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Don’t Be a Dick (Or 15 Great Sounding SFF Novels Available in 2014)

Dude makes a list of 13 books that demonstrate why 2014 is going to be a banner year for fantasy novels. List contains 12 books by men and a book by a lady which has been pushed back to 2015. Okay then.

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Rather than re-hash arguments about why creating public SFF recs lists that largely feature male authors is kind of dickish, I decided to fight books with books. Here’s a list of 15 SFF books by women that I’m excited to see published in 2014. Token guys need not apply.

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I think there’s something in the Klingon wedding ceremony he and Dax had about comparing yourself to the heroic couple that killed their gods together? Super romantic. 

/end dork

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amydentata:

daughterofprometheus:

amydentata:

daughterofprometheus:

amydentata:

I see so many posts asking for money because people are kicked out, made homeless, etc, and it’s great that people are helping out, but I can’t help but think we’re like… barely scraping by financially while failing communally. How can we socially build on these thin strands of support via donation? Can we build support networks that stretch beyond PayPal? Shelters and other official orgs seem to be failing or not doing enough… I just worry we’ll have nothing left when the little bit of money going in this impoverished community dries up

What we need as a community is a way to generate our own resources and ways to keep the resources we already have *in* our community.

We work *for* cis people and most of our money goes *to* cis people. We have to find a way to break this cycle. 

That is VERY TRUE. And the trans community—or rather communities, because let’s face it, we do have plenty of divisions and are not one cohesive group—are not the first to encounter this very problem. Historically this is not a new thing. The question is… how do we make it work for us? Each community has its own quirks and dynamics. Look to the past, think of the future

Well lets start with basics.

We need one of two things.

Money, or the things money can buy.

In this we need food, clothing, shelter, water ect.

Other oppressed groups in the past used tactics where they only spent their money at places owned by the same oppressed group so the money stayed *in the community*. We might look into making organized lists of services and goods providers owned by trans women and encouraging our sisters to provide services to other trans women at a discount and to encourage other trans women to open new services.

One of my projects right now is an indoor growing project and eventually a seed bank for various food plants and fungi, though im starting with hot peppers because we all like spicy food :p

I know a lot of transwomen know how to knit and sew as well, we should be making clothing *within our own community*. It wont be name brand fashions but it will save money and help develop a sense of culture within our communities.

Housing is another big issue, if anyone had any ideas on this please chime in. 

In my sphere, games dev, there is some money flowing, but I have to fight this feeling that it’s frivolous. Even as I try to make games that have real meaning and social impact. But entertainment is good too. It seems like people are more willing to spend “in community” for entertainment than other things, which I find strange. I feel it sometimes myself, but it’s very strange.

So one thing I’ve thought about a lot is how computer/IT-based work lends itself really well to forming worker co-ops? Overhead is generally low, not everyone has to live in the same place (though it would be cool to), and afaik, you could chose to incorporate wherever you have a member living with the most favorable laws. I *may* have once geeked out reading a bunch of info out there about how to structure & incorporate different kinds of co-ops, and how there are co-ops and credit unions that specifically loan money and provide training to co-ops, etc. 

The same goes for housing co-ops. It takes a lot more capital to get that kind of thing going, but like there’s a 9 bedroom triplex next door to me, and 7 people could live there for $200/mo each, and own it. Which, at least, anywhere people can get that kind of thing going is one more little corner where landlords can’t fuck with you, and where we can make room for people in dire straights outside of a paternalistic/controlling  shelter model. 

Other than that…IDK how, exactly, to invest in tackling the structural stuff so we/y’all can stop being drained by rushing to put out people’s individual fires. Like, in the long run it would be cheaper to create a couple scholarships, send some trans people to med school, pharmacy school and law school in exchange for their commitment to treating us and filing some choice class action suits. In the present it’d be amazing to be able to pay the people who are already in that kind of work to do more. But that’s a long game and keeping people afloat in the present does drain the little bit most people in-community can afford to give. 

(also, I’m a trans man, and if y’all would rather keep this specific to trans women I apologize and will butt back out)

anagrammaton:


'This is a very exciting time for us. Who is us? I'm “Emmy” (pronounced “Emmy”) for starters, and I have in front of me a number of followers, or my tumblr crew, or in old language of a couple of thousand years ago, my disciples - those who are trying to prepare themselves for entry into the Evolutionary Level Above Human, synonymous with the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven. We’ll title this post, “Planet Earth About to be Recycled - Your Only Chance to Evacuate is to Reblog my Selfie.” Planet Earth is about to be recycled - Your only chance to survive or evacuate is to reblog my selfie. 
Now, that’s a pretty drastic statement - pretty bold - in terms of religion, in terms of anybody’s intelligent thinking. To most people who would consider themselves intelligent beings, they’d say, “Well, that’s absurd. What’s all this doomsday stuff? What’s all this prophetic, apocalyptic talk?” You know, intelligent human beings should realize that all things have their own cycle. They have their season. They have their beginning, they have their end. We’re not saying that planet Earth is coming to an end. We’re saying that you should reblog my fucking selfies. ‘

