Diary of a Narcissistic Misanthrope

I like to think I’m an acquired taste, like old whiskey or arsenic in your tea



My name is Clarence (Hello), born in 1988, i got my undergrad degree in Sociology (with a concentration in Women's Studies) and I'm utterly terrified. I'm scared of everything, people, my own feelings and sometimes even being but really there's nothing much to be done about that despite what I say. And I will say a lot about how my life has no meaning and i want to die (which is the majority of the time) but sometimes it seems like life is worth living for and everything in it is a spectacular explosion of awe inspiring wonder (which is usually a three week span some time in March). If it seems odd to read think what it might be like living it. So to get off the topic of terror I prefer stories es. I like to read them, I love to live in them and there is nothing better to me than a story so I guess this blog is a story mostly about me. Don't bother trying to find themes, connection or messages in what I post cause there really aren't any (unless they are completely accidental).



This blog is a story about what I find, what I feel and what I think so to that end I collect things to post or reblog. Its not meant to be anything truly meaningful or interconnected, just fun (mostly fun for me if you don't like it you can fuck right off) This is collection of all the the weird and interesting links from around the net that I find, comics, technology, comedy, current events, sociology, general geek/nerd interest, and more weird stuff. I think it makes for the closest representation to who I am that I've ever done and it just keeps growing bigger which is most of the fun. Please feel free to talk to me and don't mind the depressive tone i will probably be using. I like to think I'm somewhat fun if also a complete idiot.
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amprog:

FACT: U.S. infrastructure spending is now more than $129 billion per year short of required levels.

Cartoon by Nick Anderson, the Cartoonist Group

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thedailyshowheadlines:

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

melodicpond:

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smokewhisper:

I wish this kind of thing was more addressed in politics :(

You’d think that minimum wage would increase every year since the cost of living seems to but it’s almost insane to think about how bad it REALLY is when you consider the real living wage (i.e. what you take home versus what you’re paid). Taxes that are taken from your check can be the equivalent of losing two days pay, not to mention that a vast majority of minimum wage jobs offer little to no benefits (health insurance, paid days off, etc.).
Let’s not even get started on how most minimum wage jobs don’t even OFFER the opportunity for overtime or in some cases, a full 40 hour work week.
So when you think about how the average minimum wage worker can really only get about 30 hours at one job and then 30 hours at another (which means a 12-hour work day, five days a week), it’s easy to see why there needs to be some sort of overhaul to the system.

This so much.  When I was making min wage I barely had enough money to buy ramen noodles after my bills were paid, there were weeks I had to even ration those out.

melodicpond:

ghdos:

smokewhisper:

I wish this kind of thing was more addressed in politics :(

You’d think that minimum wage would increase every year since the cost of living seems to but it’s almost insane to think about how bad it REALLY is when you consider the real living wage (i.e. what you take home versus what you’re paid). Taxes that are taken from your check can be the equivalent of losing two days pay, not to mention that a vast majority of minimum wage jobs offer little to no benefits (health insurance, paid days off, etc.).

Let’s not even get started on how most minimum wage jobs don’t even OFFER the opportunity for overtime or in some cases, a full 40 hour work week.

So when you think about how the average minimum wage worker can really only get about 30 hours at one job and then 30 hours at another (which means a 12-hour work day, five days a week), it’s easy to see why there needs to be some sort of overhaul to the system.

This so much.  When I was making min wage I barely had enough money to buy ramen noodles after my bills were paid, there were weeks I had to even ration those out.

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Life has become so difficult. We don’t know what the future will bring. We actually don’t even know how things will be in the next few hours. Our money has become worthless, affecting all aspects of life.

Hamid, a student in his mid-20s who works in a computer shop near Tehran

Average Iranians Struggling To Make Ends Meet Amid Currency Crisis

About a year ago, the price of $1 was around 10,000 rials. This week, when the rial hit a record low, $1 traded for 36,000 rials. The collapse of the rial is blamed on the government’s mismanagement of the economy and on economic sanctions imposed on Iran over its sensitive nuclear work.

