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Friend: What’s the most embarrassing music you’ve ever masturbated t—

Me: Aerosmith.

Friend: …

Me: Wow, that WAS quick.

iampetershervheim:

rkidd:

d0esntmakesense:

This is probably the coolest GIF I’ve ever seen.

now there’s some perspective.

I once saw a storm roll like this once. It was beautiful.

iampetershervheim:

rkidd:

d0esntmakesense:

This is probably the coolest GIF I’ve ever seen.

now there’s some perspective.

I once saw a storm roll like this once. It was beautiful.

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Tags: storm gif

hystericarosie:

here are two bunnies using another bunny as a couch

hystericarosie:

here are two bunnies using another bunny as a couch

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prostheticknowledge:

BionicKangaroo

Robotic recreation of the Kangaroo form put together by Festo to demonstrate energy-efficient movement (this was initially announced on April the 1st, but turns out to be real) - video embedded below:

With the BionicKangaroo, Festo has technologically reproduced the unique way a kangaroo moves. Like its natural model, it can recover the energy when jumping, store it and efficiently use it for the next jump.

On the artificial kangaroo, Festo intelligently combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology to produce a highly dynamic system. The stable jump kinematics plus the precise control technology ensure stability when jumping and landing. The consistent lightweight construction facilitates the unique jumping behaviour. The system is controlled by gestures.

More Here

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unimpressedcats:

My husband looks like he’s laughing, but he’s screaming in agony. 

unimpressedcats:

My husband looks like he’s laughing, but he’s screaming in agony. 

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Anonymous asked: why is "hate breeds more hate" a bad thing to say?

lookatthisfuckingoppressor:

Oh so many reasons.

1) it equates the anger of the oppressed to the hate of their oppressors.
2) it blames oppressed groups for their oppression. Bigotry doesn’t exist because people hate bigots. It exists because oppressed people oppose it. It exists because of bigots and because of privileged folks being complicit or tacitly condoning systems of oppression.
3) it’s fundamentally untrue. Hatred of oppression doesn’t lead to more hatred; it leads to progress.
4) it is used to attack any attempt by oppressed people to obtain liberation. Point out that something or someone is repulsively racist and all of a sudden you’re “breeding more hate”.

It’s a fundamental misrepresentation of reality that blames victims and excuses fucked up behavior.

feathery-dreamer:

red-sequin-apples:

pokemoneggs:

cis ppl can have horns and swirls and spikes n shit surgically implanted under their skin any time they want if theyre rich enough but a trans woman wants boobs she has to wait at least 1-2 years for doctors to be convinced that she REALLY wants them

A cis woman who doesn’t have boobs or wants bigger ones can go and buy them any time if she has the money. A cis man with low testosterone can have T prescribed for him on the first doctor’s visit. Cis women take estrogen and progesterone routinely, for various reasons. A cis man with gynecomastia (breast growth) can have top surgery just because.

What I mean is it’s not just piercings and horns: Cis people can have actual gender-related medical interventions done any time, and they do have them, and it’s perfectly normal. But when trans people want the same interventions, often to literally save our lives, we have to wait years and jump through countless hoops to convince doctors that we really need it. The same things that cis people can have just like that.

Except there’s social stigma, or at least some pressure, for men to have “masculine” features and for women to have “feminine” traits. In fact, because of this, a cis man may have breast surgery and testosterone even though he doesn’t really want to, or a cis woman may get breast implants because she works in the porn industry.

There is no such pressure for transgender people to acquire a physique matching an invisible state of mind, so the doctors have to make sure YOU really want it. Not to mention recognition of transpeople is rather recent, unlike gender roles, so it’s obviously easier to conform to the latter than to accomodate the former.

Not denying there is prejudice and extreme discrimination against transgenders, but stop comparing oranges and clementines please. Though they may look similar, they certainly aren’t identical.

There’s no pressure for transgender people to conform to their identified gender? Ahahahaha. I suggest you do some reading about trans people’s actual experiences. There is EXTREME pressure for especially trans women to be feminine, and just the right amount of feminine, no more and no less.

Right, so of course there is the option that, in order not to face pressure to conform to their real gender, the trans person never tells anyone about their identity and leads a false life, risking mental illness and even suicide. And also they would of course face pressure to conform to a gender that’s not their own. But all that is nothing compared to the pressure that cis women face to get silicone breasts…

I am not trying to downplay misogyny and body-policing. They’re very real and serious. But honestly, trans women face way MORE misogyny and body-policing than cis women, and arguably trans men face more body-policing than cis men.

Soooo anyway, if your assumptions are true and 1) there is extreme pressure for, say, some cis women to get silicone breasts (which is undoubtedly true in many cases) and 2) there is no pressure for trans women to get silicone breasts (which is not true), then shouldn’t doctors be most closely examinining CIS women who want silicone breasts, because they could have come up with the notion not because they personally want it but because of societal pressure? Whereas the trans person came to the conclusion independent of societal opinions (not that anyone can make any decision independent of the society they exist in, but let’s leave that alone for a moment), so probably that is what they really want. I honestly don’t understand what you’re trying to say.

