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Osama bin Laden spent approximately $500,000 on the plot to bomb the World Trade Center. In response we have spent five trillion dollars $5,000,000,000,000.00. For every $1.00 he spent Bin Laden caused us to waste billions, making it the most successful military attack in history from an economic perspective. And that success keeps growing as we spiral deeper into the debt abyss created by his attack. Who wins? I am sure that the ignorant rednecks who are fearful of their own shadow approve of this massive waste of money from the Department of Defense.  Socialism for the rich, and laissez-faire capitalism for you.

Orange is the New Black is the most successful show in Netflix’s history and The Handmaid’s Tale is the most successful in Hulu’s. And now Wonder Woman is being hailed as the movie that has “saved” the DC franchise. It’s almost like people are actually interested in seeing more of women’s stories on screen instead of the same tired shows centered around flawed male heroes that the mainstream machine has churned out a million times before.

The signs as historical women

Aries: Jeanne d'Arc

Also known as the Maid of Orléans, Jeanne d’Arc (1412 - 1431) was a leader of french troops during the Hundred Years War. She came from a peasant family and could neither read nor write. When she was 12, it is said that she began hearing heavenly voices (one of them is said to have been the Archangel Michael), who told her to save her country. At this time, almost all of France was controlled by England. She went to Bourges to meet the dauphin, Charles VII, and when she left, she was the commander of the french troops. Her most famous battle was the Siege of Orléans, where the siege was lifted after only nine days. 1430 she was captured by Burgundians (allied with the english) and was burned at the stake on May 30th, 1431, at the age of 19. 

Taurus: Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great (1729 - 1796) was the Empress of Russia. She came to power after her husband, Peter III was assassinated. During her reign she expanded the Russian boundaries considerably and promoted education and Enlightenment - Russia grew larger and stronger than ever before. Russian borders spread as far as to the Black Sea and Central Europe. During her reign Russia became known as one of the great powers of Europe. She is the longest ruling female of Russia. 

Gemini: Nakano Takeko

Nakano Takeko (1847 - 1868) was a Japanese female warrior of the Aizu domain, who fought and died during the Boshin War. She was thoroughly trained in the martial and literary arts. During the Battle of Aizu, she fought with a naginata and was the leader of a group of female combatans who fought in the battle independently, as the senior Aizu retainers did not allow them to fight as an official part of the domain’s army.  While leading a charge against Imperial Japanese Army troops, she was fatally shot in the chest. Rather than let the enemy capture her head as a trophy, she asked her sister, to cut it off and have it buried. It was taken to Hōkai Temple and buried under a pine tree.

Cancer: Queen Christina of Sweden

Christina (1626 - 1689) was the Queen of Sweden, Grand Princess of Finland and Duchess of Estonia. She was the only surviving child of King Gustaf II Adolf, and when he died during the Battle of Lützen in the Thirty Years War, she became queen. However, she was only 6 years old when this happened. When she was born, she was believed to be a boy. When it was discovered that she was a girl, her father didn’t matter; he had become very closely attached to her. She was raised as a king, and her father made sure that she would inherit the throne when he died, even though she was a girl. Christina is remembered as being one of the most well educated women of the 1600s. She rejected the sexual role of a woman, and decided to never marry. In 1654 she abdicated, converted to Roman Catholicism (Sweden was a protestant country) and moved to Rome. 

Leo: Boudica

Boudica (dead 60-61 AD) was the Celtic war queen of the british tribe Iceni, who lead a major uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire. Her warriors successfully defeated the Roman Ninth Legion and destroyed the capital of Roman Britain. She was later captured by Roman soldiers, but instead of letting them kill her she is believed to have poisoned herself.

Virgo: Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth I (1533 - 1603) is remembered as one of the greatest monarchs to ever have ruled England (and Ireland). Her rule is known as “Englands golden age”. She is also known as the Virgin Queen or Good Queen Bess. She never married, nor had any children. Therefore, her death marked the end of the Tudor Era. When the Spanish Armada invaded England in 1588, Elizabeth defended her strength as a female leader, saying: “I know I have the body of a weak, feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too.” 

