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Apr 23

Fuck I have an 8 AM exam tomorrow fUCK

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boxlunches:


The Iron Throne as described in the novels, officially endorsed by GRRM on his blog as the most accurate artistic representation thus far. By artist Marc Simonetti.

Oh

boxlunches:

The Iron Throne as described in the novels, officially endorsed by GRRM on his blog as the most accurate artistic representation thus far. By artist Marc Simonetti.

Oh

(Source: jinx-effect, via neoliberalismkills)

The tumblr left slowly shifted from ironic text posts to anime to @dril and now it’s Game of Thrones.

Not bad.

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I’m so excited that I’m gonna be protesting on May Day by not having a job.

It’s revolutionary stuff.

Palestinian Factions Announce Deal on Unity Government -

Michigan Affirmative Action Ban Upheld by U.S. High Court -

transhumanisticpanspermia:

anticapitalist:

convertedinvader:

anticapitalist:

convertedinvader:

jakke:

The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to affirmative action, upholding a voter-approved ban on racial preferences in admissions at Michigan’s state-run universities in a decision that provides a blueprint for other states wishing to enact similar bars.

The justices, voting 6-2, today said racial preferences were a legitimate subject to be put before the state’s voters. A federal appeals court had said Michigan unconstitutionally stripped racial minorities of their rights.

“Democracy does not presume that some subjects are either too divisive or too profound for public debate,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the court’s lead opinion.

Hey so the US Supreme Court has decided that it’s totally fine for the majority vote to determine the level of protection for the rights of the minority. Specifically, the white majority of voters in Michigan decided that university admissions didn’t need to consider race anymore because we all live in a magical post-racial society and (I guess) your high school marks and SAT are all universities need to figure out whether they should take you in. And now the Supreme Court (minus Bader Ginsburg and Sotomayor who dissented and Kagan who recused herself because of previous involvement as Solicitor General) have declared this totally fine.

Guessing we can expect a whole lot more similar initiatives in other states, because this kind of ban on considering race in the admissions process is SUPER popular among our fellow white people. The whole argument about ~fairness~ would make a whole lot more sense in a world where, e.g., everyone attended schools of comparable calibre and everyone had the same opportunities for tutoring and scholarship-generating extracurricular networking and legacy admissions and whatnot, but that’s apparently way too subtle of an argument. (For the record, around 4.4% of the entering class at the University of Michigan reports being African American, down from 8.7% in 1998 and obviously not at all representative of the college-age population of Michigan.)

Not sure what the optimal response is here. Something like that Texas system where the top 10% of students from each high school graduating class can attend university on scholarship definitely levels the playing field in terms of high school quality, but it’s not clear it fully compensates for considering race in university admissions? Also it doesn’t sound like the Michigan legislature would be on board with this.

>The whole argument about ~fairness~ would make a whole lot more sense in a world where, e.g., everyone attended schools of comparable calibre and everyone had the same opportunities for tutoring and scholarship-generating extracurricular networking and legacy admissions and whatnot, but that’s apparently way too subtle of an argument.

Then focus on correcting those out-of-balance factors instead of trying to fight injustice with more injustice. However you look at it, Affirmative Action is simply racist, and the High Court made the right decision. I can only hope you’re right about other states pushing for similar bans.

These out-of-balance factors are mostly socioeconomic in nature and are held in place by capitalism. You’re right that it’s way way more effective to tackle the actual institutional causes of racism than use Affirmative Action. However, it’s way easier to use Affirmative Action, because changing the entire economic structure of a country/ the world is very difficult. Affirmative action is like a applying a shitty band-aid when we really need to amputate. Yes, putting on the band-aid is only hiding the problem and maybe even making things worse by delaying the amputation, but it’s better to use the band-aid than do nothing at all.

>Affirmative Action is simply racist

Are you talking about how white women benefit the most from Affirmative Action? In which case I agree, but I doubt that’s what you’re referring to.

It is easy, yes, however, ultimately it hinders the primary solution. And how is setting a racial quota in any case where race shouldn’t be a factor at all NOT racist?

IIRC the quota system is not legal anymore, and affirmative action is more holistic. However, I’m not actually familiar with the contents of the Michigan bill itself.

Quotas of any sort have been illegal under SCOTUS precedent for literal decades.

