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Linguist, language enthusiast, feminist, laughs uncontrollably at seinfeld bird

thebicker:

lacigreen:

joponyhere:

lillianloverly:

THIS IS A PSA

THIS APP IS CALLED SAFETREK AND IS ABSOLUTELY INVALUABLE TO ANYONE WALKING ANYWHERE WHERE THEY DONT FEEL SAFE

YOU ENTER YOUR INFO AND SET A PIN AND THEN WHENEVER YOU DONT FEEL SAFE, YOU HOLD DOWN THE BLUE BUTTON UNTIL YOU DO

ONCE YOU RELEASE THE BUTTON, YOU HAVE 10 SECONDS TO ENTER YOUR PIN, AND IF YOU DONT THE POLICE WILL BE NOTIFIED OF YOUR LOCATION AND DISTRESS CALL

I TRULY BELIEVE THIS APP CAN HELP SOMEONE OUT THERE SO PLEASE DOWNLOAD IT

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/safetrek/id716262008?mt=8

signal boost the shit out of this

THIS IS AMAZING SPREAD THE WORD

I’ve blogged about this before, but this is a great tool for people who have to walk places alone after dark.

kevinwada:

  1. I’m so glad people saw the effort put into making the characters a bit more realistic to their respective races.  It’s something I try my best to stay on top of and I don’t always nail it, so I’m happy.  Other than GW, Sailor Moon, and Pokemon, I can’t recall very many animes from my childhood that I watched religiously enough to feel secure in tackling.  But we’ll see!
  2. I’d love to draw more magical girls!  I don’t know which, but all girls are magical, anyway.

"My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….

First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”

But here is what I think you should know.

You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.

You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.

You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).

You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.

In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.

In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”

Libby Anne (via coachk13)

YES THIS A THOUSAND TIMES THIS.

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(Source: dumbledoresarmy-againstbigotry, via moniquill)

secretandroid:

b-binaohan:

krykky:

nenilein:

pyrrhaxnikos:

writingfail:

typette:

yo can I drop some advice all you kids trying to get entry level jobs need to learn? I learned it the hard way and now I shall impart that to you.

when you see this shit, that goes “you need like 10 years experience and all this other qualifications nobody with all that would ever apply for a job like this with”, that means one thing: they are weeding out people who don’t believe they can achieve that level. They go “sigh, I can’t even compete, fuck it.” and don’t apply, saving the company the trouble.

What you, as a fresh new student, need to do- is apply anyway with a Luffy-like optimism that you will get that fucking job!! You don’t have a million years experience BUT YOU’LL TRY AND NEVER GIVE UP ETC. You write an opener letter with that in it, submit your shit, and get that goddamn job because they just found somebody who’s willing to give it a try anyway, who has the confidence and the ability to play with the big boys and they will train you to become a master because fresh meat is vital to the industry. 

tldr: APPLY ANYWAY, YOUNG GRASSHOPPER

i really wish i’d read this three months ago

to those who are still looking for their first job: it wouldn’t hurt to try. the worst thing that can happen is that you get a “no”

Also, even if you don’t get the job:

Take time to send a handwritten thank you card. Tell them that you appreciate that they took the time to interview you/look over your résumé, and that if anything pops up, to let you know.

My friend was turned down for an internship with the Blazers but followed up with a letter like that, and two weeks later, they called her saying a spot had opened up and decided to contact her since she said she was still interested.

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO SEND A NOTE THANKING THEM FOR THEIR TIME EVEN IF YOU DON’T GET THE JOB. Who knows, they might remember you!

Oh god, if I had known that last year…

Seriously, presentation and a professional, optimistic demeanour can pull you through situations that even relative experience can’t.

