George Blagden's als video is so fucking ridiculous.

It’s starts out pretty normal. George is looking cute as ever, enjoying a beautiful day in Paris. He talks about how he donated, and asks us to donate ourselves before nominating his sister instead of another celeb, which I think is lovely.

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Next, we see him reaching out of frame. Surely it must be for his ice bucket! This is the ice bucket challenge after all.

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But no.

It’s a huge-ass motorcycle helmet.

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Recently I ran into a male acquaintance of mine at a social event. He’s one of those with a proclivity for preaching paternalistic behavioral prescriptions for the ladies. His Facebook status updates read as morality truisms—i.e., “if you want a man to be faithful, see that you are attending to his needs”—so I can’t say I was surprised when he presumed, immediately upon seeing me, to give me life advice.

“You’re playing with fire,” he warned me, as he looked me up and down, smirk cocked and loaded.

My degrees, my prestige, my hard work, he reminds me—I shouldn’t “throw it all away on this foolishness.” He’s heard I’m back in the business. He rests his hand on my bare thigh, ensuring that I understand what parts of me are wrong. He squeezes.

He presumes himself smarter, wiser than me. My credentials disappear beneath the shadow of my licentiousness. Working in a strip club erases advanced degrees, makes my doctorate no longer count, places him, his suit, and his MBA above me on all social, moral, and intellectual levels.

“You’re playing with fire,” he tells me, as he looks me up and down, serving up his judgment like a street preacher scaring lost souls. Naughty, naughty girl, his eyes say, as he asks, in a worried tone,“how is your son?”

By expressing “concern” for me, he terrorizes me. His “concern,” indeed, functions as a reminder that I should Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid—because who I am, as I am, does not count in this world. His world.

He assumes that respect flows like water if I place myself in a “legitimate” professional setting. Has this man, like me, ever walked into a classroom of exclusively male students to find that they have drawn a 10 foot ejaculating dick across the board? Has this man, like me, ever made $600 a month for teaching two sections of college English? Has this man, like me, ever had to reckon with the sobering knowledge that landing a 5/5 teaching gig in Bumfuck-Kansas now represents the ultimate dream for many of those in my field? Does this man know the lay of the land he encourages me to transverse?

My sexuality is a problem for him, and he sees that it will a problem for me—and it will be, in his bourgeois utopia where women wear pearls, and men smoke cigars, and a lady always—always—takes a gentleman’s advice.

This man will go home, I wager, turn down the lights, tune-in to PornoHub, and cry a single tear for girls like me, depraved whores, as he shudders one out before bedtime on the back of our labor, deliciously unaware.

Mapping Perspective

Via Al Jazeera:

Why do maps always show the north as up? For those who don’t just take it for granted, the common answer is that Europeans made the maps and they wanted to be on top. But there’s really no good reason for the north to claim top-notch cartographic real estate over any other bearing, as an examination of old maps from different places and periods can confirm…

…There is nothing inevitable or intrinsically correct — not in geographic, cartographic or even philosophical terms — about the north being represented as up, because up on a map is a human construction, not a natural one. Some of the very earliest Egyptian maps show the south as up, presumably equating the Nile’s northward flow with the force of gravity. And there was a long stretch in the medieval era when most European maps were drawn with the east on the top. If there was any doubt about this move’s religious significance, they eliminated it with their maps’ pious illustrations, whether of Adam and Eve or Christ enthroned. In the same period, Arab map makers often drew maps with the south facing up, possibly because this was how the Chinese did it.

Things changed with the age of exploration. Like the Renaissance, this era didn’t start in Northern Europe. It began in the Mediterranean, somewhere between Europe and the Arab world. In the 14th and 15th centuries, increasingly precise navigational maps of the Mediterranean Sea and its many ports called Portolan charts appeared. They were designed for use by mariners navigating the sea’s trade routes with the help of a recently adopted technology, the compass. These maps had no real up or down — pictures and words faced in all sorts of directions, generally pointing inward from the edge of the map — but they all included a compass rose with north clearly distinguished from the other directions.

Image: A perfectly good map. Select to embiggen.

