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65% of Americans want a special prosecutor for Trump-Russia investigation

  • Nearly two-thirds of Americans say an independent special prosecutor should handle an investigation into Trump and his campaign’s potential communication with Russia during the presidential election, according to a new CNN-ORC poll published Monday morning.
  • The 65% of Americans who want an independent special prosecutor includes 43% of Republicans and 67% of independents, according to the survey. Read more (3/6/17 7:41 AM)

Everything We Now Know About “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

1. We have a brand new lead in actor Kelly Marie Tran! She plays Rose, a maintenance worker in the Resistance, who gets pulled in on the action with Finn.

3. Carrie Fisher helped Johnson with the script for The Last Jedi.

4. According to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, The Last Jedi will feature “fierce, amazingly independent” women.

7. According to John Boyega, sweet cinnamon roll Finn is “not playing” this time around. And he’s still deciding where his allegiances lie.

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Yesterday marks the anniversary of Sesame Street! On November 10th, 1969, Sesame Street debuted on television for the first time. The show was developed by Joan Ganz Cooney, a former public television documentary producer, in hopes to help educate underprivileged children on spelling, counting, and other skills, before they reached preschool. The show features a diverse set of characters, positive social messages, and has aired in over 120 countries worldwide. 

The above images are from The World According to Sesame Street followed by Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, which premiered at the 2006 and 2011 Sundance Film Festivals respectively. The World According to Sesame Street looks into the challenges of creating international adaptations of the show and features a segment about the introduction of an HIV positive character to the roster of muppets in South Africa. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey shows the life of Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who performs Elmo and infused the character with heart and soul. The film shows the early life and career of Clash who had dreamed of becoming a puppeteer working with Jim Henson since his childhood in Baltimore. 

Film stills courtesy of The World According to Sesame Street and Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

You know what is good and pure and cute?


Zuko and Mai being grumpy babies together is hilarious.  I think the idea of childhood friends growing up and falling in love is super cute. Both are strong, beautiful characters of their own accord, independent of eachother, and that makes for a good ship.

You know what else is cute and good?


Zuko and Katara have both been through so much pain and so much healing, and they helped each other through it and they honestly have some of the best scenes in the show.  Plus the parallels and symmetry they have is aesthetically pleasing, fire and water, red and blue “blue spirit” and “painted lady: makes for some really nice fan art and fan fics.

You know what ELSE is cute and good?


Katara was the first face Aang saw when he woke up, and the last person he interacts with at the show’s end, cementing the show’s theme that love and friendship and working together can bring people out of darkness and will always win over hate.  They have been through the entirety of their adventure together and grew to know each other so well. Plus old Kataang is super fucking cute, their vintage photos in LOK, their kids.

You know what is not good and cute?

Trying to prove your ship is the best by shitting on other people’s ships and shitting on other shippers.


Okay, Mai and Zuko aren’t exactly too supportive of each other in the comics.  Zuko was dealing with his own shit and he didn’t want to open up to Mai, but that’s how it works in real life.  People’s relationships suffer when they don’t have their own lives figured out all the way. That’s not to say they could never make it work or that either one of them is a bad person.

And Yeah, “I’ll save you from the pirates” that wasn’t supposed to be hot, seriously guys.

And yeah, it is a little cheesy and maybe not the best use of a female character that Bryke turned Katara into Aang’s prize girlfriend at the end and maybe Aang shouldn’t have used the Sudden Kiss Trope which is deuchy in the land of real life and not movies where it’s often seen as cute.

But name one ship that’s perfect?  Just one? (I mean besides the obvious) You can’t.  Most good fictional ships have flaws just like most good characters have flaws.  Because conflict is how we learn, and conflict in fiction is how characters change and grow too.  

Heck.  Name one healthy real life relationship that doesn’t have some problems.  You can’t.  My parents fight all the time about politics and dumb habits and they aren’t always nice and sugary to each other, but they’ve been married for 25 years and they do make each other happy at the end of the day.

