dissemination of information

Fighting Fake Anti-Trump News

In the interests of not spending the next four years fact-checking my own side, I would like very much if we could all exercise good judgment on what we reblog.

I’m pissed off about the trend of twitter screenshots posing as “news” with no source. I’m also pissed off about people posting their own unsourced, inaccurate summaries of something they heard somewhere. This makes us look no better than Trump supporters sharing lies on Facebook, and it often causes unnecessary fear. Here’s a guide on what I want people to do instead.

Easy Mode: If there’s no source, don’t reblog it. This requires no effort on your part, but it’s still helpful. Don’t disseminate information that could be inaccurate.

Regular Mode: Add a source. Google some key words. If it’s legitimate, you should find news stories about it. Reblog and add some source links. While I’m not a huge fan of how the mainstream media has been handling things lately, for this purpose I recommend sticking to established print media, because they have better fact-checking than Internet-only outlets and they’ve been firmer in their opposition than TV news.

If it’s not legitimate, reblog anyway and add sources refuting it. You don’t have to write up a whole explanation if you don’t want. Linking to a source with the note “This shit didn’t happen” will suffice.

Hard Mode: Question the source. If there is a source link, check it. If it’s from some outlet you never heard, of or one that you don’t feel is reputable (like, say, The Daily Mail), go see if they have sources to back themselves up. They may not. Google key words again. See if anyone else is reporting on their claims. If not, wait a bit. It’s possible they have an exclusive scoop. It’s also possible they’re fearmongering based on misunderstood or inadequate information, or they’re just flat making shit up. Don’t discount the possibility of fake “progressive” outlets run by the opposition to discredit us. And remember, The Onion is not the only parody news site out there – not by a long shot.

Again, though, if you do nothing else, stop reblogging unsourced stories. It’s already going to be a long, bad four years. We don’t need to make it worse.

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Putin trolls Trump, offers up transcript of conversation in the Oval Office

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to give the United States a transcript of President Donald Trump’s conversation last week with Russian officials in the Oval Office, saying he’d hand them over if “the U.S. administration finds it appropriate,” CNN reported.
  • Putin’s comments come as Trump faces accusations that he inappropriately disseminated classified information to the Russians in the meeting — possibly jeopardizing relationships with foreign allies whom the U.S. relies on for intelligence gathering. Read more (5/17/17)
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SKETCHY BEHAVIORS | Heather Benjamin (RH)

Through her dense and detailed packed line drawings to her more focused ink brush pieces, Rhode Island based artist Heather Benjamin’s work is visceral, cathartic, and autobiographical. It offers a completely unapologetic and unflinching look into an artists’ own struggles with life, body image, self confidence, and sexuality.  We find her and her art to be inspirational, honest and badass.

We recently ran into Heather at her booth at the LA Art Book Fair and caught up with her a few months later to ask about her art, her experiences at RISD, her influences, and her thoughts about her work and her life. 

Photographs courtesy of the artist.

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Can an app cure a lifelong fear of flying? One anxious traveler put it to the test.

  • It’s been many years since I’ve flown without the aid of a pill, so I was skeptical that an app could go to bat against my powerful anxiety medication.
  • But the bold claims made by anxiety-reducing app SkyGuru made me curious to see whether a more-sustainable solution for overcoming my fear of flying was possible. (Downing benzodiazapines, or benzos, every time it’s wheels up takes its toll when you travel several times a month.)
  • The premise of SkyGuru, which costs $20 (the free version is not worth using), is that knowledge will reduce anxiety.
  • The user receives real-time data, even when not connected to Wi-Fi, about the flight, airports, forecasted turbulence and even the planes themselves.
  • The app provides tips and comfort to an individual throughout the flight. For example, SkyGuru might explain standard noises and motions that can occur during takeoff, while disseminating helpful information about the root of flight anxiety. Read more (6/8/17)

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Little perfect thing: Percy scolding the guard for being surprised by Keyleth being Keyleth because “you’ve been briefed.” I cannot get over the beautiful mental image of Whitestone’s forces being formally assembled so Percy and Cassandra can disseminate this important information: “This is Keyleth. Yes, she’s like that all the time. It’s fine.”

I would just like to point out that YES Lena did suggest Kara publish the information as a blog, but then after Kara said Snapper would be angry if she did that, Lena THEN suggested she would dig around L-Corp’s financials to find traces of Lillian’s involvement.

Maybe she left something behind? Trail of breadcrumbs? Could be your second source!

