23 7 / 2014

bl00diedhell:

listoflifehacks:

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SCREAMING WITH LAUGHTER AT THE DISHCLOTH ONE OH MY FUCKING CHRIST

This is awesome. On a semi-related note, IKEA has a plastic paper towel holder that looks like a tall, thin butt plug.

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23 7 / 2014

notfuckingcishet:

seekingwillow:

moniquill:

wifigirl2080:

moniquill:

project-raw:

Enough said!

This ‘YOU CAN DO IT!’ shit needs to be -BACKED-.
I am all for the encouragement of urban gardening, but pretty pictures and platitudes aren’t enough. You need to be out there handing out dirt and seeds and containers, you need to be getting out there and building wheelchair-accessible raised community gardens and building seed libraries and showing people how to hang tomato plants off fire escapes and commandeer city land - and even THEN you don’t say ‘YOU CAN DO IT!’ you say ‘Hey, this is how to do it, if you want in.’
Telling people they can do it isn’t doing shit if you’re not actually showing them how and helping to make it possible.
Growing food instead of lawns is good, but can we PLEASE work on doing things to make it possible?
Maybe give people instructions on how to work with an/or fight their home owner’s association, how to appeal to a landlord, how to address local ordinances, and how to grow stealth food crops as ornamental plants in areas where food gardening is banned. Seriously, they will come bulldoze your shit and then bill you for it.
We need more posts instructing people how to guerrilla garden and found community gardens, and fewer posts saying ‘Grow food, not lawns!’
(Also we need to remember that some people will never be able to invest the money, time, and effort both physical and mental that it takes to have a garden, because they have personal care needs/care of others responsibilities/jobs/illnesses/physical disabilities/other shit to do/do not give a dull fuck about gardening and are perfectly happy with a patch of grass or even astroturf AND THAT IS OK TOO.)

Ok not deter anyone from doing this but just an observation I have about home gardens and shit:
To me it’s funny seeing white ppl with these gardens in their yards, like ur ppl literally destroyed whole ecosystems and forests, killed families of color and destroyed cultures, put them in jails and cities with little to no access to the resources that would enable them to have these plots of land, let alone a house to grow it in, have them situated in food deserts and then u kick them out of wherever they were staying in these under served urban areas, refurbish and buy the homes and set up these little gardens so that u can have fresh kale for ur breakfast smoothies.
Just rlly funny.

^Also 100000000% important commentary. The reason you folks HAVE to fight your HOA and the city to be allowed to grow food instead of lawns is because of -entirely racist- anti-gardening laws that are meant to keep out poor people, poc, immigrants, etc.

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That last set of commentary.
Urban husbandry; minding chickens, or pigeons. Urban gardening; little kitchen gardens. All the restrictions in cities and suburbs came from racist, sexist and classist laws to prevent minorities, widowed women/single mothers and immigrants from being self sufficient when the ‘goal’ was to assimilate to a particular look/style of white upperclassness. Everyone’s lawn was supposed to mimic Washington’s Mount Vernon and the like.
During WW2 (I know at least in England) some of those bans lifted for ‘victory gardens’ to take stress off infrastructure and rationing and provide fresh foods. And then they flipped right around again because of the possibility of ‘certain people’ moving towards even a touch of prosperity due to some self sustainability.
From Canada to the US, black neighbourhoods that did such were ‘eminent domained’ and knocked down and laws put up to prevent any possibility of return.
Which is another reason I want to slap ppl who go; ‘But even the poor can grow such and such in a few pots on a fire escape or balcony’. NO THEY CAN’T. In many places that’s cause for eviction.

YES! And good luck growing anything when you work 2 jobs just to get by.
And hey shit, I am a white person with a kitchen garden. But I would never call that shit activism or pretend that it is improving the world in ANY way. It’s improving my own life because it’s fun and relaxing and my landlord won’t let me keep a cat so at least I can care for some lettuce now. But kitchen gardening is a really privileged hobby. It is 100% selfish. It is NOT activism. It does not help the people around me in any way. It does nothing to solve structual inequality or polution. It does nothing to change the fact that the environment is being destroyed and the majority of people brutally exploited and oppressed to support my privileges. It does nothing to undo that privilege. In short: not activism.
Activism is fighting to end food deserts, fighting to ban chemicals used in industrial farming that are destroying our world, fighting for the rights of tennants.

