i hate when customers at work hand me a 100 dollar bill and then scoff when i check the watermark. like, lady, i will break out the counterfeit pen. i’ll draw your god damn portrait over benjamin franklin’s before i make a ruling. i’ll get a second opinion from a coworker on the opposite side of the store. i’ll call the mint like, “heyy…it’s daniel…you guys print any hundreds lately? i got a lady here with a hundred, just making sure it’s one of yours…haha cool just checking. so how are the wife and kids?” the people that make a fuss are always like, obviously rich too and you know that’s why they have a problem. like the nerve of me to doubt a rich person’s money. how dare i lump them in with a normal person with a hundred dollar bill. eventually one of them is going to let it slip. i’ll take the bill from them and go to hold it up to the light or feel it between my fingers or something and they’ll laugh and go, “oh, no, no no no i’m wealthy.”

Do Catholics care more about reducing poverty or controlling people’s sex lives?

By Jay Livingston, PhD

At the New York Times, Ross Douthat has called out liberals who think, and declare, that churches today are more focused on “culture war” issues like abortion and homosexuality than on poverty.

Ridiculous, says Douthat. Religious organizations spend only “a few hundred million dollars” on pro-life causes and “traditional marriage” but tens of billions on charities, schools, and hospitals. Douthat and his sources, though, lump all spending together rather than separating domestic U.S. budgets from those going to the developing world.  But even in the U.S. and other wealthy countries, abortion and gay marriage are largely legislative and legal matters. Building schools and hospitals and then keeping them running – that takes real money.

Why then do liberals get this impression about the priorities of religious organizations? Douthat blames the media. He doesn’t do a full O’Reilly and accuse the media (liberal, it goes without saying) and others of ganging up in a war on religion, but that’s the subtext.

Anyone who tells you that America’s pastors are obsessed with homosexuality or abortion only hears them through a media filter. You can attend Masses or megachurches for months without having those issues intrude.

Actually, the media do not report on the sermons and homilies of local clergy at all, whether they are urging their flocks to live good lives, become wealthy, help the needy, or oppose gay marriage. Nor is there a data base of these Sunday texts, so we don’t know precisely how much American chuchgoers are hearing about any of these topics. Only a handful of clergy get media coverage, and that coverage focuses on their pronouncements about controversial issues.  As Douthat says, liberals are probably reacting to “religious leaders who make opposition to abortion more of a political priority than publicly-funded antipoverty efforts.”

Of his own Catholic church, Douthat adds, “You can bore yourself to tears reading denominational statements and bishops’ documents (true long before Pope Francis) with a similar result.” Maybe he has done this reading, and maybe he does think that his Church does not let “those issues intrude.” Or as he puts it, “The belief that organized religion is organized around culture war is largely a conceit of the irreligious.”

But here, thanks to the centralized and hierarchical structure of the Church, we can get data that might reveal what the Church is worried about. As Douthat implies, the previous pope (Benedict XVI, the former Joseph Ratzinger), was more concerned about culture-war issues than is the current pope.

How concerned? I went to Lexis-Nexis. I figured that papal pronouncements on these issues would be issued in masses, in official statements, and in addresses.  For each of those three terms, I searched for “Pope Benedict” with four “culture-war” terms (Abortion, Homosexuality, Condom, and Birth control) and Poverty.

Abortion was the big winner. Poverty was referred to in more articles than were the other individual culture-war terms. But if those terms are combined into a single bar (see above), its clear that poverty as a papal concern is dwarfed by the attention to these other issues. 

This is not the best data. It might reflect the concerns of the press more than those of the Church. Also, some of those Lexis-Nexis articles are not direct hits. They might reference an “address” or “statement” by someone else. But there’s no reason to think that these off-target citations are skewed towards Abortion and away from Poverty.So it’s completely understandable that liberals, and perhaps non-liberals as well, have the impression that Big Religion has a big concern with matters of sex and reproduction.

Cross-posted at Montclair SocioBlog.

Jay Livingston is the chair of the Sociology Department at Montclair State University. You can follow him at Montclair SocioBlog or on Twitter.

anonymous asked:

Were you always an atheist or did you practice a religion growing up?

Um I went to Catholic school K-8th and I must have believed in Catholicism at some point but by fifth or sixth grade I felt like I kind of had to force that belief? Like deep down I don’t think I really believed in God but I was trying so hard to because that’s what was expected of you. Tbh, like most kids that went to Catholic school I had a pretty bad experience with the teachers and the other kids and the other kids’ parents. A lot of the teachers and students were straight up awful people and the school protected students whose parents were invested in the school/went to church there/donated money/etc. They also actively discriminated against non-Catholics. I mean, you got a several hundred dollars taken off tuition every year if you attended church there and the teachers were always huge assholes to the kids who weren’t religious/didn’t have religious parents.

Sorry, this randomly turned into a rant about Catholic school.

If i were a dad i would probably be spending hundreds of dollars on bottles because i would keep trying to get my kid to shotgun their formula


hi guys! i’m sure you’ve about had it with me preaching this gosh darn app but heres my proof of this actually working out because using this app i’ve made a good amount of money (which i have put towards amazon because i dont have a paypal!). with this money i have bought a few wigs and some cosplay accessories and whatnot from amazon but that doesn’t mean thats all you could do with it!

with the points you can either get apps from the appstore or gift cards for starbucks, playstation, xbox, ebay, paypal, steam or even world of warcraft if that’s what you’re into! 

since i love symbiotic relationships so much, if you download this app with the code QPTFP5, you gain 50 point right off the bat and i get a few points whenever you download things. which is the main point of this program itself, you download apps and each app has a specific amount of “point” it offers, and in general six hundred points = one dollar.

☆  download it for mobile here ☆

anonymous asked:

How does the opinion outpost pay you? Like paypal or credit card?

Opinion outpost pays you via Paypal no credit cards or bank details needed. However there are many many other rewards that you can redeem such as amazon gift cards, iTunes gift cards, even Starbucks giftcards! 

To earn this rewards you just have to answer a few surveys and yeah you’re making money. Obviously it won’t be enough to cover college for you but you definitely could make a couple hundred extra dollars a month.

If you’d like to try it, sign up here

tf2 + csgo followers, help pls :D

hey guys as some of you know i’ve been unsuccessful in finding employment thus far and unfortunately I am now both negative with my bank by about 50$ and I have a grand total of 3.35$ in change for food this week so i’m selling my knife and unusual to raise money, so that I can at least keep applying to jobs for another couple weeks before I have to make any drastic changes to my living situation.

i’m not selling these for full market price, just enough to pay the bank and eat, probably a total of 60 or 70 would do, and i’m willing to sell them separately of course. if you, or anyone you know, would be interested, please contact me, or at least reblog the post, I really need the help, and I appreciate it greatly.

edit: I forgot to mention I can take Paypal or bank transfers, and I have a paypal reputation thread with hundreds of dollars in transactions to prove my trustworthiness.

OK so without further ado here are my babies : 

for more information on either of these items and their pricings, please check out these links:

Cue a non fitblr rant….

How is it that someone publicly asking for money for medical bills for their kid can do so while posting about multiple (expensive) alcohol tastings and gambling away poker nights?

A part of me is really trying to ignore this acquaintance’s behavior, another part really wants to report their fundraiser as fraudulent.

(But I won’t, because maybe there’s a detail in missing, but at the same time, I have to shake my head.)

Lesson: if you ask for thousands of dollars in donations, don’t publicly advertise buying hundreds of dollars in liquor tastings and events that same month. Eyebrows and suspicions raise….fast.