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archiemcphee:

Don’t worry, Cthulhu is still fast asleep and no one has heard from the Kraken for centuries. This nightmarish maw is the beak of a female colossal squid, one that weighed 770 lbs (350 kg), measured nearly 11.5 feet long ( 3.5 m) and was recently dissected by scientists during a live webcast from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington, New Zealand. The squid was found by Captain John Bennett and his crew in Antarctic waters back in December 2013. She’s only the second intact colossal squid specimen ever recovered, providing an extraordinary opportunity for scientists to learn more about this mysterious species.

The squid’s eyes measured nearly 14 inches in diameter. The better to see you with, my dear. She also had three hearts, all the better to love you to tiny, bite-size pieces.

Click here for additional images, courtesy of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Learn more about the colossal squid here.

Click here to watch the entire dissection.

[via Business Insider Australia and The Huffington Post]

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#nature  #animals 
"… ‘Visible’ ethnicity tends to be negative, inasmuch as it is much more usually applied to define ‘the other’ than one’s own group. Hence the proverbial role of racial stereotypes (the ‘Jewish nose’), the relative colour-blindness of colonizers to colour differences among those classified as globally ‘black’, and the claim that ‘they all look alike to me’ which is probably based on selective social vision of what ‘the other’ is believed to have in common, such as slant eyes and yellow skin. The ethnic-racial homogeneity of one’s own ‘nationality’ is taken for granted, where it is asserted - which is by no means in all cases - even when the most superficial inspection might throw doubt on it. For to ‘us’ it seems obvious that the members of our ‘nationality’ cover a wide range of size, shapes, and appearances, such as a certain type of black hair. It is only to ‘them’ that we all look alike."

Nations and Nationalism since 1780, E.J. Hobsbawm

so this is why white people can’t process that poc can have light-colored eyes?

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#kind of want to develop this into a further argument  #that because of globalization and media  #white people have also entered the 'us' category for the entire world  #while everyone else is still stuck in the 'them' category for white people  #race  #racism 
anamariabbblog:

Statue of Ecaterina Teodoroiu in the city of Brăila, Romania.
Ecaterina Teodoroiu (Romanian pronunciation: [ekateˈrina te.odoˈroju]; born Cătălina Toderoiu; January 15, 1894 - September 3, 1917) was a Romanian woman who fought and died in World War I, and is regarded as a heroine of Romania.
In Romanian historiography, Ecaterina Teodoroiu is placed in the context of gendered experience of the Great War on theEastern Front, on the same pedestal as Queen Maria of Romania.
She was born in the village of Vădeni (nowadays part of Târgu Jiu), in the historical region of Oltenia, in Southern Romania. After studying for 4 years in Vădeni and Târgu Jiu and graduating from the Girls’ School in Bucharest, she was to became a teacher when the Romanian Kingdom entered World War I on the Allied side, in 1916.
In October 1916, Ecaterina joined the Romanian Army during the first Jiu battle when General Ion Dragalina's 1st Army repulsed the 9th German Army offensive. A Scouts' member, she had initially worked as a nurse but she subsequently decided to become a front-line soldier, being deeply impressed by the patriotism of the wounded and by the death of her brother Nicolae (Sergeant in the Romanian Army). It was an unusual decision for a woman of that epoch, so she was sent to the front rather reluctantly. However, soon she proved her worthiness as a symbol and as a soldier. She was taken prisoner but managed to escape by killing two, or perhaps three German soldiers. In November, she was wounded and hospitalized, but came back to the front where she was soon decorated, advanced in rank to Sublocotenent (Second Lieutenant) and given the command of a 25-manplatoon.
For her bravery she was awarded the Military Virtue Medal, 1st Class.
On September 3, 1917 (August 22 Old Style), she was killed in the Muncelu-Varnița area, during the last phase of the Battle of Mărășești (in Vrancea County), where she was hit in the chest by German machine gun fire. According to some accounts, her last words before dying were: “Forward, men, I’m still with you!”
She was buried in the city center of Târgu Jiu, and her grave is honored by a monument erected in 1936 by Miliţa Petraşcu.

anamariabbblog:

Statue of Ecaterina Teodoroiu in the city of Brăila, Romania.

Ecaterina Teodoroiu (Romanian pronunciation: [ekateˈrina te.odoˈroju]; born Cătălina Toderoiu; January 15, 1894 - September 3, 1917) was a Romanian woman who fought and died in World War I, and is regarded as a heroine of Romania.

In Romanian historiography, Ecaterina Teodoroiu is placed in the context of gendered experience of the Great War on theEastern Front, on the same pedestal as Queen Maria of Romania.

