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Newly released food expiration dates finally make sense, which will save Americans billions

  • On Wednesday, two of the largest trade associations in the food industry announced that they would do away with “sell by” labels.
  • They’re going to standardize the food dates on labels as part of a voluntary initiative.
  • The Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association will begin phasing the two standardized freshness and quality labels immediately, with the goal of having every member company use them by summer 2018.
  • The phrases are:
    • 1. BEST if Used By
      • This label will reflect a “quality date.”
    • 2. USE By
      • This label will reflect a firm expiration date. Foods should be disposed of after this date.
  • Using common product date wording could eliminate confusion and result in Americans throwing out less food. Read more (2/15/17 5:36 PM)

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Our conscious minds are very spread out. We worry about the past. We worry about the future. We label. And all of that stuff just makes us very separate. What I’m trying to do is just quiet it down. Put that brain down from time to time and hope those periods of quiet and stillness get longer. When you do that, what rises from the mist is a kind of surrendering. You’re more connected as opposed to being separate. A lot of the questions about destiny or fate or purpose or any of that stuff—it’s not like you get answers. You just realize you didn’t need the questions.

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“Our conscious minds are very spread out. We worry about the past. We worry about the future. We label. And all of that stuff just makes us very separate. What I’m trying to do is just quiet it down. Put that brain down from time to time and hope those periods of quiet and stillness get longer. When you do that, what rises from the mist is a kind of surrendering. You’re more connected as opposed to being separate. A lot of the questions about destiny or fate or purpose or any of that stuff—it’s not like you get answers. You just realize you didn’t need the questions.”

ASK ME ANYTHING!!!!

Tomorrow, June 29th at 3pm EST/12pm WST I will be answering any and all questions from the Tumblr headquarters in NYC! 

A bit about me:

As the Founder/CEO/Creative Director of future-forward bodywear label Chromat, I believe strongly in acceptance and inclusivity on the runways at NYFW (and was just in the new documentary Straight/Curve about the negative effect that fashion has on teen girls), I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with Intel on fashion technology, and I’m so excited because we JUST released a new collaboration with MAC Cosmetics!!! 

I’m from Virginia originally and could have never dreamed that I would be here now, working in fashion. I studied architecture at UVA, volunteered in the Peace Corps, worked as a day laborer with a construction crew and now I live in Brooklyn with my amazing wife Christine McCharen-Tran

Wanna know what it’s like working with Beyonce? ASK ME

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Wanna know what Christine and I do for fun? ASK ME!

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“Our conscious minds are very spread out. We worry about the past. We worry about the future. We label. And all of that stuff just makes us very separate. What I’m trying to do is just quiet it down. Put that brain down from time to time and hope those periods of quiet and stillness get longer. When you do that, what rises from the mist is a kind of surrendering. You’re more connected as opposed to being separate. A lot of the questions about destiny or fate or purpose or any of that stuff—it’s not like you get answers. You just realize you didn’t need the questions.”

anonymous asked:

so it's more like a Harem verse, not actually poly?

If you want to think of it as “harem,” I’m not stopping you, but for me at least “harem” implies power imbalances between the person at the center and the people who love them, has some negative connotations, and invokes the idea of jealousy/competition among the “suitors.”

Polyamory, to my knowledge, does not necessarily need to mean equal romantic/sexual attraction among all parties involved, but it DOES imply that all parties are fully aware of what’s going on and consent to the relationship. Polyamory, for me, is associated with the image of a unconventional but functional and content family where everyone contributes in some way, which is what the relationship in this AU is supposed to be. (Polygamy, to my knowledge, refers strictly to the marriage and doesn’t have the same relationship connotations as polyamory)

Hope this explains my choice to label this as polyamory ^ ^

  • The formula was particularly likely to falsely flag black defendants as future criminals, wrongly labeling them this way at almost twice the rate as white defendants.
  • White defendants were mislabeled as low risk more often than black defendants.

Why are we surprised about this in the country , where skin color defines whether you are perceived as criminal or not?

The truth is, life is going to unfold as it’s going to unfold regardless of your input. If you are an active participant in that awareness, life kind of washes over you, good or bad. You kind of become Teflon a little bit to the struggles that we self-inflict.

Our conscious minds are very spread out. We worry about the past. We worry about the future. We label. And all of that stuff just makes us very separate. What I’m trying to do is just quiet it down. Put that brain down from time to time and hope those periods of quiet and stillness get longer. When you do that, what rises from the mist is a kind of surrendering. You’re more connected as opposed to being separate. A lot of the questions about destiny or fate or purpose or any of that stuff—it’s not like you get answers. You just realize you didn’t need the questions.

