Observations & Frustrations

Sep 16

http://tranxio.tumblr.com/post/97569248411/characters-that-share-the-same-personality-type-as →

itswalky:

diananock:

mistahgrundy:

docvalentine:

tranxio:

Characters that share the same personality type as you.

If you don’t know your personality type, take this test.

Rules: Find out what characters share the same personality type as you here and list the characters that you find relevant below. Then tag five friends and let them know you…

…so basically this internet test thinks istp is the coolest most badass main character of all time

Oh no, I always get INTJ, and uh

:|

Let’s see who’s an INFP…

Oh, what a cool bunch of—

Hmmm…

What.

I hate TV Tropes.

hello fellow INFP

….hey!

yeah, okay

Oooh, shiny! INTPs…

Bruce Banner The Joker -and- Reed Richards why Linus van Pelt …sigh.
Sep 16

lastrealindians:

Sex, Drugs and Blood Money on the Rez, By Ruth Hopkins

…Some of the outsiders coming onto our reservations are pimps and sex offenders. Sexual violence against Native women is already an epidemic. One Native women in three is sexually assaulted in her lifetime, and although it’s seldom discussed, sex trafficking has been a problem in the Dakotas for years. The oil boom has amplified it. Native women and girls who fall between the cracks are lured by men into sex work, or even sold by male relatives.

Thankfully, Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Jon Tester (D-MT) have called attention to sex trafficking and taken action to combat it, but prevention can’t happen soon enough. As camps brought by Big Oil spring up on treaty lands, we’ll see more sexual violence perpetrated against Native women. The reauthorized Violence against Women Act, which includes provisions for Natives, will assist tribes in fighting domestic abuse and sex crimes, but it doesn’t take full effect until March 7, 2015. Tribes cannot prosecute non-Indian abusers until that date and even then participation is not mandatory.

The Department of Justice’s Office on Violence against Women recently announced the release of three million dollars in grants to aid VAWA with Native provisions. That is seed money, but it won’t be enough, especially if the Keystone XL pipeline is implemented. South Dakota legislators must step up to the plate for Native women and take a strong stance in support of fighting sex trafficking in their state. Sen. Heitkamp (D-ND), Sen. Tester (D-MT), and Sen. Thune (R-SD) should all be questioned as to how they justify backing the Transcanada Keystone XL pipeline when it’s implementation will only make sex trafficking throughout the Northern Plains worse.

Politicians talk out of both sides of their mouths all the time, but that doesn’t mean Natives can’t call them on it and use our voting power to influence their decisions. As the Bakken oil boom peaks and fades, we will continue to see a rise in crime, in substance abuse, in sex trafficking, and in violence against Native women. We must act now to protect Native communities, and work toward educating tribal members on finance management. Above all, we must remember that no amount of money is worth the lives of our sisters.

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/sex-drugs-and-blood-money-on-the-rez-by-ruth-hopkins/

Sep 16

quote

i once saw a scientist
on television.
and she was speaking generally
about science things
(being a scientist and knowing science things
etc.)
and, speaking generally
i am not a science
person,
and while i respect them,
i do not have much interest
in scientists
or science things.
so i went to switch the channel
at the precise moment that the presenter sitting beside the scientist asked:
what,
in your opinion,
is the most ASTOUNDING fact
about the universe
?
and this stopped me.
because it is not often that television presenters ask such interesting questions,
and the scientist was pursing her lips in a thoughtful way that made me think
i wanted to her her answer
to the interesting question.
after a pause,
she did not look directly at the
camera,
but directly at the presenter.

did you know,
she said,
that there are atoms in your body.
the presenter laughed.
of course,
he said.
what else would my body be made of?

well,
said the scientist,
and i did not need to look at the television screen to know
she was smiling.
do you know where those atoms came from?
well,
said the presenter.
and he did not say anything else.
i snickered from my place in the armchair
and the scientist smiled again.

the most ASTOUNDING fact that i have ever known,
she said,
is not a fact, specifically,
but the story of every atom on this planet.
the ones that make up the grass and the sea and the sand and the forests and the human
body.
these atoms came
from stars.

the presenter sat forward and so did i.

stars,
continued the scientist,
are mortal
like humans.
they die,
and, in their later years,
are unstable.
it pains me a little to say it, but a star’s death
is far more dramatic than a human’s.
is it? asked the presenter.
the scientist was looking at him still,
and i felt strongly as though i was listening in on a very private
conversation.

