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josiephone:

Apparently some vegans are telling people not to eat honey to support bees.STOP. STOP NOW.DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW BEES WORK?Buy honey (local if possible) -> support beekeepers -> support bees.I swear people don’t even think this stuff out. Beekeepers provide bees with an environment in which they can live, and are encouraged to thrive. Bees then have a big huge giant person who can deal with any threats to the hive. Yes, honey is a winter food supply for bees, but beekeepers (unless they’re dicks, in which case they’d be shooting themselves in the foot) will NEVER take too much honey from a hive, and will always ensure that bees have enough food. Think about it, you’re not going to starve a source of income/hobby, are you?So now.Support beekeepers.Support bees.buzz.

I had to reblog just for “DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW BEES WORK?" because it made me realize that some people really don’t!

Erm excuse you
That is not how it happened in bee movie

sockseevil:

katwaterflame:

josiephone:

Apparently some vegans are telling people not to eat honey to support bees.

STOP. STOP NOW.
DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW BEES WORK?

Buy honey (local if possible) -> support beekeepers -> support bees.

I swear people don’t even think this stuff out. 
Beekeepers provide bees with an environment in which they can live, and are encouraged to thrive. Bees then have a big huge giant person who can deal with any threats to the hive. 
Yes, honey is a winter food supply for bees, but beekeepers (unless they’re dicks, in which case they’d be shooting themselves in the foot) will NEVER take too much honey from a hive, and will always ensure that bees have enough food. Think about it, you’re not going to starve a source of income/hobby, are you?

So now.
Support beekeepers.
Support bees.

buzz.

I had to reblog just for “DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW BEES WORK?" because it made me realize that some people really don’t!

Erm excuse you

That is not how it happened in bee movie

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All 45 Christian Institutions in Mosul Destroyed or Occupied By ISIS

theorthodoxbritreturns:

lifevirus:

theorthodoxbritreturns:

Since taking over Mosul on June 10, ISIS has destroyed, occupied, converted to mosques, converted to ISIS headquarters or shuttered all 45 Christian institutions in Mosul.

The following is the complete list of the Christian institutions in Mosul, grouped by denomination.

Syriac Catholic Church:

Syrian Catholic Diocese – Maidan Neighborhood, Mosul
The Old Church of the Immaculate – Maidan Neighborhood, Mosul (The church goes back to the eighth century AD)
The New Church of the Immaculate – Maidan Neighborhood
Church of Mar (Saint) Toma – Khazraj Neighborhood
Museum of Mar (Saint) Toma – Khazraj Neighborhood
Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation – Muhandiseen Neighborhood
Church of the Virgin of Fatima – Faisaliah Neighborhood
Our Lady of Deliverance Chapel – Shifaa Neighborhood
The House of the Young Sisters of Jesus – Ras Al-Kour Neighborhood
Archbishop’s Palace Chapel – Dawasa Neighborhood

Syriac Orthodox Church:

Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese – Shurta Neighborhood
The Antiquarian Church of Saint Ahodeeni – Bab AlJadeed Neighborhood
Mar (Saint) Toma Church and cemetery, (the old Bishopric) – Khazraj Neighborhood
Church of The Immaculate (Castle) – Maidan Neighborhood
Church of The Immaculate – Shifaa Neighborhood
Mar (Saint) Aprim Church – Shurta Neighborhood
St. Joseph Church – The New Mosul Neighborhood

Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East:

Diocese of the Assyrian Church of the East – Noor Neighborhood
Assyrian Church of the East, Dawasa Neighborhood
Church of the Virgin Mary (old rite) – Wihda Neighborhood

Chaldean Church of Babylon:

Chaldean Diocese – Shurta Neighborhood
Miskinta Church – Mayassa Neighborhood
The Antiquarian Church of Shimon alSafa – Mayassa Neighborhood
Church of Mar (Saint) Buthyoon – Shahar AlSouq Neighborhood
Church of St. Ephrem, Wady AlAin Neighborhood
Church of St. Paul – Majmooaa AlThaqafiya District
The Old Church of the Immaculate (with the bombed archdiocese)- Shifaa Neighborhood
Church of the Holy Spirit – Bakir Neighborhood
Church of the Virgin Mary – Drakziliya Neighborhood
Ancient Church of Saint Isaiah and Cemetery – Ras AlKour Neighborhood
Mother of Aid Church – Dawasa Neighborhood
The Antiquarian Church of St. George- Khazraj Neighborhood
St. George Monastery with Cemetery – Arab Neighborhood
Monastery of AlNasir (Victory) – Arab Neighborhood
Convent of the Chaldean Nuns – Mayassa Neighborhood
Monastery of St. Michael – Hawi Church Neighborhood
The Antiquarian Monastery of St. Elijah – Ghazlany Neighborhood

Armenian Orthodox Church:

Armenian Church – Maidan Neighborhood
The New Armenian Church – Wihda Neighborhood

Evangelical Presbyterian Church:

Evangelical Presbyterian Church – Mayassa Neighborhood

Latin Church:

Latin Church and Monastery of the Dominican Fathers and Convent of Katrina Siena Nuns – Sa’a Neighborhood
Convent of the Dominican Sisters, – Mosul AlJadeed Neighborhood
Convent of the Dominican Sisters (AlKilma Monastery) – Majmooaa AlThaqafiya District
House of Qasada AlRasouliya (Apostolic Aim) (Institute of St. John the Beloved)

Cemeteries:

Christian Cemetery in the Ekab Valley which contains a small chapel.

