burns-pickard family 

joanna burns found herself jobless, partnerless, and living in her parents’ double-wide with two young children when she was only twenty-two years old. left behind by her children’s father, (who her parents always said was a piece of shit anyway) she was pretty much without purpose. she was working two or three jobs at once (sometimes jobs that weren’t legal or decent) just to get herself a dingy apartment in downtown portland. 

meanwhile, noah pickard had a nasty divorce with his no-good, cheating, raging bitch of an ex-wife. he and his three elementary-aged children moved into a townhouse - all he could afford on a public school teacher’s salary - in, you guessed it, downtown portland. 

they didn’t get together right away, or even in a particularly timely fashion. their kids grew up playing together, they offered babysitting when the other would work or go out, and slowly but surely the two families - and the two parents - became rather codependent on each other. 

no one was particularly shocked when jo ended up pregnant - with noah’s baby, nonetheless. the merger of the two families was pretty seamless. the kids were all in middle or high school at that point, and had become practically family by then.

when bailey was 17, they found out his little sister had leukemia. everyone, but particularly jo and bailey, learned to pitch in a lot more during that time. they were all truly convinced she was going to die, and were both fighting as hard as they could to keep her alive while also saying sad, painful, stupid goodbyes. money got tighter, everyone was exhausted, and even though they’d been thinking the worst, somehow she pulled through it and has been in remission for years now. 

ANYWAY there’s the whole sad thing, they’re all a little rough around the edges, grew up pretty poor (though i have a headcanon that the pickards’ mom remarried rich and so they get these lavish gifts on christmas and then probably don’t hear from her for the rest of the year), depend on each other for absolutely everything in life, and really just love each other even if they get in stupid fist fights occasionally??? 

(i will… probably edit this when i get home bc i’m writing this in a rush but pls love me!!)

  • bailey burns, 26, logan lerman (morgan)
  • – burns, 23, odeya rush (anna)
  • – pickard, 29, open (alias)
  • avery pickard, 28, dominic sherwood (bri)
  • irene pickard, 24, saoirse ronan (lily)
  • josie pickard, 13, npc*
With state budget in crisis, many Oklahoma schools hold classes four days a week
Ninety-six districts have shortened the school week, nearly triple as many as in 2015.

A deepening budget crisis here has forced schools across the Sooner State to make painful decisions. Class sizes have ballooned, art and foreign-language programs have shrunk or disappeared, and with no money for new textbooks, children go without. Perhaps the most significant consequence: Students in scores of districts are now going to school just four days a week.

The shift not only upends what has long been a fundamental rhythm of life for families and communities. It also runs contrary to the push in many parts of the country to provide more time for learning — and daily reinforcement — as a key way to improve achievement, especially among poor children.

But funding for classrooms has been shrinking for years in this deep-red state as lawmakers have cut taxes, slicing away hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue in what some Oklahomans consider a cautionary tale about the real-life consequences of the small-government approach favored by Republican majorities in Washington and statehouses nationwide.

School districts staring down deep budget holes have turned to shorter weeks in desperation as a way to save a little bit of money and persuade increasingly hard-to-find teachers to take some of the nation’s lowest-paying jobs.

Of 513 school districts in Oklahoma, 96 have lopped Fridays or Mondays off their schedules — nearly triple the number in 2015 and four times as many as in 2013. An additional 44 are considering cutting instructional days by moving to a four-day week in the fall or by shortening the school year, the Oklahoma State School Boards Association found in a survey last month.

“I don’t think it’s right. I think our kids are losing out on education,” said Sandy Robertson, a grandmother of four in Newcastle, a fast-growing rural community set amid wheat and soybean fields south of Oklahoma City. “They’re trying to cram a five-day week into a four-day week.”

Oklahoma is not the only state where more students are getting three-day weekends, a concept that dates to the 1930s. The number is climbing slowly across broad swaths of the rural big-sky West, driven by a combination of austere budgets, fuel-guzzling bus rides and teacher shortages that have turned four-day weeks into an important recruiting tool.

