An Idea for Electoral College Reform That Both Parties Might Actually Like
“As long as we continue to have the Electoral College, we should make it work as intended. This means bringing it back into compliance with the majority-rule principle.”
electoralvote  politics 
7 days ago
The oral history of the Hampsterdance: The twisted true story of one of the world's first memes
“What started 20 years ago in Nanaimo, B.C. spawned hit songs, worldwide LOLs and a giant hairball of drama.”
culture  internet  hampsterdance 
8 days ago
365 IETF RFCs: a 50th anniversary dive
"April 7th, 2019 is going to be the 50 year anniversary of the first ever Request for Comments, known as an RFC. These documents started out in 1969 as a way for ARPANET engineers to keep track of notes and discussions on their project. In honor of this anniversary, I figured I would read one RFC each day of 2019, starting with RFC 1 and ending with RFC 365."
history  internet  tech  geek  computing 
17 days ago
Is Grover swearing? No, it's in your ears.
“As a phonetician, these types of misperceptions are sometimes fun because they force you to carefully listen to what people (in this case, Grover's voice) are doing as they produce speech very quickly. Phoneticians focus on the transcription and, more often, careful analysis of speech. Speech is fast, speech is messy, and when the conditions are right, one can misperceive one sound for another.”
language  phonetics  sesamestreet  humor  grover 
20 days ago
Against Peter Jackson’s "They Shall Not Grow Old"
"Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old is…a stunning technical achievement made by a filmmaker and producer at the top of their form. […] But…I can’t help but refuse and reject this picture in the strongest possible terms. It is a brilliant film that is also, unfortunately, a total mistake."
peterjackson  theyshallnotgrowold  movies  history  wwi  worldwari 
29 days ago
On radical kindness (another aspect of hopepunk)
“i will say this again: we are all going to die. the universe is enormous and almost entirely empty. to be kind to each other is the most incredible act of defiance against the dark that i can imagine.”
hopepunk  politics  culture  source:tumblr 
7 weeks ago
The opposite of grimdark is hopepunk:
“The world is the world. It’s really good sometimes and it’s really bad sometimes, and it’s sort of humdrum a lot of the time. People are petty and mean and, y’know, PEOPLE. There are things that need to be fixed, and battles to be fought, and people to be protected, and we’ve gotta do all those things ourselves because we can’t sit around waiting for some knight in shining armor to ride past and deal with it for us. We’re just ordinary people trying to do our best because we give a shit about the world. Why? Because we’re some of the assholes that live there.”
source:tumblr  politics  hopepunk  culture 
7 weeks ago
Neuroscience says listening to this song reduces anxiety by up to 65 percent
“The group that created ‘Weightless’, Marconi Union, did so in collaboration with sound therapists. Its carefully arranged harmonies, rhythms, and bass lines help slow a listener’s heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.”
science  health  neuroscience  music 
7 weeks ago
Physicist Wins Ig Noble Prize For Study On Whether Cats Should Be Classified As Liquids Or Solids
"At the center of the definition of a liquid is an action: A material must be able to modify its form to fit within a container," Fardin said. "If we take cats as our example, the fact is that they can adapt their shape to their container if we give them enough time. Cats are thus liquid if we give them the time to become liquid."
ignobelprize  cats  ignobel  humor  science 
8 weeks ago
Pseudoarchaeology and the Racism Behind Ancient Aliens
“Where, exactly, the idea of ancient aliens building the pyramids began — and why some academics think racism lies at the heart of many extraterrestrial theories.”
archaeology  history  colonialism  racism 
8 weeks ago
Do you have any advice for someone who is 16?
