haha, in any case, sorry to spoil! i just can't hold it in. i swear there's more to look forward to, and i swear i won't spoil any more of it. even though it is sooo hard to have all these screencaps just sitting on my desktop begging to be tumblrized and screamed about.
I was not upset about being spoiled - sorry if I gave that impression. I was please to know about Rory and the glasses. Very pleased.
“Waiting for Superman is a pro-privatization propaganda film. I reviewed it in The New York Review of Books and its statistics were wrong, its charges were wrong, it made claims that were unsustainable. One of the charter schools it featured as being a miracle school has an attrition rate of 75 percent. And it made the claim that 70 percent of American eighth-graders read below grade level and that’s simply false. … And the producers of the film are very supportive of vouchers and free-market strategies and everything else. So I think that film has to be taken not just with a grain of salt, but understood to be a pro-privatization film.”—
Wellesley Alum and Former Assistant Secretary of Education, Diane Ravitch, on public education (via:sanscouronne)
She sums up one of the many problems I had with Waiting for Superman (a film I did find very interesting) better than I ever could.
Check this out. The State Department’s new proposed Biographical Questionnaire that some passport applicants will have to fill out will include all addresses since birth; lifetime employment history including employers’ and supervisors names, addresses, and telephone numbers; personal details of all siblings; mother’s address one year prior to your birth; any “religious ceremony” around the time of birth; and a variety of other information.
This information will not be mandatory for all applicants, only for “some applicants,” according to the Federal Register. But the criteria has not been disclosed.
Seriously — what the hell? This is the USA, not Syria or Myanmar.
What’s the exclusion criteria? Who would have to do it and who wouldn’t, and why? Also, I couldn’t do this if they asked me. I don’t know all of that information. I’m only 21, but I’ve had like 5 jobs with different employers, 7 different addresses…I have no idea where my mother was living prior to my birth. I’m assuming it was the same house that they had when I was born, but they were building it within the year/two before I was born, so she may have had several addresses at the time (old house, new house, parents house?…), and I dunno…what kind of religious ceremonies around the time of my birth are they talking about? Like I’m sure there were people somewhere in the world getting married the day I was born. Should I contact them? Or do they mean family members? My parents got married 10 years before I was born, so I don’t think that counts. I was baptized, but I have no idea how old I was, when it was, or any of that…I was a small child. Would they actually expect me to remember that?!
By the time I was 18 I’d had no fewer than 16 addresses between my two parents and grandparents. During undergrad I accumulated at least 6 or 7 more, I would guess, including sublets and a brief stint in London. I have no idea how the fuck I’d be able to fill that out.
EDIT: If you click-through you can leave a comment on the official government site. Commenting on this issue is open only until midnight on April 25th, so please click-through and give the gov’t your thoughts on this.
If i was not drunk this would be so much better, but whatever, I have nothing to say because my twin sister is 100% correct in making sure that Alex is 100% correct and I have nothing else to say. Perfect, x 100%. O.M.G.
Why is my dash not flooded with Parks and Rec love right now? Did no one watch it? I get it, I was flipping between the Flyers and the Phillies too, but I am watching it now, and oh my god! I mean, did you just watch that? How long did it take The Office to get Jim and Pam…
Loved it. Parks and Recreation is a show that really knows its characters. Everything about last night felt organic, not the writers trying to sell a “big” episode. I know that Alex just fell for it because of the make-shift family feel of the episode (if ever there was a sucker for that sort of thing.
“This is a moral issue; the budget is a moral document. We can take care of the deficit and rebuild our infrastructure and strengthen our safety net by reducing military spending and eliminating corporate subsidies and tax loopholes for the rich. Or we can sink further into debt and amoral individualism by demonizing and starving the poor. Which side are you on?”—Mark Bittman on food, fasting, the rich, and the US budget. (via andres)
this is why i haven't really been able to watch seasons 1-4. it just looks too cheap. bein' a snob is a lifestyyyyleeee
They also have a new show runner for season 5, so even the stories are better quality. There are a few really, really good episodes from the first 4 seasons (most of them written by the current show runner). You should check out Blink. I think it’s season 3.