The four-day week is a “contagion,” said Paul Hill, a research professor at the University of Washington Bothell who has studied the phenomenon in Idaho and who worries that the consequences of the shift — particularly for poor kids — are unknown.

But in other states, the Great Recession sparked a spike in the growth of four-day weeks that has since slowed, according to data collected by The Washington Post. Oklahoma stands out for the velocity with which districts have turned to a shorter school week in the past several years, one of the most visible signs of a budget crisis that has also shuttered rural hospitals, led to overcrowded prisons and forced state troopers to abide by a 100-mile daily driving limit.

Democrats helped pass bipartisan income tax cuts from 2004 to 2008. Republicans — who have controlled the legislature since 2009 and governorship since 2011 — have cut income taxes further and also significantly lowered taxes on oil and gas production.

“The problems facing Oklahoma are our own doing. There’s not some outside force that is causing our schools not to be able to stay open,” said state Sen. John Sparks, the chamber’s top Democrat. “These are all the result of a bad public policy and a lack of public-sector investment.

But Gov. Mary Fallin ® said a downturn in the energy sector and a decreasing sales tax revenue have led to several “very difficult budget years.”

The governor said in an email to The Post that she thinks “students are better served by five-day weeks” because moving to four days requires a longer school day. That makes it “hard for students, especially in the early grades, to focus on academic content during the late hours of the day,” she said.

Facing a $900 million budget gap, lawmakers approved a budget Friday that will effectively hold school funding flat in the next year. In Washington, President Trump has proposed significant education cuts that would further strain local budgets.

‘We’ve cut so much for so long’

Few states have schools that are worse off.

Oklahoma’s education spending has decreased 14 percent per child since 2008, according to the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and the state in 2014 spent just $8,000 per student, according to federal data. Only Arizona, Idaho and Utah spent less.

“We’ve cut so much for so long that the options just are no longer there,” said Deborah Gist, superintendent in Tulsa, a district that still holds classes five days a week but plans to merge schools and eliminate more than three dozen teaching positions.

This year has been particularly tough, as repeated revenue shortfalls have left districts facing midyear cuts. “I’ve done this job a long time, and this is the hardest I’ve ever had it,” said Tony O’Brien, superintendent of Newcastle schools, which have about 2,300 students.

O’Brien said the schedule change helped Newcastle shave about $110,000 out of its $12 million annual budget, savings that equal more than two teachers. The savings come mostly from shutting off building utilities on Fridays and from using less diesel fuel to run buses. Teacher salaries — the bulk of any district’s cost — didn’t change.

Experts say four-day weeks don’t save much money. In Newcastle and elsewhere, school leaders say the biggest benefit has been attracting and retaining teachers in some of the nation’s lowest-paying jobs.

This is what Austerity looks like.  Police aren’t on patrol, hospitals are shutting down, schools are failing our children.  This is a government so small it isn’t a government anymore.

On Urban Farming

So urban farming has taken off lately, among a certain set of people. I’ve been seeing posts railing against lawn culture, offering up pictures of these gorgeously cool traditional vegetable gardens and trellises and vertical gardens and pot gardens and all sorts of combinations thereof and it’s uplifting and solarpunk and really really cool. And I’m here to say that it can be everything it’s promised to be. Five or six years ago, my parents tore up their front lawn and made it into a garden. It’s been amazing - they get troops of old ladies coming up and ringing the doorbell asking for a tour, passersby stopping to stare and smile, little kids looking covetously at the raspberries that my dad always comes out to offer them. (Sometimes he also uses them to get rid of salespeople, but that’s another story.) In peak season, we get fresh tomatoes, potatoes, beets, carrots, peppers, onions, cucumbers, and squash, and that’s off the top of my head and not including the berry bushes we have as hedges and the lovingly-tended fruit trees in the back yard. My parents haven’t darkened the door of a grocery store produce section in more than a month at the moment I’m typing this. It’s fantastic.


