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Africa, Facts, and Food: 12 African nations have come together pledging to build a 9 mile wide band of trees that will stretch all the way across Africa, 4750 miles, in order to stop the progressive advancement of the Sahara. Ultrafacts.tumblr.com fuck-sayer: thatlupa: jenniferrpovey: jumpingjacktrash: becausegoodheroesdeservekidneys: ultrafacts: Source For more facts follow Ultrafacts YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. Those are the countries. It will be drought-resistant species, mostly acacias. And this is a brilliant idea you have no idea oh my Christ This will create so many jobs and regenerate so many communities and aaaaaahhhhhhh more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Green_Wall it’s already happening, and already having positive effects. this is wonderful, why have i not heard of this before? i’m so happy! Oh yes, acacia trees. They fix nitrogen and improve soil quality. And, to make things fun, the species they’re using practices “reverse leaf phenology.” The trees go dormant in the rainy season and then grow their leaves again in the dry season. This means you can plant crops under the trees, in that nitrogen-rich soil, and the trees don’t compete for light because they don’t have any leaves on. And then in the dry season, you harvest the leaves and feed them to your cows. Crops grown under acacia trees have better yield than those grown without them. Considerably better. So, this isn’t just about stopping the advancement of the Sahara - it’s also about improving food security for the entire sub-Saharan belt and possibly reclaiming some of the desert as productive land. Of course, before the “green revolution,” the farmers knew to plant acacia trees - it’s a traditional practice that they were convinced to abandon in favor of “more reliable” artificial fertilizers (that caused soil degradation, soil erosion, etc). This is why you listen to the people who, you know, have lived with and on land for centuries. ^ The bold.
Africa, Facts, and Food: 12 African nations have come
 together pledging to build a 9 mile
 wide band of trees that will stretch all
 the way across Africa, 4750 miles, in
 order to stop the progressive
 advancement of the Sahara.
 Ultrafacts.tumblr.com
fuck-sayer:

thatlupa:

jenniferrpovey:

jumpingjacktrash:

becausegoodheroesdeservekidneys:

ultrafacts:

Source For more facts follow Ultrafacts

YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. Those are the countries. It will be drought-resistant species, mostly acacias. And this is a brilliant idea you have no idea oh my Christ
This will create so many jobs and regenerate so many communities and aaaaaahhhhhhh

more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Green_Wall
it’s already happening, and already having positive effects. this is wonderful, why have i not heard of this before? i’m so happy!

Oh yes, acacia trees.
They fix nitrogen and improve soil quality.
And, to make things fun, the species they’re using practices “reverse leaf phenology.” The trees go dormant in the rainy season and then grow their leaves again in the dry season. This means you can plant crops under the trees, in that nitrogen-rich soil, and the trees don’t compete for light because they don’t have any leaves on.
And then in the dry season, you harvest the leaves and feed them to your cows.
Crops grown under acacia trees have better yield than those grown without them. Considerably better.
So, this isn’t just about stopping the advancement of the Sahara - it’s also about improving food security for the entire sub-Saharan belt and possibly reclaiming some of the desert as productive land.
Of course, before the “green revolution,” the farmers knew to plant acacia trees - it’s a traditional practice that they were convinced to abandon in favor of “more reliable” artificial fertilizers (that caused soil degradation, soil erosion, etc).
This is why you listen to the people who, you know, have lived with and on land for centuries.

^ The bold.

