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March 28 2015

ekelias
10:18

Wire Sculptures




















Breathtaking Wire Sculptures Capture the Fluidity of the Human Body

English artist Richard Stainthorp captures the beautiful energy and fluidity of the human body using wire. The life-sized sculptures feature both figures in motion and at rest, expressed in the form of large-gauged strands that are densely wrapped around and through one another. By doing this, he gives the work an undeniable presence. Stainthorp also allows the bent wires to shine by keeping their metallic appearance free from any obvious painting or additions.

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January 19 2015

21:28

Clinical psychologist explains how Ayn Rand helped turn the US into a selfish and greedy nation

theheadlesshashasheen:

[…] I have known several people, professionally and socially, whose lives have been changed by those close to them who became infatuated with Ayn Rand. A common theme is something like this: “My ex-husband wasn’t a bad guy until he started reading Ayn Rand. Then he became a completely selfish jerk who destroyed our family, and our children no longer even talk to him.” […]

“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”
― John Rogers.

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December 26 2014

10:16

Spread the Sign: Multilingual sign language dictionary

allthingslinguistic:

Spread the Sign is an online multilingual sign language dictionary: you can type in a word, phrase, or fixed expression and get it translated into almost two dozen different national sign languages, including Swedish, British English (BSL), American English (ASL), German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Icelandic, Latvian, Polish, Czech, Japanese, and Turkish. 

Not all languages are available for every word, but all the ones I tried had at least a dozen or so languages available. Once you’ve searched for a word or phrase, you click on the flag for the national sign language that you want, and you can see a video clip of the sign as well as a translation into the same country’s spoken/written language. 

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It’s a project of the European Commission, so there tend to be more European languages — I notice a lack of Auslan (Australia), for example, so here’s a list of around 300 sign languages — but it’s definitely a great rebuttal to the idea that there’s only one sign language, as well as being incredibly interesting to click around!

Note though that it’s just a dictionary, and doesn’t account for grammatical differences between the languages in addition to the vocabulary, although you could probably recover some of the grammar from close attention to the phrases.

There is also a list of fifteen different sign alphabets, with images. Note that despite the fact that most of the fifteen languages are spoken in countries that use the Latin alphabet, their signs for, say, A, do not generally resemble each other. As a particularly obvious example, ASL has a one-handed alphabet while BSL has a two-handed alphabet. And Japanese Sign Language has signs for all the hiragana, which isn’t strictly speaking an alphabet. (Is the distinction between an alphabet and a syllabary still meaningful when you’re signing both of them? I…honestly have no idea. Apparently there is an Arabic Sign Language alphabet though, and none of the charts I found online include the short vowels, so I guess it would still qualify as an abjad? Wow, I don’t even know.)

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December 25 2014

21:44

Off Duty Black Officers In New York Say They Fear Fellow Cops

nodamncatnodamncradle:

clarissa-explains-some-of-it:

BOOM.

"The black officers interviewed said they had been racially profiled by white officers exclusively, and about one third said they made some form of complaint to a supervisor.

All but one said their supervisors either dismissed the complaints or retaliated against them by denying them overtime, choice assignments, or promotions. The remaining officers who made no complaints said they refrained from doing so either because they feared retribution or because they saw racial profiling as part of the system.

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November 16 2014

20:34

How to Kick a Guy in the Balls: An Illustrated Guide

appropriately-inappropriate:

unwomanlythoughts:

marktwainsheadonablanket:

This is fun and all. But I’m confused about what the training involved. How difficult is it to kick testicles?

There is actually a technique to it. Men tend to protect that area, and you have to be careful how you aim so you actually get their balls and not their pelvis (not as incapacitating) or just their pants. What I remember being told - and practicing - is that you need to either go UP, between the legs, using your calf, or an up-and-forward motion with the knee, if you’re about the same height. But the way it’s shown in the movies - frontal assaults with the heel or a delicate kick with the foot - isn’t going to do anything. But I bet appropriately-inappropriate can give a lot more detail.

AIA REPORTING FOR DUTY

okay, so!

There is a trick to it. You do NOT want to soccer kick the dude because that’s a little projectile aiming at a littler target.

It’ll do in a pinch, and it’ll hurt, but it won’t incapacitate, which is what you want. You don’t want “ouch!” Or even “FUCK!”

