Beautiful House Built On A Flatbed Trailer
This 196 square feet home is remarkably designed and built. On top of a 24x8foot flatbed trailer, recycled or reclaimed materials were used to construct a much cheaper and beautiful residence. Wooden pallets are used for the siding and the roof is of elastomeric or expanded aluminum. Every inch of the interior is used to the maximum. Carefully picked decorations complement the all white interior paint.
A large living and kitchen area share the space with a large comfortable bed on top of shelves and storage facilities. A combination of brick and wood panels and wallpaper make you notice all the little decorations that make the whole place livable. The interesting 3 piece lamp, above the cozy lounge chair, challenges the uniqueness of the lights above the stove and kitchen sink. All in all, this way of building a home is cheaper than a full house, and it also gives you a little bit of mobility as well.
A long time ago, when you were a wee thing, you learned something, some way to cope, something that, if you did it, would help you survive. It wasn’t the healthiest thing, it wasn’t gonna get you free, but it was gonna keep you alive. You learned it, at five or six, and it worked, it *did* help you survive. You carried it with you all your life, used it whenever you needed it. It got you out—out of your assbackwards town, away from an abuser, out of range of your mother’s un-love. Or whatever. It worked for you. You’re still here now partly because of this thing that you learned. The thing is, though, at some point you stopped needing it. At some point, you got far enough away, surrounded yourself with people who love you. You survived. And because you survived, you now had a shot at more than just staying alive. You had a shot now at getting free. But that thing that you learned when you were five was not then and is not now designed to help you be free. It is designed only to help you survive. And, in fact, it keeps you from being free. You need to figure out what this thing is and work your ass off to un-learn it. Because the things we learn to do to survive at all costs are not the things that will help us get FREE. Getting free is a whole different journey altogether.
(via etiquette-etc)Wow. Yes. Thank you.
Why. Why. Why. Why. Why. Why. Why? Why? Why? Why.
why THE FUCK is no one talking about this
why isnt this on the news
we all know the reason why. stop the bullshit.
And this shit happened on May 18…MAY 8-FUCKING-TEENTH!
I read the article and this honestly makes me so fucking angry. I encourage all my followers to reblog the shit out of this. Share it on your Facebook and Twitter, too.
Please spare some time for Darren Rainey. This is a horrific brutality against a human being that is being swept under the rug by most media.
Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. Those are the countries. It will be drought-resistant species, mostly acacias. And this is a fucking brilliant idea you have no idea oh my Christ
This will create so many jobs and regenerate so many communities and aaaaaahhhhhhh
more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Green_Wall
it’s already happening, and already having positive effects. this is wonderful, why have i not heard of this before? i’m so happy!
This is my happy, outside story of the day. I’m Syu happy to have learned of this.
We have this thing in the Black community where we get on each other for “making Black people look bad.” I’ve never bought into it much because, honestly, looking good by the standards of the hypocrisy and greed and inhumanity that are the hallmark of white civilization across the globe is not really a winning proposition to me. But, white people who really want to make things better can call out their white brothers and sisters that are “making white people look bad,” because there’s no shortage of those assholes.
And then you can commit to the long and hard work of investigating your privilege, how it was obtained and look into the continued price exacted on people of color the world over by your privilege. It’s not an easy road, as you’ll eventually discover that your worldviews, philosophies, even your highest spiritual understandings are framed by the same sense of entitlement that somehow made it okay to treat other human beings with less respect than animals for close to 400 years. You’ll also realize that the major issues of the world—economic injustices, the general fucking over of the planet and the animals on it, mutant food supplies, etc.—are pretty much issues caused by white men. Sure, there’s an African warlord here and there kidnapping kids and doing generally vile shit, but I guarantee you Joseph Kony ain’t got shit on Mark Cutifani when it comes to the destruction of modern day Africa.
Granted, the banks, governments and megacorporations are bending over white people as well. And, yes, the police aren’t brutal only to Black folk, as Dillion Taylor’s parents would have you know right now. But when we’re talking about race issues, denying that they’re race issues, or trying to lump them up as larger issues is very insulting and frustrating. When we’re talking about a very specific manifestation of a race issue, please don’t tell us that it’s not a race issue. We know race issues when we see them much better than you ever will. And you will never ever understand the psychological effects of growing up as a non-white person in this society. You couldn’t even begin to imagine, anymore than we could begin to imagine your sense of entitlement. This just is.
