Michelle Colomer

Ask me anything   History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.

-Robert Penn Warren

The supreme purpose of history is a better world.

-Herbert Hoover

historical-nonfiction:

Because the Pentagon was built during a segregation, it has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary for a building its size.

Interesting! I wonder how many more buildings were built that way that still stand today.

historical-nonfiction:

Because the Pentagon was built during a segregation, it has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary for a building its size.

Interesting! I wonder how many more buildings were built that way that still stand today.

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— 1 year ago with 476 notes

ralvacast:

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accras:

Consoler-in-Chief
President Obama consoles Donovan Frazier, 5, whose egg ran off course during the the Easter Egg Race, April 1, 2013.

LOOK AT THIS

Bush would’ve jelly fished that boy after the first photo.

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usnatarchives:

The first Eisenhower Easter Egg Roll will be held Saturday, March 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home.
This event is free and open to the public and will feature games, crafts, face painting, an Easter egg hunt and more. The egg hunt will begin promptly at 1 p.m. so don’t be late! Admission to the Museum and Boyhood Home will be free all day.
Image: In 1958 Bunny, Hazel, Fred (Skippy), and Darlene Johansen attend the Eisenhowers’ White House Easter Egg Roll. (Eisenhower Library)

Happy Easter everyone!

usnatarchives:

The first Eisenhower Easter Egg Roll will be held Saturday, March 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home.

This event is free and open to the public and will feature games, crafts, face painting, an Easter egg hunt and more. The egg hunt will begin promptly at 1 p.m. so don’t be late! Admission to the Museum and Boyhood Home will be free all day.

Image: In 1958 Bunny, Hazel, Fred (Skippy), and Darlene Johansen attend the Eisenhowers’ White House Easter Egg Roll. (Eisenhower Library)

Happy Easter everyone!

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defendwomensrights:


“Since the Europeans came here, Native women have lost their historic positions under the matriarchy as leaders and decision makers, all due to the brutal and genocidal influx of the European colonial ideas of patriarchy and racism.  Still today, Native women suffer disproportionately from alcoholism, drug abuse, and sexual and domestic violence. That is why the struggle for women’s rights must include the fight against colonialism, racism and imperialism. All of us need to unite to fight back and win.”

- WORD organizer Bethany Woody at the International Women’s Day rally to Stop Violence Against Women Everywhere! in Albuquerque, NM.

defendwomensrights:

“Since the Europeans came here, Native women have lost their historic positions under the matriarchy as leaders and decision makers, all due to the brutal and genocidal influx of the European colonial ideas of patriarchy and racism.  Still today, Native women suffer disproportionately from alcoholism, drug abuse, and sexual and domestic violence. That is why the struggle for women’s rights must include the fight against colonialism, racism and imperialism. All of us need to unite to fight back and win.”

- WORD organizer Bethany Woody at the International Women’s Day rally to Stop Violence Against Women Everywhere! in Albuquerque, NM.

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— 1 year ago with 100 notes
#genderequality  #womensrights 
Homosexuality or Gay Culture?

READ: Those of you following the Supreme Court hearing about same-sex marriage, you may want to stop and think about what the issue at hand is. In American politics, issues debated judicially are never about the core problem, they are always a fabrication of what religious groups claim the problem seems to be.

In this case, the problem with same-sex marriage is about whether not it is or is not unconstitutional for two people of the same sex to engage in a civil union that is legally recognized by the federal government. THE ISSUE NOT ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY. The evolution of homosexuality in American society has transcended from it being a sex problem, to that of the emergence of a new gay culture.

Hence, for those of you that like to associate homosexuality with promiscuity, this is not what the issue is about. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions surely, but make sure to make the distinction when formulating a political opinion.

— 1 year ago
#gaymarriage  #gaymarriagedebates  #DOMA  #marriage  #politics 
"If history has shown us anything, it is this: if you want those in power to respond swiftly to Indigenous peoples’ political efforts, start by placing Native bodies (with a few logs and tires thrown in for good measure) between settlers and their money, which in colonial contexts is generated by the ongoing theft and exploitation of our land and resource base."
In December 24, 2012 article “#IdleNoMore in Historical Context” by University of British Columbia professor Glen Coulthard  (via luvlaila)

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farhanist:

Something you would not have seen in the media: Two Belgian UN ‘peacekeepers’ cheerfully “roast” a Somali boy over a fire, during a ‘humanitarian mission’ in Somalia in 1993
Kurt Coelus and Claude Baert were part of the Unified Task Force (UNITAF), which was a United States-led, United Nations-sanctioned multinational force and operated in Somalia between 5 December 1992 to 4 May 1993, in charge of carrying out United Nations Security Council Resolution 794: “to create a protected environment for conducting humanitarian operations in the southern half of Somalia.”
The two men were acquitted by a Brussels military court because of “insufficient evidence” and ruled that the incident was “a form of playing without violence.”
The incident received minimal coverage in the U.S. media, and the Belgian newspaper that originally published the photos received a bomb threat, which turned out to be made by a man who owns a local bar frequented by military personnel, including ‘peacekeepers’.

farhanist:

Something you would not have seen in the media: Two Belgian UN ‘peacekeepers’ cheerfully “roast” a Somali boy over a fire, during a ‘humanitarian mission’ in Somalia in 1993

Kurt Coelus and Claude Baert were part of the Unified Task Force (UNITAF), which was a United States-led, United Nations-sanctioned multinational force and operated in Somalia between 5 December 1992 to 4 May 1993, in charge of carrying out United Nations Security Council Resolution 794: “to create a protected environment for conducting humanitarian operations in the southern half of Somalia.”

The two men were acquitted by a Brussels military court because of “insufficient evidence” and ruled that the incident was “a form of playing without violence.”

The incident received minimal coverage in the U.S. media, and the Belgian newspaper that originally published the photos received a bomb threat, which turned out to be made by a man who owns a local bar frequented by military personnel, including ‘peacekeepers’.

(Source: faruhanu, via mochente)

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socialuprooting:

Antonio Damasio, Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain

Well said.

socialuprooting:

Antonio Damasio, Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain

Well said.

— 2 years ago with 70 notes
"The idea that intelligence is linked to English pronunciation is a legacy from colonial thinking."
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"People who resist the natural human tendency to follow, venerate and obey prevailing authority typically have a much different view about how oppressive a society is than those who submit to those impulses. The most valuable experiences for determining how free a society is are the experiences of society’s most threatening dissidents, not its content and compliant citizens."
Glenn Greenwald

A modern Locke!

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— 2 years ago with 5 notes