Libra: Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn (c. 1501 - 1536) was the second wife of King Henry VIII. Henry had wanted her to become his mistress during the 1520s, but she refused, telling him she had to become his wife first. In order to marry Anne, Henry had to get divorced from Catherine of Aragon. However, as the pope refused to acknowledge the divorce, Henry broke with the catholic church, making England a protestant country. Anne Boleyn married the king in 1533 and was crowned the Queen of England, and gave birth to a daughter, Elizabeth, September 7th 1533. Henry VIII was mad at her for not giving birth to a son, and searched for a reason to get rid of her. 1536 Anne Boleyn was accused of adultery, incest and being a witch. She was found guilty, and on May 19th, 1536, she was beheaded. After her daughter was crowned as Queen Elizabeth I, Anne was venerated as a martyr and a heroine of the English Reformation.

Scorpio: Lyudmila Pavlichenko 

Lyudmila Pavlichenko (1916 - 1974) was an Ukrainian Soviet sniper during World War II. She is regarded as the most successful female sniper in history with 309 kills. In 1943 she was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union. During the war she was also known as Lady Death.

Sagittarius: Grace O’Malley

Grace O’Malley (1530 - 1603) was a female pirate and Irish queen in the 16th century. She  is sometimes known as “The Sea Queen of Connacht”.  She was apparently well-educated and was regarded by contemporaries as being exceptionally formidable and competent. Upon her father’s death she inherited his large shipping and trading business (a trade sometimes referred to as mere piracy). She once met Queen Elizabeth I of England, and refused to bow down before her, as Elizabeth didn’t recognize her as the Queen of Ireland.

Capricorn: Natalia Peshkova

Natalia Peshkova  joined the Russian Army when she was just 17, during World War II. She served as a combat medic, and spent three years at the front, accompanying wounded soldiers from the front to the hospital and fought diseases and starvation among the troops. As the war went on, Peshkova was promoted to Sergeant Major and after the war, she was awarded the Order of the Red Star for bravery.

Aquarius: Elizabeth Coleman

Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman (1892 - 1926) was the first female pilot of african american descent. She was an american civil aviator. She was denied pilot training in USA, so she learned french and went to France where she could become a pilot. She died in 1926, after flying an unsafe plane, which after ten minutes, unexpectedly went in for a dive and spun around. This lead to Coleman being thrown out of the plane at 610 m (2 100 ft), and she died instantly when she hit the ground.

Pisces: Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart (1897 - 1937) was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and also the first woman to recieve a National Geographic Society gold medal. She was a pioneering female pilot, determined and independant, and a supporter of women’s rights. She disappeared in 1937 when she tried to fly around the globe, but she is to this day still remembered as a legend.

The clip showed Vanellope, in a website named OhMyDisney.com, meeting all the Disney princesses in the hopes of stirring up some trouble. But as she interacts with them — in ways that in rapid succession lovingly skewer the history and tropes of Disney animated classics and princess — she develops a respect for them. And gives them a wardrobe change.
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Hollywood Reporter on Wreck-It Ralph 2

Many of the original voices of the princesses return for the scene, and those actresses then made an appearance at the presentation. Jodi Benson (Ariel), Paige O'Hara (Belle), Linda Larkin (Jasmine), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel), Kelly Macdonald (Merida), Auli'i Cravalho (Moana), and Kristen Bell (Anna) took to the stage in a historic meeting of Disney princess, causing a prolonged ovation from the crowd.

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10 People You Wish You Met from 100 Years of NASA’s Langley

Something happened 100 years ago that changed forever the way we fly. And then the way we explore space. And then how we study our home planet. That something was the establishment of what is now NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Founded just three months after America’s entry into World War I, Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory was established as the nation’s first civilian facility focused on aeronautical research. The goal was, simply, to “solve the fundamental problems of flight.”

From the beginning, Langley engineers devised technologies for safer, higher, farther and faster air travel. Top-tier talent was hired. State-of-the-art wind tunnels and supporting infrastructure was built. Unique solutions were found.

Langley researchers developed the wing shapes still used today in airplane design. Better propellers, engine cowlings, all-metal airplanes, new kinds of rotorcraft and helicopters, faster-than-sound flight - these were among Langley’s many groundbreaking aeronautical advances spanning its first decades.

By 1958, Langley’s governing organization, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or NACA, would become NASA, and Langley’s accomplishments would soar from air into space.