My parents are teachers. They get reliable weekends and two months off during peak growing season. They also have a very comfortable middle-class salary (our teachers aren’t in quite the straits salary-wise that they find themselves in south of the border) that means they could afford, at the outset, to hire the labour necessary to get the garden started - I believe Bobcats were involved. And, last but not least, they’re gardeners. If you make the mistake of commenting to my mother that the garden must be a lot of work, she looks at you blankly and informs you that she wouldn’t do it if it were work to her. But if you aren’t a bred-in-the-bones gardener, chances are you’d hate it. I grew up the child of two bred-in-the-bones gardeners and it isn’t a commitment I’d want to make. There’s rototilling and fertilizing and digging and planting and covering and watering and more digging and thinning and weeding (and weeding and weeding and weeding), and then there’s even more digging and picking and washing and chopping and freezing if you want to make sure you get to keep what you’ve grown, otherwise it’s just as wasteful as a lawn anyway - after all, you’ve put all that water into it. My parents had to buy an entire new freezer to store all their produce, and while that sounds great (and it is), it also presupposes that they could afford to buy a new freezer.

What I’m trying to get at here is that if you want to do this urban farming thing that everyone’s so adamant about, you have to have the time, and if you don’t have the disposable income you have to have a lot more time, at least at the outset, and also hope your back holds out for the duration. And lawns aren’t a symbol of the kind of immense wealth they used to be - you kind of just inherit them if you buy a house. A house, mind you - not a castle or a mansion. Lawns have moved down the ranks into the firmly middle-class. Decrying lawn culture is all very well as it goes, but holding up urban farming as the universal solution is, to my way of thinking, disingenuous. Time is money, and not everyone with a lawn is rich.

…All that said, talk to me about solar panels.

erinandthepurplecrayon  asked:

My major is art education. I'm really interested in teaching elementary kids art, but I'm not sure how well I'll like it when it comes down to it, and I don't want to be poor forever. What are the perks of being an art teacher? Is it worth it in the long run?

We’ve actually covered a lot of information about art education majors.

You can view them with these links:

I think those should cover all your bases @erinandthepurplecrayon

patior-palmitor  asked:

Just occurred to me... Lucius was the (very influential) head of the Hogwarts school governors during the canon timeline, meaning that *Lucius likely set Severus’ salary.* Interesting...

The thought that Lucius would’ve had influence over Severus’ salary is really interesting, and one that hadn’t occurred to me.

I know when we talk about Hogwarts, everything is extrapolation because it’s neither here nor there - it’s neither strictly public nor strictly state, it’s Scottish as opposed to English/Welsh (so my understanding of the law falls down slightly), it’s late 80s/early 90s as opposed to present day, and it’s presumably funded by the Ministry and not the COSLA (LGA equivalent, I think?).  

So there’s a whole set of implications there - for instance, we could argue that Hogwarts would be aligned to state school pay if we accept the headcanon that British taxes fund the Ministry, and Ministry taxes are filtered back into the British government…  In that scenario, you could see it accepting the recommendations set by local Muggle government and applying them to the magical world.

…but once you get into the issue of whether Hogwarts is public or state (there is a WHOLE other post on this, I think - it’s criminally underdiscussed), then you’re looking at different payment policies.

In the UK, governors oversee the finances of schools.  I’m absolutely no expert in this, so I am more than happy to be corrected, and this has all been shaken up with the recent rise in academy schools and free schools etc - but I would assume that in state school in the early 90s, there was a pay scale set by the council and the Head slotted in the teachers according to their age, experience, performance etc.  Traditionally, once you’re on a rung of the pay scale, you can go up but not down.  

Given the date that Severus started teaching, I would anticipate - even if Dumbledore had him on an apprentice salary or something similar in his early years - he would already have reached the top of the scale.

