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liberalisnotadirtyword:

micdotcom:

College tuition has risen by 553% since 1984. One GIF shows just how harsh that is
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This is why anyone who went to college before the 1990s can shove their “Hey, I worked my way through school and graduated with no debt” talk…

liberalisnotadirtyword:

micdotcom:

College tuition has risen by 553% since 1984. One GIF shows just how harsh that is

Follow micdotcom 

This is why anyone who went to college before the 1990s can shove their “Hey, I worked my way through school and graduated with no debt” talk…


   tuition      education      college      money      true blue queue   

  30,696 notes25 Sep 14   
fatbodypolitics:

omg. This has changed my life.

fatbodypolitics:

omg. This has changed my life.


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  16,672 notes24 Sep 14   
historicity-was-already-taken:

bunmer:

redhester:

bunmer:


A young Jewish refugee with her Chinese playmates. Shanghai, China (x)

Between 1933 and 1941, it is estimated that 20,000 Jews escaped persecution by fleeing to the Chinese port of Shanghai. Shanghai was one of the few places in the world that would accept Jewish refugees at this time, Japan being another.

i am furious that i am just now learning about this important fact.

Because it has nothing to do with the USA being the superhero and saving all the Jews

I love that people are talking about this!
But I have a small nitpick. I wrote my MA thesis on this community. Knowing this, one of my former professors invited me to an event on Capitol Hill. This event was the kick-off to a week long exhibit about this community put on by the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum in cooperation with AJC East Asia Institute. And all the speakers could talk about was how China rescued the Jews and opened its arms to them. That is the narrative constructed as well by the Shanghai Refugees Museum.
And it makes me angry because China did not save these 17,000-20,000 refugees. Shanghai did not open its doors to them. That ~20,000 Jewish refugees were able to flee to Shanghai between 1938 and 1941 was actually an accident of Shanghai’s history. And I’m about to over-simplify a lot of history because I’m at work and I shouldn’t be on tumblr (but Shanghai I can’t resist). Because of nearly a century of imperialist engagement in Shanghai, by 1938 Shanghai was governed by three seperate parties: the Shanghai Municipal Council in the International Settlement, the Conseil in the French Concession, and the Japanese over the formerly Chinese governed section of Shanghai. 
All three of these governments were alarmed by the sudden influx of Jewish refugees. Especially because the city was already overwhelmed with millions of Chinese refugees fleeing Japanese aggression in the interior in the wake of the Second Sino-Japanese War. While the three governments came up with some permit systems and attempted to create bureaucratic hurdles, they didn’t really work together so none of the three could truly enforce any of the roadblocks they’d put up with the intention of stemming the flow of Jewish refugees. In the end, what ended Jewish overland and overseas travel to Shanghai was Italy’s entrance into WW2, and breakout of hostilities between Hitler and Stalin.
In reality, one of the very few countries which can arguably said to “saved the Jews” was the Dominican Republic, and even that only happened because of Trujillo’s own violently racist eugenic ideas about the benefits of European blood.

historicity-was-already-taken:

bunmer:

redhester:

bunmer:

A young Jewish refugee with her Chinese playmates. Shanghai, China (x)

Between 1933 and 1941, it is estimated that 20,000 Jews escaped persecution by fleeing to the Chinese port of Shanghai. Shanghai was one of the few places in the world that would accept Jewish refugees at this time, Japan being another.

i am furious that i am just now learning about this important fact.

Because it has nothing to do with the USA being the superhero and saving all the Jews

I love that people are talking about this!

But I have a small nitpick. I wrote my MA thesis on this community. Knowing this, one of my former professors invited me to an event on Capitol Hill. This event was the kick-off to a week long exhibit about this community put on by the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum in cooperation with AJC East Asia Institute. And all the speakers could talk about was how China rescued the Jews and opened its arms to them. That is the narrative constructed as well by the Shanghai Refugees Museum.

And it makes me angry because China did not save these 17,000-20,000 refugees. Shanghai did not open its doors to them. That ~20,000 Jewish refugees were able to flee to Shanghai between 1938 and 1941 was actually an accident of Shanghai’s history. And I’m about to over-simplify a lot of history because I’m at work and I shouldn’t be on tumblr (but Shanghai I can’t resist). Because of nearly a century of imperialist engagement in Shanghai, by 1938 Shanghai was governed by three seperate parties: the Shanghai Municipal Council in the International Settlement, the Conseil in the French Concession, and the Japanese over the formerly Chinese governed section of Shanghai. 