There’s drama on my dash about mental disorders not excusing certain behaviors and all I can think about is that on the “your mental disorders aren’t an excuse!! take responsibility!!!” side, there’s people who defended the cop who shot Michael Brown.

anonymous said:

We don't need an allistic person standing up for autistic people thanks

people who are autistic in my family

  • one of my uncles
  • three of my cousins
  • my little brother
  • my mother
  • me

don’t come in here presuming things, it’s just gonna be embarrassing for you. i am literally autistic. i have aspergers syndrome. so like. chill.

I don’t presume to have a say in this, but I’m a little bummed that the crux of “All About That Bass” is still about male approval, y’know

Over 100 social justice leaders, congressional members, faith leaders, artists, and activists signed an open letter to President Obama that lays out seven action areas in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, MO.

In cities across America, local law enforcement units too often treat low-income neighborhoods populated by African Americans and Latinos as if they are military combat zones instead of communities where people strive to live, learn, work, play and pray in peace and harmony. Youth of color, black boys and men especially, who should be growing up in supportive, affirming environments are instead presumed to be criminals and relentlessly subjected to aggressive police tactics that result in unnecessary fear, arrests, injuries, and deaths.  In addition, the militarization of police departments across the country is creating conditions that will further erode the trust that should exist between residents and the police who serve them.

Is Mona really dead?

I have seen a number of theories that believe that Mona is still alive, most presuming she has faked her death. I love these theories but I’m not to sure whether I 100% believe Mona is alive due to her blue, lifeless body in the trunk of ‘-A’s car. However, I do have further addition as to why these theories could be true/make sense.

A few weeks ago, Marlene tweeted this. Majority of the people replying back assumed it was about Alison but after this episode…maybe it’s not!

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The whole ‘newborn queen’ thing has my thinking it could be Mona. The whole replacement of baby Jesus and the Mona doll seemed pretty weird, like why would -A do that? But we then further on into the scene we see that the baby Jesus is being placed over Mona’s dead body in the trunk of the car.

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Now, Jesus is know for resurrecting (coming back from the dead). And who is Jesus with? Mona! Maybe this is hinting that she will come back from the dead. It fits perfectly with the ‘newborn queen' line in the Christmas carol.

Newborn: Newborn as in back from the dead with a new(born) personality because we have seen the softer side and true side to Mona.

Queen: Mona has been linked with this word a numerous amount of times. For example, in season 3 episode 3 she was holding ‘The Queen of Hearts’ card whilst singing ‘In The Eye Ebides The Heart’. Maybe this could be the ‘Queen’ part in the line.

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This theory is really far stretched but this show is PLL, anything can happen and nobody ever really dies so I wouldn’t be surprised if Mona did someone come back to life.

It’s near impossible for this theory to happen, because well…Mona is unfortunately dead, her body was blue and her eyes had a sort of yellow tone to them which is common with the dead. However, it is nice knowing that there could be a slight possibility she could be alive.

(This is my first theory, please tell me your opinions/feedback)

deer-whisperer said:

Wait what happened with the creatures and aleks? why shouldnt people ask questions did something happen?

So. Basically, Kootra decided to stream some CS:GO on Twitch, like The Creatures usually do! Nothing was necessarily different about the stream. It was just Jordan, the chat, and the game (and also Dan in his office). It turned out that a “fan” or someone called the police and as a prank, told the officers that Jordan was an active shooter with many victims and/or hostages. The police took the report very seriously and sent a fully armed SWAT team to the office. Basically, what streamers/youtubers call SWATing.

The team barged into the office searching room to room for people or weapons. Jordan suspected something and took his headset off presumably to make sure he wasn’t just hearing things. Immediately after he was faced with about 5 men pointing assault rifles at his face and screaming for him to put his hands up. They knocked him on the ground, stepped on his back to keep him down, and cuffed him. Fortunately, he was very calm in the situation and made things 100% better for himself.

After that, they patted him down for weapons, sat him in his chair, and asked him some questions. One of which caused the SWAT team to find out they were live and immediately cut the recording. The office was evacuated in case of actual danger and 2 nearby schools were put on lockdown for a little under an hour. Meanwhile, Dan was being questioned since he was a witness and Jordan was put into custody for a good while.

