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Today on World Refugee Day, we commemorate the courage, strength, and perseverance of refugees, asylum seekers, and internaly displaced people. There are currently over 65 million refugees in today’s world–the highest number in recorded history. They have been forced to flee their home due to life threatening conditions ranging from drought and famine to religious persecution or war. Now, more than ever, it is time to #StandWithRefugees and raise awareness to the plights and obstacles they face.

We hosted our first Issue Time dealing with how the global community can support, improve the position of and stand in solidarity with refugees, and communicate how and why refugees are human beings, just like us, first and foremost. Our panel, Madge Thomas, Deputy-Director of Global Policy and Advocacy, Global Citizen, Piper Perabo; Actress, Activist, and IRC Voice; International Rescue Committee, Elmo, Sesame Street Muppet, Sherrie Westin, EVP for Global Impact and Philanthropy, Sesame Workshop and Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait, answered your questions here.

Looking for for some actions you can take right now?

- Millions of children around the world are in crisis – because of conflicts and disasters, many of them will never learn to read or write, or even enter a classroom. Ahead of World Refugee Day, Global Citizen will host our first Issue Time panel on our Tumblr page. Sign the petition to ask world leaders to pledge to the Education Cannot Wait fund for kids in crisis.

- The worst humanitarian crisis since World War II has ripped apart families, left children out of school, destroyed homes and revealed some ugly sides of humanity. But many people around the world have continued to support and provide for refugees with open arms, whether they’re individuals or governments. Write a letter to a refugee to show your support.

- Globally over 65 million people are forcibly displaced. They have left everything behind, fleeing from conflict, violence and natural disasters. Ahead of World Refugee Day, Global Citizen will host our first Issue Time panel on our Tumblr page. Sign the petition to urge the 20 most powerful countries to protect and support refugees everywhere.

Taehyung at the BBMAs is gonna be a fucking blast. He’s gonna have everyone whipped in a matter of seconds. The camera men is gonna cut to him and his extra ass is gonna be snorting a line of crushed up smarties as he twerks on top of a table. He’s gonna have everyone floored by his god like visuals and amazing stage presence. By the end of it, Beyonce will name one of her twins Taehyung and the other V. 

The Last Jedi Poster - An Astronomical Hint?

The poster of The Last Jedi shows a blood red background with what looks like the constellations of Orion and Scorpio behind Luke and Kylo respectively.

In Greek mythology, the Gods sent a scorpion to kill Orion for his hubris, and both Orion and the Scorpion were placed in the skies by the Gods.

The constellations of Orion and Scorpio are never seen in the sky at the same time. When Scorpio climbs the eastern sky, Orion disappears under the western horizon as if hiding from his killer.

However, every six months the roles get reversed. As Orion rises in the East, Scorpio scurries below the western horizon, as if fleeing from the great hunter he killed who now seeks revenge.

The two are destined to consciously interact, brought together by higher forces,  so that each one brings a dramatic change to the other one.

Luke suffered a “death” of sorts when his jedi order was destroyed, and he went into exile, and is being pursued by Kylo. Could it have been due to some arrogance on Luke’s part in the past?

Does this also mean that the rumors of exploding huts is true, and we’re going to see Luke as the pursuer and Kylo as the pursued in Episode 8?

Where does Rey fit in all this? I believe that Rey (with the glowing lightsaber) represents Polaris, the star that never sets, and all the stars in the Northern sky appear to rotate around it. Polaris is also known by other names such as the Pole Star, Highest Peak of the World Mountain, Lodestar, the Steering Star, the Ship Star and Stella Maris (Star of the Sea) .

The ancient Greek referred to Polaris as Kynosoura, from which the word Cynosure is derived. Cynosure means an object that serves as a focal point of attention and admiration or something that serves to guide.

This reinforces Rey’s role as the central character and hero of this adventure. She will also be the voice of reason and guide to both Kylo and Luke, helping a lost and fractured family find their way.

