A Sheerie Gathering


c. 1863-1868: The Five Stages of Inebriation by Charles Percy Pickering

The photographs illustrate drunkenness in five stages, played by a male subject in a studio. Possibly commissioned by a local temperance group for educative purposes, the photographs may also have been used by an engraver for illustrations.  The penultimate frame of the drunk in a wheelbarrow resembles S.T. Gill’s watercolour ‘Ease without Opulence’, 1863.

as recommended by Larry Rickard on Twitter ;)

"Well, lads. You’ve discovered a species hitherto unknown to science, quite possibly non-terrestrial in origin, and you kicked its fuckin’ head in!



"Mirror of Time," by Vladimir Tarasov, 1967. A ten-minute film about the Soviet future.

Watch this slice of retro-futuristic history, and follow my Maddd Science tumblr for more while you’re at it.


keep your friends close, but your enemies closer

like really, very close

intimately close 

so close that you can feel your enemies breath on your neck

and you shiver with hatred and… anticipation? 

turn around and look deep into your enemies eyes, letting your gaze drag down to their lips, your eyes intense with desire. push your enemies up against the wall.

make out with your enemies.

your friends, who are still close, are super uncomfortable and kinda grossed out


Trigger warning: rape, suicide, abortion

For anyone who isn’t aware, a woman in Ireland was this week refused an abortion after requesting one on the grounds that she was suicidal, and was then forced to undergo a Caesarean section. Further details regarding her case were released today in the Sunday Times; the full text is below:

A WOMAN who became pregnant as a result of rape believes the state denied her access to an abortion for months, until the foetus became viable. Earlier this month, the baby was delivered prematurely through a Caesarean section, which was authorised under the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act.

The young woman, a foreign national with limited English, was not able freely to travel abroad for an abortion because of her legal status in Ireland.

She discovered she was expecting about eight weeks into the pregnancy, and immediately sought an abortion because she had been the victim of a traumatic rape. Months later, the woman believed she had been effectively refused an abortion, or the ability to travel abroad for such a procedure, by the state. She then went on a hunger and liquid strike.

A High Court order prohibits full details of the woman’s circumstances being reported. The woman, who is said to be very vulnerable, had claimed the “devil” was inside her, and expressed suicidal intent if she was forced to carry the foetus to term.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) brought an emergency ex-parte High Court application on Saturday, August 2, seeking orders allowing it to forcibly hydrate the woman to protect her and the unborn baby’s life. It also sought declaratory orders allowing it to carry out certain medical procedures relating to the woman’s pregnancy.

Judge Michael Peart granted the HSE an order to hydrate the woman. The following week the woman and the unborn baby were represented by separate legal teams when the case returned to court. The attorney general was a notice party to proceedings, and was represented by several lawyers in court.

Lawyers for the woman had argued that their client’s right to an abortion under the act had not been facilitated in a timely manner, as required. The act does not set out timelines during which medical procedures are permitted to be performed on pregnant women.

In the second hearing, it emerged that clinicians had issued a certificate for a medical procedure to take place on the woman under Section 9 of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, which deals with cases where there is a risk to life from suicide. The woman had been deemed suicidal by a panel of three doctors, in what is believed to be the first such case under the legislation, which commenced in January.

The following day a baby was delivered through a Caesarean section at a hospital designated under the act. The baby, who was delivered at approximately 24 to 26 weeks gestation, is receiving ongoing medical care.

Both Leo Varadkar, the health minister, and Frances Fitzgerald, the minister for justice, were briefed on events, but neither played any role in the case, according to sources. The attorney general sought a copy of the digital audio recording (Dar) transcript of proceedings, when the case returned to court for a third time after the baby’s delivery.

A source familiar with the case said state officials were concerned that one of the first cases involving a suicidal woman seeking an abortion under the new law had to go to court. There was a fear it could become “a lightning rod” for controversy if pro-life and pro-choice sides used it to attack ambiguities in the new law.

The attorney-general and HSE declined to comment. The Department of Health said guidance for clinicians dealing with cases under the act is not yet complete. “It is currently being finalised and will need to be submitted to the new minister for health prior to publication,” it said. “It is expected this will happen shortly.”

The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act permits clinicians to authorise a “medical procedure” where “there is a real and substantial risk of loss of the pregnant woman’s life from a physical illness or by way of suicide”. It requires clinicians to have “regard to the need to preserve unborn human life as far as practicable”.

Section 9 certificates, allowing a medical procedure on a pregnant woman who is suicidal, can only be issued after three practitioners have examined her and agreed it is necessary. One of the three doctors must be an obstetrician, while the others must be psychiatrists.

The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act was passed in response to the death of Savita Halappanavar in 2012. She was 17 weeks pregnant when she presented at Galway University Hospital suffering a miscarriage. She died from a septic infection days after requesting an abortion.

Last month the UN Human Rights Commission criticised Ireland’s limited abortion laws. It recommended that abortion be decriminalised and that the government introduce reform to allow it in cases of rape and fatal foetal abnormalities.

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FERRUCCI, FrancescoPortrait of Cosimo I de’ Medici1598Polychrome stone inlay, 50 x 65 cmMuseo dell’Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Florence


FERRUCCI, Francesco
Portrait of Cosimo I de’ Medici
Polychrome stone inlay, 50 x 65 cm
Museo dell’Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Florence


These tweets (and one retweet) are from my friend Ryan, a journalist who has been on the ground in Ferguson for the past few days. (His Twitter account is here, and it’s a great source of updates on the situation there   [x]).

I just wanted to remind everybody that while spreading word about Michael Brown’s unjust murder and the horrifying events of the night of August 14, 2014, please do not oversimplify or ignore the complexities of the situation.

Some journalists in the town have been doing what journalists do: focusing on all the negative aspects about the community to try and make it look like a hell-hole in order to sell their own pictures and stories, and basically all many of them want to do is further their own careers. But focusing on all that negativity only paints the picture of one side of the story, ignoring a lot of other important things going on there.

Please do not fall prey to the media’s game. Anger at the actions of the police in Ferguson is totally justified, but in the midst of that we cannot allow the people who are living with the situation every day to be dehumanized. Despite all this tragedy and chaos going on around them, they’re still a community and in many ways they’re pulling through all of it together. They want peace. Anyone looting or burning things down is a very small portion of the community. The whole story is so much bigger.

A story doesn’t need tear gas to be interesting. We need to hear every side of this story, not just the horrific parts.

TL:DR: please don’t fall prey to media attempts to dehumanize and oversimplify the situation in ferguson!!


♡ O O P S ! … I D I D  I T  A G A I N ♡ 


♡ O O P S ! … I D I D  I T  A G A I N ♡ 

Nola Dolberg vamps her cigarette - “Girl Shy” (1924)

Nola Dolberg vamps her cigarette - “Girl Shy” (1924)


Orange-picker’s daughter, Daytona Beach, Florida. 1940s. Photography by Gordon Parks. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.



Orange-picker’s daughter, Daytona Beach, Florida. 1940s. Photography by Gordon Parks. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.