The latest summer policy push from the White House is an ambitious effort to shift the college financing system to provide more support to students at schools that do right by them, while making life harder for institutions that live off federal loans but don’t provide much value for students.
Most of what the president proposed during a speech today in Buffalo consisted of longer-term reforms or was directed at institutions themselves, but the White House push also came with a big helping of news you can use.
There are, according to the White House, 37 million people with outstanding federal student loans. A little more than 2.5 million of them are using one of the three income-dependent payment plans the federal government makes available to borrowers: the Pay As You Earn Repayment Plan, the Income Based Repayment Plan (IBR), and the Income-Contingent Repayment Plan.
Amazing Long Term Exposure Photos of Ferris Wheels
The original Ferris Wheel was designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. as a landmark for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The term Ferris wheel later came to be used generically for all such structures, and Ferris wheels are now the most common type of carnival ride at state fairs in the United States.
Since the original 1893 Chicago Ferris Wheel, there have been eight subsequent world’s tallest-ever Ferris wheels. The current record holder is the 165-metre (541 ft) Singapore Flyer, which opened to the public in March 2008.
In the gallery below (most taken at local fairs and carnivals), we see what Ferris wheels look like when captured using a longer exposure (i.e., shutter left open, typically 2 seconds or more). The lights that adorn the Ferris Wheels blend and blur, creating brilliant patterns and beautiful photos.
When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, “See! This our father did for us.”
Thank You, Carl Sagan
"go to church, lol" — popular tumblr meme invented by Proposition D and her Heterodox Church buddies
"refrigerators and bicycles, rock stars, maybe even mushroom" ~ an unintentionally excellent summary of the 20th century from noted astrologer Corl Sagat
What the absolute fuck.