Here are 10 people you wish you met from the storied history of Langley:

Robert R. “Bob” Gilruth (1913–2000) 

  • Considered the father of the U.S. manned space program.
  • He helped organize the Manned Spacecraft Center – now the Johnson Space Center – in Houston, Texas. 
  • Gilruth managed 25 crewed spaceflights, including Alan Shepard’s first Mercury flight in May 1961, the first lunar landing by Apollo 11 in July 1969, the dramatic rescue of Apollo 13 in 1970, and the Apollo 15 mission in July 1971.

Christopher C. “Chris” Kraft, Jr. (1924-) 

  • Created the concept and developed the organization, operational procedures and culture of NASA’s Mission Control.
  • Played a vital role in the success of the final Apollo missions, the first manned space station (Skylab), the first international space docking (Apollo-Soyuz Test Project), and the first space shuttle flights.

Maxime “Max” A. Faget (1921–2004) 

  • Devised many of the design concepts incorporated into all U.S.  manned spacecraft.
  • The author of papers and books that laid the engineering foundations for methods, procedures and approaches to spaceflight. 
  • An expert in safe atmospheric reentry, he developed the capsule design and operational plan for Project Mercury, and made major contributions to the Apollo Program’s basic command module configuration.

Caldwell Johnson (1919–2013) 

  • Worked for decades with Max Faget helping to design the earliest experimental spacecraft, addressing issues such as bodily restraint and mobility, personal hygiene, weight limits, and food and water supply. 
  • A key member of NASA’s spacecraft design team, Johnson established the basic layout and physical contours of America’s space capsules.

William H. “Hewitt” Phillips (1918–2009) 

  • Provided solutions to critical issues and problems associated with control of aircraft and spacecraft. 
  • Under his leadership, NASA Langley developed piloted astronaut simulators, ensuring the success of the Gemini and Apollo missions. Phillips personally conceived and successfully advocated for the 240-foot-high Langley Lunar Landing Facility used for moon-landing training, and later contributed to space shuttle development, Orion spacecraft splashdown capabilities and commercial crew programs.

Katherine Johnson (1918-) 

  • Was one of NASA Langley’s most notable “human computers,” calculating the trajectory analysis for Alan Shepard’s May 1961 mission, Freedom 7, America’s first human spaceflight. 
  • She verified the orbital equations controlling the capsule trajectory of John Glenn’s Friendship 7 mission from blastoff to splashdown, calculations that would help to sync Project Apollo’s lunar lander with the moon-orbiting command and service module. 
  • Johnson also worked on the space shuttle and the Earth Resources Satellite, and authored or coauthored 26 research reports.

Dorothy Vaughan (1910–2008) 

  • Was both a respected mathematician and NASA’s first African-American manager, head of NASA Langley’s segregated West Area Computing Unit from 1949 until 1958. 
  • Once segregated facilities were abolished, she joined a racially and gender-integrated group on the frontier of electronic computing. 
  • Vaughan became an expert FORTRAN programmer, and contributed to the Scout Launch Vehicle Program.

William E. Stoney Jr. (1925-) 

  • Oversaw the development of early rockets, and was manager of a NASA Langley-based project that created the Scout solid-propellant rocket. 
  • One of the most successful boosters in NASA history, Scout and its payloads led to critical advancements in atmospheric and space science. 
  • Stoney became chief of advanced space vehicle concepts at NASA headquarters in Washington, headed the advanced spacecraft technology division at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, and was engineering director of the Apollo Program Office.

Israel Taback (1920–2008) 

  • Was chief engineer for NASA’s Lunar Orbiter program. Five Lunar Orbiters circled the moon, three taking photographs of potential Apollo landing sites and two mapping 99 percent of the lunar surface. 
  • Taback later became deputy project manager for the Mars Viking project. Seven years to the day of the first moon landing, on July 20, 1976, Viking 1 became NASA’s first Martian lander, touching down without incident in western Chryse Planitia in the planet’s northern equatorial region.

John C Houbolt (1919–2014) 

  • Forcefully advocated for the lunar-orbit-rendezvous concept that proved the vital link in the nation’s successful Apollo moon landing. 
  • In 1963, after the lunar-orbit-rendezvous technique was adopted, Houbolt left NASA for the private sector as an aeronautics, astronautics and advanced-technology consultant. 
  • He returned to Langley in 1976 to become its chief aeronautical scientist. During a decades-long career, Houbolt was the author of more than 120 technical publications.

