Infra

Breath; talk; ask; think; search; experience; learn; grow; wish; find; doubt; question; understand; know; live.

According to a 2012 study in the European Journal of Social Psychology, our brains have actually been trained to see men as a whole, and women as a sum of their parts. Using photos of men and women, the scientists found something terrifying: “When presented with images of men, perceivers tended to rely more on “global” cognitive processing, the mental method in which a person is perceived as a whole. Meanwhile, images of women were more often the subject of “local” cognitive processing, [which] underlies the way we think about objects: houses, cars and so on.” Both men and women, therefore, think of women has less of a whole, which makes women seem weaker and of less value than men.

But what’s most surprising about this is that anyone was surprised — pop culture has encouraged us to think this way for decades.

Of course, Derulo cannot get all the credit for this brand of music, and he likely won’t have as much success when he moves onto the female elbow (to date, “Wiggle” has brought in more than 173 million views, earning Derulo a peak position of fifth most popular song in the country). Butts, in particular, have been the focus of many hits — from Big Sean’s “Dance (Ass)” to Major Lazer’s “Bubble Butt,” to The Black Eyed Peas’ “My Humps.” Ask any 20- or 30-something to finish the sentence, “I like big butts …” and you’ll hear Sir Mix-a-Lot’s entire dance hall favorite, word for word. Some of the catchiest pop songs of the last couple decades have been about women’s behinds.

Many people would argue that these songs pay a loving tribute to a woman’s behind — that they’re lighthearted. But every time a woman is atomized into parts, listeners really are encouraged to ignore the whole of her. Important things, like her agency and personhood, are left in the dark.

fauxcyborg:

i do not care about remorseful abusers, i see your remorse as a weapon that you will eventually pull out when your victim does not forgive you fast enough. 

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Extreme Water-Saving Tips for California

tonyhue:

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You may have heard: California is in the midst of its worst drought in over a century. A 20% reduction goal by Governor Jerry Brown fell woefully short as the state actually increased its water consumption. Stricter proposals such as a hefty fines are being considered (update: enacted!) to combat this critical problem, just short of implementing mandatory water rationing for all households.

To do my part as a citizen of this fine state, I thought I’d share some tips to lower your water usage:

  1. Collect cold water in a bucket while waiting for hot water - Taking a shower and hate waiting for the water to reach a comfortable temperature before stepping in? Put that cold water to good use by filling it in a bucket and using it for other purposes like watering your plants or washing your car. Speaking of cars, sell it so you don’t have to wash it anymore.
  2. Refill your water bottle from public hydration stations - I can’t ask you to drink less water as you need it to stay healthy. In places like SFO and UC Irvine though, hydration stations are available for people to refill their water bottles for free. Google “hydration stations in [your location]” to find places in your area.
  3. Eat water rich foods - Watermelon and tomatoes are about 90% water weight so fill up!
  4. Flush the toilet less often - Hey, I did say this would be involve extreme measures! For the numero unos, try flushing every other time (Remember to get air fresheners and close the lid!). For numero dos, please keep flushing with every usage for the sake of your fellow housemates. Also consider buying dual-flush toilet. It has a half flush option for liquid waste and a full flush option for solid waste.
  5. Shower less frequently - Hygiene be damned! We have a drought to deal with! Stock up on deodorant, perfume, cologne, and air fresheners.
  6. Wash your hair less frequently - Similar to tip #5, washing your hair with shampoo/soap requires longer showers. You don’t need to use gell on your hair anyways.
  7. Install aerators on your faucets - In college, my roommate managed to get our entire dorm’s bathrooms outfitted with aerators on all the faucets. I can’t remember how much water we ended up saving that year but these devices did its job.
  8. Collect water when it actually does rain - We’re in the midst of summer so don’t expect any rain until October of September. But when that time comes around, be sure to spring into action and place all the buckets you have outside to collect this precious resource. Oh, be sure to use it quickly otherwise insects like mosquitos will use it to lay their eggs and cause other problems like death and taxes.

There you have it, California. We can pray as hard as we want but this problem isn’t going away quietly. If you have any useful tips or ideas to conserve water, please share them in the comments section below.

