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The Women of Carry On

In icy fields.

Is water flowing in the tank?

Will they huddle together, warm bodies pressing?

(Is it the year of the goat or the sheep?

Scholars debating Chinese zodiac,

follower or leader.)

O lead them to a warm corner,

little ones toward bulkier bodies.

Lead them to the brush, which cuts the icy wind.

Another frigid night swooping down — 

Aren’t you worried about them? I ask my friend,

who lives by herself on the ranch of goats,

far from here near the town of Ozona.

She shrugs, “Not really,

they know what to do. They’re goats.”

300 Goats, Naomi Shihab Nye

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“The President seems to change his mind based on any information that is new to him - which seems to be almost any information. That is genuinely worrying.”

@colorninart I thought it’d be a good idea if my friend Straw and I gave you something (we’re both Chinese). He went to your blog and said “this Maxie in a traditional Chinese clothing looks pretty” and so he studied your drawing a little and shortly after drew RSE Maxie in the same outfit.
And now he says “I just wanted to draw this but somehow it turned into some Chinese Mafia AU-like thing.”
So I’ll call this organization…


“The Magma Brotherhood of the Breathing Mountain”



↑Insert really badass nature-ish words and now you have a pseudo Chinese Mafia name for Team Magma【What is this
Well it does sound cool, the abbreviation even comes out to be MBBM which is a palindrome so hell yeah savage this is!
↑I talk too much

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Defying Trump, other countries are stepping up to fight climate change without the US

  • As the United States government appears to give up the fight to curb the dangers of climate change, other countries are stepping forward to attempt to fill the gap.
  • On Tuesday, the EU’s European Investment Bank pledged “to maintain its target” of investing around $20 billion a year over the next five years to fight climate change, the Independent reported.
  • China is poised to take a leadership role in the fight against climate change “by the end of this decade,” according to a report in the Guardian, as Chinese leaders see greater environmental and economic value in the cause. Read more

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Berlin gives celebrity welcome to 2 giant pandas from China

BERLIN — Two giant pandas — Meng Meng and Jiao Qing — received a celebrity welcome Saturday in Berlin from the German capital’s mayor and the Chinese ambassador after they safely weathered a long flight from China.

Meng Meng and Jiao Qing flew the animal equivalent of first class, getting royal treatment on their 12-hour-flight from Chengdu in southwestern China. Their entourage included a Berlin veterinarian, two Chinese zookeepers and a bunch of journalists.

“They slept a bit, munched on their bamboo and nibbled on some cookies,” veterinarian Andreas Ochs told reporters at Berlin’s Schoenefeld airport shortly after the arrival. Medication for motion sickness was not needed.

“They did just fine,” he said.

The German capital is going nuts over the impossibly cute bears, who will be presented to the public at Berlin Zoo on July 6. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping are also expected to visit the new animal stars ahead of the Group of 20 summit in Germany in early July.

“It was my personal wish to come and welcome our new residents,” Mayor Michael Mueller said. “We are delighted that Berlin has gained another fantastic attraction with these bears.”

Jiao Qing, which means “darling,” is a 7-year-old male and weighs 108 kilograms (238 pounds). Female Meng Meng, which translates as “sweet dream,” is three years old and weighs 77 kilograms (169 pounds).

The pandas were taken from the airport to the zoo with police protection so they didn’t have to stop at any red lights. They also brought their own food on the plane — one metric ton of bamboo from China. Once they’ve chewed up all of that, the zoo will start importing special bamboo from the Netherlands.

The furry couple will move into a ritzy new nine-million-euro ($10 million) compound, furbished with Chinese-style pavilions, red lanterns, a climbing area and a mountain landscape. They will be the only pandas in the country, the German news agency dpa reported.

Expectations are high the two will have babies soon, even though Ochs warned that Meng Meng is not yet sexually mature.

The arrival of the black-and-white bears was preceded by yearslong bilateral negotiations, since giant pandas are unique to China and sent abroad as diplomatic envoys.

“In China, pandas are regarded as a national treasure,” Chinese ambassador Shi Mingde said. “Therefore the breeding and conservation of these animals is a top priority for us.”

