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NY: TURN YOUR BALLOT OVER

NY State residents, please be aware that on Election Day (11/7), the BACK of the ballot will have a referendum to vote on convening a NY Constitutional Convention. Placing it on the back of the ballot was a DELIBERATE move.

If it passes, it could be a disaster for ALL CURRENT AND FORMER NY State (including state, city, county, town, village and school district) public employees (police officers, firefighters, corrections officers, teachers, sanitation workers, teaching aides, librarians, bus drivers, lunch aides, highway workers, board of elections, etc.) who could stand to lose a great deal, including part or all of their pensions or medical benefits (even those who have already retired), that they were promised in return for their commitment to their careers in public service.

If you love anyone that is currently, or has ever been a NY public employee, please TURN YOUR BALLOT OVER and vote “NO”.

Steady improvements in American life expectancy have stalled, and more Americans are dying at younger ages. But for companies straining under the burden of their pension obligations, the distressing trend could have a grim upside: If people don’t end up living as long as they were projected to just a few years ago, their employers ultimately won’t have to pay them as much in pension and other lifelong retirement benefits. (X)

Here it is, I’ve found the worst thing I’ve ever read.

mirror.co.uk
Theresa May slammed as man finally wins disability benefit - 2 days after dying
Retired HGV driver Geoffrey Elwell, 68, could barely cook, shower or walk without help - yet was given zero points in a humiliating PIP assessment
By Dan Bloom

Retired HGV driver and electrician Geoffrey had crippling chest and spinal injuries after his truck flipped in a crash that left him temporarily dead.

Carol, from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, said he couldn’t walk long distances, cook or shower without her help and had for years received Disability Living Allowance.

Yet 10 days before Christmas last year, he was awarded zero points in a humiliating assessment for the new benefit Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

He appealed the decision in January – but three months later was diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer.

Already diabetic and having suffered two heart attacks, 68-year-old Geoffrey moved to a hospice while he waited for a date for his appeal.

He died on June 21, two days before it was heard. Then on June 23 the appeal ruled his benefits should not just be awarded in full – but be backdated to January.

Everybody involved in his case can fuck off for me, from the dole twats in the job centre, the ones at the call centre, the doctors involved in the assessment - the lot

It’s finally finished! I wanted to make this comic for the snap election, but if the Tories win I feel like it’s gonna be relevant for the next few years. 

I messaged a few of the spoonie blogs I follow to see if they would be okay with me tagging them in this. I got responses from @spooniediaries and @heyatleastitsnotcancer but I didn’t want to tag anyone else who hadn’t given me their consent.

Caption/script under the cut - please reblog and share. (Note: the captioning is reaaaaally long - it might crash your phone if you’re on mobile).

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anonymous asked:

can you introduce more of the apocalypse characters please u v u

this is keller he and darwin have been affiliated with one another since the start of the apocalypse. he doesn’t trust easy nor does he like stopping for people or giving strangers supplies.

this is gucci she was originally a raider who manipulated the leader of her gang through seduction and playing up the naive little girl routine. she loves making up soap opera stories about zombies and thinks keller would be cuter if he didn’t talk.

this is jenna she was an elementary school lunch monitor before the outbreak and when darwin infiltrated her safety dome to find food she broke his nose. her dream is to make a settlement for kids and dogs.

No soy materialista…
pero quiero ir al cine juntos,
yo las palomitas,
tú las entradas…
Ir por tacos al pastor
y yo invitaba el helado…
Comprar libros
y prestarlos,
o leerlos juntos…
Yo para ti uno de botánica,
Yo recibiría algo de poesía
o medicina interna…
Rentar una cuenta juntos
en Netflix y turnarnos
nuestras series favoritas…
Ahorrar para una cámara
para los dos, de los dos…
Hacer compras juntos
por Internet para
completar el envío gratis…
Comprar pizza de dos sabores,
tener una casa bonita,
un perro, tres aves,
seis hijos, muchos árboles…
Y ambos cuidarlos a todos…
Dividir los deberes
y los costos del hogar…
Luego enfermar juntos,
completar para
los medicamentos de ambos…
volvernos viejitos,
dividir pensiones…
Viajar bien lejos,
turnando los destinos…
No soy materialista.
Yo sólo te quiero a ti…
—  Clara Ajc

Venezuela, citizens “loyal” to the Maduro regime receive military gear, most notably surplus FN FAL battle rifles, in preparation for the 2017 Soberanía Bolivariana joint civilian and military exercises, launched in response to threads of a United States military intervention against the regime.

Notice the high number of senior citizens, many effectively forced to participate, as otherwise their pensions, given by the late president Chavez, can be removed, like it happened to those that were caught supporting the anti-regime protests.

Special thanks to @bertmacklin-atf for the video!

independent.co.uk
DWP spends £39m defending decisions to strip benefits from sick and disabled people
Exclusive: Government appeal process condemned as ‘traumatic’ and a ‘waste of time and money’

New figures show that in 2016 the Government spent £22m processing claimants’ initial appeals against sanctions – a stage most people must pass through before they reach a tribunal.

It emerged earlier this year that government officials are given targets to reject four out of five initial appeals – known as mandatory reconsiderations – for disability benefits.

reminder that tory ideology isn’t fiscal conservatism but open and barbaric class warfare targeted at the most vulnerable. 

Tried to give shitty neighbour a taste of his own medicine. Ended up getting him some hefty fines.

My initial plan should have resulted in an @petty-revenge-stories worthy post, but I inadvertently ended up going a lot further. (long story: tl;dr at the end)

Some background:

My neighbour, let’s call him Dave, is a twat. Literally everyone on the street hates him. The previous owners of our house left because of him: we gave them a lowball offer on the house which they accepted straight away because Dave drove them crazy. We initially didn’t pay much mind because, for 10/12 years that we’ve lived here he’s been pretty courteous, even very helpful. His attitude changed over the past 2 years. He’s started complaining about the volume of my guitar playing even though his dog is yapping away 24/7 - bear in mind this is a dog which he doesn’t even let out of the house. He forced us to reposition our CCTV cameras so they didn’t look into his gardens, then put up his own which look into ours claiming it’s his property so he can do what he wants. Some craftsmen came to do work on our roof, and he complained about them to the council on a small technicality with their scaffolding, causing them to get fined.

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Student debt in America: no matter how hard things get, student loans cannot ever be charged off or written off even in bankruptcy, because a deal’s a deal and students need to pay off their debts & be fiscally responsible and live up to their financial obligations

Pensions in America: yeah well look here, I know the company/state promised all you workers stuff 30yrs ago and in return you took less pay and you’re ready to retire after having lived up to your part of the bargain, but things changed and times are hard for billionaires now. you can’t expect poor ole multi-billion dollar corporations or the state to live up to those old financial obligations…suckers

Vimes had mixed memories of Captain Tilden. He had been a military man before being given this job as a kind of pension, and that was a bad thing in a senior copper. It meant he looked to Authority for orders and obeyed them, whereas Vimes found it better to look to Authority for orders and then filter those orders through a fine mesh of common sense, adding a generous scoop of creative misunderstanding and maybe even incipient deafness if circumstances demanded, because Authority rarely descended to street level.

– on how to look to Authority | Terry Pratchett, Night Watch