poverty relief

historical women 15/?: Queen Seondeok, ?-647

Queen Seondeok reigned as Queen Regnant of Silla, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea, from 632 to 647. She was Silla’s twenty-seventh ruler, and its first reigning queen… she had built the nine-story wooden pagoda in Hwangnyongsa… She built the “Star-Gazing Tower,” or Cheomseongdae, considered the first dedicated observatory in the Far East. The tower still stands in the old Silla capital of Gyeongju, South Korea. She also worked towards relief of poverty…One story recounts that her father received a box of peony seeds from the Emperor Taizong of Tang accompanied by a painting of what the flowers looked like. Looking at the picture, the young Seondeok remarked that while the flower was pretty it was a shame that it did not smell. “If it did, there would be butterflies and bees around the flower in the painting.”

General Headcanons: Auradon

- The Beast is not the only person in charge. The United States of Auradon is made up of a lot of kingdoms - Auradon itself is only one. There is a council of people who rule those kingdoms and the Beast can’t make unilateral decisions on things that affect all of them. He can make decisions for the kingdom Auradon and he can make proclamations that basically direct policy for royal institutions (like Ben deciding to say that, since the kids didn’t do anything wrong, keeping them there because of their connection with their parents is unjust), as he is the High King, but he can’t make anybody run their kingdoms a certain way.

- There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding the VKs. Most people can agree that sure, sending the actual villains away somewhere else where they can’t hurt anybody and letting them do as they will is one thing, but their children make it a thorny situation. Some people, like Aurora’s mother used to, don’t really care, the kids can rot as far as they’re concerned. Some people genuinely don’t know how the Isle is run. Some people figured even if the Isle itself is horrible, the villains would love their children and wouldn’t be harming them and would give them the best the Isle could (and, in fact, that’s generally the most common belief, at least until Maleficent attacks her own daughter). Some people have never thought about it. Some people agree with Ben that leaving the children there is unjust (though that’s been on the rise since the VKs actually showed up). It’s a very controversial thing in Auradon and news that the success of the 5 VKs at the school might lead to a more comprehensive VK program has sparked a lot of discussion. In anticipation, Auradon Prep has started beefing up it’s school counselling and troubled student outreach. The Fairy Godmother’s been collecting resources everywhere she can on the double and is getting ready for a lot more tension around the school. 

- As with most societies, fashion tends to emulate people who are admired, and in this case a lot of the people admired are heroes. So you end up with the eye-bleedingly bright colours of Auradon and the smoother lines. The idea is that it’s more welcoming. 

- Romance is held up as one of the biggest deals there is for royalty or heroes’ kids, because the paparazzi will not leave them alone. It’s significantly less pressure for commoner’s kids but you could be dealing with dynastic lineages and heroic legacies. And the less said about the impact of this on aroace kids, the better. It’s unpleasant.

- There is an Auradon Princess’ charity foundation set up to help various causes around Auradon, like poverty relief and safety regulations. I’m sure it doesn’t take much explanation to see who’s on it. Audrey and some of their daughters have been getting more involved lately (and if Audrey’s been very privately considering inviting Evie, that’s her business).

- Genies and creatures who have innate magic tend to be far more likely to utilize their magic than creatures who channel it via spell books, wands, staffs, etc. It’s a much more ‘I do what I want’ attitude.

- Say what you want about the rest of their infrastructure, it probably deserves it, but their supports for people with disabilities and accessibility are fantastic.

- Auradon’s Museum of Cultural History is largely a brainchild between Belle and the Fairy Godmother. 


[Millennial Gospel: Matthew] for an ongoing project co-created by shakespeareandpunk and sarahtaylorgibson]

Matthew’s got a family name that weighs more than all the gold in Swiss holdings, a secured spot in an investment empire that stretches from Hong Kong to Park Avenue, and the keen eye for finance to back up the pedigree of one of the world’s wealthiest families. He learned to decipher the Dow Jones chart when he was six, has been in charge of his own investments since twelve, and negotiated his first multi-corporate merger at eighteen.There’s little in the world he couldn’t have at his fingertips with a few phone calls, but by his twentieth birthday Matthew feels a hollowness in his bones that he can’t stave off, a pit in his stomach that grows heavier with every homeless person he passes on his walk from parking garage to penthouse.

