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Under Obama, Trump called job reports “phony.” Now he loves ‘em.

  • Employers added 235,000 new jobs in February, dropping the unemployment rate to 4.7%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced in their monthly jobs report released on Friday.
  • It’s a number Trump touted, retweeting a Drudge Report headline saying the economy is “GREAT AGAIN” in all capital letters.
  • But Trump once called the same report he is now celebrating “phony,” saying real unemployment numbers were much higher than the what the BLS reported. Read more (3/10/17 9:41 PM)

[Revamped] About Sheet

This is a better organized version of the initial one I posted several months ago; to see a live example of my about sheet being used, you can view it in its completed entirety on a character account of mine! This about sheet is supposed to be a ‘catch-all’ and cover everything but not be too complex that it’s overwhelming (so it’s the Goldilocks of being just right); things can of course be filled out later, revised and etc… (used and updated however you please). I’d also like to say thank you to all of you that use my about sheet; I’ve been complimented, linked to and mentioned on many occasions by roleplays using my about sheet for a task of theirs and I think that’s really awesome! Thank you to everyone that utilizes it and is able to get the most out of it! Remember, this is tailored to each of your characters and can be adjusted as needed!

“Quote.”

NAME: 
NICKNAMES:
AGE: 
BIRTHDAY:
SPECIES:
GENDER:
PRONOUNS: 

FAMILY

MOTHER:
FATHER:
PARENTS:
FAMILY:
SIBLINGS:

APPERANCE

FACE CLAIM: 
RACE/ETHNICITY: 
HEIGHT: 
WEIGHT: 
BUILD: 
HAIR: 
FACIAL HAIR: 
HAIR COLOR:
EYE COLOR:
SKIN COLOR:
DOMINANT HAND:
ANOMALIES:
SCENT: 
ACCENT:
PHYSICAL DISABILITIES:
LEARNING DISABILITIES:
ALLERGIES:
DISEASES:
DISORDERS:
BLOOD TYPE: 
FASHION:
TATTOOS:
PIERCINGS:
JEWELRY:
NERVOUS TICS:

HOME LIFE

HOME ADDRESS:
RESIDES: 
BORN: 
RAISED: 
VEHICLE:
PHONE:
LAPTOP/COMPUTER:
PETS:

EDUCATION AND SPECIALIZATIONS

HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION:
COLLEGE EDUCATION:
MAJOR:
MINOR:
CAREER:
EXPERIENCE:
EMPLOYER:
YEARLY SALARY:
BADGE NUMBER:
WEAPONS:
TRAINED IN:
LANGUAGES: 
OTHER:

BELIEFS

POLITICAL AFFILIATION:
RELIGION:
BELIEFS:
MISDEMEANORS:
FELONIES:
TICKETS AND/OR VIOLATIONS:
DRUGS:
SMOKES:
ALCOHOL:
DIET: 

RELATIONSHIPS

ROMANTIC ORIENTATION: 
SEXUAL ORIENTATION: 
MARTIAL STATUS: 
CHILDREN: 
AVAILABILITY:
LOOKING FOR: 

PERSONALITY AND INTERACTION

PHOBIAS:  
HOBBIES:
TRAITS: 
QUIRKS:
SOCIAL MEDIA: 

FAVOURITES

LOCATION:
SPORTS TEAM:
MUSIC:
SHOWS:
MOVIES:
BOOKS:
FOOD:
BEVERAGE:
COLOR: 

MISCELLANEOUS

MORAL ALIGNMENT:
MBTI:
MBTI ROLE:
ENNEAGRAM:
ENNEAGRAM ROLE:
TEMPERAMENT:
WESTERN ZODIAC:
CHINESE ZODIAC:
PRIMAL SIGN:
HOGWARTS HOUSE:
ILVERYMORNY HOUSE:
TAROT CARD:
TV TROPES:
LOVE LANGUAGE:
SONG:

AURA:

IDEOLOGIES:

“By this invention every live part of Mother Earth’s body would be brought into action. Energy will be collected all over the globe in amounts small or large, as it may exist, ranging from a fraction of one to a few horse power or more. Every waterfall can be utilized, every coal field made to produce energy to be transmitted to vast distances, and every place on earth can have power at small cost. One of the minor uses might be the illumination of isolated homes. We could light houses all over the country by means of vacuum tubes operated by high frequency currents. We could keep the clocks of the United States going and give every one exact time; we could turn factories, machine shops and mills, small or large, anywhere, and I believe could also navigate the air.