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America, Apparently, and Donald Trump: TUESDAY, DEC 19, 2017, 4:30 PM Dollar General: The Store for Rural America's "Permanent Recession" BY PETER FUNT Share У Tweet Reddit Ju StumbleUpon @ Email Print OLLAR GENERAL DOLLAR GENERAL The Dollar General Corporation, an American chain of variety stores, is headquartered in Goodlettsville, Tenn. (Image: bogleech: berniesrevolution: IN THESE TIMES There are 14,321 Dollar General stores in America. It’s a chain that many shoppers have never heard of, yet it has more stores than Starbucks. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Dollar General company is worth $22 billion—far more than the nation’s largest grocery chain, Kroger, which has five times the revenue. Sadly, however, Dollar General is thriving because, as the Journal puts it, “rural America is struggling.” The chain builds stores where folks are down on their luck, where 20 percent of customers receive government assistance, and where even Walmart won’t bother doing business. I phoned several Dollar General stores and learned that none sells fresh meat or produce; the grocery aisles feature mostly canned and frozen goods. Many products, such as soft drinks, come in mini-sizes to keep unit prices low. And few locations had newspapers for sale. Maybe that’s just as well, because headlines these days report that the stock market is remarkably high and unemployment is surprisingly low. But for rural America, news like that doesn’t hit home. Things are looking up in Donald Trump’s America, except, of course, where they are not. The administration’s proudest accomplishment is a tax bill that benefits millionaires and billionaires. The Joint Committee on Taxation finds that the Senate version of the bill would increase taxes on all Americans making less than $75,000 a year. As Paul Krugman summarizes in the New York Times: “Everything this president and this Congress are doing on economic policy seems designed, not just to widen the gap between the wealthy and everyone else, but to lock in plutocrats’ advantages, making it easier to ensure that their heirs remain on top and the rest stay down.” In rural America, where about 46 million people reside, employment and economic growth have not recovered from the last recession at a pace seen elsewhere in the nation. Childhood poverty—perhaps the most critical metric in determining a population’s well-being—is considerably higher in rural areas than in urban centers. The crisis facing rural America is rooted in the fact that peak-level employment related to natural resources, such as mining and logging, is never coming back. Rural America is mired in a permanent recession. Its problems are difficult to correct because of a sprawling landscape, scattered government support structures and what often seems to be federal indifference. Many among the predominantly white rural population voted for Trump in 2016—a sign, perhaps, of utter desperation rather than considered opinion. But according to recent reporting by Politico, Trump now intends to make the most sweeping changes to federal safety net programs in a generation, using legislation and executive actions to target recipients of food stamps, Medicaid and housing benefits. (Continue Reading) When tens of millions of people–both rural and suburban–are forced to use Dollar Tree and Dollar General as grocery stores because Wal-Mart is too expensive, it’s safe to say the middle class is truly dead. I was in shock moving out here to the pacific northwest and never seeing Dollar General anymore. Apparently there might be at least a couple here in Oregon, hours from us. Everywhere I previously lived from the east coast to the midwest, you were never more than 10 minutes from a dollar general as well as dollar tree. At Dollar Tree everything is $1, but that obviously puts some limitations on the quality and variety of goods. At Dollar General things can be up to $20, but we’re talking $20 for a whole office desk you put together. $5 for a pair of shoes. $3 for a nicer microwaveable meal than the stuff you’ll find at Dollar Tree. It was literally almost THE ONLY store within a 40 minute drive in the small Iowa town we were last living, too, exactly the situation this article talks about. That town had one other source of groceries, which was very small, and its prices jacked up because it knew a lot of people had no other choice.
America, Apparently, and Donald Trump: TUESDAY, DEC 19, 2017, 4:30 PM
 Dollar General: The Store for Rural
 America's "Permanent Recession"
 BY PETER FUNT
 Share У Tweet Reddit Ju StumbleUpon
 @ Email
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 OLLAR
 GENERAL
 DOLLAR
 GENERAL
 The Dollar General Corporation, an American chain of variety stores, is headquartered in Goodlettsville, Tenn.
 (Image:
bogleech:

berniesrevolution:

IN THESE TIMES
There are 14,321 Dollar General stores in America. It’s a chain that many shoppers have never heard of, yet it has more stores than Starbucks. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Dollar General company is worth $22 billion—far more than the nation’s largest grocery chain, Kroger, which has five times the revenue.
Sadly, however, Dollar General is thriving because, as the Journal puts it, “rural America is struggling.” The chain builds stores where folks are down on their luck, where 20 percent of customers receive government assistance, and where even Walmart won’t bother doing business.
I phoned several Dollar General stores and learned that none sells fresh meat or produce; the grocery aisles feature mostly canned and frozen goods. Many products, such as soft drinks, come in mini-sizes to keep unit prices low. And few locations had newspapers for sale.
Maybe that’s just as well, because headlines these days report that the stock market is remarkably high and unemployment is surprisingly low. But for rural America, news like that doesn’t hit home.
Things are looking up in Donald Trump’s America, except, of course, where they are not.
The administration’s proudest accomplishment is a tax bill that benefits millionaires and billionaires. The Joint Committee on Taxation finds that the Senate version of the bill would increase taxes on all Americans making less than $75,000 a year.
As Paul Krugman summarizes in the New York Times: “Everything this president and this Congress are doing on economic policy seems designed, not just to widen the gap between the wealthy and everyone else, but to lock in plutocrats’ advantages, making it easier to ensure that their heirs remain on top and the rest stay down.”
In rural America, where about 46 million people reside, employment and economic growth have not recovered from the last recession at a pace seen elsewhere in the nation. Childhood poverty—perhaps the most critical metric in determining a population’s well-being—is considerably higher in rural areas than in urban centers.
The crisis facing rural America is rooted in the fact that peak-level employment related to natural resources, such as mining and logging, is never coming back.
Rural America is mired in a permanent recession. Its problems are difficult to correct because of a sprawling landscape, scattered government support structures and what often seems to be federal indifference.
Many among the predominantly white rural population voted for Trump in 2016—a sign, perhaps, of utter desperation rather than considered opinion. But according to recent reporting by Politico, Trump now intends to make the most sweeping changes to federal safety net programs in a generation, using legislation and executive actions to target recipients of food stamps, Medicaid and housing benefits.
(Continue Reading)
When tens of millions of people–both rural and suburban–are forced to use Dollar Tree and Dollar General as grocery stores because Wal-Mart is too expensive, it’s safe to say the middle class is truly dead.

I was in shock moving out here to the pacific northwest and never seeing Dollar General anymore. Apparently there might be at least a couple here in Oregon, hours from us.
Everywhere I previously lived from the east coast to the midwest, you were never more than 10 minutes from a dollar general as well as dollar tree.
At Dollar Tree everything is $1, but that obviously puts some limitations on the quality and variety of goods.
At Dollar General things can be up to $20, but we’re talking $20 for a whole office desk you put together. $5 for a pair of shoes. $3 for a nicer microwaveable meal than the stuff you’ll find at Dollar Tree.
It was literally almost THE ONLY store within a 40 minute drive in the small Iowa town we were last living, too, exactly the situation this article talks about. That town had one other source of groceries, which was very small, and its prices jacked up because it knew a lot of people had no other choice.

