• Me: What's going on in Ferguson, MO makes me angry.
  • Jessica: I'm to the point where I don't want to read about this kind of shit no more. It really affects how I interact with white people.

When it’s time for the battle, the condor is given alcohol to drink and lashed to the back of a half-ton bull in an arena. The beast then tries to shake off the condor, while the huge bird attempts to gouge out the bull’s eyes.

Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato of NPR, "In Peru’s Blood Festival, It’s the Condor Versus the Bull”.

This was actually the high point of the article, which is otherwise about the sobering issues of animal cruelty / conservation and colonialism. There are estimated to be only 600 to 1,000 condors left in Peru. However, possibly 50 condors are captured for the Yawar Festival (or “Peruvian Blood Festival”), taking them away from being able to raise their young and potentially cause them injury or death. Farmers shoot or poison condors, mistakenly thinking the condors hunt and kill their livestock. In fact, condors are opportunistic scavengers that feed on dead animals—dead animals that could otherwise harbor lethal bacteria like anthrax and botulism.

The fight between the condor and the bull is symbolically important for many Peruvians because it represents Peru’s liberation from Spanish rule. Hundreds of years ago, the Spanish conquistadors massacred and oppressed the Inca people. Their culture and society shattered, life is still difficult in the Andes, where poverty, alcoholism, and domestic abuse are common. Spectators and supporters of the Yawar Festival see the condor’s victory over the bull as foreshadowing a good year, while the condor’s defeat is an omen for a poor year. The festival is also a way to attract tourists to otherwise rural Peruvian towns and drawn family members who have left the town in search of work in the cities.

When stopped by police, blacks in Ferguson were twice as likely as whites to be arrested—even though police found contraband for 34% of whites they stopped and searched, versus 22% of blacks—said Scott Decker, a criminologist on a team contracted by the attorney general’s office to compile the data.

Lauren Raab, "Turmoil in Ferguson, Mo.: What You Need to Know"Los Angeles Times.

To put it another way: The actually-having-illegal-drugs-and-weapons rate for blacks was 50% less than for whites in situations where the police stopped and searched people in Ferguson, MO. But the arrest rate for blacks was 100% more than for whites. Now, you don’t need a B.S. in Statistics to know that there’s some racial profiling B.S. going on.

I’m not black. I’m not white. I've never had a run-in with the police. I've never had to call the police. I've never been down to Missouri. I've never been in a protest. But as an American, what's happening in Ferguson, MO—and what continues to happen across America, some half-century after the Civil Rights movement—is concerns me. As a person, I read about this, and I just feel angry, and afraid for my own safety, and disappointed.

artfulhermes:

videohall:

Porky Pig’s speech pattern deconstructed

"And that’s why I have Job Security"

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Taking a shortcut through a neighbor’s backyard on the way from the bus stop to my home late at night after meeting up with NG and QQ in New York.

Taking a shortcut through a neighbor’s backyard on the way from the bus stop to my home late at night after meeting up with NG and QQ in New York.

binaryhearts:

Albinism & Melanism

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Nancy Workman, my LitHum professor, uploaded this picture and caption on her Facebook: “Many of the benches on Central Park have touching dedicatory plaques on them. Then there’s this one…”

Nancy Workman, my LitHum professor, uploaded this picture and caption on her Facebook: “Many of the benches on Central Park have touching dedicatory plaques on them. Then there’s this one…”

Performance by Wrecking Crew Orchestra / El Squad, with choreography by Wrecking Crew Orchestra’s lead dancer Yokoi.

I wish I was that guy going “WOAH!” at 0:51.

From the YouTube channel of NOMOS Glashütte, German watchmakers:

Plenty of tradition and handcraft—combined with high-tech, where it outperforms handcraft: That is NOMOS Glashütte. All our movements are built in-house and by ourselves in Glashütte. This also applies to our watches—Tangente, Orion, Zürich and all the other models—many of which are already considered classics. You can find out how we do this by visiting us in Glashütte and taking a tour. In the meantime, this short film can give you a first impression of what we do.

My coworker recently said something along the lines of, “A watch is the only accessory worth spending a great deal of money on.” (He’s an engineer.) After watching this video with my eyes intently trained on the screen, I now understand a little bit where he’s coming from.

tastefullyoffensive:

Man’s greatest invention. [video]

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