On Environmentalism / Climate Change
"...I remember thinking how ironic it was when Greenpeace started using gasoline-powered boats to block oil tankers, or when people drove to protests against oil drilling..." - Interior Secretary and former petroleum engineer Sally Jewell - Western States Petroleum Association representative Frank Holmes, responding to questions about the dramatic increase in catastrophic explosions from oil trains Hypocrisy.
Feeling anxious about life in a broken-down society on a stressed-out planet? That's hardly surprising: Life as we know it is almost over. While the dominant culture encourages dysfunctional denial-pop a pill, go shopping, find your bliss-there's a more sensible approach: Accept the anxiety, embrace the deeper anguish-and then get apocalyptic.
On Technology / The Future
22,584 22 If you read or watch the news, you'll likely think the world is falling to pieces. Trends like terrorism, climate change, and a growing population straining the planet's finite resources can easily lead you to think our world is in crisis. But there's another story, a story the news doesn't often report.
Do we, for example, associate the stereotypical voice of an English butler - think of Jarvis the computer in "Iron Man" - with a helpful and intelligent person? And why do so many people want to hear a voice that sounds like it came from a younger woman with no discernible accent?
On Feminism / Toxic Masculinity
Self-proclaimed tragic queen and Instagram artist Audrey Wollen came to our attention last year, marking out her own digital space with Judith Butler/Sailor Moon mash-ups, a twitter account documenting her physical ailments and recreations of renaissance paintings - one of which was the victim of Richard Prince's recent Instagram pillage.
This article is published with permission and was originally published by EverydayFeminism.com. Let's start here, even though this should go without saying: We don't think that all men are inherently abusive or dangerous. Plenty of men aren't.
On “Political Correctness”
It's just a term we use to dismiss ideas that make us uncomfortable.
Three weeks ago, around a quarter of the American population elected a demagogue with no prior experience in public service to the presidency. In the eyes of many of his supporters, this lack of preparation was not a liability, but a strength.
Pete Seeger passed away on Jan. 28 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital at the age of 94. His wife, Toshi Seeger, passed away last July. Pete was known around the world for his performance of the music of ordinary people, and for his passion for their concerns, especially labor struggles, the fight against war, civil rights, and cleaning up the Hudson River.
On a cool autumn day, a frog and a toad awake in their separate houses to find that their yards are filled with fallen leaves. The frog and toad (conveniently named Frog and Toad) see each other every day, and are particularly synchronized: rather than clean his own yard, each decides to go to the other's house to rake up the leaves there as a kind surprise for his friend.