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7-Year Old West African Adoptee Beaten to Death for Mispronouncing a Word in English
[TRIGGER WARNING: child torture, murder] Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz of Paradise, California were charged with second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter respectively for the death of daughter Lydia Schatz, adopted from an orphanage in Liberia.
During a homeschool lesson, 7-year old Lydia allegedly mispronounced the word “pulled” from a children’s book as “pull-ed.” The couple claimed the mispronunciation was a “willful act of defiance” indicative of attachment disorder and commenced their “Biblical” discipline.
Lydia’s adoptive mother held her down on the floor while her adoptive father whipped the back of her body with PVC plumbing supply tube, causing massive tissue damage. The beating lasted for nine hours.
Kevin Sears, Elizabeth Schatz’s attorney, said the case was a tragedy, but emphasized that the nine hour whipping had intervals of prayer and reflection.
Police report that Lydia’s 11-year old sister Zariah, a fellow Liberian adoptee, also sustained serious injuries for spelling English words incorrectly.


Further reading that non-adoptees had better do if they want to add commentary (DO NOT remove sources & links):
CNN Transcript: “Beaten to Death in the Name of God”
Michael & Debi Pearl: “To Train Up a Child”
The “Bibles” of the North American Adoption & Foster Care System
The Evangelical Orphan Boom

I’m convinced these “evangelicals” adopt African children just so they can live out some sick slave-owner colonialist fantasies.  

I spent years living in an evangelical christian home where i was beaten and punished excessively - for whispering in church, for disagreeing with my step father, for having opinions that were ‘unchristian’.  I was hit with sticks, belts, a 1x1 piece of lumber which broke while I was hit. In the name of godliness I was abused in every way, and still feel the trauma. And when I tried to tell people in the church community what happened, I was accused of lying.
I survived- but I am not the person I could have been  This story breaks my heart all over again. There needs to be accountability.

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brandx:

7-Year Old West African Adoptee Beaten to Death for Mispronouncing a Word in English

[TRIGGER WARNING: child torture, murder] Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz of Paradise, California were charged with second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter respectively for the death of daughter Lydia Schatz, adopted from an orphanage in Liberia.

During a homeschool lesson, 7-year old Lydia allegedly mispronounced the word “pulled” from a children’s book as “pull-ed.” The couple claimed the mispronunciation was a “willful act of defiance” indicative of attachment disorder and commenced their “Biblical” discipline.

Lydia’s adoptive mother held her down on the floor while her adoptive father whipped the back of her body with PVC plumbing supply tube, causing massive tissue damage. The beating lasted for nine hours.

Kevin Sears, Elizabeth Schatz’s attorney, said the case was a tragedy, but emphasized that the nine hour whipping had intervals of prayer and reflection.

Police report that Lydia’s 11-year old sister Zariah, a fellow Liberian adoptee, also sustained serious injuries for spelling English words incorrectly.

Further reading that non-adoptees had better do if they want to add commentary (DO NOT remove sources & links):

CNN Transcript: “Beaten to Death in the Name of God”

Michael & Debi Pearl: “To Train Up a Child”

The “Bibles” of the North American Adoption & Foster Care System

The Evangelical Orphan Boom

I’m convinced these “evangelicals” adopt African children just so they can live out some sick slave-owner colonialist fantasies.  

I spent years living in an evangelical christian home where i was beaten and punished excessively - for whispering in church, for disagreeing with my step father, for having opinions that were ‘unchristian’.  I was hit with sticks, belts, a 1x1 piece of lumber which broke while I was hit. In the name of godliness I was abused in every way, and still feel the trauma. And when I tried to tell people in the church community what happened, I was accused of lying.

I survived- but I am not the person I could have been  This story breaks my heart all over again. There needs to be accountability.

joannechocolat

joannechocolat:

For May Day, a story. It’s called….

