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A stellar discovery on the Milky Way’s far side02 June 2014  ||  Nature News & Comment
IMAGE: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt, SSC-Caltech (base image); Ariel Weiss (Cepheid positions).  Five Cepheid-class stars (yellow dots at the top) were found beyond the most distant spiral arms of the Milky Way, on the opposite side of the Solar System. Cepheids can be used as measurement beacons, or ‘standard candles’, of cosmic distances.

A single Hubble Space Telescope image can capture scores of distant galaxies, but the one galaxy we’ll never see from the outside is our own. As a result, no one knows the Milky Way’s exact size and shape. It took more than a century after the discovery of the first spiral in space before astronomers established that our galaxy is a spiral, too, and more years elapsed before they deduced that we inhabit a barred spiral — a type whose bright central region is elongated.
Now, for the first time, observers have detected five stars on the far side of the galaxy that serve as outstanding yardsticks, a feat which will divulge secrets about the Milky Way’s terra incognita.

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A stellar discovery on the Milky Way’s far side
02 June 2014  ||  Nature News & Comment

IMAGE: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt, SSC-Caltech (base image); Ariel Weiss (Cepheid positions).  Five Cepheid-class stars (yellow dots at the top) were found beyond the most distant spiral arms of the Milky Way, on the opposite side of the Solar System. Cepheids can be used as measurement beacons, or ‘standard candles’, of cosmic distances.

A single Hubble Space Telescope image can capture scores of distant galaxies, but the one galaxy we’ll never see from the outside is our own. As a result, no one knows the Milky Way’s exact size and shape. It took more than a century after the discovery of the first spiral in space before astronomers established that our galaxy is a spiral, too, and more years elapsed before they deduced that we inhabit a barred spiral — a type whose bright central region is elongated.

Now, for the first time, observers have detected five stars on the far side of the galaxy that serve as outstanding yardsticks, a feat which will divulge secrets about the Milky Way’s terra incognita.

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- ASTRONOMY GEEK SCREAMING-

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“If you are a writer, and you have a novel idea that you are excited about writing, write it. Don’t go on message boards and ask random Internet denizens whether or not something is allowed. … Who is the writer here? YOU ARE. Whose book is it? YOUR BOOK. There are no writing police. No one is going to arrest you if you write a teen vampire novel post Twilight. No one is going to send you off to a desert island to live a wretched life of worm eating and regret because your book includes things that could be seen as cliché.

If you have a book that you want to write, just write the damn thing. Don’t worry about selling it; that comes later. Instead, worry about making your book good. Worry about the best way to order your scenes to create maximum tension, worry about if your character’s actions are actually in character; worry about your grammar. DON’T worry about which of your stylistic choices some potential future editor will use to reject you, and for the love of My Little Ponies don’t worry about trends. Trying to catching a trend is like trying to catch a falling knife—dangerous, foolhardy, and often ending in tears, usually yours.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t pay attention to what’s getting published; keeping an eye on what’s going on in your market is part of being a smart and savvy writer. But remember that every book you see hitting the shelves today was sold over a year ago, maybe two. Even if you do hit a trend, there’s no guarantee the world won’t be totally different by the time that book comes out. The only certainty you have is your own enthusiasm and love for your work. …

If your YA urban fantasy features fairies, vampires, and selkies and you decide halfway through that the vampires are over-complicating the plot, that is an appropriate time to ax the bloodsuckers. If you decide to cut them because you’re worried there are too many vampire books out right now, then you are betraying yourself, your dreams, and your art.

If you’re like pretty much every other author in the world, you became a writer because you had stories you wanted to tell. Those are your stories, and no one can tell them better than you can. So write your stories, and then edit your stories until you have something you can be proud of. Write the stories that excite you, stories you can’t wait to share with the world because they’re just so amazing. If you want to write Murder She Wrote in space with anime-style mecha driven by cats, go for it. Nothing is off limits unless you do it badly.

And if you must obsess over something, obsess over stuff like tension and pacing and creating believable characters. You know, the shit that matters. There are no writing police. This is your story, no one else’s. Tell it like you want to.”

