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Saturday, January 30, 2021

🪨 DamNation ⎮ The Problem with Hydropower

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Did You Wanna See Me Broken?

 You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?

Why are you beset with gloom?

’Cause I walk like I've got oil wells

Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?

Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops,

Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?

Don't you take it awful hard

’Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines

Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?

Does it come as a surprise

That I dance like I've got diamonds

At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame

I rise

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain

I rise

I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.

Still I Rise
By Maya Angelou

Monday, January 18, 2021

💄6 Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Beauty Brands 🌱

 If you're going down the path of trying to be as sustainable and minimalistic as possible, you may have noticed that there is a serious lack in sustainable makeup out there. That trend however, is changing with more and more people becoming conscious consumers with a strong focus in sustainability creating a larger market for eco-friendly beauty brands. The thing is, most sustainable makeup brands aren't widely available in local stores and/or consumers may not be aware of that these companies exist in the first place. The fact is, not that many people can name even 3 sustainable beauty brands. This is something I would like to change. Making this type of information more widely available will hopefully help shift buyers into putting their money into more sustainable businesses. 

...and more sustainable businesses = a healthier planet  - (and it puts pressure on larger companies to implement more sustainable business practices thus helping the planet even more) 

The Redwood Forest California

💄6 Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Beauty Brands 🌱

  • Lush Cosmetics
    • This is probably the brand you think of when it comes to sustainable beauty products and while I do wanna focus on lesser-known eco-friendly brands, I couldn't just pass up Lush Cosmetics. They have almost every beauty product you could want and it's in sustainable packaging. From foundation to shampoo bars they have everything you need. 
    • I personally cannot live without their Toner "Breath of Fresh Air" it feels sooooo good and refreshing especially on hot days. (#notspons but I wish it was 😔😒)
  • Native
    • Again probably a more popular sustainable beauty brand but I had to include them because they just switched to completely plastic free for all of their deodorants!
    • They also have beauty supplies such as body wash, toothpaste, and bar soap. They are most widely known for their deodorants and are cruelty free and use clean ingredients. 
    • Native is also a partner for 1% for the planet. This means that 1% percent of their products gives back to environmental non profits so you're also doing a little bit of giving back when you use Native Deoderant. 
  • Bésame Cosmetics
    • Bésame is a fairly new company on my radar. They are committed to sustainable practices and safe ingredients. They offer a variety of refillable and low waste products including (my favorite) refillable mascara that comes in a tin. I dunno about yall but finding a zero waste alternative to mascara has been incredibly difficult and Bésame Cosmetics is one of the only eco-friendly beauty brands that Im aware of that offers it. 
    •  Every Bésame product is gluten, paraben, mineral-oil, phthalates, formaldehyde, and cruelty-free.

(Bésame Cosmetics) 

  • The Humble Co. 
    • Founded in 2013 by dentist Noel Abdayem, The Humble Co is a Swedish company that sells personal care products with the environment in mind. All designed by dentists and with an eco-friendly design they sell bamboo toothbrushes, natural chewing gum, toothpaste, cotton swabs, and dentil floss. 
  • Wicked Soaps Co. 
    • Wicked Soaps Co. is a small, woman-owned, skincare company. I have personally used many of their products on my sensitive-ass skin and can STRONGLY recommend their Hyaluronic Moon Paste. This shit works soooo well, I can go to bed with acne and wake up with GLOWING skin. I cannot recommend enough. 
    • Their products are all hand-made in small batches in reusable packaging. Not to mention they have clean, locally sourced ingredients. 
    • Their products range from lip balm, to lotions, to salt scrubs. 
  • Elate Beauty
    • Elate beauty is a Vegan and cruelty free cosmetics company. They offer, eye shadow pallets, lipsticks, face powder, foundation, beauty tools, etc. Everything you need to BEAT your face to the Gods. Along with a strong focus on ethics and global impact, they really care about the earth and the people on it. 

Im sure Ill find more eco-friendly beauty brands in the future to add on to this list but I feel that this is a good start. Feel free to comment if you know of any good companies I could look into. I am always down to learn about more eco-friendly businesses. 

ALSO I should note, that the most sustainable option you have is to use up the products you already have instead of just throwing it out and replacing it with a sustainable option. 

Let me repeat. 


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Saturday, January 2, 2021

🙅🏼For the LOVE of GOD STOP using Instagram (& Facebook) 🙅🏼

 Instagram is trying to be the worst app possible, and they're winning. 

About 5 years ago our economy became data driven. In America this means that you no longer have any real privacy whenever you access the internet. 

