Postcards from the class and culture wars (10.4.17)

Postcards from the class and culture wars (10.4.17) October 4, 2017

You don’t put debt above people, you put people above debt.”

“The United Nations approved a resolution condemning the use of the death penalty in a discriminatory fashion, including its use to punish ‘apostasy, blasphemy, adultery, and consensual same-sex relations.’ But the United States joined a minority of states who voted against it.”

“About a third of all adults in the U.S. have financial well-being scores of 50 or below, meaning they struggle to make ends meet or experience material hardships.”

“Hedge funds tend to be a good deal for the people who run the funds.”

“The IRS will pay Equifax $7.25 million to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent fraud under a no-bid contract issued last week, even as lawmakers lash the embattled company about a massive security breach that exposed personal information of as many as 145.5 million Americans.”


“A pyramid scheme occurs when the company at the top is making most of its revenue from making sales to its own sales force, rather than from sales to actual customers.”

“The early Medicaid expansion was associated with an 11 percent reduction in the number of loans taken out each month. It also reduced the number of unique borrowers each month and the amount of payday loan debt.”

CHIP covers 9 million children nationwide. But until Congress renews CHIP, states are cut off from additional federal funding that helps lower- and middle-income families.”

“The group is actually saying the HPV vaccine should be avoided because it works too well, which will encourage young children to have more sex.”

My father lost every job …  once they found out who he really was.”

“There have been 1,516,863 gun-related deaths since 1968 [as of Aug. 27, 2015], compared to 1,396,733 cumulative war deaths since the American Revolution.”

“Between roughly 9,000 and 23,000 registered voters in the reliably Democratic counties were deterred from voting by the ID law.”

“In its zeal to defund Planned Parenthood, Texas has wasted money on a group that is misappropriating taxpayer funds and providing no services, leaving women without access to health care.”

Tim Murphy (R), Pa.-18. Yes.”

“The water’s gone; the damage will be with us for years.”

“The accomplished men and women of the RSC, and women, if it wasn’t sexist I would say the RSC eye candy.”

“In the cyber-sanctuaries of today’s empowered Catholic far-right, it seems, everyone thinks they’re the pope.”

“Just leave them a generous tip. Always.”

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