I know I’ve posted numerous times about how welfare fraud is in fact very, very rare and welfare programs have lower fraud loss rates than things like businesses.  Which is true, but it’s also true that most actual technical welfare fraud doesn’t look much like the stereotype either.  Pretty much the only people who “get rich” off fraud are service end things like stores, hospitals, etc.  Nobody else really gets rich from lying on their food stamp paperwork.

Welfare fraud looks less like “cadillac and mansion” and more like:

  • a disabled person lies about their level of mobility because medicaid will often only cover wheelchairs if you need them in the house, not if you need them to go out or do anything outside of the house
  • a poor woman claims her boyfriend lives separately from her because the amount he contributes to her and their kids counts against her less if it’s listed as childsupport instead of part of the household income and that small difference can be enough to keep the children from going hungry
  • a poor person sells part of their food stamps and lives on things like instant ramen because almost nobody gets cash assistance anymore and they need things like toilet paper or tooth paste
  • a disabled person who could not hold down a regular job sells $100 a month in homemade crafts and doesn’t report it because they might have to spend months or even years re-fighting their social security case if they reported it
  • a homeless person makes more than $20 a month begging but lists their income as zero because that’s less confusing
  • other things like that

A lot of that is just survival.  It’s not a system set up in a way that makes it easy to even live unless you “cheat”.  People aren’t doing it to get rich, they do it to cling to the very basics and just manage to live.  I don’t blame people who violate the laws to keep their heads above water, I blame the people who set up a horrific system like this and who benefit from harming and exploiting poor people.

Like, in the US, most obese people are POOR, because unhealthy, high calorie, high fat, high salt foods are actually much cheaper than healthy foods. Our food system and health system are fucked and bizarre. I can get a cheese burger from McDonalds for less than a bag of carrots.

You are fighting the good fight when you said this @fandomsandfeminism, but I just need to correct this bit of misinformation so you can continue fighting with the right facts on your side. [source thread; cw fat phobia]

Poor people, and especially poor people of color, are indeed more likely to be fat than their richer and/or white counterparts. But the reason is not because “unhealthy” food is cheaper. 

Food insecurity is one important reason that poorer people are fatter. But the processes by which food insecurity leads to fatness has less to do with the types of foods people eat and more to do with the metabolic changes that result from cyclical starvation. [source]

 Also, the stress of social oppression changes people’s biochemistry in such a way that becoming fat is more likely. Stress hormones tip the balance towards growing the fat organ, even when food is scarce and people are malnourished. [source]

And being fat actually offers protection against many of the diseases that are caused by the stress of oppression and poverty – including cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, and others. Once people develop these diseases of social oppression, being fat is actually a good thing. [source]

 Also, white supremacy is based in part on valuing a thin body type that is more common among white people of European ancestry, whereas many of the racial and ethnic groups that are marginalized under white supremacy also happen to be fatter, or at least, prone to fatness under certain circumstances. Old timey racists basically latched onto fat phobia as a means of further oppressing and excluding the people they wanted to oppress and exclude. [source]

So basically, poor people are fat for a whole host of reasons that have nothing to do with the cost of McDonalds. That is actually just a fat phobic myth that allows privileged people to “blame” poor fat people for their body size and the poor health status that is incorrectly attributed to that body size. It’s easy to avoid responsibility for social oppression when poor people are just fat and sick because they make made food choices, am I right? Yuck. [read more]

I know you wouldn’t want to perpetuate that type of harmful and abusive ideology, so it’s a good idea if you – and all of us – stop spreading that myth around!


Been playing a lot of Harvest Moon: Skytree Village since classes are over ^q^) 

I was gunning for Dean originally but THEN I saw Gabriel’s event where he ate the dog food to test the quality for his brother’s sick dog and then I fell in love

So yeah, I married him LMAO 

IDK what it is about him but he always seems kinda sly in his expressions…every time he asks me to do a request he always ends it with a “you don’t mind, right?” and he does this SUPER CUTE SMILE AND IM LIKE…GABRIEL, I FEEL LIKE YOU ARE SUBTLY MANIPULATING ME But I am so attracted to you I will give you anything you want

still love you Dean.. someday I will marry you, macho florist

tfc characters as things ron swanson said
  • Nicky: Never half ass two things, whole ass one thing.
  • Kevin: There will be alcohol so I will go as well.
  • Aaron: When people get too chummy with me, I like to call them by the wrong name to let them know, I don't really care about them.
  • Andrew: I'm just gonna stay angry. I find that it relaxes me.
  • Neil: The less I know about other people's affairs, the happier I am. I'm not interested in caring about people.
  • Matt: There is only one thing I hate more than lying-skimmed milk, which is water that's lying about being milk.
  • Dan: If there were more food and fewer people, this would be a perfect party
  • Allison: I like saying 'no'. It lowers their enthusiasm.
  • Renee: The government is inefficient and should be dissolved.
  • Wymack: I also think it's pointless for a human to paint scenes of nature when they can go outside and stand in it.
Hunk Thoughts Regarding Season 2

So, I’ve seen a lot of people not like how much Hunk talked about food this past season since it seemed like it was reducing his character quite a bit.  I’ll admit it was bothering me too because Hunk is more than the food guy.