The pandas will be on loan from China for 15 years — a deal for which the Asian country is charging 1 million euros ($1.1 million) each year, dpa reported.

Berlin’s last panda, Bao Bao, was sent in 1980 as a gift from then-Chinese leader Hua Guofeng to West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. Bao Bao died in 2012.

Berlin’s most famous zoo animal, the polar bear Knut, died of a sudden illness in 2011.

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Kirsten Grieshaber, The Associated Press

The Art of Deception (M)

mafia!luhan, 14.8k, was wondering if u could do a bad boy! luhan scenario []

warning: possible triggers (death, murder, illness, etc), smut (oral and some lovely luhan kisses!!)

Luhan is trying to hold onto his own reality. You wouldn’t do that. He thinks you wouldn’t. He knows you’ve been hiding things from him and he knows there’s truth behind your words but he thinks that everything you’ve told him is not a lie. You love him. You do. 

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Aviator Katherine “Air Queen” Stinson (1891-1977) in Tokyo, 1916.

On July 12, 1912, Katherine Stinson became the fourth American woman to earn a pilot’s license. As the “Flying Schoolgirl” she toured the country and thrilled thousands of viewers with her stunts at county and state fairs.

In a plane she had built herself, she became the first woman and fourth pilot in the United States to master the loop-the-loop, a stunt that was considered particularly dangerous. She was the first person of either sex to fly an airplane at night. Moreover, in 1915, in Los Angeles, California, she flew into the dark sky to spell out “CAL” with flares, thus becoming the first pilot to perform night skywriting. 

In 1916, the year Amelia Earhart graduated from high school, Stinson became the first woman to fly in the Orient. Fan clubs developed all over Japan to honor the “Air Queen.” Chinese leaders were granted a private exhibition, one of the thirty-two flights that Stinson made in that country. 

In 1917 she set a long-distance record of 610 miles by flying alone from San Diego to San Francisco, over the mountains of Southern California. When the United States Post Office started air-mail service, Stinson became the first woman to be commissioned as a mail pilot. She broke her flying record while carrying airmail with a 783-mile flight from Chicago to near New York City. When the United States became involved in World War I and the army asked for volunteer pilots, Stinson applied, but the military twice rejected her applications because she was a woman.

Katherine then volunteered as an ambulance driver in Europe. She was accepted, but brutal winter and wartime conditions took a toll on her health: she returned to the U.S. weak from tuberculosis. Settling in Santa Fe, she eventually became an award-winning designer of pueblo-style homes. Katherine never flew again, but her pioneering efforts lifted aviation to public awareness and acceptance. 

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How fake news and hoaxes have tried to derail Jakarta's election - BBC News
As a bitter election looms, activists have declared this a dark era in Indonesia's digital life.

In Indonesia, the rise of fake news, hoaxes, and misleading information online has cast a pall over an already bitterly divided election in the capital, Jakarta. BBC Indonesian’s Christine Franciska looks at why activists are describing this as a dark era in Indonesia’s digital life.

It is impossible to explain Jakarta’s election without first introducing Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, or Ahok, who stepped up in 2014 when then-governor Joko Widodo became president.

Mr Purnama is the first Christian and ethnic Chinese leader of the Muslim-majority city in more than 50 years, and now is running for another term.

He was seen as the favourite to win - and for some, as a potential future president - until he was charged with blasphemy in late 2016, a criminal offence in Indonesia.

Despite mass protests against him, Mr Purnama led the election’s first round in February but without enough votes to secure the job outright, so a second round will be held on 19 April.

His opponent is a former education minister and Islamic conservative Anies Rasyid Baswedan, who has gone from being the most unpopular candidate to the strongest contender, according to recent polls.

The blasphemy case testing Indonesia’s very identity
It is an election divided not just by politics but by religion too and of all things, hoaxes have put a potent edge on these tensions.

“We recorded that there are more than 1,900 alleged-hoax reports in recent three months,” said Khairul Ashar, a co-founder of Turn Back Hoax - a crowd-sourced digital initiative where they collected and debunked hoaxes spreading in social media.

