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Hourly pay to afford one-bedroom rent is more than double minimum wage – Business Insider

A minimum-wage worker needs 2.5 full-time jobs to afford a one-bedroom apartment in most of the US

Many minimum-wage workers can’t even afford a modest one-bedroom apartment, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s annual report. The national housing wage for a modest one-bedroom apartment is $17.90, while the federal minimum wage is $7.25. A low-income worker earning the federal minimum wage would need 2.5 jobs to afford a one-bedroom apartment.

Food Science Babe: 5 basic scientific concepts to help you spot pseudoscience

5 basic scientific concepts to help you spot pseudoscience | AGDAILY

There is so much pseudoscience being spread around nowadays, and sometimes it can be hard to spot, especially for those who don’t have a background in science. A lot of it is based on a small amount of truth and by people who you may think you can trust, so it can be difficult to differentiate from good, truthful science.

The Billionaires Hit The Panic Button

From the article the (the emphasis is mine).

…both parties have courted and favored America’s super-rich, over and against the interests of the rest of the country. [for decades now in fact-JJH]

Sure, there are differences. Republican politicians will defend any lowlife whose bank book is big enough, from payday lenders to Wall Street CEOs. Democrats, by contrast, court nicer, more progressive-seeming elements of the super-rich. Harvey Weinstein, for instance.

During Bill Clinton’s presidency, when incomes were elevated by an epic stock market bubble, this contradiction could be tolerated, even celebrated. But it is not tenable after the joint debacles of the 2008 financial crisis and the foreclosure-infested recovery. One vision has to win out. Democrats can either be the party of the people or they can be the party of what more refined elements of the upper class deign to bestow upon the people. They cannot be both.

The Billionaires Hit The Panic Button

Since early summer, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have been drawing huge crowds to their rallies, dominating the televised debates, and setting fundraising records with support exclusively from small donors. Most importantly, their surging popularity stems from their plans to dramatically expand the federal government, paid for in large part through a wealth tax.

With Sobering Science, Doctor Debunks 12-Step Recovery

35 years ago I got clean and sober while I was in a 12 Step Program but in retrospect I do NOT think it was the 12 Steps Program that got me clean and sober and has kept me that way for 35 years so I agree with the analysis of Dr. Lance Dodes in this audio article.

When he says: —”The reason that the 5 to 10 percent do well in AA actually doesn’t have to do with the 12 steps themselves; it has to do with the camaraderie. It’s a supportive organization with people who are on the whole kind to you, and it gives you a structure. Some people can make a lot of use of that. And to its credit, AA describes itself as a brotherhood rather than a treatment.

So as you can imagine, a few people given that kind of setting are able to change their behavior at least temporarily, maybe permanently. But most people can’t deal with their addiction, which is deeply driven, by just being in a brotherhood.”—

In my case I think that is exactly what worked for me being in the group I was in and from traveling around to visit and talk with other groups I am pretty sure had I not landed where I did the results would have been very different. I needed an alternative social structure to live within which wasn’t centered around or attached to drinking and drugs and that was what I got. But there are so many others where that is just not adequate as a solution and some of the AA thinking does more damage than good.


Some More Reading On Alternatives To AA….

The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry

by Lance Dodes (Author), Zachary Dodes (Author)

Recover!: An Empowering Program to Help You Stop Thinking Like an Addict and Reclaim Your Life

by Stanton Peele (Author), Ilse Thompson (Contributor)

The False Balance Between Fascists and Antifascists | FAIR

The False Balance Between Fascists and Antifascists

Right-wing terror is a feature of daily life in present-day America. Ostensibly spontaneous violence incubates in the same ideological ecosystem as organized reactionary political associations. Robert Bowers, the man arrested for a rampage that killed seven at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue, was seemingly steeped in the ultra-right’s internal online debates, blaming Jews and Muslims for what he sees as the “certain extinction” toward which Americans and “Western Civilization” are supposedly headed.

Why Do You Think They Cross the Border? | John Pavlovitz

John Pavlovitz, Christian pastor, never ceases to amaze me with how clearly he can illustrate the problems around us. This is John Pavlovitz at his best. I can think of a couple of people I really think NEED to read this and I am thinking really hard about whether to tag them or post this on their timeline but lament that I don’t know if it would do any good for them.

Why Do You Think They Cross the Border?

I need you to clarify something for me, MAGA friend. I’ve seen all your incendiary social media posts about the border crossers. I’ve come across the fictional statistics about their supposed crime and alleged violence, that you so willingly repost. I’ve read Donald Trump’s rambling, all-caps, alarmists tweets.

Why conservatives are more susceptible to believing in lies. | Slate

Why Are Conservatives More Susceptible to Believing Lies?

Many conservatives have a loose relationship with facts. The right-wing denial of what most people think of as accepted reality starts with political issues: As recently as 2016, 45 percent of Republicans still believed that the Affordable Care Act included “death panels” (it doesn’t).

Glyphosate doesn’t cause cancer. It saves native ecosystems. | Slate

Glyphosate Doesn’t Cause Cancer. It Saves Native Ecosystems.

What’s Neil deGrasse Tyson Doing on Ben Shapiro’s Podcast? In Defense of the Deer That Crashed Through a Salon Window What Airbnb’s Antarctic Trip Misunderstands About Science Does Forever 21’s Demise Mark the End of Fast Fashion? You’ve seen the ads flooding television and social media: “Have you been exposed to weed killer Roundup?

Fruits and Vegetables Are Trying to Kill You – Issue 15: Turbulence – Nautilus

Fruits and Vegetables Are Trying to Kill You – Issue 15: Turbulence – Nautilus

You probably try to exercise regularly and eat right. Perhaps you steer toward “superfoods,” fruits, nuts, and vegetables advertised as “antioxidant,” which combat the nasty effects of oxidation in our bodies. Maybe you take vitamins to protect against “free radicals,” destructive molecules that arise normally as our cells burn fuel for energy, but which may damage DNA and contribute to cancer, dementia, and the gradual meltdown we call aging.

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