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Handcrafted, Beautifying Clay Face Masks —Kickstarter

I relaunched my Kickstarter so that I could keep the monetary and production goal low and simple instead of trying to fund supplies for multiple things

I really want to bring (NieR: Automata inspired) clay masks into my shop for a strictly beauty aspect, so if this is something you’d like to see happen or just want to help make my dreams come true, then please consider placing a pledge!

I’ll be happy to answer any questions you have, too

To Trump voters

Clears throat…

  1. He called Hillary Clinton a crook. You bought it. Then he paid $25 million to settle a fraud lawsuit.
  2. He said he’d release his tax returns, eventually. You bought it. He hasn’t, and says he never will. 
  3. He said he’d divest himself from his financial empire, to avoid any conflicts of interest. You bought it. He is still heavily involved in his businesses, manipulates the stock market on a daily basis, and has more conflicts of interest than can even be counted. 
  4. He said Clinton was in the pockets of Goldman Sachs, and would do whatever they said. You bought it. He then proceeded to put half a dozen Goldman Sachs executives in positions of power in his administration. 
  5. He said he’d surround himself with all the best and smartest people. You bought it. He nominated theocratic loon Mike Pence for Vice President. A white supremacist named Steve Bannon is his most trusted confidant. Dr. Ben Carson, the world’s greatest idiot savant brain surgeon, is in charge of HUD. Russian quisling Rex Tillerson is Secretary of State. 
  6. He said he’d be his own man, beholden to no one. You bought it. He then appointed Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, whose only “qualifications” were the massive amounts of cash she donated to his campaign. 
  7. He said he would “drain the swamp” of Washington insiders. You bought it. He then admitted that was just a corny slogan he said to fire up the rubes during the rallies, and that he didn’t mean it. 
  8. He said he knew more about strategy and terrorism than the Generals did. You bought it. He promptly gave the green light to a disastrous raid in Yemen- even though all his Generals said it would be a terrible idea. This raid resulted in the deaths of a Navy SEAL, an 8-year old American girl, and numerous civilians. The actual target of the raid escaped, and no useful intel was gained. 
  9. He said Hillary Clinton couldn’t be counted on in times of crisis. You bought it. He didn’t even bother overseeing that raid in Yemen; and instead spent the time hate-tweeting the New York Times, and sleeping.
  10. He called CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times “fake news” and said they were his enemy. You bought it. He now gets all his information from Breitbart, Gateway Pundit, and InfoWars.
  11. He promised to never be the kind of president who took cushy vacations on the taxpayer’s dime, not when there was so much important work to be done. You bought it. He took his first vacation after 11 days in office. On the taxpayer’s dime. And went golfing. 

and that’s just the first month.

by Robert Reich

In a Heartbeat FAQ

When will the film be released?
Sometime this summer!

Is the film done?
Yep!

Then why not post it now?
We’re submitting the film to film festivals, and some of them have rules about putting the film online. We just want to make sure we have enough time to run it through the festival circuit, but we are eager to share it with you as soon as we can!!

How much will it cost to watch it?
Free!

Where will you upload it?
Vimeo and/or Youtube - but don’t worry, we’ll post about it here, and on our facebook!

Can I share it once it’s online?
Yes! BUT - please do not share by downloading and reuploading the film to your facebook/tumblr/instagram/youtube/etc. That’s stealing. To share it, copy and paste the link (that we will provide!) or use the reblog button on Tumblr or the share button on Facebook! Thank you!

Where can I watch the trailer?
Here!

How long is the film?
A whopping 4 minutes and 5 seconds :)

Can you make it longer?
No, this is a student film made by two people - Beth and Esteban were solely responsible for all of the visual aspects of the film, including storyboards, character design, character and set modeling, texturing, rigging, camera layout, animation, set dressing, lighting, rendering, and compositing. That’s a lot of work for two people! Plus, as a thesis film for our college program, there was a required time limit.

Will there be a sequel?
Slow down! We haven’t even released it yet!

Will it have subtitles/will it be dubbed in my language?
There is no dialogue, so there won’t be any need for subtitles or dubbing.

What are the characters’ names?
Sherwin (red hair) and Jonathan (dark hair). And sometimes we call the Heart Shirley :)

How old are they?
Around 13 or 14

Did you change Jonathan’s ethnicity?
Yes! While we were designing the characters, our only consideration was that Jonathan’s eyes be (dreamy) blue. But when we got into production, we made a few adjustments so that Jonathan was mixed Latino. Esteban was born and raised in Mexico, and we wanted to give an extra personal touch to the character.

