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Terrall: “This is another success story. This is Bam.”

Bam: “When I started, I was running wild. But I chose to focus up and do what matters. Last year really was a big scare for me. I was gonna have my first child. One turned to two, so responsibilities doubled.  It just made me grow out of a lot of things.

I don’t be outside no more, I don’t sell drugs no more, I don’t do stuff I ain’t got no business doing. I just go to work, have fun with my kids, and have fun with my family. I live now, you know? I don’t have to look over my shoulder, worry about somebody trying to shoot at me, somebody walking up saying I did some harm to them, any of that. ‘Cause that’s not the stuff that matters now.

It’s only been a year for me. I’ve gained two jobs, a great education. A stable home. Stability. Everything’s falling in place now because I’m making a difference. I’m doing something. I’m providing for more than myself. It made me want to be a better person.”

“What difference did the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board downtown outreach team make to you?”

“That was one of the biggest helps I ever had. It means something when someone actually cares. Somebody to be in your corner. Now you have a real support system. And the crazy thing is that it’s from people you’re not stuck with.

Everybody’s got family and friends and all these people that are close, but they do so much bogus stuff. You’ve got people that aren’t connected to you by bloodline, and when they really get real deep into your life just to make sure you’re okay? That’s all that matters to me.”

(Bam also credits the Northside Economic Opportunity Network for helping him achieve his goals).

Human Practice because anatomy and eyes are not my strong suit. 

I used Sloth. I really don’t know. I inked it traditionally too but it doesn’t look as good as this. I might take it to digital but I’m not sure. I hope it looks alright for the most part. I still need a lot of practice before I get a style down that I like. 

Enjoy? I guess 

You know, in all those “humans are the creepy/fucked up alien species” posts I can’t believe we haven’t touched on organ donation yet. 

 When they heard that the human general had fallen ill to a disease of the organ known as the liver the troops began to hope that it might turn the tide of the war. Research indicated that such diseases could be fatal after all. The organ did something similar to the flagulaxin in that it filtered out toxins so when it stopped functioning the human would slowly be poisoned to death by his own body. Or so they believed.

But then he came back.

A foot soldier was captured and answers demanded. Was it a medication? Had the sickeness been a ruse to fool them?

“Nah, man. This kid on a motorcycle wiped out on the I9 freeway so they gave the general his liver since they were a match.”

“They…what?”

“They gave him his liver. The kid was dead, and he was an organ donor. And he was a genetic match to the general.”

“They…cut the liver out of one of your young and placed it in an elder and it…worked?”

“I mean, he wasn’t that young. Mid twenties or something. But yeah, that’s essentially it.”

The interrogator and his assistant both regurgitated their most recent meal and ran from the room. Living in places like the “Australia” were one thing, but taking the organs of dead bodies and placing them in the living? What was WRONG with this species?

Animals live from day to day doing what their instincts tell them to do, enjoying whatever pleasures they can, giving no thought to the future, totally unaware of the pain, suffering and death that await them. But man is acutely aware of the potential suffering he faces and of the inevitability of death, except to the extent that he can distract or deceive himself. Moreover, this endless game of birth, growth, reproduction, suffering and death goes on and on, and as is true for all life on earth, the game is totally meaningless. It’s not really going anywhere, and there are no real winners. In the long run you’re dead. Life is absurd. It’s a cruel joke of nature, a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Man is the only creature that can appreciate the joke and realize that he has been thrown into a situation that is absurd, without meaning or purpose. This is the human predicament.
—  The Human Predicament

Almost nothing in nature is actually blue. Instead, things that appear blue, like butterflies or feathers, usually have molecules that reflect blue light better than other colors. This is known as structural color. Humans, who only create pigmented colors, can’t have blue skin or hair because it isn’t easily absorbed and secreted the way other natural pigments are. Source

Due to the risk of things like nuclear war, global warming, and the advancing development of artificial intelligence, Stephen Hawking says the human race won’t survive another 1,000 years if we don’t find another habitable planet. Source