NO, California Should NOT Be Split

Why is this even on the ballot? California has far more serious (let alone REAL) issues to deal with and there are so many other things that should be on the ballot way before something so ridiculous (gerrymandering on a grand scale, really) is presented to the voters.

For example:

  • Universal Healthcare – while the uninsured rate in California is at an all time low, millions of people are still uninsured, or while they have insurance still don’t get treated because the costs over and above (rising) insurance rates still makes it cost prohibitive for many to adequately care for themselves.
  • Cost Of Housing – Many households spend MORE than half their income just on housing. The average household income in California hovers somewhere around $60,000, netting just under $3900 per month, and their housing payment is likely around $2500 per month OR MORE. And that is JUST housing. (Don’t get me started on the utility companies, their rising rates, and their ability to cause disasters like the worst wildfires in historyKILLING AND DESTROYING WITH IMPUNITY.
  • Homelessness – There are over 135,000 homeless people in California, which has risen by 16% in the past two years. Just for perspective, there are 58 counties in California. If we average that out it’s 2327 homeless people per county. And many of these people are homeless because of the cost of housing (see paragraph above). There is and has been money budgeted to assist with this but it’s been tied up courts because, well, California.
  • Poverty – 15% of all Californians (about 6 million people) live at or below the poverty level. The “poverty line” in California is ridiculously defined as $24,000 per year FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR. That’s $6,000 per person per year, or $500 per month.
  • Hunger – Even though California produces about half the fruits and vegetables consumed in the United States millions of Californians are “food insecure” which has been defined as “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.” One in four (25%) of children in California go to bed hungry.
  • Safe Drinking Water – Yeah, it’s not just Flint, Michigan that’s getting poisoned. Last year California legislators overturned the law that limits the amount of toxic chemicals that are allowed in the drinking water. Because, corporate profits. This is just one example of why public services should not be privatized: they put profits over people. I’m sure California isn’t the only state, but this article is about California.
  • Pollution – California has 8 out of the 10 most polluted cities in the United States. The air quality in some parts of the state isn’t just unhealthy, it’s actually deemed hazardous.
  • Minimum Wage – If minimum wage does increase to $15 per hour and you work full time your take home pay will be about $2100 per month. As illustrated in previous paragraphs, that will get you… next to nothing. Even a studio apartment is likely to run you about $1500 per month. So good luck living on $600 for everything else you need.
  • College Education – Why are college degrees required to be gainfully employed? Why are they valued more than ingenuity, experience or even willingness to work hard? Why is it even allowed that they be required? Honestly… it’s discrimination. As evidenced in the paragraphs above working full time at $15 per hour, much less the currently minimum wage is not enough to put a roof over your head and feed yourself. So you’re going to have to have more than one job just to literally survive. So that makes obtaining a college education a bit challenging. BUT WAIT, you can’t get a decent paying job or (ever increasingly) even a job with shitty pay, without a degree. Of course, if you weren’t born in any kind of wealth you see where I’m going with this: in circles. Circles of poverty.
  • Student Loans – Students. People who are gaining an education so they can get work. In other words people that probably don’t have any money. It’s called predatory lending.
  • Non-Sufficient Fund Fees – And not just banks. If one is late on their bills because they don’t have the money in time, or they don’t have enough to cover the basics, then they are charged MORE of what they already don’t have enough of. Why is this legal. Especially when utility companies, banks etc. are raking in BILLIONS in profits. Not just revenue, but PROFITS. In 2016 THREE banks, Chase, BofA and Wells Fargo, collected $6.4BILLION in overdraft fees alone. Now, that’s nationwide, not just California. But why is that legal?

These are things that need to be addressed. These are things that people care about, that affect their daily lives. Honestly, we need to do a better job of voting for people that actually give a fuck about us. And make the criteria for ballot measures to be that it’s not an insane idea.