Taako: I’m just a simple idiot wizard

Lucretia: *thinks about Taako being the smartest of thousands, one of the most intelligent people she’s ever met, how much love he had for his sister, how hard they worked together to survive and bring themselves out of poverty to becoming the highest regarded wizards in their world just by their raw skill and wit*

Lucretia: don’t sell yourself short

emma stone, ascending the stage to accept her inevitable best actress oscar: oh wow thank you so much for this award. here’s to the ones who dream or some shit

me:
Amy Lou Adams (born August 20, 1974) is an American actress and singer. She was named one of 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2014 and is among the highest-paid actresses in the world.[1] She has won two Golden Globe Awards and has been nominated for five Academy Awards, and six BAFTA Awards.

Adams began her career on stage performing in dinner theater and went on to make her feature film debut in Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999). After moving to Los Angeles, she made several appearances on television and in B-movies, before starring in Steven Spielberg’s 2002 biopic Catch Me If You Can. Adams’s breakthrough role came in the 2005 independent film Junebug, in which her portrayal of a young pregnant woman earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination. In 2007, she starred as a princess in the commercially successful Disney musical film Enchanted.

Adams received three more Oscar nominations for her supporting roles in Doubt (2008), The Fighter (2010), and The Master (2012). She played reporter Lois Lane in the 2013 superhero film Man of Steel and a troubled con artist in David O. Russell’s film American Hustle; for the latter, she won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. She won a second consecutive Golden Globe Award for portraying artist Margaret Keane in the comedy-drama Big Eyes (2014). In 2016, Adams reprised the role of Lois in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and garnered acclaim for her performances in the science-fiction film Arrival and the crime thriller Nocturnal Animals.

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Everyone: Yuri on Ice saved 2016
Me: *thinks about all the other amazing anime from the fall season*

to the human beings who lost their lives yesterday : May your soul rest in peace

to the ones who survived : stay safe and take care of yourself

to Ariana Grande : its not your fault

to Muslims : its not your fault..you dont need to defend urself or ur religion

to terrorists : FUCK YOU ALL AND I AM SURE YOU will BURN IN THE HIGHEST PLACES OF HELL

to world : spread love..pray for MARAWI RIGHT NOW..

and to all the other nations syria afghanistan iran iraq burma etc :: WE SEE YOU..WE PRAY FOR YOU..stay safe

1 year of Lemonade

Best reviewed album of 2016
Highest metacritic score of 2016 (92)
Biggest female debut of 2016
2nd most acclaimed album in history
Rolling Stone’s Best Album of the Year
Formations is Rolling Stone’s Best Song of the Year
Formation is Time Magazine’s Best song of the Year
First artist to reach No.1 position with her first six studio album
First female artist to chart 12 or more songs on the Hot 100 at the same time
Every single from Lemonade has been in the top 30 of iTunes worldwide at least once
Formation has become the most awarded song in history, surpassing Michael Jackson’s thriller
Formation is Beyoncé’s most awarded song
Formation is the most awarded song of 2016
Lemonade is the most awarded album of 2016
8 Video Music Awards (11 nominations)
4 Emmy nominations
5 BET Awards
4 Soul Train Awards including Album of the Year
1 AICE Award
1 American Music Award
1 Clio Awards
1 Video Music Awards Japan
1 Teens Choice Award
1 UK Video Music Award
1 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity
2 Kinsale Shark Awards
5 NAACP Image Awards
1 Peabody award
2 Grammy Awards, 9 Nominations
Lemonade sold more than 1 million copies in 2 weeks
Beyoncé is the first female artist to receive a 5 star review by Rolling Stones
Lemonade is the first album by a female artist to garner 100 million streams in the US in one week
Lemonade sold 663,000 copies in the first week
The Formation World Tour is the highest grossing tour of 2016
100% sold out stadium tour
Formation was the most-mentioned song on Instagram
Sorry was the 14th most-mentioned song on Instagram
Lemonade was the most talked about album on Tumblr

and the list goes on…

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There was also a really awesome match last night where yeah, my team lost (their team was frighteningly good okay) and we lost by a large enough margin that I didn’t even manage to get to the objective to have any objective time, but there was a Blackwatch Reyes on the other team. And I seriously got the impression that me and this other dude (each of us was the highest level person on our team) were just in our own little world trying to kill or one-up each other.

