The First and Last Sentences of The Chronicles of Narnia series

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Goodbye, Net Neutrality; Hello, Net Discrimination

newyorker:

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Tim Wu on a new rule that violates Obama’s promise of net neutrality: http://nyr.kr/1jU2AQ2

“It threatens to make the Internet just like everything else in American society: unequal in a way that deeply threatens our long-term prosperity.”

Above: Obama at Coe College, in 2007. Photograph by David Lienemann/AP.

(Source: newyorker.com, via libraryjournal)

stophatingyourbody:

I wish I could erase every thought in every woman’s, every little girls head that because they have large thighs and freckles or because they have acne, too much or too little hair, a loud laugh and a smile with a crack that their happiness broke through, that they’ve nothing to worry about; and I wish I could erase every sad smile we have to fake when girls we admire for their physicality say they’re fat.
The thing is, I’m 17, and the brain is a complicated thing. We, when harming who we are, are crippled; I mean, without the brain, you’re nothing. Literally nothing. A slab of meat (attractive meat, however) attached to a wonderful face.
I got conscious of my acne and thighs and lack of glimmer when I was nine; and have disappeared further and further since.  When my Father got Terminal Cancer, I thought logic had driven it away; however I just replaced it with school work…and here I am- starting to recover. I still have Depression, OCD , Anxiety beyond any human level and Panic Attacks related to all that’s going on in my life, but little thoughts and comparisons still remain to remind me of what I’m not, pulling me back to all I CAN’T do because I’m too chubby. I have thoughts of a boys face I like and how disgusted they would be as they cuddle me, the better options all around them.
You deserve better.
I’ve never once been called pretty. I’ve never once been kissed, had someone or was looked at (knowingly) the way we all wish ourselves to be. I find my nose a little strange, my thighs too large and my acne less than desirable- my eyes too blue and my pupils too large.  But that’s the key phrase there; less than desirable. By whom? People you’ve never met? We aren’t sitting next to them when they’re in love or during loss and who says we ever will be and when we are they certainly wish for kindness and love as opposed to a glass picture to watch and admire….to smash. You are every colour ever invented, every breath ever breathed and every atom that makes us up.  One day I’ll stop comparing myself- but I’ve gotten far. I have moments when I think of myself as pretty, and others when I fake it. I drown out my actual thoughts until I realize the stupidity behind my old ones.  I look in the mirror and don’t look at every individual spot on my face as I used to, to pinpoint my imperfections, but rather at my eyes where my soul should lay and is, in itself, beautiful.
Please know that you’re not perfect. Seven letters couldn’t encompass the beauty behind who you are- everything wonderful and gorgeous and scary and horrible and you and complicated.  You are the most beautiful person you could ever be. You are. You really are. Seriously.
Love, Casey <3 
 BE BRAVE! JOIN THE BODY PEACE REVOLUTION!

You are the most beautiful person you could ever be.

stophatingyourbody:

I wish I could erase every thought in every woman’s, every little girls head that because they have large thighs and freckles or because they have acne, too much or too little hair, a loud laugh and a smile with a crack that their happiness broke through, that they’ve nothing to worry about; and I wish I could erase every sad smile we have to fake when girls we admire for their physicality say they’re fat.

The thing is, I’m 17, and the brain is a complicated thing. We, when harming who we are, are crippled; I mean, without the brain, you’re nothing. Literally nothing. A slab of meat (attractive meat, however) attached to a wonderful face.

I got conscious of my acne and thighs and lack of glimmer when I was nine; and have disappeared further and further since.  When my Father got Terminal Cancer, I thought logic had driven it away; however I just replaced it with school work…and here I am- starting to recover. I still have Depression, OCD , Anxiety beyond any human level and Panic Attacks related to all that’s going on in my life, but little thoughts and comparisons still remain to remind me of what I’m not, pulling me back to all I CAN’T do because I’m too chubby. I have thoughts of a boys face I like and how disgusted they would be as they cuddle me, the better options all around them.

You deserve better.

I’ve never once been called pretty. I’ve never once been kissed, had someone or was looked at (knowingly) the way we all wish ourselves to be. I find my nose a little strange, my thighs too large and my acne less than desirable- my eyes too blue and my pupils too large.  But that’s the key phrase there; less than desirable. By whom? People you’ve never met? We aren’t sitting next to them when they’re in love or during loss and who says we ever will be and when we are they certainly wish for kindness and love as opposed to a glass picture to watch and admire….to smash. You are every colour ever invented, every breath ever breathed and every atom that makes us up.  One day I’ll stop comparing myself- but I’ve gotten far. I have moments when I think of myself as pretty, and others when I fake it. I drown out my actual thoughts until I realize the stupidity behind my old ones.  I look in the mirror and don’t look at every individual spot on my face as I used to, to pinpoint my imperfections, but rather at my eyes where my soul should lay and is, in itself, beautiful.

