"And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard."
— "Why Don’t the Unemployed Get Off Their Couches?" and Eight Other Critical Questions for Americans (via dishevelment)
"To get a gun in Japan, first, you have to attend an all-day class and pass a written test, which are held only once per month. You also must take and pass a shooting range class. Then, head over to a hospital for a mental test and drug test (Japan is unusual in that potential gun owners must affirmatively prove their mental fitness), which you’ll file with the police. Finally, pass a rigorous background check for any criminal record or association with criminal or extremist groups, and you will be the proud new owner of your shotgun or air rifle. Just don’t forget to provide police with documentation on the specific location of the gun in your home, as well as the ammo, both of which must be locked and stored separately. And remember to have the police inspect the gun once per year and to re-take the class and exam every three years."
A Land Without Guns: How Japan Has Virtually Eliminated Shooting Deaths (via buttension)
see, that’s gun control
you don’t take away a person’s right to bear arms
you take away a person’s ability to abuse their arms
i mean it’s high maintenance but i really think it’d be worth it if it saves lives
(Source: lauraolin, via jehovahsthicknesss)
"Happiness is not the absence of problems; it’s the ability to deal with them."
— Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free (via observando)
"I know we live in a sexist world, and a lot of boys do nothing except get in trouble, until one day they grow up and dominate every aspect of society. … But girls, at least while they’re still girls and perform well, seem to do everything better for awhile."
— Meg Wolitzer