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    I think the interior designer might have been a #pirate http://bit.ly/1rZj26S

    I think the interior designer might have been a #pirate http://bit.ly/1rZj26S

     
  2. 10:17

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    Reblogged from kittensandscience

    thebicker:

micdotcom:

Look at that, employment is actually growing in the 13 states that raised minimum wage

Each of these states has experienced higher employment: When critics lambaste an increase in the minimum wage in America, they often cite that it would be a job killer, an economic burden, and harmful to business.
New data may have debunked these arguments. Ben Wolcott of the Center for Economic and Policy Research found that in just the past five months, the 13 states that have increased their minimum wages saw higher employment growth than the states that did not. 
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This chart is a little bit confusing, since states that increased the minimum wage are spread throughout it. An opponent of increasing the minimum wage could very easily look at this and say, “The top two states that increased job growth didn’t raise the min. wage, and the state with the worst job growth raised it, ERGO we should not raise the minimum wage.” BUT, the article does a meta-analysis overall, and the prognosis is good for states that raised the wage:

Arizona, Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington have all increased their minimum wage either through legislation or through automatic increases tied to inflation. As a result, the employment rate is up in all those states by an average changeof .99% compared to the first 5 months in 2013, which saw anaverage changeof .68%.
Wolcott found that 12 out of the 13 states sawemployment increase. Nine out of the 13 saw growth that isbeyond the national median rate. This means that higher wages are not curtailing job growth because the states with an increased minimum wage mainly saw faster job growth than states that maintained their lower minimum wages.

It also doesn’t account for the fact that many cities raised the minimum wage within some of these states, including California. (Not to mention the very liberal economic policies Gov. Brown has been pushing since he took office.) But overall, it’s a good way to show that no, increasing the minimum wage does not kill all the jobs.

    thebicker:

    micdotcom:

    Look at that, employment is actually growing in the 13 states that raised minimum wage

    Each of these states has experienced higher employment: When critics lambaste an increase in the minimum wage in America, they often cite that it would be a job killer, an economic burden, and harmful to business.

    New data may have debunked these arguments. Ben Wolcott of the Center for Economic and Policy Research found that in just the past five months, the 13 states that have increased their minimum wages saw higher employment growth than the states that did not. 

    Read more | Follow micdotcom

    This chart is a little bit confusing, since states that increased the minimum wage are spread throughout it. An opponent of increasing the minimum wage could very easily look at this and say, “The top two states that increased job growth didn’t raise the min. wage, and the state with the worst job growth raised it, ERGO we should not raise the minimum wage.” BUT, the article does a meta-analysis overall, and the prognosis is good for states that raised the wage:

    Arizona, Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington have all increased their minimum wage either through legislation or through automatic increases tied to inflation. As a result, the employment rate is up in all those states by an average changeof .99% compared to the first 5 months in 2013, which saw anaverage changeof .68%.

    Wolcott found that 12 out of the 13 states sawemployment increase. Nine out of the 13 saw growth that isbeyond the national median rate. This means that higher wages are not curtailing job growth because the states with an increased minimum wage mainly saw faster job growth than states that maintained their lower minimum wages.

    It also doesn’t account for the fact that many cities raised the minimum wage within some of these states, including California. (Not to mention the very liberal economic policies Gov. Brown has been pushing since he took office.) But overall, it’s a good way to show that no, increasing the minimum wage does not kill all the jobs.

     
  3. 06:51

    Notes: 1698

    Reblogged from tiefighters

    tiefighters:

    AT-AT Made from Used Skateboards

    Created by Derek Keenan

    (via:geek-art)

     
  4. 03:25

    Notes: 7776

    Reblogged from summer-of-supervillainy

    Why what you do doesn’t seem important, but actually is

    blue-author:

    youneedacat:

    soilrockslove:

    mars-maggie:

    When I was in college, I had a wonderful mentor/professor who helped me learn lessons that keep being relevant as I go through life—which, if you ask me, is the tell-tale sign that he was a great professor.

    One of those lessons was that it could be almost impossible to establish self-worth, and to recognize self-acheivement. After we’ve learned how to do something—ANYTHING—really well, it seems almost like second nature for us to do it. Even if we’re producing quality work, we look at it and think ‘well, sure this turned out well but anyone out there could have done it if they put the time in.’ We forget that WE are the ones that put the time in to learn the skill, and that WE are the ones who now have something special for it.

    Here’s an example:

    This professor told me about a time when he was at a conference giving a talk. After he was done with his seminar (which was probably about something awesome like chaotic oscillators) he went on to listen to other professors and industry professionals give their talks. There was one he was sitting on, thinking to himself ‘WOW this guy is cool. Here he is building a genetic search engine (or some other incredible topic) while I’m just dorking around with chaotic oscillators.’ but then, after the talk, my professor went up to him. He wanted to tell him how neat he found the subject and the guys research… And when he got up there, the guy went ‘OH WOW you are that professor with the chaotic oscillators! I saw your seminar and I was so excited by it! You’re really doing something incredible while I’m just dorking around with genetic search engines.’ And thats when my professor realized that JUST BECAUSE THINGS SEEM COMMON TO US DOESN’T MEAN THAT THEY ARE COMMON. Our skills, our lessons, and our experiences are unique to each of us, we just are looking at them through the fogged glass of ‘been there, done that.’ Others won’t be looking at them through that same glass.

