the-female-king:

blue-eyed-hanji:

boxlunches:

imdeanbytheway:

robotsandfrippary:

earthlyghost:

mormondad:

melancholic-fangirl:

southern-conservatism:

drugsound:

Government is good.

Big Brother is watching you.

The State wants to take care of you.

north Korea scares me to death. the fact that a place like that still exists in modern day. those people are prisoners.

1984 is here and now

this is too 1984 to be real

why the fuck have i barely heard anything about this shit? Why aren’t more people outraged about this? and talking about this? this is fucking horrible! Something has to be done it’s fucking 2014 why the fuck is this even happening

i have family in North Korea that no one has seen since the war.

Why isn’t anyone telling us about this?
I’m a sophomore in high school. Who gives a shit about The Second Great Awakening? What about this? What about the Korean Reich that’s strangling it’s own people? Why hasn’t anyone at least pretended to care? Fuck Beyoncé, fuck whatever is coming soon to theaters. Why isn’t the suffering of human beings the first headline in the NY Times? Why hasn’t my history teacher taken a moment out of the 53 minutes in our class to inform us? Why?

Why?

There’s no oil there to steal, so the richer countries of the world couldn’t care less.

no one is talking about this because no one is supposed to know this information

Exactly.

I wrote an entire thesis paper on N. Korean defectors to S. Korea and their difficulties assimilating into the society and culture there.  It was one of the most depressing, draining, and insane papers I ever wrote and researched.

Not only are they generally malnourished, but they suffer the fear that if caught they’ll got straight back and to jail (along with their families).  They leave knowing they will probably never see their family again.  They are even shorter than their already short S. Korean counterparts due - something that makes assimilating and self-esteem difficult to maintain or obtain.

Defectors are literally being thrown into a futuristic society.  In North Korea things like TVs, VHS, DVD, music, etc. are banned/regulated/censored.  What media they have access to is severely limited and highly regulated by the government.  It’s like something out of a horror story.

Even in Pyongyang, the N. Korean capital, and the rest of the country electricity is even regulated.  At night the city loses power and its limited (and also highly regulated internet access).  The only things that are lighted are monuments to the dear leader and Kim Il Sung.

You can be persecuted there for the smallest things.  And sometimes for really nothing at all.  The few times international media has been given access they have been flown in, highly escorted, and only allowed in the capital.  The reason the citizens they show and the media meet look happy and well fed?  They’re groomed, privileged, and know if they step out of line they will be killed or imprisoned.

The N. Korean government values control and military power above everything.  Because they believe the best way to control people is to limit access to the outside world.  That way they can lie and say the outside world is falling apart and terrible and corrupt and therefore the only safe place to be is in fact exactly where they are and to be following their dear leader.

It’s hard to talk about what you can’t really prove beyond defector stories and the limited little bits that international media and organisations like Amnesty International can get their hands on.  Everything released directly from the nation is clearly highly polished propaganda.

Blaming it on lack of important resources like oil is to belittle the whole situation.  The Korean Conflict never ended - it’s in an armistice.  Hence the reason for the 38th parallel DMZ.  It’s still a very volatile area and it’s a very dangerous situation to touch - especially since there was already a very bloody conflict there.

Sorry for the novel - I’m very passionate about the Korean peninsula and the political situations and culture there.

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To Americans, these kinds of stats are depressingly familiar. In France, though, student loan debt is an alien concept. Fewer than 2 percent of students in France take out loans to pay for their education. The idea that you might have to take out loans is met with disbelief. The vast majority of universities here are publicly funded, with tuition rates set by the government. These public universities, among them the Sorbonne in Paris, cost an average of 183 euros per year for a licence, the three-year French equivalent of an undergraduate degree.
i feel physically ill  (via vivacosima)

Seriously though. I have a few French friends and - while granted their families are wealthy and they’re extremely privileged - the reason they all have advanced or multiple degrees is partially because it’s so fucking cheap that you don’t even think about being in school that long.

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It’s easy to love someone when they’re happy. What’s hard is loving someone when they’re crying on the bathroom floor at 2am because everything came crashing down at once.

Midnight thoughts (sometimes I’m a mess)

Everything you love is here

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(via lord-swoledemort)

1. Health - you can’t do anything unless you’re healthy.
2. Happiness - once you’re healthy you have to be happy.
3. Love - if you’re happy you can love much easier (both yourself and others)
4. Wealth - money isn’t everything, it’s just some bits of fibre.
5. Fame - some of the greatest people who ever lived no one will ever know about.

Life is worth the pain - ever lesson we learn, every broken heart, every loss, every joy, and every time we stumble and fall.

It has taken me a very long time to acknowledge and accept that.  Largely because it is often difficult for me to see past my failures and learn to see them for more than just failures.

So really, failures are worth the pain of the actual failing.

Oh, Jim.

Me.  Always.

Our differences they do a lot to teach us how to use
The tools and gifts we got, yeah, we got a lot at stake.
And in the end, you’re still my friend at least we did intend
For us to work we didn’t break, we didn’t burn.
We had to learn how to bend without the world caving in -
I had to learn what I’ve got, and what I’m not, and who I am.
Jason Mraz, I Won’t Give Up

Ummm.  GIMME.

Seriously, this is beautiful.  I love it.  I want it.

huffingtonpost:

Jon Stewart’s Priceless Response To Fox News On Ferguson

Jon Stewart is back from vacation, and he’s not wasting any time going after one of his favorite targets: Fox News.

Watch his the full brilliant 10  minute monologue on racism and Ferguson  here. 

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