Zanzibar, Tanzania by K. Chae
Anyone got any questions? It’s a slow afternoon in Sydney.
Bougainvillea Petals, Nafplio, Greece
Hands on gameplay of Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut for the Nintendo Wii U
Nintendo UK catches up with gamers at The Gadget Show Live 2013 to find out what they think of Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director’s Cut on Wii U.
The video shows how the map, inventory screen and skill tree are all accessible on the gamepad without the need to bring them up on the main screen.
Along with reworked boss battles, this will be one of many features exclusive to the Wii U version, dubbed Director’s Cut.
Releases sometime 2013
This is probably gonna cause me a bit of heat but I just feel the need to rant about the events in Oklahoma.
Most of this frustration comes from my “Christian” friends on Facebook who are saying that the “people” of Oklahoma getting together to pray is the will and work of God. For fucks sake —- why is the massive tornado that in an afternoon wrecked people’s lives not “Gods will”. Why does their divine diety that knows and does all only get credit for the ” good” things in life?
Plus- a tragedy on this scale is gonna require more than people just coming together in a church after the fact to pray and sponsor a food drive. Seriously? Prayer just serves their own egos without actually solving the problem. The victims of this weather event are going to need food and shelter now, yes, but in the coming weeks are going to need money and social support. Are those same churches going to put their supposed “piety” where their mouth is and actually fiscally support those displaced people as they navigate the complicated and expensive process of dealing with insurance and reasserting themselves in an already depressed labor market?
Nope—-these church folk are going to be sympathetic and just say how “tragic” it is that this happened but that they are ” warmed by the community support”. So who is gonna pick up the slack? That “vile, repressive, horrible Obama and his government bureaucracy”. The two senators from Oklahoma are some of the biggest tools in the senate and exclusively voted against disaster aid for citizens in other parts of the country. Now that disaster has hit their electorate what do you think are the chances of emergency money going towards these weather event victims?
And going back to the source of this — massive social inequality isn’t the best predictor of a stable society and guess what? Disrespecting the planet is causing more and more extreme weather events—/ is this tornado going to make the citizens of Oklahoma start caring about the environment?
Yeah thought not.
Participants rated their sexual orientation on a 10-point scale, ranging from gay to straight. Then they took a computer-administered test designed to measure their implicit sexual orientation. In the test, the participants were shown images and words indicative of hetero- and homosexuality (pictures of same-sex and straight couples, words like “homosexual” and “gay”) and were asked to sort them into the appropriate category, gay or straight, as quickly as possible. The computer measured their reaction times.
The twist was that before each word and image appeared, the word “me” or “other” was flashed on the screen for 35 milliseconds — long enough for participants to subliminally process the word but short enough that they could not consciously see it. The theory here, known as semantic association, is that when “me” precedes words or images that reflect your sexual orientation (for example, heterosexual images for a straight person), you will sort these images into the correct category faster than when “me” precedes words or images that are incongruent with your sexual orientation (for example, homosexual images for a straight person). This technique, adapted from similar tests used to assess attitudes like subconscious racial bias, reliably distinguishes between self-identified straight individuals and those who self-identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual.
Using this methodology we identified a subgroup of participants who, despite self-identifying as highly straight, indicated some level of same-sex attraction (that is, they associated “me” with gay-related words and pictures faster than they associated “me” with straight-related words and pictures). Over 20 percent of self-described highly straight individuals showed this discrepancy.
Notably, these “discrepant” individuals were also significantly more likely than other participants to favor anti-gay policies; to be willing to assign significantly harsher punishments to perpetrators of petty crimes if they were presumed to be homosexual; and to express greater implicit hostility toward gay subjects (also measured with the help of subliminal priming). Thus our research suggests that some who oppose homosexuality do tacitly harbor same-sex attraction."
— New study indicates homophobia is often a result of repressed homosexual feelings, validating what Freud posited in his concept of “reaction formation,” in which we lash out against others’ expressions of what we loathe in ourselves. (via explore-blog)
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If Disney Princesses Were Jedi Knights
Ariel dual-wields a pair of blue lightsabers under the sea, Rapunzel rocks short hair with an exceptionally long Padawan braid, and Snow White makes one hell of a bad-ass Sith in these illustrations by Ralph Sevelius.