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Me, not even 6 months ago: Trump is going to be president and bad things are going to happen, but we will survive this. Things can’t get that bad in 4 years.

The World these past 6 months: Hey, did you know that world war 3 is an actual possible thing that could happen in your lifetime?

The World: Also, did you know that climate change is worse than we thought and is going to wreck our shit within the next century?

The World: Hey, check out this trillion ton iceberg that just broke off Antarctica!

Me:

nytimes.com
Opinion | Stop Pretending You’re Not Rich
Forget the 1 percent for a moment. It’s the top fifth that rules.
By Richard V. Reeves

When I was growing up, my mother would sometimes threaten my brother and me with elocution lessons. It is no secret that how you talk matters a lot in a class-saturated society like the United Kingdom. Peterborough, our increasingly diverse hometown, was prosperous enough, but not upscale. Six in 10 of the city’s residents voted for Brexit — a useful inverse poshness indicator. (In Thursday’s general election, Peterborough returned a Labour MP for the first time since 2001.)

Our mother, from a rural working-class background herself, wanted us to be able to rise up the class ladder, unencumbered by the wrong accent. The elocution lessons never materialized, but we did have to attend ballroom dancing lessons on Saturday mornings. She didn’t want us to put a foot wrong there, either.

As it turned out, my brother and I did just fine, in no small part because of the stable, loving, middle-class home in which we were raised. Any lingering working-class traces in my own accent were wiped away by three disinfectant years at Oxford. My wife claims they resurface when I drink, but she doesn’t know what she’s talking about — she’s American.

I always found the class consciousness of Britain depressing. It is one of the reasons we brought our British-born sons to America. Here, class is quaint, something to observe in wonder through imported TV shows like “Downton Abbey” or “The Crown.”

So imagine my horror at discovering that the United States is more calcified by class than Britain, especially toward the top. The big difference is that most of the people on the highest rung in America are in denial about their privilege. The American myth of meritocracy allows them to attribute their position to their brilliance and diligence, rather than to luck or a rigged system. At least posh people in England have the decency to feel guilty.

In Britain, it is politically impossible to be prime minister and send your children to the equivalent of a private high school. Even Old Etonian David Cameron couldn’t do it. In the United States, the most liberal politician can pay for a lavish education in the private sector. Some of my most progressive friends send their children to $30,000-a-year high schools. The surprise is not that they do it. It is that they do it without so much as a murmur of moral disquiet.

Beneath a veneer of classlessness, the American class reproduction machine operates with ruthless efficiency. In particular, the upper middle class is solidifying. This favored fifth at the top of the income distribution, with an average annual household income of $200,000, has been separating from the 80 percent below. Collectively, this top fifth has seen a $4 trillion-plus increase in pretax income since 1979, compared to just over $3 trillion for everyone else. Some of those gains went to the top 1 percent. But most went to the 19 percent just beneath them.

The rhetoric of “We are the 99 percent” has in fact been dangerously self-serving, allowing people with healthy six-figure incomes to convince themselves that they are somehow in the same economic boat as ordinary Americans, and that it is just the so-called super rich who are to blame for inequality.

Politicians and policy wonks worry about the persistence of poverty across generations, but affluence is inherited more strongly. Most disturbing, we now know how firmly class positions are being transmitted across generations. Most of the children born into households in the top 20 percent will stay there or drop only as far as the next quintile. As Gary Solon, one of the leading scholars of social mobility, put it recently, “Rather than a poverty trap, there seems instead to be more stickiness at the other end: a ‘wealth trap,’ if you will.”

There’s a kind of class double-think going on here. On the one hand, upper-middle-class Americans believe they are operating in a meritocracy (a belief that allows them to feel entitled to their winnings); on the other hand, they constantly engage in antimeritocratic behavior in order to give their own children a leg up. To the extent that there is any ethical deliberation, it usually results in a justification along the lines of “Well, maybe it’s wrong, but everyone’s doing it.”

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nytimes.com
Opinion | Stop Pretending You’re Not Rich
Forget the 1 percent for a moment. It’s the top fifth that rules.
By Richard V. Reeves

I always found the class consciousness of Britain depressing. It is one of the reasons we brought our British-born sons to America. Here, class is quaint, something to observe in wonder through imported TV shows like “Downton Abbey” or “The Crown.”

So imagine my horror at discovering that the United States is more calcified by class than Britain, especially toward the top. The big difference is that most of the people on the highest rung in America are in denial about their privilege. The American myth of meritocracy allows them to attribute their position to their brilliance and diligence, rather than to luck or a rigged system. At least posh people in England have the decency to feel guilty.

In Britain, it is politically impossible to be prime minister and send your children to the equivalent of a private high school. Even Old Etonian David Cameron couldn’t do it. In the United States, the most liberal politician can pay for a lavish education in the private sector. Some of my most progressive friends send their children to $30,000-a-year high schools. The surprise is not that they do it. It is that they do it without so much as a murmur of moral disquiet.

