Posted 1 day ago

art-of-swords:

How To Saber a Champagne Bottle

For the LOLs: A daring way to open a Champagne Bottle. Please do not try this at home. 

Read the full instructions here.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Alton Brown

Posted 1 day ago
radically-disabled:

takethatthomas:


Native Americans stand with Indigenous Palestinians

you have to remember that the palestinians have been besieging israel for a very long time now with no signs of relenting. the israelis have been modernizing their people while the palestinians have been employing their fundamentalist jihad for centuries now.
it’s no secret that the death of children (palestinian or otherwise) is considered a war crime. but if the palestinians had the same capabilities as the israelis (or if the shoe were on the other foot so to speak) then the israelis would’ve been wiped out by the palestinians long ago

What is this bullshit on my picture?
Israel has only existed for 66 years. That actually isn’t a “very long” time, I have grandparents a decade older than Israel. Even though Zionist settlement in Palestine began as early as 1880, as of 1946, two years before Israel was established, Jews in Palestine amounted to only 32% of the population. Despite that fact, when Israel was created the Jewish population was awarded 56% of the land of Palestine, and a disproportionate portion of fertile land and natural resources. What has occurred since the establishment of Israel is called ethnic cleansing, and has created a situation where some 9 million Palestinians are refugees or internally displaced persons, where thousands upon thousands have been killed, and where the Palestinian people are still denied self-determination, freedom of movement, equal legal status, and other basic human rights by the Israeli government.
Israel has been able to maintain and expand its settler-colonial project (or, as you put it, “modernizing their people”) in Palestine thanks to aid from the United States government, among others. An extremely conservative estimate of US aid to Israel thus far is $123 billion, and the US currently gives Israel $3.1 billion per year, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid, free or discounted weaponry, and research agreements which spur Israel’s modernization.
And what has happen to the Palestinians? First off, this:

Palestine is an illegally occupied country, and Israel is the occupying force. Under international law, Israel- as the occupying power- has the legal and ethical obligation to protect its occupied Palestinian population, and does not have the right to declare war on territory it is occupying, nor use military force against its population, even in so-called “self-defense.” International law also affirms the right of occupied people (the Palestinians) to resist occupation- including the right to armed resistance against the occupying power.
Even if we were to brush aside the hideous racism of your assertion that “palestinians have been employing their fundamentalist jihad for centuries now,” historically your racist nonsense still wouldn’t hold any water. Prior to the establishment of Israel in 1948, Jews, Muslims, and Christians lived in relative harmony within Palestine. While there are absolutely fundamentalist groups within the Middle East generally, and even within Palestine itself (in far, far less numbers than the US media would have you believe), fundamentalism is neither the sole domain of Islam or even necessarily religious in origin and intent. Fundamentalism is a *political* issue- perpetuating right-wing ideology like nationalism, racism, xenophobia, and control over the life and choices of others by cloaking these more easily identifiable methods of hate in religious doctrine. Equating fundamentalist outliers with the whole of a population is akin to saying that every single Christian in the world is the Westboro Baptist Church.
In fact, the Palestinian resistance group Hamas is reacting to fundamentalism itself- the Zionist interpretation of Jewish fundamentalism (and to be clear, this is not representative of Jews or Judaism in the least). Zionism is a right-wing, settler-colonial, fundamentally racist ideology which necessitates ethnic cleansing to establish a state for the Jewish people, in which only Jews have full rights of citizenship and where at least 150 Jewish-only settlements currently exist on Palestinian land. A Jewish person whose family has lived in another country for centuries can move to Israel, and the moment they step off the plane they receive full citizenship rights. Meanwhile, a Palestinian whose family has always lived in Palestine is treated as a second-class citizen in Israel.
Hamas is fighting with homemade rockets which don’t have warheads or guidance systems. They fire mostly from Gaza, a 139 sq mile patch of land with a population of 1.8 million (nearly half of which is children). There is no place Hamas could fire rockets from in Gaza that is *not* densely populated, The allegations of human shields and storing weapons in schools are false and majorly misrepresented, respectively. In the two instances where weapons were found at UNRWA schools, both times the schools were abandoned- which can hardly be used as evidence that Hamas stores weapons in the occupied schools being bombed. 
Israel has full military control of Gaza. Israel has plundered Palestine’s natural resources, and Israeli settlers have burned an estimated 800,000 olive trees, which Palestinian farmers depend on to live. Specifically because of Israel’s control and treatment of Palestinian land and people, the UN has stated that “Gaza will not be livable by 2020.” 
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-19391809
The people of Gaza are facing not extinction, but termination at the hands of Israel. Hamas has offered a 10 year truce provided Israel meets 10 pretty basic demands- many of which the international community has been calling for for decades now. They are:

Withdrawal of Israeli tanks from the Gaza border.
Freeing all the prisoners that were arrested after the killing of the three youths.
Lifting the siege and opening the border crossings to commerce and people.
Establishing an international seaport and airport which would be under U.N. supervision.
Increasing the permitted fishing zone to 10 kilometers.
Internationalizing the Rafah Crossing and placing it under the supervision of the U.N. and some Arab nations.
International forces on the borders.
Easing conditions for permits to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque.
Prohibition on Israeli interference in the reconciliation agreement.
Reestablishing an industrial zone and improvements in further economic development in the Gaza Strip.
http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/report-israel-conditions.html

And unlike Israel, Palestine actually has a much better record of honoring their truces.

