We are blessed this holiday season with endless opportunities to give to our fellow-man. The Christmas season is typically a time of generous sharing with those “less fortunate”, but this year you could toss a stone and hit a needy person! Seriously, you do not have to look far for a chance to brighten someone’s holiday. Now that our state’s highest court deemed panhandling a protected activity under the 1st amendment, there is a beggar at every corner and off-ramp in the county. We donate to them through the local soup kitchen and despite the convenience of giving at a … Continue reading Charitable Opportunities Abound This Christmas!
Yesterday a fire in a Lahore factory claimed the lives of at least 25 young workers who tried in vain to escape through windows that were barred. In another Pakistani city today at least 300 died in a fire at a Karachi garment factory. Trapped by bars on the windows and a bottleneck of panicked workers at the one exit to the building, many phoned their loved ones before the fire and toxic smoke overtook them. The back stairs exit leading to the roof was locked. Faulty generators are blamed as possible catalysts, but our own Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire may hint at another catalyst altogether – … Continue reading What Price for Work? The Karachi Factory Fire
In a bid to show ‘em how it feels State Representative Yasmin Neal has proposed an amendment to Georgia’s anti-abortion law that would ban vasectomies unless necessary to prevent serious injury to a man’s organs or death. Missouri State Representative Stacey Newman soon followed suit with a similar bill that also limits where a vasectomy can legally be performed to surgical centers and hospitals. Both Representatives cited the fairness of legislating men’s bodies in the same fashion that predominantly male government bodies have attempted to legislate women’s reproductive health choices. While women across the country are cheering for these bills, … Continue reading Birth Control Debate Attempts to Hit Men Where it Hurts
Even George Orwell could not have predicted the current level of absurdity surrounding women’s health in general and birth control pills specifically. What chicanery are the men that run this country up to that they are seriously debating accessibility to birth control in the year of Our Lord 2012? I feel as though I’ve stepped through a looking glass and been transported to a long-ago era before Margaret Sanger sought funding from Planned Parenthood to research a progesterone pill that would stop ovulation in the early 1900’s. This is not an issue of religious freedom or morality, but one of politics and diversion … Continue reading Keep your politics out of my sex
The 37th revision of my résumé combined with a smooth and confident demeanor gleaned from a multitude of prescreening phone calls finally hooked an interview invitation. I’m exaggerating my coolness, but if I think about how suave I’m not, I may never have the nerve to squeak out interview answers. When I lost my job six months ago I knew the job market was competitively fierce. I can read. But, knowing and understanding to the depth I do now are different and worlds apart. My belief that perseverance can overcome any obstacle was wavering and The Maker and I were having some serious discussions after six … Continue reading 5th Dimension Job Hunt Update
As of January 1 the 100 watt incandescent bulbs that I grew up with are banned with lower wattage incandescent bulbs phasing out over the next two years, a truly expensive ideology for the Average Joe considering that the old bulbs cost about 43 cents. I am environmentally conscious and invested in a couple of twisty high-efficiency light bulbs that cost a bit more than $4 per bulb and give off a bright bluish light that most women, especially those over 40, try to avoid. A softer golden light can be found with the more costly LED bulbs. I myself am opting … Continue reading The rise of the twisty light bulb
Yesterday was a national day of action for supporters of 2012 federal unemployment insurance extensions with demonstrations across the country from 2-3 p.m. I told my husband that I planned to lend to the numbers in a demonstration outside our local state representative’s office, but that I was not bringing a protest sign. That was not a problem because the organization We Are The People had a sign for me and all of the other demonstrators. Within minutes of meeting a few of my compatriots one of the organizers asked me if I would be willing to say something to the crowd because they … Continue reading Ousted as a rabble-rouser for all the world to see
The U.S Congress has hit a new low with a dismal approval rating of 9%, the lowest since the New York Times began tracking it over 30 years ago. Is it any wonder that Paris Hilton is now more popular than Congress? Although many of us are perplexed by Ms. Hilton’s fame, even more confusing is what those people up on the hill are doing, or rather not doing for the people they purportedly represent. Paris’ inane “that’s hot!” ratings of who-cares subjects hold more weight than the President’s, “we can do this” assurances. I say we cancel their show. It … Continue reading Paris Hilton more popular than Congress
The majority of the 99% watched from our couches and computer desks as the Occupy Everywhere protesters had a very busy and contentious week. About 50% of the 99% do not agree with or simply do not understand what the Occupy Wall Street movement is all about. Although we live in an age of information overload, I believe that much of what we are fed is bullshit. If I care about something I have to go to several sources to collect different views and then do background searches on the veracity of stated “facts”. This is how I know that they feed … Continue reading Occupy Wall Street “News”
I received a notification informing us that donations to Michigan food banks will no longer be tax-deductible after December 31, 2011, which coincides with the expiration of federal extended unemployment insurance programs. The expiration of federal extensions will immediately drop 2 million unemployed from the rolls and millions more will follow as state benefits expire in 2012. Also heralding in the New Year, Michigan will reduce unemployment compensation to a maximum of 20 weeks from 26, the standard of all states for more than 50 years. Because unemployment compensation is designed only to cover living expenses, it is commonly accepted … Continue reading Happy New Year?