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BigmanPigman

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Hometown: Phila.,PA
Home country: USA
Current location: San Diego, CA
Member since: Wed Mar 1, 2017, 09:12 PM
Number of posts: 47,349

About Me

I am 57, retired teacher and illustrator, life-long dem., activist, union member. Also I do not use social media and I'm technologically retarded. I love dogs, rock music and swearing (a lot). My 17 year old "puppy" died on June 2, 2020. She grew up listening to Animals (Pink Floyd). She has kept me sane through the tRump years, not easy, and has given me endless love, companionship, kisses and tail wags.

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Relief on the Way: California Middle Class Tax Refund Payments Begin Friday

Relief on the Way: California Middle Class Tax Refund Payments Begin Friday
The expensive state of California has set aside $17 billion for inflation relief.

https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/relief-on-the-way-california-middle-class-tax-refund-payments-begin-friday/3062017/#amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&aoh=16648649270378&csi=0&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&share=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nbcsandiego.com%2Fnews%2Flocal%2Frelief-on-the-way-california-middle-class-tax-refund-payments-begin-friday%2F3062017%2F

"You could receive anywhere between $200 and $1050, NBC 7’s Joe Little reports. Relief is on the way. Well, at least some relief. This Friday, the first round of direct deposits for the State of California’s Middle Class Tax Refund will be delivered."

"Depending on your income and your tax filing status, you could receive anywhere between $200 and $1050 if you filed a state tax return in 2020 and still live in California. The state said most of the direct deposits will be sent by the end of October. If you filed a paper state tax return, you’ll be sent a debit card in the mail. Those should be mailed beginning in October, and the first will arrive between Oct. 7 and Oct. 25. The last payments should be received by eligible Californians by January."

"Stay informed about local news and weather. Get the NBC 7 San Diego app for iOS or Android and pick your alerts. State leaders set aside $17 billion in its latest inflation relief package for taxpayers. Click here to figure out how much you should expect."
Posted by BigmanPigman | Tue Oct 4, 2022, 02:38 AM (1 replies)

Man, Rachel's show tonight on MSNBC

made Brian's Song seem like a comedy in comparison.

I am trying hard not to allow Roger Waters to ruin Pink Floyd music for me.

https://www.npr.org/2022/09/25/1124978878/roger-waters-pink-floyd-poland-ukraine

"Pink Floyd's founder won't tour in Poland after a backlash to his remarks on Ukraine"

"Waters wrote an open letter to Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska early this month in which he blamed "extreme nationalists" in Ukraine for having "set your country on the path to this disastrous war." He also criticized the West for supplying Ukraine with weapons, blaming Washington in particular."

"Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters has canceled concerts planned in Poland amid outrage over his stance on Russia's war against Ukraine, Polish media reported Saturday. An official with the Tauron Arena in Krakow, where Waters was scheduled to perform two concerts in April, said they would no longer take place."

"Waters has also criticized NATO, accusing it of provoking Russia"

I have had a few friends ask me recently what I think about Roger's anti-US and anti-Ukraine proclamations. I know that Pink Floyd's music changed since 1973, becoming political, and that their former song writer and leader, Syd Barrett, left the band and Waters assumed the song writing role after 1968 so their sound has changed often.

I loved seeing both Bush's face and later tRump's big, ugly face on the floating pig above audiences. But his latest political messaging is not cool!

I tried really hard after Woody Allen was accused of molesting his little girl not to mix the art of the artist with the human who was disgusting to me. I tried to step back and see/hear the art for the arts' sake. I am trying to do that now with Roger Waters (not Pink Floyd...and there is a difference). I hope I can.


Posted by BigmanPigman | Sun Oct 2, 2022, 12:45 AM (7 replies)

Fakebook is going down the tubes...boo hoo hoo

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/09/30/facebook-scrambles-to-escape-death-spiral-as-users-flee-sales-drop.html

Facebook scrambles to escape stock's death spiral as users flee, sales drop, Meta is trading at its lowest since early 2019, and the stock is one of the worst performers this year in the S&P 500.

