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So can we talk about the absolutely stunning duplicity going on here?

holy shit

ok, why the fuck is the graph upside down. that is incredibly misleading

Because its from the Florida Department of Justice, and they have a mandate here.

for those who have trouble inverting it in their head, ftfy:


this is some of the most blatant twisting of info i have ever seen holy shit

amischiefofmice:

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flatluigi:

stormingtheivory:

So can we talk about the absolutely stunning duplicity going on here?

holy shit

ok, why the fuck is the graph upside down. that is incredibly misleading

Because its from the Florida Department of Justice, and they have a mandate here.

for those who have trouble inverting it in their head, ftfy:

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this is some of the most blatant twisting of info i have ever seen holy shit

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When you start up a new MMO thats been around for more then a week.

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When the videogame plays the instrumental version of the main theme during an important scene

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When the videogame plays the main theme during the last boss fight.

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Final Chapter : (Name of Game)

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omfg 

fucking idiots i swear

Jon’s expression is dry af. His patience been expired.

AMERICAN MEDIA MAKES ME PROJECTILE VOMIT.

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What a total shithead

My jaw just dropped at how insanely stupid his argument was ugh

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I fear we are witnessing the “death of expertise”: a Google-fueled, Wikipedia-based, blog-sodden collapse of any division between professionals and laymen, students and teachers, knowers and wonderers – in other words, between those of any achievement in an area and those with none at all.
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Tom Nichols (via azspot)

GOOD.

'Expertise' as used here almost always requires the acceptance and approval of the Powers That Be - automatically excluding anyone who has knowledge that comes from experience (look, ‘expert’ and ‘experience’ have the same root for a reason), who can’t afford/has no access to traditional institutions through which ‘expertise’ is conferred, whose expertise conflicts with the agenda of those Powers, etc., etc.

The glory of Google and Wikipedia and everything like them is their ability to democratize knowledge. Furthermore, that is precisely what teachers want: to help people learn stuff, whether they normally would or not, whether it’s taught in schools or has been thrown aside for three months of test prep, whether it’s the area someone specializes in or is simply curious about… There’s no reason whatsoever that knowledge has to come from a ‘professional’ rather than some other source; that doesn’t make the knowledge any less potent, or any less true. 

There is no division between “students and teachers, knowers and wonderers”. I am a teacher; I am also a student, always, because no matter your knowledge, you can always learn more. ‘Knowers’ v. ‘wonderers’? Really? How do you think people come to know things in the first place? I’m definitely an ‘expert’ on a number of things—an institutionally certified expert, even!—but I still wonder about all those things. Besides, who determines what is ‘knowing’? Plenty of those things I have expertise in are *not* institutionally certified, and that makes my expertise not one whit less.

For instance: I know a shitload more about recovering from traumatic brain events than my neurologist. He knows all about how these things happen in the first place, all the ins and outs and mechanisms; however, when it comes to practical advice for what’s necessary to not continue to fuck yourself up in the weeks afterward, he learns a hell of a lot from me. He’s an MD/PhD, he’s about as ‘expert’ as you can get; but that’s nothing in the face of actual experience. In fact, the main reason I knew he was an infinitely better doctor than the other neurologists I’d seen is because he acknowledged how little he knew about the experience of, say, having your life force drained from you by anti-seizure medication. Despite his honest-to-Dog genius, he does not pretend to all-encompassing expertise, or treat his fount of knowledge as the only valid source - which makes him smarter and more ‘expert’ than anyone who thinks they know it all. 

And everyone knows that the only difference between professionals and laymen is that one gets paid for their achievements and the other doesn’t. It’s such a pathetic example, really: ‘laymen’ is a word created to distinguish the people who were not endorsed by the institutional Powers That Be in religious life; the Jesus Christ of the Bible was a layman, and as such was anathema to the institution. Now, we’ve all seen how much we should blindly trust and accept what the Church/etc. tells us, right?

