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12 May 11:52

Virginia official: Non-Christian public prayer violates my rights ‘because I don’t believe that’

by Travis Gettys

A group that lost its U.S. Supreme Court case over prayer at public meetings said recent comments by a Virginia elected official illustrate the risk of allowing such sectarian invocations.

“The freedom of religion doesn’t mean that every religion has to be heard,” said Al Bedrosian, who sits on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors. “If we allow everything, where do you draw the line?”

The Republican said Monday, after the high court ruled 5-4 that legislative prayer did not violate the constitutional prohibition on government establishment of religion, that he would not vote to allow non-Christians to deliver invocations.

“I think America, pretty much from Founding Fathers on, I think we have to say more or less that we’re a Christian nation with Christian ideology,” Bedrosian said. “If we’re a Christian nation, then I would say that we need to move toward our Christian heritage.”

Those remarks echoed statements he made several years ago in an editorial published in the Roanoke Times, where he described freedom of religion as a “hoax” and claimed “the global warming crowd worships the environment as god, the abortionist has the death of unborn babies as their god, and the homosexuals have sexual freedom as their god.”

“The real battle is keeping the name of Jesus as Lord,” Bedrosian wrote in 2007. “The name Jesus is what makes us a Christian people and a Christian nation. This is why we must continue our heritage as a Christian nation and remove all other gods.”

That’s what Bedrosian intends to do in his position as county supervisor, saying he would reject any request by any non-Christian adherent to deliver a religious or secular invocation.

“I would say no,” Bedrosian said. “That does not infringe on their freedom of religion. The truth is you’re trying to infringe on my right, because I don’t believe that.”

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the plaintiffs in the recent Supreme Court case on public prayer, sent a letter to Roanoke County Attorney Paul Mahoney warning that the county risked a legal challenge if it implemented the policy proposed by Bedrosian.

“Although upholding the challenged prayer policy, the Court also made clear that the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause prohibits legislative bodies from excluding non-Christian prayer givers or otherwise discriminating in selection,” the group said.

Mahoney said Friday he was still digesting the letter and would forward it to other members of the Board of Supervisors – some of whom have already said they would not go along with Bedrosian’s plan.

“It ain’t going to happen,” said Supervisor Jason Peters. “There’s no reason for this to be brought up and reoccur. I hate it for the county.”

Update: Bedrosian said Monday during a news conference that non-Christians would still be permitted to pray elsewhere under his proposal, and he said other supervisors could invite anyone they wanted to pray at public meetings.

Watch Bedrosian discuss his views during a campaign speech posted online by 2ndTCG:

12 May 14:00

The Devil in Disguise: the Cat in the West

by Gabrielle Loisel
Cary Renquist

Not exactly a pleasant read...

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This piece was brought to you by A Male Reader.

The history of cats in Europe and North America is not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach. Really, no history is. The story of the cat is one of violence, black magic, fire, and cruelty.

Few animals have garnered such enduring cultural hatred; perhaps their only peers are snakes, insects, toads, and rodents. Over time, humanity’s beliefs about the sentience of animals and the value of life in general, as well as our sense of empathy have changed drastically for the better. It should come as no surprise that the generations who brought us astonishingly horrific inventions such as the thumbscrews and the rack should have occasionally turned their attention to persecuting nonhuman creatures as well.

The cat síth (“cat shee”), meaning “fairy cat,” was a legendary dog-sized cat, black with a white blaze on its chest, known to haunt the British isles. It enjoyed three things: milk, catnip, and stealing away the souls of the dead before they reached the afterlife. To prevent this, relatives of the deceased were appointed to stay up with the body to make sure no cats came near. They avoided heating the room where the body lay, as heat would attract the cat síth, and filled the other rooms of the house with catnip as a distraction. Also, as a “distraction,” there were bonfires, riddles, music, and games.

In the highlands of Scotland, there was a rite called the taghairm, which roughly translates to “the calling of spirits from the vasty deep.” It was believed throughout Europe that the Devil hated to see a cat suffer and you could conjure the Devil (or a demon, or a cat síth, depending on who you asked) by roasting a live cat on a spit. Drawn by the horrible yowls of the cat on the spit, other cats would gather until finally a giant cat appeared and beseeched you to stop torturing his kin. In exchange for putting the tortured cat out of its misery, you would be granted a favor or knowledge of the future.

