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"That’s the funny thing about being poor. Everyone has an opinion on it, and everyone feels entitled to share. That was especially true about my husband’s Mercedes. Over and over again, people asked why we kept that car, offering to sell it in their yards or on the Internet for us.

“You can’t be that bad off,” a distant relative said, after inviting himself over for lunch. “You still got that baby in all its glory.”

Sometimes, it was more direct. All from a place of love, of course. “Sell the Mercedes,” a friend said to me. “He doesn’t get to keep his toys now.”

But it wasn’t a toy — it was paid off. My husband bought that car in full long before we met. Were we supposed to trade it in for a crappier car we’d have to make payments on? Only to have that less reliable car break down on us?"

This is what happened when I drove my Mercedes to pick up food stamps - The Washington Post

Because I’ve actually seen people make arguments against poor people keeping tools - since that is exactly what this is. If you have a paid off car, you KEEP it, because it works and gives you a survival tool you will no longer have if you get rid of it. Then what? Buses? Not THAT reliable, not at all flexible if you have groceries to carry, or are disabled and doing anything but moving your body to and fro. Cheaper car? That breaks down all the time and sucks away money you don’t have? Maybe it’s even older and more of a gas guzzler. Walking? Not if you have kids you need to bring with you. Thinking the poor don’t “deserve” or that they should “suffer” for their being poor is such complete bullshit. (via jadegordon)

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We all got the same problems – guilt, regret.

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dangerhamster:

SCREEN JUNKIES DID AN HONEST TRAILER FOR THE WINTER SOLDIER BUT IT WAS SO GOOD THEY COULDN’T EVEN TAKE THE PISS OUT OF IT SO THEY JUST TALKED ABOUT WHAT A GOOD FILM IT WAS

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ME TOO OMG. NEVER STUCK AROUND LONG ENOUGH FOR A ONE NIGHT STAAAAaaaaaAAAAAaaaaND!!

YES. YES. AND I ALWAYS HAVE TO SING THAT PART AND ONE TIME ONE OF MY FRIENDS HEARD ME AND WAS LIKE “??????”

but that song, gah

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tamorapierce:

archiemcphee:

This stunning installation of 888,246 red ceramic poppies was created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper in commemoration of the centennial of Britain’s involvement in World War I. Entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, each flower represents a British or Colonial military fatality.

This staggering installation is a work in progress, with the ceramic pippies being planted by volunteers in the dry moat that surrounds the Tower of London. The planting process began a few weeks ago and will continue throughout the summer until a final flower is symbolically planted on November 11, 2014.

Visit the Historic Royal Palaces website to learn more about this moving project. You can also follow the progress of the volunteer planters by following the #TowerPoppies on Twitter.

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World War One began one hundred years ago this year.

The world was never the same.

The poppy represents the fallen soldier in general and the soldiers of WWI in particular, after the poem, “In Flanders Fields.”

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I can’t explain my intense emotional connection to “Papa Was a Rodeo,” but it’s lasted like seven years and it’s nothing going away.

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queensthief:

note-a-bear:

"And he says let me go, or I’ll eat your face"
god bless

This ranger’s “you are just SO CUTE!” response to this owl’s unholy screeching is exactly how Cecil reacts to Koshchek / p. much everything terrifying in Night Vale.

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rincewindsapprentice:

Some people love to shut down people who talk about trans and intersex issues by saying that they’re “only 1% of the population” and thus can be ignored since they “aren’t statistically significant enough.”

By that logic, we can now systematically ignore:

  • Redheads
  • The entire state of Rhode Island
  • Anyone who makes over $500,000 a year
  • Pacific Islanders
  • Australia

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killerville:

my fav part of gotg was when peter quill told that alien girl “i honestly forgot you were even here.”

it’s like james gunn was talking directly to me, a girl in the audience who was trying to enjoy the media he clearly created for only the boys in the audience.

The most annoying part of this scene is how easily it could have been used to establish Peter Quill as a) into aliens, b) into really casual sex, and c) normally kind of careless about his sex partners without it being at the alien girl’s expense.

I mean, you have Bereet crawl out of the cabin going “What the fuck, dude?” and him go “Whyyyyyyy are you still here, you packed up all your stuff so you could sneak out before I woke up, you said you had to get up early.” and she’s just like “Wait, what time is it shit did I sleep through my alarm goddammit.” and then two seconds of awkwardness because neither of them can remember the other’s name.  It would communicate almost the exact same things about him, but putting them on an equal footing would siphon a lot of the lazy assholishness out of the writing.

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