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2015-08-10 17:07:20 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

New species of gliding possum found

Most reshares: 26

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2015-09-17 00:05:45 (4 comments; 26 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Somebody understands his privilege. 

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2015-10-28 11:03:08 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Nature is awesome! 

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2016-01-20 08:41:39 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Shark Shepherds
These incredible images are NOT a photoshopped or graphic artist drawings - they're real photos taken underwater with live wild sharks.

Inspired to realise awareness to help protect sharks, photographer Von Wong pulled together a crew of divers in Fiji as well as in impressive array of underwater photography equipment and a champion freediver to be the model in a custom-made gown.

In his video https://youtu.be/shXWj8a4DmA (linked in the article http://www.vonwong.com/blog/sharkshepherd) Von Wong talks about how sharks are a vital part in the ocean's ecosystem, effectively the Shepherds of the oceans. But they need our protection - without sharks, the ocean ecosystem breaks down, and in turn, the ecosystems of the planet break down.
Thus the project www.sharkshepherd.com

Von Wong says Sharks are almost always depicted as... more »

Shark Shepherds
These incredible images are NOT a photoshopped or graphic artist drawings - they're real photos taken underwater with live wild sharks.

Inspired to realise awareness to help protect sharks, photographer Von Wong pulled together a crew of divers in Fiji as well as in impressive array of underwater photography equipment and a champion freediver to be the model in a custom-made gown.

In his video https://youtu.be/shXWj8a4DmA (linked in the article http://www.vonwong.com/blog/sharkshepherd) Von Wong talks about how sharks are a vital part in the ocean's ecosystem, effectively the Shepherds of the oceans. But they need our protection - without sharks, the ocean ecosystem breaks down, and in turn, the ecosystems of the planet break down.
Thus the project www.sharkshepherd.com

Von Wong says Sharks are almost always depicted as menacing and terrifying, yet it is humans that are responsible for killing them in the millions just to make soup. I wanted to create a series of images that would help break those stereotypes and show that it is possible for us to co-exist together in perfect harmony

For each and every shot we would weigh down Amber Bourke, our champion freediver, onto the perfectly lit rock formation where light was falling. The ethereal white dress, designed specifically for this shoot by Ali Charisma, would have to be carefully placed so that it would flow beautifully into the image. When all was finally in position, we would hand over the three-piece plastic shepherds crook to amber and begin the wait.
Over the course of three days, we waited over six hours.

Though popular media would tell you that sharks come swarming at the slightest scent of blood, death and suffering, our experience with them was the complete opposite.
Similar to squirrels at a park, the white tipped reef sharks would hover around us curiously only to scamper off if anyone got too close.

Shark facts:
- Sharks are a keystone species and are responsible for the health of ocean ecosystems. They eliminate the weak, the diseased and the dead, maintaining the ecological balance and the future health of the ocean.
- Every year, tens of millions of sharks are killed by humans. On average, sharks kill less than 10 people a year.  
- Currently, shark ecotourism brings almost 1 Billion US worldwide, and is expected to grow 2 fold in the next 20 years.
- There are over 450 species of sharks, most cause no harm to humans.

#shark #sharks #photography #underwaterphotography #environment #ocean #awesome #wildlife
H/t +Søren Siim Nielsen​ and +CJ Ciesla​
Ping +Thila White​ and +Bruce Shark​


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2016-01-16 00:36:59 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Promoting and encouraging violence against women and making a fortune on the side. One wonders what these creeps put on their visa application: "Educational tour" "entertainment" "self improvement and motivational workshops" or just "holiday"?  It's so good to see all the extra data trawling and surveillance being put to good use by the Border Control people to protect our citizens :/

Petition in link.

#domesticviolence   #sexualassault   #abuse  

Promoting and encouraging violence against women and making a fortune on the side. One wonders what these creeps put on their visa application: "Educational tour" "entertainment" "self improvement and motivational workshops" or just "holiday"?  It's so good to see all the extra data trawling and surveillance being put to good use by the Border Control people to protect our citizens :/

Petition in link.

#domesticviolence   #sexualassault   #abuse  ___

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2016-01-13 15:39:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Gender is not binary
It is a spectrum and can be fluid just as sexuality can be. We absolutely need to raise more awareness around gender fluidity, trans* people, and just let go of the "boy/girl" binary idea in general

A growing number of people refuse to be put into male or female categories, either because they do not identify as male or female, or because they are going through transition to the opposite gender.
Germany, Australia, Nepal and Pakistan now offer a third gender option on official forms with other countries set to follow suit. And scientists are finding more evidence to suggest that even biological sex is a spectrum.
Do we need to re-imagine our binary world and rethink one of the most basic parts of our identity?