And please for the love of fuck.  Can we not label ships as “abusive” just because you don’t like a ship, and just because the characters argue sometimes or don’t always do the right thing all they time?  It’s disrespectful to real abuse victims, and it’s dangerous too because you are teaching your younger followers unrealistic views on how relationships work and making it harder for them to know the signs of real abuse.

So All I’m asking is can you please be nice?  Is that a thing we can do?

Record-Shattering Global Warm Temperatures in 2015

Earth’s 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Globally-averaged temperatures in 2015 shattered the previous mark set in 2014 by 0.23 degrees Fahrenheit (0.13 Celsius). Only once before, in 1998, has the new record been greater than the old record by this much.

The 2015 temperatures continue a long-term warming trend, according to analyses by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. NOAA scientists concur with the finding that 2015 was the warmest year on record based on separate, independent analyses of the data.

Since the late-19th century, the planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit. This change is largely driven by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere.

An important thing to remember when reading this information is that it reflects global temperature average. That means that specific regions or areas could have experienced colder weather than usual, but overall the global temperature has risen.

How do we know? Our analyses incorporate surface temperature measurements from 6,300 weather stations, ship-and buoy-based observations of sea surface temperatures, and temperature measurements from Antarctic research stations.

What about El Niño? Phenomena such as El Niño or La Niña, which warm or cool the tropical Pacific Ocean, can contribute to short-term variations in global average temperature. Last year’s temperatures had an assist from a warming El Niño, but it is the cumulative effect of the long-term trend that has resulted in the record warming that we’re seeing.

The full 2015 surface temperature data set and the complete methodology used to make the temperature calculation are available HERE.

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"Final Fantasy VIII" Sentence Starters
  • "...Whatever."
  • "(Character name)? You have to voice your feelings or else I won't understand."
  • "YOOOO!!! The HELL you doin'!!!?"
  • "She/He might wake up with a kiss from the prince/princess."
  • "That is sooo vague!"
  • "I say things that get a rise out of some people. Just don't let it bother you and we'll get along fine."
  • "One of these days I'm gonna tell ya 'bout my ROMANTIC dream!"
  • "Oh well, nothing's cheaper than something free."
  • "We're not here for the booze, are we? We've got a war to fight."
  • "So we'll get smashed, and then we'll CHAAARGE!"
  • "...Poor, poor boy..."
  • "You will be proceeding to a real battlefield. Obviously, the battles are for real. Life and death, victory and defeat, honor and disgrace... Each of these go hand in hand. There's only one way or the other. How 'bout it? Are you still up for it?"
  • "I can't wait until I meet a guy that I can scream at and exchange blows with!"
  • "So what if we're undeveloped. We're not looking to thrive. All we want is to be able to stand on our own feet; to be independent and live according to what we believe."
  • "Just stay close to me."
  • "Did I say something terrible? Women... I don't understand them."
  • "I'm not your mom."
  • "You're-going-to-like-me! You're-going-to-like-me! Did it work?"
  • "You're still a teenager. Why don't you act like one for a change?"
  • "Why don't you try to show a little more passion...? You know, like me!"
  • "...Bastard."
  • "Alright! Let's hit that PAAH-TAY!"
  • "Well, we could skin this little guy and wear him as a disguise..."
  • "Let's just fire like crazy and make a big hole, BOOM!"
  • "You should feel honored that a very, very cute girl sat on your bed, you know!"
  • "Cards? I only play with girls."
  • "Someone might not be there. Someone you love may disappear before your very eyes. It's tough when you live your life thinking that way. But that's why I fight..."
  • "Listen up! Teamwork means staying out of my way. It's a Squad B rule."
  • "This is the scene where you swear your undying hatred for me!"
Kakashi Hatake: INTP [Naruto Shippuden]

Dominant Function, Introverted Thinking, Ti: Understanding how Ti actually works explains why we see a Kakashi who is either disinterested, possibly reading, or a Kakashi that is fully engaged in a situation. Ti logic can only be seen when the user is in direct contact, experiencing something, in which they can use it. Ti is an extremely experiential function. Not as obvious or stark in contrast as the ISTP (who has two experiential functions as their dominant and auxiliary functions), the INTP will also be in or out of something depending on their use of Ti. Kakashi needs to be apart of a process to not only have interest but to be fully engaged. Once he is directly teaching, honing his Ninja craft, or in a crisis situation we see him fully engaged and using Ti. 

