Obama on gay adoption
yeah totally ruining this country what a horrible guy
Fun fact: Obama has attempted to fix almost everything that he promised to fix, but the republicans have voted almost all of his bills out of congress. He’s not the problem.
Fun Fact: Obamacare has ruined my mothers options for treating her SI joint problems and bulging disk in her spine and pelvic muscle spasms because they deny her getting any treatment other than narcotics. She will likely be in pain and addicted to narcotics the rest of her life
from now on im just gonna comment on everyones selfies that they are cute
people spending their money on stupid shit is totally evveryones elses fault
lets just throw some of our money to them to waste?
sounds great to me
The very core of the conservative-libertarian ideology of “responsibility” oriented “ethics” is very narrow-minded and selfish.
Ok I know that by posting this on tumblr I am preaching to the choir, but it’s still something to think about whenever someone refutes against government programs with “it’s not my responsibility to pay for your food/transportation/birth control/education/hospital bills/etc”.
"The poor are poor because they are dumb and lazy, they spend money on drugs and candy and instead of working their ass off they have the nerve to spend their stupid welfare money going to the movies and drinking a coke how dare they get some time to themselves and recreation!".
I remember watching the first episode of Morgan Spurlock’s “30 days” where Spurlock, the guy also behind the “Super Size Me” documentary lived for 30 days with his girlfriend and for a few days some of his young cousins, lived as a minimum wage workers for 30 days.
There was a part where when he had some young cousins(or where they nieces?) over to sorta simulate a couple with children and they bought some candy. At first I was like “you’re not making a good case for poor people struggling if you buy candy do you?”.
But then later I thought “well if that candy is the only recreation and pleasure they have that day-then so be it”.
There’s often that stupid thing about “if only you saved 3$ a day you could have thousands in a few years and go invest and you’ll get rich you stupid lazy welfare queen”. Uh huh like investment is a reliable way to get to rich and $2000 will pay for that $10,000 hospital bill and so forth. You can get rich off investment, but it’s not common.
Which brings me to “the 99%” as a rule that exists outside of the top percentage of American income.
In Antiques Roadshow you see a lot of examples of people being lucky to have an antique that is worth above $2,000, maybe even $5,000, and occasionally more than $20,000 to even in the hundreds of thousands. But how many people actually attend? How many people do make “big money” there? In the feedback booth you get to see cases of people finding out their items were worth very little or even a modest amount. A new antiques show on PBS that where I live runs after Antiques Roadshow is “Market Warriors” where a group of people try to buy antiques at antique fairs to sell them to auction. Most of the time they end up loosing money and their items barely sell above $100.
There is an ad I’ve seen for a business that helps people with inventions so they can get patents and submit them to corporations. At the end of the ad it conveniently is said “results not typical most inventors aren’t successful”.
Basically the financially privileged often say things like “my grandpa shined shoes when he was little and now he’s rich”, that ideology that if everyone wasn’t “lazy” we’d all be millionaires. But really how many shoe-shining kids who saved and invested their money are rich today? We live in an economic system that isn’t exactly an “economic pie” but does have that type of quality to it, that for every success there are dozens, hundreds, even thousands and millions of failures. It’s not just luck but also the property of competition itself; there are a few winners but many losers. And when it comes to investment and business that is so encouraged, competition is also highly encouraged too. Competition can help produce better technology, goods, and services but comes with this important downside that has a human cost. This is why safety nets are needed. I know Humon is a controversial artist especially on Tumblr, but I like how she once said on her DA about how one of the reasons Denmark ranks in the top of happiest countries in the world is because of all the government safety nets so people feel like they have more freedom for risky ventures and investments. These risky ventures and investments of course are an essential ingredient to creating more jobs.
Another very toxic ideology that runs rampant in America is the Puritan Ethic. The idea that if you don’t work your ass off you deserve nothing. Well if you work your ass off all your life until retirement you’re not going to live very well. What’s the point of living if all it’s for is work? Oh wait Heaven right? The regard for quality of life and living is thrown out. That’s what I meant earlier about letting a minimum wage worker eat their candy. Also this mentality of “unless your work your ass off” is a very Western-centric idea that is deemed laughable in less individualistic oriented cultures where people realize that people are much more valuable than their jobs and so are their identities.