Until I began to wonder if that’s just how he figures out problems for himself.

Hunk has A LOT of anxieties, except when it comes to food/cooking.  He’s so much more confident and chill figuring out an alien recipe than in anything else, and what if that’s just how he figures things out.  He managed to take over a restaurant in like a few hours and he was NOT letting himself be pushed around there.

He figures out problems by thinking of them as a recipe or as a type of food and that allows him to quickly understand it.  He is super smart when it comes to technology, and maybe connecting it to cooking is just how is works for him and it’s possible he’s been silent about it before, but now that he’s bonded with the others more, Hunk just says his thoughts aloud more.

Female-Driven Genre-Fiction Wishlist:

  • Girl teams, all girl teams.
  • Female characters of color who actually represent their culture.
  • Less self-sacrificing, martyr girls more girls and women who do things for themselves without feeling bad about it or people judging them for it.
  • Mothers who do things other than parent and cook.
  • Mother and daughter characters who don’t hate each others guts.
  • No more “I’m not like the other girls”.
  • Girl characters who are good at math and science.
  • More poor female characters, who come from nothing, and exploring how that effects their heroism. And I don’t mean like middle-class poor, I mean, like having to chose between food and paying bills poor.
  • Girls who don’t like each other, but can still respect each other.
  • No more girl heroes/villains whose tragic backstory is getting raped.
  • No more female characters of color dying or sacrificing themselves for white female characters.
  • More fat girl characters in fantasy and other genre fiction who are the ones kicking-ass and taking names and being haled the hero. That are defined by something other than their weight.
  • More girls of various body-types other than “lean.”
  • More disabled characters in stories that aren’t necessarily about their disability.
  • More unattractive girl characters.
  • Girls that are not looking for relationships or losing their virginity.
  • More non-binary female characters.
  • More LGBTAQ+ female characters.
  • “Strong” female characters who actually do things other than fight all the time and have a personality.
  • More “strong” female characters whose “strength” is something other than fighting.
  • No more stories sold as “feminist” in which only the leading character is female and everyone else is man, and only other female characters are minor or antagonists.
  • No more using “like a girl” or being a girl as an insult.
  • Stop making female characters be “bitches” just because. Unlikable characters are still supposed to be likable, meaning: love to hate, hate to love. Just look at Scarlett O’Hara, she’s a godawful awful person, but she’s a fantastic character.

Feel free to add yours.

3 weeks a vegan

So my wife and I have been vegans now for 3 weeks and we feel great! I feel like I have more energy in the day, more full, and like I am doing something good for myself and the world even if it’s in a small way.

I also am cooking better and eating better than I ever have. The recipes I find, try, and create are all so delicious and nourishing. It’s not even as hard as people make it out to be to maintain a vegan diet. There are so many resources available to you online and in the city (if you live somewhere large like we do). We’re picking up a box of vegan doughnuts today as a treat :)


Hi I’m Liz, I’m 22, bisexual, and from MI
I recently came out so my experience is lacking (to say the least) but I also have zero female LGBT friends. Help me change that!
I love traveling, binge watching Netflix, wine, food, and animals. I’ve also dabbled in poetry and I’m passionate about intersectional feminism. I like to talk about deep things and I like people who open my mind even more than it already is.
I’d love to meet new people and makes some cool friends.
Slide in my DMs

My headcanon was always that 1-10 were all siblings, brothers and sisters, and then Sportacus took over for 10 for some reason. Or one of their parents or grandparents was 1. Maybe after Sportacus becomes 10, Íþró becomes 9. I always thought of Íþró as becoming 9 when Sportacus becomes 10. 

