the westerners


Her owner originally bought her and an unrelated male to breed, but the male developed a degenerative disease and passed. She walked into the fish store last Saturday and she and I got to talking - and she decided that I was destined to end up with this noodle, since I was looking to buy an adult albino female and already had housing set up and everything. Her only request is that she get two babies from her and Duke in the future!
I’m so pumped. She’s a beautiful, healthy girl and her owner seems incredibly competent.
I’m going to be calling her Viola, since Duke Orsino is her intended, although she will technically be @finefeatheredfish’s snake. I’ll just be housing her until Trish is ready for her, and possibly breed her to Duke once or twice (depending on health of babies and color morphs from first litter).

“I have worked hard, Hastings, to prepare for you the delicious dinner. I have searched the shops for the exotic herbs. I have argued with the butcher, who is a fool.I have beaten the escalopes with a little mallet until my arm, it aches! And you sit there shoveling food in your mouth and writing in your little book!”

Chinese students starting for the trenches on the Western Front, 1918

From the National Library of Scotland, with the following caption: Chinese students at the Western Front, France, during World War I. This group photograph of five Chinese students with an army officer was most likely taken by the British official photographer, John Warwick Brooke. 

Shortly after World War I ended, around 1,600 Chinese students travelled to France as part of the Work-Study Movement. In the spirit of the new Republic, their aim was to study and examine Western culture and technology.Despite being in the midst of internal troubles, China declared war on Germany in August 1917. Their economic and military contribution to the Allied war effort, however, was minimal. This was mainly due to an emphasis placed on resolving urgent internal issues.


Remembering American Hero John Wayne on the date of his birth: May 26, 1907 - June 11, 1979

I won’t be wronged. I won’t be insulted. I won’t be laid a-hand on. I don’t do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.

My hope and prayer is that everyone know and love our country for what she really is and what she stands for.

I am an old-fashioned honest-to-goodness flag-waving patriot.

“I have never ceased to be amazed at the fact that the king of Westerns seen from up close was exactly as I expected him to be.” 

                                                                                - Sophia Loren


C&NW 4088A seem from the Oak Street Bridge in Hinsdale, Illinois with Amtrak’s Illinois Zephyr on the BN on August 22, 1973 by Marty Bernard
Via Flickr:
She was an F7A built 4/50, went into commuter service 8/61 and retired 4/76.

I made a rule for myself: I would not include anything that human beings had not already done in some other place or time, or for which the technology did not already exist. I did not wish to be accused of dark, twisted inventions, or of misrepresenting the human potential for deplorable behaviour. The group-activated hangings, the tearing apart of human beings, the clothing specific to castes and classes, the forced childbearing and the appropriation of the results, the children stolen by regimes and placed for upbringing with high-ranking officials, the forbidding of literacy, the denial of property rights: all had precedents, and many were to be found not in other cultures and religions, but within western society.
—  Margaret Atwood on The Handmaid’s Tale in a 2012 interview 

if you run around calling other groups flops unprovoked just because bts has a billboard music award, then you’re a disgrace to the fandom ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.