anonymous asked:

this is an unnecessarily personal question and I'm sorry for asking (ignore this if you aren't comfortable) but what is your sexuality?

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How the New Flexible Economy is Making Workers’ Lives Hell

These days it’s not unusual for someone on the way to work to receive a text message from her employer saying she’s not needed right then.

Although she’s already found someone to pick up her kid from school and arranged for childcare, the work is no longer available and she won’t be paid for it.

Just-in-time scheduling like this is the latest new thing, designed to make retail outlets, restaurants, hotels, and other customer-driven businesses more nimble and keep costs to a minimum.

Software can now predict up-to-the-minute staffing needs on the basis of  information such as traffic patterns, weather, and sales merely hours or possibly minutes before.

This way, employers don’t need to pay anyone to be at work unless they’re really needed. Companies can avoid paying wages to workers who’d otherwise just sit around.

Employers assign workers tentative shifts, and then notify them a half-hour or ten minutes before the shift is scheduled to begin whether they’re actually needed. Some even require workers to check in by phone, email, or text shortly before the shift starts.

Just-in-time scheduling is another part of America’s new “flexible” economy – along with the move to independent contractors and the growing reliance on “share economy” businesses, like Uber, that purport to do nothing more than connect customers with people willing to serve them.

New software is behind all of this – digital platforms enabling businesses to match their costs exactly with their needs.  

The business media considers such flexibility an unalloyed virtue. Wall Street rewards it with higher share prices. America’s “flexible labor market” is the envy of business leaders and policy makers the world over.

There’s only one problem. The new flexibility doesn’t allow working people to live their lives.

Businesses used to consider employees fixed costs  – like the costs of factories, offices, and equipment. Payrolls might grow or shrink over time as businesses expanded or contracted, but from year to year they were fairly constant.

That meant steady jobs. And with steady jobs came steady paychecks along with regular and predictable work schedules.

But employees are now becoming variable costs of doing business – depending on ups and downs in demand that may change hour by hour, possibly minute by minute.
Yet working people have to pay the rent or make mortgage payments, and have keep up with utility, food, and fuel bills. These bills don’t vary much from month to month. They’re the fixed costs of living.  

American workers can’t simultaneously be variable costs for business yet live in their own fixed-cost worlds.

They’re also husbands and wives and partners, most are parents, and they often have to take care of elderly relatives. All this requires coordinating schedules in advance – who’s going to cover for whom, and when.

But such planning is impossible when you don’t know when you’ll be needed at work.

Whatever it’s called – just-in-time scheduling, on-call staffing, on-demand work, independent contracting, or the “share economy” – the result is the same: No predictability, no economic security.

This makes businesses more efficient, but it’s a nightmare for working families.

Last week, the National Employment Law Project reported that 42 percent of U.S. workers make less than $15 an hour.

But even $20 an hour isn’t enough if the work is unpredictable and insecure.

Not only is a higher minimum wage critical. So are more regular and predictable hours.

Some states require employers to pay any staff who report to work for a scheduled shift but who are then sent home, at least 4 hours pay at the minimum wage.

But these laws haven’t kept up with software that enables employers to do just-in-time scheduling – and inform workers minutes before their shift that they’re not needed.

In what may become a test case, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman last week warned 13 big retailers – including Target and The Gap – that their just-in-time scheduling may violate New York law, which requires payments to workers who arrive for a shift and then are sent home.

We need a federal law requiring employers to pay for scheduled work.

Alternatively, if American workers can’t get more regular and predictable hours, they at least need stronger safety nets.

These would include high-quality pre-school and after-school programs; unemployment insurance for people who can only get part-time work; and a minimum guaranteed basic income.  

All the blather about “family-friendly workplaces” is meaningless if workers have no control over when they’re working.



Please don’t just scroll past this...

One of my closest friend’s mom passed away two days ago. Now, at the age of twenty with no job and still in school, not only is he dealing with a terrible loss, but he also has to raise money to assist with funeral services. Please, I’m begging you, any contribution will help. This is his gofundme site. Thank you.

People shitting on Gray because ‘he left Juvia to flirt with Lucy’…

Seriously though, are we reading the same manga? I’m a hardcore both Nalu and Gruvia shipper and I didn’t feel that the scene between Gray and Lucy was romantic. Moreover, I think that their brotp is as important as others between the members of Team Natsu (they know each other since the beginning, went through a lot of adventures together and they’ve always supported each other). I also liked seeing him joking and laughing with his friends, I don’t care if it’s Natsu, Erza, Happy or even Lucy. The relationships between the members of ‘Team Natsu’ are my ultimate brotp and I wouldn’t like to see them spoiled by ship wars. 

On the other hand, I don’t think that Gray is happy to leave Juvia in the past. We only have to see his expression on this panel. 

What I actually see is remorse or concern because of leaving her. As I defended Natsu for leaving Lucy, because he needed some time alone because of what happened in Tartarus arc, I think that Gray also had his reasons to leave our favorite water mage. The thing is I agree with Erza, in an undercover mission, the less people the best and if Juvia went with him, apart from the fact that probably Avatar members would blow their cover earlier, he wouldn’t be able to guarantee her safety. 

So, I think that we should calm down a little and wait and see. I’m pretty sure that Gray’s development and current happiness are because of his time spent with Juvia and is A BIG STEP on their relationship. It also could be meaning that Gruvia is closer to be canon. 

Don’t lose hope my lovelies, I think that Mashima will compensate this period of time they’re separated with a future Gruvia reunion (and maybe further development on their relationship :P).

