@mckitterick
The Stars My Destination
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    redwineand12gaugeshells

    “I feel like there are now three constant processes in our world: 1) Carcinisation - everything evolves to become a crab 2) Financialization - eventually all business eventually turn into finance firms. 3) Enshitification - all producers eventually strip-mine their reputations.”

    -srboisvert on Metafilter (via mostlysignssomeportents)

    mckitterick

    I have to believe #3 isn't always the case. I know lots of creators who never stop doing what they believe in most

    it's the big corporate greedists who try to corrupt everyone to enrich themselves

    “It is good for everyday Republican voters to stare at the monster they have created. It is good for Republicans to witness their supposed party leader on his knees groveling before a rat pack of genuine rats. It is good for Republicans to think about the fact that the two most dominant faces on camera for the week were a man who has been linked with sex-trafficking and an election-denying woman who tweets racially incendiary filth while sending out a Christmas card of her family toting assault rifles. It is very good for Republicans to watch their own party turn the position of Speaker of the House into a toothless, empty, ceremonial throne – all because no one had the guts to cut a real deal with Democrats and form a functioning coalition that would render Matt Gaetz once again only threatening to underage women. It is good for Republicans to realize that it took 200 largely white male complicit wimps in cozy leather seats to turn Matt Gaetz and Lauren Boebert into media superstars. It is a good time for all the Republicans in the United States to honestly ask themselves if they are proud to be associated with a party whose primary faces are weaklings, criminals, power addicts, bold-faced liars, and soulless enablers. As they say down at the corner store, if you broke it, you own it.”

    Republican “Moderates”: If you stick with it, you are enabling it. If you think
    you are not sending your money to Matt Gaetz, you might just want to tune into
    C-SPAN to see who is cashing the
    check.

    mooonborne

    “When sperm whales need a nap, they take a deep breath, dive down about 45 feet and arrange themselves into perfectly-level, vertical patterns. They sleep sound and still for up to two hours at a time between breaths, in pods of 5 or 6 whales, presumably for protection. No one knew whales slept vertically until a 2008 study documented the behavior. And no one captured really good photography of it in the wild until 2017. French photographer Stephane Granzotto was documenting sperm whales in the Mediterranean for his book on the creatures when he came across these sleeping whales.”

    Ecletic Soul

    image

    (via entheognosis)

    probablyasocialecologist

    “For some time now, one of the most successful tactics of the ruling class has been responsibilisation. Each individual member of the subordinate class is encouraged into feeling that their poverty, lack of opportunities, or unemployment, is their fault and their fault alone. Individuals will blame themselves rather than social structures, which in any case they have been induced into believing do not really exist (they are just excuses, called upon by the weak). What Smail calls “magical voluntarism” — the belief that it is within every individual’s power to make themselves whatever they want to be — is the dominant ideology and unofficial religion of contemporary capitalist society, pushed by reality TV “experts” and business gurus as much as by politicians.”

    k-punk: The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher (2004-2016)

    mckitterick

    the notion of a "meritocracy" is so appealing yet self-destructive, because no matter how hard (or smart) you work, only those with privilege and luck can really see major benefits in a capitalist system like ours

    another facet of responsibilization (I love this word) is how corporations and other large systems have successfully made us all feel guilty for pollution, climate change, and other environmental nightmares when individuals can make almost no difference in any of these problems

    citizens and workers need to join in solidarity against this propaganda and make the systems work for us, not the ruling capitalist class

    “Anyone who is observant, who discovers the person they have always dreamed of, knows that sexual energy comes into play before sex even takes place. The greatest pleasure isn’t sex, but the passion with which it is practiced. When the passion is intense, then sex joins in to complete the dance, but it is never the principal aim.”

    — Paulo Coelho

    katelyn-danger

    Unironically, vegans need to be advocating for more and better sheep, llama, and alpaca farms. Wool is one of the best fabrics we have in terms of versatility, longevity and most importantly, insulation. Even wet, it retains 80% of it’s insulation potential.

    AND IT DOESN’T SHED MICROPLASTICS

    katelyn-danger

    Like, there’s literally nothing you can do to a sheep that’s as morally reprehensible as dumping plastic down the gullet of literally every other living thing. You wanna talk about animal welfare? Talk about reducing the amount of microplastics produced by rayon, polyester, and spandex.

    guinea-big-deactivated20221004

    Bruh plant-based sources of clothing exist and are better for the environment and don’t involve slicing an animal’s throat open please shut the fuck up you cunt

    katelyn-danger

    THE WOOL GROWS BACK

    scoutandcowpany

    I know when I shear my animals I always make sure to slice their throat 😌

    is-the-fox-video-cute

    In the UK many farmers are resorting to throwing away or burning the wool from their sheep because the fleeces have so little value now that it’s not worth trying to sell them. Other farmers are switching to using sheep breeds that moult naturally as it costs more to sheer an individual sheep than it’s fleece is worth. 

    Meanwhile fast fashion brands keep pumping out clothing made of plastics that will permanently pollute the environment and shed microplastics everywhere. 

    is-the-owl-video-cute

    The impact PETA has had on completely misinforming the public on where wool comes from is astounding.

    This is all shearing a sheep involves. That’s it. It may be a bit confusing or uncomfortable, but it’s no more inhumane than giving a dog a bath. Most wool-bearing animals do not shed their wool naturally anymore and must be sheared to avoid suffering an incredibly slow death.

