trends in history

If you are or know anyone who is at an airport:

DO NOT GIVE UP YOUR GREENCARD OR OTHER PAPERS! YOU WILL NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO DEMAND THEM BACK.

DO NOT SIGN FORM I-407! YOU WOULD BE WILLINGLY ABANDONING YOUR PERMANENT RESIDENCY STATUS.

TRUST NO IMMIGRATION OFFICER OR ENFORCER.


ACLU HAS SENT OUT LAWYERS. MAKE SURE YOU GET ONE.

Please protect yourself.

EDIT: Also, if you’re a green card resident who is a citizen of or from IRAN, IRAQ, LIBYA, SOMALIA, SUDAN, SYRIA, OR YEMEN:

Please make sure you DO NOT LEAVE THE UNITED STATES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO RE-ENTER THE COUNTRY.

The Doomsday Clock was created in 1947 to representing how close we are to a global catastrophe. It’s maintained by the members of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board.

The group of scientists, including 16 Nobel Laureates, announced this morning that we have moved dangerously close to all-out disaster. The Clock’s recent advance to two and a half minutes means that scientists and experts agree that we are teetering on the brink of societal collapse or an apocalyptic scale nuclear war, which symbolically occurs at midnight exactly.

In the years since the Clock was created we have only been this close to midnight once, in 1953 when the Hydrogen Bomb was first tested. Further, the minute hand has only changed nineteen times since the Clocks creation.

This is not an announcement to take lightly or brush off – these scientists are all renowned geniuses in their respective fields and they have never been known to change the Time casually or without very strong reasoning.

To those that are sick of politics and don’t see the point in discussing the current state of the world: THIS is the point. THIS is the result of widespread apathy, lack of education, and disinterest in current events.

Once upon a time Rome was a magnificent and powerful empire, but it still crumbled to the ground at the peak of its glory. As an Archaeology student I can tell you that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

The final sentence in the Doomsday report this morning gave a warning, “Wise public officials should act immediately, guiding humanity away from the brink. If they do not, wise citizens must step forward and lead the way.”

When’s the last time you had a glass of cow’s milk?

Americans are drinking a lot less milk than they used to. According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture, the average person drinks 18 gallons a year. Back in the 1970s it was more like 30 gallons a year. We once hoisted a glass with dinner, soaked our breakfast cereal or dipped into the occasional milkshake. This habitual milk drinking was no accident.

Why Are Americans Drinking Less Cow’s Milk? Its Appeal Has Curdled

Photo: Andrew Unangst/Getty Images

Black History Month: Michael Jackson

Many people seem to forget (or just don’t know) how important Michael Jackson is and how much he contributed to the black community. I am here to educate you :)

Africa

Michael Jackson visited Africa multiple times. He was very interested in and informed about the continent, its people, and their culture. He described Africa as “home.” The Anyi people even crowned him King Sani.

Charities

Michael Jackson supported the most charities ever by a pop star, many of which were black charities. These include (but are not limited to) the United Negro College Fund, the Brotherhood Crusade, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the NAACP. Even “We Are the World” was recorded to raise money and awareness for Africa.

Black Artists & HIStory

Michael Jackson was very passionate about the poor treatment black artists receive from the industry. He was outraged about the lack of pay, recognition, and credit. MJ called out Sony for the way they treated him and many other artists (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr6CRcrQxDw) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNZ1lOxsYYQ). He talked about the lies printed in history books, and he spoke out on Elvis stealing music written by black people. Here’s a photo of a quote that he wrote on the Elvis statue in Neverland:

Neverland

Michael Jackson opened his home to inner city children. He would feed them, let them get on rides, etc., all for free.

Catalogs

Michael Jackson would buy the catalogs of black artists who no longer owned them and return their music to them. One of these artists was Little Richard. 

Simply Being Black

Lastly, Michael Jackson always showed admiration for darker people and talked about how beautiful dark skin is. He openly discussed how proud he was of being black. Sidenote: For the record, blackness isn’t determined by how you choose to wear your hair or how light or dark your skin is. Remember that.

Welp, this is the end of our tour. You wanna know anything else? Google is 100% free. As always, stay off of my blog with the bs, love yourself, and spread love and positivity :) Don’t choose to be ignorant just because it is a trend.

This new discoveries on NASA and Google satellite images could reveal that Antarctica was once the site of advanced ancient civilizations that flourished thousands of years before the emergence of other ancient civilizations, such as the Egyptians. The ancient Antarctica civilizations are widely beleived to of had contact with extraterrestrial civilizations with advanced alien technology and left massive civil engineering monuments buried under Antarctica. And although much of the ruins remain buried beneath ice and snow, evidence of their existence is slowly coming to light through NASA and Google satellite imagery

Amongst other things recently found in Google Earth satellite imagery is evidence of an ancient city buried in the Antarctic ice. A massive, circular, 400-ft structure that looks like a fort, giving possible evidence of a lost ancient city and civilization that once flourished on the frozen continent. Satellite imagery, also reveals multiple massive artificial pyramid structures in Antarctica. Is this the location of the legendary lost city of Atlantis?

