1. "Over the past few years, private prison firm GEO Group has become known for inmate abuse, workplace violence, and fraudulent reporting at its U.S. facilities. One federal judge found that GEO “allowed a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions to germinate” at one Mississippi facility for juveniles.
    But on Monday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) will headline a $10,000-per-person VIP fundraiser at the home of GEO Group Chief Executive Officer George Zoley, Mother Jones reports. Attendees can also attend a general reception for $3,000 per person. The proceeds will go to both Rick Scott’s gubernatorial campaign and the Republican Party of Florida.
    Scott has long been a proponent of private prisons, even as he has maintained a cozy relationship with prison executives. In 2010, he campaigned on pledges to save the state money by turning more state-run prisons over to private companies. But several years later, prisons were costing Florida more money. Scott has since backed a move to privatize prison health care, and his Department of Corrections forged ahead with a plan to do so even without the approval of the state legislature. That move was eventually upheld by an appeals court and the move will now cost 2,000 state workers their jobs."
  2. (Source: davidurbanke, via leseanthomas)


  3. "Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virle. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched."

    Monica Sjoo, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth  (via thewaking)

    Literally the most important thing you will read today.

    (via aesrettibeht)


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    (Source: ynannarising, via darrylayo)


  4. "A New York City real estate heir who admitted killing his neighbor a decade ago in Texas is facing a new charge in Houston that accuses him of urinating on candy at a drug store.

    In 2001, Durst was arrested as a fugitive and admitted killing his neighbor and dumping the remains in Galveston Bay. He claimed self-defense and was acquitted of homicide charges. Durst’s family runs The Durst Organization, a privately held billion-dollar real estate company that owns several New York skyscrapers."

    Courtesy of Fox 13 Tampa Bay.  

    Holy shit, this guy’s Wikipedia page is fucking crazy. First of all, his wife has been “disappeared” for the last 18 years.  Also a lady who was his long-time friend who was believed to have knowledge of his wife’s “disappearance” was found murdered “execution-style”— “Durst was questioned in both cases but not charged.”  So, there’s that.

    He then moved to Texas in 2000 and “began cross-dressing to divert attention from the disappearance” of his wife.  Then, they started finding body parts of his elderly neighbor in Galveston Bay.  He gets arrested, released on bail, becomes Ameria’s first “Billion-dollar fugitive” until he gets caught at a Wegmans in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania “trying to steal a chicken sandwich and a Band-Aid, even though he had $500 cash in his pocket. A police search of his rented car yielded $37,000 in cash, two guns, marijuana and [his murder victim’s] driver’s license.”  Then, he goes on trial, admits “to using a paring knife, two saws and an axe to dismember" his neighbor’s body, but claims he shot his elderly neighbor in the face in self-defense, and a Texas jury buys it and acquits him!  He gets some minor amount of time because of “destroying evidence” (i.e. dismembering his neighbor’s body), gets parole almost immediately, and then violates parole almost immediately.  His own brother: “He’ll kill again, I have no doubt, the question is who is next?”

    Then, he bought a townhouse in Harlem (located next to a mortuary!) and now he publicly urinates on candy.  Because ha ha he’s rich and this is America.

    (via twiststreet)

  5. mathvevo:

    Hippo don’t care, Hippo got things to do, Hippo got places to be

    (Source: ForGIFs.com, via allaboutmanga)

  6. leseanthomas:

    This is why I love John Oliver & his show, Last Week Tonight. It’s 2014. For most of us in the information age, being ignorant is a choice.

    (Source: sandandglass)

  7. amyreeder:

    Here’s a little window into the colors as they develop!  Sadly I didn’t save any WIP versions of the rendering process.  I’ll try to remember that next time.

    Because this piece was so unobvious I decided to flat out the overall shapes before I sent it out to my flatter Chris Canibano, so he could refine it all.  So the first image is me, the second is him.  I had him color hold a few things too…very important that the linework could be separated.  The third is what I did to adjust the flats to the color scheme I had in my head.

    The fourth image is a huuuge jump, but yeah, I did my rendering, which involves a shading layer, some gradients, and some dodge tool highlights.  And I also, as you see, changed the background scheme a lot.  I wanted the background to look like the sun’s rays, but it needed to be dark enough for all the bright things to pop!  When I play around with color scheme, I select a few of the colors and mess with hue/saturation and slide the hue around to see if I get any ideas.  I also use the color mixer to sort of unify the colors…group them together, so to speak.  Picking colors is probably the most time-consuming part of coloring, and I don’t think I’m alone in this.