Muslims revered cats for their fastidiousness and consider them ritually clean animals, unlike dogs. Cats were allowed inside homes and even mosques and are believed to seek out those who are praying. Many hadiths forbid the torture or killing of cats and Muhammad is quoted as saying that “a love of cats is an aspect of faith.” There also stories of the prophet allowing a cat to give birth on his cloak and cutting off the sleeve of his prayer robe where his beloved cat Meuezza was sleeping rather than wake her. This admiration alone made the cat a villain to medieval Christians who were suspicious of both Muslims and cleanliness.

The medieval writer Walter Map accused the Cathars, a gnostic Catholic sect, of worshiping a black cat “of marvelous size.” During ceremonies, he wrote, it would come down from the ceiling on a rope and the worshipers would kiss the cat’s “most private parts.” The Knights Templar were also later accused of worshiping cats, because no conspiracy is complete without the Knights Templar. Both of these groups were later massacred by the church.

In 1233 came the Vox in Rama, a decree by Pope Gregory IX, which marked the beginning of the Inquisition and church-sanctioned witch hunts. The papal bull encouraged bishops to collaborate with inquisitors in search of dangerous heretics that were said to worship the devil in the form of a demonic black cat. In great detail the Pope described the ceremonies where the heretic cultists would kiss the giant cat’s buttocks before falling into an indiscriminate, orgiastic frenzy which usually included homosexuality and incest.

In 1484, Pope Innocent VIII excommunicated all cats, and declared any cats found living with witches were to be burned alongside their owners. It became practice across Europe to kill cats whenever possible, leaving rats and mice without predators. These rodents brought fleaswhich carried the plague. It was believed, of course, that cats and dogs were spreading the sickness and hundreds of thousands of these animals were exterminated, exacerbating the problem. There are stories of hysterical people attacking cats in the street, believing that they carried the “miasma” that spread the plague.

Cats, in addition to being familiars to “witches,” were also used as spell ingredients. Their blood was used for healing, their bile for seeing the unseeable. The ashes of a black cat’s heart were said to provide powers. Spells called for cat’s hair, eyes, brains, and fat. For domestic luck, live cats were interred beneath the last floorboard of a newly built home.

In Mules and Men, Zora Neale Hurston recounts performing the hoodoo ceremony to acquire the most famous cat-derived talisman, a black cat bone. This special bone, taken from a black cat boiled alive in a pot at midnight, held magic and could grant you good luck, protection, invisibility, and love. There were various ways to identify the magic bone. Sometimes it was the one that floated to the top of the pot or floated upstream when dumped in a river. Sometimes it was the one that tasted bitter or that had a dark reflection in a mirror. You can still purchase chicken bones sold as “black cat bones” today from hoodoo shops and online.

Every year, on the second Wednesday of Lent, the people of Ypres, Belgium celebrated Kattenstoet, the Cat Festival. Cats that had spent the winter inside the town’s Cloth Hall hunting mice were thrown from the 23-story belfry. The number of cats killed depended on how well the city was doing. In a prosperous year, perhaps only three cats would be hurled from the tower. The first festival was some time in the thirteenth century, and the last involving live cats was in 1817. Supposedly the last living cat ever thrown from the Cloth Hall belfry survived the plunge and according to the 19th -century Ypres archivist Jean Jacques Lambin “scampered [away] as fast as it could, not ready to be caught once more for the same purpose.” Today, the festival is held every three years, and a jester throws toy cats from the tower into the eager, grasping hands of the crowd. Later, there is a mock witch-burning.

For hundred of years in various cities and villages, cats were trapped in bags and wicker cages and thrown into bonfires on religious holidays as part of the celebration. Sometimes they were hung from a pole over the fire and roasted alive for entertainment. Of course it wasn’t just peasants and sorcerers who enjoyed cat-torturing. In 1563, Elizabeth I had cats stuffed into an effigy of the pope and burned at her coronation.

When William of Orange and the Duke of Anjou arrived in Bruges in 1582 they were welcomed with banners and parades. The most spectacular decoration was a huge pyre in the form of a ship, which was filled with fireworks. It was also filled with dozens of cats. The lords were treated to a firework show, and according to a German account of the festivities, “the screams of the hapless creatures on the ignition of each firework produced further cheers and merriment among the happy throng.” Once the fireworks had all been detonated, the ship itself was set aflame, immolating the cats.

