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Hurricane Harvey: What’s Happening & How You Can Help

Resources for those affected and those looking to give.


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On behalf of the DoSomething.org staff and our 5.5 million members, we are thinking of everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey and hoping you are safe.

Rescue operations in full swing in Houston as people flee flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey. pic.twitter.com/znCJAJCFQL

— Robert Gauthier (@rgaut999)

August 27, 2017

This man is a preacher checking for people inside cars at 610 & 288 PC Brian Roberson Jr @KPRC2 #Harvey pic.twitter.com/NJx58ZN8N8

— Sara Donchey (@KPRC2Sara)

August 27, 2017

Here is the latest: At least five people are dead, with many more injured and up to 450,000 seeking federal aid, as a result of the hurricane which pummeled southeast Texas over the weekend. With massive damage and dangerous flooding, the people of Houston and surrounding areas need all hands on deck. Here’s how you can find help and how you can help others.

How to Get Help if You’re Affected by the Storm

If you’re in areas hit by the storm, call the US Coast Guard.

Widening #USCG communications for #Harvey rescue ops in #Houston: Call 281-464-(4851)(4852)(4853)(4854)(4855). Get on roofs. Mark locl w/SOS

— U.S. Coast Guard (@uscoastguard)

August 27, 2017


281–464–4851

281–464–4852

281–464–4853

281–464–4854

281–464–4855

You can also visit the City of Houston Emergency site for, among others:

How to Help Those Affected

The orgs below are providing crucial support to those affected. If you have money to give, check out these tips from ProPublica before donating. If you aren’t able to donate, use social media to tell others about these resources.

For more, Vox and The Huffington Post have also compiled resources.


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WWII Firearms in Syria Part 1

Like so many other conflicts that have been recently waged in the Middle East, every gun of every sort will find its way into the hands of combatants. Sometimes articles of history too.

Beretta M38/44: the official submachine gun of the Royal Italian Army during WWII, the M38/44 was one of the better small arms fielded by the Italians. This one here has been highly customized by its owner, the receiver and barrel seemingly nickel-plated and the stock sawn off.

The same Beretta M38/44 in action. The 1938 series was extremely robust and proved very popular with Axis forces as well as Allied troops.

DP-28: a Russian light-machine gun, the DP was light and cheap to make, consisting of less than 80 parts. It was rugged and reliable, but fed from an inconvenient 47-round pan magazine which was prone to damage and jamming. It was replaced by the better RPD.

DShK M1938: a Russian heavy machine gun designed for infantry support, the DShK still sees widespread use. It was frequently deployed on a two-wheeled mounting and armored with single-sheet of steel. It is sometimes nicknamed Dashka in Russian-speaking countries, from the abbreviation.

MOBILE.

M1 Garand: the workhorse of the American GI during WWII, the M1 was one of several semi-auto rifles issued during the war, but the US was the only major belligerent nation that issued semi-auto rifles on a large scale. 

With almost 5.5 million built, M1 Garand’s are not exceedingly uncommon on modern battlefields. 

This M1 seems to have an aftermarket scope attached to it.

M1919: America’s medium machine-gun of WWII, the M1919 saw service on all fronts and with multiple different allies. It was powerful and reliable, if not heavy. Though visually distinct from its predecessor, the M1917, both weapons are mechanically the same. The arrival of the GPMG pushed the M1919 into a secondary role in most cases.

Bonus: A FUCKING CANNON.

Now that I have more time, I want to talk about the new rumors and news that recently came out about the third season of Sense8. The other day a rumor was started in regards to the third season due to an interview with an executive producer who worked on the show - this rumor was a bit malicious.

The rumor determined that the series has been a huge investment for Netflix - especially the second season, which doubled compared to the first season’s expense at $ 9 million per episode - and that the audiences were not as good as other Netflix series - Jessica Jones, OITNB, Strangers Things - which also have big budgets.

It is also rumored that SOME of the protagonists of the series have not signed the new contract yet and that the absence of Lilly Wachowski affected the production because Lana was alone with the project.

Okay, this is all garbage.

JMS is one of the creators of the series so Lana is not alone - He said on twitter that nothing is known at this point, but said ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about the series renewal. It must be clarified that this rumor has been given by an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER of the series and that this can not be certain after only a few days since the premiere. And on the other hand, NETFLIX is who will make the decision on the subject anyways, not a producer as JMS has said:

Everything is uncertain at this point, and there are many factors that we did not consider before. Netflix expanded to Asia in 2016, and many viewers have recently watched season 1 of Sense8, which will create new viewers in Asia. The same effect can happen for all those new / old global subscribers - which increased to almost twice as much since the first season premiered in 2015.

