things bitty has experienced bc of the ~soft closet~
  • i have seen posts about bitty’s parents beating him up for coming out
  • i have seen posts about bitty’s parents being perfectly accepting
  • i suspect the reality is somewhere in the middle
    • the ~soft closet~
  • i am from the Baby Bible Belt– my town (and family) is incredibly conservative, but not like violently homophobic, i understand this middle ground, i am here to contribute
  • under a cut bc this got way too long and way too personal!! awesome!!

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  • 16 Year Old Me: Why are people poor? There's enough food and shelter for everybody.
  • Conservative Parents: You're too young to understand. Go to college.
  • Goes to college. Acquires bachelors in political science. Reads books and essays for a decade on structural poverty: Turns out poverty is a man-made creation structured to maintain a hierarchy of power. Vast majorities of people have little to nothing because the top of the capitalist hierarchy deploys state violence to horde wealth.
  • Conservative Parents: Bla bla bla, liberal commie-talk. A college degree don't make you smarter.
  • Me: Liberals and communists aren't the same thing.

Hey liberals im the communist your highschool warned you about here to tell you some scary things us evil reds want for society:

-Affordable housing for all.
-Universal Sex Ed.
-Protection of marginalized peoples.
-Decriminalizing victimless crimes (like drug use and possession, sex work, homelessness, etc)
-Free healthcare and education.
-Community organizing and urban planning.
-Rationing surplus so we’re not dumping out foods and resources while others go hungry.
-Full legal and social recognition of oppressed peoples.
-An economy focused on the use of a commodity rather than how much money you can make out of it.
-Suppression of those who want to exploit, demean, or harm others on the basis of their skin color, culture, religion, gender, sexuality, or disability.
- The people to have greater participation in politics.
- Worker’s rights.
- The private wealth of society’s rich to be expropriated and redistributed to the people.
- And more!

~🚩Another world is possible🚩~

Titles of Wikipedia entries from an alternate universe, as generated by a neural network:

  • The County Route 37th District Championships (Minnesota)
  • Sonic police of the Georgia
  • Berry War
  • Sinister of the Canada and Stars (language)
  • Telephosphate (disambiguation)
  • Great Story Conservation
  • Alan Communication (Australian politician)
  • USS Simple District
  • South Business (The Fish Mool Soundtrack)
  • Community of Battle of the San First Airlines in Montance Regiment
  • Boogo (disambiguation)
  • William Cardinalists (song)
  • Saint-Doctor County
  • Color of Saint-Berlin (disambiguation)
  • Order of Santa (film)
  • Star Sharker
  • Blue High School (District of Historic District)
  • Robert Recomatory (comics)
  • Anti-Family Dendric River
  • Speed Baronet
  • Stricture of the Range (disambiguation)
  • Bear of Santa (footballer)
  • Single and Engineering Act 1982
  • Canton of Dark of Business
  • Shine County Controller
Thousands march to support LGBTQ visibility in Japan
Spotted: Japan's first officially-recognised same-sex couple.
By Victoria Ho

A colourful procession of rainbow flag-waving supporters marched in downtown Tokyo on Sunday during one of its annual LGBTQ pride parades.

According to local reports, about 5000 people marched the 3km parade route for Tokyo Rainbow Pride, which took them through through the iconic Shibuya Station crossing intersection.

In November last year, two women made history by obtaining a government certificate officially recognising their union.

But Hiroko Masuhara and Koyuki Higashi’s certificate isn’t legally binding, so spousal rights such as hospital visitations are regarded more as suggestions rather than enforceable by law.

Despite small steps inching toward more equal treatment, LGBTQ issues remain largely underground in Japan’s conservative community.

I have a strong distaste for the entire concept of political spectrums because they lead people to think of communism as a sort of acceleration of liberalism, a radical liberalism (little “l” liberalism) rather than as a qualitative break with capital via rupture of social relationships. It’s one of my many issues with Left Unity as a concept. I don’t think that liberals are any ideologically closer to communism than conservatives. Sure, liberals tend to be more amenable to gestures of racial and gendered “equality”, but they also tend to be much more pro-society than conservatives.

On a given day, i’d actually rather talk communist politics with conservatives than liberals, tbh. I don’t understand why we act like these people are lost causes whereas liberals can supposedly be convinced. The question, when looking at the dynamics of class conflict in the here and now should not be “how far left are you?” But rather, “what is your relationship to capital, and what are you willing to do about that right now?”


