This in ability of college graduates to get jobs is a huge problem. Check out this infographic.
And you find out here that debt collectors are licking their chops at the thought of bearing down on these debt-ridden college students.
What does this information from Open Secrets tell you about the candidates? Look whose employees are ponying up to put Mitt Romney into office. Goldman Sachs is #1. What does Goldman do for America? It sucks the lifeblood out of our country, with many politicians serving as its bought bitches. THAT’s the number one supporter of Mitt Romney.
For more on Goldman Sachs, check out Matt Taibbi’s writings, including this one.
On Facebook, I found the following image, which draws parallels between alleged relationships with God and abusive human relationships.
This image reminds me of a saying of GrumpyPilgrim: “God loves you like an abusive parent.” One of Grumpy’s favorite bits of “evidence” being the alleged fact that God set up the attractive nuisance of the tree of knowledge, then condemned humanity forever when Eve did exactly what God knew she was going to do.
I don’t know the identity of the author of the above image. I anyone knows, I’d like to give proper attribution.
Tom Hayden notes Republican obsessions with dredging up Barack Obama’s roots, and says it’s time to take a look at Mitt Romney’s Roots:
In conclusion: A Romney relative, the head of the Mormon temple in Chihuahua, was kidnapped along with another Mormon in probable retaliation for 1970s murders carried out by a son of the founder of Colonia LeBaron, the polygamous enclave that gave rise to George, and now Mitt, Romney.
Speaking of roots, Jason Drexler takes a look at the roots of Romney’s spiritual leader, con-man Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon religion.
From Huffpo, Bill Maher discusses Todd Akin’s religious fundamentalist thought process:
Here’s the only thing you need to know about Todd Akin and human anatomy: he’s an asshole. What I want to talk about is how it’s not a coincidence that the party of fundamentalism is also the party of fantasy. When I say religion is a mental illness, this is what I mean: it corrodes your mental faculties to the point where you can believe in tiny ninja warriors who hide in vaginas and lie in wait for bad people’s sperm.
Evangelicals might like to pretend that the magical thinking that they indulge in at home doesn’t affect what they do at the office, but it absolutely does. The brain that believes in angels and miracles and Jesus riding a dinosaur is trained to see the world not as it is, but as you want it to be.
This is not just about money, but lives. This article in Foreign Policy explains how Wall Street speculation is driving up cost of food and killing people:
The result of Wall Street’s venture into grain and feed and livestock has been a shock to the global food production and delivery system. Not only does the world’s food supply have to contend with constricted supply and increased demand for real grain, but investment bankers have engineered an artificial upward pull on the price of grain futures. The result: Imaginary wheat dominates the price of real wheat, as speculators (traditionally one-fifth of the market) now outnumber bona-fide hedgers four-to-one.
Today, bankers and traders sit at the top of the food chain — the carnivores of the system, devouring everyone and everything below. Near the bottom toils the farmer. For him, the rising price of grain should have been a windfall, but speculation has also created spikes in everything the farmer must buy to grow his grain — from seed to fertilizer to diesel fuel. At the very bottom lies the consumer. The average American, who spends roughly 8 to 12 percent of her weekly paycheck on food, did not immediately feel the crunch of rising costs. But for the roughly 2-billion people across the world who spend more than 50 percent of their income on food, the effects have been staggering: 250 million people joined the ranks of the hungry in 2008, bringing the total of the world’s “food insecure” to a peak of 1 billion — a number never seen before.
Representative Todd Akin made it clear he has been legislating on the topic of abortion in almost total ignorance. He doesn’t believe that there are many pregnancies caused by rape. The well-respected Guttmacher Institute disagrees, reporting that 1% of all abortions are the result of rape. Guttmacher further reports that almost 14,000 abortions occur each year as a result of rape or incest. That is a huge number of pregnancies.
Here’s what Akin recently said about abortion and rape:
“From what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” said Akin said of pregnancy caused by rape. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist.”
Let’s set aside for the moment that if Akin one day magically found himself carrying his rapist’s baby, he would immediately do whatever would be necessary to “shut the whole thing down.” That is the nature of modern conservative hypocrisy when it comes to reproductive rights. But his quote also raises an issue the media is overlooking. Who is it that “shuts the whole thing down” (according to Akin) when a woman is raped? Once again, it’s OK for “God” to do what humans (according to Akin) should never do. Akin’s approach is consistent with God’s treatment of infants reported in the Bible.
There is more to this story about Akin, of course, most of it centering on his lack of concern for rape victims. I would be the last person to tell a rape victim that she must carry the baby of her rapist. Amazingly, there are more than a few members of the GOP who would disagree, including the current presumptive nominee for VP, Paul Ryan. “Ryan’s longtime position has been to permit abortion only when a woman’s life is endangered by a pregnancy.”