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the sad economics of internet fame

Fusion

too liked to fail

The dis­con­nect between inter­net fame and finan­cial secu­ri­ty is hard to com­pre­hend for both cre­ators and fans. But it’s the crux of many mid-lev­el web per­son­al­i­ties’ lives.

Man­do­line & Juli­en­ne are two just-adopt­ed sis­ters, via Bush­wick Cats on Insta­gram

I met stateless people who couldn’t travel at all because of their lack of documentation; I was only able to meet them because I have the fortune of being able to cross the planet almost entirely without restrictions. I’d been aware of these inequalities in the abstract, but to be confronted with them head-on was as informative as it was depressing. However little one shares as a journalist, the emotional effort that goes into this sort of work is tremendous; it is exhausting to be extracting information in some way out of every interaction, constantly on the lookout for telling details and choice quotes, always pressing for more numbers, dates, names. Atossa Araxia Abrahamian for Guernica

Among Strangers

the author explores what it’s like to live alongside the new­ly, effec­tive­ly-state­less born from the recent upheaval in glob­al eco­nom­ic changes. your next exis­ten­tial cri­sis: being from nowhere.

Bran­don Katze is a Dis­tillery Cat liv­ing at Park­side Café in Birm­ing­ham, AL (via Insta­gram)

a short history of the geometric sans

fontshop

a short his­to­ry of the geo­met­ric sans

this is actu­al­ly a sales piece for FF Mark, but it’s also a pret­ty decent overview of where the geo­met­ric sans came from in the first place

Ellie is a devon rex on Insta­gram with an unfor­tu­nate nar­ra­tion voice, but oh well

Koryos on GM crops

Newt in the Throat

Koryos on gm crops

The objec­tion to GM in gen­er­al should be the patent­ing of genes and oth­er legal mat­ters; there are a num­ber of crops that have been saved from blight and over­all extinc­tion via mod­i­fi­ca­tion in the past two decades, and much like putting up inac­ces­si­bly expen­sive pay­walls to sci­en­tific jour­nals, patent­ing of genes with­in crops lim­its our abil­i­ty with­in uni­ver­si­ties, small research com­pa­nies, etc to make sig­nif­i­cant break­throughs to fur­ther the sci­en­tific pro­gress of human­i­ty.”

Tophey the Abyssini­an on Insta­gram

Anti-Chinese sentiment was rampant in America in the early 20th century—and had been since the latter half of the 19th century, when as many as 300,000 Chinese miners, farmers, railroad and factory workers came to the U.S. Many non-Chinese workers felt threatened by these laborers, who often worked for lower wages. NPR Food

Lo Mein Loop­hole

Deeply embed­ded racism again­st Chi­ne­se immi­grants in the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry looks almost iden­ti­cal to today’s hatred of Mex­i­can immi­grants.

Diaz the Sphinx, on Insta­gram

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