When I got the job at the law firm, I was a first-year art school drop out, and my only working experience was 3 and a bit months casual work in the clothes shop I was (and am still) working at. I was accepted for the job out of 180 other people. I went through some of the applications after I got the job, and there were people who had years of legal reception experience, or people who had worked in various other high-stress admin roles before, there were even a few law graduates who were just applying for a foot in the industry, to make connections. Of those 180, they only interviewed 5 people, solely based on the presentation of their resumes, and the fact that they also included covering letters in the applications. It came in close between me and another woman a few years older than me, and eventually they decided to go with me BECAUSE I was younger and they wanted to give a fresh starter some industry experience and opportunities.

Which brings me to my second point:
ALWAYS INCLUDE A COVERING LETTER. Separate from a CV, a covering letter is a formal letter you’re writing SPECIFICALLY TO THAT EMPLOYER (it isn’t a standard copy-and-paste thing you send to all of them, that’s what your resume is for), explaining the reason for your application for the position and perhaps elaborating on experience or at least interest in the relevant field. Most job seeker websites will include a section for you to type or attach a covering letter. A covering letter shows the employer that you were at least arsed enough in the application to bother typing one, so clearly you’re not just applying for the shit of it, and it also gives you an opportunity to show them some of that aforementioned enthusiasm, professionalism, and optimism you HAVE TO show when you’re applying for a job. 

Now the law firm example is actually not a great one, because my time working there were the most 10 unhappy months of my entire life, and I ended up resigning with the mutual agreement of my boss that while I had potential, I was not suited for the legal field. When I left at the law firm, I was still on my notice when they were going through the applications, and interviewing my replacement. My bosses went through the 90 or so that had come in, cutting out people who had poorly-constructed resumes, weren’t elligible for the position, or didn’t include a covering letter. This is going to sound harsh (and possibly also a bit illegal?), but I’m going to be honest: My boss went through the remaining applications, and searched the email addresses on facebook to get an idea of who the applicant really was. I don’t know if they were even allowed to do this, but they excluded people based on how they presented themselves publicly. It seemed unfair to me at the time, but I’m telling you all this now as a warning that employers WILL do this. I think it’s a shitty thing to do, but it still happens. My recommendation is to up your privacy settings so strangers can’t see your posts, and if you are currently job searching, consider what your profile picture and cover photo might say about you.

Anyway, that’s it. That’s my advice to job seekers. I’m still only 18 months into the work force myself, so I’m hardly an expert, but I have been told I interview very well, and of the four employers I’ve met with (one in sales, two in admin, and one in labour), I’ve been employed by three of them, and told by the fourth that the reason for my exclusion was that I lived too far away. So hopefully my advice is helpful to some people.

i’ll assume all the people above are white.

the interesting thing about what the first person says is that women, on the whole, will only apply at jobs where they meet ~90% of the qualifications whereas men will apply when they only meet ~50%.

"Seriously, presentation and a professional, optimistic demeanour can pull you through situations that even relative experience can’t."

this advice is soooo fucking white (and otherwise privileged) that i can’t deal with it.

tell this to Black women who are told they don’t look professional enough for how their hair grows out of their head

tell this to fat women who get passed up for positions bc fat = uprofessional for women (this bias doesn’t apply as much to men)

tell this to Black men who have less of a chance getting a job than a formerly incarcerated white man

tell this to the people with non-anglo names whose resumes are thrown in the garbage (unread) bc employers assume we can’t speak english

tell this to dark skinned poc (esp. Black people) whose professionallism is judged according to shade (the darker, the less professional)

tell this to all the poor people who never learned how to present as middle-to-upper class and make bullshit fashion faux pas

tell this to anyone visibly disabled who can’t get a job bc disabled

tell this to trans women who can’t blend and thus look ‘unprofessional’ bc we don’t look like cis women

for every fucking white/abled/cis/het/etc person who is able to pull this off, there is a poc/disabled/trans/queer not getting a job who is either perfectly qualified or overqualified for the position

bc employers would rather hire cheating, liars like these people assholes who ‘game’ the system than a poc/disabled/trans/queer person.