Also something that should be mentioned is that it’s recognized now that the obesity epidemic is a social, not an individual problem. It has been noted that it’s higher in poorer people, perhaps because poor people find food a source of comfort and taking a walk outside is risky? Because food is one of the few affordable pleasures they have in life? Of course this is disputable, and highly speculative but it does make one think about how important quality of life is, and that even though money doesn’t buy happiness directly, it does buy one of the ingredients to happiness which is stability. The other important ingredient is of course social relationships.
Stress is a huge killer in industrial countries. It has been linked to all the usual guys: cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, drug abuse etc. Stress is much more prevalent in those of lower socioeconomic levels, in those whose lives are less in control. This whole “work your ass off” thing basically says if you’re not stressing yourself to death you shouldn’t live. There’s a really good documentary on stress called “Stress the silent killer” from Nat Geo I recommend everyone see it and even there it’s concluded that social improvement and pro-worker regulations are needed to curb the epidemic of stress.
"It’s not my responsibility"
You know what? Responsibility is a rather childish word in some contexts such as this. It implies that only you and yourself is what matters. I posted this quote from Obama earlier here but it deserves an encore:
“Well, you’d have to ask Paul Ryan what that means to him. Ayn Rand is one of those things that a lot of us, when we were 17 or 18 and feeling misunderstood, we’d pick up. Then, as we get older, we realize that a world in which we’re only thinking about ourselves and not thinking about anybody else, in which we’re considering the entire project of developing ourselves as more important than our relationships to other people and making sure that everybody else has opportunity – that that’s a pretty narrow vision. It’s not one that, I think, describes what’s best in America. Unfortunately, it does seem as if sometimes that vision of a “you’re on your own” society has consumed a big chunk of the Republican Party.”
This is what irritates me about even more “liberal” self centered ideas such as “if you don’t like drugs don’t do drugs”; never mind all the violent crimes, car accidents, second or third hand exposure to others etc that comes along with various drugs illegal or legal. This is also what irritates me about very individualistic thinking in general is that there is a total and utter disregard for the existence of people outside yourself and outside your thinking as well. Whenever you make choices you effect other people with those choices. Now that I think of it, in order for democracy to work people must think about people other than themselves, otherwise it becomes the selfish single-issue special interest clusterfuck that American democracy already is.
"You get what you pay for" is a good way to put it when you cut spending on "entitlement" programs (ugh that word "entitlement" sounds very…entitled and dismissive of human rights). You cut corners in education you wind up spending more in putting people in jail, you cut corners in health care your workforce is declined, you cut regulations for pollution and worker’s rights you are severely compromising in other areas for current and future generations. And this is of everyone’s concern not just those directly effected. No man is an island and this selfish notion of "your own your own" is actually relatively modern and does not reflect human nature when you look into cultures around the world.
"Get a job"
Oh yeah like jobs rain down from the sky. For every job available there is one picked and many not picked, thus taking us back to the “few winners many losers’ principle. Also not everyone has an equal opportunity, lack of regulations on employers puts the underprivileged such as women, women with children, trans*, racial minorities, women who aren’t appealing to male gaze, and people who don’t conform well to social norms despite it not being harmful to anyone else in any way at a disadvantage. In other words this kind of competition also breeds conformity and discrimination to those who cannot conform or would pay a hefty personal sacrifice if forced to conform.
I reblogged this some time ago, but feel it deserves to be repeated.
I need this on my blog.
Ok I was reading through this and I finally just had enough. Let me tell you guys a story, me and a good friend of mine are pretty similar, both our familys are about the same social class, both our familys are a lot alike, even in personality. despite that, her family is worse off than mine, they hardly have any furniture, her 22 year old boyfriend is paying 25 bucks a month in rent, the onfood they buy is with food stamps. The reason for all of this is that they do spend all their money on drugs, and candy, and soda, really anything they want. The 22 year old has a job, working at mcdonalds, which isnt much I know that, but he makes enough to buy himself his own tabacco and cigarettes, but he doesn’t, because he spends it on drugs annd video games.
Part of the reason poverty is so horrible is because of the economy, but you canot deny that there are people abusing the system, and I know plenty of them. Meth heads, herion addicts,homeless alcohalics, you name it I’ve seen it. They don’t work at all, they are lazy, they are doing nothing for society.
IN DEFENSE OF ARADIA MEGIDO: A defense post by Tumblr user destroythepast (contains spoilers)
I should note, to start off with, that “controversial” might not be the correct word for Aradia. A better term would be “unpopular”. She’s been my favorite character for a very long time now, and the amount of people who dismiss her completely is really kind of upsetting to me.