I feel like your religion should take a back seat to the humanitarian crisis in that area. I still don’t think it is as bad as putting whole towns to the torch, killing the men, and keeping the women like in the Crusades, so you’ll have to excuse my lack of sympathy over people still arguing about which imaginary cloud man is best.

I’m also not quite sure what people expected opening such institutions in an area so militantly Muslim. You can’t even safely drive a car in that country without fear of blowing up, what makes you think you can safely, openly practice an opposing religion with centuries of bad blood?

You do understand that some of these Churches had been there for around 1500 years and that the Assyrian, Chaldean and Armenian Christian communities in the area predate the Islamic conquest of the area?

During the crusades (which none of these communities were part of) the communities lives in relative peace, as they have done for most of the time, especially until 2003. This is the reason it is so shocking to people across the world, even Iraqi Muslims are protesting these events, since they have lives alongside these communities for so long.

If you are going to make a comment on these events, please know the context.
1) These buildings have been opened for hundreds of years
2) The area was not ‘Militantly Muslim’ until these recent events, thus there was no reasons to fear anything.
3) This is not a matter of “openly practice an opposing religion with centuries of bad blood” as there has been no bad blood between native Iraqi Christians and Muslims, since the Muslims there can tell the difference between the Franj (Western Christians) and Middle Eastern Christians.

As for your lack of sympahy, I do excuse it. Not on the grounds that you dislike Christians so much (to the point that you blame Iraqi Christians for Westen European Christian actions) but on the grounds of your ignorance as to the events. Please refrain from commenting on an event or a community you clearly know nothing about.

On that note, I have just realised that you are just a troll (as your blog is full of trolling) so perhaps you just refrain from commenting on anything at all.

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watanafghanistan:

Facts about Bamiyan & the Buddhas
The Buddha was built some time between the third and fifth centuries.
It was 57 meters high ( the hight of a 20 story building).
There are total of three colossal statues carved 4,000 feet apart.
At one time, two thousand monks meditated in caves among the sandstone cliffs.
The world’s earliest oil paintings have been discovered in caves behind the partially destroyed colossal statues. Scientists from the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility have confirmed that the oil paintings, probably of either walnut or poppy seed oil, are present in 12 of the 50 caves dating from the 5th to 9th century.
Ironically Buddhism was also a religion that abhorred idols. Over 2000 years ago, the Buddha was represented by a symbol usually a foot print or a wheel. But then great change in Buddhism took place and it took place in Afghanistan. Those who ruled Bamyan lunched a new humanized form of Buddhism by turning a Buddha into a recognizable form. Afghanistan was the place where the Buddha in a human form was taken to the world.

Before being blown up in 2001 they were the largest examples of standing Buddha carvings in the world (the 8th century Leshan Giant Buddha is taller,  but the statue is sitting).
The whole mountain surrounding the Buddha, is full of tunnels and it all leads to little chambers which the monks would have lived in and prayed in.
The top of the Buddha’s face had been carved off and burned, by zealotry of Aurangzeb’s soldiers in the 18th century.
A monk from Korea, Huichao (727 C.E. ) describes Bamiyan as an independent Buddhist state.
In Bamiyan, as elsewhere in Central Asia, apocalypse came at the hands of Ghengis Khan in 1221 C.E. Ghengis sent a small army to seize the valley, commanded by his favorite grandson. When the boy was killed by a bowshot from the fortress of Shahr-i-Zohak ( the Red City), the Khan vowed implacable revenge: no human or animal would be allowed to live. As always in these matters, Ghengis Khan was true to his word. Neither the city of Bamiyan nor its outliers were ever rebuilt; their ruins stand today as mute testimony to the human capacity for savagery.
The statues represented the classic blended style of Gandhara art.
Bamiyan is known as city of Screams. Now silent, it was once filled with screams of the thousands of people killed there by Ganges khan.
It was a Buddhist religious site from the 2nd century up to the time of the Islamic invasion in the 9th century. Monks at the monasteries lived as hermits in small caves carved into the side of the Bamiyan cliffs. Many of these monks embellished their caves with religious statuary and elaborate, brightly colored frescoes.
The two most prominent statues were the giant standing Buddhas Vairocana and Sakyamuni.
The Chinese Buddhist pilgrim Xuanzang passed through the area around 630, and described Bamiyan in the Da Tang Xiyu Ji as a flourishing Buddhist center “with more than ten monasteries and more than a thousand monks”. He also noted that both Buddha figures were “decorated with gold and fine jewels” 
The enormous statues,the male Salsal (“light shines through the universe”) and the (smaller) female Shamama (“Queen Mother”)as they were called by the locals.
The Government of Japan and several other organizations, among them the Afghanistan Institute in Bubendorf, Switzerland, along with the ETH in Zurich, have committed to rebuilding, perhaps by anastylosis, the two largest Buddhas.
On 8 September 2008 archeologists searching for a legendary 300-metre statue at the site of the already dynamited Buddhas announced the discovery of an unknown 19-metre (62-foot) reclining Buddha, a pose representing Buddha’s passage into nirvana
source: [1] [2] [3] [4]

watanafghanistan:

Facts about Bamiyan & the Buddhas

  • The Buddha was built some time between the third and fifth centuries.
  • It was 57 meters high ( the hight of a 20 story building).
  • There are total of three colossal statues carved 4,000 feet apart.
  • At one time, two thousand monks meditated in caves among the sandstone cliffs.
  • The world’s earliest oil paintings have been discovered in caves behind the partially destroyed colossal statues. Scientists from the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility have confirmed that the oil paintings, probably of either walnut or poppy seed oil, are present in 12 of the 50 caves dating from the 5th to 9th century.
  • Ironically Buddhism was also a religion that abhorred idols. Over 2000 years ago, the Buddha was represented by a symbol usually a foot print or a wheel. But then great change in Buddhism took place and it took place in Afghanistan. Those who ruled Bamyan lunched a new humanized form of Buddhism by turning a Buddha into a recognizable form. Afghanistan was the place where the Buddha in a human form was taken to the world.

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  • Before being blown up in 2001 they were the largest examples of standing Buddha carvings in the world (the 8th century Leshan Giant Buddha is taller,  but the statue is sitting).
  • The whole mountain surrounding the Buddha, is full of tunnels and it all leads to little chambers which the monks would have lived in and prayed in.
  • The top of the Buddha’s face had been carved off and burned, by zealotry of Aurangzeb’s soldiers in the 18th century.
  • A monk from Korea, Huichao (727 C.E. ) describes Bamiyan as an independent Buddhist state.
  • In Bamiyan, as elsewhere in Central Asia, apocalypse came at the hands of Ghengis Khan in 1221 C.E. Ghengis sent a small army to seize the valley, commanded by his favorite grandson. When the boy was killed by a bowshot from the fortress of Shahr-i-Zohak ( the Red City), the Khan vowed implacable revenge: no human or animal would be allowed to live. As always in these matters, Ghengis Khan was true to his word. Neither the city of Bamiyan nor its outliers were ever rebuilt; their ruins stand today as mute testimony to the human capacity for savagery.
  • The statues represented the classic blended style of Gandhara art.
  • Bamiyan is known as city of Screams. Now silent, it was once filled with screams of the thousands of people killed there by Ganges khan.
  • It was a Buddhist religious site from the 2nd century up to the time of the Islamic invasion in the 9th century. Monks at the monasteries lived as hermits in small caves carved into the side of the Bamiyan cliffs. Many of these monks embellished their caves with religious statuary and elaborate, brightly colored frescoes.
  • The two most prominent statues were the giant standing Buddhas Vairocana and Sakyamuni.
  • The Chinese Buddhist pilgrim Xuanzang passed through the area around 630, and described Bamiyan in the Da Tang Xiyu Ji as a flourishing Buddhist center “with more than ten monasteries and more than a thousand monks”. He also noted that both Buddha figures were “decorated with gold and fine jewels” 
  • The enormous statues,the male Salsal (“light shines through the universe”) and the (smaller) female Shamama (“Queen Mother”)as they were called by the locals.
  • The Government of Japan and several other organizations, among them the Afghanistan Institute in Bubendorf, Switzerland, along with the ETH in Zurich, have committed to rebuilding, perhaps by anastylosis, the two largest Buddhas.
  • On 8 September 2008 archeologists searching for a legendary 300-metre statue at the site of the already dynamited Buddhas announced the discovery of an unknown 19-metre (62-foot) reclining Buddha, a pose representing Buddha’s passage into nirvana

source: [1] [2] [3] [4]

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books0977:

A Young Woman Tuning a Lute. Nicolaes Berchem (Dutch, 1620-1683). Oil on canvas.
This genre-like portrait is rather unusual in Berchem’s oeuvre: there are only four, including the present one. Berchem’s preference was pastoral landscapes in the Italianate manner.

books0977:

A Young Woman Tuning a Lute. Nicolaes Berchem (Dutch, 1620-1683). Oil on canvas.

This genre-like portrait is rather unusual in Berchem’s oeuvre: there are only four, including the present one. Berchem’s preference was pastoral landscapes in the Italianate manner.

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The Book Thief (2013) 
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“You cannot be afraid, Read the book. Smile at it. It’s a great book-the greatest book you’ve ever read.”Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

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