Something I realised, after having to help many international tourists count out their change, is that American coins don’t actually have the number value on them??? Like no wonder all these poor tourists are so confused



it just fucking says one “dime”

what the fuck is a dime

how much is it worth

whose idea was this

oh my god i never even realized that what the hell we all just sort of know what they’re worth through some sixth sense bullshit

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I am way too tired to be able to deconstruct this stupid, stupid article my mom just shared about how lemon and baking soda are a ‘miraculous’ combination that cures cancer, so I’m just going to share the pain with you all before clutching my head in my hands.

Meh, a miracle cure wrapped in conspiracy theory. It won’t cure anything, and is probably unhealthy for your blood pressure.

The claim “organizations continue to profit from disease” is such a whopper that I’ll try to take that apart for a little bit here.

First of all, they don’t give names. It’s just a generalized “hey you should be scared and angry”, you know, the usual approach. They just want you good and worried so you’ll pay attention.

"Cancer" is a big net that contains a whole bunch of different kinds of cancers, ones that affect various body parts and functions in a number of different ways. They don’t all have one universal cause and effect, so it’s really hard to make any one medicine to fix all of them. Currently, chemotherapy is the best option for treatment for a good number of cancers, when removing a tumor isn’t an option for one reason or another and other options have already been taken.

Chemotherapy is hell on the body, yeah. But it has a pretty decent chance of working, when nothing else has worked so far and you’re really running out of options. Nobody is going to enjoy it, but it’s sure better than dying. And researchers are constantly studying cancer and treatment options that would have a higher chance of working and be safer to use.

Now, let’s imagine someone invented a Miracle Cure (“Wow, lemon? WHO WOULDA THUNK?! If only we’d thought of testing lemons earlier!”), a simple kind of medicine that Cures Cancer somehow. Let’s even imagine that the first person to come up with it isn’t a medical professional, isn’t involved in any kind of research, and spends their time with “holistic” stuff. Yet now, against all odds and lacking tools, education or judgement, they found the holy grail of medicine. And then this becomes popularly known, and therefore examined (because researchers are human too, and everyone wants to find a cure that reliably works).

This miracle cure would, in very short order, become part of mainstream medicine and normal treatment. It would NOT be buried and hidden somewhere “because we get more PROFIT from chemo!” - the first group to offer a reliable, working, easy Cancer Cure would get ALL the patients in the world who were suffering of cancer. They could set their own price for it, until someone else figures out the same treatment. Then the prices would sink really quickly to competition, and bang, cancer treatment would be universally available at a pretty low cost. But the first one would have the prestige, the happy customers, and a pretty solid income from that work. It would vastly beat any callous, downright sadistic withholding of the cure for the sake of a few dollars.

And all of that is still ignoring that “mainstream medicine” and “researchers” aren’t this one, monolithic, faceless mass that moves on its own accord. There’s millions of people around the world working on this stuff all the time. It’s demeaning and foolish to claim they’re all either too incompetent or too evil to reveal a cure when it’s available.

And a final point:

If lemon cures cancer, why does cancer exist in places where lemons are regularly grown and used? And why doesn’t drinking Sprite cure cancer?

J writes really good rants, btw.

Just a quick ballpark number:

Random google searches suggested total pharmaceutical industry revenue of ~$954 billion, and US tax revenue of $2.77 trillion, in recent years. Not that much of the pharmaceutical industry’s revenue comes from cancer treatment. Now, think about what would happen to our tax base if people weren’t dying from cancer. Think about all the people who would still be working, still be buying stuff, and so on.

I am pretty sure that the US government alone would have a significantly larger increase in tax revenue from a cure for cancer than the cost to the entire pharmaceutical industry of such a cure being completely free.

Remember, people who die of cancer don’t buy ibuprofen for headaches, or viagra, or anything else, after they die. Usually. Except for insurance fraud.

Liked it so much I quoted it to my mom.  (I also got an anon ask with some good information that I’ll quote to her, and publish here shortly.)

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Anonymous said:

practically all research into cancer medications is done through universities and charitable donations right now because it's so damn unprofitable to research cancer treatments that will probably only be sold to a hundred people a year. literally no one is making money off cancer treatment. if we cured cancer with lemons and baking soda tomorrow "big pharma" would cheer because there would be more people to sell antidepressants and statins and viagra to without them paying a cent toward research


This is a really interesting point. Do you have any links? Any defense against my mom (and other relatives) buying into the so-called ‘natural’ health nonsense is good. (Feel free to make it a submission, I have that option open.)

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It is extremely obnoxious to find anything recent that pertains to cancer research in particular, so this is from 1999. Top is a discussion, second is the raw data. This is all US numbers, where I would expect for-profit research to be at its most extreme. The NCI and NIH are both government sources. At this point, about 2/3 of cancer research within the United States was government-funded.

