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It is becoming increasingly more evident that regular folks in this country, you know, your average taxpaying, working middle-class stiff, the ones that are keeping this economy and country, really, going – from their occupations as teachers, in the service industry to non-profit work etc., do not matter very much.
I said it before and I say it again, but for the one percent that run this country, middle class folks seemingly are nothing more than readily sources of warm bodies when you need to engage in another war for profit under the guise of security.
They are a a source of tax revenue to support and underwrite the 1%.
If, as a one percenter, they have done a good job choosing the two lousy candidates for them and then giving them the illusion that they have a “choice” on the day they go out and cast a vote (see Citizens United) then they are a “vote” to help “elect” your candidate and if you have done a really good job, as Republicans have with their voter base, you not only give them the delusion that they have a choice between candidates but you actually get them to vote for the very candidate, and thus against their own self-interest, you put on the ballot.
Everytime there is a cut in government spending, the middle class and the poor, of course, have to make sacrifices and see the programs and policies that benefit and protect them slashed and reduced, not the wealthy and thus the architects of our economic system that keeps the wealthy tax exempt under the guise that they are “job creators” while repeatedly requiring that cuts to government spending (because of lost revenue due to those tax exemptions) come from those very middle class protecting programs.
While the white collar criminals of Wall Street and the banking system got bailed out instead of imprisoned for the crimes they committed, poor people, and thus Wall Street’s direct and indirect victims, are sent to jail for essentially being poor.
And when our so-called leaders and politicians open the doors to let America “in” for a night of celebration, laughter good times and appreciation, the only ones invited to the table, literally, are members of the 1%.
It is, after all, no coincidence that the yearly White House Correspondent’s Dinner (WHCD) resembles a Hollywood red carpet event and that everyone in that event, except those serving food and beverages, are members of the one percent.
It is sad to know that the average American is not on the President’s radar even when he decides to decide to hang out with the public.
Instead of inviting over some of those hard working average American citizens, the ones that did the grunt work and got him elected, to shake hands with and thank them for their truly thankless jobs and positions and pressure in society, he instead surrounds himself with top members of the elite cracking jokes.
It is ironic that on the one hand we’ve got the Occupy Wall Street movement, with demands for equity and relief for the middle class, the 99%, – an event and movement the President and his wife endorse, while on the other hand any event of any significance in this country, including this Dinner, is hosted and populated by the wealthy and privileged, the 1% only.
The 99% only seem to matter in as much as they make for great talking point or otherwise help score political points and not because anyone really actually cares about changing the current paradigm, the current dysfunction with respect to structural exploitation and institutionalized greed in this country that have allowed the 1% to accumulate more wealth than the rest of us combined.
There are thousands of people who dedicate every day of their lives to not only public service but to their townships, counties, states and communities in general – one way or another. They are the backbone of America, they are the people the President allegedly works for and leads. They are the ones who, through their hard work, such as teachers, champion the very causes this Dinner is to honor and uphold – yet the only ones who once again get to benefit from all this, even if just in a celebratory manner, are rich people; the 1% – literally – as everyone at that dinner is a millionaire – without exception, because otherwise who could afford something like $50,000 a plate just to get in?
Not that I don’t love the outrage about economic injustice for us poor, hard working middle class folks when it’s politically expedient and all but it’d be nice if the actual American people – you know, the 99% – such as the journalists meant to be holding the US government to account, the non-profit workers, the public servants, the researchers, activists and just the people on the ground who work everyday on these issues for Americans without anyone paying much attention to them – were, once in a while, invited to the table and celebrated by our leaders, instead of actors, reality TV stars and models – who neither represent the American people, nor have contributed in any meaningful way to the political and social world they are in,
Speak of being out of touch. Romney is not the only one.
Money begets money and at the end of the day, when all the political talking points and phony strategizing to supposedly empower the 99% have been made, rich people still only take care of and intermingle with their own.
All this talk about empowering the 99% and leveling the playing field are just that: rhetoric. No one really means it and The White House Correspondent’s Dinner is the best example to the point.
The United States would be a very different place if everyone cared about inequity when there wasn’t a presidential election in which appearing to care about inequity could score political points.
There is nothing a poor, hungry girl rummaging through the mounds of trash at the outskirts of New Delhi to find items she can sell to feed her family and herself appreciate more than a wealthy person, preferably an actor in an epic publicity stunt, stooping down to her level (not really) for a handful of days to supposedly raise awareness to the fact that she is poor, lives on under $ 1.50 a
day week and does not have much of a chance at a life worth living, ever, because she will probably soon succumb to abuse, beating, rape, disease and overall poor health as a direct result of her utter poverty that supposedly no one was aware of.
Case in point, Ben Affleck, who – together with a bunch of other privileged celebs such as Josh Groban, Debi Mazar and Sofia Bush – has taken it upon himself to live on a $1.50 food budget a day for five whole days to raise awareness for global poverty as part of the Live Below the Poverty Line Initiative.
