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little spoon

To save money while attending college in NYC, Stiles and Derek decide to rent one tiny apartment together. With one bed.

*whispers* I have no idea if any of this is realistic. Don’t judge me.

You guys know by now that practically everything I write is so so fluffy, but this is just like, a whole other level. A little over 4k words of enemies-to-lovers, bed-sharing, & cuddling. ;)  

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The thing is, Stiles is pretty sure he can’t afford to breathe the air in New York City, let alone rent an apartment there. But it’s also been his lifelong dream to go to NYU, same as his mom, and he’s just gotten his acceptance letter in the mail along with a hefty scholarship offer. So he has a bit of a conundrum on his hands.

Enter Derek, who has a (relatively) dirt cheap apartment in Queens.

Okay, so Derek calls it an “apartment.” Stiles calls it an “attic closet.”

It’s nothing but a narrow bed, a foot or so of walking space between that and the wall, and a lone shelf by the door to hold the microwave and all of Derek’s possessions that can’t fit under the bed. There’s not even enough room to open the door all the way; the edge of the door hits the edge of the bed, and then you have to shimmy into the room.

The sad thing is that Stiles can’t even afford that.

He can, however, afford half of it.

“So you’re going to share a bed,” Scott says, looking concerned.

“Yes,” Stiles says.

“No,” Derek says at the same time.

Scott looks more concerned.

Stiles sighs. “Okay, so it’s like this. Derek’s going to be doing the whole normal person schedule, up at the buttcrack of dawn” (Derek rolls his eyes) “and out working and studying and stuff all day and back in bed asleep by 11 pm, and I’m going to be taking all evening classes and working the night shift!”

“We won’t actually ever be in the same place at the same time,” Derek clarifies. “He gets it during the day; I get it at night.”

“Because we can’t stand each other,” Stiles adds, in case Scott is thinking of getting his hopes up that this whole roommates thing is going to be some kind of bromance.

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Okay so hockey is like, rife with superstitions and ritual.  

Each player has their own pre-game rituals, which are honestly on par with religious sacraments. You do not fuck with a man’s pre-game ritual.  Also, the inability to practice one’s pre-game ritual is deeply emotionally destabilizing.  Like, we’re talking serious repercussions here.  If a player is unable to complete their sacred ritual, there will be hell to pay.

Just as famous as Crosby’s famous pre-game plate of spaghetti, or Jack Zimmerman’s pre-game PB&J, is Snowy’s pre-game application of eyeliner.  It is not only essential to his game play; it is essential to the current alignment of our space-time continuum.  

Which brings us to Snowy, currently in the throes of an emotional breakdown, in seat 15C on the Falc’s bus, clutching desperately to his last remaining tube of La Nuit, Nior de Nior eyeliner as though it were the cooling body of his only son.

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Your ENFJ Care and Handling User Guide and Manual

Part of a series by @intpboard

Congratulations! You have been chosen by an ENFJ to be an important person in their life. Your ENFJ comes in color coordinated and aesthetically pleasing packaging perfectly suited to both your and their needs. Although your ENFJ does not need to be cared for in the traditional sense, here are a few tips to ensure the most harmonious interactions with your newfound extroverted idealist.

Your ENFJ comes with:

  • Ten (10) color coordinated outfits
  •  Twelve (12) small fluffy animals of your ENFJ’s preference
  • One (1) large box tea assortment
  •  One (1) soapbox for speechmaking purposes
  • One (1) electronic device for constant communication with others
  • One (1) newspaper subscription (most likely electronic) for staying up-to-date on current events and world affairs
  • Two (2) bookshelves filled with various types of literature
  • One (1) etiquette manual. Your ENFJ has never read it, nor have they ever felt the need to, but it has been included for your benefit.
  • One (1) burning life purpose that will Make the World a Better Place.
  • Custom upgrades: Your ENFJ will have some sort of creative hobby. Musical instruments, microphones, art implements, writing implements, and/or athletic equipment may also be included.


