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17 Oct 21:46

LiartownUSA has always celebrated ONLINE SOCIAL JUSTICE...



LiartownUSA has always celebrated ONLINE SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS. Now, spurred by popular demand and a deep desire to properly honor the internet’s bravest, most productive heroes, I am very pleased to announce the very first LiarTown item to consensually enter the physical world.

First appearing in a December 2013 post and honored by rave reviews from (“The absolute best cat calendar!”) this now-100% real publication is officially available for sale. 

This full-color, 12” x 12” grid-style wall calendar is presented and shipped in plenty of time for the holidays. Each month features a charming kitten professionally photographed in a heroic pose appropriate to a small cat defiantly speaking out on the hottest social justice issues of the day. A sassy, uncompromising declaration erases any doubts about each precious cat’s passionate convictions, sense of humor, and tough-as-nails attitude! 

Each of these twelve adorable kittens was subject to a week-long, grueling interview process to ensure there was absolutely nothing problematic in its beliefs. Unlike bland, privileged garbage kittens chosen for nothing more than shallow good looks, Social Justice Kittens radiate fierce strength in the face of untold adversity, and all are gifted with a dazzling array of genders and orientations to go with their tiny, oh-so-kissable faces! The patriarchy WILL NEVER accept these kittens! 

After thousands of years of CIS-HET BULLSHIT, here at last is a calendar that DARES YOU to speak truth to power. A calendar which boldly announces to the world that you aren’t going to sit back and let others speak for you. A calendar that holds you up high so others can see you’re able to stand proudly on your own!

It comes down to this: Do you want to financially support the ideals embodied by this unique, functional gift, or refuse to purchase a copy and become a hateful fake ally who actively embraces injustice and the murder of innocents? The choice is yours.

One more time, to be clear: This is a genuine 2015 calendar, printed on big machines and then mailed out by mid-November.

To visit the online store, click here. 

Last but not least, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported this project during its formation!

14 Oct 18:07

“The Sons of Our Sons”

by Greg Ross

part of the ethics of war thread.

In 1919 Russian author Ilya Ehrenburg wrote a message to posterity:

The sons of our sons will marvel,
Paging the textbook:
“1914 … 1917 … 1919 …
How did they live? The poor devils!”
Children of a new age will read of battles,
Will learn the names of orators and generals,
The numbers of the killed,
And the dates.

They will not know how sweetly roses smelled above the trenches,
How martins chirped blithely between the cannon salvos,
How beautiful in those years was

Never, never did the sun laugh so brightly
As above a sacked town,
When people, crawling out of their cellars,
Wondered: is there still a sun?
Violent speeches thundered,
Strong armies perished,

But the soldiers learned what the scent of snowdrops is like
An hour before the attack.
People were led at dawn to be shot …
But they alone learned what an April morning can be.
The cupolas gleamed in the slanting rays,
And the wind pleaded: Wait! A minute! Another minute!
Kissing, they could not tear themselves from the mournful mouth,
And they could not unclasp the hands so tightly joined.
Love meant: I shall die! I shall die!
Love meant: Burn, fire, in the wind!
Love meant: O where are you, where?

They love as people can love only here, upon this rebellious and
tender star.

In those years there were no orchards golden with fruit,
But only fleeting bloom, only a doomed May.
In those years there was no calling: “So long!”
But only a brief, reverberant “Farewell!”
Read about us and marvel!
You did not live in our time — be sorry!
We were guests of the earth for one evening only.
We loved, we destroyed, we lived in the hour of our death.
But overhead stood the eternal stars,
And under them we begot you.

In your eyes our longing still burns,
In your words our revolt reverberates yet
Far into the night, and into the ages, the ages, we have scattered
The sparks of our extinguished life.

13 Oct 21:02

waryjack: cranialgames: teapotsahoy: vassraptor coffeeandcock...


