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Would you be willing to comment on my draft manifesto for balancing my concerns about the world/society with my well-being? Perhaps you have some suggestions. Basically, I want to work towards co-creating a fairer society that pays attention to climate, inequality, and justice, but I don’t want to get so caught up that I feel unhelpful anger or helplessness.

Survival manifesto
A. I will take what action I can when I notice injustice in the news or online.
B. Clicking in order to “like” something isn’t action.
C. Action includes supporting the people involved practically; writing to politicians; discussing the issue with others to try to gain support; and [...]
D. I will look after my well-being, and in particular I will acknowledge the limits of what I can control, and avoid getting agitated about things outside my control.
E. I will interact politely with people who I disagree with.

#climatecrisis #climateaction #justice #socialjustice #injustice #inequality #equality #action #control #power #uptome #notuptome #news #reaction #media #anger #society #better
 
Would you be willing to comment on my draft manifesto for balancing my concerns about the world/society with my well-being? Perhaps you have some suggestions. Basically, I want to work towards co-creating a fairer society that pays attention to climate, inequality, and justice, but I don’t want to get so caught up that I feel unhelpful anger or helplessness.

Survival manifesto
A. I will take what action I can when I notice injustice in the news or online.
B. Clicking in order to “like” something isn’t action.
C. Action includes supporting the people involved practically; writing to politicians; discussing the issue with others to try to gain support; and [...]
D. I will look after my well-being, and in particular I will acknowledge the limits of what I can control, and avoid getting agitated about things outside my control.
E. I will interact politely with people who I disagree with.

#climatecrisis #climateaction #justice #socialjustice #injustice #inequality #equality #action #control #power #uptome #notuptome #news #reaction #media #anger #society #better
 
Would you be willing to comment on my draft manifesto for balancing my concerns about the world/society with my well-being? Perhaps you have some suggestions. Basically, I want to work towards co-creating a fairer society that pays attention to climate, inequality, and justice, but I don’t want to get so caught up that I feel unhelpful anger or helplessness.

Survival manifesto
A. I will take what action I can when I notice injustice in the news or online.
B. Clicking in order to “like” something isn’t action.
C. Action includes supporting the people involved practically; writing to politicians; discussing the issue with others to try to gain support; and [...]
D. I will look after my well-being, and in particular I will acknowledge the limits of what I can control, and avoid getting agitated about things outside my control.
E. I will interact politely with people who I disagree with.

#climatecrisis #climateaction #justice #socialjustice #injustice #inequality #equality #action #control #power #uptome #notuptome #news #reaction #media #anger #society #better
 
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The trend line in the graph shows that, on average, trust in science declines as societal inequality increases.

“inequality affects how you see those around you … people in less equal societies are less likely to trust each other.”
— Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett The Spirit Level, 2009

https://theconversation.com/the-less-equal-we-become-the-less-we-trust-science-and-thats-a-problem-151691

#science #society #equality #inequality #trust
 
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The trend line in the graph shows that, on average, trust in science declines as societal inequality increases.

“inequality affects how you see those around you … people in less equal societies are less likely to trust each other.”
— Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett The Spirit Level, 2009

https://theconversation.com/the-less-equal-we-become-the-less-we-trust-science-and-thats-a-problem-151691

#science #society #equality #inequality #trust
 
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The trend line in the graph shows that, on average, trust in science declines as societal inequality increases.

“inequality affects how you see those around you … people in less equal societies are less likely to trust each other.”
— Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett The Spirit Level, 2009

https://theconversation.com/the-less-equal-we-become-the-less-we-trust-science-and-thats-a-problem-151691

#science #society #equality #inequality #trust
 
Quote of note:

"The coming crisis of capitalism is not only economic; it’s also a moral and political crisis. A constitution in tatters is the death knell of democracy. By the same token, corporate monopolies are incompatible with a market economy."

Via Capitalism in America: The coming crisis

#inequality #capitalism
Capitalism in America: The coming crisis
 
Quote of note:

"The coming crisis of capitalism is not only economic; it’s also a moral and political crisis. A constitution in tatters is the death knell of democracy. By the same token, corporate monopolies are incompatible with a market economy."

Via Capitalism in America: The coming crisis

#inequality #capitalism
Capitalism in America: The coming crisis
 
Quote of note:

"...Michele Usuelli, a doctor and regional councillor for the small, leftwing party, Più Europa, pins much of the blame on politics and healthcare mismanagement. He said Lombardy’s fate began to be charted out in the late 1990s when the Italian government decentralised healthcare, giving regions more autonomy."

"At the same time, the privatisation of healthcare became more prevalent. Although other regions continued to mostly maintain the public health system, a succession of Lombardy governors, including Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia between 1995 and 2013, and Matteo Salvini’s far-right League since then, allowed the private and public systems to compete for funds based on efficiency."