Your ENFJ comes preprogrammed with the following traits;

Fe: Your ENFJ has an innate sense of how interpersonal affairs function and how one should navigate them. Keenly concerned with the state of others, both loved ones and humanity as a whole, your ENFJ strives to do what is best for others and maintain peace in their relationships. Your ENFJ will motivate, encourage, compliment, support, and comfort other people. Open communication is very important to your ENFJ, and trust is paramount.

Ni: Not only does your ENFJ care immensely about others, but they know exactly how to improve their lives. ENFJ units come with a preinstalled “life purpose” program that presses upon them a deep burden to improve the state of the world in some way that is uniquely suited to their individual talents and abilities. Usually, this improvement can be directly connected to other people in some way. Do not try to argue the life purpose with your ENFJ. They have reflected upon it deeply and are certain that this is in fact what they want to do with their lives.

Se: Your ENFJ is aware of the world around them and its various sensory details. They are action-oriented and will take initiative to implement their plans for a better future. Generally, they will have good reflexes and appreciate pleasant and organizes surroundings. Decent at multitasking. Sometimes they will take too much upon themselves, which can lead to burnout.

Ti: This function acts as a filter for Fe and ensures that your ENFJ’s words and actions are logically consistent, accurate, and appropriate. Depending on the particular ENFJ that has chosen you, the Ti filter may function properly to balance Fe, or it may malfunction and either be overly manifested in critical attitudes or be entirely absent and lead to irrational behavior.

Getting Started

1. Activate electronic device and place in your ENFJ’s hand.

2. Make your ENFJ a cup of tea (preferably herbal).

3. Wait for the electronic device to register attempted communication from others.

4. Allow your ENFJ to drink tea and communicate with others until fully charged.

5. If step 4 does not work, initiate a form of physical contact, such as hugging or cuddling, with your ENFJ.

6. If for some reason your ENFJ is averse to physical contact, repeat step 4 but with the small fluffy animals arranged around them.


Friend Mode (default): Your ENFJ will want to befriend everyone they encounter. They will ask thoughtful and personalized questions to get to know the other person and want to establish a positive relationship with them.

Mom Mode (default): Your ENFJ is very concerned about others and whether or not they are taking care of themselves. Can often be found inquiring whether others have eaten, hydrated, slept enough, finished that thing they were procrastinating, are wearing weather appropriate clothing, have taken relevant medications, etc. Your ENFJ will do this regardless of whether the other person is younger or old enough to be their own mother.

Teacher Mode (default): Your ENFJ enjoys learning about the world, and sharing that knowledge even more so. They can often be found recounting an interesting article they read the other day or a cool discovery in a field that they like. Can be triggered by the phrase “I don’t understand…”. Your ENFJ will explain things in a way that you will understand. ENFJs are also prone to turning a difficult situation into a Teaching Moment.

Counselor Mode: Activated when someone is going through a difficult situation. Self-taught psychologists, ENFJ units innately understand how people work and will generally know how to be more helpful. Your ENFJ will validate and affirm the hurting individual and usually leave them feeling better. Warning: your ENFJ may give advice more than is necessary if relying too heavily on Fe and not enough on Ni.

Superhero Mode: Activated under stress. ENFJs have a habit of taking on more than they can carry, and it eventually takes a toll. Your ENFJ will insist that they are fine. Their eyes will glaze over and twitch if you question them about their activities. Asking them how they plan to sustain this schedule will probably induce tears. Beware. Your ENFJ has entered full delusion.

Pseudo-Introvert Mode: Activated under severe stress. Your ENFJ has become so overwhelmed that they are shutting down. Characterized by refusal to socialize, a marked reduction in activities, and unusual silence in their presence. Symptoms also include grumpiness, calmness, an insistence that they are “just tired” or that “it’s been a long week”, and increased need for sleep. Seek help for your ENFJ if they start to claim that they don’t need others.