Dan was let go shortly after and was live tweeting the event with James, who rushed over right when he heard about it. The office was filled with officers and most of The Creatures were there answering questions. Aleks was thought not to be there, but obviously he was:

Right now, there is someone by the name of @ScrewPain on twitter, who claims that he was the cause of this and seems to be proud of the crime? I believe that’s being investigated. As for Jordan’s innocence, there’s a video said to be a big part in proving he’s innocent. While they believe him not to be a serial killer, the officers can’t be entirely sure until they find the person who prank called them in the first place. You can google the video yourself because the fans have been asked not to spread it around.

So, yeah! Jordan is home and is totally fine now. The same is for the other guys. Again, the prank caller is being dealt with and reports say will receive very serious charges once found. As for asking questions, it’s just common courtesy. It’s been a very stressful and emotional day for all of them and is better left unsaid right now.

Hartbig are hosting the Streamys!1!

“The Streamys will be filled with memorable moments, show-stopping performances, and plenty of surprises,” Helbig and Hart jointly stated (in unison, presumably) in a press release. “We’re overjoyed about hosting this year’s show together and spotlighting our talented peers who are ushering digital entertainment into the mainstream.”

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I (clearly) in no way have forgotten about Mike Brown or Ferguson. I have not forgotten about Eric Garner. Or Trayvon Martin. Or Carlos Mercado. Or Andy Henriquez. Or Jordan Davis. 

And there are many many others who haven’t either.

So please dont think that because people are talking about Beyonce or Hov or Nicki or Blue Ivy or fall fashions or their favorite shows coming back next month that they have.

People need breaks. People get tired. They get weary. They need distractions sometimes. 

Just because someone isnt talking about something 24/7 doesn’t mean they dont care. Do not presume to think you know what’s in the hearts and minds of folks because you saw them reblog 6 posts about kittens in a row.

Kittens are fucking awesome. 

paperback-skimmer said:

I'm guessing they changed it because there was a tank cannon pointing at Tino.

I agree with you. But I also think the government being portrayed “negatively” and depicted as actively declaring war on Tino was what alarmed Disney the most. It’s still weird is that they allowed the scene to air uncensored at least once in US. They usually apply censorship long way before, and back then they were particularly careful when it came to E/I shows like The Weekenders and similar ones on the same line-up. One time the staff was forced to change a scene because they had a character in the cinema’s poster holding up a turtle in front of his face (Curse of the Snapping Turtles - presumably he wished to protect himself from the cursed turtles and stopped them with his hands), but they interpreted it as controversial…for a strange reason.
True story:

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anonymous said:

What are you talking about right now? Im super confused, i only just found out about the swat and im in tears. please explain everything?

I was listening in on screwpain’s ustream, and he had called an authority figure and pretended to be related to Dan, saying he has his mother hostage and shot his father. He used Dan’s last name, and continuously claimed that he didn’t know his own phone number when the woman kept asking. When she inquired as to why he didn’t call 911, he said it’s because it wouldn’t work on his Skype which he was using on his iPod.

When the woman said she was attempting to locate him via his iPod, he presumably disconnected the phone call. However authorities have been notified of what he was doing, and they told tumblr user kenezbian that they were aware of the situation and were working to resolve it.

anonymous said:

Why did they call it a finale?? If it has more episodes (like the Halloween episode) then why did they call it the fatal finale? Are they going on a hiatus? And if so, why?

The seasons are broken up into three parts, basically. First, there’s 5a which is the first half of Season 5 (12 episodes). The next episode will not be the Halloween episode (there is a special but it is not an actual episode, it’s a documentary/interview with the cast and crew!), but there will be a Christmas special presumably airing during the holidays. Season 5b, so the last 12 episodes of the season, generally begin again in January :) This is simply how ABC Family, and many other networks now, airs their shows. 

So Tuesday’s episode was the SUMMER finale, so just the last episode of 5a. 5b should start in January at some point with the season finale likely airing in March. :)

Elizabeth Olsen eyed for the female lead in Guy Ritchie's KING ARTHUR

Charlie Hunnam is director Guy Ritchie’s choice to play King Arthur in the Warner Bros.-Village Roadshow medieval tentpole. Elizabeth Olsen is the frontrunner for the female lead (presumably Guinevere). Idris Elba is attached to play a Merlin-esque figure who trains and mentors Arthur. Joby Harold wrote the script and is producing with Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnell. Plot details are under wraps with the film set to open on July 22, 2016. (x)

This fucking episode. Seriously, 

I feel so sorry for Sousuke ;-; Especially seeing how pained he looked in the preview!

