April 24th, 2014

rhamphotheca:

A Call For Backyard Biodiversity 

Common suburban landscapes consist of manicured lawns and nonnative ornamental plants, which provide little nourishment to local fauna.

Acclaimed author and ecologist Douglas Tallamy explains the reasons behind the decline of native flora and fauna, and how we can work to reverse it from our own backyards.

Photos and story by Douglas Tallamy

You have probably never thought of your property as a wildlife preserve representing the last chance we have to sustain plants and animals that were once common throughout the US. But that is exactly the role our suburban and urban landscapes are now playing – and will play even more in the near future.

If this is news to you, it’s not your fault. We were taught from childhood that the plantings in our yards are made mostly for beauty; they allow and encourage us to express our artistic talents, to have fun, and to relax. And whether we like it or not, the way we landscape our properties is seen by our neighbors as a statement of our wealth and social status.

But no one has taught us that we have forced the plants and animals that evolved in North America (our nation’s biodiversity) to depend more and more on human-dominated landscapes for their continued existence. We have always thought that biodiversity was “happy somewhere out there in nature”: in our local woodlot, or perhaps our state and national parks. We have heard nothing about the rate at which species are disappearing from our neighborhoods, towns, counties, and states. Even worse, we have never been taught how vital biodiversity is for our own well-being…

(read more: American Forests)

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April 23rd, 2014
do-not-touch-my-food:

Irish Cream Hot Fudge Cupcakes

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if there was any way to heart this a bajillion times, we would!

do-not-touch-my-food:

Irish Cream Hot Fudge Cupcakes

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if there was any way to heart this a bajillion times, we would!

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it’s funny how our roadie, Bob, and piroFriend are sort of like a weird ass couple, except they are not.  well, in the sense that two humans in the same space are mathematically “a couple”, okay, but they are not A COUPLE couple.  but they still sort of act like it.

(shit, they see us typing, now they will read this!  shit shit shit!  hurry!  swim away!  SWIM AWAY!)

just now at SwimmyHQ!

  • our roadie, Bob: well don't get mad, I was just curious.
  • piroFriend: I'm always mad, I don't have to "get" mad.
  • our roadie, Bob: yeesh! I'm sorry!
  • piroFriend: do you really want to know now?
  • our roadie, Bob: yes! it was just a question about stephen colbert and suey park!
  • piroFriend: well, put it this way, if I ever meet suey park I'll probably slap her and tell her to shut up and sit down. and if I ever meet stephen colbert I'll do whatever the opposite of that is.
  • our roadie, Bob:
  • our roadie, Bob:
  • piroFriend: oh what, you were expecting the reverse?
  • our roadie, Bob: kinda, yeah.
  • piroFriend: shit outta luck, kemosabe.

theycallmey:

greenseer:

i hate when ppl say “consumerism” as a euphemism for the problem when what they mean is “capitalism” like shhh its ok just say it. capitalism is the problem. u can say it

it’s not even euphemistic! it places the blame for capitalism on those of us who have to engage in it to survive, i.e. the victims of capitalism as a system of oppression, i.e. the working classes, rather than placing the blame on the people creating or at least benefiting from the problem, i.e. the capitalist class

(via ajax-daughter-of-telamon)

overheard as we swam through a hardware store today!

  • female human person: well everything else is falling apart, but my hair is fabulous and I am totally bringing my eyebrow game.
  • us: (we looked. she was totally bringing her eyebrow game.)
marisa-ramirez:

dai li

Most girls are relentlessly told that we will be treated how we demand to be treated. If we want respect, we must respect ourselves.

This does three things. Firstly, it gets men off the hook for being held accountable for how they treat women. And secondly, it makes women feel that the mistreatment and sometimes outright violence they face due to their gender is primarily their fault. And thirdly, it positions women to be unable to speak out against sexism because we are made to believe any sexism we experience would not have happened if we had done something differently.

I cannot demand a man to respect me. No more than I can demand that anybody do anything. I can ask men to be nice to me. But chances are if I even have to ask he does not care to be nice. I can express displeasure when I’m not being respected. But that doesn’t solve the issue that I was disrespected in the first place.

I can choose to not deal with a man once he proves to be disrespectful and/or sexist. But even that does not solve the initial problem of the fact that I had to experience being disrespected in the first place.

As a young girl, I wish that instead of being told that I needed to demand respect from men that I had been told that when I am not respected by men that it’s his fault and not mine. But that would require that we quit having numerous arbitrary standards for what it means to be a “respectable” woman. It would mean that I am not judged as deserving violence based on how I speak, what I wear, what I do, and who I am.

April 22nd, 2014

fish don’t actually have hips, but we can shimmy like no one’s business!

this is what happens when we have enough tequila for everyone!

we are drinking to gabriel garcia marquez, and he very much enjoyed shakira’s work, and wanted her to be cast in a movie version of “Love in the Time of Cholera”, but she turned down the role because she didn’t want to do nudity!

to gabo, and to shakira!  yay!

marisa-ramirez:

 wendalene

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the trigger fish are excited because they hardly ever get artistically represented!  yay!

marisa-ramirez:

 wendalene

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the trigger fish are excited because they hardly ever get artistically represented!  yay!