Can I draw fanart of the characters?
Sure! We’d love to see it if you don’t mind sharing it with us!

Are you still accepting Kickstarter donations?
No, our Kickstarter campaign ended in December. However, if you would like to donate for festival submission fees, we have put a donate button in the sidebar of our tumblr page! There are no rewards attached to these donations, though, so don’t feel obligated!!

Will the Kickstarter rewards still be available to buy?
It’s pretty likely that we’ll open an online store to buy t-shirts and prints, so we’ll let you know if/when that’s available! Thank you for your interest!

Thank you for your support! If you have any other questions, please let us know! <3

anonymous asked:

Could you clearly explain what the term neoliberalism actually means? Because it is used so often to describe such a variety of things but always in a vague manner

Neoliberalism, as I and others talk about it, is a broad ideology that really started becoming popular in political, economic, and governmental circles in the 1970’s and reached its peak in global popularity in the 1980’s. It describes the political paradigm we are in right now, the political conditions of modern society. As the name suggests, it calls for a revitalization of the classical liberal view of economic policy. Concretely, this means free trade, low taxes, deregulation, privatization, and balanced budgets.

This post is going to shortly explain the neoliberal story as it took place in America. I only mention the experiences in other nations at the end for brevity, relevance to my followers and I, and because I don’t understand them as well as I understand America’s.


Neoliberalism emerged as a reaction to the Keynesian welfare state politics that had become popular in the West. In the 1970’s, the American economy was experiencing a phenomenon called “stagflation”- simultaneous stagnation and inflation- that the old-school Keynesians who had been the dominant group in American economics had believed to be impossible for any extended period of time. In the intellectual gap their failure left, economists like Milton Friedman made the case not only for a different approach to monetary policy in order to solve stagflation, but also for the idea that many forms of governmental involvement in the economy being harmful. Others, like James Buchanan, made the case to the economics profession that government bureaucrats acted in selfish self-interest, not the public interest, and thus that policy prescriptions should be much more cautious in calling for governmental solutions to economic issues.

At the same time, businesses began to be more aggressive in asserting their interests in politics. This development was prompted in part by soon-to-be Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. writing a memo to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1971 arguing that “the American economic system is under attack” from progressive critics of big business, and that the business community should fight back. A number of conservative and libertarian think tanks and advocacy organizations were created and expanded in order to make the intellectual case for “freer” capitalism, including the Heritage Foundation (1973), the Cato Institute (1974), and the American Enterprise Institute (founded in 1938 but became influential during the 1970′s).

Take all of these trends, throw in increased public skepticism of government after Vietnam and Watergate, and you have a recipe for fundamental political change.

Between the economic disarray, the public distrust, and both intellectual and financial support for an alternative to post-war welfare statism, a new ideology became dominant in the political sphere. This ideology was encapsulated by Ronald Reagan, who summed it up perfectly with his famous quote: “in this current crisis, government is not the solution to the problem; government is the problem.”

That’s is standard conservative fare today, but we forget how radical both that message and Reagan himself were at the time. I’ve noted before that, even at the time of his election, Reagan was seen by some as too far right to win. The last (elected) Republican president before him, Nixon, created the EPA, OSHA, and a number of other progressive programs. He also called for healthcare reform even stronger than Obamacare, and an expansion of welfare, the latter of which was the inspiration for the Earned Income Tax Credit, passed shortly after he left office. Parts of Nixon’s economic agenda (but not many other parts of his agenda, I should note) were noticeably left-wing, so much so that one journalist at the time noted that he left the Democrats having to resort to “metooism.”

But Nixon was simply responding to political pressures from the left, the same pressures that had forced LBJ’s hand with civil rights legislation and the war on poverty. In the late 1970’s, those pressures began to be outweighed by increasing pressure from businesses in the direction of neoliberalism. This started under Jimmy Carter, who oversaw the cautious deregulation of airlines and the trucking industry. However, it was Reagan who truly delivered the neoliberal agenda in America and institutionalized it into government.

The Reagan era also saw the start of the growth in importance of campaign donations. Republicans had not only a strong base of think tanks to provide them with a network of intellectual support, they also had far more donations from the corporate interests they were serving. Congressional Republicans beat their Democratic counterparts in campaign expenditures in every election year from 1976-1992.

