1. walkingfairytale:

    Victorian Prosthetic Arm ca. 1885

    (via beanarie)

     

  2. "19% of prime time television characters are non-human while only 17% are women"
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    A Profile of Americans’ Media Use and Political Socialization Effects: television and the Internet’s relationship to social connectedness in the USA ― Daniel German & Caitlin Lally

    There are more “non-humans” on TV than women. Talk about unequal gender representation in the media.

    (via yourlittle-bird)

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  3. "Read your work out loud. Don’t give me that look. Read your work aloud. Don’t argue. Don’t fight. It will help. I promise. I promise. I guarantee it. If you find it didn’t help you, lemme know. I will let you Taser me in the face. And by “me,” I mean, some other guy who will be my stand-in. Probably some real estate agent or tollbooth attendant."
    — Chuck Wendig (via writingquotes)
     

  4. hurinthalions:

    bucky speaks in english most of the time but when he gets truly upset he reverts back to rapid fire russian and he can’t switch back to english until he’s calm again

    instead of feeling shut out and useless, steve starts learning russian

    (Source: captainfart, via otter-is-grapelocked)

     
  5. daddy-erwin:

    friarpark:

    america-wakiewakie:

    Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 

    The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.

    An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.

    For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.

    It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.

    That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.

    This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…

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    i have been saying this!!! for!!!! years!!!!!!!!!!! let me have my pointless moment in the sun OKAY

    so does that mean we’re gonna do a fascist dictatorship, followed by a revolution, and then another dictatorship or…?

    *Angelic chorus* Behold the reason why I have a major in Political Science and refuse to touch anything resembling a career in politics

     

  6. skeletonsiro:

    why do people complain about a woman playing watson on elementary when a terrifying alien plays sherlock in sherlock

    (via megalotauntaun)

     

  7. lokis-army-at-221b:

    I hope in s4 John gets really really mad and yells “William Sherlock Scott Holmes!” and Sherlock just freezes

    (via anotherwellkeptsecret)

     
  8. deducingsherlockian:

    AU: Moriarty lies to Moran to protect him.

    (via mormormates)

     

  9. "

    I wouldn’t mind, but splitting children’s books strictly along gender lines is not even good publishing. Just like other successful children’s books, The Hunger Games was not aimed at girls or boys; like JK Rowling, Roald Dahl, Robert Muchamore and others, Collins just wrote great stories, and readers bought them in their millions. Now, Dahl’s Matilda is published with a pink cover, and I have heard one bookseller report seeing a mother snatching a copy from her small son’s hands saying “That’s for girls” as she replaced it on the shelf.

    You see, it is not just girls’ ambitions that are being frustrated by the limiting effects of “books for girls”, in which girls’ roles are all passive, domestic and in front of a mirror. Rebecca Davies, who writes the children’s books blog at Independent.co.uk, tells me that she is equally sick of receiving “books which have been commissioned solely for the purpose of ‘getting boys reading’ [and which have] all-male characters and thin, action-based plots.” What we are doing by pigeon-holing children is badly letting them down. And books, above all things, should be available to any child who is interested in them.

    Happily, as the literary editor of The Independent on Sunday, there is something that I can do about this. So I promise now that the newspaper and this website will not be reviewing any book which is explicitly aimed at just girls, or just boys. Nor will The Independent’s books section. And nor will the children’s books blog at Independent.co.uk. Any Girls’ Book of Boring Princesses that crosses my desk will go straight into the recycling pile along with every Great Big Book of Snot for Boys. If you are a publisher with enough faith in your new book that you think it will appeal to all children, we’ll be very happy to hear from you. But the next Harry Potter or Katniss Everdeen will not come in glittery pink covers. So we’d thank you not to send us such books at all.

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  10. circusgifs:

    reichenbachfalls:

    jamesmoriartay:

    I’m not sorry

    You shouldn’t be

    (Source: morlarty, via splendiferousponderfications)

     

  11. runforfreetherapy:

    OKAY OKAY OKAY I KNOW THERE ARE SO MANY FANDOMS STARTING NOW, LIKE THE SINK FANDOM AND THE TREEHOUSE FANDOM AND THE BLANKET FORT FANDOM, BUT YOU ARE ALL MISSING ONE. 

    SECRET image

    FREAKIN’

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    ROOMS

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    LIKE

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    PEOPLE

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    BUILD ROOMS

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    WITHIN ROOMS

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    BUT THEY AREN’T LIMITED TO INSIDE THE HOME

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    THAT’S RIGHT

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    THERE ARE SECRET ROOMS FOR CARS

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    HONESTLY THOUGH

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    YOU EITHER LIKE SECRET ROOMS

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    OR YOU’RE WRONG

    (via daddy-erwin)

     

  12. blackbarmitzvahs:

    inkhat:

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    Here’s my theory. The Harry Potter trio are actually representations of the other houses. Hermione is Ravenclaw. Ron is Hufflepuff. Harry is Slytheryn. They’re all in Gryffindor because they asked. In fact, everyone in that house could have been in another house if they hadn’t asked to be in Gryffindor. You have be ask to be in Gryffindor because their most defining feature is bravery and anyone can choose to be brave.

    I fuck with your theory, marry me.

    (via twotwentyonebbakerst)

     
  13. 1982 // 2001 // 2011 // 2014

    (Source: senpaicastiel, via moriartyn)

     

  14. teal-deer:

    I’m glad that Bilbo Baggins exists

    Because in the book, the dude was pretty firmly middle aged when his crazy-ass adventure started

    He was settled down in the house that belonged to his parents and had done precisely jack shit with his life

    It gives me hope that maybe some nutcase wizard will eventually show up and be like yo

    you’re a burglar now

    don’t even care that you didn’t roll rogue homie we got dragons to slay and kingdoms to save 

    (via theimprobablepossibilities)

     

  15. "Be the person H.Y.D.R.A. would see as a threat."
    — a thought i had this morning driving to school (via poseysposey)

    (via fidefortitude)