Anonymous asked:

Hey ! (sorry, I'm a total noob on tumblr so I don't know if there's any way to comment on a blog entry) Just wanted to say, your entry about the situation Quebec is totally great, thank you for it and I hope it'll make some Canadians open their eyes about us, but I noticed a HUGE mistake at the end of it ! "or the giant media conglomerate Quebecor, which is in the pocket of the PLQ" Quebecor is owned by a candidate, now deputee, of the PQ, not PLQ, which makes kind of a big difference. ;)

The post in question was written long before this was the case, just preceding the Québec general election which the PQ won in 2012. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t wrong, but I also think the situation was much more ambiguous back then.

That post seems to be making the rounds again, but I think people don’t realize how long ago it was written.

retromantique
fieldmuseumphotoarchives:

Hesperornis was a large bird, reaching up to 6 feet (1.8 m) in length. It had virtually no wings, and swam with its powerful hind legs.
© The Field Museum, Z84076.
Hesperornis, model of the extinct flightless aquatic bird. Progress, for Hall 21 exhibit case. 
5x7 negative.
2/3/1948 

It looks like a slug with a beak and two twigs stuck to its butt.

fieldmuseumphotoarchives:

Hesperornis was a large bird, reaching up to 6 feet (1.8 m) in length. It had virtually no wings, and swam with its powerful hind legs.

© The Field Museum, Z84076.

Hesperornis, model of the extinct flightless aquatic bird. Progress, for Hall 21 exhibit case.

5x7 negative.

2/3/1948 

It looks like a slug with a beak and two twigs stuck to its butt.

maxistentialist

maxistentialist:

The Globe and Mail:

For every $1 spent providing housing and support for a homeless person with severe mental illness, $2.17 in savings are reaped because they spend less time in hospital, in prison and in shelters.

[…]

Usually, homeless people do not get housing and services such as rehab until they meet certain criteria like sobriety or taking medications, and people have little choice on where they can live.

The Housing First philosophy holds that getting a person a place to live is primordial because it creates the stability to tackle issues such as addiction, unemployment and lack of education.

[…]

Providing housing and support is costly too – an average of $19,582 per person. But the avoided costs are much greater, $42,536 on average, because those who are housed are put in hospital less often, make fewer ER visits and do not use shelters as often.

This seems like the exactly the kind of sensible and effective policy that we will never be able to implement in America because conservatives will say, “If you give homeless people homes, they’ll have no incentive to avoid homelessness.”

retromantique

50 years ago, America’s biggest employer was General Motors, where workers made the modern equivalent of $50 dollars an hour. Today, America’s biggest employer is Walmart, where the average wage is $8 dollars an hour. Which means you can share a room in a transient hotel with a drifter who cuts his toenails with a machete.

And Walmart released their annual report this month, and in it was the fact that most of what Walmart sells is food. And most of their customers need food stamps to pay for it. Meanwhile, Walmart’s owners are so absurdly rich that one of them, Alice Walton, spent over a billion dollars building an art museum in Bentonville, Arkansas, 500 miles away from the nearest person who ever would want to look at art.

And she said about it, “For years I’ve been thinking about what we can do as a family that can really make a difference.” How about giving your employees a raise, you deluded nitwit?

Take the case of Belle Knox. She’s the Duke University freshman who was recently outed as a porn star. But she doesn’t have the typical porn star biography… No, she’s a level-headed articulate 18-year-old majoring in women’s studies.

So people are saying, why the porn? Because Duke costs $61 grand a year! Since 1980, college tuition has increased 600% above the inflation rate. I’m surprised they’re not all doing porn. …

This is what the Paul Ryans of the world don’t understand — that this is not a country of lazy people and good people, so much as it is a country of rich people and desperate people.

Do you know how much Americans owe in student loans?
$1.3 trillion dollars.

We’re going to have to sell a lot of ass to pay that tab.

Bill Maher on the vanishing middle class (via kateoplis)