How glorious is this?! Upcycling at its finest…
You can’t have a legit BBQ without a badass potato salad. But don’t be a dick and buy that nasty shit at the store. Make this instead; it is cheap as fuck and super easy. You can even leave it in the sun for a minute and it won’t get all gross like that potatomayo nonsense they try to pass off as a salad. People don’t deserve that basic, bland shit.
FRESH HERB POTATO SALAD
1 1/2 pounds of small red or Yukon gold potatoes
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 lemons)
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
1/3 cup shredded carrot (I used 1 normal-sized carrot. Don’t try to grate baby carrots; you will fuck your hand up)
¼ cup of chopped chives (you can use green onions to save some cash)
¼ cup chopped dill
salt and pepper
Cut your potatoes in half or until they are in pieces that you can actually put in your mouth. Nobody should need a knife to eat potato salad, that shit is fucked. Boil some water in a medium pot, add a pinch of salt, and the potatoes. Boil them until you can easily stab a fork through one, like 10-15 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes. If you cook them too long they start falling apart and your salad will be a fucking mess. Set a timer if your ass is easily distracted.
While the potatoes cook, cut up the garlic into a bunch of tiny pieces. Mix together the mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, oil, and garlic in a small glass. Drain the potatoes and put them in a large bowl. Add the dressing and toss it all together. Add the carrots, herbs, and a little salt and pepper and mix them in. Let the salad sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes so that the potatoes can soak in all the flavor. If it looks dry after that then add a little more vinegar and olive oil and stir that bitch. Make this shit the day before you go somewhere and keep it in the fridge. Nobody will know the fucking difference.
Serves 4 as a side
What is this anime, it is my life in drawn form O.o
The Cycle of Abuse Illustrated Through Single Photos and Multiple Models
Statistics show that 70% of people who are abused as children will grow up into adults who will in turn abuse children. A recent awareness ad campaign by Mexican organization Save the Children shared this fact in single photographs that are both creative and difficult to stomach.
The advertisements were originally published back in May 2012, and were created by Mexican agency Y&R and photographer Ale Burset.
Each one uses five models showing one individual at different stages of life. In the foreground, the individual is experiencing abuse as a child. Older versions of the abused child grow up as they walk across the background of the frame, and turn into the original abuser by the time they walk a full circle.
“70% of abused children turn into abusive adults. Donate at savethechildren.mx,” the advertisements say.
This is… /terrifyingly/ well-done.
It is, very much so. This actually reminds me of a small revelation I had yesterday, strangely enough while watching Game Grumps.
Jon and Arin were joking around, and some way or another the conversation turned to why children who were abused turn into abusers themselves. The fact that it completely boggled them both (they wondered if the abuse itself just turned the kid into an angry adult; in my experience, it’s because the kid’s learned from being abused that the way you deal with anger/fix upsetting behavior is to hit things and other people) while it was crystal clear to me was a little sobering. It had never occurred to me that someone could grow up without that sort of context, and conversely, it was amazing that obviously at least two someones had and my experience was therefore inconceivable to them.
So yeah. Regardless of any underlying anger issues (which are probably both genetically predisposed and aggravated by an abusive upbringing), if a kid’s been smacked around all his/her childhood and had no other example of anger management, the adult they become is going to be hard-wired to deal with anger with their own children in the same way. It’s the sort of imprinted behavior that takes a lot of effort and cognitive therapy to undo.
My grandmother’s father and mother were cruel to her and her siblings, and in turn my grandmother (with help from Mom’s father, who was not only mentally ill but also a pedophile) sometimes dealt with frustration with her children inappropriately; Mom didn’t really hit me, but she was terrifying when she was angry—screaming, name-calling, deriding, throwing things—and so I was a fearful child, and when my baby sister and brother came along and I was left in charge, I did many of the same things when they inevitably didn’t listen*. None of us are innately evil people. We did those things because that’s all we knew, and the same case plays out in thousands, if not millions, of families nationwide and across the globe.
It honestly amazes me that someone could be baffled at the cause-and-effect nature of parent-to-child abuse, but again, it’s a striking example of the power of perspective. Hopefully this particular perspective will eventually be bred out of us as global social mores change.
