That choice was, even though pathetically useless, I think, the right one.
❝Quinoa may deliver a complete protein—all of the amino acids you require—in a compact package, but rice and beans together actually do better. And like goji berries, blueberries and strawberries are packed with phytochemicals. The only problem is that lacking an exotic back story, food marketers can’t wring as exorbitant a markup from these staples: The domestic blueberry, for example, is periodically (and justifiably) marketed as a superfood, and in 2012, products featuring blueberries as a primary ingredient saw their sales nearly quadruple. But they only raked in $3.5 million—less than 2 percent of açaí-based product sales.❞
Tom Philpott, "Are Quinoa, Chia Seeds, and other ‘Superfoods’ a Scam?" (from Mother Jones)
Also worth highlighting is this section:
“Worse than superfoods’ origin myths, though, are their effects on the people in their native regions. In 2009, at the height of the açaí berry hype, Bloomberg News reported that the fruit’s wholesale price had jumped 60-fold since the early 2000s, pricing the Amazonian villagers who rely on it out of the market. In the Andes, where quinoa has been cultivated since the time of the Incas, price spikes have turned a one-time staple into a luxury, and quinoa monocrops are crowding out the more sustainable traditional methods.” (emphasis mine)
So not only are the markets for “superfoods” putting the foods out of reach of the people who relied on them as a dietary staple, but there are foods easily accessible to us that deliver all the nutrition at a fraction of the cost, both to our grocery bill and to the social/environmental toll.
How about that Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, huh?
(I knoooooooow… everyone has drawn them dancingggggg… But it’s funnnn! I hope there is still room for
one a zillion more pictures of dancing space friends.)
aaaand Gamorra turned out to be my favorite. Man, these must’ve taken an amazing kind of forever.
Hong Chun Zhang
1. My Grandmother’s Cage
The cage represents the patriarchal society that kept women bound to the private space within the home. Grandmother also had bound feet. The practice that crushed the bones and deformed the feet of young girls so they can have the outward appearance tiny delicate feet. The goal was to have a “Three Inch Golden Lotus” (sancun jinlian), but the actual result was unbelievable pain that lasted a lifetime. In this picture, grandmother is sewing a normal size pair of cotton shoes because her daughter was the first women in her family to break the cycle of bound feet.
2. My Mother’s Cage
Unlike my grandmother, the cage door is open. Mother had more freedom as a women in the Communist Chinese society. Her feet were not bound and she had a number of career opportunities. Still, my mother did not have the frredom to say or do what she wanted. Her cage was the restrictions of the day and Maoist Thought, especially during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). The Chinese character on the cup is (weibing or hongweibing); the Red Guard.
3. My Cage
Compared to my grandmother and my mother’s generations, Chinese society has progressed and the situation for young urban women in China has improved. The cage is open and I can sit on the outside. The Chinese character on the cup is fu meaning good fortune.
Also notice that the feet are uncovered and slightly exaggerated (larger than normal).
CHLOE AND I MAY HAVE RP’D AN X FILES RAPTURE CROSSOVER…..DONT LOOK AT ME
Wade found a new hobby :}
DP: Sure! Quite a nice hobby, no?
SM: but you…
DP: Sorry, sweetums, can’t hear a fucking thing!
SM: Who sent you? Speak!
Bad Guy: -smith untranslatable-
SM:Jesuschrist, WTF IS THAT?!
SM: -blr-rr -
DP: You don’t li… You ok? Cupcake…
SM: - bl-l -
YellowBox: looks like he’s about to…
WhiteBox: puke! and his mask is…
YellowBox: puking in mask…
WhiteBox: not cool!
YellowBox: we should do smth
DP: can I just…
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