Posted 1 week ago

A short TTC inaccessibility rant...

rosalindrobertson:

Today. Queen’s Park Station. Services a zillion bureaucrats - and part of Hospital Row. So you get a bunch of commuters - and some people who use the TTC to get to their hospital appointments with a variety of disabilities.

They have elevators. Yay. A lot of stations…

Posted 1 week ago
Posted 1 week ago

allimaginedandallconceivable:

rollership:

eduardo said: 

10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are Fucking Awesome

Earthships are 100% sustainable homes that are both cheap to build and awesome to live in. They offer amenities like no other sustainable building style you have come across. For the reasons that follow, I believe Earthships can actually change the world. See for yourself!

1) Sustainable does not mean primitive

When people hear about sustainable, off-the-grid living, they usually picture primitive homes divorced from the comforts of the 21st century. And rightfully so, as most sustainable solutions proposed until now have fit that description. Earthships, however, offer all of the comforts of modern homes and more. I’ll let these pictures do the talking…

2) Free Food

Each Earthship is outfitted with one or two greenhouses that grow crops year-round, no matter the climate. This means you can feed yourself with only the plants growing inside of your house. You can also choose to build a fish pond and/or chicken coop into your Earthship for a constant source of meat and eggs.

3) Brilliant Water Recycling

Even the most arid of climates can provide enough water for daily use through only a rain-harvesting system. The entire roof of the Earthship funnels rain water to a cistern, which then pumps it to sinks and showers when required. That used ‘grey water’ is then pumped into the greenhouse to water the plants. After being cleaned by the plants, the water is pumped up into the bathrooms for use in the toilets. After being flushed, the now ‘black water’ is pumped to the exterior garden to give nutrients to non-edible plants.

4) Warmth & Shelter

The most brilliant piece of engineering in the Earthship is their ability to sustain comfortable temperatures year round. Even in freezing cold or blistering hot climates, Earthships constantly hover around 70° Fahrenheight (22° Celsius).

This phenomenon results from the solar heat being absorbed and stored by ‘thermal mass’ — or tires filled with dirt, which make up the structure of the Earthship. The thermal mass acts as a heat sink, releasing or absorbing heat it when the interior cools and heats up, respectively.

The large greenhouse windows at the front of the house always face south to allow the sun to heat up the thermal mass throughout the daytime.

5) Energy

Solar panels on the roof and optional wind turbines provide the Earthship with all of the power it needs. As long as you’re not greedily chewing through electricity like a typical first-world human, you’ll never be short of power.

6) Freedom

With all of your basic needs provided for and NO bills each month, you’re free! You don’t have to work a job you hate just to survive. So you can focus your time on doing what you love, and bettering the world around you.

Imagine if the entire world was able to focus on doing extraordinary things instead of just making enough to get by. Imagine if even 10% of the world could do this. What would change?

7) Easy to build

At a recent Earthship conference in Toronto, Canada, a married couple in their forties shared about how they built a 3-story Earthship by themselves in 3 months. They had never built anything before in their lives and were able to build an Earthship with only the printed plans. They did not hire any help, nor did they use expensive equipment to make the job easier.

If one man and one woman can do this in 3 months, anyone can do it.

8) Cheap

Earthships are exorbitantly cheaper than conventional houses. The most basic Earthships cost as little as $7000 (The Simple Survival model) with the most glamorous models costing $70,000 and up, depending on how flashy you want to be with your decorating.

With these cost options, Earthships can fit the needs of everyone — from the least privileged to the most worldly.

9) Made of recycled materials

Much of the materials used to build Earthships are recycled. For starters, the structure is built with used tires filled with dirt.

If there’s one thing we’re not short of on Earth, it’s used tires! There are tire dumps like the one pictured here in every country in the world. There are even places that will pay you by the tire to take them away.

The walls (above the tires) are created by placing plastic and glass bottles in concrete. When the Earthship team was in Haiti after the earthquake, they employed local kids to both clean up the streets and provide all of the bottles required for building their Earthship. Plus, they look pretty sexy.

10) Think Different

The most powerful thing Earthships do is force people to think differently about how we live. If housing can be this awesome, and be beneficial to the environment, then what else can we change? What else can become more simple, cheaper and better at the same time?

It’s time for us to re-think much of what we consider normal.

<3 me some Earthships!

Posted 1 week ago

pottersrebellion:

pottersrebellion:

pottersrebellion:

THE OCEAN CLEANUP PROJECT

Guys, this is huge. We have the potential to clean up one of the biggest messes humanity has made: The plastic in the ocean.

