Scolopendra gigantea, also known as the Peruvian giant yellow-leg centipede orAmazonian giant centipede
This centipede is among the largest species of centipedes which can regularly reach lengths of 26 cm (10 in) and can be up to 30 cm (12 in) or even more.They are carnivorous and feed on lizards, snakes, mice, and even bats. While their venom is not enough to kill an adult human, it may cause reactions with the skin.
Scone Palace, Perth (private collection of the Earl of Mansfield)
Although this painting falls outside the usual scope of this blog, it is one of my favorite historical European paintings. Dido Elizabeth Belle was the illegitimate daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay and enslaved African woman named Belle.
This painting was most likely commissioned by her father, the nephew of the Earl of Mansfield, and depicts the beautiful and vivacious Belle alongside her cousin, Elizabeth Murray.
The first time I saw this painting was in an art history classroom, accompanied by a story regarding the dehumanization of Africans in the Unites States, and the scores of visiting Americans who were scandalized by this painting. In America and several places in Europe, contemporaneous paintings always depicted people considered Black in subservient positions in relation to people considered White, if they bothered to paint them at all. To raise a bastard daughter of color alongside legitimate heirs was antithetical to American thought.
Dido Belle was raised and educated alongside the other highborn daughters of the household, and remained a favorite of the Earl and her father well into her thirties, after which an advantageous marriage was arranged.
Her position in the Earl’s household supervising the poultry yards was typical for any lady of high birth at the time, but her job overseeing the lord’s correspondence was usually a task reserved for a highly educated male clerk or scribe and is evidence of her importance and elevated rank. She received an allowance of £30 per year, more than any except the heiress herself and a sum unheard of at the time for any illegitimate daughter.
Upon Lord Mansfield’s death in 1788, Belle was furnished with a £500 lump sum in addition to a £100 annuity, as well as a suitable marriage to John Davinier, with whom she had three children. In Mansfield’s will, her status as a free person was carefully confirmed, since many would have been all too happy to divest her of her fortune.
Belle died in 1804 and was interred in St. George’s Fields, the parish to which she and her husband belonged.
My interest in this story was renewed recently when I learned that an upcoming film, Belle (currently in production), will be a dramatized biopic of Dido Elizabeth Belle’s life. The titular role will be played by South African actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
“Update June 12: the situation is worsening. Russia has just passed a new anti-gay law makes it illegal even to say the word “gay”. People in Russia standing up against the crackdown are urging All Out members to keep growing the petition to help draw the attention of world leaders and the media.”
spread this like the plague
The law allows gay foreigners to be detained for up to two weeks before being deported, as well. Go to visit Russia and reveal you’re gay, your accommodations might become courtesy of Vladimir Putin.
Thin privilege is posting a photo of a couple where the girl has your body type on a social networking website and not having a shitstorm of negative comments flood the photo.
(Also notice how all of the negative comments are from men. Intersectional sexism?)
The Picture is beautiful. The Guy and Woman in it are georgous. I myself would go out with a girl like her, I don’t mind her being large, I kinda like large.
But when a beautiful photo like this is posted on a filthy, disgusting, ignorance land like Facebook, It always get haters and the stuff they say make me sick to the core. The reason we live in a society where if your not skinny, white, gap, “popular” girl, your a freak is because of Facebook and ignorant shitbags like this. Not everyones as bad such as the also gorgeous Whitney Wonderful but then there attract by cunts like BD Ray. I’d just love to burn this BD Ray’s house.
Girls and guys, you stay strong when it comes to stuff like this. Most times people like BD Ray are just nerds who are jealous of you and your better than them if there are or not.