republic of brazil

when are people gonna stop spreading the “hot latina babe” stereotype? it is disgusting and offensive to an entire community. we are not hypersexualised objects. we are people and we deserve respect.  

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hetalia + marriage equality

Because they don’t have official characters (yet!), the following were not included, but are equally important: 

Republic of South Africa: 30 November, 2006
Argentine Republic: 22 July, 2010
Federative Republic of Brazil: 14 May, 2013
Eastern Republic of Uruguay: 5 August, 2013
Republic of Ireland: 23 May, 2015
United Mexican States: 3 June, 2015

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Amazing libraries across the world. From the top:

  • Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Abbey Library of Saint Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland.
  • Admont Library, Admont, Austria.
  • George Peabody Library, Baltimore, USA. 
  • Iowa State Law Library, Des Moines, USA.
  • Real Gabinete Portugues Da Leitura, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Strahov Monastery Library, Prague, Czech Republic.
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BRAZIL. August 29, 2016. Protests erupt in Brazil over its president’s impeachment trial. [Part 2]

(1) Protesters demonstrate against President Michel Temer at Avenida Paulista, in the centre of São Paulo. Photograph: Fabio Vieira/FotoRua/NurPhoto

(2) Demonstrators march holding a “Temer Out” banner during a rally in support of Brazil’s suspended President Dilma Rousseff and against acting President Michel Temer in São Paulo. Photograph: Andre Penner/AP

(3) Police fire tear gas at demonstrators. Photograph: Andre Penner/AP

(4) A demonstrator is detained by the police during a rally in support of Brazil’s suspended President Dilma Rousseff and against acting President Michel Temer in São Paulo. Photograph: Andre Penner/AP

(5) Demonstrators shout slogans. Photograph: Andre Penner/AP

(6) Supporters of Brazil’s suspended President Dilma Rousseff protest in front of the Brazilian Congress during the final session of debate at Rousseff’s impeachment trial in Brasilia. Photograph: Adriano Machado/Reuters

(7) Rousseff supporters hold a demonstration during the impeachment trial in São Paulo. Photograph: Cris Faga/NurPhoto

Brazil’s Senate on Wednesday voted to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office, the culmination of a yearlong fight that paralysed Latin America’s largest nation and exposed deep rifts among its people on everything from race relations to social spending.

While Rousseff’s ousting was widely expected, the decision was a key chapter in a colossal political struggle that is far from over. Rousseff was Brazil’s first female president, with a storied career that includes a stint as a Marxist guerrilla jailed and tortured in the 1970s during the country’s dictatorship. She was accused of breaking fiscal laws in her management of the federal budget.

“The Senate has found that the president of the federal republic of Brazil, Dilma Vana Rousseff, committed crimes in breaking fiscal laws,” said Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski, who presided over the trial. (AP)

Healing with Calcite

Color: Green, blue, yellow, orange, clear, brown, pink, gray, red

Appearance: Translucent and waxy, often banded (may be acid-treated to enhance color), all sizes sometimes tumbled

Rarity: Common

Source: US, Britain, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Peru, Iceland, Romania, Brazil

Healing: Calcite cleanses the organs of elimination. It encourages calcium uptake in bones but dissolves calcifications, strengthening the skeleton and joints. It alleviates intestinal and skin conditions. Calcite stimulates blood clotting and tissue healing. It fortifies the immune system and can encourage growth in small children. Calcite works quickly as an elixir and can be applied to the skin, ulcers, warts, and suppurating wounds. At a subtle level, calcite cleans and regenerates the chakras. 

Blue calcite is a gentle stone for recuperation and relaxation. It lowers blood pressure and dissolves pain on all levels. Gently soothing the nerves and lifting anxieties, it releases negative emotions. Used on the throat chakra it aids clear communication, especially where there is dissent. Blue calcite can absorb energy, filter it, and return it to benefit the sender.

Clear calcite is a “cure all”, especially as an elixir. It is a powerful detoxifier. At a physical level it acts as an antiseptic and at subtle levels it cleanses and aligns the chakras, higher and lower. A clear calcite with rainbows brings about major change- it is a stone of new beginnings. Clear calcite brings the gift of deep soul healing and revitalization of the subtle bodies. It opens and clears the inner and outer eyes. 

Gold calcite is excellent for meditation and for attuning to the higher mental planes. It instills mental alertness as it grounds the higher mental energies into the physical realm. Place on the navel or crown chakras. 

Green calcite is a mental healer, dissolving rigid beliefs and old programs and restoring balance to the mind. It helps in letting go of what is familiar and comforting but which no longer serves, and aids communication and the transition from a stagnant to a positive situation. Green calcite helps children to hold their own in debates. It is a powerful stimulator for the immune system and is especially useful in grids. This stone absorbs negativity and rids the body of bacterial infections. It ameliorates arthritis and constrictions of the ligaments or muscles and is helpful in bone adjustments. Its green ray cools fevers, burns, and inflammation, calms the adrenals, and soothes anger-generated dis-ease. Green calcite placed regularly on the body absorbs dis-ease and should be cleansed thoroughly after use. 

Orange calcite is a highly energizing and cleansing stone, especially for the lower chakras. Orange calcite balances the emotions, removes fear, and overcomes depression. It dissolves problems and maximizes potential. This stone heals the reproductive system, gallbladder and intestinal disorders such as IBS, and removes mucus from the system. 

Pink calcite is a heart crystal in contact with the angelic realm. A stone of forgiveness, it releases fear and grief that keep the heart trapped in the past, bringing in unconditional love. It aids self-worth and self-acceptance, heals nervous conditions, and lifts tension and anxiety. This stone prevents nightmares. Pink calcite’s loving energy gently dissolves resistance. It is helpful for anyone who has suffered trauma or assault. 

Red calcite increases energy, uplifts emotions, aids willpower, and opens the heart chakra. It removes stangant energy, including constipation, and dissolves blockages. It resonates to the base chakras, which it energizes and heals. It alleviates fear, bringing understanding of the source. Res calcite’s vitality energizes a party. At a physical level, it heals hip and lower limb problems, loosening up joints, and on a subtle level it removes the blockages that prevent you from stepping forward in your life. 

Yellow or Golden calcite is a great eliminator and stimulates the will. Its energy, especially as an elixir, is uplifting. It enhances meditation, inducing a deep state of relaxation and spirituality and linking to the higher mind. Use at the crown and solar plexus chakras. Golden calcite has an extremely expansive energy. 

(Source: The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall)

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Today, several cities across Latin America are hosting a Latin America InstaMeet in celebration of the upcoming MoMA exhibition Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980 (March 29, 2015–July 19, 2015). Local Instagrammers and architecture enthusiasts will photograph buildings featured in the exhibition. The goal of the project is to show the current context of these buildings, and how people see and use them today. In addition to the InstaMeet, the global Instagram community is invited to share their photos of locations featured in the exhibition using the hashtag #ArquiMoMA. Select photos will be featured on a display in the exhibition galleries and on moma.org

[Clorindo Testa. Bank of London and South America, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1959-1966. © Archivo Manuel Gomez Piñeiro, Courtesy of Fabio Grementieri]

Every time someone says Lionel Messi is the best soccer player in the world I laugh so goddamn hard. When this picture was taken I had been juggling the ball non-stop for nearly ninety fucking minutes already!

Healing with Agates

Color: Clear or milky white, gray, blue, green, pink, brown, often artificially colored 

Appearance: Waxy and soft, usually banded, sometimes translucent with small crystals, various sizes. Often sold as artificially colored slices that have no additional therapeutic properties. 

Rarity: Common

Source: US, India, Morocco, Czech Republic, Brazil, Africa

Healing: Agate stabilizes the aura, eliminating and transforming negative energies. Its cleansing effect is powerful at the psychical and emotional levels. Placed on the heart, it will heal the emotional dis-ease that prevents acceptance of love. Placed on the abdomen or taken as an elixir, Agate stimulates the digestive process and relieves gastritis. It heals the eyes, stomach, and uterus; it cleanses the lymphatic system and the pancreas; it strengthens blood vessels and heals skin disorders. 

Green agate enhances mental and emotional flexibility and improves decision making. It is useful in resolving disputes. 

Pink agate promotes love between parent and child. Position over the heart for optimum effect. 

Botswana agate Found only in Botswana, this agate is excellent for anyone connected with fire or smoke. It is beneficial for smokers and those who want to quit smoking. Botswana agate looks to solutions rather than dwelling on problems. It helps you explore unknown territory and your own creativity. At a mental level, it helps you to see the bigger picture. At an emotional level, it gently releases repression. It is particularly useful in helping the body assimilate oxygen, benefiting the circulatory system and the skin. It also aid depression. 

Position: Hold or place on appropriate body location. 

(Source: The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall)

So, I've organized all the information for the PH International Fanbook.

The total number of submissions/pieces (including my own) is 145.

There are 3 pieces for the Fanmix/Audio section (the megafanmix, my own, personal fanmix, and an audio version of Lacie).

There are 11 pieces for the Fanfiction/Haiku section (I am going to write my own haiku for it).

There are 8 pieces for the Fancraft section and they are all lovely!

There are 29 wonderful photos for the Cosplay section.

There are 57 pieces of gorgeous fanart for the Fanart section.

And there are 37 beautiful messages (postcard and handwritten messages included) for the Message section.

Give or take a couple for the total/each section, since may have missed one or two submissions (if they were sent together). But this is basically the roundabout end amount.

Also, the total amount of countries is 23.

