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Wow,  I've never seen such spectacular sundogs before!
 
Sundogs in Germany
Daniel: "Spectacularly bright and colorful sundogs seen while waiting for a train at the Niederdollendorf station in Germany."

Sundog—a rainbow-colored splash often seen to the left or right of the morning sun. Sundogs are formed by plate-shaped ice crystals drifting down from the sky like leaves fluttering from trees.

Credit: Daniel Fischer
Location: Niederdollendorf, NRW, Germany
Date: August 29, 2015

#Earth #Science #Atmosphere #Sun  #Solar #Sundogs #Ice #Crystals  #Astrophotography  #Art #Germany #Deutschland
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Wrapping up many of our tasks in preparation for the campaign.  We'll have more information and news for all of you in the near future.  In the meantime, tell your friends ;)  It's finally happening. 

Have a look at some of the first screenshots taken of a volcanic planet with emissive textures. The volcanic texture pack is still WIP, but it's coming along nicely, and gives a good visual look at various distances from the planet. 

Three images, at 3 different elevations, High orbit, high atmosphere, and ground level.

See more on our forums
https://forums.inovaestudios.com/t/i-novae-engine-screenshot-thread-lots-of-pics/582/1197?
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SHANGHAI—Proving to be just as flimsy and precarious as many observers had previously warned, the Chinese-made Shanghai Composite index completely collapsed Monday, sources confirmed.
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Elizabeth May's two ideas -- to have a Council of Canadian Governments, and that the Constitution should be changed by a simple referendum -- show that there is still room for fresh thinking in election campaigns, argues Carol Goar.
Two ideas, both from Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, show there is room for fresh thinking in election campaigns.
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Ida has her rally beard ready for the Kickstarter!
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Wrapping up many of our tasks in preparation for the campaign.  We'll have more information and news for all of you in the near future.  In the meantime, tell your friends ;)  It's finally happening. 

Have a look at some of the first screenshots taken of a volcanic planet with emissive textures. The volcanic texture pack is still WIP, but it's coming along nicely, and gives a good visual look at various distances from the planet. 

Three images, at 3 different elevations, High orbit, high atmosphere, and ground level.

See more on our forums
https://forums.inovaestudios.com/t/i-novae-engine-screenshot-thread-lots-of-pics/582/1197?
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Someone on the +I-Novae Studios discussion forum wanted to slap googly eyes on an asteroid, so I spent a few minutes sketching the asteroid 243 Ida and its moon Dactyl and then I slapped some stock googly eyes on 'em.

The original photographer of the background seems to be lost to the bowels of the Internet, unfortunately.

#space #astronomy #asteroids #moons #drawing #pencilsketch  
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The Perennial Problem of Gendered Dress Codes. http://groundedparents.com/2015/08/10/the-perennial-problem-of-gendered-dress-codes/ "When the school dress code blithely states 'clothing may not disturb the educational process,' we should be asking ourselves whose bodies are coded as disturbing, and who is likely to be disturbed? Before Offspring’s graduation the administrators took all of the girls aside, and only the girls, regardless of how they identified, what they were wearing, or where they would be sitting on stage. They told the girls to cross their legs, so that they would not be “exposed” to the audience. All of the girls who were visible obediently crossed their legs, as well, for the most part, as their arms, hunching shoulders forward, and looking self-conscious. Offspring was wearing trousers (yay, 21st century!) and sitting midway back. I could barely see xyr face, much less anything else. On the other hand, half of the young men in the front row were wearing baggy shorts and sitting in the splayed leg, masculine pose (aka “manspreading”). They were, indeed, exposed. No one in the audience complained that they were distracted. Now, why might that be?"
Recently I was chatting about dress codes with a friend whose husband is a high school principal. They were lamenting that he had been caught in the crossfire between (a) being required to write a dress code and (b) resentment that the resulting dress code treats male and female gendered ...
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Another great read. SHe really took her time and spelled things out so that things you already sorta knew are now well articulated
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Feminism is not a Platform

I have no idea who these people are, but two thoughts cross my mind immediately:
 
1)  Being a feminist is hard.  It doesn't matter whether you're a man, a woman, transgendered, genderqueer, or anything in between or beyond.  It's hard due to social pressures on feminism from the outside, and due to social pressures on feminism from the inside.  Especially in (and from) the media, there's been a big push to define some sort of pan-feminist front, which can lead to some very confusing messages being sent to people who aren't actively engaged in intra-feminism discussions.  It's hard to figure out how to "do feminism" from what we see in pop culture, but this is exactly how most people learn how to "do" anything!  At least at first.  And those first few baby steps into actual feminist discussions are shocking, because that pan-feminist venire is thinner than a graphene layer, and it is a fractured and contentious field underneath, not some "rah rah womenz!" ideology that people on "the outside" take it as (actually, this is shockingly similar to the gulf between theological discussions and the views of the church laity; so many people would be shocked to learn how many of their pastors or priests are pantheists, agnostics, or atheists).
 
