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19th October
Case Studies of Domestic Child Labourers. ' "My master beat me brutally with, charred my hands in the flames of a gas-stove and then branded me with red-hot iron rod", recounts the seven year old Ashraf Ali. This barbaric treatment was a punishment for drinking a left over milk at his master's house ... '

The Emma Goldman Papers. 'Emma Goldman (1869-1940) stands as a major figure in the history of American radicalism and feminism. An influential and well-known anarchist of her day, Goldman was an early advocate of free speech, birth control, women's equality and independence, union organization, and the eight-hour work day. Her criticism of mandatory conscription of young men into the military during World War I led to a two-year imprisonment, followed by her deportation in 1919. For the rest of her life until her death in 1940, she continued to participate in the social and political movements of her age, from the Russian Revolution to the Spanish Civil War.'
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all human beings, irrespective of race, color, or sex, are born with the equal right to share at the table of life." - Emma Goldman, A New Declaration of Independence (1909)

On the Road. Lonely Planet's online collection of travel writing; excerpts from published books and regular columns.
Mali Blues - In Search of New York - Buddhist Stupas in Asia - Lost Japan - The Rock - Among Afghanistan's Outcasts - Islands in the Clouds

The Last Jews of Libya. Photographs and personal accounts.
'This Web site is by, for, and of the entire community of Jews of Libya. I thank everyone who made this project possible, especially the narrators, who contributed their time, stories, and photographs to ensure that the life and memories of the Jews of Libya will not vanish ... '
Museum. Artefacts, food, landscapes, manuscripts, portraits, rituals. 'This section, which reflects elements of daily life, is comprised of portraits of people in traditional and modern garb, foods unique to the Libyan Jewish community, street scenes, religious and ritualistic objects, objects fabricated by Jewish craftsmen, and documents and samples of Judeo-Arabic writings. '
Testimonies.

Window Washer's Squeegee Handle. 'Jan Demczur, a window washer at the World Trade Center, used this brass Ettore Corp. squeegee handle (now missing its brass channel and rubber blade) to escape from an elevator on September 11. '
The page also has an image of Jan's window cleaner uniform, and a cover image of the November/December 2001 edition of 'Window Cleaner' magazine, featuring him as Superman with a squeegee.
September 11: Bearing Witness to History. Smithsonian collection of 9/11 artefacts: Windows on the World restaurant objects, a briefcase recovered from the WTC, melted coins, clothing worn during the escape from the WTC, and more.

A Day in the Life of an Embalmer. 'Jackie de Peyrecave, 35, has been an embalmer since her teens. She has addressed Women's Institute meetings and Muslim women's groups, with the aim of dispelling the public's ghoulish perceptions of embalming. It is, she says, one of the most caring professions. She and her husband, Andre, a computer manager, live near Basingstoke with their three children, Michael 12, Jennifer 10, and Christopher, 8 '

IEEE Virtual Museum. A nice site with a few things to explore.
History of sound recording.

The Mammoth Saga. 'This virtual exhibition of mammoths and other animals, and plants of the ice ages is based on an exhibition held at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, from May 11 to September 18, 1994. The material from the Russian tundra exhibited was made available by the Zoological Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia and the Zoological Museum, Kiev, Ukraine. Other items shown were from the collections of the Swedish Museum of Natural History.'

The War Diaries. 'I see Kosovo and Serbia as Chernobyl nuclear reactor which has just exploded, and starts to spread and radiate horror all over Europe.- A.G.'
'A video was produced by the Low Fi Video in Belgrade and written diary by Serbian Filmmaker A.G. (name withheld) 34 year old independent filmmaker in Belgrade, Yugoslavia'
'The diaries and video date from March 22 to June 17, 1999. The video is viewable in RealPlayer G2 only ... '

Helping the Refugees. A photo essay from Kosovo, 1999. More links to photo-essays at the bottom of the page. (Time)
Faces of flight.

Kosovo Refugees in Albania and Italy.