Finally, that bit about “achievement in an area” is utterly nonsensical. Is ‘achievement’ supposed to stand in for ‘experience’—which, as already noted, is never accepted as institutionally valid in conferring ‘expertise’? Does ‘achievement’ mean an official document a la a diploma? How many of the world’s political leaders have degrees in management, policy, diplomacy, etc.? Have they ‘achieved’ less than those who have studied those topics in a fucking ivory tower? To reverse the question, there’s that old saw about how those who can’t do, teach. Now, I think that’s bullshit, because teaching is a fucking skill, and plenty of people who have incredible achievement in an area can’t go into a classroom and convey any of that in a useful way. By the same token, when those people *are* good teachers, do we keep them out of the classroom because their ‘expertise’ comes from experience rather than academic success? Never. 

This whole thing is bullshit. All those signal words—expertise, professional, layman, student, teacher, knower, wonderer, achievement—are deliberately misused, ignorant of their actual definitions and meanings, to make a faux-profound statement that has no purpose other than to bitch about how the Powers That Be are no longer as all-important in conferring expertise as they used to be.

You can be an expert without paying for it. That really pisses this person off.

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"I worry that in an information-driven age of technological marvels, nobody will treat me like I’m a wizard-priest anymore."

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I think this is becoming a sort of under-the-table war. And I’m not really exaggerating. For example, recently various academic groups and journals have been banning their members and editors from having blogs:

Academic blogging grew from the desire to compensate for people being unable to access academic scholarship,” Saideman told the Guardian. He said academic blogging has become a part of a professor’s job and that it is part of a movement to share scholarship with broader groups of people, including translating it into other languages.

One of his many critiques of the ISA’s proposal is that it further reduces the plurality of voices in scholarship, potentially affecting the number of minorities and women heard in academic discussions. If you’re telling people that the only way to be on editorial teams is by reducing your voice elsewhere, then that’s logically going to reduce the amount of voices out there,” Saideman said.

(via medievalpoc)

I’m a scientist. I’m not sure how other disciplines work, but for science, this ease-of-learning is the greatest thing ever.

I mean, it does have the slight downside that a lot of people don’t know the difference between peer-reviewed scientific research and something an angry layman made up on their blog, but that’s a teething problem. The laypeople of my generation know a lot more about reliable sources than the previous generation, and the next will know even more. I don’t think that random googling and home workshopping will ever compensate fully for actual scientific training, largely because there’s no regulation. But that’s not the point.

Science works by taking a lot of different people who are interested in the truth and having them all work on similar sorts of things and interpret the facts as best they can. Everyone is, of course, biased. Everyone wants their preferred truth to ‘win’, everyone makes accidental assumptions that support what they want to be true, even in the most evidence-based practices. But the whole point of science is that because the evidence is what’s important, these biases balance out within the community. If an experimenter misses a detail, somebody else picks up on it. If an experiment gives unusual results, this is noticed when other people repeat it. Science works only because there is a huge amount of variety in the way scientists think, in what they think about, and in what they personally believe.

But the problem that nobody will talk about in science is this: there’s not that much variety. Because in school, we were given a bunch of facts about the world to memorise, and we were told (wrongly) that memorising those was “science”. Some of us loved doing that. Most people hated it. those that loved it kept doing it, and many of us became scientists. but here’s the thing — there’s no reason whatsoever to believe that people who like memorising stuff about the world will necessarily make the best scientists. This process filters out people who think differently, and then we look back and say ‘well they didn’t do well in science and they gave it up so clearly they don’t have the mind for it’. Of course they gave it up. We forced them out by lying about what science was.

My point here is that some people don’t have the attention span to read a bunch of scientific articles. Some people don’t have the right linguistic aptitude for it — or, come to think of it, the money for it, since many of these things are behind a paywall and only members of scientific and educational institutions can browse them freely. Some people don’t care about how photosynthesis works unless it relates directly to what they’re doing at the time. Without so much open access to information, these people would be filtered out of the scientific community. But with things like the internet, they’re not. Some of them might decide to become scientists if they self-teach the basics, because the basics aren’t ridiculously boring for them that way. Many won’t, but they’ll still be more knowledgable about the world, still participate in forum discussions, still advise scientist friends and blog for science students. And this is a problem because… what? Us textbooky people can’t pretend to be smarter than everyone else any more? Somebody who failed year 11 chemistry might have the audacity to correct our physics calculations based on what they learned from google scholar?

I’m having a little trouble seeing that as a bad thing.

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The danger of returning to childhood games.

