“College debt shows up a lot in these stories, actually. It’s more insistently present than housing debt, or even unemployment. That might speak to the fact that the protests tilt towards the young. But it also speaks, I think, to the fact that college debt represents a special sort of betrayal. We told you that the way to get ahead in America was to get educated. You did it. And now you find yourself in the same place, but buried under debt. You were lied to.”—
The school I attended is being sued by the government for fraud. This isn’t some small-time hack school. It’s the Art Institute, a chain of for-profit colleges with real accreditation and campuses all across the country. They knowingly loaned huge amounts of money to low-income students who they knew could never afford to pay it back. They kept students who they knew didn’t have the skills to get proper job placement in their chosen field. And they happily gobbled up the federal loan money and left these students to the wolves, such as Sallie Mae, who is faced with a class-action lawsuit. They make a profit when students default on their loans.
They didn’t just lie to us. They concocted a scheme to get rich off of our misery. They profit by destroying our lives.
“…We can tell our children that school is important until we’re blue in the face, they’re not stupid. They see the loudest applause is for the kids on the field. They know teachers are paid poorly and don’t drive fancy cars. They know people plan Super Bowl parties but mock the National Spelling Bee. In other words, they see the hypocrisy, and we can’t expect society to correct itself. If we want to have any lasting influence on the way our kids approach education — the way future generations approach education — then we have to grab our pom-poms and paint our faces and celebrate intellectual curiosity with the same vigor we do their athletic achievements.”—Why I’m raising my son to be a nerd - CNN.com (via bibliofeminista)
If you are a strong, independent woman on television you have to be one of these things: a police officer, a lawyer, a doctor, a woman with severe daddy issues, or just a stone cold bitch (and sometimes you can be all of those things ALL AT ONCE. Television is great guys).
“It happens when a father realizes he doesn’t just love his daughter, but also her wife. It happens when a soldier tells his unit that he’s gay, and they tell him they knew it all along and they didn’t care, because he was the toughest guy in the unit. It happens when a video sparks a movement to let every single young person know they’re not alone, and things will get better. It happens when people look past their ultimately minor differences to see themselves in the hopes and struggles of their fellow human beings. That’s where change is happening.”—President Barack Obama (via illwritetheendingformyself)
Audience Participation: Working on a script and I need a bit of advice on writing relationships. What makes a relationship between two characters feel real vs. forced? What elements make a relationship feel like the genuine article?
Oh god why did I read the comments on that? Are they intentionally missing the point? Come the fuck on.
You’d think that a well known comic company whose main point to every damn franchise they have WHOULD UNDERSTAND THE IDEA OF WHAT MAKES A HERO. I understand the idea of playing around with Starfire’s character - okay emo period, fine whatever, if you really feel like you must but it makes little fucking sense considering - but the bikini? The look of her? CAN WE PLEASE MAKE SOME FEMALE HEROES THAT ARE NOT MASTURBATORY AIDS WITH LITTLE PLOT/NO PERSONALITY?
Really at this point you may as well make her a walking blow up doll and call it a fucking day.
“My biggest problem is that there is simply no creativity in movies with black casts at all. White people are 12 year old wizards, teens with crushes on vampires and werewolves, fighting blue people, talking fish and toys, and yet the best we get is a movie about the genteel south? Someone please make a movie about two black folks falling in love at a rock concert or a feature film about Storm from X-Men discovering her power, or something, ANYTHING, that goes beyond Black Pain (TM) / White Saviour (TM) movies. Sheesh.”—