I am a New Zealander.
I like heaps of things,
Jesus, the revolutionary,
A tip from your favorite nurse
(that’d be me)
Always have eggs in your fridge
You just never know when someone will split their head open
Or cut their finger while cooking
And so on
See that membrane there?
While the blood is gushing - hold pressure and crack open an egg
Peel that there membrane off and put it on the wound (continue holding pressure)
The membrane will harden and keep the wound closed until you can get to the ER for stitches
If you even need them that is
Nature: 1, Band aids: 0
wow sometimes Tumblr is the best education.
Yup! My sister had to do this for me when I cut my palm.
How to winterize your garden
The impending winter doesn’t mean you can’t have a garden. It just means you’ll need to do a little extra work.
Ginger Ice Cream
2 cans full fat coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum or 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
1/2 cup agave syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-inch peeled knob of ginger plus 1/4 cup grated ginger
In a bowl, mix together 1/4 cup of coconut milk with xanthan gum or arrowroot powder to form a thick slurry, set aside. Heat the rest of the milk, agave syrup, vanilla and the knob of ginger in a medium sized pan. Bring to a near boil, mix to dissolve the agave. Cover and leave to infuse until cool. Remove the knob of ginger and heat again. Add the slurry and whisk until smooth. Remove from heat and add grated ginger. Let cool completely at room temperature and refrigerate overnight. Put into an ice cream maker for 25 minutes or however long your brand of ice cream machine suggests.
Black Sesame Ice Cream
Black Sesame Paste
1/2 cup black sesame seeds
1/2 cup raw honey
Toast black sesame seeds in a dry frying pan over medium heat, shaking the pan often. Remove from heat immediately as you start smelling the toasted seeds. Grind the seeds in a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle. Mix honey with the seeds.
2 cans full fat coconut milk
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder or 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 cup coconut sugar
pinch of salt
4 tablespoons black sesame paste
In a bowl, mix together 1/4 cup coconut milk and arrowroot powder, making a slurry. In a medium sized pan, combine the rest of the milk, sugar and salt and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, stir in the arrowroot/xanthan slurry and simmer for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Mix in the black sesame seed paste thoroughly. Let cool completely at room temperature and refrigerate overnight. Put into an ice cream maker for 25 minutes or however long your brand of ice cream machine suggests.
To make raw ice cream, use this recipe for vanilla ice cream and add about the same amount of grated ginger or sesame paste. You may want to reduce the amount of agave for the black sesame ice-cream or use 1/2 cup of coconut sugar instead.
Shepard Fairey: “disconnecting images of important struggles from their roots” since 1989.
hey, do you need a reminder of how disgusting Shepard Fairey’s career is?
here are two images, one produced by Felix Beltrán in 1971 to raise awareness about the political imprisonment of Angela Davis, and one “made” by Fairey in 2003 to advance his art career and work toward his lifelong goal of stealing, sterilizing, and rebranding once-subversive images and symbols, in order to protect those in power. this is just one example among many where Fairey copied directly from images produced by and for liberation movements of the 1960’s and 70’s, removed all historical and political context and any credit to the original artist, and reproduced new versions of these images, often on a huge scale in the form of mass-produced t-shirts and posters. each image is emptied of any political significance, disconnected from a specific social movement or moment in time, and left as an abstract symbol of the possibility of rebellion— and that rebellion, Fairey tells us later, really is best expressed by talking about peace and voting for the democratic party.
this is basically a perfect example of what the situationists called recuperation:
the process by which politically radical ideas and images are twisted, co-opted, absorbed, defused, incorporated, annexed and commodified within media culture and bourgeois society, and thus become interpreted through a neutralized, innocuous or more socially conventional perspective.
Favianna Rodriguez explains: [and this whole article is worth reading]
Fairey loves to rip off the art of people who are part of the counter culture, many times they are people of color, or groups who have fought for social justice, or radicals who have fought against their own countries. In my opinion, this is commodification. The fact that he feels entitled to do this points at his white privilege and white entitlement. When you rip off Cuban artists, Chicano artists, even groups like the Black Panthers - and you fail to give credit - that to me is an excercise of white privilege.