*Of course long since then, I’ve learned This Is Not How We Deal with Things; I can still be unnecessarily sharp-tongued and mean when I’m extremely angry, but fortunately this doesn’t happen often. Mom eventually got therapy, realized what she had done, and is a much calmer person now than she was 25+ years ago.
Wow. Part of me appreciates the brilliance of this photoset, the rest of me had to take a moment. I knew what this was about as soon as I saw these pictures, because I’ve seen it played out in my own family too. Spanking was (don’t know if it is now) a pretty common method of dealing with uppity kids among Korean families, but the level of um, discipline that I got, and my brother got, was abnormal. To this day I have trouble with starting confrontations of any kind, because I fear the other person is going to fly into a screaming rage. I’m afraid of my -own- anger, and I tend to hide it away or funnel it into escapism where it won’t bother anyone else. I’ve seen anger destroy people too many times. I do not understand people who enjoy feeling angry.
I was told I was hated, I had things thrown at me, my hair was yanked, and yet my mother always told me about how badly and how much worse my grandmother had abused -her-, and you didn’t need to be a genius to notice how my father was treating her too. Even now when my mother is nearing 60, and my grandmother is a frail bent-backed 88, my mother is still afraid of her sometimes. That stuff does not let you go.
My mother eventually stopped because she realized one day that she was doing the same thing my grandmother did to her. I don’t know how my father is treating his current wife, but I hope he’s learned to stop too.
Please, please be good to each other.
my mother had similar experiences with her biological mother. She mostly lived with her grandparents, but they were far kinder to my mom and her brother than they were to their daughters. I think it’s because they knew how cruel people outside the family were toward children who were half white at that time in korea.
When she came to the states after she was adopted, my grandpa could be very, very scary. He regrets the things he did and said, but it still haunts mom. Mom got mad and screamed a lot and we got spanked- but honestly it was a lot less spanking than we deserved. More yelling than we deserved tho. To this day I will still hide and get sick to my stomach when someone starts yelling.
But mom made a conscious decision to never physically harm us(spankings hurt, but they were more painful to my pride) and to never say awful things to us and she never did.
Every few years we get into those spectacular fights with the screaming and the throwing things. Never AT anyone, but sometimes I think we keep breakable objects around the house just so we can throw them at the wall. I can take all the walks I want, but nothing makes me feel better/ calms me down like smashing ceramics.
Mr Takei, I would marry you in a heart beat
oh my god I love this man
I elect George Takei as Emperor of America.
Clouded leopards declared extinct in Taiwan
For the last thirteen years, an international team of researchers have been searching out any indication that one of the world’s most majestic animals, the Formosan clouded leopard, was still in existence its native forests of Taiwan. But now that countless in-the-field observation hours and thousands of infrared cameras have turned up no sign of the rare species, scientists have arrived to a somber conclusion: clouded leopards there are extinct, and have likely been for decades.
“There is little chance that the clouded leopard still exists in Taiwan,” says zoologist Chiang Po-jen in an interview with the Taipei Times.
Formosan clouded leopards, a subspecies of those found on mainland Asia, were once highly sought-after by poachers for their valuable skins. And despite the fact that the last reliable evidence of their continued existence is from a 1910 diary entry, biologists believed that the notoriously elusive animal might have avoided extinction in the years that followed, spurring the more-than-a-decade long study to find them.
And although not even a paw print was discovered over the intensive search, the story of that likely long-extinct leopard has still left an impression on Taiwanese society.
“A lot of people have said they are disappointed and find our discovery quite regrettable,” Kurtis Pei, of the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology’s Institute of Wildlife Conservation, tells the Christian Science Monitor. “Some say they hope not just to feel regret, but to do something to save other animals.”
Presently, the same factors that contributed to leopard’s decline — like poaching and human encroachment — continue to threaten other species as well. That said, with this recent declaration of extinction, Taiwanese society may be turning towards more active conservation, says Sean McCormack of the Taiwan SPCA:
“When the Taiwanese are aware of issues, they get behind them 100 percent.”