"Watch Star Trek. // I’m sorry anon. I realized belatedly that I basically just told you 'turn to Jesus!' and walked away without explanation. I’m absolutely not kidding, though: Star Trek. Especially in times of difficulty and change: watch Star Trek."
startrek  tos  tng  ds9  voy 
9 weeks ago
This is the Greatest Example of Wanton Cruelty in All of the Star Wars Universe
"There’s a lot here that can be considered cruel—torture, enslavement, sadism, and so on—but the really cruel thing isn’t directly happening in the scene, but it does make the scene possible. It’s the fact that droids can feel pain."
film  starwars  rotj  returnofthejedi  ai  sentience  pain  torture 
9 weeks ago
'Star Trek: Short Treks' Michael Chabon, Aldis Hodge Interview [SPOILERS]
"I started thinking about The Odyssey and the story of Odysseus landing on the Isle of Calypso," Chabon tells The Hollywood Reporter. "He's been out wandering for a long time, and she takes him in and falls in love with him. He's been traumatized and is now just trying to get home, but has this strange magical interlude on the way.”
startrek  discovery  st:dis  shortreks  calypso  spoilers 
10 weeks ago
"In political terms, calling something a 'distraction' means it's a _distraction tactic_, not that the issue itself isn't important."
"The Republican party has a very longstanding history of dropping hints of major policy changes right before big elections in the hopes of getting the 'hot-headed liberals' all fired up about it so we start bickering among ourselves."
politics  vote  voting  trans  transrights 
12 weeks ago
What Makes ‘The Good Place’ So Good?
"NBC gave Michael Schur total freedom. So the TV impresario made a sitcom that's also a profound work of philosophy." This show is so very good. My dad would have loved it.
culture  tv  philosophy  ethics 
12 weeks ago
"Fifty years later and this is still one of the most daring filmmaking decisions I’ve ever seen on TV"
Behind-the-scenes info on the shooting of the scene in The Naked Time where Spock breaks down. One single shot, 1:45, no cuts — done in a single take, at Leonard Nimoy's insistence.
startrek  tos  amoktime  spock  emotion  tv  television 
12 weeks ago
Woman awarded Nobel Prize in physics for first time in 55 years
“Donna Strickland, from Canada, is only the third woman winner of the award, along with Marie Curie, who won in 1903, and Maria Goeppert-Mayer, who was awarded the prize in 1963.”
physics  nobelprize  science  nobel 
october 2018
Well, this is a good way to keep me from visiting New Zealand:
"New Zealand's Customs and Excise Act 2018 went into effect today. That means travelers who refuse to give their phone or laptop password to customs officials will be fined NZ$5000. In addition, their devices will be confiscated and forensically searched." Not that I had plans to visit New Zealand, but this sure puts a damper on any interest.
travel  newzealand  privacy  technology 
october 2018
The Eternal Life of the Instant Noodle
“Last year, across the globe, more than 100 billion servings of instant noodles were eaten. That’s more than 13 servings for every person on the planet.”
japan  food  culture  ramen  prison  unitedstates  noodles  china 
september 2018
Science Says Toxic Masculinity — More Than Alcohol — Leads To Sexual Assault
"Every drink is downed amid cultural expectations and societally mediated attitudes about women and power. Those things — and how young men absorb them — have a stronger causal influence than the alcohol alone. When a man feels entitled to assault someone, he may get drunk before he does it, but the decision to act was ultimately his alone."
psychology  rape  sexualassault  toxicmasculinity 
september 2018
iOS 12 Siri shortcut for traffic stops
Pauses music, dims the screen, turns on Do Not Disturb, and activates video recording on the front-facing camera. When done, sends the video to a trusted contact or uploads the file to Dropbox. Clever.
police  siri  safety  shortcut  ios 
september 2018
Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong
“For decades, the medical community has ignored mountains of evidence to wage a cruel and futile war on fat people, poisoning public perception and ruining millions of lives. It’s time for a new paradigm.”
health  culture  fatphobia  diet  america  obesity 
september 2018
The truth about false rape accusations
“Critics argue that reports of rape should be treated with more caution, since men’s lives are so often ruined by women’s malicious lies. But…every part of this narrative is wrong. What’s more, it’s wrong in ways that help real rapists escape justice, while perversely making it more likely that we will miss the signs of false reports.”
crime  sexualassault  rape  assault  sex 
september 2018
Does the OK Sign Actually Signify “White Power,” or What?
"The answer is neither simple nor straightforward, which is why it’s such an effective trolling tactic."
politics  culture  racism  whitepower  symbols  symbology  ok 
september 2018
"Oh my god. If i see one more of these 'India legalizing gay sex = India decolonizing' posts in my dash I will murder someone."
