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Won’t that only solve 75% of your problems?

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Won’t that only solve 75% of your problems?

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I'm writing a lighthearted story about lady cowboys which will include queer and PoC rep. However, I know the concept of the...

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Mama Hens And Their Babies   Via Bored Panda
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Mama Hens And Their Babies Via Bored Panda

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They have to get those numbers up!

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They have to get those numbers up!

Petition to sit down all the people who make coma theories about Adventure Time and tell them “listen, this fucking show is about the last human living in a post-apocalyptic world where deadly magic has been reawakened following a global thermonuclear war that wiped out the rest of the human species, how much fucking darker do you want it to be”

Even though I thought my first Creative Writing professor was kind of a douche, he made a good point about this. One of our first assignments was to write in this eerie, otherworldly style (we were mimicking a specific author whose name escapes me), so we had to write about eerie otherworldly things happening. It’s no exaggeration to say that more than half the class had a “big reveal” where we find out that the story’s strange events and themes are all in the mind of some person in an insane asylum, or someone having a drug trip.

My professor said something like, “you just successfully wrote a world that feels separate from our own, but got frightened last minute and shoe-horned in normalcy. You showed that you were afraid to commit to something different and interesting.” Though I’m typically a contrarian and a piece of garbage, I am inclined to agree with my professor. I feel like people who write coma theories and the like are afraid to accept that the world of the story is separate from our own. They like everything wrapped up in this crazy little realism box where nothing out of the ordinary happens in fiction.

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This pretty well hits the nail on the head as to why I generally hate coma/dream theories and people who think they’re so fucking deep for coming up with it. In my book it’s LAZY, plain and simple.

I think the only times I can think of where “It was all a dream” really works are in pieces like Over the Garden Wall, Ink, Coraline, and Mirrormask. In all of those, the characters ‘wake up’ again in their ‘normal’ world, but there’s a very strong implication that the dream world is as real, if not more so, than the ‘real’ world, and the things they did in the dream world had a very direct impact on the waking world– not in an “I’m gonna be a better person” sense, but literally who lives and who dies at the end of the story.

Notably, in most of those, it’s stated flat-out within the first couple of minutes that the character in question is dreaming. It’s not a big reveal, it’s a fundamental detail of the setting.

If you’re gonna do a dreamworld, actually commit to doing a dreamworld.

Whatever it is you do, ACTUALLY COMMIT TO IT.

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Petition to sit down all the people who make coma theories about Adventure Time and tell them “listen, this fucking show is...

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I just really love how they look at each other here
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I just really love how they look at each other here

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Art by  Mad Dog Jones
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Art by Mad Dog Jones

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Do you dream of working on the frontier of space? Are you searching for exciting off-world opportunities? Can you pass a basic...
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Do you dream of working on the frontier of space? Are you searching for exciting off-world opportunities? Can you pass a basic...

tl;dr my country is literally on fire and the politicians refuse to help

I know there’s a lot going on in the world, but you probably haven’t heard about what’s happening in Australia.

we’re on fire.

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approximately ¼ of australia’s population is in catastrophic fire danger. A catastrophic fire level means your only chance of surviving is leaving before it’s too late.

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it’s Spring in Australia, and rainforests aren’t meant to be dry enough to burn, yet at the time of writing this (11/11/19) there are 71 active fires in NSW (43 out of control), and 51 active fires in Queensland - not including those that have already burned before now, and there are more in other states. Sydney is already rated “catastrophic”, the first time this rating has ever been used there since its creation in 2009. That’s right, we had to add yet another level of destructiveness, because “high”, “very high”, “severe”, and “extreme” were no longer adequate. To quote the Fire Danger Ratings, “for your survival, leaving early is the only option”. conditions tomorrow will be the worst they have been, and people are evacuating as we speak. the fire fighters are preparing as best they can.

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This isn’t just about people losing their homes; people have died and will die, countless animals have already lost their lives and many more will still perish. our land, our lives, and our hope is up in flames and will soon be nothing but ash. the annual fire season has not even begun yet. this is only the beginning. my native land is burning, and there is nothing i can do to stop it.

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the government refuses to acknowledge that we are in a climate crisis. the fires have never been this bad. we have been in severe drought for more than a year which has only contributed to the force of these fires. the Prime Minister Scott Morrison has done nothing but send his “thoughts and prayers”. He will not accept aid from other countries because he is too egotistical to admit that we need it. All the while the people of this land are suffering. Climate change needs radical human change to be combated. we are already seeing the results of years of indifference, and this is barely the beginning of something that will only get worse the longer government’s and big companies refuse to act to counteract climate change.

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Our government has also cut funding to Fire and Rescue NSW by 35.4%, the Rural Fire Service by 75.2%, and QLD Rural Fire Service by 26.42%, resulting in closures of services; they don’t have the resources to cope. We are fighting a losing battle against the results of climate change.  and this is only the beginning.

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12/11/19 UPDATE

At least 6 million people today are prepared for evacuating. There are strong winds, low humidity, and high temperatures which will only exacerbate and encourage the fires. Authorities have warned that there aren’t enough fire trucks to help everyone, so unless you are prepared to the maximum, you need to leave. 600 schools and TAFE’s across NSW have been closed due to the fires, with others in Queensland closing due to air quality being virtually unbreathable due to smoke. Rural Fire Service Deputy Commisioner Rob Rogers said the state was as prepared as it could be, with military aircraft on standby to rescue people from fires if needed.

