death throes without all the preservative-based crap that is in their products. They may last shorter than store-bought, but let’s face it, if you’re going through the effort of hoarding and/or making your own Twinkies, I really doubt they need to last the 3-4 weeks (after all, when was the last time you bought food that you didn’t immediately eat?).

That being said, with all the people going around mourning that they won’t be able to get one item out of their junk food-based diet, moping around and saying that life won’t be worth living (some of which people are greatly exaggerating, while I’m sure a few people out there are dead serious), I offer the following bit of advice: This is not the end of Hostess food products. Other companies will pick up where they left off (assuming the company, while dissolved, doesn’t sic any Patent Trolls onto said companies making replacements). At the very worst, someone will come along and mass-market them ten or twenty years down the line, such as what they did with Moon Pies. If you’re sitting on your ass bitching about it, all I can say it, it’s probably for the best. Now go eat some broccoli, you fat fuck.

I know I’m generalizing with the fat comment, but damn people, if this is the most earth-shattering news that is going on in your life, you need to get some other hobbies. Hey, I know! Why don’t you make your own and sell them to the masses, sort of what I suggested would happen above? That way you encompass the best of both worlds: you (and others) can have your Twinkies and eat them, too! And even have some scratch to boot! It beats bitching and moaning about it. After all, I feel the only people that are actually entitled to complain about Hostess going under are the 18,500 people being unemployed right around the holiday season.

Seriously. Grow the fuck up, you Emo Hipsters.

The bolded part. Nailed it. 

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Insane Clown Posse explains the September jobs report that has conservatives in a tizzy.
Here’s the bite-sized version: Republicans are losing their shit and accusing the Bureau of Labor Statistics of cooking the books because unemployment has fallen to the lowest rate since January 2009. 
Y’know, the month Barack Obama took office. Ezra Klein has already dispatched with the conspiracy theories here. This also kills the “unemployment is stuck at eight percent” part of Mitt’s stump speech, and his debate prep. From this Wednesday in Denver:

"There’s no question in my mind that if the president were to be reelected you’ll continue to see a middle-class squeeze with incomes going down and prices going up. I’ll get incomes up again. You’ll see chronic unemployment. We’ve had 43 straight months with unemployment above 8 percent."

In summary, +1 to Obama if he does this in the next debate:

Insane Clown Posse explains the September jobs report that has conservatives in a tizzy.

Here’s the bite-sized version: Republicans are losing their shit and accusing the Bureau of Labor Statistics of cooking the books because unemployment has fallen to the lowest rate since January 2009. 

Y’know, the month Barack Obama took office. Ezra Klein has already dispatched with the conspiracy theories hereThis also kills the “unemployment is stuck at eight percent” part of Mitt’s stump speech, and his debate prep. From this Wednesday in Denver:

"There’s no question in my mind that if the president were to be reelected you’ll continue to see a middle-class squeeze with incomes going down and prices going up. I’ll get incomes up again. You’ll see chronic unemployment. We’ve had 43 straight months with unemployment above 8 percent."

In summary, +1 to Obama if he does this in the next debate:

Filed under Unemployment jobs Mitt Romney Barack Obama Politics Election 2012 Election Economy Bureau of Labor Statistics BLS GOP Republicans

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Wherein it’s easy to get jobs these days

Anonymous asked:

I’m tired of the debate about having a welfare state. If your poor, get a job. If you have a job and are still poor, get a better one. Community collage is cheap. There’s federal money to go to school. Walk into somewhere that’s hiring, fill out an application, and get a job. I’ve never failed to get a job when I need one.

Meg at Cognitive Dissonance:

Well…

And by that, I mean if it were that easy, we’d all be able to get jobs no problem. So you’ve always gotten a job? I have something for you:

Aren’t you proud? And it’s “college” — though a community collage could be fun! We’re living in an economic situation that’s marked by 5-6 applicants per open position. Even in times of economic prosperity, the unemployment rate is never zero. 

And yes, there IS federal money to go to school. It doesn’t cover tuition at many universities — even at maximum benefit. Also, you’re assuming someone can get into school and finish it. What about parents? What about those without a HS Diploma or GED? What about someone who’s been out of the labor market for a few years.

Your naïvety must be purposeful — I just can’t believe you think it’s that easy to find work. But thank you, Anon. I’m sure we all just didn’t get that it was that simple. I’ll let Charlie Kelly break it down for you:

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BREAKING: House completes passage of bill renewing payroll tax cuts, jobless benefits

Happy freakin’ Holidays, y’all - The US House did something for the people. From MSNBC:

The House is expected to clear the measure shortly, capping a swift retreat by House Republicans. Their move to force a holiday season confrontation with Obama and Senate Democrats had threatened to hit 160 million workers with a tax increase on Jan. 1, and it backfired badly.

