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Tomorrow, legal residents of Scotland, ages 16 and older, will be voting in a referendum to decide their country’s independence from the United Kingdom. While ending a centuries-old union is a complex and emotional issue, the wording on the ballot could not be more simple — “Should Scotland be an independent country?” — with only two choices, yes or no. Interest in tomorrow’s vote is extremely high, and more than 97 percent of Scotland’s eligible voters are registered to vote. “No” voters had the edge in polls for most of the past year, but “Yes” voters surged ahead to take a brief lead just weeks ago. At the moment, polls favor a “No” vote, but the slim margin makes the outcome too close to call. As Scotland prepares to decide its future, here is a collection of images of the campaign, the voters, and the country.

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so you guys may have noticed that i haven’t been around much recently; this is why. you all know about my secret identity as a mild-mannered classics student, but i am also an activist and supporter of the yes campaign. just to fill everyone in on that, that means i’m campaigning on behalf of the scottish socialist party for a yes vote in tomorrow’s independence referendum, which - if we win - would see scotland break away from the united kingdom and become an independent country..

tumblr is a pretty american website; i’ll consider myself lucky if anyone who’s eligible to vote even sees this, let alone is influenced by it. but every little helps, right? so this is me wearing my activist hat: if you have the vote, please vote yes. 

a lot of people far more eloquent than i am have written about the situation as it stands; the deep-rooted poverty, the lack of power to effect real change, the indifference of westminster, the absence of solidarity and support from the english left. we are living under tory rule and under the current system, we have no way of changing that. scotland has consistently voted left for a century, and we have consistently been ignored - the scottish election results have only affected the outcome of a general election twice since the 1940s. this is not a broken system; this is a system functioning precisely as it is intended to do, to consolidate power in the hands of the wealthy and powerful. we have a chance, if not to escape that system, to at least create a society where that is even a possibility.

a lot of people on this website like to talk about revolution; not many follow through. this might not look like it, but this could be - is - a revolution.

sorry, this all got very serious, but it kind of is. please vote yes. this is our chance to make a change, and it’s the kind of chance that won’t come round again.  

Christine Paolilla was convicted of shooting four of her friends to death on July 18, 2003 in what became known as the Clear Lake murders. She was 17 at the time of the shootings. Three years went by before her arrest was made through an anonymous tip to the police. In October of 2009 she was sentenced to life in prison for her crime. She will be eligible for parole in 2046.

So, Mills College, a women’s school in Oakland, now welcomes trans women. It’s also no longer a women’s school at all:

  • Any student who self-identifies as a woman is welcome, regardless of what sex she was assigned at birth.
  • Applicants “who do not fit into the gender binary” are welcome so long as they were assigned “female” at birth.
  • Students who enroll but later identify as a man and begin to transition may stay and graduate.
  • Students who were assigned “female” at birth but who already legally identify as a man are not eligible for the undergraduate program.
    [source: http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2014/08/27/3476188/mills-college-transgender/]

That’s some confusing inclusion! Welcoming trans women is good. Welcoming non-women is confusing, seeing as it’s a women’s school. Allowing non-women at all, and especially doing so simultaneously to allowing trans women, implies that trans women and non-binary faab people are both ‘women enough’, that while cis women are women, trans women are ‘women’.

Where are the non-binary male-assigned people? Why are they excluded if female-assigned non-binary people are included?

These aren’t really questions; I know the answers. I am skeptical as hell of any inclusion of trans women that leaves non-binary male-assigned folk out in the cold.  I see you. I know what the fuck you’re up to with this.

Ever since the Man Booker prize was opened up to American writers, there’s been a renewed debate about America’s contributions to the literary scene. Many people have wondered who past Bookers would have gone to had American authors been eligible. At The Guardian, a roundtable including Year in Reading alum Joshua Ferris, Curtis Sittenfeld, Edna O’Brien and Martin Amis pick American books they think would have won if they’d had the chance. You could also read Joanna Scutts on the history of the prize.

Did You Know?

It’s estimated almost 30% of eligible voters in the U.S. are not registered. Tomorrow on Morning Edition, Pam Fessler looks at some creative — and seductive — ways ads are hoping to attract voters.




anonymous said:

Hey this is something thats been bugging me for a while. Do any other transgender people (specifically transgender mtf or ftm, not nonbinary or genderfluid, no offense) every worry that they are subconsciously making it all up in thier head and then get really worried that none of it is real and they'll start being assessed for ops and hormones and be told they aren't eligible?

