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  1. http://aivley.tumblr.com/post/92777852987/letstalkabouteducation-argh-all-the-people-on

    letstalkabouteducation:

    argh, all the people on my uni discussion board talking about how kids don’t get to ‘be kids’ because they have technology and they’re ‘antisocial’ by snapchatting their friends instead of talking to their family and they miss out on seeing ‘the real world’.

    okay,…

    Here are my hand dot points for this situation:

    • We live in an increasingly technological world - it’s awesome they are skilling for that and creating meaningful and creative relationships through things like snapchat
    • The world is smaller digitally. It doesn’t change their desire to go out and see it for themselves, but they can get more information and be more informed because of digital technologies.
    • There has been a shift meaning there are less opportunities for kids to do things like A/S clubs etc due to less funding, budget cuts/ parents not being able to afford it etc. So while there are more opportunities in some ways, we also live in a time where it is harder to connect IRL AND it is increasingly unsafe to be out on the streets running through the neighborhood like you did in the 80s suburbia you grew up in. 
    • They are still ACTIVELY CONNECTING.
    • AND they are finding interest groups to experiment with their personalities and be accepted for who they are increasing diversity, body and identity positivity and developing interest areas because communities on the internet are based on more than just location.
  2. katsplanet:

    im afraid my online friends are gonna meet me in person and be like “oh”

    is anyone not afraid of this?

    (via each-beat)

  3. kellyangel:

    Read the next comic here

    Magical girl is not something you can retire from …. 

    noruffles 

    (Source: anythingcomic.com, via princess-kushana)

  4. Especially on weekdays. 

    StayFocusd is coming back into my life. 

    I love you all but if I don’t read EVERYTHING anymore that is why. 

  5. I started today!

    I’m doing three courses and I’m excited and scared. 

    I did the reading and lecture for one this afternoon and it was really interesting and I loved it.

    (I’m such a nerd. Yes, I legitimately loved reading about libraries in a digital age and about web-source discovery platforms).

    Hopefully I’m not doing too much!

    I did drop one subject and change it to something else because I realised it wasn’t a good ease myself into studying again course. 

    I’ve bought my colour coded sticky notes, highlighters, and notebooks. 

    I am ready for this. 

  6. Birthday Balloons for rabbit-grey

    Birthday Balloons for rabbit-grey

  7. shirtoid:

S-H-I-N-Y by Spiritgreen is $10 + free shipping for a limited time at Shirt.Woot

    shirtoid:

    S-H-I-N-Y by Spiritgreen is $10 + free shipping for a limited time at Shirt.Woot

  8. popculturebrain:

    Kristen Bell does a mean Mary Poppins, also minimum wage | FunnyorDie

  9. tank-grrl:

hello-missmayhem:

cptprocrastination:

doomhamster:

belcanta:

nikkidubs:

attentiondeficitaptitude:

belcanta:

Guaranteed basic income to every citizen, whether or not they are employed to ensure their survival and that they live in a dignified, humane way, preventing poverty, illness, homelessness, reducing crime, encouraging higher education and learning vocations as well as helping society become more prosperous as a whole. 

Wow. Forget raising the minimum wage. This is much much better idea.
The minimum wage could actually drop if we had basic income.
But Americans would never go for it. Miserably slogging through 12 hour days and having businesses open 24/7 is too engrained in our culture.

"BUT WHERE WILL THE GOVERNMENT GET THE MONEY?" screamed Joe Schmoe, slamming a meaty fist onto the table and getting mouth-froth all over the front of his greying tank top. "You libt*rds all think money grows on TREES!! HAHA!""But where will people get the incentive to work?!" Mindy Bindy cried, flapping her hands in front of her face. She’d had a fear of the unemployed lollygagging about ever since she was a child and her mother told her to be afraid of the unemployed lollygagging about. "You think people should get paid for nothing? I work hard for my money!”
"But who will serve me?" grumbled Marty McMoneybags. "Who will make me feel important? Who will do my laundry and cook my food and stand in front of me wearing a plastic smile while I take out all my stress—because I do have a lot of stress, you know, being this rich is stressful—on them?” He paused and straightened out the piles of hundred dollar bills on the desk in front of him, then raised his two watery, outraged eyes up to the Heavens. “Lord, if there are no poor people, how will I know that I’m rich??”

