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My student submitted the most disturbing “Living History” project I’ve ever seen 

By reddit user gretelcat

One of my least favorite parts about being a middle school history teacher is the bullshit “Living History” assignments we give at the end of every school year. Kids are supposed to sit with their grandparents and video tape, voice record, or transcribe their oldest memories for posterity (and for an easy way to bring up their GPA).

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DESIGN: This Is What An Eco Friendly, Completely Sustainable NYC Would Look Like

This concept, called “New York City (Steady) State”, produced over six years by Sorkin’s Terreform, is not designed simply for aesthetic pleasure; it’s not even an attempt to make the city more sustainable (although sustainability is the key motivation behind the project).

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IRAQ. Baghdad governorate. Baghdad. April 14, 2003. Twelve-year-old Ali Abbas, then treated at the Baghdad Hospital, has lost both arms during the American bombing of the city and has sustained serious burns over his body.

Ali Abbas still remembers the day his childhood changed forever, however much he might wish to forget. It was March 30, 2003. He was 12, “Just a little kid, enjoying my life, going to school, playing football, with lots of friends…”

He had fallen asleep with [pregnant] mum Azhar, dad Ismaeel, and ten-year-old brother Abbas all sleeping reassuringly close to him in the same room. Even now he doesn’t know why the Americans fired the missile. Their home, on the southern fringe of Baghdad, wasn’t near any sort of military base.

“We were farmers. There were cows and sheep outside. They should have seen what was down there. I was woken up by this big noise. All the house collapsed on us. My home was on fire. Then I heard the screaming.”

It was his mum and dad.

“I heard them screaming. Then after a couple of minutes, the screaming stopped. They were gone.”

“I was burning,” he continues. “My arms were basically roasted. After maybe 20 minutes, my neighbour came to try to pull me out of the rubble. He didn’t realise how badly I had been burned. So when he tried to pull me by my left hand, it came off.”

His mother, father, and little brother were dead. So too were 13 other members of his family. Both Ali’s arms had to be amputated. He had suffered burns to 60 per cent of his body. The doctors doubted he would survive.

And yet, he says, “I was lucky. There are thousands like me in Iraq. Or even worse than me. So many innocent people killed.”

His first stroke of “luck” came in the form of a hospital nurse, Karem.

“All the doctors were running away, but he stayed. He brought me food, paid for cream and bandages for my burns with his own money.”

Then the Western journalists came. Of all the images flooding in from Iraq, it was his photo and not that of another child that caught the eye of the picture editors, and the imagination of the British public. There was an outpouring of sympathy, a successful campaign to bring “Orphan Ali” to the UK for proper treatment.

At one charity event, he even got to meet Tony Blair.

“His wife did most of the talking. I just said ‘Hi’. I didn’t know much then. I think I was about 14, still a kid.”

He’s not a kid any more. Ali Abbas is a 25-year-old man now. And on the eve of Sir John Chilcot finally delivering his report into the Iraq War [in 2016], Mr Abbas knows exactly what he would want to ask Tony Blair.

“I would want to know from him whether he regrets what he has done. I would want him to tell me why he did it.” [x]

Photograph: Jerome Sessini/Magnum Photos
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anonymous asked:

What do you think rapture would look like in the 80's and onwards? Do you think it would've fallen apart by then or would it last that long?

I think it would be similar to the destruction of abandoned malls. Massive, thick walled structures, built to withstand the use of a lot of people and the relentless encroachment of nature. But how long they can remain undamaged (or at least, mostly intact) depends on the design, materials, construction and upkeep of everything.

Rapture had the best, most skilled minds planning out and putting together the city. Ryan also spared no expense when it came to using the very best materials. So Rapture has that going for it. However, the amount of upkeep a city under the ocean would require is probably an almost impossible task. And that’s with everything running smoothly, at peak efficiency. I have faith that the great minds in Rapture would have eventually found a way to sustain the city indefinitely though, had everything not gone to hell. But, we all know how that turned out.

Not only was the upkeep pretty much abandoned as the civil war raged on, Rapture also had to withstand something it wasn’t designed for (or at least, not this extreme level). And that’s sabotage from within. Gunfire, looting, bombs, massively destructive plasmids being used indiscriminately. All these things continually weakened the otherwise very solid structure of the city. And like Bill McDonagh said in an audio log, “ once Rapture starts leaking, the old girl’s never gonna stop.”

So i think most of the city would still be standing, maybe even today, but in total disrepair. It would start like this (after the events of the games):

Some plant life still hanging on, most of the paint and floor intact. Maybe even some electricity. Then, things would start to die. Paint would begin to crack. Lights would go out for good. Walls would crumble. Ceiling tiles would drop everywhere:

As the years go on, the leaking water ruins almost everything. I don’t think the city would be completely flooded yet, since it was built with possible catastrophic leaks in mind. It’s one reason there’s so many Securis doors (another reason is to hide the loading of the rooms behind the door). There would definitely be a lot of water covering the floor though:

Finally, years down the road, before the entire place gives in to the ocean, you’d be left with pretty much the skeleton of the city. No paint, no furniture, no electricity. Only cold damp concrete with the random window letting in some eerie light. Just a sad shadow of its former self:

The Piece System

As the hype of both one of the city’s large scale events and the spooky season end in the citizens’ minds (worried as they are now with the incoming winter celebrations), Battler has found it just the appropriate time to start a project he’s been considering for a while.

He’s been thinking of ways to help Hive City’s inhabitants to live a better life on the long term for a while, however none of the ideas that came to him satisfied him. The biggest issue he’s been troubling with is how to conciliate supporting people while assuring their autonomy. It’s something harder than you’d imagine.

And then, a light came to him. How he laughed when he finally thought of a solution. It was so simple! All he needed to do was to look back at the very origin of his magic!

Once upon a time, the Golden Witch Beatrice granted his grandfather 10 tons of gold, which allowed him to bring the Ushiromiya family from misery to a powerhouse of the business, by the price of his soul. As a Golden Witch himself, shouldn’t he be able of doing something similar? …No souls involved, of course.

Thus, he spent an afternoon writing down a basic outline of how this ‘business’ of his would work. Once he has it ready, Battler prints several copies and goes out to set these advertisements all over the city. If this first batch is successful, he might go for a publishing company and get proper ads down the line.

Are you in need of some gold to establish yourself or just survive in Hive City?

Then you should consider joining… the Piece System.

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nocturnaloblivion  asked:

Hey Archy! What can you tell me about the city hall, "the Shard" and the Gherkin aka 30 st. Mary axe? (London, U.K.) . Thanks! Ps: Awesome blog👌🏼

City Hall (above), designed by Foster + Partners, houses the chamber for the London Assembly and the offices of the mayor and staff of the Greater London Authority. Together with The Shard (below), designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, and 30 St Mary Axe, also designed by Foster + Partners, represent the new London. These iconic buildings, together with other projects like the Eye of London to say one, do show a new direction for the city meant to be sustainable, transparent and modern. You can find out more about each project on each firm’s website.

PS Thanks!