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Wreck-It Ralph 2 will Feature the Disney Princesses – and Many of Their Original Voice Actors!

THR reports: Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, the sequel to the 2012 Oscar-nominated video-game-world-set hit, is slated to open Nov. 21, 2018, it was announced at D23, the Disney expo taking place in Anaheim.

Sarah Silverman (the voice of Vanellope von Schweetz), along with directors Rich Moore (who won an Oscar earlier this year for Zootopia) and Phil Johnston, were onstage to present a clip from the movie — a clip that drove the assembled crowd of roughly 7,000 into wild cheers.

The clip showed Vanellope, in a website named OhMyDisney.com, meeting all the Disney princesses in the hopes of stirring up some trouble. But as she interacts with them — in ways that, in rapid succession, lovingly skewer the history and tropes of Disney animated classics and princesses — she develops a respect for them. And she gives them a wardrobe change.

Many of the original voices of the princesses returned for the scene, and those actresses then made an appearance at the presentation. Jodi Benson (Ariel), Paige O'Hara (Belle), Linda Larkin (Jasmine), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel), Kelly Macdonald (Merida), Auli'i Cravalho (Moana) and Kristen Bell (Anna) took the stage in a historic meeting of Disney princesses, causing a prolonged ovation from the crowd.

anonymous asked:

am I the only one overwhelmed by the fact that harry & louis grew up less than two hours away from each other? that of all the musicians & tour dates in the world they went to the same concert on the same night for the same musician? & they were both put through over hundreds of thousands of people & out of everyone that got sent away they make up 2 of 5 boys put together & became one of the biggest and most successful music groups in history what kind of creepy ass fated lovers bullshit is this

i’m currently crying… in an uncool way… they’re literally soulmates :’(

communist edition

“You fight like a girl”

I saw a very popular post on this, but the list was full of white women and fictional characters from movies mostly. 17/23 were white, and everyone was from a movie or TV show except for the fucking queen of England. So instead of praising animated characters, Hollywood actresses, or the British imperialists, I thought I’d make a much better list of actual women in history that actually did great things for the cause of the liberation of women, the working class, and the struggle against imperialism.

Comrade Kim Jong Suk (DPRK)

Comrade Lyudmila Pavlichenko, most successful female sniper in history (USSR)

Comrade Mariya Oktyabrskaya “Fighting Girlfriend” (USSR)

Camarada Aleida March (Cuban Revolucion)

Kurdish YPJ Fighters

Comrade Roza Shanina, 59 confirmed kills (USSR)

Female NLF (Vietcong) fighters

Soviet 588th Night Bomber Regiment, aka “The Night Witches”

Camarada Marina Ginesta (Spanish Civil War)

Comrade Leila Khaled (Palestine)

Comrade Fusako Shigenobu (Japanese Red Army)

Yugoslav Communist Women Fighters during WW2

Soviet fighter pilot Lydia Litvyak, first female fighter ace in history (USSR)

Camarada Vilma Lucila Espín Guillois (Cuban Revolucion)

KPA and Chinese Volunteer Army Soldiers (Korean War)

and a countless many more female comrades throughout history till now!

When it’s time to make a change, the universe will make it so uncomfortable for you that you will have no choice but to leave. When you are not happy in a situation, don’t stay in denial and try to make it work. The world has better plans for you, trust in the process and do your part by aligning yourself with the things you want. The rest will be history.

Harry Styles: The Rockstar Nobody Expected (And How That Will Help Him)
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Just over a week ago, one-time One Direction singer Harry Styles finally ventured out on his own musically with his debut single as a solo act, “Sign Of The Times,” and the track wasted no time in immediately certifying the British musician as a smashing success. The song kicked off its charting life in the singer’s home country at No. 1, knocking Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” out of the top spot after an incredible 13-week run. Here in the States, the track also performed well upon arrival, starting at No. 4, and there is the possibility it could continue to rise.

While Styles had plenty going for him before anybody even heard what he had to offer—a famous name, a dedicated fan base, a powerful record label with massive resources and a level of anticipation which is rarely seen in the music industry—there is one thing about “Sign” that is also helping him succeed: the song’s genre.

