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“You think man can destroy the planet? What intoxicating vanity. Let me tell you about our planet. Earth is four-and-a-half-billion-years-old. There’s been life on it for nearly that long, 3.8 billion years. Bacteria first; later the first multicellular life, then the first complex creatures in the sea, on the land. Then finally the great sweeping ages of animals, the amphibians, the dinosaurs, at last the mammals, each one enduring millions on millions of years, great dynasties of creatures rising, flourishing, dying away – all this against a background of continuous and violent upheaval. Mountain ranges thrust up, eroded away, cometary impacts, volcano eruptions, oceans rising and falling, whole continents moving, an endless, constant, violent change, colliding, buckling to make mountains over millions of years. Earth has survived everything in its time. It will certainly survive us. If all the nuclear weapons in the world went off at once and all the plants, all the animals died and the earth was sizzling hot for a hundred thousand years, life would survive, somewhere: under the soil, frozen in Arctic ice. Sooner or later, when the planet was no longer inhospitable, life would spread again. The evolutionary process would begin again. It might take a few billion years for life to regain its present variety. Of course, it would be very different from what it is now, but the earth would survive our folly, only we would not. If the ozone layer gets thinner, ultraviolet radiation sears the earth, so what? Ultraviolet radiation is good for life. It’s powerful energy. It promotes mutation, change. Many forms of life will thrive with more UV radiation. Many others will die out. Do you think this is the first time that’s happened? Think about oxygen. Necessary for life now, but oxygen is actually a metabolic poison, a corrosive glass, like fluorine. When oxygen was first produced as a waste product by certain plant cells some three billion years ago, it created a crisis for all other life on earth. Those plants were polluting the environment, exhaling a lethal gas. Earth eventually had an atmosphere incompatible with life. Nevertheless, life on earth took care of itself. In the thinking of the human being a hundred years is a long time. A hundred years ago we didn’t have cars, airplanes, computers or vaccines. It was a whole different world, but to the earth, a hundred years is nothing. A million years is nothing. This planet lives and breathes on a much vaster scale. We can’t imagine its slow and powerful rhythms, and we haven’t got the humility to try. We’ve been residents here for the blink of an eye. If we’re gone tomorrow, the earth will not miss us.” 

Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park / Congo

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tumblr on oppression: the government and corporations and powers that be are responsible for creating and reinforcing systems of patriarchy, racism and homophobia and no one person could single-handedly end those isms but we all contribute to that system of oppression and need to do our part to minimize and counteract these systems
tumblr on the environment: nothing any one of us can do matters at all. it's all the government and corporations' fault. i don't benefit at all from the racism, classism or colonialism at the heart of the global warming crisis. suddenly i cant read i don't know
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i get so pissed off when ppl start talking about overpopulation as the cause of food scarcity like-

imagine how much more food we could produce if we stopped growing so much corn for corn syrup (which is in so many processed foods but has no nutritional value). imagine how much more food we could produce if people in western cultures scaled back their meat intake from every day to two/three times a week and converted grazing land to growing actual food. imagine how much more food we could produce if the government stopped subsidizing factory farms and started subsidizing small-scale family farmers working to feed their communities and making almost nothing because they can’t compete with and are actively targeted by large monocrop farmers.

imagine how much better life for everyone would be if food (real food, especially produce) was viewed as something that should be accessible to all people. it’s not a question of population, it’s about overconsumption of the privileged and exploitation of the working class + the earth. access to healthy food is essential to achieving a healthy population, and the access gap between those who have access to food and those who don’t is constantly growing.

if you’re able to do so, please support your local farmers through crop shares or other farm-to-table programs, and support policy that advocates for independant farmers and those experiencing food scarcity rather than policy that helps line the pockets of the wealthy.

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Sir Sleepy of the Bunny Nest (A Novel of the Revolution)
Book Three: The Be Attitudes
Chapter 7

Sir Sleepy of the Bunny Nest had spent the night comfortably in some brush at the base of a hillside sloping down towards a lagoon. It was a warm sunny morning in what would have been late winter most places. There was little real winter here in what Beasts called Southern California. Animals knew the differences: chillier nights, rain, the occasional long winter morning dampness.

Rising, the Sir saw immediately that there were many rabbits around. It was country comfortable for rabbits. It was comfortable for some of their predators too, hawks and coyotes, although the concentrated Beast population near the ocean often drove them into the back country. Rabbits in large numbers roamed the wooded and grassy spaces between the sprawling neighborhoods of good-sized Beastly abodes, most new.