Beneath a veneer of classlessness, the American class reproduction machine operates with ruthless efficiency. In particular, the upper middle class is solidifying. This favored fifth at the top of the income distribution, with an average annual household income of $200,000, has been separating from the 80 percent below. Collectively, this top fifth has seen a $4 trillion-plus increase in pretax income since 1979, compared to just over $3 trillion for everyone else. Some of those gains went to the top 1 percent. But most went to the 19 percent just beneath them…

There’s a kind of class double-think going on here. On the one hand, upper-middle-class Americans believe they are operating in a meritocracy (a belief that allows them to feel entitled to their winnings); on the other hand, they constantly engage in antimeritocratic behavior in order to give their own children a leg up. To the extent that there is any ethical deliberation, it usually results in a justification along the lines of “Well, maybe it’s wrong, but everyone’s doing it.”

The United States is the only nation in the world, for example, where it is easier to get into college if one of your parents happened to go there. Oxford and Cambridge ditched legacy preferences in the middle of the last century. The existence of such an unfair hereditary practice in 21st-century America is startling in itself. But I have been more shocked by the way that even supposedly liberal members of the upper middle class seem to have no qualms about benefiting from it…

Take housing, perhaps the most significant example. Exclusionary zoning practices allow the upper middle class to live in enclaves. Gated communities, in effect, even if the gates are not visible. Since schools typically draw from their surrounding area, the physical separation of upper-middle-class neighborhoods is replicated in the classroom. Good schools make the area more desirable, further inflating the value of our houses. The federal tax system gives us a handout, through the mortgage-interest deduction, to help us purchase these pricey homes. For the upper middle classes, regardless of their professed political preferences, zoning, wealth, tax deductions and educational opportunity reinforce one another in a virtuous cycle…

Self-interest is natural enough. But the people who make up the American upper middle class don’t just want to keep their advantages; armed with their faith in a classless, meritocratic society, they think they deserve them.

OMG SOMEONE SAID IT

Not being British myself, I’m always hesitant to offer opinion on the intricacies of British class politics. But I’m glad to know there is at least one Brit out there who shares my opinion that America is just as class-bound but far less class-conscious – and that in many cases this lack of class-consciousness amounts to a willful lack of self-awareness that serves only to make class barriers more rigid. 

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Earlier this year, I got hooked on the idea of finding the tallest tree in the world.

Hyperion is a coast redwood and towers at 380 ft (115m) tall. Out of all 3 trillion trees on the planet, Hyperion is the tallest. I spent half a year researching, road tripping, and bushwhacking through the dense forest just to try and find this tree. Its location has been kept secret for a decade by the arborists who discovered it for fear of it being harmed. After six months of searching, I finally found it. The last photograph is my proof.

Wanna know what the best part was? Feeling guiltlessly like a kid again on a giant adventure. There are so many parts of adulthood that suppress our inner sense of wonder and awe. Don’t listen to them. Chasing your dreams and the things that intrigue you - no matter how silly they may sound - is the most important thing you can do in life. Get out there and find your tree.

Somewhere in Redwood National Park, CA. October 2015.

Cheria’s my fave!!!!!!!!! Trillion drive is favourite mystic arte!!!! (”It’s too late to cry!” “I won’t hold back!” “Trillion Drive!!!”) she’s really cool >:’^)c

Rajigaze Nov 25

Kai (reading mail): “My unexpected story is, on my way home from work, in front of a cram school, I spilled my fries everywhere. I had a bag of fries in my bike basket, and it fell out and all the fries spilled all over the pavement. A security guard standing nearby started laughing and was like, ‘well it’s the first time I’ve seen that happen,’ and then helped me clean them up, but all the students were staring at me and I was so embarrassed I felt like dying. Have you guys ever experienced something so embarrassing you wanted to die?” 

Uruha: Wait, I was just thinking, did they mean potatoes or like potato chips?

Kai: No no, chips. Potato chips. 

Uruha: Ohh, potato chips?

Kai: Uhhhhh yeah. Yeah. 

(*they wrote ‘poteto’ which means fries but apparently Kai thinks it’s chips and Uruha thinks it’s actual damn potatoes so) 

Uruha: So they were…..eating potato chips while riding their bike?

Kai: *laughs* I guess? 

Uruha: That in itself is already pretty embarrassing! 

Kai: Uh-huh, uh-huh…..yeah, and they were on their way home from cram school! (*they were on their way home from work PLS pay attention) If they had [potatoes/chips/fries/whatever the fuck] they would all just tuuumble out (laughs)

Uruha: When I picture that it looks so peaceful. (*what)

Kai: (laughs) For sure. So, do you have any embarrassing stories? 

Uruha: Oh shit man I have tons!!!

Kai: (guess) I do, but they’re not…

Uruha: I can’t tell most of them here. 

Kai: You can’t…you don’t have one you can tell?