AND THEN. And then. He had to go and be a good sport about it so I can’t even get annoyed. Blargh.

(wherever you are, dude, I love you. GGWP.)

dailymotion

Looking back briefly from Sochi Olympics til now by News Every (9 Feb 2017): 

The wall is the ‘world highest’ himself 
-one year to PyeongChang Olympics-

Narrator: 3 years ago, at Sochi Olympics, Hanyu was 19 and participated in his 1st Olympics. His SP had a quad toeloop and a triple axel with a difficult entry. He scored 101.45 which was a new world record and the 1st time in history that the score broke 100 points. He won the 1st gold medal in men’s figure skating for Japan.

[holding the medal]
Yuzu: It’s so round. (laughs) Holding it in my hand like this, I am very happy.

[press conference after Sochi]
Y: 4 years later is PyeongChang Olympics. I will make use of the time effectively.

2014 Aug,
Y: After raising the level, continue to raise the level further. This is what I must do, and this is what I want to do.

Narrator:
Just as he had said, last season he pushed up the level of the figure skating world in one swoop.

[GPF Dec 2015]
Quads: 3 at Sochi; 5 at last season.
Difficult jumps with high quality, rich in expressiveness.
He made new records for SP, FP and Total score.
But even then, he does not intend to stop evolving.
Yuzu: To make a new wall (meaning challenge), how much of an ideal form can I make my skating….

N: The wall is himself, the world’s highest (or best).
To surpass himself, he thought about the jump layout before this season started.

[Aug 2016, Yuzu looking at his own protocol sheet for GPF 2015.]
Y: It’s rather….. difficult. (laughs)….. The hurdle is high. (laughs)…. I will calculate it now.
[difference between last season and this season shown on protocol sheet]
Y: The difference of one quad jump is very big in terms of the score…. and also in terms of stamina.

N: For this season, he adds in the challenge of a quad loop which no one has succeeded in doing before.
[open practice in Toronto in Sept 2016]
Y: During practice, I feel like crying. (laughs) Like, why can’t I do the jump….

[Oct 2016, competition- Autumn Classic- succeeded in quad loop, landed 3 out of 6 quads for SP and FP]
Yuzu: I am just very regretful. Most regretful that I could not do my programme completely.
N: But he had no intentions of lowering his jump level.

N: There are many more skaters doing difficult jumps now compared to the time at Sochi.
Yuzu:  The figure skating world now is in a situation where there are almost no limits. Everyone is gradually opening up the paths.
Being able to do something difficult, I feel happy and there is a sense of achievement.

[Nov 2016- NHK Trophy]

N: Although it was not perfect yet, he scored above 300 points in total, a first for this season.
Then at GPF in Dec, he won his 4th straight victory but he was still unable to surpass “the world’s best, himself”.
Right after the competition, [Yuzu leaving venue]
Y: I will work hard again. I will practise a lot.

[press conference]
Y: I want to win the gold at PyeongChang and I am working hard for that.

N: From Sochi to PyeongChang, surpassing himself, towards the gold medal, the champion continues to evolve.

–translated by me, just the important points.
Thanks to pino16.17 for the video. 

huffingtonpost.com
Olympian Shawn Barber comes out as gay
Barber holds the NCAA indoor pole vault record.

Shawn Barber, an Olympic pole vaulter from Canada, came out as gay in a cheerful Facebook post earlier this week. He wrote: 

“Gay and proud! Thank you to my parents for being such a great support. I continue to grow as a person and have a great support group. My parents are my greatest support and have helped me through a lot recently. To my friends, you are always my friends and i love you too!”