My inner monologue pronunciation made me lol: "Waahndohs"






Always make sure to start Wandows Ngrmadly.

#ia ia windows fhtagn

I don’t think this boot looks promising.


You’ll probably want to enable Fetwgrkifg, in case you have to dgwflged new drivers. 

14 Oct 21:58

Hark, A Vagrant: Femme Fatale


"I've got legs that won't quit!" "It's contagious!" *Cue leggy doc booty shake.

buy this print!

Watch out! Dames like this are dangerous. But you know, they have other things going on in their lives than walking through a detective's door through a dangerous cloud of fog. Probably.

I've watched some noir films while drawing this comic, and where has that dialogue been all my life? Also, if you read essays on how femme fatales threw out conventions of the day you realize they are all basically the best characters ever. Too bad for any lousy rat they cross paths with though.

The store is going to update as soon as the new merchandise comes in. STAY TUNED
12 Oct 13:31



I came back and watched this too many times not to share. Via Osiasjota.

14 Oct 11:47

We're in countdown to Surly Beer Hall

by Mark Reilly

First phase online in December? I'm cautiously optimistic. I haven't been saving enough money to pay for all the beer i'm going to drink here.

The first phase of Surly Brewing's new "destination brewery" in Minneapolis will go online in December. Mpls.St. Paul Magazine's Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl interviews Jorge Guzman, the chef who joined Brooklyn Center-based Surly over the summer. He gives some details on the 300-seat beer hall and its menu, which includes pretzels and pizzas. The beer hall is on track to open by year-end. Surly's old Brooklyn Center taproom, meanwhile, will close Oct. 23 ( except for an Oct. 25 Surly Darkness event). RELATED:…
13 Oct 19:10

The amazing decline of global hunger, in one chart

by Zack Beauchamp

Scanning the news, it's easy to think the world is falling apart. But, on Monday, we got a major piece of good news: hunger is on a major decline in the world. Since 1990, there's been a sustained and massive collapse in the number of people who have difficulty accessing food.

The data comes from the 2014 Global Hunger Index, a measure of global hunger from the International Food Policy Research Institute. The index tracks "the percentage of the population that is undernourished, the percentage of children younger than five years of age who are underweight, and the percentage of people who die before the age of five." Malnutrition is particularly bad for children, and poor access to food makes kids way more vulnerable to diseases, the leading cause of child death in the developing world.

The Index goes from zero, which indicates a country with no undernutrition, to 100, a country where everyone goes hungry. Here's the overall score for "developing nations" since 1990, which basically means all countries except for industrialized "developed" nations such as the US, the UK, Japan, and the like:

decline of hunger

That's a 39 percent decline over 24 years. That decline in hunger is a massive win for humanity.

Why are things getting better? Credit two things: economic growth and government programs. Global poverty has declined sharply since 1990, especially in India and China, making it easier for people to afford food. Meanwhile, government programs and international aid have made major improvements in getting people access to healthy diets.

Progress on undernutrition hasn't been even. Some countries, like Swaziland and Iraq, have gotten worse over time. But almost all have made huge strides — India, as The Hindu's Rukmini Shrinivasan explains, posted one of the largest absolute declines in hunger in the world. Here's a GIF that shows country-by-country changes in Global Hunger Index for since 1990:

gif food index hunger

(International Food Policy Research Institute)

See how there's less and less red and orange but more and more green? That means food insecurity is declining. Just another reason to believe that, for all our troubles, we're living through the greatest era in human history.

10 Sep 13:15

A big chunk of the Sierra Nevada caught fracturing on video

by Scott K. Johnson

Freakin' cool! via Cooper Griggs.

If you like geology, you’re used to relying on an active imagination. Most geologic processes occur too slowly to see them play out for yourself. Many of the exceptions are dangerous enough that you might not want a front row seat or are rare enough that the odds of being there to witness them are disheartening. Sometimes, though, the Earth throws us a bone—or in this case, a gigantic slab of granite.

