An awesome Tiny Desk concert with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The second song is my jam today. - Nell
Nüshu (literally “women’s writing” in Chinese) is a syllabic script created and used exclusively by women in the Jiangyong County in Hunan province of southern China. Up until the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) women were forbidden access to formal education, and so Nüshu was developed in secrecy as a means to communicate. Since its discovery in 1982, Nüshu remains the only gender-specific writing system in the world.
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A fresh (ink) take on the infographic.
Via Visual News:
Paul Marcinkowski (AKA Kaplon) is the designer behind this tattoo infographic which he made for a class project at the Academy Of Fine Arts in Łódź, Poland. While poorly made infographics have been called the ‘plague’ of the internet, it’s great to see an artist sink their teeth into the medium and create something truly original.
FJP: 100% agreed.
We have seen the future of journalism.
It’s probably good, then, that this form of journalism wasn’t around for the 1948 and 2000 presidential elections. oopsie
Could go back at the drop of a hat. The beach was perfect. The water was perfect. The slight breeze was perfect. Perfect. (Taken with Instagram)
I have an idea about a way to save money and apply it in a more useful way.
#1 Did you know that the US spends 5 times as much on the military budget ($711 billion) than its closest competitor (China at $143 billion)? Do you know how much of that is needless spending according to an old Cold War mentality? Yeah, billions.
So how about we only spend 4 times as much as China? Then we can use the rest of the money to help the soldiers that are coming back. We can give them job training. We can apply better funds to physical recovery. We can apply significantly more money to help soldiers recover mentally from the horrors they’ve seen. Maybe this way we can drastically cut back on the suicide/day rate that the military now has. We can apply money to stop the rampant sexual trauma that women—and not a few men—suffer in the military.
Could you imagine if we did that?
#2 (This is based off the previous post)
For people like the person that I mentioned that pay so very little in taxes yet have exorbitant wealth, how about we draw things a bit more close. This family friend of ours pays about 40% in overall taxes, referenced wealthy person pays 13.9% in federal on some of his money—not all of it—and pays maybe 1% or 2% more on some of his money for other state, etc., taxes. Considering his $250 million in overall wealth, and that he only pays taxes on some of it, makes you wonder. Anyway:
So how about we don’t even make numbers match? How about we have this wealthy group of people pay their taxes, use their loop holes, pay state taxes, etc., AND THEN we have them pay up to 75% of what middle class America pays? So then these wealthy tax dodgers end up paying only 30% in overall taxes. And it’s still less than my family friend.
Now with all of this money, we can easily afford things every year like money for education and teacher training, money for job creation, money for research to develop 21st century industries so that we can compete on a global scale like we used to back when this type of money was applied to research.
How about we start with these two ideas?
But, you know me, I’m just a 1980s Republican, who is currently a registered Democrat. Or, in modern parlance, a socialist.