A Global Phenomenon

anonymous asked:

You do know that Christians are one of, if not the most, persecuted religious peoples worldwide in terms of tangible genocide, systematic disenfranchisement, and the like. Talking about 'Christian persecution complexes' as though it's a global phenomenon not only erases this, it also smacks of American centrism.

There are 2.2 billion Christians in the world, which is more than any other religion. If Christians are persecuted more than other religions…that’s because there are more of them.

Like if there’s 5 people of one group and 2000 people of another, the group with 2000 is going to have more people that are anything.

And Christians are still the oppressors throughout all of history in the Western World, and are now acting like not being allowed to persecute people is persecution against them, so fuck off.


Polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs), also known as nacreous clouds can be seen in the polar countries of the northern and southern hemisphere. They are super pretty but their appearance is actually not a good thing at all: they contribute to destroying our ozone layer which protects life on Earth from harmful ultraviolet light.
Nacreous clouds form in the stratosphere, twice as high as commercial planes fly, where the ozone layer resides. Their ice crystals encourage chemical reactions between human-produced chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), resulting in the release of chlorine gas, which breaks down ozone.
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Afrofuturism 2.0: The Rise of Astro-Blackness

The ideas and practices related to afrofuturism have existed for most of the 20th century, especially in the north American African diaspora community. After Mark Dery coined the word “afrofuturism” in 1993, Alondra Nelson as a member of an online forum, along with other participants, began to explore the initial terrain and intellectual underpinnings of the concept noting that “AfroFuturism has emerged as a term of convenience to describe analysis, criticism and cultural production that addresses the intersections between race and technology.” 

Afrofuturism 2.0: The Rise of Astroblackness represents a transition from previous ideas related to afrofuturism that were formed in the late 20th century around issues of the digital divide, music and literature. Afrofuturism 2.0 expands and broadens the discussion around the concept to include religion, architecture, communications, visual art, philosophy and reflects its current growth as an emerging global Pan African creative phenomenon.

Edited by Reynaldo Anderson and Charles E. Jones

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My name is Fox Mulder. Since my childhood, I’ve been obsessed by a controversial, global phenomenon since my sister disappeared when I was twelve years old in what I believed was an alien abduction. My obsession took me to the FBI, where I investigated paranormal science cases through the auspices of a unit known as The X-Files. Through this unit, I could continue my work on the alien phenomena and the search for my missing sister. In 1993, the FBI sought to impugn my work, bringing in a scientist and medical doctor to debunk it, which only deepened my obsession for the better part of a decade during which time that agent, Dana Scully, had her own faith tested. In 2002, in a change of direction and policy the FBI closed the X-Files and our investigation ceased, but my personal obsession did not. (x)

Comic-con, Shadowhunters, and Lady Midnight

I will be at New York Comicon this year, in October, both on my own and with the Shadowhunters TV show! Here’s the two panels I’ll be doing — also ABC will have a whole Shadowhunters day on Saturday and be giving away swag and so forth. And read to the end for the final neat piece of news:

Friday, October 9, from 12:30 pm- 1:30 pm in Room 1A10 : Cassandra Clare Q&A and a sneak peek of Lady Midnight

Cassandra Clare is the #1 bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments series, soon to be adapted into the Shadowhunters TV show on ABC Family, as well as the Infernal Devices trilogy and the Bane Chronicles. A global phenomenon, her books have more than 36 million copies in print worldwide. In conversation with Entertainment Weekly’s Amy Wilkinson, she’ll discuss her career and give a sneak peek at her new book, LADY MIDNIGHT, the first in the Dark Artifices trilogy, which comes out on March 8.

Saturday, October 10, from 11:00am-12:00pm on the Empire Stage



New Footage of “Shadowhunters” to be Revealed

The new ABC Family television series “Shadowhunters,” based on the New York Times bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, follows 18 year-old Clary Fray who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is, but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters - human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother Jocelyn is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace and her best friend Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold. “Shadowhunters” is set to premiere in early 2016.