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Yeah, so, this answers a lot of asks I get. It’s also why YW focuses on technique and style, and less on content and research.

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This is so important

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Beautiful and flawless character designs by Jamal Campbell:

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I Love My Boo campaign features real young men of color loving each other passionately. Rather than sexualizing gay relationships, this campaign models caring, and highlights the importance of us taking care of each other. Featured throughout New York City, I Love My Boo directly challenges homophobia and encourages all who come across it to critically rethink our notion of love.

GMHC is the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. Building on decades of dedication and expertise, we understand the reality of HIV/AIDS and empower a healthy life for all. GMHC fights to end the AIDS epidemic and uplift the lives of all affected.

this is fucking adorable

SPREAD THESE IMAGES LIKE WILDFIRE PRECISELY BECAUSE THEY FUCK UP THE MISGUIDED STEREOTYPES WE ALL ARE USED TO SEEING.

Awww! Fuck the damn stereotypes.

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“I don’t mind living in a man’s world, as long as I can be a woman in it.”~ Marilyn MonroeThis Women’s Day, channelise your inner style diva with this compilation of the top 100 fashion infographics for women:
1. A visual glossary of Skirt types2. A visual Coat glossary3. Colours to wear based on eye colour4. The Ultimate Packing Guide for International Explorers5. Travel like an athlete6. Tie Dye Cheat Sheet7. Minimalist wardrobe = 30 pieces8. DIY Double Scarf9. A Guide to Skirts10. The red lips tutorial11. A visual guide to Braid types12. 10 ways to wear black leggings13. How to contour your face14. Know your tartans15. The braided Bohemian Up-do16. A visual glossary of basic hat types for women 17. Make-up brush tutorial - What brush to use18. A visual glossary of vintage hats19. A visual glossary of collar types20. How to choose necklaces that complement your necklines21. Encyclopedia of Women’s Shoes22. A visual glossary of popular necklines23. Make-up Shelf Life24. Early College Wardrobe Staples25. 18th Century Shoes26. A little slice of: Not your average Bun27. Wardrobe Essentials for Women28. Retro Hairdos29. 5 ways to wear a scarf30. How to grow out your hair31. A capsule wardrobe for the minimalist32. How to wear your boots33. Layering Necklaces 10134. Eye Makeup Brush Cheat Sheet35. How to tuck non-skinny jeans into boots36. Wedding Dress 10137. A handy guide for understanding measurements when shopping online38. Eyeglass frame types39. How to wear a jean jacket40. A guide to Short Styles41. Dress and Jacket Types42. How to blend eyeshadows43. 30 classics for the fashion forward business gal44. 20 Wardrobe Must-haves45. All about false lashes46. The Big Bun Theory47. Finding a perfect lipstick and polish match48. A visual glossary of shoe heel types49. White Eyeliner Tutorial50. Anatomy of A Wedding Gown51. How to apply blush for your face shape52. A visual guide to traveling light53. How to check if your bra fits right54. A cheat sheet to Boudoir poses55. What colours look best on you56. How to wear a denim shirt57. Handy bag chart to match the occasion58. A guide to corporate hemlines59. 5 nail shapes for a manicure60. How to choose winter accessories61. The peplum guide62. The Perfect Brow in 3 easy steps63. Know your Harem Pants64. Late College Wardrobe Staples65. Women’s Handbag Measurement Guide66. How to dress like Amy Pond67. Blush for your face shape68. Round the world packing list69. What to wear with Mustard70. How to tie a scarf: the Fake Knot71. A visual glossary of dart types72. 12 wardrobe classics every girl must own73. A Closet Cleanse Cheat Sheet74. How to take measurements - Tall boots for wide calves75. How to tie a sarong76. Winter Must-haves77. 10 closet must-haves for every college gal78. How to reorganise your wardrobe79. 8 creative ways to wear an infinity scarf80. Where to apply highlighter81. 15 ways to tie scarves82. A visual glossary of bag types83. How to layer long necklaces84. A Wardrobe Checklist85. How you can make Guinevere’s Gown86. 7 dresses for 7 body shapes87. How to do a Beehive88. DIY: Chain woven bracelet89. How to wear a Cloche Hat90. Find your body shape91. A visual guide to Fall Layering92. The Necklace Length Guide93. A step-by-step guide to rolling jeans when wearing boots94. How to tie a scarf: the Parisian Knot95. Wardrobe classics for women96. Layering 10197. How to select right boots for your body shape98. How to wear boots year round99. How to be Grace Kelly100. 14 artistic ways to tie a belt knot