…but if we say that the setup isn’t so strictly tied to their Muggle counterparts, I could absolutely see Lucius trying to raise Severus’ salary…

Still, I always wonder when Severus started to only accept O students on his NEWT course - it would be an interesting headcanon if Severus did it as a means to increase his performance related pay packet…  

“Well, of course, I accept that my class size was only 9 but 100% of students achieved the highest grade.  In Transfiguration, the class size was 17, but only 40% of students gained the highest grade…”  

TC UPDATE #5 (9/4/17)

this weekend has been of the BEST weekends i’ve ever had. as you all know, m asked me to watch his house and his golden retriever puppy (which i didn’t know he had until now) over the labor day weekend. this update will be about his house and my experience there ✨

m’s house has two stories and it’s literally so beautiful! it’s so much nicer than i imagined and so much bigger too (all this on a teachers salary👀 his parents are loaded though so?) ! when you walk in, there’s this big staircase that put me in awe because WOW and everything is so neat and tidy ! it looks similar to the picture below but m has a lot more land/yard. also, at night he has these lights that line his driveway/sidewalk

m told me i could stay in the guest bedroom so i wouldn’t have to keep driving back and forth, and it was the best decision i ever made because the sheets were so soft and they smelled exactly like him and his yummy cologne 👅 i was walking through his house and doing some things he asked me to do, and i couldn’t help but get distracted by all the pictures he has hanging up. he looks so handsome in every one i-

i’m currently writing this post from his house😏 i don’t want to leave. m comes back tomorrow morning, so i’ll be heading home later tonight and returning his house key to him tomorrow as school

i just can’t believe he lives here alone 😅 i almost forgot! m texted me last friday and said, “don’t throw a big party while i’m gone😉” and then, “a invite from you would be hard for anyone to deny” HAHSKSKSH FRICKKK was he flirting with me???


A/N: Here’s the first request for my Birthday Celebration. Okay so I actually loved this request, I love writing Ciscoxreader. Anyway, it’s super long and I kind of got carried away so yeah. I hope you enjoy it and if I have time later and people like it I might write a part 2… we’ll see.

Request by @betteryouthanme : Metahuman!reader x Cisco plot is totally up to you 😊

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Today a student asked if I had an iPhone charger, and I held up my frayed, shitty one that I keep in my classroom as a back up for my own phone. It only works about half the time so I just told her that it doesn’t work, sorry.

Without missing a beat, another student looked at my frayed, shitty iPhone charger and said, “Teacher salary be like” and I fucking lost it.

Well played, kid.

A Random PSA About The People Who Actually Run Things - Part 3

Oho, you thought that you read it all last year, but you’d be wrong! On The Eight Day of Fun I present… a continuing look at the people who make the karyukai work.

The Ochaya Union (お茶屋組合)

Pretty self explanatory, it’s the union that looks out for the interests of the ochaya in a given kagai. They make sure that they’re paid properly and that their receipts match up with what the kenban has recorded. 

The Kabukai (歌舞会)

The organization that acts a bit like the PR side of the kagai, but has power over all things. The kabukai ties the geisha union, ochaya union, kenban, and art schools together and decides what direction the kagai should go in. It’s main functions are:

-Present an odori: When it comes time for an odori it’s the kabukai who builds the backdrops, obtains the props and costumes, and makes sure that the event is well publicized.

-Grant space for lessons: It is the kabukai that owns and operates the kaburenjo and nyokoba and pays the salaries of teachers.

-Deal with any advertising: When it comes to things such as posters or even media requests the kabukai gets the final say in whether or not they will go ahead. They will ensure that a maiko or geiko is paid for their time as some requests can’t go through an ochaya.

The Ookini Zaidan (おおきに財団)

A rather new organization, the Ookini Zaidan aims to spread the awareness of karyukai culture, often through live performances. Every time you see a picture or video of a maiko or geiko dancing outside of their kagai, like in a department store or even a foreign country, all of these events were made possible by the Ookini Zaidan. The foundation acts as a way to share the karyukai without having an introduction to a tea house. This isn’t to say that they’ll hook you up to meet with maiko or geiko though; they only deal with requests pertaining to sharing culture, mostly in front of large groups of people and/or international travel. Another function they serve is to give awards, along with grants, to elderly geisha as a way of thanking them for years of service and dedication to their kagai. Usually each woman has over 40 years of experience ^^

Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year! It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do - babysit! We can get that for minimum wage. That’s right. Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That …would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to……… 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan– that equals 6 ½ hours). Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day. However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations. LET’S SEE…. That’s $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master’s degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 ½ hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year. Wait a minute – there’s something wrong here! There sure is!
The average teacher’s salary (nation wide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student–a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!) WHAT A DEAL!!!!
Heaven forbid we take into account highly qualified teachers or NCLB…

Make a teacher smile; re-post this to show appreciation 💖 all you out there!

