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21 Jul 21:38

catsbeaversandducks: In this amazing magic trick, the great...


In this amazing magic trick, the great illusionist Mittens Copperfield holds his own head from a hole.

Photo via Les chats dorment n'importe où

21 Jul 21:20

timefortigers:a skull, a book, and an hour-glass,


I'm willing to be an ornamental hermit.


a skull, a book, and an hour-glass,

21 Jul 20:42

Toilet Tissue Illness

In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Scott Tissues ran an advertising campaign that sought to convince the American public that there was such a thing as 'Toilet Tissue Illness,' and that it was one of the great public health crises of the time. Toilet Tissue Illness was caused by using cheap toilet paper. It could lead to serious complications, possibly requiring rectal surgery to fix. So the ads suggested.

The most notorious ad in the campaign was the 'black glove' ad below.

Here's some background info about the Scott Tissue campaign from Richard Smyth's Bum Fodder: An Absorbing History of Toilet Paper:

The image is stark: a clinically white sheet, an array of gleaming surgical instruments, and a hand, clad in a glove of thick black rubber. 'Often the only relief from toilet tissue illness,' the slogan reads (managing to suggest that 'toilet tissue illness' is a recognised medical condition). Consumers who managed to get past the photo and slogan without dropping everything and running for the high hills were then subjected to another lecture from the haemorrhoid-fixated Scott ad-men. It's the usual litany: 'Astonishing percentage of rectal cases ... traceable to inferior toilet paper ... protect your family's health ... eliminate a needless risk.' The words are so much prattle — but the image of the black rubber glove lingers in the mind. Following criticism from the American Medical Association, Scott eventually back-tracked on its doom-laden claims — but pledged to undertake trials in order to prove beyond dispute that 'improperly made toilet tissue is a menace to health'.

And a few of the other ads featured in the campaign:

21 Jul 20:16

katswenski: My website – My Facebook page – See me on Webtooon!

21 Jul 20:11

ranma-official: zoobus: Someone did the calculation and if this...



Someone did the calculation and if this is using minimum wage ($7.25/hr), it’s 38 hours for the first job, 33 for the second and predicated on your boss not shafting your schedule

let’s put everything else on hold for a second. let’s say you genuinely have these living expenses. fine.

the most interesting/disturbing part is that your employer is expecting you to work a second job. mcdonalds vehemently opposes minimum wage raises with the argument being that it increases unemployment, right? assuming a situation where you have one vacancy per potential job-seeker, which is a perfect market, every single job-seeker filling several vacancies at once will increase unemployment on their own.

21 Jul 20:01


21 Jul 19:05

rip-n-tear: hidden-suggestion: ged-gedward: when u scratch a cat’s chin and they lift their head...


When u rub ur cats ears and they shake their head and spew ?water? all over u
reblog if u agree




when u scratch a cat’s chin and they lift their head up reblog if u agree

when u scratch a cat’s cheek and they lean their head into ur hand reblog if u agree

when u put your hand in front of your cat’s face and they gently headbut u reblog if u agree

21 Jul 18:02



This is very important!




i typed “horg” into the search bar and found this site which taxonomically categorizes those little plastic clips you find on bread bags

this is blowing my fucking mind

19 Jul 23:32

xxamorxexmortexx: runonsentencesaboutemotions: shrineart: maud...








In a private cemetery in small-town Arkansas, a woman single-handedly buried and gave funerals to more than 40 gay men during the height of the AIDS epidemic, when their families wouldn’t claim them. -Source

One person who found the courage to push the wheel is Ruth Coker Burks. Now a grandmother living a quiet life in Rogers, in the mid-1980s Burks took it as a calling to care for people with AIDS at the dawn of the epidemic, when survival from diagnosis to death was sometimes measured in weeks. For about a decade, between 1984 and the mid-1990s and before better HIV drugs and more enlightened medical care for AIDS patients effectively rendered her obsolete, Burks cared for hundreds of dying people, many of them gay men who had been abandoned by their families. She had no medical training, but she took them to their appointments, picked up their medications, helped them fill out forms for assistance, and talked them through their despair. Sometimes she paid for their cremations. She buried over three dozen of them with her own two hands, after their families refused to claim their bodies. For many of those people, she is now the only person who knows the location of their graves.

How have I never heard of this?

People like her should be remembered. And even more importantly, we must remember that there was a time in our history when we needed someone like her.

