We did not develop this medicine for Indians. We developed it for western patients who can afford it.
We did not develop this medicine for Indians. We developed it for western patients who can afford it.
I am now a director of the free clinic. It’s a volunteer position. I love my patients, and I love being able to help many who need primary care: blood pressure control, pap smears, diabetes management. We even do some specialty care. But the free clinic is also where some people learn that there is no hope for the chemotherapy or surgery that they need but can’t afford. When UTMB refuses to treat them, it falls to us to tell them that they will die of diseases that are, in fact, treatable.
If you read one article today, please make it this one.
people from countries with national health care please read this and whine some more about americans ~~~~romanticizing~~~~~ your health care
When UTMB refuses to treat them, it falls to us to tell them that they will die of diseases that are, in fact, treatable
jessica williams being fucking brilliant on the daily show, which is always fucking relevant.
I…wha….how is this guy….just…..wtf
I mean of course upper/middle class white kids from good families are always the ones who rail the hardest against same-sex-marriage-as-assimilation because like, they are incapable of seeing anything but their own experience and viewing marriage as anything but a reason to…
- what do they do about periods?
- what happens to disabled people and people who WILL be (significantly, but non-fatally) disabled if and when they lose access to things like corrective eyewear, hearing aides, inhalers, and psych meds?
- no, seriously, I want to know what happens to sick people, mentally ill people, and people with disabilities. I want to know how people who aren’t used to thinking of themselves as disabled cope with being rendered disabled after their glasses and inhaler break. I want to know what happens to people who depend on prescription drugs to function, or even to live. Don’t give me some “well, they all died off pretty quickly, blah blah blah, natural selection, survival of the fittest, I’m an asshole” crap.
- why don’t more people ride bikes in these settings? I don’t mean motorcycles, I mean regular bicycles. They’re a lot faster than walking and they don’t require fuel.
Oh hey look it’s that novel that I’m writing that’s 85% done
Self it’s your day off let’s see if we can get that to 90%.
Man, I am super super excited about the novel (super.) and even MORE excited about just the idea of any kind of sci fi/dystopia/horror whatsit that doesn’t totally ignore the idea of disability and make the tragedy of the situation “oh look white cis able people having terrible things happen and falling in love despite it all!” or some shit, which I know is going to be pretty much the opposite of what Mary writes ever, but
man did this post rub me the wrong way
like - it doesn’t take an apocalypse to ask these questions. It takes being POOR. Particularly in a country that has non-universal health care, or in one that simply doesn’t think of these things as ubiquitous. Like. 200 years ago…hell, 60 years ago…what did you do if you got your period? You bled. Sometimes on your clothes. Or on rags, or on something you could invent to not get blood all over you.
What do you do if you don’t have access to an inhaler or glasses? Well, from the experience of myself and my loved ones, you don’t see very well. Or you don’t breathe very well. You hope you don’t get sick. You sit down a lot. You don’t go to the hospital because you can’t afford it. You ask your friends to go run ahead and check out the menu or run to the next corner to do whatever thing for you. The only difference in post-apocalyptic society is there is no hospital to go to.
Sometimes you don’t get your psych meds. Sometimes you don’t get your hormone therapy. Sometimes you don’t get your anticonvulsants. Sometimes, you lay at home being nonfunctional.
And to go “man, these stories kill off the people who depend on medicine and that’s bullshit” BLANKLY IGNORES the fact that SOCIETY ALREADY DOES kill off the people who depend on medicine. There are people dying every day in the US and other “developed” nations because they can’t afford to go to therapy, get their psych meds, get ANTIBIOTICS. When my mom was in ER rotations she knew a man who died of pneumonia — pneumonia! — because he couldn’t afford to take off work, couldn’t afford to go to a clinic, and died of lungs COMPLETELY ROCK HARD with fluid. My father’s best friend died of asthma and was found in his apartment and even though this terrifies me I still haven’t managed to persuade my wife to pay up for a stupid Albuterol inhaler.
So yeah, ask someone who already exists “what would happen”.
I’m sorry, I know we need heroes. I’m midway through a future dystopia that will never be written where one of the main characters is a woman with intractable epilepsy and has severe aphasia from head trauma and uses communication aids she programmed herself, and she is my favorite character, and she’s essential to the plot. And I’m WAY more excited about what Mary has done with this because hello she is a hundred times the write I am.
