1. Here is how the internship scam works. It’s not about a “skills” gap. It’s about a morality gap.

    1) Make higher education worthless by redefining “skill” as a specific corporate contribution. Tell young people they have no skills.

    2) With “skill” irrelevant, require experience. Make internship sole path to experience. Make internships unpaid, locking out all but rich.

    3) End on the job training for entry level jobs. Educated told skills are irrelevant. Uneducated told they have no way to obtain skills.

    4) As wealthy progress on professional career path, middle and lower class youth take service jobs to pay off massive educational debt.

    5) Make these part-time jobs not “count” on resume. Hire on prestige, not skill or education. Punish those who need to work to survive.

    6) Punish young people who never found any kind of work the hardest. Make them untouchables — unhireable.

    7) Tell wealthy people they are “privileged” to be working 40 hrs/week for free. Don’t tell them what kind of “privileged” it is.

    8) Make status quo commentary written by unpaid interns or people hiring unpaid interns. They will tell you it’s your fault.

    9) Young people, it is not your fault. Speak out. Fight back. Bankrupt the prestige economy.

    The moral bankruptcy of the internship economy | Sarah Kendzior (via brutereason)

    solarbird added: see also the intrinsic fraud of the prestigious internship. (via solarbird)

    this comes from the top rope.

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    I pretty much hit reblog on this after point 1 alone.

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  2. As many as 15 percent of freshmen at America’s top schools are white students who failed to meet their university’s minimum standards for admission, according to Peter Schmidt, deputy editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education. These kids are “people with a long-standing relationship with the university,” or in other words, the children of faculty, wealthy alumni and politicians.

    According to Schmidt, these unqualified but privileged kids are nearly twice as common on top campuses as Black and Latino students who had benefited from affirmative action.


    Ten myths about affirmative action (via linzyxxxxx)

    This is EXTREMELY blatant on college campuses. The fact that these things need to be clarified is sad.

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    Legacy is the real affirmative action…and yet we don’t see certain types of entitled people suing to dismantle that.

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    wow yes archiving this

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  3. More important, the study also shows that the use of the discourse markers is particularly common among speakers who score on a personality test as “conscientious”—“people who are more thoughtful and aware of themselves and their surroundings.” Discourse markers, far from being opaque, automatic, or zombie-like, show that the speaker has “a desire to share or rephrase opinions to recipients.”

  4. The ninety-nine cent price of a fast-food hamburger simply doesn’t take account of that meal’s true cost—to soil, oil, public health, the public purse, etc., costs which are never charged directly to the consumer but, indirectly and invisibly, to the taxpayer (in the form of subsidies), the health care system (in the form of food-borne illnesses and obesity), and the environment (in the form of pollution), not to mention the welfare of the workers in the feedlot and the slaughterhouse and the welfare of the animals themselves.


  5. Black pathology is big business. Two-thirds of teenage mothers are white, two-thirds of welfare recipients are white and white youth commit most of the crime in this country.

    Ishmael Reed

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  6. do-you-want-this-thing:

    Do you want this Sexist Camera?


  7. Autism isn’t something a person has, or a “shell” that a person is trapped inside. There’s no normal child hidden behind the autism. Autism is a way of being. It is pervasive; it colors every experience, every sensation, perception, thought, emotion, and encounter, every aspect of existence. It is not possible to separate the autism from the person—and if it were possible, the person you’d have left would not be the same person you started with.

    This is important, so take a moment to consider it: Autism is a way of being. It is not possible to separate the person from the autism.

    Therefore, when parents say,

    I wish my child did not have autism,

    what they’re really saying is,

    I wish the autistic child I have did not exist, and I had a different (non-autistic) child instead.

    Read that again. This is what we hear when you mourn over our existence. This is what we hear when you pray for a cure. This is what we know, when you tell us of your fondest hopes and dreams for us: that your greatest wish is that one day we will cease to be, and strangers you can love will move in behind our faces.

    — Jim Sinclair, “Don’t Mourn For Us” x (via andrandiriel)

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  8. A woman from the audience asks: ‘Why were there so few women among the Beat writers?’ and [Gregory] Corso, suddenly utterly serious, leans forward and says: “There were women, they were there, I knew them, their families put them in institutions, they were given electric shock. In the ’50s if you were male you could be a rebel, but if you were female your families had you locked up.

    Stephen Scobie, on the Naropa Institute’s 1994 tribute to Allen Ginsberg (via fuckyeahbeatniks)


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  10. do-you-want-this-thing:

    Do you want this Sweater Vest?


  11. molten-heart:



    If Girls Hit On Guys Like Guys Hit On Girls - Video


    Do you see how ridiculous this looks? How obscene?

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  12. There was a time when I felt lousy about my over-forty body, saw myself as too fat, too this, or too that. Yet I fantasized about finding a lover who would give me the gift of being loved as I am. It is silly, isn’t it, that I would dream of someone else offering to me the acceptance and affirmation I was withholding from myself.
    — bell hooks — all about love: new visions  (via chauvinistsushi)

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  13. Lifestyle feminism ushered in the notion that there could be as many versions of feminism as there were women. Suddenly the politics was being slowly removed from feminism. And the assumption prevailed that no matter what a woman’s politics, be she conservative or liberal, she too could fit feminism into her existing lifestyle. Obviously this way of thinking has made feminism more acceptable because its underlying assumption is that women can be feminists without fundamentally challenging or changing themselves or the culture.

    bell hooks (Feminism is for Everybody)

    feminists for life, take note.

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    I’m always here for bell hooks dropping some truth

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  14. aquaticwonder:

    My pictures must first be beautiful, but that beauty is not enough. I strive to convey an underlying edge of anxiety, of isolation, of fear. ” — Crewdson

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  15. do-you-want-this-thing:

    Do you want this Pair of Spooky Bow-ls?

    omg asher is killing it i’m having such a good time