Thus Began the Reign of the Millennials

2015 is the first year that the Millennial generation makes up more of the voting age population than any other generation.  

That is why the older generation is trying to suppress your vote. They know that you can change the world they destroyed.

The first step we should take is getting Bernie Sanders elected President of the United States. We should show the world that we refuse to stand aside while an older and smaller generation insists on the destruction of our Democracy.

This is just the beginning, This is the first year we have as the largest voting generation in US History.  

Let’s make the most of it.

Hey everyone! Betsey Stevenson here from President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers. In honor of Women’s Equality Day, I’ll be taking over I Love Charts to tell the story of the progress we’ve made in closing the earnings gap between women and men, and the challenges women still face in the workforce. 

Let’s get started. Our first chart shows how women are increasingly contributing to family income and now make up about half the workforce. Since 2000, women’s labor force participation has dropped slightly, but most of that is because of cyclical factors and an aging population. While older women participate in the workforce at lower rates than younger women, the percent of older women who are working has increased since the mid-1990s, partially offsetting the overall decline.

At the other end of the spectrum, young women are more likely to be enrolled in school than they were a generation ago, and that’s good news. Since students (even ones who work part-time) are not considered to be in the labor force, increased school enrollment will depress the participation rate.

Wanna wonk out some more on this stuff? Check out our report on “Women’s Participation in Education and the Workforce.”

China’s Villages Are Dying. A New Film Asks If They Can Be Saved

Ou Ning used to hate the countryside.

He had a comfortable life in Beijing where he worked as an artist. Yet in 2013, the 45-year-old packed his bags and traded his apartment for a centuries-old house in Bishan, a small village in China’s Huizhou region. He brought with him his mother, younger brother, nephew, fiancé and her son.

Ou Ning is the subject of the documentary Down to the Countryside by filmmakers Leah Thompson and Sun Yunfan. The 12-minute film follows the artist-turned-activist as he tries to bring economic and cultural development to a village struggling to survive China’s rapid urbanization. He’s part of the emerging “back-to-the-land” movement in China.

The urban population in China has grownfaster than any other country. Today 54 percent of China’s population lives in cities, up from 42.5 percent in 2005. And villages are rapidly disappearing. In 2002, there were 3.6 million villages. In 2012, the number had dropped to 2.7 million, according to China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs. The government is happy about the trend: Urbanization has always been at the center of the country’s economic development agenda.

Citizens are reportedly happy too. For many, moving to cities — or having their children work and live in cities — is a sign of success. “We met some senior farmers — they’re very ashamed of the fact that they are still farming,” says Sun.

When Sun and Thompson walk you through Bishan in their film, young adults are noticeably missing. On screen, an elderly woman is all smiles as she counts off who’s moved to cities: “The children of that [villager] live in Wuhu city. This one, Beijing. The son of this one works in the military in Beijing.”

And when the children go home for theChinese New Year, they tell the filmmakers they don’t plan to return to the village for good. They complain of low salaries and a lack of opportunity to make use of their education.

Continue reading and watch the video.

Photo: Most of Bishan’s young adults have moved to big cities to find jobs, leaving elders and children behind in the quiet village. (Courtesy of Sun Yunfan)


It’s no secret that one of the biggest drivers behind Japan’s full-court press to develop useful robotics is its aging population. Government projections indicate 40 percent of Japanese will be 65 or older by 2060. That statistic actually contains a double whammy–a greying society means that there are fewer women in their childbearing years, which leads to fewer births and a shrinking population. What Japan is left with is a major demographic headache that will make it increasingly difficult to provide all the healthcare and elderly support services the country’s citizens will need.

Potentially stepping into the breach are machines like ROBEAR, a robotic nursing assistant being developed by the Sumitomo Riko Company and RIKEN, Japan’s largest research institution. The bot is designed to lift patients from bed or a sofa and place them into a wheelchair or to help those who can walk but can’t rise from a sitting position. 

We’re just not sure if the bear head is creepier than no head at all. What do you think? Read more and see the video below.

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Lesson 3 - The Origins of the Viking Age

Many people across Europe saw the coming of the Vikings as divine punishment, but what really caused the people of Scandinavia to take Europe by storm? What made them capable of pulling off these raids? There are many possible explanations, although much is speculation. Some key candidates to be discussed in detail are: 

  1. Technological advancements
  2. Centralization pressures
  3. Environmental change
  4.  Population growth
  5. Trade/ Economics

For now, I will be rather brief with much of the following discussion, since much of this material will be showing up again later on. Still, it is good to understand the things that allowed the people of Scandinavia to stand out during this time period. Just be aware that I will be revisiting these elements with more detail and vigor in the future. Feel free to send me an ask if you don’t want to wait or if you have questions about the following material.