The company's problems are mounting, whether it's the ad hit from Apple's iOS changes or the growing threat posed by TikTok. "I'm not sure there's a core business that works anymore at Facebook," said Laura Martin, an analyst at Needham.

A year ago, before Facebook had turned Meta, the social media company was sporting a market cap of $1 trillion, putting it in rarefied territory with a handful of U.S. technology giants.

Today the view looks much different. Meta has lost about two-thirds of its value since peaking in September 2021. The stock is trading at its lowest since January 2019 and is about to close out its third straight quarter of double-digit percentage losses. Only four stocks in the S&P 500 are having a worse year.

Has anyone learned of the identity of the Jan. 5 video of the DC bomber?

I thought it looked like MTG? I don't think it is G. Thomas but for over a year I have wondered about the videos and MTG's build and stance. I would not be surprised if she were the bomber.

Goodbye 'pink tax': California prohibits charging premiums for women's products

Goodbye 'pink tax': California prohibits charging premiums for women's products
https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/news/goodbye-pink-tax-california-prohibits-charging-premiums-for-womens-prod/

Goodbye ‘pink tax’: California prohibits charging premiums for women’s products.

"Women across California should no longer be forced to pay a premium when purchasing toiletries and other products, under a bill signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom Tuesday outlawing the so-called “pink tax.”Joined by members of the Legislative Women’s Caucus and his wife, Jennifer Seibel Newsom, the governor signed into law a package of bills intended to advance gender equity and protect the rights of women.

"AB 1287, authored by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, D-Orinda, prohibits companies from charging different prices for products based on the gender they’re marketed to — a practice referred to as the “pink tax.”Violations could cost companies thousands of dollars in fines.“These measures bring new transparency to tackle pay gaps, end discriminatory pricing of products based on gender and expand supports for survivors of abuse and assault,” Newsom said in a statement.

"A 2018 report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that products pitched to women often cost more than similar versions marketed to men. In five out of 10 personal care categories for women, items such as deodorant and shaving cream designed for women cost significantly more than comparable products for men, the office reported. In only two categories, shaving gels and non-disposable razors, were the products more expensive for men. California now joins New York, which enacted a pink tax ban in 2020.The new law in the Golden State will still allow for some price disparities in gender-based products, but only when there is a significant differential in cost or length of manufacturing time.

“Governor Newsom’s actions to sign a diverse package of bills that are leading with a lens on equity will make a positive difference for women, children, and families across the state and ensures we are rebuilding a system that better values women and everything they bring to the table,” Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), Chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, said.One bill noticeably missing Newsom’s signature on Tuesday was SB 951, which would strengthen paid family leave benefits and make it more economically feasible for low-wage workers to take part in the program.

The bill, which the governor has until Friday to veto or sign, would require employers to provide workers with more compensation if they need to take time off to care for a new child. Specifically, it would increase the portion of a worker’s salary that an employer must cover from 70% to 90% for low-wage workers earning less than $57,000 a year and from 60% to 70% for all other eligible workers beginning on Jan. 1, 2025.“California is far behind other peer states and it should be leading,” Sonja Diaz, founding director of the UCLA Latino Politics and Policy Institute, said about the state’s paid family leave program. “Ultimately, not signing this bill means that those women and caregivers who are more affluent are going to continue to benefit on the backs of families that are facing severe economic precarity.”


**CA D rep Jackie Speir has been fighting for this for years!

Just last week I had to explain what the "pink tax" is to a checker at CVS. I brought her 2 Mitchum Deod, both the same size, the same ingredients, etc. Only difference was the fragrance in the one marketed for women as opposed to the scent for the man's brand, and the color was different. The male variety costs $1 less than the female variety.

This has pissed me off my entire life. All these little discriminations between genders that add up to one big FUCK YOU to the US markets' price gauging from women who are constantly ripped off right and left in the US.

Goodbye 'pink tax': California prohibits charging premiums for women's products

https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/news/goodbye-pink-tax-california-prohibits-charging-premiums-for-womens-prod/

Goodbye ‘pink tax’: California prohibits charging premiums for women’s products.