What this Ti use actually looks like is his complete immersion is such activities. He becomes one and part of the process losing his sense of self. Especially in his history we see this in his training. As he strives to perfect his own special Ninja skills we see this intense oneness with what he is doing. He will sacrifice all objective considerations for the sake of what “feels right” with his Ti for the project (in many cases his craft or his mission). For many this sounds like Fi because that isn’t very objective, but Ti is also not an objective function. 

Ti is used to deal with logic and structures that Te often misses in his objectivity. We see his Ti come to fruition in his past, when Kakashi becomes more independent in what is according to the law and rules, and adapts these rules depending on the situation. He handles logic and rules in this Ti subjective manner. It is what makes him so loved in his rule bending ways as an adult. 

Auxiliary Function, Extraverted iNtuition, Ne: His Ti is where his action comes into play, but his Ne is where Kakashi’s theoretical and inventive thinking comes in. Kakashi doesn’t just act out his Ti interest in the structures of his lightening ability, but he searches for understanding. His study of his eye and it’s power are what make Kakashi a great mentor for Sasuke and why he is his specific trainer. 

Kakashi ignored his Auxiliary function as a child. He couldn’t see himself objectively or in the eyes of others. So not only did his Ti make him independent, his inferior function make him terrible at social rituals and acknowledging relationships, but his Ne was under-developed giving him a distorted and subjective view of himself. It took Obito (an ENFP, no shocker there) to show Kakashi the possibilities outside of himself. A world outside of his own introverted one. It takes Kakashi’s Ne for him to realize how his actions have impact on the world around him. 

Tertiary Function, Introverted Sensing, Si: This function is most obvious when Kakashi is unhealthy. Until we see him as a teacher, Kakshi still recedes into his Ti-Si functions. This combo is dangerous as it enforces a lack of needing to conform in anyway and pushes Kakashi to continue isolating himself from others. Combined with a healthy Ne, tertiary Si can help boost a sense of meaning and stability in Kakashi’s life that Ti and Ne don’t supply. 

Inferior Function, Extraverted Feeling, Fe: Kakashi isn’t super great at people. He isolates himself on many levels and not just because of his past. He doesn’t blend well in large social activities and is terrible at reading people. He is often blunt and doesn’t understand why they don’t like his criticisms or his truths. 

Kakashi also is so independent from Ti, he has a hard time finding his social role in the Leaf Village. This was especially true as a child. He was alway willing to sacrifice others in order to work on his mission. His Ti coldly adapted to every mission and he neglected his connection to others. As he gets older he does get a lot better at this, but Fe is still not his forte and neither are social manners.

When dealing with his past the darker side of Fe that INTPs don’t like to admit about themselves is the creeping desire to be approved of. For Kakashi this stems from his father’s actions and his own need to be accepted. This inferior function tension with his Ti idea of himself is what leads him to skip and not use his Ne and causes the unhealthy behavior we see in his past. 

Honestly i am so tired of people calling Lois Lane an “anti-feminist” damsel in distress

You’re talking about a feminist icon by nature here!! Lois Lane premiered as a working woman – a hard as nails journalist – during a time when few women filled such a role. A woman who, in her first appearance, told off a man who demanded that she act in a way that didn’t suit her dignity or wants. Sure… certain  comic book writers throughout the years tried to destroy her independent attitude in accordance with the eras when she appeared, but somehow she has always bounced back. 

Lois Lane is a character that has always been at the top of her field (and journalism is a traditionally male-dominated field, mind you). She fights for truth and justice without using her fists or physical strength (which is arguably braver than doing such with superpowers). 

And fun fact: you don’t have to punch villains in the face to be considered a feminist. You also don’t have to refuse to accept help from members of the male gender to be considered a feminist. 

Think of it this way: If my house was being burglarized, would I, as a woman, be considered anti-feminist for accepting the help of a male police officer, instead of confronting the criminals myself? Of course not! 

