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May 21 2018

11:35

bogleech:

rad-roach:

Higher math being a requirement to graduate high school is fucking insane and has pretty much no parallel in any other subject. Science, history, english, ect. all focus on giving you general knowledge on a wide variety of topics, but no, you’d better be able to do this advanced calculus formula that’s useful in only one (1) specific situation if you want that diploma. It would be like if 1/5th of your graduation exam depended on you being able to recite detailed facts about the biology of New World frogs entirely from memory. 

This is the reason I have no college education, literally the only reason. I tried, and tried, and tried and tried to get math down and I couldn’t cut it. I put myself in a bunch of debt and wasted a bunch of my life fighting to pass the math requirements for even a basic Associates degree, and it’s highly likely I have dyscalc, but to this day I haven’t been able to figure out an avenue to get that formally diagnosed. Doctors and therapists I’ve actually talked to about it just have no idea how to help it seems.

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sergle:

freesias / simple leaves for the series. 🌼🌼

please don’t tag as me/kin, thank you! | ko-fi

05:34
03:08

anticoppropaganda:

gay girls flirt with me challenge

03:08

egofuck:

answering the question of “why are people gay” and “why are people trans” only benefits eugenicists

01:08

teamaquaria:

1: did you ever think you were straight?

2: what’s your favorite element of gay culture?

3: are you femme, butch, or neither?

4: do you prefer to date femmes or butches?

5: what’s the worst part about being a lesbian?

6: what’s the best part of being a lesbian?

7: how long were you questioning for?

8: what’s the most annoying thing straight people do?

9: what do you look for in a girl?

10: of you had to marry someone you know right now, who would you choose?

11: do you have a crush right now?

12: do you fall in love easily?

13: is there anyone in your life right now you think you’ll date in the future?

14: is there anyone you want to be kissing right now?

15: do you think you’ve met your future wife yet?

16: top, bottom, or vers?

17: is there anyone you wish you could fuck right now?

18: rough or gentle?

19: how many stereotypes do you fit into?

20: what version of the lesbian flag do you like most? (butch, lipstick, original, etc.)

21: do you have a good gaydar?

22: be honest, would you rather be straight?

23: are you cis?

24: are you a sugar mommy or a sugar baby at heart?

25: are you committed to someone at all right now emotionally?

26: are you looking for a serious relationship currently?

27: is there someone you’d like to be in a serious relationship in?

28: do you want children?

29: is your family accepting of your sexuality?

30: how confident are you in your sexuality?

31: are you polyamorous or monogamous?

32: what’s advice do you have for your 12 year old self?

33: have you ever been to a gay bar?

34: leather jackets or flannel?

35: describe your dream girlfriend

36: do you have any lesbian friends?

37: what elements of gay culture do you actively participate in?

38: do you find straight people irritating?

39: would you rather adopt a kid or have a biological kid?

40: do you love yourself?

01:03

Google Employees Resign in Protest Against Pentagon Contract

aleshakills:

notclickbait:

notclickbait:

It’s been nearly three months since many Google employees—and the public—learned about the company’s decision to provide artificial intelligence to a controversial military pilot program known as Project Maven, which aims to speed up analysis of drone footage by automatically classifying images of objects and people. Now, about a dozen Google employees are resigning in protest over the company’s continued involvement in Maven.

The resigning employees’ frustrations range from particular ethical concerns over the use of artificial intelligence in drone warfare to broader worries about Google’s political decisions—and the erosion of user trust that could result from these actions. Many of them have written accounts of their decisions to leave the company, and their stories have been gathered and shared in an internal document, the contents of which multiple sources have described to Gizmodo.

The employees who are resigning in protest, several of whom discussed their decision to leave with Gizmodo, say that executives have become less transparent with their workforce about controversial business decisions and seem less interested in listening to workers’ objections than they once did. In the case of Maven, Google is helping the Defense Department implement machine learning to classify images gathered by drones. But some employees believe humans, not algorithms, should be responsible for this sensitive and potentially lethal work—and that Google shouldn’t be involved in military work at all.

Historically, Google has promoted an open culture that encourages employees to challenge and debate product decisions. But some employees feel that their leadership no longer as attentive to their concerns, leaving them to face the fallout. “Over the last couple of months, I’ve been less and less impressed with the response and the way people’s concerns are being treated and listened to,” one employee who resigned said […]

In addition to the resignations, nearly 4,000 Google employees have voiced their opposition to Project Maven in an internal petition that asks Google to immediately cancel the contract and institute a policy against taking on future military work.

