global 2013
‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Release Date Is Pushed By A Month To March 2018
By Anita Busch

The release date for Legendary’s Pacific Rim Uprising is being pushed by a month from February 23 of next year to March 23, Universal said this afternoon. That places it on the same weekend as Liongate’s Jamie Foxx-starring Robin Hood and one week before Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One from Warner Bros.

The date change is curious as it had been on a clear weekend previously but was only a week after Black Panther. The film, which is headlined by Star Wars’ John Boyega, is the follow-up to Pacific Rim which grossed $411 million globally in 2013.

The movie about monsters and mech is directed by Steven S. DeKnight and also stars Scott Eastwood, Jing Tian, Cailee Spaeny, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona and Charlie Day.


Through the Years → Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark (349/)

28 September 2013 | Crown Princess Mary of Denmark appears onstage at the 2013 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park to end extreme poverty in New York City, New York. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival)


PAKISTAN. Outskirts of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Daily life of Afghan refugees. For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world’s largest refugee communities: the more than one million Afghans who have fled years of war in their home country. This massive and persistent population remains vulnerable to multiple dangers, from outbreaks of disease to violence spilling over from the war next door. AP photographer Muhammed Muheisen has spent the past several years in Pakistan, documenting the lives of these refugees, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable: the children caught up in the chaos as their families try to keep them safe.

(1) An Afghan refugee, her burka billowing, holds her daughter as she walks to her home through an alley of a poor neighbourhood on September 16, 2013.

(2) Afghan refugee girls, background, repeat verses of the Quran after their classmate Mohammed Akbar, 7, during a daily class to learn how to read verses of the Quran at a mosque in a poor neighbourhood on March 24, 2010.

(3) Rozeena Zaman, 7, an Afghan refugee, watches other children playing in a poor neighbourhood on February 10, 2010.

(4) An Afghan refugee hides in a wooden cart near his home in a poor neighbourhood on February 2, 2014.

(5) Afghan refugee Samiullah Afsar, 5, smiles while carrying a puppy he found in a pile of a garbage on October 18, 2012.

(6) Afghan refugees play a traditional fighting game in a field, as the sun sets on January 24, 2014.

Photographs: Muhammed Muheisen/AP


PAKISTAN. Islamabad. Portraits of Afghan child refugees. For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world’s largest and most protracted refugee populations in the world: the more than 1.6 million Afghans who have fled years of warfare in their home country. 

Living in temporary shelters along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, this massive and persistent population remains vulnerable to multiple dangers, from outbreaks of disease to violence spilling over from the war next door. Thousands of them still live without electricity, running water and other basic services.

(1) November 12, 2013. Afghan refugee Hasanat Mohammed, 5, poses for a picture while standing outside his home in a poor neighbourhood.

(2) Robina Haseeb, age 5. Photo taken on January 24, 2014. “The hard life they live is so obvious to see in their faces. Their beauty is mixed with the rough life condition they endure everyday.”

(3) Afghan refugee Gul Bibi Shamra, 3, poses for a picture, while playing with other children in a slum on January 24, 2014. “They are so young in age but, unlike most children they are old in experience and know how to persevere.”

(4) Awal Gul, age 12. Photo taken on January 24, 2014. “I am always amazed how the Afghan refugee children enjoy their time with nothing. They create elaborate games with no money and they are so creative.”

Photographs: Muhammed Muheisen/AP



[Narrated offscreen]