Manipulative Dictator Mode: If your ENFJ gains pleasure from controlling others or getting them to do things according to their will which others may not have chosen on their own, they are unhealthy. Perform a diagnostic check to ensure that all functions are in working order. Detoxification of Fe or Ni may be necessary.

Relationships with Other Units

NF: The easiest for your ENFJ to communicate with due to their naturally flowing and symbol-laden speech. Your ENFJ will appreciate their idealism and encourage them to follow their dreams.

NT: Slightly more challenging due to the strict rationalism present in NTs, but can get along on a conceptual basis if their ideas are complementary. Your ENFJ secretly admires NTs but knows that they can never admit it to one.

SJ: Can be somewhat difficult to communicate with due to the concrete and direct style these types employ, but your ENFJ will love them all the same and appreciate their loyalty.

SP: Your ENFJ will be fascinated by SPs and how they can do things so easily, and will want to hang out with them all the time. Do not let the SPs talk your ENFJ into skydiving. They’ll claim they can handle it until they start screaming halfway out of the plane.


Your ENFJ will claim that they have transcended basic human needs such as food. Your ENFJ is a liar who will get very cranky if they forget to eat. A glazed over expression, extended silence, or general withdrawnness can often be attributed to hunger. Feed regularly. Chocolate non-optional.


ENFJs are generally fastidious about personal hygiene and have established a personal style of clothing/accessories/makeup. May occasionally leave the house without an accessory or mismatched shoes. If they are busy, help them by organizing the outfit they have chosen and ensuring that every component is there.


Your ENFJ will eschew sleep, as it limits time that could be spent socializing and doing things. Remind your ENFJ what happened the last time they slept less than 6 hours and that sleeping now will help them function better tomorrow.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my ENFJ really that excited?

Generally, yes. ENFJs look for the bright side in every situation, and tend to genuinely enjoy the things they claim to enjoy. Lack of affinity for something will be signaled by a neutral yet diplomatic statement.

Does my ENFJ actually like me if they claim to love everyone?

You bet. ENFJs are very particular about being authentic in their remarks, and will tend to give praise specifically tailored to an individual. They will not tell you you’re a great athlete if you’re not. That being said, ENFJs look for the good in everyone and usually manage to find it. So yes, they do love everyone.

But if my ENFJ lives to care for others, they surely must not need care?

That’s where you’re wrong. Although ENFJs derive the most pleasure from caring for others, they need affirmation and appreciation to keep going and feel like their efforts aren’t in vain. Be sure to regularly tell your ENFJ how much you appreciate what they do for you. You might find yourself with a pleasant surprise if you do.

My ENFJ isn’t being very nice.

ENFJs are emotional, caring beings. They are not always nice. They try to be, but sometimes they snap. It’s only because they’ve been trying to keep it inside. Encourage your ENFJ to talk about negative feelings openly (this may take some persuasion, as ENFJs like to ignore negative feelings and pretend they don’t exist) to prevent such an explosion.

Little WestAllen Moments that Should be Talked About More (Season Three)

1. The fact that Barry had his little speech prepared for Iris when he met her at Jitters that he was so proud of and didn’t think was at all peculiar. Iris: Wait, I’ve seen you before, haven’t I? Barry: *has been waiting for this moment for months* *tries to act nonchalant but cannot contain the smirk on his face* W E L L  now that you mention it, we actually went to elementary school together.” *looks pleased with himself* *as if it is normal and smooth to approach random people in a coffee shop and announce that you went to grade school with them* *he didn’t even pretend to remember???* *at least take a moment to try to be convincing and not weird* When his super slick plan to sustain a longer conversation failed, he got all desperate and just spit it out. “WANNA GET A COFFEE WITH ME I MEAN LATER I MEAN NOT COFFEE I MEAN ANY DRINK BUT NOT GET YOU DRUNK DO YOU LIKE ICED TEA WITH ME???!” and finally dissolved into the blabbering dork that he is because his plan backfired, but I guess it worked in the end because Iris thought Barry was “very cute.” Be yourself folks!

