April 30, 2011: Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal, Naomi Shihab Nye

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Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal
Naomi Shihab Nye

After learning my flight was detained 4 hours,
I heard the announcement:
If anyone in the vicinity of gate 4-A understands any Arabic,
Please come to the gate immediately.

Well — one pauses these days. Gate 4-A was my own gate. I…

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huffingtonpost:

UN: Ebola Could Eventually Infect 20,000 People
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

huffingtonpost:

UN: Ebola Could Eventually Infect 20,000 People

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

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permatech:

Crinkle-Crankle wall, England. (From Wiki)
The crinkle crankle wall economizes on bricks, despite its sinuous configuration, because it can be made just one brick thin. If a wall this thin were to be made in a straight line, without buttresses, it would easily topple over. The alternate convex and concave curves in the wall provide stability and help it to resist lateral forces.
Both crinkle and crankle are defined as something with bends and turns (Webster’s), but the term is also thought to come from Old English meaning zig-zag.
Many crinkle-crankle walls are found in the Fen Country of East Anglia.
[There are some in the States too: Thomas Jefferson (1743 to 1826) incorporated so-called serpentine walls into the architecture of the University of Virginia, which he founded. Flanking both sides of its landmark rotunda and extending down the length of the lawn are 10 pavilions, each with its own walled garden separated by crinkle crankle walls.]
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permatech:

Crinkle-Crankle wall, England. (From Wiki)

The crinkle crankle wall economizes on bricks, despite its sinuous configuration, because it can be made just one brick thin. If a wall this thin were to be made in a straight line, without buttresses, it would easily topple over. The alternate convex and concave curves in the wall provide stability and help it to resist lateral forces.

Both crinkle and crankle are defined as something with bends and turns (Webster’s), but the term is also thought to come from Old English meaning zig-zag.

Many crinkle-crankle walls are found in the Fen Country of East Anglia.

[There are some in the States too: Thomas Jefferson (1743 to 1826) incorporated so-called serpentine walls into the architecture of the University of Virginia, which he founded. Flanking both sides of its landmark rotunda and extending down the length of the lawn are 10 pavilions, each with its own walled garden separated by crinkle crankle walls.]

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boss-ass-bxtch:

Do one thing everyday that scares you
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boss-ass-bxtch:

Do one thing everyday that scares you

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rhamphotheca:

Today, after coming back from lunch, I saw a big male Three-toed Box Turtle (Terrapene c. triunguis) out in the park (Houston, TX), and I gave him a couple of cherry tomatoes. He was very grateful. :3

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“An Australian model has taken a stand after a swimwear label used pictures of her without permission and Photoshopped her to appear considerably slimmer than she is in real life.
"They had drastically altered my body, thinning out my stomach and thighs in an attempt to box me into the cultural ideal of beauty,” continued Kausman. “Above is their version, below is the real version. My body is a size 8, not a size 4. That’s my body!”
The irony of Kausman’s experience is that her father is physician Rick Kausman, one of Australia’s most outspoken advocates against dieting and body-shaming culture. Rick Kausman rallied behind his daughter, writing on his Facebook page that “taking someone’s photograph and altering without permission, then publishing it,” is a serious issue.
Moreover, wrote the outraged father, the situation calls attention to “the broader and the hugely problematic issue of Photoshopping images and the incredible harm this does to so many people, particularly young girls and boys, but so many others irrespective of their age, with respect to their body image and feelings of self-worth.”
(via Model Blasts the Company That Slimmed Her Body With Photoshop | TakePart)

An Australian model has taken a stand after a swimwear label used pictures of her without permission and Photoshopped her to appear considerably slimmer than she is in real life.

"They had drastically altered my body, thinning out my stomach and thighs in an attempt to box me into the cultural ideal of beauty,” continued Kausman. “Above is their version, below is the real version. My body is a size 8, not a size 4. That’s my body!”

The irony of Kausman’s experience is that her father is physician Rick Kausman, one of Australia’s most outspoken advocates against dieting and body-shaming culture. Rick Kausman rallied behind his daughter, writing on his Facebook page that “taking someone’s photograph and altering without permission, then publishing it,” is a serious issue.

Moreover, wrote the outraged father, the situation calls attention to “the broader and the hugely problematic issue of Photoshopping images and the incredible harm this does to so many people, particularly young girls and boys, but so many others irrespective of their age, with respect to their body image and feelings of self-worth.”

(via Model Blasts the Company That Slimmed Her Body With Photoshop | TakePart)

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raideo:

spookyelric:

sphynx-prince:

yungcoochie:

bankston:

goodreasonnews:

amazingatheist:

I’m so glad to see the younger generation waking up to this hypocrisy. 

The homeowner at 22 one is killing me.

…………………….

This meme makes me so angry because it’s so on-target.

I am screaming

this isn’t even funny to me it just makes me want to find the nearest baby boomer and deck them in the mouth

I reblog this every time because it always re-ignites my anger.

I feel you sphynx-prince.  

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theweekmagazine:

The week’s best editorial cartoons

Artists take on the militarization of America’s police, Obama’s vacation, and more

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