I realize this is an animal crossing meme but as an astrophysicist I was really excited for a second that someone was finally seeing the light on how fricking difficult and a huge waste of time it would be to try to terraform Mars
i mean i KNEW they were a gay couple but they’re literally a gay couple
This was the cover of The New Yorker just after Gay Marriage was made legal by the Supreme Court.
I was told from an early age that they were gay and now it’s canon.
House Republicans are blaming Democrats for the rise in Chipotle burrito prices.
You heard me right. The National Republican Congressional Committee issued a statement last week claiming that Chipotle’s recent decision to raise prices on their burritos and other menu products by about 4 percent was caused by Democrats.
“Democrats’ socialist stimulus bill caused a labor shortage and now burrito lovers everywhere are footing the bill,” according to NRCC spokesperson Mike Berg.
Republicans have finally found an issue to run on in the 2022 midterm elections. Apparently, Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potato Head weren’t getting enough traction.
The Republican’s tortured logic is that the unemployment benefits in the American Survival Act have caused workers to stay home rather than seek employment, resulting in labor shortages that have forced employers like Chipotle to increase wages, which has required them to raise their prices.
Hence, Chipotle’s more expensive burrito.
This isn’t just loony economics. It’s dangerously loony economics because it might be believed, leading to all sorts to stupid public policies.
Start with the notion that $300 per week in federal unemployment benefits is keeping Americans from working.
Since fewer than 30 percent of jobless workers qualify for state unemployment benefits, the claim is that legions of workers have chosen to become couch potatoes and collect $15,000 a year rather than get a job.
I challenge one Republican lawmaker to live on $15,000 a year.
In fact, evidence suggests that workers are holding back from reentering the job market because they don’t have childcare or are still concerned about their health during the pandemic.
Besides, if employers want additional workers, they can do what they necessarily do for anything they want more of but can’t obtain at its current price – pay more.
It’s called capitalism. Republicans should bone up on it.
When Chipotle wanted to attract more workers, it raised its average wage to $15 an hour. That comes to around $30,000 a year per worker – still too little to live on but double the federal unemployment benefit.
Oh, and there’s no reason to suppose this wage hike forced Chipotle to raise the prices of its borritos. The company had other options.
Chipotle’s executives are among the best paid in America. Its CEO, Brian Niccol, raked in $38 million last year– which happens to be 2,898 times more than the typical Chipotle employee earned. All of Chipotle’s top executives got whopping pay increases.
So it would have been possible for Chipotle to avoid raising its burrito prices by – dare I say? – paying its executives less. But Chipotle decided otherwise.
By the way, I keep hearing Republican lawmakers say the GOP is the “party of the working class.” If that’s so, the Republican Party ought to celebrate when hourly workers get a raise instead of howling about it.
Everyone ought to celebrate when those at the bottom get higher wages.
The typical American worker hasn’t had a real raise in four decades. Income inequality is out of control. Wealth inequality is into the stratosphere (where Jeff Bezos is heading, apparently).
If wages at the bottom rise because employers need to pay more to get the workers they need, that’s not a problem. It’s a victory.
Instead of complaining about a so-called “labor shortage,” Republicans ought to be complaining about the shortage of jobs paying a living wage.
But don’t hold your breath, or your guacamole.
A quick, sketchy tribute to Wesley’s sweaters from the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I started watching the show for the first time last year and am now in the middle of the fourth season. Gimme that space fashion!
It’s all about control, sexism, racism, it’s not about babies or lives or the Bible
Okay, but I’ve seen this argument thrown around for years, and I never believed it because it’s been pushed into my brain since I was a child by my extremely Christian parents that abortion is fundamentally evil because it goes against the Bible. But I’m taking a 2nd Wave Feminism course and I finally found out that this is actually 100% true? Until the Reagan campaign and associated Republican politicians tried to find another social issue to sway Southerners, especially Southern women, in their favor, abortion was not a primary issue for churches. It was only when feminists started mobilizing and, as a result, many institutions such as the Catholic church tried to mobilize against them that churches started advocating against abortion. Abortion did not become an issue of morality for the right until the 70s. Before then, abortion was simply not discussed because most things relating to sex weren’t publicly discussed. So no, according to popular belief, the argument that abortions are killing babies did not always exist, it was just an argument crafted when the Republican party needed another social group to oppress for political points
Of course it was Reagan
Why’s it always Reagan?
