anonymous asked:

Why should I subscribe to a channel just because the owner is black?

Because sometimes we forget that we hear a very narrow band of perspectives in our media because we often choose the voices and creators we most easily identify with. And if we only hear the same perspectives, those voices start to seem like the only ones that are legitimate…or that exist.

There are a lot of different perspectives in the U.S. and black people in particular have a very different American Experience than white people. So, listening to a diversity of voices might just be, I dunno, like…interesting? Enriching? Useful? All that stuff.

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“I know it is terribly hard for me to even talk about my love for Dylan, for them to even hear me say that. But he was my son and knowing him did enrich my life and I loved him and he brought joy to me when he was alive. And since his death I have found meaning in life in trying to find answers to understand why this happened and how this terrible thing came about.”

The pain and sadness of a Columbine killer’s mother

The Columbine High School attack was 17 years ago, but remains etched into the consciousness both in the US and around the world. After years of silence, the mother of one of the two killers has been speaking to BBC Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark.

“The hardest thing to understand was kids killing kids.”

That quote from a student at Columbine High School is one of several set into the beautiful wall hewn from Jefferson County red sandstone which circles the Columbine memorial like an embrace.

The memorial which sits in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains pays tribute to each of the 12 students who were killed, and the teacher who was murdered as he tried to protect them.

“What I do is I sit there and in my head I talk to the kids and to the teacher who is there, without the rest of the world, without parents, without lawyers, community,” says Sue Klebold, the mother of Dylan Klebold who, along with Eric Harris, set out to blow up the whole school on 20 April 1999.

“I just want them to know that I am thinking about them. And I will always think about them.”

Sue Klebold’s composure left her as she spoke to me about the students that her son had killed.

For the last 17 years, she has had to live with the trauma of that day - of knowing the son she loved committed such an atrocity.

But she also had to struggle with her son’s own suicide, and the firestorm that engulfed the Klebold family in the aftermath of Columbine.

It’s only now that Sue Klebold is speaking publicly about what happened. Her book, A Mother’s Reckoning, is a harrowing read. All the profits she makes from it will go to mental health charities.

Sue and her then husband Tom only discovered six months after the killing that Dylan had been suicidal for two years, and since then Sue has devoted increasing time to helping other families whose children take their own lives, though few have done so in such extreme circumstances.

Columbine will forever be the shorthand for high school shootings in the US.

The Columbine attack

  • 20 April 1999
  • Columbine High School in Colorado
  • Carried out by students Eric Harris (18) and Dylan Klebold (17)
  • Both took their own lives in the library of the school after the attack
  • 12 students and one teacher were killed
  • 21 others were injured
  • Subject of a documentary by Michael Moore in 2002, Bowling for Columbine

Sue doesn’t shy away from hard questions. She takes me through the day of the massacre, and her initial reaction. For the first months she was in in a really extreme state of denial.

“I didn’t know that he was a killer. What I believed, at first, was that he was involved in something that had gone terribly wrong and people were hurt and killed. But in my mind, I could not accept him as a killer… until six months later when I actually saw the police report and they were able to say yes, this really occurred.”

Sue’s deep-set dark brown eyes betray her profound sadness. I asked her how she could cope with knowing that her son and Eric Harris had planned to kill everyone in Columbine High school, where the roll call was almost 2,000 pupils, and to that end they had amassed an arsenal of more than 90 bombs, guns and grenades.

“When I thought of that, and thought of the magnitude… I really didn’t think I was going to live through it.”

In her book Sue writes that it would have been better for the world had Dylan not been born - but not for her.

“When I think about what he did to other people, the lives he took, the trauma that he caused - for even the people who lived through this event and will have trauma for the rest of their lives - or who lost siblings or friends in this incident, there is no measuring that or quantifying it.”

“I know it is terribly hard for me to even talk about my love for Dylan, for them to even hear me say that. But he was my son and knowing him did enrich my life and I loved him and he brought joy to me when he was alive. And since his death I have found meaning in life in trying to find answers to understand why this happened and how this terrible thing came about.”

Sue described how on the morning of the massacre when it was still dark, and the house was black, her son, usually a reluctant early riser, thundered down the stairs, past her bedroom, right to the front door.

“I couldn’t see him but all I heard him say was ‘bye’, and then he slammed the door and left.”

