April 15th, 2014
nascentex:

19-03-14 Snowdonia, Wales 🐑

nascentex:

19-03-14
Snowdonia, Wales 🐑

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moonfall-requiem:

If you’ve ever wondered when Jupiter will next be aligned with Mars, Van Cleef & Arpels has a watch that will tell you. Its new Midnight Planetarium Poetic Complication watch has six rotating disks, each bearing a tiny sphere representing one of the six planets visible with the naked eye.

The disks rotate at different speeds so that each sphere makes one revolution around the dial in the time it takes the actual planet it represents – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter or Saturn – to orbit the sun.  Mercury in 88 days, Venus in 224, Earth in a year, Mars in 687 days, Jupiter in 12 years and Saturn in 29. It’s a very complex watch and a true display of supreme watchmaking. Time is indicated by a shooting-star symbol rotating around the dial’s circumference. Leveraging the brand’s specialty in jewelry, each of the planets are represented by precious and semi-precious stones, ranging from red jasper to serpentine and turquoise. An even more extravagant edition is available with baguette-cut diamonds set into the bezel.

The planet module was designed by Christian van der Klaauw, renowned for his movements featuring astronomical indications. The movement is self-winding and contains 396 components.  The case is 44 mm in diameter and made of rose gold. The dial is made of aventurine and the planets of semiprecious stones.  Price: about $245,000; a diamond-set version will be about $330,000.

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phocks:

pleasantfiictions:

thekingofhorror:

robemmy:

Hypocrisy

So fucking powerful.

amazing

i only just got this wow brilliant

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April 6th, 2014
kevskewl:

Obama says one thing and does this - 2 Million - http://americasvoice.org/2million/

kevskewl:

Obama says one thing and does this - 2 Million - http://americasvoice.org/2million/

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April 2nd, 2014
Herati women’s solo dance known as ghamzagi or qandegi is a Afghan style of dance in which all naz or eshwa that a dancer knows is drawn upon to be presented in a free format. Naz is the Persian equivalent of coyness, it is the use of femininity to it’s utmost and is a very important feature of the female psyche in the East. Movements can describe aspects of daily activities such as facial beautification, combing the hair, sewing, sowing, picking fruit or flowers etc.

Dancer: Mariam Gaibova (Actress and dancer of Tajik origin.)
Video: x
Credit(s): x

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piscula:

blackfeminism:

How can rape by giving a drug or intoxicant to a person that renders them unable to give consent have a minimum sentence of 0-15 years but possession of drugs without being used for rape has a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years to life?

its almost like we have legalized the systematic oppression of women and people of color

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April 1st, 2014
maroutian:

Most people change their personality to respond to what they perceive to be the “importance” of the other. If you are the same person in each conversation, why would you treat them differently? Because of what you judge as important. If it’s looks, you’ll always be softer with beautiful people. If it’s money, you’ll always be friendlier with rich people. If you want to see where your true values are, look to how you treat others with opposite traits. #quote #motivation #spirituality #love #selfhelp #peace #truth #transformation #consciousness #awakening #awareness #positivity #wisdom #growth #enlightenment #philosophy #spirit

maroutian:

Most people change their personality to respond to what they perceive to be the “importance” of the other. If you are the same person in each conversation, why would you treat them differently? Because of what you judge as important. If it’s looks, you’ll always be softer with beautiful people. If it’s money, you’ll always be friendlier with rich people. If you want to see where your true values are, look to how you treat others with opposite traits. #quote #motivation #spirituality #love #selfhelp #peace #truth #transformation #consciousness #awakening #awareness #positivity #wisdom #growth #enlightenment #philosophy #spirit

Doubt everything. Find your own light.

stories-yet-to-be-written:

smellslikedeenspirit:

war kills people from the inside out sometimes

“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”

oh man and I wonder how many citizens of occupied countries currently suffer because of these US soldiers

huh

March 31st, 2014
wearethefourthwave:

"THIS PICTURE WILL NOT CHANGE THE WORLD, BUT I STILL NEED FEMINISM AND I’M GOING TO REALLY, REALLY TELL YOU WHY":

-Because I got called a whore for wearing a short plaid skirt when I was 10

-and because when Nujood Ali from Yemen was 10 she got divorced

-Because black girls’ names became my classmates’ favorite “joke” when I was 11

-and because when an 11-year-old girl in Texas was raped by 18 men the New York Times wrote of how the girl “dressed older than her age”

-Because I started counting calories when I was 14

-and because when Malala Yousafzai was 14 she was shot in the head for trying to go to school

-Because I heard a boy greet a girl with “hey slut” today at age 16
-and because when a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio was filmed being raped by two boys at a party while unconscious the CNN reporters talked about how tragic it was because the rapists had such bright futures as athletes

-Because I will have to watch my drink at all bars and parties when I am 22

-and because when CeCe McDonald was 22 she was sentenced to 41 months in prison for defending herself against a man who screamed transphobic, racist insults at her and then slashed her face with a bottle

-Because no matter what age I am the biggest threat to men will still be heart disease, and the biggest threat to women will still be men.

