April 26th 1986: Chernobyl nuclear disaster

On this day in 1986, a reactor exploded at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in Ukraine, creating the world’s worst nuclear disaster. Radioactive smoke was let into the atmosphere which spread across the Soviet Union and Europe. Thirty-one members of staff and emergency workers died directly due to the accident, but many others died from diseases - often cancer - brought on by exposure to radiation. Hundreds of thousands of people eventually had to be evacuated and resettled due to contamination of areas of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. The disaster raised questions of the safety of nuclear power and encouraged the Soviet government to become more open. Only two nuclear accidents have been classified as level seven on the International Nuclear Event Scale - Chernobyl and the Fukushima Daiichi disaster of 2011.

“For the first time ever, we have confronted in reality the sinister power of uncontrolled nuclear energy.”
- Mikhail Gorbachev

your fave is Jewish: Regina Spektor

Best known for her songs from the Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian soundtrack and the Orange is the New Black opening theme song “You’ve Got Time,“ Regina Spektor is not just an amazing singer-songwriter and pianist. She is also Jewish! Here’s how we know:

-Regina is a Russian Jew who immigrated with her family to the Bronx by way of Austria and Italy in 1989 when she was only nine years old, due to antisemitism in the USSR. After moving to the Bronx, Regina attended a Jewish day school and, later, a yeshiva. [x] [x]

-Regina has performed at a benefit concert for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society–the immigrant relief agency that helped resettle her family–and at the White House for Jewish American Heritage month. [x] [x

-Regina has performed Hannah Senesh’s “Eli, Eli” in Hebrew, her song “The Flowers” incorporates the traditional Jewish song “Hava Nagila,” and she wrote her song “Ink Stains” about Holocaust denial after visiting Anne Frank’s house. [x] [x] [x] [x]

-Regina’s “Begin to Hope” album cover features her wearing a Star of David necklace. [x]

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Mary Kuroki

While I sit through the seemingly endless process of rendering FBX models for test animation, I thought I’d make good on my earlier promise and do a write-up about Mary. 

  • Mary is a third generation Japanese-American, whose grandparents immigrated to the United States shortly before an agreement between the US and Japan stemmed the immigration of unskilled workers. She was born and raised in central California in 1931, moving several times during the early years of the depression. 
  • Her father, managed to create a successful tailoring business, but he lost it when the family was relocated to the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, and later to Utah, under the orders of the War Relocation Authority.
  • In 1945, Mary’s father accepted an offer to “resettle” in Aberford, Ohio, with a job making lab coats for the newly complete Edwin Voorhees Industrial Laboratories.
  • By 1949, Mary’s parents had managed to build a new tailoring business, supplemented by dry cleaning. Wanting a very different life for his children, Mary’s father sent her to Ohio State University, despite the fervent protests of her mother.
  • Mary studied engineering, and returned to Aberford in 1953 to accept an entry-level research position at Edwin Voorhees propulsion lab. She is an excellent employee, but has yet to be promoted.
  • At the age of 25, Mary is still single when the Aberford story takes place. Her mother believes this is because she does not have the proper respect for men. Her father believes it is because the men do not have the proper respect for her. 
  • Mary currently resides at Ms. Butler’s Boarding house for Girls and Young Women. She tried living with her parents after returning from university, but found it too difficult. Like all the other residents, Mary is good friends with Norma Thompson.
  • Mary is somewhat of a hoarder, hailing back to living in internment camps during her formative years. Her room and office are stuffed with both useless junk and basic supplies because, as she says, “You never know what might be useful someday”.
  • Mary is (as always) working on her rocket when the zombie virus hits Aberford. Her immediate concern, after keeping herself alive, is to make sure her parents and younger siblings are all right.

Like the other expansion characters, Mary is not a housewife, which frames her story somewhat differently. Our main group will encounter her during their story, and Mary will be available in the freeplay/multiplayer. Hopefully, that gives you an idea of Mary’s history without giving too much away. Like Norma, I do not have concept art yet, but I’ll post it when I get a chance. 

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Inappropriate puppet show.

