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Ben Franklin’s Head Press

While Benjamin Franklin has been credited with such inventions as the urinary catheter, bifocal glasses and the lightning rod, there’s another creation that has received surprisingly little attention — the head press. Pictured above, the head press was one of Franklin’s favorite inventions. “What you do is, you force a person’s head under the press, and then you turn this handle until you crush the person’s head,” wrote Franklin in his seminal work, The Head Press and How to Use It (1777). “It’s really useful when you’re having a disagreement with John Adams and you just want to get him to shut the hell up.”


“If you have the feeling that something is wrong, don’t be afraid to speak up.“ – Fred Korematsu, born January 30, 1919.  For his work resisting F.D.R.’s Executive Order 9066 and fighting for the survivors of the Japanese American internment, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. To commemorate his journey as a civil rights activist, the “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution” was observed for first time on January 30, 2011, by the state of California.  It was the first such commemoration for an Asian American in the US.

He is the subject of a new book by Lorraine K. Bannai, Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice.

A coloring of John Dee’s Hieroglyphicon Britanicon, from the frontispiece to Rare and General Memorials, pertayning the Perfect Arte of Navigation (written in 1577 - 1578). It was designed to urge Queen Elizabeth to pursue the colonization of North America. There’s a great breakdown of the symbols Dee employed in Jim Egan’s Elizabethan America, from Cosmopolite Press. 

The image depicts a sequence of events concerning John Dee’s proposed British Empire and the colonization of North America (which Dee refers to as “Atlantis” on his maps). A common woman on her knees pleads in Greek to Queen Elizabeth (who is joined by Europa and her bull, Zeus) to “Send forth a sailing expedition,” and the banner to her left continues, “to build a steadfast watch-post.” The river depicted represents The John Dee River (which is now called Narragansett Bay), and it is occupied by five ships representing the Cinque Ports, Elizabeth’s naval force. Below the ships, new colonies prosper with trade, well guarded by watchmen to the left. 

In the skies above, YHWH is written in Hebrew, the concept represented as an emanating glory of rays distinct from the sun, moon and stars. The archangel Michael (again labeled in Hebrew) flies overhead; Egan asserts that Michael was inserted as clue towards the location of the proposed colony, as Michael’s numerical value in the Shemhamphorasch is 42, and Dee’s world map placed Rhode Island at 42 degrees latitude north of the equator, and 42 degrees longitude west of the Prime Meridian. 

Below Michael stands a statue of Lady Occasion (a British, female Caerus figure) with a laureled wreath extended towards Queen Elizabeth. She stands upon a tetrahedron, the fundamental building block of the geometer’s universe; John Dee has an especial affinity for triangles, and used the Greek letter Delta to sign his own name.

There is far more going on in his Hieroglyphic illustration; Dee was a master of riddles and puzzles. The Latin banner which accompanies the original frontispiece states: “Plura latent quam patent,” which Egan translates as “More is hidden than is out in the open.”

we don’t talk about it much,
that summer you let your hair grow long
and standing in the river at 9PM felt like being a god
because the water and the air were as warm as one another,
and it felt like the centuries washing past our knees,
history pressing kisses to our thighs and holding fast to our ankles.

we don’t talk about it much,
about how we plugged our noses to the cloying odour of rotten fruit
as it warmed against the tarmac,
or about how the streetlight outside your door burnt out,
which made you laugh as the bugs scattered that were drawn to the glow.

we don’t talk about it much,
the alleyway secrets or the scratches when we ran through the undergrowth,
the week we didn’t talk,
or when we pretended that we didn’t see the woman who stood on the bridge and made up her mind about something that scared us,
pretended that we didn’t hear a splash.
—  call me, someday. (x)

From Euromaidan Press:

Sergeant Leonid Halaychuk was killed on March 19, 2017 during a combat mission in the war zone.
Leonid Halaychuk, call sign “Uhriumy” (Gloom) was from Balta, Odesa Oblast. He served as sergeant in the 36th Separate Marine Brigade. He leaves behind his grieving wife.
Вічна Пам’ять! Eternal Memory!
Герої не вмирають! Heroes Never Die!

Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has been one of the most influential civil rights organizations in the history of the United States. They are best known for their campaign against the separate but equal doctrine of Plessy v. Ferguson. The organization’s activism helped lead to the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education, which declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional. The NAACP fought for a federal antilynching law, publicized the injustices of Jim Crow statutes, and provided a platform for thousands of African Americans to speak up for their rights. 

anonymous asked:

Hello sorry to bother you, but i think you would be the best person to ask- how do the cwhl and nwhl view each other? Would there ever be a merger of the two?

this has been sitting in my inbox for weeks and I’m so sorry for that.

There’s a great series by Zoë Hayden on The Victory Press about the history of the NWHL and CWHL:

The Story So Far: CWHL and NWHL (Part I)

The Story So Far: CWHL and NWHL (Part II)

There’s also Angelica Rodriguez’s history of the Minnesota Whitecaps, which covers the start of the CWHL quite well.

These are very long reads but they are worth it. Everything you could want to know about the history of the NWHL and CWHL is included in those articles. Please read those first before continuing down this ask, as they have important stuff I’m going to reference in the rest of this.

This got really long so I’m going to put it under a read more.

Keep reading


From Euromaidan Press:

49-year-old Sahib Atakishiev died of his wounds on March 13, 2017 in Donetsk Oblast. A native of Azerbaijan, Sahib loved his new Homeland, joined the Volunteer Corps of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and died defending Ukraine’s freedom.
Sahib was laid to rest in Svatove, Luhansk Oblast on March 16. 2017.
Вічна Пам’ять! Eternal Memory!
Герої не вмирають! Heroes Never Die!