1. "The West Wing was what we hoped politics would become. House of Cards is what we fear it could be."
    — The Writers’ Room ‘House of Cards’ (via im-marion-cotesworth-haye)

    Yep

    (Source: in-this-reverie, via ron-swansong)

     
  2. scmpvideomojo:

    scmpnews:

    Scholars in Macau warn of eroding academic freedom in the territory. Read the full story here.

     

  3. "Here’s a general rule. When an insult is directed at a woman, consider how it would have sounded directed at a man. If the result is ridiculous, then it’s probably sexist."
     
  4. tastefullyoffensive:

    Guys With Fancy Female Hairstyles by Jessica Saia [via]

    Previously: Men Pin-Ups

    These look dope!

    (via hijabeng)

     
  5. smitethepatriarchy:

    greenthepress:

    smartercities:

    Meet The 14-Year-Old Girl Who Developed A Low-Cost Water Purification System | FastCompany

    The next generation of scientists is already hard at work solving our biggest problems. Take Deepika Kurup, a 14-year-old high school student from Nashua, New Hampshire. After seeing children in India drinking dirty water from a stagnant pool, she decided, in her words, “to find a solution to the global water crisis.” And then she actually made some progress towards that goal, developing a solar-powered water purification system.

    She is the future

    Ever notice how it’s always brilliant teenagers making stuff that will actually solve the world’s worst problems, like what do adults even do?

    (via hijabeng)

     
  6. thinksquad:

    Iceland’s citizens were given a chance to help forge a new constitution for their country through Facebook and Twitter, so it’s not surprising that they backed the resulting draft. Now it’s over to the politicians.
    Here’s a quick run-down of the background to all this. Iceland’s banking system collapsed right at the start of the financial crisis, taking the country’s government with it. The new leadership decided to go the open route, not least because secretive dealings were largely to blame for the banking fiasco.

    There were two technologically interesting spinoffs of this situation. One was the creation of the Modern Media Initiative (now the International Modern Media Institute), a Wikileaks-inspired free speech drive – the idea here is to turn Iceland into an haven for free speech by inviting media organizations from around the world to host their sites in Iceland’s green data centers and enjoy the country’s strong new protections for whistleblowers and the like.

    The other was the constitutional crowdsourcing. Iceland’s old constitution was based on that of former master Denmark and was seen as out-of-date, so 25 citizens were brought into into a Constitutional Council to help create a new one. The council took the ideas raised online by their fellow citizens and delivered the resulting draft in July last year. It took a while to ask the voting public at large what it thought of the result, but Iceland now has its answer to that question.

    http://gigaom.com/2012/10/22/icelanders-approve-their-crowdsourced-constitution/
     
  7. mrgolightly:

    This is it, y’all. I am ascending. I’m leaving my body and floating into the heavens. Tell my family I love them and to DVR the new season of American Horror Story for me.

    (via birdschoolforbirds)

     
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  9. peashooter85:

    Great Depression Cooking —- Cooked Bread

    The late great Clara shows how nothing went to waste during the Great Depression, not even a stale old piece of bread.

    (via humanoidhistory)

     
     
  10. ecowatchorg:

    Drought Drains Lake Mead to Lowest Level as Nevada Senator Calls for Government Audit

    As the largest reservoir in the U.S. falls to its lowest water level in history, Nevada State Sen. Tick Segerblom introduced a bill title and issued a press release on July 8 calling for an “independent scientific and economic audit of the Bureau of Reclamation’s strategies for Colorado River management.”

    SEE MORE:

    http://ecowatch.com/2014/07/09/drought-drains-lake-mead-senator-segerblom/

    (via dendroica)

     

  11. zagreus-taking-time-apart:

    *gets gay married during the purge*

    (via zrances)

     
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  15. "Of course the Republican minority is doing whatever it can to stop any of this from turning into progressive political change, using gerrymandering, filibustering, and judicial extremism to push their reactionary agenda, all of which leads to the war on organized labor, the most class-based institution in American history. That this is an intentional program for them is obvious, as is the disfranchising of voters of color and the anti-immigrant politics. A plutocratic white supremacist nation is what Republicans want. Democrats need to recognize this for what it is and aggressively organize the vast majority left out of Republicans’ vision. Starting by supporting policies that would take riches from the wealthy, create job programs, and expand the welfare state would move us on that road."
    — 

    Class War: Yes Please (via azspot)

    Don’t need to take from the wealthy, that is the Republican battle cry, NO just insure taxation that says PAY the workers or pay the Taxes.

    (via iammyfather)

    (via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)