Standing up for our children’s educators.

Being a teacher is no easy task. I had to repost this. Thank you teachers for all your hard work!

I need your help.

Hi guys!

I really hate to do this but I need your help.

My family’s money has always been really tight, with my dad being the only one working, on a teachers’ salary. Beginning next month, he won’t be getting as much money. We barely have money this week to buy food or gas, and the next time my dad gets paid is 2 January. Til then, we’re super stretched for money. If you could donate to my paypal that would be a huge help! Even if it’s just like 1$, every bit helps. If you can’t donate, please reblog this.


Thank you so much.

Back on the wagon!

Heeyyyy everyone!!

**as you all eye me suspiciously and wonder, “Where the fuck have you been?”**

I know I know, but hear me out fitblr fam!

So, I fell off the wagon. Hard. But it’s not the end of the world! At my highest weight I was 210 lbs., and my lowest weight, on this weight loss journey so far, was 184.2 on May 25. I weighed myself today for the first time since September 22, and my weight shot up to 199!! Holy Jesus.

And it’s very ironic, because since September I haven’t really been posting to Tumblr, but I’ve still gotten a bunch of new followers and people keep reblogging my “Weight Loss Tips and Tricks” post. Well I guess it’s time to take my own advice.

I am back on the wagon starting tomorrow. I can’t, in all good conscience, keep on living and eating like I have been. I feel terrible, I get winded going up the stairs. And it’s fucking sad, because in May I was running up the stairs at work and got my 5K time under 40 minutes!

But, shit happens. Life happens.

I fell in April and couldn’t exercise for a few weeks. I couldn’t really get back into it since then and my weight loss has been a slow demise down the toilet. My road trip over the summer kind of cemented all my bad habits into place, and the new school year was my excuse after that. 

Then in October I started my before-school music groups: Strings, Chorus, and Recorders. I don’t know what I was thinking as a teacher who is still relatively new, 2.5 years teaching at the end of this school year. It;s so much of a time commitment! To get to my school by 7am I must leave my house by 6am, which means waking up by 5am, latest 5:30. That means I have to go to sleep really fucking early to be able to function the next day! And after I get home from teaching all day I am utterly exhausted.

Also, my bf lost his job. He’s been looking and applying for places for months, but hasn’t found anything yet. I have been supporting us on my meager teacher salary and I AM SO FUCKING STRESSED OUT. The budget for groceries per week is only $50. ONLY $50. That’s nothing!!! It’s hard to eat well, for two people, on $50 a week. 

PLUS, I have been mega stressed at work. My admin doesn’t care about the music program AT ALL. I even took a personal day this past Thursday because I couldn’t hide my anger. There was no way I could teach and be my usual chipper self. Ugh, more on that shit show later.

Not to mention coping with the death of TWO people. Phil, who I posted about before. And Jon, who I went to high school with, who died on Wednesday. Jon was such a talented musician, like seriously talented. His thing was playing guitar in screamo hard-rock bands, but he was also amazing at the piano playing Chopin and Tchaikovsky. It’s so crazy, Jon was just 1 year older than me, and his death, like Phil’s, pisses me off. Both deaths were totally preventable. Phil’s death could have been prevented by gun law reform or healthcare reform with better access to mental health care, and then Jon’s death could have been totally prevented if we had medicare for all. It’s just so fucking sad.  

^^^ excuses.

I have to stop using all that as excuses to not work out and take care of myself. I mean, I’m still going to be stressed out, but I need to get healthy again. I need to be healthy, if not for me, but for those who have passed on. I need to live well and live a long healthy life.

