People are mostly people

Apr 20

zagreus-taking-time-apart:

seriously if you watched more than five minutes of any episode with jo grant and your impression of her is ‘a caricature based around a sexist stereotype’ rather than a fleshed out character then I have no time for you

Apr 20
thetruthisvital:

Hubble has spotted an ancient galaxy that shouldn’t exist

This galaxy is so large, so fully-formed, astronomers say it shouldn’t exist at all. It’s called a “grand-design” spiral galaxy, and unlike most galaxies of its kind, this one is old. Like, really, really old. According to a new study conducted by researchers using NASA’s Hubble Telescope, it dates back roughly 10.7-billion years — and that makes it the most ancient spiral galaxy we’ve ever discovered.
"The vast majority of old galaxies look like train wrecks," said UCLA astrophysicist Alice Shapley in a press release. "Our first thought was, why is this one so different, and so beautiful?"

Read more: here

thetruthisvital:

Hubble has spotted an ancient galaxy that shouldn’t exist


This galaxy is so large, so fully-formed, astronomers say it shouldn’t exist at all. It’s called a “grand-design” spiral galaxy, and unlike most galaxies of its kind, this one is old. Like, really, really old. According to a new study conducted by researchers using NASA’s Hubble Telescope, it dates back roughly 10.7-billion years — and that makes it the most ancient spiral galaxy we’ve ever discovered.

"The vast majority of old galaxies look like train wrecks," said UCLA astrophysicist Alice Shapley in a press release. "Our first thought was, why is this one so different, and so beautiful?"

Read more: here

Apr 18

teroknortailor:

maketreknotwar:

thetrekkiehasthephonebox:

2egg-1jimble:

aggressively hums the star trek: tng theme

aggressively hums the star trek: voyager theme

aggressively hums the star trek: deep space nine theme

IT’S BEEN A LONG ROAD

Apr 18
Apr 18
america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 
The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.
An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.
For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.
It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.
That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.
This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…
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america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 

The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.

An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.

For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.

It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.

That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.

This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…

(Read Full Text)

Apr 18

slugzone:

we can recognize that police brutality is bad in like dystopian novels like the hunger games for example people recognize that the peacekeepers are an oppressive force but when its happening in real life to real people its always “not all cops are bad” because they only target people our society doesnt view as fully human like people of color, trans people, disabled people, poor people, and sex workers

Apr 18

"Well, I like the American version of British food," I think as I flip open the British cookbook. "OH GOD JELLIED FISH CREAM WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE”

Apr 18

Anonymous asked: Shut the fuck up about vaccinations. Not everyone has to have them, not everyone believes in them. Uneducated fuck.

patrickroppisdead:

musicaeinvictus:

aspiringdoctors:

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You know, my homie and secret best friend Neil deGrasse Tyson said it best….

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This isn’t an issue of belief or should even be up for discussion. It’s not a debate- like gravity or that the Earth revolves around the Sun isn’t up for debate. It’s a fact, whether or not you like it. Sorry bro.

And any ‘educated fuck’ knows that vaccines are necessary and everyone who can have them should have them.

Have a lovely day, sugar. 

Well this is kinda ignorant as fuck because some people are allergic to penicilin, which is found in most medicine, let alone vaccines. There have also been cases of vaccinations causing lifelong issues such paralysis so people are completely justified if they don’t want to get their children vaccinated. I haven’t gotten vaccinated in 10 years and I’m totally fine nor have I spread anything.

Darling, I know you and I know you are smarter than this. Know that I’m about to get very angry and I want you to understand *why* I’m getting angry. I don’t have cute gifs of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Audrey Hepburn to make this more palatable, and I’m not going to be nice, because that is clearly not working either. I’m going to be brutally honest: you’re entitled to your opinion, but your opinion is stupid and dangerous.

Firstly, penicillin is not a vaccine in any way shape or form. And as one of our major antibiotics, it isn’t just put in *everything* and there are currently no commercial vaccines that contain penicillin. Also, people can have allergic reactions to anything, but the rate from vaccines is less than 1 in 1,000,000 doses from the current statistics. They are also typically given in a hospital setting, which is the very best place to be when you have a sudden and severe allergic reaction. When an epipen can mean the difference between life and death, I think that you can risk it. People that have severe allergic reaction to vaccines often are unable to receive further vaccinations. And while you say that vaccines can cause paralysis (which might be a rare side effect that I was unable to find literature on), I can assure you that Polio does a *much* better job.

To be blunt, it doesn’t matter that you didn’t infect anyone else because that’s the entire point. It’s not about you and it never was. If you seriously think that vaccinations are just for your fucking benefit and your perfect little offspring then I have some sorry news for you asshole: you’re not who I’m worried about. I honestly don’t give a flying fuck about some selfish jerk that think the cost benefit ratio isn’t peachy-keen enough for them. That a one in one million chance of complications was too high for their pretty little shit to take the risk. I’m worried about children that have legitimate complications and can’t get the shots. I’m worried about infants who aren’t old enough to get a particular vaccine getting exposed to something that will probably kill them. Do you know what keeps them from fucking dying of perfectly preventable causes? Everyone else getting their vaccines. Here’s the preventable cause: you getting a ‘cold’ and passing whooping cough to an infant.
(Warning: this is a highly distressing video, but if you sincerely think vaccinations are ‘optional’, you need to watch it.)

Did that seem a bit harsh? Did I offend your right to be uninformed? Is this making you feel uncomfortable? I really wouldn’t want you to be uncomfortable with supporting a completely baseless, highly dangerous idea that would end up literally killing infants. That would be cruel of me.

Please understand that there is literally no reason that you should be skipping vaccinations as a regularly healthy human being. We live in an era where the majority of devastating childhood illnesses have been banished from our homes, but it seems that people have forgotten about their dangers as soon as they have left the room. You want to know why I’m upset?

Google Polio. Google Measles. Google Whooping Cough. 

These are still around and they *will* come back if given a chance. 


Links that are nicer than me:
Vaccine Side Effects
Repercussions for Failure to Vaccinate
Guide for Vaccine Preventable Diseases
Actual Fucking Reasons to Delay Vaccinations

Apr 18

Resegregation in the American South →

A haunting read.

Apr 18
jonpertwee:

prayingiamlost:

audreydejarnette:

wayward-child:

braiker:

Are you fucking kidding me? Did we all just wake up in 1938?

Okay if you’re not concerned about this you need to read up on some historyThis cannot happen again

Become aware!

Signal boost.

I really hope it isn’t true, but I found a New York Times article on it, too: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/18/world/europe/efforts-to-register-jews-in-ukraine-are-denounced-and-denied.html?hpw&rref=world&_r=0 :

jonpertwee:

prayingiamlost:

audreydejarnette:

wayward-child:

braiker:

Are you fucking kidding me? Did we all just wake up in 1938?

Okay if you’re not concerned about this you need to read up on some history
This cannot happen again

Become aware!

Signal boost.

I really hope it isn’t true, but I found a New York Times article on it, too: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/18/world/europe/efforts-to-register-jews-in-ukraine-are-denounced-and-denied.html?hpw&rref=world&_r=0 :