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With Gigi Hadid’s recent photoshoot at Kennedy Space Center, spaceflight once again is the backdrop for fashion photography. Photographers in that industry have found the allure of space technology irresistible since the dawn of the space age in the 1950s.

Famous fashion photographer Richard Avendon photographed world-renowned supermodels such as Domiva, Isabella Albanico and Jean Shrimpton in front of rockets, sights around Cape Canaveral, and even a Mercury-era spacesuit during the late 1950s and 1960s.

Gigi’s shoot occurred around Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor Complex in the rocket garden, Moon theatre and other locations.

All the photos above - including Richard Avendon’s from the early space race era - were shot for Harper’s Baazar.

The models and photographers from above:

Domiva in front of an Atlas-Able rocket by Richard Avendon, 1950s.

Isabella Albanico by Richard Avendon, 1959.

Jean Shrimpton by Richard Avendon, 1965.

Gigi Hadid by Mariano Vivanco, 2017.


Rogue One planets: Scarif

Scarif was a secluded and tropical planet in the Outer Rim Territories region of the galaxy. Despite its remoteness, it played an important part in the Galactic Empire’s military-industrial complex, becoming a center for Imperial top-secret military research. In this capacity, it housed a multitude of different projects, including the construction of the first Death Star battle station. Because of its importance, the planet was protected by an impenetrable deflector shield that enveloped the entire world, with the only opening being the Shield Gate.

Sakura Quest is a good show, but also they spend the first episode talking about how this town is TINYVILLE, BUMFUCK NOWHERE, THE SMALLEST CITY THAT NOBODY CARES ABOUT, WHERE THERE ARE ONLY ROOT VEGETABLES AND AN AGING POPULATION and then in the second episode they casually mention that the population is 50,000 people, which would put it just below the top ten most populous cities in Ohio.

‘Glass House’ Chronicles The Sharp Decline Of An All-American Factory Town

Lancaster, Ohio, the home of the Fortune 500 company Anchor Hocking, was once a bustling center of industry and employment. At its peak following World War II, Lancaster’s hometown company was the world’s largest maker of glass tableware and employed more than 5,000 town residents.

Though Anchor Hocking remains in Lancaster today, it is a shell of its former self, and the once thriving town is beset by underemployment and drug abuse. Lancaster native Brian Alexander chronicles the rise and fall of his hometown in his new book, Glass House.

“People are genuinely struggling,” he tells Fresh Air’s Dave Davies. “The economy of the town is struggling, not because there’s high unemployment, [but] because the employment that there is all minimum wage, or even lower than minimum wage.”

Fairfield County, in which Lancaster is located, went 61 percent for Donald Trump in the presidential election — a fact that Alexander attributes to the candidate’s message of disaffection. Alexander says on Election Day one Lancaster woman told him she voted for Trump because she wanted “it to be like it was.”

Of course, there’s a white working class in amerika. Settlers reminds readers of Engels’ point that “there are many working classes” (my emphasis). In world history, a great variety of working classes. The idea that there’s only one kind of working class – exploited, noble, urban and industrial, male-centered, politically class-conscious – is a cardboard abstraction.

That’s why Walter Rodney didn’t like the term, wanted to use “producers” instead. The white working class is a particular kind of working class: one that is an oppressor class, by its very nature wedded to capitalism, and not a proletariat (the proletariat is the lowest, most oppressed class in society).

A working class isn’t primarily determined or shaped by the fact of working for wages. The prison warden works for a wage, after all, while the Afrikan slaves who built amerika on their backs never were wage-laborers. What is determining is the extraction of surplus value. Technically, when we say a class is exploited what we mean is that capitalism extracts surplus value (what becomes profits in the level of the marketplace) from its labor.

For example, no one can deny that there is a Boer white working class in South Africa (at least there is at this writing in 1992 – this is only an example). They exist in the millions, in mines and offices and factories. They are wage-laborers. Yet, as a whole, they produce no (as in zero) surplus value.

Economic studies show that all the surplus value created in South Africa is created by Afrikan labor. The Boer white workers’ wage-labor is merely an indirect mechanism for them to share in the exploiting of Afrikans.

That’s why Afrikan workers live in dusty Soweto and the white working class lives in ranch-style homes with cars, appliances, .357 magnums, swimming pools and cheap Afrikan servants.

They are a working class, alright, but a parasitic one with no real class consciousness and no contribution to make to the liberating of the world.

It isn’t so hard to see that the same thing is true with the white working class in settler amerika (the only working classes anywhere in the world with lifestyles like the Boer workers in South Africa are those here in north amerika). David Gilbert and other white anti-imperialists certainly understand this. And as he warns: “We must guard against the mechanical notion that economic decline will in itself lessen racism… The white workers closest to the level of Third World workers can be the most virulent and violent in fighting for white supremacy.”

These are apt words for the 1990s, when new reformist illusions are being spread at the same time as David Duke and racist skinheads show the renewed appeal of the white Right.

—  J. Sakai, comments on “Looking At The White Working Class Historically“.

anonymous asked:

Hi Andrew! I want to first say that it's awesome how you are working on being healthy and happy with your body! Fitness is such a personal journey and I'm glad you're on it. I started following you because I really loved how you are so unique in the sense that you never subscribed to traditional structures of masculinity or femininity - you're just you. And as a nonbinary person myself, I've always admired that you reject toxic masc culture. I would like to ask you: (continued in second ask)

“I would like to ask you: now that you have been comfortably immersed in your own fitness routine, how do you continue to reject toxic masculinity stereotypes that focus more around fitness aesthetic and “bulking up for gainz bro?” The male-presenting fitness industry is so dominated by it and I see so many queer people gravitate toward that toxic culture of “u gotta get big muscles bruh” instead of focusing on the real objective - feeling healthy and happy. Curious to know how you combat that!“

Hey there!! First I would like to say I appreciate this thorough and thoughtful ask to the extreme. What a wonderful thing to be able to discuss with another like minded person.

You’re absolutely correct that the fitness industry is dominated by toxic masc culture. To be honest, that held me off in many different ways from working out in a gym and establishing a routine. So much of the media, advertisements, or popular persons within the fitness industry are centered around competitiveness, body shaming, and unhealthy trends designed to make people self conscious for not sharing the same mind set or for not being at the same place physically.

That coupled with being trans and already feeling less than because of my body gave me an awful mindset and unrealistic expectations for myself–making what little exercise I could do very uncomfortable and unfulfilling.

When it comes to avoiding falling into toxic masc fitness culture, I think the real work is internal. Often when I see people in the gym who are rude, showy, or judgmental, they usually are that way because they are projecting. In order to feel like they have value they create a false persona that they believe has value and that usually means building up their image, judging others based on not having similar attributes, and generally being very cringey to be around. People can definitely just be that way, but I think a lot of it is derived from self hate, insecurity, and fear of not having worth.

What I feel is different in my mindset from others mindsets is that my goals, my body, the way I exercise does not define my worth nor does it lead to my ultimate fulfillment. When I work out I think about how much I enjoy the movement, enjoy learning, want to feel good, and want to eventually aid others in the same pursuit. Anything I could be tomorrow or a month from now or years from now I already am in a sense. What I ultimately value for my life is hard work, passion, commitment, and a way to help others with all I do. So if I can come to the gym, accomplish my small goals that lead to my larger goals, I don’t need much else. I don’t need to make fun of others, compare myself to them, or worry that I’m not living up to the things that they need for fulfillment.

Fitness can absolutely be a lifestyle for some people but for many people it is simply an outlet or a tool for feeling healthy and healing their body.

People go to the gym for so many reasons–real life people with their own unique livelihoods and experiences and desires and goals and passions. And I think that needs to be respected.

Exercise and fitness aren’t about doing what others are doing. But finding what works for you, what is safe for you, and what helps you towards the goals you have while taking into account other aspects of your life.

I’ve worked at my gym for a few months now and there are so many people who are just doing their little thing and not looking to do a bodybuilding show or to build a fan base or to do anything professionally or commercially within the industry. We have 81 year-old Betty who argues with her trainer about him not putting her on machines and Andrea who has MS and does her best everyday to stay active even when she’s really hurting and Michael who comes with his wife and sneaks a preworkout sample whenever she goes to do cardio and Josh who is the nicest dude ever who’s training for his first show in June and just so many real life people, you know?

Everyone is just doing their best and doing what makes them happy and I think that’s the real goal. Life is way too short to be worried about living anyone else’s way or conforming to an idea that makes you miserable. We aren’t here to be cookie cutter shapes of What Others Think We Should Look Like. We are here to live our weird and fun and lovely lives on our own terms.

Anyways! I hope that answers your question. And I appreciate the time you took to ask it so much.

(Ps. Everything I said also applies to people who don’t work out, people of all body shapes, people of varying health.)

I’m sure you’re wondering why the United States government (control mind) would be so interested in what appears to be a record company. Well, I’m about to show you why. From this command center, we control the most influential demographic of the population. We turn your world into one giant TV commercial. But how, you may ask, can our operation be so effective? Sure these kids have brains like play dough, just waiting to be molded into shape, but something else must be going on, right? For years the government has been wisely coercing teenagers to buy products they normally wouldn’t want. That’s why the government has been planting small subliminal advertising suggestions in today’s music. How can you control the bands? What if they find out about the hidden messages in their music? Ever wonder why so many stars die in plane crashes? Overdosed on drugs? We’ve been doing this a long time. If they start to get too curious, our options are endless. Bankruptcies… shocking scandals… religious conversions! They’re trying to create an army of mindless teenagers, to make them buy things and even control their thoughts. That’s because they’re mindless drones who will gobble up anything you tell them is cool. You’re a real free thinker, aren’t you? A real non-conformist. This is what they’re really hearing. Conform. Free will is overrated. Jump on the bandwagon. We found that subliminal messages work much better in movies.
—  Josie and the Pussycats: movie

I’ve been obsessed with bees and did a solid year of research on bees. I looked at mythos, folklore, biology, politics, misogyny, anti-beekeeping, poetry, literature, global trade, and anything that was remotely related to bees.

And now, I’m actually interacting with the real bees. Sometimes when I think of the ravages of capitalism, the raw mythological evil of Monsanto, and the hungry ghosts across the globe I feel so small. I don’t know how to stop these machines. I can, however, work on continuously divesting from these machines in baby steps. Hopefully I’ll have my first bee nucleus by the end of May. I won’t be using a Langstroff Hive like the adorable garden hive featured my my afternoon visiting and learning. I’m probably going to use a Warré box which is bee-centered rather than beekeeper-centered.

Industrialized honey is a disaster for many reasons and the laboratory artificial insemination process of the queen bee almost gave me nightmares. Pesticides are killing bees & butterflies, our pollinators, and they’re poisoning our farm workers and their children. The water wells in agricultural lands are being declared officially unsafe for consumption where crops are grown. We’ve turned the idea of organic agriculture from a human, earth, and animal rights mandate for industry into a signifier for wealth. The fight for organic agriculture standards IS a battle for human rights. I think shaming an individual for not being able to afford organic food is wrong, demanding that organic standards be used in industrial farming for farm worker safety is imperative.

Excited to have honey and beeswax to share with my community time bank in a year’s time if I manage to keep my hive going.

Cool facts: swarming bees may look the scariest but are least likely to sting. Every sting is a fatality for a bee and a swarm cannot afford to decrease the population nor do they have a hive or babies to protect. Learning to catch a swarm is a great way to start a new hive.

Before a swarm, a queen starts a swarm cell inside the hive for the DNA of each drone she successfully mated with and those queens will duke it out for the role of the next matriarch. It’s common to see 10+ cells from her royal gangbang when she took the throne. Swarm time is determined when a queen has filled a hive to capacity with many daughters and a full honey supply. She’ll leave half of her hive behind to continue under a new matriarch and leaves with her flight to forge a new successful hive. It’s a brilliant way to keep disseminating strong genetics for each habitat.

Also: reading essays from dudebros throughout history INSISTING that there must be a king bee running the hive and not a pathetic female makes for the best hilarious feminist theory ever.

The Dance Awards Las Vegas 2017 Predictions!!!!

It’s finally here!!!

Same intro from last year:

Yes, I got like four anons asking very similar questions on who I think has a strong shot at winning TDA, TDA predictions, etc. So instead of answering each anon separately, I decided to do an entire Master post consisting of my predicted Top 20, Top 10, Top 3 (2nd runnerup, 1st runnerup, and Winner).

Now this is JUST FOR FUN. I understand that predictions tend to be frowned upon, however I am taking these VERY LIGHTLY. The goal of my predictions isn’t to be right (or even 50% right) but rather it’s a little game for me to see how well I can “call-out” results. I will even make silly mistakes along the way (like forgetting about an amazing dancer who may obviously make top 10- let me know if I make a mistake like that, or any other major mistakes really). My predictions are primarily based on a combination of:

a.) Who I Know
b.) Who I’m Rooting For
c.) Past TDA results; primarily from 2016
d.) Past Jump/Nuvo/24seven results; primarily from the 2017 season
e.) A dancer’s “history”, like how well they tend to place at comps.

NEW!: For this comp, I will only try to predict the Top 3 for all males and Top 10/3 for senior female because I don’t know these dancers well enough to be able to make a good projection if I tried to determine who would make Top 10 or 20 soooo…….

Also there may (will) be spelling errors….

Also feel free to send me asks about it and stuff, even if you disagree because like yeah!


My predictions are located under the cut starting from Seniors going down to Minis.

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Alexandria from space. Alexandria (الإسكندرية) is the 2-nd largest city and a major economic center in Egypt, extending 32 km along the Mediterranean coast. Its low elevation on the Nile delta makes it vulnerable to rising sea levels. It’s Egypt’s largest seaport, serving 80% of all imports and exports. It’s also an important industrial center because of its oil & natural gas pipelines from Suez.

It was founded around a small Ancient Egyptian town c. 331 BC by Alexander the Great of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon. It then became an important center of the Hellenistic civilization and remained the capital of Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine Egypt for almost 1000 years until the Muslim conquest in AD 641, when a new capital was founded at Fustat (later absorbed into Cairo). Hellenistic Alexandria was best known for the Lighthouse of Alexandria (Pharos), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; its Great Library (the largest in the ancient world; now replaced by a modern one); and the Necropolis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages. Alexandria was the 2nd-most powerful city of the ancient world after Rome. Ongoing maritime archaeology in the harbor, which began in 1994, is revealing details of Alexandria both before the arrival of Alexander, when a city named Rhacotis existed there, and during the Ptolemaic (also Greek) dynasty.

The worn outer walls of Mead’s Quarry tower high above the lake that had formed in the bottom many years after it had been abandoned. If you look closely, you can see the individual layers in the bedrock where the miners dug into the earth with their pickaxes and machinery. The layers represent different types of rock, with occasional veins of the marble still visible. The “pink marble”, which was primarily excavated from both the Mead’s and Ross quarries, was mined from the area and sent to places such as New York, Washington DC, and Knoxville for use in the construction of monuments and government buildings.

Tennessee Pink Marble is not actually marble. In reality, it is actually crystalline limestone that takes on a pinkish-grey hue. Most of the limestone that has formed in this area was formed over 450 million years ago.

anonymous asked:

Ive traveled to Alola reacently and ive noticed that the Hyper potions sold here seems to be less potent, is there some sort of change in the recipie?

In a way. The unfortunate thing is that a number of items need to be imported to Alola because unlike other regions, Alola has no industrial centers that can produce high-powered items themselves. Moreover, some medicine’s potency—especially the most ones such as hyper potions—break down over time and through heat exposure. Thus, while technically, the hyper potion uses the same formula as it always has, its effectiveness has degraded en route to Alola.

Incidentally, you may have noticed the same thing if you keep a hyper potion in your bag for a couple of years. Always check the expiration date of your potions before use; while potions and super potions can be used for a considerable amount of time, hyper potions generally only have a shelf life of a year at best. Less than that if exposed to direct sunlight or heat for an extended period of time (as they tend to be when sold in Alola), so also always be sure to keep your hyper potions at the bottom of your bag and out of the sun whenever possible.

Protestant Steve Rogers v. Catholic Steve Rogers and why that matters

[I’ve been sitting on this post for about three weeks, trying to decide if I wanted to make it or not. I’ve finally decided it’s time to put it out there, so.]

This essay was originally going to be added to this post about Steve’s dog-tags, but I apparently have a lot of feelings about this and it ended up being ridiculously long and sort of tangential to the original post, so I’m simply linking the two. I’ve divided the essay into three parts: church history, immigration history, and speculation.

Disclaimer: I was raised Protestant (in a non-denominational Stone-Campbell church), and I attended undergrad at a Protestant Christian liberal arts college (also Stone-Campbell). My undergraduate degree included church history, but I am definitely not an expert, so I’ve included lots of Wikipedia links to compensate. I am currently attending a Catholic university for my masters, but again, the focus has not been church history (although I have interviewed and transcribed interviews with Catholic priests from the Brooklyn Diocese as part of my classes). I know enough about church history to feel comfortable making this post, but not enough to go into further detail than what is laid out here. If I have made any egregious errors in regards to either branch’s history, please drop me a note so I can correct them.

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10 Facts about Heidelberg

1. Heidelberg University is the oldest university in Germany. Established in 1386, Heidelberg’s Ruprecht-Karls-Universität remains one of Germany’s most prestigious universities - it celebrated its 625th anniversary in 2011. It counts an impressive array of national figures amongst its alumni, including the former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

2. Heidelberg is home to an amphitheater. Hidden from view from the town at the top of the surrounding wooded hills, the ‘Thingstätte’ was built in 1935 by the Nazi political party, designed by Heidelberg native Albert Speer. It was used for rallies and solstice festivals during WW2 and is now preserved as a monument, but also still used for festivals and cultural events.

3. The first bicycle was invented by a graduate of Heidelberg University. Karl Drais came up with the ‘Laufmaschine’, which represented the beginning of mechanized personal transport. It was nicknamed the Dandy Horse and was the first means of transport to make use of the 2-wheel concept, even though it didn’t have pedals.

4. The city hosts superb firework displays during the summer. Known as the ‘Schlossbeleuchtung’, there’s a fantastic firework display on the 1st Saturday in June, 2nd Saturday in July and 1st Saturday in September every year. It starts with the Heidelberg castle being lit up as though it is on fire. This is to remember the times in 1689, 1693 and 1764, when it actually went up in flames. After a few minutes of the castle ‘burning’, the fireworks begin. They’re launched from the old bridge and last about 15 mins.

5. Heidelberg is featured prominently in various poems and novels. The city is mentioned in works by the likes of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Heinrich Heine, and Mark Twain, who spent several months in Heidelberg in the late 1800′s. The novel ‘The Reader’, made into a film in 2008, was also set in the city.

6. Heidelberg escaped bombing in WW2. Unlike many German cities, it was not destroyed by air raids and therefore still has original buildings from the later Middle Ages and early Renaissance. It has been suggested that the city escaped substantial bombing because the US Army wanted to use it as a garrison after the war. In fact though, as Heidelberg was neither an industrial center nor a transport hub, there was nothing of particular strategic interest for them to bomb, so they focused on nearby industrial cities such as Mannheim.

7. The first evidence of human life in Europe was found in Heidelberg. In 1907 a jaw-bone was discovered in a gravel pit – it’s the earliest evidence found of human life in Europe. The ‘Heidelberg Man’ is the name given to a member of this extinct human species, considered closely related to “Homo erectus”.

8. It’s home to the world’s biggest wine barrel. The Heidelberg ‘Tun’ holds 220,000 liters. The vat (Fass) was built in 1751 and sits within Heidelberg’s famous castle.

9. 1 in 5 residents is a university student. As you might expect from a city with a university as prestigious as that of Heidelberg, a large proportion of the population are students. This gives the city a lively feel and ensures ample social and cultural offerings for visitors and locals to enjoy.

10. The German Pharmacy Museum is housed in Heidelberg Castle. It displays a large collection of old equipment and medicines used in a pharmacy in past centuries.

Please fire me. I was written up for receiving too many phone calls from the same number. My job is to handle referrals from two major medical entities over the phone. Most of my calls come from two numbers.