Plastic Bottle Pots
evolution of the bathroom selfie.
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"Icelanders are among the happiest and healthiest people on Earth. They publish more books per capita than any other country, and they have more artists. They boast the most prevalent belief in evolution — and elves, too. Iceland is the world’s most peaceful nation (the cops don’t even carry guns), and the best place for kids. Oh, and they had a lesbian head of state, the world’s first. Iceland is also the best place to have a uterus, according to the folks at the World Economic Forum. Over time, Scandinavian countries became modern social democratic states where wealth is more evenly distributed, education is typically free up through university, and the social safety net allows women to comfortably work and raise a family. Scandinavian moms aren’t agonizing over work-family balance: parents can take a year or more of paid parental leave. Dads are expected to be equal partners in childrearing, and they seem to like it."
Boys imitate what they see. If what they see is emotional distance, guardedness, and coldness between men they will grow up to imitate that behavior…What do boys learn when they do not see men with close friendships, where there are no visible models of intimacy in a man’s life beyond his spouse?
- Kindlon and Thompson, Raising Cain
"The poses, facial expressions, and body language of the men below will strike the modern viewer as very gay indeed. But it is crucial to understand that you cannot view these photographs through the prism of our modern culture and current conception of homosexuality. The term ‘homosexuality’ was in fact not coined until 1869, and before that time, the strict dichotomy between ‘gay’ and ‘straight’ did not yet exist. Attraction to, and sexual activity with other men was thought of as something you did, not something you were. It was a behavior — accepted by some cultures and considered sinful by others. […]
“Whether the men below were gay in the way our current culture understands that idea, or in the way that they themselves understood it, is unknowable. What we do know is that the men would not have thought their poses and body language had anything at all to do with that question. What you see in the photographs was common, not rare; the photos are not about sexuality, but intimacy.”
Source: Bosom Buddies: A Photo History of Male Affection, by Brett & Kate McKay
Dr Siouxsie Wiles Shining a light on science
"When I meet children there is often a squeal of recognition, particularly from young girls. And that is really important to me because they are a group we need to keep interested in science.
"Research shows that if you intervene at a young age you can change perceptions and help raise a generation that doesn’t see being a scientist as boring or unattainable."
Dr Wiles is researching the uses of bioluminescence, or the production of light by living organisms. She leads the University of Auckland’s Bioluminescence Superbugs Group, focusing on how glowing bacteria can help scientists better prevent and fight microbial infections such as food poisoning, tuberculosis and hospital superbugs.
She plans to devote some of the prize money towards writing a children’s book about bioluminescence, a project she will carry out with her 7-year-old daughter.
A guy is taking his girlfriend to prom. He waits in the ticket line for a really long time but gets them. He goes to rent a limo. The rental line is really long but he eventually does it. He goes to buy her flowers. The line at the florist is really long but eventually he gets the flowers. At prom, she asks him to go get punch. He goes to the refreshment table and there’s no punch line.
you’ve got to be kidding me
I am in physical pain
I FUCKING LOVE THIS JOKE OKAY my housemate told it to me (except he told it much better than this because he is good at jokes) and i laughed for like ten minutes. GOOD TIMES
"When men say that they “love to see the woman underneath the makeup,” they’re not saying they want to see your leg stubble and greasy bangs—they’re saying they want you to be better at hiding your maintenance routine. Because the maintenance spoils the fantasy."
Lindy West (via fourstorytantrum)
And it’s not just New York. Actually, the people in this article are lucky; not all communities even have shelters for them to sleep in between shifts.
See, what advocates of “bootstrapping,” and those who think poor=lazy don’t understand is that the game has changed since we were kids. (And don’t even get me started on those who advocate doing away with the minimum wage.)
As the gap between worker and CEO compensation grows, working hard is increasingly often no longer enough to survive, let alone get ahead. Most of those now in power and spreading myths about the poor actually benefited from things like more highly-subsidized education—it’s no longer feasible for most people to work their way through college like it used to be, because once my generation got our nice taxpayer-subsidized degrees, we’ve worked hard to cut that option off for everyone else and make sure graduates now start out with crushing debt—and a lower income disparity between line-level workers and top executives.