Interesting look at homosexuality and gender nonconformance in India in the light of the recent ruling decriminalizing homosexuality and some unfortunate and ill-informed reactions from Western liberals.
history  culture  india  lgbt  sexuality  homosexuality  religion  hijra  hijras  gender 
september 2018
Forget the new iPhones, Apple's best product is now privacy
“I now believe the best product Apple offers is intangible, yet far more valuable than a flagship smartphone. The best product Apple has–and the single biggest reason that consumers should choose an Apple device over competing devices–is privacy.”
iphone  technology  apple  tech  privacy 
september 2018
The Matrix as a Transgender Coming Out Story
This theory/reading/interpretation is apparently a few years old, but it’s the first time I’ve come across it. Fascinating, and worth thinking about.
thematrix  sexuality  gender  transgender  matrix  film 
september 2018
It Came From the ’70s: The Story of Your Grandma’s Weird Couch
“The ’70s, however, was a time when everyone, even the Western-loving square, was more open to experimenting in some way. Some people tried drugs or hosted swinging sex parties; others channeled their sense of adventure exclusively into garish upholstery.”
history  culture  furniture  fashion 
september 2018
Why tech’s favorite color is making us all miserable
“The cold blue light of modern touchscreens may be aesthetically pleasing, but it poses health problems. Designers and technologists should take cues from military history and embrace the orange.”
tech  health  film  scifi  technology  science  color  design 
september 2018
Lego Wants to Completely Remake Its Toy Bricks (Without Anyone Noticing)
“It wants to eliminate its dependence on petroleum-based plastics, and build its toys entirely from plant-based or recycled materials by 2030.”
lego  environment  toys  recycling 
september 2018
The man who owns the Moon
"For more than 35 years, Dennis Hope has been selling land on the Moon. Hope registered a claim for the Moon in 1980 and, since the US government & the UN didn’t object, he figures he owns it (along with the other planets and moons in the solar system)."
space  moon  mars  realestate 
september 2018
A twitter thread in which I drag every single US president in order:
Not many get off lightly — nor should they. Not an approach to history you're likely to find in most history classes.
history  politics  usa  unitedstates 
september 2018
The P-I error that changed Seattle history
"Occasionally, newspapers report factual errors. A well-intentioned interview subject gives bad information, a name is spelled wrong, a breaking news story is inadvertently peppered with grammatical errors. But no incorrect newspaper story has had a bigger impact on Seattle history than one published June 7, 1889."
history  seattle  news  fire 
september 2018
98.6 degrees is a normal body temperature, right? Not quite
“Forget everything you know about normal body temperature and fever, starting with 98.6. That’s an antiquated number based on a flawed study from 1868 (yes, 150 years ago). The facts about fever are a lot more complicated.”
app  health  technology  medicine  tech  iphone  fever 
september 2018
The “I Am Steve Rogers” Joke in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Is the Definitive Captain America Moment
That’s who Captain America is, a man who listens to and believes in people when they tell him who they are. That’s a lesson we all should take away from that moment.
film  marvel  masculinity  captainamerica  movies  mcu  steverogers 
august 2018
The Bullshit Web
“An honest web is one in which the overwhelming majority of the code and assets downloaded to a user’s computer are used in a page’s visual presentation, with nearly all the remainder used to define the semantic structure and associated metadata on the page. Bullshit — in the form of CPU-sucking surveillance, unnecessarily-interruptive elements, and behaviours that nobody responsible for a website would themselves find appealing as a visitor — is unwelcome and intolerable.”
website  tech  webdesign  technology 
august 2018
Ignorant Hysteria Over 3D Printed Guns Leads To Courts Ignoring The First Amendment
"…in the last few days the hysteria [over 3D-printed guns] has returned... and much of it is misleading and wrong, and while most people probably want to talk about the 2nd Amendment implications of all of this, it's the 1st Amendment implications that are a bigger deal." Interesting. I'm not at all comfortable with wide availability of 3D-printed guns, but this analysis of the issues is worth reading.
guns  technology  3dprinting  2ndamendment  secondamendment  codywilson  defensedistributed 
august 2018
Is there any anti-abortion talking point that isn’t based on a lie?
