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Today, illustrated.

story of my life

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Here’s some happy news:

Solar energy is (pretty much/really soon) cheaper than fossil fuel energy.

Turns out they’ve recently solved a lot of the bugs with solar a lot sooner than they were expecting. A lot of big names - Paul KrugmanAl Gore - are expressing surprise and delight at this new reality. Germany just announced over half its electricity demand is covered by solar. Australian coal generators like Stanwell are blaming rooftop solar for pushing down electricity prices (and cutting into their profits!). Check out this article entitled ‘Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn’t compete.’

This is really good news. Don’t let anyone argue the old line that ‘renewable energy is great but it’s not really viable’. Things have changed. It’s now viable.

As we were just saying



More from The Portlandia Activity Book

Or as my flatmate said yesterday, “I don’t see the problem with incest.” nevver:

More from The Portlandia Activity Book

Or as my flatmate said yesterday, “I don’t see the problem with incest.”



Every major recorded earthquake since 1898, showing how Earth is put together.

Whole lotta shakin’ going on.

“Even in the fossil remains of the earliest lifeforms, there is unmistakable evidence of communal living arrangements and mutual cooperation. We humans have been able to design effective cultures that for hundreds of thousands of years have fostered one set of inborn characteristics and discouraged another. From brain anatomy, human behavior, personal introspection, the annals of recorded history, the fossil record, DNA sequencing, and the behavior of our closest relatives, a clear lesson emerges: There is more than one side to human nature. If our greater intelligence is the hallmark of our species, then we should use it as all the other beings use their distinctive advantages — to help ensure that their offspring prosper and their heredity is passed on. It is our business to understand that some predilections we bear as remnants of our evolutionary history, when coupled with our intelligence — especially with intelligence in the subordinate role — might threaten our future. Our intelligence is imperfect, surely, and newly arisen; the ease with which it can be sweet-talked, overwhelmed, or subverted by other hardwired propensities — sometimes themselves disguised as the cool light of reason — is worrisome. But if intelligence is our only edge, we must learn to use it better, to sharpen it, to understand its limitations and deficiencies — to use it as cats use stealth, as walking sticks use camouflage, to make it the tool of our survival.”
Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (via retromantique)

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"America is the wealthiest nation on Earth, but its people are mainly poor, and poor Americans are urged to hate themselves….

Their most destructive untruth is that it is very easy for any American to make money. They will not acknowledge how in fact hard money is to come by, and, therefore, those who have no money blame and blame and blame themselves.

This inward blame has been a treasure for the rich and powerful, who have had to do less for their poor, publicly and privately, than any other ruling class since, say, Napoleonic times.”

-Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse 5


I think that there is a lot of greenwashing to be very cynical about.
Sandals made of organic hemp fibers?! But they were still made in a substandard, industrially harmful factory that pays it’s workers shit (and exposes them to harmful chemicals causing birth defects/cancer/etc.)
and then are shipped across the Pacific on gasoline-powered tankers that dump sewage and run over whales on the way, only to be unloaded from the ships in long beach by scab longshoremen ‘cause the regular longshoremen are on strike for a living wage and then some poor immigrant day-laborer loads it into a truck before he gets deported/goes back to living life as a second class citizen with no hope of getting his gay spouse in Nicaragua to the US
then they’re trucked cross-country on natural gas powered 18-wheelers (how green! Except the natural gas came from fracking that is destroying the landscapes and communities of rural America) and they reach their destination in the about-to-be-closed-down Macy’s in a hollowed-out urban center
where an underpaid shop assistant with a college degree (who can’t get any other job or even healthcare because she makes too much or the governor of her state denied federal funds to expand Medicaid/Medicare) unloads them and puts these fancy, organic hemp sandals (only $129.99!) on a shelf, where they sit, collecting dust for 3-5 weeks until they’re out of season, stored for a clearance sale that never arrives because the Macy’s is now going to be turned into a parking lot (because that turns out to be a more profitable use of the land it sits on)
before being shipped back to China (repeat all earlier steps, in reverse) to be incinerated or dumped in a landfill.

They’re stylish too! And so ethical!


A drought in the Los Padres. 

Such an ugly circumstance, such a beautiful image