Humanitarian response

American Citizens in Puerto Rico are slowly becoming the victims of genocide. Whether unintended or the result of an inefficient buffoon and his inexperienced administration bumbling the operation, we must act now! People are walking around in feces laden water, considering eating dogs, and dying day by day from lack of electricity, water, food, medicine. We can transport troops and equipment to blow up shit anywhere in the world in 72 hours but we can’t help victims of a hurricane a few miles from our shores?!

aquarius is the angel of righteousness, truth, and humanitarianism. but the responsibility is heavy, and the crown becomes straining, alone she dwells, waiting for something to change, for people to change and find their hearts, and soul, and spiritual mind so she can descend and be free, so she can live on her vibrational harmony

Nikola Tesla was an inventor, discoverer, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, theoretical and experimental physicist, mathematician, futurist and humanitarian. He is responsible for over ninety percent of the transmission of electrical power the world relies on today thanks to his discovery of the rotating magnetic field. The inventor utilized this discovery in his invention and patent of the first commutatorless alternating current induction motor which changed the future of power transmission. All electrical technology using or generating alternating current today is due to Tesla, without which all our trolley cars, electric vehicles, subways, manufacturing/industrial plants and electrified power lines, which bring power to almost every single electrical appliance/equipment in our homes/work, would be impossible.

Tesla was a Serbian born on July 10, 1856 at midnight in Smiljan, Lika (in what is now Croatia). He was educated at an early age by his parents before attending the Gymnasium Karlovac in Croatia, the Polytechnic Institute in Graz, Austria; and the University of Prague excelling in linguistics, mathematics and sciences. He was a hyper-polyglot who could speak eight languages including: Serbo-Croatian, English, Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, and Latin. He claimed to have had a three-dimensional memory and thought process that tormented him in his youth, but later aided him with building his inventions in his own mind without wasting any physical energy. He was known to be able to recite by heart full books, mathematical formulas and poetry such as Goethe’s “Faust,” Njegoš’ “The Mountain Wreath,” Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” Byron’s “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage,” and Pushkin’s “Eugene Onegin.”

In 1881 while walking with a friend in a City Park reciting Goethe’s “Faust,” Tesla first envisioned the rotating magnetic field and his induction motor– complete, perfect, and operable in form. This visualization would represent the same diagrams shown in a lecture given before the American Institute of Electrical Engineers in 1888.

After his revelation, in 1882, Tesla’s began working for a telephone company in Europe, while he worked independently on his induction motor. In 1884, he moved to America in hopes of capitalizing on his new discovery. Initially, Tesla was hired by Thomas Edison, but the famous American inventor was not interested in Tesla’s alternating current system, due to his already strong interest in direct current power transmission. Tesla would continue working for Edison until Edison promised him $50,000 to make improvements on his DC generation plants. After completing the task, Tesla asked to be paid, but Edison denied him his offer and explained that the offer of $50,000 was just an “American joke.” Edison offered Tesla a small raise, but Tesla resigned instead.

After his fallout with Edison, Tesla was offered his own lighting company by some small investors, but unfortunately, they were also not interested in Tesla’s alternating current system. Tesla would invent a new and efficient arc lamp for the company, but would be forced out of the business after completing his work. This was a bitter blow to the young Serbian who resorted to digging ditches for $2 an hour in order to get by in a new country.

Tesla’s luck would soon change in 1887, after he received a chance to demonstrate his system of alternating currents to some financiers with his famous “Egg of Columbus” demonstration. This great event would lead to the filing of his Alternating Current Poly-phase Induction Motor patent. This opened a wide door for the introduction and commercial development of alternating current motors.

Tesla pushed forward building apparatuses equal in productivity to DC motors, forcing the scientific community to recognize his work. Because of this work, in May of 1888, a publication of Tesla’s work was read before the American Institutes of Electrical Engineers. Prior to Tesla’s invention, it was considered impossible to eliminate the brushes and commutators on the old motors, but the introduction of Tesla’s new electrical theory and practice was an obvious departure from the old into the new. It was completely revolutionary yet so simple. The introduction of his new patent would spark a strong interest in American entrepreneur, George Westinghouse, who would later buy Tesla’s patents, and throw all his resources into the development of Tesla’s work. This new industry in power transmission would eventually start a feud between the Westinghouse Company and Thomas Edison’s General Electric Company–known as the “War of Currents" (AC/DC)…

(to be continued…)

It doesn’t matter if you are documented. You have rights in this country.

Hundreds of Central Americans and their supporters gathered in front of the White House on Wednesday, 30 December to protest the US government’s plan to significantly ramp of deportations, beginning on January 2.

As US Steps Up Deportations, Advocates Push for Refugee Status for Central Americans

Since its creation more than 70 years ago, the United States has not only hosted the UN but played a major role in its work to prevent conflict, reduce poverty and promote human rights.

On Thursday, having seen the blueprint of the 2018 budget released by the White House, UN Secretary-General (through his spokesperson) said that he fully subscribes to the necessity to effectively combat terrorism but believes that it requires more than military spending.

“There is also a need to address the underlying drivers of terrorism through continuing investments in conflict prevention, conflict resolution, countering violent extremism, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, sustainable and inclusive development, the enhancement and respect of human rights, and timely responses to humanitarian crises.

The international community is facing enormous global challenges that can only be addressed by a strong and effective multilateral system, of which the United Nations remains the fundamental pillar.”

