"“The world is not full of Attractive People and Unattractive People. It’s full of people who are attractive to some and not to others. I hear from trolls all the time who complain that they don’t want to be “forced” to find nasty, ugly fat women attractive–which utterly baffles me, since the last thing I want to do is encourage fat-hating dicks to date fat women. You don’t find fat people attractive? Fabulous. Don’t date them. I will find a way to pick myself up and move on without your love. But to assume your lack of sexual interest in fat chicks must be universal–or that the mere existence of self-confident fat people having healthy relationships somehow “forces” you to find fat attractive–is the height of fucking narcissism.” — Kate Harding"

daddyslittlebunny:

Malala is my freaking hero.

"Whiteness is not a culture. There is Irish culture and Italian culture and American culture - the latter, as Albert Murray pointed out, a mixture of the Yankee, the Indian, and the Negro (with a pinch of ethnic salt); there is youth culture and drug culture and queer culture; but there is no such thing as white culture. Whiteness has nothing to do with culture and everything to do with social position. It is nothing but a reflection of privilege, and exists for no reason other than to defend it. Without the privileges attached to it, the white race would not exist, and the white skin would have no more social significance than big feet."

racetraitor

And this is exactly why ‘white pride’ will always be racist, but ‘black pride’ is not.

(via lavenderlabia)

Exactly.

(via weedeeonetime)

think-progress:

Everyone: Obamacare is beating expectations! 
Here are 20 questions you probably have but were afraid to ask. We have all the answers

think-progress:

Everyone: Obamacare is beating expectations!

Here are 20 questions you probably have but were afraid to ask. We have all the answers

jelenawoehr:

scinerds:

Twitter Abuzz with #Shutdown’s Effects on Science

The federal government has been through federal shutdowns before — there have been 17 of them since the 1970’s in fact — but the world and technology are very different from where they were during the last shutdown, which happened over 16 days in 1995-1996. Communication over the Internet then took place via email and rudimentary chat rooms and forums, but today, we have Facebook, Vine and Twitter, which can help illuminate the scope of a government shutdown.
The current shutdown is having particular effects for the sciences, with portions of the CDC and FDA being shut down, as well as all of the country’s national parks and the Smithsonian museums and zoo. All but 600-odd NASA employees are being furloughed, which could affect future missions, and the U.S. Geological Survey won’t be able to monitor water quality or ecosystem restoration.
On the morning of the shutdown (Oct. 1), a flurry of tweets came from various science-related government agencies, noting that the accounts would be inactive until the budget issues were resolved and the agencies once again had funding. Here is a sampling of the messages sent out:
NASA
@NASA: Sorry, but we won’t be tweeting/responding to replies during the government shutdown. Be back as soon as possible. http://notice.USA.gov
@NASA: Due to the gov’t shutdown, all public NASA activities/events are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
@USFWSHQ: Due to a lapse of government funding, this account will not be active until further notice.
Environmental Protection Agency
@EPA: The federal government is currently shut down.
U.S.D.A. Forest Service
@forestservice: Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this channel will not be updated until the federal government reopens.
U.S. Geological Survey
@USGS: As a result of the lapse in appropriation, we will not be actively using this account until further notice.
National Park Service
@NatlParkService: Because of the federal gov’t shutdown this National Park Service Twitter feed is inactive. We’ll start tweeting again when we get back
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
@CDCgov: We’re sorry, but we will not be tweeting or responding to @ replies during the government shutdown. We’ll be back as soon as possible!
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
@NOAA: We will not be Tweeting or responding to @ replies during the #governmentshutdown. Pls see http://1.usa.gov/16U8kBs for more info. Thank you.
National Science Foundation
@NSF: Due to the government shutdown, we will not be tweeting or responding to any replies. We will return as soon as possible.
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
@whitehouseostp: Due to the lapse in appropriations, this @whitehouseostp twitter account will be inactive until further notice. We regret any inconvenience.
Smithsonian National Zoo
@NationalZoo: Thank you very much for supporting the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. We’ll miss you, and see you after the #shutdown ends!
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
@airandspace: During the federal government #shutdown, we will not be updating social media. Please visit http://airandspace.si.edu
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
@NMNH: We do not plan on updating social media other than to inform you of the operating status of the museums #shutdown


