If you’re poor, the only way you’re likely to injure someone is the old traditional way: artisanal violence, we could call it – by hands, by knife, by club, or maybe modern hands-on violence, by gun or by car.

But if you’re tremendously wealthy, you can practice industrial-scale violence without any manual labor on your own part. You can, say, build a sweatshop factory that will collapse in Bangladesh and kill more people than any hands-on mass murderer ever did, or you can calculate risk and benefit about putting poisons or unsafe machines into the world, as manufacturers do every day. If you’re the leader of a country, you can declare war and kill by the hundreds of thousands or millions. And the nuclear superpowers – the US and Russia – still hold the option of destroying quite a lot of life on Earth.

So do the carbon barons. But when we talk about violence, we almost always talk about violence from below, not above.

Or so I thought when I received a press release last week from a climate group announcing that ” scientists say there is a direct link between changing climate and an increase in violence”. What the scientists actually said, in a not-so-newsworthy article in Nature two and a half years ago, is that there is higher conflict in the tropics in El Nino years, and that perhaps this will scale up to make our age of climate change also an era of civil and international conflict.

The message is that ordinary people will behave badly in an era of intensified climate change.

Objective lens Galileo Galilei
Objective lens, Padua, late 1609
Glass, 58 mm (410 x 300 mm with frame)
Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence, inv. 2429

Galileo sent a still unbound copy of the Sidereus nuncius to Cosimo II along with the telescope he had used for his celestial discoveries in the winter of 1609-1610. 
The objective lens of this telescope was put back together in 1677 and inserted in a frame made of ebony and ivory, recalling Galileo’s discoveries.

Objective lens
Galileo Galilei
Objective lens, Padua, late 1609
Glass, 58 mm (410 x 300 mm with frame)
Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence, inv. 2429

Galileo sent a still unbound copy of the Sidereus nuncius to Cosimo II along with the telescope he had used for his celestial discoveries in the winter of 1609-1610.
The objective lens of this telescope was put back together in 1677 and inserted in a frame made of ebony and ivory, recalling Galileo’s discoveries.

The East (2013)

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She woke up like she did every day: slowly pulling her motorcycle helmet off, then shaking her head slowly back and forth to reveal a long, blonde ponytail. Everyone gasped. “That’s right,” she said, kicking the winning football goal before sliding into a sheer, sexy camisole under a blazer and playing as hard as she worked, “I’ve been a girl this whole time.” One of the guys, the real sexy one, shook his head in slow motion, as if to say “wh-wh-wh-whaaat?” You know the kind. His mouth was kind of open while he did it. He was totally blown away.

She walked off the field, and she knew everyone was looking at her butt, and she totally loved it. “Sorry, boys,” she called out over her super-sexy shoulder. She always called men boys, because she knew what gender was. Now she was carrying a briefcase and wearing a pencil skirt and sex glasses. She was at law.

“Your Honor,” she said, and the Honor paid attention, “I’d like to win this case,” and she totally did, she totally beat that busted-looking male lawyer who had the mushy face and wore suits that didn’t fit. She gave a little fist-pump, because even though she’s tough, she’s still relatable. “Girl power,” she said, high-fiving her curly-haired friend, who had just appeared behind her.

“Girl, you need a drink,” her curly-haired friend said, “and I need a man.” She laughed because her curly-haired friend didn’t really get it yet, but she was getting there…

vintageblackglamour:

Josephine Baker relaxes with a cocktail in Venice after a hard day’s work in 1940. Photo: Getty Images.

vintageblackglamour:

Josephine Baker relaxes with a cocktail in Venice after a hard day’s work in 1940. Photo: Getty Images.

missavagardner:

Ava Gardner on the set of ‘On The Beach’, 1959.

missavagardner:

Ava Gardner on the set of ‘On The Beach’, 1959.

Take your intuitions seriously, even if older bossy people tell you that you are deluded and self-indulgent, The word self-indulgent (let’s destroy it) inhibits breathing.

Wayne Koestenbaum (via oldfilmsflicker)
indypendent-thinking:

Lena Horne, Paris, December, 1947

indypendent-thinking:

Lena Horne, Paris, December, 1947

fuckyeahavagardner:

Ava Gardner on the set of Mogambo (1953)

fuckyeahavagardner:

Ava Gardner on the set of Mogambo (1953)

Justice is not a quantitative question. If you steal something for long enough it doesn’t become yours.

Kwame Ture (formerly Stokely Carmichael), on settler colonialism (via vulturechow)

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astronomicalwonders:

V838 Monocerotis

V838 Monocerotis (V838 Mon) is a red variable star in the constellation Monoceros about 20,000 light years from our Sun. The previously unknown star was observed in early 2002 experiencing a major outburst, and was possibly one of the largest known stars for a short period following the outburst. Originally believed to be a typical nova eruption, it was then realized to be something completely different. The reason for the outburst is still uncertain, but several conjectures have been put forward, including an eruption related to stellar death processes and a merger of a binary star or planets.

The remnant is evolving rapidly. By 2009 its temperature had increased to 3,270K and its luminosity was 15,000 times solar, but its radius had decreased to 380 times that of the sun although the ejecta continues to expand. The opaque ejected dust cloud has completely engulfed the B-type companion.

Credit: NASA

I remember too much; I am like the air on a calm day as it holds itself still, letting nothing escape. As the world holds its breath, I keep memory in.

Colm Tóibín, The Testament of Mary (via downlookingup)
The Tempest (2010)

moviestillsblog:

The Glorious Golden Mile

Newton Haven

12 Historic Ale Houses

The World’s End, 2013