You want him puking on the floor, and this is how we do:

There’s two ranges where a groin kick works: close and mid-range.

Say someone grabs you face to face, or pins you to the wall, and your hands are blocked.
Now you’re close-range. What do you do?
You come in closer, as close as you can, and with every ounce of adrenaline and aggression in your body, you do a can-can kick.

You know the first step in the can-can, where you raise your knee up as high as it’ll go as strong as you can?

Do that, as hard as you can, repeatedly.

If that doesn’t work, here’s the alternative. You’re going to take your hand, grasp between the thighs underhand. Its going to feel like you’re “cradling” the testicles. Dig your fingertips into the fragile skin BEHIND the scrotum. Then, once you have a good grip, you turn your hand into a vise, with your fingers digging inwards to the material. If you do it right, you should feel the testes INSIDE the scrotum. You want, whenever possible, to hook your fingers under them.

Then, with your hands in a claw and your fingertips latched behind the testes, you turn your hand sharply, as though you were turning a doorknob. Simultaneously, haul your elbow back and up as hard as you can.

If done properly, this technique can tear the scrotal tissue, and done with enough force, can tear the testes out of your attacker’s body.

No matter HOW pissed he is, he’s gonna drop. I’ve tried this technique on guys wearing cups and even with protection, it is not a fun feeling.

If you’re mid-range and have enough room for a kick, the goal becomes to use your shin.
The shin is actually called the tibia, which ounce for ounce is one of the strongest bones in your body. So, here’s what you do, my little bloodthirsty beaus:

You aim, you scream “DO NOT COME CLOSER I SAID NO!” (legal purposes, because now you’re officially exercising your right to self-defence). Maintain a 360 degree awareness, just in case he has friends, and then, when he’s close enough, connect your shin full on soccer kick with the delicate squish of his testicles.

What you want is as much upwards force as possible in combination with as much momentum as you can manage. When he collapses, which he will, then stomp on his groin again, and then run.

The latter has less of a trick to it. It’s primarily about momentum and force.

Remember, if you’re close enough to put your hands on him, use your knee. If he’s coming at you, use your shin.

If you can smell the nachos he had for dinner, rip his fucking balls off.

It’s easy to do, they’re tiny little squishiness wrapped in a delicate flap of skin about as thin as a toenail.

Remember: if he’s coming at you, he’s ALREADY out to hurt you. Might as well give the fucker a reason to be pissed.

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November 09 2014

ekelias
14:53

October 30 2014

06:54

Black Moms Tell White Moms About the Race Talk, Parents Talk Back

checkprivilege:

Ten black mothers sat on the stage in an auditorium and looked into a diverse crowd of women in the audience. They were about to share something personal and hurtful with this room full of mostly strangers.

They were going to talk about something they didn’t normally share with their white friends or colleagues.

It was about to get real in that room.

In the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager fatally shot by a white Ferguson, Missouri police officer, conversations about race in the St. Louis area have been loaded.

Christi Griffin, the president of The Ethics Project, wanted this to be different. She wanted to invite mothers of other races to hear directly from black mothers the reality of raising a black son in America. She wanted them to hear the words they each had said to their own sons, in different variations over the years, but all with the same message: Stay alive. Come home alive.

She wanted mothers who had never felt the fear, every single time their son walked outside or drove a car, that he could possibly be killed to hear what that felt like.

Griffin’s son, now grown, had never gotten in trouble nor given her any trouble growing up. But when her son was 14 years old, the family moved into an all-white neighborhood. She took him to the police department to introduce him to the staff. She wanted the officers to know that he belonged there, that he lived there.

When he turned 16, it was time for another talk. Every single time he got into his car to drive, she made him take his license out of his wallet and his insurance card out of the glove compartment.

"I did not want him reaching for anything in the car."

He graduated from college with a degree in physics.

Marlowe Thomas-Tulloch said that when she noticed her grandson was getting bigger and taller, she laid bare a truth to him: Son, if the police stop you, I need for you to be humble. But I need more than that. I need for you to be prepared to be humiliated.

If they tell you take your hands out of your pockets, take your hands out. Be ready to turn your pockets out. If they tell you to sit down, be prepared to lie down.

You only walk in the street with one boy at a time, she told him.

"What?" her grandson said. In his 17-year-old mind, he hadn’t done anything wrong and nothing was going to happen to him.

