The Golden Platform

A FOCUS ON THE FORCES CHANGING OUR WORLD

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spaceplasma:

Lunar libration with phase
Animation of the Moon as it cycles through its phases, as seen from the Northern Hemisphere. The apparent wobbling of the Moon is known as libration. The apparent change in size is due to the eccentricity of the lunar orbit.

spaceplasma:

Lunar libration with phase

Animation of the Moon as it cycles through its phases, as seen from the Northern Hemisphere. The apparent wobbling of the Moon is known as libration. The apparent change in size is due to the eccentricity of the lunar orbit.

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windandsails:

Eadweard Muybridge, Woman Jumping / Running Straight High Jump, 1887, plate 156

I just read a book about him called The Inventor and the Tycoon by Edward Ball. 

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Today, my post from over a year ago (this one) is getting a lot of attention. I’m glad. 
Apartheid is wrong.
Israel is wrong.
I cannot in anyway support their actions. 
Wrong is wrong no matter who does it, that includes Israel; that includes the United States. (The US is just as responsible for the apartheid as Israel. It is the US who heavily funds that oppressive state without concern for the well being of the Palestinians.) 

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the-vile-inn asked: Could you give me a (longish) list of anarchist books or things to read so that I could start from the most basic theory and work upwards?

ask-an-anarchist:

Anarchism 101:

Anarcha-feminism:

Communist anarchism:

Green anarchism:

Individualist anarchism

Mutualism

Post-left anarchism:

Queer anarchism:

Christian anarchism:

Please feel welcome to reblog and expand! 

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tort-time:

(Via KSL.com Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY — The Division of Wildlife Resources is trying to find homes for endangered tortoises that have been removed from the wild and is turning to the public for help.
About 40 desert tortoises that have been removed from their native homes need a home, according to DWR. The tortoises cannot be released back into the wild because they could introduce diseases into Utah’s wild tortoise population. Those diseases are not transmittable to humans, DWR said.
Now, DWR is asking that people who have a fenced yard of at least 15 feet by 10 feet consider adopting one of the tortoises from its facility in Washington County. Of the approximately 40 tortoises there, some have been there for nearly 10 years. DWR receives between 10 and 12 tortoises each year and has adopted many of those animals out to Utahns.
The adoption is a lifetime commitment, as the tortoises can live in captivity up to 90 years, according to DWR’s native aquatic species coordinator Krissy Wilson. People are asked to keep the animal for as long as they can care for it.
“These animals will be animals that you will pass down in your family or you can, at some point, turn them back to the state,” Wilson said.
Wilson encourages tortoise owners to treat the animals as they would any other pet. She said she takes many tortoises in before they are adopted, and in cold weather or chilly nights, she allows them to roam around her house as she does her other pets. The tortoises often find a corner to sleep in and are quiet when they are not interacting and showing off their own personalities, she said.
“I look at it as: These animals are never going back to the wild. So these animals are domesticated,” Wilson said. “Interact with them, touch them, handle them, and they will get to where they recognize you and they come to you. They can be a very unique companion animal that you would never even consider, given that it’s a cold-blooded reptile.”
The tortoises do need an indoor space when temperatures reach below 55 degrees, but by October, they typically begin their five to six months of hibernation, Wilson said. She added that although the DWR has specific requirements, the agency also works with interested individuals.
“We just work with people the best we can. It’s not always this cut-and-dry ‘You’ve gotta have it this way or else.’ We do what we can to work with folks to work with what they have available so they can adopt a desert tortoise,” she said.
Anyone interested is asked to first review the DWR-produced handbook on the animals, then fill out an application and contact the agency. There is an $80 fee for adoption, which Wilson said is to help with paperwork and the vetting process.
“We want all 30 to 40 we have all adopted. We want them out of captivity, we want them into people’s homes,” Wilson said
Read more at http://www.ksl.com/?nid=1288&sid=28558519#Cg1W7DiecLq2JY4A.99

If you live in Utah, here is one hell of a cool opportunity….

tort-time:

(Via KSL.com Utah)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Division of Wildlife Resources is trying to find homes for endangered tortoises that have been removed from the wild and is turning to the public for help.

About 40 desert tortoises that have been removed from their native homes need a home, according to DWR. The tortoises cannot be released back into the wild because they could introduce diseases into Utah’s wild tortoise population. Those diseases are not transmittable to humans, DWR said.

