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Turtles

Turtles! 

Several different types of sea turtles can be found in your National Marine Sanctuary System:

Green sea turtle, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, Hawai‘i (Photo: Ed Lyman/NOAA)

Hawksbill, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, Gulf of Mexico (Photo: G.P. Schmahl)

Loggerhead, Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, Georgia (Photo: NOAA)

Volunteer, Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, Georgia (Photo: Judi Duffy)

One of the best things you can do to help sea turtles around the world is to reduce marine debris. Some species of sea turtle eat jellyfish, and a floating plastic bag can look an awful lot like a snack. Other marine debris, like cables, string, and fishing gear, can entangle a sea turtle and drown it. 

Even if you don’t live near the ocean, our waterways can carry trash to the coasts – so every cleanup effort helps!

GIFs: A NOAA staff member helps disentangle a green sea turtle in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. (Image: NOAA)

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This is apparently in the brand new Bears Ears national monument, which some local and national politicians in Utah are trying to have stripped of its monument status.

Rock art fascinates me. The images last thousands, sometimes tens of thousand of years. And even though we don’t share the culture or even the language of the artist, the images still have power.
This panel is carved into the sandstone of Comb Ridge in Southern Utah. It’s part of the new Bears Ears National Monument. The Bears Ears contain over 100,000 archaeological sites. Th e landscape is central to the Dine, Hopi, Ute and Mountain Ute tribes. To see more of my work documentation the deep artistic history of the Bears Ears follow @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez) as I work on a massive project documenting the deep history of art.

Heartbroken, horrifying, disgusting… These words don’t adequately convey what we feel in response to this cowardly act, a vile attack which specifically targeted young girls. Relevant authorities will investigate, they’ll name the participants, they’ll formulate a response – but I hope on a personal level we all take it upon ourselves to do some important work as well. Let’s notice the people we love and respect, and thank them for being here. Let’s face the day with the simple goal of improving the lives of your friends and neighbors, even a little bit. Let’s let fear and hatred of others fade away as we acknowledge that our ultimate survival depends on humanity coming together to fix our problems collectively.

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Manchester Concert Attack

The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the bombing at Manchester Arena, the deadliest terrorist assault in Britain since 2005, as the death toll rose to 22.

“I was at the Ariana Grande concert where a bomb exploded. Here’s what happened.”

PSA: Be mindful of your media consumption of this incident over the coming days. At a certain point, you might notice that you’re not learning any new, useful information but your anxiety will compel you to keep watching anyway. There’s no shame in taking a break.

Trump called terrorists ‘losers’ — the same insult he has thrown at CNN, Ted Cruz and many others

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▪ Roger Moore, ‘007’ actor, dies at 89

▪ Google’s AlphaGo AI defeats world Go number one Ke Jie

Breaking: Former C.I.A. Chief Tells of Concern Over Possible Russia Ties to Trump Campaign

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Trump releases budget that slashes government programs

The Trump administration on Tuesday unveiled a budget seeking $1.5 trillion in nondefense discretionary cuts and $1.4 trillion in Medicaid cuts over the course of a decade, while adding nearly half a trillion dollars to defense spending.

The plan, titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” would dramatically reshape federal spending, cutting anti-poverty and safety net programs.

Trump’s Budget Cuts Deeply Into Medicaid and Anti-Poverty Efforts

Trump budget seeks huge cuts to science and medical research and disease prevention

A Budget That Promises Little but Pain

Trump Budget Based on $2 Trillion Math Error

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'We Can’t Walk Away From This Truth’

“Last week, the City of New Orleans finished removing four monuments—to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Generals P.G.T. Beauregard and Robert E. Lee, and the postwar battle of Liberty Place. The removals occasioned threats, protests, and celebrations. On Friday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu explained to his city why he had concluded that the monuments needed to come down.”