THE PROBLEM

Through littering and other such forms of carelessness, we have introduced millions of tons of plastic into the oceans. This plastic is trapped in the five major currents running through the world’s major oceans, called gyres. There is currently six times more plastic in the water than zooplankton, which is one of the most basic elements of the worldwide food chain. Plastic in the oceans leads to ecological, economical, and health issues for everyone, including people.

THE SOLUTION

Really, the solution is to cut the problem off at its source and find ways to stop introducing plastic and other garbage into the oceans. But, as for all the trash that is already there, a 19-year-old man named Boyan Slat has come up with an idea: Get the oceans to clean themselves. This idea has three basic principles:

1) Passive collection

  • Why move through the oceans, if the oceans can move through you? Attaching an array of floating barriers and platforms to the sea bed enables us to concentrate the plastic before extracting it from the ocean —a collection process 100% driven by the natural winds and currents.”

2) Capturing plastics, not sea life

  • "Instead of nets, we make use of solid floating barriers, making entanglement of wildlife impossible. Virtually all of the current flows underneath these booms, taking away all (neutrally buoyant) organisms, and preventing by-catch, while the lighter-than-water plastic collects in front of the floating barrier."

3) Highly scalable

  • "The scalable array of moorings and booms is designed for large-magnitude deployment, covering millions of square kilometers.
  • Thanks to its projected high capture and field efficiency, a single gyre can be covered in just 5 years (or longer, depending on the chosen deployment strategy).”

IS THIS EVEN POSSIBLE?

Great news: Yes! In June of 2014, Slat and his team of 100 professionals and volunteers announced that this can happen. You can download the full report here, or the summary here. You can also watch Slat’s recent talk to find out more about how the project really works right here.

WHAT CAN I DO?

Slat and his team are currently running a crowdsourcing campaign. They need to raise $2 million US dollars to move from the feasibility phase to the implementation phase. That sounds daunting, but really, if 322 people donating just over $6 each, the money will be raised and we can start cleaning up our mistakes and making the world better for the future. As of the 27th of June, they have raised $878,000+ and have 77 days to go. Please donate if you can by clicking here or on the bolded link above, or reblog this and share it anywhere and everywhere you can to raise awareness! 

You can also contact Slat and his team and apply to work with them by clicking here. If you have more questions, please visit the website or check the FAQ

 

Hey guys! Awesome news! With 67 days to go on the fundraiser, the Ocean Cleanup project is officially halfway funded! Just over $1 million has been raised.

To everyone who’s donated or even just spread the word so far: Thank you so much! We still have a long way to go, so please keep helping out. 

Update #2: Just under a month left (28 days), and Slat and his team have received almost 1.5 million dollars of their $2 million goal! That is so exciting. Please continue to share this message and help fund the biggest ocean cleanup project of our generation!

Posted 1 week ago

lovelyandbrown:

yinyanglovee:

We need more white people to understand this! @k_dirrty

work, kelsey.

Posted 2 weeks ago

You will always be too much of something for someone: too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy. If you round out your edges, you lose your edge.

Apologize for mistakes. Apologize for unintentionally hurting someone — profusely. But don’t apologize for being who you are.

danielle laporte  (via pnko)

(Source: chelsieautumn)

Posted 2 weeks ago

sango-hentaitenshi:

necktie-nyxeth:

longleggedgit:

r-dart:

Now you know the truth of what’s going through my mind at parties.

oh my gosh the last panel actually made me tear up

gpoy

I can’t tell you how accurate this is

Posted 2 weeks ago

shinywen:

Weird Beauty by Alexander Khokhlov

Posted 2 weeks ago
medievalpoc:

hoganddice:

medievalpoc:

thegreatgadfly:

medievalpoc:

[more on Xiang Fei]
*coughcough* paging rejectedprincesses *coughcough*

*sigh*
It’s a legend, you ignorant fucks. No one knows whether there is any historical basis whatsoever. And it’s not nearly as glorious a legend as you’d think from looking at that one picture.

Oh, she was a real person. If you read the link (and the links at the link like so-(Mungello p 68, 69), you’ll notice I get into the documentation and how her story has been used and told from diverse perspectives. Just because there are legends about Napoleon Bonaparte or Genghis Khan, doesn’t make them nothing but legends.
I think your response says a lot about the point I’m trying to make here, though. Are we ready as a culture for Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter…but not Xiang Fei?

Folklorist here ready to chime in.There’s a lot of different kinds of folklore Myths, Legends, Folk Tales, Marchen, and so on and so on.These are not all different names for the same thing, they are all individual classifications.Legend is the classification we give to tales that have some basis in historical fact.They are not, strictly speaking, entirely true, elements of other story classifications creep in, but their will be strong and pervasive elements of historical truth in anything officially classified as a legend.

