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Trump is going against science. He’s going against reality. We can’t stand by and give aid and comfort to that. We have to do what’s right.
—  California Governor Jerry Brown, who is in China to affirm a global climate alliance.  Read more. 
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Vol’jin and Illidan friendship - VOL’JIN IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN TOLERATE ILLIDAN, AND IS PROBABLY THE ONLY PERSON ILLIDAN CONSIDERS TO BE FRIEND SHAPED. Everyone else thinks this is a miracle. No one knows how Vol’jin manages. Vol’jin’s secret? He screams into a paper bag to deal with this elven mess.

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     For the first time in 2017, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida was shaken by the roar of a rocket. On January 20, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lofted a satellite that will make the world a safer place. The Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS GEO-3) will monitor the globe, watching for missile launches using its infrared sensors, serving as an early warning detection system for potential threats.

     I made these photographs while standing 1.9 miles from Launch Complex 41. From this distance, the rocket was alarmingly loud. It took intense concentration to operate the camera in this violent acoustic environment. The supersonic flow exiting the RD-180 engine nozzles caused a crackling sound which I could feel thumping against my chest.

     I watched as the rocket disappeared into its orbit, but even after the vehicle was out of sight, I still heard its engines. After this, the only remaining remnant of the rocket was the strong scent of RP-1 (refined kerosene) exhaust, wafting about. I love the smell of jet fuel in the morning and rocket exhaust at night.

EAST SEA (July 26, 2010) The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Tuscon (SSN 770) transits the East Sea while leading a 13-ship formation. The Republic of Korea and the United States are conducting the combined alliance maritime and air readiness exercise “Invincible Spirit” in the seas east of the Korean peninsula from July 25-28, 2010. This is the first in a series of joint military exercises that will occur over the coming months in the East and West Seas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam K. Thomas/Released)

Shout out to Gnome players.

I would also like to know when in the FUCK Gnomes are going to??? Get??? Content??????????????????

But nope, ya’ll are stuck getting more humans.

WHERE’S THE GNOME STUFF AT BLIZZARD?

You’re giving us trolls great good lovely I’m glad I wish my anger about Broken Shore didn’t make me so apprehensive that you’re going to fuck up AGAIN and kill Rastakhan off BUT LEGITIMATELY WHERE??? IS THE GNOME STUFF??? HEEEEELLLLLLOOOOOOOOOO????????????????

Mekkatorque was in the Alliance cinematic for two seconds and then BYE MEKKATORQUE wat.

The Light Protects

(This is set before the breaching of the Tomb of Sargeras)

Days stretched into weeks as the forces of the Burning Legion gathered outside the Legionfall stronghold of Justice’s Triumph. Again, and again the demonic hordes tested the strength of the combined orders of Azeroth that had garrisoned this fort and again and again they were repulsed. This had become almost a regular occurrence for the Legionfall defenders. The demonic commander, a Pitlord, seemed content with swift attacks rather than hurling his entire force at the defiant stronghold. The fort was quite the feat of military construction. Tall walls, albeit worn from abuse, that rose high into the skies. Wondrous bunkers in the dwarven style dug into the many hills of the Broken Shore despite hasty construction.

For Kieran Parry, the situation was hopeless. Hunger gnawed at his aching stomach. His eyelids hung heavy from exhaustion. Even his rifle felt heavy in his hands as he haphazardly discharged a round into the mass of felguards that sat outside Justice’s Triumph, taunting the defenders with their numbers. What was once a forward base that garrisoned two hundred men and women now housed fifteen. As the demonic horde rushed the spell-enforced gates and the few remaining cannons roared to life beside him, the human corporal could not help but watch in horror with mouth agape.

Corporal Parry did not hear the unholy roars of the demonic host that clashed against stone feet below him, he did not hear the thunderous report of cannonfire anymore, he did not even hear his sergeant, an Orcish marksman of the Unseen Path, shouting at him as he dropped his rifle and stood up on the crenellations of the walls. He shut his eyes. In a moment, there would be no more sleepless nights or howling felhounds, falling infernals, or reduced rations.