“One of the most important features of this invention will be the transmission of intelligence. It will convert the entire earth into a huge brain, capable of responding in every one of its parts. By the employment of a number of plants, each of which can transmit signals to all parts of the world, the news of the globe will be flashed to all points. A cheap and simple receiving device, which might be carried in one’s pocket, can be set up anywhere on sea or land, and it will record the world’s news as it occurs, or take such special messages as are intended for it. If you are in the heart of the Sahara your wife can telegraph you from Washington, and if the instrument is properly made you alone will get the message. A single plant of a few horse power could operate hundreds of such instruments, so that the invention has an infinite working capacity and will cheapen the transmission of all kinds of intelligence.”

–Nikola Tesla

“A Talk With Nikola Tesla.” By Frank G. Carpenter. The State, December 18, 1904.

Why do we still need feminism?

To everyone wondering why those loud, obnoxious feminists are still protesting today: American women have had mostly-equal rights for less than 40 years out of the entire recorded history of the Western world, thanks to loud, obnoxious feminists like the ones marching and protesting in cities across the US as I type this. There is currently a considerable and disturbing push by some conservative/religious groups to revert some of our hard-fought rights and freedoms to what they were back when we were considered property more than people.

To outline some of the injustices American women face, in case you’re wondering what’s wrong with our current set of rights and freedoms:

1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted or raped during her lifetime. Of those, fewer than 1/3 are reported to police.

For every 1000 women who are raped by men, 994 of the men who rape them will never see the inside of a jail cell for that crime.

As of 2014, US police departments had 400,000 untested rape kits sitting around, gathering dust.

31 US states allow a rapist to sue for custody of a child conceived during that rape, and most of those states will not allow the mother to give the child up for adoption unless the rapist father is notified and gives consent. There are currently multiple bills in state senates which would also prevent a woman from aborting a child conceived by rape unless the father gives consent.

It is still an extremely common tactic for a rape trial to focus not on the rapist’s crime, but on the entire sexual history of the female victim, what she was wearing, who she was with, whether or not she had been drinking, and often trying to coerce her into admitting it was consensual all along and she’s just trying to save her reputation by calling it rape.

Rape is the only crime for which arguing that the temptation was too clear and obvious to resist is treated as an admissible and sometimes clearing defense.

1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence. 1 in 4 women will experience *severe* domestic violence.

As of 2014, 38 million US women had experienced domestic partner violence.

Also as of 2014, 4.77 million US women experience domestic partner violence every year.

Between 2001 and 2013, more than twice as many women were murdered by their male romantic partners than there were soldiers killed in our overseas war efforts.

Disabled women are 40% more likely to experience domestic violence than normally-abled women, and it’s more likely to be severe violence.

Marital rape has only been illegal in all 50 states since 1993. Many states still have exceptions to the law, limit the degree of assault it can be considered as, and/or do not prosecute it as seriously as other rape and assault.

Most domestic abuse is never prosecuted.

Abused women lose a collective 8 million days of paid work every year directly as a result of their abuse.

The leading cause of death among pregnant women is being murdered by the father of their child.

The US has the highest maternal mortality in the developed world.

The US is one of two countries in the entire world without paid maternity leave, the other being Papua New Guinea.

Right-to-work states routinely overlook the firing and laying-off of pregnant women because employers abuse the loophole of not explicitly stating that as the reason.

Pregnant women are routinely denied even minor accommodations by employers, such as carrying a water bottle or being allowed to use the restroom more than once every four hours.

Access to contraception is still a hotly-debated subject, and a woman’s employer can legally dictate her reproductive choices based on THEIR religious beliefs.

The most effective contraception methods are an entire month’s wages for a woman earning minimum wage and who has no access to insurance.

Hormonal contraception has significant and sometimes fatal side-effects that were only approved because the testing was done on impoverished minorities, and it was assumed this would be the primary market for hormonal contraception.

Access to abortion is being increasingly restricted in many states, which has seen a corresponding rise in maternal mortality, infant mortality, and suicide by pregnant women.

Women accessing health care reproductive health clinics such as Planned Parenthood frequently face angry and even violent protestors.

Fake “crisis pregnancy centers” are legal in many states. These are not bound by HIPAA laws and often put their duped patients in actual physical danger.