One interesting way that rocks weather and crumble apart is called “exfoliation.” Like the skin-scrubbing technique, this involves the outermost layers of exposed igneous or metamorphic bedrock sloughing off in a sheet. Over time, this tends to smooth and round the outcrop—Yosemite’s Half Dome providing a spectacular example.

We’re not entirely sure just what drives the peeling of an outcrop’s skin like this, but the classic explanation is that it’s the result of bringing rocks that formed at great pressure up to the surface. Once there, the outer layers can expand slightly, creating a physical mismatch with the layers below them.

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08 Oct 01:54

spellthief: If I’m able to, then perhaps I’ll be closer to...


Nausicaa, Laputa, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away totally nail the sentiments in these gifs/quote. I guess I'll have to look up Kiki's Delivery Service now.


If I’m able to, then perhaps I’ll be closer to portraying a true expression of love.

          -Hayao Miyazaki (x)

09 Oct 07:53

A water balloon full of mercury hitting the ground.


How does it not break the balloon and cause a gigantic spill?

23 Sep 19:48


09 Oct 13:33

Linked: Norway's New Banknotes

by Armin

Mmm. Makes me wanna make some norwegian money.

Norway's New Banknotes
Norway's new banknotes are, as expected, awesome. The result of a contest, one side (pixelated) is by Snohetta and the other (photographic) is by The Metric System, both in Oslo. Many thanks to our ADVx3 Partners
07 Oct 20:09

Pathetic Autumn 


How did this happen?

Pathetic Autumn 

06 Oct 20:00




07 Oct 03:08

Frozach Submitted


Remember kids, don't hand-letter and drive carriage.

07 Oct 04:00

October 07, 2014


Democracy works!

Woop! Sorry for the late update. Server issues.
06 Oct 17:24

Polyphonic Overtone Singing Demonstrated by Anna-Maria Hefele

by Christopher Jobson

Truly wonderful. via Coop.

This is a great video of polyphonic overtone singing by Anna-Maria Hefele, where she precisely demonstrates the almost inhuman ability to create a harmony of two notes at a time using a single breath. Overtone singing is the same technique used by Tuvan (or Mongolian) throat singers of which there are several other great videos to watch on YouTube. Also check out this demo by Alex Glenfield, or this clip lifted from I’m not sure where. (via Stellar)

06 Oct 16:28

Atul Gawande: "Being Mortal: Medicine And What Matters In The End"

Modern medicine has advanced dramatically in the past century: Average life expectancy has increased from the mid-40s to the mid-70s today. But as medicine has advanced and people are living longer, children are more likely to live far away from aging parents. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are popular destinations, but often focus on safety and routines at the expense of quality of life and human interaction. Harvard physician and author Atul Gawande argues that making mortality a medical experience is failing society. And he says end-of-life treatments often end up shortening lives instead of extending them. A Harvard doctor on a smarter approach to aging and dying.

05 Oct 07:03

The fabric of our lives. #hempforvictory #blanketfort


#hempforvictory. I've got a new autoshare. (this will probably last one share.)

The fabric of our lives. #hempforvictory #blanketfort

02 Oct 17:45

Frozach Submitted


steve irwin autoshare.

02 Oct 18:10

How Animals Get High

by Backdoor Pharmacist

via bernot. followup to the psychedelic podcast share.

How Animals Get High

Everyone likes to get high. Whether from your morning cup of coffee, taking 2C-I to trip balls, or a surge of endocannabinoids after doing exercise, we love the feeling. This is rooted in a common chemistry that all creatures share.

Scientists and cat toy makers have long known that animals too enjoy the fruits of our shared biology. They go for the chemical shortcut to fun times as much as we do. Here are just a few.


These perennial internet favorites seek out a certain chemical in catnip (Nepeta cataria), called nepetalactone. The mechanism of action is unknown at this time, but what is well known is how cats react when they sense it nearby. They want it.