#trans #gender #LGBTQ via +stuart richman​

Gender is not binary
It is a spectrum and can be fluid just as sexuality can be. We absolutely need to raise more awareness around gender fluidity, trans* people, and just let go of the "boy/girl" binary idea in general

A growing number of people refuse to be put into male or female categories, either because they do not identify as male or female, or because they are going through transition to the opposite gender.
Germany, Australia, Nepal and Pakistan now offer a third gender option on official forms with other countries set to follow suit. And scientists are finding more evidence to suggest that even biological sex is a spectrum.
Do we need to re-imagine our binary world and rethink one of the most basic parts of our identity?

#trans #gender #LGBTQ via +stuart richman​___

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2015-12-23 12:14:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

A Guam kingfisher for today's Daily Creature Illustration :)
Commissioned Daily Creature.
You can find prints, stickers & magnets on my shop :)
www.etsy.com/shop/NadilynBeatosArt

A Guam kingfisher for today's Daily Creature Illustration :)
Commissioned Daily Creature.
You can find prints, stickers & magnets on my shop :)
www.etsy.com/shop/NadilynBeatosArt___

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2015-12-06 13:39:31 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Did any of you have success with asking people in detail about their point of view to make them change their minds?

Did any of you have success with asking people in detail about their point of view to make them change their minds?___

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2015-12-01 21:37:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

A little light in what is otherwise a grim situation.

"Each shelter is fitted with solar panels, mosquito nets, lights, and ventilation, reports news site IRIN. There are also lockable doors, a key feature, as lack of privacy at refugee camps can leave women and children vulnerable to sexual assault. Prototypes were previously tested among 40 refugee families in Iraq and Ethiopia. The structures offer extra space—they’re 57 feet square and six feet tall—allowing family members to stand upright in the space, as opposed to crouching or lying down in tents."

A little light in what is otherwise a grim situation.

"Each shelter is fitted with solar panels, mosquito nets, lights, and ventilation, reports news site IRIN. There are also lockable doors, a key feature, as lack of privacy at refugee camps can leave women and children vulnerable to sexual assault. Prototypes were previously tested among 40 refugee families in Iraq and Ethiopia. The structures offer extra space—they’re 57 feet square and six feet tall—allowing family members to stand upright in the space, as opposed to crouching or lying down in tents."___

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2015-12-01 21:30:05 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Myths, fallacies and missing media messages about America's black communities.

Someone recently said this to me in a social post:
“I just can't understand how anybody can rally forces like this but still condone the violence and criminal element ...especially the killing your own race while saying black lives matter.... surely there has to be an issue with the value of life and respecting each other.... I just just wish they had a movement to stop that kind of stuff...”

I’ve seen this sentiment numerous times online:
“Black on black crime… If black lives don’t matter to black people, then why should they matter to anyone else?”

So, let’s take a second to get some education on these very valid thoughts/comments/questions.

1. Why don’t black people protest crime against their own in their communities?

They do.It just isn’t show... more »

Myths, fallacies and missing media messages about America's black communities.

Someone recently said this to me in a social post:
“I just can't understand how anybody can rally forces like this but still condone the violence and criminal element ...especially the killing your own race while saying black lives matter.... surely there has to be an issue with the value of life and respecting each other.... I just just wish they had a movement to stop that kind of stuff...”

I’ve seen this sentiment numerous times online:
“Black on black crime… If black lives don’t matter to black people, then why should they matter to anyone else?”

So, let’s take a second to get some education on these very valid thoughts/comments/questions.

1. Why don’t black people protest crime against their own in their communities?

They do. It just isn’t shown in the media because it isn’t “watchable.” There’s no drama, per se. You can read about some of those rallies and some well worded essayists thoughts, here: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/04/why-dont-black-people-protest-black-on-black-violence/255329/  and here: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/12/black_community_is_concerned_with_black_on_black_crime_suggesting_otherwise.html and here: https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150630/englewood/army-of-moms-starts-patrolling-englewood-after-shooting 

A simple google search will net you quite a few stories along the lines of the three I’ve posted above.

Bonus: “Those black kids do so much bad because black fathers aren’t engaged in their childrens’ lives.” While there may be an issue with quantity, there’s no issue with engagement or quality. The CDC debunked that a while back: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr071.pdf

2. Until black people fix their problems no one will care. The black community is its own problem. Or, black people are their own problem.