Here’s the plan:

  • All Green on Fitbit Everyday= 11,500 steps, 5 Miles, 5 floors, 60 active minutes.
  • 6 Days of Exercise per week: Sunday is my Rest Day
  • Track all of my food AND Stay within Calorie Budget on Lose it! My diet plan is set up to lose 2lbs per week.
  • Weigh In Every Morning with Libra

I wanted to talk about eating well on a budget a little bit:

The one thing I have found that is AMAZING is.. dry beans! You get so much for the price, and beans are packed with protein, fiber, and iron. Soaking and cooking the beans yourself also lets you control the sodium content! Beans are definitely a lifesaver. For a while I was doing my lentil and squash curry for meal prep, which was SUPER affordable, after you make the initial investment on the spices. The only problem is the GAS that comes with beans. You will be farting up a storm!

This week I am making split pea soup for dinner, with split green peas, ham, carrots, onion, celery, onion, and potatoes. All of the ingredients are super cheap, but it turns into one hearty and pretty healthy meal that will last for a few days. I’m using low-sodium fat-free chicken broth too. I’ll also make, by the end of the week, some three-bean chili with carrots, onions, potatoes, and corn. It also allows me to not waste anything either!

MEAT IS EXPENSIVE. I’ve been eating a lot of meat-free recipes just because I can’t really afford meat. I was raised by my Polish parents too, so it’s weird not to have my meals centered around some type of meat for dinner. But you gotta do what you gotta do I guess. 

Snape Lives

I normally only want to write Severus pre- second war, probably because I haven’t dealt with his death yet, lol. But I wanted to do something for Snape Lives Week. Maybe this could be the start of something fun ;)

User: Rosegolden394



When Severus recalled those first few days, weeks really, it was as a long, blurry dream. Events that someone had only told him about, instead of being his own memories from having lived them. He remembered them in frames, a few at a time, and then there were blocks of empty time during which he assumed he was eating, sleeping, and speaking to people as any other person would, just not doing any of it purposefully.

As he saw it, his life had ended. The life he had known simply wasn’t there anymore. Therefore what he was living now was something he didn’t understand. He didn’t know what to do or when to do it. He didn’t know where to be or who to talk to. So, he just, existed for a while.

First, it was in a hospital bed at St Mungos. During which several things happened in quick succession. There had been interviews with Aurors, depositions to Ministry officials, lots of information given and papers signed, and many visitors… most of which he couldn’t remember.

He remembered Potter though. The boy had cried at his bedside. Saying over and over again that he didn’t understand why Dumbledore couldn’t have told him, why Snape himself couldn’t have told him. How things could have been different if he would have known… turned out better somehow.

At the time, Severus just wasn’t able to explain it to him. The war had obviously traumatized the boy. He was completely over-emotional and most likely would have been unable to see it for what it was, even if Severus had possessed the energy and mental clarity to go over everything.

But it seemed all he had the capacity to do was sit there and listen, impassive and listless. He gave small answers where he could and he even remembered lightly patting Potter’s head as he sobbed, after he’d collapsed into tears when talking about his mother.

Even now, thinking about that particular part was uncomfortable for Severus. He could never have imagined himself giving anyone such a gesture of comfort, small as it was, let alone Harry himself. But again, he was acting then in a sort of automatic mode. As if he wasn’t the one operating his own body.

After three weeks, he’d been discharged from the hospital and ended up in Spinner’s End. He didn’t currently have a position at the school, Hogwart’s Board of Governors had been to the hospital and informed him that they’d discuss the options when he was was healed one hundred percent. In the meantime, he’d still receive his teachers salary, so he wouldn’t need to worry about supporting himself.

This sounded awful to Severus. Like some sort of charity case receiving money for nothing. But again, he was only able to nod and agree and sign things put in front of him back then.