it is, the scientist nodded. the stars
i am referring to,
she said,
collapsed and exploded a very long time ago, and scattered their enriched guts across
the entire universe.
here, she paused, and her words caught in my mind in a way that made me wonder
if she was a scientist
or a poet.
their guts, she said whilst sipping from a glass of water, were splayed across every
inch
of time and space.
these guts were made of the
fundamental ingredients
of life and existence.
carbon and oxygen and nitrogen and hydrogen and all the
rest of it.
all in the bellies of these stars that flung themselves across the universe in protest when it was their time to die.

and then? asked the presenter.
the scientist’s lips quirked upwards. and then, she said.
it all became parts of gas clouds.
ones that condense and collapse and will form our next solar systems -
billions of stars with billions of planets to orbit them.
and these planets have the ingredients of life sewed into the very fabric
of their own lives.

so, she said, smile still playing on her lips -
where do your atoms come from?
from those gas clouds, said the presenter.
no, said the scientist.
from those stars.

every atom, every molecule, every inhale and exhale and beat of your heart, is traceable
to the crucibles that cooked life itself.
and you are sitting here and so am i and so are your viewers at home,
and we’re all in the universe, aren’t we?
yes, said the presenter.
but i’ll tell you what’s even better, the scientist smiled wider.
the universe is in us. your atoms and my atoms and your camera men’s atoms came from those stars. you’re connected and relevant without even having to try. you are made of stardust and the fabric of the universe.
that is the most ASTOUNDING fact
i can tell you.
the presenter smiled and the scientist smiled wider and i smiled too,

and later i switched the channel to something less scientific
and wondered if i should feel small,
tiny and insignificant in relation to the stars that collapsed and exploded and
threw themselves everywhere.
and that is how my mother found me,
sitting on the sofa.
and she asked me what was
wrong,
and i said,
nothing. i’m just a lot smaller than stars are.
my mother is very literal woman. as such, her natural response was:
of course you’re not. don’t you see how small stars are?
that’s only from a distance,
i said.
maybe you’re looking at yourself from a distance too, she said.

and she left the room and it is years later now, but i still
think about the scientist and what she said
and my mother and what she said
and i still see the presenter on television.
and i still think that the stars are very big
but now i think,
they are in me.
so i am big too.

'the most astounding fact' - j.c., inspired by neil degrass tyson’s talk of the same name (via girlonfired)
Sep 15

To All Writers of Everything Ever →

latenightspooky:

I need to ramble about this:

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Also known as the best writing program ever! It’s a full-screen writing program!

So you open it up, and it looks like this:

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You’re thinking, “Ok, so what? It’s a screen with a picture. Whoopdie do.” But it get’s better! It’s…

Sep 15

spacedyke:

turntechkhaleesi:

scoutprouvaire:

schrodingersnerd:

everythingisnightvale:

discontentramblings:

An asexual and pansexual become room-mates and have wacky adventures

The show is called ‘All or Nothing’

Plot twist: the asexual is really super outgoing and is a huge flirt while the pansexual is extremely socially awkward and has trouble ordering coffee let alone getting a date.

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my hand slipped

will reblog until this becomes an actual show

Like this??

AND THEN IT GOT FUNDED

Sep 15
centaurianthropology:

cakeandrevolution:

rettaroo:

fiorinda-chancellor:

setbabiesonfire:

swallowedwholeinnegatives:

What does this mean?

That, my friend, is exactly the question you have to ask.

It means that this is one of the best ways to pile up rocks and not have them fall down for a long time.

#i’m not saying it was architecture #but it was architecture (via life-of-a-fanatic)

omg, it’s almost like 3 separate cultures figured out physics.

This is the funniest thing I’ve heard in a while.  Officially dying from all the scientific, archaeological, and architectural sass displayed in these responses.

centaurianthropology:

cakeandrevolution:

rettaroo:

fiorinda-chancellor:

setbabiesonfire:

swallowedwholeinnegatives:

What does this mean?

That, my friend, is exactly the question you have to ask.

It means that this is one of the best ways to pile up rocks and not have them fall down for a long time.

  (via life-of-a-fanatic)

omg, it’s almost like 3 separate cultures figured out physics.

This is the funniest thing I’ve heard in a while.  Officially dying from all the scientific, archaeological, and architectural sass displayed in these responses.