So why, when Lois happens to be rescued by Superman while doing her important job, do you condemn her for being offensive to feminism? In BvS, did you forget that she was the ONLY person who really figured out Lex’s intentions, and that she was willing to selflessly throw herself between Bruce and Clark? Did you forget that Clark would have DIED if not for her, meaning that she returned the favor of saving not only his life, but his mother’s life as well?

Lois Lane’s narrative throughout the film is almost as prominent as Bruce’s, and is most definitely more prominent than even Clark’s. She is the one putting together the  pieces that the audience must discover while Bruce plans and Lex schemes. 

To assume that only superheroines are valuable or representative of feminism is hypocritical, considering that female superheroines don’t really exist while female journalists do. I don’t understand why people can’t see Lois in the movie, and even in the comics, as what she is – an everyday woman who uses nothing but her wits and convictions to become someone extraordinary and impactful to the world. That’s one of closest things we can get to real feminism in superhero movies and comics. So please, go criticize another character. You picked the wrong one. 

We’re up to a questionable amount of good again at the Alliance Medical Association. Amavia Hawkins, who in the past presented a lecture on care and treatment of dragons, will be presenting once again Wednesday, July 1, 6pm (Server/Pacific, 7pm Mountain, 8pm Central/Moon Guard, 9pm Eastern) in Ironforge’s Hall of Explorers. The topic will be Managing Magical Addictions, and will cover such subjects as sources, types, consequences, and methods of coping. 

The event is cross-server compatible, but is technically hosted on Wyrmrest Accord. People of all knowledge levels are encouraged to attend and participate in the Question and Answer portion of the event. Activities will last no more than two hours. 

Mister Rogers on Love

Mister Rogers taught us about kindness, imagination, wonder, and countless other life lessons. Above all else, he emphasized the importance of love—loving ourselves and loving others. Here are 10 quotes about love from our favorite neighbor, Mister Rogers.

1. “Deep within us—no matter who we are—there lives a feeling of wanting to be lovable, of wanting to be the kind of person that others like to be with. And the greatest thing we can do is to let people know that they are loved and capable of loving.”
— From The World According To Mister Rogers

2. “Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like ‘struggle.’ To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.”
— From The World According To Mister Rogers

3. “Love and trust, in the space between what’s said and what’s heard in our life, can make all the difference in this world.”
— From The World According To Mister Rogers

4. “There are many ways to say I love you. Just by being there when things are sad and scary. Just by being there, being there, being there to say, I love you.”
—"Many Way to Say I Love You" as performed on Episode 1643 of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

5. “We need to help people to discover the true meaning of love. Love is generally confused with dependence. Those of us who have grown in true love know that we can love only in proportion to our capacity for independence.”
— From The World According To Mister Rogers

6. “Love is like infinity: You can’t have more or less infinity, and you can’t compare two things to see if they’re 'equally infinite.’ Infinity just is, and that’s the way I think love is, too.” — From The World According To Mister Rogers

7. “The toughest thing is to love somebody who has done something mean to you. Especially when that somebody has been yourself.”
— From Episode 1665 of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

8. “Listening is where love begins: listening to ourselves and then to our neighbors.”
— From The World According To Mister Rogers

9. "Love seems to be something that keeps filling up within us. The more we give away, the more we have to give.”
— From The World According To Mister Rogers

10. “When we love a person, we accept him or her exactly as is: the lovely with the unlovely, the strong along with the fearful, the true mixed in with the façade, and of course, the only way we can do it is by accepting ourselves that way.” — From The World According To Mister Rogers

Thank you mentalflossr for this lovely collection and thank you pbsparents for continuing to promote quality programming for kids!

Timothy Loehmann had been out of work for five years. His luck changed in March 2012 when he landed a job as a police officer in Independence, Ohio. On his application, he cited having a ‘stable job’ as one of his main motivators for joining the police force.

By December 5, 2012, Loehmann was no longer a police officer. The Independence Police Department has stated that Loehmann’s employment lasted a total of five months. Four out of those five months were spent in the police academy. Loehmann had spent only a month as an official police officer before his alarming misconduct became too much of a liability for the Independence police force.

