how much do islands cost i want one
Less than a college education
what the fuck
Seriously, WHAT THE FUCK.
should’ve invested in an island. damnit.
Well shit, all of these cost less than my apartment did. I shoulda gotten an island
Sometimes I think about how Raoul was the only one of Alanna’s close friends that she didn’t tell the truth to before her identity was publicly revealed. Like, this was one of his best friends, and she told all of their other friends about it, but not him. And then she runs off for like three years and he doesn’t hear anything from her. It must have eaten him up inside, wondering why she didn’t trust him, and why he wasn’t worth keeping in contact with when Jon, George, Gary and Myles all were.
And still, when shit is going down, Raoul is the one that travels to the ends of the earth to find her and bring her home.
THIS IS BECAUSE RAOUL IS PERFECT AND WONDERFUL and also probably because he’s already an alcoholic and maybe doesn’t think he’s worth keeping in touch with.
I still have a hard time imagining Raoul and his alcoholic past, so my take was always that he just sort of shrugged and was all “she would have told me if I had to know” and then went off and ran around in the desert for a few years and was all “she’d contact me if she needed me”
And of course then he shows up exactly when she needs a ride
Queen leaves couple stunned after Her Majesty accepts wedding invitation at Manchester town hall.
I’d like to think that’s exactly the sort of stunt I’d pull if I were the Queen of anything.
Queen Just Glad To Be Invited To Something Normal For Once
Queen Totally Fine With It If You Just Want To Go For Kebab Sometime
Just Drop Queen A Line
Queen Is Just Saying
Lady Sybil Vimes (née Ramkin) Duchess of Ankh
If you don’t think Lady Sybil is absolutely wonderful and perfect then I don’t even know what to say to you
- Lady Sybil who breeds swamp dragons in her spare time
- Lady Sybil who once faced down a dragon the size of a street by scolding it firmly
- Lady Sybil who sang part of a dwarf opera from memory in order to diffuse a sticky political situation
- Lady Sybil who, when kidnapped by werewolves, escaped out of the window and belted one of them around the head with a log…while pregnant
- Lady Sybil who darns her husbands socks personally, despite the fact that she is rich enough to buy a new pair every day for the rest of their lives if need be
- Lady Sybil, founder of The Sunshine Sanctuary for Sick Dragons AND The Lady Sybil Free Hospital, one of the few hospitals where people actually come out alive
- Lady Sybil who has friends and connections around the world and is on a first name basis with Lord Vetinari
- Lady Sybil who is one of the kindest, most compassionate, most open-minded characters in the Discworld series, who is endlessly patient and reasonable, who shows tremendous courage in the face of danger, who treats everyone she meets as a equal despite her privileged upbringing and who never compromises her principles or deserts those in need
- Lady Sybil <3
Lady Sybil was the first time I ever encountered a fat character who got a love story. It was hella important to me.
I’m still mad at the comic book version of <i>Guards! Guards</i> for making Sybil shorter than Sam. I love that she’s taller than him, and that he’s not emasculated or anything like that.
Do you want to build a warp core?
(Sorry, don’t know source, please pm me if you do)
HIGH PITCHED SCREECHES OF A DYING FANGIRL
The Borg never bothered me anyway.
MAKE IT SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. MAKE IT SO.
Do you want to build a warp core?
Let’s go fly around the stars.
Our mission is to seek out new life,
Stop war and strife,
Not hang around by Mars.
We used to be explorers,
And now we’re not,
I want adventures in the skies!
Do you want to build a warp core?
Please, let us fire up the warp core.
Elsa: There are rules, Anna!
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?
Yeah I wonder why we ought to pay people trying to raise the future of our society it’s like just fuck them and let them starve amirite?