Sep 15

Black Dentist In All-White Practice Forced To Resign Over Ferguson Posts →

dynastylnoire:

crooksandliars:

Black Dentist In All-White Practice Forced To Resign Over Ferguson Posts

Will those stellar free-speech advocates on the right stand up for Dr. Misee Harris, or will they remain silent?

Dr. Misee Harris, who also was the Black Bachelorette, just found herself in an impossible situation after posting support for Ferguson and Mike Brown’s family on her private Facebook page. Dr. Harris was given a choice to resign or shut up. Here’s the story:

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BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOST

Sep 15
Sep 15

angrychickpea:

i find it funny that “i like big butts” has always been a well-liked song, but as soon as Nicki Minaj samples it and shows off her amazing ass in a video, suddenly OH MY GOD WHAT A SLUT PUT THAT AWAY

like, it’s okay for a guy to talk about how much he loves butts
but it’s not okay for women to love their own butts

funny how that works

Sep 15

quote Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virle. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched.

Monica Sjoo, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth  (via thewaking)

Literally the most important thing you will read today.

(via aesrettibeht)

THIS IS WRONG

THIS IS WRONG

THIS IS WRONG

I’m sorry for getting mad about this but I AM SO SICK OF SEEING THIS.

Monica Sjöö is not a historian or researcher; she is an artist and neopagan with a very shaky grasp on 

Copy-pasting from a previous debunk I did on this:

Monica Sjöö is NOT a historian - she is an artist, and she obviously knows NOTHING about Latin. Virgin does not come from vīr. Vīr means man and is the root of virile. Virgin, far as I can tell, comes from virgō, which means “virgin” and is distinct from vīr. My Latin dictionary [Cassell’s Latin-English English-Latin], under vīr, ʼlists “grown man, husband, man of character or courag, soldier, a single man.” Vīrago means “a man-like woman, female warrior, heroine,” but the etymology, again, is from vīr, not from virgō. Virgō probably has more in common etymologically with virga, which means “a green twig, a young branch, the rods of which the lictors’ fasces were formed.”

"Ancient moon priestesses" - where? When? Of what deity? In what language where they called "virgin," because if they were ancient they definitely weren’t using modern English to describe themselves. This claim goes out the window. Garbage.

Marduk was not born of a virgin - neither was Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysis (SEMELE WAS A LOVER OF ZEUS!!! A LOVER!!!!), Genghis Khan - none of them were. Jesus? Yes, in Christian tradition. But Mary is not a mother goddess! She was the earthly vessel of a deity, not a mother goddess! There’s a discussion to be had about aspects of her later cults, but this is not a discussion found in this excerpt.

Yes, there is some dissent over the translation of almah in Isaiah,and again, that’s another discussion to be had, about the difference in translation traditions by language and religion, but that’s not what Sjöö is going for. Sjöö is disseminating the binarist and inaccurate fallacy of matriarchal prehistory. Matriarchal prehistory is a myth. Cynthia Eller (who actually does have a degree in these things):

The enemies of feminism have long posed issues of patriarchy and sexism in pseudoscientific and historical terms. It is not in feminist interests to join them at this game, especially when it is so (relatively) easy to undermine the ground rules. We know enough about biological sex differences to know that they are neither so striking nor so uniform that we either need to or ought to make our policy decisions in reference to them. And we know that cultures worldwide have demonstrated tremendous variability in constructing and regulating gender, indicating that we have significant freedom in making our own choices about what gender will mean for us. Certainly recent history, both technological and social, proves that innovation is possible: we are not forever condemned to find our future in our past. Discovering—or more to the point, inventing—prehistoric ages in which women and men lived in harmony and equality is a burden that feminists need not, and should not bear. Clinging to shopworn notions of gender and promoting a demonstrably fictional past can only hurt us over the long run as we work to create a future that helps all women, children, and men flourish.

If Sjöö wanted to have an actual discussion about comparative religion, she’d cite her sources. She’d back them up with research. She wouldn’t spit out a demonstrably impossible claim with regards to “ancient moon priestesses” and follow it up with demonstrably false claims about various figures. 

There were women of power in premodern times! In prehistoric times, even, from what we can tell! There are many, many inroads about gender roles and goddesses that a person could reasonably get in to! But Sjöö is spinning straw and loudly proclaiming that it’s gold, and Tumblr is accepting it as gold, and bythegods, as a POPULAR HISTORY BLOG, as an AUTHORITY, is presenting it as gold with no caveat or context, and THAT IS REALLY ANNOYING.

(via konguloarkonan)