Richmond, Virginia is using American Civil War themed illustrations to promote the upcoming UCI Road World Cycling Championship. You can find out more about the poster campaign created by Steven Nobel over on AdWeek.
On this day in 1973, the Paris Peace Accords were signed in the French capital, ending U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. American involvement in the country went back to the 1950s, with Cold War fears of the region falling to communism leading a series of Presidents to steadily increase the presence of American advisers in Vietnam. Vietnam successfully achieved independence from the colonial French in 1954, which also resulted in the division of the country between the communist North under Ho Chi Minh, and the South under U.S.-backed Ngo Dinh Diem. The two sections soon broke out in fighting, and in August 1964 the United States fully committed to the war after the Gulf of Tonkin incident. This was when the North Vietnamese allegedly fired on American ships in the gulf, which resulted in Congress passing a resolution allowing the President to intervene in the war to counter the communists. The high casualty rates of American soldiers, and tales of horrific acts of violence like the My Lai massacre in 1968, prompted mass protests against the war in the United States. This increased opposition to the presidency of Lyndon Johnson, who declined to run for another term in 1968 and was succeeded by Richard Nixon. Nixon initially expanded the war into neighboring Laos and Cambodia, but then began to gradually withdraw troops from the war that had reached an unwinnable and bloody stalemate. The 1973 settlement, known as ‘An Agreement Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam’, included a cease-fire throughout Vietnam, as well as the withdrawal of U.S. forces. U.S. Representative Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese Le Duc Tho were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts in Paris, though the latter refused the award. However the fighting in Vietnam continued until 1975, when Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese Army, and the nation was united under communist rule.
I prepare for the nobel war.
I’m calm. I know the secret.
I know what’s coming and I know no one can stop me, including myself.
I kill people I like.
Some of them beg for their life.
I don’t feel sad.
I don’t feel anything.
It’s a filthy world we live in.
It’s a filthy goddamn helpless world.
I feel like I’m helping to take them away from the shit and the piss and the vomit that run in the streets.
I’m helping to take them to somewhere clean and kind.
The world is a filthy place.
It’s a filthy goddamn horrorshow.
There’s so much pain. You know?
There’s so much… There is something about all that blood.
I drown in it.
The Indians believed that blood holds all the bad spirits.
And once in a month in ceremonies they would cut themselves to let the spirits go free.
Now, there’s something smart about that.
I like that.
You think I’m crazy?
Me: *makes a post I worked very hard on*
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Me: *shitposts at 3am*
Post: *50 000 notes, 10000 followers gained, post is trending, invited on the Ellen show, shook hands with Obama bc of this post, T-shirts are made, there is now a fandom dedicated to this post, won a Nobel prize, wars have ended, time has stopped all together*
I prepare for the noble war. I’m calm, I know the secret. I know what’s coming, and I know no one can stop me, including myself. I kill people I like. Some of them beg for their life. I don’t feel sad. I don’t feel anything. It’s a filthy world we live in. It’s a filthy goddamn helpless world, and honestly, I feel like I am helping to take them away from the shit and the piss and the vomit that run through the street. I am helping to take them somewhere clean and kind. The world is a filthy place. It’s a filthy goddamn horror show. There’s so much pain, you know? There’s so much…