And here’s the thing.
We could literally have the same argument over Medieval Butt Music: “Legend” or Fact?? I say, well, it is a fact that Europeans often depicted people with trumpets and flutes in their butts. And you can say, well it’s intellectually dishonest to say that because we can’t know for SURE if there were literally people putting trumpets in their butts. And I could say, well, if anyone tried it, it was definitely Hieronymous Bosch. Or the folks behind the Luttrell Psalter. We could have an entire Medieval Butt Music conference and convention, and bring stuff from every discipline, and debate it to the bones.
^^ THAT is trivial.
Showing people how incredibly diverse images from history can be, including European history, is NOT trivial to the people who’ve been pushed under the rug, erased, or relegated to footnotes, “unverifiables”, and “legends”.
^^That is IMPORTANT.
As long as “you have no history” is being used to disenfranchise Americans of color, it will continue to be important. I mention that there are several untranslated academic papers in Chinese that I can only find small quotes from in English papers that relegate this work to a footnote. One source I used basically  uses her to go on a rant against feminism.
THESE are the sources I’m working with, here. These works EXIST. What we “know” about them is affected by the SOCIETY we live in. That. Is. A. Fact.

medievalpoc:

hoganddice:

medievalpoc:

thegreatgadfly:

medievalpoc:

[more on Xiang Fei]

*coughcough* paging rejectedprincesses *coughcough*

*sigh*

It’s a legend, you ignorant fucks. No one knows whether there is any historical basis whatsoever. And it’s not nearly as glorious a legend as you’d think from looking at that one picture.

Oh, she was a real person. If you read the link (and the links at the link like so-(Mungello p 68, 69), you’ll notice I get into the documentation and how her story has been used and told from diverse perspectives. Just because there are legends about Napoleon Bonaparte or Genghis Khan, doesn’t make them nothing but legends.

I think your response says a lot about the point I’m trying to make here, though. Are we ready as a culture for Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter…but not Xiang Fei?

Folklorist here ready to chime in.

There’s a lot of different kinds of folklore Myths, Legends, Folk Tales, Marchen, and so on and so on.

These are not all different names for the same thing, they are all individual classifications.

Legend is the classification we give to tales that have some basis in historical fact.
They are not, strictly speaking, entirely true, elements of other story classifications creep in, but their will be strong and pervasive elements of historical truth in anything officially classified as a legend.

And here’s the thing.

We could literally have the same argument over Medieval Butt Music: “Legend” or Fact?? I say, well, it is a fact that Europeans often depicted people with trumpets and flutes in their butts. And you can say, well it’s intellectually dishonest to say that because we can’t know for SURE if there were literally people putting trumpets in their butts. And I could say, well, if anyone tried it, it was definitely Hieronymous Bosch. Or the folks behind the Luttrell Psalter. We could have an entire Medieval Butt Music conference and convention, and bring stuff from every discipline, and debate it to the bones.

^^ THAT is trivial.

Showing people how incredibly diverse images from history can be, including European history, is NOT trivial to the people who’ve been pushed under the rug, erased, or relegated to footnotes, “unverifiables”, and “legends”.

^^That is IMPORTANT.

As long as “you have no history” is being used to disenfranchise Americans of color, it will continue to be important. I mention that there are several untranslated academic papers in Chinese that I can only find small quotes from in English papers that relegate this work to a footnote. One source I used basically  uses her to go on a rant against feminism.

THESE are the sources I’m working with, here. These works EXIST. What we “know” about them is affected by the SOCIETY we live in. That. Is. A. Fact.

Posted 2 weeks ago
You're just as bad as racist white people. You generalize and discriminate due to race just like all other racists in this world.
basedjak3-deactivated20140608 asked

thepsychoticfuckingbiotic:

fyeahcracker:

Link me to how I’m discriminating against white people and what I’m holding back white people from. Show me what white people don’t have access to because I’m telling white people that they have to examine their position of privilege in this country. Show me how “you have to critically examine that you benefit from being white” is the same as doing or benefiting from this

But yeah, white people’s feelings :*(

I actually changed my mind, I’m adding more

Whoa, it does not stop

I will fucking wait for the link and bookmark this message. Messages like this are exactly why the fuck white people need to be critical of their positions of privilege… this is disgusting. On what fuck level on what planet is saying “you need to actually stop racism and recognize that you can’t just dodge responsibility for benefiting from privilege” the same as this? Link me. Link me to the negative consequences of white people examining their privilege you disgusting fucking child lol

Dragged so hard they deleted.

Posted 2 weeks ago
Posted 2 weeks ago
What the fucks happening in Ferguson?
sunvapor asked

clehmentine:

Alright, i’m gonna sit down and basically explain the situation in this ask so everyone of my followers knows why i’m so pissed.