I like to picture them as this big vegan elf family, and then when Sportacus and Robbie start dating the families are really awkward to get together because Glanni and Íþró ‘hate’ each other and then see their younger brothers dating, and it makes everything even more awkward than it was before, and half the holiday food is like roast beef and mashed potatoes and pies, and the other half of the holiday food is just plain ass vegetables. And Glanni and Íþró are glaring at each other from across a room packed with people, Glanni angrily sipping coffee and shoving pecan pie into his mouth, Íþró chewing angrily on a raw carrot, and then Glanni notices that Íþró is sitting under mistletoe and ‘jokingy’ kisses him on the mouth to piss him off. But joke’s on them because they both lay awake all night thinking about it, and then at some point during the multi-day holiday gathering they get tangled up in hate sex that turns into accidentally passionate love making, and they try to keep it a secret but joke’s on them because Sportacus and Robbie realized a long time ago that their older brothers should also be an item. 

For some reason I also pictured Robbie coming from a circus family even though it doesn’t align with canon what so ever. He’s supposed to be an aristocrat but my special, self indulgent head canon is that he’s so lazy because he was made to practice all day and perform as a kid. He loves his siblings, especially the sister who is a year older than him, but not his eldest brother who is a jerk and still hasn’t forgiven Robbie for leaving the family’s circus. Robbie still loves costumes and performing but likes technology way more and is fascinated by books and education since he never got to sit in a classroom as a kid. 

a question about pet stores?

so i understand that pet stores useally say most pets are very easy to care for, and say that their needs and lifespan are less than what they actually are, all that so that people actually buy their pets.

but wouldn’t they earn more money if they sold people the cages and food their pets actually need?

like the other day i was looking around for a big cage for a budgie and a seller was all like ‘this?! for a budgie???? why???? come ill show u a smaller one” honestly dude why aren’t u selling me the bigger cage its more expensive also why do u even care???

How the hell someone like Miiko ended up as the leader?

She just said that she will speak with us only if we make her food. Seriously, no wonder everything is shitty if your own leader acts like a teen. Is she even serious?

And please, the whole situation with “We are not going to tell the human we can open a portal to her world.” ??? Like? Are? You? Fucking? Serious? People need food. I am pretty sure Erica can understand that they cannot just send her back if they don’t have the resources. The lives of the people are more important than sending somebody through a portal with an option that it may simply not work.

If they wanted to gain Erica’s trust, they should tell her about the portals in the beginning. I don’t like how they are treating her. That’s not how you treat a person. With all the lying and some weird “we don’t really care about your wellbeing/you shouldn’t be here” behavior we see through the episodes I am not surprised someone like Ashkore appeared to fuck shit up.

He said the Guard lied to him. 

If the writing would be a little more serious I could be expecting the main character to become a villain of the story. (because lets be serious, right now Ash is nothing more than a Trickster with a fancy armor and a wish to bring some chaos to Eel)

This poem is a celebration. An ode to those
still struggling to fit in. This poem
is the dirt under your feet and how you taught
yourself to sew a tightrope that feels like home.
This poem is for the times their positive words
meant more to you than the voices in your head.
The drunk calls and the times you held back
skeletons, even when you were so angry
you couldn’t chew without your overbite coming out.

You call them small victories;
I call them the big things: things like
learning your worth, fighting for what matters.
Things like the first time you met me,
you hugged me as if to say, “Look,
I know we hardly know each other,
but over 350 million people have depression
and there is a good chance you’re struggling.”
The first date was more like three;
the first conversation felt more like we.
This poem is togetherness.

I searched your being for scars like stars
to connect your body to stardust.
Maybe the blades they used were so sharp,
you bled out for three weeks. Maybe
you blacked out for years after that.
I understand more than you’ll give me credit for.
And when the bruises on your ankles
remind me that I burned my feet on concrete,
I will not cry. I love the looks on their faces
when I tell people how I am still
standing before them. This poem

is a semi-colon. It is not an invitation
for you to burn the hands you scarred. It is
a reason to run cold water over
every person you come in contact with.
It is a reason to keep going.

—  This poem is a celebration, a semi-colon
That's the thing about liking someone

I don’t like being touched, or having my hair played with or being hugged.
But with you, I could spend forever wrapped around you.

I can’t stand sleeping with anyone. Not even my own family. Not even my best friends.
But, id sleep with you or near you any night possible.

There are very people I can stand being around for long periods of time.
But you, I could go hours on end having around.

I will not drink after people and don’t you dare think I’ll share my food with someone, that shit is more valuable than a million bucks to most.
But, I’d give you my favorite and last bite of food if you wanted it.

But you, you I’d do anything with.
And there’s not a single other person i would.

Varric is my hero.