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“Oh my beloved, what a fine expanse of Tevinter territory we’ve been granted to labor over.”

Dorian groans and reaches back as far as he can, the angle awkward, but he still manages to smack Bull in the arm with his waving hand. “Some of us are trying to sleep.”

Bull ignores him, and Dorian lets out a long sigh and resettles his head on both of his arms. Bull’s doing something on his arse, his hands moving about as though he’s tapping a drum… So, nothing absurdly outside of his usual behavior.

Bull modifies his voice when he speaks next, a dainty falsetto he usually only trots out when he’s impersonating Dalish. “You’re right, my darling – what a fertile land we have come upon this evening.”

Dorian presses himself up onto his elbows and looks over his shoulder. “What in the world are you doin–”

Bull pauses, and Dorian takes in his stockings on each of Bull’s hands – stretched to oblivion and beyond, he’ll never be able to wear them again, Bull’s nails starting to poke through the stitching.

Bull grins sheepishly at Dorian and opens and closes one of his hands in a motion that Dorian supposes resembles a mouth: “He’s onto us.”

“I don’t want to know,” Dorian eventually gets out, and flops back onto the mattress.

A young boy hand line fishes from a dock in Mandi Ubgigandub, Guna Yala, a collection of islands off the Panamanian coast—home to some 40 indigenous Guna communities that under pressure from population growth and sea level rise, have become increasingly inhospitable. A process is well underway to resettle one of the largest of these communities—Gardi Sugdub—on the mainland, but this process is anything but simple. Neighboring island communities like Mandi Ubgigandub are looking to Gardi Sugdub for a possible path to moving a community in advance of inevitable climate change-induced disaster. But what will it mean for the social systems, economic structures, and culturally identity of an autonomous indigenous island community to abandon their home for tierra firma?

Thanks to funding through the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, I’m in Guna Yala and Panama City now reporting a story for Orion Magazine about the case of resettling Gardi Sugdub. 

Image and text by Zachary Slobig on assignment in Guna Yala and Panama City, 2015.

anonymous asked:

I work a refugee resettlement agency and am responsible for helping people who have newly arrived to the states from their home countries adapt to the changes. Your blog has been so helpful to me, and I know my clients could benefit as well. Would you mind if I translated your posts to French and Arabic to share with them?

Absolutely! That would be awesome. I know someone also translated our list of guides (though maybe not the guides themselves) into Russian, which was pretty badass. If it’s for your agency and you would prefer to have the “clean” versions that I originally wrote, let me know and I will email them to you (but you’ll need to come off anon).

I appreciate your asking first. All I require if anyone wants to distribute or translate our posts is that you do not change the original meaning/information and that you provide us credit and include a link back to our main page or to the guides master post. (Eventually I’ll get around to designing that poster I promised months ago, if anyone still wants it.)

As communist troops continued to push southward in April 1975 thousands of South Vietnamese began leaving the country. This watercolor painting, entitled “Fleeing for Liberty,” depicts a ship filled with Vietnamese refugees pitching in high seas. More than 120,000 refugees came to the United States following the collapse of South Vietnam.

The Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1975, passed in May of that year, provided funding for the transportation, processing, and resettlement of those who fled from South Vietnam and Cambodia. Immigration centers were set up at four military bases: Camp Pendleton, California; Elgin Air Force Base, Florida; Fort Chaffee, Arkansas; and Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania.

The painting’s artist Nguyen Huu Loc was a refugee at the Fort Chaffee Resettlement Center, which President Ford visited on August 10, 1975. “This painting is dedicated to the President and Mrs. Gerald R. Ford,” Nguyen wrote on a card that accompanied the painting, describing it as “a souvenir from 31 persons of the Nguyen Huu family, April 30, 1975.”

View more posts on the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon.

