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whitegirlsaintshit:

america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 
The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.
An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.
For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.
It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.
That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.
This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…
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I said this when I was in fucking ninth grade and wrote a twelve paged paper on it and my teacher told me that I was a conspiracy theorist and that I needed a realistic topic. ok.

whitegirlsaintshit:

america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 

The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.

An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.

For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.

It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.

That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.

This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…

(Read Full Text)

I said this when I was in fucking ninth grade and wrote a twelve paged paper on it and my teacher told me that I was a conspiracy theorist and that I needed a realistic topic. ok.
cutestqueer
ramavoite:

sailorp00n:

rosydrops:

Cleaning
clean bathroom tips
organize your closet
how to fix a leaky faucet
how to keep a clean kitchen
removing stains from your carpet
Money
how to coupon
what to do when you can’t pay your bills
see if you’re paying too much for your cell phone bill
how to save money
How to Balance a Check Book
How to do Your Own Taxes
Health
how to take care of yourself when you’re sick
things to bring to a doctor’s appointment
what to expect from your first gynecologist appointment
how to make a doctor’s appointment
how to pick a health insurance plan
a list of stress relievers
how to get free therapy

how to remove a splinter


how to avoid a hangover

Emergency
what to do if you get pulled over by a cop
a list of hotlines in a crisis
things to keep in your car in case of an emergency

how to do the heimlich maneuver

Food
recipes that take 30 minutes or less
Yummy apple thing
Brownie in a cup
Cookie in a cup
French bread pizza
Egg tacos
panera mac n cheese recipe
different salad recipes
harry potter recipes
healthy recipes
various cookie recipes
chocolate cupcakes w/ eggless cookie dough topping
s’mores pie 
nutella hot chocolate
peanut butter nutella swirl cookies
cookie in a mug
starbucks holiday drinks
fruit leathers 
brownie in a mug
how to make ramen 1000x better
eggless cookie dough (not to bake, just to eat)
make recipes using things you already have
how to put together a very fancy cheese plate 
make different flavored lemonades
various desert recipes
make tiny chocolate chip cookies
20 dishes every cook should know
learn how to make your own tea
Macaroni and cheese in a mug
Study snacks (2)
40 on-the-go breakfast recipes
Home
what the hell is a mortgage?
first apartment essentials checklist
how to care for cacti and succulents
the care and keeping of plants 
Getting an apartment
Job
time management
create a resume
find the right career
how to pick a major

how to avoid a hangover

how to interview for a job

how to stop procrastinating

How to write cover letters
Travel
ULTIMATE PACKING LIST
Traveling for Cheap 
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The Best Way to Pack a Suitcase
How To Read A Map
How to Apply For A Passport
How to Make A Travel Budget
Better You
read the news
leave your childhood traumas behind
how to quit smoking

how to get a book published


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how to stop swearing constantly


how to stop being a pushover

learn another language
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how to love yourself
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100 tips for life
learn how to make your own cards

I’ve been living on my own for almost 4 years now and I have like 50 tabs open.
Bless the person who put together this post, it ought to be made into a pamphlet for everyone in highschool/college.

….I’ve been living on my own for 17 years now and I need this liek woah.

ramavoite:

sailorp00n:

rosydrops:

Cleaning

Money

Health

Emergency

Food

Home

Job

Travel

Better You

I’ve been living on my own for almost 4 years now and I have like 50 tabs open.

Bless the person who put together this post, it ought to be made into a pamphlet for everyone in highschool/college.

….I’ve been living on my own for 17 years now and I need this liek woah.

genderanime
roycevomit:

notyerbro:

sapphocat:

Cover design for "Queer Herbs: An Enchiridion on Natural Transition," an in-progress informational and creative project of the Queer Witches for Abortion & Chaos Collective (QWACC) which aims to compile resources and info on holistic/alternative medicinal methods for hormone replacement. The project will likely be published in-process and can be reached at qwacc@riseup.net.
Cover design by Cami Sayyadina. This work of the Queer Witches for Abortion & Chaos Collective is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, a Free Culture License. View a copy of this license here.

*passes out*

This looks really awesome and I’m stoked to read it when it comes out!

roycevomit:

notyerbro:

sapphocat:

Cover design for "Queer Herbs: An Enchiridion on Natural Transition," an in-progress informational and creative project of the Queer Witches for Abortion & Chaos Collective (QWACC) which aims to compile resources and info on holistic/alternative medicinal methods for hormone replacement. The project will likely be published in-process and can be reached at qwacc@riseup.net.

Cover design by Cami Sayyadina. This work of the Queer Witches for Abortion & Chaos Collective is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, a Free Culture License. View a copy of this license here.

*passes out*

This looks really awesome and I’m stoked to read it when it comes out!

inkwelldried

Anonymous asked:

do you have any masterposts where one can watch musicals? or just links or anything really
greenseer
princessmiralai:

(via {table for two : lavender hot chocolate})
l a v e n d e r h o t c h o c o l a t eSince lavender is quite fragrant, adjust amount according to preference. For a creamier hot chocolate, a 1 to 1 ratio of dark to milk chocolate can be used. Makes 2 servings.{hot chocolate:}2 cups whole milk3 ounces dark chocolate (70% cacao)1 ounce milk chocolate1/4 teaspoon lavender buds{whipped cream:}1/2 cup cold heavy whipping cream1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or seeds from 1/4 of a whole vanilla bean pod1/2 tablespoon granulated white sugarFor whipped cream, place cold cream, vanilla, and sugar into a cold mixing bowl. Beat the mixture with a whisk or mixer until stiff peaks form. Keep refrigerated until ready for use.For hot chocolate, heat milk and lavender over medium heat, whisking occasionally until the milk begins to simmer. Remove from heat and let lavender steep for 5 minutes. Strain lavender and return milk to saucepan. Over medium heat, add chocolate and mix until chocolate is melted and incorporated. Whisk milk mixture for 10-20 seconds until frothy. Pour into mugs or bowls and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

princessmiralai:

(via {table for two : lavender hot chocolate})

l a v e n d e r h o t c h o c o l a t e

Since lavender is quite fragrant, adjust amount according to preference. For a creamier hot chocolate, a 1 to 1 ratio of dark to milk chocolate can be used. Makes 2 servings.

