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July 24, 2014

Simple names for surgical operations

daughter-of-sevenless:

-tomy: The surgeon cut something.

-ectomy: The surgeon cut something out.

-ostomy: The surgeon cut something to make a mouth. If one organ is named, the mouth opened to the outside of the patient. If two organs are named, the mouth connected two organs.

-plasty: The surgeon changed the shape of an organ.

-pexy: The surgeon moved the organ to the right place.

-rraphy: The surgeon sewed something up.

-desis: The surgeon made two things stick to one another.

(Source: pathguy.com)

July 24, 2014

I just ate a whole mango and I’m still hungry

I also had three rotis and sabji for lunch so ???

July 24, 2014

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But the state of Israel was not created for the salvation of the Jews; it was created for the salvation of the Western interests. This is what is becoming clear (I must say that it was always clear to me). The Palestinians have been paying for the British colonial policy of “divide and rule” and for Europe’s guilty Christian conscience for more than thirty years.

Finally: there is absolutely—repeat: absolutely—no hope of establishing peace in what Europe so arrogantly calls the Middle East (how in the world would Europe know? having so dismally failed to find a passage to India) without dealing with the Palestinians. The collapse of the Shah of Iran not only revealed the depth of the pious Carter’s concern for “human rights,” it also revealed who supplied oil to Israel, and to whom Israel supplied arms. It happened to be, to spell it out, white South Africa.

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James Baldwin (via aloofshahbanou)

July 24, 2014

friends if a post makes its way to your dash about a 15 year old kid who told madonna to ‘go fuck herself’ pls know that it is fake, none of the sources in the post are legit

plus how many teenagers do you know who would say shit like “If they really want to help us, they should get Big Pharma to ship us some anti-retroviral drugs” or “faux humanitarian posers” i mean come on

July 24, 2014

Anonymous said: I don't know who Ayn Rand is. Should I change that or just let it lie?

raptorific:

Imagine the baby that would result from a night of passion between Ebenezer Scrooge (before the spirits changed his ways) and Mr. Krabs from Spongebob. Now imagine that baby grew up and married the baby that would result from a night of passion between Yzma from the Emperor’s New Groove and Mr. Burns from the Simpsons. Now imagine the newlyweds had a baby of their own, and that baby was raised aboard a Ferengi Starship, where she was tutored in empathy and compassion by Lord Voldemort. Now imagine that baby grew up and someone told her that any opinions she might have or conclusions she might reach are based on objective logic and reason, and that anyone who disagrees with her is simply being irrational. Now multiply that person’s greed and heartlessness by 100 and you’ll begin to see something that comes close to resembling Ayn Rand.

July 23, 2014

"By last week, most Christians in Mosul had already taken a fourth option—evacuation. Their departure marks the end of a continuous Christian tradition in Mosul. For thousands of years, Mosul has been a center for Christians, particularly for Assyrians, an ethnic group that predates the Arab conquest of Mesopotamia. Indeed, the ancient Assyrian capital of Nineveh, where the Prophet Jonah preached, lies across the Tigris River. Christianized in apostolic times, Assyrians have divided over the centuries into a number of communions that reflect the history of the religion: the Assyrian Church of the East, a small body, historically associated with Nestorianism, which once spread as far as China; the Syriac Orthodox Church, a member of the Oriental Orthodox family; and the Chaldean-rite Catholic Church, in communion with Rome. A small number of Assyrian Protestant churches exist as well, the legacy of nineteenth-century American missionaries."

ISIS occupiers in Mosul have marked Christian homes with the letter “n” to denote a follower of the Nazarene. Assyrian Church of the East, Syriac Orthodox, Chaldean-Rite Roman Catholics, or Protestants must either pay a tax, convert to Islam, or be executed. Read more here. (via mutters-of-dissevering-power)

OK but have you guys read the full piece? Firstly, referring to the Syriac churches as splinter churches from an original Assyrian church is historically inaccurate.

Secondly, this piece is pro-dictatorship:

In the Middle East, secular dictatorships can be very brutal. But, bad as they are, they are often the only thing that stands in the way of the absolute destruction of minority religious communities. Toppling such dictatorships and hoping for their replacement by “moderates” is not a good bet. Incredibly, this seems to be a lesson the United States still has to learn. Consider Syria.

Yeah, never mind that these regimes cultivate these groups so that they can point to them and say, “If you get rid of us, they will take over.” Never mind that that’s exactly what happened in Syria, where the Assad regime released all the violent salafi militants from their jails in December 2012, hoping that they would wreak havoc so they could ensure religious minority support for themselves. Never mind that Syria was and is primarily an internal uprising by the Syrian people against a dictatorship that has brutalized them for decades and is no way similar to Iraq. Never mind that in Iraq, the supposedly lesser-of-two-evils Saddam Hussein also persecuted the Assyrian people, including banning their language and preventing them from developing their cultural identity.

