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The universe is not a thing that is—it is not a *thing* at all. It is the very action of its going. It is, in fact, its own dissolve, and our lives – the entire span of human existence going back and back and, if we are lucky, forward and forward – the entire span is spent within this dissolve.

So look at the fleeting stars with fleeting eyes, and feel how the earth beneath you gives. It is all a temporary manifestation of particles, and it is all unraveling back to particulate silence. The bustle of the human day will come and will go. And then, there will be night.

But how beautiful these moments within the dissolve! What a temporary perfection we can find within this passing world! Everything good ever done! Everything good that was done today, and all the good people doing it, and back and back and forward and forward, all of that beauty within a universe unraveling.

Be proud of your place in the cosmos. It is small, and yet it *is*.

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Cecil Palmer, Welcome to Night Vale, Episode 49: Old Oak Doors

written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranorm, voiced by Cecil Baldwin  (via many-wings)

Federal Judge Knocks Down Remaining Challenge To New Jersey’s Ban On Ex-Gay Therapy

thepoliticalfreakshow:

After New Jersey passed its ban on ex-gay therapy for minors last year, two lawsuits were filed challenging the law, one by therapists wishing to continue to practice the harmful treatment and one by a family seeking to continue the treatment for their son. In November, a federal judge ruled against the therapists, and on Thursday, the same judge dismissed the family’s challenge, again upholding the ban.

The ruling somewhat comes out of the blue. The case had been stayed back in March while the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether to take up an appeal in a similar case in California. Last month, the Supreme Court announced it would not be hearing the case, allowing the Ninth Circuit’s ruling upholding California’s similar ban on ex-gay therapy to stand. With that settled, Judge Freda Wolfson now felt it appropriate to issue a decision in this second case.

The plaintiffs in this case made the same arguments that the therapists made in theirs; in fact, they were represented by the same lawyer — Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) affiliate Demetrios Stratis. ADF is a large conservative legal group committed to restoring “the robust Christendomic theology of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th centuries.”

One claim was that the ban on ex-gay therapy infringes on their freedom of speech, but Wolfson noted that because the treatment consists of talk therapy, the law only regulates the conduct of sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) and not anybody’s right to free speech. “Plaintiffs conflate information regarding SOCE with SOCE practices engaged in by therapists,” she wrote, clarifying that therapists may still disseminate information about SOCE under the law — they just can’t engage in SOCE itself.

According to the family, the law also infringes upon their free exercise of religion, specifically their belief that changing same-sex attraction or behavior is possible. Wolfson countered that, just as she concluded in the therapists’ case, the ban is “facially neutral with respect to religion” and “does not suppress, target, or single out the practice of any religion because of religious conduct.”

The only new argument put forth in this case was the claim that the law infringes upon the parents’ “due process rights to care for the mental health of their child as they see fit.” Wolfson rejected this claim outright. “Surely, the fundamental rights of parents,” she wrote, “do not include the right to choose a specific medical or mental health treatment that the state has reasonably deemed harmful or ineffective. To find otherwise would create unimaginable and unintentional consequences.”

Wolfson’s decision comes down as a group of former leaders in the ex-gay movement have come out against the harmful treatment. In an open letter, they “join together in calling for a ban on conversion therapy” because it is their “firm belief that it is much more productive to support, counsel, and mentor LGBT individuals to embrace who they are in order to live happy, well-adjusted lives.”

A similar case in New Jersey state court, in which survivors of ex-gay therapy are suing a Jewish ex-gay ministry for consumer fraud, is ongoing.

Source: Zack Ford for ThinkProgress

You think I’m not a  g o d d e s s ?

artisansoulleader:

bitteroreo:

atane:

briteboy89:

pandifreyan:

mcgarrygirl78:

ceallaig1:

human-cartography:

kid-wiccan:

coming out to your parents

If you try for one second to tell me the X-Men isn’t an allegory for the gay rights movement, I will smack you. They weren’t even remotely subtle about this.

The mutants have always been an allegory for anyone that didn’t fit in to society. The folks who drew the comics made a point of that early on.

It’s not just the gay rights movement, its not just kids trying to “come out” to their parents.  Its people being mistreated by the government, put away, forced to pretend to be “normal”, systematically oppressed, even killed for who they are because the powers that be cant control it.  It’s an allegory for blacks, gays, the disabled (mentally and physically), women, and anyone really who isnt a white man at the top of the food chain.

Seriously guys… Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr are Professor X and Magneto. Legacy virus is HIV. X-men is a flawless comic.

