free-to-choose

We may be powerless to alter certain events, but we remain free to choose our attitude towards them, and it is in our spontaneous acceptance of necessity that we find our distinctive freedom.
—  Alain de Botton, The Consolations of Philosophy

How exciting! Here’s some info about the application from the official site. And here are the essay prompts. Good luck everybody!

1. You need to create a new account. To prepare for the new year, we have removed all accounts created before August 1, 2015. If you try to sign in with last year’s username and password, you’ll see an error message.

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notoyax17 asked:

Am I the only one that feels like pro-lifers (especially those that haven't carried children themselves) tend to forget about the financial aspects of pregnancy? Half of the time it seems as if they treat it like some sort of backpack. "Yes, it's super heavy, but you can't just put it down! Why don't you deal with it? It's not a big deal!" But that ignores the (continued) cost of prenatal medicine, doctors appointments, and the alarming hospital bills that come with the actual childbirth (1)

(2) and that’s assuming that your childbirth is complication free. People often choose to have an abortion because they CAN’T afford to have a child. Putting the child up for adoption doesn’t change the fact that you’re going to out hundreds or thousands of dollars. Somehow, I can’t help but wonder if these same pro-lifers are in favor of welfare support to offset these costs. (If their want someone to have the child, is it not then their responsibility to pay ALL the costs?)

They never take any of that into consideration. I’ve had several friends that have given up their babies for adoption that were stuck with a lot of medical expenses. Some anti-choicers have made statements like “If you find a nice family, sometimes they’ll pay for all that stuff”…yeah, key word is sometimes. Not everyone that is giving up their child for adoption has one particular family that wants to adopt said child. I have had four friends that gave up their children for adoption and they didn’t have any help at all. One of them is currently struggling to pay for her education and the leftover expenses from her pregnancy and childbirth. They seem to think that everyone is financially stable.

-Allie

she dresses in ripped denim
wild hair knotted and loose
flapping as she sprints past
not a care for distractions
she is the focused hunter
in this tight urban forest
telephone pole trees and
garbage underbrush where
her precious nature hides
she jumps fences daily in
her short skirts and shorts
scraped up knees and
the bright band aids her
brother always buys her that
mother always fusses over
combat boots thudding
on the graceful dismount
they say she runs a gang
of the city’s street rats
young girls abandoned for
their wild and worthy love
wrapping themselves in the
bandages of their fierce
and self-sufficient pride
she is a saviour and one
day she may even be a martyr
but she doesn’t seem to care
she lives moment to moment
lost in the alleyways but as
free as she chooses to be
because no one could think
to douse that kind of fire

-31.7.15 [to an urban artemis]

kinderman-and-company asked:

Another World //Feel free to choose the muses//

65. Writers AU ((Going to use my latest muse. Dixie. Be warned, she’s forceful and flirtatious with men))

A purple clawed hand pointed a long fountain pen to a stack of papers. A shirtless female monster kept her lower emerald eyes fixed on the paper she was working on while the top set glanced at the other. “There’s the rough draft. If you want. Are you sure you want to try writing a book together?”

Shite about me

Tagged by boyvampire (thanks bruh)

Birthday: 27th March

Sign: Aries

Height: 6′2″

Gender: Male

Lucky number: Probably 27 because it’s my birthday and it’s a FOB song that I like.

Favorite color: Black or white, I’m a monochrome kinda person.

Happy places: My room, with a guitar and my friend Jacob.

Number of blankets I sleep with: 1

Dream trip: Roadtrip around america with my homies sounds pretty fucking good to me.

Average hours of sleep: 13+ or nothing, there is no inbetween.

Favorite book: The Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini, I can’t pick one and they’re all just so detailed and full of twists and turns.

Favorite childhood show: Spongebob Squarepants. Without question.

Word that comes to mind: I was still thinking about spongebob when I read the question so barnacles.

Favorite anime: Either SNK or Free! I just can’t choose.

Favorite fictional characters: Murtagh from Inheritance, or Bucky Barnes. Murtagh is one of my favourite antagonists of all time, and Bucky is The Winter Soldier, whose character is my favourite in the MCU.

People I’d like to get to know better: (i already know most of these losers but fuck you guys i did this so you will too) sexually-ambiguous-weeaboo hannajadee1 wecameasoceans tvrtledove infinity-on-urie

The first time I heard the name Milton Friedman, it was in propaganda newsletters that said there is one very bad and very dangerous economist, and his name is Milton Friedman. I was quite sure, when he is so dangerous for the Communists to be telling me this, he must be a good man.
—  Mart Laar, Prime Minister of Estonia 1992-1994 and 1999-2002
questions for a Discworld lover
  • ๐Ÿ‘ :how did you get into Discworld?
  • โœฟ :how many Discworld books have you read?
  • โœ“ :what is your favourite Discworld novel?
  • โœ— :which novel do you like the least?
  • ♣ :which book would you recommend to newbies?
  • โ˜… :who is your favourite character?
  • ๐Ÿ‘ :which character are you most similar to?
  • ๐Ÿ‘‡ :which character do you like the least?
  • ๐Ÿ’€ :who is your favourite Discworld villain?
  • ๐Ÿ’ :who is in your favourite Discworld ship?
  • ๐Ÿ’ฃ :which ship do you like least/annoys you?
  • โ™› :which series do you like the most?
  • โ™• :which is your favourite standalone book?
  • โค :what is your favourite quote?
  • โ™– :what quote/moment makes you laugh the most?
  • ๐ŸŒŸ :which Discworld novel do you think is funniest?
  • โ™ก :which character makes you laugh the most?
  • โ–ฒ :pick your favourite - dwarves or trolls? wizards or witches? vampires or werewolves?
Don’t Read This Tyler

Hey guys! I have a huge project I’m working on and need Tyler’s People’s help. Yes, ANY and ALL of Tyler’s People. Currently I can’t say a lot about this project, but I do have a video-related task for each of the wonderful people in this fandom to take part in if you’re up for it.

Video Instructions: 

  1. Start your video off with “Hi, my name is ____, I’m (age), and I’m from (state/country).”
  2. Name something you love or admire about Tyler Oakley. It can be anything from his laugh to something he has accomplished. Be creative!
  3. Name one way Tyler has impacted your life or helped you personally whether it’s by staying positive, being yourself, etc.
  4. Feel free to choose various different reasons you love/admire Tyler and/or how he has helped you, but be sure to keep the video under 5 minutes long and leave space between each part. 
  5. You can finish with “Tyler, if you’re watching this…” and leave a little message for him.
  6. Don’t forget to end the video how he normally would (a big thumbs up, subscribe, “Good luck with your lives,” whatever you can think of).
  7. You can upload your video as unlisted to your YouTube channel. From there you can link us to the video through Tumblr or Twitter at itstylerspeople. It must be unlisted, not privated, in order for us to find it.

Note: Both 2 and 3 do not have to be completed, you can choose one or the other, but 1 and 6 are mandatory.

The deadline will be no later than August 12th. The earlier you submit your videos, the more likely you are to have your’s included in this project! I hope you all take part, I can promise you that the end result will be more than worth it. Thanks guys. xx

The great achievements of the nineteenth century came by departing from the kind of system that you now want to re-impose. You want to take us back to the 18th and 17th century when we had a corporate society, when we had government controlling things. The whole issue is not Is what somebody is proposing from the 20th, or the 19th, or the 18th [Century]? The whole issue is: What is the best thing to do? What is the best way in which we can widen our opportunities, preserve our freedom, maintain our prosperity? And it seems to me the kind of solutions you would propose involve more of the same measures that have failed over and over again to achieve the objectives.