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There are two kinds of friendship: the beneficial friendship and the erroneous friendship. The erroneous friendship balances on the principle of “the closer we are, the more okay it is for me to say anything I want to you and for me to treat you any way that I want to, and for me to disrespect you and take advantage of you” while a true friendship is rooted in this principle: “the closer we are, the more respect I have for you, the better I will treat you, the higher I will regard you, the more good things I will wish for you.” You will know someone is a true friend by basis of observing their actions towards you as the friendship grows deeper. A true friend will continue to hold you in higher and higher regard while the error of a friend will see your goodwill and newfound fondness as basis to do and say whatever he/she wants, that is disrespectful and non-beneficial to you.

C. JoyBell C. (via the-healing-nest)

My ex-best friend and I were the epitome of an erroneous friendship.

(via shuga-and-spyce)

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micdotcom:

12-year-old calls out Dicks’ sexism with awesome viral letter

Twelve-year-old self-declared “fabulous basketball player” and WNBA fan McKenna Peterson isn’t happy that Dick’s Sporting Goods failed to include any women in their latest catalog.
"There are NO girls in your catalog! Oh, wait, sorry," she writes in a sarcastic letter sent to the company that her dad posted on Twitter last week. "There IS a girl in the catalog on page 6. SITTING in the STANDS." Also, she admits, there are "cheerleaders on some coupons."
And now they’re actually doing something about it | Follow micdotcom 

micdotcom:

12-year-old calls out Dicks’ sexism with awesome viral letter

Twelve-year-old self-declared “fabulous basketball player” and WNBA fan McKenna Peterson isn’t happy that Dick’s Sporting Goods failed to include any women in their latest catalog.

"There are NO girls in your catalog! Oh, wait, sorry," she writes in a sarcastic letter sent to the company that her dad posted on Twitter last week. "There IS a girl in the catalog on page 6. SITTING in the STANDS." Also, she admits, there are "cheerleaders on some coupons."

And now they’re actually doing something about it | Follow micdotcom 

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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.