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M3A1 “Grease Gun” submachine gun

Designed by George Hyde c.1942 and manufactured by Guide Lamp - General Motors - c.1943~50′s.
.45ACP 30-round magazine, open bolt blowback full automatic, stamped sheet metal construction, hinged bolt dust cover.

Designed to replace the Thompson submachine guns as a cheaper alternative, it failed to enter a big enough production rate to achieve that. It still remained in service until the 1990′s as a vehicle crew weapon.

National Archives Begins Online Release of JFK Assassination Records

Today at 8 a.m., the National Archives released a group of documents (the first of several expected releases), along with 17 audio files, previously withheld in accordance with the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992. The materials released today are available online only.  Access to the original paper records will occur at a future date.

Download the files online: https://www.archives.gov/research/jfk/2017-release

Highlights of this release include 17 audio files of interviews of Yuri Nosenko, a KGB officer who defected to the United States in January 1964. Nosenko claimed to have been the officer in charge of the KGB file on Lee Harvey Oswald during Oswald’s time in the Soviet Union. The interviews were conducted in January, February, and July of 1964.

Read the full post on the AOTUS blog.

Image source: Inauguration of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, January 20, 1961
Record Group 111, Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. National Archives and Records Administration 111-SC-578830.

ID #14343

Name: Endy
Age: 19
Country: United States

Im a really shy person so making friends in college is hard since everyone just go to class and then leave, what I’m trying to say is that I’m lonely… I would like to have someone as a friend even if there hundreds of miles away.

I can say that I’m an open minded person. I love food and cats. I like to write poems, read, paint and draw. I want to become a teacher or counselor, I’m not sure yet I do know that I would like to help the kids to pursue their education and listen to the ones who need love and attention if they don’t get it at home. I don’t know what else to say about myself, I’m just a simple person lol.

Preferences: 18-25

Calling all artists and writers! 

I’m pulling together a (last-minute) running themed fanzine to raise money for my Boston Marathon charity, Team For Kids! TFK supports New York Road Runners Youth Programs, which provide running and fitness programs and equipment to kids across the United States. 

Signups are open NOW!

This zine will be digital only.

I’m expecting that most art/fic will be from sports anime (based on the circles I /run in/), but any fandom is ok!

Final drafts will be due March 12th.

The zine will go on sale March 19th.

Thank you for everyone’s support so far, I know this is a tight schedule. Unfortunately we do have a fundraising deadline, but I know we can do it! Happy drawing/writing/running!

Sign up here!


Intense jaguar stare by Tambako The Jaguar
Via Flickr:
I really like this jaguar portrait!

ID #68613

Name: Jared
Age: 18 in June
Country: United States

Ever since I was little I loved talking about myself, and I can talk about myself for hours and what I like and what I dislike and my views and standings on certain issues. I have a really open mind and I try to be a positive force in as many people’s lives as possible. Even though I like talking about myself, I’ve been told I can be a good listener, and I’m usually quiet in class unless I have something meaningful to say.
I really like sports, so like football, basketball, and baseball, and my favorite sport is baseball. I play some computer games when I can, but I also enjoy reading books and time to myself. I like most types of music besides any of this new age rap junk. I listen to classic rock, chill beats, jazz, classical, rap, power ballads, and I’m open to new types of course. I’m a vegetarian, but I don’t detest or look down at people that eat meat (as some would guess).
I’m a bi-romantic asexual, basically meaning that sex is on the lowest priority for me as far as relationships go. Quality time is my main love language so I would take a good hang out over a quick sex session. I lean towards non-binary people, not as like “Oh man they’re soooo hot, I just can’t get enough” but more as like “Wow that’s so cool that they have the courage and the confidence to be who they wanna be, and they look good as their true self” I pretty much hate my gender tbh, like why are most of the guys I see on the internet horny, sweaty, hairy, unemployed men? It just sucks that most people have to take extra precautions when interacting with people on the internet because of men like that. Just speaking from experience.
As a male, it’s harder for me to express my interests in things like writing, flowers, floral fabrics and designs, animals, feelings, and art with other males ore even people in my friend group. Consequently my best friends are girls, which is perfectly fine with me. I think having a pen pal is a great way to form a really cool friendship with someone in a way that is more interactive and meaningful than just texting a random person on the platonic page of craigslist.
If you haven’t already noticed by now, I enjoy writing in all forms. And when they said I could type as much as I wanted, I took them seriously. Thanks for reading all of this if you did. I really appreciate it.

