salt-221b-and-the-tardis:

faeland-wolf:

witchy-business:

straight from the ministry of magic, y’all.

This is probably one of the best things I’ve ever seen.

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gnumblr:

reblog if you’re the gay cousin

(via boondoggleprospect)

bebinn:

Um. WHAT.

Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s wife is on the board of a crisis pregnancy center, a name for organizations that use lies, manipulation, and delay tactics to prevent people from getting an abortion. Their page on the risks of abortion is full of junk science, decades-old studies, and logical leaps, and their resources for pregnant women are virtually all deceptive crisis pregnancy centers.

No wonder Scalia defends anti-abortion harassment masking itself as “sidewalk counseling.” The Supreme Court is currently hearing a case on buffer zones outside abortion clinics, which would keep protestors a respectful (and safe) distance from patients and staff. Justice Scalia is clearly biased and should recuse himself from the case. This is ridiculous.

(via cardcarryingcynic)

bigyiff94:

Horror movie idea: a succubus who picks up guys at bookstores by playing manic pixie dream girl. They go on a date and everything’s perfect. The entire movie is an indie rom com until they sleep together for the first time and she rips out his heart and eats it. The movie ends with her “accidentally bumping into” another guy at a bookstore. The cycle begins again

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sea-tidesofthesoul:

kittenfeathers:

babbleon:

Someone should write a story based on these photos, is all I’m saying.

They look like hunters. Someone make it happen. 

…Um.
sea-tidesofthesoul:

kittenfeathers:

babbleon:

Someone should write a story based on these photos, is all I’m saying.

They look like hunters. Someone make it happen. 

…Um.
sea-tidesofthesoul:

kittenfeathers:

babbleon:

Someone should write a story based on these photos, is all I’m saying.

They look like hunters. Someone make it happen. 

…Um.
sea-tidesofthesoul:

kittenfeathers:

babbleon:

Someone should write a story based on these photos, is all I’m saying.

They look like hunters. Someone make it happen. 

…Um.
sea-tidesofthesoul:

kittenfeathers:

babbleon:

Someone should write a story based on these photos, is all I’m saying.

They look like hunters. Someone make it happen. 

…Um.
sea-tidesofthesoul:

kittenfeathers:

babbleon:

Someone should write a story based on these photos, is all I’m saying.

They look like hunters. Someone make it happen. 

…Um.
sea-tidesofthesoul:

kittenfeathers:

babbleon:

Someone should write a story based on these photos, is all I’m saying.

They look like hunters. Someone make it happen. 

…Um.
sea-tidesofthesoul:

kittenfeathers:

babbleon:

Someone should write a story based on these photos, is all I’m saying.

They look like hunters. Someone make it happen. 

…Um.
sea-tidesofthesoul:

kittenfeathers:

babbleon:

Someone should write a story based on these photos, is all I’m saying.

They look like hunters. Someone make it happen. 

…Um.

sea-tidesofthesoul:

kittenfeathers:

babbleon:

Someone should write a story based on these photos, is all I’m saying.

They look like hunters. Someone make it happen. 

…Um.

obitoftheday:

Obit of the Day: The Last of the “Radium Girls”

In the summer of 1924, Mae Keane was hired by the Waterbury (CT) Clock Company to paint watch dials. Along with dozens of other young women, Ms. Keane sat at a counter with a paintbrush in one hand and a watch in the other. She dipped the brush in radium and carefully painted it on the face the result was a dial that glowed at night. Like the other women in the room, Ms. Keane was taught that to get the finest point on the brush it was best to pull the tip through your mouth to create a “lip point.”

What Ms. Keane, her co-workers, and women working with radium did not know is that it was killing them. Discovered by Marie and Pierre Curie in 1898 along with polonium and uranium, radium was destroying the dial painters from the inside-out.

Although immediately categorized as radioactive by Ms. Curie, the term was not synonymous with danger. In fact the Curies and others around the world saw radium as a miracle element. It first earned its reputation when it was learned that radium salts eliminated cancerous tumors. And since it was element it was “natural” it was added to myriad products including drinking water, candy, and face cream.

Ms. Curie herself toured the United States in 1924 to defend the safety of radium, always carrying a glass bottle of the substance in her pocket. She especially liked how it glowed at night*.

It was that glow that made it perfect for watches. First applied to watches for soldiers in World War II, companies like Waterbury Clock began mass producing glow-in-the-dark watches after the end of the war. Usually the work was done by women n their teens and 20’s. Believing the radium to be completely safe the women were known to use pure radium as a cosmetic. They dusted their hair and painted their nails with radium and, in at least one case, a women rubbed radium on her teeth to create a glow-in-the-dark smile.

Ms. Keane only lasted a few weeks as a dial painter. She did not like the taste of the paint (she thought it was “gritty”) and the company was unimpressed with her work so she left. She also was earning only 8 cents an hour doing the work.

Not long after Ms. Keane left the company, her former co-workers began getting sick. Their teeth fell out. Their hips were breaking. Some were diagnosed with anemia so severe they would bleed from their mouths. The radium was attacking the girls bones, creating holes that made them brittle, while also destroying the marrow, leading to a sharp rise in leukemia^. By 1927, just three years after Ms. Keane left Waterbury Clock, 15 dial painters had died.

