Only a few poems of the Greek poetess Sappho’s work have survived but thanks to a leading scholar’s investigation two new works have just been recovered—and gives experts hope to find more.
OH MY GOD
“The new Sappho is absolutely breath-taking,” said Albert Henrichs, a Harvard classics professor who examined the papyrus with Dr. Obbink. “It is the best preserved Sappho papyrus in existence, with just a few letters that had to be restored in the first poem, and not a single word that is in doubt.
I CAN’T EVEN BELIEVE THIS. HOLY SHIT, HOLY SHIT, THIS IS THE GREATEST DAY
That’s What She Said - A queer, Asian-American web series following the lives of 5 friends in Los Angeles. Created out of a desire to see positive Asian representations in the media, as well as to give voice to the often untold stories of queer Asian women, the series chronicles the lives of five fictional characters – Leslie, Rae, Shin, Baby, and Nic – within the queer sphere of the greater Los Angeles area.
HEY. THERE’S A HUGE FUCKING PROBLEM AND ISSUE HAPPENING IN MY HOME COUNTRY RIGHT NOW.
THERE IS A REVOLUTION HAPPENING IN UKRAINE, RIGHT NOW, RIGHT THIS MINUTE.
It’s been going on for months, but the build up has been going for YEARS. There are protests, and there are riots.
POLICE ARE RESPONDING VIOLENTLY.
AS OF TODAY, THERE HAVE BEEN HUNDREDS INJURIES, AND THREE CONFIRMED DEAD.
What is this stemming from?
Ukraine as a whole nation is trying to join the EU. It is beneficial for the people. It is beneficial for the country. The catch is that they would have to implement lots of EU laws, standards, currencies, and regimes.
This is predicted to bounce Ukraine up in terms of financial power, add economical power, geographical power (Ukraine has a lot of natural resources) and improve general life for the population.
Why is this being prevented? Short answer? Putin and Russia.
Putin and several other supporters/like minded people want to establish a 2nd Soviet Union. It won’t be called that, but it would be basically a collection/group of ex-soviet like states, that would combine political, trade, and military power.
The key to this success is Ukraine. Due to the reasons mentioned above - Ukraine has a lot of leverage on whether or not this could become the reality.
Why isn’t Ukraine joining the EU happening?
Corrupt and pro-Russian prime ministers is why. Ukrainian officials are scared of Russian, because Russia more or less is threatening a take-over through force.
The nation is also split, in terms of its people. Further West and North/West you have a stronger Ukrainian lineage/descent, and a stronger presence of the Ukrainian language. Due to the geographical location, they’re typically influenced by the EU further West.
The East and Southern Ukraine is more Russian, with Russian becoming a stronger prevalent language, and stronger ties to the ex-Soviet bloc and views on Russia. That was the case, although more of the country is agreeing in throwing off Russian oppression.
BACK TO THE RIOTS.
There had been a past revolution in 2004, called ‘the orange revolution’. This is more or less, is the start up and build up of this conflict. There have been laws since passed that prohibits and bans protesting of all forms. It is illegal to protest and illegal to wear gas-masks and protective gear. It is also illegal to cover the revolution, journalism that mentions it is ENTIRELY banned. This is censorship, and it is wrong.
Despite that, there have been MASSIVE protests, with gatherings up to 200,000 strong in Kiev.
This revolutionary movement is literally more prevalent in the West, and Western cities/provinces.
Revolutionaries are camped out in main squares of cities.
There are three leaders of the movement, nicknamed ‘Euromaiden movement’, and the movement and its leaders are being ignored by the government and officials. One of the leaders is a champion and well known international boxer, and plans to run for the next presidency, his name is Vitali Klitschko, and he is quoted as saying
"the government has betrayed the people", this is him between protesters and police, trying to stop the tension, he is sprayed by a fire extinguisher.
The prime minister had initially made moves to help Ukraine progress towards the joining of EU, and at a meeting in which paper work would have more or less secured it, back out of it - probably from fear of Russia’s involvement.
ITS PEOPLE ARE IN DANGER. The riots are QUICKLY turning to violence.
Tear gas, MOLOTOVS ARE BEING USED. (link leads to footage of serious rioting, be warned)
THIS IS SERIOUS, AND IT’S HAPPENING NOW.
TWO OF THE EARLIER MENTIONED CASUALTIES ARE FROM GUNSHOT WOUNDS FROM RIOT POLICE/POLICE.