Antique Light Bulb Site. 'This page is dedicated to Geissler tubes, named after the famous German glass blower Heinrich Geissler (1814-1879). The first Geissler tubes were blown in 1857 and major production began in the 1880s. It's also worth mentioning that Geissler is famous for developing a mercury vacuum pump in 1855 which later helped contribute to the success of Thomas Edison's first incandescent lamps in 1879. Geissler tubes were (and still are) produced for demonstration purposes however in the early days they were more of a novelty item used in parlor tricks and post dinner entertainment. They are blown from delicate glass made into decorative shapes and range in size from just a few inches to several feet in some rare examples. Some tubes are partly made from uranium glass that fluoresces a bright green color when the tube is electrified and some were blown with a hollow chamber surrounding the primary tube, this area filled with a colored liquid that produced even more vivid effects when the tubes are lit. Today Geissler tubes are highly sought after and are considered works of art showing off the glass artisan's specialized skill. They are still produced today and are used for laboratory and school physics demonstrations to study electrons in motion.'

Old York Library. Books, maps, images, newspapers and memorabilia of New York City.

Manchester in 1829. 'An exhibit created in conjunction with the 'Mapping the World' exhibition held in the John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester, 1999. '

British Methodism and the Poor 1739-1999. 'A distinctive aspect of early Methodism was its outreach to the poor. Throughout his life, John Wesley identified himself and his movement with the outcasts of society. He told one correspondent in 1757, `I love the poor; in many of them I find pure, genuine grace, unmixed with paint [i.e. make-up], folly and affectation.'
'Scornful of the spiritual corruption which material wealth brings, Wesley nevertheless recognised that giving was an expression of Christian faith. Accordingly, he demanded that his followers visit the sick and destitute and devote their efforts to alleviating want. He told one rich convert, `Go and see the sick in their own poor little hovels. Take up your cross woman, remember the faith...Put off the gentlewoman.' '
'Wesley set a rigorous personal example; at the age of eighty-two, he was walking the streets of London collecting money for the poor. The royalties which were raised from the sale of his publications were devoted almost entirely to furtherance of the Methodist mission. It was estimated that Wesley gave away £30,000 during his lifetime; a huge sum of money at a time when a prosperous farmer could expect to earn no more than £150 a year ... '

Connecticut Privateering. 'Connecticut River vessels and their captains who fought for country and fortune.' Particularly interesting material about the War of 1812.
From the introduction :- '... They were actually legalized pirate ships, "licensed bandits," with official permission to prey on enemy vessels. A privateer is a ship, privately owned, which is authorized by a Government during wartime to capture enemy vessels. Without such authorization, called a letter of marque, a privateer would be considered a pirate ship and its crew pirates, subject to immediate hanging. When a privateer takes a prize, i.e., an enemy ship and its cargo by force, a complicated process takes place. In 1776 Congress established rules in which the government got half the value and the other half, under varying formulae, was divided among the owners of the privateer and its officers and seamen.'
Via the Connecticut River Museum.

Living with Wilderness. 'This exhibit presents an overview of the human history of the Adirondack region. It begins with early native peoples, about whom we only speculate, and ends with modern humans who left extensive signs of habitation and use by the close of the twentieth century. '
'See how the men, women, and children who lived or visited, worked and played here encountered features of a forested landscape -- trees, water, mountains, and air. In a broad sense, these features shaped their activities and the culture of this region, as the forest, waterways, rocky land, and climate determined how people lived and spent their time ... '
Via the Adirondack Museum.

El Museo del Barrio. 'Heralded by The New York Times as 'an institution in its ascendancy,' El Museo del Barrio was founded in 1969 by a group of Puerto Rican educators, artists, parents and community activists in East Harlem's Spanish-speaking El Barrio. Since then, El Museo del Barrio has evolved into New York's leading Latino cultural institution, having expanded its mission to represent the diversity of art and culture in all of the Caribbean and Latin America. As the only museum in New York City that specializes in representing these cultures, El Museo del Barrio continues to have a significant impact on the cultural life of New York City and is now a major stop on Manhattan's Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue. El Museo del Barrio thrives on the sustained excellence of its collections, exhibitions and public programming. '
Contemporary Brazilian art.