She probably noticed Kara was hesitant with her initial idea and then offered to do everything in her power to help Kara in a way that Kara was comfortable with, ie: publish the article the right way, through Catco, with more sources as per Snapper’s demand.

So don’t come for Lena on that. 

If Kara had asked Lena before pressing publish, I bet Lena would have listened to Kara’s reservations and talked them through with her, or offered other ideas on how to disseminate the information instead of just blindly saying she should publish it because she thinks it’s what Kara wants to hear. (And there’s no way of knowing this for sure of course, but the above does seem to be how Lena and Kara’s relationship has gone, they actually talk about things and push each other to be better or think about things differently).

Mon-El on the other hand seems to be a pendulum right now. For the better part of the season he was thinking he was right about everything, now he’s just deferring to telling Kara she’s right about everything. And neither of those extremes are healthy in a relationship at all. A relationship is give and take, it’s about helping the other person be the best version of themselves, by offering solutions as well as listening.

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Welcome to Hogwarts: Academic Year 2017/18

  • School brochures have been sent by owl post to prospective students and their parents
  • Standard sport kit is now available on the Hogwarts online store
  • New student handbooks are ready for dissemination in September
  • Letters of Acceptance & Information Packs will be sent out from mid-June to early July

Some of the latest textbooks on the Hogwarts syllabus can be found here.

More 21st century wizarding here

The Axes of Astrology

Within Astrology there are 6 sets of signs and houses. The 12 signs are paired off in opposition representing dual sides of a certain concept or notion, in turn the houses associated with these signs can be similarly grouped. The cusps of these houses are known as axes within a chart, each one representing a different integral part of a personality or one’s nature.

The first axis – The Axis of Identity

               This axis is the axis of the 1st and 7th houses, also known as the ascendant and descendant. It is associated with the signs of Aries♈ and Libra♎, and is the place where we define who we are, both as individuals and as members of society.

The second axis – The Axis of Possession

The axis of the 2nd and 8th houses. It is associated with the signs of Taurus♉ and Scorpio♏, and is where we try to find value within ourselves and our relationships with others.

The third axis – The Axis of Information

               The 3rd//9th house axis is associated with Gemini♊ and Sagittarius♐. This axis shows us how we both gather and disseminate information, of both a mundane and higher nature.

The fourth axis – The Axis of Security

The cusps of the 4th and 10th houses are known by a few names, such as the Nadir//Imum Coeli and Midheaven//Medium Coeli, but regardless these houses are associated with the signs of Cancer♋ and Capricorn♑ . The axis of security shows us how we build the foundations of safety and security for ourselves, both privately and publicly.

The fifth axis – The Axis of Ego

               The cusps of the 5th and 11th house make up this axis, and it is associated with Leo♌ and Aquarius♒. It is here that we express ourselves both individually and in group settings, and it is also here that we give and receive love from the world.

The sixth axis – The Axis of Service

               The 6th and 12th houses make up the Axis of Service, being associated with the signs of Virgo♍ and Pisces♓ respectively. Here is where we give service to others. It is the place in which we sacrifice for others, giving to them both materially and spiritually in order to heal the ailments of the body and soul.

Improv (Jungkook)

Request: “hello there^^ can I have a drabble with Jungkook? /153,169\ thank you and have a nice day :)“

AN: aww thank you, I hope you have a lovely day as well. This was really fun to write, so thank you for requesting

153. “I’m gonna be honest with you. I’m really horny, and you’re really hot. Can we fuck? Like, now?”
169. “You’ll regret those words ever left your pretty mouth, sweetheart.”

Warning: descriptive sex, language, and in general this is just really dirty I’m so sorry ;-;

Word Count: 1240

Genre: Smut

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You quietly sighed as you quickly flipped through your biology textbook, not even glancing at the dissemination of useless information, of which you already knew and didn’t care to revise for the upcoming exam. Of course, your teacher was stubborn and threatened to lower your grade if you didn’t study. Everyone in the school knew this particular teacher was a dick, but most of them hadn’t experienced it firsthand. Unfortunately, you were one of the few students who had his classes.

“Y/N, he’s looking at you again,” Your friend, Hyunae, whispered to you as she stealthily pointed towards the corner of the room, which made you shift your eyes to where she was pointing. You immediately felt the heat rushing to your cheeks as your gaze landed upon Jeon Jungkook, the second-year deemed as the “sexiest boy in school.” Of course, you just happened to bump into him one day, and as you walked away, you knew you weren’t going to be able to get him out of your mind for the rest of your life. However, you knew you had absolutely no chance with him, as every girl in the school felt the same way about him.

