• walt whitman

i am he that walks with the tender and growing light, i call to the earth and sea half held by the night. press close bare-bosom'd night - press close magnetic nourishing night. still nodding night - mad naked summer night. smile o voluptuous cool-breath'd earth! earth of the slumbering and liquid trees! i know the amplitude of time. i chant the chant of dilation or pride. i know i am deathless, i know this orbit of mine cannot be swept. i find no sweeter fat than sticks to my own bones.

  • when we become desensitized to death or killing, violence increases. the value of human life diminishes while the horror of violent death decreases.

don;t watch so much violence. you may be able to discern tv from reality but a kid cannot. when we become more detached from each other and common unifying beliefs, violence increases. by being disconnected from others, we care less for their welfare. b at the heart of tolerance is repect. hand written letter from einstein to his sister : 1922, wrote about his fears about the rise of nationalism and violence in his country germany 10 yrs before the nazi party was in power. he wrote the letter while hiding after the assassination of his friend and fellow jew. he was lecturing abroad when hitler became chancellor, so he renounced his german citizenship and emigrated to america until the end of his days form of political practice distinctive to the 20th century that arouses popular enthusiasm by sophisticated propaganda techniques for an anti-liberal, anti-socialist, violently exclusionary, expansionist nationalist agenda." once in power, fascists did not always keep their promises. fascisms only definition of morality is to make the nation more stronger and powerful.

mass murder incidents such as those affecting public places have been high profile news stories since the 60s. the news trend dates back to the texas tower shootings when a student suffering from depression shot and killed 14 kabatayan, halos, pakiramdam, sunod sunod, sasakyan, kasaliguyan, muli, hanggang ngayon, pokpok, maniwala, kulubi, ginamit niya, pangaylana, umalis ka lang, kanyang ina, sa loob ng, kabataan, baliktad, dalawang beses, sinubukan niya, paligid, bitso, dekada

aabharana - valuables, jewel aadrika - cluster of mountains janapriya - loved by the whole world

mahdi (arabic) guided to the right path

a soviet samegrelo - black sea flora and faula, distinct spicy foods, a place for bird watching, an enormouse oak tree that used to be worshipped as an idol for fertility, waterfalls and an emerald river a museum of precious materials, sacred christian artifacts, manuscripts from the 13th and 14th cent, miniatures, the house of a noble family

robert mapplethorpe : his naked flowers, he would pick up guys, do drugs, have sex and photograph, this "ruined cupid", there was a time where you could walk around london or new york and see these gaunt faces, marked with sarcomas, and everyone you hung out with was dying. Russian is only just starting to admit the scale of its problem with an estimate of 1.5 million people with HIV. Neither homosexuality nor addiction can be spoken about in Putin’s Russia.Republicans banned needle exchanges. The Catholic church banned condoms. self portrait of robert mapplethorpe : taken in 1988 the year he died from aids complications i had a day of friendship medicine - coffee, cake, jumble south africa has the biggest hiv epidemic in the world with 7.1 mil people. hiv prevalence among sex workers are 57.7 percent with factors such as poverty and lack of alternative career opportunities. injecting drug use is common among sex workers understanding of hiv risk is often low among female sex workers in 2015, only 19 percent of female sex workers living with hiv in johannesburg were accessing treatment; one reason is because sex workers face high levels of stigma and discrimination HIV prevalence among young women in South Africa is nearly four times greater than that of men their age. ( reasons : low status of women and gender based violence, poverty) intergenerational relationships (older men and younger women) n 2010, research emerged from sub-Saharan Africa suggesting that voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) can reduce the risk of female-to-male HIV transmission by up to 60 the status of black children has not changed one little width since martin luther king jr a world of static oppression everything starts with domination domination is not static our childhood scripts when we work for freedom we do not rest

  • I learned that in the olden-days of Iran, it was customary to finish an elaborate feast with a few mouthfuls of bread and cheese and sabzi khodran. This custom was called dahaneh talayee or “golden mouth.” (Isn’t that a cool imagery?) Which I interpret as a gesture meant to cleanse and refresh the palette.
  • Colorism is one expression of internalized racism. After hearing racist stereotypes and attitudes, a time comes when

