the new york times, may 24, 2020
Okay. I mention my philosophy professor and the lesson I learned in one of his Ethics lectures a lot, but the world keeps giving it meaning, so….
He asked us one hot summer day how to measure an evil. How do you measure the Holocaust? the genocide of the Native Americans? American slavery? a massacre? We, a bunch of kids whose brains hadn’t finished growing in yet, were mildly stumped. It wasn’t the number of the dead, we were told. Instead, we were told to imagine the following:
You’re standing on a street corner. There is a line of people in front of you. One by one, they introduce themselves to you. One by one, you learn names and what they did, maybe a hobby, maybe how many siblings or kids or nephews they had. One by one, you heard about talents or hobbies, what they did on their last holiday. One by one, you meet those who were lost.
This is how you measure an evil, my professor taught us. You measure not the number, but the individuals lost. Not just the names, but who they were, their connections to others. What is lost is an irreplaceable human being. The evil is measured not in the number, but in the who was lost. All of those whos matter. Every life listed above and listed on other pages mattered. Losing them hurts all of us. We lost nearly 100,000 irreplaceable human beings. This did not have to happen. That is the measure of the evil of “it’ll all just go away”.
May their memories be a blessing to those who knew them and mourn them. May they Rest In Peace. May we never forget they were living, breathing human beings whose lives were important and mattered. May we never allow negligence, nepotism, greed, racism, ageism, ableism, and incompetence to do this to us again.
It’s going to get worse before it gets better.
Reblogging again for ultra-relevant commentary.
Aggretsuko furries are better than Beastars furries.
Don’t @ me.
According to the laws of physics, a planet in the shape of a doughnut (toroid) could exist. Physicist Anders Sandberg says that such planets would have very short nights and days, an arid outer equator, twilight polar regions, moons in strange orbits and regions with very different gravity and seasons.
Read more: https://bit.ly/1kPLXGT via io9
petition to turn the earth into a fucking doughnut
THE STORY POTENTIAL FOR THIS IS AMAZING YOU COULD HAVE TWO ENTIRELY DIFFERENT CIVILIZATIONS SEPARATED BY DESERT ON THE OUTSIDE AND AN PERMANENT NIGHT-WINTER ON THE INSIDE
YOU COULD (WITH A LITTLE FUDGING ON TIDES OR SOME STABILIZATION FORCE) HAVE MOONS THAT GO THROUGH THE FUCKING HOLE, WITH LUNAR-POWERED SORCERERS LIVING ON THE INNER EQUATOR IN GIANT ICE CASTLES WAITING FOR THE TIME OF THE MONTH WHEN THE MOON ILLUMINATES THE ETERNAL NIGHTTIME AND THEIR SPELLS HAVE THE MOST POWER
YOU COULD HAVE ENTIRELY DIFFERENT SPECIES THAT EVOLVED ON OPPOSITE SIDES WHO ARE BASICALLY ALIENS ON THE SAME PLANET AND WHOEVER CROSSES THE GIANT DESERT OR ARCTIC CIRCLE (HEH) MAKES FIRST CONTACT
THIS IS SO COOL
THIS IS SO COOL
I WANT TO RUN FIFTY THOUSAND GAMES ON WORLDS LIKE THIS HOLY FUCK
THIS JUST IN IF I’M UNDERSTANDING THE MAGNETIC FIELDS CORRECTLY I THINK THE ETERNAL NIGHT ICE REALM WILL HAVE NEAR-CONSTANT ELECTRICAL STORMS
From another article, showing possible seasons.
so there wouldn’t necessarily be endless night on the inner ring, depending on the season. though there could be some really funky sunrises and sunsets
I’m technically supposed to wear glasses, I got them my senior year. But then I got braces after I graduated and refused to wear them. They’re not for anything major though
Lol I had braces my sophomore year to my junior year, they were some real suffering.
would never do that shit again.
As for the glasses, technically I need them to drive and my vision is pretty bad but tbh it’s usually fine and I don’t care too much.
Just that sometimes they’re annoying.
How many of you nerds wear glasses?
I do and i dislike them, but im never gonna let them shoot lazers into my eyes because I saw final destination 5, and im not crazy.
shut up about the economy. shut the fuck up about the economy, what’s the economy ever done for me, i can’t get a job with a living wage and it costs a week’s wages to get a single train ticket to see my parents and most things in my budget are that cheap cuz they’re made with slave labour and i can still get fired for being trans if i’m ever hired at all and quite frankly the illusion of choice isn’t worth the suffering of others or the death of the planet, shut up about the fucking economy i do not worship the squiggly lines i have basic fucking empathy i want to exist without harming others. i want to exist without harming others!!! i want no one to ever be hurt again!!!!!
My boss literally complained about how short staffed we are during Christmas and how nothing gets done that week.
Are you…deranged or just oblivious?
Jeez, take the boot out of your mouth for ten minutes and try to figure out why that is.
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You are an amazing person. Don’t give up on yourself.
Are we going to ignore that his slogan is “Hale Yes”?!
Christopher Hale’s Republican opponent is Scott DesJarlais.
His intimidation and emotional and physical abuse of first wife became public knowledge in 2010. He was reprimanded by the Tennessee medical board for having sex with patients in 2012.
He has a consistently Republican anti-abortion voting record, despite the fact that he’s pressured multiple women into having abortions. That’s not hearsay, by the way - there’s a recording of a phone conversation in which he says that he did.
He has continued to win every election for the past decade, the last two with a thirty point margin, because Republicans don’t care what kind of immoral, hypocritical, violent misogynist is representing them, only that he’s a Republican.
Bangalore, stop slut shaming Loba.
Mirage’s clones are controllable now, I fucking love it.
I am a grown ass adult, with an MA and a job, and I still have nightmares about being forced to repeat high school.
Seriously. sometimes my boss is my math teacher or a professor I hated is teaching me physics, but the theme is the same.
High school will always be a nightmare I cannot escape from.