dangerous conservatives

I appreciate that climate change gets a lot of attention (possibly because it has the potential to have the highest economic costs if left unchecked) but it is my duty to remind everyone that the biggest threat to wildlife and ecosystems today is habitat loss. Not climate change. Not trophy hunting. Not even pollution–though a habitat can become so degraded from pollution that it becomes unusable.

The very best way to curb global destruction of habitat is to implement large-scale changes to our development patterns, energy production, and agricultural system. So be sure to support those efforts politically. You can also support sustainable, multi-use development in your communities(many municipalities talk about community-wide projects at city counsel meetings!). Live densely. Eat less meat. Call out self driving cars for the sprawl-supporting pact with satan that they are. Support public transportation! Don’t support sprawl and McMansions! Recognize that suburbia in general and lawns in particular are a facsimile of greenness that destroy actual usable habitat and replace it with sterile monocultures that require gallons of water, pesticides, and fertilizer to maintain. Stop using products with neonicotinoids altogether. Make your yard wildlife-friendly. Consider a brush pile. Keep your damn cats indoors. Plant native plants. Remove invasive plants. Maybe don’t freak out and call animal control every time you see a bat or snake or coyote in your neighborhood since they were literally there first and we’ve left them no place else to go. Watch out for herps crossing the roads in the breeding season, especially our salamanders. Plant a NATIVE tree. Support your local parks, forests, and waterways, big and small. 

This photograph of a gay wedding in Philadelphia was part of a set that was deemed inappropriate by a photo shop and never returned to the customer, circa 1957. Sent to ONE Archives at the USC Libraries.

I love this proof that same-sex relationships have been recognized and celebrated in our past, even in more uniformly conservative and dangerous times. Yes this is literally just a snapshot of a happy moment and we don’t know the circumstances in which the relationship began or ended, but how remarkable is this?? There is pride and happiness in our history!

(btw, if anyone happens to recognize any of the men in this photo, please enlighten us!!)

On Diversity: A Snapshot of My America

My main job is taking pictures of homes for real estate agents.  While most of the homes I photograph are in the upper-middle to high-end price range, I do take pictures in what can be described as blue-collar, working class areas.  One of my shoots yesterday was in one of these neighborhoods.  A neighborhood where the average home price is below the local median average.  A neighborhood where people take pride in their homes even when they don’t always have the time or money to make them look as nicely as they want.  It was in just such a neighborhood that I was reminded not only what has always made America great but just how wrong and dangerous modern-day conservatives are to what really makes America great.

As I pulled up to the house, it looked like a thousand others in the area, a nicely landscaped Cape Cod with an American flag softly waving in the breeze from a pole in the front yard and a black Ford F-250 parked in the driveway.  I fully expected the owners to be the typical white, blue-collar working class people who heavily dominate this particular part of town.  When they opened the door, all I could think of was, “Never judge a book by its cover.”  Instead of the white, blue-collar worker I’d expected to see, I was kindly greeted by a Muslim woman in her early 40s wearing a hijab.   She introduced me to her equally kind husband and the two of them proceeded to be more friendly and helpful than any home sellers I’ve interacted with in months.  They offered me water.  They offered me coffee.  They offered me cake.  They moved with me from room-to-room making sure bedspreads were straight, pillows were fluffed, blinds were pulled, lights were on…  Usually, I cannot stand sellers even in the house when I take pictures, let alone bird dogging me.  If other sellers were as nice and helpful as this couple, I’d completely change this attitude.  

While how they treated and helped me stood out, I still couldn’t stop thinking about the contrast of the “book” and the “cover.”  While the outside of their home said, “All-American,” the artwork, paint colors, Qurans, and back addition with Arabic seating area of the the inside said, “All-Muslim.”  As I was going from room-to-room taking pictures, I kept thinking about the contrast of the home’s external to internal characteristics.  I’ve shot many a home where the outside was very traditional but the inside was very contemporary.   The outside not jibing with the inside is nothing new.  However, this was very different.  This wasn’t a contrast between architectural/design styles.  The more I thought about this particular contrast, the more I loved it.  I loved the blending of cultures because this is exactly what America is supposed to represent.  From China Town in San Francisco to the Polish part of Detroit to the Irish parts of Boston to the Mexican neighborhoods of Los Angeles, America stands for people coming from other lands, becoming part of the whole but still maintaining a love and appreciation of their heritage.  

