5 Ways Post-Grad Life Will Be Better If Hillary Wins
17 days ago
When most people think of college, they probably envisionivy-covered houses and beautiful campuses filled with carefree young people. But the reality of college is far different.
Some of us cant afford to look at those ivy-covered houses right out of high school, let alone attend them. Instead we opt for online universities, community college orstate schools. But no matter what route you take toward that degree, theres a lot of anxiety that comes along with the process.
For example: By the time I finish be paid by these loans, will I be 90 or 100?
Or, when youre a woman: Why am I getting paid less than my male equivalents when I got the same expensive-ass education?
College affordability and equal pay are plainly on the minds of many Millennials. How are we supposed to be the futurewhen were drowning understudent loan pays?( There runs another complaining Millennial !)
I mean, I love my mothers, but I dont think I could take more than one year of living in their cellar, imploring them to replace their ancient wireless router andgetting screamed at for accidentally deleting one of their1, 000 DVRd shows.
Though it might not be apparent, these sorts ofissues are tied together. Without the right people in government representing us, we Millennial folk risk sliding backward economically and socially. What would happen if we no longer had the right to make our own healthcare decisions? Or if we couldnt marry the person we love?
While one of our 2016 presidential candidates may not be tied to protecting these rights( cough, Donald Trump, cough ), at least we know one candidate is keeping us in intellect. Here are five styles post-grad life wouldbe better if Hillary wins.
1. The biggie: She wants to induce college debt-free.
Clinton has a plan to ACTUALLY achieve the goal of college being debt-free, along with a drastic cut in existing student debt.
By 2021, her scheme will include no college tuition for people whose households have an income of under $85,000, with no in-state tuition for households with incomes under $125,000. Community colleges wouldbe free for all.
The plan offersbenefits for aspiring entrepreneurs, who wouldbe able to defer their loans for three years, and social entrepreneurs, who would also be eligible for nearly $18,000 in loan forgiveness.
How much will this all cost? Just as Robin Hood would hope, the money will come from increasing taxes on high-income taxpayers and shutting loopholes.
Wondering how much college would costyou? Check out Clinton’scollege calculator heretofind out how much her scheme will save you on student loan debt.
2. Womens rights will have a huge proponent in the White House.
Hillary Clinton has been the most aggressive champion for women we’ve ever seen in a presidential nominee. Period.
Clinton is famous for declaring in a high-profile speech that womens rights are human rights. Defending women and children has been a priority for her ever since she graduated from statute school more than four decades ago.
Clinton wants to protect a womans right to choose, including safe, legal and affordable access to all methods of contraception.
She also plans on launching a comprehensive effort to end sexual assault on college campuses the kind of traumatic event that sticks with young women for the rest of their lives.
This issue is certainly among the mostsignificantcontrastsbetweenClinton and Trump. When Trump was asked what a woman should do if she wereharassed at work, he said she should just quit her job .Righttttttttt. That stance treats women’s rights as unworthy, and of course overlooks the fact that many women don’t have the luxury of simply finding another college or workplace when faced with adversity.
3. The surrounding wouldn’t be destroyed.
Climate change is a real issue. How anyone can still fight that simple fact is beyond me( and science ).
Butour generation knows that we have to take care of what we have so future generations have, ya know, a planet to inhabit. On this front, Clinton wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions up to 30 percent by 2025, something essential to combating climate change.
A Clinton administration would also prop up the US renewable energy sector by slashing petroleum consumption( throughcleaner ga development and more stringent energy efficiency standards) and installing 500 million solar panels by the end of her first term.
Because here’s the bottom line: Oil is a finite resource, and there will come a hour when we run out of it. Devoting resources to strengthening renewable energy the investigations and developing will not only forestall climate change, but also propel the US to the forefront of the global clean energy revolution.
4. Equal pay will be a national priority.
Let’s be blunt about this: It’s insane that women still earn only 79 pennies for every$ 1men take home. It attains no sense, especially when women are just as( if not more) educated than men.
In other terms, the pay gap needs to be closed immediately.
Hillary’s stance on equal pay is a stark contrast.
While serving as a senator for New York, she introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act to close the pay gap between men and women. Though its not yet been passed, the bill remains a legislative priority for her, as does legislation designed to protect and expand paid family leave.
5. And last but CERTAINLY not least: FREE WiFi.
Ah yes, how happy we will be if( when) PresidentClintonmakes this happen.
