The United States has always maintained a white underclass — citizens whose role in the greater scheme of things has been to cushion national economic shocks through the disposability of their labor, with occasional time off to serve as bullet magnets in defense of the Empire. Until the post-World War II era, the existence of such an underclass was widely acknowledged. During the Civil War, for instance, many northern abolitionists also called for the liberation of “four million miserable white southerners held in bondage by the wealthy planter class”. Planter elites, who often held several large plantations which, together, constituted much or most of a county’s economy, saw to it that poor whites got no schooling, money, or political power. Poll taxes and literacy requirements kept white subsistence farmers and poor laborers from entering voting booths. Often accounting for up to 70 percent of many deep-Southern counties, they could not vote, and thus could never challenge the status quo…
Public discussion of this class remains off limits, deemed hyperbole and the stuff of dangerous radical leftists. And besides, as everyone agrees, white people cannot be an underclass. We’re the majority, dammit. You must be at least one shade darker than a paper bag to officially qualify as a member of any underclass…
Economic, political, and social culture in America is staggering under the sheer weight of its white underclass, which now numbers some sixty million. Generally unable to read at a functional level, they are easily manipulated by corporate-political interests to vote against advances in health and education, and even more easily mustered in support of any proposed military conflict, aggressive or otherwise. One-third of their children are born out of wedlock, and are unemployable by any contemporary industrialized-world standard. Even if we were to bring back their jobs from China and elsewhere — a damned unlikely scenario — they would be competing at a wage scale that would not meet even their basic needs. Low skilled, and with little understanding of the world beyond either what is presented to them by kitschy and simplistic television, movie, and other media entertainments, or their experience as armed grunts in foreign combat, the future of the white underclass not only looks grim, but permanent.
"Manning’s case is important because of the message it sends out to the rest of the world about what kind of treatment the United States thinks is acceptable for people in detention. And, for us, it is important what we say – or what we don’t say.
"That matters in places where human rights are not nearly so well observed. People will pay attention in China and in Russia – and in Libya, where we want to be on the side of those fighting for freedom from state repression.
"And most of all in Afghanistan: it matters to those UK and US service personnel fighting in Afghanistan what kind of image Britain and the US have in the world."
“The GOP Is willing 2 shut down govt over low-income/poor women’s access 2 CANCER SCREENINGS, STI TESTING/TREATMENT, CONTRACEPTION. Not about Abortion. If you talk about this being about #abortion, then you are doing the GOP’s bidding and perpetuating their lies.”—
Planned Parenthood isn’t just for poor women, it’s for everyone; it provides the above-mentioned services for men, too — and fertility improvement programs as well as referrals to fertility specialists. Yes, folks, Planned Parenthood helps infertile couples get pregnant. Abortion is only one service it provides, and no taxpayer dollars go to that segment of the organization. — Ryking
Archeologists say they’ve made a unique discovery in the Czech Republic: 5,000-year-old remains of a human male who was buried in a way traditionally only reserved for females.
To them, this means they’ve unearthed the first-ever gay human remains.
“From history and ethnology, we know that people from this period took funeral rites very seriously so it is highly unlikely that this positioning was a mistake,” one of the archeologists told The Telegraph.
She added that by the way the body was positioned, and the objects found buried with him, this person lived either as a gay male or a transsexual female.
But what Court called a “fair process” drew the ire of Sen. Paula Aboud, D-Tucson.
She pointed out the net effect is going to be a tax shift from those at the top of the income scale to those lower down. Figures crafted by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee conclude the break point is around the $100,000 range, with everyone below that paying something more than they do now.
He predicted that the average tax bill for those below $100,000 will be going up $200 a year. “It’s not going to be any excessive tax increase,” Court said.
“There is no excuse for Afghan religious extremists to kill UN aid workers because some other religious extremist in Florida decided to burn a book. On the other hand, there is no excuse for a major faction of one of the political parties in America to fan the flames of religious extremist in Florida for cheap political gain —- they bear some share of the blame for this too. They created the public space for this bigotry with their stupid mosque protests and congressional hearings and there’s a price to be paid when that kind of ignorance and intolerance is given credibility by major players in our political system. Those UN workers paid that price today.”—Digby, “This is the end” (via ryking)