On the precipice of life and the greater good

6th September 2014

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catherinebythackeray:

Well

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30th July 2014

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Figures dancing gracefully

Across my memory

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14th July 2014

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« The Real Africa : Fight The Stereotype » by Thiri Mariah Boucher

P.R.E.A.C.H.

I personally love this.

Someone finally said it. People act like Africa is one big country with one race. 

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1st July 2014

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The Navy just pinned its first female four-star admiral.
Vice Admiral Michelle Howard is now the first female four-star admiral in the Navy’s 236-year history.

newshour:

The Navy just pinned its first female four-star admiral.

Vice Admiral Michelle Howard is now the first female four-star admiral in the Navy’s 236-year history.

26th June 2014

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artforbabies:

Skull with a Burning Cigarette - Vincent Van Gogh
1885–1886, oil on canvas

artforbabies:

Skull with a Burning Cigarette - Vincent Van Gogh

1885–1886, oil on canvas

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25th June 2014

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Lance Corporal Victor Lu’s friends in his Marine unit—the 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment, part of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force that fought in the brutal battle to retake the Iraqi city of Fallujah from insurgents in late 2004—used to call him “Buddha.” The young Vietnamese-American man was 6 feet 3 inches tall, a black belt in Ju Si Tang Chinese kung fu and among the physically strongest men in his unit. But the imposing strength and physique belied a gentle, affable nature. Hence the nickname, which Lu liked so much he scribbled it onto the back of his Kevlar vest.
He had grown up in Los Angeles, not far from the University of Southern California, the eldest son of six children born to Nu and Xuong Lu, his mother and father. His parents had fled the country in the wake of the 1975 American withdrawal—and Communist takeover—of that country. Roughly 800,000 Vietnamese left the country from 1975 to 1995, with more than half of them settling in the United States.
Like many other young Americans, he had enlisted in the Marines after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and hoped, after the war, to join the Los Angeles Police Department. Before he went back for his second tour—before the assault on Fallujah—he told a friend he believed deeply in the mission. “We are bringing freedom,” he said, “to people who deserve it.”
He would not return from Iraq alive. In the early morning of November 13, 2004, the “3-5” was going house to house in Fallujah. When one front door jammed, Lu’s fellow Marines called on him to use his bulk and strength as a battering ram. He rammed his shoulder into the door, it popped open, and almost immediately Lu began taking fire from three insurgents inside. He absorbed eight or nine rounds before his unit mates could return fire. He slumped to the floor, mortally wounded. He was 22 years old.
Vietnam and Iraq Now Inextricably Linked as U.S. Geopolitical Disasters

newsweek:

Lance Corporal Victor Lu’s friends in his Marine unit—the 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment, part of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force that fought in the brutal battle to retake the Iraqi city of Fallujah from insurgents in late 2004—used to call him “Buddha.” The young Vietnamese-American man was 6 feet 3 inches tall, a black belt in Ju Si Tang Chinese kung fu and among the physically strongest men in his unit. But the imposing strength and physique belied a gentle, affable nature. Hence the nickname, which Lu liked so much he scribbled it onto the back of his Kevlar vest.

He had grown up in Los Angeles, not far from the University of Southern California, the eldest son of six children born to Nu and Xuong Lu, his mother and father. His parents had fled the country in the wake of the 1975 American withdrawal—and Communist takeover—of that country. Roughly 800,000 Vietnamese left the country from 1975 to 1995, with more than half of them settling in the United States.

Like many other young Americans, he had enlisted in the Marines after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and hoped, after the war, to join the Los Angeles Police Department. Before he went back for his second tour—before the assault on Fallujah—he told a friend he believed deeply in the mission. “We are bringing freedom,” he said, “to people who deserve it.”

He would not return from Iraq alive. In the early morning of November 13, 2004, the “3-5” was going house to house in Fallujah. When one front door jammed, Lu’s fellow Marines called on him to use his bulk and strength as a battering ram. He rammed his shoulder into the door, it popped open, and almost immediately Lu began taking fire from three insurgents inside. He absorbed eight or nine rounds before his unit mates could return fire. He slumped to the floor, mortally wounded. He was 22 years old.