Judy Natal: Earthwords. Juxtaposing 'the urban language of signs' with the natural beauty of Joshua Tree National Park.

Traditions in Transition. Photographing the changing face of California's agricultural community. I really like this exhibit.

Radio Afghanistan. Live music, 24 hours.

How Afghan Art Was Doctored to Save It From Taliban Censors. 'Mohammed Yusef Asefi uses a big yellow sponge to rub vigorously at a painting of a mountain ravine in Kabul's National Gallery of Art, and an extraordinary change takes place. As the sponge passes over the surface, an old man herding three donkeys along a mountain path begins to appear ... ' (Independent)

Aid to Kabul Zoo.

Bhopal.net. Latest news and survivor stories.

Spring Wind Zen Buddhist Temple.

Tokyo Stories.

Bienvenue au Musée Renteria. Kevin Guilfoile's latest piece for the Morning News.
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18th October
Kilimanjaro snow cap may melt soon.

Fields of Sorrow. Images of Kosovo.

Kosovo in Pictures. (Human Rights Watch) Some very tough images.
'In the course of gathering evidence of war crimes and other abuses in Kosovo, Human Rights Watch researchers have photographed the people and places occupying center stage in this bloody conflict.'
'What follows is a series of photo essays that depict all aspects of the conflict - from evidence of civilian massacres and forced displacement of ethnic Albanians in October 1998, to the return of Albanian refugees following the peace in June 1999. This collection also presents an essay documenting the destruction of civilian homes in February 1999, and photos of the hardships the ethnic Serb community has faced in Kosovo since the end of the NATO bombing.'
'We have established these galleries as a visual reflection of - and a counterpart to - the written work Human Rights Watch has done in uncovering abuses by all parties to the conflict in Kosovo.'

Lost in Plain Sight. (Washington Post) Photojournalism by Lucian Perkins in Macedonia and Carol Guzy in Albania.
Washington Post Kosovo gallery.

Seeing is Believing. Seven hundred years of scientific and medical illustration.
'Illustrations were essential in spreading new scientific and medical ideas and it was often the case that new developments in the sciences were accompanied by corresponding developments in illustrative techniques. These techniques are the subject of Seeing Is Believing, which complements an exhibition of the same name on view from October 23, 1999-February 19, 2000 at The New York Public Library's Humanities and Social Sciences Library ... '

The Starry Messenger and the Polar Star. Scientific relations between Sweden and Italy.
'This virtual exhibition is based on the actual exhibition The Starry Messenger and the Polar Star..., and is a collaboration between the Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza (Firenze) the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and the Swedish Museum of Natural History. It was held at the Swedish Museum of Natural History between the 6:th December 1995 and 29:th February 1996 ... '

Chicago Landmarks. Interactive maps, online tours, architectural style guide, a database of 17,000+ historically significant buildings... what a wonderful site.

Greetings From Coney Island. 'This interactive educational site covers the history of Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. It features timelines, historic articles and photographs, interactive maps that when clicked on show historic views, and lists of movies filmed on Coney Island's streets, beaches and amusement parks. Coney Island was considered the world's largest and premier amusement area during the first half of the 20th Century. It was a beach resort that provided carefree entertainment and thrilling amusement park rides to the millions of residents that lived in New York City. It featured three huge amusement parks; Luna Park, Steeplechase and Dreamland, and countless other attractions along the Bowery, Surf Avenue and its numerous side streets ... '

Historic Districts Council. Fighting to preserve historic New York neighbourhoods.
'This clocktower is all that's left of the LaLance & Grosjean Historic District in Queens, New York. Designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1981, it was rejected by the old New York City Board of Estimate and is now a shopping center. Fortunately, it's the only designated historic district in New York to have been demolished, but it's not the only one to be threatened. '
'Across the city, people struggling to save their historic neighborhoods urgently seek landmark status, while others in already designated districts work to maintain the special community character that won them landmark protection in the first place. In New York City, The Historic Districts Council is the only city-wide grassroots organization singularly dedicated to these communities and the Landmarks Law that protects them. '

Familiar Quotations. Published 1919.
'This tenth edition of 1919 contains over 11,000 searchable quotations and was the first new edition of John Bartlett's corpus to be published after his death in 1905 - the new editor, however, choosing more to supplement than revise the work of the first name in quotations. '

Charles H Wright Museum of African American History.
Current exhibitions.