The panel will include exclusive footage and a Q&A with cast members Katherine McNamara (“Clary”), Dominic Sherwood (“Jace”), Harry Shum Jr. (“Magnus”), Alberto Rosende (“Simon”), Emeraude Toubia (“Isabelle”), Matthew Daddario (“Alec”) and Isaiah Mustafa (“Luke”) as well as showrunner Ed Decter (“Helix”), Executive Producer McG (“Charlie’s Angels,” “Chuck”) and book author Cassandra Clare.

Also, the COVER OF LADY MIDNIGHT will be revealed at Comicon. Stay tuned for when and how and by who :)

And this is how I Realize that this is completely out of control 

Hi there!!!!! I’d miss you so so much. My time to get back to tumblr was in Gravity falls final but… guess what? Life intervened, (College, parents, job, and that kind of boring things)… But i’m finally back, and I really really love it. 

Let’s talk about this global phenomenon, Miraculous Ladybug. 

A friend told me three days ago to take a look over it, and I that’s what it takes, I was totally in love with this serie. I laughed a lot with the plot, specially cause this is a cartoon for Kids, but its special in a very weird way.

This is the story about Marinette, a Highschool girl who has a double identity being a normal girl by day but a SuperHeroine by night (I think I’ve heard about this once or twice in marvel’s comics). She’s madly in love with Adrien, a kind, gorgeous, shy boy in her class who also has a secret, he is Chat Noir, The always loyal partner in crime of Ladybug (Marinette’s alter ego). 

Today I finished the 1st season of this serie and hours after that I can´t get to know what is what i love the most about this story. ChatNoir and his charming green eyes, Ladybug and her bravery, the feeling between those two, or just the times a laughed out of control watching this. 

It’s incredible, fun, and has a strong sense of responsability and friendship. 

This is the kind of things I end up loving. ENJOY IT! 


Imagery is a universal language, and photography is a dialect within it. I think that’s what makes modern day photography such a global phenomenon. We’re all trying to learn this language, become fluent, and then push the boundaries and rewrite the rules. Parallel to the written word, the rules can be bent, and twisted, and broken. Components rearranged, like poetry.

The amazing part is is that we’re all learning it together here, and people are developing fluency faster than ever- almost as fast as this language is evolving. But that fluency will always be just short of complete, and the perfect photograph will always elude you. Because if you caught up, it’d be over, and the best part is- it’s never over. Keep speaking that language.

Photography and words by Dave Krugman, @dave.krugman on Instagram.

People commonly think of ghosts and apparitions manifesting in human form. However, it seems there is also a global phenomenon of ghostly transportation. Ghostly horse riders, horse-drawn carriages, ships, road vehicles, aircraft and trains have been reported across the world.

  • The St. Louis Ghost Train, better known as the St. Louis Light, is visible at night along an old abandoned rail line in between Prince Albert and St. Louis, Saskatchewan. Two local students won an award for investigating and eventually duplicating the phenomenon, which they determined to be caused by the diffraction of distant vehicle lights.

The stakes have never been higher; the rivalries never as fierce; the risks never so great. One wrong move—one card short—and it’s game over for good. A decade in the making, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions features new designs and an all-new story from the original creator of the global phenomenon, Kazuki Takahashi. His masterful tale features anime’s most beloved characters in their long-awaited return: Yugi Muto, Seto Kaiba, and their faithful friends Joey Wheeler, Tristan Taylor Téa Gardner, and Bakura.

Watch full episodes, get the latest news and more on Yugioh.com!

Bethesda Teams Up With Carlsberg UK To Produce Fallout BEER

Bethesda Softworks, a ZeniMax Media company, today announced that it has teamed up with Carlsberg UK to offer fans Fallout BEER, a beverage inspired by Vault-Tec Industries and the multi-award winning Fallout videogame series. Fallout BEER will be available via Amazon.co.uk and will begin shipping to customers from 5th November, ahead of the launch of Fallout 4, the most anticipated video game of the year.