I played the “Legacy” DLC somewhat recently and this banter between Hawke and Varric was pretty much the best thing ever. Also Rogue Hawke’s armor has too many stupid bondage straps on it so that took forever! D:<  

Anyways I’m sure everyone is super jealous of class 9000 morbidly obese Hawke and his turkey leg dual wielding skills.

Official Banter in full:

Hawke: ”When you tell people about our escape from Lothering, why do you make it seem like I have food all over my face?”
Varric: ”You’re larger than life, Hawke. I had to give you a few flaws just to make you approachable.”
Hawke: ”Did you call me fat?”
Varric: ”Yes, that’s pretty much how I tell it. ‘Hawke rolled into the fray like a gigantic pudding, covered in gravy.’ It’s more dramatic that way.”
Hawke: ”I’m not sure about the epicness of this tale.”
Varric: “Everyone’s a critic.”  


What is your middle name?: 

Georgiana. Weird, I know.

What was your favourite subject at school?: 

English. Geography.

What is your favourite drink?: 

I used to drink a lot of Coke. Not so much now but I still like it. Other than that, I like non-alcoholic drinks that are very refreshing. Like lemonade or anything with lemons, limes, oranges. Stuff like that.

What is your favourite song at the moment?: 

I’m obsessed with this remix right now. I don’t understand why they didn’t put it on one of their korean albums too. A lot more people would know about it.

What is your favourite food?: 

I don’t have a favorite but I do like seafood dishes a lot. 

What is the last thing you bought?:

A scarf which was a gift for my mom.

Favourite book of all time?: 

Too many. I mean I think of one and then a hundred more come to mind and then I can’t choose. I could make a long separate list with books I enjoyed reading or changed me in some way if anyone’s interested.

Favourite Colour?:

Purple. Always.

Do you have any pets?:

Yesssss. A beautiful cat by the name of Sasha which I spoil a lot.

Favourite Perfume?: 

Right now it’s Alien from Mugler.

Favourite Holiday?: 

Christmas. I feel like people spread a lot of love when Christmas comes and it’s always so colourful. I just enjoy it a lot.

Are you married?:

Still waiting for Taehyung to ask. That boy sure takes his time.

Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times?:

About.. half a year ago I’ve been to Italy (Como and Milan) and I loved it there.

Do you speak any other language?: 

Aside from my native language I speak english (obviously ‘cause you can see that), spanish, some german (on my way to fluent status) and I’m also learning korean and japanese at university and I’m not gonna lie, it’s not easy.

How many siblings do you have?:

None sadly.

What is your favourite shop?:

I don’t have a special one but I enjoy book stores in particular although they’re like a freaking buffet. I don’t know what to choose and when to stop. Same with music stores.

Favourite restaurant?:

Don’t have one, probably because I don’t go to restaurants a lot. There are higher chances to find me in a coffee shop. 

When was the last time you cried?: 

For a serious reason? I don’t even remember so it must’ve been a long time ago. For less serious reasons? Every day. Taehyung makes me cry every day.

Favourite Blog?:

@kimtrain @summertae @vietblueart @cuzimsickwithhope (used to be one of my favorite blogs, her fics are so good, I hope she comes back someday) @chocochims @im-too-old-for-bts @iskpoptrash @petaelwriting and pretty much everyone I follow.

Favourite Movie?: 

Again, I don’t have just one. There are a couple but I feel the need to say this: I’ll automatically like any movie with Robert Downey Jr. in it. Simply because I like his acting. The whole Sherlock Holmes saga and his interpretation of Charlie Chaplin are some of my favorite works of his.

Favourite TV show?: 

Do I have a lot of Tv shows I like? Yes. Have I ever finished them? Nope. On this note I’m gonna mention some Tv shows I like: The Vampire Diaries, One Tree Hill, Supernatural, Pretty Little Liars, Heroes, Teen Wolf, Gossip Girl, etc. The only Tv show I’ve seen start to finish is Friends.

PC or Mac?: 

I’m good with any of them.

What phone do you have?: 

LG V20

How tall are you?: 

This question should be ‘How short are you?’ ‘cause I’m a shrimp. Probably less than  5'1".

Can you cook?: 

I can cook, yeah. Maybe not hard level stuff but still.

I’ll tag @kimtrain @summertae and @vietblueart for this. If they want to, of course.

Get Thick With Me

So for the people who have asked about my username, my goal for myself is to lose weight (approximately 40-50 pounds) then work on getting thick muscle. I love my thick thighs so I would like to tone them up and get a nice small waist/ big hip/ thighs/ butt ratio if that makes sense. I naturally have big hips, even at my smallest weight of 140 my hips were only about 4 inches smaller than they currently are, and I feel like having thick thighs and a big butt make me more proportioned. Once I get slimmed down to the weight I want, I am going to start power lifting so I can get the results I want, and gain back around 15-20 pounds of muscle.

