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Another Darkwing/Ducktales 2017 Crossover

Note: I believe Jim Cummings and Lin-Manuel Miranda are equally amazing; this scenario is just to poke fun of how jealous/annoyed Darkwing can get of GizmoDuck

(Behind the scenes: Darkwing Duck is admiring the concept art for his 2017 counterpart)

Darkwing: I love this design! I look so much younger and stronger; also good ol’Cumming will be handing the torch to him.

(Darkwing sees GizmoDuck and quickly stops him)

Darkwing: Hey tinman, look at my 2017 counterpart. Pretty cool, huh?

GizmoDuck: Wow, those are some pretty impressive changes. Check out mine.

(Darkwing eyes slightly widen as he saw a more powerful and cooler GizmoDuck armor beside a brown duck in his 20s)

GizmoDuck: My 2017 counterpart is Cuban and works as a scientist intern for Gearloose. He’s also going be voiced by a nice fellow named Lin-Manuel Miranda. Heard he wrote some musical called Hamilton, which earned him a Tony, Emmy, Pulitzer Prize, and Grammy. He performed at the White House, received an Oscar nomination, and starred in shows like SNL. Also, I head that this Lin-Manuel guy advocates for immigrant protection, Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief, and…

Before GizmoDuck could go on, he saw himself alone; Darkwing apparently stormed off earlier after learning that Lin-Manuel Miranda will be portraying GizmoDuck in the 2017 reboot.

“The 1967 Pulitzer Prize award winning photo called ‘The Kiss of Life’ by Rocco Morobito. "This photo shows two power linemen, Randall Champion and J. D. Thompson, at the top of a utility pole. They had been performing routine maintenance when Champion brushed one of the high voltage lines at the very top. These are the lines that can be heard “singing” with electricity. Over 4000 volts entered Champion’s body and instantly stopped his heart (an electric chair uses about 2000 volts).His safety harness prevented a fall, and Thompson, who had been ascending below him, quickly reached him and performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He was unable to perform CPR given the circumstances, but continued breathing into Champion’s lungs until he felt a slight pulse, then unbuckled his harness and descended with him on his shoulder. Thompson and another worker administered CPR on the ground, and Champion was moderately revived by the time paramedics arrived, eventually making a full recovery.”
How to tell fake news from real news

In November 2016, Stanford University researchers made an alarming discovery: across the US, many students can’t tell the difference between a reported news article, a persuasive opinion piece, and a corporate ad. This lack of media literacy makes young people vulnerable to getting duped by “fake news” — which can have real consequences.

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Want to strengthen your own ability to tell real news from fake news? Start by asking these five questions of any news item.

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Who wrote it? Real news contains the real byline of a real journalist dedicated to the truth. Fake news (including “sponsored content” and traditional corporate ads) does not. Once you find the byline, look at the writer’s bio. This can help you identify whether the item you’re reading is a reported news article (written by a journalist with the intent to inform), a persuasive opinion piece (written by an industry expert with a point of view), or something else entirely.

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What claims does it make? Real news — like these Pulitzer Prize winning articles — will include multiple primary sources when discussing a controversial claim. Fake news may include fake sources, false urls, and/or “alternative facts” that can be disproven through further research. When in doubt, dig deeper. Facts can be verified.

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When was it published? Look at the publication date. If it’s breaking news, be extra careful. Use this tipsheet to decode breaking news.

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Where was it published? Real news is published by trustworthy media outlets with a strong fact-checking record, such as the BBC, NPR, ProPublica, Mother Jones, and Wired. (To learn more about any media outlet, look at their About page and examine their published body of work.) If you get your news primarily via social media, try to verify that the information is accurate before you share it. (On Twitter, for example, you might look for the blue “verified” checkmark next to a media outlet name to double-check a publication source before sharing a link.)

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How does it make you feel? Fake news, like all propaganda, is designed to make you feel strong emotions. So if you read a news item that makes you feel super angry, pause and take a deep breath. Then, double-check the item’s claims by comparing it to the news on any three of the media outlets listed above — and decide for yourself if the item is real news or fake news. Bottom line: Don’t believe everything you read. There is no substitute for critical thinking.

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If you get in the habit of asking all 5 of these questions whenever you read a news article, then your basic news literacy skills will start to grow stronger. However, these are just the basics! To dive deeper into news and media literacy, watch the TED-Ed Lesson: How to choose your news. To find out more about what students need, read the Stanford University report, published here.