NEVER CUT A HAWTHORN

On the sunny side of Red Horse Hill, in the corner of a field, there stands an ancient hawthorn tree. No-one knows how old it is; no-one - not even the other trees - remembers a time when it was young. Most of it is already dead; but a…

oo a story! - thorny love story for may day- read it

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lizwuzthere:

feigenbaumsworld:

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Last Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced a proposal for new rules that would allow for a “ fast lane” of Internet traffic for content providers who are willing (and able) to pay a fee. [1] The proposal reverses the FCC’s previous commitment to net neutrality and open internet and allows ISP’s like Comcast or Verizon to slow down and censor services that don’t pay the toll.

We have to be totally honest, this situation is seriously grim. But there is still hope. The FCC already knows that the Internet community wants net neutrality, but they think they can put their spin on these new rules and sneak them through. If we can prove them wrong right now with a massive public outcry, we can literally save the Internet once again.

We need to stop the FCC now. Big business groups are already ramping up lobbying efforts with the FCC in swarms since Wednesday’s announcement in support of censoring the open Internet and to ensure this dangerous proposal moves forward. [2]

This is a critical moment. In the last few weeks more than 65,000 people have taken action with us. Can you help us get to 80,000 by the end of the day today?

[1] Gautham Nagesh. “FCC to Propose New ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules”.
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304518704579519963416350296

[2] Edward Wyatt. Edward Wyatt. “Lobbying Efforts Intensify After F.C.C. Tries 3rd Time on Net Neutrality” http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/25/business/lobbying-efforts-intensify-after-fcc-tries-3rd-time-on-net-neutrality.html?hpw&rref=politics

 

Here’s some extra (also important) information:

The chairman of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, was previously a lobbyist for the cable and wireless industry. This revolving door our government has with large corporations and their lobbyists is what leads to these kind of policy disasters which crush the competition of big businesses and devastate our individual freedoms.
Net Neutrality is important. Very VERY important.
But it’s just going to keep coming under fire again and again unless we address the underlying problem and that is the corrupting influence of money in our politics. 28th Amendment, anyone?

Having said that SIGN THE PETITION. We gotta do what we can at the moment.

joannechocolat

lokkja asked:

This is a question I've had on my mind for years but it's really nagging at me now that I know I can just ask you: What are your feeling on people roleplaying your characters on a forum like Tumblr? Because there are moments I'm writing things and feeling a bit self conscious and sometimes guilty that I'm using something you created and making it into my own little world. But ultimately it's all yours and all I've done is use it for my own writing practice. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

joannechocolat answered:

One of the great things about stories is that when they go out into the world, they belong to EVERYONE. Readers can find in them what they want to find, and if that happens to be an opportunity to play games, make art, to or expand the story through fanfic, then that’s all fine by me. Don’t feel guilty or self-conscious doing what comes naturally. It’s a big world: there’s room in it for all of us.

J x

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archiemcphee:

These intricate and extraordinarily beautiful embroidered silk balls are a form of Japanese folk art called Temari, which means “hand ball” in Japanese. These particular temari are even more impressive because they were handmade by a 92-year-old grandmother in Japan.

"Although she only learned this elaborate skill in her sixties, she has since created nearly 500 unique designs that have been photographed by her granddaughter NanaAkua. Impressive does not even begin to describe this feat of dexterity, imagination and keen eyesight. The difficult process of becoming a recognized temari craftsman in Japan is tedious and requires specific training and testing. This grandmother must certainly be one motivated and talented woman. And if that was not enough to garner your complete admiration, she now volunteers every week teaching others how to make their own temari.”

Temari have been made in Japan since the 7th century and are still highly valued and cherished as gifts symbolizing deep friendship and loyalty. They are traditionally given to children by their parents on New Year’s Day. Mothers place a small piece of paper with a secret goodwill wish for her child inside the tightly-wrapped ball. Alternately, some temari are made as noisemakers by placing rice grains or bells in the center.

Visit My Modern Metropolis to view more of NanaAkua’s photos of her grandmother’s beautiful handiwork and learn more about this stunning Japanese holiday tradition.

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