“We are excited to announce that Ben Affleck will be joining us in the Live Below The Line USA challenge next week. He will be supporting Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI). Join Ben, Sophia Bush, Josh Groban, and thousands of others around the world as we raise attention and funds for some of the best charities out there in the fight against extreme poverty.”
Raise awareness? Are Ben Affleck and other privileged celebs so out of touch with reality that they think that the fact that 80% of the world population living in utter poverty needs awareness?
Since when is poverty such a novel and unheard of thing that we need celebrities to shed a light on it? As if this was some sort of emerging social phenomena most have not heard of or seen so we need some rich pukes to tell us and educate us all about it because otherwise we wouldn’t have known?
And five whole days? He must be such an inspiration for a homeless person who’s been on the streets for years eating out of garbage cans and sleeping in sewer tunnels suffering from all sorts of ailments – physical and mental – without any hope in sight, to see a multimillionaire who nets $70 million slum it for five working days (I like how it’s a Monday to Friday thing. Ben needs his weekends to himself, after all).
While I understand
and appreciate the idea of trying to bring attention to such a grave problem, this is just patronizing and feels like a smug 1 percenter trying to teach poor peons a lesson because clearly those who live it every day are not aware at all of society’s ills and what it feels like to be struggling with only $10 in your checking for the next week until you get paid.
It’s like saying ‘Let’s pretend you have AIDS for a week so you know how it feels like.’ But that isn’t the same. It doesn’t count when you know it is not real and there is an end in sight.
The point of being poor is precisely that there is no way out, that you have very little, if not no choices at all, thus completely at the mercy of forces beyond your control. Poverty becomes systemic, it is a trap, more often than not, and a spiral down hopelessness and destitution; a vicious cycle with serious lack of opportunities every damn day – not just for a week or two weeks or six months. Every day.
It’s lack of choice and option from which you cannot opt out if you don’t like it. In fact, when you are poor, you don’t have much of a choice regarding to many things in life.
Ben Affleck can choose to opt out of this shit. Poor people cannot. Heck even middle class folks who live on more than a buck and fifty a day cannot just get out of financial destitution and living paycheck by paycheck. They are stuck. These rich assholes aren’t.
So Benny boy et al will be “slumming” it for a few days, probably already think this is a good way to lose the last few pounds for the next million dollar role and then they go back to their lives in the fast lane as they drive by a homeless person in their limo to the next award show.
These token gestures don’t do anyone, especially poor people who are hungry, any good but make the likes of Affleck and co feel better about themselves and for good karma which they undoubtedly read about in some health book written by their $500/hour personal trainer or nutritionist.
It seems to me like the one entity that needs his consciousness raised is Ben Affleck.
If he really means it, I challenge him to live the life of an ordinary American. I don’t even need him to live the life of said poor Indian girl collecting from trash mounds, just normal Americans. Move to a middle class house (which a lot of people these days cannot afford anyway) and try living on a middle class wage where you cannot spend $ 5000 on an Armani suit or $800 for your wife’s Manolos or $20 million on a mansion and instead have to sit down and make a budget trying to decide between saving up for your kid’s college or getting him braces. Between going on a one week vacation to Paris with your wife who’s been wanting to go for the past 25 years or send your kids off to college.
There is no need for you to pull a pseudo-Mother Teresa. Just try to live like a normal, hard-working wage earner.
And if you really do want to make a difference, do something like promise 30% of every cheque you earn for the rest of your life, Ben. Or just donate a million dollars to a village in Africa or India and get all your Hollywood friends to match you because none of this, “do a cleanse for 5 days to teach others a lesson about poverty” business is doing anyone, but yourself, any good.
Men and women of bigger statute and character than yours have been trying to raise awareness for the plight of the poor and failed – and their intentions were sincere and their sacrifices real, not publicity stunts; not token gestures where you give up Starbucks and steaks for five whole days while sitting pretty on $70 million. This is a pathetic, patronizing and deeply insulting attempt at helping the poor and laughable at best.
Celebs giving up their privileged lives (if they even do that) for 5 days does nothing to raise any kind of awareness other than the awareness that these people are overrated, over-privileged, over-paid schmoes.
To be clear, I have no issue with folks being rich and enjoying their fortunes but I don’t like it when they try to “teach me a lesson” unless they’re giving away literally millions of dollars every year to philanthropies that actually get folks the food, education, housing, health care and job training they need and thus become the change they want to see.
There is nothing worse than some rich puke condescending to the level of the “common” man pretending to give a shit when in reality he probably read somewhere that it’s a cool thing to pretend to give a shit, supposedly adding character and dimension to his profile as a thespian.
