some science fuck: rocks are from space. they come down and splash

me, smart: rocks are the earth’s bones and the more there are on the surface the weaker it is. we are killing our planet

The Democratic party needs to embrace the Left or it’s going to fall by the wayside.

They spent decades running away from the word socialist, from the left, but they don’t realize that the Republicans are going to call them “loony leftist socialists” no matter what. They could do what Clinton did, be the party that supports Free Trade, Corporatism, the Status Quo and even have economic policy slightly to the Right of the Republican candidate, and the Republicans will do what they always do and did to Clinton, call you a Pinko Commie.

Embrace it. Universal Single Payer Healthcare is popular. Ending Wars is popular. Increasing wages is popular. Explain the long term effects of a more equitable society and of the lower classes being able to afford not just the minimums, but luxeries and being able to boraden our tax base. Explain how our extreme consumption of fossil fuels isn’t just bad for our planet, but is also bad for the long temr health of industry. Push for economic, racial, sexual, and ability equity.

Don’t just say you’re progressive, act on it. Embrace it. The centrist, Corporatist brand of Democratic politics is a poisoned well, stop drinking from it.

A convincing blurb on why slytherins are GREAT

You may be thinking to yourself, “but aren’t slytherins sick, manipulative, lying bastards?” but I am here to tell you that you are wrong (and why). First of all, if you have gone thus far in life believing that all slytherins are inherently evil then I assume you are not very familiar with what it means to be a Slytherin, and that you didn’t pay too much close attention when reading the bools, if you read them at all. Some values of slytherin house include ambition (which is necessary for advancement in your own life and the collective life of our planet), resourcefulness, cunning (not a bad trait), determination, and cleverness. Now, rather than analyzing a bunch of characters that you probably didn’t pay attention to who are canonically good slytherins, instead, imma tell you about my mom. My beautiful mother, whom I am actually convinced is a God sent angel, is a slytherin. Without a shadow of a doubt. She checks all of the boxes. She was raised in a religious cult, was mentally and physically abused every day, was spanked for minute “transgressions” from the age of 3 MONTHS onwards. She graduated highschool at 16 and began working to save money so that she could get away from her home. She raised enough money to get a car but then her parents took it to pay off their debt. She married my dad when she was 18 so that she could get away. It quickly became evident that my dad was abusive and mentally unstable. My older sister, my twin brother and I had already been born so she stayed in the marriage. She had no college education and was a stay at home mom. We had one car that my dad took to work all day so we had to get around on trolleys and buses and by foot. We lived in a 2 bed house that was falling to pieces as more babies were born. (5 of us in total). The water and electricity were always getting turned off so we would walk to the laundromat, my mom with 5 little babies. During the summer we would haul water that was left in the above ground pool and boil it on the stove so we could wash the dishes. We grew a lot of vegetables and kept chickens because food was cheaper that way. My mom would sew us clothes and dolls and knit too. My dad refused to help around the house most of the time so my mom would be the one fixing the leaks and anything else that broke. She did the cleaning too, all by herself. Then, when I was like 9 ish, she decided she needed to get a job so that she could by the things we needed instead of begging my dad for $20 dollars to buy groceries. She began teaching at a preschool and taking child development classes at the community college. She cleaned houses, nannied, and taught at the preschool while going back to school. She finally began to divorce my dad when I was 12 but she couldn’t take us lids with her because she didn’t have enough money or a place to stay. She would come back every day to get us ready for school, to clean the house, to take us to the beach. She began taking care of a quadriplegic man and pursuing a degree in nursing. She was finally able to take me with her when I was 14, and got the rest of my siblings the following year. She found a condo and was able to rent it by telling the landlord she had 2 kids, there were 5 of us. She had to go to court and prove that she and my dad had been married under common law because there had been an error in the initial paperwork and technically they weren’t legally married. She struggled with alcoholism and had a stroke, forcing her to quit all of her jobs and school, she had finished all of the general sciences and was ready to begin the rn training. Ad her alcoholism worsened, she checked herself into rehab and quit, she’s now over a year sober. Both of my sisters attempted suicide (at different parts of this long story) and had been checked into rehab, my brothers both have awful anger issues. My mom got us food stamps and into government housing so that she could stay home and take care of everyone and make sure no one tried to kill themself. We get $30,000 a year in child support for a family of 6, that puts us under the poverty line in the US. (We live in socal so everything is super expensive.) Her fiance is the only thing keeping us afloat. She does love him, it’s not just for the money, but we all know we wouldn’t even be able to pay a month’s rent without him. My mom has worked hard her entire life to get out of the awful situations that she has been placed in. She is resourceful. She is ambitious. She is determined, she is clever. And she is a slytherin. Anyone should be happy, ecstatic, HONORED to be placed in the same house as my mother. And there are plenty more slytherins just like her. Don’t you dare say that slytherins are evil or I will fucking fight you with my bare fists of fury, I swear to god, you will feel pain.

Sincerely, a VERY angry Hufflepuff

We Just Identified More Than 200 New (Potential) Planets

The Kepler space telescope is our first mission capable of identifying Earth-size planets around other stars. On Monday, June 19, 2017, scientists from many countries gathered at our Ames Research Center to talk about the latest results from the spacecraft, which include the identification of more than 200 potential new worlds! Here’s what you need to know:

We found 219 new planet candidates.

All of these worlds were found in a patch of sky near the Cygnus constellation in our Milky Way galaxy. Between 2009 and 2013, Kepler searched more than 200,000 stars in the region for orbiting planets. The 219 new planet candidates are part of the more than 4,000 planet candidates and 2,300 confirmed planets Kepler has identified to date.

Ten of these worlds are like our own.

Out of the 219 new planet candidates, 10 are possibly rocky, terrestrial worlds and orbit their star in the habitable zone – the range of distances from a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of a rocky planet.

Small planets come in two sizes.

Kepler has opened up our eyes to the existence of many small worlds. It turns out a lot of these planets are either approximately 1.5 times the size of Earth or just smaller than Neptune. The cool names given to planets of these sizes? Super Earths and mini-Neptunes.

Some of the new planets could be habitable. 

Water is a key ingredient to life as we know it. Many of the new planet candidates are likely to have small rocky cores enveloped by a thick atmosphere of hydrogen and helium, and some are thought to be ocean worlds. That doesn’t necessarily mean the oceans of these planets are full of water, but we can dream, can’t we?

Other Earths are out there.

Kepler’s survey has made it possible for us to measure the number of Earth-size habitable zone planets in our galaxy. Determining how many planets like our own that exist is the big question we’ll explore next.

The hunt for new planets continues.

Kepler continues to search for planets in different regions of space. With the launch of our Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) in 2018, we’re going to search for planets nearest the sun and measure the composition of their atmospheres. In the mid-2020s, we have our sights on taking a picture of small planets like Earth with our Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).

*All images of planets are artist illustrations.

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  • somebody: wow! such a nice and warm weather, it feels like spring!
  • me: nice
  • me, muttering under my breath: shut the fuck up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it's JANUARY it's not supposed to be this warm yet!!!!!!!!!!! global warming is HERE and our cold snowy beautiful winters are forever history!!!!!! yet we are doing NOTHING about the case!!!!!!!! and even if we did something trump is the president of united states now and he's going to FUCK everything UP because his climate decisions will affect EVERYBODY!!!ON!THIS!PLANET! this weather is not _NICE AND WARM___ WHAT THE FUCKKK it's the awaiting HELLFIRE THAT'S RADIATING HEAT UPON US SO SHUT UP