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2010-02-15 08:40:43
Posted Date: 2010-02-15 08:40:43 , By : cobalt123
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This is the second macro image taken of a detail in a pop-up book. Each strip of paper measures about 3/16", so this shot is about twice the size of the original paper sculpture. Early morning light cast shadows as the book was placed on the hood of my car. A look at the original size shows the printed color pattern on the card stock, but the blend of colors from the DoF of the 60mm EF-S f/2.8 macro lens makes the image special to me.

From the book "How Many" by Ron Van Der Meer. I totally recommend getting this book to share with children. The challenge of counting and fun of seeing shapes and color in a new way are priceless for learning. And hey, a mesmerizing subject for a macro photographer, LOL. A new set created today, for more such images taken for the joy of color, here: Color Magic

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2008-02-13 11:22:48
Posted Date: 2008-02-13 11:22:48 , By : electricnerve
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mulgana mia dancers, carnarvon civic centre, february 13 2008.

Today the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised to the "Stolen Generation", children taken away from their parents because of their skin colour.

The view was that by removing Aboriginal children from their families they could gradually be absorbed into the non-Aboriginal population. One of the main proponents of this was A. O. Neville, the Chief Protector of Aborigines in WA from 1915 to 1940.

Mr Neville held the view that within 100 years the pure black would be extinct. The idea was to keep pure blacks segregated and absorb half-castes into the white population… "Perhaps it will take one hundred years, perhaps longer, but the race is dying.’" – Mr Neville

Neville argued that forcible removal of Aboriginal children was necessary in order for them to be truly absorbed into European society and that the ‘whiter’ the child was the more easily this could be achieved. He claimed that after two or three generations the process of acceptance in the non-Indigenous community would be complete, the older generations would have died out and the settlements could be closed.

As a not particularly Indigenous Australian i also offer my humble and unqualified apology to the Stolen Generations.

"This story’s right, this story’s true
I would not tell lies to you
Like the promises they did not keep
And how they fenced us in like sheep.
Said to us come take our hand
Sent us off to mission land.
Taught us to read, to write and pray
Then they took the children away,
Took the children away,
The children away.
Snatched from their mother’s breast
Said this is for the best
Took them away.

The welfare and the policeman
Said you’ve got to understand
We’ll give them what you can’t give
Teach them how to really live.
Teach them how to live they said
Humiliated them instead
Taught them that and taught them this
And others taught them prejudice.
You took the children away
The children away
Breaking their mothers heart
Tearing us all apart
Took them away

One dark day on Framingham
Come and didn’t give a damn
My mother cried go get their dad
He came running, fighting mad
Mother’s tears were falling down
Dad shaped up and stood his ground.
He said ‘You touch my kids and you fight me’
And they took us from our family.
Took us away
They took us away
Snatched from our mother’s breast
Said this was for the best
Took us away.

Told us what to do and say
Told us all the white man’s ways
Then they split us up again
And gave us gifts to ease the pain
Sent us off to foster homes
As we grew up we felt alone
Cause we were acting white
Yet feeling black

One sweet day all the children came back
The children come back
The children come back
Back where their hearts grow strong
Back where they all belong
The children came back
Said the children come back
The children come back
Back where they understand
Back to their mother’s land
The children come back

Back to their mother
Back to their father
Back to their sister
Back to their brother
Back to their people
Back to their land
All the children come back
The children come back
The children come back
Yes I came back."

– Archie Roach

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