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mediamattersforamerica:

Conservative media are going after actress Lena Dunham for encouraging young women to vote in a piece she wrote for Planned Parenthood: 

[NRO’s] Williamson started his response by levying a personal attack at Dunham, calling the actress “distinctly unappealing” and describing her piece as ”a half-assed listicle penned by a half-bright celebrity and published by a gang of abortion profiteers,” directed toward Dunham’s “presumably illiterate following.” He claimed that “cultural debasement” is the “only possible explanation” for Dunham’s career.
The NRO columnist echoed a previous infantilizing attack on feminism, casting Dunham’s view of voting as “nothing other than a reiteration of the original infantile demand: “I WANT!” Williamson also took issue with Dunham’s encouraging young women to vote on issues that directly affect them, framing an interest in reproductive rights as an “‘all about me!’ attitude”

More from Kevin Williamson’s column, where he blatantly encourages Dunham’s fans to refrain from voting:  

I would like to suggest, as gently as I can, that if you are voting as an act of self-gratification, if you do not understand the role that voting in fact plays in a constitutional republic, and if you need Lena Dunham to tell you why and how you should be voting — you should not vote. If you get your politics from actors and your news from television comedians — you should not vote. There’s no shame in it, your vote is statistically unlikely to affect the outcome of an election, and there are many much more meaningful ways to serve your country and your fellow man: Volunteer at a homeless shelter; join the Marine Corps; become a nun; start a business.

In the past, Williamson’s attacks on women who dare to raise their voices have also extended to Sandra Fluke, Wendy Davis, and Gabby Giffords. 
Our answer to Williamson and other conservatives who discourage women from exercising their right to vote, and try to shut down public figures who stand up for women’s choice:

mediamattersforamerica:

Conservative media are going after actress Lena Dunham for encouraging young women to vote in a piece she wrote for Planned Parenthood: 

[NRO’s] Williamson started his response by levying a personal attack at Dunham, calling the actress “distinctly unappealing” and describing her piece as ”a half-assed listicle penned by a half-bright celebrity and published by a gang of abortion profiteers,” directed toward Dunham’s “presumably illiterate following.” He claimed that “cultural debasement” is the “only possible explanation” for Dunham’s career.

The NRO columnist echoed a previous infantilizing attack on feminism, casting Dunham’s view of voting as “nothing other than a reiteration of the original infantile demand: “I WANT!” Williamson also took issue with Dunham’s encouraging young women to vote on issues that directly affect them, framing an interest in reproductive rights as an “‘all about me!’ attitude”

More from Kevin Williamson’s column, where he blatantly encourages Dunham’s fans to refrain from voting:  

I would like to suggest, as gently as I can, that if you are voting as an act of self-gratification, if you do not understand the role that voting in fact plays in a constitutional republic, and if you need Lena Dunham to tell you why and how you should be voting — you should not vote. If you get your politics from actors and your news from television comedians — you should not vote. There’s no shame in it, your vote is statistically unlikely to affect the outcome of an election, and there are many much more meaningful ways to serve your country and your fellow man: Volunteer at a homeless shelter; join the Marine Corps; become a nun; start a business.

In the past, Williamson’s attacks on women who dare to raise their voices have also extended to Sandra Fluke, Wendy Davis, and Gabby Giffords. 

Our answer to Williamson and other conservatives who discourage women from exercising their right to vote, and try to shut down public figures who stand up for women’s choice:

i-consult-benedict:

jazzycupcakes:

Forever Reblog! 

this needs like 3,000,000 more reblogs. if you follow me just reblog this now.

i-consult-benedict:

jazzycupcakes:

Forever Reblog! 

this needs like 3,000,000 more reblogs. if you follow me just reblog this now.

Kadji’s Memory

An extraordinary life remembered

To Lose a Dog
Kadji, one of the best friends I ever had. You were there in some of my darkest days, and the creator of some of the best laughs I ever had. You comforted me when I cried, you calmed me when I was afraid, you helped me find humor when I couldn’t find it on my own. You could walk the farthest hikes, and knew when it was time to just enjoy the scenery. You always let me know that no matter my worries, that you’d be there. As you became sick, Zach and I comforted you, held your head, cried in your fur. I cursed your pain. My awesome beautiful dog. I will miss you like no other. This emptiness you left inside will only be filled by the memories you inspired. Never will a day pass that you won’t be thought of. The pain may lessen, but the sting will always be there, accompanied with the thoughts of how awesome the times were with you. Like I told you, as the end appeared, “I’ll be o.k., but I’ll miss you forever” I miss your warmth. I’ll miss your charm.
"You were a good boy" <3
Kadji “Dooters” 4/3/03-9/20/14