We have not erased history; we are becoming part of the city’s history by righting the wrong image these monuments represent and crafting a better, more complete future for all our children and for future generations. And unlike when these Confederate monuments were first erected as symbols of white supremacy, we now have a chance to create not only new symbols, but to do it together, as one people.



Thank you for reading, and for being here, and for all the good you do. 

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I feel like Kuvira is greatly lacking in showing a softer side. A morality pet. Something that makes her human. 

In Book 3 the main villain (Zaheer) had a love(P'li) that showed a more caring and compassionate side of him. She was his earthly tether. He freed her from a life of mindless war. Their relationship was shown as well as told. (“I’m surprised you didn’t bust out that girlfriend of yours first.” As well as their kissing.)

Kuvira and Baatar are not lovers. They are not each other’s morality pets. Kuvira doesn’t even call him by his name most of the time(My fiancee, your son). They do not show weakness around each other. They do not show affection to each other. Their relationship is more professional than Varrick and Zhu Li’s. (Actually those two do make a good foil in that they have the stoic assistant being loyal to the charismatic boss’s brains and ideals more than to the person.)

No, the person Kuvira cares most about is Suyin. Everything about her campaign to the capture of Zaofu is about Su in some way or another.

Suyin shares that she loves Kuvira like a daughter and raised her as such. That was never shown in Book 3. Kuvira isn’t in any of the family photos, she’s not introduced as one of Suyin’s children. She doesn’t interact with any of Suyin’s children.

I think that’s a hugely missed opportunity. Kuvira and Opal could be a perfect foil to Lin and Suyin.

The dutiful and authoritative daughter who just wants Mommy to be proud of her and the free spirited daughter who wants to follow her own path.

Kuvira rebuilding the Earth Kingdom in her own image is still just another Beifong daughter sculpting a monument to their mother.

And I wish they’d show that more in the show. Just a little moment of vulnerability. Right after Suyin’s assassination attempt instead of just showing Kuvira to be one step ahead, they could’ve given her a moment of pain. Knowing her own beloved mother wanted to kill her.

A moment like this.

A chance to behave like a fucking human.

I just…I honestly don’t know why this is giving me such a visceral reaction but I’m literally enraged and just shaking and crying about it because I’m so upset

They murdered Mace, then they proceeded to take a hammer to his body, break his bones, dump him like trash to wash ashore so he can be used to turn the world against the very people he died to protect

They used him to frame Daisy, they used him to turn the world against other inhumans

They murdered a GOOD man, a man so good, so pure, so full of true genuine intent to do the right thing and help save lives and protect the inhumans, and they desecrate his body to make him a weapon against the very group he would do anything to shield

I’m just…I’m so angry and upset

JEFFREY MACE DESERVES BETTER

The man deserves a state funeral and a monument in his image

The man deserves his death used to protect the inhumans he cares so much about

HE DESERVES BETTER

He doesn’t deserve this, he doesn’t deserve what AIDA and Ivanov did to him and I am never going to be okay about this

I’ve been testing out some exposure blending and different editing styles lately, I think this one turned out pretty well. I blended 3 different exposures in this image. This was my campsite at the Agua Fria National Monument before going up to Sedona for the weekend, I was lucky to have such a beautiful sunrise that morning. I wasn’t planning on shooting anything in the morning, just heading to work, so I was scrambling to find a decent composition before this amazing light disappeared. I was hoping to get some star-scapes in Sedona the next night, however the clouds rolled in. Milky Way season is back now so I’m hoping to get some more pictures and some much needed stargazing. 

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Theresa May was too scared to meet the Grenfell survivors. She’s finished | Polly Toynbee
Symbolism is everything in politics and nothing better signifies the austerity of May-Cameron-Osborne era than North Kensington’s ghastly tomb
By Polly Toynbee

Conservative austerity and trickle-down economic theory. How is that working for you?