Traditionally, Democrats had relied on unions as a critical source of both campaign donations and organizational support. With union strength declining (thanks, in part, to attacks by the Reagan administration), the Democrats were being totally outgunned. Recognizing that the game has changed, a number of Democrats (including one Bill Clinton) joined together in the Democratic Leadership Council with the stated goal of dragging the Democratic Party to the right and boosting campaign contributions. They succeeded. When Clinton eventually won the presidency, he cemented neoliberalism as the law of the land by making it clear that the Democrats would not challenge the fundamental new doctrine of limited government involvement in many parts of the economy, and as a result made the Democrats competitive again. (Read Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson’s “Winner-Take-All Politics” and Thomas Ferguson and Joel Roger’s “Right Turn” for more on this issue).

Instead of challenging the entirety of Reagan’s assertion of government as problem, Clinton espoused a “third way” ideology: in his second inauguration, Clinton said that “Government is not the problem, and Government is not the solution. We—the American people—we are the solution.” Though he made concessions to left-liberal voters with things like mild tax hikes on the wealthy, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Family Medical Leave Act, he continued the neoliberal march of rolling back progressive achievements through the deregulation of Wall Street, conservative reform of welfare, NAFTA, and gutting public housing.

Clinton himself was aware of the way that American politics was moving to the right, and he was sometimes frustrated with it. Allegedly, he once entered a meeting in the Oval Office complaining:

Where are all the Democrats? I hope you’re all aware we’re all Eisenhower Republicans. We’re Eisenhower Republicans here, and we are fighting the Reagan Republicans. We stand for lower deficits and free trade and the bond market. Isn’t that great?

But he didn’t really do anything to slow the process. Most of the Democratic Party accepts their role doing nothing more than, to borrow a phrase from Roberto Unger, “to put a softer face on the agenda of their conservative opponents.” They’re there to make things a bit better for the little guy here and there, but never to fundamentally shake up the political-economic system in any way. This is why people will refer to many Democrats as neoliberals even when they don’t literally advocate for a “free market.”

As a result, the Republicans continued to push further right under the leadership of Newt Gingrich. The Democrats started to dig their heels in and push back a little for the first time during the later part of the George W. Bush administration as his (and the wars’) approval ratings sank, and they now seem to have stabilized more or less. An increasingly loud progressive wing of the party continues to push for the type of reforms that would have been center-left in the 1960’s, but the party establishment is now fine just holding on to ideological territory to the right of where it was several decades ago.

With the establishment of both parties accepting neoliberal ideology, it achieved status as what Antonio Gramsci called “cultural hegemony”: because the most powerful class of America accepted it as fact, it was instilled into the American consciousness as “common sense” that can’t be seriously challenged. Ex.) “You want to raise taxes to pay for universal healthcare? That’s ridiculous, everyone knows taxes need to be cut, even the Democrats want tax cuts for the middle class!,” “Everyone agrees there’s too much regulation today,” etc.

But things are changing. What we’re seeing now in this election is the collapse of neoliberalism’s hegemony. Republican elites took neoliberalism being their root organizing principle for granted while running campaigns utilizing dog whistle racism (that’s a whole post in itself), never realizing that they were attracting a base of voters who hated immigrants a lot more than regulation. The Republicans have drifted so far to the right that unabashed nationalists like Trump can now take the lead of the party, even though he’s running on racist xenophobia and protectionism that are in conflict with neoliberal ideals. The Tea Party was the first hiccup, and Trump is the new one. The GOP’s electoral strategy is coming back to haunt them.

Even during their neoliberalization, the Democrats always had a left-wing occupied by social democrats who wanted to continue the progress that was abandoned in the late 70’s. They were empowered by both opposition to the Iraq War late in the Bush era and the subsequent economic crash that occurred as a result of neoliberal deregulation of the finance sector. Obama ran as a semi-progressive but governed as a standard Democrat who wanted no fundamental changes (Obamacare instead of single-payer, Dodd-Frank instead of reshaping the finance system, etc.), leaving progressive disappointment and frustration to rise to the surface again once a primary was held to determine who would be the Democratic candidate after Obama. Thus, the Bernie phenomenon.

