An old tree stump with grass growing over it, Faroe Islands
are you stupid thats a unicorn
oh what I have to draw this
I love this unicorn
Good day. The date is Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
Today’s victims are the lonely ones twisted and wrapped around the fingers of others until they are reduced to nothing more than puppets.
Today, the living doll game has a 85.42% chance of success.
Please take care.
We have had a fundamental shift in what is “normal” corporate behavior and “normal” personal sacrifice. Because this shift is cloaked in terms like “meritocracy,” and espouses values like hard work and education, people have been reluctant to recognize it for what it is: the annihilation of mobility.
The American Dream dies hard, because it was not a dream. We saw it work for previous generations. And now we witness its erosion.
In one generation, working for free for people who can pay you went from something laughable, to something wealthy people were doing in a few fields, to something everyone was recommended to do, to something almost everyone has to do. Entry-level jobs were replaced with unpaid internships. That same monopoly on opportunity reshaped lower-skill labor. Jobs that once offered on-site training now require college degrees. In response, universities ramp up tuition, knowing that students have little choice but to pay to compete. Instead of options, there is one path to professional success — one exorbitantly expensive path.
The values of the wealthy elite became the rules that everyone had to live by.
At the same time, the rising cost of living made it “normal” to pay a lot of money for basic things. Ordinary life has been redefined as a luxury good. Health care and home ownership are unaffordable for most young people. This makes them feel desperate, particularly when they begin adult life saddled with stratospheric debt. They feel they have no options but to play along, even if that means being party to their own exploitation.
What they have discovered is that even playing by the rules will destroy you in a prestige economy. Institutional affiliation is promoted as a way to advance professionally by building personal prestige, which is why people are paying to intern at prestigious companies or going into debt for prestigious schools. But these are hollow victories, designed to suck you dry and leave you even more desperate. Prestige decreed by institution means nothing when institutions are rotting. I explain this later on.
- Why You Should Never Have Taken That Prestigious Internship; an interview with Sarah Kendzior
This is probably the best articulation I’ve read to date of the moral and actual bankruptcy underlying unpaid internships, costs of higher education, and youth unemployment. Fucking read the shit out of this.
The problem with the casual corporate approach to Meritocracy is that it has nothing to do with merit or accomplishment. It’s about hollow, meaningless titles (Executive butt boy, rather than a simple, lowly Regular butt boy).
The American dream in its purest state ismeritocracy. What we have today is increasingly not.(via unpredictablechaosfactor)
So, I thought this was common knowledge but apparently it’s not.
If you work outside do not use salt to make a circle. Doing that in your kitchen where you can sweep it up is fine, doing that on the ground will result in a ring of dead plants where things won’t grow, sometimes for years.
Use something else like stones or a cord to make your circles if you absolutely have to have one.
CAN YOU IMAGINE PROWL OR ULTRA MAGNUS PLAYING AND BEING SENT TO JAIL THOUGH
prowl flips the table and sends everything flying
magnus just bursts into tears
parents who vaccinate their children without their consent are terrible parents, no exceptions.
parents who let their children die of completely preventable diseases because they think 8 year olds are capable of making their own medical decisions are terrible parents. no exceptions