She was born in the village of Vădeni (nowadays part of Târgu Jiu), in the historical region of Oltenia, in Southern Romania. After studying for 4 years in Vădeni and Târgu Jiu and graduating from the Girls’ School in Bucharest, she was to became a teacher when the Romanian Kingdom entered World War I on the Allied side, in 1916.

In October 1916, Ecaterina joined the Romanian Army during the first Jiu battle when General Ion Dragalina's 1st Army repulsed the 9th German Army offensive. A Scouts' member, she had initially worked as a nurse but she subsequently decided to become a front-line soldier, being deeply impressed by the patriotism of the wounded and by the death of her brother Nicolae (Sergeant in the Romanian Army). It was an unusual decision for a woman of that epoch, so she was sent to the front rather reluctantly. However, soon she proved her worthiness as a symbol and as a soldier. She was taken prisoner but managed to escape by killing two, or perhaps three German soldiers. In November, she was wounded and hospitalized, but came back to the front where she was soon decorated, advanced in rank to Sublocotenent (Second Lieutenant) and given the command of a 25-manplatoon.

For her bravery she was awarded the Military Virtue Medal, 1st Class.

On September 3, 1917 (August 22 Old Style), she was killed in the Muncelu-Varnița area, during the last phase of the Battle of Mărășești (in Vrancea County), where she was hit in the chest by German machine gun fire. According to some accounts, her last words before dying were: “Forward, men, I’m still with you!”

She was buried in the city center of Târgu Jiu, and her grave is honored by a monument erected in 1936 by Miliţa Petraşcu.

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#romania  #historical  #women 

global-fashions:

Charlotte Carey - Elle UK October 2014

photos Jeff Hahn 

stylist Michelle Duguid 

hair Lok Lau

makeup Andrew Gallimore 

(via onetothestate)

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#fashion 
revolutionary-afrolatino:

Police shoot teenage special-needs girl within 20 seconds of arriving to ‘help’

On June 3rd, 2014, the Serrano family was having difficulty with a young female family member who suffers from a mental illness and depression. Yanira Serrano-Garcia, 18, had apparently gone off of her medication and became agitated and hard to control.
“[Yanira] wanted to be normal. She wanted to stop taking her medication, and I get it. Sometimes when my feet hurt I just want to be normal. I don’t want to take pills. I get her…all we want is justice,” said a friend of Yanira’s during a community march. 
“Sadly, they mistook her for something she didn’t do, and a cop decided to get his gun out when he could have gotten out his taser, his pepper spray,” she said.
“She has special needs and we just want answers,” said Yanira’s brother, Tiny Serrano. “Who are we supposed to call now when we need help when who is supposed to help us is killing our kids?”

revolutionary-afrolatino:

Police shoot teenage special-needs girl within 20 seconds of arriving to ‘help’

On June 3rd, 2014, the Serrano family was having difficulty with a young female family member who suffers from a mental illness and depression. Yanira Serrano-Garcia, 18, had apparently gone off of her medication and became agitated and hard to control.

“[Yanira] wanted to be normal. She wanted to stop taking her medication, and I get it. Sometimes when my feet hurt I just want to be normal. I don’t want to take pills. I get her…all we want is justice,” said a friend of Yanira’s during a community march. 

“Sadly, they mistook her for something she didn’t do, and a cop decided to get his gun out when he could have gotten out his taser, his pepper spray,” she said.

“She has special needs and we just want answers,” said Yanira’s brother, Tiny Serrano. “Who are we supposed to call now when we need help when who is supposed to help us is killing our kids?”

(via thepoliticalfreakshow)

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#police brutality 
"And there is another American profession that has a significantly more alarming problem with domestic abuse. I’d urge everyone who believes in zero tolerance for NFL employees caught beating their wives or girlfriends to direct as much attention—or ideally, even more attention—at police officers who assault their partners. Several studies have found that the romantic partners of police officers suffer domestic abuse at rates significantly higher than the general population. And while all partner abuse is unacceptable, it is especially problematic when domestic abusers are literally the people that battered and abused women are supposed to call for help."
— 1 day ago with 2080 notes
#domestic abuse  #police brutality 

septembriseur:

Wow, OK, I had kind of conceptualized that Joss Whedon post along the lines of “here are some random thoughts that I’m gonna store behind a cut in case a few people are interested,” not expecting so many people to reblog it. But since there was so much interest, I ended up thinking about it more. And the direction my thinking took me in was this: what is it that women find attractive in male and female characters, and to what extent does this match up with what men assume that women find attractive in these characters?

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What is happening in Scotland??

sabertoothbitch:

I know I have international followers who might not be aware of what exactly is happening in my country so I have done my best to put together this explanation which is very bare bones but I hope provides a good overview of the situation!! As some of you know I was a dedicated Yes supporter but I have done my best to keep this objective and impartial. If I’ve got anything wrong or you have anything to add please let me know. 

