madmajwithabox  asked:

hi! so. i'm katie from wicnet. i just wanted to thank you for sharing the small council link. i messaged op already, but i wanted to say thanks to you as well since i may not have seen it otherwise. of course, i know you shared it bc you're a jon/sansa shipper. BUT i had just been talking to a friend abt how down i get abt the comments on my articles; i write abt sansa A Lot & since she continues to get hate, i do too & it bums me out enormously. so i just wanted to say thanks, bc it means a lot

I’m sorry you get hate. That’s just so unnecessary and spoils what should be fun. Sansa is great and regardless of what character(s) you’re drawn to or what ship(s), I wish people would just let people do their thing. I have a hard time not taking hate personally as well, so I feel you that it gets you down. *hugs* Your article is great!


All good comments & articles about Leeteuk replacing Kwanghee on best secret to cooking & how well he hosts

“leeteuk looks more comfortable”
“atmosphere became brighter, the cooks have brighter expressions”
“indeed his visual”
“gives off a real bf feel”
“they keep using close ups now, visuals are important”
“I never cared about him but seeing him, he’s quite charming & really good at hosting" ©

On Portmanteau Emotions: Frangry

I really enjoy the works of Lewis Carroll.  His teaching logic and how language works through fantasy is fun and very entertaining.  One of the linguistic tools Carroll invented was portmanteau words.  For those not familiar with the concept, you take the sounds of two words, blend them together to make a new word that combines the meaning of both.  For example: “motel” is the combination of “motor” and “hotel.”  In pop culture, you see portmanteau being used a lot when it comes to celebrity relationships-Brangelina, Bennifer, Spederline…are all portmanteaus of the names of celebrity couples.  One of my recent favorite portmanteau words is “hangry,” hungry + angry.  When you get really irritable because you are hungry.  “Hangry” is a great portmanteau.  Reading the online comments on my article, “On Rural America: Understanding Isn’t the Problem,” and some of the direct messages I’ve received on Facebook, there seems to be the impression out there that I’m angry. To be honest with you, “angry” alone doesn’t truly capture how I feel.  I’m more than angry.  I also very frustrated.  I’m frangy.  My anger is almost always a product of being frustrated.  Right now, I have a lot of reasons to be frangry.

