halflingprince asked: You know that the vast majority of gun violence is committed by criminals who will not pay any attention to laws or prohibitions (hence the definition of *criminal*) and will only hinder those who might be able to use them to protect themselves?—-
OMG! Only criminals break the law? And criminals will break the law no matter what? Quick, repeal every single speed limit and law against stealing, murdering, or assaulting! Repeal all the laws! Laws never prevent crimes ever! How have I not noticed that before?
OH FUCKING WAIT, because every other country with stricter gun control laws has fewer gun deaths than we do. And like I just fucking mentioned, more laws about cars have decreased car-related fatalities. WHAAAAAAT it’s almost like laws FUCKING WORK to deter crime or something!
Quick question: Was Adam Lanza (the Newtown shooter) a criminal before he shot all those kids? No? So he wasn’t a criminal, and yet he broke the law? WHOA! MINDFUCK!
One more thing before you go! Having a gun in your home to protect yourself makes you more likely to die from being shot! With that gun! And that same article says having a gun in your home does not decrease the chance of being a victim of a crime or reduce your risk of being injured during a home invasion! Shit! It’s almost like guns are bad and you’re 100% full of shit!!!
“It’s important not to rush through life so much that you don’t find time to do the things you really should be doing.”
“What things do you wish you’d made more time to do?”
“I wish I’d learned to drive a racecar. Learned to cook. Followed up with a certain young lady. I wish I’d read more. I’ve got this stack of books I’m going through now, but I should have read them 50 years ago. I’m even reading Harry Potter!”
In 1971, the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan introduced a model of measuring prosperity not by GDP but through Gross National Happiness (GNH), a system of governance based on four pillars: equitable social development, cultural preservation, conservation of the environment, and promotion of good governance. In 2009, the GNH model began to be integrated into the education system through the Green Schools for Green Bhutan initiative.Schools in Bhutan are being encouraged to put the principles of GNH at the heart of education in an effort to make learning more relevant, thoughtful and aligned with sustainable practices. The government has introduced a GNH-based national curriculum, and Unicef Bhutan has funded a training programme for headteachers to help schools implement the scheme at classroom level.The Jigme Losel primary school in the capital, Thimphu, is considered a model of the green schools mindset. The school has introduced practical programmes, including basic agricultural skills, to teach the more than 800 pupils about conservation. Each class has its own tree to care for, and there is a communal vegetable patch and flower garden for the children to manage. The school runs a sustainable food programme feeding low-income students and their families.Children are taught about conserving natural resources, climate change and the dangers of deforestation and pollution. ‘Most of our country is mountainous, but here in the city I think the children can feel disconnected,’ headteacher Choki Dukpa says. ‘Environmental protection is enshrined in our constitution, but young children have to learn why it is important to protect the environment and how the country’s future prosperity depends on its conservation’. [photo]
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A fantastic installation by Argentinian artist Tomàs Saraceno which will be on display at the Hangar Bicocca in Milan until February 3rd. “On Space Time Foam” is made of multiple layers of PVC membranes suspended 24 meters (79 feet) above the ground. The artist, famous for his large scale aerial works, continues with his desire to “create self-sufficient aerial structures that can be inhabited by people with a low environmental impact”.
war kills people from the inside out sometimes
“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”
i think i’ve posted this before but it’s so powerful
“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”
Green Pedestrian Crossing created by Jody Xiong
The China Environmental Protection Foundation developed an outdoor campaign, displayed on the street, to creatively promote this message. They decided to leverage a busy pedestrian crossing; a place where both pedestrians and drivers meet.
The campaign involved laying a canvas 12.6 metres long by 7 metres wide on the ground, thus covering the pedestrian crossing with a large leafless tree. On either side of the road, beneath the traffic lights, were placed sponge cushions soaked in green, environmentally friendly, washable paint. As pedestrians walked towards the crossing, they stepped on the green sponge, thus leaving green foot imprints on the canvas of the tree. Each ‘green’ footprint on the canvas looked like leaves growing on a bare tree, which made people feel that by walking they could create a greener environment.
The ‘Green Pedestrian Crossing’ was carried out across 7 thoroughfares in Shanghai. The campaign was then extended to 132 roads across 15 cities in China, with a participation exceeding 3,920,000 people.
Watch their video below:
I would do my taxes. Fill out insurance forms.
Count grains of rice in a bag.
Whatever made time pass the slowest with you.
And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling “This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!”
And each day, it’s up to you, to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say “No. This is what’s important.”