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Trump supporters have compiled data on thousands who signed anti-fascist petition

  • Supporters of Trump have built a database of thousands of people who signed an anti-Trump petition in April, according to BuzzFeed News.
  • The document circulated on Centipede Central, a pro-Trump channel on gaming chat service Discord, contains names, addresses, phone numbers and other data such as links to social media profiles.
  • All of the information appears to have been obtained by Google searches for publicly accessible data on the names appearing on Refuse Fascism’s April “Call to Action” petition, which has over 4,600 signatures.
  • The list seemed to be the work of individuals affiliated with the alt-right, the loosely affiliated network of far-right racist activists and trolls which sprung to prominence amid Trump’s campaign for president. Read more (5/22/17)

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A music producer helps his son tackle his exams - BBC News
How one man used hip-hop to help his son study for his physics exam.

When he saw his son struggling with his GCSE Physics revision last year, George Hammond-Hagan drew on his experience as a music producer to try to help.

George made a song with information from the syllabus which he sang over a hip-hop track. Since then George has made over 600 tracks that cover the core subjects using content supplied by teachers.

The App called Studytracks has been downloaded nearly 100,000 times since its launch in December.

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The Miniatures of Joshua Smith 

Joshua Smith is a miniaturist and former stencil artist based in Norwood, South Australia. With a career spanning 17 years he has showcased his work in London, Paris, Berlin, New York, Japan and all over Australia in over 100 exhibitions. Formerly a self taught stencil artist Josh refocused his career to establishing Espionage Gallery, an Art Gallery based in Adelaide, South Australia showcasing both emerging and well established local, interstate and international artists. For 4 years he showcased over 600 artists from over 20 countries.

In 2015 after the closure of Espionage Gallery Josh refocused back onto his own career this time as a self taught miniaturist. His miniature works primarily focus on the often overlooked aspects of the urban environment such as grime, rust, decay to discarded cigarettes and graffiti perfectly recreated in 1:20 scale miniatures.

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  • what she says: i'm fine
  • what she means: in the first episode of voltron legendary defender coran says that the castle of lions is 10600 years old and that his grandfather built it. in the fifth episode when coran and hunk go to the balmera coran says his grandfather brought him to a balmera while he was building the castle of lions. coran and allura were in suspended animation for 10000 years. this implies that coran is over 600 years old. from the way he and allura interact in the second season we can conjecture that coran is in late middle age, or maybe early old age. how long is the average altean lifespan? how long is the average galra lifespan? zarkon was displeased but not surprised when his head druid told him allura was alive. exactly how unbelievable is it that they're both alive after 10000 years? is this why allura and coran acted like the paladins could easily free the entire known universe in their lifetimes? do allura and coran know how short human lifespans are? how

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Yesterday I hit 1k followers, which is so mindblowing for me, because I run this blog for only 7 months and I never thought that I will gain that many, but here we are!I appreciate and love all of you so so much, for sticking around with me for that long, it means a lot!!

So, I decided to make a follow forever, where I will basically tag some really nice people which I love and appreciate, to say thanks!

I can’t tag all my mutuals bc it would have been huge, sorry, but if I am following you and you are not here ily ♡


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We don’t need anyone to believe in us. We just keep going anyhow. It’s what we do.
—  Neil Gaiman, American Gods
No, Paul, It Wasn’t Because of “Growing Pains”

House Speaker Paul Ryan, in his press conference following the demise of his bill to replace Obamacare, blamed Republicans who had failed to grasp that the GOP was now a “governing party.”

“We were a 10-year opposition party, where being against things was easy to do,” said Ryan. “You just had to be against it. Now, in three months’ time, we tried to go to a governing party where we actually had to get 216 people to agree with each other on how we do things.” 

It was, he said, “the growing pains of government.”

Rubbish.

Apparently Ryan doesn’t grasp that he put forward a terrible bill to begin with. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, it would have resulted in 24 million Americans losing health coverage over the next decade, hardly make a dent in the federal debt, and transfer over $600 billion to the wealthiest members of American society.

The so-called “Freedom Caucus” of House Republicans, who refused to go along with the bill, wanted it even worse. Essentially, their goal (and that of their fat-cat patrons) was to repeal the Affordable Care Act without replacing it at all. 

Ryan is correct about one thing. Congress is in the hands of Republicans who for years have only said “no.” They have become expert at stopping whatever a president wants to do but they don’t have a clue how to initiate policy.

Most of the current Republican House members have not shared responsibility for governing the nation. They have never even passed a budget into law.

But their real problem isn’t the “growing pains” of being out of power. In reality, the Republicans who are now control the House – as well as the Senate – don’t like government. They’re temperamentally and ideologically oriented to opposing it, not leading it.

