Having less is lighter. Start asking yourself if you really need everything you have, or if you just have it out of fear. Start to let go of what you have, so it doesn’t own you. And then, as you have less, you feel lighter. It’s wonderful.

Let the little things go. People who struggle often fight over little things. We obsess over things that don’t really matter. We create resistance instead of letting things glide off us. Let the little things go, breathe, and move on to the important things.

Clean as you go. Instead of letting the cleaning pile up, put things away when you’re done. Wash your bowl. Wipe the counters clean as you pass them. Sweep up dirt when you notice it. By cleaning a little bit at a time, as you make messes, cleaning up becomes a breeze, and it’s never difficult. By the way, this applies to everything in life, not just cleaning.

A good walk cures most problems. Want to lose weight and get fit? Walk. Want to enjoy life but spend less? Walk. Want to cure stress and clear your head? Walk. Want to meditate and live in the moment? Walk. Having trouble with a life or work problem? Walk, and your head gets clear.

     

Angela Lindvall and Shalom Harlow for John Galliano S/S 1999

This particular collection was inspired by the intricate art of dance.

  

Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2007 “Sarabande”

Shown in the round, accompanied by a live chamber orchestra, and in a set designed to evoke a deserted theatre and dominated by a single crystal chandalier, Sarabande is perhaps McQueen’s most unashamedly romantic show to date. The inspiration is Handel’s Sarabande of the title – a majestic and elegant dance – the portraits of Goya, the turn of the century exotic and socialite Marchesa Luisa Casati and garden flowers. As always, there is a melancholic undertone: faded flowers are trapped in chiffon and lace, ruffled skirts constructed out of tiers of delicate petals and prints are botanical – brightly coloured birds and blooms, scattering swallows and winding stems of leaves. Show pieces include a dress made entirely out of frozen flowers. Tailoring is this time more fluid than it has been and clothing indebted to horsemanship is worn with finely worked, oversized pirate shirts. McQueen’s idealisation of the feminine form continues with an exaggerated hour-glass silhouette.

That is why it is so important to let certain things go. To release them. To cut loose. People need to understand that no one is playing marked cards; sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Don’t expect to get anything back, don’t expect recognition for your efforts, don’t expect your genius to be discovered or your love to be understood. Complete the circle. Not out of pride, inability, or arrogance, but simply because whatever it is no longer fits in your life. Close the door, change the record, clean the house, get rid of the dust.

Stop being who you were and become who you are.

– Paulo CoelhoThe Zahir

Take Care: November 15th

“Pardonne mes lèvres, ils trouvent du plaisir dans les endroits les plus inattendus..”

 

That Paris exists and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me. 

 

When I first heard the song “Skyscraper” I hadn’t written on it. I heard it and I didn’t care. I was like “Oh my God. This song is incredible.” I recorded it a year ago before anything had happend. Before my breakdown. Before my treatment. I recorded it and I was just pouring tears in the studio like I was almost doubled over at some points and just in pain. I remember thinking this was kind of my cry for help back then because I hadn’t spoken to anyone about these issues and I hadn’t gotten the help that I needed. So, I recorded the song again a few months later after treatment because my voice is a lot stronger now that I’m not ruining it by damaging it by after every meal. It just didn’t feel the same and we kept the original one and I just feel for me it was such a symbol of like, I-I don’t know it was just symbolic of it like being the song that I recorded before treatment yet it’s providing a message and it was just like really crazy because the way that things played out, it ended up being my single. It represented everything that I’m trying to spread the word about, is getting help, rising above any issues that my fans are dealing with.

The Emperor asked Master Gudo,

“What happens to a man of enlightenment after death?”

“How should I know?” replied Gudo.

“Because you are a master,” answered the Emperor.

“Yes sir,” said Gudo, “but not a dead one.”

“Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? No I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters over darker people in the world. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars. But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy of my people is here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality. If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail, so what? We’ve been in jail for 400 years.” – 1967

 

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“We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear.”

“People might hope that the meat they buy came from an animal who died without pain, but they don’t really want to know about it. Yet those who, by their purchases, require animals to be killed, do not deserve to be shielded from this or any other aspect of the production of the meat they buy.”

