anonymous asked:

many russian women i saw while i been there have such nice skin.. dont u know some good russian skin shit ??

honestly its because moisturising is so important there and every woman knows the importance of taking care of your skin and the drugstores have a nice selection of inexpensive skin stuff but it also has something to do with genes and less sun exposure and in east europe maintaining beauty and being feminine is so much more important than in the west so women have to take extra care of themselves. Ive noticed that in west europe skincare is much less important like everyone has like one moisturiser they dot on their skin at night but thats it.



Spread from last week! I had so much fun in Paris from seeing the Eiffel Tower to going to Shakespeare and Company 💕 Right now I’m in a tour to west Europe and currently in Amsterdam. Huhu I hope I can visit the Van Gogh museum :3

Eclipses in 2017

10th/11th February: Penumbral lunar eclipse, visible in Europe, most of Asia, Africa, North&South America

26th February: Annular solar eclipse, visible in South&West Africa, most of South America

7th/8th August: Partial lunar eclipse, visible in most of Europe, most of Asia, Australia, Africa, East of South America

21st August: Total solar eclipse, visible in West of Europe, North&East Asia, North&West Africa, North America and top of South America

For the Greek historian Herodotus, writing in the fifth century BC, the world was divided into three parts. To the east was Asia, to the south was a continent he called Libya, and the rest was Europe. He knew that people and goods and ideas could travel easily between the continents: he himself travelled up the Nile as far as Aswan, and on both sides of the Hellespont, the traditional boundary between Europe and Asia. Herodotus admitted to being puzzled, in fact, as to “why the earth, which is one, has three names, all women’s”. Still, despite his puzzlement, these continents were for the Greeks and their Roman heirs the largest significant geographical divisions of the world.

But here’s the important point: it would not have occurred to Herodotus to think that these three names corresponded to three kinds of people: Europeans, Asians, and Africans. He was born at Halicarnasus – Bodrum in modern Turkey. Yet being born in Asia Minor didn’t make him an Asian; it left him a Greek. And the Celts, in the far west of Europe, were much stranger to him than the Persians or the Egyptians, about whom he knew rather a lot. Herodotus only uses the word “European” as an adjective, never as a noun. For a millennium after his day, no one else spoke of Europeans as a people, either.
  • Pacific Standard (PST): 11:00am
  • Mountain/Central Daylight: 12:00pm
  • Central Standard: 1:00pm
  • Eastern Standard: 2:00pm
  • Atlantic Time Zone: 3:00pm
  • Newfoundland: 3:30pm
  • Azores: 6:00pm
  • West Europe/Greenwich/British Standard: 7:00pm
  • Central Europe: 8:00pm
  • Eastern Europe: 9:00pm
  • Moscow: 10:00pm
  • Further Eastern: 11:00pm

If I missed a timezone or if you don’t know what your timezone is, feel free to message me :P


Irish step-dancing is known for how quickly the dancer’s feet move. It was popularized in ‘94 when the show Riverdance performed. Many people actually call the dance “riverdance”, but it’s just the name of the show. Many female dancers will wear wigs styled into tight, ringlet curls. Legend has it that when the British banned dancing, the Irish would close the bottoms of the doors and continue to dance, but keeping their torso and arms stiff as a board, another character of this type of dance. 

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Top 10 Facts Of The Day (March 17, 2017)

10. Rich kids bragging on social media, such as Instagram, are unwittingly providing incriminating evidence for prosecutors about their parents’ fraud schemes. Cyber-security firms say they have been using social media evidence to nail fraud and assets in up to 75 percent of their cases.

9. The city of Vernon, Florida has been nicknamed “nub city” because so many residents have intentionally amputated limbs, disguising the injury as an accident, as a means of insurance fraud. One man had 25+ open insurance policies and collected over $1,000,000 after amputating his left foot.

8. Ruby Bridges, the first black child to attend a white school in the south, attended class by herself because parents of white students would not let them learn with her and had to be guarded by U.S. Marshalls because she received death threats on a daily basis. 

7. When a coal mine catches fire, it burns for decades or even centuries. There are thousands of these fires across the world at any given moment.

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The Warschauer Kniefall (Warsaw Genuflection). On  December 7, 1970, visiting West German Chancellor Willy Brandt made an impromptu kneel when visiting a monument to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Although seen with some controversy in West Germany, the move was well received in Poland and is now seen as the beginning of normalizing relations between West Germany and Eastern Europe.

