I realise the United Kingdom historically has one of the highest population densities in the entire world, but if this generation doesn’t start lowering its standards and shacking up at some point before ultimate perfection has been reached, our birth rate is going to make pandas look like slags.

Sweet baby unicorns, there is some excellent stuff on the Guardian today…

Sophie Heawood: ‘You have just 12 minutes to save the future of love’

My partner made buttermilk fried chicken, double cornbread, and coleslaw, and we ate it all with our homegrown pickled beets and cottage cheese.
This is living!

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I, personally, enjoyed reading your essay; thank you for your effort. You are an exceptional student, and I encourage you to continue to strive for greatness :-).

This isn’t the sort of marker I am, but, mates, I just read the UNICORN of first-year politics essays. Never would I put a smiley on something I marked. How unprofessional!

But, this essay was MA quality, and I ran the ‘originality report’; it’s for realsies …

*mind blown*

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Have you watched this 20-minute interview of Paul Krugman on Bill Moyers yet? It’s about Thomas Piketty’s - of the Paris School of Economics - thesis on inequality, particularly in American and French contexts. Piketty’s hypothesis is that we are drifting back to oligarchy that was so hard fought against (democratisation).

What I felt Krugman neglected to focus on was the global context, which Moyers picked up a little on in his ‘final thought’ through an American-lens, of course, is the issue of tax havens. For American scholars the comparison is so convenient, to idealise the ‘European tradition’ of taxing the wealthy. However, what they neglect is exactly Piketty’s point: the wealthy are so wealthy, we don’t even realise the extent of their wealth; they are invisible. Yes, footballers in the UK have up to 40% of their earnings taxed, but footballers aren’t the 1%. The 1%, the inherited capital that Piketty is talking about, are more clever, and this is what makes inherited wealth and oligarchy so dangerous.

Not only are the 1%, as individuals, almost invisible to ‘normal people’ because of the scope of their wealth, but their wealth, ever extensive in its reach, is hidden from authorities that, even if willing to tax them at a rate of 40%, would not be able to identify the true scale of their wealth. Such that, the world’s 1%, using their unlimited resources, are invisible as both entities of power but also as taxable capital.

So you want to know something awesome?
Good, because I’m going to tell you.
We didn’t buy pink tulip bulbs!
We bought these bulbs a year ago from Wilkinsons, purple, orange, and red. We wintered them over all together in the leg of a pair of tights, and something magical happened: pink mutations!
Nature is awesome.

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globalvoices:


i still don’t understand how boko haram abducted 200 girls from a school

In recent weeks, an Islamic jihadist terrorist group has slaughtered innocent and hapless Nigerians.
Jihadist Boko Haram Intensifies Its Deadly Campaign in Nigeria 

My deskmate’s dad and wife have just left their home in Nigeria because the conflict is intensifying. We wonder how long the strongest GDP in Africa can withstand this pressure and fear the external security contractors that will likely be brought in to help ‘quell’ the conflict.

globalvoices:

i still don’t understand how boko haram abducted 200 girls from a school

In recent weeks, an Islamic jihadist terrorist group has slaughtered innocent and hapless Nigerians.

Jihadist Boko Haram Intensifies Its Deadly Campaign in Nigeria

My deskmate’s dad and wife have just left their home in Nigeria because the conflict is intensifying. We wonder how long the strongest GDP in Africa can withstand this pressure and fear the external security contractors that will likely be brought in to help ‘quell’ the conflict.

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guardian:

Cleo a white Bengal tiger looks through the glass of her enclosure at the Buenos Aires Zoo, Argentina,. Photograph: Natacha Pisarenko/AP
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Cleo a white Bengal tiger looks through the glass of her enclosure at the Buenos Aires Zoo, Argentina,. Photograph: Natacha Pisarenko/AP

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For Women in Academia

thephdgirl:

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If you’re a woman in academia (or any structure of power dominated by men),

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(okay, not always, but oh, so often)

And unfortunately, there’s really no basis for this crap.

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But we’re here to change the system:

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So if anyone tries to tell you or make you feel that you are less because you’re a woman, tell them this:

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Fuck sexism.

I think the first gif is enough, for me.

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Allotment post!

From top to bottom: strawberries; tomatillos and tomatoes; leeks, runner beans, and sugar snap peas; CHILLIES; red currants; broccoli; and cabbage!

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