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Here’s a new poster for  Robert ZemeckisThe Walk, the movie about French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.

Cast as the lead is  Joseph Gordon-Levitt, alongside Ben KingsleyJames Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Charlotte Le Bon, Clément Sibony and César Domboy; in case you missed the first teaser, watch here.

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Hart of Dixie - 4x01 - “You think your life is bad? I am the only lesbian in the state under the age of 40. My prospects for finding love have been reduced to my 8th grade gym teacher and your Aunt Winifred.”

“As a result of Israel’s illegal closure of the Gaza Strip – now in place for an unimaginable 7 years – 60% of Gaza’s population are unpaid or unemployed; 85% of the population depend on food aid distributed by international organizations. The destruction caused during Operation Cast Lead – and in subsequent operations, including the 2012 offensive Pillar of Defence – is still not fully repaired. As the bombs fall, they add rubble to rubble; another generation of destruction. An already weakened infrastructure, particularly hospitals, makes it a struggle for people to cope." 

- Raji Sourani of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights: Violence has gone on too long – we have lost all hope http://bit.ly/1jmgLSO

Were the samurai brought down by makeup? During the Edo Period, actors and geisha made lead-based make up popular among upper-class women. Not only did this harm the samurai class women – it seriously hurt their children. Tamiji Nakashima of Japan’s University of Occupational and Environmental Health studied the bones of Samurai children and adults to discover their cause of death. Based on chemical and X-ray analysis, the bones of the children in the study contained levels of lead dozens of times higher than both the male and female adults. Obviously, this is a problem for the ruling class. If the majority of your next generation is deformed, mentally delayed, or even disabled due to toxic early exposure to lead, your country is heading for trouble. It is suggested that the lack of mentally capable people running the Shogunate contributed to its inability to deal with the series of political crises between 1853 - 1867. This ended with the downfall of the samurai-supported Shogunate and the Meiji Restoration of the emperor.

…So it’s possible I’m mulling over the idea of an AU where Felicity ends up befriending Tommy and Oliver in high school…

…That might be a thing that is happening in my brain…

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Gaza, We Will Never Forget.