:(

jelenawoehr:

scinerds:

Twitter Abuzz with #Shutdown’s Effects on Science

The federal government has been through federal shutdowns before — there have been 17 of them since the 1970’s in fact — but the world and technology are very different from where they were during the last shutdown, which happened over 16 days in 1995-1996. Communication over the Internet then took place via email and rudimentary chat rooms and forums, but today, we have Facebook, Vine and Twitter, which can help illuminate the scope of a government shutdown.

The current shutdown is having particular effects for the sciences, with portions of the CDC and FDA being shut down, as well as all of the country’s national parks and the Smithsonian museums and zoo. All but 600-odd NASA employees are being furloughed, which could affect future missions, and the U.S. Geological Survey won’t be able to monitor water quality or ecosystem restoration.

On the morning of the shutdown (Oct. 1), a flurry of tweets came from various science-related government agencies, noting that the accounts would be inactive until the budget issues were resolved and the agencies once again had funding. Here is a sampling of the messages sent out:

NASA

@NASA: Sorry, but we won’t be tweeting/responding to replies during the government shutdown. Be back as soon as possible. http://notice.USA.gov

@NASA: Due to the gov’t shutdown, all public NASA activities/events are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

@USFWSHQ: Due to a lapse of government funding, this account will not be active until further notice.

Environmental Protection Agency

@EPA: The federal government is currently shut down.

U.S.D.A. Forest Service

@forestservice: Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this channel will not be updated until the federal government reopens.

U.S. Geological Survey

@USGS: As a result of the lapse in appropriation, we will not be actively using this account until further notice.

National Park Service

@NatlParkService: Because of the federal gov’t shutdown this National Park Service Twitter feed is inactive. We’ll start tweeting again when we get back

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

@CDCgov: We’re sorry, but we will not be tweeting or responding to @ replies during the government shutdown. We’ll be back as soon as possible!

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

@NOAA: We will not be Tweeting or responding to @ replies during the #governmentshutdown. Pls see http://1.usa.gov/16U8kBs for more info. Thank you.

National Science Foundation

@NSF: Due to the government shutdown, we will not be tweeting or responding to any replies. We will return as soon as possible.

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

@whitehouseostp: Due to the lapse in appropriations, this @whitehouseostp twitter account will be inactive until further notice. We regret any inconvenience.

Smithsonian National Zoo

@NationalZoo: Thank you very much for supporting the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. We’ll miss you, and see you after the #shutdown ends!

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

@airandspace: During the federal government #shutdown, we will not be updating social media. Please visit http://airandspace.si.edu

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

@NMNH: We do not plan on updating social media other than to inform you of the operating status of the museums #shutdown

:(

When I try to comfort furloughed employees

wheninwashington:

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awkwardsituationist:

palau’s jellyfish lake was once connected to the pacific ocean, but when the sea level dropped its population of jellyfish were left to thrive in the isolation of its algae rich waters. no longer needing to defend themselves from predators, the jellyfish lost their sting, allowing snorkelers to now swim with them. the golden jellyfish will spend the day migrating from one end of the lake to the other, a 400 meter swim, and then heading back.

photos by david kirkland, david doubilet, jody macdonald and chean chong lim

mothernaturenetwork:

U.S. shutdown idles 94 percent of EPA staffThe EPA is being reduced to 6 percent of its workforce by a government shutdown, disrupting an array of services like pollution cleanup and public health research.

mothernaturenetwork:

U.S. shutdown idles 94 percent of EPA staff
The EPA is being reduced to 6 percent of its workforce by a government shutdown, disrupting an array of services like pollution cleanup and public health research.

Tiger Mountain Peasant Song
Fleet Foxes

crow-boy:

Fleet Foxes - Tiger Mountain Peasant Song - Fleet Foxes