"As I’ve investigated both sides of the abortion debate, I’ve become honestly curious to discover if there is any anti-abortion argument that isn’t based on a lie (or lies). I’m going through the most popular current US anti-abortion talking points and giving each a Politifact-esque truth rating. Let’s investigate!"
politics  culture  abortion 
july 2018
Meet Mike Cernovich: Right-Wing Provocateur Who Got James Gunn Fired
“Cernovich didn’t dredge up Gunn’s old tweets out of a genuine care for women, children, or LGBTQP+ people. He didn’t write this as a feminist or left-wing activist hoping for a more productive dialogue surrounding trauma that gives these issues the seriousness they deserve; Cernovich directly accused Gunn of being a pedophile for these tweets, and Disney submissively just bent to that and fired him.”
source:tumblr  cernovich  politics  film  disney  movies  mikecernovich  jamesgunn  culture 
july 2018
What it's like when Nazis infiltrate your conference
Interesting look at how nazis trolled and attacked the narrative of a hacker con. Worth considering and keeping these techniques and brainstorming ideas of how to combat them effectively when planning for conferences/conventions these days.
conrunning  conventions  nazis  politics  culture 
july 2018
The 9/11 Country Music theory
"MY HOT TAKE: with very few exceptions, including goodbye earl, before he cheats, and daddy Iessons (side note - all women!) 9/11 ruined country music." Sounds about right to me. Country's never been my primary genre, but what I do like is universally pre- (usually _very_ pre-) 9/11.
music  country  culture  pop  9/11  propaganda  usa  america 
july 2018
"People like to think that Hitler came straight into power with 'Kill the Jews y/n?' and all the Germans were like 'yeah totes' but it's just not how it goes."
"No, the defining moment of this timeline was that people didn't show up to vote the Nazi Party out in the one last chance they had. The one last chance they had before the power grab was up and the whole thing was too far off the rails."
politics  history  trump  nationalism  hitler  germany  nazis  usa 
july 2018
TL;dr: there’s a really good chance that at least some portion of your family came to the U.S. without a visa, and the “right way” from 1790–1965 has nothing to do with how things are done now.
history  immigration  politics 
july 2018
Civility. Some thoughts.
"It's hypocrisy to us because we believe that the behavior is the problem. It's not hypocritical to them because they believe the person is the problem."
politics  civility  history 
june 2018
What To Do When ― Not If ― Roe Vanishes
"Now, it is almost certainly a matter of when, not if, we lose Roe. It’s time to prepare for life without nationwide legal abortion." That we have to be thinking seriously about this is incredibly sad.
politics  abortion  roevswade  supremecourt  scotus 
june 2018
Really neat answer to this question about early Star Trek fandom:
“I would love to know more about when you first started thinking that there was more than friendship between Kirk and Spock and when fans first started talking about it. Was it Amok Time that first gave you the idea?”
source:tumblr  scifi  sciencefiction  fandom  sf  tos  st:tos  slash  startrek  history  culture  k/s 
june 2018
Why ‘Solo’ Works
SPOILERS: “A constant supply of ‘Star Wars’ requires an occasional double between dingers. Here’s how the low-stakes origin story of Han Solo makes clean contact.”
solo  movies  film  starwars  scifi 
may 2018
George Takei Accuser Scott Brunton Changed His Story of Drugs, Assault
“A fabricated coffee meeting. Key facts withheld or walked back. A ‘great party story’ about a sexual assault—which the accuser now says may not have actually happened. What happens when an activist’s legacy is tarnished by the story of an old friend who later says it could have all been a misunderstanding? And how do we process such an anomaly in an era of overdue social justice?l
st:tos  tos  georgetakei  sexualharassment  metoo  startrek 
may 2018
when i say ‘don’t make jokes about rednecks and hillbillies’, that doesn’t mean i think you’re being racist against white people
“i say that because you are perpetuating extremely toxic rhetoric about our region, you are promoting stigma, you are encouraging blatant classism, and you are furthering the idea that we somehow ‘deserve’ it because our elected officials vote republican. it’s not cute. stop acting like none of us have the right to call you out on your classist bullshit.“
hillbilly  source:tumblr  culture  classism  redneck  racism 
may 2018
Dear NRA, It's Time to Take Away Everyone's Gun
“I’m finished trying to reason with you. So now I, a guy who was ambivalent about guns just a few years ago, want to take your guns away. All of them. I want to take them all and melt them down and shape them into a giant sphere and then push it at you so you have to run away from it like Indiana Jones for the rest of your lives. I want Ted Nugent to roam the halls of his gunless house, sighing wearily until he dies. I want to end this thing once and for all, so that all of you who have prioritized the sale of guns over the lives of children have to sit quietly and think about what you’ve done. God help me, I want to take all of your guns out of your hands, by myself, right now.”
