1. 18:37 2nd Feb 2014

    Notes: 3

    For Super Bowl Sunday, Fox gives us a perfect representation of the conservative dream: white men relaxing while a lady and black man serve them.

    It’s still kind of amazing how blatant they are about this shit.

     
  2. 20:45 27th Jan 2014

    Notes: 13

    Not even gonna try

    A few related points about current events

    1. “By a margin of 52% to 27%, the public says Democrats are more willing than Republicans to work with political leaders from the other party. A 54% majority also says the Republican Party is more extreme in its positions, compared with 35% of Democrats.

    By a 20-point margin, the public sees Democrats (52%) as being more concerned than Republicans (32%) with the needs of people like themselves, while a plurality says Republicans are more influenced by lobbyists and special interests (47% vs. 30% saying Democrats).”


    2. Paul Krugman today highlighted the fact that more Americans are identifying as lower class these days.

    So people are finally acknowledging they’re not “temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” They’re pissed off at our political elites, but especially congressional Republicans and the Tea Party in general. And they aren’t fooled by our corporate media’s constant attempts to portray both sides as equally awful.

    And yet we have Obama signalling he’s backing away from fiery populist talk about inequality because that would be “divisive”.

    Divisive.

    Rich assholes like Tom Perkins are comparing criticism of the plutocrats with Kristallnacht. And rich assholes at Davos are pretending to be refugees and complaining that their taxes are too high.  And idiot conservatives are talking about how marriage will help lift people out of poverty because their ideology is a vast, sucking black hole.

    And talking about inequality is divisive?

    When rich people wage class warfare, it’s called things like “austerity” and “balancing the budget” and “welfare reform” and “right to work” and “deregulation”. These ideas are treated as serious policy proposals rather than thinly veiled opportunities for rich people to further entrench their economic and political power. But pointing that out is “divisive.”

    Obama is a second term president. The country is clearly fed up with the 1% and conservative ideology. The only way for him and Democrats to lose when it comes to the issue of inequality is to not even try.

     
  3. Note to followers

    I’ve been thinking about writing some sort of statement about this blog for a little while now. Might as well do it now.

    First, this is a personal blog. Not a social justice blog. Not a news and politics blog. Not an art blog. This is just my blog about things that interest me. If you go back 2-3 pages, you’ll get a pretty good idea of what I usually post. I do try to publish interesting things, but ultimately, this is my blog. I post what I want to post.

    If you don’t like what I post, then just unfollow me. I probably won’t even know you’re gone since I don’t use those Tumblr unfollower scripts and I never look through my follower list. Don’t feel an obligation to follow me because we know mutual people or because I follow you. I regularly follow and unfollow people depending on what they’re putting out there.

    Second, I don’t know if you all are aware of this, but I quit Tumblr last winter and was completely away until October of this year. It seems like I missed a lot of drama because I’ve accidentally stepped on at least two hornets’ nests in the past month or so.

    I don’t know what happened, but it seems more toxic now (or maybe I just didn’t notice it before). Doxxing, gossiping, passive aggression, bullying—some of this seems like it’s being done in the name of social justice. Maybe it’s justified, maybe not. I don’t know and I don’t care. I’m too old for this shit. I don’t care what x blogger has done to y blogger and how we should all hate z blogger forever because they are the worst. I didn’t get involved in this sort of thing when I was in high school and I’m not getting involved in it on Tumblr. Others are welcome to it.

    Finally, I try my best not to be shitty, but I’m human and do make mistakes. If I say or do something problematic or ignorant, then I’d appreciate it if you’d drop a note in my Ask. Of course, you don’t have to do that. But if you follow me or people who reblog from me frequently, and you really wish I’d stop fucking up, then the fastest way to fix the problem is to talk to me directly.

    Thanks for reading. Good night.

     
  4. 00:59

    Notes: 93

    Reblogged from allthingsworthsharing

    Tags: artjonna phojalainen

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    allthingsworthsharing:

The Finnish artist Jonna Phojalainen carves the oversized pencils from local aspen trunks, resulting in cool street art that’s also an environmental statement.

    allthingsworthsharing:

    The Finnish artist Jonna Phojalainen carves the oversized pencils from local aspen trunks, resulting in cool street art that’s also an environmental statement.