To Lose a Dog

Kadji, one of the best friends I ever had. You were there in some of my darkest days, and the creator of some of the best laughs I ever had. You comforted me when I cried, you calmed me when I was afraid, you helped me find humor when I couldn’t find it on my own. You could walk the farthest hikes, and knew when it was time to just enjoy the scenery. You always let me know that no matter my worries, that you’d be there. As you became sick, Zach and I comforted you, held your head, cried in your fur. I cursed your pain. My awesome beautiful dog. I will miss you like no other. This emptiness you left inside will only be filled by the memories you inspired. Never will a day pass that you won’t be thought of. The pain may lessen, but the sting will always be there, accompanied with the thoughts of how awesome the times were with you. Like I told you, as the end appeared, “I’ll be o.k., but I’ll miss you forever” I miss your warmth. I’ll miss your charm.

"You were a good boy" <3

Kadji “Dooters” 4/3/03-9/20/14

tekilamockingbird:

Hey guys!  Another great ask by amomentarylapseof asked for a post about the creation of uranium. 

Type Ia supernova

Type Ia’s occur when a star that is within a few solar masses of our sun reaches the end of its lifetime and becomes a white dwarf.  If there is a star in its giant phase nearby then the white dwarf can accrete some of the hydrogen from the giant star onto itself and begin fusion again.  When the fusion ignites it explodes off the surface of the white dwarf causing the nova.  Many reactions can occur during this process, like rapid neutron capture for example, and some are capable of creating uranium. 

Type II supernova

Type II supernovae can occur when a star is 8-50x the size of our sun.  In stars of this size many elements are produced, some synthesize all the way up to iron.  At this point, the star is in a supergiant phase and being held up by electron degeneracy pressure.  When gravity overcomes this the atmosphere collapses, and bounces off the solid core, blowing out in a large nova.  This can also start a rapid neutron capture process (r-process) which can create uranium. 

What’s this rapid neutron capture you keep mentioning?

Supernova explosions are capable of producing many highly energetic neutrons in a small space.  When gravity overcomes degeneracy pressure it starts an endothermic (energy consuming) process.  Protons in nuclei capture electrons and turn into neutrons.  This happens until you have a significant amount of neutrons, and then a stable situation of neutron degeneracy pressure occurs.  The rest of the infalling material bounces off this and a shockwave goes outward.  This shockwave goes through many layers (dense neutron gas, stabilized iron, the still burning  silicon, oxygen, carbon, helium, and hydrogen, and then non-fusing hydrogen.  As the shockwave travels through these layers many reactions occur including the r-process.  The r-process (r standing for rapid) is necessary for making very heavy elements such as uranium.  It references the beta minus decay time in which a neutron in the nucleus decays into a proton and emits an electron and a neutrino.  Because this process is more rapid it allows a large number of neutrons to accumulate and form heavier elements.

Phew! I had to do a lot of research for this one.  Thanks for the great ask!  Anything you want to see?  Message me!

oxfamgb:

We’ve all heard about Israel’s blockade of Gaza, but what does it actually mean? For many people it could mean no income, no chance of seeing family… and no means of escape.  That’s why we’re calling for a permanent lifting of the blockade, so the people of Gaza can travel, trade and live in dignity. REBLOG this if you agree the people of Gaza should be free.

oxfamgb:

We’ve all heard about Israel’s blockade of Gaza, but what does it actually mean? For many people it could mean no income, no chance of seeing family… and no means of escape.

That’s why we’re calling for a permanent lifting of the blockade, so the people of Gaza can travel, trade and live in dignity.

REBLOG this if you agree the people of Gaza should be free.

RMNP - Emerald Lake / Glacier Gorge Trail to Lake Haiyaha w/ Zach (part eleven)

(Pics taken 9/13/14)

Beautiful sunny / cool day in Rocky Mountain Nat’l park. Visiting Lake Haiyaha and Chaos Creek

RMNP - Emerald Lake / Glacier Gorge Trail to Lake Haiyaha w/ Zach (part ten)

(Pics taken 9/13/14)

Beautiful sunny / cool day in Rocky Mountain Nat’l park. Visiting Lake Haiyaha and Chaos Creek