Uruha: If I could tell it here it wouldn’t really be an embarrassing story then would it! 

Kai: (laughs) I see…okay, then, uhh….oh, do you ever trip on nothing? I do all the time. 

Uruha: Not really.

Kai: Oh, really? I do it, but like…this happened to me once, you know when like, you almost trip but you catch yourself? 

Uruha: Mhm. 

Kai: So I did that, but then I turned around and then I actually full-on tripped (laughs) 

Uruha: What? 

Kai: So like, the first time it’s just like, I almost fall, and then I look behind me like ‘huh, was something there?’ and usually that’s the end of it, but once when I looked behind me, that itself was what made me fall over. (laughs)

Uruha: Like you actually fell on the ground?

Kai: (laughing) Yeah, I fell down…I was so embarrassed. 

Uruha: Bruh I think u should get ur brain checked

Kai: It’s like, I tried to follow myself – idk if anybody saw but – I tried to follow myself (*I don’t really know what he means lol) and wiped out…anyway that happened once and it was SO embarrassing. 

Uruha: Well I mean if u did it for a laugh like

Kai: Yeah, that’s fine, but like…it’s not funny! (*I guess cause it was a legit accident)

Uruha: But like…that really does sound like you. You just pretend you’re careful. 

Kai: (laughing) Yeah yeah yeah…but I think everyone’s done that before! Totally! Like – ‘huh? Was there something there?’ and then they look behind them…

Uruha: No they don’t????

Kai: So you just almost trip and that’s it!? No!!! Everyone looks behind them!!!! To see if something was there !! !

Uruha: You just want to blame [your clumsiness] on something else. 

Kai: Yeah yeah – well, not really blame, but…

Uruha: You wanna be like, ‘it wasn’t me’

Kai: (laughing) Nooooo! No! 

Uruha: You’re like that too when you’re fighting. You’ll never give in.

(*I’m confused too I’m so sorry) 

Kai: It depends on what we’re fighting about. 

Uruha: Even if someone blames you for something you’re like, ‘no, it wasn’t me!’

Kai: No, I usually try to take the middle ground. 

Uruha: No you don’t. 

Kai: No, really really, I’m like, I understand what you’re saying, but try to understand what I’m saying too. 

Uruha: That’s a nice way to put it but that’s not taking the middle ground. 

Kai: No I’m like, I get it, but don’t you think this would be a good way to compromise?

Uruha: But even then you’re still pushing all your own ideas. 

Kai: Hohohohoho I recently got in a bit of a fight with an older man in my neighbourhood…

(both laugh)

Uruha: You totally do not compromise. 

Kai: No no I do! I’m like, I get what you’re saying, that’s your personal opinion. And this is my person opinion. But these are both just personal opinions, so why don’t we meet each other halfway? I had that kind of discussion just recently. With my neighbour (laughs)  

Uruha: (laughs) That’s such a good way to word it. 

Kai: Yeah for sure. 

Uruha: You can’t start going off. 

Kai: Yeah, of course, I’m not like OK LISTEN U FUCKER

(both laugh)

Kai: I’m like, I understand what you’re saying, but please understand what I’m saying too. 

Uruha: Oh and also, you can’t talk too quickly. 

Kai: Oh, of course, of course. 

Uruha: You have to stay chill. 

Kai: Yes, you must coerce them calmly. (laughs)

Uruha: (giggles) No that’s bad….

Kai: But anyway I’m that kind of person. I try to take the middle ground. 

Uruha: You try to coerce them to the middle ground. 

Kai: (laughs) But that’s the most peaceful way! Cause everyone just cares about their own opinion – come on, you know it’s hard with all the members saying this and that all the time…

Uruha: Yeah, we do do that. 

Kai: You say that stuff in that situation, and this stuff in this situation (laughs) 

Uruha: But don’t you like that? 

Kai: I guess, but sometimes I’m just like what the fuck guys…I just wanna feel good in the band, but you guys are all over the place with your opinions, and I’m like, yeah, hmm, okay, and I get in the middle of it, and if I could get everyone on the same page, I’d feel SO good about it. 

Uruha: A sense of accomplishment, huh. 

Kai: And I’m like, okay, yeah let’s do that!!! …But some of y’all will NOT. BUDGE!! 

Uruha: Yep, I don’t budge…you don’t budge…

(*Idk what Kai says)

Uruha: But I mean it’s not like anyone is telling you (*to be the peacemaker lol)

Kai: No, no one’s telling me to.

Uruha: But you feel like it’s your responsibility?

Kai: Yeah, I guess so! Most importantly I just want everyone to be able to have fun doing the lives. I want everyone to feel the same. 

Uruha: So, Kai-kun, with his sense of responsibility, is the one who has pulled the GazettE to where we are today.

(Kai laughing) 

Uruha: And with that mindset he is trying to make 3 trillion yen. 

Kai: (giggling gleefully) Where r u trying to go w this


Can I just say.,,,,,, the question was about potatoes and you guys made it about how to win an argument ……….??????

