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atane:

cartoonpolitics:

"From 1945 to the end of the century, the United States attempted to overthrow more than 40 foreign governments, and to crush more than 30 populist-nationalist movements struggling against intolerable regimes. In the process, the US caused the end of life for several million people, and condemned many millions more to a life of agony and despair." .. (William Blum, ‘Rogue State’)

FYI

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middlemarching:

xxangeldust24xx:

Artist: 伊吹五月

fuck, now I’m having Feelings about this manga again

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youkaiyume:

sirenlovesong:

ariannagrandeofficial:

big-chicken:

cat cat cat cat cat cat cat cat cat

this cat lives in a show horse barn which is why it walks and runs that way

THIS CAT THINKS ITS A HORSE

It’s not running… it’s TROTTING.

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sliceofbri:

jenniferrpovey:

sliceofbri:

sometimes i think “wow wouldn’t it be great if the government provided this basic human necessity” then the other half of my brain goes communism. the thing you are thinking of is communism. and it was so fucking drilled into my head in school that communism is a big, giant horrible BAD THING that will destroy everything but like it actually makes a lot of fuckin’ sense

Would it make you feel better if I told you that it is not communism?

The majority of Americans have been taught that socialism and communism are essentially the same thing and that any time the government provides basic human necessity, it’s communism.

And, of course, communism is evil.

First of all, Medicaid, Medicare, welfare, food stamps, etc, are socialist. In fact, the United States is a mixed economy - it has capitalist and socialist elements.

It’s western socialism, which says “Prove you need it and you can have it.” Other western countries have socialized medicine, which means everyone pays in and everyone gets out (It’s NOT free healthcare, that’s a misunderstanding. In the UK, for example, it is called “National Insurance” - you pay contributions, just the same as to social security).

Communism is different.

Marx stated “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” This evolved, or devolved, into the idea that everyone gets what they need equally regardless of their job…you do the job you’re suited for, but a general and a janitor should not get different paychecks.

Needless to say, this doesn’t work except for small voluntary communities (A form of communism has been practiced by monastic communities in the east and the west for centuries).

The reason Communism is wrong is not so much because it is evil as because it goes against human nature and human needs and doesn’t work. Because it doesn’t work, you start having to “Build a wall to keep your people in” - to apply force to the situation.

And because people have a desire to earn more than their next person, communist systems on any large scale rapidly become corrupt.

Socialism, on the other hand, says “Give everyone their basic needs, let them earn the rest.” To be socialist, there has to be a central plan as to what those basic needs are - which results in massive infrastructure that decides who needs what, system fraud, and people not getting things they actually need.

The other alternative, the government simply handing people enough money to cover basic needs is called Guaranteed Income or Basic Income and has been toyed with and experimented with, and is under serious discussion in Switzerland. This is not true socialism, because you aren’t planning people’s lives. If you give somebody, say, $1000 a month, it’s their fault if they spend it on booze then don’t make the rent, so there’s still freedom and personal responsibility…and I could go into that all day (needless to say, I’m a proponent of Guaranteed Income as a solution moving into a society in which the amount of necessary labor keeps dropping).

THANK YOU SO MUCH

YOU JUST TAUGHT ME MORE THAN ANY GOVERNMENT CLASS EVER

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"When I shed my skin
for you, I left intact
my animal heart

the desire to crack bones between delicate teeth."

- Jeannine Hall Gailey, “The Animal Heart: She Warns Him,” from She Returns to the Floating World (via lifeinpoetry)

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Milky Way Madness At Mesa Arch by Mike Berenson

"Night photographer Mike Berenson provides his own "icing on the cake" in this flashlight illuminated, starry night image with Milky Way skies at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. Mike captured this image with a Nikon D800 and Bower 14mm f/2.8 Lens on August 19th, 2014."

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Me: Okay, it's 5am, so this episode will be the last episode for tonight.
Episode: *ends on cliff hanger*
Me: *deep, long sigh*
Me:
Me:
Me: Dammit *clicks next episode*
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A vertical forest is expected to be completed this year in Milan. There are two tower apartment complexes which contain a total of 400 residential units. The facade of the buildings will be covered with 730 trees, 5,000 shrubs, and 11,000 perennial plants. It is expected to have the same ecological impact as 10,000 square meters of forest.

Aside from fighting smog and producing oxygen, the foliage is expected to provide insulation to the residential units.

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http://itsachance.tumblr.com/post/97602527342/heythisisbecky-do-you-ever-wonder-what-would

heythisisbecky:

do you ever wonder what would have happened if the dursleys had actually managed to hide harry’s identity from him until he turned 17

like dumbledore somehow lost track of them when vernon changed jobs or when they moved houses, and for some reason they just couldn’t find…

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rifa:

literatenonsense:

exgynocraticgrrl:

Malcolm X: Our History Was Destroyed By Slavery 

on March 17, 1963 in Chicago.

see how little we get taught about history - I never had any idea why Malcolm X used the ‘X’. 

How come I didn’t know this

Also that crusty old white man called the named ‘gifted’. Jesus.

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sevdolo:

dilfgod:

I hate when people say money doesn’t buy you happiness. it does. it buys you financial stability, a nice house, nice cars, nice vacations and trips, healthier food, a better education, etc. like wearing burberry while driving around in an audi would probably make me pretty happy too. but it’s just that rich people often take their comfortable lives for granted and end up being spoiled and ungrateful for what they have 

Perspective

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"Wherever perfectionism is driving, shame is riding shotgun. Perfectionism is not about healthy striving, which you see all the time in successful leaders, it’s not about trying to set goals and being the best we can be, perfectionism is basically a cognitive behavioral process that says if I look perfect, work perfect, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid shame, ridicule, and criticism. It’s a defense mechanism."

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"Why Doing Awesome Work Means Making Yourself Vulnerable"

So, I’ve been waiting for someone to explain this extremely simple concept to me my entire life.

(via kelsium)

Hooooly shit I needed to read this article.

(via rouxfully)

"When I interview leaders, artists, coaches, or athletes who are very successful, they never talk about perfectionism as being a vehicle for success. What they talk about is that perfectionism is a huge trigger, one they have to be aware of all the time, because it gets in the way of getting work done."

Yyyyyyyyep.

(via rumplestiltsqueer)

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ravenre-yes:

i’m here
i’m queer
can i go back to bed now