If all I had experienced was the contrast of the exterior to the interior of the home, that would have been more than enough to reaffirm my faith in what America is supposed to represent.  What happened as I was taking the exterior shots took these feelings of diversity, what America really represents, and just how dangerous and evil the rightwing hate machine are to the entire system.

While I was outside taking pictures, the owners came out to make sure things were picked up.  While they were in the front of the house straitening out a couple of chairs on the front porch, a couple of their neighbors who were out in their yards doing work came over to chat.  By the time I worked my way around to the front of the house, standing on the front sidewalk were the Muslim owners, an African-American man in his early 30s, and an older white man in his late 60s having a conversation that ranged from landscaping to auto repair to kids/grandkids to restaurant suggestions.  If I described the scene and read you the text of the entire conversation with a Texas accent, it would read like a “King of The Hill” script.

What really struck me wasn’t the nature of their conversation, it was very similar to ones I heard growing up in rural Idaho.  It was very similar to ones I’ve heard in the neighborhoods of Chicago.  It was very similar to conversations that take place every day across the country from Girdwood Alaska to Mobile Alabama.  In spite of the diversity of the participants-their ages, their religions, their cultures, their backgrounds…, they had fundamental experiences, wants, needs, desires… in common.  What struck me was this scene being played out in an average-sized town in the Rust Belt is the direct opposite of what the right-wing and white nationalist hate machines spew out non-stop every day.

The scene I witnessed is what America really is all about and what modern-day conservatives and their very overlapping Venn Diagram counterparts, white supremacists fear the most.  They fear this kind of neighborly camaraderie.  They fear that diversity really isn’t a problem because they are beholden to their ignorant beliefs and hate that have been passed down to them by their ancestors and meticulously cultivated by fear mongers and grifters.  White flight didn’t happen because minorities moving into predominately white areas caused problems.  White flight happened because whites were afraid of people that didn’t look like them, didn’t have familiar sounding names, had different points of view.  When white flight wasn’t an option, whites hemmed minorities into very specific areas through redlining policies and practices.  

The racist and bigoted fears Donald Trump tapped into to win the election are based on lies about minorities and about the natural status of whites.  The scene I witnessed on the sidewalk of a quiet, little neighborhood was perfectly natural.  It was a scene that is played out across the country every day between neighbors.  When it played out between only whites the reason isn’t because minorities don’t know how or want to participate but because they haven’t been welcomed to the neighborhood/town.  The wants, needs, fears, concerns… of people who have similar economic situations don’t vary from one another very much.  This isn’t a revelation.  Many studies have been done showing that people who live in multi-cultural, diverse areas are much more tolerant and have less racist/bigoted views than those who live in less diverse areas.  People exposed to other cultures and heritages are not as overly protective of their own.

As much as I admire and appreciate people celebrating their heritage, it is something I’ve never personally experienced. I’m an Anglo-Saxon mutt.  My heritage is mostly English and Scottish and my ancestors came to America many, many generations ago.  I personally feel no love or bond with this heritage.  I feel closer to the culture and people of Japan from living there for two years than I do to my Western European roots.  This could be because I truly lived and experienced the one and not the other.  The Japanese culture is more ingrained into my psychological matrix than something I only have a distant genetic connection to.  

Like all people and cultures, the Japanese have great traits and serious flaws. Because I’m a pragmatist at heart, the one trait they have that I admired the most is their ability, as a culture, to take an idea or behavior from another culture that is good, incorporate it into their own culture while not losing who they truly are.  I call this Ala Carte Culture.  You pick and choose what you like from other cultures, leave the bad aspects of these cultures behind, and absorb the good into your own culture in a way that doesn’t diminish who you are.  

