complex situation


These tweets (and one retweet) are from my friend Ryan, a journalist who has been on the ground in Ferguson for the past few days. (His Twitter account is here, and it’s a great source of updates on the situation there   [x]).

I just wanted to remind everybody that while spreading word about Michael Brown’s unjust murder and the horrifying events of the night of August 14, 2014, please do not oversimplify or ignore the complexities of the situation.

Some journalists in the town have been doing what journalists do: focusing on all the negative aspects about the community to try and make it look like a hell-hole in order to sell their own pictures and stories, and basically all many of them want to do is further their own careers. But focusing on all that negativity only paints the picture of one side of the story, ignoring a lot of other important things going on there.

Please do not fall prey to the media’s game. Anger at the actions of the police in Ferguson is totally justified, but in the midst of that we cannot allow the people who are living with the situation every day to be dehumanized. Despite all this tragedy and chaos going on around them, they’re still a community and in many ways they’re pulling through all of it together. They want peace. Anyone looting or burning things down is a very small portion of the community. The whole story is so much bigger.

A story doesn’t need tear gas to be interesting. We need to hear every side of this story, not just the horrific parts.

TL:DR: please don’t fall prey to media attempts to dehumanize and oversimplify the situation in ferguson!!


A simple yet effective analogy for consent. This cartoon might not capture some of the more complex situations, but it’s got a great message. Thank you to Blue Seat Studios for making this animation and the Thames Valley Police for supporting it! 

Let’s start using positive labels.


  • Creative
  • Great spatial awareness
  • Photographic memory
  • Always quick during a debate
  • Can oversee complex situations at a glance
  • Good at organising
  • Often great drawers
  • Has a lot of fantasy
  • Visual thinker


  • Creative
  • Spontaneous
  • Highly empathic
  • Strong intuition
  • Great sense of humour
  • Good at finding solutions to problems
  • Quick thinker in crisis situations
  • Not angry for long
  • Energetic
  • Open
  • Driven and enthousiastic
  • Honest


  • Creative
  • Eye for detail
  • Honest
  • Realistic
  • Objective
  • Perfectionist
  • Analytical thinker
  • Always specific
  • Lives by rules
  • Great at deductive reasoning
  • Focused on facts

I’m just gonna say that ace discourse on this website is the final form of this weird “points” system most of y'all who interact with oppression on this website have. You try to quantify your oppression wrt your identities and completely disregard the intersections of, and personal interpretations with those identities. You believe that being a cishet ace gives you 1 Oppression Point over gay non-asexuals because you have this weird disconnect with the context of oppression. You want your identity and oppression to exist in a vacuum and you also want to quantify it in a way that is simply unrealistic.

Horoscope - Jan 16 2015

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You may be thinking about heading to your dream destination with the Moon moving through your 9th House of Faraway Places. But this isn’t just about a vacation. You are on a mission as you search for your special place on Earth. Forget about immediate gratification; this journey is important enough that you shouldn’t take no for an answer now, even if you can’t follow through on your explorations yet. Setting your sights on the horizon is a good place to start, but it will take hard work and determination if you want to make your dream come true.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

A dilemma could surface today around your need for simplicity, even within a complex situation. You are driven to find the most practical solutions to your problems, but it’s not as easy as you wish. You may inadvertently contradict your intentions by saying more than necessary. Stirring up someone’s wrath isn’t the best path to a peaceful day. Luckily, a bit of conscious self-restraint might have a longer-lasting positive impact than you expect.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

Although you often enjoy bantering with people who are as clever as you, today you may actually try to avoid others because you’re not interested in debating your opinion on every subject. Unfortunately, seeking solitude isn’t the best way to deal with smart people who might contradict your stated position. Be open to learning something you don’t already know. It’s a sign of real intelligence when you can admit you are wrong and someone else is right.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

