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People Have Strong Opinions About This NYC Intern's Monthly Expenses https://www.buzzfeed.com/jamedjackson/refinery-29-money-diari...
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" One of the outlet's recent Money Diaries entry, originally titled "A Week In New York City On $25/Hour," from a 21-year-old marketing intern started trending on Twitter after people read that her parents cover her phone bill, entertainment, health insurance, and $2,100 rent. Plus she gets a total monthly allowance of $1,100, $800 from her parents and $300 from her grandfather. Readers broke down the entry and concluded that the only monthly expenses the diarist is actually responsible for are a MoviePass, Brazilian sugaring wax, and gym membership. " ‎· JustDuckie
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And yet they get published... ‎· Spidra Webster ‎· 2
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Burglar with boxer briefs on head being sought by Texas police http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/07/11/burglar-with-boxer-brief...
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"Police in Texas are looking for a man who broke into an office while wearing underwear on his head." ‎· JustDuckie ‎· 1
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ok... ‎· MoTO Babycakes ‎· 3
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As one does. ‎· LB! ッ ‎· 4
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Live From Beijing: A Disappearing ‘Saturday Night Live’ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/17/world/asia/china-saturday-...
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"When NBCUniversal announced last year that a version of “Saturday Night Live” would be made for a Chinese audience, it was unclear how a show that thrives on political satire could survive in a country run by a Communist Party that tolerates no criticism. Now, just weeks after “Saturday Night Live China” made its debut — with no overtly political content — its future looks even more doubtful. Viewers who tuned in over the weekend discovered that the show was not available from its host, the Chinese video-streaming platform Youku. “The site you were searching for has just gone to explore Pluto,” a notice at the show’s Youku page said." ‎· JustDuckie
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"The show, one of several international versions of “Saturday Night Live,” differs from the original in key ways besides language. It isn’t live, for starters, and it doesn’t directly address politics in China or elsewhere." ‎· JustDuckie
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"On Douban, a Chinese social network that focuses on culture, users have given the American version of “Saturday Night Live” a rating of 9.2 out of 10. But the Chinese version’s rating is just 4.9 out of 10, and many viewers have ridiculed it as either not entertaining or else inappropriate for a Chinese context. “My thirst for knowledge urged me to try ‘S.N.L.’ and my survival instinct nudged me to fast-forward through,” one user wrote on Douban, referring to the Chinese version. “There are way too many things to grumble about.” “‘S.N.L.’ is supposed to be a show poking fun at current affairs and politicians, and this is impossible in China,” another Douban user wrote. “Therefore, the show already has a congenital defect, not to mention inferior jokes.”" ‎· JustDuckie
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"Last month, a person close to the show’s production team told the Chinese news outlet Caixin Global that his two favorite jokes in the first episode had been cut from the edited broadcast. He said the jokes had touched on drugs, childbirth and blind dating — and one of the most politically sensitive subjects in China, Taiwan, the self-governing island that China considers part of its territory. His account could not be independently verified." ‎· JustDuckie
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Abilene police issue warning to driver with washing machine on hood of SUV https://newschannel9.com/news/offbeat/washing-machine-on-hood...
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"The man told police he was "going to sell it."" ‎· JustDuckie
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uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ‎· LibSkrat ‎· 1
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...he has a roof rack. ‎· Anna C. ‎· 2
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In Rough Rio de Janeiro Neighborhood, Ballet as ‘Anesthetic’ and Escape https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/17/world/americas/ballet-braz...
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"In the city’s dizzying spectrum between rapture and despair, Manguinhos, the neighborhood where Ms. Oliveira grew up, leans solidly toward the latter. It is among the patchwork of districts known as favelas, which were settled by squatters decades ago. Traffickers from the powerful drug gang Comando Vermelho, or Red Command, have held sway in the area for many years, wielding more authority than the police. It is the kind of place where residents don’t expect homicides will be investigated, never mind solved. Drugs are sold in the open, laid out on tables. Garbage is disposed of by burning small piles at a time on sidewalks." ‎· JustDuckie
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"“There is no set destiny,” she would tell the girls and young women. “Just because you were born in a favela does not mean your life needs to play out a certain way. You don’t need to end up working as maids.” The message resonated with Danice Sales, one of her first students, who went on to study Italian literature. “It was an escape from reality,” said Ms. Sales, 29. “I went through very hard things in my life and the only thing that allowed me to avoid going on medication and sinking into a deep depression was ballet.”" ‎· JustDuckie
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Artist’s twisted whale wins US balloon sculpting prize - Taipei Times http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2018/07/16/20...
