over a 4 year period

illuminabi  asked:

Curious about your response to minimum wage being raised to 15$ hurting small business owners. I lean towards the idea that people don't deserve to profit off of others poverty, period. But I always appreciate your insight on this blog!

Most minimum wage plans I’ve seen are phased in over a period of 4-5 years, and others have exemptions/modified rules around wage increases for small businesses. So I think those kinds of concessions alone should give small businesses time to adapt to a higher wage with minimal job losses.

Ontario is doing that in its $15/hour plans:

Ontario promises to help small business, farmers cope with $15 minimum wage

But really for me, it depends on how big a small business is, because in Canada a small business is just a business that has less than 100 employees. There are many small businesses who are making millions of dollars in profits and can afford to pay their employees a wage at least above the poverty line.

Also one big argument I have with people insisting that small business owners will go under with a higher minimum wage, is the fact that an increase of wages = an increase of purchasing power. That’s going to mean that all the customers in an area under a $15/hour minimum wage laws, will have more money to spend, which should help small businesses.

Also, and I’m going to be blunt, but if your business cannot afford to pay someone a wage that brings them out of poverty, you probably shouldn’t be running a business or at the very least you should slow down the expansion of your business and focus on your current employees before hiring anymore/building the company bigger. People in businesses should really take ethics into consideration when it comes to wages. It is ethically wrong to pay someone poverty wages, period.

Taylor Swift: By High School Classmates

Preface: The following content was all voluntarily submitted over a period of 4 years by multiple persons claiming to have attended high school with Taylor. The aim of this excerpt compilation is to share previously untold memories regarding the American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift - not to fabricate childish rumours or spread hate. None of this is concrete proof of Taylor’s character or verified in any way.

According to an old classmate of Taylor’s at Hendersonville High School, throughout her high school years Taylor kept herself to her bubble of friends and was a “completely stereotypical high school chick” - a sharp contrast to the band geek she portrays herself as in You Belong With Me - but that then again, they hadn’t spoken to each other in at least 10 years. Their friend, however, was on relatively good terms with Taylor’s best friend, Abigail Anderson.

Another former classmate who sat next to Taylor during English 10 explained that Taylor was sponsored by Taylor Guitars way before commercial success, and that they even sent her free guitars every few months. He described Taylor as being “nice and kinda funny”, and that he used to try and talk her into selling him her extra guitars - she never agreed to it.

Touching on Taylor’s story of performing her song I’d Lie at her high school talent show in front of her crush, a Hendersonville High School alumni claims that the song was dedicated to their friend’s older brother, Grant Wood, and that it was “really awkward” just like Taylor described it as being, because he’d not felt the same way for Taylor and had allegedly found the performance so mortifying that he got up and left - a detail sadly corroborated by a separate person also.

A classmate who was never personally friends with Taylor but attended the same high school as her regrettably admitted that they knew people who were “friends” with her to her face, but would describe her as “annoying and super odd” behind her back. To conclude their statement, they confirmed that a lot of Taylor’s early music was very accurately based off her high school experience: she was back stabbed, experienced people being jerks towards her (although ultimately motivated by jealousy) and did most definitely have a “douche boyfriend”.

A claim made by a former classmate claiming to have known Taylor during their senior year suggests that fellow students weren’t always so kind to Taylor, tarnishing her reputation as that of being “stuck up” - which completely wasn’t the case, according to the alleged classmate, who described Taylor as “actually very smart and just introverted”. They described Taylor as a “great person with a big heart” and that she came from a “sheltered family”.

A young man that had nothing but praise to sing for Taylor despite having grown up with both ex-boyfriends in which Taylor’s debut album addressed claimed that he’d only had one class with her but that “she was beyond kind” and “awesome”.

During high school Taylor attended a mixed grade choir group, but didn’t mingle with the other members too much. A past member of the group choir who was a senior whilst Taylor was a freshman described her as never being “prude or uppity” despite some contrary allegations swirling around the internet, and that she was “an alright singer”.

In correspondence with the above statements, Taylor’s former teacher’s at Hendersonville High School claim that she was a very quiet student.

Zhang Yongming was a chinese serial killer who targeted young men, and whose crimes stretched over a period of 4 years. Zhang disposed of the bodies  in a number of different ways, including dismembering them, burning them or burying them. Despite this the police still discovered human remains whenever they raided his home, including human eyeballs preserved in glass bottles and human flesh that appeared to have been left to dry out. He is thought to have fed the flesh of his victims to his dogs, to have consumed the flesh himself, and allegedly sold it on to local markets while trying to pass it off as ‘ostrich meat’.