You are typically cautious in how you present yourself, but today you could consider drastic action in your haste for self-improvement. Nevertheless, it’s better to test an idea by discussing it first, instead of just jumping in and making changes you can’t undo. Taking the time to think your plan all the way through ensures that your actions will have the greatest positive effect on your future. Cultivating your creativity is an admirable pursuit as long as you don’t try to paint your masterpiece in just one day.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Romantic inclinations can make your life more interesting today, but you may have mixed emotions as to whether or not to act on your feelings. The Moon is skipping through your 5th House of Love and her alignment with cold Saturn and hot Mars is simultaneously discouraging and encouraging. Impulsive behavior won’t likely create a happy ending to your fairy tale, but a fortunate outcome is possible if you stop and express both sides of your dilemma. Ultimately, pleasure won’t arrive on its own; it’s up to you to make the first move and get the ball rolling.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You may be able to tell that an emotional power struggle is brewing beneath the surface today, even if others are acting as if everything is copacetic. However, someone may be less than friendly, although you haven’t a clue why. Be patient and don’t ask too many questions; it could take a few days for the real issues to manifest. In the meantime, do your best to avoid open conflict since happiness can only be attained through awareness, compassion and growth.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You’re quite capable of turning on the charm, even in the most difficult situations. But your friends might notice an emotional chill from you now that the Moon is hooking up with somber Saturn in your 3rd House of Communication. Fortunately, you can still make your point as long as you don’t try to cover up your true intentions with social niceties. You can act kindly without laying on false sweetness; a no-nonsense approach brings the best results today.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Your relationship to your material possessions is undergoing a dramatic shift as you reconsider what you want these days. You might be willing or even eager to let go of once-prized belongings that have turned into unneeded baggage. Your values are transforming and it’s time to lighten your load emotionally and physically so you’re better able to travel the road ahead, unencumbered by the weight of your past.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You do not want to waste precious energy on a communication mix-up today. Nor do you want to be misled by anyone because your feelings are strong and your patience is short. You just don’t have time for playing games now; you expect everyone to get right to the point. Your emotions may be raw, so give yourself time to process inwardly before revealing any insecurities to those who have not already earned your trust. Following your intuition, rather than other people’s expectations, leaves little chance for regret.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

A lighthearted daydream can morph into an obsessive fantasy if you let your guard down. Oddly enough, the more you try to set your thoughts aside, the more they linger and gain strength. Suppression doesn’t work now, so just let your imagination play through even if it raises uncomfortable fears or desires. Mental meanderings are more troublesome and persistent if you bury them. Channel your inner artist by expressing your visions in a creative manner.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You may be overly demonstrative about a social or political issue with the Moon camped out in your 11th House of Groups. However, you are less interested in going along for a ride than you are in focusing your efforts on making a difference. With karmic Saturn so close to the Moon, your contribution will most likely be appreciated by others. But act now because of your own values and not because someone wants you to get involved with their pet cause. Things will fall into place if your inner world is in alignment with the circumstances around you.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You might think you’re being straightforward today, but your actions don’t necessarily support your intentions. At first, your behavior could be awkward as you hold your feelings in. But then, when you realize you’re not being authentic, you can overcompensate by revealing too much. Ultimately, you must find a healthy outlet for your conscious expression that, like Goldilocks, is not too hot and not too cold, but just right.

Source : Rick Levine

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It’s a complex situation where voting will only go so far and is easily diverted, fucked with and misdirected by liars and fakes. It has its use, you can prevent a greater evil getting elected. 

But that lesser evil is still an evil so like do more than just fucking vote every year hoping that’ll magically fix things? Organize, protest, sabotage, plan, create radical support communities to keep us all alive, etc

petition to stop wording summaries of Henry VIII’s marriages to lay blame at the wives’ feet. stop using ‘failure to produce a son’ as a legitimate reason for Henry abusing and killing Katharine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn respectively. stop using Katherine Howard’s alleged promiscuity as a valid reason for her death. stop simplifying these complex situations to make Henry sound like a hero.

For all of the fanartists within the Funhaus community, and everyone else who was concerned about this issue, this was Lawrence’s full response to the concerns voiced by some people in the community (including me) regarding the mocking/joking tone that they seem to have about the fanart in the Fanshow (from time to time).

I just wanted to make sure that everyone who is interested in this concern/issue/subject, could read about Lawrence’s situation within this. He tried his best to explain this during the Fanshow, but got kind of cut off by Adam taking a more defensive tone (and Bruce and James too, but in a lesser extent). 