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From The Maddow Blog:

This sign - and commentary - is hanging outside a food pantry in Manhattan’s East Village. Maybe it’s time we did something about the economy.

Food banks all over the country are seeing record demand and having difficulty keeping the shelves stocked. I don’t know about you, but I’m taking a few cans to my local food banks this week. And there’s this:

The number of Americans receiving food stamps reached a record 45.345 million in July, the government said. The number was 0.4 percent higher than the previous month and 8.4 percent more than a year earlier.
Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program had set records every month since December 2008. Texas had the most food-stamp recipients in July, 4.051 million.

A record 1 in 5 people in the US receive federal assistance to feed themselves once WIC is factored in. The average monthly allotment per household is $283.68. Of course, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) thinks the program is out of control. Here’s what he said in an interview with ABC News:

"Well, look, do you think there are four times as many people that need food stamps today as they did in 2001? This year, they are proposing another 14 percent increase in food stamps without any real reform to understand how it is that it surged so dramatically. We cannot do this. We don’t have the money. If Congress doesn’t understand that we can’t continue to double the food stamp program every three years, they don’t understand how deeply we are impacted by the debt. The debt is already pulling down economic growth, costing jobs. We need people working with jobs, not receiving food stamps."

The past year was an excellent one for Sen. Sessions. His net worth increased 124% in 2010 - raising him from millionaire to multimillionaire - which is likely why he said it was "rather pathetic" to expect multimillionaires to shoulder a little more of the burden. Meanwhile, in his state of Alabama, 36% of people receive food stamps and the unemployment rate is 9.8%. 
Yes, we need to have people with jobs - though Sessions voted against the jobs bill - and I have a hint as to the why this “surge” occurred: We have a government, specifically Congress, that cares more for dick waving contests and petty infighting than giving a damn that the food stamp usage rate has dramatically risen. American families are going hungry while Congress collectively twiddles their thumbs or butts heads over to what degree the richest 1% deserve to be subsidized.
American exceptionalism? How about being the most unequal industrialized country? How’s that for number one? This is unsustainable and unconscionable. Period. 

From The Maddow Blog:

This sign - and commentary - is hanging outside a food pantry in Manhattan’s East Village. Maybe it’s time we did something about the economy.

Food banks all over the country are seeing record demand and having difficulty keeping the shelves stocked. I don’t know about you, but I’m taking a few cans to my local food banks this week. And there’s this:

The number of Americans receiving food stamps reached a record 45.345 million in July, the government said. The number was 0.4 percent higher than the previous month and 8.4 percent more than a year earlier.

Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program had set records every month since December 2008. Texas had the most food-stamp recipients in July, 4.051 million.

A record 1 in 5 people in the US receive federal assistance to feed themselves once WIC is factored in. The average monthly allotment per household is $283.68. Of course, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) thinks the program is out of control. Here’s what he said in an interview with ABC News:

"Well, look, do you think there are four times as many people that need food stamps today as they did in 2001? This year, they are proposing another 14 percent increase in food stamps without any real reform to understand how it is that it surged so dramatically. We cannot do this. We don’t have the money. If Congress doesn’t understand that we can’t continue to double the food stamp program every three years, they don’t understand how deeply we are impacted by the debt. The debt is already pulling down economic growth, costing jobs. We need people working with jobs, not receiving food stamps."

The past year was an excellent one for Sen. Sessions. His net worth increased 124% in 2010 - raising him from millionaire to multimillionaire - which is likely why he said it was "rather pathetic" to expect multimillionaires to shoulder a little more of the burden. Meanwhile, in his state of Alabama, 36% of people receive food stamps and the unemployment rate is 9.8%

Yes, we need to have people with jobs - though Sessions voted against the jobs bill - and I have a hint as to the why this “surge” occurred: We have a government, specifically Congress, that cares more for dick waving contests and petty infighting than giving a damn that the food stamp usage rate has dramatically risen. American families are going hungry while Congress collectively twiddles their thumbs or butts heads over to what degree the richest 1% deserve to be subsidized.

American exceptionalism? How about being the most unequal industrialized country? How’s that for number one? This is unsustainable and unconscionable. Period. 

Filed under Food stamps hunger politics Jeff Sessions Congress Alabama SNAP Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program 1% Food banls hunger America US government GOP Republican republicans American exceptionalism poverty unemployment crisis economy

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Texas poverty figures challenge Rick Perry jobs record

Republican frontrunner Rick Perry has put his economic record as Texas governor at the heart of his presidential nomination campaign, but a report has painted a stark picture of rising unemployment and spiralling poverty in the state.

