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Left: A giant panda named Qing Feng looks at a big moon cake at Nanshan Zoo. Right: A panda eats a specially-baked moon cake at Suzhou Taihu National Wetland Park to mark China’s traditional Mid-Autumn Festival.  Picture: Xinhua /Landov / Barcroft Media

the panda is me

butterfly-foal:

theanimalblog:

Left: A giant panda named Qing Feng looks at a big moon cake at Nanshan Zoo. Right: A panda eats a specially-baked moon cake at Suzhou Taihu National Wetland Park to mark China’s traditional Mid-Autumn Festival.  Picture: Xinhua /Landov / Barcroft Media

the panda is me

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Tit for Tat Series bJungshan / Blog

Jungshan is an office clerk in a Taiwanese tech company by day, and by night, a freelance illustrator. She has, clearly, an incredible feel for motion, form, light, and texture.

She has clearly studied traditional Chinese brushwork with ink and water, which form the majority of these compositions, but it looks like she has mixed in certain details using modern drawing techniques too, maybe pastel or marker, I’m not sure exactly what medium. Very compelling stuff.

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‘African Madonna’

African Madonna is a self-initiated project by illustration studio, Studio Muti. “Combining elements from South African tribal culture and referencing religious icons, we came up with our version of an “African Madonna”.”

‘African Madonna’

African Madonna is a self-initiated project by illustration studio, Studio Muti. “Combining elements from South African tribal culture and referencing religious icons, we came up with our version of an “African Madonna”.”

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Amaterasu is a sun goddess of the Shinto religion. It is believed that Amaterasu sent her grandson Jimmu to Earth 3,000 years ago to be the first ruler of Japan, beginning the divine family of Japanese emperors.

Amaterasu was given rule over the sky by Izangi when he handed to her his holy necklace.

Later, in a competition with her brother Susano, Amaterasu gave birth to three goddesses, who with Susano’s offspring, are collectively the ancestors of Jimmu.

During this competition, Amaterasu was unwilling to admit defeat. This caused Susano to furiously wreak havoc throughout the heavens and the Earth. Amaterasu fled into a cave, and her absence caused darkness throughout Japan.

Amaterasu’s absence caused much dismay on Earth. As the crops died off and the people suffered, the gods decided they needed to return Amaterasu to her position in the heavens. They sought the help of several dieties, and performed ritualis and sacrifieces outside of Amaterasu’s cave. They also hung a mirror from a tree outside of the cave.

Hearing all the commotion, Amaterasu came forth and asked why the gods seemed to be rejoicing. They replied that they had found a new mistress who would be the sun goddess’ replacement. Amaterasu came forth in curiosity, and peeked out of her cave. She immediately saw the mirror and was drawn to it. Having never seen her own reflection, Amaterasu thought she was looking at her majestic replacement.

SOLSTICE 2012

she saw herself in all her glory and left her cave to bring light to the earth

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13 Year Old Jada Williams Persecuted by the Rochester City School District Over her essay on Frederick Douglass.

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“On Saturday, February 18, 2012, the Frederick Douglass Foundation of New York presented the first Spirit of Freedom award to Jada Williams, a 13-year old city of Rochester student.  Miss Williams wrote an essay on her impressions of Frederick Douglass’ first autobiography the Narrative of the Life.  This was part of an essay contest, but her essay was never entered.  It offended her teachers so much that, after harassment from teachers and school administrators at School #3, Miss Williams was forced to leave the school.
We at the Frederick Douglass Foundation honored her because her essay actually demonstrates that she understood the autobiography, even though it might seem a bit esoteric to most 13-year olds.  In her essay, she quotes part of the scene where Douglass’ slave master catches his wife teaching then slave Frederick to read.  During a speech about how he would be useless as a slave if he were able to read, Mr. Auld, the slave master, castigated his wife.
Miss Williams quoted Douglass quoting Mr. Auld:  “If you teach that nigger (speaking of myself) how to read, there will be no keeping him. It will forever unfit him to be a slaveHe would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master.”
Miss Williams personalized this to her own situation.  She reflected on how the “white teachers” do not have enough control of the classroom to successfully teach the minority students in Rochester.  While she herself is more literate than most, due to her own perseverance and diligence, she sees the fact that so many of the other “so-called ‘unteachable’” students aren’t learning to read as a form of modern-day slavery.  Their illiteracy holds them back in society.
Her call to action was then in her summary: “A grand price was paid in order for us to be where we are today; but in my mind we should be a lot further, so again I encourage the white teachers to instruct and I encourage my people to not just be a student, but become a learner.”
This offended her English teacher so much…”

Wow.

