revenu

seriously overdraft charges are the most evil thing ive ever heard of.

banks make a solid chunk of their revenue off of customer fees and this includes overdraft charges.

i was a teller for about a year for a big name bank and i can tell you that to low income customers overdraft charges weren’t a matter of not having the money but of either their finances being a tightrope balancing act and, being human, they slipped up a little, or being so busy that they were not physically able to make it to the bank in time to deposit their check before the charge came through.

nothing broke my heart more than when they would ask me “cant you please reverse it? i have the money here now!” or say “please i cant afford this charge i wont be able to pay my bills i promise ill be able to pay it tomorrow” the fact that even then having shown up a day after with cash in hand there was still nothing i could do made me feel physically ill from being involved in such a gross expression of greed.

i can read peoples eyes and these werent people trying to jack the system they were parents trying to give kids money for lunch, trying to pay for gas, just scraping by as it was.

my bank, right before i left, raised their overdraft charge from 35 to 40 dollars. that meant if you withdrew a cent over your balance and it wasnt paid back by the end of the day you owed them 40 bucks flat out. thats the difference between food and starving for 2 weeks for some people and a difference between a having a roof and living on the street for others.

everytime i mentioned how bad it made me feel that i couldnt do anything to help to my coworkers i was met with “yeah but they should have just been more careful” “its their own fault for not keeping track of their balance”

capitalism is evil and breeds evil in peoples perspectives, it breeds antipathy and destroys compassion.

spnfanatic4ever  asked:

What do u think of the new YouTube update? From what I hear it’s threatening smaller youtubers if they don’t get to a certain amount of subs or something

From what I’ve read, it’s threatening their earning potential before hitting a sub and watch time goal. It’s yet to be determined if it’s actually going to suggest these channels less or stunt their growth.

My take on it is that it’s more good than bad. On one hand it means not every single channel can be monetised right from the get go, meaning channels that steal content or reupload horrendous stuff that doesn’t get caught by youtube (The recent reuploads of Logan Pauls video for example) won’t be monetised. Which might discourage a lot of these toxic type of channels to hold off on doing so.

On the flip side it means very small youtubers that are starting out also can’t make money from their content immediately. The thing is that if you’re passionate and serious about youtube anyway then the money didn’t mean much at that level to begin with and if you just love making content then breaking that arbitrary goal should happen naturally and quickly anyway. Most youtubers that made it big started off doing if for absolutely nothing, I personally didn’t start making any sort of money from it until I hit about 15k subs or more (which took about 1.5 years) because partnerships at that time didn’t even pay out money until you broke an earnings threshold of about $100 anyway. I did it because I wanted to and it was fun and not because I was going to earn a little bit from it. 

It’s hard to really understand how much this will affect the platform right now because only time will tell and it’s also yet to be determined if this will in fact bury smaller channels who don’t get monetised or not, if it does then it’s total bullshit. That’s the part i’m curious about because then it makes growth incredibly hard. It does suck however that without monetisation you can’t do simple things like schedule videos which I feel is very unfair because that is the key element to being consistent on YT for me. EDIT: Apparently this is not true and people have told me they can schedule content even while not being monetised

I am very worried however about how this will affect smaller animation channels because hitting that watch time limit is going to be very very hard for them. Animation isn’t something you can do very consistently or frequently and this will punish that even more than YT already has. It’s a shame that watch time is such an important factor on the platform, it even bothers me seeing channels try so damn hard to hit a stupid 10 minute mark to allow them to slap a mid roll ad into their video.

Bottom line is by culling a lot of channels out of monetisation who weren’t making much anyway it enables YT to focus on monetising channels that DO need it. I’m not talking about me or even channels above 1m subs, I’m talking about channels of about 10k+ who just started full time but got hit hard by demonetisation. This change in theory should allow them to earn more money and continue doing this as their job. There are always other options to be able to monetise your content as well instead of JUST relying on YT ad revenue which is a dying form of revenue anyway. 

