1. 21:23 6th Jul 2014

    Notes: 1420

    Reblogged from robertreich

    robertreich:

    Dozens of big U.S. corporations are considering leaving the United States in order to reduce their tax bills.

    But they’ll be leaving the country only on paper. They’ll still do as much business in the U.S. as they were doing before.

    The only difference is they’ll no longer be “American,”…

     
  2. 05:11 19th Jun 2014

    Notes: 23

    Reblogged from mostlysignssomeportents

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    mostlysignssomeportents:

If you call your Congressional rep today, we can stop NSA mass surveillance in its tracks. Today, Congress will vote on a critical amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill: under this amendment, the NSA will be prohibited from using its prodigious budget to conduct mass, warrantless surveillance and to sabotage security standards and technology. This doesn’t solve all the surveillance problems, but it’s the cleanest, quickest and most plausible way to hamstring NSA spying. The last time this happened, Congress came within seven votes of passing it. The chances are even better now. CALL.
Shut the NSA’s Backdoor to the Internet
(Image: I want you to blow the whistle, Mike, )

    mostlysignssomeportents:

    If you call your Congressional rep today, we can stop NSA mass surveillance in its tracks. Today, Congress will vote on a critical amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill: under this amendment, the NSA will be prohibited from using its prodigious budget to conduct mass, warrantless surveillance and to sabotage security standards and technology. This doesn’t solve all the surveillance problems, but it’s the cleanest, quickest and most plausible way to hamstring NSA spying. The last time this happened, Congress came within seven votes of passing it. The chances are even better now. CALL.

    Shut the NSA’s Backdoor to the Internet

    (Image: I want you to blow the whistle, Mike, )

     
  3. What is significant

    The moment we realize how small and cosmically insignificant we are, is the moment that, perhaps, our hearts can open the widest.

     
  4. 17:56 15th Jun 2014

    Notes: 239715

    Reblogged from poetry-mania

    balsambreath:

    I thought of texting you
    "good morning, I can’t sleep"
    and then I remembered
    that you are on a journey
    which I am not a part of
    and that’s okay
    but
    good morning
    I can’t sleep

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought and felt this…

     
  5. 02:31 12th Jun 2014

    Notes: 85

    Reblogged from syntaxandsemantics

    syntaxandsemantics:

    a soft start from cradling palms
    then the gift of life in movement, 
    birth of a journey rising to the heavens destined
    and the peak
    a pause, a moment closest to the sun, a breath
    and then descent
    towards emptiness,
    the gentle fall to dirt
    the dead landing, so quiet.

     
  6. 02:29

    Notes: 52

    Reblogged from poetry-mania

    alwaysthegrieve:

    let me rest against
    the mollescent
    part of your
    shoulders

    like a comma
    misplaced, hanging
    off my syllables

    the part
    that stretches
    canvases into
    poetry

    perhaps
    I should watch
    my tongue

    what with my
    lips bleeding
    rosaries

    and yours
    blissful scorn.

     
  7. 22:57 8th Jun 2014

    Notes: 466

    Reblogged from rift-walk

    Math isn’t really science. You don’t do experiments, or collect and interpret data. You just manipulate a bunch of rules (axioms) and get a ‘proof’, an idea that will hold true forever.

    When our cells divide, our DNA packs itself up into tighter and tighter coils. The study of how this packing occurs and what form it takes can be described using knot theory, and the same applies with sphere eversion.

    Did you know that in a gathering of 6 or more people, there will be three that are either mutual friends or mutually don’t know each other? This is a basic result in Ramsey theory, the study of how and where order appears.

    Do you know international shipping is actually a hard problem? The best route to take, delivering everything on time is a problem that sits on the intersection of combinatorics, computational complexity theory, graph theory (topology!!) and logistics. Tangentially, if you want to calculate the odds of getting a full house in poker, you use combinatorics (about 0.144%). If you want to know how long it will take a government to read your encrypted emails, thats roughly a computational complexity problem. If you want to run a successful dating website, or build the next Google, you better brush up on your graph theory.

    The real world, and more generally, the universe is full of surprising interconnections between fields of knowledge. Mathematics is the search for pattern and order, for abstract, unchanging truths in so much chaos.

    Whenever I catch myself thinking, “when will there ever be an application for this”, I remind myself that the universe is not confined by my lack of imagination.

    — Knight of Lambda (via rift-walk)
     
  8. Fill in the blank

    I realize now that ________ is like being resentful at the sand for once being a mountain.

     
  9. 02:09

    Notes: 67967

    Reblogged from courtneydunagan

    At 19, I read a sentence that re-terraformed my head: “The level of matter in the universe has been constant since the Big Bang.”
    In all the aeons we have lost nothing, we have gained nothing - not a speck, not a grain, not a breath. The universe is simply a sealed, twisting kaleidoscope that has reordered itself a trillion trillion trillion times over.
    Each baby, then, is a unique collision - a cocktail, a remix - of all that has come before: made from molecules of Napoleon and stardust and comets and whale tooth; colloidal mercury and Cleopatra’s breath: and with the same darkness that is between the stars between, and inside, our own atoms.
    When you know this, you suddenly see the crowded top deck of the bus, in the rain, as a miracle: this collection of people is by way of a starburst constellation. Families are bright, irregular-shaped nebulae. Finding a person you love is like galaxies colliding. We are all peculiar, unrepeatable, perambulating micro-universes - we have never been before and we will never be again. Oh God, the sheer exuberant, unlikely face of our existences. The honour of being alive. They will never be able to make you again. Don’t you dare waste a second of it thinking something better will happen when it ends. Don’t you dare.
    — Caitlin Moran  (via 5000letters)

    (Source: lustsandluxuries)

     
  10. 17:12 7th Jun 2014

    Notes: 1364

    Reblogged from thenewenlightenmentage

    thenewenlightenmentage:

    How the Moon Formed: Lunar Rocks Support Giant Impact Theory

    A new analysis of lunar rocks now supports the idea that the moon was born in a gigantic collision between the nascent Earth and a mysterious planet-size rock, scientists say.

    Earth formed about 4.5 billion years ago, and scientists think the moon came into being shortly afterward. The prevailing explanation for the moon’s origin, known as the Giant Impact Hypothesis, is that it resulted from two protoplanets (or embryonic worlds) that slammed together — the Earth as it was forming, and a Mars-size object called Theia. A lot of debris went on to form the moon.

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