Diane Ravitch on The Daily Show.
Ravitch is the queen. If only the government would listen…
We would also address poverty directly. We would increase the minimum wage and make post-secondary education cheap or free, and we’d improve improve unemployment benefits and offer free job-training to the unemployed.
Poverty is one of the few social ills where throwing money at the problem really does seem to work.
These are not radical, liberal ideas. In fact, in Europe most of them are associated with the more conservative parties, and many of them were associated with the American Republican party in the 80s. But the United States’s political climate is so different from anywhere else in the industrialized world that I fear we will just continue to get farther behind in education (and in % of people living in poverty) until we decide to make some big domestic investments.
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This defined too much of my highschool ‘career’.. Good lord
The evolution of the Dalek.
basically they’ve developed a beer belly
After receiving months of care at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Center, seven rehabilitated Harbor Seal pups poked their noses out of their transport kennels and wiggled down to the waters of Howe Sound on the morning of November 20. Five of the rescued seal pups were outfitted with satellite-linked transmitters, which will provide valuable data to the aquarium’s veterinary team regarding the seal pups’ travel patterns and progress following their release.
In the water, the transmitters don’t weigh anything, and the seals don’t seem to be bothered by them at all! They aren’t invasive; no part of the animal has been punctured or any pain caused. They will fall off by the time the animals molt next spring, if not before. When the animals move, the antennas point backwards, and so they don’t affect the seals’ ability to swim.The transmitters are the result of decades of collaboration between veterinarians, biologists, engineers, and programmers. Photo credits: Vancouver Aquarium via Zooborns
A Thanksgiving Day cartoon by Roz Chast.
My Body as Canvas: Drink Me
When you are diagnosed with cancer, you have nobody to fully trust but your doctor. It is not something visible, like a rash on the skin, but something that creeps inside of you, waiting to be caught. When I felt that lump on my breast in the shower, my heart sank, but I believed at that time that I was invincible. I know better now. I know the uncertainty and the fear of having to rely on a professional with whom you do not have a personal relationship to tell you the truth about what is going on in your body. There is a trust that must be built immediately.
So, for this edition of My Body as Canvas, I chose to represent the “Drink Me” bottle from Alice in Wonderland. In many ways, I am Alice, uncertain in a new world and drinking an elixir (chemotherapy) from which I cannot foretell the full effects. Will I be as fertile at 30 as I am now? Will this round be more painful than the last? I have no choice but to drink, to kill the parts of me that want to kill the whole of me, to trust that this poison will do me good in the end. It is a scary and strange new world, but I am embracing it to the best of my ability.
A very good friend took these photos. This is her bed, her light, her tea, her comforts. It is the love of friends like her (and I will not lie- my love of self) that has allowed me to get through this experience and take it for what it is worth. I was dealt a hand of cards and I am playing it to the best of my ability.
Drink me. Drink the light and dark of me, drink my experiences as your own and start to view people with cancer not as those with a disease, but as those on a journey… and please, hold their hands when the path begins to get dark.
Photography by Lillyan Ling