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The Conservatives’ so-called “Fair Elections Act” is an unprecedented assault on our Canadian democracy.

This bill will prevent hundreds of thousands of Canadians from voting.

Defend our democracy by adding your voice with thousands of Canadians across the country.

We have set a goal of 30 000 signatures by the end of week to show the Harper Conservatives how strongly Canadians oppose this bill.

[Everything you need to know about the Fair Elections Act]

[Find and tell your MP]

Defend our Democracy - Add Your Name to the petition to oppose this bill

We have 6,891 signatures, help us get to 30,000

http://www.greenparty.ca/defend-our-democracy?utm_campaign=C14.DOD&utm_source=massmail&utm_medium=email

socialismandstuff:

The day has finally come, and a critical landmark in the saga of global climate change is occurring as we speak—and hardly anyone has noticed. The Carteret Islanders of Papua New Guinea have become the world’s first entire community to be displaced by climate change. They’re the first official refugees of global warming—and they’re packing up their lives to move out of the way of ever-rising waters that threaten to overtake their homes and crops. The island they call home will be completely underwater by 2015. This story first broke a couple years ago, when it was first suggested that these islanders could become climate change refugees. But now that it’s actually happening—seems no one’s paying attention. And though the scenario isn’t as apocalyptic as some might imagine, life for the islanders has indeed all but become impossible on the Cartarets: 

On the Carterets, king tides have washed away their crops and rising sea levels poisoned those that remain with salt. The people have been forced to move.


That report comes from the Ecologist, one of only a handful of media outlets to cover the story, and the only one to have a reporter on hand to witness the evacuation. This is what he saw when he arrived on the scene:

The men climbed silently from the boat and into the shallows. They splashed towards us, carrying almost nothing. From beside me, others who had come to meet them walked out quietly in welcome. The air was still, both sad and happy, which seemed to suit the moment. That single boat carrying these five men is the first wave in what is, as far as I can tell, the world’s first official evacuation of an entire people because of climate change.


Thus begins an unfortunate exodus, however small, of a people whose lives have been directly threatened by climate change. And though the entire community appears only to be comprised of 40 large families (around 2,000 people), the loss of their homes and way of life is still a tragic occurrence. The displaced villagers are already at work building new homes near a village on another larger island, on higher ground.

And this is certain to be merely the first such community to be forced into such action—with sea levels continuing their steady rise, and a distinct lack of meaningful action from governments of rich, polluting nations, more helpless communities are sure to be displaced.

Though some would blame the islands’ sinking on shifting tectonic plates, Australia’s National Tide Facility has measured an annual rise of 8.2 mm in sea level on the islands in every year they’ve monitored—which, coupled with climate change’s propensity towards making weather patterns more sever, places climate change as at least a major contributor to the island’s submersion. We should get a camera crew down there—give some hard, undeniable evidence to the remainingclimate change deniers: this is what can happen. And this is what will happen, eventually, to us too.

slimmeroo:

nipuni:

goddammittim:

Black Desert Online character creation from 2nd Closed Beta.

THIS JUST MADE MY ENTIRE MONTH

yet another instance of a game with a character creator that i would buy all on its own

Looking forward all the giraffe women with balloon boobs and tasteful eyes/hair/makeup reminiscent of Deviantart neonwolves…!

…I’d still use that.

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gymleader:

meulinleijon:

lebanesepoppyseed:

brogigayo:

didyoublush:

freak-thefreak-out:

Take a Hint- Victoria Justice & Elizabeth Gillies

 YOU ASKED ME WHAT MY SIGN IS AND I TOLD YOU IT WAS STOP

So let’s take a moment to talk about how fucking badass this fucking song is.

“STOP YOUR STARING AT MY *HEY*”

WOW THIS IS GREAT ALL FAITH RESTORED INTO NICKELODEON THANK YOU OMG

i really like this

electrodaggers:

oreides:

winnememwintuvoice:

devitsa:

Hey, you should watch this if Native/Indigenous are of importance/interest to you.

This is our tribe, the Winnemem Wintu of Northern California.

We are not really a “Ghost Tribe”, since we are very much alive, despite Gold Rush murders, boarding schools, and the Shasta Dam, which flooded our beloved McCloud River homeland, wiped out our salmon runs, and stole our water.  We received none of the compensation promised in federal legislation.

Now the Water Mongers and Big Oil want to build the dam higher, and flood out more of our sacred sites, including the dance ground of our Coming of Age Ceremony.  Fresno US Representative Jim Costa (R) two weeks ago introduced a bill, co-signed by state Democratic congressmen, to raise Shasta Dam 18 feet higher.  The expected water will be used to feed the growing fracking industry in the Central Valley, as well as grow export crops in the desert and service massive housing developments in the desert.  This is all part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s “Brown Water Plan”, which includes destroying the California Delta with massive Twin Tunnels that could potentially draw off all of the Sacramento River’s fresh water, destroying the estuary, and the fish and other aquatic life that depend on it.