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"Balloon artist Sung Chun-lin (宋俊霖) on Wednesday took the first prize in a twisting competition held by US balloon maker Qualatex for his piece Taiwan Blue Whale. The 2m long blue-and-white piece was made using 170 balloons and took the artist 15 hours to complete." ‎· JustDuckie
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"Sung said he was inspired to make a whale model as the whale is the symbol of the Formosa Alliance (喜樂島聯盟) — a political organization that calls for a referendum on Taiwanese independence and the nation’s participation in the UN. The whale is one of Sung’s favorite animals, and symbolizes freedom and dreams, he said, adding that he never imagined that the animal would help him realize his own dream of winning an international competition. Sung started from the tail, folding the balloons while looking at a picture of a whale, he said, adding that judging the angle of the tail was the hardest part. The challenge in making the head was in shrinking several balloons and having them converge on one point, which involved a lot of trial and error, he said." ‎· JustDuckie
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"All of his original designs are inspired by Taiwanese animals, including the Formosan black bear, he said. Sung next plans to make balloon versions of the Formosan Sika deer and the Formosan landlocked salmon, he added." ‎· JustDuckie
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"Mr. Spivey-Jones is no stranger to addressing a crowd — he helped form an inmate debate team at another prison that beat a team from Harvard in 2015. Still, he had not given any thought to playing Cyrano and didn’t understand how big the role was until he kept getting called back to read for it. As a writer of verse himself, he quickly found his affection for the soldier-poet with the “big-ass nose,” as the inmates’ lightly adapted script put it. “I think Cyrano, the character, and not just the character but the entire play, it really speaks to how complicated we are as humans,” Mr. Spivey-Jones said. “The range of emotion that Cyrano experiences when he’s in front of an audience — he’s bigger than life.”" ‎· JustDuckie
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"R.T.A.’s productions aren’t meant to carry any deeper meaning, but in the case of “Cyrano” — about a man who must hide his true, uglier visage behind a more attractive face — it was difficult not to think about the inmates’ own predicament. Ms. Kenney said she thought many of her castmates “identified with the Cyrano character as someone who has so much to offer, all these talents and gifts — this sensitive, unique human being, but all people see when they look at him is his nose. A lot of them feel all anyone sees when they look at them is ‘inmate.’ I think people were seeing themselves in it.”" ‎· JustDuckie
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"At the same time, she and the rest of the R.T.A. team are regularly reminded of how the outside world views their work. Mr. Spivey-Jones, for one, was convicted of second-degree murder. Mr. Scatamacchia remembers one man asking, “Do you spend as much time helping the families that were [expletive] up by these guys as you do helping these guys?” He thinks about the question often, knowing there are people who have been gravely harmed by many of the men he works with, and who “want these men to rot inside for the rest of their lives.” Mr. Scatamacchia is sympathetic to that emotion, but he pushes back gently: “I understand your pain and anger, but what’s to be gained by locking someone up and letting them rot? Because most people get out, and if we don’t invest time and energy into rehabilitating these people, they’re going to come out worse than they went in.”" ‎· JustDuckie
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Burglar Breaks Into Escape Room, Forgets How He Came In, Calls 911 http://geekologie.com/2018/07/burglar-breaks-into-escape-room...
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"The burglar had broken the back door trying to get in -- and couldn't remember where the other door was. Apparently, turning to authorities for an escape, at the time, seemed like the right thing to do." ‎· JustDuckie ‎· 1
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Women Making Science Videos on YouTube Face Hostile Comments https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/13/science/youtube-science-wo...
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"Ms. Amarasekara didn’t feel confident that an automated sentiment analysis could capture the meaning of the comments, so she manually sorted each of the thousands of comments into one of six categories: positive; negative or critical; hostile; sexist or sexual; appearance-based; and neutral or general discussion. Of course, that meant she had to read them all. “I was quite disappointed by the time I’d gone through them,” she said. “I could see why people would not want to be on YouTube.”" ‎· JustDuckie ‎· 1
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OMG I Love this woman, turning anything you face to a proper research material is a superpower ‎· Offence think tank ‎· 2
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Liv Tyler Helps Stephen Colbert Become the Frodo Baggins He Was Always Meant to Be https://io9.gizmodo.com/liv-tyler-helps-stephen-colbert-becom...
