Our Stolen Government

Listen up: the Republican Party (with lots and lots of help from their friends such as the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson, etc.) are actively obfuscating voting and voter registration. This isn’t just unAmerican, and sidestepping the FACT that the only “voter fraud” instances in recent history were engineered by Republicans themselves, but deliberately misinforming voters is a felony.
If they get away with this, it’s either our own fault or the machine is simply too far gone to save.

-Also, if you happen to vote Republican, I’m sorry but you’re a fucking idiot. You really are. There’s no justification for supporting what the Republicans have become. None whatsoever.

They are objectively, factually, hilariously, tragically, dangerously WRONG, on simply every issue.

sharkandbite:


"I saw no sharks, no whales, no dolphins. I saw no fish longer than 11 inches."
-Lewis Pugh, describing his long distance swims in oceans all over the world (x)

This article is a great read. The time to start protecting our oceans is now, guys.

sharkandbite:

"I saw no sharks, no whales, no dolphins. I saw no fish longer than 11 inches."

-Lewis Pugh, describing his long distance swims in oceans all over the world (x)

This article is a great read. The time to start protecting our oceans is now, guys.

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In the old days, NFL owners were rich men who accepted the risk of losing money as the cost of doing business. Thanks to the popularity of the game, the NFL and its owners—with the collusion of politicians—have created what amounts to a risk-free business environment. According to Long’s data, a dozen teams received more public money than they needed to build their facilities. Rather than going into debt, they turned a profit.

The perfect example: Seven of every ten dollars spent to build CenturyLink Field in Seattle came from the taxpayers of Washington State, $390 million total. The owner, Paul Allen, pays the state $1 million per year in “rent” and collects most of the $200 million generated. If you are wondering how to become, like Allen, one of the richest humans on earth, negotiating such a lease would be a good start.

In New Orleans, taxpayers have bankrolled roughly a billion dollars to build then renovate the Superdome, which we are now supposed to call the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Guess who gets nearly all the revenues generated by Saints games played in this building? If you guessed all those hard-working stiffs who paid a billion dollars, you would be wrong. If you guessed billionaire owner Tom Benson, you would be right. He also receives $6 million per annum from the state as an “inducement payment” to keep him from moving the team.

That’s the same amount Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would pay each year in property taxes to Arlington, Texas, where his fancy new stadium is located. Except that Jones doesn’t pay property taxes because, like many of his fellow plutocrats, he’s cut a sweetheart deal with the local authorities.

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Why Being a Football Fan Is Indefensible (via kenyatta)

Public funding of stadiums and arenas makes me so goddamn angry.

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Motherfuck football. And other sports things.

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George & Leo.

I’ve bought & sold a lot of guitars and basses over the years. Most musicians will say “never sell anything, you’ll regret it…”, and I’ve known this truism a couple of times myself*…. I can safely say however, I’m quite glad I’ve held on to my (USA) G&L Legacy HB. A professional-quality axe that has always delivered, stage & studio, it still sounds and plays as good or better than almost every shiny new guitar I covet at Guitar Center….

http://glguitars.com/instruments/USA/guitars/legacy-hb/index.asp

I never did become a big famous rockstar (when I could have stayed in school the first time…), and that time of social history may actually be a remnant of a bygone age. So this little insignificant post on this insignificant little blog will have to serve as my personal endorsement of G&L. (*one of the sell-regrets I have is the G&L L2000 bass I had for several months - best goddamned bass for the money on Earth, SO underrated. Gorgeous translucent red over figured ash, thick rosewood slab fingerboard… Why did I sell it again??…)  

http://glguitars.com/instruments/USA/basses/L2000/index.asp

:P

I’ve never been able to understand the arguments against overpopulation - or even the notion of overpopulation. Maybe I’m just not that smart (likely); or maybe people are desperately afraid to accept that humans have spread like an uncontrolled virus over the planet (more likely…?). 

We simply have to stop thinking about the planet and our existence thereupon in pre-industrial terms; that is, believing that resources and impacts are merely “externalities” and we can continue to do whatever the fuck we want with no consequences. The so-called “American Dream” and its legendary “High Living Standard” costs so, so, so much, but the effects were simply delayed a few generations. We simply can’t continue to think we can all live like this forever, nor can every nation across the globe follow suit (a.k.a., the entire supply-side economics argument, and the entire mindset of all those who rebel against conservation and sustainability, who consume and dispose with great relish because “we can afford to”). 

Dinosaur CaveGreat blue heron (Ardea herodias), Isla Floreana, Galapagos. Oct 2012, Nikon D300 w/Nikkor 18-200mmVR. 
http://TheForeverEngine.com, http://www.redbubble.com/people/pterantula http://society6.com/pterantula

Dinosaur Cave

Great blue heron (Ardea herodias), Isla Floreana, Galapagos. Oct 2012, Nikon D300 w/Nikkor 18-200mmVR. 

http://TheForeverEngine.com, http://www.redbubble.com/people/pterantula http://society6.com/pterantula

“Klein isn’t calling for an end to capitalism, just an end to the rapacious, self-destructive version it has evolved into.”

nubbsgalore:

the world wildlife fund estimates that each year 4.4 million sharks are unintentionally caught as bycatch from unregulated commercial tuna fisheries using long lines and drift nets. a shark caught in a net will suffocate to death. shark numbers have declined by as much as 80 per cent worldwide, with a third of all species now threatened by extinction (pew charitable trusts). photos by (click pic) fiona ayerst, adam baughterry maas and brian skerry

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"It’s hard to correct a good cultural misconception."

— Jack O’Brien, Cracked.com

sharkhugger:

Look at that cute smiling pup!  He’s even got a wee friend XD
Photo from: https://www.facebook.com/sixgillsharks

Looks like a plush puppy!…  :D

sharkhugger:

Look at that cute smiling pup!  He’s even got a wee friend XD

Photo from: https://www.facebook.com/sixgillsharks

Looks like a plush puppy!… :D

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Reading the comments on HuffPo for Emma Watson’s “HeForShe” UN speech, and all I can say right now is - god DAMN, I’m embarrassed to even be the same fucking species as you arrogant, misogynist fuckwads. If hearing or reading about Feminism evokes such deep, dark, angry hatred within you, then seriously: please fuck off and die already. The world does not need your bullshit anymore.

Good lord, Sean Hannity is such an unmitigated chunk of steaming shit of a human, that holy crap why am I allowing room in my brain for this reject of excrement…. :#

Featured backpage “Best Shot” in the August 2014 issue of California Diving News; Japanese sea nettles (a.k.a., “brown jellies”?…), Chrysaora pacifica, Carmel CA, sometime in 2011. Nikon D300 w/Nikkor 10.5 fisheye, Aquatica housing, Sea & Sea YS90 strobes. 
http://www.cadivingnews.com/

Featured backpage “Best Shot” in the August 2014 issue of California Diving News; Japanese sea nettles (a.k.a., “brown jellies”?…), Chrysaora pacifica, Carmel CA, sometime in 2011. Nikon D300 w/Nikkor 10.5 fisheye, Aquatica housing, Sea & Sea YS90 strobes. 

http://www.cadivingnews.com/

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