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Peter Gabriel - My Body Is A Cage
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The other attack going viral on tumblr at the moment is that I write novels about broken people who need saving, and that this encourages the romanticization of brokenness. Well, maybe there are wholly self-sufficient unbroken people who are able to thrive in complete isolation, succeeding solely by the sweat of their own Randian brows, but those are not the people I know or am interested in writing about. So yeah. I write about broken people who need other people in order to go on. But those are the only kind of people I know to exist. We are all broken. We all depend upon each other for support and compassion. That web of interconnected yearning and need is essential to my understanding of human experience, and I don’t find celebrating it problematic.
John Green
ninewheels:

dirty-joints:

Some actual good advice from cosmo that I thought I should put out there

Your body is not a problem that needs to be solved through strategic dressing.

ninewheels:

dirty-joints:

Some actual good advice from cosmo that I thought I should put out there

Your body is not a problem that needs to be solved through strategic dressing.

Off Topic

chip-and-ironicus:

I’m not superstitious, but I love superstitions. Let me tell you about one of my favorites. It is said that if you read all of One Thousand and One Nights, in its entirety, you will die. I love that so much. Everyone says “knowledge is power”, but this goes the extra mile: knowledge has the ultimate power. There exists poetry so entrancing it will kill you on the spot because no human mind can encompass it. Reading One Thousand and One Nights is the ultimate commitment to fine literature. There is true beauty in the world and it is worth dying for.

The fact this superstition exists is evidence of part of it. Nobody’s ever said the US tax code will bring an enlightenment so pure that your heart stops beating. We give this sort of power to fiction, building a feedback loop that’s still going strong.

I also think Superman is a better moral example than whatever religious figure you care to mention. No matter who you ask, Superman was made up by a pair of men in the 1930s and developed by many others since: 100% fake. That means everything he’s done, every impossible problem he’s solved, was done by your average, modern, non-divine human being. If people can see the path, they can walk it. It’s the highest standard to set, but the most realistic to reach because he is one of us, in every way that matters.

Last night’s Doctor Who episode was brilliant. I haven’t talked about the show much because I’m liking it more than I have in quite some time and don’t want to jinx it, but I’ll make an exception for you folks. Essentially, it was about the stories we tell ourselves, and the thin line between comfort and fear, thin enough to not exist in many cases. It takes fiction to deliver the truth, and artifice to reflect reality. Marisol, by Jose Rivera, sets all of Ohio on fire because the truth of the rust belt is too strange. In the Doctor Who episode we’re told that there are “no monsters except what’s inside”, that there’s a fictional part of all of us. It may be easiest to see in the guise of a monster, but that’s not the only option by far.

We built the power and we’ve absorbed it. It’s why we play games, write stories, and retreat to fiction; to feed that part of us. If we recognize that for what it is, for what it could be, the world can be a bigger, weirder, brighter, darker, better place. A place where poetry is worth the risk, where truth and justice are the norm, and where we never need be cruel or cowardly. Don’t retreat from the world, but use all the other worlds open to us to enrich it.

-Ironicus (the self-indulgent one)

wobblydash:

huffingtonpost:

Jon Stewart’s Priceless Response To Fox News On Ferguson

Jon Stewart is back from vacation, and he’s not wasting any time going after one of his favorite targets: Fox News.

Watch his the full brilliant 10  minute monologue on racism and Ferguson  here. 

deadlightsgirl:

"Well then draw your sword and prove your words!" [x]

thrillboswaggins:

girlwhowasonfire:

shitangiggle:

girlwhowasonfire:

Petition to ban old men from writing books just because they don’t know how to use an iPhone

Petition to have the youth in this country to actually educate themselves instead of spitting out some bullshit they read on some shitty post on facebook that’s untrue, and continues to spread like wildfire.

In 2012, young adults have set the record of completing both high school and college and are on course to become the most educated generation in America history. Maybe you should follow the example of ‘the youth in this country’ and do the same.

thrillboswaggins:

girlwhowasonfire:

shitangiggle:

girlwhowasonfire:

Petition to ban old men from writing books just because they don’t know how to use an iPhone

Petition to have the youth in this country to actually educate themselves instead of spitting out some bullshit they read on some shitty post on facebook that’s untrue, and continues to spread like wildfire.

In 2012, young adults have set the record of completing both high school and college and are on course to become the most educated generation in America history. Maybe you should follow the example of ‘the youth in this country’ and do the same.

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strlightmuser:

egberts:

charleypollard:

no.
exempli gratia (for example)
and
id est (that is)
I didn’t take three years of Latin to deal with this.

FOR MY ENTIRE LIFE I THOUGH “I.E.” WAS IN EXAMPLE AND “E.G.” WAS SOME DUMB WAY OF SAYING “EGGSAMPLE” OR SOMETHING OH MY GOOOD

This changed my life

strlightmuser:

egberts:

charleypollard:

no.

exempli gratia (for example)

and

id est (that is)

I didn’t take three years of Latin to deal with this.