A good example of this in Japan can be found in the saying, “In Japan, you are born a Shinto, married a Christian, and buried a Buddhist.”  When I first heard this saying, being a typical American, I couldn’t wrap my brain around it.  Imagine someone in America telling you, “My kids will be born Jewish, married Lutheran, and buried Mormon.”  If someone told you this, you’d stare at them wondering what the hell they were talking about. In Japan, their phrase gets no such reaction from other Japanese.  It is accepted as being true.  “In Japan, you are born a Shinto, married a Christian, and buried a Buddhist,” bothered me for months until someone explained it to me. “Shintoism celebrates being born. Christianity celebrates getting married.  Buddhism celebrates death. The best celebrations and parties are what the Japanese adopted into their culture for each of these events.”  

I love this idea. Why not take the best of other cultures and incorporate it into your own?  It’s an idea that should fit perfectly with a country like America which was founded on cultural diversity.  If a homogeneous, often isolated country like Japan can do this, a country that is the “Great Melting Pot of The World” should not only be able to do this easily, it should be aggressively doing it.  Unfortunately, the open, diverse, all people are created equal society is the one resistant to learning from other cultures and the where the dominant group fears and demonizes those outside their group who want to honor, cherish, and incorporate the best parts of their own cultures.

This resistance and fear of other ideas and cultures are at the root of America’s long, unjustifiable history of racism and bigotry.  “If it’s white, it’s right,” is the default mindset for white America. Who is allowed to be called “white” has been arbitrary throughout our history.  Jews were once not considered white.  Neither were Italians.  Neither were Germans.  Neither were the Irish.  Only once a group has been accepted as “white” are their cultural ideas and celebrations accepted.  White suburbia now doesn’t give a second thought to their kids celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at school but if the school decided to celebrate Kwanzaa with as much enthusiasm, they’d lose their damn minds. Irish-Americans love and honor their heritage to the same degree as Mexican-Americans, Muslim-Americans, African-Americans…  The main reason we, as a country, don’t care about or think twice about Irish-Americans or other “white” nationalities celebrating their heritage is because they have been accepted into the “white club.”  Celebrating and honoring one’s heritage isn’t the problem for racists and bigots.  It’s who gets to do it.

In the America that claims to be the “Great Melting Pot,” where for the first time in history a government was formed on the idea that all people are created equal, where diversity is supposed to be our greatest strength, the tableau I witnessed represented everything America can and should be.  It was also stark counter-evidence to one of the main claims of white nationalists and the right wing that multi-culturalism can’t work because non-whites won’t/can’t assimilate.  There are many problems with this claim: 1-it presumes white culture is the dominant one that everyone must assimilate to; 2-the entire notion of “white culture” is riddled with problems; 3-the evidence in diverse areas completely contradicts it.

My America is what I witnessed the other day on a sidewalk in a Rust Belt city.  My America isn’t afraid of others celebrating their heritage.  My America isn’t white-centric.  My America is the real America and no one will ever convince me otherwise.   The youth of my America know and feel this better than my peers.  This gives me hope for my children.  If only my generation gives them the opportunity to live up to what it means to be a real American better than my generation.

anonymous asked:

would Mycroft and his so have similar or differing political views? if they differed drastically, how do they deal with it?

I highly doubt that if Mycroft would let something like political views get in the way of romance unless they were something far too drastic to be considered sane.

Communism, Neo-Nazism, Fascism, Anarchism and Socialism are definite turn offs as no one is entitled to someone else’s work for free, Communism is a joke and Neo-Nazis is just a fancy word for racists that is only conveniently used for white* people rather than anyone that holds racists ideals with any race being inferior to another.

That being said I highly doubt that someone that would believe in any of the described above would be a person of interest to Mycroft. 

Could it happen?  Well, it should be noted that a lot of terrible leaders had spouses despite killing off their people so it could happen.

As a conservative he  rides the line between Authoritarian right and Libertarian right at times and then he’ll be up there with Margret Thatcher based on case by case basis of certain issues which, is normal because let’s face it, we’re not set in stone.