“Whatever,” You groaned, returning to your textbook as Hyunae sighed in disappointment.

“Come on, you should go talk to him. Maybe he likes you.” You couldn’t help but scoff at her response.

“In your dreams, dumbass.”

“I think you mean your dreams, like that one where he fu-”

“Hyunae!” You quickly covered your mouth in embarrassment from the sudden outburst. You were about to lower your head in shame but you could see someone walking towards you from the corner of your eyes. Hyunae grinned and leaned towards you, while still looking in the person’s direction.

“I’ll give you some time together,” She whispered as she quickly gathered her belongings and rushed out of the library, leaving you completely confused until you turned around to come face to face with Jungkook himself.

“I’m gonna be honest with you. I’m really horny, and you’re really hot. Can we fuck? Like, now?” He said, his gaze burning deep into your soul.

“U-Um…” You stuttered before Jungkook grabbed your arm and pulled you to the closest bathroom, checking every stall to make sure nobody was inside. Once he saw it was all clear, he locked the door and shoved you against the wall, connecting your lips without hesitation. You froze as he began to grind his hips against yours, but you eventually melted into his passionate kiss. His hands creeped up to the hem of your shirt, and due to the fact that you were kissing him back harder than he had expected, he found it appropriate to discard of your shirt, tossing it aside on the tile floor.

“Oh my fucking god, Y/N,” He moaned against the skin on your neck, tracing soft kisses on your exposed collarbones.

At that point, you weren’t even confused about how he knew your name, but simply mesmerized by his touch, lost in a world of bliss. He slid his hand down your uniform skirt and tugged on the hem of your panties, making you moan into the kiss. You could feel him smirk against your lips, and it only made you want more of him. You cupped his cheeks and deepened the kiss by slipping your tongue into his mouth, which he gladly allowed and your tongues began to fight for dominance.

You hooked your fingers under Jungkook’s shirt, and soon enough he got the message as he shed his clothes, then moved onto your clothing. He pressed his lips against yours and simultaneously reached behind your back, unhooking your bra. He quickly pulled down your skirt and panties, and you eagerly kicked them away from you, waiting for all of this frustration you’ve been building up to be released in the best way possible.

Jungkook’s growing erection pressing against your bare skin only tempted you to reverse positions and finally get on with it, but he was clearly overpowered in this situation. He had your wrists pinned to the tile ground and your body trapped underneath him.

“Let’s see how loud you can scream for me,” He growled as he aligned himself with your core and roughly entered you, not giving you any time to adjust as he began to thrust into you at a rapid pace. Despite your efforts, your loud and shameless moans escaped your mouth, and Jungkook’s moans eventually slipped in, creating a harmony of ecstasy.

As he continued to grind deeply into you, he slid one hand down to your sensitive clit and moved it quickly in little, circular motions. He lowered his lips down to your exposed chest and circled his tongue around your left nipple, eventually closing in and sucking. The combination of his bare cock inside of you and the teasing from his tongue made you practically scream out in pleasure. However, over your loud pleas and Jungkook’s moans, you noticed someone shuffling their feet outside in the hallway.

“J-Jungkook…someone’s outside,” You managed to say in between moans. He ignored you and continued to ram into you at a continuous rate. “Slow down!” As soon as those words left your mouth, he stopped moving and he lifted his head so your eyes could meet.

“You’ll regret those words ever left your pretty mouth, sweetheart,” He whispered before pulling out of you, only to flip you into your hands and knees and enter you again from behind.

You knew Jungkook was merciless at this point as he pounded into you, his cock hitting your g-spot, causing a scream of pleasure to erupt from your now sore throat. You flinched when you felt him bring his palm down to smack your cheeks, but you both ultimately knew it was a turn-on and added to the intensity of the situation.

“Jungkook!” You moaned loudly as you dropped to your forearms, allowing Jungkook to access you from a completely new angle. His nails dug into the skin of your rear, so deep you knew there would be crescent shaped marks there the next day.

“Fuck, Y/N. I-I’m gonna-” Jungkook managed to moan out before his thrusts slowed down and you both found your release. You pressed your forehead against the tile floor beneath you, attempting to catch your breath. Jungkook slowly pulled out of you and took his time to regulate his breathing as well. Once you felt okay again, you sat up and faced Jungkook, who did not wait to press his lips against yours one more time. “So, movie next Saturday?”

You couldn’t help but smile at his response, but you nodded and he kissed you once more before helping you stand and put your clothes back on. You smiled at him as you unlocked the bathroom door and walked out, as if nothing had ever happened.