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“I don’t mind living in a man’s world, as long as I can be a woman in it.”
~ Marilyn Monroe

This Women’s Day, channelise your inner style diva with this compilation of the top 100 fashion infographics for women:

1. A visual glossary of Skirt types
2. A visual Coat glossary
3. Colours to wear based on eye colour
4. The Ultimate Packing Guide for International Explorers
5. Travel like an athlete
6. Tie Dye Cheat Sheet
7. Minimalist wardrobe = 30 pieces
8. DIY Double Scarf
9. A Guide to Skirts
10. The red lips tutorial
11. A visual guide to Braid types
12. 10 ways to wear black leggings
13. How to contour your face
14. Know your tartans
15. The braided Bohemian Up-do
16. A visual glossary of basic hat types for women
17. Make-up brush tutorial - What brush to use
18. A visual glossary of vintage hats
19. A visual glossary of collar types
20. How to choose necklaces that complement your necklines
21. Encyclopedia of Women’s Shoes
22. A visual glossary of popular necklines
23. Make-up Shelf Life
24. Early College Wardrobe Staples
25. 18th Century Shoes
26. A little slice of: Not your average Bun
27. Wardrobe Essentials for Women
28. Retro Hairdos
29. 5 ways to wear a scarf
30. How to grow out your hair
31. A capsule wardrobe for the minimalist
32. How to wear your boots
33. Layering Necklaces 101
34. Eye Makeup Brush Cheat Sheet
35. How to tuck non-skinny jeans into boots
36. Wedding Dress 101
37. A handy guide for understanding measurements when shopping online
38. Eyeglass frame types
39. How to wear a jean jacket
40. A guide to Short Styles
41. Dress and Jacket Types
42. How to blend eyeshadows
43. 30 classics for the fashion forward business gal
44. 20 Wardrobe Must-haves
45. All about false lashes
46. The Big Bun Theory
47. Finding a perfect lipstick and polish match
48. A visual glossary of shoe heel types
49. White Eyeliner Tutorial
50. Anatomy of A Wedding Gown
51. How to apply blush for your face shape
52. A visual guide to traveling light
53. How to check if your bra fits right
54. A cheat sheet to Boudoir poses
55. What colours look best on you
56. How to wear a denim shirt
57. Handy bag chart to match the occasion
58. A guide to corporate hemlines
59. 5 nail shapes for a manicure
60. How to choose winter accessories
61. The peplum guide
62. The Perfect Brow in 3 easy steps
63. Know your Harem Pants
64. Late College Wardrobe Staples
65. Women’s Handbag Measurement Guide
66. How to dress like Amy Pond
67. Blush for your face shape
68. Round the world packing list
69. What to wear with Mustard
70. How to tie a scarf: the Fake Knot
71. A visual glossary of dart types
72. 12 wardrobe classics every girl must own
73. A Closet Cleanse Cheat Sheet
74. How to take measurements - Tall boots for wide calves
75. How to tie a sarong
76. Winter Must-haves
77. 10 closet must-haves for every college gal
78. How to reorganise your wardrobe
79. 8 creative ways to wear an infinity scarf
80. Where to apply highlighter
81. 15 ways to tie scarves
82. A visual glossary of bag types
83. How to layer long necklaces
84. A Wardrobe Checklist
85. How you can make Guinevere’s Gown
86. 7 dresses for 7 body shapes
87. How to do a Beehive
88. DIY: Chain woven bracelet
89. How to wear a Cloche Hat
90. Find your body shape
91. A visual guide to Fall Layering
92. The Necklace Length Guide
93. A step-by-step guide to rolling jeans when wearing boots
94. How to tie a scarf: the Parisian Knot
95. Wardrobe classics for women
96. Layering 101
97. How to select right boots for your body shape
98. How to wear boots year round
99. How to be Grace Kelly
100. 14 artistic ways to tie a belt knot

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"I’m sick of how bisexuality is erased in LGBT spaces. I get really nervous before any LGBT event, especially Pride. I feel incredibly sad and hopeless when gay and lesbian people call me insulting names. If gay and lesbian people don’t understand me – Continue reading Prejudice at Pride at Empathize This

This just punched me in the heart.

