May Day protests took a violent turn in Paris on Monday, leaving both citizens and officers injured.
Tension in France was already at an all-time high before the annual trade union demonstration got underway, thanks to a particularly tumultuous presidential election that has deeply divided the nation.
Many of the protesters who took to the streets Monday were reportedly there to show their distaste for both far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron.
At the protest, the Independent reported, police deployed both water cannons and tear gas against demonstrators before they fought back with Molotov cocktails, resulting in several officers being engulfed in flames. Read more (5/1/17)
Tucked inside a report from the Oregonianon May Day protests in Portland, Oregon, is a small nugget about how rally attendees allegedly hurled Pepsi cans at police — which was, you know, a reference to that horrible ad the soda company released last month.
The ad in question features reality TV star and model Kendall Jenner attending a “Black Lives Matter”-esque rally, where she hands one of the police officers clashing with protesters a Pepsi to diffuse the tension.
The example of life imitating art imitating life came during the same violent clashes with police that saw at least 25 people arrested, the Oregonian reported. In addition to the Pepsi cans, protesters also hurled Molotov cocktails, prompting authorities to quickly classify the gathering a riot. Read more (5/2/17)
A man, declaring he would burn passengers to death, set off a firebomb on a crowded MTR train during Hong Kong’s evening rush hour on Friday, injuring at least 18 people and spreading chaos among panic-stricken commuters.
The suspect said “burn you to death” before he drew the bottle and lit it, a police source said.
A 60-year-old man, Cheung Kam-Fai, was arrested in connection with the incident. He claimed to have started the fire for “personal reasons”.
Kapetanissa Sarika (Sara Yeshua), partisan leader of the women’s platoon of the Greek People’s Liberation Army’s 7th division, posing with fellow EAM fighters and a revolver, October 1944.
Born in the Jewish quarter of Chalkida in 1927, Sara Yeshua belongs to the emblematic figures of the resistance. Before she turned 15, Sara assisted the wounded at the city’s military hospital as a volunteer nurse. From the beginning of the German occupation (October 1943), she got involved with Greece’s National Liberation Front, took her mother and left Chalkida for Steni.
To guard against German incursions against the Jews who had fled to the mountains, the resistance dispersed the Jews in various villages (Paliouras, Theologos, Stropones, Vasiliko) and later organised an escape network by boat to Turkey from Tsakei beach. Sara was well regarded by her fellow resistance fighters as a passionate speaker advocating for armed struggle against the occupation forces, particularly among young women. At 17, after the horrific murder of her cousin, Mendi Moschovitz, by the Security Battalions in Stropones (4 March 1944) and the burning of Kourkouloi, she formed an independent female resistance group that fought and gathered intelligence. Armed with Molotov cocktails, they attacked outlying sites to draw the Germans away from the main target, and aided in the capture of collaborators. By the end of the war, she was legendary among the partisans of Evia, Greece, as “Kapetanissa Sarika” (Partisan Leader Sara).
What do you like most about Stiles and Lydia's characters?
oh god Here We Go
I mean. the sarcasm. i too, use sarcasm and humor as a defense, in literally every situation.
the fact that he canonically has anxiety and panic attacks and social anxiety like that’s so?? important to me?? and he’s so in touch with it and it’s such a big part of his character but it also doesn’t rule his life and that’s just so important to me x2
his fierce loyalty. for a slytherin, the dude really does have some hufflepuff characteristics. he would die before he betrayed any of his friends, and is always on guard against any threat toward them
i also really love the fact that he is inherently suspicious of everyone. it’s a flaw, but it’s important to me because i can #relate and i think it says a lot about him as a character. not only is he loyal to his friends, he’s protective of them, because he can’t believe he has them and doesn’t want anything or anyone to break them apart. he wanted them to all stick together for college. that’s so precious? stiles stilinski loves his friends with everything in him 2kalways
going off of that, i love how deeply he loves?? like whether it be his dad, or scott, or LYDIA, he just loves with everything he has and so selflessly it’s heartbreaking like what the fuck save some for yourself you ball of mush.
i mean, he’s Too Smart. he’s the one who Always Figures It Out. he’s clever and observant and PERSISTENT when it comes to solving mysteries and figuring shit out and he’s gonna do so well in the FBI my son
his moral grey area is also very fun. me too stiles, me too.