Now, DWR is asking that people who have a fenced yard of at least 15 feet by 10 feet consider adopting one of the tortoises from its facility in Washington County. Of the approximately 40 tortoises there, some have been there for nearly 10 years. DWR receives between 10 and 12 tortoises each year and has adopted many of those animals out to Utahns.

The adoption is a lifetime commitment, as the tortoises can live in captivity up to 90 years, according to DWR’s native aquatic species coordinator Krissy Wilson. People are asked to keep the animal for as long as they can care for it.

“These animals will be animals that you will pass down in your family or you can, at some point, turn them back to the state,” Wilson said.

Wilson encourages tortoise owners to treat the animals as they would any other pet. She said she takes many tortoises in before they are adopted, and in cold weather or chilly nights, she allows them to roam around her house as she does her other pets. The tortoises often find a corner to sleep in and are quiet when they are not interacting and showing off their own personalities, she said.

“I look at it as: These animals are never going back to the wild. So these animals are domesticated,” Wilson said. “Interact with them, touch them, handle them, and they will get to where they recognize you and they come to you. They can be a very unique companion animal that you would never even consider, given that it’s a cold-blooded reptile.”

The tortoises do need an indoor space when temperatures reach below 55 degrees, but by October, they typically begin their five to six months of hibernation, Wilson said. She added that although the DWR has specific requirements, the agency also works with interested individuals.

“We just work with people the best we can. It’s not always this cut-and-dry ‘You’ve gotta have it this way or else.’ We do what we can to work with folks to work with what they have available so they can adopt a desert tortoise,” she said.

Anyone interested is asked to first review the DWR-produced handbook on the animals, then fill out an application and contact the agency. There is an $80 fee for adoption, which Wilson said is to help with paperwork and the vetting process.

“We want all 30 to 40 we have all adopted. We want them out of captivity, we want them into people’s homes,” Wilson said


Read more at http://www.ksl.com/?nid=1288&sid=28558519#Cg1W7DiecLq2JY4A.99

If you live in Utah, here is one hell of a cool opportunity….

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Republican OK State Rep Joins Bigots Flipping Out Over Super Bowl Coke Ad Promoting Multiculturalism (Video)

I need to mention a few things:

A) Dear Conservatives, “America the Beautiful” is NOT the National Anthem - the Star Spangled Banner is.
    a) You people put me in a strange situation because of how much I loath nationalism that masquerades around as patriotism. I dislike all “patriotic” songs for that reason.

B) I REALLY don’t understand why you people can’t tolerate to hear it in another language. The commercial wasn’t trying to be abrasive - the creators clearly were doing it in a thoughtful manner.
    a) Which puts me in yet again another strange situation - I can’t stand commercialism and especially dislike mega-corporations like Coca-Cola [due to many of their earlier and present-day corporate practices that harm people.]

C) I WANTED to avoid EVERY aspect of the Super Bowl this year - but you raging idiots got me to view a commercial associated with that corporate, mind-numbing orgy of idiocy AKA the Super Bowl.

Filed under Conservatives Right Wing Coca Cola Super Bowl Commercial

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  1. revolutiontrainee said: lol great rant; the British freak out with a teeny bit of snow too.
    I’ve seen this (as what I’ve come to term as) “magical ice” argument over and over again in the past few days. It’s driving me nuts lol. I understand ice is slippery BUT those arguments that the ice they had was somehow different and more dangerous than the ice experienced elsewhere is simply ridiculous. 

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Dear People of the Southern USA

Yes, I’m looking at you Augusta in particular.

You DID not have any form of magical ice on your roads that were somehow only exclusive to you. I’m tired of seeing phrases like:

The result is a particularly Southern phenomena that looks and feels like cold glass.

OR

And the North don’t know nothing about no ice storms.

I’m tired of seeing this idiocy being passed around as to why some snow scared the shit out of all of you.

I live in Michigan, several days before Christmas of 2013 - just slightly over a month ago - almost the entire great lakes region was hit with a huge RAIN storm that quickly froze, covering everything in a QUARTER-INCH of ice.

Tree’s crashed to the ground.

Power lines broke.