In a Clinton-led America, 100 percentage of Americans will have access to affordable internet by 2020, with public places like mass transit equipped with yes free WiFi.
Free WiFi while you’reon the subway? Free WiFi while youre waiting to committee your plane at the airport? Check and check.
Never again will you be forced to pay for some slow, awful WiFi connection.
Now thats a change we can believe in.
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While You Were Offline: Transgress the Internet and Rebuild a Better One
19 days ago
It was a week bookended with violence, on the Internet as much as in the news. The tragic murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in West Yorkshire on Thursday resounded around social media in such a way that British politics rarely does, in big part because events in the USwhich is a clumsily euphemistic route of telling ” the the mass shooting that killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub last weekend” have left us so sensitive to violence and horror. That assault, as much a hate crime against the LGBTQ community as it was a terrorist action, prompted multiple answers both online and offline. Yes, this week on the Internet was, like everywhere else, dominated by the aftermath of that nightmarish attack.
Break the Internet and Rebuild a Better One
What Happened : In the wake of the Pulse shooting, LGBTQ people on Twitter constructed themselves visible in a show of solidarity. Where It Blew Up : Twitter What Really Happened : Within hours of the attack in Orlando, as details were still emerging, it was clear that there was a homophobic component to what had happened. As the discussion surrounding Omar Mateen’s motives stirred, a sideshoot of the conversation turned to the simple, frightening fact that for the LGBTQ community, simply existing can be a political statementoffensive to some with closed minds, but also inspirational to others who lack any role models.
From that beginning went the Twitter trend # GaysBreakTheInternet, the purpose of which was simple: members of the LGBTQ community posting selfies and had confirmed that they exist, and that they matter.
In honor of the ones killed last night in Orlando& all over the world for being them, we’d like to introduce #GaysBreakTheInternet
The Takeaway : Actually, we’re not quite finished yet…
What Happened : A second self-identification tendency launched on Twitter, with a slightly different focus: introducing the person posting, and demonstrating the broad, varied spectrum of those who are queer and proud. Where It Blew Up : Twitter What Really Happened : While #GaysBreakTheInternet was still running, writer and musician Dylan Marron( You might know him as Welcome to Night Vale ‘ s Carlos) posted a tweet that took an alternate view of visibility as statement 😛 TAGEND
I am a soft-spoken brown faggot man who wears his mother’s pearl earrings. And I love my queerness. Let’s start a #queerselflove hashtag
Arguably less about posting photographs of yourself looking fierce and/ or fabulous, #queerselflove quickly ran viral as those taking part simply told tales of who they were, accompanied with images or not, building a world in which they were represented, visible, and recognise, demonstrating that there’s not just one fag narrative, but a world of them 😛 TAGEND
I am a quiet white fag person who likes to skateboard and I want to be a librarian. #queerselflove
The Takeaway : The tweets shared from the two hashtags above are just samplings; there are many, many more to be found. There’s a courage displayed by those invited to participate in either one, because as the Pulse shooting and the aftermath has shown, this is not a society that is totally comfortable with LGBTQ narratives yet, and only being yourself can end up being a dangerous thing to do. If there’s any upside from what’s happened in the last week, it might be watching the kindness and strength of people like those posting above.
Asked and Answered
What Happened : Donald Trump wanted to” ask the lesbians” about something.” The lesbians” made sure their answer was heard. Where It Blew Up : Twitter, media reports What Really Happened : Here’s another reason why it’s important for LGBTQ people to speak up: if you don’t, others will say things on your behalf. Like, for example, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, who this week said the following at a campaign appearance:” For the homosexuals out thereask the lesbians and ask the peopleask the gays what they think and what they do in , not only Saudi Arabia, in many of these countries, with the gay community, be asking, and then you tell mewhos your friend, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton ?”
Yes. Let’s” ask the gays ,” shall we?
” Ask The Gays ,” a new self-help reality indicate, coming to Logo this fall
What Happened : Hands up, anyone who ever thought we would consider the live-tweeting of a filibuster. Well, funny story… Where It Blew Up : Twitter What Really Happened : Following the Pulse shooting, the gun control debate started back up–with a slight change. This time around, it seemed, Senate Democrats were going to try and do something about the political gridlock surrounding the questions, with Connecticut’s Chris Murphy launching into a filibuster Wednesday to inspire a vote on the issue 😛 TAGEND
I’m speaking on the Senate floor to honor the victims of the Orlando attack& demand the Senate address gun violence. #Enough
Every now and again, this really does feel like the darkest timeline.
