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janedoughxvx:

Ok, friends. Here’s the deal! After much encouragement from you all to start some sort of crowd funding for my project, I decided to set up a FoodStart. It’ll take up to 24 hours for my listing to actually be listed on the site, however, I do have a link available to my FoodStart page:

http://www.foodstart.com/project/giraffemunchies

You are under absolutely NO obligation to donate! This is just something I’ve wanted to do for a really long time now. For the sake of keeping this post short and sweet, I won’t go into all the details completely - those are all viewable on my FoodStart page.

If you’ve been following me, you know that I’m a vegan pastry chef. I dedicate all of my spare time to creating new dishes, and I believe from the bottom of my heart that I have all the tools to create a successful business. The only thing lacking is the funds. Everything else is outlined and ready to go.

If you’re able, please help pass this message along. Thanks for your time!

*** PS - shout out to the ever so lovely maxvocado for creating my adorable logo! Thank you again!

I’m lucky enough to live with this very talented human. I’ve written about her before (and how lucky I feel to get to try all her food!), but I can still just not express enough how incredibly gifted this little lady is. Amy manages to take simple ingredients and turn them into delicious, rich treats. Her stuff isn’t even good “for vegan food” (a phrase that has no meaning after trying her food)… it’s just good, period. Her cupcakes are moist and full of flavor. All of her cookies are soft and decadent. Cheesecakes.. pies… oh man.. that coconut whipped cream she just makes from scratch… there are no words. I’ve never met someone with such passion and talent and I have no doubt in my mind that she’ll achieve her goals… she just needs a little help getting it all started! She has a bunch of cute little incentives on her foodstart page and you can read some of what will be on her menu. Please donate and help my friend start her business. :)

I’m sorry if this becomes annoying over the next 6 months, but the deadline is January 31, 2015. This is my dream, and it’s my responsibility to make sure that this works out. 

I am so overwhelmed with the kind comments and messages I’ve received. The generosity of you all makes me feel so happy. Seriously, thank you to everyone who has offered kind words, reblogged, commented, tried my food, donated. It means more to me than you’ll ever know.

The great news is that my FoodStart is now viewable on foodstart.com and is featured 2nd on the “Popular” section. That’s pretty rad.

The link again is:
http://foodstart.com/project/giraffemunchies

And like I’ve said, you’re under no obligation to donate. I just ask that you read my business outline and spread the word. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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vicemag:

Gentrification Comes to LA’s Skid Row, and the Homeless Get the Shaft
One of the worst things about being rich is sometimes you’re forced to interact with the poor. When not in a sitting in orthopedic chairs in skyscrapers or on Italian leather sofas in luxury condos, the wealthy are often forced to walk on their own two legs—at street level—as if they were proletarian slobs. And this is upsetting, for on a sidewalk, anyone, even the hideously unprivileged, can look you in the eye.
Developer Geoffrey H. Palmer thinks this is wrong. In 2009, the real estate mogul sued the city of Los Angeles and successfully overturned its requirement that he provide some affordable housing in his massive faux-Italian apartment complexes. But while that kept poor people out, it didn’t do anything to address the problem of the poor people Palmer’s wealthy future tenants would have to deal with in the still-gentrifying downtown area.
So when Palmer started construction on two new buildings, complete with a pool and indoor basketball court, he proposed a pedestrian bridge connecting them to minimize “potential incidents that could occur during the evening hours, when the homeless population is more active in the surrounding area.” In other words, the rich will be able to literally walk over the less fortunate.
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What’s happening in downtown is disgusting. It’s not even just downtown. It’s happening all over LA. Highland Park is next. It’s already started.

punkrawkanarkay:

vicemag:

Gentrification Comes to LA’s Skid Row, and the Homeless Get the Shaft

One of the worst things about being rich is sometimes you’re forced to interact with the poor. When not in a sitting in orthopedic chairs in skyscrapers or on Italian leather sofas in luxury condos, the wealthy are often forced to walk on their own two legs—at street level—as if they were proletarian slobs. And this is upsetting, for on a sidewalk, anyone, even the hideously unprivileged, can look you in the eye.

Developer Geoffrey H. Palmer thinks this is wrong. In 2009, the real estate mogul sued the city of Los Angeles and successfully overturned its requirement that he provide some affordable housing in his massive faux-Italian apartment complexes. But while that kept poor people out, it didn’t do anything to address the problem of the poor people Palmer’s wealthy future tenants would have to deal with in the still-gentrifying downtown area.

So when Palmer started construction on two new buildings, complete with a pool and indoor basketball court, he proposed a pedestrian bridge connecting them to minimize “potential incidents that could occur during the evening hours, when the homeless population is more active in the surrounding area.” In other words, the rich will be able to literally walk over the less fortunate.

Continue

What’s happening in downtown is disgusting. It’s not even just downtown. It’s happening all over LA. Highland Park is next. It’s already started.

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i was cleaning tubes with a brass bristol brush and one of the bristols poked straight through my glove into my thumb and now im just praying i don’t have hep ugh

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Peru Legalizes Murder of Indigenous, Environmental Protestors and Activists
Some of the recent media coverage about the fact that more than 50 people in Peru – the vast majority of them indigenous – are on trial following protests and fatal conflict in the Amazon over five years ago missed a crucial point.
Yes, the hearings are finally going ahead and the charges are widely held to be trumped-up, but what about the government functionaries who apparently gave the riot police the order to attack the protestors, the police themselves, and – following Wikileaks’ revelations of cables in which the US ambassador in Lima criticized the Peruvian government’s ‘reluctance to use force’ and wrote there could be ‘implications for the recently implemented Peru-US FTA’ if the protests continued – the role of the US government?
That law, no. 30151, was promulgated in January this year and is, according to the IDL’s Juan José Quispe, a modification of existing legislation passed by the previous government. The modification consists of replacing three words – “en forma reglamentaria” – with another five – “u otro medio de defensa” – which Quispe says means that any soldier or police officer can now kill or injure a civilian without needing to use his or her weapon ‘according to regulations’, or by using something other than his or her weapon.
“We continue considering this law as one that grants the armed forces as well as the national police a licence to kill,” Quispe told the Guardian. “It permits a high degree of impunity. During the repression of social protests, police officers and soldiers who cause injuries or deaths will now be exempt from criminal responsibility.”

nativenews:

Peru Legalizes Murder of Indigenous, Environmental Protestors and Activists

Some of the recent media coverage about the fact that more than 50 people in Peru – the vast majority of them indigenous – are on trial following protests and fatal conflict in the Amazon over five years ago missed a crucial point.

Yes, the hearings are finally going ahead and the charges are widely held to be trumped-up, but what about the government functionaries who apparently gave the riot police the order to attack the protestors, the police themselves, and – following Wikileaks’ revelations of cables in which the US ambassador in Lima criticized the Peruvian government’s ‘reluctance to use force’ and wrote there could be ‘implications for the recently implemented Peru-US FTA’ if the protests continued – the role of the US government?

That law, no. 30151, was promulgated in January this year and is, according to the IDL’s Juan José Quispe, a modification of existing legislation passed by the previous government. The modification consists of replacing three words – “en forma reglamentaria” – with another five – “u otro medio de defensa” – which Quispe says means that any soldier or police officer can now kill or injure a civilian without needing to use his or her weapon ‘according to regulations’, or by using something other than his or her weapon.

“We continue considering this law as one that grants the armed forces as well as the national police a licence to kill,” Quispe told the Guardian. “It permits a high degree of impunity. During the repression of social protests, police officers and soldiers who cause injuries or deaths will now be exempt from criminal responsibility.

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