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whizzbangwallop:

Marshall Carol Danvers, or ‘the Marvellous Marshall’… or somethin’ like that. For I had a desire to draw her with some cowboy boots. So not time period accurate and late for the whole Halloween thing, but hey! In just a few months she can rock it at carnaval and party like it’s 1999! … Or avoid the farmers doing a competition in projectile vomiting. Guess why I stay inside during those days.
So much wrong with it, but I can’t work on it any longer.

whizzbangwallop:

Marshall Carol Danvers, or ‘the Marvellous Marshall’… or somethin’ like that. For I had a desire to draw her with some cowboy boots. So not time period accurate and late for the whole Halloween thing, but hey! In just a few months she can rock it at carnaval and party like it’s 1999! … Or avoid the farmers doing a competition in projectile vomiting. Guess why I stay inside during those days.

So much wrong with it, but I can’t work on it any longer.

bookoisseur
A culture fixated on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty, [it is] an obsession about female obedience.

Lois Griffin (via fawun)

Always reblog. 

Understanding this concept is probably the only reason I know longer have weight issues. Instead of thinking that I should be thinner to look nicer, I’ve got it in my head that thinner=more compliant and over my dead body is that ever happening. 

(via iamayoungfeminist)

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spaceplasma:

Flare star

A flare star is a variable star that can undergo unpredictable dramatic increases in brightness for a few minutes. It is believed that the flares on flare stars are analogous to solar flares in that they are due to magnetic reconnection in the atmospheres of the stars. The brightness increase is across the spectrum, from X rays to radio waves. Most flare stars are dim red dwarfs, although recent research indicates that less massive brown dwarfs might also be capable of flaring.
This movie taken by NASA’S Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows one of the largest flares, or star eruptions, ever recorded at ultraviolet wavelengths. The star, called GJ 3685A, just happened to be in the Galaxy Evolution Explorer’s field of view while the telescope was busy observing galaxies. As the movie demonstrates, the seemingly serene star suddenly exploded once, then even more intensely a second time, pouring out in total about one million times more energy than a typical flare from our Sun.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

spaceplasma:

Flare star

A flare star is a variable star that can undergo unpredictable dramatic increases in brightness for a few minutes. It is believed that the flares on flare stars are analogous to solar flares in that they are due to magnetic reconnection in the atmospheres of the stars. The brightness increase is across the spectrum, from X rays to radio waves. Most flare stars are dim red dwarfs, although recent research indicates that less massive brown dwarfs might also be capable of flaring.

This movie taken by NASA’S Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows one of the largest flares, or star eruptions, ever recorded at ultraviolet wavelengths. The star, called GJ 3685A, just happened to be in the Galaxy Evolution Explorer’s field of view while the telescope was busy observing galaxies. As the movie demonstrates, the seemingly serene star suddenly exploded once, then even more intensely a second time, pouring out in total about one million times more energy than a typical flare from our Sun.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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I want to say that I can’t believe this company is getting away with this, but the truth is that I’m not surprised, even a little bit.

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kateoplis:

“Nearly half of U.S. states have legalized marijuana in some form, whether medical or recreational. But marijuana remains illegal under federal law, and as a result, the legitimate businesses selling the drug are subject to sky-high tax rates.
Dispensaries can’t deduct traditional business expenses like advertising costs, employee payroll, rent and health insurance from their combined federal and state taxes. That means dispensary owners around the U.S. often face effective tax rates of 50 to 60 percent — and in some states, those rates soar to 80 percent or higher …
In other words, the federal government rakes in tax revenue from pot shops while prohibiting them from accessing the same financial benefits afforded to non-cannabis businesses. …
Federal tax code 280E, an antiquated Internal Revenue Service rule enacted in the 1980s under President Ronald Reagan’s War on Drugs campaign, explicitly prohibits any deduction from any business that ‘consists of trafficking in controlled substances.’ Marijuana is currently listed alongside heroin and LSD as a Schedule I narcotic under the Controlled Substances Act. …
'All we want is to be treated like other businesses,' said Mike Elliott, executive director for the Medical Marijuana Industry Group which represents marijuana businesses in Colorado. 'The federal government doesn’t recognize our businesses as being legitimate, but they do demand our taxes. It’s really unfair treatment.' …
“More than one dispensary owner, who requested anonymity when speaking about specific financial issues, told HuffPost that they estimated by the end of the year, they’ll be paying more than $1 million in sales tax to the federal government. And for some businesses, that tax is in cash.”
“More than a dozen states are expected to legalize marijuana in the the coming years. One recent study has projected a $10 billion legal marijuana industry nationwide by 2018.”
The Feds Won’t Legitimize Pot, But They’ll Still Tax The Hell Out Of It | HuffPo

