The most dangerous phrase in the language is, “we’ve always done it this way.”
"Come on, let’s mix it up!" The heart surgeon says.
"B-but we’ve always done it this way!" The other replies, "this is how you replace a heart valve."
"That’s the most dangerous phrase in the human language!" The first surgeon replies haughtily as he inputs a fruit loop into the patient’s heart. "This will be his valve. He will be a fruit loop in a world of Cheerios."
(taken from this post on the experiments of Harry Harlow)
This is serious business, because this is a large part of how sexism, racism, homophobia, rape culture, ethnocentrism, etc. continue to happen.
Early last week the Internet was abuzz with a new, but clever concept called the “bad boss tax.”
Conceptualized by TakeAction Minnesota, the bad boss tax would impose a fine on billion-dollar corporations with employees that rely on government assistance.
While the future of the bad boss tax is uncertain, the number of employers paying wages so low that they inadvertently shift the financial burden to taxpayers is extensive.
Below, we’ve compiled the top three “Bad Bosses” below.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fast food workers, on average, make about $18,880 a year. According to the living wage calculator, that’s barely enough to keep one person from poverty, let alone a family.
What’s more, many McDonald’s workers report to only making the minimum wage, as low as $7.25. That number, compared to the CEO’s $13.8 billion compensation is one of the many reasons why McDonald’s landed on the list.
Worker pay at the Golden Arches, due in part to franchising, is varied. But one thing is for sure, across the board employees are fed up. Yesterday the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that McDonald’s could be accountable for the string of low wage lawsuits that it’s been slammed with in the past year.
The past year has been rocky for the billion-dollar corporation. Protests over low pay, the right to unionize and unfair treatment have been brewing for months and in May workers across the world banded together for a global protest. Additionally, workers protested in front of the fast food giant’s corporate headquarters during the annual shareholders meeting.
On average, workers at Walmart are paid $8.81 an hour. An employee working 34 hours a week only makes $15,576 annually, far below the federal poverty line for a family of two or more. Keep in mind that Walmart CEO compensation was estimated to be around $20.7 million while revenue is nearly $500 billion.
Perhaps as a direct result, it was recently reported that Walmart’s low wages are costing taxpayers nearly $6.2 billion for public assistance services such as Medicaid, food stamps and housing. That means that one of America’s most profitable businesses relies on taxpayers to support their employees.
Low wages run rampant at YUM!, the owner of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, with many workers making less than $8 an hour. Aside from it being an unlivable wage no matter where you’re from, YUM! has about 900,000 employees, many of whom need to have their wages subsidized by hard working, middle-class taxpayers.
Despite its CEO (name?) making $14.2 million (over what year) and its employees making poverty level wages, YUM! isn’t shy about its opposition to raising the minimum wage. On several occasions the fast food giant has lobbied to keep the minimum wage where it is, despite its CEO making 1,000 more than many of his employees.
John Boehner, Asshole of the Day for July 31, 2014
There’s a crisis at the border. The House GOP has been working on a bill for weeks. But then today they pulled it after it became clear it didn’t have the votes to pass.
This situation shows the intense concern within our conference – and among the American people – about the need to ensure the security of our borders and the president’s refusal to faithfully execute our laws. There are numerous steps the president can and should be taking right now, without the need for congressional action, to secure our borders and ensure these children are returned swiftly and safely to their countries. For the past month, the House has been engaged in intensive efforts to pass legislation that would compel the president to do his job and ensure it can be done as quickly and compassionately as possible. Through an inclusive process, a border bill was built by listening to members and the American people that has the support not just of a majority of the majority in the House, but most of the House Republican Conference. We will continue to work on solutions to the border crisis and other challenges facing our country.
Let me summarize this for you:
- Obama can solve this with unilateral action
- But we worked on a bill to solve it for a month anyways
- We can’t agree on how to solve it
- But we still expect Obama to solve it, even though we can’t agree on a plan
- We’ll blame him if he doesn’t solve it unilaterally
- Oh, and we’re still suing Obama for his unilateral action on Obamacare
- See you in 5 weeks after our vacation!
Or more simply you might summarize it as:
We won’t let our vacation get canceled just because 50,000 refugee kids need help. That’s Obama’s problem.
And I’m not exaggerating here. By 3PM congressman had already begun leaving town. The same congressmen who spent yesterday voting on Boehner’s plan to sue the president for taking unilateral action on Obamacare.
So, for suing Obama yesterday for taking unilateral action, and then saying Obama should solve the border crisis through unilateral action today, John Boehner is Asshole of the Day.
It is John Boehner's 11th time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: Talking Points Memo
Carl Sagan on astrology in newspapers. From his interview with Ted Turner.
Also, photosets are fun.
I will never stop reblogging this set.
11 year old me was pissed at this revelation
A hundred-thousand years will pass and I will never get over the genius of this scene!
Here is a compilation of polling data from various reputable American polling organizations, describing the policy preferences of the Americans people over the last year.
↳ Americans who think that U.S. wealth should be more evenly distributed: 59%
↳ Support heavy taxes on the rich to redistribute wealth: 52%
↳ Oppose cuts to Social Security or Medicare: 69%
↳ Oppose cuts on programs assisting the poor in order to address the deficit: 59%
↳ Support increasing taxes on the wealthy: 60 - 80%
↳ Support increasing the minimum wage to at least $10.10 an hour: 71%
↳ Support labor unions: 54%
↳ Spend too much on defense: 37%
↳ Extending unemployment benefits by at least three months: 58%
↳ Support marriage equality: 59%
↳ Support keeping abortion legal: 54%
↳ Disagree with SCOTUS striking down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act: 51%
↳ Support the Paycheck Fairness Act: 62%
↳ Support legalizing marijuana: 58%
↳ Support a pathway to citizenship: 68%
↳ Support universal background checks for all gun purchases: 81%
↳ Support universal background checks and disqualifying offenses for gun purchase: 55.5% of Gun Sellers
↳ Believe in climate change: 73%↳ Support stronger EPA air regulations: 72%
|—||Why we are not a center-right nation: From minimum wage to the environment to abortion, America is far more liberal than the media or the right admit. (via odinsblog)|
i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again
YOU DO NOT NEED TO BRING YOUR GUN TO THE GROCERY STORE
how does america even function like it sounds like a video game or something. grand theft freedom.
DEATH IS ON ITS WAY, HUMAN.
Can I cuddle Death and give Death chin scritches and kisses?
SCRITCHES CANNOT POSTPONE THE INESCAPABLE FATE ORDAINED TO YOU, HUMAN, HOWEVER THEY MAY EARN YOU PURRS AND LOVERUBS
Take this to heart. Please.
This illustrates perfectly how people use the term “the womb” to gloss over the fact that a uterus is someone else’s internal organ.
Then I would…not be here?
And I wouldn’t be alive to know about it, anyway…?
i found this picture of leonardo dicaprio
so i just
|—||Dude on OKC with the best pick up lines I have ever heard (via hate)|