I laughed. This is perfect! Well said!

The thing is, while I’m sure you could scrape up a few people who’d be willing to just float by on a guaranteed minimum income? For most people the choice to work would be a no-brainer. “Hmmm. I can get by on 33k a year, or I can take that part time job and make 48k… enough to move to a better apartment, maybe take the family on vacation. Sold.” Hell, most people would want to work simply because it gives one a sense of dignity and something to do with one’s time. (Speaking as someone who’s been unemployed, on extended sick leave, etc. in her time, the boredom and sense of isolation that comes with not having a job is almost as bad as the humiliation of having to depend on other people for one’s survival.)
And with this system, part-time jobs and “non-skilled” jobs would be much more readily available because nobody would need to work two or three jobs just to stay afloat!
Which would ALSO mean that employers and customers couldn’t shamelessly exploit employees the way they can today, because if losing a job weren’t necessarily a financial disaster, more people would be willing to walk out on jobs where they weren’t being treated with dignity.
And if this also applies to students (and it should) then student loans would become much less of a problem, and fewer people would flunk out of school because of having to juggle studies and work.
Far fewer people would be forced to stay with abusive partners, parents or roommates because they couldn’t afford to move out.
And the thing is, all those people who suddenly had money? They’d be spending it. They’d be getting all the stuff they can’t afford now - new clothes, books, toys, locally-produced food, car repairs - and with each purchase money would flow BACK to the government, because VAT, also income tax.
The unemployed and/or disabled wouldn’t need special support any more - which would also mean the government could fire however many admins who are currently engaged in humiliating - *cough* making sure those people aren’t getting money they don’t deserve. Same for medical benefits and pensions. And I’m no legal scholar, but I somehow imagine less financial desperation would lead to less petty crime, and hence less need for police and security everywhere?
TL;DR Doomie thinks this is a good idea, laughs at those who protest.

reblogging for more top commentary

They tried something like this out in Canada as a sort of social experiment, called Mincome. What they found was that, on the whole, people continued to work about as much as they did before. Only new mothers and teenagers worked substantially less hours. 
But wait, there’s more. Because parents were spending just a little more time at home and involved with their families, test scores increased. Because teens didn’t have to work to support their families, drop-out rates decreased. Crime rates, hospital visits, psychiatric hospitalizations and domestic abuse rates all dropped, as well. More adults pursued higher education. Those who continued to work reported more job flexibility and more opportunity to choose employment they preferred.
Basically, now you can go prove to your asshole family members that society won’t collapse without poor people for you to feel better than.

The picture is awesome, but read the commentary, that’s what I’m reblogging for.

    tank-grrl:

    hello-missmayhem:

    cptprocrastination:

    doomhamster:

    belcanta:

    nikkidubs:

    attentiondeficitaptitude:

    belcanta:

    Guaranteed basic income to every citizen, whether or not they are employed to ensure their survival and that they live in a dignified, humane way, preventing poverty, illness, homelessness, reducing crime, encouraging higher education and learning vocations as well as helping society become more prosperous as a whole. 

    Wow. Forget raising the minimum wage. This is much much better idea.

    The minimum wage could actually drop if we had basic income.

    But Americans would never go for it. Miserably slogging through 12 hour days and having businesses open 24/7 is too engrained in our culture.

    "BUT WHERE WILL THE GOVERNMENT GET THE MONEY?" screamed Joe Schmoe, slamming a meaty fist onto the table and getting mouth-froth all over the front of his greying tank top. "You libt*rds all think money grows on TREES!! HAHA!"

