industry terms

Honey is Not Vegan

-Honey bees are bred in factories
-Honey bees are shipped thousands of miles in crates to live in boxes on farms (so they don’t fly off and create new colonies)
-Honey bees work tirelessly to have their honey stolen and replaced by a cheap substitute
-Queen bees are “split open” and forcibly impregnated by farm workers
-Honey bees spread diseases to wild bees
-Honey bees are “incinerated” (industry term) once they are no longer needed

How is eating honey in any way, shape, or form, vegan????

More Cyberpunk Nomenclature

I dunno why, but my cyberpunk universe/setting has been itching me lately, so here’s some vocab for you diskheads. (Feel free to use or abuse these, or add your own, it’s all good)

“Industry Terms” (non slang)

Armature = Full-Body Prosthetic

Chassis = Basic frame of an Armature

Hard-Body = Hard, mechanical systems. Often considered more durable, but require more regular maintenance and are less efficient.

Soft-Body = Soft-robotics, inspired by biology. Often self-cleaning to a degree and require less maintenance, but tend to be more expensive, both to buy and to maintain. 

Wetware = Organic, carbon-based hardware (vat-grown/manufactured organic hardware is still wetware).

Implant = Any prosthetic that is (semi)permanently integrated into wetware.

SD (Ess-Dee) = Subdermal (refers to implants)

TD (Tee-Dee) = Transdermal (see above, also refers to hardpoint interfaces between body and prosthetic)

Hardpoint Interface (Often just called a TD or Hardpoint) = A TD implant that’s permanently affixed to a bone or joint. Used for connecting nerves and supporting prosthetics.


Gaffer = Someone who can’t afford new parts, often uses duct tape or other kludges to keep running.

Diskhead = Essentially rich/try-hards that buy the new shiny stuff and don’t know how to use it. Some wear it as a badge of pride (”Yeah I have money and can get cool shit, fite me lol.”)

Voider = Someone who tinkers so endlessly with their gear that you can’t tell which part came from what company. Often will purposely obfuscate logos or even fabricate new casings for parts just to maintain the “look.”

Borg = People who go full hard-body armature.
'Blackout Day' Promotes Black Beauty While the Fashion and Beauty Industries Catch Up
The selfie movement is a positive online community that fights the lack of black representation in mainstream media.
By Amanda Moore-Karim

“Blackout Day is all about creating a space to promote, encourage and inspire the black community to chase whatever dream [is] desired,” - Marissa Rei

A really great article about visibility and representation for black models and creatives in the Fashion and Beauty Industries and our long term goal of creating a space for people to celebrate and network!

Written by the lovely Amanda Moore-Karim who was a joy to work with. Check out more of her work: 


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- @marissarei

I feel like Jackson is getting visibly more confident with himself and his looks lately. And somehow I get the impression that being less active in the Korean industry (in terms of solo activities) kind of contributes to that.
I’m glad he gets to promote in his home country. The people he works with there and the public really seem to appreciate him and he notices that as well. People always praise him for his good personality and his handsome looks and i guess constantly hearing those things helped him to deal with his insecurities and complexes.
Plus all the pictorials he did for Chinese magazines! The styling was flawless, they really enhanced his looks and judging by how many pictures he uploaded on ig, he really liked how he looked in those pictures too.
I really hope he’ll stop doubting himself and realizes what a beautiful person he is inside and out.

it’s pretty cool to see “left-wing” antisemitism up close and personal.

some warning signs:

only ever talks about finance and entertainment industries as bad

uses terms like “donor class”, “chattering class”, “ruling class” instead of “bourgeoisie”, “rich”, “upper class” 

talks about the need to create enemies to direct people’s attention

focuses on the idea of violent vengeance against the elites rather than force as a means to an end

is more or less illiterate on any kind of leftist theory

In 1957, the USSR was furiously trying to catch up to the U.S. in its nuclear weapons program. One of the weapons production facilities working on this great task was located in Mayak, Chelyabinsk, and was by all accounts a shitshow. Minimal safeguards to protect the workers from being turned into ghouls, a town built directly outside – that kind of thing. In terms of industrial-sized gaffes, this is right up there with … nothing.