It would have been incredibly easy for Styles to pair up with serious pop hitmakers like Max Martin and his crew and secure a No. 1 smash worldwide, but instead, he opted to go another route and take a risk. “Sign” sounds like it belongs more appropriately in the 1970’s than in 2017, and while that might not work for many acts, it’s helping Styles rise to the top of charts everywhere. Who else has the power to try to push glam psych-rock in an electro-pop world but somebody who has already proven themselves to be one of the most successful musicians in history by the age of 23?

“Sign Of The Times’ was greeted first with surprise, and then with almost unanimous acclaim. Critics everywhere loved not only the chance Styles took in going down this rock-y road, but many applauded the song itself, and the majority of media outlets suggested readers give the cut a try. Skeptics and those expecting more boy band-esque fodder were forced to immediately reconsider the man not just as a bestseller, but now as a true artist. One Direction may have taken over the world with their music, but they were never true critical favorites. Where he stands in the eyes of critics and music journalists everywhere may change now that Styles has shown what he can do when left to create with the right talents and some freedom. “Sign” elevates him to a place few singers reach after leaving the group that made them stars.

Perhaps most importantly, everything about his first single out of the gate as a standalone act separates him noticeably from his former bandmates, all of whom are also attempting to make it as solo artists. Zayn, the first One Direction member to leave the band, has already achieved global success, and he is now attempting to do so again with a second album, which is expected later this summer. Other 1D singers like Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson have only dropped one proper single, but they are also off to a good start. Each man has chosen a different lane to operate in, and he and his team were smart enough to know that if they were going to succeed, they needed to differentiate the British boybander from the crowd…and it’s working.

In fact, nobody in the top 40 world is rocking out like Styles seems prepared to do with his upcoming self-titled album, and that will work in his favor. It’s incredibly difficult to out-pop Katy Perry or Lady Gaga, or to beat Calvin Harris or The Chainsmokers when it comes to EDM, but without a serious, famous challenger in the rock arena, Styles can claim charting records and shoot up the charts and grab plenty of attention and new fans doing so.

These are still early days for Harry’s fledgling solo career, but with a serious smash hit already to his credit, a slew of public appearances currently taking place and an album scheduled for less than a month from now, an era of rock and roll from an unlikely candidate may already be upon us.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/hughmcintyre/2017/04/21/harry-styles-the-rockstar-nobody-expected-and-how-that-will-help-him/#6cf94cb87164

It really is laughable how pundits and fans alike spend so much time taking apart how Arsenal shouldn’t accept never contending for actually winning competitions and for just qualifying like. We don’t? We don’t, the players don’t, Wenger doesn’t. You know who does? The fucking board. We waste so much time discussing Wenger and his role in this but the board is perfectly content spending the bare minimum to build a squad that can consistently qualify for top competitions. Winning them is not even in their interests and they’ve LITERALLY said exactly that. Instead of criticizing what our teams lack we should be demanding accountability from the people who run this TEAM into the ground in the name of a successful business model. Kroenke out and down with anyone who thinks that running a business is more important than the beautiful game

YUZU DAYS, 6 Feb 2017.

–The reason for evolution, “the strength to aim for”–

Last season, Hanyu scored above 300 points in consecutive wins at NHK Trophy and GPF, and his GPF score was registered in the Guinness World Records. This season, he makes further evolution with the 1st successful quad loop in history and challenging 4 types of quads [t/n. should be 4 quads and 3 types] in his free programme. With a 4th straight GPF win which was a first in history, he prepares for World Championships coming up in March [t/n. and also 4CC coming in mid-Feb].  To Hanyu who continues to evolve, what kind of thing is “strength”? We interviewed him. ———

The ‘strength’ that I am thinking of is not just about abilities, it is also a bit different from strength of spirit; it is actual performance/competition strength….. strength with regards to the environment. Humans, when they face a change in environment, anyone will be anxious, and they cannot perform as usual. Any sports would be like that. Figure skate also, the competition is not in the same environment as the practice. The person who can perform as desired is really a strong competitor. For example, one can be affected when the body feels different due to jet lag or plane movements, or by the mood of the competition or the different feel of the ice. But in the midst of all that, to be able to perform like the usual practice, to perform as desired, to fully show your abilities, that person is really a strong competitor. In that sense, I still have a long way to go. To be able to do a perfect performance without being affected by changes in the environment – I think that is the real meaning of 'strength’.