This is so beautiful and sad.

Can we just….hug the shit out of everyone and call it good?

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Scarlett Johansson is teaming up with Planned Parenthood.

The pregnant 29-year-old actress recently designed her own T-shirt for the Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s new line of celeb-designed shirts. The line of limited edition tees was commissioned by the organization’s Women Are Watching campaign, which educates and mobilizes young voters about women’s health issues and women’s rights. Johansson’s shirt features her signature on one of the sleeves in addition to a message to politicians about women’s rights to health care and birth control.

“When I heard that some politicians were cheering the Supreme Court’s decision to give bosses the right to interfere in our access to birth control, I thought I had woken up in another decade,” Johansson said in a statement. “Like many of my friends, I was appalled by the thought of men taking away women’s ability to make our own personal health care decisions. That’s when I knew I couldn’t sit on the sidelines and why I’m proud to support Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s Women are Watching campaign to ensure that young women know the high stakes for women’s health and rights this November.”

You can purchase the shirt here!

Holy crap! Scarlett, you’re the bomb, lady!

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Emboldened ISIS Barbarically Slaughtering Christians In Iraq as Obama Plays Golf

The Christian genocide taking place in the Middle East currently has reached alarming levels. Last week, the jihadist terrorist group ISIS, which means the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – although it is unrecognized as a nation – took over Qaraqosh, the largest Christian town in Iraq, warning Christians to “leave, convert or die.” They are systematically beheading children. It is a part of an unprecedented, recent effort by the ISIS to extinguish Christians from northern Iraq. In 2003, there were about 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. After the Iraq War, that number dropped to as low as 200,000.

ISIS captured Mosul in June, so Christians there fled to Qaraqosh, population 50,000. ISIS warned Christians in Mosul to leave by July 19th. The houses of Christians in Mosul were painted with the letter “N,” meaning Nasare, the Muslim word for Christians, which comes from Nazareth, Jesus’s hometown. Their property was confiscated, including jewelry and wedding rings – sometimes chopping off their fingers to get them. Their churches were bombed, which has been caught on video. Catholic Online has compiled some of the more graphic photos of the barbaric, torturous executions. Many Christians were crucified due to the humiliation of Christ’s crucifixion. There are reportedly no Christians left in Mosul.

Within the past few months, ISIS has taken over Fallujah, Tikrit, and Tel Afar in northern Iraq. Composed of radical Sunni Muslims, ISIS is also terrorizing Shia and some Kurdish Muslims. Besides eradicating Christians, its goals include removing the Shia Muslim population. Next, it is going after certain Kurdish Muslims, marching toward Erbil, the Kurdish capital of Iraq.

"All I hear is silence,” says Father George, an Assyrian priest struggling to take care of 40 families that have registered at his church so far. “Where are the States? Where is the UN? Until now, they have done nothing!” This is all happening because the U.S. and others have backed away. If a Republican had been in the Oval Office instead of Obama, these killings would have been drastically halted.

Dick and Lynne Cheney wrote, “On a trip to the Middle East this spring, we heard a constant refrain in capitals from the Persian Gulf to Israel, ‘Can you please explain what your president is doing?’ ‘Why is he walking away?’ ‘Why is he so blithely sacrificing the hard fought gains you secured in Iraq?’ ‘Why is he abandoning your friends?’ ‘Why is he doing deals with your enemies?’”

Instead, in January, Obama joked about ISIS, analogizing it to a junior varsity basketball team. ISIS is considered the successor to al Qaeda, and it doesn’t appear to be any less bloodthirsty than al Qaeda. In fact, the opposite is true. Al Qaeda disavowed any ties with ISIS in February, citing its barbaric methods. As did al Qaeda, ISIS emerged from the Muslim Brotherhood. Its goal is to establish a totalitarian Islamic theocracy with sharia law, and remove all borders between Middle Eastern countries.