On September 29th, 1957, the plant’s cooling system failed, triggering an explosion which catapulted a cloud of radioactive waste into the atmosphere. When it fell back to Earth, it contaminated 20,000 square km. There were evacuations, sure, but not everyone. At least a few people in the area were pressed into service, cleaning villages and burning crops to try to decontaminate the area. Decades later, the region is still a hotbed for cancer, “enjoying” a diagnosis rate five times higher than the national average.

The Soviets covered it up, because of course they would, but interestingly, that’s only half the reason almost no one’s heard about this. It turns out the CIA also helped cover up the disaster for decades.

6 Horrifying Disasters That Got Cut From The History Books


it is 1am and I’m gonna forget all this if I don’t write it now so bear with me. At the time I’m writing this, 13th, is not on Netflix’s recently added section or trending section. It is listed near the very end of their documentary section. I found it by searching it. This to me is strange considering the film was the first doc to open NYFF, it was directed by Ava DuVernay a well respected director who gives them content through ARRAY. The peripherals of this film seem like something Netflix would actively promote.

I watched it with someone who just knew the term Prison Industrial Complex by name only. He was initially hazy on why it was called 13th at all. As for myself, I was a part of an anti-prison school group that worked against the GEO Group. That was 3-4 years ago and I have done nothing since. So I do have knowledge, but not working knowledge of the prison system in the US. With that said, I would say this film is a good primer of the issues of mass incarceration. 

The best thing the film does is chart the history of mass incarceration from reconstruction through Jim Crow, the Government reaction to the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements & their aftermath, into the Post-Regan era of Mass Incarceration. At the same time detailing how integral, yet often intentionally invisibly so, the prison system is to US society. I was legitimately shocked it went into ALEC. 

But the film is lacking. I am writing this freshly seeing it so please bear with me if this section is kinda muddled.

First, the section on the prosecution of Zimmerman was lacking. And this could be because I’m a Floridian but Angela Corey needed to be mentioned and the disparity of her handling of the Zimmerman case and her handling of Marissa Alexander’s case is very telling. At the same time, Angela was notorious for sending minors to adult prisons. In actuality the Zimmerman section should have been her section to segue into the School-to-Prison Pipeline. That is the single biggest missing part of the doc. How our schools, particularly those in impoverished neighborhoods, are designed to prep and send it’s students to prison. To my mind a documentary on prison is unthinkable without a section on the School-to-Prison Pipeline. 

Next, no mention of how American brand prison (either American companies like GEO or, more menacingly, the idea of mass incarceration) is exported globally like G4S (British based; operating infamously in Palestine). Bush Jr’s War on Terror, specifically Abu Ghraib & Guantanamo Bay, should have been mentioned.

And speaking of presidents whose involvement in Mass Incarceration is noticeably skipped over, no mention of Obama’s policies especially toward undocumented immigrants. 

There is no straightforward mention of LGBT anti-prison work. CeCe McDonald or  Reina Gossett would have been excellent choices to interview. [EDIT] Importantly CeCe, a black transwoman held in a men’s prison, said of her experience that being held in a women’s prison would not have made her safer because “No prison is safe”.

I will default to women on this point but I think the film lacked proper analysis of women in prison. No mention that black women since about the dawn of the new millennium have been the fastest growing demographic in prison populations. No mention of forced sterilization and Mass Incarceration as population control. And the statistic, last I checked, on black women in prison is overwhelmingly women in their reproductive years. Meaning, the prison system scoops up women in their reproductive prime and holds them past it. To recall the point of Obama, the film does not state that the FBI in 2013 listed Assata Shakur on its most wanted terrorist list, the first woman in its history. Where the fuck was Saidiya Hartman? You got fucking Van Jones & Corey Booker??? But not Saidiya Hartman…ok.

Very little is said about recidivism. And the section on probation and parole would have been a good spot to talk about that. [EDIT] It was mentioned but not impacted how nonviolent felony offenders can’t get public housing, food stamps, etc. In addition, many state’s make people pay for their incarceration in some manner. The impact is: You can’t get a job, food, a house…so you resort back to crime. Putting you in prison again. 

An important conversation about the nomenclature of this phenomenon was not had.Prison Industrial Complex or Mass Incarceration? Is it primarily a capitalistic endeavor or it is mostly population control? 

