a lot of conspiracies are interesting as hell but what I don’t like about most conspiracy theorists that they don’t realize that capitalism is the actual issue but loads of them are hardcore capitalists so u know lol, but like they’ll talk about how the CIA is hiding UFOs and wants to enact population control or whatever but will ignore you if you claim they’ve assassinated dozens of anti-capitalist leaders and have played a huge role in slander campaigns against communism which have filled the US with blatantly false info, and that’s like a very real and decently well known thing, can read on wikipedia about it even but lmao they don’t buy it, plenty think the NWO or whatever wants communism which is just fffijwlgbda

the FBI along with local police departments straight up assassinated multiple black panthers and turned gangs from protection groups to the gangs we know today via crack distribution and the dismantling of the black organizations that like oversaw those gangs, like the panthers, they arrested and imprisoned hundreds of members of black liberation groups on clearly false charges, and then on top of that you see shit like US history books taking passages directly from the writings of marx, lenin, ect. and intentionally changing words (like in missouri our books had a quote from the mannifesto considering that’s the only communist literature any americans seem to know, and they changed the word capitalism to “democracy” so instead of saying capitalism will fall and be replaced with communism, it said democracy) but you bring up this shit to a load of conspiracy theorists and they’ll call you paranoid or whatever like ffs

anyway basically most of the conspiracy community is white-centric and based on the ideas of capitalist economic freedom


pittsburgh penguins × fairy tales (1/?)

for a long time, snow white lay peacefully, and changed not, but looked as if she were only asleep, for she was still white as snow, red as blood, and black-haired as ebony.

Right now, Congress is considering what language to use in the bill responsible for funding the U.S. Health & Human Services Agency (HHS). HHS oversees a lot of disabled-related programs, including several other federal agencies that focus on people with disabilities. VOR (originally an abbreviation for “Voice of the [R-word slur]”), a group that persistently advocates for more institutionalization, is trying to get all of their supporters nationally to send in letters to the congressional committee ending all federal funds for home and community-based services. Basically, they want to protect institutions – group homes, large-scale institutions, and sheltered workshops, where disabled people earn just cents per hour for menial labor in a segregated workplace.

We need your voice to fight against those who want to keep disabled people in segregated settings. We’re asking our members and supporters (and chapters!) to send the letter below the cut to the committee urging them to support funds for community integration. These funds will make sure HHS and its agencies can keep moving people out of institutions while ensuring they get the services they need in the community. People with disabilities belong in the same schools, workplaces, and communities as everyone else. We deserve real choice, not institutions and segregation. 

All you have to do is follow these simple steps:
1. Fill in the spaces on the letter with your name and where you are from. You should encourage others to send copies as well, and they should fill in the spaces with their individual information.
2. Email the whole thing to using the subject line “FY 2016 written testimony for the record." 

All letters have to be sent by 5:00pm Eastern Time on this Wednesday, April 29.

Thank you for taking action on this urgent and time sensitive issue!

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last night when i was at a bar i was standing there talking to my friend when i felt this arm go around me and i looked over to find this random dude smirking at me.  i was so shocked and uncomfortable that i became speechless but it turns out that that didn’t even matter because less than a second later my friend ripped me out from the guy’s grip, put her arms protectively around me, shouted “SHE’S MINE!”, and then dragged me away

Coming Out FTISLAND: Members talking about the rumors that Hongki was leaving the band.
  • Jonghoon:I do have some anxiety about the possibly that we might break apart
  • Seunghyun:It did feel a bit like we were in a crisis.
  • Minhwan:Even before 'Pray' came out, I wondered if we’d be able to continue as we have been
  • Hongki:Honestly, last year was a bit hard for me. Even though I had been struggling to protect our group, other people kept talking behind our backs saying these things. I really, really hated that.
  • Hongki:The thing I hate the most is when other people say that the lead vocal will be leaving the band. I would never do that.
  • Jonghoon:That was something we were worrying about too. We’re really grateful that you’re saying that, thank you.
  • Jaejin:Last year other people at our company were saying, ‘If Lee Hongki doesn’t continue, what are you going to do?’ so it was really hard for us too.
  • Jaejin:So that was the time when we thought the most that we have to be the best so that you don’t leave the group, so that as a team we can be the best
  • Hongki:Don’t think that.
  • Jaejin:Of course not now, it’s all been settled

I’m going to take a guess about what the MtG movie is going to be about.