Trouble, Trouble, Trouble
What Happened : Taylor Swift might have a new boyfriend. But he’s already the Internet’s boyfriend. What is going on here? Where It Blew Up : Twitter, media believe pieces What Really Happened : Let’s talking here something else to end on. Something more positive, more life-affirming. Like, tell, the start of a new relationship as captured via telephoto lens and uncovered via a tabloid tweet 😛 TAGEND
Obama Endorsement Yields Clinton’s Most[ FIRE EMOJI] Tweet Yet
20 days ago
President Barack Obama is officially “# WithHer .”
The president announced his long-awaited endorsement of Hillary Clinton in a YouTube video posted to Clinton’s channel today. He congratulates Clinton on becoming the Democratic party’s presumptive nominee, saying,” I don’t think theres ever been someone so qualified to hold this office .”
Of course, Donald Trump had something to say about this, instantly tweeting:
Obama only endorsed Crooked Hillary. He wants four more years of Obamabut nobody else does!
Game on. Already the tweet is the most popular Clinton has ever sent, and that’s saying something, given she had some of the most popular political Tweets of 2015.
It may sound like a small thing, but build no mistake, this tweet represents what could be a kind of turning point for the Clinton campaign. It not only represents a level of position her campaign rarely leveled at Democratic rival Bernie Sanders online. It’s also an indication that the campaign may be prepared to be more nimble in responding to what are sure to be Trump’s all too frequent Twitter attacks.
One criticism of Clinton during primary season is that she always appeared a little too rehearsed, a little too cautious, when up against Sanders. In reality, what the social media age now craves is an air of off-the-cuff authenticity. Trump is a master of conveying that quality. Now, we’ll see if Clinton can bring this same online agility to the debate stage and beyond this fall.
As for Obama, who was, of course, the catalyst to this catfight, he said he’s eager to get on the campaign trail with Clinton, and also thanked Bernie Sanders on his hard-fought campaign. Obama noted that espousing Sanders’ message” is going to help us win in November .”
That includes not only the substance of that message, it seems, but the style, too.
Lena Dunham talks policies and pantsuits in push for Hillary Clinton
24 days ago
The Girls creator and star repudiates condescending and misogynistic assumption that she is backing the Democratic frontrunner only because she is a woman
Lena Dunham isnt supporting Hillary Clinton for president since they are share the same anatomy. She is, however, a big fan of the Democratic frontrunners pantsuits.
The Girls creator and star to be laid down her support for Clinton at an Iowa City coffee shop on Saturday, while recommending a mob of mostly women to get involved in the sates Iowa caucus on 1 February. Dunham was attending her first event of the day, on a swinging through early voting nations on the candidates behalf.
Nothing gets me angrier than when someone connotes Im voting for Hillary Clinton simply because shes female, Dunham said, to laughter.[ Its] as if I have some feminist version of beer-goggles, lets call it estrogen blindness, and I just kind of walking like a zombie towards the nearest vagina.
This assumption is condescending at best and it is sharply mysogynistic at worst.
Dunham said she was supporting Clinton because of her policies, because of her track record, because of her notions and a little bit because of her pantsuits. But thats my prerogative as a citizen.
Dunham recently interviewed Clinton for the first issue of her email newsletter, Lenny. Seated across from Clinton on a folding chair, she asked the Democratic nominee: Do you consider yourself a feminist?
Yes, Clinton responded. Absolutely.
With a mix of raw integrity and playful self-deprecation, on Saturday Dunham told the crowd how she had not voted until four years after she came of voting age. She encouraged women, especially young women, to make their voices heard in 2016.
Im embarrassed to say this but it took me far too long to start voting, Dunham said. I had been of legal age for more than four years before I cast my first vote in the 2008 general elections.
Its not that I didnt care, but I didnt believe that me caring mattered. It was impossible for me to comprehend that one young woman checking a box after waiting in a long line could matter on a national level.
Dunham said she virtually turned away the opportunity to create a video for President Barack Obamas re-election campaign in 2012. She said deciding to make the innuendo-laced cinema, Your First Time, energized her to engage with politics.
My father has never been prouder of me than when I was called a dirty word on Fox News, Dunham joked about reaction to the video, which she told ran a little bit viral.