Affirmative action is a holistic policy at every level, from “getting application information to more marginalized communities” to “evaluating applications based on the level of opportunity afforded to the applicant, often based on their experiences in a marginalized community.”

To be honest, many things qualify as AA, far outside concrete bounds of race and class.

For example, colleges look at how many AP courses your high school offers. A student who takes 1 AP at a high school that only offers 1 AP is a lot different from a student who takes 1 AP at a high school that offers over a dozen. That’s affirmative action. That’s changing how you view an applicant based on the opportunities afforded to them.

You’ll notice that no one complains about that type of affirmative action. But they certainly love to complain about any AA that does the same thing through the lens of race, class, gender, sexuality, etc. Mostly because the people complaining are racists, classists, (trans)misogynists, etc.

Because of the last 2 posts I lost 12 followers.

I’m hoping it’s because I’m ruining your childhood by talking about Aang having sex with Katara rather than me showing statistics about how environmental pollution hurts people of color more than white people.

Apr 22

Environmental Pollution hurts people of color more than white people -

From “Why Air Pollution Is A Racial Issue” by ThinkProgress:

Other evidence has also pointed to disproportionately high levels of air pollution in low-income and non-white communities. A 2012 study conducted by Yale University researchers revealed that “potentially dangerous compounds such as vanadium, nitrates and zinc” exist in locations with high concentrations of people of color, including African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asians. Unfortunately, people of color contribute the least amount of air pollutants, despite being the most heavily impacted by them.

[…]

Air pollution is not the only health issue that race factors into, as public health is riddled with racial implications on a broader level. Racial bias plays a role in doctor-patient interactions, and some groups, namely African-Americans, live with chronic diseases stemming from racial discrimination.

I’ve posted this before but I still don’t get how Aang had kids.

Like he’s having sex with Katara and right before he climaxes there’s like a 99% chance he’s gonna go into the avatar state and then Katara just dies.

Michigan Affirmative Action Ban Upheld by U.S. High Court -

convertedinvader:

anticapitalist:

convertedinvader:

jakke:

The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to affirmative action, upholding a voter-approved ban on racial preferences in admissions at Michigan’s state-run universities in a decision that provides a blueprint for other states wishing to enact similar bars.

The justices, voting 6-2, today said racial preferences were a legitimate subject to be put before the state’s voters. A federal appeals court had said Michigan unconstitutionally stripped racial minorities of their rights.

“Democracy does not presume that some subjects are either too divisive or too profound for public debate,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the court’s lead opinion.

Hey so the US Supreme Court has decided that it’s totally fine for the majority vote to determine the level of protection for the rights of the minority. Specifically, the white majority of voters in Michigan decided that university admissions didn’t need to consider race anymore because we all live in a magical post-racial society and (I guess) your high school marks and SAT are all universities need to figure out whether they should take you in. And now the Supreme Court (minus Bader Ginsburg and Sotomayor who dissented and Kagan who recused herself because of previous involvement as Solicitor General) have declared this totally fine.

Guessing we can expect a whole lot more similar initiatives in other states, because this kind of ban on considering race in the admissions process is SUPER popular among our fellow white people. The whole argument about ~fairness~ would make a whole lot more sense in a world where, e.g., everyone attended schools of comparable calibre and everyone had the same opportunities for tutoring and scholarship-generating extracurricular networking and legacy admissions and whatnot, but that’s apparently way too subtle of an argument. (For the record, around 4.4% of the entering class at the University of Michigan reports being African American, down from 8.7% in 1998 and obviously not at all representative of the college-age population of Michigan.)

Not sure what the optimal response is here. Something like that Texas system where the top 10% of students from each high school graduating class can attend university on scholarship definitely levels the playing field in terms of high school quality, but it’s not clear it fully compensates for considering race in university admissions? Also it doesn’t sound like the Michigan legislature would be on board with this.

>The whole argument about ~fairness~ would make a whole lot more sense in a world where, e.g., everyone attended schools of comparable calibre and everyone had the same opportunities for tutoring and scholarship-generating extracurricular networking and legacy admissions and whatnot, but that’s apparently way too subtle of an argument.

Then focus on correcting those out-of-balance factors instead of trying to fight injustice with more injustice. However you look at it, Affirmative Action is simply racist, and the High Court made the right decision. I can only hope you’re right about other states pushing for similar bans.