Vietnam and Iraq Now Inextricably Linked as U.S. Geopolitical Disasters

25th June 2014

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nprbooks:

What’s black and white all over? The trailer for The Giver! Finally!
Back in March, the film’s publicity department mistakenly released the film’s first trailer in color — which, in case you aren’t familiar with Lois Lowry’s famous novel, doesn’t stay true to the story about a dystopian society that can’t see in color. Director Phillip Noyce told HuffPost Entertainment, “It was an error. It doesn’t reflect our interpretation of the novel. It doesn’t reflect the movie.”
They finally got it right in the film’s second trailer, which premiered earlier this month.
And speaking of The Giver, have you seen our Book Your Trip summer reading recommendations yet? Lowry’s classic is featured on the bike list alongside The Motorcycle Diaries and The Mouse and the Motorcycle. (Please, please, Noyce, don’t let them take out the bicycle too …)
-Intern Cara

nprbooks:

What’s black and white all over? The trailer for The Giver! Finally!

Back in March, the film’s publicity department mistakenly released the film’s first trailer in color — which, in case you aren’t familiar with Lois Lowry’s famous novel, doesn’t stay true to the story about a dystopian society that can’t see in color. Director Phillip Noyce told HuffPost Entertainment, “It was an error. It doesn’t reflect our interpretation of the novel. It doesn’t reflect the movie.

They finally got it right in the film’s second trailer, which premiered earlier this month.

And speaking of The Giver, have you seen our Book Your Trip summer reading recommendations yet? Lowry’s classic is featured on the bike list alongside The Motorcycle Diaries and The Mouse and the Motorcycle. (Please, please, Noyce, don’t let them take out the bicycle too …)

-Intern Cara

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25th June 2014

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I love how this post is like “Oh, clean up some of the nastiest, hard to clean shit with coke!” but doesn’t mention “Hey, you actually ingest this stuff that can clean CORRODED CAR BATTERIES.”

Uhg.

Heyyy this is because when you put carbon dioxide to make the carbonated water, you get carbonic acid. Carbonic acid varies in how much the pH is, especially in the different coke products. Strong enough to dissolve rust but not steel or any of the metals mentioned here.

But here’s the thing, carbonic acid is not one of the 6 strong acids. You know what is one of those? Hydrocholric acid. You know where you naturally secrete hydrocholric acid? Your stomach. Hydrochloric acid is some nasty stuff and WILL eat away at a screw if allowed to soak long enough. If you ever got just drop of a diluted solution on your skin in chem lab, then you can see where that would happen very easily.

The stronger acid wins. Your tummy is fine when you drink coke. Your tummy makes acid strong enough to fuck that corroded battery up. It can handle a can of coke. Please don’t swallow a screw or something to test this tho, please.

thank you science side of tumblr <3

Seriously. You could probably do all of these with lemon juice (citric acid) or vinegar (ethanoic, or acetic, acid) just because acids work in pretty similar ways. Actually, when you see people recommending vinegar as a household cleaner? This is what it’s doing!

Also, as someone who has accidentally inhaled hydrochloric acid fumes, TRUST ME, THE CARBONIC ACID IS MUCH BETTER.

Every time I see a hysterical post on modern food I just kinda point and laugh

Because dude. Dude.  You know what you breathe in and out every fucking second to survive? Oxygen. An incredibly corrosive gas that is probably responsible for more deaths across the history of the planet than anything else. Not only that, it’s a biproduct of photosynthesis. You literally rely on plant excretions to survive

Do you know what most of your body is made up of? Water. Which, given enough time, will destroy anything.

That morning coffee you like? Well shit, caffeine - lifeblood to many - is actually an incredibly potent nerve toxin (If you’re an insect). Plants actually produce that shit as an insecticide.

That refreshing zing from citrus?  Acid.  That juicy smack of a tomato? Acid and cadmium.  That tart in an apple? Arsenic.  That seasoning you put all over your fish and chips? Acid strong enough to destroy seashells - life that has evolved to survive living in a salt-drenched sea.

Stop being a tit and drink your damned coke.

EVERYTHING. IS. CHEMICALS.

This, of course, doesn’t mean Coke is magic life juice that makes you healthy, or that it isn’t still fairly bad for you. Simply that the air of fear people try to spread by saying “you can use it as a cleaning solvent” is not something you need to be influenced by.

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25th June 2014

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throwtheknuckleball:

17-year-old Chelsea Baker throws some wicked knuckleballs to Tampa Bay Rays players during batting practice. In 19 appearances for her high school’s baseball team, she had a outstanding ERA of 0.74.

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24th June 2014

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rebeleverdeen:

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'Girl picking up girls'

everyone needs to watch this

I love the girl who says “Why the fuck not?”

This is perfect

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