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September 4, 2014 7:51 am
The Elephant who cried when he was freed might go back into captivity!



Do you guys remember the wonderful story of Raju? We were so so so happy when Raju was rescued two months ago. This is his new life, with all his fresh jackfruit he gets now:


But now his cruel former “owner”/abuser has filed legal documents to take him back! YOU CAN HELP!


7:41 am
"Researchers at the University of Western Australia decided to revamp the way they studied Viking remains. Previously, researchers had misidentified skeletons as male simply because they were buried with their swords and shields. (Female remains were identified by their oval brooches, and not much else.) By studying osteological signs of gender within the bones themselves, researchers discovered that approximately half of the remains were actually female warriors, given a proper burial with their weapons. It’s been so difficult for people to envision women’s historical contributions as solely getting married and dying in childbirth, but you can’t argue with numbers—and fifty/fifty is pretty damn good. The presence of female warriors also has researchers now wondering just how accurate the stereotypes of raping and pillaging actually are: Women may have accompanied male Vikings in those early invasions of England, in much greater numbers than scholars earlier supposed, (Researcher) McLeod concludes. Rather than the ravaging rovers of legend, the Vikings arrived as marriage-minded colonists."
August 23, 2014 11:42 am


Five Myths About Crime in Black America—and the Statistical Truths

In the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death [and Renisha McBride and Jonathan Ferrell], we’ve seen a lot of discussion of the larger societal issues that play into how and when people are perceived as criminals. There were hoodies, there were marches, and there were frank talks from parent to child about how to minimize the danger of being a young person of color. On the other side, there were justifications of George Zimmerman’s actions: a smear campaign against Martin’s character, and plenty of writers explaining that statistically, blacks are simply more dangerous to be around.

That framing ignores the realities behind the numbers. Here are five myths about crime and people of color.

Shani O. Hilton

(via jessehimself)

11:26 am 11:15 am August 2, 2014 11:41 pm
The Scourge of “Relatability”


What are the qualities that make a work “relatable,” and why have these qualities come to be so highly valued? Rebecca Mead writes:

“The concept of identification implies that the reader or viewer is, to some degree at least, actively engaged with the work in…

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1:51 am

Saturday Chores #8, Saturday, July 26, 2014


Saturday Chores #8, Saturday, July 26, 2014

July 15, 2014 3:05 pm

Our Taste for Cheap Palm Oil Is Killing Chimpanzees


Palm oil plantations want to expand to the same places that dwindling great ape populations call home. (source: The Daily Beast

June 25, 2014 10:41 pm 10:41 pm

Female Playwrights Get A Boost From Advocacy Group


Female Playwrights Get A Boost From Advocacy Group


In Shakespeare’s day, all parts in a play, whether male or female, were acted out by men. You see in those old timey days, women had a lot of restrictions in life in general. Not so in 2014, although there is a very legitimate war on women which is being gallantly fought by feminists and advocate groups everywhere. Phew!

In the theater world, gender disparity still seems to be a issue, and…

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