me, a big buff werewolf biker: [lifts my shirt to show you my scars] [points to one] i got this one from a kitty that didnt want tumtum scratches. and this one is from a baby bird nipping me. it was scared because it missed its mom.
Whistleblowing Wells Fargo loan officer describes years of fraudulent, criminal culture in the bank
Beth Jacobson was a Wells Fargo loan officer who blew the whistle on the bank’s predatory, racist loan-fraud in the runup to the 2008 financial crisis, which tanked the world’s economy and nearly wiped out Wells Fargo (they were rescued with a $36B taxpayer-funded bailout).
Jacobson describes how Stumpf – now CEO, then a top exec – was complicit in the fraud that helped precipitate the crash and the worst recession since the Great Depression. She pins blame for the loan-fraud on the bank’s aggressive sales targets – the same thing that caused the current fraud, suggesting that the bank hasn’t learned a fucking thing since 2008, except that it can get away with crime, every time.
Why do you draw yourself so ugly? Basing myself on the pictures of yourself that you have posted for one or othe reason, I'm not going to lie, You aren't exactly a supermodel, but you aren't ugly either. You are more like average. Heck, I would date you. Yet you always draw yourself as what I can only call a fat troll.
Concept: a setting where drugs and poisons operate through sensory vectors.
For example, you can have an ingested poison, but it’s the flavour itself that’s toxic, not any physical component of the substance. Anything with that exact flavour profile would have the same effect, and conversely, adulterating a poison to change its flavour may render it ineffective. Tasteless poisons are impossible, but there are exotic flavour profiles that aren’t widely recognised as poisonous. The poisoner’s art, then, consists of knowing how to combine otherwise innocuous flavours into a deadly whole.
The same principle extends to other senses. A scent can be intoxicating in truth, and a tactile sensation may literally make you sick - and yes, there are even poisonous sounds and intoxicating sights. The specifics vary with the species of the subject, and intelligent species like humans tend to be immune to being poisoned or drugged by simple sensations, so you won’t often encounter a toxic note or colour - but a toxic pattern or musical phrase are real and present dangers.
Thus, a deadly snake’s venom might lie not in its fangs, but in the pattern of its scales - if you’ve seen it, it’s already too late! The vibrant colours of a blooming flower can be a harmless attractant to the bees that pollinate it, but a powerfully addictive drug to hapless human travelers. And as for the sirens of legend? They’re out there, but the danger they pose is rather more straightforward than the stories suggest: their music is poison.
Of course, some dangers are closer to home, too. We’re talking about a world where “artist”, “poisoner” and “drug dealer” are the same profession. Not even the written word is safe - mind-altering or deadly effects can be concealed in the cadence of poetry or the ebb and flow of narrative prose.
What kind of human civilisation might exist in such a world?
Not true! Infinities can be different sizes! Take, for example, the set of whole numbers: [1,2,3,4….]. It’s infinite! But look at the set of even numbers [2,4,6…]. It’s also infinite.
But, the set of whole numbers is bigger than the set of even numbers. They’re both infinite, but one is a bigger infinity.
Math is great.
It gets weirder. They WOULD be worth the same, because they would all have ZERO MONETARY VALUE.
A medium of exchange must be finite in order that it can be mapped onto finite goods and services. If you had an infinite number of dollar bills, hyperinflation would render any finite number of them worthless. They wouldn’t even be worth the paper they’re printed on, since with an infinite supply of a resource, the marginal value of any finite subsection of it is zero.
Wouldn’t they be worth exactly the paper they’re printed on, since the paper’s value would now also be zero for the same reason?
One of the most famous and magnificent buildings in ancient Argos was the sanctuary of the wolf god, Apollo Lykios. It was for this reason that the people of Argos chose the wolf as an emblem for their coinage, an instantly recognizable symbol of the great city.
This coin is a silver triobol struck in Argos circa 270-260/50 BC. The obverse is the forepart of a wolf with a Θ above its neck. The reverse has a large A, a monogram to the upper right and an eagle standing on a harpe below, all within an incuse square. The harpe was a type of sword or sickle; a sword with a sickle protrusion along one edge near the tip of the blade. The harpe is mentioned in Greek and Roman sources, and almost always in mythological contexts.
The difference between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy is that Hillary Clinton will probably bomb a shit-ton of people, but doesn’t talk about it because she knows her voters wouldn’t like it, whereas Donald Trump is probably going to bomb a shit ton of people and brag about it because that’s what a large portion of his voter base wants.
Meet the 8-year-old Jalen Bailey. His mother taught him to cook from a very young age. When he was only 6 years old he baked his first peanut butter cookies without anyone’s help. At the age of 8, Jalen expressed the desire to buy his mom a house. The family applied for the necessary licenses and signed the legal documents to make Jalen’s Bakery a reality.
Within just 1 week, the 8-year-old was making, selling and shipping off his baked masterpieces.
