holy shit, everything I love in one picture
In Russia, Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29 of the punk band Pussy Riot were convicted of hooliganism today. They have been sentenced to two years in prison. “The girls’ actions were sacrilegious, blasphemous and broke the church’s rules,” Judge Marina Syrova told the court as the women stood watching from inside a glass cage.
In her closing statement, Alyokhina told the court:
This trial is highly typical and speaks volumes. The current government will have occasion to feel shame and embarrassment because of it for a long time to come. At each stage it has embodied a travesty of justice. As it turned out, our performance, at first a small and somewhat absurd act, snowballed into an enormous catastrophe. This would obviously not happen in a healthy society. Russia, as a state, has long resembled an organism sick to the core. And the sickness explodes out into the open when you rub up against its inflamed abscesses. At first and for a long time this sickness gets hushed up in public, but eventually it always finds resolution through dialogue. And look—this is the kind of dialogue that our government is capable of. This trial is not only a malignant and grotesque mask, it is the “face” of the government’s dialogue with the people of our country.
(Thanks to N+1 for the translation.)
Photo credits: Aleshkovsky Mitya/ITAR-TASS, Corbis, AP, Reuters
More people should be talking about this
Situated north of the Cap Vert Peninsula in Senegal, northeast of Dakar, Lake Retba, or as the French refer to it Lac Rose, is pinker than any milkshake you’ve ever come face to straw with.
And once you see it, you too will agree that a sippy straw may be in order over a boat.
Experts say the lake gives off its pink hue due to cyanobacteria, a harmless halophilic bacteria found in the water.
If the color weren’t enough to make you smile, it should be known that Lake Retba has a high salt content, much like that of the Dead Sea, allowing people to float effortlessly in the massive pink water. In fact, Lake Retba has an almost one and a half times higher salt content than the Dead Sea.
SEA OF BUBBLE GUM
Brb, going here
"I don’t ask you to love me always like this,
but I ask you to remember.
somewhere inside me
there’ll always be the person
F. Scott Fitzgerald (via musingsinfemininity)
listening to this forever and ever and ever
We’re excited to be doing a very intimate acoustic performance at Redscroll before our show at Toad’s Place that night with Thursday and mewithoutYou. We weren’t quite sure of how to go about it, but we decided to make it completely FREE and open to everyone.
The first 50 people in the door get a holiday gift pack including an MDAM CREW wooden dog tag (http://pic.twitter.com/ Vb65xlwX) and EVERYONE at the show will receive a free poster.
We will also be selling MDAM records and merch for super cheap.
This is going to be a very special event, and will be capped at a pretty low number, so make sure to show up early!Happy Holidays.-MDAM