2. Barry taking Iris to meet Nora before he went back ❤️❤️❤️

3. Barry kissing Iris with chewed food in her mouth, and not just any food, but  Big Belly Burger. Nothing will stop him, not even greasy lips or ketchup breath. I feel like ketchup is their *thing* ever since Iris wiped it off his lips at that bowling date they went on with Eddie and Linda back in Season One.

4. In the middle of a huge superhero team-up and intense mission to take down aliens, Barry brings Iris lunch because he loves her and is always thinking of her (this one is hard to spot, but it happens sometime in the crossover. If you play I Spy, you can find Barry with a paper bag and later on see Iris walking giddily from said paper bag with a foil-wrapped sandwich/burger/Chipotle-looking burrito in her hand). Aren’t they just the cutest? Fuck a Dominator! The Flash has to make sure his lady eats.

5. The sexy coat drop that implied further sexy timez as well as the canon confirmed fact that they unpacked a makeshift bed before anything else in their new apartment and we know it’s not just because they needed something to sleep on.

6. Barry getting pissed off at villains for interrupting his alone time with Iris.

7. Iris being so cute and nervous about what Barry thinks of her big article. Barry teasing her about not rushing through it and then revealing he already read it repeatedly. Barry telling her she should be proud and Iris’s little, “Really?” AND SOMETHING I NEVER NOTICED: Barry telling her that “time will tell” when she expresses her dreams about winning a Pulitzer and then seeing her face drop because she was thinking about Savitar’s prophecy and how she might not have time to realize all her dreams. And Barry realizes immediately what she’s thinking and he apologizes and tries to comfort her with Savitar’s words about how he beat him and promising that he’s gonna save her 😭😭😭 That scene just got so much better.

8. Barry’s rage that Wally and Cisco didn’t call him when Iris was in danger. This was pretty much the first “emergency” they’ve had as a couple, and Barry was livid they didn’t let him know what was going on first. I think he was feeling the sting of Joe reprimanding him earlier for not telling him about Savitar’s vision because Joe told him, “They don’t know what my baby girl means to me, but you do.” because only Barry understands, and he feels the pain of Iris getting hurt differently than the others because they simply haven’t known her as long as he has. He was offended and betrayed that they didn’t think to call him, “Why didn’t you call me?” because Iris is his partner and his priority now. And then he made sure they never forgot it again: “You call ME.” Barry doesn’t get mad at his friends very often unless it’s serious, and I think they realized just how protective Barry is of Iris, like he probably would have never forgiven them if Iris had died that day. Joe remembered that Iris was in good hands in that moment: “I’m glad she comes first in your life now. If you’re going to date my daughter, that’s the way it should be.”

9. Kara having to warn Barry that Millie isn’t Iris even if she looks like her because she’s aware of Barry’s propensity to fuck everything up when it comes to encountering Iris in some shape or form 😂😂😂

10. Barry literally ready to kill himself when he found out Savitar was a version of him because he thought it would save Iris, didn’t even hesitate, just straight up was ready to plunge his hand in his chest without thinking about because it would keep Iris alive.

Italian Architect Stefano Boeri, famed for the Bosco Verticale of Milan is now working with China for a proposed series of “forest cities.”

Read more at the Guardian:
“We have been asked to design an entire city where you don’t only have one tall building but you have 100 or 200 buildings of different sizes, all with trees and plants on the facades,” Boeri told the Guardian. “We are working very seriously on designing all the different buildings. I think they will start to build at the end of this year. By 2020 we could imagine having the first forest city in China.”

The first such settlement will be located in Luizhou, a mid-sized Chinese city of about 1.5 million residents in the mountainous southern province of Guangxi. The architect said believed Chinese officials were finally understanding that they needed to embrace a new, more sustainable model of urban planning that involved not “huge megalopolises” but settlements of 100,000 people or fewer that were entirely constructed of “green architecture”.

