An Infinite List of Favorite Collections - Ziad Nakad F/W 2014 Haute Couture [1/2]
A Facebook friend of mine had the perfect thing to say about this creep:
This is why, despite being a nonbeliever and a scientifically minded person, I hesitate to identify as a member of the skeptic/atheist community- it is dominated by pompous white men who find doing things like categorizing rape into different “levels” of badness, and playing logical fallacy “gotcha” games with anyone hurt by this, to be a diverting intellectual exercise. In truth, they may act like this is nothing more than a fun little project, but this is to hide how much emotional validation and sexual enjoyment they derive from this game. Their intent is to do harm, and to assert power by the further gaslighting and violation of boundaries of those who protest. The more you ask them to stop, the more excited they get, and the more they will try to pull you into a “debate” and harm you further. This is not done in the spirit of true inquiry and debate; it is abuse disguised in the sterile wrapping of “discourse.”
The campaign is real, let’s boost this….
Why august? Lol
It’s a hotter month, since we are technically a tropical people.
It’s a longer month then February, which is the shortest month.
Brief Historical Outline of “Black August”
A sampling of this month of “righteous rebellion” and “racist repression” includes:
The first Afrikans were brought to Jamestown as slaves in August of 1619.
Gabriel Prosser’s slave rebellion occurred on August 30th, 1800.
The “Prophet” Nat Turner planned and executed a slave rebellion that commenced on August 21, 1831.
In 1843, Henry Highland Garnett called a general slave strike on August 22.
The Underground Railroad was started on August 2, 1850.
The March on Washington occurred in August of 1963
The Watts rebellions were in August of 1965.
On August 18, 1971 the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika (RNA) was raided by Mississippi police and FBI agents.
On August 8, 1978 Philadelphia police initiated a shootout against MOVE members
Further, August is a time of birth. Dr. Mutulu Shakur (New Afrikan prisoner of war), Pan-Africanist Leader Marcus Garvey, Maroon Russell Shoatz (political prisoner) and Chicago Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton were born in August. August is also a time of transition and rebirth. The great scholar and educator W.E.B. Dubois died in Ghana on August 27, 1963. So, August is a month during which New Afrikans can reflect on our current situation and our struggle for self-determination and freedom.
MALCOLM X GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT
AUGUST IT IS !!!!! PASS IT ON !!!!
August.. The month of “righteous rebellion” and “racist repression” ..All for it.
Growing & harvesting barberries for jam, jelly, juice & more
Adapted from Growing Food in the Southwest Mountains: A guide to high-altitude, semi-arid home permaculture gardens, 4th edition:
It has been a banner year for barberries in Flagstaff. The shrubs are laden with the tasty fruit all over town. They are prolific fruit bearers. I tell people that barberries are one of the most reliable fruit species for the high elevation Southwest.Barberries are an excellent fruit for urban foragers; just make sure you collect the berries from clean areas not treated with pesticides and not next to roads with a high traffic volume (and thus vehicle pollution).
Barberry shrubs have evergreen, holly-like, prickly leaves that turn red during cold weather; each berry contains one large seed. There are two native barberry species in my region, creeping barberry, Mahonia repens and Fremont barberry, M. fremontii. Oregon grape, M. aquifolium, is native to the Sierra Nevada and Pacific Northwest. Japanese barberry also grows well here. Berberis is another barberry genus. Barberry species are found throughout much of the temperate and subtropical regions of North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. M. aquifolium is an invasive plant in Europe.
In Flagstaff, barberries are literally everywhere because they are a popular low maintenance ornamental landscape plant. They grow in front of my house where they receive harvested monsoon rainwater from the roof through the repurposed section of fire hose attached to a gutter. They also grow along the side of my house and receive greywater from an outlet from our washing machine. The steady water supply makes the shrubs extra-productive in terms of fruit yield. I also collect the berries from neighbors’ yards (technically common area in my townhome complex). Every year I have conversations with neighbors who see me picking the berries and had who had no idea that barberries are edible and tasty.
I wear a latex glove to protect my right hand from the prickly leaves and berry juice staining. The berries hang in clusters. The fastest way to collect them is to gently grab a cluster and pull the berries off the stems without squashing the berries. Many berry clusters are hidden beneath and behind the leaves so you need to bend down and move branches aside as you pick.
I take the mass of moist seeds left over from processing and fling them with a spoon into areas where I want more barberries to grow, impromptu permaculture seed balls. I have significantly expanded the shrubs on the side of my house this way.
The small berries with purple juice have a complex Concord grape-like flavor, excellent for juice and preserves, jelly and jam. The berries are very tart due to a low sugar content and need added sweetener. Middle Eastern and Central Asian barberries are made into a dried spice, while English cooks have used their species to make jams and jellies (see this article in The Guardian for cooking ideas using dried barberry spice). Like most berries, barberries are high in vitamin C and other vitamins, minerals and healthful phytonutrients. The roots and stems contain berberine, a powerful plant chemical that should only be consumed for medicinal purposes under a health care provider’s supervision; the bright yellow color of the inner bark comes from the berberine.
" He who oppresses the poor to increase his riches,- Proverbs 22:16
And he who gives to the rich, will surely come to poverty."