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"Tyler, appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote her role on Hulu’s Harlots, surprised an adorably “starstruck” Colbert by bringing her Arwen sword—a gift from director Peter Jackson—and letting Colbert play with it onstage. Colbert was understandably shocked that Tyler’s kept it in her attic all these years, asking “You don’t play with it all the time?” I captured the moment he pulled the sword from its sheath because we deserve to feel good things sometimes and this helps us do that." ‎· JustDuckie
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"Anyway, right after he nearly collapses from holding a true piece of fantasy cinema history, he asks her if she’ll wield it once more to re-enact the moment where she safeguards Frodo against the Ringwraiths (a scene that was altered from the books). Take a look." ‎· JustDuckie
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His face when he pulls out the sword. X__X ‎· JustDuckie ‎· 2
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Plan Your Next Vacation with This Literary Map of the U.K. https://electricliterature.com/plan-your-next-vacation-with-t...
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Firefighters use chopsticks to pick bat colony out of Xi’an home https://medium.com/@shanghaiist/firefighters-use-chopsticks-t...
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"The bats of varying sizes had made themselves a home in a tiny gap between the window (which doesn’t seem to offer much of a view) and the neighboring concrete wall. The family became aware of the colony after hearing the sound of dozens of fluttering wings." ‎· JustDuckie
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"As shown in a video posted online by the Beijing News, firefighters used a hammer to carefully break the window glass. They then forced the bats to the top part of the broken window before reaching into the gap with a pair of chopsticks, removing them one-by-one and dropping them into a plastic bag. After the colony was captured, the bats were all transferred into a plastic tub and eventually set free in the nearby mountains. Of course, this operation could have never been completed successfully if the rescuers only had forks and knives to work with." ‎· JustDuckie ‎· 1
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Scotland to Trump: Beat it Bawbag! – The Nib – Medium https://medium.com/@thenib/scotland-to-trump-beat-it-bawbag-7...
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golf > being potus ‎· Halil ‎· 1
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Old Recipes, New Format: Spain Puts Historic Dishes on Video https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/12/dining/old-recipes-video-s...
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"When Spanish conquerors brought home a tomato from the Americas in the 16th century, its red color caused a sensation at the royal court. But because of its resemblance to a poisonous fruit found around the Mediterranean, the tomato was long used only as a table decoration. Not until 1755 did it appear in a savory sauce recipe in a Spanish pastry cookbook written by Juan de la Mata, the pastry chef for King Philip V and King Ferdinand VI. That recipe is among a dozen that have been adapted by contemporary chefs and incorporated into a video project by Spain’s National Library, to raise the profile of its vast collection of 23,000 food-related works, which date as far back as the 1400s." ‎· JustDuckie
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"“We have an enormous wealth of data, but that doesn’t mean we can easily attract a huge public,” said Elena Sánchez Nogales, who oversees the library’s digital section. “The library has always been a natural habitat for researchers, but food is clearly interesting more and more people, so we just needed to find the right language to reach them.” Almudena Villegas, a Spanish food historian who participated in the project, said the effort was well timed: “We’re only now beginning to appreciate how much food tells us about our social history, as well as how much food is a linkage between different sciences that we have long cared about, from chemistry to biomedicine and agronomy.”" ‎· JustDuckie
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Seven centers to train Aboriginal language teachers - Taipei Times http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2018/07/13/20...
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"Seven universities are to launch courses to certify at least 210 teachers of Taiwanese Aboriginal languages in cooperation with the Council of Indigenous Peoples, the council said on Tuesday. A decline in the native language skills of Aborigines, especially among younger generations, makes it imperative for the council to nurture teachers and make classes more accessible, council Minister Icyang Parod said in a statement. Aborigines older than 60 speak their languages of origin well, but native language proficiency among those aged 40 to 60 has deteriorated and that among people under 40 years old is worrisome, the minister said." ‎· JustDuckie
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"Under the Indigenous Language Development Act (原住民族語言發展法), Aborigines who participate in national examinations for civil servant positions that are reserved for them and for grants to study abroad will be required to be certified as proficient in Aboriginal languages by June 2020. The legislation also requires that civil servants whose duties concern Aboriginal affairs, and who are not certified, study Aboriginal languages for a specified number of hours each year as determined by the council." ‎· JustDuckie
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Because I am lame and forgot to share this yesterday -- HAPPY BIRTHDAY @soup!!!! https://tenor.com/view/robert-downey-jr-tony-stark-iron-man-a...
