20 9 / 2014

20 9 / 2014

janinekspendlove:

kyliesparks27:

elkaydee:

dcpdreamscometrue:

pixiedust-paycheck:

Okay, but… 

WHY

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IS

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NOBODY

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TALKING

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ABOUT

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THE DOGGY DAY

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AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

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BONUS CUTENESS:

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I was wondering that myself

WHAT WHAT IS THIS

WHAT

WHEN IS THIS?

I HAVE A MIGHTY NEED TO PET ALL THE DOGS.

It was during Dragon Con, which is why Brian and I didn’t register to bring Mara. Or we totally would have.

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19 9 / 2014

brokenquill:

The second worst burn that Two Face has ever felt.

brokenquill:

The second worst burn that Two Face has ever felt.

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19 9 / 2014

radicalmayhem:

kittening:

bearyourcross:

If you refuse to live a thrifty lifestyle and sacrifice needless luxuries in order to pay for necessities (food, clothes, and shelter), and end up not being able to afford necessities, thats not because the damn minimum wage is too low. It’s because you don’t know how to be wise/humble with your money. $7.25/hour can get you food if you shop at the right place, and housing if you look for the right deals. You don’t need TV, you don’t need a home computer, you don’t need to eat out every night. If you learn to enjoy life on little, then you can live on little.

I realize there are unique situations and everyones different and finding jobs can be hard in and of itself, but as a general rule, most Americans just don’t know how to spend money. They don’t know what a necessity is. Then they demand more money so that they can keep spending money on non-essentials. We want to have our cake and eat it to, and that’s really just not necessary.

i wonder how it feels to be this wrong

okay, but like:

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and look, I’ll even do the math for you, since I have tried to live on $7.25/hr. first of all, let’s establish the parameters. we’ll play into your best-case-scenario fantasy. this would be for one, single person, living alone with no children, working full-time, with no significant debt. please be aware that the majority of people earning minimum wage are single mothers with many, many more expenses.

  1. $7.25/hr times 40 hrs/wk = $290/wk
  2. to account for taxes and make my math easier, let’s say $250/wk
  3. $250/wk times 4 weeks = $1,000/month
  4. where I was living at the time, getting a great deal on a studio apartment meant $500/month. be aware that conveniently-located apartments in safe neighborhoods cost much more.
  5. all right, now - bills. let’s assume $100/month for utilities, which is a really low estimate for electricity, heat/AC, and gas, but again, I like my math easy. a phone with internet capabilities is necessary to get and keep a job, especially if you don’t have a computer. prepaid phone plans run about $25-50/month, let’s say $35.
  6. so you’ve paid rent and bills. you have $365 left. let’s talk transportation. a car payment costs a few hundred dollars, but we already established that the person in this situation has no significant debt. that means they’re probably taking the bus. bus passes cost $80-100/month where I’m from. if this person somehow magically has a paid-off car, insurance and gas = $100-250/month. but we’re playing a best-case-scenario game, so let’s pretend that you can walk, bike, or catch a ride to work most days, and use the bus only a few times a week. assuming occasional bus fare/paying a friend for gas - $40.
  7. so we’re at $325, and we need to eat. a person who walks or bikes to work will need to eat at least 2000 calories a day, probably more. again, this is the best-case scenario, so let’s assume that you have access to affordable, bulk staples like rice and beans and that you don’t mind eating bland rice and beans every day and never going out to eat. the cheapest I’ve ever seen someone maintain a healthy diet was about $30/week. budgeting for a few fast-food meals for convenience or a rare trip to Chili’s with some friends, let’s say $150/month for food. we also need non-food necessities, like toilet paper, soap, deodorant, and tampons. $50.
  8. so we’re at $125. and, guess what, we haven’t even talked about healthcare. first of all, health insurance. it’s required by law. insurance premiums vary a lot, so let’s just say $75/month. then, doctor visits. you see, people living in poverty are twice as likely to be depressed. so, that’s a doctor’s visit every month - $40, plus medication - $10 = $125.
  9. we have $left. that’s it. all the necessities taken care of, but just barely, in a best-case scenario so unrealistic it’s practically a fantasy. no room for comfort, no room for convenience, no room for mistakes. no room for emergencies. no room for illness. no room for fun. no room to miss a shift. $7.25/hr is just barely enough to keep one person alive, assuming that person literally does nothing but work and sleep. 

and that brings me to my final point. why don’t the people who work devalued jobs deserve “luxuries” like comfort, convenience, or, god forbid, fun? you can’t date when you have no disposable income, and nobody could have a family living like that. do poor people not deserve love, or family?  no one on minimum wage could afford to pay for college. do we not deserve an education? living like this is living in constant worry. there’s no room for a single mistake, no room for anything to go wrong. do poor people not deserve financial stability? why don’t we deserve to live without the fear of losing our homes hanging over our head? do we not deserve homes?

I’m being serious. I want you to answer these questions. I want you to tell me, directly, that working as a cashier or a waitress or a stocker means that I don’t deserve peace or happiness.

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18 9 / 2014

madlori:

I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS PHOTOSET FOR YEARS.

