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Breaking Down the USWNT’s “salary”

So with the USWNT’s boycott of the Women’s World Tournament I thought I’d break-down what the $6,000 every fours years amounts to yearly, monthly, weekly, and hourly to put it in perspective…and uh…it’s not pretty…

The USWNT’s salary ($6,000 every four years) amounts to $1500 per year. Now, let’s just assume that it’s like a typical full-time job, where they work 40 hours weekly and are paid by the hour (I know that’s not how it works but this is to put things into perspective).  They would work 2,080 hours yearly (40 hours weekly, 52 weeks per year) and would make just $0.72 per hour.  So weekly that amounts to: $28.80; and monthly it’s: $124.80.  Literally how are they supposed to buy their own equipment so they’re able to do their job (because GOD FORBID their employer gives them the necessary tools for their line of work) with just $124.80 MONTHLY. Like do you know how fucking expensive hockey gear is? I mean on average a new set of hockey equipment costs between $500-$1000…for the skaters at least.  For the goalies…oh boy from what I read…it’s $4000-$5000 for new gear…and these prices are for amateur equipment (amateur as in playing in a beer league or something) and NOT the kind of gear anyone playing at the Olympic level would be using. 

It would be one thing if the work the USWNT was voluntary, but from the sound of it, it’s not. They don’t have a choice.  Basically, USA Hockey is FORCING (thank you Steve Dangle Podcast) these women work for them FOR BASICALLY NOTHING!  The women who play for USA hockey don’t have the choice to not participate in the World Championships the way the Men do.  The Men can decline USA Hockey’s invitation to play in the IIHF World Championship, the women cannot decline USA Hockey’s invitation.  If they were to decline it’s a sort of: “Oh well, that’s too bad, we just won’t invite you to play ever again. Bye!” thing.  What I’m getting is: If you cross USA Hockey the wrong way (by say declining to play in a tournament that you won’t get paid for or sending a passive aggressive tweet or something), they excommunicate you. I mean they excommunicated Stanley Cup Champion Phil Kessel for crying out loud!  

 USA Hockey is also the reason why the NWHL’s season had to be cut short this year, since most of the USWNT plays in the NWHL.  USA Hockey pulled these women from a hockey organization that pays them to play so they could play in a semi-lengthy tournament that they won’t get paid for. I mean sure playing the NWHL doesn’t come with a great pay rate by any stretch but compared to what USA Hockey pays them…it’s at least on par with what they could make working a part-to-full time job at minimum wage. 

If you’re looking for a good conversation about this whole ordeal, the most recent Steve Dangle Podcast has a lengthy and in-depth conversation about it with one of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy writers Jen Neale. You should definitely check it out, if you’re interested.  I just thought I’d put a little perspective on just what the $6000 every four years breaks down to. 



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Opening Soon—”The Arcades” at The Jewish Museum, NYC

March 16, 2017

“The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin” opens tomorrow, March 17, at the Jewish Museum, New York.

The German Jewish writer Walter Benjamin (1892–1940) began “The Arcades Project” in 1927 as a short piece about Paris’s nineteenth-century iron-and-glass vaulted shopping passages. This exhibition, featuring Chris Burden, Andreas Gursky, Cindy Sherman, and Taryn Simon, will combine archival material from the Benjamin archive in Berlin, architectural models, and contemporary artwork to evoke the elaborate structure of Benjamin’s text. Read more by clicking on the link in the bio.
Image: Chris Burden, Tower of London Bridge, 2003, stainless steel reproduction Mysto Type I Erector parts and wood base, bridge: 28 ½ × 80 ¼ × 8 ½ inches (72.4 × 203.8 × 21.6 cm) © Chris Burden.

Gnnh We’ra‘s quest are SO unappealling to me I still haven’t finish the “Soul Prism of the Illidari” thingy.
The fact that heroic dungeon doesn’t give me anything except artifact power doesn’t help neither… And I am a casual, I REALLY dislike doing hlvl content like mythic and raids (other than lfr).
I am at 28/80…

Guess that Illidude will wait a bit longer.


Fog par takatsnori
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Pentax MZ-50 Tamron AF 28-80 mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical Kodak UltraMax 400


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The Unsolved Case of Julie Weflen

Julie Weflen had an uncommon job for a woman in the 80s. At 28, she worked as an operator for the Bonneville Power Administration, and even though she’d faced some sexism at first, her male coworkers had learned to respect her commitment and efficiency. 