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Thanks!! ‎· Soup ‎· 1
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Is Your Horse in a Good Mood? See if It Snorts. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/11/science/horse-snorting-hap...
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"In the study, published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers in France determined that the snorting exhale that horses often make may be a sign of a positive emotion." ‎· JustDuckie
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"Mathilde Stomp, a doctoral student at the University of Rennes who led the research, said she set out to understand whether the snort could be used as an measure of the horse’s mood. She and her collaborators recorded 560 snorts among 48 privately owned and riding school horses. All the horses snorted — as little as once or as often as 13 times an hour. The horses mainly snorted during calm and relaxing activities, and those that spent more time out of doors snorted the most, the study found. When a horse was snorting, the researchers also recorded the animal’s ear position; forward-pointing ears are a known signal of a positive internal state, Ms. Stomp said. Researchers also developed a composite score of each animal’s stress level when snorting, with measurements including how much time a horse spent facing the wall in its stall, as well as its level of interaction with or aggressive behavior toward the researcher." ‎· JustDuckie
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"While Karyn Malinowski, professor and director of the Rutgers University Equine Science Center in New Jersey, discouraged the practice of ascribing human emotions to animals, she said the new study’s findings made sense to her. The horses she studies display emotions, like sorrow when a close companion dies, so she believes they’re certainly capable of happiness. Dr. Malinowski said the study also aligns with her physiological research that shows horses are much less stressed when they are allowed to live outside, rather than in stables. In the new study, horses that lived in more natural conditions snorted more often, and even the stabled horses snorted more when they were outside. “I’ve been studying stress for 40 years. The worst thing you can do for a horse is to keep it inside,” Dr. Malinowski said. Outside, “they’re happier, healthier, the air is fresher.”" ‎· JustDuckie
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"Lauren Brubaker, a Ph.D. student at Oregon State University specializing in human-animal interactions, said the study also matches the experience of people in the horseback riding world. “You hear a lot of riders and instructors and trainers who will say they’re looking for horses to do that snorting behavior while they’re riding, because they believe the horses are relaxing and releasing adrenaline,” she said." ‎· JustDuckie
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This makes me miss the horse that lived across the street when I was in high school (a retired show 'gray' Clydesdale). He'd get huffy if you didn't say 'hi' when you went past, and one of the ways he signalled approval was by snorting and stomping one of his front hooves. He was a pretty cool horse. ‎· Jennifer D. ‎· 2
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The Stepmother or the Saint: How Fairy Tales Depict the Different Facets of Motherhood | Cate Fricke https://catapult-prod.herokuapp.com/stories/column-tales-for-...
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"My favorite fairy tale “The Juniper Tree” begins much like “Snow White,” with a woman cutting her finger and, upon seeing the drops of blood on the snow, wishing for “a child as red as blood and as white as snow!” In this tale, that child is a little boy, and when the new mother sees her baby son for the first time, she is “so delighted” that she instantly dies. And so we arrive at what may be at the root of my own lack of full-fledged enthusiasm for parenthood: In fairy tales, the only good mother is a dead one. Almost immediately, the wicked stepmother takes her place. Just like couples who long for offspring, wicked stepmothers in the world of fairy tales are legion, and they need no introduction here as the very figureheads of abuse, jealousy, and murderous rage. I’ve mentioned before that the Grimms collected many fairy tales in which it is the mother, not a stepmother, who is the villain. Consider “Snow White”: That same stately queen who desires a child as red as blood and as white as snow does not die at all in the version of the tale that the Grimms originally set down in 1812. Instead she lives, and in the course of raising her daughter is revealed to be vain and envious. It does not take more than a single page before the queen, once the most beautiful woman in the world and now surpassed by her own daughter, plots to kill the child she so desired. " ‎· JustDuckie
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"I take comfort in the fact that, in the fairy tale world, you will meet so many versions of your own self—like seeing the future. But it also makes me fear the versions of myself that I have met only briefly, on days when I'm not the person I would want my still-hypothetical children to recognize." ‎· JustDuckie
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Opals Are Said to Make Us Everything We Are All at Once, and There’s Nothing Scarier | Jaya Saxena https://catapult-prod.herokuapp.com/stories/column-personal-f...
