Southern Gothic

You notice your neighbor’s yard is full of azaelias. You glance at the yard next door. It is also full of azaelias. You look around. The neighborhood has disappeared. There is only the red, pink, and white of azaelias.

The weather channel forecasts 3 inches of snow. You actually get 2 inches. The grocery store is out of bread, milk, and water. School is cancelled for the entire week. A snow plow comes down your street but it only compacts the snow into ice. There are no cars. You see no one. 

You smell honeydew. It reminds you of your childhood as you look around for the bush to eat the nectar. You can’t find any honeydew bush. Are you sure that’s what your smelling? Does honeydew exist?

You notice a bunch of gum balls on the ground. You think its strange because there are no sweet gum trees around. When you come by the next day, the gum balls are gone. You convince yourself it was a dream.

The Tale of Two-Toed Tom, the Demon Gator

In the early 1900s, in the swamps of the southeastern United States the region was held besieged by what was reported as a gargantuan, demonic alligator, which left in its wake mauled dead bodies and its curious two-toed footprints. This is the tale of Two-Toed Tom, the demon gator of the southeast.

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*Here’s the info about the Fresh Express Salad Recall from NPR. Only those purchased at Walmart stores in the Southeast are being recalled.

An unwelcome discovery by a couple of salad eaters included a sordid new ingredient.

On Saturday, the company Fresh Express announced a precautionary recall of some of its prepackaged salad mixes, after two people in Florida say they found a dead bat in their leafy greens.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the two had eaten some of the product before finding the decomposed organism in a 5-ounce clear container of the Organic Marketside Spring Mix.

But “out of an abundance of caution,” Fresh Express says in a statement, all Organic Marketside Spring Mix salads from that production lot are subject to the recall.

The mix in question was distributed exclusively to Walmart stores located in the Southeastern region of the U.S. Walmart has since pulled the product from its shelves, the company adds, and no other Marketside salads are included in the recall.

Florida health officials, the FDA and the CDC have launched an investigation into the matter.

Due to the animal’s decayed condition, the CDC couldn’t immediately rule out whether this particular bat carried rabies, but recommended the two people who ate the contaminated salad receive treatment for the disease.

“Both people report being in good health and neither has any signs of rabies,” the CDC says.

The deadly rabies virus is endemic to bats across the U.S., but is rarely contracted by humans. And, as the CDC points out, transmission through consuming an infected animal is “extremely uncommon.” The agency adds that it hasn’t heard of any other cases of bat material found in packaged salads.

“People who have eaten the recalled salad product and did not find animal material are not at risk and do not need to contact their health department,” the CDC advises.


Katanga’s forgotten children (Japanese miners committed infanticide in the Democratic Republic of Congo)

During the 1970s, an increased demand for copper and cobalt attracted Japanese investments in the mineral-rich southeastern region of Katanga Province. Over a 10-year period, more than 1,000 Japanese miners relocated to the region, confined to a strictly male-only camp. Arriving without family or spouses, the men often sought social interaction outside the confounds of their camps. In search of intimacy with the opposite sex, sometimes resulting in cohabitation, the men openly engaged in interracial dating and relationships, a practice mostly embraced by the local society. As a result, a number of Japanese miners fathered children with native Congolese women. However, most of the mixed race infants resulting from these unions died, soon after birth. Multiple testimonies of local people suggest that the infants were poisoned by a Japanese lead physician and nurse working at the local mining hospital. Subsequently, the circumstances would have brought the miners shame as most of them already had families back in their native Japan. The practice forced many native Katangan mothers to hide their children by not reporting to the hospital to give birth.
Today, fifty Afro-Japanese have formed an association of Katanga Infanticide survivors. The organization has hired legal counsel seeking a formal investigation into the killings. The group submitted official inquiry to both the Congolese and Japanese governments, to no avail. Issues specific to this group include having no documentation of their births, since not having been born in the local hospital spared their lives. The total number of survivors is unknown source Till this day justice has not been served and the Japanese government refuse to listen to the mothers and survivors practically branding them as liars. 


April 7, 2014, was a momentous day: As Ukraine’s fascist junta launched its war against the people of the southeastern regions, the People’s Republics were declared in Donetsk, Lugansk, Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk and other regions. 

Today the struggle against Washington and Kiev’s war continues, from the liberated territories of Donetsk and Lugansk to the Nazi-occupied streets of Kharkov and Odessa.

Long live the antifascist resistance of Ukraine and Novorossiya!

Pumpkin Toadlet (Brachycephalus ephippium)

Also known as Spix’s Saddleback Toad, the pumpkin toadlet is a species of “saddleback toad” (Brachycephalidae) that is endemic to montane regions of southeastern Brazil, including parts of the states of Rio de Janerio, Sao Paulo, and Minas Gerias. Pumpkin toadlets typically inhabit subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, where they will feed on small insects and other small invertebrates. Although B. ephippium is currently listed as least concern it faces some threats due to habitat loss. 


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Image: Ariocaldo Giaretta

Pixie Skull: Found predominantly in the Southeastern Region of the AWC, the breed of snap-dragon known as Pixie Skull grows in marshy regions with high-levels of natural background magic. The presence of the flower can usually be inferred from the large number of swamp wisps that seem to be attracted to the fragrant blooms. When properly dried, the flower’s scent shifts from a sickly-sweetness to a pungent musk which, and when distilled into a oil-fragrance it is very effective at repelling a variety of magical pests ranging from gnomes to their eponymous fairies. 

Pixie skull is not entirely harmless to humans either. In full-grown Mage and Muggles alike, the bloom is a powerful anti-intoxicate, bringing on intense feelings of sobriety that are highly disquieting to most people. It has been proven that in small doses, however, it is highly useful for treating those who suffer from extreme psychosis and manic episodes.

Bare-faced Curassow (Crax fasciolata)

…a species of Curassow (Crax spp.) which is native to eastern-central and southern Brazil, Paraguay, and eastern Bolivia. It is also known from extreme northeast Argentina, in the cerrado, pantanal, and the southeastern region of the Amazon basin. Bare-faced currassow typically inhabit areas of subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. They typically can be seen near the fringes of woodlands where they will feed in fruit and occasionally seeds, flowers, and small invertebrates. 


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View taken on November 25, 2016 of the overflowed Po river in Turin.   Torrential downpours caused flooding in parts of northwest Italy, with the rains expected to continue until the weekend. The floods forced the closure of many roads, schools and businesses in the Piedmont and Liguria regions near southeastern France, which has also been hit by heavy rain.