8 Tips For Staying Safe During An Earthquake

1. Go skydiving: It’s a well-known fact that the safest place to be during an earthquake is in the air. This is why you should always go skydiving as soon as the earthquake starts.

2. Do not use an earthquake as a time to Google “Is Earthquake good or is Earthquake bad”: Here’s the answer: Earthquake is bad. You do not need to waste valuable time looking this up again.

3. Avoid large, unsecured objects like Rickety Ronald and Wobbly William: Rickety Ronald and Wobbly William are two of the wonkiest, shakiest fellas around. In the event of an earthquake, steer clear of these precariously teetering goons.


Just putting this out there

I find women completely topless in public disgusting. If I had a child I would most certainly not want them seeing breasts anywhere, especially on the street. I don’t care if it’s legal to walk around topless, and I don’t care if you’re doing it for feminist or political reasons. It’s lewd and inappropriate. I wouldn’t want to see your breasts the same way I wouldn’t want to see your genitalia or male genitalia in public. Public places are supposed to make me feel safe.

For those that were wondering why Groff always wears his bike helmet, here’s the answer.

vegankhaleesi Stagedoor throwback #2 from seeing Hamilton at the 7/18 matinee, when I got to meet the amazing Jonathan Groff, who plays King George. He is so fucking funny in the role, and of course that VOICE. You may know him from Spring Awakening or Glee or Frozen or Looking etc. He’s so soft-spoken and adorable. I asked why he wears his bike helmet even when he’s not riding his bike, and he said he’s promoting bike safety, lol

All Aboard, as we prepare to depart Ludlow, Ky., with our Norfolk Southern Whistle-Stop Safety Train excursion. We will head toward Dayton and then Columbus, Ohio. Did you know that last year, more than 1,100 people died or were seriously injured in highway-rail grade crossing incidents, and 945 people were injured or killed while walking on or near trains or tracks? “See Tracks? Think Train!” You could save a life by helping us spread this rail safety message.

It’s 5:45 in the morning and in a field outside Siem Reap, home of Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s demining rats are already hard at work. Their noses are close to the wet grass, darting from side to side, as they try to detect explosives buried just beneath the ground.

Each rat is responsible for clearing a 200-square-meter (239-square-yard) patch of land. Their Cambodian supervisor, Hulsok Heng, says they’re good at it.

“They are very good,” he says. “You see this 200 square meters? They clear in only 30 minutes or 35 minutes. If you compare that to a deminer, maybe two days or three days. The deminer will pick up all the fragmentation, the metal in the ground, but the rat picks up only the smell of TNT. Not fragmentation or metal or a nail or a piece of crap in the ground.”

That’s right: someone using a metal-detecting machine will take a lot longer to detect a land mine than a rat using its nose.

In Cambodia, Rats Are Being Trained To Sniff Out Land Mines And Save Lives

Photo credit: Michael Sullivan for NPR


We don’t remember seeing “hedgehog crossing” or “pigeon takeoff area” signs when first learning the rules of the road, but the Department of Awesomely Good Deeds knows that it always pays to be more mindful of our animal friends. #TINYROADSIGN is a delightful project by Vilnius, Lithuania-based creative agency Clinic 212, who wanted to remind their fellow city dwellers that they aren’t the only lifeforms in the city and help out local urban wildlife. So the created and put up a series of diminutive roadsigns around Vilnius and painted a little crosswalk for the hedgehogs too.

[via Design You Trust]

Seattle mayor introduces plan to make the city safer for LGBT people
The plan, which includes a proposal for gender-neutral restrooms in city buildings, comes in response to an uptick in hate crimes.

Seattle has seen a major uptick in anti-LGBT hate crimes this year, and as a result, Mayor Ed Murray is taking action: he’s proposing a thorough plan to improve safety for LGBT citizens. 

Murray’s plan includes increasing services for LGBT youth (including measures to support homeless LGBT youth), launching an LGBT public education campaign, addressing crime in one of the city’s predominantly gay neighborhoods, training police officers on LGBT sensitivity, and converting all single-use restrooms in city buildings into gender-neutral restrooms. 

