Last night I was thinking about the worst books I’ve ever read, and while this series doesn’t belong on that list, it was certainly the most… different? And I’m struggling so hard to remember what it was called.

All I remember is the following:

  • The protagonist and his sister were part of a special group of people who could visit this spirit world of sorts with animals, by eating magic dirt
  • Except the sister was taken by a bunch of evil rich people who prolonged their lives by harvesting the organs of children, and forced to work for them
  • The only character I remember by name was Lumpy, and that’s because his name was due to deadly bugs embedding themselves in his skin and so everyone called him Lumpy
  • At one point they ran into these people who lived in a cave I think, and they were vampires, I think? And they ritualistically cut off their ears
  • And an ice cream truck held some sort of special significance

Anyway if anyone by chance knows could you please tell me? I need to know I did not just dream this up. 

dad and i watch captain america: the winter soldier
  • dad: oh god it's starting shut up i've been waiting for this for months
  • (movie starts)
  • dad: i don't know what's happening but the french guy fighting cap looks like french macklemore
  • me: how do you even know who macklemore is?
  • dad: i'm hip. i'm cool
  • me: don't you do it
  • dad: i'm gonna pop some tags, only got 20 baguettes in my pocket
  • (five minutes later)
  • dad: is that the Falcon? that's totally the Falcon
  • me: how do you know?
  • dad: i used to read the comic books trust me on this i'm an expert. his superpower was that he could talk to birds
  • me: birds?
  • dad: i mean in hindsight it probably wasn't the most useful thing ever
  • dad: if this winter soldier is supposedly a ghost in the machine that nobody's ever seen, and nobody will ever catch, you would think showing up in broad daylight and blowing up cars would not be his modus operandi
  • dad: how the heck did he laser through concrete??
  • me: idk dad it's nick fury he can probably do whatever he wants
  • dad: i'm sorry attractive nurse who just so happens to live next door, my heart belongs to a seventy year russian dude with a bionic arm
  • me: what
  • dad:
  • dad: nick fury isn't dead. justice never dies. he probably has a billion clones in some top secret storage facility, just waiting for their organ harvest.
  • me: ew dad gross no
  • dad: i really relate to that apple store employee
  • me: we all do dad
  • dad: oh that's that guy from the first movie! i remember him! he was my favorite, his eyes were so blue, and he loved steve so much. i wanted them to get together
  • me: dad good god
  • dad: he was a little less marilyn manson at that point though
  • dad: not that guyliner isn't a good look for this guy
  • dad: when a deadly russian assassin wears eyeliner, it's 'he's so dreamy' and 'wow what a badass'
  • dad: but when i do it it's 'you're too old' and 'bald guys can't pull off make-up'
  • me: dad it was halloween and it was one time you need to let this go
  • dad: so bucky barnes, aka cute cocky guy who died in the first movie, aka steve roger's best friend/boyfriend, is a top secret super scary brainwashed hydra agent?
  • me: mmm-hm
  • dad: called it
  • dad: do you think single handedly destroying jets is just a common, everyday thing for cap? punch a few tanks, feed a few pigeons, take out a plane, help old ladies cross the street...
  • dad: captain america is like your grandad minus the booze and the cussing
  • dad: in all honesty that was a little anti-climactic
  • dad: i was 100% sure nick fury was gonna descend majestically from the heavens, 'All I do is Win' blaring in the background, and single-handedly save everyone's ass
  • dad: scarjo and chris evans are two of the most beautiful people in the world and they are both in this movie and i don't know how to feel about it i have butterflies in my stomach i'm a schoolboy again
  • me: you know on second thought we should have brought mom
  • dad: where's hawkeye? where's bruce? where's tony? where's thor? WHERE ARE ALL THE OTHER AVENGERS AS THE ENTIRETY OF SHIELD IS COMPROMISED AND NICK FURY DIES
  • me: maybe they figured steve could handle it
  • dad: maybe they're all lazy assholes

Remember in season 8 of Grey’s Anatomy when they went to Idaho and successfully harvested those organs? Then everyone went home, Mark & Lexie got married, Callie & Arizona had another baby, Meredith and Derek had Bailey, and everyone lived happily ever after? What a good show, that Grey’s Anatomy. I’m sad it’s over, but at least it ended on a good note.

anonymous asked:

I feel like a fool for not knowing this but how are the sciences used to promote white supremacy? Does this refer to all sciences or just the social sciences? If it's much too complicated to sum up succinctly why they're racist, could you maybe point me to some reading material on the subject? I wouldn't really know where to start researching a topic like this. Thank you.

every natural and social science originated in service to, is deeply indebted to, or has at least been wielded in service of, empire & white supremacy (some more directly than others imo). science & scientific thought under capitalism exist as tools for the dissemination of narratives that support capitalism and/or imperialist exploitation, plus some scientific knowledge arises from or is used to further imperialism & white supremacy in a very immediate sense.

a few things to consider off the top of my head:

additional readings and specific things to research can be found in my science tag

You want Langst, I’ll give you Langst!

