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nubbsgalorephotos by gerry ellis from the david sheldrick wildlife trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in kenya’s tsavo east national park. here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. the elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.

when elephants first arrive at the orphanage they are often traumatized from having witnessed the slaughter of their mothers and family by poachers. grieving can last several months, and they often lose the will to live. but as dame daphne sheldrick, founder of the orphanage, explains, a caretaker is charged with “persuading an elephant to live when it wants to die.”

approximately 35,000 elephants are killed by humans every year. with an estimated 350,000 elephants left in the whole continent of africa, they will be gone in the wild within ten years.

cbc’s the nature of things did a program on the elephants and their caretakers. you can foster an elephant with the david sheldrick wildlife trust online here. for more on the emotional lives of elephants, as well as the david sheldrick wildlife trust and other human efforts to save them, check out these posts



 Note: The REAL Piper of Orange is the New Black has clearly stated, "Well, you know, I’m bisexual so, I’m a part of the gay community.” Additionally she has pointed out that she came out at "either 18 or 19", and "had relationships with many, many women before I met Nora and after I met Nora."

So viewers should be aware that it was a "creative decision" of the shows writers, producers + NetFlix to minimize and erase the character’s actual + stated bisexuality by never using the "B-Word", turning her instead into a tired bisexual trope. This should not be viewed as at all realistic.

IRL Piper Kerman is a strong, interesting, out bisexual women in a different gender marriage, who participates in her LGBT Community and works hard for Prison Reform.

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We have been working hard to try and confirm how many people were on the flight. We’ve been speaking to a number of different authorities, and we think the actual number is much smaller.
Chris Beyrer, the forthcoming president of the International AIDS Society, says that reports suggesting that the as many as 100 people heading to the society’s conference were on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 can’t be confirmed. (President Obama used that number during a speech this morning.) There were at least seven, however, including noted AIDS researcher Joep Lange—who was also a president of the International AIDS Society. No matter the number, an unspeakable loss to the world of medicine. (via shortformblog)








I lost it at the end.

Okay, I had to check out the Van Eyck thing. I was a bit in denial because, come on, every single person can’t look like President Putin!

There are no words to describe how wrong I was.

Reblogging this for my art history class this semester


The art historian in me had to reblog this.

I love this every time.

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All my heart & power goes out to the 100+ HIV/AIDS activists who perished today. The absence in our community of elders from a generation lost to a deadly epidemic that was poorly handled & ignored by the government of this corrupt country is one that leaves a giant hole in all our lives. This is surely a great loss. Yet, I have faith in our generation & the generations to come. The power & force of those we lost burns brighter than any ball of fire burning in space.

If there is ever any moment to take on a cause & fight until something gives, then that moment is now. 
If you are reading this, please know that you are special & loved & capable of moving mountains!

With tears come strength. With sorrow comes energy.
And with the knowledge left behind comes a better world.
Keep the flame alive & love! Rest in power, lovers! xo


One thing — that “108” number came from the Australian media, with no citation, and nobody has been able to back it up. So far, I’ve only seen seven people named online. Not to say there aren’t more, but the community is very scared and worried about colleagues, and growing angry about possible misreporting. We may not know the real story until the names are released. Regardless, my heart goes out to all those coping with losses on the flight, within the HIV/AIDS community and outside of it.

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