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    are you a high school student about to take the apush exam? boy do i have some good news for you

    for some reason when i took the apush test in 2018 i decided to make my study guide in the form of a shitpost. im talking bullet points. pop culture references. gen z lingo. its 102 pages long. i ended up getting a 5 on the test and this is literally all the studying i did. i am also now a history major.

    but since i remember things better in shitpost form, it worked really well then memorizing dense text. and i know the test hasn't changed that much, so, i thought i would offer it to anyone who needs it.

    it spans everything i learned in US 1 and US 2 and goes in chronological order. i haven't read through it in a hot minute but i think that everything in there should make sense. i essentially clown on the us for 100 pages in shitpost form.

    so for all of you stressing about the exam on thursday, don't. read a shitpost instead. it will help you.


    not only am i reblogging this because its a very good study guide that i slaved over making for 2 weeks but also because maybe some of you will read it and learn a thing or two about the united states finally


    I have no exam but my mom 'homeschooled' me so I'm about to get some sick history education ~7 years late cheers


    yet another reason to switch to firefox







    Great news! Go bees!


    #the world we live in is so broken#but this is hilarious 

    Sometimes the law is like a game coder staring at the mess they’ve created, realising how much they’d have to fuck with it to get a new feature working, and just muttering, “fuck it, I’ll just classify soap as a food”.


    #now I have to go ask the friars if it’s bees for dinner on Friday (via @squeeful)



    Love the implication that Californian lawmakers specifically have religious authority.


    if you see one of these things take one for the team and light it on fire


    oh god. in a very serious way that makes them much harder to fight. previous quadrofracts could be dealt with by use of a hammer to the mid-section. im assuming a well placed .45 round might do the trick now, but that means not getting noticed by fidobot. lets hope it has bad eyesight.


    This is always where these damn thing were going and when we said it people would always say we were being killjoys and why couldn’t we “just enjoy the dancing Robots?” I guarantee these things will be deployed for “riot suppression” in only a few years.





    Image ID: Tweet thread from Dr Sarah Taber reads: PSA for anyone who might be dealing with robot gun dogs, from a farm robot specialist who wasn’t really looking at robot wrangling from the public safety standpoint but here we are.

    I haven’t worked w police/military robotics so I can’t speak to exactly how these are built. But I can tell you, IME roboticists can be really naive about environmental conditions: making robots sturdy enough to handle rain, dirt, & other outdoor realities.

    For example! I’ve worked w a couple startups that do fruit picking robots. They build the thing, *then* call me in to figure out how to clean it. And half the time you can’t. Bc the picking arm has all these delicate cameras & servos that can’t get wet.

    Folks who build robots at this time tend to be focused on making it do cool things like see, jump, run, & somersault. So they can release teaser videos that make everybody go “wow what a fancy robot” They tend to be less focused on actual service performance: DURABILITY.

    What’s this mean? The joints, motors, cameras, & other sensors are more exposed than they should be. It’s easy for water, road salt, grit, etc to get in there and cripple the robot.

    I mean look at this thing. That housing’s got more nooks & crannies than a dang English muffin. You think that’s watertight?

    For robots that work outside, not even watertight is good enough. Farms add surfactants (like dish soap) to sprays. They make the sprays stick to leaves & get into all the nooks & crannies of the plant. So farm robots need surfactant-proof seals. Not just waterproof.

    Otherwise after a few hours in the field, you have a mix of dew, mud, soil & grit, and whatever surfactants you put in your last pesticide mixing together & working their way into all the robot’s delicate parts. Scratching up the cameras. Jamming up the joints & motor.

    If there’s any salt or acid in the mix, it’s even worse! Some soils have a lil salt in them, or an acidic pH. It’s actually pretty common! The salts or H+ ions work their way into the machine & corrode the shit out of EVERYTHING. Bye-bye expensive farm robot!

    Now let’s apply this to street settings. Water. Dirt & grit. Road salt. Just a little salt destroys metal! Even faster if it’s mixed with water, acids, surfactants, &/or grit.

    And again, dirt & grit destroy joints. They scratch up camera lenses & otherwise interfere with sensors. They also scratch up any corrosion-proof coatings the engineers may have put on there, & expose the metals to water, salt, & acid.

    These robots look super-vulnerable to normal wear & tear. They look even more vulnerable to a super-soaker filled with common household items like salt, vinegar, & just a lil dish soap. Maybe with a lil diatomaceous earth to bump up the scrubbing power.

    If they don’t go belly-up from short circuits immediately, they’re still looking at either an expensive tear-town, clean, & rebuild (takes the robot off the street for a few days) or it’ll go belly-up within a week or two. Both options are REALLY expensive & frustrating for own

    Especially if they get hit with water/salt/acid/grit/soaps ASAP the moment they hit the street again. Then the robots wind up spending more time in the shop on life support than actually doing their job.