It was only looking back on those days now, five months on, that he could see that he had been in shock. His mind only recently catching up to the fact that he was indeed alive. Scarred, weak, empty… but alive. Suddenly having years of barren time stretched before him, the only objective being to figure out what the hell he was supposed to do with it.

mercurialmalcontent says:

Somehow I don’t think harassing an employee running a tumblr account is good praxis. It sure isn’t doing shit but making a bunch of blowhards feel good about ~sticking it to the man~ in a laughably pointless way. And - “Propaganda aimed at children”? That’s unusually pearl-clutchy of you.

It isn’t about harassing a marketer who makes more money at entry level than a high school teacher, although that’s a nice bonus - it’s about the shares and the notes the post gets afterwards.  The same way the marketer saying the nice thing to the person on twitter wasn’t meant to alter the target’s opinion specifically, but the opinion of everybody who saw the exchange.  I think it’s a fair thing for the target to use the marketer as a means to advertise their ideology, since the marketer’s entire job is to rope civilians into advertising the company’s.

The way I see it is this: the country I live in is very bad at spotting bullshit.  The fact that we live day to day in an environment completely saturated with paid-for bullshit does not help. The level of critical thinking we display when a huckster rocks up to our collective door demonstrates to me that the average person is not wise to this stuff, and that it’s not harmless. Demonstrating pushback against people who lie to us for money is modeling good behavior. Saying “won’t somebody think of the poor marketers” - for whom, I want to remind you, dealing with a hostile public is part of the job, what they get those nice teacher+ salaries for - strikes me as a profoundly strange response to people doing what they can to hold their place against the tidal ooze of bullshit.

Message to pass on...With Congress Threatening Trump’s Campaign Goals, Which Won Him The Election, Here’s How to Fix Congress!!!

Forward this email to a minimum of 20 people, and to ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in the United States will have the message. This clearly is an amazing idea that should be passed around. Stand by for the push back from “The Swamp.”

Let’s see if these idiots understand what people pressure is all about.

Salary of retired US Presidents .… . .. .…. . $180,000 FOR LIFE.

Salary of House/Senate members .… . .… . $174,000 FOR LIFE.

This is stupid

Salary of Speaker of the House .… . .… . . $223,500 FOR LIFE.

This is really stupid

Salary of Majority / Minority Leaders …… . . $193,400 FOR LIFE.


Average Salary of a teacher …… . .… …. .$40,065

Average Salary of a deployed Soldier …… .. $38,000

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

“I could end the deficit in five minutes,” he told CNBC. “You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election”.

The 26th Amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds ) took only three months and eight days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 - before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land - all because of public pressure.

Forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on your address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Here’s where the cuts should be made:

Congressional Reform Act of 2017 1. No Tenure/No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.

  1. Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security. - All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

  2. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

  3. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

  4. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

  5. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

  6. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 3/1/17. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.

Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work. Serving in Congress was not meant to be a career!

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people, then it will only take three days for most people in the U.S. to receive the message. It’s time! (Include a separate copy to each of your congressional representatives.)


青年和就業: Young people and finding employment

haha deep ironies of me deciding to type this up while being anxious about 畢業後… anyway, so for awhile up until 1994 jobs in China were assigned to postgrads rather than the current job hunt sort of situation people in the states are more familiar with. 有利有弊, and obviously more complicated than that, but here’s some vocab for you to get into it, and also to discuss your own future/life:

  • 畢業生/毕业生 bìyè shēng —  graduate (the noun)
  • 億/亿 yì —  hundred million (100,000,000)
  • 專業/专业 zhuānyè — major, specialty
  • 單位/单位 dānwèi — work position
  • 搶/抢 qiǎng — to vie with each other
  • 統一/统一 tǒngyī — unify, unified, integrate
  • 分配 fēnpèi — distribute, allocate, assign
  • 制度 zhìdù — system, institution
  • 改革 gǎigé — to reform, reform
  • 雙向/双向 shuāngxiàng — two-way selection (vs. 單向 one-way)
  • 月薪 yuèxīn — monthly pay
  • 擇優錄用/择优录用 zéyōu lùyòng — enroll/select only the outstanding
  • 淘汰 táotài — to be sifted out, eliminated through competition (often used with 被) 
  • 明顯/明显 míngxiǎn — obviously, evident
  • 相差 xiāngchà — to differ
  • 倍 bèi — fold, times (as in, “three times as many”)
  • 臨時工/临时工 línshí gōng — temporary worker
  • 合同工 hétónggōng — contract worker
  • 期限 qíxiàn — time limit, deadline
  • 職業/职业 zhíyè — job, occupation
  • 安定 āndìng — stable, secure
  • 假期 jiàqī — vacation 
  • 看重 kànzhòng — to pay attention to, regard as important 


