this economy we live in

it’s weird to me when shadowrun treats credsticks as the future when over two thirds of all new zealand transactions are card based now. it’s not the future it’s the now and it’s actually really boring. give me cash economies! the past and the future are the same we’re living in a loop!


“We’d done this little low budget film. They’d even flown us economy to our location in London to save money, and we lived off a per diem that came nowhere near the vincinity of luxurious. We’d done a cool little off-the-radar movie directed by a bearded guy from Modesto. A thing like that wasn’t going to make people want to play with a doll of you, was it? It was one movie.” – Carrie Fisher, The Princess Diarist

Here’s something I never see discussed anywhere:

Disabled/chronically ill young people who are able to work but haven’t always been able to (and may still have restrictions), and how that stops them from getting work even now.

It doesn’t matter if they’re able to do the work fine and they have all the necessary skills, because of how competitive the market is now there will always be at least one other candidate with more experience than they do. And this is simply because during an important period of their life when all their peers were out getting some work experience (even if it was in completely unrelated fields), they couldn’t because they were ill. They may not even be able to do what all their peers consider something they can “fall back on” like waiting tables, because they physically can’t. Disability/chronic illness stopped them from getting work then, and it stops them from getting work even when they can now, even when they excel in all other areas you want from an employee. And of course it can’t fall under discrimination laws because no one is actively discriminating - no one is at fault - it’s the screwed up economy we live in that’s the problem, and there’s not a damn thing we can do about it unless we can actually get some work experience that counts.


actually, the us economy hasn’t been capitalist since *spins wheel* 1939, and we currently live under *spins wheel* mercantilism

  • team rocket: we want to take over the country and rule it from the shadows because we're the yakuza and we won't bend to anyone.
  • team aqua: we want to make the world a better place for life by returning things to the primordial ocean from whence they came.
  • team magma: we want to make the world a better place for life by expanding the land so they have more room to live.
  • team galactic: we want to unmake reality and reform it in the image of our leader, creating a universe without spirit or strife.
  • team plasma: we want to bring about change and justice for pokemon, letting them live free from human cruelty and interference.
  • team neo plasma: we want to take over our country with brute force and become the masters of all around us with the power of a legend.
  • team flare: we want to eradicate the common folk and become a race of beautiful, eternal elites who will reign forever.
  • aether foundation: we want to conserve living beings, including those from other worlds, regardless of the consequences for our own world.
  • team skull: we just wanna fucking eat cause the economy's fucked and our lives are going nowhere
It’s Now Time for Medicare for All

Senator Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Jeff Merkley, are introducing a Medicare For All bill in the Senate. It’s a model for where this nation needs to be headed.

Some background: American spending on health care per person is more than twice the average in the world’s 35 advanced economies. Yet Americans are sicker, our lives are shorter, and we have more chronic illnesses than in any other advanced nation.

That’s because medical care is so expensive for the typical American that many put off seeing a doctor until their health has seriously deteriorated.

Why is health care so much cheaper in other nations? Partly because their governments negotiate lower rates with health care providers. In France, the average cost of a magnetic resonance imaging exam is $363. In the United States, it’s $1,121. There, an appendectomy costs $4,463. Here, it’s $13,851.

The French can get lower rates because they cover everyone — which gives them lots of bargaining power.

Other nations also don’t have to pay the costs of private insurers shelling out billions of dollars a year for advertising and marketing — much of it intended to attract healthier and younger people and avoid the sicker and older.

Nor do other nations have to pay boatloads of money to the shareholders and executives of big for-profit insurance companies.

Finally, they don’t have to bear the high administrative costs of private insurers — requiring endless paperwork to keep track of every procedure by every provider.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Medicare’s administrative costs are about 2 percent of its operating expenses. That’s less than one-sixth the administrative costs of America’s private insurers.

To make matters worse for Americans, the nation’s private health insurers are merging like mad to suck in even more money from consumers and taxpayers by reducing competition.

At the same time, their focus on attracting healthy people and avoiding sick people is creating a vicious circle. Insurers that take in sicker and costlier patients lose money, which forces them to raise premiums, co-payments and deductibles. This, in turn, makes it harder for people most in need of health insurance to afford it.

