"By the end of the century, the world may well have to accommodate ten billion inhabitants—roughly the equivalent of adding two new Indias. Sustaining that many people will require farmers to grow more food in the next seventy-five years than has been produced in all of human history. For most of the past ten thousand years, feeding more people simply meant farming more land. That option no longer exists; nearly every arable patch of ground has been cultivated, and irrigation for agriculture already consumes seventy per cent of the Earth’s freshwater."

Michael Specter on Vandana Shiva’s crusade against genetically modified crops. I rarely read something that changes my opinion as quickly and completely as this article. (via maxistentialist)

I have a problem with this sentiment. Messing with crop-growing is a long-established practice, and the modern problems with GMO crops has less to do with crop production and more to do with the corporatization of agriculture to the detriment of farmers who practice sustainable agriculture. 

Also the moral panic surrounding “WE KEEP REPRODUCING” is another capitalist fallacy. Capitalism requires more and more consumers, hence it encourages reproduction. The solution ISN’T, however, to keep supporting capitalist practices. Remove the social (and capitalist) pressure to reproduce, give everyone a decent education and access to birth control AND proper childcare, and we will see population levels even out. I’m p sure there’s a study on this out there. 

This article is even MORE hella problematic since it cites India as an example of how overpopulation affects food sources. The article states that “more than one study has concluded that if India had stuck to its traditional farming methods millions would have starved”. This is really disingenuous and kind of ignorant because starvation at these rates is not about the farming practices, it’s about food distribution practices, which have been changed by British rule (see Late Victorian Holocausts by Mike Davis).

I want to read a study about how reverting to pre-colonial, pre-capitalist food distribution systems would affect starvation, but that wouldn’t make money or contribute to GDP. 

So yeah, the outcry about rising populations not matching food consumption is in itself an imperialist, white supremacist position on issues of food justice, environmental sustainability AND reproductive justice. 

Redbone — Come and Get Your Love

Every Marvel fan’s new favorite song.

Telekinesis — You Take it Slowly

ooooh devotchka! remember devotchka??

superbmarksman:

i always end up thinking about the economic damage in superhero movies

I sold almost all my CDs in 2009 for like, $20. 

What a stupid goddamn decision that was. 

bobella replied to your post: I’m listening to Fiery Furnaces, just …

Oh man, I even saw them live once! What the hell, college self

shit, I remember even thinking to myself back then “this is really hard to listen to”. but like, I was putting in the effort, man! I wanted to like them so hard!

thankfully the rest of my music was listenable. 

I just downloaded grandaddy’s entire discography and I’m like, crying, I’m so happy with my decision-making skills

this band was ace. 

antheia:

questionablemotivations:

Chris Pratt and Sebastian Stan being adorable idiots. 

#actorproblems #justifiablesoundiemurderscenarios

But seriously, it’s actually really common. Watch the slo-mo scenes in action movies sometime with that in mind. It’s hilarious!

See also: Ewan McGregor’s lightsabre fights.

(Source: emmafoundtallahassee)

I’m listening to Fiery Furnaces, just to see what the hell it was that I used to listen to

man

there is no earthly reason to listen to this