Hey I’m not trying to be disrespectful or anything, I’m just curious, but I’ve seen other Inuit people say the word Eskimo is offensive and I’ve seen you use it to describe yourself, so I was curious about what is appropriate? I haven’t been using that word because I know it bothers some people, but I admit I really don’t know anything about the word itself. Do you know why it might be considered offensive? Thank you, and I’m sorry if I came off as rude, that’s not my intention at all
“Eskimo” has been used as a slur in Canada. I’m not from Canada, I’m from Alaska. Different histories with different colonizers. There also aren’t other groups that are sometimes called eskimo due to similar (yet undeniably distinct) cultures in Canada the way there are in Alaska. If I were to tell you “gussak” is an eskimo word, for example, and you were to say “the correct term is Inuit” I’d have to laugh at you because it’s actually a Yup'ik word, Canadian Inuit have nothing to do with it, that Inupiat use too. The Inupiat word wold be “tanik” or “naluaģmiu” but Yup'ik is more widely spoken and more recognizable so we say “gussak” too, especially those of us from near Yup'ik territory or who grew up with Yup'ik friends.
I can’t speak for everyone, but of all the people I’ve met face to face, whenever they were bothered by the word eskimo it was because it was inaccurate, not offensive in and of itself, because they were Athabaskan or Haida and so actually “indian” instead of “eskimo” or the common theory at the time was that it meant “raw flesh eater” to be used as an insult to suggest one wasn’t civilized enough to cook their food (I believe the theory generally accepted now is that it actually came from a word meaning “netter of snowshoes” which is a lot more descriptive and makes a lot more sense) with the complaint being that it didn’t apply to them.
Similarly, I’d never call myself Inuk. It’s not that the term is insulting, or even really inaccurate, it’s just overly general. The Inuit are a culturally diverse people spread throughout the northernmost parts of the North American continent. Inuit territory goes from the coasts of Greenland all the way to the island of Big Diomede, so far west that it’s on the other side of the Internation Dateline. It’s farther west than west can go. So I’m not Just Inuk. Inupiangurunga. I am Inupiaq. And among other Inupiat, I explain that I’m a King Islander, because Ukivokmiungurunga, or in English, I’m of the people of Ukivok (King Island). I call myself eskimo because academic and political respectability is different to what some of us actually say in everyday real life, especially among ourselves.
Note that respectability isn’t always about respecting those being refered to. Otherwise people who explain that the word eskimo has never been used to hurt them wouldn’t get comments like “it sounds like you respect white voices more than your own people” (that was an actual response I found) or “you shouldn’t say that because it’s a slur” (which I’ve gotten plenty. To quote a contestant on the last season I remember of Last Comic Standing, “Sorry, didn’t mean to offend myself.”) You may notice this type of behavior being pointed at other marginalized people, but that’s another topic for someone who knows more about it than I do.
If you’re uncomfortable with the word and don’t want to hurt Canadian Inuit with it, I entirely understand and I’ve never said you had to. But in all my years, none of my family, no matter how traumatized or subject to racism, has ever taken offense to it or treated it as a dirty word to any degree.
The Truth About the U.S. Border-Industrial ComplexThe story you’ve heard about immigration, from politicians and the mainstream media alike, isn’t close to the full picture. Here’s the truth about how we got here and what we must do to fix it.
A desperate combination of factors are driving migrants and asylum seekers to our southern border, from Central America in particular: deep economic inequality, corruption, and high rates of poverty — all worsened by COVID-19.
Many are also fleeing violence and instability, much of it tied to historic U.S. support for brutal authoritarian regimes, right-wing paramilitary groups, and corporate interests in Latin America.
In other words, the United States is very much part of the root of this problem.
Some politicians want you to believe the way to address this humanitarian tragedy is to double down on border security and build walls to deter people from coming.
Several administrations have tried this approach. It’s failed every time. A recent study found that increased prosecutions and incarceration did not deter migration, but instead clogged courts, shifted resources from more serious cases and stripped people of due process.
The expansion of this militarized border apparatus and the increased criminalization of crossings has forced immigrants and asylum seekers to take riskier routes where they face extortion, assault, and even death.
Between 2008 and 2020, the federal government doled out an astounding $55 billion in contracts to this border-industrial complex. Billions have been spent on everything from Predator drones to intrusive biometric security systems. Immigration enforcement budgets have more than doubled in the last 13 years, and since 1980, have increased by more than 6,000%.
Let’s be clear: What’s really out of control at the border is our spending on the border-industrial complex, which has done nothing but increase human suffering without dealing with the root causes of migration.
So what can we do?
Begin by acknowledging the role U.S. policies have played, and build a positive, sustained relationship with our Mexican and Central American neighbors to reduce economic inequality, uplift the marginalized, and uphold democratic ideals.
Donald Trump’s abrupt and arbitrary cancelling of crucial aid to the Northern Triangle nations of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador is the opposite of what we should be doing.
We must also ensure that aid doesn’t benefit transnational corporations and local oligarchs. Our goals must instead be aligned with the calls of local labor unions, environmental defenders, and agricultural movements to improve conditions so people are not forced to migrate in the first place.
