Poster (detail) for “Scribner’s August Fiction Number”
William James Glackens (American; 1870–1938)
Color lithograph
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.


Green Berets from 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) and 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) came together with the North Carolina National Guard, the South Carolina National Guard and the 82nd Airborne Division for Carolina Thunder 2015.

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“Staff Sgt. Matthew McClintock, 30, died from wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his unit with small arms fire, according to the DoD…”

sofsurvivor: Staff Sgt. Matthew McClintock, 30, died from wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his unit with small arms fire, according to the DoD announcement released late Wednesday.

The incident is under investigation.

McClintock, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was assigned to 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group, in Buckley, Washington.

McClintock and his fellow Green Berets, from 1st Battalion’s A Company, deployed to Afghanistan in July, according to information from the Washington Army National Guard.

McClintock joined the Army in 2006. After completing his training, McClintock was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division, deploying to Iraq in 2007.
He was chosen for selection in the U.S. Army Special Forces School in May 2009, according to information from the Guard. He was assigned to 1st Special Forces Group, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, in November 2010.
He deployed to Afghanistan from August 2012 to May 2013.

McClintock left active-duty in December 2014 and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group, which is part of the Washington Guard. He was a Special Forces engineer sergeant, according to information from the Guard.

“Staff Sergeant McClintock was one of the best of the best,” said Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, commander of the Washington Guard, in a statement. “He was a Green Beret who sacrificed time away from his loved ones to train for and carry out these dangerous missions. This is a tough loss for our organization.”
McClintock is survived by his wife, infant son and his parents, according to the Guard.

McClintock was killed and two others were wounded in hours-long fighting Tuesday near the city of Marjah, in southern Helmand province. Matt your death was not in vain, your killers will be found, and you will be vindicated. Blue skies brother and thank you for protecting our freedoms and men like you and your brothers that hang it out all on the line.

FORT CARSON, Colo. – Members of the Colorado Army National Guard’s 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) fast-rope from a U.S. Air Force V-22 Osprey aircraft at Butts Army Air Field July 11, 2009. “The operators were conducting special operations training through collaboration with the active duty 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and the U.S. Air Force’s 71st Special Operations Squadron out of Albuquerque, New Mexico,” said 5/19th SFG(A) Commander Lt. Col. Ken Chavez. The V-22 is a multi-mission, tiltrotor aircraft designed to perform missions like a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft. (Official U.S. Army photo by Army Pfc. Kristoff Decloedt)

Trilobite Tuesday

As Trilobite Tuesday’s go, this is one of the most elusive specimens in the world! Since the mid-19th Century, a unique group of trilobites have been recognized from a small number of Devonian formations that ring the outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia. Almost always found in hard limestone concretions that feature both the positive and negative halves of the specimen, these 370 million year-old fossils have long been a favorite of trilobite collectors around the globe as well as the subject of intense scientific study. Dozens of species (including the Vogesina aspera pictured here) have been identified from these zones, with various calmonids, lichids and homalonotids among them. The formations that produce these specimens are located at a height of 12,000 feet in the Bolivian altiplano, making them among the most inaccessible and intriguing trilobites in the world.

Learn much more about Trilobites on our website. 

Between Heaven & Hell - Part 11

Fic Update

Summary: Emma/Hook angel and demon AU. She is the light and he is the darkness, they can’t be together but can’t stay away from each other.

Rating: M

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On AO3

                                                 Part Eleven

Saint Luke’s was one of the oldest hospitals in the city, founded during the 19th century by a group of nuns to provide for the sick and injured poor who had no one else to care for them. It had been named for the patron saint of physicians and was run solely by the nuns for decades in a small building next door to their convent, but it eventually outgrew its modest beginnings and now occupied a modern complex that incorporated various clinics and healthcare options for people of all classes. Well-heeled young couples now took prenatal classes and booked birthing suites, people with diabetes consulted with nutritionists in addition to their doctors, there was a heated indoor pool for physical therapy and a state of the art cancer treatment facility. The black-robed nuns who had once tended to the patients had long given way to nurses in pastel scrubs, one of whom had quickly risen from behind the triage desk in the ER when Emma arrived. An orderly had helped her carry in the young redheaded dancer, still wrapped in the blanket from her car and still unconscious, limbs slack and limp under the knitted afghan and head lolling like a doll that had been tossed aside and forgotten. A few words to the nurse and she was whisked behind a curtain and laid out on a bed while the doctor on duty was paged over the intercom. He came in a wrinkled lab coat with dark shadows under his tired eyes and had a paper cup of coffee clutched in his hand, obviously using the caffeine to help fuel another overnight shift filled with car accidents, mystery midnight illnesses, domestic violence and whatever else that came in through the thick glass doors before the sun rose.

“I’m Dr. Whale,” he said, setting his coffee aside with one hand as he glanced down at the intake form the nurse placed in the other without being asked, a dance they had obviously done many times before, “Suspected drug overdose? Do you know what she took and how much?”

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Living heritage of Kalocsa

The colourful flower motifs of the ornamental painting and embroidery of Kalocsa are known throughout the word and indeed have often been considered an emblematic symbol of Hungarian folk art. This branch of artistic expression has become a unique element of the traditional peasant culture of Kalocsa as well as the surrounding villages of Drágszél, Homokmégy, Öregcsertő, Szakmár, and Újtelek which were established in the 18-19th centuries.

The ethnic group referred to as Pota inhabiting the area known as Kalocsai Sárköz in south-central Hungary on the west bank of the Danube is distinct from surrounding groups in the characteristic dialect members used, their rich folk art and Catholic faith.

The women of Kalocsa who still draw, paint and embroider in the traditional style are the bearers and the perpetuators of the local heritage. Traditional revival groups, folk dance groups, the local museum and folk art centre all contribute to the safeguarding of the characteristic culture and folk art that distinguishes Kalocsa identity. The inhabitants of Kalocsa and the surrounding settlements are devoted to their folk heritage.

They create numerous opportunities for the presentation of their traditional dances and attire: Midsummer Eve Festivities, Danube Folklore Festival, Kalocsa Paprika Festival, village feasts, and harvest celebrations. These events attract people of all ages and provide an excellent opportunity for the transmission of cultural heritage from generation to generation. The role of awareness raising and art education is also of paramount importance in the safeguarding and sustaining of the local heritage.