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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There’s no reason Walmart can’t pay their workers more. In fact, there are a lot of reason they can.

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I make $9.25 an hour, that’s above minimum wage, and if I could work 40 hours a week, 51 weeks per year (I’m in school, so it’s less than that), I’d still be making less than $20,000 per year.  At $28.34 per hour, I’d make nearly $58,000 per year.  As in, enough that, as a single earner working what unions have demanded as work weeks for over a century, I could support a family of 4-6 people fairly comfortably as long as I was careful with finances.  And, if someone had just themselves to support, or had like only one kid, or a second person in their household was working even part-time, etc, they could have extra money to spend and boost the economy.  Let’s actually get the minimum wage $28.34.

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         “This month marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s declaration of an “unconditional war on poverty.” Over the next decade, Johnson and his successor, President Richard Nixon, initiated a series of government programs and policies for raising Americans’ living standards. Yet this month also marks over a quarter century since President Ronald Reagan’s 1988 announcement that the war on poverty was over, and that poverty had won. The next decade produced a retrenchment in federal anti-poverty programs culminating in the 1996 Welfare Reform Act, which shifted government priorities toward promoting married couple families as a solution to poverty. To mark the anniversaries of these very different approaches to the government’s role in poverty reduction, the Council on Contemporary Families circulated two briefing reports that put poverty reduction, poverty rates, and policy responses to poverty in perspective.”


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Diane Ravitch on The Daily Show. 

Ravitch is the queen. If only the government would listen…

We would also address poverty directly. We would increase the minimum wage and make post-secondary education cheap or free, and we’d improve improve unemployment benefits and offer free job-training to the unemployed. 

Poverty is one of the few social ills where throwing money at the problem really does seem to work.

These are not radical, liberal ideas. In fact, in Europe most of them are associated with the more conservative parties, and many of them were associated with the American Republican party in the 80s. But the United States’s political climate is so different from anywhere else in the industrialized world that I fear we will just continue to get farther behind in education (and in % of people living in poverty) until we decide to make some big domestic investments.

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Poverty in America- Living Wage Calculator

This website (run by MIT) shows the cost of living in any community in the United States and compares it to the poverty wage & minimum wage. This example is taken from the city of Fredericksburg, Virginia. 

What is the living wage in your area?


Kyle Bean - Disposable Technology (2009)

A response to our consumer relationship with technology and obsolescence.”

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The resulting theft (of the top 1% cheating on their taxes) adds up to orders of magnitude more than the property theft by the poor: in 2002 the total economic loss from property theft was estimated to be somewhere around $16.6 billion, while the total amount of cheating on taxes in 2001 was estimated to be over $300 billion.

American Society: How It Really Works

Erik Olin Wright and Joel Rogers

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How The Poor, The Middle Class, And The Rich Spend Their Money

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Credit: Lam Thuy Vo / NPR 

Some interesting items:

  • Housing is above what’s considered “affordable” (28% of income), for all three groups
  • Preference for education (as determined by % of budget) doesn’t rise for middle income as compared to low
  • The gross disparity in retirement savings —while it’s due in large part to income constraints, I wonder to what degree it’s also about financial literacy (or perhaps invested in social capital instead)
  • Resteraunt expenses seem to scale proportionally as compared to income 

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1) Its job growth was poor: Despite Romney’s professed expertise in creating jobs, Massachusetts ranked 47th in job growth during his time as governor. The state’s total job growth was just 0.9 percent, well behind other high-wage, high-skill economies in New York (2.7), California (4.7), and North Carolina (7.6). The national average, meanwhile, was better than 5 percent.

2) Its labor force declined: Only Louisiana, which was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, saw a bigger decline in its labor force than Massachusetts during Romney’s tenure as governor. That decline largely explains the state’s decreasing unemployment rate (from 5.6 to 4.7 percent) while Romney was in office, according to Northeastern University economics professor Andrew Sum. At the same time, the nation as a whole added 8 million people to the labor force.

3) It lost manufacturing jobs at twice the national rate: Massachusetts lost 14 percent of its manufacturing jobs during Romney’s time in office, according to Sum. The loss was double the rate that the nation as a whole lost manufacturing jobs. In 2004, Romney vetoed legislation that would have banned companies doing business with the state from outsourcing jobs to other countries.

4) It was “below average,” “often near the bottom”: “There was not one measure where the state did well under his term in office. We were below average and often near the bottom,” Sum told the Washington Post in February. As a result, the state was more comparable to Rust Belt states like Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio than it was to other high-tech economies it typically competes with.

5) It piled on more debt than any state: Romney left Massachusetts residents with $10,504 in per capita bond debt, the highest of any state in the nation when he left office in 2007. The state ranked second in debt as a percentage of personal income. Romney regularly omits those statistics from his Massachusetts record, instead touting the fact that he balanced the state’s budget (he was constitutionally required to do so). He wouldn’t be much different as president: his proposed tax plan adds more than $10 trillion to the national debt.

Yeah, Mittens really screwed us over.

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