Cave Canem. 'Cave Canem is committed to the discovery and cultivation of new voices in African American poetry. '
'Beginning as an all-volunteer effort in 1996, Cave Canem has moved swiftly to become a non-profit organization with a fulltime director and an active Board, funded through individual donations and foundation and government grants. Our program has expanded from a summer retreat to include regional workshops, a first book prize, annual anthologies, and readings and events in major cities around the United States. We are a national community of emerging and established poets, a family of black writers who create, publish, perform, teach, and study poetry, and support each others' work.'

92nd St Y.

Kmart Forever. A supermarket chain's fansite.
' ... Well, after about an hour of shopping, we were in the electronics department and everyone was ready to leave. I began to walk to the check out line, when I least expected it, my water broke right there in check-out 19. Everyone there was so nervous, my aunt and uncle couldn't fill out her check so she had to ask my uncle to do it. Even the girl working there was so nervous that she even tried to scan my purse, which was placed on the conveyor belt in all the confusion. Well, to make a long story short, my son was born April 23rd at 5:19 a.m. I named my son after his father, but everyone calls him Marty, after Super K-mart. Thanks K-Mart. '

Ghosts of the Prairie. American ghost tales. Linked before, but worth another look as it's grown considerably. There are separate pages for many states and some cities, vanishing hitchhikers, as well as a section on spirit photography.

The Virginia Ghosts & Hauntings Research Society. Intriguing section on 'ghost weather'.

Wat Thai Kusinara Chalermraj. Theravada Buddhist temple in Kusinara, India.

Ekoji Buddhist Temple, near Washington DC.

The Living Dharma. West Covina Buddhist Temple.

Collage Machine - interactive agent of web recombination.

The Humanitarian Interest Links Site Project. A portal to humanitarian sites on the web.

Guardian special presentation: Bali bomb. Don't miss.

Bali Crisis Centre. 'The Bali Crisis Center at Sanglah Hospital in Bali has been set up to co-ordinate the missing people information. We will be in contact with the center and update the information as it comes to hand. '

Bali Disaster Relief.

Sandy Sorlien Photographs. 'Welcome to the virtual home of an itinerant photographer. Here you will find pictures of rural houses, urban neighborhoods, Main Streets, and open country. My work has always been about this: my longing for places that are disappearing from America. Please visit again, as new pages and images will be added soon.'

Steve Bell on Robin Cook and East Timor.

Attempt to climb Canary Wharf.
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17th October
The Gallery of Balinese Artists. 'It is said that Bali is the island where all magic originated, and perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in the works you will be viewing here. Through showcasing, exhibiting, and selling their works both online and off, we hope to aid them in their struggle for appreciation. Each artist stands firmly on their own, yet each is also embedded within the fascinating culture known as Balinese-Hinduism. We hope you enjoy your journey in exploring the finest in contemporary Balinese painting. '

The Bali Children's Project.

Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou. 'Vodou is Haiti's mirror. Its arts and rituals reflect the difficult, brilliant history of seven million people, whose ancestors were brought from Africa to the Caribbean in bondage. In 1791 these Africans began the only successful national slave revolt in history. In 1804 they succeeded in creating the world's first Black republic: the only one in this hemisphere where all the citizens were free. Their success inspired admiration, fear and scorn in the wider world. Cut off from Euro-American support, Haitians managed to created their own dynamic "Creole" society-one rooted in Africa but responsive to all that was encountered in their new island home.'
'Vodou is the Creole religion. Like the Haitian people, Vodou spirits came from Africa, and they have been profoundly affected by slavery and hard won freedom. To honor and serve these spirits, Haitians create ceremonial art based on African models and influenced by Catholic, Masonic and other spiritual traditions. The sacred arts of Vodou are the outstanding achievement of a great people and their incomparable gift to the world.'

