Posted 2 years ago

thepit-nyc:

Schaal - Nailed it!

(Source: catbushandludicrous)

Posted 2 years ago

cartoonpolitics:

Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.” ~ John Stuart Mill

Posted 2 years ago

Immersion in a foreign language rewires your brain - especially when you take time off

By the time you reach adulthood, learning a foreign language is a struggle – even after you memorize grammar and vocabulary, there’s no guarantee that you’ll understand a fast-talking native speaker, and when you stop studying for even a month, you seem to forget everything you’d learned.
Children’s brains, on the other hand, are hard-wired to let them pick up languages with ease. Plus, a new study finds that even adult brains can re-wire themselves to mimic the brain patterns of native speakers – and this effect is amplified if they study by immersing themselves in a foreign language, rather than sitting in a classroom. And when they were not exposed to the new language for five months, their native-speaker brain patterns actually got stronger.
The new finding contrasts with previous studies, which indicated that similar levels of language learning could be achieved by both studying grammar rules in a classroom setting, or “explicit training,” and immersion in the language, or “implicit training,” defined as “training that engages…learners with the target language but does not provide any explicit information or direction to search for rules.” But these studies failed to examine students’ brains.
Researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center and the University of Illinois – Chicago used an artificial 13-word language, Brocanto2, to describe a computer game. While the artificial language’s small vocabulary allowed subjects to learn it fairly quickly, its grammar was relatively sophisticated, mimicking the rules of Romance languages while diverging from the participants’ native English grammar.
Next, the researchers separated 41 adults, who spoke only English, into two groups at random. One would study Brocanto2 through explicit, and the other through implicit, training. To standardize the brain scans, the participants all had to be right handed.
After studying and practicing the artificial language, the subjects listened to Brocanto2 sentences that were either correct or contained grammatical errors, and they had to press buttons to indicate whether the sentences were “good” or “bad.” While participants underwent testing, EEG electrodes monitored the electrical activity on their scalps, which allowed the researchers to build a picture of their brain activity.
While both groups achieved similar proficiency in the artificial language, their brains weren’t as evenly matched. Only the brains in the immersion training group processed language like native speakers’ brains would. And even after five months of zero exposure to Brocanto2, the brain patterns in both groups only became more similar to those of native speakers.
“The results demonstrate that substantial periods with no [language] exposure are not necessarily detrimental. Rather, benefits may ensue from such periods of time even when there is no [language] exposure. Interestingly, both before and after the delay the implicitly trained group showed more native-like processing than the explicitly trained group, indicating that type of training also affects the attainment of nativelike processing in the brain.”

Posted 2 years ago

Arizona law would criminalize being lewd or annoying on the Internet

the-ghost-of-tom-joad:

iwanttheairwaves:

The Arizona state legislature apparently finds it difficult to tell the difference between a telephone and the Internet and has passed a bill that would extend the definition of harassment originally devised for phone conversations to anything communicated or published online.

As summarized by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, “The bill is sweepingly broad, and would make it a crime to communicate via electronic means speech that is intended to ‘annoy,’ ‘offend,’ ‘harass’ or ‘terrify,’ as well as certain sexual speech. Because the bill is not limited to one-to-one communications, H.B. 2549 would apply to the Internet as a whole, thus criminalizing all manner of writing, cartoons, and other protected material the state finds offensive or annoying.”

The bill is currently awaiting Governor Jan Brewer’s signature, and the Media Coalition, which defends first amendment rights in the media, has sent her a letter outlining some of the problems with the legislation.

Trolls living in Arizona are doomed.

Oh shit. 

oh shit.

oh shit. 

oh shit.

At least I only live in AZ three months a year now. 

But still, this bill is complete bullshit in every way. So I expect Jan Brewer to sign it in with Gusto. 

Oh goodie, I can’t wait.

Posted 2 years ago

[TW: Rape] It wasn’t the first time a lawmaker has suggested that women seeking abortions may lie about rape. Some anti-abortion activists actually believe that rape cannot result in pregnancy. Buzzfeed dug up a series of bizarre statements Republicans have made about pregnancy, rape, juices not flowing and more. Here’s one:

The odds that a woman who is raped will get pregnant are “one in millions and millions and millions,” said state Rep. Stephen Freind, R-Delaware County, the Legislature’s leading abortion foe.

The reason, Freind said, is that the traumatic experience of rape causes a woman to “secrete a certain secretion” that tends to kill sperm.

Two Philadelphia doctors specializing in human reproduction characterized Freind’s contention as scientifically baseless.

9 Lies Republicans Tell About Women’s Bodies

Not only are Republicans rejecting actual science, now they’re making up their own.

(via shorterexcerpts)

Posted 2 years ago

huskerred:

I’m almost giddy with excitement over how much it will cost to depose Karzai in a decade or so. It’s like a perpetual motion machine. We roll into a country, destabilize the region and impose a “President” upon the people of said state. Said leader is inevitably corrupt and despised by his subjects. We almost formulaically end up having the new regime either turn against us or cause major headaches in their region.

This is why we can’t have nice things.

Afghanistan would be the jewel of the region if it only had a competent government. Karzai isn’t exactly in an easy position, and I can see him cozying up to Russia, China, and Pakistan (all with stellar human rights records and totes zero corruption right?) pretty quickly once the U.S. is a little more disconnected from the area.

Posted 2 years ago
Not only does abstinence-only education completely erase and forget about people who become pregnant as a result of rape, but they don’t even shed any light on sexual assault as a thing that exists in the real world, or something that can possibly be assuaged by clear, concise, and assertive sexual communication. Essentially, they are helping to create a culture of sexual ignorance – something that is a huge contributor to rape culture. If a person is never taught about sex, consent, and communication beyond “no” or “yes”, they are more likely to commit sexual assault.
Posted 2 years ago

the-ghost-of-tom-joad:

dobbaaa:

ignorance-is-the-enemy:

feminist historian: Excerpts from The Conservative Teen

jessicavalenti:

Come with me on an adventure, folks: into the amazing world of Conservative Teen, where the white people don’t get any whiter.

Where musical theater turns kids to the Devil…

…and sex threatens to wipe out entire civilizations with its wanton vaginal gushing.

Oh my god it is real. -C

I THOUGHT IT WAS A RUMOR

A MYTH

WHY GOD

WHY

This is hilarious. Amazing. 

(Source: jessicavalenti)

Posted 2 years ago

stfuconservatives:

For washing that yucky anti-gay anti-woman anti-minority taste out of your mouth.

(Source: gop-circus)

Posted 2 years ago

sass, class & ass: Warning.

alexandraerin:

transgenderstudentlife:

gendertruckery:

missbriannalee:

WARNING. The things in this post can and will probably upset you. This is a long post, but I believe that everyone needs to at least read this.

“I’m not hiding. The only reason that I don’t have a…

"There isnt an endless amount of human rights available"

Lol what.