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Suicide is cheaper

Sometimes you get a call out to one of the little trailer parks, because people do live here even though no one really wants to, and it’s for chest pains, possible heart attack. It’s an older man in a uniform (you decide what kind) pale and sweaty and shaking, his face like dough. He’s got a crocheted afghan in a startling color combination covering his lap, and his wife (you guess she’s the one who made it, she’s got that look) wrings her hands nearby. She’s the one that called you. He’s as mad as he can manage when he can barely breathe. The paramedic hooks up the EKG.You don’t know how to read the bouncing lines, but even you know it’s not good. Okay, let’s go. We need to get you to the hospital.

“No.” You’re probably having a heart attack. This could kill you. You need to come with us. “No. It’s too expensive. I can’t.” He’s got kids, and grandkids, and too much debt already. That’s what he tells you. And you try to tell him that life is worth a hell of a lot more than money. Grandkids, right? You want to play with your grandkids. “I don’t want them to pay my bills.”

Your paramedic calls the hospital and has one of the ER docs talk to the man, try to scare him or cajole him into coming along. The sick man’s wife wrings her hands some more, rubs his shoulders, but she doesn’t argue with him, doesn’t help us. She’s in the shadow of that same specter. And that’s all you can do, in the end. You can argue, cajole, even threaten a little, and it doesn’t matter. The man knows who he is, where he is, when it is (that’s called AAOx3) and he has the right to refuse your help, by law.

So you pack up your things and walk, really slowly, to the door. You drive away so slowly that cars honk at you. Because you’re hoping, you’re goddamn hoping that poor man will collapse while you’re still only a couple miles from his trailer, and his wife will call you, and you can come screaming back and save his life whether he wants you to or not, like you’re some kind of goddamn hero.

This happens every goddamn day. Heart attacks and car accidents and sickness, and they won’t go because they’re so fucking scared of debt collectors harassing them, harassing their families.

(via thatfeministqueer)

thisiswealthyprivilege:

Wealthy privilege is never feeling panic. True, genuine panic, about how the hell you’re going to survive with $30 for food for the entire month. About how you’re going to choke down a genuine illness and go about the daily grind when it should be treated. About just how many things are broken or lacking and how you’ll never, ever have the money to take care of it.

ihopemittromney:

Mitt Romney just cost himself the election: This video comes from mother jones- someone got ahold of footage from one of his private fundraisers, rambling about entitlements and the poor, saying in essence he doesn’t care about them.

Original story: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/09/mitt-romney-bootlegs-clinging-to-the-47-percent-of-entitled-victims-silver-spoons-and-eastwood-talks-pm-note/

Oh. My. God. I won’t say I’m surprised, but WOW. He literally does not think health care, food, and housing are things people should be entitled to. He literally does think people who lack them merely call themselves victims in order to get handouts. He literally thinks it is your fault if you do not have access to food. Which he doesn’t think you deserve.

I hope he ROTS.

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thepeoplesrecord:

More implications of being a woman in America.

Source

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Most people on food stamps work full time. They work full time but they don’t have enough money to pay for food for their kids. So really, in some ways, food stamps are about a business subsidy because it allows low wage business workers to… feed their families and continue working. But we call it charity, or the Republicans call it charity. They want to cut food stamps so badly that every church, synagogue, mosque, house of worship in the United States—every single one—[would] have to raise an additional $50,000 every year for ten years to replace what he wants to cut. It’s not gonna happen. It’s not gonna work.

Sister Simone Campbell [x]

I like how she articulates the simple financial impossibility of religious organizations being able to replace government aid. I’d like to add that, of course, there are so many people who have trouble receiving aid from religious institutions because they’re LGBT and/or non-religious or have a fraught relationship to religion… aid is a human right—and, as she points out, a business subsidy as well as a subsidy to food companies—which people should be able to receive in a secular setting.

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fuckyeahsexeducation:

missgingerlee:

Even when I’m AT the ER/doctor I sit there & pick & choose my tests by figuring out which ones will help the most while costing the least amount of money. When I do go to the doctor, we try to decide what meds to use. Not by what may be the most helpful, but by what may be the most affordable to me. There are meds that would help me live a more ‘normal’ life……..but I can’t afford to have them.