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I hope that was alright for you, love. Thank you for requesting!

Sagittarius aims his mighty arrow toward higher ideals. As the arrow travels through the scope of the universe, Sagittarius remains earth bound. Sagittarius is exoterically ruled by Jupiter and esoterically ruled by Earth. Sagittarius reaches for higher information through the stars (Jupiter) and then disseminates that information by galloping through the landscape (Earth).

The US military defines psychological operations, or PSYOP, as:

planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to foreign audiences to influence the emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of foreign governments, organizations, groups, and individuals.


The Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012 was introduced by U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) on May 10, 2012 in the House of Representatives. The bill purpose is “to authorize the domestic dissemination of information and material about the United States intended primarily for foreign audiences”

Amendments made to the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and Foreign Relations Authorization Act of 1987 allow for materials produced by the State Department and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) to be released within US borders.

Another supposition of mine.

Human beings are masters of making excuses. It seems to be an innate skill regardless of culture. But may I propose a point that I’ve been pondering? If you said yes, thank you. Although that wasn’t necessary since I can’t hear you. If you said no, you’re probably no longer reading this.

The point. A good majority, if not all, of the great atrocities man has perpetrated are due to a lack of information. Not ignorance. Ignorance implies that the necessary knowledge is available but not applied.
From the establishment of patriarchies to witch hunts, pogroms, crusades, wars, genocides to ecological devastation, much of it was done by people who had no facts, only distorted analysis and very little understanding of their own world. Their world was frightening, incomprehensible and very small. Gods rose to give a face to mysterious forces, and by having them assume some physical incarnation, even if deified, it implied that there were reasons and some sort of order. Think about it this way. As a child the world is huge and there are more rules than you can count. Adults, and parents in particular, serve as a stable anchoring point and source of security. You don’t have to know everything. Mom and Dad are there. So imagine being a child forever, with no adults to be found. Ever. You’ll turn to gods, or those who claim to see the pattern and know the rules.
But even as societies emerged and knowledge accumulated, it was still fragmented. Distribution was variable, interpretations malleable. Comparison and correlations were very limited. Evolving from a tribal background where survival is difficult and any outsiders competing for resources a threat, it was to be expected that each group believed itself right, and anyone with a different narrative was wrong. You see, no single individual could commit atrocities, but a small group twisting information could create the environment within which they could happen. The genocides in Armenia, Rwanda, Cambodia and those committed by Germany in World War Two were not spontaneous acts of mass communal decision. People looking to make excuses for societal issues chose an outside group to blame and spread their distorted message until it was so widespread it took on the aura of truth. Otherwise sane and normal people chose to accept the logic of hate because it simplified a confusing world.
To clarify my point. Throughout history the dissemination of information has been limited. It no longer is. We are in the Information Age. Granted, the entire world is not a homogeneous system with all cultures at a similar level. The Rwandan Genocide happened in 1994. Additionally,
the internet is wonderfully (or awfully) suited to spreading misinformation. But the old excuse of “we didn’t know..” won’t fly anymore. You can choose not to know, refuse to know or refuse to believe, but the facts can be found now by anyone who chooses to look. Lack of information is gone as a justification. When you demonize those different from yourself now, it is only ignorance you can lay claim to. The uneducated can learn. But the ignorant defy fact, logic and reason to create a narrative of anger and hate, and history will not forgive you for that.

Relationships With Deities

Subtitle: Your UPG is probably totally legit, and here’s why.

I am no expert here, this is all from my gut and from listening to a lot of folks discussing UPG. My personal bias is this: I believe in coming from the lore we have and extrapolating out UPG from there based on reading, personal practice, and journalistic writing analyzing those base texts when accessible. That bias stated, let’s continue.

PART ONE: Polytheism in Norse revival practices.

I feel like I constantly hear people saying things like, Loki came to me, but that opened the door, and now I’ve got Odin (or Sigyn or Angrboda or whomever). Or, Freyja came to me, but now I also have felt needlings from Freyr and/or Njordr. This concept that when we access this pantheon with intention, the relatives of our access point come a-knocking. I feel that most people have experienced this, from what I have read, so I am not going to dwell too much on this point, as it’s mostly a base concept for where I’m going with it. 

What all this boils down to, for me, is 
“Relationships are important in Norse practices.”

PART TWO: Relationship schematics within personal practice.

I am using myself as an example here, but because of the aforementioned, I feel these things are hopefully understandable and/or relatable. Hel came to me first and I have always been hers. But the more I spent time with her, the more it was important for me to understand her in relation to her father; her in relation to her mother; her in relation to her siblings. So, again as an example, Hel brought me to Wolf and Tyr. Hel also brought me to Loki, who brought me to Sigyn and Angrboda. These are not my only ‘connections,’ but again, examples.

