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Do not support the Red Cross

As someone who’s been in the middle of Harvey, Ike, Gustav, Katrina, Rita and probably any hurricane that’s hit Louisiana in my life, I urge you to not support the Red Cross. Every time they’ve come to “help” they’ve made it worse on the locals and the people they’re trying to give aid to.

For this I’ll use the most recent and most appalling, Harvey. As you probably know Houston was devastated by this storm. Where I live opened up our two biggest centers for the people that the Cajun Navy and other rescuers brought in. Of course the Red Cross took over these centers and within a few days everything crumbled. 

People were I live are incredibly generous and helpful during events like this because we’ve all been through it many times. Every time there’s been a disaster in Louisiana is when you’ll see the community helping each other with anything they might need.

So during Harvey, people here were treading flood waters and gathering all of the clothes, food, and hygiene products they could find. They took all of this to the centers and they started being turned away. They didn’t want to accept clothes donations unless they were brand new, which is appalling. These people left their homes only wearing the clothes on their backs which were covered in flood water, which contains many harmful bacteria. They weren’t going to care if there’s a mustard stain on a shirt, not as long as it was clean and dry. There were people who had been there for days and didn’t have shoes. Both centers have industrial wash rooms for clothes, they could have washed them if need be. Having something is better than nothing.

The most atrocious of it all is that they wouldn’t accept food people made. People here love to cook, we’re raised doing it. Being cooped up in a house for days on end with no work and the kids missing school meant many gumbo pots were being used. These people decided to donate it to the Red Cross, and it was thrown away. Even though they didn’t have enough food to feed the people there. Popeyes, a very popular franchise, had their employees go to work early and prepare food for the people at the shelter. The Red Cross threw it all away. Other restaurants donated hot food, and it was all put in the dumpster. I understand them being skeptical about homemade food because they don’t know people’s intentions, but to turn away restaurant food is wrong. Especially for them to accept the food and then throw it in a dumpster instead of telling the business they couldn’t take the food and the business would have been able to bring it to people that needed it.

Through all of this they just wanted people to donate money. They had the news broadcasting about “families don’t want to be seen digging through clothes on a table to find new ones.” BULLSHIT, we’ve been through this before and clothes are clothes. Giving these people a voucher to Walmart isn’t going to help them when the closest Walmart is 15 minutes away and they don’t have a vehicle or a way to get there. 

I’ve heard from so many places that the Red Cross shouldn’t be trusted, but now that they’ve pulled this shit in my hometown I know better. The local sheriff’s department got the go to chase off the Red Cross, and people from all over the city brought in hot fresh food for the people there. They got them all clothes and shoes and went and bought things for these people to make sure they were at least comfortable. The state then took over and transported the willing ones and all of the pets to Alexandria to a mega shelter where they’ll have more long term care as these other two storms come to be.

If you want to help with the effects of this storm, please find better places to donate! The Red Cross is the most popular and they’re not putting that money to good use. I don’t have links of places so if any of you do please add them here for people to see. It makes me sick to see this happening and I want to do what I can to inform people.

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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.

Poste de baloncesto con tableros y aros, Unidad Deportiva “Presidente Adolfo López Mateos”,  av. Cristóbal Colón 2189, Colón Industrial, Guadalara, Jalisco, México 1962

Arq. Alejandro Zohn

Basketball pole with backboards and hoops, “President Adolfo Lopez Mateos” Sports Center, av. Cristobal Colon 2189, Colon Industrial, Guadalara, Jalisco, Mexico 1962

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[ GREEK GODS SERIES ] HEPHAESTUS → the god of fire and metalworking. as a smithing god, hephaestus made all the weapons of the gods in olympus. he served as the blacksmith of the gods, and was worshipped in the manufacturing and industrial centers of greece, particularly athens.

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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.

what if more and more people find out about the ghost zone and then big corporations try to make it into some human industrialized recreation center or tourist site with theme parks and everything, because they want to make a profit out of the ghost habitats and lairs, much to the ghosts’ displeasure. then capitalism would really kill the ghosts 

‘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.”

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.

This makes me upset but at the same time so fucking happy. Hear me out before you start bashing me.

Of course I’m upset because they’re unhappy, I never want to see them unhappy. It hurts me when they’re not happy because that means something’s REALLY bothering them, especially enough for them to post abt it.

Now, why I’m happy he posted this. Him saying this disproves everyone’s comments about them “changing” because of LA. Of course fame is going to change you in some sense, it’s a whole new lifestyle but the LA effect has not happened to them. They have not let themselves become entitled and arrogant like a lot of people with fame like theirs. They’re mostly at home in Jersey and it’s sad that they’re kinda forced to spend time in LA due to their industry being centered there (YouTube headquarters + AwesomenessTV I’m p sure). Anyways, I’m just glad they’re remaining true to themselves.

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August 30, 2017

“DETROIT CHIMERA”

by Kobie Solomon

Designed by Albert Kahn in 1915, the more than 2 million square feet of Detroit’s Russell Industrial Center once accommodated America’s thriving auto-body business. As both city and industry fell on hard times the complex sold in 2003 and in the intervening years more than a million square feet have been converted to creative studio and loft spaces. Painted between 2010 and 2012 and covering almost 9,000 square feet of wall overlooking Interstate 75, Detroit artist Kobie Solomon’s lion is actually a chimera—a monstrous mythological creature made of parts of other animals. Representing the city of Detroit Solomon incorporated parts representing all four major league sports teams: Lions, Red Wings, Tigers and Pistons.  @russellindustrialcenter  

The Natural Regions of Germany (4): The Upper Rhine Valley

The Upper Rhine Valley is a rift valley of the European continental plate, which broke open as a result of geological forces. Its accompanying mountain ridges are the Vosges Mountains (France) and the Black Forest. The valley itself is filled with sediments, giving it a very flat surface.

The Upper Rhine Valley with its sedimental soils and warm climate is intensely used for growing demanding agricultural products such as vegetables, sugarbeet and wine. Farmers there have on average one more harvest than in the rest of Germany.

The Upper Rhine Valley is also one of the most intensely used transit routes for goods transportation by train and road since ancient times. A chain of cities is lined up there, forming part of Germany’s economic powerhouse. It is part of the so-called Blue Banana, an economically particularly active strip and megalopolis extending from the British Islands to Northern Italy.

The old trade city of Frankfurt am Main is now home to Germany’s most active air transportation hub, and is Germany’s banking and financial center. It is the only city in Germany with an American-style skyline, but also features a reconstructed historic city center. The Rhine-Main region also encompasses Mainz (capital of Rhineland-Palatinate), Wiesbaden (capital of Hesse), Darmstadt (home of a traditional university), Rüsselsheim (headquarters of carmaker Opel), Hanau (center of high-tech industry), and Aschaffenburg (center of the Bavarian North Main region).

The metropolitan region of Mannheim - Ludwigshafen - Heidelberg is another historical region and industrial center. Heidelberg is known for its university and castle. The former residence of Mannheim is known for its planned city architecture in a checkerboard layout. It was here that Carl Benz developed the first car. Ludwigshafen is an industrial city, home of the chemical company BASF, which operates the world’s largest chemical factory here.

Further centers are Karlsruhe (administrative center, seat of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany), Strasbourg (France), Freiburg im Breisgau, and the metropolitan region of Basel (Switzerland) - Saint-Louis (France) - Weil am Rhein (Germany).

Antique Roman remains can be frequently found. Historical places include Mainz, Worms, and Speyer, the latter with the largest preserved Romanesque church. Many other places testify from the rich cultural herigate of the region.

The Wicker House

Submitted by: Shadowswimmer77

Length: Super long

Of course everyone claiming residence in Arthur’s Wake knows tales associated with the Wicker House. It seems that every small province plays host to some structure of ill repute which, as if by supernatural magnetism, draws rumor of ghosts and bogies, wrapping the timber and stone of its foundation in a shroud of darkness and horror. In Arthur’s Wake, the Wicker House fills this odious task.

Scant days after arriving in town, while taking the time to familiarize myself with the local watering hole and its residents, I became introduced to the well known superstitions surrounding the Wicker House. As a man of science, I knew any truths to be found in these outlandish stories were likely embellished to points unrecognizable. Nothing was first hand; all experiences were from a friend who knew a fellow who may have seen something. It is the provincial mind which transforms wild dogs into wolves that walk like men and interprets astronomical phenomena as harbingers of certain doom. 

Still, my curiosity sufficiently piqued, I endeavored to better inform myself upon the subject through more objective means. To my great surprise, while failing to confirm the more supernatural claims of the tales, the town records in the basement of the local library did provide aspect to a most sinister reality all their own.

The house was built in 1920 by the millionaire Tomas Wicker who, in addition to being both a successful oil prospector and fishing magnate, was by all accounts completely insane. No one knows what first drew Wicker to Arthur’s Wake. Some speculate this as the first outward sign of his impending madness. What is known was that the foundations of the house which would come to assume his name were poured almost immediately upon his arrival.

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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

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“.
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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