July 27, 2014
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In the current listless economy, every generation has a claim to having been most injured. But the Labor Department’s latest jobs snapshot and other recent data reports present a strong case for crowning baby boomers as the greatest victims of the recession and its grim aftermath.

These Americans in their 50s and early 60s — those near retirement age who do not yet have access to Medicare and Social Security — have lost the most earnings power of any age group, with their household incomes 10 percent below what they made when the recovery began three years ago, according to Sentier Research, a data analysis company.

Their retirement savings and home values fell sharply at the worst possible time: just before they needed to cash out. They are supporting both aged parents and unemployed young-adult children, earning them the inauspicious nickname “Generation Squeeze.”

New research suggests that they may die sooner, because their health, income security and mental well-being were battered by recession at a crucial time in their lives. A recent study by economists at Wellesley College found that people who lost their jobs in the few years before becoming eligible for Social Security lost up to three years from their life expectancy, largely because they no longer had access to affordable health care.

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In Hard Economy for All Ages, Older Isn’t Better … It’s Brutal, New York Times, 2/2/13 (via class-struggle-anarchism)

July 27, 2014
"I have been astonished by hearing individuals who inherited wealth in childhood warn against sharing resources because people needing help should work for money in order to appreciate its value. Inherited wealth and/or substantial material resources are rarely talked about in the mass media because those who receive it do not wish to validate the idea that money received that is not a reward for hard work is beneficial. Their acceptance and use of this money to strengthen their economic self-sufficiency exposes the reality that working hard is rarely the means by which enough of us can gain enough access to material resources to become wealthy. One of the ironies of the culture of greed is that the people who profit the most from earnings they have not worked to attain are the most eager to insist that the poor and working classes can only value material resources attained through hard work. Of course, they are merely establishing a belief system that protects their class interests and lessens their accountability to those who are without privilege."

— bell hooks in All About Love: New Visions (via ethiopienne)

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July 26, 2014

Pictures from the free Palestine rally in the city today. I got to wear my sexy keffiyeh and hang out with my comrade girlfriend. There was a counter protest but they sucked shit and left halfway through.

July 23, 2014

softboycollective:

If you’re fake and talk shit behind my back you’re weak and liberal. square up bitch let’s resolve this contradiction

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July 22, 2014

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July 19, 2014

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July 19, 2014

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July 18, 2014
hotasfirecoolasice:

Chile suspends trade with “Israel” as a result of the atrocities taken out on the Palestinians in Gaza, Palestine
Thank you, Chile <3

hotasfirecoolasice:

Chile suspends trade with “Israel” as a result of the atrocities taken out on the Palestinians in Gaza, Palestine

Thank you, Chile <3

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July 17, 2014

thepeoplesrecord:

700+ workers protest in Myanmar after South Korean factory closed without paying them
July 17, 2014

More than 700 workers protested Thursday in front of the South Korean Embassy in Myanmar to demand officials help them after a Korean-owned factory closed without paying their wages.

The workers from the Master Sports Footwear Factory in Yangon said the owner closed the plant illegally and without notice in May and has left the country. They are demanding that the Korean ambassador help them. They said they were having trouble paying their rent and wanted assistance in finding new jobs.

After an elected government took office in 2011 in Myanmar, industry has grown and foreign investment poured in in the wake of Western nations dropping most of the sanctions they had maintained against the previous repressive army regime.

Factory workers’ strikes and protests have increased markedly. The new government instituted economic reforms, including the legalization of labor unions.

The workers said they have contacted not only the embassy, but also the Labor and Social Security ministries, parliament and the opposition National League for Democracy for assistance but had received no help.

"This is because the government never stands for the grassroots people," said U Htay, a lawyer for the workers. "They never stand for the protection of the grassroots people or workers. It’s all because they cannot handle the rule of law and there is even more corruption and bias on the part of government officials and the businessmen. The only victims are the workers and grassroots people."

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July 15, 2014

San Bruno mountain

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