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Gregory of Nazianzen on serving Christ in the poor
While we may, let us visit Christ, let us heal Christ, let us feed Christ, let us clothe Christ, let its welcome Christ, let us honor Christ . . . . Since the Lord of all will have mercy and not sacri...
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2 days ago by cubswn
Deepfake propaganda is not a real problem - The Verge
If you’ve been following tech news in the past year, you’ve probably heard about deepfakes, the widely available, machine-learning-powered system for swapping faces and doctoring videos.
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11 days ago by therourke
The Religion of Workism Is Making Americans Miserable - The Atlantic
"No large country in the world as productive as the United States averages more hours of work a year. And the gap between the U.S. and other countries is growing. Between 1950 and 2012, annual hours worked per employee fell by about 40 percent in Germany and the Netherlands—but by only 10 percent in the United States. Americans “work longer hours, have shorter vacations, get less in unemployment, disability, and retirement benefits, and retire later, than people in comparably rich societies,” wrote Samuel P. Huntington in his 2005 book Who Are We?: The Challenges to America’s National Identity.

One group has led the widening of the workist gap: rich men.

In 1980, the highest-earning men actually worked fewer hours per week than middle-class and low-income men, according to a survey by the Minneapolis Fed. But that’s changed. By 2005, the richest 10 percent of married men had the longest average workweek. In that same time, college-educated men reduced their leisure time more than any other group. Today, it is fair to say that elite American men have transformed themselves into the world’s premier workaholics, toiling longer hours than both poorer men in the U.S. and rich men in similarly rich countries."
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25 days ago by actualitems
The Despair of Poor White Americans - The Atlantic
Poor white Americans’ current crisis shouldn’t have caught the rest of the country as off guard as it has.
Sometime during the past few years, the country started talking differently about white Americans of modest means. Early in the Obama era, the ennobling language of campaign pundits prevailed. There was much discussion of “white working-class voters,” with whom the Democrats, and especially Barack Obama, were having such trouble connecting. Never mind that this overbroad category of Americans—the exit pollsters’ definition was anyone without a four-year college degree, or more than a third of the electorate—obliterated major differences in geography, ethnicity, and culture. The label served to conjure a vast swath of salt-of-the-earth citizens living and working in the wide-open spaces between the coasts—Sarah Palin’s “real America”—who were dubious of the effete, hifalutin types increasingly dominating the party that had once purported to represent the common man. The “white working class” connoted virtue and integrity. A party losing touch with it was a party unmoored.
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4 weeks ago by rgl7194
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5 weeks ago by skinnymuch
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5 weeks ago by skinnymuch
Four single mothers win high court benefits battle against DWP | Society | The Guardian
The ruling upstaged an announcement by the work and pensions secretary, Amber Rudd, of her plans to scrap a proposal to extend the two-child benefits cap, as part of an attempt to reset public perceptions of universal credit.

News of the ruling came in the middle of Rudd’s speech, in which she had described universal credit as a “fair and compassionate welfare system”.

&! Don’t be fooled by Amber Rudd’s phoney attempt at compassion
The work and pensions secretary’s universal credit tweak is a PR exercise that will do little to help children living in poverty
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/11/amber-rudd-work-and-pensions-secretary-universal-credit-children-poverty

&! https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/11/benefits-freeze-likely-to-end-in-2020-says-amber-rudd - Universal credit to be paid to main carer in attempt to help women

& https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-46827301

&! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhFerQuVFmA&feature=em-uploademail - Head of Economics Alfie Stirling talks changes to Universal Credit on the Jeremy Vine show, 11.01.19
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9 weeks ago by asterisk2a
How Cities Make Money by Fining the Poor - The New York Times
No government agency comprehensively tracks the extent of criminal-justice debt owed by poor defendants, but experts estimate that those fines and fees total tens of billions of dollars. That number is likely to grow in coming years, and significantly: National Public Radio, in a survey conducted with the Brennan Center for Justice and the National Center for State Courts, found that 48 states increased their civil and criminal court fees from 2010 to 2014. And because wealthy and middle-class Americans can typically afford either the initial fee or the services of an attorney, it will be the poor who shoulder the bulk of the burden
criminaljustice  jail  fines  poor  poverty 
9 weeks ago by bwiese

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