Every year at the Midsummer festival in Paris, a sixty-foot pyre was erected, lavished with crowns and flowers and surrounded by hundreds soldiers employed for crowd control. In the center of the pyre hung dozens of cats tied in bags. Officially beginning in 1471 with Louis XI and followed by generations of subsequent monarchs, the king set the pyre aflame with a white taper decorated with red velvet before retiring to specially-erected seating to watch the spectacle. The cats dying cries were drowned out by the celebratory music and there was a public feast funded by the crown. Later, the remains of the fire were collected as good-luck charms. In 1648, just before moving the French court to Versailles, Louis XVI himself ignited the blaze while crowned with garlands of roses before moving on to the dancing and feasting. After the departure of the court from Paris, the bonfire lost its splendor and the tradition died out.

Surprisingly, it was two dogs who were killed during the Salem Witch trials.

It wasn’t until the Enlightenment, with its emphasis on science and reason, that belief in witches and the diabolical power of cats began to disappear. Cats were recast as symbols of cleanliness, which was suddenly becoming a valued thing, but it wasn’t until later that a combination of Orientalism, Egyptmania, and fear of contagion brought the cat back into vogue in Europe. As science advanced, germ theory was recognized and people began to worry about the diseases their animals might be carrying. Cats, with their impeccable hygiene were clean in a way that dogs and horses were not. Surrounded by ancient depictions of cats from the newly “discovered” Egyptian tombs, and as travelers brought back exotic cats from countries like Persia and Siam, cats were soon elevated from barely-tolerated ratters to household companions. By the Victorian era, they were seen as beloved pets and “cat fancy” organizations began to appear.

Worldwide, cats are the most popular pet. In 2012, Americans alone spent fifty-two billion dollars on their felines. Few modern cats receive the treatment that their ancestors faced, and their widespread persecution is no longer culturally sanctioned. There are no federal laws on cruelty to domestic animals, instead discretion is left to the state. There are currently twenty-three states where cruelty to animals is a felony, punishable by a minimum year in prison.
It is nearly impossible to imagine the kind of spectacle described by historian Norman Davies happening today, where “the spectators, including kings and queens, shrieked with laughter as the [cats], howling with pain, were singed, roasted, and finally carbonized.” The equivalent would be if, at President Obama’s 2012 inauguration, part of the festivities had included burning live cats in a wicker effigy of Mitt Romney.

It was once believed that placing a bean in a dead cat’s heart before burying it would imbue the beans that sprouted from it the ability to make one invisible. The animals we once hated and treated like monsters have found their way into our breast; the seed has only just begun to grow.

Read more The Devil in Disguise: the Cat in the West at The Toast.

07 May 13:30

Creme Brûlée All Day Long, Please — Delicious Links

by Ariel Knutson
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What if I told you, you can have creme brûlée at any time of the day and nobody would ever question you about your dessert obsession? These four bloggers get it –– they've managed to sneak that creme brûlée taste into unassuming recipes like French toast and oatmeal.

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09 May 18:44

"Don’t Judge Me… This Is Art!"



"Don’t Judge Me… This Is Art!"

09 May 17:09

Damnit Jesus !

09 May 23:30

Swinging Outdoor Bed

by drew

swinging-bed

For only $770.01, you not only get a swinging outdoor bed, but an insane run-on-sentence title. (Check out the actual name of the product, for real.)

10 May 07:46

superiority complex

10 May 22:10

Great holiday pic

11 May 15:30

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11 May 16:31

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Cary Renquist

Seems legit...



11 May 19:38

humansofnewyork: "What’s your favorite thing about each...



humansofnewyork:

"What’s your favorite thing about each other?"
"His honesty."
"Her hashbrowns."

11 May 20:12

Are you ok.....?

09 May 15:07

Shorter men live longer, study shows

Short height and long life have a direct connection in Japanese men, according to new research. Shorter men are more likely to have a protective form of the longevity gene, FOXO3, leading to smaller body size during early development and a longer lifespan. Shorter men are also more likely to have lower blood insulin levels and less cancer.
12 May 00:33

Ivanpah Solar Power Facility Is Incinerating Birds

by drbuzz0

The Ivanpah Solar Power Facility is a very large solar thermal power facility.  And by “very large,” I mean very large.  In fact, it is so enormous it’s hard to even wrap your mind around how large it is.   It also cost about 2.2 billion dollars, which is quite a lot of money.   A reasonably sized nuclear power plant could be built for the same cost.  In the US, this would be difficult, given the regulatory costs, but other countries have built modern Generation III+ reactors for two billion dollars per unit or less.