Do you know how many dogs I’ve met that get scared or anxious around men because in their previous home men hit them? A lot, and they are very protective of the women who have adopted them now.
Men who are violent towards women are often violent towards animals as well. They think we’re all chattel. If a man wants you to choose between your dog or cat or him, dump the guy. Those animals will love you for the rest of your life, loyal and true.
that’s actually called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and people die from it
Well, I personally have never experienced that, but I imagine I wouldn’t have a problem with it if I did, so I’m confident in asserting that everybody who claims they DO have a problem with it is mistaken, deluded or lying.
Art forgery is the best crime tbh. It requires absolutely incredible artistic talent, technical skill, and attention to detail to make convincing fakes. Does anyone get hurt from it? No! The only people who suffer for it are the extremely wealthy who want the prestige of having original paintings in their own homes. It’s full of international intrigue and mystery. Perfect.
Also… art forgers like van Meegeren sometimes become a kind of folk hero. A swindler, sure, but a gentleman’s swindler.
I liked this guy’s story, Mark Landis, who conned several dozen museums into displaying his forgeries, but when the FBI came after him they couldn’t do anything because he had always given them away as donations. They said if they could have found that he’d ever taken anything in exchange they would have prosecuted him, but all he wanted was get to out of the house and meet people.
“The first painting Landis “donated” was a copy of a work by Maynard Dixon, an artist well-known for his paintings of cowboys and Indians. It started as impulse, Landis says, but then “everybody was just so nice and treated me with respect and deference and friendship, things I was very unused to — I mean, actually not used to at all. And I got addicted to it.””
And it looks like all his forgeries are done with cheap materials, like markers and Hobby Lobby frames.
Ok, but Wolfgang Beltracchi is probably one of the best Fraud Artists in the world.
His career brought him millions upon millions of dollars and lasted almost 40 years. He finally admitted to painting fraudulent art after the white paint he used came under scrutiny.
His wife was also in on the scam, she would dress up in old clothing and take pictures holding the paintings with old cameras to fake proof of the paintings’ ages.
At the end of the interview with Wolfgang Beltracchi he was asked if he felt he had done anything wrong, his answer was “ Yeah, I used the wrong kind of paint”
Just … the levels of con there, the fake photos and … wow. That’s incredible.
Listen… this is essentially performance art. He has created his own unique artwork. This man is an artist and frankly his pieces deserve a place in galleries/museums just as much as Ernst’s stuff and I think Ernst would agree with me
Ruby Bridges was the first black child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis in 1960.
This movie made me cry, I was so heart broken by how Ruby Bridges was treated! She was only 6, but was so strong. She is a very brave girl and she did not care what the white folks called her.
People are simply disgusting to minimize people by skin color!
Ruby you might not think you’re a hero… But to other people you are! You are A HERO and you are A PERSON WHO MADE AMERICA CHANGE!
this is white culture, this is their history, this is their legacy…being enraged at a damn baby just because she’s black.
she’s still alive by the way
Ruby Bridges in 2010
“As Bridges describes it, “Driving up I could see the crowd, but living in New Orleans, I actually thought it was Mardi Gras. There was a large crowd of people outside of the school. They were throwing things and shouting, and that sort of goes on in New Orleans at Mardi Gras.“ Former United States Deputy Marshal Charles Burks later recalled, “She showed a lot of courage. She never cried. She didn’t whimper. She just marched along like a little soldier, and we’re all very very proud of her.“
U.S. Marshals escorted Bridges to and from school
As soon as Bridges entered the school, white parents pulled their own children out; all the teachers refused to teach while a black child was enrolled. Only one person agreed to teach Ruby and that was Barbara Henry, from Boston, Massachusetts, and for over a year Henry taught her alone, “as if she were teaching a whole class.”
Every morning, as Bridges walked to school, one woman would threaten to poison her; because of this, the U.S. Marshals dispatched by President Eisenhower, who were overseeing her safety, allowed Ruby to eat only the food that she brought from home.
Another woman at the school put a black baby doll in a wooden coffin and protested with it outside the school, a sight that Bridges Hall has said “scared me more than the nasty things people screamed at us.” At her mother’s suggestion, Bridges began to pray on the way to school, which she found provided protection from the comments yelled at her on the daily walks.”
THIS SHIT WAS ONLY 58 YEARS AGO. PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS RACIST TERRORISM AND ACTS LIKE IT ARE STILL ALIVE, AND THEIR KIDS ARE IN THEIR 40′S AND 50′S.
DON’T LET RACISM APOLOGISTS GET AWAY WITH “WHY ARE YOU LIVING IN THE PAST,” BULLSHIT ARGUMENTS. WE ARE LITERALLY STILL DEALING WITH THE FAMILIES THAT FORMED HATE MOBS OVER BLACK CHILDREN ATTENDING SCHOOL WITH WHITE KIDS.
