When I get really desperate, I look at the personal ads on craigslist. Sometimes I want to answer. Sometimes I’m glad I’ve never written one.
ATTENTION LGBTQ YOUTH IN TEXAS:
Governor elections are coming up really soon.
Your main tickets are:
Tx. attorney general Greg Abbott (R)
Senator Wendy Davis (D)
Abbott is for “traditional values” AKA against gay rights.
Davis is all for LGBTQ rights.
IF WENDY DAVIS IS ELECTED TEXAS MAY FINALLY LEGALIZE GAY MARRIAGE BY NEXT YEAR.
ALL WE NEED TO DO IS VOTE!!!!!
REBLOG TO SAVE LIVES
She also stands for women’s rights and will fight for them, in case people have already forgotten her name.
Cause you need to know that while this is still Texas, we also still have a choice of proper representation. I think most men in politics in Texas are entitled assholes who enough beating POC with their privilege. And then there is Wendy, who at times has seemed desperate for votes, but genuinely interested in making Texas not so, well Texas like.
Exercise your right to choice who represented you.
After I preview the menu of the restaurant I’m going to for dinner
That shoulder shimmy is killing! Reblogging for latter.
As close as you will ever be to a nuclear explosion
THIS IS FUCKING TERRIFYING
No thank you.
The columns of smoke in the foreground are telephone poles boiling
This is way cooler to look at than it should be
Science side of Tumblr would like to add:
Heat is generally transmitted in 3 forms: conduction, convection, radiation.
The fact that the telephone poles and wires are boiling away well before the shockwave hits them indicates that the heat from the explosion has not reached them by convection (much slower than the speed of sound) or by conduction (at best, comparable to the speed of sound), but purely by radiation. In other words: the explosion is bright enough to boil everything.
In honour of finding my comment in a popular repost i’ll add that all of the liquid in this picture is turning to vapour. It’s likely that some solids have near-instantaneously changed from liquid to gas as well.
A-bombs ain’t nothin’ to mess with
GODDAMN. I also was not prepared for how devastating this science is so early in the morning.
I find myself questioning much of my life recently. This is something I do from time. Most of my heart friends have moved away and I’m stuck with people I haven’t known long to call friends. This isn’t really a problem but an area outside of my comfort zone. I am wondering if somehow I made the wrong choices in life to find myself here, alone. Or am I just over thinking things as usual? Maybe I’m destined to just be on the edge of what everyone else calls life.
Maybe I am always going to be learning contentment. Maybe I am always going to question every decision I make. Maybe I will never be satisfied with having just enough. All I know is I miss my friends and drinking alone is a terrible thing to subject myself to.
Breaking via ABC News: UN Human Rights Council votes to open inquiry into alleged war crimes in Gaza; U.S. is the ONLY “no” vote.
That’s because the U.S. is a direct accomplice to every war crime that Israel commits.
also if you look at the list of countries
basically all the second and third world countries voted “yes” and european/”western”/first world countries voted “abstain”
they really don’t have two shits to give about brown bodies and colonized peoples
We didn’t abstain, we said no.
That is a slap in the face. It’s pretty much common knowledge that western countries, very much the US, don’t care about people of color. But for us to say, No, don’t question what they are doing because they are our ‘friends’ is like saying, No your honor, I didn’t know my boyfriend was raping my daughter but I didn’t ask him either.
Earlier today, I met with several students at Addis Ababa University to discuss the opportunities and challenges they face in their academic and professional lives.
One of the biggest challenges we have here on the Internet is hearing marginalized and underrepresented voices, especially those across the digital divide. You can’t amplify voices online that aren’t online.
While all of the young people I talked to used the Internet and most had regular access via a tablet, smartphone, or laptop, none had blogs or tumblrs or YouTube channels, and none had social network interactions with people outside their IRL social networks. I’m sure there are English-language tumblrs from Ethiopian students (although I haven’t been able to find any today), but almost all voices—even highly educated and privileged ones—from the world’s poorest countries go completely unheard online.
(And when we do hear them, it’s usually through an intermediary: videos edited by someone else, transcripts of interviews, etc. It’s not direct participation in the conversation by, for instance, posting to tumblr or reblogging HIMYM gifs. [The students I spoke to agreed that HIMYM is the best American show they have on TV, although a couple said that watching TV was a waste of time and a distraction from studying, to which I said HAVE YOU SEEN PHINEAS AND FERB BECAUSE IT IS TOTALLY EDUCATIONAL.])
Anyway, all of this is a long preamble to say: Earlier today I met with a 20-year-old law student who helped found an organization in Ethiopia devoted to empowering women and ending gender-based violence. (I’ll include her talking about her work in a video soon.)
The organization does fundraisers so the poorest women at the university can have access to contraception, and every year they have a Blood Drive for Mothers, where many students donate blood to combat maternal death. (Post-partum hemorrhaging is a too-common cause of death among Ethiopian women.)
We often think of global charity as people from rich countries giving money to people from poor countries. But the real story is much more complicated (and much more exciting!); we just don’t hear those stories often, because organizations like the one founded by the young woman I met don’t have YouTube videos or tumblrs.
Okay, this might be a dumb question, but…why don’t they have blogs? If they have access to the internet, surely making a Tumblr is a simple process that would directly get their voice out there?
Am I missing something obvious?
"There’s no 3G coverage (as of yet) and mobile data is so terrible that it’s barely good enough to check your email. Watching a youtube video on a smartphone is unthinkable. Good internet access for your home is way too expensive to be affordable. You have a chance if you’re a university student because most of the universities here have free WiFi, but the hotspots are limited and you have to actively seek them out (which is what I do once or twice a week, to keep up with the world). And I don’t think most university students think it’s worth their time to REGULARLY seek WiFi hotspots so they can re blog stuff on tumblr."
My own experience is that even on the best university wifi networks, tumblr takes FOREVER to load (like several minutes for a single page), so there’s no way to load your dash (unless it’s all text) and posting usually fails. It’s just very different interacting with the Internet when your download and upload speeds are slower than dial up.
It’s pretty easy to forget that access to the internet is part of the privilege we have in America. Though our access is controlled by corporations with questionable, well everything, for the most part we can connect without worry of quality or reliability. I’m sure someone is hitting reblog right now to talk about server unreliability and statistics of availability of broadband in rural areas but that’s just arguing semantics. I once met a homeless guy with an iPhone before I had one and I knew an undocumented worker who had broadband in his apartment so I don’t think we can really complain about access when we have an infrastructure already in place.
Now, why don’t we take all the angry energy and point it toward a viable solution to getting broadband internet to the poorest parts of the world so people whose voices are worth hearing can be heard? I would honestly like to find a way to give attention to these voices because 1. I am very sure they are saying things worth hearing and 2. I am sure they have valid arguments about which Doctor is better, 10, 11, or 12.
Things the Israel/Palestine conflict is about
- Land use
Things the Israel/Palestine conflict is not about
Damn son. So uber religious American, can we stop quoting the bible about this please? Since that’s isn’t even a part of this? Thanks.