“Human society is extremely complex and fragile,built upon various pillars. One of them is the honey bee. One out of three meals eaten by humans is made possible by honey bees.They are so important that if all the honey bees were to die out, thousands of plants would follow, which could lead to millions of people starving in the following years. On top of that, honey bees have a huge economic impact.The dollar value of plants pollinated by them each year is around $265 billion. Food we take for granted would just stop existing without them, or there would be a massive decrease in productivity. Food including apples, onions, pumpkins, and also plants used for feeding livestock and thus extremely important for our milk and meat. Einstein is often quoted as having said, “If honey bees die out, humans will follow a few years later.” Actually, he probably didn’t say that, but there might be some truth in the statement. It’s unsettling, but honey bees have started to disappear. Millions of hives have died in the last few years. Beekeepers all over the world have seen an annual loss of 30–90% of their colonies. In the US alone, bees are steadily declining. From 5 million hives in 1988 to 2.5 million today. Since 2006, a phenomenon called “colony collapse disorder” has affected honey bees in many countries. And we’re not entirely sure what’s causing it. All we know is that it’s pretty serious. Over the last few decades bees have seen an invasion of very dangerous foes. Parasites straight out of a horror movie, like Acarapis woodi, microscopic mites that infect the tracheae (that’s the breathing tubes) of bees. Here, they lay their eggs and feed from the fluids of their victims, weakening them considerably and spending their whole life inside the bees. Or Varroa destructor, a fitting name because they can only reproduce in honey bee hives and are one of the bees’ greatest enemies. The female mite enters a honey bee brood cell and lays eggs on the bee larva before it’s about to pupate and before the hive bees cover the cell with a wax capping. The eggs hatch and the young mites and their mother feed on the developing bee in the safety of the capped cell. The bee is not normally killed at this stage,  just weakened, so it still has enough strength to chew its way through the wax capping and release itself from the cell. As it does, it releases the mother mite and her new offspring from the cell,and these are free to spread across the hive, starting the process over again in a cycle of about 10 days. Their numbers grow exponentially, and after a few months, this can lead to the collapse of the entire bee hive. Once outside of the cell, adult mites also suck the bodily fluid is of bees and weaken them considerably. To make things worse, they also transmit viruses that harm the bees even more and can lead to birth defects like useless wings. But there are other threats too, such as viruses and fungi. Under normal circumstances, these phenomena should be manageable and are not enough to explain the horrendous amount of dying going on in bees. Over recent years new insecticides have been introduced that are deadly to bees. Neonicotinoids, a chemical family similar to nicotine, was approved in the early 1990s as an alternative to chemicals like DDT. They attack insects by harming their nervous systems. Today, they are the most widely used insecticides in the world. Globally, they saw sales of €1.5 billion in 2008, representing 24% of the global market for insecticides. In 2013, neonicotinoids were used in the US on about 95% of corn and canola crops, and also on the vast majority of fruit and vegetables, like apples, cherries, peaches, oranges, berries, leafy greens, tomatoes, potatoes, cereal grains, rice, nuts, grapes, and many more. Bees come into contact with the toxin while collecting pollen or via contaminated water, often bringing material into the hive, where it can accumulate and slowly kill the whole colony. The toxins harm bees in a variety of horrible ways. In high enough doses, it quickly leads to convulsions, paralysis, and death. But even in small doses, it can be fatal. It may lead to bees forgetting how to navigate the world, so bees fly into the wild, get lost, and die alone, separated from their hives. If this happens often enough, a hive can lose its ability to sustain itself. We know that neonicotinoids are harmful to bees and that we urgently need an alternative to it, but there are billions of dollars to be made in delaying this.Studies sponsored by the chemical industry magically appear to prove a much lower toxicity to bees, compared to those produced by independent scientists. There are even more factors contributing to the demise of bees, like too much genetic uniformity, crop monocultures, poor nutrition due to overcrowding, stress because of human activities, and other pesticides. Each of those factors on its own is a major problem for bees, but together, they probably account for colony collapse disorder. With parasites upping their game in recent decades, the honey bees are now fighting for survival. It would be a catastrophe if they lost this fight. This is a conundrum we have to solve if we want to continue living with a relative abundance and diversity of food. Humanity is deeply interconnected with Earth and the other lifeforms on it, even if we pretend that we’re not. We have to take better care of our surroundings, if not to preserve the beauty of nature,then at least to ensure our own survival. This video is supported by the Australian Academy of Science, which promotes and supports excellence in science. See more at . It was a blast to work with them, so go check out their site. Our videos are also made possible by your support on Recently, we passed an important milestone, which is why there will be an additional video in July. If you want to support us and become part of the Kurzgesagt Bird Army, check out our Patreon page! Recently, the YouTube channel Field Day gave us the opportunity to make something different: a short video about Game of Thrones.Go check it out on their channel!”

anonymous asked:

So this is probably something that you have answered many times but the French Revolution is a period of history that I am really interested in but unfortunately know next to nothing about. Where and with which authors do you suggest I start? Thank you so much and I'm sorry for bothering you!

It’s not a bother at all! Here’s my list of recommendations:

(books to start with):

-Jeremy Popkin’s A Short History of the French Revolution. Popkin does a brief overview of the French Revolution,and it’s all very concise and straight-forward. The book is only 150 pages, too. It’s the book I wish I’d read BEFORE I read some of the books more specific to Robespierre and Saint-Just. This is a good book for beginners. It isn’t TOO expensive on Amazon BUT it’s a very well known textbook so it’s on approximately one million websites. You could probably even find it for free.

