Skeptical Blender

The science vs religion debate is so god damn fucking exasperating. Thankfully a few people on both “sides” recognize that the debate itself is a dead end. I’ve had just about as much of that shit as I can take. There’s little to no original thinking on either side of any kind. 

humansofnewyork:

"There’s this giant cathedral in Cologne that survived the Allied bombings of World War II. All the other buildings around it were destroyed. One time I was super high on E and mushrooms, so I decide to drop in. The cathedral is made of black marble and the walls are stained with soot, so it was really creepy. On top of that, the place was packed with people, and there was a priest at the altar shouting angrily in German. I was like: ‘Oh. My. God.’"


Hahahaha fuck yeah

humansofnewyork:

"There’s this giant cathedral in Cologne that survived the Allied bombings of World War II. All the other buildings around it were destroyed. One time I was super high on E and mushrooms, so I decide to drop in. The cathedral is made of black marble and the walls are stained with soot, so it was really creepy. On top of that, the place was packed with people, and there was a priest at the altar shouting angrily in German. I was like: ‘Oh. My. God.’"

Hahahaha fuck yeah

Dear Young America

Please, let us all collectively take this moment to learn how to properly make plans and see each other.

First, an anecdote: I have been wanting to learn how to make my own yogurt. A pretty cool idea, and supposedly not that hard. I have collected over time all the equipment and ingredients, and now I’m ready to go. Now, I work in the service industry and have an odd schedule. I have two full days off a week, Monday and Wednesday. 

Monday, I was volunteering during the day, so I wasn’t home. This means that, this week, my only full day at home, potentially, is today. 

Now, making yogurt takes several hours, like 6-8. Since this is my first go at it, I want to be home that whole time so I can check up on it and make sure it’s working right - so that I will know what to do for next time. 

However, a friend of mine and I had talked about a week ago about going to the art museum together today. Great plan - I needed the break and agreed to it. So did he. So last night I text him about it to see if it’s still on. No response, so fine, i go to bed. Texted him again this morning. Still nothing. 

And so now, here I am. Probably going to be spending the day at home, but not sure whether I will or not. And thus, unable to start my yogurt making, i will have to wait until next Monday, at which point my stock yogurt will be expired, and I’ll have to buy a new one. 

Anecdote over.

This is to illustrate why it is majorly important to be forthright when making plans, notify of cancellations as soon as possible, and follow through on commitments. I swear to God this is Generation Flake. That’s great if you are a bad communicator and have a hard time making long term plans. I get it. Not everyone has a calendar or a schedule. 

But please, for the love of God, understand that many of us have only so many hours off, and we would like to put them to the best use possible. It’s not cool to jerk people’s chains around and leave them wondering where you are. 

We are all, I think, guilty of this to some degree. I’m going to step out and say I’ve been guilty of it. You decide you don’t want to go to the thing you agreed to go to. But you also don’t want to come up with an excuse not to go, and dread sending the cancellation text, so you put it off, and put it off, and finally the time of the thing rolls around, and you still put it off, and then an hour after it was supposed to happen, your guilt overtakes you and you send a “sorry, I’ve just been busy with some work stuff and I’m really tired. Another time? :)” text. 

I commit before God and these witnesses to stop doing that shit. It’s wrong. People should not have to wonder about those things. 

If this makes me sound like a cranky octogenarian, or a misanthropic self-hating millennial, then fine. But I say there is value in keeping your commitments, or at the very least, not making commitments you know you might not keep. 

doctorswithoutborders:

Today marks 20 years since the Rwandan genocide during which approximately 800,000 people lost their lives. Many MSF staff were among the dead. For the first time MSF is sharing its internal communications during the genocide and its aftermath with the public. These reports depict the struggles and humanitarian dilemmas that the organization faced internally. See MSF’s Speaking Out Case Studies: http://speakingout.msf.org/en/genocide-of-rwandan-tutsi

doctorswithoutborders:

Today marks 20 years since the Rwandan genocide during which approximately 800,000 people lost their lives. Many MSF staff were among the dead. For the first time MSF is sharing its internal communications during the genocide and its aftermath with the public. These reports depict the struggles and humanitarian dilemmas that the organization faced internally. See MSF’s Speaking Out Case Studies: http://speakingout.msf.org/en/genocide-of-rwandan-tutsi

sans-methode:

It’s easy to mix a little bit of French in with Dakar Wolof, but lately I’ve been mixing my Wolof into my French… yikes. I can already feel this being a problem. I need to practice more French-less Wolof and Wolof-less French.