“A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.” – Jack London
Facts on World Poverty
1. At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.
2. More than 80 percent of the world’s population lives in countries where income differentials are widening.
3. The poorest 40 percent of the world’s population accounts for 5 percent of global income. The richest 20 percent accounts for three-quarters of world income.
4. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.”
5. Around 27-28 percent of all children in developing countries are estimated to be underweight or stunted. The two regions that account for the bulk of the deficit are South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
6. If current trends continue, the Millennium Development Goals target of halving the proportion of underweight children will be missed by 30 million children, largely because of slow progress in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
7. Based on enrollment data, about 72 million children of primary school age in the developing world were not in school in 2005; 57 per cent of them were girls. And these are regarded as optimistic numbers.
8. Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.
9. Less than one per cent of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 and yet it didn’t happen.
10. Infectious diseases continue to blight the lives of the poor across the world. An estimated 40 million people are living with HIV/AIDS, with 3 million deaths in 2004. Every year there are 350–500 million cases of malaria, with 1 million fatalities: Africa accounts for 90 percent of malarial deaths and African children account for over 80 percent of malaria victims worldwide.
He is real. He was real. He must have been real!!! Because the star who plays Jesus on the History Channel’s miniseries “The Bible” says that he just saw his whole life in a flashback in front of his eyes when he was hanging on that cross waiting to shoot the scene.
Amazing. This “strange occurrence” as the teaser headline on Yahoo! News says has me definitely convinced that in fact something divine may have had a part in this and that I was wrong and that Jesus was the son of god who died for my sins.
Strange occurrences like this always convince me – and they should convince you too – that even the most fantastical and far fetched myths are truths that we all just missed. I am sitting here in shame that I ever doubted him – whoever he is – especially now that I know that a “strange occurrence” during the reenactment of this scene totally makes the case for the veracity of the whole Jesus being the savior thing. Amen. Thank you for this sign. You had me on “strange occurrence.”
As the Portugese actor Diogo Morgado said “It’s so strong when you feel that you’re where you should be, you know, and you feel that this is what you were kind of … that you were born to, at one point, to touch people’s hearts. If the goal of an actor is to tell the best story ever, there’s no higher story than Jesus Christ. It’s the ultimate love story, and the way he can touch people, it’s just a privilege, it’s just beyond words, having this opportunity of doing this. It was really a personal journey and a spiritual journey. And it touched me, in a way that I’m still digesting. It didn’t end with the shooting. It’s still alive.”
I like how Jesus makes self righteous people feel great about themselves Something he was born to do? His destiny? Yeah right. As T.S. Eliot once said “most trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important. “
Morgado got the whole “greatest story ever told” part right because that is exactly what Jesus is, a nice story about the triumph of good over evil and self sacrifice, magic, love, pain, blood and tears. Shit, I mean if you were to add the lightsabers, Chubacca and the evil emperor to the mix, you could pitch the script to Hollywood and make crap loads of money of of it. Oh wait…
Elijah Wood (left) and Macaulay Culkin (right) on the set of The Good Son in 1993.
As a kid I had such a crush on Elijah Wood – the most beautiful kid I have ever seen. I love this pic because it shows these two before the fangs of Hollywood and fame got to them, especially Macaulay Culkin. Elijah Wood seems to be doing pretty awesome.
I miss the good old days where child stars were actually talented and good at something instead of famewhoring assholes.
If this shit wasn’t actually real, I would have to make it up because it is just too darn good to be unreal.
During last night’s episode of Kim and Khloe
Fuck Take Miami, the classy Kuntrashian sisters, apparently having run out of things to discuss, resorted to a time-honored family tradition that never fails: letting their vaginas take the lead on the famewhoring front.
Khloe told Kim and Kourtney that she read that drinking pineapple juice makes your pussy taste sweet, so naturally, they put the important question to the test, which makes sense. I mean if your entire source of wealth and fame is your carniceria, you gotta make sure it smells and tastes like nectar. Anyway after Kim and Kourtney took turns wiping their port of entries on cloth napkins for Khloe to sniff, which she did gladly because “We’re sisters, if I can’t smell their pusses, what else are we supposed to do?“(I don’t know. Throw yourselves in front of a bus, have The Governor throw you in a pit with Walkers, use each other as target practice for your newest diamond encrusted Tiffany’s gun etc), Kim’s puntang was declared the winner.
Naturally. After all, if it wasn’t for that pussy, none of these skanks and their pimp mother and family of famewhores would be here (and the world a better place).
If this revelation didn’t make your protruding parts shrivel up and fall off and you are still with me, let me ask this: since when it is acceptable to smell your sister’s pussy?? It’s like asking, “well if you can’t fuck your own siblings, who can you fuck?” These sisters are a real class act.
On a different note, maybe all this nasty snatch sniffing will lead to a Febreeze sponsorship! That’s why they are doing this right? Proctor & Gamble are you paying attention?