The Modern Renaissance
Heaven lasts long, and Earth abides
What is the secret of their durability?
Is it because they do not live for themselves,
That they endure so long?

- Lao Tzu
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"All models are wrong, but some are more wrong than others." — Clark, C. W. and Mangel, M. (2000).  Dynamic state variable models in ecology: Methods and applications. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. (via bananapunchmishap)
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Alfred Yaghobzadeh

Iran 1979-2009

1. Iranian women walk past a portrait of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini - the leader of the 1979 revolution and founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Tehran, IRAN - December 2008 © Copyright 1979-2009 Alfred Yaghobzadeh. All rights reserved.

2. Iranian people in the holy city of Qom, situated 120 km to the south of Tehran. It is the clerical capital of Iran. Most grand Ayatollahs (experts in Islam) live and teach in seminaries in Qom, IRAN - December 2008 © Copyright 1979-2009 Alfred Yaghobzadeh. All rights reserved.

3. Thousands of young Iranians proclaimed “Death to America” on Sunday as they celebrated the 28th anniversary of the storming of the US embassy in Tehran by student radicals. A massive crowd, composed mainly of school children bussed in to central Tehran, gathered outside the site of the former US embassy. Tehran, IRAN - November 2007 © Copyright 1979-2009 Alfred Yaghobzadeh. All rights reserved

4. An Iranian Mullah shopping in the holy city of Qom, situated 120 km to the south of Tehran. It is the clerical capital of Iran. Most grand Ayatollahs (experts in Islam) live and teach in seminaries in Qom, IRAN - December 2008 © Copyright 1979-2009 Alfred Yaghobzadeh. All rights reserved.

5. An Iranian Shiite Mullah rides his motorbike with his wife and child in the holy city of Qom, situated 120 km to the south of Tehran. Qom, IRAN - December 2008 © Copyright 1979-2009 Alfred Yaghobzadeh. All rights reserved.

6. Orkideh Hajivandi underground music: 12 female musicians who perform classical, folk, modern, and traditional music in IRAN - November 2006 © Copyright 1979-2009 Alfred Yaghobzadeh. All rights reserved.

7. Upper-class youth visit Kish Island for leisure and fun. In Tehran, Islamic law prohibits women to play billiards. IRAN - April 2006 © Copyright 1979-2009 Alfred Yaghobzadeh. All rights reserved.

8. Young couple shares an intimate moment in a park in central Tehran. In the past, public displays of affection would have been severely punished. Today, couples can walk freely in parks and sit together. While holding hands is tolerated, other affectionate public displays are not permitted by the regime and are considered taboo for unmarried women. Tehran, IRAN - June 2008 © Copyright 1979-2009 Alfred Yaghobzadeh. All rights reserved.

9. A Kish Island beach. While men are allowed to strip down to the tiniest of swim suits, Iranian women are obliged to wear full Islamic dress even when going for a swim. Kish Island, IRAN - May 2006 © Copyright 1979-2009 Alfred Yaghobzadeh. All rights reserved.

10.A beach on Kish Island, in southern Iran, where Iranians go to relax. They enjoy more freedom here. Yet, Iranian women are not allowed to swim in bathing suits, they must cover up even in the water. Kish Island, IRAN - April-May 2006 © Copyright 1979-2009 Alfred Yaghobzadeh. All rights reserved.

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I’m pro-choice and I give money to planned parenthood but I think the argument that fetuses aren’t living things is shaky at best. I understand why some people don’t want to believe they’re ending a life when they get an abortion but I think the pro-life crowd has a point. Unless that baby was already doomed to die or was going to have some horrible birth defect then yes you’re killing it (albeit in the most painless and humane way possible). I still support abortion but I view it the same way I view putting down a dying dog, sometimes it’s just the best option available even if it’s not an ideal one. 

The Anglosphere Family

Great Britain: The aging racist mom who tries and fails to convince the world that she’s still got it.  

United States: The rich asshole older brother who no one else really likes very much 

Canada. Polite and quiet kid, little bit of a goody two shoes but well liked by everyone. 

Australia: The alcoholic with a heart of gold

New Zealand: Unassuming but pretty, tends to be overshadowed by Australia 

Japan: the adopted child who makes the others look bad

Do you ever get the feeling that someone you know is vaguely evil but not in a dangerous way?

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Mortality is a myth, Ted Lawson