But it’s interesting: personally speaking, my relationship with Hel is incredibly intimate—at times feeling like an actual part of her; at times feeling like she’s my mother; at times feeling like a best friend. She is my mother literally in some aspects, so I put this up to a very intimate familial relationship. How I see her is how I would have the knowledge of the kind of person if you had a really solid, supportive, mother relationship. I see her very up close and personal, for lack of better terms. However.

My relationships with Loki is more like a grandfather. He drops in for visits “on holiday” (not literally, I’m speaking about frequency in a perceived ‘standard family dynamic™’) and so does Angrboda. My knowings of Loki are simply not as intimate as someone who has a personal relationship with Loki that is as intimate as mine with Hel. I may know Loki likes coffee, but I don’t know the things he would only tell his closest confidantes—because I’m not one. That doesn’t make me less valuable: it just makes our relationships different.

What this boils down to, for me, is
“Just as different people in our lives see different pieces of us—
just as who we are to our friends may not be the same as who we are
to our distant cousins, or to our grandfathers, or whatever 
‘normal’ or ‘fucked up’ dynamic exists—just as that is true for us,”
so too is it true for the gods with whom we work.”

PART THREE: How this applies to the multiplicity of UPG.

I want to point this out not to have a ‘who’s the best devotee’-off—That completely misses my point. My point is that if we can acknowledge that our best friend may know that “you only drink coffee when you’re missing your girlfriend,” your grandfather probably doesn’t know that. That doesn’t make your best friend ‘more valuable’ than your grandfather. Each relationship is important. 

Not saying you can’t bring those relationships closer or more emotionally intimate, but the degrees of intimacy vary, and with that, information dissemination. So it would follow that while I personally have the ‘grandfather’ level of intimacy with Loki, I probably have different UPG than someone who has a father or best friend level intimacy with him. He is showing us two different faces. This does not make him inauthentic: the moon is still the whole moon, no matter which phase of it in the night sky we are perceiving. The moon is still the moon. 

So while there is a base person—for example, if you were to say, Loki is actually someone who would never lie, never think outside the box, and you experience him as the upstanding moral citizen who loves rainbows and the status quo, I’m going to say that’s poor UPG inasmuch as it directly contradicts the only known information we have about him. However, if you tell me that Loki speaks to you of fire while he speaks to me of electricity, I see how these things can co-exist without either one being wrong at all. 

The one does not invalidate the other;
just different phases of the same moon.

PART FOUR: Complications and lessons.

Then, to add just one more piece to this mix, there is also the question of the faces of our gods. Are you seeing Odin the Wanderer? Odin the Frenzy? Odin the Poet? Odin the most intimidating gunslinger this side of Texas person on Asgard? That also, I think, would change your UPG. I think this is how, for example, Raven Kaldera can say he has an incredibly intimate relationship with Hel as well, but a lot of my UPG does not match his. Reading what he has written, however, it seems he has seen a lot of what I call the Hel Hailstorm aspect, or the face of her that deals in ordeals.

As an alternate example, for me, (using myself specifically again), when I’m giving offerings to Hel As Herself Wholly, I have a set of go-tos (roses, hematite, bones, etc). However, if I want to talk to her in her aspect as someone who deals with ancestor veneration and memoriams, I’m thinking juniper and magpies. When I am thinking of honouring not just her death side but also her living flesh, there’s hummingbirds and rose quartz. I have the intimacy to see all of these sides of her; perhaps some people will only see some, and not all, of the sides.

All of these are simultaneously true.

PART FIVE: Overlap and ‘validation.’

But at the end of the day, someone having different UPG than you means very little. Your relationship with your deities is yours and you are your own spiritual authority. You can pry my association of amethyst and Sigyn from my cold dead hands (and citrine with Loki and so ametrine with Logyn), though I know not many people share that, and I’ve made peace with that. 

It’s exciting to find overlap—to me, that just shows me that the relationship I have with Hel is similar to the relationship the other person has with Hel. I was pleasantly surprised with lavenderwrath and I shared so much (though not all) UPG, and bedaelia too. This does not make us more correct, it means that we have seen the same ‘moon phase’ and have the same or a similar intimacy level with her.

