1. librarienne:


    fun fact: the reason that the plural of goose is geese but the plural of moose is not meese is because goose derives from an ancient germanic word undergoing strong declension, in the pattern of foot/feet and tooth/teeth, wherein oo is mutated to ee. however ‘moose’ is a native american word added to the english lexicon only ~400 years ago, and lacks the etymological reason to be pluralized in that way.

    Oh baby.  Keep talking dirty to me.

    (via sabelmouse)


  2. "After a few dog biscuits and water, dogs are ready to go, but since my smartphone struggles to get through a full day, the idea of a robotic dog running out of puff in the back blocks doesn’t excite me."

  3. poldberg:

    While there is a lot of appropriate rage about Ferguson right now, the killing of John Crawford, III is getting less attention than it deserves. I put Shaun King’s tweets and history lesson on the matter in chronological order for easier consumption.


    Autopsy and video show John Crawford shot from behind in Wal-Mart

    Witness in murder of John Crawford changes story

    You really should be following Shaun King on Twitter.


    (via dakotapuma)

  4. erland:


    Illustrated poetry: ‘Oh rascal children of Gaza’

    Rafah-born author and poet Khaled Juma wrote a heartbreaking tribute to the children of the Gaza Strip amidst the missiles striking his hometown. At least 506 Palestinian children have been killed since Israel commenced its latest invasion of Gaza on July 8, 2014

    Photograph #1: A Palestinian boy, who fled with his family from their home during Israeli air strikes, bathes his brother at a United Nations-run school in the Jabalya Refugee Camp in the northern Gaza Strip on July 31, 2014. The school is a designated shelter for Palestinians who were displaced by Israel’s offensive. Photo credit: Mohammed Salem

    Photograph #2: A Palestinian girl reacts at the scene of an explosion carried out by the Israeli military that killed at least eight children and wounded 40 more in a public garden in Gaza City on July 28, 2014. Photo credit: Finbarr O’Reilly

    Photograph #3: A traumatized Palestinian child is comforted by a man arranging care for him in a hospital in Gaza City following an Israeli air strike on July 9, 2014. Photo credit: Momen Faiz

    Photograph #4: A Palestinian child pulls out toys from a box at a local market in Gaza City during a temporary ceasefire on August 6, 2014. Palestinian and Israeli delegations met in Cairo with Hamas demanding an end to the siege on Gaza and Israel demanding a demilitarization of the territory. Photo credit: Lefteris Pitarakis

    Photograph #5: A Palestinian boy sleeps at a United Nations-run school in Gaza City on July 14, 2014, after fleeing with his family from their home in Beit Lahya. Photo credit: Mohammed Salem

    Photograph #6: Doctors tend to injured children while a young girl sitting on her mother’s lap cries at a hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on August 4, 2014. Photo credit: Eyad El Baba

    Photograph #7: A Palestinian girl cries while being treated at a hospital in Beit Lahya following after sustaining injuries from an Israeli air strike on a United Nations school in the Jabalya Refugee Camp on July 30, 2014. Photo credit: Khalil Hamra

    Photograph #8: Two Palestinians girls celebrate the first day of Eid Al-Fitr on the grounds of a United Nations school in the Jabalya Refugee Camp in the northern Gaza Strip on July 28, 2014. Their families are among the dozens that have fled their homes and sought refuge in the school. Normally, Muslim families in Palestine celebrate Eid Al-Fitr by visiting one another and gifting children with new clothes and shoes. Photo credit: Khalil Hamra

    Photograph #9: One-and-a-half year old Razel Netzlream was killed after she was fatally hit by shrapnel from an Israeli air strike on an adjacent home the previous day. Her father carries her body to the funeral in Khan Younis on July 18, 2014. Photo credit: Alessio Romenzi

    Photograph 10: A portrait of Shahed Quishta, 8, is fixed to a pillar in her home in Beit Lahya on August 16, 2014, after an Israeli tank fired a shell into the living room. She was killed on July 22, 2014. Photo credit: Khalil Hamra


  5. SHIHAD - FVEY (official video)

    They hear everything you said

    The days of privacy are dead

    You’ve been lead to believe in this fantasy

    In a country where freedom’s been sold

    Five eyes

    Looking down


  6. "You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."
    Jane Goodall
    (via markscherz)

    (Source: ecosapienshow, via markscherz)

  7. barafurbear:




    Let’s stop HIV in New York City

    • If you are HIV-negative, PEP and PrEP can help you stay that way.
    • If you are HIV-positive, PEP and PrEP can help protect your partners.


    Daily PrEP

    PrEP is a daily pill that can help keep you HIV-negative as long as you take it every day.

    • Ask your doctor if PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) may be right for you.
    • Condoms give you additional protection against HIV, other sexually transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancy.


    Emergency PEP

    If you are HIV-negative and think you were exposed to HIV, immediately go to a clinic or emergency room and ask for PEP (Post-exposure  Prophylaxis).

    • PEP can stop HIV if started within 36 hours of exposure.
    • You continue taking PEP for 28 days.

    Many insurance plans including Medicaid cover PEP and PrEP. Assistance may be available if you are uninsured. Visit NYC Health’s website to find out where to get PrEP or PEP in New York City.

    This is such a giant step that barely any people know about it seems, so amazing to see progress in the treatment of HIV

    I honestly thought this might be exaggeration but the CDC says that PrEP is 92% effective. Damn. Damn.

    reblogging because this deserves waaaay more attention D:

    (via anthrocentric)

  8. Yes, because it gets semantic: what exactly is ‘mass’ surveillance, indeed what is ‘surveillance’? It’ll come down to that, “oh, we’re not looking at it, it’s just collateral-collection, it isn’t meant.”

    I think they made a mistake in criticising the local media. Too many of our hacks were made to look silly, & possibly complicit, by Hagar’s Dirty Politics; they will rationalise this away if only to preserve their veneer of credibility.


  10. If you care about democracy, about your right to privacy, about limitations to power,  about sovereignty, and especially if you’re voting in the NZ General Election before 9pm Saturday 20 September, watch this.  

    Yes, IMP are using it as an election platform (though Laila Harre was very careful not to say ‘vote for me!’), and Kim Dotcom squeezed in a plug for his secure video conferencing program, but: Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Robert Amsterdam are all a little bigger than NZPol.  What they each had to say about the GCSB and the TPPA, about #teamkey, Dirty Politics, surveillance, & - above all - democracy, are quite possibly the most important things you will hear all year.