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Do you feel the need to Do More? 

Do you feel bad for not doing more to fight the pandemic, end racism, smash fascism, and dethrone go- I mean capitalism?

Is there a specter of guilt looming over you, muttering "But You Could Be Working Harder..." just behind your ear?

Fantastic news, comrade. That's the boss in your head.

Fire them. Into the sea. :trebuchet:

If you are doing as much as you can in your personal circumstances, then you are doing as much as you can. 💙

:anarchy: :gay_communism:

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Covoid, medical group talk &poverty 

I'm beyond tired but- my face needs wiping & as it's going to stay under 86°F out even with the heat index today & tomorrow- I'm going to try some of the backyard lawn cutting today & a few of those blackberry seedlings. With grabbing soil for indoor planting.

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Covoid, medical group talk &poverty 

that I can't take, because they're not safe for me or affordable financially- mostly both. I miss these groups I really do & the people in them but - the more they continue- the more I'll need to leave them behind, because I need to preserve what very little I have left.... I've not given up but- soon it seems I'll have been pushed into being a leader of a disability related org- with no real support of the disabled community.

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Covoid, medical group talk &poverty 

we aren't "in this together" & it shows when real needs that are continuing, get pushed aside, for one item that is not uniting at all. I need support for SpondularStenosis, spondylelothesis, spondylitis --- and yet another survey or talk about Covoid19 isn't support- it's trash, trash that's built up to crowd out everything else- because it's all more & more of these groups are talking about...They're mostly if not all- still supporting "safety"measures⤵

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Covoid, medical group talk &poverty 

Or at least relatively recently - it's been about 2 years- we moved from NY to MO--- where if anything we've fewer connections now than when we looked for this place, because that one online contact that lives within 60 miles is no longer someone I interact with. For those truly affected by this- I don't begrudge them getting help at all-- heck I've posted gofundmes & similar for months& links to other help in the org I'm forming....but that's not everyone⤵

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Covoid, medical group talk &poverty 

My county hasn't had an active Covoid19 case in over a month- it had 5 total- all those people recovered. More & more of my support groups, that are mainly on the birdie site are being overrun by Covoid19 chat & research studies- so I'm leaving more & more of them, because it's irrelevant really to my situation. I'm struggling with multiple medical problems of my own, my husband's, deprevation level poverty & isolation - in part caused by how recently⤵

No advice please- I really am doing all I can, getting lawyers, gardening for food, keeping my home as clean as possible but there's only so much....to be clear ....I'm not planning or seriously considering doing anything worse to myself than pulling off my shoes & attempting a 3 hour long nap but....I'm drained in more ways than one.

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So darn tired.... If my husband gets approved for Medicaid within the next week & I at least get through the social security phone call this coming Friday- I'll start feeling better by the 26th of June but??? I am just so down now.

Political 

Riot Medicine - free download.
Something I found on The Birdie site that looked worth passing along. A 466 page- free to download book.
riotmedicine.net/downloads

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US Disability History 

Ableism is built into the US Disability system. It is assumed you are trying to trick the government into giving you free money. If you receive anything of substance, it is assumed that you've received a massive inheritance or moved in with a rich boyfriend. Your personal living situation and context are not considered in any real way.

And both parties reinforce this ableist narrative by failing to overhaul the system every year they are in office.

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US Disability History 

If you surpass the first threshold (about $600 in month), you lose $0.50 for every dollar you made from SSI, effectively cutting your income in half.

If you surpass the second threshold, you lose all of your benefits and must apply for them again.

This can cause significant issues if someone, say, gives you a one-time gift or payment of several hundred dollars. This one gift can lose you months or years of benefits.

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US Disability History 

Small companies can argue they don't have the revenue to cover these costs, and large companies can bury a lawsuit with expensive attorneys who don't want to set precedence for paying for accomadations.

And then there's the fact that for many disabled people, they just don't have the energy to fight a losing battle.

And so most of us go unemployed unless we can sufficiently mask our disability. We have to pretend to be able bodied to get employment.

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US Disability History 

But this is often a fool's errand, as the burden of proof falls to the disabled person to prove that they were denied because of their disability. A common tactic is to cite other reasons for denying employment.

But even if they can prove why they were denied, the court then must decide what is considered "reasonable accomadation."

Depending on the disability this can range from flexible hours, to installing a ramp, to buying a screen reader.

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US Disability History 

The ADA did a lot to advance the rights of Disabled people, but it left many loopholes that employers exploit to avoid having to provide accomadations.

The law states that employers must provide "reasonable accommodations," which leaves much room for interpretation. Since all companies exist to maximize profits, they can easily argue that paying any amount is unreasonable.

This leaves the burden on disabled people, whose only recourse is to sue.

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US Disability History 

Until about 30-40 years ago, most disabled people were wards of the state, locked away from the public in institutions that were as nightmarish as you imagine. Their parents were told to "consider them dead."

Until the ADA passed in the early 90s, disabled people were not guaranteed the right to vote, and did not have the right to work.

Only 30% of blind people are employed, despite the technology existing to accommodate employees in most industries.

US Pol 

I don't know who needs to read this but, neither Trump nor any other US POTUS can actually eliminate the USPS - because it's a constitutionally mandated function of the federal government, so without a constitutional amendment being written and ratified- it will continue running. Stamp nor other items bought at it, or not- won't change the above fact- nor will it affect if it remains in existence or not.

Oookkay 5 tomato seedlings (Roma, Yellow Pear, Big Beef, German Queen, & Mr. Stripey) transplanted into bigger containers & 1 Giant Marconi pepper plant also transplanted. In a few minutes I think I'll also try putting in some watermelon& melon seeds to start in those now empty smaller planters as I want them ready by June 1st to transplant outside. Cucumber seeds I'll also try again in one or 2 of said pots by Wednesday.

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While the US government and EU keep ramping up aggressive sanctions against Nicaragua and the corporate media relentlessly demonizes its elected socialist gov't, its neighbor El Salvador gets away with murder.

Why? Because Bukele is a US-allied neoliberal

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RT @AlinaDuarte_
My latest for @COHAofficial about @nayibbukele: he “hasn’t hesitated to violate the human rights of the population, openly practice authoritarianism…
twitter.com/AlinaDuarte_/statu

Backyard corn, more melons, cucumbers, flowers & some berry plants after I get some secure trelises to put them against.

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