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In 2018 Having Children Is Cruel And Unusual Punishment

When sanctimonious anti-abortion folks cry (and they are the minority) about the unborn children not having a choice, they’re right. How do you know these children ever wanted to be born? Especially when they are helpless and far too many of the adults around them do everything in their power to prevent them from having happy, healthy, worthwhile lives?

In 2012 7 million people died from breathing polluted air. Until adults get their act together and get serious about nurturing the planet, no more children should be born. Without a healthy planet no one will have a good life. Until adults stop poisoning the entire planet for the profits of a very few, no more children should be born. Until adults are willing (and that’s all it is: the will) to provide clean air and water for everyone on the planet, no more children should be born.

In the United States alone, in 2011, nearly half (45% or 2.8 million) of the 6.1 million pregnancies in the United States each year were unintended. Until adults stop meddling in other people’s lives, forcing women to have children that they don’t want, or can’t properly care for, no more children should be born.

3.1 MILLION children die of starvation each year. And 45% of deaths of children under 5 years old are caused by poor nutrition. (6.3 million children under age five died in 2013, nearly 17,000 every day.) Until adults are willing to provide food and shelter for ALL children, for their entire lives, no more children should be born.

Poverty is the leading cause of hunger, but poverty also results from hunger.

— World Hunger Notes

263 MILLION children worldwide are not receiving any education. In the United States alone more than 20 MILLION children do not have access to essential health care. Until adults are willing to provide ALL children with all the tools they need for a happy, healthy, worthwhile life — basics like education and health care — then no more children should be born.

I don’t understand how anyone would think that having children right now is a good idea, especially when so many children that are already born are being abused and neglected. About 20% of children are raped or abused, usually (75% of the time) by someone they know. Until adults stop raping, abusing and neglecting children, no more children should be born.

It’s not safe to be a child, because adults are sick and reckless. Approximately 46 children are shot EVERY DAY, just in the United States. EVERY DAY in the United States 4 children are murdered. Until adults stop making killing machines available to anyone and everyone that wants one, no more children should be born.

Adults need to be more responsible about this planet and bringing more people onto it. If we are going to bring more people onto the planet, then we need to make sure that those people get to have an enjoyable life.

Otherwise, why would a child want to be born?

There is enough food for everyone, but not everyone has enough food.

–Enough Food for Everyone Campaign

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In 2018 Having Children Is Cruel And Unusual Punishment

When sanctimonious anti-abortion folks cry (and they are the minority) about the unborn children not having a choice, they’re right. How do you know these children ever wanted to be born? Especially when they are helpless and far too many of the adults around them do everything in their power to prevent them from having happy, healthy, worthwhile lives?

In 2012 7 million people died from breathing polluted air. Until adults get their act together and get serious about nurturing the planet, no more children should be born. Without a healthy planet no one will have a good life. Until adults stop poisoning the entire planet for the profits of a very few, no more children should be born. Until adults are willing (and that’s all it is: the will) to provide clean air and water for everyone on the planet, no more children should be born.

In the United States alone, in 2011, nearly half (45% or 2.8 million) of the 6.1 million pregnancies in the United States each year were unintended. Until adults stop meddling in other people’s lives, forcing women to have children that they don’t want, or can’t properly care for, no more children should be born.

3.1 MILLION children die of starvation each year. And 45% of deaths of children under 5 years old are caused by poor nutrition. (6.3 million children under age five died in 2013, nearly 17,000 every day.) Until adults are willing to provide food and shelter for ALL children, for their entire lives, no more children should be born.

Poverty is the leading cause of hunger, but poverty also results from hunger.

World Hunger Notes

263 MILLION children worldwide are not receiving any education. In the United States alone more than 20 MILLION children do not have access to essential health care. Until adults are willing to provide ALL children with all the tools they need for a happy, healthy, worthwhile life — basics like education and health care — then no more children should be born.

I don’t understand how anyone would think that having children right now is a good idea, especially when so many children that are already born are being abused and neglected. About 20% of children are raped or abused, usually (75% of the time) by someone they know. Until adults stop raping, abusing and neglecting children, no more children should be born.