As Queensland and New South Wales deal with these unprecedented bushfires, there is a lot of talk about how to stop, or at least reduce them. David Bowman is a professor of environmental change biology at the University of Tasmania and he says the short answer is that climate change is making a bad situation worse.

But it’s also much more complex than that. Much of Australia’s natural biodiversity has evolved to withstand and even stop bushfires due to a multitude of species being in one area. Eucalyptus trees encourage fires as they help spread seeds, but other species are naturally flame retardant and help to curb the fires. The issue is that so much of the native bush has been cut down for farming and agriculture that the natural fire defence has virtually been destroyed. Australia is the leading country in mammal extinction, as well as one of the worst 7 for biodiversity loss.

There have already been significant harmful impacts to wildlife, with entire ecosystems up in smoke and individual species affected, including around 350 Koalas presumed dead – all before the fires have reached their peak.

my heart goes out to the victims of the current fires, which we know have been exacerbated by the decline of native biodiversity. Australian conservation efforts need a radical overhaul. Mitigating the intensity of these fires, mostly set by humans and their activities, can be achieved by restoring our native ecosystem engineers, such as bandicoots, bettongs and potoroos.

These species help to maintain healthy forests by continually turning over and breaking down forest leaf litter, thereby drastically reducing fuel load. In their absence, fires are more intense, often reaching the treetops, which can affect populations of species already on the brink, like the Koala.

Slow growing and ancient Australian East coast temperate forests are of global significance, as these forests have some of the highest carbon storage on the planet. Fires of this intensity threaten their very existence but managing wildlife to reduce fire intensity and protect forests is under-appreciated for its importance in reducing the release of carbon into the atmosphere.

If you wish to donate to the NSW Rural Fire Service, follow this link. I’m not sure if it works for countries outside Australia, but if you can spare some money, please try

Or you can donate to the Red Cross who have set up many shelters and are providing first aid, and are trying to fund small kits to provide families with basic necessities

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tl;dr my country is literally on fire and the politicians refuse to help I know there’s a lot going on in the world, but you...

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Even in 2019, you still hear of black cats being associated with  superstitions, witches, black magic and such. Black shelter...
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Even in 2019, you still hear of black cats being associated with superstitions, witches, black magic and such. Black shelter...

The interesting thing about US media bias is that a lot isn’t based in censorship. You can, for example, look for information on protests against neoliberalism, but you won’t find much immediately when CNN, Fox News, etc. show up, and they are the most viewed. It’s a result of media monopolies controlling the narrative: “Capitalism is freedom and democracy. Spread democracy to every country challenging profit. People against this are shills and bots. Look at how evil the anti imperialists are”. And the majority of the US will soak up this narrative, because again, media is monopolized and this is the news you get first. There are US government-owned news outlets, but they’re not actually the most popular, it’s instead the privately owned ones run by billionaires and millionaires that benefit financially from the same narrative the US government does. We don’t need state-owned media to achieve this, the capitalist class has us covered.

Political apathy in the US makes the job of capitalists and imperialists easy. A lot of people have given up and will jump at any sense of positive news or hope. The two-party system is failing, and people feel powerless. This is a contrast to, for example, the Vietnam War, where people were politically active and protested. What wars are challenged in such a vast way now? None. It’s crazy. The truth is there. You can literally find old leaked CIA documents on google that reveal the horrific practices of the capitalist class. You can find documentaries on topics not touched on in US mainstream media by investigative journalists or ex-government employees themselves exposing everything—did you know someone who worked for the CIA ended up opposing capitalism and exposed CIA agents? Did you know a former UN special rapporteur exposed the harmful impact of US sanctions? You can find all of these things. You just have to look a bit more. Crazy stuff folxz

For anyone who will ask, I have a list of resources on the US government/capitalist class’ corruption, lies, murder, etc. It would be shitty of me to say all of this and not share any sources.

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The interesting thing about US media bias is that a lot isn’t based in censorship. You can, for example, look for information on...

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How is this not national news?

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Auroras on Jupiter. Earth & Saturn

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Auroras on Jupiter. Earth & Saturn

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“My friend lives above a punk bar and sent us this pic of her dog and the regulars”

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“My friend lives above a punk bar and sent us this pic of her dog and the regulars”

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So yesterday my grandparents found a big box of old 78s that they’ve had in an attic for years, and wanted me to transfer them...

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Because of the Fifth Amendment, no one in the U.S. may legally be forced to testify against himself, and because of the Fourth...

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Because of the Fifth Amendment, no one in the U.S. may legally be forced to testify against himself, and because of the Fourth...

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Blogging this tweet because this explains SO MUCH about the mindset of pretty much all the folks I’ve known who’re against...

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Blogging this tweet because this explains SO MUCH about the mindset of pretty much all the folks I’ve known who’re against...

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And beyond the complexity around the figure of Evo Morales…   We were witness of this image. It is a strong, bloody,...

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And beyond the complexity around the figure of Evo Morales… We were witness of this image. It is a strong, bloody,...