Ferreting Out Evil - 'the records of the Committee on Evil Literature by Tom Quinlan, Irish Archives (Journal of the Irish Society for Archives), Autumn 1995'
'Now that Playboy magazine is available in Irish newsagents, albeit on the top shelf, readers might be interested to learn of the recent release to the public by the National Archives of records which document the background to the Irish censorship laws under which this publication would ultimately be proscribed. The records of the Committee on Evil Literature, which were made available to the public under the National Archives Act in January 1995, reveal early attempts by the newly established Irish Free State to prevent the introduction into and circulation within Ireland, of printed matter deemed to be morally corrupting. This paper attempts to draw attention to the small, but interesting records of a body whose recommensations contributed directly to the formulation of Irish censorship ... '

The Medieval Irish Plea Rolls - An Introduction. 'The administration of justice in the area under the control of the Dublin government in the Middle Ages was carried out in a network of courts, each with its own distinct jurisdiction. On a local level, there were county courts, manorial courts, liberty courts, and courts in the various towns and boroughs. Central justice was administered in the king's name by the justiciar's court (which later became the King's Bench), the Common Bench and by justices itinerant sent out from time to time to different areas of the country, and it is with the records produced by these central courts that this article is concerned ... '

National Archives of Ireland: Transportation of Irish Convicts to Australia (1791 - 1853). 'The exact origin of the use of transportation as a penal measure is obscure, but it seems to have developed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries from a need to avoid what were considered to be the destabilising influences of particular groups, such as the banishing of Irish Catholics to the West Indies during Cromwellian times ... When, in the eighteenth century, the death penalty came to be regarded as too severe with respect to certain capital offences, transportation to North America - in the absence of an adequate alternative - became popular as a mitigation of such sentences ... '

Aphrodisias. 'The ancient city of Aphrodisias is one of the most important archaeological sites of the Greek and Roman periods in Turkey. Aphrodisias lies in the Maeander River basin, in a fertile valley 100 miles southeast of the port of Izmir. Famous for its sanctuary of Aphrodite, the city's patron goddess, Aphrodisias enjoyed a long and prosperous existence from the first century B.C. through the sixth century A.D. Today, many of the city's ancient monuments remain standing, and excavations have unearthed numerous fine marble statues and other artifacts. The great beauty and extraordinary preservation of this site combine to bring the civic culture of the Graeco-Roman world vividly to life.'

Salvador Dali Online Exhibit. Lots of images.

Potty Puzzles. 'Welcome to PottyPuzzles, the web site for 'manipulative' or mechanical puzzles, including Burrs, interlocking block, wooden assembly, and wire disentanglement. Follow the links on the left to learn more about this site, or to see the kind of puzzles I am interested in.' Particularly good section on dice puzzles.

Einstein. ' ... the most comprehensive presentation ever mounted on the life and theories of the most famous scientist of the 20th century, and arguably, the most brilliant scientific mind of all time. Einstein is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on the eve of the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's annus mirabilis - his "miracle year" of 1905 - when he proved the existence and sizes of molecules, explained light as both particles and waves, and created the Special Theory of Relativity, part of which linked matter and energy (E=mc²), all in his spare time, at the age of 26, as he worked in the Swiss Patent Office ... '

The Other Side. 'The Other Side is a diverse nonprofit ministry founded in 1965. We advance a healing Christian vision that's biblical and compassionate, appreciative of the creative arts, and committed to the intimate intertwining of personal spirituality and social transformation. Want to learn more? ... ' Christian peace and human rights magazine; nice set of online resources.

Thomas R. Pynchon: Spermatikos Logos. 'Thomas Pynchon is a reclusive American novelist possessed by a certain eclectic genius, an architect of literary structures that range from immense tesseracts to tiny, perfect gems. Charting a dizzying course through the worlds hidden in the curve between the blue depths of Absolute Zero and the ineffable awareness of the Universe Entire, his works explore the vast space between Burroughs' shlupp! and Joyce's yes. Author of only a quintet of novels and a few short stories, his creations have been hailed as some of the most original works to have been transmuted from the decay of the twentieth century ... '

The Pressed Flower Art Gallery. From Iwamizawa City, Hokkaido, Japan.