Earthlings (2005)

Plus-size model Katie Halchishick in O Magazine, measuring the gap between healthy beauty and the toxic ideal

this is amazing.  also, she’s way sexier than barbie.

Turns out Beth Behrs was a real-life broke girl before she landed her role on “2 Broke Girls” (above right, with co-star Kat Dennings). Michelle Ruiz chatted with the breakout star:

Behrs, 25, so effortlessly plays the formerly filthy-rich daughter of a now-disgraced Ponzi schemer, you might never guess she was a real-life broke girl mere months ago.

“I was broke and living paycheck to paycheck and had two different jobs that I was working seven days a week. I was nannying and then I was working at the Geffen Playhouse, a theater in Westwood [California],” Behrs told Flash. “My life was being a broke girl.”

Now Behrs’ only job is pretending to be poor on the breakout hit of the new TV season. “2 Broke Girls” cracked up 15.5 million viewers in its debut, even more than Simon Cowell’s much-hyped “The X Factor,” which drew 12.5 million.

Lady Gaga and Nicola Formichetti, Fashion Director of the Haus of Gaga, are thrilled to present the largest ever global fashion collaboration that YOU helped inspire. As many of you know, Lady Gaga is a spokeswoman for MAC Cosmetics’ Viva Glam line, which donates 100 percent of the proceeds of the Viva Glam range of lipsticks and Lip Glass to AIDS research. Take a look at her latest promo, inspired by her little monsters above!

The musician born Lizzy Grant recently uploaded a video of her performing “Blue Jeans”, giving us our first true glance at Lana Del Rey from a live setting. According to the video’s title, the performance was recorded ‘live from the Premises,” and it sees Del Rey accompanied by an electric guitarist. Check it out above.

Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello stopped by Occupy Wall Street today to perform “This Land Is Your Land,” be a general badass.

Sad Prediction: Mikey Welsh, the artist and former Weezer bass player who died on Saturday, may have predicted his own death two weeks before on Twitter.

He tweeted on September 26th, “dreamt i died in chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). need to write my will today,” and later tweeted a second time, “correction – the weekend after next.”

The artist was in Chicago to see his former bandmates play RiotFest when hotel staff found him in his room unconscious and not breathing.

The cause of Welsh’s death is not yet known.

According to this article by Entertainment Weekly, von Ziegesar was approached by the CW to write a genre mash-up of her popular series. Opting to keep her characters human — rather than making them zombies or vampires — von Ziegesar chose to make the girls murderous.

She says she keeps the book funny and light, much like a teen slasher flick. She also says that other than the violent slayings, the reboot stays true to the plot of the original novel, as she explains in the interview with EW.

Wake Up Call: According to Starbucks’ sustainability director Jim Hanna, the coffeehouse chain may soon be unable to sell its principal product due to the detrimental impact of climate change on coffee bean production.

“What we are really seeing as a company as we look 10, 20, 30 years down the road – if conditions continue as they are – is a potentially significant risk to our supply chain, which is the Arabica coffee bean,” Hanna told the Guardianin a phone interview.

Hanna is set to speak before members of Congress today on the issue of climate change and how it’s real and how someone should do something about it before we run out of coffee and chocolate and a whole bunch of other foodstuffs “many people can’t live without.”

Starbucks has already put Plan B in motion, announcing yesterday it plans to enter the juice-bar market — news that freaked out Jamba Juice stockholders, causing the price of JMBA to drop 3.5%.

Today’s congressional event is sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists, which recently reported that coffee brands have increased the cost of grinds by as much as 25% over the last year.

“The dwindling supply of coffee is but one example of the many impacts to come due to climate change,” the nonprofit writes, ” and should be a wake-up call for us all.”

The good news is one person has what it takes to change the world. The bad news is you haven’t realized that’s you.

A new study says eating less meat could help double the world’s food supply.

Along with sustainable farming, and reduced deforestation (both issues related to meat and livestock feed production) eating less meat might mean more food for everyone. Researchers suggest that by using prime farmland to grow food to feed humans rather than inefficient livestock, countries could increase their edible food supplies by 50%. Not just a good thing but a nessesary one.

The world population is currently around 6.9 billion and is expected to grow to 9 billion by 2050. If everyone in the west continues eating their current meat-heavy diet and folks in developing nations continue to increase their intake, there will not be enough edible resources to go around.