"If it’s three or more, you’re a mob," she said. "That’s how they will see you."

She started to cry.

"Listen to me," she begged. "Hear me."

Finally, she felt him feel her fear.

If they ask you who you are, name your family.

Yes, sir and no, sir. If they are in your face, even if they are wrong, humble yourself and submit yourself to the moment.

"I’m serious," she said. "Because I love you."

She told him she would rather pick him up from the police station than identify his body at a morgue.

When her grandson left to go home, she called her daughter to tell her about the conversation. Her daughter asked her what she had said, because her son came home upset, with tears in his eyes.

"I hope I said enough to save his life," Thomas-Tulloch said. "I’d rather go down giving him everything I got."

The mothers talked about the times their sons had been stopped in their own neighborhoods because “they fit the description.” They shared the times their sons had come home full of rage and hurt for being stopped and questioned for no reason. And they told the other mothers how often they told their sons to simply swallow the injustice of the moment. Because they wanted them alive, above all.

Amy Hunter, director of racial justice at the YWCA in metro St. Louis, said it’s taken her 10 years to be able to share this story about her son without crying. She didn’t want her white friends to see her cry when she told it. She didn’t want to look weak.

Her four children are now older, but when one of her sons was 12, he decided to walk home from the Delmar Loop in University City where he had met some friends.

He saw a police officer circling him, and he knew. He was wearing Sperrys, a tucked-in polo shirt, a belt. He was 12, and he knew, but he was scared.

He lived five houses away, and he hadn’t done anything wrong.

"I knew you were home," he said to his mom when he finally made it home after being frisked. "I knew I was about to get stopped, and I thought about running home to you."

His mother froze.

"I forgot to tell him," she said. "I forgot to tell him: Don’t run. Don’t run or they’ll shoot you."

Her 12-year-old cried when he told her what had happened and asked if he was stopped because he was black.

"Probably, yeah," she said.

"I just want to know, how long will this last?" he asked her.

That’s when she started to cry.

"For the rest of your life," she said.

It doesn’t matter about your college degree, the car you drive, the street you live on, she told the moms in the audience. It’s not going to shield your child like a Superman cape. She admitted that it was difficult to share these painful moments.

Just one of the mothers on the stage asked a single question of the audience. Assata Henderson, who has raised three children, all college graduates, said she called her sons to ask them what they remembered about “the talk” she had given them about how to survive as a black man.

"Mama, you talked all the time," they said to her.

It made her wonder, she said. She said she wasn’t pointing any fingers, but it made her wonder about the conversations the other mothers were having with their sons, who grow up to be police officers, judges and CEOs.

"You’re the mothers," she said to the crowd. "What are the conversations you are having with the police officers who harass our children?"

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October 10 2014

12:04

First uses of the #gamergate and #notyourshield hashtags

cathodedebris:

There’s been some suggestion lately that #gamergate and #notyourshield are semi-legitmate hashtags. There’s been some suggestion not everyone is there to attack women, but to express genuine outrage at corruption in the games industry, or to identify themselves as minority members of the “gamer”…

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October 03 2014

ekelias
13:37

Reykjavik Police Department’s Instagram Feed
























The Reykjavik Police Department’s Instagram Feed is Pure Gold

According to the BBC, Iceland has one of the lowest violent crime rates in the world. Police are unarmed, ‘hard drugs’ usage is low and tensions between economic classes is virtually non-existent. 

Reykjavík is the capital and largest city of Iceland and their Metropolitan Police Department has an official Instagram account that is fun and entertaining. With nearly 300 photos and over 75,000 followers they are surely the most popular Police Department in the world.

ACAB anyone?

September 30 2014

09:09

What IS Black Face?

chescaleigh:

katblaque:

urahonne:

katblaque:

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This is a (loose) transcript of my youtube video

Hey Guys, it’s Kat and I’m here to talk to you about BLACK FACE.

In light of recent controversies, the YouTube community has taken to calling out problematic youtubers. I’m…

Reposted byzweisatz zweisatz

September 06 2014

23:33

#GameOverGate (with images, tweets) · strictmachine

rosezemlya:

katchan00:

bigangry:

HOLY. FUCKING. SHIT.

Zoe “Social Justice Rogue” Quinn has been lurking in 4Chan’s raiding IRC channels the last couple of weeks, gathering chat logs.