I think that the collapse of neoliberalism is embedded in the formula of neoliberalism itself, very similar to Marxist views about how capitalism creates its own life-threatening crises (which, I should clarify, I don’t believe). Neoliberal globalization results in devastating deindustrialization in blue collar parts of America, leaving a class of people unemployed and feeling totally forgotten by their government, especially since government aid to the poor is often seen as shameful in a hyperindividualist neoliberal environment. This prompts an inevitable political reaction. The center-left (ex. Clinton) and center-right (ex. Jeb Bush) sing the praises of neoliberal globalization, the left (ex. Sanders) vigorously attacks the “neoliberal” part, and the far-right vigorously attacks the “globalization” part (ex. Trump). If you can’t tell, my position on the left leaves me disliking neoliberalism and believing that the far-right’s disdain for all forms of globalization is a distraction and misidentification of the root issue, using foreigners and people of color as scapegoats.

A number of other industrialized countries have underwent neoliberalization on roughly the same time frame and are now experiencing similar backlashes: The U.K., neoliberalized under Thatcher, now has UKIP, Jeremy Corbyn, and social democratic Scottish nationalists. France has the National Front. Germany has the AfD and Pegida. New Zealand has New Zealand First. Sweden has the Sweden Democrats. Spain has Podemos. Neoliberalism was pushed on much of Latin America through the “Washington Consensus” doctrine of the U.S. government and international finance organizations like the IMF, leading to a revitalization of Latin American left-populism in many countries.

There are exceptions of course: Australia, weirdly enough, doesn’t have as much far-right or far-left activity as the other nations, as far as I’m aware. Mexican politics don’t have very strong far-right and far-left forces either right now, though the Zapatista movement was undoubtably the type of response I’m talking about. Russian politics are odd enough that it’s kinda hard to determine whether what’s going on there is the result of their neoliberal shock therapy after the fall of the USSR or not.

Regardless, the only countries where neoliberalism has had serious economic success are nations with authoritarian political systems that can suppress dissent: neoliberalism was forced upon the people of Chile under the brutal rule of Pinochet, and China underwent large scale economic liberalization under the brutal rule of Deng. For all of the other problems that may have occurred, both resulted in astonishing economic growth. Regardless, these experiences seem to directly conflict with the classical liberal argument of a strong correlation between a laissez-faire economy and political democracy, at least at all points on the curve.

This post is already way too long, and I’ve probably tried to cover too much, but the concept of neoliberalism is so important to understanding our modern world that I feel like all of this is important to cover.

Bridgit Mendler was once voted as one of the most annoying celebrities and just because she avoids drama and scandals; that’s so sad. She’s in USC studying Liberal Arts and Anthropology. She also studied Jazz History, Medieval art and Medical anthropology. Not to forget that she became ambassador to First Book, a campaign to encourage reading and gives books to children in need, she’s also a part of Disney’s friends for Change. She released a promotional single  called, “We Can Change the World” and raised $250,000 for the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. She won the honorary award Common Sense Media as Role Model of the Year for her work against bullying, she was the third young artist to win the award. She also became ambassador of the campaign Give With Target with Target Corporation to raise funds to reform schools in the United States. They campaign raised $1 billion by 2015. She was featured in a public campaign Delete Digital Drama with the Seventeen Magazine to end cyberbullying.  She also traveled to the United Kingdom to fundraise for Comic Relief, given the aim of making her laugh with their jokes for a £1 donation. The campaign raised £100,000. Bridgit also participated to the World Challenge Marathon for Save the Children Foundation, a charity race to helps children with health problems. She traveled to the region of El Quiché, Guatemala to participate in the other project of Save the Children that helps underprivileged children in developing countries. She has also been in a relationship with Co-Star Shane Harper since 2011 but unless she doesn’t have any drama or scandals she’s irrelevant or annoying to this society.

Things People Have Said in my APUSH Class

- Who put the map on the back of The Declaration of Independence?

- People marrying for money seems to be a recurring theme in this class.

- I bought this Donald Trump shirt as a joke because I’m moving to New Zealand and I can watch the failure from outside the country, but I had to donate money to his campaign and it ended up costing me about $60.

- Is Pocahontas real?

- John Francis Fitzgerald is Edmund Fitzgerald’s grandpa.

- You know it, you love it, you smell it on the way to Chicago, that’s right kids, Gary, Indiana.

- Did Abraham Lincoln get shot because he revealed the location of The Book of Secrets?

- One time I saw Nicholas Cage at a parade and now we’re friends.