The study’s authors aren’t saying that everyone even has to go vegan (although they should). The authors suggest that avoiding meat 2 or 3 days a week could do the trick. Amazing to think that such a small change could have such a huge impact.

Curious to see how this new research changes the debate. The study will be published in its entirety on October 20th in the journalNature.

The FBI has launched an investigation into what could possibly be the single largest animal liberation action in US history.

In two separate incidents at the same San Francisco Bay fish hatchery, activists clipped the zip ties holding a net confining 60,000 young salmon. The fish hatchery was raising salmon for a reintroduction project managed by area youth from a pro-fishing organization called the Tiburon Salmon Institute. The institute seeks to propagate San Francisco Bay marine life in hopes that they can be caught and killed later for sport.

Along with teaching kids to raise fish, release them, and hunt them down, the institute is also working on a marine science center. At the center, kids will be able to come learn about “sustainable fishing” and get a chance to “dissect marine mammals.” Wow! Who needs Disneyland?

Tiburon’s hatcheries are tiny cramped underwater nets wheredisease can run rampant and even spread to fish. In this particular facility, the 60,000 salmon were contained in a 16-by-25-by-8 foot enclosure. That gives each salmon about 6 inches of water each, prime conditions for deadly parasites that can attack a fish and eat their face down to the bone.

Beyond being in better living conditions, maybe now the young fish have a chance to hide before the Tiburon Salmon Institute kids come looking for them, rod and reel in hand.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife suspect Mexican fishermen for the illegal netting and deaths of 2,000 – 3,000 sharks off the coast of Texas.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials were shocked by the number of dead sharks found in the 2-3 mile long illegal net pulled from the Gulf Coast. The illegal gill net was dropped 4 miles north of the Mexican border in Texan waters. Fishermen from Mexico are frequently caught dropping illegal gill nets in US waters because fish population in Mexican territory have been so badly decimated.

After 15 years in the Parks and Wildlife Department pulling up illegal nets, Sgt. James Dunks says “this is by far the most sharks I’ve ever gotten in one load.”

Every year, fishermen kill 73 million sharks every year. The individuals responsible for this particular illegal netting have yet to be identified.

“The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It’s people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages”
— Banksy

From the toothpaste and shampoo that we use to the charities that we support, our lives are full of daily opportunities to take a stand against cruel experiments on animals. We can save animals from painful experiments by purchasing some of the cruelty-free products that are available in stores everywhere, and only donating to humane charities that help people without hurting animals.

I think animals need all the help they can get, because they have none. They have no rights. They have no protection. And so I think animals need help. And I think animals look to humans for protection, and of course humans lead them into slaughterhouses, which to me is just like an image of leading children into a slaughterhouse. There’s no difference. That level of trust and… But it’s a very cruel world. – Morrissey (2002)

60 percent of all Americans are either overweight or obese while 30,000 people starve to death each day.

60 percent of all Americans are either overweight or obese while 30,000 people starve to death each day.

Children begging for food, while others beg their parents for the new iPhone.

Children begging for food, while others beg their parents for the new iPhone.

Think twice before you say FML the next time.

Think twice before you say FML the next time.

  Standard animal testing for almost all cigarette companies.

Standard animal testing for almost all cigarette companies.

LABOR TRAFFICKING

While sex trafficking is undoubtedly the more lurid and most written about form of abuse, we are equally concerned with the more hidden forms of human trafficking that commodify human beings and lure victims into an inescapable web of sweat and debt. A large portion of human trafficking involves forced labor, debt bondage, and domestic servitude. According to the International Labor Organization, over 12 million people worldwide are held in these circumstances, more than half a million of them in Europe and the United States.

Labor abuse in the U.S. : Labor trafficking may occur in many fields that are not closely regulated, places where the use of casual labor is commonplace such as manufacturing and agricultural settings. Domestic servitude occurs in homes. Landscaping, construction, and restaurant businesses are frequent sites of labor abuse. Even street peddlers are often trafficking victims. Whether hidden from public view in fields, in kitchens, in sweatshops, or on job sites, labor trafficking has earned the nickname: “The Invisible Crime”.

