Wage Crisis – The USA’s new underclass



The squeezed American middle class has been at breaking point for some time. Now with politicians reluctant to raise the minimum wage and food stamps being cut, the social consequences could be devastating.

Mike Doyle’s plummet into the ranks of America’s working poor is dramatic. He was a Wall Street trader – then the GFC clobbered his hedge fund and now he’s mixing drinks at night for $2.13 an hour. Every day he takes the dawn ferry to Manhattan to try – so far in vain – to resuscitate his financial career. “I think it’s a real big issue now. Every family I know, all of these people have two jobs”, he tells us. As renowned economist Joseph Stiglitz points out, he’s far from being alone. “Most Americans have seen their incomes stagnate or fall since 2008. Median income of a full-time male worker today is lower than it was 40 years ago.” Yet despite the grind, some refuse to give up, like young mother of one Tayzia Treadwell. She works as a security guard in one of the toughest neighbourhoods in America, while raising her child and studying at business college. “I want the good life that everyone dreams when you’re in school and you draw the little house and the picket fence and a dog. I just want a happy ending.” But without help it is difficult to see even those like Tayzia achieving their dreams. The land of opportunity? Not anymore.

ABC Australia



“Where are you really from?”



“Where are you really from?” is a question that Asian Americans and others often get. This is that question where New Jersey or anywhere in the US does not count as an answer. Because, apparently, all Asians are foreigners. Even those born in the US. Even those who speak with an American accent, aka “Perfect English”. It is a good example of the perpetual foreigner stereotype.

Ken Tanaka’s “What kind of Asian are you?” (2013) on YouTube is the best thing yet that I have seen on this.

Scene: Scott meets Stella while going for a run. Scott is White, Stella is Asian. Both speak with an American accent:

Scott: Hi there.
Stella: Hi.
Scott: Nice day, huh?
Stella: Yeah, finally, right?
Scott: Where you from? Your English is perfect.
Stella: San Diego. We speak English there.
Scott: Oh, uh, no, uh: Where .. are you … from?

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feminists attacking Kirsten Dunst for saying something they disagree with

but are silent on their comrades on twitter advocating  genocide and enslavement of men using the #killallmen hashtag.

the “feminists are not all like that” excuse won’t work here



Kirsten Dunst isn’t exactly waving the feminist flag — and apparently that makes some people angry.

The “Spider-Man” actress, 31, graces the cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK for its May issue and offered her take on traditional gender roles during an interview with the mag.

“I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued,” she said, according to Us Weekly.

“We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking — it’s a valuable thing my mom created.”

Dunst added that sometimes “you need your knight in shining armor.”

For her, that’s her “On the Road” co-star Garrett Hedlund. Dunst has been dating the 29-year-old actor since 2012. Some of her exes include Jake Gyllenhaal, “Spider-Man” co-star Tobey McGuire, and Justin Long.

“I’m sorry,” Dunst continued. “You need a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman. That’s why relationships work.”


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Fast food in the Wilderness — Feeding the multitude with a fishy story!

Feeding the multitude — if only! A simple tale of fast food in the wilderness. More palpable nonsense from the Galilean godman.




Mary Magdalene — a naughty girl or gospel nonsense?

A wife for Jesus? a girlfriend? Why not, in fiction all things are possible. But notions of holy numbers are never far away in the fable of the Galilean godman.






Ancient, controversial papyrus ‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’ not fake: new tests

Recent tests show a small piece of papyrus containing the words “Jesus said to them, my wife” is an authentic document dating from A.D. 659 to 859.

Analyses of the papyrus and carbon ink determined its origin date, the Harvard Divinity School said in a statement Thursday.

“None of the testing has produced any evidence that the fragment is a modern fabrication or forgery,” the divinity school said.


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/gospel-jesus-wife-papyrus-fake-new-studies-article-1.1752652#ixzz2ya347OUW




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99% of the manuscripts dated from the 4th century or later

Drama teacher accused of sexual offences with schoolboy

A young school drama teacher has been charged after allegedly becoming sexually involved with a schoolboy.

Blonde Kelly Burgess, 26, was suspended from St Katherine’s School in Bristol after being accused of abusing her position of trust with the teenager.

The teacher, from Newport in South Wales, is to appear in court next month charged with four counts of sexual activity with a boy aged between 13 and 17 between January and August last year.

It is not known how she is alleged to have become involved with the boy.

She was one of four performing arts staff at the school.


Neighbours in the quiet cul-de-sac in Newport when Miss Burgess lives said she had been teaching for around two years.

They said she shared the detached home with just her mum after they understood her father passed away two or three years ago after suffering from motor neurone disease.

One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said she thought Kelly had a boyfriend.

She said: “Yes they are a nice family.

“I just know them to say hello to, you know.

“I think she has a boyfriend yes – I’ve seen him coming and going for a while.”

A tearful Miss Burgess answered the door to her detached three-bedroomed house but said: “I don’t want to say anything. I’m OK thank you.”

School Governor William Harding said: “It would be a cause for concern if these allegations are true. I am not aware of anything like this happening at the school before.”

A spokesman for North Somerset council confirmed a teacher had been suspended from their post while the allegations were investigated.

The spokesman said: “We can confirm that a member of staff at a North Somerset school has been suspended. As the matter is currently the subject of a police investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment any further.”

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said: “Kelly Ann-Marie Burgess, aged 26, of Grosmont Way, Newport, has been charged with four sexual offences against a teenager.

“The incidents happened between January 1, 2013, and August 28, 2013.

“She has been charged with four counts of adult abuse of position of trust – sexual activity with a boy between 13 and 17 years.”

St Katherine’s School has almost 1,000 students between 11 and 19. An inspection by England’s schools watchdog Ofsted last September reported the school “requires improvement”.

Miss Burgess is due to appear at North Somerset Magistrates’ Court at Worle on March 17.