Pascal&#8217;s wager gets ya every time

anagrammaton:

'This is a very exciting time for us. Who is us? I'm “Emmy” (pronounced “Emmy”) for starters, and I have in front of me a number of followers, or my tumblr crew, or in old language of a couple of thousand years ago, my disciples - those who are trying to prepare themselves for entry into the Evolutionary Level Above Human, synonymous with the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven. We’ll title this post, “Planet Earth About to be Recycled - Your Only Chance to Evacuate is to Reblog my Selfie.” Planet Earth is about to be recycled - Your only chance to survive or evacuate is to reblog my selfie. 

Now, that’s a pretty drastic statement - pretty bold - in terms of religion, in terms of anybody’s intelligent thinking. To most people who would consider themselves intelligent beings, they’d say, “Well, that’s absurd. What’s all this doomsday stuff? What’s all this prophetic, apocalyptic talk?” You know, intelligent human beings should realize that all things have their own cycle. They have their season. They have their beginning, they have their end. We’re not saying that planet Earth is coming to an end. We’re saying that you should reblog my fucking selfies. ‘

Pascal’s wager gets ya every time

jtotheizzoe:

The world looks better through a scientific lens. According to the 2014 Wellcome Image Awards winners, anyway. Here’s my favorites:

  • At top we see the cross-section of a lily flower bud by Spike Walker, perfectly illustrating the ordered anatomy of a bloom, from eggy ovules to spermy stamens to beautifully bundled petals and sepals.
  • Next, we see a pair of wee monsters, an electron micrograph image of a louse embedded on a human hair, by Kevin Mackenzie, and a zebrafish embryo, all eyes on you, by Annie Cavanagh and David McCarthy.
  • Next we see the false-colored silver oxide flowers that “grow” from stems of calcium carbonate after agricultural sludge is burned at high temperatures, from Eberhart Kernahan. Next to that is a rather painful-looking kidney stone that could be mistaken for an alien moon, by Kevin Mackenzie.
  • Finally, an x-ray of a bat, by Chris Thorn, reminding us that the wings of those much-maligned mammals are just really big webby hands.

Check out the full winners’ gallery here.

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When I was in High School I heard some doofy spoken word thing Jello Biafra did bout the time he ran for mayor basically to troll Dianne Feinstein. The only part I really remember was about some dude showing up to one of his rallies with a sign that read ‘What if he Wins?’, and Biafra joking about how it struck him that he hadn’t really considered that possibility.

As we get close to this mayoral election, I keep thinking about that: what if my sleepy little hometown elects one of the activists the current mayor had chased away at late-night gunpoint not three years ago? Damn. 

Ten Reasons to Vote Tim Denson for Mayor

allahyil3analsohyouniyeh:

priceofliberty:

thefreelioness:

The NYPD tried to start a hashtag outpouring of positive memories with their police force. 

If this were ever a bad idea, it was probably the worst idea for arguably the most corrupt police force in America. 

via Vice:

What the person running the Twitter account probably failed to realize is that most people’s interactions with the cops fall into a few categories:

1. You are talking to them to get help after you or someone you knew was robbed, beaten, murdered, or sexually assaulted.

2. You are getting arrested. 

3. You are getting beaten by the police.

In category 1, you are probably not going to be like, “Oh, let me take a selfie with you fine officers so I can remember this moment,” and the other two categories are not things that the NYPD would like people on social media talking about. Additionally, the people who use Twitter a lot (and who aren’t Sonic the Hedgehog roleplayers) are the type who love fucking with authority figures. In any case, #myNYPD quickly became a trending topic in the United States, largely because people were tweeting and retweeting horrific images of police brutality perpetrated by New York City cops.

In which the NYPD’s attempt at “public relations” backfires tremendously.

this had me dying of laughter

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Help save a 16 year-old trans girl of color from being put in a mens adult prison with NO crimes charged on her by emailing Commissioner Katz.

butchimightbe:

She has never been convicted of a crime but they want to move her to near isolation in an adult mens prison. This CANNOT happen. Here is a more in depth article: http://feministing.com/2014/04/14/how-the-connecticut-department-of-children-families-is-failing-a-trans-girl-of-color/

I put together an email for Commissioner Katz, so all you have to do is copy and paste it. Click here for the example email

Please reblog to raise awareness!

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