On Friday, Dunham traveled around New Hampshire with the World Cup-winning soccer superstar Abby Wambach, pitching Clinton as the best proponent for women. Notably, Dunham has been having fun with her bespoke Hillary Clinton line of gowns and sweaters. In Iowa on Saturday, she wore a white jumper featuring Hillary printed in red.
The audience, equal proportions Dunham fans and Clinton advocates, were very receptive.
Abbie Gould, 24, said she was still choosing between Clinton and her chief contender, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, but was impressed by what Dunham had to say about the former secretary of state.
Listening to Lena, hearing the seriousnes in her voice and listening to how she got involved in the campaign, and that she actually hadnt gotten involved into politics until subsequently in her career, I think thats inspiring for people my age, Gould said.
Allison Poss, who runs a small business, Girls with Ideas, in Iowa City, called Dunham and Clinton the dreaming team. Poss said she was an unabashed Dunham fan she collects clippings of every publication interview she devotes and a longtime Clinton supporter.
Ive always followed[ Clintons] policies, that is what is driving my vote for her, Poss said. However, its like a double-whammy of happiness to me that she just so happens to be a woman as well.
After the Iowa City coffee shop event, Dunham and her team departed without taking any questions, in order to make it to a second event of the day in Des Moines.
Yes, there are still ceilings to breakfor women and men, for all Americans. But don’t let anyone tell you that great things can’t happen in America. Barriers can come down. Justice and equality can win.
Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep religion. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.
3. “The advancement … of women and girls … is the greatunfinished business of the 21 st century.”
As I have said and as I believe, the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their own communities is the great unfinished business of the 21 st century.
4. “Things … do work out.”
There is a sense that things, if you keep positive and optimistic about what can be done, do work out.
5. “How you answer … is in your control.”
I think that if you live long enough, you realize that so much of what happens in life is out of your control, but how you respond to it is in your control. That’s what I try to remember.
Part of the great challenge of living is defining yourself in your moment, of seizing the opportunities that you are given, and of inducing the very best choices you can.
10. “You have to be true to yourself.”
You have to be true to yourself. You have to be enough in touch with who you are and what you want, how you want to live and what’s important to you, to build your decisions based on that. Sometimes that’s very difficult.
I always believed you could learn something from nearly everybody you fulfill, if you’re open to it.
12. “Fear is always with us, but we just don’t have period for it.”
We are, all of us, investigating a world that none of us even understands…searching for more immediate, ecstatic, and penetrating modes of living…
The struggle for an integrated life existing in an atmosphere of communal confidence and respect is one with desperately important political and social consequences…
Fear is always with us, but we just don’t have period for it. Not now.
Let Clinton’s terms be a reminder that no matter what you want to accomplish in life, make it happen for yourself. Never stop dreaming or believing that anything is possible as long as you put your intellect and entire heart into it.
Be inspired and go be that change in the world for all of us!
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‘I’ve been silent’: Harvard’s Clinton backers face life on a pro-Bernie campus
1 month, 1 day ago
As students across the country voice support for Sanders, Hillary Clinton backers “says hes” contend with rage and accusations: Youre evil
Walk around any college campus and Bernie Sanders popularity is immediately apparent. Depending on the climate, youre likely to see Bernie T-shirts or Bernie sweaters or Bernie hats or Bernie scarves.
Youre less likely to encounter Hillary Clinton memorabilia. In a put where students are meant to be rebelling against the status quo, to be wearing berets and hanging Che Guevara posters on their walls, supporting Clinton only isnt cool.
It turns out this is even true at Harvard University barely known for revolutionary politics.
In April, Sam Koppelman, a 20 -year-old government student at Harvard, wrote a letter to the New York Times lamenting that his support for Clinton meant that on campus he might as well be Pat Buchanan.
At Harvard, admitting that #ImWithHer is nearly tantamount to boasting Make America Great Again, Koppelman wrote.
Why do people dislike Hillary Clinton? The tale runs far back
2 months, 5 days ago
A sense of untrustworthiness has haunted the Democrat this election, but the roots of hostility against her are much deeper
There is and perhaps there always will be a dedicated group of people who dont know Hillary Clinton personally, but nonetheless hate her.
Whether they are truly a vast rightwing conspiracy( as Clinton called them in 1998) or just many in number and conservative in outlook, theres no arguing that they exist or that they continue to try to influence public opinion on the Democratic nominee.