These out-of-balance factors are mostly socioeconomic in nature and are held in place by capitalism. You’re right that it’s way way more effective to tackle the actual institutional causes of racism than use Affirmative Action. However, it’s way easier to use Affirmative Action, because changing the entire economic structure of a country/ the world is very difficult. Affirmative action is like a applying a shitty band-aid when we really need to amputate. Yes, putting on the band-aid is only hiding the problem and maybe even making things worse by delaying the amputation, but it’s better to use the band-aid than do nothing at all.

>Affirmative Action is simply racist

Are you talking about how white women benefit the most from Affirmative Action? In which case I agree, but I doubt that’s what you’re referring to.

It is easy, yes, however, ultimately it hinders the primary solution. And how is setting a racial quota in any case where race shouldn’t be a factor at all NOT racist?

IIRC the quota system is not legal anymore, and affirmative action is more holistic. However, I’m not actually familiar with the contents of the Michigan bill itself.

Michigan Affirmative Action Ban Upheld by U.S. High Court -

convertedinvader:

jakke:

The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to affirmative action, upholding a voter-approved ban on racial preferences in admissions at Michigan’s state-run universities in a decision that provides a blueprint for other states wishing to enact similar bars.

The justices, voting 6-2, today said racial preferences were a legitimate subject to be put before the state’s voters. A federal appeals court had said Michigan unconstitutionally stripped racial minorities of their rights.

“Democracy does not presume that some subjects are either too divisive or too profound for public debate,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the court’s lead opinion.

Hey so the US Supreme Court has decided that it’s totally fine for the majority vote to determine the level of protection for the rights of the minority. Specifically, the white majority of voters in Michigan decided that university admissions didn’t need to consider race anymore because we all live in a magical post-racial society and (I guess) your high school marks and SAT are all universities need to figure out whether they should take you in. And now the Supreme Court (minus Bader Ginsburg and Sotomayor who dissented and Kagan who recused herself because of previous involvement as Solicitor General) have declared this totally fine.

Guessing we can expect a whole lot more similar initiatives in other states, because this kind of ban on considering race in the admissions process is SUPER popular among our fellow white people. The whole argument about ~fairness~ would make a whole lot more sense in a world where, e.g., everyone attended schools of comparable calibre and everyone had the same opportunities for tutoring and scholarship-generating extracurricular networking and legacy admissions and whatnot, but that’s apparently way too subtle of an argument. (For the record, around 4.4% of the entering class at the University of Michigan reports being African American, down from 8.7% in 1998 and obviously not at all representative of the college-age population of Michigan.)

Not sure what the optimal response is here. Something like that Texas system where the top 10% of students from each high school graduating class can attend university on scholarship definitely levels the playing field in terms of high school quality, but it’s not clear it fully compensates for considering race in university admissions? Also it doesn’t sound like the Michigan legislature would be on board with this.

>The whole argument about ~fairness~ would make a whole lot more sense in a world where, e.g., everyone attended schools of comparable calibre and everyone had the same opportunities for tutoring and scholarship-generating extracurricular networking and legacy admissions and whatnot, but that’s apparently way too subtle of an argument.

Then focus on correcting those out-of-balance factors instead of trying to fight injustice with more injustice. However you look at it, Affirmative Action is simply racist, and the High Court made the right decision. I can only hope you’re right about other states pushing for similar bans.

These out-of-balance factors are mostly socioeconomic in nature and are held in place by capitalism. You’re right that it’s way way more effective to tackle the actual institutional causes of racism than use Affirmative Action. However, it’s way easier to use Affirmative Action, because changing the entire economic structure of a country/ the world is very difficult. Affirmative action is like a applying a shitty band-aid when we really need to amputate. Yes, putting on the band-aid is only hiding the problem and maybe even making things worse by delaying the amputation, but it’s better to use the band-aid than do nothing at all.

>Affirmative Action is simply racist

Are you talking about how white women benefit the most from Affirmative Action? In which case I agree, but I doubt that’s what you’re referring to.

what is the metaphor joke shit and what does it have to do with John Green?

kohenari:

Just sayin’…

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kohenari:

Just sayin’…

"hahahahaha books cost money and writers want to earn a living hahahahaha People pay for books? hahahahahahahaha"

# literature # comedy # Amazon # Twitter # internet # politics