It is exhausting to keep that level of intimacy with so many deities—which is precisely why I also keep hearing that people tend to practice around one and branch out honouring in varying degrees other deities that relate to their main deity. I don’t think there is anything wrong with not having an intense level of intimacy with everyone you honour. There is no way I could dedicate the same intimacy I give to Hel also to Freyr and to Loki and to Skadi. I just can’t.

For me, this is not a shortcoming. For me, it lets me know that someone who who has a closer intimacy to Skadi may have more or different insight. I might be inclined to listen to them ‘first’ and see what resonates for me out of respect and acknowledgement of their experience, but if it doesn’t resonate, I just hold with the fact that that was not the face of the god meant for me to see or the relationship that god desired of me. And frankly, I think that’s beautiful. It makes us all a family tree here on earth, both part of their family and to each other. 

And in a strange way, I’m wondering
if that is exactly what the gods are asking us to create
as we revive this dead religion.

synthaphone  asked:

Sorry for adding to the ask pile, but I was curious about what sorts of art forms are highly valued or unique to the different alien cultures in runaways? (I know that its probably not that simple because a species will have different groups with different cultures, but I'm super interested in hearing about it if you've thought about it so far! Also, how would different species choose to visually depict each other, like how humans love to put humanoid faces and gender norms onto everything)

How everybody represents each other artistically is much too complex for a single reply, unfortunately, as the other species don’t even necessarily do caricatures and cartoons like humans do.

Avians, like us, mostly have visual and auditory art forms. You guys already know how detailed their clothes get. Singing is big deal for them, though avian singing sounds weird and discordant to everyone else. Their voice is similar to a yowling cat (warning: angry cat noises) but with the split pitch of a thrush or a red-winged blackbird. This is also why avian language is unpronounceable to any other race, they have words with different meanings based on pitch and chord, and we all have one pair of vocal cords like normal people. Avians also lack almost any sort of culinary arts for reasons I’m working on a post about.

Ferrets are also big on auditory stuff, but in a much different way than avians. While avians like singing and pretty tunes, they love The Beats. Drumming with the hands is a common idle activity, and musical junctions will have everyone pounding on the floor and each other in time to the beat. In their opinion, the best kind of music is the kind where you can feel the base vibrating your brains to jelly; they have some fancy high tech ‘ballrooms‘ where the floor is specifically designed to bounce to the beat. It’s over-stimulation central for anyone who is not a ferret. They also have a huge emphasis on interactive art… flat paintings and pictures are rare, sculptures have moving parts, games and video games are high art, and they have bigger and weirder performance art than humans could ever dream of. Traditional theater thrives even after TV and the ensuing wave of chaotic ferret soap operas where everybody talks and signs at once and the camera has the attention span of a 3-year-old, because ferret theater is very interactive. Audience interaction in ferret theater ranges from audience poll on plot decisions, to the entire audience being free to interact with characters during the play… the play here being essentially a room you walk into with actors in it, but a handful of aspects in it out of the audience’s control to drive the plot (usually actors on balconies, “world events” being announced by loudspeaker, or backdrop changes.) It’s fucking nuts, yo. They’re also huge foodies and have a long history of culinary art.

Centaurs on their home planet didn’t have much in the way of long distance tech except for radio and telephone, which is now getting messed up with space age tech from everyone else. On-planet their media scene is a mess, and dada-esque art and humor is popular because it embodies the cultural theme of “nothing makes any goddamn sense anymore.” They have a large emphasis on sculpture, murals, practical art, graphic design, fashion, and visual art, and videos spread through alien tech are already fighting with previously hugely popular radio shows for attention. Performance art is mostly oration– given an option centaurs seem to prefer listening and seeing a performer say a story rather than reading it– which may have something to do with the fact many centaurs are far-sighted. Talita wears glasses to help with this, since she grew up with humans, who prefer text over oration. Written language in centaur culture is mostly used in signage, or to disseminate information quickly, before it can be recorded in sound bytes. New alien tech is making the spread of information through audio rather than text even easier. Oddly enough they don’t have a lot of music, at least as we would consider it? Centaurs don’t have a strong sense of rhythm like everyone else does, the closest thing they have to music is like… collections of pretty noises and exaggerated poetry reading. They’re difficult to listen to as someone trying to find a beat or musical sense to the sound, since it’s more comparable to human media targeting ASMR than music.

Bones - 12x09 - The Steel in the Wheels - Press Release

BONES
Air Date: Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Time Slot: 9:01 PM-10:00 PM EST on FOX
Episode Title: (BON-1209) “The Final Chapter: The Steel in the Wheels”

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TUESDAY, MARCH 7

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THE TEAM GOES UNDERCOVER ON AN ALL-NEW “BONES” TUESDAY, MARCH 7, ON FOX

Fan-Favorite Guest Star Stephen Fry (“The Great Indoors”) Returns!