Read and reblog!!

“this offended her English teacher so much that the teacher copied the essay for other teachers and for the Principal. After that, Miss Williams’ mother and father started receiving phone calls from numerous teachers, all claiming that their daughter is “angry.”  Miss Williams, mostly a straight-A student, started receiving very low grades, and she was kicked out of class for laughing and threatened with in-school suspension.

There were several meetings with teachers and administrators, but all failed to answer Miss Williams’ mother’s questions. The teachers refused to show her the tests and work that she had supposedly performed so poorly on.  Instead, the teachers and administrators branded her a problem.
Unable to take anymore of the persecution, they pulled her from School #3.  Wanting to try another school, they were quickly informed that that school was filled and told to try “this school.”  During her first day at this new school, she witnessed four fights, and other students asked her if she was put here because she fights too much.
Long story short, they took an exceptional student, with the radical idea that kids should learn to read, and put her in a school of throwaway students who are even more unmanageable than the average student in her previous school.  To protect their daughter, her parents have had to remove her from school, and her mother has had to quit her job so she can take care of Miss Williams.
To date, the administrators of School #3 have refused to release her records, even though she no longer attends the school, and they have repeatedly given her mother the run around.  We at the Frederick Douglass Foundation have contacted school administrators in regards to this situation and have also been told to hit the pavement.

That’s what we intend to do.  If this school will sacrifice the welfare of an above-average student whose essay, that they asked her to write, they find offensive, we intend to make everyone aware of this monstrous injustice.  The school has a job, and it is not doing it.  We would like as many folks as possible to call the Principal of School #3 and complain about this injustice.  Her name is Miss Connie Wehner, and she can be reached at (585) 454-3525.  This treatment of Jada Williams cannot stand.

See Video of Jada reading her Essay Here
Read Related Blog posts HereHere and Here

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wow wow wow i am just

omfg

wow

this country. i cant anymore.

OMG I had to reblog this again, because I didn’t read this part.

This is for any of you who think we live in world where we are all free and equal.

This is for you who think that the distrust, anger, bitterness and hatred PoC have against whites is NOT justified.

This is for you who try to silence us and question our motives instead of giving us a helping hand when we are denouncing racism and are trying to free ourselves from its chains.

You are not better than these scums bullying a 13yo child who has the courage and strength to expose white supremacy, expose how black people are SYSTEMATICALLY pulled back by a system supposed to uplift them. You are one of the many links that enables white supremacy - a.k.a. the destruction and exploitation of of anybody that isn’t white - to sustain itself.

I hate whiteness with every bone of my body and if this doesn’t revolt you, I hate you too!!

How Ronald Reagan unwittingly laid the groundwork for the death of capitalism

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Thanks to tireless efforts by historical revisionists over the past two decades, Ronald Reagan has gotten a lot of credit for achievements that he had nothing to do with. “Winning” the Cold War is a good example.

In reality, Reagan’s policies had little or nothing to do with the collapse of the Soviet Union. In fact, the last thing the Military Industrial Complex ever wanted was to see the Cold War’s end (and with it the trillion-dollar gravy train of “defense” contractor funding).

On the other hand, Reagan should get credit for something that he actually did achieve: laying the groundwork for the death of capitalism as we know it.

Capitalism had its first near-death experience during the Great Depression. Ironically, it was saved by the most progressive president that the U.S. ever had: Franklin D. Roosevelt. Although attacked by the business community at the time, FDR’s New Deal in fact resurrected capitalism and gave it new life. The New Deal created the Great American Middle Class: tens of millions of well-paid workers that actually had the money to buy the products that the system produced.

Under Reagan, middle-class entitlements were slashed, as were programs to assist the poor. And sweeping changes in tax policy began to favor the very wealthy, at the expense of the middle class and the poor. Also, labor unions and labor laws were gutted. Lastly, under Reagan’s disastrous “free trade” policies, America started shipping all its good-paying manufacturing jobs overseas.
The result of all this was that, under Reagan, the Great American Middle Class began to shrink — a process that continues to this day. And with a much-weakened middle class, U.S. capitalism has hit a major crisis in that fewer and fewer consumers are able to buy the products that the system produces.
Of course, what these ivory tower zealots overlook is that capitalism as we know it simply can’t function unless there is a strong, prosperous middle class around to buy the products created by the system.
Although Reagan’s policies gutted the U.S. middle class, the resulting devastation to capitalism didn’t become readily apparent until much later on. This was because the whole crisis was masked by America’s increasing embrace of credit-fueled consumption, which created the mirage of prosperity.
Of course, the whole Ponzi scheme all came crashing down in 2008. Since then, the U.S. economy has remained on life support. The nation continues to plunge further into debt, even as the U.S. dollar continues to hit new all-time lows. The middle class is all but extinct these days, as are the good-paying jobs that once help make the American economy the mightiest on earth. “