Please know that you’re not perfect. Seven letters couldn’t encompass the beauty behind who you are- everything wonderful and gorgeous and scary and horrible and you and complicated.  You are the most beautiful person you could ever be. You are. You really are. Seriously.

Love, Casey <3 

 BE BRAVE! JOIN THE BODY PEACE REVOLUTION!

You are the most beautiful person you could ever be.

livingthespoonielife:

Great advice

Two after school groups show up at the same time

twinkletwinkleyoulittlefuck:

cell-mate:

crackerhell:

ethanwearsprada:

i think it’s a universal truth that everyone in our generation takes pluto’s losing its planetary status as a personal offense

yes

pluto is smaller than russia. why did we ever even consider it a planet?

BECAUSE IT’S A PART OF OUR SOLAR SYSTEM

OHANA MEANS FAMILY

OHANA MEANS NO ONE IS LEFT BEHIND

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numinous-queer:

sweatandhappiness:

lifehackable:

Stretches that improve different aspects of your body.

These just saved my fucking life you have no idea

very relevant to my body needs, thank you

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teachingliteracy:

payamebahary:

Madeline Silcock

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"Jesus was a radical, non-violent revolutionary who hung around with lepers, hookers and crooks; wasn’t American and never spoke English; was anti-wealth, anti-death penalty, anti-public prayer (M 6:5), but was never anti-gay; never mentioned abortion or birth control; never called the poor ‘lazy’; never justified torture; never fought for tax cuts for the wealthiest Nazarenes; never asked a leper for a co-pay; and was a long-haired, brown-skinned, homeless, community-organizing, anti-slut-shaming, Middle Eastern Jew."

John Fugelsang (via kateoplis)

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sayheyala:

gov-info:

REFERENCE LOC Gov Doc: Earth Day: Selected Resources 
for ref questions &amp; programming ideas
General
 Living and Working Sustainably
Ecosystems: Climatology and Weather
 Ecosystems: Flora and Fauna
 Geography and Geology
For Students
Special Topic: Eco, Learning and Adventure Travel
Special Topic: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - why, how, where
Webcasts - Experts’ present their findings!
American Memory
Today in History - April 22 - Earth Day
So, so much more
Links to Other Organizations
via Science Reference Services research guides &amp; other resources from the Library of Congress

Happy Earth Day!
librarylinknj:

librarianbyday:

"Voice: Your brand personality described in an adjective. For instance, brands can be lively, positive, cynical, or professional.
Tone: A subset of your brand’s voice. Tone adds specific flavor to your voice based on factors like audience, situation, and channel.
Essentially, there is one voice for your brand and many tones that refine that voice.
Voice is a mission statement. Tone is the application of that mission.”
(via How to Find Your Social Media Marketing Voice and Tone)

Essential reading &amp; food for thought for, well, everyone.

librarylinknj:

librarianbyday:

"Voice: Your brand personality described in an adjective. For instance, brands can be lively, positive, cynical, or professional.

Tone: A subset of your brand’s voice. Tone adds specific flavor to your voice based on factors like audience, situation, and channel.

Essentially, there is one voice for your brand and many tones that refine that voice.

Voice is a mission statement. Tone is the application of that mission.”

(via How to Find Your Social Media Marketing Voice and Tone)

Essential reading & food for thought for, well, everyone.

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bettafish-resistance:

blackamazon:

masteradept:

queenconsuelabananahammock:

science-sexual:

america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 
The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.
An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.
For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.
It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.
That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.
This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…
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This is the kind of shit that gets civil wars started. 

Are any of us surprised by this? People have been saying the same thing for a while now. 

…well maybe we will actually have some revolution.

So Princeton needed how much money to figure out what POC have said for years

^^^^DINGDINGDINGDINGDING.

I&#8217;ve been saying it&#8217;s a plutocracy, but same difference.

bettafish-resistance:

blackamazon:

masteradept:

queenconsuelabananahammock:

science-sexual:

america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 

The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.

An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.

For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.

It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.

That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.

This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…

(Read Full Text)

This is the kind of shit that gets civil wars started. 

Are any of us surprised by this? People have been saying the same thing for a while now. 

…well maybe we will actually have some revolution.

So Princeton needed how much money to figure out what POC have said for years

^^^^DINGDINGDINGDINGDING.

I’ve been saying it’s a plutocracy, but same difference.

(via intelligibledirigible)

fuckyeahawesomehouses:

The only thing that would make these secret room bookcases cooler is if you activate them by pulling out a special, secret book :)

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