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Vaccines for an Aging Population
Population aging has stoked fear that the burden on government budgets, health-care systems, and economies will become untenable. But there's something we can do to lighten the load: improve the health of the elderly through vaccination.
By Melvin Sanicas

This week marks the end of National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), an annual observance to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages – not just the young ones! Here’s something about vaccines for an aging population!

Giving up fruit for 5 days?!?

This year I’m participating in Live Below the Line, an initiative that strives to raise awareness for the billions living in poverty, as well as raising funds to help them. For five days, I’ll be living (eating) on $2 or less, to gain a small insight into what so many experience their entire lives. I would be incredibly grateful if you could help out and support the cause by donating to my fund, which goes directly to giving children in Cambodia access to schooling. With over 65% of their population aged 30 or younger, education is imperative to enabling them to alleviate themselves from the worst of poverty.

If you have money to spare, please consider donating - even the smallest goes a long way and it all adds up. If every person who follows me gave just $2, the difference it could make would be incredible.

If you can’t donate, share it with someone who can! 💛

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  • Muslim population:
  • 1. Afghanistan 100%
  • 2. Albania 75%
  • 3. Algeria 99%
  • 4. Angola 25%
  • 5. Argentina 2%
  • 6. Australia 2.09%
  • 7. Azerbaijan 93%
  • 8. Bahrin 100%
  • 9. Bangladesh 85%
  • 10. Bhutan 5%
  • 11. Brazil 0.6%
  • 12. Burma 10%
  • 13. Canada 1.48%
  • 14. Cntral africn rpblc 55%
  • 15. China 11%
  • 16. Egypt 94%
  • 17. Ethopia 65%
  • 18. Fiji 11%
  • 19. France 7%
  • 20. Georgia 11%
  • 21. Germeny 3.4%
  • 22. Greece 1.5%
  • 23. Guinea 95%
  • 24. Guyana 15%
  • 25. Hongkong 1%
  • 26. India 14%
  • 27. Indonesia 95%
  • 28. Iran 99%
  • 29. Iraq 97%
  • 30. Isreal 14%
  • 31. Italy 1%
  • 32. Japan 1%
  • 33. Jordan 95%
  • 34. Kenya 30%
  • 35. Kuwait 89%
  • 36. Lebanon 70%
  • 37. Libya 100%
  • 38. Maldives 100%
  • 39. Malasiya 52%
  • 40. Mauritius 19.5%
  • 41. Mayotte 99%
  • 42. Nigeria 75%
  • 43. Oman 100%
  • 44. Pakistan 97%
  • 45. Phillipines 14%
  • 46. Qatar 100%
  • 47. Romania 20%
  • 48. Russia 18%
  • 49. Saudi arab 100%
  • 50. Singapore 17%
  • 51. Somalia 100%
  • 52. Sri lanka 9%
  • 53. Sudan 85%
  • 54. Syria 90%
  • 55. Tazakistan 85%
  • 56. Tanzania 65%
  • 57. Thiland 14%
  • 58. Tunisia 98%
  • 59. Turkey 99.8%
  • 60. UAE 96%
  • 61. UK 2.5%
  • 62. USA 3.75%
  • 63. Uzbekistan 88%
  • Where the Prophets originated:
  • Adam(A.S) - Sri Lanka
  • Nooh(A.S) - Jordan
  • Shoaib(A.S) - Syria
  • Saleh(A.S) - Lebanon
  • Ibrahim(A.S) - Israel
  • Ismail(A.S) - Saudi Arabia
  • Yakoob(A.S) - Palestin
  • Ishaq(A.S) - Palestin
  • Yusuf(A.S) - Palestin
  • Looth(A.S) - Iraq
  • Ayub(A.S) - Amman
  • Hood(A.S) - Yamen
  • NABII MUHAMMAD (S.A.W) - Saudi Arabia
  • Ages of Prophets:
  • Adam(A.S) - 1000 Yrs
  • Nooh(A.S) - 950 Yrs
  • Shoaib(A.S) - 882 Yrs
  • Saleh(A.S) - 586 Yrs
  • Zakariyya(A.S) - 207 Yrs
  • Ibrahim(A.S) - 195 Yrs
  • Sulaymaan(A.S) - 150 Yrs
  • Ismail(A.S) - 137 Yrs
  • Yakoob(A.S) - 129 Yrs
  • Musa(A.S) - 125 Yrs
  • Ishaq(A.S) - 120 Yrs
  • Haroon(A.S) - 119 Yrs
  • Yusuf(A.S) - 110 Yrs
  • Eesa(A.S) - 95 Yes
  • NABII MUHAMMAD(S.A.W) - 63 Yrs
  • The signs of Qiyamah.....
  • -Homosexuality
  • -People speaking ill of others ancestors
  • -Clothing that shows off most of the body
  • -No more stars in the sky
  • -People Disappearing
  • -Tall buildings
  • -Appearance of Imam Mahdi. 👤
  • -Appearance of Dajjal.👹
  • -Descending of Prophet Isa (A.S.).👤
  • -Appearance of Yajooj Majooj👥
  • -The rising of the sunfrom the west after which the doors of forgiveness will be closed.
  • -The Dab'bat al-Ard will emerge from the ground & will mark all the true Muslims
  • -40 days of fog🌁 that will kill all the true believers so that they do not have to experience the other signs.
  • -A huge fire🌋will cause destruction.
  • -Destruction of the Kabah.
  • -The writing in the Quran will vanish.
  • -The trumpet will be blown the 1st time & all animals 🐅🐉& kafirs left will die & all mountains & buildings will crumble.
  • The 2nd time the trumpet will be blown all of Allahs creation🌐will resurrect & meet on the plains of Arafat for their judgment.
  • -The sun will lower itself with the earth.🌞
Mr. Townson's Top Thirty