-Because it is not just about me, because it is not just about anger, because it is not just a JOKE, because it is not just about “hating men,” because it is not just about girls with vaginas, because it is not just about ending “slut”, because it is not just about white straight girls in Rookie magazine, because it is not just about writing on backs, because it is not just about the fact that gay men are “fags” but lesbians are “hot,” because it is not just about pictures of thin white girls being the only google image results for the search phrase “beautiful women”, because it is not just about writing signs, because it is not just about what she was wearing or how many times she said yes before she changed her answer to no, because misogyny is not just about one thing and feminism is not just about one thing and it is not just “a trend” and it will not “happen” in just one way. 

-And because yes. It is about equality for EVERYONE, but first and foremost it needs to be about equality for girls, because they are not treated equally to men, in every single sense, and you are not going to take feminism away from me and call me bossy/hostile/aggressive and make this about yourself or make it into a joke, because truth be told, I’m not joking and I’m tired of explaining. If you want to call yourself a feminist, you work hard to spread feminism, you do not turn this into a contest of whose struggle is greater and constantly demand to know what you can get out of feminism personally. Feminism is not just about you, or me, it is about everyone. If you’re male and you’re tired of men being stereotyped as hyper-masculine, soulless, sexist, inherent leader-tyrant creatures, then go out and prove the patriarchy wrong and fight for girls, like someone with a soul who believes in equality would. Then, yes, feminism will be about everyone.

-Sylvie (an amazing grrrl godess)
Photo taken by Caroline http://c-h-0-w.tumblr.com/

wearethefourthwave:

"THIS PICTURE WILL NOT CHANGE THE WORLD, BUT I STILL NEED FEMINISM AND I’M GOING TO REALLY, REALLY TELL YOU WHY":

-Because I got called a whore for wearing a short plaid skirt when I was 10

-and because when Nujood Ali from Yemen was 10 she got divorced

-Because black girls’ names became my classmates’ favorite “joke” when I was 11

-and because when an 11-year-old girl in Texas was raped by 18 men the New York Times wrote of how the girl “dressed older than her age”

-Because I started counting calories when I was 14

-and because when Malala Yousafzai was 14 she was shot in the head for trying to go to school

-Because I heard a boy greet a girl with “hey slut” today at age 16
-and because when a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio was filmed being raped by two boys at a party while unconscious the CNN reporters talked about how tragic it was because the rapists had such bright futures as athletes

-Because I will have to watch my drink at all bars and parties when I am 22

-and because when CeCe McDonald was 22 she was sentenced to 41 months in prison for defending herself against a man who screamed transphobic, racist insults at her and then slashed her face with a bottle

-Because no matter what age I am the biggest threat to men will still be heart disease, and the biggest threat to women will still be men.

-Because it is not just about me, because it is not just about anger, because it is not just a JOKE, because it is not just about “hating men,” because it is not just about girls with vaginas, because it is not just about ending “slut”, because it is not just about white straight girls in Rookie magazine, because it is not just about writing on backs, because it is not just about the fact that gay men are “fags” but lesbians are “hot,” because it is not just about pictures of thin white girls being the only google image results for the search phrase “beautiful women”, because it is not just about writing signs, because it is not just about what she was wearing or how many times she said yes before she changed her answer to no, because misogyny is not just about one thing and feminism is not just about one thing and it is not just “a trend” and it will not “happen” in just one way.

-And because yes. It is about equality for EVERYONE, but first and foremost it needs to be about equality for girls, because they are not treated equally to men, in every single sense, and you are not going to take feminism away from me and call me bossy/hostile/aggressive and make this about yourself or make it into a joke, because truth be told, I’m not joking and I’m tired of explaining. If you want to call yourself a feminist, you work hard to spread feminism, you do not turn this into a contest of whose struggle is greater and constantly demand to know what you can get out of feminism personally. Feminism is not just about you, or me, it is about everyone. If you’re male and you’re tired of men being stereotyped as hyper-masculine, soulless, sexist, inherent leader-tyrant creatures, then go out and prove the patriarchy wrong and fight for girls, like someone with a soul who believes in equality would. Then, yes, feminism will be about everyone.

