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October 23 2017

thatdiabolicalfeminist:

Being poor is just a series of emergencies.

Emergencies really do crop up more often for poor people. Necessities, like vacuum cleaners or phones or bedding or shoes, need replacement or repair more often when you only buy the cheapest possible option.

Poor people’s health tends to be compromised by cheap, unhealthy food; stress; being around lots of similarly-poor contagious sick people who can’t afford to stay home or get treatment; inadequate healthcare; and often, hazardous and/or demanding work conditions – including longer hours allowing less time for sleep, home food prep, and mental or physical exercise.

Our homes may not offer much respite, as we’re less likely to have comfortable furniture for sleep or relaxation, more likely to be forced to rely on abusive people for financial reasons.  We’re also more likely to live in high-pollution areas, food deserts, and in poorly-maintained rental housing. We’re less likely to have access to heat or cooling even in dangerous weather.

For all these reasons and more, we get sick more, and when we do, we have less access to medical care – even the poor people lucky enough to have adequate insurance and a doctor who will provide appropriate care without discrimination may face significant difficulties getting to and from a doctor and pharmacy.

Poor people have less reliable transportation; any cars that are affordable for a poor person will usually need major repairs at least a couple times a year - more emergencies! - and poor people are less likely to live anywhere near an adequate public transit system. Just the cab fare to and from a doctor visit can easily cost a week’s worth of groceries or more. Ignoring medical needs as long as possible and not accessing preventative care causes massive future expense.

Many people are poor specifically because of disability, making work difficult or impossible in addition to the expenses of managing chronic illness, accessing mobility aids, or other costs associated with disability.

Poverty runs in families, and friend groups are often based heavily on class in our stratified society, so in addition to your own emergencies as a poor person, you’ll likely also be sharing resources to keep your loved ones alive. You’re not likely to have wealthier friends or family who can or will help.

Poor people are less likely to have enough clothing that we can wait to replace unwearable items. Because our clothing collections are smaller (and often secondhand and/or poorly made), our clothes wear out faster. Not having clothing that marks us as ‘respectable’ can bar us from employment, make us more vulnerable to violence from police or other harassers, and make resources like social programmes less accessible.

Overdraft fees target poor people specifically. Being a few pennies off in your maths can mean sudden huge bills that compound themselves. Predatory banks routinely run all charges before processing the deposits you make earlier in the day or week, which can mean huge overdraft fees can happen even if you deposit your money hours or days before trying to spend any of it.

There are thousands of examples. For poor people, unexpected expenses happen more often. And when you’re poor, any unexpected expense can be an emergency with serious consequences.

Even the cheapest (most temporary) solution for an emergency often breaks the bank.  People who aren’t poor don’t realize that an urgent expense of thirty dollars can mean not eating for a week. Poor people who try to save find our savings slipping away as emergency after emergency happens. Some poor people turn to predatory lending companies, not because they don’t know it’s a bad deal but because being hugely in debt tomorrow is better than your kids starving today.

I don’t think people who’ve never been poor realise what it’s like. It’s not that we’re terrible at budgeting, it’s that even the most perfect budget breaks under the weight of the basic maths: we do not have enough resources.

Cos we’re fucking poor.

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xkcds:

I started off with countless problems. But now I know, thanks to COUNT(), that I have “#REF! ERROR: Circular dependency detected” problems.

Making Progress [Explained]

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thelibraryofmars:

punkpuppydragon:

cindysuke:

ernmark:

Just learned about garden path sentences.

They’re basically a literary prank– the sentence starts out in such a way that you think you know where it’s going, but the way it ends completely changes the meaning while still being a complete and logical sentence. Usually it deals with double meanings, or with words that can be multiple parts of speech, like nouns and verbs or nouns and adjectives.

So we get gems like

  • The old man the boat. (The old people are manning the boat)
  • The complex houses married and single soldiers and their families. (The apartment complex is home to both married and single soldiers, plus their families)
  • The prime number few. (People who are excellent are few in number.)
  • The cotton clothing is usually made of grows in Mississipi. (The cotton that clothing is made of)
  • The man who hunts ducks out on weekends. (As in he ducks out of his responsibilities)
  • We painted the wall with cracks. (The cracked wall is the one that was pained.)

truly a strange language

Thanks I hate it

This is puns on steriods. This is the what I want to see in the world.

sauntervaguelydownward:

showerthoughtsofficial:

When medication says “do not operate heavy machinery” they’re probably mainly referring to cars, but my mind always goes to forklift.

It has honestly never occurred to me that this warning was about cars and not construction equipment

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fandomhell97:

So I made a pumpkin today! Any thoughts?
@justinroilandofficial

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mostlycatsmostly:

Model. He knows his angles.

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adventurelandia:

Trick or Treat (1952)

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delta-breezes:

Anna-Elina Lahti  | @annisellis

October 22 2017

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roaringstream:

popculturebrain:

The Kids From ‘Stranger Things 2’ Forced Netflix To Let Them Swear

The kids from Stranger Things are returning to the series a little bit older, a little bit wiser, and apparently a little bit more foulmouthed than before.

LET 11 SAY FUCK

hamlet-trash:

the moral of hamlet is don’t ever try to go home and resolve conflicts with yr family just stay at college and do gay shit w ur friends

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bumble-pal:

reminder: you can start over at anytime. your day is not ruined. your world is not over. take a deep breath. start over.

imthemuthafuckingcricket:

A customer thought he was being clever saying he had no name and he was no one, so I put him down as Odysseus. The lady right behind him easily gave her name because she “didn’t want to be called Odysseus” as well.

sleepbby:

parents that try to guilt trip their kids for feeding them and providing a roof over their heads are disgusting like that is ur responsibility as their parent, as someone that chose to raise them, that’s part of the damn job description and in no way do ur kids owe u for that, not even a single bit

explainingthejoke:

uncultureddoubloon:

battlereadyprince:

monk-of-space:

a motorcycle gang made up of ancient bisexual norse monarchs: the bikings

I JUST REALIZED THAT THIS POST IS 4 PUNS IN ONE OH MY GODDDDD

@explainingthejoke

Please help?? How/where’s the fourth pun?

They are bi. They are vikings. They are kings. They are bikers. They are bi viking biker kings.

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