-Another useful slim volume is The French Revolution and Human Rights: A Brief Documentary History. It’s 146 pages including 38 primary source documents on citizenship and human rights during the French Revolution. You’ve got documents in there on slavery, on the poor, on religion, everything. Authors range from Lafayette to Voltaire, and Olympe de Gouge to Robespierre. Plus they’re all brief and easy to read excerpts. In order to learn about the French Revolution it’s important to hear the voices of ~the people of the times~. If you’d rather not buy it, I suggest looking up the table of contents and locating the documents online! Most of them are available online. Although the book does include a useful paragraph of context before every document!

NOW THE THOROUGH STUFF (listed in chronological order, which happens to be my recommended reading order):

-Alexis de Tocqueville’s The Ancien Régime and the Revolution (1856). This is a real interesting read since it was published in 1856, so not too long after the French Revolution happened. It’s got lots of archival research as well as a sharp critique of democratic governments.

-R.R. Palmer’s The Twelve Who Ruled (1941). His characterization of Saint-Just at certain points makes me roll my eyes, but what’s new? Hahaha. That aside this is a rather engaging book. Palmer focuses on the members of the Committee of Public Safety and paints a rather detailed picture of them and the conflicts between them…it’s like reading a soap opera, but with historical fact and analysis.

-Lynn Hunt’s Politics, Culture, and Class in the French Revolution (1984). You’ve gotta get up on that cultural history! I found Hunt’s vision of Revolutionary political culture fascinating. Basically, her argument is that the most significant result of the Revolution is the birth of a political culture that transforms society by means of culture and social relations. It definitely expanded my perspective on the Revolution and had me thinking in ways I hadn’t of considered before. I highly recommend this book.  It’s a must-read. When it was published it really shifted discussions. Beginner or not, read this book!

-P.M. Jones’ The Peasantry in the French Revolution (1988). I think sometimes us French Revolution enthusiasts either get too focused on the royalty or the Parisians. Jones’ book fills in a  necessary gap concerning peasant participation in the French Revolution! They were anti-capitalist, and they had purpose, and they weren’t just mindless pitchfork-wielders as peasants are often stereotyped!  Jones also looks at daily village life in addition to analyzing peasant activism and political participation

Dominique Godineau’s The Women of Paris and Their French Revolution (1998). This book is compelling and admirably well-researched. Godineau examines the public and private lives of female revolutionaries. She describes their activism and struggles in a manner that illuminates both gendered-contentions taking place at the time as well as (the thoroughly related) broader politics. It’s another important read, I think. It’s just damn good history.

-The French Revolution in Global Perspective (2013), edited by Suzanne Desan, Lynn Hunt, and William Max Nelson. So this is a collection of essays by several historians. The essays vary in topic, delving into subjects such as colonization, financial origins of the Revolution, imperialism, cosmopolitanism, and abolition/reenslavement. What ties all these essays together is the volume’s broader goal to place the French Revolution in context with early modern globalization, and to demonstrate the global market and imperialism as key factors in the Revolution’s emergence. If you don’t feel like getting this whole book, just look up the table of contents and take note of the authors of these essays! I’m sure you could find some of them online.

**Okay and a bonus book just because it’s important to me personally: Marisa Linton’s Choosing Terror: Virtue, Friendship, and Authenticity in the French Revolution (2013). It’s an intriguing book even though I don’t agree with everything in it. It takes the soap opera of Palmer’s The Twelve Who Ruled, adds in a dash of Lynn Hunt’s perspective on the Revolution’s political culture, and well-done consideration toward the history of emotions…and viola! Choosing Terror examines the complex interaction between emotion, personal loyalties, political identity and the Terror. Also has awesome anecdotes and so many fun footnotes to explore.


-Don’t be scared of reading the ‘wrong’ book. It’s okay to explore and read random books, shitty books, ancient books that are scarily outdated. It’s okay not to understand things— don’t get hung up on things you don’t understand! BECAUSE IF I DID THAT I WOULD NEVER LEARN ANYTHING. I always keep my phone handy when I read, that way I can look up words/events I come across. Just anything I don’t understand.

