anonymous asked:

Hey kyo i know many things have been bad but even though so many things that happened this year already even though so many things have been bad your videos have helped me a hole lot and i start my freshmen year any tips for highschool ?

TIPS FOR HIGHSCHOOL *spreads hands to make a rainbow

like this*

I aint gonna lie to ya, things are gonna get tough. With homework out the wazoo, needin to to balance school and social life and slowly becoming of age to be more adultish and take on more responsibilities. But!! It’s all possible.

Know that nothing has to be set in stone, thinking about the future is important but you never know what and where you’ll be taken to. Heck, most of my ‘notable achievements’ happened while I was in college. I was there for a good year in the ‘i dont even known my major’ category. (And i never even went for the major i picked hue) BUT EITHER WAY WHAT IM SAYING IS try your hardest not to stress, even with the peer pressure. Things take time.

Speaking of time, use what time you can responsibly! Pushing off your homework till the last second isnt good, high school is a lot rougher than college (no seriously it is). Sometimes ya get overwhelmed, but take things one step at a time. If you cut things up to smaller planned portions, it doesnt seem as frightening as a tangled mess thats just suddenly plopped onto your lap

Though, homework aint always gonna be your life, nows a good time to look into interests too. Like classes and studies, try not to turn up your nose to something if you can. Foods, classes, clubs, if it sounds interesting at least check it out! It’s better to say know with experience than accidently turn away an opprtunity because it sounded too tough even though it sounded promising.

One last thing, this is usually the time of a lot of people getting significant others and big ol friend groups. If that doesnt happen, thats all right. Sometimes making friends takes times, sometimes your great friends in school wont be until a few years later when they enter into high school themselves (no shame in having younger friends and all). Same goes for significant others. (same thing i didnt even meet my datemate until college), you dont need to rush into something because you crave companionship or for experimentation. Things like that should develop naturally. If they want things and you dont feel ready/able, you can always say no.

BUT ALSO BEWARE TO NOT BUCKLE UNDER PEER PRESSURE FOR FRIENDS. Drugs, sex, self harm (body mutilation and eating disorders). if thats is seen as norm/required/a pain olympics of competition get the heckie outta there. Youre too precious to let such things haunt you or make you do things you regret. You can always have new friends, no matter what anyone says, you can always have new friends.

I have some more but I’ve made this list long enough. I’ll wrap it up with this. This isnt the end of your life, far from it. This is a very large and tough patch to get there, btu there is always a way through it. How you end up, who knows, but whatever happens, there’s always the next day.

Take things one day at a time, and you’ll be fine.

anonymous asked:

So I've been vegetarian for 6 years and 1 year vegan but I live abroad and I went home to visit my family and told them I was still vegetarian because they just keep making jokes about vegan etc and I think they would not accept it. I feel so grossed out and bad when I eat like a slice of cheese cause they pressure me into it and I can't lie anymore but at the same time I so don't feel like talking about it. Do you think it's super bad I am doing this? It's just for 2weeks

Hi there! This sounds like a really tough situation to be in and I’m sorry you have to go through this. It’s very difficult to have people in your life who don’t support you, especially when they’re important to you. 

A lot of people are abused in this way by family and they handle it how they can. I have been very fortunate in that I have been able to explain to my family and friends why veganism, animal rights and environmental rights are important to me and they support me. No family is perfect and I still get the vegan joke here or there but if I roll with it they usually laugh and drop it.

Personally, I would not be able to give up vegan habits for two weeks… I think mentally and physically it would tear me apart harder than any vegan joke could. However, I am not you. I don’t know your living situation for those two weeks, mental health or where your food sources come from. For two weeks I could live off of salads, pbj’s, oatmeal, nuts, chips, water, juice, tea, fruits, veggies, hummus… all vegan and found in most households. But some people don’t even have that and vegans are not against survival. 

It’s up to you how you handle these situations. I really hope the best for you and I hope you’re well <3


Van Jones’ claim on drug use, imprisonment rates for blacks, whites is mostly accurate

After two black men died at the hands of police, CNN commentator Van Jones tried to make a case for institutional racism in law enforcement with panelist Harry Houck, a former New York Police Department detective, during the July 7 edition of Erin Burnett Outfront.

