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"A central premise of US media coverage of the Israeli attack on Gaza - beyond the claim that Israel is justifiably “defending itself” - is that this is some endless conflict between two foreign entitles, and Americans can simply sit by helplessly and lament the tragedy of it all. The reality is precisely the opposite: Israeli aggression is possible only because of direct, affirmative, unstinting US diplomatic, financial and military support for Israel and everything it does. This self-flattering depiction of the US as uninvolved, neutral party is the worst media fiction since TV news personalities covered the Arab Spring by pretending that the US is and long has been on the side of the heroic democratic protesters, rather than the key force that spent decades propping up the tyrannies they were fighting."

— Glenn Greenwald, "Stop pretending the US is an uninvolved, helpless party in the Israeli assault of Gaza" (2012)

(Source: thepeoplesrecord, via wilwheaton)

parislemon:

Andrew Rice:

And so New Yorkers with garden-variety affluence—the kind of buyers who require mortgages—are facing disheartening price wars as they compete for scarce inventory with investors who may seldom even turn on a light switch. The Census Bureau estimates that 30 percent of all apartments in the quadrant from 49th to 70th Streets between Fifth and Park are vacant at least ten months a year.

30 percent. That’s insane.

Hard to know what a good solution is. A law requiring you to be present for a certain amount of time seems too restrictive. So does one requiring you rent it out full-time. So maybe Airbnb? I’m only half kidding.

Well, one solution would be to tax the holy hell out of the top 1% of the 1% and start erasing the enormous income inequality that exists in America today…

"South Florida’s pine rockland, itself an endangered habitat with less than 2 percent remaining, hosts over 225 types of plants, 20 percent of which are exclusive to the area, and five of which are either threatened or endangered. And now, according to the Miami Herald, it’s about to boast a 158,000-square-foot Walmart, along with a L.A. Fitness, a Chik-fil-A, a Chili’s, and about 900 apartments. Of the 88 acres sold to a developer by the University of Miami, a mere 40 will be set aside for a preserve."

Walmart is about to level an entire forest.

(Source: salon, via wilwheaton)

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magicalnaturetour:

Antarctica as seen from space. Image credit: NASA

magicalnaturetour:

Antarctica as seen from space. Image credit: NASA

This makes me want to vomit. Quiero vomitar!

this is so cool…
GSI Outdoors Bugaboo Camper Cookset
Amazingly compact design is fully equipped for the cooking needs of campers and is reconfigurable for everything from 2-person backpacking to 4-person car camping. Rugged stuff sack holds set and doubles as a sink or wash basin. Color-coded items provide personalized tableware settings. Exclusive folding gripper locks on to exterior brackets to prevent scratching and to provide a secure handle while cooking. Unique design compacts for nested storage. Crushproof, heat-resistant strainer lid and silicone ring will not deform in packs and works with either the pot or the frypan. Spiral turned base grips stoves and grills securely.

this is so cool…

GSI Outdoors Bugaboo Camper Cookset

Amazingly compact design is fully equipped for the cooking needs of campers and is reconfigurable for everything from 2-person backpacking to 4-person car camping. Rugged stuff sack holds set and doubles as a sink or wash basin. Color-coded items provide personalized tableware settings. Exclusive folding gripper locks on to exterior brackets to prevent scratching and to provide a secure handle while cooking. Unique design compacts for nested storage. Crushproof, heat-resistant strainer lid and silicone ring will not deform in packs and works with either the pot or the frypan. Spiral turned base grips stoves and grills securely.

rose1936:

housewifeswag:

evilsoutherngentleman:

theblogthatneversleeps:

Barack Obama has attained a level of sassiness one can only dream of.

Holy shit it’s real.

oh my fuck. sass king.

As a president I’m pretty split with Obama but as a person I absolutely love him

rose1936:

housewifeswag:

evilsoutherngentleman:

theblogthatneversleeps:

Barack Obama has attained a level of sassiness one can only dream of.

Holy shit it’s real.

oh my fuck. sass king.

As a president I’m pretty split with Obama but as a person I absolutely love him

(via wilwheaton)

wilwheaton:

(via Cartoon: Corporations are religious people)

parislemon:

Graham Boynton on the rise of the Gulf airlines:

At the back of the upper-deck cabin, directly behind business class, is the pièce de résistance: a fully operative stand-up bar that has been the social hub on every Emirates A380 flight I have taken. To make space for this in-flight lounge, Emirates president Tim Clark says, he has had to sacrifice six premium seats, but declares, “It’s the most popular thing we’ve ever done. They have a real party down there.” On this flight a group of Italian contractors join two British couples around the bar soon after takeoff. And they’re all still there six hours later as the plane starts its descent. It is, indeed, some party.

Even the humble masses in coach are able to partake of the A380’s in-flight video-and-audio system, which offers more than 1,500 channels featuring movies, television shows, news, games, and music from around the world, all delivered through high-end, 13-inch seatback monitors.

For anyone who has endured the post-deregulation austerity of U.S. airlines over the past few decades—uncomfortable, overcrowded, bare-bones bus journeys in the sky—the experience of flying on Emirates, Etihad, or Qatar comes close to recapturing the joy of jet travel from Pan Am’s heyday. There is a sense of fun on board, and that has come down from the top. Tim Clark says he wants to bring a bit of glamour back into flying.

Such a stark contrast to the state of flying with the U.S. airlines. Nice job on that deregulation, America.

It was a nice job on that deregulation! Without it, air travel would still only be affordable by the well-off. Airlines can distinguish themselves by offering a different product from their competitors, that’s what these Gulf airlines (as well as JetBlue, Virgin, Southwest, and others) are doing. The fact that most airlines are flying buses reflects the reality of the market. That’s what people are willing to pay for.

I notice that the bar on the Airbus 380 is only accessible by the first class cabin. So it’s still no different for the coach travelers. So what has changed?

If you want to travel in grand style, buy a first class ticket. Don’t bitch about deregulation as if “air travel would be so much better without all the riff-raff!”

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