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I am in Tears.

The animals at the DISGUSTING , HORRIFYING ‘ZOO’ (if you can call it that) of Surabaya are BEING CAGED, NOT FED, MALNOURISHED,ABUSED. THERE ARE OVER 2000 ANIMALS. 2000

There are even MORE HORRIFIC IMAGES of the animals , and this zoo which I think would upset you, so I am not showing them. THIS HAS BEEN TRIED TO CLOSE DOWN SINCE 2012. THATS FUCKING 2 YEARS?!!!!!!! WHAT THE HELL 

WARNING THE FOLLOWING SOURCES HAVE EXTREME GRAPHIC CONTENT.

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no animal deserves this.not a living thing deserves this. 

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO THE TWO FOLLOWING THINGS:

1.SIGN THE PETITION TO CLOSE THIS ZOO DOWN <—– GO NOW 

2.REBLOG THIS AND TAG IT 'IMPORTANT' 

ALSO , this is extra, but if you do it it would be amazing

EMAIL the Mayor of Surabaya directly and let her know that the Zoo must close & that the world is watching. 

surabaya.city.government@gmail.com

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As we celebrate MLK Day, this is the real Martin Luther King.

Here, Dr. King calls out the blatant hypocrisy of white people who have received government welfare for decades but don’t think government should help anyone else. Remember this video the next time a Republican claims Dr. King would be opposed to welfare programs.

“At the very same time that America refused to give the Negro any land, through an act of Congress our government was giving away millions of acres of land in the west and the midwest. Which meant that it was willing to undergird its white peasants from Europe with an economic floor.

But not only did they give the land, they built land grant colleges with government money to teach them how to farm.

Not only that, they provided county agents to further their expertise in farming.

Not only that, they provided low-interest rates in order that they could mechanize their farm.

Not only that, today many of these people are receiving millions of dollars in federal subsidies not to farm, and they are the very people telling the black man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.”

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States Spend Hundreds Of Thousands On Welfare Drug Testing, Turn Up Barely Anything

As state legislatures convene across the country, proposals keep cropping up to drug test applicants to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, or welfare. Bills have been introduced so far in Montana, Texas, and West Virginia, with a handful of others also considering such a move. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ® has gone further, proposing to drug test applicants for food stamps and unemployment benefits. They follow recent bills put into action in Maine, Michigan, and Mississippi.

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Kansas is Ready to Prevent Welfare Recipients from Going to Swimming Pools and Movies

In his failed 1976 Presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan popularized the myth of the “welfare queen”—a conservative stereotype of a person fraudulently using public assistance to lead a luxurious lifestyle, driving a Cadillac to the public assistance office to bilk the taxpayers for another ill-gotten welfare check.

The case Reagan loved to reference on the campaign trail was real: In the 1970s, a Chicago con artist presumably named Linda Taylor used dozens of aliases to defraud the public of at least $150,000 in public assistance. It was an isolated incident, but it allowed Reagan to sell the country on a narrative with racist undertones: that public assistance was being exploited by lazy people living the high life at the expense of hardworking taxpayers.

The narrative isn’t true. In reality, people on public assistance lead very frugal lifestyles. But the trope persists, and legislators in Kansas have used it as a pretext to pass some of the most insulting legislation we’ve seen this year: a bill that would put bizarre restrictions on how beneficiaries of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF) are allowed to spend the money they get.

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Image: Flickr/Nicki Dugan Pogue

[…] according to studies, every dollar spent on WIC saves three dollars in future hospital costs. Every Junior Cheeseburger you pay in tax money earns you three Junior Cheeseburgers later on. Meanwhile, poor children get to continue to live, and you don’t have to suffer the embarrassment of explaining to foreign visitors why the richest country in the world has so many filthy children with rickets.

The biggest waste of taxpayer dollars on welfare is, ironically, the money we spend on trying to prevent people from getting welfare: for example, every time the government tries to save money by preventing drug users from collecting benefits, enforcing that law ends up costing more than it saves. Studies repeatedly show that welfare recipients use drugs at a lower rate than the rest of the population, because it turns out that drugs are super expensive. This makes the vast majority of the mandatory drug tests given to welfare recipients pointless. […]

Furthermore, giving benefits to the unemployed stimulates the economy, particularly when the economy is already in the shitter. It’s pretty straightforward: if you give money to people who are on the verge of total destitution, they’re going to end up spending it immediately, because they’re probably way behind on rent, bills, and the food necessary to chase off the relentless specter of fatal starvation. That money goes right back into the private sector.

—  “5 Surprising Insider Facts About Welfare” - J.F. Sargent et al., Cracked.com

Here’s who’s really using welfare

Mississippi Republican state representative Gene Alday suffered from a particularly bad case of foot-in-mouth racist controversy in February, when he told the Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Mississippi, that “all the black people are getting food stamps and what I call ‘welfare crazy checks.’” Had Alday even glanced at the numbers, he’d have realized he was dead wrong.

The “welfare queen” stereotype comes from one famous case: Linda Taylor, a dedicated con artist who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the US government by being a dedicated con artist. Fun fact: she also kidnapped children and probably murdered people. But she was only ever charged for the welfare fraud, because the prosecutors were worried that a murder case would distract from the far weightier issue of stealing from the taxpayers. That’s right: people are so enraged by the idea of welfare fraud that they literally treat it like it’s more offensive than murder.

5 Surprising Insider Facts About Welfare

anonymous asked:

Did you see the new analysis put out by wallet hub saying conservative leaning states rely more on government assistance? Thoughts on it?

Yeah but…

Have you considered breaking those results by district?

Get out of here with your vagueness.

WASHINGTON – In September, Rep. Trey Radel voted for Republican legislation that would allow states to make food stamp recipients pee in cups to prove they’re not on drugs. In October, police busted the Florida Republican on a charge of cocaine possession.

“It’s really interesting it came on the heels of Republicans voting on everyone who had access to food stamps get drug tested,“ House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told BuzzFeed Tuesday. "It’s like, what?”

The House over the summer approved an amendment by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) that would let states drug test people on food stamps. The amendment passed by voice vote, meaning members’ individual yeas and nays were not recorded. Radel later voted in favor of a broader food stamps bill that included Hudson’s measure.

In June, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) made that very suggestion when he questioned why recipients of crop insurance and other government benefits weren’t also targeted for drug tests like people on food stamps.

"Why don’t we drug test all the members of Congress here,” McGovern said shortly before the drug-testing measure passed. “Force everybody to go urinate in a cup or see whether or not anybody is on drugs? Maybe that will explain why some of these amendments are coming up or why some of the votes are turning out the way they are.”

The fate of the food stamp drug testing provision is in the hands of a House-Senate conference committee hashing out differences between food stamp and farm legislation that passed the two chambers. It’s got a chance. Last year, Congress passed a law to let states drug-test some unemployment insurance recipients.

Radel apologized Tuesday for his cocaine bust and said he’d seek treatment.

This just in: classist, racist, ableist Republican Trey Radel is a raging hypocrite, surprising literally no one.  More at 11.