The Dystopian Reality Of All Those “Inspirational” Stories – SOME MORE NEWS

The Dystopian Reality Of All Those “Inspirational” Stories – SOME MORE NEWS

(news reporting music) – Hey everybody, welcome to our fun show! Today let’s talk about Misery! – Is this what you’re looking for? – Nope, not that Misery! Well, kind of. Let me explain. The media, especially local news, loves a feel-good story about people pulling themselves
up by their bootstraps. Something that Fairness
and Accuracy in Reporting calls, “Perseverance Porn.” It’s a trend in news media in
which human economic suffering is tied up in a bow and
presented as something adorable, like a picture of a big-eyed puppy crying over his lost health insurance. Aw, who can’t pay his premiums? You can’t! You can’t! If you’re still not sure
what I’m talking about, here are a few examples of real headlines. “Young boy sells baseball cards
to help friend with cancer”. “Boy sells lemonade to
pay for his own adoption”. The article opens with, “This is one story that’s
got us right in the feels,” and praises the boy’s
entrepreneurial spirit. Yes, that good old
entrepreneurial spirit behind Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, or small boy who sells sugared lemon
juice so he can have parents. Or, how about this one “Heartwarming: Homeless child
gives new backpack away to “person sleeping on sidewalk.” At first glance, these are
harmless, heartwarming stories about neighbors helping each other out, or people overcoming strife through hard work and determination. But when you actually
stop to think about it, for the amount of time it’ll
take me to get to the point, these stories are a
symptom of a sick society that is unable and unwilling
to care for its own citizens. Take this feel-good
misery story, for example. “A teacher ran out of sick days “to stay with his
cancer-stricken daughter, “so his colleagues donated 100 days”. The story is framed to
try to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, to make you think, “Aww, how sweet of all those teachers “banding together to help their coworker “visit his sick daughter!” And, yes, of course it’s nice when people come together to help someone. And these teachers sound
like genuinely good people, but the story is actually
horrifying when you dig into it. The subject of the story, David Green, is a history teacher
whose baby has cancer. He’s only given one sick day a month, but his daughter had to receive
treatment in another town, so he needed at least 40
days to be able to visit her while she went through the grueling process of cancer treatment. The Green family posted about
their predicament on Facebook, and fellow teachers and administrators offered to sacrifice their sick days. The assistant principal, Wilma DeYampert, is also going through cancer treatment, so she could only donate two sick days, and whoa, why is it up to other teachers to give up their own sick days to help a father visit his
cancer-stricken daughter? Yes, it’s kind, and it’s generous, especially for the assistant principal who is also fighting cancer, but why do teachers have to choose between helping their colleague
care for his sick daughter, and their own sick days
for when they get sick? This has got to be some
kind of freak circumstance, surely it’s not like a trend or something, Surely not everything is terrible. Hmm? What’s that? Everything is terrible? Splendid. (news reporting music) Yep, as it turns out, this whole teachers who spend their lives trying to educate our children, don’t have enough sick days
for when they get cancer is actually kind of a
thing here in the US of A. But don’t worry, it looks like other school administrators
who also have cancer will donate some of their sick days. So cool. All the feels. Fun puff piece, let’s run that. Here’s a fun, clickable story on average, teachers only make about $60,000 a year nationwide. And that’s an average, so many teachers, especially in lower-income areas, are making much, much less than that. In many states, the average
is only around $40,000 a year. On top of the generally low
salary that teachers receive, they also receive only about
10-12 sick days per year. And if you, say, get breast cancer you have to pay out of
pocket to cover the cost of a substitute teacher while you enjoy the luxury of chemotherapy. And yes, this exact
scenario did actually happen to a real elementary school teacher. So, when you see the headlines, “A teacher ran out of
sick days to stay with his “cancer-stricken daughter, “so his colleagues donated 100 days.” Or, “A teacher battling
cancer ran out of sick days. “School employees
showered him with theirs,” or, “Orphan boy with two
broken arms sells lemon juice “to pay for own adoption and surgery.” It’s not a nice story. It’s a very terrible story that has been framed in a sort of feel-good way. Although, that orphan boy,
what entrepreneurial spirit, every time he squeezes a
lemon to make lemon juice it hurts his tiny broken arms, but gosh dang it that’s the sort of rags to lemon juice story our
country was built on! When life gives you no
parents and two broken arms, make a small business. Now, here’s the heartwarming
tale of a teacher who is battling stage three colon cancer, and who, after 23 years
of faithful teaching, wasn’t given enough sick days to get chemotherapy for his cancer. Aww, adorkable! The article is clearly
framed as a feel-good piece, rather than a chilling look into an endless dystopian nightmare. The article describes the
teacher who, in desperation, reached out for help on Facebook. CNN writes, “Within
four days he had enough “sick days to cover an entire semester. “He couldn’t believe it happened so fast, “Goodman, 56, told CNN.” See? Problem solved, in four days! Humanity came through! Goosebumps! All the feels! CNN goes on to write, “Teachers, staff members, administrators “and even lunchroom workers who pay “into the Florida retirement
system transferred “75 sick days to Goodman.” I don’t want to take away from how genuinely good-hearted these people are. The teachers, staff, administrators, and lunchroom workers,
are all likely underpaid, overworked, and still
