Monthly Archives: December 2017

In her old age, my mom has decided to dress like a kindergartner.


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1970s auntie Lucy and uncle Chackalackal are #goals


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AT&T Credits Trump for Bonus Its Union Already Negotiated

Also AT&T has 13 billion in profits last year. These announcements of raises are pure PR. We don’t get higher wages by making the boss even richer and giving him more power over us. We only get higher wages by increasing our bargaining power and demanding higher wages. That means unions, not tax breaks. Workers get more when workers have more power.

As these BS announcement of raises come in, subtract the amount that unions actually won, and then compare that total going to workers to the amount going directly into stock buybacks that do NOTHING for workers. It’s a scam.
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Democrats Should Tell Voters What Else They Could Get for $1.5 Trillion

From Kathleen Cochrane: “It’s easy for the fight of tax rates to feel a bit divorced from people’s day to day lives. But what it really is about is our values. For $1.5 trillion, we could lift 3.2 million children out of poverty so they don’t go to bed hungry, AND make 4-year public college tuition-free, AND provide every worker with 12 weeks of desperately needed paid family and medical leave at 66% of their wages. Instead the GOP is throwing that money at the wealthiest, corporations, donors and heirs.

“Whenever Mitch McConnell says we can’t afford something in the future, I hope every reporter will immediately harp on the hypocrisy of this vote.”
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“The perpetual bullshit machine.”

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“I hope they see my humanity”: activist Ady Barkan on how the tax bill would make his life with ALS worse

what the Republicans did today is only possible because they deny the humanity of people like Ady Barkan. We won’t let them get away with it in November.
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Extreme poverty in America: read the UN special monitor’s report

An important report from my former professor and UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights, Phillip Alston and his recent report on extreme poverty in the United States:

“The proposed tax reform package stakes out America’s bid to become the most unequal society in the world, and will greatly increase the already high levels of wealth and income inequality between the richest 1% and the poorest 50% of Americans. The dramatic cuts in welfare, foreshadowed by Donald Trump and speaker Ryan, and already beginning to be implemented by the administration, will essentially shred crucial dimensions of a safety net that is already full of holes. It is against this background that my report is presented.

“The United States is one of the world’s richest and most powerful and technologically innovative countries; but neither its wealth nor its power nor its technology is being harnessed to address the situation in which 40 million people continue to live in poverty.”

“US healthcare expenditures per capita are double the OECD average and much higher than in all other countries. But there are many fewer doctors and hospital beds per person than the OECD average.

“US infant mortality rates in 2013 were the highest in the developed world.

“US infant mortality rates in 2013 were the highest in the developed world.

“In terms of access to water and sanitation the US ranks 36th in the world.”

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