2. micdotcom:

    Do not adjust your browser, major websites are “slowing down” to save Net Neutrality

    Sept. 10 has been designated as a day of “Internet Slowdown” in the Battle for Net Neutrality. All day, prominent websites and organizations — from the ACLU, WordPress.com, Vimeo, Meetup and Kickstarter — have added messages to their websites asking visitors to contact their lawmakers and the Federal Communications Commission in support of net neutrality.

    This is what your browser could look like | Follow micdotcom 

    (via tymethiefslongerthoughts)

  3. [Adam] Smith wanted free public education, state financed infrastructure and health measures, the breaking up of monopolies and other reforms that would ease the way for bright sons of the peasantry to compete with the sons of owner-lords. The very first acts of the American Founders, after the Revolution, included seizure of half the land in the former colonies from a few lordly families and redistribution, in order to create a (somewhat more) level playing field. Indeed, many of the reform movements since then have revolved around spreading that circle of fairness. Not just because it’s nice, but because it is stupid to waste talent and let cheaters stifle competition by the maximum number. In other words, it takes some socialism to deliver the world that Hayek recommended!
  4. Good news, it wasn’t conjunctivitis.

    Bad news, it’s a corneal scratch that’s infected and caused the sinus fever.

    Worse news, I’m effectively blind for a day as I run the antibiotic and care treatments.

  5. My left eye has taken up the pink ribbon challenge …

    My left eye has taken up the pink ribbon challenge …

  6. Anagrams!


    Reblog with the best anagram for your name. Sadly, mine is a very fitting Wives Hate ‘Trek’


    p>I couldn’t decide between;
    Squat Asp Tiara
    Atari Spa Squat
    Spa Aqua Artist

  7. The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.
    David W. Orr, Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World (via wordsnquotes)

    (via missmireille)

  8. ☛ Fun Cognitive Bias Fact of the Day –


    The more you know about a complex subject, the more you realize that there is more to be known and, therefore, the more likely you are to think of yourself as not knowing much about it.

    So those that feel as though they know most are often those whose knowledge can be described as shallow at…

    Aye, from the work of Dunning-Kruger or “Why People Fail to Recognize Their Own Incompetence” see psy.mq.edu.au/vision/~peterw/corella/237/incompetence.pdf for a brief synopsis of their studies and findings.

  9. lnthefade:


    Let’s not victim blame. Let’s not say things like “Well, if she wasn’t a celebrity they wouldn’t get spread around” or “if she didn’t take nude photos of herself this would not have happened.” She is a victim. It doesn’t matter if she is a star. She is a victim. And this all has very little to do with making money off the photos and everything to do with exerting power over a woman and making her feel helpless and weak and exploited. 


    I’d like to highlight this point.

    There’s always an excuse when something like this happens.

    "She’s a celebrity" is as weak an excuse as "she shouldn’t have taken the nude photos" is when assholes sell their ex-girlfriends shots ala so-called "revenge porn".

    I have no issue if someone is approached and offered a financial incentive to pose for a magazine shot. I have no issue if someone is willing to put themselves out there, that’s completely different. 

    Lets call these events what they are - media rape. Every time we turn around and excuse it by saying “it’s part of the package deal” and that whether we like it or not well, it’s just the way it is “because them the rules” you forget one very important thing.

    By condoning, we effectively make them the rules.

    My arse isn’t worth $1000 per megapixel, but what if it was?

    When does the sense of entitlement over a person or their assets - be they visual, intellectual or physical - stop?

    Does the fact that I get paid a certain amount mean that my employer has the right to my home computer drives? Does the fact that my clients pay over $2000 a day to have my consulting services give them the right to invade my home? Does the fact that an actress provides us with entertainment mean that her entire life is ours to exploit?

    Be careful about not speaking out when first they come for those with fame, for there may be no one left to speak for you in the end.