Rajigaze Oct 21

Reita (reading question): “Ripped Reita-san, Huge Kai-san, good evening.”

Kai: Oooh.

Reita: “If you guys save up 3 trillion yen, please do a free tour across Japan funded by Kai.”

(Kai giggles)

Reita: “If you can fund the Olympics with 3 trillion yen, I’m sure you can fund a free tour. I don’t know how many years it’ll take you, but I’ll be waiting eagerly. Happy saving!”

(CHA-CHING sound effect)

Kai: You know, I’m already paying for all the tours we do.

Reita: Ah!

Kai: (laughing) Nah, I’m kidding…sorry, sorry…

Reita: Ah, I didn’t know that! So that Makuhari free live we did…did you pay for that?

Kai: Of course.

Reita: Oh!

Kai: Right out my pocket.

Reita: Oh, I’m sorry!

Kai: The other members didn’t even know there were golden tickets. (laughs)

Reita: Yes, it’s true. We were like, “we made a limited edition CD~” and then the manager took it and was like “–what!? There’s a ticket in here…”


(Kai laughing)

Reita: It was a present from Kai-san…of course…

Kai: Yes…but tbh…I wouldn’t want us to save up 3 trillion yen.

Reita: What!?

(Kai laughing)

Reita: You mean cause we’re not doing free lives?

Kai: (still laughin his lil child laugh) No, no, if we legit got that much money, we’ll do it.

Reita: [You say that] but you’re actually thinking like, we’re not spending shit on y’all

Kai: HAHAHAHA yeh I just thought it would be funny.

Reita: Oh, by the way, if you actually had 3 trillion yen, what would you spend it on? …What would you even be saving up 3 trillion yen for in the first place?

Kai: Muhuhuhu…

Reita: I meant to ask you that…

Kai: Well…I mean…you can do a lot of things with them bills, you know…

Reita: Of course, you sound like a typical person in the industry…

(Kai laughs)

Reita: You sound like someone who wears a cardigan around their neck (do rich ppl do this ????)

Kai: Okay wait, make it more realistic…

Reita: Okay, to make it more realistic, let’s say you won the lottery and got 600 million yen.

Kai: Hmmmmmmm…

Reita: Wait, can I ask you something first?

Kai: Yeah?



Reita: Would you tell the other members?

Kai: Uh…nah.

(both laugh)

Kai: I mean, I actually think you shouldn’t tell people stuff like that. But…wait I don’t know…(laughing) …if I won 600 million yen…you would tell us, wouldn’t you. You said something like that before…

Reita: Yeah, I was talking about it with you. I said I would give each of the members 25 million yen. So that means I’m giving away 100 million out of my 600 million.

Kai: Oh yeh

Reita: And do you remember what you said?

Kai: Uhhhhh nope.

Reita: I do. Because it was so shocking.

(Kai laughing) 



Reita: Can I say it?

Kai: (laughing) Yes.

Reita: You said, “I wouldn’t tell you guys I won 600 million, I would say I won 100 million, and then give everyone 10 million. Cause if you think you got 10 out of 100, you’ll be like wow! but it’s actually out of 600 million.”

(CHA-CHING CHA-CHING CHA-CHING)

(Kai laughing like 6 yr old in background the whole time)

Reita: Douche of the year.

Kai: (dying) Omg I did say that! Omg omg that’s awful!

Reita: But when you said like, “you guys won’t know tho I mean so no harm done” you kinda convinced me.

Kai: (laughing) yeh. Y’all don’t have to know

Reita: So when we got that much money, we’d be like omg wow thank you, but you’re actually hiding 500 million.

Kai: Wow, I’m awful.

Reita: Yep…and the way you said it so easily was scary.

(Kai laughing)

Reita: That’s dark, man…okay, so what would you do if you won?

Kai: Well…you probably won’t believe this, but I would give 200 million to the other members.

Reita: Yeah I don’t believe that…

(Kai laughing)

Reita: What about a free live?

Kai: A free live…you know…these things cost way more than people think they do.

Reita: Yeah, they really do.

Kai: They cost a lot of money. Not only us, but when other artists…for example, when they’re like “we’re doing a live,” or “we’re going on tour…” it costs a shitload of money, so…uh…I don’t like it. (laughs)

Reita: I see. So you want [the money] for yourself.

Kai: Yeah, seriously though…if I was careless, I might actually end up in a deficit, depending on how I spend the money.

Reita: Yeah, definitely.  

Kai: For real tho…

Reita: Well we’re not always gonna look to you (for money I guess?)

Kai: ……uhh…ya ok (laughs)

Reita: Yes, we want leader to be covered in that area (also money I guess)

Kai: But I mean, it’s kinda cooler not to dangle your money in front of people.

Reita: If one day you suddenly told us you donated money, we’d be like, the fuck…

Kai: (laughs) Tru…

Reita: Like, was he possessed? Cause I mean you def wouldn’t do that.

