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twistedlandstourguide:

maptitude1:

This world map in coins is made by Bedow; each continent is represented by coins from its own countries.

Kewl.

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thelonelyscarecrow:

castiels-time-traveler:

nintendocanada:

mapsontheweb:

Map of the World by Natural Skin Color

i’m really dumbfounded that i never realized skin colour is literally just caused by being closer to or farther from the equator and the resulting sun exposure and skin darkening

actually, its an adaptation. natural selection. people with darker skin are selected for in areas near the equator, where the melanin that causes the darker color protects them from radiation and protects them from skin cancer and other health defects, and because they are healthier they can pass on that trait more. people near the poles have lighter skin because it allows them absorb more of the limited sunlight to convert to vitamin d. 

THIS IS THE THING SOME PEOPLE HATE OTHER PEOPLE OVER.Evolution of melanin levels based on geographical location.

thelonelyscarecrow:

castiels-time-traveler:

nintendocanada:

mapsontheweb:

Map of the World by Natural Skin Color

i’m really dumbfounded that i never realized skin colour is literally just caused by being closer to or farther from the equator and the resulting sun exposure and skin darkening

actually, its an adaptation. natural selection. people with darker skin are selected for in areas near the equator, where the melanin that causes the darker color protects them from radiation and protects them from skin cancer and other health defects, and because they are healthier they can pass on that trait more. people near the poles have lighter skin because it allows them absorb more of the limited sunlight to convert to vitamin d. 

THIS IS THE THING SOME PEOPLE HATE OTHER PEOPLE OVER.

Evolution of melanin levels based on geographical location.

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Why We Can’t Just Adapt to Climate Change | MIT Technology Review →

(Source: emergentfutures)

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"Not only do we limit the options for family-friendly urban living, we overwhelmingly discourage it while also subsidizing its alternatives."

Housing is the Key to Family-Friendly Cities | Planetizen, 4/7/2014

— As a downtown dad, this is an issue near and dear to me, and it is explored well here by Bradley Calvert, an Atlanta architect. He nails the importance of building housing in the urban core that appeals to middle-income families, along with the need for better schools to serve them. And he looks at the market and social forces that form hurdles for achieving this goal.

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artistsofcolour:

Ana Teresa Fernández, Borrando la Frontera, performance, 2011.

The surreal act of erasing a border is documented in the short, Borrando la Frontera. A woman in stilettos and a black cocktail dress scales a 30 ft ladder on the sandy beach of Tijuana, bringing the sky back between Mexico and the US, as she paints the dividing fence blue. The film depicts the peace offering of creating the illusion of a “hole in the wall.” The protagonist becomes more visible as the wall starts to disappear into the blue sky. Her attire, the little black dress reflects the notion of prosperity in the US, moreover the funerary symbol of luto, the Mexican tradition of wearing black for a year after a death. Mourning those who have died in attempts of crossing this border to prosper.

Woodstock Film Festival

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think-progress:

How an “Orange Is The New Black” star was duped into narrating a film that says the Sun revolves around the Earth. 

think-progress:

How an “Orange Is The New Black” star was duped into narrating a film that says the Sun revolves around the Earth. 

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theatlanticcities:


One commonly held metric is that families should devote no more than about 28 percent of their incomes to housing. But in certain parts of the country, that’s easier said than done. By the end of last year, the median family would need to devote much more than a third — up to nearly forty percent — of its income to mortgage payments on the median home in metros like San Jose (36 percent); San Francisco (39 percent); and Los Angeles (40 percent). These proportions are even higher than in the pre-bubble, pre-crash period of 1985-2000, when the median household would have needed to devote still substantial percentages of its income to afford the median house: 32 percent in New York; 35 percent in Los Angeles; 35 percent in San Jose; and 38 percent in San Francisco.

-The Search for Affordable Housing Is Pushing the Middle Class to the Exurbs

theatlanticcities:

One commonly held metric is that families should devote no more than about 28 percent of their incomes to housing. But in certain parts of the country, that’s easier said than done. By the end of last year, the median family would need to devote much more than a third — up to nearly forty percent — of its income to mortgage payments on the median home in metros like San Jose (36 percent); San Francisco (39 percent); and Los Angeles (40 percent). These proportions are even higher than in the pre-bubble, pre-crash period of 1985-2000, when the median household would have needed to devote still substantial percentages of its income to afford the median house: 32 percent in New York; 35 percent in Los Angeles; 35 percent in San Jose; and 38 percent in San Francisco.

-The Search for Affordable Housing Is Pushing the Middle Class to the Exurbs

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b8l:

stupittmoran:

mutualistrebelnews:

thinksquad:

Residents in Tacoma, Wash. have been threatened with prosecution by the city for painting crosswalks on streets where cars have continually hit pedestrians.
The group responsible, “Citizens for a Safer Tacoma,” says they would rather go to jail than see another person hit by a vehicle. The group, composed of concerned citizens including 15 of whom were hit by cars themselves, were denied help after going to the city.
The city, which seemingly doesn’t have the time or money to install official crosswalks, which cost roughly $1,000 each, ironically has been able to send out road crews to immediately remove four of the citizen’s crosswalks, a removal process that costs roughly $1,000 per crosswalk.
The City said it would prosecute anyone who would make a crosswalk.

BUT.
WHAT.
ABOUT.
THE.
RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

More proof it’s not about “The children” only about obedience 

it should also be noted that tacoma is a city FILLED with poor people and people of color.
so, this is about making poor neighborhoods more dangerous for the people who live there, and stopping the people who live there from making it their own.

b8l:

stupittmoran:

mutualistrebelnews:

thinksquad:

Residents in Tacoma, Wash. have been threatened with prosecution by the city for painting crosswalks on streets where cars have continually hit pedestrians.

The group responsible, “Citizens for a Safer Tacoma,” says they would rather go to jail than see another person hit by a vehicle. The group, composed of concerned citizens including 15 of whom were hit by cars themselves, were denied help after going to the city.

The city, which seemingly doesn’t have the time or money to install official crosswalks, which cost roughly $1,000 each, ironically has been able to send out road crews to immediately remove four of the citizen’s crosswalks, a removal process that costs roughly $1,000 per crosswalk.

The City said it would prosecute anyone who would make a crosswalk.

BUT.

WHAT.

ABOUT.

THE.

RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

More proof it’s not about “The children” only about obedience 

it should also be noted that tacoma is a city FILLED with poor people and people of color.

so, this is about making poor neighborhoods more dangerous for the people who live there, and stopping the people who live there from making it their own.

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mymodernmet:

Ten years ago, photographers James and Karla Murray began documenting the unique storefronts that define New York as a wonderfully diverse place to live. After a decade had passed, the pair went back to the same locations, only to sadly discover that many of the charming family-owned stores had been pushed out and replaced by large chains, banks, and generic businesses. The Murrays documented these rapid changes with side-by-side photographs compiled in a book entitled Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York.

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inlovewiththeflow:

hiphopisvintage:

My favorite picture/piece of artwork by far.

I love this so damn much

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