It’s very much on the white people who want to help to internalize that you, as a race, are able to focus on the upper parts of the hierarchy of needs (Love/Belonging, Esteem, Self-Actualization) because you are the beneficiaries of a system that keeps people of color, in America and around the globe, dealing with Physiological and Safety needs, for the most part. (I’m just assuming you’re familiar with Maslow because you’re white.) It’s extremely important that you understand that, especially in this country, white people are benefitting from an obscene advantage in this present moment; an advantage gained by some supremely horrific actions in your past. If you can’t accept this, you’re not really willing to deal with what is and you’re really not willing to help and I’m not sure why you’re still reading.
I’m not saying that a simple awareness of things would change things, but it would. It would mean that we’d have more minds and resources dealing with things as they are. And, before any of that leads to solutions, it would definitely lead to greater compassion on your part. Because you’d really understand that you’re dealing with generations of trauma and pain and neglect and anger and confusion. And not just from things that happened “in the past,” but from things that are happening right now. Today. As you’re reading this.
If you do that, you’ll likely stop arguing with us when you ask us to explain why we feel the way we feel. You’ll realize that debating us on every point along the way—especially after you’ve asked us what the what is—is not the business. Beside, most chances are that your first responses are things that we’ve been hearing for years and, frankly, a lot of us don’t have time for it because it’s annoying and condescending at this point. You can probably save yourself some time by doing a Google search on “how to respond when a white person says + the basic shit you were about to say.” Seriously. You’re really not coming up with anything new. Just make it your business to do some research before you start asking us some basic shit. Not only would we really appreciate it, it would actually make whatever conversation you have with us extremely much more fruitful. (Also: If you ask us something and we suggest you read something, you should probably read it.)
All that said, I feel really blessed to have so many open-minded, intelligent, thoughtful, downright awesome and cool-as-fuck white people in my life. Some of you are reading this like, “Duhh, I know all this already,”and I feel you. But I need you to talk to your people because some of them are really making white people look bad.
- Kris Ex
I’m going to try again to stop entirely. I feel like failure is more possible than success but I’d rather try than feel helpless. I would rather fail publically than keep my shame and do nothing. Life is not long enough for me to justify wasting another day so unhappy with myself.
My latest at the Guardian US, Why is it easier to invent anti-rape nail polish than find a way to stop rapists? (via jessicavalenti)
I’m appreciative that young men [like the ones who created the “anti-rape” nail polish] want to curb sexual assault, but anything that puts the onus on women to “discreetly” keep from being raped misses the point. We should be trying to stop rape, not just individually avoid it.
If it were truly that simple, previous iterations of this same concept would have worked. Remember “anti-rape underwear”? Or the truly terrifying “Rapex” – a female condom that would insert tiny hooks into an assailant’s penis? You can’t really expect women to wear modern chastity belts or a real-life vagina dentata in order to be safe. That’s not trying to stop rape - it’s essentially arguing that some people getting raped is inevitable.
Even if a woman were to wear special nail polish or anti-rape underwear, or if she listens to common – but misplaced – advice about not getting drunk and always walking home in a group, all she’s supposedly ensuring is that she won’t be attacked. (And even then it’s not real security, because women who do all the “right” things get raped too) What about the girl at the same party who decided to have a few drinks that night? “So long as it isn’t me” isn’t an effective strategy to end rape.
So my facebook friend just posted this pic with this text….Well, I just witnessed blatant racial injustice with my own eyes. I was getting in my car after exiting a store when a young black man stumbled past me and collapsed against the store wall. When I got out to see if he was okay, a group of white people came rushing over, one of whom was a 20-something white woman who declared in distress, “I ran a red light and hit him with my car!” People immediately assured her that SHE would be okay, meanwhile the young man is writhing in pain on the ground, pants leg torn, tears running down his face. When the police arrived and the young woman explained what happened, it was suggested to her that maybe the light had been yellow and that the young man had “darted out into the street into her path.” I was floored. I said, “But she just SAID she ran the red light and hit him in the intersection!”