I think that the five planeswalkers in Origins will head to Nicol Bolas’ lair with the intent to defeat him (all with their own reasons). The movie opens with Gideon kicking in Bolas’ door, Jace whipping up some mental barriers to protect the group, Liliana ready to raise some dead scattered around the place, Chandra gathering energy for a massive fireball, and Nissa bringing out an army of elementals from the ground.

And Nicol Bolas just snaps his fingers and sends them to…Earth. The rest of the movie is a sitcom of the five former planeswalkers living together in a New York apartment and their new lives because they can’t go back to the multiverse. Complete with laugh track.



Some Han Dynasty style dressed individuals playing traditional Chinese instruments at Zizhuyuan (Purple Bamboo Park) in Beijing, China.

My friend told me that they put on these mini-performances as a form of supporting traditional Han culture (a heritage protection group). He also told me that he joined their events sometimes so he has one of these outfits too. I wish I had asked for a picture of him in his outfit (he’s cute >v<).

Earth Day 2015

Earth Day 2015

By Philip Ross

April 22 is Earth Day, the annual event meant to raise awareness about Mother Nature’s health and the efforts being made to protect it. Environmental groups in countries all over the world are gearing up to take their message of good stewardship to millions of people. Below are 23 quotes and sayings to share on Earth Day 2015 to help spread the word. Some are inspiring, others are just for laughs and some come from a place of wisdom.

Earth Day events commemorate what is considered the birth of the modern environmental movement. The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 on college campuses across the U.S. and was the invention of Gaylord Nelson, a former Democratic U.S. senator from Wisconsin whose idea for Earth Day was born out of watching the momentum of the student-led anti-war protests of the 1960s and his frustration with D.C. gridlock over enacting environmental protections. “It was a gamble,” Nelson said of the movement. “But it worked.“

It was Earth Day that largely led to the U.S. passing legislation such as the Clean Water Acts and to the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Here are 23 sayings that pay homage to Mother Nature:

1. “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein
2. “Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.” – Bill Vaughan
3. “As crude a weapon as the cave man’s club, the chemical barrage has been hurled against the fabric of life.” – Rachel Carson
4. “We have met the enemy and he is us.” – Walt Kelly
5. “Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.” – Cree Indian proverb
6. “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” — Theodore Roosevelt
7. “I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
8. “Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
9. “Environmentalists have long been fond of saying that the sun is the only safe nuclear reactor, situated, as it is some ninety-three million miles away.” – Stephanie Mills
10. “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir
11. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
12. “The earth is what we all have in common.” – Wendell Berry
13. “Keep close to Nature’s heart … and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir
14. "That’s the thing about Mother Nature, she really doesn’t care what economic bracket you’re in.” – Whoopi Goldberg
15. “For 200 years we’ve been conquering nature. Now we’re beating it to death.” – Tom McMillan
16. “Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees.” – Karle Wilson Baker
17. “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” – Mahatma Gandhi
18. “A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.” – John James Audubon
19. “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu
20. "An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.” – David Attenborough
21. “Sooner or later, we will have to recognize that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans.” – Evo Morales
22. “I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so. Some say it has yet to appear on planet Earth.” – Stephen Hawking
23. “Why should I care about future generations? What have they ever done for me?” – Groucho Marx

While I can’t picture Naruto with any of the girls his age romantically (Tenten, Sakura, Ino, and Hinata), I love making headcanons where they’re this group who protects each other and anyone they see from bullying. Basically, they’re this big friendship group that never gives up on one another and raises each other up.

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there is a documentary on Netflix right now that I highly recommend watching called Fed Up. It’s basically about how everything the food industry tells us about diet and exercise is incorrect and how the government, in order to protect the interest groups who are funding them, are actually letting the obesity epidemic get worse and hen continuing to blame the overweight individuals.

There is some highly triggering material in it (part of the doc follows the lives of a couple obese children and the interviews with the one little girl made me cry violently and made me think about my childhood which was uncomfy) but I really think that everyone should watch it.

