rhube:

jenniferrpovey:

jumpingjacktrash:

becausegoodheroesdeservekidneys:

ultrafacts:

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Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. Those are the countries. It will be drought-resistant species, mostly acacias. And this is a fucking brilliant idea you have no idea oh my Christ

This will create so many jobs and regenerate so many communities and aaaaaahhhhhhh

more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Green_Wall

it’s already happening, and already having positive effects. this is wonderful, why have i not heard of this before? i’m so happy!

Oh yes, acacia trees.

They fix nitrogen and improve soil quality.

And, to make things fun, the species they’re using practices “reverse leaf phenology.” The trees go dormant in the rainy season and then grow their leaves again in the dry season. This means you can plant crops under the trees, in that nitrogen-rich soil, and the trees don’t compete for light because they don’t have any leaves on.

And then in the dry season, you harvest the leaves and feed them to your cows.

Crops grown under acacia trees have better yield than those grown without them. Considerably better.

So, this isn’t just about stopping the advancement of the Sahara - it’s also about improving food security for the entire sub-Saharan belt and possibly reclaiming some of the desert as productive land.

Of course, before the “green revolution,” the farmers knew to plant acacia trees - it’s a traditional practice that they were convinced to abandon in favor of “more reliable” artificial fertilizers (that caused soil degradation, soil erosion, etc).

This is why you listen to the people who, you know, have lived with and on land for centuries.

Fantastic.

hervacationh0me:

jumpingjacktrash:

becausegoodheroesdeservekidneys:

ultrafacts:

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YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. Those are the countries. It will be drought-resistant species, mostly acacias. And this is a fucking brilliant idea you have no idea oh my Christ

This will create so many jobs and regenerate so many communities and aaaaaahhhhhhh

more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Green_Wall

it’s already happening, and already having positive effects. this is wonderful, why have i not heard of this before? i’m so happy!

This is cool.

soul-dwelling-not:

From The AV Club, regarding Kevin Feige’s statement that we still have to wait for a lead female protagonist in a Marvel film.

Also, that is the clearest definition of “patriarchy” I have read in a long time.

moonblossom:

chenisthebestkitty:

geekdonnatroy:

castayel:

fuchsimeon:

viperpilot:

Well, this is embarrassing

Left: Adrianne Palicki promo shot for NBC’s Wonder Woman.

Right: Kimberly Kane promo shot for ‘Wonder Woman XXX: An Axel Braun Parody’.

….is it just me or does the porno version outfit not only look WAY BETTER crafted and prettier, the actress also has more muscles, a nicer fitting chest piece and a waaay more fitting body type and skin tone. 

Also the porno version doesn’t look more “feminine”/more sexy whatever.

That… is EMBARASSING

the “official” one looks like a really bad Halloween costume

I mean fuck the porno one has bigger wrist cuff I REPEATE: BIGGER WRIST CUFFS PORNO WOMAN IS BETTER DRESSED TO KICK ASS *cries*

can someone contact the designer of the porno 

clearly he/she knows how a womans body works.

It’s embarrassing when the official looks a like a porn and the porn looks like the official thing.

The thing that makes me stunned the most is that even the boobs of the porn version are cupped and held in better by her clothing than those of the official thing…

The moment a porn movie treats the boobs of a woman with more subtlety than a big name production, some staff changes are in order.

What both fascinates and disturbs me the most about these is the body language and facial expression.

The “official” TV version looks passive, slightly confused, her pose is sort of ambiguous and floppy. She’s waiting for the viewer to do something before she reacts. The XXX version looks determined and fierce, and is taking literally 0% of your shit.

One of these Wonder Women looks like a sex toy, and it’s not the pornographic one.

Dear Hollywood / TV production land,

Heads out of arses, please.

So, I’ve recently finished reading The Red Knight by K T Davies. And have only been tweeting about it a little bit and recommending it to friends. 

I’m going to try and avoid being particularly spoilery, if I can. 

It’s a lowish Fantasy book in the familiar trouble between the king and his brother sort of way that waves the “Someone’s gonna try for an usurping” flag. The nations and such have a 15th-ish century Europe minus gunpowder plus viking style barbarians feel to them. There’s some magic, but not in a battlemages everywhere kind of way.

It mostly follows the exploits of Captain Stenna of the 1st Royal Guards, a seriously heavy cavalry company.

Captain Stenna is female. And what I love about this book is: This is seen as in no way out of the ordinary. And she’s not the only female warrior. This is no “Zomg female knight is rare unicornlike creature”. There are a reasonable number of named female warriors. Random knights/barbarians/mercenaries in mass battles are as likely to be given female pronouns as male. 

This kind of gender equality, I found a compelling quality of this book and world. Also, there’s no particular homosexuality taboo. Some named characters have same-sex relationships, some are implied to be bisexual. And none of this has a big deal made out of it. Again, this is something I find compelling. It’s not a macho, hetero, sausagefest. 