“What they have done until now is simply to continue to add new peripheral environments to their cities,” he said. “They have created these nightmares – immense metropolitan environments. They have to imagine a new model of city that is not about extending and expanding but a system of small, green cities.”


Hey, how often do you think about being an old person? As someone with a deep, persistent fear of dying alone and penniless, I think about this a lot. I can solve the “alone” part with a lot of cats, but the “penniless” part is a little trickier. I can’t count on the fact that I’ll be able to work forever, and as a freelancer I don’t have a pension or an employer’s 401k plan to sustain me. I’m CERTAINLY not counting on Social Security to bail me out, and neither should you.

This is where Individual Retirement Savings (IRAs) come in! I haven’t seen much advice about this geared towards artists, so I thought I’d write a post about it. You can start saving at any age for your future comfort and happiness, and there’s no blood sacrifice or mystic knowledge required! What is required is a basic understanding of how IRAs work, and the willingness to sign up for one and start saving. If you are earning money, don’t have a retirement savings account, and can spare a chunk of cash each year, start now!

So, the basics:

There are few different kinds of IRA, but for simplicity’s sake I’m mostly focusing on Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs. Each IRA has the same goal, to allow you to save money for retirement, and to let your money to grow tax-free in the time in-between. You can set one up for yourself so long as you (or your spouse) have earned income.

What makes IRAs different from a regular savings account? IRAs can generate a lot more earnings over time because you don’t pay taxes every year!

IRAs are typically composed of investments (in mutual funds, stocks, bonds, etc.) so your gains will fluctuate year to year depending on the financial landscape and the kind of investments made–but you can expect to earn around 7% over the long-run, which is way better than the average savings account interest rate of 0.06%. That’s not to say that a savings account is bad. If you have a savings account, THAT’S GREAT. If you have extra savings and you’re willing to wait 30 or so years to take it out, open an IRA to take advantage of the higher growth potential!

You can open an IRA through most large financial institutions–banks, mutual fund companies, and brokerage firms, any of which can offer a variety of investment options. The fees and fee structure for each institution can vary however, so it’s good to compare. (You can start by searching on google for “where to open a Roth IRA” or “where to open a Traditional IRA”)


Who can contribute to an IRA?

In a Traditional IRA, anyone with earned income of any amount can contribute, but you must be younger than 70 ½. In a Roth IRA, you can be any age, but you must have a modified adjusted gross income of less than $131,000 if you’re single, or a modified adjusted gross income of less than $193,000 if you’re married filing jointly.

How much can you contribute per year?

In both plans, you can contribute up to $5,500 each year, or up to $6,500 if you’re age 50 or older. You don’t have to contribute the max amount, and you don’t have to contribute every year. The max amount is increased every so often so it’s a good idea to check into the current maximum contributions allowed (just google “maximum IRA contribution”)

What’s the deal with taxes??

The big difference between Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs is when your money gets taxed. With a Traditional IRA, when you CONTRIBUTE money you don’t have to pay taxes on it, but when you WITHDRAW money you have to pay income tax on it at that time.

In a Roth IRA it’s the opposite–when you CONTRIBUTE your money you pay taxes on it, and when you WITHDRAW the money it is entirely tax-free.

Simplistically, this means that if you are currently in a high tax bracket and think you will be in a lower tax bracket by the time you retire, a Traditional IRA may save you more money. If you are in a low tax bracket right now and anticipate that by the time you retire your income taxes will be higher, the Roth IRA will be a better fit. You can also have retirement savings in both kinds of accounts (though your total contribution per year still maxes out at $5,500/$6,500), and/or roll over one kind of account into another down the line.

One big tax caveat: If you or your spouse have the ability to contribute to an employer sponsored retirement plan (i.e. 401k) you can still contribute to a Traditional IRA, but depending on your income level you may not get the tax deduction. This is referred to as a “non-deductible IRA contribution”, and it affects “pre-tax” IRA accounts, like Traditional IRAs. Employer sponsored retirement plans have no effect on your contributions to a Roth IRA account though!!