Black communities have worked their own problems but America has, time and again, destroyed any progress the “black community” has made. I know, I know, that sounds like the basis for some serious lack of personal responsibility and I still hold every individual accountable for their own well being but as an ethnic minority in this country, what you are seeing today has a root cause(s). The psychological slavery and oppression is very real. And the systemic oppression continues to this day. 

Here’s an archetypal example of a thriving black community that was wiped out by their fellow Americans. Many who’d just returned from fighting in WWII (you know, the ‘greatest generation’) and used the military training and weapons they’d brought home with them  to murder hundreds, maybe thousands of well off blacks: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwood,_Tulsa#The_Black_Wall_Street

Here are some examples of systemic oppression which have helped crush and control black communities. Some still in practice to this day: 
Black Students In The U.S. Get Criminalized While White Students Get Treatment http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/racial-disparities-american-schools_55b67572e4b0074ba5a576c1

Redlining, real wealth and  “extracting wealth from the nascent black middle class and moving it to white hands. An excellent post written by +Yonatan Zunger  This isn’t rhetoric, but fact/data driven analysis with research provided by Pew: https://plus.google.com/+YonatanZunger/posts/Miuiu1caf3D

Some contributing factors to the disproportionate punitive actions often taken toward young black males. This one is from the American Psychological Association: http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2014/03/black-boys-older.aspx

Another look at some of the root causes of the disparities in the communities. These are more historical: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1992-05-18/news/1992139210_1_unintended-consequences-poor-families-social-welfare-policies

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-quigley/40-reasons-why-our-jails-are-full-of-black-and-poor-people_b_7492902.html?ir=Black%20Voices&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000047

Now, I could’ve laid this all out for you myself but I don’t want you to take my word for it. I’ve pointed you to links from some very credible NGO resources and trusted research entities because I want this info to be digested with as little perceived bias as possible. I know that removing all bias is impossible but at some point, when there’s a mountain of evidence for a thing, it speaks for itself.

Again, my intention with all of this is to educate and answer the question I’m seeing so often in social media concerning a perception that black communities don’t rally around the violence that comes from within the community and that, somehow, the people in that community are their own worst problem. No group of people intentionally WANTS to live in poverty or live in a perpetual state of poverty from generation to generation. Of course there are factors, both endogenous and exogenous, which contribute to the various maladies which allow these conditions to exist but to say “shame on them, they could just rise up and walk out of this problem,” belies a gross lack of understanding of the past and present forces acting on the black community.

If you have any questions about what I’ve posted and you think you’ll get brow beaten for expressing an unpopular opinion, feel free to hit me up privately. I will anonymously post your question in the comments and answer it there.___

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2015-11-26 18:29:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Can we have more nature reserves and parks please?

Nature more important for social cohesion 'than age, gender, education and income combined' http://ow.ly/V658H___Can we have more nature reserves and parks please?

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2015-11-26 12:49:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Well those of us actually on the front lines have been asking G+ to do something about the lack of moderation tools here that make harassment easy.  Maybe now that the UN is saying social media ought to do something, they'll actually do something?  HAHAHAHAHA, I know, sorry, it was a silly thought.

http://www.salon.com/2015/11/25/it_officially_sucks_to_be_female_on_the_internet_95_percent_of_online_abuse_is_aimed_at_women/

Well those of us actually on the front lines have been asking G+ to do something about the lack of moderation tools here that make harassment easy.  Maybe now that the UN is saying social media ought to do something, they'll actually do something?  HAHAHAHAHA, I know, sorry, it was a silly thought.

http://www.salon.com/2015/11/25/it_officially_sucks_to_be_female_on_the_internet_95_percent_of_online_abuse_is_aimed_at_women/___

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2015-11-24 12:03:45 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Here, have a frog!

Yellow Banded Dart Frog " Dendrobates leucomelas" for today's Daily Creature Illustration :)
I have prints, stickers & magnets on my shop :)
https://www.etsy.com/listing/257605279/yellow-banded-dart-frog-dendrobates?ref=shop_home_active_1___Here, have a frog!

