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We have been duped into moving capitalism’s problems around instead of resolving them, into the foolish notion that buying green is an act of divergence from capitalist exploitation.

Worried about car emissions? Buy Tesla’s Model S. Want to fight water misuse? Take shorter showers. Concerned for underserved children around the world? Use a credit card that supports a NGO. Interested in bettering working conditions for exploited laborers? Look for the “fair trade” stamp at corporate outlet malls.

But by all means, NEVER stop buying.

Identifying the central issue with this behavior, Derrick Jensen explained, “Part of the problem is that we’ve been victims of a campaign of systematic misdirection. Consumer culture and the capitalist mindset have taught us to substitute acts of personal consumption (or enlightenment) for organized political resistance.”

As individuals we should do what we can, but we have to realize that letting corporations frame/limit global issues like environmental responsibility to consumer choice is self-defeating. We need bigger tools than our individual selves. Imagine trying to fill a dump truck using a spoon. That is what we are doing when we decouple the need for organized, community-wide political resistance from our individual ability to partake in generating and sustaining solutions.

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Capitalism, the Electric Car’s Achilles Heel: Shifting Pollution from Exhaust-Pipes to Smokestacks | AmericaWakieWakie (via america-wakiewakie)

(via cognitivedissonance)

omgitsbrilliant:

livindavidaloki:

redhjedi:

The Hulk ain’t never lied.

I can’t even express how much respect I have for Mark Ruffalo.  The dude’s on the US terrorism watchlist for fuck’s sake.

Omg, it’s true

(Source: pipeschapman, via cognitivedissonance)

nationaljournal:

Getty photographer Scott Olson has taken some of the most iconic images from the Ferguson protests. Last night, he was arrested. 

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"Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth."

Walt Whitman (via mishproductions)

goals for raising my boys

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blastortoise:

okay but when you have holocaust survivors and people who were activists during the civil rights movement supporting mike brown and then KKK members and neo nazi’s supporting the officer you should be able to figure out which side is the right one.

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Tags: truth

fastcompany:

Tiny “microbeads” in beauty products seemed great, until someone tried to clean them up.
Sometimes product innovation turns out beautifully. Other times, it gets messy and requires a clean up. The story of plastic microbeads in personal care products—the tiny spheres in many body washes and toothpastes that Illinois became the first state to ban last week—is an example of the latter.

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fastcompany:

Tiny “microbeads” in beauty products seemed great, until someone tried to clean them up.

Sometimes product innovation turns out beautifully. Other times, it gets messy and requires a clean up. The story of plastic microbeads in personal care products—the tiny spheres in many body washes and toothpastes that Illinois became the first state to ban last week—is an example of the latter.

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thisbigcity:

landscarch:

Wow, is this oldschool or the future?

Wuppertaler Schwebebahn, Germany

Good question!

(yes this is real

Anonymous said: these anons are like, "can i be racist in the rain? can i be racist on a train? can i be racist in a box? can i be racist with a fox?"

geeburieru:

incogneeco:

whiteoppression:

famphic:

anthotny:

postracialcomments:

lmfaoooooooooooooo Yes!

Lmao!
How can I be racist if I work with blacks
How can I be racist if one sold me slacks
I’m not racist I’m just like you. I’m best friends with a black or two.

i’m not racist, you see, it’s just a preference
i love eastern culture and its women’s deference
the west lost its way with no room for clemency
If I love Asian women, how’s that white supremacy?

i’m not a racist, i can’t be, you see
my great grandma’s grandma was part cherokee
plus one time i got called “cracker” to my face
don’t we all bleed red? i don’t even see race…

I’m not racist, blacks just need to stop complaining
Living in the past and white people blaming
I work hard, no handouts for every little fraction
If white privilege isn’t fair, then how is affirmative action?

how can i be racist? i love Asia so much!
i like karaoke and China and K-pop and such
in fact, i hate that i’m white with such passion
i wish i was Japanese so i could wear some Shibuya fashion!

cognitivedissonance:

The police force will reportedly be relieved of duty due to last night’s escalation in response. The removal will pave the way for state or federal officials to step in.

Nixon said the response by police was troubling and the right of Missourians to peaceably assemble must be protected.

ecowatchorg:

Jimmy Carter Blasts ‘Nutcases’ Who Block Climate Action
“We still have a tremendous opportunity to do what we haven’t done. I would say the biggest handicap we have right now is some nutcases in our country who don’t believe in global warming.”
SEE MORE:
http://ecowatch.com/2014/08/13/jimmy-carter-tom-steyer-climate-change/

ecowatchorg:

Jimmy Carter Blasts ‘Nutcases’ Who Block Climate Action

“We still have a tremendous opportunity to do what we haven’t done. I would say the biggest handicap we have right now is some nutcases in our country who don’t believe in global warming.”

SEE MORE:

http://ecowatch.com/2014/08/13/jimmy-carter-tom-steyer-climate-change/

wood-is-good:

Photograph by Michael Nichols
Giant sequoias live at high elevations, enduring cold, heavy snows, lightning strikes—and growing bulky and strong, though not so tall as coast redwoods. This individual, the President, is the second most massive tree known on Earth.
(via Sequoias: Scaling a Forest Giant - Photo Gallery - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine)

wood-is-good:

Photograph by Michael Nichols

Giant sequoias live at high elevations, enduring cold, heavy snows, lightning strikes—and growing bulky and strong, though not so tall as coast redwoods. This individual, the President, is the second most massive tree known on Earth.