“Virtually all of this is a legacy of Reagan’s policies. And unlike capitalism’s first near-death experience, in the 1930s, it’s extremely unlikely that we’ll see another FDR ever come along to give the whole system a new lease on life. In our Citizens United era, that’s simply not ever going to happen. 
Reagan (or more specifically, his wealthy backers) originally aimed to crush the New Deal and return the U.S. to an unregulated 19th century dog-eat-dog form of capitalism. They hoped that this would propel capitalism to new heights. But by ignoring the key role of middle class consumption in their calculations, they unwittingly severely damaged capitalism itself and turned America into a second-rate power.
“Of course, the wealthy class to this day continues to live in denial that the whole capitalist party is now over. They continue to cling to the hope that the crisis caused by the 2008 economic collapse will eventually be fixed and the capitalism will somehow continue.”

“With the demise of the dollar, America will be a much weaker and less wealthy nation. For the entire post-World War II era, America has been the standard-bearer for capitalism. With the latter now discredited, it’s clear that the rest of the world is increasingly rejecting the U.S. model of economics and is instead turning to the regulated, technocrat-led economies of China and Singapore as the new role model. 
Not only did Reagan’s era doom capitalism, but his toxic legacy ensured that America will find it extremely difficult to remedy the crises that resulted from his administration. These range from the deterioration of public education that resulted from Reagan’s budget cuts to America’s crumbling infrastructure. These two factors alone will make it increasingly difficult for America to compete globally in the years to come. 

But perhaps the most toxic legacy of all was Reagan’s abolition of the Fairness Doctrine. This ensured that America’s mainstream media would increasingly do little more than parrot the official corporate line. Americans today are hopelessly misinformed on the issues these days. And a nation that is misinformed is going to find it difficult to ever take the necessary steps needed to fix the crises unleashed by Reagan’s policies.”

(Source: azspot)

dreams-from-my-father:

stfuconfederates:

slashteddy:

stfuconfederates:

stfuandlistenwhitepeople:

An all purpose gif. Thank you, STFU Confederates, for posting this lovely gif. It is my favorite and I will use it whenever possible.

I wish I could remember who I stole it from but sadly I do not :/ It is the bestest gif ever tho.


Great gif, except for the whole racism thing. I’m not going to sit here and say reverse-racism exists because it doesn’t. But insinuating that ALL white people take a meaningful discussion and turn it into “about them” is just as bad as generalizing stereotypes against people of color. ALL generalizations are bad, regardless of who they’re aimed at.
Oh look. Somebody talking about racism against white people in a conversation about white people making racism all about them.
Literally, what you’re doing right now.
And saying that a generalization against white people is as bad as, you know, dehumanizing systematic stereotypes against PoC by white people.
Wow.


”But insinuating that ALL white people take a meaningful discussion and turn it into “about them” is just as bad as generalizing stereotypes against people of color.”
You just prove the point of the gif
UGH white people, I swear >:-( !!!

dreams-from-my-father:

stfuconfederates:

slashteddy:

stfuconfederates:

stfuandlistenwhitepeople:

An all purpose gif. Thank you, STFU Confederates, for posting this lovely gif. It is my favorite and I will use it whenever possible.

I wish I could remember who I stole it from but sadly I do not :/ It is the bestest gif ever tho.

Great gif, except for the whole racism thing.

I’m not going to sit here and say reverse-racism exists because it doesn’t. But insinuating that ALL white people take a meaningful discussion and turn it into “about them” is just as bad as generalizing stereotypes against people of color. ALL generalizations are bad, regardless of who they’re aimed at.

Oh look. Somebody talking about racism against white people in a conversation about white people making racism all about them.

Literally, what you’re doing right now.

And saying that a generalization against white people is as bad as, you know, dehumanizing systematic stereotypes against PoC by white people.

Wow.

”But insinuating that ALL white people take a meaningful discussion and turn it into “about them” is just as bad as generalizing stereotypes against people of color.”

You just prove the point of the gif

UGH white people, I swear >:-( !!!

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Malcolm Little, Massachusetts Prison Mug Shot, 1952

Malcolm Little, Massachusetts Prison Mug Shot, 1952

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