The Canadian Olympic Committee confirmed to Outsports that Barber did in fact write the post.

Barber instantly becomes one of the highest-profile and most successful current openly gay athletes anywhere in the world. He won the world championship in the pole vault in 2015. At the Rio Summer Olympics last year he finished 10th.

Congrats, Shawn! 

Flying to New Heights With the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission

A mission studying Earth’s magnetic field by flying four identical spacecraft is headed into new territory. 

The Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, or MMS, has been studying the magnetic field on the side of Earth facing the sun, the day side – but now we’re focusing on something else. On February 9, MMS started the three-month-long process of shifting to a new orbit. 

One key thing MMS studies is magnetic reconnection – a process that occurs when magnetic fields collide and re-align explosively into new positions. The new orbit will allow MMS to study reconnection on the night side of the Earth, farther from the sun.

Magnetic reconnection on the night side of Earth is thought to be responsible for causing the northern and southern lights.  

To study the interesting regions of Earth’s magnetic field on the night side, the four MMS spacecraft are being boosted into an orbit that takes them farther from Earth than ever before. Once it reaches its final orbit, MMS will shatter its previous Guinness World Record for highest altitude fix of a GPS.

To save on fuel, the orbit is slowly adjusted over many weeks. The boost to take each spacecraft to its final orbit will happen during the first week of April.

On April 19, each spacecraft will be boosted again to raise its closest approach to Earth, called perigee. Without this step, the spacecraft would be way too close for comfort – and would actually reenter Earth’s atmosphere next winter! 

The four MMS spacecraft usually fly really close together – only four miles between them – in a special pyramid formation called a tetrahedral, which allows us to examine the magnetic environment in three dimensions.

But during orbit adjustments, the pyramid shape is broken up to make sure the spacecraft have plenty of room to maneuver. Once MMS reaches its new orbit in May, the spacecraft will be realigned into their tetrahedral formation and ready to do more 3D magnetic science.

Learn more about MMS and find out what it’s like to fly a spacecraft.

At this point, I REALLY just want to ask if Louis Tomlinson is actually signed to Sony Music?

They tweeted a video they made of selfies from their artists for National Selfie Day. Guess who wasn’t included? This despite the fact that Louis’ instagram is FULL of selfies and his selfies get a massive amount of likes. Didn’t a recent article name him as the male musician who has the highest IG engagement numbers in the world?? 

Come on, Sony! Why would you ignore Louis yet again? He didn’t even get a welcome from any of your two labels he’s associated with, and now this? Is he even one of your artists FOR REAL?? You sure don’t act like it!

See the video here: https://twitter.com/SonyMusicGlobal/status/877579213838049280

So Anya and I have been ~discussing~ this ~theory~ that Riverdale makes more sense if you assume it takes place in an AU where Scientology is the dominant/default religion.  Thinks that make a lot more sense include:

  • The 1950s names:  We can assume that in a Scientologist America the equivalent of Elijah or Mary or Peter would be names like Cheryl, Betty, Reggie, or most importantly, Ronnie
  • The general 1950s vibe. In a theology where heaven looks a lot like post war American suburbia, of course Pops Diner is the most important local institution and of course the razing of the local drive in would be a genuine scandal necessitating government bribes.
  • It makes a lot more sense for Emo Intellectual Jughead Jones to get a lot of his references from Tarantino films in a world where genre films are the highest form of art.
  • A world where children are just considered small adult thetans there’d be no need for decent social services or for anyone to give a shit that a 15 year old boy is living at the drive-in. 
  • The fucking redhead thing.  I mean, this is where the theory started.  If the Blossoms are high ranking Scientologists then OF COURSE they are engaging in incest eugenics to breed more red heads, the most evolutionary advanced version of humanity. OF COURSE, they look at Archie likes he’s a perfect husband/stud material. 
  • Just to amuse myself I did a google image search of L Ron Hubbard’s family and tell me these aren’t some creepy as fuck Blossom family looking photos: