Shepard: Sir, what is it?
Admiral Hackett: It's the crucible... We need someone who's fucked a Turian.
Shepard: ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
@thestarmaker submitted: Hi! Mostly just wanted to share this cute little round guy who visited us the other day. Supposedly he’s a False Potato Beetle (western new york state) but I’ve never seen one before and he reminded me a bit of a sunflower seed’s shell! He was hanging around the bucket we put compost materials in before taking it to the actual pile in our backyard.
Hello! This is a very cute and round pal. You’re right, it’s a false potato beetle, and they have very stylish outfits! Slightly different than the Colorado potato beetle’s outfit, of course, although they’re in the same genus. Have you ever seen their larvae? They are FAT
Incredible :) Photo by iamashark
The biden admin pushing the Wuhan lab leak horseshit is so predictable it’s almost comical. If you fall for this i have some wmd’s in Iraq I’d like you to inspect.
You can hear Americans’ brains all collectively turn off
“Oh boy I don’t have to face up to the fact that global capitalism is going to produce a pandemic twice a generation I can just say Chinadidit”
Openwork furniture plaque with galloping bull, ca. 9th–8th century B.C., Metropolitan Museum of Art: Ancient Near Eastern Art
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1967
Size: 2.28 x 5.83 x 0.28 in. (5.79 x 14.81 x 0.71 cm)
hello! if you’re still interested in doing weird cat genetics, i’d love to hear what you think this guy is! a friend of mine posted him on her social media
it took me ages to answer this because I genuinely do not know what is going on there.
that doesn’t look like any existing colouration on my radar. the closest thing would be black smoke (non-agouti black + the silver/inhibitor gene)
you can see that Black Smoke does look pretty similar! but there’s a problem - Black Smoke is a non-agouti colour, and your mystery cat has agouti ticking in the lighter areas:
if you combine the silver/inhibitor gene with agouti, you get a Silver Tabby, which no longer looks anything like your mystery cat:
the other gene that causes that sort of darkening is Charcoal, which originated in the Bengal breed. but there’s a problem with this too. Charcoal DOES cause darkening across the body, but your mystery cat doesn’t have the characteristic “white googles” around the eyes:
your mystery cat with ultra dark face and no goggles:
randombred charcoal cats do seem to have less defined “goggles” than Bengals, but they’re still present:
so what’s going on? I went on messybeast.com, my favourite cat genetics website, and the closest thing I could find was as follows.
there are 3 typical agouti coat patterns in cats: ticked, striped (aka mackerel), and classic (aka blotched, bullseye, marbled). two copies of the ticked gene are required for a ticked tabby, like the one below:
with only one copy of the ticked gene, the masking is incomplete & the other tabby pattern it’s carrying breaks through, like in the cat below:
HOWEVER, it can also present atypically! this is what I found on messybeast, examples of a single copy of ticked tabby incompletely masking the hidden striped/classic tabby genes, resulting in hyper dense patterns, like you see on your mystery cat:
even on this though, the face is too light compared to mystery cat! all that dense patterning seems confined to the body.
SO IN SUMMARY: I have no clue. it looks vaguely like a few existing colourations, but isn’t an exact match for any of them. I think this cat has something unique going on that hasn’t been properly documented elsewhere (that I’m aware of) - tell your friend she has a cool cat!
all video game music is Peter Gabriel
The music in water levels:
The music in snowy levels:
Don’t forget the desert levels
As a conisseur of video game water music I think the Donkey Kong one still wins
Remember that, though the potato crop was devastated by blight, there was always enough food in Ireland to feed the people. The people simply could not afford to buy the food at the prices that Britain insisted they pay. The British were more concerned that the Irish people would get something without paying than they were about Irish people starving to death.
