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Nicholas Winton has passed away.  He is best known for rescuing over 650 Jewish children from the Nazis.  

The real heroes rarely if ever think of themselves as heroes.  They may not even have a heroic job.  They may be facing insurmountable odds with insufficient resources.  They may be in danger if they're caught.  But they do what they can, and they focus on saving "that one."  This guy saved 650+ "that ones."

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Jun. 22nd, 2015 10:47 pm
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Recently I got into a discussion with some friends that led to fun places.  Once upon a time, there was a species of giant shark called Megalodon.  They were legitimately terrifying.  They're probably extinct.  But the ocean is big and deep and we've barely dabbled in it, so there might still be some out there.  You don't really need to worry about them, though.  (Do not click with your mouth full ...)  This is why
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This sounds promising.  Sacagawea will be played by an actual Native woman.  They also hired a bunch of consultants to cover all the tribes that will be featured, in pursuit of accuracy and respect.  This is how you do a good job of cultural representation.  Even if it doesn't turn out perfect I think it'll be really good, and they are certainly making concrete efforts.  If nothing else, it's making jobs for a lot of Native people.
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This animation illustrates the mass deaths of World War II.

To absent friends.  To all the ones who weren't as lucky.  Those were the first toasts I remember learning as a toddler, from veterans.
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This poem is from the June 2, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Anthony Barrette. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

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This poem came from the December 3, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Fayanora. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] gingicat. This poem belongs to the series Glimpses of Minoa, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.

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This poem is spillover from the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] thnidu and [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "humble pi(e)" square of my 3-2-15 card for the Pi(e) Bingo Fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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Widely known as the model for Rosie the Riveter, Mary Doyle Keefe has passed away.  Well, I guess the Pearly Gates will be kept in good repair.  This cultural icon helped women break into the working world.
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This is spillover from the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It also fills the "phobias" square on my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. Based on an audience poll, it has been sponsored by the general fund.

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Here, courtesy of the Open University, is a sample of Shakespeare in the original pronunciation with detailed attention to puns and other features that work in the original but not in the contemporary. 

Education wants to be free.  :D  I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of Shakespeare but I'd be more inclined to listen like this.  I had a couple of teachers who were and they were worth listening just because they had so much fun with it -- including things like this, reading the original language and pointing out subtleties.
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This poem is spillover from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem was selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It belongs to The Time Towers series, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.

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This is the second freebie for this session, courtesy of new prompter [personal profile] moongoddessgirl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] lynnoconnacht. It also fills the "winners and losers" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest.

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This poem came out of the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah and LJ user The_vulture. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the series Beneath the Family Tree, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.

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This poem came out of the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "spring" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to The Time Towers series, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.

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Here's an interesting computer game called Flight to Freedom, based on the Underground Railroad. Things I see as positive: a black protagonist, a female protagonist, and a plot about something more constructive than killing or looting.
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 [personal profile] cmcmck is a true historian, noting the value of ephemera in history.  See some beautiful photos of graffiti about Charlie Hebdo.  This is raw cultural material.  It's not elite.  It's not meant to last.  It's a snapshot of the human soul in one moment of emotion.  Like a breath of mist on a cold winter day, it is there and gone in an instant.

Unless someone catches it.  This is what historians are for.  We are timebinders.  We see, so that humanity may know.  We witness, so that humanity may remember.

Every tidbit of information is important, although some are more famous or influential than others.  Watch.  Listen.  Record.  For what is considered important today is not always the same as what will be valued or studied tomorrow.  It is ours to keep, so that others who come after us may explore more of our time than we have left of those before us.  Because we know these things matters.

This is what we're here for.

And Je suis Charlie?  It doesn't mean we're all at equal  risk of being murdered for our beliefs right now.  It acknowledges that today they're coming for someone else, but tomorrow they could come for us, if we don't stand up and stop them.  Je suis Charlie,  unless we make a world in which it's not okay to murder people for annoying you.

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