for all the marginalized ppl out there who are struggling finding jobs, holding down jobs, etc.

despite following all the advice like above, having the perfect fucking resume, having gone to the right school, done all the things a capitalist, white supremacist, ableist, oppressive society has told you is what you need to do to get a job….

this system is and always has been stacked against us. it isn’t your fault if you don’t have a job.

and for the marginalized ppl, for whatever reason, can’t follow all the fucking (contradictory) advice about the ‘right’ way to find a job…

you should know that most people get jobs by levaraging personal connections. this isn’t a meritocracy where the most qualified ppl get the jobs.

and for all job seekers:

your value as a human being isn’t contingent on your employment

thank you for adding that

i do believe a lot of this thread contains valuable knowledge, but the above commentary is super necessary.

(Source: bearvstheworld, via moniquill)

the-goddamazon:

50 different ways to say “ma” in Mandarin and they all mean a different think depending on your tone and how you stretch the sound yo Chinese is the shit but goddamn.

-rubs temples-

Gonna keep going, though.

There are some studies that say if you focus on the direction of the tone (“stable and high” or “falling down like a slide whistle”) it’s easier to learn than just trying to match without a strategy, but yeah, tones are super hard for non-tone speakers!

papercutpeony:

purplekecleon:

koryos:

If you love Scottish fold cats, I’m going to tell you something you don’t want to hear. Please, please read on anyway. If you are considering adopting a Scottish fold, PLEASE continue reading. This information needs to be more widely known.

In 2008, the Journal of Small Animal practice released a short report on disorders associated with breeds of cats. In this report, the authors mentioned the Scottish fold:

People who own them may be “charmed” by their round faces and open expression (and they may not realise that the reason the cats do not move around too much is because they are variably crippled with arthritis).1

The gene that causes the cute fold in the Scottish fold’s ear also leads to the development of a degenerative disorder called osteochondrodysplasia. ALL Scottish folds have this disorder, whether they show symptoms or not- the fold in their ears is caused by a cartilage deformity that also affects their joints.

Osteochondrodysplasia leads to crippling osteoarthritis, which affects Scottish folds at much younger ages than other breeds of cats. In cats heterozygous for the gene, the disease’s progression can be seen in cats as young as six months. In homozygous cats, it can be seen as early as seven weeks old.

Affected cats may be grossly deformed, with short wide limbs and a short, inflexible tail. They show lameness, swollen wrist (carpal) and ankle (tarsal) joints, have an abnormal gait, and are reluctant to move and jump. Severely affected individuals become crippled and unable to walk.

Many affected cats are euthanased earlier in life due to the profound effects of this disease.2

The breed is often described as “placid” and “calm.” This is due to the fact that they are constantly in pain due to this disorder. Even in mild, ‘asymptomatic’ cases which can occur in heterozygous cats, they may still be experiencing pain due to cats’ tendency to hide their suffering.

Many breeders of Scottish folds claim that not all heterozygous cats have the disorder, because the studies that examined the cats (which were all, heterozygous or not, shown to have it) had small sample sizes.

In 2003, Lorraine Shelton, a specialist in genetic diseases, offered to pay for 300 x-rays of healthy adult Scottish folds to prove that the disorder was not present in some heterozygous cats.

…She has asked a list of 300 Scottish Fold breeders from around the world to go to their vet to get X-rays done. She had offered to pay for these X-rays but not a single breeder had taken up that offer. You could not know whether this problem existed unless an X-ray was taken. If somebody would send her an X-ray of a healthy hind leg of a folded eared cat, she would be grateful as she wanted to see the very first one.3

To date, no one has taken her up on the offer. The breeders’ unwillingness to have their cats examined speaks volumes. The authors of all studies on these cats agree: it ethically wrong to continue breeding these cats.

