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obveously:

pizzatomb:

imagine if china, while they’re up on the moon, decides to knock down the US flag or whatever just to say ‘screw you’ and its like, what are we gonna do? spend a couple million just to fly some craft up to the moon and re-erect the flag? the whole scenario would be petty and that’s hilarious 

i have lived in america my entire life and i am 100% sure we would do exactly that

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Step 1: See a greatest hits CD from America at the new Pilot in town

Step 2: ALL THE CHILDHOOD FEELS

Step 3: Plan to buy like everything the band did next paycheck or seven

Step 4: Remember that America did the soundtrack for The Last Unicorn

Step 5: ALL THE ADULTHOOD FEELS BECAUSE YOU MISSED THAT MOVIE AS A KID

Step 6: Plan to look for and/or start a blog dedicated to awesome oldschool chimeric unicorns, none of these horses with narwhal tusks stapled to their heads (except perhaps on special occasions)

…ok

Filed under unicorns unicorn the last unicorn peter s beagle america music film movies feels blog ideas

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'Cause I understand

You been runnin’ from the man

That goes by the name of The Sandman

He flies the sky

Like an eagle in the eye

Of a hurricane that’s abandoned

Filed under music america

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Kids play T-ball, then baseball; they play games and have practice every week and, if they’re serious about it, pre-season and post-season too. We never think, “Let’s have kids play baseball for eight weeks in seventh grade,” and then expect that in five years they can join the majors or even be on a college team. But for some reason we do this with civics. We say, “We’re going to have you do a penny harvest in fifth grade and a service learning project in tenth grade, and then we’ll teach you abstractly about government for a semester in twelfth grade.” Then our students enter the major leagues of citizenship, and we give them the vote and expect them to keep our country going. And that’s just crazy!

Meira Levinson talking about her new book No Citizen Left Behind. (via bostonreview)

Wow. Just, wow. Quote of the week.

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Filed under education civics politics news america

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dorktothemax:

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abaldwin360:

lizasaurus-rex:

musicalpaws:

abaldwin360:

How Many Minimum Wage Hours Does It Take To Afford A Two-Bedroom Apartment In Your State?
Ever wonder how people manage to get by on minimum wage? Oftentimes, they don’t…

I would have to work 114 hours a week to be able to afford a 2 bedroom…that’s pathetic, minimum wage means you get paid the minimum amount it takes to afford the absolute most basic things you need to live.

I feel like most people with a minimum wage job don’t need a two bedroom. Studio apartments can be as low as 400/month and there are even some one bedrooms that are cheaper. Minimum wage IS the wage that you will get the most basic things to live. Things like cable, internet, a ton of furniture and so forth are luxuries. All you need is food, a bed, water, and a toilet if you want to get technical. And I mean you could probably even go without a toilet but that causes me to shudder a bit. A two bedroom is not basic. A one bedroom isn’t even basic. If you have kids, then I would assume that yes, bedrooms should be basic because they are necessary unless you want child services all up n your ass. Otherwise, a 400/month studio would be easy to afford on a minimum wage salary if you work … WAIT a second. I just did the math out and if you work 114 hours a week at minimum wage you would be making like at least 900 after taxes. That is WAY more than enough money to live in a two bedroom. That’s 3600 a month! That is like a ridiculous amount of cash. You would only need to work 50 a MONTH to make 400. That is roughly 12.5 hours a week. I think this map is wrong.

Uhm… I’ve worked several minimum wage jobs as “night jobs” though the years and was amazed at all the single mothers I worked with.
Single mothers don’t need a two bedroom apartment?
Furthermore, the map takes into consideration more than JUST rent - 
Here have a gander: http://www.good.is/post/how-many-minimum-wage-hours-does-it-take-to-afford-a-decent-life/

After taxes, I make about 1600 a month ( two paychecks per month on average ).
Rates for my area ( and this is JUST rent. Not utilities and transportation included. )
Studio apt = 700-850
1br = 900 - 1100
2br = 1200 - 1600
3br = 1700 - 2200
And, yeah, I have a kid. I’m a single mom. I STILL can not afford a 2br on my own. I HAVE to get a room mate. Which, believe me, that brings in a whole new mess of anxieties when you have a kid. You have to first find someone who wants to live with a kid and then you have to make sure that person can be trusted around a kid.