    That’s actually a pretty common outcome for automation! Everyone gets excited about this fancy new machine that’s going to replace people. Then in real life it turns out to be broken all the time, can’t do shit, it’s a giant money pit, & eventually the sponsors give up.

    idk just some thoughts on outdoor automation from someone who buries the corpses of failed robots for a living

    it’s just really funny to me that these are supposed to be scary but probably can’t stand up to a water balloon full of pickle juice


    This is really important! Please call your reps to support if you can


    Article date: May 5th, 2022


    Their unionization push comes amid a wave of unionizing at other retail companies. Last month, the independent Amazon Labor Union won its union election at a warehouse in Staten Island, New York (although a subsequent vote at another nearby warehouse failed). Workers at an REI in Manhattan voted to unionize in March. Union elections have been called at Apple stores in Atlanta and Baltimore. And about 60 Starbucks stores have voted to unionize since December, with dozens more elections filed.

    Many of these campaigns have important things in common. These are the kind of low-wage, service-sector workers who seemed so impossible to unionize for so long. Amazon and Starbucks workers aren’t bringing in organizers from big, established unions, but instead workers are leading the way themselves. And they’re going store by store, location by location. It was long thought that such a campaign couldn’t work. “What people didn’t recognize is the contagion factor,” said Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

    Target Workers Unite is hoping to instigate exactly that kind of national spread.


    I am not going to tag the name of the bird, because I’m pretty sure I would get tagged as NSFW if I did, but I assure you their beaks are getting longer and it’s probably because of the UK’s obsession with bird feeders.



    hey, so if you haven’t heard, político published a document leaked from the united states supreme court tonight.

    that document, while not yet set into law, shows that the supreme court voted to overturn all federal laws protecting the right to abortion in the united states of america.

    these prior rulings, roe and casey were decided on the basis that the surveillance of abortion as a medical procedure violated the fourth amendment of the united states constitution, which protects our right to privacy.

    this decision will impact more than just abortion.

    it will impact gender-affirming care, the drugs you’re prescribed, the surgeries and procedures you undergo.

    if you’re marginalized, i’m so sorry, we basically just lost hipaa protections for us.

    if this doesn’t directly impact you, donate to planned parenthood, to the trans lifeline, to your local abortion funds and mutual aid funds. protect our privacy.


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    these tags are so funny


    #like a lizard you say




    don't make me pull out this chart


    If this had been a trans woman no one would have cared. It wouldn’t even have made the news. But since it did, I’d just like to say that prisons are dens of sexual violence and freedom demands their abolition


    More proof that the struggles if cis women and trans women will always be intertwined and notions of “passing” will always be used as a way to punish and control all women.


    Remember that video of a cisgender lesbian who got harassed and ejected from a bathroom by male cops a couple years back while her friends pleaded for the cops to leave her alone because she was a cisgender woman? Because I remember.


    The anti-trans push WILL hurt the cis women you claim to be trying to “protect” as your excuse. You’re not protecting them or anyone else. Literally all you do is put everyone at risk instead. Stop pretending that ‘protecting’ people is your goal, we all know it isn’t, and shit like this will happen more frequently and get worse as the push gets stronger.

    Just admit you don’t give a shit about any women, you just like hurting trans people and go.


    What’s especially weird about this is for cis women going through menopause, and for cis women who have had their uterus removed, it’s pretty normal to be taking hormone replacement therapy. And them detecting that she was on HRT is a large reason why they sent her to a male prison, despite that being like, not that strange of a thing to be finding in an older cis woman.


    TERF ideology is intertwined tightly with the enforcement of white, western standards of femininity onto women around the world, and exists to punish those who don’t fall in line under the pretext of “protecting” white femininity. it’s not radical feminism, it’s reactionary fascism.


    I got 60 out of 1000 😂


    I've read 140.


    I got 56, which is honestly a lot higher than I thought I'd get

    Australian zoomers, this is your reminder you must enroll to vote by this Monday 18 April 2022 (Easter Monday) in order to vote in the coming federal election!

    You can enroll online through the Australian Electoral Commission’s website.


    Dude this is so f*cking briliant.  To basically get Congress to realize how f*cked up data privacy laws are. He did data mining, targeted men over 45 that are within 5 miles of the US capital, and put ads out including “do you want to read Ted Cruise fanfiction”. it looks like 100s clicked it including 3 that seemed to be in the capital building while doing so, which then means he has their device info, ip address etc. which he can then mine even more. 


    How can you mention the ted cruz ad and not include what the ad they clicked on looks like? Anyways, here it is:

    In the video, Leone brines beef brisket in a mixture of water, kosher salt, celery juice and whole spices. Celery juice, which contains sodium nitrate, is his substitute for curing salt, a mixture of table salt and sodium nitrite that is essential for preventing bacterial growth in preserved meat products. Leone also adds some sauerkraut liquid with the claim that its microbes will transform the celery’s nitrates into nitrites.

    When I asked culinary scientist Ali Bouzari for his thoughts on the video, he noticed some nuance in the process that kept it short of a full-blown “botulism party.” He noted that the celery juice thing doesn’t work for a brine because “just like every peach varies in sugar content or every lemon in acid, every stalk of celery is prone to different nitrate load depending on how it was grown.”