Michael Brown, a 17 - 18 year old african american boy was unlawfully shot (8-10 times supposedly) by police in St Louis, Missouri on saturday, august 9th, 2014. He was unarmed, and had done nothing to attract suspicion other than the fact that he was black. His body was left in the street for 4 hours. (beware: somewhat graphic image linked)

There are several claims from witnesses (see: Dorian Johnson’s account and video [HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING UP ON HIS ACCOUNT, ITS VERY SPECIFIC] — Brown’s friend who experienced the situation first hand, La’Toya Cash and Phillip Walker— Ferguson residents nearby the incident),  that fall together in generally close claims. However, the only one who’s claim seems out of place is the police officer’s who shot Brown. Who, by the way, is put off on paid administrative leave AND who’s name remained under anonymity for his safety (However, attorney Benjamin Crump is looking for a way to force release his name). He claims that Brown began to wrestle the officer for his gun and tried attacking him after he told Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson (22) to “get the f*ck on the sidewalk”.

According to Johnson, after a minor confrontation on the officer’s part where he grabbed Brown by the neck and then by the shirt, the officer pulled his gun on Brown and shot him at point blank range on the right side of his body. Brown and Johnson were able to get away briefly and started running. However, Brown was shot in the back, supposedly disabling him from getting very far. He turned around with his arms in the air and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” By this point, Brown and the officer were face to face as the cop shot him several times in the face and chest until he was finally dead. Johnson ran to his apartment and by the sound of his account, seemingly had some sort of panic attack. Later he emerged from his home to see Brown still laying in the streets. People were gathered with their cellphones, screaming at the police.

According to msnbc, the police refuse to interview Johnson at all, despite his amazing courage to come forward. They didn’t wanna hear it. They only listened to the cop’s account of it all and were vague with the media on what they thought happened. They’ve also refused to commit to a timeline in releasing autopsy results and other investigation information.

Numerous rumors are sweeping around such as Brown stealing candy from a QuickTrip, the store he emerged from calling the cops on him, Brown reaching for a gun, Brown attacking the cop first, ect. But these have all been debunked. (I know a lot of these have been debunked, but im having a hard time finding sources. if anyone could help out and link some legit ones id be SO grateful)

The event in and of itself was terrible, but now it has escalated beyond belief. Around 100 or more people, mostly black, went to the police station to protest peacefully. Things quickly turned bad as martial law got involved and authorities were bringing in K9s, tanks, heavy artillery, ect. The heavy police presence only made things worse as riots began to break out and looting and vandalism started. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]

Now, as of very recently, the media has been banned from Ferguson. There is also a No-Fly zone above Ferguson for the reason of “ TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ” as said on the Federal Aviation Commission’s website. Cop cars are lined up on the borders to prevent people from entering/leaving. Media outlets are being threatened with arrest. It completely violates our amendments and everything.

It’s becoming increasingly scary and difficult to find out whats going on over there. I’m afraid this is all the information I have, though. If anybody else knows anything about the situation, please feel free to add on or correct any mistakes i’ve made as i’m no expert on writing these things.

And as a personal favor, i’d really appreciate anyone to give this a reblog in order to spread the word. I think it’s a shame that this is going on in our own country yet so few people know about it. Help me make this topic huge and get this as much attention as possible.

Posted 2 weeks ago
Be the person you needed when you were younger.

Ayesha A. Siddiqi.

This speaks to me

(via mehmrmustard)

Trying but I still need that person.

(Source: allwereallyneedisweed)

Posted 2 weeks ago

hotnspicynoodles23:

My Luna cosplay for Otakon this year! Everything turned out perfectly.

Posted 2 weeks ago

stele3:

Ferguson Police have dogs and shotguns. The unarmed crowd is raising their hands.

For anyone not following the Mike Brown story on Twitter: a 17 year old black boy named Mike Brown, who was supposed to start college tomorrow, was shot to death in Ferguson, Missouri by police while jaywalking. He was unarmed. He was shot 9 times.

Initial media reports claimed that an 18 year old black man had been shot and killed while fleeing police after shoplifting.

People in the neighborhood, including members of Mike Brown’s family, came out of their homes and began to protest, shouting “no justice, no peace,” and keeping their hands in the air.

Media reports claimed that a violent mob quickly formed around the shooting location shouting “kill the police.”

Spread this. Tell the truth about what happened to this boy. Tell the truth about what is happening NOW. The police and the mainstream media is painting him as a criminal, and his community as a violent mob.

SPREAD THIS. Don’t let them lie.

(Source: whatwhiteswillneverknow)