-I think some Googling around on how to read secondary texts by historians is a good thing to do. It’s something I did, since I’m coming from a GWS background and not necessarily a history one. Here’s a nice link for that:

-You can always ask me more questions :)

Hope this helps!

anonymous asked:

That post about "slavery" in Qatar/Dubai is not that true. My best friend is Qatari and lives there and that post makes every Qatari look pretty bad. It makes me sick how some muslims hate on khaliji people and only think bad about them. They're not all the same. My friends there are wonderful people and actually some of the best and most faithful muslims I've ever met. They have some workers in their home too and I talked to them. All of them were happy to be able to work there.

You’re telling me because you have one Qatari friend that is nice to the people that work for her that modern slave labour in Qatar is not a real thing and doesn’t exist? You ’re trying to tell me that the testimony of thousands of men–the DEATHS of thousands of men working in perilous conditions for pennies a day–doesn’t exist because you have a Qatari friend who is not a jerk? 1. This video chronicles the perils of men tricked into coming to Qatar for worldly opportunities. They’re lied to about the living conditions, the pay, and the duration of their work. You’ll see in the video that sometimes they aren’t paid for MONTHS. There’s a man who is promised 800 dollars a month and receives only ~246–for countless hours of work per week. You’ll also see in this video that a boy from Nepal, 16, dies of CARDIAC ARREST weeks after his arrival working under unworkable conditions. Nepali men make up the largest demographic of migrant workers in Qatar and the least paid. 2. In this video you’ll see that men have their passports taken upon arrival so they’re unable to leave–they live in unlivable conditions and are forced to work under extreme circumstances. 3. The 2022 Qatar World Cup will be the cause of death for nearly 4000 migrant workers. That is the current casualty rate for the construction workers in Qatar. By outright DENYING this extremely dire issue you are erasing the suffering of these people–people so dedicated to providing for their families that they will do anything, and are lied to as a result of this dedication. You are erasing the deaths of men from all corners of South Asia, you are belittling what happened to them. These are criminal conditions, no human deserves to be treated the way that migrant workers are treated in these countries and i don’t care how cool your friend is that doesn’t excuse the thousands of people that suffer on the daily because of the classism and racism and outright slave-labour of the masses? Why is bringing attention to these issues the equivalent of bad mouthing Khaleej countries?? Like this is REAL STUFF that happens EVERYDAY to people who matter. Their voices are muted as you’ll see in the docs above and bringing attention to the atrocities they endure is somehow equivalent to what–‘making Qataris look bad’ ?? They DO look bad. Obviously when I make these posts I’m not talking about every single Qatari person, I’m referring to the systematic racism that exists in those countries towards South Asians. I’ve been to these places, I know that it exists. The way non-Arabs are treated is not a secret custom–it’s out in the open and ingrained in the laws of those countries.



Rounding out the casting of our new comedy pilot ROADIES is rapper and actor Colson “MGK” Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly, Beyond The Lights). He’s set to play “Jesse,” Kelly Ann’s (Imogen Poots) big-hearted twin brother, who thrives around guitars and espresso machines. ROADIES follows the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes – the crew members who get the show on the road. Luke Wilson (Old School, The Royal Tenenbaums), five-time Emmy Award nominee Christina Hendricks (Mad Men),Imogen Poots (The Look of Love), Rafe Spall (One Day), Peter Cambor (NCIS: Los Angeles) and Academy Award nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) were previously announced as stars of the ensemble cast. The one-hour comedy pilot will begin production in Vancouver later this week.

Rapper and actor Colson “MGK” Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly) made his feature film debut on the big screen in November 2014 in the musical-themed drama Beyond The Lights. He will next appear in the horror film Viral, and the long-awaiting sequel to the Cannes and Sundance Film Festival cult-hit SLC Punk entitled Punk Is Dead. Bakerburst onto the music scene in 2004, and was nicknamed Machine Gun Kelly (or MGK by his fans) because of his rapid-fire delivery. He released his first mixtape “Stamp of Approval” in 2006 and built a loyal fan base performing at local Cleveland venues. MGK became the first  rapper in history to win the talent show at New York’s famed Apollo Theater. He secured a record deal with Jimmy Iovine’s Interscope Records through Sean Combs’ Bad Boy Records imprint in 2011. That year, his songs “Invincible” and “Wild Boy,” featuring Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame, opened the door to more exposure, and MTV selected him as the Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2011. “Wild Boy” would go on to be certified Platinum. “Invincible” would be certified Gold, and became the Cleveland Cavaliers’ theme song for the 2012-2013 season.

