vintagenatgeographic:

Moscow’s Red Square explodes during May Day Festivities
National Geographic | January 1978

vintagenatgeographic:

Moscow’s Red Square explodes during May Day Festivities

National Geographic | January 1978

pervocracy:

postwhitesociety:

hm

I think the “women are mysterious” thing can also come from:
1) Women actually being quite clear, but not telling men what they want to hear.  ”She said she doesn’t want to talk to me?  So many mixed messages and confusing signals!”
2) Women not having cheat codes.  ”I tried being nice, and she didn’t have sex with me.  I tried being an asshole, and she didn’t have sex with me.  Come on, there’s got to be some kind of solution to this puzzle!”
3) Women not being a hive mind.  ”First a woman told me that she likes guys with big muscles.  Then the very next day a woman told me she thinks muscles aren’t attractive at all.  Make up your mind, women!”
4) An individual woman doing something confusing, and instead of asking “why is she doing this now?” men ask “why do women always do this?”

Don’t forget “actual unwillingness to make an effort to understand women as a result of profound and privileged laziness.” That’s actually the one I run into the most.
"Women are confusing." "No we’re not. Everything I’m saying makes linear, logical sense. I could draw you a fucking flowchart of everything I’ve just said. You just don’t want to listen to me because that would mean stirring from your stagnant, self-satisfied torpor, confident that, because I’m a woman, you don’t ACTUALLY have to think about or engage with anything I say." "Wow, like, all that? Super confusing.”

pervocracy:

postwhitesociety:

hm

I think the “women are mysterious” thing can also come from:

1) Women actually being quite clear, but not telling men what they want to hear.  ”She said she doesn’t want to talk to me?  So many mixed messages and confusing signals!”

2) Women not having cheat codes.  ”I tried being nice, and she didn’t have sex with me.  I tried being an asshole, and she didn’t have sex with me.  Come on, there’s got to be some kind of solution to this puzzle!”

3) Women not being a hive mind.  ”First a woman told me that she likes guys with big muscles.  Then the very next day a woman told me she thinks muscles aren’t attractive at all.  Make up your mind, women!”

4) An individual woman doing something confusing, and instead of asking “why is she doing this now?” men ask “why do women always do this?”

Don’t forget “actual unwillingness to make an effort to understand women as a result of profound and privileged laziness.” That’s actually the one I run into the most.

"Women are confusing." "No we’re not. Everything I’m saying makes linear, logical sense. I could draw you a fucking flowchart of everything I’ve just said. You just don’t want to listen to me because that would mean stirring from your stagnant, self-satisfied torpor, confident that, because I’m a woman, you don’t ACTUALLY have to think about or engage with anything I say." "Wow, like, all that? Super confusing.”

(Source: ethiopienne)

did-you-kno:

A roboticist from Harvard has built 1,024 quarter-sized robots that can swarm into any shape their creator draws using a computer program he created. The robots receive the pattern wirelessly and then use sensors to scoot around until the shape is replicated.  This video shows the robots in action, but is sped up to convey what actually takes hours to accomplish.

Source

I mean, I’m all for technology, and 99% of the time I scoff when people make paranoid predictions about how the latest incremental advancement in science will destroy us.

Then I read a phrase like “the first thousand-robot swarm.”

FR stuff

Yo nerds, sorry for interrupting all the science and history and stuff, but—my flight is pushing today! If you play dragon game, and you have any spare leveled dragons (or you can make some) and you want to make some rapid cash, check out our mercenary thread —> here. We will buy your love so hard.

Alternately you can just send them to me (PyrrhicComedy) and I will be hella grateful. All kinds of grateful. You can’t even imagine how grateful. It’s a little unnerving, honestly.

Anonymous said: Hi! So, um, sorry if this has been asked before. I'm a huge TCE fan that's very late to join the party and I noticed that you and the other author stop writing it because you already left the fandom. I'm sorry if this may seem intruding, but may I know the reason why both of you left the fandom? I'm so sorry I'm just very curious and I just need to know this so bad orz Please just tell me if you want to answer it privately, I'll then ask you publicly. Again, I'm sorry if you find me rude ;_; OTL

We just got tired of fandom in general, and moved on to other things! There’s not really a story. Personally, I found all the attention overwhelming. By nature, I’m honestly something of a recluse, and answering hundreds of messages a day (even though they were overwhelmingly extremely kind!) was starting to make me want to hide under my safety blanket. Around the same time, we watched some of our friends get driven out of the fandom by drama, and it wasn’t as much fun to stick around without them.