“The statistics don’t lie about the excessive numbers of stops,” said Jones, who is black. “Let’s not talk about traffic stops. Let’s take something tough like drugs. African-Americans don’t use drugs (at a) higher level than whites. (It’s) about the same percentage; about 12 percent. But we wind up getting arrested, not 50 percent more. We wind up going to prison six times more because there seems to be some institutional bias. Doesn’t that bother you?”

Houck’s response: “That doesn’t show any institutional bias.”

We were interested in Jones’ statement that blacks don’t use drugs at a higher level than whites, yet they the wind up going to prison six times more often.

We fact-checked a similar statement in February 2016, when presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton declared that “African-Americans are more likely to be arrested by police and sentenced to longer prison terms for doing the same thing that whites do.” We rated that statement True.

But Jones’ comment was less generic, dealing specifically with drugs.

When we contacted him, he said he was going away for a while and couldn’t remember the source off the top of his head.

So we went looking for information.

Jones may have been referring to data contained in the 2014 National Research Council report on “Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences.” Pages 60 and 61 focus on drug crimes.

We’ll talk about drug use first.

The report says, “The prevalence of drug use is only slightly higher among blacks than whites for some illicit drugs and slightly lower for others; the difference is not substantial. There is also little evidence, when all drug types are considered, that blacks sell drugs more often than whites.”

We checked the overall data from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Here’s the breakdown for all illicit drugs. [Chart: top]

There are racial differences in the types of drugs being abused, according to surveys by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Blacks, for example, are far less likely to have used marijuana, cocaine and hallucinogens in their lifetime than whites, but — at least in the case of marijuana — whites are more likely to give it up over time.

With that backdrop, the National Research Council report says, “In recent years, drug-related arrest rates for blacks have been three to four times higher than those for whites. In the late 1980s, the rates were six times higher for blacks than for whites.”

Here’s the drug arrest rate trend: [Chart: bottom]

But Jones was talking about the rates of imprisonment for drug crimes, not arrest rates. Those numbers turned out to be harder to find.

We turned to Nazgol Ghandnoosh, a research analyst for The Sentencing Project, an advocacy group in Washington. He pointed us to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics reporting on the number of people going to state prison for drug offenses and numbers from the United States Sentencing Commission on the racial makeup of drug offenders going to federal prison.

Those numbers aren’t perfect for our comparison. For example, the state prison data only lists inmates based on their most serious offense, so someone convicted of a drug crime may not be listed in that category if that person was given a longer sentence for assault.

Adjusting for the number of blacks and whites (another approximation because many Americans are of mixed race), the black imprisonment rate for drug offenses is about 5.8 times higher than it is for whites.

That’s very close to what Jones said.

It should be noted that these numbers vary from source to source.

The NAACP’s Criminal Justice Fact Sheet asserts that “five times as many whites are using drugs as African Americans, yet African Americans are sent to prison for drug offenses at 10 times the rate of whites.” It doesn’t list a source. Spokeswoman Raquel Coombs said the ratios may be out of date.

We noted in the BJS data that the racial disparity has decreased significantly since 1991. That NAACP 10 percent imprisonment statistic appears to be based on 2003 data analyzed in 2009 by Human Rights Watch. (We also note that the drug-use statistic is easy to misread. Whites aren’t five times more likely to use drugs. Five times more whites are using drugs because there are about 5.5 times more whites in the U.S. population than blacks.)

We wondered why so many more blacks are going to prison for drug offenses.

They’re more likely to get caught selling drugs, as Michael Tonry, professor of law at the University of Minnesota, told us back in February. “Whites are more likely to sell to people they know, and they much more often sell behind closed doors. Blacks sell to people they don’t know and in public, which makes them vastly easier to arrest.”

Blacks arrested for drugs are more likely to be sent to jail because they’re more likely to have had a previous run-in with the law. Police tend to patrol high-crime areas more aggressively, which tend to be the poor areas, which have a higher proportion of minorities. Thus, they’re more likely to be stopped for something and have a rap sheet once a drug charge comes along.