But the idea of not knowing what you’d do on your period (?!) because zombies or like, nuclear war, is just SILLY and privileged and it kind of offends me.
I don’t respect the concept of Batman because of what I understand about politics now… rich dude owns a corporation, has state of the art equipment and he uses this to beat up on street-level crime. He doesn’t mess with the industrialists, or the super-capitalists, the Murdochs or the Trumps. He really just fucks with the purse-snatchers on the corner. Batman’s a conservative’s wet dream. Fuck Batman.
Reginald D. Hunter (via ania-solo)
This is actually why I think I’m more drawn to Batman Beyond (besides my general love for Blade Runner inspired aesthetics). The creators of Beyond wanted to show a future where crime has moved out of the streets and into the board room. Terry still fights with street gangs, but they aren’t the biggest threats to him. No, the most powerful villain in Beyond is a CEO. And the hero is a working class teenager.
…of course the concept kinda fell apart a bit after season 1, but I literally wrote an 11 page paper on that subject so I’ll stop there.
this is the problem with ‘realistic’ batman, with grimdark batman, he becomes a rich dude using his toys to brutalise the poor and mentally ill, and his whole justice thing begins to look a lot more like indulgence.
Reblogging Erinna’s tags for truth.
I’m not a huge Beyond fan so I can’t speak to that, and I mean ,I love Batman as a series but it does squick me out sometimes.
I think rather than Batman vs Superman etc the real antithesis to Batman is Spidey, and that’s why I love him. Peter Parker is a working class nerd from Queens, his sensibility is very down to earth and snarky and he makes everything himself. His enemies are, for the most part, either kingpins (sometimes in a capital K kind of sense), or Big Pharma/other capitalist researchers and they are shown to be the flip side of Spiderman: they often are using many of the same scientific processes he has been exposed to but have taken them to such a self-obsessed level that they’ve been physically scarred by them. Not only are his superpowers mirrored by their villainy, but science is shown to be something good and evil as well, something that can be used to help or hurt people.
Anyway, that’s enough of my ramble there.
On September 12th, 2013, Bill Nowling casually stated that the city’s power outages were intentional. Officials and citizens working in the city were given no warning before the electricity was cut off. Law enforcement officials working in the Hall of Justice had no time to prepare. Senior citizens and disabled citizens using elevators in the city’s downtown district had no way to know what was coming. The entire criminal justice system was shut down without notice. Wayne State University Campus was just one of many sites evacuated under emergency conditions. Traffic lights across the city stopped working. 1,400 public and private locations were left without power. And the entire thing was intentional, to “send a message” to the people of Detroit. Bill Nowling works in the office of Kevin Orr, Detroit’s Emergency Manager. Detroit_Emergency_Manager Orr, who was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to replace all of the city’s elected officials under the state’s “Emergency Manager Law,” is the sole authority over the city of Detroit. He answers to no-one except the Governor. He is not elected and cannot be fired. Nowling told local reporter Dennis Kraniak: “City grid customers were asked to reduce power, but failed to, so we had to move to intentional outages.”
……. thats so fucking scary…. =(
Yo. This is real life dystopian shit. They comin for us and aren’t hiding it. No one has answered why Detroit doesn’t take money from the surrounding areas that have like 40x the income Detroit has. Instead they start doing this shit. Its only going to get worse. They are going to start killing people soon. They turned the power off without warning. They obviously have no concern for people’s lives. They’re treating the 80% black residents like they’re children. And there is nothing for the poor people of Detroit to do. Nothing. And America is going to sit back and laugh about it.
What the actual fuck. And those suburbs outside of Detroit really do have fuck tons of money.
Michigan actually owes Detroit a fucktonne of money. Huge amounts. And flatly refuse to pay it.
The premise of minimum wage, when it was introduced, was that a single wage earner should be able to own a home and support a family. That was what it was based on; a full time job, any job, should be able to accomplish this.
The fact people scoff at this idea if presented nowadays, as though the people that ring up your groceries or hand you your burgers don’t deserve the luxury of a home and a family, is disgusting.
