Oh, hey, I almost forgot I put out another XCOM video this week. I’m going to try and get one out weekly and get to the interesting stuff soon. The early missions are too easy to make for fun videos.
Shirts. Shirts for you. For us. Curated by me. By WE LOVE FINE. They actually went for that one. Can you believe it? Because I can not.
I’m donating my curation commission to FUTURES WITHOUT VIOLENCE which works to end violence against women and children around the world. Sales online of these shirts (and whatever follows) or at shows where WE LOVE FINE are set up — ANY sales of these things — money goes to FWV.
Oh man, I would rock that Hawkblock shirt so hard, but I don’t think I can handle explaining the joke to everyone I know.
Weekly Film Focus: Japanese theatrical trailer for Ishiro Honda’s THE WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS (1966).
I could seriously talk about War of the Gargantuas for hours. It’s an incredibly underrated kaiju classic.
The answer is NO.
The “fact” that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. I frequently read confident statements like, “when a bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli …” or “it’s more affordable to feed a family of four at McDonald’s than to cook a healthy meal for them at home.”
this bullshit fills me with a very specific kind of rage. so, TIME TO DEBUNK!
- that meal from mcdonalds takes virtually no time to acquire AND is available almost anywhere.
- the second meal? that “salad” is lettuce … with nothing else, not even dressing unless its just olive oil or some milk i guess? gross.
- also thats the price of each serving, not an entire loaf of bread, a bottle of olive oil, etc. that stuff adds up which means you have to have a lot of money at one time to buy it all.
- that meal probably took an hour and a half to make, which is a long fucking time when you work multiple jobs or are caring for a lot of people or dont have help! seriously, if you are a single parent of three who works, is spending an hour and a half every night preparing a meal a likely option?
- same with beans and rice! also, you know whats a fucking bummer? eating beans and rice every night because you are poor. ask any person who has done it and they will tell you (you can start with me).
- there is a “nutrition” argument here that lacks a follow up: poor people are more likely to be doing physical labor and need more than 571 calories per meal.
- you know who is less likely to know how to bake or prepare a chicken? people without access to the internet, or libraries, or who werent taught how to by their parents because their parents worked all the time. access to healthy foods is a classist issue and classism is cyclical, you fucking morons.
- seriously, these sorts of infographics make me want to fucking flip tables. do you know why people don’t eat more fresh fruits and vegetables? because fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive, because they take a long time to prepare, because they dont live near a grocery store that has a decent produce section, because they dont have reliable transportation to get groceries to and from the grocery store, because they dont have the energy to plan all of the shit that is involved in making healthy, intentional, filling, balanced meals. basically: poor people get fucked, and then we get BLAMED for being lazy.
- eating “healthy”, aka access to fresh fruits and vegetables, is a privilege, first, foremost, always. so fuck you new york times and your ignorant goddamn infographic.
- there are SYSTEMATIC REASONS that we do not have equal access to fresh fruits and vegetables. they are very REAL problems. besides, you know, systematic poverty in america, the total mis-distribution of farm subsidies is a perfect place to start. read about that, then either get bent or start working on the actual problem.
I love this person
I love number three because it calls out the most blatant manipulation of facts and figures I’ve ever seen. Yes, that is the price per serving. Since most lower income people aren’t living in the lush suburbs with excellent access to fully-stocked grocery stores (and not every town has a 99 cents store, like mine) that means they are stuck with whatever store they can reach..
Let’s go over the first meal:
- wtf is up with that chicken? how many people is that supposed to feed again? and you just spent 6 bucks on it. and it’ll prolly feed half the family (if that).
- Lettuce isn’t a 1.50.. ever.
- Im pretty sure you cant buy salt and pepper for 5 cents.
- Nor milk for 1.50 (cheapest Ive seen at home is 3 dollars a gallon.. but people aren’t buying it for damn dinner. Also it’s not even that good for you. You’re better off with some water)
- And Im sure the store would be fine with selling you four random slices of bread for 75 cents..
