The world stands with Palestine.
You guys know I rarely reblog things. But this? This is powerful.
What terrifies me is that the very state borne out of one of the most disgusting atrocities in modern history is itself capable of reproducing the very same.
I’m sure the people of Palestine feel very much alone. And in their suffering they very much are. But in their spirit, they are not.
My prayers are with Palestine. Always have been, always will be.
Cecily McMillan, the 25-year-old Occupy Wall Street activist who was jailed for elbowing a police officer during a protest, returned to court on Thursday, where a cadre of hard-hitting journalists greeted her with questions about her courtroom attire.
“My editor told me to ask who you’re wearing,” a photographer was spotted eagerly asking McMillan, according to The Village Voice.
McMillan, who was earlier this month released from Rikers Island — one of the country’s most notoriously violent jails — explained that although she was free, she no longer felt safe in New York “because I was sexually assaulted and then put in jail for it," according to the Voice. McMillan has alleged from the start that the officer involved in her assault case forcibly grabbed her breast from behind during the protest; after elbowing him, she was promptly arrested and put in jail.
Upon hearing her explanation Thursday, a Post reporter responded, “Well, you look fabulous! But you should eat more.”
The interactions resulted in a blatantly sexist portrayal of McMillan sprinkled with mocking details about her fashion choices — all of which fail to mention that she was asked such questions by the press.
The Daily News went straight to the sartorial details with the headline, “Occupy Wall Street protester wears Calvin Klein to court.”
The Post’s own coverage included a previously dated photo of an emotional McMillan with the caption, “McMillan cries in court in May after being given an outfit she had already worn." The paper led with the headline "Rikers Island: The new way to lose weight.”
McMillan has been using her newfound freedom to speak out against the treatment of inmates at Rikers — a cause that is essentially being buried for more important notes on her outfit choices. Well done, New York media!
Our Three (Brain) Mothers
Protecting our brain and central nervous system are the meninges, derived from the Greek term for “membrane”. You may have heard of meningitis - this is when the innermost layer of the meninges swells, often due to infection, and can cause nerve or brain damage, and sometimes death.
There are three meningeal layers: the dura mater, arachnoid mater, and pia mater. In Latin, “mater” means “mother”. The term comes from the enveloping nature of these membranes, but we later learned how apt it was, because of how protective and essential the meningeal layers are.
- The dura mater is the outermost and toughest membrane. Its name means “tough mother”.
The dura is most important for keeping cerebrospinal fluid where it belongs, and for allowing the safe transport of blood to and from the brain. This layer is also water-tight - if it weren’t, our cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) would leak out, and our central nervous system would have no cushion! Its leathery qualities mean that even when the skull is broken, more often than not, the dura (and the brain it encases) is not punctured.
- The arachnoid mater is the middle membrane. Its name means "spider-like mother", because of its web-like nature.
The arachnoid is attached directly to the deep side of the dura, and has small protrusions into the sinuses within the dura, which allows for CSF to return to the bloodstream and not become stagnant. It also has very fine, web-like projections downward, which attach to the pia mater. However, it doesn’t contact the pia mater in the same way as the dura: the CSF flows between the two meningeal layers, in the subarachnoid space. The major superficial blood vessels are on top of the arachnoid, and below the dura.
- Pia mater is the innermost membrane, which follows the folds (sulci) of the brain and spinal cord most closely. Its name means “tender mother”.
The pia is what makes sure the CSF stays between the meninges, and doesn’t just get absorbed into the brain or spinal cord. It also allows for new CSF from the ventricles to be shunted into the subarachnoid space, and provides pathways for blood vessels to nourish the brain. While the pia mater is very thin, it is water-tight, just like the dura mater. The pia is also the primary blood-brain barrier, making sure that no plasma proteins or organic molecules penetrate into the CSF.
Because of this barrier, medications which need to reach the brain or meninges must be administered directly into the CSF.
Anatomy: Practical and Surgical. Henry Gray, 1909.
Arturo, the last polar bear in Argentina, is not well. The sad animal paces back and forth in his enclosure at the Mendoza Zoo, swaying his head from side to side, bearing his teeth.
The polar bear is thought to have become depressed since the death of his long-term companion two years ago, which has left him lonely and bereft, the Sunday People reported.
Experts say his behaviour is “abnormal” and fear he is going insane, not least because the animal, which would be living on sea ice with general temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees, is living in hot temperatures that can climb to as high as 40 degrees.
Greenpeace has released a video and petition calling on Lego to end its partnership with Shell.
In the two minute clip, shared on social media almost a million times in the last 24 hours, a camera pans across an Arctic scene that has been built out of Lego, complete with polar bears.
But then the video shows an oil rig with a Shell flag on top of it and slowly the scene is filled with oil, swallowing up all the animals and people that live there.
All that is seen at the end is a flag with the Shell logo on it.
Greenpeace stopped short of asking people to boycott the toymaker, but has set up a petition titled “tell Lego to dump Shell” saying that Lego had fallen in with the wrong crowd.
The petition says: “Shell is trying to appear like a family-friendly company to distract from its reckless Arctic drilling plans.
"Everyone loves to play with Lego, but no one wants to see them playing with Shell. Add your name to tell Lego to cut ties with Shell.
Protesters demand to BBC: Give us fair coverage of the assault on Palestine!
July 16, 2014
Hundreds of people staged demonstrations to protest against the BBC’s coverage of the conflict in the Middle East - and the conflict itself.
Campaigners waving placards amassed outside the BBC’s Salford offices on Saturday. They were angry at the pro-Israeli bias in the organisation’s reporting.
The protest, called Drive for Justice, came as Israel continues to raise the death toll on Palestinian casualties.
Organisers said the BBC had chosen to focus more on the plight of the Israelis, rather than the Palestinians.
A second rally was organised by the Stop the War Coalition in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens, in protest at what the group says is “the brutal intensification of violence” at hands of the Israelis.
A BBC News spokesman said the organisation was reporting “widely and extensively across TV, radio and online, on many different aspects of this ongoing and complex conflict”.
"Our role is to explain what is happening and why, and we endeavour to reflect a range of voices, amid deeply held views," the spokesman said.
More than 20 anti-war protests were planned around the country over the weekend, according to Stop the War Coalition’s website.
Yeah, BBC and corporate press coverage of this in general has been incredibly harmful, misleading, and disingenuous. They intentionally introduce context to elicit sympathy for Israel but conveniently leave out context that actually explains the conflict from the real history it belongs to. Israel colonized an area in the 20th century, and has been systematically subjugating, destroying and propagandizing against the colonized people ever since. This is part of that history.
A well-known Israeli politician and parliament member has branded Palestinians as terrorists, saying mothers of all Palestinians should also be killed during the ongoing Israeli assault on the besieged Gaza Strip, Daily Sabah reported.
Ayelet Shaked of the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party called for the slaughter of Palestinian mothers who give birth to “little snakes.”
"They have to die and their houses should be demolished so that they cannot bear any more terrorists," Shaked said, adding, "They are all our enemies and their blood should be on our hands. This also applies to the mothers of the dead terrorists.”
The remarks are considered as a call for genocide as she declared that all Palestinians are Israel’s enemies and must be killed.
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2013)
*BREAKING*: doctors in Gaza hospital confirm that Israel is using the illegal weapon DIME to attack Gaza, which is Illegal, lethal and genotoxic.
Also to add, DIME bombs are a type of explosive that uses powdered tungsten, making wounds untreatable.
Lisa Simpson, The Simpsons, 1991.