I have some thoughts about things we can do to improve the radfem community here. Some are general ideas, some are problems I have with the way we’re behaving as a group. I’m not pointing fingers because a lot of this is stuff I want to work on myself.


  • Stop acting like libfems. I will clarify as I go on, but to sum up what I feel like is an issue we really need to nip in the bud asap, as a community we’re becoming more prone to exactly the nasty, obsessive and generally stupid behaviour that we decry in liberal feminists. Some of it comes from the influx of people fresh from the libfem community, but there are a lot of us who really should know better and should be doing more to stop this behaviour becoming a common thing.
  • Stop seeking fights. Going on the blogs of those idiots who are just waiting for a chance to throw insults and adding stupid inflammatory comments and showing it to your friends until they bite is a waste of time and it just makes you look like a dick, which affects all of us. If you’ve not actually got anything useful to say then show some self-control and go and do something that’s productive or at least a healthy way of entertaining yourself. If you do end up in a fight, then retain some self-control - stick to your point, don’t start accusing people of stuff they’re not doing, leave it when there’s no use continuing.
  • Stop ignoring disability. Something that’s struck me for a long time is how little enthusiasm there is for acknowledging disability in feminism. Posts about ableism and misogyny get a whole lot less attention than most other ‘intersections’.
  • Stop making misleading content. Your masterpost on trans male crimes needs one (1) reference to Christopher Hambrook, with multiple sources for it as back-up (which helps since I find a lot of sources are defunct). It does not need all those sources for the same thing to be included with descriptions that look like several different incidents. It does not need you to twist the details provided or add ones that you don’t provide a source for. Some people actually do read through those things.
  • Stop using mental illnesses as insults. Misogyny is a well-oiled machine, it has clear methods and goals, and when you call misogynist behaviour psychotic or deluded, you’re obscuring the nature of misogyny, you’re removing responsibility from the perpetrators, alienating the women still upholding it, and adding to the stigma of people who are already suffering.
  • Stop posting to RFG. I know that most of the people posting on there are likely men trying to start infighting, but let’s not kid ourselves that nobody in the community could be tempted by the power of being able to say stupid shit with apparent anonymity. I think it serves useful for keeping track of people who are causing real problems in the community and for seeing if something that’s been happening to you has been happening to other radfems, but there’s so much that’s just people saying shit because they think they can get away with it. If you’ve got a problem with someone or something then discuss it maturely.


  • Start using legitimate sources. The Daily Mail, Daily Star, GenderTrender and similar are not credible sources. The first two have a well-known reputation for outright lies and I’ve never read a GT post that’s contained the original sources for any of the statements made. You knowing something is true does not mean that unverified content becomes acceptable back-up for a point.
  • Start remembering the world outside of the USA. Our default for statistics and general information is the USA. Canada and the UK are included to a lesser extent, but still the USA comes out far in front. Everywhere that doesn’t speak English, especially everywhere outside of north/west Europe, doesn’t get a look-in aside from the occasional article or if they happen to be involved in a point we want to make about something else (for example, Germany and legalised prostitution). We need to make a renewed effort to involve and support those women in a real way.
  • Start encouraging positive activism within the community. In the radical community, how many languages do we speak? How many of us can code? How many physicists? Chemists? Doctors? Historians? Educators? With all the cumulative knowledge and experience we can help out other women in the community in their outside lives, and we can help women in general. Between us we know so much, and we have the ability to get that information to a very large number of places without even a ridiculous amount of work from each. 
  • Start discussing the ‘bi women v lesbians’ thing like we’re all actually old enough to use the internet. The misogynist insults are disgraceful. The refusal to acknowledge actual lesbophobic behaviour is disgraceful. If the only contribution you want to make is whining or throwing jabs, then shut up. 

erai-crabantaure  asked:

What would the Fae think of the Classics majors at EU? We tend to be a pretty odd bunch (my department head serves absinthe out of a silver plated human skull at parties). Would they respect us as under protection of other beings, or would they resent us for studying gods that overtook and consumed so many other religions, or would they not care at all, since the Celtic Isles were never really conquered, and thus neither were they

I was actually thinking about this today! I think that to the Gentry Latin is and will always remain the language of trespassers; their presence in north/west Europe was relatively brief, but nevertheless they did arrive at one point, with their grid-roads and order, without invitation. I think that would translate into they Gentry being…wary, possibly. Vaguely hostile, and less forgiving (if you could call it that) of any actions that could be deemed impolite or aggressive. They will keep the peace until you break it, but it is very, very breakable. They have long memories, and you have made your alliances clear.