Abuse abroad: Sadly we are all connected to slavery abroad in ways you might not readily imagine. The United States is the largest consumer of many common commodities tainted by the use of slave labor. Coffee, sugar, chocolate and cotton are just a few examples. Many manufactured goods such as clothing, electronics, and cosmetics may have slavery issues with elements in their supply chain. It is important that as individual consumers we try to become aware of where things come from and how they are produced. Everybody likes to find a bargain, but ask “what is the true cost?” In some countries the abuse approaches unimaginable limits that bring to mind the worst tortures.

  • Coffee cultivation utilizes slave labor mainly in Africa.
  • In the Dominican Republic enslaved Haitian workers cut sugar cane.
  • In the Ivory Coast, source of 70% of the world’s chocolate, young men are routinely enslaved to harvest the cacao beans.
  • Cotton is grown with slave labor in West Africa, India, and Uzbekistan, the world’s second largest exporter.
  • The mica that gives lip gloss its sparkle may be mined in a forgotten corner of India, by children who are sometimes buried alive.
  • In Brazil slaves burn the forests to make the charcoal used to smelt iron ore for steel production. About a third of all our raw iron comes from these sources.
  • The manufacture of cell phones and other electronic goods requires a metal called tantalum from an ore called Coltan. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, it is dug out of the ground by enslaved farmers who have been abducted by armed gangs. Legitimate mines elsewhere have closed, being unable to compete on price.
  • In many countries children are abused and enslaved in the fishing and shrimping industries. In Bangladesh, boys as young as eight are kidnapped and sold to fishing crews.
 
 

Scientists are generally afraid to assert that animals feel such emotions as embarrassment, mainly because it’s hard to prove through experiments and accepted scientific methods. More and more scientists, though, are beginning to believe that animals do have emotions and that their feelings may be more intense and unfiltered than our own. Emotion rises from the old brain, the limbic system, which birds and reptiles as well as dogs, humans, and other mammals share. Humans have additional brain structures and symbolic language to process our feelings and a complex array of psychological defense mechanisms that allay or soften the impact of our emotions. We repress, deny, subjugate, dissociate, and use all kinds of conscious and unconscious machinations to separate ourselves from our feelings, but animals have no such recourse, so their emotions are likely to be raw and strong. In fact, this may be one of the reasons we find them so attractive: they wear their hearts on their sleeves, so to speak. We understand all this intuitively because we can recognize our emotions when we see them, as we share them with the other animals of our world. Since our own brains are of the same pattern as the brains of other animals, emotions are more likely to be universal to all creatures possessing a brain than they are to be unique to humans. People seem to deny the existence of animal emotions so that they can continue to justify inhumane treatment and exploitation and avoid the fact that our actions have a deep emotional impact on our fellow beings.

“For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.”

Douglas Adams
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Awesome People Are Lucky: This Guy Won $300 Million By Not Flipping Out on a Line Cutter

Mike Barth wasn’t paying attention on March 25 when a man ducked in front of him in line to buy a lottery ticket at Coulson’s News Center in Albany, New York. Barth was waiting to buy a ticket also, and he almost gave the man a piece of his mind before thinking better of it. “I just let it slide,” he says.

Today, Barth is a multimillionaire thanks to his level head. Because after he let that stranger take cuts, Barth stepped up and bought the winning Mega Millions ticket. Had he made a big fuss, he’d have bought the stranger’s losing ticket instead of winning a whopping $319 million—a sum he’s splitting with six coworkers.

Of course, being courteous and restrained in line won’t guarantee you’ll win the lottery. But this is a great instance in which a courteous guy didwin, and we’re happy for him.

In the Starved for Attention film “Why Do We Have To Wait For A Crisis?”photojournalist Lynsey Addario documents the food crisis in Somalia and northeastern Kenya. All children have the same nutritional needs to grow and thrive. It shouldn’t take a war or famine to occur before vulnerable children have access to a healthy diet.

This is one of 195 million stories of malnutrition. Sign the petition and donate your profile to help us rewrite the story.

From the New York Daily News:

At the corner of Maiden and Water Streets I spoke to a National Lawyer’s Guild observer who said she watched a video of a police motorcycle run over another Lawyer’s Guild observer’s leg and then saw with her own eyes that man get pushed to the ground by police, be arrested and get thrown into a police van. 

