ericscissorhands:

"Some women are lost in the fire. Some women are built from it."

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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.

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I watched a really great tv show on this as well. I cannot remember what it was called but it basically said most of the research surrounding “superfoods” was dodgy.

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Korra Week Day 1: Alone

There’s been a lot of talk lately about how Korra has PTSD and how alone she must feel but then I remembered that no one is ever really alone. There are those watching over you even though you may not see them.

also i originally wasn’t gonna do a korra week thing but it literally just happened that i finished this today and it fit the theme so yay me

mynameisarrakis:

dontdropjohnny:

thekiwicanfly:

I’d love this. I’d even bet Arrakis would play this.

Maybe. You really need to watch the show Johnny.

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Your first family is your blood family and you always be true to that. That means something. But there’s another family and that’s the kind you go out and find. Maybe even by accident sometimes. And they’re as much blood as your first family. Maybe more so, because they don’t have to look out for you and they don’t have to love you. They choose to. Dennis Lehane, The Given Day (via wordsnquotes)

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getintherobot:

tickatocka:

i want someone who’s never seen b99 to explain this screencap

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is this live action cowboy bebop

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odair:

how is any of this considered blogging

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element-of-change:

Aang/Zaheer: Flight and The Thought Chakra

Someone said to me, “Even Aang couldn’t fly like that.” Then I recalled the moment he relinquished his connection to Katara, unlocked the Thought Chakra, and entered the Avatar State under the influence of pure cosmic energy. Aglow with heavenly light, he levitated. We see no evidence of Airbending; he merely floats skyward.

Is this the same flight we see Zaheer attain after having accepted the loss of P’Li, untethered himself from desire, unlocked the Thought Chakra, and entered the void?

As many have theorized, this technique seems to be attainable only when love is lost or otherwise forgone. Aang was prepared to sacrifice his happiness and love for unlimited cosmic power. Shouldn’t it stand that this flow of energy unlocks unaided flight? In the least, it would seem so in here.

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marcoslefthalf:

you dont have to agree with his policies but you have to admit hes the coolest president weve had ever

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