August 27 2014, 9pm
"The dead remember our indifference; the dead remember our silence. I came here tonight to be congratulated. But today, when I visited the Red Cross camps, overwhelmed by the flood of refugees fleeing the horror of Kazakhstan, I realize I don’t deserve to be congratulated. None of us do. The truth is we acted too late. Only when our own national security was threatened did we act. Radek’s regime murdered over 200,000 men, women and children and we watched it on TV. We let it happen. People were being slaughtered for over a year and we issued economic sanctions and hid behind the rhetoric of diplomacy. How dare we? The dead remembered: real peace is not just the absence of conflict, it’s the presence of justice. And tonight I come to you with a pledge to change America’s policy. Never again will I allow our political self-interest to deter us from doing what we know to be morally right. Atrocity and terror are not political weapons, and to those who would use them, your day is over. We will never negotiate. We will no longer tolerate and we will no longer be afraid. It’s your turn to be afraid."
- President James Marshall (Air Force One)
Hmm, what does this speech remind us of in current events.(via proudgayconservative)
August 26 2014, 9pm
Meet China’s baby-shaped pears and heart-shaped melons
Baby-shaped pears, heart-shaped watermelons and square apples are hitting supermarkets in China and Japan. But are these fruits just frivolous fun?
by Bec Crew
Since the beginnings of agriculture, humans have been customising their fruits and vegetables to suit their needs. Early on, bigger fruits and higher yields were the most important considerations, and while these factors still outweigh the actual taste factor, other, slightly less pressing desires have come into play over the past decade or so.
Namely, people want to eat fruit that doesn’t look like regular fruit.
Which is how baby-shaped pears have come into existence. Grown by China-based manufacturing company, Fruit Mould Co., these strange little shapes have been selling like crazy in China, along with square-shaped apples, and heart-shaped watermelons and cucumbers. Their Buddha-shaped pears are apparently extremely popular…
(read more: ScienceAlert! - Australia & NZ)
photos: Fruit Mould Co.
August 24 2014, 12am
I was reading about the Taino people today. In case you don’t know, they were the first group of people who had the unfortunate destiny of meeting Christopher Columbus (mass murderer & thief). He landed in their land, which is now Dominican Republic. Many Taino people were enslaved, died from diseases, murdered, etc.
Today, there still remain many people in the Greater Antilles with Taino blood and carry on the culture and traditions.
(Correct me if I got anything wrong).
Our land that was first targeted by Columbus is the entire island of hispaniola (haiti as well as dominican) !!! Haiti was the orig name for our island meaning “mountainous land” ! although Haiti was first, Columbus targeted Tainos in Puerto Rico as well !