    Adam Rosenblum, an East Coast native and chef and co-owner of San Francisco’s Little Red Window, has been perfecting his pastrami technique for the past 16 years. He sticks to curing salt for his brine, but can see why celery juice would appeal as a substitute. “In my mind, a nitrite is a nitrite is a nitrite — as long as you can control the amount you’re putting in. I’ve heard horror stories of someone using the wrong nitrite and too much of it and people getting sick.”

    A good recipe is replicable, which is why food publications invest so much in testing. With all the variables that home cooks can bring into the process, you don’t want to end up printing something potentially lethal. For Bouzari, what saves the video from becoming a weapon of mass indigestion is the fact that Leone keeps the brining meat in a refrigerator, at a temperature that inhibits bacterial growth, at the cost of any of the fermentation that Leone claims might be happening.

    “It’s not impossible that something really bonkers-slash-dangerous could happen here, but this process is about as microbially risky as brining an autumnal celebration turkey in the fridge for a week and then cooking it,” he wrote in a follow-up email. That said, curing salt is as close to a guarantee as you can get when preserving meat, so why make a video telling viewers to use something as variable as celery juice in a brine for no reason, other than to pass the technique off as something more “natural”?

    Even with these nuances, which aren’t explained in any way in the actual video, the outrageous reception to “It’s Alive” shows that significant damage has already been done to Bon Appétit’s reputation. For a food publication, I’d say it’s a big deal to lose readers’ trust that your content won’t make them ill.

    When asked to comment on this, a Condé Nast representative responded with this statement: “Our safety practices are of utmost importance at Bon Appétit and we have many processes in place to ensure all content is accurate, fact-checked and safe for viewers. Our culinary production team extensively reviews all of our video content to confirm they adhere to safety protocols. In addition, we have a fermentation expert who oversees our recipes for this series, including this video.”

    Even so, this isn’t the first time Leone and Bon Appétit have offered potentially hazardous advice in cooking videos. In February 2021, the food publication removed an “It’s Alive” episode about canning seafood in a water bath from its YouTube channel after a wave of blowback from canning experts. According to many reputable sources, including the Food and Drug Administration, the only safe way to can seafood and fish is via pressure canning; anything else puts you at great risk for botulism.

    Bon Appétit hasn’t taken this latest video down, though it did add a note suggesting that viewers interested in making pastrami try a recipe that actually adheres to “food safety standards.”

    It’s wild to see a mainstream media company that boasts 15 million social media followers post cooking videos that suggest you don’t follow their advice, and I’m not sure what exactly distinguishes that action from teens posting TikTok videos of themselves doing backflips into dumpsters.

    This is one of the darker outcomes of digital media: a Faustian bargain where you trade audience engagement for potentially causing people harm. It doesn’t look great for Bon Appétit to continue holding Leone up as a culinary expert, let alone one of its stars.

    Meanwhile, employees at the publications of Condé Nast, which include Bon Appétit and its video arm, have recently pushed for unionization amid continuing wage inequity and racial discrimination. The fact that the company continues to focus resources into thinly researched, white-led content like “It’s Alive” is troubling amid the layoffs and pay issues cited by the Condé Nast Union, which still hasn’t been recognized by company management.

    At best, the presence of charismatic mediocrity at the top sucks up a lot of the oxygen in a publication that is likely filled with people who want things to change for the better. At worst, it might end up seriously harming some hapless reader one day.

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    “Puerto Rico was once a thriving agricultural hub thanks to its tropical climate, rich biodiversity, and sustainable farming traditions.

    Today, less than 2% of the workforce is employed in agriculture and tens of thousands of acres of arable land sit idle. Meanwhile 85% of the food eaten in Puerto Rico is imported, grocery prices are among the highest in the US and last year two in five people experienced food insecurity. “Unemployment is brutal, prices are brutal, migration from the island is brutal,” said Denise Santos, who runs Puerto Rico’s food bank.

    Puerto Rico, a mountainous Caribbean archipelago, is also one of the places in the world most affected by extreme weather such as storms, floods and droughts. In 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated the islands and people went hungry as ships were unable to dock at the damaged ports.

    In the face of so many challenges, a new wave of interest in food and farming among younger Puerto Ricans is flourishing, as part of a wider movement demanding political, environmental and social justice. Small scale sustainable farming known as agroecology is driving a resurgence in locally grown produce that chefs, farmers, entrepreneurs and researchers argue can help revitalize the local economy, improve food sovereignty and both mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis.“

    “After graduating with a degree in agronomy – the science of soil management and intensive crop production – Ian Pagán-Roig founded the Josco Bravo project in 2004 in the wild Toa Alta mountains as an act of political and social dissidence. At the time, agroecology was either ignored completely or ridiculed as a hippy movement by Puerto Rico’s universities and government officials, so Pagán-Roig started the farm and opened a school to radicalize a new generation of farmers.

    “We grew up in a colonial regime being told that without the US we would die from hunger or end up like Cuba. Our ancestors and lands were exploited, agriculture was disparaged, but we are part of a new generation that sees sustainable agriculture and food sovereignty as an act of rebellion,” said Pagán-Roig, 32.“

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