He is thought to have killed at least 11 young men, and showed no remorse whenever he was apprehended.  He had a history of violence, including serving time for ‘intentional homicide’ but was released after 18 years later the sentencing laws were changed. For the 11 murders he committed later in his life he was sentenced to death and was executed in 2013.

vimeo

On this day in music history: September 23, 2003 - “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below”, the fifth album by Outkast is released. Produced by André 3000, Big Boi, Carl Mo, Mr. DJ, Cutmaster Swiff and Dojo5, it is recorded at Stankonia Studios in Atlanta, GA and Larrabee Studios in Los Angeles, CA from September 2001 - September 2003. Following the huge critical and commercial success of their previous album “Stankonia” released in 2000, the Atlanta based rap duo will take a year long hiatus before reconvening to work on their fifth release. Recorded over a two year period, the 2 CD/4 LP set is technically two separate albums by Big Boi and André 3000 packaged together under the Outkast name. Musically diverse and eclectic throughout, it features a number of guest artists including Jay-Z, Cee-Lo Green, Norah Jones, Sleepy Brown, Kelis, The Goodie Mob, Li'l Jon, Ludacris, and Rosario Dawson. It receives major critical and commercial acclaim upon its release, spinning off five singles including “Hey Ya!” (#1 Pop, #9 R&B) and “The Way You Move” (#1 Pop, #2 R&B) and “Roses” (#9 Pop, #12 R&B). The album also wins the duo three Grammy Awards including Album Of The Year (becoming only the second rap album in history to do so), and Best Rap Album in 2004. “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” spends five weeks (non-consecutive) at number one on the Billboard Top 200, one week at number one on the R&B album chart, and is certified 11x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Diamond Certification.

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Yang Xinhai was one of China’s worst serial killers. Over a 4 year period, between 1999 and 2003, he murdered around 67 people, and he was not one to discriminate about who he killed, he would murder men, women and children. He would enter his victims homes and kill everyone inside, using an assortment of methods, including using an axe and meat cleavers. He would also frequently rape any women who were inside before he murdered them.

He claimed that he was motivated by his anger towards society after a girlfriend, who discovered his criminal history, dumped him. His trial lasted only an hour, and he was executed within weeks.

oftd featuring. tezri propie

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‘Filmed over a period of 4 years in 18 different countries, Tarsem’s The Fall is an unforgettable movie experience. In 1920s Los Angeles, Alexandria (Catinca Untaru), a 5-year-old girl hospitalized from a fall, strikes up an unlikely friendship with Roy, a Hollywood stuntman shattered by a near-fatal movie set accident and his lover’s betrayal. To pass the time, he tells Alexandria the epic story of Governor Odious and the 5 remarkable heroes determined to defeat him – a dazzling world of magic and myth. Only when the line between reality and fantasy begins to dissolve does Alexandria realize how much is truly at stake. Presented by David Fincher (Fight Club) and Spike Jonze (Adaptation), The Fall is an awe-inspiring, cinematic tour de force.’

Dad!Seungcheol

- Would be like the best dad

- I mean he’s been looking after 12 boys for so long he would know exactly what he is doing 

- You’d probably tell him that you were pregnant when you were both sitting on the sofa cuddling 

- “Honey, so you know how we have always wanted kids? Well, I’m pregnant”

- And he would then stop stroking your hair or your waist or whatever and go completely silent 

- You would then have all of these horrible thoughts that he didn’t want kids or he regretted it 

- But then they would all be erased as he placed a large kiss on the top of your head and whispered “I’m going to be a father, baby, I’m going to be a father" 

- As your baby bump grew Seungcheol’s mantra of “I’m the luckiest person alive to have you as the mother of my child” would become more frequently murmured to you whenever he had the chance

- Cheol would also be the sort of expecting father to film videos of you two together for the baby when it grew up and he would have a labour bag ready since the beginning of your third term

- When you were giving birth he would 100% be by your side, even if he was meant to be working. In Seungcheol’s eyes you and your baby together would be the most important thing to him

- If, however, he was in the army when you went into labour his first priority would be to try and find a time to see you as soon as possible

- Also he would make sure one of the boys and your mother/his mother could be there with you so that you didn’t have to go through the birthing process on your own

- Once the baby was born he would present you with a box of letters that he wrote over a period of 3-4 years when you were together and leading up to the birth of the baby. Each letter would express how important you were to him and each one would give a few reasons about why he loves you

- The first few months as a parent are one of the most difficult times but Coups would make sure that he had read the right material and asked his mother about EVERYTHING that could help make his and your life easier during this time.

- He would be the first to offer to get up when the baby was crying (no matter how tired he was) and he would try to give you some time alone without the baby to take care of yourself (something that you weren’t able to do when pregnant)

- Whether you had one child or four (cheol’s preferable number of children) he would make sure to love all of them equally and spend the right amount of time doting over each of them.

- When he would go away on tour you could be sure that he would bring back toys for the kids and something luxurious for you from the countries he visited.

- There comes that time in every parent’s life when their kid askes them about sex, when they did Cheol would be prepared (as usual), he would sit the kid down and patiently explain to them that babies were created when “mummy and daddy love each other very much and want to show how much their love means to each other”

- The kids would absolutely love him, to them he would be their superhero dad

- He would always be playing games with the kids if he had time, monsters, fairy princesses, pirates and mermaids.  He would play all the games!

- You would be able to come home from work and see them all snuggled up on the sofa, coups with a tiara dangling from his hair and your kids wrapped in blankets on top of him, all exhausted from hours of playing.