If you want to read up on the entire thread and read what some people in the community and some fanartists (including me and @kiticath) have said about this issue in the thread, I recommend you to read up here [x], and look for a long thread starting with a comment by ‘FH_Eve’ (@pattmeake). I also made this post as a kind of RE, to this post: [x]

I, personally, am very glad that Lawrence took his time to seriously think this through and that he shared his situation and viewpoint. His situation is understandable to me, and reading this might reassure a few artists here and there in the community as well? So I wanted to share this around for better access.


Malmö Live in Sweden

Malmö Live by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects is a new 54,000 m² concert, congress and hotel complex is situated on Universitetsholmen in Malmö. The building consists of cubic areas which are twisted and given different sizes to match the directions and heights of buildings in the surrounding city. The façades are designed with an homogeneous expression to make the composition appear as one architectonic sculpture. The ground floor is fully accessible to the public so people can pass through the building, whether going to a concert, congress, coffee shop, restaurant or just wanting to make a shortcut.

Yesterday, the project was announced as the winner of the Mixed-use Completed Buildings category at the 2016 World Architectural Festival in Berlin.

See more ARCHy here.

So let's get one thing straight about tonight's episode

PLEASE do not objectify Bob Morley’s body. (I mean, you shouldn’t do it ever but tonight specifically..) Tonight Bellamy will be tortured. He will be sprayed with chemicals and boiling water. He will be hung upside down by his feet. All doing so while only in his boxer briefs. PLEASE do not be mindless enough as to push aside the fact that an important character is being put through a horrible situation just to boost little fantasies of his “hot bod”. Not only is this disrespectful to the actor (who by the way has commented on being uncomfortable with sexual objectification. This fact stands even more clear tonight because as an actor he will want to be recognized by the complexity of his characters situation) but it is disrespectful to yourselves. So please love yourselves and hold in your hormones tonight. This has been a psa.

“The prison industrial complex is a system situated at the intersection of government and private interests. It uses prisons as a solution to social, political and economic problems. It includes human rights violations, the death penalty, slave labor, policing, courts, the media, political prisoners and the elimination of dissent.”  - Huey Freeman

I’m rewatching Jurassic Park, and I’m noticing two things:

1. Wow, do the effects hold up.  Even the CGI!  It was 1993 and the CGI still looks better than a lot of stuff nowadays:


2. Ian Malcom’s arguments make no sense.  Here’s his opinions, summarized:

  • It is lazy and unethical for scientists to build off previous work. All scientific projects should begin by independently inventing fire and work up from there.
  • Chaos theory suggests that complex situations are inherently unpredictable.  Therefore, we can confidently predict how this park is going to turn out.
  • Chaos in the mathematical sense is totally the same thing as chaos in the colloquial “lots of violence and noise and it’s confusing” sense.
  • Life, ah, finds a way, and that is why humans have never been able to confine animals or control their breeding.

Jurassic Park wants to be a story about how Man shouldn’t play God and what happens when scientists go too far.  But it’s not.  It’s really just a story about why Man shouldn’t house large aggressive animals in a facility with weaker security precautions than the average PetSmart.

There are important Superman stories to be told in response to Ferguson, however, precisely because where the Man of Steel might fail, a mild mannered reporter can succeed. When some of our superheroes are billionaires and playboys, the 1% so to speak, we can realize the significance of secret identities with journalistic day jobs (in Ferguson, Lois Lane, Vicki Vale and Iris West might be more useful than their respective heroes). Superman is unique in this respect because as a bulletproof journalist from a small town, Clark Kent is able to report the events, critique injustice and expose the untruths of a complex situation like Ferguson. If comics are to consider the militarization of police, systemic racism and growing inequality in America (and they bloody well should), then perhaps we don’t just need superheroes as much as we need journalists. Perhaps we need stories of small town USA torn apart, writ large enough in mythic metaphor so that our favorite ubermensch can fight for justice, yet also real enough that a reporter for a major metropolitan newspaper can tell us the tragic truths we so often need to know. This isn’t just a job for Superman.

This looks like a job for Clark Kent.

—  Anthony Castle, “Truth, Justice and Ferguson." 

The dawn of heart surgery.

Clarence Walton Lillehei was known as the “father of open heart surgery”. Indeed, hardly any other cardiac surgeon has introduced a greater number of innovative techniques and concepts.

