"But I think the thing about X-Men that I loved other than I was finally seeing myself in a comic book was I think every nerdy loner kid wants to be a super hero. I mean that’s kind of a fantasy for all kids but I think if you’re an outsider, there’s a part of you that wants to like beat up the bad kids and save the kids that are being bullied and save yourself from being bullied and you kind of see the injustice in the world because some of it’s being inflicted on you. So I always had a super hero fantasy when I was a kid and I think also because X-Men had this whole kind of outsider-ship. There was this whole kind of mythology—these kids were the rejects, you know? And I’ve been six-feet-tall since I was like eight and I was the only black kid in my school. I was super, super nerdy, super bookish, my parents were vegetarians, I was just in every way, like every possible way that I could be a pariah, I was. There was not one factor that I didn’t hit. I ate weird, I was poor, I was the only black kid, I was a giant pest, I loved comic books, I loved [Ray] Bradbury. There was just no way I wasn’t hitting the nerd button. And so for me, X-Men, this is a collection of misfits and they’re gonna save the world and I loved that mythology and I still love it to this day."
Aisha Tyler (Marvel.com)

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I’ve been watching Chopped, which has led me to spend the past hour figuring out the cooking ingredients and recipes for Celebrity Chopped: Avengers Edition

The four Avengers that participate are Tony Stark, Natasha Romanoff, Bruce Banner, and Steve Rogers. The winner’s prize money goes to a charity of choice— Steve’s charity is something that supports veterans, Bruce’s gives opportunity for women in India to make their own businesses, Natasha’s provides scholarships for kids to study dance, Tony’s provides scholarships for kids to study science. 

Round one: Appetizer
Ingredients: fish heads, lemongrass, and whole peppercorns

  • Steve makes irish-style shrimp and fish soup, with corn, shallots, lemongrass, and ground peppercorn.

  • Natasha makes blini, russian-style salty pancakes or crepes, topped with lemongrass-sour cream and deep fried fish heads that have been breaded with panko breadcrumbs and seasoned with peppercorn.

  • Bruce makes indian-style stir-fried vegetables with deep-fried fish heads, featuring cabbage and carrot and beats, and seasoned with red chili, onion paste, garlic paste, cumin powder, turmeric, peppercorn, salt and sugar.

  • Tony utilizes molecular gastronomy to make lemongrass noodles, using the gelatin instant noodle technique, in fish consommé with peppercorn dust.

  • Tony loses because his food doesn’t have enough seasoning, though Bruce runs out of time and misses a fish head on 2 of the plates. 

Round Two: Main Course
Ingredients: cabbage, cider, leeks, oysters

Round Three: Dessert
Ingredients: hard-boiled eggs,instant coffee, roasted chestnuts, chocolate chips

  • Steve makes chocolate chip cookies, using minced hard-boiled eggs instead of regular eggs, diced chestnuts, and moistening the dough with instant coffee. 

  • Nat makes strawberry shortcake, using mashed hard-boiled egg yolk instead of raw, and topped with a coffee-infused chocolate sauce and a bit of chestnuts crumble.

  • Nat loses because she ran out of time and her cake is undercooked, but otherwise flawless.

That night Tony takes them all out to dinner to a restaurant he owns, plus Pepper, Clint, Sam, and Maria Hill. He tries to pitch the idea of an Avengers restaurant— with Pepper and Sam to run front-of-house; he and the others to be chefs; Clint and Maria are allowed to be sous chefs. There are a lot of Iron Man/Iron Chef jokes. 

america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 
The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.
An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.
For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.
It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.
That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.
This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…
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Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 

The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.

An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.

For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.

It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.

That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.

This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…

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mishasminions:

SEBASTIAN STAN KISSING BOYS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

freedominwickedness:

thefingerfuckingfemalefury:

WHOSOEVER HOLDS THIS HAMMER, IF SHE BE WORTHY, SHALL POSSESS THE POWER OF THOR.

ACTUAL GODDESS NATASHA ROMANOV

I always knew she was one :D

As is so often true of comics, a lot of the awesome is in the details. Natasha can’t move the Hammer when she first reaches it. What makes her worthy at the end when she apparently wasn’t worthy just seconds before? Look at panels 2-3 again. Natasha’s got that big ogre right on top of her with his club already going back to strike … and instead of shooting it to save herself, she uses her last shot to bring down the flying reptile that’s chasing that fleeing shuttle. That act of self-sacrifice in the face of certain death is what made her worthy.

siriuus:

do action movies know they can have more than one female character

This reminds me of the discussion I had over the weekend, about how marvel looks so progressive compared to other action movies because their latest round of films have two women per movie.

uglybusiness:

Blue Oyster Cult - Veteran of the Psychic Wars

"Honestly, it’s quite astonishing how much misery this movie manages to pack into two hours of mostly action sequences and espionage subplots, particularly since Captain America is supposedly one of the “lighter” superheroes, compared to the unending grimdarkness of Batman. I guess this is the difference between “manpain” and “a man in legitimate emotional pain.”"

The Tragedy of Bucky Barnes

this was just maybe flat out my favorite part of this review because hi, true

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imsirius:

make me choose: Natasha Romanoff or Maria Hill (for Monz)