brownglucose:

envyhergoddess:

womenofgold:

writeswrongs:

Just so you know the oldest person in America is a black woman living in Detroit named Jeralean Talley. That’s right - she was born in 1899. That’s three centuries she’s lived in. She was on  bowling team till she was 104. She still goes to church. This woman saw prohibition, women’s suffrage, the civil rights movement, two world wars, a list of other dumb shit, all the way to the birth of the internet and of her great-great grandson, a child who’s 14 months old.

Incredible

This is great

And to think, she only looks like she 83 for real for real.

brownglucose:

envyhergoddess:

womenofgold:

writeswrongs:

Just so you know the oldest person in America is a black woman living in Detroit named Jeralean Talley. That’s right - she was born in 1899. That’s three centuries she’s lived in. She was on  bowling team till she was 104. She still goes to church. This woman saw prohibition, women’s suffrage, the civil rights movement, two world wars, a list of other dumb shit, all the way to the birth of the internet and of her great-great grandson, a child who’s 14 months old.

Incredible

This is great

And to think, she only looks like she 83 for real for real.

(via ohitsjustkim)

natgeofound:

A quiet mosque in Palestine, 1926.Photograph by Jules Gervais Courtellemont, National Geographic Creative

natgeofound:

A quiet mosque in Palestine, 1926.Photograph by Jules Gervais Courtellemont, National Geographic Creative

“Don’t trust charming. Why? Because the boy who can talk all the right words knows it too well. Things like boys and love aren’t meant to be practiced like that, it should be a bit awkward- it should be raw.”

The best advice I’ve ever received. (via scxndal)

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http://thepeoplesrec.com/post/91952190109/dentonsocialists-it-was-3-am-here-when-city


dentonsocialists:

It was 3 am here when city council declined to ban fracking. We will now host an election that’s essentially citizens vs industry. We guessed it would happen but after being in chambers for nearly 7 1/2 hours, there was a chance & they told all of us to fuck off because…

stateofdrought:

Statewide water consumption was higher in May 2014 than in May of 2011, 2012 or 2013. Why? The South Coast and North Lahontan hydrologic regions increased usage of water, while most other regions conserved.Read the full San Jose Mercury News story: See which Californians are increasing water use despite the drought

stateofdrought:

Statewide water consumption was higher in May 2014 than in May of 2011, 2012 or 2013. Why? The South Coast and North Lahontan hydrologic regions increased usage of water, while most other regions conserved.

Read the full San Jose Mercury News story: See which Californians are increasing water use despite the drought

(via youngfreeradical)

“64,000”

That’s how many black women are currently missing in America — but the media doesn’t seem to care (via micdotcom)

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The myths behind the smart city technological imaginary (PhD brief notes #1)


humanscalecities:

As mentioned before, here are some brief notes on bottom line of the PhD project I am writing. It is a mix of ideas and feeling I am encountering throughout the process and not a formal review, indeed. Even though, I hope these paragraphs still make sense and gives you a clearer perception (or helps me make the project understandable at this stage). It´s been a silent work for months and now that I am beginning to see the light, I find myself more comfortable sharing how it is progressing, but not to a point I start sharing chapter drafts. In this sense, as these last weeks have meant a rush in the writing process, I find the text still too raw and I need to go into details to clear up the mess, but not enough mess not to share these schematic indications of how the text is moving forward.

  • The myth of operative efficiency
  • The myth of sustainability
  • The myth of simplification
  • The myth of data neutrality
  • The myth of depolitization
  • The myth of technological sufficiency
  • The myth of the intrinsic desirability
  • The myth of system integration 

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unconsumption:


When your smartphone reaches the end of its brief life, what will become of it? Will it be pawned off onto an unappreciative relative, or will it be discarded, its toxic innards eventually seeping into the earth?
Or, will it become a champion of conservation? Rainforest Connection, a San Francisco-based nonprofit with a new Kickstarter campaign out, is converting old phones into devices to detect illegal logging and poaching in the rainforest in real-time.

Again, we don’t normally tout Kickstarter stuff here, but this has already hit its goal, and sounds fascinating. More here: A Network of Recycled Phones Is Listening for Illegal Logging in the Rainforest | Motherboard

unconsumption:

When your smartphone reaches the end of its brief life, what will become of it? Will it be pawned off onto an unappreciative relative, or will it be discarded, its toxic innards eventually seeping into the earth?