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In addition to the various dangers that a young trans woman faces when living on the street, the temperature is supposed to drop to 39 degrees tonight in Colorado Springs. Tomorrow night, it is supposed to drop to 20.

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This is a real article. Not by the Onion.

Somebody actually said these things and wrote these words.

I…. what.

oh my god im conditioned to see the words “the gays” as part of a joke.

but this shit REAL 

aw motherfuck why you say

I don’t know if I’m laughing that I find this funny that they didn’t realize a large group of people make and spend money, if i’m laughing out of pity for the conservatives that apparently can’t use their brains, or out of horror at just how out of touch these people really are…

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medievalpoc:

inkytomes submitted to medievalpoc:

Arizona Materials

Hi, I’ve been following your blog for a little while, and I know the general focus is on earlier times in Europe but I thought you’d appreciate a link to some examples of the material from Arizona.

http://www.tu4sd.com/p/faqs-ethnic-studies_16.html

I realize this might be a bit out of bounds but I’d just like to say that while I think the intent of the content is admirable, some of the actual material is more divisive than educational.  Advocating Thanksgiving become a national day of atonement strikes me as a tad extreme, a lot of it doesn’t appear academic… it reminds me more of angry bloggers on tumblr than a school curriculum.

On the other hand, I might not be the most objective person. Although I’m Puerto Rican on my dad’s side, he’s also in the military and a conservative, I grew up believing we were moving forward on all social, economic, and political issues and that we were the greatest country on earth.  Since I became a history major in college I’ve been forced to confront a lot of things America has done though and it’s been sad, and horrifying. But at the same time I still like to believe the nation has a lot of good in it. Hence my mixed feelings regarding the materials from Arizona.

People in the US should absolutely be educated on how places like Texas and Hawaii became states, and how the native people were horrifically mistreated by settlers.  But talking abut how American hangmen got drunk on eggnog after executing Mexican and Indian Leaders… I don’t know, what good does that do?

I’m not asking you to tell me what to think or how to feel about this, I don’t want to put that onus on you, and I’m certainly not implying you’re obligated to even reply back or deal with this, I’m sure you’ve already got plenty on your plate and as I noted above, this isn’t medieval or european really.  But you seem like an individual that would have a broader base of knowledge to draw from and might be able to offer some perspective on this that I don’t have, and I would greatly appreciate that.  

Finally, my apologies, I have a lingering notion this entire message was ill-advised and mostly rooted in my need to vent about this to someone, and again you have no obligation to dignify this message with a response.

Well, let’s start at the end, why don’t we? You think this whole message “was ill-advised and mostly rooted in [your] need to vent”. And yet, you still sent it.

The content is basically: maybe teaching Ethnic Studies is divisive (and therefore should be legally banned).

You think that a class in Social Justice/Government/Latin@ Literature “reminds [you] more of angry bloggers on tumblr than a school curriculum.”

Let’s take a look at a quote from an analytical piece, that delves into popular perceptions of this particular blogging platform, shall we?

Tumblr genuinely is younger than most other social platforms, and more diverse. A greater proportion of its users are people of colour than on any other major platform. Women users make up a higher percentage than anywhere else bar Pinterest. Teenagers over-index dramatically.

And while Pew and other research agencies don’t tend to ask about sexuality or gender identification, LGBT visibility in Tumblr fandom is very high.

What looks to dim outsiders as some kind of obsession with “social justice” often just springs from people talking about themselves, their lives and the shit that happens to them.

This is what happens when the twain do, in fact, meet.

The REASON this sounds more like an “angry tumblr blog” to you than a curriculum is because curricula LIKE it have been BANNED BY THE GOVERNMENT. The logical place to go in this day and age as an educator, if you have been prevented from educating, is somewhere you can continue to do so.

This is why the societal segment of the relatively privileged come to tumblr and see a strange and topsy turvy world in which the people who have been systematically, economically, educationally, and and institutionally SILENCED are speaking, although it almost guarantees ongoing harassment as a price.

You have literally asked:

People in the US should absolutely be educated on how places like Texas and Hawaii became states, and how the native people were horrifically mistreated by settlers.  But talking abut how American hangmen got drunk on eggnog after executing Mexican and Indian Leaders… I don’t know, what good does that do?