I’m frangry that America elected a sexist, racist, bigoted con man as President. I’m frangry this is how progressives chose to repay Barack Obama, the most progressive president since FDR, for everything he’s done for them.
I’m frangry conservatives have no moral compass and will do anything to win.
I’m frangry progressives bring a tambourine to a gunfight when it comes to politics.
I’m frangry at every single so-called progressive who sat on their ass in 2010 allowing the Tea Party to take the House and a lot of state legislatures and every single horrible fucking thing that has been a consequence of this.
I’m frangry at conservatives who donated to, supported, and voted for Donald Trump and then have the balls to tell me they don’t agree with his racism/bigotry/sexism.
I’m frangry at progressives who pout and whine when their unicorn isn’t delivered in time or when it is, bitch it isn’t the exact right shade of teal.
I’m frangry at people who wear their stupidity as a badge of honor.
I’m frangry at people who are eager to take health insurance away from the people who need it the most.
I’m frangry at people who voted for Trump and are now bitching he might take away their health insurance.
I’m frangry at progressives who bought into and passed along right wing lies and conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton.
I’m frangry at progressives who didn’t rally around the Party’s candidate because their candidate lost the primary.
I’m frangry at progressives who voted for someone to be president who couldn’t win a city assessor race if she ran unopposed (Jill Stein.)
I’m frangry at progressives who voted for Gary Johnson, someone who makes Jill Stein look like Madame Curie.
I’m frangry at anyone suddenly who has “buyer’s remorse” now that the reality of Trump being president is setting in.
I’m frangry at white conservatives for their racism or their willingness to overlook racism.
I’m frangry at progressives for not being a true ally for minorities when they needed them to be the most.
I’m frangry that the progress that took years to attain and was earned with the hard work, blood, sweat, and tears of progressives of the past will now be massively rolled back and have to be fought for again by people who can’t be bothered to enough to spend a few minutes in a line at the polls.
I’m frangry at people making excuses why they didn’t do the right thing when it mattered.
I’m frangry at white people acting all butthurt and oppressed. 
I’m frangry at white people telling me they are tired of being “picked on” and “humiliated.”  
I’m frangry at white people in general.
I’m frangry at people who treat voting as something that only affects them.
I’m frangry at people who say stupid shit like, “Choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil,” and “I have to vote my conscience.”
I’m frangry at anyone who said, “I’m all for a woman president, just not this woman.”
I’m frangry at progressives who, when the chance to not only stand up for and protect their minority base but push women’s rights to whole new level, didn’t.
I’m frangry that Trump being president and every single horrible thing that is going to come of it could have been easily avoided.
I’m frangry too many so-called “progressives” still believe their political strategy of purity is the way to go.
I’m frangry at every single hot take about how Dems need to understand, reach out to, and sympathize with Trump voters.
I’m frangry that I feel some compassion for the people who have voted against their own interests for decades.
I’m frangry our media cares more about profit margins than facts.
I’m frangry most people get their “news” from Facebook.
I’m frangry they don’t have the mental tools or the desire to figure out whether something they read/see is correct or bullshit.
I’m frangry at James Comey’s going against every FBI tradition and inserting himself into the election.
I’m frangry at Bernie Sanders for dragging out his campaign long after it was mathematically dead. 
I’m frangry at Bernie for pushing the “rigged election” line that was not only bullshit but helped solidify a mistrust and apathy towards government when what we need the most is faith and involvement in the system.
I’m frangry at Hillary for doing events in California the last few weeks instead of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. 
I’m frangry at the Democratic Party for not getting rid of Debbie Wasserman Schultz after the 2014 midterms.
I’m frangry at myself for thinking Americans were not stupid enough to elect someone as unqualified and self-centered as Donald Trump.
I’m frangry at people who tell me democracy is the greatest thing since Jesus but who do everything they can to make sure people either can’t vote or make it voting as difficult as possible for them.
I’m frangry at Berniebots who demanded Hillary produce her Wall St. speech transcripts but were all “Meh” when it came to Bernie’s tax returns.
I’m frangry at progressive purists whose moral calculus is so fucked up they honestly believe someone who will vote with them 80% of the time is just as bad as someone who will never vote with them.
I’m frangry people are intellectually lazy and would rather believe they are right than actually be right.
I’m frangry the truth is being ignored, taken out back and drowned in a shallow pool of fetid water, and given a back seat to feelings.
I’m frangry Supply Side Economics hasn’t been buried in a shallow grave.
I’m frangry easily manipulated emotions like fear and hate are used to make big decisions that affect millions.
I’m frangry more people aren’t frangry about all these things.

Based on what I’ve seen so far from the far-left, the far-right, the Trump team, the media…I’m going to be frangry for awhile.

actualhoe  It’s really weird reading the Jacobin now and…

idk i think they’re just making a comment on the need for new tactics under neoliberalism

my issue with the article isn’t just that the argument against the general strike doesn’t really do what it says it does (update tactics because the alternative they’re suggesting isn’t really fleshed out and is also dependent on like…assumptions that were true like 50 years ago), it’s how like, patronizing it is?

Like I get having some images to break the text up but one image per paragraph is like

you could’ve titled it 10 Top Ways The General Strike Won’t Work If Marxists Aren’t Running It

I'm kind of devistated

This morning I saw news that one of my favorite artists, Joel Faviere was charged with loads of child pornography.

This is going to make me cry. I feel like he was there for me in the darkest times. When I was struggling with self harm, his music was there. I looked up to him. I loved his music. Now all the comments on his videos are disabled. Two of my friends shared articles about it. I’m still not 100% sure if it’s real, or maybe it’s just denial. But fuck, I’m on the verge of tears.

Oh Father

Original Imagine: Imagine being Elijah’s teenage daughter and finally meeting him

Author: Sammi

Reader Gender: (Female)

Word Count:  951

A/N: if you guys want a second part just comment or something

I quickly ran around my room packing as many articles of clothes as I could fit into my duffle bag. Today was my 18th birthday and the only wish I had was to be able to meet my father for the first time but my mother refused to take me, so I’ve decided I’m doing it myself. I have an address and a first name hopefully that will be enough for me. I finished and zipped up my bag and walked out of my room down to my car. After throwing my duffle into the trunk of my car I looked back at the house I’ve grown up in and wondered what my life would have been like with my father in the picture. I quickly got into the driver seat and drove away before something caused me to change my mind. New Orleans here I come.

