The Month of Flamingos
1965 - 1966
The Month of Flamingos
1965 - 1966
The Distance Between Bodies Can’t Be Measured In Miles
Soldiers accompany the body of local International Red Cross volunteer Bienvenu Bandios, a 5-year veteran of the aid group who was killed Wednesday as he tried to evacuate casualties during fighting between Muslim protesters and UN peacekeepers in Bangui’s PK5 neighborhood.
Central African funeral processions resemble exuberant parades, motorcycles race alongside pickups spilling over with mourners and taxis with boys lying on top of their roofs. The people chant and sing, according to tradition, to lead the spirit of the deceased to their final resting place.
But the party atmosphere masks deep sorrow. “Bienvenu was so dedicated,” one of his fellow local Red Cross volunteers told me. “Does it make sense that someone who is only trying to help the wounded is killed?”
Image and text by Peter Gwin, via Instagram. Central African Republic, 2014.
From the archive: Gwin’s reporting from Mali and Niger in the wake of Tuareg rebellion and AQIM insurgency.
Orchid - I Am Nietzche
THIS IS MY CRITIQUE!
THIS IS MY SUBVERSION!
THIS IS MY REVOLUTION!
These are real fucking men.
i must do this.
I LOVE THIS.
US Constitution, First Amendment: The right to assemble, to have free speech, to have freedom of the press.
Ferguson Police: Kicks out media and limits protestors to a “First Amendment Area”
funny, i thought the WHOLE COUNTRY was a first amendment area. silly me.
is this a fuckin joke?!
It gets better—the guy is deaf, and he taught his cat the sign for “food.” So the cat’s not just saying “put that in my mouth,” it’s actually signing
Not only that, but if you notice at the beginning, the cat *gets the man’s attention* as any person who wanted to talk to a deaf/hoh individual would (well, and vice versa IME). I’ve done sign since I was 5, and generally, w/o eye contact initially, you wave a hand or lightly touch the arm (if that’s ok with the person you’re trying to converse with, of course).
Generally, adult cats meow mostly to humans, but this cat has figured out that’s not going to work and has adapted. Animal companions! They are INCREDIBLE.
EVERYONE STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND LOOK AT THIS CAT.
AND THE WAY IT NODS OMG
Lavoisier is having none of your shit.
Heeeey so fun fact: the woman in that painting is Lavoisier’s wife, Marie-Anne Pierrette Paulze, who not only acted as Lavoisier’s lab assistant but also translated English and Latin texts into French so he could read them. But she didn’t just translate, she pointed out errors in the chemistry in some of the texts. Her observations of these errors convinced Lavoisier to study combustion, which led to his discovery of oxygen. She was also critical to the publication of Lavoisier’s Elementary Treatise on Chemistry in 1789. She kept strict records of every experiment they conducted together and drew detailed diagrams of all their equipment. She also threw amazing parties and invited all the brightest minds in science so her husband could pick their brains. After Lavoisier was guillotined she secured all of his notebooks and equipment for posterity.
In short: NOBODY KICKS MADAME LAVOISIER OUT OF THE LAB.
Also, a side note: My historian husband-to-be pointed some things out to me about this painting. Notice that Madame Lavoisier is looking at the viewer, and all the light is on her, while Lavoisier himself is physically smaller than her, in shadow, and looking up to her in reverence. This isn’t a candid photograph- all of these choices are deliberate. The painting isn’t of Lavoisier- Madame Lavoisier is meant to be the central subject.
I can just imagine Lavoisier telling all his colleagues that his wife is really the one with all the clever ideas, and them patting him on the back and telling him he’s sweet for saying so.
I LOVE IT