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    • #342514
      So Far From Heaven
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      Well, I guess this ‘problem’ of our economy is actually a woven mess of paying up. And, it would seem that those who can least afford it, are going to be in big trouble real soon now, even if they aren’t thrown out of their homes, like Ohio keeps reminding us is a real possibility.

      How, in your smallest darkest nightmare, would you be able to live without power? What if you have those on medical equipment that needs power? What if you have infants and small children?

      NPR published a nightmare article and it spells out a lot of problems that are going to hit all at the same time due to our totally fucked up Federal response to the pandemic, and it brings up the spectre of the discrimination and biases against those of color all over the US.

      A nationwide survey in May by the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University found that 22% of respondents had to reduce or forgo other basic needs, like food or medicine, to pay their energy bill in April. Seventeen percent of those surveyed weren’t able to pay their energy bill at all. The rates were much higher for households of color, says Sanya Carley, a professor of public and environmental affairs at the O’Neill School.

      “This isn’t just an issue of not being able to afford energy,” she says. “These issues are so wrapped up into bigger institutional discrimination and biases and other problems, such as housing stock and housing problems.”

      Now what?

      No jobs. No money. No insurance. No food or water (another utility that can really fuck with you). No electricity. And soon, no place to live.

      Welcome to America.

      EDIT: forgot the fucking link again. You can find the article HERE.

    • #342523
      Mr. Mickeys Mom
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      … I got the feeling that he knew something I didn’t, like maybe at the last hour of the last day of July (hey – that’s about 5 hours from now), something would be worked out in the all-too-conservative groups he was forced to caucus with as a Democrat.

      He didn’t know Jack shit about what was to happen. I knew I would be seeing various versions of discriminatory bias as soon as that phone call was over.  And, then I heard what my better half has been saying for years now…. “It’s gonna be blood on the streets…”

      The kind of anger I have lately is legend, and I aim it at U.S. and State representatives. I’ve given up on local politics. What will we do, Mr. & Mrs. America?

      Hell, no... I'm not giving up...

    • #342531
      Ohio Barbarian
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      Three days after this story was published on NPR, The Turtle sends the Senate home. Protesters have shut down or at least hampered eviction courts in Louisiana and Missouri. Trump’s panicked and said he’ll extend the $600 a week supplemental employment, but he’s flailing and who knows if anything will come of that?

      I thought protests over immediate economic issues would eclipse Black Lives Matter protests or morph with them into something else, but this…! Shit, man, take away people’s electricity and they really have nothing to lose. The federal government is practically begging for a French Revolution.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman

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