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"Opals are still thought to bring bad luck, in part because they are temperamental and soft. Heat and moisture can change their color, make them crack. How disturbing that a rock, a symbol of solidity, is so easily broken. Hermione’s main problem was not being a witch, but wearing an opal every day. The opal is a beautiful thing, meant to be held at arm’s length. Don’t look at it, it’s too beautiful. Don’t touch it, you’ll only fuck it up. Don’t try to own it, because it will only change on you." ‎· JustDuckie
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"For many of us, there is terror in change—however much we want people to grow and experiment and blossom, we want that to have already happened, and the people in front of us to be fixed. You can be whoever you want, but for that to change by the year, or even the day, makes us uncomfortable. How uncomfortable, then, is the opal, which is suspected to have the “ability to bring one’s traits and characteristics to the surface for examination and transformation.” The opal is the “eye stone,” directing its focus on every aspect of yourself whether you even know it’s there. It is said to amplify every thought and feeling, make the unconscious conscious and ready for examination. It can make you not just multiple things, but everything all at once. We don’t want that for other people, but we especially don’t want it for ourselves. " ‎· JustDuckie
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Was This Powerful Chinese Empress a Feminist Trailblazer? https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/10/world/asia/china-empress-d...
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"Perhaps as an escape from these oppressive restrictions, Empress Dowager Cixi (pronounced TSIH-shee), the de facto ruler of China in the final decades of the imperial dynasty, rebuilt a fantastic wonderland, the Summer Palace. It’s an extended estate of glittery lakes, luxurious gardens and elaborate wooden pavilions on the edge of the nation’s capital, attracting up to 100,000 visitors a day. Most of them are curious Chinese from across the country who read in their Communist Party-authorized school books that Cixi was a harridan who stole the nation’s wealth and was responsible for China’s humiliating defeat by the Japanese in 1895. But was she? Cixi, a peer of Queen Victoria’s and apparently iron-willed, has invited revisionist interpretations that view her as a feminist, at least in the context of the late 19th century, when women in China were treated little better than spittoons." ‎· JustDuckie
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Hayes Brown on Twitter “This is the best quote/sentence you will read in any story about Trump’s new Supreme Court nominee” https://twitter.com/HayesBrown/status/1016532960315666434
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How Medieval Artists Used Monsters as Propaganda https://hyperallergic.com/448358/medieval-monsters-terrors-al...
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"“Monstrous imagery was often associated with members of socially disadvantaged groups in order to suggest that they were less than human; such a strategy rationalized repression and could even be used to instigate violence,” write curators Asa Simon Mittman and Sherry Lindquist in the accompanying catalogue. “In addition to the representation of nonnormative figures within European Christian culture, such as the mentally or physically impaired, whole groups of outsiders were also demonized. Representations of Jews and Muslims, whom Christians believed sinful for denying Christ, were made monstrous with exaggerated or animalistic features and graceless bodies, such as the caricatured representations of Jews — identifiable by their pointed hats — who torture Christ in a thirteenth-century German Book of Hours.”" ‎· JustDuckie
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There was no way to avoid mentioning Trump in this article. ‎· veng ‎· 1
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Also, it's nice they all wore skinny jeans by then already. ‎· 9000 ‎· 5
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"As nostalgia surges for the eastern conquest of Genghis Khan, Putin maps out his own empire." ‎· JustDuckie
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Always be yourself, unless you can be Genghis. Then be Genghis. ‎· JustDuckie ‎· 1
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Taiwan winning World Cup, but not on the pitch - Taipei Times http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2018/07/10/20...
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"Taiwan might not have qualified for this year’s FIFA World Cup taking place in Russia, but the nation frequently has a presence at high-profile international soccer tournaments thanks to kits made from yarn Taiwan produces using recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. At least half of the 32 national teams attending the World Cup use the environmentally friendly kit, including England and Belgium, who have made it to the semi-finals, the Environmental Protection Administration said. Teams wearing kit made by Adidas — Belgium, Argentina, Colombia, Egypt, Germany, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Sweden, Spain and Russia — as well as those wearing kit made by Nike — England, Brazil, Portugal and Saudi Arabia — are all wearing shirts made using Taiwanese technology, the agency said." ‎· JustDuckie
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