During his career, Dr Lillehei focused his efforts on cardiac surgery, particularly the development of open heart operations. The difficulty of operating on a beating heart and the hypoperfusion of the vital organs were serious and frequent complications of heart surgery. In 1953, Dr John Gibbon of Philadelphia successfully closed an atrial septal defect using a complex screen oxygenator and roller pumps. However, the mortality of open heart surgery remained high, mainly because of oxygenator-related problems, and many surgeons despaired of ever being able to correct complex intracardiac defects. 

This situation was changed in March 1954 when Dr Lillehei and his associates—Morley Cohen, Herb Warden, and Richard Varco— used controlled cross-circulation to correct a ventricular septal defect in an 11-year-old boy. The boy’s anesthetized father served as the oxygenator. Blood flow was routed from the patient’s caval system to the father’s femoral vein and lungs, where it was oxygenated and then returned to the patient’s carotid artery. The cardiac defect was repaired with a total pump time of 19 minutes. Over the ensuing 15 months, Lillehei operated on 45 patients with otherwise irreparable complex interventricular defects; most of these patients were less than 2 years old. Although cross-circulation was a major advance, it was not adopted for widespread use because it posed a serious risk to the “donor”. Nevertheless, this method paved the way for the open heart surgery era.

That same year, Dr Richard A. DeWall and Dr Lillehei introduced the first clinically successful bubble oxygenator, which remained the standard for extracorporeal circulation until the late 1970s. Dr Lillehei also helped pioneer hemodilution and moderate hypothermia techniques for open heart surgery. 

Conflict Points

That said; let’s look at what will possibly cause conflict with an INFJ, and how you can avoid it.

  • Having to work with incompetent or ‘slow’ people continually

    INFJs are competent and insightful people who are quick to understand complex situations or concepts, and they find working with people who are slow or stubborn people whom they deem to be incompetent to be tedious. And if they have to do so continually , it may become a cause for conflict.

  • Being given too much detailed information to digest constantly

    INFJs are most driven and inspired by a big humanistic vision. If they are placed in a role where a lot of detailed information needs to be digested and processed constantly, it is frustrating to them and may become a cause of conflict.

    When you are communicating information to them, keep it big-picture, general and brief. 

  • Criticism and Judgement

    As much as INFJs are motivated by affirmation and encouragement, they are averse to critical or judging words, even though they’re spoken with good intentions. 

    When you are debating or discussing with INFJs, learn to frame your words in a positive manner. Use the sandwich principle in your delivery by stating the positive and points of agreement first before the points of disagreements.

I find it really strange that older feminists are trying to shame young women for supporting Sanders because that implies that Hillary Clinton is a better presidential candidate simply by virtue of being female. And while I understand that even having a woman running for president is a big deal for feminists, I also don’t think that Hillary should win because she’s a woman. So for these women to demand that all feminists vote for Hillary solely because she’s a woman is ignoring the fact that Sanders is also a feminist, and while it would be a huge milestone in feminism to elect a female president, doing so also should not necessitate that we, as voters, ignore all other aspects of the candidates political history and beliefs. I’m sure that all of the candidates have worked very hard to get to where they are, and I’m sure that Hillary and Carly Fiorina have faced professional difficulties that their male associates have not due to the fact that they are women in a male-dominated field. However, that does not make them any more or less qualified to be president, nor does it mean that voters should vote for them just because they’re women.

TL;DR: No one deserves to be elected to a political position due to an aspect of their cultural/biological background that they have no control over whatsoever.

anonymous asked:

Okay, since you say that you use it in conversation sometimes, I've got to ask: do you know what the difference is between presumably and ostensibly? For the life of me I can't figure it out

That’s a denotation-versus-connotation thing.

Denotatively (i.e., in terms of their literal meaning), the words are synonyms.

Connotatively (i.e., in terms of what the words indirectly imply), however:

  • presumably carries the connotation that, while the assertion in question is not known for an absolute fact, there’s no specific reason to doubt it. Indeed, it’s often used sarcastically to jestingly cast doubt on facts that aren’t reasonably in question. (e.g., “Well, presumably the Sun will rise tomorrow, so…”)
  • ostensibly, on the other hand, carries the connotation that the assertion in question is subject to serious doubt, or that it hinges upon a superficial reading of a more complex situation. Depending on context, referring to an assertion’s truth as “ostensible” may be as good as accusing the person who made it of being a liar.

Does that help?