I’m getting some haters over from the conservative community.


In case you haven’t discovered, I do this for fun. This isn’t a professional blog. If you like astronomy and you dig that sort of thing than I love you but if that’s all you want, with all personal investment stripped from it, perhaps go elsewhere?

I won’t apologize for thinking trans folks deserve the same human rights as others or that deniers of climate change should be roasted in a serious and public way.

I will not apologize for these things.

Here, check this song out


Orcas!!! Video captured in Monterey Bay courtesy of Wildlife and Adventure Photographer and Videographer, Slater Moore @slatermoorephotography - Love watching the Orcas swim as a pod!! 🌊🌊🌊 Killer whales, or Orcas (Orcinus orca) are cetaceans. They are the largest dolphins in the world, called ‘whales’ because of their size. Orcas have mostly black skin with white patches.They are found in all the world’s oceans, from the cold of the Arctic to the tropical seas. They are easy to identify because of their distinctive white and black colouring.

Like all toothed whales, they are carnivores. They hunt in family groups called 'pods’. Members of the pod work together to surround their prey. Killer whales eat many different kinds of prey, such as sharks, seals, dolphins, penguins. There are several different types of Orca, each of which has different living and prey habits. They do not interbreed and seems to be subspecies or even separate species. Their behaviour and hunting techniques also differ.

Killer whales are the largest living members of the dolphin family. Males typically range from 6 to 8 metres long and weigh in excess of 6 tonnes. Females are smaller, generally ranging from 5 to 7m and weighing about 3 to 4 t. The largest male killer whale on record was 9.8 metres, weighing over 10 tonnes, while the largest female was 8.5m, weighing 7.5 t. Calves at birth weigh about 180 kilograms (400 lb) and are about 2.4 metres (7.9 ft) long. The killer whale’s large size and strength make it among the fastest marine mammals, able to reach speeds in excess of 30 knots (56 km/hr)

#Orca #SaveTheSRKW #SouthernResidentKillerWhales #SaveOurCetaceans #WildAndFree #Earthlings #NationsUnderwater #Communities #Families #NoToCaptivity #Conservation #Education #NakaweWarriors (at Monterey Bay, Ca)

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@sallysnowglobe is one of my favourite conservation communicators. Her latest masterpiece is an undercover shoot of some horrific captivity examples of dolphins in Indonesia.
Come From Away: the musical that dares to deal with 9/11
The musical tells the story of travellers grounded in the remote Canadian town of Gander on 9/11 – yet despite the sensitive subject matter, it has received huge ovations and is now on Broadway.
By David Smith

When hijacked planes flew into the World Trade Center, Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania 15 years ago, US airspace was shut down and planes ordered to land. Some 38 planes with 6,579 passengers were diverted to Gander, a remote town in Newfoundland, Canada, because of its vast airport that hosted the Queen, the Beatles and Muhammad Ali before the jet engine rendered it superfluous. And then they were stranded far from home.

With the new arrivals, the population of Gander has almost doubled overnight. The hospitality of the locals is inspiring as they take passengers into their homes, give them free food, clothes and other essentials and rally with Blitz spirit. Lifelong friendships are formed in this strange limbo. The aircraft, meanwhile, sit slowly sinking into the tarmac.

The “plane people” are from more than a hundred countries and react in different ways. A mother is desperate for news of her son, a firefighter in New York. A pioneering female airline captain fears for her friends and colleagues. A man is worried that his wallet will be stolen but learns to worry less. A gay couple fear the reaction of a seemingly conservative community. Romances are forged and others unravel. Some find that being stranded is escapism, a chance to reinvent themselves.

All of this could so easily have descended into earnest schmaltz with a “the darkest hour is just before the dawn” homily about hope rising from the ashes of 9/11. But like Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, the show is tougher than it first appears. A Muslim man heard speaking Arabic on the phone is treated with hostility and suspicion. After days of being stranded, tempers begin to fray. And when the passengers finally leave, there is a sense of emptiness on both sides.

Hein observes: “It was not sunshine and lollipops. It was a real event that happened to real people.”

anonymous asked:

please give the rest of us poor slobs some tips on how to get paid to do conservation 🙏

Ahhh what a beautiful request!

Here are some things I have learned in my conservation experiences:

1. It’s unfortunate, but not a lot of conservation jobs pay a lot of money. The money is decent but having a bachelor’s degree won’t pay as much as a master’s or doctorate (obviously). I definitely had to get used to the idea of not making a lot of money (but it’s totally worth it when you love what you do).

