I read something last night that really drove something home for me.
Whenever someone says “You shouldn’t label yourself,” all they ever really mean is “You’re not allowed to have a label you’ve proudly claimed as your own. You’re only allowed to have labels I picked for you.”
hang on, wait a second
can we just take a moment to realize that not only did it paint an elephant it painted it to give the illusiaon of depth
“I was recently sent an email video which shows an elephant painting a picture of an elephant holding a flower over its head and was asked to comment on it. As you may or may not know, I returned home last night after my 7th trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand, where the video was shot. I can tell you with absolute certainty that elephant did not create that picture out of a need for a creative outlet. It was trained to follow the mahout’s (trainer) command and was purely following orders out of fear of the abuse it suffered during the training process.
If you look closely during the wide angle shots you will see other mahouts standing on their elephant’s left side and they too are leading their elephant during the process. The close ups show an elephant’s trunk moving a paint brush across a canvas and it appears to be creating a picture, except it is taking commands from its mahout who is out of the shot.
The training process is called the ‘pajaan’ or ‘crush’ and is centuries old and is used throughout Asia today. It involves taking a 3-year-old baby from its mother’s side and roping it into a small bamboo cage in which it cannot move except to breathe. Of course the elephant fights for its freedom and is beaten, poked with sharp bamboo, starved, dehydrated, and sleep-deprived until it submits to its captors’ demands. The process may take a week, depending on how long it takes to ‘crush’ the elephant’s spirit. About 50% of the babies die from the process and the survivors are left with physical and emotional scars for the rest of their lives.
The demand for elephant paintings comes mostly from Japan, Europe, and the US, and the motivation from the Thai people is purely financial since a single painting can fetch several thousand dollars. I honestly hope that if people knew the true process for creating a picture, they would not offer any support at all for it. So PLEASE tell your friends, family, anyone who will listen: DO NOT SUPPORT ELEPHANT PAINTINGS IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM!”
In class today, the guy who sits next to me, who by the way is always sleeping and never talks to anyone in class, gives me his calculator and this was on it.
I didnt know how to respond to this
The only people that shouldn’t reblog this are rapists or abusers
This is the scene at the high school near me right now. The pupils have walked out of school. Why?
Because the school have decided to ban the pupils from wearing bracelets specially designed to support a fellow pupil who is battling leukemia.
I’m totally with the pupils in this protest. I can’t believe the school have made this decision.
I’m just making this post to spread the word. If you want to reblog that would be fab, I’d love to show the school how many people are with the pupils.
I’m so grateful for all the support you have given this so far!! Thank you all so much. Keep going, I entirely plan on using this to show them how you guys feel if they don’t change their mind soon!
UPDATE: The School dismissed the protesters as "anti-social" pupils. No change has been made. Most of my town is disgusted at the school. It would be great if this could get to 1000 notes. That would be an incredible message to show them. Thank you guys, I’m so grateful for this.
UPDATE: Not on the bracelet situation, but I’ve just heard the incredibly sad news that the student with leukemia has died. Thoughts with his family and friends, especially those at the school.
BERKELEY, Calif. — The University of California has told students that sex without a firm “yes” will be considered nonconsensual under a newly expanded policy on sexual violence that follows a series of allegations that U.C. Berkeley mishandled campus sexual assault cases.
The U.C.’s new policy, which covers sexual and domestic abuse, harassment and stalking of students and staff on its 10 campuses, was made public Friday — just days after 31 women filed a federal complaint alleging that U.C. Berkeley behaved with “deliberate indifference” to their cases, which covered a four decade period.
“We have no tolerance for sexual violence or harassment of any kind,” said U.C. President Janet Napolitano in a release. “The university must, and will, hold itself to the highest standards, and I expect all of our locations to do everything possible to make everyone aware of these standards.”
(Photo: Marisa Taylor for Al Jazeera America)
Imagine though when you find your soul mate and the happens
this is one of the most beautiful gifs I’ve seen.
No but imagine the school jock and the nerd he beats up every day finally run into each other in the locker room or at a pool or something and their chest start glowing and they both look at each other and just go “Oh fuck no.”
It was always the same every day…
The guy would come to beat me up over a tiny, stupid whim.
I wish my day would change from that.
"Ready for another lesson??"
"Y-Your chest it—"
"That means we’re—-"
I ASKED FOR A CHANGE, BUT THIS IS NOT WAS I WAS LOOKING FOR.
LMFAO welp this is how I imagined it. ENJOY
THANK YOU JENNI HERD
I KNOW WHAT THIS NEEDS
Sensors alight, the pen trailed itself sensually down the gradient shift from yellow to blue along ample curve of paper, dipping closer and closer to the book’s spine.
“Can you imagine it?” the pen whispered, whirring and selecting #00563F with practiced intimacy. “Just picture it. With your collection and my potential…we can color the world.”
request accomplished -
it got BETTER
SWEET JESUS THIS HAPPENED
YOU ARE LATE.
You can all thank me later