A Mexican worker said: “If I am a wetback because I crossed a river to get here,...– Luis Alberto Urrea, The Devil’s Highway (via comidalatina)
kennyboss: irenigg: have you ever been hungry to the point where you conserve energy by lying still and basking in the sunlight shining through your windows? do you ever photosynthesize?
Nothing is Hidden: Drink Ingredient Gets a Look →
the-beauty-in-my-eyes: Sarah Kavanagh and her little brother were looking forward to the bottles of Gatorade they had put in the refrigerator after playing outdoors one hot, humid afternoon last month in Hattiesburg, Miss. But before she took a sip, Sarah, a dedicated vegetarian, did what she often does and checked the label to make sure no animal products were in the drink. One ingredient,...
… the black girls didn’t get these pills because their black ministers were up...– Joycelyn Elders (via swageek) The first Black U.S. Surgeon General, who was fired by Clinton for suggesting masturbation as a healthy alternative, so to speak, with regards to teenagers and sexual activity. (via the-uncensored-she)
Why Do U.S. Taxpayers Pay Brazilian Cotton Farmers... →
vlntry: NPR’s Planet Money podcast takes a look into the global “Cotton Wars” between the United States and Brazil and they’ve discovered that U.S. taxpayers pay U.S. cotton farmers to grow cotton. Farmers… Another solid piece by our contributor Shahe.
Only in America would an entire group of white, male, middle-class people with...– A response to “Gun Protesters Plan March On Washington With Loaded Rifles To ‘Put The Government On Notice” (via abaldwin360) Wha…seriously?! (via ca-thar-si-s)
The government’s total price rule forbids the airlines from calling attention to...– George F. Will: The government puts a limit on free speech about taxes - The Washington Post (via casuist)
Police want 'kill switch' for smartphones â RT... →
thefreelioness: An epidemic of cell phone swiping has prompted calls for a kill switch that would render mobile devices inoperable if they end up in the wrong hands. The “wrong hands”. Curiously subjective.
Australia Offers Visa for Millionaires →
Australia appears to have developed a source of potential foreign investment through a new program offering overseas millionaires the right of residency in return for a portion of their wealth.
Given Tablets but No Teachers, Ethiopian Children... →
thefreelioness: A bold experiment by the One Laptop Per Child organization has shown “encouraging” results. With 100 million first-grade-aged children worldwide having no access to schooling, the One Laptop Per Child organization is trying something new in two remote Ethiopian villages—simply dropping off tablet computers with preloaded programs and seeing what happens. The goal: to see if...
We’re in a society that cripples people and then punishes them for limping.– Freddie Prinze (via aigla)
The Sixth Mass Extinction Is Upon Us. Can Humans... →
newsweek: Five mass extinctions have nearly wiped out life on earth. As Annalee Newitz writes in her new books, the sixth is coming. BRB. We’ll be in our bunker.
Pentagon: Chinese government waging cyberattacks →
infoneer-pulse: The Pentagon for the first time used its annual report on China to directly assert that Beijing’s government and military have conducted computer-based attacks against the U.S., including efforts to steal information from federal agencies. In a new report on the Chinese military, the Defense Department goes a small step further than it has gone in the past, when it said that...
Student debt, job market creating 'generation of... →
As the US economic forecast moves from fragile to cautiously optimistic, most young people are still searching for a paycheck. Over half of the Americans who graduated college in 2011 and 2012 are either unemployed or overqualified for their current job.
They don’t find people who go missing, you know. I’m at a loss for words.– Cleveland resident Kayla Rogers • Expressing utter surprise that a childhood friend of hers, Gina DeJesus, was found—alive—along with two other women who went missing during the period between 2002 and 2004. DeJesus, the youngest of the three women, went missing when she was just 14. Amanda Berry...