In her book she writes that she was startled by the harshness in his voice. She and her husband Tom decided he would talk to her son that evening to find out if something was wrong. Of course, they never saw him again.

I asked her what she wished she had done that morning.

“I wish I had just tackled him and just said: 'Sit down. You’re not going anywhere. We’re gonna talk.’”

[BBC News - 2.12.2016]

Check these out. :) 

Kirsty Wark’s interview with Sue Klebold will be broadcast on on BBC Newsnight on Monday 15 February at 22:30 GMT on BBC Two

A longer version Columbine: A Killer in the Family is next weekend on Our World on the BBC News Channel and BBC World News (click for transmission times)


The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind - Lands and Buildings

Developed by Bethesda, The Elder Scrolls is one of the longest lasting RPG franchises in video games, with the most recent release being that of Skyrim. Before Skyrim and Oblivion, Morrowind was a breakthrough for the world of RPGs, existing as an open-world fantasy game on both XBox and PC that won over 60 awards (including Game of the Year).

Morrowind takes place in the land of Vvardenfell, a Dunmer island within the continent of Morrowind. It focuses in on Dagoth and other dieties, and sees Imperials and other humans as more outsiders, compared to Skyrim and later titles. Part of the success of Morrowind, however, is the expansive nature of the game, and the level at which it’s filled out: there is endless variety and opportunity for interaction, with innumerable lands, keeps, dungeons, mountains, bogs, and other places to explore. The level of worldbuilding and enriched lore is absolutely breathtaking. 

anonymous asked:

I really hate to see the character of Murtagh disappear. I was thinking, if RDM can change DG's books to include more Frank then why not add more Murtagh. Instead of dying at Culloden he could be wounded, sent to prison, transported to colonies where Claire and Jamie discover he is alive after they reach America. After all Jamie finds his Ardsmuir men in the new world. Just a thought. Hate to see Duncan's presence on OL be finished for good.

I am one of those people who thinks that Murtagh can live and the story will be enriched, as a result. Similar to your scenario. I would love to see that happen.

Roll Film

Before you were officially set to join the prestigious ranks of the students at Hope’s Peak Academy, another letter found its way to you. ‘Class enrichment program’, it called itself, which was kind of an uppity name for what was described to be a basic tour of a film set. Still, whether or not it piqued your interest, your entire class was being heavily encouraged to attend in the name of both getting to know each other, and being educated on the process of film making.

So, in the end, it wasn’t a hard choice to make. Sure, you’d go. It would be nice to meet your classmates, right? Seeing a film in process would be cool, too. It certainly couldn’t hurt, after all.


Hey, the exposition here is taking too long! No audience wants to listen to that. Let’s cut to the chase already!


The bus trip took a while, more than you’d expected. Big film studios like this one were supposed to be in the city, right? It’s odd that this one seems to be taking you and your classmates out into the middle of nowhere. Cell reception isn’t all that great, either. You chat a little bit with those around you, but for the most part, everyone seems quiet. You’re quieter than usual, as well. You’re not sure why, but you almost feel sleepy. It must just be because you left a little earlier than usual, nothing more! Looking around, you can’t help but notice something odd at the front. What’s that thing the bus driver is wearing on his face? Is that a gas mask?

You’re still pondering what it could be as your body suddenly relaxes, limbs going limp and eyes fluttering shut.


Much better! Erikoooooo-chaaaaan, make sure the cameras are all set up!

delicioushologramdeer asked:

Just curious, what are your thoughts on the Kansas City Zoo's penguin walks?

I think they’re great! I don’t know anyone at that facility so I can’t ask specifically, but it seems completely fine and is great enrichment for the birds.

From what I can tell from watching clips on youtube, the people are held back behind a barrier with a good amount of space. There’s no crowding and considering the volume level, they’ve probably been told to not scream or be too loud. The birds are being herded by lots of the staff they’re used to working with, and it looks like they’ve probably walked the route enough that they know where they’re supposed to go. They’re not stressed and it gets them new sights and smells and exercise. 

Lots of places take penguins out of their exhibits for various events or promotions, and it seems to be a pretty well accepted thing to do. They’re hardy birds and they can’t really run fast enough to escape. Their bite certainly can hurt, but that’s why people are kept away from them. If the temperature was wrong or they were worried about anything, they’d not be brought out. That’s the last thing to remember - I’m pretty sure this is fairly voluntary for the birds to do. If they weren’t wanting to go, they could just stay on exhibit. 


