Long Ma fire-breathing dragon-horse (40 feet / 46-ton) created by french artist François Delarozière & La Machine company is going to fight with a giant spider in China (during a show in Beijing for the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and France).
"Carving a pumpkin is a fun activity for everyone - young and old. However, the custom is far from being a modern one. In fact, it is well over two thousand years old.
The origin of the jack-o’-lantern can be traced back to Ireland, where hollowed-out turnips, rather than pumpkins, were carved with simple faces and used as hand-held lanterns. They were used not only to help light the way for those traveling the dark roads on Halloween night, but also to scare away earthbound ghosts - especially those who pursued the spirits of deceased loved ones and prevented them from finding their way to peace in the Land of the Dead.”
― Gerina Dunwich
Witch’s Halloween: A Complete Guide to the Magick, Incantations, Recipes, Spells, and Lore
Image Credit: stevie-devlin @ DeviantArt
After threats against her life, Anita Sarkeesian canceled an upcoming talk at Utah State University. Gamergate trolls are celebrating on Twitter while simultaneously dismissing the threats as nothing. Does this read like nothing to you?“I will write my manifesto in her spilled blood, and you will all bear witness to what feminist lies and poison have done to the men of America.”
The email’s author threatened to murder feminist women indiscriminately in a mass shooting. And because carrying guns on campus outweigh the right of students and guests to be safe, Anita Sarkeesian canceled her talk.
BUT WE SHOULDN’T FEEL THREATENED, RIGHT?
BECAUSE IT’S JUST THE INTERNET, RIGHT?
The bullies won this time. And if you think this shit isn’t dangerous, I’m fresh out of fucks to give and I’m not restocking any time soon. It’s goddamn wrong to to dismiss this by claiming the author isn’t serious. Elliot Rodger’s rantings were dismissed until it was too late.
This. Is. Not. OK.
guns… literally more important than the lives of women in the state of loveable mormons
The bullies didn’t win. They didn’t keep her silent. They proved her point. They cancelled a talk but they didn’t silence a voice. An important voice.
Because while I knew of her and respect her, it was something on the periphery of my awareness. I now know how important she is and the message she is spreading. They succeeded in keeping her from talking to people in Utah but they also gave her a listener here in the Philippines.
"Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." –Mark Twain
"It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled." –Mark Twain
"Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about." –Mark Twain
Patas Arriba - Eduardo Galeano
The World Map
“The equator did not cross the middle of the world map that we studied in school. More than half a century ago, German researcher Arno Peters understood what everyone had looked at but no one had seen: the emperor of geography had no clothes.
The map they taught us gives two-thirds of the world to the North and one-third to the South. Europe is shown as larger than Latin America, even though Latin America is actually twice the size of Europe. India appears smaller than Scandinavia, even though it’s three times as big. The United States and Canada fill more space on the map than Africa, when in reality they cover barely two-thirds as much territory.
[below, the highlighted portion of scanned page above:]
The map lies. Traditional geography steals space just as the imperial economy steals wealth, official history steals memory, and formal culture steals the word.”
— from “Upside Down: A Primer for the Looking-Glass World” by Eduardo Galeano, translated by Mark Fried
A quote sometimes attributed to Sir William Wallace, sometimes credited (though never verified) as having Winston Churchill as the source:
“History is written by the victors who have hung the heroes”
they’re real life demons
Chitose-Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival in Chitose, Japan
Imma just let this sit here
MOTHA FUCKIN SCIENCE
They turned RNA into an anti-virus program. That is amazing.
Let me restate this in case it didn’t sink in the first time
Researchers physically DELETED ALL TRACES of the HIV virus from a human cell.
ALL OF IT.
IF YOU ARE NOT EXCITED ABOUT THAT I DON’T THINK YOU KNOW WHAT HIV IS