- The musket is a terrible weapon, Mel Gibson is a liar, and The Patriot is not a good movie.

- What do you mean New York City is on an Island?

- Someone on Tumblr sent me anon hate because I called Thomas Jefferson bae in the tags. (side note: I sent that person anon hate about Jefferson)

- Maybe Aaron Burr can shoot me instead so I don’t have to take the final.

- Can John D. Rockefeller pay for the textbook I may or may not have lost?

- Teacher: (describing an affair without saying they were fucking) They were getting to know each other in the biblical sense.

Student: What religion were they practicing?

Teacher: Baptist.

- Student: Why isn’t Lincoln on any paper money?

Teacher: He’s traditionally on the five…

- The Americans won the Revolution because they hid in the woods… like squirrels…

- Mrs. Lincoln was a female dog.

- Folks, watching the John Green videos is not enough.

- When you graduate high school you will not remember anything from The Missouri Compromise. What you will remember is “Ma, Ma, Where’s my Pa, Gone to the White House, Ha, Ha, Ha.”

- Here are the three presidents I would fight, in order: Woodrow Wilson, Thomas Jefferson, and James Buchanan.

- And Hamilton was so pleased with himself that his bonds plan was being used yet again, so he rose from the dead, wrote a musical, and won a grammy

- If you’re..uh… sensitive.. leave now. *pulls out a copy of The Jungle*

- Student #1: He’s the richest man in the world! He sleeps on a bed of gold!

Student #2: Carson, are you telling me you don’t sleep on a bed of gold?

- Everyone from the Democratic Party wanted this nomination. Even William Jennings Bryan wanted it, and he’s dead.

- And then part of the tape was (air quotes) “ accidently” erased. *teacher aggresivley shakes his head*

- You will need to acquire, either by theft or by asking, a credit card to pay for the AP exam

- I just read an essay that compared the New Deal to Wilson’s actions during the Civil War. And it was one paragraph. Good luck on the AP everyone.

- Teacher: The AP is in 5 days. It’s time to panic.

Student: I thought it was time to panic 15 days ago.

Teacher: Some people didn’t get the message. Now it’s really time to panic.

- So is there like… a meal included in the $90 exam?

Hey guys, a TON of my friends are involved with a proposed show that has 4 days left to reach it’s goal, and I’m pretty intrigued by the concept. They describe it better than I could, so from the kickstarter description:

The Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye is a 10 episode webseries inspired by the podcasts Serial and S-Town, crossed with the game One Night Ultimate Werewolf, peppered with the surreal comedy of Pushing Daisies and Twin Peaks. Wayward Guide will feature the absurd and larger-than-life comedy that you’ve come to love from the Tin Can Brothers, but won’t be shy when tugging at your heartstrings.

Additionally, as a companion piece to the show, we will be bringing on a specialized sound design team to help us produce the complete 10 episode in-world podcast that Artemis & Paul are making in Wayward Guide. This supplemental material will be released in conjunction with the series and exist parallel to the story, offering new insight into the mystery of Connor Creek and its quirky residents.

You can watch the teaser scene/concept video and support it here. I’ve been asking people to consider donating the price of a movie ticket if it sounds like something they would want to watch when it’s out… It should be really cool to have the story told from two different angles, and this is a solid group of people, and includes some big names like Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee), Carlos Valdes (from the Flash), and Darren Criss (Broadway, Glee, etc.)

Most of the cast from Shipwrecked Comedy's Poe Party (A bunch of authors at a dinner party, it’s hilarious and cool and up for a ton of IAWTV awards right now) are in it, as well as a ton of people from The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (which is, no lie, why I live in LA), so I feel very invested in seeing them hit their goal. Also, these are all just fun things to watch if you’re looking to kill some time on youtube!

Check out all these beautiful faces!!!

So, would you consider donating $15 to this campaign in their last few days? Think of it as an advanced ticket to 20 episodes of content!

I’m trying to close all my tabs on my browser before going to bed, and I had this NPR article open on the Trump-Russia investigation. This bit was particularly interesting, I thought:

All These Lawyers Are Getting Expensive

President Trump and several administration officials have retained their own lawyers in the Russia matter, and all that advice is not cheap. So donors are covering the costs: The Republican National Committee has directed more than $427,000 to attorneys representing Trump and Donald Trump Jr., Matea Gold reported in the Washington Post.