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2015-11-22 13:53:02 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Circular reasoning

Circular reasoning___

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2015-11-20 08:48:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Watching this video series is well worth your time: https://youtu.be/6y8XgGhXkTQ

Watching this video series is well worth your time: https://youtu.be/6y8XgGhXkTQ___

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2015-11-20 08:06:03 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 


Under the Abaddon anomaly in Hamburg last weekend I was assaulted and robbed. I lost everything (passport, money, visa, mobile) and had a temporary amnesia, and when I finally arrived at the airport I was exhausted, wet and cold. I went to the  airport office and all the employees was amazing. I got food, towels, soap and a hot shower, and they lent me a telephone and a computer so I could contact family and the insurance company.
After several hours at the airport office and the police I fell a sleep on a chair. I woke up when I heard my name and Ingress on the speaker and went back to the airport office. One of the employee told med an organization called Ingress and that a man from Enlightened Hamburg was on his way to the airport to pick me up. I can't describe how relieved I was to hear those words. A short while after agent @LipovitanD picked me up and drove me home to his and agent... more »


Under the Abaddon anomaly in Hamburg last weekend I was assaulted and robbed. I lost everything (passport, money, visa, mobile) and had a temporary amnesia, and when I finally arrived at the airport I was exhausted, wet and cold. I went to the  airport office and all the employees was amazing. I got food, towels, soap and a hot shower, and they lent me a telephone and a computer so I could contact family and the insurance company.
After several hours at the airport office and the police I fell a sleep on a chair. I woke up when I heard my name and Ingress on the speaker and went back to the airport office. One of the employee told med an organization called Ingress and that a man from Enlightened Hamburg was on his way to the airport to pick me up. I can't describe how relieved I was to hear those words. A short while after agent @LipovitanD picked me up and drove me home to his and agent @Silbermilch apartment  where I stayed until the next day. The next day she went with me all the way to the airport where both blue and green agents from Norway waited for me. Back in Norway me and my car got transported all the way home to my apartment.
The solidarity and care the agents from both faction is unbelievable, but this isn't the end of the story. The Enlightened started crowdfunding for me and I got money and a new phone. I've couldn't be more thankful and happy.

Even with a incident like this I will still go out and play, attend anomalies and other events. I had a great time before this happened and I met a lot of fun and great people in both factions.

And please stay together and look after each other <3

I would like to thank all of you who helped me and still supports me from the bottom of my heart, and a special thanks to agents:
@LeonKowalski
@Maxxion
@LipovitanD
@Silbermilch
@Magiclove (self-appointed caretaker)

+Matilde Tusberti​ +Tord Nilsen​ +Albert Mark​

#ingress #ingresslove___

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2015-11-19 08:12:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

TERRIFYING.

TERRIFYING.___

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2015-11-18 13:54:26 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Thanks for getting me into this.

#IngressYearThree
It's my personal three year anniversary since getting my invite to ingress - well, actually yesterday was but here in Australia the app wasn't available for download and I had to sideload the apk; something I didn't know how to do, but the awesome people on g+ talked me through it.
So it was a learning curve, and finding myself living two hours drive from the nearest portal...
But the game slowly built steam and more and more portals came online and more and more agents joined (and retired).
There's no one left in my local area who was already playing when I first opened my scanner and timidly posted "Hello World" in comm.

I've mostly played for fielding, never chasing personal AP gain or racing to level up (actually I focus more on getting my AP all in even numbers than high scores, and prefer to help others level up than get AP or MU for myself).

Though I've been playing constantly since day 1 of open beta, been an active leader in my community locally, naturally and globally and put loads of energy into planning megafielding and anomalies, I'm still far off level 16... Rural area AP is hard to come by.

But I'm not fussed - that's the beauty of ingress: everyone can play the way they want and be motivated by what inspires them, whether it be making farms, smashing, making fields, the social side, adventure and discovery, exercise...

I know I've discovered so many places I might never have found and I've met still many awesome people and made so many great friends along the way. Not to mention thousands of kilometres of travel and connecting with people all over the world!

The one thing I take away from it all, my one slice of wisdom to share would be: remember that the agentnames in your scanner are all human beings. Be kind, regardless of faction.
Attack the portals, not the players

My #Ingress agent profile

Regards, the real agent @zauberwald
(Not affiliated with the fake account @Zauberwaid who uses a capital i and capital Z and cheats by spoofing to Antarctica among other places and enjoys trolling and generally being a douche. Please report the fake spoofing cheater who is ruining the game for legitimate affects.)

+NIA Ops​ +Ingress​___Thanks for getting me into this.

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2015-11-15 12:57:58 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Embrace yourself ENTIRELY 
there really is no risk to at least beginning the journey of deep abiding self adoration

Embrace yourself ENTIRELY 
there really is no risk to at least beginning the journey of deep abiding self adoration___

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2015-11-14 00:53:11 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

In the long run it's just cheaper to house the homeless than to keep them on the streets.

I think we need some positive news this sad, sad evening ___In the long run it's just cheaper to house the homeless than to keep them on the streets.

