Monday, July 28, 2014 Friday, July 25, 2014 Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Many people object to “wasting money in space” yet have no idea how much is actually spent on space exploration. The CSA’s budget, for instance, is less than the amount Canadians spend on Halloween candy every year, and most of it goes toward things like developing telecommunications satellites and radar systems to provide data for weather and air quality forecasts, environmental monitoring and climate change studies. Similarly, NASA’s budget is not spent in space but right here on Earth, where it’s invested in American businesses and universities, and where it also pays dividends, creating new jobs, new technologies and even whole new industries. Chris Hadfield, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth (via we-are-star-stuff)

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
While wealthier people increasingly reduce their car dependency, poor people still aspire to car ownership. How Low-Income Commuters View Cycling (via thisiscitylab)
Saturday, July 12, 2014

bobbycaputo:

Fascinating Series tells the Story of How a Crime-Ridden Town in Mexico Reclaimed Harmony

Sparks of light among the generally horrific news about Mexico are woefully rare. Toronto-based photographer Brett Gundlock has captured one such spark with El Pueblothe remarkable story of Cherán, a small town in Michoacán, whose residents drove out a group of cartel-associated loggers and took back their town.

Up until April 15, 2011, Cherán had been exploited by loggers who were working for a local cartel and trespassing on their land to illegally log the old-growth oak forest in and around Cherán. Doña Chepa, a Cherán local, had had enough. On this April morning, she and other inhabitants barricaded the road and defended their town, resisting gunfire from both the loggers and local police, finally driving them both to relent. Since that day, Cherán has controlled their own government and their own police force. Inspired by the success of the people of Cherán, regular citizens of other local towns created autodefensas—vigilante groups formed for purposes of self-defense—which have, incredibly, succeeded in eradicating cartel activity in this region

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Thursday, July 10, 2014
daslandihrergeburt:

Ivan Aivazovsky, The Black Sea at night, 1879.

daslandihrergeburt:

Ivan Aivazovsky, The Black Sea at night, 1879.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
ppaction:

That’s 82 bosses who don’t belong in women’s personal decisions about health care — and since last Monday, the list is only getting longer.
Join the dissent to fight back.

I need an app for this

ppaction:

That’s 82 bosses who don’t belong in women’s personal decisions about health care — and since last Monday, the list is only getting longer.

Join the dissent to fight back.

I need an app for this

Monday, June 30, 2014
wnyc:

A New Jersey artist’s disturbing work is locally grown with regional flora and road kill fauna: 
http://bit.ly/1vousRb

wnyc:

A New Jersey artist’s disturbing work is locally grown with regional flora and road kill fauna: 

http://bit.ly/1vousRb

Sunday, June 29, 2014 Saturday, June 28, 2014
February 4, 2014
Albuquerque, NM

February 4, 2014

Albuquerque, NM


Clean storage: These scientists are making an organic, water-based battery for the power grid Katie Fehrenbacher, gigaom.com
Most bat­ter­ies — whether they’re embed­ded in your iPhone or they’re plugged into the power grid some­where — use some kind of metal to cre­ate the chem­i­cal reac­tion that stores the ener­gy. In lap­tops and Tes­las, that metal is lithi­um; in…

Clean storage: These scientists are making an organic, water-based battery for the power grid
Katie Fehrenbacher, gigaom.com

Most bat­ter­ies — whether they’re embed­ded in your iPhone or they’re plugged into the power grid some­where — use some kind of metal to cre­ate the chem­i­cal reac­tion that stores the ener­gy. In lap­tops and Tes­las, that metal is lithi­um; in…

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Tuesday, June 24, 2014
I am trying to see things in perspective. My dog wants a bite of my peanut butter chocolate chip bagel. I know she cannot have this, because chocolate makes dogs very sick. My dog does not understand this. She pouts and wraps herself around my leg like a scarf and purrs and tries to convince me to give her just a tiny bit. When I do not give in, she eventually gives up and lays in the corner, under the piano, drooping and sad. I hope the universe has my best interest in mind like I have my dog’s. When I want something with my whole being, and the universe withholds it from me, I hope the universe thinks to herself: "Silly girl. She thinks this is what she wants, but she does not understand how it will hurt.

THEORIES ABOUT THE UNIVERSE by Blythe Baird (via heynorth)

I’m pretty sure the universe is indifferent but still, I take some comfort in this thought.

(Source: blythebrooklyn)

Sunday, June 22, 2014
‎’Slut’ is attacking women for their right to say yes. ‘Friend Zone’ is attacking women for their right to say no.

And “bitch” is attacking women for their right to call you on it (via elovers)

I’m a slutty friend-zoning bitch

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