Clarity & Chaos
Sep 17, 2014

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Yellowstone To Kill 900 Bison During Winter Cull

I admit that it’ss easy to say as someone in non-rural Germany, but still: I’d love to see more Bison in the wild - and not just in specified areas like a national park. A population of 4,000 bisons isn’t that large, there used to bve millions. Not like that area is cramped for space.

They were there first. Same goes for bears (and beavers, moutain lions, lynx) in Europe. We almost eradicated these animals, and now complain about complications when they dare try to come back.

On a different scale: Decimating a population so that colonial economic plans can thrive and then graciously letting a smaller group survive in an underfunded specified area where tourists can ogle at them is basically the main pattern of behavior of Europeans in North America. 

Sep 15, 2014

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The requirement that a woman maintain a smooth and hairless skin carries further the theme of inexperience, for an infantilized face must accompany her infantilized body, a face that never ages or furrows its brow in thought. The face of the ideally feminine woman must never display the marks of character, wisdom, and experience that we so admire in men.
Sandra Lee Bartky, Foucault, Femininity and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power (via spittingonhegel)

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Sep 15, 2014

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Inspiration | Outfits | Wear It Weird

Nothing about any of these outfits is weird. Nothing. They all look like 95% of men photographed at Pitti Uomo. Not to say they all look bad or boring (though some are boring) but it’s not weird.

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Sep 15, 2014

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If painting aims to make every organ function as an eye, if it aims to make the very entrails see, and if music makes every organ and pore of the body function as an ear attuned to rhythm and melody, if, as Deleuze suggests, painting ever more deeply materializes the body while music spiritualizes it, this is because, through the various arts, the body is, for a moment at least, directly touched by the forces of chaos from which it so carefully shields itself in habit, cliché, and doxa, those movements of containment that render only predictable and preproduced sensations, not sensations that announce the future.
Elizabeth Grosz, “Chaos, Cosmos, Territory, Architecture in Chaos, Territory, Art.  (via groansofcreation)

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Sep 14, 2014

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Anxiety can just as well express itself by muteness as by a scream.
Søren Kierkegaard (via blackestdespondency)

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Sep 14, 2014

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the typical Western progressive academic … needs the dream that there is another place where they have the “authentic” revolution so that they can be authentic through an Other.
slavoj zizek (via alterities)

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Sep 13, 2014

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I think he wants to steal my bike.

I think he wants to steal my bike.

Sep 12, 2014

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Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.

Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)


Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.

Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.

Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”

Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).

Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.

Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.

Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.

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Sep 12, 2014

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Röysopp gave “Monument,” the marvelous first track off their mini-album with Robyn, an edit that moves it from the end of the night to dancefloor prime time. The Inevitable End is the inevitable beginning of the weekend.

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Sep 12, 2014

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