“More than 1,000 reports have been confirmed as hoaxes. Most of these are about politics, mainly about Jakarta’s gubernatorial election. And religious issues play a big role,” said Mr Ashar, who lives in Singapore.

Alternative facts

The recent visit of Saudi Arabia’s king is one of the examples of how the truth was reversed in the online imagination. This picture of Mr Purnama shaking hands with King Salman when he arrived in Jakarta early March. was condemned as false on social media even though it was captured by the Indonesian president’s official photographer.

King Salman is widely praised in Indonesia as an Islamic role model, so this photo would be seen as a great boost for Mr Purnama.

But anti-Ahok groups said, “This news is hoax, because it is haram for a king to shake hands with the blasphemer of Islam.” One Facebook user even posted a long analysis explaining how it was a fake story.

Some did retaliate: “You have (official) picture, and also an (official) video (of them shaking hands), but still people thought it was fake. Your life is a hoax.”
Recently, President Joko Widodo inaugurated the first city-owned grand mosque in Jakarta, but some people argued it looked like a cross, and then proceeded to accuse Mr Purnama of “Christianisation”.

Mr Purnama’s opponent has also been smeared by hoaxes and launched an anti-hoax website to counter it called fitnahlagi.com (which translates as defamed again).

There were also fake posters spread online saying: “If Mr Baswedan loses the election, there will be Muslim Revolution” with provocative pictures of men wearing white clothes and holding swords.

‘The dark age’

This is a big concern for IT activists. “We change our campaign narrative now,” said Matahari Timoer, one of the members of Jakarta-based Internet watchdog ICT Watch.

“It used to be 'think before share’, but now we urge people to 'do your part’.”
He was talking about their campaign battling the danger of hoaxes and he says there is an urgent need for the “silent majority to speak up and raise their voice on social media.”

“Our digital life has entered a dark age, that is why we need people to do their part as a lantern to light up, and fight this dark period,” he said.

As a former member of a Muslim radical group he understands what’s at stake - a rising religious intolerance dividing a nation.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo even declared a war against “fake news” late last year.

There are more than 40,000 websites claiming to be news sites, but most of them are not registered, said the Press Council, who has launched an online media verification system to filter fake news.

Recently, the communications and information ministry urged Twitter and Facebook to combat hoaxes on their own platform. But many believe those efforts are not enough.

Mr Timoer underlined what people called dark social media: WhatsApp groups and Telegram’s secret groups, more intimate and influential.

So could fake news really influence the final round of Jakarta’s election?

“It will affect emotional voters. They persist with what they choose based on information related to religion and ethnicity,” said Mr Timoer. He thinks it will only have a small impact in the end.

But Mr Ashar thinks differently. He believes the threat behind these hoaxes goes way beyond Jakarta’s political battle.

“Some groups want to change philosophical foundation of the country, and in the name of freedom of speech they use hoaxes in social media to gain followers,” said Mr Anshar.

All the activists know that even after this election is over, the hoaxes will continue their battle for the hearts and minds of Indonesia’s public.

Are You Not Alarmed?

Donald Trump told The Washington Post that he may have military parades in America like this one in North Korea in 2015. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty

By Charles M. Blow for The New York Times. January 19, 2017 [x]

Donald Trump may push us into another war.    

I continue to be astonished that not enough Americans are sufficiently alarmed and abashed by the dangerous idiocies that continue to usher forth from the mouth of the man who will on Friday be inaugurated as president of the United States. 

Toss ideology out of the window. This is about democracy and fascism, war and peace, life and death. I wish that I could write those words with the callous commercialism with which some will no doubt read them, as overheated rhetoric simply designed to stir agitation, provoke controversy and garner clicks. But alas, they are not. These words are the sincere dispatches of an observer, writer and citizen who continues to see worrisome signs of a slide toward the exceedingly unimaginable by a man who is utterly unprepared. 

In a series of interviews and testimonies Donald Trump and his cronies have granted in the last several days, they have demonstrated repeatedly how destabilizing, unpredictable and indeed unhinged the incoming administration may be. Their comments underscore the degree to which this administration may not simply alter our democracy beyond recognition, but also potentially push us into armed conflict. 