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18 9 / 2014

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18 9 / 2014

fuckyeahmarajade:

Lujayne Forge
Lujayne Forge was a pilot in the re-formed Rogue Squadron in 6ABY. Whilst not the best pilot in the squadron (as the book points out again and again, even though she must be a pretty damned good pilot to have got into an elite squadron), she was key to the new group pf pilots bonding in the early days, particularly taking the very young Gavin Darklighter under her wing. She was killed in her sleep by imperials attacking the squadron’s base on Talasea during their first assignment.
Like a number of female characters, she”s rather neglected in terms of imagery - the illustration above is the only one of her I can find. Possibly understandable given how briefly she appears in the X-wing series (though she does turn up in a vision later). But the case of Lujayne Forge has had me thinking a lot about the way female characters are used in the Stackpole X-wing novels.
I probably need to write something more on that general theme after I’ve finished re-reading them all. Stackpole’s books are in someways great in terms of women, in that he really does actually populate his books with men AND women. That get’s a big WOO-HOO as it’s something you can’t even count on now, twenty years later. And he gives us some bloody fantastic women too. Women are happily mixed into Rogue Squadron as well, without any particular comment. It’s great, I loved it when I first read it and I love it now. However, some of the ways the women are portrayed and utilised is less that ideal at times, although this may be a symptom of it’s era.
Looking at poor Lujayne in particular; first up she very obviously takes on the ‘mother hen’ role in the squadron. As mentioned above, she’s the ‘worst’ pilot in the squadron, and we’re reminded of that again and again. But she does at least get more character development than many of the other pilots at this point and frankly she’s probably the most sympathetic and likable of the lot of them. But the reason she’s developed so well is because… well because she’s there for the specific purpose of getting shoved in a refrigerator.
I mean, it’s great that the female pilots are as likely to get killed in combat as their male counterparts, and Stackpole has no problem doing that. But she doesn’t get that - she is the first of the new squadron to die, and it is ignobly, in her sleep, not even able fight back. Her death is entirely for the character development of the rest of the squadron, an object lesson for them. (it’s also for the background of her sister, who turns up later in the series). To make things worse, when Wedge tells Corran and Gavin, they rapidly switch the conversation from being about Lujayne, their comrade and friend, to a long conversation about a man, the long-gone Biggs.
In the X-wing books, I would argue that despite the presence of a lot of cool women, the story still revolves around men, and the women, I suspect, primarily exist in service of the men’s story lines. Lujayne is just the first victim of that. Maybe as I re-read the rest of the series, it may improve, I’ll let you know.

fuckyeahmarajade:

Lujayne Forge

Lujayne Forge was a pilot in the re-formed Rogue Squadron in 6ABY. Whilst not the best pilot in the squadron (as the book points out again and again, even though she must be a pretty damned good pilot to have got into an elite squadron), she was key to the new group pf pilots bonding in the early days, particularly taking the very young Gavin Darklighter under her wing. She was killed in her sleep by imperials attacking the squadron’s base on Talasea during their first assignment.

Like a number of female characters, she”s rather neglected in terms of imagery - the illustration above is the only one of her I can find. Possibly understandable given how briefly she appears in the X-wing series (though she does turn up in a vision later). But the case of Lujayne Forge has had me thinking a lot about the way female characters are used in the Stackpole X-wing novels.

I probably need to write something more on that general theme after I’ve finished re-reading them all. Stackpole’s books are in someways great in terms of women, in that he really does actually populate his books with men AND women. That get’s a big WOO-HOO as it’s something you can’t even count on now, twenty years later. And he gives us some bloody fantastic women too. Women are happily mixed into Rogue Squadron as well, without any particular comment. It’s great, I loved it when I first read it and I love it now. However, some of the ways the women are portrayed and utilised is less that ideal at times, although this may be a symptom of it’s era.

Looking at poor Lujayne in particular; first up she very obviously takes on the ‘mother hen’ role in the squadron. As mentioned above, she’s the ‘worst’ pilot in the squadron, and we’re reminded of that again and again. But she does at least get more character development than many of the other pilots at this point and frankly she’s probably the most sympathetic and likable of the lot of them. But the reason she’s developed so well is because… well because she’s there for the specific purpose of getting shoved in a refrigerator.

I mean, it’s great that the female pilots are as likely to get killed in combat as their male counterparts, and Stackpole has no problem doing that. But she doesn’t get that - she is the first of the new squadron to die, and it is ignobly, in her sleep, not even able fight back. Her death is entirely for the character development of the rest of the squadron, an object lesson for them. (it’s also for the background of her sister, who turns up later in the series). To make things worse, when Wedge tells Corran and Gavin, they rapidly switch the conversation from being about Lujayne, their comrade and friend, to a long conversation about a man, the long-gone Biggs.

In the X-wing books, I would argue that despite the presence of a lot of cool women, the story still revolves around men, and the women, I suspect, primarily exist in service of the men’s story lines. Lujayne is just the first victim of that. Maybe as I re-read the rest of the series, it may improve, I’ll let you know.

18 9 / 2014

I think we’ve officially reached that annoying time in the year where it’s sweater weather in the morning, but by midday, if you wear a sweater, you die from heatstroke.

This is why cardigans were invented! :)

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18 9 / 2014

jdude000:

OH MY GOD

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18 9 / 2014

Somehow, I’ve always known.

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