2ndamendment  guncontrol  guns  secondamendment  santafe 
may 2018
The respect of personhood vs the respect of authority
"In April 2015, Autistic Abby wrote on their Tumblr about how people mistakenly conflate two distinct definitions of 'respect' when relating to and communicating with others. This is an amazing & astute observation and applies readily to many aspects of our current political moment."
culture  respect  language 
may 2018
How the 50-mm Camera Lens Became ‘Normal’
“The idea that a 50-mm best approximates human sight has more to do with the early history of lens production than any essential optical correspondence between the lens and the eye.”
culture  lens  50mm  photography  history  science 
may 2018
Connecticut OKs Bill Pledging Electoral Votes To National Popular-Vote Winner
“The bill adopts an interstate compact that's officially called ‘The Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote.’ The agreement won't kick in unless it's backed by enough states and other voting areas to claim a majority of Electoral College votes. In addition to Connecticut, the other jurisdictions in the pact are California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington state, along with Washington, D.C.”
electoralvote  politics  popularvote 
may 2018
The original iMac: 20 years since Apple changed its fate
“Sitting in the Flint Center in 1998, it would have been impossible to imagine the Apple of 2018. But without that day, and the product that Steve Jobs unveiled on that stage, it’s hard to imagine that Apple would have ever had the chance to become what it is today.”
apple  culture  tech  history  computers  computing  technology  imac 
may 2018
One space between each sentence, they said. Science just proved them wrong.
Bah! Science did no such thing! It’s one study with a small sample size, screwball parameters (Courier? Seriously?), and a barely measurable result that only really affected those participants already predisposed to two-spacing. Sentences get one space, and one space only. (My favorite part: “Note: An earlier version of this story published incorrectly because, seriously, putting two spaces in the headline broke the web code.”)
typography  english  language  writing 
may 2018
‘Who Gets to Be Sexy?’
Interesting look at how the porn industry is changing. “Amateurs are flooding the internet; piracy has addled the once-dominant studios; production has atomized and scattered. But along the way, something interesting has started to happen: Women are rising up.”
pornography  sex  sexwork  culture  sexuality  porn  feminism 
may 2018
Swedish Meatballs Are Turkish? ‘My Whole Life Has Been a Lie’
“The country’s national Twitter account made the announcement in a tweet this week. ‘Swedish meatballs are actually based on a recipe King Charles XII brought home from Turkey in the early 18th century,’ the tweet said. ‘Let’s stick to the facts!’”
sweden  food  turkey  culture 
may 2018
John Scalzi: Thoughts on Avengers: Infinity War (and Yes, There are Spoilers)
"As impressively well put together as it is, and as enjoyable and exciting as the film is in the moment, the film suffers and for me is ultimately unsatisfying. Not for anything the film itself does or doesn’t do; it suffers not because of what it does, but because of what I know."
marvel  mcu  avengers  infinitywar  avengersinfinitywar  film  movies  spoilers 
april 2018
Avengers: Infinity War ending: Incredibly bold — and a little cheap
SPOILERS: “…as I talked over the ending with friends, the less it sat well with me. I certainly admired the gutsiness of it, the big swing it took, but I also struggled to feel as emotionally invested in it as I was supposed to. For lack of a better word, none of it felt real.” I might not go quite so far as this analysis does, but I don’t argue with its core idea, and was having similar thoughts.
spoilers  film  marvel  infinitywar  avengers 
april 2018
“When people say ‘spinster’, they are trying to conjure up an image of a little old lady who is lonely and bitter.”
