A mushroom falls from the cutting board in my lap onto the porch. The dog hears it, looks over in alarm. (He is easily alarmed.)
I pick up the mushroom, telling the dog, “It’s okay. I rescued it!”
I pause, thinking.
"Just like I rescued you."
White men make up approximately 36% of the population, but commit 75% of mass shootings. What would be called terrorism by any other skin tone is suddenly some mysterious unnamed disease. We as a society are perfectly happy to further stigmatize mentally ill people, who are far more likely to be victims of violence than commit violence, in the service of protecting white supremacy and male entitlement.– (via shitrichcollegekidssay)
I made some comics about Ida B. Wells, and then I talk about her for a while, because I am #1 teen fan and I wish I had a poster of her on my wall with hearts all over it.
Kate Beaton for President.
If you want to know why millennials are far more economically liberal than other generations, consider the news that colleges have started opening on-campus food banks to keep their students from going hungry.–
The college I work for has two food banks one on each campus.
I was talking to my mom about starting salaries for kids out of college, and she said when she got her first job in 1976, her starting salary was $10,000 a year. I checked an inflation calculator - that’s more than $41k/year in 2014 dollars. College students are broker than ever before, and recent grads are lucky to crack the poverty line in their first year out of school. It’s going to be really interesting in the next half century to see how this generation reacts to starting off in life so far behind.
I made $11/hr my first job out of college, and it was not enough to pay my rent, pay for food and regular medical/dental bills, pay for gas and parking at my job, and pay for my student loan payments. So I went to grad school, to get more student loans, so I could afford to live. The job I had while I was in grad school paid $9/hr. The full-time job I got (a dream job!) while I was in grad school, which required the master’s degree I was getting, paid $17.84/hr. Looking at a Living Wage Calculator and factoring in my required student loan payments, one full-time job was not enough for me to pay all my bills. I picked up a second, part-time job (teaching the SAT prep classes I never could have afforded to take in my own high school days). I worked every day, every weekend. I volunteered in my “free time”.
Listening to any previous generation talk about how hard they had it sounds, to anyone under the age of 30, like a goddamn joke. We should all be talking about this more, because more and more kids are graduating college and we can’t all be hedge fund managers.
The Guillemot is a seabird that lays its eggs on a bare rock ledge on a cliff face. When an egg is accidentally dislodged, its shape causes it to spin in a tight circle, which prevents it from falling off the ledge into the sea. (Springwatch - BBC)Only evolution, you guys.
It’s such a weird thing how people get more and more fascinated by birds as they get older. But wow, birds. Man.