Termite Activity Enhances Ecosystem Productivity and Stability

Termite activity increases soil moisture and nutrient accumulation, strengthening African savanna ecosystems.

Termites enrich soil quality by processing and concentrating organic matter, and their complex subterranean nests promote water infiltration. Learn how this process works with this engaging animation narrated by Princeton University researcher Corina Tarnita.

For more resources and related materials, visit HHMI BioInteractive: https://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/patterns-and-processes-ecology

By: HHMI BioInteractive.

Clever Boy

So, some background. Our guinea pig, Bo, is an Abyssinian–a breed known for being high-energy and mischievous. I have jokingly called them the border collies of guinea pigs. 

Being a large, high-energy, intelligent animal he gets bored to tears if he’s in his cage all day (the cage is really way too small for him–me and my dad are planning right now to build a two-level expansion for him, but until I can get home that’s not gonna happen), so he has a “piggy prison” playpen in the back room. This is a safe, enclosed indoor area, and he gets to run around a bit and play with some toys. He has water and food and a litter box, it’s a nice setup.

Unfortunately my dad doesn’t quite get the basic point of providing enrichment, which is that it needs to be interesting, providing him with things to do and figure out and explore. This means nothing in his playpen has been changed to provide new stimuli in, like, a month and a half.

Bo was bored.

Bo decided the playpen was boring, and began systematically testing the hinges in an attempt to find somewhere more interesting. Bo has now discovered the part of the pen that he can lift off the hinge with his teeth in order to open it. They have learned to open doors. Nowhere is safe.


Bettas - Fact vs Fiction 

Fiction: Wild bettas only live in puddles during the dry season and many of them die.
Fact: In reality they live in large flooded rice patties where they stake out a territory.

Fiction: Bettas can live in vases and eat the roots of the plant.
Fact: Bettas are carivores and starve to death in vases.

Fiction: Bettas are fine in small novelty bowls or tanks without heaters or filters.
Fact: Bettas are tropical fish who need warm clean water to survive.

Fiction: Bettas live very short lives so you have to keep buying new ones.
Fact: Bettas live for two to three years if they are kept in larger properly heated and filtered tanks.

Fiction: They are just fish.
Fact: They are very intelligent fish who will interact with you and seek out your company if you let them. They need enrichment in their tanks such as plants to keep them from being bored.

Personal fact: I have a 5 gallon tank on either side of my keyboard and they spend as much time watching me as I do watching them.  One of them really likes my little dog Widget and they visit with each other every day.

Inner beauty

You know, there are days that I wonder how people can let themselves be so blinded by “superficial beauty” and not even attempt to look below the surface to better know a person. And I don’t mean the physical kind of beauty either. Beauty (good and bad) can take different forms like vanity, adoration, reputation, knowing humiliation, kindness, compassion.  Sometimes things are not always what they seem. So please, always take the time to get to know people. For example: Don’t immediately dislike some one because they are popular. The same can be said that you shouldn’t just like some one because they are popular. Really get to know people and I promise your life will feel more enlightened and enriched.

Pinkwater's Neddiad: awesome YA novel with ghosts, fat alien cops, shamans, circus animals, triplanes, swordfighting, etc

I’ve been catching up with a bunch of Daniel Pinkwater books lately, most recently The Neddiad: How Neddie Took the Train, Went to Hollywood, and Saved Civilization, his 2007 young adult novel that contains (in no particular order): circus animals, Pullman trains, sleight of hand, Navaho shaman, triplanes, the Grand Canyon, shoelaces, ghosts, cowboys, fat alien cops in grey station wagons, swordfighting, torture, rescue, a Roman coliseum, elder gods, and tar-soaked fossils.

The Neddiad concerns the cross-country migration of Neddie Wentworthstein, who one day mentions to his war-enriched shoelace-magnate father that he’d like to eat in the Brown Derby in Hollywood (because, hey, restaurant shaped like a hat!), prompting his father to realize that he, too, had always dreamt of dining in a hat. The family immediately moves to Los Angeles, taking the train, and Neddie loses the family in Arizona, meets a shaman, is given a holy relic, meets a cowboy and a ghost and a best friend, finds his way to Los Angeles, and saves the world.

