“Moreover, if these teenagers wish to become journalists, they will have to get very comfortable with listening to views they do not agree with, or even object to passionately. Savage may have set out to make a point about bullying, but he seems to have unwittingly taught a more important lesson about journalism.”—
“What am I in the eyes of most people — a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person — somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then — even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart. That is my ambition, based less on resentment than on love in spite of everything, based more on a feeling of serenity than on passion. Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum.”—Vincent van Gogh, letters to Theo, 1880. (via bigmagnets)
“If every household in the U.S. cut back on electricity use by a mere 1%, that alone would cut more than $1.6 billion off of Americans’ annual energy bills. That’s the same as taking more than 1.2 million homes off-the-grid all together.”—
- Brandi Colander, NRDC Attorney, Energy and Transportation Group.
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“This next generation [Y] will probably be the first to earn less than their parents. Salary is not their primary focus; the most important thing for them is to fulfill their potential. They want to be proud of the company they work for when they talk about it with their friends on a Friday night and, if you want them to stay in your company, you’ve got to involve them in decisions; they’ve got to know why they are being asked to do something.”— Christian Stadil (via nusca)
“The Republicans love to say that the Democratic Party is ruled by ‘special interests.’ But when pressed to name these ‘special interests,’ the usual reply is women, blacks, teachers, and unions. Together they comprise the majority of Americans. What about the ‘special interests’ that dominate the Republican Party, the oil companies, the banks, the gun lobby, and the apostles of religious intolerance?”—Geraldine Ferraro (via foulmouthedliberty)
The Missouri legislature is up to its usual business this week—creating oppressive legislation to silence and devalue minority groups. On Wednesday, April 18th, HB2051 was presented by Representative Cookson (R) from District 153. The bill is set to go to the Elementary and…
“When President Gerald Ford nominated him in 1975, Justice John Paul Stevens occupied the ideological center of the Supreme Court. By the time he retired in 2010, he was the Court’s most liberal member. Over those thirty-five years, the Court changed far more than Stevens did. ‘What was once on the extreme right is now merely conservative,’ wrote University of Chicago constitutional law professor Cass Sunstein. ‘What was once conservative is now centrist. What was centrist is now left wing. What was once on the left no longer exists.’
According to a study using Martin-Quinn scores, ‘the current court is the most conservative since at least the 1930s,’ wrote Nate Silver of the New York Times recently.”—Ari Berman of The Nation in Why the Supreme Court Matters (via tartantambourine)
I hope Rick Santorum creates an awesome Powerpoint presentation for school, but when he brings it in, the font he chose isn’t compatible with his teacher’s outdated version of Microsoft Office and his entire presentation is now in Comic Sans.
If you’re lucky enough to have a job right now, you’re probably doing everything possible to hold onto it. If the boss asks you to work 50 hours, you work 55. If she asks for 60, you give up weeknights and Saturdays, and work 65.
Odds are that you’ve been doing this for months, if not years, probably at the expense of your family life, your exercise routine, your diet, your stress levels, and your sanity. You’re burned out, tired, achy, and utterly forgotten by your spouse, kids and dog. But you push on anyway, because everybody knows that working crazy hours is what it takes to prove that you’re “passionate” and “productive” and “a team player” — the kind of person who might just have a chance to survive the next round of layoffs.
This is what work looks like now. It’s been this way for so long that most American workers don’t realize that for most of the 20th century, the broad consensus among American business leaders was that working people more than 40 hours a week was stupid, wasteful, dangerous, and expensive — and the most telling sign of dangerously incompetent management to boot.
It’s a heresy now (good luck convincing your boss of what I’m about to say), but every hour you work over 40 hours a week is making you less effective and productive over both the short and the long haul. And it may sound weird, but it’s true: the single easiest, fastest thing your company can do to boost its output and profits — starting right now, today — is to get everybody off the 55-hour-a-week treadmill, and back onto a 40-hour footing.
Yes, this flies in the face of everything modern management thinks it knows about work. So we need to understand more. How did we get to the 40-hour week in the first place? How did we lose it? And are there compelling bottom-line business reasons that we should bring it back?
A new report says that although national teen pregnancy rates are the lowest they’ve ever been (or at least since they started tracking them in 1940), states that have abstinence-only sex “education” have higher rates than states where schools teach you about condoms and stuff.
Can we just declare abstinence-only education a failure and a sham and be done with it?