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Darren. 19, Sydney.
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Marriage equality and some denominations of Christianity are mutually exclusive concepts that cannot be supported in the same consciousness. There is a peculiar double standard in which those who adhere to a particular denomination are asked to love indiscriminately but, yet, when it comes down to the crunch, friends will vote to undermine the happiness and violate the fundamental civil rights of those that they purportedly love.

Such is the contradictory nature of what my friendships became after I came out. Some of my Christian friends neglected my sexuality, and I was obliged to ignore the fact that they despise a key part of my being.

The law has a huge impact on societal ideology. Advocating the continued suppression of a minority based on their gender or sexual identity contributes to prejudice towards those identities. One need only reflect on the many young queer teens who are taking their own lives and devastating their families as a result of this prejudice to know that this is unacceptable. As a result of this correlation, I can see it no other way: upholding “traditional marriage” equates to the indirect encouragement of such subjugation, depression and suicide. Discourse must refocus on the right to life that is being overshadowed.

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This sewer runs along Zhengshang Road, in Zhengzhou, China. On April 21, the strangest thing happened overnight: it got covered with pill capsules. Pill capsules everywhere, gazillions of them, turning the water into a gross soup of colourful molecules.

Nobody knows what has happened. There are no pharmaceutical factories nearby. Months ago, there was a small pharmaceutical shop, but it was closed by the authorities. They think it may be a secret laboratory, but nobody knows anything about it, and the police has no leads. [163 via Gizmodo]

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Crime and Punishment: Neurobiological Roots of Modern Justice

ScienceDaily (Apr. 18, 2012) — The willingness of people to punish others who lie, cheat, steal or violate other social norms even when they weren’t harmed and don’t stand to benefit personally, is a distinctly human behavior. There is scant evidence that other animals, even other primates, behave in this “I punish you because you harmed him” fashion. Although this behavior — called third-party punishment — has long been institutionalized in human legal systems and economists have identified it as one of the key factors that can explain the exceptional degree of cooperation that exists in human society, it is a new subject for neuroscience.

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#nerdgasm   #science   #psychology   #justice  
1 note Coney Island Deer Trophy, moss graffiti by Edina Tokodi & József Vályi-Tóth.

Coney Island Deer Trophy, moss graffiti by Edina Tokodi & József Vályi-Tóth.

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Edible Poster by Anna Garforth.

5 notes Wandering Territory by Anna Garfoth in collaboration with display company Vinke. Illustrates the idea of migration and the contrast of the urban world against the curious black bear’s natural habitat.

Wandering Territory by Anna Garfoth in collaboration with display company Vinke. Illustrates the idea of migration and the contrast of the urban world against the curious black bear’s natural habitat.

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Alice in Wonderland, illustrated by Salvador Dali, 1969.

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0 notes The Prince Impérial with His Dog Néro by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, 1912.

The Prince Impérial with His Dog Néro by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, 1912.

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Embossed steel helmet by Filippo Negroli, 1510-1579.

The graceful mermaid-like siren forming the helmet’s comb holds a grimacing head of Medusa by the hair. The sides of the helmet are covered with acanthus scrolls inhabited by putti, a motif ultimately derived from ancient Roman sculpture and wall paintings.

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I don’t photograph life as it is, but life as I would like it to be.

Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville), by Robert Doisneau. His best photos, which captured personal moments in street photography, were taken after his service in the war.

Jean and Denise Lavergne erroneously believed themselves to be the couple in The Kiss. They took him to court for “taking their picture without their knowledge.” The court action forced Doisneau to reveal that he posed the shot using Françoise Delbart and Jacques Carteaud, lovers whom he had just seen kissing but had not initially photographed because of his natural reserve, but he approached them and asked if they would repeat le baiser. Wiki

An original print of the photo went on to sell for 155,000€. Sad that the thrilling, apparent spontaneity of this photo had to be broken by some silly couple looking for their fifteen minutes of fame. Bonne anniversaire, Monsieur Doisneau!

I don’t photograph life as it is, but life as I would like it to be.

Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville), by Robert Doisneau. His best photos, which captured personal moments in street photography, were taken after his service in the war.

Jean and Denise Lavergne erroneously believed themselves to be the couple in The Kiss. They took him to court for “taking their picture without their knowledge.” The court action forced Doisneau to reveal that he posed the shot using Françoise Delbart and Jacques Carteaud, lovers whom he had just seen kissing but had not initially photographed because of his natural reserve, but he approached them and asked if they would repeat le baiser. Wiki

An original print of the photo went on to sell for 155,000€. Sad that the thrilling, apparent spontaneity of this photo had to be broken by some silly couple looking for their fifteen minutes of fame. Bonne anniversaire, Monsieur Doisneau!

2 notes Warhol (after Mapplethrope), by William Keckler.

Warhol (after Mapplethrope), by William Keckler.

6 notes Portrait of Edward Scissorhands by Nicky Barkla.

Portrait of Edward Scissorhands by Nicky Barkla.

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Being in Power Does Not Always Magnify Personality

Relevant quote: “To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.” Charles de Montesquieu

ScienceDaily (Apr. 12, 2012) — “If you want to test a man’s character, give him power,” said Abraham Lincoln. It’s a truism that power magnifies personality — but is it true? A new study says no. “Before, people thought that disposition is linked to will; it’s mainly internally driven,” says University College London psychologist Ana Guinote, who conducted the study with Mario Weick of the University of Kent and London doctoral student Alice Cai. “Our findings show that the environment crucially triggers dispositional or counter-dispositional behavior in powerful people.”

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2 notes Is fashion subject to convergent evolution? Above is the classical body, brought to life by Elsa Schiaparelli (1931) and Miuccia Prada, (autumn/winter 2004–5). Impossible Conversations, an exhibition currently showing in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, “features fictive conversations [directed by Baz Luhrmann, an Aussie!] between these iconic women,” in order to display the differing thought processes behind their aesthetically convergent works.
On another note, doesn’t the first dress remind you of the false Maria from Metropolis (1927)?

Is fashion subject to convergent evolution? Above is the classical body, brought to life by Elsa Schiaparelli (1931) and Miuccia Prada, (autumn/winter 2004–5). Impossible Conversations, an exhibition currently showing in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, “features fictive conversations [directed by Baz Luhrmann, an Aussie!] between these iconic women,” in order to display the differing thought processes behind their aesthetically convergent works.

On another note, doesn’t the first dress remind you of the false Maria from Metropolis (1927)?

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"Patriarchy is subtle, insidious, and never more dangerous than when women passionately deny that they themselves are engaging in it."

Had to share this article. It’s ironic and disturbing that some publications are written by women for women, and yet result in something completely distant from female empowerment.