these are adopted as truth—internalized—and believed by those on the receiving end of the lie Colorism is a persistent problem for people of color in the USA. Colorism, or skin color stratification, is a process that privileges light-skinned people of color over dark in areas such as income, education, housing, and the marriage market. Colorism is directly related to the larger system of racism in the USA and around the world. social groups had strict admissio based on color, black churches : some were designated specifically for lighter skinned people paper bag test, comb test by churches and social orgs some churches hung a comb at their doors, some churches painted their doors light brown black prepatory schools and hbus such as howard were known to discriminate those with dark skin halo effect of physical attractiveness : attractive people are seen as smarter and friendlier Hughes and Hertel (1990) found that the education gap between Whites and Blacks was nearly identical to the education gap between light-skinned Blacks and dark-skinned Blacks. Internalizing colorism attitudes can contribute to higher sexual risk and substance use behavior, by African American girls Nigeria has the world’s highest percentage of women (77%) using skin-lightening products. In Togo the estimates hover around 59%. As one African American proverb suggests: ‘Beauty is as beauty does.’ ...a single monolithic standard of beauty is untenable; it makes no sense. beauty is water quality improvements have the potential to reduce the proportion of underweight children, but are unlikely to impact stunting or wasting. in pakistan, an alarming increase in population and rapid indrustrialization is causing a deterioration in drinking water quality day by day. about 20 percent of the whole pop of pakistan has access to safe drinking water. the remaining is forced to use unsafe water due to scarcity. the primary source of pollution is fecal and the secondary source of pollution is the disposal of toxic chems from industrial runoff such as pesticides and fertilizers waterborne diseases constitue 80 percent of diseases and responsible for 33 percent of deaths. pesticides and fertilizers are applied to increase crops outcome, to fill needs of the increasing pop. waterborne diseases from ground water supply causes 2.5 mil deaths from endemic diarrheal disease each year reason for : lack of awareness, treatment tech, equipment, trained personnel, quality monitoring diarrhea is reported as the leading illness leading to death in infants and children, and every fifth citizen suffers from waterborne disease moonflowers - (datura), one of the most romantic plants you can grow in a garden, the large trumpet shaped flowers unfurl in the evening and stay open til sunrise. some varities give off a lemon fragrance when its flowers are open. they are drought tolerant. deadly if ingested, another name for them are devil's weed because within an hour of ingestion, agitation, confusio and hallucinations, death can occur. it is white, like most moth-pollinated flowers, and white attracts moths. stock flowers (matthiola incana), "night scented stock" - symbolism : long life of success, contentment of life, beauty that doesnt fade with time, spiritual purity they are heavily scented and native to southern europe. place the fabric of your choice on your altar. next, choose two candles and place them on the two farthest corners. place fresh flowers at the center of the space. magical flower choices are black calla lilies, ivies, or any dark purple flowering vine. place an incense burner in front of the flowers, you may place something you treasure on the altar, such as an iridescent abalone seashell you found one night on the beach. add anything that you feel adds good energy and represents your singular vibration. purify the space by smudging, anoint your third eye with an essential oil such as sacred resin amber. now, anoint the candles with the same essence, light the candles and meditate in a prayerful way.

the professional mourner. rudaali (a custom in some parts of rajasthan- where aristocratic women were long kept secluded and veiled), hiring professional women mourners on the death of a male relative (rudaali means a female weeper). they were hired to publicly express grief because family members, constrained by their high social status, were not permitted to display grief. the rudaali beat her breast dressed in black with unbouned hair, danced spasmodically, rolled on the ground, loudly praising the deceased the ability to hire rudaali was a mark of social status for ancient indians, pleasure and profit were right up there with virtue (dharma), kama (pleasure), artha (profit) the voluptuous courtesan, the witty cat burglar the urbane world of fleshy delights the penniless musician, whose adoring wife pawns her wedding jewelry to maintain the household

  • opaque watercolor, accompanied by a group of mourners, some wailing and pulling at their hair, which is worn loose as a sign of mourning. strong linear quality and thin washes of color represent chinese brush painting. the angel drops coins, slight sway to the vegetation to create the sense of a breeze.what kind of emotional tension do you feel? revelations from the brush. an apsara is a female deity of the clouds and waters in hindu and buddhist mythology. english translations of the word - "celestial nymph/maiden". Apsaras are supernatural beings who appear as young women of great beauty and elegance that are proficient in the art of dancing. they dance to the music made by their husbands. they are said to be able to change their shapes at will. in javanese tradition, apsaras are known to seduce ascetics. at borobodur, apsaras are represented in flying positions, usually holding lotus blossoms, spreading flower petals. devatas - sublime beings flying in heaven. khmer classical dance includes apsara dances, practiced in the courts of angkorian monarchs. in bali, the legong dances represent apsaras as well.