(Source: macatrose)

artruby:

Raymond Pettibon, Surfers 1985- 2013 

On view from April 3 to May 17 at Venus Over Manhattan (980 Madison Avenue)

April 21st, 2014

thepeoplesrecord:

Squatters, police clash in Rio de Janeiro; 5,000 evicted
April 20, 2014

Squatters in Rio de Janeiro clashed with police last week after a Brazilian court ordered the eviction of nearly 5,000 people from buildings they had occupied.

More than 1,000 police officers arrived on Friday to move people out of the buildings and parking lot owned by the telecommunications company Oi. The move came amid preparations for the World Cup from June 12 to July 13.

Some squatter families left peacefully, but many others fought police with rocks and Molotov cocktails and set fire to parts of a building, four buses and a police cruiser, police said. The vehicles of local TV stations were also attacked.

Officers used tear gas, stun grenades and pepper spray to disperse the families.

"When the police arrived, some of them asked us to remain calm but others started pushing us around," squatter Drielo Almeida told TV Globo’s G1 internet news portal. "Now I am crying because I have nowhere to go to. I have no place to live."

Rodrigo Moreira said faced a choice of squatting or starving.

"With the money I earn I could either pay rent or eat. That is why I came here," he told G1.

Police spokesman Claudio Costa told the Globo TV network that the “eviction was successfully completed in three hours,” but that groups of people continued clashing with police in surrounding areas.

During the clash, five police officers, three children and four squatters were injured and taken to nearby hospitals where they were treated for bruises and smoke inhalation and discharged.

Costa said police detained more than 20 people, some for attacking police officers and others who tried to loot a supermarket and shops in nearby neighborhoods.

The O Globo newspaper said its reporter Bruno Amorim who was covering the eviction was taken into custody but released hours later.

Brazil correspondent Zoe Sullivan reported for Al Jazeera in January that 78 families’ homes in Camaragibe were appropriated by the municipal government to make way for an expanded urban transit hub set to serve international guests to the World Cup. Sustainable housing advocates around the globe have for decades blamed preparations for international sporting events for displacing locals, despite the promised — but often unrealized — economic benefits derived from injecting foreign capital into a local economy. China, by way of example, reportedly barred scores of Beijing residents from protesting land-grabs, and the resulting displacement, required to make way for new Olympic facilities.

Source
Photos via Reuters

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but people want us to get worked up about the manufactured angry white people in venezuela instead of this real horrible thing happening.

because brazil is safely capitialist, we guess.

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annoyatron:

thunderdolt:

Hey Texas!
Happy 4th of July! Enjoy your democratic system of Freedom!

Too bad Texas (and the rest of the United States) isn’t a democracy. Fucking idiots. Federal Republic.

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"In the 18th century, “democracy” and “republic” were relatively distinct terms, with the former referring mainly to what we would today call “direct democracy,” of the sort practiced by the ancient Athenians. But today, the word “democracy” is routinely used to describe any government where all or most political leaders are chosen by popular election. Moreover, governments are regularly described as “democratic” even if they have a variety of constraints on the powers of elected officials, such as federalism, separation of powers, judicial review, and so on. By this definition, the United States surely qualifies as a democracy, even if it can also be called a “republic.” The two terms have become largely interchangeable, with the exception of the fact that a democracy that has a figurehead constitutional monarch as head of state will usually not be called a republic.
This is not a recent innovation. The terms were often used interchangeably, including in reference to the United States, by the mid-19th century….
People who insist on a sharp distinction between “republic” and “democracy” may simply dislike modern usage and prefer a return to that of two hundred years ago. But if so, they should not claim – as they often do – that those who use the words in their modern sense are ignorant or incorrect. In this case, as in most others, correctness is determined primarily by usage rather than some “objective” definition of linguistic propriety. As used by most English-speakers today, “republic” and “democracy” are largely interchangeable terms.”
—Ilya Somin
who is not a fucking idiot.  grow up.

annoyatron:

thunderdolt:

Hey Texas!

Happy 4th of July! Enjoy your democratic system of Freedom!

Too bad Texas (and the rest of the United States) isn’t a democracy. Fucking idiots. Federal Republic.

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"In the 18th century, “democracy” and “republic” were relatively distinct terms, with the former referring mainly to what we would today call “direct democracy,” of the sort practiced by the ancient Athenians. But today, the word “democracy” is routinely used to describe any government where all or most political leaders are chosen by popular election. Moreover, governments are regularly described as “democratic” even if they have a variety of constraints on the powers of elected officials, such as federalism, separation of powers, judicial review, and so on. By this definition, the United States surely qualifies as a democracy, even if it can also be called a “republic.” The two terms have become largely interchangeable, with the exception of the fact that a democracy that has a figurehead constitutional monarch as head of state will usually not be called a republic.

This is not a recent innovation. The terms were often used interchangeably, including in reference to the United States, by the mid-19th century….

People who insist on a sharp distinction between “republic” and “democracy” may simply dislike modern usage and prefer a return to that of two hundred years ago. But if so, they should not claim – as they often do – that those who use the words in their modern sense are ignorant or incorrect. In this case, as in most others, correctness is determined primarily by usage rather than some “objective” definition of linguistic propriety. As used by most English-speakers today, “republic” and “democracy” are largely interchangeable terms.”

—Ilya Somin

who is not a fucking idiot.  grow up.

(via diodellamorte)