A Texas anti-abortion group with 30,000 members infiltrated pro-choice groups and hatched a scheme to literally kidnap pregnant women by offering them rides to Planned Parenthood and holding them captive until they’d missed their appointment and/or agreed not to abort. None of them got into any legal trouble for suggesting this.

It is legal in some states for the state to keep a brain-dead pregnant woman on life support indefinitely, regardless of her wishes, her family’s wishes, and the stage of pregnancy.

Women are more than twice as likely to die of a heart attack than men are, for the sole reason that their symptoms aren’t taken seriously.

Obese women, especially minorities, frequently go without adequate care or any care at all in all levels of medical care, from the general practitioner’s office to the emergency room.

35% of single mothers live at or below the poverty line, even though most of them have full-time jobs.

68% of the elderly poor are women.

60% of minimum-wage workers are women.

More than 70% of those living at or below the poverty line are women and children.

There is no affordable child care. A single mother working at a full-time minimum wage job is likely to spend half her income on day care. This forces her to either drop out of the workforce entirely and take government benefits, or to take a second job and essentially never see her own child.

The gender wage gap is real. At all levels of employment in all industries, women are frequently paid less than their male coworkers despite having the same experience, the same seniority, and the same education.

Sexism is rampant in many industries, particularly STEM and manual labor. This leads to less participation by women who feel they will receive unfair treatment from employers and coworkers alike.

The number of women earning degrees in computing-based STEM fields has dropped from 37% to 18% since the 1980s. This was largely due to the creation of hierarchies, hiring practices, and social networking in the 1990s that explicitly favoured men.

Female video game developers routinely receive gender-based harassment online, with an entire socio-political movement of angry young men (GamerGate) emerging because a female game developer was given what they perceived to be an unfairly-high rating on her game by a journalist with whom she subsequently entered into a relationship.

Female celebrities routinely deal with dangerous stalkers, with a number of them being assaulted and/or murdered by such, and our cultural reaction is to tell them that’s what they get for being famous. Meanwhile, John Lennon’s killer has been in prison since 1980 and is one of the most widely reviled men in America.

Women online in any capacity routinely receive gender-based harassment, demeaning comments, and unsolicited photos of male genitalia.

Women on dating sites frequently receive so much harassment that they are forced to delete their profiles.

The cultural reaction to nude/topless photos of any woman being stolen and posted online is that she got what she deserved for taking them in the first place. Revenge porn (selling nudes/sex tapes of your ex to shame them and ruin their lives/careers by sending links to their family and coworkers) is legal in most states, with females comprising almost 100% of victims. Very little legal recourse exists for victims.

Filming yourself having sex with a woman without her knowledge and selling the video to a porn site is not only legal, but is a popular category amongst viewers.

Womens’ Studies is the most frequent butt of every joke made about “useless” college degrees.

Career fields that are high-paying, high prestige, and male-dominated lose their prestige and wages as more women enter the field. This is an observable and frequently repeated trend, and it generally only takes 5-10 years from the time when the number of women in the field exceeds 15-20%.

2017 marks the first year EVER that women have exceeded 20% representation in the Senate, and 19% in the House. Only four are minorities, with three newcomers joining Mazie Hirono, who had been only the second minority woman to ever sit on the Senate until the Nov. 2016 election cycle.

The first and only female Native American federal judge was appointed in 2014. The first white female federal judge was appointed in 1933, the first black female federal judge was appointed in 1966, and the first Asian female federal judge was appointed in 2010. Despite these minor gains, 73% of state and federal judges are still male.

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This seems like an exhaustive list, doesn’t it? Imagine how exhausting it is to be living it and having to explain it nearly 100 years after the Suffragettes were cruelly derided in editorials, comments, and assaulted on the streets over wanting something to be done about many of these very same issues.

things that happen when you’re a weird side character in a sitcom:

you go downstairs. a guy is sitting on the couch and playing the ukulele. you go back upstairs. ukulele guy is another side character, a brief romantic entanglement of one of the main characters. you giving ukulele guy a weird look is the one moment of comic relief in the uncharacteristically gloomy episode focusing on the end of ukulele guy and main character #2′s brief and tumultuous relationship.

you find a piece of paper wedged between the front door and the wall when you arrive home. it is a notice that the FBI is conducting an investigation on one of your neighbors for potential FedGov employment with a number to call. you call them like the goody two shoes rule follower you are. you tell the FBI agent that this is a neighborhood full of students renting houses and nobody knows their neighbors. it is a short and boring conversation. one of the main characters sees the slip of paper on the table and asks you about it. you tell them that someone two doors down is being checked out for a classified job. they smile knowingly. this is probably a major plotline. fortunately, you are the comic relief and you don’t have to worry about such things.

one of the main actresses quit one of your roommates is moving out before the lease ends and has found a subletter. she will not be home when the subletter moves in, but you will. the subletter has the same first name as you.  this is foreshadowing. you will either be replaced or given a more important role next season. tune in for season 2 next fall to find out.

Character “About” Sheet:
adjust as needed

QUOTE

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

BASIC

NAME: 
NICKNAMES: 
AGE: 
BIRTHDAY: 
SPECIES: 
GENDER: 
PRONOUNS: 

FAMILY

MOTHER: 
FATHER: 
PARENTS: 
FAMILY: 
SIBLINGS: 

PHYSIAL ATTRIBUTES

FACE CLAIM: 
RACE/ETHNICITY: 
NATIONALITY: 
HEIGHT: 
WEIGHT: 
BUILD: 
HAIR: 
FACIAL HAIR: 
HAIR COLOR: 
EYE COLOR: 
SKIN COLOR: 
DOMINANT HAND: 
ANOMALIES: 
SCENT: 
ACCENT: 
PHYSICAL DISABILITIES: 
LEARNING DISABILITIES: 
ALLERGIES: 
DISORDERS: 
FASHION: 
NERVOUS TICS: 
QUIRKS: 

LIFESTYLE

HOME ADDRESS: 
RESIDES: 
BORN: 
RAISED: 
VEHICLE: 
PHONE: 
LAPTOP/COMPUTER: 
PETS: 

HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION: 
COLLEGE EDUCATION: 
MAJOR: 
MINOR: 
CAREER: 
EXPERIENCE: 
EMPLOYER: 
YEARLY SALARY: 
BADGE NUMBER: 
TRAINED IN: 
OTHER: 

POLITICAL AFFILIATION: 
RELIGION: 
BELIEFS: 
MISDEMEANORS: 
FELONIES: 
TICKETS AND/OR VIOLATIONS: 
DRUGS: 
SMOKES: 
ALCOHOL: 
DIET: 

ROMANTIC ORIENTATION: 
SEXUAL ORIENTATION: 
MARTIAL STATUS: 
CHILDREN: 
AVAILABILITY: 
LOOKING FOR: 

LANGUAGES: 

PHOBIAS: 
HOBBIES: 
TRAITS: 
SOCIAL MEDIA: 

FAVOURITE

LOCATION: 
SPORTS TEAM:
 
GAME: 
MUSIC: 
SHOWS: 
MOVIES: 
RADIO STATION: 
FOOD: 
BEVERAGE: 
COLOR: 

CHARACTER

MORAL ALIGNMENT: 
MBTI: 
MBTI ROLE: 
ENNEAGRAM: 
ENNEAGRAM ROLE: 
TEMPERAMENT: 
WESTERN ZODIAC: 
CHINESE ZODIAC: 
PRIMAL SIGN: 
HOGWARTS HOUSE: 
ILVERYMORNY HOUSE: 
TAROT CARD: 
TV TROPES: 
SONG: ( that represents them )

IDEOLOGIES: Thinks barbecue chips are a crime against humanity.

Laid off to give my work to foreman's girlfriend and waste three years of my life? Cool enjoy the OHS fines!

So a month ago our shop foreman got his girlfriend hired into the parts department, which was separate from his department. She started complaining she was bored and didn’t have enough work. Out of the 7 people in my department, five of them stood around talking all day, one was management busy doing daily paperwork and lastly was myself who was kept so busy doing four other people’s positions after they were laid off. I hardly had time in a day to take my own lunch break to keep up with my daily duties. Anyways.

She started complaining to management that she wasn’t busy enough in a day and wanted more work. Management never once asked me if there were any duties I could pass on to keep her busy, which I would’ve gladly handed some over. A week after she was hired I was sat down and given a layoff notice for “not enough work” and economic slowdown. I’d been there for three years and the manager had Told me only two weeks prior to the new hire that I would get to enroll in my apprenticeship this month. He obviously had no intention of actually following through on my apprenticeship, which now three years worth of practical hours were wasted. They were going to shove all of my duties onto the new girl, also forgetting I was the only certified forklift operator in the building and had to unload freight trucks all day in between other duties.