“When Burks was a girl, she said, her mother got in a final, epic row with Burks’ uncle. To make sure he and his branch of the family tree would never lie in the same dirt as the rest of them, Burks said, her mother quietly bought every available grave space in the cemetery: 262 plots. They visited the cemetery most Sundays after church when she was young, Burks said, and her mother would often sarcastically remark on her holdings, looking out over the cemetery and telling her daughter: ‘Someday, all of this is going to be yours.’

‘I always wondered what I was going to do with a cemetery,’ she said. ‘Who knew there’d come a time when people didn’t want to bury their children?’" 

Wonderful woman. Wonderful story.

This is an ally.
This is a hell of an ally.

Epic Grudge-holding Mom has Epically Empathetic Daughter.

She did good work.

Just to add to this, there is currently a GoFundMe page dedicated to raising money for a memorial to be placed in Files Cemetery dedicated to those whom she cared for, and those who lost their lives to the epidemic.

“Someday,” she said, “I’d love to get a monument that says: This is what happened. In 1984, it started. They just kept coming and coming. And they knew they would be remembered, loved and taken care of, and that someone would say a kind word over them when they died.“

If anyone is interested in reading her story or donating towards the memorial, here is the link

18 Jul 17:22

megurashka: cybergata: Kittens, raised with rabbits, have...


Our 3-legged kitty gets around via bunny hop.

18 Jul 01:54

craggs13: bace-jeleren: black-to-the-bones: i’m the one that...




i’m the one that ran back to the start, because that’s who i am

This video exfoliated my skin and cured my depression. I can finally, truely smile.


18 Jul 00:51

“B” can’t happen soon enough. #TrumpForPrison[Can you imagine...

“B” can’t happen soon enough. #TrumpForPrison

[Can you imagine the Republican ‘Christians’ putting their hands on Trump?]

17 Jul 23:57


17 Jul 21:26

Stop HB2796




HB2796 is an absolutely blatant attempt to strip away the civil rights of transgender people; and it’s absolutely fucking terrifying.

Quoting the official summary of HB2796:

This bill prohibits the word “sex” or “gender” from being interpreted to mean “gender identity,” and requires “man” or “woman” to be interpreted to refer exclusively to a person’s genetic sex, for purposes determining the meaning of federal civil rights laws or related federal administrative agency regulations or guidance. No federal civil rights law shall be interpreted to treat gender identity or transgender status as a protected class, unless it expressly designates “gender identity” or “transgender status” as a protected class.

HB2796 is currently with the Republican-majority House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. Please, PLEASE–especially if you’re cisgender, and doubly if you’re one of their constituents–call the Representatives on the committee and explain just how much damage this will do, how many lives it will destroy, and how many legislative careers (hopefully) hinge on its passage or failure.

Committee members are:

  • Chairman Steve King (R-IA-04; King is also one of HB2796′s sponsors) - (202) 225-4426
  • Vice Chairman Ron DeSantis (R-FL-06) - (202) 225-2706
  • Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ-08; Franks is also one of HB2796’s sponsors) - (202) 225-4576
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX-01) - (202) 225-3035
  • Rep. Karen Handel (R-GA-06) - (202) 225-4501
  • Ranking Member Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) - (202) 225-3265
  • Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD-08) - (202) 225-5341
  • Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY-10) - (202) 225-5635

(Note - Listed phone numbers are for DC offices only, but links go to pages with both district and federal office information, as well as additional avenues of contact.)

Once more for the weekday / West coast crowd.

OP back, with a few additional notes:

If you’re not getting answers at the numbers listed above, the representatives’ names link to info on additional ways to contact them.

Contact your own representatives, too, and make sure they’re aware of the bill and that it’s important to their constituents.

On one hand: yeah, this is probably junk legislation. Handel attempted to pass a similar amendment to the military appropriations bill and failed, then immediately introduced HB2796 in response. On the other hand: With the current political climate and an administration that gives no shits about constitutional rights, I’m not willing to gamble on that; and furthermore, it’s a goddamn unconscionable piece of legislation whether or not it’s expected to pass.

Let your elected representatives know that trans lives and dignity matter to American voters. Please.

17 Jul 18:47

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Dog owners please be aware.

Please always check the ingredients section on nutrition labels before you give anything to a pet.  Snopes confirmed this is true.