So, it’s your basic Daniel Pinkwater plot: hilarious, goofy, sweet, wildly imaginative, and filled with food and adventure. I loved every page. As Neil Gaiman writes in his blurb, “Pinkwater is the uniquest. And so are his books. Each uniquer than the last… A delight in oddness. A magic that’s not like anyone else’s.”

He’s so right. I do believe that Daniel Pinkwater is my favorite writer, living or dead.

The Neddiad: How Neddie Took the Train, Went to Hollywood, and Saved Civilization


Every Fight is a Cock Fight.

Man Cock against Man Cock.

Man Balls against Man Balls.

Primal and Instinctively Male.

Men NEED to Fight.

It strengthens and hardens their bodies, it enriches them spiritually.



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Why They Hate the Journal of Outsider Poetry

I was overjoyed 18 months ago when I received the invitation to edit The Journal of Outsider Poetry because I have always considered myself an advocate for outsiders, the mentally ill, gender fluid, and those whose voices are underepresented in the literary and academic communities. 

After editing several editions of the Journal, organizing poetry therapy groups throughout America, and appearing in countless publications and on many radio and television shows in order to promote the goals of using the arts and poetry to enrich the lives of everyone, I am tired and worn down by the politics of dealing with an establishment that seems to think introducing poetry into the lives of millions of Americans is a waster of time and money.

We are doing the right thing, and we are changing lives. Our methodology is sound, especially when one takes into consideration the cruel and barbaric history of mental health treatment, but we are encountering a great deal of resistance from traditional therapists and practitioners who feel our methods are a waster of resources. Since when are art and poetry a waste of resources? What we do allows millions of Americans an outlet for their creativity. A voice where before they may have had none. It allows them a new and different avenue for dealing with everyday frustrations and lifelong afflictions. 

Although I am tired, and at times would like to resign my position in the face of enormous backlash and criticism, I am resigned to redouble my efforts to make sure one day outsider poetry therapy is seen as a viable and useful therapeutic tool by millions of practitioners. 

King Crimson 21st Century Schizoid Man

Indeed, what better method can there be at times in reaching a distant patient than music, literature, or the visual arts? It has such meaning in the lives of us all, why would anyone discount it as a means to grow, to discover, and the heal? No, I say I will not forfeit the loudspeaker of this august and noble publication. I am, and remain, the editor of The Journal of Outsider Poetry.


Dr. Henry Wolfsburg

Here’s Why Being In An INFJs Inner Circle Makes You Truly Blessed

Here’s Why Being In An INFJs Inner Circle Makes You Truly Blessed

Being a friend, lover or family member of an INFJ is truly a blessing. Of course no one is perfect, but there are many ways in which being close to an INFJ will enrich your life. Here are just a few reasons why being close to these warm and caring individuals will make you feel truly blessed.

They Are Extremely Giving Individuals

INFJs often sacrifice their own needs for the good of others. They are happiest if they are able to make others happy. Because of this the INFJ may often neglect their own desires, just to make sure you are happy. They will spend a lot of their energy thinking about you, factoring you strongly into their life choices. They are very warm to those who they consider close to them and are willing to be affectionate and compassionate. They rarely ask for much from the people close to them, except for loyalty and honesty and of course some alone time. As long as you stick by your INFJ, they will always stick by you. Their capacity for love is very powerful and they value the people in their extremely small inner circle. Often the INFJs inner circle is only one or two people that they find vital to their life.

They Are Great Listeners

INFJs are extremely capable of listening to the needs of others. They enjoy hearing what you have to say and want to study and understand you. They will pay very close attention to your behaviors and your desires. The INFJ will spend time analyzing your actions as a way of reaching a powerful understanding of who you are as a person. INFJs are very skilled at reading people and picking up on the smallest changes. They will almost always realize when something is bothering you and they have a talent for making you feel comfortable enough to share. It is hard to keep secrets from an INFJ, even if you are keeping those secrets from yourself. When you have a hard time understanding your own emotions, the INFJ is amazing at deciphering what is going on with you. Giving them the chance to see into your soul is a valuable thing. When the INFJ understands you, they will strive to do whatever they can to make you happy. They will find all of your problems and insecurities and abolish them. They know what you need often before you do and are more than willing to provide that for you.

