Fires in large, open spaces like aircraft hangers can be difficult to fight with conventional methods, so many industrial spaces use foam-based fire suppression systems. These animations show such a system being tested at NASA Armstrong Research Center. When jet fuel ignites, foam and water are pumped in from above, quickly generating a spreading foam that floats on the liquid fuel and separates it from the flames. Since the foam-covered liquid fuel cannot evaporate to generate flammable vapors, this puts out the fire. 

The shape of the falling foam is pretty fascinating, too. Notice the increasing waviness along the foam jet as it falls. Like water from your faucet, the foam jet is starting to break up as disturbances in its shape grow larger and larger. For the most part, though, the flow rate is high enough that the jet reaches the floor before it completely breaks up. (Image credit: NASA Armstrong, source)

  • Random person: well this medication you're taking is just treating the SYMPTOMS of your disease, it's not actually helping you
  • Me, internally screaming: I have a CHRONIC illness. THERE IS NO CURE. I will take what I can get.

Trump expected to sign an executive order calling for a voter fraud investigation

  • Trump will sign an executive order Thursday to create a commission to investigate his claims of voter fraud and voter suppression (ABC News)
  • Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will lead the “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity,” which will seek to look into “vulnerabilities” in the country’s voting process.
  • The commission will include members from both sides of the aisle, and will issue a report on what it finds regarding alleged voter fraud “sometime in 2018.” Read more (5/11/17)

Trump says he may finally release his tax returns — after he leaves office

  • In an interview with the Economist on May 4, Trump, asked if he planned to appease the voters, journalists and Senate Democrats who have clamored for the tax documents to be released, responded, “I doubt it.”
  • “Nobody cares about my tax return except for the reporters,” he said. “Oh, at some point I’ll release them. Maybe I’ll release them after I’m finished because I’m very proud of them actually. I did a good job.” Read more (5/11/17)

Sean Spicer wants you to know he did not hide “in” the bushes — he was “among” them

  • In an editor’s note appended to a Wednesday Washington Post story, the paper clarified that Sean Spicer was not hiding “in” the bushes after the firing of FBI director Jim Comey, but rather hiding “among” the bushes.
  • “This story has been updated to more precisely describe White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s location late Tuesday night in the minutes before he briefed reporters,” the editor’s note reads. “Spicer huddled with his staff among bushes near television sets on the White House grounds, not ‘in the bushes,’ as the story originally stated.” Read more (5/11/17)

Disproving absurd lies ignores the most important part - absurdity has a purpose.

Obama being Hawaiian-born. No one celebrating 9/11 in New Jersey. A free and fair election with negligible fraud. Clinton not murdering people. Immigrants committing less crime….

None of those facts is a solution, because the problem isn’t mistaken facts. Intent that demands such facts is the problem.

Don’t ask “Is this true?”

Ask “Assuming this is true, what actions would that justify?”

Don’t ask “How can I convince you of the reality?”

Ask “What dark thing do you desire, that requires such lies to justify?”


New study: Voting barriers suppressed non-white and young voters in the 2016 election

  • In key states, including Ohio, Florida and Wisconsin, millennials had to fill out provisional ballots in outsized numbers.
  • That’s according to research funded by Craigslist founder Craig Newmark’s foundation.
  • The survey found that efforts to erect obstacles to voting had a “disproportionate impact on non-white and younger voters.”
  • Nearly one in four millennials polled had to vote with provisional ballots — usually as a result of a question about eligibility
  • That’s compared to just 6% of Baby Boomers and 2% of the older Greatest Generation.
  • “The poll suggests ways that the voices of people of color and younger voters have been effectively suppressed.”
  • Issues arose for millennial voters and people of color both in places with new voting restrictions — a result of the Supreme Court gutting the 1965 Voting Rights Act — as well as those without. 
  • Technological obstacles often played a role, as in Michigan, where there were reports of widespread voting machine failures. Read more

Black, Latino voter suppression in the US led to lower turnouts in 2016, report says

  • Voter turnout in the 2016 election was lower in states with racially targeted, suppressive voting laws such as strict photo ID requirements and advance registration cutoffs, according to a new national report.
  • The report, titled “America Goes to the Polls,” includes a ranking of all 50 states by turnout and shows Texas and Mississippi saw the largest drops in turnout or were ranked near the bottom.
  • Texas and Mississippi are notorious for adopting voter regulations that have been blocked in federal courts due to their discriminatory impact on blacks and Latinos
  • “We know that the Obama voters didn’t all turn out and that’s understandable — but I think that kind of drop [in turnout] is really due to the change in the law, the confusion around registration and the fact that a lot of voters don’t have the required ID,” George Pillsbury, senior consultant for Nonprofit VOTE and a primary author of the report, said in a phone interview. Read more (3/16/17 4:05 PM)

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Women speaking of mirrors and prettiness make it all too clear that even for pretty women, mirrors are the foci of anxious, not gratified, narcissism. The woman who knows beyond a doubt that she is beautiful exists aplenty in male novelists’ imaginations; I have yet to find her in women’s books or women’s memoirs or in life. Women spend a lot of time looking in mirrors, but the “compulsion to visualize the self” is a phrase Moers uses of women in her chapter on Gothic freaks and horrors; the compulsion is a constant check on one’s (possible) beauty, not an enjoyment of it.
—  Joanna Russ, “Aesthetics,” How to Suppress Women’s Writing (1983). 

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sorry it looks like i filmed it with a potato.


51% YES; 
Morgana? Surely Morgana. The Avalon paper was created just after the Great War but It came into pre-eminence during the Thatcher years and the Brixton riots in 1981. It was the first right-wing paper to stand beside the then prime minister and to provide a predominantly elite class audience a moral sense of supremacy. The paper was run by Uther Pendragon, the son of the founder, for 50 years before his stroke in 2011 when his daughter, Morgana Pendragon, took over the over all running of the paper. In the coming years she would make big changes, much to her father’s rage, appealing to a far more left audience. The biggest test came when Morgana created a department to report magical affairs. Unconventionally the paper had gone all it’s years without mentioning a single magical event, despite the evidence it denied it’s existence. Now, Morgana had hired a man long suspected of having magic himself, Emrys Myrddin (nicknamed Merlin) to run the department. 

It came as a shock to everybody when upon Uther’s death in early 2016 he handed over the running of the company to his son, Arthur Pendragon. Many suspected it was in anger of the leftist turn the paper was taking. The paper had been doing it’s best in years under Morgana and the people were skeptical to see what Arthur would bring. Arthur worked part time for the paper as a sports reporter but had only sat in with his father and sister at few executive meetings. His days spent mostly lounging in his office or having a strange obsession in teasing Merlin and his nights spent drinking and enjoying London’s night scene. Being in the headlines of more papers than creating them. He was young and his real passions lay with writing but he was stubborn and didn’t want to disappoint his father, even after his father’s death. 

The biggest trial came during the 2016 referendum. The country had been divided. The people who did not understand magic feared it and those with magic wanted to be recognised. After a series of protests, which due to some turned into violent riots from the magic community, in an attempt to be heard was misinterpreted as an attack, a proposal was put forward to ban magic being used in public. And, a register was proposed for those with magic or related to those with magic. The executives and editors were divided, the paper was historically right wing and Arthur wanted to honour his father’s wishes but was democratic and allowed a vote on what side the paper would support.  After an impassioned speech by the social affairs editor, Gwen Leodegrance, the paper came out in support of the NO campaign. The country voted yes, by a small yet significant margin.