On the off chance that they did have drastically different views I think it would be instilled that politics are to be avoided in the house, holiday dinners and birthdays in order to keep some form of sanity in the relationship.

Regardless of Mycroft’s ability to argue and persuade (personally I think he would win every time but I digress) he wouldn’t want to do so all the time with his spouse but would do so at their request.

There would be set times and places where they both would agree upon as game for discussing such things but ONLY in safe environments and protocol would be followed:

There would not be one of those arguments where violence was incited by either party,

no slander,

anecdotal evidence is only tolerated when it actively correlates to the problem at hand,

feelings are not evidence,

feelings do not trump facts,

you can not ‘reinvent’ facts to suit your narrative,

No nation is free from sin,

We do not bare the sins of the father,

you do not get to silence each other with buzzwords (also see slander),

Intellectual dishonesty is lying,

Never compare a first world nation to a 3rd world hellhole (apples to oranges; also see moving goal posts),

Keep to the present problem (no goal post moving),

You do not get to dismiss hard evidence as circumstantial (e.x.. That wasn’t REAL Communism because they didn’t get [insert stupid flawed logic here]!)

Do not drag in other unauthorized parties to the debate,

This also means the debate does not leave the room or make sit on social media,

No one leaves until the argument is deemed ‘solved’ or ‘retired’ for the evening,

respect each other’s opinions,

challenging views are not personal attacks,

No going to bed angry,

you don’t get to go on any form of social media when angry,

Apologize when necessary,

remember that they love each other,

Name ten things that they love about each other,

Name 5 reasons that they love each other,

Kisses,

and most importantly learn to agree to disagree.

If the relationship is something the two of them really want they have to learn to let some things slide otherwise they’ll end up divorced before the ink is dry on the marriage certificate.

So I would wish them good luck because holy hell they would need it.

*According to Tumblr this means anyone not as dark or not darker than a coconut. All Biracial, mixed, light skinned Latinos, light skinned black people, Asians and anyone that doesn’t align with 100% of their personal views are thrown under the ‘white’ people tag because apparently we’re only needed for numbers when the true POCs have a narrative to spin.

Mercury’s Transits through the Signs

The following short interpretations of Mercury in the signs refer to Mercury’s sign position at any given time and their possible effects on the population in general. They are best used for electional astrology purposes.

When Mercury is in Aries…

When Mercury is in Aries, we are less concerned with objective viewpoints and explanations, and more concerned with reaching a decision…quickly! Our thoughts and ideas are pioneering, and we tend to speak more spontaneously and directly with the planet of communication in bold and assertive Aries.

When Mercury is in Taurus…

When Mercury is in Taurus, our thinking is down to earth, solid, and grounded. Common sense reigns over more fanciful thinking. We communicate more deliberately under this influence, and our minds are oriented to the world of the five senses. We prefer the tried and true rather than new ways of thinking. Attention to one thing at a time can simplify our lives, but we may be in danger of narrow, overly conservative, or rigid thinking.

When Mercury is in Gemini…

When Mercury is in Gemini, we are especially communicative, curious, and sociable. Mercury feels right at home in Gemini, one of the signs that it rules. We tend to take more pleasure in gaining a superficial knowledge of many subjects rather than dig deep into any one topic. We are especially astute when it comes to arguing or making a point. We are attracted to wordplays, puns, and negotiations. We are easily distracted.

When Mercury is in Cancer…

When Mercury is in Cancer, we move from the desire for quantity to the need for quality in terms of the information we are attracted to. We think, speak, and take in information on a deeper, more instinctive level now. We have less interest in what is universal, and more interest in what affects us personally and what affects the people around us. Our thoughts are coloured by our emotions, so it is more challenging to be objective.

When Mercury is in Leo…

When Mercury is in Leo, our thinking is more confident and grand. The focus is now on the goal and the more grand a goal the better! The details may not be quite as important now. We are more expressive, even theatrical and given to speech-giving and story-telling under this influence. We are also more convincing and persuasive, as we exude confidence when we speak or write. We may not listen as well as we normally do under Mercury in Leo.