Palestinians want basic human rights. They want to be able to live in the land that they live in. They want to be able to live. Around 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in this most recent round of Israeli aggression, thousands more have been injured without the needed medical supplies to tend their wounds, and tens of thousands have been displaced. This is not self-defense on Israel’s part, it is ethnic cleansing.

radically-disabled:

takethatthomas:

Native Americans stand with Indigenous Palestinians

you have to remember that the palestinians have been besieging israel for a very long time now with no signs of relenting. the israelis have been modernizing their people while the palestinians have been employing their fundamentalist jihad for centuries now.

it’s no secret that the death of children (palestinian or otherwise) is considered a war crime. but if the palestinians had the same capabilities as the israelis (or if the shoe were on the other foot so to speak) then the israelis would’ve been wiped out by the palestinians long ago

What is this bullshit on my picture?

Israel has only existed for 66 years. That actually isn’t a “very long” time, I have grandparents a decade older than Israel. Even though Zionist settlement in Palestine began as early as 1880, as of 1946, two years before Israel was established, Jews in Palestine amounted to only 32% of the population. Despite that fact, when Israel was created the Jewish population was awarded 56% of the land of Palestine, and a disproportionate portion of fertile land and natural resources. What has occurred since the establishment of Israel is called ethnic cleansing, and has created a situation where some 9 million Palestinians are refugees or internally displaced persons, where thousands upon thousands have been killed, and where the Palestinian people are still denied self-determination, freedom of movement, equal legal status, and other basic human rights by the Israeli government.

Israel has been able to maintain and expand its settler-colonial project (or, as you put it, “modernizing their people”) in Palestine thanks to aid from the United States government, among others. An extremely conservative estimate of US aid to Israel thus far is $123 billion, and the US currently gives Israel $3.1 billion per year, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid, free or discounted weaponry, and research agreements which spur Israel’s modernization.

And what has happen to the Palestinians? First off, this:

Palestine is an illegally occupied country, and Israel is the occupying force. Under international law, Israel- as the occupying power- has the legal and ethical obligation to protect its occupied Palestinian population, and does not have the right to declare war on territory it is occupying, nor use military force against its population, even in so-called “self-defense.” International law also affirms the right of occupied people (the Palestinians) to resist occupation- including the right to armed resistance against the occupying power.

Even if we were to brush aside the hideous racism of your assertion that “palestinians have been employing their fundamentalist jihad for centuries now,” historically your racist nonsense still wouldn’t hold any water. Prior to the establishment of Israel in 1948, Jews, Muslims, and Christians lived in relative harmony within Palestine. While there are absolutely fundamentalist groups within the Middle East generally, and even within Palestine itself (in far, far less numbers than the US media would have you believe), fundamentalism is neither the sole domain of Islam or even necessarily religious in origin and intent. Fundamentalism is a *political* issue- perpetuating right-wing ideology like nationalism, racism, xenophobia, and control over the life and choices of others by cloaking these more easily identifiable methods of hate in religious doctrine. Equating fundamentalist outliers with the whole of a population is akin to saying that every single Christian in the world is the Westboro Baptist Church.

In fact, the Palestinian resistance group Hamas is reacting to fundamentalism itself- the Zionist interpretation of Jewish fundamentalism (and to be clear, this is not representative of Jews or Judaism in the least). Zionism is a right-wing, settler-colonial, fundamentally racist ideology which necessitates ethnic cleansing to establish a state for the Jewish people, in which only Jews have full rights of citizenship and where at least 150 Jewish-only settlements currently exist on Palestinian land. A Jewish person whose family has lived in another country for centuries can move to Israel, and the moment they step off the plane they receive full citizenship rights. Meanwhile, a Palestinian whose family has always lived in Palestine is treated as a second-class citizen in Israel.

Hamas is fighting with homemade rockets which don’t have warheads or guidance systems. They fire mostly from Gaza, a 139 sq mile patch of land with a population of 1.8 million (nearly half of which is children). There is no place Hamas could fire rockets from in Gaza that is *not* densely populated, The allegations of human shields and storing weapons in schools are false and majorly misrepresented, respectively. In the two instances where weapons were found at UNRWA schools, both times the schools were abandoned- which can hardly be used as evidence that Hamas stores weapons in the occupied schools being bombed.

Israel has full military control of Gaza. Israel has plundered Palestine’s natural resources, and Israeli settlers have burned an estimated 800,000 olive trees, which Palestinian farmers depend on to live. Specifically because of Israel’s control and treatment of Palestinian land and people, the UN has stated that “Gaza will not be livable by 2020.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-19391809

The people of Gaza are facing not extinction, but termination at the hands of Israel. Hamas has offered a 10 year truce provided Israel meets 10 pretty basic demands- many of which the international community has been calling for for decades now. They are:

Withdrawal of Israeli tanks from the Gaza border.