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Of course, that’s just the capital cost.  It’s harder to pin down the operational cost.  As many will point out, it doesn’t use any fuel in the conventional sense.  But it does employ 86 full time workers, plus an even larger number of contractors.  It also has a lot of sensitive equipment baking in the sun, which is likely to need frequent replacement.   It’s hard to know exactly what it costs to operate the plant and what the cost per kilowatt hour comes out to be, because the operators have kept much of the relevant financial data confidential.

What is known is that the agreed price per wholesale kilowatt hour is “at or below” 12.5 cents per kwh, before time and demand adjustments.  That would seem to imply it is more expensive than other methods of power generation.   Published data indicates the cost of operating a solar thermal power plant is more than 2.5 times that of a coal or nuclear facility.  The Ivanpah facility may benefit from economics of scale to bring that down a bit, but it’s still clear that the plant has a much higher cost per megawatt-hour than a fossil fuel power station.

None the less, plants like Ivanpah are financially viable, at least for the time being.  They receive massive tax credits and other

But in terms of power output, it’s not actually that big…

The total nameplate capacity of the Ivanpah facility is anticipated to be 377 megawatts, when complete.  That’s not small, but it’s not really that large either.  In utility terms, if it were a standard thermal power plant, it would be considered medium sized.  By comparison, a modern nuclear facility with two generation III+ reactors might have an output of between 2.5 and 3.5 gigawatts.  Large coal and gas plants can be equally large and occasionally larger.

floatingpowersystem377 megawatts, however, would be enough to power the New York City subway system, but not during rush hour.  It would power a medium sized aluminum smelter.  It would not be enough to power a city of any size, but could provide the power used by a medium sized town on a summer day.

Of course, 377 MW is the anticipated nameplate capacity of the plant.  The capacity factor is only about 30%, meaning that the plant could be thought of as the equivalent of a continuously operating base-load power plant that produces about 110-120 megawatts.  Most nuclear and coal plants operate at near full capacity most of the time.  There are also many hydroelectric plants that crank out a continuous 120 megawatts night and day.

In utility terms, that’s hardly a lot of power.  It’s more than enough to power everything in many homes, but a power plant with this capacity would not be considered very large at all. It’s more in line with the kind of “distributed” power plants that might be used to provide local peaking and load-following.  It’s less power than a large ship produces.  Even a single 747 can produce more power when cruising.  It is, however, enough to power a few dozen small to medium sized locomotives.

So it is not tiny but not that big, and comes at a huge financial cost.

But there is another cost, not as obvious but a bit more dramatic:

The Ivanpah Solar Power Facility has killed quite a few birds.   Other things kill birds too, of course.  Wind turbines are notorious for killing birds.  Birds also fly into radio towers and they strike large glass paned windows.  But the the Ivanpah facility kills birds in a uniquely dramatic, even disturbing way.

Via Desert Sun:

Birds going up in smoke at Ivanpah solar project

A new report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has labeled BrightSource Energy’s Ivanpah project a “mega-trap” for insects and birds that may get singed or in some cases, burned alive flying through the intense solar radiation reflecting off the thousands of mirrors surrounding three solar towers at the plant in eastern San Bernardino County.

The Center for Biological Diversity posted the report to the California Energy Commission website on Monday as part of its testimony opposing BrightSource’s 500-megawatt Palen project, located east of the Coachella Valley, which would use similar technology — soaring solar towers surrounded by thousands of reflecting mirrors.

Read the report

“Although not analyzed in detail, there was also significant bat and insect mortality at the Ivanpah site, including monarch butterflies,” the report said. “It appears that Ivanpah may act as a ‘mega-trap,’ (original emphasis) attracting insect-eating birds, which are incapacitated by solar flux injury, thus attracting predators and creating an entire food chain vulnerable to injury and death.”

Solar flux is the intense radiation coming off the reflecting mirrors. At Ivanpah, the radiation is so intense it creates what look like small clouds around the boilers at the top of the project’s three 459-foot-tall solar towers. These clouds appear to be attracting the insects which in turn attract the birds.

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“Ivanpah employees and OLE staff noticed that close to the periphery of the tower and within the reflected solar field area, streams of smoke arise when an object crosses the solar flux fields aimed at the tower. Ivanpah employees use the term ‘streamers’ to characterize this occurrence.

“When OLE staff visited the Ivanpah Solar plant, we observed many streamer events. It is claimed that these events represent the combustion of loose debris, or insects. Although some of the events are likely that, there were instances in which the amount of smoke produced by the ignition could only be explained by a larger flammable biomass such as a bird. Indeed, OLE staff observed birds entering the solar flux and igniting, consequently becoming a streamer.