Haru’s dream was fucking intense. The most horror you’re gonna get from this show I presume.

I’m glad Rin now had to realize that Haru doesn’t want to go down the same path he does. I think next time he will confront Sousuke just to find out that he can’t come with him either because of his shoulder and Rin realizes he’d be all alone…

Fucking. Makoto. Tachibana. First of all: Poor worried boyfriend. Secondly: Why do we just now talk about him getting scouted, too? Though that’s probably not that important now, seeing how he didn’t make it to the finals. Last but not least: The bloody towel scene. Haru— Why are you not there when your boyfriend’s dripping wet, naked and shouting for you to get your sorry behind in there and bring him a towel?

I said it last week and I say it again: Fucking. Intense. Previews. 

Just your casual Free! episode I guess, then.

September/October Cannibalism AFF

I stand in firm affirmation of the resolution that a just society ought to presume consent for organ procurement from the deceased.

For this round I value justice as implied in the resolution, and the criterion for weighing justice will be reducing world hunger. Privilege this criterion for two reasons:

1. Food insecurity is linked to limiting physical growth in multiple areas of poor children

Cook 08 (Get it? Cook? Ok sorry)

Cook, John T., and Deborah A. Frank. “Food security, poverty, and human development in the United States.” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1136.1 (2008): 193-209.

Taken together, the reviewed studies offer solid evidence that food insecurity (or analogous earlier measures) is associated with a range of adverse health, growth, and development outcomes in children aged 0–18 years, although the relationships are complex, with some variability from study to study. Age, ethnicity, and gender, as well as multiple other factors, including program participation, contribute to this variability.

Food insecurity, even at the least severe household levels, has emerged as a highly prevalent risk to the growth, health, cognitive, and behavioral potential of America’s poor and near-poor children. The threshold levels of severityfor adverse effects of food insecurity on health and development in young childrenoccur before the appearance of readily identifiable clinical markers such as underweight.

However, even at the lowest levels of severity,C-SNAP data suggest that,at least for babies,HFI is an established risk factor for impaired health and development. This indication leads to the troubling conclusion that for infants and toddlers food insecurity is an “invisible epidemic” of a widely prevalent and serious condition that is known to exist and to pose serious risks to child health and development and whose [the] remedy is well understood and cost-effective but is being withheld from those at greatest risk.

2. Limited development traps children in cyclical poverty and violence by limiting education

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Eric Jensen( Bachelor’s degree in English at San Diego State University with Distinction. He is currently completing his PhD. in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University.) 2009 “Teaching with Poverty in Mind” http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/109074/chapters/Understanding-the-nature-of-Poverty.aspx

Chronic socioeconomic deprivation can create environments that undermine the development of self and the capacity for self-determination and self-efficacy. Compared with their more affluent peers, low-SES children form more stress-ridden attachments with parents, teachers, and adult caregivers and have difficulty establishing rewarding friendships with children their own age. They are more likely than well-off children to believe that their parents are uninterested in their activities, to receive less positive reinforcement from teachers and less homework help from babysitters, and to experience more turbulent or unhealthy friendships (Evans & English, 2002). Common issues in low-income families include depression, chemical dependence, and hectic work schedules—all factors that interfere with the healthy attachments that foster children’s self-esteem, sense of mastery of their environment, and optimistic attitudes. Instead, poor children often feel isolated and unloved, feelings that kick off a downward spiral of unhappy life events, including poor academic performance, behavioral problems, dropping out of school, and drug abuse. These events tend to rule out college as an option and perpetuate the cycle of poverty.