Are we really going to ignore all that and regurgitate the narrative of, “You can’t trust the Arabs to rule themselves, and that’s why we need a strongman to control them”? Come on, guys. We can do better. 

(via redphilistine)

July 23, 2014

"By last week, most Christians in Mosul had already taken a fourth option—evacuation. Their departure marks the end of a continuous Christian tradition in Mosul. For thousands of years, Mosul has been a center for Christians, particularly for Assyrians, an ethnic group that predates the Arab conquest of Mesopotamia. Indeed, the ancient Assyrian capital of Nineveh, where the Prophet Jonah preached, lies across the Tigris River. Christianized in apostolic times, Assyrians have divided over the centuries into a number of communions that reflect the history of the religion: the Assyrian Church of the East, a small body, historically associated with Nestorianism, which once spread as far as China; the Syriac Orthodox Church, a member of the Oriental Orthodox family; and the Chaldean-rite Catholic Church, in communion with Rome. A small number of Assyrian Protestant churches exist as well, the legacy of nineteenth-century American missionaries."

— ISIS occupiers in Mosul have marked Christian homes with the letter “n” to denote a follower of the Nazarene. Assyrian Church of the East, Syriac Orthodox, Chaldean-Rite Roman Catholics, or Protestants must either pay a tax, convert to Islam, or be executed. Read more here. (via mutters-of-dissevering-power)

July 23, 2014

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The killing of women and children is horrific—but in the reiteration of these disturbing facts there is something missing: the public mourning of Palestinian men killed by Israel’s war machine. In 1990 Cynthia Enloe coined the term “womenandchildren” in order to think about the operationalization of gendered discourses to justify the first Gulf War. Today, we should be aware of how the trope of “womenandchildren” is circulating in relation to Gaza and to Palestine more broadly. This trope accomplishes many discursive feats, two of which are most prominent: The massifying of women and children into an undistinguishable group brought together by the “sameness” of gender and sex, and the reproduction of the male Palestinian body (and the male Arab body more generally) as always already dangerous. Thus the status of male Palestinians (a designation that includes boys aged fifteen and up, and sometimes boys as young as thirteen) as “civilians” is always circumspect.

This gendering of Israel’s war on Gaza is conversant with discourses of the War on Terror and, as Laleh Khalili has argued persuasively, counter-insurgency strategy and war-making more broadly. In this framework, the killing of women and girls and pre-teen and under boys is to be marked, but boys and men are presumed guilty of what they might do if allowed to live their lives. Furthermore, these boys and men are potentially dangerous not only to the militaries that occupy them, but to those womenandchildren who actually are civilians. The young boys, after all, may grow up to be violent extremists. Thus, kill the flesh—extinguish the potential.

[…]

The Israeli war machine, much like the US war machine in Afghanistan or Iraq, does not protect Palestinian queers and women and children. It kills them, maims them, and dispossesses them alongside their loved ones—for the simple reason that they are Palestinian, and thus able to be killed with impunity while the world watches. Today, the difference between Palestinian womenandchildren and Palestinian men is not in the production of corpses, but rather in the circulation of those corpses within dominant and mainstream discursive frames that determine who can be publicly mourned as true “victims” of Israel’s war machine. Thus the sheer number of womenandchildren dead are enough to mobilize the US president and the UN to make statements “condemning” the violence—but the killing, imprisonment, and maiming of Palestinian men and boys in times of war and ceasefire goes uncited. In Israel men, settlers, and even soldiers are framed as victims of Palestinian terrorism and aggression. All are publicly mourned. In an almost direct reversal, while Palestinian boys and men have been the primary target of Israel, as evidenced by the population of political prisoners and targeted assassinations, are not seen by western based mainstream media as victims of Israeli terrorism and aggression. Palestinians are put in the self-defeating position of having to fight to be recognized as human, to be recognized in death and in life as victims of Israeli policies and actions.

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— Maya Mikdashi, Can Palestinian Men be Victims? Gendering Israel’s War on Gaza (via globalwarmist)

July 23, 2014

maarnayeri:

Please keep Ethiopian Muslims in your duas and well wishes this year. Please pray for their safety and right to live without persecution.

Last Eid, there were peaceful protests against the Ethiopian government’s systematic and vehement profiling and surveillance of Muslims which rapidly erupted into police brutality, injuries and mass detainment.

July 23, 2014

idk why I bother playing games that allow me to create characters and make a lot of choices because I have no imagination whatsoever and literally I play the game as I would if I was that character irl and inevitably I end up dying/losing far too soon

like even in a game I can’t be a vampire that feeds on children or kills someone to save herself. I’m incapable of being a dick apparently.