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2015-11-14 00:36:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

This is wonderful news!

This is wonderful news!___

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2015-11-13 07:38:35 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Hear ye, hear ye! Tomorrow, Friday the 13th of November 2015, Damsel to the Rescue will be free! For one day (one day only!) you can pick it up without paying a single penny/dime/lire/yen!

http://amzn.com/B015VLFLTW

We do appreciate honest reviews, though. :-)

Hear ye, hear ye! Tomorrow, Friday the 13th of November 2015, Damsel to the Rescue will be free! For one day (one day only!) you can pick it up without paying a single penny/dime/lire/yen!

http://amzn.com/B015VLFLTW

We do appreciate honest reviews, though. :-)___

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2015-11-12 10:57:17 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

via +Sue Travers​

The most accurate retelling of Australian History in 5 minutes.___via +Sue Travers​

2015-11-05 12:08:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

It's only a joke! You're too sensitive! Stop overreacting, you're just ruining everyone's fun.
It's only a joke
Can't you take a joke?
Where I come from (America), everyone just knows and understands that this is a joke and no one takes it seriously
You're just a feminazi
It's just a joke, it's your problem if you're offended

These are all real quotes from real people that have been made to me or on my posts or on posts I've been on. Real comments from people in real life as well, but mostly on the internet.

Let me be really clear: rape jokes, or jokes about violence against any particular group; jokes that were an actual victim of what your joking about were present would be offensive - are offensive. Offensive and unacceptable. 

By making jokes of these things, we engender them to perpetuate. We... more »

It's only a joke! You're too sensitive! Stop overreacting, you're just ruining everyone's fun.
It's only a joke
Can't you take a joke?
Where I come from (America), everyone just knows and understands that this is a joke and no one takes it seriously
You're just a feminazi
It's just a joke, it's your problem if you're offended

These are all real quotes from real people that have been made to me or on my posts or on posts I've been on. Real comments from people in real life as well, but mostly on the internet.

Let me be really clear: rape jokes, or jokes about violence against any particular group; jokes that were an actual victim of what your joking about were present would be offensive - are offensive. Offensive and unacceptable. 

By making jokes of these things, we engender them to perpetuate. We allow abusers to feel validated in their abuse. We normalise the behaviour in our culture and we marginalise and further victimise the victims.

Please, PLEASE READ THIS ARTICLE. Read it all. Read it twice, and slowly. take it to heart. Really think. And change the way you think.

http://www.liberateyourself.co.uk/survivors/you-are-not-alone-personal-experiences/to-all-those-men-who-dont-think-the-rape-jokes-are-a-problem/

#AbuseSurvivors  ___

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2015-10-30 10:35:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

In the woods after the rain.
#pascalcampion

In the woods after the rain.
#pascalcampion___

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2015-10-29 13:19:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Please pay attention to the text underneath too:

‘It’s just a word’ is a fairly common protest when I point out problematic language. It’s frustrating, because the truth is that language, power, society, and structural discrimination are deeply entwined. As someone who has studied linguistics and social information practices, I can absolutely speak to the fact that language is a powerful and insidious tool for keeping people down, whether it’s hissed at you by a passerby on the street, or spray-painted on your house, or used jokingly by your peers, or used to describe you in legislation, the language that describes and defines us has consequences that ripple through our lives, right down to our bones.

Sticks and stones may break my bones...

Once again, Robot Hugs knocks it out of the park___Please pay attention to the text underneath too:

‘It’s just a word’ is a fairly common protest when I point out problematic language. It’s frustrating, because the truth is that language, power, society, and structural discrimination are deeply entwined. As someone who has studied linguistics and social information practices, I can absolutely speak to the fact that language is a powerful and insidious tool for keeping people down, whether it’s hissed at you by a passerby on the street, or spray-painted on your house, or used jokingly by your peers, or used to describe you in legislation, the language that describes and defines us has consequences that ripple through our lives, right down to our bones.

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2015-10-28 23:00:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

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2015-10-28 11:03:08 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Nature is awesome! 

Nature is awesome! ___

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2015-10-27 15:26:47 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

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2015-10-22 05:22:22 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Happy Reptile Awareness Day!! :D <3

Happy Reptile Awareness Day!! :D <3___

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2015-10-15 17:43:13 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

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2015-10-14 13:05:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

"[Tina Manns]runs a support group for survivors of domestic violence every Tuesday, accompanies women to court, drives them to the shelter, and helps them sign up for benefits. At the age of 86, she shows no sign of slowing down. Her goal is to transfer the credibility she’s earned onto newer advocates, bringing them to support groups, court, or the office of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources."