Don’t worry, I don’t think it’s rude to ask. =D

sprechen-sie-ig-pay-atin-lay said: You are an awesome, awesome person with genuine enthusiasm for so many things. You are an actual inspiration to me.

Thank you so much, gosh! 

pikestaff:

This town in Russia is called Zheleznogorsk.

Their flag and coat of arms is a bear splitting the atom.

image

That is all.

*kicks down door, knocks over end table, vase crashes to the floor*

No that is NOT all, because Zheleznogorsk is really interesting.

It was a secret city, established in 1950 in the middle of Nowhere, Siberia for the purpose of researching nuclear weaponry and producing massive quantities of plutonium, the facilities for which were hidden inside a hollowed-out mountain. It appeared on no maps, and had no census data. Although more than 100,000 people lived there at one point, satellite imagery would have shown only a fairly small mining town. The mountain complex contained 3,500 rooms and three plutonium reactors, which were kept cool by one of the mightiest river in Siberia. The space had been excavated by tens of thousands of gulag slave laborers, who removed more rock from inside the mountain than was used to build the Great Pyramids. Protected under the granite peak of the mountain, these facilities would survive a direct nuclear attack.

'Zheleznogorsk' was not its official name until after the collapse of the USSR. Before that, it was known on official paperwork as “Krasnoyarsk-26,” which is something like naming a city 'Arizona-17.' Residents traveling outside the city colloquially called it Iron Town, if they had to refer to it at all. They were under strict instructions never to reveal to anyone the actual business of Krasnoyarsk-26. 

And life there was fantastic. People living and working in the secret city received some of the best wages in the Soviet Union. There were sports stadiums, public gardens, a movie theater, and the shortages notorious in the rest of the USSR were unknown. The best nuclear scientists in Russia lived in a sealed-off utopia. 

A third of all the nuclear weapons produced in Russia during the Cold War were powered by fuel from Zheleznogorsk. At the time, the image of the great Russian bear ripping an atom apart wouldn’t have seemed very funny at all.

dreamingofcossackia:

If Day is simultaneously the most impressive fundraising effort Canada performed during WW2 and also one of the most terrifying.

February 19, 1942.
From 5:30 AM to 5:30 PM 3500 Winnipeg Riflemen and thousands of civilian volunteers staged a mock invasion of Winnipeg in German uniforms, featuring hours of early morning “firefights” with police and Canadian troops in the outskirts and urban areas of the city, “tank combat”, and staged bombings of the city.  

"German Forces" "kidnapped" members of parliament, renamed the city Himmlerstadt, and imposed "martial law" and curfew over the city.
Newspaper salesmen were arrested and their “Canadian Propaganda” was destroyed (with recompense after the fact). A book burning was held outside the municipal library - any and all objecters were sent to an “internment camp”. Any canadian currency found was confiscated and replaced with mock German currency. A public decree was broadcast over radio and handed out to citizens throughout the city:

  1. This territory is now a part of the Greater Reich and under the jurisdiction of Col. Erich Von Neuremburg, Gauleiter of the Fuehrer.
  2. No civilians will be permitted on the streets between 9:30 pm and daybreak.
  3. All public places are out of bounds to civilians, and not more than 8 persons can gather at one time in any place.
  4. Every householder must provide billeting for 5 soldiers.
  5. All organizations of a military, semi-military or fraternal nature are hereby disbanded and banned. Girl GuideBoy Scout and similar youth organizations will remain in existence but under direction of the Gauleiter and Storm troops.
  6. All owners of motor cars, trucks and buses must register same at Occupation Headquarters where they will be taken over by the Army of Occupation.
  7. Each farmer must immediately report all stocks of grain and livestock and no farm produce may be sold except through the office of the Kommandant of supplies in Winnipeg. He may not keep any for his own consumption but must buy it back through the Central Authority in Winnipeg.
  8. All national emblems excluding the Swastika must be immediately destroyed.
  9. Each inhabitant will be furnished with a ration card, and food and clothing may only be purchased on presentation of this card.
  10. The following offences will result in death without trial
    1. Attempting to organize resistance against the Army of Occupation
    2. Entering or leaving the province without permission.
    3. Failure to report all goods possessed when ordered to do so.
    4. Possession of firearms.

No one will act, speak or think contrary to our decrees.[3]

 As more and more money was raised, Canadian troops would “reclaim” sectors of the city, until Winnipeg was finally secured from the German threat.