Let me tell you something about privilege: it is so intoxicating that you will fool yourself that you don’t have it. Do you understand how many people are not able to get ID? Do you know how many people are not able to spend the $20 to send that to a state for a birth certificate? […] Do you understand that there are people going to check cashing centers today to cash a damn check because they don’t have a proper ID? […] You pay an additional 10% to cash it because you don’t have an ID. It is an additional tax on poor people in this country!
Goldie Taylor, Real Time with Bill Maher (October 19, 2012)
Goldie, laying it down on Boris Epshteyn and John Fund over Voter ID laws.
Weird personal story time: at my job, one of the consulates we work with requires a state ID to verify residency for visas. If you do not have a state ID, you have to provide a utility (and only a utility, not phone or whatever) bill. Sometimes we get customers who don’t HAVE utility bills, eg, they’re not the ones paying for those where they live. They live with parents, their partner pays. (They…live in a hotel? Probably not many of our clientele, but people, sure.)
What I pointed out when people were like, “well he’ll have to get an ID” is that to get a state ID you have to prove residency in two ways, most frequently by utility bill. They’re a bit more lenient than the consulate, but there is a short list of what qualifies - mail from some random person isn’t sufficient and since most people bank online a lot of bills are hard to get addresses on. Plus, you have to have your social security card and proof of ID and signature.
Just putting this out there as someone who recently replaced theirs: to get a social security card you have to have a state ID, drivers license, or (way more expensively and requiring even more documentation!) a passport.
This guy did have a passport, but my point is, many many people do not a)have money to spend on state IDs or the transportation that would get them to the office b)have a passport, c)remember where their social security card is and d)couldn’t get one if they WERE willing to.
And, if you don’t have an ID, you also are often turned away from things like free clinics, services, all kinds of things. When I applied for my job I had to show my ID at the desk to get a pass to go upstairs, and a lot of places require (and are required to ask for) proof of work eligibility, which for a citizen is either passport or ID+SS card — just another case of “if you’re poor, stay poor”.
Thin privilege is: not being more likely to be found guilty of a crime that you are equally innocent of.
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It’s also upsetting because classism undoubtedly plays into this, or the perception of it. I won’t go into detail because the link between class and weight has been rehashed a million times, but. It’s not just “I find her less attractive” bullshit — this has so many layers of fat = lazy = poor = criminal that upset me SO MUCH.
I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.
Sister Joan Chittister, Catholic Nun (via timehasflewn)
holy shit i love this quote (via glitter-femin1sts)
I vote we stop using the term “pro-life” and change to “pro-birth”, and every time someone asks “What does that mean?”, you can explain this and the other racialized, classist, misogynist, body policing, rape culture reinforcing bullshit behind “pro-life” dogma. (via lebanesepoppyseed)
tell me about my white privilege while you get scholarships just for being a minority
SoLDN: “Caucasian students are 40% more likely to win private scholarships than minority students. ”
“For so long, I’ve heard this complaint about White college students finding it hard to get scholarships and how racial and ethnic minority college students are so lucky because there are “so many” scholarships out their for us. I was always intuitively distrustful of this belief, but I never really had evidence to prove the claim wrong. Until, now! Dr. Mark Kantrowitz, who is President of MK Consulting Inc., a consulting firm focused on computer science, artificial intellignece, and statistical and policy analysis, is also the publisher for Fastweb.com and FinAid.org. Last year, Kantrowitz conducted a comprehensive study of the distribution of scholarship and grant aid across the United States. His study had some findings that would probably shock and dismay non-PoC:
- While there are very few private scholarships that are explicitly targeted at Caucasian students as a category, Caucasian students receive a disproportionately greater share of private scholarships and merit-based grants.
- Caucasian students receive more than three-quarters (76%) of all institutional merit-based scholarship and grant funding, even though they represent less than two-thirds (62%) of the student population.
- Caucasian students are 40% more likely to win private scholarships than minority students.
- These statistics demonstrate that, as a whole, private sector scholarship programs tend to perpetuate historical inequities in the distribution of scholarships according to race. This does not appear to be due to deliberate discrimination, but rather as a natural result of the personal interests of the scholarship sponsors. [In other words, there is probably an unconscious preference to help their own kind among the predominately White scholarship committees around the U.S.]
So next time, you here someone complain about not getting a scholarship because they were White, let the motherfucker know that it wasn’t because they were White, it’s because they weren’t good enough. Plain and simple.