The Sir came out from the brush and walked around the Beast neighborhood. The morning was quiet, the air clear. A few Beasts stood in front of their abodes or could be seen through unblocked windows. Other Beasts stepped out of their front doors with a focused tread and got importantly in their vehicles.

Each Beastly abode in this neighborhood was much like the others. Big front doors and garage doors, windows on several levels. Plots of carefully watered green grass in front and back. Some had yards of stones without grass. Most abodes, and the grounds around them, were kept neat and strictly monitored. Above all, Beasts wanted an abode to separate itself from the land around it. Abodes were meant to mark that the wild and roaming features of the land had been tamed.

The Sir didn’t know why he walked into the grassy front yard of one abode. It looked lovely. Pretty colors showed through the windows. A few small colorful decorations had been placed carefully in the front yard.

There was no sign of movement inside the abode. He approached it more closely. What did the Beasts in it do with their time? How did their obvious passion for keeping the abode neat and sparkling fit with their emotions and ideas and dreams?

The Sir walked carefully to the front door. He stayed on the grass and off the stone sidewalk, already hot from the morning sun although the air was still cool.

On the broader expanse of stone in front of the door, one step up from the ground, sat a lush flat rectangle-shaped object. Something easy on Beast feet, the Sir guessed. It was brown, cleanly brushed, with a kind of puffed-out fur. There was Beast language on it. “Welcome,” it said. It was a word the Sir respected. He had seen it in front of other Beast homes and had wondered if there was a way to put up some kind of similar welcome at the Demesne. Of course, the Demesne had no entrance as such. Maybe at the Meeting Ground or somewhere like it? He stepped onto the object. It was soft on his feet.

In one window near the front door, a small Beast was staring at him. A little Madam only a few years old. The Sir kept calm and alert. The little Madam jumped down from whatever she had been standing on while she looked out the window.

A moment later, the front door opened. The little Madam stared at him with shiny brown eyes, her hair curly, nearly the same dark brown as his fur. “Hello little Bunny.” Her voice was cheerful and oddly relaxed for her age.

“Good day to you, young Madam.” The Sir bowed his best bunny bow.

The little Madam startled. “You talk?”

The Sir startled in turn. Very few Beasts could hear when he spoke. When they did, it meant some degree of sensitivity to Animal Magic. “As do you.”

“Would you like some water?” The little Madam smiled.

The Sir knew of numerous places to get water, but the little Madam’s politeness made his rabbit ears tingle happily. “That would please me very much.”

“I’ll be right back.” The little Madam hurried into another room of the house. The Sir stood staring into it. The house was as clean inside as its front grounds were. It looked comforting, even though its pristine cleanliness was designed to separate it from nature.

“Oh no.”  Another Beast voice, sharp and frustrated, from a full grown Madam he couldn’t see, crashed against the Sir’s ears. “Pop,” she shouted. “We’ve got more rabbits in the yard.”

“What?” came back the voice of an older Beast male.

“One’s on the welcome mat.” Her voice was exasperated. “I’m going to have to throw the mat out now. It was new.”

“I just sprayed last week,” the male voice shouted again. “I’m so tired of these pests. Be right there.”

“It’s one of the darker ones,” the full-grown Madam said. “I hate those. And it’s got some kind of filthy cloth around it.”

The Sir jumped off the welcome mat, grabbed the handle of his sword.

The little Madam came back into view with a bowl of water held in her little Fleshy Piedmonts. The Beast Madam too appeared in the front door, her eyes disgusted, fearful, angry. “What are you doing, Sarah?” the Beast Madam said.

“The little bunny was thirsty.”

“That’s because there are too many of them,” the grown Madam said. “They should be out in the woods, not in our yard.” She waved her arms in the direction of the Sir. “Shoo, get out of here. You’ve already ruined my mat.”

The Sir looked at the mat, at the word “Welcome” in big Beast letters. Then he looked at the little Madam. Her eyes had grown shocked and scared. She didn’t want him to leave. She had some Animal Magic growing in her and wished to speak with him.

“All right,” the voice of the older male Beast was headed towards the front room. “Another round of pesticide it is.”

Of course, the Sir could have stripped the smug, half-witted Beast of its precious pesticide and killed it easily. His heart surging hotly, he pictured in his mind how it would happen. But the male Beast, and the full grown Madam, were no danger to him. Perhaps the little Madam loved them. Horror quivered in his stomach, and along his rabbit limbs surged an overwhelming sadness.

