Crumpets?

Bert. 19. Atheist. Liberal. Humanist. Opinionated. Studying Environmental Science at Uni. I have a weird love for frogs.

The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that’d still be keeping his feet dry in ten years’ time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

This was the Captain Samuel Vimes ‘Boots’ theory of socioeconomic unfairness.

Terry Pratchett, Men At Arms (via idrabear)

This is one of the best breakdowns I’ve ever seen of how expensive it is to be poor.

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dogshaming:


somehow i still love him

the sickest yet

dogshaming:

somehow i still love him

the sickest yet

botanicalbalthazar:

10pointstojessie:

bitsandpiecesofwhoiam:

writingprompts:

558
pets vs. food

This is a big part of why I’m a vegetarian. How different is eating a pig from eating a dog? Pigs are intelligent animals, many times more intelligent than dogs.  Yet, for some reason eating them is socially acceptable, but eating a dog is deplorable.  It’s bizarre to me.

I was just thinking about this yesterday. I’m glad someone put it into words more eloquently than I ever could. If I tried saying something like this, it’d be a horribly jumbled mess.

Why are certain plants food? You can eat nettles, cleavers, raspberry leaves cockscomb leaves dog rose buds and leaves, the list goes on. People just don’t in western culture, some cultures won’t eat pigs but they do eat dogs. That is just how we use those animals, there are lots of reasons to go vegetarian but I don’t think that’s one.
We don’t eat dogs and cats because pigs, cattle and sheep have been specifically bred to produce high amounts of meat. Also, if anyone has any knowledge of biology, you’ll know that the higher up the food chain, the less efficient it is. Cows and sheep are ruminents that can digest celulose and the energy only goes up one trophic level. Pigs are actually omnivores, but generally aren’t fed meat in most western countries.
Another reason is that meat eating animals tend to carry more harmful disease and harmful levels of substances, such as carnivores tending to have toxic levels of vitamin A. Pigs are actually regarded as disgusting to eat in a lot of cultures because they’re used as vacuums in slums and eat everything from dead diseased chickens to faecal matter.
Yet another examples of vegans/vegetarians not knowing what they’re talking about…

botanicalbalthazar:

10pointstojessie:

bitsandpiecesofwhoiam:

writingprompts:

558

pets vs. food

This is a big part of why I’m a vegetarian. How different is eating a pig from eating a dog? Pigs are intelligent animals, many times more intelligent than dogs.  Yet, for some reason eating them is socially acceptable, but eating a dog is deplorable.  It’s bizarre to me.

I was just thinking about this yesterday. I’m glad someone put it into words more eloquently than I ever could. If I tried saying something like this, it’d be a horribly jumbled mess.

Why are certain plants food? You can eat nettles, cleavers, raspberry leaves cockscomb leaves dog rose buds and leaves, the list goes on. People just don’t in western culture, some cultures won’t eat pigs but they do eat dogs. That is just how we use those animals, there are lots of reasons to go vegetarian but I don’t think that’s one.

We don’t eat dogs and cats because pigs, cattle and sheep have been specifically bred to produce high amounts of meat. Also, if anyone has any knowledge of biology, you’ll know that the higher up the food chain, the less efficient it is. Cows and sheep are ruminents that can digest celulose and the energy only goes up one trophic level. Pigs are actually omnivores, but generally aren’t fed meat in most western countries.

Another reason is that meat eating animals tend to carry more harmful disease and harmful levels of substances, such as carnivores tending to have toxic levels of vitamin A. Pigs are actually regarded as disgusting to eat in a lot of cultures because they’re used as vacuums in slums and eat everything from dead diseased chickens to faecal matter.

Yet another examples of vegans/vegetarians not knowing what they’re talking about…

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victongai:

Utopia, Frogfolio

Victo Ngai

Every year Dellas Graphic launches a calendar project called the Frogfolio which led to tons of award-winning pieces in the past 16 years. The past talents include Brad Holland, Etienne Delessert, Chris Buzelli, Yuko Shimizu, Sam Weber, Sam Bosma, Jillian Tamaki, Bill Mayer, Ellen Weinstein, Joohee Yoon.etc. It’s a great honor to have my name be part of the artists I highly admire. 