donated their sick days, which they might need someday to be sick, because they are good people. But just because they themselves are good, and their actions heartwarming, the situation itself is not heartwarming. And framing it as such distracts us from the gritty reality
that a man who taught for 23 years wasn’t given enough sick days to cover his cancer treatment. The article is full of
beautiful aphorisms such as, “Missing school, but
still teaching a lesson,” the lesson being that if you get cancer after 23 years of teaching, you’d better hope the lunchroom workers have enough spare sick days to cover you. Because while this story
had a happy ending, many similar stories do not. Take for instance, the
example I mentioned earlier, where teachers have had to pay for their own substitutes while
undergoing cancer treatment. Or teachers who earn so little, they can barely afford
to pay for childcare for their own children. Or sometimes, even when someone
tries to do the right thing, the kind, warm-hearted thing, instead of getting a feel-good ending, it results in someone losing their jobs. Here’s a fun little story! In 2014, Jennifer Mitts, a
Tennessee high school teacher, took a sick student to the hospital. The 20-year-old student had a high fever, didn’t have transportation, and didn’t have health insurance. Mitts paid for the students hospital costs out of her own pocket. What a touching story. I’m sure that’s where it ends, with everyone hugging and maybe a doctor comes into the room, but the doctor’s a Labrador
Retriever in a lab coat. Please, just let me have this one. Please? No? Fine, I will continue to suffer. (news reporting music) Whelp, this kind-hearted teacher was allegedly forced to resign. The school administrators argued that she’d been warned before for taking another sick
student to the hospital. Maybe the school administration thought they were doing the right thing, maybe they themselves feared retribution. I don’t think they’re monsters who don’t care about children. But this incident does
show that good deeds don’t always make up for a
profoundly broken system, a system where if you don’t
have health insurance, well, you’d better hope you
have a teacher willing to risk being fired over driving
you to the hospital. This isn’t the only time
someone has been punished for trying to help a student
who lacked health insurance. This year, a superintendent was arrested and charged with felony insurance fraud for taking a student sick with
strep throat to the doctor and paying for his antibiotics, as this student didn’t have insurance. She tried to pay out of her own pocket, but the clinic refused, so she took him to another clinic lying and saying he was her son so they would treat him
under her insurance. After being charged with
felony insurance fraud, she resigned from her position and said, “I knew he did not have insurance, “and I wanted to do all I
could to help him get well. “I know this action was wrong. “In the moment, my only concern was “for this child’s health.” Don’t you worry, folks. This dangerous criminal doing helping sick uninsured children crimes has learned her lesson
not to help anyone again. The prosecutor in the
case scolded her, saying, “What kind of message is
that to send to the students “you’re in charge of?” And thank god they arrested this woman before she could teach children
to try and help others. What’s next? Teaching children they should want to provide poor people with health care? That was a close call,
but we nabbed her boys! So even if you want to do the right thing, to try to help someone who
is neglected by our society, sometimes your actions
will be against the rules, and you’ll be punished for it. It’s almost as if the
health insurance industry’s main priority is to make
money and not to help people and the police are there to enforce rules that benefit the insurance industry. No, that would incredibly
distressing and bleak and would require we actually do something to change our society. So hey, here’s a story
about an adorable kitten! Aw! We have an update to the story. Goddammit! You see, for every feel good story about someone managing to navigate through the broken glass and the flaming barrels of toxic waste that makes up our society, are hundreds of stories of
people who aren’t so lucky. For instance, check out this headline. Totes adorable! But then, this! Turns out a nine-year-olds
allowance in fact cannot solve institutional poverty. Dang! Now, I’m not trying to be like a massive Debbie-Downer-sad-sack-killjoy-Mc-Buzzkill, although that is the
name of one of my albums for my alt-rock band We’re Turbo (beep). My point is that the saturation of feel good suffering stories inoculate us against absorbing how unfair and cruel much of our society has become. And sometimes, these stories are straight-up marketing ploys. Check out this headline. “KFC gifts new car to employee “who walks six miles a day for job.” KFC just… really cares, you guys. The Colonel’s out there,
giving cars to his employees. I know he acts like a tough guy, but that white mustache is a mask that hides just how
much he cares about each and every one of those
single moms who work for him. And that little white soul patch? It’s because he has a soul, you guys. Deep down in his heart, he’s
a finger-lickin’ good person. Or you know this is an empty,
calculated marketing ploy by the company to appear charitable towards their employees
barely making minimum wage. In this story, the single
mom had been struggling to save up for a car. Her boss entered her into KFC’s Kentucky Fried Wishes contest. Now, sure, it was nice
of her boss to enter her into this contest, and who can blame her for being happy for
winning a much-needed car? But let’s look into
KFC’s grand gesture here, which news organizations
were credulously reporting as a beautiful, heartwarming
move by the company, saying things like quote, “KFC is really trying
to drive home the point “that it appreciates its employees.” Hah, nice. A car pun. Since she didn’t have a car. Or on CBS, where they wrote, quote, “The special honor is
given to KFC employees “by the KFC Foundations. “Employees can nominate coworkers “who go above and beyond at their job, “and KFC will give them
