Quote: A Song of Ice and Fire (GoT books)

Men had been looking at her that way since her breasts began to bud. Because I was so beautiful, they said, but Jaime was beautiful as well, and they never looked at him that way. When she was small she would sometimes don her brother’s clothing as a lark. She was always startled by how differently men treated her when they thought that she was Jaime.

Cersei Lannister | A Feast for Crows, c. 17 (via jaimefromtherock)

Strange but True Laws: You Can Be Buried in your Garden in the UK

The ability to create burial plots on your own land isn’t limited to estates, meaning that it does indeed extend to the garden of your house. No further permissions are required. Neighbours may object, but they seem to have very few legal grounds on which to do so.

Alison Killing on the legal peculiarities around burials in the UK. UK followers – fancy being buried in your garden? Go right ahead. (via thisbigcity)This has to be the weirdest legal precedent, ever.

Quote, Neil deGrasse Tyson, The scientific fact of Global Warming

Is it political if I tell you that if we burn coal, you’re going to warm the atmosphere? Or is that a statement of fact that you’ve made political? It’s a scientific statement. The fact that there are elements of society that have made it political, that’s a whole other thing.

Neil deGrasse Tyson (via socio-logic)

Best lines in Arrow – that Never Happened

Lines I’d like to see on Arrow: “Really, Ollie, my mother’s a Time Lord, my biological father’s immortal, and my stepfather used to work for MI6, and you think I couldn’t handle knowing my brother’s a Superhero?!” —  Thea Queen

By the way, yes, I realized after I posted this that Alex Kingston is Laurel and Sarah’s mother, not Thea’s.  Oh, well.

Lines I’d like to see on Arrow:  “Hey, don’t mess with me – I used to be a professional wizard in Chicago.”  — Det. Lance

“Don’t mess with me, Sunshine, I’m a Time Lord.” — Dinah Lance

“You know, you really shouldn’t mess with me – I used to work for MI6, and they aren’t nearly so forgiving.” — Walter Steele

Defining Generations

They call us the “Me” generation
(like we invented narcissism).
Critics inform me that I am
self obsessed, passive, and impatient—
eaten up by consumerism
as much as I am defined by it.
They call me dead from the neck up,
disillusioned of the beauties I now take for granted.
But I have never felt so much alive,
and the world could not look more beautiful
than I am striving to make it.
So if it’s selfish for me to want more for myself
than the legacy of poverty and depression—
of social unrest—
my parents left for me,
then give me my tar and my feathers.
Give me my crown,
and call me Greed.

Thoughts On Millennials, by Ashe Vernon (via latenightcornerstore)I actually have more hope for Millennials than my own X-generation, who are almost universally dismissed as screw-ups.

Unfair, to some extent, after all, I’m in the X-gen, but true in so many ways.

Why the Attacks on LGBT Men and Women are so Wrong

The defense for Fundamentalists’ obsession with homosexuality is the Bible, which they claim to read literally. If this was true, they might notice the words “poor” and “poverty” appear 446 times and that “wealth” is mentioned in 1,273 verses, rarely positively. Only five or six passages discuss homosexuality, though nearly every American can recite them, hearing each one quoted so often. If Fundamentalists fought LGBTQ equality as a hobby, after fulfilling their duty to fight poverty, they might be chastised and forgiven. They’ve revealed, though, they will abandon the poor, to condemn not only gay men and women but anyone who tolerates them. In doing so they’ve denied the very faith and savior they claim to revere. Whatever religion Fundamentalism is, it isn’t Christianity, and it’s time to revoke that label. Categorizing homosexuality, not injustice, as the greatest evil is absurd and disturbing, but it reflects a whole moral system that contradicts the essence of Christian Scripture.

It’s Time to Stop Calling Fundamentalists ‘Christians’ (via azspot)

Scream it from the rooftops. Scream it from the mountain.

(via ytisonimul)

Excellent excellent point!

Quotes – Dangerous Universe

The universe is relentlessly, catastrophically dangerous, on scales that menace not just communities, but civilizations and our species as well. A freakish chain of improbable accidents produced the bubble of conditions that was necessary for the rise of life, our species, and technological civilization. If we continue to drift obliviously inside this bubble, taking its continuation for granted, then inevitably—sooner or later—physical or human-triggered events will push us outside, and we will be snuffed like a candle in a hurricane.

John Tooby
Founder of field of Evolutionary Psychology; Co-director, Center for Evolutionary Psychology, Professor of Anthropology, UC Santa Barbara


(via wildcat2030)