Just a little something

fuckyeahfirefly:

Livin’ on a Prayer as spoken by the cast of Firefly.

[The modern Western economist] is used to measuring the “standard of living” by the amount of annual consumption, assuming all the time that a man who consumes more is “better off” than a man who consumes less. A Buddhist economist would consider this approach excessively irrational: since consumption is merely a means to human well-being, the aim should be to obtain the maximum of well-being with the minimum of consumption.

Buddhist Economics – fantastic, timely read from 1973 (via explore-blog)

I wrote a really long comment and then tumblr ate it. :( But basically the problem is that well-being is incredibly hard to measure, for one thing it’s hard to come up with a standard definition so that we all know we’re talking about the same thing. However income/consumption is relatively easy to measure and seems to be linked reasonably well with well-being. For example I am interested in households and gender, and it’s really hard to measure straight-up welfare but we can look at inequality in terms of income shares and leisure time, which we can be sure gives us a good enough indication of well-being.

flourishandblottsstories:

flourishandblottsstories:

They met in a bar.
Millions of couples have met in bars and millions will continue to do so.  But they were not this couple.
It was the raucous celebration party following England’s magnificent win against China in the Quidditch World Cup.  It was in a pub that had been transplanted from who cares where to stand on the pitch.  It was magically expanded, but still bursting at the seams.
Charlie Weasley had been recruited to manage the Chinese Fireballs that had served as China’s opening act.  He sat on a wobbly barstool at a table in the corner, gripping a frosty pint of lager.  Very occasionally, he would take a sip, but mostly he was using the coolness of the glass and the beer to soothe a nasty burn he’d gotten on his palm.  He hadn’t gotten the chance to get it healed properly yet and it still smarted.
Oliver Wood was trying to avoid getting sloshed.  He was far too old to manage the hangover properly, Quidditch World Champion or not.  He slowly made his way to the back of the pub, hoping there would be a door there so he could slip out quietly.
Instead, he found Charlie.
There was so much that unspooled between them as they sat at the rough-hewn table in the corner.  If they had paid attention, they might have sensed the great future that lay ahead.  The tabloid rumors, the Daily Prophet interview, the family tears and angry Howlers.  The great rambling house in the country, the runaways and foster children that would come and go, the marches and signs and protests.  Their love would make news, make change, make history.  
But for now there was only Charlie and Oliver, sharing a drink and a sense of possibility.
(Source: www.theguardian.co.uk)

My first piece specifically for this blog that seems to fit in nicely with JKR’s latest Pottermore piece.  I also just really love this idea.

This does fit very nicely, although the thought of the Weasleys being homophobic makes me really sad, please can those howlers and tears (unless tears of happiness) not be from them.

flourishandblottsstories:

flourishandblottsstories:

They met in a bar.

Millions of couples have met in bars and millions will continue to do so.  But they were not this couple.

It was the raucous celebration party following England’s magnificent win against China in the Quidditch World Cup.  It was in a pub that had been transplanted from who cares where to stand on the pitch.  It was magically expanded, but still bursting at the seams.

Charlie Weasley had been recruited to manage the Chinese Fireballs that had served as China’s opening act.  He sat on a wobbly barstool at a table in the corner, gripping a frosty pint of lager.  Very occasionally, he would take a sip, but mostly he was using the coolness of the glass and the beer to soothe a nasty burn he’d gotten on his palm.  He hadn’t gotten the chance to get it healed properly yet and it still smarted.

Oliver Wood was trying to avoid getting sloshed.  He was far too old to manage the hangover properly, Quidditch World Champion or not.  He slowly made his way to the back of the pub, hoping there would be a door there so he could slip out quietly.

Instead, he found Charlie.

There was so much that unspooled between them as they sat at the rough-hewn table in the corner.  If they had paid attention, they might have sensed the great future that lay ahead.  The tabloid rumors, the Daily Prophet interview, the family tears and angry Howlers.  The great rambling house in the country, the runaways and foster children that would come and go, the marches and signs and protests.  Their love would make news, make change, make history. 

But for now there was only Charlie and Oliver, sharing a drink and a sense of possibility.

(Source: www.theguardian.co.uk)

My first piece specifically for this blog that seems to fit in nicely with JKR’s latest Pottermore piece.  I also just really love this idea.

This does fit very nicely, although the thought of the Weasleys being homophobic makes me really sad, please can those howlers and tears (unless tears of happiness) not be from them.

deusx-machina:

storming-s:

amadrei:

marimboo:

alacritousheart:

This is in my Economics textbook

This is fucked up

if you couldn’t SEE how fucked up this is, let me put this into even more perspective for you.a male with no high school education still makes more than a female with 9th-12th grade education (no diploma).a male who is a high school graduate still makes more than a female with an associate’s degree.a male with a bachelor’s degree only makes about ~$2000 less than a female with a fucking doctorate’s degree.tell me again why feminism isn’t important.

I am personally offended to the highest degree

"The wage gap doesn’t really exist." Fucking yeah right.