But we are not giving up.  We know it is our responsibility to continue to be Winnemem, to continue to sing for the Water, and protect the places that make us Winnemem.

We will not be drowned without a fight!

Please contact your congressperson and tell them that we are already the victims of uncorrected government injustice, and to vote NO on any plans to raise Shasta Dam.

There’s a petition to extend the public comment period on raising the dam.

bluedelliquanti:

So remember how there was supposed to be a special announcement today instead of a regular comic update? Well, here it is - today is the launch date for my brand new Patreon campaign!
If you aren’t familiar with it yet, Patreon is a crowdfunding platform where folks contribute funds to an individual’s ongoing work instead of one particular project. Depending on how much you choose to pledge per month, you will get access to certain cool things, like Patreon-exclusive sketches, sneak-peeks and PDFs. And if certain monthly milestone goals are met, I get to do awesome things that will make everyone happy.
Now, I need to emphasize, O Human Star will always be free to read online, for everyone. This Patreon will just give me the chance to create the best comic I can, at a pace that makes sense for my schedule, while still being able to communicate with my readers and show them cool stuff. This will also give you a chance to help support my work, if you so choose, in a way that really does make a huge difference to me. No matter whether you can pledge or not, I appreciate your enthusiasm and your support. Thank you so much.

bluedelliquanti:

So remember how there was supposed to be a special announcement today instead of a regular comic update? Well, here it is - today is the launch date for my brand new Patreon campaign!

If you aren’t familiar with it yet, Patreon is a crowdfunding platform where folks contribute funds to an individual’s ongoing work instead of one particular project. Depending on how much you choose to pledge per month, you will get access to certain cool things, like Patreon-exclusive sketches, sneak-peeks and PDFs. And if certain monthly milestone goals are met, I get to do awesome things that will make everyone happy.

Now, I need to emphasize, O Human Star will always be free to read online, for everyone. This Patreon will just give me the chance to create the best comic I can, at a pace that makes sense for my schedule, while still being able to communicate with my readers and show them cool stuff. This will also give you a chance to help support my work, if you so choose, in a way that really does make a huge difference to me. No matter whether you can pledge or not, I appreciate your enthusiasm and your support. Thank you so much.

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cuphaz:

cuphaz:

I feel like nobody on Tumblr cares about what happened in Taiwan because we are a small, small country.

Even though I’ve been acting chilled and keeping on my blogging stuffs, I still feel a little bit sad and worried that everyone on Tumblr only knows things happening in big countries. I’ve talked about this on my blog only a few times but nobody really pays attention to what I said. Maybe because I don’t have enough followers, maybe because media doesn’t have enough reports about this thing, maybe because nobody has died in this event so people don’t consider it serious. 

You guys probably think governments which are being harsh to their people are scary, but recently I realized governments which ignore their people are scary too. My country, Taiwan, is trying to pass a Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement with Mainland China. The problem is not about this agreement, the problem is that our people have no idea how this agreement work, who is in charge with this agreement and how many professional estimation has been done before the agreement gets signed. We are afraid, because if this agreement has some problems, our economy might collapse and thousands people might lose their jobs and their families. This agreement is too sloppy to be signed. Our people tried to express our worry but the government didn’t give a shit.

So on March 17th, hundreds of college students broke into the Legislature and occupied the building. It has been 6 days since those students are inside the building. They have no resources and everything is in bad condition. The building is surrounded by bunches of police officers. Even though the government promised they wouldn’t attack those students, we have no idea what would happen if those students keep on occupying the building. The leader of the students, Lin and Chen, declare that their purpose is to fight for everyone’s right in a peaceful way. They want the government to accept their 2 simple requests: disapprove the agreement and make a new law making sure the agreement would be deliberated in a reasonable procedure. But after 6 days, the government still doesn’t pay attention to them and resist all their requests. Our president, Mr. Ma, also refuses to meet the students leaders to listen to their demands. Students inside and outside the Legislature have been irritated by the government’s attitude. The situation has gone wild and there are even some violence stuffs happened despite how hard the leaders are trying to handle all over 30 thousands angry students.

I just want more people to know about this. My government doesn’t listen to their people’s voice. We are angry and hopeless. Most of these people are under 25, they are just a group of college students who don’t want to watch their own country being treated unfairly. They have no bids to fight with our government. They have been constantly fighting for 6 days. Their parents can’t even go into the building to meet their beloved children. They are exhausted and frustrated but they still don’t want to give up. You think college students only know partying and skipping classes? No. These young adults are fighting for their won country like real warriors. I don’t understand why nobody cares about their actions. They are brave and strong and they are probably just in your age. They need more attention. Even though you probably can’t do anything for them, but your attention might help them keep going on. And your attention might help them to make our government fear. Government needs to be feared by their people.