Anyone who is thinking of starting a channel, please don’t let this discourage you. Create because you want to create and not because you were going to get some extra cash as a result. For some people that’s hard to do because money is a large incentive but passion and creativity will bring you much further in the long run and in the end enable you to potentially do this as a job. Never stop making cool shit and never let any barriers get in your way. POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE!

things staff need to work on:

  • fixing the activity feed
  • letting users switch primary blogs & sideblogs
  • giving us the ability to tag asks
  • adding the “quick queue” feature on desktop
  • stopping porn bots from following minors

things no one asked for:

  • best stuff first

For quick reference, the laundry list of people who will be harmed by the loss of Net Neutrality

-public schools

-public libraries

-hospitals/doctor’s offices

-small businesses operating online

-independent sellers on amazon/ebay/etsy/etc

-entertainment venues

-streaming networks like netflix and hulu along with all their original, non-televised content (stranger things, voltron, oitnb, etc)

-at risk/lgbt children, teens, and adults

-the disabled/mentally ill

-companies using apps/wireless payment in stores

-artists and musicians based online

-political movements such as BLM

-low income households

-online college students

-companies and startups kept alive by ad revenue

-video content creators/youtubers

-the live/online gaming industry and their patrons

-the entire network of unbiased news and freedom of information/informal education

-quite literally anyone who isn’t or isn’t affiliated directly with a rich politician

It’s working guys! Keep it up! 👍

FOr those how don’t understand Autism $peaks is a hate group in disguise.

(image description: a post from Disability Scoop that reads “Autism Speaks Doucle-Digit Revenue Slide. The nation’s largest autism advocacy group is reporting a sharp drop in revenue and is cutting expenses and distributing fewer grants as a result, newly released financial data shows/ end description)

I’m the owner of one, and I want to say this because I’m tired of seeing it specifically used against my people, but when you see news websites on twitter (especially) or any social network post something controversial to you, like saying “Kylie Kardashian created this new unique Hairstyle” and you know deep in your soul it was black people who created it, they do it on purpose. They purposely make that article title in that way (or any other title you know not to be true or you’ll be offended by), they do it purposely so people will catch wind of it and argue about it, make whole threads under it and it’ll make it to Black twitter to reach 10,000-100,000 RTs, hoping for a subtweet. Any one post with a link in it that reaches a minimum of 2000+ retweets that get people offended enough can reach can get earn that single post $500-$2000 in revenue for that one post, in fact if it makes it far enough one post can get someone as much as $5000, and news websites usually get no RTs at all like 10-80, so basically you give them their salary in one post. But of course the poster themselves aren’t ignorant to what they’re doing, and black twitter or even allies want to fight against it to prevent people from seeing a lie. so they make a post that wasn’t going to viral in the first place viral. Just here to say the best thing to do to fight that is simply instead of subtweeting/replying them is to take a screenshot whatever their post was, (and make whatever thread you want on your own account) and post it on your own account and make whatever comment you want about it, it’ll still get the 1000s of tweets it gets, but whoever posted it gets ZERO amount of money and still get ALL the hate. So if you know any twitter famous/any social network people who be subtweeting/replying controversial let them know

Edit:

my mans

they’re using ya’ll lmao, they’re not stupid. You think you’re putting them down and dragging them but this is plotted to finesse you, This is straight $1000s of dollars you given them, they’re not ignorant to it, they know. Trust me I use the same tactics for other (non-problematic) articles. Tell people you know to just screenshot, otherwise the sharing of the article places their links to be seen and clicked by 100s of thousands which brings unbelievable ad revenue to them.

Rhaegar Targaryen died with a whole year’s worth of tax revenue on his breastplate and the costume department of GoT is out here tryna convince me that Rhaegar would wear a potato sack to his wedding. Get outta here

The Problem With Cringe Culture

From what I’ve seen, the phenomenon dubbed Cringe Culture is a paragon of insecurity, internalized misogyny, and self-loathing.

Let me elaborate a little here:  here on Tumblr (and in life in general, honestly), a lot of folks are very pre-occupied with what is or isn’t Cringey.  It’s a dynamic somewhat reminiscent of an eighth grade schoolyard, but that’s really not the issue here.  

What Tumblr folks dub Cringey are typically things that are enjoyed by young teens (in particular, young girls) exploring fandom and fan creativity for the first time.

Yes, these teens are frequently obnoxious, overzealous, and loud, but it’s an exciting time for kids:  we as adults may have comfortably settled into our interests, but for them it’s an avenue of unsupervised self-expression they may not have experienced before.  Moreover, they have little to no experience in moderating themselves, which is one of the reasons why I believe the act of mocking them to be a somewhat callous one.  

Are they occasionally annoying?  Subjectively, yes.  I frequently find young teens and tweens annoying, particularly when they’re being loud and obnoxious during my allotted writing time.  But I don’t shame them for it, on here or in real life, because I’m an adult and they are literally children .  