So imagine Keith as the leader, ordering the paladdins to go on some mission to steal some quintessence from a Galra ship. The strategy is ill-advised by Lance, but his warning is overlooked. The mission goes horribly wrong and Lance is ambushed by a bunch of Galra, and exposed to a ton of Haggarium (which, if you’ve seen Voltron Force was basically corrupted quintessence) The paladdins are forced to retreat, and in this scenario, they only arrived with one lion, and it isn’t blue. So by the time, he’s finally captured by the Galra soldiers,  his body has been soaking in the stuff for literal hours. As such, he’s basically a walking corpse, with every single cell rapidly  decaying. Haggar thinks he’s useless to them and advocates just killing him off, but Lotor isn’t one to throw away potential, however inefficient it may seem.

So Lotor, being the sicko that he is, submits our lovable Cuban comic relief to a series of torturous surgeries where Lance has basically his skin, and internal organs replaced with those harvested from a wide variety of Galra prisoners. He’s basically a walking amalgamation of grafted alien parts. His skin, that he put so much effort into preventing acne from forming on, is no longer his own. And here’s the real kicker: because the quintessence powering his life force has been corrupted, his body is still rapidly degenerating. This means that while the Galra can stuff him full of all kinds of drug concoctions to slow down the infection, they can’t stop it. So he has to undergo the grafting surgeries over and over again on a regular basis. And since the prisoners are a limited resource, Lance is  eventually forced to go to other planets to kill the aliens who’s bodies he’ll be using in future transplants.

Now imagine Lance  covering up his body and wear a mask at all times-but if he ever fails a mission, Lotor calls together all the soldiers on his ship, and forces Lance to strip naked in front of all of them, showing off his disgusting body as it rapidly withers before their very eyes. Every cringe, every accusation that the soldiers have done nothing to deserve the sight of him, and every time a soldier vomits, feels like a whiplash across his chest, no matter how many times he’s been showcased. Lotor always takes him aside and warmly embraces him afterwards. Lance can’t himself from sobbing into his chest.

“Don’t worry, Lance“ the Galra prince whispers

“Even if the whole universe thinks you’re an atrocity, I will always except your deformed figure as it is.“

Imagine Lotor coming to visit him after every surgery, when he’s most vulnerable both physically and mentally. Imagine Lotor reminding him how it’s Keith’s fault that he’s trapped in this grotesque body. “I wonder what else he’s ruined for you“ He muses demurely, as he touches one of the bandages. Lance thinks back to his time at the garrision, where he was constantly reminded that he got Keith’s sloppy seconds. He thinks of how Shiro, his idol trusted Keith more with the power of leading Voltron than himself. He thinks of Allura, the most beautiful woman in the universe, snuggling up with Keith in the red lion Suddenly, he can see them, plain as day. At this point, he’s not sure if it’s all in his head or not. But they’re kissing. And it makes his heart…or whatever alien apendage is currently in his chest cavity pumping his blood feel like withering. And it shouldn’t be feeling like that. Not right after it got a new transplant. When he finally gets over the waves of nausea, he realizes that they’re talking. When he strains his ears, they’re laughing. And then he whimpers. Because they’re laughing at him

“Can you believe that that pathetic excuse for a Paladdin, ever thought I would love him“ Chortles Allura

“Especially when someone like me is around?“ Adds Keith, who is bent over from laughing so hard.

“I didn’t even want him when the most disgusting part of his body was his ears!“ Gasps Allura as  she struggles to catch her breath after cackling so much.

“Can you imagine his audacity if he showed up looking like Frankenstein’s monster, trying to flirt with you?“ Guffaws Keith?

“Oh that’s just cold“ comments Lotor, who Lance didn’t even realize was next to him until now.

“Imagine him going “girl you’ve already activated my particle barrier’ in that gargled voice of his, as he tries to keep his arms from falling off!“ Laughs Pidge who, along with Hunk suddenly materialized out of nowhere.

“SHUT UP SHUT UP!“ Shrieks Lance as he rushes at them-only to appear in the hospital again, alone. He grits his teeth. It’s their fault that he’s like this. It’s their fault that he was forced to become this sickening artifucial hybrid on a mission he never even wanted to go on. It’s their fault he’ll never be able to look his family in the eye, again. He vows never to rest until he has his revenge. Let’s see how much they’re laughing when their organs are transplanted into his own body. Let’s see how funny it is, when they’re forced to become a part of the second-class cargo pilot who could store the amount of information in his brain in a paper airplane.

Anatomy taught by human dissection is an important part of medical training for surgeons, and postmortem examination provides vital clues to the pathology of diseases and thus their treatment.

This picture shows an antiquated method of removing the brain after it is severed from the body - from a 1905 manual of postmortem pathology by Henry W. Cattell (note the lack of gloves).


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The Red Market: On the Trail of the World’s Organ


Investigative journalist Scott Carney reports on the lucrative and deeply secretive trade in human bodies and body parts.