Though I haven’t been in Senegal for six months I have still failed to banish the phrase-ending “Quoi” from my French, which immediately marks you to French people as a non-standard francophone.

Maybe I haven’t got rid of it cause I kind of like that about it lol

kawaii-afro-fluff:

babybutta:

allahyil3analsohyouniyeh:

Omg look at petas response Holy shit what the fuck burn them omg

What the fuuuuuckkkkk.

This animals>humans bullshit needs to stop


To be fair, and it’s not to defend PETA because I’m not a fan, it can be argued that not eating meat is actually better for *humans* overall. Quinoa is simply a more nutritious food and agriculturally smarter.That being said, Bolivian farmers should not have to suffer because of it. But, of course, most of those PETA people who meticulously check their ingredient lists probably have enough disposable income to subsidize an entire Bolivian family’s food budget…. Not that they will be sharing that wealth anytime soon.The rich get richer. At the present time, Oxfam reports than 67 people are wealthy as 3.5 billion people - the bottom half of us.

kawaii-afro-fluff:

babybutta:

allahyil3analsohyouniyeh:

Omg look at petas response
Holy shit what the fuck burn them omg

What the fuuuuuckkkkk.

This animals>humans bullshit needs to stop

To be fair, and it’s not to defend PETA because I’m not a fan, it can be argued that not eating meat is actually better for *humans* overall. Quinoa is simply a more nutritious food and agriculturally smarter.

That being said, Bolivian farmers should not have to suffer because of it. But, of course, most of those PETA people who meticulously check their ingredient lists probably have enough disposable income to subsidize an entire Bolivian family’s food budget…. Not that they will be sharing that wealth anytime soon.

The rich get richer. At the present time, Oxfam reports than 67 people are wealthy as 3.5 billion people - the bottom half of us.

sans-methode:

womanismandblackness:

nedahoyin:

daretobeblack:

gravitatingwhispers:

phiife:

therealview:

"African Renaissance”, located near the airport in Dakar (Senegal) stands 49m tall on the top of a 100m high hill. The tallest statue in the world outside of Eurasia.

jesus christ knows this is incredible.

WHAT THE HELL, THIS EXISTS???

new life goal… see this in person

Same..

This shit was hella expensive for the Sengalese population and it ended up fucking things up for lower class people in urban areas. Also, there’s been a lot of criticism form the Sengalese population because it’s pointing to the West and people aren’t really for that symbolism. I’m just saying… 

THANK YOU. Everyone is reblogging this because it’s “cool.” It’s. Not. Cool.

It was built by North Koreans

sans-methode:

womanismandblackness:

nedahoyin:

daretobeblack:

gravitatingwhispers:

phiife:

therealview:

"African Renaissance”, located near the airport in Dakar (Senegal) stands 49m tall on the top of a 100m high hill. The tallest statue in the world outside of Eurasia.

jesus christ knows this is incredible.

WHAT THE HELL, THIS EXISTS???

new life goal… see this in person

Same..

This shit was hella expensive for the Sengalese population and it ended up fucking things up for lower class people in urban areas. Also, there’s been a lot of criticism form the Sengalese population because it’s pointing to the West and people aren’t really for that symbolism. I’m just saying… 

THANK YOU. Everyone is reblogging this because it’s “cool.” It’s. Not. Cool.

It was built by North Koreans

Meat consumption per capita. 

Sigh.

Meat consumption per capita.