This phenomenon has even plagued health exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

Medicare for all would avoid all these problems and get lower prices and better care.

Ideally, it would be financed the same way Medicare and Social Security are financed, through the payroll tax. Wealthy Americans should pay a higher payroll tax rate and contribute more than lower-income people. But everyone would come out ahead because total health care costs would be far lower, and outcomes far better.

A Gallup poll conducted in May found that a majority of Americans would support such a system. A poll by the Pew Research Center shows that such support is growing, with 60 percent of Americans now saying government should be responsible for ensuring health care coverage for all Americans — up from 51 percent last year.

Democrats are wise to seize the moment. The time has come for Medicare for all

You fags make me laugh. A week on after my grand birthday and It’s just getting better and better for Me! Haha. New slaves are surfacing, begging to be drained and submit before my Godly Alpha physique. Can I blame them? Probably not. I know I’m a Muscle God that you all crave. Fucking losers! 

See that ripe, sweaty sock, faggot? Yeah I bet you do! Fucking learn to obey my demands, or get removed. One quick stomp should do the trick… You think Lord Samuel accepts timewasting cashfags? Not a chance. Fulfil your role as my ATM’s; supplement the life of someone much, much greater than you.

Always remember that we are from totally different worlds.. I deserve LUXURY and you fags deserve ECONOMY. We aren’t the same. 

Skype: live:snservicesnw for drains.

Well, as a result then, of pretenses, of not being honest about what we want, untold confusion arises. You know the proverb, be very careful of what you desire, you may get it. We live in a culture where almost the whole economy depends upon the creation of artificial desires. Upon giving you desires that you might never have had in the ordinary way. And therefor thinking that you want things that simply aren’t wantable.
—  Alan Watts
The height of wage rates is determined by the consumers’ appraisal of the value the worker’s labor adds…

Ludwig Von Mises  (1881-1973) Austrian economist.

We do not live in a society in which a wealthy lord pays a worker whatever he sees fit, and the worker must submit in order to survive. We live in a market economy; an economy in which if you offer something that people really want,  an employer MUST pay you a higher price, or else his competitors will obtain your services and pay you even more (so that they can add that value to their own company). If the first company regularly undercompensates those with valuable capabilities and loses them, it  cannot compete effectively and ceases to exist. Like oil, gold, or anything else, when it comes to ability, value is related to rarity. The more desirable and rare your contribution is, the more it will be coveted. It is your fellow man, the customer who determines the value of what you offer.
“He’s a Charlatan”: How Trump Tricked the White Working Class
Keith Ellison opens up about the health-care debacle, winning over Trump voters, and why millennials are pissed.
By Maya Kosoff

In February, one month after President Donald Trump took office, some 400 Democratic leaders convened in Atlanta to assess the damage and elect a new Democratic National Committee chair—a perhaps unenviable job that includes rebuilding a party in disarray. While establishment candidate Tom Perez won the title, he immediately appointed his more progressive runner-up, Keith Ellison, a populist Minnesota congressman and Muslim who leads the Congressional Progressive Caucus, to the newly-created role of deputy party chair. A month later, Ellison is leading the charge against Trump’s travel ban, calling on Republicans to collaborate on infrastructure and tax reform, launching a nationwide “Democratic Turnaround Tour” to bring the party’s message to states it lost in 2016, and, among other things, restarting his podcast. We the People covers how working-class Americans affect the economy. The first episode will focus on women in the age of Trump, and includes an interview with NARAL’s Ilyse Hogue.

“If you look at the podcast in general, it really is about how people outside of the millionaire and billionaire classes experience the economy,” Ellison told me. “It really is about dealing with people who are struggling to get a union or right to work. How people’s faith informs their economic outlook. How money informs politics.” Past episodes have touched on working-class issues such as payday loans and prison phone rates. Here, Ellison talks about the recent health-care debacle, how his party can win back women who voted for Trump, and how to get millennials on board with the Democratic message.


Vanity Fair: You had a front-row seat to the G.O.P.’s health-care debacle. After eight years without the White House, is this Republican Congress incapable of governing?

