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Charles and David Koch should not be blamed for having more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of Americans put together. Nor should they be condemned for their petrochemical empire. As far as I know, they’ve played by the rules and obeyed the laws.

They’re also entitled to their own right-wing…

You don’t have to be a believer to recognize a moment of grace. By grace I mean those precious, rare times when exactly what you were expecting gives way to something utterly different, when patterns of thought and behavior we have grown accustomed to and at times despaired of, suddenly cede to something new and marvelous.

A beautiful essay on the cultural meaning of Pope Francis by Andrew Sullivan. The Dish is a ray of hope for independent, ad-free, reader-supported media – if you aren’t already, consider becoming a member; if you are, you can gift a subscription to someone whose mind you care about. (via explore-blog)

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But the powers that be have found turning adults into debt slaves as early as possible to be a brilliant bit of social engineering, forcing the young to stay in line lest they mar their employment prospects. And as long as the powers that be continued to be successful in pitting the young against the old rather than against their common enemies, a predatory and extractive financial services industry and a super-wealthly class that prefers to mine rather than develop the countries in which they hold investments, it’s unlikely that either group will escape the grim future that the neofeudalists are in the process of creating.

Student Debt is Crushing the Economic Future of the Young (via azspot)

Highly recommended: David Graeber’s 'Debt: The First 1000 Years'

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The Captivating Sky & Astro-Photography of Maurizio Pignotti

From star trails over snowy mountains to Milky way coves, to cosmic mountains, Maurizio Pignotti reminds us of the breath-taking beauty observed when the landscapes of Earth and the heavens above combine to form these vistas that continue to spark awe and wonder at the world we live in.

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This field of genetically-modified soy might look nice, but the Roundup Ready system has turned out to be a Darwinian experiment on steroids. Read more …

People are dreamers. As children, we don’t know the limits of the world. We try to push as many boundaries as we can. We want to know what is in every drawer and what is behind every closed door. For every door we can’t open or thing we can’t know, we imagine what the possibilities are. As we get older, we understand the confines of the systems we live in.. gravity, the fact that there are just clothes in the closet and not monsters, the fact that the refrigerator door is not a portal to another dimension, but a reminder to go to the grocery before 7pm. I want to go back to a time where behind a closed door is a world only limited by my imagination.

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Thomas O’Brien took this photo in early July 2013 from the summit of Putucusi Mountain, which is located across the Urubamba River Valley from the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu, Peru.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site is the dark, saddle-shaped area between mountains on the right side of the image where the arc of the Milky Way intersects with the horizon.

Magnificent Milky Way Glows Over Machu Picchu

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Almost everyone knows CEO pay is out of control. It surged 16 percent at big companies last year, and the typical CEO raked in $15.1 million, according to the New York Times.

Meanwhile, the median wage continued to drop, adjusted for inflation.

What’s less well-known is that you and I…


A Journey Into Our Food System’s Refrigerated-Warehouse Archipelago

"The diet of the average American is almost entirely dependent on the existence of a vast, distributed winter—a seamless network of artificially chilled processing plants, distribution centers, shipping containers, and retail display cases that creates the permanent global summertime of our supermarket aisles."

That’s Nicola Twilley, one half of Venue and a contributor to this site, talking about her new installation at the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Los Angeles, “Perishable: An Exploration of the Refrigerated Landscape of America.”

This is an infrastructural truth that it’s possible to take as a kind of metaphor or hyperbole because it’s almost impossible to believe the scale and complexity of the systems that undergird our lives. But just imagine opening your freezer and being able to see the true narrative of the foods inside. The story isn’t solely one of agriculture, of farmers picking the food, and tossing it in the back of the truck. There’s so much technology and transportation embedded in those frozen peas, all of which Twilley excavates. 

And it’s not just the stuff in the freezer! “At least 70 percent of the food we eat each year passes through or is entirely dependent on the cold chain for its journey from farm to fork, including foods that, on the surface, seem unlikely candidates for refrigeration,” Twilley writes in introducing her show. “Peanuts, for example, are stored between 34 and 41 degrees Fahrenheit in giant refrigerated warehouses across Georgia (which produces nearly half of the country’s peanut harvest).”

Read more. [Image: Nicola Twilley]

Happy Birthday, US!~

Despite all of the idiotic, evil, and kinda-evil things Government has done, America remains the Blessed Land.

I once swore an oath to lay down my life in service of Country and would do so again if asked. Such is my belief in our ethos.

We are, and were, the scrappy start-up in the face of countries/cultures centuries & millennia older. We are the greatest and grandest sociological experiment in the history of mankind.

Our very existence is a testament to the human spirit/collective and its incredible will to survive and thrive.

"We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all People are created equal, that they are endowed, by their CREATOR, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." ~ The Declaration of Indepence, published this day in 1776



An interesting model of our solar system’s path as it travels through space in the Milky Way.

Certainly a departure from usual models that show the Sun as a static object, which it certainly isn’t

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As global capital becomes ever more powerful, giant corporations are holding governments and citizens up for ransom — eliciting subsidies and tax breaks from countries concerned about their nation’s “competitiveness” — while sheltering their profits in the lowest-tax jurisdictions they can find….

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Cold words get warm and fuzzy. Banners by napkinitems.

This is causing a lot of cognitive dissonance over here.

Perhaps b/c you aren’t letting them speak to u. “Whatever” in this context turned into (for me) “whatever makes u happy”, “loser of weight”, & break up (as in river ice) is a happy, warm time in Alaska. #FreeYourMindAndTheRestWillFollow


This Street Art Will Blow Your Mind

Since his first perspective drawings appeared in a Paris apartment in 1979, the Paris-based artist has been prolific. His work has appeared all over the world, in Japanese plazas, Swiss hill towns, Welsh ports, and a number of galleries, museums and universities.

See more. [Images: Felice Varini]

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