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  1. Not talking about money is a tool of class war. A culture that forbids employees from comparing salaries helps companies pay women and minorities less. Ignoring the mercenary grit behind success leads to quasi-religious abundance gurus claiming you can visualize your way to wealth.

    … It’s easy to say that if people are just good enough, work hard enough, ask enough, believe enough, they will be like us.

    But it’s a lie. Winning does not scale. We may be free beings, but we are constrained by an economic system rigged against us. What ladders we have are being yanked away. Some of us will succeed. The possibility of success is used to call the majority of people failures.

    Molly Crabapple, Filthy Lucre (via candidlycara)

    (via alinalogic)

  2. [T]he current Republican House is quite possibly the most intransigent in all of American history. It is also, not coincidentally, among the most ideologically extreme in American history.

    That means that the chances the passing meaningful legislation are near zero. It also means that any remotely controversial legislation that does manage to get passed is likely to be only marginally beneficial to the American people, if not actively harmful.

    In an environment where nothing good can get passed through Congress, the only legislative tool left in the arsenal is to shame the opposition until they either give in or lose the next election. Rather than attempt to figure out what good bills have a larger-than-zero chance of passing the House, the President should simply work alongside the Democratic Senate to craft good, popular bills and dare the House to reject them and refuse to bring them to a vote…

    [I]f Democrats lose the Senate in 2014 and cannot make gains in the House then Obama is already a lame duck President. He might as well do everything in his power to make life miserable for Republicans and maximize Democrats’ electoral chances in 2014.

    The best way to “put point on the board” is to put Republicans on the defensive (via smdxn)

    PLEASE YOU FECKLESS BUNGLING NINCOMPOOPS — DON’T JUST SIT THERE, DO SOMETHING. CALL THE REPUBLICANS OUT ON THEIR LYING, PETULANT BULLSHIT.

    Ahem.

    (via recall-all-republicans)

  3. Indeed, in the light of new research into animal intelligence, some scientists have concluded that there simply is no profound difference between us and other species.
  4. smallandtinyhomeideas:

    The Hemloft designed and built by Joel Allen | more Hemloft

    Oh man oh man oh man

    (via dinosaurusrex)

  5. hotrufftrade:

sonofbaldwin:

#Facts

Think about this shit.

Even the women. Note that the women in Congress have equal pay with their male colleagues. 

    hotrufftrade:

    sonofbaldwin:

    #Facts

    Think about this shit.

    Even the women. Note that the women in Congress have equal pay with their male colleagues. 

    (via alinalogic)

  6. stroadtoboulevard:

A classic from Medellin, Colombia. Foreshadowing and inspiring NYC.

    stroadtoboulevard:

    A classic from Medellin, Colombia. Foreshadowing and inspiring NYC.

    (via edkohler)

  7. ☛ Can't We Just Say the Roberts Court Is Corrupt?

    The Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission was not about aggregate limits on individual campaign donations to candidates in federal elections. The case was about what constitutes a bribe, how big that bribe has to be, and whether an electoral system can be corrupt even in the absence of a legally demonstrable cash payment to an office holder or candidate for an explicitly specified favor. The Roberts court, or five of its nine members, adopted the misanthrope’s faux-naïve pose in ruling that private money in politics, far from promoting corruption, causes democracy to thrive because, money being speech, the more speech, the freer the politics. Anatole France mocked this kind of legal casuistry by saying “The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.”

  8. There’s no longer any real distinction between business strategy and the design of the user experience. The last best experience that anyone has anywhere, becomes the minimum expectation for the experience they want everywhere.
  9. republicanidiots:

motherjones:

Chart o’ the Day: Somewhere along the way (okay, 1997), Justice Clarence Thomas stopped filling out his disclosure forms properly. With the Supreme Court set to consider President Obama’s health care reform in the near future—a law Thomas’ wife was paid to lobby against—the liberal watchdog group Common Cause is calling for a formal inquiry.
  10. To sum up: higher education has overbuilt capacity for a student demand which has started to wane. America has overshot its carrying capacity for college and university population, and our institutions are scrambling for strategic responses.
  11. tehawesome:

    Weather.com’s new aggressively stupid new format uses the dumbest photos and clickbait headlines, and I can’t stop changing the words to be less infuriating.

    [Previously]

  12. pearlidot wrote...

    I have a very good question (or at least I think it's good. The goodness of this ask is purely subjective). Do you read fanfiction? If so, what's the fanfic that left you thinking "Good god, these people must be crazy"

    jhonenv:

    No, I don’t read any fan fiction, not in any way where I pursue it anyhow, but now and then a friend will send me something particularly awful and I’ll read a paragraph or so and be done with it. I think it’s great for people to be writing in general, and in some ideal scenario it’s actually some kid doing the writing and then moving on to their own thing at some point. Inspiration, no matter what kind of hideous product it inspires, is still a good way to start on your own shit down the road. 

    As for people doing fan fiction of my stuff, yeah, I’m aware of it being out there but I just don’t really care past what I’ve already said. I’ll have people, usually girls from their mid teens to early 20’s, come up to me at conventions and tell me about some ZIM fanfic they wrote or read, and they’ll tell me to my face that it would make me furious or disgusted. There’s like this standard face and attitude these people have when conveying this stuff to me, like they’re barely able to contain their glee at being the person two bring this mind-blowing craziness to my attention and I’m not sure I’m ever really capable of impressing upon them how much I don’t give a shit. 

    I think it’s because I look and often act a lot younger than my age that they think I exist in the same realm of interests as they do. like they think I’m trolling fan fiction pages and gaining rage power by checking out all these things people are writing up as they say stuff like “Jhonen would KILL me if they knew I was writing thisssAAHAHAHHAHAH!!!” They’ll confuse me shitting my pants with shock and awe instead of what it really is, just me not knowing how to use the toilet.

    I just nod and, sincerely tell them it’s cool they’re writing at all, which it is, but if I’m gonna read anything myself it’s not fan fiction. Not enough time in the world to add that to my list of things to consume.

  13. nedhepburn:

Everything You Don’t Know About Tipping.

The three highest tipping groups are Men, Gay Men, and All Male dining parties. Men tip phat.

    nedhepburn:

    Everything You Don’t Know About Tipping.

    The three highest tipping groups are Men, Gay Men, and All Male dining parties. Men tip phat.