(I love your department head and wish to become your department head. Where can I acquire a silver-plated skull)

Why you SHOULDN’T boycott Beauty and the Beast

Before you read this, let me just put a disclaimer that this is just one queer boy’s opinion. I was really against the movie at first, mostly because of the Lefou nonsense, but I got to see an early screening at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood and I want to lay some fears to rest. I’m going to try and keep this as spoiler free as possible, but read at your own discretion!

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Tips for writers: Feeling shy? Ignored?

Reblog yo self. Reblog in the morning and after work and late at night and when other timezones around the world are having their evening and especially all through the weekends. Reblog for the readers who live in other countries, for those with different schedules, for the East Coast and the West Coast and Europe and the Eastern Hemisphere and the people nearby but up in the middle of the night and those (like me!) who read fic with their breakfast. There is no bad time to reblog your creations. In fact, do it more than once. Maybe even reblog something 4 or 5 or 6 times in the week after you post it. 

Just know you don’t have to feel guilty about hitting that reblog button on your own work. It’s not self-absorbed or pathetic or anything you should be ashamed of or self-pitying over. Maybe don’t do it every hour of the day, but reblogging your own stuff is more than ok. It’s good social media practice! Pretty much all popular authors do it. And helps your readers find your fic. They want to read your fic, really! It just needs to be on their dash when they happen to be online. 

Also, put your stuff on Ao3 so people can subscribe to you if they would rather read there AND 1. include a link to your Ao3 on your Tumblr fic post, and 2. include a link to your Tumblr on Ao3 so readers can easily reblog and reply and like your fic! 

Every time there is a terrorist attack in the West, I see people asking why the media doesn’t spend more time talking about terrorist attacks in MENA, SE Asia, Africa, etc. As I’m someone who has spent a decent amount of time reading about terrorism, I figured I would talk about that a little bit.

First, people in the US generally don’t care about, at least, SE Asia and Africa, and the media talks about what people care about and what they will watch news reports on. Europe is geographically closer, and so there is more of an interest by virtue of that. We as a country also tend to care broadly more about white people.

Second, there is a different implication to Americans when there are attacks in Europe. Especially when we’re talking about ISIS (which is most of the talked-about attacks in the West), they already have an active presence in most locations they attack in MENA, SE Asia, Africa, etc. Attacks in Europe/the West indicate a branching out and the threat growing closer/stronger in the area. That terrorists have attacked a mall in Kenya doesn’t imply that they would attack a mall in the US. That they have attacked a sports game in France does imply that they would attack on in the US.

With that, attacks in Europe/the West are generally by organizations that act internationally and outside of their major geography region. al Shabaab isn’t a threat to the continental US, so there is less of a vested interest in reporting on those attacks. ISIS (and al Qaeda core previously) as shown by attacks in the West is a direct threat to the continental US, as well as to close US allies, and so there is more of a vested interest by the American people.

Third, there are a huge number of attacks in MENA especially, and the US media can’t report on all of them. I know that sounds like a cop out, so here are some numbers (based on the Global Terrorism Database):

  • In Iraq in 2015, there were 2743 attacks. That’s an average of over 7.5 per day.
  • In Afghanistan in 2015, there were 1926 attacks. That’s an average of over 5 per day.

  • In February 12, 2015, there were 72 attacks around the world.

Big attacks do hit the US news cycle, along with some of the particularly gruesome attacks (though not all, and I won’t give details because nobody needs those).

Fourth, reporting coming out of a lot of these locations ranges from bad to non-existent. Particularly in Libya, Syria, Nigeria, and some other countries, reporting comes up to dates after attacks, with spotty information at best. That’s in large part because there are few journalists in the countries (many of them having been killed in the fighting or targeted by insurgents/terrorists), and there are particularly few international journalists. A lot of ISIS-controlled territory has basically no foreign journalists in them. Media sources are also frequently targeted and destroyed in the fighting. What this all boils down to is that getting good reporting or in fact any reporting can be very difficult in these regions.

anonymous asked:

What are the best resources for learning about ancient and medieval Chinese history? Are there any books you recommend?

I love this question! I am a bit more in touch with “Medieval” Chinese history, although the height of medieval in China wouldn’t necessarily align with the height of the “medieval” in Europe. 

I’ll put my answer below the cut. 

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