a penguin of very little brain
One of Marvel’s Avengers Turns to Sign Language. The story strives to connect readers with what he is experiencing: when he can’t hear, the word balloons on the page are blank. The comic also makes extensive use of sign language, but provides no key to interpreting them. “If nothing else, it’s an opportunity for hearing people to get a taste of what it might be like to be deaf,” Mr. Fraction said.
The cultures of people of color are either packaged for consumption or called upon to fill cultural and spiritual voids of Eurocentrism.

Michael Vavrus

That shit blew my mind and made understanding cultural appropriation way clearer for me. 

(via thisisnotjapan)

cryptoscience:

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE SHOULD YOU APPROACH.

They may resemble respectable ladies, but they are a genus of carnivorous plants who’s bonnet-like pitchers emit pheromones designed to attract land-rich country gentlemen and entrap them in a treacle-like digestive fluid from which there is no escape.

mehreenkasana:


The descendants of the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, who was forced to hand over the Koh-i-Noor diamond to Queen Victoria, will on Monday launch a court action for his body and possessions to be returned to India
[…]
The jewel is currently mounted in the crown of the Queen Consort, last worn by the late Queen Mother.

The family is also seeking the return of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s golden throne and for both to be kept at the Golden Temple, the centre of the Sikh faith, in Amrtisar, India.


Their case reopens a controversial chapter in British colonial history that still arouses strong passions in India, particularly in Punjab, where Sikhs regard the exile of Duleep Singh and his “gift” of the Koh-i-Noor diamond to Queen Victoria in 1850 as a national humiliation.
[continued]



"Our property was confiscated by British rule. This letter establishes us as the rightful heirs of Duleep Singh and we want to get back his remains and his other belongings to the Golden Temple," Jaswinder Singh Sandhanwalia told The Daily Telegraph on Sunday.
More power to the Singh family for taking back what belongs to them. Kicking imperialism and colonialism’s collective rear end with Indian might and right.


kicking colonialism is the only acceptable thing to do with colonialism

mehreenkasana:

The descendants of the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, who was forced to hand over the Koh-i-Noor diamond to Queen Victoria, will on Monday launch a court action for his body and possessions to be returned to India

[…]

The jewel is currently mounted in the crown of the Queen Consort, last worn by the late Queen Mother.

The family is also seeking the return of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s golden throne and for both to be kept at the Golden Temple, the centre of the Sikh faith, in Amrtisar, India.

Their case reopens a controversial chapter in British colonial history that still arouses strong passions in India, particularly in Punjab, where Sikhs regard the exile of Duleep Singh and his “gift” of the Koh-i-Noor diamond to Queen Victoria in 1850 as a national humiliation.

[continued]

"Our property was confiscated by British rule. This letter establishes us as the rightful heirs of Duleep Singh and we want to get back his remains and his other belongings to the Golden Temple," Jaswinder Singh Sandhanwalia told The Daily Telegraph on Sunday.

More power to the Singh family for taking back what belongs to them. Kicking imperialism and colonialism’s collective rear end with Indian might and right.

kicking colonialism is the only acceptable thing to do with colonialism

Western SFF set in SEA/East Asia (eg Lucy, Cinder, The Windup Girl). Opinions welcome. I got a theory to write about. 

nowinexile:

"I’ll tell you what is harder than dying in Gaza by an Israeli missile deluxe. What is harder is that you get a phone call from the Israeli army telling you to evacuate your home because it will be bombed in ten minutes. Imagine; ten minutes; and your whole short history on the surface of Earth will be erased.

Gifts you received, photos of your siblings and your children (dead or alive), things that you love, your favorite chair, your books, that last poetry collection your read, a letter from your expatriate sister, reminders of the ones you loved, the smell of your bed, the jasmine tree that hangs off your western window, your daughter’s hair clip, your old clothes, your prayer rug, your wife’s gold, your savings; imagine; all this passes in front of your eyes in ten minutes, all that pain passes while you are struck by surprise.

Then you take your identification papers (passport, birth certificate, etc.) which you have ready in an old metallic candy box, and you leave your home to die a thousand times, or refuse to leave and die once.”

—a Palestinian in ‪#‎Gaza‬

terror-incognita:

A WELL-respected leader of this state’s African community says he is heartbroken by a series of rock attacks on his family’s Glenorchy home. 

Horrible. Also it seems like cops in Australia would rather do anything other than admit something is racist.

wiggleman99:

mapsontheweb:

Countries that recognize the State of Palestine

anybody else notice a trend here?

Australia for fuck’s sake what are we even doing
[x][x][x]

wiggleman99:

mapsontheweb:

Countries that recognize the State of Palestine

anybody else notice a trend here?

Australia for fuck’s sake what are we even doing

[x][x][x]

zpxlng:

I’ll reblog this in the morning, when Australia is actually awake, but…

I collaborated with some fellow political tragics on this info-thing about the Abbott government’s proposed changes to Medicare and the pharmaceutical benefits scheme, based on this study from the University of Sydney (PDF).

There’s also a single-image version, on my website.

Accompanying links:

Please reblog and share however you can! Even if you’re not Australian but you like the cute animals and maybe some of your followers are Australian, for example?

#ourABC promo

i’m not crying, you are. [wipes face]

professional-youtube-watcher:

The continuing struggle of having Tony Abbott as PM

It’s funny because it’s true

D:

black-australia:

Doesn’t the government see that these funding cuts will inevitably ruin lives?!

Not to sound trite, but I think the awful thing is, our current government doesn’t actually see that. 

showslow:

My sculptures are all constructed with recycled materials — old CDs, computer hard drives etc, so I classify my work as “sustainable art”. They’re a lot of fun to make, but they take an extremely long time to finish, so I don’t do a lot of them.

Animal Sculptures Made Of Shattered CDs by Sean Avery.