The World Through My Lens

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barackobama:

Lynne submitted this GIF with this note:

I graduated from college in 2009. I was so happy to find a job after months of searching, not least because I could finally stop forking over $400 a month for COBRA coverage payments while unemployed and paying student loans!
Last year, I had a bad summer. A pinched nerve combined with a cancer scare to force me to use weeks of sick time. Still, I couldn’t help but feel really lucky, both due to my diagnosis (not cancer!!) and to my situation.
If I wasn’t living at home, where my parents could help me when I was unable to sit or stand up; if I wasn’t employed at a great company that offered generous paid leave; if I didn’t have comprehensive healthcare that paid for most of my medical tests and prescriptions and physical therapy, advantages that so many Americans don’t have — I would have gone bankrupt, no question. It’s never been so clear to me that in the U.S., the ability to take care of one’s self and of family members has been predicated on wealth and on luck.
I quit my job to pursue grad school in England recently. I’m due to return to the U.S. soon, and thanks to healthcare reform, I’ll be covered under my parents’ insurance until my 26th birthday.
The relief is overwhelming. I won’t have to struggle with paying for my medications, live in terror of something catastrophic happening while I’m trying to find a job, or worry about being denied coverage due to one of my preexisting conditions.
Thank you. That’s both from me and from my parents, who inevitably would have wound up paying the emergency room bills!

The highest of fives.

barackobama:

Lynne submitted this GIF with this note:

I graduated from college in 2009. I was so happy to find a job after months of searching, not least because I could finally stop forking over $400 a month for COBRA coverage payments while unemployed and paying student loans!

Last year, I had a bad summer. A pinched nerve combined with a cancer scare to force me to use weeks of sick time. Still, I couldn’t help but feel really lucky, both due to my diagnosis (not cancer!!) and to my situation.

If I wasn’t living at home, where my parents could help me when I was unable to sit or stand up; if I wasn’t employed at a great company that offered generous paid leave; if I didn’t have comprehensive healthcare that paid for most of my medical tests and prescriptions and physical therapy, advantages that so many Americans don’t have — I would have gone bankrupt, no question. It’s never been so clear to me that in the U.S., the ability to take care of one’s self and of family members has been predicated on wealth and on luck.

I quit my job to pursue grad school in England recently. I’m due to return to the U.S. soon, and thanks to healthcare reform, I’ll be covered under my parents’ insurance until my 26th birthday.

The relief is overwhelming. I won’t have to struggle with paying for my medications, live in terror of something catastrophic happening while I’m trying to find a job, or worry about being denied coverage due to one of my preexisting conditions.

Thank you. That’s both from me and from my parents, who inevitably would have wound up paying the emergency room bills!

The highest of fives.

NostraDavis: Happy 5th Birthday, iPhone!

nostradavis:

Happy 5th birthday, iPhone. On June 29, 2007, the phone that changed the world went on sale. Though it had been introduced six months earlier at Mac World, anticipation for Apple’s newest device was higher than it had ever been for any previous device. Never before had consumers waited in line for…

Morning Run/Walk/Jog/Sprint/Everything in Between with @accdreaming!!! ^_^ (Taken with Instagram at Silver Comet Trail)

Morning Run/Walk/Jog/Sprint/Everything in Between with @accdreaming!!! ^_^ (Taken with Instagram at Silver Comet Trail)

dear-white-people:

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE
A satire about being a Black face in a white place.
Click here to help bring this film to theaters: http://bit.ly/DWPYoTu 

Remember when Black movies didn’t neccesarily star a dude in a fat suit and a wig? Or have major plot twists timed to Gospel numbers for no apparent reason? No? Damn…

Well believe it or not there was a time when “Black Art-House” was a thing. When movies like Do The Right Thing, Hollywood Shuffle, and Boyz In Da Hood were breaking box office records as well as making us laugh, cry, and think in ways movies hadn’t before. 

The humble producers of DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, a satire about being a black face in a white place, long to bring those days back. But we can’t do it without you! 

We pieced together what resources we had to make this trailer in order to entice investors for our planned million dollar feature. Armed with this trailer and your support we plan to make this film a reality. Click here to help bring this film to theaters: http://bit.ly/DWPYoTu

barackobama:

Mitt Romney: We can afford to lay off teachers, firefighters, and police officers. Everybody else: Yeah, no. 

barackobama:

Mitt Romney: We can afford to lay off teachers, firefighters, and police officers. Everybody else: Yeah, no