Freeing all the prisoners that were arrested after the killing of the three youths.

Lifting the siege and opening the border crossings to commerce and people.

Establishing an international seaport and airport which would be under U.N. supervision.

Increasing the permitted fishing zone to 10 kilometers.

Internationalizing the Rafah Crossing and placing it under the supervision of the U.N. and some Arab nations.

International forces on the borders.

Easing conditions for permits to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque.

Prohibition on Israeli interference in the reconciliation agreement.

Reestablishing an industrial zone and improvements in further economic development in the Gaza Strip.

http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/report-israel-conditions.html

And unlike Israel, Palestine actually has a much better record of honoring their truces.

Palestinians want basic human rights. They want to be able to live in the land that they live in. They want to be able to live. Around 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in this most recent round of Israeli aggression, thousands more have been injured without the needed medical supplies to tend their wounds, and tens of thousands have been displaced. This is not self-defense on Israel’s part, it is ethnic cleansing.

(Source: socialismartnature)

Posted 1 day ago

shortbutsopassionate:

I hate being fooled by media. I hate thinking that because shows like Orphan Black and Elementary and Orange is the New Black (etc.) exist we are moving in the right direction faster than we really are. Because every baby step we take forwards in representation and equality in media, we are dragged about seven or eight steps back by the same people who have had representation their whole lives and are not ready to give it up. And it angers me. It angers me that because there’s one person of colour on a show, I consider it diversified. It angers me that when one woman in a movie is not harassed for playing the cliche or for breaking the cliche that I somehow consider that a good move forward. Trans* characters are finally getting the respect and the exposure and the actual spotlight, but when these roles aren’t played by trans* actors, what are we really benefitting? I am tired of being complacent and I am angry that I am easily mollified by one or two bones when the over-stuffed gluttons who have been eating their whole lives get to eat the steak before they toss me the scraps.

Posted 2 days ago

pica-scribit:

hqcreations:

paintedgoat:

natureisthegreatestartist:

Who needs a gym when you’ve got gardening?

This is more truth than I’ve seen in a while. Oh my aching body.

Gardeners of Tumblr…we should seriously come together and make an exercise video series.

Is it wrong that I initially thought these were being recommended as the ideal tools for dismembering bodies?

This seems like it’d be a good time to say ‘There are two kinds of people’ but honestly I’m on team cannibalism jokes all the time and the only reasons I DIDN’T read it that way are:

1. Gardener!

2. Oh honey no these aren’t the tools you want to use for that do I need to make a proper butchering post I mean you’re gonna need some good slicing blades and a hacksaw (if you can’t get your hands on a bonesaw in a timely fashion)…

(Source: facebook.com)

Posted 2 days ago

snorlaxatives:

tumblr makes me forget that age differences and time zones exist 

(Source: snorlaxatives)

Posted 2 days ago

rabidwerewolfie:

My Crazy Cat Lady starter kit just arrived!!

(Source: cocoloveyume)

Posted 2 days ago

edwardian-time-machine:

Riding dress, dated October 18, 1906

Source

Posted 2 days ago

rhazade-waterbender:

blue-author:

mariavontraphouse:

oneluv918:

WinCo is an employee owned grocery chain which pays its 15,000 workers at least $11/hour, offers health and dental insurance-even for part-time staff, and invests 20% of an employee’s salary into a pension which has turned 400 cashiers and clerks into millionaires. They are Wal-Mart’s worst nightmare.

The food is cheaper

The produce is fresher!

I fucking lovr winco

Where can I find this marvel?

There’s one up here in redwood country—it’s where I do most of my shopping—but that exact location doesn’t really help anyone outside of redwood country.

Posted 2 days ago

hqcreations:

paintedgoat:

natureisthegreatestartist:

Who needs a gym when you’ve got gardening?

This is more truth than I’ve seen in a while. Oh my aching body.

Gardeners of Tumblr…we should seriously come together and make an exercise video series.

(Source: facebook.com)

Posted 2 days ago

juliedillon:

"The Faerie Garden"

This is another piece I did for my Imagined Realms Book on Kickstarter. :) 

Posted 2 days ago

frank-e-shadow-tongue:

I keep seeing posts that say help Detroiter’s pay water bills (and that’s cool, don’t get me wrong), but where are the posts that say demand the water company cuts the shit back on?

Are people missing the stories of the people who have paid and still have no water?

Y’all don’t really think this is about not paying the bill, right?

Posted 2 days ago
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viria:

you never know when the desire to draw Luna Lovegood is gonna hit you… but it’s useless to fight it.

Posted 2 days ago

sofriel:

tickatocka:

a kitten trying super hard to fight a ceramic cat statue

THANK U 4 THIS

Posted 2 days ago
misprouncing names has everything to do with power. A little black girl is being told she's not worth the effort of her name being pronounced, but if she were white every interviewer would be pronouncing her name
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