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iwantcupcakes:

Vulture tells Mark Ruffalo about Science Bros.  Mark loves it, plans to call RDJ about it.

From Vulture:

Does that mean he’s never heard of “Science Bros,” an Internet subculture celebrating the friendship of Bruce Banner and Tony Stark, the characters Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. played in The Avengers?

“No, what is that?” he asked.

And then the giggles began.

  • “Yes! It’s me and Robert! Look at this! There’s thousands of them!” Ruffalo tried to contain himself. “It’s called the Science Bros. This is awesome. I’ve never heard of it. Why hasn’t anyone told me about that?”
  • “So, are they all quasi-homoerotic?” he asked. “Like tinged with … ” Yup. “That’s cute!” 
  • Is he now a Science Bros shipper, then? “Yeah! I love it; it’s awesome,” Ruffalo enthused. “I endorse it 100 percent. You know what it is? It’s open-source creativity.”
  • Ruffalo couldn’t wait to drop his newfound knowledge bomb on Downey Jr. “I’m going to call him and tell him, and he’s going to laugh his ass off,” Ruffalo said. “He’ll love that.”
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The early Muslims, especially Aisha, were extremely blunt in their description of physical attributes and sexual activities. They had none of the shame and discomfort that modern Muslims have about these issues, because they were not subjected to British colonial brainwashing. Many Muslims today, especially those from Indian subcontinental and Arab backgrounds, are the product of several centuries of Victorian cultural conditioning left over by the British.

During the Indian Raj, the British colonizers were horrified by how blunt the Islamic texts were about sexuality — there were popular “sex manuals” disseminated by the ulema (religious scholars) to give practical advice to husbands and wives about how to please each other, all based on hadith (oral traditions) of our Holy Prophet (pbuh). The Victorian British, who were raised to believe that sex even between married people was shameful and unspiritual, forced Indian Muslim scholars to retranslate these Arabic texts into Urdu using euphemisms that were acceptable to the colonialists. The result has been two centuries of Muslims believing that discussions of the human body and genitals as well as open talk about sex is uncultured, when in truth Muslims never had such taboos.

In the hadiths, Aisha was very blunt about how the Prophet (pbuh) liked to have sex. In the hadiths she said that he even enjoyed what we would call “French kissing” — that he used to suck on her tongue. “French kissing” was as such promulgated by early Muslims as a Sunnah (an example of the Prophet to be emulated).

All of this may shock you, but I would urge you to go back and read the hadiths for yourself, and you will see that blunt discussion of sex and physical body parts has always been a part of Islam.

Kamran Pasha (via tmihijabi)

When colonialism has even reached the bedrooms.

(via theblackdalia)

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pennyfornasa:

Astronauts and cosmonauts—while getting to play with multibillion-dollar toys in space—also have an incredibly unique chance to view the Earth from a completely different perspective than many of us.This perspective creates a newfound appreciation for our pale blue dot, as philosopher David Loy describes:“To have that experience of awe is to, at least for the moment, let go of yourself, to transcend the sense of separation. So it’s not just that they were experiencing something other than them, but that they were, at some very deep level, integrating and realizing their interconnectedness with that beautiful blue-green ball.”
To the observer, borders seem to disappear as countries flow seamlessly into one another. Like a singular organism, Earth becomes something more than a map of divisions based upon ideology and geography.  Those who share this vantage point see Earth as one ecosystem, with all parts artfully woven together to create a perfect home for millions of plant and animal species. Conflicts between nations become less apparent, and the need for a united planetary society to protect our beautiful home becomes increasingly obvious and imperative.This realization of the interconnectedness of all life on Earth and the need to protect it, dubbed the Overview Effect, has been reported among astronauts from the Apollo program all the way through to the current International Space Station astronauts.Astronauts are counted among the few who get to observe the Earth from the outside with the naked eye. For those of us on the surface, NASA continues to release stunning images and video from their Earth-orbiting spacecraft. Let’s keep their funding coming, so that all of humanity has the chance to learn about the importance of our beautiful home in space! http://www.penny4nasa.org/take-action/Watch the short documentary “Overview” by The Planetary Collective, featuring commentary from experts and former Astronauts! http://vimeo.com/55073825Visit Planetary Collective’s website: http://www.planetarycollective.com/Planetary Collective FB: https://www.facebook.com/planetarycollectivePlanetary Collective Twitter: https://twitter.com/WeArePlanetary#NASA   #Penny4NASA   #Space   #Earth   #TheOverviewEffect   #ISS   #EarthDay  #EarthDay2014  

pennyfornasa:

Astronauts and cosmonauts—while getting to play with multibillion-dollar toys in space—also have an incredibly unique chance to view the Earth from a completely different perspective than many of us.

This perspective creates a newfound appreciation for our pale blue dot, as philosopher David Loy describes:

“To have that experience of awe is to, at least for the moment, let go of yourself, to transcend the sense of separation. So it’s not just that they were experiencing something other than them, but that they were, at some very deep level, integrating and realizing their interconnectedness with that beautiful blue-green ball.”

To the observer, borders seem to disappear as countries flow seamlessly into one another. Like a singular organism, Earth becomes something more than a map of divisions based upon ideology and geography.  Those who share this vantage point see Earth as one ecosystem, with all parts artfully woven together to create a perfect home for millions of plant and animal species. Conflicts between nations become less apparent, and the need for a united planetary society to protect our beautiful home becomes increasingly obvious and imperative.

This realization of the interconnectedness of all life on Earth and the need to protect it, dubbed the Overview Effect, has been reported among astronauts from the Apollo program all the way through to the current International Space Station astronauts.

Astronauts are counted among the few who get to observe the Earth from the outside with the naked eye. For those of us on the surface, NASA continues to release stunning images and video from their Earth-orbiting spacecraft. Let’s keep their funding coming, so that all of humanity has the chance to learn about the importance of our beautiful home in space! http://www.penny4nasa.org/take-action/

Watch the short documentary “Overview” by The Planetary Collective, featuring commentary from experts and former Astronauts! http://vimeo.com/55073825

Visit Planetary Collective’s website: http://www.planetarycollective.com/
Planetary Collective FB: https://www.facebook.com/planetarycollective
Planetary Collective Twitter: https://twitter.com/WeArePlanetary

#NASA   #Penny4NASA   #Space   #Earth   #TheOverviewEffect   #ISS   #EarthDay  #EarthDay2014