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As climate change wreaks havoc on Arctic ecosystems, people adapt to new ways of life

Cashews

Nov. 22nd, 2016 05:30 pm
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Why cashews are not sold in their shells, and indeed, the "raw" ones aren't actually raw.  This is a good thing. 
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Record highs and lows used to balance out.  Now they don't
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People are wearing safety pins to show solidarity with the vulnerable.  

Some criticisms include accusations of white guilt. This assumes that everyone wearing a safety pin is A) white and B) not a member of any oppressed group.  Since women are wearing them, and women are a disadvantaged group -- especially with the pussy grabber in chief -- that disproves the argument.  Not to mention all the queers, people with invisible disabilities, foreign-born citizens, and everyone else the bigots would like to abuse.  Offering yourself as safe space isn't slacktivism.  It's advertising yourself as an upstander.  Because we need to remember this shit and that challenging bigots is risky.

I try to maintain my little corner of the web as safe space.  It's not perfect, because I've got a temper and some days I am out of spoons to fake being civil.  But I try.  I generally discourage people from picking on each other.  I welcome a wide range of people and traits.  By and large, I don't make a fuss over many things that other folks are fussy about.  So be yourself, and don't be a dick.  SOMEbody has to be the grownup.
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Susan B. Anthony's tombstone is covered with "I Voted" stickers from women on pilgrimage there.  Notice also the stones at the base.  That's a Jewish custom, a wish for God to remember the departed, inspired by shepherds who would place stones in a pouch to count their sheep.  She helped pave the path on which we walk.
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Pop singer Bobby Vee has died

We were just talking about him the other day, because one of his songs was playing in a restaurant, "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes."  There are some lovely, subtle references to Indian and Middle Eastern traditions where people imagine peacocks as carrying the thousand eyes of God, always watching.
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Tom Hayden has passed away.  He was a legendary activist in the Civil Rights movement and Vietnam War protests. 
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Wonder Woman is being honored as a feminist role model

I think this is awesome, although some other people disagree.  They see her as a sex object.  But one of my favorite modern scenes involving Wonder Woman shows her dealing with a harasser.  She lassos him, and he says, "I crossdress in a Wonder Woman outfit.  It makes me feel powers."  She replies, "That's all right.  My Wonder Woman outfit makes me feel powerful too!"  Handled with panache, and without kicking a man while he's down, even if is kind of a dick.

That's my Wonder Woman.
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Dolphins have figured out how to get more fish from trainers

Amusingly, I have used the trash-ripping trick to minimize the amount of slave labor done when teachers or camp counselors decided they could use students instead of paying a groundskeeper.  Yes, the history of slavery and its techniques of resistance are tremendously useful in modern life.
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Sponsored by the folks who brought us Cards Against Humanity, there is a billboard written mostly in Arabic which says, "Donald Trump, he can't read this, but he is afraid of it anyway."  \o/

ROTFLMAO!  I have to wonder if any of them have the t-shirt that says, "We speak Arabic because you can't."  (That's the Category 5 answer to the standard military linguistics t-shirts, "We speak Russian so you don't have to," or whatever the language is.)  I've always wanted to put one of those on a Winnie the Pooh.
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For those of you with hard-to-fit bodies who hate shopping for clothes, here's an article about body scanners used to streamline the process of tailoring.  This makes bespoke clothing faster and cheaper, which puts it in reach of more people. Yay, progress! 
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According to this, she's currently portrayed as bisexual.

I should like to point out that she has always been queer: an Amazon liking dick is definitely not the norm for that society. Funny how people miss that.  
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As people travel, they take their stories with them, and those stories change slowly over time.  The evolution of mythology thus parallels the paths of migration. 
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 Corporations are leaving their names off the logo.  Part of it is just a shell game in hopes of deluding consumers that the product isn't really corporate.  (Hint: most products that aren't corporate don't have a logo.)  But mostly what it does it make it harder to connect the logo to the owner, if you don't already know whose it is.  You see a logo on a thing you like and you want more -- how do you find it?  You see a logo on something that pisses you off -- how do you know who to blame?  Search "thing with a red circle and yellow circle on it?"  Yeah, right.
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Two types of beetles cause whole twigs to fall off of trees.  Some cicadas have a similar effect.
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Black students are more inclined to enroll in black colleges now

Amazingly, if you shit on people then they don't want to be around you and would rather be around others like themselves. Also if you refuse to allow them safe space, they will seek to create their own.  

For black folks, that means don't expect white people to protect you; take care of yourselves.  And if their goals are not yours, then don't give them your money; keep it in your own cause.

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