 Particularly anyone who is still convinced that fat people are unhealthy, lazy or not trying, because if the 10000s of people yelling at you on tumblr wont convince you, maybe science will. 

This Week At the Leviticus Lobby

Texas:  McKinney Gay Man’s Front Door Vandalized With Homophobic Image & Slur (video)

Texas:  Former GOP Chair Warns Gay Marriage ‘Could Be the End Of America’ (video)

Texas:  Judge Throws Out Petition To Repeal Houston’s LGBT Protections

Hate Group Focus On the Family Founder James Dobson Does Not Understand Bisexuality:  ‘That’s Orgies!’ (audio)

Philadelphia:  Judge Rejects Motions To Downgrade Charges In Gay Bashing Case

From left: Philip Williams, Kathryn Knott and Kevin Harrigan.  A judge has refused to downgrade charges against three people accused of beating a gay couple on a Philadelphia street in September.

Hate Group Misnamed Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver Warns Cultural Shifts That Include Same-Sex Marriage Will Destroy Nation’s Religious Underpinnings 

U.S. Diplomats Facing Career Restrictions For Being In Same-Sex Relationships 

Kentucky;  Judge Rules Against State’s Gay Marriage Ban, Decision On Hold Pending SCOTUS Outcome

Washington, D.C.:  House Republicans Introduce Resolution To Kill District’s LGBT Rights Protections

Michigan:  Auto Repair Shop Owner Who Refuses To Serve Gays ‘Is Not A Licensed Mechanic,’ Has Several Run-Ins With the Law

“This Man Knows As Much About Jesus As I Do Abut Fixing Cars:: Homophobic Shop Gets Destroyed By Yelp Reviewers

As Predicted, Antigay Mechanic Says He Has ReceiveDeath Threats, Call For Support From Fellow Christians ($$$)

Grand Rapids Bankruptcy Lawyer Pens Brilliant Letter Smackdown To Homophobic Auto Shop Owner

Asinine Ann Coulter On ‘Christian’ Antigay Auto Shop Owner

Fox Contributor and Southern Baptist Megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress:  If We Allow Gays To Get Married, Why Not Siblings? (video)

Fox’s O’Reilly and preacher Robert Jeffress agreed it will be ‘open season on christians’ following Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling.

Former Exec of Hate Group National Organization For Marriage’s Maggie Gallagher:  Tell Gay Friend He’s Driving His Spouse Away From ‘God’s Plan’

Minnesota:  Anti-Transgender Flier Distributed at State’s Republican Party Meeting

Alabama:  Chief Justice and Chief Homophobe Roy Moore Honored By Hate Group Coalition of African American Pastors for Opposing Gay Marriage

Colorado:  School Board Member Posts Then Backtracks On Hate Group’s Antigay Letter About ‘Perverse Indoctrination’ On National Day Of Silence, “I Didn’t Read It”

Yesterday marked the national “Day of Silence,” a day where middle and high school students across the country helped raise awareness about anti-LGBT bullying by remaining silent in school. Yesterday also marked the day a Colorado school board member attempted to do damage control after it was revealed she had posted a link on Facebook from a hate group encouraging a “walk out” on April 17 to counter-protest the anti-bullying day.

Colorado:  Log Cabin Republicans Locked Out of Conservative Conference Because of ‘Diametrically Opposed Beliefs’

Colorado:  Denver Bakery Targeted With Another Suit For Not Being Willing To Bake Antigay Cake

Hate Group American Family Association’s Cock-Obsessed Bryan Fischer: ‘There Is An Absolute Direct Link’ Between Low Military Morale and ‘The Repeal Of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ (video)

GOP Presidential Possibility Rick Santorum:  ‘I Would Not’ Attend Same-Sex Wedding Of Gay Person I love

Florida:  GOP-Proposed Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill Would Leave Thousand Of Foster Children In the Lurch, Say Welfare Advocates

HB7111 would allow tax-funded adoption agencies to turn down couples looking to adopt based purely on their religious beliefs and sexual orientation.