But even in the darkest of nights, the Light protects.

The deafening crash of ordinance mere feet away shook the corporal from his daze as the sergeant took hold of his arm and forced him back down to the protection the wall offered. The young soldier’s eyes widened in awe as he discovered the source of the sound in the titanic airship, known as the Foehammer, that had broken through the dark clouds above while his hand clasped his ears tightly in no small amount of pain.

The gnomish gryocopters and bombers wasted no time in capitalizing on the airship’s initial success. While maintaining formation, the gnomish engines of pure scientific fury descended upon the Legion swarm, letting loose a tremendous disbursement of ordinance before climbing back in the sky as the Eredar sorcerers repaid fire with felfire.

From the deck of the Gilnean Free Company’s flagship, Theodore could not help but marvel at the righteous carnage and chaos his gnomes had wrought upon the Burning Legion. However, he was not done just yet, “It’s time, Vanguard.” Theodore addressed his own landing unit including his Commanding officer, “The rest of the Vanguard stands ready. Parachute from the ship and we will hit the Legion from behind.”

The whooping cries of Alliance footmen filled the air as they leapt dutifully from the sky with the Field Marshal and her finest officers leading from the front. However, the loudest and most vigorous cries came from the Vanguard’s Knights of the Silver Hand who hurled themselves into the heart of the Legion. A righteous chorus of “FOR THE FIELD MARSHAL! FOR THE LIGHT! FOR THE ALLIANCE!” resounded as these Light shielded knights crashed into mighty felguards with swords raised high and not an ounce of fear between them.

Behind the golden sheen of the Silver Hand Knights came the unfurled purple wings of the Vanguard’s Illidari with their triumvirate at the head. The Illidari were certainly not content to allow the paladins to be the only ones to whet their blades on the blood of demons. And judging by the buckling lines of their demonic prey, there would be much of it.

(Mentions of @integrathundermar )

noah fence but im already sick of hearing abt the new wow expansion goodbye

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June 11, 2016

     I can scarcely put into words the power I felt while shooting these photos standing 1.5 miles away from the pad. The NROL-37 mission lifted off at 1:51 PM from LC-37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Its payload, a classified National Reconnaissance Office satellite, was taken aloft by the largest rocket currently operating from this planet, the Delta IV Heavy. Its three RS-68A engines burn hydrogen and oxygen at three tons per second. The expulsion of this propellant creates shockwaves that left my ears ringing after the launch. The waves hit you in your chest, popping against your clothing, shaking your bones. It was all I could do to concentrate on taking photos during this drama. All this noise is produced to launch a payload that silently ensures the national security of the United States.

EAST SEA (July 26, 2010) The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Tuscon (SSN 770) transits the East Sea while leading a 13-ship formation. The Republic of Korea and the United States are conducting the combined alliance maritime and air readiness exercise “Invincible Spirit” in the seas east of the Korean peninsula from July 25-28, 2010. This is the first in a series of joint military exercises that will occur over the coming months in the East and West Seas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam K. Thomas/Released)

The Good Times are Killing Me

Jane takes a deep breath, for once not ruing the day she hit 5′3 and stopped growing. The palace of Asgard is chock full of gigantic marble columns, this one, tucked a little away from the entrance of the grand ballroom, with the helpful pool of shadows on one side, and close enough to the big windows to see the starry night sky, is the perfect place for the breather she could no longer do without.

Look, she isn’t stupid. She had always known, from the beginning, that if she let herself fall for Thor (-and at first, she’d met such a notion with disbelief, then denial, and then grudging acceptance and then finally, with desperate, fierce want) their relationship could never be normal, would never be easy. One simply didn’t capture the attentions of the Crown Prince of an entire country, dare to have him fall in love with you and then have the audacity to love him back without expecting some kind of trade off. 

