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I, Protagonist

Rachel Helie, madwoman in the attic

— Two Roads in the Yellow Wood

Two Roads in the Yellow Wood

I took the one I traveled my entire life.  It was informed by my experience, paved it with good intentions, perhaps it veered towards hell but it took a detour toward compassion.  I am of an agitated but sound mind and a reasonably though sometimes wayward body.  I can’t say it has been all of a jaunt on a pretty path.  History repeats and I hate to watch it. I don’t want to say too much because…

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— Reclaimed Brain Freight

After reviewing scribbling of mine from the age of over-abundant social exposure I have to ask myself, “Where were my standards?”  That’s some downright shoddy writing.  It seems to me that the year long hiatus from other people’s crap writing has greatly improved my own.  The tolerance I have for the day to day cheapness of it all is nonexistance and I can’t tolerate it in myself.  Taking a…

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— In the cold age of fear, how I learned to love the Bomb

In the cold age of fear, how I learned to love the Bomb

Ray Kurtzweil

Ray Kurtzweil is a guy I can respect. His vision is second to none.  I cite his “Singularity” theory often and remind myself (and others more unwilling) of the ethical responsibility we all have in the development of scientific knowledge.  It’s a frightening prospect, the oligarchic world we are facing.  It’s a familiar landscape and history is doomed to repeat itself, or so the…

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— Anti-Antiphon

Yet again, my Sunday is thwarted by insomnia, pokey children, and my own lack of discipline.  I’m not going to feel sorry for myself.  I feel sorry for God sometimes.  I’m fairly new to sincere acts of faith.  I spent a lot of time in one kind of church or another when I was a kid but never have I experienced anything akin to what I do at mass.  Today, the best I can do is rest, remember, read,…

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— Pixie Dust!

Pixie by Phil Noto

Pixie, also known as Megan Gwynn, can fly and loves doing it.  Welsh by birth, she’s a cheerful sprite of a magical girl.  The magic came through hard times but left her with the ability to wield the “Souldagger”. By far one of the coolest abilities she has is the “pixie dust” she produces, which intoxicates the effected, causing hallucinations worthy of a Lisa Frank print.…

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— Your Lifetime Reading List Sucks

Your Lifetime Reading List Sucks

Maybe I’m a little snarky. Oh, hell…I’m a snob, I’ll admit it. Food, books, perfume. If someone else is making it for me, I can be a pill. I know what I like. So when Amazon decided to tell me all about what I should be reading I got a little hitch in the ole eyebrow.  They are the book people after all. Bezos started the company with the premise of selling books at unbeatable prices. The game…

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Girls Gone Wild-River Tam

Ladies named River…in the world of science fiction there is one law, written in blood throughout space and time.

Girls Gone Wild-River Tam

Ladies named River…in the world of science fiction there is one law, written in blood throughout space and time.

— Your Lifetime Reading List Stinks

That’s right. I’m judging you. I may not be qualified to do much else but when I glance over your list of books to read in a lifetime a little part of my heart dries up and snaps off.  I know, I know. To each their own. Everyone loves something different and if a person is picking up a book that should be good enough.  I get that. This is the sand that’s grinding my beach reading gears…

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maptacular:

The Ebola outbreak that has killed hundreds of people in West Africa since it started in Guinea months ago has reached its second wave and is “totally out of control,” said an official for Doctors Without Borders.
As of Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put the number of cases at 362 — more than any other outbreak on record. Ebola is extremely deadly and this outbreak has killed 330 people, according to the World Health Organization.
via the Huffington Post

maptacular:

The Ebola outbreak that has killed hundreds of people in West Africa since it started in Guinea months ago has reached its second wave and is “totally out of control,” said an official for Doctors Without Borders.

As of Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put the number of cases at 362 — more than any other outbreak on record. Ebola is extremely deadly and this outbreak has killed 330 people, according to the World Health Organization.

via the Huffington Post

orphiel-rising:

riennynn:

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logicalabsurdity:

vsiorc:

Skeleton thought to be Etruscan warrior prince is actually a warrior princess

Prehistoric cave prints show most early artists were women

so what feminists have been saying for years and years is true. women have always been involved in hunting, have been warriors and have made art. women have been inventors and made great discoveries… and women experts are finally breaking through the sexism to get the facts heard.

"But bone analysis revealed the prince holding the lance was actually a 35- to 40-year-old woman, whereas the second skeleton belonged to a man.

Given that, what do archaeologists make of the spear?

"The spear, most likely, was placed as a symbol of union between the two deceased," Mandolesi told Viterbo News 24 on Sept. 26.

Weingarten doesn’t believe the symbol of unity explanation. Instead, she thinks the spear shows the woman’s high status.

Their explanation is “highly unlikely,” Weingarten told LiveScience. “She was buried with it next to her, not him.”

Gendered assumptions

The mix-up highlights just how easily both modern and old biases can color the interpretation of ancient graves.

In this instance, the lifestyles of the ancient Greeks and Romans may have skewed the view of the tomb. Whereas Greek women were cloistered away, Etruscan women, according to Greek historian Theopompus, were more carefree, working out, lounging nude, drinking freely, consorting with many men and raising children who did not know their fathers’ identities.

Instead of using objects found in a grave to interpret the sites, archaeologists should first rely on bone analysis or other sophisticated techniques before rushing to conclusions, Weingarten said.

"Until very recently, and sadly still in some countries, sex determination is based on grave goods. And that, in turn, is based almost entirely on our preconceptions. A clear illustration is jewelry: We associate jewelry with women, but that is nonsense in much of the ancient world," Weingarten said. "Guys liked bling, too.""

had prints are cave-art signatures…

"This is a surprise, since most archaeologists have assumed it was men who had been making the cave art. One interpretation is that early humans painted animals to influence the presence and fate of real animals that they’d find on their hunt, and it’s widely accepted that it was the men who found and killed dinner.

But a new study indicates that the majority of handprints found near cave art were made by women, based on their overall size and relative lengths of their fingers.

"The assumption that most people made was it had something to do with hunting magic," Penn State archaeologist Dean Snow, who has been scrutinizing hand prints for a decade, told NBC News. The new work challenges the theory that it was mostly men, who hunted, that made those first creative marks. 

Another reason we thought it was men all along? Male archeologists from modern society where gender roles are rigid and well-defined — they found the art. “[M]ale archaeologists were doing the work,” Snow said, and it’s possible that “had something to do with it.”  “

-MANIACAL LAUGHTER-

I can’t stop giggling over how DESPERATE male archelogists are to try and make up some bullshit to explain away the idea of women being warriors and hunters in the past

Amazing the back pedaling that goes on as they attempt to turn it into a modern gender-segregated explanation.

We also do not know, and may never know, how those individuals identified themselves, or how they were identified by their communities.  ”Western” researchers are just barely starting to understand the many genders and gender identities of modern humans, and slowly discovering that, for much of human history, and/or, in much of the rest of the world, gender is not as binary as they once loved to portray it.  Even attempting to judge ancient gender identity along “biological” lines can lead to error, as many of the assumptions made about “male” and “female” characteristics a) do not universally apply across those two binary categories of biological function, and b) do not apply to the multitude of gender identities evident in the world, both modern and ancient.