Right-Wing Hero and Phony Historian David Barton Assures Glenn Beck That the Government Can Outlaw Homosexuality (video)

Pity!  State’s Cannot Get Elite Attorneys To Defend Their Gay Marriage Bans

North Carolina:  State Technology Giant IBM Tells GOP Governor and Lawmakers It Opposes Religious Freedom Restoration Bill 

Louisiana:  IBM Opposes Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Religious Freedom Bill

‘Ex-Gay’ Adult Film Star-Turned-Minsister Joseph Sciambra Complains About ‘Gay Bowel Syndrome’ and Porn Culture

The last time we heard from ex-gay BDSM adult film star Joseph Sciambra, he was warning us that gay sex anally births the devil and lamenting over having to have his “sphincter almost stitched shut” after a shoot one time. Now, in a new interview with the Catholic World Report, the born again Christian minister had a lot to say about life after hardcore gay porn, which he describes as an “addiction.”

Former KKK Sympathizer and Hate Group Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins:  Negotiating With Gays Like Negotiating With Satan (audio)

10 Novel, Absurd, and Irrelevant Arguments Made In Supreme Court Briefs Against Marriage Equality

Maine:  State Will No Consider Religious Freedom Bill

Pennsylvania:  Some Students Organize ‘Antigay Da’ In Response To ‘Day Of Silence’

A group of students at McGuffey High School in Claysville, Pa., allegedly spread the news that if they were “anti-gay,” they were to wear a flannel shirt and write “Anti-Gay” on their hands. (Source: rand0mshitbl0g)

Is Queer Sex Legal?  How Sex Laws Have Changed (or Not) Since 1964

California:  Prison Guard Locked In Room With Large Dog To ‘Cure’ Him Of Being Gay Files Lawsuit

‘Children Of Gays’ Lawyer to SCOTUS:  Ban Same-Sex Marriage So Bisexuals Will Marry Heterosexually 

Australia:  Two Men Sentenced To 21 Years In Jail For Fatal Vigilante Attack of Gay Man

Jamaica:  Gay Teens Thrown Out of Shelter By Mob

Let me tell you some shit.

To anyone who is not HERE IN BALTIMORE CITY RIGHT NOW. You have no right to speak for what is happening. On Saturday afternoon a group of 15 adolescents attacked police officers for supervising the peaceful protest. They threw rocks and broken beer bottles, threw trash cans through windows and set fire to police cars. Then this same group of people ran through Baltimore city destroying shit (which is rioting) today. There has been more destruction. High school students were detained for “purge threats” YES this was on social media. They were not innocent, but I don’t agree with the tear gassing. Several groups of people have been looting stores down town and STILL assaulting police officers who have not used any force against them. They’re all too scared shitless of police brutality videos for protecting their city. Another group of individuals set fire to a brand new store, the only store in the area providing fresh food too the area. When fire fighters set up the fire hose a leader of a group of men distracted the news reporter while two men from his group stabbed the fire hose twice and when questioned about it the man said “it’s not about my city burning it’s about making a statement” or something to that effect. Rioters are still assaulting police officers as I sit here typing to you. The national guard has been called in and so has all of the surrounding county police officers.

YES THIS IS RIOTING. This isn’t helping any cause and Freddie Grays family said they want this to stop.

To the people speaking on this who aren’t living it: shut your mouth. All the people throwing rocks are rioters, they are assaulting police officers and they deserve to be arrested.

My heart goes out to all the men and women in uniform protecting us.

Very freaked out about some pretty gross horrific things that occurred in a genderqueer kik group I’m a part of. Reminder that safe spaces can be invaded and become incredibly unsafe. Protect your space but leave if you need to. Very shaken up. I would appreciate some love for me and my genderqueer babies.

Peptide synthesis using chemistry. If you don’t want ribosomes to do it for you, you can use chemistry to create polymers of amino acids.

In solution, the amino group is protonated and makes a poor nucleophile, while the acid group is deprotonated and makes a poor electrophile. By raising the pH and using a nonpolar solvent, you can deprotonate the amino group and make it nucleophilic. The acid needs to be activated by reaction with DCC/HOBt for it to become electrophilic - in fact, the acid acts as a nucleophile in these steps.

To prevent unwanted reactions, N- and/or C-termini need to be protected. The different protecting groups are chemically orthogonal, so you can remove one protecting group without disturbing any of the others. This also goes for reactive sidechains - protect them to prevent them from unwanted reactions.

