Return to the Stars

I decided not to attach this to medievalpoc’s reblog since this is really only tangentially related to a larger point they were making, but:

The entirety of evidence for pre-coulmbian contact between the Americas and ancient Egypt amounts to a single study that found trace amounts of various drugs that only could have only come from the Americas. The authors of the study took no measures to take the post-exhumation histories of the mummies into account and offered no explanation for their findings. Meaning, the most likely explanation is that the chemical traces are the result of decades of handling by smoking archaeologists who didn’t know or care about the forensic technology that was going to be used to examine the mummies a hundred years later.

vintagegal:

"Wonder Woman" Skateboard Wiz (1978) 

Wonder Women as repeatedly been punched in the head by beings with superhuman strength without sustaining any major injuries. WHY DOES SHE NEED A HELMET TO SKATEBOARD?

emily84:

hyungjk:

On September 11th 1973, US-backed General Pinochet overthrew the democratically elected leader of Chile, Salvador Allende. Pinochet ordered an air strike on the Presidential Palace, labor activists (among them famous Chilean folk guitarist Víctor Jara) were rounded up for torture, disappeared, and killed.

Pinochet converted the national football stadium into a detention facility were all the “leftists” were rounded up and many were executed on the spot. Chile’s economy was turned into a plantation for the 1%, as inequality and poverty skyrocketed under the imposed Milton Friedman-style economic model.

Over 40,000 Chileans became victims of Pinochet’s terror. In response, the Nixon administration committed more money, more training, more torture equipment.

The world didn’t begin on September 11th, 2001. Rather, for the first time in modern history, Americans were visited by the same violence the US has imposed since its creation.

In Chile, the US condoned and helped murder tens of thousands and impoverish millions. This wasn’t America’s first foray in international terrorism, nor would it be the last.

The United States security state is a terrorist and a plague on the people of the world.

^^^ reasons why giving Kissinger a Nobel Prize for Peace was the most fucking disgusting thing they could do (yes, he was responsible for this shit, for Operation Condor directly and Operación Silencio covertly).

neil-gaiman:

youaintpunk:

sarajevomoja:

talk about perspective. shit.

Fucking hell.

I remember the first time I saw a map of Africa to scale. My jaw dropped.

You remember the first time you saw a globe?

neil-gaiman:

youaintpunk:

sarajevomoja:

talk about perspective. shit.

Fucking hell.

I remember the first time I saw a map of Africa to scale. My jaw dropped.

You remember the first time you saw a globe?

mindblowingscience:

Study: 99.999% Certainty Humans Are Contributing To Global Warming

There is less than 1 chance in 100,000 that global average temperature over the past 60 years would have been as high without human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, new research shows.
Published in the journal Climate Risk Management today, our research is the first to quantify the probability of historical changes in global temperatures and examines the links to greenhouse gas emissions using rigorous statistical techniques.
Our new CSIRO work provides an objective assessment linking global temperature increases to human activity, which points to a close to certain probability exceeding 99.999%.
Our work extends existing approaches undertaken internationally to detect climate change and attribute it to human or natural causes. The 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report provided an expert consensus that:
It is extremely likely [defined as 95-100% certainty] that more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010 was caused by the anthropogenic [human-caused] increase in greenhouse gas concentrations and other anthropogenic forcings together.
Decades of Extraordinary Temperatures
July 2014 was the 353rd consecutive month in which global land and ocean average surface temperature exceeded the 20th-century monthly average. The last time the global average surface temperature fell below that 20th-century monthly average was in February 1985, as reported by the US-based National Climate Data Center.
This means that anyone born after February 1985 has not lived a single month where the global temperature was below the long-term average for that month.

Continue Reading.

mindblowingscience:

Study: 99.999% Certainty Humans Are Contributing To Global Warming

There is less than 1 chance in 100,000 that global average temperature over the past 60 years would have been as high without human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, new research shows.

Published in the journal Climate Risk Management today, our research is the first to quantify the probability of historical changes in global temperatures and examines the links to greenhouse gas emissions using rigorous statistical techniques.

Our new CSIRO work provides an objective assessment linking global temperature increases to human activity, which points to a close to certain probability exceeding 99.999%.

Our work extends existing approaches undertaken internationally to detect climate change and attribute it to human or natural causes. The 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report provided an expert consensus that:

It is extremely likely [defined as 95-100% certainty] that more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010 was caused by the anthropogenic [human-caused] increase in greenhouse gas concentrations and other anthropogenic forcings together.

Decades of Extraordinary Temperatures

July 2014 was the 353rd consecutive month in which global land and ocean average surface temperature exceeded the 20th-century monthly average. The last time the global average surface temperature fell below that 20th-century monthly average was in February 1985, as reported by the US-based National Climate Data Center.

This means that anyone born after February 1985 has not lived a single month where the global temperature was below the long-term average for that month.

