nevver:

The defense ministers of Norway (Ine Eriksen Søreide), Sweden (Karin Enström), Netherlands (Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert), and Germany (Ursula von der Leyen).

nevver:

The defense ministers of Norway (Ine Eriksen Søreide), Sweden (Karin Enström), Netherlands (Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert), and Germany (Ursula von der Leyen).

guardian:

Photo highlights of the day: A 63-year-old elephant enjoys a dip in the Indian Ocean. See more of the best photographs from around the world
Photograph: Mike Korostelev/Solent News & Photo Agency/Solent News

guardian:

Photo highlights of the day: A 63-year-old elephant enjoys a dip in the Indian Ocean. See more of the best photographs from around the world

Photograph: Mike Korostelev/Solent News & Photo Agency/Solent News

guardian:

Britain’s best fish’n’chip shops
Quayside in Whitby is officially Britain’s best fish’n’chip shop – but it had to fight off strong competition from a new wave of top-quality chippies. Read more
Photograph: John Carey/Anthony Blake Photo Library

guardian:

Britain’s best fish’n’chip shops

Quayside in Whitby is officially Britain’s best fish’n’chip shop – but it had to fight off strong competition from a new wave of top-quality chippies. Read more

Photograph: John Carey/Anthony Blake Photo Library

Israel…No.
Moving 70,000 Bedouins from their traditional lands in the Negev to make more settlements is just not okay. I mean, the country already has a history of treating the Bedouins badly (they are the poorest, most deprived people in the country).
You would figure, being a young-ish Western-styled country, that you would have learned something from how the US has historically treated the Native Americans…But apparently not.
Israel, you are making it really hard for me to try to support you.

buzzfeed:

The menu at McDonalds is Thailand is actually insane. 

I’d eat it.

lickypickystickyme:

If grandmothers around the world had a rallying cry, it would probably sound something like “You need to eat!”

Photographer Gabriele Galimberti’s grandmother said something similar to him before one of his many globetrotting work trips. To ensure he had at least one good meal, she prepared for him a dish of ravioli before he departed on one of his adventures.  

“In that occasion I said to my grandma ‘You know, Grandma, there are many other grandmas around the world and most of them are really good cooks,” Galimberti wrote via email. “I’m going to meet them and ask them to cook for me so I can show you that you don’t have to be worried for me and the food that I will eat!’ This is the way my project was born!”

The project, “Delicatessen With Love”, took Galimberti to 58 countries where he photographed grandmothers with both the ingredients and finished signature dishes.

Galimberti said many of the subjects for the project were selected serendipitously, picked while he was working on a project about couch surfing that explored the global phenomenon of staying in other people’s houses. Since Galimberti never slept in hotels while working on the project, he was able to come into contact with people who introduced him to grandmothers in the area.

Galimberti acted as photographer and stylist during each shoot with the grandmothers, taking a portrait of both the women and the food they made for him.

From top to bottom: 

Inara Runtule, 68, Kekava, Latvia. Silke €(herring with potatoes and cottage cheese).

Grace Estibero, 82, Mumbai, India. Chicken vindaloo.

Susann Soresen, 81, Homer, Alaska. Moose steak.

Serette Charles, 63, Saint-Jean du Sud, Haiti. Lambi in creole sauce.

The photographer’s grandmother Marisa Batini, 80, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy. Swiss chard and ricotta Ravioli with meat sauce.

Normita Sambu Arap, 65, Oltepessi (Masaai Mara), Kenya. Mboga and orgali (white corn polenta with vegetables and goat).

Julia Enaigua, 71, La Paz, Bolivia. Queso Humacha (vegetables and fresh cheese soup).

Fifi Makhmer, 62, Cairo, Egypt. Kuoshry (pasta, rice and legumes pie).

Isolina Perez De Vargas, 83, Mendoza, Argentina. Asado criollo (mixed meats barbecue).

Bisrat Melake, 60, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Enjera with curry and vegetables.

I want to do this…But with cocktails.

