i really don't know what to say... hi?
Reblogged from tehri  11,920 notes

anorie:

Dear Ringers and Tolkienites,

I’ve just found out through his owner’s Facebook page that Blanco, better known to all of us as Shadowfax, has passed away. He became very ill in late March and after two weeks at a veterinary hospital for horses, he was finally put to sleep. Cynthia, his owner, who loved him dearly, did all she could and was with him when he went. She is in a very difficult place now, having lost her good friend and having to pay for his medical bills. 

I think it’s safe to say that the Tolkien community has been touched by this beautiful boy. He was everything we imagined Shadowfax to be, and a wonderful friend to Cynthia. She has set up a fundraiser to help pay for his treatment bills, as she’s having trouble financially dealing with other issues. If you have anything to spare, please donate to her, out of love and memory for this beautiful horse, who will live on forever in our hearts. 

Rest Easy, Blanco. Thank You. 

[Show Your Love For Shadowfax fundraiser]

[Cynthia Royal’s Facebook]

[Blanco’s Facebook Fan Page]

Reblogged from spookystevee  188,455 notes
fact-tory:

lookatthisfuckingoppressor:

smellyanne:

lookatthisfuckinradfem:

Well, you know…shit.

why would you pay someone for 26-51 weeks for doing nothing

you have a very, very odd definition of “doing nothing”.

Why would you pay someone for 26-51 weeks to care for a child (which is, as the previous comment states, in no way “doing nothing”)?
Allow me to answer that for you:
A study of 16 European countries from 1969-1994 found that “more generous paid leave is found to reduce deaths of infants and young children”; specifically, mathematical models found that
"a 10-week increase in paid leave is predicted to reduce infant mortality rates by between 2.5% and 3.4%,"
"a 10-week extension [in leave] is predicted to decrease post-neonatal deaths by 3.7 to 4.5% and child fatalities by 3.3 to 3.5%," and
"rights to a year of job-protected paid leave are associated with roughly a 20% decline in post-neonatal deaths and a 15% decrease in fatalities occurring between the first and fifth birthdays" (x)

A more recent study again of 16 European countries plus the USA and Japan found that “a 10-week extension in job-protected paid leave is predicted to decrease infant mortality rates, post-neonatal mortality rates, and child mortality rates by 2.6%, 4.1%, and 3%, respectively” but that these effects were not found if the leave was not job-protected or paid (x)
Women who receive pad leave are more likely to be employed, 54% more likely to report wage increases, and have a 39% lower likelihood of receiving public assistance and a 40% lower likelihood of receiving food stamps in the year after the child’s birth; men were also less likely to receive public assistance and food stamps if they received paid family leave (x)
"Maternity leave legislation in Europe effectively increases job protection and female labour market attachment" (x)
"An increase in leave duration is associated with a decrease in [post-partum] depressive symptoms until six months postpartum" (x)
"Shorter maternity leave (<12 weeks) was associated with higher maternal depression, lower parental preoccupation with the infant, less knowledge of infant development, more negative impact of birth on self-esteem and marriage, and higher career centrality" (x)
"Breastfeeding duration increased sharply, by over a month, and the proportion of mothers attaining the public health benchmark of 6 months exclusive breastfeeding increased by nearly 40% [after Canada increased the length of mandated paid maternity leave]" (x)
"Maternity leave led to small increases in birth weight, decreases in the likelihood of a premature birth, and substantial decreases in infant mortality for children of college-educated and married mothers, who were most able to take advantage of unpaid leave [in the US]" (x)
"Increased time with the child [due to mandated maternity leave in Norway] led to a 2.7 percentage points decline in high school dropout and a 5% increase in wages at age 30" (x)
"Children whose mothers return to work early are less likely to receive regular medical checkups and breastfeeding in the first year of life, as well as to have all of their DPT/Oral Polio immunisations (in approximately the first 18 months of life)" and "children whose mothers return full-time within 12 weeks are more likely to have externalising behaviour problems at age 4" (x)
Does that about answer it?

fact-tory:

lookatthisfuckingoppressor:

smellyanne:

lookatthisfuckinradfem:

Well, you know…shit.

why would you pay someone for 26-51 weeks for doing nothing

you have a very, very odd definition of “doing nothing”.

Why would you pay someone for 26-51 weeks to care for a child (which is, as the previous comment states, in no way “doing nothing”)?

Allow me to answer that for you:

  • A study of 16 European countries from 1969-1994 found that “more generous paid leave is found to reduce deaths of infants and young children”; specifically, mathematical models found that
    • "a 10-week increase in paid leave is predicted to reduce infant mortality rates by between 2.5% and 3.4%,"
    • "a 10-week extension [in leave] is predicted to decrease post-neonatal deaths by 3.7 to 4.5% and child fatalities by 3.3 to 3.5%," and
    • "rights to a year of job-protected paid leave are associated with roughly a 20% decline in post-neonatal deaths and a 15% decrease in fatalities occurring between the first and fifth birthdays" (x)
  • A more recent study again of 16 European countries plus the USA and Japan found that “a 10-week extension in job-protected paid leave is predicted to decrease infant mortality rates, post-neonatal mortality rates, and child mortality rates by 2.6%, 4.1%, and 3%, respectively” but that these effects were not found if the leave was not job-protected or paid (x)
  • Women who receive pad leave are more likely to be employed, 54% more likely to report wage increases, and have a 39% lower likelihood of receiving public assistance and a 40% lower likelihood of receiving food stamps in the year after the child’s birth; men were also less likely to receive public assistance and food stamps if they received paid family leave (x)
  • "Maternity leave legislation in Europe effectively increases job protection and female labour market attachment" (x)
  • "An increase in leave duration is associated with a decrease in [post-partum] depressive symptoms until six months postpartum" (x)
  • "Shorter maternity leave (<12 weeks) was associated with higher maternal depression, lower parental preoccupation with the infant, less knowledge of infant development, more negative impact of birth on self-esteem and marriage, and higher career centrality" (x)
  • "Breastfeeding duration increased sharply, by over a month, and the proportion of mothers attaining the public health benchmark of 6 months exclusive breastfeeding increased by nearly 40% [after Canada increased the length of mandated paid maternity leave]" (x)
  • "Maternity leave led to small increases in birth weight, decreases in the likelihood of a premature birth, and substantial decreases in infant mortality for children of college-educated and married mothers, who were most able to take advantage of unpaid leave [in the US]" (x)
  • "Increased time with the child [due to mandated maternity leave in Norway] led to a 2.7 percentage points decline in high school dropout and a 5% increase in wages at age 30" (x)
  • "Children whose mothers return to work early are less likely to receive regular medical checkups and breastfeeding in the first year of life, as well as to have all of their DPT/Oral Polio immunisations (in approximately the first 18 months of life)" and "children whose mothers return full-time within 12 weeks are more likely to have externalising behaviour problems at age 4" (x)

Does that about answer it?

Reblogged from lady-davison  47,652 notes

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

I would do a read more but I don’t know how sorry

I’ve had so many people including my mother reinforcing my obligations, debts, and supposed inescapable familial connection to her over the years that it’s taken too long for me to realize that it’s all bullshit. The majority of people I’ve opened up to have ultimately said stupid shit that still haunts me. Every time I see her name on my phone I feel nauseated and every time I move I’m reluctant to give her my address because she still holds some sort of power over me. I’m sick of hearing- maybe she’ll change, give her a chance, try talking to her, but she’s your mother, you’ll always have that connection and care about her, at least you have your mother. I’m so done with it all I’m tired of living in her life I’m tired of being afraid and being pleasant and pliant. I’m not the person she wants to make me believe I am, I won’t give her the opportunity to convince me anymore. That’s my new years resolution.

Reblogged from prettyarbitrary  162 notes
sweetwatersong:

He was almost to the TARDIS when a hand latched onto his wrist.
“What?”
“You’re under arrest,” Vimes said conversationally around his cigar as he tied the Doctor’s hands together.
“What?”
“Stealing government property,” the Commander continued, making no effort to hide the satisfaction in his voice.
“What?” 
Then it dawned on the Doctor.
“Look, I know it says it’s a police box, but it’s not actually one! And you don’t have police boxes. Or telephones. They’d get stolen as soon as they were put up,” he added.
Vimes grunted. This was, after all, Ankh-Morpork; it was his city, and he’d be damned if he’d let some meddling scarecrow stick his nose where it didn’t belong.
Especially if he avoided getting himself conveniently killed while he was doing it.

Discworld (c) Terry Pratchett; image by Paul KidbyDoctor Who (c) BBC; screencap from timelordcaps@tumblr, TARDIS from allhopeislost@deviantart

sweetwatersong:

He was almost to the TARDIS when a hand latched onto his wrist.

“What?”

“You’re under arrest,” Vimes said conversationally around his cigar as he tied the Doctor’s hands together.

“What?”

“Stealing government property,” the Commander continued, making no effort to hide the satisfaction in his voice.

“What?”

Then it dawned on the Doctor.

“Look, I know it says it’s a police box, but it’s not actually one! And you don’t have police boxes. Or telephones. They’d get stolen as soon as they were put up,” he added.

Vimes grunted. This was, after all, Ankh-Morpork; it was his city, and he’d be damned if he’d let some meddling scarecrow stick his nose where it didn’t belong.

Especially if he avoided getting himself conveniently killed while he was doing it.

Discworld (c) Terry Pratchett; image by Paul Kidby
Doctor Who (c) BBC; screencap from timelordcaps@tumblr, TARDIS from allhopeislost@deviantart

Reblogged from thebooker  156 notes

thebooker:

Green Rider by Kristen Britain

[GOODREADS]

Genre: Fantasy

Young heroine Karigan hardly has time to regret being expelled from school (for dueling) before finding herself committed to the desperate errand of a murdered Green Rider. The Riders are an elite messenger corps using both horses and magic; the message is a terrible warning. Bad things from bad places are invading this fantasyland, their presence being only part of a devious, sorcery-aided human struggle for the throne. Karigan’s wild ride is beset by a variety of enemies, but aided by her own developing talents plus certain strange allies. These include the tormented ghost of the dead Green Rider himself—still pierced by and trying to resist the chief villain’s black arrows that ensnare the soul. Delivering the message to a suspicious court is only half Karigan’s job: can it be interpreted in time?

Recommended by ladybeforethewar

The Underrated Book Project is a series of posts that aims to promote books that are under-appreciated, overshadowed, scarcely read or unknown. Click here to find out more

View all the posts [x] Directory [x]