The subject matter is completely open ( as long as there is a frog in the picture), so I took full advantage and had tons of fun working on this piece. Thank you AD Jim Burke for having me on board!!

botanicalbalthazar:

xsugarcatx:

noiiir:

hovercrab:

xsugarcatx:

sidoniethefairy:

No stranger to controversy and publicity stunts, PETA is back – and this time, the animal rights group is putting money where its mouth is: PETA is offering a $1 million reward to the first scientist to produce, and bring to market, lab-grown meat.Scientists around the world are researching or seeking funds to research ways to produce meat in the laboratory—without killing any animals. In vitro meat production would use animal stem cells that would be placed in a medium to grow and reproduce. The result would mimic flesh and could be cooked and eaten. Some promising steps have been made toward thistechnology, but we’re still several years away from having in vitro meat be available to the general public. 

What is HAPPENING to nature :( 

This just makes me hate PETA more. Why not continue to showcase the benefits of a diet with no animal products (low sat fats, low cholesterol, low calorie, etc) instead of spending pointless money on something that is stupid. 

Why would anyone want to eat that =/

Why not just eat normal meat like normal omnivores :S 

The meat will be exactly the same as a meat from an animal without the suffering, its quite obvious the entire world isn’t going to go vegetarian or vegan so I think this is an excellent alternative. 

Yer, and they’ve done it already and its more efficient than growing cattle themselves. It wouldn’t be a food of rich people but i think it helps solve the problem that more and more people want meat. People already eat Quorn, which is basically grown the same way but its fungi rather than animal cells. It can also have essential vitamins etc added and would be less fatty.

botanicalbalthazar:

xsugarcatx:

noiiir:

hovercrab:

xsugarcatx:

sidoniethefairy:

No stranger to controversy and publicity stunts, PETA is back – and this time, the animal rights group is putting money where its mouth is: PETA is offering a $1 million reward to the first scientist to produce, and bring to market, lab-grown meat.

Scientists around the world are researching or seeking funds to research ways to produce meat in the laboratory—without killing any animals. In vitro meat production would use animal stem cells that would be placed in a medium to grow and reproduce. The result would mimic flesh and could be cooked and eaten. Some promising steps have been made toward thistechnology, but we’re still several years away from having in vitro meat be available to the general public. 

What is HAPPENING to nature :( 

This just makes me hate PETA more. Why not continue to showcase the benefits of a diet with no animal products (low sat fats, low cholesterol, low calorie, etc) instead of spending pointless money on something that is stupid. 

Why would anyone want to eat that =/

Why not just eat normal meat like normal omnivores :S 

The meat will be exactly the same as a meat from an animal without the suffering, its quite obvious the entire world isn’t going to go vegetarian or vegan so I think this is an excellent alternative. 

Yer, and they’ve done it already and its more efficient than growing cattle themselves. It wouldn’t be a food of rich people but i think it helps solve the problem that more and more people want meat. People already eat Quorn, which is basically grown the same way but its fungi rather than animal cells. It can also have essential vitamins etc added and would be less fatty.

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slatercombes:

Photos: If All of Earth’s Water was put into Single Sphere
This picture shows the size of a sphere that would contain all of Earth’s water in comparison to the size of the Earth. The blue sphere sitting on the United States, reaching from about Salt Lake City, Utah to Topeka, Kansas, has a diameter of about 860 miles (about 1,385 kilometers) , with a volume of about 332,500,000 cubic miles (1,386,000,000 cubic kilometers). The sphere includes all the water in the oceans, seas, ice caps, lakes and rivers as well as groundwater, atmospheric water, and even the water in you, your dog, and your tomato plant.

slatercombes:

Photos: If All of Earth’s Water was put into Single Sphere

This picture shows the size of a sphere that would contain all of Earth’s water in comparison to the size of the Earth. The blue sphere sitting on the United States, reaching from about Salt Lake City, Utah to Topeka, Kansas, has a diameter of about 860 miles (about 1,385 kilometers) , with a volume of about 332,500,000 cubic miles (1,386,000,000 cubic kilometers). The sphere includes all the water in the oceans, seas, ice caps, lakes and rivers as well as groundwater, atmospheric water, and even the water in you, your dog, and your tomato plant.

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