cynthia1960: me from Wiscon Chronicles v. 3 (Default)
I've asked permission to share this story that somebody on my flist shared with me. I do not choose to disclose hir user name because I do not want anybody getting all judgmental on them. This has triggers for discussion of suicide.

I am absolutely certain that there are too many people out there in this boat, but this needs to be heard. )

If you read hir story, I want you to sit there with your discomfort for a moment. Imagine the young people you come in contact with and know that some of them are absolutely certainly in the same boat as hir.

Now, I challenge us to think about ways we can fix this fuckedupness.
cynthia1960: (feminist hulk smash capitalism)
By way of @nkjemisin on Twitter:

Suze Orman describes the devil's bargain of the current state of higher education financing in the US.

The implications of this are mind-boggling, and then I look at my nieces and nephews (and everybody else's kids), and I say: OH SHIT WE ARE ALL SO HOSED.

She's stating some cold hard facts here (US-centric, and I'm interested in hearing from folks outside the US about their situations) that make it damned clear that the current system is rigged to benefit the 1%. Everybody else, you get to get loaded up with debt on the order of magnitude of 30 year home mortgages to get a job that probably won't even make a dent in those payments for a long long time. And, this doesn't just affect the folks going to private universities, the public options are getting less and less affordable every single year. And the for-profit institutions are even more insidious...

How the frakking hell do you expect to keep a society running under these conditions? Things have got to change.
cynthia1960: (Down with patriarchy)
linkspam for me to come back to time and again when I need to get my anger properly directed at targets

Sinfest nails it when it comes to the ubiquity of patriarchy. (thanks to @nkjemisin on twitter)

also: We are the 99 Percent

And Elizabeth Warren tells it like it is.

Also thanks to [personal profile] pegkerr who is posting lots of good stuff about the #occupy(insert $CAPITALISTSTRONGHOLD of choice) movement.
cynthia1960: (feminist hulk smash capitalism)
Wow. Paul Krugman points to a comment left on an Irish economics blog that notes that the "markets" are motivated by the desire for hookers and blow. Not sure if it's actually good policy to cater to these desires, but if it's even partially true that that's what's making Wall Street and the City of London tick, that explains much about how we got in the current mess.

Damn, if I had gotten such frank information in college, maybe I wouldn't have blown off taking any economics.
cynthia1960: me from Wiscon Chronicles v. 3 (Default)
Move over Elizabeth Warren, and meet Maxine Udall, Girl Economist. If I had been exposed to more folks like her, I probably wouldn't have avoided the dismal science like the plague.
cynthia1960: (eowyn)
I'm reading Value of Nothing by Raj Patel, and I am amused by this quote from the beginning of Chapter 10:

"There are two novels that can transform a bookish fourteen-year-old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish daydream that can lead to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood in which large chunks of the day are spent inventing ways to make real life more like a fantasy novel. The other is a book about orcs."

Well, Mr. Patel, I was fifteen not fourteen, but even then I got a whole lot more out of LotR than you had. You *are* spot on about Rand, though.

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] tandw points out that the quote is actually from Kung Fu Monkey and it reads like this:

"-- There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."

John Rogers' version is more elegant :).

I haven't seen any attribution for this in my Kindle edition of Patel's book, and that's really sloppy and inconsiderate plagiarism.

Mr. Patel: You've written a best-selling nonfiction book, would it kill you to footnote this and link to Rogers? Hell, it took one of my friends no time at all to find the link and send me it, and then it was easy to edit my entry and give proper credit where credit is due. And was the copyeditor (or whoever does fact checking at the publisher) asleep at the wheel? Note to all the folks trashing traditional publishers (who probably aren't reading this, because my FL/access list has more clue than that): This kind of thing will run rampant if everybody and his dog starts publishing.

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