2. Also, a lot of people going into conservation have master’s and doctorate degrees so if you have only a bachelor’s degree (like me), it’s important to make yourself marketable with a wide range of experiences. Or jump into a graduate program (which is something I’d love to do if I had the money).

3. With that being said, taking internships and temporary positions is really important! I didn’t really think about doing temporary positions but that is a main component of conservation and is a great way to build your experiences while networking within the conservation community.

4. Obtaining certifications is another great way to build your resume! I am a certified Type II Wildland Firefighter and that certification has boosted me throughout my career. Also simple certifications like first aid and CPR look good so start getting certified in whatever you can!

Hopefully that helps and if you have any other questions just let me know! Good luck with your conservation journey!

So I know we’re all sad that Tuck Everlasting didn’t run longer on Broadway.


I’m actually excited for high school productions of this show, and I think Tuck is an AWESOME show for high schools to do-just hear me out for a second.

*Two very young lead characters that are easy for high school aged kids to relate to (Plus Hugo and Miles, sort of)

*Winnie could easily be played by a freshman or a small/young looking girl who may not always be considered for leads because of their age/size

*GREAT characters for both boys and girls, with great ensemble opportunities as well. (I just feel like at the high school level it’s important to get as many people involved as possible to introduce kids to the world of theatre who may not have a chance other wise)

*If it’s a school in a more conservative community, it’s a pretty family friendly show without being cloying or over done

*If it’s a school where the theatre department isn’t well funded, it doesn’t necessarily HAVE to have a lot of big, showy costumes, sets. etc. (Even if the Bway show did)

*Idk, it’s just such a fun, energetic show with great music and characters and story that deserved so much better and I know I would have had a blast doing a show like it in high school.


“The film opens with a seven-minute-long tracking shot of the sunrise, which could be interpreted by some as borderline pretentious, but nonetheless it’s mesmerizing and sets the tone for the rest of the unhurried and visually stunning film. Silent Light takes place in the rural state of Chihuahua in the strict Mennonite community where Johan, a married man finds himself in a love triangle that threatens his respectable place in the conservative community. Shot with non-actors in Mennonite Communities in Mexico, with the dialogue in Plattdeutsch, this is Mexican filmmaking at its most unique and unconventional.”

Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. But you should still watch one of these ten Mexican cinematic treasures, handpicked by Ana Yamel Rodriguez-Cuervo and including Carlos Reygadas’ Silent Light.


anonymous asked:

Hi! So I grew up Jewish in the only attending high holiday services sense of the word, and now I'm looking to get more involved in a community where I'm currently living. I'm torn between going to a conservative or reform synagogue. (My parents took us to a Conservative temple when we went.) I've been doing some research online but I still can't get a clear picture of the differences between the reform and conservative movements. Could you possibly help me understand what separates them?

Hi there!

What an exciting time for you!

Although there are some fantastic articles written on the subject (posted below), it’s important to understand some of the basic, fundamental differences and similarities:


  • Theologically, Conservative Jews hold that a liberal adaptation of Halacha (Jewish law) as binding and Reform Jews do not.
  •  More Conservative Jews than Reform Jews will often observe Shabbat and festivals in a traditional manner.  But, in Conservative communities, those that observe traditionally are extremely limited and often only include the rabbi and cantor.
  • The Reform Movement is much larger than the Conservative Movement.  Beyond having more shuls and camps, the Reform seminary ordains more rabbis and cantors in each of its four campuses (NY, LA, Cincinnati, and Jerusalem) each year than the Conservative seminary.
  • Slightly different cultures exist within both movements.  Often the Conservative Movement has a stronger “Ashkenazi bent” and is slightly more traditional in its language where the Reform Movement chooses to more often speak closer to Hebrew than Yiddish.
  • A Conservative service infrequently includes music or microphones, where Reform Jews specifically use music to enhance their services.
  • The Reform Movement is more often outspoken against the Israeli Occupation than the Conservative Movement.