According to Loehmann, he voluntarily resigned. According to the Independence Police force, he quit before they could fire him. In five short months, Loehmann was deemed 'emotionally unstable’ and unfit for service as a police officer. In his personnel records, his direct supervisors described him as having a 'lack of maturity’ as well as an 'inability to perform basic functions as instructed.’ These supervisors were referring to the disturbing behavior Loehmann exhibited during a weapons training session.

Loehmann’s worrisome conduct and mental instability when handling weapons would become a reoccurring theme in his personnel files.

In another training session held at a gun range, Loehmann suffered what was described as an 'emotional meltdown.’ In a memo sent to Human Resources, Deputy Chief Jim Polak of the Independence Police Department referred to this incident as a 'dangerous loss of composure.’ Polak noted that Loehmann’s 'handgun performance was dismal’ and that he was 'distracted and weepy’ during the training session. After Loehmann’s weapons were taken away by the training officer, he continued his 'emotional meltdown’ with detailed descriptions of his apparent issues with a girlfriend.

Deputy Chief Polak’s memo included several additional incidents of worrisome misconduct. He concluded the memo with the following:

'Individually, these events would not be considered major situations but, when taken together, they show a pattern of a lack of maturity, indiscretion, and not following instructions.’

'I do not believe time nor training will be able to change or correct these deficiencies.’

In March 2014, after spending two years being denied by every police force he applied to, Timothy Loehmann received an offer from the Cleveland Police Department. They did not check his personnel files.

A few months later, on November 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM, Loehmann shot and killed a 12 year-old child named Tamir Rice.

He will not face charges.

The dishonest media coverage of Palestine can really exhaust the adrenalin unless we compare the mangled reports of today with the dead silence of thirty or forty years ago when the Exodus narrative about Israel was riding high. Palestinians commemorate Nakba (meaning “Catastrophe” in Arabic) Day annually on May 15th–the day after Israeli Independence Day according to the Gregorian calendar (though Israel celebrates the latter in April according to the Hebrew calendar). The Palestinian commemoration of Nakba Day never made the news while Israeli Independence Day made the headlines.

The creation of Israel was based on the forcible & violent dispossession & expulsion of Palestinians. Hundreds of Palestinian villages were emptied, thousands massacred, & 700,000 driven into exile between 1947 & 1950. Nakba Day isn’t just a historic commemoration since there are now six million Palestinians living in refugee camps & Israel continues ethnic cleansing while it recruits Jews from all over Kingdom Come to become citizens of their military encampment.

The Guardian-UK caption to this photo published today is of the mangled kind. It said in Gaza City “Palestinian children take part in a march before commemorations of the birth of the state of Israel 67 years ago in British-mandate Palestine, which led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.” Couldn’t they find a more coherent way to phrase that? Couldn’t they bring themselves to say the word “nakba”? Or does clarity not serve mythology for the creation of Israel?

The Guardian knows full well the term nakba resonates for Palestinians as shoah, a term for the holocaust, does for Jews. That’s why in 2009 the Israeli education ministry ordered the removal of the word nakba from textbooks for Israeli Palestinian schoolchildren. It’s an attempt to switch the narrative from the catastrophe of nakba to the Zionist myth of a triumphal return from diaspora. What Israel commemorates as a war of independence was in truth the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, a barbarous event in human history which continues unabated.

The resolute & historic struggle of Palestinians & the international growth & impact of the economic & cultural boycott of Israel (BDS) confronts the lies of 67 years of Zionist colonialism. BDS has made all the difference. Commemorate Nakba Day tomorrow & build the hell out of BDS.
By Mary Scully

(Photo by Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto/Corbis)

Internet Freedom Across The World Visualized [Infographic]

Global internet freedom has declined for the fifth year in succession, according to independent watchdog organization Freedom House. Out of 65 countries analyzed by Freedom House, 42 required internet users or private companies to restrict or delete online content, up from 37 last year.

China, the nation with the world’s largest online population, comes rock bottom for internet freedom this year. Read more >