November202013
angrynerdyblogger:

cory-doctorow:

pink is countries britain has invaded

All right we were a young country everyone has trouble growing up everyone has rebellious stages some countries skateboarded and didn’t listen to their mothers and we just happened to go for world domination everyone’s different

angrynerdyblogger:

cory-doctorow:

pink is countries britain has invaded

All right we were a young country everyone has trouble growing up everyone has rebellious stages some countries skateboarded and didn’t listen to their mothers and we just happened to go for world domination everyone’s different

(Source: cory-doctorow-deactivated3103201, via dimickley)

October92013

summerlightning:

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It is October and you are twelve years old, and every day when your bus rumbles away from you after school you do the same thing no matter the weather:  you set off to explore the deepest recesses of the tangled scrubland behind your house.  Beyond your backyard there is nothing for acres and acres but a waste of weeds three times as tall as you, the thorny, burr-bristling expanse bitten by the occasional stretch of snaggled secondary forest.  It is your kingdom.  Your Terabithia—your Narnia.  It took you all summer but you made a small maze of tunnels through the weeds and trees, paths just the height of your head that crisscross the whole place, that double back on themselves and take would-be enemies to fire ant mounds, to poison ivy, to barriers of brambles.  You could navigate it blind and come out unscathed and for a while you were content with it, but now you are restless and your explorer’s heart drives you increasingly past the safety of your borders.  You go a-roaming because you wonder:  what else is out there?

It is October and you are twelve years old when you find it—when you find what else is out there.  When you find the chimney.

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July192013

vendettared:

jackstroubleinatanktop:

ohmarcelinewhyareyousomean:

my mum wanted to show me some big nutella jars she found in costco so she showed me this

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and i was like for real 40 dollars for nutella how??? 

but then

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this is how

costco doesnt fuck around

holy crap this is giving me diabetes

(via kswhateverspace)

March62013

PSA: YOUR BOOBS DESERVE BETTER (than the bra you currently have on)

santana-lopez:

[quick note: this post applies primarily to people with biological breasts who wish to house them in bras. it does not cover binding or prostheses. i am, however, happy to fix any problematic language.]

ASSERTION: boobs are totally awesome. that’s why you should take care of yours.

if you’ve never gotten professionally fitted for a bra, or if you did it someplace shitty like victoria’s secret, or if you were fitted once when you first sprouted boobs and never again, or if you’ve gained/lost weight recently, or if you used one of those fancy online calculators, you’re most likely wearing the wrong bra size, particularly if you have large breasts and a small frame.

listen, i’m 24 years old and NO ONE EVER TOLD ME THIS SHIT. i went to buy (correctly-sized!) bras this morning and there was a little girl maybe 11 or 12 at the store who looked like she’d rather die than be there while her mother picked out bras for her. why sex ed shows girls horrifying birthing videos but leaves them in the dark about how to find a bra that fits their changing bodies is beyond me. BUT I DIGRESS. lrn2bra under the cut.

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(Source: kordeity)

August162012

imjustonekid:

girl-non-grata:

thestareater:

marjchaos:

Marina Abramovic and Ulay

Death Self, 1977

This performance consisted of the two artists seated in front of each other, connected at the mouth. They took in each other’s breaths until all of their available oxygen had been used up. The performance lasted only 17 minutes, resulting in both artists collapsing unconscious to the floor, having filled their lungs with carbon dioxide. This personal piece explored the idea of an individual’s ability to absorb the life of another person, exchanging and destroying it. 

Well, that’s freakin’ disturbing.

^

Marina Abramovic is a motherfucking hero. A great many of her pieces had to do with women’s identity, particularly in relationship to men and the social differences of the genders. One of her most famous pieces involved her naked in a museum with the public allowed to touch and do anything to her: as you can guess, people became very sexually inappropriate and even violent with her in a short period of time; verifying the point of the piece, which is that women’s bodies are a social commodity most often treated with violence.

Off the top of my head, I’d say this piece, “Death Self,” represents the futility in making someone else the focal point of your life. Another person cannot sustain you. You must live, and breathe, for yourself.

All women should study the work of Marina Abramovic.

This is beautiful.

