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The dizzying speed with which conservatives reversed their views about the rights of employers tells you everything you need to know about the sincerity of their claim that lofty principles are at stake. But the framing has always been used as a shell to obscure the practical underpinning of their position. Today, Eich’s ouster is a symptom of a new fascism—but yesterday, conservatives were doing ritual dances to celebrate the firing of Shirley Sherrod, and the termination of the Dixie Chicks’ sponsorship contracts. Yesterday, freedom of speech didn’t mean you must get to say whatever you want and keep your status as a government bureaucrat or famous musician. Today it is imperiled if it means you can’t say whatever you want and remain CEO of a company or the star of a reality TV show about backwater millionaires.

What all of this reveals is that the animating issue for conservatives isn’t abstract principle, but the privileges they are losing, or sense that their tribesmen are losing. This also explains why the reaction on the right has been so whiny and hyperbolic. Eich’s supporters think it’s appropriate for there to be repercussions for engaging in speech they don’t like, but not for engaging in speech they do like. And, very suddenly, speech they like is becoming culturally disfavored.

Nobody seriously disputes that Mozilla’s board would’ve been acting appropriately if they’d fired a CEO for donating to a white supremacist group, because the white supremacist worldview is no longer a privileged one. Opposing gay marriage used to be privileged, but very quickly, and particularly in Silicon Valley, it no longer is. It’s that abrupt change in status that makes this episode so jarring to people who still oppose same-sex marriage or who align politically with same-sex marriage foes. People are finding that the views they hold, and which were recently dominant, are suddenly no longer dominant, and in many parts of the country anathema. And CEOs of big companies—particularly companies like Mozilla, which benefit from the largesse of progressive donors—can’t dabble in anathema unrepentantly, and expect their boards will just shrug it off.

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The conservative logic on the Mozilla firing

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weakmeatstrongeat:

Hey Tumblr! My best pal Stephanie has launched a Kickstarter in order to fund the building of a small museum/gallery space in a warehouse in SF.
The space will be focused on education and interaction regarding human anatomy and death, in an effort to reduce the stigma attached to both of these things.
If that sounds interesting to any of you, or you know anyone who might be willing to donate, please take a moment to look at her Kickstarter page and pass it along. I think it’s a wonderful thing that she’s doing, she’s incredibly passionate about it, and I want to see her succeed!
Thanks! <3

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weakmeatstrongeat:

Hey Tumblr! My best pal Stephanie has launched a Kickstarter in order to fund the building of a small museum/gallery space in a warehouse in SF.

The space will be focused on education and interaction regarding human anatomy and death, in an effort to reduce the stigma attached to both of these things.

If that sounds interesting to any of you, or you know anyone who might be willing to donate, please take a moment to look at her Kickstarter page and pass it along. I think it’s a wonderful thing that she’s doing, she’s incredibly passionate about it, and I want to see her succeed!

Thanks! <3

Signal boooooost, especially because I feel like I know people who would be genuinely iiiiiiinterested

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beefranck:

wewereastrokeofluck:

stickinemwithpointyendsandlace:

al-grave:

I just want to hug it. Does anyone know what kind of dog this is?

It’s a Chusky (Chow Chow + Husky).

im fucking crying

I LOVE YOU CHUBBY PUPPY

This is someone dying while having an MRI scan. Before you die, your brain releases tons and tons of endorphins that make you feel a range of emotions. Tragically beautiful.

beefranck:

wewereastrokeofluck:

stickinemwithpointyendsandlace:

al-grave:

I just want to hug it. Does anyone know what kind of dog this is?

It’s a Chusky (Chow Chow + Husky).

im fucking crying

I LOVE YOU CHUBBY PUPPY

This is someone dying while having an MRI scan. Before you die, your brain releases tons and tons of endorphins that make you feel a range of emotions. Tragically beautiful.

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vicemag:

The #NotaBugSplat Art Piece in Pakistan Won’t Be Making Drone Pilots Feel Empathy
Earlier today, many publications, including VICE News, started reporting on a large art display in Northern Pakistan. Photos depict an open field or a rural farm on which a giant portrait of a young girl has been unraveled. It’s part of a project called #NotABugSplat.
Saks Afridi, the online PR rep for the project, says “for now, we’re an artist collective from Pakistan, USA, and France.” He won’t divulge precisely who else is involved for the time being. The French component, however, is reported to have been JR, who you may know from his sweet, humanity-affirming art, or his downright saccharine TED Talk.
As The Verge observed, #NotABugSplat is meant to show people coming together to say, “We exist.” In short, it’s like Banksy meets Kony 2012: Straight-up, uncut internet heroin.
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Modulo all standard objectionqualms with VICE, this is still something worth reading.

vicemag:

The #NotaBugSplat Art Piece in Pakistan Won’t Be Making Drone Pilots Feel Empathy

Earlier today, many publications, including VICE News, started reporting on a large art display in Northern Pakistan. Photos depict an open field or a rural farm on which a giant portrait of a young girl has been unraveled. It’s part of a project called #NotABugSplat.

