Thursday, January 29, 2009

A very interesting set of photoshopped pictures

Докторрр ин дер ролле Fima_Psuchopadt (с) - 65 лет назад была снята блокада Ленинграда

Leningrad during the siege in WWII, alongside pictures of modern day St. Petersburg. I'm amazed that so many buildings are still standing, among other things. I also learned something new after looking at them- the blimp-like things that you see are called barrage balloons. It's always a good day when you learn something new. I also think that it's a good reminder that we're always walking in other people's footsteps.

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Every time you think that you've seen everything

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

RussiaToday: Cry Wolf!

RT: Cry Wolf!

From the website: "Our knowledge of these proud animals is very vague, full of scary myths and misconceptions. In many countries wolves are considered sinister killers. They are slaughtered all year round as "hunting outlaws" - no licence is needed to shoot a wolf in Russia, and in many regions every wolf comes with a bounty on its head. You'll rarely find it mentioned that wolves are extremely useful animals, essential to the eco-system in which they live.

Started in November 2008, RT cameras capture the life of a group of orphaned wolves growing up in the forest."

Seeing as I'm not likely to accomplish anything useful today, I think that I'll watch wolf videos instead.

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Why can't we face the truth? Having an autistic child wrecks your life ... | Mail Online

Why can't we face the truth? Having an autistic child wrecks your life ... | Mail Online

What an absolutely horrendous article. I know that it's the Daily Mail, but still.

I hope that Tom never knows how his parents feel about him, or that they're
able to place him somewhere.

My son's behaviours are at least that bad (to the point where he can't live at
home because we can't provide him with 2/1 care), but I can absolutely say that no
one who has come in contact with him ever wishes that he hadn't been born.

Crap articles like this are what make it more difficult for our children to live the
best lives that they can. It reinforces every bad stereotype about autism without taking
into account the huge strides that we've made as a community with therapies, funding
support for families, and science.

This is absolutely irresponsible, and does a huge disservice to every autistic person
out there.

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I'll definitely never look at Yoda the same way again. Some great entries.

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