And most importantly, so are the people mocking them.

I’ll elaborate once again:  I’m nineteen.  Most of my friends, both on here and on my other blog, are fellow chill late teens and twenty-somethings.  And I’ve never seen any adult who’s secure in their own self-image do anything other than Do Their Own Thing and allow everyone else do the same.

In other words, I’ve been involved in fandom for a few years now, and almost everyone I’ve seen actively participating in cringe culture has turned out to be no older than seventeen or so themselves, and probably (consciously or otherwise) attempting to distance themselves from their “embarrassing” younger alter egos and feel more confident in their purported maturity. 

Because they probably did some Cringey things when they were fourteen, too:  maybe they drew manga OCs on DeviantArt with needlessly elaborate hair, ran a passionate SuperWhoLock blog, read Homestuck, wrote angsty poetry about turning into wolves, et cetera.  

Of course, the whole point here is that there is literally nothing wrong with any of these things:  they’re harmless examples of children exploring revenues of creativity for the first time, that we’ve been conditioned to find embarrassing.  

Now, I’m not going to pretend I didn’t have this phase myself:  I once got into an impassioned argument on Facebook with a bunch of One Direction fans when I was sixteen or so, in which I dismissed their obsession as being Stupid and Juvenile and proclaimed my favored Heavy Metal as being far superior.  

Now, I’m still not into One Direction in the slightest, but if I could go back in time I would probably smack my sixteen-year-old self upside the head and tell her to leave people alone and let them do their own thing.

Of course, a large part of my reasoning was also driven at the time by my unfortunate Not Like Other Girls phase, in which I wanted to distance myself from the silliness of my fellow teen girls as much as possible.  I may or may not have still been in my “I hate pink” phase, which I still shudder to think about to this day.

Which brings me to another one of Cringe Culture’s more problematic aspects:  it’s inherently a little misogynist, in that almost everyone who partakes in it is attempting to distance themselves from the interests of teenage girls.

Shows like Doctor Who, Steven Universe, Voltron, Supernatural, Yuri on Ice, and many others all have passionate and predominantly young female fanbases, and as such, people seem unwittingly inclined to see them as inherently vapid, annoying, or Cringey in a way that equally vocal male-dominated fandoms simply aren’t.  

Even being a Trekkie (Star Trek fan) was considered embarrassing when the fandom was predominantly female populated, although the means by which fanfiction and discourse was exchanged was via fan-run zines rather than Tumblr blogs.  Now that men are in on it, it’s considered one of the best fandoms there is.

More male populated fandoms such as Game of Thrones, the Walking Dead, the DC and Marvel cinematic universes, and Star Wars are just as impassioned, and have had just as many ideological issues in the past.  Yet are these things ever denigrated as being Cringy or annoying?  Not that I can recall.

Another one of my greatest issues with Cringe Culture is that it discourages passion:  I have never encountered a fandom, Cringey or otherwise, that hasn’t produced genuinely stunning works of art and fiction.  Moreover, I’ve never encountered a fandom that doesn’t have fans who have cited it as what saved them from depression or even suicide.  

So if someone’s passionate about something, even if it’s something of no value to you, it costs absolutely zero dollars to mind your own goddamn business and not taint their joy with your own insecurity, cynicism, and internalized self-loathing.  

Similarly, I can speak from experience when I say my interests and fandoms got me through the very worst period of my adolescence, and I’d be a significantly less happy person if I didn’t have still have them to fall back on.  Not everyone’s sole source of enjoyment and comfort in life comes from nihilistic memes.

So if you want to take a step towards fostering a more creative generation, take a step away from Cringe Culture.  Respect other people’s interests, and openly and unabashedly enjoy your own.  Question why you think certain interests are Cringey, and try to distance yourself from the mentality that you’re a better or cooler person for being less similar to young women.

And finally, try and forgive your fourteen-year-old self for whatever cringiness they may have been culpable of, and tell them that you love them anyway.

nytimes.com
BREAKING: Edie Windsor dies at 88
Ms. Windsor’s case struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 and granted same-sex married couples federal recognition for the first time.
By Robert D. McFadden

Edith Windsor, whose Supreme Court case struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 and brought federal recognition to marriage equality, has died at age 88. The cause of her death has not been specified. 