Mr. Townson, the wonderful APUSH god who has a history of 100% pass rates, has given the gospel of APUSH to his people. Here are Townson’s top 30 things that will certainly be on the test (some of these are more than one thing, but they’re related topics), followed by his top picks for what the essays will be.

  1. Spanish, French, English Exploration and Settlement
  2. Bacon’s Rebellion
  3. Half-Way Covenant & First Great Awakening
  4. Proclamation of 1763
  5. Articles of Confederation & Shay’s Rebellion
  6. Compromises in the Constitution
  7. Washington’s Farewell Address
  8. Alexander Hamilton’s Financial Plan
  9. Marbury vs. Madison
  10. Missouri Compromise
  11. Nullification Crisis
  12. William Lloyd Garrison
  13. Manifest Destiny
  14. Compromise of 1850
  15. Kansas-Nebraska Act
  16. Radical Reconstruction
  17. The Gilded Age
  18. Populism
  19. Imperialism
  20. Progressivism
  21. The Lost Generation
  22. The New Deal & Court Packing
  23. The Cold War
  24. McCarthyism
  25. Conformity in the 1950s and Levittown, NJ
  26. Civil Rights Leaders
  27. Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
  28. Nixon Doctrine/Vietnamization
  29. Camp David Accords
  30. Reganomics

Townson’s Top Essay Picks

  • Early America (pre-American Revolution)
  • Progressivism
  • Imperialism
  • Jacksonian Democracy
  • Reconstruction

Exam tip: every year there is a question about African Americans or women.

There is 1 DBQ. Everyone does the same one of that. 

There are 4 choices for the FRQs. You write 2. You must write an essay from the first category, which is pre-1900, and you must write an essay from the second category, which will be from the 1900s or later.

It is YOUR job to research and know these topics, their related facts, and their implications. I’m not going to do that for you. It won’t help you in the long run. Study well, study strong. I’m probably going to keep posting a bunch of review questions on here. Look them over, but in general, STAY OFF OF TUMBLR! You should be studying.

For aging transgender population, retirement can be bittersweet refuge

She calls it her “firewall.”

At home, Alice can live as the woman she knows she is. But at work, she has to use her “boy name” — the one on her birth certificate. There’s a co-worker that has joked about using “fags and trannies” as target practice. The day she goes to work as Alice would probably be the day she quits, or gets fired.

At 60, Alice has been forced to make the choice between living an authentic life and living her retirement in poverty. Her firewall is more than a matter of principle — it’s a matter of survival. In Missouri, where she lives, Alice could still be fired for being transgender. That’s why there’s a firewall between home and work, and why she asked to be referred to only as Alice. Her firewall is her double life.

“The problem is, most of us who are older are looking at life after work,” she said. “And we realize that it could well be lived in poverty. We can be true to ourselves, but at what price?”

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(Photo: Kate Sosin)

Age populations

Hi everyone! Out of curiousity I’d like to know what age groups all of you fall under. (This is similar to the geographical locations post I made)

If you are under 18, can you please like this post.

If you’re older than 18, but younger than 25 can you please reblog this post.

If you’re older than 25, please private message me

Or you can just simply reply to this post stating your age :) 

Thanks everyone xx

Norway Is Great For Older Folks — And So Are Bolivia And Rwanda

News that Norway has been rated the best place in the world to live out your old age is hardly a shock. Scandinavian countries always sit at or near the top of surveys of the world’s cleanest, richest, safest places.