Their chronic incapacity to govern didn’t reveal itself as long as a Democrat was in the White House. They let President Obama try to govern, and pretended that their opposition was based on a different philosophy governing.

Now that they have a Republican president, they can no longer hide. They have no philosophy of governing at all. 

Sadly for them – and for the rest of the country, and the world – the person they supported in the election of 2016 and who is now president is an unhinged narcissistic child who tweets absurd lies and holds rallies to prop up his fragile ego.

His conflicts of financial interest are legion. His entire  presidency is under a “gray cloud” of suspicion for colluding with Russian agents to win office.

Here’s a man who’s advised by his daughter, his son-in-law, and an oddball who once ran a white supremacist fake-news outlet.

His Cabinet is an assortment of billionaires, CEOs, veterans of Wall Street, and ideologues, none of whom has any idea about how to govern and most of whom don’t believe in the laws their departments are in charge of implementing anyway.

Meanwhile, he has downgraded or eviscerated groups of professionals responsible for giving presidents professional advice on foreign policy, foreign intelligence, economics, science, and domestic policy.

He gets most of what he learns from television.

So we have a congress with no capacity to govern, and a president who’s incapable of governing.

Which leaves the most powerful nation in the world rudderless. 

The country on whom much of the rest of the world relies for organizing and mobilizing responses to the major challenges facing humankind is leaderless.

It is of course possible that Republicans in congress will learn to take responsibility for governing. It is possible that Donald Trump will learn to lead. It is possible that pigs will learn to fly. 

But such things seem doubtful. Instead, America and the rest of the world must hold our collective breath, hoping that the next elections – the midterms of 2018 and then the presidential election of 2020 – set things right. And hoping that in the meantime nothing irrevocably awful occurs.

So a couple weeks ago, I promised @copperbadge a review of the book I was currently reading, “Sorting the Beef from the Bull: The Science of Food Fraud Forensics.” And then my cat had a life threatening medical emergency (he’s okay!) and I got a little distracted. But, hey, better late than never, right?
First things first. I’m not a huge chemistry nerd. The word “science” is in the title for a reason. There’s a fair amount of it in here. I skimmed most of it. But there are two other aspects to the book that are fascinating and, honestly, rather terrifying. First, actual stories of food fraud throughout the world and history. Second, the non-immediate implications of it, looking at what it means for politics, economics, health, and the environment. It’s an extremely strong argument for the importance of regulations and, if you’re not terrified by the current push in the US government to deregulate, you will be. It’s a sadly timely book.

It starts out with an overview of the field, a couple anecdotes of food fraud (fake eggs in China, horse meat found in hamburger in UK grocery stores- one of the authors is British, so lots of examples from there), a breakdown of some of the scientific methods using the example of honey and why the whole issue is important.

Most people probably can think of the economic implications of things like olive oil being cut with cheaper oils. Consumers lose out on money, because we’re paying for a product based on the label, not what’s in it. Plus, it impacts honest sellers who have their market undercut by the cheaters. Raises some interesting questions on the idea that deregulation makes for a “freer” market place. 

The environmental implications are also concerning, and frankly, I may stop eating seafood. Turns out a lot of fish is mislabeled. Some of this can be chalked up to inconsistent naming conventions across countries, but given that fish are almost always mislabeled as more expensive varieties, that’s doubtful. But, important for those of us who try to eat responsibly, there have been cases of endangered species relabeled as allowable ones. Apparently, seafood laundering is a real thing. (A terrible thing, with a name that cracks me up). And good luck trying to be sure that your organic food is really organic. you may just be paying extra for the same stuff the rest of us are eating. 

But the scariest is the health implications. Olive oil is a good example in two cases. Mostly, you’re just overpaying, but it’s been adulterated with peanut oil in some cases. And then there’s the Toxic Oil Syndrome in Spain, where colza oil intended for industrial use was sold as “olive oil” in 1981 and killed over 600 people. Other horrifying examples include “monkfish” that turned out to be puffer fish (yikes!), fake baby formula in China, and chicken deemed not fit for human consumption that was washed up, trimmed of the ugly bits and then sold.

Some of it is not so horrifying from a health perspective, but more offends our sensibilities. The horse meat example, for instance, is not something that would hurt many people’s health. Heck, it’s probably lower in fat than beef. Ground meat was commonly found to contain other meat sources than the label said. All beef products, such as sausages, were found to contain chicken or pork, the later of which would certainly offend Jewish and Muslim consumers, but I’m fairly sure most religions don’t hold you responsible for something you are completely unaware of. A few have been found to contain rat, which certainly makes us go “ick” but unless it’s diseased, it probably won’t hurt us. 

