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thevelvetundergr0und:


David Bowie in Paris, 1977; photographed by Christian Simonpietri



Goals for this week

thevelvetundergr0und:

David Bowie in Paris, 1977; photographed by Christian Simonpietri

Goals for this week

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off 2 france for break, buds

deuces ! 

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If you think of this idea of nothingness as mere blankness, and you hold onto this idea of blankness, you haven’t understood it. Nothingness is really like the nothingness of space, which contains the whole universe. All the sun, moon and stars, and the mountains and rivers, and the good men and bad men, and the animals and the insects, the whole bit—all are contained in the void. So out of this void comes everything and you are it. What else could you be?

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nbcnews:

Lie Back and Relax: Orangutan submits to exam after shooting
(Photo: Sutanta Aditya / AFP - Getty Images)
A staff member conducts a medical exam on a 14-year-old male orangutan found with air gun pellets embedded in his body at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Center in Indonesia on Wednesday.
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look at you you are so chill you are the most down motherfucker living today

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Lie Back and Relax: Orangutan submits to exam after shooting

(Photo: Sutanta Aditya / AFP - Getty Images)

A staff member conducts a medical exam on a 14-year-old male orangutan found with air gun pellets embedded in his body at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Center in Indonesia on Wednesday.

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look at you you are so chill you are the most down motherfucker living today

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thejogging:

Flaming Hot Cheeto on Fire, 2014
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thejogging:

Flaming Hot Cheeto on Fire, 2014

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got hit hard with the oriental flavor ramen noodle crave

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towongfoo:

british-animals:

A swan, as you have never seen photographed before by Gerald Robinson

these upskirt pics must be stopped

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british-animals:

A swan, as you have never seen photographed before by Gerald Robinson

these upskirt pics must be stopped

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Not only TOMS, but also Starbucks and even Lockheed Martin and Wal-Mart have learned that linking their products to charitable causes makes for good business. We no longer buy only what we need, or even what broadcasts our identity. We buy what makes us feel like good people, and what makes us feel like members of a good, global community. The easy way to look at TOMS is to praise their charitable work. The harder, more troubling way to look at TOMS is to acknowledge it as an example of how corporations have assumed work most often associated with self-identified religious organizations: building community, engaging in charity, and cultivating morals.

TOMS is not alone in its willingness to link progressive social action with consumer spending. In fact, it exemplifies a broader corporate embrace of “conscious capitalism.” Coined by Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, this business model assumes that “the best way to maximize profits over the long-term” is to orient business toward a “higher purpose.” So Starbucks sells coffee to “Put America Back to Work,” the (RED) campaign raises money to fight AIDS, and—in the best example yet—Sir Richard’s Condom Company sends a condom to Haiti for each one it sells (“doing good never felt better”). Meanwhile, Bank of America logos decorate PRIDE banners and Lockheed Martin brags that it is a “champion of diversity.”

The globalization of neoliberal capitalism, and particularly the popularity of “conscious capitalism” as a practice and a discourse, signals a change in the landscape of U.S. religion and politics. “Neoliberalism” most often refers to a loosely cohering set of economic, social, and political policies that (1) seek to secure human flourishing through the imposition of free markets and (2) locate “freedom” in individual autonomy, expressed through consumer choice. But it is also a mode of belonging, where ritual acts of consumption initiate individuals into a global community of consumer agents. Within neoliberal logics of religious and political action, consumer transactions and corporate expansion are recast as forms of spiritual purification and missionary practice. And within conscious capitalism, the “higher purpose” is a world in which all people have a chance (or obligation) to participate in free markets—understood as a multicultural community of consumers.

For Mycoskie—whose title is “Chief Shoe Giver”—building this multicultural community is a theological mandate. He frames his Christian faith as a component of his personal relationship to the company. At the evangelical Global Leadership Conference, keynote speaker Mycoskie answered a question about whether TOMS represents any “biblical principles”: “TOMS represents a lot of different biblical principles. But the one I go back to again and again is the one in Proverbs. Give your first fruits and your vats will be full. … Because we did that and stayed true to our one-to-one model [even amidst financial strain], we’ve been incredibly blessed. We really did give our first fruits.”

In non-confessional settings, TOMS proffers a humanistic version of this prosperity gospel, recast for a neoliberal age. Losing the Bible quotes, the company emphasizes that the “fruits of faith”—in this case, economic success—abound for those who embody the ideals of authenticity, good intentions, and service. Or, “higher purpose” is profitable. TOMS is successful because it creates opportunities for people to live into their own “purpose” through a simple transaction: buying a pair of shoes.

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harinef:

2014
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