Spectacular Genetic Anomaly Results in Butterflies with Male and Female Wings



Physics says: go to sleep. Of course
you’re tired. Every atom in you
has been dancing the shimmy in silver shoes
nonstop from mitosis to now.
Quit tapping your feet. They’ll dance
inside themselves without you. Go to sleep.
Geology says: it will be all right. Slow inch
by inch America is giving itself
to the ocean. Go to sleep. Let darkness
lap at your sides. Give darkness an inch.
You aren’t alone. All of the continents used to be
one body. You aren’t alone. Go to sleep.

Astronomy says: the sun will rise tomorrow,
Zoology says: on rainbow-fish and lithe gazelle,
Psychology says: but first it has to be night, so
Biology says: the body-clocks are stopped all over town
History says: here are the blankets, layer on layer, down and down.


Albert Goldbarth, “The Sciences Sing a Lullaby”  (via dandelion-days)

(Source: oofpoetry, via mickeysdicksmasherseasonpass)







Carolinapecten eboreus, Yorktown Fm, Pliocede, Lee Creek Phosphate Mine, North Carolina by jsj1771 on Flickr.


"The buzz word in popular feminism today is empowerment. When I became a feminist many years ago, the word we used was liberation. Unlike empowerment, liberation is a collective concept which means that even if my life is all rosy and “empowered,” it doesn’t mean shit for those women who are doing low paid jobs while trying to raise families. In fact, there is a very good chance that elite women’s empowerment is built on the backs of other women whose exploited labor provides the goods and services that enable a good career and a comfortable lifestyle. The low pay of nannies, cooks, cleaners, sweat shop workers, and day care providers means that wealthier women are freed up to make a salary that no doubt does feel empowering."

— Gail Dines (via reconnect-restore-rewild)

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David Hale



Coaster commandments



Halloween (1): Blood on the page
Blood streaming down a black page: it is a most unusual thing to see in a medieval book - in any book, really. What a shock it must have been for the reader who opened this volume: the bright red drops against the black background leave a powerful impression. As so many things medieval, the scene is profoundly religious. The decoration symbolizes the blood streaming from the wounds of Christ. What is even more remarkable is the reason why the page on the right is faded and worn. As a religious expression, readers through the ages kissed this page - yes, you are reading it right. Each time they did, some black paint - and some blood! - remained on their lips, fading the surface. While a serious deed, it also makes this image oddly fitting for Halloween.
Pic: London, British Library, Egerton MS 1821 (late 15th century). More bloody pages from this manuscript here.