The end result is a very strong argument of the importance of funded regulatory bodies, because the average consumer can’t determine this stuff for themself. Heck, the average chemist probably can’t figure out some of this stuff, because it’s ever evolving and our global food stream means there are too many points along the way where it takes one person looking to make a buck to screw people over, and people are really fucking creative at times. There are some amazing ways to catch issues, but a lot of people won’t want to pay for them, so only a portion of cases get caught. 

I was talking with a friend about the book and her response was “Wow, that’s important to know. Not sure I WANT to know.” True that.

 So here’s my first request ! I hope you enjoy it and it’s not too terrible ! I put it under the cut bc it turned out a little longer than expected ???

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Fleming’s mold wasn’t able to produce penicillin in large enough quantities to be useful. Early researchers had to grow entire forests of mold on every available surface of their laboratory in order to extract enough penicillin to treat one single infection. If scientists found a cure for cancer today, but it took the entire crop yield of Kansas to grow a single dose, would it matter?

Enter Mary Hunt, a lab assistant who worked with penicillin molds. She went shopping at a local fruit market and bought a cantaloupe covered in a strange looking golden mold. She decided to take it back to the lab to test it and found a hitherto undiscovered strain capable of producing 200 times the amount of penicillin. By the next year, hundreds of millions of units of penicillin were being produced in the United States, medical science became radically more effective, and that fruit market probably still kind of sucked.

Regardless, this chain of events allowed the USA to produce 2.3 million doses of penicillin just in time for the invasion of Normandy. They reached over 600 million doses by the end of the war. The rates of death from bacterial infections dropped from 18 percent in WWI to 1 percent in WWII, which allowed the Allied forces to keep their manpower – already in short supply – on the field and engaging the enemy. It may not have won the second World War on its own, but it sure gave the Allies a boost. You’re not reading this in German today because some small-time produce salesman looked at one particularly gross cantaloupe and said, “Eh, some jerk’ll probably still buy this.”

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SciShow/SciShow Kids Video Maker Wanted

Missoula-based production company seeks a talented, smart, and creative full-time video maker to help us share educational content with the world through SciShow Kids, SciShow, SciShow Space, and SciShow Psychology: a group of YouTube channels with over 600 million views and 4.5 million subscribers. We’re expanding and sharing more content with more people and we’re looking for great personalities to help us.

Here’s some of what we’re looking for:

  • Confidence in working with the Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Premiere and After Effects 
  • Experience working on a film set and anticipating needs
  • Confidence in explaining and animating complex concepts
  • Familiarity with SciShow and online education content
  • Passion for creative projects, and for accuracy and clarity in scientific communication
  • Interest in writing scripts a plus
  • Local to Missoula, MT or willing to relocate to Missoula
  • Ability to work independently and on a team
  • Flexibility and ability to take direction
  • Sense of humor and willingness to share ideas
  • Ambition to grow as a video maker and animator
  • Nerds of all sort encouraged to apply

Accepted applications through April 15, 2017.

Seriously tho being apart of the Christian Slater fandom is such a gift because we’re not a huge big group. Instead, we’re just a small collection of people who know that this cute lil man isn’t perfect and has made some mistakes (and some bad films) but understand that he’s come a long way in his career and is genuinely a good guy as well as a very talented actor. He’s spent his whole life trying to make something of himself while dealing with his own personal shit and now here he is in one of the biggest television shows on the air doing what he loves with people that he loves. Whether we found him in Heathers, True Romance, or Mr. Robot, we all band together and love him through every bump in the road, every bad haircut, every trashy movie. No matter what, we stand with the five-head through thick and thin. I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting so many awesome people because of this dude

@blood-of-the-rose @alabama-spivey @ilkkavilli

I honestly and truly love Christian Slater so very very much and his films have helped me more than I could possibly say in these last few months and I couldn’t ask for anything less from an amazing man. 

 Side note: he’s also a sexy piece of ass who’s made expectations in guys waayyy too high but it’s okay that’s what masturbation is for 😉

I love him so much <3

I think [being in Fifty Shades] changed my life and a lot more people know who I am, I guess, as a result of it. It opens doors in the industry and I have to be honest here, if you are in a movie that makes over 600 million dollars worldwide at the box office, that helps your career and that means that you can get things like The Siege of Jadotville and Anthropoid made, based on your involvement. I wouldn’t have been able to do those projects that I was desperate to do, had I not been in a film that made that much money.

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500 600 FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY

Holy cow, y’all. See, I hadn’t even gotten to finish my 100 follower giveaway before this one was needed. And by the time I had gotten the 100 follower giveaway winner chosen, I already had well over 600. I can’t keep up! XD 

This giveaway, there will be 2 winners! One winner will get the SUN box, with a wood burned pentacle keychain, a copy of my first ever spellbook, various incenses, a small sun charm, an incense holder and a Sacred Home herb set. The other will get the MOON box, with a wood burned triple goddess keychain, a small palmistry book, various incenses, a small moon charm, an incense holder, and a sage and cedar herb set.