There’s a 10% penalty if you withdraw money from your IRA account at the wrong time. So WHEN can you withdraw your money without penalty?

In a Traditional IRA, you can start withdrawing your money at the age of 59 ½, and MUST start taking minimum withdrawals at age 70 ½. (I don’t know why the half-numbers are important, but them’s the facts!)

In a Roth IRA, there are no mandatory withdrawals, and you can start withdrawing your money at the age of 59 ½ – if your withdrawal is at least 5 years after your first contribution was made. (So, if you start contributing to a Roth IRA at age 56, you wouldn’t be able to withdraw your earnings without a penalty before the age of 61. This isn’t an issue if you start earlier!)

Roth IRA BONUS: Roths allow you to withdraw your previous contributions at ANY TIME without penalty, provided you don’t take out the interest your contributions earned. (So if you contribute $10,000 over time and your Roth IRA earns an additional $8,000 in interest for a total of $18,000 in your account, you can still withdraw that original $10,000 at any time, no matter when or what age you are)


It means that young freelancers are in an ideal situation to start contributing to a Roth IRA account. If you are just starting working, it’s likely that you are in a lower tax bracket right now than you will be later, so Roth IRAs can be very beneficial. The longer you have your money in a retirement savings account, the more time it has to grow–$5,500 a year may sound like a lot to contribute at first, but you don’t have to contribute the full amount and you don’t have to contribute every year. If you can only contribute $1,000 a year, contributing ANYTHING is better than nothing, as long as you start sooner rather than later. Also, because Roth accounts let you withdraw your original contributions at any time, if you find you need to use some of that money for an unexpected expense you can always take it out without penalty.


There is MONETARY RISK involved in contributing to any IRA. Since all IRAs are investments and investments can fluctuate, there may be some years where your account experiences losses instead of gains. Sometimes there may be less money in the account than what you contributed. This is to be expected, and the longer you are able to let your account grow the greater your overall gain will be, despite any fluctuations along the road. This is another reason why starting as soon as possible is best.

Other situations to consider:
If you already have a 401k account from an employer, you can also open your own IRA in addition. If your employer matches your 401k contributions, do that first–that’s free money! If you max out your employer contributions and want to contribute more, you can put the rest in your own IRA (but it may be considered a “non-deductible/after-tax contribution”. See “One big tax caveat” above)

If you are self-employed (or a small business owner) and you would like to contribute more than $5,500 each year to an IRA, consider the SEP IRA. The SEP IRA functions very similarly to a Traditional IRA, but you can make higher yearly contributions–up to $53,000 per year! There are other rules that govern this, though.


Artists, if your cost of living can support it, start a retirement savings account now if you don’t have one already. It’s the best thing you can do for your future-self.

Full disclosure: I’m an artist, not a “wealth management professional” and if you have any questions about retirement savings accounts you should talk to qualified persons. I’m just scratching the surface here–I speak only from my own experience & simplified understanding. I’m happy to have a Roth IRA account with Morgan Stanley/Smith Barney and have been contributing since college, my uncle works there and is my financial adviser. I wrote this because I have seen very little income-allocation advice geared towards artists, and I feel fortunate to have benefited from my parents’ and uncle’s experience. Contributing a little bit to your future security is easier than you may think.

finn-rattana  asked:

Which one of these is the best minor for architecture students to get a job and give most advantages? Graphic Design, Business, Sustainable Architecture & Planning, or Product Design. I would appreciate hearing your thoughts on each one of these.

I think each of them could provide advantages (and disadvantages) depending on what your goals are, I don’t think any of them would be wrong. 

Sustainable design is part of our architectural design DNA, something expected and not a differentiator unless you are taking it to the next level. Product design and graphic design are both interesting aspects of the career, many big firms have a research or graphics department that work close together with the mainstream architecture team. Business is the achilles heel of most architects, and something that is critically understaffed in most firms, it could also serve you if you plan to have your own firm.

So, as you see, define the goal for your career and then you can choose a minor.

