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    Grindr, a popular app for gay men, now carries an urgent warning for users in Egypt. According to many sources, Egyptian authorities are posing as LGBT people on various social media sites to identify and arrest homosexual people. The app is urging users in the region to proceed with extreme caution, especially when identifying themselves or arranging meetings/hookups. While so far the focus seems to be on gay men, all LGBT people in the area should be cautious. Reports show that Egyptian police have carried out violent raids on private homes which lead to the arrests of several gay men. These men were then subjected to disturbing medical “exams.” Police also raided an LGBT party last year, violently arresting many and sentencing them to up to 12 years hard labour. While homosexuality is not illegal in Egypt, athorities are using sexual deviance, debauchery and insulting public morals as terms for the crackdown. Many claim this fresh attack on the LGBT community is lead by President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi who wishes for his country to be more Islamic.

    For all of my LGBT friends here on tumblr, please be extremely careful as this situation develops. Remember to clear your search history, use private browsing if possible, and be extremely cautious with who you talk to online.





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    When you’ve been abused by a parent like that dealing with anything afterwords is terrifying.

    I can only imagine the emotions Zuko was feeling when he apologised to Iroh there. 

    ^This is one of the reasons that I think going in to apologize to Iroh is one of the bravest things that Zuko’s ever done, because of how much it must have terrified him to do so (Iroh would never hurt Zuko like that, but that fear had to have been at the top of Zuko’s mind at this moment)

    And why I love Iroh so, so much for being who he is. 

    I wish Iroh was a real person, so I could learn more from him and that shows how amazing the writers for this show are.

    The world would be perfect if everyone had an Uncle Iroh in their lives. ;~:


    Terraformation of Mars: A New Look

    We look at Mars now as a forgotten Red Planet that almost seems barren and life-less judging from our available images and study of it. But study shows Mars was once as ecologically prosperous as our own Earth. But what happened to all of its waters? Better yet why is it so dry and lacking any plants? Once the abundance of oxygen left and the waters froze over or dried off the planet became what it is today. But what if we can in a way reactivate’ Mars? Welcome to Mars, Terraformed’.

    About Terraforming

    Transforming Mars will be a long and complicated process. But this is exactly the type of subject that interests space researchers like Christopher McKay of NASA Ames Research Center. First, greenhouse gases, like chlorofluorocarbons that contribute to the growing ozone layer on Earth, will be released into the atmosphere. This traps the heat from the Sun and raises the surface temperature by an average of 4 degrees Celsius. In order to achieve this, factories would manufacture chlorofluorocarbons derived from the air and soil. A single factory would require the power equivalent of a large nuclear power plant.

    The increasing temperature would vaporize some of the carbon dioxide in the south polar cap. Introducing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere would produce additional warming, melting more of the polar cap until it has been vaporized completely. This would produce an average temperature rise of 70 degrees Celsius.

    With the temperature this high, ice will start melting, providing the water needed to sustain life. This water would raise the atmospheric pressure to the equivalent of some mountaintops. While this would be a survivable level, it may still require the use of an oxygen mask. The next step, which may take up to several centuries, would be to plant trees that thrive on carbon dioxide and produce oxygen.


    NASA: Terraforming Mars

    Terraforming is the process of transforming a hostile environment into one suitable for human life. Being that Mars is the most Earth-like planet, it is the best candidate for terraforming. Once just the subject of science fiction novels, it is now becoming a viable research area. The famed astronomer and Pulitzer prize winner, Carl Sagan, says that there is enormous promise in the search for ancient life on Mars. If life was once sustainable on Mars, it is important to know what caused Mars to evolve into the cold and lifeless planet it is today. With this knowledge, we can terraform Mars by reversing the process.

    NASA scientists believe that it is technologically possible at the present time to create considerable global climate changes, allowing humans to live on Mars. But this will not be by any means an easy task. Raising the atmospheric pressure and surface temperature alone could be achieved in a few decades.