Fearless and indefatigable, indeed!

[CN: domestic abuse, violence]

"[Tina Manns]runs a support group for survivors of domestic violence every Tuesday, accompanies women to court, drives them to the shelter, and helps them sign up for benefits. At the age of 86, she shows no sign of slowing down. Her goal is to transfer the credibility she’s earned onto newer advocates, bringing them to support groups, court, or the office of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources."

Fearless and indefatigable, indeed!

[CN: domestic abuse, violence]___

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2015-09-28 01:39:53 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

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2015-09-27 07:43:26 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Sakena Yacoobi: How I stopped the Taliban from shutting down my school

"But at that moment, I knew that education changed my life. It transformed me. It gave me status. It gave me confidence. It gave me a career. It helped me to support my family, to bring my family to another country, to be safe. And I knew that at that moment that what I should give to my people is education and health, and that's what I went after."

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"But do you think it was easy? No, because at that time, education was banned for girls, completely. And also, by Russia invading Afghanistan, people were not trusting anyone. It was very hard to come and say, "I want to do this." Who am I? Somebody who comes from the United States. Somebody who got educated here. Did they trust me? Of course not."

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"I dress from head to... more »

Sakena Yacoobi: How I stopped the Taliban from shutting down my school

"But at that moment, I knew that education changed my life. It transformed me. It gave me status. It gave me confidence. It gave me a career. It helped me to support my family, to bring my family to another country, to be safe. And I knew that at that moment that what I should give to my people is education and health, and that's what I went after."

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"But do you think it was easy? No, because at that time, education was banned for girls, completely. And also, by Russia invading Afghanistan, people were not trusting anyone. It was very hard to come and say, "I want to do this." Who am I? Somebody who comes from the United States. Somebody who got educated here. Did they trust me? Of course not."

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"I dress from head to toe in a black hijab. The only thing you could see, my eyes. They asked me, "What are you doing? Don't you know that school is banned for girls? What are you doing here?" And you know, I just looked at them, and I said, "What school? Where is the school?""

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"And they look at my face, and they said, "You are teaching girls here." I said, "This is a house of somebody. We have some students coming, and they are all learning Koran, Holy Book. And you know, Koran says that if you learn the Holy Book, the woman, they can be a good wife, and they can obey their husband."

I often think that we Westerners have too many privileges, too many gifts, too many riches. That we have it too easy. That we do not suffer enough on a day-to-day basis. Women understandably have a difficult time being called 'activists,' 'feminists,' as if those are bad words, bad things to be.

It never occurred to me when I was a little girl and carrying my books a mile to school that in other parts of the world little girls were not allowed to have books. I had to grow up and read about what is going on in the rest of the world to understand the privilege of being born in America.

But I have had the freedom of reading books and educating myself for my entire life. Which is the reason that it was so shocking when, in 2012, a fifteen year old girl named Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by people in her native Pakistan who don't think little girls should be educated...or that they should ever speak out.

Even the Dalai Lama and the Pope have spoken out recently on the importance of women's rights. The Dalai Lama has said that the world will be saved by Western women.

I'm not so sure. Young Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on behalf of educating boys and girls all over the world. Fear and threats did not silence - or kill her - thankfully.

Now there is a TEDTalk by Sakena Yacoobi, woman from Afghanistan, Professor, Educator, committed to changing the future of her country. One student, one day at a time. Threatened, afraid, it matters not.

Watch. And listen.___

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2015-09-26 07:09:32 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

I've been meaning to post about this for a while, but have been super busy with other stuff and let it slip. And that's really too bad, because I very much love this project and want to see it succeed.

The A to Z Guide to Jobs for Amy Poehler's Smart Girls by +Charles C. Dowd is a fantastic book featuring his adorable illustrations showing girls doing all kinds of amazing jobs. It's got kung fu champions and jackhammer operators and astronauts.

I was very lucky to be able to chat with Charles about the inspiration for this project and learned that he was helped by his kids. It's an awesome project that is perfect for readers of all ages, and deserves your attention!

http://selfrescuingprincesssociety.blogspot.com/2015/09/kickstart-this-a-to-z-guide-to-jobs-for.html

#kickstarter #smartgirls

I've been meaning to post about this for a while, but have been super busy with other stuff and let it slip. And that's really too bad, because I very much love this project and want to see it succeed.

The A to Z Guide to Jobs for Amy Poehler's Smart Girls by +Charles C. Dowd is a fantastic book featuring his adorable illustrations showing girls doing all kinds of amazing jobs. It's got kung fu champions and jackhammer operators and astronauts.

