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Iggy Azalea is an escaped Sim from an experimental portal that has been trying to communicate in their native language

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Cape porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis)

The Cape porcupine is a species of Old World porcupine native to central and southern Africa. Cape porcupines are the largest rodents in southern Africa and also the world’s largest porcupines. They measure 63 to 81 centimetres long from the head to the base of the tail, with the tail adding a further 11–20 centimetres. Cape porcupines eat mostly plant material: fruits, roots, tubers, bulbs, and bark. Cape porcupines are nocturnal and monogamous, typically living as mated pairs of adults, caring for any young together.  When attacked, the porcupine freezes. If cornered, it turns vicious and charges to stab its attacker with its quills.

photo credits: zoochat, estelleneltaxidermy, biolib, zooborns

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Niedziela Palmowa - Palm Sunday in the town of Rabka-Zdrój and the nearby Ponice village, Poland [images via Watra: 1,2].

The tradition of preparing the decorative “Easter palms” for the Blessing in churches (on the Palm Sunday - last Sunday of the Lents before Easter) is still highly popular in Poland. In some locations, for example in the town of Rabka-Zdrój seen above, this tradition becomes exceptionally vivid and is held alongside with “secular” events, like a competition for the most beautiful or the longest Palm.

The Easter Palms are sometimes called a “replacement” for the actual palm branches that aren’t native to the Polish climate, but in fact those elements have old pre-Christian roots and used to be prepared solely for the ceremonies of welcoming of the spring. In the cases of the Easter occuring in March or early April, also the effigies of Marzanna (Slavic winter goddes) and Wiosna (spring) could be still spotted in the processions among the “Easter Palms” [example on the last pic].

xlittlemissmaggiemayx replied to your post:  So I just want to say that my friend met Marilyn Manson recently…

YO a friend of my toured with Manson recently and she said that NO ONE was allowed to make eye contact with him. It was an unspoken rule. She made the mistake of complimenting him after his show and he just sneered at her. He was a total prick.

Yeah my friend told me his crew people that brought her to his hotel room warned her not to talk directly to him, and to laugh at all his jokes and do everything she could to boost his ego.  Celebrities that need to be surrounded by “yes-men” all the time are so goddamn pathetic.  And my friend is Native American and she said when he started spouted a bunch of racist shit, she was terrified he would find out her race and attack her for it.  I was mostly indifferent to him before but now he’s at the top of my shit-list.

Shadowhunters’ Calendar: March - A Photoset of Will Herondale or Cecily Herondale a day

March 20th: Relationships - Cecily and Gabriel Lightwood

“’Cecy,’ he said, and closed the distance between them, though it was not much, and then he was kissing her—his hands awkward around her shoulders at first, slipping on the stiff taffeta of her gown before his fingers slid behind her head, tangling in her soft, warm hair. She stiffened in surprise before softening against him, the seam of her lips parting as he tasted the sweetness of her mouth. When she drew away at last, he felt light-headed. ‘Cecy?’ he said again, his voice hoarse.
 ‘Five,’ she said. Her lips and cheeks were flushed, but her gaze was steady. 
‘Five?’ he echoed blankly. 
‘My rating,’ she said, and smiled at him. ‘Your skill and technique may, perhaps, require work, but the native talent is certainly there. What you require is practice.’ 
‘And you are willing to be my tutor?’ 
‘I should be very insulted if you chose another,’ she said, and leaned up to kiss him again.”

Art by Cassandra Jean (x)

The 50 Most Inspiring ‘Dear Native Youth’ Tweets

Since Wednesday, Natives on Twitter have been sharing inspiring messages to the younger generation, one tweet at a time, using the hashtag #DearNativeYouth. The outpouring of wisdom and love has prompted declarations of “best hashtag ever” and no shortage of tears of joy.

anonymous asked:

I usually don't do this, but... how can you take the "cultural appropriation" stance when it comes to deities? It's like if someone said a latino couldn't be Asatru because it's a religion native to Northern Europe. It's not about "endangered" cultures, it's about belief. If you believe with every fiber of your being in a certain deity/pantheon, how can you be denied the right to worship them? You're no better than racists in the heathen/Ásatrú/Odinist community.

If you don’t usually do this, then simply don’t. You are wrong and whether or not you wish to admit it, you are still going to be wrong when you take this stance.

The difference between the racists in the Germanic (and any religious) communities and our actions on this blog is that we, as outsiders of the cultures we’re discussing along with cultural appropriation, are striving to support the cultural integrity and cultural relevance of a variety of minority beliefs and cultures. It’s not the same as people claiming that they are better than everyone else so only they have the ability to worship these deities - it is the people from these cultures saying “We still believe in this, and outsiders keep ignoring us and making mistakes, so now we don’t want outsiders to stick their noses in.” That is nothing like the elitist behavior that comes with white supremacy and racism.

The fact that you had to put endangered in quotations shows just how little you understand of this phenomena. Ásatrú and similar practices derive from the beliefs and practices of Nordic peoples, coming from cultures that do not exist in their original or pure forms any longer. There is no one left from the original culture to say “Hey, you’re doing this wrong, can you please stop?” so it’s open and free for anyone to do. The same cannot be said for many of the cultures people like to take from when they are told they are told these are closed and their actions are culturally appropriative.

A group of people advocating against cultural appropriation to protect minorities is not the same as a group of people barring those of another race purely because they think they’re better than those other races.

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Capitalism has literally killed hundreds of millions of people
  • Treatable disease
  • Preventable famine
  • Leaving homeless people in the freezing cold while houses sit empty
  • Imperialist wars
  • Suicide due to alienation
  • Crimes of desperation committed by working-class people
  • Ecological disasters such as the gulf oil spill
  • Environmental destruction such as global warming
  • Dangerous consumer products
  • Wage slavery, sweatshop labor and other forms of genocidal work
  • Colonialism, and the murder and enslavement of native peoples
  • The preservation of a patriarchal, white supremacist, hetero-normative, ableist social order under the guise of “free speech”
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rwbyrsweek [1]: Fox Alistair / Weiss Schnee

The Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus), is a small fox native to the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere. It has a deep thick fur which is brown in summer and white in winter.

Working out your reading level in a foreign language

The best book I’ve read in Japanese so far was a translation of Roald Dahl’s The Magic Finger (魔法のゆび). I bought some other books, but they’re all either far too easy to develop my skills, or way above my level, which begged the following questions:

  1. What reading level was this book that was well suited to my current ability?
  2. How can I find other books that are a similar level?

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Grandfather, Great Spirit, once more behold me on earth and lean to hear my feeble voice. You lived first, and you are older than all need, older than all prayer. All things belong to you - the two - legged, the four - legged, the wings of the air, and all green things that live. You have set the powers of the four quarters of the earth to cross each other. You have made me cross the good road, and the road of difficulties, and where they cross, the place is holy. Day in, day out, forevermore, you are the life of things. —Black Elk, Oglala Sioux [Artwork by Charles Frizzell]