Erin. 20. Student of culture and politics.

“ We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infintesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as talked about, described, and measured with the world which actually is. We are sick with a fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas. ”

—    Alan Watts (via thecalminside)

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“ Around us, life bursts with miracles—a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there. ”

—     Thich Nhat Hanh (via purplebuddhaproject)

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Walmart and McDonalds Achieve the Impossible!

McDonalds joined up with Visa back in 2010 to provide sample budget and financial education tools for their low income employees.  The sample budget shows the individual barely getting by with two full time jobs, a $0 heating budget, and a rent cost of $600 a month - more than $400 below the national average.  

Owners of Walmart and McDonalds are able to achieve through violence what would other wise be naturally impossible. Imagine if you owned a plantation, but only gave your slaves 200 calories of food a day so that you could keep more of what your slaves produced. All your slaves would starve to death. Corporations like Walmart and McDonalds use minimum wage and other labor laws so they can pay their workers less than what’s necessary to live, while the rest of us help keep the employees alive with a relative pittance of tax dollars. In other words, state social welfare is a subsidy to corporate America.

Walmart profits  because labor costs are subsidized by social welfare rather than negotiated in a free market. Annually, eighty percent of Walmart Employees receive public assistance to the tune of $2.8 billion.  In a free market, Walmart would have to bargain for market wages that would presumably need to pay for at least the most basic necessities of life - food, water, shelter, fuel, medicine, ect. The top 10 fast food companies in America cost the tax payer $3.8 Billion a year in welfare programs to subsidize their employee payrolls that hover on average just a dollar over minimum wage. 

The labor of these minimum wage workers produce the profits for these capitalist owners - capitalist owners who then say, ‘I have the capital that labor needs!’


Here’s the link for the article on the McDonalds Employee Budget. 

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Charda Gregory abducted, humiliated, violated, restrained, scalped and tortured. 
If this were reversed, with black police officers who were sworn to uphold peace and justice but instead were documented victimizing a white woman (who was already a victim), this news would have trumped the Olympics!

Truncated version: drugged at a party, abducted to a motel, wakes up during unwanted sexual violation in a motel room full of strangers, fights like hell to escape, motel employee calls the authorities, she gets arrested for destroying motel property and it just gets worst from there. 

Every officer who participated in it and even those who witnessed it and did nothing should be punished but instead they just fired the woman?
No rape kit, no police report on the people inside the motel room, no investigation of her claims, no accountability for missing motel entry records, no video from the motel but she gets detained for fourteen days?

(Btw, when did your tax dollars begin purchasing Abu Ghraib type water boarding chairs?)

I get angrier and angrier everyday when I see things like this.

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Indecision means we stop growing for an indeterminate length of time. We get stuck. With the paralysis of analysis the human spirit begins to shrivel.


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