Nor will it come as a surprise to learn that war-torn Afghanistan occupies the bottom of that same list, finishing 96th out of 96 countries surveyed in the second annual Global Age Watch Index. That makes it the worst place in the world to grow old — assuming you are even able to do so.

But how is it that Bolivia (51st), one of the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere, gets a better grade than Russia (65th), Greece (73rd), Turkey (77th) and many Eastern European countries when it comes to the well-being of its senior citizens?

And why does Rwanda — 86th on the list — outscore the U.S., Britain, Denmark, Japan and a host of other rich Western nations when it comes to providing an “enabling environment” for its old people, one of four criteria used in the rankings. (That term is used to cover the sense of security older people felt in their surroundings and the ability to call on others if they needed help.)

“There are some very useful lessons the world’s richer nations could learn from some of the poorer ones, especially in Latin America,” says Asghar Zaidi, professor of international social policy at Britain’s University of Southampton, who developed the index.

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Photo: Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere, but its senior citizens all benefit from a guaranteed pension. (Antonio Olmos/Courtesy of Age International)


Meet Smiby, the Robot Baby                                        

Technician Mamoru Kizawa assembles a Smile Baby care robot — Smiby for short — at the Togo Seisakusyo Corp. factory in Togo, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

The robot, jointly developed by Togo Seisakusyo and Chukyo University, is aimed at an elderly market, and went on sale on Jan. 21 priced at 6,8000 yen, or about $575.

Japanese companies are developing robotic technologies that can help the elderly amid an aging population and concern over rising health costs. People older than 65 will make up 40 percent of Japan’s population by 2060.

Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

© 2015 Bloomberg Finance LP

there are plenty (and i mean plenty) of problematic things u can find on other bands but people pull all these things out of their asses from like 3 years ago on 5sos just because it’s them and that pisses me off

like they just want a reason or an excuse for everyone to hate them because they toured with one direction and ‘aren’t accepted’ to be in the same group as all time low and blink or whatever (who they are actually friends with?? and are inspired by?? like wtf)

honestly they are less problematic than like 75% of the male population from ages 19-21, whom have vocabularies consisting mostly of racist, sexist, and homophobic slurs - and have u ever met a sixteen year old boy and heard the things that come out of their mouths?? lmao. no one is born with complete knowledge of social happenings

people need to stop being so pretentious and stop acting like their favorite bands are free of any errors or mistakes because that is not true at all



Donald Trump has opened the floodgates to lies about immigration. Here are the myths, and the facts

MYTH:  Immigrants take away American jobs. 

Wrong. Immigrants add to economic demand, and thereby push firms to create more jobs. 

MYTH: We don’t need any more immigrants. 

Baloney. The U.S. population is aging. Twenty-five years ago, each retiree in America was matched by 5 workers. Now for each retiree there are only 3 workers. Without more immigration, in 15 years the ratio will fall to 2 workers for every retiree, not nearly enough to sustain our retiree population. 

MYTH: Immigrants are a drain on public budgets. 

Bull. Immigrants pay taxes! The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy released a report this year showing undocumented immigrants paid $11.8 billion in state and local taxes in 2012 and their combined nationwide state and local tax contributions would increase by $2.2 billion under comprehensive immigration reform. MYTH: Legal and illegal immigration is increasing. 

Wrong again. The net rate of illegal immigration into the U.S. is less than zero. The number of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. has declined from 12.2 million in 2007 to 11.3 million now, according to Pew Research Center.  

Don’t listen to the demagogues who want to blame the economic problems of the middle class and poor on new immigrants, whether here legally or illegally. The real problem is the economic game is rigged in favor of a handful at the top, who are doing the rigging.

We need to pass comprehensive immigration reform, giving those who are undocumented a path to citizenship.

Scapegoating them and other immigrants is shameful.

And it’s just plain wrong.

12 days of Berserk

↳ Day 01: Favorite male character 

A very obvious choice of character, I tried to come up with someone else but I don’t have the heart to ignore how much he has grown in me. Instead of going on a whole rant why Guts is my favorite like the one of many more people, I will have the nerve to say that I was not exactly fond of him at the beginning – I ridicule up to this day his whole personality but in a more lovingly manner but at the end I couldn’t fight back.

He’s a good inspiration despite the way he handles himself but he learns, he keeps going forward, learning from his experiences and although anger fuels him, he has proved countless of time he has a heart gold. Stained, yes – but it doesn’t change it’s still there.

Curse this man and his wonderful yet horrible personality.