Kai: (still laughing) yeh….but I mean, a manifesto is something you decide for yourself, right? Other people don’t get a say in it…

Reita: Yeah, you’re right. Well said.

(Kai laughing)

anonymous asked:

Some aspects of veganism are idiotic. The zoo is fine. You do realize that many zoos take care of those endangered animals? Oh and I'm for animal testing. I'd rather test medication on an animal before a human

I think youre either gross or very uneducated about this.

Zoos:
From an animal rights standpoint, we do not have a right to breed, capture and confine other animals, even if they are endangered. They are also endangered BECAUSE OF US. We can’t help them without locking them in cages and putting them on display for large quantities of money?
Being a member of an endangered species doesn’t mean the individual animals have fewer rights. Animals in captivity suffer from stress, boredom and confinement. Intergenerational bonds are broken when individuals get sold or traded to other zoos, and no pen or even drive-through safari can compare to the freedom of the wild. Baby animals bring in visitors and money, but this incentive to breed new baby animals leads to overpopulation. Surplus animals are sold not only to other zoos, but also to circuses, canned hunting facilities, and even for slaughter. Some zoos just kill their surplus animal outright.The vast majority of captive breeding programs do not release animals back into the wild. The offspring are forever part of the chain of zoos, circuses, petting zoos, and exotic pet trade that buy, sell and barter animals among themselves and exploit animals. Ned the Asian elephant was born at an accredited zoo, but later confiscated from an abusive circus trainer and finally sent to a sanctuary. Removing individuals from the wild will further endanger the wild population because the remaining individuals will be LESS genetically diverse and will have more difficulty finding mates. If people want to see wild animals in real life, they can observe wildlife in the wild or visit a sanctuary. A TRUE sanctuary does not buy, sell, or breed animals, but takes in unwanted exotic pets, surplus animals from zoos or injured wildlife that can no longer survive in the wild. If zoos are teaching children anything, it’s that imprisoning animals for our own entertainment is acceptable. The argument that children will have more compassion animals they can see live does not hold water. Not one of today’s children has ever seen a dinosaur, yet kids are crazy about them.

At least one study has shown that elephants kept in zoos do not live as long as elephants in the wild.The federal Animal Welfare Act establishes only the most minimal standards for cage size, shelter, health care, ventilation, fencing, food and water. For example, enclosures must provide "sufficient space to allow each animal to make normal postural and social adjustments with adequate freedom of movement. Inadequate space may be indicated by evidence of malnutrition, poor condition, debility, stress, or abnormal behavior patterns.“ Violations often result in a slap on the wrist and the exhibitor is given a deadline to correct the violation. Even a long history of inadequate care and AWA violations, such as the history of Tony the Truck Stop Tiger, will not free the animals.Sanctuaries also rehabilitate wildlife and take in unwanted exotic pets, without breeding, buying and selling animals like zoos do.Animals sometimes escape their enclosures, endangering themselves as well as people. There have even been incidents of zoo animals eating other zoo animals. Im done ranting about that one, I used multiple sources.

As for testing on animals, no dude.

The fact is that we already do test new drugs on people. No matter how many tests on animals are undertaken, someone will always be the first human to be tested on. Because animal tests are so unreliable, they make those human trials all the more risky. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has noted that 92 percent of all drugs that are shown to be safe and effective in animal tests FAIL in human trials because they don’t work or are dangerous. And of the small percentage of drugs approved for human use, half end up being relabeled because of side effects that were not identified in tests on animals.
Humans are much different than people. We dont need to be making beagles blind or bunnies without limbs.
Taking healthy beings from a completely different species, artificially inducing a condition that they would never normally contract, keeping them in an unnatural and stressful environment, and trying to apply the results to naturally occurring diseases in human beings is dubious at best. Physiological reactions to drugs vary enormously from species to species (and even within a species). Penicillin kills guinea pigs but is inactive in rabbits. Aspirin kills cats and causes birth defects in rats, mice, guinea pigs, dogs, and monkeys. And morphine, a depressant in humans, stimulates goats, cats, and horses. Further, animals in laboratories typically display behavior indicating extreme psychological distress, and experimenters acknowledge that the use of these stressed-out animals jeopardizes the validity of the data produced.

Every year in the U.S., animal experimentation gobbles up billions of dollars (including 40 percent of all research funding from the National Institutes of Health), and nearly $3 trillion is spent on health care. While funding for animal experimentation and the number of animals used in experiments continues to increase, the U.S. still ranks 42nd in the world in life expectancy and has a high infant mortality rate compared to other developed countries. A 2014 review paper co-authored by a Yale School of Medicine professor in the prestigious medical journal The BMJ documented the overwhelming failure of experiments on animals to improve human health. It concluded that “if research conducted on animals continues to be unable to reasonably predict what can be expected in humans, the public’s continuing endorsement and funding of preclinical animal research seems misplaced.”