When Mercury is in Virgo…

When Mercury is in Virgo, precision in speech, thought, and process is now important to us. This is a time when we analyse and decide what is useful and what we deem to be impractical. Mercury feels right at home in Virgo, one of the signs that it rules. Dealing with details is natural and easy now. We need to be careful that we don’t lose perspective if we find ourselves lost in details. We should also be aware of the possibility of expressing ourselves in a too factual manner, so much so that we come across as dry, critical, or unimaginative.

When Mercury is in Libra…

When Mercury is in Libra, we are diplomatic and friendly. During this cycle, we are able to bring a more rational approach to one-to-one relationships. It’s a good time to think about ways of improving our negotiation skills. In an attempt to see both sides of any given situation, Mercury in Libra can be a vacillating energy. It can be more challenging than usual to make quick decisions, as we can sit “on the fence”. We may too easily accommodate others’ opinions in order to keep the peace. In our negotiations, we don’t want to assert ourselves in such a way as to appear to be the “bad guy”. However, this is a good period for considering others’ points of view. We are more inclined to arrive at fair conclusions.

When Mercury is in Scorpio…

When Mercury is in Scorpio, our thoughts and communications are more probing and intense. While Mercury in Libra urged us to find balance and to arrive at fair solutions, Mercury in Scorpio instinctively knows that life simply isn’t fair. Mercury in Scorpio seeks truths in all that is hidden and undercover. We tend to probe, observe, and focus our thoughts under this influence. Looking for motivations–the more deeply buried the better–satisfies an intellectual need now. Our thoughts are profound. We throw away superficial manners of communicating in favour of deep conversations. Scorpio is extremely sharp, profound, and analytical. Thinking is inclined to be one-track minded, focused, and even obsessive.

When Mercury is in Sagittarius…

When Mercury is in Sagittarius, our thinking shifts from a need to plumb the depths of any given situation to the desire to learn about a wide range of topics. Ideas are sought, our thinking is more optimistic, and our faith increases. We are more equipped to believe and to persuade. What is fair and unfair concerns us most now. However, we are not always very precise under this influence.

When Mercury is in Capricorn…

When Mercury is in Capricorn, our thinking is methodical and our focus is sober and practical. It is easier to concentrate on the task at hand under this influence. Our conversations may be quite realistic or focused on business/practical matters. Our thought patterns and communication styles become more logical, orderly, and organised. We are more able to sort out what is relevant and essential. Realism enters the picture, our speech is no-nonsense, and precision becomes important to us. We need to be wary of becoming too rigid in our thinking. We may come across as cold or harsh. For some, there is a fine line between realism and pessimism.

When Mercury is in Aquarius…

When Mercury is in Aquarius, we are hungry for knowledge and open to new and original ideas. We begin to think outside of the box, and our thinking becomes more progressive and objective. Our communication and thought patterns are spontaneous, somewhat fragmented, and liberal. This is a time when inventive thinking is at a peak.

When Mercury is in Pisces…

When Mercury is in Pisces, our thinking processes are more visual, intuitive, and imaginative. We are especially attuned to the world of emotion, which colours both our thoughts and our communication style. We guess well, express ourselves with imagery, and make decisions intuitively. We are more attracted to consciousness-raising information.

I know Tumblr is more US centric so it might not resonate to lots of you, especially considering the current devastating events happening there, but tonight Benoit Hamon won the left wing primary election in France and is our candidate for the presidency and it makes me so fucking happy okay for the first time in many years there’s finally a politician that I feel could represent me

France’s political and social future is in jeopardy because of this election (the two other main candidates are a fucking racist and a dangerous conservative asshole) the future is bleak for us rn and this gives me so much hope

he’s a precious cinnamon roll and I want him to be my president 💕🇫🇷

anonymous asked:

Conservatives: "Big government is awful and unelected bureaucrats are dangerous!" Also conservatives: "Donald Trump is my hero! Please ignore him bloating the government with his unelected family members and friends."

pretty much

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South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf

In Sunshine, Tennessee, the main event in town is Friday night football, the biggest party of the year is held in a field filled with pickup trucks, and church attendance is mandatory. For Kaycee Jean McCoy, life in Sunshine means dating guys she has no interest in, saying only “yes, ma’am” when the local bigots gossip at her mom’s cosmetics salon, and avoiding certain girls at all costs. Girls like Bren Dawson. Unlike Kaycee, Bren doesn’t really conceal who she is. But as the cool, worldly new girl, nobody at school seems to give her any trouble. Maybe there’s no harm if Kaycee gets closer to her too, as long as she can keep that part of her life a secret, especially from her family and her best friend. But the more serious things get with Bren, the harder it is to hide from everyone else. Kaycee knows Sunshine has a darker side for people like her, and she’s risking everything for the chance to truly be herself.

This book was so fucking painful. 

1. The slut shaming was ridiculous. 2. The biphobia was out of control. 3. The RACISM was insane. 

This was so ridiculously racist and biphobic all the while trying to get across the message that it’s “OK To Be Gay” while ALSO trying to shove your semi-closeted gay friend out of the closet in a dangerously conservative town that LITERALLY STILL PRACTICES SEGREGATION. 

I seriously wanted to vomit. I’m so tired of LGBTQ+ people being called cowards because they’re still in the closet. And the fact that Kaycee told her best friend that ‘next time he could be the target’ for everyone’s hate? Are you serious? No friend would wish that on their friend. I’m so mad.

And magically everything was fixed overnight I’m so mad jesus fucking christ 

no one should ever read this book I’m so fucking mad

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ (0.5/5 stars) 

anonymous asked:

People started talking about the "Liberal Bubble" around the time of Trump's election, but honestly I think this is backwards and dangerously so. Its the conservatives in middle America that live in a bubble because they want to drag us back to the fifties, as if thats even an option. Seriously, why are we acting like we're the ones denying reality, not the ones screaming about evil liberals and wanting to recreate a fantasy that never existed?

I agree. I think that Donald Trump hit the message that a dissatisfied and frightened working class wanted to hear. I don’t think this was part of some great Trump plan. It was just a bit of dumb luck. It was a perfect storm. Once the ill-timed FBI statement that Hillary’s emails were being examined again the USS Hillary hit the iceberg and went down with all hands.

This said we progressives were abysmally ignorant of this phenomena. The polls fooled us. I know people who didn’t vote because they were so certain that Hillary Clinton had it in the bag. We paid for this mistake and we will be paying for it for years to come as the 5-4 decisions start coming from the Supreme Court. 

“Nazis are Disgusting Trash” Blocklist

LAST UPDATED: 11/16/2015

Hey everyone, in light of recent events I’ve put together a block list that I’d suggest everyone at least be aware of, especially if you are Jewish or Rromani or a billion other things, really. This list consists of people who identify a Nazis/National Socialists/White Supremacists, or other things along those lines.

Feel free to add to this/cross things out as needed. 

Update: Apparently other users, including people in the Baltimore tag, indigenous people, and other marginalized groups/their allies are now receiving threatening or gory messages as well.  

A Note: I’m trying to keep the people who have been actually sending things directly to bloggers at the top, and then make a separate section for just disgusting people in general, so people know who is a priority to blog. 

A Second Note: I would HIGHLY suggest that you not go to any of these blogs if you’re sensitive to gore, slurs, people who are actual trash, etc. 

Another Note: I’m not Jewish or Rromani, or hardly any other things nazis and general trash tend to target so I figured I’d scroll through the garbage and give people an easy-to-block list. Spread this around as much as you like, and feel free to repost. 

A Final Note: If you do reblog this, I would also suggest to turn off your submissions. People have been targeting bloggers through posts like these. Also, huge trigger warnings for racism, antisemitism, nazis, slurs (especially the k-slur in usernames), violence, etc. after the cut.

tl;dr

Due to the harassment of people on here, I’ve put together a Nazi/white supremacist blocklist.

Feel free to change anything you see if it’s not accurate, feel free to repost.

Apparently they are now targeting other users as well.

Massive trigger warnings under the cut for slurs/violence in their URLs, and of course antisemitism, racism, violence, gore, etc in their blogs.