So here’s what I hear about Aradia on a constant basis: "She’s so boring!" And that is, in my humble opinion, simply not true. Allow me to explain.
Aradia goes through a number of transformations over the course of the story, but for a good chunk of it, she was a nearly-emotionless ghost (and, later, robot). A lot of people think her apathy made her boring, but I disagree strongly.
For one thing, even when she’s apathetic and depressive, she’s snarky and witty. A lot of her interactions are pure gold. And while she may not be especially expressive, it’s clear that the old Aradia (who was only seen in flashback) is still in there somewhere—she tells Sollux she’d like to see him happy (and hugs him before blowing up) and outright calls Karkat her friend, and shows several times that she doesn’t take crap from anyone.
Additionally, even through the apathy, she’s interesting. She destroys things out of sheer boredom. She’s manipulative in a number of ways and clearly has her own agenda.
And then she goes God Tier, and becomes the person she was before dying—cheerful and morbid and a bit off-kilter. She’s happy to be truly alive again, to feel things and have real hope for the future. She’s gone through more shit than anyone should have to deal with in a lifetime over the course of around thirteen years, and she still smiles. (You can’t look me in the face and tell me there’s nothing beautiful about that.)
And yet at the same time, so many things about her are the same! She still revels in destruction, she’s still fixated on death, she still cares deeply about her friends, and she still has no tact whatsoever.
Aradia is a wonderful, deeply-layered, important, and interesting character, and seeing her thrown under the bus so often is just so saddening to me.
straight people: sexuality shouldn’t matter. who cares who’s straight and who isn’t? why do you want more queer characters? it shouldn’t matter. sexuality doesn’t matter. everyone should be straight cause it shouldn’t matter.
Honestly why is it bad to say this? I find myself asking the same question of why does sexuality matter? Why does it matter whether someones straight or gay, who cares? Either way that person is still the same person, shitty or not.
So I stumbled across the IMDB page for Rebel Wilson, and let me tell you, this girl is awesome.
- Rebel is her real name. Her siblings are named Annarchi, Ryot, and Liberty.
- She’s a distant relative of Walt Disney.
- She has a law degree.
- She’s a former youth ambassador for Australia and was based in South Africa.
- While in South Africa, she contracted malaria. According to the article, she “had hallucinations in which she saw herself as an actress who had won an Oscar. This then convinced her to pursue an acting career.”
and THAT is why this girl rocks harder than pop rocks.
So you want to make an OC?: A Masterpost of Ways to Create, Develop, and Make Good OCs!
i made this masterpost in hopes that it helps you in making your own OCs ah;; it can also apply to developing RP characters i suppose! if you’d like to add more resources then go for it sugar pea (´ヮ`)!
How to Write Better OCs:
- basic tips on how to make your oc even better
- tragic backstory? learn how to write one/make yours great
- writing specific characters
- a wordier, great guide on how to develop your character
- kick out those vague descriptions and make them AWESOME
- how to actually make an OC
- Q&A (to develop characters)
- more Q&As
- giving your character a backstory
- how to write an attractive character
- adding more racial diversity
- avoiding tokenism, AKA, how to add diversity to your cast not just because you “need” it
- writing sexuality and gender expression (doesnt include non binary, if you have a good ref to that, please add on!)
- masterpost on writing more diversity into your story
- cultures of the world
- guides to drawing different ethnicities (not just a great art reference, but also really helpful in appearance descriptions!)
- villain generator
- need an evil sounding name for your evil character? bam
- villain archetypes
- what’s your villain’s motive for being a villain?
- character perceptions (What your character thinks of themselves and what others think of them)
- how to write strong relationships between two characters
- 8 ways to write better characters and develop their relationships with others
- OCxLove Interest Handbook
- develop your couple with good ol’ Q&A!
- how to write realistic relationships
- how to write relatives for your characters (this is more OC related to a canon character, but will help in writing family members in general)
- 12 common archetypes
- 8 archetypes for male/female characters
- female archetypes (goes pretty indepth from two main categories)
- a list of archetypes
- tips for better design
- basic appearance generator
- pinterest board for character design (includes NSFW and images of skeletons/exposed muscle (?) so tread carefully!)
- clothing ref masterpost
- give your character better powers
- a list of professions
- proactive vs reactive characters
- positive and negative traits
- interest generator
- skills generator
- motivation generator
- 123 ideas for character flaws
- list of phobias
again, this is to help inspire you or help establish your OCs! i hope you get a lot of info and help from this ahh ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