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    September 2, 2015

    A particularly impressive spectacle was seen over the Space Coast of Florida this morning. At 6:18 AM, an Atlas V 551 rocket launched from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The 500 series core stage roared along with its five solid rocket boosters. The Centaur upper stage successfully put the Mobile User Objective System 4 (MUOS4) satellite on station. This spacecraft will remain in geosynchronous orbit, allowing our US Navy a higher bandwidth for 21st century tactical communications.

    This, being United Launch Alliance’s 99th launch, was business as usual; all except for an incredible visual display. Most of the time, launches from The Cape are accompanied by many clouds, severely limiting visibility. Not so for this launch. The rocket lifted off just before dawn, cresting the shadow of the earth as it penetrated the upper reaches of the atmosphere, showing a back-lit vapor plume expanding rapidly as it sailed skyward. The vehicle could be seen until it arced over the horizon, out of view. The sight was stunning. Never has man produced a more visually beautiful thing than rocketry.

EAST SEA (July 26, 2010) U.S. Navy and Republic of Korea ships transit the East Sea in a 13-ship formation. The Republic of Korea and the United States are conducting the combined alliance maritime and air readiness exercise “Invincible Spirit” in the seas east of the Korean peninsula from July 25-28, 2010. This is the first in a series of joint military exercises that will occur over the coming months in the East and West Seas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam K. Thomas/Released)

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Vigilant Ace 16

Members of the 25th Fighter Squadron ready A-10 Thunderbolt IIs for night operations during the first night of Vigilant Ace 16 held at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 2, 2015. Vigilant Ace 16 is a peninsula-wide readiness exercise focused on strengthening the ROK/U.S. alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Grimm)

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October 2, 2015 

     At 6:28 AM, the serenity of the predawn morning was pierced as the roar of an Atlas V 421 rocket shook Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL. The deep rumble of the RD-180 engine accompanied a sharp crackle produced by two solid rocket motors ascending into the heavens. After first stage separation, a single RL-10C engine would boost the Centaur upper stage and its payload, a Morelos-3 (MexSat 2) Mexican communications satellite, to a successful geostationary orbit.

     This auspicious occasion marked United Launch Alliance’s 100th successful flight. This impressive record began on December 14, 2006, with the launch of a Delta II vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. Although ULA celebrates a 100% success rate, the MexSat system has not been so fortunate. Today marked the second launch attempt for this payload, the first of which ended on May 16, 2015, as its Russian Proton-M launch vehicle suffered a catastrophic failure in its third stage. The payload was lost.

     The trusty Atlas V launch vehicle, having never failed to successfully deploy a payload, was chosen for this second MexSat launch attempt. However, the Atlas V’s RD-180 engine is currently a controversial political topic. This engine is of Soviet design, tracing its heritage back to the Energia Booster that once propelled the Buran Orbiter (Russian Space Shuttle). Due to current geopolitical conditions, the US Congress has deemed these Russian engines unacceptable for use with Air Force payloads. Congress will fund a replacement for this engine. The days are numbered for this RD-180 / Atlas V combination. We will not see many more of these burning over American soil.

EAST SEA (July 26, 2010) U.S. Navy and Republic of Korea ships transit the East Sea in a 13-ship formation led by the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Tuscon (SSN 770). The Republic of Korea and the United States are conducting the combined alliance maritime and air readiness exercise “Invincible Spirit” in the seas east of the Korean peninsula from July 25-28, 2010. This is the first in a series of joint military exercises that will occur over the coming months in the East and West Seas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam K. Thomas/Released)

EAST SEA (July 26, 2010) U.S. Navy and Republic of Korea ships transit the East Sea in a 13-ship formation led by the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Tuscon (SSN 770). The Republic of Korea and the United States are conducting the combined alliance maritime and air readiness exercise “Invincible Spirit” in the seas east of the Korean peninsula from July 25-28, 2010. This is the first in a series of joint military exercises that will occur over the coming months in the East and West Seas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam K. Thomas/Released)