Or, will it become a champion of conservation? Rainforest Connection, a San Francisco-based nonprofit with a new Kickstarter campaign out, is converting old phones into devices to detect illegal logging and poaching in the rainforest in real-time.

Again, we don’t normally tout Kickstarter stuff here, but this has already hit its goal, and sounds fascinating. More here: A Network of Recycled Phones Is Listening for Illegal Logging in the Rainforest | Motherboard

proofmathisbeautiful:

Chinese Artist Exhibits Gorgeous ‘Sculptures’ Built By Bees

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The Beijing-based artist and beekeeper Ren Ri is a focused man. His new three-part series — titled “Yuansu” in reference to the Chinese word for “element” — turns bees into his collaborators. Yuansu II features sculptures made by bees, of beeswax.

In an interview with CoolHunting, Ren explains the “special” properties that make beeswax such an interesting material:

“It’s unstable and can change shape with temperature. The structure of wax cells is orthohexagonal, which is an inconceivable feature in the natural world and it’s a peculiarity of honeybees.”

The sculptures are housed in transparent plastic polyhedrons. At the center of each is the queen bee, positioned thusly so as to enable the worker bees to build around her. They build symmetrically, due to the even planes of the polyhedrons. Every seventh day, Ren changes the gravity of the structure by rotating the box onto a different side. The act is in reference to the biblical concept of creation, but introduces a random element. Ren determines how to shift the box by the roll of a dice. Each time, there’s no telling how the bees will react to their new environment.

(via scinerds)

(Source: mscottys, via scienceetfiction)

unconsumption:


In January, photographer Gregg Segal decided to put some imagery to those numbers. His ongoing series, “7 Days of Garbage,” shows Californian friends, neighbors, and relative strangers lying in the trash they created in one week.

More: Gregg Segal photographs people with a week’s worth of their trash in his series, “7 Days of Garbage.”

unconsumption:

In January, photographer Gregg Segal decided to put some imagery to those numbers. His ongoing series, “7 Days of Garbage,” shows Californian friends, neighbors, and relative strangers lying in the trash they created in one week.

More: Gregg Segal photographs people with a week’s worth of their trash in his series, “7 Days of Garbage.”

unconsumption:


Musician Pharrell Williams has worked with Dutch fashion brand G-Star Raw to create a denim collection made from waste plastic scooped up from the ocean.
G-Star RAW made the garments in the RAW for the Ocean collection from materials created by Bionic Yarn, which transforms recycled plastic into textiles.

More: Pharrell Williams and G-Star RAW transform ocean plastic into denim

unconsumption:

Musician Pharrell Williams has worked with Dutch fashion brand G-Star Raw to create a denim collection made from waste plastic scooped up from the ocean.

G-Star RAW made the garments in the RAW for the Ocean collection from materials created by Bionic Yarn, which transforms recycled plastic into textiles.

More: Pharrell Williams and G-Star RAW transform ocean plastic into denim

“Don’t you know that slavery was outlawed?”
“No,” the guard said, “you’re wrong. Slavery was outlawed with the exception of prisons. Slavery is legal in prisons.”
I looked it up and sure enough, she was right. The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution says:
“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
Well, that explained a lot of things. That explained why jails and prisons all over the country are filled to the brim with Black and Third World people, why so many Black people can’t find a job on the streets and are forced to survive the best way they know how. Once you’re in prison, there are plenty of jobs, and, if you don’t want to work, they beat you up and throw you in a hole. If every state had to pay workers to do the jobs prisoners are forced to do, the salaries would amount to billions… Prisons are a profitable business. They are a way of legally perpetuating slavery. In every state more and more prisons are being built and even more are on the drawing board. Who are they for? They certainly aren’t planning to put white people in them. Prisons are part of this government’s genocidal war against Black and Third World people”

Assata Shakur’s autobiography (via the-uncensored-she)

(via disciplesofmalcolm)

History Without Memory


letterstomycountry:

Selections from John Pilger’s excellent 2009 article, "Mourn on the 4th of July:"

“History without memory,” declared Time magazine at the end of the 20th century, “confines Americans to a sort of eternal present. They are especially weak in remembering what they did to other people, as…