    The last image is the final one; Here you can see what a difference all those effects make!  We’ve got glowing effects as well as a texture applied.  I don’t normally use textures on Rocket Girl…but again, I wanted this to seem like a depiction of buildings, not real buildings, so it was important to group and flatten everything to give it that effect.  I made the texture in Painter 9 with their watercolor brushes—I used this technique waaaaaay back when with that very first Madame Xanadu cover.  (I’ve tried the new Painter’s watercolors and it’s not nearly as good.  Thank goodness I still have an old computer with the program on it!)

  8. belas-imagens:

    nubbsgalorephotos by gerry ellis from the david sheldrick wildlife trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in kenya’s tsavo east national park. here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. the elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.

    when elephants first arrive at the orphanage they are often traumatized from having witnessed the slaughter of their mothers and family by poachers. grieving can last several months, and they often lose the will to live. but as dame daphne sheldrick, founder of the orphanage, explains, a caretaker is charged with “persuading an elephant to live when it wants to die.”

    approximately 35,000 elephants are killed by humans every year. with an estimated 350,000 elephants left in the whole continent of africa, they will be gone in the wild within ten years.

    cbc’s the nature of things did a program on the elephants and their caretakers. you can foster an elephant with the david sheldrick wildlife trust online here. for more on the emotional lives of elephants, as well as the david sheldrick wildlife trust and other human efforts to save them, check out these posts

    (via haniemohd)

  9. beatonna:

    Look what’s here, it’s comics!  Click and go read em.  From the news post:

    Hello my friends!

    It’s been a while. I’m trying to stretch these comic making muscles again, so here are a load of sketchy sillies. In the past year, I’ve been doing some work in books and tv, as I’ve mentioned, some of it working out and some of it not. But I’m very excited to tell you that I just finished this book with Scholastic, which should be out next fall! It’s a lot of fun and I hope you will like it! 

    I’m working on the sequel to the Hark A Vagrant book next with Drawn and Quarterly, so good news, you’ll be seeing comics more frequently! And I miss making them.

  10. smallandtinyhomeideas:

    Maison 5.5m x 5.5m 

    The Windig project proposes to create small habitable structures scattered throughout the park. The rental of these turrets will fund the maintenance of the park. Each turret is 5.5m x 5.5m x 9m and is equipped minimally: one shower, one toilet, a small kitchen and a wood stove.


    (via ruckawriter)


  11. "First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice."

    Octavia E. Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories (via observando)

    I miss her so much. 

    (via leseanthomas)

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  12. "Passive revolutions have a way of incorporating Black and Brown bodies to either term of the debate. What choice does one have? The third (possible, but always unspoken) term of the debate, White people are guilty of structuring debates which reproduce the institution and the institution reproduces America and America is always and everywhere a bad thing — this term is never on the table, because the level of abstraction is too high for White liberals. They’ve got too much at stake: their friends, their family, their way of life. Let’s keep it all at eye level, where White can keep an eye on everything. So the Black body is incorporated. Because to be unincorporated is to say that what White liberals find valuable I have no use for. This, of course, is anti-institutional and shows a lack of breeding, not to mention a lack of gratitude for all the noblesse oblige which has been extended to the person of color to begin with. “We will incorporate color-ed folks into our fold, whenever possible and at our own pace, provided they’re team players, speak highly of us, pretend to care what we’re thinking, are highly qualified, blah, blah, blah … but, and this is key, we won’t entertain the rancor which shits on our fantasy space. We’ve killed too many Indians, worked too many Chinese and Chicano fingers to the bone, set in motion the incarcerated genocide of too many Black folks, and we’ve spent too much time at the beach, or in our gardens, or hiking in the woods, or patting each other on the literary back, or teaching Shakespeare and the Greeks, or drinking together to honor our dead at retirement parties…"
    — Frank B. Wilderson, III, Incognegro (via gemeinwesen)

    (via d-pi)

  13. mattjustmatt:


    Even Galapagos tortoises enjoy watermelon in the summer. Watch the full video.


    (via marcusto)


  14. "Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:
    Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others;
    Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;
    Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it;
    Refusing to set aside trivial preferences;
    Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;
    Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do."
    — Cicero, 106 BC - 43 BC (via lazyyogi)

    (via seananmcguire)

  15. corpsecaddy:

    So I found this harlequin romance paperback today, and normally I just toss those right over without paying them much mind, but the cover of this one made me pause. Sure that the artist was just taking liberties, I checked out the back.


    I’m dubious. I should read a passage:


    It is a literal bear.

    Okay yeah I’ll admit it I’m going to read this but only because it sounds like the most fucked up romance novel in existence.

    But wait….


    You have some explaining to do, Canada.

    (Source: weirdbooksifind, via ysabet)