What 16th Century Ottomans thought Europe looked like on Top of an Actual Map of Europe
When someone works for less pay than she can live on — when, for example, she goes hungry so that you can eat more cheaply and conveniently — then she has made a great sacrifice for you, she has made you a gift of some part of her abilities, her health, and her life. The ‘working poor,’ as they are approvingly termed, are in fact the major philanthropists of our society. They neglect their own children so that the children of others will be cared for; they live in substandard housing so that other homes will be shiny and perfect; they endure privation so that inflation will be low and stock prices high. To be a member of the working poor is to be an anonymous donor, a nameless benefactor, to everyone else.
ChongQing, Sichuan Province is also knows as Chicago on Yangtze.
Enormously high bridges forming mazes over the city give an image to ChongQing as a city of future.
Tomorrow is my second trip to the city. Bridges and unique architecture of houses will be my main goal.
Hugh Jackman for Montblanc
Testing out some gold paint today! Sketchbook is looking pretty fancy.
Rinko being asked what it was like to be the only girl on set
achilles owning a shirt that says ‘if lost return to patroclus’ and patroclus owning the ‘i am patroclus’ shirt
i love those shirts because alone they make no sense. You’re patroclus ? good for you man.
It keeps people from thinking he’s Achilles and murdering him
Police gas protesters in Hong Kong. Part 1.
I feel like very few, or at least not many of the people of tumblr are aware of what is going on in my home country Hong Kong right now.
You guys gave alot of coverage and support when Scotland was voting for its independance, so I’m hoping you’ll all support the people of Hong Kong as well.
Right now, many of us are in a mass demonstration of pro-democracy against China. But wait a sec, isn’t Hong Kong China? This is a big misconception amongst foreigners, but please, we are far from being similar to China at all.
A little history class: Hong Kong used to be colonized by the British, and before you white-knights begin going all “them damn white racist ppl taking over another asian country” please don’t. We are thankful Britain took us under its wing and instilled in us values that I feel made us what we are today; that is, a democratic people with respect for free speech, amongst many things.
On the other hand, China is communist, with government controlled media and news. Google, instagram, facebook and many tv shows are blocked in China. It really is just a few steps from North Korea imo.
So what’s the problem here? Britain unfortunately had to hand back Hong Kong to China, but one of the requirements is that Hong Kong be allowed to operate as ‘one country two systems’, meaning Hong Kong should be able to have its own democratic government. But China has broken its promise. A while back, China tried to put a mandatory ‘national education’ curriculum in all our primary schools. We all know what that is; a communist brainwashing regime. And now, they have announced that in 2017 Hong Kong will be able to vote for its president; BUT only from 3 candidates hand picked by its PRO-BEIJING legislation.
As you can see, China is trying to takeover completely and turn us into another communist state.
Of course, we have taken to the streets. In a mirror if the Tiananmen protests, students have also stepped up to fight for our rights and our future, albeit in a peaceful protest of course. But the police force who have always been a friend of the people, are now responding with force, something that had never been done before in Hong Kong.
First it was pepperspray, then teargas. Then, armed forces came in qith rubber bullets. They warn they will come out with live ammunition soon if we do not get off the streets but the people continue to sit tight, disrupting businesses China so strive to takeover and make use of. It’s been 2 days now, but the people plan to continue at least till 1st October or even beyond. The significance is that October 1st is China’s National day, not ours, Hong Kong has not been granted it’s own National day.
Please spread the news. This is a country we’re talking about. These are my people.
You can join this event to wear yellow in support of my people on October 1st.
Just to add on- Hong Kong is one of the rare examples where it did kind of end up being better off under colonial rule. And before I get jumped on for being a neo-colonialist- I’m saying that as a person with Chinese ancestry whose great grandparents left China because of the accumulated poor situation caused by the Opium Wars and political strife in the early 1900s. Do not dichotomise conflicts outside the world as “White people oppressing POC”. Yes Chinese people have been victims at the hands of the British, then the Japanese- but today the Chinese government is culpable in corruption and human rights abuses- even against its own citizens in the mainland. There were thousands of disturbances last year in China over various issues like land grabs, corruption and pollution. The government has also been oppressing ethnic minorities like the Tibetans and Muslim Uighurs. What you see happening here in Hong Kong is another pattern in the behaviour of an authoritarian government that really needs to be held more accountable.
Yes, the Opium Wars fucked China up, but the Communists really ruined the country during the 1950s onwards with the disastrous Great Leap Forward. There was a horrible famine caused by state mismanagement- and by the end of it all, it’s estimated anywhere from 18 million to 45 million Chinese died. Far more than died in WW2. And then of course, the infamous Cultural Revolution where there were basically witch-hunts which just caused enormous upheaval and strife, where people were “outed” as “bourgeois” or capitalists or whatever and imprisoned, tortured and publicly humiliated. University students and professors were accused of being traitors. Even the Communist Party today acknowledges it was a complete disaster. While all of this was going on, by comparison, Hong Kong flourished under British rule.
The China you see today that is the world’s second largest economy is a product of Deng Xiaoping’s reform in the 1970s- which involved throwing out huge parts of the Communist economic policies to embrace capitalism- and putting a stop to the blind and rigid adherence to Communist ideology. Economically, China is in many ways very open to capitalism BUT politically, the government is pretty authoritarian still. And quite capable of oppression.
Do not lionise the Chinese government as this heroic “POC” country standing up to “white supremacy”, give them a free pass, or somehow think whatever they do cannot be as bad as Western imperialism. People with my skin colour are perfectly capable of oppression when they have institutional power. And they darned well better be called out for it.
^^^^ YESChina can’t even be considered a communist country anymore and frankly, never really was it’s more capitalist really but if I can be honest though, the above reads a bit like it was ghostwritten by Thomas Friedman or some such. Is capitalism with help from the British really any better? Especially with David Cameron at the helm?
Did you…completely miss the part that BOTH of us talking about this are people who are ETHNIC CHINESE? Don’t disregard the background and experience we speak from just because we’re not all “western imperialism bad!!!” Some of our biggest problems are caused by PEOPLE WHO LOOK LIKE US. My great-grandparents were Han Chinese. And how I explained that while China isn’t Communist economically, the political authoritarianism from the Communist era (dictatorship of proletariat and whatnot) is still VERY MUCH there?
It’s not about ECONOMICS, alright? It’s about civil and political rights. Economically, yeah, China now brings a lot of business to HK. It’s about a POLITICAL SYSTEM of governance. So your point about “capitalism from the British” completely misses the point because BOTH HK and China are functionally capitalist. The difference is HK has had a lot more civil rights and political freedoms because British rule after WW2 treated its colonies pretty differently from how it did during the Opium Wars and created all that political strife (which caused my family to leave because they were so fucking poor and had no hope of bettering their life). HK escaped the worst of the excesses of Communist China in the 1960s-70s precisely because they were under British rule. Even though things are better in China today, its political authoritarianism causes a lot of problems to MAINLAND CHINESE themselves, as I mentioned. Little wonder HK is wary about Beijing trying to exert power over its political autonomy?
HK wouldn’t have a problem being part of China if China just left them alone politically and let them be an autonomous province or devolved power like the UK does with Scotland. Scotland chose to stay in the Union because they’re getting benefits of trade, because they have at least some autonomy like the Scottish Parliament where Westminster can’t interfere with their elections. China PROMISED that HK would eventually be able to directly elect its own chief executive but now they want to make them choose from a Beijing, pre-approved list.
All POLITICS not ECONOMICS.
thats a cool character design but consider the following:
2014 Yellowjacket line Black Headed Python (Aspidites melanocephalus)
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