On September 16th, 1987, Julie was working on site at Spokane County, in Washington. She was supposed to be back home at 5 pm, when she would get a call from her husband Mike, who was working painting a house in another town. Mike called their house repeatedly, but he couldn’t contact Julie. At first he didn’t get worried, until he went back to his motel room that night and found a message from the local police, telling him his wife had been kidnapped.

Indeed, Julie had vanished at some time after 3:30 pm, when she had the last contact with one of her coworkers. She was going to check on one of the transformers that was low on nitrogen near Riverside State Park. Her work truck was found with its door and back hatch open. Her purse was inside the vehicle, and on the ground next to it they found her toolbox, hard hat and sunglasses. The gravel of the area showed signs of struggle, and authorities even theorized she could have been overpowered by two people.

It’s been almost 30 years and Julie’s fate has never been discovered. Police has cleared one person of interest, and had another unnamed suspect that failed a polygraph, but has since died. She has also been connected, although not officially, to the disappearance of two other women in the region: Debbie Swanson, who vanished on March 1986, and Sally Anne Stone, who went missing exactly 4 months before Julie. However, it’s more likely that she was taken by someone who knew her and had been watching her movements for a while.


Tupolev Tu-144, the world’s first supersonic commercial airliner, but unlike the Concorde, a complete failure that among other things, had a noisy and hot cabin, vibration problems, and higher-than-expected fuel consumption.

Introduced to passenger service in 1978 (two years after the Concorde), and quietly retired from commercial service in 1983 as a mail freighter, one of the most notorious but often overlooked failures in civilian aviation.

16 units were build, and out of those two crashed during non-commercial flights.

General characteristics

Crew: 3
Capacity: 140 passengers (11 1-st class & 129 tourist class)
Length: 65.70 m (215.54 ft)
Wingspan: 28.80 m (with wingtips) (94.48 ft)
Height: 12.55 m (41.00 ft)
Wing area: 506.35 m² (5,450 ft²)
Empty weight: 99,200 kg (218,500 lb)
Loaded weight: 125,000 kg (275,330 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 207,000 kg (455,950 lb)
Powerplant: 4 × Kolesov RD-36-51 turbojet, 240 kN (44,122 lbf)[N 6] each


Cruise speed: Mach 2.15 (2,120 km/h (1,320 mph))
Range: 4000 mi (6,500 km)
Service ceiling: 20,000 m (65,600 ft)
Rate of climb: 3,000 m/min (9,840 ft/min)
Wing loading: 410.96 kg/m² (84.20 lb/ft²)
Thrust/weight: 0.44

Terrapin Station
Grateful Dead
Terrapin Station

I need me some Terrapin Station and here it is for all of us to enjoy. This is a spectacular version from the 12/28/80 show at the Oakland Auditorium Arena.

1980 was really an amazing often overlooked year for the dead. They were playing tight as a band with a year of Brent under their belts, they did the acoustic set runs and they were breaking out some great stuff. 

The following lyrics of Terrapin sum up what the Grateful Dead’s music means to my soul and maybe yours…

oh yeah… happy valentines day y’all

“Inspiration, move me brightly, light the song with sense of colour, hold away despair.”


streets of Amagasaki by Satoru
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Amagasaki City, Hyogo Pref. Olympus OM-2N x Osawa MC 3.5-4.5/28-80 x Fujicolor 100

A Quick Thought on DA2

If you look at the Bioware forums and on tumblr, you get the impression that DA2 was a massive critical and commercial failure. You’re left feeling like those of us who love it are in a minority. Even though we might not like it, we’re sort of resigned to the idea that the characters and features we love about DA2 are doomed never to reappear.

Well, I’ve been doing some Googling and actually, neither the criticism, nor the sales seem to be all that bad. Take into account that DA2 only had one year in development, and perhaps a third of the marketing effort that was expended for DA:I, and it looks like an all-round success from where I’m standing. By contrast, I have to wonder how well DA:I would have fared under similar conditions.

I don’t have time to do a proper source list now, but just as an example, here’s a few excerpts from the Wikipedia page:

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