17 Jul 02:34


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16 Jul 18:26

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  understanding brexit with james acaster
  mock the week 15.02

16 Jul 18:24

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are we gonna talk about this power move

more context: 

14 Jul 20:24

What to Read When You Need to Understand Corrupt Families

by The Rumpus

This week, America got a glimpse at the depths of the Trump family’s depravity. In summary: Donald Trump Jr. tried to collude with the Russians, failed, and then failed to cover his tracks. His father (our president) tweeted that it’s “the greatest Witch Hunt [sic] in political history.” Meanwhile, Ivanka has her own problems to contend with but is headed out of town with her husband, and sister Tiffany is living it up abroad.

It’s all so laughably awful, but for the fact that, you know, the actual fate of our Republic is at risk. As we wait for this latest crisis-slash-scandal to shake out, here is a list of great books about terrible families.


The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong by Leland Cheuk
A laugh-out-loud black comedy about a dysfunctional family that has endured almost every major injustice in Asian-American history, but can’t endure each other


The Middlesteins by Jamie Attenberg
An epic story of marriage, family, and obsession that explores the hopes and heartbreaks of new and old love, the yearnings of Midwestern America, and our devastating, fascinating preoccupation with food.


Everything is Flammable by Gabrielle Bell
Bell revisits her childhood home in remote Northern California after her mother’s home, car, and belongings are suddenly swallowed up by a fire. Acknowledging her issues with anxiety, financial hardships, memories of a semi-feral childhood, and a tenuous relationship with her mother, she helps her mother put together a new home on top of the ashes.


The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Rose Edelstein bites into her mother’s homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother’s emotions. To her horror, she finds that her cheerful mother tastes of despair. Soon, she’s privy to the secret knowledge that most families keep hidden: her father’s detachment, her mother’s transgression, her brother’s increasing retreat from the world. But there are some family secrets that even her cursed taste buds can’t discern.


The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old-world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the US.


Salvage the Bones Jesmyn Ward
As the twelve days that make up the novel’s framework yield to their dramatic conclusion, this unforgettable family—motherless children sacrificing for one another as they can, protecting and nurturing where love is scarce—pulls itself up to face another day.


The Blue Hour by Jennifer Whitaker
Fairy tales both familiar and obscure create a threshold, and The Blue Hour pulls us over it. With precise language and rich detail, these poems unflinchingly create an eerie world marked by abuse, asking readers not just to bear witness but to try to understand how we make meaning in the face of the meaningless violence.


One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Marquez
The story of the rise and fall, birth and death of a mythical town of Macondo, told through the history of the Buendia family. If you somehow haven’t read this yet, now is a good time.


The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
The Lamberts are a troubled family living in a troubled age. Stretching from the Midwest in the mid-century to Wall Street and Eastern Europe in the age of globalised greed, The Corrections brings an old-time America of freight trains and civic duty into wild collision with the era of home surveillance, hands-off parenting, do-it-yourself mental healthcare, and New Economy millionaires.


The Bible
Is any book filled with more examples of crazy families? We think not.


If We Were Birds by Erin Shields
Erin Shields’s award-winning play is a shocking, uncompromising examination of the horrors of war, giving voice to a woman long ago forced into silence, and placing a spotlight on millions of female victims who have been silenced through violence, delivered through the lens of Greek tragedy.


Omeros by Derek Walcott
A poem in five books, of circular narrative design, titled with the Greek name for Homer, which simultaneously charts two currents of history: the visible history charted in events—the tribal losses of the American Indian, the tragedy of African enslavement—and the interior, unwritten epic fashioned from the suffering of the individual in exile.


King Lear by William Shakespeare
King Lear depicts the gradual descent into madness of its title character, after he disposes of his kingdom giving bequests to two of his three daughters based on their flattery of him, bringing tragic consequences for all.


On Beauty by Zadie Smith
The story of an interracial family living in the university town of Wellington, Massachusetts, whose misadventures in the culture wars—on both sides of the Atlantic—serve to skewer everything from family life to political correctness to the combustive collision between the personal and the political.


The Ice Storm by Rick Moody
As a freak winter storm bears down on an affluent suburb in Connecticut, cars skid out of control, men and women swap partners, and their children experiment with sex, drugs, and even suicide. Here two families, the Hoods and the Williamses, come face-to-face with the seething emotions behind the well-clipped lawns of their lives.

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14 Jul 20:08

gnathix: essefex: This is why my generation is angry about the...



This is why my generation is angry about the minimum wage.

“Back in my day…” yeah, without added inflation and before the recession

The conservative wants YOU to starve, to build character. 