-Sylvie (an amazing grrrl godess)
Photo taken by Caroline http://c-h-0-w.tumblr.com/

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abuseexcuse:

cease-and-de-cis:

babybutta:

allahyil3analsohyouniyeh:

Omg look at petas response Holy shit what the fuck burn them omg

What the fuuuuuckkkkk.

PETA is disgusting and I strongly encourage my vegan and vegetarian followers not to eat or buy quinoa =|

Wow, that’s not even close to an argument.  That’s just a very very poor attempt at derailing.


Every vegan I know hates PETA. Sadly there are some vegans who think animals deserve more rights than humans, but myself and every other vegan I know (a lot of people) would rather those people did not call themselves vegan because that’s not what the movement is supposed to be about.

abuseexcuse:

cease-and-de-cis:

babybutta:

allahyil3analsohyouniyeh:

Omg look at petas response
Holy shit what the fuck burn them omg

What the fuuuuuckkkkk.

PETA is disgusting and I strongly encourage my vegan and vegetarian followers not to eat or buy quinoa =|

Wow, that’s not even close to an argument.  That’s just a very very poor attempt at derailing.

Every vegan I know hates PETA. Sadly there are some vegans who think animals deserve more rights than humans, but myself and every other vegan I know (a lot of people) would rather those people did not call themselves vegan because that’s not what the movement is supposed to be about.

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archiemcphee:

You know what’s awesome? A donkey lamb taxi. That sounds like a band name. Hey, when’s the next Donkey Lamb Taxi show?

When sheep herders in the hills of Lombardy, Italy need to move their flocks toward better grazing land, the wee lambs get a little help keeping up with their woolly family. Helpful donkeys are fitted with sets of special lamb-sized pouches. It’s ridiculously cute and cozy mass transit in the form of live taxis who are content to graze right along side the sheep.

[via Neatorama]

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March 27th, 2014

hobbitballerina:

aljazeeraamerica:

Photos: A tragedy that shaped American labor laws

Tuesday is the 103rd anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire that killed 146 girls in Greenwich Village, NYC

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This was the incident that gained real traction for unions and labour reform in America.  146 people — 123 women and 23 men, mostly Italian and Jewish immigrants, the youngest amongst them two 14 year old girls — had to die in a fire due to unsafe working conditions for things like fire safety doors to become standard in the American workplace.  The Triangle garment workers died needlessly, because their sweatshop workplace had no basic safety mechanisms.  They had no outward opening doors.  They had no sprinklers.  They had no fire escapes that went high enough.  The doors were locked to prevent workers from stealing scraps and to prevent union activists from accessing the workers.  All of this while working for about the equivalent of $3.50 an hour for a company that was wildly profitable.  The owners of the Triangle were never convicted for their actions that led to the death of so many workers.  In fact, they received an insurance payout that amounted to about $400 per victim.  They did have to pay a settlement of $75 to each family, however.  In 1913, one of the owners, Max Blanck, was found to be locking the doors to his factory once again.  Blanck was fined $20.

Rose Schneiderman, a prominent socialist and union activist, called for the garment workers of New York to unionise.  She said:

"I would be a traitor to these poor burned bodies if I came here to talk good fellowship. We have tried you good people of the public and we have found you wanting…. We have tried you citizens; we are trying you now, and you have a couple of dollars for the sorrowing mothers, brothers and sisters by way of a charity gift. But every time the workers come out in the only way they know to protest against conditions which are unbearable, the strong hand of the law is allowed to press down heavily upon us.

Public officials have only words of warning to us—warning that we must be intensely peaceable, and they have the workhouse just back of all their warnings. The strong hand of the law beats us back, when we rise, into the conditions that make life unbearable.

I can’t talk fellowship to you who are gathered here. Too much blood has been spilled. I know from my experience it is up to the working people to save themselves. The only way they can save themselves is by a strong working-class movement.

The subsequent rise of the union movement, despite incredible violence waged by police, factory owners, and other capitalist interests, brought us the things we take for granted today.  The Triangle, and the unions it bolstered, was responsible for workplace safety regulations.  They were responsible for the 40 hour work week.  They were responsible for the end of child labour.  They were responsible for the installation of basic safety equipment like sprinklers, fire doors, fire extinguishers.  They were responsible for workman’s compensation.  They were responsible for all the things that we presume every workplace ought to have.  Because the Triangle said plainly that if allowed, businessmen would put profit over people, even if it meant letting the people who made their profits have the choice between burning to death or jumping to their death in the streets.