“He’s a legal observer with the National Lawyer’s Guild, he was observing the protest and he was run over by a police motorcycle,” said Zainab Akbar, 31.

Akbar said she watched the entire thing on the video camera of a protester and then watched with her own eyes the end of the incident, with the observer, whom she could only identify as ‘Ari,’ being arrested and put into the back of a police van.

“His leg was stuck under the bike and he kicked his leg to get the bike off his leg and then the police attacked him and shoved him into the ground and put a night stick against the back of his neck,” Akbar said.

This photo was taken by Joe Marino for the Daily News.  He’s one of the photographers seen in this photo allegedly just standing there, taking pictures, instead of helping. 

Now y’all know why.

Furthermore, 1010 WINS reporter Steve Sandberg (sorry, no link) has natsound of the incident, with the man, pinned under the motorcycle, screaming, in excruciating pain.

 

  

Occupy Wall Street becomes a world protest.

Starting from the top: protesters at a rally in Seoul, South Korea; masked protesters in Zurich, Switzerland; Hong Kong’s Exchange Square; the NYSE Euronext stock exchange protest in Amsterdam, where Pinocchio noses and fake euros are among the props; WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange outside the London Stock Exchange; thousands of protesters in Berlin.

The Loch Ness Monster hasn’t been confirmed, but this cyclops shark has! Scientists said the one-eye bull shark, recently discovered in the Sea of Cortez, is the real thing.

Who are the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators are and what do they want? 118 randomly selected individuals were polled in New York’s Zuccotti Park on Wednesday. Not all respondents answered every question; some checked multiple answers for one question. While it’s an admittedly unscientific enterprise, the results are fascinating — and revealing. Here’s what was found:

Our poll showed that for every two 20-somethings, there was at least one person over age 60 at the park. Three-quarters of those polled had not spent a single night in Zuccotti Park, which might explain why a majority said they had showered at least four times in the past week.

Economically, the group showed some healthy balance sheets, with more than three times as many homeowners as homeless people in attendance. On the other hand, nearly 14 percent said they had more than $50,000 in debt, and the second most popular job choice, after creative fields, was “unemployed.”

 

Rich kids catch a lot of flak, sometimes for good reason (e.g. Donald Trump), but sometimes because people assume everyone with a trust fund is in Monaco playing baccarat, eating 10-course meals, and lighting their cigars with the pink slips of the unemployed. Some people with trust funds are doing that, of course—especially the pink slips part—but many others are not. In fact, there are a number of rich kids down in the trenches with hoi polloi at Occupy Wall Street right now, and they’ve got a new blog to prove it.

Called “We Are the 1 Percent,” the new site piggybacks off the blog “We Are the 99 Percent,” on which Americans having a hard time during the recession sound off about exactly how the financial industry and particular government machinations have caused them to lose their jobs, their homes, their sanity. We Are the 1 Percent is a bit different. While the goal is still the same—to support the elimination of income inequality in the United States—the blog’s entries are made up entirely of contributions from the super-rich. Some of the contributors inherited their money, others made a killing on the stock market, but all of them agree that it’s time to redistribute some of their fortunes to others in need. Writes one 1 Percenter, “Some people work 3 jobs just to survive. I got $3 million just for being born. We need a radical redistribution of wealth.”

As unlikely as it may seem at times, it turns out some people use their silver spoons to feed the world.

 

 

San Francisco photographer Lennette Newell snapped photos of 18 exotic animals for her“Animals” collection, including this Bengal tiger, chimpanzee, African spurred tortoise and rescued rhesus monkey.

Newell spent four years working with animal trainers and private owners to amass the photographs. Many of her subjects were rescued from illegal trading. She said she was able to capture these incredible moments by reading the creatures’ personalities.

“Many of the animals I felt very close to, and they trusted me right from the start,” Newell said.

 

The mother cat kept licking the kittens, hoping it would revive them. According to the family that adopted the stray cat, on the morning of the 11th when they heard the cat’s tragic cries, they rushed downstairs to discover this stray cat’s four kittens abused to death, and even placed in front of the mother cat. The kittens’ bodies were covered with bullet holes, with blood all over. One of the kittens had its neck tied with a rope and elongated, its chest cut open, heart exposed, while the other three kittens’ heads were stepped on.

