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Hahaha TRUTH! #funny #true #weak #funnybuttrue #iphone6 #section8 #welfare #foodstamps

…You do realize that a lot of people on assistance don’t actually pay for their own phones or phone plans, right?
Like, I’m not even talking about the Lifeline program, here. I mean they’re on someone else’s family plan, or they were given a gift, or they have a phone issued to them through work (as I did, back when I made slightly less than $11/hr as a foster care caseworker).

You don’t know someone’s story just by looking at their possessions.

My family donated an old, used iPhone they no longer needed to me and I’m able to use free wi-fi on it in different locations and suburbs as long as I keep it charged. I don’t have to pay for a subscription or call plan as I can always purchase cheap, pre-paid credit whenever I need to or in case of emergencies. My iPhone has helped me stay in touch with my family members, partner, doctors and be able to get around and tell the weather (which is very important here because of all the extreme heatwaves and flash floods). 

It would also help me call the police or emergency services in case I get raped or have a medical emergency (I’m chronically ill). 

People on welfare could benefit greatly from having iPhones and, in fact, need iPhones as well as the options and features they offer (which aren’t available on normal brick cell phones) much more than your average, able-bodied, well adjusted person who is able to have or keep a job. 

Welfare recipients deserve nice things. Welfare recipients aren’t subhuman. Welfare recipients benefit from having access to 21st century technology and don’t simply purchase iPhones to be frivolous or showy, but rather because of the conveniences and important and beneficial features they have. 

If you think welfare recipients don’t deserve to eat or live because they have an iPhone or a car or any other material thing that makes our lives more tolerable, convenient and liveable then you’re the worse piece of shit and your opinion is as useful as toilet paper. Take your shitty opinion, turn it up sideways and, well… you know the rest. 

I mean, granted, I’m an Android person, but back when I was on assistance I had a smartphone. I used it to remind myself of client appointments. When I couldn’t leech wifi, I tethered it so I could get my case notes submitted to my supervisor.
My phone helped me keep my job, AND it helped me apply for something full time. It directly helped me in getting off assistance. IDGAF what people think - poor people deserve smartphones, and poor people use smartphones to enhance their quality of life. Fuck people who think that’s a bad thing.

Have you tried looking for a job in the last five years withOUT a smartphone?  I have.  It’s *ridiculously* hard.  Today it’s assumed professional people can check email, look up information on the go and never, EVER get lost on the road.  Keeping advanced technology from people because they’re poor means they STAY poor.

You’re not petty, you’re cruel.

Plus, you know how you have both a smartphone that you carry with you everywhere you go, and a computer that mostly stays at home?  Well, rather than buying both a $500 phone and a $1000 computer, what do you think the smart money choice is if you need to give up one of those? You can’t give up both because you need to check email in today’s world. Even minimum wage jobs send emails about schedule changes and such to their employees these days. 

right now, a smartphone is probably THE most necessary piece of equipment a human being needs to live in the civilized world. what the hell are people thinking, that someone working minimum wage or looking for a job should somehow be able to function with just a landline and no email?

sometimes i think people like the OP enjoy the idea of poor people suffering, being helpless and miserable, sick and hopeless, because it makes them feel less worthless.

well, folks, guess what. if you’re an evil, self-centered jerkass, you could be sitting on top of a mountain of corpses and you’d still feel like a worm, so don’t take your issues out on other people.


SCIENCE NEWS! There’s life way, way below Antarctica — chilling out in a subglacial lake. Just a few weeks ago, a team of scientists confirmed that half a mile beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, a bunch of tiny, single-celled organisms are alive and well… in a lake boasting sub-zero temperatures and no access to sunlight. 

The discovery is groundbreaking, leading some to wonder if there might also be life on a similar place — Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons. 

John Priscu is one of the lead scientists behind the study. In a talk at TEDxBozeman, he explains what it’s like to be a scientist drilling though thousands of feet of ice while living in a tent in Antarctica. 

Watch the whole talk here»

Photos courtesy of NASA


Feynman diagrams depicting the different (decay-)channels for single-top-production mechanisms. The letters refer to top quarks (t), bottom quarks (b), light quarks (q: u, d, s), W bosons (W), and gluons (g). In each case, the incoming particles are shown on the left and the outgoing particles on the right of the diagram. The circles indicate the W-t-b vertex (interaction), whose coupling strength is governed by the CKM matrix element Vtb.

Source: Top Quarks Go Solo in Rare Events (American Physical Society-Physics)

Paper at Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 231802 (2014) - PDF (Observation of the Associated Production of a Single Top Quark and a W Boson in pp Collisions at √= 8  TeV)

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