Interesting post since I toyed with the idea of growing herbs in my NYC apartment, but since I have no gardening background this soon became daunting as I’d need to spend a chunk of time learning what each plant needs to thrive, what to plant together, not to mention that OF COURSE I can’t put flower pots on my fire escape, it’s there so we can all exit the building safely in case of a fire. I’m not even sure I could have a window box outside a window. I’m a white, educated, middle class woman and this task was too daunting for me. If I was someone with less education, resources, time, etc. I couldn’t even toy with this notion of growing my own food in the city. It’s a great idea to grow your own food, and I’m supportive of urban places offering space for communities to garden, but it’s not as easy at the platitudes imply. Other than inside my apartment, there’s no where I could garden in my neighborhood.

notfuckingcishet:

seekingwillow:

moniquill:

wifigirl2080:

moniquill:

project-raw:

Enough said!

This ‘YOU CAN DO IT!’ shit needs to be -BACKED-.

I am all for the encouragement of urban gardening, but pretty pictures and platitudes aren’t enough. You need to be out there handing out dirt and seeds and containers, you need to be getting out there and building wheelchair-accessible raised community gardens and building seed libraries and showing people how to hang tomato plants off fire escapes and commandeer city land - and even THEN you don’t say ‘YOU CAN DO IT!’ you say ‘Hey, this is how to do it, if you want in.’

Telling people they can do it isn’t doing shit if you’re not actually showing them how and helping to make it possible.

Growing food instead of lawns is good, but can we PLEASE work on doing things to make it possible?

Maybe give people instructions on how to work with an/or fight their home owner’s association, how to appeal to a landlord, how to address local ordinances, and how to grow stealth food crops as ornamental plants in areas where food gardening is banned. Seriously, they will come bulldoze your shit and then bill you for it.

We need more posts instructing people how to guerrilla garden and found community gardens, and fewer posts saying ‘Grow food, not lawns!’

(Also we need to remember that some people will never be able to invest the money, time, and effort both physical and mental that it takes to have a garden, because they have personal care needs/care of others responsibilities/jobs/illnesses/physical disabilities/other shit to do/do not give a dull fuck about gardening and are perfectly happy with a patch of grass or even astroturf AND THAT IS OK TOO.)

Ok not deter anyone from doing this but just an observation I have about home gardens and shit:

To me it’s funny seeing white ppl with these gardens in their yards, like ur ppl literally destroyed whole ecosystems and forests, killed families of color and destroyed cultures, put them in jails and cities with little to no access to the resources that would enable them to have these plots of land, let alone a house to grow it in, have them situated in food deserts and then u kick them out of wherever they were staying in these under served urban areas, refurbish and buy the homes and set up these little gardens so that u can have fresh kale for ur breakfast smoothies.

Just rlly funny.

^Also 100000000% important commentary. The reason you folks HAVE to fight your HOA and the city to be allowed to grow food instead of lawns is because of -entirely racist- anti-gardening laws that are meant to keep out poor people, poc, immigrants, etc.

__

That last set of commentary.

Urban husbandry; minding chickens, or pigeons. Urban gardening; little kitchen gardens. All the restrictions in cities and suburbs came from racist, sexist and classist laws to prevent minorities, widowed women/single mothers and immigrants from being self sufficient when the ‘goal’ was to assimilate to a particular look/style of white upperclassness. Everyone’s lawn was supposed to mimic Washington’s Mount Vernon and the like.

During WW2 (I know at least in England) some of those bans lifted for ‘victory gardens’ to take stress off infrastructure and rationing and provide fresh foods. And then they flipped right around again because of the possibility of ‘certain people’ moving towards even a touch of prosperity due to some self sustainability.

From Canada to the US, black neighbourhoods that did such were ‘eminent domained’ and knocked down and laws put up to prevent any possibility of return.

Which is another reason I want to slap ppl who go; ‘But even the poor can grow such and such in a few pots on a fire escape or balcony’. NO THEY CAN’T. In many places that’s cause for eviction.

YES! And good luck growing anything when you work 2 jobs just to get by.