    If you ever see artwork and say ‘wow I wish mine was that good,’ or read a story and say ‘gee I wish that I could write like that,’ you have to also remember that there is probably someone out there saying the same exact thing about your work to themselves. It might even be the exact same person who you’re envying.

    Please never forget that your experiences have made your own work into something valuable. YOU have put the time into it. YOU have something unique. YOU have something that it would take somebody else at least as long to duplicate, and it would still never come out the same way that you do it.

    We fixate so often on comparing ourselves to other people, but we judge ourselves the most unfairly. We look at what they have, and we fret about what we don’t have, and we forget that we aren’t defined by what we don’t have.

    Your work is important, and it is only going to get more important from here.

    All of this.

    Also, part of getting better at something is seeing new ways you cn make it better.  That sight is part of the making.  So no matter how helpful or skilled you are being, you will always see little things that are “off”.  So don’t judge yourself too harshly based on them.

    I think they’ve actually studied how people see their skills.  And people who are bad at things tend to overestimate their skills by a lot.  People who are good at things tend to underestimate their skills.  There’s reasons for both.

    It’s called the Dunning-Kruger effect.

    As your competence in an area increases, your ability to recognize errors and see where you can improve also increases.

    It’s the practical version of the Socratic wisdom that the only true knowledge is knowing that you know nothing.

     
  5. 22:19 28th Jul 2014

    Notes: 1

    If I acquit myself with honor, hold to what I believe in, and significantly anger corrupt people by my mere existence, I’ll be satisfied that it was a good day.

    Today.

    Today was a good day.

     
  6. kittensandscience:

    foxalpha:

    falstafff:

    i don’t understand why people don’t instantly respond to “what would your dream superpower be” with the ability to manipulate probability.
    think about it. what’s the chance someone will drop 1mil in front of me? 0%? let’s make that 100%. what’s the probability i’ll wake up tomorrow and be X gender? 100%. what’s the probability my bathtub is filled with mac and cheese? 100%.

    as a casino employee I can confirm this would be terrifying as fuck

    Dude, for casinos you wouldn’t even need to be that powerful with that manipulation.  Like, slots usually give out 95% or so back as winnings.  Just increase that a bit to 105%, start out with a modest amount of money, and rake in the winnings!  Yeah, you’ll lose quite a few pulls, but overall you’ll win more than you lose.

    As a casino owner, otoh, that’s where it could get interesting…

     
  7. 22:04

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    Reblogged from lackyannie

    Tags: Captain Alsoran and the Oscar Nomination

    Oscars huh? I’ll put it on the list

    Oscars huh? I’ll put it on the list

    (Source: eyy4)

     
  8. homovikings:

    just be careful with hogwarts aus because sorting characters into the perfect house isn’t a joke you gotta spend time and effort figuring that shit out i expect a 5 paragraph essay explaining your choice on my desk by morning

    Hogwarts Aus.  Sorting hat will now proceed to assign you to one of four states of Australia.  If you survive that, we’ll see you in the Winter semester

     
  9. 21:59

    Notes: 18

    Reblogged from erinkyan

    erinkyan:

    He’s like ten months old now but still so tiny!!

    What a fabulous cat

     
  10. 21:50

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    Reblogged from fidefortitude

    fidefortitude:

    And since we are on the topic of going down..

    jammin’ to this like yeah

    enjoying my heathen milkless cheerio bowl like hell yeah

    Thank you fidefortitude for this gloriousness.

     
  11. 21:49

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    Reblogged from thedoctordancing

    thedoctordancing:

    although somewhat less majestic after he cut off that magnificent hair.

    (although he doe look like his in his mid twenty’s now)

    The next time I get an immortality spell, I am not binding it to hair length.

     
  12. 21:38

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    Reblogged from feministfunpolice

    Oh great.  Who punctured the moon? I’m looking at you officialnasa

    Oh great.  Who punctured the moon? I’m looking at you officialnasa

    (Source: future-dirt)

     
  13. 21:35

    Notes: 6

    Reblogged from puke-ahontas

    puke-ahontas:

    questionableguidance:

    you know those people who reflect every compliment they receive and it seems like nothing can make them happy? I am currently building a device which forcibly crams nice words into their brains with the power of love(and mostly wine though).

    To counter this I will build a machine to show everyone how awful I am >:| It will have sweet lasers and cool guns and it will fly it will be starscream I’m gonna build starscream.

    If you build Starscream, that would be totally awesome

     
  14. 21:32

    Notes: 1

    Reblogged from thedoctordancing

    godfuckingdamnitdesmond said: Three tumblr users I associate you with... Me, thenerdygoddess and stephendann (think that's the right spelling?)

    thedoctordancing:

    I’d agree with that

    I agree with the spelling, yes  *preens*

     
  15. 21:30

    Notes: 268995

    Reblogged from thedoctordancing

    amoying:

    QUICK, PUT YOUR LIPS ON MINE IT’S AN EMERGENCY

    Cos it’s not point trying to ninja you, I’ve seen how that goes