As could be expected, donations poured in from throughout the city to “free” Winnipeg, resulting in 3 million CAD being raised (43 Million CAD today) within a 12 hour period. In the entire fundraising period, over 60 million CAD were raised in Winnipeg (858 MILLION CAD today) an astonishing total.

Without a doubt, the terror of If Day was effective - not only did it strengthen Canada’s national resolve to stand up to the aggressor, but as well to not let one German step foot on Canadian soil, lest If Day become a reality.

[x]

gwyndor:

gwyndor:

i could get this image printed on a dakimakura. nothing is stopping me. its the right dimensions and resolution and size and i have the money. i could literally own a fucked up anime sex pillow but with an image of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. what a time to be alive


never give up on your dreams

gwyndor:

gwyndor:

i could get this image printed on a dakimakura. nothing is stopping me. its the right dimensions and resolution and size and i have the money. i could literally own a fucked up anime sex pillow but with an image of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. what a time to be alive

image

never give up on your dreams

yeltsinwasright:

kosherqueer:

armisael:

i know its supposed to be like social list but did anyone think this through

organize the things you love, like the economy

collaborate in the workplace

yeltsinwasright:

kosherqueer:

armisael:

i know its supposed to be like social list but did anyone think this through

organize the things you love, like the economy

collaborate in the workplace

melkior:

send hELP

(Source: Washington Post)

hinoneko:

jonpertwee:

loudmusicandloudersex:

lightningstarborne:

why the fuck wouldn’t you read a book, unless you’re illiterate

This literally made me sad and I just want to go to sleep now

I think it’s because people are so stressed and working all the time. Less college grads read than high school grads — that should tell you something. Capitalism crushes the people’s souls.

Plus, think of the books you have to read for class in high school/college. Unless you really enjoy a certain type of literature (and/or have a really great teacher) a lot of it is going to feel like junk you’re forced to suffer through.
So for quite a few people, their perception of “adult” books is super-dense language and unpleasant subject matter, while the last books they really enjoyed reading on their own terms (like those 500+ installment chapter book series) might not be something they consider appropriate/appealing for people their age.

I’m calling bullshit on this whole infographic. How would they even collect this kind of information? I sure as hell don’t remember seeing any questions about my reading habits the last time I took the US Census. Who are they polling? What’s their sample size? What demographic did they poll? This stinks.
So: “RobertBrewer.org” is the personal website of a Christian pastor. On his own website, he explains that the data is has been attributed to something called ‘the Jenkins Group,’ which is a book publisher, not an independent polling agency, and certainly not an unbiased source of data when it comes to reading habits. Brewer also explains that the Jenkins Group itself distances itself from the statistics: they were informally presented by the owner of the company at a party, and were never actually published.
When I read that, I hear “the owner of a publishing company pulled these numbers out of his ass to impress his friends, but since he’s the boss we can’t just say that,” but draw your own conclusions.

hinoneko:

jonpertwee:

loudmusicandloudersex:

lightningstarborne:

why the fuck wouldn’t you read a book, unless you’re illiterate

This literally made me sad and I just want to go to sleep now

I think it’s because people are so stressed and working all the time. Less college grads read than high school grads — that should tell you something. Capitalism crushes the people’s souls.

Plus, think of the books you have to read for class in high school/college. Unless you really enjoy a certain type of literature (and/or have a really great teacher) a lot of it is going to feel like junk you’re forced to suffer through.

So for quite a few people, their perception of “adult” books is super-dense language and unpleasant subject matter, while the last books they really enjoyed reading on their own terms (like those 500+ installment chapter book series) might not be something they consider appropriate/appealing for people their age.

I’m calling bullshit on this whole infographic. How would they even collect this kind of information? I sure as hell don’t remember seeing any questions about my reading habits the last time I took the US Census. Who are they polling? What’s their sample size? What demographic did they poll? This stinks.

So: “RobertBrewer.org” is the personal website of a Christian pastor. On his own website, he explains that the data is has been attributed to something called ‘the Jenkins Group,’ which is a book publisher, not an independent polling agency, and certainly not an unbiased source of data when it comes to reading habits. Brewer also explains that the Jenkins Group itself distances itself from the statistics: they were informally presented by the owner of the company at a party, and were never actually published.

When I read that, I hear “the owner of a publishing company pulled these numbers out of his ass to impress his friends, but since he’s the boss we can’t just say that,” but draw your own conclusions.

(Source: vintageanchorbooks)