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Guys, I really need your help right now. Right now, my family’s home is going under foreclosure- we don’t have a date, but right now my family of 10 is at risk- this means my four baby sisters (two of which might have scoliosis), my mom with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and the rest of my family members might very well be without a home soon. After a hurricane destroyed NYC piers, my adoptive father was out of work and we lost our ability to meet our mortgage payments. Since that year, we’ve been struggling but now they want to kick us out of our home- guys, these are the parents that adopted me and my sisters when our mother, an alcoholic of 15+ years, abandoned us. They wouldn’t have ever been in this situation if it hadn’t been for us and I can’t think of ways to give back besides this. Right now, we hope to just raise up enough to meet the mortgage payments we miss and then fight against the loan company so we aren’t forced to pay the entire loan of the house in full (which, obviously, we can’t do). Right now, the goal is high- I don’t know what hope to have. But, please, share this post. If you can’t help us with donations, please just share this with whoever you can- post it on facebook or twitter or anything. My family and the security and health of the people I love is at real risk here- I don’t even want to think about myself, about what this means for me as a student or how this could completely turn my life on its head. But, please, share if you can. If not for me, for my sisters, whom I would give anything for, and my parents who loved and took us in when no one else would.

Our full story and the donation link is here at gofundme. Thank you so much and I’ll keep you guys posted. 

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Charlotta María Hauksdóttir wanted to use her craft of photography to show how families are intimately linked to the homes they inhabit.

In her series of photos entitled Moments, Charlotta set up her camera in the corner of a family room and snapped photos in regular intervals. Afterwards, she combined the images into these lovely composite photos.

Photo Series Documents the Moments Families Share at Home

via Slate

… [St. Louis] there are at least 100 police cars and numerous officers armed with M-16’s in the area. Stark also says hundreds of people have gathered at the intersection of West Florissant Avenue and Canfield Drive to protest the incident. A large police force from 15 different departments responded, including riot-control officers.

story is developing.

His No Country for Old Men research consisted of having a dad.

5 Famous Celebrities With Insane Family Backgrounds

#5. Woody Harrelson’s Dad Was a Contract Killer

Charles Harrelson walked out on his wife and three sons in 1968, which was only the third worst thing he did that year. After being acquitted for a murder he probably committed thanks to a bush league prosecutor, Charles was hired to kill another person so the victim’s business partner could collect insurance money. Amazingly, he got off again, this time on a mistrial, because Texas’ judicial system in the ’60s was apparently the equivalent of a first-turn guess in a game of Clue. Let that sink in — Charles Harrelson killed two people in one year and got away with it both times.

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Quills: Myth or Fact?

Most people today recognize the quills on the left. However, typically quills looked like the ones on the right. Because the process of using a quill was dirty, the feathers were either scraped off or cut into an ornate design. 

Making quills such as the ones above is one of many activities we will have in the Boeing Learning Center during July 4. 

The National Archives in Washington, DC celebrates the 238th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 2014. Highlights include fife & drum music, dramatic historical readings, archives exhibits, family activities and entertainment, all free and open to the public. 

To find out more about July 4 at the National Archives. To see a promo video.

National Archives Photo by Jeffrey Reed. 

Cry-Baby of the Week: This Family Started a Mini Riot Because They Weren’t Allowed to Bring Knives Into an Amusement Park

This week: A woman kidnapped her daughter to stop her from being vaccinated, and a family started a mini riot because they weren’t allowed to take knives into an amusement park.

Incident #1: A family was told they were not allowed to bring knives into an amusement park.

The appropriate response: Nothing. Why on earth would you be allowed to bring a knife into an amusement park?

The actual response: They attacked two cops and started a mini riot.

On Monday, five members of the Perry family attempted to visit Canobie Lake Amusement Park in Salem, New Hampshire.

At least two members of the family had hunting knives attached to their belts as they tried to enter the park. Predictably, a member of staff told them they were not allowed to take the knives into the park, and would have to leave them in their car. 

This didn’t sit too well with the family, who reportedly became “belligerent” and launched a “swear-filled tirade” against the staff member. 