All three of these governments were alarmed by the sudden influx of Jewish refugees. Especially because the city was already overwhelmed with millions of Chinese refugees fleeing Japanese aggression in the interior in the wake of the Second Sino-Japanese War. While the three governments came up with some permit systems and attempted to create bureaucratic hurdles, they didn’t really work together so none of the three could truly enforce any of the roadblocks they’d put up with the intention of stemming the flow of Jewish refugees. In the end, what ended Jewish overland and overseas travel to Shanghai was Italy’s entrance into WW2, and breakout of hostilities between Hitler and Stalin.

In reality, one of the very few countries which can arguably said to “saved the Jews” was the Dominican Republic, and even that only happened because of Trujillo’s own violently racist eugenic ideas about the benefits of European blood.


   history      racism      antisemitism      true blue queue   

  95,835 notes24 Sep 14   

nowyoukno:

socialjusticekoolaid:

(9.23.14) — Another morning in Amerikkka. Somebody thought it would be fun to desecrate the Mike Brown Memorial early this morning. I… I really can’t even. #staywoke #farfromover

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Here’s a picture of some cops watching the memorial burn although there seemed to be no police at the scene when the fire department arrived.


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  75,876 notes23 Sep 14   

browngirlblues:

Women against feminism are basically just arguing that their individual lives are fine and they don’t care about what other women go through


   hell yeah      feminism      true blue queue   

  94,367 notes22 Sep 14   
punkrockluna:

ilovecharts:

Hours Worked On Minimum Wage In Order To Pay For One University Credit Hour

*Flings this chart at baby boomers*

punkrockluna:

ilovecharts:

Hours Worked On Minimum Wage In Order To Pay For One University Credit Hour

*Flings this chart at baby boomers*


   tuition      college      money      true blue queue   

  74,915 notes21 Sep 14   
mindblowingscience:

Ethical trap: robot paralysed by choice of who to save

Can a robot learn right from wrong? Attempts to imbue robots, self-driving cars and military machines with a sense of ethics reveal just how hard this is
CAN we teach a robot to be good? Fascinated by the idea, roboticist Alan Winfield of Bristol Robotics Laboratory in the UK built an ethical trap for a robot – and was stunned by the machine’s response.
In an experiment, Winfield and his colleagues programmed a robot to prevent other automatons – acting as proxies for humans – from falling into a hole. This is a simplified version of Isaac Asimov’s fictional First Law of Robotics – a robot must not allow a human being to come to harm.
At first, the robot was successful in its task. As a human proxy moved towards the hole, the robot rushed in to push it out of the path of danger. But when the team added a second human proxy rolling toward the hole at the same time, the robot was forced to choose. Sometimes, it managed to save one human while letting the other perish; a few times it even managed to save both. But in 14 out of 33 trials, the robot wasted so much time fretting over its decision that both humans fell into the hole. The work was presented on 2 September at the Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems meeting in Birmingham, UK.
Winfield describes his robot as an “ethical zombie” that has no choice but to behave as it does. Though it may save others according to a programmed code of conduct, it doesn’t understand the reasoning behind its actions. Winfield admits he once thought it was not possible for a robot to make ethical choices for itself. Today, he says, “my answer is: I have no idea”.
As robots integrate further into our everyday lives, this question will need to be answered. A self-driving car, for example, may one day have to weigh the safety of its passengers against the risk of harming other motorists or pedestrians. It may be very difficult to program robots with rules for such encounters.
But robots designed for military combat may offer the beginning of a solution. Ronald Arkin, a computer scientist at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, has built a set of algorithms for military robots – dubbed an “ethical governor” – which is meant to help them make smart decisions on the battlefield. He has already tested it in simulated combat, showing that drones with such programming can choose not to shoot, or try to minimise casualties during a battle near an area protected from combat according to the rules of war, like a school or hospital.
Arkin says that designing military robots to act more ethically may be low-hanging fruit, as these rules are well known. “The laws of war have been thought about for thousands of years and are encoded in treaties.” Unlike human fighters, who can be swayed by emotion and break these rules, automatons would not.
"When we’re talking about ethics, all of this is largely about robots that are developed to function in pretty prescribed spaces," says Wendell Wallach, author ofMoral Machines: Teaching robots right from wrong. Still, he says, experiments like Winfield’s hold promise in laying the foundations on which more complex ethical behaviour can be built. “If we can get them to function well in environments when we don’t know exactly all the circumstances they’ll encounter, that’s going to open up vast new applications for their use.”
This article appeared in print under the headline “The robot’s dilemma”

Watch a video of these ‘ethical’ robots in action here

mindblowingscience:

Ethical trap: robot paralysed by choice of who to save

Can a robot learn right from wrong? Attempts to imbue robots, self-driving cars and military machines with a sense of ethics reveal just how hard this is

CAN we teach a robot to be good? Fascinated by the idea, roboticist Alan Winfield of Bristol Robotics Laboratory in the UK built an ethical trap for a robot – and was stunned by the machine’s response.