Separately, family members of former Trump national security adviser Mike Flynn announced on Monday that they have set up a legal defense fund to help Flynn continue to pay the lawyers helping him in the Russia matter. Joe Flynn and Barbara Redgate, Flynn’s brother and sister, made a case based on Flynn’s record of service.

“Mike devoted 33 years of his life to our country serving in the United States Army, spending years away from his family while he fought this nation’s battles overseas, including the war on terror,” they wrote.

[The Russia Investigations: Bad Week For Manafort, Social Networks In The Hot Seat – NPR]

So basically, the Republicans are literally crowdfunding their legal defense for the Russia investigation, aka “begging” for money. Meanwhile, they’re out here cutting back on welfare and healthcare, which affects literally the most vulnerable people in the country, all without a single shred of irony. All while their supporters continue to lap up this shit.

I followed up with the Washington Post article referred to in this blurb, and it had this to say:

The Republican National Committee is using a pool of money stockpiled for election recounts and other legal matters to pay for President Trump’s ballooning lawyer fees related to the multiple Russia investigations, directing more than $427,000 so far to lawyers representing him and his eldest son, party officials confirmed Tuesday. […]

RNC officials concluded that it is permissible for the party to pay for the president’s legal fees, according to a person familiar with the conversations. Separately, party and administration officials are working to determine whether executive branch staff members, who must comply with gift rules, could have their legal fees defrayed by the RNC or private legal defense funds. […]

Trump’s reelection committee — which is largely financed by small donors — has also directed to money to lawyers dealing with the Russia investigations. Such payments are permitted under federal law, as long as the legal expenses resulted from campaign activity. […]

It remains unknown whether Trump, who has said he is worth billions, is personally paying any of his legal expenses. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not respond to a question about whether the president is helping defray the costs.

[RNC taps legal account to help pay for lawyers for President Trump and son Donald Jr. in Russia probes – Washington Post]

TL;DR: Trump et al.’s legal defense for the Russia investigation is literally being crowdfunded by private donors and the RNC/campaign donations. Even though these people can absolutely afford their legal fees.

But yeah, sure, people asking for money on Tumblr are the only people who are lazy and expecting handouts.

youth politics zine?

hey guys,

As you may or may not remember I had the idea to start an app/community for young people to discuss politics and get involved. After carefully thinking it through, I decided it would be more realistic to create a zine for that purpose at first.

A zine where you can express your opinions about important political topics, internationally or nationally, and share your thoughts on issues without being deemed as „too young“ or „too inexperienced“.

It would also be possible to advertise donation campaigns, demonstrations, groups and personal blogs.

To create a zine like that, which would be online and completely free, I’d need:

  • writers
  • editors
  • designers

What do you think of this idea? Would you be interested?

Eventually, we could then expand and create a separate community, app, etc.

If yes, please just reblog/like this post, or send an email to flearal@gmail.com

And we’re live!!

Originally posted by tana-the-dreamchaser

Hooray! The invite emails are going out as we speak, so if you contributed to our Indiegogo campaign, you should be getting an email with your invite tokens any minute. Thank you all so, so much for supporting us on this long journey, and we hope you’ll stick around as we continue to work on the site to make it even better. (If you didn’t get an invite email, check your spam box first– if you definitely didn’t get an email, then contact us at info@pillowfort.io)

If you weren’t able to donate to the campaign but are still interested in trying out the site, we will be opening sign-ups for the next (free) waves of beta testing very soon, so stay tuned!

Hello, my name is Taylor and this coming fall I will be attending design school in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I am raising money because I currently do not have enough for tuition costs. I was honored to receive a scholarship for my art last January from this school, although I am falling short by about $2,000. My mom is a single mom and is struggling financially and even though she has always wanted me to pursue college, it is impossible for her and the rest of my family to afford my education at this time. It would mean the world to me if you could help me raise enough money so I can be able to attend this school and live my dream! If you are unable to give, I would greatly appreciate it if you would at least reblog this. Your support will definitely make a huge difference! Thank you so much lovelies!


Make a donation: http://gofundme.com/design-school-tuition

I’ve had conversations with friends (with my phone in my pocket of course) about something I need to get (a rug, sunglasses, whatever)

and then the next day suddenly had ads on facebook for those things, despite not having actually looked anywhere on my computer or phone or online for them

this has happened numerous times

succerberg gonna send you a message on social media detailing the top five things he knows about you that you don’t want people to know 

with a link to donate to his presidential campaign 

anonymous asked:

i know this is a complicated and deep topic but why is meat and dairy so heavily subsidized? is their any information u can give me? is it just because the industries are in with the government to ensure that people keep consuming their products?

