Got this in my email today:
We are elders of the Maasai from Tanzania, one of Africa’s oldest tribes. The government has just announced that it plans to kick thousands of our families off our lands so that wealthy tourists can use them to shoot lions and leopards.The evictions are to begin immediately.
Last year, when word first leaked about this plan, almost one million Avaaz members rallied to our aid. Your attention and the storm it created forced the government to deny the plan, and set them back months. But the President has waited for international attention to die down, and now he’s revived his plan to take our land. We need your help again, urgently.
President Kikwete may not care about us, but he has shown he’ll respond to global media and public pressure — to all of you! We may only have hours. Please stand with us to protect our land, our people and our world’s most majestic animals, and tell everyone before it is too late. This is our last hope:
Our people have lived off the land in Tanzania and Kenya for centuries. Our communities respect our fellow animals and protect and preserve the delicate ecosystem. But the government has for years sought to profit by giving rich princes and kings from the Middle East access to our land to kill. In 2009, when they tried to clear our land to make way for these hunting sprees, we resisted, and hundreds of us were arrested and beaten. Last year, rich princes shot at birds in trees from helicopters. This killing goes against everything in our culture.
Now the government has announced it will clear a huge swath of our land to make way for what it claims will be a wildlife corridor, but many suspect it’s just a ruse to give a foreign hunting corporation and the rich tourists it caters to easier access to shoot at majestic animals. The government claims this new arrangement is some sort of accommodation, but its effect on our people’s way of life will be disastrous. There are thousands of us who could have our lives uprooted, losing our homes, the land on which our animals graze, or both.
President Kikwete knows this deal would be controversial with Tanzania’s tourists - a critical source of national income - and does not want a big PR disaster. If we can urgently generate even more global outrage than we did before, and get the media writing about it, we know it can make him think twice. Stand with us now to call on Kikwete to stop the sell off:
This land grab could spell the end for the Maasai in this part of Tanzania and many of our community have said they would rather die than be forced from their homes. On behalf of our people and the animals who graze in these lands, please stand with us to change the mind of our President.
With hope and determination,
— The Maasai community of Ngorongoro District
- The Endorois people (also in Kenya) were removed from their sacred land in the 1970s under similar circumstances & for similar motives (the establishment of parks for colonial tourists.
PLEASE REBLOG THIS AND SPREAD THE WORD GUYS. Traditional cultures in East Africa have been getting completely trampled on by the government and barely anyone seems to know or care. And this loss of land isn’t just destroying their livelihood but their entire culture. These really are issues that could actually get some backing if people just freakin’ knew about them, so PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST!
Bungie has released 32 pieces of beautiful concept artwork, all created to inspire their upcoming next-gen shooter, Destiny.
Check out the Unreal Engine 4 running in real-time on PlayStation 4 dev kit hardware.
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New screens were released today of the upcoming Bungie title, Destiny, at GDC 2013. Along with it comes a video [will post separately]. The concept art of the game is glorious and gorgeous. Good to see they brought some goodies for us at GDC. Click the source for the article.
Bungie’s Destiny. “Destiny Character Development”. Shown at GDC 2013. Looks like we get insight on a few different races that will grace the game, as well as the model characters in action.
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Take a look at the character art, development, and design of Destiny — from early sketches and concept art, to animation and in-engine 3D character models.
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Everything i have and ever say may be a lie, and even i have a hard time sifting the truth through the lies. No matter what i do, no matter what i say. I need you to believe me now when i say that I’m sorry for every harmful lie I’ve said to you, about you, towards you, or with you. Lies have become something of a crutch for me to rely on. But what I’ve done to you requires me to tell the truth and the full and complete truth. No longer will i lie about anything harmful. From today on, i wish to be a better person. Even if it may cost me friends, respect , food, and possibly my job. I may end up being hated and scorned a deceitful devil, but at least there wouldn’t be anymore harmful lies.
Black and Blue, this is how I feel inside. These feelings of emptiness or loneliness are with us all our lives, but we manage to bury them underneath everything else. Though these feelings have a way of seeping out of us. Especially when we are at our weakest. The only way to hide these depressing emotions is to be blissfully, happy. That is why I like being around you.
I know i should care more about school, but this just sums up how I’ve been feeling about school.
My Sleepy Neighbor
by Drew Wise
$11 on 02/13 only at The Yetee
A Wild Snorlax has appeared! XD
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