"What I HEAR are the smiles and laughter of a million women as they earned their own money in their own homes and controlled their own fortunes and lived life on their own terms, and damn what society expected of them."
english  etymology  language  history 
april 2018
When Toronto Suspect Said ‘Kill Me,’ an Officer Put Away His Gun
Look, I know that there are going to be situations where the use of deadly force is a necessary step. But it should be a _last_ step, not a first step — something that seems all too mysterious to far too many people, not least many police here in the United States. De-escalation should be the default approach, rather than the "shoot first, ask questions later" approach seemingly favored by far too many people (both law enforcement officers and armchair analysts).
crime  policing  violence  deescalation  toronto  canada 
april 2018
What Does Invoking The 25th Amendment Actually Look Like?
"Let’s take a deeper look at the 25th Amendment and think about what each section of it has meant in the past — and what it might mean for Trump-era politics." I'm rather fascinated (and disappointed) that we're in a situation where this is even being seriously discussed. But it is, admittedly, and interesting discussion.
politics  trump  25thamendment  constitution 
april 2018
Freshly Remember'd: Kirk Drift
“There is no other way to put this: essentially everything about Popular Consciousness Kirk is bullshit. Kirk, as received through mass culture memory and reflected in its productive imaginary (and subsequent franchise output, including the reboot movies), has little or no basis in Shatner’s performance and the television show as aired. Macho, brash Kirk is a mass hallucination.”
st:tos  kirk  sciencefiction  sexism  sf  culture  jamestkirk  tos  scifi  startrek 
april 2018
Discovery Needs to Put Section 31 Down and Back Away Slowly
"Section 31 literally destroys the the idea of a better tomorrow, which is the very backbone of Star Trek. Because, if Section 31 is real then tomorrow is way worse than today. I refuse to believe that."
startrek  discovery  disco  dsc  dis  st:dis  section31 
april 2018
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ USS Enterprise Design Change Clarified As Creative Decision, Not A Legal One
Correction regarding a link I posted earlier in the week that said there were legal reasons for the Enterprise design changes: "CBS TV Studios does, in fact, have the right to use the U.S.S. Enterprise ship design from the past TV series, and are not legally required to make changes. The changes in the ship design were creative ones, made to utilize 2018’s VFX technology."
enterprise  tv  sciencefiction  dis  sf  disco  st:dis  startrek  scifi 
april 2018
Woman Who Shared Philadelphia Starbucks Arrest Video Tells Her Story
“People ignore this kind of stuff. They don’t believe that it happens. People are saying that there must be more to this story. There is not. This would never happen to someone who looks like me. People don’t believe black people when they say this stuff happens. It does. They want to know the extenuating circumstances. There are none.”
racism  starbucks  culture 
april 2018
Star Trek: Discovery's Version of the Enterprise Had to Be Modified for Legal Reasons
(EDIT: This link has been disputed and is likely inaccurate.) Interesting tidbit of information. While Discovery’s been a bit hit-and-miss for me, I’ll admit that in the moment, the end-of-season reveal did just what it was intended to do. I’m not too put off by the design changes to the Enterprise, either; it was a given that it wouldn’t be identical, and I thought they did a reasonably good job of staying true to the classic form while updating it for modern needs (and a much better job than the oddly lumpy NuTrek version).
enterprise  tv  sciencefiction  dis  sf  disco  st:dis  startrek  scifi 
april 2018
GrayKey iPhone unlocker poses serious security concerns - Malwarebytes Labs | Malwarebytes Labs
“The existence of the GrayKey isn’t hugely surprising, nor is it a sign that the sky is falling. However, it does mean that an iPhone’s security cannot be ensured if it falls into a third party’s hands.”
iphone  technology  greykey  apple  security  ios 
april 2018
While TOS is my home fandom, I'm of the belief that as a whole, DS9 is the best of the various Star Trek series.