After living together for 40 years, Ms. Windsor and Thea Spyer, a psychologist, were legally married in Canada in 2007. Dr. Spyer died in 2009, and Ms. Windsor inherited her estate. But the Internal Revenue Service denied her the unlimited spousal exemption from federal estate taxes available to married heterosexuals, and she had to pay taxes of $363,053.

She sued, claiming that the law, by recognizing only marriages between a man and a woman, unconstitutionally singled out same-sex marriage partners for “differential treatment.”

Affirming two lower court rulings, the Supreme Court overturned the law in a 5-4 ruling, citing the Fifth Amendment guarantee that no person shall be “deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.”

Edie was a pioneer in every sense of the word. She changed the world for millions of us. And she was the sweetest person, too – I met her about a year ago, told her about my recent engagement and thanked her for making it happen, and she kissed my hand and wished my future wife and I a lifetime of happiness. I will miss her. We all will. Thank you for everything, Edie.

YALL IM YELLING!!!!!!! AHDHJSKSJDJ!!!!! I’m literally fucking dead he claimed it but he’s letting it stay up and just taking the ad revenue oh my god ajdjdksks he monetized it and now he’s getting the money from it even though it’s not on his channel so tinder isn’t gonna take it down (I guess) but this binch still gonna make money YES BITCH LIVE!!!!! What a loophole I’m just glad to be a part of this and so proud he gets to rake in that sweet sweet adsense on a video on my humble channel I’m living Go Dan get that money bitch yessssss

I encourage everyone in my life to do better. There's not one person around me who hasn't started a business or created a second stream of revenue. I won't allow it. If I love you, I'll encourage you. I'm not gonna be at the top by myself. We can all rise together.

- Meggan Roxanne

Official Graveyard Shift Lyrics

Rats
Well Mrs. Pharmacist / I insist / fix me up with something quick
I’ve been a bad little boy and I think i’m getting sick
Sick to the bone / slave to the flesh
Better put on my Sunday’s best      
I’ve been bad little boy… little boy

I’ve got a dirty dirty dirty dirty dirty little secret
And I’m not not not sure that I wanna keep it
So we feed ourselves lies to submit to the shadows
Cause we just wanna dance under our pretty perfect halos

Everyone’s got a secret
Whats yours? whats yours?
Don’t be shy, i’ll never repeat it  

Oh Mrs. Pharmacist / if I resist / lock me up and bind my wrists
You’ve been a bad little girl…. little girl.    
Close your eyes and listen close
I know just how much you love it
If you speak you lose your turn
So shut your mouth before I fuck it

Everyone’s got a secret
Tell me all about yours

Love. Hate.
Oh how we play the game
Cold soul
No sense of self control
Love. Hate.
Unsure to pass or play
Cold soul / now  we’re out of control

Roses are red, and my heart is black
We creep about the floor to indulge like Rats
Enraptured, we walk to nurse our obsession
Cause the roles that we play are paved with cruel intentions

Well  Mrs. Pharmacist… If you insist

I’ve got a dirty dirty dirty dirty dirty little secret
And I’m not not not sure that I wanna keep it
So we feed ourselves lies to submit to the shadows
And I just wanna shake you by your little perfect fucking halo

Everyone’s got a secret
Whats yours? whats yours?
Don’t be shy, i’ll never repeat it.


Queen For Queen
If you wanna soar with vultures, you’ll have to swallow bone
The saint charade is over / plastic royalty exposed
You wanna play the victim, to preach upon your throne                                  
No semblance of virtue as your relevance erodes

We go queen for queen  and move just like this

When you fall down
Will you back out
As you crawl through life with no crown?
Though you preach love, you package lies
Just a pawn in a kings disguise

I never said I’m perfect, there’s a guilt behind these eyes
So check me If it helps you fall asleep at night

Your skeletons are building / your closet’s getting tight
Are you the prey or spider in the web of all your lies?

When you fall down
Will you back out
As you crawl through life with no crown?
Though you preach love, you package lies
Just a pawn in a kings disguise

Don’t stop breathing in the chemicals
You don’t know humble… though you play the role
Pockets of evergreen are your amphetamine
Please stop feeding what you can’t control

YOU’LL FALL.
You’ll bend, you’ll break, (you’ll) trip over your “fame”
Be careful, or you’ll run your mouth off your face


Necessary Evil (Feat. Jonathan Davis)
Strip off the weight of morality, and check it at the door
I’ll show you the worst in me
…what i’ve become
 
Blow out the candles I need not a wish
For I am everything
Now crawl to my boots and lick
Kneel before me

Imma have my cake and fucking eat you too.