I’ve refused to go get treatment until I’ve been septic from infection, or my lungs were so full of fluid that it was literally suffocating me, or when my fever stayed above 105 for 4 or 5 hours straight. I never go on my own, it takes somebody taking me in, kicking & screaming the whole way. I would rather be in pain & potentially die than have to go to the ER because I know I can’t afford to get proper treatment.

Read that one more time. I’d rather DIE than know I’ll have a zillion dollar bill for trying to get medical care in this country. I’m sorry, but don’t talk about trampling on your ‘rights’. I should have the right to see a damn doctor BEFORE I’m septic. BEFORE my pneumonia has me gasping for air. BEFORE I’m suicidal because the antidepressants aren’t working worth a shit (because I can’t afford the ones that do actually help).

^

I get accosted with phone calls at least once a week from the ER because I dared to actually try to get treatment. Like literally someone said “if you knew you couldn’t pay for it why did you come in?” This is what health care in the U.S. looks like right now.

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mamabirdmargaritas:

itscandidlycara:

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lexcanroar:

I am a fan of this

Worth remembering every single time you make a purchase.

I say this all the time. Every time you buy something, you are saying “I support this product and the companies who made and distributed it.”

(bold mine)
Unless you are poor, in which case you are saying, “This is all I can afford.”
PLEASE DO NOT FORGET THIS. THIS QUOTE APPLIES ONLY TO THOSE WHO CAN AFFORD TO ‘VOTE’ THAT WAY.
When I couldn’t afford jack shit, I got real tired real fast of hearing about how I should only be spending responsibly on ethical products. FUCK YOU. When you’re poor, you buy what you can with what little you have. When you’re poor, being responsible is doing what you can to stay alive. You think I wanted to buy fucking big brands, processed crap, mass produced shit? NO, but it’s all I could afford if I wanted to survive.
It’s bad enough having to balance everything you spend, down to the last fucking penny, because even a couple bucks can mean the difference between eating and starving, or getting to work on the bus vs walking for an hour and a half. Having guilt about the decisions you make to survive is just too fucking much on top of that.

Thank you. I was thinking the same thing when I saw this, but I couldn’t figure out how to put it into words. (Without ranting for a page and a half.)

mamabirdmargaritas:

itscandidlycara:

fishingboatproceeds:

lexcanroar:

I am a fan of this

Worth remembering every single time you make a purchase.

I say this all the time. Every time you buy something, you are saying “I support this product and the companies who made and distributed it.”

(bold mine)

Unless you are poor, in which case you are saying, “This is all I can afford.”

PLEASE DO NOT FORGET THIS. THIS QUOTE APPLIES ONLY TO THOSE WHO CAN AFFORD TO ‘VOTE’ THAT WAY.

When I couldn’t afford jack shit, I got real tired real fast of hearing about how I should only be spending responsibly on ethical products. FUCK YOU. When you’re poor, you buy what you can with what little you have. When you’re poor, being responsible is doing what you can to stay alive. You think I wanted to buy fucking big brands, processed crap, mass produced shit? NO, but it’s all I could afford if I wanted to survive.

It’s bad enough having to balance everything you spend, down to the last fucking penny, because even a couple bucks can mean the difference between eating and starving, or getting to work on the bus vs walking for an hour and a half. Having guilt about the decisions you make to survive is just too fucking much on top of that.

Thank you. I was thinking the same thing when I saw this, but I couldn’t figure out how to put it into words. (Without ranting for a page and a half.)

mamabirdmargaritas:

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bittergrapes:

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bitsenbobby:

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canisfamiliaris:

Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?

The answer is NO.

The “fact” that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. I frequently read confident statements like, “when a bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli …” or “it’s more affordable to feed a family of four at McDonald’s than to cook a healthy meal for them at home.”

(via sunfoundation)

this bullshit fills me with a very specific kind of rage. so, TIME TO DEBUNK!

