so there’s this little courtyard/lawn in the middle of my work where 5 tortoises are just chillin

and no one thought to tell me this until now

I’ve been working there 3 months and I didn’t know about the tortoises

but I do now

and I know where I’ll be spending my lunch times

we only have magpies; i’m jealous.


Anonymous asked: Do you think now is the best time for a United Ireland? With all the economic problems, the lack of jobs and the current unrest in the unionist community in the north? Will a United Ireland really solve Ireland's problems like gay rights/abortion?


No, a united Ireland will never, ever, ever solve those problems. A united Ireland is just that; it’s the reunification of the areas within the island under one governmental and legal system. The reason a united Ireland is important is because it takes the entire population on the island allows them to decide the systems under which they live. If you have a different legal and governmental system in a small area of the island, it opens things open to corruption but also, very evidently, the segregation of communities because there are conflicts over dominance of culture, over historical supremacy and about a million other things that are just obvious enough for me not to bother typing on tumblr.

There’ll never be a ‘good time’ or ‘best time’ for that reunification because the two different systems have been cemented. Unrest within the loyalist community (I would stress loyalist rather than unionist to be honest, but obviously there’s an overlap) is inevitable because historically loyalism in northern Ireland is based on supremacy, particularly supremacy of culture, so when you make any strides at any time to level the playing field on that, there’s going to be unrest. Not least because anyone in a leadership position in the loyalist community is telling those communities that they’re being discriminated against and being attacked and, because it’s something they feel strongly about, they’re going to react, naturally.  That unrest is never going to go away so long as northern Ireland exists because northern Ireland is founded on the segregation, and unequal balance of two dominant cultures. So really, the unrest shows me that rather than this being a bad time for a united Ireland, it’s a really, really good time to scrap this faux-statelet because things from here can only get worse. In the short term, that solution may lead to conflict (hopefully not if everyone could engage logically and with their actual issues rather than green and orange politics), but in the long term its for the better. The main fear loyalists have about a united Ireland is that their culture will be eviscerated completely; which isn’t the aim of any Republican with any sense of proper politics. The PUL community are largely descended from planters and settlers, the fact is they’re generations of immigrants (like a lot of people in Ireland who have been here for generations). But the PUL community have retained their cultural position throughout those generations so they’re a settled population, therefore their culture needs to be respected (and celebrated if they wish) as long as it’s not discriminatory to any other groups of people. In a united Ireland, that would need to happen. In fact, loyalists would actually be better off in that position because they would have a say in the legal and governmental processes in their country, whereas at current that’s not the case because these things are simply devolved, not conrtolled, here in Northern Ireland.

The economic situation in the South is also a really big argument against reunification at the minute, and I can see how people fall into that line of thinking, but a) the reunification of the country would allow more citizen’s voices and more unrest to possibly change these things, and b) that’s capitalism, that’s not specific to Ireland. This is why anyone with a brain who is an Irish Republican is also a socialist, because we recognise that a united Ireland is completely pointless if the Ireland that we create isn’t fair to the people of Ireland and doesn’t work for us. The economic situation in Ireland needs to be changed and that would actually be more likely to happen with reunification than currently. Currently there’s apathy, if reunification were to be happen there would be a new voice across the island and more unrest because of the added positions of those poorer and unemployed and in the North. Additionally, without focus on partition, people are freed up a wee bit more to see that the government, large business owners, land owners and banking institutions are royally fucking them over so are more inclined to stand up and be counted.

Likewise, issues about gay rights, abortion or any other social issues will never be solved just be a united Ireland. Irish Republicanism is not, never has been and never ever will be enough of an ideology for anyone to call themselves that alone. If you just call yourself an Irish Republican, you don’t care about Ireland as far as I’m concerned. Republicanism is a statist ideology based on forms of societal structure and that’s it; remember there are left wing an right wing republicans. These social issues like abortion, gay rights, immigration etc. are based on fighting against the influence of religion in Ireland, they’re about fighting the idea that we can blame other people because of our situation when it’s not their fault but the government’s, it’s about arguing for better economic situations so we’re not taking our frustrations out on other people, it’s about campaigning for attitude changes, it’s about teaching people about things that they don’t understand… it’s about so many things, but those things have nothing to do with a united Ireland.