"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was not a perfect show but its treatment of imperialism, war crimes, and genocide was light-years ahead of some of the stuff coming out today (looking at you, Star Wars)."
startrek  deepspacenine  ds9 
april 2018
A short history ~700 years of "they" as an English gender-neutral singular pronoun:
“Bath ware made sun and mon, / Aiþer wit þer ouen light [Both were made sun and moon / Either with their own light]” —Cursor Mundi (~1325)
english  language  they  pronoun 
april 2018
poor people deserve things they want, too.
"These tiny luxuries you give yourself are not sins as dictated from on high by some divine economist who decided you must earn your freedom through oppressive sorrow. These luxuries are the handholds you need to climb out of that pit, to have stamina, to keep focus, to remember that there is another type of life. It can be had, and by you too."
poverty  saving  money  classism 
april 2018
Charities/organisations to avoid (with links to reasons):
PETA, FCKH8, Autism Speaks, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, The Salvation Army, Wounded Warrior (I knew all of these already, but it's good to have a handy reference)
charity  peta  fckh8  autismspeaks  susangkomen  salvationarmy  woundedwarrior  source:tumblr 
april 2018
'The Simpsons' To 'The Problem With Apu': Drop Dead
"In other words: We have heard how we have hurt people, and we honestly don't care."
media  race  culture  simpsons  apu  racism 
april 2018
Molly Ringwald Revisits “The Breakfast Club” in the Age of #MeToo
“Erasing history is a dangerous road when it comes to art—change is essential, but so, too, is remembering the past, in all of its transgression and barbarism, so that we may properly gauge how far we have come, and also how far we still need to go.”
racism  metoo  thebreakfastclub  nostalgia  film  johnhughes  sexism  mollyringwald  culture 
april 2018
Gun injuries go down by 20% during NRA conventions
“When the NRA holds its annual convention, the national rate of gun injuries goes down temporarily by 20%."
guns  nra  secondamendment  2ndamendment 
march 2018
If You Want To Be An Effective Ally, Be Quiet And Know Your Place
"The lesson of 'Black Panther' for white allies is this: They must learn to be the sidekick, to be at the fringe, to give up power, to have people of color in their ears directing them on how to be useful in fighting for the cause of justice." [SPOILERS]
blackpanther  marvel  film  allyship  culture  spoilers 
february 2018
The Second Amendment was ratified to preserve slavery
"The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says 'State' instead of 'Country' (the Framers knew the difference – see the 10th Amendment), was to preserve the slave patrol militias in the southern states, which was necessary to get Virginia’s vote.  Founders Patrick Henry, George Mason, and James Madison were totally clear on that . . . and we all should be too."
guns  guncontrol  politics  history  slavery  civilwar  2ndamendment  secondamendment 
february 2018
Gun Rights, ‘Positive Good’ and the Evolution of Mutually Assured Massacre
"In the abstract, where no humans actually exist, there’s actually a compelling logic to this. If I know you’re armed, I’ll be on my best behavior. You will too because you know I’m armed. Of course, in practice, almost everything is wrong with this logic."
guns  guncontrol  history  politics  2ndamendment  secondamendment  johnlott 
february 2018
The AR-15 Is Different: What I Learned Treating Parkland Victims
"With an AR-15, the shooter does not have to be particularly accurate. The victim does not have to be unlucky. If a victim takes a direct hit to the liver from an AR-15, the damage is far graver than that of a simple handgun-shot injury. Handgun injuries to the liver are generally survivable unless the bullet hits the main blood supply to the liver. An AR-15 bullet wound to the middle of the liver would cause so much bleeding that the patient would likely never make it to the trauma center to receive our care."
guns  politics  guncontrol  ar15  assaultrifle  assaultweapons 
february 2018
Inside The Federal Bureau Of Way Too Many Guns
"There's no telling how many guns we have in America—and when one gets used in a crime, no way for the cops to connect it to its owner. The only place the police can turn for help is a Kafkaesque agency in West Virginia, where, thanks to the gun lobby, computers are illegal and detective work is absurdly antiquated. On purpose."
guns  politics  guncontrol  policing  law 
february 2018
Why the Second Amendment does not stymie gun control
"Nearly every gun regulation under discussion today—from expanded background checks to bans on military-style weapons—would seem to pass constitutional muster."
guns  guncontrol  law  constitution  2ndamendment  secondamendment 
february 2018
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