On the other hand, it is possible that some actors have not signed the new agreement for several reasons. [Not confirmed 100%] We could know that Jamie, Tina, Toby and Miguel Angel all came together at the end of February to extended their contracts until June - So in June they will need to sign on for the new season if the second is a success. Brian, Max, Tuppence and Doona were not at that meeting. 

But Max was at the Berlin headquarters at the time, doing press for Sense8 and another project - and perhaps signing the agreement as well. 

The same could go for Doona - she could have signed at the Netflix headquarters in Asia. And we know she loves working with the Wachowski and has been training a lot in the gym - which is a good sign. It is true that we know nothing of Brian or Tuppence yet, but Brian recently said on twitter that he would be happy to do 20 seasons because he never wants it to end - so you can assume that he has signed on as well. Only Tuppence remains as the outstanding cast member, but she has been working hard and perhaps the lack of time has been a problem to be able to sign.

Personally I think that both during the shoot, and ever since production wrapped, that all of them have shown an extreme amount of love for the show. Everyone is fascinated with the project and I do not think any of them have any problems with renewing.

So what are the drawbacks? Time, for example. For instance, Miguel Angel had to ask for time off during production to return to Spain and record Velvet in it’s second season. They gave it to him without problem and adapted to his schedule. Doona also had to take some time off to do some work for Louis Vuitton. Another problem would be money, but I honestly do not think there are problems with that issue and they will come to an agreement if there is one. - So I think the subject of SCHEDULING is something that takes time to figure out, since they have to take into account so many things like nudity, action scenes, project time, recording time to combine with other projects, etc … Everything is still being decided.

About the rumor that the THIRD SEASON will be the last one is also LIE. The producer from this interview - who I think seems a little silly - speaks from his personal opinion as if it were a confirmed truth. JMS has said that has never determined the duration of a series before - That is, if they make the third season the last, he will make a final adaptation as the last season. The executive producer in the interview never even determined that they were five seasons planned, which JMS has said repeatedly. This tells us a lot, especially since the end of the second season left on a cliffhanger, we can assume that Netflix wants more Sense8.

It is true that Lana did not have her sister during Season 2, but we know from Miguel that Lilly has been very involved in the project and has supported Lana even though she has not participated in it. The reason she took time off in the first place was to go through her transition after she came out as a transgender woman. Her absence probably won’t be permanent, and she may come back for the possible renewal. Besides, Lana loves the series, the characters and her work, so I do not think that LANA was a reason for the third season to be the rumored last. By the way, LANA IS WRITING the new season - possibly finishing writing - which is fantastic news.

Now about the show’s RATINGS, I have been doing calculations. All are mere theoretical facts based on instagram accounts, followers and comparison with other series - Game of Thrones, Orange Is The New Black or House of Cards. I’ve had a lot of data taken into account to get these numbers, but I REPEAT, it’s all THEORY.

Based on different data, Sense8 has an average of 3.2 million viewers in the US per episode - and added 6.4% subscribers to Netflix. With this percentage I have added the rest of countries giving me a total of: 5 million viewers globally per episode - without regard to ASIA, since there is no exact data on this territory yet. So maybe we could be talking between 5.5 or 10 million viewers. Are they bad figures? Well since Jessica Jones has 4.8 million viewers per episode in the US, then this is not bad at all. Not the best, but not bad either.

All of this is a mere theoretical study. You have to take into account the data that I do not even have access to; like the opinions of each region, exact number of subscribers, advertising, improved product visualization, etc. … A prime example of what I’m talking about is in regards to MASTER OF NONE. In spite of the fact that in Spain it had a bad review - or had (the stars on Netflix disappeared) - it was still renewed. In the US it has been seen by 3.9 million people per episode and is considered a success. This shows that in each country a certain show works differently, In Brazil with fewer subscribers there are more viewings of Sense8 than the US.

On the other hand, Netflix releases all of the episodes at once, but this does not mean that everyone watches all of them at the same time. There are some people who take months to watch a series. A good example of that is the fourth season of OITNB. In its first month in the US it was only seen by 664 thousand people, yet now it is supposed to be one of the most watched series on Netflix.