Recognizing the Inferior Function in INxJ

[ quick switch: ISxJ | INxJ | IxTP | IxFP | ExTJ | ENxP | ExFJ | ESxP ]

(excerpts from Was That Really Me? by Naomi Quenk)

Important Features of Dominant Introverted Intuition

Introverted Intuitive types are the most intellectually independent of the types. They have a theory to explain everything, prefer innovative solutions to established ones, and are adept at seeing situations from an unusual perspective. Their skill at taking a very broad, long-range view of things contributes to their reputation as visionaries. Regardless of whether their auxiliary judging preference is Thinking or Feeling, their dominant Intuition tends to be sharp, quick, and often uncannily correct. It is as if they have antennae that enable them to detect things long before other people do.

People often count on INTJs and INFJs for insightful analyses and forthright judgments. They are adept at appropriately discounting distracting details and homing in on the essential meaning of complex, confusing situations.

Introverted Intuitive types report being puzzled by others’ perception of them as rigid and intractable.This perception may result from their tendency to express their views directly and forcefully.This is especially true for INTJs. Misinterpretation of their forthright communication style as inflexibility may make others reluctant to present alternatives or argue their own point of view. But, as described in Chapter 3, dominant Perceiving types are unlikely to be wedded to their decisions, since they give greater weight to data (perceptions) than to conclusions (judgments). Experience bears this out for the most part. INTJs and INFJs readily modify their incorrect conclusions when they receive convincing contradictory new information.

The spiritual, sometimes mystical, bent of Introverted Intuitive types has been frequently noted.At the very least, they seem to be aware of subtle cues or nuances long before others notice them. INFJs are especially sensitive to unexpressed anger and conflict, whose presence is usually denied by others.This contributes to the sense of separateness from others that many Introverted Intuitive types report, which may lead them to doubt their own mental stability.

Introverted Intuitive types, especially INTJs, readily see the big picture in crisis situations and know how to direct others to take the most effective action.

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Presumably most of us being human type people from Earth, this is a somewhat difficult question to ask while remaining unbiased, but what was the turning point that made Rose Quartz decide to give everything up for Earth?

We have this: 

Rose didn’t always do what was best for her, but she always did what was best for Earth.

And this lines up with what we’ve heard about her so far. But it does raise one more question: If she always put the needs of Earth first, did she put it before the needs of her own Crystal Gems? 

We have precedence to show that when she needed to, she had no problems “mercifully” getting gems out of the way if they interfered with her mission. Obviously Bismuth was a complex situation, but it does show what she’s willing to do if backed into a corner. 

Yes Rose disagreed morally with the idea of the Breaking Point, but more so Bismuth was ready to take the rebellion to homeworld to challenge the “upper crust” gems. And that was not what Rose was fighting for. 

Of course she encouraged all the freedoms that came along with joining a rebellion- turning your back on everything you’ve ever been expected to be and choosing your own life path. A Pearl that belonged to no one,  fusion formed from love! How very exciting. How very human

But is that really why the majority of gems joined Rose’s army? Because it seems to me that it’s very likely that the majority of them were facing banishment or death for any number of reasons. Most of which came from a systematic oppression that could no longer be tolerated. Who wouldn’t want to rebel in that situation? And Earth? Well that’s just as good a place as any to get away when you have nowhere else to go. 

And  Rose welcomed them with open arms. The great Rose Quartz who shattered a diamond. The same Rose Quartz who said never again

Rose, who for all she was in love with the concept of humanity, just wanted one small planet to be left alone:

Nothing about bringing down the hierarchy, nothing about shattering diamonds, not even fighting for the rights of gems throughout gem controlled territory. I imagine it because a point of conflict among the ranks at some point. How many other gems might have wanted to take the rebellion beyond one planet? And how often did Rose have to tell them no?

We already know that the rebellion was more successful than any of us could have imagined. So successful that the diamonds felt the need to evacuate and nuke it from the air, so to speak.

Were they so afraid that the rebellion would spread, even when Rose was expressly NOT interested in taking it elsewhere?

All of this begs the question: What happened that made Rose turn away from everything she was created to be to protect the species and home of one small planet? More importantly, what was is that kept her focus on this rather than bringing freedom to gems throughout the universe? Was is just that the diamonds got to Earth first, or is there something more to it?