  • Theologically, both do not believe that Moses received the Torah from Sinai in its completion and therefore hold a more liberal understanding of Jewish practice.
  • Both celebrate all of the major holidays and festivals, major lifecycle events/services, have similar goals in religious schools etc.
  • Both movements are very proud of their egalitarian spaces in which women (and people of all genders) are ordained as clergy and are all equal.  A minyan (traditional ten Jewish men) in both Movements is 10 Jewish adults.  Women and men wear talitot, wrap tefillin, and wear kippot.
  • Both Movements are extremely attracted to social justice issues and are involved in activity that condemns racism, islamophobia, and antisemitism.  Both ordain LGBT clergy, marry same-sex couples, and have official programs and statements that promote transgender, gender non-conforming, genderqueer and other gendered folks.  The Reform Movement has their own social justice lobbying organization (the Religious Action Center) in Washington D.C.
  • Both face the same discrimination in Israel regarding weddings, rights for converts, issues with the Western Wall etc.

Articles:  X X

I would love to help you out as much as you might need!  Feel free to shoot me a message.



Bukavu, the silverback, is one of the five Western Lowland gorillas at Blackpool Zoo. Their species is classified as endangered and together with The Gorilla Organisation, Blackpool Zoo are working to protect them from extinction by supporting community-based conservation projects.

Korean Keith Headcanons

because i have a shitton on my rp blog and i just wanna compile them:

  • keith has lived with his 이모 (aunt) after his mom passed away when he was young. she’s not related to him, but she was close to his mother.
    • she married a japanese man, hence keith’s last name becoming kogane once she adopts him
    • before adoption, his last name was park
      • his korean name is kim soo, which aunty uses more often than keith (like shit keith is so hard to say in korean fucking “th” sound fuck that “th”)
      • imagine….kim soo park…박김수…rolls off the tongue so nicely
      • 경은 무순 이름이야??? 헐….
  • korean was his first language, since that’s all aunty spoke around the house. once he goes to school, he starts speaking english more. now he speaks konglish to her, since he isn’t as fluent as he used to be
    • like “이모, 나 four to seven group project있어. pick me up at emily’s. address text할께.”
    • she understands english somewhat and responds in korean
    • but in like 3rd grade til 7th grade, keith had to attend korean school every saturday……
      • korean homework, putting on a korean play, learning how to do the mask dance, earning stickers for completing his homework….exchanging stickers for a prize
      • because it was run by the church, he had to learn bible verses in korean too….
      • korean history was a bitch and he barely remembers anything

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Doom and gloom won't save the world
The best way to encourage conservation is to share our success stories, not to write obituaries for the planet, says Nancy Knowlton.

In 2001, my colleagues and I at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California, founded the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation. Core to our programme was an interdisciplinary summer course, which brought together students ranging from marine biologists to physical oceanographers, economists and anthropologists. We thought of it as medical school for the ocean.

We began with what we thought was a logical starting point — the state of the ocean. These were depressing lectures. Doom and gloom consumed the entire course. Basically, we were training our students to write ever-more-refined obituaries for the seas.

We quickly realized the folly of focusing so much on the problems — we could see it on our students’ faces. There had to be another way. After all, in medical school the focus is on preserving life, not describing death. So in 2009, my husband Jeremy Jackson and I began running symposia at academic meetings called ‘Beyond the Obituaries’, which were about success stories in ocean conservation. A small workshop in 2014 led to a Twitter campaign, #OceanOptimism, which has now reached more than 76 million Twitter accounts.

This journey has taught me several lessons. First, unrelenting doom and gloom in the absence of solutions is not effective. Social scientists have known for decades that large problems without solutions lead to apathy, not action. Yet much of conservation communication still seems to be focused on scaring people into caring.

As a community, we seem to be addicted to despair. For example, when the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus) was bumped down from endangered to threatened status under the US Endangered Species Act last month, many environmentalists protested and worried about relaxed protections, rather than celebrating the practices (boat speed limits and winter-refuge safeguards) that enabled the animals’ partial recovery.

Second, an extraordinary number of success stories are largely unknown — not just to the general public but also to conservation scientists, policymakers and philanthropists. Searching Twitter for #OceanOptimism (and its offspring #EarthOptimism) is still one of the best ways to find examples. My favourite instance of unrecognized success was the 2015 announcement of the recovery of seagrasses in Tampa Bay, Florida, to 1950s levels. Of the 300 or so people I have mentioned this to (including 200 marine scientists at a research meeting in Tampa), fewer than 10 were aware of this important conservation achievement, which was the result of keeping fertilizer-filled run-off waters from flowing into the bay. Elsewhere, stocks of Chilean loco (an edible sea snail), Madagascar octopus and marine fish in parts of the Philippines are healthier thanks to the establishment of small-scale, locally empowered, sustainable fisheries.