Check out the full report here:http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/20110902racescholarships.pdf”
You’re wrong. Read a book
Yeah, I never understand people who say shit like this. It’s like being in a submarine and complaining that the diver outside has an oxygen tank.
And that doesn’t even discuss the fact that white families are disproportionately wealthier that PoC families so that, while there are of course some rich PoCs and some poor white people, most of the time white people need the scholarships less. Not because white people worked harder any more than white kids work harder to get good grades, but because the system as a whole disadvantages people who are not white.
White people, historically, make more money, which allows them to better fund their schools and means it’s more common to have at least one stay at home or part time working parent to tutor children, allowing for better educations and grades, which in turn gives those while children a better chance at scholarships for college.
Oh. Wait. And we’re complaining about PoCs here?
Look, shit is cyclical. Even with the advances made by equal hiring laws and affirmative action and other changes to the system, it’ll be generations before real financial and educational equality exists because we still haven’t adjusted for the fact that money creates access and white families have more money. That may, I hope, balance out with time but it’s not going to equalize immediately because rich and middle class parents can afford to send their kids to good schools to get good careers that repeat the pattern while poor families have to hope their kids can get scholarships for a state school to get them a decent enough job that they can do the same for their children.
Plus let’s not even get into the disproportionate defunding and merging of public school districts in inner city or poorer districts, versus charter schools and schools in more well off districts. People don’t EXPECT kids to do well, they tell teachers that it’s literally a hazard to go to that school or a judgement on their experience, they don’t give the kids real supplies or act like they give a shit, and a mile away in a different district it’s an entirely different story.
And yet, throughout my life, I’ve had people tell me they wished they were PoC, or “just Native American enough to legally qualify” or any number of other races or from disadvantaged areas because that would get their shit paid for. (Often, people who were already fairly well off in background if not individually.) Um, no.
A woman’s worst nightmare? That’s pretty easy. Novelist Margaret Atwood writes that when she asked a male friend why men feel threatened by women, he answered, “They are afraid women will laugh at them.” When she asked a group of women why they feel threatened by men, they said, “We’re afraid of being killed.”
That sums it up
This reminds me of a discussion we had in school, and one girl was talking about living in fear of her safety because she is a girl, and this guy chimed in and was all “It’s hard for guys too! I’m so awkward around girls! It’s embarrassing!” Yeah, not the same thing, exactly?
This reminds me of an article about online (heterosexual) dating that I read a while ago. It listed men’s and women’s worst fears about meeting someone from online. The highest ranked fear that men had was that their date would be fat, whereas the highest ranked fear that women had was that their date would turn out to be violent and kill them.
I think that says a lot.
This is a pretty classic privilege dynamic I think, and one that we as a society tend to downplay in order to give the privileged even more volume.
Men are afraid women will laugh at them or won’t have sex with them, women are afraid men will kill them.
Rich people are upset that everyone else is calling them “greedy” instead of “job creators”, everyone else is upset that they can’t afford health care.
White people are afraid of being called racist by people of color, people of color are afraid of being killed by white people (especially white people in positions of authority, like police).
Straight people are afraid of having their “marriages ruined” by other people getting married, queer people are afraid of being beaten to death.
Cis people are afraid of having to share a bathroom with someone different than they are, trans people are afraid of being murdered.
This is really just a perfect X, Y statement to sum up the most basic tenet of privilege: if you are privileged, the majority of the time you don’t fear for your basic survival.
I also want to add that just because this doesn’t apply to YOU (for example, you may specifically, because of intersectionality, anxiety - or both, since mental health is an aspect of disability - fear for your basic welfare more than most people of your race and class, or you personally may not worry about it as much as most people of your gender and orientation), it’s not NOT a thing.
A lot of people deal with privilege by saying “well *I* don’t do that”, or “no one would ever hurt you, that’s silly”, but it’s social and systemic, not about individual experience - and people’s fears also don’t have to do with themselves as much as society and what society tells them through news and anecdotes and experience and socialization.
The irony of this all is that the few times when white people, men, straight people ARE afraid to walk down the street, it’s because they’ve found themselves in a situation where they no longer hold the majority. People will FREAK OUT about traveling through a neighborhood that is predominantly racially different than their own, generalize about safety, or make broad statements about how neighborhoods are going to hell as demographics change, when in reality most of those things present fairly small risks if any.