Maybe something of the little Madam’s love for rabbits, the magic that allowed her to talk to him, would survive the way she was being raised. It was likely he would never find out. He walked slowly out of the yard, as if no one there could hurt him.

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Film Theory: Wall-E’s SECRET Villain (Disney Pixar’s Wall-E)

I feel like this works really well with the whole Coca-Cola forced to Recycle Glass Bottles so take away the bottle depositories so consumers have to recycle the cans… thing. I’m sure there is a name for that but it is so not coming to me this morning.

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Ahoy there! I’m back with another study post °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°

 So if you aren’t aware already, me as well as various other study bloggers are notorious for writing aesthetically pleasing handwritten notes. Notes aren’t absolutely necessary if you prefer to do without.  A lot of my friends and acquaintances don’t bother with them and prefer to rely entirely on the lecture materials provided. I find that it helps me indefinitely in my studies and as a brief creative outlet which I rarely give myself the time for.

Why take Notes? 

Instead of printing the lecture materials given digitally, I’ve taken it to re-write the lecture notes a few days prior to the lecture. Some lecturers insist their students read the material to get a grasp of the topic before the lecture and this is taking it a few steps further.  They say writing something down is equivalent to reading it 7 times, meaning getting into memory this way is so much more efficient which is one of the biggest reasons I insisted myself handwrite my notes. Also writing your own notes is totally customisable to your needs, do you prefer mind maps or lists? Infographics or paragraphs? Minimalistic or colourful? It’s all up to you.

Why I personally take notes

Different plants have different needs. Some need to be watered daily, some twice a day and some every other day. Some thrive in nutrient-rich soil and some prefer to sit in dry sand. Just like plants, each individual student has different needs and circumstances to thrive. For me, since I have a relatively low attention span and am a relatively slow learner, I needed the head start of reading topics beforehand to catch on with the rest. To me, with proper preparation for lectures, attending the lecture is like filling in the missing puzzle pieces. At least it should be. Also, I’m more of a visual learner, so if you’re like me, then well structured, colourful and easy to read notes are not only more appealing but really help me in my studies and help me grasp topics a lot faster.


Probably the part where everyone is pumped for but I’ll to simplify as well as be in-depth as possible.

Basically, you need paper and a pen. Need some colours? get some highlighters or coloured pens. Some people usually go one or the other but you can benefit from using both systematically. 

What I look for in my preferred paper:

  • Thicker paper (120gsm) because I use markers and pens that bleed through anything less and I like my paper sturdy because I heavily reference my notes and I don’t want them to get worn out as quickly (i want to actually try to use thinner paper and be gentler but not sure how much I can commit to it  o(╥﹏╥)o).
  • Smoother paper is good if you use felt tips so they don’t get damaged that quickly.
  • Line spacing. Its a waste of space and paper if you have small handwriting but largely spaced outlines. Not easy to find though.
  • Line colour. I prefer lighter lines such as light grey if possible, it just looks tidier that my writing contrasts more than with jet black lines.
  • Recycled or sustainably made paper. Because environment. Trees happy. Duh.
  • At the moment I’m a fan of loose-leaf paper because I’m not a fan of wasting notebook paper at the back (plus its even harder to get the paper features I want in notebooks unless I’m lucky) but if I were to succumb to using notebooks, I would definitely prefer thread-bound or hand-sewn over spring bound just because I think metal springs are annoying and if they’re plastic, they aren’t recyclable. You know me.
  • In conclusion, it’s hard to find test pad with all of these features, you can consider printing your own notepaper if you’re as picky as I am but you do you. If you can only afford flimsy see-through paper, that’s alright. But make sure your supplies are appropriate for them as most of the supplies I use will bleed even on regular paper


Don’t bother going all out and using fine liners or drawing pens to write notes. Get practical. Pick your poison. Smooth gel pens or dry ballpoint? Ergonomic or Budget-friendly? Disposable or refillable? My only guideline is to make sure they have waterproof ink because in any case, you need to send in an assignment last minute and have to rush through the rain without a folder you definitely want your writing to be at least legible if anything. (yes I learned this the hard way, yes illegible work will cost you a lot of marks. don’t make my mistake 。:゚(。ノω\。)゚・。

 Also. Black or Blue? Studies show that writing in blue improves memory collection but black is the more neutral aesthetic. What do I do? I use black as my main colour and write keywords and important facts in blue to take advantage of its memory-enhancing properties.