To add onto the list of potential problems, THE DUBBED VOICES could be one. In Spain there is a protest going on at the moment, and the series is not being completely understood because the dubbing is in LATIN AMERICAN and not in SPANISH (Castillan). This is probably the main reason why the Spaniards will have to wait until the protests cease.

Finally, I do not like the idea that NETFLIX does not promote Sense8 as it does with other series. I don’t know why this happens. Maybe Sense8 takes care of its own advertising.

This budget is also influenced by the income of product placement. This is a form of advertising, where a brand appears incognito in the series as part of the plot. Examples: Fuchs team is Nike or Joong-Ki’s car is a Mercedes or the kind of Whiskey that Felix drinks. - That type of advertising is sometimes based on giving the product out for free, or at a lower price. There are even brands that pay for them to appear in the show. Sense8 has many expenses, but a lot of them are covered by this kind of advertising.

How about the renewal? For me all of the factors involved indicate that yes, we will have a third season. But we will probably have to wait a couple of months to find out. This month will be the observation of social media & reviews, in June the agreements and presentation of the project will be discussed, and in July we should get the official statement. Netflix has acted like this for other series as well, and I think this will not be the exception.

If you have more doubts like these, or about the plot, characters, or Kalagang … You can always ask me here: https://kalagangspain.tumblr.com/ask

Thank for all @ww-n-double-d you are my favorite american sensates!

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 Hoseok (Hope On The Street/talkswithsuga&hope) 5.5 Million subs

  • Hoseok would obviously have a dance based channel
  • he does dance covers, original choreography, tutorials, and tips on how to improve your dancing
  • he has dances like
  • Wild- Troye Sivan (lol guys just go along with it and imagine its just one person)
  • Shape of You- Ed Sheeran (imagine it’s him and Jimin)
  • Closer- Chainsmokers(lol just imagine one person again)
  • Lean On- Major Lazer & DJ snake(imagine him and JK)
  • Humble- Kendrick Lamar(and just imagine bts :) ) 
  • What caught most peoples attention was his skills
  • While he specializes in hip hop, he’s known for never backing down from a challenge and trying any type of dance
  • whether that be
  •  contemporary
  • lyrical 
  • ballroom 
  • jazz
  • street dancing 
  • hell, he’ll do anything if someone just simply requests
  • he never says no to a challenge, instead, welcoming it with open arms and then of course, he has another channel with the one and only Min Yoongi (read about it here, cause I’m not about to go and explain everything again)
  • His viewers had never heard of Yoongi, so to see him jaoin the channel out of now where was a surprise to say the least
  • and of course, people started shipping them , which was inevitable and something he should’ve seen coming
  • but he didn’t
  • and it was weird because he’d never looked at Yoongi that way before 
  • and Hoseok was confused
  • And hoseok wasn’t naive, he saw the way Yoongi looked at him
  • so now they’re friends?
  • he thinks?
  • Hoseok doesn’t really know to be totally honest

other parts 

Jin (EATJIN) 

Namjoon (joonmonster)

Yoongi (Minsuga/talkswithsuga&hope)

Namjoon's Birthday Projects!

*will be updated as I find more and will post a master project list for Jungkook as well*

Organized by: Rmbdaystream (via twitter)

“Rap Monster Birthday Streaming!

Goal:
- Make "Do You” MV hit 10.5 million views
- Make “Reflection” short film hit 5.5 million views
- Make “Change” MV hit 10 million views

Use Hashtags:
- #MONSTERSTREAMINGPARTY
- #DO_YOU_10M500K
- #REFLECTION_5M500k
- #CHANGE_10M

Important note: Stream in Korean music sites!

Message from organizer: “Please make him smile and show him some love. He always cares about Army, and looks after us and the members.

The new Young American Tracking Poll (YATP) is a first-of-its-kind quarterly survey and report that focuses on the opinions and behaviors of Americans between the ages 13 and 25 on topics in politics, policy, and civic engagement.

From its annual surveying of young Americans conducted since 2013, DoSomething.org and TMI Strategy launched the YATP in order to elevate the voices of young people in discussions of national policies and priorities. The poll brings attention to the distinct ways young millennials and Gen Z participate in their civic communities, which often contrast from beliefs and actions found in the general adult population in America.

Most often, young people are defined as 18–29 and so thinly sampled that additional segmentation within the group is impossible. And for the voices of those under 18? Nothing.

