Category Archives: Opinion

Time management

Lists never really work out in college. You learn this very difficult lesson as a freshman, hopefully within your first semester. Every morning you would wake up, look at the demands you had previously written for yourself in order to get through the day, and go about your life. If everything goes well you will complete every goal that you have made for yourself that day. Does this ever actually happen? No.

It seems that as a student new things pop up every day, sometimes every hour, and if you

Taking the 80s comeback too far

It’s 1986 and “Material Girl” by Madonna is blasting from your boombox as you get ready for your Friday night. Can you visualize it? Because chances are you destroyed any pictures taken during the aforementioned decade. For the majority of you who are products of the 90s, think about movies like”The Breakfast Club” or flashbacks in movies like 13 Going on 30. There is a reason why pictures of the 80s were destroyed, no one wants to remember what they looked like. If there are any pictures in existence they are most likely used to embarrass the subject by showing the awful side ponytail, electric leggings, and over-sized crop tank. Some of you may be thinking that this look sounds like the latest trend hitting the streets, but my plea is to not copy the 80s, but mimic them just a little. There is a reason those pictures were destroyed. Looks from that time were unflattering, ridiculous, and drug induced. Unless you are tripping on acid please leave the acid wash jean jacket where you found it.

Now I’m not saying completely forgo the 80s comeback, I’m just asking that you please mimic rather than copy the era 100 percent. Electric colors and acid washes are fine, just not head to toe. Also, please remember your proportions. If you are wearing skintight liquid leggings, forgo the skintight shrunken top you were planning on pairing it with. As far as electric colors go, I say go for it but leave it to a single piece. If you’re wearing those hot pink leggings you just got from American Apparel, please pair it with a loose but well fit shirt in a color that’s, say, less blinding. A great way to wear neon is under a boyfriend blazer with a great pair of skinnies. The idea here is don’t wear the 80s look head to toe and you will avoid looking like you stepped out of a Vanilla Ice video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rog8ou-ZepE

The next 80s trend I would like to address is the punk rock look. Once again, it’s great mixed with basics or other looks. If you show up with a black leather studded jacket, teased hair and combat boots you will frighten the crowd. Pair your leather jacket with a feminine blouse or a patterned t-shirt. This is a great time to throw in your electric colors. On the bottom, go with a simple skinny and a great pair of pumps and and you will go from terrifying to trendy.

Now it’s time to discuss accessories. High heeled combat boots and studded booties are a great look when paired with something classic like your little black dress; if you feel like being adventurous try a knee length fitted hot pink dress with a black belt, metallic cuff and a slicked back pony. The key to this look is to appear classy but with an edge. Other great 80s accessory making their comeback are piled on necklaces and bangles. Both looks are great paired with an outfit, but steer clear of wearing them together. You don’t want to look like you drowned in your mothers jewelry box. Rule of thumb: keep the accessories to either bangles, a necklace, or earrings. Never all combined,

Bottom line, folks: take the 80s comeback with a grain of salt and combine it with other looks. If you’re not sure, then do a combination of 80s clothes and your closet staples. Make sure everything is well fit, think proportion and if all else falls ask yourself if you want to see photos of yourself in 10 years.

If you really want to see what the 80s was like check out this clip.

Health care: rallying against useless windbags

I don’t care if your dad works for a health insurance company, or your mom, or you. Whoever is working for those sons of bitches needs to take a knife and stick it right through their windpipe, or at least quit. The health care industry provides no service. It provides nothing except a rocky middle-ground for money to pass over and slip beneath the cracks as profit for assholes who have found a loophole in American commerce.

Here are some facts that you should know, health care accounts for one-sixth of our economy. The largest demographic without health care is us: 18-28 year olds who have recently been taken off their parents’ plan but have yet to get their own. We spend 50 percent more than any other country per capita on healthcare, but have absolutely nothing to show for it, because almost 40 million of your fellow Americans are uninsured.

The most recent health care bill that may or may not pass through congress aims to address a few awesome things:

  • Make it illegal for healthcare companies to not insure you for pre-existing conditions
  • Make it illegal for healthcare companies to drop you or water down your coverage when you get sick
  • It won’t change your coverage if you are comfortable with it

However:

  • There is no public option, that is to say no government-issued health care
  • You have to buy health care if you’re uninsured, and if you can’t afford it, the government will buy it for you from one of the providers
  • That means a LOT more money for private health care providers, paid for by the people who are forced to purchase it and the government that will pay for those who can’t afford it.

If you’re not an ignorant crack-shooter, you know that the U.S. is the last industrialized nation without nationalized health care and medicine. Why? WHY!!!

It is because health care companies have prominent fucking lobbyists, who control Congress. Excuse me for sounding like a conspiracy-theory hippy douche bag, but I’m right. The latest bill is a delicious, blonde blowjob for those lobbyists. It guarantees almost 40 million more customers for various healthcare providers, when it should be wiping them out altogether, or at the very least providing a free option for those who can’t afford co-payments and deductibles.

Yes, I said it. Put one-sixth of the economy out of work. Because those assholes don’t provide any service in society other than taking my money, keeping 1 out of every 3 dollars for profit, and giving the rest to my doctor. Make them do something useful, like work for GE.

Some quasi-retarded people think that the free market system is the only thing that’s important in our culture, that the ‘invisible hand’ of the market will make everything work out. Those people are naive. For one, we’ve never had a laissez-faire (let alone) market. We’ve always had a controlled market, and government has always competed with free-enterprise companies without wiping them out. That’s what a public option (my view of the bare minimum) poses to do, provide an OPTION to go alongside ridiculously priced options set by the cheating private insurance companies.

Look at the postal services. Our national postal service has been supplemented by FedEx and UPS and none of the three have gone out of business. Look at our education system. Yale, (a private university) along with hundreds of private universities, coincides with NYU, Radford, Penn State, UCLA, and hundreds of other government funded universities without showing signs of tarnished business.

Words like ‘socialism’ and ‘communism’ and ‘Marxist’ get thrown around a hell of a lot. Idiots think that paying a tax so others can get the same care as the rest of us is un-American. What about social security? What about Medicare and Medicaid? Are those not socialist ideals? The truth is that we’re already a socialist nation and we should be fucking fantistically proud of it. We care for our elderly and aid our less fortunate. Now it’s time we pay a bunch more and receive the same care for everyone. Take the money you’re giving to the inflated health industry, give it to the government, and let it filter throughout everyone else’s tax to insure every American’s health. That’s one thing that they should be doing for us right now, helping with our illnesses.

To get more information listen to Obama’s health care speech.