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Been MIA but wanted to rant…
I don’t like openly discussing politics (despite it having been my major…)

But reading comments on articles and social media has me feeling completely disgusted by people.

Watched some videos discussing the Japanese internment camps in America. It was absolutely horrible. I will stand firm with that. It was a very shameful moment for America. And yet I saw so many comments defending it saying “Well they were threats. Japan attacked America. America had to lock up the enemy combatants. You couldn’t really tell whose side they were on.” Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting and you are absolute garbage if you honestly think that. I rarely will call someone shit, but OMFG you’re shit. You realize Japanese-AMERICANS were locked up in their own soil?? Many of them were 2nd-3rd generation Americans. They were locked up because of how they fucking looked. It didn’t matter if they were born and raised in America. It didn’t matter if America was all they knew. It didn’t matter that they only saw themselves as Americans, not Japanese. It didn’t matter what they said. They were still seen as enemies with ties to Japan. It didn’t matter that many of these Americans who happened to be Japanese descent helped America by fighting in the war too! These people were forced from their homes and everything they had. If they were lucky they had one suitcase of things from home…But many didn’t get that chance…And even then many had their things taken from them. Innocent people lost their belongings and lives. Years later when they got out, they had nothing. Everything was gone. Some were not lucky and died before being freed from these camps. Innocent Japanese-AMERICANS (let me say that again: They were AMERICANS!!) had their whole lives were taken from them.
By these pieces of shit logic its like saying you’re gonna lock up all white people because of the crimes that the Nazis or KKK did. Every group has its extremists and they incite fear, but that doesn’t give a fucking pass to sweep everyone into that category. This is exactly why there is a fear concerning the possible repeat of history. The world has honestly become so terrifying.

Go ahead and unfollow me if you like, I don’t care.


It can be really challenging in today’s world for anyone — especially girls and women —to feel good about their bodies. No matter how things look from the outside, we can all be super critical of ourselves and of our image in the mirror. I’ve seen articles or comments that have addressed my weight of ‘caving to pressure to be thin’. Keeping weight on is a struggle for me — especially when I’m under stress, and especially as I’ve gotten older. That’s the way my genes have decided to go, and things will change as time goes on, as does everyone. So when completely untrue statements are made about me or my health, of course a part of me wants to defend. Thing is, people have a right to imagine what they want to imagine. My job at those moments is to tell myself the truth. Am I taking care of myself in a healthy way? Am I respecting myself and being responsible? And over and over, I answer yes to that question. Then I remind myself to be kind to myself, and as slightly ridiculous as it may sound, to treat myself in the same gentle way I’d want to treat a daughter of mine. It really helps. - Emma Stone

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"Do we really know if dog breeds used to be healthier than they are today?"

Even as I’m focusing my energy on creating my breeding project website, I still remain prone to writing lengthy comments in FB discussions about dog breeding. This is an adaptation and expansion of one of those comments. It’s obviously not an article with citations, but rather my thoughts on an interesting and frequently raised question. I thought I would share it for the sake of giving y'all some brain fodder to mull over and to provoke discussion. 


A question that’s often raised in the discussion of genetic health in dogs is whether we definitively know that dogs today are more sickly than they once were. 

This question is actually a red herring in the wider discussion of breeding and genetic health. 

Since there’s no good data on the disease prevalence of the dog breeds of the past or measuring disease prevalence in breeds over a significant amount of time, it’s an unanswerable question. In many situations where this question is raised, the fact that we can’t definitively answer this question is actually the point of raising it. This is because it shifts the focus of the conversation to the presumed importance of monitoring disease prevalence in specific breeds instead of addressing the basic, undeniable fact that congenital disorders DO have a genetic basis and CAN be effectively prevented with proper breeding techniques. 

It also suggests the possibility that purebred dogs are “supposed” to suffer from a certain level of genetic disease. This is, of course, an unfounded belief as we know that breeds of other animals exist without the alarmingly high rate of disease found in purebred dogs. 

