Followers: My close friend has been working on a grassroots micro-loan project in India called Passion Project 2014. Their goal is to help prevent the sale of young girls into sex work by their impoverished families. They plan to achieve this by creating a “goat bank”, essentially a micro-loan…
Actually this picture “Community Puts in a Wheelchair Park” is not just any park, this is Morgan’s Wonderland and it is the only amusement park in the world that accommodates special needs people. It’s in San Antonio, Texas, and I have been there twice with my daughter, who has Asperger’s and my family. My daughter gets in free as do all who are special needs.
Every single ride is outfitted for everyone.
There are superhero mascots everywhere of all different varieties, as varied as life itself. There is even a calming garden to go for some if they have been overstimulated, as can be the case for people with autism and Asperger’s.
I have seen a grown man tear up the first time he finally got the sensation of swinging in a real swing that can support him in his chair, something some of us take for granted.
It has been visited by over 35 countries and it is a wonderful, wonderful place.
This is so beautiful
What I don’t get is why there aren’t more parks like this. I’m fairly sure Texas isn’t the only state with special needs people.
Personal rule: Always reblog about Morgan’s Wonderland.
Because I will never get tired of how great it is. Because it is. It’s really, really great. THE SWINGS. THE CAROUSEL. *______* IT’S JUST REALLY GREAT.
I had a lot of fun there, is what I’m trying to say.
I’m way past overdue to make another visit that way. I vote that the People of the Loftin Table gather together to plan a visit.
Photos like this are being spread across the internet lately, and they are dangerous for a few reasons. If you’re too lazy to read below; basically ignorant Americans are blaming other people, governments, and religions for problems their own nation caused.
First, here is a history lesson on Afghanistan. From 1933 until 1973, Afghanistan was ruled under a man named Mohammed Zahir Shah. While he was a devout Muslim, he had a Western education in France. His reign marked four decades of peace and stability. With the introduction of a constitution Afghanistan progressively developed into a modern democratic state with free elections and a parliament, as well as a massive push for women’s rights, universal suffrage, education, worker’s rights, and civil rights. So yes, Afghanistan was doing well in the 60’s as this photo suggests. However, the photo doesn’t give you context for what went wrong.
During this period in time the Soviet Union had a strong influence in Afghanistan. They supported modernization and education in the Afghan state. The United States, not wanting to risk their hegemony in the region, clearly had a major problem with this. They were terrified of the spread of Communism and quickly developed a plan. Afghanistan would become the Cold War’s chessboard. In the late 80’s, the Saudis, Pakistanis, and the Americans brought in radical Islamists from around the world. They armed, trained, and directed them into a militant force, and they were called the mujahideen. They became the US’ main offense against the Soviets. It wasn’t to defend the Afghans against the Soviets who were ready to pull out, but to deliver as much harm against them imaginable. Carter wanted Afghanistan to be the Soviet’s “Vietnam”. And it was. When they finally retreated Afghanistan spun into chaos and a civil war ensued under the militant mujahideen warriors. Within this framework we saw the rise of the Taliban and Al Qaeda, and of course Osama bin Laden. All under the auspices of the United States security forces and American tax-payer monies. Clinton’s bombing of Sudan and Afghanistan was directly responsible for their rise. Oh, and then in what was most likely the greatest immoral injustice of the 21st century the United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 only further driving the besieged nation further into turmoil.
What does this mean? The mujahideen, the Taliban, and Al Qaeda do not represent thousands of years of Afghan culture and Islam. They are a direct reaction to Western imperialism. The root cause for the disparity between the two pictures is foreign intervention. Not Islam, and certainly not Arabs.
Second, here is a history on Iran. Before 1953, Iran was ruled under a democratically elected man called Mohammad Mosaddegh. Under his reign Iran saw a progressive movement of social and political reforms. During this time Britain tried to establish an oil company (British Petroleum) on Iranian soil, and promised to share profit and technology with the Iranian government. However the British, as usual, didn’t honor their agreement. They, and the United States, began to steal Iran’s oil. Prime Minister Mosaddegh would not stand for this and demanded the seizure of the oil fields and the ouster of the British. In response, the British and the United States overthrew him in a coup and installed the Shah who was a brutal tyrant and ruled the nation under an absolute monarchy. The women in this picture did live well, but that was because they were members of a very small minority and in the Shah’s social circle. Everyone else in Iran lived under harsh conditions. The economy was failing, education was abysmal, and the entire nation was rural and very religious.
Today, Iran’s health care is better. They have more political freedom. Education is improving, and the country is slowly globalizing. The economy is slightly better off, however that is quickly changing with the Western world’s sanctions against Iran in midst of their nuclear propaganda campaign at the behest of Israel.
What does this mean? Essentially, the Islamic Revolution had little to do with the rise of an Islamic state; rather the resistance of Western imperialism. Almost every social and political group was united in resisting the Shah, from the communists to the secularists to the Islamists. They demanded Iranian sovereignty and political freedoms. Is the current regime in Iran perfect? Absolutely not, and I’m passionately against it. But this picture is extremely distortive of the truth.
Unfortunately, we have gone full circle. Today, the United States is supporting terrorist cells in Iran in an attempt to oust the current Iranian regime. They want to establish another pro-Western government like the Shah and “try again” where they failed. They have been doing this for decades and it hasn’t been working well. That is why we are now seeing media hysteria against Iran, and their false quest to achieve nuclear power and bomb Israel. Iran is a peaceful nation, and always has been. They have never attacked another nation, and have absolutely no intention of attacking Israel or anyone else for that matter. The United States’ war against Iran is rooted solely to seek revenge for their failed foreign policy in the 70’s and to once again take control of their natural resources.
In conclusion, if you think you can understand decades of history in the Middle East, or anywhere for that matter, by looking at a photograph you are a fucking idiot who has no right to engage in intellectual discussion or give your opinion on anything other than what you watched on TLC last night.
Interracial Indian&Amerian Lesbian Wedding
I’ve finally accepted that these people get what true happiness and love are.
Oh noes, cleeeevage.
I guess that makes me a “whore”? Was that supposed to be a underhanded compliment?
Too bad my body is my temple, and I just try to love it accordingly.
I’ll just make sure every white nationalist I know sees your tits since you don’t care who sees them.
Hmmm, oh yes, because it’s so different than me being in a bikini.
I have no reason to be ashamed of my body.
The fact that you’ve immediately sexualized my body, just because I was born with large tits, is something you did, not me. That’s what’s fucked. The first picture I posted was more than conservative - even if you didn’t see it as such.
It’s completely uncalled for however to shame someone for whatever type of body that they’ve been born with. That’s completely uncalled for in any situation.
Every body deserves respect. No matter the shape or size.
Whataburger cup? *dies*