shadow-nanner:

vegan-vulcan:

thinksquad:

Want to attend college for free? It can happen if you learn German.

All German universities are now free to Americans and all other international students. The last German state to charge tuition at its universities struck down the fees this week.

Even before Germany abolished college tuition for all students, the price was a steal. Typically semester fees were around $630. What’s more, German students receive many perks including discounts for food, clothing and events, as well as inexpensive or even free transportation.

In explaining why Germany made this move, Dorothee Stapelfeldt, a Hamburg senator, called tuition fees “unjust” and added that “they discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up study. It is a core task of politics to ensure that young women and men can study with a high quality standard free of charge in Germany.”

Actually, German universities were free up until 2006 when they started charging tuition. That triggered such a crush of criticism that German states began phasing out this policy. Lower Saxony was the last holdout.

It’s too bad that politicians in the U.S. don’t feel that a college education is worth supporting appropriately. State aid to the nation’s public universities took a nosedive during the 2008 recession and education funding remains well below those levels. The average state is spending 23 percent less per student than before the recession, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Actually, state support has been declining for public universities for a quarter of a century. Using an interactive tool from The Chronicle of Higher Education, you can see how state government subsidies have cratered at individual institutions.

With the average undergrad borrower now leaving school with more than $29,000 in debt, the free ride in Germany can look awfully tempting.

How to handle the language barrier

German is not an easy language to learn. Fortunately, however, there are international language programs in Germany, which have become very popular with international students before they tackle obtaining a degree in a different language.

What’s more, an increasing number of German universities are offering degrees in English. These are often called international studies programs or in some other way have the word international in their title.

http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/2014/10/03/german-colleges—free-degrees—americans/16658027/

This is actually making me cry…it’s one of those times when you realize that your own government just truly, honestly, does not give a shit about your wellbeing in any way.

If Americans don’t reblog this, then y’all need help.

fiercefatfeminist:

concentratedridiculousness:

sherekahnsgirl:

cartoonpolitics:

"A person of good intelligence and sensitivity cannot exist in this society very long without having some anger about the inequality - and it’s not just a bleeding-heart, knee-jerk, liberal kind of a thing - it is just a normal human reaction to a nonsensical set of values where we have cinnamon flavored dental floss and there are people sleeping in the street" ~ George Carlin

This man was a pure genius.

The comic works just as well if you ignore the class labels - the white man rides straight to the top, the white woman can MAYBE make it if she climbs the treacherous rope, and the POC is going to have to learn to fly.

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fiercefatfeminist:

concentratedridiculousness:

sherekahnsgirl:

cartoonpolitics:

"A person of good intelligence and sensitivity cannot exist in this society very long without having some anger about the inequality - and it’s not just a bleeding-heart, knee-jerk, liberal kind of a thing - it is just a normal human reaction to a nonsensical set of values where we have cinnamon flavored dental floss and there are people sleeping in the street" ~ George Carlin

This man was a pure genius.

The comic works just as well if you ignore the class labels - the white man rides straight to the top, the white woman can MAYBE make it if she climbs the treacherous rope, and the POC is going to have to learn to fly.

THIS 

T H I S 

THIS 

THISSSS

quickweaves:

Nevada Senator Proposes To Boyfriend Seconds After Gay Marriage Legalized: WATCH

Nevada State Senator Kelvin Atkinson didn’t waste anytime once a federal appeals court overturned his state’s ban on gay marriage. At a Freedom Nevada rally on Tuesday,  Atkinson surprised his partner of over six years, Sherwood Howard, with a proposal — though it sounds like it may  have been a surprise to the senator as well.
“I was telling my story and it just came out,” said Atkinson, who memorably came out during a debate on same-sex marriage. “I proposed to him on stage in front of everyone.” Atkinson expected Howard to say yes, though he had to clarify amidst the peal of tears and celebration. “He said yes,” he told the crowd. (x)

quickweaves:

Nevada Senator Proposes To Boyfriend Seconds After Gay Marriage Legalized: WATCH

Nevada State Senator Kelvin Atkinson didn’t waste anytime once a federal appeals court overturned his state’s ban on gay marriage. At a Freedom Nevada rally on Tuesday,  Atkinson surprised his partner of over six years, Sherwood Howard, with a proposal — though it sounds like it may  have been a surprise to the senator as well.

I was telling my story and it just came out,” said Atkinson, who memorably came out during a debate on same-sex marriage. “I proposed to him on stage in front of everyone.” Atkinson expected Howard to say yes, though he had to clarify amidst the peal of tears and celebration. “He said yes,” he told the crowd. (x)

spikeghost:

mayaamoran:

marauders4evr:

dont-just-go-pink:

October is the awareness month for every single one of these!

Don’t just go pink!

SIGNAL BOOST!

Signal boost like there’s no tomorrow!

I have faith in you tumblr!

We can raise awareness for the awarenesses!

We can do this!

I have celiac disease and this is the first time ive EVER seen it being supported besides the little groups of people who all have it. This actually means a lot because it isn’t just a joke or diet its legit. THIS IS WHY I FUCKING LOVE TUMBLR

i had selective mutism for 5 years in primary school. I didn’t know there was an awareness thing for it. I mean now i know i had that because of my anxiety though.