Lydia: (i have spent a significantly longer amount of time diving into who Lydia is than Stiles, so this could be even more extra than his list.)
her fear of vulnerability. it is extremely hard for her to let anyone see all of her at once, and she’s reluctant to show genuine emotions. this has changed quite a bit, through the seasons, but you still get that sense sometimes that she’s uncomfortable in intense emotional situations, and that hits my core man.
she’s insanely brave. we see this really early on, like in 2x11 (EEP) when she wanted to help jackson and had literally no method of defending herself but she was about to march into battle anyways. and now that she’s come into her powers, that bravery is still there, but it’s more confident now, like she’s not sacrificing herself anymore, but actually fighting.
my girl is a literal genius. deadass going to win a field’s medal. the actual reason i haven’t dropped out of school yet. and i love love LOVE the slow progression of her owning her intelligence and letting people know about it, from pretending she didn’t know a cougar was a mountain lion, to molotov cocktail, to “i read”, to slipping in little Lydia-isms here and there, to Kira in season 5 literally baffled at the fact that she used to pretend to not be smart. I’m so proud of my baby. that’s my girl.mp3
lydia martin exists unapologetically, and that’s kind of always been the case, now more so. she is here, and she is HER, and if you don’t like it, that’s fine, you can watch her perfect strawberry blonde hair sway as she walks away from you not giving a fuck.
her development into someone who stands up for herself, removes herself from toxic situations, and fights for what’s right. this is where the pack really comes into play in her evolution, and it’s truly one of my favorite things. before allison and scott and stiles and the rest of the pack, she had never experienced or seen real love and friendship and what it can do, and once she had them supporting her and started fighting The Good Fight, she gained so much strength for herself and realization of what she deserves. (which is the world btw)
lydia martin rocks kickass outfits, on point makeup, beautiful hair, and HEELS most of the time, all while being an actual genius/badass in every sense of the word. she enjoys looking nice and spending time on her appearance, but it never takes away from the fact that she’s the smartest person around and could ruin you in a single “AAAEEE!” ?? lol this is really important to me because i love looking nice every day but i’ve legit had people question my intellgence because of it, and lydia just helps me to say fuck you to those people.
Ever wanted to stop an armored vehicle stupid-easily, with something that’s legal, very safe to store and use, easy to acquire, and burns like Satan’s asshole? Molotov cocktails might look very impressive, but there’s an incendiary that does all those things and that we’ve all been overlooking: thermite.
Thermite, for the uninitiated–which, let’s be real, it’s the Internet, you’ve all heard of thermite–is a non-explosive incendiary powder made from aluminum filings and iron oxide. It is completely safe to store, since it’s basically just metal dust. Like an 80% lower (more on that right here), it’s pretty much untraceable, as both rust and aluminum filings can be manufactured at home or bought at a hardware store with zero paperwork. And when ignited, it burns at around 2500 Fahrenheit (1400 C), also known as half the temperature of the goddamn sun.
Rust can be manufactured at home pretty easily. Take steel wool, put it in a jar filled with water. Weigh the wool down with a magnet so it doesn’t float. Add 5tbs of bleach and 5tbs of vinegar. Let it sit for a day or two, then filter the resultant brown paste with a coffee filter. Alternatively, you can go to a paint store, where they sell it pretty cheap for pigment mixing, or eBay, where you can straight-up buy it.
Aluminum is also pretty easy to get. Take a grinder to something made of aluminum (cans, bike parts, whatever) and collect the sparks, and bam, aluminum filings. Machine shops will probably give you plenty in exchange for sweeping. Or, like rust, paint shops and eBay are viable options as well.
Mix your two powders at a ratio of 8 parts rust to 3 parts aluminum, by weight. Aluminum is pretty light so it’ll look about fifty-fifty. Mix evenly. Optionally, you can mix four parts thermite with one part modeling clay to get moldable thermite. You can’t light thermite with a normal match; get a magnesium sparkler or bit of magnesium ribbon and light that, and you’re good to go. Now you can melt through the engine block of an armored car like the Alien’s blood through the Nostromo.
