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Mathematica code:

F[L_, a_, r_, s_, t_] := 
Table[ {-(r + s*Cos[t])^n*Sin[n*a], (r + s*Cos[t])^n*Cos[n*a]}, {n, 0, L}]; P := {{213, 3.2899, 0.997}, {215, 2.7633, 0.996}, {200, 3.3300, 0.996}, {214, 3.2748, 0.997}}; Manipulate[
Graphics[ Polygon[ F[P[[j, 1]], P[[j, 2]], P[[j, 3]], .002, t]],
 PlotRange -> 1, ImageSize -> 700], {j, 1, 4, 1}, {t, 0, 2 Pi}]

Saturn: Crash Course Astronomy #18 By CrashCourse

Saturn is the crown jewel of the solar system, beautiful and fascinating. It is a gas giant, and has a broad set of rings made of ice particles. Moons create gaps in the rings via their gravity. Saturn has dozens of moons, including Titan, which is as big as Mercury and has a thick atmosphere and lakes of methane; and Enceladus which has an undersurface ocean and eruptions of water geysers. While we are still uncertain, it is entirely possible that either or both moons may support life.

Forged Drug Lab Results Could Lead To Release Of Thousands Inmates (VIDEO)

Forged Drug Lab Results Could Lead To Release Of Thousands Inmates (VIDEO)

Tens of thousands of Massachusetts inmates may have the chance to get their drug convictions overturned, thanks to a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling, earlier this month. The cases all involved defendants who plead guilty on the advise of council, after state crime lab tests reportedly showed the presence of drugs. In 2013, former Massachusetts crime chemist Annie Dookhan plead guilty…

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anonymous asked:

I took at your post about God, and it seems to be whither we are talking about the Biblical God or not? Genisis specifically notions that Adam was made "in God's image," which seems to me to implicate "God" has a manner of genitals similar to Adam? Hence, Adam and God "male." That said language is less of a determiner here. Its more about what is in the text. The Bible is hella misogynistic tho like LETS BE HONEST WITH OURSELVES. (P.S. your rude anons are crazy and should go home and take a nap)

Well, no. Not really. Genesis repeatedly mentions that humanity was made in God’s image, but not with the implication of appearance but of attribute. The original Hebrew uses the word tselem which doesn’t necessarily denote a physical image but rather a likeness, meant to imply that humanity was created with a likeness of the nature of God, the capability of wisdom, love, and justice and all that niceness. 

The language is extremely the determining factor here, because without a proper grasp of the language, there’s no way to interpret the text appropriately. God is neither male nor female or any other human gender because God doesn’t fall into a human spectrum of gender in the first place.

We’ve already covered why “The Bible is hella misogynistic tho” is incorrect multiple times over, and I honestly don’t feel like going to get the links. Maybe Dani will edit them in later in all her perfection.



I was recently published in a UC-wide literary magazine known as Matchbox. This is easily the most exciting thing to ever happen to me :) I posted this poem here on tumblr months ago and can’t believe it’s now in a lit mag spanning from San Diego to Davis, Alhamdulillah!

This cartoon has been widely shared on social media recently in reaction to the catastrophes in the Mediterranean, where thousands of migrants from North Africa and the Middle East have died trying to reach Europe by boat. (The image is actually from 2014- and was originally drawn by cartoonist Simon Kneebone about immigrants attempting to reach Australia from Indonesia.)

It immediately made me think about a recent article by Owen Gaffney of the Stockholm Resilience Centre called ‘Walking the Anthropocene’, and which I wrote about on this blog a few weeks ago. The piece’s reference to migration from Syria, as well as the extended metaphor it develops of us (as all humanity) in a boat sailing into the uncharted waters of a new geological epoch in earth’s history (known as the Anthropocene), has clear links to the subject the cartoon is referring to, as well as its visual elements.

It consequently made me think about what might be some of the reasons pushing these desperate people to make such dangerous, and often tragically unsuccessful, journeys- and whether some of these drivers might be related to the negative socio-environmental impacts and conditions that are being observed/predicted in the theories of the Anthropocene concept. 

I then noted the blog post from the WRI, ‘Regreening Africa Could Help Stem the Tide of Migration’, which captures many of these issues in the context of the current situation in the Mediterranean- and makes the association with core, and interlinked, environmental issues such as soil fertility degradation, droughts, and crop failure in the regions from where the migration stems.   

‘European Union leaders have been wrestling in recent weeks with the surge of the “boat people” tens of thousands of refugees from Africa and the Middle East crossing the Mediterranean in overloaded boats in the hopes of finding a better life. Many of these migrants died during the journey. 

Refugees like the boat people are fleeing poverty and the loss of their livelihoods in the wake of political instability, conflicts and more deeply rooted issues like land degradation and food insecurity. While media reports have focused on the political crises, rural communities in the drylands of the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and Syria face crop failures linked to declining soil fertility and droughts.

It goes onto state that in order to deal with the migration problem European leaders will need to understand, and address, some of these fundamental environmental drivers if they are to effectively deal with the issue- and furthermore refers to a WRI report on potential solutions around developing and scaling up environmentally aware practices of land and water management by local farmers in the affected regions.

‘As European leaders respond to the refugee crisis, it would be good to consider more than a military crackdown on migrant smugglers, increased surveillance of illegal migrants or allocation of additional resources for resettlement. The situation provides an opportunity to think deeply about what can be done to alleviate underlying, systemic problems of degraded land and food insecurity in the countries of origin. A new WRI report shows that a new “green revolution” in Africa could be a solution.’

As the impacts of climate change, as well as other environmental transitions of the Anthropocene era, develop to have greater impacts around the world, then the issues of mass migration (and furthermore the human tragedies that we are seeing just now) driven, at least in part, by such environmental changes are only likely to increase- and at a potentially significantly greater scale. 

Owen Gaffney pointedly concludes his article, ‘While we — Homo sapiens, the sometimes-wise ape — have traveled far, we did not travel together, nor take the same route. But we’re all in the same boat now.’

That boat is our planet, and we are all passengers on it. The migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean are just those closest to its edge at this point- and are desperately trying to move to a seemingly safer part of the ship (which ‘wise ape’ wouldn’t?). But, as we continue to undermine the integrity of the boat and its ability to function as a system, the pressure on the whole structure, and everyone on board (alive now, and in the future), are being increasingly put in danger and at risk…