Once cats notice catnip, they rush over to the stuff. They begin pawing at it, chewing, licking, and generally rolling around like a happy cat. Cats have scent glands on sides of their heads and their paws. So by rubbing it and rolling around, they are claiming that pile of catnip for themselves while also showing affection.

Afterwards, you’ll see classic symptoms of being high as fuck including laying around, drooling, sleeping, jumping around excitedly, growling, purring, biting, and meowing at unseen objects. This isn’t limited to the housecat — big cats like tigers, ocelots, panthers, also love the stuff.

Around a third of domestic cats can’t experience the good vibes. Stupid recessive genes.


Our other best friend at home also enjoys getting high. Dogs enjoy licking the toxic secretions of the cane toad (Rhinella marina). Dogs will repeatedly seek out the cane toad, bother them so they produce a milky-white secretion containing bufotenin or 5-HO-DMT, and lick it up. That’s right, THAT DMT.

After consumption, dogs may lie down and experience pupil dilation. They also become agitated and seem very euphoric, while tracking unseen objects or even chasing and attempting to catch whatever they see. It’s a serious problem in Australia, where the cane toad was introduced to control beetle populations and has become a successful invasive species.

The problem comes when the dog gets too hooked. If they eat the toad or lick up too much, they may have a seizure and could fall into a coma. If you’re a total square and find your dog chasin’ the toad, wear gloves, remove the toad, then use paper towels to try and wipe away as much toxin as possible. But if you got a junkie dog, it’s time to install a mesh fence that goes at least half a foot or 15cm into the ground. Bufotenin is illegal in many places, but I doubt the police will arrest your hippie dog.


Speaking of Australia, did you know Australia is the world’s largest legal producers of opium poppies for medicinal use? Well, the local wallaby population had certainly noticed. Farmers report that the wallaby eats the poppy pods, and then becomes so excited and happy, they jump around in circles until they fall over in exhaustion, producing crop circles.


Originally getting their fix from fermented sugar cane, the green vervet monkeys of St. Kitts have found a better way to get drunk — stealing the unattended drinks of human tourists. They will sneak in and snatch the brightly colored cocktails. But the most interesting part of it is that they drink like we do.

Some will drink a little bit; some will drink steadily; others will drink themselves to the point where they pass out. A few monkeys will refuse to drink altogether, only liking soft drinks. Like frat boys, their eusocial habits seem to give more respect to those who can drink the most. Sadly they have yet to discover beer bong technology, showing our superior intelligence.

Analysis of our dopamine pathways involved with our “reward mechanism” has found that what is true in people, is true in the green vervets. They may end up being extremely useful in our studies of alcoholism. It’s not exactly possible to root around the skull of a human alcoholic without finding yourself on the news as the “Beast of Brighton Beach.”


The green vervet monkey isn’t the only intelligent mammal that enjoys getting crunk — the elephant too loves alcohol. While the stories of them eating fermented fruit or using their own stomachs as fermenting pots have proven to be a myth, that doesn’t mean they don’t want a drink. Like the monkeys, they steal ours. But the monkeys only deliver a small painful bite, while these multi-ton creatures can kill.

The destruction of the elephants’ native habitat means they are more and more likely to run into people and notice that our food is pretty tasty. The problem comes when the local farmers are brewing rice beer. The elephants smash huts to steal food, wash it down with beer, and then go on drunken rampages. After stealing homebrewed rice beer a group of elephants destroyed a village. In another case, three people died after a raiding party of drunk elephants trampled them to death.


This is a frustrating area because it deals with an unusual creature that’s not normally thought of at all — the lichen. Lichen are composite organisms, consisting of photosynthetic algae and/or cyanobacteria and fungus living in a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship. The fungus relies on the algae or bacteria to produce food, while the algae or bacteria relies on the fungus to provide it with a safe home in inhospitable environments. They’re immensely successful, found nearly everywhere on Earth.