But their kids get every advantage, and they have zero character.

13 Jul 22:43

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13 Jul 22:14



The wife suspects that she will wake up to this someday...

13 Jul 21:04

american-auror-story: catsbeaversandducks: OH MY HEART “I’m...




“I’m not ready for kids” LOL

13 Jul 19:13

notmusa: i expect ill be able to solve a lot of my problems once my baby brain falls out & my...


i expect ill be able to solve a lot of my problems once my baby brain falls out & my adult brain grows in

13 Jul 19:00

cakeandrevolution: queeranarchism: 60 year old historian...



60 year old historian Martin Bühler (who identified himself to the press, I do not identify activists without consent) appears to ‘photobomb’ a lot of media images of the G20 in Hamburg. In reality he is a long time observer documenting police brutality. In Hamburg he chose to cultivate the most non-activist ‘white bystander in a suit with a bike’ look he could manage and casually walked in front of police. As police slowed down or interrupted attacks and waited for the ‘bystander’ to get out of the way (being caught on camera trashing what look like bystanders is bad press after all), activists had time to regroup or retreat.

oh my god, what a fucking badass

13 Jul 18:37

It all fits together now

Rachel Maddow said it best last night. She's no longer confused. Now she sees how the pieces fit together. Me too.

  • Trump, pre-bankruptcies, financed his ventures the old-fashioned way, with bank loans. Then he defaulted, returned pennies on the dollar, and could no longer raise legit capital.
  • At the same time, Putin and his cronies were ascending in Russia, and needed places to park their gains outside Russia. People like Trump were perfect. And they didn't have to worry about him defaulting because they had good enforcers that weren't available to legal banks.
  • It's a win-win. Trump is the perfect front for money-laundering. A loudmouth self-promoting con-man. Decides to run for president. His mob friends suggest Paul Manafort would make a good campaign manager. Trump doesn't like to micro-manage, so he says sure, why not.
  • Now it's time for the next-level management program for Trump. He has graduated from one of many western money-launderers to the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. The Russians had hacked the systems of both parties, now they knew what they would use the mail archives for. For the Democrats, they'd release the emails when they needed to change the focus away from some Trump misdeed, and for the Repubs they'd use the emails to keep them from "getting any ideas" about who was in charge.
  • They contact Junior through Goldstone. He says Russia loves your dad, wants to see him elected, can we meet to discuss? Junior loves it. They get together. Seal the deal. The Russian rep doesn't talk much, asks what Junior and Kushner want. Manafort is sitting on both sides of the table (possibly unbeknownst to Junior and Kushner) but mostly on the Russian side, of course. BTW, you can be sure the Russians have a recording of what was said at this meeting.
  • Follow-up meetings take place. They introduce people in both organizations to each other. There are lots of connections at all levels through the campaign. The tracks are not well covered. And of course Russians have copies of all the emails (as they had copies of the ones that just leaked). When Flynn was fired because he could be blackmailed that must have been a good laugh for Trump et al, because that was the tip of the tip of the tip of the iceberg.

Anyway, this seems to be "the arc" of the relationship between Trump and Russia. Both countries are now controlled by the mob. They don't care if we know. It's all pretty much out in the open and all that the Russians care about is that their money-laundering flows are turned back on. They don't care about the other things we thought they might care about. The US can do whatever they want. They just want to be able to continue to use American real estate as their piggybank.

PS: Looking forward, either the Russians get their way and can start laundering again, or they're going to make our lives ever-more-hellish.

13 Jul 16:01

"If a society puts half its children into short skirts and warns them not to move in ways that reveal..."

“If a society puts half its children into short skirts and warns them not to move in ways that reveal their panties, while putting the other half into jeans and overalls and encouraging them to climb trees, play ball, and participate in other vigorous outdoor games; if later, during adolescence, the children who have been wearing trousers are urged to “eat like growing boys,” while the children in skirts are warned to watch their weight and not get fat; if the half in jeans runs around in sneakers or boots, while the half in skirts totters about on spike heels, then these two groups of people will be biologically as well as socially different. Their muscles will be different, as will their reflexes, posture, arms, legs and feet, hand-eye coordination, and so on. (…) 

There is no way to sort the biological and social components that produce these differences. We cannot sort nature from nurture when we confront group differences in societies in which people from different races, classes, and sexes do not have equal access to resources and power, and therefore live in different environments.”

- Ruth Hubbard, The Political Nature of “Human Nature”  (via kuanios)