The most significant trend in modern research is the recognition that animals rarely serve as good models for the human body. Human clinical and epidemiological studies, human tissue- and cell-based research methods, cadavers, sophisticated high-fidelity human-patient simulators, and computational models have the potential to be more reliable, more precise, less expensive, and more humane alternatives to experiments on animals. Advanced microchips that use real human cells and tissues to construct fully functioning postage stamp–size organs allow researchers to study diseases and also develop and test new drugs to treat them. Progressive scientists have used human brain cells to develop a model “microbrain,” which can be used to study tumors, as well as artificial skin and bone marrow. We can now test skin irritation using reconstructed human tissues (e.g., MatTek’s EpiDermTM), produce and test vaccines using human tissues, and perform pregnancy tests using blood samples instead of killing rabbits.

Experimentation using animals persists not because it’s the best science but because of archaic habits, resistance to change, and a lack of outreach and education.

In other words

WE HAVE SO MANY OTHER OPTIONS THAT WORK BETTER AND COST LESS.

Now go do some reading and when you know more about shit, you can argue with me. This was pitiful.

This shit shouldn’t just have to be an aspect of veganism. You dont have to vegan to not be barbaric.
Comparing factory farming to The Holocaust

What is happening to animals is a holocaust. That’s what is it and that’s what I’m going to call it.

The definition of “holocaust” is “Destruction or slaughter on a mass scale, esp. caused by fire or nuclear war: “a nuclear holocaust”.” This word is not exclusive to humans or to Jews or to anyone.

Comparing what’s happening to animals in factory farms, fur/leather/wool farms, zoos and laboratories to the Nazi holocaust or any other holocaust is only offensive to you if you consider non-human animals inferior to humans.

And why do you consider non-human animals inferior?

Is it because they are considered less intelligent? By this logic, mentally disabled people are also inferior. So are babies. Is there a minimum IQ required to be counted as “intelligent enough” for you?

Is it because they can’t do things humans do (build rockets, split atoms, write novels)? By this logic, anyone who can’t do these things is inferior.

Do you really think that because someone is less intelligent or less capable of certain acts, it’s OK to exploit and kill them? Because if you do, you are a disgusting and dangerous person.

The important thing is not how intelligent they are, the point is that they feel pain and fear, they suffer.

During the Nazi holocaust, Jewish, Romani, disabled, mentally ill and homosexual people were considered sub-human. Black people were seen as sub-human during the African/American slavery. Oppressed groups have always been seen as sub-human because it makes hurting and killing them easier.

Every year, more than 150 billion land animals and estimated 1-3 trillion marine animals are slaughtered. Every year more animals are slaughtered then the number of humans who ever lived on Earth. You wanna tell me that’s not a holocaust?

By consuming animal products you are funding this. By consuming animal products, you are supporting rape, oppression, murder and the biggest holocaust in history. There is no way around it. Go vegan.

Rajigaze Leader’s Birthday

Reita (reading mail): Since the theme of this month is “Your Manifesto,” I would like to propose “No more increasing taxes.”

Kai: “No more increasing taxes,” ah ok.

Reita: “As the leader of leaders who has 3 trillion yen, Kai-san might not be able to relate to this, but this is really a matter of life and death for us regular people.”

(*Kai doesn’t actually have 3 trillion lol it’s a reference/joke from last week)

(Or does he)

Reita: “We don’t have money so we have to work, and then whatever money we make we have to pay taxes on it – is there any way to break this vicious cycle? Are you guys for or against increasing consumer tax etc? We rock! …Are the rumours true that Leader isn’t subject to taxes?”



Kai: (laughing) What do they mean “not subject to taxes”? …I wonder what they’re talking about…

Reita: You guys have really got it all wrong. You’re probably all thinking like, “Leader does pay taxes, but he’s rich so it doesn’t really affect him” – but that’s not it! All the taxes that we pay go to the Leader!

(CHA-CHING)



(Kai laughing)

Reita: So Leader doesn’t pay taxes.

Kai: (laughing) Oh, is that right?

Reita: Is it not?

Kai: …Nope, that’s right. Something like that.

Reita: Yeah, another word for Abenomics is Kainomics.

(both laugh)

(*Abenomics is what ppl call Prime Minister Abe’s economic policies)

Reita: I’ve heard rumours that you control everything.

Kai: No, that’s not true ~

Reita: Rumours that you called up Prime Minister Abe like, “hey isn’t it about time you increased taxes?”

Kai: (giggling) Ah, I see.

Reita: But actually, what do you think about consumer tax?

Kai: It’s rough man…how much was it back then again? Like when we were in elementary school?

Reita: Well when we were in..maybe kindergarten? That’s around when consumer tax started.

Kai: Oh yeah, yeah, that’s when it started, huh?

