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Photo Album: August 1, 1944 Warsaw Uprising

The Warsaw Uprising was a major World War II operation by the Polish resistance Home Army to liberate Warsaw from Nazi Germany. The Uprising was timed to coincide with the Soviet Union’s Red Army approaching the eastern suburbs of the city and the retreat of German forces.

Although the exact number of casualties remains unknown, it is estimated that about 16,000 members of the Polish resistance were killed and about 6,000 badly wounded. In addition, between 150,000 and 200,000 Polish civilians died, mostly from mass executions.

During the urban combat approximately 25% of Warsaw’s buildings were destroyed. Following the surrender of Polish forces, German troops systematically levelled another 35% of the city block by block. Together with earlier damage suffered in the 1939 invasion of Poland and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943, over 85% of the city was destroyed by January 1945, when the course of the events in the Eastern Front forced the Germans to abandon the city.

WHATEVER HAPPENS, HAPPENS. A POEM BY VACATION JASON

Whatever Happens, Happens.

The philosophy of episode 8.

8. If you turn 8 sideways it means infinity.

Infinite like our chaotic universe.

This universe, we zoom in to see our galaxy, planet, continent, country, state, city, neighborhood, block, building, basement, studio. A chaotic universe within the chaotic universe.

We zoom in further. Episode 8. We see a man proclaim that tonight chaos reigns supreme. Whatever happens, happens.

Is this chaos? In a show where chaos is the engine, how would we know? What is the chaotic version of chaos? Chaos squared. Square. Chris Gethard is a square. When he goes on vacation he puts sunblock on his pocket protector.

Chaos. Some say the ocean is chaotic. You look at a fish, it swims through the seaweed, oh wait that’s not seaweed, that’s an octopus in disguise. Octopus. 8 tentacles. 8 episodes.

The tentacles wrap around the fish and devour it. The fish panics. It experiences personal chaos. The octopus is calm, cool, collected. 5000 miles away vacation jason swims in the ocean and sees a turtle. Neither the turtle or Vacation Jason are aware of the chaos the fish is experiencing at the hands of the octopus. Vacation Jason and the turtle are on vacation.

You zoom out. Look at the whole ocean as one unit. One universe. One show. The ecosystem expands and contracts, it moves and it flows. The chris gethard show expands and contracts. It changes from year to year. Episode to episode. It starts on a stage. It expands to the internet. It expands to television. It contracts as it connects personally with a viewer.

I am not a graceful person. I am not a Sunday morning or a Friday sunset. I am a Tuesday 2am, I am gunshots muffled by a few city blocks, I am a broken window during February. My bones crack on a nightly basis. I fall from elegance with a dull thud, and I apologize for my awkward sadness. I sometimes believe that I don’t belong around people, that I belong to all the leap days that didn’t happen. The way light and darkness mix under my skin has become a storm. You don’t see the lightning, but you hear the echoes.
MBTI types as people in action/adventure/mob/cop movies
  • ESTP:The loud mouthed semi funny guy that kills a lot of people. Probably the main character.
  • ESTJ:The dad of the main character who doesn't do much til his family is threatened then he proceeds to kill 13 people.
  • ESFP:The girl that tries to seduce literally everyone.
  • ESFJ:The mother who brings the main character's family together for a meal at some point in the movie.
  • ENTJ:The #1 gang leader (aka main bad guy) who doesn't actually do much in the movie.
  • ENTP:The guy who everyone thinks is the ENTJ and in the process of trying to escape ends up accidentally killing 73 people and blowing up a city block. Possibly a main character.
  • ENFJ:The old gang leader that convinces the main character to do the right thing.
  • ENFP:The daughter of the main character that only kills one person because she was being attacked.
  • ISTJ:The cop trying to bring the mob down the whole time.
  • ISTP:The son of the main character who looks like 17 and kills all 9 people that try to kill him.
  • ISFJ:The newly retired cop that the main character cannot talk out of retirement but eventually successfully does and he helps get the information out of the ENTP.
  • ISFP:The cop that keeps the desperate ISTJ from killing the ENTP.
  • INTP:The detective the cops bring in to help.
  • INTJ:The mole in the gang that isn't revealed until the very end who he actually is.
  • INFP:The little girl that witnesses the ESTP being beaten in an alley.
  • INFJ:The guy that kills off the ENTJ for the final scene. Was actually in almost every scene you just didn't notice.
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1910-1963 The destruction of Penn Station

The fall of a New York architectural martyr

In 1910, when New York City transportation terminal Pennsylvania Station opened, it was widely praised for its majestic architecture. Designed in the Beaux-Arts style, it featured pink granite construction and a stately colonnade on the exterior.

The main waiting room, inspired by the Roman Baths of Caracalla, was the largest indoor space in the city — a block and a half long with vaulted glass windows soaring 150 feet over a sun-drenched chamber. Beyond that, trains emerged from bedrock to deposit passengers on a concourse lit by an arching glass and steel greenhouse roof.

This may sound unfamiliar for present-day residents of New York City, who know Penn Station as a miserable subterranean labyrinth.

Though the original Penn Station served 100 million passengers a year at its peak in 1945, by the late 1950s the advent of affordable air travel and the Interstate Highway System had cut into train use. The Pennsylvania Railroad could not even afford to keep the station clean.

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Two Men Are Walking Every Block in New York City

Block City

Robert Louis Stevenson


What are you able to build with your blocks? 
Castles and palaces, temples and docks. 
Rain may keep raining, and others go roam, 
But I can be happy and building at home. 

Let the sofa be mountains, the carpet be sea, 
There I’ll establish a city for me: 
A kirk and a mill and a palace beside, 
And a harbour as well where my vessels may ride. 

Great is the palace with pillar and wall, 
A sort of a tower on the top of it all, 
And steps coming down in an orderly way 
To where my toy vessels lie safe in the bay. 

This one is sailing and that one is moored: 
Hark to the song of the sailors aboard! 
And see, on the steps of my palace, the kings 
Coming and going with presents and things! 

Yet as I saw it, I see it again, 
The kirk and the palace, the ships and the men, 
And as long as I live and where'er I may be, 
I’ll always remember my town by the sea.

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Root Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Hasan James, secures his publication and website's position as “Your Source to the Gospel Music Vibe and Beyond,” with the first installment release of Underground Heat: Volume 1! Root is bringing a perfect fusion of urban worship, soul gospel and hip-hop with 21 tracks of pure HEAT.

You can download your copy of the mixtape at RootMagazineOnline.com for FREE to hear some of the hottest voices in gospel and hip-hop music including, Jai, Brittney Wright, Thomas “T.C.” Clay, Jovita Sheppard, Brandon Camphor, Alex Williams, Brandon Avery Smith, Jonathan Brown, Donte` Everhart, J. Santana, Co Campbell, Block City, Dunamis, Doc Hero, Don Cephas, Gene Keys, Justafied, Wiz DM, Sha Da Gifted, Brother Ron, Deuce, J.R.

This mixtape also features top selling hip-hop artist Lecrae, who has twice graced the number 1 spot on Billboard’s album charts! If you’re a gospel artist that wants to be featured on the next volume of “Underground Heat," scheduled to release September 2011, send your music to therootmag@yahoo.com!