There’s a fair amount of racial tension between the nations/cultures. Half breeds generally get shit from both sides of their heritage. 

Captain Stenna is portrayed as capable and competent in the areas one would expect for a knight-captain. Especially the captain of the 1st Royal Guards. There’s no doubt she earned that position on merit.

The book also follows Garian Tain, the apprentice to the King’s spymaster. He’s also good at his job: Intelligent, observant and a capable assassin. Perhaps a little more human empathy than his master would like.  

This isn’t a fluffy fantasy book. Bad stuff happens. Not, perhaps, Game of thrones level “Everyone you like dies horribly as soon as you’ve decided you like them” (OK, this is possibly an exaggeration, but meh).

I enjoyed this book. I am eager to read the next one, which I believe will be The Golden Hart, that the author predicts she should finish this year. 

"Comics are a business; they depend on fans to survive. And yet the influx of new fans that comes along with every comic book movie is something that the comic community in general greets with elitist derision. Why is it so terrible if a pretty girl who’d never heard of the Guardians of the Galaxy until two months ago suddenly walks into your comic shop and wants to read about them? Nobody erupted from the womb implanted with the knowledge of the mystical origin story of Dr. Stephen Strange — somebody introduced you to that character, and the community grew by extension. Other people should be allowed to join, too, regardless of whether they were introduced by some movie they liked."

kallotasapaino:

smilodonmeow:

peanutgopher1235:

Cats

Cats

Cats

These broke me. 

I do not, in any way whatsoever, apologize if they break you too.

A couple of films with a fairly strong thematic link. A static perfection vs a more dynamic, creative and even chaotic environment.

They both featured changing Father/Son relationships and the realization that this relationship trumps what the father has been trying to build.

The films were The Lego Movie and Tron Legacy. And I enjoyed them both.

The Lego Movie, while providing slapstick action and healthy doses of Morgan Freeman, sent the message of: Who is writing your instructions?

It was a fun romp of a movie, and very silly in parts. Not too silly that the plot slipped away or some of the darker moments were swamped. 

Tron Legacy. Now there had been grumblings from the Internets that this was just a feature length Daft Punk video. And I’m only, what, four years late to this party? 

Visually, it was beautiful. The plot hung together well enough, and some parts of it were rather predictable. But then, there are only a few ways some of that can go.

It was nice that there wasn’t a romance element in there. But seriously, Flynn, with the exception of the female lead, all your female programs are fashionistas or bar girls?

Also Chekov’s spare lightcycle (the one Sam picks up on the grid to hand off to the ally that gets squished) never gets rezzed up.

Racing their motorcycles in the electronic night… Where’s a decent big or small screen production of Snow Crash? Seriously.

Though having a think on that, Snow Crash is “The Future” as seen from the late Eighties. And while the future part of it can be placed pretty much anywhere, thematically it has some pretty strong ties to the explosive birth of the internet and callbacks to World War 2.

I think that’s going to be the biggest obstacle to doing it right. There are others.

fuckingrapeculture:

[Tweet by Brooke Jarvis @brookejarvis
Seems the woman who started the #yesallwomen hashtag shut down her account after repeated harassment. Closed circle. nytimes.com/2014/03/27/us…
all-four-cheekbones:

x0202:

just to be clear - a woman who created a hashtag meant to convey the message “no, not all may be sexual aggressors but yes, all women have experienced sexism to some degree” shut down her account after repeated harassment. she wasn’t generalizing men. she wasn’t making broad, sweeping statements that people claim are the problem with women’s movements. she was only opening a conversation centered around personal stories. what is anyone supposed to take from this except that many people are simply not interested in hearing these stories at all, as sugarcoated as they may be, as tactfully they may be put? not without redirecting the conversation to focus away from women, at any rate.

A woman starts a discussion about how all women are harassed, and people respond by harassing her. There’s no room for irony in the world anymore.

fuckingrapeculture:

[Tweet by Brooke Jarvis @brookejarvis

Seems the woman who started the #yesallwomen hashtag shut down her account after repeated harassment. Closed circle. nytimes.com/2014/03/27/us…

all-four-cheekbones:

x0202:

just to be clear - a woman who created a hashtag meant to convey the message “no, not all may be sexual aggressors but yes, all women have experienced sexism to some degree” shut down her account after repeated harassment. she wasn’t generalizing men. she wasn’t making broad, sweeping statements that people claim are the problem with women’s movements. she was only opening a conversation centered around personal stories. what is anyone supposed to take from this except that many people are simply not interested in hearing these stories at all, as sugarcoated as they may be, as tactfully they may be put? not without redirecting the conversation to focus away from women, at any rate.

A woman starts a discussion about how all women are harassed, and people respond by harassing her. There’s no room for irony in the world anymore.