Simultaneously in N.J., young women from the U.S. Radium Company were also dying of similar symptoms. Once it was determined that the “miracle” element was in fact deadly the media dubbed the women “radium girls.” (By the end of the 1930s over 100 deaths were directly linked to radium.)

Note: As newspaper and radio coverage across the country focused on the women dying from radiation poisoning in New York and New Jersey, there were no news reports on the deaths at the Waterbury Clock Company until 2002. 

Ms. Keane, even with only a few weeks exposure, lost all her teeth before she was 40. She also survived breast and colon cancer - but it can not be directly linked to the radium. 

Even after the links to radium and radiation poisoning were made, the watch industry used radium for years eliminating the “lip pointing” technique and providing protective gear for the women. Eventually radium was replaced with other phosphorescent paints and, occasionally, tritium - a radioactive isotope of hydrogen.

Ms. Keane, who many consider to be the last of the radium girls, died on March 1, 2014 at the age of 107.

Sources: Hartford Courant, NY Times, Speakeasy Science (an excellent 3-part series), The Waterbury Observer (which is a must-read), and Wikipedia

(Image is a 1928 cartoon from The American Weekly a Sunday magazine found in newspapers - think of today’s Parade. The cartoon is courtesy of the Waterbury Observer.)

* Ms. Curie herself would die of anemia believed to have been caused by exposure to X-rays in mobile units she invented.

^ The body mistakes radium for calcium and thus absorbs it directly into the bones. 

(via cardcarryingcynic)

arrafrost:

feedmyaddictionnow:

kingofwesteros:

Publicity done right in an anti-rape campaign: double-page spread, pages glued to one another. After the reader forcefully separates them, the image above is revealed with the caption “if you have to use force, it’s rape”.

THIS IS BRILLIANT

Remember kids, it’s not only physical force that counts as rape. Verbal coercion is a type of force as well. You could not lay a single hand on them, but if you need to emotionally pressure someone into having sex, that’s forcing them, and that’s rape. 

arrafrost:

feedmyaddictionnow:

kingofwesteros:

Publicity done right in an anti-rape campaign: double-page spread, pages glued to one another. After the reader forcefully separates them, the image above is revealed with the caption “if you have to use force, it’s rape”.

THIS IS BRILLIANT

Remember kids, it’s not only physical force that counts as rape. Verbal coercion is a type of force as well. You could not lay a single hand on them, but if you need to emotionally pressure someone into having sex, that’s forcing them, and that’s rape. 

(via cardcarryingcynic)

commanderabutt:

i hate when a character is obviously bisexual but they wont call it that

its like if I walked up to someone, complimented their shoes, and they were like “OH YOU MEAN MY FOOT HOLDERS”

no we have a word for that and you should probably say it

(via cardcarryingcynic)

“The first two books are adventure stories, about getting people jazzed for revolution. But the third one changes genres and switches into misery porn. It’s about the consequences and the reality of that revolution.
You wanted a war, dear reader? Here is war, up close and personal. Here is the boredom and the fear and the being locked in a “safe” place with no control. Here is Prim dying pointlessly. Here is PTSD. Here is a brainwashed, weaponized version of your beautiful lover who went off to battle and came back a killer. Here are people, fatuous people but people who cared about you and who just happened to be on the wrong side at the wrong time, people who are beaten and kept in chains by your allies. Here are your friends and peers dying screaming in the stinking dark, literally torn to pieces and devoured alive. Here is the man you thought would be your confidante for life and maybe something more, the blood of your fucking family all over his hands. Here is beaten down exhaustion and despair and confusion. Here is everything you wanted, dear reader. Eat it up. Choke it down. Does any of it seem so necessary now?
And for all that price paid, what changes? The old man is dying anyway, he chokes to death on his own blood laughing at you. The old lady just brings the games back. Everything you fought for, perverted by power-hungry politicians. All that changed was the color of the boot and the neck it pressed down on.
Even after righting THAT final wrong, the only happy ending Katniss gets is that she can tell her kids why mommy wakes up screaming at night.
Yeah, the prose isn’t the best. But damn do I love where Collins took the series. It’s not an adventure series about justified vengeance. It’s about the consequences of violence, and the personal and social toll it takes on everybody. She fashioned an intense anti-war story and suckered the audience into it with her thrilling dystopia tales. What a great trick.”

reddit user mr_chip saying it how it is
[please don’t delete the quote credit] (via capitolprostitute)

He—the “mr” makes me assume it’s a he—got it.  That’s why I think this trilogy is so brilliant, and this guy got it, though I wouldn’t have in-your-face’d the review so bad.  Collins shows the aftermath of revolution so beautifully.

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(via tamorapierce)

“When did we become a country where the millionaires are jealous of the people on food stamps? A country that thinks teachers and fire fighters are soaking us dry? A country that thinks the richest who are paying the lowest taxes in 80 years are the ones being beaten up?”