They are even instituting drug testing for those on aid in many states, based on the myth that the poor are likely to be drug users, even though that drug testing has not saved one cent in aid, and has actually cost the state extra money. Read that as cost taxpayers extra money. The percentage of people on state aid testing positive for drugs is actually lower than that of the general populace. Let’s repeat that one point again: Drug testing has not saved one single cent, and has in fact cost more money.
The social programs that these people like to characterize as handouts were intended as a way for people to lift themselves up and make something of themselves, but they now punish anyone who actually tries to get out of the system by taking away all aid at the first sign of progress toward self-sufficiency—For instance, even if you manage to score a job and therefore have an income, if you try to save enough money to actually get into a decent home or purchase transportation, many states will completely cut off any and all aid.
I am about as far from a “taker” as you can get. I’m a disabled veteran who has worked hard and paid into the system since I was fifteen years old, and even now that I’m on disability, I’m doing what I can to get OFF of disability. Like most poor people, and like most disabled people, I want to make my own way and help those less fortunate than myself.
I repeat: I paid into these things since I was fifteen, the idea being that when or if I needed some of that back, it would be there for me. Keep that in mind as you read the rest of this.
How am I working to get off of disability? By writing. And no, that’s not a pipe dream. Several award-winning and critically-acclaimed authors have told me I should be making a living doing it—But especially for someone with my issues, that requires a certain amount of stability, and although I’m making progress, it’s slow.
One of the things that has held me back is that in addition to dealing with disabilities, I’ve also had to constantly live on the very edge of financial and medical disaster because so many politicians have sold the myth that the best thing to do with those in need is to keep them down instead of raising them up the way more civilized countries do—as in countries with robust social safety nets whose poor get out of the system and back on their feet much more quickly, because they’re actually provided with the resources to do so.
Speaking of resources, get this: When I was looking at imminent homelessness while waiting for my disability to come through, and asked for help to avoid homelessness, I was told there was nothing I could do except get put on a waiting list, but that to let them know when I was evicted, so that they could cut my aid because I would “no longer have the expense of rent.”
Yes, it may vary from state to state (I was in Kansas at the time), but that’s what we tell our poor and homeless in may cases. That they don’t need assistance because they don’t have to pay rent. In my case, I didn’t realize at the time that, as a veteran, I could go to the VA and ask for help, but not everyone has that resource, and I myself have only recently begun to claim some of the benefits I earned.
Oh, and that Social Security disability insurance I paid into for all those years? It took three years, two appeals, a judicial ruling, and an attorney to actually get my claim honored. Even then, instead of backdating it to when I applied, they were only willing to go back one year, not because of anything I had missed, but because that was when they finally got around to having one of their own doctors examine me to tell them what my own doctors had already confirmed. And even that backpay was reduced by 30% because of legal fees.
It will take me another several years just to recover from the financial ruin of that waiting period. And I am far from alone in this. Every single person in the US, unless they were born with a silver spoon in their mouth, is at risk of the same thing. It takes one accident, one medical emergency combined with a financial crisis, to put you right where I was, and no matter how hard you work at it, it can take decades to recover, if you manage it at all.
Wow. This is fucked up in so many different ways.
"Because it doesn’t matter if a young girl is saying yes, it’s an adult man’s job to say no."
I SEE SOME OF YOU ARENT VERY HAPPY RIGHT SO HERE’S A REMINDER THAT BUNNY NOSES DO THE THING
DO NOT FORGET ABOUT THE BUNNY NOSES THING
Being skeptical that another person can be incapacitated by a mental illness because you cope just fine with your problems is basically the same as saying “I don’t understand why other people’s brakes fail, because my car works great.”
I reblog this every time.
"White doctors are three times more likely to be picked for senior hospital jobs than doctors from ethnic minorities, an investigation has found."
"Health leaders called for an investigation into the figures, which the NHS Employers organisation said “added weight to concerns around discrimination” in the health service.
Black doctors were the least likely to secure consultant, specialist or trust doctor roles in 2012, according to the respected BMJ Careers journal, with a success rate of only 2.7 per cent. White candidates for the same jobs in 50 NHS trusts in England had success rates of nearly 14 per cent. Mixed ethnicity and Asian doctors were also much less likely to win senior positions than their white colleagues.”