Posted 1 day ago

does anyone else sometimes take a moment to look at the people around them—the people sitting around the same table as you, or in the same room—and then imagine how this group of people would continue civilization if the rest of the world were to die.

like… would we turn to democracy or a dictatorship? how would we repopulate the world, would we even want to?

Posted 4 days ago

— farewell, warden!

            we’re counting on you.

ugh i just want twelve mabari hounds. i mean, the artwork is fantastic but my foremost reaction was that i want a mabari hound.

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Posted 4 days ago

realniggaannouncements:

I had a dream last night that Jesus finally resurrected and when white people found out he wasn’t white they arrested him for 2000 something years of tax evasion  

Posted 5 days ago

swimsuitmodel:

thinking of you, ohnotherancor

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Posted 1 week ago

blame-the-feels:

arya-stormborn:

maddieatsbrains:

holy frick

from now on, whenever anybody doubts marvel casting ill just show them this

My dad the comic book expert said they made Fury look like Samuel L Jackson with his permission in the comic book. So when they made the movie, guess who they had to go find? Samuel L Jackson.

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Posted 1 week ago

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.

Posted 1 week ago

time-doesnt-wait-for-me:

pellaeonthewingedlion:

shewhohangsoutincemeteries:

PotterFacts 7/404 | The Chamber of Secrets

"Gilderoy Lockhart is the only Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher to have no connection at all to Voldemort."

That’s because even Voldemort has a certain demand for skill and competence

that was the sickest burn i have ever seen

wait, but what about Remus Lupin? Unless we’re counting “enemy” as connection to Voldemort.

Posted 1 week ago

brbgoingvegan:

veganlullaby:

second-breakfast:

nowyoukno:

clementinemorrigan:

adoptpets:

thenagaqueen:

I have been a cat owner my whole life and I literally never knew that tiger lilies and stargazers were also highly toxic to cats.  Even drinking the water from the vase that lilies are in can kill the cat!  I brought in a tiger lily from our yard today and just thought to look it up and found out (and of course removed the lily from our house as soon as I saw).  How scary!

Other toxic flowers for cats:

  • Amaryllis (Amaryllis sp.)
  • Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
  • Azaleas and Rhododendrons (Rhododendron sp.)
  • Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)
  • Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum sp.)
  • Cyclamen (Cyclamen sp.)
  • English Ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe sp.)
  • Lilies (Lilium sp.)
  • Marijuana (Cannabis sativa)
  • Oleander (Nerium oleander)
  • Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)
  • Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
  • Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)
  • Spanish thyme (Coleus ampoinicus)
  • Tulip and Narcissus bulbs (Tulipa and Narcissus sp.)
  • Yew (Taxus sp.)

Important info for cat friends!!!

Now you know

Asparagus ferns too!!

I follow this girl on instagram and she gets her cat stoned using marijuana, what should I do?????

I say call her out and report her. That’s awful!

cats—as allergic as i am to you all, i don’t want you to die. especially not via toxic plant matter.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Naruto money reference

super-pervy-sage:

According to the prices given in this post by dansunoiruka (and the Naruto wiki) plus the assertion that 1 ryo equals 10 yen, here are the (approximate) conversions of the wages shinobi may get for each mission from ryo to Japanese yen (which is simply multiplying by ten, but is nevertheless included) and U.S. dollars (according to the exchange rate of August 2014).

D-Rank: Between 5,000 and 50,000 ryo  (between fifty-thousand and five hundred thousand yen) - between $481 and $4,811.

C-Rank: Between 30,000 and 100,000 ryo (between three-hundred thousand and one million yen) - between $2,887 and $9,622.

B-Rank: Between 150,000 and 200,000 ryo (between one million five hundred thousand and two million yen) - between $14,434 and $19,245.

A-Rank: Between 150,000 and 1,000,000 ryo (between one million five hundred thousand and ten million yen) - between $14,434 and $96,223.

S-Rank: Upwards of 1,000,000 ryo (upwards of ten million yen) - upwards of $96,223.

Hopefully this provides a little bit more contextual reference both in yen and dollars for shinobi wages. 

I’m somewhat skeptical about this—not because I think there’s any mathematical errors, but because we should probably consider inflation. Not that the Naruto world is exactly analogous to any point in time of our world (because… duh) but technology has a lot to do with the changing value of a dollar (or yen). Considering that the Naruto world has chakra and seals which make some but not all technology a luxury if not completely unnecessary, then it may just be that the values of missions aren’t all that expensive.

A D-rank includes things like finding cats, painting a fence, buying groceries, baby sitting, etc. No matter how evil the cat, large the fence, rare the groceries, or demon the babies $481 for that is kind of pushing it much less $4,811. If you consider that this is what genin (and occasionally chuunin) have to live off of—it’s surprising that people complain at all especially when the payoff is so large.

Then again, I guess if they have to split the fees in four (since people work in teams) that would be $120 to $1,202 for a D-rank mission. Regardless, that’s still a pretty sweet deal.

However, since there is no technology (or very little) then what are they using this for? Rent? Food? Shinobi tools?

The ryo to yen to dollar conversion may be mathematically correct, but considering that this is a world where trains are an example of high tech we can’t be sure that it’s the right values of yen and dollar.

Posted 3 weeks ago

nateswinehart:

Being good to each other is so important, guys.