Some interesting shifts going on in China right now…

life:

At the West German border, a Czech woman from Mrakov guarding the frontier with her uniformed dachshund and toy rifle.
See more photos by Bill Ray here.
(Bill Ray—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

life:

At the West German border, a Czech woman from Mrakov guarding the frontier with her uniformed dachshund and toy rifle.

See more photos by Bill Ray here.

(Bill Ray—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

From The Guardian: Julia Gillard is no feminist hero (and my own commentary)

Julia Gillard is no feminist hero | John Pilger http://gu.com/p/3b5kb

Oh, and let’s not forget that she also doesn’t support marriage equality. Kevin Rudd does (he had a very public change of heart a while back), and that Rudd has proven himself to be far more liberal than Gillard on issues of Indigenous people and on Israel/Palestine.  Also, SHE was the one that issued that the challenge would come to the do-or-die vote that proclaimed that the loser would have to leave Parliament.

So stop being all: “Australia is so sexist, they can’t handle a woman PM!!”

Just because a politician happens to be progressive in who she is as a person, does NOT mean that she’s good for the country or progressive as a politician…Otherwise, we ought to be talking about how “awesome” Michele Bachmann is for being a woman in the House and who ran for President.

nevver:

Tiananmen Square, or The June Fourth Incident (in Chinese)

Never forget.

theatlantic:

In Focus: Soufriere Hills Volcano

Before 1995, the small Caribbean island of Montserrat was a relatively quiet tourist destination — a British Overseas Territory with a population of 11,000. Then, the Soufriere Hills volcano came to life after remaining quiet since the 17th century. Thousands lived in the direct path of ensuing mudflows and pyroclastic flows — cascades of hot gas and rock. The capital city of Plymouth and 20 other settlements were completely destroyed. Dozens lost their lives initially, and thousands were evacuated as eruptions continued off and on for years afterward. More than 7,000 residents moved away, and tourist dollars vanished. While the volcano is still active, it has been relatively quiet since early 2010, and nearly half of the island remains a designated exclusion zone.

See more. [Images: AP, Reuters, Getty]

I watched a program on the 1995 eruption once. I don’t trust islands that are made up of an active volcano.

Because the whole fucking thing is an active volcano. Fuck that shit.

ofpaperandponies:

howstuffworks:

mothernaturenetwork:

Photos of the day: Tibetan mastiffs
A very fluffy adult Tibetan mastiff sits patiently on a leash with its handler during a mastiff show. Although it is called a mastiff for its size, this is technically a misnomer perpetuated by early Western visitors to the Himalayas. Since it is not a true mastiff, a more appropriate name for this breed would be a “Himalayan mountain dog.”
See more mastiff photos — including some adorable puppies!

Any other Dresden Files fans around? This right here is Mouse’s breed.

Tibetan mastiffs can be terrifying. I used to think they were sweet and fluffy like Newfies, but I’ve seen too many pissed off Tibetans to think that anymore D:
That said, the goofiest old dog I know is a Tibetan. She’s weird, but she’s sweet as hell.

ofpaperandponies:

howstuffworks:

mothernaturenetwork:

Photos of the day: Tibetan mastiffs

A very fluffy adult Tibetan mastiff sits patiently on a leash with its handler during a mastiff show. Although it is called a mastiff for its size, this is technically a misnomer perpetuated by early Western visitors to the Himalayas. Since it is not a true mastiff, a more appropriate name for this breed would be a “Himalayan mountain dog.”

See more mastiff photos — including some adorable puppies!

Any other Dresden Files fans around? This right here is Mouse’s breed.

Tibetan mastiffs can be terrifying. I used to think they were sweet and fluffy like Newfies, but I’ve seen too many pissed off Tibetans to think that anymore D:

That said, the goofiest old dog I know is a Tibetan. She’s weird, but she’s sweet as hell.

theonion:

‘What You’re Doing Is Weird And Wrong,’ Small Voice In Back Of Kim Jong-Un’s Head Reports: Full Report

theonion:

‘What You’re Doing Is Weird And Wrong,’ Small Voice In Back Of Kim Jong-Un’s Head Reports: Full Report