So the day after my layoff takes effect, I call into occupational health and safety and call in every single infraction that I saw over the course of my employment and really drove home the point of now they don’t have a forklift operator which is a huge fine in itself. Also reported mechanics smoking less than a foot from a dirty oil disposal tank, mechanics without appropriate drivers license driving class 1 vehicles outside of the lot, improper storage of dangerous and hazardous materials, improper use of grinding and cutting equipment without appropriate safety equipment, employees climbing and scaling racking in the warehouse, uncertified employees fork lifting other employees on the forks of the forklift without harnesses or man-basket, no safety procedure for evacuation of building or muster points and lastly letting people who’ve been stripped of drivers licence for medical reasons drive company vehicles off the lot and drive heavy equipment in the compound. I was also able to provide photographic and video proof of most of these incidents.

OHS called me back after reviewing the information and informed me that they had passed on some of the infractions (driving ones) to RCMP to review and that both the documented drivers and well as the company would receive charges for these. As a result of my report the business operations are suspended until further notice to give them time to get everyone certified and licensed appropriately and are facing some very heavy fines.

There are twelve mechanic bays and one alone down for a day makes the business loose $5000/day. That’s $60,000/ day losses in revenue for just the shop and about $20,000/day for parts department. $80k losses a day in revenue plus upwards of $100K in fines and certifications costs.

BONUS: the manager was fudging the employment application numbers to make it seem like there wasn’t enough certified locals to employ so that he could bring in people from his home country- England. I also called the provincial and federal immigration and employment offices and reported what he was doing. Currently we would get upwards of 100 journeyman resumes a week for the last year and he brought two Englishman over in the last 6 months who were first year apprentices. No one Currently employed faces deportation but the company as a whole will have importation of labour freeze for up to ten years and also faces major fines for falsifying information that led to importing workers.

Walmart is asking employees to deliver packages on their way home from work

Labor experts say the arrangement, a mash-up of sorts between an Uber-style gig economy and traditional employment arrangements, raises a number of questions related to employees having to shoulder much of the risk, cost and liability associated with deliveries.

“The practice seems ripe for abuse if the company does not compensate workers for the full cost of their journey, the expenses related to gas, car depreciation, and potential problems like accidents, tickets or parking expenses,” said Stephanie Luce, a labor professor at the City University of New York. “Like other ‘gig economy’ type jobs, there is a potential to benefit workers — but in reality, most of the benefits accrue to the employer, not the employee.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2017/06/01/walmart-is-asking-employees-to-deliver-packages-on-their-way-home-from-work/?utm_term=.c9d16889db60&wpisrc=nl_evening&wpmm=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2017/06/01/walmart-is-asking-employees-to-deliver-packages-on-their-way-home-from-work/?utm_term=.c9d16889db60&wpisrc=nl_evening&wpmm=1

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Both the right and left are claiming responsibility for job growth

Trump, who curiously once slammed Obama and how employment numbers are fudged, is exhilarated at the numbers he, personally is getting lol

meanwhile, the left are hailing it as due to obama’s particular role in making it happen because Muh Inherited George Bush’s Mess. Perhaps the enduring charm of 8 years of OBama’s smile has made the numbers go up

and yet the labour participation rate has continued to fall and growth is slowing.

Because, the better way to read this news is that it took a decade for employment to recuperate the percentage loss to claw it’s way back to where it was 10 years ago. It is more a sad fact than a positive fact and the

And yet, it rings hollow because the number stops accounting for people who have just outright given up seeking a job. the amount of people working continues to drop, leading to situations like small rural towns becoming wracked with hopeless opiate addiction from the loss of industry and work.

because the USA is becoming more and more of a service economy and not everyone can work at the same mcdonalds and walmart in town

if anything, this is sign of a huge correction on the horizon, that being from the debt americans carry… and if americans cant spend as careless as they have in the past, then the service economy begins to suffer.

And the cracks are beginning to show

big box stores like sears are dying, their size and operations being slaughtered by cheaper online options

From a locked filing cabinet, he pulls a manila folder.

Typed on the tab: anastasia rose steele.

Holy f**king shit. I glare at him.

He shrugs apologetically. “You can keep it,” he says quietly.
“Well, gee, thanks,” I snap. I flick through the contents. He has a copy of my birth certificate, for heaven’s sake, my hard limits, the NDA, the contract - Jeez - my social security number, resume, employment records.