INFJs will be more than happy to listen to you talk about your troubles for long periods of time. They are introverted individuals who need their time alone, but will provide you with more than enough quality time. When the INFJ is with you it will be hard not to feel their presence. Something about being around your INFJ will make you feel at ease and extremely understood. They don’t judge you for your flaws and mistakes, but rather see them as important parts of what makes you who you are. You will never feel judged by your INFJ, since they love you fully for who you are. They simply want you to love them in return, which is truly all they ask.

They Are Also Excellent Advice Givers

Not only are INFJs very good listeners, they are incredible advice givers. INFJs have a powerful intuition that is rarely wrong when they trust it fully. Because the INFJ understands you and your desires on a very deep level, they are capable of figuring out the best course of action for you. When you are confused and do not realize how to solve your problems, the INFJ will be excellent at guiding you in the right direction. They will help you figure out what it is you want and show you what decisions will acquire that for you.

Your INFJ is very understanding and willing to spend their energy figuring out how to make your life better. When they see an opportunity to use their intuition to better someone else’s life they are eager to do so. As long as you trust your INFJ and are willing to be open with them, you will find that it is very rewarding.

They Will Help You Become Confident

Your INFJ will help you realize all of the very best qualities that you possess. Their ability to see you for who you truly are is a wonderful gift. If your INFJ has deemed you trustworthy, that means they see you as a very worthy person. INFJs are often excellent judges of character and are very good at weeding out the cold-hearted people. When the INFJ wants you in their life it is because they see good in you that they want to nourish. Your INFJ will find ways of bringing out your very best and will seek to make you confident in who you are. They probably see you in a very positive light, which over time will help you to see that as well. Your INFJ will give you confidence and strength to grow into a better more capable individual. With them behind you there isn’t much you cannot do.

Your INFJ is also willing to call you out when you are wrong. They have a way of showing you where you can be better, without actually making you feel bad about yourself. They know how to help you see the mistakes in your life that are making you unhappy. They will help you to understand these mistakes and find better ways to accomplish your goals.

Their Inner World Is An Incredible Place

INFJs have incredible and vivid imaginations. Being close to an INFJ allows you the slightest glimpse into this magical inner world. Being able to see how the INFJ thinks and works is a powerful experience. Being close enough to see parts of an INFJ and learn more about them is something you will never forget. INFJs have many layers of their personalities, and over time they will uncover these layers and show themselves to you. This is an intriguing and exciting process, as you slowly learn more about your INFJ. They struggle with trusting others, so it is often easier for them to expose themselves to you over a period of time. As they begin to realize that you are truly trustworthy, you will find yourself enraptured by their magical inner world. Understanding your INFJ is a challenge that you may never completely be able to fulfill. But the journey is an enriching experience that is well worth your effort.

They Are Fun

INFJs have a very intense serious side to them, but there is also a flip-side to that. INFJs are also great fun to be around when they trust you. They enjoy doing the fun things that you like to do and are willing to take time to do those things. They are extremely passionate individuals, with an ability to really let loose and be silly with the ones they care about. Being around an INFJ when they are in their playful moods is definitely a fun experience.

They Will Fight For You

INFJs have a strong protective desire and will be your biggest advocate. They will stand in between you and anyone who wishes you harm. They are caring individuals, but when they are angry can be a powerful force. They will become very angry if anyone hurts you deeply and will be perfectly willing to strike out against them. If they consider you someone that they love, your INFJ will fight for you no matter what the cost. They are rarely fearful of others and will push very hard to make everyone understands that you are not to be harmed.

Seeing you in pain is very hard on the INFJ, and they will do whatever it takes to avoid this. They will stand by you even when times are hard, and will never falter in their loyalty. They take their commitments very seriously and do not let go of their close relationships easily. Although they have huge hearts and often care about everyone, if you are special to them you are a priority.

Just Remember To Give As Much As You Get

INFJs may be giving, but that doesn’t mean they do not have their limits. Remember not to take advantage of their love for you, by giving them as much as they give you. All the INFJ asks of you, is that you are honest and loyal to them. Share parts of yourself with your INFJ that you are not willing to share with anyone else. Show them that you appreciate the way they make you feel. Give them love and understanding, and you will be truly blessed with a lifelong friend.

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