My current preference: Zebra Sarasa Clip (because its made of 75% recycled plastic and is a good quality pen) with Pentel Energel refill (gel ink that dries quickly. that’s all I need)


Budget-Friendly: There are good quality pen sets at the ECO shop (Malaysian dollar store) or buy disposable pens in bulk at any book store. Trust me, it saves a lot more than buying a brand new 80 cent pen every now and again. (Also including the cost of transportation to the store because when you live independently, every cent matters) It’s not exactly environmentally friendly but hey, anything to cut the cost right?


Zero Waste option: Fountain Pen with a converter (not the cartridges) and glass bottles of ink refill. Yes, it sounds daunting but its zero waste if that’s your cup of tea. You don’t have to go all out and buy an expensive luxury fountain pen made of stainless steel, or go fancy and get a flexible nib. If you ask me, I have my eyes set on the pilot kakuno fountain pen, its simple, aesthetic and highly recommended for beginners (although not plastic-free its made out of 85% recycled plastic which is cool since I’m hoping to make a one time purchase, I won’t mind it being made from plastic but that just my taste)


Coloured Pens

So I haven’t been a fan of using coloured pens for a while but ill tell you I’m currently using a cheap set of coloured gel pens from Kaison just because they have cute patterns but the ink flow isn’t that smooth so I should’ve bought something more practical. The ultimate budget-friendly option which is not only cheap but long-lasting and good quality, and ones that I’d recommend for anyone is the Papermate Kilometrico ballpoint coloured pens. So far I only know they come in five colours but they’ve been my favourite for years. Most people I know that disagree with me usually don’t like the colour range or arent a fan of dry ink but if you aren’t that picky and looking for a reliable option they’re a good option, plus if you’re using cheap paper, they won’t bleed or anything so that’s cool.



I love pastel highlighters. Its soft, cute, aesthetically pleasing to the eyes and some colours are better at actually highlighting words rather than their neon counterparts like green and purple. Although not the cheapest option, I doubt ill ever go back to neon highlighters ever and ill only be recommending pastel highlighters thanks.

My current preference: I’m currently using Monami Pastel Highlighters just because they were on sale with comparable prices to unbranded cheap pastel highlighters. I will never recommend commonly branded highlighters like Stabilo Boss or Zebra Mildliners because the extra pennies just aren’t worth it since the unbranded kind has lived up to my standards. (also I haven’t tried those branded highlighters mind you but I doubt I’m missing out on anything)


Budget-Friendly option: While Zebra Mildliners are being sold at RM5 for one and RM25 for a set, Mr DIY sells knockoff brand “BEIFA” for RM7 for a set of six which is a pretty good deal if you ask me (also there are double-sided ones with a bullet and chisel tips if you thought mildliners were the only option with those features). I’ve also found some rare gems, unbranded pastel highlighters hidden in common bookstores for an even cheaper price, but they’re really hard to find unless the pastel highlighter trend decides to catch on. I digress.


Zero Waste option: I heard about highlighter pencils, just wooden pencils with neon colour pigments, but why get trendy when you can use any old wooden colouring pencils lying around? I don’t think ill give up plastic highlighters for wooden pencils despite being a strong environmentalism advocate but there are a few options for highlighters made from recycled plastic but they either don’t come in pastel colours or too pricey for my taste (yes I’m a cheapskate for crud sake)



These other things aren’t exactly necessary but they add little flourishes and/or aid you in your note-taking. Not exactly an extra investment but its completely up to you

  • Sticky notes (or coloured memo pads) for extra notes, diagrams or equations which I like for them to stand out a bit. (Pastel over neon of course)
  • Washi tape to divide subchapters (but a highlighter streak does the job)
  • Correction tape because never will I ever use correction fluid mind you
  • Brush pens for headers (completely unnecessary but I don’t have any other outlet to practice brush lettering so.) Recommendations: Artline Stix (chunky but super cheap, marker type not for thin paper), Pentel Fude Touch (great for beginners, small and practical, 83% recycled plastic, but will bleed on regular paper)
  • Alternatively, a regular black felt tip marker just to make the title stand out is good enough.


An underrated note-taking method is the Cornell method which is frankly a systematic way to write notes in which you divide the paper into 4 sections, a place for title and date and stuff, the main body for notes, extended side margin for extra info/lecture comments/questions/subtitles and bottom quarter reserved for a summary of the notes. Some people modify this technique by omitting the summary section, depending on your needs.


