I kinda wanna get more into sciences because I feel like I could improve my activism a lot if I could better understand the ~science~ arguments I’m trying to counter, esp. with respect to trans and disability rights activism.

does anyone have any good resources for biology especially that are simple enough for someone who took it all through high school, but barely passed and so basically has very little actual understanding of genetics, evolution, etc? Stuff about the intersection of sj and science is a plus, but mostly I’m just trying to get together some semblance of a background rn.

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youwerejustakid said: much as it hurts, i would love to hear you talk about judas (iscariot).

millennialgospel:

  • Judas is a radical anarchist entrenched in New York City’s social justice scene. He’s an old friend of Peter’s from the days when Judas still frequented the Young Marxist meetings Peter ran, and he initially gets called into a ministry meeting to consult with the group on tactics for avoiding and resisting the police, who have been opposing Yeshua’s rallies more and more openly
  • He is, as Thomas puts it, “the scariest looking motherfucker on the block”, and as Mary Magdalene puts it, “an insufferable drama queen”. He wear almost nothing but black, big heavy boots, multi-purpose scarves, and the patches and buttons that adorn his leather jacket. He has striking Eurasian features, back hair grown out to his waist, a goatee, and knuckles that are usually bruised.
  • Judas is loyal to ideas, not people. The greatest compliment he can give someone is that they enact a certain tenants of ideas that Judas holds dear, and if he finds a person who shares his ideology, he will defend them with his life. But if the vessel for his philosophy changes their political tune, he will drop them. He was hesitant about giving “Peter’s people” pointers because they’re a ministry and Judas is an atheist who is very distrustful of the church (Peter was too, once upon a time) but once he hears Yeshua speaks he realizes this is the real deal, and all scripture and faith aside, this is the grassroots king he has been waiting for to lead him in a glorious clash against the Man. At least, that’s how it goes in his head.
  • He really likes cats and usually has some mangy stray kitten riding around in his backpack, waiting to be slipped tablescraps, but he’ll punch anyone points that out.
  • Judas is a really tactile person and very into platonic demonstrations of affection. He slings arms around his friend’s necks, kisses Magdalene’s hand like a proper gentleman, and hangs on Peter while trying to convince him that armed resistance is more effective than social reform every will be. He punches Matthew’s arm when he says something classist, ruffles J.J.’s hair whenever he finds him sulking around meetings, and greets Yeshua with a firm kiss on the cheek. 
  • Judas and Peter are ridiculously close. They go out drinking together and crash on Yeshua’s couch and get into the occasional vicious political argument, which usually ends with either Judas throwing a punch or Peter putting Judas into a headlock. They prowl alongside Yeshua when he walks abroad,  his biggest supporters, his attack dogs, his high priests. The disciples call them “anarchy boyfriends” behind their backs.
  • Judas loves Yeshua so. damn. much. So much it hurts and he doesn’t get it because he’s not ~in love~ with him, (and trust me, he considered that) but at least that would make sense. This burning in his chest—white hot and made of pure light, stripped of desire or jealousy or any of the trappings of human emotion—scares him, which just makes him hang around Yeshua because he wants to figure. it. out. He won’t realize until much later, after the dust has settled, that even though he missed so much of the ministry and went in expecting the wrong thing, something in him understood instinctively what the others would spend years arguing over, that this guy was a kid just like them, but he was also God, really and truly, and the impossibility and irresponsibility of that kind of love will haunt him until the sudden and tragic end of his days.

-S

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kevinfranzisamonster:

Mission log: Day 204. but where is here?

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osamah:

vaporheart-archive:

Oh these pies aren’t homemade, they were made in a factory.
A bomb factory.
They’re bombs.

who the fuck thought up the plot for this episode

osamah:

vaporheart-archive:

Oh these pies aren’t homemade, they were made in a factory.

A bomb factory.

They’re bombs.

who the fuck thought up the plot for this episode

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schizoauthoress:

Persephone as a dark and off-putting goddess who worries her mother by hanging out with satyrs and making weird stuff like pitcher plants and Venus flytraps. Hades being charmed and intimidated all at once.