If tens of thousands of people stand up as President Obama mulls his final...– Hip Hop Caucus, Rainforest Action Network, 350.org and other groups in the ’Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance.’ Public Comment Period for Keystone XL Ends, but Fight Over Pipeline is Just Beginning (via utnereader)
medicalstate: 3D Printer Makes World’s Smallest Human ‘Livers.’ 3D printing technology just keeps getting better and better. This time, scientists at Organovo in San Diego were able to create a 3D printer that prints using liver cells. Layering these cells into a histologically correct lattice, the team plans to model disease processes and medication effects more accurately. The plan is to...
Mining boom faces bust | Green Left Weekly →
amodernmanifesto: Economic forecasting agency BIS Shrapnel has reported that engineering work, spurred on by the mining boom, would be about $128 billion in Australia this financial year. It may be easy to suggest that, despite the rumours, the mining boom is set to continue long into the future. However, the report was quite downbeat. ABC Online said BIS Shrapnel predicted that a “slowdown in...
The road to achieving reproductive justice →
On April 25, Black women lawmakers, including Representative Barbara Watson, walked out of a Florida state legislative session to protest the introduction of an anti-abortion bill that would prohibit pregnancy terminations based on “race.” The bill, introduced by white Republican lawmaker Charles Van Zant, is typical of a spate of reactionary laws introduced in an effort to associate the...
It should not be possible to read nineteenth-century British literature without...– Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Three Women’s Texts and Critique of Imperialism (via sitaronse) Yes. I also recommend this. (via fariyah) See: Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Mansfield Park amongst others (via swintons) yes, THIS is why I am always whining when I see people on my dash talking...
You knew, didn’t you, how I needed your language and the mind that formed it?...– Toni Morrison on James Baldwin Literally one of the most beautiful things I have ever read in my life. I won’t try to lie, some of this will probably end up in my vows. (via desolatefield)
Public Education: Creating Enemies and Criminals... →
vlntry: “Consequently, the greater the sphere of public as opposed to private education, the greater the scope and intensity of conflict in social life. For if one agency is going to make the decision; sex… “In our attempt to control our own life, we blindly accept the idea that we must also force others to conform to our way of life, too. This idea is morally offensive and will also never...
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US News Tumblelog: Could we soon see the end of... →
The vaccine, which could be ready for human trials later this year, would likely make it impossible for an addict to overdose on the drug, because heroin and its byproducts are neutralized by the immune system before they can do any damage, says George Kobb, one of the vaccine’s developers. “We haven’t seen any rats relapse,” Kobb says. “We’re guessing it would be unbelievably expensive for...
The United States Postal Service is in a freefall due to poor management, a...– The Plight of the Postal Service (via azspot)
Baker & Taylor launches app for reading library... →
infoneer-pulse: Digital library distributor Baker & Taylor has launched an app for iOS and Android that lets users read ebooks from libraries on their tablets and smartphones. The move is intended to give patrons of libraries that use Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 platform to supply ebooks more choice in how they read those ebooks. The app, axisReader, lets library users borrow and read...
Boy who held pencil like gun suspended | WAVY.com... →
thefreelioness: A Suffolk school suspended a second grader for pointing a pencil at another student and making gun noises. If I were a mom I’d almost be happy since my child could avoid going for a few days.
Immigrants need legalization without chains →
Millions of undocumented immigrants and their families, friends, and allies waited with bated breath for the unveiling of the new proposal for Comprehensive Immigration Reform on Tuesday, April 16. Despite high hopes, the new bill includes many draconian provisions, such as more militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border, new guest-worker programs and biometric employment verification, and a long,...
Ministry of Done: Achiever of the Week: Coding is... →
ministryofdone: Fast forward to 2020. What job skill must you have? Coding. Well, we may be getting ahead of ourselves slightly. It’s uncertain that HTML and CSS in their current form will be on the menu of the next decade. But what we do know is, for the foreseeable future, coding is one of the most important and desirable skills there is, no matter how it evolves. Coding is the new black....