I was very lucky to be able to chat with Charles about the inspiration for this project and learned that he was helped by his kids. It's an awesome project that is perfect for readers of all ages, and deserves your attention!

http://selfrescuingprincesssociety.blogspot.com/2015/09/kickstart-this-a-to-z-guide-to-jobs-for.html

#kickstarter #smartgirls___

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2015-09-21 07:51:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Want to build a green roof - #biodiversity #sustainable architecture http://ow.ly/SstIh

Want to build a green roof - #biodiversity #sustainable architecture http://ow.ly/SstIh___

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2015-09-17 00:05:45 (4 comments; 26 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Somebody understands his privilege. 

Somebody understands his privilege. ___

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2015-09-12 11:05:58 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

via +Kimberly Chapman​

"To be blunt, Scott’s story is about Scott himself spending a lot of time by himself hating himself. When he eventually stops hating himself and, as an older, more mature nerd, asks women out, no women mace him, slap him or ritually humiliate him — instead he ends up with a girlfriend who ends up becoming a wife. So far, so typical.

Amy’s story is about being harassed and groped by men in the tech world and, eventually, being raped by a shy, nerdy guy she thought she trusted. So far, so also typical.

What’s the biggest difference between Scott’s and Amy’s stories? Scott’s story is about things that happened inside his brain. Amy’s story is about actual things that were done to her by other people against her will, without her control."___via +Kimberly Chapman​

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2015-09-08 12:51:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Nebra Sky Disk
This is the oldest depiction of the universe so far, and one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th Century. Called the Nebra sky disk, named for the town where it was found in 1999, the artifact has been dated back to 1600 BC. It was buried about 3,600 years ago but could be much older. It has been associated with the European Bronze Age Unetice culture.

When it was first crafted, it would have been golden brown because the disc itself is made from bronze. Over time, it corroded to green. Fortunately, the symbols are made of gold. And that’s where it gets even more interesting: it was possibly an astronomical instrument.

There’s Sun, a central to northern European Bronze Age religion and the crescent moon (in ancient times, the moon was used to represent time). The smaller circles across the disc represent stars. The clump between the sunand... more »

Nebra Sky Disk
This is the oldest depiction of the universe so far, and one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th Century. Called the Nebra sky disk, named for the town where it was found in 1999, the artifact has been dated back to 1600 BC. It was buried about 3,600 years ago but could be much older. It has been associated with the European Bronze Age Unetice culture.

When it was first crafted, it would have been golden brown because the disc itself is made from bronze. Over time, it corroded to green. Fortunately, the symbols are made of gold. And that’s where it gets even more interesting: it was possibly an astronomical instrument.

There’s Sun, a central to northern European Bronze Age religion and the crescent moon (in ancient times, the moon was used to represent time). The smaller circles across the disc represent stars. The clump between the sun and moon are thought to be the Pleiades constellation, which was an imporant constellation for Bronze Age farmers because it appeared and disappeared in important farming times. So the Nebra disc probably told people the right time to plant and harvest.

It gets better: astronomer Wolfhard Schlosser, at the University of Hamburg, found that if you draw a line from the center of the disc to the top and bottom end of the right arc, the angle between the two ends measures exactly 82 degrees. And it’s the same value for the left golden arc. This number is very important for only a small group of people who live at the same latitude as the current German town of Nebra since it’s the angle between where the sun sets on the horizon in mid-winter and mid-summer.

Article:
http://www.businessinsider.com/nebra-sky-disk-is-oldest-depiction-of-universe-2015-1

#history   #nebraskydisk   #astronomy  ___

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2015-09-04 09:26:18 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-09-01 07:37:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Please help me make this book a reality!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1317672426/the-a-to-z-guide-to-jobs-for-girls-abc-board-book

Please help me make this book a reality!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1317672426/the-a-to-z-guide-to-jobs-for-girls-abc-board-book___

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2015-08-31 09:00:07 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Oh Victoria, how do you treat your state emblem? via +Sue Travers​

150 year old grown Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnas) forest is being clear cut, and turned into wood chips to make Reflex bran Office Works paper. Mountain Ash is the tallest growing tree in the world. (Unfortunatley the tallest trees at 130m were cut down to measure them).  Mountain Ash forests are the most Carbon dense forest in the world (>1000 tonnes carbon hectare).
These forests of huge trees are crucial for the survival for the even more critically endangered Leadbetter's Possum.  This possum is Victoria's state emblem. It lives ONLY in hollows of old growth Mountain Ash trees. 
Currently there is apporiximatley 1% of this critically endangered ecosystem left. VicForests in conjunction with Reflex paper are knowingly sending the Leadbetters possum to its extiction. Their justification? Victoria needs this industry to support jobs...
Approximatley 300 jobs are linked to this operation. Vicforests will continue a buisness as usual model until every old-growth mountain ash has been turned into wood chip

