Entree de Jeanne d’Arc à Orléans (1887), Jean-Jacques Scherrer

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"So long as there shall exist, by reason of law and custom, a social condemnation which, in the midst of civilization, artificially creates a hell on earth, and complicates with human fatality a destiny that is divine; so long as the three problems of the century - the degradation of man by the exploitation of his labour, the ruin of women by starvation and the atrophy of childhood by physical and spiritual night are not solved; so long as, in certain regions, social asphyxia shall be possible; in other words and from a still broader point of view, so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, there should be a need for books such as this"

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The history of the natural history of Brazil ; By Piso, Willem, 1611-1678 on Flickr.

Publication info Lugdun. Batavorum: Next Franciscum Hackium; ET Amstelodami: Next Lud. Elzevirium, 1648.
BHL Collections:
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Rare Books Collection

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Insecticides put world food supplies at risk, say scientists
Regulations on pesticides have failed to prevent poisoning of almost all habitats 

The Guardian || 23 June 2014 || Damian Carrington

  • The world’s most widely used insecticides have contaminated the environment across the planet so pervasively that global food production is at risk, according to a comprehensive scientific assessment of the chemicals’ impacts.
  • The researchers compare their impact with that reported in Silent Spring, the landmark 1962 book by Rachel Carson that revealed the decimation of birds and insects by the blanket use of DDT and other pesticides and led to the modern environmental movement.

Access a draft of the summary conclusions of the research article that will appear in Environmental Sciences and Pollution Research

Billions of dollars’ worth of the potent and long-lasting neurotoxins are sold every year but regulations have failed to prevent the poisoning of almost all habitats, the international team of scientists concluded in the most detailed study yet. As a result, they say, creatures essential to global food production – from bees to earthworms – are likely to be suffering grave harm and the chemicals must be phased out.

The new assessment analysed the risks associated with neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides on which farmers spend $2.6bn (£1.53bn) a year. Neonicotinoids are applied routinely rather than in response to pest attacks but the scientists highlight the “striking” lack of evidence that this leads to increased crop yields.

 Continue reading in The Guardian …

PHOTO: A Bulgarian beekeeper grabs dead bees during a demonstration in Sofia to call for a moratorium on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in April. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

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This is the greatest thing I have ever seen.


Okay but how the hell am I supposed to dance to this. 




This is the greatest thing I have ever seen.


Okay but how the hell am I supposed to dance to this. 

(Source: popsonnet)

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Special thanks to Blanks for reminding me to buy my Mischief Brew tickets N O W

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There’s still no Janet, but we’re one step closer to Young Avengers in the Marvel U


The Vision - art by Barry Smith (1969)

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Avengers #57 (Remake) by Stephane Perger

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but the quicksilver poster


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Ugh a brief peek at The Vision, but I guess that’ll do.

Also I wonder if there are enough of these released to start piecing the banner together.


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Marvel Comics is making Thor a woman.  From Time Magazine:

TIME: How do you think this will impact fans who have been with the male version of Thor for such a long time?

Jason Aaron, writer of the Thor series: If you’re a long-time Thor fan you know there’s kind of a tradition from time to time of somebody else picking up that hammer. Beta Ray Bill was a horse-faced alien guy who picked up the hammer. At one point Thor was a frog. So I think if we can accept Thor as a frog and a horse-faced alien, we should be able to accept a woman being able to pick up that hammer and wield it for a while, which surprisingly we’ve never really seen before.

Time: Marvel Comics Writers Explain Why They’re Making Thor a Woman

There will come a day when I stop reblogging things about how fucking awesome this decision to allow Mjolnir to be carried by a woman in the main Thor book,

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I think everybody’s missing the point of the new Carlos status quo in WTNV. Having him lost and unable to get home isn’t about adding angst to his relationship with Cecil, not really. It’s about giving Carlos an opportunity to define himself as a character separate from Cecil’s affection.

Think about it. In the first year there were all these hints that Carlos is running around doing the Science Hero thing and trying to figure out Night Vale….but it was only ever hints, and never enough to actually be a character arc, even by the broad definition of character arcs in Year One. His story there was about adjusting enough to Night Vale and its weirdness that he could believably feel at home there and give the relationship with Cecil a shot.

In Year Two (and Condos), his appearances served to advance the relationship subplot. It was all about the two of them learning, together, that love is imperfect, perfectly imperfect, and that that imperfection is worth fighting for — which is in turn a reinforcement of the theme that runs through the entire Strexcorp story-line, a brilliant turn of authorial intent in its own right. 

And all of this is great, don’t get me wrong. But the result is that we only really know Carlos as defined by Cecil and his relationship with Cecil. He’s the Love Interest. Cecil’s boyfriend. “Yer Science Fella.” 

Now, though…now he’s in a situation where there is no Cecil. Here, Carlos will have to stand alone. He will have to define himself. And if it unfolds anything like Dana’s adventures, it’ll do so in his own words, describing his own experience, relayed back occasionally to Cecil and occasionally through Cecil, but still inherently separate from Cecil’s interpretation. For the first time, we’re gonna see Carlos through his own eyes, not his lover’s.

You can see the outline of his character arc to come in his voicemail, like a thesis statement:

…I remembered that I am not from Night Vale. I remembered that as far as the laws of the universe are concerned it is not where I belong.

Cecil… I don’t even remember how I got to Night Vale in the first place. I mean where is Night Vale even?

But I promise, I will find the way back.

It’s all there. His goals, his motivation. What he needs to learn. A hint of the mysteries that are to come.

When she was lost, Dana’s story arc was about finding her way home. Dana belongs in Night Vale. There was never any doubt, for her, and when she returned triumphant it was just confirmation of what she already knew, a reward for never giving up.

For Carlos, there is doubt. The Universe, apparently, believes that he does not belong in the place he feels to be home. He will have to fight, not just to get back to Cecil, not just to get back to Night Vale, but to prove that he belongs in Night Vale, with Cecil. And to do that, he’ll have to figure out how he got to Night Vale in the first place. He’ll have to show us who he was before, what led him there, why he came. He’ll have to show what’s different this time, how Night Vale changed him, how being lost will change him. 

And if it’s anything like the other character arcs we’ve seen, it’s going to be glorious

So…don’t worry, Night Vale. He’ll be home, and his story — their story, their romance — will be all the better for it because we’ll finally have both sides. And yes, it may take a while, because this little romance of theirs is just one part of the greater Night Vale story and they are not, despite what you may think, the main characters. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned, studying Night Vale from a writer’s perspective, it’s that pacing and pay-off are everything. These guys know what they’re doing. It’ll be a roller coaster, and it’ll be worth it.

— Overthinker out

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