Bighorn Sheep are said to leave the safety of their normal bedding or feeding areas to find a certain variety of lichen. Since lichen can live anywhere, they always seem to end up on perilous cliff sides where the bighorns scramble up to scrape them off. They so much enjoy scraping the lichen, they can erode their teeth to nothing and starve. They may even fall to their deaths in their pursuit. Indigenous peoples later discovered the lichen were “narcotic”.

It’s not unusual to hear of fungi producing hallucinogenic chemicals. With so many other animals perfectly happy to eat hallucinogens, the only crime is that this is such a poorly researched area. There’s only scant references in literature to indigenous peoples using lichen for this purpose. No one seems to have done the needful and tried to capture whatever mystery molecule is so compelling.


Deep in the Siberian tundra of Russia’s Far East, reindeer would search for fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) mushrooms to eat. After eating them, they would behave almost drunkenly. Running around aimlessly, twitching, and making unusual sounds. However, the fly agaric mushroom contains other toxic alkaloids, making it unpleasant and unsafe to consume straight. But there’s a way around that.

Reindeer seem to be able to eat them safely, and like some other drugs, the active ingredients pass mostly unchanged in the urine. Although, the more toxic elements seem to have been eliminated. Shamans would occasionally drink this urine to enter trance like states, and their followers would drink the shaman’s urine to trip. It’s said it can make you feel like you’re flying, which some people have immediately tied to the myth of Father Christmas or Santa Claus and his flying reindeer. Sadly, that too seems to be a double-myth.


We don’t typically think of ants as anything but industrious drones. They have a complex social life despite being tiny and it seems that another insect has taken advantage of what seems to be a universal drive for intoxication. Lomechusa strumosa beetles live in ant colonies themselves. They have evolved trichomes, yes just like the trichomes on cannabis plants, which secrete some sort of aromatic, volatile oil. The ants lick these up so enthusiastically that it is called “lomechusa-mania.” They even treat the beetle larvae better than their own larvae, sometimes rescuing beetle larvae first. Whole colonies can be devastated by this obsession.


Like the wallaby, we enjoy consuming the opiate laced seed pods of the poppy. Like the green vervet monkeys, we sometimes use alcohol as a way to show our dominance over our peers. We go on drunken rampages as well as elephants do, though we have to make do with drink driving to do the same degree of damage since we ourselves do not weigh several tons. Like the dog, we enjoy chemicals related to DMT and may follow imaginary objects. Meth addicts extract the drug for consumption like the shamans did for the mushrooms of the arctic circle. Like the bighorn sheep, we risk life and limb to get high. And like the ants suffering from lomechusa-mania, we may lead our entire family to ruin for it.

God is lazy. Given the entire toolkit of physics and chemistry, we see the same few chemicals reused over and over again. Nature’s bounty means that when you get enough brain cells together, they will inevitably be affected by a reused molecule somewhere else, hijacking that response. Seeking to get high, is natural, and the fact that we are refusing to acknowledge it is. Once we acknowledge this biological and medical fact, we can start to have a better world and quit this failed War on Drugs.

The post How Animals Get High appeared first on ANIMAL.

02 Oct 16:28

Using Psychedelic Drugs To Treat Mental Disorders


Selfish share to add to my podcast playlist.

Millions of Americans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, including hundreds of thousands of veterans. Yet standard drug and therapy treatments have mixed success rates. Some cases of PTSD are considered untreatable. But researchers are seeing dramatic results from therapy that uses psychedelic drugs to treat PTSD, depression and addiction. Therapy involving substances like Psilocybin and MDMA, better known as ecstasy, show 80 percent success rates years after treatment. Diane and a panel of guests discuss new research on drugs that have long been considered dangerous and illicit.