Last week, Trump’s secretary of state nominee, Rex Tillerson, said during his confirmation hearing that the United States had to “send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops, and second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed.” 

The only way to do this is with some sort of naval blockade, which China would undoubtedly interpret as an act of war. 

Indeed, as Business Insider reported, Chinese state-run media responded in an editorial, “Unless Washington plans to wage a large-scale war in the South China Sea, any other approaches to prevent Chinese access to the islands will be foolish.” 

Business Insider quoted Bonnie Glaser, a senior adviser for Asia and the director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, who pointed out that Tillerson’s position could easily result in war. 

If the United States put “a cordon of ships around one or all of the islands, and the Chinese flew in aircraft to one of their new islands, what are we going to do? Shoot it down?” Glaser asked. “We’d certainly end up in a shooting war with China.” But even short of the conflict over the islands, The Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Browne suggested Tuesday, Trump’s talk on trade alone could escalate into an armed conflict with China. Trump has said he will make continued adherence to the “one China” policy — which recognizes Beijing as the sole government of China — conditional on negotiations over what he sees as currency manipulation and other unfair trade practices by China. 

As Browne points out: 

“The gambit has profound security and military implications. Taiwan is a regional flash point. Beijing regards the island as an inalienable part of Chinese territory; ‘One China’ expresses not just its political desire for unification but a core part of Chinese identity. Chinese leaders will fight for it. They can’t lose Taiwan.” 

Make no mistake: As bad of an actor as China is, the United States actually depends on China. It is one of our biggest trade partners, but furthermore it is one of the last remaining checks on an erratic North Korea. China could simply stop using its influence to make North Korea behave. 

And as you may recall, during the campaign Trump suggested that the way to contain North Korea was for nuclear proliferation in the region. In March, Trump said of nuclear weapons: “You have so many countries already — China, Pakistan, you have so many countries, Russia — you have so many countries right now that have them.” He continued: “Now, wouldn’t you rather, in a certain sense, have Japan have nuclear weapons when North Korea has nuclear weapons?” 

Then there is the destabilizing and downright frightening random rhetoric. Trump has suggested that he equally trusts America’s friend-in-arms Angela Merkel and his friend-in-spirit Vladimir Putin. 

Trump told The Washington Post this week that he may start having military parades in major American cities à la North Korea: 

“Being a great president has to do with a lot of things, but one of them is being a great cheerleader for the country.” He continued: “And we’re going to show the people as we build up our military, we’re going to display our military. That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue. That military may be flying over New York City and Washington, D.C., for parades. I mean, we’re going to be showing our military.” 

And, Trump continues to trash NATO, calling it “obsolete.” This is insanity. But too many Americans don’t want to see this threat for what it is. International affairs and the very real threat of escalating militarization and possibly even military conflict seems much harder to grasp than the latest inflammatory tweet. 

Maybe people think this possibility is unthinkable. Maybe people are just hoping and praying that cooler heads will prevail. Maybe they think that Trump’s advisers will smarten him up and talk him down. 

But where is your precedent for that? When has this man been cautious or considerate? This man with loose lips and tweeting thumbs may very well push us into another war, and not with a country like Afghanistan, but with a nuclear-armed country with something to prove. 

Are you not alarmed? 

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Tenzin Delek, one of the most prominent Tibetan religious leaders in Chinese custody, has died. Activists from the Tibetan community stood outside the Chinese consulate in New York to demand justice for Tenzin Delek, whose family suspects that the Chinese government murdered him while serving a life prison sentence.

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15 LIFE & BUSINESS LESSONS FROM CHINA'S RICHEST MAN - JACK MA

He is the recently named China’s richest man - the man who took Alibaba Group, China’s largest e-commerce business, to the biggest IPO in US history. His name is Jack Ma. 

There is something interesting about successful Chinese entrepreneurs and leaders. I always find them to be much deeper and more humble than their American counterparts. After reading several articles about Jack Ma, I particularly admire him for starting out as an English teacher earlier in his life with no technical background, but great foresight, ambition, and determination.

Here are the 15 Life and Business Lessons from Jack Ma (translated from Chinese to English).

