I drew this comic about anger on my lunch hour. Here are some other lunch hour comics.
Look at this great fan art that Roxanne Palmer (roxydrew) did for the lunch hour pigeon comics. She posted it on the same day somebody else dismissed them as “pretentious,” so it pretty much else balanced out the scales.
2:21 pm • 4 March 2014 • 37 notes
Traces of coca and nicotine found in Egyptian mummies - WTF fun facts
well DUH. a lot of historians are still trying to process the fact that ancient egyptians knew how to build boats, which is ridiculous. why would they not be seafarers and explorers?
this is not new or surprising information at all. it pretty much day one of any african-american studies course.
the egyptians knew that if they put their boats in front of the summer storm winds it’d blow them right across the sea to the Americas and they shared that with the greeks.
It’s really hard for people to understand that everyone had boats, exploration, and trade interactions without the same level of murder, colonization, and violence that the Europeans did. It’s really hard for people to get that.
6:20 pm • 3 March 2014 • 52,044 notes
You know that moment when you read something, and then immediately have to re-read it because you cannot believe it is true?
That happened to me when I read that the levels of slavery and people trafficking today are greater than at any point in history.
Surely that cannot be right?
Obviously there is no precise figure, but the International Labor Organization and respected abolitionists like Kevin Bales and Siddharth Kara put the global number of slaves at between 10-30 million worldwide. At a minimum, 10 million.
Driving the global people trading business is ruthless greed, vast returns on investment and crucially, government ineffectiveness. The same as most criminal enterprises.
And the numbers involved are extraordinary.
The United Nations estimates the total market value of human trafficking at 32 billion U.S. dollars. In Europe, criminals are pocketing around $2.5 billion per year through sexual exploitation and forced labor.
But let’s remember the commodity here is not drugs or contraband; it is human beings. And usually the most vulnerable in society.
Those unable to defend themselves, those who innocently trust the intentions of others, those who can easily be made to disappear.
The cruelty and inhumanity of those who would profit from such a crime is truly shocking.
In previous centuries, when slaves were captured and traded each had a significant market value. Although their ill-treatment was often horrific, the reality was that it made economic sense to keep a slave alive and functioning, to protect what was usually a significant investment, made with a view to long term.
That is not so today. Many girls and women, who are trafficked, particularly for the sex trade, are done so with a view to high rate of return over a relatively short period of time. Then they are switched from the steady supply of replacements.
And what do you suppose happens to those who are seen to have maxed out their usefulness?
Often addicted to drugs they have been forced to take, almost certainly in the country illegally, with no support, and with no record that they ever existed.
A bad outcome is more or less assured.
It is also difficult to see any hope for the people who trade in people. They have reconciled themselves to the awful crimes that they commit, and are unlikely to stop because others tell them to.
— From CNN’s “Freedom Project,” focusing a spotlight on modern-day slavery — which 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen referred to in his Oscar acceptance speech on Sunday. (via karenhealey)
(Source: inothernews, via bearhatalice)
2:16 pm • 3 March 2014 • 830 notes
This was as far as I got drawing a comic on my lunch hour today. If I want to be able to draw a comic, it means drawing in my cubicle, which means I can be interrupted by work again whenever work feels like it (even though the hour is technically “mine”*). Shit intrudes, you do what you can. The limitations of the project are what make it any good at all: Notably I draw almost no comics in the vast expanse of free evening hours when I am home. So for a comic to be forced out, it’s got to be rushed out at work and with not enough time to get really concise.
*Note: All 24 hours of the day are “mine,” I just rent some out to a place.
2:15 pm • 3 March 2014 • 10 notes
“If you are, yourself, depressed right now, send a signal to someone, anyone you trust. Say the words out loud. Words have power. You are not a freak. You are not icky. You are, simply, human and in great pain. You do not “deserve” that pain. You are not less than for feeling it, and you DO deserve love and care and relief from that pain.”
— Miles and Miles of No-Man’s Land | Libba Bray
11:40 am • 2 March 2014 • 5,723 notes
“We’d like to think of “cool” as connotative of something progressive, even radical. But Cool Girls are neither, at least not precisely. We love them because they seem to offer an alternative to the polished, performative femininity visible in both our stars and our peers. Because they “don’t give a shit”; because they don’t truck with the regulations and rules of dating and mean-girling that prove so infuriating. But to be “cool” is to tread a fine line between something different, something almost masculine, but never anything too masculine, or assertive, or independent. The Cool Girl can talk about poop, and video games, and eating Doritos, because those things are ultimately benign: Even with her short hair, Jennifer Lawrence still has the body and the face and the wardrobe that conforms to dominant beauty ideals.”
— Jennifer Lawrence And The History Of Cool Girls
12:09 am • 2 March 2014 • 30 notes
Dear Artists at the Upcoming Whitney Biennial
Dear Artists at the Upcoming Whitney Biennial,
You’re going to hear a lot in the upcoming season. Some of it will be about you, a lot more will pretend to be but—secretly—will be about using you as an example of someone’s cranky thesis about the Whitney Biennial or the State Of The Art World or…
3:59 pm • 1 March 2014 • 57 notes
Drinking In Bars With Karla Zimonja
This month, I have been a passenger. This is a mostly meditative post; if it seems to lack the spirit of the last it is because it’s not really a piece of ‘embedded journalism’: this will begin earnestly next month. I have been preparing to leave, giving away my room to a new tenant, giving…
This article is so fucking good. After you read it (and you must read it) go here and give Cara some money to keep writing these.
2:11 pm • 1 March 2014 • 94 notes