And we should seek to reverse the militarization of borders in Central America, and instead help build a system that respects the human rights of migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees.
Here at home, this means shifting away from the wasteful and violent militarization of our own borders, and ending the corporate profiteering it enables.
We need more asylum specialists, social workers, lawyers, and doctors at the border — not soldiers and walls.
And we must never again allow the inhumane and ineffective policies that resulted in the separation and detention of families and their children.
We must embrace the values we claim as our own, and never again allow a presidential administration to arbitrarily shrink the number of refugees accepted into the U.S. each year to almost none.
Congress should expand legal avenues of immigration, along with a roadmap to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already here — a policy with broad public support.
It’s not enough to roll back the cruel and xenophobic policies of our past. Most of us now living in America are the descendants of refugees, asylum-seekers, and immigrants. This new generation should be treated in ways that are consistent with our most cherished ideals.
Now is the time to act.
also if u press the “esc” (escape) key on ur laptop before the page fully loads, it won’t load any pop-ups blocking u from reading. if the article has images, then this method sometimes does not u see them. but! the words will be fine :)
Pro tip: If you copy and paste a link that said “no free articles” into a private/incognito browser, it will let you read the whole thing.
If the site is particularly badly designed, you might just be able to delete the overlay itself. Right click > Inspect element and delete the line of HTML (it’ll be highlighted automatically)
hey kids there is a website called outline.com that will let you read from pretty much any news site with a paywall for free
outline.com is amazing - it hasn’t failed yet on any site that I’ve tried it on.
All of these resources are incredible but don’t forget how fucked it is that we have to do this.
Happy Pride! On Pride Month and always!
[image description: two pictures of the same drawing, the second being a stagnant closeup. It shows Castiel of Supernatural. They’re standing facing away from us, looking up and a little left at the sky. In front of them are lights, possibly indicating a rainbow or sunrise. They wear their usual trenchcoat and has their wings spread out. It starts out in a grey-ish colour and then rainbow colours open up on it. On the right side of the drawing is the artist’s signature: Gio and their social media names: twitter: @gio_gui, tumblr: sketching-fox, instagram: @gioguiarts. end of description]
Since the 1940s, the LA River has not looked much like a river. The banks of the river were transformed into a concrete trough in order to provide flood control after a series of devastating floods (the result of homes being built in the river’s floodplain).
This strategy was successful at controlling flood, but all the expense of nearly every other function of the river.
With updated information about ecosystem services and the ability of functioning river systems to mitigate the impacts of climate change, plans are now underway to restore the river to its former glory. In addition to removing the concrete barriers, the goal is also to restore lost ecosystem services for the benefit of local communities.
“Now with the climate crisis, we can no longer afford to have a concretized river system that solely provides flood control. We need a river system that will help cool communities as temperatures rise, provide habitat for diverse wildlife, increase local water resiliency, and serve as a greenspace where communities can recreate and reconnect with nature and culture.”
Also, all those European cities that are famously friendlier to cyclists and pedestrians than cars were not always that way. Their infrastructure was also once like North America’s with its car dependency. They had to completely revamp their roads and city centers over the course of decades to become less car friendly and more eco friendly.
This was a street in Amsterdam in the 1970’s
This is the same street now (picture source here)
More roads do not equal less traffic. More accessible public transportation and safer routes for cycling and walking make less traffic, and a healthier community. Our car dependency is reversible, our biggest obstacle is the fossil fuel industry that fuels both highways and railways.
Another side to this is, we need to have places to walk to. My neighborhood has plenty of sidewalks, if you want to walk around and…idk look at other people’s houses?
Google maps tells me it’s more than a half hour walk to the nearest shopping center. Groceries, cafes, restaurants, library…all a minimum of thirty minutes walking in each direction. The nearest bus stop is…right next to the grocery store, so I couldn’t even use the bus to get there. There are sidewalks the whole way, but I don’t walk to do my grocery shopping, and I never would as long as I had any better option.
Whereas if we had a bakery or a produce store or a tea shop within, say, a fifteen minute walk? If we had smaller parks, perhaps, but more of them, so the kids wouldn’t already be tired by the time we even got there? Perhaps more benches so people who tire faster could take breaks? I know I’d walk around my neighborhood a whole lot more, and I bet I’m not the only one.
first time i saw this on the tl i scrolled uncomfortably like uh oh this is somebodys work being shared w/o permission this is wrong but i just now actually read it and LMFAOFOAO
died at “not the Midnight Society”
Math proves that capitalism sucks and that capitalists are greedy.
So he gave millions and you gave $40 and feel like you’re doing more?
As presented, brought to you by Jesus, and THE FRIGGING BIBLE
Conservatives only read the redacted bible, so it’s easier to cherrypick which parts to follow