something special.” Yes because only those who
walk six miles every day to their jobs deserve something special, and working long hours at
minimum wage alone isn’t going above and beyond. So, the Kentucky Fried Wishes award is described on the KFC
website as as contest wherein, anyone can nominate an eligible
KFC restaurant employee for a Kentucky Fried Wish. The wish could be big or small, need-based or life-enhancing. Examples of requests include dental work, a car, debt
relief, a meaningful experience. The possibilities are, almost, endless! Well, the possibilities
certainly aren’t endless, as only $35,000 will be
granted nationwide in 2019. Now, you may be saying, “Hey! Cody! At least
they’re giving away money! “I mean I don’t see you
giving away $35,000!” First of all, to be fair,
once I did give away $35,000 in Minecraft coins because I wanted to help build a giant dick building and I wanted the wing of the left testicle to be named after me. So that’s philanthropy, you (beep). There’s Minecraft coins
in Minecraft, right? I don’t know. Secondly, in 2017 KFC had a
revenue of over $3 billion, while their parent company had a revenue of about $6 billion, so $35,000 is literally pocket change. In fact, on average, their employees won’t
even make $35,000 a year. According to the Huffington
Post, Yum! Brands Inc, which owns KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut, is one of America’s
lowest paying companies, and their KFC franchise in particular compensates their employees the least. Yum! The story of this single mother who had to walk six miles a day before Kentucky Fried Wishes blessed her with a car,
happened in Salem, Oregon. So let’s take a look at the average KFC employee salary in Oregon. According to, a KFC customer service representative earns on average $20,000 a year. This is barely above the 2019 Federal Poverty
Line of $16,910 a year, and according to the MIT Living Wage, is well below the living
wage of $53,000 a year for a single parent and child. In fact, a KFC manager
won’t even earn that much, with an average salary
in Oregon of $47,434, according to In short, indeed, the free advertisement that KFC got from this story
probably paid for itself, all without having to
actually improve the lives of the majority of their employees by increasing their salaries. That might cost them a few of their many thousands of millions! But if you’re wondering why
KFC knew it could get away with this blatant marketing
without being questioned, you only need to look at stories
like this one a year ago. “CEO gifts employee
car who walked 20 miles “for the first day of work.” Try that headline again,
Washington Post, come on. Or this one “Loyal customer gives McDonald’s employee “free car after hearing
about her struggles.” Or this (laughs) Whoops, how’d that get in there? I’m just gonna hold on it
so you have time to read it. Okay. Anyway, I don’t think it’s wrong to point out the good
deeds that people do. It’s actually important
to remind ourselves that human beings are often kind, and many people are
willing to help each other in the face of adversity. But seemingly, more often,
the news media doesn’t bother to dive into the
circumstances behind these feel good stories, and frames
them in a way that’s supposed to be uplifting, rather than circumspect about how much society has failed people. These feel good stories are supposed to be neutral, apolitical, just a
good ol’ warm and fuzzy story. But there is no neutral story. By omitting the systemic
problems behind these stories, they gives us a warped perception, that there’s some kind of just universe that will compensate for unfair systems, delivering unexpected rewards to those who have labored under
crushing inequality. When in fact, most of the
time, this simply isn’t true. People are exploited, work hard for years, are left without health insurance or help, and simply fade into the background. And it’s important to recognize this, not to feel hopeless, but to realize that we actually need to act, that we can help people,
but in order to do so on a massive scale, we
need to work together as an entire society to implement actual changes that will help everyone,
regardless of whether their Facebook post pleading for
help gets enough views. Because it’s true, deep
down most of us really wanna help each other, I think. But we’re not omniscient. We don’t know where our charity
dollars are needed most, we don’t know which of
the countless GoFundMes we should drop $50 on
to save someone’s life. And if you think I’m
exaggerating, I’m not. In 2017, a man named Shane Patrick Boyle started a GoFundMe to pay for a month of his life-saving insulin. And he couldn’t afford the
spiraling cost of insulin, which is set by the effective monopoly that Sanofi, Eli Lilly, and Novo Nordisk have on the drug. Shane had lost coverage of his medications after moving to Arkansas to
care for his sick mother. He started a GoFundMe, and raised $750, only $50 short of his goal. If people had known that only
$50 would have saved his life, I’m certain they would have chipped in, because if we can learn anything from the feel-good suffering news stories, it’s that people do
want to help each other. But there are so, so many
people who need help, so many GoFundMes set up
to cover medical costs, it’s literally impossible to know where to spend that $50, where
your dollars need to go to save someone’s life. Shane Patrick Boyle passed away due to lack of access to insulin for his type one diabetes. He didn’t die because
people are uncharitable. He died because charity as a bandaid to cover our broken healthcare
system doesn’t work. And, that’s a very sad story. Hmm, okay. How about this? Pretty cute right? Or this! Aww! How about this one? What an entrepreneurial spirit! What a pull-yourself-up-by-your-paw-straps
attitu- God (beep) (news reporting music) Hi everybody, thank you so much for watching this video. If you’d like to support us, you can on and we have a podcast
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100 thoughts on “The Dystopian Reality Of All Those “Inspirational” Stories – SOME MORE NEWS