The Kyoto University Museum.

CyberManga. 'Welcome to CyberManga web site. This site is made by the Japanese professional MANGA artists group. Please enjoy our exciting stories and cool graphics! This page is enhanced for Netscape Navigator 2.0 or higher ,and the Shock Wave plug-in.'

Zen Centre Tao Chan.

8 Carlton Street, Edinburgh. A Georgian townhouse.

Deauville Court, Weybridge, Surrey. 'A very distinguished new built house constructed in a chateau style to an exceptional specification. '

Paupers in Workhouses 1861.

The Frugal Life.

Cheapskate Monthly. 'Are you looking for freedom from debt, empowerment to manage your ordinary income, and financial happiness? Congratulations! You've found the place where thousands of ordinary people are achieving all of that and more on their ordinary incomes, and you can too. '

Tightwad Central.

Swahili for the Broken Hearted. 'A week after breaking up with the GND, Peter headed off to Africa to lose himself for a while. In the grand tradition of 19th Century scoundrels, explorers and romantics, Africa struck him as the ideal place to find solitude and anonymity in the face of a persona l crisis.'
'What followed was a grand journey from one end of the Dark Continent to the other. Travelling along the fabled Cape Town to Cairo route, it's a journey that saw Peter traversing from the southern most city in Africa to the Pyramids of Egypt, across vast game parks and past thundering falls, through cos mopolitan cities and t iny villages, and through the very heart of Africa. '
By Peter Moore, who also wrote The Wrong Way Home (his overland journey from London to Sydney), and The Full Montezuma. The website includes slideshows of his travels.

Dear Friends: American Photographs of Men Together.

Clive James on the Bali bombing.

Germaine Greer on the Bali bombing.

A rejection letter. Via Follow Me Here.

The Medieval Lyric. Via wood s lot.

riley dog is now at this URL.

Portage is back.

Autumnal Tints by H.D. Thoreau, in the Atlantic Monthly, October 1862. Via Portage.

Skimble is spot on.

Tear-free onions.
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16th October
Tokyo Eyes. 'When I first arrived in Japan, twelve years ago, it all looked so unique. I had never left California before except for a vague trip to Tijuana, which I barely remember. I was overwhelmed by how different everything looked here. I took a lot of photographs. It was all so ... so ... so Japanese looking. Now what seems strange is that nothing seems strange anymore. Unfortunately I had almost stopped taking any pictures. I am beginning to renew my eyes. '

Impossible Object Solutions. 'Impossible' bottles and others.
Impossible bottles. 'Impossible bottles are where large things are crammed into a bottle, and you can't figure out how it is done. You've probably heard about ships in a bottle, but you can stick lots of things in a bottle if you know how.'

Abandoned-places.com. Photography of ruined or abandoned buildings; great. (Via I-can't-remember-where).

Salvador Dali Art Gallery. A large virtual gallery.
"Every morning when I wake up, I experience an exquisite joy - the joy of being Salvador Dalí - and I ask myself in rapture, 'What wonderful things this Salvador Dalí is going to accomplish today?'" - Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí

Salvador Dali: The Pierre Argillet Collection. Etchings. 'Salvador Dali (1904-1989) was an outstanding figure of the surrealist group of Andre Breton. He travelled and worked in Spain, France and the United States. He was one of the most brillantly provocative artists of the twentieth century, not only in his public life, but also in his paintings and in the field of printmaking ... '

Fundacio Gala-Salvador Dali. In English, Spanish, French; institution that manages Dali's artistic legacy.

Brains4Zombies. Highly recommended!
'We sell only the highest quality fresh brains, delivered straight to your door. We do the dirty deed so you can spend more time... well... doing whatever the hell it is you zombies do when you're not ripping open people's heads. '
Celebrity brains.

