If people need vouching and can’t come up with acceptable identification, “I would suggest they probably weren’t planning to vote in the first place,” [Conservative MP Tom] Lukiwski said.
HOW do you even think this is a good argument for getting rid of vouching. The Chief Electoral Officer literally just told you that 120,000 voters used vouching as ID in the last election, and your input is still “yeah but people who need vouching don’t even want to vote”? LISTEN TO YOURSELF.(via sc0rnflakess)
Sometimes I just wake up sad and I don’t know what to do about it. I feel disappointed in myself and my inability to get a consistent full time job that pays me enough to not depend on Manfriend. I HATE that I couldn’t even afford to live on my own right now. I want to be grateful I don’t have to live on my own and I try to appreciate that I have a reliable partner through this difficult stage but my own sense of self worth is so tied to my ability to be independent I just end up depressed about the whole thing. Fuck this shit. Seriously, fuck it all to hell. I’m also still so very angry about the injustice of getting “fired” illegally. FUCK.
From CBC Aboriginal
Reblogging because Joseph Boyden is spectacular and I don’t want to forget to read this.
Amazing! That book is so excellent. Yesterday I watched this video of Wab Kinew and Steven Lewis debating the violence in the book, and it’s pretty moving. The book gives you a look at a completely different worldview, that of the 17th Century Huron. This is powerful. Like Wab says, "Reconciliation must not be a second chance at assimilation" and to do that, we need to find ways to look outside of Western ways of knowing.
This is my favourite thing about this book, and my favourite thing about anthropology: there are other ways to be. The best authors and ethnographers can get you out of your own head and give you a little glimpse of other ways of knowing and being and living.
Oh, I can use my giftcard to buy this!
If you drug-tested members of Congress as a condition of their getting federal paychecks, you would have most likely caught Representative Trey Radel, Republican of Florida, who recently pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine. Would it be Grinch-like of me to point out that this same congressman voted for the bill that would force many hungry people to pee in a cup and pass a drug test before getting food? Should I also mention that the median net worth for new members of the current Congress is exactly $1 million more than that of the typical American household — and that that may influence their view?
For the record, the baseline benefit for those getting help under the old food stamp program works out to $1.40 a meal. And the average check for those on emergency unemployment is $300 a week. If you cut them off cold, the argument goes, these desperate folks would soon find a job and put real food on the table. They are poor because they are weak.
I met a wheat farmer not long ago in Montana whose family operation was getting nearly $300,000 a year in federal subsidies. With his crop in, this wealthy farmer was looking forward to spending a month in Hawaii. No one suggested that he pass a drug test to continue receiving his sizable handout, or that he be cut off cold, and encouraged to grow something that taxpayers wouldn’t have to subsidize.
One person deserves the handout, the other does not. But these distinctions are colored by your circumstances — where you stand depends on where you sit.