I just need to confirm one country name (it got cut off in the e-mail title), but the list is: Poland, Italy, France, Mexico, Indonesia, Belgium, Spain, Canada, the USA, Czech Republic, Finland, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Hong Kong, Lithuania, the UK, Turkey (?), Malaysia, The Netherlands, New Caledonia, Russia, Singapore, and the Philippines.

*There may be 25 countries, I need to hear back from two participants. One, the name of the country got cut off in the e-mail title and the other forgot to include their country of origin. But, I think the total amount is likely to be 23.

The regions of the world that will be included in this fanbook are: North America, South America, East Asia, South East Asia, Western Asia/the Middle East, Europe, Eastern Europe, Northern Asia, the Arctic Region, and Oceania/Australia.

I was really happy to see that while there were a lot of message submissions made in English, many people also wrote messages in their native language, and some wrote messages in Japanese! :)

This fanbook is shaping up to be totally awesome! My plan now is to organize all of the pieces submitted so I can prepare them printing. I am also going to look up flags and such to include in the fanbook, and will be looking up Japanese names for countries and languages and etc.

I want to try and get stuff printed tonight, but if it gets held off until tomorrow, then that is okay. Tomorrow I will definitely get stuff printed after work (if need be) and will go to the stationary store to buy all the scrapbook making stuff that I will need to put it all together! :)

Wednesday and Thursday will be spent putting it all together and decorating it and what not.

I am definitely going to try and take some pictures of it when it is done!

Thank you to everyone who has participated in this! I’m really excited to start putting everything together and to eventually hand this over to Mochizuki-sensei herself! <3

Agate

Color: Clear or milky white, gray, blue, green, pink, brown, often artificially colored.
Appearance: Waxy and soft, usually banded, sometimes translucent with small crystals, various sizes. Often sold as artificially colored slices that have no additional therapeutic properties.
Rarity: Common
Source: United States, India, Morocco, Czech Republic, Brazil, Africa

Attributes: Formed from microscopic crystals of quartz laid down in bands, this is a very stable crystal. Agates are grounding stones, bringing about an emotional, physical, and intellectual balance. They aid in centering and stabilizing physical energy.
Agate has the power to harmonize yin and yang, the positive and the negative forces that hold the universe in place. A soothing and calming stone, Agate works slowly but brings great strength, Its multiple layers can bring hidden information to light.
Psychologically, Agate gently facilitates acceptance of one’s self. this builds self-confidence. It aids self-analysis and perception of hidden circumstances, bringing to your attention any disease* that is interfering with your well being.
Agates enhance mental function as they improve concentration, perception, and analytical abilities, leading to practical solutions. Agate’s love of truthfulness encourages speaking one’s own truth. Agates with clear crystals can stimulate memories.
Emotionally, this crystal overcomes negativity and bitterness of the heart. It heals inner anger, fostering love and the courage to start again. It is useful for any kind of emotional trauma. It creates a sense of safety and security by dissolving internal tension.
Spiritually, Agate raises consciousness and links into collective consciousness and awareness of the oneness of life. It encourages quiet contemplation and assimilation of life experiences, leading to spiritual growth and inner stability.

From: The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall

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Healing with Fire Agate

Color: Brownish red, orange, blue, green

Appearance: Swirling, luminescent, small stone 

Rarity: Obtainable from specialist stores

Source: US, Czech Republic, India, Iceland, Morocco, Brazil

Healing: This stone heals the stomach, the nervous and endocrine systems, and circulatory disorders. It aides eyes, strengthening night vision and clearing vision at the inner, intuitive levels and outer, physical levels. It resonates with the triple-burner meridian and can be applied to bring it back into balance, reducing hot flashes and removing heat from the body. Fire agate brings vitality into the body, preventing energy burn-out. Place on a blown chakra, it gently brings it back online. At a subtle level, fire agate clears etheric blockages and energizes the aura.

Position: Fire agate can be worn for long periods, or placed on the head or body as appropriate. 

(Source: The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall)

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Protests erupt in Brazil over president’s impeachment trial

Brazil’s Senate on Wednesday voted to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office, the culmination of a yearlong fight that paralyzed Latin America’s largest nation and exposed deep rifts among its people on everything from race relations to social spending.

While Rousseff’s ouster was widely expected, the decision was a key chapter in a colossal political struggle that is far from over. Rousseff was Brazil’s first female president, with a storied career that includes a stint as a Marxist guerrilla jailed and tortured in the 1970s during the country’s dictatorship. She was accused of breaking fiscal laws in her management of the federal budget.

“The Senate has found that the president of the federal republic of Brazil, Dilma Vana Rousseff, committed crimes in breaking fiscal laws,” said Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski, who presided over the trial. (AP)

Photos: (from top) AP Photo/Leo Correa, Cris Faga/NurPhoto via Getty Images, AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, AP Photo/Andre Penner

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