I don’t really think sending gore has happened recently, but it has happened in the past when people reblogged so just a warning for that.

Stay safe.

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Dear Members and Alumni,

In every presidential election since 1888, the members and Executive Board of the Harvard Republican Club have gathered to discuss, debate, and eventually endorse the standard-bearer of our party. But for the first time in 128 years, we, the oldest College Republicans chapter in the nation, will not be endorsing the Republican nominee.

Donald Trump holds views that are antithetical to our values not only as Republicans, but as Americans. The rhetoric he espouses –from racist slander to misogynistic taunts– is not consistent with our conservative principles, and his repeated mocking of the disabled and belittling of the sacrifices made by prisoners of war, Gold Star families, and Purple Heart recipients is not only bad politics, but absurdly cruel.

If enacted, Donald Trump’s platform would endanger our security both at home and abroad. Domestically, his protectionist trade policies and draconian immigration restrictions would enlarge our federal deficit, raise prices for consumers, and throw our economy back into recession. Trump’s global outlook, steeped in isolationism, is considerably out-of-step with the traditional Republican stance as well. The flippancy with which he is willing to abdicate the United States’ responsibility to lead is alarming. Calling for the US’ withdrawal from NATO and actively endorsing nuclear proliferation, Donald Trump’s foreign policy would wreak havoc on the established world order which has held aggressive foreign powers in check since World War II.

Perhaps most importantly, however, Donald Trump simply does not possess the temperament and character necessary to lead the United States through an increasingly perilous world. The last week should have made obvious to all what has been obvious to most for more than a year. In response to any slight –perceived or real– Donald Trump lashes out viciously and irresponsibly. In Trump’s eyes, disagreement with his actions or his policies warrants incessant name calling and derision: stupid, lying, fat, ugly, weak, failing, idiot –and that’s just his “fellow” Republicans.

He isn’t eschewing political correctness. He is eschewing basic human decency.

Donald Trump, despite spending more than a year on the campaign trail, has either refused or been unable to educate himself on issues that matter most to Americans like us. He speaks only in platitudes, about greatness, success, and winning. Time and time again, Trump has demonstrated his complete lack of knowledge on critical matters, meandering from position to position over the course of the election. When confronted about these frequent reversals, Trump lies in a manner more brazen and shameless than anything politics has ever seen.

Millions of people across the country are feeling despondent. Their hours have been cut, wages slashed, jobs even shipped overseas. But Donald Trump doesn’t have a plan to fix that. He has a plan to exploit that.

Donald Trump is a threat to the survival of the Republic. His authoritarian tendencies and flirtations with fascism are unparalleled in the history of our democracy. He hopes to divide us by race, by class, and by religion, instilling enough fear and anxiety to propel himself to the White House. He is looking to to pit neighbor against neighbor, friend against friend, American against American. We will not stand for this vitriolic rhetoric that is poisoning our country and our children.

President Reagan called on us to maintain this, our shining city on a hill. He called on us to maintain freedom abroad by keeping a strong presence in the world. He called on us to maintain liberty at home by upholding the democratic process and respecting our opponents. He called on us to maintain decency in our hearts by loving our neighbor.

He would be ashamed of Donald Trump. We are too.

This fall, we will instead focus our efforts on reclaiming the Republican Party from those who have done it considerable harm, campaigning for candidates who will uphold the conservative principles that have defined the Republican Party for generations. We will work to ensure both chambers of Congress remain in Republican hands, continuing to protect against executive overreach regardless of who wins the election this November.

We call on our party’s elected leaders to renounce their support of Donald Trump, and urge our fellow College Republicans to join us in condemning and withholding their endorsement from this dangerous man. The conservative movement in America should not and will not go quietly into the night.

A longtime student of American democracy, Alexis de Tocqueville once said, “America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

De Tocqueville believed in the United States. Americans are a decent people. We work hard, protect our own, and look out for one another in times of need, regardless of the color of our skin, the God we worship, or our party registration. Donald Trump may not believe in that America, but we do. And that America will never cease to be great.