It’s not safe to be a child, because adults are sick and reckless. Approximately 46 children are shot EVERY DAY, just in the United States. EVERY DAY in the United States 4 children are murdered. Until adults stop making killing machines available to anyone and everyone that wants one, no more children should be born.

Adults need to be more responsible about this planet and bringing more people onto it. If we are going to bring more people onto the planet, then we need to make sure that those people get to have an enjoyable life.

Otherwise, why would a child want to be born?

There is enough food for everyone, but not everyone has enough food.

–Enough Food for Everyone Campaign

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How Life Would Be If Auto Or Home Insurance Was Like Health Insurance (VIDEO)

The idea that insurance companies dictate what type of health care we receive, how much and when is totally ridiculous. Health insurance companies are in the business of providing insurance, not health care. They are not medical professionals. No medical training whatsoever. So why are they calling the shots?

Before the Affordable Care Act (also referred to as Obamacare) was implemented health insurance companies were actually allowed to deny you health insurance altogether–especially if you actually needed care. If you were perfectly healthy, no problem! You can have all the insurance you want–for cheap too!

Kind of like lenders… if you need money, it’s next to impossible to get it. But if you have lots of money, then they will lend you some of theirs. But I digress…

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act more and more people are insured, and paying premiums, than ever before. Which means that the health insurance industry is seeing record profits. BUT because people are actually using their insurance now–now that insurance policies actually provide coverage instead of just collecting premiums–and dust–the health insurance industry is not seeing the profits they anticipated. Record profits, mind you, but not what they forecasted.

Therefore, they are increasing premiums and reducing benefits, trying everything they can to get out of complying with the law for the sole purpose of increasing their profits.

Can you imagine if you got in a wreck and your auto insurer said, “You know, the car still drives, so we are denying the claim to repair your vehicle.” It would look something like this:

or this:

or this:

And if home insurance did the same, if they simply told homeowners that they didn’t feel that the repairs they were requesting were something the insurance companies deemed necessary or covered. How would that look?

After all this person should have known better than to want to live on the coast:

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And this person… what they hell were they thinking when they bought a house near a tree??? After all, trees can fall!!!

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And this Alabama homeowner… hell, they were probably gay and the lord wasn’t having any of that, so your insurance claim? DENIED!

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Insurance for THINGS is more readily available, less expensive, with better coverage than it is for people and their health. How fucked up is THAT?

And this is all perfectly legal!

 

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Intimidation Of Voters: U.S. Code, Title 18, Part I, Chapter 29, § 594

Whoever intimidates, threatens, coerces, or attempts to intimidate, threaten, or coerce, any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of such other person to vote or to vote as he may choose, or of causing such other person to vote for, or not to vote for, any candidate for the office of President, Vice President, Presidential elector, Member of the Senate, Member of the House of Representatives, Delegate from the District of Columbia, or Resident Commissioner, at any election held solely or in part for the purpose of electing such candidate, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 720; Pub. L. 91–405, title II, § 204(d)(5), Sept. 22, 1970, 84 Stat. 853; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(H), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.)

Source: Cornell University Law School, Legal Information Institute

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Bernie Sanders Supporters Aren't Buying What Hillary's Selling–No Matter What Bernie Says

On September 21, 2016 Bernie Sanders posted this article, with this introduction:
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People immediately started commenting, and it doesn’t look good for Hillary. She has a history and these people have done their homework. Nothing can change what’s already been done. And said. And these people aren’t budging.

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And then they went off on a Trump tangent on this comment:

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Then I went back to the original thread:

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I still believe that we and Bernie got robbed with a rigged primary. I still believe that Trump is a Clinton plant and this is all political theater. Maybe I’m wrong.

I hope neither Trump nor Hillary make it to the White House. I think they are both a disaster. But I agree with Allison Steinbacher Orvis on a Trump presidency.

 

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Grasping The Tail Of The Middle Class As You Slip Into Poverty? READ THIS:

Back in September my friend, The Devout Atheist, unleashed an epic rant on the state of our country and how it has affected him and his family, who live in Michigan.