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USA. Ohio. Kent. May 4, 1970. Mary Ann Vecchio, a 14 year-old student, kneels beside Jeffrey Milley who’d been shot by the National Guard. Though the photo that first circulated turned out to be manipulated, this is the original, un-doctored version. This picture won the Pulitzer Prize.

The Kent State shootings occurred at Kent State University and involved the shooting of college students by the Ohio National Guard on May 4, 1970. National Guardsmen fired into a group of unarmed students, killing four and wounded another nine—some marching against the Vietnam War and American invasion of Cambodia, some walking by or observing the protest from a distance. 

Guardsmen had on the previous day used tear gas to disperse protesters and, by May 4th, rallies were banned and classes resumed. But 2,000 people gathered in what quickly turned into confrontation. Tear gas and bayonets were met with rocks and verbal taunts, which were met with more than 60 rounds of gunfire. In 1974, all charges were dropped against eight of the Guardsmen involved. There were 28 guards who admitted to firing on top of the hill, 25 of these guards fired 55 rounds into the air and into the ground, 2 of the guards fired .45cal pistol shots, 2 into the crowd, and 3 into the air, one guard fired birdshot into the air. The guardsmen fired 61 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.

There was a significant national response to the shootings: hundreds of universities, colleges, and high schools closed throughout the United States due to a student strike of four million students, and the event further affected public opinion—at an already socially contentious time—over the role of the United States in the Vietnam War.

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“The Kiss of Life” shows a utility worker named J.D. Thompson giving mouth-to-mouth to co-worker Randall G. Champion after he went unconscious following contact with a low voltage line, 1967. 1968 Pulitzer Prize, by Rocco Morabito

The weird shit about Hamilton taking off in the public mainstream just a tiny bit before MBMBAM did is that discovering that Lin-Manuel Miranda, lyrical genius, Pulitzer prizewinner, one-award-away-from-an-EGOT, the much touted ‘next Sondheim’, has been a rabid fan of the McElroys for years, is always a discovery made with severe confusion and visceral fear. There’s no crossover of minds that threatens to scare me more than the fact that the McElroy brothers are and have been friends with Lin for years. 

The ghost horse jokesters? Oh yeah, their unique vocal patter has been immortalised multiple times in a Pulitzer prize-winning musical. Hamilton. I’m talking about Hamilton. 

The Hamilton guy? Appeared on said ghost horse jokester podcast, talking about his upcoming musical Hamilton, then wrote a ghost horse song for the ghost horse guys to sing.

I’m just saying, I needed prep work for the realisation that Lin knows all of Griffin’s vore jokes probably better than Griffin does.
Remembering The Great Poet Gwendolyn Brooks At 100

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was born almost 100 years ago, on June 7, 1917. 

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet wrote about ordinary black life using extraordinary language. According to her daughter, Nora Blakely, that language even permeated her grocery lists, which Blakely describes as poetry in themselves: “She would describe things like ‘bright, pearlescent, ruby tomatoes’ and so forth, to be very clear about what we were supposed to find.“

Remembering The Great Poet Gwendolyn Brooks At 100


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Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks. When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris in June of 1940, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure’s.

SYRIA. Aleppo governorate. Aleppo. September 20, 2012. A wounded woman still in shock leaves Dar El Shifa hospital. Dozens of Syrian civilians were killed, four children among them, in artillery shelling by Syrian government forces in the northern Syrian town.

This picture was part of a larger portfolio of images from Syria by AP photographers that won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize.

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The Van Dorens were one of the most prominent literary families of the 20th century. Carl Van Doren won a Pulitzer Prize in 1939 for his biography on Benjamin Franklin. Mark Van Doren, Carl’s brother, won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1940 for his Collected Poems: 1922-1938. He was also a prolific literary critic (he wrote celebrated books on Shakespeare, Hawthorne, Dryden, and many others) and a professor at Columbia University, inspiring–among many others–Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. But it’s Mark Van Doren’s son, Charles Van Doren, who became the most famous (or perhaps infamous). Charles Van Doren wrote a number of wonderful books, including The History of Knowledge, How to Read a Book, and The Joy of Reading. But today if he’s remembered at all, it’s for his (large) part in the quiz show scandals of the 1950s. Robert Redford’s 1994 film Quiz Show is about his rise to and fall from fame. 

SYRIA. Idlib governorate. Idlib. March 8, 2012. A boy mourns during a funeral for his father, Abdulaziz Abu Ahmed Khrer, who was killed by a Syrian army sniper. 

This picture was part of a larger portfolio of images from Syria that won the Pulitzer Prize of 2013.

Photograph: Rodrigo Abd/AP