Up: 90% SFW, vocaloid/utattemita/audiophilia, animanga fandom, bad jokes/politics, art, lots of crying.
Expansion: somehow alive. This is like an island excursion without the cruise ship.
Oh my god youre straight? I had no idea. You seem normal to me. Did you know that Sara is straight to? You two should totally hook up. I cant believe youre straight. You could be my straight best friend. We could go to football games together. Itll be so much fun. So like how long have you been straight? Youre whole life!? No way.
whenever somebody says like “so what did you do today?” just look off into the distance and say “the right thing”
Then stare right into their eyes and say, “I hope”
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Rules: In a text post, list ten books (but I guess manga and comics are good as well) that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.
1. Mythology | Edith Hamilton
2. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch | Terry Prachett and Neil Gaiman
3. 1984 + Animal Farm + Down and Out in Paris and London + All Art is Propaganda | George Orwell what, do I actually read that much Orwell?
4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s | Truman Capote
6. Catcher in the Rye | J. D. Salinger
7. Sailing Alone Around the Room + Picnic, Lightning | Billy Collins
8. The Pig That Wants to be Eaten | Julian Baggini
9. Jing: King of Bandits | Yuichi Kumakura
10. Blink + The Tipping Point + Outliers | Malcolm Gladwell
Bonus 1: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy | Douglas Adams
Bonus 2: The View from Saturday | E. L. Konigsburg
wait, that was unexpected, and there are too many extras
Big sister drops to her knees to show affection to newborn Photo by James Irwin
checking my bank account is starting to feel a lot like checking my grades when i know i’m failing a class
Source. This is a real thing. It’s happening.
This is HUGE news, and of course no one is talking about it because it is not a part of popular culture. For the first time in the history of the world, there is a possible preventative cure for one of the most deadliest viral diseases to have entered the human gene pool. There is hope for those who have been diagnosed with a disease that may have given them only 20 or so years to live. This breakthrough in the science/pharmaceutical community means that other viral diseases and genetic mutations that were once incurable are now on the table for complete eradication.
If you need Plan B, here’s a printable $10 off coupon.
It doesn’t expire either! It’s a continual offer
Hi everyone. By now you might’ve heard about Ferguson, MO and the death of Mike Brown, but let’s review:
Mike Brown was an 18 year old walking home from his grandma’s around 2PM when he was stopped by police. To be clear, there isn’t a consensus on what happened afterwards. Police allege that he attempted to wrest an officer’s gun and was killed as he fled. A witness recounts that he fled, but never attempted to take an officer’s gun. What is clear, is that he was unarmed and shot ten times in the back.
As the community gathered to hold a vigil, the Ferguson Police stopped by with a S.W.A.T team and dogs. As the days pass, their armament has escalated. Each night, the community is expected to follow a curfew and disperse under pressure from a large, militarized police force that spans Ferguson and St. Louis County departments.
Journalists have been arrested.
Here are some media reports:
- NY Times (includes timeline)
- Newsweek/Huffington Post
- Washington Post (arrest of reporters)
- Boston Globe (arrest of reporters)
- Fox News
- Al Jazeera
- NPR (arrest of reporters)
- The Guardian US
If you notice a common thread between all the reports, the criticism is starting to move away from Mike Brown’s death and into the looming gravity of militarized police. Republicans, Democrats, Conservatives, Liberals, and even Libertarians seem to unanimously agree that militarized police is an excessive response. Partisan differences seem to be whether or not the response escalated the violence or overreach of government is the greater sin, but the agreement that it’s excessive.
Even Ted Cruz, notorious member of the Tea Party, thinks the arrest of reporters was wrong.
Here are some criticisms that focus on militarized police:
The other unified point of criticism is the lack of leadership, transparency, and disregard for the first amendment right to press as police attempt to silence journalists. In fact, the links above are accounting for the arrest of two WaPo reporters. In contrast, WaPo reporters have only been arrested twice in 2014: in Tehran and Ferguson.
Some important things to note:
Al Jazeera Reporters being tear-gassed only to have their equipment confiscated. Here’s the video.
Sniper aiming to kill unarmed protestor before riots
Wood bullets used. Wood bullets have been discontinued by many municipalities for lethality. They splinter and cause serious injury. They also require long distance use or can be lethal.
I’m not an expert, but trying my best to understand what’s going on and to spread news so we can all react. While many of us can’t do much more than type, there is still ways we can pressure for intervention or stand visibly against what’s happening. Tweeting may feel “useless” or small compared to being on the ground, but sharing our horror at the depravity of the militarized response can help pressure intervention.
Last night, I tried calling the Missouri governor to express concern, but all I got was a voicemail at his office and no answer at the governor’s mansion. After tweeting out the numbers I used, people were saying that somebody was picking up — at midnight! The governor has since cancelled his trip to the county fair. The fact that it took public pressure to change his plans says a lot about the state of leadership in Missouri. If they need help with perspective, let’s do it.
Here’s how Missouri politicians can be reached:
Governor Jay Nixon
Office: (573) 751-3222
Mansion: (573) 751-4141
Fax: (573)-526-3291 / faxzero.com
Senator Claire Mccaskill
Office: (202) 224-6154
Fax: (573) 334-4278 / faxzero.com
Senator Roy Blunt
Office: (202) 224-5721
Fax: (202) 224-8149 / faxzero.com
Lastly, people are organizing vigils and rallies around the country in response. If you’d like to attend, you can follow #NMOS14 on Twitter. If you’re in Chicago, it’s happening Thursday 8/14 at 6pm in Daley Plaza.
If you want to follow some people on Twitter who are on the ground:
Just adding to this list: Journolist’s roundup of relevant articles; they seem to be posting new roundups daily.
As a college student you’re either struggling academically, financially, or emotionally. Or all three.