    "But where will people get the incentive to work?!" Mindy Bindy cried, flapping her hands in front of her face. She’d had a fear of the unemployed lollygagging about ever since she was a child and her mother told her to be afraid of the unemployed lollygagging about. "You think people should get paid for nothing? I work hard for my money!”

    "But who will serve me?" grumbled Marty McMoneybags. "Who will make me feel important? Who will do my laundry and cook my food and stand in front of me wearing a plastic smile while I take out all my stress—because I do have a lot of stress, you know, being this rich is stressful—on them?” He paused and straightened out the piles of hundred dollar bills on the desk in front of him, then raised his two watery, outraged eyes up to the Heavens. “Lord, if there are no poor people, how will I know that I’m rich??”

    I laughed. This is perfect! Well said!

    The thing is, while I’m sure you could scrape up a few people who’d be willing to just float by on a guaranteed minimum income? For most people the choice to work would be a no-brainer. “Hmmm. I can get by on 33k a year, or I can take that part time job and make 48k… enough to move to a better apartment, maybe take the family on vacation. Sold.” Hell, most people would want to work simply because it gives one a sense of dignity and something to do with one’s time. (Speaking as someone who’s been unemployed, on extended sick leave, etc. in her time, the boredom and sense of isolation that comes with not having a job is almost as bad as the humiliation of having to depend on other people for one’s survival.)

    And with this system, part-time jobs and “non-skilled” jobs would be much more readily available because nobody would need to work two or three jobs just to stay afloat!

    Which would ALSO mean that employers and customers couldn’t shamelessly exploit employees the way they can today, because if losing a job weren’t necessarily a financial disaster, more people would be willing to walk out on jobs where they weren’t being treated with dignity.

    And if this also applies to students (and it should) then student loans would become much less of a problem, and fewer people would flunk out of school because of having to juggle studies and work.

    Far fewer people would be forced to stay with abusive partners, parents or roommates because they couldn’t afford to move out.

    And the thing is, all those people who suddenly had money? They’d be spending it. They’d be getting all the stuff they can’t afford now - new clothes, books, toys, locally-produced food, car repairs - and with each purchase money would flow BACK to the government, because VAT, also income tax.

    The unemployed and/or disabled wouldn’t need special support any more - which would also mean the government could fire however many admins who are currently engaged in humiliating - *cough* making sure those people aren’t getting money they don’t deserve. Same for medical benefits and pensions. And I’m no legal scholar, but I somehow imagine less financial desperation would lead to less petty crime, and hence less need for police and security everywhere?

    TL;DR Doomie thinks this is a good idea, laughs at those who protest.

    reblogging for more top commentary

    They tried something like this out in Canada as a sort of social experiment, called Mincome. What they found was that, on the whole, people continued to work about as much as they did before. Only new mothers and teenagers worked substantially less hours. 

    But wait, there’s more. Because parents were spending just a little more time at home and involved with their families, test scores increased. Because teens didn’t have to work to support their families, drop-out rates decreased. Crime rates, hospital visits, psychiatric hospitalizations and domestic abuse rates all dropped, as well. More adults pursued higher education. Those who continued to work reported more job flexibility and more opportunity to choose employment they preferred.

    Basically, now you can go prove to your asshole family members that society won’t collapse without poor people for you to feel better than.

    The picture is awesome, but read the commentary, that’s what I’m reblogging for.

    (via hannahbanena)

  10. dansrules:

    disneyfab:

    this literally gave me chills.

    I’ve never hit the reblog button so fast in my life.

    I give Disney a lot of shit. 

    But here’s my point. If more of us acted like the definition that love is putting someone else’s needs first the world would be a better place. 

    But only if they were in relationships where that was reciprocated.

    And ONLY if they knew when the should ask and be willing to stand up for themselves and what they need.

    Love can’t go one way. Ever. Or it’s a painful damaging thing. And someone will always be “winning” it and that’s not what love is meant to be about. 

    So yes, be with the person/be friends with the person you would willingly sacrifice yourself for BUT ONLY if they do the same thing for you. 

    (Source: starssight, via ohrillamyrilla)

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