“OLE staff observed an average of one streamer event every two minutes. It appeared that the streamer events occurred more frequently within the ‘cloud’ area adjacent to the tower. Therefore we hypothesize that the ‘cloud’ has a very high temperature that is igniting all material that traverses its field.”

The birds really don’t seem to stand a chance. The intensity of the concentrated beam of light is so great that they actually burst into flames as soon as they enter it. It’s reported to be a very dramatic (and frequent) site.

Exactly how many birds have been killed by the facility is more difficult to determine than it might seem. The report from the Fish and Wildlife Service cited 71 charred bird carcasses found on site. It is, however, a very large area, and it’s certainly not unreasonable to suppose many were not found, especially if they were severely burned and decomposed. It has also been observed that not all birds are killed by the beams. Some may enter in an area of lower flux or at a time of day when the sun is not as intense. In these cases, the birds would be severely injured, but not incinerated, and could leave the area before dying of the injuries.

So while it is currently difficult to give any solid numbers, what can be said is that this does not appear to be an uncommon event. In fact, based on what workers have been seeing, it happens many times per day.

It is just another example of a “green and environmentally friendly” power generating technology having an embarrassing flaw.

On whether the bird deaths are “worth it:”

Whether or not burning a few birds is a worthwhile sacrifice is a complex question.  Nearly all human development has some environmental costs.  Thermal power plants routinely kill fish larva and birds lose their lives as a result of skyscrapers, antenna masts and large glass curtain windows.

The Ivanpah Solar Plant has other impacts to the local environment.  Its construction led to a loss of habitat for a number of threatened or endangered species, most notably the desert tortoise.  It also is a major consumer of local water resources, despite using a cooling system that is primarily air-based and thus uses less water than alternative cooling methods.  This also does not include the total environmental impact of things like replacement parts, energy expended in transporting workers to work and the cost of eventually decommissioning the plant.   At present, there is little good data on the full life-cycle impacts of the plant.

At least in my opinion, the death of some birds might well be a worthy sacrifice IF the plant actually generated very large amounts of reliable energy and did so with good economics.  It doesn’t.  Thus, any added costs simply makes an already bad deal even worse.   So while nuclear plants may kill plankton and fish larva and hydroelectric facilities impact fish and aquatic life, those impacts are generally a small price to pay for the energy produced.  Here, you are getting much less than what you pay for.

12 May 03:05

Hey chickadees, want something to do while I’m off doing that...













Hey chickadees, want something to do while I’m off doing that “being social” and “getting married” thing? I mean, besides giving me a wedding gift of cat surgery money? ;P

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09 May 21:29

Should have worn his turban..

09 May 15:29

LOUD NOISES.

08 May 17:45

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07 May 10:51

Georgia GOP candidate: ‘I’d rather see another terrorist attack’ than submit to ‘jack boot’ TSA

by Travis Gettys

A Georgia Republican candidate said he would rather see another terrorist attack than submit to the “jack boot” thugs in the Transportation Security Administration.

Bob Johnson, a Savannah surgeon running in the First Congressional District GOP primary, made the remarks during a February campaign appearance, but video of the event was first reported Tuesday by Politico.

“The TSA is doing something really profound — they’re indoctrinating generations of Americans to walk through a line and be prodded and probed by uniformed personnel, agents of the government, like sheep,” Johnson said during a campaign forum in Waycross.

“Now this is going to sound outrageous,” Johnson continued. “I’d rather see another terrorist attack — truly I would — than to give up my liberty as an American citizen. Give me liberty or give me death. Isn’t that what Patrick Henry said at the founding of our Republican — or, republic?”

Sources told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that all the other Republican candidates were present at the event.

“People are saying, ‘Now everyone wants security before anything else. I want a perfectly safe flight,’” Johnson said. “You’re not going to have it. We’re going to have jack-boot uniformed people in our backyards.”

State Rep. Jeff Chapman of Brunswick and physician Earl Martin of Blackshear can be in the video flanking Johnson, but they did not visibly react to his remarks.

State Sen. Buddy Carter is considered the frontrunner, the newspaper reported, with Johnson and businessman John McCallum his most likely runoff opponents in the solidly conservative district.

Farmer Darwin Carter is also among the candidates vying to replace Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), who is running for the U.S. Senate.

A spokesperson for Johnson said Tuesday that the candidate described his remarks as “stupid,” but he repeated his criticism of the TSA.