Mathew hadn’t meant to listen as he was striding past the grungy throng of protesters outside of his father’s firm, but after a week of pushing past them to get into the building and shutting his windows against their cries, some things started to sink in. When he finally let the storm-eyed boy from Brooklyn press the shape of charity into the hands along with a parable about camels and needles, something breaks inside him. His father thinks his new interests in philanthropy and poverty relief are just a phase, but starts to take things a little more seriously when Matthew gets symbols of faith tattooed on his body. 

“Why the hands?” Bartholomew asks, tracing the dove of peace soaring across Matthew’s left hand. They have been learning to be friends for some time now, with Matthew showing his love by buying Bartholomew useful, clever items that never seem condescending and Bartholomew reciprocating by sharing wild tales of life as a train-hopper. 

Matthew grins, black eyes lit up with the sheen of cunning put to holy use.

“It’s the only skin you can see when I’m wearing a suit.”

Climate Resolution
National Economic Competitiveness and National Security through the Transition to Clean Energy, Full Employment, and Infrastructure Modernization Resolution of 2015

Rep. Raul Grijalva is planning to introduce our 100% clean, renewable by 2050 resolution in in the House of Representatives. This is the draft. This is huge. It’s not a matter of technology or cost. Wind is now the cheapest energy form in America and Solar is catching up. Jobs, healthcare, poverty relief clean water, clean air and yes Climate Change relief are all in there. The only thing standing in our way is the Billionaire Class and the Oil and Gas politicians that care more about their money then our kids.

anonymous asked:

I've been sold on the idea of EA for a while but this is the first year that I've had any income to give from (I'm a student). I plan to donate 25%, which would be around a thousand dollars. I want to give to the right place, especially since it's a small amount, but I'm kind of overwhelmed by the amount of reading that decision seems to involve. Do you have any advice for where/how to give?

Congratulations! You are pretty awesome. Here is my own 800 word summary of all the effective altruism reading I’ve done:

The case for global health interventions is that we know how to do them. Most interventions don’t work - efforts to fix education in the U.S. keep crashing and burning, efforts to intervene militarily in oppressive states keep killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people, the War on Poverty has demonstrably not resulted in the unconditional surrender of poverty, and lots of relief programs end up being (when you ask the people who are affected) paternalistic, clueless, corrupt, or unhelpful. Efforts to do political lobbying and advocacy have a lot of potential but not much data about what works. And that’s not even to get started on questions like “how do we ensure that human civilization thrives?” 

But distributing malaria nets results in about a 50% reduction in malaria in the affected area. Deworming children in areas with a lot of intestinal parasites results in gains in education, income and opportunities years later. Giving poor people a thousand dollars means they’re less likely to go hungry and likelier to send their kids to school. It is easy to test whether these things work; we do them in one village and not in the next village over, and we measure outcomes. It is easy to hold the distributing organizations accountable; we know they’re succeeding because they’re obliged to tell us how many nets they distributed or how many kids they dewormed or how much money they gave. 

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Alexander Hamilton, at 17, in the letter about the hurricane that first thrust him into the public eye:

…See tender infancy pinched with hunger and hanging on the mothers knee for food! See the unhappy mothers anxiety. Her poverty denies relief, her breast heaves with pangs of maternal pity, her heart is bursting, the tears gush down her cheeks. Oh sights of woe! Oh distress unspeakable! My heart bleeds, but I have no power to solace! O ye, who revel in affluence, see the afflictions of humanity and bestow your superfluity to ease them. Say not, we have suffered also, and thence withold your compassion. What are you[r] sufferings compared to those? Ye have still more than enough left. Act wisely. Succour the miserable and lay up a treasure in Heaven.

As relevant now as ever.