Pride month is libqueer bullshit.

I’m not a gimmick to be brought out every Summer so you can get drunk and buy shitty rainbow colored merchandise and pretend you’re actually contributing to positive change.

You want to do something actually radical to help out trans women?

Burn down a police station. Beat a Neo-Nazi to death. Bomb a bank. Bring the government to a screeching halt and send cishet whites running in fear.

Providing housing and food and money is literally bare minimum support and not the least bit radical or subversive.

Like, quit pretending to be radical when you’re just a liberal with pretentious of being cooler-than-thou. That makes you problematic.

Wheatgrass: It’s Literally Just Grass

Most people think of ‘wheatgrass’ as a somewhat exotic microgreen, but botanically-speaking, it’s actually just the young, embryonic leaf (cotyledon) of the wheat plant (Triticum aestivum). 

Wheat – like all other cereal crop, as well as economically-important crops like bamboo – is a grass (Poaceae family).

While popularly heralded as a ‘superfood’ and sold as puréed and strained shots in juice bars, wheatgrass has roughly the same average nutritional content as any other vegetable.

Basically, you may as well juice or purée literally any kind of grass to obtain the same benefit. ‘Wheatgrass’ is just a type of seed that happens to be abundant (wheat), repackaged and re-branded as a superfood.

If you still want to drink wheatgrass juice, buy wheat seed from an agricultural supplier and grow it yourself (seed labelled “wheat” is cheaper than seed labelled “wheatgrass” – that’s the difference branding makes).

Wheat seed is not expensive, and paying a few bucks for a shot of grass juice, or even more for powderised grass juice, is basically a scam.

Alternatively, if you see someone who has recently mowed their lawn, you can make juice from that. It will have roughly the same nutritional value.


More marketing with plants

The world says: “You have needs – satisfy them. You have as much right as the rich and the mighty. Don’t hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs and demand more.” This is the worldly doctrine of today. And they believe that this is freedom. The result for the rich is isolation and suicide, for the poor, envy and murder.
—  Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov 

never growing up ;) 

A new survey of 53,000 children across 15 countries reveals that children tend to be happy regardless of the context of their lives. From Nepal to Norway, children between the ages of 10 and 12 say that they are largely satisfied with their lives (pdf).

“Children tend to be more optimistic in life,” Elisabeth Backe-Hansen, the Norwegian lead researcher for the Children’s World Survey, told Quartz. Though not surprising, it is reassuring.

When asked whether these children had access to nine things—good clothes, a computer, internet access, a mobile phone, their own room, books, a family car, a music player, and a TV—children in Norway on average had access to all of them but those in Ethiopia had access to only three. And yet, across the 15 countries, there was no correlation between how satisfied children were and how many material goods they lacked:

The case for South Koreans is the opposite. Korean children, despite having access to most material goods, seem to be unhappier than adults. This finding reaffirms previous surveys, which claim that the country’s highly competitive academic environment is a much bigger burden than elsewhere in the world.

There is also a noteworthy difference in the nature of of kids’ carefree attitudes in rich and poor countries. Despite being generally happy, children in developed countries were relatively less satisfied with their body, appearance, and self-confidence.

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Consumed | Richard John Seymour | Via

Fascinated by the variety of inflatable toys, decorations, artificial flowers and, everyday objects that fill China’s largest small-commodity wholesale market. photographer Richard John Seymour, shot a series of amazing images documenting Commodity City, a shopper’s paradise, located in the city of Yiwu. The project which is part of a larger series by Seymour titled “Consumed,” was created in collaboration with the Unknown Fields Division, a nomadic design studio that works to show how distant landscapes connect to the rest of the world. “I tried to see as much as I could in the days that I was there, and became very quickly exhausted by the constant sensory overload,” Seymour told CNN. “I spent a total of four days constantly walking around Yiwu and wouldn’t say I got near to seeing all of the stalls.”

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Shut Up And Take My Money: Must-See Design Concepts

These remarkable product designs and concepts are a testament to the power and importance of consumer perception. In addition to being art objects, these clever products make the best use of space and aesthetics to deliver a product that you won’t only be proud to own, you’ll be proud to use it in front of people. Someone buy me that table, BTW.

For designs that aren’t so clever, check out our list of useless products.

>/r/DesignPorn

At this time there are too many people afraid for their jobs, there are too many people buying cars, TV sets, homes, educations on credit. Credit and the eight hour day are great friends of the Establishment. If you must buy things, pay cash, and only buy things of value – no trinkets, no gimmicks. Everything you own must be able to fit inside one suitcase; then your mind might be free.
—  Charles Bukowski