I don’t have the figures on me right now but the gap persists if you account for working hours (especially since part time work tends to be paid less per hour), sector (in the UK at least a higher proportion of women work in the public sector), industry and occupation. The gap is pretty small at the beginning of someone’s working life but it increases with age, particularly after having kids, in a way which is not fully explained by hours and occupation choice.
When looking at the gender wage gap the raw numbers tell us a lot, but I think things get even more shocking when you account for all the choices which people could make which would lead to an understandable difference in income. There are questions about why certain choices get made more often by women than by men (e.g. low numbers of women in science and engineering) but even before you get there we can see some strange things going on. One issue is that employers often try to segregate occupations into “male” and “female” so it’s harder to compare pay within those occupations. Interestingly the direction in which something is segregated is not constant over time or culture. If this sounds interesting to you I really recommend you pick up a copy of Understanding the Gender Gap by Claudia Goldin.

deusx-machina:

storming-s:

amadrei:

marimboo:

alacritousheart:

This is in my Economics textbook

This is fucked up

if you couldn’t SEE how fucked up this is, let me put this into even more perspective for you.

a male with no high school education still makes more than a female with 9th-12th grade education (no diploma).

a male who is a high school graduate still makes more than a female with an associate’s degree.

a male with a bachelor’s degree only makes about ~$2000 less than a female with a fucking doctorate’s degree.

tell me again why feminism isn’t important.

I am personally offended to the highest degree

"The wage gap doesn’t really exist." Fucking yeah right.

I don’t have the figures on me right now but the gap persists if you account for working hours (especially since part time work tends to be paid less per hour), sector (in the UK at least a higher proportion of women work in the public sector), industry and occupation. The gap is pretty small at the beginning of someone’s working life but it increases with age, particularly after having kids, in a way which is not fully explained by hours and occupation choice.

When looking at the gender wage gap the raw numbers tell us a lot, but I think things get even more shocking when you account for all the choices which people could make which would lead to an understandable difference in income. There are questions about why certain choices get made more often by women than by men (e.g. low numbers of women in science and engineering) but even before you get there we can see some strange things going on. One issue is that employers often try to segregate occupations into “male” and “female” so it’s harder to compare pay within those occupations. Interestingly the direction in which something is segregated is not constant over time or culture. If this sounds interesting to you I really recommend you pick up a copy of Understanding the Gender Gap by Claudia Goldin.

admiraloblivious:

shinobicyrus:

queerpropaganda:

"can men and women really be just friends??" straight people are so weird

It is a fact that bisexuals can’t make friends. There is only prey.

*makes raptor noises*

I had a patient in the clinic who really did not want an abortion but who had no resources to cover the costs of prenatal care or childbirth. She was single and without insurance coverage but made just enough money to be ineligible for state assistance. She already had outstanding bills at the hospital and with the local ob-gyn practice. No doctor would see her without payment up front.

We were willing to do the abortion for a reduced rate or for free if necessary. But she really didn’t want an abortion. Once I understood her situation, I went to the phone and called the local ‘crisis pregnancy center.’

"Hello, this is Dr. Wicklund."

Dead silence. I might as well have said I was Satan.

"Hello?" I said again. "This is Dr. Wicklund."

"Hello," very tentatively, followed by another long silence.

"I need help with a patient," I said. She came to me for an abortion, but really doesn’t want one. What she really needs is someone to do her prenatal care and birth for free."

"What do you expect us to do?"

I let that hang for a minute.

This Common Secret, Susan Wicklund

Crisis Pregnancy Centers often disguise themselves as medical facilities, with advertisements offering “help” with an unplanned pregnancy. Their main goal is to keep the pregnant person from having an abortion at all costs. Usually, all they’ll give you is a free pregnancy test, some baby clothes, and maybe a box of diapers.

The patient referred to in the quote was given free prenatal care and did not have to pay the financial cost of childbirth by a local anti-choice doctor. She would often stop by Dr. Wicklund’s office to let her know how she was doing:

"He always moans and groans about being tricked into [doing this]," she says. "Then he goes off on these tirades against abortion."

(via provoice)

themarysue:

Daisy Steiner appreciation post.

And where are the sober spaces? We often talk about “building safer spaces”, and yet our fundraisers are not safe for people that have a current or past history with addiction. They are not safe for people that have experienced abuse because of alcohol/drug dependent partners or family members. And they are definitely not safe for everyone if there is a possibility of police interference. Consent violations also occur more often in non-sober spaces. Don’t we want to ensure the safety of event participants after the event has ended? Including alcohol limits who can attend, what conversations can occur, and who wants to organize. These events usually end with no advancement of our movements, and do not build long lasting, genuine connections.

I am interested in building and sustaining more sober spaces, bridging intergenerational gaps (especially in the queer community), and being accessible to ALL peoples, not just college kids. I am tired of people throwing around the word “community”, when what we really mean is our close group of (amazing and supportive) friends and acquaintances.

- An Open Letter to Young Organizers by Yucca (via ok4rj)

I will always repost this every time I see it.

(via sparkletheory)

I went to a meeting of a local feminist organisation who was trying to deal with this issue. Finding truly accessibly places to meet is extremely difficult, especially if you don’t have funds. So many venues in our city our either terrible mobility wise (lots of stairs) or serve alcohol as pretty much their main purpose (pubs) or both. Then we considered levels of background noise, and that wasn’t good either. And finding gender neutral toilets is basically impossible. Community centres can be good, but expensive so you end up having to ask for voluntary donations with an organiser willing to pay out if the donations come up short, but this puts pressure on the organisers and limits who can afford to get involved at that level.

sassypotter:

allabitofablur:

ellanarosetw:

theladymonsters:

superbmarksman:

i always end up thinking about the economic damage in superhero movies

make a movie.

the movie would be set entirely in the office of one over-worked insurance agent answering phone calls and in the window behind him we see various Super Heroes destroying things

Cast Amy Poehler

This gave me a special kind of joy. I hope people watching really took this on board because people saying “I could care less” when them mean “I couldn’t care less” really bugs me. It even happens in The West Wing! Shocking!