(source: The Atchison Globe, May 15, 1878.)
(source: The Atchison Globe, May 16, 1878.)
HAPPENING NOW (9.24.14): The situation in Ferguson is escalating quickly. Protests continue, following this morning’s burning of a Mike Brown memorial, and another frustrating Ferguson City Council meeting.Looks like the same “antagonize over de-escalate” tactics are back online. Prayers to all those out in the street of Ferguson right now fighting for their right to exist. #staywoke #farfromover (PT I, PT II, PT III)
Bringing back the dogs, choppers, charging the crowd, attempting to bottleneck protesters into an area, AND live shots possible fired into the crowd… what the ever-living fuck is Ferguson PD trying to do?! We’re a month and a half into this saga, and they still don’t know how to de-escalate a situation. Pray y’all. That might be all we got right now.
EVERY TIME SOMEONE BRINGS UP THE LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA I GET SO ANGRY.
Because it got burned. All of that knowledge, lost forever.
The library was destroyed over 1000’s of years ago. The library consisted of thousands of scrolls and books about mathematics, engineering, physiology, geography, blueprints, medicine, plays, & important scriptures. Thinkers from all over the Mediterranean used to come to Alexandria to study.Most of the major work of civilization up until that point was lost. If the library still survived till this day, society may have been more advanced and we would sure know more about the ancient world.
Yo, this is all flavors of bullshit. First, but not foremost, the traditional view of the “dark ages” has been largely discredited by contemporary medieval scholars, who can point out the many intellectual, scientific, and technological advances made by Europeans after the collapse of the Western Roman Empire.
More importantly, what’s missing from this graph? THE ENTIRE REST OF THE WORLD THAT’S NOT EUROPEAN. The Muslim world during this time advanced mathematics, astronomy, and medicine massively (no, not just “translating Greek insights”). Meanwhile, China had some of the most advanced technology and science in the world.
The loss of the Library of Alexandria was tragic, but it didn’t necessarily “set back” scientific advancement. Besides, scientific advancement isn’t so linear and directed. The basics of the steam engine have been around for thousands of years, but it was only applied to industrial technology in the past few hundred.
Please stop passing that stupid graph around.
(Though that is cool about the copying of all books that came through the country.)
when i find myself in times of trouble
mother mary comes to me
speaking words of wisdom
get your shit together
"My car’s my best friend. My office. My home. My location. I have a very intimate sense when I am in a car with someone next to me. We’re in the most comfortable seats because we’re not facing each other, but sitting side by side. We don’t look at each other, but instead do so only when we want to. We’re allowed to look around without appearing rude. We have a big screen in front of us and side views. Silence doesn’t seem heavy or difficult. Nobody serves anybody. And many other aspects. One most important thing is that it transports us from one place to another."
Stills from Certified Copy (2010) and Like Someone in Love (2012)
"Being born a woman is an awful tragedy. Yes, my consuming desire to mingle with road crews, sailors and soldiers, bar room regulars—to be a part of a scene, anonymous, listening, recording—all is spoiled by the fact that I am a girl, a female always in danger of assault and battery. My consuming interest in men and their lives is often misconstrued as a desire to seduce them, or as an invitation to intimacy. Yet, God, I want to talk to everybody I can as deeply as I can. I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night."