FOR MY ENTIRE LIFE I THOUGH “I.E.” WAS IN EXAMPLE AND “E.G.” WAS SOME DUMB WAY OF SAYING “EGGSAMPLE” OR SOMETHING OH MY GOOOD

This changed my life

southernshot:

girl-in-nike:

This commercial is amazing.

I work at an Under Armour store and we got to see this commercial way before they showed it on TV and everyone was speechless except one dude. He was all like “What the hell? Why the fuck would they make a ballet commercial? It’s not a sport.” My boss was quick to jump down his throat and said “Alright then get your ass on the floor and work on you tippy toes for the rest of your shift. If I fucking see you off them you will be the first of the temps to get cut!” He was on his tippy toes for the last hour and a half of his shift lol 

this-disgusting-ribbon:

LOOKS LIKE MEAT’S BACK ON THE MENU, BOYS" bellows the Orc to his Orc friends. Orcs know what menus are. Orcs know what restaurants are. are there bistros in Mordor? these are the questions i need answering

fierceawakening:

poeticrican:

grrrls-fighting-back:

"My name is Michael Hunter. I was diagnosed with leukemia in June 2013 & was told on June 11, 2014 that I only have a few months left to live if I can’t find a donor. Please help me with my biological family or a donor match! I was born in Columbus, OH 3/1/1985 at Doctor’s North Hospital and given the name Christopher Brown. Please share"
Michael is a friend, I’m asking that you all take the time to share this. He desperately needs a bone marrow donor and there is very limited number of African American donors. Without a donor Michael is going to die.
Michael was adopted and does not know his birth family. We know he has a half brother but have no information about him.
He does not specifically need an African American Donor but because of all of the things that factor into finding a match (blood type, dna tissue etc.) , someone of similar descent is more likely to be a closer match.
If anyone knows anything about Michael’s birth family or if you would like to see if you are a match, please privately message me. I can put you in touch with him and his caregivers directly!
We hope through spreading awareness we can either find his birth family whom he does not know or find a donor match. Michael lives in the Cincinnati, OH area. Please dont just like this or scroll past. Please share this! You could save his life!

BOOST. Its so hard for Black people to find donors.

Signal boost

fierceawakening:

poeticrican:

grrrls-fighting-back:

"My name is Michael Hunter. I was diagnosed with leukemia in June 2013 & was told on June 11, 2014 that I only have a few months left to live if I can’t find a donor. Please help me with my biological family or a donor match! I was born in Columbus, OH 3/1/1985 at Doctor’s North Hospital and given the name Christopher Brown. Please share"

Michael is a friend, I’m asking that you all take the time to share this. He desperately needs a bone marrow donor and there is very limited number of African American donors. Without a donor Michael is going to die.

Michael was adopted and does not know his birth family. We know he has a half brother but have no information about him.

He does not specifically need an African American Donor but because of all of the things that factor into finding a match (blood type, dna tissue etc.) , someone of similar descent is more likely to be a closer match.

If anyone knows anything about Michael’s birth family or if you would like to see if you are a match, please privately message me. I can put you in touch with him and his caregivers directly!

We hope through spreading awareness we can either find his birth family whom he does not know or find a donor match. Michael lives in the Cincinnati, OH area. Please dont just like this or scroll past. Please share this! You could save his life!

BOOST. Its so hard for Black people to find donors.

Signal boost

florelgreen:

you’re really cute and its ruining my life because i think about kissing you all the time

why do black people use you in the wrong context? such is "you ugly" instead of "you're ugly" I know u guys can differentiate, it's a nuisance
Anonymous

derinthemadscientist:

miniprof:

rsbenedict:

prettyboyshyflizzy:

you a bitch

It’s called copula deletion, or zero copula. Many languages and dialects, including Ancient Greek and Russian, delete the copula (the verb to be) when the context is obvious.

So an utterance like “you a bitch” in AAVE is not an example of a misused you, but an example of a sentence that deletes the copular verb (are), which is a perfectly valid thing to do in that dialect, just as deleting an /r/ after a vowel is a perfectly valid thing to do in an upper-class British dialect.

What’s more, it’s been shown that copula deletion occurs in AAVE exactly in those contexts where copula contraction occurs in so-called “Standard American English.” That is, the basic sentence “You are great” can become “You’re great” in SAE and “You great” in AAVE, but “I know who you are” cannot become “I know who you’re” in SAE, and according to reports, neither can you get “I know who you” in AAVE.

In other words, AAVE is a set of grammatical rules just as complex and systematic as SAE, and the widespread belief that it is not is nothing more than yet another manifestation of deeply internalized racism.

"Why is your dialect slightly different to my dialect, indicating differences in previous languages spoken by our ancestors that have carried into our modern cultures? I know you can speak my dialect! Yours is annoying!"

This.

Also, this.