I hope people aren’t confused in thinking that because I’m an Irish Republican, I think that will solve all of these issues because I’m under no illusion that it won’t. Reunification is a practical issue which is necessary, but it’s by no means end game. If I didn’t think reunification was for the benefit of everyone on the island, I wouldn’t care about it. I do think it’s fundamental to Irish Republicanism that your politics are feminist, socialist, humanitarian etc. because historically those left wing pro-civil rights and pro-equality ideas were integral to any revolutionary step by Irish Republicans from Protestant Wolfe Tone’s anti-segregationary stances to James Connolly’s militant socialism and worker’s rights campaigns to Sighle Humphries feminist ideas and the positive influence of Cumann na mBan. But it’s also integral because if you want a particular kind of state to exist, you have to know what kind of state you want it to be, so you can’t just be a Republican… what the fuck’s the point in that?

But a 2007 poll in the five most influential European countries — France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom — found that most people regarded the United States as the greatest threat to global security, more dangerous than Iran, Iraq, or North Korea.

From “Fundamentals of World Regional Geography” (via kileyrae)

Hell yes. Wealthy morons who passionately believe they’re ‘great’.


How Solar-Paneled “Plug-And-Play Donkeys” Bring The Internet To Turkish Sheepherders

“My first reaction was that at least in some respects the ‘digital divide’ idea was collapsing,” says Erkan Saka, an assistant professor of communications at Bilgi University in Istanbul. “At least in terms of connecting the web, all citizens in Turkey are finding ways to connect.”

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I, too, would like a solar powered donkey, please.

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Anonymous asked: Hey there! I'm planning a 7-day trip to Perth with a friend in July. We're not that big into tourist attractions, and we're not sure what to expect of perth in the winter :/ What are some places/events you would recommend for us to check out to really get a taste of what local life is like in WA? Thanks in advance!(:


G’day from WA!
Mondays are completely quiet and not a lot of things are open
…and we have a winter weather pattern of a couple of days of rain then a couple of beautiful sunny ones!

Tuesdays I’d recommend taking advantage of cheap pizzas and pastas, cocktails and dessert pizzas at The Moon Cafe on William St in Northbridge. Open til late you can spend hours here playing board games in their cosy sofa area out the back. They often have light entertainment too and local art on the walls to check out.

Wednesday is uni pub night, so depending on your age you might want to get amongst it, you might not! There are usually good drinks deals. Come to think of it, it will be uni holidays in July! Pick up a local street mag XPress or The music to check out venues around Perth and Fremantle if you’d like to see some great Perth music on the weekend!

Thursday: late night shopping at suburban malls. Or drive out to Araluen and see the amazing flowers and botanical gardens. Kings Park’s tree walk and DNA tower will take you high up for a great view of the city. Get yourselves to AQWA in Hillary’s (formerly known as Underwater World), to see some fishes and seals and sharks and all sorts of cool aquariums with neon lights!

Friday: all the markets come alive! station st markets in Subiaco and Fremantle Markets both open on Fridays through to Sunday. Late night shopping in Northbridge and the city. Street art all around. Take advantage of cheap and great eats in the food courts around town. Check out PiCA Gallery in the James St cultural centre in Northbridge, the Art Gallery of Wa, WA Museum and the theatres are all located here. Be careful of Northbridge and the city and freo at night my friends!