The city will allocate $40,000 to Project EQTY (Elevating Queer and Transgender Youth), a program aimed at assuring that homeless shelters are competent in dealing with LGBT youth. Murray said the city will not create a separate shelter for these young people, Seattle PI reports.

“What we heard is they don’t need to be separated out or segregated out,” he said. “They needed people in current shelters with the training and capacity to help them.” Danielle Askini, executive director of the Gender Justice League, also pointed out that an LGBT-only shelter would violate antidiscrimination laws, alternative paper The Stranger notes.

In other steps, the Department of Neighborhoods will use matching grants to support projects that promote LGBT safety, and various city departments will improve lighting and take other crime-prevention measures in the heavily gay Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Murray has submitted an ordinance on gender-neutral restrooms to the City Council, and the city will also launch a public education campaign on LGBT issues and evaluate the training that police officers receive concerning interactions with LGBT citizens.

Hot damn, Seattle. Sounds like a plan. Let’s do it. 

The Fear of Losing Safety

‘The first most basic fear is that of losing safety. Because safety is fundamental to our survival, this fear will instinctively be triggered at the fist sign of danger or insecurity; the old brain, or limbic system, is inherently wired that way. This particular fear will also be triggered when we experience pain or discomfort. But in most cases, there is no real danger to us; in fact, our fears are largely imaginary - that the plane will crash, that we will be criticized, that we’re doing it wrong. Yet until we see this dimension of fear with clarity, we will continue to live with a sense of constriction that can seem daunting.

A central component of spiritual life is recognizing that practice is not about ensuring that we feel secure or comfortable. It’s not that we won’t feel these things when we practice; rather, it’s that we are also bound to sometimes feel very uncomfortable and insecure, particularly when exploring and working with our darker emotions and unhealed pain. Still, there is also a deep security developed over the course of a practice life that isn’t likely to resemble the immediate comfort we usually crave. This fundamental security develops instead out of the willingness to stay with and truly experience our fears. Isn’t it ironic that the path to real security comes from residing in the fear of insecurity itself?

Insecurity can also manifest as the fear of helplessness, often surfacing as the fear of losing control, the fear of being controlled, the fear of chaos, or even the fear of the unfamiliar. For example, nearly all of us have experienced the emotion of rage, which is like being swept into a mushroom cloud explosion. Think of the kind of day when nothing seems to go your way, or even just the last time your TV remote stopped working and no matter what buttons you pushed, you couldn’t get it to do what you wanted. The urge to throw the remote against the wall can feel like angry rage, but as we bring awareness to this experience, we can discover that the feeling of rage is often just an outer explosion covering over the quieter inner implosion of feeling powerless. Rage may give us a feeling of power and control, but how often is it an evasion of the sense of powerlessness that feels so much worse?

We all dread the helplessness of losing control, and yet real freedom lies in recognizing the futility of demanding that life be within our control. Instead, we must learn the willingness to feel - to say yes to - the experience of helplessness itself. This is one of the hidden gifts of serious illness or loss. It pushes us right to our edge, where we may have the good fortune to realize that our only real option is to surrender to our experience and let it just be.

During a three-year period in the early 1990s when I was seriously ill with no indication that I would ever get better, I watched my life as I had known it begin to fall apart. I not only lost my ability to work and engage in physical activities. I also experienced a dismantling of my basic identities. At first, it was disconcerting and frightening not to have the props of seeing myself as a Zen practitioner, a carpenter and contractor (my livelihood), a husband and a father. But as I stayed with the fears, and particularly as I was able to bring the quality of lovingkindness to the experience, there came a dramatic shift.

As the illusory self-images were stripped away, I experienced the freedom of not needing to be anyone at all. By truly surrendering to the experience of helplessness, by letting everything I clung to just fall apart, I found that what remained was more than enough. As we learn to breathe fear into the center of the chest, the heart feels more and more spacious. I’m not talking about the heart as a muscle in our chest, but rather than the heart that is our true nature. This heart is more spacious than the mind can ever imagine.’