The People’s History posters are not about taking graphics from history, but producing new graphics about that history, and encouraging people to learn, to pique their interest. In some ways, Shepard’s project is the complete inverse of that. His is about stripping the historical context from actual graphics and using them to make money because they imply some sense of authenticity. …
What is important to me is how Fairey exemplifies in many ways the operational model of capitalism. He extracts resources largely from political struggles of Third World and working class people, and then simultaneously sells a slightly processed version of the resources to both wealthy elites in the North, but also cheaper mass-commodity versions to the very same people he is stealing from!
but, of course, it’s complicated. some guy who created FUCT, a clothing brand that claims to be the “synonym of anti-consumerism and progressive thinking by leading the path of decadent and counter-culture aesthetics” [wut!?!], says he was the first person to steal this picture of Angela Davis (and deprive it of context, and fail to credit the original artist) for advertisements and t-shirts, and Fairey just stole from him. so who’s really to blame? (another complication: as Rodriguez points out, “copyright laws work in the favor of the corporate elite” and are usually used by states & corporations to punish and censor artists. then again, she adds, Fairey is pretty much part of the corporate elite at this point.)
it would be easy here to say “blah all art involves using & building off of other people’s ideas, forms, and techniques, [anarchists may add: ‘and copyright is a crock of statist shit’] so it doesn’t really matter”, but i think that’s a fallacy, just like saying “blah all the stores at the mall exploit their workers, from poor women of color in maquilas all the way up to folks working in retail, so it doesn’t really matter which one i shop at” [which, by the way, is a thing that most of us believe]. ultimately, even though i don’t give a fuck about copyright & the legal system it’s a part of, i still think it’s mega shitty to steal, recuperate, and profit from imagery like this.
what can be done? i don’t know. Fairey’s getting tarnished a little in the mainstream media, and facing legal repercussions, for “destroying documents, manufacturing evidence and other misconduct” while being sued for using an AP image in his Obama “HOPE” poster, but that may just make his claim to be representing ‘authentic’ dissent or rebellion stronger. situationists tell us that detournement, the opposite of recuperation, is a strategy, but it’s hard to imagine even the most successful mass-media ‘culture jamming’ giving Fairey the comeuppance he deserves. should we deface all his public art? yes. should we try to educate everyone wearing an “obey” hat or t-shirt? sure. should we consider some method of derailing the retail operation around “obey” products? probably. should
wesomeone beat him up again? sure, why the hell not.
in sum, FUCK CAPITALISM and its flunkies!
thanks for reading.
*the “disconnecting images…” quote at the top is by Favianna Rodriguez, interviewed in this article.
Japanese-American Internment (the result of Executive Order 9066.)
Perpetual reblogging. As if on cue, a very good example of institutional discrimination.
I think it’s time to kill for our women , Time to heal our women, be real to our womenAnd if we don’t we’ll have a race of babiesThat will hate the ladies, that make the babiesAnd since a man can’t make oneHe has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one
This year the US maize harvest is down 15% and nearly 40% of what is left has gone to make vehicle fuel. The result is less food than usual on to the international market, high prices and people around the world suffering.
[Malawian] Government health worker Patrick Kamzitu says: “We are seeing more hunger among children. The price of maize has doubled in the last year. Families used to have one or two meals a day; now they are finding it hard to have one.”
“This situation is not going to go away,” says Lester Brown, an environmental analyst and president of the Earth Policy Institute in Washington. In a new book,Full Planet, Empty Plates, he predicts ever increasing food prices, leading to political instability, spreading hunger and, unless governments act, a catastrophic breakdown in food. “Food is the new oil and land is the new gold,” he says. “We saw early signs of the food system unravelling in 2008 following an abrupt doubling of world grain prices. As they climbed, exporting countries [such as Russia] began restricting exports to keep their domestic prices down. In response, importing countries panicked and turned to buying or leasing land in other countries to produce food for themselves.”
“The result is that a new geopolitics of food has emerged, where the competition for land and water is intensifying and each country is fending for itself.”
signs of the times…