Reita: Yeah, I remember not knowing, and taking 50 yen to go buy ice cream. But then with the consumer tax it was 51 yen. But I only had 50 yen, so I handed it to them like, “Oh, I only…” and then they explained to me that there was tax on it and it was 51 yen now, and they were like, “This time we’ll let it slide, but next time tell your mom [you need 51 yen].” I remember that really well, being like, “oh wow, I can’t buy it with 50 yen anymore…”


Kai: How much was [the tax] at first – 3 percent?

Reita: 3 percent.

Kai: Oh, okay – but you know, Japan is the only country that’s this cheap. (*it’s 8 percent now) If you went to like Europe or something, it would be way more…but I guess it’s more balanced in other countries…and people in Japan are saying it’s really not…

Reita: So if Japan – as a country, you know? If they don’t want people to be against increasing taxes, they have to get rid of the mindset that paying taxes is a waste of money.

Kai: Yeahh, that’s true~ I mean, it might not really be something to talk about here, but…all the stuff on the news recently is pissing me off, seriously.

Reita: Tru tru tru tru…it’s ridiculous, the Parliament is just trying to buy time and it’s costing money.

Kai: They’re so full of shit…

Reita: Seriously, these guys…

Kai: For real…

(*I have no idea what they’re talking about lol)

Reita: Those people are always out of line, you know?

Kai: Yeah, seriously. They always start by making some excuse…What’s wrong with them?

Reita: And they’re always bringing up irrelevant shit to make [other ppl in the government I guess??] look bad, like, instead of saying they disagree with their policy, they’ll start talking about some scandal that they had…I mean, they’re messed up.

Kai: Ahhh~

Reita: Ye…

Kai: Tru…

Reita: So…? You gonna run for Prime Minister, then?

Kai: Sh-should…should I do it? (giggles)

Reita: If Leader ran…well actually, I probably wouldn’t vote for you…

Kai: Nah, I don’t have the money to do that anyway…

Reita: Yeah…I guess not, huh.

Kai: (laughing) Ye ye ye

Reita: But it wouldn’t be to do something for the people, just for yourself.

Kai: Well, yeah…I mean, it’s me (giggles)

Reita: Yes. So, there would be a country in Japan called Kai…

(Kai laughing)

(buzzer goes off)

Reita: Of course.

ravisk  asked:

3 trillion Thrones for angron's head for wrecking Armatura.

“I doubt it would work. Most bounty hunters can not afford to leave their system. That and the value of the Throne fluctuates greatly between systems…. also he is a Deamon, so his head would return to the warp.”

Free Fall - 6

Part One  Part Two  Part Three Part Four Part Five

Originally posted by barryirisallens

Originally posted by flaviaavilez

Barry walked into Jitters looking around for you and Iris. He had gotten out of work early and was hoping to talk to you more. Why he felt like he needed to talk to you, he wasn’t sure. He did however get a sick feeling in his stomach knowing you were with Iris.

He walked over when he saw Iris sitting alone, “Where’s Y/N?”

“Barry, what are you doing here?” Iris looked at him surprised.

“Where is she?” Barry looked at her seriously.

“She’s in the restroom…” Iris stared at him as he relaxed a little, “Is something wrong? Did you find out something on her?”

“What? No…no, I just wanted to know. I asked her to stay at the lab.” He said as he leaned against the table, “Cisco, said you suggested taking her out.”

Iris nodded, “She needed a break, all the science stuff…Not all of us get it, Barry. It’s good to have a refuge.”

Barry smiled a little, “Yeah, good idea…I’m sorry I didn’t mean to be pushy I just…everyone who’s come through one of those breaches has had some motive…I didn’t want her to get to far.”

“I know.” Iris smiled putting her hands on his as if to reassure him of something, “Which is why I am bringing her with me to see Linda…who is at your house…”

“Whhhhaaaat?” He started to shake his head his tone becoming a whiny panic sound, “Nooo…Iris that’s a terrible idea.”

“Why is that a terrible idea?” She crossed her arms ready to defend herself, “Just because Linda and you use to date and there’s a doppleganger of her running around does not mean that Y/N, has to be locked up with you and the ghost busters.”

He hung his head, “I just…she’s…I would prefer to keep her close to the lab right now. I don’t think Zoom knows about her and if for whatever reason she’s connected…”

“What an awful reason…but…I guess it makes some since.” She rolled her eyes and saw you coming back over and smiled, “Y/N, look who found us.”

Barry looked over at you his smile grew as your eyes lit up. You stopped staring at him a small smile on your face, “Barry, is everything alright? Cisco, said it was okay to come out.”

“No…” He made a face and scratched the back of his head, “I mean you’re fine…I just…came to make a fool out of myself apparently by over worrying.”

“You were worried?” You blushed a little.

“…yeah…” His arm fell to his side as he stood there smiling at you.

Iris looked between the two of you, “Well….Barry was saying how he needed to take you back to the lab…or something, but I have to run home. It was nice getting to know you, Y/N. I hope we can do it again.”

“Oh me too! Iris, thank you.” You smiled as she stood and hugged you.