(Source: decembre, via luckypressure)

August72012
ikenbot:

girljanitor:


Today in What The Entire Fuck: School Forces Pregnancy Tests on Girls, Kicks Out Students Who Refuse or Are Pregnant
In a Louisiana public school, female students who are suspected of being pregnant are told that they must take a pregnancy test. Under school policy, those who are pregnant or refuse to take the test are kicked out and forced to undergo home schooling.
Welcome to Delhi Charter School, in Delhi, Louisiana, a school of 600 students that does not believe its female students have a right to education free from discrimination. According to its Student Pregnancy Policy, the school has a right to not only force testing upon girls, but to send them to a physician of the school administration’s choice. A positive test result, or failure to take the test at all, means administrators can forbid a girl from taking classes and force her to pursue a course of home study if she wishes to continue her education with the school.
This is in blatant violation of federal law and the U.S. Constitution.

This one goes out to all those people who think that just because discrimination is illegal and this kind of forced invasion of privacy is illegal, that it somehow doesn’t still happen fucking CONSTANTLY.

Eerily reminds me of the Salem witch trials except without the batshit crazy people with sticks and stones. These folks are more subtle, looking for ways to strip the power of freedom from women.

ikenbot:

girljanitor:

Today in What The Entire Fuck: School Forces Pregnancy Tests on Girls, Kicks Out Students Who Refuse or Are Pregnant

In a Louisiana public school, female students who are suspected of being pregnant are told that they must take a pregnancy test. Under school policy, those who are pregnant or refuse to take the test are kicked out and forced to undergo home schooling.

Welcome to Delhi Charter School, in Delhi, Louisiana, a school of 600 students that does not believe its female students have a right to education free from discrimination. According to its Student Pregnancy Policy, the school has a right to not only force testing upon girls, but to send them to a physician of the school administration’s choice. A positive test result, or failure to take the test at all, means administrators can forbid a girl from taking classes and force her to pursue a course of home study if she wishes to continue her education with the school.

This is in blatant violation of federal law and the U.S. Constitution.

This one goes out to all those people who think that just because discrimination is illegal and this kind of forced invasion of privacy is illegal, that it somehow doesn’t still happen fucking CONSTANTLY.

Eerily reminds me of the Salem witch trials except without the batshit crazy people with sticks and stones. These folks are more subtle, looking for ways to strip the power of freedom from women.

(via dealanexmachina)

May62012
March142012
dragonbloodink:

If you have or will have student loans, you need to read this.
Something potentially life-changing for millions of people has happened.
On March 8, 2012, Rep. Hansen Clarke introduced H.R. 4170, the Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012. This act proposes that people with federal student loan debt pay 10% of their discretionary income for a period of 10 years, and then the rest of the debt would be forgiven. I’m not clear on the details, but I’m also hearing that somehow it proposes to roll private debt into federal debt so it would apply, too.
Student loan debt is financially crippling millions of people and having negative effects on the economic recovery efforts.
Suze Ormond gives a very good explanation here of why student loan debt is contributing to the economic crisis in America. Not to mention the personal cost for young people trying to start out in life with the double whammy of a poor economy and serious loan debt. What’s even less certain is how this will affect Americans for generations to come, with some calling young Americans “The New Lost Generation.”
When you can barely afford to pay your loans, you aren’t buying cars. You aren’t buying houses. You aren’t spending a lot of money on consumer items or vacations. You’re trying to scrape up enough money to pay that bill so Sallie Mae will stop sending you threatening letters.
Think what would happen if suddenly, all of the people sending most of their paychecks to student loan companies had hundreds of dollars more to spend on other things.
Think how many people would move out of their family home and get a place of their own.
Think how many people would buy a car.
Think how many couples would decide to get married.
Think how many people would be able to start saving for retirement, or be able to afford health insurance.
Think how many people would buy clothes, shoes, electronics, or better-quality food.
Think how many people would stop considering suicide as the only way out of an apparently impossible financial crisis. 
And now think how all that money flooding into the economy would improve things in America.
This is one economic problem that is not going to get better over time without action. It’s actually getting worse. It’s not only students themselves suffering. With nowhere else to go, many have moved back in with families and are relying on family support. That’s making it very hard for their parents to retire.


