nubbsgalore:

the last week of september is sea otter awareness weekwhere most marine mammals rely on a layer of insulating blubber to keep warm in the water, sea otters make use of their thick fur coat. in fact, their fur is so thick and soft that for centuries humans have hunted the animal.  by 1929, they had been virtually eradicated from alaska to california, and while sea otter populations are making a remarkable comeback in british columbia, they remain an endangered species today.

photos by tom and pat leeson (peekaboo otter), veronica craft (vogue otter), hal beral (sleepy eyes otter), brian maxwell (cuddling albino otter), jeff foot (super excited screaming otter), matt maran (shouting otter), joe robertson (holding hands otters) and suzi eszterhas (happy otter)

on a lighter note

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questionall:

Another Mideast War (image by stopwar.org.uk) It is easy to predict what will happen as the United States chooses to start another overseas war. It’s easy because we’ve done it so many times before and once more we have chosen to ignore the lessons of our previous foreign invasions. Here are eleven predictions we can count on: 1) Our military will kill a lot of people, a great many of whom will be civilians. 2) Citizens of the territories we invade will hate us for it and we will make new enemies, many of whom will be easy fodder for terrorist recruitment. 3) Many American soldiers will die or be traumatized by war and come home broken in body and spirit. We will be paying for their care (and aberrant behavior) for many decades. 4) The wars will cost more than they are supposed to and will deplete the U.S. treasury of billions—if not trillions—of dollars. 5) Despite the cost, certain segments in our society—weapons manufacturers, the Pentagon, security companies, cable news networks among them—will profit greatly. 6) The weapons we provide to our friendly rebels will eventually be used against us. 7) We will have other nations as allies, but the U.S. will provide more than 95% of the fighting and funding. 8) The American people will be lied to and manipulated with fear, thus giving the government further opportunities to spy upon or restrict the Constitutional rights of its citizens. 9) If we eventually provoke a terrorist counterattack on our soil, Americans can kiss their remaining freedoms goodbye. 10) Our stated objectives will fail to be accomplished. 11) Government propagandists and supporters of the war will try to convince us that we are winning. You can count on these predictions coming true, because they always do when we start wars overseas—Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq being prime examples. But the massive military-industrial-security-media complex and their cheerleaders cannot resist. So hang on—because here we go again. We should be in the streets protesting and committing civil disobedience to stop this insanity!!! How long will we allow the banks and corporations who run our government to kill, torture, and committ genocide in our name just so they can make a profit?

questionall:

Another Mideast War (image by stopwar.org.uk) It is easy to predict what will happen as the United States chooses to start another overseas war. It’s easy because we’ve done it so many times before and once more we have chosen to ignore the lessons of our previous foreign invasions. Here are eleven predictions we can count on: 1) Our military will kill a lot of people, a great many of whom will be civilians. 2) Citizens of the territories we invade will hate us for it and we will make new enemies, many of whom will be easy fodder for terrorist recruitment. 3) Many American soldiers will die or be traumatized by war and come home broken in body and spirit. We will be paying for their care (and aberrant behavior) for many decades. 4) The wars will cost more than they are supposed to and will deplete the U.S. treasury of billions—if not trillions—of dollars. 5) Despite the cost, certain segments in our society—weapons manufacturers, the Pentagon, security companies, cable news networks among them—will profit greatly. 6) The weapons we provide to our friendly rebels will eventually be used against us. 7) We will have other nations as allies, but the U.S. will provide more than 95% of the fighting and funding. 8) The American people will be lied to and manipulated with fear, thus giving the government further opportunities to spy upon or restrict the Constitutional rights of its citizens. 9) If we eventually provoke a terrorist counterattack on our soil, Americans can kiss their remaining freedoms goodbye. 10) Our stated objectives will fail to be accomplished. 11) Government propagandists and supporters of the war will try to convince us that we are winning. You can count on these predictions coming true, because they always do when we start wars overseas—Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq being prime examples. But the massive military-industrial-security-media complex and their cheerleaders cannot resist. So hang on—because here we go again. We should be in the streets protesting and committing civil disobedience to stop this insanity!!! How long will we allow the banks and corporations who run our government to kill, torture, and committ genocide in our name just so they can make a profit?

smithsonianlibraries:

Much has been written upon the effects of Coffee on the constitution, which by some are considered as highly salutary, and by others as very injurious. There is no possibility of reconciling accounts to contrary; but doubtless the effects are various upon different persons.

Curtis’ botanical magazine. v. 31-32 (1810)

History repeating itself.

History repeating itself.

(Source: questionall)

cognitivedissonance:

Oki loves his bows ^o^

Your cute cat of the day

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questionall:

Unfortunately, we don’t have to imagine it … we live it.

Our reality, an episode from the Twilight Zone.

questionall:

Unfortunately, we don’t have to imagine it … we live it.

Our reality, an episode from the Twilight Zone.

questionall:

Now more than ever: http://bit.ly/1o0EQM3 (Thanks Unions 4 Workers for the graphic and the reminder!)

questionall:

Now more than ever: http://bit.ly/1o0EQM3 (Thanks Unions 4 Workers for the graphic and the reminder!)

askawelfarecaseworker:

belcanta:

askawelfarecaseworker:

davidsanerd:

Hahaha TRUTH! #funny #true #weak #funnybuttrue #iphone6 #section8 #welfare #foodstamps

…You do realize that a lot of people on assistance don’t actually pay for their own phones or phone plans, right?Like, I’m not even talking about the Lifeline program, here. I mean they’re on someone else’s family plan, or they were given a gift, or they have a phone issued to them through work (as I did, back when I made slightly less than $11/hr as a foster care caseworker).You don’t know someone’s story just by looking at their possessions.