- There would always be pictures of his kids and you in his social media and this would prompt the crew from “Return of Super Man” to offer him the chance to appear on the show as a father with your kids

- He would soon become the fan favourite and your kids would be loved by so many people in south korea and he would be so proud

- The first day of nursery (or pre-school or whatever you guys call it) would have Seungcheol drop all work commitments so that he could stand with the other parents and watch his child walk in to school, a huge smile on both of their faces.

- The kid would come back home with drawings and paintings and cheol would always go “ah, it looks like you have your mother’s natural talent”

- If your child ever got bad marks or a bad report, Seungcheol would make sure that they learned that failure is okay as long as you learn from it

- Soon the kid would start getting amazing grades to try to impress Seungcheol and seungcheol would be there like “yup that’s my kid” but he would be SOOOOO proud of them

- To sum it up, Cheol would be the best loving, caring dad ever and he would always feel like the luckiest man alive to have you as his wife.


I ended up writing twice as much as I did for the Mingyu AU… -.-

-Admin Sarang

vimeo

On this day in music history: September 23, 2003 - “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below”, the fifth album by Outkast is released. Produced by André 3000, Big Boi, Carl Mo, Mr. DJ, Cutmaster Swiff and Dojo5, it is recorded at Stankonia Studios in Atlanta, GA and Larrabee Studios in Los Angeles, CA from September 2001 - September 2003. Following the huge critical and commercial success of their previous album “Stankonia” released in 2000, the Atlanta based rap duo take a year long hiatus before reconvening to work on their fifth release. Recorded over a two year period, the 2 CD/4 LP set is technically two separate albums by Big Boi and André 3000 packaged together under the Outkast name. Musically diverse and eclectic throughout, it features a number of guest artists including Jay-Z, Cee-Lo Green, Norah Jones, Sleepy Brown, Kelis, The Goodie Mob, Li'l Jon, Ludacris, and Rosario Dawson. It receives major critical and commercial acclaim upon its release, spinning off five singles including “Hey Ya!” (#1 Pop, #9 R&B) and “The Way You Move” (#1 Pop, #2 R&B) and “Roses” (#9 Pop, #12 R&B). The album also wins the duo three Grammy Awards including Album Of The Year (becoming only the second rap album in history to do so), and Best Rap Album in 2004. “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” spends five weeks (non-consecutive) at number one on the Billboard Top 200, one week at number one on the R&B album chart, and is certified 11x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Diamond Certification.

nytimes.com
The Price of Nice Nails
Manicurists are routinely underpaid and exploited, and endure ethnic bias and other abuse, The New York Times has found.
By Sarah Maslin Nir

This article is worth a read, but it’s incredibly disturbing. It also completely validates (for me), the way that I approach getting my nails done. 

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My mother started having her nails done on a weekly basis when she was in college. At the time, all of her friends smoked, and she didn’t, so she felt that justified spending money on a weekly manicure. 

Fast forward to the mid-1980′s. She had just moved to Cincinnati with my dad and started going to the salon around the corner from our house. There she met Betty. For years, my mom would go see Betty every Saturday, and I would tag along. 

Over the years, Betty moved salons, 4 or 5 times over a period of 20+ years. The interesting thing is my mom, and many of Betty’s other clients, followed her as well. There was (and still is) a group of women who have quite literally seen me and my sister grow up - one Saturday at a time. 

During those two decades, I would have my nails done on a semi-regular basis. It started out as a quick coat of polish when I was younger, and morphed into more of a “full” manicure as I got older. Betty taught me how to take care of my nails, but more importantly she taught me about life. Betty was always the one that I could chat with about school, love, my relationship with my mom and sister. She was never judgmental, but always knew (and knows) just what to say to put life into perspective.  

Even now, years after I’ve moved away, going to see Betty and having my nails done is the one thing that I MUST do when I’m in Cincinnati. Spending that hour with her is a ritual, one that I cherish more every year. 

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As soon as I graduated college and made the decision to stay in DC I realized that I had to find a manicurist who I trusted. My relationship with Betty was never going to be replaced, but I was on a mission to find a clean spa or salon with dedicated, well-treated technicians. 

After exhausting many of the convenient options in and around the city, I was lucky enough to find Gina. She was professional, fun and loved to chat and the spa was clean and welcoming to boot. Sure, the manicures were more expensive than Mimosa in Dupont or the small shop near my place on H Street NE - but I was willing to pay extra  for the knowledge that my manicurist was trained, happy and well paid.  

It’s been over five years since I first started seeing Gina on a bi-weekly basis  for a manicure. She is no longer at Bliss, but I have followed her around the city, just like my mom followed Betty. Gina has seen me through a handful of jobs, countless interviews, life events and more - and for that I’m grateful. 

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To some, people like Betty and Gina and the women in the New York Times article are just manicurists. Faceless people who you won’t ever see again. I’m here to tell you that they aren’t. These are people with lives and families and dreams.

At the end of the day, spending an extra $5 or $10 is worth the piece of mind that your manicurist is properly trained, licensed and compensated.