Further, it potentially suggests that the breeding techniques of yesteryear are something to be held up on a pedestal. The fact remains that the earliest dogs of our breeds may not have been more or less healthy because of the methods used by the breed founders but perhaps in spite of them. After all, the basic principles of dog breeding, such as the concept of blood purity and breeding only the best as a means of improving the breed, have remained largely unchanged in mainstream dog breeding culture to this day. Some of the specifics, like the implementation of genetic health and diversity testing, have changed, but the underlying principles are essentially the same as they were a century ago. 

The truth is that the lack of data on the health of the dogs in the past is irrelevant as even today, there’s not really reliable data on the prevalence of health problems within particular breeds. Most of what we know is self-reported data from breeders in breed health surveys (hardly complete, certainly not randomly selected samples, and arguably biased) and a couple of datasets collected by veterinary hospitals (which only record the number of reported cases of diseases and do not evaluate what percentage of dogs within a breed have those diseases). 

However, what we DO definitively know is that an increase in homozygosity, caused both by inbreeding and other factors like genetic drift, creates an increase of disease expression and a decrease of fertility, lifespan, and immune function. Most of the studies on this are done on livestock (Wright first formulated the COI in the early ‘20s based on livestock studies), but the principles are the same in dogs. There are a few studies in dogs which corroborate these findings, all of which are available on the ICB website. 

Ultimately, I think too many breeders get caught up in trying to assess disease prevalence rather than simply applying known principles of genetics to guide their breeding practices. Once a genetic disorder becomes a noticeable problem, the gene pool is already going to be full of carriers, making those disorders impossible to “breed out” without reducing genetic diversity so much that another disease becomes a problem. This is what happened with Basenjis when breeders were overzealous about eliminating carriers for PRA from the gene pool, inadvertently causing Fanconi Syndrome to become a fixed trait and requiring an outcross to COO dogs to save the breed. With immune diseases, the problem is even worse, as immune health is founded in the diversity of DLA haplotypes rather than the absence of specific deleterious alleles. Once you lose enough of that diversity to cause immune disease, there’s no way to get it back without opening up the gene pool and widely disseminating the genes of many crossbred dogs to even out allele frequencies. No matter how much data you have on disease prevalence, it’s irrelevant as it does not facilitate the improvement of breed health in and of itself and typically comes only once it’s too late to utilize any simple solutions for the problems that have appeared. 

Ideally, breeders SHOULD focus on crisis prevention and not damage control. Of course virtually no breeders do this and the way registries and clubs are currently run make it all but impossible for breeders to attempt it even if they wanted to. Closed studbooks, strict breed standards which often vary from country to country, and differing regulations on what can be registered as “purebred” are huge obstacles to restoring and protecting genetic diversity in dog breeds, which have effective population sizes so small that maintaining a closed gene pool forever is impossible. 

For some breeders, there will NEVER be enough research or data to justify crossbreeding for improved health. This is a huge problem in Italian Greyhounds, which suffer from more immune diseases than any other breed. IG breeders continue to chant, “We need more studies before we change our breeding practices,” while the small window of ability to save the breed continues to close. Empirically proven methods for reducing the incidence of genetic diseases in animals are already well-studied and widely applied in other animal breeds and species, but they are intentionally ignored by the breeder community who insist that somehow, a vast body of breed-specific research is necessary to make smart breeding decisions. The truth is that nobody actually wants to change their traditional mindset and practices regardless of what modern science indicates. They simply want to find data to justify their presuppositions about breeding, and they will wait until hell freezes over to get it. 

Lack of data is NOT the problem. Lack of scientific education, a refusal to apply all of what modern science has taught us about genetics rather than picking and choosing bits to support traditional practices, and an unrealistic determination to cling to outdated breeding principles as though they were quasi-religious truths transcending time and culture are the REAL roots of the problems our breeds face.
Here's Why HuffPost Gay Voices Just Changed Its Name To HuffPost Queer Voices
We believe it's the most inclusive and empowering word to speak to and about the community.

I know there’d been a lot of get-off-my-lawn resistance in the comments whenever there was an article about asexuality posted there because “WHY IS THIS IN GAY VOICES THESE PEOPLE AREN’T GAY”.

I wonder if that attitude will change, or if they’ll just use a different word to exclude us.