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Bad, Logic, and Mood: HOW TO BUILD MENTAL STRENGTH WITH CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Thoughts Feelings (Cognitions) How you think impacts how you feel Scenario A: Scenario A: Person is waiting on a long line and thinking This line is going to take forever. What is taking the cashier/information clerk so long?" Scenario B: Person is feeling impatient and frustrated. Scenario B: Person is feeling relaxed rson is waiting on same long line but thinking "It looks like this line is going to take awhile What can I do to make the most use of my time while waiting?" Behaviors How you feel impacts how you behave Scenario A: Person is starting to pace; heart is beating rapidly and he/she may start behaving in an aggressive manner Scenario B: Person is reading a book for leisure, or some work papers that he/she needed to catch up on and is ensuring that he/she will be doing a good job for work. Which approach do you think would be a healthier and more productive one to adopt? EVERYONE CAN IMPROVE THEIR MENTAL STRENGTH To Be Optimal Self+ Best Cope With Life's Challenges Practice Good Habits+ Give Up Bad Habits ReGULATe YOUR Thoughts Feelings Behaviors Control your Behave productlvely regardless of circumstances Recognize and replace thoughts emotions so that that aren't true.they don't control Consider: What is the evidence that this is true? What is the evidence that this is NOT true? What is another way of looking at this? If this was true, how bad would this be? you Name emotions Balance with logic Face your fears Engage in mood- boosting activities Conduct experiments Monitor habits Maintain positive habits Discontinue unhelpful habits Reference: Morin, A. (2015). Mental Strength: Mastering The 3 Core Factors, e-course Retrieved from htp:l/www.amymorinlesw.com/ecourse/ Social Work ,Career
Bad, Logic, and Mood: HOW TO BUILD
 MENTAL STRENGTH
 WITH CBT
 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
 Thoughts
 Feelings
 (Cognitions)
 How you think
 impacts how you feel
 Scenario A:
 Scenario A:
 Person is waiting on a long line
 and thinking This line is going to
 take forever. What is taking the
 cashier/information clerk so long?"
 Scenario B:
 Person is feeling
 impatient and
 frustrated.
 Scenario B:
 Person is feeling
 relaxed
 rson is waiting on same long
 line but thinking "It looks like
 this line is going to take awhile
 What can I do to make the most
 use of my time while waiting?"
 Behaviors
 How you feel impacts
 how you behave
 Scenario A:
 Person is starting to pace; heart is
 beating rapidly and he/she may start
 behaving in an aggressive manner
 Scenario B:
 Person is reading a book for leisure, or
 some work papers that he/she needed to
 catch up on and is ensuring that he/she
 will be doing a good job for work.
 Which approach do you think would be a
 healthier and more productive one to adopt?
 EVERYONE CAN
 IMPROVE THEIR
 MENTAL STRENGTH
 To Be Optimal Self+
 Best Cope With Life's Challenges
 Practice Good Habits+ Give Up Bad Habits
 ReGULATe YOUR
 Thoughts
 Feelings
 Behaviors
 Control your
 Behave
 productlvely
 regardless of
 circumstances
 Recognize and
 replace thoughts
 emotions so that
 that aren't true.they don't control
 Consider:
 What is the evidence
 that this is true?
 What is the evidence
 that this is NOT true?
 What is another way
 of looking at this?
 If this was true, how
 bad would this be?
 you
 Name emotions
 Balance with logic
 Face your fears
 Engage in mood-
 boosting activities
 Conduct experiments
 Monitor habits
 Maintain positive
 habits
 Discontinue unhelpful
 habits
 Reference:
 Morin, A. (2015). Mental Strength: Mastering The 3 Core Factors, e-course Retrieved
 from htp:l/www.amymorinlesw.com/ecourse/
 Social Work ,Career
Fall, Lgbt, and Love: shiraglassman: the-aila-test:  Does It Pass The Aila Test? We all know the rules of The Bechdel Test. In recent years, fans of more feminist-friendly films have included their own character tests, like The Mako Mori Test, The Furiosa Test, The Sexy Lamp Test, the list goes on. While these are all helpful (though comical) tools feminists have used to criticize media narratives, very few of them seem to empower or apply when viewing Indigenous and Aboriginal women in media narratives / storytelling. As a Native woman, I’ve experienced disappointment and heartache from the way Native women were represented on film, television, cartoons, and other forms of media. From stereotypical “Indian princesses” to the distressing amount of physical and sexual violence in live action period pieces, it felt that a Native woman was not a character you were meant to love and root for. She was never a character you were supposed to relate to or want to be. In almost every role she’s in, she cannot exist without being a prop for another character’s story, and if she has a “happy ending,” it’s usually in the arms of a white colonist or settler. I’ve created the Aila Test to bring my own concerns to the table when feminists criticize media. Not only should these issues be analyzed and addressed, but content creators who write about Indigenous / Aboriginal women should consider writing characters who pass this test. We need them now, more than ever. To pass the Aila Test, your film / animation / comic book / novel / etc, must abide by these three important rules: 1. Is she an Indigenous / Aboriginal woman who is a main character… 2. Who  DOES NOT fall in love with a white man… 3. And DOES NOT end up raped or murdered at any point in the story. Do you know characters that pass the Aila Test? Please submit them to this page! I found one! It’s only sixteen pages long, but “Né łe” by Darcie Little Badger is a short sci-fi romance between two Native American women…. in space… surrounded by forty-one puppies. It’s part of an LGBT Native collection called Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time and I reviewed just the story by itself here.
Fall, Lgbt, and Love: shiraglassman:

the-aila-test:

 Does It Pass The Aila Test?
We all know the rules of The Bechdel Test. In recent years, fans of more feminist-friendly films have included their own character tests, like The Mako Mori Test, The Furiosa Test, The Sexy Lamp Test, the list goes on. While these are all helpful (though comical) tools feminists have used to criticize media narratives, very few of them seem to empower or apply when viewing Indigenous and Aboriginal women in media narratives / storytelling.
As a Native woman, I’ve experienced disappointment and heartache from the way Native women were represented on film, television, cartoons, and other forms of media. From stereotypical “Indian princesses” to the distressing amount of physical and sexual violence in live action period pieces, it felt that a Native woman was not a character you were meant to love and root for. She was never a character you were supposed to relate to or want to be. In almost every role she’s in, she cannot exist without being a prop for another character’s story, and if she has a “happy ending,” it’s usually in the arms of a white colonist or settler.
I’ve created the Aila Test to bring my own concerns to the table when feminists criticize media. Not only should these issues be analyzed and addressed, but content creators who write about Indigenous / Aboriginal women should consider writing characters who pass this test. We need them now, more than ever.
To pass the Aila Test, your film / animation / comic book / novel / etc, must abide by these three important rules:

1. Is she an Indigenous / Aboriginal woman who is a main character…
2. Who  DOES NOT fall in love with a white man…
3. And DOES NOT end up raped or murdered at any point in the story.

Do you know characters that pass the Aila Test? Please submit them to this page!

I found one! It’s only sixteen pages long, but “Né łe” by Darcie Little Badger is a short sci-fi romance between two Native American women…. in space… surrounded by forty-one puppies. It’s part of an LGBT Native collection called Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time and I reviewed just the story by itself here.

shiraglassman: the-aila-test:  Does It Pass The Aila Test? We all know the rules of The Bechdel Test. In recent years, fans of more femini...