Saks Afridi, the online PR rep for the project, says “for now, we’re an artist collective from Pakistan, USA, and France.” He won’t divulge precisely who else is involved for the time being. The French component, however, is reported to have been JR, who you may know from his sweet, humanity-affirming art, or his downright saccharine TED Talk.

As The Verge observed, #NotABugSplat is meant to show people coming together to say, “We exist.” In short, it’s like Banksy meets Kony 2012: Straight-up, uncut internet heroin.

Continue

Modulo all standard objectionqualms with VICE, this is still something worth reading.

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kellyvivanco:

"Mystic Squirrel" by Kelly Vivanco

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kellyvivanco:

"Mystic Squirrel" by Kelly Vivanco

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Thoughts on Buffy s04e07

My first-time watch-through of Buffy rolls ever onward with s04e07, “The Initiative”:

  • I’m not sure we’ve seen Buffy be clumsy before like it’s supposed to be a thing. Question, though: what other day-to-day actions or objects would be prone to breaking, given her super strength? Woman of steel, world of Kleenex, right?
  • This whole thing with Spike waking up in a cell alongside some other monsters makes me realize where The Cabin in The Woods came from.
  • I realize he can’t do it for plot reasons, but if the front of the cell is electrified glass(?) and Spike still has his boots on, couldn’t he kick his way out with his vampire strength? Just a thought.
  • Xander and Giles having a bro-down in the basement is already a good scene, but Xander’s mom calling down and seeing if they want punch makes it A++.
  • Oh god all this Riley nonsense urrrrrghlbhlhglh
  • Although actually, his conversation with Willow here is good; it gives her a project, even if it is to get Buffy and this boring-ass dude together.
  • Man, Spike really knows just what to say to Harmony, doesn’t he?
  • Willow is an A+ wingwoman. Dang! Of course Riley can’t hold up his end, but that’s hardly her fault, is it.
  • A+ also to this incredibly wimpy Xander/Harmony playground-style fight.
  • My notes at this point just say OH, TWIST! I like it, though; I would not have called that these Special Forces/BPRD dudes would be Riley, much less that the hardass psych professor would be their ringleader.
  • Why are scenes with Spike and Willow always great? This isn’t the first time Willow’s shown a comforting side to Spike, and I don’t know what to make of it, other than that it’s kind of hilarious.
  • Yo, Buffy should be straight up wrecking these dudes. They’re only human, after all — why so much trouble? Maybe the smoke’s throwing her off her game.
  • Oh, that’s why Spike can’t bite people? He has a neural implant? That’s not gonna go well, is it?
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egberts:

coolscar:

im your favorite deputy

she called me on skype like this then hung up .02 seconds later

ALL HAIL GOD SHERIFF WOODY ATREIDES II OF ARRAKIS

egberts:

coolscar:

im your favorite deputy

she called me on skype like this then hung up .02 seconds later

ALL HAIL GOD SHERIFF WOODY ATREIDES II OF ARRAKIS

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drillbot:

get-your-ass-in-the-impala:

nurderling:

Watch this video from Cadillac. Note a few things (actor, white, rich guy, workaholic, typical cocky American, very unrealistic). This is not a parody video, they’re being completely serious.

Now watch Ford’s response.

I can’t explain it very well just please watch both of these videos okay Ford burns Cadillac so bad okay it’s so good.

"That’s the upside of giving a damn."

You better hope winter is coming, bitch. You’re gonna need it for that burn.

This is legendary.

Anyone who witnessed me watching that noxious Cadillac commercial when it aired (I think during the Super Bowl?) will attest to my nearly having flipped a table in either rage or disgust; the Ford response is perfection.

(Source: nurdeling, via sam-shep)

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justinaireland:

gothiccharmschool:

In times of trouble

Ellen Ripley comes to me 

Speaking words of wisdom

Nuke the entire site from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure.

I need to rewatch this movie.

(Source: jillsandwich, via theremina)

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cuteness-daily:

Samoyed Dog Appreciation Post!

"Samoyeds’ friendly disposition makes them poor guard dogs," my favorite part of their Wikipedia entry now and forever.

(Source: thecutestofthecute, via shevrolet)