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THE SHAAAAAAADE.

*snickers*

This fucking transmisogynstic asshole is upset because trans folks were like “Hey, She-Mail is actually offensive and has this long history of harming trans women.” And this person is going off about it.

Must suck to actually hear from the “T” in LGBT. Gays sure go off when they are told they can’t use a word because of its oppressive nature. 

We tried to tell y’all about Manila a long time ago.

ew

ted:

Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances again for the first time since the Boston terrorist attack last year. 

When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line, Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost the lower half of her left leg in the explosion. She’s a ballroom dance teacher, and she assumed she would never dance again. With most prosthetics, she wouldn’t.

But Hugh Herr, of the MIT Media Lab, wanted to find a way to help her. He created a bionic limb specifically for dancers, studying the way they move and adapting the limb to fit their motion. (He explains how he did it here.)

At TED2014, Adrianne danced for the first time since the attack, wearing the bionic limb that Hugh created for her.  

Hugh says, “It was 3.5 seconds between the bomb blasts in the Boston terrorist attack. In 3.5 seconds, the criminals and cowards took Adrianne off the dance floor. In 200 days, we put her back. We will not be intimidated, brought down, diminished, conquered or stopped by acts of violence.”

Amen to that, Hugh. 

Watch the full talk and performance here »

It’s not like HYDRA was holding secret meetings in the SHIELD cafeteria

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Infiltration is an interesting business. In any organisation of size it’s not hard for a group of employees with an agenda to change how things progress - and it can be subtle as all hell. They don’t have to have secret meetings, or hastily hidden note books lying around - they just have to share a goal, and use their influence to encourage people to think a certain way, or alter how information is perceived so that one course of action seems preferable.

Factions in governments do it all the time. And don’t even start on the media and how they shift people’s opinion on things or decision making capacity.

So when you consider an organisation like SHIELD - built on the actions of a group that used espionage and information to help win a war - and how it would have evolved along with society over the years, AND how it would have actively recruited people with those skill sets to achieve its ends?

Not hard to see how it could, and did, open its doors willingly to those who could abuse the opportunities then offered.

But it’s not just the simple case of a sleeper group waiting to take over control. The important thing to remember here is that the HYDRA faction within SHIELD weren’t separate at all - they simply were SHIELD. They supported what SHIELD was doing, they simply ensured that what SHIELD was doing would, ultimately, fit their agenda. They are believers, and believers can be your friends, your family, your partner, your highly respected boss. You have faith in them, you like, love, revere, them. 

And when your job is to tread the non-existent line between good and not good, when the actions you’re asked to perform to achieve a ‘noble’ outcome are anything but, then how could you recognise that the person next to you, doing exactly the same thing, may have an agenda behind theirs that isn’t the one you think?

There may have been clues, if someone stopped to analyse all the decisions of SHIELD over its incarnation, if someone pulled apart every single document trail and had the capacity to compare, dissect, and sight-match each and every single piece of information to check where it might have been altered or shifted … basically if someone with near limitless omnipotence inspected every aspect of SHIELD’s activities since its inception, they might have spotted the clues to indicate that SHIELD’s direction had been and was being manipulated.

What they couldn’t have seen, was that that manipulation was anything other that the natural politics both within and external to such an organisation, necessary for it to do the job it was doing.

When you play in the shadows, everything is just another shade of grey.

Actually, Anonymous has uncovered strong evidence that actively racist organizations, including the KKK have been insinuating what amount to ‘agents’ into not only public office, but also into private organizations which have traditionally operated against them.  These agents take care never to spout racist rhetoric in public, and to never show anything that can be visually linked to the American Nazi Party, or the KKK — they learn how to ‘pass’, but they manouvre themselves into positions of power in order to subtly steer things around to the environment their primary loyalty prefers.  

Rand Paul is one of these.  His e mails using racial slurs, and expressing intent to suppress non-whites were leaked years ago, and yet there are people out there who STILL don’t believe he’s anything other than just another clueless old guy.

All evil has to do is seem harmless, and convince the Herd that it would rather eat doritos and watch the superbowl than get up and do anything, and evil can take over more than just SHIELD in a few decades’ time.

I’m reminded a bit of Operation Snow White, even. It’s very, very easy to infiltrate an organization if you start in a low-level job with a tiny amount of power (like typing important documents) and working up. Starting as a scientist in a budding organization that hasn’t worked out all the kinks in its background checks and whatnot? Much, much easier to pull off.

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So can we talk about the absolutely stunning duplicity going on here?

holy shit

ok, why the fuck is the graph upside down. that is incredibly misleading

Because its from the Florida Department of Justice, and they have a mandate here.

for those who have trouble inverting it in their head, ftfy:

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this is some of the most blatant twisting of info i have ever seen holy shit

^welcome to florida^

The Widow costume is probably the most comfortable of the superhero suits because it doesn’t require a built-in air conditioning unit, like Hemsworth’s does. I don’t have under-armor. I don’t have a huge leather cape, headdress, whatever. It’s pretty straightforward. It’s kind of like a wet suit actually: sort of this one piece. And I’m always amazed when it goes on and zips up. I’m like, “Wow, it’s on.”

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