Originally posted by spiredesigns
Most of central London hospital to be sold off, plans reveal
Exclusive: Charing Cross hospital to be cut to 13% of current size and services diverted to facilities around the city, documents show
By Diane Taylor

Almost all of a central London hospital is to be sold and its services diverted to already stretched facilities around the capital under plans for NHS modernisation seen by the Guardian.

Charing Cross hospital, a flagship NHS facility in the heart of London, is to be cut to just 13% of its current size under proposals contained in sustainability and transformation plans published last year in 44 areas across England.

NHS chiefs have stated as recently as March that “there have never been any plans to close Charing Cross hospital”, and in March 2015 the then prime minister, David Cameron, said it was “scaremongering” to suggest that the Charing Cross A&E departmentwas earmarked for closure. The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, echoed the claims.

However, in the internal NHS documents the apparent downgrading of Charing Cross is outlined in great detail.

The plan is to axe 10 major services at Charing Cross – 24/7 A&E, emergency surgery, intensive care and a range of complex emergency and non-emergency medical and surgical treatments. The remaining services would be a series of outpatient and GP clinics, X-ray and CT scans, a pharmacy and an urgent care centre for “minor injuries and illnesses”. Around 300 acute beds will be lost.

The NHS in England is gearing up to start selling off billions of pounds worth of land and property in order to free up cash to tackle what Naylor estimated to be a £10bn backlog of repairs to sometimes crumbling old buildings.

The Health Service Journal disclosed last week that the Department of Health was preparing to create six regional public/private partnerships covering all of England that would oversee such sales. The plan, codenamed Project Phoenix, would see the proceeds from asset sales being shared between NHS organisations and private firms. Under the plan, London and the south-east would comprise one giant, and very valuable, area.

Absolutely disgusting. 

mis-usedwelfare  asked:

I know shit hit the fan in Venezuela, but if you don't mind explaining why Venezuela is in shambles

Hum, well, I’m going to condense it to a few pointers, but if you want a more in-depth look at the situation, check my Venezuela tag.

With this said:

>Socialism that’s dangerous veering into full communism

>Cuban interference 

>Rampant corruption and nepotism

>A completely inept president, with an inner circle that only serves themselves.

>Total dependence on oil production for the survival of the country, as the rest of the heavy industries were slowly killed by socialist policies. 

 >Falling oil prices and lack of inversions in the infrastructure, leading to loses in production and constant accidents

>Fixed price laws that killed the agricultural industry, leaving the country completely dependent on imports to sustain itself

>A planned economy model that forces a fixed price on international currencies (the dollar), leading to constant shortages for importers and there’s never enough money available to get into the country what they need, plus the rampant corruption ensure said international currencies only get into the hands of politicians, whom use it to live like kings while the country collapses. 

>A complete lack of will to tackle the rampart crime problem, as ever since guns were banned the government got complacent and stopped addressing the problem, leading to civil war-levels of violence

Picture, a man killed right next to my house, after he murdered two other guys during a motorcycle drive-by. 

>Constant and ever-increasing loss of college-educated people, whom can no longer sustain themselves in this dying country, and would rather try their luck abroad where they can earn what they actually deserve.

>Others that I’m sure I’m forgetting ATM

It’s bad mate, and sometimes it only seems to get worse… 

i feel like i’ve talked too much about hot lunch boy and no one cares but i have no one else to tell this to bc i have no friends so. ANYWAY i was walking over to the table and hot lunch boy looked at me and literally made the :O face. i think maybe there was someone behind me or he was already making that face but i’d like to think the sight of me in a romper with a bag of veggie straws was enough to make his jaw drop.

Expedition - Tenacious 4 (18k)

Okay. Woah. The warning labels this will have is depression, emotional/trust issues, heavy angst, blood, injury, possible death of a major character and cheating. Mild sexual content, as well.I almost forgot to mention; Monsta X is the collab group for this.