Keith Ellison: It’s hard to see how they’re going to get their act together. People tend to do what they’ve been doing. So will they learn? I don’t know. We’ll see. The question is: will we learn? Will we learn that we have to promote unity, stick together, organize the grass-roots and always, always, always be on the side of the average American working person, male or female? Because women don’t get much attention when we talk about how the economy works. We sort of ignore the fact that women live longer, and therefore depend longer on Social Security, but they don’t get to earn as much because of discrimination. Therefore their pensions and retirement funds are lower. This is something the podcast is really going to focus on. We know that if we can correct this economy and make it fair and equal for men and women, America will be better off.

Vanity Fair: Republicans clearly have a different view, given how the American Health Care Act would have disproportionately raised premiums for women. What’s the strategy for Democrats going forward in terms of health care? Will you oppose Trump or try to work with him?

Keith Ellison: We’re not going to simply obstruct them for political purposes.

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The literal second a working "Anarcho-Communist society" is formed.
  • Person 1: We've finally overthrown the world economy and capitalism has come crashing down! Now we can live by volunteering to do things for each other for goods, and services! No leaders! No money!
  • Person 2: I need some food and Person 3 has some but he doesn't want my shoes I'm making.
  • Person 3: I have shoes already.
  • Person 1: Okay, how about this, I'll write a bunch of IOU's, this IOU will show you owe him a certain amount for his food, and the IOU can be used to get goods and services from others as well...

Climate Change

It’s imperceptible, they say

Not real, it can’t be

We’ve no effect on our surroundings

We’re just humanity

But deny it all they want

There’s a change in the air

It’s hot, people are breathless

Gasping, grasping

Reaching for something

That they say isn’t even there

It’s climate change

And it’s got us all

We’re twisting, hurricanes

Blustering with all our might

Eager to tear into each other

Eager to start a fight

With anyone

Over anything

Never fixing a single problem

Just bickering, spitting raindrops

Creating puddles for one another

Children splash in a pool

While our mother cries in pain

We’re too lost in ourselves

Our arguments

Our industry

Our economy

Our own petty pathetic lives

To see we’re destroying her

Mother Nature

With our silly bickering

All hot air and gasses

We spew and spill and pollute

Our atmosphere so thick with it

This hate, between me and you

We’re different but we’re the same

Can’t we see, can’t we stop the fight?

Just long enough to turn to mother

And make sure that she is alright?

-Climate Change-

© -Michael Greywood Poetry- 2017

anonymous asked:

What do you think the wealth/status/class of each of the kids in httyd is?

Ok.  Yeah.  Easy.

And while we’re here, we’re going to learn a lot about what these words (status/class/wealth) actually mean.  And we’re going to talk about Vikings in general.  Among other things.  Like some theory and process.

You didn’t know you were signing up for an archaeology class when you asked this, did ya, Anon?

Or maybe you did.  Maybe that’s why you asked in the first place.

Either way!  That’s what you’re getting!  Whoo-hoo!!

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

Why do you think Taylor does not get the respect that Adele and Beyonce have? When it comes to A & B, it seems people collectively agree they are talented and deserve their praise but it seems that when it comes to Taylor Swift, people are so divided. Some think she is not talented and do not deserve the insane amount of success that she has. Do you think it has to do with vocals?

don’t discount the fact that a lot of people feel that no one deserves that much success. We live in an attention economy and when certain people receive a disproportionate amount of attention for whatever reason, emotions will be stirred.

My dad put this picture on my Facebook wall today, haha, very funny. Ah, yes, lets continue to make fun of our generation because of fashion, which is not something that is wrong, just something that fluctuates with the growing years– need we remind the other generations about bell bottom pants and teased hair and 80s bright and mismatched makeup…all other questionable fashion trends of the past.

Or, goodness me, lets make fun of the Y Generation for trying to survive in a hard-to-live-in economy which we did not even create, but were born into (so is it really our faults for asking for help?).

