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Thanks to @callanmulvey you all get to appreciate my terrible awesome taste in music. First ten songs on shuffle.

1. AC/DC - It’s a long way to the top (if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll)
2. Porcelain Black - Curiosity
3. 1200 Micrograms - Acid for Nothing
4. Porcelain Black - Swallow my bullets
5. Kongos - Come with me now
6. S.U.N Project - Into the sun (2012 remix)
7. Mark Snow - X-files (Unkle variation)
8. Super Junior - Bonamana
9. Wax Audio - Devil’s Highway (AC/DC x Van Halen mashup)
10. Yello - The Race (Tomcraft remix)

I’m tagging @kalika999 @s-o-l-d-a-t @lj-todd and @trebeka specifically, but you wanna show off your amazing taste in music, don’t let the lack of tags stop you :)

//put on your war paint\

12 songs fit for riding into any battle: whether it’s the battle of waterloo, or that one chemistry test you can’t afford to fail

listen here

1. The Phoenix - Fall Out Boy // 2. Uprising - Muse // 3. Run This Town (Posthumus Zone) - Rihanna, Jay Z, E.S. Posthumus // 4. Guren No Yumiya - Linked Horizon // 5. Beat It - Fall Out Boy // 6. Come With Me Now - Kongos // 7. Seven Nation Army - White Stripes // 8. 3’s & 7’s - Queens of the Stone Age // 9. Sail - AWOLNATION // 10. Hero - Skillet // 11. Back in Black - AC/DC // 12. Holiday - Green Day

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Before and After Colonisation

The British, referred to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the Congolese people as ‘Primitive’ because they respected the land they lived on and understand the harmony that mankind and nature must abide by. In cultivating Palm trees, they only took what was needed for themselves to feed their families, and constructed a simple but efficient system of refining palms into oil and other products for many different purposes.

The British observed  and studied their technique, in their greed they decided to make it into a mass production enterprise, one explorer stated “buried in their jungle, they were too backward to realise the vast inheritance it had to offer, the untapped resources of their vast continent…wealth lay wasting”

It is by this same so called ‘primitive’ invention that they sought out to make profit from Palm (Palm Trees only grow in Tropical climates so the English knew nothing on how to cultivate and process it) they took the  invention of the Congolese and  enforced their system of capitalism in their country to fund their industrial ‘revolution’, producing more than was necessary, raping the land, causing major issues such as deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty and for the vast majority if not all of the profits to be enjoyed in their own countries.

They then spread propaganda worldwide; ‘the savages lived in darkness’ 'we found them swinging from trees’ 'we saved them from  themselves’, 'we civilised them’ and etc

They made it larger scale, a little tweak there, a little alteration here, and the white man has the audacity to herald himself as an inventor.

Making alterations to a pre-existing system/product whilst keeping the core technique does not make you an inventor. Its called Plagiarism.

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Come with me now
Come with me now

Whoa, come with me now
I’m gonna take you down

Whoa, come with me now
I’m gonna show you how

Whoa, come with me now
I’m gonna take you down

Whoa, come with me now
I’m gonna show you how

Afraid to lose control
And caught up in this world

I’ve wasted time, I’ve wasted breath
I think I’ve thought myself to death

I was born without this fear
Now only this seems clear

I need to move, I need to fight
I need to lose myself tonight

Whoa, come with me now
I’m gonna take you down

Whoa, come with me now
I’m gonna show you how

I think with my heart and I move with my head
I open my mouth and it’s something I’ve read

I stood at this door before, I’m told
But a part of me knows that I’m growing too old

Confused what I thought with something I felt
Confuse what I feel with something that’s real

I tried to sell my soul last night
Funny, he wouldn’t even take a bite

Far away
I heard him say (Come with me now)

Don’t delay
I heard him say (Come with me now)

Far away
I heard him say (Come with me now)

Don’t delay
I heard him say (Come with me now)

Whoa, come with me now
I’m gonna take you down

Whoa, come with me now
I’m gonna show you how

Afraid to lose control
And caught up in this world

I’ve wasted time, I’ve wasted breath
I think I’ve thought myself to death

I was born without this fear
Now only this seems clear

I need to move, I need to fight
I need to lose myself tonight

Whoa, come with me now

Whoa, come with me now 

I’m gonna take you down

Whoa, come with me now

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One man holds another as a spirit takes possession of his body during a Palo Mayombe ceremony in Camaguay, Cuba.

In the second photo, a man collapses after the spirit possessing him leaves his body during a Palo Mayombe ceremony in Camaguay, Cuba. On the left, is the ‘nganga’ (also known as a caldero or prenda), an iron cauldron comprising human bones, earth, sticks, herbs, and other objects believed to have spiritual powers. The altar is covered in blood and animal parts from sacrificial offerings to the spirits.

Palo Mayombe is a religion rooted in the Congo basin of Africa. It was developed in Cuba by slaves, who were transported from Africa to work in the sugar and tobacco plantations which colonized the landscape from the mid 1600’s. The religion combines veneration of the dead with a belief in the forces of nature. The pictured ceremony is a form of Palo known as Palo Cristiano which uses Catholic iconography such as saints and crosses to express these beliefs.

Photography by Jan Sochor