📷: Elif Gulec

Aquarius is a very futuristic, revolutionary, innovative sign that belongs to the Air element and Fixed modality. Aquarius can be described as a conversationalist, a futuristic idealist, a scientific programmer. Aquarius spends diligent time gathering their ideas in order, manifesting over time in order to reach their final conclusion based on lengthy research. Aquarius is a very open minded sign, it possesses great curiosity for the world around it. Aquarius is represented by the Water Bearer, though it is an Air sign. The Water Bearer archetype wishes to pour his knowledge into society, to lead others on a new path rather than be a follower. Aquarius encourages us to be a leader, to encourage others to be a leader most of all. Aquarius is co-ruled by the planets Uranus and Saturn. The Uranian energy crackling within Aquarius encourages us to shake up our own life path to set us on an entirely new trail. Saturn provides us with the structure and rigid formation of ideas Uranus bolts down to us; without Saturn, Aquarius would be just as scattered as Gemini. Aquarius operates on a higher level of thinking entirely, it represents intuitive intelligence. The mental operation of Aquarius seems to appear out of thin air, lightning bolts of intuitive insight hit down suddenly, giving the individual the next big idea to get started on. The Aquarius archetype is also the humanitarian; Aquarius feels great responsibility for the well being of the collective consciousness and society as a whole. It can be overly concerned with others rather than with themselves; they are primarily concerned with bettering the ones around them.
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Aquarius

excerpt from a reading I’m working on

Ukrainian authorities finally made a decision. Open war against Ukrainian citizens was announced.

After almost three months of constant protests in Ukraine’s major cities, President Yanukovych’s government declared de facto martial law in the country. Violent clashes have spread beyond the capital.

#Euromaidan Protests Spread Throughout Ukraine After Explosion of Violence

No, no, no I don’t want Chole as the Bee. No.

Mostly because the creators did a PRETTY GOOD JOB at making her a generally unlikable character. In my opinion, she didn’t have a lot of redeemable qualities, if at all, and I didn’t really see any major indications that lead me to believe she WAS redeemable enough to be worthy of a Miraculous.

I don’t know how they’re going to undo all the damage and akumatizations she’s caused, and her lack of empathy for them all. She has never shown any kind of regret for the problems she created.

Like seriously? What she did to Kim was absolutely humiliating. Nope. No fault. Sabrina in Antibug? Yeah, I understand that she accepted Sabrina back, but it was ACCEPTING her back, not asking for forgiveness. There was no indication that she even changed towards Sabrina after the reconciliation, or in any episodes following that (regardless of having no ‘real order,’ there IS a sense of direction in this season).

This better be misleading (as in this character looks painfully similar to Chole), or she must go through a very intense, a VERY believable redemption arc in season 2 for me to even BEGIN being okay with it.

But I won’t be for a while. It boils my blood to think about Chloe somehow earning such a huge, humanitarian responsibility with little redemption cues to fall back on. Season 1 gave me no reason to believe she deserves it.

Again, I hope it’s misleading, but the design elements have me on my toes. The similarities are ridiculously obvious.

anonymous asked:

Related to that "did Stewjon have a Highland Clearances equivalent" thing *whispers* Obi-Wan humming this tune that he's had in the back of his head as long as he can remember but he doesn't know what it is or where it's from and they visit Stewjon and they find out it's a Stewjonian lullaby (*whispers quieter* and the lullaby is "smile in your sleep bonnie baby")

I’d like to preface this by saying: What the fuck? That as a lullaby? That’s fucking dark, my dude. That’s real dark and I love it. I also love that it’s about the Clearances, and it would make total sense for it to have been written during them on Stewjon’s equivalent and for people to be adopting it and singing it. For anyone interested, here’s the lyrics to the song.

Have a ficlet that’s no longer a ficlet because holy hell, it got long.


“What song is that?” Anakin asked.

Obi-Wan glanced up from his datapad, tearing his attention away from the briefing he’d been reading. “Pardon?”

“The one you were humming.”

Obi-Wan blinked. He hadn’t realized he’d been humming. Had he been doing that the whole time?

When Obi-Wan didn’t respond, Anakin prompted, “You always hum it. I’m pretty sure it’s the only thing I ever hear you hum. You’ve been doing it since I was a Padawan.”

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Horrible stories about North Korea is nothing new. But this may be one of the most extensive reports worth-reading on the country’s abysmal human rights condition.

UN Report on Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea

♒ It’s their unique way of thinking that separates Aquarius from the rest of the zodiac. Flooding with fresh and unusual ideas, these individuals are engaged by anything new and cutting edge and bring the future into the present. The sign of Aquarius is very responsive to humanitarian needs, and they often have no hesitation in partaking in protests or union movements

With worldwide levels of displacement by war reaching all-time highs, more than 477,000 refugees and migrants have reached Europe by crossing the Mediterranean so far in 2015, according to the United Nations. An estimated 4,000 people are arriving daily to the Greek islands. Nearly 3,000 people have died trying to make the journey.

Special Coverage: Streams of Refugees Seek Sanctuary in Europe

My heart aches to see the family members and loved ones of #MH17 going through such a tragic and devastating loss.

A Malaysia Airlines flight attendant highlighted on Instagram and Twitter the loss of lives on both flights: “Within 4 months I lost almost 30 friends.”

Only Months After MH370 Disappears, Plane Crash in Ukraine Sends Malaysians Reeling

Enough. Enough.

After more than two years of conflict and more than 70,000 deaths, including thousands of children. … After more than five million people have been forced to leave their homes, including over a million refugees living in severely stressed neighboring countries … After so many families torn apart and communities razed, schools and hospitals wrecked and water systems ruined … After all this, there still seems to be an insufficient sense of urgency among the governments and parties that could put a stop to the cruelty and carnage in Syria.

We, leaders of U.N. agencies charged with dealing with the human costs of this tragedy, appeal to political leaders involved to meet their responsibility to the people of Syria and to the future of the region.
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Valerie Amos, Ertharin Cousin, Antonio Guterres, Anthony Lake and Margaret Chan

NYT “A U.N. Appeal to Save Syria”

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