^^^^
We lucked out and managed to rent part of a duplex (2br) for $800 a month. The going rate in my area is roughly $900 for a 2br apartment.
So no, I feel this map is quite accurate, at least for the state I live in (assuming the numbers are set on an average). In order to afford this place we live in completely on my own with utilities and miscellaneous child expenses, I personally would need to work over 100 hours a week at minimum wage. And that’s factoring in the money we don’t have to spend on food by having food stamps and the lack of any car payments/gas because we do not have a vehicle.
Granted if I were to even find a way to get that many hours in a week, I’d be looking at over $1200 a month minimum in childcare expenses to add into that. The real kicker? I can’t get state-funded childcare because I’m not poor enough.
Accurate map is accurate. And that’s kind of really fucking depressing.

dorktothemax:

face-down-asgard-up:

abaldwin360:

lizasaurus-rex:

musicalpaws:

abaldwin360:

How Many Minimum Wage Hours Does It Take To Afford A Two-Bedroom Apartment In Your State?

Ever wonder how people manage to get by on minimum wage? Oftentimes, they don’t…

I would have to work 114 hours a week to be able to afford a 2 bedroom…that’s pathetic, minimum wage means you get paid the minimum amount it takes to afford the absolute most basic things you need to live.

I feel like most people with a minimum wage job don’t need a two bedroom. Studio apartments can be as low as 400/month and there are even some one bedrooms that are cheaper. Minimum wage IS the wage that you will get the most basic things to live. Things like cable, internet, a ton of furniture and so forth are luxuries. All you need is food, a bed, water, and a toilet if you want to get technical. And I mean you could probably even go without a toilet but that causes me to shudder a bit. A two bedroom is not basic. A one bedroom isn’t even basic. If you have kids, then I would assume that yes, bedrooms should be basic because they are necessary unless you want child services all up n your ass. Otherwise, a 400/month studio would be easy to afford on a minimum wage salary if you work … WAIT a second. I just did the math out and if you work 114 hours a week at minimum wage you would be making like at least 900 after taxes. That is WAY more than enough money to live in a two bedroom. That’s 3600 a month! That is like a ridiculous amount of cash. You would only need to work 50 a MONTH to make 400. That is roughly 12.5 hours a week. I think this map is wrong.

Uhm… I’ve worked several minimum wage jobs as “night jobs” though the years and was amazed at all the single mothers I worked with.

Single mothers don’t need a two bedroom apartment?

Furthermore, the map takes into consideration more than JUST rent - 

Here have a gander: http://www.good.is/post/how-many-minimum-wage-hours-does-it-take-to-afford-a-decent-life/

After taxes, I make about 1600 a month ( two paychecks per month on average ).

Rates for my area ( and this is JUST rent. Not utilities and transportation included. )

Studio apt = 700-850

1br = 900 - 1100

2br = 1200 - 1600

3br = 1700 - 2200

And, yeah, I have a kid. I’m a single mom. I STILL can not afford a 2br on my own. I HAVE to get a room mate. Which, believe me, that brings in a whole new mess of anxieties when you have a kid. You have to first find someone who wants to live with a kid and then you have to make sure that person can be trusted around a kid.

^^^^

We lucked out and managed to rent part of a duplex (2br) for $800 a month. The going rate in my area is roughly $900 for a 2br apartment.

So no, I feel this map is quite accurate, at least for the state I live in (assuming the numbers are set on an average). In order to afford this place we live in completely on my own with utilities and miscellaneous child expenses, I personally would need to work over 100 hours a week at minimum wage. And that’s factoring in the money we don’t have to spend on food by having food stamps and the lack of any car payments/gas because we do not have a vehicle.

Granted if I were to even find a way to get that many hours in a week, I’d be looking at over $1200 a month minimum in childcare expenses to add into that. The real kicker? I can’t get state-funded childcare because I’m not poor enough.

Accurate map is accurate. And that’s kind of really fucking depressing.

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Filed under politics JANE GET ME OFF THIS CRAZY THING america