Barry stared at the two of you for a moment until you parted, “See you later, Iris.”

You watched Iris go for a moment before turning your attention to Barry, “So…back to the lab?”

“Yeah…Uh…” He stared at you for a moment, “Caitlin, wants to run a few tests because of what Cisco found out about our version of you. They’re concerned and I think they’re right to be.”

“Oh…of course.” You grabbed your coat putting it on, “Did they say what was wrong?”

“Yes…but Caitlin should explain. I wouldn’t know…” He frowned a little.

“Well then, let’s grab a cab.” You smiled putting a hand on his arm.

He looked down and smirked, “I have a faster way…”

“Wha-” You felt a brief breeze on your face as your world shifted, “-t?”

He held you up as you wobbled inside of the lab, “Are you okay?”

You smiled at him holding onto his arms, “That is so awesome.”

“I know right…it’s been awhile since we’ve had someone new. It’s fun to show off a bit.” He smirked, “And this time I didn’t set anything on fire.”

“That’s good…wait…” You stared at him eyes getting wide, “I could’ve gotten set on fire?”

“Uh…” He shifted awkwardly as Caitlin approached.

“Warning label….wear one…” You smirked pointing at him as you turned to her, “You wanted to see me?”

“Yes…” Caitlin took a deep breath, “We found out that our version of you had cancer.”

“Okay…and?” You looked at her unphased by the news.

“She died when she was seventeen. We wanted to test you to make sure there wasn’t any indication that you might have cancer as well.”

“That’s not necessary, I did.” You told her, “I will still have a marker indicating as such.

“You do? You mean, you did…” Caitlin looked at you surprised, “I mean… you look very healthy for a cancer patient.”

You stared at them for a moment before speaking, “You don’t have a cure for cancer here, do you?”

Barry frowned shaking his head, “No, we don’t. It sounds like your world does.”

You nodded, “I found out when I was fifteen that I had Osteosarcoma. We started treatments right away, and now I have a slightly less advanced immune system. Other than that I’m perfectly healthy. You can still run your test if you like.”

“I don’t understand, you don’t have cancer anymore?” Caitlin stared at you in awe, “I mean it’s possible for your world to be more medically advance I suppose, but…really cancer free?”

“No, I don’t have it anymore.” You smiled at her. She looked like she wanted ask you a million questions, “Cancer is just cells growing uncontrollably, a doctor back in the 90s found the right combination of something that when ingested signals the cells to stop. A change in diet and a shift in my life style and I was on the road to recovery.”

“Barry…” Caitlin looked at him tearing up.

“Caitlin, I know.” He smiled at her, “But I don’t think Y/N, knows that answer to give you.”

You looked at them both seeing how important this was, “I…could still give you samples…I mean discovering how to cure this would mean a lot here too right?”

“You would have no idea.” Caitlin smiled at her, “I’m going to go get my kit, I’ll be right back.”

You smiled watching her go, “It’s strange…”

“What is?” Barry crossed his arms turning to you.

“Something that I took for granted…something that really wasn’t a big deal, means so much to your world.” You told him, “I mean it’s been like twenty years since the discovery of this cure, but at home it’s normal.”

“Well…whatever the case may be…I’m glad that you’re okay and that we have nothing to worry about.” He smiled staring at you. You felt yourself blushing. You were about to say something when his phone started to ring. He smiled answer, “Patty, what’s up? Yeah, we’re still on for later. I just have to finish up what I’m doing…”

You watched him excuse himself to talk alone. You felt your heart sink. Of course he had someone. Any girl would be lucky to have a Barry Allen in their life. You were fortunate to meet two.

“Y/N…” You looked at Caitlin. She frowned noticing you wipe the tears away, “Are you okay?”

“Yeah…well…no…” You sniffed clearing your throat, “I never thought I would see Barry again, and I know your Barry isn’t the same Barry…but… it’s a little hard being around him.”

Caitlin touched your arm in a soothing motion, “I’m sorry…We talked, Cisco and I, and we decided that you should come home with me for the night. We figured that staying with Barry might be a little awkward.”

“Right…you have no idea.” You told her as she opened up her kit to take a few samples, “You should use my left arm…it’s easier to draw from.”

Earth 3 (Or 1 Trillion)

Barry couldn’t believe what he was seeing on the screen. He moved forward in his seat and shushed his band mates turning it up.

“Witness report that Y/N L/N, was leaning forward to try and grab a student’s phone when she slipped and fell over and disappeared into thin air. Video footage from a tourist on the adjoining building happened to be filming caught this footage.”

It was hard to see if it was you. The person leaned, slipped, and just vanished. Somehow, Barry knew it was you. Only you would do something so reckless to make someone happy.

“Authorities are trying to determine if it is a hoax or prank.”

He pulled out his phone and tried calling your phone. No answer. Again. Nothing… His heart sank and he stood up.

“Barry, where are you going?”

“I have to…fix something.” He said grabbing his coat.