via judicialwatch As if it weren’t bad enough that a record 47.7 million people—and growing—get food stamps from the U. government, federal records reveal that a whopping 1/3 of Puerto Rico’s population receives them.This cost American taxpayers an astounding billion last year, according to figures released by the government agency—the U. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—that distributes the benefit. shatters records, it still marks only 15.2% of the nation’s population of 313 million.
That movie was inspired by an article called Life’s Swell by a non-surfer named Susan Orlean, and it originally ran in Outside magazine in 1998 (trivia: it features a cameo by the young Cheyne Magnusson).
The article does a great job of capturing a brief, idyllic moment in the lives of some of Maui’s surfer girls in their late adolescence and early teens when their entire lives revolved around surfing local competitions and hanging out with friends.
Still, her account ultimately falls flat because of the rose tint it casts on every aspect of the girls’ lives.
The deck of the article basically sums it all up: That is, of course, until your sponsors decide they don’t want to keep putting money into your sport.
The news of the cancellation brought to mind a video clip of some of Red Bull’s female team riders I had seen a few weeks before.
It’s a pretty standard surfer-girl/modeling photo shoot where each lady is given a theme to interpret.
In the end, I got in touch with Keala Kennelly because she fears no reporter – nor much of anything, for that matter.
Here is what she told me: Beauty over accomplishments, bodies over brains, tits over turns. This isn’t promoting women’s surfing, it’s Barbie-ifying it.
The figure doesn’t even include other taxpayer-funded food programs for low-income populations like “Child Nutrition Programs” that received an additional .3 billion last year.
As is typical with these types of bloated government programs, fraud and corruption has tainted the USDA’s grocery giveaway. The effort includes a Spanish-language flyer provided to the Mexican Embassy by the USDA ensuring that Mexicans in the U. don’t need to declare their immigration status to get financial assistance from Uncle Sam.
In the US, SIMA calculates that these women were responsible for buying 503.8 million dollars worth of surf and skate clothing that same year, making it the fourth largest surf/skate related market behind shoes, men’s clothes, and boards (in that order…which in itself is a telling stratification).