When a young man dies in a horrendous hay baler accident, Booth, Brennan and Aubrey slap on trashy disguises and go undercover at a rowdy demolition derby competition to investigate the case. Meanwhile, Dr. Gordon Wyatt (guest star Stephen Fry) returns and assists Hodgins and Cam when the ongoing Gormogon case hits a dead end in the all-new “The Final Chapter: The Steel in the Wheels” episode of BONES airing Tuesday, March 7 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (BON-1209) (TV-14 L, V)

Cast: Emily Deschanel as Dr. Temperance Brennan; David Boreanaz as FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth; TJ Thyne as Dr. Jack Hodgins; Michaela Conlin as Angela Montenegro; Tamara Taylor as Dr. Camille “Cam” Saroyan; John Boyd as FBI Special Agent James Aubrey

Guest Cast: Stephen Fry as Dr. Gordon Wyatt, Ignacio Serricchio as Rodolfo Fuentes, Christina Carlisi as Agnes Doyle, John Philbin as Ned Dixon, Erin Conner as Charlene Fisher, Joe Ochman as Barry McGee, Jaime Bergman as Dawn Skaggs, Ronnie Gene Blevins as Ray Kimball, Chris Ferraro as Carmageddon, Peter Joseph Ferraro as Mad Dog.

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Here it is - the art I created for the first ever @slackru Big Bang.
It goes with @druidkeyleth ‘s fantastic fic:
In My End You Are My Beginning - A Kabby/Sense8 AU
http://archiveofourown.org/works/11523504/chapters/25865703


When taught about the evolution of mankind, most everyone knows the general idea of it all. What most don’t know is that prior to the evolution of humans, another subspecies branched off. Homo sensorium have a remarkable ability to communicate telepathically, draw on experience from others, and disseminate information at the speed of the modern internet thousands of years prior to its creation. Hunted since their birth as a species, sensates learn to hide in the thousands of years of existence on Earth. After nuclear devastation that wiped out most of Earth’s population, sensate clusters (groups of sensates born at the same time) are still being created, and still being hunted. On Earth, Grounders are familiar with their sensate brethren and aside from a few hunters, they exist out in the open. While on the Ark, they still hide among the population. When the Ark is dying, the 100 sent to the ground, and the clock ticking for the rest of the Ark population, Abby, Marcus, and six others in space and down on Earth wake up one day with an extreme migraine and soon start seeing and experiencing thoughts and emotions not their own. As they explore their newfound abilities, our favorite duo have to maneuver a whole new playing field outside of their wildest dreams.
Featuring Abby Griffin, Marcus Kane, Callie Cartwig, Jacopo Sinclair, and Indra kom Trikru in a thought-sharing, emotion-feeling cluster! And introducing Toron kom Azgeda (Mads Mikkelsen), Almi kom Tripakstoka (Michelle Yeoh), Nix kom Kliron kom Deimeika (Ada Maris) as fellow clustermates, and Somer kom Boudalankru (Julie Benz) as the cluster mom!

This documentary: ALL MEAT causes cancer. ALL PLANTS cure cancer. You don’t need doctors or medical school or anything when you can go vegan. Veganism is the one true religion. Make your cats and dogs vegan too. Listen to all these people who agree with me that veganism is The Ultimate Best And Only Way To Live ™. If you’re not vegan, you are a moron.


Like UGH yes I get it, you think going vegan is good. Yes I get it you made a documentary to make your voice sound louder. Yes I get it, I know what your opinions are about veganism. But SO????? Is there any data to back that up? What’s the credibility of the data? Is there any data to show that meat kills everyone? Are the data shown the full picture or is it nitpicked excerpts deliberately to paint it in its ugliest form? Is meat REALLY only evil? Are you honestly saying that meat has absolutely ZERO benefits at all? And how convenient of you to NOT show any possible negative effects or shortcomings of going vegan? If you only pick out excerpts of negative effects of meat along with a scary background music narrated with full scepticism and conspiracy theories, meanwhile you show people talk about how hoping vegan made them see god and they’re all smiling with some upbeat happy music in the background, then no fucking shit it LOOKS like veganism is God’s saviour. But that’s coz you choreographed the whole thing to deliberately control people’s perception.

This is exactly why, no matter what message they try to pull - be it veganism or religion or social culture or whatever - I will immediately distrust the credibility of the documentary if it’s so blatantly obvious that the documentary only concerns itself with its own personal M.O. rather than focusing on disseminating unbiased information.

