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Something awesome is so close we can smell it. It carries the sweet scent of victory. But it will not be easily won.

We are behind in this fight, yet there is still hope. We have not yet called upon our secret weapon: you. We have not yet unleashed your awesome fury, your emo angst, your…

2hookersandan8ball:

hennypotter:

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a girl can dream

I just squealed a bit

Yes.

2hookersandan8ball:

hennypotter:

(via supersonicelectronic)

a girl can dream

I just squealed a bit

Yes.

6 Insanely Awesome Things The 1900s Thought We'd Have by Now

#6. The Natural World: Man Goes Nuts on Nature

What They Predicted:

People at the turn of the century fully expected that mankind would have utterly devastated the natural world by now. They envisioned an Earth with no wildlife whatsoever remaining, save for what we specifically bred and protected. And they had a word to describe this barren, lifeless wasteland:

Awesome.

Apparently the people in the past were pretty sure we would’ve finally gotten our shit together and won the war against Mother Nature that we all forgot we were waging. They saw a future where there were literally “no Mosquitoes nor Flies. Insect screens will be unnecessary. Boards of health will have destroyed all mosquito haunts and breeding-grounds, drained all stagnant pools, filled in all swamp-lands, and chemically treated all still-water streams. The extermination of the horse and its stable will reduce the house-fly.” They not only thought we would have intentionally burned, paved over, and chemically sterilized all the world’s marshland, but look at how they thought we’d reduce the house-fly problem: “The extermination of the horse.” The horse. As in, the collective horse. The entire species.

And they fucking loved horses!

But the second the animals ceased to be useful, turn-of-the-century man fully expected our race to rise up and terminate all horse-kind, and then mount their mournful heads on pikes in our yards as a warning to the rest of the natural world: This is what we do to our friends, motherfucker, what chance do you have?


“Look at the wondrous variety of fish, Harold! …Fire up the lasers!”

The 1900s did accurately predict Genetically Modified foods, stating that we’d all “be eating strawberries the size of apples” regardless of season, which was spot-on. However, they also expected that “figs will be cultivated over the entire United States.” And man, we really dropped the ball on that one. To the extent that—unless a fig is a rectangular pad of dirt and grapes whose primary function is turning perfectly good Newtons into filth-pastries—most Americans don’t even know what an actual fig looks like.


Is that… is that a fig? IS THAT WHAT FUCKING FIGS ARE?! I PUT THAT IN MY MOUTH! AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

What We Have Instead:

Not only do we still have squirrels in the modern world, we actually have organizations solely dedicated to protecting them. We didn’t just forget about the war on nature; we completely switched sides. Sure, there are still some hold-outs—people with McRib tattoos who think a “vegan” is something from Dragonball Z—but even those people aren’t in favor of completely wiping out every single species of animal on the planet. Turn-of-the-century man had a scorched-earth policy for the Earth itself; the fact that you’re not stabbing a raccoon right now absolutely sickens them.

joshuajudd:

allthatshines:

alice44:

Cedar Waxwings feeding on berries in an ice covered tree along the Ohio River in Clark County, Indiana by  C.S. Drake

joshuajudd:

allthatshines:

alice44:

Cedar Waxwings feeding on berries in an ice covered tree along the Ohio River in Clark County, Indiana by  C.S. Drake

Hey ladies, a bit of advice…

hereblog:

UGGs make you look immature and self-unaware. I can’t tell you how many times I have been attracted to a woman until I noticed her UGGs. Is she a high schooler trying to look older? Is she a college-age sorority robot? Is she a post-college arrested-development wanna-be? Either way, I’m not interested, and neither are my extremely attractive, sophisticated friends.

I know the above considerations will be most important to many of you, but I’d also like to point out that UGGs are the product of unimaginable suffering for the sheep that are tortured and killed in the name of $150 fashion failures.

So please — just quit it with the UGGs. I only want you to be happy.

Look, Uggs are so hideous, not even your mom would wear them.  (Har har, just kidding.  Your mom is beautiful.)

That these shoes have the unique power to make a woman’s legs resemble tree stumps  is beside the point.  They’re the man dog of the shoe department: sheepskin outer on top of wool lining on top of suede/leather heel.  That’s gross.  Do NOT wear these shoes, people!

If you love the way they look, hey, HAPPY ALTERNATIVE:

Happy birthday, Matt and Dan!

Happy birthday, Matt and Dan!

Quote:

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.End quote.

—John Rogers at Kung Fu Monkey, via Daily Kos (via Balloon Juice) (via hereblog)

Sawes.  Sawes is what bwings us togethaw today.

Quote:

Bob’s feeling may have something to do, in this case as in many others, with the circumstances under which he first got to know his animal. After he paid $1,500 to a dealer in Missouri, Higgins arrived, at about 3 months old, in diapers, with a bottle. Although he had his own cage, in his own room, he often slept in the couple’s bed. Bob changed his diapers several times a day, and often took him to work at his construction equipment business, slipping him under his shirt. On the way back, they would get Higgins an ice cream.End quote.

"Living Together," NYT

Higgins is a a 7-year-old Hamadryas baboon living with Bob and his wife in upstate New York.

Is this mutual bonding?

eatsleepdraw:

daily doodle #139
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eatsleepdraw:

daily doodle #139

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I will bring candy.  You will bring an unquenchable thirst for liquor.

I will bring candy.  You will bring an unquenchable thirst for liquor.

Alanis went vegan?

Alanis Morissette has lost 20 pounds through a strict vegan diet. The 34-year-old Canadian singer shed the weight over three months after making a conscious decision to drastically change her eating habits. She said: “I used to get out of bed in the morning and things were aching, and I just thought, this is what happens when you get into your 30s. “But now I jump out of bed and have so much energy. I feel very alive. I have no more aches and pains, and my allergies are gone, too.”

'Obama's "Secretary of Food"?', NYT

What is a superorganism, anyway?

Is ant society as complex as human society?  Are ants sophisticated in the ways we consider humans to be?  So supposes The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies, by Bert Holldobler and E.O. Wilson, recently reviewed in Slate:

In an advanced ant city, thousands of individuals work closely together to create a functioning colony in which there is a balance of cooperation and conflict. Some ant societies feature spectacular architecture and climate control. The most remarkable ant species have agriculture: They farm fungus and even domesticate other insects as livestock. In fact, at its height, ant civilization is remarkably like ours. A key contrast is that their society emerges from the hard-wired decision-making of thousands of efficient little biological robots, whereas ours is, at least partly, conscious and intentional. Despite this seemingly massive difference, it appears you can go a long way without a mind.

I wonder how the authors unwind the ants-as-livestock-farmers thread here.  The reviewer seems to think that livestock farming is a sign of incredible sophistication, and perhaps it could be, but I doubt there is an ant equivalent to modern-day farming practices that humans enact.


'As more eat meat, a bid to cut emissions,' NYT

STERKSEL, the Netherlands — The cows and pigs dotting these flat green plains in the southern Netherlands create a bucolic landscape. But looked at through the lens of greenhouse gas accounting, they are living smokestacks, spewing methane emissions into the air.

The farm at Sterksel makes electricity for itself and for sale, and sells carbon credits.

That is why a group of farmers-turned-environmentalists here at a smelly but impeccably clean research farm have a new take on making a silk purse from a sow’s ear: They cook manure from their 3,000 pigs to capture the methane trapped within it, and then use the gas to make electricity for the local power grid.