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hello-missmayhem:

cptprocrastination:

doomhamster:

belcanta:

nikkidubs:

attentiondeficitaptitude:

belcanta:

Guaranteed basic income to every citizen, whether or not they are employed to ensure their survival and that they live in a dignified, humane way, preventing poverty, illness, homelessness, reducing crime, encouraging higher education and learning vocations as well as helping society become more prosperous as a whole. 

Wow. Forget raising the minimum wage. This is much much better idea.

The minimum wage could actually drop if we had basic income.

But Americans would never go for it. Miserably slogging through 12 hour days and having businesses open 24/7 is too engrained in our culture.

"BUT WHERE WILL THE GOVERNMENT GET THE MONEY?" screamed Joe Schmoe, slamming a meaty fist onto the table and getting mouth-froth all over the front of his greying tank top. "You libt*rds all think money grows on TREES!! HAHA!"

"But where will people get the incentive to work?!" Mindy Bindy cried, flapping her hands in front of her face. She’d had a fear of the unemployed lollygagging about ever since she was a child and her mother told her to be afraid of the unemployed lollygagging about. "You think people should get paid for nothing? I work hard for my money!”

"But who will serve me?" grumbled Marty McMoneybags. "Who will make me feel important? Who will do my laundry and cook my food and stand in front of me wearing a plastic smile while I take out all my stress—because I do have a lot of stress, you know, being this rich is stressful—on them?” He paused and straightened out the piles of hundred dollar bills on the desk in front of him, then raised his two watery, outraged eyes up to the Heavens. “Lord, if there are no poor people, how will I know that I’m rich??”

I laughed. This is perfect! Well said!

The thing is, while I’m sure you could scrape up a few people who’d be willing to just float by on a guaranteed minimum income? For most people the choice to work would be a no-brainer. “Hmmm. I can get by on 33k a year, or I can take that part time job and make 48k… enough to move to a better apartment, maybe take the family on vacation. Sold.” Hell, most people would want to work simply because it gives one a sense of dignity and something to do with one’s time. (Speaking as someone who’s been unemployed, on extended sick leave, etc. in her time, the boredom and sense of isolation that comes with not having a job is almost as bad as the humiliation of having to depend on other people for one’s survival.)

And with this system, part-time jobs and “non-skilled” jobs would be much more readily available because nobody would need to work two or three jobs just to stay afloat!

Which would ALSO mean that employers and customers couldn’t shamelessly exploit employees the way they can today, because if losing a job weren’t necessarily a financial disaster, more people would be willing to walk out on jobs where they weren’t being treated with dignity.

And if this also applies to students (and it should) then student loans would become much less of a problem, and fewer people would flunk out of school because of having to juggle studies and work.

Far fewer people would be forced to stay with abusive partners, parents or roommates because they couldn’t afford to move out.

And the thing is, all those people who suddenly had money? They’d be spending it. They’d be getting all the stuff they can’t afford now - new clothes, books, toys, locally-produced food, car repairs - and with each purchase money would flow BACK to the government, because VAT, also income tax.

The unemployed and/or disabled wouldn’t need special support any more - which would also mean the government could fire however many admins who are currently engaged in humiliating - *cough* making sure those people aren’t getting money they don’t deserve. Same for medical benefits and pensions. And I’m no legal scholar, but I somehow imagine less financial desperation would lead to less petty crime, and hence less need for police and security everywhere?

TL;DR Doomie thinks this is a good idea, laughs at those who protest.

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They tried something like this out in Canada as a sort of social experiment, called Mincome. What they found was that, on the whole, people continued to work about as much as they did before. Only new mothers and teenagers worked substantially less hours. 

But wait, there’s more. Because parents were spending just a little more time at home and involved with their families, test scores increased. Because teens didn’t have to work to support their families, drop-out rates decreased. Crime rates, hospital visits, psychiatric hospitalizations and domestic abuse rates all dropped, as well. More adults pursued higher education. Those who continued to work reported more job flexibility and more opportunity to choose employment they preferred.

Basically, now you can go prove to your asshole family members that society won’t collapse without poor people for you to feel better than.

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