20 4 / 2014
I still can’t understand why the woman at the bar had a bunny in her purse…like was he pooping in there? was she using the purse for something other than the rabbit? why would you take a sensitive pet some place so loud and raucous
20 4 / 2014
singelisilverslippers asked: (1/2) I read in a fic or meta somewhere years ago (can't remember the name sorry!!) that there only seemed to be an increase in Muggleborns and Squibs in the 20th century, because before that point, pureblood families with Squib babies would secretly kidnap and adopt a Muggleborn baby and leave the Squib baby in its place (which is where Changelings come from in our world!). And by the 20th century,
(2/2) Muggle civilization was too advanced, with censuses and photographs etc., for that to be a viable option. So pureblood families were forced to keep their Squibs instead of kidnapping Muggleborn infants and pretending the magical babies were theirs all along. This lead to a *seemingly* huge increase in Squibs and Muggleborns in the 20th century, which pureblood elitists who supported Voldemort used to their advantage to sow seeds of fear and panic about the ‘disappearing’ magical society.
Oh wow this is a fascinating theory. Putting this out there for those who might be interested and thank you for telling me this! It’s an interesting perspective for approaching the muggleborn/pureblood population question in the wizarding world.
Okay, but when you take this theory in conjunction with the one about magic being a recessive genetic trait or mutation, the existence of muggleborns makes even more sense. Since we know for a fact that squibs would carry the gene and were unknowingly seeded into the muggle population, it all kinda clicks.
Or with the replications of particular sections thing Klenotiz talks about. Yep.
Now imagine a Neville-like case, where the parents thought their kid was a Squib and got rid of it, and then one day their (stolen) son or daughter brings a Muggle-born friend home from Hogwarts who looks so much like you guys, isn’t it crazy mum, we could practically be siblings—well, except I don’t really look much like either of you, but you get my point… And the parents just nod and force smiles and think that is my child whom I gave up for no reason, and can’t do a damn thing about it because it’s too late, they made their bed already and now all they can do is feel guilty and squirm.
20 4 / 2014
"If you are 35 or younger - and quite often, older - the advice of the old economy does not apply to you. You live in the post-employment economy, where corporations have decided not to pay people. Profits are still high. The money is still there. But not for you. You will work without a raise, benefits, or job security. Survival is now a laudable aspiration."
Quoted from Sarah Kendzior’s “Surviving the Post-Employment Economy"
“In the United States, nine percent of computer science majors are unemployed, and 14.7 percent of those who hold degrees in information systems have no job. Graduates with degrees in STEM - science, technology, engineering and medicine - are facing record joblessness, with unemployment at more than twice pre-recession levels. The job market for law degree holders continues to erode, with only 55 percent of 2011 law graduates in full-time jobs. Even in the military, that behemoth of the national budget, positions are being eliminated or becoming contingent due to the sequester.
It is not skills or majors that are being devalued. It is people.”
Her work is frank, speaking of a reality I hope that will never be mine. At the same time, it gives me a strange comfort to know that I am not alone.
I will always reblog this quote. Hits way too close to home for me.
The most salient part of this, to me, is the underscoring of the fact that there is no “right” college major where you’re guaranteed a job forever. Conservatives love to pretend college graduates working minimum-wage or freelance jobs just didn’t “pick the right major” - those foolish fools studied the arts or literature or something else frivolous, so they deserve crushing debt and no job security! No. There is no magical college major that will let you sidestep the jobless recovery.
20 4 / 2014
"I already saw that on Tumblr."