—  The Harvard Republican Club

Boycotting shopping at Hobby Lobby: Yes

Yelling at Hobby Lobby employees because their corporation is dangerously conservative: No. Do not do this. Do not torture minimum wage employees for this. 

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Pallid Sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus)

The Pallid Sturgeon is native to the Missouri and Mississippi rivers in the United States. They are opportunistic bottom feeders, foraging for insects and small fish like minnows. They can live for up to 50 years, and potentially even longer. It is difficult to tell the age of the fish as their skeleton is made of cartilage, not bone, and they have no scales. 

Pallid Sturgeon have been listed as Endangered since 1990. Damming and channelization of their native rivers has reduced flow rates and sediment loads which has continued to have an impact on their populations. In addition, dams stop sturgeon from migrating up stream to spawn. The Keystone Pipeline would cross the rivers where these rare fish are found, and would have further negative impacts on this already fragile species. 

If Marvel wants to be in a position to take advantage of changing audience appetites today, it should have announced a Black Widow movie at San Diego Comic-Con two years ago, when it announced Guardians Of The Galaxy. Marvel didn’t even announce that movie this year, or a Captain Marvel movie, or a Black Panther movie. Instead it announced Guardians Of The Galaxy 2.

A studio that once looked bold and risk-taking is now in danger of looking conservative and cautious, weighed down by its own success — just like Warner Bros., Fox, and Sony. Except, of course, Sony is reportedly planning a superhero movie with a female lead for 2017. Even if Marvel now does likewise, it’s going to look like it’s following Sony’s lead.

On the subject of a movie with a female lead, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently said to CBR; “I hope we do it sooner rather than later.” He is the president of Marvel Studios. He doesn’t have to hope that they do it. He has to do it.

—  Andrew Wheeler, “Why Marvel Studios succeeds (And how it was fail if it doesn’t diversify.) 

anonymous asked:

what is in the flesh? tell me everything o.o okay, not everything, but i see a lot of it on my dash and am curious as to what it is/what it's about/etc.

In the Flesh is a BBC show that takes place in a sort of alternate universe in which there was a “zombie” uprising in 2010. “The Rising,” as it’s called, was the night when everyone who died in 2009 (over 140,000 people) rose from their graves as rabid, brain-eating zombies, causing a worldwide panic and the formation of the Human Volunteer Force. The HVF fought the rabids, killing many of them, but capturing most and sending them off to treatment centers. In one of those centers, the one in Norfolk, a drug called neurotriptyline was eventually created, which is daily injected into the “Partially Deceased Syndrome sufferers” and helps their brains function normally, so they won’t attack people and all that. However, after only one or two missed doses, the PDS sufferers will return to their rabid state and begin attacking again. Not to mention, there’s a cult (the Undead Liberation Army) that is circulating a pill that makes PDS sufferers temporarily rabid, and is used for terrorism.

We enter the scene in 2014, when the PDS sufferers are finally returning home to their families. The one that we focus on is Kieren Walker, an artistic eighteen-year-old boy whose hometown is extremely conservative and dangerous toward so-called “rotters,” and whose younger sister was one of the most effective fighters in the HVF.

The show does a great job of showing how “diseased” people are oppressed and feared, how individuals and communities deal with change and with perceived threats, the influence of religion and of family, and the different ways that minorities fight for their rights. The great thing about it is that you can really see the reasons behind everyone’s actions, so even if you don’t think they’re right, you understand them. It makes you evaluate your own morality.

Besides all that, the characters (especially the female ones!) are incredibly well defined, the storyline is constantly interesting, it’s beautifully shot, has an amazing soundtrack, and the protagonist (Kieren) is openly queer! It’s got a fair amount of gore and violence, but it’s handled really well, so if you can handle that I recommend it 800%. It’s something everyone should watch. It hasn’t been signed on for a third season yet, so the more people who support it, the better chance that it’ll continue!

More about the show’s importance here (spoiler-y!) and here (less spoiler-y), and more about saving it here, specifically the #SaveIntheFlesh movement here.