Murtaza Hussain explains the affects on Iranians by imposing Western sanctions

Today as the United States continues to intensify its international economic sanctions programme against Iran, it is worth revisiting the catastrophic harm which a previous sanctions campaign against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq had upon that country. While the sanctions failed to remove Saddam from power and by many accounts helped him solidify his grip on the country by keeping the overwhelming majority of the population focused purely on subsistence, they took a calculatedly devastating toll on Iraqi civilians.

Between 1989 and 1996 per capita income in the country dropped from $3,510 to below $450, a drop caused primarily by the rapid currency depreciation of the Iraq dinar due to financial sanctions against the country’s central bank. Prices of basic commodities soared, with staples such as wheat, sugar and rice increasing several hundred-fold in a matter of months. From having a relatively modern economy fuelled primarily by oil income, by the year 2000 over 60 per cent of Iraqis were reliant on food rations for their daily sustenance. [x]

Sanctions are dehumanizing Iranians and it is war upon them

In all of the massive commentary in establishment foreign policy circles that has come out on the Iran issue as of late, however, very little focuses on the immense human costs a war on Iran would entail. According to a new report that tries to estimate this, the number of immediate casualties that would result from bombing Iran’s top four enrichment sites would be would be about 5,000 people. “If the bombing would include more than those four sites,” says the study from the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, ”then the immediate casualty would be up to 10,000 people.”

[..]

What about casualties that are not immediate? Even if a US or Israeli strike only targeted Iran’s nuclear sites and it didn’t result in larger land war (unlikely), the toxic plumes released as a result of the strikes could kill or injure up to 70,000 civilians in nearby cities and towns. ”People’s  skin could be burnt, they could become blind, their lungs could be destroyed, their kidneys could be damaged, and in the future they could face other health problems such as skin cancer and [other forms] of cancer,” according to the author of the report. [x]

See more:

Study: Thousands Would Die in an Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Sites | Golnaz Esfandiari

The currency war on Iran | Peter Beaumont

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climateadaptation:

GMOs are a controversial climate adaptation measure. But, drought resistant crops are necessary.

Agricultural biotechnology companies have been pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into developing plants that can withstand the effects of a prolonged dry spell. Monsanto Co., based in St. Louis, has received regulatory approval for DroughtGard, a corn variety that contains the first genetically modified trait for drought resistance.

Seed makers, such as Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. of Johnston, Iowa, and Swiss company Syngenta, are already selling drought-tolerant corn varieties, conceived through conventional breeding.

At stake: a $12-billion U.S. seed market, with corn comprising the bulk of sales. The grain is used in such things as animal feed, ethanol and food. The push is also on to develop soybean, cotton and wheat that can thrive in a world that’s getting hotter and drier.

“Drought is definitely going to be one of the biggest challenges for our growers,” said Jeff Schussler, senior research manager for Pioneer, the agribusiness arm of DuPont. “We are trying to create products for farmers to be prepared for that.”

Their efforts come amid concerns about genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, and the unforeseen consequences of this genetic tinkering. Californians in November will vote on Proposition 37, which would require foods to carry labels if they were genetically modified. The majority of corn seed sold is modified to resist pests and reap higher yields.

Opponents say the label would unnecessarily dampen further development that is intended to feed a growing global population dependent on the U.S., the largest exporter of corn and soybean.

“Trying to create drought-tolerant crops is not going to be easy to do,” said Kent Bradford, director of the Seed Biotechnology Center at UC Davis. “We certainly need all the tools [available] to do that, and that includes conventional breeding and adding transgenic traits. We don’t need to stigmatize these approaches.”

Great read via LATimes

The main determinants of childrens’ performance continues to be the socioeconomic conditions of their parents. Those unwilling to take the steps necessary to address the latter (e.g. promote full employment) are the ones who do not care about our children.

cartoonpolitics:

“You have given the wealthiest portion of the population a break, and now you are coming before the American people and saying, ‘We don’t have enough money to protect the sick and the old” ? ~ (Senator Bernie Sanders)