In an experiment, Winfield and his colleagues programmed a robot to prevent other automatons – acting as proxies for humans – from falling into a hole. This is a simplified version of Isaac Asimov’s fictional First Law of Robotics – a robot must not allow a human being to come to harm.

At first, the robot was successful in its task. As a human proxy moved towards the hole, the robot rushed in to push it out of the path of danger. But when the team added a second human proxy rolling toward the hole at the same time, the robot was forced to choose. Sometimes, it managed to save one human while letting the other perish; a few times it even managed to save both. But in 14 out of 33 trials, the robot wasted so much time fretting over its decision that both humans fell into the hole. The work was presented on 2 September at the Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems meeting in Birmingham, UK.

Winfield describes his robot as an “ethical zombie” that has no choice but to behave as it does. Though it may save others according to a programmed code of conduct, it doesn’t understand the reasoning behind its actions. Winfield admits he once thought it was not possible for a robot to make ethical choices for itself. Today, he says, “my answer is: I have no idea”.

As robots integrate further into our everyday lives, this question will need to be answered. A self-driving car, for example, may one day have to weigh the safety of its passengers against the risk of harming other motorists or pedestrians. It may be very difficult to program robots with rules for such encounters.

But robots designed for military combat may offer the beginning of a solution. Ronald Arkin, a computer scientist at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, has built a set of algorithms for military robots – dubbed an “ethical governor” – which is meant to help them make smart decisions on the battlefield. He has already tested it in simulated combat, showing that drones with such programming can choose not to shoot, or try to minimise casualties during a battle near an area protected from combat according to the rules of war, like a school or hospital.

Arkin says that designing military robots to act more ethically may be low-hanging fruit, as these rules are well known. “The laws of war have been thought about for thousands of years and are encoded in treaties.” Unlike human fighters, who can be swayed by emotion and break these rules, automatons would not.

"When we’re talking about ethics, all of this is largely about robots that are developed to function in pretty prescribed spaces," says Wendell Wallach, author ofMoral Machines: Teaching robots right from wrong. Still, he says, experiments like Winfield’s hold promise in laying the foundations on which more complex ethical behaviour can be built. “If we can get them to function well in environments when we don’t know exactly all the circumstances they’ll encounter, that’s going to open up vast new applications for their use.”

This article appeared in print under the headline “The robot’s dilemma”

Watch a video of these ‘ethical’ robots in action here


   !!!      robots      technology      science      true blue queue   

  870 notes19 Sep 14   

queenmerbabe:

thepsychoticfuckingbiotic:

sadim0uto:

sadim0uto:

Hello!! I’m in need of a HUGE signal boost right now (and maybe a big reporting session) because my best friend is being blackmailed by her ex boyfriend. 

I’m not exactly sure what I’m supposed to put here, but I feel like this should be a warning for anyone who knows him and just a general informative thing. Jacob lives in Australia and is 16 years of age. They’ve had a very unhealthy relationship and he’s threatened sending out her nudes multiple times. Jacob is very manipulative and emotionally abusive towards her and even ends up pulling me and her other friends into not being able to do anything because it’ll end up hurting her. He’s made around 7 Twitter accounts to contact my friend in the times that she was trying to get out of the relationship.

In the picture above, he’s posted her nudes and threatened her.

ALL IM ASKING IS FOR YOU TO REPORT HIM ON EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING:

His Twitter accounts all start with @/neinthousand but the one that was most recently used was: @/neinthousand12 (but it was apparently deleted)

His Facebook account is:Jacob R Hynes, and he has more but I am unable to find them. They’re under Jacob Hynes and the like.

********** UPDATES!!! **********

First, we thought we had a compromise. 

Then this happened not even a minute after:

PLEASE CONTINUE REBLOGGING THIS. My friend is only 15 years of age and this is absolutely horrible. We’re getting ahold of local authorities but if you see the pictures anywhere (namely twitter) REPORT THEM IMMEDIATELY.

Put this guy on blast. Detestable scum.

Fucking ruin him.


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  84,797 notes19 Sep 14   

Stop shopping at Urban Outfitters. 

overtheunderpass:

honeybeeprofessor:

DOnt shop at urban outfitters 

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they literally sold a blood-stained-looking sweatshirt with the name of a college that there was a school shooting at 

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they sold prescription-drug related accessories trying to make it cute

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they sold a board game entitled “gettopoly” i should not have to explain why this is bad

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they sold a super cissexist card with the T slur on it 

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they literally sold this shirt

PLEASE STOP SHOPPING AT URBAN OUTFITTERS

WOW, Ew

Also stop shopping and Anthropologie and Free People. The Urban Outfitters CEO owns those stores too. He’ opposes gay marriage and has donated to Rick Santorum


   urban outfitters      clothing      true blue queue   

  132,259 notes18 Sep 14