smoo told me to draw zutara week stuff so instead i drew some modern au gaang. sorry for my shitty handwriting.
NO OH GOD IM SO SAD
“where are you going to college”
“what do you want to go to college for”
“have you decided what you want to do with the rest of your life based on 12 years of studying material that has little real world practical applicability”
Badass women from history
- Leather clad English rocker girl
- Women boxing on a roof in LA (1933)
- Ellen O’Neal, the greatest woman freestyle skateboarder in the 1970s
- Elspeth Beard, first Englishwoman to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle
Pancake would be out celebrating World Snake Day, but she just ate yesterday. However, the smell of the shrimp scampi we made for dinner was tempting enough for her to poke her head out of hiding.
My sister Jenny had finally turned 22 and her birthday gift was rain.
"Cover your eyes," I said after I showed up unexpectedly at her apartment. "I have a surprise for you."
After a bit of convincing she went along with it, and I led her down five flights of stairs to the lobby.
She asked if we could have just taken the elevator.
"You’re not supposed to use the elevator when it’s raining. I read that once. I also like how they’re called flights. Where’s the plane? Haha." She didn’t laugh at my joke. I told her she could open her eyes now and she did.
"What? Where’s this surprise?" she asked.
"I know how much you like rain. It’s your birthday and it is raining. Happy birthday, sis."
She looked out into the bustling, wet street and then gave me a sour look. I gave her a sweet look. She walked away. I walked a way.
"Look, Jenny, to be honest, I would have bought you a present but my wallet is empty," I said as I reached into my back pocket and showed her my empty wallet. I had emptied it out the night before but she didn’t need to know that. I even took out my library card. That’s not even currency. I definitely could have left that in there and she still would have thought I was broke.
She looked at the floor, letting her curly blond hair become unfurled, grinned, and then looked back up at me. “It’s okay, I like your present. At the very least it shows that you care about me.”
And that’s how I got away with giving my sister rain for her 22nd birthday so I could buy sixteen globes the next day and smash them all with a baseball bat in the middle of times square.
It seemed sweet for awhile
David Green, Asshole of the Day for July 2, 2014
Hobby Lobby CEO won his case against the Obamacare contraception mandate this week, with the Supreme Court pretending, for the first time ever, that for-profit corporations have religious rights, just like people do. We named Justice Alito Asshole of the Day for these new corporate religious rights he made up out of thin air.
But the story doesn’t end there. A big part of the case hinged on the "strongly-held religious beliefs" of Hobby Lobby’s owner when it came to abortion. He believed, despite medical and scientific evidence to the contrary, that certain forms of birth control were in fact abortifacients, meaning they cause abortions. “Strongly-held religious beliefs”. That’s the key here.
But are they really a strongly-held religious belief? Back in April it was discovered that the company 401K for Hobby Lobby was invested in companies that made those drugs that David Green found so objectionable. And also at the time, many people pointed out that Hobby Lobby products are mostly made in China, a country which has widespread abortion, with women forced to have them after their first child. But none of those things seemed to bother Mr. Green— his “strongly-held religious belief” only seems to apply when it comes to the employee health care plan.
And now we know it’s even more cynical than that. Apparently Hobby Lobby covered these abortifacients up until the moment that Obamacare required them:
The Greens re-examined the company’s health insurance policy back in 2012, shortly before filing the lawsuit. A Wall Street Journal story says they looked into their plan after being approached by an attorney from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty about possible legal action over the federal government’s contraceptives requirement.
That was when, according to the company’s complaint, they were surprised to learn their prescription drug policy included two drugs, Plan B and ella, which are emergency contraceptive pills that reduce the chance of pregnancy in the days after unprotected sex. The government does not consider morning-after pills as abortifacients because they are used to prevent eggs from being fertilized (not to induce abortions once a woman is pregnant). This is not, however, what the Green family believes, which is that life begins at conception and these drugs impede the survival of fertilized eggs.
At any rate, Hobby Lobby stopped covering those drugs in its plan and took the health care contraceptive mandate to court, represented by the Becket Fund.
The only caveat here is Hobby Lobby said it didn’t know it was covering the drugs.
"Coverage of these drugs was not included knowingly or deliberately by the Green family. Such coverage is out of step with the rest of the Hobby Lobby’s policies, which explicitly exclude abortion-causing contraceptive devices and pregnancy-terminating drugs," the company stated in its court filing.
Now you could argue that the company owners didn’t know, and that the moment they realized it, they changed it in accordance with their religious beliefs. But I call bullshit, and here’s why:
If opposition to abortion is such a “strongly-held religious belief”, then why does the company seem so passive about checking for abortion in the places that so many other religious people always look?
- They never looked at what companies their 401K was invested in
- They continue to buy the bulk of their products from China, the abortion capital of the world
- They never checked to see what drugs they were covering
Now every one of these things has a solution— the 401K could invest in funds that don’t include those drug manufacturers, they could buy their products from somewhere else, and they could have never covered those drugs in the first place. But they did none of this.
So I ask you, does this sound like the actions of someone with “strongly-held religious beliefs”? It sure doesn’t to me. It sounds like someone who doesn’t care until someone else points it out, and specifically someone who hates Obamacare first and finds a reason later.
Just contrast it with someone who does have strongly-held beliefs:
Lionel Hutz: Now, Mrs. Simpson, tell the court in your own words what happened after you and your husband were ejected out of the restaurant.
Marge: Well, we pretty much went straight home.
Lionel Hutz: Mrs. Simpson, remember that you are under oath.
Marge: We drove around until three in the morning looking for another open all-you-can-eat seafood restaurant.
Lionel Hutz: And when you couldn’t find one?
Marge: [crying] We… went… fishing.
Lionel Hutz: Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, do these sound like the actions of a man whose had ALL he could eat?
Yeah, that’s right. David Green’s “strongly-held religious beliefs” look pretty weak when compared to Homer Simpson’s commitment to all-you-can-eat fish.
So, for suddenly having “strongly-held religious beliefs” only when he could use it to oppose Obamacare, David Green is the Asshole of the Day.
It is David Green's second time as Asshole of the Day. His previous win was for refusing to cover birth control on religious grounds, all the while the employee 401K was invested in those same drugs.
Just a pool, disguised as a pond, with a trampoline instead of a diving board.
I wrote a paper about these kinds of pools several years ago for a class when they were just prototypes. These pools have a natural filtration system that run based on the plants that are in the pool that give the water nutrients that allow it to not only be crystal clear, but you are also able to drink the water because it becomes so clean. And the best part is that once the initial filtration system is installed and calibrated, it maintains itself and eliminates the need for chlorine or constant maintenance like salt water pools.
my mom has been a cop for over 20 years and she is the one who constantly warns me about police aggression and young male cops and told me that if you’re ever alone on a rural road and a cop throws their lights on to put on your four ways and drive to the next gas station before stopping because so many cops are scum and it’s not worth the chance of getting hurt. the fact that SHE feels the need to tell me this shit scares me to death
- computer: whhhhhhhhHHHHHRHRRRRRRRRRRR
- me: shh it's ok
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