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http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140905-the-women-with-super-human-vision
Бывают люди видящие невидимые для меня цвета. И много.

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Стихи

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Со спины
... сильнее, чем могла бы рассказать,
поэтому я просто подхожу, за плечи обнимаю и целую
любимое прекрасное лицо - висок и лоб, холодный кончик носа
и губы, улыбнувшиеся мне

http://bububird.livejournal.com/889589.html
Татьяна Некрасова

Marion Zimmer Bradley

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http://jimhines.livejournal.com/740267.html

I hadn't known that she was a monster. She was never a favorite writer for me (in fact, I got a stern lecture from the English teacher on not writing derogatory book reports after Mists of Avalon), but there's a world of difference between "important-ish writer I happen to dislike" and "true evil".

Definitely puts Lukianenko into perspective.

Kama Sutra

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A long while ago (2007) I did a post on skills a good prostitute ought to have per Vatsyayana. At the time my score was 23/64. Just came upon it by accident and decided to re-check, since MBA+motherhood+experience=profit, right? Sooo:
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OK, but what's the point?

"A public woman endowed with a good disposition, beauty, and other winning qualities and also versed in the above arts obtains the name of a Ganika, or public woman of high quality , and receives a seat of honor in an assemblage of men. She is, moreover, always respected by the king, and praised by learned men, and her favor being sought for by all, she becomes an object of universal regard. The daughter of a king, too, as well as the daughter of a minister, being learned in the above arts can make their husbands favorable to them, even though these may have thousands of other wives besides themselves. And in the same manner, if a wife becomes separated from her husband and falls into distress she can support herself easily, even in a foreign country, by means of her knowledge of these arts. "

I barely score a B-, 43/64=67.2%. Tell me o Vatsyayana, is my case hopeless?
"Even the bare knowledge of them gives attractiveness to a woman, though the practice of them may be possible only according to the circumstances of each case."

Yay! But what about equal opportunity?
"A man who is versed in these arts, who is loquacious and acquainted with the arts of gallantry, gains very soon the hearts of women, even though he is acquainted with them for only a short time"


And now you know. Go forth and improve yourselves!

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Прекрасное

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Искала слэш с пэйрингом Андрей Болконский/Дуб.  Нашла прекрасное.  Вот, порадуйтесь со мною: http://lemert.livejournal.com/256079.html

Блины

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По вине levkonoe во второй раз в жизни пожарила блины.  Вышло куда лучше, чем четверть века назад, съедобно и ни одного кома. 

Reparations

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"The wealth gap merely puts a number on something we feel but cannot say—that American prosperity was ill-gotten and selective in its distribution. "

"Reparations would mean the end of scarfing hot dogs on the Fourth of July while denying the facts of our heritage."

http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/05/the-case-for-reparations/361631/

My guess is all my LJ friends who read English already read Ta-Nehisi Coates call for reparations.  It's a stirring call, but I'm not stirred.  There is no such thing as American prosperity - there is my own prosperity, and I'm not giving up a piece of it as reparation for crimes of others.  
I acknowledge the deep wrong that was done by white Americans to black Americans and want to erase the results of it.  I'll gladly pay for policies to ensure fair housing, fair lending, good schooling and equal job opportunities for the present and future generations, with the understanding that it would lay a basis of equality not only for African-Americans, but for future groups likely to encounter prejudice or to be in danger of dispossession.  
I acknowledge that racism still exists and affects African Americans to a great and horrible extent and am willing to pay for policies to punish it and for policies to prevent it in future generations, with the same understanding.
I do not acknowledge my personal guilt for the wrong that was done, do not believe that I benefit from that wrong, and am strongly opposed to either paying monetary reparations outright, or treating these necessary and beneficial policies as a type of reparations.


To remember for later

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http://rikki-t-tavi.livejournal.com/1442290.html

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Public breastfeeding ftw

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Yesterday, in the park, a young homeless man muttering to himself approached me, took a close look, said in a suddenly sane voice: "I'm sorry, I see you're busy doing something" and went away, still muttering. 

Then I arranged found hats on posts and went home

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