Never forget the Triangle.  Never forget her 146 dead.  Never forget images of young women jumping to their death in New York City.  And never, ever forget that it was unions, made up of immigrants and working class people who had everything to loose, that were the ones to step up and say, “no more.”

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anarcho-queer:

WikiLeaks: Obama Administration Pressured Haiti’s President To Lower Minimum Wage
A Wikileaks post published on The Nation shows that the Obama Administration fought to keep Haitian wages at 31 cents an hour.
Contractors for Fruit of the Loom, Hanes and Levi’s worked in close concert with the US Embassy when they aggressively moved to block a minimum wage increase for Haitian assembly zone workers, the lowest-paid in the hemisphere, according to secret State Department cables.
It started when Haiti passed a law two years ago raising its minimum wage to 61 cents an hour. According to an embassy cable:
This infuriated American corporations like Hanes and Levi Strauss that pay Haitians slave wages to sew their clothes. They said they would only fork over a seven-cent-an-hour increase, and they got the State Department involved. The U.S. ambassador put pressure on Haiti’s president, who duly carved out a $3 a day minimum wage for textile companies (the U.S. minimum wage, which itself is very low, works out to $58 a day).
Haiti has about 25,000 garment workers. If you paid each of them $2 a day more, it would cost their employers $50,000 per working day, or about $12.5 million a year … As of last year Hanes had 3,200 Haitians making t-shirts for it. Paying each of them two bucks a day more would cost it about $1.6 million a year. Hanesbrands Incorporated made $211 million on $4.3 billion in sales last year.
Thanks to U.S. intervention, the minimum was raised only to 31 cents.
The revelation of US support for low wages in Haiti’s assembly zones was in a trove of 1,918 cables made available to the Haitian weekly newspaper Haïti Liberté by the transparency group WikiLeaks. As part of a collaboration with Haïti Liberté, The Nation is publishing English-language articles based on those cables.

anarcho-queer:

WikiLeaks: Obama Administration Pressured Haiti’s President To Lower Minimum Wage

A Wikileaks post published on The Nation shows that the Obama Administration fought to keep Haitian wages at 31 cents an hour.

Contractors for Fruit of the Loom, Hanes and Levi’s worked in close concert with the US Embassy when they aggressively moved to block a minimum wage increase for Haitian assembly zone workers, the lowest-paid in the hemisphere, according to secret State Department cables.

It started when Haiti passed a law two years ago raising its minimum wage to 61 cents an hour. According to an embassy cable:

This infuriated American corporations like Hanes and Levi Strauss that pay Haitians slave wages to sew their clothes. They said they would only fork over a seven-cent-an-hour increase, and they got the State Department involved. The U.S. ambassador put pressure on Haiti’s president, who duly carved out a $3 a day minimum wage for textile companies (the U.S. minimum wage, which itself is very low, works out to $58 a day).

Haiti has about 25,000 garment workers. If you paid each of them $2 a day more, it would cost their employers $50,000 per working day, or about $12.5 million a year … As of last year Hanes had 3,200 Haitians making t-shirts for it. Paying each of them two bucks a day more would cost it about $1.6 million a year. Hanesbrands Incorporated made $211 million on $4.3 billion in sales last year.

Thanks to U.S. intervention, the minimum was raised only to 31 cents.

The revelation of US support for low wages in Haiti’s assembly zones was in a trove of 1,918 cables made available to the Haitian weekly newspaper Haïti Liberté by the transparency group WikiLeaks. As part of a collaboration with Haïti Liberté, The Nation is publishing English-language articles based on those cables.

(via big-gadje-world)

March 13th, 2014
My cousin Helen, who is in her 90s now, was in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. She and a bunch of the girls in the ghetto had to do sewing each day. And if you were found with a book, it was an automatic death penalty. She had gotten hold of a copy of ‘Gone With the Wind’, and she would take three or four hours out of her sleeping time each night to read. And then, during the hour or so when they were sewing the next day, she would tell them all the story. These girls were risking certain death for a story. And when she told me that story herself, it actually made what I do feel more important. Because giving people stories is not a luxury. It’s actually one of the things that you live and die for.
 Neil Gaiman (via jaynestown)

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