It’s my party and i’ll die when I want to, die when I want to, die when I want to
The monster you’ve made is wearing the crown
I’ll be the king and you be clown
I’ll take the blame (and) parade it around.
You’ve made me the villain you can’t live without.

Reciting violence like poetry
No you can’t sit with us
Too fashionably plain  
Now say my name
Forget everything you think you knew of who I used to be
I look much better as… as the enemy

Imma have my fucking cake and eat yours too.

I want you low
I won’t let you die
(I’ll) keep you alive
Just to remind you of what you are not

It’s my party and i’ll die when I want to
you wanna see me fail, but I won’t die for you.


Soft
You’re mine motherfucker

Let me begin with envy’s a sin
You’ll have to find new words to invent
Cause I’ve heard your broken record, and i’m not impressed

I love when you talk, I just use it to drive me
I won’t let your judgement define me
I’m not broken, so don’t fix me
I want you to hate me

Tell me what you’ve lost
Hang me on your cross
If you’re so wise, then why are you so Soft?
Do you leave your “throne” as you cast your stones?              
I’m above living under your microscope

I’m insane, I’m “insane in the membrane”
I wanna fuck your face with a switchblade
I’m not broken, so don’t fix me
I’ll leave you behind me

Internet killed the video star

Cry baby cry baby, did I just hear you whimper?
Cry baby cry…
Suck my middle fucking finger

Cry baby / Cry baby
What have you done lately?
Cry baby / Cry baby  
What have you done?

Tell me what you’ve lost.
Demonize my flaws
Do they call you when dumb needs a mascot?
Do you leave your “throne” as you cast your stones?              
I’m above living under your microscope

You dilate / god of your existence
Begging me to listen while you “pray”
Swallow in vain / sliver spoon religion
Closer from a distance

You’re mine motherfucker


Untouchable
They try to bend / they try to break me by design
But I am the nightmare that will haunt you in the light

If it’s war that you want… then I’m ready to play
And the world’s gonna know my name

Through everywhere that I go
Every failure I’ve owned
Every crack in my bones
I’m Untouchable
Like a sleeping grenade
Built to blow you away
Pull the pin… I explode
I’m Untouchable.

Born of the ground I dug myself out from the dirt
With every scar I will avow to shake the earth

Unless it’s blood that you want.. then get the fuck out my way
Cause the world’s gonna scream my name

I will never be silenced
I will eclipse the pain

You can’t let it go      
(It’s) the price that we pay
But I own the grave from which I came
You reap what you sow
We don’t bleed the same  
Cause I own the rights to my own fate
And i’ll sleep a king on my deathbed

Through everywhere that I go
Every failure i’ve owned
Every crack in my bones
I’m Untouchable
Like a sleeping grenade
Built to blow you away
Pull the pin… I Explode
I’m Untouchable.

Every mile from home
Every failure I’ve owned
Every crack in my bones
I’m Untouchable
Like a sleeping grenade
Built to blow you away
Pull the pin… I Explode
I’m Untouchable.


Not My Type: Dead As Fuck 2
She’s got no soul / heart black as coal
She’s from Hollywood Forever / dug her out of a hole
And here we go again / spinnin me in her web
She said “there’s just no rest for the queen of the dead”

Another trick to treat with candy apple dreams
Gonna rot her teeth cause i’m so sweet
One lick to rule them all
They crumble as they crawl

She loves me cause I like to give head like a zombie
(I) eat eat eat till her insides are on me
She loves me cause I give head like a zombie
(I) eat eat eat and nobody’s gonna stop me
And in the glow of the pale moonlight
She goes for a spin on my haunted hayride
Tried out the living but I don’t believe the hype  
Cause if she’s got a pulse, then she’s not my type.

She’s got a temper in stock / made of hemlock
Uses absinthe as a lip gloss
Death hawk / fresh New Rock’s                              
She’ll use your corpse as a catwalk

She’ll use your corpse as a catwalk
Plays truth or dare in the mirror
Uses absinthe as a lip gloss
Undead, but won’t shed a tear

She’s my graveyard baby
She’s my……

She loves me cause I like to give head like a zombie
(I) eat eat eat till her insides are on me
She loves me cause I give head like a zombie
(I) eat eat eat and nobody’s gonna stop me
And in the glow of the pale moonlight
She goes for a spin on my haunted hayride
Tried out the living but I don’t believe the hype  
Cause if she’s got a pulse, then she’s not my type.