Theresa May was too scared to meet the Grenfell survivors. She’s finished | Polly Toynbee

Polly ToynbeeFriday 16 June 2017 07.18 EDT
Theresa May meets with the emergency services outside Grenfell Tower.
Theresa May meets with members of the emergency services outside Grenfell Tower. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images
That tomb in the sky will be forever Theresa May’s monument. Grenfell marks the spot and her visit marks the moment the last vestiges of her career were finally rubbed out. She made it her own yesterday by that fateful “visit” to a handful of senior fire officers, guarding her from any contaminating contact with the bereaved and newly homeless. Dead to emotion or empathy, she sealed her fate.

Precise blame comes later in the public inquiry: we are all overnight experts in cladding and sprinklers now. But political blame spreads right through the Conservative party, with no escape on offer. This goes far beyond the precise shockers – the Tory MPs who mockingly rejected housing regulation; the cuts to funding to councils responsible for retro-fitting fire suppressants; the disregard of coroner’s instructions after the 2009 Lakanal House tragedy; and even the plan to opt out of EU safety regulations. Conservative Kensington and Chelsea council allegedly blocking its ears to tenants’ well-founded anxiety is just the immediate scandal. But this event reaches far deeper, to the very sinews of its party’s policy.

That tower is austerity in ruins. Symbolism is everything in politics and nothing better signifies the May-Cameron-Osborne era that stripped bare the state and its social and physical protection of citizens. The horror of poor people burned alive within feet of the country’s grandest mansions, many of them empty, moth-balled investments, perfectly captures the politics of the last seven years. The Cameron, Osborne, Gove Notting Hill set live just up the road.

Andrea Leadsom challenged on visit to Grenfell Tower
From the 40% cuts to local councils, to the bedroom tax and the housing benefit cap banishing people hundreds of miles from family and schools, the people spilling out on to the street, sheltered by churches and mosques, are the unwilling emblems of deliberate Conservative attacks. Just remember how personally people have been abused by George Osborne – those idlers with the blinds down while hard workers set off at dawn. Or Iain Duncan Smith’s: “This is not an easy life any more, chum.” Together with their poisonous press, they hardened public hearts against those struggling and working hard on low incomes: how else could they make this April’s £12bn benefit cuts politically palatable? Here’s the moment public hearts soften and the idea of social security regains its meaning.

George W Bush was similarly exposed by his clueless reaction to Hurricane Katrina, leaving the poor vulnerable to the state’s refusal to invest in flood defences. This government can’t redeem itself, but it can limit the damage by quickly obeying its promise to rehouse every family nearby, one that was only dragged out of ministers reluctantly under fierce questioning by Labour MPs.

The government needs to pay the private rents to rehouse all these families locally. I know of at least one block of luxury flats in Kensington with the lights out permanently in most of them: the council should requisition the housing it needs, with plenty available. What of rehousing all the other tower block residents now horrified to find their homes too are potential fire-traps?

The danger is that once this drama is over and news moves on, people get forgotten. Not this time. What a contrast was Jeremy Corbyn’s visit, hugging and embracing victims, promising to guarantee that never happens. No one could have devised a better parable to convey the difference between the two parties than those two leaders’ visits. No doubt Grenfell residents would have shouted at the prime minister – but after her hermetically sealed election campaign, this confirms that a leader who dare never meet her people is truly done  

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The Pompidou Center’s Inside-Out Architecture Turns 40
The building recast museums as interactive cultural facilitators.
By Julie V. Iovine

Forty years ago this month, the Centre Georges Pompidou made its debut in Paris. With no proper façade and all its innards—the vents, tubes, electrical piping and service apparatus—laid bare on the outside like a house standing on its own plumbing, and with wide-open, uninterrupted interior space, it challenged the world to look at art museums afresh and stripped of traditional limestone garb.

In the words of one of its young, untested architects, Renzo Piano, this inside-out structure banished forever the notion of museums as “dreary, dusty and esoteric institutions.” He and his partner on the project, the equally untried British architect Richard Rogers, had dreamed of building an anti-monument and ”joyful urban machine.”