Turns out, the ENTIRETY of #GamerGate was completely manufactured by 4channers, and they played EVERYONE that joined in on the #GamerGate tag and the #NotMyShield tag. Everyone. None of it was true.

Favorite tweet from this? 

I make video games, did y’all really think I didn’t know how the internet works?

This seems to answer the Zoe Quinn question I was asked about yesterday quite nicely.

I’m way behind on my ask box, but to the anon in there asking about Zoe Quinn and what happened there.

Reposted byNorkNork NorkNork

August 25 2014

18:14

He Was Raised By A White Mom And Didn't Think The Cops Were Out To Get Him. Until They Got Him.

dynastylnoire:

afro-dominicano:

dynastylnoire:

I heard his story on NPR. His mom raised him to “not see color” etc. And the cops beat  the hell out of him when they pulled him over. It took seeing him in jail beaten half to death for her to see that race matters every day.

"I thought that love would conquer all and skin color really didn’t matter. I had to learn the really hard way when they almost killed you."

The mother spells out that this is in part her fault. Yet there are white folks still trying to tell us that being color blind has nothing to do with what happens.

You do more research into what it takes to buy a car or play pokemon than you do as to what it takes to adopt, let alone live with black people.

August 07 2014

ekelias
14:50

June 19 2014

07:51

Top University Kicked Out Student After She Was Raped

ethiopienne:

cunnilinguista:

ethiopienne:

[trigger warning: sexual assault, rape]

Wagatwe Wanjuki was sexually assaulted by another student while attending Tufts University. But instead of punishing her attacker, the school asked her to leave.

Wanjuki, 27, is the woman behind the widely trending Twitter hashtag #SurvivorPrivilege.

According to Huffington Post Black Voices, Wanjuki took to Twitter shortly after the June 6 publication of George Will’s Washington Post editorial in which he decried the Obama administration’s focus on campus sexual assault and suggested that being a survivor of sexual assault has become “coveted status that confers privileges.”

Annoyed by Will’s disregard for the reality of sexual assault survivors, Wanjuki responded with these tweets.

Wagatwe is awesome, and she also has a ton of debt from her time at Tufts that she’s trying to pay off while she’s finishing up her degree elsewhere. If you’re able to donate, I can hardly think of a more worthy person to redistribute resources to: http://www.gofundme.com/a7m0sk

YES! Help Wagatwe pay off her loans!

May 30 2014

18:37

Reblog if you think it's okay to share a bed with your best friend.

my-strength-is-in-you:

daawesomeness-x2:

sarroora:

crazyideasfromaweirdperson:

Several of my family members think it’s wrong. Myself and a couple friends think it’s totally okay. I want to know what the rest of you think.

Of course it’s ok. What is with people nowadays?…

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May 27 2014

11:56

Brain teasers for egalitarians/equalists.

stfufauxminists:

alexandraerin:

Say I’m 32 years old and you’re 22 years old.

In how many years will we be the same age?

Silly question, right? If you define aging as a process that stops at death, the only way we’ll ever be the same age is if I die first. If you don’t, then we’ll…

Reposted byHoazl Hoazl

May 15 2014

08:05

http://heartsthoughtsstuff.tumblr.com/post/85802668628/violace-heartsthoughtsstuff-mcu-me-crossover

violace:

heartsthoughtsstuff:

MCU/ME crossover where Bucky lost his best friend Steve during a thresher maw attack on Akuze, which left himself traumatized and with a metal arm. He just joined the Normandy under the command of Captain Fury, investigating a threat on Eden Prime…

May 12 2014

ekelias
14:02

May 09 2014

16:51

http://startrekrenegades.tumblr.com/post/85227172315/ada-adorable-just-about-to-break-painfully

ada-adorable:

just-about-to-break:

Painfully accurate model of the solar system if the moon were the size of a single pixel.

The wit is absolutely fantastic.

okay but this is really important to me because this is totally an example of a game that perfectly illustrates my…

April 29 2014

19:45

http://lowoncliches.tumblr.com/post/84246401688/septemberpoems-dwarfsmut-perlockholmes

septemberpoems:

dwarfsmut:

perlockholmes:

nanahayashi:

Aren’t we talking about the Austrian contestant for the Eurovision Song Contest Conchita Wurst already?

image

Why not?

I mean look

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at that person

image

not giving a fuck

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about your gender rules

image

And…

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