ISIS is very savvy with technology. Its social media capabilities have been described as “probably more sophisticated than [that of] most US companies.” It has more assets than any jihadist group in the world, with assets worth $2 billion. About three quarters of this was reportedly seized from capturing Mosul, much of it stolen from banks. Other income comes from extorting truck drivers and threatening to blow up businesses.

ISIS continues to capture and use weapons, including surface-to-air Stinger missiles, M198 Howitzers, DShK guns mounted on trucks, anti-aircraft guns, self-propelled guns and at least one Scud missile. In Mosul, it seized UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters and nuclear materials.

Finally, on Thursday, Obama authorized air strikes. At the same time, he said U.S. combat troops would not return. “As commander in chief, I will not allow the United States to be drawn into fighting another war in Iraq,” Obama said. Fortunately, several countries, including France, are allowing asylum to fleeing Christians and non-Sunni Muslims.

So much for Obama claiming he ended the war in Iraq and took out al Qaeda’s bin Laden. You can win the war thanks to your predecessors’ aggressive approach, but lose everything later by disengaging and sending the terrorists mixed messages.

This is the beginning of the end for Christians in the Middle East. Christians know it; the Bible predicts things will get worse for Christians and Jews toward the end times, not better. Andrew White, Anglican Vicar in Baghdad, said: “It looks as if the end could be very near” for Christians in Iraq.

The fact that ISIS cannot get along with Shia and some Kurdish Muslims speaks volumes. Christians get along with hundreds, if not thousands, of different denominations today without killing each other by the thousands. Radical Islam is a drastic threat today to Christians, Jews and other less radical Muslims, and until it can be contained, the brutality is just going to increase.

Where is America in all of this? Has our own moral relativism deadened us to the difference between good and evil, so that we no longer distinguish between them, and no longer respond? As it says in Lamentations 1:12, “Is it nothing to you, all you that pass by?” When Obama blithely pulled out of Iraq, refusing to give aid to the Kurds (who are now providing refuge for the “least of these” Christians), and left everything in the hands of an unpopular, weak Prime Minister Malaki, he left the minority Christians with no protection. A few air strikes will have little effect on a threat this serious. ISIS has become emboldened, and has specifically said it intends to continue conquering. Who will it torture and murder next, U.S. embassies in the Middle East? Adjoining European countries, precipitating the next World War?

Let me talk about this. ISIS is doing this to about EVERYONE who doesn’t support them. The leader has literally declared himself the Caliph, which technically means, if you recognize him as such, Muslims MUST fight for him. It’s fucked up and, until recently, Maliki wasn’t doing anything about it. This is the same Maliki who the US ~supported~ as prime minister, continued to support as his public approval fell to basically 0, and insiders advised the president against it. It’s terrifying because I went to a talk with a Commandant of the Marines who was present during the removal of American troops and all he really has to say about it was, “We had so much hope.” And this isn’t just in Iraq.
Here’s a great article just to realize how huge they really are.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5659239

Read it.

This scarily reminds me of Germany during 1930s. And this is FUCKING SCARY.

Whether you’re any religion or not, this is fucking scary and /wrong/ on every level. These are the monsters we need to fear the most.

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Born to Run

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Opening a strip club staffed by a traumatised recovering alcoholic, an ex-porn star, and a deaf former-sniper is definitely one of the better ideas Phil Coulson has had.

[Sequel to Welcome to the Jungle.]

Words: 1964, Chapters: 1/?, Language: English

Series: Part 2 of One For My Baby



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There’s this guy that rants everyday about how everyone is sinners at our college and someone made a bingo game to go along with him today

Holy shit this is amazing. Well, I know what I’m making up at the next city council meeting. Ten bucks says someone calls out bingo, and we all get kicked out.

tigermisu:

There’s this guy that rants everyday about how everyone is sinners at our college and someone made a bingo game to go along with him today

Holy shit this is amazing. Well, I know what I’m making up at the next city council meeting. Ten bucks says someone calls out bingo, and we all get kicked out.

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