During competition, to be under the most tension, to join it with peaking and to show fully your own abilities, I think it is necessary to become such a skater. In any case, that is what I want to aim for.
The reason why I admire/ look up to Plushenko is in there. I have watched him since I was little. When he jumps, even if he leans forward at times, he never falls, he does not make mistakes. I have almost never seen him fail in competition. HE is the undisputed champion.  I want to be like Plushenko;  no matter what competition, to show fully my own abilities without being shaken, I want to aim to become such a skater.

In various environments, the rink for example, the feel of the ice (or texture or quality of the ice) is different. In those conditions, when I jump, how do I get into the feel of the jump, all this becomes experience.  In the end, it is my own feeling, it is not something that someone can teach me, it is whether I can believe in myself or not. That moment before a jump, if you focus and believe 'I can do it’, then you will definitely be able to jump, there is such a thing for sure.

I like listening to interviews of various athletes and coaches.  They all have their own theories… a certain “thing that one can believe in”.  I think my own “thing that I can believe in” will change depending on changes in my mental state and physical condition. But how to respond flexibly to those changes, hereafter how much will I make into experience the “thing I can believe in”, I think that is the work I have to do.

–translated by me. Source: P&G myrepi.com 

For previous translations of YUZU DAYS: here

Forbes

Just over a week ago, one-time One Direction singer Harry Styles finally ventured out on his own musically with his debut single as a solo act, “Sign Of The Times,” and the track wasted no time in immediately certifying the British musician as a smashing success. The song kicked off its charting life in the singer’s home country at No. 1, knocking Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” out of the top spot after an incredible 13-week run. Here in the States, the track also performed well upon arrival, starting at No. 4, and there is the possibility it could continue to rise.

While Styles had plenty going for him before anybody even heard what he had to offer—a famous name, a dedicated fan base, a powerful record label with massive resources and a level of anticipation which is rarely seen in the music industry—there is one thing about “Sign” that is also helping him succeed: the song’s genre.

It would have been incredibly easy for Styles to pair up with serious pop hitmakers like Max Martin and his crew and secure a No. 1 smash worldwide, but instead, he opted to go another route and take a risk. “Sign” sounds like it belongs more appropriately in the 1970’s than in 2017, and while that might not work for many acts, it’s helping Styles rise to the top of charts everywhere. Who else has the power to try to push glam psych-rock in an electro-pop world but somebody who has already proven themselves to be one of the most successful musicians in history by the age of 23?

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Ten traits of highly successful people

1. Successful people have brains, but not as much brains as successful zombies. Successful people typically have enough brains to fill one skull and no more. Back away slowly if they have more.
2. Successful people are not soluble when placed in a water bath at 40 degrees celsius and lightly stirred for half an hour.
3. They fart. Based on out probabilistic model, we believe it is highly likely that every successful person throughout history has farted. It is practically the mark of top-notch humaning.
4. They are not made of cake. They may be made of processed cake, but we have tested people made of raw cakestuff and they have some significant deficiencies, to wit: they go dry over time; their legs fall off; they cannot hold a conversation; if left in a public place passers-by tend to eat them; and they are not warm to snuggle in bed at night.
5. We tried standing some successful people on the shoulders of giants but they mostly just fell off. Possibly this was because we didn’t have any giants so we used a shed instead. Now our shed has a hole in the roof and we can see through it which is by any measure a sign of a successful hole, so I think we can all agree that we have learned something about success.
6. After much research, we have also obtained The Box. It is about one metre by one metre by 50cm and a fetching shade of cardboard brown. Nobody is thinking in it at the moment, which means that all of the successful people must be thinking outside it, which is how we can be sure that we definitely have The Box and not just any old box. We are considering hiring it out as a respite space for exhausted entrepreneurs. Please let us know if interested.
7. Successful people have reflections in mirrors and the only roofs they can travel through are ones with holes in them.
8. They do not spout streams of red-hot magma down their slopes at unpredictable intervals. This is the mark of a successful volcano. It is not the mark of a successful person. Learn from our mistakes.
9. Successful people ask the right questions, like ‘when can I get out of this bath?’ and 'can I have some of that cake?’. These are the right questions because we need to get rid of the cake people because they are going dry and our beds are full of crumbs, so we thought we would sleep in the bath, but we cannot sleep in the bath because the solubility test is still ongoing.
10. We are fairly sure successful people sleep. Would you like some cake? We think we have nearly enough data to publish now.