—  Chris Evans (x)

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I feel like The Orange One’s ban on trans people in the US Military is a good time to remind you that in the future many label as a utopia, Starfleet exists, and accepts anyone, regardless of their gender, sexuality, race, or origin. We need to work towards that vision NOW. If someone wants to fight for their country, regardless of whether or not you believe that the country is worth fighting for, that wish should not be denied based on their identity, and they sure as hell shouldn’t be written off as a burden.

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Major Setback: These Harvard Researchers Successfully Cloned A Wooly Mammoth, But The Janitor Ate It After They Went Home For The Night

Well, this is definitely a major scientific setback.

Just a few short decades ago, cloning a wooly mammoth would have seemed like a scientific impossibility. But after years of research and groundbreaking advances in the field of genetics, scientists at Harvard finally achieved their goal of reproducing the long-extinct Ice Age mammal. Unfortunately, their success was short-lived, because just a few hours after they left for the night, the janitor came into the lab and ate the whole thing.

Oof. It’s definitely going to take years of work to undo the damage this hungry janitor caused.

The elite team of scientists, who devoted the majority of their careers to the singular cause of bringing this extinct mammal back to life, returned to the lab in the morning to find only a small pile of bones where their pioneering breakthrough had once stood. After reviewing security footage, they discovered that the janitor had eaten the wooly mammoth while making his routine rounds the night before, perhaps under the assumption that it had been up for grabs.

Simply devastating. While no scientific endeavor is without its errors, this unfortunate mistake will set the lab’s progress back by years, if not decades.

“Between the hours of 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., a member of the Harvard maintenance staff entered the secure holding facility where the newly cloned mammoth was stored as part of his normal rounds and consumed the specimen in its entirety,” said head researcher Julie Jacobs. “While his actions are regrettable, we are taking every effort to ensure that no disaster of this magnitude ever again transpires and will be implementing a strict policy of fully labeling any future mammoths with clear ‘Do Not Eat’ signs going forward.”

“He also sucked the marrow out of all the bones, so we’re really back to square one to create a new specimen,” Jacobs added.

While the scientists appear to be keeping a positive outlook surrounding the serious setback, they still have their work cut out for them before there’s any hope of bringing a second mammoth back to life. Among their list includes applying for new grants, recruiting new researchers to their project, and sequencing genomes that will make future mammoths look decidedly less tasty.

Our hearts go out to you, Harvard scientists! While cloning a mammoth has been no walk in the park, we’re definitely looking forward to seeing one of those Ice Age beasts brought back to life at some point.

pixel-is-perfect  asked:

How well did you think the North and South comics treated the themes of progress? And Katara's character.

I think this time, they honestly tried to do justice to both those things. You can see the effort to restrain Aαng’s impact on the main plot so that Katara can take center stage. Her moral dilemma is about her people, instead of her boyfriend, and she is the focal point of the debate on whether the South should progress and industrialize, as well as whether she can accept a new mother figure into her life.

But the talent just isn’t there.

Let me preface this by saying, for a comic book geared toward the 9-12 age bracket, this is definitely above average. As far as quality in relation to the A:TLA canon, it’s about on par with “The Great Divide”. And I don’t say that as an insult, because “The Great Divide” is still better in animation, music, and execution than most of the kids’ fare out there. It just doesn’t make that leap to full complexity that the original show usually took. Let’s take a peek.

·         Simplification. OK, no cheating. Please recall the names of the main antagonist, Hakoda’s love interest, and her brother from “North and South”. Having trouble? My guess is you had much better luck with Joo Dee and Long Feng when they were introduced. OK, step two: please name as many character traits for each of these people as you can. Not physical traits or occupations: personality traits that stood out to you. My guess is that you can’t name more than one per character. OK, step three: please name your favorites lines that these characters spoke. I’d be very surprised if you could even name one! And remember, these are characters that have been with us through three entire comics.  

What’s the problem here? The problem is that these characters are not complex or memorable, and the dialogue is uninspired. Honestly, the two waterbending girls are more compelling than any of the adult characters. You can say the same thing in “The Great Divide” about the Gan Jin and Zhang leaders: they are restricted to one major character trait, and one motivation.

The nearest we get to a well-rounded character is Malina, but even she’s a wash. Tell me: does anyone feel so inspired by these characters that they want to write fanfic about them? Will there be an outpouring of fanart because they are so beloved? Will people be cosplaying them and looking up to them as role models, or creating intricate backstories for them on tumblr? Will people say, “Oh, I identify so deeply with this character’s struggles because …” ? Compare these characters to Jet, Hama, Koh, Jin … any minor character from the original series. They just don’t have that spark.

·         Plot-centric characterization. In “The Great Divide”, Sokka is on one side of the struggle; Katara is on the other. There is no middle ground. The episode just sticks the characters with the label “Zhang” and “Gan Jin” and every action they take is defined from there. Likewise, in “North and South” Katara is stuck with the “past” label, and Sokka is stuck with the “future” label, with no nuance at all until the very end. And please note that this is the same exact thing that happened to Toph and Aαng already in “The Rift”, where Aαng wanted to return to tradition while Toph wanted to forge ahead into the future. So not only are the themes incredibly binary; they are also redundant within the comics universe.

