the crafts report

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.

It has been discovered that premature babies do better if they have the tentacle of an octopus to hold whilst in the incubator. Apparently when in the mother’s womb the baby holds onto the umbilical cord and the octopus is a suitable substitute because of the knitted or crocheted tentacles.

Crafting group report in village paper


dribs and drabs

Adelaide’s new school lets you buy a pre-packaged school supply kit online specific to each grade. I bought one tonight and it will be there at school for her on her first day. While I appreciate the thoughtful convenience of this, school supplies at this age are actually fun to buy. Crayons and markers. Tiny scissors. Elmer’s glue. Colorful, crafty things that feel good and nostalgic in your hands.

In all fairness, I will be very glad of this service once we get to the calculator phase of supply buying. Blah.

Actually, I’m starting to feel a little nervous about this new school. Adelaide’s summer reading list came with zero instruction, just a long list of books that seem to have nothing in common. Why that specific book in the series and not another? No craft project or report to show comprehension? One of the books didn’t even have the right author next to it. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by her Montessori environment, which took such painstaking care at every turn, but I’m really hoping that haphazard list is an anomaly.

I’m about to have about a week to myself in the house. Home Alone or Risky Business? I’m looking forward to it. Maybe I’ll even have people over.

I’m so glad tomorrow’s Friday. I’ve yet to recover from Tuesday and my sleep pattern is way, way off. I’d feel regret, but a day spent entirely in your bathing suit is always a good day and worth any subsequent trouble.

Alien Series: The Pascagoula Aliens

From Wikipedia:

“Pascagoula Abduction

On the evening of October 11, 1973, 42-year-old Charles Hickson and 19-year-old Calvin Parker — co-workers at a shipyard — were fishing off a pier on the west bank of the Pascagoula River in Mississippi. They heard a whirring/whizzing sound, saw two flashing blue lights, and reported that an oval shaped "craft”, some 8 feet across and 8 or more feet high, suddenly appeared near them. The ship seemed to levitate about 2 feet above the ground.

A door opened on the ship, they said, and three creatures emerged and seized the men, floating or levitating them into the craft. Both men reported being paralyzed and numb. Parker claimed that he had fainted due to fright. They described the terrifying creatures as being roughly humanoid in shape, and standing about five feet tall. The creatures’ skin was pale in color and wrinkled, and they had no eyes that the men could discern, and slits for mouths. Their heads also appeared connected directly to their shoulders, with no discernible neck. There were three “carrot-like” growths instead - one where the nose would be on a human, the other two where ears would normally be. The beings had lobster-like claws at the ends of their arms, and they seemed to have only one leg (Hickson later described the creatures’ lower bodies looking as if their legs were fused together) ending in elephant-like feet. Hickson also reported that the creatures moved in mechanical, robotic ways.

On the ship, Hickson claimed that he was somehow levitated or hovered a few feet above the floor of the craft, and was examined by what looked like a large football-shaped mechanical eye, about 6 to 8 inches in diameter, that seemed to scan his body. Parker claimed that he could not recall what had happened to him inside the craft, although later, during sessions of hypnotic regression he offered some hazy details. The men were released after about 20 minutes and the creatures levitated them, with Hickson’s feet dragging along the ground, back to their original positions on the river bank.“


Taiyo Tosho has uploaded the Doushitemo Furetakunai Movie filming report manga by Chiba Ryoko and Akiba Touko which appeared in Ihr HertZ and CRAFT.

Chiba Sensei’s Manga report

Akiba Sensei’s Manga report

I’ve translated the first bit and the last bit of the 7 pages from Akiba Sensei’s manga report. I translated the title panel of Chiba Sensei here.

I thought this will give the fandom an idea of how Yoneda Sensei is like. She seemed to be really nervous during the shoot, and as she was so busy at the time, she couldn’t even stay to watch the filming too long. 

BTW, the movie is doing very well in Tokyo. After two weeks of full house, the theater increased the number of showing. I’m sure the movie will be available on DVD, so hope you all will have a chance to watch them. Meanwhile, I have to go watch it again!

Most of you have probably heard of UFOs, but what about USOs? While a UFO describes an object that is flying, a USO describes an unidentified object seen either entering or leaving a body of water, hence the title Unidentified Submerged Object. Reports of USOs date all the way back to the time of the Egyptians, and have even been reported by individuals such as Alexander the Great and Christopher Columbus.