OR we could just trust that given enough information and the option to talk to professionals, people know what the fuck they need to do with their own bodies in a given situation.

Also, the gender roles, and indeed the concept that we have of gender in general, that are in effect in our society today are, in fact, very recent. For example, women have been expected to have big breasts well under a hundred years now. Unlike the recognition of trans people; systems where people go from one social gender to another, don’t live as their assigned gender, or belong to a gender that is not man or woman, have existed in numerous cultures since centuries and even millennia ago.

Also, please don’t say “transgenders” or “transpeople”. “Trans” and “transgender” are not nouns, and many transgender people take issue with their use as such. We’re people who are also trans(gender), thus trans people or transgender people.

the-anxiety-blog:

 

bilt2tumble:

workingamerica:

The myth put forth by private prison corporations like Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the GEO Group that private prisons are cheaper than public prisons is shattered by a new report from In the Public Interest, thus undercutting the primary rationale for prison privatization efforts across the country. When pushing for contracts with the many states that use private prisons, these corporations claim they are the better option because they can run prisons more cheaply than the government can. But this report not only dispels that idea, it highlights some of the less-than-savory activities the corporations engage in because of the perverse incentives created by these contracts.

The report details several methods through which private prison companies mislead governments and the public about their supposed cost savings, particularly hiding costs of private prisons, inflating public prison costs, benefiting from mandated occupancy minimums and delaying cost increases until after contracts are signed.

Numerous studies have shown that private prisons are more expensive than their publicly run counterparts. The report details a series of meta-analyses of individual studies conducted on the comparative costs between public and private prisons, and all of them found that cost savings, at best, were minimal for private prisons—in many cases, private prisons were more expensive. One of the few studies that showed private prisons to be more cost-effective was funded by the prison companies and is currently the subject of an ethics inquiry at Temple University. A close examination of many of the states that have invested heavily in prison privatization has shown the failure of the “private prisons are cheaper” idea:

  • Arizona: The state found private prisons can cost up to $1,600 per prisoner per year, despite private prisons often only housing the healthiest prisoners.
  • Florida: Three separate multiyear studies found the majority of the private prisons in the state failed to meet the legally mandated 7% cost savings, while half of the private prisons failed to save any money at all.
  • Georgia: In 2011, private prisons cost the state $45.81 per prisoner per day, compared with $44.51 per prisoner per day in publicly run prisons.
  • Hawaii: The state found the projected savings of using private prison contractors were based on bed capacity rather than the actual number of people incarcerated and that indirect administration costs were not included.
  • New Mexico: Over a five-year period, the state saw its annual spending on private prisons increase by 57% while the prisoner population only increased 21%. A significant portion of the increase was because of automatic price increases included in contracts with the private prison corporations.
  • Ohio: The state expected the private operation of the Lake Erie Correctional Institution would save the state $2.4 million a year, but it has turned out to instead cost the state $380,000 to $700,000 a year.

As the report notes:

To maximize returns for their investors, for-profit prison companies have perverse incentives to cut costs in vital areas such as security personnel, medical care and programming, threatening the health and safety of prisoners and staff.

There are several different reasons that savings fail to materialize. CCA and other companies explicitly seek to increase their profits by changing the details of previously signed contracts. They do this by raising the per diem rates the state pays for each prisoner or by requiring occupancy rates of 90% or higher or the state pays for the empty cells in order to reach the required level. Private prison companies cherry pick their inmates and refuse to house more expensive prisoners. Many contracts exclude those higher-cost prisoners, such as those in maximum security, on death row, female prisoners or prisoners that have serious medical or mental health conditions. Companies also make their costs look lower by inflating the cost of public incarceration when making their sales pitch. They can do this by leaving out overhead costs in their prisons, not including costs the state has to pay in either public or private scenarios in the private prison cost but keeping them in the public prison cost calculation, and leaving out the additional costs of overseeing and monitoring private prisons that the state must engage in if it properly oversees its contractors.

At its national convention last year, the AFL-CIO came out in opposition to the privatization of prisons and the profit motive being used to increase incarceration.

Read the full report.

Reposted from AFL-CIO NOW

So! Standard non-acknowledgement policy? Or are they gonna go the, Privately Funded Disinformation, route? They could, of course, go with a RepCon/Teabagger Alternate Reality Strategy and simply deny everything. There is far too much money being made to stop doing what their doing because that would go against everything the Free Market teaches and be Un-Libertarian.

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thefrogman:

Photograph by David Haring at Duke Lemur Center

thefrogman:

Photograph by David Haring at Duke Lemur Center

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rufiozuko:

orbitalencounters:

Total lunar eclipse for the Americas on April 14th 15th 2014

wow… it’s a bit cloudy in beverly hills… but this shot is amazing.

rufiozuko:

orbitalencounters:

Total lunar eclipse for the Americas on April 14th 15th 2014

wow… it’s a bit cloudy in beverly hills… but this shot is amazing.

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doodleofboredom:

Happy Easter and stuff.

doodleofboredom:

Happy Easter and stuff.

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