The thing I hate about coming out is the way society expects it to go down.
When gay people come out, more often than not they are expected to almost have to beg for their families love, and if they receive it without having to, they are expected to be over the moon and rejoice and be thankful and think, “what loving family and friends I have”.
The way coming out should go down is the exact opposite.
Families and friends should almost have to beg for your love, and should most definitely be apologetic for the homophobic shit they most likely put you through whilst you were still in the closet. They should be like, “I’m sorry I was a bigoted prick all these years, I hope you can still love me and forgive me”.
The thing that bothered me the most when I came out was that my families reaction was just, “of course we have no problem, we love you no matter what”… when what I really wanted was an apology. An apology for having been ignored for years, an apology for having to sit though homophobia not only by them, but by my extended family and their friends. But what I got was, “of course it’s not a problem, now lets not talk about it again and lets not bring up all the horrible shit that we said to you openly or allowed to be said about gay people openly because we don’t want to feel bad”.
It bothers me so much to this day how much society loves to praise straight people for being so accepting of gay people but no one ever praises gay people for accepting and loving their families through the years despite all the homophobia.
the “we are All” meme with richard dawkins’ shirt is a meta-meme because we’re all forgetting that it was richard dawkins who literally invented the word meme. we are All using a word invented by the we are All man
So there has been a bit of “what if humans were the weird ones?” going around tumblr at the moment and Earth Day got me thinking. Earth is a wonky place, the axis tilts, the orbit wobbles, and the ground spews molten rock for goodness sakes. What if what makes humans weird is just our capacity to survive? What if all the other life bearing planets are these mild, Mediterranean climates with no seasons, no tectonic plates, and no intense weather?
What if several species (including humans) land on a world and the humans are all “SCORE! Earth like world! Let’s get exploring before we get out competed!” And the planet starts offing the other aliens right and left, electric storms, hypothermia, tornadoes and the humans are just … there… counting seconds between flashes, having snowball fights, and just surviving.
To paraphrase one of my favorite bits of a ‘humans are awesome’ fiction megapost: “you don’t know you’re from a Death World until you leave it.” For a ton of reasons, I really like the idea of Earth being Space Australia.
Earth being Space Australia
Words cannot express how much I love these posts
Places said to have “too many people” are places that have been exploited for their resources thus leaving the population in dire want.
This includes places where space has been commodified and so people move in densely together for lack of room.
“Overpopulation” is a cruel euphemism for the malevolent neglect of colonized people.
I would like to add that if you accept that the problem is overpopulation then you’re more or less saying that the solution is genocide instead of (for instance) the improvement of distribution and the socialization of local resources.
Note, this was a huge part of the British imperial government’s justification for allowing and worsening famine in their colonies.
The response to the potato blight and Irish Famine was to say it was because Irish Catholics were having too many children, even though any good farm land was English-owned and grew crops for export.
Similarly, when the Indian Famine happened (for many of the same reasons, English colonization and capital) Churchill replied by saying the native people shouldn’t “breed like rabbits”.
Famines perpetuated by English colonization killed millions, but yet this is not commonly recognized as a criminal past of an imperial state.
The idea of “overpopulation” transforms very real and material genocide into a socially Darwinistic process of nature. So that the murdering class can say of its victims “What a shame, but they should have known better than to try to exist in this economy.”
I heard that in the next ST movie, Chekov will be in another ship, which is fine because seeing another actor playing him would be too sad. But the other day I started thinking that maybe there should be another character, a new one, because it would be right to do again what Roddenberry did when he added Pavel Chekov to the crew. I mean, back in the 60s, Chevov was way more than a cute kid. It was the middle of the Cold War and he was from Russia, the sworn enemy of the USA at the time. His presence at the bridge was a symbol of peace, of hope.
Since things have changed, this new Chekov never had the same meaning. So maybe they should add someone with that meaning now. I’m not American, I don’t know what country he or she should come from. Maybe from North Korea? Cuba? Iran? Whatever country America hates most now, this new character should be from there. Put an Iranian woman wearing a Starfleet approved hiyab on the bridge and don’t make a single comment about it because it’s the 23th century now and no one gives a shit about these things. Then, she’ll give us the same message that Chekov gave us in 1967: things will get better.
I love this idea.
Oh my gosh yes. At the time, putting a Russian on the crew was a daring move. It would be cool to see that courage extended towards our current cultural enemies.
there’s plenty of iranians in america and no one gets weird about that. thing is, IME, they call themselves persian
This liquid is boiling and freezing simultaneously because it’s reaching its ‘triple point,’ which is the temperature and pressure at which three phases of a substance (gas, liquid, and solid) co-exist in equilibrium. Source
You’ve gone and confused it for fucks sake
Fucked up a perfectly good chemical compound, is what you did. Look at it, it’s got anxiety.