Blurry pictures are probably the biggest enemy to anyone out there when it comes to picture taking. It’s something which has yet to be completely solved by cameras.

However Adobe have given a sneak preview on a new Photoshop function which will help when it comes to blurry pictures. The video really says it all, especially when it comes to the crowds reaction.

This naked mole rat might be man’s best (and ugliest) friend. Scientists think it may hold the cure to cancer and Alzheimer’s.

Now there are more reasons to be upset about your crappy service — scientists found FECAL MATTER on 1 of every 6 cell phones. YUCK.

A UK study revealed that one in six cell phones are contaminated with e-coli, the fecal-born bacteria responsible for food-poisoning, diarrhea, and other life-threatening illnesses, The Atlantic reports.

To make matters worse, 95% of the study’s participants reported that they do, in fact, wash their hands, prompting researchers to speculate that improper hand-washing — or drying — may explain the disconcertingly high presence of fecal matter.

 

Harpers Bazaar’s Scorsese Retrospective;
Chloe Moretz and Keanue Reeves pay tribute to the scene in Taxi Driver made famous by Jodie Foster and Robert De Niro.

“All things share the same breath – the animal, the tree, the human … The perfumed flowers are our sisters; the deer, the horse, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the juices of the meadows, the body heat of the pony, and people – all belong to the same family … What are people without animals? If all the beasts were gone, humans would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the animals soon happens to the people … All things are connected like the blood that unites us. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the Earth is our mother.”

Chief Seattle’s message to the president, 1854

Joss Whedon: Feminist
  • Interviewer: So why do you write these strong female characters?
  • Whedon: Because you’re still asking me that question.
“Funny how people don’t really see each other. Men and women. They invent each other in their minds and then they see what they invent.They don’t really see each other. Now she was in love with him and she didn’t even know his real name, didn’t know anything real about him.”

Andrew Klavan

“Some people, they can’t just move on, you know, mourn and cry and be done with it. Or at least seem to be. But for me… I don’t know. I didn’t want to fix it, to forget. It wasn’t something that was broken. It’s just…something that happened. And like that hole, I’m just finding ways, every day, of working around it. Respecting and remembering and getting on at the same time.”

Sarah Dessen, The Truth about Forever

I’m not fascinated by people who smile all the time. What I find interesting is the way people look when they are lost in thought, when their face becomes angry or serious, when they bite their lip, the way they glance, the way they look down when they walk, when they are alone and smoking a cigarette, when they smirk, the way they half smile, the way they try and hold back tears, the way when their face says they want to say something but can’t, the way they look at someone they want or love… I love the way people look when they do these things. It’s… beautiful.

Edie Sedgwick

This is the final installment, on a scale of 1-10, how sad are you to be leaving? 
Matthew: 6 and a half.
Rupert: Oh, definitely 9.
Tom: Let’s go to..9. 9 on the sadness scale because we’re still a bit excited about it.
Emma: I would say 10. A full on 10, absolutely!
The other boys are like “6 and a half”!
Emma: WHAT?
One of them actually said he was relieved. 
Emma: NO!

“It was sometime in October; she had long ago lost track of all the days and it really didn’t matter because one was like another and there were no nights to separate them because she never slept anymore.”

Sylvia Plath, Tongues of Stone

We’re so hopeful at the beginning of things that it seems that there’s only a world to be gained, not lost. They say the inability to accept loss is a form of insanity. It’s probably true. But sometimes, it’s the only way to stay alive.

“We’re so hopeful at the beginning of things that it seems that there’s only a world to be gained, not lost. They say the inability to accept loss is a form of insanity. It’s probably true. But sometimes, it’s the only way to stay alive.”

Grey’s Anatomy

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We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight. – John Lennon

“Lots of people talk to animals. Not very many listen, though. That’s the problem.”

Benjamin Hoff

Foie gras production is so cruel that it has been condemned by the Pope and is prohibited in 15 countries, including the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Israel, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K.

I did not understand the ways of the white man. I have seen the villages where they lived. And I had seen the people in the streets, begging for money, because they were hungry. And they call themselves civilized, and us, savages.