- Ezra Baya, The Three Things We Fear Most, from the Spring 2009 issue of Tricyle: The Buddhist Review.

Hiking buddies

i have an idea, and i’ll go do some online research because maybe it already exists -

can we start a network of people who want to go hiking but are afraid to hike alone ? set up by state or county maybe. Helping people connect with others in their area so they can hike safely, with a buddy.

 i don’t even know how to go about something like this but i feel like it would empower so many folks to be able to go on hikes without fear!

there would need to be a verification process, photos of people with their current  ID, and address verification that only admin or something can see? 

Add your information to the list here: http://ostealjewelry.tumblr.com/post/125767535870



Mama Cat’s “Evil Eye” Protection Jar

Mama Cat hangs this little jar in her window for an extra boost of safety. Super easy to make and very cute to boot.


a small, seal-able jar

puffy paint (fabric paint) in white, black, and blue (or any color you like)

herbs that you use for protection (Mama Cat used arnica flowers, argimony, thyme, penny royal, juniper berries, and a few others)

sigils you use for protection

How To:

  • Carefully create you eye on the outside of the jar in any way you wish. The blue eye is traditional but you can use any color that feels safe to you. Let this dry before you continue. If you would like to paint on any sigils, now would be the time.
  • If you would like to open a circle, call to someone, ect, do this now.

  • After the paint is dry, layer in your herbs or mix them all together. If you would like to bless the jar, do this step now. If you would like to use incense to bless or purify you could use sandalwood, patchouli, dragons blood, or sage. 

Keep this jar on a window sill, on a high shelf, or hanging in a window. Keep the eye turned outward so it can watch out for evil and bad vibes that could come your way.

Facing the Trend of Pools Banning Tails

A tutorial in the “Raina’s Professional Resources” series.

We’ve all been dealing with the fall out of pools banning mermaid tails for adults and kids. Our company has been working hard with the local pools to try and find compromises. We’ve heard a lot of VALID concerns about mermaid tails. It’s time to come together as a community to rise to these concerns and provide valid responses and help.
The following are tips my company suggests for dealing with these issues. They won’t solve all issues for all mermaids… but if we make a real effort to have a unified front it’s going to help in the long run.

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Hiking buddies

want to hike but don’t feel safe alone? I am trying to make a master list of sweet folks who’d like a buddy to hike with,

I’ve started a private blog : hikingbuddies.tumblr.com (message me for the password - it’s private so you can feel safer sharing information)

I Ask that you be at least 18 years of age - all skill levels welcome - group hikes encouraged - bullshit free zone

I know its daunting to be the first few people, but the more people who take the plunge and fill it out - the better chance of good folks being able to enjoy the outdoors <3

please see this post for more info on the idea : http://ostealjewelry.tumblr.com/post/125765330930

Good folks looking for Good hikes

Fill out your info below and repost to hikingbuddies.tumblr.com  if you want to be a buddy or need a buddy! 

Name : 

Location : 

Hiking level :

Preferences : 

Transport :

Availability :

Verify ID : (see original post)

US students will be able to shield themselves during school shootings with the latest in body armour, the Bodyguard Blanket.  
Heartbreaking comment:
“ Are fucking kidding me? I have been sitting at home and constantly watching the news after the events of yesterday. For those of you who are wondering, I am a junior at REYNOLDS HIGH SCHOOL! I was there when the shooter kept running in the halls trying to open the doors and get in. I was there in the dark praying and crying while my librarian kept saying ” they’ll have to kill me before they touch my kids” I have known her for three years, her determination to keep us safe broke her heart. Seeing this, that little children need protection in school. Are we sending kids to a battlefield? I have three little brothers ranging from 5-10, and still people have the nerve to speak about the second amendment? Really? I can’t even type anymore. I’m so disgusted and frustrated. When will you realize that it’s important to have gun control? When a shooter is pointing a gun at your child? Is that when you’ll realize that guns aren’t something to be kept around. People say it’s a free country but honesty, this country is more oppressed and diseased than any other country.”