Specifically, the YATP provides an alternative to the standard approaches taken by traditional polling towards young people. Most often, young people are defined as 18–29 and so thinly sampled that additional segmentation within the group is impossible. This approach mutes the nuances of youth experience and opinions. The circumstances of someone in her late teens are very different than someone in her late twenties. And even with more narrow age-bracketing, there are major differences between urban and rural youth, male and female, and so on.

And for the voices of those under 18? Nothing. Most national polls omit 13- to 18-year-olds entirely from sampling, thereby silencing millions of young people who disproportionately rely on and are impacted by policy decisions.

Summary of Key Findings

The YATP finds that young Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of Donald Trump and his policies. For all areas where a direct comparison is possible, youth disapproval of Trump exceeds that of the general population. Specifically, American youth disproportionately disagree with Trump’s actions regarding immigration and border security.

In the months since the election, young people significantly increased their participation in organized protests, their use of technology to take and promote positions on social issues, and their use of social networks to organize others to take action.

This strong disapproval of Trump corresponds with a perceptible increase in civic participation from young Americans. In the months since the election, young people significantly increased their participation in organized protests, their use of technology to take and promote positions on social issues, and their use of social networks to organize others to take action.

Self-identified young “liberals” — one third of all young people — are driving the increase in civic participation almost entirely. This group has been two to three times more likely to take action than self-identified “moderate” or “conservative” peers since the November election.

Additionally, across a broad set of issues and policy areas, America’s young people are increasingly taking sides. On nearly every issue/policy asked about in the YATP, the percent of young people with no opinion decreased following the election.

The biggest gains in agreement went almost exclusively towards traditionally liberal positions. On topics ranging from climate change, to immigration reform, to the legalization of marijuana, a new consensus is forming among young Americans.

On topics ranging from climate change, to immigration reform, to the legalization of marijuana, a new consensus is forming among young Americans.

On several issues and policy areas, young liberals diverge from young moderates and young conservatives. The Women’s March in Washington, D.C. and identification with feminism are resoundingly unpopular with young moderates and young conservatives but are popular with young liberals. On issues of religion and security, young moderates and young conservatives are noticeably more skeptical of refugees and concerned by terrorism than are their young liberal peers.

In this report, we’ll take a deep dive into:

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Introduction to the Lingala Language

Hey, everyone! So, on anon’s request and because I strongly feel like I should’ve thought of doing it myself, here is a short post about what the Lingala language is!

Lingala is a Bantu language native to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, Angola, and the Central African Republic.
It has over 10 million speakers, 5.5 millions of which are native speakers.
It is not technically an official language, but has a status as national language of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and it is simply recognised as a language of the Republic of the Congo.

The language has been influenced (due to colonisation, ofc) by French, especially (many French words have been borrowed without any transformations, and speakers will sometimes include whole sentences in French in their speech), Portuguese (first contact with an Indo-European language), English, and Dutch.
There are four major variations of the language: Standard Lingala (used in education, news, etc.), Spoken Lingala (day-to-day usage), Kinshasa Lingala and Brazzaville Lingala.

Lingala is mainly an oral language, but it can also be written using the Latin alphabet. However, spelling does vary from place to place, since it hasn’t been standardised. It can also be written using the Mandombe script, which is an artificial script based on two sacred shapes and intended for writing African languages such as the four national languages of the Congo (which includes Lingala, though it does not actually have enough vowels to write it fully). 

The importance of Lingala as a vernacular has grown with the size and importance of its main center of use, Kinshasa; with its use as the lingua franca of the armed forces, and with the popularity of soukous music (a popular genre of dance music from the Congo Basin).

And for good measure, here’s a sample to show you what it looks like. This is a translation of the Catholic version of the Lord’s Prayer, which I simply took from Wikipedia. If you’ve read my last post about pronunciation, though, watch out, because they have marked high tones with an acute accent (the flickidoo over é, as I like to call it) instead of bold letters and a circumflex accent (^) for a raising tone, which my book doesn’t include because this is Standard Lingala, not Spoken Lingala.
Also, they marked the differences between the closed [e] and the open [ɛ] E, as well as between the close [o] and the open [ɔ] O.