Solutions. Every time I hear Angela Davis talk about Mass Incarceration, she always mentions reparative justice and gives examples (see Are Prisons Obsolete, her speech at FIU, etc) of how it works in operation. I know many prison abolitionists, in solidarity with the Palestinian movement, adopt a BDS-like plan to stop Mass Incarceration. Alternatives including community outreach, raising the minimum wage, healthcare exists in cities across the country that ameliorate Mass Incarceration. Was it Detroit that recently used meditation as opposed to detention for kids? [EDIT] It was the Robert W. Coleman Elementary School in Baltimore, MD. 

Finally, there’s a section that offers pitiful debate over whether or not the video & images of dead black people should be seen. 1 person spoke out against it. And the film is clearly in favor showing such images throughout. Firehoses, dogs, lynching, phone footage, CCTV footage are shown throughout the film. And again, as I’ve been saying for years now it is not necessary. At these parts I just looked away. Whenever such images are shown I leave the room. So for me this was the first time hearing these unarmed black men’s murder. Most of my followers know that Saidiya Hartman quote that I seem to have to post every week so I won’t link to it here. But, I cannot stress that these images are really damaging & their intended purpose has proven ineffectual. 

The realities of expecting a 100 minute film to cover everything (thoroughly) is ludicrous.  And I’ve mentioned this before, good film criticism can take what a film lacks and supply that to the without disparaging the film or the limits of the medium. I usually like to link to research and info on posts like this but its 2am now and I’m going to bed. Google and Youtube can point you to where you need to go if you need statistics and such.

anonymous asked:

Why does the cynic in me think this reduction of Willa was Arrow's way of ensuring Felicity was the unquestioned female lead this season? Pretty sure Willa was getting billed above EBR in previous seasons, but by making her not a full regular this time that might have been changed. Don't know if anyone's checked what order the names appear in anymore...

Personally, I think Willa asked for less episodes in negotiations and perhaps a “holiday” break in the back half. I’m not sure how the industry works in terms of actors and their contracts, but Marc said something about writing around that fourteen episode count which suggests to me it’s not really his choice. 

I still just think it’s bullshit how they’re handling it. You have Willa — the current female lead of the show who has been there since day one — and you know she’s only going to be in fourteen episodes, but you’re not going to give her a greater focus for the time she is here? It’s become a joke how this show treats its cast and characters. 

Let me say a few words about prison abolition … I know that the question many of you have is: what are you going to replace it with, right? You abolish the prison, what are you going to replace it with? I want to ask you to think about the same question in relation to slavery. If you abolish slavery, what are you going to replace it with? …I’m asking you to try to think about the abolition of the institution of the prison in a different way. And not to force your imagination to try to come up with a solution that fits the footprint of the prison. It makes no sense to think about another institution that is simply going to replace the prison. No sense.

As a matter of fact, the term prison industrial complex allows us to think about the project of abolition in much broader terms. The prison industrial complex  is not the sum of all the prisons and jails in this country, and throughout the world. It is a sect of symbiotic relationships among correctional communities, transnational corporations, media conglomerates, guards unions, legislative and court agendas. Of the increasing transnational incarnation of the prison industrial complex, the most dramatic is the insinuation of US style anti-crime rhetoric into the new democracy of South Africa, and the erection of the U.S. Style super-maximum security prison, as well as the spread of private prisons in South Africa, private prisons owned and operated by corporations that are headquartered in the United States of America. And of course, the…largest private prison company, the largest transnational private prison country is Corrections Corporations of America, which got started in Nashville, Tennessee. And until recently, CCA owned and operated the largest women’s prison in the country of Australia. 

Now, if we …accept the fact that the contemporary meaning of punishment is fashioned through these various relationships, then our abolitionist strategies will propose alternatives that try to pull these relationships apart. Does that make sense? What would it mean then, to imagine a system in which punishment is not allowed to become the source of corporate profit? How can we imagine a society in which race and class are not primary determinants of punishment, or one in which punishment itself  is no longer the central concern in the making of justice? 

Rather than try to imagine a single alternative to the existing system of incarceration, we might envision an array of alternatives. Education can be seen as the most compelling alternative to imprisonment….And so what we would have to do is de-militarize our schools….Revitalize education in all levels. Unless the current structures of violence are eliminated from schools, and impoverished communities of color, including the presence of armed guards - armed security guards and police. And unless schools become places that encourage the joy of learning, these schools will remain the major conduits to youth prisons, and then to adult prisons. Alternatives that fail to address racism, male dominance, homophobia, a class bias, and other structures of domination will not lead to decarceration, and will not advance the goal of abolition. 