This says something to me, and that is

1. That you were educated about atrocities in American history in an impersonal way that spoke of numbers but didn’t make it seem “real”, or place blame on the perpetrators

2. You believe that learning facts about how white colonizers celebrated the murder of the leaders of indigenous and/or people of color doesn’t do any “good”

So…you literally think that education should erase things that make white colonizers look culpable for actual atrocities committed, and focus on things that make them look, what? Noble? Honorable? Full of idealism?

That is not a moderate view. That is not objective. That is literally the position of the Tea Party:

Fayette County attorney Hal Rounds, the group’s lead spokesman during the news conference, said the group wants to address “an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another.”

The same Tea Party that, in Tennessee, removed references to “the slave trade” and replaced them with “Atlantic Triangular Trade” in 2010.

^I think people are REALLY MISSING the fact that I am TALKING ABOUT THINGS THAT HAVE ALREADY HAPPENED.

Ultraconservatives wielded their power over hundreds of subjects this week, introducing and rejecting amendments on everything from the civil rights movement to global politics. Hostilities flared and prompted a walkout Thursday by one of the board’s most prominent Democrats, Mary Helen Berlanga of Corpus Christi, who accused her colleagues of “whitewashing” curriculum standards.

By late Thursday night, three other Democrats seemed to sense their futility and left, leaving Republicans to easily push through amendments heralding “American exceptionalism” and the U.S. free enterprise system, suggesting it thrives best absent excessive government intervention.

"Some board members themselves acknowledged this morning that the process for revising curriculum standards in Texas is seriously broken, with politics and personal agendas dominating just about every decision,” said Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, which advocates for religious freedom.

^ Even conservatives have criticized the system by which these changes are decided and implemented. The problem is they are, right now, teaching literal LIES in classrooms. This is LITERALLY WHAT IS IN THE CLASSROOMS RIGHT NOW:

Numerous attempts to add the names or references to important Hispanics throughout history also were denied, inducing one amendment that would specify that Tejanos died at the Alamo alongside Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie. Another amendment deleted a requirement that sociology students “explain how institutional racism is evident in American society.”

Democrats did score a victory by deleting a portion of an amendment by Republican Don McLeroy suggesting that the civil rights movement led to “unrealistic expectations for equal outcomes.”

Damage control on a proposed change that would suggest that the civil rights movement was bad is now, apparently, a “victory”.

OH, and what else did they delete from Sociology? SOCIETY:

In the field of sociology, another conservative member, Barbara Cargill, won passage of an amendment requiring the teaching of “the importance of personal responsibility for life choices” in a section on teenage suicide, dating violence, sexuality, drug use and eating disorders.

“The topic of sociology tends to blame society for everything,” Ms. Cargill said.

They have literally rewritten history textbooks ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE EUROPEAN MIDDLE AGES:

"This is a battle for the soul of education," said Mavis Knight, a liberal member of the Texas education board. "They’re trying to indoctrinate with American exceptionalism, the Christian founding of this country, the free enterprise system. There are strands where the free enterprise system fits appropriately but they have stretched the concept of the free enterprise system back to medieval times. The president of the Texas historical association could not find any documentation to support the stretching of the free enterprise system to ancient times but it made no difference.”

How bad is that? Well, Texas more or less sets the standards for what is and is not printed. The lies, conjecture and overt bias in these books is severe enough that other states tried to keep them from coming in for use in their schools, but it didn’t work.

^^^That is what is being taught to children all over the United states, right NOW, and has been since 2010.

But this is what LEGALLY BANNED. This is the syllabus from YOUR LINK, for Interdisciplinary Senior Literature:

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Instead of this^^^^, which is ILLEGAL, they are teaching out of books that HAVE REMOVED THOMAS JEFFERSON COMPLETELY FOR BEING “TOO LIBERAL”.

We have gotten to the point where anything remotely resembling a “middle ground” is shrinking like an ice floe in Arizona, much like our middle class.

The truth doesn’t matter, because our education system has become nothing more than  political gambit.

You can’t stand back and say “well, maybe BOTH sides have a point” when one “side” has already completely obliterated the other.

But, we didn’t die.

I wonder why those BANNED MATERIALS

"remind [you] more of angry bloggers on tumblr than a school curriculum.”

I.

Wonder.


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