Occasionally, you’ll get a breakthrough on the level of Glivec for CML, and a lot of people will benefit, but given there are so many kinds of cancers, “a lot” is still really small relative to the number of people you can prescribe Prozac or Viagra for. There are tons and tons of different kinds of cancers that operate in tons and tons of different ways. While a sizeable number of people will get AML or breast cancer or lung cancer, not all that many people are going to end up with fallopian tube cancer or heart cancer. And if you’re not a quack, you know you have to develop a new treatment for each and every one of them. Often even when major pharmaceutical companies do research into these kinds of conditions, they think of it as charitable work rather than something they expect to make money from—because, well, they’re not going to make money from it.


Just for fun, here’s one example of actual profit in cancer “medication”: offering homeopathy and naturopathy, which is way less expensive than conventional medicine! The profit margins are way better for water with a cool label slapped on it than a drug that actually had to go through FDA testing and, you know, does something.

Thank you so much! Posting this here now so I remember to come back to it tomorrow when my brain has regenerated and show the info to my mom.

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People are giving Wilson money to thank him for killing an unarmed black teenager. Please report this to GoFundMe, as it violates their Terms of Service and they get 5% of the tens of thousands of dollars being donated. Click to report.

This is my message, in case you want to copy and paste:

Your Terms of Service prohibit “items that promote… hate, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime.” Take a look at the comments that come with the donations on this page and tell me that doesn’t violate your terms. “Support Officer Wilson” is a thin veil for people rewarding Wilson for killing a black kid.


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Ferguson’s public library welcomes students and teachers this week, while schools are still closed. 

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Anonymous said:

anything to say about kanaya?




Kanaya, oh Kanaya, dear prickly precise vampire queen of my heart. ♥

She’s not super-great with people but she isn’t awfully, horribly bad with them either like I’ve seen her portrayed sometimes. She’s very 13 with people, which, since she’s 13 in a large portion of the scenes we see her in, makes sense!

She’s fussy in that she’s neat and precise, not in the sense that she’s overemotional, fandom. She’s actually very calm and reasonable a lot of the time, albeit prickly; she’s good at gritting her teeth and keeping on, she’s loyal to the people she cares about (see: her keeping on with Vriska until she had clear evidence that Vriska did not give a shit about her)… and she’s incredibly fucking dangerous. She’s vengeful. Kanaya just snipes when she gets mad at petty little things, but when she’s furious OH THE HAVOC SHE WILL WREAK. (See also: what happened to Eridan.)

Not nearly enough of the fandom portrays her as dangerous as she is. They make her this emotional little wimp, or they make her into a nagging, overbearing mommy.

I usually see her being portrayed like this with Karkat, because I GUESS people can’t keep one Maryam straight from another??? Kanaya is possibly Karkat’s kindest friend and the one he gets on best with, she cares about him a lot and will protect him, BUT FOR FUCK’S SAKE FANDOM SHE ISN’T HIS FUCKING MOTHER AND SHE DOESN’T MOTHER HIM. SHE DOES NOT, IN FACT, PUT UP WITH MUCH OF HIS SHIT, BUT THEN AGAIN HE DOESN’T GIVE HER SHIT TO PUT UP WITH. THEY ARE EQUALS, AND THEY TREAT EACH OTHER AS SUCH.


I agree with most of this, but not quite all. “Mommying” (not “mom mating”, phone, what is wrong with you) has a lot of meanings, and Kanaya’s pre-Hivebent “ashen two-wheel device” routine incorporates some of them. “Meddling”, as Vriska calls it. Later she mostly drops it because she gets sick of being reduced to that role.

Vriska did “give a shit” about Kanaya, by Vriska standards — she bore no animosity to speak of, preferred that nothing horrible happen to her, and she eventually noticed when Kanaya stopped talking to her. That’s about mid-level for Vriska, I think, behind Terezi and (god help him) Tavros, but about equal with Eridan and Equius. Vriska also took whatever Kanaya gave her and gave nothing back, then asked why Kanaya didn’t do more. Kanaya was fully justified in cutting off such an emotionally exhausting and unrewarding connection.

But I don’t think that Kanaya comes off very well in the Vriska thing, because she wasn’t sticking with Vriska primarily to help her or protect people from her, she was sticking with her because she had a huge flushcrush and hoped Vriska would reciprocate. Kanaya never said she had red feelings, and got mad when Vriska never noticed. Kanaya cut things off when Vriska made flushed overtures (sort of) to someone else.

And then she left Tavros alone with Vriska for the rest of the game. I don’t think she realized how bad the results would be (all the trolls seem to have taken it for a real relationship rather than yet another round of Vriska Fucking With Tavros, and that definitely includes Vriska and Tavros), and I think she did realize her anger at Tavros was irrational since she never said anything to him about it even when she was angry enough to enjoy cutting his legs off, but it was not her finest hour.