However, the mounting pressure from employees seems to have done little to sway Google’s decision—the company has defended its work on Maven and is thought to be one of the lead contenders for another major Pentagon cloud computing contract, the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, better known as JEDI, that is currently up for bids.

Employees’ demands that Google end its Pentagon contract are also complicated by the fact that Google claims it is only providing open-source software to Project Maven, which means the military would be able to still use the technology, even if Google didn’t accept payment or offer technical assistance.

Still, the resigning employees believe that Google’s work on Maven is fundamentally at odds with the company’s do-gooder principles. “It’s not like Google is this little machine-learning startup that’s trying to find clients in different industries,” a resigning employee said. “It just seems like it makes sense for Google and Google’s reputation to stay out of that.” 

[…] One employee explained that Google staffers were promised an update on the ethics policy within a few weeks, but that progress appeared to be locked in a holding pattern. The ethical concerns “should have been addressed before we entered this contract,” the employee said.

Google has emphasized that its AI is not being used to kill, but the use of artificial intelligence in the Pentagon’s drone program still raises complex ethical and moral issues for tech workers and for academics who study the field of machine learning.

In addition to the petition circulating inside Google, the Tech Workers Coalition launched a petition in April demanding that Google abandon its work on Maven and that other major tech companies, including IBM and Amazon, refuse to work with the U.S. Defense Department.

“We can no longer ignore our industry’s and our technologies’ harmful biases, large-scale breaches of trust, and lack of ethical safeguards,” the petition reads. “These are life and death stakes.”

More than 90 academics in artificial intelligence, ethics, and computer science released an open letter today that calls on Google to end its work on Project Maven and to support an international treaty prohibiting autonomous weapons systems. Peter Asaro and Lucy Suchman, two of the authors of the letter, have testified before the United Nations about autonomous weapons; a third author, Lilly Irani, is a professor of science and a former Google employee.

Google’s contributions to Project Maven could accelerate the development of fully autonomous weapons, Suchman told Gizmodo. Although Google is based in the U.S., it has an obligation to protect its global user base that outweighs its alignment with any single nation’s military, she said.

“If ethical action on the part of tech companies requires consideration of who might benefit from a technology and who might be harmed, then we can say with certainty that no topic deserves more sober reflection—no technology has higher stakes—than algorithms meant to target and kill at a distance and without public accountability,” the letter states. “Google has moved into military work without subjecting itself to public debate or deliberation, either domestically or internationally. While Google regularly decides the future of technology without democratic public engagement, its entry into military technologies casts the problems of private control of information infrastructure into high relief.”

Executives at Google have made efforts to defend Project Maven to employees. At a meeting shortly after the project became public, Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene spoke in support of Project Maven, multiple sources told Gizmodo. More recently, Greene and other employees have hosted several sessions to debate and discuss the project. These sessions featured speakers who supported and opposed Maven and stressed the difficulty of drafting policy about the ethical use of machine learning, an attendee explained.

this is terrifying. i’m terrified.

That’s genuinely frightening

01:02

justsomeantifas:

justsomeantifas:

ehh dont worry about whether or not your writing is good. just write and it gets better the more you do. people are looking for a story usually, not to be your fucking english teacher

sure wish i could take my own damn advice tho amirite yall

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00:58

squeeful:

squided:

noodl:

fady-jaeger:

danisontnonfire:

natalie-memeallister:

whats-your-name-man:

seaphil:

bunney:

its weird being 18, 19, 20 in 2016 because i remember going into kindergarten and seeing those chunky ass giant computers at the desk and then going through school while technology rapidly develops and graduate in a world where people can have the entire internet and more just in their pocket like idk its so strange to me

sorry to add to the post but I remember in 5th grade when they invented the “smart whiteboard” and my school won one for the library and everyone lost their shit because they were so expensive and I graduated high school last year and by the time I graduated every single classroom had one. Watching technology go from glitchy and expensive to powerful and affordable within less than ten years continues to blow my mind

no but also like owning a flip phone was the Coolest Shit™ and you could take photos(???) and it was like so incredible, and it was all fun and games until you pressed the key for THE INTERNET and you knew you’d be charged so you pressed that cancel key eighty times and prayed to god that he’d take mercy on you…and then iphones became a thing and it was like unreal

Going from vcrs and huge roll in tvs to streaming the movie online and projecting that onto the smart board within the span of 5-10 years.

ok but do you guys remember before proper projectors were put in there was the overhead projector that could only read clear plastics and it projected using light and mirrors

Technology

remember when you got your first phone, and it had monoton/polyphone ringtones=? OR THE FIRST TIME YOU COULD ACTUALLY PUT A SONG AS YOUR RINGTONE 1:1 that was such a huge thing…..Also the first phones with coloured displays, 100x100px photos……god what a time….