·         Sokka, what Sokka? In “Jet”, Sokka got his first real taste of leadership and being taken seriously by the narrative. He grew from comic buffoon to full-fledged secondary character. But in “The Great Divide”, he regresses to nothing more than a cardboard cutout whose characterization is left to the whims of the plot. He has no impact on the overall story.

In “North and South”, while Sokka does take part in the action and helps inform Katara’s character development, this isn’t his story at all. Because the narrative has decided that he is “right” and that the South should move forward into the future, he never has a moment where his worldview gets challenged. He tells Katara that the idyllic Southern Water Tribe she remembers might not have actually existed—which is a good point! But why didn’t Katara point out that the future Sokka envisions might not exist either? Again, we had three whole comics, and not one of them focused on Sokka as the protagonist. This isn’t to say that Katara should have less screentime, figuratively speaking; it’s that Katara and Sokka should never have had to fight for the spotlight in the comics in the first place! The whole A:TLA saga began with them. Having a comic centered on Katara and Sokka helps, but does not make up for, their lack of characterization and agency elsewhere in the series. And the worst part is that since Katara’s only chance to shine comes when she’s away from Aαng, this confirms everything anti-shippers have ever told us about the Kαtααng pairing. Aαng’s presence in Katara’s storyline is detrimental to her characterization and development, consistently, and this comic does nothing to change that.

I didn’t find Rayna dying a surprise. You don’t move to a new network and keep all your stars. Either Juliette, Rayna, or both were going to exit the show (i.e. die because they’re women and women hardly ever exit a show without dying). 

Rayna has been getting her affairs in order all season. Maddie was back home and they were a family again. She went on a self-discovery, found her music roots, and decided to write an album with Deacon. The album writing part was filmed in her home so now there’s a kind of home movie to remember her by. The future of her label is bright with her new partner. Juliette came back to Highway 65 and resolved any unease with Rayna. 

Even Scarlett found more of herself and became more confident / accepting of herself as an artist and woman, which wraps up Rayna feeling like she needed to watch out for her. Rayna fully acknowledged things weren’t always great with Deacon and he’s hurt her, but they’ve had happy, good times, too, and they chose to continually stand beside each other through the good and bad. 

There were lots of family moments between Rayna, Deacon and the girls. Maddie’s been dating an older young man, which prompted her and Rayna to have serious talks about relationships. Daphne got her period and became a woman, which Rayna was able to talk to her about. Daphne and Maddie have both been growing into their own separate lives and while they still need their mother, they aren’t children anymore.

The stalker plot always felt off to me, too sudden and no purpose, but it served as a way to force an accident and death that wasn’t for shock value. Rayna didn’t die for shock value. The stalker could have just killed her at the end of the episode, but instead her death was framed as a tragic accident. It also allowed her time to accept her death as the end of her journey. It could have easily been car accident -> hospital scene -> flatline -> dead. Instead, she was given time and a scene with her dead mother to reach closure. Her family and even Juliette were given time to say goodbye. 

Her death is a tragedy, but she wasn’t killed without any buildup and she didn’t die purely to shock the audience. She didn’t even die for manpain. It was a tragedy that will affect her family, friends, Nashville, and the entire world. Her death was not something that was done to her by another person in her life or a villain of the story. It was framed, rightly so, as an accident. It was a pretty good death, all things considered. 

They handled Rayna’s exit with a great deal of respect. Rayna dying was the only thing that made sense for her character. She wouldn’t leave her family. I can easily see her wanting to leave with her family (to get away from the music scene, to start over, etc), but it wasn’t realistic to write out Deacon and the girls, too. The only way you write out Rayna is if you write out her family as well. 

Rayna was always written as a strong family person who hated to be away from her family. There wasn’t a realistic way to separate her from the story without taking her family with her. She knows what it’s like to grow up without a mother. She would never do that to her girls. Death was the only way she would ever leave her family.

Yeah, Rayna dying sucks, but it’s a gift we even have a season 5. Nashville easily could have stayed dead when ABC cancelled it.

i didnt wanna reblog the post that mentioned it cause it was kind of a side thing and not what the post was about so im makin my own post

dirk was never like “i dont like labels” or whatever it was that where he was, 400 years in the future, labels literally weren’t even a thing and hadn’t been for a long time.

people always love to say “well dirk could be BI cause he never SAID HES GAY HE SAID HE DIDN’T LIKE BEING CALLED GAY!!!” nah dude that’s not what that means. rereading homestuck has done a whole lotta good for me i’ll tell ya that

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