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They call Social Security a Ponzi Scheme. Well, this is the real rip off right here. Did you know that student loan debt is one of the very few types of debt you cannot claim bankruptcy on? And who is disproportionally affected by crushing student loan debt? You got it: the poor.

So, to recap: many poor people get student loans. One cannot claim bankruptcy on a student loan. The economy crashed, now they can’t afford the payments. Bad credit results, and all of the associated problems that go along with it, keeping them poor.




TIME’s 2011 Person of the Year is The Protester

A quick glance at this cover and you might assume it’s a niqabi Muslim woman — but it’s actually a photo of #OccupyLA protester Sarah Mason (artified by Sheperd Fairey).

I have SO. MANY. FEELINGS. about this and they shifted after understanding the context of the photo. What do you guys think?

This is the original photo that this cover was adapted from:


John Waters’ Best Films of 2011

The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodóvar) A dark, twisted, beautiful, and, yes, funny shocker from the greatest director in the world. God bless you, Pedro Almodóvar!

Mildred Pierce (Todd Haynes) This elegantly shot, pitch-perfect made-for-TV melodrama makes everyone who watches secretly yearn to be a woman with issues. The best period film in decades—period.

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (Jon M. Chu) I’m not kidding. A well-made doc that proves the Bieb was a child prodigy. Wait until you see Justin stick his head into the audience and shake his hair in 3-D. I screamed.

Hadewijch (Bruno Dumont) In this grim, fiercely uncommercial movie, a fanatical Catholic young lady from a rich family hooks up with a handsome male Muslim terrorist, and together they blow up a commuter train. Love is strange, especially when God is involved.

Kaboom (Gregg Araki) A sexy, well-written, end-of-the-world comedy that succeeds beyond all expectation. Doomsday never looked so hot.

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman) This sad documentary debates the regrets of radicalism as a pack of lunatic-kid tree huggers get caught up in frenzied activism and are suddenly accused by the government of terrorism.

The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick) You’d think I’d hate this film, and I almost did—until I realized it’s the best New Age, heterosexual, Christian movie of the year.

I’m Glad My Mother Is Alive (Claude and Nathan Miller) This beautifully acted French film is a tragic, harrowing warning to all adoptees: Finding your real-life birth parents isn’t always such a good idea.

We Were Here (David Weissman) Half my friends died of AIDS, so this simple and painfully told doc on the disastrous epidemic’s effect on San Francisco is personal. If you don’t sob watching, maybe you should be dead too.

10 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul) A spooky, witty, never pretentious meditation on the otherworldly lust of ghosts and wild animals. Aren’t you glad art films don’t get test-screened?

The thing is, it’s patriarchy that says men are stupid and monolithic and unchanging and incapable. It’s patriarchy that says men have animalistic instincts and just can’t stop themselves from harassing and assaulting. It’s patriarchy that says men can only be attracted by certain qualities, can only have particular kinds of responses, can only experience the world in narrow ways. Feminism holds that men are capable of more – are more than that.
On claiming to be a stupid man who doesn’t know anything « Zero at the Bone (via grrrlstudies)

Dan Rather Says ‘Big Money Owns Everything … Including the News’


In a recent speech, Dan Rather, once one of the few voices trusted to moderate our in-home information supply, called the current state of the news business “upside down and backwards.” Inspired by Occupy Wall Street, Rather issued a call to get back to proper journalism, and he suggested that the job would fall to independent journalists. ….

(Hat tip to David Sirota)

Who spends $400 on Black Friday during a recession? This does not make sense, people.

Wal-mart shoppers fighting over a $2 waffle iron on Black Friday:

CNN Money report on $52.4 billion spent for Black Friday weekend, up 16% from last year. WHAT?  Put down the credit card! Walk away from the shiny things! Get a conscience:

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