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…A white graduate of a public Michigan university who wishes to pass his historical privilege on to his children may freely lobby the board of that university in favor of an expanded legacy admissions policy, whereas a black Michigander who was denied the opportunity to attend that very university cannot lobby the board in favor of a policy that might give his children a chance that he never had and that they might never have absent that policy.
Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor, in her dissent following the Supreme Court decision to uphold the Michigan Ban on Affirmative Action in public universities (http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-682_j4ek.pdf)

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texansforreproductiverights:

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texansforreproductiverights:

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5 days ago
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newyorker:

A Friday cartoon by William Haefeli. For more cartoons from this week’s issue: http://nyr.kr/1ipFrV2

newyorker:

A Friday cartoon by William Haefeli. For more cartoons from this week’s issue: http://nyr.kr/1ipFrV2

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adamnrayofsunshine:

Here’s a fun exercise: swap out the term “political correctness” for “empathy.”

Empathy is a form of censorship.”

Empathy is ruining this country.”

"I don’t care about being empathetic.”

Reeeeeeally puts a different spin on things.

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2 weeks ago
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In 1979, when the minimum wage was $2.90, a hard-working student with a minimum-wage job could earn enough in one day (8.44 hours) to pay for one academic credit hour. If a standard course load for one semester consisted of maybe 12 credit hours, the semester’s tuition could be covered by just over two weeks of full-time minimum wage work—or a month of part-time work. A summer spent scooping ice cream or flipping burgers could pay for an MSU education. The cost of an MSU credit hour has multiplied since 1979. So has the federal minimum wage. But today, it takes 60 hours of minimum-wage work to pay off a single credit hour, which was priced at $428.75 for the fall semester.

The Myth of Working Your Way Through College - Svati Kirsten Narula - The Atlantic (via infoneer-pulse)

As the article points out, this is before you take into consideration the cost of living, transportation, health care, or any other costs.

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3 weeks ago
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mentakingup2muchspaceonthetrain:

On the London to Cambridge train.

Every morning

mentakingup2muchspaceonthetrain:

On the London to Cambridge train.

Every morning

1 month ago
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gagasm:

oh-so-pathos:

Fangirl Challenge: Favorite Actresses {6/10}

———► Dame Maggie Smith

My queen.

As I scrolled through this I was sooo scared it was gonna say RIP at the bottom. My heart started to beat faster and faster. Thank goodness

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In any case, it’s ridiculous to talk about freedom in a society dominated by huge corporations. What kind of freedom is there inside a corporation? They’re totalitarian institutions—you take orders from above and maybe give them to people below you. There’s about as much freedom as under Stalinism. Whatever rights workers have are guaranteed by the limited public authority that still exists.

When enormous, private, tyrannical institutions are granted the same rights as—or more rights than—human beings, freedom becomes something of a joke. The solution isn’t to undermine freedom—it’s to undermine the private tyrannies.

lettersfromtitan:

Should you remember Kathryn Joosten?
What’s important isn’t The West Wing or Desperate Housewives.
Joosten didn’t start acting until she was 42.
Didn’t go to Hollywood until she was in her 50s.
Took the first role you remember her for at 59.
By the time she passed away at 72, she had two Emmys and was loved by millions.
So the next time you think you’re too old to do something big, that’s when you should remember Kathryn Joosten.

lettersfromtitan:

Should you remember Kathryn Joosten?

What’s important isn’t The West Wing or Desperate Housewives.

Joosten didn’t start acting until she was 42.

Didn’t go to Hollywood until she was in her 50s.

Took the first role you remember her for at 59.

By the time she passed away at 72, she had two Emmys and was loved by millions.

So the next time you think you’re too old to do something big, that’s when you should remember Kathryn Joosten.

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theatlantic:

The Myth of Working Your Way Through College

Once upon a time, a summer spent scooping ice cream could pay for a year of college. Today, the average student’s annual tuition is equivalent to 991 hours behind the counter.  
Read more. [Image: Columbia Pictures]

theatlantic:

The Myth of Working Your Way Through College

Once upon a time, a summer spent scooping ice cream could pay for a year of college. Today, the average student’s annual tuition is equivalent to 991 hours behind the counter.  

Read more. [Image: Columbia Pictures]

3 weeks ago
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Emma Thompson warmly thanking her husband while accepting the Empire best actress award (x)

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redsuns-n-orangemoons:

maraschino-virgin:

fitzjerold:

oldmannick:

lazylunatic:
vodkapussy
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peterfromtexas:

Heart surgeon after 23-hour (successful) lung heart transplantation. His assistant is sleeping in the corner

saw this in the national geographic best 100, this was my favourite

Will never not reblog, it looks like a battlefield in some way to me.

This picture is inspiring

This is a great picture, but I’d be even better if it were with the patient. Because that’s not the recipient of the transplant on the operating table, that’s the donor. You can tell he’s dead, plus you wouldn’t have a newly operated on patient still on the operation room table, and the table would be bigger.

why would organ removal ever take 23 hours though? there’s no way that’s the donor. 

that is the patient. it doesn’t take 23 hours to harvest the organs and they wouldn’t even be viable after 23 hours.

redsuns-n-orangemoons:

maraschino-virgin:

fitzjerold:

oldmannick:

lazylunatic:

vodkapussy
:

peterfromtexas:

Heart surgeon after 23-hour (successful) lung heart transplantation. His assistant is sleeping in the corner

saw this in the national geographic best 100, this was my favourite

Will never not reblog, it looks like a battlefield in some way to me.

This picture is inspiring

This is a great picture, but I’d be even better if it were with the patient. Because that’s not the recipient of the transplant on the operating table, that’s the donor. You can tell he’s dead, plus you wouldn’t have a newly operated on patient still on the operation room table, and the table would be bigger.

why would organ removal ever take 23 hours though? there’s no way that’s the donor. 

that is the patient. it doesn’t take 23 hours to harvest the organs and they wouldn’t even be viable after 23 hours.

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