The Paris climate agreement — the nonbinding, unenforceable and already unheeded treaty signed on Earth Day in 2016 — hoped to restrict warming to two degrees. The odds of succeeding, according to a recent study based on current emissions trends, are one in 20.it is argued that three degree warming is the possible minimum. Four degrees: Europe in permanent drought; vast areas of China, India and Bangladesh claimed by desert; Polynesia swallowed by the sea; the Colorado River thinned to a trickle; the American Southwest largely uninhabitable. The prospect of a five-degree warming has prompted some of the world’s leading climate scientists to warn of the end of human civilization.Today, only 42 percent of Republicans know that “most scientists believe global warming is occurring,” and that percentage is falling.A broad international consensus had settled on a solution: a global treaty to curb carbon emissions.Dust Bowl conditions would “threaten large areas of North America, Asia and Africa”; access to drinking water and agricultural production would fall, triggering mass migration on an unprecedented scale.

  • poincare suggested that time and distance are observerer dependent

And not only historical fascism, the fascism of Hitler and Mussolini—which was able to mobilize and use the desire of the masses so effectively—but also the fascism in us all, in our heads and in our everyday behavior, the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us. pursue the slightest traces of fascism in the body.Free political action from all unitary and totalizing paranoia.Withdraw allegiance from the old categories of the Negative (law, limit, castration, lack, lacuna), which Western thought has so long held sacred as a form of power and an access to reality. Prefer what is positive and multiple, difference over uniformity, flows over unities, mobile arrangements over systems. Believe that what is productive is not sedentary but nomadic.Do not use thought to ground a political practice in Truth, Use political practice as an intensifier of thought,the invidivual is the product of power. we must die as egos and be born again in the swarm. • Develop action, thought, and desires by proliferation, juxtaposition, and disjunction, and not by subdivision and pyramidal hierarchiza-tion. fascism and herd instinct - hitler nd mussolini. the english and americans : "Fascism is a phenomenon that took place elsewhere, something that could only happen to others, but not to us; it's their problem." Is it though? . combination of three modes of knowledge—the intuitive, the practical, and the reflective,

holly hocks, A Gajra is a flower garland which women in South Asia wear during festive occasions, weddings or as part of everyday traditional attire.The sweet and mild fragrance of jasmine flowers and the ethereal look that they impart to one’s hair is unmatchable. paintings made with hot chocolate,

  • one petaled ume with red blossoms, the marshmallows have minds on their own
  • there follows a hullabaloo, danger knits itself into a blanket, dense. fire exhausts itself and returns to being helpful and not unkind, to make food and warmth for the mongolian family. i will only eat cherries if they are made of jelly. sweet stars or you, under my tongue/ apple picking in a white dress made of clouds, lace, and earrings fashioned out of black holes. water beads form a necklace for the queen, she places barettes of blue flames around her hair made of wooden curls. lemon sugar that's so sour it makes you grow wrinkles in thirty minutes and your toes curl just by thinking about the after taste. the chewy joy of fish cakes. instead of being rich from monopolies and devastating greed, let us harmonize in the joy of beekeeping and honey-making. residing at the swan valley, the guards take watch over a high gate made of soap bubbles. bread and french butter, the sweet saltiness makes you thrash your head against velvet walls. all you can eat buffet but fruit is served only. salmon and horseradish cream. luscious mouth melting, and roasted sweet potato. caper slaw, japanese squid salad, sesame oil, parsley vinaigrette, sauteed wild mushrooms, duck fat potatoes. spilled olive oil on my elizabethan ermine. love fried in a pan, an antiguan vichysoisse with apple and coconut , smoked carpaccios with lime. an art gallery to admire after lunch.
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  • By adding a small amount of seaweed to the animals’ feed, researchers found, they could cut the cows’ methane production by nearly 60%.

Each year, livestock production pumps out greenhouse gases with the equivalent warming effect of more than 7 gigatons of carbon dioxide, roughly the same global impact as the transportation industry. Nearly 40% of that is produced during digestion: cattle, goats, and sheep belch and pass methane, a highly potent, albeit relatively short-lived, greenhouse gas. but growing seaweed on a large scale would be hard. About 95% of the gas escapes through the mouth and nostrils, while the rest exits in the other direction.UC Davis experiment, the first on live cattle, showed a 58% reduction on average when a related seaweed made up 1% of their diet.

Black Holes

  • great amount of matter packed into a very small area - The result is a gravitational field so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape.Most black holes form from the remnants of a large star that dies in a supernova explosion.scientists estimate that there are as many as ten million to a billion such black holes in the Milky Way alone.

