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10 Poverty Myths, Busted | Mother Jones

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1. Single moms are the problem. Only 9 percent of low-income, urban moms have been single throughout their child’s first five years. Thirty-five percent were married to, or in a relationship with, the child’s father for that entire time.

2. Absent dads are the problem. Sixty percent of low-income dads see at least one of their children daily. Another 16 percent see their children weekly.

3. Black dads are the problem. Among men who don’t live with their children, black fathers are more likely than white or Hispanic dads to have a daily presence in their kids’ lives.

4. Poor people are lazy. In 2004, there was at least one adult with a job in 60 percent of families on food stamps that had both kids and a nondisabled, working-age adult.

5. If you’re not officially poor, you’re doing okay. The federal poverty line for a family of two parents and two children in 2012 was $23,283. Basic needs cost at least twice that in 615 of America’s cities and regions.

6. Go to college, get out of poverty. In 2012, about 1.1 million people who made less than $25,000 a year, worked full time, and were heads of household had a bachelor’s degree.

7. We’re winning the war on poverty. The number of households with children living on less than $2 a day per person has grown 160 percent since 1996, to 1.65 million families in 2011.

8. The days of old ladies eating cat food are over. The share of elderly single women living in extreme poverty jumped 31 percent from 2011 to 2012.

9. The homeless are drunk street people. One in 45 kids in the United States experiences homelessness each year. In New York City alone, 22,000 children are homeless.

10. Handouts are bankrupting us. In 2012, total welfare funding was 0.47 percent of the federal budget.

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20 Things You Might Not Know About Ghostbusters

The deus ex machina of the Ghostbusters crossing the streams of the proton packs helped them to—spoiler alert—defeat the Marshmallow Man and the evil demon Gozer at the end of the film. According to Ramis, this activity didn’t appear in script. He and Aykroyd were unsure how to get the Ghostbusters out of the final scene alive, and because the nuclear technology behind the proton packs was “explained” with humorous techno-babble and mostly left up to the audience’s imagination, they came up with the idea of crossing the streams—an act which would somehow cause a cataclysmic shift in our dimension. After this decision was made, they added in some foreshadowing of the event to an earlier scene, only to revisit the concept in the climactic standoff at the end.

So…she’s a dog.

Yesterday…

all our troubles…never mind. So it’s real. Now the stories of people who have had this evasive prostate cancer come flying  in. Everyone knows someone..which is good, right? Of course they are usually really old and the side effects don’t bother them- I mean- many are already wearing diapers, so WTF.

Anyway, the laughs from yesterday, the denial, seems to have worn off and now waiting for a CAT scan to make sure it hasn’t spread. Which it hasn’t, I am 99% sure…GO TEAM!

Cancer- Fuck

I’m doing the dishes out of sheer stress. I hate doing the dishes. The Husband does the dishes, but he’s at the doctor’s finding out the results of his prostate biopsy.

As in ‘does he have cancer and how bad is it?”

Fun times.

He didn’t want me to go.

"It’s like I brought my mommy with me," he said as he rode off on his bike.

Note: Who rides his bike to the doctor in SoCal when we have two perfectly good cars?

Anyway…I am sick to my stomach. 36 years with The Husband and this is not what we were looking at right now. Life is good, could be better, but we laugh. We live at the beach. He works hard fixing up this house in exchange for living near the beach. I write for a living. I take care of my mom on occasion because she has cancer as well. (Two of the healthiest people I know have cancer. Fuck eating right. I’ll have a Big Mac and some fries this afternoon just to tell cancer to go fuck its self.)

OK…here he comes…

Cancer. FUCK!

Girls are trained to say, ‘I wrote this, but it’s probably really stupid.’ Well, no, you wouldn’t write a novel if you thought it was really stupid. Men are much more comfortable going, ‘I wrote this book because I have a unique perspective that the world needs to hear.’ Girls are taught from the age of seven that if you get a compliment, you don’t go, ‘Thank you’, you go, ‘No, you’re insane.’

Lena Dunham, in an interview with The Guardian (x)  (via blackbruise)

I’m not all about Lena Dunham, but this is important.

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