"Even though Lombardy developed one of the most enviable healthcare systems in Italy, the strategy left private firms free to invest in areas of care that made more money, inevitably leading to a reduction of beds in the public system and leaving the region less equipped to meet all types of health needs."

Via Why was Lombardy hit harder than Italy's other regions?

#COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #Italy #Lombardy #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality #capitalism
 
Quote of note:

"...Michele Usuelli, a doctor and regional councillor for the small, leftwing party, Più Europa, pins much of the blame on politics and healthcare mismanagement. He said Lombardy’s fate began to be charted out in the late 1990s when the Italian government decentralised healthcare, giving regions more autonomy."

"At the same time, the privatisation of healthcare became more prevalent. Although other regions continued to mostly maintain the public health system, a succession of Lombardy governors, including Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia between 1995 and 2013, and Matteo Salvini’s far-right League since then, allowed the private and public systems to compete for funds based on efficiency."

"Even though Lombardy developed one of the most enviable healthcare systems in Italy, the strategy left private firms free to invest in areas of care that made more money, inevitably leading to a reduction of beds in the public system and leaving the region less equipped to meet all types of health needs."

Via Why was Lombardy hit harder than Italy's other regions?

#COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #Italy #Lombardy #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality #capitalism
 
'Murica! The only place where you can be forced into mandatory quarantine AND billed for it.

THIS is where the real danger from coronavirus lies, in economic ruin for people caught in a dysfunctional and capitalistically predatory healthcare system.

An American who was quarantined to check for signs of coronavirus says he's facing more than $2,600 in bills from his government-mandated hospital stay

"An American man and his daughter were quarantined over coronavirus fears for two weeks after they were evacuated from China, and now he says he's facing more than $2,600 in medical bills for his government-mandated hospital stay, according to The New York Times."

#capitalism #exploitation #Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #inequality #MedicareForAll
 
'Murica! The only place where you can be forced into mandatory quarantine AND billed for it.

THIS is where the real danger from coronavirus lies, in economic ruin for people caught in a dysfunctional and capitalistically predatory healthcare system.

An American who was quarantined to check for signs of coronavirus says he's facing more than $2,600 in bills from his government-mandated hospital stay

"An American man and his daughter were quarantined over coronavirus fears for two weeks after they were evacuated from China, and now he says he's facing more than $2,600 in medical bills for his government-mandated hospital stay, according to The New York Times."

#capitalism #exploitation #Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #inequality #MedicareForAll
 
Quote of note:

"'As the number of coronavirus cases mount in the US, experts are warning that the country is unusually vulnerable to the spread of the disease', the Financial Times reports."

"Public health officials and academics are concerned that a mix of high numbers of uninsured people, a lack of paid sick leave and a political class that has downplayed the threat could mean it spreads more quickly than in other countries.”

"The spread of coronavirus could be fuelled by patients reluctant to seek care because of the expense of the US healthcare system."

Via Why the U.S. Is So Vulnerable to Coronavirus

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality #election2020
Why the U.S. Is So Vulnerable to Coronavirus
 
Quote of note:

"'As the number of coronavirus cases mount in the US, experts are warning that the country is unusually vulnerable to the spread of the disease', the Financial Times reports."

"Public health officials and academics are concerned that a mix of high numbers of uninsured people, a lack of paid sick leave and a political class that has downplayed the threat could mean it spreads more quickly than in other countries.”

"The spread of coronavirus could be fuelled by patients reluctant to seek care because of the expense of the US healthcare system."

Via Why the U.S. Is So Vulnerable to Coronavirus

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality #election2020
Why the U.S. Is So Vulnerable to Coronavirus
 
Brilliant art installation.

"The minimum wage machine allows anybody to work for minimum wage. For as long as they turn the crank, the user is paid in pennies as time passes. For example, if minimum wage is $7.25/hour (the current US Federal rate), then the worker is paid one penny every 4.97 seconds. If they stop turning the crank, they stop receiving money. The machine's mechanism and electronics are powered by the hand crank, and pennies are stored in a plexiglas box. The MWM is reprogrammed as minimum wage changes, or for wages in different locations."

#Art #MinimumWage #LivingWage #inequality #election2020
Minimum Wage Machine dispenses free money at the simple turn of a crank
 
Brilliant art installation.

"The minimum wage machine allows anybody to work for minimum wage. For as long as they turn the crank, the user is paid in pennies as time passes. For example, if minimum wage is $7.25/hour (the current US Federal rate), then the worker is paid one penny every 4.97 seconds. If they stop turning the crank, they stop receiving money. The machine's mechanism and electronics are powered by the hand crank, and pennies are stored in a plexiglas box. The MWM is reprogrammed as minimum wage changes, or for wages in different locations."