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Mil V-8 single-engine prototype helicopter, the grandfather of the legendary Mi-8/17 series of transport/multirole helicopters.

Featuring a single AI-24 2,010 kW (2,700 shp) Soloviev turboshaft engine, originally designed to power fixed-wing aircraft, and a 4-bladed main rotor layout, it began as a simple upgrade to the piston-powered Mil Mi-4, as that was the only way her designer and founder of the Mil company, Mikhail Mil, could realize his dream of building an utilitarian turbine-powered helicopter, as the soviet military was happy with the Mi-4 and didn’t feel the need for a new machine.

The original single piston-engine Mi-4.

But thanks to Nikita Khrushchev, whom after a trip to America wanted a VIP helicopter of his own, like the S-58 he got to ride into, the machine was eventually developed into it’s current 2-engine and 5-blades design; the gas turbine, a Klimov TV2-117, being purposely-designed for helicopter use, earning the designation Mil Mi-8, NATO reporting name Hip

The VIP S-58, a VH-34D model that pushed Khrushchev into helping the Mi-8.

The TV2 gas turbine, the world’s most popular helicopter engine. 

Originally sold to the soviet civilian market, basically just Aeroflot, the advent of the Vietnam War and the greatly publicized use of the Bell UH-1 “Huey” in that war finally convinced the Soviet military to procure the aircraft, leading to massive orders and a production run that continues to this day, making the Mi-8/17 family THE most successful helicopter in history, with over 17,000 units produced, and in service with over 80 countries world-wide.

Many of the variants of this machine build over the years, from transport to attack, to even electronic warfare, the last machine being the MD revision that greatly reshaped the fuselage. 

In the case of my country Colombia, it entered service in 1996, after the arrival of 10 reconstructed Mi-17 1V variants (abandoned air frames left incomplete after the collapse of the USSR, that were later refurbished and finished and at a lower price), where it gained the nickname “La Papaya” (the Papaya) due to it’s shape, becoming the first helicopter model in Army service.

This machine is the closest we have to an actual flying truck, serving both civilian and military clients in every corner of the world, from the scorching African deserts, to the remove and unforgiving Himalayan mountains, a testament of the simple design philosophy of the soviets.

Fallout and Borderlands are well and good, but for my money, the best video game side quest I’ve ever run into is from Tales of Vesperia.

In a nutshell, there’s this whole chain of optional events you can do where the protagonist’s dog has repeated confrontations with another dog. Each meeting is accompanied by narration successively chronicling a convoluted history of adventure and betrayal between them.

If you follow the story through all the way to the end, however, it’s revealed that the narration is literally just your party members standing off-screen and narrating the encounters out loud, and that they’re just making stuff up as they go along - you really have no idea why this creepy old dog keeps showing up wherever your party goes, nor why the protagonist’s dog seems to dislike them.

And the game never explains it. You never do get the real story.

In the 16 years of education I’ve had in North Carolina so far, I never once learned that the only successful coup in US history was in Wilmington, NC in 1898, when white supremacists overthrew the pro-civil rights fusionist local government to put a racist Democratic government in place, killed countless people, terrorized black communities and whites who were sympathetic to them, burned down the building of the state’s only black newspaper, and drove over 2,100 black people out of the city for good. It was never mentioned once.

the problem with fate is that it needs to be more gay and by that I don’t mean “we wrote this game with a male protagonist in mind but you can play as a female protagonist without significant changes to the female romances however if you play as a man you can’t even unlock the last bond event for one of the male characters’ routes” gay or “these female characters are extremely heavily coded as lesbians and literally cant shut up about how much they love women but are definitely interested in protagonist dick when its convenient” gay or “male character mentions being also interested in men exactly once but treats the assumed to be male protagonist as a Heterosexual Bro™ and never mentions his interest in men let alone possibly the protagonist again ever because we don’t want to risk alienating our assumed to be straight male audience” gay I want actual fucking gays. women who have no interest in men. men who have no interest in women. men who remain romanceable when playing as a male protagonist. FUCK your straight male audience nasu I will become the most financially successful gay in history and cover for whatever losses you might suffer from no longer pandering to an audience you probably only assume you have without ever actually researching it