I DON’T KNOW HOW I CAN ADVISE YOU TO HELP, BUT I DO KNOW THAT THIS NEEDS TO BE KNOWN THAT THIS IS HAPPENING. RIGHT. NOW.
If you can contribute to this, and add more insight with information, more articles or links to footage, please do so!
The plans for a neo-Nazi paradise in Leith, North Dakota, are running into a few speedbumps, it seems. As we noted a while back, white supremacist Craig Paul Cobb has been buying up a passel of abandoned properties in the town of 19, hoping to get enough like-minded bigots to move in and take it over. The existing residents are not one bit happy about it. Nor are other North Dakotans, including the Lakota and Dakota grandmothers pictured above, who according to the Last Real Indians blog “captured and burned” a Nazi flag from the town while a group of several hundred Native Americans and others protested the neo-Nazi presence in Leith last Saturday. We advise the White Power Rangers to recognize when they’re beaten, and to not piss off the grannies any futher.
I feel like these ladies are the personification of ‘badassery’.
Jillian Mercado is a fashion blogger and the editor at We The Urban… She also has muscular dystrophy and relies on an electric wheelchair… A few months ago, she saw a casting call from clothing company Diesel. They were looking for young, hip models that represented a variety of cultural backgrounds. Mercado figured Why not? and sent in some pictures on a lark.
I just got chills. Never in my life have I seen someone like me in an ad, at least not one that wasn’t for a charity or for a disability-specific product. I hope more companies follow suit and include wheelchair users in their everyday advertisements.
I also showed the Diesel website to my mom. It took even her a few moments to realize what they did. This is how mass media works. This is why people with disabilities need to be visually represented as just that— People.
I see all of you, dreaming up great what-if stories about queer princesses and disabled princes and heroes of all races/ethnicities, fairy tales that don’t conform to the standard images - or cultures - commonly depicted in mass media.
And I’m saying, don’t just dream it. Write it, draw it.
Then submit it here (link goes to guidelines page). They are EXPLICITLY ASKING for these things, and are willing to pay you for your work - they even ran a Kickstarter to be able to pay pro rates for writing! They’re asking for poetry, fiction, and art. There’ll be one anthology for kids, because kids of all identities deserve representation, and one for grownups, because why the fuck not, fairy tales aren’t just for kids - so you can write or draw for whichever audience you prefer.
If you’re not a writer or poet or artist, go tell someone who is. And then buy the antho(s) when they come out.
Because it’s there, waiting to happen. And it needs your dreams to be a reality.
Azra Aghighi Bakhshayeshi, a descendent of the famous court Calligrapher Mirza Karim Khoshnevish Tabhari, is the only professional female calligraphic artist working in Iran. Her work explores the rich aesthetic possibilities inherent in the internal architecture of Persian script. For her, there is beauty not just in the meaning letters express but also in the form and texture of those letters.
Photograph and content source: http://www.kashyahildebrand.org/
A U.S. court of appeals has ruled that the government cannot enforce net neutrality, or internet freedom. This means that internet service providers (like Comcast, Verizon, etc.) are legally allowed to block sites from their customers or offer better deals to certain sites.
So, let’s say the only internet service provider in your area is Time Warner Cable, but they decided to block Tumblr from their customers while also deciding to cut a deal with Facebook that makes it run faster. Without any say in the matter, you no longer have access to your blog and have to start spending your time on Facebook, the land without gifs.
And because the internet is a global community, this is not just a U.S. issue. This decision has implications for the entire future of the internet.
Central African Republic Chooses Its First Female President
via The Daily Beast
While the Central African Republic is struggling through a sectarian civil war, the National Assembly has chosen Catherine Samba-Panza, 58, to be the interim president. She is the first woman to ever lead the country.
“Our country is at the brink of implosion,” Samba-Panza said. “More than ever, the country needs someone who can bring it together.”
Image credit: Getty Images
Native American singer, Princess Redfeather (Tsianina Redfeather Blackstone), born of Creek and Cherokee parents, toured the world as a mezzo-soprano. The opera “Shanewis” was based on her life story which she performed at the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1918 and on the battlefields of France during World War I.
Because nothing says ‘national security threat’ like female hygiene.
My Australian-rage is coming through here.
Our Mitt Romney is real and in power.
Well, yeah. I’m thinking that Genderqueer sums my gender up the best right now?
But yeah, I’m gender non-conforming, and I don’t identify with such.
Edit: Okay, looking on this again, I’m thinking that I interpreted this question wrong and that my response is actually way more lazy and confused than I first thought. Basically, go and read Beowulf’s response.