  1. One of the most ironic stories i've heard from the USA was about a republican politician who became very sick and had to rely on crowdfunding to cover his medical bills. Most of his donors were democrats!

  2. We need to make medical insurance as illegal as most organizations whose profit model is completely centered in causing misery and death.

  3. Someone gets a bad education, can’t afford college, becomes a minimum wage worker, owns or rents a crappy house in a bad area, can’t afford adequate healthcare, have more children than they can afford, sends kids to underfunded schools (because their home is low value), the kids get a crappy education and are unparented because parent is overworked so they can buy cheap and nutritionally deficient food, and their kids move out and can’t afford college…and around it goes. And this is best case scenario. The kids could be placed in foster care for being neglected, feel abandoned and unloved, develop mental health needs that aren’t fulfilled, exit foster care with no support, lose the ability to pay for their meds, becomes incarcerated.

    People act like it’s so easy to escape the cycle of poverty – it’s really fucking hard – and it shouldn’t be.

  4. Thank you for that huge dose of misery, it's not like I live in Chile and we are seeing our people beaten and systematically blinded by the elite owned police every day. Stay strong Cody, we will continue fighting to take down the Neoliberal system and get the ball rolling in America.

  5. If only there was a term to describe countries where such cases are common 🤔🤔🤔 It has something to do with 💩

  6. The History Teacher would be completely covered and his job protected under the Family Medical Leave Act of America, but surely his issue would have been the lost of income, which is what the other teachers donated. We have legal and protected right to be there for a sick spouse, child, etc. and our jobs cannot be legally terminated. What we don't have is the ability to pay every worker who needs to take medical leave, and if it were to change, on a national level it would be nice to have some system for this issue. But if it were up to the business or employer to provide paid leave to the extent that FMLA grants, they would suffer terrible financial losses. Family Insurance Plans can cover some kinds of compensation for parents, as well, though I doubt this teacher has any plan so comprehensive, and if so, it would be rather expensive on a teachers salary. This would be a great issue for American society to address – good that you brought it up.

  7. Everytime I get grumpy about something in The Netherlands ..I watch a YouTube video on U.S policies,,,,..That makes me 'feel all 'warm and fussy' about my own county again..;))

  8. In this video: Why the Libertarian ideology is inherently flawed. Charity can only go so far when the system at large is broken.

  9. I really don't understand the concept of sick days. Like, you're sick! Isn't everyone better off when you stay at home? So that you don't infect your coworkers/customers/students? How are supposed to do a good job while you're literally dying of cancer?