Sigh.

And yes, there are a lot of policy level things that could be done to address the problem of too-high meat consumption. But on a person to person basis, what are you supposed to do? You have to try, at least, to influence more than just your own dietary choice. The how, as it relates to perceptions and so on, is the hard part. What’s the best way?

I hate tip-toeing around the real reason that I’m a vegetarian. I think American meat consumption is out of control and more than our fair share.

I use kid gloves because I don’t want people to think I’m judging them, and I’m not, in an important sense. But at the same time, I’m getting sick of shying away from the fact that I really genuinely think not just me but *you* should stop eating so much meat, because it’s killing this planet.

But, here I am again on tumblr venting about it instead of saying it in real life. Because I always think that coming off as sanctimonious does more harm to my own message than just straightforwardly telling people what I think.

humanrightswatch:


Senegal: Urgent Action Needed on Forced Child Begging
Senegal has made inadequate progress in protecting thousands of young boys in Quranic boarding schools from exploitation and often extreme physical abuse at the hands of their teachers. A recent HRW report examines Senegal’s mixed record in addressing the problem in the year since a fire ripped through a Quranic boarding school in Dakar housed in a makeshift shack, killing eight boys. After the fire, President Macky Sall pledged to take immediate action to close schools where boys live in unsafe conditions or are exploited by teachers, who force them to beg and inflict severe punishment when the boys fail to return a set quota of money. While important legislation has advanced, authorities have taken little concrete action to end this abuse.
Read more. 
Photo: A young boy from a Quranic school begs for change from a driver stopped at a gas station, in the Medina Gounass suburb of Dakar, Senegal, Sept. 24, 2013. © 2013 Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press

humanrightswatch:

Senegal: Urgent Action Needed on Forced Child Begging

Senegal has made inadequate progress in protecting thousands of young boys in Quranic boarding schools from exploitation and often extreme physical abuse at the hands of their teachers. 

A recent HRW report examines Senegal’s mixed record in addressing the problem in the year since a fire ripped through a Quranic boarding school in Dakar housed in a makeshift shack, killing eight boys. After the fire, President Macky Sall pledged to take immediate action to close schools where boys live in unsafe conditions or are exploited by teachers, who force them to beg and inflict severe punishment when the boys fail to return a set quota of money. While important legislation has advanced, authorities have taken little concrete action to end this abuse.

Read more. 

Photo: A young boy from a Quranic school begs for change from a driver stopped at a gas station, in the Medina Gounass suburb of Dakar, Senegal, Sept. 24, 2013. © 2013 Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press

If you have any doubt that the hashtag is a frighteningly powerful tool in our modern vocabulary, imagine a person you care about texting you that song’s title line out of the blue: “You’re beautiful.” Now think of the same person texting, “You’re #beautiful.” The second one is jokey, ironic, distant—and hey, maybe that’s what that person was going for. But it also hammers home that point that the internet too often asserts: You’re not as original as you once thought. “Beautiful” is analog, unquantifiable, one-in-a-million. #Beautiful, on the other hand, is crowded terrain. Ten more people have just tweeted about something or someone #beautiful since you started reading this sentence.

As more and more of our daily interactions become text-based — people preferring texting to phone calls, workplaces that rely heavily email and instant messaging—we’re developing ways to stretch our written language so it can communicate more nuance, so we can tell people what we mean without accidentally leading them on or pissing them off. Periods have becomemore forceful, commas less essential, and over the last few years, the hashtag has morphed into something resembling the fabled sarcasm font—the official keystroke of irony. Putting a hashtag in front of something you text, email, or IM to someone is a sly way of saying “I’m joking,” or maybe more accurately, “I mean this and I don’t at the same time.”

The #Art of the Hashtag

Thanks to Twitter, the hashtag has become an important linguistic shortcut. But while everyone from Robin Thicke to Beyoncé has used the symbol as part of their art, only a few have truly taken advantage of its culture-jamming possibilities.

Via @pitchforkmedia

(via npr)