  1. that meal from mcdonalds takes virtually no time to acquire AND is available almost anywhere.
  2. the second meal? that “salad” is lettuce … with nothing else, not even dressing unless its just olive oil or some milk i guess? gross.
  3. also thats the price of each serving, not an entire loaf of bread, a bottle of olive oil, etc. that stuff adds up which means you have to have a lot of money at one time to buy it all.
  4. that meal probably took an hour and a half to make, which is a long fucking time when you work multiple jobs or are caring for a lot of people or dont have help! seriously, if you are a single parent of three who works, is spending an hour and a half every night preparing a meal a likely option?
  5. same with beans and rice! also, you know whats a fucking bummer? eating beans and rice every night because you are poor. ask any person who has done it and they will tell you (you can start with me).
  6. there is a “nutrition” argument here that lacks a follow up: poor people are more likely to be doing physical labor and need more than 571 calories per meal.
  7. you know who is less likely to know how to bake or prepare a chicken? people without access to the internet, or libraries, or who werent taught how to by their parents because their parents worked all the time. access to healthy foods is a classist issue and classism is cyclical, you fucking morons.
  8. seriously, these sorts of infographics make me want to fucking flip tables. do you know why people don’t eat more fresh fruits and vegetables? because fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive, because they take a long time to prepare, because they dont live near a grocery store that has a decent produce section, because they dont have reliable transportation to get groceries to and from the grocery store, because they dont have the energy to plan all of the shit that is involved in making healthy, intentional, filling, balanced meals. basically: poor people get fucked, and then we get BLAMED for being lazy.
  9. eating “healthy”, aka access to fresh fruits and vegetables, is a privilege, first, foremost, always. so fuck you new york times and your ignorant goddamn infographic.
  10. there are SYSTEMATIC REASONS that we do not have equal access to fresh fruits and vegetables. they are very REAL problems. besides, you know, systematic poverty in america, the total mis-distribution of farm subsidies is a perfect place to start. read about that, then either get bent or start working on the actual problem.

YES YES YES YES YES

I am so fucking tired of seeing these misleading as fuck infographics about how “healthy eating is cheap!” No. No it is fucking not.

AND where the FUCK are you getting your food that salt and pepper are 5 cents?!??! or bacon for $1.85? or a CUP of oil for 55 cents? FOUR pieces of bread for 75 cents? 3 cups for rice for 50 cents? 

this stuff just doesn’t make sense, is extremely shaming, and is extremely misleading. 

Making homemade food affordable and healthy is very important to me, but let’s just point out a few things.

1. If you have very little money, you will *not* be eating Big Macs. You will be ordering off of the dollar menu. Off the dollar menu, that $28 is going to buy me two cheeseburgers, a fries, and a Coke for a family of SEVEN.

OK, six, really, because tax, and the double cheeseburgers are actually $1.19 now, but still. The point remains that I just bought 12 double cheeseburgers, 6 small fries, and 6ea. 16 oz. “small” sodas for about $26 plus tax. Trust me, I’ve actually done this…many times. Hell yes, I’ve dug under the seats of my car for that last nickel to get a $1 double cheeseburger when I had nothing else. Oh, wait, we were serving only four people? OK, so now we’re down to only $18 plus tax. Plus, I get free salt, pepper, ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce, straws, napkins.

Now remember, each person in the family got TWO double cheeseburgers (that’s four small meat patties, four slices of cheese, and four slices of “bread” (sic), with onions, pickles, ketchup, and mustard, a side of french fries (or *two* apple pies), and two cups (16 oz.) of Coke, because I asked for no ice. No one is going hungry here, and as things go, there are a whole lot of much more unhealthy things they *could* have eaten, instead.

2. And I don’t have to clean up. No soap, no hot water, no dishwasher, no sponges, no dishes, no nothing involved that would be necessary to serve the equivalent at home. You forgot to add the prices of all those things. All the remains get binned.

3. Which means I didn’t have to pay for gas or electricity for my stove to cook this stuff, I didn’t have to pay for power to run the refrigerator, I didn’t have to go shopping for it, I didn’t have to cook it…the list goes on. I think you’re getting the point. And you forgot to add all the prices of those things into the cost of your homemade meal.