Bullet points and indents. This is pretty self-explanatory, but it’s pretty much notes that aren’t chunky paragraphs. Easier to read, easier to register information, easier to skim through. You get the gist of it.

Highlighting system. Some people go all out with their highlighting system and designate colours to certain things such as green for vocab, orange for equations, blue for subtopics. etc. You can try this out if you want, but for me, the plethora of colour is quite distracting and not that aesthetically pleasing, but you do you.


My priorities to note-taking are: Easy to read, simple, decluttered and visually pleasing. For colours, I mainly use up to 4. Black pen for the main information, blue pen for keywords (or any coloured pen that matches the highlighter), one or two highlighters as a colour theme and matching sticky notes for extra info, diagrams or equations.

I assign a whole chapter to a specific colour theme, first assigning a certain highlighter colour to the first six chapters, if there are more than six chapters, I use 2 accent colours just to shake it up a bit. This makes it easier to differentiate the chapters when flipping through your notes.

So its, hand-lettered title (i do my lettering quite quickly, mind you) or all caps title in black marker. Mini banner doodle for subtitles (a simple box with a drop shadow works just fine), contrasting coloured keywords (or underlined) and highlighters just for accents like dividing subtitles or drawing boxes for extra info (that or sticky notes). I don’t simplify my lecture notes, rather rewriting them in a more orderly manner and leaving a good amount of extra space here and there (or an extended margin if I use Cornell) for extra lecture notes. Also, I highlight whatever notes that my lecturer would point out as important or worth remembering. And that’s pretty much it. After the lecture, I then know which parts of the notes were more vital and can then simplify those key points into flashcards which ill discuss in a different post.


Thanks for reading, I know my posts are pretty long but that’s the way I like them, long but in depth. As usual, if you would like me to cover any specific topics, feel free to message me or give feedback. I hope to be able to write 2 or 3 articles a month if I can but until then, have a nice day. Study smart peeps. 


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Hello and Welcome!

Hello everyone. Welcome to Dancing through College. I decided to blog my rest of my experience through college. The coronavirus pandemic has brought to light how precious our times here on Earth are with our families, found families, friends, coworkers and others. I decided I wanted to share my journey of achieving a start in making a difference in this world that will change it for the better.

A little bit about me. My name is Isabella. I’m 18 years old. I identify as an aromatic asexual and I am non-binary, more specifically a demiwoman. I go by she/her/hers pronouns, though. I am currently studying at the University of New England and I will be a sophomore this year. I am pursuing a dual degree in Environmental Studies and Marine Affairs. I hope to go to graduate school, studying international policy with a focus on environmental and marine policy. I am planning on taking the bemeoth responsibility of having 18 credits for fall semester. I am currently a Sophomore Scholar which is a leadership program and am the Vice-President of Alliance. 

I hope that you will enjoy yourself on this journey. 

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If you have 93 minutes to spare, please consider watching this new documentary on climate change. Even if you’re not into ecology, nature, or fauna, it offers simple, easy to understand explanations and analysis backed up by trusted organizations and researchers on the urgent state of the planet.

“What do you get when you mix a lot of shortsightedness with selfishness, a dash of apathy, no shortage of scientific literacy, and a lot of power and technology too?” Director Sofia Pineda Ochoa and musician Moby narrate.


Biologist Paul Ehrlich tells it like it is.

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Brazil minister calls for environmental deregulation while public distracted by COVID


Brazilian Environment Minister Ricardo Salles called on the government to push through further deregulation of environmental policy while people are distracted by the coronavirus pandemic, in a video the Supreme Court ordered released on Friday. 

The video of a ministers’ meeting surfaced in an investigation of whether President Jair Bolsonaro interfered in appointing leaders of the federal police for personal gain.  

During the meeting, other ministers spoke, including Salles, with environmental groups saying his remarks prove that the Bolsonaro government is systematically seeking to dismantle environmental protections.

“We need to make an effort while we are in this calm moment in terms of press coverage, because they are only talking about COVID, and push through and change all the rules and simplify norms,” Salles said in the video.

Continue reading.

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March 26 1978 - Four days before the new Narita airport near Tokyo was supposed to open, left-wing protesters against the project rammed through the gates of the airport, burned cars and battled police with iron bars and molotovs.

This attack was only a diversion however, allowing another group to infiltrate the airport’s control tower. They smashed all the equipment inside and occupied the tower for several hours, causing half a million dollars worth of damage and delaying the opening of the airport by another few months. [video]/[video]/[video]

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