He discusses the wages that are paid versus the cost to live there. He discusses education and chasing a degree so he can, hopefully, one make a more livable wage and not have to put his life and health at risk for pennies to barely feed his family. He discusses the brainwashing that the RWNJs have used to twist the Second Amendment into meaning something it was never intended. He discusses money and corruption in politics.

And then he discusses Bernie Sanders.

Since then a lot has happened, life goes on and continues to wreak havoc upon him and his family. He has asked me to share this with you, to see how many of you can relate to his story:

It’s surprising how much of this corporate media control and ‘inevitable’ coronation process is above ground; even admitting on National television that they are going to announce that Hillary has already won before the votes are cast and question which voters–Hillary’s or Bernie’s–will give up and not vote. They ALL do it. Bernie told us back when he started that they would push back, and that they would use just these tactics. But we didn’t know how bad it would get. Yet he never waivers. Bernie never backs down.

All of the research I had originally done to select Bernie as my candidate still holds true. All of the things that turned up on Hillary then are still as true of her now, and show her intent, her dirty ties, her flip-flopping, and the danger that she poses to society. Nothing has changed.

For me, however, things have changed a bit. My girlfriend has had two strokes (numbers three and four) since September, and thank goodness for Medicaid. Rare blood disorder. Physical debilitation. Unable to work. Unable to drive. Lots of expensive medicine. Weekly blood draws. Therapy full time. Constant specialist visits, never right around the corner. Republican state denied her disability claim.

They told her she hasn’t worked long enough.

There is no way her two daughters will be able to continue going to the same school, having the same friends, being able to eat, having clothes that fit, a house to keep them safe, and the medical care necessary to keep their mother alive.

It’s a constant struggle. The insurance companies still prefer to not give absolutely one iota more medical care than absolutely necessary, and will cut off any therapies or medicines the moment their spreadsheets tell them the cost-benefit analysis doesn’t profit them anymore.

For myself, I have not worked since February, and am raising my son with no income of my own, aside from the modest charity of loved ones (and the sale of my lifetime collection of professional tools, which a spinal injury prevents me from using)…

Dehumanizing. Demoralizing. Emasculating.

Sure would be great if my DHS caseworker would return my phone calls. It would be great if I could stock my refrigerator with some milk and eggs and bread. But our Republican Governor, Rick Snyder, is still in the same office he was before the whole world found out what he had done to poison us. If he doesn’t care about lead in the water, what do you think he cares about my upcoming spinal surgery? What do you think he cares about my car payment? My living arrangements? What about the fact that my spinal surgery means NO ONE in my family can drive?

What do you think his conservative ass cares about my transgender son, who can afford no surgery?

Do you think Hillary does?

Do you think Trump does?

One thing, however, has not changed at all since September.

Bernie cares.
Bernie wants my son to go to college. Bernie doesn’t want my son to die in combat.
Bernie wants my son to get quality medical care, and to actually be able to follow through on his wishes for gender reassignment surgery.

Do you think Hillary cares about that? 
Do you think Trump cares about that?

Again, Bernie does.
Still, Bernie does.

Virgin Islands, feel that bern.
Puerto Rico, rise up.
New Jersey, you’re on.
Montana, we need you.
North & South Dakota, step forward.
New Mexico, show them what’s up.
DC, you can bring this home.

California, BERN IT DOWN.

We can change the world, but we just have to have a little bit of wisdom, to look past what we’ve been told by the people that profit from controlling our information and energy at the expense of our children, our health, our rights, and our planet.

A little bit of moxie, to take one of those big, bold, scary FDR steps that can bring the balance back to capitalism, without driving people into poverty.

A little bit of humility, to learn from our segregated and hateful past, because we can see our connected and hopeful future.

And the dedication to follow through.

Like Bernie has.

#FeelTheBern
#RockTheVote
#StillSanders
#BernieOrBust
#PoliticalRevolution
#TheTimeIsNow

 

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