Photo credit: Huffington Post

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jumpingjacktrash:

becausegoodheroesdeservekidneys:

ultrafacts:

Source For more facts follow Ultrafacts

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!

jumpingjacktrash:

becausegoodheroesdeservekidneys:

ultrafacts:

Source For more facts follow Ultrafacts

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!

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At times I feel that I may be a very cold and unemotional person and at times I wish I wasn’t so mentally vulnerable. I do tend to stand on the outside sometimes.

—David Bowie, 1973  (via bddstfml)

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megacosms:

inferiormendsisters:

kastiakbc:

leseanthomas:

This photo was from several months ago. :-(

Source: http://gizmodo.com/how-bad-is-californias-drought-this-bad-1531567081/all

I don’t say this lightly,

but oh fuck

I live in LA so I just thought I’d add a little more information about this for those of you who don’ know a lot about the drought. 

here’s the latest updated map I could find

All of California is now in a moderate drought and above. As of August, over half of California is turning into the dark red zone, which is an exceptional drought, which is, of course, very bad. In fact, it’s gotten so bad that we are fined to up to $500 if we are seen wasting water (sprinklers watering the pavement instead of plants, etc), and some cities are enforcing water rationing laws.

Our agriculture and economy is even being affected. Many farmers are losing their jobs because their plants are dying and not being watered enough. Some farmers are tearing down many of their crops so that the water that would have been used for those can be used for other crops. I should remind you that California provides over half of the country’s food, so this will not only affect the people who live in California, but everyone in the U.S. as well.

There’s also a chance that if the drought continues for the next year, then there’s a chance that we might have to migrate out of California.

So, for those of you living in California, please conserve your water! Every drop counts! Even doing little things like throwing the ice cube you dropped into a plant to water it instead of throwing it into the sink will help! For more ways to save water, check here

sources: x x x x 

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FERGUSON POLICE ARE LIARS, PART 2

gigglesandanixi:

  • First - they said that Darren Wilson was apprehending Mike Brown for a stolen candy bar

  • Second - they said that Darren Wilson was apprehending Mike Brown for a stolen pack of cigars. (Store owner and their lawyer confirmed he didn’t)

  • Third - They said that Darren Wilson was apprehending Mike Brown because he matched the description of a person that had committed a robbery. (It was confirmed by some Twitter sleuths that he looked nothing like the person and the robbery occurred an entire county away)

  • Fourth - They’re NOW saying that Mike Brown was resisting arrest by brutally beating Darren Wilson and the 10+ shots were made in self defense

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antivian:

edwardspoonhands:

liamdryden:

ohitsjustkim:

swolemamba:

robregal:

white-people-be-like:

When will they learn

This shit ain’t funny at all. I don’t know why these white dudes think it’s okay to walk up to people, blatantly insult them, then think nothing should happen. Then people look at the Black folks in the vids like THEY’RE wrong.

I don’t see how this is a prank…if getting punched is a prank then Manny pacquiao is the funniest man on the planet

surely a prank is supposed to make everyone laugh when it’s over. even the victim? regardless of what these twats are labelling it as, these poor lads still go home having experienced yet another racist verbal attack on them when they were just innocently living their lives.

fuckin dickwads.

do we REALLY expect anything less idiotic from something called BROPRANKSTV though

You can flag their channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/BroPranksTV/about (you have to be logged in to YouTube.)

The little flag in the bottom left. Flag them for “hate speech against a protected group” and unfortunately not also “Just being a complete asshole.”

Also, please don’t watch any of their videos…that will just get them more views and revenue.

Youtube will require you to select the videos in which they are being racist assholes Select the videos labeled “Hood” or “Hood prank”.

After selecting the videos, you’ll need to write some additional notes in order to submit the report. Here’s my report to give you an idea of what you could write:

Pranks are supposed to make people laugh when it’s over, not antagonize and attack someone because of their race and/or ethnicity. These “pranks” are blatantly racist and terrible. These close-minded, crude individuals are going out into the public to purposely provoke individuals who are minding their own business, ruining their day with prejudice and discrimination.

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