30 April 2012

The Financial Aid Racket

As a student, of life yes but also in the more traditional sense, I have some student loan debt. Not much, around $15,000.

I recently decided to forego financial aid. I will pay for this myself. I realize and am thankful that I have the choice. My situation is rare.

What slaps me in the face, since I now have to make student loan payments, is the inconsistency of how the program works. For instance... I could continue to receive financial aid, which would automatically put my payments in deferment status, but if I am not using financial aid I have to enroll in "enough hours" which is arbitrarily 1/2 time.

I am on Quarters so half time for me is 8 credt hours (I believe 1/2 time in sememesters is 6 credit hours). I am enrolled in 4 credit hours. So I have to start paying my loans.

Hey, I borrowed the money so I owe the money. I don't have a problem repaying my obligation. What I do have a problem with is trying to keep up with normal tuition, books,fees, etc. and not being able to put this in deferment.

It seems to me that since I am paying more than $2000 every 10 weeks I should qualify for deferment. I mean really, that's some serious coin! But no, apparently that's not enough!

26 April 2012

Kashi & The Truth About GMOs

The only thing I can think to say is "Well DUH"

Kashi is owned by Kellogg, what did you expect?

Since "organic" has been legislated, you can be certain there are loopholes. #thatsthewayitworks

Unless you grew it yourself, or know who did, you can count on GMOs, carcinogens and endocrine disruption.

Kashi & The Truth About GMOs

17 February 2011

Grading Corporations on Climate Action

While climate action on individual levels is important, our daily carbon emissions are dwarfed by those of global businesses. A website called ClimateCounts provides data and channels for consumers to let corporations know that we are judging, and spending our dollars, based on companies' climate performance.

13 October 2010

Found today at the Village Voice

Savage Love

By Dan Savage

Gay Kids Are Dying, Fuck Your Feelings

October 14, 2010

I was listening to the radio yesterday morning, and I heard an interview with you about your It Gets Better campaign. I was saddened and frustrated with your comments regarding people of faith and their perpetuation of bullying. As someone who loves the Lord and does not support gay marriage, I can honestly say I was heartbroken to hear about the young man who took his own life.
If your message is that we should not judge people based on their sexual preference, how do you justify judging entire groups of people for any other reason (including their faith)? There is no part of me that took any pleasure in what happened to that young man, and I know for a fact that is true of many other people who disagree with your viewpoint.
To that end, to imply that I would somehow encourage my children to mock, hurt, or intimidate another person for any reason is completely unfounded and offensive. Being a follower of Christ is, above all things, a recognition that we are all imperfect, fallible, and in desperate need of a savior. We cannot believe that we are better or more worthy than other people.
Please consider your viewpoint, and please be more careful with your words in the future.

I'm sorry your feelings were hurt by my comments.

No, wait. I'm not. Gay kids are dying. So let's try to keep things in perspective: Fuck your feelings.

A question: Do you "support" atheist marriage? Interfaith marriage? Divorce and remarriage? All are legal, all go against Christian and/or traditional ideas about marriage, and yet there's no "Christian" movement to deny marriage rights to atheists or people marrying outside their respective faiths or people divorcing and remarrying.

Why the hell not?

Sorry, L.R., but so long as you support the denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples, it's clear that you do believe that some people—straight people—are "better or more worthy" than others.

And—sorry—but you are partly responsible for the bullying and physical violence being visited on vulnerable LGBT children. The kids of people who see gay people as sinful or damaged or disordered and unworthy of full civil equality—even if those people strive to express their bigotry in the politest possible way (at least when they happen to be addressing a gay person)—learn to see gay people as sinful, damaged, disordered, and unworthy. And while there may not be any gay adults or couples where you live, or at your church, or in your workplace, I promise you that there are gay and lesbian children in your schools. And while you can only attack gays and lesbians at the ballot box, nice and impersonally, your children have the option of attacking actual gays and lesbians, in person, in real time.

Real gay and lesbian children. Not political abstractions, not "sinners." Gay and lesbian children.

Try to keep up: The dehumanizing bigotries that fall from the lips of "faithful Christians," and the lies about us that vomit out from the pulpits of churches that "faithful Christians" drag their kids to on Sundays, give your children license to verbally abuse, humiliate, and condemn the gay children they encounter at school. And many of your children—having listened to Mom and Dad talk about how gay marriage is a threat to family and how gay sex makes their magic sky friend Jesus cry—feel justified in physically abusing the LGBT children they encounter in their schools. You don't have to explicitly "encourage [your] children to mock, hurt, or intimidate" queer kids. Your encouragement—along with your hatred and fear—is implicit. It's here, it's clear, and we're seeing the fruits of it: dead children.

Oh, and those same dehumanizing bigotries that fill your straight children with hate? They fill your gay children with suicidal despair. And you have the nerve to ask me to be more careful with my words?

Did that hurt to hear? Good. But it couldn't have hurt nearly as much as what was said and done to Asher Brown and Justin Aaberg and Billy Lucas and Cody Barker and Seth Walsh—day-in, day-out for years—at schools filled with bigoted little monsters created not in the image of a loving God, but in the image of the hateful and false "followers of Christ" they call Mom and Dad.