The August issue of National Geographic magazine looks at the “New Face of Hunger" in the U.S.:
The number of people going hungry has grown dramatically in the U.S., increasing to 48 million by 2012—a fivefold jump since the late 1960s, including an increase of 57 percent since the late 1990s. Privately run programs like food pantries and soup kitchens have mushroomed too. In 1980 there were a few hundred emergency food programs across the country; today there are 50,000. Finding food has become a central worry for millions of Americans. One in six reports running out of food at least once a year. In many European countries, by contrast, the number is closer to one in 20.
For the article, National Geographic assigned Reportage contributor Kitra Cahana to photograph what food insecurity looks like in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. In the image above, Jacqueline Christian, a home health aide and mother of two in the Houston suburb of Spring, says grace before a lunch of supermarket sushi. With a full-time job that requires constant driving, Christian often buys takeout meals. When food runs out, she picks up dinner for her sons from McDonald’s dollar menu and tells the boys she’s already eaten, “just hoping they leave a piece of the burger.”
Read an interview with Kitra and see more of her photos on National Geographic’s Proof blog.
(Photos by Kitra Cahana/National Geographic)
Does this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly defy the laws of physics by being bigger on the inside than it would appear from looking at its exterior? Fans of the British science fiction show Doctor Who may well think so. For this week’s cover story, senior writer Clark Collis travels to the UK to meet with Peter Capaldi, the new star of the now 51-year-old time travel saga, and to find out what fans can expect from the forthcoming season of Doctor Who, which premieres on BBC America on Aug. 23. “He’s more alien than we’ve seen him for a while,” says the actor, speaking about his version of the eccentric Time Lord. “He is less patient with the foibles of human beings.”
In addition to Capaldi, Collis also spoke with the actor’s costar Jenna Coleman and showrunner Steven Moffat who tackled such burning as questions as “Will Capaldi’s previous appearances in the Who universe be referenced this season?” and “What will happen in the two-part finale?” Collis even got to drive the Doctor’s bigger-on-the-inside time- and space-ship the TARDIS and did so without busting anything which, according to production designer Michael Pickwoad, makes him a more careful temporal navigator than previous Who star Matt Smith (“He was very good at breaking things”). We also persuade Capaldi to talk about the old monsters he’d like his Doctor to face and offer a sartorial breakdown of the Time Lord’s many looks through the show’s half-century history. Never seen Doctor Who (and feel a bid daunted by that history)? Then feel free to peruse our guide to how you can get into Who. [x] [x]
This copy will be on stands Friday, August 1st, and you can purchase it online here. If you live in Canada or elsewhere outside the United States and would like to place a back issue order, please call 1-813-979-6828.
Washoe was a chimp who was taught sign language.
One of Washoe’s caretakers was pregnant and missed work for many weeks after she miscarried. Roger Fouts recounts the following situation:
"People who should be there for her and aren’t are often given the cold shoulder—her way of informing them that she’s miffed at them. Washoe greeted Kat [the caretaker] in just this way when she finally returned to work with the chimps. Kat made her apologies to Washoe, then decided to tell her the truth, signing "MY BABY DIED." Washoe stared at her, then looked down. She finally peered into Kat’s eyes again and carefully signed "CRY", touching her cheek and drawing her finger down the path a tear would make on a human (Chimpanzees don’t shed tears). Kat later remarked that one sign told her more about Washoe and her mental capabilities than all her longer, grammatically perfect sentences." 
more about Washoe:
after the death of her children, researchers were determined to have Washoe raise a baby and brought in a ten month chimpanzee named Loulis. one of the caretakers went to Washoe’s enclosure and signed “i have a baby for you.” Washoe became incredibly excited, yelling and swaying from side to side, signing “baby” over and over again. then she signed “my baby.”
the caretaker came back with Loulis, and Washoe’s excitement disappeared entirely. she refused to pick Loulis up, instead signing “baby” apathetically; it was clear that the baby she thought she was getting was going to be Sequoyah. eventually Washoe did approach Loulis, and by the next day the two had bonded and from then on she was utterly devoted to him.
*information shamelessly paraphrased from When Elephants Weep by Jeffrey Masson.
Even more interestingly, after Washoe and Loulis bonded, she started teaching him American Sign Language the same way that human parents teach their children language. It only took Loulis eight days to learn his first sign from Washoe, and aside from the seven that his human handlers learned around him, he learned to speak in ASL just as fluently as Washoe and was able to communicate with humans in the same way she could.
now if y’all don’t think this is the tightest shit you can get outta my face
reblog for the commentary
HAPPY BIRTHDAY » jk rowling and harry james potter (july 31st)
"Why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me."
I am writing this from the afterlife because dead!
Yup. And now we scream “EVERYTHING”
hahaha never a truer word spoken (or written in this case).
Write this on my grave stone
“Home is behind, the world ahead. And there are many paths to tread. Through shadows to the edge of night. Until the stars are all alight. Mist and shadow, cloud and shade. All shall fade. All shall … fade.”
I remember sitting in the theater when I watched The Return of The King, and being surprised at the sublime quality of Billy Boyd’s singing. I cried back then, completely wrapped in the story and thoughts about how war has destroyed so many lives throughout the centuries. Now that they’ve chosen the same song for The Battle of The Five Armies, I honestly do not know if I’ll be able to keep myself from sobbing out loud.
give credit for this bc lestrade and sherlock weren’t transparent so they were fucking pain in the asses to edit
changed????? more like ruined my life
In my reading, TJLCers!
If you didn’t know, one of Moffat’s favorite movies (and books) is The Princess Bride:
I’d recommend reading The Princess Bride. It’s a wonderful book; it’s about storytelling. It’s supposedly him adapting a story his father used…
John has probably had trust issues for most of his life. His therapist has this in her notes at the start of ASiP. We can deduce quite a bit about his childhood just from what we know of Harry and his lack of interaction with family or friends. I can only assume that John has…
Doing an experiment. Reblog if you have an OTP.
i even ship ships in fandoms i dont evenn know
i drown in my ships
thememacat replied to your post:I remember the first time I watched Sherlock with my mom she watched it for two minutes and then turned to me and was like “But he is gay or is this show bullshit?”there are so bloody many of these stories where “outsiders” see the gayness, I laugh…