The Oldest Living Things In The World, by Rachel Sussman 

This 9,550-year-old spruce gran picea is, Rachel says, “a portrait of climate change”: as the plateau upon which it lives has warmed up, the tree has grown taller. See more photos 



An Israeli soldier smokes a cigarette at a staging area outside the northern Gaza Strip November 21, 2012. Israel and Hamas agreed on Wednesday to a ceasefire brokered by Egypt on the eighth day of intensive Israeli fire on the Gaza Strip and militant rocket attacks out of the enclave, Israeli, Palestinian and Egyptian sources said. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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Kim Keever creates large-scale photographs that look like landscape paintings. The effect is created by constructing miniature topographies in a 200-gallon tank. Keever then fills the tank with water. Using colored lights and the dispersal of various pigments, Keever produces these temporary and ephemeral landscapes that he then quickly captures with his large-format camera. [via twistedsifter]


U.S. Child Labor, 1908-1920 

It looks like a lot of anons don’t know US—or world—history today.

The fact is, the poor used to live a shitty life. Child labor was considered a healthy thing for poor families. Families lived in company housing and company villages and were paid with overpriced stuff from the company store.

In other words, total control by employers.

Lewis Hine documented child labor in the early 1900s in the United States in his photography, and this video shows some of it.

Please look up “poverty in America”, “Ford strikes”, and any instance in which people were fired on for asking for better wages or working conditions. Yes, this still happens today, and it happened in the United States. Child labor also happened in every industrialized nations and still happens in sweatshops.

Poverty is not just something you can make a choice to change. You’re betting against the house. The system is skewed to keep you where you are, even if it helps you in a small way.

It is not easy to escape poverty, no matter how much easier it has become for us in the US recently.

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