I remember before iPods became a thing and I was in like 5th grade and I got a Walkman CD player (because regular CD players would skip and shit if you moved them too much and walkmans were like A+ technology that you could listen to CDs on the go) and I had like the whole case of CDs I’d take with me everywhere. Then iPods became the new norm and everyone’s mind was collectively blown

My great-grandmother went from being the first house in town to have electricity to emailing her cross-national friends in her lifetime.

00:40

date-a-jew-suggestions:

It sucks how almost every conspiracy is all fun and wacky until you dig too deep and it’s antisemitic

00:38

malcolmxfanclub:

afroenby:

fromacomrade:

Another one: The whole department is corrupt except that one cop who turns the entire department around. Message: You can still believe in the police state because there are still good guys.

All police shows and movies are propaganda, every single one

00:35

brownbitchbisexual:

white people who think anime is the only medium with Bad Content Creators are really very funny to me…. i’m reminded of insha @tariqah discussing the racism and orientalism innate in the holier-than-thou posts white people write about how problematique and terrible anime is, without giving even an ounce of that scrutiny to western animation or cartoons lol. if you think egregious pedophilia/rape romanticization/overt misogyny/etc are somehow  unique to anime you’re a racist! i’m so sorry to say that! many of your favorite western cartoons were created or overseen by predators! it’s not just anime! i know it’s like, Couture to think that you’re Above It All but this idea that a nonwestern medium is inherently worse and singularly terrible in ways western media aren’t is, how do you say in white people terms, problematic :/ 

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cha-chi-san:

The last commission from the batch I took a few weeks ago!

May 20 2018

22:27
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oniongentleman:

apolloadama:

bigpapaonatrain:

This my bebe. Bebe is bigger than me. Strong bebe

ok friends i wanted to confirm this story’s accuracy before reblogging so i googled it and yes it’s TRUE 

AND ALSO the mom cat raised the lynx baby ALONGSIDE HER KITTEN so we have all these cute pictures of the lynx cub with the kitten please look at them




^^^ FAMILY PORTRAIT

Stop that’s fucking adorable

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radbees:

Hey my name is Molly, welcome to my bar. it’s called Molly’s House cause I also live here

this oc belongs to @dajo42

04:34

fuocogo:

Allegories for racism where the victims had power over or were a threat to the aggressors at any point don’t work as allegories for racism

03:36

coca-cola-death-squads:

r3nton:

things in the news today that the royal wedding is talking over:

more than 100 dead in plane crash

10 dead and 10 wounded in texas school shooting

trump admin. to ban federally funded clinics from from discussing abortion & sharing space with abortion providers

british gov. accused of funding human rights abuses in bahrain

china lands nuclear strike-capable bombers on south china sea islands

italy’s far right use irish vote to boost their anti-abortion campaign

(feel free to add more)

also @ everyone in the notes going “just let us enjoy things!!1!” your precious royal wedding is estimated to cost tens of millions of dollars while the rate of homeless in england is steadily rising and has been for years. every single member of the royal family can burn in hell, if you wanna enjoy things watch some cat videos instead of supporting entitled monarchs!

03:06

queerrobbiereyes:

ayellowbirds:

jessicamiriamdrew:

chuplayswithfire:

maxximoffed:

jessicamiriamdrew:

UHHH I’m reading thanos: the infinity revelation, and thanos goes to steal a holy relic from the Badoon and uh

and then!

What, praytell, the fuck

‘Reptilian origins’ HELLO???

Marvel’s fucking canceled, again. Who designed? Anyone know the author and writer?

Jim Starlin wrote it!

He’s credited with the lineart/pencils, too.

For goyim who might be confused, the issue here is that there’s a lot of conspiracy theorists who either metaphorically or seriously identify the jewish peoples as being secretly “reptilian”, suggesting we’re inhuman monsters in disguise seeking to infiltrate and conquer Christendom. Here, Starlin has taken the warmongering misogynist reptilian alien race called the Badoon and overtly identified them with Judaism by using the symbol of a six-pointed star in their temple.

Fucking hang him.

03:03

falsedetective:

can you believe south korea impeached their corrupt president through the sheer force of peaceful civilian protests and elected a new guy who, less than a year later, is successfully negotiating peace with the north? can you believe it’s possible for a democracy to work like that? must be nice

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