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Last Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced a proposal for new rules that would allow for a “ fast lane” of Internet traffic for content providers who are willing (and able) to pay a fee. [1] The proposal reverses the FCC’s previous commitment to net neutrality and open internet and allows ISP’s like Comcast or Verizon to slow down and censor services that don’t pay the toll.

We have to be totally honest, this situation is seriously grim. But there is still hope. The FCC already knows that the Internet community wants net neutrality, but they think they can put their spin on these new rules and sneak them through. If we can prove them wrong right now with a massive public outcry, we can literally save the Internet once again.

We need to stop the FCC now. Big business groups are already ramping up lobbying efforts with the FCC in swarms since Wednesday’s announcement in support of censoring the open Internet and to ensure this dangerous proposal moves forward. [2]

This is a critical moment. In the last few weeks more than 65,000 people have taken action with us. Can you help us get to 80,000 by the end of the day today?

[1] Gautham Nagesh. “FCC to Propose New ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules”.

[2] Edward Wyatt. Edward Wyatt. “Lobbying Efforts Intensify After F.C.C. Tries 3rd Time on Net Neutrality” http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/25/business/lobbying-efforts-intensify-after-fcc-tries-3rd-time-on-net-neutrality.html?hpw&rref=politics


we’re almost 3/4 of the way there!! c’mon guys, every bit counts!

will it ever stop

fucking signal boost



Last one, SIGNAL BOOST!!!

Listening to the timbre of the conversations at the Dane County Farmers Market, one of the largest in the country, you’d think the topic was vaccination or Gaza. “What exactly is in this scone?” “Are your emus happy? How much space do they have to roam free?” “When you say ‘flour’ on the label, what kind of flour is that?”

Yet food pantries remain full of the same canned pumpkin and expired boxed meals they always have. Obese people are shamed and told what to eat, while people deemed skinny enough to have an eating disorder are also shamed for not taking care of their “health.” There is a serious disconnect here that should tell anyone who’s paying attention that this is not about justice or health in any form––it is about vanity.

When asking the server how the animal being served was prepared, no one seems to wonder whether that server has basic health insurance or whether that server is affected by the fact that the restaurant industry has one of the highest rates of sexual harassment and lowest rates of pay. When waxing poetic about the “salt of the Earth” farmers from which they buy their unpasteurized milk, no one seems to worry that an estimated 10 percent of American farm workers are children. When pearl-clutching over the things we “don’t know” about GMOs, as Kavin pointed out, no one seems to be concerned about their presence in groceries found at Price Rite––only products sold at Whole Foods.

If you are not as concerned about the people handing you your food in the restaurant as you are about the pigs on the farm where it was grown, your approach is classist….If you start telling someone all about your new trendy diet or asking them about theirs without knowing if they have an eating disorder that may be triggered by your prattle, your approach is ableist. If you tsk-tsk at people who are overweight for what they are eating and claim you’re concerned about their health, yet you’re not actively campaigning to make healthy food more accessible and affordable, your approach is sickening and I don’t want you in my activism.

Here’s a sure-fire way to know that you hate women: when an incident of intimate partner violence in which a man knocks a woman unconscious gains national attention and every question or comment you think to make has to do with her behavior, you really hate women. Like, despise.

There is no other explanation. There is no “I need all the facts.” There is no excuse. You hate women. Own it.

Now, you probably don’t believe you hate women. You probably honestly think you’re being an objective observer whose only interest is the truth. You are delusional.

We have this problem in our discourse around the most important challenges we face where we feel we have to be “fair to both sides.” But sometimes, one of those sides is subjugation and oppression. If you’re OK with legitimizing that side in the interest of “fairness,” you’re essentially saying you’re OK with oppression as a part of the human condition. That’s some hateful shit.

Mychal Denzel Smith, "How to know that you hate women" (via thepeoplesrecord)
What about wasps? I don't think any insect is as universally hated as the wasp. They're like bees, only bigger assholes in basically every way. But surely they must serve SOME purpose to the ecosystem that would suffer if all wasps were to just mysteriously die...Right?


It’s amazing how often I hear that question honestly…wasps are predators, and predators are essential in maintaining the populations of other organisms so that no one species overcrowds, expends its resources and destroys both itself and the rest of its biome. That kind of goes without saying really.

Of course, with wasps, it goes a little deeper than that, too; while carnivorous, social wasps such as yellow jackets do an amazing job indiscriminately regulating all sorts of insects, the majority of wasps are parasitoids who evolved to kill one and only one host species.

In most cases, a single wasp is in fact the ONLY thing keeping a given species of caterpillar, aphid or other plant-eater from a devastatingly destructive population explosion.

This is a service so deeply integrated in the ecosystem that a staggering amount of plant life, including most of the trees, shrubs and grasses you see every day, have evolved to directly communicate with wasps - and wasps alone - when they’re in danger.

Corn, for example, is attacked by two different corn-specialist caterpillars. Each of those caterpillars has its own enemy wasp. The corn plant will tolerate some small amount of munching, but if it starts to get overwhelmed by caterpillar activity, it will identify which of the two species is feeding on it and release a chemical signal into the air, attracting exactly the right species of wasp.

To top it off, wasps also play just as big a role in flower pollination as bees, with many flowers, especially orchids, even evolving to be pollinated by wasps alone.

Wasps as a whole are basically among the most important land animals on our planet.

As for their “assholeishness,” though, most of that is pure hyperbole. It’s pretty much just a “meme” that wasps are evil, nasty monsters who love to sting people. I’ve never been stung by a wasp in my entire life. Generally, they only sting if they have reason to believe you are a predator after their nest and their young. They pay a lot of attention to how you behave around them, and if you get scared or panicky, all they know is that your level of “excitement” has risen, which, to them, can only mean you’re eager to devour their family.



I remember when I first found out the truth about “Somali pirates” I got chills because of how horrific the truth was and how insanely creepily well the media had twisted the situation. Every single fucking article making it seem like these “pirates” were just…




The Ferguson City Council convened for the first time since Mike Brown’s death, and proved that they literally give no fucks about what the community has to say. Added to their vague, paltry proposed reforms, seems real change will have to come in Ferguson via the ballot box. I don’t care where you live folks— let this be a lesson in voting/participating in your local elections and government! #staywoke #farfromover 

My people getting it!

these people are the real heroes. not the military, not politicians, not the Hollywood actors. they risked their lives and livelihoods to challenge white supremacy and institutionalized racism.

In the last 48 hours Israel has:

1. Annexed another 1,000 acres of West Bank land

2. Seized $55,000,000 dollars of PA tax revenue

3. Broken the ceasefire by firing at fishermen

4. Broken the ceasefire by not opening the border crossing for goods

5. Destroyed a dairy factory in Hebron

6. Destroyed five houses and a farm belonging to Bedouin near Jerusalem

7. Destroyed a family home in Silwan, making 11 children homeless

8. Shot and critically injured a man in Qalqilya

9. Kidnapped 17 people from Jenin

10. Kidnapped 7 people from Nablus

And that’s just the stuff that I know about. (via Omar Robert Hamilton)

Just because your media isn’t flooded with news of rocket attacks does not mean nothing is going on. (arabic for princess)


if anyone remembers the story that was making rounds a while back about a 19 year old discovering the solution to cleaning up the pacific garbage patch, that project launched a fundraider which now has 7 days to reach it’s goal.