Just a Transhumanist

and other random bullshit

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professortennant:

These characters are gorgeous, you know why? Because they’re, essentially, the same boy on opposite sides of the track. 

They’re both forced into impossible situations. Draco is forced into Lord Voldemort’s inner circle by his father’s actions and is being pushed and threatened to do things he’d rather not. Harry is forced into a confrontation and destiny he doesn’t want by a prophecy and Voldemort’s actions.

Both are deeply passionate and defensive of their Hogwarts house. Arguably, they both embody the core values of each house. Draco is incredibly sly and cunning and ambitious, desperate to get what he wants. Harry is desperately brave and reckless and courageous. They’re both leaders of their house and even play the same position on their Quidditch teams.

Both boys are famous and influential. Draco has his family’s name and his family’s wealth. Harry has his fame and reputation.

Both boys are used in the war. Harry is used by Dumbledore, prepared and trained to fight Voldemort, manipulated (to a certain degree) into some of his choices. Draco is used by Voldemort to kill Dumbledore, possibly expose Severus as a spy, etc. 

There are differences, of course, but, these are, essentially, the same fucking character split into two and pitted against each other—light and dark explored. Bless you JKR. 

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westernherbalism:

The Label It Yourself (#LIY) campaign is a decentralized, autonomous grassroots campaign born out of our broken food system. We have been asking our government to label food products so we can make educated decisions about what we eat. The government has ignored our requests and so we are taking matters into our own hands.

Get your labels at www.labelityourself.org or create our own!

Hey, so the grocery stores who are hit by this are going to have to go through a lot of shit over those stickers.  They will have to either remove them or, if they cannot, probably reclaim every product stickered.  It won’t be the companies that make the products who deal with it directly, it will be the minimum wage employees at the store fronts—and the way distribution works, those stores are miles down the chain from producers.  I get this campaign and the sentiment behind it, but just like trashing the office of a corporation will only force the ill-paid janitor to have a bad day, I don’t think this will do anything except make trouble for people who have nothing to do with decision making.

bolding mine

my husband works in a grocery store

don’t do this shit you end up hurting the little people, not the big people

Dat bolded text.  But seriously, read it, because shit like this pisses me off too.  It’s NEVER the corporations that have to deal with things like this.  It’s always a poorly paid underling who has to deal with your passive aggressive antics.  Not only that, but some of them will probably be punished because your shenanigans happen during their shift.  Please think before you ruin an innocent person’s day.

Fuckers do this all the time to us and I have to spend time out of my day to remove each one and 1506 the items that are ruined. This comes out of our store’s budget and can eventually make us go under budget which has all of our hours cut. Fuck every single one of you for this stupid fucking stunt. You’re hurting people like me who are trying to get enough money to go back to college.

THE WORST PART ABOUT THIS IS THAT GMO’S ARE FUCKING AWESOME AND HAVE HELPED SAVE TENS OF MILLIONS OF LIVES AT LEAST AROUND THE WORLD

BY DEFACING THEM YOU’RE RUINING THE REPUTATION OF A LIFE-SAVING TECHNOLOGY THAT IS PREVENTING STARVATION IN THIRD-WORLD COUNTRIES THAT NORMALLY YOU DOUCHEBAGS TRY TO PROTECT

THE SAME PEOPLE WHO PULL THIS SHIT ARE THE ONES WHO CRY ABOUT PRIVILEGE AND CHARITY AND THEY ARE LITERALLY ALMOST CAUSING THE DEATHS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE EVERY TIME THEY THREATEN A MAJOR GMO OR GE CROP BECAUSE THEY ARE CONVINCING THIRD-WORLD LEADERS TO NOT OBTAIN THEM

JESUS FUCKING CHRIST TUMBLR ARE YOU TRYING TO END LIVES HERE

SERIOUSLY YOU MOTHER FUCKERS NEED TO LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD BEFORE YOU START THIS SHIT.

THERE’S OVER 40 YEARS OF RESEARCH AND EXPERIENCE INTO THIS THAT PROVES THAT THERE’S NOT A DAMN THING WRONG WITH IT SO SHUT YOUR FUCKING MOUTHS AND STOP TRYING TO END AN INDUSTRY THAT IS ACTIVELY WORKING TO CURE WORLD HUNGER

All of the above stuff. Don’t be dicks people.

All of the bold.

Monsanto may be evil, but GMO foods are safe, and have been an enormous boon to many parts of the world. Not all GMO foods are developed by Monsanto or anything like them. As mentioned above, many are developed by humanitarian scientists in an effort to combat world hunger.

The problem is not and never has been genetically modified crops. The problem is greedy fucks and corporations run amok.

People seriously need to understand the difference between “We made this tomato more resistant to frost by splicing in a salmon gene” (science is awesome!) and “We made this plant resistant to toxic chemicals so we can spray them all over everything ever” (corporate greed is awful!). Labeling both of those things as GMOs is doing everyone a serious disservice. We need a new name for what Monsanto does. Toxic gengineering perhaps?

(And yes, the bolded stuff is also really important, I’m glad it’s been solidly covered. I’m a biologist, so gengineering is much more my bailiwick.)

well look at that, kids who have obviously never had to work a minimum-wage job are trying to be ~aktuhvists~

I can only hope that in a few decades we can look back at people blindly fearmongering and slamming the very concept of genetically modified foods that are in many cases saving lives by making all sorts of bizarre claims about how fish tomatoes are going to alter your DNA and give you cancer like we presently look back at all the people in the 60’s who thought that radiation made you into a mutated glowing superhuman or the people in the 70’s who thought college students were going to clone Hitler if they were allowed to research genetics or the people is the 90’s who said we shouldn’t be trying to reconstruct extinct species DNA because “nature chose to make them extinct for a reason”.