  10. In the worldview of Randian Libertarians, all those middle class and working class people who donate their own sick days or their own money to help others are known as "suckers"…. dangerous criminals who undermine a society built on "enlightened selfishness" by helping the "parasites" survive, those parasites who make demands on government so government will greedily steal the well-deserved wealth of the better class of people (the Propertied Class, also known as "the Movers and Shakers"), in a process called "taxation". Or worse, demand "workers' rights". In the Libertarian Social-Darwinist (actually, it was Spencer who coined the misinterpreted "survival of the fittest" phrase, not Darwin, but I digress) worldview, the Poor dying is not a bug it's an intended outcome.

  11. In addition to everything else upsetting about this video, I'd also like to point out that the ads are allowed more screen space than the actual video.

  12. Hey Cody, I'm a teacher who watches you every week, and this might be your best video yet. Thank you to you and your team for the great work.

  13. Horatio Alger made a living writing rags to riches stories about young boys that has the same insidious effect of mythologizing inhuman conditions, instead of calling bullshit on the failings of capitalism.

  14. I heard the episode of 1upsmanship you were on Cody. Don't act like you don't know whether Minecraft coins are a thing. You know DAMN WELL!

  15. I was hit by a car while Biking to work once, I managed ta get ta work Hoping once there I could maybe get a ride home, But instead people started praising me for coming in… I started feeling guilty for wanting to go home. I Ended up working a 8 hour shift while in a state of constant pain. I've been out on the town and heard people Talking about my story I always go over introduce myself and Tell them It's not an inspirational story it's just fucked up. while im ranting about this Another Damning thing is the guy who it me sped off Never found Him Bike was trashed but was luckily only 2 blocks from work

  16. I had this exact thought when I was about 18, and I saw a local news story with a similar "feel-good" headline, but the actual story was the result of a system that left people with no other option but to make huge sacrifices to help someone that our government abandoned. Then I noticed this recurring theme over and over: horrifying stories of desperation dressed up as feel good inspiration.

  17. Institute a federal Tax on Religious organizations and use that to cover the cost of humanitarian aid needed in our society.

  18. Here's an inspirational story sure to trigger any climate change cultist..
    because science

  19. I have watched literally all your videos and I don't think any of them have depressed me like this one. Hearing the superintendent say that she 'knows she was wrong' when she was obviously 100% right by any moral measure this side of Lex Luthor. Kids getting medicine > insurance profits.

  20. In my country, the concept of "limited sick days per year" doesn't exist. you're sick? have your doctor fill out a paper, hand it over to your employer, get the sick days that your doctor "prescribed".
    the idea that one only get to be sick 12 days a year or ANY certain amount of days per year is utterly horrifying. you can do better America

  21. 'Media's Grim Addiction to Perseverance Porn' was an episode by Citations Needed, a podcast I can't recommend enough.

  22. @4:00 Did you say "only $60,000 a year"?
    Dude that is 3X the minimum wage, in Canada!
    I make $22,500 at $15.50/hr.
    Those poor poor teachers..

  23. I taught English in Japan and I only got four sick days a year. I’m not sure what other teachers got. Probably something similar.

  24. So … in the US you have a specific amount of days to be sick in per month? Who imagines that you can schedule illness like that?!

  25. Why is there such a huge wall between doctors, who take an oath to do no harm, and the waiting rooms of all of these clinics and hospitals? Are doctors really just victims too in this? They are the key play in health insurance even being a thing or all of these laws even working… Maybe we need to concentrate on doctors? If they fight this tyranny, then how would insurance succeed?

  26. I'm really glad he ended up mentioning Shane Patrick Boyle and the insulin crisis. I was thinking the whole time that that's one of the biggest issues in modern healthcare, and I'm grateful it was touched on. Shane's loss was tragic, and unfortunately, not even close to the only one in the past 2 years 🙁

  27. Some "Freedom" the citizens of the US have.
    I recently learnt that your heating is run via your landlord/building, so if its cold and the heating is off, you need to call an emergency number to report your landlord (….what the actual fuck?).
    But yeah, you have guns and burgers and freedom of speech – so…. Nice one?

  28. I'm relieved that I am not the only one who feels this way about "feel good" stories. I always see the 'why did this need to happen' behind the headline. I thought I was just a pessimist….I'm just a realist.

  29. Thank you for talking about this! This has driven me mad for years. I'm going to beat everybody who falls for it over their heads with this video. This society is dying.