29 Sep 15:28

The Growing International Coalition In The Fight Against ISIS


Trying to stay abreast of current global issues! #podcastplaylist

The U.S. and its partner nations, which include several Arab nations, dropped bombs on four oil refineries in Syria over the weekend. The facilities were said to have been in the hands of ISIS, the Muslim extremist organization that has taken control of large areas near the Iraq–Syria border. On Saturday, the Pentagon also reported strikes in an area of Syria controlled by Kurds but under heavy ISIS attack. Experts warn the effort to eradicate ISIS will be long, costly and extremely difficult. Diane and her guests discuss the fight against ISIS, what’s possible and at what cost.

29 Sep 16:28

Martin Wolf: "The Shifts And The Shocks: What We've Learned -- And Have Still To Learn...


Another podcast playlist share.

Martin Wolf's column in the Financial Times has been called "required reading for the international financial elite." The former World Bank economist has a new book about the global financial crisis. Wolf criticizes the policies that caused it as well the responses to it. He calls for abandoning the orthodox thinking that led policymakers to completely miss the signs of the oncoming meltdown. He talks with Diane about why the global financial system remains so fragile and what can be done to strengthen it.

02 Oct 09:45

wacaco saves the workday with hand-powered portable espresso machine

by Hugo Cailleton

i *might* need this.

whether you plan to go hiking, camping, boating, or working, minipresso's compact body helps you drink coffee on the go.

The post wacaco saves the workday with hand-powered portable espresso machine appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.

30 Sep 11:00

List: Here Are Some Fucking Barefoot Contessa Cookbook Titles by Micah Osler


Thug Cookbook needs to up their game.

The Barefoot Contessa: If You Can’t Cook This Shit, You’re a Fucking Idiot

The Barefoot Contessa: Martha, Just Give Me Another Goddamn Recipe Already

The Barefoot Contessa: Shit That’ll Give You Clean Piss Even If You’ve Already Had a Blunt Today

The Barefoot Contessa: No Recipes, Just Some Fucking Barn Pictures, Assholes

The Barefoot Contessa: Check Out This Weird-Ass Shit I Found on the Beach Last Night

The Barefoot Contessa: Probation Hearings!

The Barefoot Contessa: Cooking with Wine

The Barefoot Contessa: Cooking with Whiskey

The Barefoot Contessa: No Cooking, Just Whiskey; Got A Fucking Problem With That, Narc?

The Barefoot Contessa: The Fuck is Your Problem, Fieri?

The Barefoot Contessa: Keggers!

The Barefoot Contessa: Put Some Fucking Arugala in a Goddamn Cuisinart; You Guys Love That Shit

The Barefoot Contessa: Make Your Own Fucking Pesto For Once, Jeffrey

The Barefoot Contessa: Use California-Sourced Extra-Virgin Olive Oil or Fuck Off, Dickface

The Barefoot Contessa on Parole

The Barefoot Contessa: I Live in the Motherfucking Hamptons

The Barefoot Contessa: Lobsters and Shit

The Barefoot Contessa: I Don’t Know, Basil and Edamame Salad? Christ, I’m Hammered

The Barefoot Contessa: I Used To Be a Nuclear Policy Expert in the Motherfucking White House, for Chrissakes

The Barefoot Contessa: What the Fuck are Garlic Shoots?

The Barefoot Contessa: I Bet You’d All Eat An Entire Fucking Stick of Butter If I Told You To

The Barefoot Contessa: Get a Goddamn Job, Jeffrey

01 Oct 02:40

thatsnotwatyourmomsaid: easily my favorite picture in the...


Charlotte's grandpa.


easily my favorite picture in the world

30 Sep 05:28

nevver: Just the Tips, Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky


...for some fucking reason.

28 Sep 04:03

communismkills: trueemergence: omg damn IS THIS REAL.


(I'm wearing all my favorite) brandz brandz brandz brandz.



omg damn


30 Sep 15:42

devonbanks: this is still my favorite tweet of all time


Misguided. But funny.


this is still my favorite tweet of all time