The policy paper, published by the Austin-based non-partisan Center for Public Policy Priorities, said poverty in Texas was currently higher than the rest of the US and was growing faster.

The paper said poverty rates in Texas had jumped from 17.3% in 2009 to 18.4% in 2010, and compared them to figures for the US of 14.3% in 2009, rising to 15.1% in 2010. That suggests there are currently around 4.6m Texans living in poverty, which is currently defined as an income of $22,113 a year for a family of four.

Color me not shocked. The job creation in Texas was also to due to stimulus funds - so federal dollars. And yet, he has the gumption to oppose President Obama’s jobs plan.

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Do the riots surprise you?

whatfreshhellisthis:

We in Britain live in a country where the richest 10% are now 100 times better off than the poorest.

We live in a country where brutal cuts and enforced austerity measures are being put in place by our government- cuts and measures that hit the poorest, most vulnerable sections of society hardest.

We live in a country where there have been 333 deaths in police custody since 1998- and not a single conviction of any police officer has been had for any of them.

We live in a country where social mobility is worse than any other developed country.

Look at the context of the country we live in, at the way our entitled treat the dispossessed, the culture of institutionalised and government-supported classism, racism, heterosexism, cissexism, sexism and ableism.

If you’re surprised that in the last year we’ve erupted- the student protests, the university occupations, the strikes, the marches, the unrest on the streets- then you haven’t been paying attention.

Pay attention, beyond the burning cars and the sensationalist headlines of the riots, to the rot that surrounds them and lays dry kindling for each spark to set aflame.

Our leaders in the U.S. would do well to pay attention. Blaming hooligans with nothing to do is specious. How about examining how it got to this point? Review the above.

In 2005, a confidential Citibank memo leaked calling Canada, the UK and the US the “new plutocracy,” but warned the peasants may get unhappy at prolonged economic inequality. Imagine that. The richest 1% cannot ignore the other 99% for long. 

I’ve said it before. Anyone who claims we don’t have class warfare in this country, or other societies who’ve embraced neoliberalism, is either naïve or winning. 

(via darachtheboat)

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Man says he robbed bank to get health care

A man walks into a bank and slips a note to the teller.

The note reads: “This is a bank robbery. Please only give me one dollar.” Then the man tells the bank employees, “I’ll be sitting right over there in the chair waiting for the police.” He perches himself on a chair outside the bank he just robbed and waits for the police to arrive.

That suspect, James Verone, who is from Gaston County, North Carolina, told CNN affiliate WCNC that he robbed a bank for $1 for the sole reason of getting in jail so he could get free health care. He was not armed during the robbery.

Verone, 59, told WCNC he doesn’t have health insurance, but has a host of medical problems: A growth on his chest, two ruptured disks and a problem with his left foot. Without a job and money, he reached the conclusion that going to jail would mean free medical care (although it’s not free for taxpayers).

"I wanted to make it known that this wasn’t for monetary reasons, but for medical reasons," Verone said. Verone told his local paper, The Gaston Gazette that he had worked as a delivery man for Coca-Cola for 17 years. That career ended three years ago, and he couldn’t find steady employment. Then the medical problems began. He lived off his savings and sought a part-time job.

The police charged him with larceny, not bank robbery, because of the $1 amount he demanded at the bank. Verone told his hometown paper if the jail penalty isn’t great enough, the crime will happen again.

This is the United States of America, folks. Land of opportunity… Say what you will about his motives, but he’s right - he’ll get care. Other stories have detailed the pain he is in daily. Often, we’re more compassionate in this country towards our dogs than the impoverished elderly. Read the comments for some true heartlessness.

Update: He now has an appointment with a doctor.

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I fail to see how paying people not to work is going to reduce unemployment. I think the compassionate thing to do is make it difficult for people who don’t have a job so they go out there and hustle to find one. People need an incentive to find jobs. If they can’t find work, they can start businesses and create jobs. If the government makes it comfortable for people to not work, that opportunity will be exploited.

Wyoming Rep. Kendell Kroeker, R-Evansville, encouraging the Wyoming State House to vote down $38 million of federal unemployment benefits in the name of compassion. Kroeker claimed he has had people turn down jobs at his Casper business because they would rather draw unemployment. Uh, huh… 

Posted on his Facebook page later:

We did something good today - we just killed a bill that would have extended unemployment benefits. Killing a bad bill is a great feeling.

This flashback from February reflects the current theme in the GOP - it’s them lazy unemployed, and damned unions takin’ all yer money and jobs. Probably illegals, too. Never mind tax cuts for the wealthy and corporate subsidies. The Bush tax cuts had eight years to generate job creation. Nada.

As an aside, anyone else realizing how liberal Richard Nixon really was, even compared to Obama?

(Source: thewyonews.net)

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