Millions were with out power

Oh, and then there were the roads - THE ICE WAS SO THICK AND SO GLASS-LIKE SMOOTH, you could SKATE. ON. IT.  You could not walk on it with out proper footwear.

You people had slippery conditions due to snow melt.

We ALSO deal with that up here as well.

The difference?

We don’t panic and freak out like the world is about to end.

The problem you southerners faced was a domino effect of stupidity and poor planning from the top down.

So PLEASE just stop with your ‘magical ice’ - just own up to the fact that you panicked because your media probably was over dramatizing your little storm all week, and when it came you thought the worst and essentially lost your minds.

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Anonymous asked: Why do people who oppose israel talk about antizionism? How are antisemitism and antizionism linked?

vivianvivisection:

ladysnowgoat:

vivianvivisection:

Let me preface this answer with two points

1. I support Palestine & Palestinian struggles for autonomy and reclamation of the occupied territory

2. I oppose the colonialist, imperialist state of Israel that has stolen land with help from the Western powers.


There is a lot of antisemitism in antizionist circles, because antizionism is very broad, and does not include support for Palestine or Palestinian people or their struggles against the apartheid state of Israel.

This antisemitism is a problem but it is not coming from Palestinian people, or Arab people, or Middle-Eastern people or West Asian people.

The largest sources of antisemitism in antizionism/anti-Israel circles comes from white pseudo-leftists, Neo-Nazis, white conspiracy theorists, white liberals etc etc.
Sense a pattern there?

Many of these camps don’t care about Palestine, they just hate Jewish people enough that they hate Israel because to them it is a Jewish state first & foremost, before it is an imperialist state, if they bother to carry on beyond their antisemitic situation
 

Because antizionism is not pro-Palestine/pro-Palestinian, you will find racists & antisemites being anti-Israel, and then supporters of Israel will latch on to these examples and use them to deflect conversations about Palestine & Israel by saying that if you oppose Israel and support Palestine you must be antizionist and antisemitic like those people over there.

Now, I don’t think it’s necessary to get into zionism or what it is, because there’s a lot of different definitions, with some anti-Israeli Jewish people saying that zionism is about Jewish self-determination, not establishing a racist state.

Instead, let us approach Israel the same way we approach any other settler-based colonialist state.

Because, despite their Jewish identity, the founders of Israel were still white colonialist Europeans. They stole land from the indigenous population, engaged in genocide against them, broke treaties with them, placed them in open-air prisons, systematically discriminate and oppress them, and continue to do so.

I don’t know or care where zionism fits into this, because whether or not this is what zionism intended or opposed does not matter. What matters is that Israel is an illegitimate colonialist state. It is an apartheid state. It is anti-black, anti-Palestinian, anti-Muslim, anti-Arab. It follows in the footsteps of the English settlers who stole North America, of the Iberian settlers who stole Mesoamerica & South America, following them rank & file into committing atrocities against indigenous populations.

Now with the more recent influx of African immigrants, Israel can also engage in stringent anti-blackness just like their spiritual predecessors.

Bottom line, Zionism doesn’t really matter in the context of opposing Israel and supporting Palestine.

I’m no Zionist, but it seems like there’s something being left out here. Something that happened to the Jews that maybe’s not mentioned here. Something that maybe would explain a lot of this Mayyyyyybeeeee???

I want you to know that you’re speaking to someone who has family who were survivors of the Shoah. I do hope you’re also not goy because a lot of gentile assholes exploit the Shoah to explain why they support Israel.

I will not let you exploit people murdered by the German regime & the Western nations who refused to take in refugees to justify the genocide & land theft that Israel & the West has waged against the Palestinian people. Israel does not care for people of the diaspora, or else they wouldn’t sterilize Ethiopian Jewish people for being black Africans, or keep them in detention centers. They also wouldn’t treat Palestinian Jewish people the way they do for being Palestinian.

Israel would not enegage in neo-liberal economcis and create not only an apartheid state but a gentrified, highly stratified state that guts their own working class, not to mention that of the indigenous people, if they really cared about the Jewish people. The nationalist fervor encouraged by the state of Israel is used to justify exclusion & oppression.

I would appreciate if you never again deflected any conversation by trying to exploit the victims of a historical tragedy to explain why today Israel is a colonialist settler state, especially when the conversation had nothing to with the Shoah.

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