Margaret Sanger Papers Project.
About Margaret Sanger.
Biographical sketch. 'Margaret Sanger's work as a visiting nurse focused her interest in sex education and women's health. In 1912 she began writing a column on sex education for the New York Call entitled "What Every Girl Should Know." This experience led to her first battle with censors, who suppressed her column on venereal disease, deeming it obscene. Increasingly, it was the issue of family limitation that attracted Sanger's attention as she worked in New York's Lower East Side with poor women suffering the pain of frequent childbirth, miscarriage and abortion. Influenced by the ideas of anarchist Emma Goldman, Sanger began to argue for the need for family limitation as a tool by which working-class women would liberate themselves from the economic burden of unwanted pregnancy. '
'Shocked by the inability of most women to obtain accurate and effective birth control, which she believed was fundamental to securing freedom and independence for working women, Sanger began challenging the 1873 federal Comstock law and the various "little Comstock" state laws that banned the dissemination of contraceptive information. In March 1914, Sanger published the first issue of The Woman Rebel, a radical feminist monthly that advocated militant feminism, including the right to practice birth control. For advocating the use of contraception, three issues of The Woman Rebel were banned, and in August 1914 Sanger was eventually indicted for violating postal obscenity laws ... '

Suquamish Tribe, Washington State.
'The Port Madison Indian Reservation is located on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State. Situated on the waterfront across the Puget Sound from Seattle, the reservation is home to the Suquamish people, a fishing tribe whose leader was Chief Seattle, after whom the city took its name ... '

Nurica. 'These fantastic 3-D puzzles consist of many cubes with parts of six different pictures on their sides.'
'Solve our puzzles by connecting the cubes to complete the picture on each side and you will have an amazing 3-D structure.'
'Though challenging, puzzle can be solved piece by piece over time just like a jigsaw puzzle.'

The Karakuri. Japanese puppets.

Kabuki Plays.

Fundrum My Conundrum. A book of riddles; easy, medium and hard puzzles online, plus a monthly puzzle.

Tibetan Monastery. 'The Tibetan origin myth, first arising among pre-Buddhist, Bön cultures in the Yarlung Valley, features the marriage of a monkey and a demoness named Sinmo, from whose six children evolved the main tribes of Tibet. Later adapted by Buddhism, the monkey became the Bodhissatva of compassion. A sparsely settled country of several million people in an area of nearly 500,000 sq miles, most of the population is concentrated in southern Tibet, living as farmers and herders in valleys of the Salween and Brahmaputra Rivers ... '

Jo Gray Fine Art Photography. Irish lanscapes - great stuff.

The Ballavoddan Estate, Isle of Man. 'The most prestigious private estate on the Isle of Man, immaculately presented, with impressive leisure and equestrian facilities'

Membury Court, Axminster, Devon/Dorset Border. 'An outstanding Grade II* Listed Manor House and Chapel surrounded by its own land, within the beautiful Yarty Valley'
Site includes a history of the property, which was described in the Domesday Book...

The Privatisation of Culture Project. 'The past decade has witnessed an acceleration in policies to privatize support for culture throughout North and Latin America, East and West Europe. In some countries, government has abdicated what traditionally was its responsibility to the citizenry. In others, new intermediary institutions are attempting to pick up the slack. In still others, governments are entering partnerships with the corporate sector. The result is that it is increasingly difficult to distinguish between public and private, and that diverse groups are affected unequally by the emerging arrangements. '
'Based in New York University's American Studies Program, The Privatization of Culture Project is a collaborative project with the Sociology Program at the New School for Social Research and the Center for Cultural Studies at the Graduate Center for the City University of New York.'

Zombie Children from Hell. Short story.

Zombie Gallery.

Zombies on the Web. 'Zombies are hypothetical creatures of the sort that philosophers have been known to cherish. A zombie is physically identical to a normal human being, but completely lacks conscious experience. Zombies look and behave like the conscious beings that we know and love, but "all is dark inside." There is nothing it is like to be a zombie.'
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