To date, the government has done little to nothing to help out people with existing student debt, despite economists screaming from the rooftops that student loans are a bubble about to burst and when it does, it could tip the country right back into another full-blown recession or even depression. At the very least, it’s likely hampering efforts to get the economy back on track.
It’s telling when you consider where the government chooses to help. The government bailed out the banks. It bailed out the auto industry. It put in place measures to help people facing foreclosure. It’s looking at addressing credit card rules. But what has it done to help people with student loans, which – again – is now a larger problem than credit card debt?
This is a groundbreaking measure and it needs people to get behind it immediately and show their support, to let Congress know what such a relief could mean to a generation of young people struggling under a mountain of debt unlike anything our country has seen before.
I fully support The Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012 as a way to help stimulate the economy, remove a financial and emotional burden from millions of people, and help pull the country out of the sinkhole it entered nearly four years ago.
The Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012 will stop the bleeding. We need other things to happen, too.
We need representatives to call for student loan reforms to stop the problem for future generations.
We need representatives to call for colleges and universities to bring down tuition for current and future students.
We need representatives to support community and technical colleges.
We need to change the tenor of conversation about higher education in America.
We need media to start asking the hard questions about why this happened in the first place.
But first, we have to put a tourniquet on the debt that is bleeding Americans dry.
If you support this bill, contact your representatives and senators and tell them so immediately. Call them. Email them. Write letters. 
For more information, check out http://forgivestudentloandebt.com/
You can track the bill through GovTrack here.
Sign the petition here!
And SPREAD THE WORD!

dragonbloodink:

If you have or will have student loans, you need to read this.

Something potentially life-changing for millions of people has happened.

On March 8, 2012, Rep. Hansen Clarke introduced H.R. 4170, the Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012. This act proposes that people with federal student loan debt pay 10% of their discretionary income for a period of 10 years, and then the rest of the debt would be forgiven. I’m not clear on the details, but I’m also hearing that somehow it proposes to roll private debt into federal debt so it would apply, too.

Student loan debt is financially crippling millions of people and having negative effects on the economic recovery efforts.

Suze Ormond gives a very good explanation here of why student loan debt is contributing to the economic crisis in America. Not to mention the personal cost for young people trying to start out in life with the double whammy of a poor economy and serious loan debt. What’s even less certain is how this will affect Americans for generations to come, with some calling young Americans “The New Lost Generation.”

When you can barely afford to pay your loans, you aren’t buying cars. You aren’t buying houses. You aren’t spending a lot of money on consumer items or vacations. You’re trying to scrape up enough money to pay that bill so Sallie Mae will stop sending you threatening letters.

Think what would happen if suddenly, all of the people sending most of their paychecks to student loan companies had hundreds of dollars more to spend on other things.

  • Think how many people would move out of their family home and get a place of their own.
  • Think how many people would buy a car.
  • Think how many couples would decide to get married.
  • Think how many people would be able to start saving for retirement, or be able to afford health insurance.
  • Think how many people would buy clothes, shoes, electronics, or better-quality food.
  • Think how many people would stop considering suicide as the only way out of an apparently impossible financial crisis. 
  • And now think how all that money flooding into the economy would improve things in America.
This is one economic problem that is not going to get better over time without action. It’s actually getting worse. It’s not only students themselves suffering. With nowhere else to go, many have moved back in with families and are relying on family support. That’s making it very hard for their parents to retire.

To date, the government has done little to nothing to help out people with existing student debt, despite economists screaming from the rooftops that student loans are a bubble about to burst and when it does, it could tip the country right back into another full-blown recession or even depression. At the very least, it’s likely hampering efforts to get the economy back on track.

It’s telling when you consider where the government chooses to help. The government bailed out the banks. It bailed out the auto industry. It put in place measures to help people facing foreclosure. It’s looking at addressing credit card rules. But what has it done to help people with student loans, which – again – is now a larger problem than credit card debt?

This is a groundbreaking measure and it needs people to get behind it immediately and show their support, to let Congress know what such a relief could mean to a generation of young people struggling under a mountain of debt unlike anything our country has seen before.

I fully support The Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012 as a way to help stimulate the economy, remove a financial and emotional burden from millions of people, and help pull the country out of the sinkhole it entered nearly four years ago.

The Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012 will stop the bleeding. We need other things to happen, too.

  • We need representatives to call for student loan reforms to stop the problem for future generations.
  • We need representatives to call for colleges and universities to bring down tuition for current and future students.
  • We need representatives to support community and technical colleges.
  • We need to change the tenor of conversation about higher education in America.
  • We need media to start asking the hard questions about why this happened in the first place.

But first, we have to put a tourniquet on the debt that is bleeding Americans dry.

If you support this bill, contact your representatives and senators and tell them so immediately. Call them. Email them. Write letters. 

For more information, check out http://forgivestudentloandebt.com/

You can track the bill through GovTrack here.

Sign the petition here!

And SPREAD THE WORD!

(Source: ophiophilist, via castleoflions)

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