activism/volunteering

Trump picks hated greedy CEO for Sec of Labor

Today Trump chose Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr CEO/owner to run the Labor department.  Andrew Puzder is against a minimum wage increase and pays his shift leaders $9.50 an hour.  In 4 hours selfish CEO Puzder makes as much money as one of his employees do in a year.  He makes roughly 300 times what he pays the average full timer at his company.  A recent survey of reviews on the career site Glassdoor show that he is rated at the bottom of the barrel for similar sized companies.

Andrew Puzder

Puzder is a horrid choice to run the labor department and yet, he might be Trump’s least dangerous pick so far!
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Andrew Puzder

If you would like to help the Americans that are about to get hurt financially by the incoming GOP and Trump administration attack on the 99% please consider donating to one of these charities.  A full list of charities impeding the GOP destruction of America is available here.

Kiva 97.06 rating, 81.2% spent, opt-out privacy (never shares/sells your info)

Kiva.org is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. 100% of your donations to the loanee go to the entrepreneur looking for a hand up, no fees are taken by Kiva.  https://www.kiva.org/lend/kiva-u-s

 

Meals on Wheels People 94.82 rating, 83.86% spent, privacy

Meals on Wheels People was founded in 1969 with the mission to enrich the lives of seniors, and assist them in maintaining independence, by providing nutritious food, human connections and social support. We also use our expertise and capacity to serve other nutritionally at-risk populations. Today Meals on Wheels People produces 5,700 hot, nutritious meals five days each week in a 14,000-square-foot commercial kitchen located in the heart of Multnomah Village. Meals are then delivered to 30 senior centers throughout Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties where they are served at noon to seniors in center dining rooms or sent out as Meals on Wheels to frail, homebound elderly. http://www.mealsonwheelspeople.org/

 

Feeding America 92.61 rating, 98.5% spent, opt-out privacy

Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. http://www.feedingamerica.org/

 

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Sapient - December 8, 2016 at 9:55 pm

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Insta-ban at two Bernie Sanders Facebook groups

I’m disheartened by admins of the groups “Bernie or Bust” and “Bernie is going to win.” They censor and ban instantly anyone that makes any type of argument in favor of Hillary. In both groups I posted a very civil message with a polite argument about how I dislike HRC but feel I have to vote for her… in both cases I was banned instantly.

As a forum administrator I pride myself on allowing open communication. I’ve had a few great people in my life argue against censorship and for the free exchange of ideas, and I’ve never banned a person making a civil argument contrary to my belief.

It’s sad to see that at least two admins in two different Bernie groups don’t appreciate an open civil discussion of ideas that can improve the country. It doesn’t seem to embrace a Bernie Sanders type of spirit.

This post on facebook here.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Sapient - November 4, 2016 at 6:48 pm

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Please donate to help assist victims of sexual assault

Please donate to help end sexual abuse and assist victims of sexual assault.

1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men will become a victim of sexual assault. Recent developments in the 2016 election have rekindled the problem of sexual abuse in a National conversation. We’ve seen the video of Trump bragging about sexually abusing women, and we’ve since heard from many of the women he’s sexually abused. Donald Trump has referred to his sex crimes as “locker room talk.” Sadly this has added insult to injury to men that were already disgusted by Trump.

Trump has now led women to believe that other men actually talk like this in the “locker room.” This bothers me and all the good men in America. I’ve been in locker rooms all my life and I’ve never heard another man brag about sexually assaulting a woman. I’ve played well over a thousand rounds of golf, and visited the locker room. I’ve played basketball and soccer and have been in the locker room another 100 times with athletes playing those sports, and I’ve never heard a man brag about kissing a woman when he sees her, and not waiting for her consent. I’ve been in a health club locker room over 300 times and I’ve never heard a man talk about grabbing a woman in a way that would put him in jail if he was recorded doing what he was saying (grab her by the p***y).

On top of all of this, there was even an article from another man that claimed “many men talk like Donald Trump in private. And only other men can stop them.” There is so much wrong with this statement. Absolutely not! Many men don’t talk like Trump. As we’ve heard from a great many professional athletes this week, none of them relate to the notion that locker rooms sound like this. And let’s just get this straight… locker room is code for “men in private.” “Many men” don’t brag about sexually abusing women in private, locker room or not. The author of this piece believes that only other men can stop “it.” And that’s just not the case, everyone in society plays a role. In fact, women play just as much of a role if not even more of a role.

I believe the author of the above piece may have unfortunately conflated objectification of women and sexual predation. Objectification of women is rampant, that is certain. However objectification of women is nothing like rape. Both issues should be addressed, but Trump’s actions are criminal and objectification of the opposite sex isn’t. Yes, we should all work to value people for more than just sex, but that’s not anywhere in the realm of using your power to sexually abuse someone else. And let’s leave objectifying others there for now.

Back to the issue that Donald Trump brings up (sexual assault and evil towards women). Trump is a misogynist, he calls women names simply because she exposes his disgusting views(Alicia Machado) or his moronic thoughts(Rosie O’Donnell). He thinks he can do whatever he wants to women and get away with it.