     
  5. amazonfeminist:

    The “Night Witches” was the all female Night Bomber Regiment of the Soviet Air Forces that bombed German lines in WWII. They were equipped with the worst, oldest, noisest, crappest planes in the entire world. The engines used to conk out halfaway through missions and they had to climb on the wings mid flight to restart the props. To stop germans from hearing their noisy planes and firing at them, they’d climb up to a certain height, coast down to German positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines in midair, and get out as quickly as possible. Their leader flew over 200 missions and was never captured.

     
  6. 00:52

    Notes: 67

    Reblogged from nybg

    Tags: sweet potatogardening

    nybg:

    theuncarved-block:

    Okay guys, look at that! We harvested these sweet potatoes from Sara’s mothers house yesterday. She does a lot of backyard gardening, living on an acre of land herself (we have much to learn from her.) These potatoes were completely unattended and we only stumbled upon them because we were planting some sugar cane near by. Crazy, right? That large one weighed almost 10 pounds! In the second photo, the potatoes to the right are the same variety. We boiled some of it right away and it was delicious. We are thinking about making a dessert with the rest. 

    Did you know there are 6,500 varieties of sweet potato worldwide?! 

    If you never thought plants could be horrifying on a Cronenbergian level, welcome to the land of tubers run amok! I’ve seen a couple of these undisciplined sweet potatoes popping up in our feed, and felt I’d post this as a PSA for those who think these starchy treats are “love ‘em and leave ‘em”-style garden inclusions.

    If you’re going to grow, keep your potatoes in check! —MN

    I like sweet potatoes, but that thing is gnarly as hell.

     
  7. 00:50

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    Reblogged from laughingsquid

    Tags: los angelescaliforniadesigngardens

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    laughingsquid:

Urban Air Project, Converting Billboards into Bamboo Gardens
     
  8. 00:48

    Notes: 1040

    Reblogged from hifas

    Tags: artinstallation

    hifas:

    Show Room by Los Carpinteros

     
  9. 00:45

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    Reblogged from elarogers

    Tags: botanychinese lanternjapanese lantern

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    elarogers:

Life within death.


Physalis alkekengi, or the Chinese/Japanese Lantern, blooms during Winter and dries during Spring. Once it is dried, the bright red fruit is seen. The outer cover is a thin mesh that held the flower petals, seen in golden brown colour.

    elarogers:

    Life within death.

    Physalis alkekengi, or the Chinese/Japanese Lantern, blooms during Winter and dries during Spring. Once it is dried, the bright red fruit is seen. The outer cover is a thin mesh that held the flower petals, seen in golden brown colour.

     
  10. 00:41

    Notes: 109

    Reblogged from aleyma

    Tags: stained glassdesigndecorative artsdog

    aleyma:


Tobias and Sara on their Wedding Night, made in Germany, c.1520 (source).


I love that the artist depicted the family cat dog (where are my eyes?) curled up at the foot of the bed.

    aleyma:

    Tobias and Sara on their Wedding Night, made in Germany, c.1520 (source).

    I love that the artist depicted the family cat dog (where are my eyes?) curled up at the foot of the bed.

     
  11. Not only did a Latino actor not play Tony, who clearly in real life looks like a Chicano, but his ethnicity is stolen from the Latino community at a time when Latinos have been demonized. Our real Latino national heroes if acknowledged would dramatize our patriotism and contribution to the United States…

    In “Argo” we have yet another instance where the public has been denied of an opportunity for all Americans to learn of an American Latino’s valor, talent and patriotism. This occurs because there has been no consequence to this behavior. It is time for a change.

    — 

    Moctesuma Esparza on Ben Affleck’s Argo and the White-Washing of the Mexican-American.  Esparza says:

    The film actually goes out of its way to obscure Tony Mendez’ ethnicity. His name (Mendez) is mentioned only once and the character says he is from New York (Tony was born in Nevada from a mining family with six generations in Nevada and raised in Colorado). Nowhere in the movie does the viewer get that the hero is Mexican American. 

    Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Antonio “Tony” Mendez was very contained and had very little range, I don’t know what Tony personality is like to judge the portrayal but this did not impact the movie’s success or failure. It was an excellent role that would have elevated a Latino actor like Benjamin Bratt or Michael Peña.

     Instead, like with the story of Guy Gabaldon, whose extraordinary achievements in the WWII Battle of Saipan,  capturing, by himself, 1800 enemy soldiers, more than any other  American soldier in the history of our country, was similarly white-washed as Jeffrey Hunter played him in the 1960 film, “Hell to Eternity.”  But that was more than half a century ago, Argo is now

    In the closing credits, the photos of the real people portrayed are presented side-b- side with the actors’ photos showing the very close resemblance and care that was taken in the casting process to cast actors who looked like the real people. Yet, for the key role of Tony Mendez, the director/producer Ben Affleck chose a single long shot of Tony with President Carter where his image was not distinct or recognizable, breaking the pattern he had chosen for all the other real people depicted. 

    (via racebending)

    White privilege is being able to star in a person of color’s life story. See also: Angelina Jolie in A Mighty Heart and almost everyone in 21. Nevemind. I should have made a separate post. Sorry, folks.

     
  12. kiratsukai:



goats are assholes and I fucking love them for it






Wee prancy bastards

    kiratsukai:

    goats are assholes and I fucking love them for it

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    Wee prancy bastards

    (Source: natuslarsen)

     
  13. Goddamnit, Tumblr. I had an extremely important gif that needed to be uploaded earlier today.

    Thanks for nothing!

     
  14. Jindal and his allies want the public to see them as entirely sincere. They’re not trying to crush teachers’ unions, and they’re not on a privatization crusade, intent on destroying public institutions. They just want to help low-income children, even spending public funds to advance their goal.

    But their purported concern for the poor is literally unbelievable. When the issue is health care and housing, Jindal and other conservatives say struggling families should rely on the free market and their capacity to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. When the issue is education, suddenly the right cares deeply about disadvantaged children and is eager to “help.”

    When Jindal and other school voucher advocates are ready to assist “poor and disadvantaged” families in ways that don’t undermine public schools and teachers’ unions, I’ll gladly revisit the debate. Until then, this looks a lot like a scam.

     
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    laughingsquid:


reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian & reddit General Manager Erik Martin


Fun fact: these two douchebags knowingly allowed scumbag violentacrez/Michael Brutsch to create subreddits like r/jailbait, r/n*ggerjailbait, r/rapingwomen, r/beatingwomen, etc. and fill them with child pornography and horrifyingly violent, racist, and misogynistic material. Brutsch brought Reddit a ton of traffic in its early days. Reddit eventually got bigger, but all the pedophiles and assorted other scumbags remained on the site. It was only after intense public pressure and a media campaign that Reddit agreed to take down r/jailbait and other child porn subreddits. Brutsch was also involved in moderating r/creepshots, which was also the subject of much controversy a few months ago.
Look at these smiling motherfuckers. Erik Martin and Alexis Ohanian got their start with the degradation and exploitation of children and women (and these things still exist on Reddit—the administrators refuse to remove anything unless forced). Yet media outlets continue to write laudatory pieces about them and their terrible website. Fuck the whole lot of them.

    laughingsquid:

    Fun fact: these two douchebags knowingly allowed scumbag violentacrez/Michael Brutsch to create subreddits like r/jailbait, r/n*ggerjailbait, r/rapingwomen, r/beatingwomen, etc. and fill them with child pornography and horrifyingly violent, racist, and misogynistic material. Brutsch brought Reddit a ton of traffic in its early days. Reddit eventually got bigger, but all the pedophiles and assorted other scumbags remained on the site. It was only after intense public pressure and a media campaign that Reddit agreed to take down r/jailbait and other child porn subreddits. Brutsch was also involved in moderating r/creepshots, which was also the subject of much controversy a few months ago.

    Look at these smiling motherfuckers. Erik Martin and Alexis Ohanian got their start with the degradation and exploitation of children and women (and these things still exist on Reddit—the administrators refuse to remove anything unless forced). Yet media outlets continue to write laudatory pieces about them and their terrible website. Fuck the whole lot of them.