Fallout 4 will be available worldwide on 10th November 2015, and is being developed for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, and for PCs by the award-winning team at Bethesda Game Studios under the direction of Todd Howard. Named ’Best of Show’ by the official Game Critics Awards following its world premiere at E3 2015, Fallout 4 is the eagerly-awaited follow up to the 2008 ‘Game of the Year’, Fallout 3, and the first title from the world-renowned studio since the release of their global phenomenon and 2011 ‘Game of the Year’, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Bruce Ray, Corporate Affairs Director at Carlsberg UK: “This is something of a world-first. Adult participation in video gaming is a truly social activity, on a par with cinema and music. We’re proud to work with Bethesda to produce a beer Fallout fans can enjoy”.

Fallout BEER is a 4% alcohol by volume (ABV) pilsner lager, with a refreshing zesty hoppy taste and a floral aroma, sold in a 330ml bottle format and sold only to customers aged 18 and over. To reserve your case of Fallout BEER please visit amazon.co.uk

In a very Madonna moment—the RED HOT 2016 Boys Calendar images were leaked online yesterday—photographer Thomas Knights has brought forward the release, and given Out an exclusive first look. 

Knights’ RED HOT project started with just a handful of guys and has since grown into a global phenomenon of frenzied redhead appreciation. The images were published in an art book calledRED HOT 100 and have been touring the world, with exhibitions in London, Sydney, New York, Berlin, and Amsterdam. 

The RED HOT 2016 Boys calendar launches alongside a new and exclusive GIRLS calendar on 23 July, and will be available online and in stores around the world. Proceeds of both calendars will go to The Anti-Bullying Alliance. So far RED HOT has raised nearly £30 000 for charity. 

And now, we won’t delay your gratification any longer. Enjoy. (see the full slideshow here)

the boys sound lovely and it’s cute to see them having fun in the video, but the special effects look like cheap webcam graphics. like an early 2000s Flash video. the rocket videos shindong made for fun were better quality than this. their interactions are precious, but they could have looked cute and brotherly and had fun in a destination shoot, like how snsd and shinee went to Thailand and Red Velvet went to Cali and EXO went all over the place.

the effort seriously comes off as a broke-ass company trying to debut rookies, instead of a big 3 corporation sending off a group that’s won 173 awards, been called the kings of hallyu, sold out shows across the world, and hit their 10th year.

and the whole band blandly flirting with one girl is beyond done. in fact, you just did it. fuck SM fuck SM FUCK SM

7 Facts You May Not Know About LGBT Pride

Test your rainbow knowledge.

June is Pride month, a time of celebration for the LGBT community worldwide. And every year, cities all around the world organize month-long festivities to commemorate and support sexual and gender minorities’ liberation.

The capstone of this month-long series of events is arguably occurring this weekend, when New York City hosts it’s iconic Pride parade through the streets of Manhattan. While some have called the festivities raucous or overly sexual, such criticisms are really just the recycling of old stereotypes historically used to demonize the LGBT community. The truth is that the festivities are a raucous, glittering expression of love and tolerance that originated from the Stonewall Riots of 1969, an event that shaped the LGBT movement and pushed the struggle for equal rights into the forefront.

But how much do we really know about the history of this now-global phenomenon? Test your knowledge below:

  1. Pride commemorates the Stonewall Inn riots.
  2. Transgender women of color played a key role in Pride’s inception.
  3. The first Pride parade was co-organized by a bisexual woman.
  4. There is a transgender Pride.
  5. Only two U.S. presidents have formally acknowledged Pride month.
  6. There is a black Pride.
  7. The original Pride flag included two additional colors.

It’s no secret that the Korean entertainment industry’s prime export — K-pop — is now a global phenomenon. But for what’s considered a largely Asian hit-making machine, it’s Americans who are often headlining the groups.

How did things come to be this way? To talk about it, we found a pioneer of the cross-over gambit, Jae Chong, in a basement studio in Seoul.