Or, lastly, and this is a great one: lets make fun of them for being codependent for “normal” things to do, which, when you think about it, would that even be our deficiency as well? Because no one is born knowing how to do everything naturally. We are taught things. If someone doesn’t know how to do a “normal” thing, is it really their fault or their teachers’ fault?

So, I’ve got some more accurate ones for the Y Generation currently:

  • Y can’t we have social security benefits or good healthcare?
  • Y can’t we find a good job in this shitty economy?
  • Y is our Earth going to die (or at least be really crappy to live in in the future) from all the pollution that the older generations have been overloading it with?
  • Y is our debt so huge?
  • Y doesn’t anyone ever take us seriously when we’re about to become the Head Generation In Charge? (That means we are in charge of your guys’ futures, old generations! You’re going to be old and we are in charge of your senior care! So you should be nicer to those with so much over you.)
  • Y is everyone so focused on making fun of Earth’s inheritors like we’re the problems, instead of solving the actual problems the Earth actually has like climate control, gun control, war, and financial stability?

Is my living in vain?

What is the purpose of life?

I worked my way through university. I was able to graduate debt-free, and I was fortunate to get a job in my field. I woke up, went to work, came home, and repeated. So this was going to be the pattern for the next 40 years until I can retire? Certainly there was more to life than this. I had a lot going for me: a good job, loving family, supportive friends. So why wasn’t I content? What more did I need? What was wrong with me? Getting a job in and of itself was an accomplishment with the economy we were living in. I didn’t know why I felt so ungrateful.

Is my praying in vain?

I just wanted to be happy. It seemed as though I had the world, so why couldn’t I smile? I prayed for all these things to come to pass and they did, but it didn’t seem like it was enough. I got to the point in my life where I felt I was on this earth for more. I didn’t want to be mediocre; I wanted to make a difference. From a young age I heard the quote, “Change the world; don’t let the world change you.” For some reason that quote never left me. However, as I grew older, I realized I was only one person, and I couldn’t possibly change the world. When you’re a kid, you believe you can do anything. But when you grow older and the years are passing by, reality sets in; you realize you have to get your priorities in check.

Am I wasting my time? Can the clock be rewind?

Why couldn’t changing the world be one of my priorities? I wasn’t happy with my current situation, so why not do something I am passionate about? The problem is, I was looking at changing the world on a huge scale. And that is very overwhelming to think about. I came to the realization that a lot of times we get overwhelmed with the problems that are going on around us, and we think that they are too big. We think we can’t do anything about them. However, I came to realize that if I can change even a small portion of those problems then that can be the beginning of changing the world. And that is what I set out to do.

It’s not all in vain because after all it’s eternal gain.

So here I am, going on 27. I quit my job and started working at an unpaid internship because it is something I believe in. Sometimes I feel as though I started all over again and that all these years that I have wasted my time. But that is far from the case. Sometimes you have to reevaluate your purpose. You are in control of your happiness, and I am thrilled to say I am no longer living in vain. Most importantly, I’m happy.

- Samantha, TWLOHA Spring ‘15 Intern

Honestly, as a Midwesterner, the thing that really makes me roll my eyes about ~out of touch urban media~ is bullshit articles about “why the heartland really voted Trump” that inevitably go:

WaPo Thinkpiece hack: “Hello I’m here in podunksville Indiana,talking to Micah about the economy–Micah, sir, why did you vote Trump?”

Micah: “Well cuz the economy’s gone to hell ever since that [slur] Obongo got into the white House and started lettin the gays indoctrinate our kids and he gave money to the cities so race-mixin sluts can get birth control and abortions and accuse innocent white boys of rape and and uppity BLM thugs can play the race card and attack cops, with al sharpton’s help, and so them cross-dressin freaks can follow our kids into the bathroom, and everyone can turn atheist. But Trump’s gonna grab em by the pussy and teach em what’s what, and fix the economy by kickin out the Mexicans!”

WaPo hack, in very sad voice: “Pack it in boys, we got it wrong: this was clearly all about his concerns for the economy. Clearly we, as decadent city dwellers living in a bubble, are the ones who must do a lot of soul searching about how we got it wrong. Maybe if we give them a chance, our salt of the earth moral superiors here can show us the way.”