Continue Reading.

pinsir:

I’m still on tumblr because I want to see if we’ll ever drop the bar lower than thinking we could have infinite chocolate, if you ate it in a certain way

conservatism

erikawithac:

bride-of-bucky:

I can write essays on Jesse Pinkman’s being my favorite tragic Final Girl and sad anti-AA poster puppy, and his character is endlessly fascinating to me in the context of how dumb fandoms can get. Like, the fact that by the second half of season 5 the writers were just pretty much gratuitously torturing him and so many of the viewers thought he deserved it for betraying Walt. And also, he has “good looking privilege.” Like, I’ve never seen people treat a white male character that way! Because they were that into the idea of Walt’s sociopathic “protector of the family” aesthetic, which Jesse went against? Because he was racist against Walt, probably. And then there are the people who weep about Jesse but ship him with Walt, and I feel like this is probably what Christ died on the cross for.

I love Breaking Bad because it’s such a well-written show that seems so obvious, and yet. And then Vince Gilligan tries to explain it and people are like, “Love your show bro, but Skyler is a bitch!”

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the existence of walter/jesse fanfic is one of the top 5 disgusting things of all time

rtrixie:

returntothestars:

rtrixie:

Yes, cultures are costumes, and no one’s going to die from people dressing up as native americans, ancient egyptians, roman legionaries, bavarians, hindus or whatever else they come up with so get over it.

Actually, seeing a culture as something you can dress up as is incredibly depersonfining, and depersonification has led to the worst atrocities in history.

Like there is actually a clear cut connection between using cultures as costumes, and then large numbers of the people dying.

Blackface.

The years of genocide that followed white dudes “playing indian” at the Boston Tea Party.

Literally the opposite of what you said is true. Wearing cultures as costumes kills people. Lots of them.

No, this is just race-obsessed over analyzing of everything, and I never got why America can’t let go of that. It’s just people dressing up as something, and it really makes no difference whether its blackface or Germans stereotyped as fat, beer drinking rural people, it doesn’t hurt anyone, especially not in this day and age where everyone enjoys greater protection under the law than ever before. It’s really just a case of hurt feelings, and I think people need to grow some skin.

I, for one, am glad that we could have innocent fun dressing up as cowboys and Indians in our childhoods without the media going apeshit over nothing.

I never got why America can’t let go of that.

We simultaneously have a diverse population, and large amounts of racism

It’s just people dressing up as something.

Remember that depersonification thing I mentioned earlier?

it doesn’t hurt anyone, especially not in this day and age where everyone enjoys greater protection under the law than ever before.

Seriously?

returntothestars:

rtrixie:

Yes, cultures are costumes, and no one’s going to die from people dressing up as native americans, ancient egyptians, roman legionaries, bavarians, hindus or whatever else they come up with so get over it.

Actually, seeing a culture as something you can dress up as is incredibly depersonfining, and depersonification has led to the worst atrocities in history.

Like there is actually a clear cut connection between using cultures as costumes, and then large numbers of the people dying.

Blackface.

The years of genocide that followed white dudes “playing Indian” at the Boston Tea Party.

Literally the opposite of what you said is true. Wearing cultures as costumes kills people. Lots of them.

rtrixie:

Yes, cultures are costumes, and no one’s going to die from people dressing up as native americans, ancient egyptians, roman legionaries, bavarians, hindus or whatever else they come up with so get over it.

Actually, seeing a culture as something you can dress up as is incredibly depersonfining, and depersonification has led to the worst atrocities in history.

Disabled girls aren’t placed in womanhood as nondisabled women understand it. We’re not sex objects, we’re not mothers—we take up care instead of provide it. I mean, most disabled women work actively to claim their woman-space.
my friend Elizabeth Hassler, a radical disability activist, said this to me in a facebook conversation, and it’s so powerful i had to share (via girldwarf)

bride-of-bucky:

I can write essays on Jesse Pinkman’s being my favorite tragic Final Girl and sad anti-AA poster puppy, and his character is endlessly fascinating to me in the context of how dumb fandoms can get. Like, the fact that by the second half of season 5 the writers were just pretty…

theroguefeminist:

221books:

cornflakepizza:

winchesterbr0s:

hesmybrother-hesadopted:

beesmygod:

“chuffed doesnt mean what you think it means”

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it means exactly what i think it means its just some word that literally has two definitions that mean the opposite thing

This makes me really chuffed.

This post is quite egregious

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Well I’m nonplussed by this whole post.

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actually, the positive definition for egregious is archaic, meaning it’s an old definition that has come into disuse:

egregious |iˈgrējəs|
adjective
1 outstandingly bad; shocking: egregious abuses of copyright.
2 archaic remarkably good.

(Oxford English Dictionary)

You’ll only see egregious being used as a negative nowadays.

As for nonplussed, in formal standard English has a different meaning than informal use because people were mistaken about its original meaning:

nonplussed |nänˈpləst|(also nonplused )

adjective

(of a person) surprised and confused so much that they are unsure how to react: he would be completely nonplussed and embarrassed at the idea.

informal (of a person) not disconcerted; unperturbed.

usage: In standard use, nonplussed means ‘surprised and confused’: the hostility of the new neighbor’s refusal left Mrs. Walker nonplussed. In North American English, a new use has developed in recent years, meaning ‘unperturbed’—more or less the opposite of its traditional meaning: hoping to disguise his confusion, he tried to appear nonplussed . This new use probably arose on the assumption that non- was the normal negative prefix and must therefore have a negative meaning. It is not considered part of standard English.

(source: Oxford English Dictionary)

I’ve gotten mixed results on chuffed. Here is an interesting conversation about the term, with citations about its origin:
http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/114209/chuffed-happy-or-unhappy