Preferences: Someone around my age so 17-19 of any gender

anonymous asked:

Gay people used to have their own bookstores and cafes but what happened was capitalism. Do you go to a local coffeeshop or do you get Starbucks? Do you buy your books from Amazon or Barnes&Noble instead of looking for a small business? This is why all those places disappeared. Most LGBT centers have gay choirs, though, they're just not skewed young to the queer community.

GOOD POINT ANON! There are few Gay Bookstores left, A LOT have gone out of business in the last few years. They all sell books, movies, gay flags, etc. and almost all of them are now combined with something else to survive: bookstore + coffee shop, bookstore + sex shop, bookstore + art shop, gay books + feminist/women’s books. Almost of all them have free dating nights, parties, book readings, book signings and other events where you can meet lesbian and gay people. Follow them on FB, IG and Twitter to keep up with their events. If you can’t actually go to any of these stores, please support them by ordering something from them online. We need to keep our places open! 

🇺🇸 United States 🇺🇸

Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room > site
12th & Pine - Philadelphia, PA

Bureau of General Services - Queer Division (BGSQD) > site
208 W 13th St, Rm 210 (in The LGBT Centre) NYC, NY

Outwords Books, Gifts & Coffee > site
2710 N. Murray Ave - Milwaukee, WI

Charis Books and More > site
Moreland Ave NE & Euclide Ave NE - Atlanta, GA

Women & Children First > site
5233 N Clarke St - Chicago, IL

Common Language Bookstore > site
317 Braun Court - Ann Arbour, MI

🇨🇦 Canada 🇨🇦

Glad Day Bookstore > site
Church & Wellesley - Toronto, ON

Little Sisters Book & Art Emporium (and sex shop) > site
Davie & Jervis - Vancouver, BC


ID #35321

Name: Andy
Age: 15
Country: United states

hey, I’m andy! I think this pen pal thing is pretty cool, and I’m really looking forward to having one. I’m pretty open to anyone I guess. I LOVE music. I write songs, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to perform them at some point. I’m always trying to get new hobbies, so if you have any suggestions I’m ready. I don’t really watch tv because netflix and youtube are a lot more entertaining. I listen to pretty much any kind of music, but mostly alternative. I love musicals they’re awesome, but I’m kind of new to them. I’m really into astrology, and anything that claims to know who I *really* am (by the way I’m an enfp). Also if you live in another country hit me up because mine is so boring sometimes I need a break.

Preferences: 14-17….?

Hobby Lobby accused of hypocrisy amid smuggling case

Hobby Lobby, the arts-and-crafts chain whose devout Christian owners won a landmark Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom, is caught up in an antiquities-smuggling scandal that has opened the company to accusations of hypocrisy.

The Oklahoma City-based business agreed to pay a $3 million fine Wednesday over its role in what federal prosecutors said was the smuggling into the U.S. of ancient clay tablets, seals and other Iraqi archaeological objects that might have been looted from the war-torn country.

Online, many people piled on, with more than one saying things like: “I know Hobby Lobby’s big on the Ten Commandments, but how about ‘Thou shalt not steal’?” and “Hypocritical cretins. Preach one thing and practice another.”

Hobby Lobby, whose president, Steve Green, has been collecting ancient artifacts since 2009 and is building an $800 million Bible museum in Washington, pleaded naivete in doing business with dealers in the Middle East.

“The company was new to the world of acquiring these items and did not fully appreciate the complexities of the acquisitions process,” Hobby Lobby said in a statement. “This resulted in some regrettable mistakes.”

Federal prosecutors described a scheme that involved lying and perhaps stealing. It included a number of middlemen and involved the use of phony or misleading invoices, shipping labels and other paperwork to slip the artifacts past U.S. customs agents, prosecutors said.

Among other things, cuneiform tablets were labeled “ceramic tiles,” and items carried paperwork that said they came from Turkey or Israel. Also, artifacts were deliberately undervalued and shipped in small batches to multiple addresses in Oklahoma City to avoid drawing the attention of customs agents, prosecutors said.

Bob Murowchick, an associate professor in archaeology and anthropology at Boston University, cast doubt on the company’s claim that it didn’t know what it was doing.

“It’s like that scene in 'Casablanca’: 'I am shocked, shocked, that there is gambling going on here,’” Murowchick said.

Under the settlement with prosecutors, Hobby Lobby must return thousands of artifacts it brought to the U.S. in 2010 and 2011.

Hobby Lobby is a cultural powerhouse in the United States. Green doesn’t open his 600 stores on Sunday so his 28,000 employees may observe the Christian Sabbath.

The privately held company successfully argued before the Supreme Court in 2014 that because of the owners’ religious beliefs, it shouldn’t have to supply birth control to employees under “Obamacare.”