Being Alone, Beautiful, and Children: My son told me about a dead woman with blue skin, no hair, and black eyes who supposedly lived in our old follow us outside and try to get in our car but there was no room so she stood outside and watched us leave while I work with kids on the autism spectrum. One of them said: They can see us, but we can't see them." My daughter (age 3) woke me up in the middle of the night "momma, do you hear that breathingItold her that was me breathing, She said in a low voice "no momma, be very quiet and lilsten". I didn't hear anything but we slept with lights on the rest of the months early. Spent almost 3 months in the hospltal. As soon as my son and daughter in law brought her home, every now and then they would smell cigarette smole in the house and nelther of them smoked. Isabella would point to the walls whenever this would mom, known as Mimi. As soon as Isabella started talking she would ask about Mimi. 1 am not a church gaing girl!! She's4 now and still occasionally out of the blue will say she misses One night, when my daughter was 2 years old, she woke and could not get in bed and 1 took our daughter on my lap under a blanket in a chair. We were both a bit drowsy when she suddenly raised up her head and said:"Hello" towards the wall where the door was. As my heart started racing, she as if she was on the phone with She stopped when I called my husband. I jokingly asked: "What's the best way 7-year-old's response: "Tell her to be my girlfriend or she'll never see her passing me cake". I dutifully eat each "It was poison. You died." Oh, okay She then proceeded to "chop me up mix my chopped parts with some spice in a pot, and then serve the resulting Edit We have a lot of these, figured that'd be the one you guys would get the most kick out of, but we have quite I was babysitting a family friend's kid and it was just the two of us in the whispered to me: "We're not alone in My son was4 years old at the time, we and he got this really scared look on his face and said he wanted to go back inside. I asked him what was wrong and he pointed to the street (where nothing was there) and said the monster was staring at him. Seeing as how I krnow children can see things we cannot, I took that baby inside and said a prayer! My youngest daughter, who is now 25 used to wake up in middle of the night between ages 3 and 7 and tell me the beautiful angel was in her room watching over her, and that she was dressed in white with glorious white wings. She would say don't you see how beautiful she is mommy? Many years later between 18 and 22 once again the lady in white would show up, and even speal to her. There was one time L actually heard someone say, are yo alright with my own ears plain as day me, she turned around and look at me and said, why wouldn't I be okay? That's when it dawned on me our angel was asking her and I had the pleasure if and stories will I want to thank you all for your contribution children related story, either it's creepy, sacd, fun or strange, and you consider it worthy of sharing, don't forget to send it to me at Kids can say creepy things ( Part 10)
Being Alone, Beautiful, and Children: My son told me about a dead woman
 with blue skin, no hair, and black eyes
 who supposedly lived in our old
 follow us outside and try to get in our
 car but there was no room so she stood
 outside and watched us leave while
 I work with kids on the autism
 spectrum. One of them said: They can
 see us, but we can't see them."
 My daughter (age 3) woke me up in the
 middle of the night "momma, do you
 hear that breathingItold her that
 was me breathing, She said in a low
 voice "no momma, be very quiet and
 lilsten". I didn't hear anything but we
 slept with lights on the rest of the
 months early. Spent almost 3 months in
 the hospltal. As soon as my son and
 daughter in law brought her home,
 every now and then they would smell
 cigarette smole in the house and
 nelther of them smoked. Isabella would
 point to the walls whenever this would
 mom, known as Mimi. As soon as
 Isabella started talking she would ask
 about Mimi. 1 am not a church gaing
 girl!! She's4 now and still occasionally
 out of the blue will say she misses
 One night, when my daughter was 2
 years old, she woke and could not get
 in bed and 1 took our daughter on my
 lap under a blanket in a chair. We were
 both a bit drowsy when she suddenly
 raised up her head and said:"Hello"
 towards the wall where the door was.
 As my heart started racing, she
 as if she was on the phone with
 She stopped when I called my husband.
 I jokingly asked: "What's the best way
 7-year-old's response: "Tell her to be
 my girlfriend or she'll never see her
 passing me cake". I dutifully eat each
 "It was poison. You died." Oh, okay
 She then proceeded to "chop me up
 mix my chopped parts with some spice
 in a pot, and then serve the resulting
 Edit We have a lot of these, figured
 that'd be the one you guys would get
 the most kick out of, but we have quite
 I was babysitting a family friend's kid
 and it was just the two of us in the
 whispered to me: "We're not alone in
 My son was4 years old at the time, we
 and he got this really scared look on his
 face and said he wanted to go back
 inside. I asked him what was wrong and
 he pointed to the street (where nothing
 was there) and said the monster was
 staring at him. Seeing as how I krnow
 children can see things we cannot, I
 took that baby inside and said a prayer!
 My youngest daughter, who is now 25
 used to wake up in middle of the night
 between ages 3 and 7 and tell me the
 beautiful angel was in her room
 watching over her, and that she was
 dressed in white with glorious white
 wings. She would say don't you see how
 beautiful she is mommy? Many years
 later between 18 and 22 once again the
 lady in white would show up, and even
 speal to her. There was one time L
 actually heard someone say, are yo
 alright with my own ears plain as day
 me, she turned around and look at me
 and said, why wouldn't I be okay?
 That's when it dawned on me our angel
 was asking her and I had the pleasure if
 and
 stories
 will
 I want to thank you all for your contribution
 children related story, either it's creepy, sacd,
 fun or strange, and you consider it worthy
 of sharing, don't forget to send it to me at
Kids can say creepy things ( Part 10)

Kids can say creepy things ( Part 10)