A Call To Live Fully

Hey everybody:

I thought we could use a little laugh today. Here’s one church’s call to make sure you live a full life:

 

h/t to paulwilkinson.wordpress.com  thanks for the uplifting moment!

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Where’s the American Dream Gone?

The Republicans yammer on about how the poor deserve to be poor and whine about holding rich people accountable is “class warfare”. But what has really been going on over the past few decades? Are the 99% of us just totally deluded? Does the American dream still exist? Let’s take a look at a nice graph.

bar graph showing massive income inequalities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Huh. According to this graph, from the time I was 1 until I was 4 years old (76-79) was the only time that incomes were anywhere near equal. Looks like after the Great Depression, there may have been policies put in place that allowed the 99% to make good financial gains (at least the white 99%, more on that later) during the 60s. But after 1980, all bets were off.

Huh. You know, I’m not really sure what else to say about this. Maybe I should just let the graph speak for itself.

People Are P&*%ing Me Off.

He said oh so calmly…

It’s about the We Are the 99% Tumblr blog. Take a look if you haven’t already. These are the heartbreaking, and sometimes familiar, stories of people who are the spirit of the #occupywallstreet movement. Mainstream news sources have suddenly discovered the blog, so it’s getting a lot more air time. And it’s the reactions in the comments sections that make me wanna punch people in their faces. Until their faces fall off, really.

Are we that low on empathy and the ability to share in someone else’s predicaments in this country? What’s become the issue? If it’s not on reality TV, it’s not “really” happening? We can be a bunch of snide, self-absorbed, catty a$$hats about the lives of other Americans because they just need to suck it up and do better?

Well, if you got yours, hey, that’s awesome. But don’t let that:

A) Let you think you have a free card allowing you to assume every person who struggles is just a lazy whiner who needs to be reminded that you’re fabulous.

B) Make you get selective amnesia or romantic fogginess about your own hard years.

These commentators, it’s like they think people don’t deserve any human courtesy. Let me give you a quick sample:

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Don’t forget: Watch Seattle Pride Live Here!

Good morning all! I apologize for the super small font. I’m not sure what happened, but I’m looking into it. In the meantime:

Happy Pride!! There’s been a lot going on this year in the LGBTQ communities, both good and not so good. Today’s a great day to celebrate being ourselves. Whether you are fully flaming out, doing your own thing like Anderson Cooper, or still trying to figure everything out, there’s a place for you. No matter what the mainstream gay media shows you, there’s no need to be a white, well off, fully tanned and toned male to be part of this tribe. I speak from experience, because I’m totally not any of those things. Well, ok, except for white. That I am.

Now, onto the show. Look down at the post right under this one. You’ll find an embedded video box that’s a live feed to the Seattle parade. I asked about how it’s supposed to work this morning, and here’s the deal:

1) You don’t have to keep refreshing your screen waiting for the show to start. Some sort of picture should come up, letting you know the feed has gone live. That’s your cue to press play. Unless it’s still blank by 11am. That’s when the parade starts. Then you might need to refresh once or twice.

2) I have Michael’s word that the coding was laid out properly, so there shouldn’t be any issues with the feed flipping out on you during the parade. If there is, just be patient.

3) The feed is running on 4G technology, so it shouldn’t drag or do the badly dubbed kung fu movie thing.

4) There is no captioning capability built into the feed itself. I apologize for that.

5) I don’t think there’s anything else to tell you. Just sit back and enjoy the show!

 

We’re Flooding the FCC!

I just swung by the FCC’s Express filing website to put my 3 cents in about the merger from hell. And what did I see? That far and away this situation is blowing up their site.

In the matter of AT&T…has collected 3,386 comments so far.

The next closest case comes in at 389 comments. Yep, 389.

Go on over and check it out yourself. And don’t forget to leave your opinion. But remember to make it something intelligent, not just “AT&T suckz!”. 🙂

http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/hotdocket/list

T-Mobile: 1,174 Signatures Still Needed

I stopped by the site to see how far along the petition to stop the AT&T merger with swallowing of T-Mobile had gotten.It’s not finished yet. We still need a lot of signatures, so here’s the site again: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/stop-t-mobile-from-being-bought-by-att/

 

 

 

We Still Need 1915 Signatures!

Remember that you can sign a petition on the Care2 website asking the chair of the FCC to stop AT&T from merging with T-Mobile? The petition is here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/stop-t-mobile-from-being-bought-by-att/

I just stopped by the site to look: The goal for the petition is 3,000 signatures. Right now there’s 1,085. Which is pretty impressive, considering it wasn’t created all that long ago. You’re all doing a great job! 🙂 Guess I should count myself in that and say WE’RE doing great, since I signed too.

But the quicker we hit the 3,000 signature mark, the more time we have to use other tactics to drive home just how much we hate this idea. So pass this post along, tell your friends and fellow T-Mobile customers, and let’s wrap that petition up as a nice gift to the FCC chair!