In Liberia, mobile banking to help Ebola-affected women traders

Cross-posted from UN Women ...more

Foreclosures: Fairness vs. "The Law"

I am being evicted and forced to move again, because the banks have stolen my landlord’s house.   Truly.  When I share this, sometimes people ask:  “Well, did they make their payments?” – a question which reflects a degree of ignorance that is at the heart of a great injustice, and a serious misunderstanding amongst people in our country. I am compelled to write about it....more
Very well stated.  Excellent blog.  The fact that 800 Billion went to the bastards that caused ...more

Diary of a Frustrated Zimbabwean Female Entrepreneur - Reply to Itai Dzamara

Today I sit at my desk writting this to you, Mr. Itai Dzamara - brave son of the soil.I read your post with my heart feeling like it was going to burn out of my chest.  I am sorry for what happened to you my brother.  I am sorry that I was not there to be with you - to hold your hand - to protect you.  I am sorry that I am not as brave as you are - to be able to come and stand along with you - just like what my other brothers are doing.I guess its because we are all born different hey.  We all have a seperate roles to play in life. ...more

Currency is a Trap

I do not believe in capitalism. Not only that, I don't believe in money.I hate money.I am sick of money.What is money anyway?Little pieces of paper and metal that have value.Why are they valuable? Because we say so.That's it. That's all.We agree it means something, so it does - a shared delusion.There is no inherent wealth in a $1 bill, not even in a $100 bill. It doesn't matter if it is the Queen's face or my own, a stamp on a bill is meaningless.A sparkly diamond can go for hundreds of millions of dollars, but the bottle of water that keeps us alive? A few quarters.Our priorities are screwed up.I'm not saying water should be expensive or diamonds should be cheap, I'm saying nothing should have a price tag on it.“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.”–PlutarchWhy do citizens revolt? Either because they can't walk the streets safely or they can't put food on their table. That's it.That's the purpose of government. To provide safety and security. That's what civilization is. When those two needs are corrupted, revolution is certain.We all live on this planet. We all need its resources. We all need care and sustenance. But even in one of the most revered countries in the world, this happens:"Inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself."-William Dean HowellsWhy does this happen? How did we let this become the norm? How did we disillusion ourselves so much?We speak of American Dreams and trickle-down economies. We listen to tirades against the "economically disadvantaged" in which they are called lazy and stupid and unwilling and unmotivated and deserving of their lot in life.We ignore generations of racism, sexism, classism, ageism, and ableism. We ignore the pitfalls of capitalism and the way it always leads income inequality. We call corporations 'people' and watch those that struggle suffocate and call the billionaires "too big to fail".We don't ignore our materialism, we applaud it:We are told that the rich need the "incentive" of more money for them to create jobs. We are told that the poor need the "incintive" of less money so that they will pull themselves up by their bootstraps. And then we believe it.When someone does battle their way to the top of the ladder, they believe they deserve it more than anyone else. That think they worked harder, that they are inherently better. Even if they cheated.We become convinced that those seeking help are a bunch of couch potatoes commiting fraud, no matter what the evidence shows.We don't share. We don't consider. We don't empathize.We slap on a price tag.I hate money. It is a vile thing....more

America's $300 Billion Drug Problem

Did you know that $300 billion are spent as a direct result of substance abuse in the U.S. each year? If you were to divide that money, it would be enough to give everyone in the U.S. $950, or everyone in the world $40 each. It’s also enough money to buy Google outright, end world hunger or pay tuition for 3 million college students. When you really take a good look at the amount of money wasted on U.S. drug addictions, it’s horrifying. It seems fitting then that we’ve chosen Halloween to talk about something so scary, right?...more

Sexy, Sexy Social Security

There is nothing remotely chic or glamorous about being poor and elderly.  Yet women are far more likely than men to find themselves in that exact situation.  Women make less and live longer, so smaller resources  have to stretch to cover  longer years....more

Putting the Hands Back in Handmade: What Etsy's Changes Mean for Crafters

There are headlines floating all over the interwebs right now on how sellers on Etsy are protesting their latest change of policies. I’m betting 50% of my readers are saying, “What’s Etsy?” 45% are probably asking, “What policy change?” And the last group is packing up their profiles from Etsy and moving on....more
I Currently read an article about them, and how they are actually letting people do mass ...more

6 Reasons Why Losing My Job Doesn't Suck

“There’s a great place to look for jobs, Mom,” said my 12-year-old son in his snarkiest voice.“It’s called THE NEWSPAPER.”Jerk.Okay, so he has a point (and I’m thrilled he knows what a newspaper is), but still.Having lost my job after the magazine where I’d worked as an editor for nearly nine years abruptly folded, I’ve spent the last few weeks flailing around and trying to figure out what’s next.It hasn’t been easy, but it’s been eye-opening.For one, I’m not as panicked as I probably should be....more
Great perspective! Hang in there.more

Another Dollar Spent

A dollar spent, sure doesn’t mean what it used too. I cannot believe how expensive it is just to grocery shop for a family of five almost six…since Clevis is known to have a meal with us on occasion. But holy cow, another dollar spent is more like another couple of hundred dollars spent. I can remember when $40.00 a week would buy a cart full of groceries, now that won’t get you much. It is funny to watch those extreme coupon shows, and I do, but I for one am just not able to make that work, at least not to that major extreme.Read more... ...more

What Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day Means When You're Among the Long-Term Unemployed

Exactly nine years ago this week, I was in Toronto's Pearson International Airport sitting next to the co-creator of Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day....more
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