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It’s not even “omg your taxes are going to people who could potentially be fraudsters”
It’s “omg if you voluntarily choose to donate food to a food bank then some of that fraud might go to someone who committed fraud to get it”
And I am pretty sure that nobody wealthy would go to that effort to fradulently obtain tins of tuna and tesco value branflakes and uht milk.






Tough Guise: Violence, Media & The Crisis in Masculinity

with Ed. M, Ph.D Jackson Katz

Same for mass shootings which are almost entirely done by white males.

If it was done by, literally, ANYONE ELSE of any other race or gender, I can’t even IMAGINE the shit that would be said by people.

I read somewhere, someone had this theory that the reason shootings are mainly committed by white males is because when women or poc feel alienated, depressed, etc, we are trained to keep it to ourselves, whereas white men are raised with a sense of entitlement that allows them to make their own problems everyone’s problem.

I wonder if it is true for shooting or for road rage or both or neither.

the bolded!

This is a really good documentary.


I think it’s really foolish to underestimate the utter will power of chronically ill people. We all have that thing that we absolutely love and will push ourselves to the absolute limit to be able to do, and that doesn’t mean that we’re ‘faking it’, it doesn’t mean we’re miraculously better, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt like hell or that we’re not going to be paying for it for weeks, it just means that some things are worth pushing ourselves for and sometimes the sheer desire to do something you love manages to trump all of the crippling symptoms.



Also, I learned an important thing about chronic illness treatment in Australia the other day.

I didn’t know it even existed, but apparently if you have a chronic illness, you can be put on what is called a ‘Chronic Disease Management Plan’. I think it’s called the Allied Health initiative or something. Really I don’t have a fucking clue other than the fact its medicare funded and seemingly rarely spoken about. It entitles you to 5 medicare funded/subsidised (depending on your provider) sessions of up to 5 different treatments (such as physio, chiro, psych etc) a year (so a total of a possible 25 sesisons). It’s not much, but for people without private health insurance it’s pretty important. To qualify you must have had your condition for 6 or more months (unless its terminal). I asked my GP about it and he said I would “definitely qualify” with fibromyalgia.  But he had never mentioned it to me. And I dont think my rheumatologist did either. And I assume medicare doesnt feel the need to tell anyone about it because they don’t wanna fork out extra money.   

If you’re interested these might be useful:

What’s also interesting is that psychology is included. Im not sure if the 5 psych sessions is in addition to the 10 available on the mental health access plan but it definitely should be, because chronic illnesses can be both a precursor to and result of mental illness. I would’ve appreciated knowing about it last year when I ran out of funded psych sessions and was facing depression due to my fibromyalgia. I wasn’t being treated for depression beforehand, only anxiety and obsessive compulsive tendencies, so I was really left in the dark when I ended up in this depressed slump at the end of last year due to feeling hopeless, worthless etc because of my physical illness. So I’m pretty pissed I didn’t know about the chronic disease management thing. 

if anyone lives in Australia


If I offered you $20, would you take it?

How about if I crumpled it up?

Stepped on it?

you would probably take it even though it was crumpled and stepped on it. Do you know why?

Because it is still $20, and its worth has not changed.

The same goes for you; if you have a bad day, or if something bad happens to you, you are not worthless.

if someone crumples you up or steps on you, your worth does not change. You are still just as valuable as you were before.


Did you know that invisible disabilities make up 96% of all disabilities? I certainly didn’t until I met someone my own age with rheumatoid arthritis. I’m glad to have met some absolutely amazing people who live with challenges that the eye cannot see because symptoms of fibromyalgia syndrome eventually became too big to ignore in my own body. I’m glad to know that I have so many others with invisible disabilities who understand me. I’m also glad to know that there are people who don’t understand, even though it can lead to hurt feelings and awkward moments, because I would never wish the pain I experience on anyone else. Regardless of whether or not you can empathize with my pain and my struggle, I deserve respect. I have the right to speak my story to people I trust and I also have the right to remain silent with people I don’t know. My disability is invisible, not imaginary. 

"The bottom line is that everyone with a disability is different, with varying challenges and needs, as well as abilities and attributes. Thus, we all should learn to listen with our ears, instead of judging with our eyes.


The Invisible Disabilities Association






not a single government program exists in the US that is literally just handed out. have you ever read the eligibility requirements for SNAP? unemployment? disability insurance? knock it off

everyone pays into the system, and…

I’m here to tell you that yes there are gov handouts. My state has very high rates of unqualified welfare recipients. Note before you bitch that if they are unqualified they wouldn’t get welfare, know that it’s happening rampant across the nation as states see their democrats lead the citizenry towards gov dependence. Fines are imposed by the gov if welfare recipients aren’t applying for jobs and other entitlement requirements, but it didn’t stop them from getting on the handout band wagon

i’m here to tell you that everything you’ve said is utterly worthless without a source :)

without knowing what state you’re in, it’s hard for me to explicitly refute “high rates of unqualified welfare recipients”. however, i can tell from the way you generically refer to “welfare” that what you’re saying is totally false, but just vague enough to be a generally acceptid . there’s a variety of programs available that very few people are eligible for literally every one of them. just to name a few:

eligibility requirements for SNAP

anti-fraud measures for SNAP

SNAP fraud rate is literally a penny on the dollar

eligibility requirements for TANF by state

characteristics of TANF recipients (3 in 4 are children - and in total we’re talking about ~4 million people month to month)

eligibility requirements for disability insurance

payment errors for disability insurance are more likely to be underpayments than overpayments

65% of applications for disability are turned down

eligibility requirements for unemployment assistance (generic - you can find eligibility requirements specific to your state with a brief google search!)

states with the highest improper payment rates for unemployment are new jersey, ohio, maine, north carolina, and nebraska - so strong republican and strong democrat states

DOL strategies for reducing UI improper payments

comparison of state UI laws

improper payment rates and fraud rates by state - excel sheet - shows overpayment and underpayment, gross improper payment (OP + UP), and net improper payment (OP - UP)

so yeah, your statement is pretty worthless.

it’s amazing that all these resources are at your finger tips and yet you just vomit up these generic statements with no data backing you up.

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