The science is in. The science is sound. VicForests forestry model is not sustainable. VicForests is not preventing fire. VicForests model is CONTRIBUTING to forest fires.  Clear cutting old growth forests has no place in Australia.  
There is a proposal to protect teh last remaining, scattered fragment of victorian Mountain Ash forests in a new NAtional Park. The Great Forest National Park.
The Great Forest National Park (GFNP) proposal is a vision for a multi-tiered park system for bush users and bush lovers alike, on Melbourne’s doorstep. These push behind this National Park is a community driven initative. It will provide hundreds fo jobs and ensure the preservation of old-growth Mountain Ash Forests and the critically endangered LeadBetter's Possum.
 
https://themountainjournal.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/the-great-forest-national-park/?blogsub=confirming#blog_subscription-5
#Forests #Victoria #Australia #melbourne #Forestry #Conservation #DavidLindenmayer #Paper #WoodChips #Officeworrks #Reflex  ___Oh Victoria, how do you treat your state emblem? via +Sue Travers​

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2015-08-30 08:38:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

An alternative view - To save our #elephants, don't ban mammoth #ivory - encourage it! - #conservation http://ow.ly/RxWMy

An alternative view - To save our #elephants, don't ban mammoth #ivory - encourage it! - #conservation http://ow.ly/RxWMy___

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2015-08-30 08:26:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

We lose a lot of (young) people from our communities because of suicide. Turns out that there can be made major improvements by doctors and therapists in identifying patients at risk.
I wonder what we as members of the communities could do better. Most of the time we just get the death notes, everybody is shocked and there's a lot of reaction.
But it's not always a surprise, sometimes problems have been known for a long time by a lot of people. Where's the community at this point and what should people do to help?

If everybody is effected so much by a suicide, why aren't there loads of people helping the once at risk? 

We lose a lot of (young) people from our communities because of suicide. Turns out that there can be made major improvements by doctors and therapists in identifying patients at risk.
I wonder what we as members of the communities could do better. Most of the time we just get the death notes, everybody is shocked and there's a lot of reaction.
But it's not always a surprise, sometimes problems have been known for a long time by a lot of people. Where's the community at this point and what should people do to help?

If everybody is effected so much by a suicide, why aren't there loads of people helping the once at risk? ___

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2015-08-29 10:10:56 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

I've been there and can tell you it's a magical place.

A 3 shot panorama from a recent trip to Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park, Queensland, Australia. A beautiful waterfall inside a cavern within a rainforest. Doesn't get much more spectacular than that. ___I've been there and can tell you it's a magical place.

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2015-08-28 08:25:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

The world shouldn’t worry about migrants. It should worry about creeping fascism


The world shouldn’t worry about migrants. It should worry about creeping fascism
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2015-08-26 06:10:00 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Become a Wombat Warrior!

Doooooo eeeeet!

#wombat   #womsat  

Become a Wombat Warrior!

Doooooo eeeeet!

#wombat   #womsat  ___

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2015-08-18 23:42:17 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

We will host a cryptoparty in September. 

We will host a cryptoparty in September. ___

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2015-08-10 17:07:20 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Awesome, this glider species is not in my Australian mammal field guide.

New species of gliding possum found___Awesome, this glider species is not in my Australian mammal field guide.

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2015-08-10 09:06:52 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

I want to see one too!

I had the opportunity to photograph platypuses in the wild yesterday at Broken River, Queensland, Australia.
This was the first time I had ever seen one and they were much smaller than I expected!
These unique creatures are very elusive and only surface very briefly staying in dark areas... It was a challenge to get the shot! I was trying my best to show the bill and the tail and was thrilled to be able to capture a catchlight in his eye as well.
I was also trying to time it as the first ripples spread light across what was almost black water. 

Nikon D810. Nikkor 300mm f4.
ISO 800. f4 at 1/250 second.
Lexar Pro 1066x CF. Lowepro Protrekker 450.
Edited on Hp Dreamcolor.
Copyright Chris McLennan. www.cmphoto.co.nz

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#australia   #platypus   #hqspanimals   #nikonphotography   #wildlifephotography   #wildlifewednesday  ___I want to see one too!

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