When Edward and Mary Weidenbener went to vote in Indiana’s primary in May, they didn’t realize that state law required them to bring government photo IDs such as a driver’s license or passport.
The husband and wife, both approaching 90 years old, had to use a temporary ballot that would be verified later, even though they knew the people working the polling site that day. Unaware that Indiana law obligated them to follow up with the county election board, the Weidenbeners ultimately had their votes rejected — news to them until informed recently by an Associated Press reporter.
Edward Weidenbener, a World War II veteran who had voted for Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential contest, said he was surprised by the rules and the consequences.
“A lot of people don’t have a photo ID. They’ll be automatically disenfranchised,” he said.
As more states put in place strict voter ID rules, an AP review of temporary ballots from Indiana and Georgia, which first adopted the most stringent standards, found that more than 1,200 such votes were tossed during the 2008 general election.
During sparsely attended primaries this year in Georgia, Indiana and Tennessee, the states implementing the toughest laws, hundreds more ballots were blocked.
Democrats and voting rights groups fear that ID laws could suppress votes among people who may not typically have a driver’s license, and disproportionately affect the elderly, poor and minorities. While the number of votes is a small percentage of the overall total, they have the potential to sway a close election. Remember that the 2000 presidential race was decided by a 537-vote margin in Florida.
A Republican leader in Pennsylvania said recently that the state’s new ID law would allow Romney to win the state over President Barack Obama.
Supporters of the laws cite anecdotal cases of fraud as a reason that states need to do more to secure elections, but fraud appears to be rare. As part of its effort to build support for voter ID laws, the Republican National Lawyers Association last year published a report that identified some 400 election fraud prosecutions over a decade across the entire country. That’s not even one per state per year.
ID laws would not have prevented many of those cases because they involved vote-buying schemes in local elections or people who falsified voter registrations.
h/t: Yahoo! News
speaking right to my heart
This is bullshit because A) yes, art should reflect life (OR BE A RESPONSE TO IT) and that includes creating art in response to depression, oppression, and other difficult internal and external forces but that isn’t all art is or can be, great art often comes from observation, from questioning, from thought about things that aren’t inherently personal to you,
B) this really perpetuates that idea that being suicidally depressed or living such a dangerous life that you face death or joblessness or hunger on a regular basis is crucial to making quality art - it isn’t and this kind of belief keeps artists from being in a state of being CAPABLE of peak creation,
C) making art isn’t always but can often be EXPENSIVE and TIME CONSUMING and the people who make art are often the people with the resources and support system to make it. That’s fucked up, but it’s true.
Most great artists who are depressed and poor and struggling? You will never fucking see their art, ever, because they’re lucky if they find time between holding down two jobs or being unable to get out of bed and then, once they finally do make something BREATHTAKING, no one will see if because much of the art community is based on who you know and who those people know and most people will never make a living making art.
well here we go again, the art of acting weak/fall in love to fail, to boost your CD sales
(What? That was legit the first thing I thought of.)
I mean. I agree most with point B here - I think this point basically just reinforces “STAY DEPRESSED! DON’T LEAVE A TERRIBLE SITUATION! IT’S INSPIRING!” bullshit in artist’s heads. There are ways around C, of course, and exceptions — lots of them — but I think it’s also true and it’s relevant to RECOGNIZE that the art scene is inherently classist and racist, that certain kinds of oppression are accepted, that certain kinds of ART are okay and others aren’t — that you have to have connections and that if you want to be seen your art is going to turn into a study on what people enjoy and what’s passe and what’s too edgy or not going to sell.
Especially more now than when art was assumed to be something you did on commission for patrons (like: people now rarely become beloved gallery artists, posthumous or in their own life time, for their commissioned/gig work, everyone wants to see what comes out of your head.)
But yeah, there’s no REASON people can’t be great artists if they’re not oppressed or if they’re in an okay headspace, there’s no reason someone with a hard life can’t make “easy” art, for that matter. There’s no reason your art can’t be about universal concepts or about other people’s reactions to life. Plus all this shit is subjective.
I just. It’s bullshit. Telling people they shouldn’t take care of themselves because their art will suck.
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