3. This structural violence is a moral travesty

Gilligan, Director of the Center for the Study of Violence, 1996 (James, Violence: Our Deadly Epidemic and its Causes.. P. 191-196)

The lethal effects of structural violence operate continuously, rather than sporadically, whereas murders, suicides, executions, wars, and other forms of behavioral violence occur one at a time. *Structural violence operates more or less independently of individual acts; independent of individuals and groups (politicians, political parties, voters) whose decisions may nevertheless have lethal consequences for others. *Structural violence is normally invisible, because it may appear to have had other (natural or violent) causes. The finding that structural violence causes far more deaths than behavioral violence does is not limited to this country. Kohler and Alcock attempted to arrive at the number of excess deaths caused by socioeconomic inequities on a worldwide basis. Sweden was their model of the nation that had come closes to eliminating structural violence. It had the least inequity in income and living standards, and the lowest discrepancies in death rates and life expectancy; and the highest overall life expectancy in the world. When they compared the life expectancies of those living in the other socioeconomic systems against Sweden, they found that 18 million deaths a year could be attributed to the “structural violence” to which the citizens of all the other nations were being subjected. During the past decade, the discrepancies between the rich and poor nations have increased dramatically and alarmingly. The 14 to 18 million deaths a year caused by structural violence compare with about 100,000 deaths per year from armed conflict. Comparing this frequency of deaths from structural violence to the frequency of those caused by major military and political violence, such as World War II (an estimated 49 million military and civilian deaths, including those by genocide—or about eight million per year, 1939-1945), the Indonesian massacre of 1965-66 (perhaps 575,000) deaths), the Vietnam war (possibly two million, 1954-1973), and even a hypothetical nuclear exchange between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. (232 million), it was clear that even war cannot begin to compare with structural violence, which continues year after year. In other words, every fifteen years, on the average, as many people die because of relative poverty as would be killed by the Nazi genocide of the Jews over a six-year period. This is, in effect, the equivalent of an ongoing, unending, in fact accelerating, thermonuclear [war], or genocide, perpetrated on the weak and poor every year of every decade, throughout the world. Structural violence is also the main cause of behavioral violence on a socially and epidemiologically significant scale (from homicide and suicide to war and genocide). The question as to which of the two forms of violence—structural or behavioral—is more important, dangerous, or lethal is moot, for they are inextricably related to each other, as cause to effect.

My first and only contention is that allowing societies to presume consent for organ procurement from the deceased will greatly lower the number of people suffering from malnutrition. A) Malnutrition is a serious concern

842 million people in the world do not have enough to eat, and in developing countries, 14.3 percent of the population is undernourished according to the World Food Programme.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that nearly 870 million people of the 7.1 billion people in the world, or one in eight, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012.

 B) Organs provide many necessary nutrients

Mercola, 13: Mercola, Joseph (Graduate of University of Chicago, Board Certified American College Osteopathic General Practitioners July 1985, State of Illinois Licensed Physician and Surgeon). The Health Benefits of Consuming Organ Meats. Mercola.com. December 30, 2013

The consumption of organ meats has fallen out of favor in the West, which may be a mixed blessing. Liver, kidney, heart and otheranimal organs from organically raised, grass-fed animals are some of the most nutrient-rich foods you can eat.

Unfortunately, that’s not how most food animals are raised these days. In today’s world of high calorie/high carbohydrate but low nutrient foods, most people would benefit greatly from adding these superfoods back into their diet.

Mercola continues:

They knew that eating these organs would support the natural functioning of their bodies. And they were right—the nutritional benefits of organ meats are now being confirmed by modern science.

Organ meat is a nutritional powerhouse, loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other compounds vital to your health. Liver in particular is packed with nutrients, which is why predatory animals eat it first and why it has been so highly prized throughout history.

Unfortunately, organ meats have been unfairly demonized in the West thanks to some persistent dietary myths, including beliefs that animal fat and cholesterol are bad for your health. Nothing could be farther from the truth!

Dr. Price, who studied this extensively, found that native cultures who maintained traditional diets—whole foods from plants and animals—had excellent teeth and were free of the chronic diseases plaguing society today. They experienced very little cancer, heart disease, diabetes, mental illness, or even birth defects.3 But why? What accounts for such drastic health differences?

C) Presuming consent for organ donations can mitigate these problems

 According to the world Health Organization, in 2012, an estimated 56 million people died worldwide. There are no shortages of organs, just a shortage of our willingness to take steps to solve a serious problem in our society. We have the materials at our disposal to end world malnutrition and give millions of children hope for a better tomorrow, but we aren’t using them. It’s time to put aside petty traditions and move forward to make our world a better place.

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