(via Sequoias: Scaling a Forest Giant - Photo Gallery - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine)

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thisbigcity:

permatech:

Crinkle-Crankle wall, England. (From Wiki)
The crinkle crankle wall economizes on bricks, despite its sinuous configuration, because it can be made just one brick thin. If a wall this thin were to be made in a straight line, without buttresses, it would easily topple over. The alternate convex and concave curves in the wall provide stability and help it to resist lateral forces.
Both crinkle and crankle are defined as something with bends and turns (Webster’s), but the term is also thought to come from Old English meaning zig-zag.
Many crinkle-crankle walls are found in the Fen Country of East Anglia.
[There are some in the States too: Thomas Jefferson (1743 to 1826) incorporated so-called serpentine walls into the architecture of the University of Virginia, which he founded. Flanking both sides of its landmark rotunda and extending down the length of the lawn are 10 pavilions, each with its own walled garden separated by crinkle crankle walls.]
via buffleheadcabin:vanimore

Mind blown. This wavy wall actually reduces the amount of bricks required in construction. 

I want this wall.

thisbigcity:

permatech:

Crinkle-Crankle wall, England. (From Wiki)

The crinkle crankle wall economizes on bricks, despite its sinuous configuration, because it can be made just one brick thin. If a wall this thin were to be made in a straight line, without buttresses, it would easily topple over. The alternate convex and concave curves in the wall provide stability and help it to resist lateral forces.

Both crinkle and crankle are defined as something with bends and turns (Webster’s), but the term is also thought to come from Old English meaning zig-zag.

Many crinkle-crankle walls are found in the Fen Country of East Anglia.

[There are some in the States too: Thomas Jefferson (1743 to 1826) incorporated so-called serpentine walls into the architecture of the University of Virginia, which he founded. Flanking both sides of its landmark rotunda and extending down the length of the lawn are 10 pavilions, each with its own walled garden separated by crinkle crankle walls.]

via buffleheadcabin:vanimore

Mind blown. This wavy wall actually reduces the amount of bricks required in construction. 

I want this wall.

tamorapierce:

so-so-gender-fly:

sexualityandfeminismandgender:

lacigreen:

i’ve worked with a lot of universities that use the “consent is sexy” motto, and i get why they do it (it’s a marketing thing).  but i do think it downplays the absolute necessity of consent.  consent isn’t important because it makes things sexier.  it’s important because it prevents rape.

YES. EXACTLY. THANK YOU.

Every time I see an *Activist Cause* is Sexy slogan being used this ^^ is always the response I have toward it. “Environmentalism is Sexy.” Yeah, maybe…but it’s also the only hope the human race has for survival. "Reading is Sexy." Okay, but shouldn’t you do that for loads of other reasons? “Peace is Sexy.” I guess? But…like…”not sexy” are not the words I would choose to describe war. Gruesome and tragic are a couple that come to mind, though. Why do we need things to be “sexy” in order to encourage people to do them? Not only does the “Consent is Sexy” campaign dilute the severe necessity of consent during sexual interractions, it also says something about the way in which we approach social causes. We should not be concerned about “sexy” and "cool" and "trendy" and whatever else when it comes to matters that involve concepts such as “basic human decency” or simply just….not raping people. These words are heavily dependent on social constructs and are fleeting at best. You shouldn’t not engage in rape because it will make you “sexy.” You should not engage in rape…because it’s rape. That’s it. That’s all. That’s enough. Sexy or not…consent is mandatory. 

Yes.

tamorapierce:

so-so-gender-fly:

sexualityandfeminismandgender:

lacigreen:

i’ve worked with a lot of universities that use the “consent is sexy” motto, and i get why they do it (it’s a marketing thing).  but i do think it downplays the absolute necessity of consent.  consent isn’t important because it makes things sexier.  it’s important because it prevents rape.

YES. EXACTLY. THANK YOU.

Every time I see an *Activist Cause* is Sexy slogan being used this ^^ is always the response I have toward it. “Environmentalism is Sexy.” Yeah, maybe…but it’s also the only hope the human race has for survival. "Reading is Sexy." Okay, but shouldn’t you do that for loads of other reasons? “Peace is Sexy.” I guess? But…like…”not sexy” are not the words I would choose to describe war. Gruesome and tragic are a couple that come to mind, though. Why do we need things to be “sexy” in order to encourage people to do them? Not only does the “Consent is Sexy” campaign dilute the severe necessity of consent during sexual interractions, it also says something about the way in which we approach social causes. We should not be concerned about “sexy” and "cool" and "trendy" and whatever else when it comes to matters that involve concepts such as “basic human decency” or simply just….not raping people. These words are heavily dependent on social constructs and are fleeting at best. You shouldn’t not engage in rape because it will make you “sexy.” You should not engage in rape…because it’s rape. That’s it. That’s all. That’s enough. Sexy or not…consent is mandatory. 

Yes.

(Source: screaminfuschiacreations, via cognitivedissonance)