– Sitting Bull (Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake)
I don’t fear death; I fear remaining silent in the face of injustice. I am young and I want to live. But I say to those who would eliminate my voice: I am ready, wherever and whenever you might strike. You can cut down the flower, but nothing can stop the coming of the spring.

– Malalai Joya, Interview (2009)

The world has lost 97% of its total tiger population in only 100 years.

For a dog, you do not need big cars, big homes or designer clothes. Status symbols mean nothing to him. A stick is already great. A dog does not care if you’re rich or poor, smart or dumb. A dog judges others not by their color, creed or class but by who they are inside. Give your heart to him, and he will give his. It’s really very simple, but even so, we humans, as wiser and more sophisticated, have always had trouble figuring out what really matters or not. How many people can you say that? How many people make you feel unique, pure and special? How many people make you feel special?

Eu gostaria da ajuda de vocês para espalhar esta notícia.

Estão vendo estas fotos? Então. Cães e gatos, vivos ou mortos, estão sendo usados como isca para tubarões por pescadores amadores da ilha da Reunião, que fica sob administração francesa. Organizações de proteção aos animais e autoridades locais revelaram a informação. A Pequena ilha vulcânica localizada ao largo da costa oriental da África está repleta de cães vadios. Para ter uma ideia do tamanho do problema, são mais de 150,000 animais.

Equipes de filmagem foram enviadas por Reha Hutin para registrar as atrocidades cometidas para depois serem expostas na televisão, e, se possível, na internet. A notícia é de 2005, porém não foi muito divulgada e até hoje o problema continua.

Havia uma petição, mas o link que eu encontrei estava danificado.

More than 150,000 dogs and cats are being used as shark bait in the island of Reunion, which is under French administration. The news hasn’t spread, so this problem continues.

Many of the world’s diamonds are harvested using practices that exploit and degrade children, communities, the labor force, and the local environment. Workers are subject to brutality, degrading working conditions, low pay, and sometimes death. Labor abuses are built into the industry in many parts of the world, community development remains stagnant, and environmental degradation continues apace.

Small-scale mining is usually an illegal activity carried out under dangerous, often unhealthy conditions, and without safety equipment, proper tools, or recognition from the state. Gender imbalances and child labor also plague the sector, which is composed of some of the poorest people in the world. Without formal training or education in their trade, small-scale miners often rely on harmful practices that can leave the earth ruined for future agricultural development.

Lack of regulation, harsh labor conditions, and poor wages make child labor a regular practice in the diamond trade. Children are commonly considered an easy source of cheap labor and are often sent into small areas of mines that adults aren’t able to enter. They are often given dangerous and physically challenging tasks, such as moving earth from pits, or descending from ropes into small holes or pits where landslides may claim their lives.

In Angola, a recent study found 46% of miners are under the age of 16, with many of the children working because of war, poverty, and the absence of education. And in India, where more than half of the world’s diamonds are processed, child labor is commonly used for cutting and polishing diamonds. Taken on as “apprentices,” these children suffer for years in dangerous conditions for little to no pay until they are replaced, often by younger siblings.

While over half of the Congo’s foreign exchange earnings are derived from the export of diamonds, and an estimated 700,000 people dig for them, most are unregistered, and their efforts are largely unrecognized. In fact, more than 90% of the country’s $700 million in diamond exports is produced by small-scale entrepreneurs earning wages of a dollar a day – the international standard for extreme poverty.

In Sierra Leone, diamond-rich regions remain poor in absolute terms. Partnership Africa Canada found that Kono District, which has produced billions of dollars worth of diamonds and is home to the largest concentration of artisanal miners, has a far higher level of poverty than Pujehun District, a largely agricultural area.

Kim Kardashian is going to be making 45 million dollars by selling pictures and video from her wedding.

Meanwhile:

  • we “can’t afford” to fund NPR
  • we “can’t afford” to fund Planned Parenthood
  • we “can’t afford” to fund education
  • small businesses are drowning in this economy
  • thousands in this country can’t afford to properly feed themselves or their children

This whole post comes from a blog called World Realities. Anyone interested in world issues, environmentalism, activism, gay rights, rape, vegetarianism and veganism, among other subjects, should definitely check it out.