D- E - A - D  
If she’s got a pulse, then she’s not my type.


The Ladder
Tragedy / a poisonous lover
You infiltrate to destroy
Vanity / a cancer unforgiving
A charlatan with poise  

Fool me once / enough is enough
Was I more than a step on your way up?
Hollowed out /  I’ve no semblance of love
Now you’re just somebody that I used to fuck.

Lest we learn / the tables turn / so i’m betting out / I’m betting out.
You can be the prey in your masquerade, but i’m getting out / i’m getting out
There’s nothing left to repair

Ravenous / self righteous and lurid
But how much more till you break?
Scavenger / so fucking undeserving
You slither in just to take what you can take

Counterfeit / I’m calling your bluff
Was I more than just a step on your way up?
Now you’ll burn and you’re flesh out of luck
Now you’re just somebody that I used to fuck

Lest we learn / the tables turn / so i’m betting out / I’m betting out.
You can be the prey in your masquerade, but i’m getting out / i’m getting out
Against insight I fed your source of revenue
But now, it means nothing to me to mean anything to you

Open grave /  I was too blind to see
That “love”, spelled to you, is “F A M E”

You fuck your way up the ladder
Going down on your way to the top
Do your arms ever tire?
Or do they heal while you climb with your mouth?  

Delete Everything
Sever the yearning / you can keep the fucking ring
Delete Everything
You can keep the fucking ring

Nothing left to repair.


Voices
Voices in my head again
Trapped in a war inside my own skin
They’re pulling me under.

I’ve swallowed myself but the fever remains
I’m numb to the pleasure but still feel the pain      
If I showed you my soul, would you cover your eyes?
If I told you the truth, would you dare me to lie?  

I keep it all inside because I know that man is every thing but kind

Voices in my head again
Beating me in a war I can’t win  
I can hear them now
Trapped in a game inside my own skin
And I don’t know myself anymore
They’re pulling me under
Voices

As I walk through this valley of shadows and death
I curse not the “wicked”, I praise not the “blessed”
If I told you the truth, you’d beg me to change
If fear were a currency, you’d own the bank

I don’t want to live so calloused and frozen / ugly and hopeless
I don’t want to live forever, I just want to live right now
You can’t take me from me

I keep it all inside because I know that man is everything but kind


LOUD (Fuck It)
You gotta be loud / You gotta be rude / so the world can hear you
You gotta be crass / You gotta be cold / it’s everything we know
Turn it up turn it up now

Another day, a double shot of hate
Drink it up like gasoline
Underpaid, you graduate, to build somebody else’s dream

With a noose as a tie… do you fantasize of a much different life?  
The fix for who they want you to be / directly streamed to your TV

And when they turn their backs on you…

You gotta be loud / You gotta be rude / so the world can hear you
You gotta be crass / You gotta be cold / it’s everything we know
Turn it up turn it up now
Loud / Rude / When nobody hears you
You gotta stand up / You gotta commit
Say “Fuck It”, make the best of it

A broken home you’re trying to mend
You’ve got one day left to pay the rent
We’re not sure, but we believe in the lie… that it’ll all be fine, when we die

It’s so easy to grant the mirror power to control what you want to erase                      
Don’t become another victim / “Put a smile on that face”

You gotta be loud / You gotta be rude / so the world can hear you
You gotta be crass / You gotta be cold / it’s everything we know
Turn it up turn it up now
Loud / Rude / When nobody hears you
You gotta stand up / You gotta commit
Say “Fuck It”, make the best of it

The money’s in the treatment, baby, not in the cure
So they fuel your pain with fear and shame and then hand you a brochure
The money’s in the treatment, baby, not in the cure
So they build you up to watch you fall and then beg for an encore

What are you waiting for?


570
Burn it down / brick by brick / Made in 2006
Lost and found / losing grip /  I needed this
Question me not, for I gave up everything
Forget me not, cause I’ve not forgotten what this means

Strip me down, tear me apart, you’ll find one theme left
No sign of stopping till my veins rust
Strip me down, tear me apart, you’ll find one thing left
I fucking know where I came from

..And nothing can replace those lessons learned
as I stood with my brothers on the side of the road
No longer haunted by the skeletons
No longer haunted by the past

For so long, it’s all i’ve known
I’m crossing over the undertow
For so long, no one was listening
Determined to make their deaf ears ring

Miles repeat / my worst enemy… is me.
But then four soon became six… to shatter the canvas
Handed nothing / loss pulling the strings
Outlived the dead trends / united by distance

I’ve been to hell and back, with no promise of return
So I made friends with fire, to keep from getting burned
No money, no sleep. dedication
10 years on the road this is sacred
And when i’m facing a wall, I do not quit
…Cause if you mean it, you will make it.