“So you knew I worked at Clayton’s?”
“Yes.”
“It wasn’t a coincidence. You didn’t just drop by?”
“No.”

I don’t know whether to be angry or flattered.

“This is f**ked-up. You know that?”
“I don’t see it that way. What I do, I have to be careful.”
“But this is private.”

anonymous asked:

Do you know any actors who have won a Tony and been in Phantom besides Michael Crawford?

Not too many, which is weird considering Phantom has been the number one employer of theatre actors in America.

  • Judy Kaye (Carlotta) (2 Tonys, one for her role as Carlotta, plus two nominations)
  • Anthony Crivello (Phantom)

More people have been nominated including

  • Howard McGillin (Phantom)
  • Rebecca Luker (Christine)
  • Patti Cohenour (Christine)
  • Ramin Karimloo (Raoul/Phantom/Christine’s Father in the movie)
  • Patrick Wilson (Raoul in the movie)

“…and your ratings have gone down steadily since the election. The press conference this afternoon is your first real test, and they expect you to fail. The employment numbers in particular look quite bleak, but we will focus on the state’s new- Theodore? Theodore, are you listening to me?”

“Yeah, yeah. We’ll leave in a minute, Drew.”

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bestseller, chapter 1

Rating: Teen
Pairing: Eto/Kaneki
Summary: Kaneki Ken is an up-and-coming artist new to the comic industry. He’s had some success with his first few short stories, and gained a small cult fanbase, but he’s still waiting for his big break.
As it so happens, Takatsuki Sen, his favorite author, is looking for a comic artist to collaborate with for an upcoming project. This could be the opportunity Kaneki has been waiting for, in more ways than one.

Excerpt:

She fixed him with that stare again, the one that made him feel like she was looking for something. He nodded, but this time he forced himself to speak. “I understand. You want someone with a visual artist’s eyes, who can craft each scene in ways you can’t, and who can interpret the material well enough to represent your vision accurately.”

She blinked at him, and he felt his face heating.

“Or, is that not –”

“No,” she interrupted, leaning forward with a broad grin. “That’s exactly what I meant.”

Read it under the cut, or on AO3.

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  • anon: you need to get your shit together...
  • tumblr user: :) actually my cousins, best friends, little brother had chronic diarrhea so this is super offensive, and rude :). dear followers, here is this persons address, place of employment, phone number, and mothers email address; please let this person know that it is the 21st century and we as SJWs will not tolerate ignorance :).
Fascism in a Pinstriped Suit, Michael Parenti

The dirty truth is that many people find fascism to be not particularly horrible. I once asked some Iranian businesspeople to describe what life had been like under the Shah’s police state. “It was perfect,” they responded. Workers and servants could be cheaply procured, profits were high, and they lived very well. To be sure, fascism is not perfect for everyone. Mussolini’s Italy and Hitler’s Germany inflicted a great deal of intentional hardship upon working people, including the destruction of labor unions, the loss of job benefits, and a shift in national income from the lower and middle classes to the upper class. Many among the petite bourgeoisie in Germany, who generally supported the Nazi party, suffered the loss of their small businesses and the dread slippage into working class ranks — with jobs in the armaments factories, when they were lucky enough to find employment. The number of Germans who lived in poverty and want increased substantially as wages were cut by as much as forty percent.

Those who equate fascism with the horrors of Auschwitz are correct in their moral condemnation but mistaken in their sense of sequence. The worst of Auschwitz did not come until the war years. As late as 1939, the Nazi state was still pursuing a policy of encouraging, and more often forcing, the emigration of Jews to other lands. Mass liquidation as a “final solution” was not seriously considered and was in fact opposed until Hitler’s order came (sometime after March, 1941, most historians believe).

The concentration camp was never the normal condition for the average gentile German. Unless one were Jewish, or poor and unemployed, or of active leftist persuasion or otherwise openly anti-Nazi, Germany from 1933 until well into the war was not a nightmarish place. All the “good Germans” had to do was obey the law, pay their taxes, give their sons to the army, avoid any sign of political heterodoxy, and look the other way when unions were busted and troublesome people disappeared.

