This blog is an eclectic collection of interesting things I've found on Tumblr, the rest of the web, and beyond. Its name is taken from this quote by Dinah Craik:"Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away."

slaughterhouse90210:

“What if one happens to be possessed of a heart that can’t be trusted—? What if the heart, for its own unfathomable reasons, leads one willfully and in a cloud of unspeakable radiance away from health, domesticity, civic responsibility and strong social connections and all the blandly-held common virtues and instead straight towards a beautiful flare of ruin, self-immolation, disaster?”― Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch
 

slaughterhouse90210:

“What if one happens to be possessed of a heart that can’t be trusted—? What if the heart, for its own unfathomable reasons, leads one willfully and in a cloud of unspeakable radiance away from health, domesticity, civic responsibility and strong social connections and all the blandly-held common virtues and instead straight towards a beautiful flare of ruin, self-immolation, disaster?”
― Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

 

My story isn’t pleasant, it’s not sweet and harmonious like the invented stories; it tastes of folly and bewilderment, of madness and dream, like the life of all people who no longer want to lie to themselves.

— Hermann Hesse, Demian   (via themanalive)

(Source: stxxz.us, via themanalive)

Italy’s triple-dip recession has wiped out all its growth since 2000.

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing Italy to join the euro. It hasn’t grown since.
After its GDP fell 0.2 percent, Italy is stuck in a triple-dip recession. Yes, triple: its economy started shrinking in 2008, relapsed in 2011, and now again in 2014. Although, at this point, it’s probably more accurate to just call this a depression. After all, Italy’s economy has contracted 11 of the previous 12 quarters. It’s been enough to wipe out almost all its growth the past 14 years.
Think about that: Italy’s GDP, as you can see above, is the same now as it was in 2000. That’s actually worse than Japan, which has been the sick man of the global economy the past 25 years. It, at least, managed to grow 13 percent over this period. So what the heck has happened to Italy? Well, everything.

Italy’s triple-dip recession has wiped out all its growth since 2000.

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing Italy to join the euro. It hasn’t grown since.

After its GDP fell 0.2 percent, Italy is stuck in a triple-dip recession. Yes, triple: its economy started shrinking in 2008, relapsed in 2011, and now again in 2014. Although, at this point, it’s probably more accurate to just call this a depression. After all, Italy’s economy has contracted 11 of the previous 12 quarters. It’s been enough to wipe out almost all its growth the past 14 years.

Think about that: Italy’s GDP, as you can see above, is the same now as it was in 2000. That’s actually worse than Japan, which has been the sick man of the global economy the past 25 years. It, at least, managed to grow 13 percent over this period. So what the heck has happened to Italy? Well, everything.

A guaranteed income for every American would eliminate poverty — and it wouldn't destroy the economy →

So here’s my takeaway: a negative income tax or basic income of sufficient size would, by definition, eliminate poverty. We still don’t know if there’d be much of a cost in terms of people working and earning less. If there is, the effect is almost certainly small enough that a negative income tax can offset the lost earnings and remain affordable. The worst case scenario is that we eliminate poverty but see a modest decline in employment. The best case scenario is we eliminate poverty at even lower cost and don’t see much of an effect on employment. That’s a gamble I’m willing to take.

(Source: azspot)

mashable:

Little Girl Comes to Terms With the Mortality of Life.

Stop searching for a guru and look within.

(Source: youtube.com)

Mom Arrested for Letting Daughter Play Outside →

The story is a convergence of helicopter parenting with America’s primitive family policy. Our welfare policy is designed to make everybody, even single mothers, work full-time jobs. The social safety net makes it difficult for low-wage single mothers to obtain adequate child care. And society is seized by bizarre fears that children are routinely snatched up by strangers in public places. The phenomenon is, in fact, nearly as rare as in-person voting fraud. But when you watch the report above, you can see everybody involved believes such a thing plainly happens all the time.

(Source: azspot)

humansofnewyork:

"Are you lonely?""It’s been a lifetime of loneliness. I decided early on that I better get used to it. I go to movies by myself. If the movie theater is completely empty, I’m even happier. I learned early on that if I wanted to go to restaurants, I better learn to go by myself. One benefit to being big is that people don’t bother you. I’m shocked that you came up to me. Nobody’s ever done that. When I started to go to therapy, it took me several sessions before I even spoke a word. I’d just sit there and cry. And honestly, you caught me on a tough day. I was sitting here feeling really bad about myself. Because I went to the doctor today, and I was sure that I’d lost weight. But I’d gained some."

humansofnewyork:

"Are you lonely?"
"It’s been a lifetime of loneliness. I decided early on that I better get used to it. I go to movies by myself. If the movie theater is completely empty, I’m even happier. I learned early on that if I wanted to go to restaurants, I better learn to go by myself. One benefit to being big is that people don’t bother you. I’m shocked that you came up to me. Nobody’s ever done that. When I started to go to therapy, it took me several sessions before I even spoke a word. I’d just sit there and cry. And honestly, you caught me on a tough day. I was sitting here feeling really bad about myself. Because I went to the doctor today, and I was sure that I’d lost weight. But I’d gained some."

theweekmagazine:

Tim Howard could have saved the dinosaurs, Twitter claims

15 Charts That Prove We’re Far From Post-Racial

On July 2, 1964, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, officially banning discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It also ended racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and in general public facilities.
Fifty years removed from that milestone, it’s apparently easy to think that we’re over racism.
Here are 15 facts that prove that’s not the case.

15 Charts That Prove We’re Far From Post-Racial

On July 2, 1964, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, officially banning discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It also ended racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and in general public facilities.

Fifty years removed from that milestone, it’s apparently easy to think that we’re over racism.

Here are 15 facts that prove that’s not the case.

So, let’s pretend that this current VA crises is an anomaly created by one unusually callous and ineffective president, but that would be just pretend. Or, on this Memorial Day weekend eve we can finally admit that America has had, for over 200 years, a great bipartisan tradition of honoring those who have fought for our freedom by fucking them over once they give their guns back.
Stop forcing people to wear bike helmets.
The Mystery of Go, the Ancient Game That Computers Still Can’t Win
mapsontheweb:

North Korea at night

mapsontheweb:

North Korea at night