Thankfully almost none of you have ever heard a man talk like Donald Trump did on that tape when he admitted to sexual crimes. But we can all do something about this. Let’s agree to speak out much like this, let’s agree to make statements against his form of megalomaniac abuse. Let’s agree that on that first day of your life that you’re unlucky enough to be in the presence of an asshole that admits to sexual abuse, you say something to that jackass and make sure he/she knows just how strongly you feel about how small of a person they are.

How else can you send a message?

Please donate to help women affected by sexual violence

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Now for a moment, let’s go back to objectification of the opposing sex. Both women and men are guilty of it, and although I don’t have a poll I would assume that men are guilty of it more than women. The article I referenced above incorrectly posited that only men can do something about it. It’s important for women to know that while some men play a role in the reduction of objectification, most men learn about the harm of objectifying women from other women. We often learn from hearing other women speak (youtube, tv, radio, etc…) or we learn from them telling us directly. We learn from women that it hurts to be objectified and that they feel gross when we treat them like they are simply sex objects. So women… keep it up. Let men know how it makes you feel, we’re listening and learning.

“You can not be President if you call someone a piggy.” – A 6 year old (as told to us by Michelle Obama)

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Sapient - October 13, 2016 at 9:59 pm

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Stores open/closed on Thanksgiving

The following is a list of stores that were closed or open on Thanksgiving day today.  While I’m not the biggest fan of the origins of Thanksgiving I am a big believer that people should have time to unwind especially on a day when families traditionally get together.  The only decent argument from consumers for opening on Thanksgiving is that these lower income retail workers need the extra work and in some cases get paid extra for the holiday.  My response?  These massive corporations should recognize the value in mentally healthy employees and just pay them for the day off… even the part timers.  The morale boost is worth it especially entering the busiest time of the year for these retailers.  I will be boycotting the stores open on Thanksgiving until at least January 1st so that their 4th quarter earnings doesn’t show a penny of my money.

Stores CLOSED on Thanksgiving   Stores OPEN on Thanksgiving
worthy of shopping at   worthy of boycott
A.C. Moore Bealls
Babies R Us Belk Black
Barnes and Noble Best Buy
Bed Bath & Beyond Bonton
Big 5 Sporting Goods Burkes
BJs Dicks Sporting Goods
Burlington Dollar General
Cabelas Family Dollar
Christopher and Banks Farm and Home Supply
Costco Five Below
Crate and Barrel Gander Mountain
Dillard’s Goodys
DSW Gordmans
Fred Meyer HH Gregg
Freds JCPenney
Game Stop Kmart
Golf Galaxy Kohl’s
Golfsmith Macys
Half Price Books Meijer
Harbor Freight Michaels
HEB Stores Modell’s Sporting Goods
Joann OfficeDepot
Marshalls Peebles
Menards RadioShack
Neiman Marcus Reeds Jewelers
Nordstrom Sears
P.C. Richard & Son Sears Outlet
Patagonia Shopko
PepBoys Sports Authority
Petco Stage Stores
Petsmart Target
Pier 1 Imports Toys R Us
Raymour & Flanigan Walmart
REI
Sam’s Club
Sportsman’s Warehouse
Staples
TJ Maxx
Tractor Supply
True Value

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Sapient - November 26, 2015 at 8:50 pm

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Snowden Humanist – Nyad atheist – Atheist Site list

This week I found out Edward Snowden is an agnostic humanist, and Diana Nyad is an atheist.

We have re-opened posting on the Atheism United wiki, it was closed due to uncontrollable spam.  Over the years many people have asked me to put a link to their website on this site or one of the other sites I manage.  My solution was to help all atheist sites by making the longest list of atheist sites ever created.  I can always use your help, even if just to be a watchful eye attacking spammers.  Please link to the list on your own blogs and sites.  Why?

When someone searches for information on atheism, many of the sites that come up are full of nonsense from a theistic perspective.  This page will increase the relevance of all atheist sites in those searches.  This way some of the good stuff will be a little higher in the search results.  The more people that link to the atheist link list, the more it increases the rank of every site. This list doesn’t play favorites, we list ’em all.  If you own an atheist themed site, I want to help it grab more readers!

 

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Sapient - October 21, 2013 at 12:34 am

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K’Nex toys: Today’s Featured American Made Toy

As you may know I have dedicated a small portion of my activism to helping inform you on some great American products. I have a list and slideshows of made in America products at Rational Responders.  Due to Barack Obama’s recent visit to the K’Nex toy factory in Pennsylvania, I now have learned about K’Nex manufacturing their awesome toys right here at home.

K’Nex toys are a little bit like Lego’s.  K’Nex toys encourage building and creativity and provide hours of fun and endless combinations from toddlers to adults.

Bring manufacturing jobs back to the US, try some K’Nex!

 

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Sapient - December 1, 2012 at 10:02 am

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