My family donated an old, used iPhone they no longer needed to me and I’m able to use free wi-fi on it in different locations and suburbs as long as I keep it charged. I don’t have to pay for a subscription or call plan as I can always purchase cheap, pre-paid credit whenever I need to or in case of emergencies. My iPhone has helped me stay in touch with my family members, partner, doctors and be able to get around and tell the weather (which is very important here because of all the extreme heatwaves and flash floods). 
It would also help me call the police or emergency services in case I get raped or have a medical emergency (I’m chronically ill). 
People on welfare could benefit greatly from having iPhones and, in fact, need iPhones as well as the options and features they offer (which aren’t available on normal brick cell phones) much more than your average, able-bodied, well adjusted person who is able to have or keep a job. 
Welfare recipients deserve nice things. Welfare recipients aren’t subhuman. Welfare recipients benefit from having access to 21st century technology and don’t simply purchase iPhones to be frivolous or showy, but rather because of the conveniences and important and beneficial features they have. 
If you think welfare recipients don’t deserve to eat or live because they have an iPhone or a car or any other material thing that makes our lives more tolerable, convenient and liveable then you’re the worse piece of shit and your opinion is as useful as toilet paper. Take your shitty opinion, turn it up sideways and, well… you know the rest. 

I mean, granted, I’m an Android person, but back when I was on assistance I had a smartphone. I used it to remind myself of client appointments. When I couldn’t leech wifi, I tethered it so I could get my case notes submitted to my supervisor.My phone helped me keep my job, AND it helped me apply for something full time. It directly helped me in getting off assistance. IDGAF what people think - poor people deserve smartphones, and poor people use smartphones to enhance their quality of life. Fuck people who think that’s a bad thing.

I would also like to add that some people do fall on hard times after doing rather well in life. You have a great job, make good money and buy some stuff. Suddenly, the economy goes south, sort of like happened in 2009.
After a while you loose your cushy management position. But you still got your smart phone. Good thing to have when you need to find out where the local welfare office is because folks like you don’t know where to go to apply for food stamps and the like, do ya?

askawelfarecaseworker:

belcanta:

askawelfarecaseworker:

davidsanerd:

Hahaha TRUTH! #funny #true #weak #funnybuttrue #iphone6 #section8 #welfare #foodstamps

…You do realize that a lot of people on assistance don’t actually pay for their own phones or phone plans, right?
Like, I’m not even talking about the Lifeline program, here. I mean they’re on someone else’s family plan, or they were given a gift, or they have a phone issued to them through work (as I did, back when I made slightly less than $11/hr as a foster care caseworker).

You don’t know someone’s story just by looking at their possessions.

My family donated an old, used iPhone they no longer needed to me and I’m able to use free wi-fi on it in different locations and suburbs as long as I keep it charged. I don’t have to pay for a subscription or call plan as I can always purchase cheap, pre-paid credit whenever I need to or in case of emergencies. My iPhone has helped me stay in touch with my family members, partner, doctors and be able to get around and tell the weather (which is very important here because of all the extreme heatwaves and flash floods). 

It would also help me call the police or emergency services in case I get raped or have a medical emergency (I’m chronically ill). 

People on welfare could benefit greatly from having iPhones and, in fact, need iPhones as well as the options and features they offer (which aren’t available on normal brick cell phones) much more than your average, able-bodied, well adjusted person who is able to have or keep a job. 

Welfare recipients deserve nice things. Welfare recipients aren’t subhuman. Welfare recipients benefit from having access to 21st century technology and don’t simply purchase iPhones to be frivolous or showy, but rather because of the conveniences and important and beneficial features they have. 

If you think welfare recipients don’t deserve to eat or live because they have an iPhone or a car or any other material thing that makes our lives more tolerable, convenient and liveable then you’re the worse piece of shit and your opinion is as useful as toilet paper. Take your shitty opinion, turn it up sideways and, well… you know the rest. 

I mean, granted, I’m an Android person, but back when I was on assistance I had a smartphone. I used it to remind myself of client appointments. When I couldn’t leech wifi, I tethered it so I could get my case notes submitted to my supervisor.
My phone helped me keep my job, AND it helped me apply for something full time. It directly helped me in getting off assistance. IDGAF what people think - poor people deserve smartphones, and poor people use smartphones to enhance their quality of life. Fuck people who think that’s a bad thing.

I would also like to add that some people do fall on hard times after doing rather well in life. You have a great job, make good money and buy some stuff. Suddenly, the economy goes south, sort of like happened in 2009.

After a while you loose your cushy management position. But you still got your smart phone. Good thing to have when you need to find out where the local welfare office is because folks like you don’t know where to go to apply for food stamps and the like, do ya?

phroyd:

Senate Republicans showed with their votes yesterday that they would rather protect the Koch brothers’ interest than that of the American people. The flood of dark money into politics gives the super-wealthy a more influential role in our elections than everyday Americans—it’s unconscionable and unacceptable. Share this if you’re one of the 90% of Americans who oppose the decision to keep dark money in politics.
Vote Out The Republicans In 2014!
Phroyd

phroyd:

Senate Republicans showed with their votes yesterday that they would rather protect the Koch brothers’ interest than that of the American people. The flood of dark money into politics gives the super-wealthy a more influential role in our elections than everyday Americans—it’s unconscionable and unacceptable. Share this if you’re one of the 90% of Americans who oppose the decision to keep dark money in politics.

Vote Out The Republicans In 2014!

Phroyd

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