Life is Weird.

I live in Tacoma Washington. Judson, 24 years of living on this gravity well, spiraling around this nuclear fireball. Still having an Existential crisis. . Former Marine no longer a slave to Uncle Sam. Words of description: Anarchist single, 'out to lunch', Malformed Public duty gland, and a deficiency in moral fiber precluding me from saving Universes. Possibly a dreamer (jury is still out). A bit rude, a bit crude, a bit into myself. Nothing of importance: Don't listen to me, because I am Mostly harmless.

So, hypothetically… if I could take a bunch of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and read books at Barnes and Noble all day… and then be able to display my knowledge and understanding of the subject on an equal, if not higher, level than a college student… then, hypothetically… why is everyone paying for college again?

(Answer: Because a college degree isn’t about education, it’s a class marker. If we cared about everyone being educated, we would accredit free online courses and allow people to achieve intellectual growth and success without going into debt. But that’s not what college is for. I mean, yeah in college you can travel and learn from amazing professors and start your own anything and have access to facilities and resources and money, yeah, college is all that. And I’m not discrediting anyone who loves college but… college, at the end of the day is a business. College is just one more big way to perpetuate the system. But I say f**k the system, man.) #FreeEducationForAll #LearnRadically

—Vanessa Newman (Washington, DC)

(Source: theblackcollegian, via meownarchy)

basedheisenberg:

Alternate universe where the internet was invented in the early 1700s and The American Colonies declare independence by having Ben Franklin DDOS the Crown.

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odinsblog:

BLACK MAN SHUTS DOWN THE POLICE

YouTube is full of videos where young white men, often times armed, stand up to police and force the officers to back down. With African-Americans, however, the rules are often different and knowing your rights will get you Tasered or worse. One African-American man recorded an encounter with police where he avoided getting arrested or shοt while preserving his rights.

When cops knocked on his door looking for a fugitive, Avel Amarel was determined to record the incident and not allow officers to illegally enter his home, according to a video posted on TheFreeThoughtProject.com.

Police told Amarel that they wanted to search his home because of an incident that occurred in the parking lot, but Amarel told the officers that the person they were looking for was not inside his home and he wasn’t allowing police to enter without a warrant.

Officer, I can’t let you inside without a search warrant,” he says.

Early in the encounter, an officer attempts to get Amarel to stop recording cell phone video, using the excuse that he didn’t know what the object was. Amarel informed the officer that the object in question was a cell phone and continued recording.

Throughout the video, Amarel refuses to let up, asking officers for three forms of identification. The officers never present any ID, but ask Amarel for ID, but he refuses. Amarel asks the officers whether he’s suspected of a crime and when the officers explain again about the fugitive, Amarel tells them that only he and his family are at the home.

When one officer asks for permission to search the home, Amarel tells him to come back with a warrant. Eventually the officers leave in frustration.

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(h/t blacklikemoi.com)

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Aliens conquering earth would be fine with me, as long as they make me their queen. - Gillian Anderson

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But I shouldn’t get mad at those people, because there is a lot of stuff I don’t know about or care to know about. But the thing is, I have the decency to not comment on it. I mean how do you think solar energy is created? Fucking magic? How the fuck do you think that energy gets from one place to another? You guys do realize we don’t have power lines from the Sahara to this side of the globe right? You also realize there is like 6000 miles of varied terrain from the Sahara to like inda and China, where energy demand is projected to rise in the next ten years. Great we’ve built this solar plant that is supposed to save us from our energy woes, a warm little light for humanity to crowd around. Now how do you think that energy is going to get to those assholes in hong Kong turning on their TV or microwave or whatever? It’s great that we’ve figured out how big of area is necessary to power the world, but have you given any thought to how that energy will be incorporated into the existing grid? And the resources necessary to build this plant?

Seriously what the Germans failed to inform the world of is that the power plant will only produce power during the day, and that means all the power plants on the night side of the planet would have to power back up during the night. Energy is one of the things I get worked up about. Because it upsets me that we are barely a type one civilization yet. Like great we can use the energy from the sun, but what about storing that energy so we can use it during the night. On an individual scale sure, but industrial scale? The ability to keep an entire region powered through the night strictly on the solar energy collected during the day? No we don’t have that ability. I’ve read articles on how universities and labs are researching ways to improve batteries, but we are still way to far from having batteries that are efficient enough for a solar plant.

You really want to solve the energy problem, stop subsidizing the energy industry (from solar to nuclear). Get rid of the the barriers in place that allow people to disconnect from the grid, because people in and of themselves have the ability to produce energy, from building a simple wind turbine to building a cheap 100$ solar panel (with mostly recycles materials of course.) The most expensive component of a solar system would be good battery bank system to store excess energy captured during the day. Good batteries could last upwards of 15 years.
People and communities are innovative and will come up with solutions to problems if left to their own devices.
This is the greatest time to be alive we have a wealth of information available to us, and the ability to coordinate and collaborate with people on the other side of the globe. There are people who come up with solutions to their problems daily.
Granted building your very own solar panel or wind turbine and batter charging bank requires just a little bit (or maybe a lot) of electrical knowhow, but these are things that can be fixed by asking google the right or close to right questions.

Don’t get me wrong I think a smart grid is a smart idea…. But they also said nuclear power would make energy too cheap to meter…. Also I love that picture floating around that shows the area in the Sahara desert needed for solar panels to power the world…. How the fuck do people think that energy is going to get from the Sahara to everywhere else? How the fuck do people think that energy is going to be stored? Like great t only a couple square kilometers is needed to produce enough energy to power the world… Have you forgotten day night cycle? Have you forgotten transmission? Have you forgotten that the longer energy travels the more charge it loses? I mean we aren’t even a type 1 civilization yet. There is no incentives on the part of energy companies to implement a smart grid, to build the infrastructure necessary to transmit energy produced in the Sahara globally. First and foremost countries in the immediate vicinity of that plant would be the first to use that energy, during the day the energy produced by other power plants would have to be diverted elsewhere or lose efficiency while they are in a shutdown state. As stated prior, energy companies have pretty much zero incentive to build the interconnected infrastructure necessary to transmit power globally. I mean it takes only a cursory understanding of energy and energy production to understand why a solar plant in the Sahara powering the world is ineffective at best, and would be chocked up as a pipe dream by way of american power companies. The solution is local involvement in energy production and local communities implementing ways to reduce their strain on the grid.

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kingjaffejoffer:

If people were as outraged at our government fucking us over as they are about athletes breaking the law America would really be something. 

Distractions at the coliseum is how they keep the peasants in line.

As long as Rome has her games the peasants will be placated.

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