Posted in food justice, social movements, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 25, 2012 by Sunshine Superboy

Originally posted on Food Justice & Anti-Racism (FJAR):

GMO vs Organic prop 37

things worth noting/ zooming in about are the “natural products” lines on the left which were systematically bought out by corporations (such as Coca Cola, Pepsi, General Mills, and Kellogg) as part of their strategic green-washing campaigns.  Those supporting the organic food industry on the right of the poster include Organic Valley, Dr.Bronners, and Eden Foods.

 

For those of you voting in California, Prop 37 would require GMO labeling and increase transparency about the processes under which food is grown. Vote YES on Prop 37, November 6th.

This little news clip has more info:

 

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RIP Neil Armstrong! a Tribute Star View from the International Space Station

Posted in astronomy, celebrities, science, video with tags , , , , , on August 25, 2012 by Sunshine Superboy

Rest in Magnificent Desolation…

Neil Armstrong was the spiritual repository of spacefaring dreams & ambitions. In death, a little bit of us all dies with him

Neil de Grasse Tyson

The Stars as Viewed from the International Space Station. from AJRCLIPS on Vimeo.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/38409143″>The Stars as Viewed from the International Space Station.</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/ajrclips”>AJRCLIPS</a&gt; on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Nobody born since 1935 has stepped on another world. Neil Armstrong’s death is a reminder that we have been screwing about for too long now – it’s time to go to Mars.

-Martin Robbins/ UK Guardian

The London Olympic grounds… according to the Onion (:

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on July 30, 2012 by Sunshine Superboy

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How’s that then??

Its a Small World After All…Relative Sizes of Planets & Stars

Posted in astronomy, science with tags , , , , , on July 26, 2012 by Sunshine Superboy

an exercise in orders of magnitude…

size of planets and stars

In the images above, the largest planet or star (meaning the big buddy hanging out on the far right) becomes the starting point for the next chart. Its quite impressive to imagine that which is SO big in one line-up being itsy bitsy at the start of the next.

Here’s what you’re looking at:

1) the Inner Planets by Size

  • Mercury
  • Mars
  • Venus
  • Earth (home)

2) Earth vs the Gas Giants

  • Earth-Home
  • Neptune
  • Uranus
  • Saturn
  • Jupiter

3) the shift from big planet to little star

  • Jupiter
  • some other guy
  • our Sun (a medium sized star)
  • Sirius (the brightest star in our night sky its in the dog constellation accompanying Orion)

the list goes on…

Betelgeuse, in addition to being Tim Burton’s greatest film, is the name of this super red giant (a pretty big category of star, also the final stages of a star’s life when they get huge and then go nova) featured in charts 5 & 6. If you are looking at the constellation of Orion (in the Northern Hemisphere you can find it in the Winter sky), Betelgeuse is Orion the Hunter’s shoulder- to the observer its the top left. You’ll notice its a little reddish.

The fact that Super Red Giants get even bigger than that blow my mind…

kinda puts things in perspective.

Indulge Yr inner Outer-Space Cadet,

Sunshine Superboy

mapping paid maternity leave.

Posted in anthropology, feminism, maps, maps & mapping, politics with tags , , on July 16, 2012 by Sunshine Superboy

North America comes out on top. And bottom.

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Some things that aren’t represented in this map are the fact that undocumented workers don’t have access to these supposedly “progressive” benefits in the liberal blue-teal-green countries. Also, there’s a gaping silence regarding men as parents from paternity or “parental” leave all the way down to the much more critical situation of single fathers and dads who are primary parents yet don’t have access to federal or  private sector support in the ways provided by maternity leave.

What we need is a paradigm shift toward parental leave policies, and not this gendered institutionalization of what kind of people can be committed parents. Beyond this, there needs to be a broader sense of caregiving, which can account for taking care of young folks (who aren’t necessarily still babies), elderly folks, people with chronic illness, or even people enduring episodic mental instability.

I ended up in a short back-and-forth with a friend of a friend about this map a couple months ago. She was trying to salvage the US neoliberal fuck-over situation through an anecdotal testimony of her employer, a MAJOR U.S. bank, and their generous maternity policy, and how great it is that even though the Federal law provides no support, ‘we shouldn’t hate because private corporations have gone above and beyond’ even what northern European governments offer.

I of course responded with a critical perspective of particularly large corporations (especially banks??!!), and the bizarre neoliberal/ libertarian logic that corporations should make a killing by-any-means-necessary, the government should give them some space and stop taxing and regulating them for chrissakes, and then we should be grateful/ adorning/ impressed that they take a sliver of their hard-fought earnings and invest it in some HR policies that keep the workers pacified in their frustration, even obliged to the pirating cartels corporations for “taking care of them.” And then of course its understandable when corporations are going through tough times of austerity, that they cut back on “excesses” and “benefits” such as the aforementioned generous big bank maternity policy, since they have a business to run afterall…

I’m not saying that the State is my bestie (lord knows they never cut back on social programs like parental leave, pensions, or medical aid!), but I don’t think we should be so naïve as to think that our jobs/ bosses/ companies are the answer to accessing support when new children/ babies come into our lives.

Reporting Live from Dad Duty,

Sunshine Superboy

Astronomical Connections… so sayeth Neil.

Posted in celebrities, science, Uncategorized with tags , on June 15, 2012 by Sunshine Superboy

This, is an actual photo taken on the planet Mars (by robots, obvies) of three planets aligned:

Earth, Jupiter, and Venus.

 

 

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I Wanna, Yeah I Wanna! the Ramones vs. The Misfits

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 12, 2012 by Sunshine Superboy

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