Tatá wa bísó, ozala o likoló,
bato bakúmisa Nkómbó ya Yɔ́,
bandima bokonzi bwa Yɔ́, mpo elingo Yɔ́,
basálá yangó o nsé,
lokóla bakosalaka o likoló Pésa bísó lɛlɔ́ biléi bya mokɔlɔ na mokɔlɔ,
límbisa mabé ma bísó, lokóla bísó tokolimbisaka baníngá.
Sálisa bísó tondima masɛ́nginyá tê,
mpe bíkisa bísó o mabé.
Na yɔ́ bokonzi,
nguyá na nkembo,
o bileko o binso sékô.
Amen.

Unfortunately, Wikipedia does not give me a translation, and I am not familiar with this prayer, so I don’t want to look up something somewhere else that might be completely off; this is just to show you what Lingala looks like.

And I think I’ve said everything that’s good to know if you want to get your first impressions about the language^^ Again, I hope I am not spreading any misinformation, so if someone reading this happens to know I am wrong on anything, feel free to correct it.
See you!

Hurricane Irma: What’s Happening and How You Can Help

Resources for those affected and for those looking to give.


On behalf of the DoSomething.org staff and our 5.5 million members, we are thinking of everyone affected by Hurricane Irma, and hoping you and your loved ones are safe. We also thank all the brave first responders and community members helping people in need.

Here is the latest: Hurricane Irma has claimed the lives of four people in Florida and at least 27 in the Caribbean. The storm has caused enormous damage, flooding, and power outages in the Caribbean and the southeast United States — the New York Times reports that 5.8 million Floridians are without power. Irma has been downgraded to a tropical storm but is already causing damage as it moves inland, through Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina.

Here’s how you can find help and how you can help others.

For People In the Affected Region Who Need Help

For Those Who Want to Help

If you are in Florida and looking to lend a hand, visit Volunteer Florida.

If you are elsewhere and have money to give, check out these tips from ProPublica before donating to one of the orgs below. If you don’t have money to give, use social media to promote these worthy orgs to your network.

  • GlobalGiving.org: As per its website, Global Giving provides “relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild.”
  • UNICEF Disaster Relief: UNICEF’s website reports that it has “pre-positioned emergency supplies for dispatch, including drinking water, sanitation equipment, nonperishable food, medicines, tarps, blankets and emergency education kits.”
  • ASPCA: The ASPCA is saving and protecting animals caught in Irma’s path.

DoSomething.org is the largest tech company exclusively for young people and social change. We’re activating 5.5 million young people (in every US area code and in 131 countries!) to make positive change both online and off.

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FYI: if a Finnish person ever tells you we like Donald (….) and you hear Donald Trump, please know you misheard.

We mean Donald Duck, the Disney character.

There’s some history here as to why he speaks to us so much, but in a nutshell - Donald Duck, or Aku Ankka as we call him, is basically a mainstream character that represents us.

He’s an undertaker who works his ass off but usually always fails, solves problems creativily but not without throwing some profanities in, basically just manages to survive OK against the odds and never gives up, does his altruistic duty in raising his three young charges with care, is blue and white, has an unpleasant neighbor to the East side of his house (representing Russia) and has to deal with an extremely lucky relative and an extremely rich relative who p much constantly either rub it in his face or make him work with minimum compensation for mundane tasks (representing the overly privileged Swedish-Finnish and the Finnish Government respectively).

And yeah - then there’s the old Finnish world creation myth that had to do with a duck and how they’re basically all but holy birds for us by all technicalities, but yeah.

You just can’t grasp what the character means to us. The Donald Duck comic has had a larger distribution in the 5.5 million inhabitant Finland than many superhero comics had in the entire United States.

Or just watch this video. It’s been nominated here as the best ad film of the year 2016.

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A summary on Produce 101 Season 2 Episode 8 its ya boy back at it agian with another let’s play this time its evaluations and painful crying time

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The NHS Hack

The Government decided to end their IT support agreement with Microsoft, leaving the NHS vulnerable, running out of date software and security. All to save just £5.5 million a year. How much is it going to cost to restore the encrypted files and subsequently upgrade the NHS’ IT infrastructure to make sure this doesn’t happen again? Much more than £5.5 million I’m sure. Just another example of poor Tory management. And the fact Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, is nowhere to be seen is appalling. The Tories continue to avoid the press and hold the country in contempt.