{hot chocolate:}

2 cups whole milk
3 ounces dark chocolate (70% cacao)
1 ounce milk chocolate
1/4 teaspoon lavender buds

{whipped cream:}

1/2 cup cold heavy whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or seeds from 1/4 of a whole vanilla bean pod
1/2 tablespoon granulated white sugar

For whipped cream, place cold cream, vanilla, and sugar into a cold mixing bowl. Beat the mixture with a whisk or mixer until stiff peaks form. Keep refrigerated until ready for use.

For hot chocolate, heat milk and lavender over medium heat, whisking occasionally until the milk begins to simmer. Remove from heat and let lavender steep for 5 minutes. Strain lavender and return milk to saucepan. Over medium heat, add chocolate and mix until chocolate is melted and incorporated. Whisk milk mixture for 10-20 seconds until frothy. Pour into mugs or bowls and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

youarenotyou

kate-kitty asked:

Do you have any advice on writing a character with a mental illness with no firsthand experience with said illness?

fixyourwritinghabits answered:

Research research research research talk to people with experience with the illness research research research get feedback from people with experience with the illness research research research *DEEP BREATH* research

madamethursday:

Ugh. I hate when this piece of advice is handed out to readers with no caveats or explanations attached. It’s crap. 

First response should be that you, writer person, need to sit the fuck down and really think hard about why you’re writing about a person with an illness you don’t have. As a mentally ill person and a writer, I’m telling you that this needs to be step number one. You need to examine your motives. Is the illness an organic, developed facet of a fully rounded character or is a plot device that creates the kind of drama you want without you having to work for it. Is it your way of short handing and shading in characterization without having to write it. Are you using it to show evilness, helplessness, innocence, tragedy, comedy, being super magical? Because I’ve read those stories and they piss me off every time. 

When you do get to the research, somebody needs to inform you that there’s not just one stage of it. You need to research your research. And then you need to research so that you can do the next stage of research right. 

Meaning? Read a lot of shit and take a lot of time with it because going to other human beings with your hand out is a whole other ballgame and you better sure as fuck do it respectfully and appropriately. 

Do not corner some poor soul who you discovered to have an illness or the one you’re writing about and chase the down and say: “Hey, you, over there. You’re crazy. Tell me what crazy is like because I’m writing a thing.” Do not fucking reduce us to your personal vending machine of wisdom. Do not reduce us to our mental illnesses because that’s all you’re interested in. 

Do not track Tumblr tags, run down people who are just writing personal posts that get maybe five likes and a reblog, and then drop this crap in their ask boxes. Don’t creepily follow them just to get the goods on their illness, not caring one whit about how they’d feel or them as a person. That’s shitty on all possible levels. 

And do not just cut and paste. Do not just read a few things and decide to weave that into your story as if it’s enough, as if it’s not a kind of stealing. Don’t do this just to collect people’s stories and mish mash them into something that makes you feel like your story is now authentic.

When you do phase one research, you should do it well enough that when it comes time to do phase two (talking to real humans), you know where to go and where NOT to go, and you know what NOT to ask because it’s been asked a million times before. 

By the time you get through with the non-interactive part of research, you should know better. You should be able to find blogs that specifically exist to ANSWER QUESTIONS about the topic and the questions you ask should not be 101 level questions. You need to be listening to the deep cuts from the album by the time you start talking to ANYONE. 

During all this research don’t ever lose your humility. Seriously. And be aware that if you’re neurotypical/not ill, you WILL get criticism but you will also still get more credibility with other neurotypical/not ill people than actually mentally ill people get for the same thing. People will listen to an outsider who doesn’t live this more than to someone like me who does. That’s shitty as hell. Acknowledge that always. 

And when you do get kick back, take it. I don’t care if it’s a body blow to your damn ego, take it. Accept it, learn from it, and take it. And don’t argue with it. As a writer, it’s a good idea NEVER EVER to argue with any criticism or critique and a pretty good one never to even respond to them. Let people’s reading of something be their reading and don’t even get into it with them.

No one ever changed my mind about a book I didn’t like by arguing with me, including authors. I’ve had this happen. Indeed, it cements my assertion that the book is lousy and the author lousier. 

So just fucking be aware it isn’t about research so you get a science problem right. It’s people’s lives and minds and bodies and lived realities. Research is an act of humility, and admission that you don’t know and never will completely know the way someone who lives this does but you want to get as close as you can, and it is an admission that you know you owe this work, this respect, this dedication to making sure you don’t further stereotypes or convince people of a lie. Research is saying: “You’re the experts here and therefore I should make sure I’m prepared before I step even one little toe onto your turf.”

THAT’S my advice on writing a character with a mental illness.