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Uyghur Doctor Enver Tohti witnessing Organ pillaging in China - Donor was Alive (by saveuyghurs)

Mafia Themed Sentences

{ trigger warnings: violence, noncon/dubcon implications } 
originally from memeroundups but the post has been deleted so we’re reposting it.

  • “You’d do well to pay. It’s in your best interest.“
  • “We have ways of making you talk.”
  • “The moment you came to us, we owned you.”
  • “I’m not guarding the boss’s kid to play babysitter. Sit and behave.”
  • “You run your mouth again and see what happens.”
  • “I don’t care how tired you are, you don’t turn down clients until I say you can.”
  • “Didn’t think I’d catch you, eh? Run away again, and I’ll break your legs.”
  • “That was your first kill, you should feel proud. Hey… you don’t look so good…”
  • “I don’t know what kind of ideas you’re getting but remember this… without me, you’re nothing.”
  • “The world will eat you if you let it. That’s why it’s everyone for themselves. But here, you’ve got loyalty.”
  • “Don’t be ungrateful… on your own with this kind of city, you’d be laying face down on a ditch if he/she hadn’t found you.”
  • “You used to be such a good kid… glad I was able to break that out of you.”
  • “I think there’s a mole in our operations… and you don’t exactly seem innocent to me.”
  • “There’s no out. Even if you tried to kill yourself, we’ll just lock you up.”
  • “Consider this a ‘gentle’ reminder of respect when speaking to me.”
  • “Don’t worry, you’ll start to enjoy it soon enough.”
  • “You might be a ruthless brute, but you’re ‘my’ ruthless brute.”
  • “Kill him/her.”
  • “They don’t wanna pay? Burn their house down.”
  • “Don’t you know? You’re the gang’s ‘pet’.”
  • “I think they’ve earned their lesson, you can stop hitting him/her now.”
  • “Do you honestly intend to get this far without getting your hands dirty?”
  • “He’s/she’s squirming around too much, drug them.”
  • “Far as you know, I’m the best thing that’s ever happened to you.”
  • “I’m sick of this, I want out.”
  • “N-no… I… I didn’t want to kill him.”
  • “I’m through with being your fucking lap dog.”
  • “People wanna kill me in my sleep…”
  • “I’m tired of being numb and desensitized. I’m tired of killing before I eat a goddamn breakfast like nothing happened. I’m tired of this life.”
  • “If anything happens, I’ll take the blame. And don’t you dare to try to put it all on you this time, don’t even fucking think about it.”
  • “I don’t care if my demands are silly, if you don’t do them, then your boss won’t be pleased if I suddenly got ‘injured’ under your watch.
  • “Do you even know what you started? The riot and upcoming gang war will be beyond what your fucking punk ass can handle!”
  • “How about we make a deal?”
  • “Oh don’t worry, I won’t make a move anytime soon, but I’ll be watching you.”
  • “Are you willing to take a bullet for me?”
  • “I don’t know if I’m willing to forgive you just yet. Maybe if I throw another punch…”
  • “I’m a person, and not someone for you to order around.”
  • “You think you’re hot shit, but I’m the one who does your dirty work.”
  • “You honestly believed I would never turn against you?”
  • “M-my leg… it’s shot, I can’t walk…”
  • “I ran away, but they’ll be looking for me I know it.”
  • “You don’t need to get involved. Just walk away.”
  • “Who said not to mix business with pleasure? Let’s talk this over with a date…”
  • “If they find out I’m sleeping with you, they’ll kill me.”
  • “Don’t worry, I heard human trafficking isn’t so bad. At least they’re not harvesting your organs.”
  • “Please, let me go. I won’t do it again, please.”
  • “It was simply a mistake on my part, it won’t happen again. I promise.”
  • “No no, I’m not interested in your friends. I want you. Give yourself over, and they’ll be safe.”
  • “You can sell me, but I’ll fight it with every fiber of my being.”
  • “Hey hey, are you passing out? Come on, tell me names and I’ll stop the beatings.”
  • “I trusted you. You were the only one I trusted, and for what? So you can stab my back?”
  • “I can’t believe what you’re doing! Untie me, now. Do you have any idea what deep shit you’re in?!”
  • “Just do what you’re told, like you always do.”
  • “I know you’ve been tailing me.”
  • “Care to explain why you were attempting to kidnap me?”
  • “You know, you’re always such a fucking thorn on my side. But laying on the ground, beaten and helpless, you ain’t lookin’ half bad…”
  • “Alright, you just quietly sit there on that chair lookin’ pretty. I’ll go collect your ransom.”
  • “Did you just hit me, you fucking piece of-”
  • “We can run away together.”
  • “Come on, let me help you!”
  • “Then you’ll be going to the highest bidder. Grand, eh? Ready for the auction?”
  • “I don’t care what kind of best you have, you’re okay in my book.”
  • “Shit, they weren’t supposed to die. Alright, we gotta cover this up. Grab that body.”
  • “Can’t you ever follow orders?”