Wednesday, March 8 is International Women’s Day

“Women have been cut out of history, treated like property, and kept out of power. International Women’s Day celebrates women rising above the inequality that they have been handed. It also reminds us that we need to continue fighting. For black women, for Latina women, for native women, for Asian women, for Islamic women, for Jewish women, for LGBTQ+ women, for ALL women.” — Janet, 21-year-old DoSomething member, New York

What is A Day Without A Woman?

On International Women’s Day (Wednesday, March 8), women and their allies are joining in a one-day demonstration — A Day Without A Woman — to recognize how valuable women of all backgrounds are to our socioeconomic system and to call attention to the economic injustices women and gender oppressed people continue to face. According to the official site:

Anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, in one or all of the following ways:

  1. Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor
  2. Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses)
  3. Wear RED, the color of the labor movement, in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman

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“Dunkirk” is making quite the splash in the domestic box office this weekend, already tracking for a debut of over $50 million. 

The World War II drama from Christopher Nolan is on course for a $51 million opening after taking in just shy of $20 million on Friday. After $5.5 million from Thursday night previews, Warner Bros.’s “Dunkirk” has now amassed $19.8 million from 3,720 locations so far. The success can be attributed in part to “Dunkirk’s” positive reviews and A- CinemaScore (It has an even more impressive A grade amongst people under age 25).

—  Variety.

Enhanced color view of Saturn’s ring system was assembled from clear, orange and ultraviolet frames from a distance of 8.9 million kilometers (5.5 million miles) by Voyager 2 in 1981. The difference in color is attributable to chemical and physical variations. [752 × 960]

HOV fact of the day:

Jay-Z originally finished his eleventh studio album The Blueprint 3 in November 2008, but he held the recordings back so he could continue negotiations with Def Jam Recordings and owner Universal Music Group. According to The New York Times, he still owed the label at least one more album, and they wanted The Blueprint 3. In May 2009, after their offers weren’t in accordance with what he felt he deserved, Jay bought out his contract with Def Jam for $5 million, freeing him up to release the album through a joint venture between Atlantic Records and his new entertainment company Roc Nation. One of the negotiations Hov made with Def Jam when signing up to be the President and CEO of the label in December 2004 was that he would earn full ownership of his master recordings after ten years. While they still owned some of his music Def Jam utilized the opportunity to release a compilation album titled Jay-Z: The Hits Collection, Volume One in November 2010.

While he did make $10 million from his time at the head of Def Jam, when looking to launch a new business venture Jay had stopped seeing a future with UMG. This choice to leave his label home of over ten years dated back to a conversation he had with the label’s executives in 2005. He revealed to Billboard in 2009 how they had passed on the opportunity to develop him into the kind of mogul he wanted to be: “You have to figure, this is like four years ago, and to them it was just like, ‘Are you crazy? No! Make a song!’ To me it was like, 'I’ve sold companies for huge amounts of money. I’m an entrepreneur-that’s what I’ve been all my life. I can’t just sit here and make records and not do anything else. Why wouldn’t you want to do this with me?’ I felt underutilized.” Jay’s $150 million deal with Live Nation and the formation of his Roc Nation venture was revealed in April 2008.

Hindsight would be upsetting for Universal Music Group, knowing that The Blueprint 3 featured “Empire State of Mind”—one of Hov’s most popular singles that has sold over 5.5 million copies in the United States alone and has become the new New York anthem. Add that to Hov’s 2018 $200 million touring re-up with Live Nation because of his record-setting touring ability, and the huge successes of the Roc Nation entertainment company and its various ventures, we can definitely add UMG to the list of people who “Lost One.” 

Archaeologists Still Scrambling To Save Mes Aynak

Over a decade ago, the world was outraged when the Taliban destroyed two massive Buddha statues in Afghanistan’s Bamiyan valley in a vendetta against all Islamic art. Today, an even larger and older collection of artifacts is under threat, but this time the conflict has more to do with economics than religion.

Mes Aynak is a 9,800-acre archaeological site in Afghanistan’s Logar Province. It was once a major city on the ancient Silk road, and is home to structures dating back more than 2,600 years. Archaeologists say it’s a cultural goldmine, but others are more concerned with what lies beneath it – 5.5 million metric tons of high-grade copper ore. Read more.

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ok this is ugly as heck kdgdkf but i was tagged by these angels approx. 5.5 million years ago to do the bias selfie tag!! Thanks y’all!:  Eli ❤️ @joonielesters I Emjae ❤️ @flyera I Hayley ❤️ @softpinkyugyeom 

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