Racism and Middle Earth: Part 1/6: People of Color in Middle Earth
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I just tried to discretely use one of the body sprays at work cuz it was called Fantasy Forest and I was like…. I’m down…. BUT IT JUST SMELLS LIKE REALLY STRONG DIRT AND A GUY YELLED “WHO SPRAYED THAT FOREST ELF SHIT” FROM ACROSS THE STORE
“In 2002, having spent more than three years in one residence for the first time in my life, I got called for jury duty. I show up on time, ready to serve. When we get to the voir dire, the lawyer says to me, “I see you’re an astrophysicist. What’s that?” I answer, “Astrophysics is the laws of physics, applied to the universe—the Big Bang, black holes, that sort of thing.” Then he asks, “What do you teach at Princeton?” and I say, “I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.
A few years later, jury duty again. The judge states that the defendant is charged with possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine. It was found on his body, he was arrested, and he is now on trial. This time, after the Q&A is over, the judge asks us whether there are any questions we’d like to ask the court, and I say, “Yes, Your Honor. Why did you say he was in possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine? That equals 1.7 grams. The ‘thousand’ cancels with the ‘milli-’ and you get 1.7 grams, which is less than the weight of a dime.” Again I’m out on the street.”
powerful Black Science Man
“I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.
This is a good illustration of what’s wrong with the US criminal justice system.
I’m more struck by the second anecdote, in which he was evidently disqualified from jury duty for displaying the ability to do math.
Genetically Modified Berry compared to Organic Berry:
Note that the modified specimen is bloated to about 3 times the mass of the common berry. Advanced rot has set in prior to maturity and tests revealed 78% more lactic acid in the modified organism.
Upon contact with the modified berry, the picker’s hands exhibited a rash which is clearly visible on the fingers and should not be mistaken for juice stains acquired during picking. While the common berry, of course, has no ill effects on the skin, the modified organism had an effect similar to poison oak and swelling set in shortly after the photo was taken. The discoloration and pain lasted approximately 12 hours with treatment including Neosporin and Syrup of Ipecac.
At 16 hours the specimen went missing and could not be monitored for decay rates. While the common berry remained, the modified berry was spotted the next Tuesday at the corner of Wallace and 12th St. Having grown another meter and a half, the genetically modified berry murdered two prostitutes and became the target of a cross country manhunt. It was last seen on February 20th in Boulder, CO where it has joined with several bananas from the Monsanto corporation and stolen at least two shotguns from the Boulder Police Department.
A manifesto was released online suggesting that the berries intend to strike at our nurseries, killing our young and replacing them with further modified organisms which we will raise as our own. They also intend to “free their enslaved brothers” by treating common fruits and possibly vegetables with mutagens.
The head of the FDA could not be reached for comment as he has gone missing. Only a glass of unidentified red fluid was found in his office, labeled “Extra Pulp”.
The number of people that aren’t reading the whole thing and are hailing it as fact make me laugh harder than the actual story.
INFJ: Flower crown- “Let’s make one together!”
ESTP: Arm candy- “Jealous?”
INTJ: Burgundy lipstick- “I was going to wear red lipstick, but it didn’t say ‘I could kill a man’ loud enough”
ESFP: Prom dress, if they could- “Why not look your best, all the time?”
INFP: Brightly colored hair- “What are you looking at? Do you like it? Let’s be friends!”
ESTJ: Blazer- “Let’s get down to buisness”
INTP: Headphones- “Don’t talk to me”
ESFJ: A big, fabulous hat- “I know, right?”
ISFJ: A sundress- “I just loved this darling flower pattern”
ENTP: Fantastic hair- “This took me an hour and a lot of product. *wink* Want to feel it sweetheart?”
ISTJ: Suit and tie- “Dress for the job you want”
ENFP: Bow tie- “Because they’re cool”
ISFP: Winged eyeliner “It’s punk rock”
ENTJ: Red lipstick- “I’m in charge”
ISTP: Sunglasses- “Leave me alone immediately”
ENFJ: “The prettiest thing on anyone is a smile, honey”
A masterpost of some of my favourite Avengers head canons, mainly starring Clint.
(Credit to the bloggers that posted them)
WHAT DO WE WANT?
PROFESSIONALLY FILMED STAGE MUSICALS!!
WHERE DO WE WANT IT?
DC is being all gritty and “realistic” and Marvel just had a movie where the galaxy is saved by a dance-off and the power of friendship