Abiku - a spirit child, one fated to a cycle of early death and rebirth to the same mother

• Virginia E. Escandor - Summer Nostalgia • Marjorie Evasco - Elemental

The legendery potato witches of Astrakhan Sonnet L'Abbe - Night Visioni, cock and bull • Suavity • Bataan Faigao

  • Forced and coerced cesareans are situated within a larger trend: an overuse of cesareans in the U.S., a trend coauthor Theresa Morris wrote about in her book Cut It Out. The procedures accounted for 32% of U.S. births in 2015. The technique is associated with higher rates of maternal and fetal morbidity (injury) and mortality (death) than vaginal deliveries—that is, it doesn’t lead to better maternal or fetal outcomes. Instead, the rise of the C-section is tied to organizational and legal imperatives. Specifically, physicians cannot know for certain whether a cesarean will lead to better outcomes than a vaginal birth, but they have learned through medical-legal conferences and court proceedings that they are less likely to be sued for malpractice if the baby is born by cesarean.The rise of the C-section is tied to organizational and legal imperatives, not maternal and fetal outcomes. a threat physicians use to coerce women into having c sections is using cps threats . “So if you don’t acquiesce at this point, then we’re gonna call in child services that will then take the baby away.” When she refused a cesarean, Dray said, “[The physician] started using scare tactics. He said, ‘If you’re not going to sign the form for the C-section, …the state is going to take your children.’Other coercive tactics, such as “firing a patient,” refusing to admit a patient, labeling a woman “non-compliant,” and using the power of multiple doctors to bully a patient into submission were present in the cases we studied.Coercive tactics including court orders are more commonly applied to poor women, women of color, and immigrants.Forcing a woman to have a cesarean section is not legal. Even though the legal system is stacked against women, women should not abandon the fight. In fact, according to attorneys we interviewed, only when women sue will physicians begin to see a real medical-legal risk to performing forced and coerced cesareans. It is important to remember that performing a forced surgery is not legal. Women exerting agency within the legal system is an essential part of putting a stop to these practices.
  • We need connection, but we also need solitude and silence. Our happiness and success depend on it.levels of the stress hormone cortisol were much higher among participants who felt bored compared to other emotions. And “psychologist Robert Plutchik has linked boredom to a form of disgust, similar to what we might feel when we smell rotten food.” Much of our physiological response to boredom drives us to want to avoid it, and we actively look for distraction to do that.Boredom opens up space for pause and introspection.Recent studies have shown that boredom can drive increased creativity as your mind moves into a “seeking state.” This free-flowing state allows the brain to traverse through seemingly unconnected thoughts, which can generate unforeseen connections and insights. This heightened ability includes our capacity for creative problem-solving. Without introspection, there is no space to question, consider, and form our own opinions. Without introspection, there is only space for reactionary responses and rote regurgitation of spoon-fed information. An increasingly divisive and deceptive world thrives when introspection and critical thinking are limited.

There was the old sofa in the back, where her mother loved to sit with her daughter and show the family heirlooms. Photographs, letters, various old trinkets, such as objects kept in a large tin box. What a treat it had been to open the lid - she had to push it really hard, then pry it with a butter knife, and plunge her hands into a smorgasbord of shapes, textures, and colors. Internal alchemy, a medicinal bathhouse. Nudan (female alchemy) is a tradition of inner alchemy from China in the 17th cent. The man is Yang, Yang meaning clear. While the woman is Yin, Yin is impure. The male nature is gang (hand), and the female nature is (rou) soft. The man is fundamentally in movement, the woman is quiet. The man has a knot inside the windpipe (Adam's apple). Man is White Tiger and woman is Red Dragon. The power of male essence is sufficient and the power of female essence is insufficient. A man can ascend to heaven on his own, a woman needs to wait salvation. White Tiger represent semen, Red Dragon represents female blood. A woman "beheads the Red Dragon" when she stops menstruating. The 19th cent Bubonic Plague Epidemic : in 1894, the bubonic plague broke out in the southern city of Guangzhou and the British colony of Hong Kong. Within a decade, steamships carried plagued rats to Bombay, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco. In southern china, there was a reservoir of wild rodent plague, and copper mining exacerbated this contact with the plague. In the racist eyes of many Europeans and Americans, this plague made China seem as hygienically backward. Western doctors in Hong Kong saw it as a "filth disease" caused by uncivilized living conditions. Avuncular, putsch. Envisage,tchotchke. PVC is hazardous to manufacture and a nightmare to dispose of, because when incinerated, it releases dioxins and furans, two of the most carcinogenic compounds. The etrog (citron) known in the Bible as etz peri hadar (fruit of the godly tree).I, his mistress, mad with grief. I'll follow you everywhere, I love you. if two wires are hooked up to a battery, the electrons in wire gain potential energy, the possibility to move from one end to the other. the voltage of the battery is the measure of the difference in potential energy that makes the electrons move. the current is the measure of that flow, or the amount of charge that crosses a section of wire in a unit of time. in increase of voltage, a bigger flow of electrons. metals are good conductors because some electrons can move freely from one atom to another, but in materials like wood, the electrons are bound to their own atoms and cannot leave. electric lights drape the darkened city like long strings of jewels, and the apartment buildings seem to levitate . that delicate part of our belief environment concered with the dispotion of our bodies after death. the energy of concentrates (medicines, perfumes, poisons) over the energy of the diluted.