But even if people consider themselves savvy enough to repudiate the strangest conspiracy theories( sample asserts include that she is a mass-murderer, a closeted lesbian faking her 40 -year marriage, a member of the Illuminati and/ or an agent of the devil himself ), there seems little doubt that an undercurrent of hatred spanning decades has had an impact upon how she is viewed.
Paul Ryan deserts Trump campaign but won’t formally drop endorsement
3 months, 7 days ago
A day after contentious debate, the speaker of the House tells congressional members you all need to do whats best for you in your district
Top Republican Paul Ryan deserted Donald Trump on Monday after an aggressive debate attack against Hillary Clinton failed to appease mounting disgust over his attitude toward women.
The speaker of the House told congressional colleagues on a conference call that he would no longer defend Trump or campaign with him. He urged them to do whats best for you to save the partys majority and avoid giving Hillary Clinton a blank check in the White House, though stressed he was not yet formally unendorsing the partys official nominee.
Trump immediately fired back at Ryan on Twitter.Paul Ryan should expend more day on balancing the budget, employment creation and illegal immigration and not waste his time on opposing Republican nominee, wrote Trump in a blast at the House speaker with whom he has long had a bumpy relationship.
Ryan dragged his heels on endorsing Trump after the real estate developer clinched the Republican nomination in May and disinvited him from a joint appearance in Wisconsin on Saturday in the aftermath of the leaked remarks Trump made about women.
As Clinton climbed the steps to board her airliner in Westchester, New York, on Monday to depart for a campaign rally in Detroit, a reporter hollered a question about whether she believed Trump would show up for the final debate. Laughing, she responded: Yes.
Its unlikely Sanders advocates would jump ship and vote for Trump, but can a Clinton team aware of trust gap within her party win over wary progressives?
As the sun went down over what may prove to be Bernie Sanders last rally as a Democratic presidential nominee the coming week, the conversation among his supporters turned to a topic abruptly back on the lips of many Republicans too.
Can I bring myself to vote for my partys candidate? is not a question that either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton would like so many Americans to be grappling with right now. The fact that the presumptive nominees each have record low favourability ratings is one of many factors inducing the 2016 race for the White House a uniquely uncomfortable experience for both parties.
But there is a curious symmetry about the anguish that has also given the campaigns hope a be thought that they can make up for the passion gap in their respective parties by poaching voters from the other side.
Trump was quickest out of the block this week after it became clear that the already dwindling hopes of Sanders voters had been dashed by his disappointing indicating against Clinton in Californias Democratic primary.
For all of those Bernie Sanders voters who will be left out in the cold by a rigged system of superdelegates, we welcome you with open arms, Trump said on Tuesday at Trump National Golf Club Westchester in New York.
The terrible trade deals, that Bernie was so vehemently against and hes right on that will be taken care of far better than anyone ever thought possible. And thats what I do. Were going to have fantastic trade bargains, Trump added, in a direct appeal to the blue collar workers who still doubt Clintons belated conversion to protectionism.
But Clinton has also been stepping up her efforts to woo Republican away from Trump, particularly as it has become clear that victory in his party primary has not led to any tempering of that notorious rhetoric.
The textbook definition of a racist comment, explosion Paul Ryan, the House speaker. The South Carolina senator Lindsay Graham called Trumps remarks the most un-American thing from a legislator since Joe McCarthy.
My night out in Cleveland with the worst men on the internet
3 months, 24 days ago
At the Republican convention, Laurie Penny was invited to a rally led by alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopolous and an unholy cast of characters united behind Donald Trump for whom turning raw rage into political currency is merely a game
But it does start with Milo. So I should probably explain how we know each other and how, on a hot, weird night in Cleveland, Ohio, I came to be riding in the backseat of his swank black trollmobile to the gayest neo-fascist rally at the Republican national convention.
Milo Yiannopoulos is a charming devil and one of the most serious people I know. I have assured the death of political discourse reflected in his designer sunglasses. It chills me. We satisfied four years ago when he was just another floppy-haired rightwing pundit and we were guests on a panel show. Afterwards, we got hammered and ran around the BBC talking about boys.
Since that day, there is absolutely nothing I have been able to say to Milo to persuaded him that we are not friends. The more famous he gets off the back of extravagantly abusing women and minorities, the more I tell him I dislike him and everything he stands for, the more he chuckles and asks when were drinking.
Feminism is cancer is one of Milos slogans, and yet it took him only seconds after learning we would both be at the RNC to offer me a lift to his Wake Up! rally. This time God help me I said yes.