Don’t forget that the British also blockaded food aid from the Ottomans to Dublin, increased evictions, and mandated export of all staples except potatoes…. While also mandating that only the Irish Lumper variety be grown. A particularly bland and flaky type of potato, and highly susceptible to disease, it’s only saving graces being size and starch content
Playing Mass Effect 2 legendary edition and damn I repressed how racist the character Jacob’s storyline is. Bioware put their first Black american character into the series and he’s saddled with a “my Dad left me AND I’M HAUNTED BY MY LACK OF AN ADMIRABLE FATHER FIGURE” plotline. It even crests with terse confrontation where Jacob confronts his Dad about leaving him and setting a bad example for him.
don’t care if this is a spoiler
Great thread on how Frank Lloyd Wright was a prick and a thief
For real though, David Harvey is the man when it comes to Marx’s Capital, he’s been reading and teaching about it for decades and I highly recommend checking him out. He’s got free classes on youtube and all, it’s great and really accessible if you don’t know much about economics or theory.
I haven’t gone back in a long time, but Harvey’s introductory material did the trick for me, and some of his non-pedagogical books are actually good!!!!! (Social Justice and the City and Limits to Capital still slap)
Growing Older As Me: Dave. Originally posted by My Genderation on Youtube.
Dave, a 51 year-old trans man, sitting with his partner Donna in their backyard. Excerpts from their interviews.
DAVE: I’m Dave, I identify myself as male, and I work as a carer in a care home. I’ve known since I was 4. I’ve always wanted to be a boy, so it’s been a long time now. When I was younger, there was nothing around, so I couldn’t do anything about it then. So, I did it now. I went through the stage where I thought I was a lesbian. But I knew I wasn’t, because it wasn’t right for me. If you want something that badly, just do it and go for it. Because, at the end of the day, I’m happier in myself. I am who I am.
DONNA: It takes guts and courage to stand up and say “This is who I am, and I’m going to change me outside, because I’m not happy.” Our lives are that much better because he’s happier in himself. Be brave. There’s always someone out there that’s going to care.END TRANSCRIPT.
… I literally could not tell that was a trans man, I thought he was just a regular old man making a joke… that’s pretty impressive, not gonna lie
The assumption among many people, I think, is that you can always tell when a person is trans. This is completely incorrect. Especially if we’re talking about trans men who have undergone hormone replacement therapy. Testosterone changes the body immensely. But, on a related note- this fella’s name is Ben, and he is a 64 year-old man who chose not to medically transition:
Maleness looks different for everybody, and the FTM community includes all types of men. Not all of us medically transition, and not all of us “pass” as male to the same extent. But yes, many of us do. I know I do. There is literally no way for anyone to know I’m FTM unless I tell them.
Oh shit James Cameron made a whale documentary????
Happy Wingsday Pride 🏳️🌈!
Rainbow 🌈 pittas (Pitta iris) are native to northern Australia.
SciArt from John Gould’s Birds of Australia, Vol. 4 (1848). View more in Biodiversity Heritage Library (@biodivlibrary) with thanks to Smithsonian Libraries and Archives (@smithsonianlibraries) for digitizing.
Someone asked me for recommendations on materialist histories of urban development since antiquity and I just realized I didn’t list Braudel shoot me
“After 1967, Israel began to establish its own full-scale arms industry. Throughout the 1970s and ’80s, Israel covertly and overtly supported Latin American dictatorships, apartheid South Africa, and the Iranian shah with arms and paramilitary training. At times, it served as a direct conduit for US arms, providing weapons to regimes notorious for their brutality that the US could not support directly. Israel supplied the vast majority of arms imported by the right-wing military government of El Salvador and its paramilitary death squads and gave millions to the Salvadoran regime. Israel acted as major arms supplier to Guatemala’s police force, even as it was “condemned by Amnesty International and other human rights groups for its part in official death squads responsible for the murders of thousands” and to the Somoza regime of Nicaragua, supplying more than 90 percent of its arms as the regime killed tens of thousands. Somoza bombed the slums of Nicaragua “mainly with Israeli-made Arava and West Wind planes.” This pattern was widespread, as Israel also supplied arms to dictatorial regimes in Ecuador, Chile, Paraguay, and Argentina. All these regimes killed and disappeared thousands in their “dirty wars.””
— Shireen Akram-Boshar, How Israel Became the Watchdog State: US Imperialism and the Middle East
feels like it should be more widely known that the guy who made up autogynophile theory, ray blanchard, is almost assuredly a fascist