  30. Greetings from Europe. How do you suck so much at countrying? You had country long time, how did you not learn how to country?

  31. Yeah, essentially these stories are a grim look at just how fucking awful our system is in the first place. The fact a kid has to sell baseball cards just to help a friend pay for cancer treatment (I guarantee you those baseball cards aren't anywhere near enough) then that's just fucked. If other poor/middle class people have to give up the meager standard of living they have just to help someone not even get out of their poor standard of living… but just survive another day in it, then our system is fucked up completely. This is why we need to upend capitalism. It's fucked beyond belief… and it's rulers brag about it with these "inspirational" stories.

    Yes, humanity pulled through. But our system failed miserably.

    Wow… just wow. She says, "I know it was WRONG". Wrong? It's wrong now to help sick children that cannot afford healthcare? I mean the notion that children or human beings in general NEED to afford healthcare at all is fucking disgusting and should be grounds for upending the current health insurance regime. But even the teacher helping the student who had no one else has been conditioned by this fucked up system that it is "wrong"? And then that prosecutor… dear god. Oh no, we can't send the message to children that human beings should help one another. That would show too much dignity. That would show that our system is the fucked up, chaotic trash-heap that it is. We can't have that. There is a nice spot in hell for that prosecutor.

  32. Thanks for this cody, I get so frustrated with these news stories and I'm always glad when someone else realises how fucking dystopian it all is

  33. Has anyone looked into Harland Sanders? Now, I do agree with this vid, but as far as Harland, I had to do a speech in college on Harland. The company is now sh_t, which is what he talks about, but take a look at Arkansas and Sanders. I think it was Arkansas or the Ozarks. The man, not the company. The company fired Harland. The whole picture…

  34. I very much agree with the theme of this video but I have one hang up. Teachers should NEVER have students in their vehicles, too many predators and abusers could easily use this as a cover up or feigning compassion. Abduction is a real fear in some areas. Call an ambulance fuck the insurance the parents are negligent for not even looking for over counter cheap meds.

  35. Uh, the message is this: If this country isn't smart enough for Bernie Sanders in 2020, then this nightmare of greed and oppression will continue. America ———- it's in your hands.

  36. This video immediately brought to mind a quote from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: "I think we agree, Potter's actions were heroic. The question is, why were they necessary?"

  37. What's it like to be so cynical, Mr. Cody? What a dark dark place you must exist in. To be human is to struggle. Good luck!

  38. What this video says to me is a truth that I've known for a long time now. We are not as civilised as we like to think we are.

  39. Man usa is FUCKED Sweden aint perfect….. but cancer patients arent forced to begg for sickdays from friends and collegues.

  40. Cody! $740 a month is all I get to live on ! handicap in a wheelchair unable to work went to college not work, then became disabled at age 25. cut off to collect parents work credits is 22. I was fucked. SSI Supplemental security for Americans without work credits. again $740 a month. total poverty! HELP ME!

  41. Another fun note, the concept of having limited sick days as childcare providers and food service workers is dangerous. When a teacher goes to work with the flu because they have to, they are putting every child at risk. When the worker at McDonald's has strep and is cooking, every customer is at risk. How much of healthcare costs could be negated if sick people stayed at home?

  42. Love you cody, I just lost my dad to cancer and this hit way too close to home and freaked me out about my own mortality.
    Can't finish.

  43. "she tried to pay out of pocket, and the clinic refused" that is scary. It's like "oh you have money?, Fuck that we don't want it..please step to the right and die". Why does it feel like I'm living as a background character in some sci fi film?

  44. When millions of citizens are spending half their lives
    Locked up in a prison for trying to survive
    When laws must be broken just to have a place to stay
    When the prisons pay the senators to look the other way
    If you have to be a criminal to put food on your plate
    You know you're living in a failed state
    – "Failed State" by David Rovics. (He's on youtube, look him up.)

  45. Are we only now appreciating that the world is fucked? My 12yr old self is smacking himself in the face

  46. A story from Detroit, my hometown: Detroit's school system is notoriously corrupt and falling apart. School supplies are just about entirely funded by teachers out of pocket. Sometimes they have to buy the books, too, because the ones the school ordered never show up because someone pocketed the money and the ones they've been using for 30 years are falling apart. There is a K-12 with ONE math teacher. Leaking roofs and broken heating units in the Michigan winter. The only decent schools are the privately funded Catholic schools, where even non-Catholics like me went. If we spent as much on education as we do the military we wouldn't have these problems. Fuck Betsy Devos.

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