    Nothing about wool production is cruel to the animals. No part of wool goes against veganism. Benefits the animal and benefits the people.

    brunhiddensmusings

    ive gotten a depressing amount of use out of th is image

    redpandarascal

    If you want a quick summary: wool is made by sheep haircuts, and you have to give sheep haircuts anyway. Everyone in this post is using the term “sheering”, which might sound scary to you, because it’s a technical term you’re unfamiliar with that references a blade. It’s a haircut. It’s a less exploitative haircut than when a principal lets the students shave their head if the students raise enough charity money. Haircut haircut haircut.

    “Republicans once bemoaned the practice of forum-shopping, whereby plaintiffs’ lawyers would seek juries prone to award robust damages. Now, however, we have two federal judiciaries — one populated with suspect, intellectually dishonest Trump appointees and the other with a mix of conservative and liberal judges who at least try to get it “right.” That means judge-shopping will become a critical feature in high-profile cases, with each side racing to its preferred set of judges. This should make anyone uneasy about the independent judiciary and popular acceptance of court decisions. And for those who shy away from the suggestion that how a judge rules is determined partly by the president who appointed them, this is a dispiriting development. But with Trump has come a legion of extreme activist judges for whom the question is not “What is the law?” but rather “Who is asking me to rule?” Shrinking the proportion of Trump-corrupted judges by expanding the lower courts should be a priority for Democrats — and for anyone trying to preserve the courts’ legitimacy.”

    We now have two federal judiciaries

    tenitchyfingers

    “We chose the term “asexual” to describe ourselves because both “celibate” and “anti-sexual” have connotations we wished to avoid: the first implies that one has sacrificed sexuality for some higher good, the second that sexuality is degrading or somehow inherently bad. “Asexual”, as we use it, does not mean “without sex” but “relating sexually to no one”. This does not, of course, exclude masturbation but implies that if one has sexual feelings they do not require another person for their expression. Asexuality is, simply, self-contained sexuality.”

    The Asexual Manifesto, Lisa Orlando and Barbara Getz, 1972

    aegipan-omnicorn

    Note the date, people:

    That’s 1972

    29 years before AVEN was started online,

    and 47 years before the present.

    And that’s only the date that Manifesto was written, so asexuals as members of a community must have existed at least some time before that.

    So, no: we are not just Tumblr trenders. Get out of here with that.

    queer-human-being

    supporting my asexual friends and foes by rebbloging this

    freyjawriter24

    It’s 50 years this month since the first version of the Asexual Manifesto was written. Aces have been writing about our experiences under this name for at least half a century. We are not an internet fad.

    yutani-corporation

    “Other intelligent life-forms will differ greatly in appearance - they may resemble the creature in E.T. or startle us with their beauty - but life itself is common, I’m certain.”

    Frank D. Drake [1930年 - 2022年]

    mckitterick

    this is the person who came up with the Drake Equation that estimate how many detectable extraterrestrial civilizations might exist in our galaxy right now. each variable is a crucial factor for the emergence and development of life and technological civilization:

    and here's an interactive version - you pick what you think is the likelihood of each variable:

    based on current understanding - and being pretty pessimistic with my numbers - I get 69 currently communicating technological civilizations alive right now somewhere in our galaxy, 832 if I'm being more realistic, and 16,380 if I'm answering as I truly believe

    thanks for the inspiration, Professor Drake!

    jasminesapphires

    “Many people seem to think it foolish, even superstitious, to believe that the world could still change for the better. And it is true that in winter it is sometimes so bitingly cold that one is tempted to say, ‘What do I care if there is a summer; its warmth is no help to me now.’ Yes, evil often seems to surpass good. But then, in spite of us, and without our permission, there comes at last an end to the bitter frosts. One morning the wind turns, and there is a thaw. And so I must still have hope.”

    — Vincent Van Gogh

    writingraven

    Writing Tips

    Punctuating Dialogue

    ➸ “This is a sentence.”

    ➸ “This is a sentence with a dialogue tag at the end,” she said.

    ➸ “This,” he said, “is a sentence split by a dialogue tag.”

    ➸ “This is a sentence,” she said. “This is a new sentence. New sentences are capitalized.”

    ➸ “This is a sentence followed by an action.” He stood. “They are separate sentences because he did not speak by standing.”

    ➸ She said, “Use a comma to introduce dialogue. The quote is capitalized when the dialogue tag is at the beginning.”

    ➸ “Use a comma when a dialogue tag follows a quote,” he said.

    “Unless there is a question mark?” she asked.

    “Or an exclamation point!” he answered. “The dialogue tag still remains uncapitalized because it’s not truly the end of the sentence.”

    ➸ “Periods and commas should be inside closing quotations.”

    ➸ “Hey!” she shouted, “Sometimes exclamation points are inside quotations.”

    However, if it’s not dialogue exclamation points can also be “outside”!

    ➸ “Does this apply to question marks too?” he asked.

    If it’s not dialogue, can question marks be “outside”? (Yes, they can.)

    ➸ “This applies to dashes too. Inside quotations dashes typically express—“

    “Interruption” — but there are situations dashes may be outside.

    ➸ “You’ll notice that exclamation marks, question marks, and dashes do not have a comma after them. Ellipses don’t have a comma after them either…” she said.

    ➸ “My teacher said, ‘Use single quotation marks when quoting within dialogue.’”

    ➸ “Use paragraph breaks to indicate a new speaker,” he said.

    “The readers will know it’s someone else speaking.”

    ➸ “If it’s the same speaker but different paragraph, keep the closing quotation off.

    “This shows it’s the same character continuing to speak.”

    neil-gaiman

    I knew about half of this when I started writing. It’s amazing the stuff they don’t teach you in school that you have to work out on your own. And look, all beautifully laid out for you.

    quotemadness

    “I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances, be more active, show up more often.”

    — Brian Tracy

    mckitterick

    and that goes not just for good luck but the other kinds, too