I want to conclude with a story. The story of Amy Biehl, and I am doing this in lieu of evoking the growing body of literature on reshaping systems of justice around strategies of reparation rather than retribution. In 1993 when South Africa was on the cusp of its transition, Amy Biehl was devoting a significant amount of her time as a foreign student to the work of rebuilding South Africa. Nelson Mandela had been freed in 1990, but he had not yet been elected President. On August 25th, 1993 Biehl was driving several black friends to their home in Guguletu. Biehl was a white student from New Port, California. Fullbright student. A crowd shouting anti-white slogans confronted her, and some of them stoned and stabbed her death. Four of the men- of course they were all black- participating in the attack were convicted of her murder, and were sentenced to 18 years in prison. In 1997, Amy’s mother and father, Peter and Linda Biehl, were persuaded finally to support the amnesty petition the men presented to …the Truth and Reconciliation …commission. They apologized to the Biehls and they were released from prison in 1998. But two of them…wanted to meet the parents of the young woman they killed. They said they wanted to say more about their own sorrow for killing the Biehls’ daughter than it had been possible [to say during] the Truth and Reconciliation hearings. ‘I know you lost a person you loved. I want you to forgive me, and take me as your child,’ [said Nofemela]. The Biehls had established the 'Amy Biehl Foundation’ in the aftermath of their daughter's death. So they asked the two men … to work at the [Foundation’s] Guguletu branch. Nofemela became an instructor in an after school sports program, and Peni became administrator. In June 2002, a little more than a year ago, the two men accompanied Linda Biehl to New York, where they all spoke before the American Family Therapy Academy on reconciliation and restorative justice. In a Boston Globe interview, Linda Biehl, when asked how she now feels about the men who killed her daughter, said: 'I have a lot of love for them.’ After Peter Biehl died in 2002 last year, she bought two plots of land for the two [men] in memory of her husband so that Nofemela and Peni can build their own homes.

A few days after the September 11 attacks, the Biehls had been asked to speak at the synagogue in New Port beach. According to Peter Biehl, and I am ending with this quote, 'we try to explain that sometimes it pays to shut up and listen to what other people have to say. To ask: "why do these terrible things happen" instead of simply reacting.' 

Thank You.

anonymous asked:

so if a show rans for awhile but it doesnt recoup its still a flop?

Yup a lot of people don’t know the terms hit and flop are industry terms for whether a show is financially successful or not. Regardless of how long the show runs or how many awards it wins- it’s a flop if it doesn’t recoup.

For the past few years, my friends and I have noticed two trends when dining. First, seemingly every high-end menu rebukes factory farming with an essay about locally sourced pork belly, and second, just about every one of these restaurants looks so much like a factory — with exposed light bulbs, steel details and brick walls — that I’m constantly looking over my shoulder for the foreman.

I like the industrial-chic look, but still, I wondered: Why has it permeated so many restaurants, regardless of cuisine? Hoping for an answer that involved a secret society plot, I called a bunch of restaurateurs and designers to get the low-down on the stripped-down look.

The first rule of industrial chic: You do not talk about industrial chic.

“We don’t like the term ‘industrial chic,’ ” says Jeremy Levitt, co-owner of the New York City-based firm Parts and Labor Design. “The term 'industrial’ is becoming overused,” he adds. “We certainly stay away from the word 'chic.’” If you must, try instead “modern industrial” or “deco industrial.”

Why Does Every New Restaurant Look Like A Factory?

Photo: Courtesy of The Perennial

Germany Ranked #1 in International Energy Efficiency Scorecard

The ACEEE has released it’s 2nd International Energy Efficiency Scorecard and Germany has once again topped the rankings. In terms of industry, building and a national awareness for energy efficiency, Germany is the number one nation in the world.

Since 2005, Germany has made the energy transition, or energiewende, a top priority by investing in clean energy sources and retooling the current electricity infrastructure. This focus on renewables has paid off exponentially. Germany is now a world leader in energy innovation, whether by developing offshore wind farms to creating smaller, more effective solar panels.

Click here to read the full ACEEE report, including a profile on Germany’s energy transition