Okay I am really… baffled by this reblog, especially as it’s asserting as fact things that run very contrary to the evidence in the comic as I see it. I admit I’m also annoyed, because it looks like a part of the same trend of portraying Kanaya as a jealous, smothering nag that I’m railing against.

1. ‘Mommying’ pretty specifically refers to acting like a stereotypical helicopter mother toward other people. How Porrim acts toward Kankri is far closer to the definition. That is not what Kanaya does in any way whatsoever. Kanaya mediates. Kanaya tries to look after her ostensible moirail and gives Vriska sensible advice when she whines. Vriska calls her a ‘meddler’ because Vriska gets mad at anyone who tells her what to do.

Kanaya is polite to Karkat and listens to him like a close friend would. She gives Eridan advice that he doesn’t want to hear. She butts heads with Rose, and then later advises and listens to her, but she does so as an equal and doesn’t take the ‘I know best’ tone that is associated with ‘mommying’.

2. “She was sticking with her because she had a huge flushcrush and hoped Vriska would reciprocate” is one reading of the situation, but I think it’s a pretty uncharitable one and expects that Kanaya completely understood her own feelings. That’s not how I read it at all — unlike Eridan, she seemed to be trying very hard to be a moirail and wasn’t entirely sure what she felt, which is pretty reasonable for a kid of 13. 

She then got broadsided with the consequences of keeping her feelings tamped down even to herself.

3. Saying that Kanaya ‘got mad’ ignores how she called herself an idiot and was in tears immediately afterward. Her whole range of reactions do not add up to ‘getting mad’ in any way I understand it. She was upset. She was crushed. And she put (at least part of) the blame on herself.

Her then doing a slow fade was actually a pretty mature thing to do, considering she had a lot of other things to worry about (and it’s inferred that she at least talked to Karkat about it but did not let it become an issue that would interfere with her duties.).

4. Tavros was not Kanaya’s responsibility, nor was it her responsibility to run after Vriska and make sure she didn’t treat Tavros badly — not anymore than it was anyone else’s responsibility, anyway. They were in a life-and-death situation, a race against time — it’s absurd to hold Vriska’s abuse of Tavros against Kanaya specifically. Vriska’s abuse of Tavros is 100% on Vriska.

5. There is no reasonable evidence that Kanaya was angry with Tavros. Zero. Zip. She was not smiling, or leering, or any such when she chainsawed his legs off, and the narrative says, over and over, that she did so specifically in order for Equius to replace his legs. Tavros even refers to her as a friend, and while he may have low self-esteem, he isn’t stupid.

tl;dr: I couldn’t disagree more, and canon backs me up on this.

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Here’s a thing I’ve had around in my head for a while!

Okay, so I’m pretty sure that by now everyone at least is aware of Steampunk, with it’s completely awesome Victorian sci-fi aesthetic. But what I want to see is Solarpunk – a plausible near-future sci-fi genre, which I like to imagine as based on updated Art Nouveau, Victorian, and Edwardian aesthetics, combined with a green and renewable energy movement to create a world in which children grow up being taught about building electronic tech as well as food gardening and other skills, and people have come back around to appreciating artisans and craftspeople, from stonemasons and smithies, to dress makers and jewelers, and everyone in between. A balance of sustainable energy-powered tech, environmental cities, and wicked cool aesthetics. 

A lot of people seem to share a vision of futuristic tech and architecture that looks a lot like an ipod – smooth and geometrical and white. Which imo is a little boring and sterile, which is why I picked out an Art Nouveau aesthetic for this.

With energy costs at a low, I like to imagine people being more inclined to focus their expendable income on the arts!

Aesthetically my vision of solarpunk is very similar to steampunk, but with electronic technology, and an Art Nouveau veneer.

So here are some buzz words~

Natural colors!
Art Nouveau!
Handcrafted wares!
Tailors and dressmakers!
Stained glass window solar panels!!!
Education in tech and food growing!
Less corporate capitalism, and more small businesses!
Solar rooftops and roadways!
Communal greenhouses on top of apartments!
Electric cars with old-fashioned looks!
No-cars-allowed walkways lined with independent shops!
Renewable energy-powered Art Nouveau-styled tech life!

Can you imagine how pretty it would be to have stained glass windows everywhere that are actually solar panels? The tech is already headed in that direction!  Or how about wide-brim hats, or parasols that are topped with discreet solar panel tech incorporated into the design, with ports you can stick your phone charger in to?

(((Character art by me; click the cityscape pieces to see artist names)))

i am so into this wow

sign me the fuck up

I want a solarpunk future. *_*


This is breathtaking.


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Is there anything a natural 20 can’t do?

This is a poster idea I developed to show off the amazingness of tabletop rpgs.

The Natural Twenty song has become a theme joke of our group.

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