Flawless commentary is flawless

Meh. Not this again.

People never get tired of reminding us of the allegories of the X-men and civil rights. I personally don’t care for allegories that consists of 2 powerful white men leading an ensemble of mostly powerful white people. I’m a comic lover and I understand the point Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were making. I enjoy X-men for what it is, a fantasy. I’m not going to use it for deep social commentary, despite the idealistic intentions of the creators.

I can see and listen to actual marginalized people. I’m on the margins myself and so is everyone around me and in my community. Allegories like this are for people who aren’t paying attention or listening to communities on the margins. I can’t imagine a Black lesbian for instance being excited about the X-men as an allegory for her life. I’ll make an educated guess and say that the only people who view allegorical narratives like the X-men as profound are probably white. I’m definitely not impressed by all powerful white characters used in place as allegories of systems put in place by real life powerful white people i.e. white supremacy.

The day when a white man shooting lasers from his eyes and an angry, furry dudebro with retractable adamantium claws start shedding light on my experiences as someone on the margins is the day when pigs fly.

Also, the allegory of Professor X as MLK Jr and Magneto as Malcolm X feeds into the dichotomy of one guy being respectable and the other being violent and ruthless. It is deeply flawed. People continue to promulgate this simplistic narrative of MLK Jr and Malcolm X and it’s dangerous. Magneto is a mutant who wants to destroy humankind (allegory for white people?) because he thinks mutants are superior. He is filled with hatred and contempt for humankind. He leads the “Brotherhood of Evil Mutants” (allegory for the Nation of Islam?).

Magneto’s sole purpose is ridding the world of humankind. That’s a horrible allegory of Malcolm X. That isn’t Malcolm X. That’s a white man’s interpretation of Malcolm X misrepresented as Magneto and his followers.

If Stan Lee and Jack Kirby wanted to really make a statement, they should have made the five original X-men Black since Black resistance to white supremacy was the preeminent struggle that inspired them. Forgive me for not giving a shit about their allegories when their inaugural champions of justice and vanguards of truth were white people. Even when inspired by Black resistance and Black suffering, the end result was still whiteness.

*Sips* BLOOP BLOOP.

^^^^^^^^

Illegal immigrants for the most part, they aren’t working under the table. They use fake social security numbers, and pay taxes (FICA) on every dollar they make. At tax time, they do not file, and end up forfeiting billions of dollars in unclaimed returns. As a side note, they also pay rent where they live, and so contribute to the local and state tax coffers that way. They pay sales tax when they buy things, which is also a major contribution. Undocumented workers aren’t masked criminals. They’re just people who want to work.

darkchocolateandtea:

Me as a villian

You know Voldemort’s snake, Neville? He’s got a huge snake… Calls it Nagini…”
"I’ve heard, yeah… What about it?”

thetardis-in-221b:

This scene just gets sadder and sadder the older I get.

fuchsiacladbastard:

Plot twist: Lady Stoneheart, Arianne Martell, Val, and Jeyne Westerling take the iron throne and form a matriarchal democracy and d&d don’t know what to do

brookeeverdeen:

Mockingjay part 1 trailer

"ableism doesn't matter, right?"

transyoite:

Tracy Latimer, 12 years old, gassed by her father, 1993. Wilkie, Saskatchewan. Robert Latimer served 7 years in prison for second-degree murder.

Charles-Antoine Blais, 6 years old, drowned by his mother, November 1996. Montreal. Danielle Blais pled guilty to manslaughter and…

im-sooo-changable:

johnwartson:

ritchandspace:

Dude, Peter Capaldi totally refused to flirt with Clara in the new series.

Damn, I’m so ready for this.

In that same article he states that he’s going to make the story line less confusing and over the top and focus on the plot. I think I’m in love. 

thank fucking god

mauridianhallow:

beatlesboobsandbulges:

My dad just said: at your age you’ll probably wanna try a lot of things. Boys, girls, being a girl, being a boy, being punk or goth or spunky. And im okay with that. As long as you don’t come home and tell me youre a republican

parents who care

dannerzz:

my mom has been a cop for over 20 years and she is the one who constantly warns me about police aggression and young male cops and told me that if you’re ever alone on a rural road and a cop throws their lights on to put on your four ways and drive to the next gas station before stopping because so many cops are scum and it’s not worth the chance of getting hurt. the fact that SHE feels the need to tell me this shit scares me to death

ifweburnyouburnwithus23:

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Teaser Trailer - ”Our Leader the Mockingjay” 

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