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radicalmayhem:

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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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I really need to get back to my Index rewatch. I’m pretty sure the next arc is the vampire one. I have a mighty need to talk about Index’s ridiculous vampire arc. Why is there a vampire arc? No one knows! But it sure is amazing in some terrible ways.

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Diversity is not a binary.

lyrangalia:

Writing something other than heterosexual relationships does not mean you can’t fail at being racially diverse.

Writing something other than white characters does not mean you can’t fail at being neurologically diverse.

Writing something other than neurotypical characters does not mean you can’t fail at being diverse when it comes to body shape.

Diversity is not a binary.

It’s possible to be diverse in one aspect but not diverse in another. (It’s likely even)

"My work is diverse in X" is not a get-out-of-jail-free card from criticism for not being diverse in Y.

Diversity is not a single checkbox you fill in and you’re done forever.
Diversity is not tokenism.
Diversity is continual.
Diversity is inclusive.

And diversity is not a binary.

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yaexrae:

NO BIKES INDOORS

yaexrae:

NO BIKES INDOORS

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mastertheavatarstate:

rneng:

doctor-eggbert:

So I went to my town’s library for the first time in over a year and I found this poster. Just omg

knock out the librarians 
take poster
run 

4. Copy and distribute to the world.

mastertheavatarstate:

rneng:

doctor-eggbert:

So I went to my town’s library for the first time in over a year and I found this poster. Just omg

  1. knock out the librarians 
  2. take poster
  3. run 

4. Copy and distribute to the world.

(Source: selfchromfidence, via retrocausal)

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neandaffnet replied to your photoset “Oh, poor Hime. And Iona. Neither of them is powerful enough to handle…”

And then everyone died because of Megumi Sparkles of Love overload. THE END

R.I.P. Happiness Charge Precure, 2014-2014. Megumi was too powerful. You will be missed.

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neandaffnet replied to your post “majominarai replied to your post:majominarai replied to your…”

Iona’s already lost. Hime’s no longer afraid of her, and she understands Iona now. NO ESCAPE

Embrace your dorkiness, Iona. Accept it. Let the dork flow through you. Your bluffs cannot save you now.

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camwyn:

bitterglitterqueer:

THIS AVOCADO IS FURIOUS

Reblogged her already. Don’t care.

camwyn:

bitterglitterqueer:

THIS AVOCADO IS FURIOUS

Reblogged her already. Don’t care.

(Source: successisnotanoption, via seananmcguire)

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I just can’t stop thinking of him as some 13-year-old’s fan character who got sent to the wrong anime by mistake

"And then he would TURN INTO Cure Lovely, only STRONGER and now he knows EVERYTHING about her and he beats BOTH Cure Fortune AND Cure Honey at the same time—"

You know, that explanation works far too well.

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neandaffnet replied to your post “Episode over! So let’s talk about Yuuko’s backstory.[[MOR] Yuuko’s…”

We don’t mind you rambling. =D The switch-up did surprise me, but I agree that in the end it didn’t do much for Yuuko at all. I hope this isn’t the only development she gets.

Thanks. :)

I think I’m about ready to give up hope that she’ll ever get any development. Because she’s not really written as having much room to grow and so far there’s no indication that she’s going to get any development.

I feel kind of weird about how much I’ve been complaining about Yuuko because I really like Yuuko. I love how ridiculous she is and how she sings about rice and how she despite that she’s often the most reliable and mature of the girls. And she was so happy that Phantom ate all the food she made, the adorable child. And the way she talked about her dog and how she may or may not have been intentionally trolling Hime and Iona. I am still highly entertained by her, even if she remains a static force of rice love the whole time.

But I’m not as emotionally attached to her as I should be, considering all of the things I really like about her. She’s not rivaling Hime for the title of my favorite character the way she should be. I am disappointed in her lack of arc and her lack of being fleshed out largely because of how much I like her and how much I should love her. But even if she’s not developed beyond this, she’s highly enjoyable to me. It would be sad because of what we could have had but she’s not terrible as is. She’s just less than what she should be and every episode that focuses on her reminds me of that, no matter how much I enjoy it otherwise.