Because of widespread looting of cultural institutions and other sites in Iraq, U.S. law makes it a crime to possess or traffic in Iraqi archaeological treasures if they were illegally removed from the country since 1990, or if there are reasonable grounds to think so. Iraqi law also prohibits the export of the country’s antiquities.

“Our goal is, if we can cut down on the demand or make the punishment severe enough, we will have a chain reaction and people will be unwilling to loot,” Murowchick said.

According to prosecutors, Hobby Lobby agreed to buy more than 5,500 artifacts in 2010 for $1.6 million. Some shipments made it through, while others were seized.

The items included cuneiform tablets, cuneiform bricks and clay bullae, which are clay balls imprinted with a seal. Cuneiform is the wedge-shaped writing used thousands of years ago in Mesopotamia, the “Cradle of Civilization” between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in what is now Iraq.

One shipping label listed 300 clay tiles valued at $1 each, when they were, in fact, clay bullae with a combined value of $84,120, prosecutors said.

According to prosecutors, Hobby Lobby was warned by its own expert that acquiring antiquities from Iraq carries “considerable risk” because so many of the artifacts in circulation are stolen. Cuneiform tablets and cylinder seals were “particularly popular on the market and likely to have been looted,” the expert told the company.

In a statement, the Museum of the Bible said that none of the artifacts in the settlement were ever part of its collection and that the institution is still on track to open in November.

Richards converted Colt 1860 Navy revolver

Produced by Colt Manufacturing Company c.1860-1873.
.38 short Colt six-round cylinder, single action, nickle plated, side loading gate with spring-loaded ejector rod.

This one is obviously an early conversion - pre-Mason - as the creeping loading lever’s attach point is still very much visible under the barrel, unlike later conversions where it is smoothed out.

ID #23789

Name: Ariana
Age: 16
Country: USA


I’m a high school sophomore (10th grade) and I’m just looking for a few internet friends. I go to an art school, really only because the Science and Math Institute rejected me. :/ I don’t do much and I’m very shy at first, so if you do want to get to know me better please be patient as it is difficult for me to open up.

I love television shows. I usually watch drama and crime. I’m very into Grey’s Anatomy, 13 Reasons Why, Law and Order: SVU, and Empire. There are a few other that I cannot think of right now.

I mostly listen to Old School 90s RnB and rap, but I also have a wide variety of different types of music that I love. I play guitar, ukulele, and the keyboard (Self-taught, although I’m more advanced in the ukulele than the other two.)

My hobbies include painting, writing, and photography. I’m no artist, but I love to paint! I also love writing, but I haven’t been doing much of that lately. Photography is more of a passion rather than a hobby, along with music and songwriting.

I’d love to learn more about astrology. I really love science-related things, and I like makeup!

I could go on and on, but I’ll let you decide whether you’d like to get to know me more or not. :)

We can talk through email, Snapchat, Instagram, or Facebook! (I won’t add you on facebook if you’re older than 18)

Preferences: I’ll talk to anyone, but I prefer someone 15+, but no older than 25. Gender doesn’t matter, but I do find that it is easier for me to talk to guys. It would be cool to speak to someone who I could eventually meet in person, so if you are around Washington State, it would be cool to speak with you! Also, I have a dark sense of humor, so if you are easily hurt by *offensive* things, I do not recommend that you chat with me.

Henry Chung in his Hunan restaurant in 1979.                                   

Photo / David Strick   

Henry Chung, who brought the lessons of Chinese cooking from his grandmother’s rural kitchen to the United States, where he opened one of the first American restaurants to specialize in spicy Hunanese cuisine, died on April 23 in San Francisco. He was 98.

“…. in 1974, when he was in his mid-50s, he started Hunan, a tiny restaurant on Kearny Street in San Francisco’s Chinatown, where he introduced diners to hot, peppery Hunanese food, a departure from the milder Cantonese cuisine that many Americans were more accustomed to.”  
ID #88551

Name: Miranda
Age: 26
Country: United States 

I am looking for snailmail/email penpals. Someone I can be myself with and not have to worry about being judged. Anyways I am female, I spend my days working and when I am not working I am with my soon to be wife(wedding is on the 20th of May). Yes I am gay, so please only people who have no issues with that and also understand I am taken. I am addicted to twitter and even run a support twitter for anyone and everyone who just wants someone to talk to. If you think we would hit it off please feel free to get in contact with me.

Preferences:  must be supportive of the LGBT community

ID #59665

Name: Grace
Age: 17
Country: United States

Im new to pen palling but im very excited to write and make new friends. i like listening to music and im super into biology and english. really like going to concerts and meeting new people!

Preferences:  i would like to talk to people around my age (maybe like 15-20) but other than that im very open!