It disturbs me that any breeder would knowingly continue to create animals that will be in pain throughout their lives. As a cat lover myself, I am begging you, please do not buy Scottish folds. Do not support these unethical breeding practices, or the concept that it is acceptable to intentionally breed unhealthy animals for the sake of how they look.

Citations

Breed-related disorders of cats (discusses issues with other breeds as well)

Genetic welfare problems of companion animals: osteochondrodysplasia (a thorough description of the disease and its prevalence)

FIFe meeting notes (leading to a decision not to recognize Scottish folds as an offical breed due to the disorder)

There was also a follow-up email about Shelton’s offer which can be read here.

Studies on osteochondrodysplasia in Scottish Folds

Osteochondrodysplasia in Scottish Fold cats

Incomplete dominant osteochondrodysplasia in heterozygous Scottish Fold cats (this is the source of the above x-ray pictures)

Before you buy ANY animal, please do your research. If a breed suffers from high incidences of genetic disorders, don’t use your money to support the creation of more animal suffering.

This is important enough to be posted to my main blog. I know I reblogged this months and months ago, but not enough people know about this.

There is absolutely no way to “cure” the Scottish folds of this. The gene that causes the ear to look so cute and floppy is because of the cartilage not forming properly, which is what causes the health problems — even in cats that are bred Fold x Non Fold.

What’s fucking worse is that they’re cross breeding Scottish folds with other cats. As soon as I saw them crossed with Sphynxes (anyone who follows me is probably aware of the three Sphynxes we have and how much I love them), my heart sank. This is called a “Skinderlop”

Breeding is supposed to be about breeding healthy cats/animals free of defects, and about examining mutations to see what the health risks are, if there are any. It is not supposed to be about creating more cats who are doomed to horrible health problems from birth. That is so cruel it’s unbelievable - and people still defend this breed’s continued existence…

If you know anyone who is looking into getting a kitten from a breeder, PLEASE let them know about the health problems associated with Scottish folds and cross breeds so that they don’t continue to support this sort of thing. It is needlessly cruel.

That, and the teacup dog breeds…. NEVER AGAIN will I think anything like that is “cute”… if there were an animal like this in adoption though, I’d definitely care for it so it can at least live out the rest of its life w/ someone who actually cares about their health… 

Humans are so messed up :|

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I need white people to stop pretending consent was possible during slavery.

Stop lying to yourselves that those black cousins are the result of illicit love affairs & grasp that slaves could not say no.

When consent is not an option, when you’re only seen as 3/5ths of a human being & you have no legal standing? You can’t say yes.

I need white America to sit down for a sec. Look into the faces of black Americans with the same last names & figure it the fuck out.

Our ancestors were raped by your ancestors. Regularly. Some of the kids were treated kindly. Most were not. They were sold.

White mistresses punished the slaves for “tempting” master & congratulated themselves on that bloody work. Read the narratives.

Not the cleaned up ones either. Read Incidents in The Life of A Slave Girl & understand that Mammy was a victim, not the one who loved you.

She couldn’t care for her kids, couldn’t choose her husband or their father most of the time. She was a slave.

Millions of people died on the Middle Passage. Millions more died here at the hands of your ancestors. Own that.

Now you want to sing Kumbaya & keep oppressing our communities & erasing our contributions. Spare me the tired bullshit.

Male slaves fared no better. There’s a long history of them being raped, tortured & killed too. That was slavery. Stop romanticizing it.

Our children were fed to alligators as bait (feel free to look that up) died of starvation or exposure & that was slavery too. Yep, we were livestock & you use sickly livestock as bait.

Stop watching Gone With The Wind & fantasizing about beautiful plantations if you can’t accept what happened on those plantations.

House slaves had it better in the sense of access to food & possibly better treatment, but they were still slaves.

14 year old slave girls weren’t falling in love with the men who could beat them & everyone they loved to death.

Read the tales of enslaved women who killed their children to spare them. Read about people beaten to death as an example.

Sally Hemings could have left Jefferson in Paris. Of course her entire family was still in his power. And his “love”? Didn’t free her. Ever.