(opefoluwa sarah adebite)

  • in an embrace which was warm and fiery. to me, you are a wave - barbara jane reyes - to love as aswang.
  • your face more gentler than the lily. the alchemical process of the poetics. we black haired aswang, we, a moonless song. the atrocities of colonization that have grabbed her legs and held them apart. sound as a form of agency. shame may be fatal. patron saint of the faithless.
  • for i am now charged with the gift of beauty, being as i am, a vessel of glass. the neck of blossoms, let fall your toil into my hands. my hands underwater as a fish of satin. brought up to me on a plate of sparkling cherries

Why dream I here beneath my homely thatch, When there they lie in sodden mud and rain, Pitifully calling me, the quick ones and the slain? it is no roseate dream.

  • joanna demafelis - mutilated body found in freezer in a house in kuwait. dead for likely a year. ofw send home about $40 B, 10% to country's gross domestic product. They say a dangerous mix of poverty, spotty enforcement of labour laws, difficult conditions especially in Arab nations, and the logistical nightmare of watching over huge numbers of workers abroad means other tragedies are inevitable.Nearly 200 Filipino workers died in Kuwait over the last two years, mostly due to health reasons, but 22 cases were suicides or fatal criminal attacks, said Hans Cacdac, head of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in Manila. Cacdac said 45,000 to 50,000 “distress cases” are reported each year, many of them in Arab countries.The sixth of nine children of a poor farmer, Demafelis did not go to college. In the 1970s, a construction boom in the Middle East lured more workers out of the Philippines

Om mani padme hum (six sounds of sacred Buddhist prayer saying, hail the jewel in the lotus, hail) pewter I would dip my finger in the sauce before it was served to everyone. If one can afford an apple watch, one can also afford a few minutes to brush one's teeth

  • brown sugar and magical chunks of chewy coconut
  • you grind your own white and black sesame seeds until it becomes finer and as you grind, the sesame aroma tip toes its way into the air and tickles your craving nose
  • ham and cheese katsu, not-so-salty flavors mingle in the middle of a deep fried arena, awaiting a dip into savory-sweet katsu sauce
  • miniature bottles of chili oil and peppers appearing like charming vials of essential and massage oils; the kinds you see residing beneath glass in chinese
  • mrinalini mukherjee : palm
  • georgia o keefee - neck, fernando botero - dancing in colombia,
  • you're a blue light in the grey mist. you;re the warm yellow glow emitted by an apartment window, lonely but yielding. glossy puddles, empty streets, stray hairs on the coffee table, the frayed strands of lace. a sticky maple scent of the overweight guitar. shots of peach juice, gold saucers full of dark sauces. browsing aimlessly in the grocery aisles, the train of my taffetta dress dragging behind. roadside peaches, swaying palm trees. cutout hearts of watermelon. a stainless steel paint spatula, pan fried eggs in the countryside sun.
  • avobenzone blocks out the longer wavelength uva rays
  • porque = dado que, ya que, a causa de, pues (beginning of the second part of sentence), como (in the beginning of the sentence)
  • la camara tiene poca pila - the camera has a low battery
  • hoy no podemos salir a causa de la lluvia - we cannot go out today due to the rain
  • bootblack, inscrutable, extant, ostensible, emeritus
  • (me) you magnificent beast, you open-hearted fool. fruit as fresh as a showered nape. the curve of the belly, the cobalt-blue dome of the cathedral, the heart-breakingly meticulous golden details. tears of aspartame, sweet uncolonial joy. running around the palm trees, there's the tallest one we call Big Uncle and the sloping one we call Sleepy. when coconut juice's rushes slip down your unaware chin. waste not a drop. i feel as worn out as a squeezed lemon. she angrily cushions her flat pillows in misconducted agony. anger is not some trained and obedient orchestra easy to control and
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