PLEASE READ THIS AND REBLOG. Things have been out of control last night. Students and people got beaten up by police. I couldn’t stop crying when I watched the news. There were bloods everywhere and the police were even trying to get the media away so they wouldn’t get to record the violence scene…we really need attention. WE NEED MORE PEOPLE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED! These students are still young and innocent. They just want to protest for the future of the country but they probably not gonna even meet their families anymore. We’ve got enough coldness from our government. PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE US.

dduane:

Because the situation described in this article is simply despicable. And as for this poor leaky attempted excuse/misdirection —

Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright said: “The notion we are banning books in prisons is complete nonsense. All prisoners can have up to 12 books in their cells at any one time, and all prisoners have access to the prison library. Under the Incentives and Earned Privileges scheme, if prisoners engage with their rehabilitation and comply with the regime they can have greater access to funds to buy items including books.”

— it’s nothing but a whitewash, because:

Of course there are prison libraries, but “1,600 prisoners with one small library will only get there once every two to three weeks, if they are lucky, and they are only able to take a limited number of books out,” said Crook. “Also, prisoners might have a particular interest, like trains or bird watching or foreign languages, and a small prison library wouldn’t have books for their interests.”

…Obviously such petitions as this have no force in law. But when enough people sign them, and there’s enough of a stink in social and other media, governments are increasingly forced to take note. And this is such a stupid, cruel and heartless thing that it could reach tipping point quite quickly if enough people took a few clicks’ worth of action.

Please take a moment to have a look at the Guardian article that explains what’s going on, and please reblog this as widely as possible, folks. This matters.

somuchscience:

vulturesanctuary:

  • Critically Endangered (CR) – Extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.
  • Endangered (EN) – High risk of extinction in the wild.

Who knew vultures were so threatened? (Also, Condors aren’t related to old world vultures. For shame!)

thepovertyoftheory:

Post-Katrina New Orleans: how disaster recovery became a lucrative business. Laurie Taylor talks to Vincanne Adams, US Professor of Medical Anthropology, about her account of market failure after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She discovered private companies profiting from the misery they sought to ameliorate and a second order disaster that intensified inequalities based on race and class. Why were residents left to re-build their lives and homes almost entirely on their own, save for the contribution of churches and charities? Phil O’Keefe, Professor of Economic Development, joins the discussion.

Also, ‘The Capitalist Personality’ - Laurie Taylor explores interpersonal bonds in the post communist world. Christopher Swader, Assistant Professor of Sociology in Moscow, argues that successful people in countries as diverse as China and Russia adjust to the market economy at a social cost, compromising moral values in pursuit of material gain. Is anti social behaviour in new capitalist economies a by-product of their communist pasts or does the individual ambition released by economic development also have a part to play in threatening human relationships?

Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it. Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn’t do anything.

“Are you feeling all right?” I asked her.

“I feel all sleepy, ” she said.

In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead.

The measles had turned into a terrible thing called measles encephalitis and there was nothing the doctors could do to save her.

That was twenty-four years ago in 1962, but even now, if a child with measles happens to develop the same deadly reaction from measles as Olivia did, there would still be nothing the doctors could do to help her.

On the other hand, there is today something that parents can do to make sure that this sort of tragedy does not happen to a child of theirs. They can insist that their child is immunised against measles. I was unable to do that for Olivia in 1962 because in those days a reliable measles vaccine had not been discovered. Today a good and safe vaccine is available to every family and all you have to do is to ask your doctor to administer it.

It is not yet generally accepted that measles can be a dangerous illness.

Believe me, it is. In my opinion parents who now refuse to have their children immunised are putting the lives of those children at risk.

In America, where measles immunisation is compulsory, measles like smallpox, has been virtually wiped out.

Here in Britain, because so many parents refuse, either out of obstinacy or ignorance or fear, to allow their children to be immunised, we still have a hundred thousand cases of measles every year.

Out of those, more than 10,000 will suffer side effects of one kind or another.

At least 10,000 will develop ear or chest infections.

About 20 will die.

LET THAT SINK IN.

Every year around 20 children will die in Britain from measles.

So what about the risks that your children will run from being immunised?

They are almost non-existent. Listen to this. In a district of around 300,000 people, there will be only one child every 250 years who will develop serious side effects from measles immunisation! That is about a million to one chance. I should think there would be more chance of your child choking to death on a chocolate bar than of becoming seriously ill from a measles immunisation.

So what on earth are you worrying about?

It really is almost a crime to allow your child to go unimmunised.

Roald Dahl, 1986

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TEAM VACCINE

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NINETEEN EIGHTY SIX.

roald dahl was calling out the anti-vaccination movement as self indulgent bullshit //thirty god damn years ago//.

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Over 1,000 preventable deaths and 128,000 preventable illnesses since 2007 and counting

And this is only in recent history. I can’t imagine the numbers if we had data all the way back to 1986.

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a-man-n-progress:

king-in-yellow:

hopephd:

Seizure First Aid. 

Learn it. Share it. Know it. Use it. 

100% correct medical information on tumblr for once; also consider calling 911 if you don’t know how often the person has seizures and ESPECIALLY if the seizure has lasted 5 minutes or more (which is why the watch is critical)

as a person who has suffered multiple seizures, and will most likely and unfortunately have more, this is a major need on my blog. everyone needs to know these facts!