Go look at the pictures of former slaves backs. Whipped until they bled & left to scar so they were maimed for life & couldn’t run.

Also before you talk about the cleaned up narratives, remember that the people relating their stories knew lynching was always possible.

Records of slavery were deliberately destroyed so that former owners wouldn’t have to pay anyone.

That “peculiar institution” was generations of blood, pain, & terror. That’s what built America. Never forget that.

Now stop talking about anyone’s white ancestors like they deserve the fucking credit for the success of people descended from slaves.

American slavery began in 1619. June 19, 1865 was the last official day of slavery. Do the math on how long it takes to heal that wound.

After slavery was officially over? Black codes & Jim Crow laws followed. America’s history of oppression is longer than that of freedom.

Also before any dumb motherfuckers land in my mentions. I have a degree in history. I will read you to filth & bury you in sources.

Trust & believe there is no country here for people who want to romanticize a system that is still grinding away at my community.

All this fluffy fucking talk about American history to coddle white kids feelings & engender patriotism? You won’t get it here.

My ancestors built this country, I served this country & I will tell the damned truth about this country. Don’t like it? Fuck you.

Now let me get in my feelings about slavery before Africans were brought here. Because we weren’t the first people enslaved.

We were deliberately sought out for our skill sets & resistance to disease. Know why we were resistant? We’d had contact for years.

All of that “My ancestors never owned slaves so it has nothing to do with me?” Go look at those NDN ancestors again. See how many were free.

While you’re in there checking that out? Look up those old country ancestors & see how many benefited from slavery indirectly.

Also while we’re talking about NDN relatives? Yo, learn a name besides Cherokee. Better yet, learn about the genocidal tactics they faced.

Look up immigrant groups becoming white in America. Find out who had to bleed so they could gain access to white privilege.

Let’s really talk about the Red Summer of 1919 & how it wasn’t an unusual occurrence. Tulsa, Rosewood? They were just famous.

Let’s talk about welfare & who could access it. Hell let’s talk about who is collecting more of it right now.

Let’s talk about the primary beneficiaries of affirmative action (spoiler! White women!) & what it means to attack black people instead.

Shit, let’s get into the Great Depression & the Great Recession & who is hurting the most financially through both.

Let’s talk about conditions on reservations, in the inner city, & the violence faced by POC who try to leave those areas.

Hell, let’s talk about why we don’t see shows that reflect the American population set in the past, present, or future.

Go read Columbus’ diaries & see what “civilization” really meant to the people he encountered.

For that matter go read up on King Leopold & the Congo. I’ll wait while you cry.

That’s the thing about whiteness as a social construct in America. It’s not about white people, it’s about white power over others.

When we’re talking about white privilege? We’re talking about what it takes to shape this society based on oppression.

America is a young country with a lot of power because of genocide, slavery, & continuing oppression. Individuals build institutions.

All of these conversations aren’t about bringing out white guilt, they’re about ending this institution developed over the generations.

Also let’s be clear that America is sick with this ish across the political spectrum. It may manifest differently but it exists everywhere.

Before I go, let me also suggest that people who are curious about anything I tweeted about take a tour through Google with terms.

It’s not that I won’t answer questions, but there are books out there that I think everyone should read on slavery, whiteness, & America.

Karnythia,  laying it down with righteousness on Juneteenth — the truth about slavery and its lingering effects on America.  (via skyliting)

Church.

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cognitivedissonance:

Satanists want to use Hobby Lobby decision to exempt women from anti-abortion laws

"The Satanic Temple set up a website where women seeking an abortion can print out a letter for her healthcare provider explaining why she is exempt from informed consent mandates. The letter reads that ‘[a]ll women who share our deeply held belief that their personal choices should be made with access to the best available information, undiluted by biased or false information, are free to seek protection with this exemption whether they are members of the Satanic Temple or not.’" YES.