Chong is an Asian superproducer. But that’s not his only claim to fame. He’s written and produced hit singles for Mando-Pop supernovas like Coco Lee and A-mei, and several K-Pop stars who are household names in Asia, like Kim Gun Mo, and JYJ.

And Chong, like so many American-born Koreans … made it big in the Asian pop industry partly because of his American-ness.

How Asian-Americans Found A Home In The World Of K-Pop

Photo Credit: Elise Hu/NPR

Check out Elise’s adventures on her tumblr: Elise Goes East

One Direction Appears In J.K. Rowling's New Book
The mastermind behind Harry Potter is also hip to pop culture. According to a screenshot on Twitter, J.K. Rowling’s latest page-turner Career of Evil references another global phenomenon: One Direction.

The mastermind behind Harry Potter is also hip to pop culture. According to a screenshot on Twitter, J.K. Rowling’s latest page-turner Career of Evil references another global phenomenon: One Direction.

The novel’s leading man Detective Cormoran Strike and a pop-savvy character Hazel discuss the boyfriend of another character named Kelsey. Kelsey allegedly says her new beau is named Niall, a nod to 1D member Niall Horan.

In between Strike’s sniffles, Hazel points out the One Direction reference and explains who the band is.

“They’re a band that came third on The X Factor,“ the excerpt read. "She’s obsessed – she was obsessed – and Niall was her favorite.”

Career of Evil marks another thriller in Rowling’s arsenal, who wrote the book under her pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. As New York Times writes in its recent review, the thriller has music embedded in its DNA.

"The novel is a heavy-handed – and often grisly – tale about a serial killer, who likes to slice up his victims and cut off body parts as trophies; and many chapters start with a quotation from some of Blue Oyster Cult’s more portentous, doom-laden lyrics about death or pain or ‘dreadful knowledge.’ Even the novel’s title comes from the band’s song of the same name, with lyrics by Patti Smith.”

One Direction Promises to Return at Final Concert Before Hiatus

As for 1D, the group recently said farewell to the spotlight after wrapping their tour in Sheffield before taking their extended break into 2016. Their fifth studio effort, Made In The A.M., drops this Friday, Nov. 13.

Nintendo shares plummet after investors realize Pokémon Go is not a Nintendo creation

“Nintendo shares have skyrocketed since following Pokémon Go’s release and instant transformation into global cultural phenomenon, but they fell dramatically today after investors realized that Nintendo doesn’t actually make the game. Nintendo put out a statement after the close of trading on Friday pointing out that the bottom-line impact will be “limited” as it only owns 32 percent of The Pokémon Company, and that the game and its Pokémon Go Plus […] peripheral have been accounted for in the company’s current forecasts.

Pokémon Go is a collaboration between The Pokémon Company and Niantic Labs, the developer who previously created the similar AR game Ingress as part of Google. This apparent revelation caused shares to plummet in Monday trading, with the stock dropping 17 percent at one point, representing about $6.4 billion in value.”

Source: theverge


When we talk about police brutality and the suppression of dissent, it is important to consider the fundamental suppositions, laws and human rights conventions regarding the role of police in our society.  Even though it is a stretch to remind ourselves — and still believe — that police are simply “citizens in uniform,” with their primary identity that of “citizen” and, as such, members of society with social and civil obligations, it is useful to see just how great the distance is between ideal and law, and reality — and it’s getting greater each day.  It is critical to chart the trajectory away from law, from accountability and from democracy.  And not just in the United States. This is a global phenomenon.

When police act outside the laws & principles they’ve agreed to uphold, there are grave consequences for democracy


View the TED-Ed Lesson Why we love repetition in music

How many times does the chorus repeat in your favorite song? How many times have you listened to that chorus? Repetition in music isn’t just a feature of Western pop songs, either; it’s a global phenomenon. Why? Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis walks us through the basic principles of the ‘exposure effect,’ detailing how repetition invites us into music as active participants, rather than passive listeners.