#Art #MinimumWage #LivingWage #inequality #election2020
Minimum Wage Machine dispenses free money at the simple turn of a crank
 
Quote of the day [3]:

"In practice, however, meritocracy now excludes everyone outside of a narrow elite. Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale collectively enroll more students from households in the top 1 percent of the income distribution than from households in the bottom 60 percent. Legacy preferences, nepotism, and outright fraud continue to give rich applicants corrupt advantages. But the dominant causes of this skew toward wealth can be traced to meritocracy. On average, children whose parents make more than $200,000 a year score about 250 points higher on the SAT than children whose parents make $40,000 to $60,000. Only about one in 200 children from the poorest third of households achieves SAT scores at Yale’s median. Meanwhile, the top banks and law firms, along with other high-paying employers, recruit almost exclusively from a few elite colleges."

"Hardworking outsiders no longer enjoy genuine opportunity. According to one study, only one out of every 100 children born into the poorest fifth of households, and fewer than one out of every 50 children born into the middle fifth, will join the top 5 percent. Absolute economic mobility is also declining—the odds that a middle-class child will outearn his parents have fallen by more than half since mid-century—and the drop is greater among the middle class than among the poor. Meritocracy frames this exclusion as a failure to measure up, adding a moral insult to economic injury."

"Public anger over economic inequality frequently targets meritocratic institutions. Nearly three-fifths of Republicans believe that colleges and universities are bad for America, according to the Pew Research Center. The intense and widespread fury generated by the college-admissions scandal early this year tapped into a deep and broad well of resentment. This anger is warranted but also distorting. Outrage at nepotism and other disgraceful forms of elite advantage-taking implicitly valorizes meritocratic ideals. Yet meritocracy itself is the bigger problem, and it is crippling the American dream. Meritocracy has created a competition that, even when everyone plays by the rules, only the rich can win."

Via: Meritocracy: How Life Became an Endless, Terrible Competition

#Meritocracy #Inequality
 
Quote of the day [3]:

"In practice, however, meritocracy now excludes everyone outside of a narrow elite. Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale collectively enroll more students from households in the top 1 percent of the income distribution than from households in the bottom 60 percent. Legacy preferences, nepotism, and outright fraud continue to give rich applicants corrupt advantages. But the dominant causes of this skew toward wealth can be traced to meritocracy. On average, children whose parents make more than $200,000 a year score about 250 points higher on the SAT than children whose parents make $40,000 to $60,000. Only about one in 200 children from the poorest third of households achieves SAT scores at Yale’s median. Meanwhile, the top banks and law firms, along with other high-paying employers, recruit almost exclusively from a few elite colleges."

"Hardworking outsiders no longer enjoy genuine opportunity. According to one study, only one out of every 100 children born into the poorest fifth of households, and fewer than one out of every 50 children born into the middle fifth, will join the top 5 percent. Absolute economic mobility is also declining—the odds that a middle-class child will outearn his parents have fallen by more than half since mid-century—and the drop is greater among the middle class than among the poor. Meritocracy frames this exclusion as a failure to measure up, adding a moral insult to economic injury."

"Public anger over economic inequality frequently targets meritocratic institutions. Nearly three-fifths of Republicans believe that colleges and universities are bad for America, according to the Pew Research Center. The intense and widespread fury generated by the college-admissions scandal early this year tapped into a deep and broad well of resentment. This anger is warranted but also distorting. Outrage at nepotism and other disgraceful forms of elite advantage-taking implicitly valorizes meritocratic ideals. Yet meritocracy itself is the bigger problem, and it is crippling the American dream. Meritocracy has created a competition that, even when everyone plays by the rules, only the rich can win."

Via: Meritocracy: How Life Became an Endless, Terrible Competition

#Meritocracy #Inequality
 
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This is one of many most accurate images that depict of America today, but when you try to explain this to a MAGA racist Trump supportive bastard, they respond with: "Stop pulling the race card."

#America #Trump #Racism #MAGA #WhiteSupremacist #terrorism #TrumpTweets #Inequality #Poverty #Racism #Justice #elpaso #Politics #Fascism #AltRight #Nazis #Fascist #Republicans #racism #threatening #USA
 
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This is one of many most accurate images that depict of America today, but when you try to explain this to a MAGA racist Trump supportive bastard, they respond with: "Stop pulling the race card."

#America #Trump #Racism #MAGA #WhiteSupremacist #terrorism #TrumpTweets #Inequality #Poverty #Racism #Justice #elpaso #Politics #Fascism #AltRight #Nazis #Fascist #Republicans #racism #threatening #USA
 
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This is one of many most accurate images that depict of America today, but when you try to explain this to a MAGA racist Trump supportive bastard, they respond with: "Stop pulling the race card."

#America #Trump #Racism #MAGA #WhiteSupremacist #terrorism #TrumpTweets #Inequality #Poverty #Racism #Justice #elpaso #Politics #Fascism #AltRight #Nazis #Fascist #Republicans #racism #threatening #USA
 
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