4. Do you actually know how much a chicken costs? Let’s say $1.69/lb, which is pretty average in my area for a factory-farmed chicken. Now, the chickens you find out there rarely exceed about 7 lbs, which will be called a “roaster”. Anything you see above that is kind of freakish and is probably going to taste like it grew in a vat, not in a battery cage, but you get my drift. In any case, that’s the size chicken I’m going to need to feed a family of six, and that 7 lb bird is going to cost me…$11.83, not $5.96, as the illustration shows. OK, so the chicken you picked is for four people, so I guess I can get a 4.5 lb bird, instead, for $7.60. Wait, that’s still more money than $5.96. Oh, and can we spice it up with something besides salt and pepper, and *maybe* a squeeze of lemon? That’s pretty boring. For Goddess’ sake, pick up a box of Bell’s Poultry Seasoning, and a head of garlic!

5. That salad? Does it contain anything other than lettuce? I guess I have to make a vinaigrette out of oil, lemon, salt, and pepper, too? Good thing for you, I know how to cook. It’s still going to be a pretty boring salad…but whatevs, I’ll let you slide on that one.

6. One quart of milk? That’s half the volume of drinks I got at Micky D’s, hon. Better make it two quarts. Wait, scratch that, I’m Asian, and my family is lactose intolerant. Try again.

OK, I think you’re starting to get the picture. There’s more to food security, cooking, health, nutrition, food access, and money than meets the eye. I forgive you. After all, I’ve got actual experience at doing all of these things, so I have a visceral understanding of all the processes involved. Maybe now you have a little bit more insight into it, as well.

Umm Gemma can we please just elect you Queen of the World because this is literally everything I wanted to say but didn’t and yes, sweet jesus, yes.

Thank you from all of us who have been there and regularly find sugar packets in their pockets to attest to it.

yeah wow fuck this little infograph thing.

Reblogged for the amazing added commentary.

Love seeing these stupid posters debunked. And, uh, at what grocery store can I buy four pieces of sandwich bread or a half cup of olive oil?

Lately I’ve been trying to cook and eat at home more often. It is more economical in the long run (compared to going out to eat in general, not just getting McDonald’s) and probably better for me than the glue-like Lean Cuisines I’ve been subsisting on at work. BUT. It is a luxury to have a full kitchen and almost every pot, pan and appliance under the sun (which were wedding gifts - another luxury). It is a luxury to have enough money to buy a whole chicken (last one I bought was 4 lbs and cost $7) and loaves of whole-wheat bread ($3.89 at Target) and fresh ingredients. It is a luxury that I work normal hours and don’t have kids or other pressing responsibilities to take care of when I get home, so I can spend a couple hours cooking in the evening when the mood strikes me.

Instead of making food-shaming posters, maybe we should focus on making these luxuries more accessible to impoverished American families. Just maybe.

Reblogging b/c I can’t just heart it without hearting the original post >:(

Above all, capitalism wastes human life. The U.S. spends billions to warehouse 2 million people—many of them young Black and Latino men—in overcrowded prisons. It provides sub-par education to millions of poor students, sending a message that their lives will amount to nothing.

Are people homeless in America because there’s a shortage of homes? And if that’s the case, is there a shortage of homes because we don’t have the concrete, the wood and the steel to build them?

The truth is that under capitalism, there’s no incentive to build low-cost housing for the homeless—because it isn’t profitable to do so.

The same goes for the more than 800 million people in the world who go hungry. It isn’t profitable to feed them. So food is stockpiled or destroyed rather than distributed to them.

Is the free market efficient? (via humanformat)

Hmm… I’m starting to see why social conservatives- typically white, male, and/or rich- react so badly to all and any criticism of Capitalism. I’ve always wondered how “socialist/socialism” got to be the American equivalent of “antichrist”; it would seem that the REAL concern is that, without unadulterated Capitalism, those who currently profit (literally) from institutionalized racism and patriarchy will no longer be able to do so.

Now, the confusing bit is why they still insist that they are Christian. Because Christ was sure as hell no capitalist.

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