Pulled apart in a world so demanding
I’m still here, still standing
I’ve sweat blood from Stockholm to Scranton
Still here, still standing.

You can always rinse the surface, but the stain will remain

For so long, it’s all i’ve known
I’m crossing over the undertow
For so long no one was listening
I did my time

You live / you learn / you defy the terms, but this house will be my home
Beguiled / betrayed / it’s the price we pay, as trust will be our tomb

If you mean it, you’ll make it.


Hourglass
I’ve watched the whole world drowning in chemicals
Dissociative / but it takes it’s toll
Can I surpass time, or would I start to rust?
Depreciating / collecting dust

And I fear myself as I fall away  
In a cold deluded sense of fate
When the nightmares come, and the doubt sets in
Will the fever break, or will I burn from within?  

It’s too late to feel, I’ve lost my breath
With the hands of time around my neck
Am I more than the pen that wrote the past?
Or am I just the sand enslaved by the Hourglass?

Will I live again, or will I fade to black?    
Dehumanizing / when the heart attacks      
Will I expire before my dreams unfold?
But if the futures so bright, the path should glow

As the walls melt
and the light fades
I’m letting quicksand take me

If you look beyond the blindfold
You’ll find the hole in my soul
One fear, one mind, no hope, no time
If you look beyond the blindfold
You’ll find the hole in my soul

I’m on the edge of my seat
Holding out for a sign
Trying to rewrite the storyline

It’s too late to feel, I’ve lost my breath
With the hands of time around my neck
Am I more than the pen that wrote the past
Or am I just the sand encased in the Hourglass?

Fear is not my fate


Eternally Yours
Blow the bridge to the past / wipe the fingerprints
Melt your heart encased in wax / steal it with a kiss
Our fate engraved / scar enslaved / as we mutually destruct
Repose, my love, i’ve sinned enough for the both of us

In the name of love…..

I’m ready to bury all of my bones
I’m ready to lie but say I won’t
So tell me your secrets / and join me in pieces
To rot in this garden made of stones
Eternally yours

I feed like you taught me and selflessly swallow
We coalesce in darkness, so selfishly hollow
Examine the wreckage / writhing in tempo
Invisible anguish casting a shadow  

and in the name of love…

I’m ready to bury all of my bones
I’m ready to lie but say I won’t
So tell me your secrets / and join me in pieces
To rot in this garden made of stones
Eternally yours

As we rest in pieces, though I know not your name
I would suffer forever to absolve all your pain

And in the name of love

I’m ready to bury all of my bones
I’m ready to lie but say I won’t
So tell me your secrets / and join me in pieces
To rot in this garden made of stones
Eternally yours

I’m ready to bleed to make amends
And sleep in this dirt we call our bed
So tell me your secrets / and join me in pieces
To fall and rewrite the bitter end
Eternally yours

I’m more than willing to rot in hell with you.

My question about ending net neutrality:

What problem is ending net neutrality trying to solve?

What failure of the current internet is ending net neutrality supposed to help us overcome? We’ve gone from no internet WHEN I STARTED GRADUATE SCHOOL to BILLIONS of interconnected devices, sites and pathways to information – a network that has revolutionized whole industries and spread opportunities for learning and commerce around the world.

How is this a problem? How is the current system going to forestall the next generation of developments, thereby justifying the shift to “not net neutrality”?

Of course, I know the answer to my question. From Trump and the Republicans’ point of view, the problem with net neutrality is that net neutrality requires internet providers to forego a revenue stream by preventing them from using their power as internet service providers to compel both internet users and internet content providers to pay to prioritize their activities on the web. In other words, net neutrality prevents what economists call “rent-seeking” behavior in which powerful corporations or entities use their power to extract more than their market-negotiated share of your money and mine. 

Ending net neutrality is, in other words, yet another way to transfer wealth UP the social ladder, allowing the wealthy and powerful to use their wealth and power to increase their wealth and power … at your expense. 

And that problem – how to extract  ever more of your wealth for their benefit – is, from Trump and the Republicans’ twisted point of view, a problem worth solving.

