Stepping Through the Mirror

vintageanchor:

The right way to open a new book.

vintageanchor:

The right way to open a new book.

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dl-44:

skepticalavenger:

confrontingbabble-on:

Pope aborted papacy…to avoid arrest

“In a statement to Reuters today, Vatican officials announced that Joseph Ratzinger will remain a permanent resident of Vatican City after his resignation. Doing so will…

What if gun control laws were like abortion laws?

fuckyeahfeminists:

What if gun rights were regulated like abortion rights? Here’s a list of just some of the hoops you’d have to jump through before you could own a gun:

  • Only one store in the entire state would sell guns. (See: Mississippi, Arkansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming for states with only one abortion provider.)
  • You’d have to fill out an enormous personal background check including intrusive personal information that has nothing to do with your ability to own or use a gun. Then you’d have to wait at least 72 hours and come back to the store. (Remember, it’s the only one in the state. You better hope you don’t live on the other side of Wyoming.)
  • Upon your return, you’d have to sit through intensive mandatory counseling. Your counselor, regardless of his personal beliefs, would have to tell you that gun ownership is actually a bad idea, and that it would negatively effect your mental health to own a gun. (This, despite there being no scientific evidence to support the claim.)
  • Next, you’d sit through a gruesome movie showing the actual aftermath of domestic gun crimes. You’d see people with half a head. You’d see dead children in their beds. You’d see the bloody aftermath of a school shooting. You’d be shown statistic after statistic warning you that you’d be contributing to this morally degenerate sanctioning of murder.
  • If you lived in Virginia, you’d have to come back (again) for an invasive and uncomfortable fMRI (which costs around $300 out of your pocket) to ensure your honesty in answering all the background check information and your intentions to use your gun responsibly. (This was as close as I could get to the invasive transvaginal procedure included in the recently passed Virginia bill.)
  • Oh… and if you were married, your spouse might have to sign off on your gun ownership.

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mslorelei:

Beware of artists. They mix with all classes of society and are therefore the most dangerous.
collective-history:

“Beware of Artists” - Actual poster issued by Senator Joseph McCarthy in 1950s, at height of the red scare.
My absolute favorite poster as of now. 

mslorelei:

Beware of artists. They mix with all classes of society and are therefore the most dangerous.

collective-history:

“Beware of Artists” - Actual poster issued by Senator Joseph McCarthy in 1950s, at height of the red scare.

My absolute favorite poster as of now. 

clype:

holmmes:

Liquid is the classical state of matter with a definite volume but no fixed shape.

cats are liquid

How the fuck do cats work.

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imawo:

新年快樂~

imawo:

新年快樂~

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Der Spiegel: The World from Berlin: 'It Is Good that Benedict Is Gone'

This church has remained stationary for 200 years. The Vatican has not allowed the vitality and imaginative power of the church in the Third World and in Latin America to approach. The houses of God in Europe are large, but they are empty. The organization is efficient, but powerless…. Ecclesia semper reformanda — the church is always to be reformed — goes the saying, which is sometimes ascribed to St. Augustine, sometimes to Martin Luther. But if reform is part of the essence of the church’s being, then it has forgotten its essence. The church has seldom needed reform as badly as it does at the end of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy.

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Sculptures carved from egg shells by Chinese artist Wen Fuliang

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upworthy:

It’s One Of The Craziest Internet Rumors About Guns. And As It Turns Out, It’s True.
It’s a fact so jaw-dropping it’s unbelievable — people thought it was a crazy Internet rumor until Politifact verified it. But it’s true: More Americans have died just since 1960 from gun incidents — suicides, accidents, and homicides — than died in every war in U.S. history. The deadliest war the U.S. has ever had is the war we waged against ourselves. 
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upworthy:

It’s One Of The Craziest Internet Rumors About Guns. And As It Turns Out, It’s True.

It’s a fact so jaw-dropping it’s unbelievable — people thought it was a crazy Internet rumor until Politifact verified it. But it’s true: More Americans have died just since 1960 from gun incidents — suicides, accidents, and homicides — than died in every war in U.S. history. The deadliest war the U.S. has ever had is the war we waged against ourselves. 

These people are literally ill with fear. And their world is turning lopsided. There is a black man in the White House and he’s winning, and worst of all he’s self-evidently smarter than they are. He’s not even angry!
It is time for the mainstream media to stop playing the Republican extremists’ game. Let’s talk about racism and white Southern males who can’t get with the program. Let’s talk about what’s really going on with “gun rights,” which has nothing to do with hunting or home protection or even the Second Amendment, but has everything to do with the delusional paranoia of people who really believe the world is out to get them because it’s changing from white to brown, from homophobic to tolerant, from exclusionary to inclusionary, from anti-woman to pro-woman.
We’re not a national security group. We are a freedom group. And this is about freedom at the end of the day. This country, we used to be completely opposed to the government spying on your mail. But now it’s online and we’re apparently cool with ‘you can read all my email, you can listen to all my cell phone conversations.’ That’s a big problem. … With the USA Patriot Act, its definition of terrorism says if you break a law while putting lives in danger, seeking to influence policy in the United States, you have violated the Patriot Act. That’s kind of like everything Martin Luther King did in public.
— NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous discussing civil liberties on Up w/ Chris Hayes in January. With the government’s secret drone program and targeted killing policy in the spotlight this week, Jealous’s remarks — about how encroachments on freedom often come in the form of bipartisan consensus — seem especially relevant now. Watch the entire segment here. (via upwithchris)

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Is the Supreme Court Argument Over Gay Marriage Really All About Straight People?

Nan Hunter on February 7, 2013 

"Those defending California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) have filed the initial set of Supreme Court briefs in the cases that will be argued in late March.  …

In the end, the main argument of those defending Prop 8 and DOMA boils down to a real headscratcher: the institution of marriage mixes economic advantage and cultural privilege with social control and discipline (as it should), so maybe if we talk enough about how heterosexuals will misbehave without the latter, the Supreme Court will let us keep the former to ourselves. …

To see how marginalized the on-the-ground groups trying to block gay marriage have become, you have to peruse the amicus briefs filed by organizations and individuals supporting Cooper and Clement. There are no bar associations, no professional associations, no national civil rights groups, no corporate business voices, and no big prestigious firms that have written the briefs. Some amici are formidable: the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Attorneys General of 17 states, for example. But most of the intellectual, professional and cultural elites have switched sides.”

TarenSK: Why Aaron died

tarensk:

Last week, I awoke to find Aaron with me. He was sitting next to my bed, grinning his cheekiest grin, holding my hand.

For a few minutes, I savored a sweet uncertainty: Were the last few weeks all a nightmare, and Aaron was still with me? Or was I awaking inside a dream state, and in the real…

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