Since many “middle Americans” already obey the law, pay their taxes, give their sons to the army, are themselves distrustful of political heterodoxy, and applaud when unions are broken and troublesome people are disposed of, they probably could live without too much personal torment in a fascist state — some of them certainly seem eager to do so.

really there’s never not a time to post this.

anonymous asked:

when i go to apply to open a checking account, it asks for my employer and their phone number and says the bank has the right to verify employment. are they going to call my boss if i submit this form? i work for one person, not a company, and dont want him in my business. tyia

They have the right to call your employer, but they might not do it. Even if they do, your boss won’t be able to get much information beyond that you’re opening an account. The bank will protect your privacy, they just want to make sure you have the job you say you do. They’ll just call, ask “does Person work here?” and then your employer says “yup” and that’s it.

Call Me

I’m sorry, this is dumb. I’m stuck on a smutty part of my multi-chapter fic and had to just write something to feel like I wasn’t completely useless. The feels struggle is real.

Painted nails drummed on the worn and chipped wood. Over the years, many others have abused the scarred desk, leaving carvings and stains for others to see. Many hours have been wasted at this lonely desk, solitary students etching graffiti to pass those hours.

She was just another part-time student employee who would move on to the next available job when the next semester arrived.

Lucy Heartfilia, with her simple, french manicured, nails and jewelry adorned wrists, made a point to put her boredom to better use. Her pen scribbled away, but tattooing the notebook paper with words for her novel.

Honestly, she could be working on assignments for her classes but, the blonde had study hours set aside for that. Novel time was her relaxing time.

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Disability and risk

As people with disabilities, we generally have to adopt a different attitude towards risk than nondisabled peers. Most of us have to take more risks than most other people, and that can be very confusing. Sometimes it can feel like being more reckless, when it’s actually just a consequence of having fewer options.


For instance:


Housing:

  • People with disabilities often have far fewer options for housing than people who aren’t disabled
  • Accessible housing is limited
  • (Eg: if you need a flat entrance, that excludes most apartments. If you need to live alone, that excludes most affordable apartments.)
  • People without disabilities are generally in a much better position to say no to things that seem sketchy or unreasonable.
  • When there are only three apartments in a city that you can both get into and afford, it’s much harder to say no to the roommate with a loud parrot who wakes you up every night
  • Or the landlord who wants an unreasonably large deposit, or who want to insist that you go to church with them as a condition of living there, or who obviously have no intention of keeping everything in working order
  • If things go bad, it can feel like it was your fault and that you should have known better than to get into this situation
  • Especially if most of your friends wouldn’t ever take that kind of a risk (which is likely to be the case if most of them aren’t disabled or poor)
  • It might not be your fault though
  • It might just be that you only had risky options, you had to choose from among them, and you were unlucky this time
  • That’s in the nature of only having high-risk options: sometimes bad things will happen. It’s not your fault if you’re in that situation.

Similar considerations apply to equipment, travel, employment, and any number of other things. Being disabled (and/or poor) often involves having to take much higher risks than most other people have to take. Sometimes, this will even involve taking life-threatening risks to do things like go to a conference. That doesn’t necessarily mean you’re reckless. It can just mean that you’re trying to live your life and that you have things to do that can’t be done completely safely. 


tl;dr People with disabilities often have to take more risks than people without disabilities. That isn’t a matter of recklessness; it’s a matter of necessity.

anonymous asked:

Re: minimum wage rates. It is important that they be raised, but since employers no longer guarantee numbers of hours per week to part-timers like they used to, the fight for higher minimum wages must be fought alongside a fight for stable numbers of hours and schedules. Without those, employers can vary the hours so much for people that they will have no idea how much money they will make a month, therefore no way to be sure they can pay their rent and other bills.

^^^

finance.yahoo.com
Jobs return, but low pay remains a problem

When the government’s monthly jobs report comes out, analysts focus mostly on, well, jobs. But it may be time to start focusing on another element of the report that hasn’t been doing as well as the raw employment number: incomes.

Employers have added nearly 1.1 million jobs so far in 2014, averaging a respectable 213,000 per month through May. Analysts expect the tally to rise by another 215,000 or so when the government releases the June numbers on Thursday. All those new jobs have pushed the unemployment rate down from 6.7% to 6.3% so far this year, a welcome bright spot in the so-called recovery.

But other numbers suggest many of those new jobs involve part-time or low-wage work, which is why an improving job market isn’t generating as much new consumer spending as it ought to. “Just because more people are working doesn’t mean conditions overall are improving that much,” says Jeffrey Rosen, chief economist at research firm Briefing.com. “What we haven’t seen is a large pickup in hours and in actual earning levels.”