One the most famous cases, aptly dubbed the Shag Harbor incident, took place in Shag Harbor, Novia Scotia in Canada. On October 14, 1967, after an eventful day filled with UFO sightings all over Novia Scotia, a downed craft was reported in the Sound off the coast. Initially considered to be a downed aircraft, a thorough search of the water by the Canadian military turned up nothing and the incident was officially reported as a UFO. Days after the crash, a second object was spotted entering the harbor, right where the first one had landed. There it stayed for about a week, before reemerging with a second craft trailing behind it. Today, the Sag Harbor Incident is considered one of the most plausible pieces of evidence for extraterrestrial visits.

anonymous asked:

Same anon that you asked to stop trolling--- Also, I agree with you that they were laid off and that the term "fired" is silly. The perception of your opinion that I was getting from your posts may have been wrong. It seems like you're not disagreeing that Stana was not asked to come back next season. I was under the impression that you thought there was still a possibility this was more about contract negotiations.

No, I absolutely think Stana was asked to come back and I think that Stana chose not to return and, before anyone could make a statement one way or the other, “insiders” (those unnamed sources from the articles today) made blanket statements about one actress and it was either assumed to apply to both or mistakenly reported that it applied to both. 

This happened last year with Nathan Fillion signing his contract being released to the public long before ABC was ready to say anything and, once it was out there, all they could do was confirm and try and assure people that they were still working with Stana. It didn’t really control the panic, not until Stana signed on for season eight, which is just proof that news media has a hell of a lot of power and even well meaning people with connections and information can make a grievous misstep and upset the apple cart. 

Now, am I upset Stana isn’t coming back? Yes. Am I going to miss Tamala when the show needs a scene in the morgue? Yes. But I understand that this is a business, and in Hollywood there’s very rarely anything that happens fairly. People get screwed and fucked and manipulated and lied to every day, and its usually over two things: money and power. It’s not usually anything personal, it’s not always about trying to ruin an actress or ruin a show, it’s just about money and, in this case, I think it was about an actress who felt it was time to move on and chose to do so but, rather than being able to make a graceful exit, she’s been thrown into a lions den because a few people can’t keep their traps shut and allow these things to play out in their own time. 

And, yes, I do think ABC knows Stana’s value. I think they would have loved to keep her or, if that wasn’t possible, to send her out in a way that’s not about back biting and making all parties involved look like first graders. But it didn’t happen and everyone involved should have known that you can’t keep the lid on this sort of stuff for very long. The longer it sits, the more people who learn what is gonna happen, and the more people who know, the easier it is to find a leak to blow the lid off. 

Cause here’s the thing, ABC is very definitive in parting with Tamala Jones in their statement. She’s spoken of in the past tense, Stana is spoken of in present-perfect, which means that they have an interest in continuing a working relationship with her. Maybe that isn’t on Castle, but I find it hard to believe that if they kicked her off the show and never offered her the chance to come back that they’d be crafting that kind of language in a PR statement (that multiple people looked at and put together. PR people obsessively analyze the language they use). It’s hopeful, its downright positive when you think about all the rest of the drama that has been wrapped up in today, and that isn’t by accident. Whether or not they approach Stana to come back to Castle, or whether or not she’s interested in that offer, they laid down an olive branch which, even if they didn’t discuss her return and begin negotiations with her, is meant to smooth things over in some way. 

And this is what I’ve been saying all day. Every single person involved in this scenario has an agenda. From the reporter who crafted the article, to the ABC reps, to the actresses, to the sources who leaked the information. None of this happened by accident, and that’s something you have to consider when just blindly accepting what is being reported. The full story isn’t out there because every single side involved is telling their portion of it, and that has yet to equal to the full situation. We might never know what that situation is, but I don’t for one second believe that ABC looked at the show, looked at the budget, and said “hmmm, we gotta cut someone, so why not Stana Katic”. Not without Stana expressing in some way, shape or form that she might like to move on to other pastures. Does that mean she actively wanted to go? Maybe not, but you don’t make this kind of decision about the female romantic lead on a show that’s built its fanbase on the back of a ship that she’s involved in without feeling that the actress isn’t interested in returning.