"Women across California should no longer be forced to pay a premium when purchasing toiletries and other products, under a bill signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom Tuesday outlawing the so-called “pink tax.”Joined by members of the Legislative Women’s Caucus and his wife, Jennifer Seibel Newsom, the governor signed into law a package of bills intended to advance gender equity and protect the rights of women.

"AB 1287, authored by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, D-Orinda, prohibits companies from charging different prices for products based on the gender they’re marketed to — a practice referred to as the “pink tax.”Violations could cost companies thousands of dollars in fines.“These measures bring new transparency to tackle pay gaps, end discriminatory pricing of products based on gender and expand supports for survivors of abuse and assault,” Newsom said in a statement.

"A 2018 report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that products pitched to women often cost more than similar versions marketed to men. In five out of 10 personal care categories for women, items such as deodorant and shaving cream designed for women cost significantly more than comparable products for men, the office reported. In only two categories, shaving gels and non-disposable razors, were the products more expensive for men. California now joins New York, which enacted a pink tax ban in 2020.The new law in the Golden State will still allow for some price disparities in gender-based products, but only when there is a significant differential in cost or length of manufacturing time.

“Governor Newsom’s actions to sign a diverse package of bills that are leading with a lens on equity will make a positive difference for women, children, and families across the state and ensures we are rebuilding a system that better values women and everything they bring to the table,” Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), Chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, said.One bill noticeably missing Newsom’s signature on Tuesday was SB 951, which would strengthen paid family leave benefits and make it more economically feasible for low-wage workers to take part in the program.

The bill, which the governor has until Friday to veto or sign, would require employers to provide workers with more compensation if they need to take time off to care for a new child. Specifically, it would increase the portion of a worker’s salary that an employer must cover from 70% to 90% for low-wage workers earning less than $57,000 a year and from 60% to 70% for all other eligible workers beginning on Jan. 1, 2025.“California is far behind other peer states and it should be leading,” Sonja Diaz, founding director of the UCLA Latino Politics and Policy Institute, said about the state’s paid family leave program. “Ultimately, not signing this bill means that those women and caregivers who are more affluent are going to continue to benefit on the backs of families that are facing severe economic precarity.”


**CA D rep Jackie Speir has been fighting for this for years!

Man, I was just harassed when I was ranting about the GQP in my own home...

from my back door/window in the ground floor apartment which I have lived in for the past 34 years. I rant about the GQP just like any normal Dem does, especially these days living in southern Ca I have never felt that I should curtail my speech and opinions, especially when I am home and no one else is here.

At 8:30 a man of unknown identity was walking past my back door walking into the area where the dumpster is and yelled out, into my door and window, "Shut up you stupid bitch". Then he yelled it again 1 minute later.

This has really pissed me off. A month ago I asked the president of the HOA if I should be careful about my political opinions with 2 new owners since this area is Blue but the new owners' origins are from Red areas. I was told to live as I normally do and if GQP residents/owners don't like it then tough shit.

Should I keep my windows and doors closed when it is 8:30 PM and it's 83° outside so that I don't offend some GQP man now in the perimeter of an anti-GQP rant? How crazy are these cultists?




I haven't watched CNN since it supposedly became Fux Light

in the past few weeks. I have only turned it on for info regarding extreme weather, maybe a little about Putin and Ukraine.

Has anyone been watching the CNN station before and after this change in programming and if you have do you feel a different perspective or shift in what CNN regularly reported? Have the become more centrist?

Did Garland wait too long to begin investigations?

If he hadn't waited for the Jan 6 Comm to do his job for him and wasted at least 6 months of precious time before the midterms, will his poor timing/decisions determine the fate of our democracy?

OK, let me have it. I know DU is split on this matter and Garland has finally acted but I still hold him accountable for a delay.
That delay could prove to have been an extremely disastrous decision for the country. Politics aside...was this really the best choice for him to make at this precipitous time in our nation's future?
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