out of mind
|there is a place you can go, even for just a moment - to contemplate reality. to absorb knowledge. to become more scientifically literate than you were before. in this place you may see things that frighten you, that shock you, that force you to question the world around you. within this place you have the ability to discuss, contemplate & define your own inner peace. this is a place that strives to educate in order to achieve a more harmonious balance with the world & grasp the actions needed to perfect our life, our world or our own personal corner of the planet. within this place, your ideas, current education, ideals, traditions & religions may be tested. this place will challenge your mind, build your courage & embrace your fears. this place encourages you to understand your place in the universe. just like the world we know, this will not always be a safe place. this place is not a room to hide in, it is a gateway to a higher sense of purpose. this place is an open door that allows you to move freely at your own pace without prejudice or judgement. this is that place. and it's yours. and ultimately, it's whatever you need it to be in your place in time. peace & love to each of you. enjoy.|
“The Wire” creator David Simon talked about greed and the flaws of capitalism during an appearance at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney, Australia.
An edited excerpt titled “There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show” was published by The Guardian this weekend, and details how, in Simon’s view, America is divided economically and politically. “Mistaking capitalism for a blueprint as to how to build a society strikes me as a really dangerous idea in a bad way,” Simon said.
He also added “I’m utterly committed to the idea that capitalism has to be the way we generate mass wealth in the coming century…”
To be a working class youth in a low-paid, precarious job like fast food is to live a life devoid of the kinds of progressive life markers that make up normative adulthood. There is rarely college attendance and even more rarely college completion. There is not the moment where you secure the stable job that can anchor life planning. There is not enough money or enough stability to buy a house. Partnering or marrying is too risky and otherwise unattractive given the realities and stresses of dual precarity. Child-bearing is hard to undertake in a way that won’t be totally ruinous.
Without these markers then, it is a life of arrested development and unimaginable stress and misery. The workers live in small duplexes, apartments, or trailer homes, occasionally doubled up with family. They often lose their jobs and, lacking a strong safety net, run up credit card debt to get by, which they then can never pay off. When they are in a job, they cling on tightly even when they might want to take a risk for advancement elsewhere because they cannot afford that risk. Those from poor, working class backgrounds who do manage to pull through college can find themselves right back where they started if they do not acquire the necessary social and cultural capital that actually allows an individual to convert credentials into better living.
What is an adult life, in this society, where it is impossible to save money, impossible to partner, impossible to have and adequately support children, impossible to have a stable, anchoring job, and impossible to even secure a stable residency whether through buying a home or otherwise? What we do when we put people in this position is eliminate their access to the capabilities that form the very core of what we (and they) generally consider the good life to be."
[T]he country’s big-corporate elite are about to try to push something called “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority through Congress, in preparation for pushing through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) corporate “investor rights” agreement. (Note that I did not write “trade agreement” because most of TPP is something else entirely…)
1) Fast Track is about bypassing democracy and Constitutional government so the giant multinationals can do a huge PR effort to push this TPP agreement through. Fast Track means Congress can’t make changes to the agreement and has to pass it in a rush — so democracy and our representatives can’t meddle with what the Serious People have laid out for us.
2) The agreement itself is also about getting democracy and government power out of the way of the big corporations. It actually sets (certain) corporate (“investor”) interests above the law of any country. For example, word has leaked that TPP negotiators are arguing over whether to prevent countries from running anti-smoking campaigns, because this interferes with tobacco-company profits. One side says this is going too far and they should “carve out” tobacco from the agreement, the other side says carving out tobacco sets a precedent of allowing governments to protect their citizens from other things corporations might want to profit from. This should tell you all you need to know about why Fast Track must not pass…"
90% of my problems would be solved if i stopped over-thinking and being anxious about everything & calmed the fuck down
No. They watch Fox News for apparent fair and balanced “news and information about the world.” It’s embarrassing. And it honestly makes me feel like...
this girl ripped her galaxy leggings today and i couldnt stop laughing because there was a rip in the fabric of space
That last post about the “selfish gene” and locusts may be the most “down the rabbit hole” thing about biology I’ve ever written about on Tumblr....