In any case the most disturbing thing about this new finding is that up untill two days ago the coordinates for the newly discovered “giant Atlantic stair case” worked fine but now there is no map available for these coordinates 68°54'57 .42"S ,88° 1'49.92"E !!!

I literally just wrote an 11 page paper on the influence of Clueless as a feminist film on the fashion of my generation but I have officially submitted my last final. History of fashion is a great class PLUS I roasted Kanye west in my paper and the fashion world as a whole for capitalizing on poverty for the “distressed/destroyed” aesthetic. So if anyone ever tries to tell you that fashion is dumb and doesn’t matter, they’re wrong. Fashion is politics. Fashion is social awareness. Fashion is a statement and what you choose to put on your body sends a message to everyone who sees you.

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Katy Perry: The Culture Vulture.

For years, I’ve been aware of the unseasoned fuckery that is Katy Perry’s career. But, being the passionate person that I am, I’ve decided to let my frustrations out once and for all. 

In other words, I’ve had it. Officially.

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As of yesterday, I was made aware of Katy Perry and Migos’ nasty dispositions towards the drag queens that were to perform on Saturday Night Live alongside them:

http://www.stereogum.com/1942674/migos-refused-to-appear-with-drag-queens-for-katy-perrys-snl-performance/news/

Furthermore, I’ve read the incensed tweets of Violet Chachki, a renowned drag queen (and the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7) in response to the situation:

The infuriated tweets of Violet Chachki are, of course, justified. Because over the years I have seen too many non-marginalised people – typically white, heterosexual, and cisgendered – regard marginalised people and their cultures as nothing more than disposable playthings that could be easily tossed to the side like the rinds of fruit. 

Drag is a beautiful art form that has been essential to the LGBT+ community for so long. It complicates and questions the idea of gender heteronormativity (as it is an outlet for many transgendered people). Likewise, it also allows artists to use their utmost creativity and imagination. The possibilities and benefits are endless. Drag performers are beautiful people doing beautiful work, and they deserve respect. 

The SNL situation ain’t surprising, though. For Katy Perry has a lengthy history of disrespecting others’ cultures.

This woman has LONG BEEN a user! And here are some receipts: 

(1) 

On her 2013 album, Prism, she had a song called “This is How We Do.” The music video is pretty much an unrealistic – and just downright offensive –caricature of black culture, replete with remnants of contemporary stereotypes placed on blackness (i.e., corn rows, “baby hair,” and “sassy black woman” gestures). The title of the song just reeks with Perry’s failed attempts to achieve her own interpretation of AAVE. 

(Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RMQksXpQSk)

(As a black person, this irritated me to no end.)

(2)

“I Kissed a Girl.” Clear appropriation of lesbianism, which is driven by the priority to arouse heterosexual men. 

Need I say more? 

(sips tea)

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(3)

“Dark Horse.” (See: Picture #1) She’s dressed in braids and “grills” (shiny teeth). This is obviously a white-washed approximation of what she thinks blackness is: gangsta-licious grills! 

Girl, please.

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Conclusion: 

This is more than a trend. This is history. And Katy Perry is the embodiment of those that have benefited from the misuse and plundering of non-white and LGBT+ cultures.

She is part of a genealogy. And a dangerous one. She, like Miley Cyrus (and others), use marginalized people and culture as long as it benefits them

When it is no longer profitable – or when they’ve lost their precious white/straight/cis fan base – they magically become “all-American” and “pure” again …

… and shit on the non-white and/or LGBT+ people that supported them in the process.

In the words of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 Winner Queen Shea Coulee: “Why y’all actin’ brand new?”

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I have warned people about this opportunistic leech for years. Miley Virus, too. And others.

… (coughs) Justin Bieber…

And please, y’all. Let us stop supporting these people that clearly don’t care about us.

A recent study tried to explain the divide in Eastern and Western culinary philosophy though some nifty data crunching. Researchers from the Indian Institute for Technology in Jodhpur looked up the ingredient lists for more than 2,000 Indian recipes. They then analyzed the chemical components of these ingredients, looking at the compounds that, when combined, give foods their taste.

They concluded that what makes Indian cuisine so exquisite is its tendency to bring together lots of different ingredients with flavor molecules that don’t overlap.

That’s quite different from how Western cuisine works — previous research has shown that it relies on pairing ingredients that, at the molecular level, share lots of similar flavor compounds.

Why the difference? The answer, it turns out, has just as much to do with economics, politics and religion as it does taste.

How Snobbery Helped Take The Spice Out Of European Cooking

Photo Credit: Sara Marlowe/Flickr