It is a bit of a long story, but I’ll try to summarise it as best I can, starting with dairy. Basically during  the second world war the US government and many others started exporting a great deal of milk to nations who wanted to ration it for the war effort and provided financial incentives to farmers for switching away from crops and towards dairy. When the war ended, those countries didn’t have nearly the call for milk that they had during the war, but farmers were still overproducing, leaving a large surplus. 

The dairy industry had become very powerful due to these subsidies, so instead of reducing output they lobbied the government to promote milk in “milk education campaigns”, in schools, on TV, and even on college courses, all touting the supposed benefits of milk, which were later judged to be false. Congress later passed a law requiring dairy farmers to pay a certain amount of their earnings to support these campaigns, and taxes were introduced on the general public for the purposes of “food security.” 

These funds were used in all sorts of nefarious ways, it was used to sponsor the “food pyramid” in conjunction with the meat industry, even though it went against what even nutritionists of the day understood, and they offered incentives to restaurants to offer meat and dairy heavy menus, which are still in effect today. Despite this unprecedented propoganda campaign, in the 50′s and 60′s the dairy industry still had a surplus, so the government bought it up and sold tonnes of it to schools, the military and overseas as aid, even though the countries they were shipping to did not generally consume dairy, or couldn’t. 

This still didn’t solve the problem, it continued into the 80′s costing the taxpayer billions by that point, and it still continues to this day. Meat and dairy lobbyists “donate” millions to election campaigns and party funding to keep people in power who will promote their agenda, and will protect their interests during the annual nutritional guidelines review. In 2016, their top 3 highest payouts went to David Valadao, Ted Cruz and Mike Conaway. This is the reason that despite the scientific consensus being overwhelmingly in favour of meat and dairy reduction, governments continue to promote both in their guidelines and meal plans. it’s also how the “ag-gag” laws got passed, making corporations able to prosecute activists for filming and exposing animal abuse on farms and in slaughterhouses. 

I’ve focused on the US here because it’s the starkest example, but the story has been very similar everywhere else, and most of these companies are large multi-national corporations benefiting from the subsidy system in many countries all at once. What happens in the US food market generally influences the rest of the world. The meat and dairy industries are also inherently linked by both profits and public support, so when the dairy industry gains power and political leverage, the meat industry does too. 

This is all made even worse by the fact that the meat and dairy industry costs lives as well as money; promoting meat and dairy consumption sets people up for an unhealthy lifestyle, which ends up costing the taxpayer even more in long-term medical costs. That’s not to mention the longterm cost of climate change, since animal agriculture is one of the leading drivers. If we instead subsidised produce which has a significantly lower production cost, we could make sure that even the poorest families could eat healthy, rather than the processed food that is so readily available now, cutting both food and medical costs significantly.

The above shirt is an item currently for sale on @hottopic‘s website. 

As you can clearly see, the shirt features a campaign slogan near and dear to the Supernatural family, Always Keep Fighting. We have checked the listing on the website and it contains no mention of the campaign or that HT will be making any sort of donations to the charity campaign for using the slogan. 

We are asking you, if you have been helped at all by AKF or Jared, please contact Hot Topic through social media or their website or by calling their customer service line and ask them to do three things:

1) Remove the shirt from stores and online.

2) Donate the proceeds from any shirts already sold to the Pack Fund or to To Write Love on Her Arms.

3) Apologize to Jared and to the Supernatural Family.

When you contact them, we ask that you please be firm and fair and be courteous to any customer service representatives you speak to. Being rude, unkind or hateful will not help our case, and remember, we are angry with the company and the situation, not the individual we are speaking to.

Please help us get this shirt removed as it is appropriating and cheapening a movement that means so much to us.

Also, please pass this on to anyone who has been helped by the AKF campaign.

Thank you,

Little Cas

Tagging some peeps to help us pass this on:

@consulting-cannibal @powerfulweak @winjennster @waywarddaughtersofficial @shopstands @eldwenne @kimrhodes4 @officialbrianab @osrictumbles @ruthieconnell @robbenedict @mishacollins @perdizzion @hunters-of-221b-from-gallifrey @notlf @lepetiteverse