Lads, Lies, and Leaked Things

So. You asked for my thoughts on the leaks, right?

Who am I kidding? Of course you didn’t!

I do regret to inform you, however, that here they are anyway:

Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that these are the thoughts of a storm-tossed Jonsa shipper who really, really, REALLY doesn’t want J*nerys to happen. Did I say “REALLY”?  You have every right to form your opinion accordingly.

Has it ever occurred to you that these leaks may have been strategically, well, leaked, for lack of a better term, by the masters, D&D, themselves? 

They do have somewhat of a history with this kind of thing, what with giving actors fake scripts, informing actors of their characters’ deaths, also fake. And the list goes on. 

Sure, some of the leaked material has been confirmed by images, promo, trailers, but therein, my friends, lies their genius. 

They could very possibly have disseminated credible information, easliy confirmable information, into the fandom via questionable sources, only to intersperse it with fake storylines. 

Why? I have no idea.

A few theories come to mind, one of which being that the leaks don’t in any way jeopardize viewership of the show. On the contrary, wouldn’t you want to watch all the way to the end to see if this information will be confirmed? I realize this is not exactly an answer, but it’s a major consideration.

As for J*nerys, blech! 

At this point, J*nerys is nothing more than fan-service. How predictable would it be if the two “mains” hook up? It doesn’t make any political sense, it doesn’t make any narrative sense, it doesn’t make any kind of sense, other than fans REALLY wanting it to happen. And how many times has GoT, so to speak, fan-serviced in the past? 

IMO, J/D are being set up as adversaries. Parallels and all. We’re expecting a showdown. How disappointing would it be if they just kiss? That’s not what the show is about. I do legitimately think that Dany will go full-on Mad King Aerys by the end, if she hasn’t already. Rhaegar was deluded. Well-loved, a good swordsman, yes. But deluded nonetheless. He thought himself AA and the father of the Aegon, Rhaenys, and Visenya reborn (too bad she turned out to be Jonny-boy). Viserys was just straight up insane. Who’s to say that Dany will be different? It’s genetic at this point.  

And if boatbang does happen, which, TBH, anything is possible, it won’t be the start of a loving, long-lasting relationship. It may not be more than a one-night-stand. It will either be in the context of Dany manipulating Jon into bending the knee by seducing him, or Jon will be stunned by this powerful woman and completely willing to submit to her after not having a woman for so long. But it won’t last. Mark my words. 

It’s going to do down HP style- “Neither can live while the other survives”.

Oh, and, one more thing.

Jonsa makes sense.

anonymous asked:

I'm sorry to ask such a simple question, but what's the purpose behind squads? I thought everyone in the platoon just worked together.

It’s not simple at all! The easy answer to this is that it makes soldier care easier and more organized. Most soldiers are lower enlisted by nature of the job, so managing the many hordes of them can be a full time job on its own without whatever else the army is demanding of you. Platoons can have like 30 to 40 people in them and it’s a lot of work for one or two people to juggle every aspect of an adult’s life, and I mean EVERY aspect; like, not just paperwork and tasking but personal problems and classes and punishment and barracks checks. Your superiors will even want updates on you during the weekend or permission to leave the city/state. If you live off post they inspect your home to ensure you’re living cleanly. You might get a random call just checking up on you, especially during disasters or shootings or if examinations/field exercises are coming up.

So basically the platoon leader/sergeant has three to five squad leaders because it’s much easier for one person to handle eight than it is for two to handle 40.

Some units (many, actually) have people in the same platoon who don’t actually work together on a regular basis. You might just be part of a given section that consists of many vaguely related units. So for a lot of activities, your first instinct will be to find your squad leader, whose primary purpose is to look after you. My platoon was composed of people in two different MOSs who served two different purposes, so it wasn’t uncommon of us to pretty much ignore each other at times.

When I was at battalion our platoon was a lot more condensed though and I talked to most of our people every day so YMMV.

Also it’s easier to disseminate information the more levels there are. Your first sergeant tells your platoon sergeant who tells your squad leader who tells you. Much easier for the first sergeant to rally up four platoon sergeants who will pass the info along than getting up the hundred people in the company all at once.

Squads can actually condense further down into fire teams or crews, which is dependent on your mission and MOS, and in those cases you might wind up taking the majority of your orders from your crew leader or fire team leader. That was us in deployment: me and another specialist taking orders from yet another specialist for months before I very briefly got to lead my own crew until we lost a crewman and had to shuffle everyone up again. A true bummer.

-Kingsley