29 7 / 2014

"Although the British insisted that they had rescued India from ‘timeless hunger’, more than one official was jolted when Indian nationalists quoted from an 1878 study published in the prestigious Journal of the Statistical Society that contrasted 31 serious famines in 120 years of British rule against only 17 recorded famines in the entire previous two millennia … Millions died, not outside the ‘modern world system’ but in the very process of being dynamically conscripted into its economic and political structures. They died in the golden age of Liberal Capitalism."

29 7 / 2014



fun game in immigrant households: which yogurt container actually holds the yogurt

which ice cream box actually holds the ice cream?

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29 7 / 2014


I’m tired of the narrative in which someone is born different- drastically different- from the people in their society, and get treated horribly for it, ignored and alienated at best and ridiculed and abused at worst, and then they manage to make their otherness into something tangibly beneficial for the people around them. And then they’re accepted and befriended and loved, and live happily ever after.

I hate this story. It sends this message that if you’re different and isolated and alone, you should try to accomplish something that will make people think you’re worthwhile. I watch and read these stories disliking that the different person accepts that conditional respect with such happiness. I’d like to read the story in which the different person does save everyone, because they’re not an asshole, but afterwards they leave.

They don’t accept the friendship of the people who neglected and abused them. They find somewhere else full of people who care about them even if what makes them different is sometimes hard to deal with, or strange for them. They find a place that accepts them and tells the people they loved with that it wasn’t okay to treat them like that and they don’t forgive them for it, and might not ever. And the narrative doesn’t treat them like pondscum for not being able to forgive. The narrative accepts that they have a right to their anger. I’d like to read that story.

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29 7 / 2014


Repeat: Israel massacred more Palestinians from one family during one attack on Gaza than all projectiles had killed in Israel in 8 years

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29 7 / 2014


I’ve just cried laughing at the comments on a Jamie Oliver recipe, there was a typo on the website and everyone put 13 lemons into a pasta sauce and didn’t even question it. Imagine eating 13 lemons, the recipe was for 4 people, imagine having that much trust in Jamie Oliver.

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29 7 / 2014






I don’t understand why books have shifted from having summaries on the back of the covers to having one-line reviews.

Seriously though. I want to know what the book is about. Not that someone from the Evening Standard thinks it’s a masterpiece. 

I have been waiting for this post my whole life.


THANK YOU, again, because once is not enough

Off-topic/on-topic: A group of book bloggers discussed this trend, how it got started, why it’s still a thing, on a podcast over here if any of my followers are interested!

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29 7 / 2014

"An Israeli army officer who fired the entire magazine of his automatic rifle into a 13-year-old Palestinian girl and then said he would have done the same even if she had been three years old was acquitted on all charges by a military court yesterday."

· Officer ignored warnings that teenager was terrified
· Defence says ‘confirming the kill’ standard practice

Not guilty. The Israeli captain who emptied his rifle into a Palestinian schoolgirl

The transcript

The following is a recording of a three-way conversation that took place between a soldier in a watchtower, an army operations room and Capt R, who shot the girl

From the watchtower [three-way conversation between watchtower soldier, the operations room in another location, and finally, Captain R, the officer on the ground near watchtower ”It’s a little girl. She’s running defensively eastward.” “Are we talking about a girl under the age of 10?” “A girl about 10, she’s behind the embankment, scared to death.” “I think that one of the positions took her out.” “I and another soldier … are going in a little nearer, forward, to confirm the kill … Receive a situation report. We fired and killed her … I also confirmed the kill. Over.”

From the operations room ”Are we talking about a girl under the age of 10?”

Watchtower ”A girl about 10, she’s behind the embankment, scared to death.”

A few minutes later, Iman is shot from one of the army posts

Watchtower ”I think that one of the positions took her out.”

Captain R ”I and another soldier … are going in a little nearer, forward, to confirm the kill … Receive a situation report. We fired and killed her … I also confirmed the kill. Over.”

Capt R then “clarifies” why he killed Iman

"This is commander. Anything that’s mobile, that moves in the zone, even if it’s a three-year-old, needs to be killed. Over."

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(Source: stay-human, via thisbeatisproblematic)

29 7 / 2014


Girls don’t want boys, girls want high-speed internet and dragons

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29 7 / 2014


We live in a society that tells us the worst thing you can be is a victim. Fuck that. The worst thing you can be is an abuser. 

If we shouted “don’t be an abuser!” half as loud as we shouted “don’t be a victim!” there wouldn’t be victims because there wouldn’t be abuse. 

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29 7 / 2014






A contraceptive computer chip that can be controlled by remote control has been developed in Massachusetts.

The chip is implanted under a woman’s skin, releasing a small dose of levonorgestrel, a hormone.

This will happen every day for 16 years, but can be stopped at any time by using a wireless remote control.

The project has been backed by Bill Gates, and will be submitted for pre-clinical testing in the US next year - and possibly go on sale by 2018.

The device measures 20mm x 20mm x 7mm and will be “competitively priced”, its creators said.


This is amazing, but I’m pretty sure the chip would have to be metal which means I and other people with metal allergies couldn’t use it. It’s really amazing though.

…this might work for some people but does anyone see the major red flag of this being -very easy- to undermine without the birth control user’s knowledge?

Who would have access to the remotes? And the source code? Microsoft can’t keep their tech right now. And that’s before we get into ways of hacking the chips to release extra hormones. Enough to make users sick, increase their susceptibility to infertility, or to a stroke.

How many black people with uteruses are gonna have this implanted without their knowledge? How many trans people are gonna have this inserted as a condition of hormones and other treatments and stuff. How many prisoners get this? This whole thing terrifies me. Like, there might be benefits, but there are a lot of questions I bet theoretical ethicists aren’t asking right now and most people writing about this stuff aren’t gonna ask either.

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29 7 / 2014

29 7 / 2014


what I mean by this is that being able to walk a little, being able to walk with consequences, that’s not the same as being able to walk (the end)

When people are denied wheelchairs because they can walk, an important thing is missed.

They can’t walk

yes, they can physically walk.  That’s not what I mean.

What I mean is,

Can they walk to the store and back?  Can they do so safely?  Can they do so and still have energy left for the day?  For the week?

Can they walk at home?  yes?  Ok, but does doing so leave them with enough energy to leave?  To go to school, work, out with friends, on errands?  Is it safe?

Can they walk long enough to go places, enjoy things, to do what they could do if they had mobility aids?  

Yes, being able to walk, even a little, is different than not being able to walk at all.  

But it’s not the same as being able to walk, without consequences, without fear of safety, for “long distances”

So when you deny someone mobility aids because they can still walk, because you want them to still walk, you’re missing something.

If they’re asking for mobility aids, their mobility is already limited.  They’re already not walking as often because they can’t.  Mobility aids won’t change that.  But they can actually improve mobility, and allow for more opportunities to go out and be active.  

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29 7 / 2014


Wilson Wilson

↳ Utopia - 1x03

29 7 / 2014



Zheng Chunhui, a famous Chinese wood carver spent 4 years engineering this master piece from a single tree. Based on a famous Chinese painting “Along the River During the Quingming Festival” the carving echoes the daily life of the 12th century Chinese local. The level of detail is stunning!


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29 7 / 2014

haha what packing

no but i’m half done