Today is the day for polar bears!
Join in and show your support by taking action on reducing your carbon footprint and raising awareness on polar bears. Feeling like a challenge? Have a go at Polar Bears International’s Thermostat Challenge and let them know how you get on!
What will you be doing today to help polar bears?
Reblog if you’re a proud member of the Steam powered giraffe fandom
Of course, a proud member. Good stuff is good. That doesn’t mean I’m proud of all the other members, for those who hesitate to reblog… You’re just answering for yourself… As Willy Wonka said, “No, you won’t be held responsible…”
ALMOST HUMAN is ALMOST CANCELLED and i don’t know much but i do know fans can do some pretty cool things when they put their minds and passion to it.
so! watch almost human on hulu; tweet #savealmosthuman often and always; and maybe we could organize some kind of big fan…
january 27 is holocaust remembrance day. it was on this day in 1945 that the soviet army liberated auschwitz concentration camp. it is estimated that at least 1.3 million people were deported to auschwitz between 1940 and 1945. of these, a minimum of 1.1 million were murdered.
it’s worth noting that the u.s. state department knew about the genocide as early as 1942, but actively sought to suppress its public knowledge. also of note, the war department declined to bomb the extermination facilities and the railway lines leading to auschwitz because it was deemed “too far a flight”, even though u.s. bombers flew directly over the camp to bomb oil factories only 5km away.
in 1955, an exhibition at the camp opened to the public, displaying such things as prisoner mug shots; hair (of which almost eight tonnes was found by the red army) and shoes taken from murdered prisoners; and canisters of zyklon b pellets used for gassing.
the sign seen at the gates of base camp reads arbeit macht frei, or “work makes you free”. built by prisoner-labourers, there is speculation the upside down ‘B’ was done on purpose as a signal to new arrivals about what was actually happening behind the facility’s gates.
to learn more, see “auschwitz: the nazis and ‘the final solution" (bbc, 2005), "escape from auschwitz" (secrets of the dead, 2011), "america and the holocaust: deceit and indifference" (american experience, 1994) (william j vanden heuvel’s response), and “god on trial" (masterpiece, 2008). photos by bruno tamiozzo
Pete Seeger has passed away in New York. He was 94.
"At some point, Pete Seeger decided he’d be a walking, singing reminder of all of America’s history," Bruce Springsteen said at a Madison Square Garden concert marking Seeger’s 90th birthday in 2009. "He’d be a living archive of America’s music and conscience, a testament to the power of song and culture to nudge history along, to push American events towards a more humane and justified ends."
Here’s Seeger performing “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore.”
Seeger famously responded to Woody Guthrie’s “This Machine Kills Fascists” guitar with a banjo that read, “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.”