Two police officers who were already at the park tried to intervene. After giving several verbal warnings to the family, an officer told a male member of the family that he was under arrest and attempted to handcuff him. 

As he placed the cuffs on the man, the rest of the family attacked, jumping on the officers’ backs, punching them, kicking them, and attempting to grab their weapons. Both officers were injured. One had to be treated for a dislocated shoulder. 

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It costs nearly $250,000 to raise a child, so stop asking why Millennials are waiting to have one.

On Monday, the USDA published a report showing that a middle-income American family spent, on average, $245,340 to raise a child in 2013 — not including the cost of college.

According to the report, that figure marks a 1.8 percent increase from 2012, and a much higher increase from 1960, when the USDA first started tracking these numbers. In 1960, the average overall cost of rearing a child was $25,229, which translates to $198,560 in 2013 dollars.

The data follows a spate of research pointing out that young women are holding off on having children, relative to previous generations. In 1960, the average age of a first-time mother was 21.5. By 2012, that figure jumped to 25.8. Plus, relative to older generations, few Millennials are planning on having kids.

In light of the cost, and itemized breakdown, of rearing a child, those decisions seem totally rational.

The USDA found that 30 percent, or $73,602, of a family’s overall child-rearing budget goes towards housing:

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According to USA Today, Americans in their mid-20s to -30s are less eager than their older counterparts to purchase a home:

From 2006 through 2011, 25- to 34-year-olds experienced the largest decline in homeownership compared with any other age group, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Census Bureau data. Among households headed by 25- to 34-year-olds, renters increased by more than a million from 2006 to 2011, while the number who own fell nearly 1.4 million, the analysis shows.

The Wall Street Journal has more:

Homeownership among Americans under age 35 hit the lowest level on record earlier this year, just as indebtedness among college grads notched a new high.

The Journal reports that the shift away from youth home-ownership could be tied to the high rate of student-loan debt. Higher debt can lead to lower credit scores, which in turn could affect a potential buyer’s ability to take out a loan she might need to make a down payment on a home. Plus, per CNN, “the country’s median income remains more than 8% below where it was before the recession, while child care and health care costs continue to grow faster than inflation.”

So not having kids — at least for now — seems like the responsible thing for many Millennials to do. 

Written by Danielle Wiener-Bronner; edited by Margarita Noriega, image courtesy of the USDA. 

anonymous said:

apparently Gemma said ''what a waste'' in regards to the adults in the fandom the doctors, lawyers etc. who believe Louis and Harry are together. I find that insulting actually (if it was in fact a real answer she gave). I also think that there has been a divide between tumblr and twitter so ofc someone from the 1d camp needed to become visible here and skip all the hoops. It's just so sad really.

I didn’t see it but regardless of whether it’s true:

I don’t care what Gemma’s or anyone else’s opinion of me is, it is irrelevant to my self-esteem, and that is why I would never ask for it.

I am a good mom, I do my best to be a good partner, I have a nice house, now also a good job, and I have a whole bunch of nice friends in the neighborhood, in this country, and abroad. My life is good - there’s room for improvement, but I need no one’s opinion on that - my, and the general opinion, is that I did well - particularly considering some of the bad things that happened to me in the past.

I am a long time lover of music, I am into a lot of different bands/singer songwriters and go to lots of concerts and I know what my tastes are. I am not ashamed of what I like. One Direction is a part of that. No one gives me shit on that.

I am bisexual and committed to lgbt rights, I don’t have my eyes in my pocket and I am outspoken. I coordinate a team of volunteers who speak up against homophobia and bullying and who work for the visibility of lgbt fans in this fandom, we’re fundraising, speaking up against hate, we’re giving people confidence to come out.

My love for Harry and Louis and their love for eachother - that I can see is there, has brought me into contact with One Direction, has led me to start up that website and coordinate that team, and it has brought me into contact with some of the friends who supported me through a very difficult time in my life. And all of this lead, among other things, to me being confident enough to get this new job that I am really proud of.

So no, most certainly not a waste.

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