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Stop treating war-crazy buffoons as experts! They got it wrong, remember?

wilwheaton:

Wolfowitz, as deputy secretary of defense from 2001 to 2005, was one of the chief visionaries and supporters of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. And he got just about everything wrong, from the cost of the war to the presence of WMD. And he doesn’t particularly care. In an interview with the Sunday Times last March, Wolfowitz made the argument that even though they got it wrong on WMD in 2003, everything they said was happening (but wasn’t) would likely have happened later. “We would very likely either have had to go through this whole scenario all over but probably with higher costs for having delayed, or we’d be in a situation today where not only Iran was edging towards nuclear weapons but so was Iraq and also Libya.”
 
What price did Wolfowitz pay for his part in the biggest American foreign policy disaster of that last generation? George Bush nominated him to the presidency of the World Bank. While at the World Bank he violated ethics rules and caused a scandal that paralyzed the institution. He was forced to resign after governments around the world called for him to be fired.
 
Everything Paul Wolfowitz has touched in the last decade has turned into an international catastrophe. And yet there he was on “Meet the Press” this weekend, asked to offer his take on what to do now that the rolling disaster he helped set in motion has reached yet another bloody nadir.

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returnofpowerbastard:

prochoicebecausefuckoff:

Jessi Smiles’ tweet is one of the most heart wrenching I’ve seen from #YesAllWomen.
This is a reminder that Curtis Leopre is a RAPIST.
And he got away with it even after confessing, while Jessi was threatened and harassed.
Once again everyone jumped in and assumed the survivor was lying.
And he hasn’t lost an ounce of popularity.
Curtis Lepore is a rapist. Do not follow him on vine.
Report him. Block him. Stop him making any money off of that app.

he’s in that “When your whole crew’s outfits are on point” vine and those really popular “toy story” & “spongebob” dance vines. don’t reblog them or give him any more exposure

returnofpowerbastard:

prochoicebecausefuckoff:

Jessi Smiles’ tweet is one of the most heart wrenching I’ve seen from #YesAllWomen.

This is a reminder that Curtis Leopre is a RAPIST.

And he got away with it even after confessing, while Jessi was threatened and harassed.

Once again everyone jumped in and assumed the survivor was lying.

And he hasn’t lost an ounce of popularity.

Curtis Lepore is a rapist. Do not follow him on vine.

Report him. Block him. Stop him making any money off of that app.

he’s in that “When your whole crew’s outfits are on point” vine and those really popular “toy story” & “spongebob” dance vines. don’t reblog them or give him any more exposure

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Frankly put. I am a FAKE GEEK GUY. I admit it. I like geek stuff, but I don’t love geek stuff. Not the way most geeks do. I’m an interloper on the geek scene. I’ve seen the movies, but I don’t know the canon. I am not a true fan.

All those things about not really loving the source material and “just watching the movies” or only reading the one book that everyone has read. That—all of that—applies to me.

But here are some things that have never happened to me. I have never been quizzed about who Data’s evil brother is to prove I like Star Trek. I have never had to justify my place in a midnight line to see Spider-man II by knowing who took up the mantle of Spider-man after Peter Parker’s death. (Peter Parker dies? Really? That’s so sad!) I have never had to explain who Nightwing is in order to participate in a conversation about Batman. (Nightwing is like….Robin on steroids, right?) I have never been asked how battle meditation works in order to voice my opinion that Enterprise shields would probably make a fight with Star Wars technology one sided. (Battle meditation is something that was in that Jedi role playing game, wasn’t it?) I have never had to beat everybody in the room (twice) at Mario Kart to prove I liked video games. I have never had my gender “honorarily” changed by having enough geek interests to be accepted (“you’re one of the guys now”). No one has ever insisted I tell them the difference between a tank and DPS in an MMORPG before allowing me to discuss raiding Molten Core. I have never been dismissed as a faker at a prequel screening because I didn’t know which admiral came out of light speed too close to the planet’s surface in The Empire Strikes Back. I have never been quizzed about Armor Class in order to get past someone who was blocking my path to the back of a game store where my friends were waiting at the tables. I have never been told I’m not a real fan. I have never been shamed for coming to a convention despite my lack of esoteric knowledge. And I have never, ever, EVER been invited to leave a fandom because I didn’t like [whatever it was] enough.

Every one of the things I have listed, I have personally witnessed happen. To women.

That’s not elitism. That’s sexism.

The “Fake Geek” is Not The Problem When It Comes to “Fake Geek Girls” (via brutereason)

I just heard from Ace of Geeks, where this was originally published. Looks like it’s getting reblogged all over the place, but the person who originally wrote it, and the site that originally published it, aren’t getting any credit.

That’s not cool, so: http://aceofgeeks.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-fake-geek-is-not-problem-when-it.html

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hodgman:

At Jensen’s grocery store in Blue Jay Village, Lake Arrowhead.

This is pretty gross but my dad loves them. Didn’t know Jensen’s carried them….

hodgman:

At Jensen’s grocery store in Blue Jay Village, Lake Arrowhead.

This is pretty gross but my dad loves them. Didn’t know Jensen’s carried them….

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                      LYKKE LI - I FOLLOW RIVERS

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He the rebel, I’m the daughter waiting for you.

You’re my river running high
Run deep, run wild.

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Deep sea baby, I follow you
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Dark doom honey, I follow you

You’re my river running high,
Run deep, run wild.

I, I follow, I follow you,
Deep sea baby, I follow you
I, I follow, I follow you
Dark doom honey, I follow you

I, I follow, I follow you,
Deep sea baby, I follow you
I, I follow, I follow you
Dark doom honey, I follow you

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