In 2012, MGK released his first official album via Bad Boy/Interscope entitled Lace Up. The album debuted at number two on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop album chart, and MTV awarded MGK its Breaking Woodie Award for 2012.  He also garnered an MTV European Music Award for Next Artist to Go Global. In 2013, he was also honored withMTV’s fan-selected Woodie of the Year Award. His tour schedule included opening for Tech N9Ne on his marathon Hostile Takeover Tour, where they criss-crossed the United States performing ninety cities in ninety-nine days, the Warped Tour, Rick Ross’s MMG Tour with Meek Mill and Wale, and finally his own headlining Lace Up tour hitting Europe and Canada. MGK is currently recording his sophomore album, slated for release in Spring 2015. Last week, he dropped his first single entitled “Til I Die” which debuted on the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap sales chart in the Top Ten with the corresponding video attracting half a million views within the first 3 days.


like we’re all gonna make it

So I have this long-term Hanson thing. I have seen them play shows in Los Angeles, New York and New Haven, in 1998 and 2003 and 2006 and 2009 and 2011 and just last year, in 2015. The recent shows were part of a tour called Roots of Rock and Roll where they played a handful of cities, two nights each: the first focused on covers, and the second on their original work.

Whenever I bring up  the Hanson thing with someone who hasn’t heard about it before, they’re surprised, and then impressed. “What, so is it, like, just you there? How many Hanson fans are left?” they ask.

And then I get to explain: enough to sell out the Irving Plaza in New York, this last go ‘round, enough to sell out an annual trip to a hotel in Jamaica or thereabouts for a week called Back to the Island, enough for Hanson Day to take place in their hometown, Tulsa, every year. Enough for a fan club. Enough that they’ve now released six studio albums and toured for every one, globally in 2013. Enough. There are more than enough of us, though you’ll probably never know it unless you end up in one of the rooms we hang out in together every couple of years.

In a piece of pure serendipitous coincidence, the first night of the Roots of Rock and Roll tour started a few hours after One Direction closed down OTRA for good in Sheffield. When I got home from the second, tracks from the first listen of Made in the AM had been leaked.

At the end of the second show, Taylor addressed the audience. He talked about how unusually lucky the band was to get to keep doing what they do. “We’ve beaten the odds,” he said. “Because you guys keep showing up.

“So that’s the deal: if you keep showing up, so will we.”

I bought a shirt after the show, my first Hanson shirt in seventeen years of loving that stupid band. I came home and put it on. I opened my laptop and saw that the 1D tracks had leaked. I listened to them, the sound of the boys singing overlaid with the sound of girls in a room together, girls who loved another stupid band just as much as I did, who were exhausted and overwhelmed by how much, how specifically.

I listened to A.M. first. It was actually the only track I could listen to. It was the only track I could take. Those girls screaming and cheering at swimming round in our glasses / talking out of our asses, the first time the boys had allowed themselves to curse on a record. Line by line, it called up so many songs I’d loved before—

I’m in love with the world / through the eyes of a girl / who’s still around the morning after

We do the best we can in a small town / act like kids in love when the sun goes down

I’ll miss the boredom and the freedom and the time spent alone

When the sun came up / you were looking at me

And it was all I could do to sit there and think how stupidly fucking lucky I was that One Direction and their fans had showed up for me when they did, and how much I hoped that, at some point, in some way, we would all be able show up for each other like this in some indefinite future, again, and again, and again.

The track starts with nothing more complicated than Harry’s voice, singing: won’t you stay ’til the AM.  / all my favorite conversations always / made in the AM. The album has been so consumed with friction and crack and break, with endings, with letting go and saying goodbye, but in fact when it comes to their own end, they go out with an opening. An invitation.

It’s a modest request: not will you stay forever, but just ’til the morning. Through the rough part and the darkness. Long enough to see what we look like in the aftermath, in the after. You’ve shown up; won’t you stick around just a little bit longer? The morning might be a soft one, gentle, easy. It might be tougher to look at, and get through. Sometimes the night leaves its marks on you. You and me were raised in the same part of town / got these scars on the same ground. You can start to see them, first thing, in the clarity of daylight.

The morning means the night and its dangers and its thrills is over.

But then, of course: the morning means that you get to begin again. The morning is not a clean slate, but it is a new day: it is the knowledge that past will keep unfurling itself into the distance while you walk into the future. Won’t you stay ’till the AM. Til we wake up from whatever this dream has been, and see the first light breaking, the promise that something unknown is coming, that last is always, inevitably followed by something coming next.