Diane Ravitch on The Daily Show. 

Ravitch is the queen. If only the government would listen…

We would also address poverty directly. We would increase the minimum wage and make post-secondary education cheap or free, and we’d improve improve unemployment benefits and offer free job-training to the unemployed. 

Poverty is one of the few social ills where throwing money at the problem really does seem to work.

These are not radical, liberal ideas. In fact, in Europe most of them are associated with the more conservative parties, and many of them were associated with the American Republican party in the 80s. But the United States’s political climate is so different from anywhere else in the industrialized world that I fear we will just continue to get farther behind in education (and in % of people living in poverty) until we decide to make some big domestic investments.


The big lie about capitalism is that everyone can be rich. That’s impossible. Capitalism works only if the vast majority of the population are kept poor enough to never quit working, are kept poor enough to accept distasteful jobs society cannot function without. If everyone were a millionaire, who would empty the trash or repair the sewers? It follows that the poorer the general population is made, the greater the worth of the money held by the wealthy, in terms of the lives which may be bought and sold with it.



like when beyonce said “i woke up this way: flawless” she’s saying that flawless is not dependent on how she looks at a given moment; by dent of being alive, just by being authentic to herself, she’s flawless. 

not “i woke up with this hair laid and makeup did and decked out clothes”. which is how everyone else apparently interpreted it.

Always here for discussions of Beyonce x feminism


Anonymous asked:

yo, you probably got like a billion messages like this anyways, but they're important! you probably don't know, as people are always saying gender and sex interchangeably, but they are different! (glaad(.)org/reference/transgender) from what I'm seeing here about how gems are created and such I think you mean that the gems are sexless, not genderless. (unless they are? that would be SO COOL however I doubt that since they've already been referred to as women. tv needs more cool dames anyway!)

mc-burnett answered:

Thank you for the message, I really appreciate it!  I am always interested in learning more about this, because I know how important it is to a portion of our audience.  It’s hard to contextualize the nature of Gems sometimes because, in the show, they are beings from a world completely different from our own.  I suppose they are sexless… but that shouldn’t imply that romantic relationships can’t exist among Gems.  And while they do use what we humans recognize as gendered pronouns with each other…  Gems definitely don’t have female and male designations amongst themselves.  They’re all just Gems, first and foremost!

I honestly like leaving things a little ambiguous, though, in regards to labeling the Gems too hard, because it’s so awesome that all different kinds of people see themselves represented in the show.  I don’t want to exclude anyone from feeling a connection to the characters and stories we are telling.  I think that is what makes Steven Universe so special, and why I personally am so proud to work on it.

Thanks again for the comment!



I look up — many people feel small because they’re small and the Universe is big — but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars. There’s a level of connectivity.

That’s really what you want in life, you want to feel connected, you want to feel relevant, you want to feel like a participant in the goings on of activities and events around you.

That’s precisely what we are, just by being alive…

- Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson [ x ]






Theo Jansen  Strandbeest

Side note: These don’t have motors. They’re completely momentum/wind-powered and literally just wander around beaches unsupervised like giant abstract monsters.

these are both amazing and COMPLETELY TERRIFYING

more terrifying than anything…