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anonymous asked:

When Jehan and Montparnasse move into their first house together they're both kind of thrown by the need for yard work. Like it doesn't even occur to them until spring comes. When the yard starts becoming overgrown people start telling them to take care of it.

Ah, my hatred of lawns and yard work

Jehan outright refuses to do anything about it for a while. No yard work, no lawn equipment, none of it. They will not continue this bourgeois status symbol nonsense. They’ve been writing articles on anti-lawn movements and responsible land management and conservation for the ABC blog for a long time, and they’re not about to turn their back on all that now.

“Jehan, we moved here so Antoine could have space to play.”
“He can still play outside. The space still exists.”
“The grass is almost as tall as he is, come on.”

So they have to do something, but Jehan’s not content to just mow it, that’s stupid. Not to mention Parnasse won’t do it either, so they would have to hire someone, and they really don’t want to do that, so. Ugh.

So they’re going to make it something productive and worthwhile. Jehan buys a whole bunch of those little native seed bombs and fertilizer and convinces Parnasse to rent that big tiller machine thing, and they spend a weekend tearing up more than half the backyard to replace it with wildflowers. They get a lot of looks. And some complaining because the machine is loud.

They’re both really tired by Sunday afternoon, and thank god they both work from home because getting up and going anywhere Monday morning is out of the question. Jehan spends most of Monday looking online for shrubs and trees they can plant.

Parnasse is really pleased because they can plant roses everywhere. In, like, six different colors.

Jehan sections off a part for a slightly raised herb garden. And strawberries. And a really big lavender bush. And some bee homes and bee-loved flowers.

Antoine likes painting birdhouses, so now there’s more than a dozen of them hanging from all the trees, and there’s a bunch of bird feeders and a bird bath out front because the birds should be happy.

Jehan lays out a cute little cobblestone path through the yard that leads to anywhere they might actually want to go. There’s a matching patio with some larger pots of plants out back.

Any bit of “grass” they still have gets replaced with a soft thyme or a well-behaved clover that Antoine can still run around on if he wants.

It takes them a couple years to get everything established and pretty much self-sustaining, but they’re not planning on moving again, so who cares how long it takes?

Further Reflection on 5x23...

I know I am in the minority but I remain sad about 5x23. I know many disagree, but I think Oliver Queen thinks all his family and his friends - his Felicity - are dead. This breaks my heart.

Whether we get an immediate return to the island to find them, as some think or some time passes before he can go back, as I think - either way there is no happy until he finds them.

It’s funny when Arrow 5x22 ended, I thought this would be a perfect place to end the season…I don’t need 5x23 and it turns out for me, I was right.

So keep myself in my Happy Bubble, I’m going to focus on the happy 5x22 brought me and look forward to the Olicity reunion. I’m going to try to forget the awful ending of Season 5….which is especially sad for me as I REALLY LIKED Season 5. There was a post a while back with Mindy Kaling how she ignores things she doesn’t like - this is my plan!

To sustain my Happy Bubble over the Hiatus I will write and read fanfiction, make posts and try to avoid spoilers and speculation. I will continue follow my friends who write spec, I just won’t read it - they post things besides spec too!

For me spoilers and spec are things that are unknown, they might be right, they might be wrong…either way they aren’t bringing me happy.

Here is some happy Olicity to cheer this post up!

Originally posted by olicityloyalty

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anonymous asked:

Ah, TOP getting *at least* two more weeks of inpatient psychiatric treatment is such good news. That gives us reason to believe they're working hard to treat the root causes of his issues instead of filling him with meds. I'm now hopeful that he's getting a proper diagnosis and a sustainable long-term treatment plan. The past 12 days were exhausting, I can't imagine how his loved ones must feel and how strong they've had to be. I'm ready to start a religion for Mama Choi. What an amazing woman.

I know! if he was only in there a couple of days and then he went home i’d probably be super concerned. But it’s showing exactly how you said. It’s proof they’re trying to get down to the bottom of everything. He deserves it. I hope he’s doing better.

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