Synthetic peptide synthesis von Ayraethazide ist lizenziert unter einer Creative Commons Namensnennung - Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 4.0 International Lizenz.

Why Seattle’s 1999 Protesters Were Right

In 1999, my friend moved to Seattle, where he was hit with rubber bullets, tear-gassed in the face, and nearly arrested by police. He had joined the famous protests of the WTO Ministerial Conference, widely known as the Seattle Protests. The Occupy Wall Street of their time, they focused on globalization rather than the excesses of finance. And, quite like the Occupy Wall Street of their time, they were often mocked by critics as silly, aimless, and overly hand-wringy about the future.

The organizers were a hodgepodge of groups—unions worried about competition from cheap foreign labor, environmentalists worried about the outsourcing of polluting activities, consumer protection groups worried about unsafe imports, labor rights groups worried about bad working conditions in other countries, and leftists of various stripes simply venting their anger at capitalism.

In the decade that followed, the Seattle protests came to seem as not only silly, but also misguided. After all, what were the excesses of globalization compared to the travesty of the Iraq War, or the disaster of the financial crisis? America seemed to decide that we had much more important things to protest about, and the Seattle protesters have been largely forgotten in our pop media culture.

It is a shame, because the worries of the Seattle protesters have been proven right on nearly every count.

The clearest example is competition from foreign workers, which really has slammed the American working class. Economists David Autor, David Dorn, and Gordon Hanson did very careful empirical work and found that competition from China lowered wages and increased unemployment for American workers who were in competition with Chinese imports. Economists Michael Elsby, Bart Hobijn, and Aysegul Sahin found that competition from developing countries—not the decline of unions or the rise of automation—has been responsible for the bulk of the recent decline in labor’s share of income in the United States.

Chinese imports have lowered prices for consumers and raised the income of capital owners, but those benefits are either spread very thinly over a large number of people, or concentrated among the rich. The American workers who have been hurt by globalization have been hurt very badly, and America has no system in place to compensate them for that loss. China’s accession to the WTO in 2000, following the 1999 meeting, accelerated its rise as an export powerhouse.

Next, take unsafe imports. The scary truth is that we don’t even really know how much of a problem this is. But here’s what we do know: Food imports from China have skyrocketed, and the FDA has had trouble keeping up with theswarm of possible dangers. Although the U.S. and China have worked toimprove safety standards for imported toys, Chinese toys still contain large amounts of heavy metals, including lead. If childhood-lead exposure really doeslead to violent crime, it suggests Seattle protesters warned us of a considerable danger.

How about environmental destruction? The “race to the bottom” theory is that by allowing rich-country companies to invest freely in countries that don’t protect the environment, globalization forces rich countries to lower their environmental standards as well. That theory doesn’t seem to have a lot of support in the data; economists have generally found little effect of globalization on pollution in the U.S. itself. But globalization does seem to export pollution to developing countries. For many types of pollution, the burden falls on our trade partners: Chinese people are literally choking to death by coal smoke, much of which is burned by heavy industry that’s expanded since 1999.

Even if you don’t care about the health of Chinese people (I do), you should be worried about carbon emissions, because global warming is truly global. Economists find that globalization does increase carbon emissions at first, and then decreases emissions as our trading partners get richer and more urbanized. But the increase probably already happened in China, while the decrease has yet to manifest. Since its accession to the WTO, China has soared way past the United States as the world’s top emitter of carbon, pushing up world emissions even as U.S. emissions have fallen. Much of that carbon is produced to make goods that are exported to the U.S.

Almost everything the Seattle protesters have warned us about has come to pass, much of it a direct result of the WTO’s actions in 2000. 

If I could go back in time, I would make the WTO heed the concerns of the Seattle protesters. They were not silly. They were right.

The federal government on Monday proposed removing most of the world’s humpback whale population from the endangered species list, saying they have rebounded after 45 years of protections.

The NOAA is proposing to reclassify humpback whales into 14 separate populations, and removing 10 of those from the endangered species list, saying that the humpback population has bounced back since they started being protected in 1970. Environmental groups are opposing this, saying that humpback whales are still at threat from climate change, shipping, and ocean acidification.