As we found in our previous fact-check, their sentences also tend to be longer.

Our ruling

Jones said that African-Americans don’t use drugs at a higher level than whites but wind up going to prison six times more.

African-Americans use drugs at roughly the same levels as white Americans, although overall illicit drug use among blacks has been marginally higher than for whites, with some differences in the types of drugs used, according to a national surveys.

Jones’ bigger point was about the disparity in sentencing, and the rate of African-Americans’ incarceration for drug offenses is very close to what Jones said.

We rate his claim Mostly True.


PolitiFact, “Hillary Clinton says blacks more likely to be arrested, get longer sentences,” Feb. 26, 2016

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from 2011 and 2012 surveys, accessed July 12, 2016

Interview and emails, Nazgol Ghandnoosh, research analyst, The Sentencing Project, July 11–12, 2016

Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Prisoners in 2012: Trends in Admissions and Releases, 1991–2012,” Table 8, December 2013

United States Sentencing Commission, “Race of Drug Offenders in Each Drug Type — Fiscal Year 2015,” accessed July 11, 2016

Census Bureau data, “Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010,” accessed July 11, 2016, “Black Lives Matter: Eliminating Racial Inequity in the Criminal Justice System,” February, 2015

Brookings Institution, “How the War on Drugs Damages Black Social Mobility,” Social mobility blog, Sept. 30, 2014,

National Academy Press, “Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences,” 2014, accessed July 111, 2016

The Oxford Handbook of Ethnicity, Crime, and Immigration, “Race and Drugs,” published online October 2013

Interview, Michael Tonry, professor of law, University of Minnesota, Feb. 23, 2016.

Stanford Law and Policy Review, “Race, Drugs, and Law Enforcement in the United States,” June 19, 2009

University of Michigan, “Quick Tables for the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2011.”

anonymous asked:

Hi! How does a mid-career individual such as myself make an industry change? I have such a varied list of skills that are most definitely transferable to the industry in which I want to be in (entertainment!) as I have also successfully been in many unrelated industries up until this point. Should I be applying for entry level positions when I clearly have more experience than that? & if yes, how do I communicate effectively that I do indeed want the opportunity?

I am not going to lie, it is tough, but it can be done…

1. Set your expectations You may need to take a step back to move forward. Maybe it won’t be completely entry level, but it could be. Just be mentally prepared.

2. Research internally Why do you want the change? Why do you think this new career will make your life better? What is your short, and long term goals in achieving your switch? What roles and company do you want to target and why? 

Research External  Research companies of all shapes and sizes. What type of openings do they have, what is their criteria? What does this new job or career look like? What does it not look like? What’s it called? What skills are required?

3. Connections Figure out, if you don’t already, how to build your network within the area you want to go into, and how to leverage your skills, your contacts, and your professional brand to make a successful transition.

4. Plan to action Make realistic goals for yourself in the short and long term, and overall timeline. Check in with yourself on a weekly basis and make sure you are achieving them. 

5) Professional brand You will need to shift your professional brand so that you make sense to your new target audience. Make it easy for people to figure out who you are, your goals, and most of all, how to find you. However you decide to market yourself, make sure it aligns on all social media aspects (LI, FB, Twitter) and your resume and cover letter. 

6) Get specific When reaching out to people or getting your network to help you. Make sure you are specific in what area you want to go into and the the role you are trying to achieve. Too vague and they may dismiss you entirely. 

7) Build new relationships People love to talk about themselves, so remember that when reaching out to new people. Build a rapport, and then ask them for help. My biggest pet peeve is when someone I don’t know, reaches out and asks me to review their portfolio or resume- and most of the time they don’t even acknowledge how busy I may be. I typically won’t respond to that. 

8) Focus on your already existing skill set If it is just switching to a new industry, you may want to leverage the career skill set you’ve already established and see if there are any parallels to where you want to take your career.

Lastly, don’t give up! It probably won’t come over night, but if you work hard, your are deliberate in how you want to achieve your new career, and take the right steps, you should be able to make the switch.