Category Archives: Alchemy

Are You An Anthropocentrist?

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Originally posted on Laura Grace Weldon:

animal intelligence, anthropocentrism, Paradise, by Gillis d’Hondecoeter circa 1575

When I was growing up we were taught humans were at the top of every chart, far superior to all other living beings. Our textbooks, illustrated with stereotypical images of “cave men,” proved the assertion with a long list of what our species could do that others could not. The list was so smug that I was a bit embarrassed on behalf of my fellow homo sapiens. A skeptic even then, I thought the list was somewhat prejudicial. Worse, it didn’t acknowledge what feels obvious to young children, that we are all things and all things are us.

I don’t for a moment dismiss our many human accomplishments—among them language, science, the arts, and shared rules meant to advance mutual compassion. I simply mean to point out that we’re not better, we’re different.

Besides, what I was taught as a kid doesn’t really hold up. Here are…

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Photos: Forbidden from riding bikes, fearless Afghan girls are skateboarding around Kabul

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Photos: Forbidden from riding bikes, fearless Afghan girls are skateboarding around Kabul

Originally posted on Quartz:

Australian skateboarder Oliver Percovich created the non-profit Skateistan in 2007, a grassroots project that connects youth and education through skateboarding in Afghanistan. The organization, which has since grown to an award-winning international NGO, caught the attention of London-based photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson and inspired her to visit the program in Kabul in 2012—especially after learning 45% of the students were female.

Jessica Fulford-Dobson photo of afghan girl

In Afghanistan, skateboarding has spread to become the number one sport for women, as they are forbidden to ride bicycles. Soon after arriving and entering the girl’s world, Fulford-Dobson was accepted by the young Afghan skateboarders. She photographed the girls with natural light, helping to expose their personalities through simple portraits. Within the images you can see the girls’ natural confidence, images that capture the subjects both posed and candidly skating through the indoor facility.

Jessica Fulford-Dobson pic of afghan girl

Jessica Fulford-Dobson pic of afgan girl

Jessica Fulford-Dobson pic of afghan girl

“I met so many impressive women and girls in Afghanistan: a teacher as tough and determined as any…

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White Rage, the Hunger Games, and the Lack of Justice for Eric Garner

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Originally posted on Olivia A. Cole:

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Today, like too many days, I am angry. Today a grand jury voted not to bring criminal charges against the white officer who killed Eric Garner, father of six, with a chokehold. The killing is on video, which many people hoped would mean an indictment and, eventually, a conviction. Not so. Today, America tells us once again that the value it places in black life is nil, insubstantial, nonexistent.

The protests have already begun in New York, and I’m thinking about anger, rage. I’m thinking about things that burn. When the grand jury in St. Louis County announced that it would not be indicting Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, Ferguson burned. Over the weekend, I saw the latest Hunger Games film—Mockingjay—and in it, the Capitol executes unarmed civilians, their deaths broadcasted for millions of eyes. I couldn’t stop thinking about Eric…

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The Power of Peace

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The Power of Peace

Against the Structured Generation

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Against the Structured Generation

Originally posted on The 14th Floor:

One of the unfortunate characteristics of our generation is that we have tended to live highly structured lives.  Those of us born in the 1980s, who spent their twenties in the transitional era of the early 2000s, amidst the violent cacophony of the two Bush Wars, have experienced at least some shared sense of structure to our lives.

The typical life of an upper-middle class son or daughter born in Canada during that generation would go something like this: a childhood spent in public schools, with no lack of activities in which to immerse oneself (soccer, piano, theater, etc.). Then high school hits, with its swirl of hormonal desire combined with the looming pressure of standardized tests. It is generally here that the adolescent learns the rhythms of capitalist work-time: school during the day, nights filled with study and ever more structured activities.

If the student is lucky he or…

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Uncertainty: Or a Woman is a Woman, and then, Sometimes she is a Mother by Anna Prushinskaya

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Uncertainty: Or a Woman is a Woman, and then, Sometimes she is a Mother by Anna Prushinskaya

Originally posted on Chicago Literati :

I walked the dog twice. At times, she limped. An arctic chill has settled. In the film about Antarctica, a husband and wife are wintering at the large American base. They have the usual conversation about the weather, whether it is cold or not. Of course it is cold, it is Antarctica, the wife says. Typical temperatures range between negative twenty and negative eighty. Yet the conversation persists. What the body can get used to, the husband concludes.

I walked five miles, all told. I am thirty-seven weeks pregnant, which is considered “late pre-term.” A baby born after this point is normal. I wake up and think, maybe today I will give birth. I go on the long walks, and I think, maybe this’ll do it.

I am feeling the feeling of precipice, of uncertainty. I am not a mother, but I am an “imminent mother-to-be” as a co-worker called…

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Elizabeth Renter: 40 Medications Replaced With Raw Cannabis Juice

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Originally posted on Culture of Awareness:

40 Medications Replaced With Raw Cannabis Juice  body mind soul spirit BodyMindSoulSpirit.com http://bodymindsoulspirit.com/

By Elizabeth Renter, Thanks to Body Mind Soul Spirit.

More and more we are beginning to understand that marijuana is far more than a street-level ‘drug’. In fact, research shows that it’s a healing plant — and it doesn’t have to get you high. And as we learn more about this healing plant, we learn there are really a multitude of uses and methods to obtaining its benefits.

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La Nouvelle #lune avant la #naissance

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Originally posted on L'actualité de Lunesoleil:

Grandville l'astronomie des Dames « la bonne étoile » Grandville l’astronomie des Dames « la bonne étoile »

Une méthode qui mériterait à être plus reconnue et pratiqué systématiquement lorsque l’on fait ces premiers pas en astrologie.  Il suffit d’établir la carte du ciel de la « Nouvelle lune avant la naissance » est une méthode primordiale pour connaître cette part d’intimité caché au fond de nous même et que l’on peut ressentir à un moment particulier de notre vie. De le savoir, permet de mettre des mots sur des pensées que l’on croyait être une banalité.

La première fois, il se peut par manque d’expérience peut-être où que vous n’ayez pas suffisamment la maturité de compréhension que cette révélation ne fasse pas écho en vous-même. Et que l’occasion se renouvelle et le flash retenti à votre esprit et fasse écho enfin à quelque chose de profond, qui étais en vous-même, mais que vous n’aviez pas réellement reconnu. Ce quelque chose…

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MessiahMews Blogs: Vaccine Mandates are Just Corporate Statutes

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Speaking of Drones… Reuters 1-26-15… “Small drone crashes on White House grounds…”

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Originally posted on Kauilapele's Blog:

A "Quad-copter" type drone A “Quad-copter” type drone

Related (in my mind) to the last post, this “small event” did not “sense” to me as “small”. Something may be going on here, to send a message. Found original at PressTV.

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Small drone crashes on White House grounds, operator comes forward

(Reuters) – A small drone crashed on the grounds of the White House in the early hours of Monday without endangering anyone and U.S. officials said they had identified the operator.

A person has come forward to take responsibility for flying the drone, a Secret Service spokeswoman said, without providing details about the individual. The agency said the drone was being flown for recreational purposes when it breached the secure perimeter of the presidential mansion.

A White House spokesman said the device, known as a “quad copter,” did not appear to be dangerous.

The incident may enflame the debate among lawmakers…

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