Dairy farmers in the Italian Alps make delicious cheese, but struggle to find a market for it. Exporting the cheese is costly, and as a result of this, Alpine cheese makers have been slowly disappearing. 

Now, a program called Adopt A Cow is connecting famers (and their cows) with foodies.

It’s kind of like Internet dating.

Italian Cheese Lovers Find Their Bovine Match Through ‘Adopt A Cow’

Photo Credit: Christopher Livesay/NPR

Our culture leads to an unconcentrated and diffused mode of life, hardly paralleled anywhere else. You do many things at once; you read, listen to the radio, talk, smoke, eat, drink. You are the consumer with the open mouth, eager and ready to swallow everything - pictures, liquor, information. This lack of concentration is clearly shown in our difficulty in being alone with ourselves; …But as in so many other aspects, human values have become determined by economic values. Modern man thinks he loses something - time - when he does not do things quickly; yet he does not know what to do with the time he gains - except kill it.
—  Erich Fromm

warpedellipsis asked:

Does the swastika have a meaning other than the nazi one? It's on some of the clothes in /post/112527621653/moonbeam-on-changan-chinese-hanfu-collection-of

The url is wrong. But the pattern you refer to has nothing to do with nazi. Nazi is in modern times, and this pattern is in very ancient times. It’s given the name 万字纹 in Chinese by empress Wu Zetian in Tang dynasty. The Origination is from Sanskrit, and means auspicious, lucky, long life. Just because nazi stole it does not mean it is nazi’s thing. It belongs to Buddhism and any connection with nazi is a profanation to it.

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Even in the spectacles one sees on television, it’s perfectly proper to exhibit people slugging and slaying each other, but oh dear no, not people loving each other, except in a rather restrained way. One can only draw the conclusion that the assumption underlying this is that expressions of physical love are far more dangerous than expressions of physical hatred. And it seems to me that a culture that has that sort of assumption is basically crazy, and devoted—unintentionally, indeed, but nevertheless in fact devoted—not to survival, but to the actual destruction of life.
—  Alan Watts
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The Hameau de la Reine

(The Queen’s Hamlet) is a rustic retreat in the park of the Château de Versailles built for Marie Antoinette in 1783 near the Petit Trianon in the Yvelines, France. It served as a private meeting place for the Queen and her closest friends, a place of leisure. Designed by the Queen’s favoured architect, Richard Mique and with the help of the painter Hubert Robert, it contained a meadowland with lakes and streams, a classical Temple of Love on an island with fragrant shrubs and flowers, an octagonal belvedere, with a neighbouring grotto and cascade.