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“I do maintenance in the housing projects. I replace fixtures, do carpentry work, and fix electrical problems. I get a lot of joy from it. I love seeing how happy people get when they see that something is being done. My favorite is when I’ve fixed up an apartment for a new tenant. Sometimes the people moving in have been homeless, and they are so excited to have a home. The kids walk around the apartment with really big eyes, like: ‘We get to live here?’”
“I want to play in the NBA. Or be a mortician.”
“Why a mortician?”
“I liked the way that my uncle was dressed at his funeral. And if I’m a mortician when someone in my family passes away, then I can take care of their body. Also my science teacher went on the internet for me and found out that morticians make $54,000 a year.”
Don’t miss this interview:
Louis C.K. On Life And Stand-Up: ‘I Live In Service For My Kids’
Photo by Peter Yang
“I grew up down the block, but I used to get bussed to school in a white area. There were always a lot of people in that neighborhood who would make us feel like we didn’t belong. They would try to send a message that blacks aren’t allowed. But the principal of the school was a Jewish man named Irving Rahinsky. And every morning, when we got off the bus, Mr. Rahinksy would be standing there at the curb, waiting for us. He would shake each one of our hands as we stepped off the bus, and he made us feel like we belonged. So now that I’m a teacher, I come in early every single morning, so that I can stand right here and make sure my students get a hug and a handshake when they arrive.”
Paintings by Chin H. Shin
Z. L. Feng（Chinese）
watercolor here, here and here
British illustrator Helen Green celebrates David Bowie’s birthday with this brilliant visual tour of his many permutations. Peek into the influences and inspirations behind them with Bowie’s reading list of all-time favorite books, then see the psychological foundation them all in Bowie’s answers to the Proust Questionnaire.
“After I finish my shift at the bakery, I start my shift at Starbucks. I work 95 hours per week at three different jobs. One of my sons graduated from Yale, and I have two more children in college. And when they finish, I want to go to college too. I want to be a Big Boss. I’m a boss at the bakery right now, but just a little boss. I want to be a Big Boss.”
21 inspiring photos of the outpouring of love following the Charlie Hebdo massacre
old lady part of Mexico’s Female Vigilante Squads. Yes, she is fighting cartels.
“I have $100,000 of student loan debt. I could have gone to a cheaper school, but I thought: ‘This is my dream and this is what I want to do and I’m going to do it.’ I saw that I had thirty years to pay it back, so I thought: ‘That’s manageable.’ Now it’s like I have a second rent to pay every month.”
Wish I Was Lion, But Big Cats Are Threatened By The Sixth Extinction
More signs that the sixth mass extinction is upon us, and being caused by us, this time based on the decline of the world’s lions. This article by Chris Mooney at The Washington Post highlights a truly alarming statistic: In the past 60 years, thanks to hunting, elimination of prey animals, and habitat loss, lion populations have been reduced from ~500,000 to less than 35,000. That’s more than a 90% decline!
What will it take for us to notice, and to actually do something about it? This question has been on my mind a lot lately. Problems like extinction and climate change, while rapid in the “eyes” of the Earth, are frustratingly gradual to us short-sighted humans. Incidentally, if Earth did have eyes, they’d be attached to this “face”.
Mass extinctions don’t happen the way many might think, with species being extinguished – poof – just like that, like some sort of faunal rapture. On the scale of human lifespans, extinctions are drawn out, species usually fade with a fizzle, not a bang. That’s still lightning quick in terms of geologic and evolutionary time. The Anthropocene extinction and climate change are creeping, glacial threats, powerful enough to reshape the planet, but so slowly as to be imperceptible.
Most of the time, anyway. Berkeley biologist Anthony Barnosky is quoted in Chris’ article as saying ”We have killed about 50 percent of the world’s vertebrate wildlife in just the past 40 years. We’ve killed half the numbers of individuals. We’ve fished 90 percent of the fish out of the seas.” I’d say that’s pretty “perceptible”, wouldn’t you?
Unfortunately, it’s not just Earth’s Best Species™ like lions and pandas that are threatened. Amphibians, marine life, and plants are in even greater danger, and for some reason it’s hard for people to care as much about a clam or a salamander as they do a mighty predator, despite the fact that both are important members of Earth’s ecosystems. I mean, I can imagine a world without pandas. But a world without, say, honeybees? Belgian writer Maurice Maeterlinck summed up that scenario way back in 1901 (emphasis mine):
You will probably more than once have seen her fluttering about the bushes, in a deserted corner of your garden, without realizing that you were carelessly watching the venerable ancestor to whom we probably owe most of our flowers and fruits (for it is actually estimated that more than a hundred thousand varieties of plants would disappear if the bees did not visit them), and possibly even our civilization, for in these mysteries all things intertwine.
The point is, when it comes to the cathedral of nature, the keystone isn’t always at the top of the arch.
If you’d like to learn more about the coming (or more likely, current) Sixth Mass Extinction, check out this video:
Also check out Mass Extinction: Life At The Brink, a series airing this week on the Smithsonian Channel (details and airtimes here).
(Lion image via Wikipedia/fortherock)
Who says cars can’t be art..
*Half of the USA population lives in those blue patches.
*If California runs out of water during the ongoing mega-drought, it’s gonna get tough.
*Also, as the seas rise, Florida will be missed.
The density is pretty incredible.
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broke a couple of sticks of chalk on this one