2)  If you're telling someone they're "the one" via twitter, your problems are deeper than being a poor feminist (and I don't mean that in an "internet relationships aren't real" way, or anything like that; I met my ex-wife online, and we were online only for the first 6 months of our relationship, but in no interpersonal dynamic in no universe ever is Twitter the place to post a list of reasons-I'm-falling-for-you.
 
 
If you see the word "feminist" as an identity label, rather than a sociological lens, it's really easy to imagine a branch of feminism that sees it as perfectly OK for people to lose their shit over an Elevatorgate "Guys, don't do that" moment (or, in this case, "I have a boyfriend"), just like you can have a branch of Christianity that doesn't acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah, or a branch of Judaism that does (or a "French Catholic" province that has the lowest church attendance (and ideology adherence) rate in North America).

Because "feminist", as a label, isn't really meaningful.  Feminism is a discussion.  It's a critical analysis of the world around us through a certain set of lenses. It's not a platform.
 
Well, unless you're this guy, apparently.
 
I am seriously not hip and with it into social media enough to have heard of any of these people beyond vaguely recognizing some of the names[1].  Also, I don't give a flyuck about people having Twitter battles.

But someone alerted me to this http://wehuntedthemammoth.com/2015/08/18/how-not-to-be-a-male-feminist-creep-8-lessons-from-the-ben-schoen-meltdown/ for the bigger picture issue, which is that just because someone is good at being a feminist one day doesn't mean they're going to get it right the next.  That means anyone can screw up.  It doesn't mean they weren't a feminist before and can't be after, but sometimes the screw up reveals a darker side that was lurking all along and then makes others question the person's feminism entirely.

So there are multiple sides to this sort of thing in the larger scale.

1) We, as feminists, should not want anyone kicked out of the movement.  We should be embracing people of all genders on our path to gender equity.  We should not be purists, and need to recognize that some people - particularly those with more privilege - will be prone to screwing up.

2) Those who screw up need to LEARN from their mistakes.  Apologies are often in order.  This is part of that social-wide thing where we all need to be better at admitting we were wrong and trying to fix it instead of backpedaling or worse, digging in.

3) If someone screws up and is trying to learn and clearly can be seen to be working on improvement, it behooves the movement to be tolerant of that.  Because again, we all make mistakes.  Jumping all over people PC-police style doesn't help, alienates those who are genuinely trying, and poisons the whole atmosphere.

4) But when the person who has made the mistake has a major freakout and reveals a crapload of misogyny in their thoughts, expecting cookies for their past activism to excuse the fact that they're now making menstrual and wife-beating jokes, all as some kind of ridiculous reasons to justify their stalking behaviour...yeah, fuck that shit, that person is not a feminist.  Because what's being revealed is that the past activism was for the elements of gender equity this person deemed acceptable to them, but the moment a woman doesn't play along, he has a temper tantrum and starts saying what he's really felt the whole time: that he was a darling prince come to rescue the ladies with his privilege and we are supposed to be grateful to his penis for it.

Clearly in this example, Grace told Ben thanks but she's not interested, and he has gone off the rails at her.  He expects that his past feminism will get him a pass, and when that doesn't happen, out come the Nazi references and other assorted "feminists were mean to me so I hates them all now" statements.

And that is the revelation. That is the core problem: those who say, "Oh yeah sure, I'm all for equal pay and reproductive rights, so I'm a feminist," and then turn around to say, "That woman won't fuck me because she's a cold, feminist bitch."

Feminism isn't just about political causes of the day.  It's about recognizing that gender should not dictate anything in life other than the actual physiology part (and even then we must be careful not to fall into biological determinism about it).  A person's gender doesn't mean you get to hit on them or that they have to fuck you because you were nice enough to agree that they should be paid equally regardless of their genitals.  A person's gender doesn't mean you get to make assumptions about their mood or politics.

Feminism about saying, "Leave our genitals out of this."

So if you're okay with going creepy-stalker-meltdown on a woman, you are probably not a feminist.  If you want to be a feminist, try seeing her as a human being, not an assemblage of fun bits for you to play with.

And if you screw up, admit it, learn from it, apologize, and do better.  Don't treat people with a lack of respect and then expect respect in return.

As the article itself wraps up so beautifully, here's a TL;DR version:

But, you know what, you don’t need to remember all of these rules if you can just remember the following:

8) If you send a message to a woman you’ve never spoken to before in your life and she doesn’t respond, just move the fuck on. How hard is that?



[1] If you feel like you need to browbeat me about not knowing enough about who these people are, I'd consider telling you that your offer of babysitting is accepted except that only an asshole would browbeat me over bullshit like that so instead expect to be blocked.
So @benschoen, the putatively feminist co-founder of feminspire and the former co-host of a popular Harry Potter podcast, is having a bit of a meltdown on Twitter at the moment. Well, more than a b...
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