but poor people are the problem right? smh
I should let everyone know, since it seems to be a thing not many know, that it actually is possible to refuse overdraft “protection”, at least with Capital One, and to have it taken off, as I did with Teachers Federal Credit Union and New York Community Bank.
I should warn you, they will try to persuade you to stay on with statements like “what if you need it for your rent?” Refuse it. Adamantly. Drive the point home that “no, I want my card to decline when there is more in my purchase than my bank account”.
Don’t get screwed by the fancy talk. Or the term “overdraft protection”. It is about as much protection as the FINE (for breaking the law making health insurance mandatory) Obamacare has for people who are too “rich” for Medicaid whose employers don’t give healthcare and for whom other bills are far too much to buy one of the exorbitant “low-cost” options is a tax.
BUT THESE CHARACTERS DON’T LOOK LIKE ME
Nope, they don’t. And they may have experiences not indicative of yours. So what? What do you think everyone who isn’t like you has been experiencing all this time? That same feeling. And yet they still read Batman or watch the same television shows.
Confession time: I’m a jerky white dude. I’m clumsy in my assumptions and preconceived notions and — hey, I acknowledge my privilege. The privilege of privilege is being blinded by it and blind to it. You can walk around all day, whistling like a happy asshole, completely unaware of all the toxic douchebaggery splashing all around. We step on flowers we don’t even notice.
Sometimes, though, you have your eyes opened to it, and it’s a real holy-shit-we’re-in-some-kind-of-sexist-racist-Matrix moment. Rape culture doesn’t seem like a thing until someone starts pointing it out and then it’s a really awful Magic Eye painting, except instead of seeing a dolphin you’re seeing how we ask rape victims what they did to deserve getting raped. Once someone tells you, “That Terrible Thing is really an actual thing,” it’s ants, it’s dust, it’s fingerprints-on-glass. Didn’t notice it before, but now you realize it’s freaking everywhere.
And one of those “it’s freaking everywhere” moments is when you realize, oh, yeah, okay, our pop culture has been speaking very directly to heteronormative middle-class white-guy culture for a long time. Comics, television, novels, whatever. It’s time to share the storytelling. Time to pass the Talking Stick. Besides, maybe if we saw more diversity on the page, we might be willing to acknowledge the diversity outside our doors. I often say that the most valuable multitasking we can teach our kids and express in ourselves is to dual-wield Empathy and Logic, and if this helps in that, so be it. If this makes people more open? More aware? How is that possibly a bad thing?
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CAN YOU APPRECIATE ALL THIS BROWN
Reblogging every time
From 2010 but still relevant because not having a car, or to give a more general category, economic circumstance, is not a protected group under employment law. In other words, it is perfectly legal to refuse to hire someone because of their not having a car, living in Section 8 housing, etcI empathise with this, highly. I’ve had at least two job offers rescinded while I was doing the paperwork and it came time for the ID part. “Oh, but this is state ID.” Oh, did you want to use my passport as my ID then? “Umm, no, do you have a drivers license we can use?” [headdesk] No, I don’t have a drivers license. “Oh well, why don’t we do this paperwork tomorrow?” Then I was called at home (before I could bike there and found the message on my machine, geez, don’t try telling it to my face while I’m actually in your office in front of you two minutes ago or anything.)The message told me that “upon reflection we decided to go with our second best candidate”. While this is rare, it still fires me up to remember it. From page 3
A business I’d love to shamelessly shame for refusing to hire on basis of not owning a car- the Riverhead, NY location of Joe’s Crab Shack. For waitressing, where none of the job duties would require a car. It did not matter that I had past experience (2 years) successfully waiting on birthday parties with as many as 30 people almost singlehandedly. (My customers always gave rave reviews from what I was told because I am both fast and accurate) They had a list of several past employers of mine they easily could have called to inquire whether I had attendance issues if they were concerned about that. Instead, they went the discriminatory route.
#ThePowerOfYoga with Big Gal Yoga
Day 12 Swaying Tree
Day 13 Seated Twist /// Marichi Pose
Day 14 Reclining Hero
Day 15 Cleopatra Pose
Day 16 Warrior III /// King Dancer
Day 17 Reverse Warrior /// Baby Grasshopper
The #SVYALit Project: Using YA Lit to talk about sexual violence and consent in the lives of teens. Here are a few book lists and book reviews.
Because No Always Mean No, a list of books dealing with sexual assault
Take 5: Difficult books on an important topic (sexual violence)
Take 5: Sexual Violence in the Life of Boys
Book Review: The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely
Thinking About Boys, Sex, and Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian
What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton
Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
September Girls by Bennett Madison
Discussing THE S WORD by Chelsea Pitcher, a guest post by Lourdes Keochgerien
5 Reasons I Loved Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
Charm and Strange by Stephanie Khuen
The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Uses for Boys by Erica Loraine Scheidt
Killer Instinct by S. E. Green
See the complete #SVYALit Project Index Here: http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com/2014/02/svyalit-project-index.html
This is important. Could very well help those struggling to read these books. Don’t leave anyone in the dark.