“As a 26-year Army Ranger, head and neck surgeon and even a Christian medical missionary, I’ve sworn my life to defending this country and keeping people safe,” Johnson said in a statement. “And as a Constitutional conservative, it angers me that we are giving up our liberty to the bureaucratic TSA and spying on our own people in the name of false security and that has to stop.”

“I’m very passionate about the ideals of liberty, freedom and maintaining a strong national defense, and these conservative ideals shouldn’t be at odds with each other,” Johnson added. “In the heat of the moment, while making the point that I would much rather fight the enemy than our federal government, I said something stupid and should have chosen my words more carefully.”

Watch video of Johnson’s remarks posted online by Aymon Laforge:

[Image via Facebook]

07 May 15:44

Impressive Sketches Extend Photographs Beyond Their Edges

by katie hosmer
Cary Renquist

I remember doing that in high school art class... 'cept we had to cut a photo in half and draw in the other half, so we at least had something to copy.


Oregon-based artist Jennifer Delaurenti has always created her amazing selection of sketches as a hobby. However, Reddit user delpaint believed that the work deserved more than just sitting around the house. So he posted his mother's work online and it has quickly become quite the hit. Upon first glance, viewers might believe that the image is all one piece. However, the truth is that each piece is a blend of photograph and sketch.

Delaurenti uses old photographs as the foundation for her work. She places a single image in the center of a composition and then extends the scene beyond the edges of the images by hand drawing the background. She uses a deliberately selected color palette of colored pencils to match the original, and the details of her drawings appear to perfectly match the rest of the documented moment.

Although Delaurenti used to only create the pieces for friends, in just days, the hobby has turned into a business. Original and commissioned pieces can be ordered online through Delaurenti's Etsy Shop.







Jennifer Delaurenti's Etsy Shop
via [Viral Nova]

07 May 20:12

Probably a repost, it's probably on the frontpage right now, that always happens to me

06 May 21:06

I googled "My Precious"

06 May 22:43

Anemone consumes a baby seabird

by Kim Martini
One afternoon, my coworker Lisa Guy and I are looking through her photo archive, when I spy something that looks like an purple butterball turkey being attacked by a lime green scrunchie. Of course I have to find out what it is. When I ask, Lisa pulls up the photo and says “It’s a baby cormorant […]
06 May 17:06

zagreus-taking-time-apart: steampoweredsass: zagreus-taking-time-apart: We teach kids to fear...

zagreus-taking-time-apart:

steampoweredsass:

zagreus-taking-time-apart:

We teach kids to fear animals like rats, snakes, spiders, etc. that are harmless 99% of the time but do we ever warn them about the real danger

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WHY DOES IT HAVE TEETH ON ITS TONGUE

I am a gooseologist and I can tell you that geese live on a healthy diet of children’s souls which can only be properly chewed with unholy tongue teeth

06 May 18:05

noodleweight: catsgomeowalot: my new favorite gum what the...



noodleweight:

catsgomeowalot:

my new favorite gum

what the fuck.

06 May 07:22

It's important to remember this

06 May 12:57

Buster Keaton and Kathryn McGuire ad nauseam (watch the original...



Buster Keaton and Kathryn McGuire ad nauseam (watch the original scene)

06 May 14:07

Pack of 1,600 Papier-Mâché Pandas Raise Global Awareness

by Sara Barnes

This pack of 1,600 papier-mâché pandas might look adorable, but they come bearing a more serious message. In real life, the species is in rapid decline due to loss of their ecosystem by human development. French artist Paulo Grangeon worked with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), PMQ, and creative studio AllRightsReserved to craft this bevy of pandas that alerts the public on the tragic truth of these animals.

Each sculpture is made from recycled paper and represents a single member of the species that’s still alive today. It’s a bit shocking to look at this gathering and realize that this is all of the pandas that are left in the wild. The hope is that this large and impressive public project will spread awareness of this environmental crisis.

The pandas are currently on tour in Hong Kong and have already traveled to cities like Paris, Rome, Berlin, and Taipei. They will stop at 10 landmarks, including the Hong Kong International Airport and the giant Tian Tan Buddha beginning this June. Grangeon will also create four special-edition paper pandas, which will go on display at PMQ in support of conservation and to promote the message of a coexistence between humans and nature.










Paulo Grangeon papier-mâché page
via [designboom]

12 Apr 21:01

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15 Jan 20:58

Tired.

by Ryan

Tired.

Big ol’ sexy thanks to my buddy, Jason for helping me work out this joke. Read his coooommmiiiiics!