Shockingly, it would appear that billionaire Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is actually a sentient garbage bag and possibly a fascist sympathizer



If you’ve been wondering why Twitter pointedly does nothing while failed human beings spew hatred, organize violent Nazi rallies, and harass and terrorize innocent people, consider: it absolutely has an algorithm to identify Nazi accounts (and uses it to filter them out for legal reasons in countries like, say, Germany), but more accounts means more ad revenue, and when those accounts are extremely controversial or provocative, the increased media attention and “user engagement” further boosts Twitter’s value as an advertising platform.

Jack - the CEO and co-founder of Twitter - knows there are fascists on Twitter, already has a proven means of identifying and squelching or isolating those fascists essentially with the press of a button, and derives financial gain from the fact that he does not use this mechanism.

Jack Dorsey has consciously chosen to continue allowing harassers, abusers, fascists of every stripe, and out-and-out Nazis to use Twitter because they are making him richer, and his website is regularly banning users who confront those failed human beings for exactly the same reason.

Fuck Jack Dorsey and fuck Twitter.

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- Meggan Roxanne

We CAN STILL Save Net Neutrality….

How would you feel if the telephone company wouldn’t let you call your mom?

Not your mother in law; your mom.

Or if the phone company made you pay extra to call your mom. Or told you that you couldn’t call your mom unless she became a customer. Or said that if you called your mom, you’d have to call Aunt Millie, too. Or made the line buzz every time you called her.

That may be what it’s going to be like on the internet, with net neutrality repealed.


The reason why phone companies can’t do any of the things above is that they are “common carriers,” and common carriers are not allowed to discriminate among callers (or “callees”). You can call anyone you want, and anyone can call you, period, as long as the caller pays for the call. That’s the law.

“Net neutrality” applied that same rule to the internet. When net neutrality was in effect, you could browse any website, anywhere in the world, on the same terms. That was the law.

In 2014, the Obama administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) instituted net neutrality. (In 2010, I said that I favored a statute, or even a constitutional amendment, to protect net neutrality.)

Under net neutrality, your internet service providers (ISP) could charge you for delivering the internet to you, but it could not charge extra for Facebook or Youtube or any other content provider. Nor could it charge that content provider, nor could it block or slow any content provider.

The Trump administration’s FCC repealed net neutrality last week. This will allow ISPs to discriminate among websites, by preventing you from accessing websites, or charging you (or the website) extra for whatever sites it wants, or slowing down your connection to certain sites.


Think of it this way:

Internet indoctrination

Digital deceit

Cyber-subterfuge

The World-Wide-Whitewash or

The Information Highway Giveaway


Well you’re thinking, “if my ISP does that, I’ll just choose a different ISP.”


But you can’t.


The cable TV companies have a chokehold on “fast internet” service (faster than 25 Mbps downloads) in the U.S. Satellite and phone internet, their competitors, are nowhere near as fast. And virtually all of us have only one cable tv provider. It’s a legal monopoly.


To make matters worse, just two companies, Comcast and Charter, own around 70 percent of those cable TV lines. Even if that weren’t true, though, only one of them would have your house wired, and that’s what matters to you.


Google made $79 billion in advertising revenue last year. Comcast has 23 million internet subscribers. With net neutrality dead, this it would be child’s play for Comcast to block Google, substitute its own Google-like service (called “Coogle”?), and steal all the advertising revenue. Same thing for Facebook, Wikipedia, Yahoo, Reddit, Amazon, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Netflix, eBay, and the Huffington Post.


And once people “cut the cord,” giving up cable or satellite TV in favor of the internet, then without net neutrality to protect you, your ISP will be able to determine what news you hear. Fox News could pay Comcast to be the only source of news on the internet for 23 million families. The new Fox News motto will be this “Fox News: if you don’t like us, then turn off the internet.”


Or MSNBC. You get the idea.


Think it couldn’t happen? Well, last year, Comcast didn’t like the deal it had to transmit Yankees games on its cable system, so it just took the Yankees off the air in New York and New Jersey. For a year.


In fact, net neutrality was instituted because a phony company tried to block an internet company from transmitting phone calls. So, of course they will try to do it again.


Now that the Trump administration has had it’s way, Internet R.I.P. If this all terrifies you, and it should - call your state representatives and tell them to Repeal the FCC’s decision on Net Neutrality immediately, 202-224-3121. We can still fight back. #FightBack #NetNeutrality