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  • meowmeow-beenz:

    catcomixzstudios:

    John Oliver talks about student debt

    Allllllll of this

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  • venort:

    daphneontherun:

    historical-nonfiction:

    micdotcom:

    Whoa, scientists have finally uncovered the identity of Jack the Ripper 

    I don’t normally reblog things, but this is simply too interesting to not make a note of! Read more at the Independent or the Mirror

    This is so misleading that it is frankly a lie.

    First of all, “Scientists” haven’t solved anything except determined the results of a DNA test—matching a still-living descendent of the sister of a mental patient with a 126-year-old semen stain on the shawl of a single woman thought to be killed by the Ripper.

    • The idea that they could have a “100% match” is highly tenuous at best; siblingship is a tricky thing to discover through DNA to begin with, and vastly more so when you take into account that they’re testing the descendent of a sibling. There’s a reason that whenever possible, geneticists prefer to test a parent as well as a sibling, given how many DNA loci are recombined to form a sibling’s DNA. They also “matched” the shawl’s owner’s bloodstain to her “three-times great-granddaughter,” proving again a “100% match.” 
    • The DNA evidence has not been independently verified by any authorities.
    • The shawl itself, the one and only piece of physical evidence, has not been independently verified. It “is thought” to have been part of the case.
    • The lead detective on the case is not a detective. He is a self-proclaimed “armchair detective” and history nut. 
    • He is selling a book about this. It doesn’t take an “armchair detective” to realize that a book about looking for Jack the Ripper’s identity is not going to turn a profit without showing “conclusive proof” that they’ve found the killer. 
    • His only other proof is the fact that Kosminski was recorded as a suspect in the 1800s by the police, who were notedly anti-Semetic (Kosminski was a Polish Jew). 
    • This “study,” if it can even be called that when the information was clearly biased, was reported in the Daily Mail and the Mirror, not exactly shining bastions of journalism. Look for it to be discredited very soon. I’m betting Cracked’s “B.S. News Stories that Fooled Your Facebook Friends” gets there within a week.
    • The apparently brilliant scientist that has pioneered this new DNA matching technology, Dr. Jari Louhelainen, is hardly a standout in his field. He is not decorated, has received no awards or fellowships that I’ve been able to find, and is a professor at a college that has turned out only one notable alumnus in the scientific field, ever (and she is an astrophysicist). 
    • Even if the shawl and its two spots of purported DNA were not obviously of over-inflated importance (and if they could be verified), that is far from saying the mystery of Jack the Ripper is solved. All that would be in today’s courtroom is a single piece of circumstantial evidence for ONE of five serial murders.

    IN SUMMATION.

    1. The newspaper that reported this is a tabloid.
    2. The “detective” is an amateur with a book to sell.
    3. The “scientist” is a lecturer at a new university in England that focuses on sports.
    4. The “evidence” is over-hyped and far from conclusive.
    5. The “evidence” only points to Kosminski for ONE murder out of five.

    This is not research. This is sensationalism. The mystery of Jack the Ripper is far from solved.

    No shawl was recorded at the scene of the crime, no witnesses mentioned her as wearing it in the hours before her body was found (and one group encountered her within ten minutes of her death), and most importantly: Kosminski wasn’t identified as a suspect until 6 years after the murders, and HE WAS NON-VIOLENT. While he was neurodivergent (experiencing auditory hallucinations, among other things), he was specifically described as having no violent tendencies. ‘man blames immigrant for something they played no part in’ is hardly newsworthy, nor is ‘whitechapel man visited sex worker in 1888’.

    Well done.

    (via meowmeow-beenz)

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  • southwestcollectionarchives:

The Southwest Collection loves Conan the barbarian so much that we’ve installed an exhibit, “Robert E. Howard: Creator of Conan the Barbarian,” highlighting our Howard holdings. Conan wasn’t the author’s only character. Kull of Atlantis was the center of 12 short stories. We’d say more about Kull, but “By This Axe, I Rule,” the title of one of his tales, pretty much sums him up.
Read more about the exhibit and our other Conan loot over here.
(Kull published by Donald M. Grant Publisher, Incorporated, 1985)
  • southwestcollectionarchives:

    The Southwest Collection loves Conan the barbarian so much that we’ve installed an exhibit, “Robert E. Howard: Creator of Conan the Barbarian,” highlighting our Howard holdings. Conan wasn’t the author’s only character. Kull of Atlantis was the center of 12 short stories. We’d say more about Kull, but “By This Axe, I Rule,” the title of one of his tales, pretty much sums him up.

    Read more about the exhibit and our other Conan loot over here.

    (Kull published by Donald M. Grant Publisher, Incorporated, 1985)

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  • "A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool."

    William Shakespeare.

    Happy International Literacy Day Tumblr!

    (via nowtheresanideaalfrey)

    A fool am I, and without the wisdom to show for it.

    (via literatureismyutopia)

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  • "Marry your best friend. Fooling around is fun, but life gets in the way and when it gets hard, you’d wanna be married to your best friend."
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  • joshistheworst:

    because it’s complete bullshit

    regardless of whatever macho self-aggrandizing definition you want to give masculinity

    men hit women

    men rape women

    real men have done this and continue to do this

    by saying “real men” don’t do this you are disassociating yourself from…

    This is wrong-headed. It’s a waste of energy attempting to score points in a semantic argument that does nothing to solve the problem—which is exactly what you are excoriating alleged purveyors of this saying for. You would be better served allying with those who express this sentiment, however expressed, because they are ultimately against the same behavior you purport to find detestable. Progress in a progressive society will be gained more quickly through educating others as opposed to condemning them, even if the latter makes you feel better at the moment.

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  • screengoddess:

Constance Bennett 1938
  • screengoddess:

    Constance Bennett 1938

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  • cbldf:

    Dynamite Entertainment Launches New DRM-Free Digital Comics Program; New Digital Initiative Benefits Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

    Dynamite Entertainment is excited to announce the debut of its brand new digital comic program featuring DRM-free comics. Launching initially with comics available in PDF file format, the initiative makes a selection of its most popular and celebrated titles ready for download today directly by consumers. The sale of DRM-free digital comics coincides with the comic book and graphic novel publisher’s 10th anniversary celebration, and can be found at their company website’s dedicated digital sales page: http://dynamite.com/digital/

    AND…

    Throughout its first month of operation, Dynamite will donate ten percent of all sales to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

    Thank you Dynamite! Get all the details here.

    (via ebookporn)

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  • whiskeyandmisanthropy:

A delicate balance.
  • whiskeyandmisanthropy:

    A delicate balance.

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  • carlboygenius:

Every year, Americans spend nearly 3x on candy than they do on public libraries.
  • carlboygenius:

    Every year, Americans spend nearly 3x on candy than they do on public libraries.

    (via ebookporn)

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