kateoplis:

Nearly half of U.S. states have legalized marijuana in some form, whether medical or recreational. But marijuana remains illegal under federal law, and as a result, the legitimate businesses selling the drug are subject to sky-high tax rates.

Dispensaries can’t deduct traditional business expenses like advertising costs, employee payroll, rent and health insurance from their combined federal and state taxes. That means dispensary owners around the U.S. often face effective tax rates of 50 to 60 percent — and in some states, those rates soar to 80 percent or higher …

In other words, the federal government rakes in tax revenue from pot shops while prohibiting them from accessing the same financial benefits afforded to non-cannabis businesses. …

Federal tax code 280E, an antiquated Internal Revenue Service rule enacted in the 1980s under President Ronald Reagan’s War on Drugs campaign, explicitly prohibits any deduction from any business that ‘consists of trafficking in controlled substances.’ Marijuana is currently listed alongside heroin and LSD as a Schedule I narcotic under the Controlled Substances Act. …

'All we want is to be treated like other businesses,' said Mike Elliott, executive director for the Medical Marijuana Industry Group which represents marijuana businesses in Colorado. 'The federal government doesn’t recognize our businesses as being legitimate, but they do demand our taxes. It’s really unfair treatment.' …

More than one dispensary owner, who requested anonymity when speaking about specific financial issues, told HuffPost that they estimated by the end of the year, they’ll be paying more than $1 million in sales tax to the federal government. And for some businesses, that tax is in cash.”

More than a dozen states are expected to legalize marijuana in the the coming years. One recent study has projected a $10 billion legal marijuana industry nationwide by 2018.”

The Feds Won’t Legitimize Pot, But They’ll Still Tax The Hell Out Of It | HuffPo

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ericmortensen:

staff:

Last month Tumblr took a decisive step toward transparency, and today we’re asking that our government do the same. We’re standing with our colleagues from across the web to demand transparency and accountability around laws concerning privacy.
Today is “The Day We Fight Back” against unfettered surveillance. We hope you’ll join us. 

I was hoping Tumblr would have integrated this into the dashboard, but a a post to the staff blog is cool, too, I guess. 

ericmortensen:

staff:

Last month Tumblr took a decisive step toward transparency, and today we’re asking that our government do the same. We’re standing with our colleagues from across the web to demand transparency and accountability around laws concerning privacy.

Today is “The Day We Fight Back” against unfettered surveillance. We hope you’ll join us

I was hoping Tumblr would have integrated this into the dashboard, but a a post to the staff blog is cool, too, I guess. 

After seven years of litigation, two trips to a federal appeals court and $3.8 million worth of lawyer time, the public has finally learned why a wheelchair-bound Stanford University scholar was cuffed, detained and denied a flight from San Francisco to Hawaii: FBI human error.

FBI agent Kevin Kelley was investigating Muslims in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2004 when he checked the wrong box on a terrorism form, erroneously placing Rahinah Ibrahim on the no-fly list.

What happened next was the real shame. Instead of admitting to the error, high-ranking President Barack Obama administration officials spent years covering it up. Attorney General Eric Holder, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and a litany of other government officials claimed repeatedly that disclosing the reason Ibrahim was detained, or even acknowledging that she’d been placed on a watch list, would cause serious damage to the U.S. national security. Again and again they asserted the so-called “state secrets privilege” to block the 48-year-old woman’s lawsuit, which sought only to clear her name.

Because it’s really worth upending an innocent person’s life for seven years to protect yourself from being embarrassed.

This is disgusting.