Fox says:

Can we (as in me) just ask, why not nonbinary people and beings?

Nonbinary identities are still transgender identities and binary-exclusiveness under this context seems a bit “othering”, so to speak, like saying that nonbinary is not “true trans”.

That aside, we get asks similar to this all the time, from trans friends of all identities, so no, you are definitively not alone.

The new 650S Sprint by McLaren GT is set for its global competitive premiere this weekend at the penultimate round of the GT Cup race at Donington Park, UK.

The 650S Sprint is developed and optimised for the track, and eligibility has now been confirmed to race in the NARRA US GT series, the SCCA GT Championship and the UAE GT series. McLaren GT factory driver Rob Bell will be joined by German-based journalist Dale Lomas, for the weekend’s triple-header.

altho really the more exciting work news i received today which requires a knock wood because it’s not a sure thing but they said that if i’m available for full-time hours in january to ask if they have space which is some breathing room at least as far as programs that start in the fall which is most of them or even this one program that starts in january i like a lot but might not be eligible for based on diploma processing time i should figure that out tomorrow although obviously then it’s hardly a sure thing and it’s secondary which i’m still ringing my hands about but anyway the point is 8-12 months doing a job which is full time and You Know Fine Can’t Complain is in fact fine so, anyway, i made a gmail folder marked LIFE because “grad school” felt like too much of a commitment but it’s all fine. it’s nothing anyway i haven’t done before.


Soo here it goes.. :) 

My name is Debbie and I live in this TINY island called Malta (you probably never heard of it but that’s okay).

I’m 17 years old so I’d prefer someone around my age to write to. I’m new to this penpal thing but I’m reaaaally excited about this and I’m looking forward to sending letters and attach adorable shit and random stuff to it (I’ll also work really hard on making my handwriting eligible) :3

I’m a student and an athlete so I’m always on the move, but I find time for everything… I’m not too picky on music-  I just listen to what sounds good to me.

I haaaate butterflies and I am RELIGIOUS about my sleep! I love love love taking photos and my dog (expect me to talk about my dog at least once)

My tumblr url is http://joy-in-simplicity.tumblr.com/ and I really hope to hear back from someone and have a friend from across the world :)

please please please write back to me if interested x

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To commemorate my new number of followers I have decided to give away a house, because apparently people do giveaways for these sorts of things.

It is a small house, it is in full working order and everything has been paid for. It has been fully furnished, though the furniture is fairly inexpensive. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The house is in Okina City, but if that is too far away for you we can negotiate the location if you win.

If you have any further inquiries, feel free to send me a message.


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Any requests to meet me in person will be swiftly declined.

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Ends 20th September.

Tomorrow is going to be a hellish day because People and Opinions.

Tomorrow is the day Scotland decides whether or not it will be independent. Polling stations open at 7am and are open through til 10pm. 97% of eligible voters have actually registered for this, which is terrifying and incredible. Personally, I have made my decision, and I will stand by it, but whatever the result, changes will be coming.

(Also, I don’t want to imagine how many Braveheart related speeches will be made throughout the day. God, I hate that film)

97% of Scots eligible to vote have registered due to this referendum. That’s 4.2 Million people. No matter what you want the outcome to be (or are in fact voting) this is without a doubt one of the most important political events that we’ve seen as the UK for a very, very long time. I will always be raving about politics and it’s nice to hear Scots doing the same amount of raving as me, or to hear people actually discussing political idea.

It’s just exciting, it’s the only word I can come up with when I’m watching the coverage - I just enjoy hearing different arguments or different speculations and placing my own observations against someone else’s. By Friday of this week, we may be seeing a huge seismic change for Britain - history is being made right in front of us. And if that doesn’t get at all interested in politics then I really don’t know what else will.

Because yes, there are plenty of quiet years but when political issues are loud - they crash down with thunder and lightning with them. Roll on the next 48 hours of coverage.

I talked to my coworker who also had gone to the free clinic down the road and she told me she thinks I’m a shoe-in for the eligibility and I can get seen the same day. She also told me they have dental too which is amazing because I’ve got some cavities that need fixing.

She also also said that she thinks i should apply for food stamps too so i can get food i can actually eat. My only hesitation is the last time i got “help” like that my dad blew a gasket. Well fuck him I’m going to do it i honestly don’t care about his thoughts.