I don’t like when people talk about sensory processing disorder (SPD) in autistic people as a solely bad thing that can only cause trouble. Sure, SPD can make your life much harder, but it also makes it more intense sometimes, and it’s not always a bad thing. Like I can’t stand more than three sources of sound, and some sounds send me into an overload immediately, but at the same time the joy I get from listening to music is profound and deep. I can’t eat 85% of foods because of the texture or smell, but the ones I do like I can eat for breakfast, lunch and supper and they will always taste perfect to me. I can’t bare most clothes textures, but nothing feels better to me than wrapping up in my favorite blanket or touching soft pieces of fabric. Of course some of my senses are understimulated, but it’s also good sometimes. I never get motion sickness cause my vestibular sense is somewhat weak, and though my tendency to focus on what’s right in front of my eyes and ignore the peripheral vision can be confusing, I’m much better at picking out small details and noticing changes. So SPD is not plain bad, it’s just different. And people who have it should try and find good things about their senses, because I’m sure there’s plenty of them.

Okay but like everyone is so certain that Bellamy and Clarke will be separated with one in space and one on the ground but like that ship Raven found isn’t going to be enough to carry all of them and let them survive in space for 5 years is it?

I mean Raven said it was a two seater but realistically could they fit more than two people on that for 5 years plus food and other aspects necessary for survival? Like it doesn’t seem logical to me.

Unless they find another ship I don’t see how more than two people are going into space for 5 years.

Okay soo i’ve been thinking about the episode where Katara and Sokka meet Bato again and they’re so happy to see family again and get info from their dad and whatnot. 

So like…in the episode, Aang is probably the most childish he’s ever been. He fusses about the food, upset the attention isn’t on him, and even steals mail from Bato because he’s scared they’re gonna leave him. 

Now that the zutara atla trash that i am i’m comparing zuko and aang in these situations on how they handle foreign cultures. Aang completely rejects it, won’t even try the food because it looks and smells funny. When he was actually in the water tribes he never wore their clothes or anything like that (kept himself warm with his airbending), only did things his way and only did what he considered fun…really we don’t see him try to adapt anything of their culture at all (besides waterbending ofc). We didn’t even see him eat the entire time he was in either watertribe. 

Then we have Zuko, a pure firebender and firenation royalty. He doesn’t have to accept shit from others or eat from anywhere else. But he still does! We saw him in the earth kindgom give everything at least a try. Yes he was on the run and a refugee BUT he could very well have acted like aang and rejected everything and complained the entire time, in fact you would expect that more from him, a freakin prince, than a monk. You see Zuko eating at these earth nation restaurants, helping the earth nation locals, even taking care of animals. AAAND you see him implement waterbending techniques not just in his lightening re-directing but his actual fire bending form. 

I just find it so interesting that even though Aang is supposed to be a worldly monk, he’s the spoiled one. and he definitely acts like a spoiled child. Whereas the royal, heir to the throne prince, is actually the more worldy of the two. 

Don’t get me wrong about this because yeah it does seem biased, i love aang, i love all the characters because they’re all so well written, and this is what makes it even more well written! You always see the prince as the immature spoiled brat and the monk/religious character as the mature worldly type that gives everything a chance so it’s also kinda refreshing to notice this realization and role switching!

dc was fun and i liked being in a real city way more than i anticipated and it actually kind of sent me into a “am i doing the right things with my life” crisis – between the museums and the people and the languages and the food i kept wondering if this is what i wanna immerse myself in and grow in, which was surprising because i’d never really considered that before

i had escapism fantasies when i was a teenager and home felt like it was strangling me but since i’ve been in college, i’ve never seriously considered leaving for good. partially because i feel rooted here, i feel like i’m part of this place, and partially because there’s work to be done and i intend to do it. but i really liked it there, and i kept wondering about it and it started to feel like something to consider 

and then we were driving back and stopped at a pilot station somewhere in south carolina, and everything outside was low green marshland. and i got out of the car and it was too hot for march and the after-rain smell from the asphalt hit me and i felt easiness waft up from the black beneath my feet and drift into my bones. homecoming 

i’m self-isolating by nature so being able to get lost in a crowd is comforting and easy for me but long-term i doubt i’d ever find it enriching. i don’t think i need a life where it’s easier for me to hole up inside of myself. i think i need the opposite; i think i need the intimacy of community 

the easiest place isn’t necessarily the place that’s right for me