Instagram recently updated their terms of use. This new TOU basically gives them free reign to do whatever they want. They can check your call logs, go through your contact list, and use your cameras (which they refer to as their cameras btw) and your messages. These are extremely loosely defined terms in a terms of service. They can lock your account if your username sounds like anything like a domain name - which is a far reaching clause that can impact almost anyone if your username sounds like a name of a website. 

When you use Instagram you acknowledge that you can never sue them and that they can do whatever they want with your pictures.

Instagram and Facebook have been data mining people for years. They record and track your personal information, then use and sell that personal information to third parties without your knowledge or consent. Basically they're data mining your information, to sell that information, to give you better ads, to sell you shit, (and manipulate you), but also at the same time they're getting rid of likes to "promote mental health" ??? Like Instagram gives a fuck. 

Mark Zuckerberg giving congressional Testimony in 2018
Andrew Harnik/AP/REX/Shutterstoc 
(Source: Variety.com)

This new terms of use update (that went into effect Dec. 20th) also sucks for content creators. These new terms means that, Instagram doesn't own your content, but they have all the same rights as the original creator. So when you post something to Instagram you can no longer sell that media with an exclusive license because you would be violating that license. (You cannot sell your images under and exclusive license because you are not longer the only one with exclusive rights to your work). They also reserve the right to sell your content to a third party without compensating you. 

So if you run a photography page on Insta you no longer have exclusive rights to those images. Instagram now has the same rights as you and can sell it without notifying you, or compensating you. 

Also Instagram stores your photos after its deleted (just like Facebook), for up to 6 months. Instagram is great for offering your content exposure but it comes at a price. 

So what can you do about this? 

  1. Delete your account. When you delete your account with Instagram, the license you give Instagram will end. (and you now have exclusive rights to your work again). 
  2. If you don't wanna delete your account you can, Opt out of Arbitration and preserve your right to a jury trial if you ever wanted to sue Instagram.
  3. Revoke Instagram's access to your microphone and camera. 
  4. Artists, Put Watermarks on all of your Work that you post to Instagram. 
    • This will make it harder for them to try and resell your work to a third party. 
  5. Log Off while you're not using it. 
    • When you leave FB or Instagram logged in it's running the background and tracking your data. 
  6. Turn Off Background App Refresh. This will turn off the apps "running in the background." Turning this off will also help save battery life and data. 
  7. Turn Off Your Location
  8. Turn Off Activity Status on Facebook on Instagram
    • Go to Settings>Privacy and Security>Activity Status
  9. Control Who Can See Your Content
    • There are a lot of privacy settings you should go through and become familiar with so you can control who is seeing what you post
  10. Do NOT use Messenger - or What's App to send messages 
    • Facebook has hired several hundred people to LISTEN to Messenger recordings. Signal is a good replacement for both Messenger and What's App. Your information and messages are encrypted. 

or go through and update all of your privacy settings 

If you feel so inclined you can VOTE for candidates that give a fuck about data privacy or call/email/etc to get their attention. If the Zuckerberg testimony taught you anything, its that our politicians don't know DICK about internet privacy and its kind of a huge violation of our privacy rights to just not do anything about it. 

Lets EAT the RICH and SPIT them OUT

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Bain, Elissa. (Dec. 2020). Jokes Flood Twitter as Instagram is Sued for Alleged Spying - 10 Best Reactions! https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2020/12/15/instagram-sued-for-spying/

Brice, August. (2020). Instagram's New Data Privacy Policy. What You Need to Know About The Camera, Microphone and The Facebook and Instagram Privacy Policy. https://techwellness.com/blogs/expertise/instagram-privacy-policy

Burnson, Robert. (Sept. 2020). Facebook Accused of Watching Instagram Users Through Cameras. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-18/facebook-accused-of-watching-instagram-users-through-cameras

Eadicicco, Lisa. (2019). You should change this one setting on your iPhone if you want better battery life. https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-make-iphone-last-longer-battery-life-tip-2019-7

Johnson, Ted. Roettgers, Janko. (2018) Facebook CEO Zuckerberg Faces Tough Questions From Senators During Congressional Testimony. https://variety.com/2018/digital/news/zuckerberg-congress-testimony-1202749461/


Friday, January 1, 2021

WELCOME 👏🏼 TO 👏🏼 2021 👏🏼

 Hi 👋🏼Welcome to 2021. 

Lets destroy the Patriarchy.  

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Also just FYI you should probably BLAST this song on repeat for like days if you did NOT enjoy 2020. 

okay bye 👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼

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