And hey shit, I am a white person with a kitchen garden. But I would never call that shit activism or pretend that it is improving the world in ANY way. It’s improving my own life because it’s fun and relaxing and my landlord won’t let me keep a cat so at least I can care for some lettuce now. But kitchen gardening is a really privileged hobby. It is 100% selfish. It is NOT activism. It does not help the people around me in any way. It does nothing to solve structual inequality or polution. It does nothing to change the fact that the environment is being destroyed and the majority of people brutally exploited and oppressed to support my privileges. It does nothing to undo that privilege. In short: not activism.

Activism is fighting to end food deserts, fighting to ban chemicals used in industrial farming that are destroying our world, fighting for the rights of tennants.

Interesting post since I toyed with the idea of growing herbs in my NYC apartment, but since I have no gardening background this soon became daunting as I’d need to spend a chunk of time learning what each plant needs to thrive, what to plant together, not to mention that OF COURSE I can’t put flower pots on my fire escape, it’s there so we can all exit the building safely in case of a fire. I’m not even sure I could have a window box outside a window. I’m a white, educated, middle class woman and this task was too daunting for me. If I was someone with less education, resources, time, etc. I couldn’t even toy with this notion of growing my own food in the city. It’s a great idea to grow your own food, and I’m supportive of urban places offering space for communities to garden, but it’s not as easy at the platitudes imply. Other than inside my apartment, there’s no where I could garden in my neighborhood.

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22 7 / 2014

isitbatman:

jtotheizzoe:

astrotastic:

Jesus Christ you guys.

If you wish to make waffles from scratch, you must first invent the universe.

scienceing
have you seen this!!!

(Source: hellascience)

22 7 / 2014

Sensory Overload and how to cope.

(click on images to zoom)

I should totally print this out and share it with my coworkers. Although usually mine doesn’t get quite this severe at work. I did have to take a couple of hours to calm down after lunch with friends in a noisy bar the other day though.

(Source: recovery-community, via sinshine)

22 7 / 2014

"Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know."

Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)

OH WAIT LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE.

Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.

Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.

Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”

Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).

Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.

Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.

Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.

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21 7 / 2014

herbgardening:

hippie-galaxy:

This is perfect.

YES

herbgardening:

hippie-galaxy:

This is perfect.

YES

(Source: treerings-sing, via isitbatman)

21 7 / 2014


Cop Block
Cop Who Killed a Handcuffed Man is Same Cop Who Gave Homeless Man Boots [Video - http://bit.ly/1oLOd7E] What do you think? Planned PR stunt?


Cop Who Killed a Handcuffed Man is Same Cop Who Gave Homeless Man Boots [Video - http://bit.ly/1oLOd7E]

What do you think? Planned PR stunt?

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21 7 / 2014

misskittystryker:

bonersaurus-sex:

shitifindon:

skysquids:

jhameia:

driftingfocus:

anogoodrabblerouser:

disquietingtruths:

universalequalityisinevitable:

Robert Sapolsky about his study of the Keekorok baboon troop from National Geographic’s Stress: Portrait of a Killer.

Thiiiiiiis, people, thiiiis!

1. Kill alpha male types
2. Achieve world peace

Got it.

I’ve actually read a lot of Sapolsky’s work.  He’s one of my favorite scientists in the neuro/socio world.

I just watched the documentary and there is so much more about the troop that isn’t in this photoset—not only does the troop have a culture of little aggression and greater cooperation, but any incoming jerk baboons learned within a few months that their shitty behaviour was in no way acceptable, that the troop only rewarded sociability, and they changed accordingly. 

If effin’ baboons can learn this there’s pretty much no reason to believe that our only option in dealing with assholes is to just ignore their behaviour and let it continue.

there really is no excuse.

"incoming jerk baboons" hahaha

Whooooooooooooa.

Yep.

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20 7 / 2014

"Why do police have quotas? If a doctor went around intentionally sneezing on people to get more patients, that would be seen as a travesty to their profession. But police, can sit around and wait for someone to turn on a red light or commit other mundane ‘offenses’ because they have quotas to meet. Quotas are all the proof we need that policing is not a public service vocation; it’s a business and a subsidiary of Wall Street."

19 7 / 2014