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“Sitting Republican senators have received $115,000 from Betsy DeVos herself, and more than $950,000 from the full DeVos clan since 1980. In the past two election cycles alone, her family has donated $8.3 million to Republican Party super PACs.”

– Here’s How Much Betsy DeVos And Her Family Paid To Back GOP Senators Who Will Support Her

While it was regarded as pretty good evidence of criminality to be
living in a slum, for some reason owning a whole street of them merely got
you invited to the very best social occasions.
—  Terry Pratchett - Feet Of Clay
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The blog that reblogged this wants you to know that whether you’re a minority, majority, LGBTQA+ or in anyway negatively affected by xenophobia, ableism, homophobia, or any sort of inequality, you are not alone, and they want you to know you can talk to them anytime.

3 reasons millennial shaming needs to stop now

At least half of older millennials aren’t getting a taste of the American Dream

Right now roughly half of 30-year-olds make more money than their parents did when they were the same age, according to a December paper on social mobility. A separate study from the Guardian published in March found that Americans under 30 are already poorer than retirees — despite the fact that they’re working.

There are two main reasons that Americans born in the 1980s face higher hurdles than their parents, the researchers found.

  • The first is that throughout much of the 20th century, the U.S. economy grew a lot faster than it has in more recent years, as millennials have come of age.
  • The second reason has to do with inequality in the way gains have been distributed among Americans. Growth alone to restore economic mobility, gross domestic product would have to increase by more than 6% each year, more than double the rate it grew in the past year.

Millennials inherited a vastly wider wage gap between the rich and poor

A separate study released on Tuesday also found that income inequality has grown far faster than previously thought: In fact, half of the country has seen stagnant wages since 1980, while the wealthiest Americans have seen incomes skyrocket.In the last 3 ½ decades, the gap between what the richest 1% makes and what the bottom 50% earns has grown nearly threefold. 

Globally, young people are increasingly subsidizing the elderly

Call it a thank you, despite the economic lot they’ve inherited: Across the globe, millennials are increasingly likelier than previous generations to pass financial resources to older groups — beyond what they receive. Read more

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You don’t have to read “why sweatshops are good” articles and analysis because it only reaches the same point: “well it’s better than starving” (ignoring deaths in the workplace and people still starving anyway).

It’s interesting how much analyzing people do to defend sweatshops rather than say “hey, maybe ‘work or starve’ is a bit terrible and none of this suffering is necessary”.

Arguments for capitalism rely on an incorrect perception of the 21st century altogether. So, looking at the 21st century: Resources are abundant, wealth is abundant, and technology is advanced.

What does capitalism do about those facts?

1) Relies on artificial scarcity to function.

2) Fails to distribute that wealth accordingly (it’s completely just that 8 people have more wealth than 3.6 billion people…right?)

3) Tells us to fear automation because there is no other option besides 'work or starve’.

That is primitive logic. Capitalism treats society as if we’re still cavemen struggling to survive in a dangerous world, because otherwise it wouldn’t function. So, instead of fearing what the future has to offer, ask yourself why you’re afraid in the first place.

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Men spoke for more than three times as long as women during Google’s I/O keynote

  • At Google’s annual I/O developer conference, the tech behemoth shows off its latest apps, software updates, the numerous new ways it’ll own you, some new hardware and other visions of its future.
  • Too bad it’s still a future where women are granted a third of the speaking time men get on one of the biggest stages in tech — an industry already plagued by issues of discrimination.
  • So how much time did women get at Google’s 2017 I/O? At this year’s conference, men spoke for 1 hour, 20 minutes and 55 seconds. Women spoke for 23 minutes and 22 seconds.
  • There were seven men and five women onstage — a big improvement over 2016’s Made by Google event, which featured six men and only two women. Read more (5/18/17)

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