Remember: when we fight, we win, so know how to fight!
A Yiannopoulos, Bannon, Trump Plot to Control American Universities?
The events at
Berkeley Wednesday night have been a boon to Milos Yiannopoulos, of Breitbart
News, and to Steve Bannon, formerly head of Breitbart News and now Trump’s consigliere.
As you may know, on Wednesday night, February 1, Berkeley gave Yiannopoulos a major forum to spout his racist
and misogynistic vitriol. But police had to cancel the talk because
about 150 masked agitators threw Molotov cocktails, smashed windows where
Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak, and threw rocks and fireworks at the
police – delivering made-for-TV images of a riot.
a promotional Breitbart story that ran before the event, Yiannopoulos was going
to “call for the withdrawal of federal grants and the prosecution of university
officials who endanger their students with their policies.”
exactly what Trump did via tweet early the next morning: “If U.C.
Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people
with a different point of view — NO FEDERAL FUNDS?”
Yiannopoulos had a friendly interview on Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” –
a show that, according to the Washington Post, has ridden anger at left-wing
activism into best-in-class prime time ratings.
The conversation focused on how Berkeley proved the point that the Left was ceding its right to
federal grants by cracking down on free speech.
Which raises the possibility that Yiannopoulos and Brietbart were
in cahoots with the agitators, in order to lay the groundwork for a Trump
crackdown on universities and their federal funding.
Thursday night on CNN, I said “I wouldn’t bet against” that possibility. Almost immediately an
indignant article appeared in Breitbart News, misleadingly headlined “Robert
Reich Lies, Claims Breitbart News Organized Berkeley Riots.”
Hmmm. Connect these dots:
(1) Yinnopoulos writes for Breitbart News, which Steve Bannon – Trump’s strategy director – ran before joining Trump.
(2) Before Yiannopoulos speaks at Berkeley, Breitbart publishes an
article saying that Yiannopoulos will call for the withdrawal of federal grants
and the prosecution of university officials who endanger their students with
(3) Berkeley opens its doors to Yiannopoulos, but campus
police have to cancel the event because of masked agitators.
(4) Hours later, Trump
issues a misleading tweet, accusing the university of not allowing free speech
and promoting violence against innocent people with different views, and threatening to withhold federal funds.
next night, Yiannopoulos on Fox News says the incident proves that universities
like Berkeley don’t deserve federal grants by cracking down on free speech.
That same night, on CNN, I raise the possibility that Yiannopoulos and Breitbart could
have been collaborating with the agitators – saying “I wouldn’t bet against it.” This generates a belligerent column in
Breitbart with a misleading headline calling me a liar for claiming that Breitbart News organized the riots.
I don’t want to add to the conspiratorial musings of so many about this very conspiratorial administration, but it strikes me there may be something worrying going on here.
The simplest sort of petrol bomb is just a bottle full of fuel with a rag or paper for a wick. You light it and throw it, the bottle breaks, the splash of fuel bursts into a fireball, and then the rest of the fuel burns, possibly catching other stuff on fire. This most basic design is incredibly cheap and easy to make, and so has been very popular with protestors and guerillas for generations.
Using a wick that has been soaked in alcohol instead of fuel oil or petrol has the advantage of not leaving a conspicuous trail of smoke back to your position, which may be helpful to someone throwing the device from a place of concealment. By the same token, in daylight it can be hard to tell if an alcohol wick is actually lit, since the flame is nearly colorless.
Plugging the wick into place with a wine cork or similar stopper ensures that the wick doesnt fall out, minimizes spilling of fuel as the device travels through the air, and seems to give a more dramatic splash/fireball on impact.
Making the fuel thicker keeps the fireball and subsequent flame more concentrated (because the fuel doesnt spread out as much) and consequently hotter. Motor oil, detergent such as fairy liquid, or molasses have all been used for this purpose.
Suspending bits of flammable metal, such as magnesium or aluminum shavings or powder, in the fuel can also allow much higher temperatures to be reached.