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Perot Theatre - Texarkana, USA 

Built in 1924, the Perot theatre, previously named the Saenger Theatre, is a fully restored Italian Renaissance theatre. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Much of the money raised for its restoration was donated by the local community, with the remainder being donated by the family of former American presidential nominee, Ross Perot.

Initially built to also project films, the theatre solely hosts live theatre today. 

marie-xo  asked:

I wonder, especially in times like this, what is stopping us from going to the white house with pitchforks and burning it to the ground? It workes before, maybe a gesture of that scale would get some sort of order? I don't know, I'm just very angry at all the events unfolding in the US lately.

Personally I don’t think we’re there yet.

Don’t get me wrong, things are bad, and I’m of the mind that if they continue down this same path for a little longer it could be pitchforks in the street bad pretty easily. For millions of Americans, including Trump voters, desperation has been driving their political choices for a while. Whether it’s supporting a third party, an independent candidate like Ross Perot, or an outsider like Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders, or just not voting at all, I would argue each of those moves is more a failing of our political system than anything else. And if that continues to get worse I think I would be very worried.

Still though, I don’t think we’re there yet because even though there is WIDESPREAD dissatisfaction with our political process, it still works. As voters we are still more than capable of pressuring congress. It’s still possible to write into your local paper’s letter of the editor section with your political opinions and complaints, hopefully sparking a discussion in your community. It’s still possible to rally in public places to try and push for change. It’s still possible to tap into people’s discontent in a positive and constructive way and while that remains true I think it has to be the best option.

Mostly because as dissatisfied as I am personally, I still think people in the street with pitchforks ends badly. I’m sympathetic to the plight of people living under the serf system in Russia, but the historical forces of pissed off Russian farmers in the street were harnessed for a lot of bad things. Legitimate discontent was used to take power in a bad way. Fidel Castro had a point when he got Cuban farmers riled up, but it didn’t end well for a lot of Cubans. Hitler wasn’t entirely wrong in the 1930′s when he was in Bavaria telling poor farmers that the post World War I world order was hurting them and their families. Obviously that anger boiled over in a hugely destructive way.

I’m a fan of mass movement politics. But it’s important to recognize that when mass movements get angry, they almost always create a situation where really really bad things happen.

I think that’s especially true in a country with 300+ million guns. It just seems like a recipe for disaster. Especially considering there are 60+ million Trump voters, some small percentage of whom would definitely be out in the street as well. It wouldn’t end well. It wouldn’t further a progressive agenda, and if I had to guess I would say it would probably just further strengthen the right in the long run.

I’m not advocating for politics as usual, MLK started a mass movement, but it was a peaceful and inclusive one that paid dividends in the long run. It worked. It didn’t solve every problem caused by poverty or race in America, but it was an important step that had real life legislative and cultural impact.

That said, there is a breaking point. People will be in the streets eventually. When politics quits working and people are pushed to the edge, they react. Both on the right, like in 1930′s Germany, or the left, like Russia in 1919. When things reach that point, it almost always ends badly. I don’t think we’re there yet, but we’re a lot closer than most people thought a year ago. In my opinion the United States is a giant pile of gasoline soaked wood just waiting for a match and personally I really hope we can get rid of that wood before someone throws that match.

The historical Xenophobia against the Irish and Italian peoples in the United States stemmed from almost exclusively sectarianism, specifically anti-Catholic sentiment that singled out the Pope and the prospect of high-ranking papists as a threat to American sovereignty.

With the exception of Maryland, the Thirteen Colonies were all founded by Protestants for Protestants, some were Puritans (MA, CT, RI), others Quakers (PA, DE) Calvanists, (NY, NJ) or Anglicans (VA, NC, SC, GA, NH), but nevertheless, all were Protestants. Oh and Maryland, though nominally a Catholic colony, was populated by mostly Protestant commoners and a couple Catholic nobles.

There was a time when anti-Catholic sentiment had its own party, which called itself the American party and once boasted former President Millard Fillmore on their ticket in 1856 on their ticket (he came in 3rd, making him the Johnson/Perot/Nader of 1856) and when the KKK was originally founded, it hated Catholics as well as PoC. Remember that news story were Donald Trump’s dad was arrested in the 20s for being part of a mob attacking cops? Those cops were Catholic.

Really the whole Protestant/Catholic divide didn’t end until the 1970s when the Evangelical Protestants joined the Catholics in their anti-abortion efforts, and even growing up in the South today I noticed there was this pervasive microaggresion where a Protestant will refer to “Christians and Catholics” rather than simply “Christians”

So if anyone tells you that anti-Irish or anti-Italianism was the Irish/Italians being considered non-white, please smack them upside the head with the King James Version of the Holy Bible and direct them to the Wikipedia page on the Thirty Years War.

A ‘matryoshka’ in the interstellar medium

As if it were one of the known Russian dolls, a group of astronomers, led by researchers at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, (IAC) has found the first known case of three supernova remnants one inside the other. Using the programme BUBBLY, a method developed within the group for detecting huge expanding bubbles of gas in interstellar space, they were observing the galaxy M33 in our Local Group of galaxies and found example of a triple-bubble. The results, which were published yesterday in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, help to understand the feedback phenomenon, a fundamental process of star formation and in the dissemination of metals produced in massive stars.

The group has been building up a data base of these superbubbles with observations of a number of galaxies and, using the very high resolution 2D spectrograph, GHaFaS (Galaxy Halpha Fabry-Perot System), on the 4.2 m William Herschel Telescope (WHT) of the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, La Palma), has been able to detect and measure these superbubbles, which range in size from a few light years to as big as a thousand light years across.

Superbubbles around large young star clusters are known to have a complex structure due to the effects of powerful stellar winds and supernova explosions of individual stars, whose separate bubbles may end up merging into a superbubble, but this is the first time that they, or any other observers, have found three concentric expanding supernova shells.

“This phenomenon -says John Beckman, one of the co-authors on the paper- allows to explore the interstellar medium in a unique way, we can measure how much matter there is in a shell, approximately a couple of hundred times the mass of the sun in each of the shells”. However, if it is known that a supernova expels only around ten times the mass of the sun, where do the second and third shells get their gas from if the first supernova sweeps up all the gas?

The answer to that must come from the surrounding gas and in the inhomogeneous interstellar medium. “It must be -says Artemi Camps Fariña, who is first author on the paper-, that the interstellar medium is not at all uniform, there must be dense clumps of gas, surrounded by space with gas at a much lower density. A supernova does not just sweep up gas, it evaporates the outsides of the clumps, leaving some dense gas behind which can make the second and the third shells”.

“The presence of the bubbles -adds Artemi- explains why star formation has been much slower than simple models of galaxy evolution predicted. These bubbles are part of a widespread feedback process in galaxy disc and if it were not for feedback, spiral galaxies would have very short lives, and our own existence would be improbable”, concludes. The idea of an inhomogeneous interstellar medium is not new, but the triple bubble gives a much clearer and quantitative view of the structure and the feedback process. The results will help theorists working on feedback to a better understanding of how this process works in all galaxy discs.

anonymous asked:

So, wait, Maxine knows who Ross Perot is, but not Hercule Poirot? That's... such a specific bit of characterization.

this is probably a lot more common than you think