Background: The Independence Referendum 

On the 18th of September, Scotland held a referendum to decide whether it should become independent from the rest of the UK or not. The question posed was “should Scotland be an independent country?” and the vote was a simple yes/no choice. 

The referendum was proposed and spearheaded by the Scottish National Party (SNP) and first minister and head of the snp, Alex Salmond. 

There were a lot of reasons to vote yes and a lot of reasons to vote no, but very generally speaking:

  • Yes voters wanted the Scottish people to be able to make their own decisions and no longer be subject to increasingly right wing Westminster rule (for more you can have a look at the Yes Scotland website and this speech by Tommy Sheridan) 
  • No voters, though many of them also wanted real social change, wanted to keep the economic security provided by the union (the better together website is closed now but here is their facebook page, a speech from Better Together leader Alistair Darling, and the wikipedia article on their campaign)

At one point it was proposed that there should be a third option on the ballot: devo max (or maximum devolution). This was initially rejected by David Cameron (1, 2) though later, when it looked as though Yes had a real chance at winning, Cameron promised more powers to Scotland in the event of a No vote (1, 2). 

The voting age was lowered to 16 for the referendum (analysis from the Independent).

Because I saw someone from the US asking about this in the tags, Obama was publicly in favour of a No vote (1, 2

Results

The voter turnout for the referendum was 84.6% (x

Ultimately No won, with 55% of the vote. 

Aftermath: Violence in Glasgow

Throughout the campaign, George Square in Glasgow became unofficially known as a meeting and rallying point for Yes supporters (here are some pictures I took at a rally the day before the vote). Glasgow was one of only four areas to have a Yes majority (the other three were West Dumbartonshire, North Lanarkshire and Dundee).

On the 19th, the day after the vote, some Yes voters gathered in the square, peacefully. 

Unfortunately, they were joined by a group of unionists carrying union flags. Police were called in to separate the groups. 

The unionists, who have been reported to be members of the orange order and loyalists, were performing nazi salutes, throwing flares, burning saltires, and starting fights.There is a video of a group of them tearing the saltire from a young girl’s hands. 

(EDIT: for those who don’t know, here are the wikipedia articles on the orange order (x) and the orange order in scotland specifically (x). They are a sectarian organisation and there are groups petitioning to ban them from marching in Glasgow.) 

There was almost no coverage of the violence on the bbc as it was happening. 

Here are some news articles: herald / bbc / stv / huffington post (featuring videos from the square) / guardian

!!Please note that their content should be treated with a pinch of salt as the presentation of the events as a “standoff” is very misleading. The stv presentation of it as a “loyalist demonstration” is far closer to the truth.

(My personal analysis of the situation: to say that the violent scenes had nothing to do with the No victory would, I think, be misguided. While the unionists causing the trouble were by no means representative of No voters, I think it would be fair to say that the No victory to some extent empowered them. This ugly British nationalism is something that both the Yes and No campaigns failed to acknowledge, though the No side was often quick to paint Yes supporters as nationalists blinded by patriotism. Obviously No voters absolutely should not be conflated with the rioters last night and there were certainly other, indirect reasons for the trouble which include Glasgow’s history of sectarian and racial violence. The reporting on this has been very minimal and skewed with some residents of Glasgow unaware it was even happening until informed by friends and family. If this had been a Yes riot, it would have been portrayed as dangerous and revolutionary violence and not been brushed under the rug in the same way this incident seems to have been.)

There are rumours of a stabbing. Some reports say that a 15 y/o boy was stabbed, some a 17 y/o girl. So far as I can tell there is no truth to these claims. Police Scotland have not confirmed them (see the news reports above).

There were also reports that the unionists had set fire to the Herald building because it was the only newspaper to support independence. This also seems to be incorrect as the fire is being attributed to a generator at The Flying Duck pub, next to the Herald building, not unionists (123). 

Outcome

  • Alex Salmond resigns as First Minister (x
  • It is expected that Nicola Sturgeon will take over as leader of the SNP (1, 2
  • Salmond calls for UK voting age to be lowered to 16 (x
  • People are leaving Scottish Labour (now being referred to as ‘red tories’ online) in droves and joining the pro-indy parties: the Scottish Green Party, the Scottish Socialist Party, and the Scottish National Party
  • Yesterday (September 19th) 1200 people joined the greens (x
  • The SNP has seen its membership grow by over 5,000 (x
  • Newly politically engaged people young and old seek ways to take positive action including donating to food banks (find your nearest food bank)
  • Gordon Brown says that the promise for more powers will be kept, but there is some skepticism (x
  • The No victory and its effect on Catalonia’s independence referendum (The Economist: x , The Guardian: x

More added as it happens. 

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#scotland