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WHO SHOULD YOU VOTE FOR?

Overwhelmed with the 2016 election? A lot of people are. Here’s a handy, unbiased quiz to match you with a candidate that will best represent you.

https://www.isidewith.com/

Concerned about the validity of this quiz? Here are some advocates of it:

Forbes

New York Times

NPR

PBS

Obviously, a majority of this blog is heavy on the liberal side of the spectrum. But political views aside, JUST VOTE, DAMMIT.

VIDEO: Governor scolded by citizen

Governor Rick Scott (FL) got an earful from a dissatisfied citizen at his local Starbucks.

The New York Daily News reported earlier today on the situation. Here’s the video, quotes to follow.

 

“I’ve gotten a tremendous amount of positive comments,” the Scott heckler, Cara Jennings, told the Daily News about the video.

“Apparently a lot of people wish they were in a Starbucks to give Rick Scott a piece of their mind. He might want to have his coffee delivered for a while.”

 

You cut Medicaid, so I couldn’t get Obamacare,” Jennings yells, pointing her finger at Scott and silencing one of his aides who tries intervening.

“You’re an a–hole. You don’t care about working people. You should be ashamed to show your face around here.”

The two-term Republican tries to defend himself by saying he’s created “a million jobs” for his state.

“Great! Who here has a great job? Or is looking forward to finishing school? You really feel like you have a job coming up?” Jennings replies.

As Scott — with no drink in hand — and his staff walk out, Jennings gets in one more big dig.

“You stripped women of access to public health care!” she says, referencing the bill he signed just days ago defunding Planned Parenthood.

Quotes provided by the NY Daily News. Read the full story here.

HOW THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WILL TRY TO KEEP BERNIE FROM WINNING THE PRIMARIES

Bernie Sanders represents the young person’s hope at obtaining affordable education faster than the US government can currently promise it. While Obama has been making efforts towards free community college for “responsible students,” Bernie wants to go so far as to make all higher education, not just two-year schools, free for all.

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That’s right. Germany is more “free” than us.

Here’s a quote from Bernie’s site directly:

“This is not a radical idea. Last year, Germany eliminated tuition because they believed that charging students $1,300 per year was discouraging Germans from going to college. Next year, Chile will do the same. Finland, Norway, Sweden and many other countries around the world also offer free college to all of their citizens. If other countries can take this action, so can the United States of America.” Bernie’s site.

Before too long, America will be one of the few remaining “first-world” countries to reject free higher education.

I should note that I do not see the Democratic Party as “anti-education” (in fact they have a long history of being very pro-education), however I am starting to see the party as anti-Bernie.

How do I know this? One word:  “superdelegates.”

“What are superdelegates?” you might ask. I had the same question. I soon found a [justifiably] biased explanation of superdelegates by The Young Turks:

TLDR:  Superdelegates are making it seem like Hilary is crushing Bernie in the polls when in reality, their numbers are quite close.

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As of today (March 18th, 2016), Clinton has a lead equating to just over 300-points against Sanders and, really, that’s not that much.

“But look at the visual! Clearly Hilary is our next candidate.” Maybe, but that really tall bar above her $600 haircut has a lot more to do with the famously spurious superdelegates than the vote of the people.

So the real question is:  “Why would the Democratic Party try to keep Bernie from being our candidate in the 2016 election?” I have a simple answer for you:

Because he’s different.

That might not the whole reason why, but possibly the most realistic reason. Think about it. Elections are tough, the party needs a candidate that won’t cause any waves or provide too many risks in the midst of the entire nation figuratively placing their chosen representative under a microscope of judgment and skepticism.

And when you’re up against what has been deemed as potentially the next Hitler, you’ll want your candidate to be as “ideal” as ideal can get.

(Warning:  video contains strong language)

So essentially, Hilary may not be the candidate young people and future generations need, but if it’s down to Clinton vs Drumpf, I suppose I can see why Democrats would be so cautious.

COUNTRIES WITH THE MOST EXPENSIVE COLLEGES

So, who takes the cake in 2016? [Insert the proverbial, “the answer may surprise you!”]

BI writer, Lianna Brinded, reported on a study of top universities for the 2014-2015 academic year and the self-reported income data in 2013, “The list…shows that some parents are willing to spend over 90% of their income on a standard bachelor’s degree at public institutions for their kids.”

Essentially what this list comes down to is not necessarily “which country’s education costs more,” but rather, “which country’s education costs more in relation to income.”

Obviously, the US’s colleges cost more than the other countries’ listed, but because our EFC (estimated family contribution) is so high, our higher education does not, comparatively, burden us as much as it does for students living in Hungary, Romania, Estonia, Chile, and Malaysia.

HOW DID WE GET HERE: A HISTORY OF EDUCATIONAL FINANCES IN AMERICA

The student debt average is nearing $30,000 dollars, but where did it all begin? Let’s take a walk through time to see just how we arrived where we are today. From the state of education back in the 40s, to the debt crisis of today, this timeline covers it all.

Did you know that, historically, republicans are continuously anti-education?

http://www.tiki-toki.com/timeline/entry/616940/History-of-Student-Debt-in-America/

LIVE STUDENT DEBT TOTAL

MarketWatch, a stock market tracker published by Dow Jones & Co., released a “ticker” that calculates the current total of student debt in America. The author of this calculator, Jillian Berman, said that the total student loan debt grows by an estimated $2,726.27 per second.

She compared the growth in student loan debt to a ticking time bomb ready to blow up the U.S. economy.

“Now you can watch it tick,” she said.

 

JOHN OLIVER TALKS STUDENT DEBT

If you don’t know already, John Oliver is the angry liberal that we’ve all been waiting for. He “tells it like it is” with the same vulgarity and gusto that certain hyper-conservative radio and Fox News hosts employ when they argue against why America shouldn’t be obliged to supply basic human rights. Recently, Oliver has gained traction following his wildly viral Donald Trump roast piece, but he covers topics that are so much more important than a man that resembles a heap of uncooked chicken.

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The video below features Oliver tapping into the sources and ridiculousness of student debt in America. As always, he hits the nail square on the head both in facts and delivery so I’m sharing it with all of you in hopes that his explanation further demonstrates this issue. Enjoy.

 

 

Feature photo courtesy of Rolling Stone

“5 percent of men, compared to 3.4 percent of women reported that they’d undertaken sex work at university” – VICE

Untitled.pngNiamh McIntyre, a contributing writer for VICE released an article describing the statistics of a report titled, “The Student Sex Work Project” (WARNING:  NSFW, must be 18+ to read the VICE article).

The Student Sex Work Project (TSSWP) is a three-year project led by Terrence Higgins (Swansea University), the University of South Wales, the National Union of Students Cymru and Cardiff, and Vale University Health Board.

The goal of TSSWP was to gather knowledge and understanding of student sex workers  across the UK and Wales. An unintentional outcome of the project was providing information and support to students involved in the project.

McIntyre’s VICE article took it a bit further with detailed interviews of three separate sex workers paying their way through college, two females and one male student.

On the subject of internships, “Abigail” says, “I don’t have a family who could support me, so I’m not privileged enough to work for free.”

Two of the three students mention their family’s inability to support them financially as an underlying reason for going into the profession.

Although their stories seem bleak, none of the students interviewed seem entirely ashamed of what they do. It appears that their decisions to go into the controversial field was one of necessity. One girl goes so far as to describe her decision to go into sex work as, “ruthlessly pragmatic.”

“Claire” says, “Sex work among students is much more common than people think, and is likely to increase as long as fees, rent, and the cost of living is so high.”