A haiku from the article: Dealing With Being Dissed by a Disinvite

Naiinis ako sa mga nalalate kong kaklase. Kung sino pa yung mga malalapit, sila pa yung madalas malate sa klase. Oo, hindi nila kasalanan na malayo ako sa UST pero grabe, nag-eeffort kami ng iba kong kaklase at prof namin na pumasok ng maaga. Tapos mas nakakainis kasi minsan naiisip ko na baka naiinggit lang ako na late sila magising HAHAHAHAHAHAH

anonymous asked:

I just find it ridiculous you know. I know we do have to credit artists but in the first place they should know that the internet is a vast place. Anybody can steal their shit if they put it online. Its a risk they should have considered. Just saying

Cont.. Not that I approve of stealing. Its right to give artists credit. I just want them to know the risks to their actions.

Let’s put your words into a different context (I replaced a couple words which are bolded to show how ridiculous your claim sounds):

“ I just find it ridiculous you know. I know we do have to credit writers but in the first place they should know that the world is a vast place. Anybody can steal their shit if they put it out to the world. Its a risk they should have considered. Just saying. Not that I approve of stealing. Its right to give writers credit. I just want them to know the risks to their actions.”

By your logic then, we shouldn’t even post anything online, or even share anything to the world because someone will probably steal it and mark it as their own. Writers shouldn’t publish their works because someone will probably steal a character. Photographers shouldn’t upload their photography online because someone will probably steal it and watermark it as their own. Singers shouldn’t release their songs because someone will probably steal the lyrics and musical composition. But they do it anyway because they want to share their hard work to the world.

I agree that there is a higher risk in posting things online. However, there is always a risk in sharing anything to the world, online or offline, which is why copyright exists. Unfortunately, we’re not at that stage yet where digital media copyright laws are as stringent as copyright laws for older forms of media, so we have to rely on us being good people to reduce the amount of theft on the internet so that this risk is minimized.

As much as the internet has adapted to us, we need to adapt to the internet as well.

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New visuals // Directed this video myself


talking with old buds about our middle school adventures before i moved away and c HRIST I FORGOT HOW RIDICULOUS 7TH GRADE WAS

ok but first, meet jemmy the chubby tortoise– the hero of this one damn story

OKAY SO in 7th grade, our English class had to do some skit of some Shakespeare thing idk and our group’s skit had something to do with fortune telling and magic. We needed a crystal ball so I offered my tortoise Jemmy to be the magical crystal ball since I was planning to sneak her into the school to show my science teacher anyway….. THE NEXT DAY, I came to school with Jemmy in a shoe box and handed her over to my science teacher, who let the tortoise roam around her classroom throughout the school day and happily cleaned after her poop, until English class began. Soooo in my group………………… Friend A was the fortune teller, Friend B was her assistant, and Jemmy was the crystal ball. In one of the parts of the skit, Friend B held Jemmy and Friend A was making hand motions around the tortoise while ominously chanting. And right after Friend A said “The future…. I… I see…” the tortoise STARTED TO PEE BECAUSE SHE WAS SCARED AND FRIEND B WAS YELLING WHILE STILL HOLDING HER AND FRIEND A JUST SCREAMS “I SEE PEEEEEEEEEEEEE.” My English teacher was chill about the random turtle in her classroom but GOD WHEN THAT SHIT HAPPENED SHE CRIED FROM LAUGHING TOO HARD AND 30 SECONDS LATER MY SCIENCE TEACHER BURSTS INTO THE CLASSROOM SMILING WITH PAPER TOWELS TO CLEAN THE PEE


let me tell you why this video is amazing

ok, so it’s Hide and Kaneki’s story, right?
but the difference–it’s from Hide’s point of view
(it even has the scene with the musician ghoul from Sekijitsu!)

seriously, please watch it, it’s amazingly animated and will probably break you heart–

What to do/not to do at concerts!

I’ve been to quite a few concerts and I’ve seen so many people doing horrible things, but I’ve also picked up some good tips so I decided to share them:


-take a drink of water, often security guards can only hand out water to the first few rows and you don’t want to faint or make yourself ill
-join in with mosh pits/circle pits/ various other angry seeming things
-crowd surf, if the venue is okay with that (sometimes security guards aren’t prepared to deal with that so pls be respectful)
-wait after the show to meet the band, if you’re able too. Bands are almost always okay with this as long as you respect them! They’re people too remember


-take a backpack. A small bag is okay but backpacks take up a lot of room and you can often hit people behind you with them which hurts and just ruin it for people behind you
-push people into a mosh pit etc. if they wanted to be in the mosh pit, they would be.
-fight over a guitar pick/drum stick. ESPECIALLY if the person you are trying to take it from caught it. Don’t be a cunt.
-push everybody out of the way because you are the biggest fan ever and want to get to the front. People queue for hours to get to the barrier and while obviously not everyone can do that, don’t ruin it for them. You can hear/ see just fine no matter where you are. The venue is specifically designed for that reason
-yell around/group around/hit the tour bus before/ especially after the show. That’s just fucking rude, they could be trying to sleep or want to actually get on their bus and you’re making that very hard; be respectful
-chase/yell at a band member. Chances are, if they didn’t stop to meet you it’s not because they’re a selfish twat but because they actually do have somewhere to be and don’t have time to stop or they’ll be late and probably get in trouble. And chasing anybody is just creepy and rude, it doesn’t matter who it is. Don’t.
-yell when somebody on stage is trying to talk/ during an acoustic song. You’d be the first to complain if somebody cut you off in the middle of what you were doing, I’m sure.
-this is a touchy one, but try not to show fresh self harm wounds if possible, especially as it’s often where there could be many people who would be triggered by it. Just do your best to cover what you can.
-wear your hair down if it’s long/bushy. It’ll get stuck to people’s sweaty skin and they’ll probably get their hands stuck in it and it’ll be a hot, hairy, sticky mess.

Feel free to add more advice because I probably missed things and sorry if it sounds so ranty