Don’t start your posts with “Oh I’m not a fan but-”
Doesn’t matter if you knew of him or not. Don’t make this about you. This is about a talented guy, a sweet and strong one that openly supported minorities, spoke up on behalf of people that have mental disorders, advocated for the LGBT community… All that while living in a society that keeps on ignoring said issues, treating them like they don’t exist. This is about a brave man that defended people that suffered from mental illnesses with his all, and as we can tell today it’s also because of how he knew what they were going through. Respect him, think about his good actions and how he did make a difference while he could. How he touched many lives. Understand that the routine idols are forced to endure have consequences. Stop ignoring that the industry is hurting these people, pay attention to what they’re really saying. Pay attention to how the companies are treating their artists. And please remind yourself that it honestly doesn’t matter if they’re constantly smiling - you don’t know how they’re truly feeling. Please, please take mental health seriously and take the time to be kind to others.
do crop up more often for poor people. Necessities, like vacuum cleaners
or phones or bedding or shoes, need replacement or repair more often
when you only buy the cheapest possible option.
health tends to be compromised by cheap, unhealthy food; stress; being
around lots of similarly-poor contagious sick people who can’t afford to
stay home or get treatment; inadequate healthcare; and often, hazardous
and/or demanding work conditions – including longer hours allowing
less time for sleep, home food prep, and mental or physical exercise.
homes may not offer much respite, as we’re less likely to have
comfortable furniture for sleep or relaxation, more likely to be forced
to rely on abusive people for financial reasons. We’re also more
likely to live in high-pollution areas, food deserts, and in
poorly-maintained rental housing. We’re less likely to have access to
heat or cooling even in dangerous weather.
For all these
reasons and more, we get sick more, and when we do, we have less access
to medical care – even the poor people lucky enough to have adequate
insurance and a doctor who will provide appropriate care without discrimination may face significant difficulties getting to and from a doctor
Poor people have less reliable transportation; any cars
that are affordable for a poor person will usually need major repairs at
least a couple times a year - more emergencies! - and poor people are less likely to live
anywhere near an adequate public transit system. Just the cab fare to
and from a doctor visit can easily cost a week’s worth of groceries or
Ignoring medical needs as long as possible and not accessing preventative care causes massive future expense.
Many people are
poor specifically because of disability, making work difficult or
impossible in addition to the expenses of managing chronic illness,
accessing mobility aids, or other costs associated with disability.
runs in families, and friend groups are often based heavily on class in
our stratified society, so in addition to your own emergencies as a
poor person, you’ll likely also be sharing resources to keep your loved
ones alive. You’re not likely to have wealthier friends or family who
can or will help.
Poor people are less likely to have enough
clothing that we can wait to replace unwearable items. Because our
clothing collections are smaller (and often secondhand and/or poorly made),
our clothes wear out faster. Not having clothing that marks us as
‘respectable’ can bar us from employment, make us more vulnerable to
violence from police or other harassers, and make resources like social
programmes less accessible.
Overdraft fees target poor people specifically. Being a few pennies off in your maths can mean sudden huge bills that compound themselves. Predatory banks routinely run all charges before
processing the deposits you make earlier in the day or week, which can mean huge overdraft fees can happen even if you deposit your money hours or days before trying to spend any of it.
There are thousands of examples. For poor people, unexpected expenses happen more often. And when you’re
poor, any unexpected expense can be an emergency with serious consequences.
Even the cheapest (most temporary) solution for an emergency often
breaks the bank. People who
aren’t poor don’t realize that an urgent expense of thirty dollars can
mean not eating for a week. Poor people who try to save find our savings
slipping away as emergency after emergency happens. Some poor people turn to predatory lending companies, not because they don’t know it’s a bad deal but because being hugely in debt tomorrow is better than your kids starving today.
I don’t think
people who’ve never been poor realise what it’s like. It’s not that
we’re terrible at budgeting, it’s that even the most perfect budget
breaks under the weight of the basic maths: we do not have enough
[spanish post] We! estos son los dibujos de hace semanas que por vagancia no les saque foto! son horribles! o la cámara los hace ver así… pero bueno xD por no volver a dejar el blog en la anda misma los publico
Rachel Amber is the fire that Chloe needs to stay away from
I love Amberprice. I will defend it til the very end. Would I fall for someone like Rachel Amber? Yes. Would I like to be friends with someone like Rachel Amber? Absolutely. Would I date Rachel Amber? No. Absolutely not. Not because of how smashy she gets when she’s angry, but because of how the tiny traits about her tips me off the wrong way.
Am I sure she really likes Chloe? No. Do I think she’s manipulating Chloe? Yes. Does Rachel’s actions and reactions to Chloe’s doubt to running away bother me?…
It VERY much bothered me.
I’d like to go back to this conversation:
They’re talking about Rachel. Hands down, that’s what I sincerely believe.
The first time you meet Rachel is intense. It’s like fire. It’s bright, and warm, and exhilarating. Rachel burns like fire. Brightly, and she’s the center of attention.
She becomes the center of Chloe’s attention.
She burns so brightly that the darkness of Chloe’s life is completely engulfed in this. I can’t find a video where Chloe says it, but in my play through, on the first episode, while talking to Joyce during breakfast, Chloe basically goes: We make bad choices when we’re dealing with losing someone. She’s basically judging her mother for choosing David so soon after she lost William.
Who else lost William, as well as a best friend, and started hanging out with the wrong crowd and making awful decisions in life?
So, if you eliminate fire. If you eliminate that bright bright light… what do you see?
Chloe doesn’t want that. She just wants to see…. Rachel provides her light. a direction. But perhaps that direction becomes too blinding and painfully burning as Chloe gets closer to it. That’s why, by the end of the episode, Chloe is so hesitant with leaving with Rachel. Chloe felt the warmth of the fire, but as she edges closer, she has to recoil for a moment because that fire is burning her. Eventually she gives in, after a promise.
Something solid – the bracelet
Something permanent – a tattoo
Something passionate – a kiss
Lesbi-honest… MOST of us, chose the most NON concrete way to make a promise: a kiss. We, as Chloe’s players, are pushing Chloe into the fire.
But here’s the thing, let’s jump ahead a little bit in the future okay?
Chloe loses Rachel anyway. She loses her fire. A very bright fire that she has been staring at for a while now. She’s back in darkness, but the fire left a mark on her. It didn’t burn her. It left that weird shape in her eyes that happens when one stares too long at something bright.
But slowly and surely, she starts seeing clearer. And in darkness.. what do you see when you look up?
Fire that shine billions of light years away. Safe to watch, untouchable, yet they’re still so beautiful. They give direction. If one knows how to read stars, you will know where to go just by using them
Who else is miles away? Who else is untouchable?
It’s a bit of a reach, but Max could have been that greater beauty.
A more logic reach is the end of Life is Strange (original), where Chloe realizes that she has been so focused on the fire (Rachel) and the hazy orb that the fire left (Rachel’s disappearance), that she failed to see the other beauty of her world (her mother, blackwell, Eliot (he’s a really good kid), Steph, Mikey, and maybe even David because he does have some lessons that make sense)
But Rachel isn’t just what made Chloe miss the finer things in her life… The darkness around her was dark enough that she couldn’t see….
So dark that she couldn’t see directions.
So how was she to know that looking up was all she needed to see the dim lights in her sky? How was she to know when Rachel Amber was this wildfire that gave her warmth but also misdirection?