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In Looking for North Korea, photographer Fabian Muir tried to show as much of North Korean life as he could, balancing images heavy with statues, monuments, and mass performances in Pyongyang with more intimate shots of farmers and children in outlying villages. 

View the entire photo story here in Looking for North Korea.

Now it may just be my bad for not looking, but I have not seen a lot of roleplays based in Paris. So this guide will hopefully give you a little insight to some of the things which Pris has to offer, and you never know, when you are trying to think of a location for your roleplay, Paris will be your first choice, and I hope it is because Paris is a beautiful city. 

Disclaimer: Having never been to Paris myself, all of my information will come from the internet.

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Read New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's Remarkable Speech About Removing Confederate Monuments
Specifically, what these symbols mean.

We have not erased history; we are becoming part of the city’s history by righting the wrong image these monuments represent and crafting a better, more complete future for all our children and for future generations.

And unlike when these Confederate monuments were first erected as symbols of white supremacy, we now have a chance to create not only new symbols, but to do it together, as one people.

In our blessed land we all come to the table of democracy as equals.

We have to reaffirm our commitment to a future where each citizen is guaranteed the uniquely American gifts of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

That is what really makes America great and today it is more important than ever to hold fast to these values and together say a self-evident truth that out of many we are one. That is why today we reclaim these spaces for the United States of America.

Ancient Egyptian works to be published together in English for first time

Ancient Egyptian texts written on rock faces and papyri are being brought together for the general reader for the first time after a Cambridge academic translated the hieroglyphic writings into modern English.

Until now few people beyond specialists have been able to read the texts, many of them inaccessible within tombs. While ancient Greek and Roman texts are widely accessible in modern editions, those from ancient Egypt have been largely overlooked, and the civilisation is most famous for its monuments.

The Great Pyramid and sphinx at Giza, the tombs in the Valley of the Kings and the rock-cut temples of Abu Simbel have shaped our image of the monumental pharaonic culture and its mysterious god-kings.

Toby Wilkinson said he had decided to begin work on the anthology because there was a missing dimension in how ancient Egypt was viewed: “The life of the mind, as expressed in the written word.” Read more.

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Fyodor Dostoevsky monument, Moscow, Russia.

  • Monument to Fyodor Dostoyevsky (sculptor – S. Merkurov) was originally opened on November 7, 1918 on Tsvetnoy Boulevard, and in 1936 it was moved to the square of the former Mariinskaya Hospital for the Poor, where the writer’s father worked.
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky was born in the right wing of the hospital; in the left wing (now a museum-apartment of Dostoevsky) he spent the first 16 years of life. The image of the writer Dostoevsky in the monument on Tsvetnoy Boulevard is unique. Sometimes it seems that in front of the public is an unhealthy old man, disillusioned with life and people, casually dressed in a robe, slipping from his shoulders, his hands wrung. This image does not fit in with some real personality, although there is a portrait likeness.

Head of a youth (fragment of a statuette). Asia Minor, Smyrna, 2nd century BC.

This is probably a part of large statuette of a naked hero or athlete, an image influenced by monumental sculpture. The subtle moulding betrays the hand of a true sculptor. The conveying of a state of inner turmoil and the play of passions are among the most important themes found in Greek sculpture from the time of Alexander onwards. The great sculptor Lysippos, whose worked in the time of Aexander, made famous statues of Agios and Apoxyomenos, which undoubtedly had an influence , albeit indirectly, on the image of the young hero that became established in Hellenistic art. The youth’s deep-set eyes are given a particularly dramatic effect by the shadow falling from the sharply protruding arches of the eyebrows and the high bridge of the nose, an effect intensified by the almost sickly swelling of the lower eyelashes.

Masters in Smyrna, a city whose site has, according to legend, been chosen by Alexander on the advice of the goddess Nemesis- specialised in making terracotta copies and replicas of munumental statues.
Hermitage Amsterdam 2010.