Contrary to commonly held belief, Islam was present in Southeastern Europe well before the Ottoman Empire established itself in the region. Because of its proximity to the Middle East and, thus, to the origins of Islam, the Byzantine Empire and parts of the Balkans were exposed to Islam as early as in the tenth century. The early Balkan Muslims were generally members of Asiatic tribes which settled in different parts of the peninsula. A large community lived in the northern fringes of the Balkans, on the Pannonian plain and along its southern rim in the area of today’s Vojvodina and Hungary, and also in northwestern Bosnia. The southern Balkans likewise experienced occasional encounters with Muslims. In the thirteenth century some 10,000–12,000 Muslim Turkmen settlers arrived in the Dobrudja. These Muslims, however, left few traces, and the majority eventually resettled in Anatolia.
—  Muslim Identity in the Balkans Before the Establishment of Nation States by Florian Bieber (x)

My job is a crossover of immigration/international human rights law.  I was in a meeting today about the UNHCR and the topic came up about the situation for Pakistani refugees in Thailand (a lot of them go there to get resettled in America). Meanwhile, I’m thinking, “It’s too bad that Bilal (from last night’s episode) is a fictional character, because he would be an excellent case study for this discussion.  There is literally no point to this post.  I just think it’s interesting when my TV world overlaps with my real one. 


Evicted and Abandoned: Investigating World Bank resettlement failures

Evicted and Abandoned is a global investigation that reveals how the World Bank Group, the powerful development lender committed to ending poverty, has regularly failed to follow its own rules for protecting vulnerable populations.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists teamed with the Huffington Post, the GroundTruth Project, the Investigative Fund, the Guardian and more than 20 other news organizations to develop this series of stories.

For more, go to

Nude reading (1933). Daniel MacMorris (American, 1893-1982).

MacMorris studied with August Gorguet in Paris. He returned to the States and set up a studio in New York City above the Carnegie Hall. While there he studied with Joseph Pennell, Robert Henri and George Bridgeman. He exhibited at the Durand-Ruel Galleries in New York and Newport. After 1945 he resettled in Kansas City as a portrait painter, muralist and teacher. 

“Staring is rude, don’t you know that?” Eva teased softly, glancing at the other before caramel hues resettled on the sketchbook in her hands, lightly sketching the details onto the rose she had been working on for some time. The angel didn’t mind the company, being gawked at did, making her shuffle the wings upon her bag uneasily.


When you know the population of the US when Obama took office was just under 310 Million and that most of the influx is Arab-speaking people, he has accomplished quite a bit toward the Muslim goal of being 20% of the population before Jihad begins.  His next months in office of course are bringing even larger numbers in as his orchestrated chaos in the Middle East naturally has the result of “refugee resettlement” – which is nothing more than seeding the country with Muslims.  Their birth rate is so much greater than White Christians that Obama’s true legacy will only explode in the decades after he should be languishing in his Hawaii compound and playing hundreds of rounds of golf a year.


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reasons roy mustang sucks
  • First off there’s FREAKING GENOCIDE
  • also he thinks it’s appropriate to grab traumatized 11 year old paraplegics by the scruff of their shirt and yell in their face
  • calls ed short just to mess with him
    • srsly, the 12-15 year old with anger issues
    • i mean ppl that age are already frickin self-conscious you just gonna tear him down more way to go Mustang role model of the year
  • plus he committed genocide
  • his DRIVING for goodness sake how can anyone feel remotely safe when he’s at the wheel it’s enough to scare the pants off BARRY THE CHOPPER
  • and speaking of Barry the Chopper he made Falman use all his sick leave so he could be locked in a room with a serial killer WHAT A GREAT BOSS
  • that rap is stupid. hilarious but freaking stupid
  • also genocide
  • plus he uses the souls of a people he brutally murdered in order to heal himself
    • but that’s okay bc he’s going to help them resettle their own frickin land
    • that he helped exile them from
    • like if staying blind or giving up his gate really wasn’t an option, that truth guy does trades for limbs
      • i mean if ONE arm is worth AL’S ENTIRE SOUL, making intact eyes functional again would be a steal deal
    • but go ahead, use human souls
    • it’s totally not a slap in the face to people who gave up, say, THE ABILITY TO DO ALCHEMY or even YEARS OF THEIR LIFESPAN rather than use human souls
  • did i mention that Roy Mustang committed genocide?