    This research has strong environmental implications for Earth. What researchers are trying to do involves global warming, a sort of greenhouse effect on the cold planet Mars. Scientists may be able to test their hypotheses about global warming in their attempts to elevate Mars’ surface temperature. Likewise, once theories, they may be applied to our own planet in an attempt to reverse environmental damage done by pollution and deforestation.




    After seeing the amazing character creator, I feel pretty confident that I can do whatever I want with Inquisitor designs and be safe. TIME TO GET ATTACHED TO SOME CONCEPTS. He’s not going to be my first Inquisitor, but he was the easiest to draw!


    how the hell did we get the idea pink isn’t a cool colour

    because scientifically speaking pink doesn’t even exist; it fits between violet and red on the spectrum but actually what goes there is infrared and ultraviolet and all those things we can’t see

    pink is the ambassador of an otherworldly and unknowable realm it is the most badass colour out there


    ok thats cool but imagine: vivienne with the best hair in thedas


    my roommate is 2 days younger than me so i’ve gotten into the habit of saying “when i was your age..” and then describing what i did 2 days ago




    Joker: earlputnam

    Critical mission failure

    Anonymous said:
    that tarot card looks so good! i keep trying to make one for my inquisitor but i can't figure out how to get it to blend styles with the other da cards. what's your trick? ;)


    ooh! thank you <3

    i’m pretty much in the same boat as you are! it’s really hard to pin down the tarot card’s style and believe me when i say that i restarted the colouring like three times. eventually i just gave up trying to mimic the style and took some liberties. 

    in the end i aimed for my card to just resemble the rest of the cards, as the official cards are done in different styles anyway. out of the official deck dorian’s, cassandra’s and solas’ cards are definitely my favorites, so i based mine off of those. here is some stuff i observed which can be useful if you’re making your own card!

    • the cards use a pretty limited, earth-tone palette, so try to keep your colours fairly desaturated. using a brighter colour for some contrast is fine though! i did the same with the green light.
    • the faces are the only thing in the card that are fully rendered. as in, they’re shaded while the rest of the image is fairly flat coloured (with a slight gradient at most).
    • like i mentioned before, the faces are pretty detailed. the rest of the shapes in the cards are pretty flat and use almost geometric shapes. dorian’s robes are incredibly simplified with planes of different colours and shades bordering each other.
    • you can still add lots of details if you want, but try to add them using shapes or lines rather than rendering them. like cassie’s armor! 
    • there are lots of symbols and patterns to be found on the cards. so play around with them but try to do some research into the meaning of your tarot card and the symbols that are associated with it. don’t feel obliged to put in all the symbols, i left out a few in my card but kept the most important ones: the stars. i even took some liberties and made the biggest star a sun / the sign of the maker. 

    anyways, good luck on your card! i hope this is of some help!
    and don’t feel discouraged if you can’t get it to look exactly the way you wanted. part of the charm of all the cards in the deck is that they all differ from each other. there’s no consistent style throughout them! (:


    The Coalition wishes to continue with the bill that would force people to wait 6 months before getting unemployment benefits despite the fact that a report found that such a bill would violation Australia’s human rights obligations.

    Ewen Jones, backbencher and suspected lizard, said that it was kinder this way because otherwise poor people would just be lazy.

    "If we don’t violate human rights and actually help people in unfortunate situations instead then they’ll just sit around eating junk food. Why else would they be poor if it weren’t for a desire to do nothing? Poor people are so privileged. We need to stop making being poor such an easy and comfortable life choice."

    Instead of commenting, Tony Abbott has referred this claim of human rights abuses to the department of “you keep bringing this up and I don’t understand why you think we care” or Dep of YKBTUAIDUWYTWC for short, which deals specifically with human rights violation issues aimed at the Liberal Party and is one of the few instances where Tony has created new jobs.


    Shepard: Call me ‘Lola’ again, one even more try. I’m gonna shouting your name out while dancing in the Citadel square.

    James: Hell no