Saturday: Mount Lawley’s Beaufort street comes alive with it’s multiple cafés and amazing food, there are food vendors on the street nowadays everywhere you go! There’s heaps of awesome street art too. The Flying Scotsman pub is a favourite and they have multiple bars and music on upstairs as well. Great pizzas here too. This is a quintessential place to hang to see what us Perth kids are really like! Stroll your way into Perth down William St and gallery hop all the way. There’s heaps of little weird and wonderful pop up shops and galleries that pepper William St.
Saturday night: another big night in Perth for partying, Ambar, Geisha Bar, The Bakery, Metropolis…in Fremantle you’ve got Metro’s again but one of the best places is Mojos. Just be careful of people who are too drunk or are clearly off chops!

Sunday: the best day to visit Fremantle! Freo is full of life on Sunday and every shop is open. I should mention there are markets in the centre but also on the harbour, known as the E shed markets. Check out the view of the harbour and maybe the maritime museum. You could go grab a beer at Little Creatures if it’s not too packed. It’s easy to take public transport to Fremantle too. There are heaps of amazing places to eat and lovely places to drink or grab a good coffee and sitting on ‘the strip’ is where you’ll see an awesome cross section of Perthians.

Hope this helps and finds you well! Have a great time in Perth guys!
Love Perth Street Life!! Xx :D

This is thoughtful, helpful advice, but it really [indirectly] lays out how dire Perth is.



blood pheasant

Tiny dragon.



blood pheasant

Tiny dragon.

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Possibly my favourite photo set ever


literally me at work

you can get fired over shit like this and i’ll never be able to justify that in my mind because, despite customer service being important, there are assholes everywhere and they should be fucking mocked on the internet because they’re entitled fuckstains.

Waiter Rule, always.

Study Reveals It Costs Much Less to House The Homeless Than to Leave Them on the Street

Not only is it morally wrong to let people live desperately on the streets, but it doesn’t make much economical sense either.

A new study has found that it’s significantly cheaper to house the homeless than leave them on the streets.

University of North Carolina Charlotte researchers released a study on Monday that tracked chronically homeless adults housed in the Moore Place facility run by Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center (UMC) in partnership with local government. Housing these people led to dramatic cost savings that more than paid for the cost of putting them in decent housing, including $1.8 million in health care savings from 447 fewer ER visits (78% reduction) and 372 fewer hospital days (79% reduction). Tenants also spent 84 fewer days in jail, with a 72% drop in arrests.

Moore Place cost $6 million in land and construction costs, and tenants are required to contribute 30% of their income (mainly benefits) towards rent. The remainder of the $14,000 per tenant annually is covered by donations and local and federal funding. According to the UNCC study, that $14,000 pales in comparison to the costs a chronically homeless person racks up every year to society — a stunning $39,458 in combined medical, judicial and other costs.

What’s more, Moore Place is enabling the formerly homeless to find their own sources of income. Without housing, just 50% were able to generate any income. One year after move-in, they’re up to 82%. And after an average length of 7 years of homelessness, 94% of the original tenants retained their housing after 18 months, with a 99% rent collection rate.

The general population is biased: The original proposal for Moore Place was “controversial, if not ridiculed,” according to the Charlotte Observer. Locals mocked the idea that giving the homeless subsidized housing would do any good. A 2011 report commissioned by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority found that people have condescending attitudes towards the homeless, with the public perceiving higher levels of substance abuse problems (91%) and mental health issues (85%) than reported by the homeless themselves (41% and 24% respectively). It concluded that if “personal failings as the main cause of homelessness, it is unlikely that they will vote for increased public assistance or volunteer to help the homeless themselves.

But “you can’t argue with the statistics," said UMC housing director Caroline Chambre. “This approach was controversial at one time because of the stereotype of who the homeless are, and we had to change that stereotype.

In 2012, total welfare spending for the poor was just 0.47% of the federal budget. It turns out that maybe if we spent a little more to help the chronically destitute solve their problems, we could save a lot of money.

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Each dot moves in a straight line
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Each dot moves in a straight line

Found at /r/physicsgifs

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