  • Your attitude is more important than your capabilities. Similarly, your decision is more important than your capabilities. 
  • You cannot unify everyone’s thoughts, but you can unify everyone through a common goal. Let your colleagues and employees work for a common goal.  
  • A leader should never compare his technical skills with his employee’s. Your employee should have superior technical skills than you. However, a good leader should have more foresight, higher tenacity, and higher endurance for failure than his employees.
  • Giving up is the greatest failure.
  • Only fools use their mouth to speak. A smart man uses his brain. A wise man uses his heart.
  • The world will not remember what you say, but it will certainly not forget what you have done. Don’t make complaining or whining a habit.
  • Adopt and change before any major trends or changes.
  • Your attitude determines your altitude. 
  • A great opportunity is often hard to be explained clearly. Things that can be explained clearly are often not the best opportunities.
  • “Free” is the most expensive word.
  • When starting a business, you must have the ability to see, the ability to understand what is going on, and the ability to keep up with the pace.
  • When you’re small, focus and use your brain instead of your physical strength. 
  • If you have a different mindset, you will have a different outcome: if you make different choices from your peers, your life will then be different from your peers. 
  • The most unreliable thing in this world is human relationships.
  • Starting your company means you will lose your stable income. But it also means your income will no longer be limited, you will use your time more effectively, and you will no longer need to beg for favours from people anymore. 

< This article was originally published in Chinese and was translated into English. Please share if you find this helpful.> 

uscentrism: yes, we'd like Eurocentric and colonialist discourses to be challenged, we'd like non-European histories to be talked about, but...

hmm i feel like one person i follow for history stuff is making me really uncomfortable in how they seem to fetishise non-European cultures and our otherness (I say that as a Chinese). Probably not intentionally, but i just get uncomfortable at times. I get the premise of what they are doing is good, but I question its execution. They post interesting things at times but at the same time I personally feel there’s a lack of critical, historical analysis, nor a willingness to accept evidence that challenges their bias. And to often get defensive, insinuate people who disagree with them are internalised racists. Somehow, I feel they are not conscious of how they are ironically perpetuating the structures of oppression and the Western gaze they actually want to fight against.

anyway, so basically it was an issue over cleopatra’s ethnicity. We know she was part Greek at least, because she was a Ptolemaic Queen. (Alexander the Great died after he conquered Egypt, and one of his generals, Ptolemy took over. Cleopatra is descended from his bloodlines). In popular culture, she was portrayed as a fair-skinned woman- and was once played by Elizabeth Taylor. So, I do get where this idea of wanting to challenge potential whitewashing comes from.

  • So this person wrote a post suggesting how cleopatra was definitely not wholly greek and probably part egyptian. An Egyptian (I can’t be 100% sure but I think they are) took issue with it and it seemed they did not like it because they felt Cleopatra was part of an imperialist dynasty that conquered their country and further made them susceptible to Roman imperialism after that. Ergo, they did not like that the person was suggesting Cleopatra was an African icon without further evidence. But this blogger didn’t seem to get that and insinuated that they wanted Cleopatra to be “white” because they want to whitewash history? The asker’s tone might not have been the best but I kinda understood.
  • I mean like we Chinese find it important to make it very clear the Yuan and Qing dynasties were NOT Han Chinese, (the former was Mongol, the latter Manchu) as much as they continued the traditions of our emperors of old. We would not want, say, Emperor Hirohito, the Emperor of Japan during WW2 to be mistaken for a Chinese leader as Japanese rule was brutal. I am not sure who is right about Cleopatra’s ethnicity, but it’s more like I’m a bit uncomfortable at the way the discourse unfolds, the types of assumptions that tend to be evoked when challenged.

And I sort of feel this reaction is a product of tumblr US-centrism, where the dichotomy is “white vs POC”.So, anyone who does not favour the idea that Cleopatra is non-white is kind of treated with suspicion…which should not neccessarily be so if the person is an Egyptian themselves. “Whiteness” vs “POC” as a dichotomy doesn’t do justice to the complexity of ancient history, nor the way we non-Americans see themselves today. Because we should be mindful of how the “white” and “POC” dichotomy may be reproducing American hegemony, American narratives- and potentially a system of oppression that distorts narratives that exist outside of the US context.