strangeremains:

Four days after a missile shot down Malaysia Flight 17 in Ukraine, the remains of some of the 298 victims are headed home.

Ukrainian separatists agreed Monday with Malaysia to let a train with some of the bodies to leave the crash region for Amsterdam where the flight originated. President Obama is accusing the pro-Russian rebels of blocking the investigation by denying experts safe access to the crash scene.

If anyone knows about the science and challenges of recovering and identifying bodies, it is Dr. Bill Bass. The retired founder of the University of Tennessee’s “Body Farm” is one of the top forensic anthropologists in the world. Bass said he has paid close attention to the coverage of the crash site.

"I’ve been keeping up with it every time I turn on the television. Anytime you have an aircraft crash, you’re getting into my area," said Bass. "As a forensic anthropologist, my job in a situation like this would be to identify the individuals. From what I’ve seen, the crash scene and the debris field has already been extremely compromised."

Bass has worked to train FBI disaster response and recovery teams for 17 years. He says the first rule is to secure the scene of a crime or disaster.

Read more at WBIR.com

baby's first words

  • baby: d-d-da..
  • father: daddy?
  • baby: dada /ˈdɑːdɑː/ or Dadaism was an art movement of the European avant-garde in the early 20th century. Many claim Dada began in Zurich, Switzerland in 1916, spreading to Berlin shortly thereafter but the height of New York Dada was the year before, in 1915.[1] To quote Dona Budd's The Language of Art Knowledge,
  • Dada was born out of negative reaction to the horrors of World War I. This international movement was begun by a group of artists and poets associated with the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich. Dada rejected reason and logic, prizing nonsense, irrationality and intuition. The origin of the name Dada is unclear; some believe that it is a nonsensical word. Others maintain that it originates from the Romanian artists Tristan Tzara's and Marcel Janco's frequent use of the words "da, da," meaning "yes, yes" in the Romanian language. Another theory says that the name "Dada" came during a meeting of the group when a paper knife stuck into a French-German dictionary happened to point to 'dada', a French word for 'hobbyhorse'.[2]
  • The movement primarily involved visual arts, literature, poetry, art manifestoes, art theory, theatre, and graphic design, and concentrated its anti-war politics through a rejection of the prevailing standards in art through anti-art cultural works. In addition to being anti-war, Dada was also anti-bourgeois and had political affinities with the radical left.

tiarasofspanishmoss:

I think one of the hardest things about being a child whose a father who was in and out of prison was the judgment of other authority figures/adults. Not only did people go on and on with simplistic messages about how people end up in prison, they also told us to our faces that our family problems, our troubles in school and more were all the result of “a culture of failure” and (most of) our parents being unmarried. It was hard enough being taught to build a relationship with my father over prison visits and letters, but the way we were taught to view our families and ourselves because of generational incarceration was dangerous.

libutron:

Heterixalus betsileo | ©Sean Crane   (Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar)
Heterixalus betsileo (Hyperoliidae) is a small to medium-sized species of Heterixalus (up to 29 mm), endemic to Madagascar.
The appearance of this species varies from location to location. Typically the back is either greenish or beige, with broad yellow dorsolateral bands, often bordered with black on one or both sides. Spots or markings are absent. Thighs, ventral limb surface, hands, and feet are orange. Venter is creamish. Gular gland is heart-shaped.
 At higher altitude specimens are greenish and large-sized; at lower altitude the specimens are beige and much smaller. Specimens from Manjakatompo are uniformly greenish without dorsolateral bands. 
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libutron:

Heterixalus betsileo | ©Sean Crane   (Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar)

Heterixalus betsileo (Hyperoliidae) is a small to medium-sized species of Heterixalus (up to 29 mm), endemic to Madagascar.

The appearance of this species varies from location to location. Typically the back is either greenish or beige, with broad yellow dorsolateral bands, often bordered with black on one or both sides. Spots or markings are absent. Thighs, ventral limb surface, hands, and feet are orange. Venter is creamish. Gular gland is heart-shaped.

At higher altitude specimens are greenish and large-sized; at lower altitude the specimens are beige and much smaller. Specimens from Manjakatompo are uniformly greenish without dorsolateral bands. 

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