听说中国大学毕业生是统一分配的, 叫你去哪你就只好去哪儿。
tīng shuō zhōngguó dàxué bìyè shēng shì tǒngyī fēnpèi de, jiào nǐ qù nǎ nǐ jiù zhǐhǎo qù nǎ'er.
I heard Chinese graduates are uniformly assigned jobs, they tell you to go somewhere and you have to go. (只好, an adverb for “have to, be forced to” can be less intense and more situational “no other option.”)

A: 在美國大學畢業生是否都能找到工作?
Zài měiguó dàxué bìyè shēng shìfǒu dōu néng zhǎodào gōngzuò?
In the U.S. can all graduates find a job?

B: 找工作的競爭很激烈,尤其是熱門的專業,不過大部分的畢業生找得到。
Zhǎo gōngzuò de jìngzhēng hěn jīliè, yóuqí shì rèmén de zhuānyè, bùguo dà bùfèn de bìyè shēng zhǎodedào.
The competition for finding a job is very fierce, especially for popular majors, still the majority of graduates are able to find a job.

C: 为什么你想当老师?老师的薪水真的不高!
Wèishéme nǐ xiǎng dāng lǎoshī? Lǎoshī de xīnshuǐ zhēn de bù gāo!
Why do you want to be a teacher? The salary is really not high!

D: 高不高不是重要,我的目的不是赚钱,是有很长的假期!
Gāo bù gāo bùshì zhòngyào, wǒ de mùdì bùshì zhuànqián, shì yǒu hěn zhǎng de jiàqī!
High or not isn’t important, my goal isn’t to make money, it’s to have a long vacation! 

As always, clunky literal translation to make grammar clearer, of my own imperfect examples, and obvs don’t be a teacher because you want long vacations. Since the examples have pinyin I figured you could handle just traditional/simplified in the interests of brevity. lmk if you have any questions (about this or something else)~ 

one time in my old school there was this teacher, who always made mysogynistic remarks. so in one lesson he basically explained to us how he thinks that it is fair that women are paid less because men work way harder anyways and men always have to pay for women like at dinner or a bar. we said that women don’t ask for drinks in bars but in fact men just do it because they think it is a free ticket for having sex with the woman (they paid the drink for) and also that LGBs (lesbian, gay and bisexuals) are completely left out then. he said that being a homosexual is gross anyways, a sin and society shouldn’t care about “them”.

some weeks later he told the school he had a disease, which he did not name, and about 2 months later the school found out that he was actually on vacation, just saying he was really sick. 

so this female teacher, who disliked him, told us, his excuse was that his wife had left him and he didn’t know what to do, he was “scared of getting depressed”. the school reacted on it really bad (gladly) and cancelled all the raises he got in the past years, leaving him with the same salary a teacher fresh off the university gets.

when we asked him why his wife had left him (one guy said “despite the obvious reasons”) he said that his wife had met her on a convention. we all remained silent until he kinda made this indefinable sigh-cry saying “she earns more than I used to” 

and I think that is when I first knew karma was real

anonymous asked:

You get calligraphy as a class in America?? Cool!! Here we don’t get any “cool” classes like art, design or anything just straight up sciences or histories. Super hard and annoying to learn ):

i think it’s mostly bc my school has the funding / budget to be able to afford to pay for more teachers’ salaries? but honestly, my calligraphy class is one of the most dullest and most boring class that i’ve ever taken so idk man, i kinda regret taking it :/ nothing i can do abt graduation credit requirements tho :(