- Same goes for the damn oil.
- And congrats you basically spent $1 a potato.
And what does that meal really add up to? its prolly closer to 10 PER PERSON (if you think the chicken feeds two).
- Again with the fucking milk and random half cup of oil?Do you have any idea how much an actual BOTTLE COSTS? cuz thats how they sell them in stores dipshit.
- “oh yes kindly random butcher I would like 4 slices of bacon.”
- They don’t sell rice by the cup. and on that note you are dividing a cup of rice b/w 4 hungry people? I heard starvation makes for a great beach body. Too bad these people HAVE TO WORK.
- I’m not fucking spending three dollars on bell peppers.
true cost? for a human family of four? $9 a person.
THEN LETS COMPARE IT ALL TO MCDONALDS!
(which is fucking delicious and more accessible)
- YOU GET 4 SEPARATE DRINKS (PS THEY SERVE LOW CAL DRINKS THERE TOO! WOW! THE MOREYOUKNOW!)
- mommy and daddy get big macs. jr and jane get some delicious nuggets and a roundabout in mother-fucking Playland.
- Do you notice they didn’t do the cost per serving BS for McDonalds like they did to the other meals? you know why? because theyre fucking assholes who want to make you think McDonalds costs more but really it cheaper per serving.
- Are they assuming poor people eat mcdonalds every night? sure sounds like it. Ya beans are cheaper which we eat them most of the time, frozen and reheated. Mcdonalds is a fucking TREAT. You have lobster, I have McNuggets. So fuck you.
In conclusion, whoever made this graph needs a slap in the face back to the real world. I don’t know where they fucking shop, but perhaps they need to spend a month at the poverty line here on planet earth. Also, it’s about Opportunity Cost for fuck’s sake. They need to hire some better reporters at the NYfuckingT.
reblog for commentary smackdown of food classism
Please tell me where you can buy only four slices of bacon, and I will shut up.
Sometimes, you can get individual slices of uncooked thick-cut bacon from the butcher’s counter. But it’s prolly more expensive per pound than buying a packet of streaky bacon from the cold cuts section of the refrigerated cases.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If they were right, they wouldn’t need to lie.
Thank fucking christ. I have seen this thing a thousand times, and every time I have tried to vocalize how this infographic bothers me, but I could never get it out right. Thank you, above posters.
This also assumes everyone has access to a stove, oven, and decently sized fridge/freezer system, which is definitely not the case. (Storing raw meat in one of those dorm sized fridges is just a recipe for disaster sometimes.)
The other thing that bothers me is if folks are really broke and buying fast food every night they are probably ordering off the dollar menu and skipping out on drinks if they’ve got water and cups at home. They’re not buying combos.
As some one who grew up poor, in a single parent house hold, with siblings and a parent who worked two jobs to provide food and shelter, I can tell you this is complete bullshit. NYTimes doing a great job lately of making shit up. Thank everyone for their commentary in this, much needed.
I remember McDonald’s Night (or Pizza Night) as a kid. McDonald’s Night was fucking awesome. Mostly because it wasn’t Spaghetti Night… or Leftover Spaghetti Night.
Movies that need to be made: Ultimate Spider-Man
The world needs this
So one of the free books I got a FCBD was a compilation of the first three issues of Ultimate Spider-Man Vol 2. And now I have a burning need for more. This may be what gets me to read Marvel beyond one shots, not gonna lie.
USM is one of the best if not the best Marvel book out. It’s also one of the few I read right now. That and Hawkguy.
No more Spider-Man films until the movie rights come back to Marvel. I’m done with these BS non-Marvel Marvel films. All the X-Men films, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Wolverine, and the Spider-Man films are terrible and people should feel bad for liking them.
Thank the Maker that they got the Daredevil film rights back finally.
I would watch this.
I would have greatly preferred this to the crapfest that was Amazing Spider-Man.