The Rules:

-No spam blogs, no porn blogs, no giveaway blogs, no bots. Period. Sorry, I just… can’t? 
-You must be following me. This is a giveaway to appreciate my followers, so it’d be silly if I just gave the prizes to anybody! 
-Do NOT tag this as a giveaway and spoil the fun. Seriously.
-You must be 18 or older and willing to give me your shipping information! 
-If you don’t respond within 24 hours of me notifying you of your win, another winner will be chosen. 
-Likes and reblogs both count as entries
-If you want one or the other, make it known to me by sending me a single, polite, private message. If you’re a jerk to me, you automatically get disqualified.

The giveaway will end on my honey’s birthday, April 8th. That means, any entries before 11:59 pm April 7th will be accepted (PST).

I’m super excited!! I can’t wait to see how this turns out! <3 Best of luck, witches!

following spree

I just realized I follow over 600 blogs wtf and most of them either post or reblog 80% #art. That’s cool, but I desperately miss seeing gfx on my dash, so, if you’re a graphic / gif / edits maker, if you reblog that kind of content or you know anyone I should be following, please comment / like / reblog this post. What I’m interested in (but not limited to):

  • seasonal anime
  • voltron
  • literature
  • ghibli
  • sports anime
  • all for the game
  • moritat
  • manga colorings
  • anime in general
  • or if you just think you’re a cool person and I should be following you :)
Dark Paladins AU

Okay gotta get this idea down.  

What if Zarkon was successful at the end of the finale?  That there wasn’t some secret agent Galra to deactivate the barrier in time?  

And the Galra continued to wear our heroes down to exhaustion until finally the Castleship and the paladins are broken and captured…but when our cast is bound, on their knees before this monster, and Lance is the one that venomously spits out, “So what now, big guy?  You gonna kill us?”  

Zarkon says, “Kill you? Why?”  

Because except for Shiro, he needs them in order to form Voltron.  

After all, the lions are the ones to choose their paladins remember?

Sure, he could kill them. Easily.  But then who knows when the Lions will choose new pilots to wield them? For example, Zarkon already possessed the Red Lion…for many many years.  But not even his skilled protégé Sendak could gain the Red Lion’s loyalty and respect.  I also think that the Galra perfectly knew that their mining site was home to the Yellow Lion.  Since you know, there are engravings all over the walls and gee their master has been hunting for these things for a extremely long time.  

But the Black Lion is still his.  

The title of Black Paladin is still his.

Where Zarkon can dissolve Voltron from a distance and literally eject Shiro from his seat.  Plus the Black Paladin is known for being an unquestionable leader, someone that people naturally wish to follow.

So what does Zarkon do?

He uses any means to convert the paladins. 

Anything is on the table from bribes, threats, and blackmail to magical brainwashing.  

Zarkon could even use the lives of Allura, Coran and Shiro.  “Tell me, Paladins.  What are you willing to give to keep them alive?”

The Paladins crumble slowly…one by one.

Here are some possible tactics Zarkon could try:

  • PidgeHands her father and brother back to her on a silver platter.  They might even be brainwashed beforehand so they can convince Pidge that working for the Galra is a wonderful, rare opportunity.  That this way with the Galra they can stay together as one big twisted family. “Think about what we could learn, my dear?  What worlds are still left to discover.  With the Galra resources…we could do anything Katie.” 
  • HunkGiving him the power to shut down mines. To save Shay and her people.  To “rescue” other races from the mines the Galra has spread across the universe.  To allow him to help “change” the Galra.  Since…they don’t really need mines to harvest Quintessence anymore…but the Yellow Paladin doesn’t need to know that.  Not yet.
  • Keith – I’m a firm believer of the secret Galra!Keith headcanon here.  But basically?  Zarkon gives Keith validation.  Maybe rips apart his human identity with a DNA test and redefines his pride as a fighting soldier.  I think Keith would be most prone to military brainwashing.  In addition since we have no idea what Keith’s prior relationship with Shiro was.  You know, with the whole “It’s good to have you back” scene?  Zarkon could offer to keep Shiro alive since, “It would be a shame to lose our champion, wouldn’t it?”  
  • LanceLance would fight the hardest.  Lance’s lion represents loyalty and friendship and he would not break easy. So Zarkon plays the dirtiest ace up his sleeve.  Lance’s family and home.  Be his blue paladin and the Earth will be under Lance’s protection.   Zarkon and the Galra will not even touch the solar system if Lance complies.  But if Lance doesn’t…Earth will become another Altea.  Left in the history books and the Galra will drain the planet’s Quintessence.  So with a heavy heart…Lance accepts.  

Zarkon has never felt so satisified.  True, most of the paladins are unwilling now…but time will change that.  

It always does.