Suzanna. In love with a schnauzer named Mimzy. Instagram
Functional illiteracy in North America is epidemic. There are 7 million illiterate Americans. Another 27 million are unable to read a simple sentence. There are some 50 million that read at a fourth- or fifth-grade level. Nearly a third of the nation’s population is illiterate or barely litterate - a figure that is growing by more than 2 million a year. A third of high-school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives, and neither do 42 percent of college graduates. In 2007, 80 percent of the families in the U.S. did not buy or read a book. And it is not much better beyond our borders. Canada has an illiterate and semiilliterate population estimated at 42 percent of the whole, a proportion that mirrors that of the United States.
Chris Hedges - Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (via therecipe)
jtotheizzoe:

Webb telescope gets rescued in the Senate

The James Webb Space Telescope would get $530 million in 2012, and would be fully supported towards a 2018 launch, after a Senate subcommittee marked up a science appropriations bill today.

WOO! Good decisions! They CAN happen in our Senate!
(via Nature News

jtotheizzoe:

Webb telescope gets rescued in the Senate

The James Webb Space Telescope would get $530 million in 2012, and would be fully supported towards a 2018 launch, after a Senate subcommittee marked up a science appropriations bill today.

WOO! Good decisions! They CAN happen in our Senate!

(via Nature News

(via jtotheizzoe)

#james webb   #news   #politics   #science   #senate   #space  
discoverynews:

Dinosaur Feathers Found in Amber
The amber-preserved feathers still contain some colors and reveal the dinosaurs came in a range of hues.
More

discoverynews:

Dinosaur Feathers Found in Amber

The amber-preserved feathers still contain some colors and reveal the dinosaurs came in a range of hues.

More

#animals   #dinosaurs   #science   #news  
canisfamiliaris:

15 Astronomical Facts You Probably Do NOT Know

click to embiggen (to learn a few things you may not know; quite a few you probably do know because they’re all over the tumblrverse)

canisfamiliaris:

15 Astronomical Facts You Probably Do NOT Know

click to embiggen (to learn a few things you may not know; quite a few you probably do know because they’re all over the tumblrverse)

#astronomy   #science   #facts  
gaggedandcollegebound:

My entire experience with OKcupid. 

gaggedandcollegebound:

My entire experience with OKcupid. 

(Source: yeahwriters)

#your e cards   #books  
veganatalie:

cute kitty snugglesmakin me feel even more alone.

seriously, how cute is this?

veganatalie:

cute kitty snuggles
makin me feel even more alone.

seriously, how cute is this?

#kitty   #tiger   #flapjack   #flappy   #cats   #snuggly   #pathetic natalie is pathetic  
see? I said they wouldn’t stop.
never rocked this earring look before: got tunnels in my stretched hole and dangles in my second. but I don’t think it looks weird. it feels weird though; my second hole isn’t used to this weight.
this all sounds disturbingly sexual. 

see? I said they wouldn’t stop.

never rocked this earring look before: got tunnels in my stretched hole and dangles in my second. but I don’t think it looks weird. it feels weird though; my second hole isn’t used to this weight.

this all sounds disturbingly sexual. 

#gpoy  
superchloe:

Where is this I must go there.

Austrian National Library. click the pic for more photos of the interior. it’s sexy. if you find books sexy. which you should.

superchloe:

Where is this I must go there.

Austrian National Library. click the pic for more photos of the interior. it’s sexy. if you find books sexy. which you should.

(Source: debradorka)

#books   #reading   #library   #austra   #travel  
canisfamiliaris:

Chart of the Day: The amount that students owe quintupled between 2000 and 2011.
For more, check out the MoJo College Guide.

oh goodie

canisfamiliaris:

Chart of the Day: The amount that students owe quintupled between 2000 and 2011.

For more, check out the MoJo College Guide.

oh goodie

(Source: motherjones)

#charts   #college   #debt   #education   #loans   #news  
mothernaturenetwork:

U.S. fisheries kill 4,600 sea turtles per yearThe current annual death rate is a reduction from the estimated peak of about 71,000 before protective measures were put in place.

mothernaturenetwork:

U.S. fisheries kill 4,600 sea turtles per year
The current annual death rate is a reduction from the estimated peak of about 71,000 before protective measures were put in place.

landscapelifescape:

Bryce Canyon, Utah, USA
Parting Shot :  Marc Adamus Photography

want to go back

landscapelifescape:

Bryce Canyon, Utah, USA

Parting Shot :  Marc Adamus Photography

want to go back

#Utah   #landscape   #nature   #bryce canyon   #travel   #geology  
cordisre:

Bear by Meta Penca

I don’t even know

cordisre:

Bear by Meta Penca

I don’t even know

#animals   #bear  

if you don’t have goodreads, then why not?

I showered. Then to bed. 
I thought my wetness looked neat under the ‘thermal’ camera, which clearly isn’t a thermal camera because I’m steaming hot.

I showered. Then to bed. 

I thought my wetness looked neat under the ‘thermal’ camera, which clearly isn’t a thermal camera because I’m steaming hot.

mabelmoments:


A fly isn’t fussy as it gets a rare drink in the hot and dry Sonoran  desert. The western diamondback rattlesnake is too busy swallowing a  desert packrat to notice another dinner guest. Photo: Alex Badyaev

Nature is a beautiful thing

mabelmoments:

A fly isn’t fussy as it gets a rare drink in the hot and dry Sonoran desert. The western diamondback rattlesnake is too busy swallowing a desert packrat to notice another dinner guest. Photo: Alex Badyaev

Nature is a beautiful thing

(via allcreatures)

#fly   #snake   #rabbit   #animals  

I’m glad these peaceful protests are going global.

Seeing Contagion has made me really uncomfortable at work.

Today a customer covered her mouth while coughing with the item she was about the purchase. So basically she coughed right on the ink cartridge I had to ring through for her.

So, so gross. Just, ugh.

I’m pretty neurotic about that kind of stuff anyway. But that was just too much.